Tuesday, October 21, 2014

‘Happy New Year’ To Be Released In Record 6000 Screens Across Globe

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan is leaving no stone upturn to make his upcoming home production HAPPY NEW YEAR a grand success. 

In its latest bid to ensure the movie crosses the minimal Rs 100 crore mark in its first weekend itself, Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment and Yash Raj Films, the distributers of the film are releasing the movie in 6,000 screens worldwide, the most ever, to bank on the Diwali holiday weekend rush! 

According to sources HAPPY NEW YEAR will be released in 5,000 screens in India and 1,000 abroad. Thus breaking the record of Aamir Khan’s biggest blockbuster DHOOM 3 released in 2013 which was released in 4,500 screens in India and 800 abroad. The trend was later followed by Salman Khan’s KICK (2014) and Hrithik Roshan’s BANG BANG (2014) both reaping rich harvest. 

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Applauding the clever marketing strategy Kamal Gianchandani, chief operating officer, PVR Ltd, said, “Diwali has always been a boon to film industry. Besides releasing a film on maximum number of screens guarantees huge returns due to the festive occasion of Diwali.” 

He added, “The movie has all the ingredients of a successful film and seems to hit the bull’s eye. The team of SRK and Farah Khan has been hit in the past with MAIN HOON NA and OM SHANTI OM. Also SRK and Deepika’s Jodi is most favorite among the masses as proved by the mega triumph of OM SHANTI OM and CHENNAI EXPRESS. And last but not the least the hardcore marketing and wide release may insure a minimum of Rs 30 Crore on the first day of the movie’s release.” 

Besides tapping North India and the International market HAPPY NEW YEAR is also exploiting the South India circuit, a trend not prevalent in Bollywood. The movie is being dubbed in Tamil and Telugu versions too taking into account SRK’s popularity in South India after CHENNAI EXPRESS! 

‘Firang’ Beauties That Took Bollywood By Storm

Gone are the days when Bollywood was looked down by the by the west. Today the scenario is such that many firang (Foreigners) are yearning to work in Bollywood.

The latest firang to join Bollywood is South African supermodel Michelle who will be sizzling in a sexy item number with Akshay Kumar in the latest Bollywood movie THE SHAUKEENS. The movie is a remake of the 80’s comedy portraying the hilarious tale of three lusty old men out to quench the lust for sex. 

Besides Michelle, Bollywood in the recent past has witnessed many foreign models and actresses who are gaining stardom. 

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Among the many firang who made a mark in Bollywood the actress who deserves top position is unarguable London born actress, Katrina Kaif, who despite a disastrous debut in Kaizad Gustad’s ‘BOOM’ went on to create DHOOM in Bollywood thanks to her affair with Salman Khan and later to her hit film NAMASTEY LONDON. 

The next in line is Sunny Leone. Though born to a Panjabi family, she spent all her life in Canada. Her meteoric rise from porn film star to Bollywood’s topnotch actress is indeed incredible. Wth hit movies like Mahesh Bhatt’s JISM 2 and RAGINI MMS, she most sought after actress in Indian cinema both in Bollywood and Southern Cinema. 

Kalki Koechlin

Kalki Koechlin is the French babe stole millions of hearts as the modern-day prostitute in Anurag Kashyap's DEV D. She not only won Filmfare award for Best Supporting Actress in the movie but also went on to win the director’s heart!. Since then, there has been no looking back! She's been on a roll with a lot of films in her kitty. 

Nargis Fakhri

This actress who has stayed all her life in New York, USA, is an actress on rise in Bollywood after her glorious performance against Ranbir Kapoor in Imtiaz Ali’s hit film ROCKSTAR. With her second role in MADRAS CAFE of a war correspondent she has reserved a place in Bollywood

Jaqueline Fernandez

Jaqueline Fernandez, the Srilankan actress, model and winner of the Miss Sri Lanka Universe pageant of 2006 after her flop debut in ALADIN won fame with her erotic thriller MURDER 2. Later with Sajid Khan’s HOUSEFULL 2 and the action thriller RACE 2, she is all set to take Bollywood by storm.

Monday, October 20, 2014

DDLJ Creates History - Enters 20th Years of its successful run!

Yash Chopra’s DILWALE DULHANIYA LE JAYENGE (DDLJ) was released on October 20, 1995 thus today the movie completes 19 years and enters 20th year of its successful run at Mumbai’s Maratha Mandir Cinema, thus creating a unique record of the longest running movie in the world. Raaga.Com goes memory down lane and traces few untold aspects of the movie.

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Few may know that Aditya Chopra, who made his debut as a director with this movie had written the script when he was in school. In one of his rare interviews he informed that when his father Yash Chopra happened to read his story which was just a rough idea of a foreign boy falling in love with an Indian girl, his father was impressed. But his happiness soon dwindled when Adi told his father that he wished to make the movie in English with Tom Cruise in the lead. However later Adi changed his mind and decided to make the movie in Hindi. 

While everybody knows that Saif Ali Khan was the original choice as the hero few would know that even Shah Rukh Khan had turned down the role when initially offered by Adi. The reason was simple because at that time SRK was then ruling Bollywood as an Anti Hero with movies like BAAZIGAAR and DARR doing excellent businesses. But Adi convinced SRK and rest is history. Readers would be surprised to know that after the amazing success of the movie SRK was so overwhelmed by Adi that he personally signed a Poster of DILWALE DULHANIYA LE JAYENGE and acknowledged his gratitude in words - Adi Thank You … You have made me a star! The poster with SRK autograph is still a treasure possession at the office of Yash Raj Films.

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Besides breaking all box office records in India DILWALE DULHANIYA LE JAYENGE also set new International records. It became the second Bollywood movie after Hum AAPKE HAIN KOUN to gross over 1 billion (US$16 million) worldwide! 

And last but not the list the DILWALE DULHANIA LE JAYENGE created history at the annual Filmfare Awards too by winning a maximum of 10 Filmfare Awards, the most ever for a single film at that time, as well as the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.

Helen - The Ultimate ‘Oomph’ of Bollywood!

When the sex siren of the 70’s Helen sizzled on the screen to the seductive song Ye Mera Dil Pyaar Ka Deewana…… to entice the hero Amitabh Bachchan in the movie DON (1977), the audience seated in theatres went berserk! Believe it or not, according to theatre owners many film buffs saw the movie repeatedly just to get intoxicated by the oozing sex appeal of Helen in the sexy number. On October 21, Helen turns 76; Raaga.Com wishes her many happy returns of the day and reveals how destiny carved a niche for her in Bollywood.

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Born as Helen Jairag Richardson on October 21, 1939 in Burma to a Burmese father and Indian mother, Helen’s family became a victim of World War II. His father was brutally killed by the brute Japanese soilders. To escape the Japanese invasion in Burma, Helen along with her mother, brother and sister came to Mumbai to make a living. At a tender age Helen had to struggle to make a living in Mumbai. Fortunately her passion for dance opened doors of stardom.

Excellent in Kathak and western dance forms, Helen began her career in Bollywood as an extra doing dancing cameos. In an interview she said, “Once I was doing a dance sequence in chorus for the movie SHABISTAN(1951), when Cuckoo, the top notch cabaret dancer of the 40’s and 50’s spotted me and was highly impressed by my dancing skills. She recommended my name to many film producers and I began getting roles in B-grade action thrillers and fantasy movies like ALIF LAILA, HOOR-E-ARAB etc.”

She informed, “The big break came when filmmaker Shakti Samanta was making the movie HOWRAH BRIDGE. Incidentally the movie had a song Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu… and filmmaker Shakti Samanta was looking for a dancer who, was not only an outstanding dancer but had chinky eyes like the Chinese. Fortunately he happened to notice me. He was not only impressed by my dancing skills but my chinky eyes adored him most as it suited the character. Thus he offered me the song and the song proved a milestone in changing my fortune.” 

After this Helen never looked back. Remember her fascinating cabaret songs like O Haseena Zulfowali…. TEESRI MANZIL (1966); Aa Jaane Jaan…. - INTAQUAM (1969); Piya Tu Ab To Aaja… - CARAVAN (1971) and of course who can forget the two most memorable numbers Mehbooba Mehbooba… - SHOLAY (1975) and Mungla Main Gud Ki Dali… - INKAAR (1978).

Saturday, October 18, 2014

DRISHYAM - Hindi Remake To Have Saif Ali Khan

It’s official that the Hindi remake of the astounding Malyalaam hit movie DRISHYAM will not be influenced by any threats and will be made in Bollywood by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures.

Jeethu Joseph, the original director of the movie recently speaking to media affirmed, “DRISHYAM Hindi remake will proceed as planned though I won't be directing it. The rights have been bought by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures.” 

He added, “After lots of discussions and speculation the lead role played by Mohanlal in the original will neither be played by Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn but Saif Ali Khan has been confirmed for the role.” 

It may be noted that DRISHYAM has been remade into all three South Indian languages. While the Kannada and Telugu versions have already been released and proved a box office bonanza. The Tamil remake, PAPANASAM, which has South Superstar Kamal Haasan in the lead is being made. 

However, only the Hindi remake has been in a dock because Ekta Kapoor, head of Balaji Films, has been creating obstacles. According to Ekta Kapoor the plot of DRISHYAM is similar to the novel THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X, the rights, of which she has purchased and is making a Bollywood movie, which is being directed by Sujoy Ghosh, director of Vidya Balan’s hit film KAHAANI. 

Irked by the Hindi remake, Ekta Kapoor event sent a legal notice to Jeethu Joseph. Responding to the notice Jeethu Joseph said, “After Ekta’s legal team sent us the letter, I watched the Japanese film, Suspect X, which is an adaptation of the Japanese novel. There could be similarities between my film and that Japanese film, but my film is neither an adaptation nor a copy. The Japanese film is also about a murder mystery and hence the allegation. Similarities are quite common in the works of creators and that shouldn’t be made into an issue.”

DRISHYAM released in 2013 in Malayalam is regarded as the highest grossing film in the history of Malayalam cinema. The movie is the first Malayalam film to collect Rs 50 crore from its theatrical box office collections, remake rights, satellite and television rights within two months. It has won numerous accolades including the Kerala State Film Award for Best Popular Film and the Filmfare Award for Best Film - Malayalam.

Dia Mirza Weds, Boman Irani To Perform Father’s Rituals!

Bollywood beauty queen and Miss Asia Pacific International, Dia Mirza will be tying the auspicious knot with her long-time beau and film producer, Sahil Sangha today (October 18, 2014) in a private ceremony in Mehrauli Delhi. 

The event will be attended by their family and close friends. Raaga.Com wishes the couple Wedding Greetings and prays the couple live a happily married life. 

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On October 17 during her ‘Mehendi function’, a traditional ritual and part of her pre-wedding ceremonies Dia Mirza looked stunningly beautiful in a regal sunshine yellow anarkali with gold embroidery designed by Ritu Kumar, while her beau Sahil too looked prince charming in a red kutra and bandhgala jacket. 

Late night on October 17 the ‘Sangeet’ ceremony was a grand event as Dia took everybody by surprise by her dance and dazzled the family members. 

Few may know that Dia’s father Frank Handrich, was a German graphic and an architect from Munich and her mother, Deepa is a Bengali Hindu. However when her father died her mother married Ahmed Mirza, who died in 2003. Thus the customary Bidaai ceremony (Bride’s farewell ceremony) which is usually performed by father will be done by Bollywood actor Boman Irani.

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Dia Mirza, who played Boman Irani’s daughter in LAGE RAHO MUNNABHAI, shares a very warm and cordial relation with Irani. In an interview she had confessed, “Boman Irani is someone who I’ve always called pop and share a special bond with. During the shooting of LAGE RAHO MUNNABHAI, he took a promise from me that whenever I would get married, he would love to give me away. So, he’s going to be performing all the rituals that a father needs to perform at the ceremony."

Friday, October 17, 2014

Rani Mukherjee To Play Mumbai’s ‘Mafai Queen’

After her aggressive portrayal of a gutsy and ruthless police officer Rani Mukherjee will be now seen portraying ‘Haseena Appa’, Mumbai’s Mafi Queen, the younger sister of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. 

Filmmaker Apoorva Lakhia, who made ‘SHOOTOUT AT LOKHANDWALA’, has been keenly following Hasina Ibrahim Parkar for the movie’s rights. In an interview Apoorva Lakhia, said, “I was quite serious and had reached the final stages of negotiation with Ms Parkar for the rights to film her life-story.” 

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He added, “However After her sudden death in July this year the family of Hasina Appa has been persuading me to start the project but due to some legal and creative issues the movie was bit delayed. However now all issues have been settled and the movie will soon go on the floors by the end of this year.” 

Hasina Appa is a vicious name in Mumbai Underworld. She came in prominence after Dawood fled the country and Hasina Appa took charge of all the illegal activities od Dawood in Mumbai from extortion to taking commission from builders for development and redevelopment and almost no building could be constructed from South Mumbai right up to Bandra and Kurla without her assent. She would also settle disputes between parties, and her word was final. She was in constant contact with Dawood and met him several times during her trips to Dubai and Pakistan.

Interestingly she stayed at Nagpada's, Gordon House building, opposite the local police station and conducted illegal activities right under the nose of police. She had a combined two flats on the first floor into a luxurious den and moved royally in posh imported vehicles. 

Rani, who has not done any biopic yet, is quite excited to do the role. According Apoorva, “ Rani is the right choice for the role. She will do complete justice to the role. She can pull off the part with confidence and aplomb, which is why I have zeroed down on her. The only hurdle that Rani has to conquer whiles doing the role is that she will have to put some weight.”