Thursday, February 4, 2016

Ranveer shook a leg with Farooq Abdullah

‘Bajirao Mastani’ star Ranveer Singh won the 'Entertainer of the Year Award' at the NDTV Indian award ceremony. Ranveer received the award from none other than Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah. Ranveer who is called the energy bomb of B-Town proved his metal on the stage; he performed an impromptu jig with none other than Mr Abdullah.

He's too cool for school !!!

Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) February 2, 2016

Ranveer later tweeted saying, "He (Farooq Abdullah) is too cool for school."

Click on the pictures to see, Mr Farooq Abdullah shaking a leg with Ranveer Singh on the Malhari number from the movie 'Bajorao Mastani'. Ranveer performs amazingly but Farooq Abdullah was no less and was giving him some tough competition with his graceful movements! WOW!!! This was complete treat for the eye".Hearty congratulations to Ranveer Singh and also to Farooq Abdullah for their wonderful performance!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Anupam Kher hurt on Pakistan's decision

International and Bollywood actor Anupam Kher opened up saying that he was hurt by Pakistan's decision as to not hand him visa for his visit to Karachi for a literature festival. He recently said in a news conference, "I am not angry at anyone, I am hurt and saddened. I did not personally ask for a visa, the organisers of the Karachi Literature Festival did.” He also added saying, "For the last 15 days, all my visa documents are ready. The organiser of the Karachi lit fest said that (Pakistan) government officials told her ‘don’t invite Anupam Kher’. I don’t know why."

Has my visa been denied because I speak about India's rich tradition of tolerance or I am a Kashmiri Pandit who may expose Pak terror nexus?

Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) February 2, 2016

According to sources, a Pakistani diplomat earlier said Kher had not submitted any visa application. It was in the month of May last year that the actor was first denied a visa to Pakistan. He was going to visit Lahore for an event hosted by an NGO but it was denied on security grounds. This time, he was invited as a guest for the three-day Karachi Literature Festival, which begins on Friday. Upset about his denial he said, "Has my visa been denied because I speak about India’s rich tradition of tolerance or I am a Kashmiri Pandit who may expose Pak terror nexus? Indian government welcomes Pakistan based writers, artists, actors etc. Pakistan government bans entry of Indian actors. Why fear a free dialogue."

Finally Anupam says, "I feel bad for all those people who were looking forward to meet me in Pakistan and vice versa". Other Indian celebs who will be present at the literature festival are Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, Rahul Singh, Om Arora, Urvashi Butalia and Ashok Chopra.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Director Raja Menon enters 100 Crore Club with 'Airlift'

Akshay Kumar's Airlift was clearly the choice of audience over the weekend gone by. Even in its second weekend, it did better than the new releases (Mastizaade, Saala Khadoos) which tells the tale. After holding quite well on Friday, it started escalating on Saturday and Sunday, hence resulting in a bountiful weekend of 19.26 crore*. As a result, the film now currently stands at 102.76 crore*.

With this, the film has now crossed the 100 crore mark in 10 days flat, an achievement by all means, especially considering the fact that this was a niche drama in the offering with offbeat cinema meeting commercial parameters. Director Raja Menon is now the newest entrant into the 100 crore club and he has managed that with a film which would gain him a lot of respect as well as commercial viability.

Star presence of Akshay Kumar has further helped the film reach out to a larger section of the audience. For the actor, it is a proud moment indeed as the film has joined the 100 crore club, which is dominated by hardcore commercial flicks like Rowdy Rathore and Housefull 2, along with Holiday which was an action affair too. The actor would next be seen in Housefull 3, another sure-shot 100 crore flick in the offering, and rest assured, the film after that - Rustom - would definitely entice that segment of audience which has helped Airlift turn out to be a very good success.

The weekdays would be stable for Airlift as well since it is the only film currently in the running with universal appeal to it. It would have to make the best of these four days since Sunny Deol's Ghayal Once Again arrives on Friday and the film is set to find good opening at the Box Office.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Top 5 most expensive South Indian films ever made!

South Indian film industry is abuzz with the news of South Superstar Mahesh Babu aka Prince joining hands with South Indian cinema’s most distinguished filmmaker director AR Murugadoss and making Telegu Cinema’s most expensive film! The untitled film’s budget is expected to be between Rs 85-90 crore. 

Raaga.Com takes a looks at Top 5 most expensive movie’s made down South!


Directed by S. S. Rajamouli and Produced by Shobu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni Baahubali: The Beginning is perhaps South Indian cinema’s most expensive movie to be made on a budget of 250 crore. Interestingly the movie was a huge hit and collected more than Rs 600 Crore worldwide 

2.0 (Sequel of Enthiran/Robot (2016)- (Rs 350 crore) 

Starring superstar Rajinikanth and Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar with Amy Jackson this Shanker directed film has crossed the budget of BAAHUBALI: THE BEGINNING and is being made on a whopping budget of Rs 350 crore. It may be noted earlier 'Enthiran' was made at a budget of Rs 132 crore. 

PULI (2015) – Rs 118 crore 

South Superstar Vijay and Bollywood Ex Flame Sridevi starrer Tamil movie PULI, was another adventure costume drama on lines of BAAHUBALI: THE BEGINNING. Directed by Chimbu Deven the movie had Hansika Motwane and Shruti Haasan the movie’s trailer took everybody by storm but the film failed to appeal. Made on budget of Rs 118 Crore the film also put the producers and its lead actors in IT soup! 

KOCHADAIIYAAN (2014) – Rs 125 crore 

Directed by Rajinikanth's younger daughter Soundarya, KOCHADAIIYAAN was made in 3-D staring Rajinikanth and Deepika Padukone. Produced at a whopping cost of Rs 125 crore, this innovative Motion Capture Computer Animated adventure film failed miserably at the box office, despite music by Oscar winning AR Rahman and background narration by Amitabh Bachchan in the Hindi version.

I (2014) – Rs 100 crore

South Superstar Vikram and Amy Jackson starrer I directed by Shanker was indeed an exceptional romantic thriller made in Tamil. V. Srinivas Mohan’s excellent visual effects took the audience by their seats and the movie proved a big hit! 

Thus the South Indian film industry is no less than Bollywood and has proved its competence time and again!

If Akshay Kumar’s AIRLIFT has irked Ministry of External Affairs, it has succeeded in serving its purpose!

Akshay Kumar’s recent film AIRLIFT has not only set the box office register ringing by becoming biggest grosser of one week (Rs 83.50 crore) but has also succeeded in awakening the Ministry of External Affairs, who failed to perform their duties seriously during the 1990 evacuation of Indian, who were trapped in Kuwait during the Iraq invasion of Kuwait. 

The movie not only salutes the brave Indian who stood by the side of one another in the time of crises on humanitarian ground, in the world’s largest evacuation, but also on the other hand takes a dig at lethargic attitude of the officials at the Ministry of External Affairs of India and the delayed help they provided to evacuate Indian citizens from Kuwait.

According to reports the movie has created ripples in the Ministry of External Affairs, who are fuming about their negative portrayal in the film during the crisis. Ms Nirupama Rao, former ambassador of India to the United States of America, has blasted the filmmaker Raja Menon and alleged for not doing a thorough research before making the film.

In a statement attacking filmmaker Raja Menon, Ms Rao said, “I can understand filmmakers taking liberties for cinematic excellence but I kindly don't make a "biased" and "ludicrous" projection of the government's role.”

“Our diplomats are by and large extremely dedicated and conscientious. I can give several example of competent India's Ambassador to Baghdad like Kamal Bakshi, foreign minister IK Gujral and India's Ambassador to Kuwait in 1990-91. They all had worked to ensure safety of suffering Indians in Kuwait.” She added. 

It feels good that Indian Cinema is going great guns and is moving far ahead from its ‘mission entertainment’ to ‘mission awareness’. 

Recently Meghna Gulzar’s TALVAR stirred a debate in the society about the authenticity of the 14-year-old Aarushi Talwar Murder case and now Raja Menon’s AIRLIFT has raised questions about the efficiency of the Ministry of External Affairs. 

Thus it’s great that if films like AIRLIFT or TALVAR can start a debate in society than the filmmaker can heave a sigh of relief as he/she has succeeded in serving his purpose!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Aamir Khan announces sequel of 3 IDIOTS!

Aamir Khan’s fans and movie buffs who have appreciated Aamir Khan and Rajkumar Hirani directed film 3 IDIOTS (2009) have reasons to cheer as Mr. Perfectionist aka Aamir Khan has announced the sequel of 3 IDIOTS!!! 

Speaking at the promotion of Rajkumar Hirani’s latest production SAALA KHADOOS staring Madhvan in the lead role, Aamir Khan, in the presence of Rajkumar Hirani said, “Raju Hirani has been silently working on the script of 3 IDIOTS and has given me a hint about the sequel. I have been bowled over by the idea. So film buffs keep your figures crossed for another dose of family entertainer 3 IDIOTS- 2!”

On being quizzed about the details about the sequel of 3 IDIOTS, Aamir Khan said, “Right now I am engaged in the shooting of DANGAL in which I play an aged wrestler weighing 98 kg, who encourages his daughter to make a career in wrestling, a sports regarded as the male sport.”

He added, “I have completed shooting for the aged father and now I am shedding weight to come back into my original shape as in the first half of the movie I play a young wrestler. I will have to lose 25 kilos to play the younger version of my character. I have already started working out on that. After DANGAL is complete I may focus my attention Hirani’s 3 IDIOTS!”

Confirming the news Rajkumar Hirani said, “Few months’ back I came up with an idea for the sequel of 3 IDIOTS. I discussed it with my co-writer Abhijat Joshi, who jumped over it and we began developing the plot. Later when we discussed the plot with Aamir Khan, he was really excited.”

“Though till now we are in the initial stages of writing I cannot reveal much about the sequel, but I can promise that film buffs can anticipate a sequel to 3 IDIOTS!” he quipped. 

Truly, if there is any sequel of any movie that is most awaited by film buffs is that of Aamir Khan’s film 3 IDIOTS! One hope the filmmakers come up with the sequel soon!!!

“40 years have passed since KABHIE KABHIE was released and still my fans insist me to the recite the same poem!” Amitabh Bachchan

Kabhi kabhi mere dil main khayal aata hain

Ki zindagi teri zulfon ki narm chhaon main guzarne pati

to shadab ho bhi sakti thi…..

More than the title track Kabhi kabhi mere dil main khayal aata hain …sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh, I think it is the above mentioned poignant poem narrated so touching by Mr. Amitabh Bachchan that has become a hot favorite among the audience. Frequently Mr. Bachchan is seen fulfilling the demand of his fans to recite the poem and he does oblige with the same panache.

Recently Mr. Bachchan got nostalgic recollecting the completion of 40 years of his mega hit film KABHIE KABHIE that was released on January 27, 1976. Overwhelmed by the movie’s excellent poetry and bewitching locales of Kashmir he tweeted, "It is strange that 40 years have passed since KABHIE KABHIE was released and still my fans insist me to the recite the same poem..!! Strength of cinema!”

What further mesmerized Bachchan was that when he was shooting for KABHIE KABHIE, simultaneously, he was also shooting for DEEWAAR and both the films were being directed by movie mogul Yash Chopra. 

It may be remembered that both the films KABHIE KABHIE and DEEWAAR were of two separate genres. While KABHIE KABHIE was a tender and poignant love story, DEEWAAR was an action thriller depicting the angry young image of Amitabh Bachchan, yet in both the films Amitabh Bachchan and Yash Chopra excelled at their best! 

Himself amazed at both the films being made simultaneously Bachchan tweeted, “We started shooting for KABHIE KABHIE when we were half way shooting for DEEWAAR. Nobody could imagine the makers and the artists involved in both the projects, could be so diverse in such short a time but he did it.” 

Truly magnificent! That’s the reason Mr. Bachchan Indian Cinema can never get another Amitabh Bachchan, neither a film wizard as competent as Yash Chopra!