Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Is Sanjay Leela Bhansali paying tribute to K.Asif in BAJIRAO MASTANI or bluntly copying MUGHAL-E-AZAM?

It seems Sanjay Leela Bhansali is all set to prove his genius over movie legend K.Asif, who produced and directed Indian Cinema’s most iconic and spectacular movie of the century MUGHAL-E-AZAM with his forthcoming film BAJIRAO MASTANI. 

A close look at Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s BAJIRAO MASTANI and K.Asif’s MUGHAL-E-AZAM, interestingly proves that both movies do share many similarities. 

Beginning from being period movie’s both the films are based on love stories of two lovers who belong to different class and had opposition from families for their marriage. 

Both the films took many years into making thanks to both directors Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s and K.Asif’s eye for perfection.

Finally both the film’s directors spent money lavishly to give royal look to their films. While K. Asif erected the magnificent and spectacular 'Sheesh Mahal' set likewise Sanjay Leela Bhansali has replicated the eye-catching ‘Aaina Mahal' set. 

And now the buzz is that like K.Asif’s memorable song Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya…. Bhansali’s has similarly shot a song Deewani mastani…. on Deepika Padukone on the extravagant ‘Aaina Mahal' set.

What is baffling is that while Sanjay Leela Bhansali is terming his movie as a tribute to the legendary filmmaker K.Asif’s MUGHAL-E-AZAM but surprisingly he is bluntly coping Asif’s MUGHAL-E-AZAM. 

According to a source close to the movie Sanjay Bhansali has not just copied the idea of 'Sheesh Mahal' but has even shot the song Deewani mastani….frame by frame in the typical K.Asif’s style of filming the song Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya….

If readers can recall the song Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya….than remember just as Asif shot multiple images of Madhubala glittering on the mirrors of 'Sheesh Mahal' likewise Bhansali has shot Deepika’s images reflecting on the multiple mirror in the 'Aaina Mahal'! 

Mr. Sanjay Leela Bhansali this is not called paying tribute to a legend but it is termed pure plagiarism!!!

Superstar Rajinikanth in awe of PULI; Can his applause give boost to the film’s business?

South superstar Vijay and yesterday heartthrob Sridevi’s much publicized film PULI may have failed to live short of the expectation of the audience and the critics alike but reports have it that Thalaiva Rajinikanth has been overwhelmed by the movie which he termed is a "perfect treat for family and kids".

Rajinikanth, despite his busy schedules for his upcoming film KABALI spared timed and watched the movie at a private screening. After watching the movie he was left awestruck by the spectacular sets and the mindboggling special effects.

Briefing media about his reaction on the movie Rajinikanth said, “I should say I'm amazed with PULI. The spectacular sets and the grand scale on which the film has been made are on par with Hollywood standards.”

Admiring the young and talented actor Vijay, who has played a costume drama for the first time in his career Rajinikanth said, “Vijay deserves special mention for his superlative performance.” 

“As regards Sridevi I must say she has proved why she is the best actress in India. Her performance is the highlight of the film,” he added. 

Though the movie received a set back during its initial release with IT raids and cancelation of shows but thanks to its huge publicity the movie has managed to earn Rs 32 crore with a net business of Rs 27 crore in the opening weekend. The coming days are crucial for the movie as the film has to make good business to recover its invested money of Rs 100+ crore. 

One wonders will Rajinikanth’s applause for the movie give a boost to the film’s business?

Monday, October 5, 2015

Why famous RJ Ameen Sayani apologized to Amitabh Bachchan?

Amitabh Bachchan may be the most cherished actor of the millennium but more than his acting prowess his golden baritone is his biggest asset that adds new dimension to his personality. 

In fact it was his baritone that gave him an entry into Indian Cinema when Bachchan made his film debut in 1969 as a ‘Voice Narrator’ in Mrinal Sen's National Award winning Hindi film BHUVAN SHOME.

However what is interesting is that Amitabh Bachchan was rejected at All India Radio (AIR) as announcer and the person who rejected his voice was none other but the eminent Radio announcer Ameen Sayani, because whenever Bachchan came at the studio to seek job, he was so busy that he could never hear his audition. 

Many years later when Bachchan became a star, Sayani invited Bachchan at the annual ceremony of a RJ Training Institute event to grace as chief guest. At the event Ameen Sayani spoke high about Bachchan’s baritone. 

However when Bachchan stood to speak Sayani was in utter embarrassment because it was hear that he came to know that the person whom he rejected was Bachchan after Bachchan shared his tragic tale how he was discarded at AIR! 

In a jovial sprit after the incident Sayani sought regret to Bachchan and said, “Accha hua mein tumhe pass nahin kiya warna meri nauri khatre mein ho jati!”

(It is good that I did not pass in the audition or else my job as narrator at AIR would have been in a risk!)

Aamir Khan and Salman Khan involved in an ugly quarrel?

The media has always been rife with several grapevines like the Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan showdown or the Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan brawls but never has one read about Aamir Khan and Salman Khan fall out. The two since their ANDAAZ APNA APNA days have been close buddy and till date the two jell well. 

However in a stunning exposure published in a leading daily national newspaper Salman Khan and Aamir Khan did had an ugly quarrel during a party that was held at Aamir Khan’s residence in Bandra, prior to Aamir Khan starrer DANGAL’s shooting commencement. 

If the report is to believed it claims the party begin on a healthy note with Aamir Khan and Salman Khan sharing quality time and the DANGAL star admiring the PREM RATAN DHAN PAYO star to the sky for his brilliant performance in BAJRANI BHAIJAAN.

However what began as a cordial conversation between the two stars soon turned ugly when Aamir Khan began pinpointing Salman Khan his mistakes and his wrong choice of films in the beginning of his career. 

It seems during the conversation Aamir Khan bluntly criticized Salman for not being mature during his early phase or else he would have some really brilliant films to look back.

Until now Salman Khan had not lost his temper but had just began showing signs of resentment when Aamir added salt to his injuries claiming that Salman had a easy ride in his career because he never bothered about story or screenplay of the movie nor toiled hard on his acting because the audience applauded him for his chocolate looks and muscular build! 

Salman Khan, known for his arrogant nature and short temper, obviously, could not digest the harsh reality of Aamir Khan’s words and is supposed to have hit back at Aamir Khan.

Lambasting Aamir Khan, Salman confessed that he may not been working hard but unlike Aamir Khan, he has the ethics to give credits to the directors and writers of his films. He also called Aamir a Fake!!!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Bollywood’s strike inspired by Writers Guild of America?

There is no second opinion that writers play a pivotal role in the success of a film. If readers may remember recently PREM RATAN DHAN PAYO star Salman Khan had credited the success of his film BAJRANI BHAIJAAN to its writer, the veteran screenwriter Vijayendra Prasad. However it is a tragedy despite writers being the backbone of a film, the Indian film industry has always given them step motherly treatment and paid measly. 

However the Film Writers Association (FWA) and the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) have decided to adopt the ‘pressure tactics’ inspired by the Writers Guild of America that brought about a major revolution in the remuneration and improvement in the position of writers in Hollywood.

Under the president ship of prominent writer Kamlesh Pandey, who has written several hits like DIL, CHAALBAAZ, TEZAAB, RANG DE BASANTI etc. the federation has decided to go on an indefinite strike from October 3.

Informing about the strike Kamlesh Pandey said, “The Producers' representatives had agreed that the MoU would be signed by January 2015. But, that has not happened. After 14 months of suffering delaying tactics, FWICE was left with no choice but to declare a general strike.”

Anjum Rajabali, who has to his credits many hits films like DROHKAAL, GHULAM, THE LEGEND OF BHAGAT SINGH, RAAJNEETI etc informed that the writers are fighting for a Minimum Basic Contract (MBC), similar to the Minimum Basic Agreement enforced by the Hollywood’s Writers Guild of America.”

Enlightening about the struggle of Writers Guild of America, Anjum Rajabali said, “The Writers Guild of America began their struggle for their rights in the 40’s and after three major strikes they succeed in enforcing the Minimum Basic Agreement thorough collective support of their members. Similarly in India we are fighting and collective support of the members is most vital.”

Interestingly the federation has full support. Kamlesh Pandey said, “We have complete support all the 23 unions. Hence the strike will witness, actors, directors, music directors, every single worker of the Film & TV industry, including FWA, going on strike. All India Cine Employees Confederation is also supporting us!"

Supporting the cause are celebrated writers like Javed Akhtar, Vishal Bhardwaj, Jaideep Sahni, Sriram Raghavan, Rajat Aroraa, Shridhar Raghavan, Abbas Tyrewala, Amole Gupte, Saket Chaudhary and others. 

South Superstar Vijay has not paid ‘Income Tax’ since five years!

In a shocking revelation the Income Tax raid on South Superstar Vijay has exposed that the PULI star has not paid his Income Tax for nearly five years!

Reports from the IT department also revealed that others film stars like Samantha and Nayanthara have evaded tax to the tune of nearly Rs 25 crore.

It may be noted that Vijay is the highest paid actor and has a huge fan following in Tamil and Malayalam cinema. According to reports he had charged a whopping Rs 20 crore for PULI and if rumors are to believed than for his next upcoming film VIJAY 59, directed by Kalaipuli S Dhanu, he has charged an exorbitant fee of Rs 30 crore, which is next to the Greatest Superstar of South Cinema Mr. Rajinikanth

The IT officials briefing media said, “Most of the film stars and film producers misguide the IT department by paying partial amount and evading major amount.”

Interestingly while the IT department revealed that actresses Nayanthara, and Samantha have not paid tax for two years, Samantha's father has denied reports stating that his daughter has evaded tax and stressed that she has paid all her Income Tax.

Samantha is Numero Uno actress of South Cinema and charges a massive Rs 1 crore per film.

 She tasted success thanks to Vikram starrer 10 ENDRATHUKULLAM. Her forthcoming films include an untitled Velraj project, ARJUN DIVYA MATRUM KARTHIK, 24, VIJAY 59 and VADA CHENNAI and two Telugu movies BRAHMOTSAVAM and A... AA.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

KIS KISKO PYAAR KAROON collections to cross Rs 50 crore!! So is Kapil Sharma the new Superstar of Bollywood?

With standup comedian Kapil Sharma's debut film KIS KISKO PYAAR KAROON set to cross the elusive Rs 50 crore mark at the worldwide box office, it looks evident Kapil Sharma is here to stay! 

According to traded reports KIS KISKO PYAAR KAROON made on a shoe string budget has broken all office records. The movie has earned Rs 37.12 crore from Indian markets, while from the overseas box office it has minted Rs 7.92 crore, thus taking its worldwide total to Rs 45.04 crore. 

Trade pundits predict the movie may cross the Rs 50 crore mark as it is still doing brisk business at the box-office.

Kapil Sharma who is already a rage thanks to his hugely popular TV show COMEDY NIGHTS WITH KAPIL is himself surprised at the superlative success of his film. He has thanked his fans for the movie’s overwhelming response. 

After the success of the film, speculations are being made that will Kapil Sharma prove the dark horse and race ahead of his contemporary stars like Varun Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra, Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor! 

The fact is even Salman Khan’s much publicized film HERO introducing Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty could manage to garner only Rs 6.85 crore on first Friday (11 September). While Kapil Sharma’s KIS KISKO PYAAR KAROON, despite no star attraction and negligible publicity minted Rs 8 crore on its first Friday which is a record opening for any film starring a debutante actor!!! 

The bumper opening thus proves it was the star appeal of Kapil Sharma that did the trick. So is Kapil Sharma the new Superstar? 

Well it may be too early to comment but trade pundits reveal that among the debutant actors Kapli Sharma is only actor who has the inimitable X factor that can work in his favor!