Monday, April 27, 2015

After Salman Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui to play a boxer!

Though cricket is supposed to be the most popular game in India but it seems Bollywood is more fascinated with boxing, a game that highlights machismo!

Remember in the past macho star like Dara Singh playing a boxer in the movie BOXER (1965), Amitabh Bachchan in NASEEB (1981), Dharmendra in MAIN INTEQUAM LOONGA (1982), Mithun Chakraborty in BOXER (1984) Sunny Deol in GHAYAL (1990), Aamir Khan in GULAM (1998) etc.

The trend has continued even today. According to latest news brilliant actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui is all set to play of a boxer in his forthcoming film being directed by Sujoy Ghosh, which is based on the book The Devotion Of Suspect X. According to reports Nawazuddin Siddiqui will be pitted against Saif Ali Khan.

To get into the skin of the character Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who is quite thin, has, began enhancing his body and muscles under the supervision of a physical trainer at his personal gym. In addition to building his physique he is also learning boxing and kickboxing techniques to give authenticity to his character, which is his forte.

Readers may recall that the trend of boxing has picked up in Bollywood thanks to the success of Priyanka Chopra starrer in MARY KOM. 

Others actors who will be seen playing boxers in upcoming movies include Ranbir Kapoor, playing a street fighter in BOMBAY VELVET, Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra playing boxers in BROTHERS and Salman Khan in Ali Abbas Zafar’s SULTAN.

In fact even actor-producer John Abraham had planned a remake of Sylvester Stallone Hollywood hit ROCKY with former world champion David Haye, with whom he has collaborated for a flagship fitness-cum-boxing centre too.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Many Bollywood celebrities had a narrow escape from ‘Earthquake Tragedy’!

The deadly earthquake that killed nearly 1,000 in Nepal and other parts of Asian courtiers including India also trapped many Bollywood celebrities, fortunately all escaped the disaster. 

Bollywood actor Manoj Bajpai, famous for his performances in movies like SATYA, RAAJNEETI, AARAKSHAN, GANGS OF WASSEYPUR etc. had a miraculous escape from the deadly earthquake tragedy that devastated major parts of Nepal and several parts of Northern and Eastern India. 

The 46-year-old actor, who was in Siliguri for BBC radio felicitation in a tweet informed, “I had returned after attending the BBC radio felicitation program and was relaxing in my hotel when I was taken aback by severe tremors which were so intense that the hotel walls were cracked. Luckily not much damage was done and I rushed out from the hotel to Bagdogra airport to visit the Indo Bangladesh border.”

“On my way I experienced tremor near the mountains in Siliguri but fortunately, once again I escaped from any untoward tragedy,” he heaved a sigh of relief. 

He added, “On reaching Bagdora airport I was aghast to see the panic stricken people running helter and shelter to save their lives.”

“The most painful scene was to witness a woman losing her metal balance and crying hysterically. It was a scary sight. I pray for the people affected by the disastrous earthquake in Nepal and India,” he observed. 

Besides Manoj Bajpai, Bollywood director Kunal Deshmukh, who directed Mahesh Bhatt’s hit film JANNAT staring Emraan Hashmi and Sonal Chauhan was in Kathmandu when the 7.9-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. However he too was safe and sound but left stranded as the Nepal airport as it was shut due to the natural calamity. 

Readers would be surprised to know that even the tremors of earthquake were felt in New Delhi. Bollywood actress Mugdha Godse, who acted in Madhur Bhandharkar’s movies like FASHION and HEROINE, was in Delhi and shopping at Select Citywalk Mall in Delhi’s Saket area. Experiencing the tremors she rushed out and was saved. 

She tweeted, ‘Just witnessed an earthquake in Delhi Saket Select City! Ran out of the building.’ 

Meanwhile the entire film fraternity expressed their anguish and concerns for the victims of the earthquake. Bollywood celebrities from Amitabh Bachchan to Shah Rukh Khan among others shared information about the helpline numbers as well as offered prayers and condolences for those hit.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Amitabh Bachchan to pay ode to Shashi Kapoor at 62nd National Award

The Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor Jodi is Bollywood’s most popular pair which has given a string of hit movies like DEEWAR, TRISHUL, KABHI KABHI, SUHAAG, NAMAK HALAAL, SHAAN, ROTI KAPDA AUR MAKAAN ETC. The list is quite long. 

Besides sharing a great chemistry on screen the two also share an equally great bound on personnel front. Shashi Kapoor’s father Prithiv Raj Kapoor and Bachchan’s father Harivansh Rai Bachchan were great friends as both were admirers of each other's works - one for his stage the other for his poetry.

Hence when Shashi Kapoor’s son requested Amitabh Bachchan to pay a small compliment to his dad on the occasion of his father receiving this year's prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema, Amitabh Bachchan could not let him down.

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In his blog Amitabh informed his fans that he has recorded a small message for a video clip that will displayed on a wide screen during the 62 National Awards function in New Delhi. 

Bachchan quoted, “We are all honoured by the decision of Government of India to bestow actor Shashi Kapoor with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the National highest Award for the Industry. Shashi ji and I have shared so much it is difficult to imagine how we did it. Some thoughts and words tumble out. But nothing can give adequate expression of what we would ideally like to state. There is so much to say and remember.” 

Readers would be surprised to know that when Amitabh Bachchan was struggling to make it big in Bollywood, it was Shashi Kapoor, who had helped him. 

According to a source close to Amitabh Bachchan once Shashi Kapoor helped Amitabh securing a role in a film that he was doing for James Ivory-Ismail Merchant's Filmvalas. However when he found Amitabh Bachchan standing in a crowd and playing an extra in the film he was very angry. He took Amitabh Bachchan to a side and said, “You are not meant to play such minimal roles, do not do the role.”

Saying this Shashi Kapoor left the studio but Bachchan did the role as he needed money desperately, however when Shashi Kapoor saw the rushes he asked the director to delete the portions of Amitabh Bachchan.!

Who is the real recipient of Dadasaheb Phalke Award - Shah Rukh Khan or Shashi Kapoor?

Recently the media was filled with news of Shah Rukh Khan winning the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke award regarded as the one of the highest awards in Indian cinemas. While a few weeks ago there were reports of yesteryear actor Shashi Kapoor being bestowed with country’s highest film award the Dadasaheb Phalke award! 

Thus there is confusion among readers as who is the real recipient of Dadasaheb Phalke award? 

Well, to be frank both Shah Rukh Khan and Shashi Kapoor are the real recipients of Dadasaheb Phalke Award but do not get perplexed because Shah Rukh Khan is the winner of the award initiated by Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation, a recently formed private institution.

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On the contrary Shashi Kapoor is the recipient of the award initiated by the Directorate of Film Festivals, an organisation set up by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of Government of India. The recipient is honoured for their ‘outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema’ and is selected by a committee consisting of eminent personalities from the Indian film industry. 

This Dadasaheb Phalke Award, is truly India's highest award in cinema and is presented annually at the National Film Awards. The award was introduced in 1969, by the Government of India to commemorate eminent filmmaker Dadasaheb Phalke's contribution to Indian cinema, who directed India's first full-length feature film, RAJA HARISHCHANDRA (1913). 

Owner of Bombay Talkies and India’s first lady superstar Devika Rani was the first recipient of this award. Other great who have won this award include Dilip Kumar, Satyajit Ray, V. Shantaram, Lata Mangeshkar, Sivaji Ganesan, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, K. Balachander, Gulzar etc.

As of 2014, there have been 46 film celebrities have been awarded this great honor. 

Shashi Kapoor is the recipient of 2014 and will be honoured at the 62nd National Film Awards ceremony next month in May.

After Annu Kapoor; Javed Akhtar jumps on the bandwagon to exploit Golden Era of Bollywood

The 60’s and the 70’s of Bollywood are regarded as the Golden Era of Bollywood, particularly for its mesmerizing music. The craze for the music of this era is so intense that even today it is one of the most sought after music, not just among the people in the age group of 40’s and 50’s but even among the youngsters and teenagers. 

To bank on this craze many radio and TV channels are doing roaring business most popular being actor Annu Kapoor’s radio program SUHAANA SAFAR WITH ANNU Kapoor on 92.7 Big FM, which takes listeners down memory lane of Bollywood with its spicy anecdotes from Bollywood coupled with super hit songs from the 60’s and 70’s.

To take this legacy of Bollywood unheard anecdotes and interesting gossip tales to the audience another new TV channel called Epic Channel, owned by Mukesh Ambani, has roped in eminent scriptwriter and film lyricist Javed Akhtar, to host a similar program titled JAANE PEHCHAANE. The show will feature unknown behind the camera tales of movies, film stars and some spicy hidden scandals that slashed the film magazines in the past. The show will have super songs, prominent dialogues and scenes from yesteryear movies and the story behind them. The show will commence in June.

It may be noted while Annu Kapoor and Javed Akhtar are the new entries in this arena the ‘big boss’ of such program and ‘Original’ RJ of Golden Era Ameen Sayani, who once ruled the world of Radio with his captivating style, is back on FM radio. He is conducting two such programs viz. SITARON KI JAWAANIYAAN on Radio City 91.1 FM and SANGEET KAY SITARON KI MEHFIL" on BIG FM 92.7

Varun Dhawan - Emergence of an actor!

Log kehte hai apne dushman ko maaf kar dena chaiiye....

Main Bhi yehi Maanta Hun....

Lekin unhe tadpa tadpa ke maarne ke baad! 

When the protagonist Raghav aka Varun Dhawan utters this dynamic dialogue in BADLAPUR, the audience goes bananas and the theater echoes with whistles and thunderous applause. 

April 24, marks the birthday of Varun Dhawan; Raaga.Com wishes him many happy returns of the day and explores how the happy go lucky actor transformed in to the complex character of Raghav, a serial killer with such panache!

According to papa David Dhawan, the brilliant filmmaker and master of comedies, Varun Dhawan since birth has been a spoil brat and no amount of training and teaching could instill disciple in him hence when he saw Varun in BADLAPUR he was taken aback and had tears of joy in praise of his son. 

Like David Dhawan even the critics had raised eye brows when filmmaker Sriram Raghavan has signed Varun Dhawan to play the intricate character of Raghav, which has multiple shades of emotions. Many hardcore critics wondered how Varun Dhawan could play the rugged and violent character of Raghav when he had been identified as an actor apt for comedies and romance. But filmmaker Sriram Raghavan was confident; he knew he could extract the actor in Varun and kudos he really did with critics rating 4 out 5 for his movie and going gaga over Varun Dhawan’s versatile performance! 

So how did Sriram achieved this magic? Well Sriram in interview said, “I had tightened screws on Varun by avoiding him to stop partying and experience the trauma of isolation.” 

He added, “Secondly I shared with him the anguish and the despair that I went through when my father died. Incidentally during the shooting of MAIN TERA HERO, Varun had almost lost his father hence he reminisced the same twinge and ordeal while portraying the emotionally broken Raghav in BADLAPUR.”

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Sachin Tendulkar’s daughter Sara - A potent threat to Sridevi’s daughter Janvi!

The glitz and glamour of Bollywood is so mesmerizing that forget Bollywood star kids, even the cricket star kids are gearing to jump on the bandwagon of Bollywood and instantly became rich and famous like their parents! 

Yes the new cricket sensation kid to hit Bollywood is none other but ‘Little Master’ Sachin Tendulkar’s gorgeous daughter Sara Tendulkar. 

A student of Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Sara is 17 years and the most sought after celebrity kid in the country having a huge fan club on Facebook.

Her pictures on Facebook are really stunning and beautiful. She is unarguably good-looking (having striking features like her pretty mother Anjali) and if rumors are not believed many film producers are eyeing to cast her in their movies. 

Readers may remember recently Sridevi’s daughter Janvi Kapoor was in news and the buzz had it that she is supposed to be cast opposite Badshah Khan Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan in his debut film. 

However after watching the stunning and attractive daughter of Sachin Tendulkar, one wonders Shah Rukh Khan may change his decision because anybody who is watching the bewitching pictures of Sara Tendulkar are beating that she will be a potent threat to Sridevi’s daughter Janvi! 

It would be interesting to watch, if some filmmaker try to exploit the threesome in a love triangle staring Aryan Khan, Janvi Kapoor and Sara Tendulkar. To add a twist to the tale Shah Rukh and Sridevi too must be roped in pivotal roles! What say?