Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Bollywood’s new sex siren Sapna Pabbi Lambasts, “I Am Not A Porn Star!”

Film wizard Mahesh Bhatt’s latest discovery Sapna Pabbi, the new sex siren in Bollywood, seems to have developed star tantrums even before the release of her debutant film KHAMOSHIYAN. According to reports the hot babe created an uproar and ruckus on the sets in South Africa declining to portray titillating and erotic scenes in the film. 

Reliable sources close to the movie reveal that Sapna was asked to enact certain bedroom scenes with her co stars Gurmeet Choudhary and Ali Fazal, which demanded her to be really hot and seductive typical to ‘Adult’ rated film which Sapna Pabbi thump downed to portray.

Agitated at the film unit, she lambasted, “I not a Porn Star to do such stimulating and erotic scenes.” 

However later she agreed after filmmaker Vikram Bhatt intervenes and resolved the issue. Vikram Bhatt confirming the showdown during the shooting at South Africa revealed, “Before starting work on the film we had clearly informed Sapna that the role required her to shed her inhibitions to pull off extremely steamy and intense romantic love-making scenes, for which she had nodded. Hence when I explained her about the importance of the scenes she agreed.” 

It may be noted that Mahesh Bhatt wants to project Sapna, the lead actress in the film, as the next Mallika Sherawat of Bollywood. Like Mallika Sherawat, who was given a tailor made seductive role in MURDER to cash upon her sexy body likewise Sapna Pabbi has been assigned the role of a mysterious woman in KHAMOSHIYAN, who seduces two men with her body allure and captures their souls.

Shah Rukh Khan’s loss is Dhanush Gain?

Readers may be puzzled with the hedaline but the fact is R. Balki had originally approached Shah Rukh Khan opposite Amitabh Bachchan in his upcoming film SHAMITABH but destiny had other plans and Shah Rukh’s loss became Dhanush’s gain. 

Recently in an interview during film promotion of SHAMITABH, filmmaker R. Balki confirmed that he had approached Shah Rukh Khan for the role that eventually is being played south’s sensational actor Dhanush

Balki said, “The script of SHAMITABH is a clash of egos of two exceptionally great actors. Hence the script demanded two powerful and competent actors having equal potential, who collectively conquer multiple obstacles and reach zenith of success.”

He added, “The moral of SHAMITABH is that it takes two people to do things together. One person cannot do it all alone. It’s always about a team and not about an individual. So I needed someone who can match the calibre and the emotions of Amitji and who else better than Shah Rukh Khan. However Shah Rukh had his own reservation hence after Shah Rukh Khan opted out of the film, I was in dilemma and sought Bachchan’s suggestion.”

Balki recalls, “Once I was seated with Amitabh Bachchan. While I was in fix thinking about which actor to approach for Shah Rukh’s role Bachchan sahib causally asked me that if I was to make the same movie down South than whom would I cast in the lead roles? I promptly replied Rajinikanth and Dhanush! That’s when Bachchan Sahib suggested me to cast Dhanush.” 

One wonder will SHAMITABH prove DARR for Dhanush because if readers may recollect Yash Chopra had originally approached Aamir Khan in DARR but he declined and Yashji signed a upcoming actor Shah Rukh Khan and rest is history!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

O. P. Nayyar - Badshaah of Beats

Jaaiye Aap Kahaan Jaayenge

Ye Nazar Laut Ke Phir Aayegii…..

True words because the music of O.P.Nayyar cannot erase from our minds however old it may become it will only glitter like pure gold. 

Initally the critics who wrote him ‘off’ as plagiarist but later wrote rims of papers praising him and his so called, ‘New Brand of Music’ and showering with titles like like Master of Rhythm, King of Melody, Badshaah of Beats etc after O.P.Nayyar’s music rode high at the box-office.

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The genius of O.P.Nayyar is that he is the only music director who withstood five decades and more in the Hindi Film Industry and that too- ‘without the service of the melody queen, Lata Mangeshkar’! 

And what’s more… this master of melody didn’t inheriented music from any musical gharana nor did he take any formal training from any renowned sangeet ustaads. Neither his career boosted any fire cracking triumphs at the box office in his debutant releases. Yet this underdog music director took the Hindi film industry by its horns in the 50’s and 60’s giving a run for the money for the reigning musical giants like Naushad, Jaidev, S.D.Burman, Roshan, Khayyam, C.Ramchandra, Hemant Kumar and even, the magical wonder- duo Shankar Jaikishen.

With Guru Dutt’s AAR PAAR he marked his beginning. What added feather in his cap was the distinction of his song – Babuji dheere chalna… 

Oopee formed a unique trilogy with his two lead playback singers viz., Mohd. Rafi and Geeta Dutt after AAR PAAR.

With the exit of Geeta Dutt oopee opted for Aasha than Lata! Why? One would wonder? When asked?, the maestro replies, “The reason is simple. Lata Mangeshkar’s ‘thin’ voice didn’t suite my style.” 

Unconvinced you ask, “Isn’t there being a clash of egos between you two?” to this Oopee surrenders, “Yes at some point of time there had been some ego clashes between us and I proved my superiority by succeeding without her”. 

Thus began the hate war between the two and continued till the genius music director bid adieu from film industry . 

While Oopee shared a hate relationship with Lata Mangeshkar on the other hand he had a soft corner for her younger sister, Asha Bhosale. Whom he rated even better than Lata Mangeshkar. In fact, praising Asha Bhosale, in one of his interviews Oopee has gone on to say, “If Lata is born once in hundred years, then an Asha is born in two hundred years!” 

Raaga.Com pays homage to the great music director on his death anniversary.

Isn’t SRK’s Statement Regarding Award Diplomatic?

Awards and Shah Rukh Khan go hand in hand. Over the years they have become synonymous. No award function is complete without Shah Rukh Khan, particularly Filmfare Awards, regarded as the country’s most prestigious award as it is the First Commercial Cinema Awards started by Times of India publication in 1954. 

Shah Rukh Khan has received 15 awards, 8 of which are in Best Actor category, a record shared with Dilip Kumar from thirty nominations. Out of the 15, he has won 3 Special Awards; 2 Filmfare Power Awards (2004, 2005) according to the Filmfare Power List and 1 Filmfare Special Award Swiss Consulate Trophy (2002).

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What’s more interesting is that besides Best Actor Shah Rukh Khan has won award in multiple categories like Best Debut - DEEWANA; Critics Award for Best Actor- MOHABBATEIN; Best Villain- ANJAAM. In fact for BAADSHAH he was even nominated as Best Comedian.! 

However in this years’ Filmfare Awards nomination list when his name was missing eye brows were raised. 

It may be noted Filmfare's 2015 nominations for the Best Actor in a Leading Role (Male) list includes Hrithik Roshan (BANG BANG), Aamir Khan (PK), Shahid Kapoor (HAIDER), Akshay Kumar (HOLIDAY) and Randeep Hooda (RANG RASIYA). 

However instead of being sad or fuming Shah Rukh Khan has taken the decision in the right sprit. Shah Rukh Khan’s in a statement to daily confessed, “I haven't acted well enough in HAPPY NEW YEAR. Yes, the film has done very well but as an actor I don't think I deserve to be nominated.” 

Though Shah Rukh Khan’s statement is candid and laudable but is there something fishy? 

Because if Shah Rukh Khan has not acted well enough and do not deserve nomination than how on earth did he accept the Screen Award as Best Actor for HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

Isn’t SRK’s statement diplomatic? Probably like the fable of fox and the grapes when the fox does not get the grapes he exclaims - The grapes are sour!!!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Salim Khan declines Padma Shri award

Eminent script writer Salim Khan and father of superstar Salman Khan has turned down the government of India’s prestigious Padma Shri award, the fourth highest civilian award claiming the award belittles his contribution and he deserves Padma Bhushan award instead. 

It may be noted that Salim Khan is the renowned writer who along with Javed Akhtar made the inimitable team of Salim Javed in the 70’s and gave as many as 19 Golden Jubilee hits in a row! Their hit list includs super hit films like ZANJEER, DEEWAAR, SHOLAY, TRISHUL, SEETA AUR GEETA, YADOON KI BARAAT, DON, KRANTI, SHAAN, SHAKTI, MR. INDIA etc.

Explaining the reason for declining the top honor an annoyed Salim Khan said, “It is really tragic that even after 55 years and over 40 films, the government is giving me a Padma Shri award, which my juniors have received quite long back.” 

He added, “What’s most aching is that while my earstwhile partner, Javed Akhtar, has received both a Padma Shri and a Padma Bhushan, and I am offered just a Padma Shri that too after so many years.” 

Supporting Salim Khan, eminent editor of Screen cine weekly, Udaya Tara Nayar said, “Its true Salim Khan’s contribution to Indian Cinema is massive. If they wanted to honour him, they could have given him the Padma Bhushan or Padma Vibhushan."

But dirty politics is the part of every award and the government’s civilian Padma awards are no exception.

Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan Awarded Padma Vibhushan Award

Thespian Dilip Kumar and star of the millennium Amitabh Bachchan have been crowned the prestigious Padma Vibhushan Award – the government of India’s second highest civilian award. It ranks behind the Bharat Ratna and comes before the Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri.

Though Dilip Kumar has been awarded Padma Bhushan in 1991 and Dadasaheb Phalke Award (Outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema) in 1994 but looking at his immense contribution to Indian cinema the film industry has been demanding a Bharat Ratna from Dilip Kumar for the past five years but in vain.

Regarding Amitabh Bachchan the actor won his first Padma Shri in 1984 and the Padma Bhushan in 2001. However he is still to get the most distinction award in Indian Cinema, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. 

While Amiatbh Bachchan has humble expressed his joy over the award, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has raised eye brows and demanded that Amiatbh Bachchan’s contribution to Indian Cinema is far more and he deserves Bharat Ratna! 

Padma Vibhushan Award is the most prestigious award and has been given only to a few selected luminaries in Indian Cinema since the inception of the awards in 1954.

Following is the list of eminent film personality who won Padma Vibhushan Award for their valuable contribution in Indian Cinema….

Satyajit Ray(1976); V. Shantaram (1992); Lata Mangeshkar (1999); Hrishikesh Mukherjee (2001); Adoor Gopalakrishnan (2006); Asha Bhosle (2008); Zohra Sehgal (2010); Akkineni Nageshwara Rao (2011) ; Bhupen Hazarika ( 2012) and Dilip Kumar (2015) and Amitabh Bachchan (2015)

Friday, January 23, 2015

Who says ‘Chocolate’ looks matter in Bollywood?

Bollywood is generally identified with heroes having Chocolate looks and debonair personalities likes Dharmendra or Salman Khan. But there is an exception because Bollywood has also patron actors who lacked the so called ‘Chikna’ looks and yet made their marks in films. One such legendary actor is Naseeruddin Shah.

In fact at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival Naseeruddin Shah, thanked god for his not so charming looks. Readers may wonder why?

Well speaking on the occasion Naseer revealed, “When I ventured into Bollywood it was ruled by Chocolate heroes like Dharmendra, Jeetendra, Shashi Kapoor etc and I knew it would be a tough task for an actor like me with ordinary looks to make my presence felt. But call it fortune at the same time a filmmaker called Shyam Benegal was looking for actors with ordinary looks. He spotted me and happened to cast me in his film NISHANT, which till date remains my most cherished role and closest movie to my heart.” 

Naseer added, “No doubt my looks played an important role in me getting NISHANT but the movie opened a floodgates for me to do many path breaking movies like MANTHAN and JUNOON.” 

Like Naseer the other actor who approve his looks paving a great path in Bollywood is contemporary actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, the actor who is basking limelight thanks to his numerous hits films like GANGS OF WASSEYPUR, TALAASH and of course Salman Khan’s hit film KICK. 

In an interview Nawazuddin Siddiqui candidly confessed, “When I landed in Mumbai I had no starry dreams of becoming a star because I knew I had an ordinary face and I was confident that it was my looks that would open doors for quality roles. As expected it happened though after a decade!”