Friday, March 27, 2015

Shahid Kapoor spills the beans about his VIVAH!

Bollywood heartthrob Shahid Kapoor tired of the paparazzi that made his life hell pestering to seek information about the new girl in his life finally spilled the beans in front of the media! 

Opening his heart out Shahid Kapoor at the glittering ceremony at Hindustan Times Mumbai’s Most Stylish 2015 awards on Thursday candidly announced, “I am aware that the media is getting restless to know about the girl in my life about whom rims have been written.” 

He continued, "I am not engaged, but what you have been reading is kind of true. Marriage is on the cards sometime towards the end of the year and I think that’s all I can say right now."

Refraining from giving details about his sweet heart Shahid said, “I hope the media respects my privacy but since the media was anxious I thought it was important for me to acknowledge it in front of the media, so I am doing this.”

Speaking about the would-be bride of Shahid Kapoor, Mira Rajput is 21 year and 13 years younger to Shahid Kapoor. 

She has been born and brought up in Delhi. She has done her schooling from Delhi's Vasant Valley School and is pursuing English (Hons) from Delhi's prestigious Lady Shri Ram College. She is in her third year and lives with her family Chhatarpur, a suburb in Delhi. 

Shahid and Mira came together through their parents who are devotees of Radha Soami Satsang Beas and share a close knit relation. 

Thus like Rajshri Production’s movie VIVHA, the marriage is arranged unlike the modern day love marriages!

Will it be a cakewalk for Australia to topple New Zealand?

After trouncing India with a massive win of 95 runs Australia will be gearing to crush New Zealand in the prestigious World Cup final on Sunday and dreaming to write a new history of winning the title Five Times!!! 

However will it be a cakewalk for Australia to topple New Zealand that has been desperate to win the title since many years? 

After breaking the jinx of being defeated six times in the seminal the New Zealand team that has eventually reached their maiden World Cup final defeating the tough South Africa at Auckland's will surely be all charged and like a wounded tiger would be aspiring to pounce upon the Kangaroos!

The highpoint of New Zealand team is that it is riding high with the distinction of a spotless record of winning all their matches in this tournament. To add cherry on cake they have the psychological advantage of defeating Australia in the World Cup pool and that too bundling the mighty Australian batting line-up for a petite score as low as 151 at Auckland. Hence the team looks spirited. 

New Zealand seamer Tim Southee believes their team will give a tough battle to Australia in the finals. He said, “Our team has the experience and the firepower to topple Australia in Sunday's World Cup final in Melbourne.” He added, “Our team would be relishing the opportunity of playing in their maiden World Cup final and hunt for a win.”

The only drawback that the New Zealand team has is that it has won all its matches in their home grounds at New Zealand hence beating Australia in Australia is a huge task. Nevertheless Southee doesn’t think so. “It's a dream come true for all the guys. This is as good as it gets, taking on Australia in Australia on one of the best cricket grounds in the world.” He quipped. 

In contrast Australian Captain Michael Clarke denies that having lost to New Zealand has been a setback. Instead he considers the team’s defeat at Auckland by the hands of New Zealand as boon in disguise. In an interview he confided, "I believe our defeat against New Zealand had made us stronger. In fact I believe the defeat was the turning point in this tournament for the Australian team.”

He added, "I think that one defeat gave us a bit of a kick up the backside. Our attitude from that day has been exceptional. The boys have got out of bed every single day to try and become better and the pointer is our result after the defeat!”

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Is Anushka Sharma the prime culprit in India’s defeat against Australia?

Anushka Sharma should be declared National Panauti…..; Not blaming anyone but Anushka…..; Boys have been great until yesterday. Manhoos kahikiiiiiii”; why oh why didn't Anushka have some other surgery to undergo today?

Well these are some of the hate tweets by angry Indians condemning actress Anushka Sharma as the prime culprit behind India’s loss against Australia in the all important World Cup Semi –Final. 

Among the many cricket buffs who took to tweeter and other social media in order to vocal their anguish against India’s loss in the crucial semi-final against Australia, sincerely felt that had Virat Kohli been sincere to his profession and played his natural game India would have surely won the match.

cricket buffs lambasting India’s raising talent Virat Kohli said, “India could have easily chased the total after a fiery start by Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma but alas Virat Kohil yet again failed to live up to the expectation when he was most importantly required to perform.”

Blaming Kohli’s inclination more towards his girl friend Anushka Sharma than to his county and his profession a cricket fan fuming in anger quoted, “India has lost the game only because of Virat Kohli. His obsession for his girl friend Anushka Sharma could be judged from the fact that he neither played with the bat nor was adept at fielding. He also dropped the crucial catch of Australia batsman Brad Haddin.”

Irked at hate tweets and criticism labeled upon Anushka Sharma, she responded stating that she is not responsible for Virat Kohli bad performance in Semi Final of world cup 2015. “Don’t blame over me for Virat Kohli’s bad performance he is responsible for his own field during the matches,” she said in an interview! 

True indeed! What Anushka Sharma says is right because Virat Kohli with recent stardom has lost hold on his ground. He is on sky nine blind with glitter of fame and success! 

If you don’t believe than watch the recent ‘Crash Pepsi IPL’ commercial. You will be surprised to watch that even the commercial advices Kohli to concentrate on his game rather than focus elsewhere? Hope Virat Kohli learns a lesson!!

It’s an honorable ‘Ghar Wapsi’ for Team India!

Bollywood actor Aamir Khan at the end of the thrilling Semi Final between India and Australia has rightly tweeted, “Well played Australia. Thank you to the Indian team for taking us to the semis. Hard luck and well played.”

From a sportsman’s perspective India indeed played a brilliant match against the mighty Australian team and a special kudos to captain M.S. Dhoni for yet again playing a stealer performance in a crunch match, despite key batsmen failing to perform! He kept a straight face and led his side with aplomb.

Dhoni top scored for his team with a run-a-ball 65 but it was in vain as the Indians collapsed to be all out for 233 in the 47th over, chasing Australia's daunting 7 for 328. In his statement after the match, Dhoni confided that the team crumbled under pressure.

He said that the team got a brilliant start, particularly, Shikhar Dhawan playing aggressively. However in the haste for quick runs he committed the blunder of going all out for big shots. Lamenting over the dismissal of Shikhar Dhawan, Dhoni said, “Shikhar should not have played big shots because he was scoring quite freely and with the open field, he should have just batted for a few more over.” 

"But overall, there is pressure when you're chasing 329 runs and we have seen in cricket that pressure makes you do things you don't really want to do," he confessed. 

Praising the spinners Dhoni said, “The spinners performance was good but I feel the fast bowlers could have done slightly better than the result would have been different because the score of 329 was just above par.” 

Giving no excuses for the loss captain M.S. Dhoni seemed quite contended with his team’s overall performance and applauded the boys for playing a positive cricket.

He said, “Overall, quite happy with where we were," he said. "At the start of the tournament, a lot of people didn't really think we'll come so far.” 

True indeed because from being termed as underdogs in the tournament team India has risen like a phoenix from the ashes and deserves applause.

Though team India’s impressive winning streak in World Cup 2015 came to an abrupt end breaking the hearts of billions of cricket buffs across the globe but what must be applauded is that the men in blue gave a tough battle to Australia, the team that boosts having been a three-time World Cup Champion ((1999, 2003 and 2007). It may be noted that Australia has the distinction og having played in the most final matches (six out of ten: 1975, 1987, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2007). 

In nutshell, I will conclude it’s an honorable ‘Ghar Wapsi’ for Team India!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Fans Favor India While Bookies predict Australia!

The edge of the seat thrilling Semi-Final between India and Australia has generated much fervor among the fans and bookies. The colossal clash between Australia and India in the Cricket World Cup Semi-Final in Sydney on Thursday is thus awaited with batted breath. While the fans are favoring India to win, the bookies predict a win for the Kangaroos.

Interestingly the Semi -Final between New Zealand and South Africa witnessed a similar scenario. The match was played at Eden Park in New Zealand and obviously the packed stadium of over 40,000 supported the home team but the bookies thought otherwise. 

According to reports the odds for the game stood at 75/100 (Seventy five paisa for one rupee) for a South Africa victory, while for the New Zealand, it was 1.30/100 (one rupee and 30 paisa for a rupee). Lower the odds, higher are the perceived chances of a team winning. Everybody is ware about the result.

Hence it is established from New Zealand’s victory that the bookies are not always right. Another lesson that we learn from the match is that while the bookies may not be always right but the fans that cheer a team play a pivotal role in motivating the players and ultimately decide the fate of the match!

The Semi-Final between New Zealand and South Africa is yet again the pointer to this fact because in the last over when New Zealand was in a tight spot with five runs to win from last two bowls, New Zealand batsman Grant Elliott looked cool and at ease. He displayed his self-confidence by hitting a massive six in the second last ball of the last over thus taking New Zealand to the finals. 

Speaking his heart out at the end of the match New Zealand’s hero of the Semi-Final, Grant Elliott, candidly admitted, “With 40,000 home crowd cheering for victory I was pepped with energy and I felt no pressure at all.” 

Coming to the India – Australia Semi-Final, yet again the bookies are in favor of Australia winning the Semi-Final. Hence the bookies are said to be offering 50/100 (50 paisa for a rupee) on Australia, and for India, the value stands at two rupees for a rupee, as reported by India’s largest selling national daily. 

However the good news is that while the bookies may not be in favor of India’s win but the fans are supporting India. According to reports Indian fans are likely to outnumber their Australian counterparts despite the match being held in Sydney. 

Organisers believe that 70 percent of tickets at the sold-out 42,000-capacity Sydney Cricket Ground have been bought by India fans, who would be leaving no stone unturned to stimulate Indian players for a much anticipated win! 

So Indian cricket buffs can keep their figures crossed for an Indian win, if we compare the scenario of the Semi-Final between New Zealand and South Africa!

Aamir Khan expresses concern over derogatory content for children in films

Aamir Khan, who is known for making socially revenant movies like LAGAAN, TAARE ZAMEEN PAR etc has expressed his concern over the derogatory content being dished out by filmmakers for the children. 

Speaking at the annual FICCI Frames event in Mumbai he said, "If you look at our children's content, it's almost negligible, and the little that I see is very scary. It scares me to see the kind of children's content they are making.” 

The FICCI Frames was attended by Bollywood personalities like Kamal Haasan, Chairman, FICCI MBEC South, and Ramesh Sippy, Co-Chair, FICCI Entertainment Committee etc.

Lamenting at the falling standards of virtues and honesty among children Aamir pondered, “Today, unfortunately, we are in a time where dishonesty is looked upon. How do we bring in a quality that people can admire?" “Nevertheless it is high time we as a creative industry or media understand our responsibility in building the nation and transform the younger generation,” he advised. 

Aamir Khan’s concern is worth pondering because in recent times the whimsical world of children films has practically vanished with just a few exceptions like TAARE ZAMEEN PAR, STANLEY KA DABBA or BHOOTHNATH because film producers claim that children films don’t have a commercial angle.

However a look at some of the great all time hit children films like BOOT POLISH, DOSTI, GHAR GHAR KI KAHANI, PARICHAY, HATHI MERE SATHI, KUWARA BAAP etc it can be concluded that whenever a good children film has been made it has not only done good business but done extraordinary business. 

It’s not that just 60’s and 70’s witnessed some good children movies. Even in the 80’ and 90’s there have been good children films like CHOTA CHETAN, MASOOM, MR. INDIA, ANJALI, HUM HAIN RAHI PYAAR KE etc. 

Further with MADKEE, IQBAL, KOI MIL GAYA, THE BLUE UMBRELLA etc doing brisk business at the box office it is crystal clear there is enough space for children films but the key is how the filmmakers presented the subject.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Kangana Ranaut wins National Award for QUEEN!

Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut added yet feather in her cap by winning the prestigious 62nd National Award for her effortless performance in Bollywood hit film QUEEN. At a young age of 28 years Kangana Ranaut has bagged her second National Award. She had earlier received the National Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as the drug-addict model in FASHION.

Karnataka actor Vijay gave a major setback for Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor, who after winning almost all the popular film awards was heavily banking to grab the country highest honor for his critically acclaimed performance in HAIDER. Nevertheless the jury settled for Vijay, who deservedly won the Best actor award for brilliantly portraying a transgender in the Karnataka film NAANU AVANALLA, AVALU ((I AM NOT A HE, BUT SHE)

The highlight of this year’s National Award is that the awards have been brilliantly dispersed among different state. The Best Film Award has been bestowed upon debutant Marathi film director Chaitanya Tamhane, for his Marathi film COURT. Interestingly the film COURT has won multiple International awards that includes at 71st Venice International Film Festival, 16th Mumbai Film Festival (International competition) and at 51st International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival.

Bengali director Srijit Mukherji won the Best Director award for CHOTUSHKONE. The Supporting Actor awards were begged by Tamil actor Bobby Simha for JIGARTHANDA and Baljinder Kaur for Haryanvi film PAGDI - THE HONOUR.

Priyanka Chopra’s MARY KOM was named the Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. Vikas Bahl's Queen has been named the Best Hindi film. 

Filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj’s HAIDER that created flutter at all the popular film awards nites did created its magic at the National Award by winning as many as five National Film Awards but tragically the most awaited award for its lead actor Shahid Kapoor for his mesmerizing performance went unnoticed! 

HAIDER won Best Male Playback Singer for Sukhwinder Singh for the song Bismil; Best Dialogues and Music Direction for the film's director Vishal Bhardwaj; Best Choreography for Norway-based Sudesh Adhana; and Best Costume Designer for the effervescent Dolly Ahluwalia.

Elated at winning five awards Vishal Bhardwaj briefing media said, "We have got more than what we expected. I am overwhelmed," However deep layer of melancholy could be noticed on his face for Shahid being ignored. "I am a bit disappointed for Shahid. His performance was really good in the film. I feel sad for Shahid," he confided. 

It was also a moment of pride for Marathi cinema, as another Marathi film ‘KILLA’ directed by Avinash Arun, also bagged honours in India Gold section of the festival.

President Pranab Mukherjee will hand over the awards to the winners on May 3 in New Delhi's Vigyan Bhawan.

The complete list 

Dada Saheb Phalke Award: Shashi Kapoor

Best Feature Film:Court (Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati & English)

Best Popular Filmfor Providing Wholesome Entertainment: Mary Kom

Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director: Asha for Jaoar Majhe

Best Direction: Srijit Mukherji for Chotushkone (Bengali)

Best Actress: Kangana Ranaut for Queen

Best Actor: Vijay for Nanu Avanalla Avalu (Kannada)

Best Supporting Actor: Bobby Simhaa for Jigarthanda (Tamil)

Best Supporting Actress: Baljinder Kaur for Pagdi The Honour (Haryanavi)

Best Male Playback Singer: Sukhwinder Singh, for Bismil, Haider

Best Female Playback Singer: Saivam (Tamil) and Uttara Unnikrishanan (Song: Azhagu)

Best Costume Designer: Haider (Hindi) Dolly Ahluwalia

Best Music Direction Songs: Haider

Best Music Direction Background Score: Nineteen Eighty Three (Malayalam)

Best Choreography: Sudesh Bismil, Haider

Best Assamese Film: Othello

Best Bengali Film: Nirbashito

Best Hindi Film: Queen

Best Rabha Film: Orong

Best Haryanvi Film: Pagdi The Honour

Best Punjabi Film: Punjab 1984

Best Tamil Film: Kuttram Kadithal

Best Telugu Film: Chandamama Kathalu

Best Malayalam Film: Ain

Best Marathi Film: Killa

Best Odiya Film: Aadim Vichar

Best Kannada Film: Harivu

Best Konkani Film:Nachom - IA Kumpasar

Special Mention: Killa (Marathi)

Best Film on Environment Consevation/Preservation: Ottaal (Malayalam)

Best Educational Film: Komal & Behind the Glass Wall

Best Exploration/ Adventure Film: Life Force - India's Western Ghats

Best Investigative Film:Phum Shang 

Best Animation Film: Sound of Joy

Best Short Fiction Film: Mitraa

Best Film Critic: Tanul Thakur