Saturday, September 20, 2014

Which Filmmakers Have Influenced Mahesh Bhatt As A Film Maker?

The name Mahesh Bhatt brings alive some of the thought provoking movies that Indian cinema had never dared to make. While on one hand Mahesh Bhatt has made movies that have made the best possible statements on his behalf like as ARTH, SAARANSH, DADDY, ZAKHM etc. On the contrarily he has also proved his mettle in the typical commercial potboilers making hits films like NAAM, SADAK, AASHIQUI, HUM HAIN RAHI PYAR KE

September 20 marks the birthday of Mahesh Bhatt, the genius filmmaker of contemporary cinema; Raaga.Com wishes him birthday greeting and takes a look at the filmmakers that have influenced Bhatt as a film maker. 

Speaking about the film makers who have influenced him Mahesh Bhatt in an interview said, “Indian cinema can be classified in to the commercial format - the one made by Raj Kapoor, Mehboob Khan, K Asif, Bimal Roy and Guru Dutt. The other form of cinema being the - ‘Art Cinema’ which was introduced by Satyajit Ray. He dared and captured the complex realities of rural India in his own distinguished way. Following his foot step we had Shyam Benegal, Govind Nihalani and M.S. Sathyu. It gave birth to middle-of-the-road cinema.” 

He added, “However I have been hugely impressed by eminent filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee, who exceptionally bridged the gap between commercial cinema and the art cinema. Thus making movies that touched the core of film buffs. Movies that had substance and a dose of wholesome entertainment films like ANAND, AASHIRWAD, BAWARCHI, SATYAKAM, CHUPKE CHUPKE, ANUPAMA, ABHIMAAN, GUDDI, GOL MAAL.”

He concludes, “Thus I have been groomed by the cinema of the 1960s and some part of the 1950s. Even Ray impacted my psyche. The best of Indian cinema was responsible for pushing a man like me to make heart-breaking narratives with ARTH, NAAM, SAARANSH”

Friday, September 19, 2014

Music World Mourns 'Mandolin Srinivas' Demise

Celebrated Carnatic music legend and pioneer in the use of the mandolin in Indian classical music, U. Srinivas, also popularly recognized as 'Mandolin Srinivas' passed away at the young age of 45 in a Chennai hospital.

Mourning his death Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in his condolence message said, “Mandolin maestro's U. Srinivas dedication and long-standing contribution towards music will always be remembered for generations”. 

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The tragic news of U. Srinivas sent shock waves in the music world. Bharat Ratna and Nightingale of Indian Music, Lata Mangeshkar tweeted, “I was deeply grieved listening the death of Mandolin maestro's U. Srinivas’s death. He was a child prodigy.” She added, “I had the privilege of listening him play mandolin when he was merely 13 or 14 year old on TV. He was truly gifted because playing mandolin so brilliantly at such a tender age is no child’s play. May his soul rest in peace.” 

Courteous, soft-spoken, unassuming, Srinivas was a simply man and let his mandolin do the talking. Music wizard A. R. Rahman stunned at the demise of mandolin genius in his tweet wrote, "Emotionally shaken to hear of Carnatic shining star Mandolin Shrinivasji's demise... May God bless him with happiness in the next world..."

Yet another music maestro Zakir Hussain, famed Tabla player pained at the loss of Srinivas tweeted, "Today mother India cries, today a part of Indian music died and we are orphaned, RIP my dear brother Mandolin Srinivas."

Born on Feb 28, 1969 in Palakolu, Andhra Pradesh, Srinivas was a child prodigy. He picked up his father's mandolin at the age of six and started playing it. He made his first public performance at the age of 9 when he played at the Thyagaraja Aradhana Festival in Gudivada. Since then, he performed at several music festivals, both nationally and internationally.

In his long career, he played with Indian greats artists such as Hariprasad Chaurasia and Zakir Hussain, while also collaborating with world music greats like John McLaughlin, Michael Brook, Trey Gunn, Nigel Kennedy, Nana Vasconcelos, and Michael Nyman.

In 1998, he was honoured with the Padma Shri award. He was also nominated for the Padma Bhushan but "grumbled" to his friends that he was not at all interested in the award race. Later in 2010, he was honoured with Sangeet Natak Academy Award.

Few may know that Srinivas was a favourite of the late Tamil Nadu chief minister, MG Ramachandran, who had first heard him perform at a wedding. "When MGR entered, someone told Srinivas to stop playing. But MGR came to the stage and told Srinivas to continue. He then instructed his attendants to make sure Srinivas played at all AIADMK party functions

Whose Expression Amitabh Bachchan Cannot Replicate?

Amitabh Bachchan, Star of Millennium has portrayed every emotions on the screen be it the famous angry man in DEEWAAR, the tragic doctor in ANAND, the fulfilled English Professor in CHUPKE CHUPKE, the happy go lucky street man in AMAR AKBAR ANTHONY, as village bumpkin in Don, as a don in AGNEEPATH, the mentally retarded yet witty 12-year-old boy with an extremely rare genetic disorder called progeria in PAA or the Alzheimer's disease infected ex teacher of Rani Mukerjee in BLACK. In nutshell, Bachchan is an all round actor which even the thespian Dilip Kumar concurs as he quotes, ‘Amitabh Bachchan is truly a complete actor.”

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However readers would be surprised to read that the actor in his blog has recently acknowledged that there is one person whose facial expression he is unable to replicate. He says the expression of the person has left him distressed as it is impossible to imitate his expression. Readers may wonder who the person in question is? 

Well, Bachchan, in his blog informs that he happened to encounter a poor boy at the traffic signal. He writes, “I was once driving home when I saw a boy lying on the pavement looking desperately hungry and weary. I felt pity. I got down from my car and shook the boy from his sleep and gave him a packet to eat and a hundred rupee note! The boy just seized the food packet form me and the note without caring who gave him. The expression on the face of the boy left me astounded. If ever I were to be capable of recreating that expression on the face of the little one, shaken up from his drowse, I would consider myself the greatest actor in the world!”

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sex Siren Sunny Leone And South Hunk Rana Daggubati To Blaze Screen In ONE NIGHT STAND

Sex siren and porn star turned-Bollywood Actress Sunny Leone is all set to blaze the silver screen with fire as there are reports the seductive actress is going to seduce south sensational debonair hunk Rana Daggubati, who is known among heroes with panache and paunches. 

The movie akin to the sexy image of Sunny Leone is an erotica fantasy and is aptly titled ONE NIGHT STAND. With the hot and sizzling Sunny Leone’s steamy love scenes with the tall, muscular and handsome Rana Daggubati the silver screen is sure to set on fire and the audience getting a worthy paisa vasool entertainment. 

While Sunny Leone has certainly staked her claim in Bollywood thanks to her super hit debut in JISM 2, and her RAGINI MMS 2 doing roaring business at the box office, the porn star has now become a darling of Indian film Industry. Forget Bollywood she is the most sought after actress in regional cinema too, particularly the South Indian film industry is going gaga over her. She has signed many films down South that include CURRENT THEEGA ( Telugu ),DK ( KANNADA ), VADACURRY (Tamil). In Bollywood she is currently working on TINA AND LOLO and MASTIZAADE.

The film ONE NIGHT STAND is being directed by Jasmine D'Souza and will go on floors soon. Penned by Bhavani Iyer, the film is expected to go on floors in November and will be extensively shot abroad. It will be produced by Furqan Khan and Pradeep Sharma.

According to south films' publicist B Manjunath Sunny Leone will be a rage in south, as film producers are always on the lookout for such actors. She can be assured of work in south for at least the next 12 months once her Tamil movie releases.

Rajinikanth Protest Against His 'Personality Rights' And Infringement!

For the first in the history of Indian cinema an actor has protested against 'personality rights' and infringement. The actor is none other but the Demi God of Southern Cinema and the iconic superstar of Indian cinema, Rajinikanth

Superstar Rajinikanth on Wednesday filed a petitioned in the Madras High Court against Mumbai based Varsha Production House seeking a stay on the release of its forthcoming Bollywood film MAIN HOON RAJINIKANTH.

The petition has been filed against the movie’s directed Faisal Saif and its producer Mrs.Saroj who have made a Bollywood film MAIN HOON RAJINIKANTH to bank on the popularity of national heartthrob Rajnikanth

A furious Rajnikanth in his petition has lambasted that he has ‘never endorsed’ any film or product using his name as it might ‘mislead his loyal fans’. Rajini also contended that a film based on his “name or image” is a violation of his “privacy” and accused the producer of cashing on his “super hero image”. 

The Tamil superstar also said that neither the film’s producer nor director had approached him seeking ‘written’ or ‘oral’ permission to use his name in the film. Rajnikanth further said the film might defame him and upset his huge devoted fan base.

Another serious allegation against the movie according to Rajinikanth is that the producer had shamelessly lifted several iconic scenes from Rajinikanth’s various hit movies by including in his forthcoming feature film without seeking permission from him or the concerned filmmakers, alleging it to be immoral and unethical. 

It may be noted in the film MAIN HOON RAJINIKANTH, South Indian actor Adithya Menon makes his debut as a hero in Bollywood. He portrays a C.B.I Officer-cum-Contract Killer named Rajinikanth Rao and bluntly copies the caricatured style of Rajnikanth from Rajinikanth's indisputable acting ability, charisma, mannerisms and stylized delivery of dialogues. 

Justice S Tamilvanan who is looking into the case granted interim injunction restraining Varsha Productions from releasing the film with that title and content. The court said as per Article 21 of the Constitution, everyone is entitled to lead a dignified life and no one can cause damage to the fame or reputation to any person against law. It further said available material placed before the court and arguments of Rajnikanth’s counsel showed that film degrades the reputation of a popular cine field personality.

Interestingly director Faisal Saif defending himself said the film is a comedy and a tribute to the living superstar and cultural icon of Tamil cinema Rajinikanth.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bollywood Celebrities Wish PM Narendra Modi On His Birthday

The entire film fraternity came out in full force to wish birthday greetings to the dynamic Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who turned 64 on Wednesday. On the occasion, the prime minister met his mother in Gandhinagar and sought her blessings. 

Further he called upon his party men and the citizens not to spent money on his birthday but instead contribute wholeheartedly for the victims of Jammu and Kashir who are struggling for survival after the worst hit floods. 

Ajay Devgn was the first to tweet. In his tweet he prayed Almighty bestow health and strength to Modi so that he could meet the expectations of millions of people of India looking up to him. 

Actor Shreyas Talpade, who came to fame with his role in IQBAL quite innocently tweeted, “For the first time in my life I've felt like wishing a prime minister of our country a very very happy birthday.”

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar in his wish hoped under able leadership of Modi a progressive India beckons. While eminent national and international film maker Shekhar Kapur, who made great films like MR.INDIA and BANDIT QUEEN tweeted, “Not sure you will get time to celebrate Sir, but happy birthday. Hope you stay healthy and strong.”

Sex siren Mallika Sherawat, who last year seductively sang birthday song to Narendra Modi, this year, wished him on Twitter.

Others who wished Modi were actor Anupam Kher, Shreyas Talpade, Tusshar Kapoor, Randeep Hooda and others. 

It may be remembered that just a few days back Salman Khan had appreciated Narendra Modi for his tremendous role in his 100 days in the house. Salman Khan had criticized the people who had doubted his ability saying “it has been just 100 days now; let's give him some more time - everyone deserves it. He is working from morning to night along with his team,"

Hasrat Jaipuri - Monarch of Romantic Numbers.

Yeh Mera Prem Patra Padh Kar….. SANGAM); Jiya Bekarar Hai Chayi Bahar Hai… (BARSAT); Mohabbat Aisi Dhadkan Hai….(ANARKALI); Nain So Nain Naahi Milao…( JHANAK JHANAK PAYAL BAAJE); Rasik Balma Haay Dil Kyon Lagaya Tose…(CHORI CHORI) These are some of the evergreen melodies that takes in to a mood of solace and tranquility. 

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However what is painful is that while we hear these hit songs, we tend to forget the lyricist who has poured his heart out in the beautiful songs. Does anybody remember who has written these peerless songs? Well, he is none other but Hasrat Jaipuri, also termed by Bollywood as Monarch of romantic numbers. A careful reading of the song would reveal that all the songs I have mentioned a super romantic numbers, which was the specialty of Hasrat Jaipuri and till his death he was vibrant and wrote romantic numbers till 2004. 

September 17 marks the death anniversary of the great film lyricist; Raaga.Com pays him homage. 

Born on 15th April, 1922 in Jaipur, as Iqbal Husain, he studied till tenth standard and then acquired education in Urdu and Persian from his learned grandfather, Fida Husain. He began writing poems at around his teens when he first fell in love with a neighborhood girl called Radha. He was a silent lover; hence he connived his love via a poem, Yeh mera prem patra padh kar, ke tum naaraaz na hona. But the 'letter' never got delivered to Radha, instead Raj Kapoor delivered it to the world as the everlasting tune for lovers of all generations in his movie SANGAM (1964). 

Hasrat Jaipuri landed in Mumbai in 1939 and got himself a job of a Bus conductor with a monthly salary of Rs. 11/- per month. A romanticist by nature his poems usually catered to beauty and nature best remembered Teri pyari pyari surat ko kisi ki…

Hasrat’s destiny smiled when one of his poem’s published in a newspaper got attention of film-legend Raj Kapoor who called upon the editor and asked for the ‘poet’ to meet him. Hasraat’s first song was jeeya bekarar hain (Barsaat) and was an instant hit. His relationship with Raj Kapoor lasted from 1949-1971 and he came back in 1985 with Raj Saab’s RAM TERI GANGA MAILI with a super duper hit Sun saiba sun….