Sunday, November 23, 2014

Controversial Cricketer Sreesanth replaces Randeep Hooda in Pooja Bhatt’s CABARET!

It seems happy days are here again for the controversial cricketer Sreesanth, who after passing through the tribulations of being banned for life by the BCCI for his alleged involvement in spot-fixing in IPL is back in news. 

Sreesanth after making waves in TV reality Dance show JHALAK DIKHHLA JA HAS with dancing skills has been roped by yesteryear actress and film producer Pooja Bhatt for his upcoming movie CABARET. Readers would be surprised to know that initially the Pooja had signed Bollywood hunk Randeep Hooda for the lead role but Randeep Hooda being busy, she has zeroed in upon Sreesanth.


Confirming the news Pooja Bhatt said, “Sreesanth is a bigger assert for the film because those who love him will surely watch the film but even his who are hate him will watch the movie.” 

Pooja Bhatt added, “The movie required an actor who has mastery in dancing skills and has Sothern accent. To be precise the protagonist is a Malayali dance teacher, who helps the heroine to make a mark in dancing career.” 

She continued, “In fact initially we were looking for a Malayali actor that’s when Sonu Lakhwani, the film’s executive producer, happened to see some pictures of Sreesanth and was impressed. When I saw the snaps I had no second opinion and went straight to Sreesanth’s residence and signed him.” 

Sreesanth also has a Tamil movie coming up, but his priority is the Hindi film. Reacting to the news an elated Sreesanth, said, “The movie is perfect launch for me because it not only exposes my dancing skills but I play a South Indian character hence the broken Hindi that I speak is the strength of my character.” 

Kaustav Narayan Niyogi, who is making his directorial debut with “Cabaret”, has also composed the songs for the film.

According to a reliable source the movie is a remake of a yesteryear super hit Malayalam film, which was quite controversial at that point of time.

Shah Rukh Khan attends Salman Khan’s sister’s reception, Aamir Khan Skips!

Salman Khan's sister Arpita Khan's wedding reception was a star studded affair in Mumbai’s Taj Land Ends Hotel. From thespian Dilip Kumar and his wife actress Saira Banu to Shah Rukh Khan the entire Bollywood fraternity descended to bless the newly wedded couple. However yet again the paparazzi were left let down, as Aamir Khan who attended the wedding, skipped the reception. Thus disappointing the paparazzi from clicking the elusive picture of the three Khan’s together. 

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Salman Khan along with papa Salim Khan personally welcomed the thespian Dilip Kumar, who arrived with his beautiful wife Saira Banu early in the evening. It may be noted that Dilip Kumar these days do not make public appearance due to his ailing health but he made sure he makes his presence at Salman Khan’s sister wedding because both Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu adore Salman as their son. 

Shah Rukh Khan who became a butt of criticism after he skipped the wedding extravagance held at the royal Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad made it a point to attend the reception. Though Shah Rukh Khan reached the reception at 2 a.m. in the night but he made the reception memorable by dancing and singing. 

An invitee said, "Shah Rukh Khan came very late, but he was in his elements even at that time of the night. He chatted with the bride and her husband, with Salman-Arpita's parents and danced with Salman."

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Besides Dilip Kumar and Shah Rukh the evening was glittered with Bollywood stars Govinda, Farhan Akhtar, Asha Parekh, Vinod Khanna, David Dhawan, Varun Dhawan, Subhash Ghai and Salman's other good friends, including Ajay Devgn, Riteish Deshmukh, Genelia D'Souza, and Shraddha Kapoor. Shatrughan Sinha and daughter Sonakshi were also seen, as were Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty.

However strangely no one from the Bachchan clan was present for the reception but the Kapoor clan was represented by Randhir Kapoor and his elder daughter Karisma. Kareena and her husband Saif Ali Khan were reportedly on a holiday to London. 

Besides Bollywood from the business world Mukesh and Nita Ambani were present. The surprise element was Smita Thackeray with her son!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Raju Hirani – The director with Golden Touch!

The 50’s and 60’s witnessed legendary filmmakers like Bimal Roy, Mehboob Khan, Guru Dutt and Raj Kapoor, who had the amazing potential to infuse art and commercial elements in the making of a movie thus making potboilers like MADHUMATI, MOTHER INDIA, PYASA, AWAARA etc.

Decades later Rajkumar Hirani better recognized as Raju Hirani has attained the same credentials as the above mentioned legends. His movies have the same ingredients that keep people in splits straight till the end with just the right amount of emotions. November 22, marks the birthday of Raju Hirani , who is making waves these days thanks to his upcoming movie PK. Raaga.Com wishes Raju Hirani happy returns of the day and pray he continues to entertain with quality cinema.


Readers would be surprised to know Raju Hirani is perhaps the only film director in Bollywood who has the prestige of giving a hat trick of successful films viz. MUNNA BHAI MBBS (2003), LAGE RAHO MUNNABHAI (2006) AND 3 IDIOTS (2009). Even the legendary Bimay Roy could not achieve this feat. His first two films PARINEETA (1953) AND DO BIGHA ZAMIN (1953) were super hits but his third film NAUKARI (1954) was a dud at box office.

With PK Raju Hirani’s credentials are at stake because if he hits the bull’s eye yet again at the box office with PK then he will prove why he is called- The director with golden touch! 

On being quizzed 3 IDIOTS did 200 crore business will PK break the record. Raju says, “ For me a movie makes Rs 100 crore or Rs 200 crore is a number, nothing more. Yes, a movie should do well business-wise, as, after all, it is an industry but not at the cost of good content.” He adds, “ For me a good content is more important than money. It’s sad a movie’s success is judged only by the money it makes.” 

Hirani, who shares a warm relation with Sanjay Dutt on being asked about the biopic on Sanjay Dutt said, “The movie is only one tenth of Dutt's life which the world knows. In the same breath he also added that, despite everything he has gone through, there is an honest child inside Sanjay Dutt.”

Aamir Khan meets his idol!

Aamir Khan with his array of super hit films like 3 IDIOTS, DHOOM 3, LAGAAN etc has not only fans in India but has fans around the globe. However any guesses whom does Aamir Khan adores?

Well the secret was recently revealed when Mr. Perfectionist aka Aamir Khan was left awestruck when he met Hollywood’s superstar and Mr. Universe Arnold Schwarzenegger at summit in New Delhi.

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According to reports Schwarzenegger is in India for a Summit. Incidentally, Bollywood star Aamir Khan was also attending the same summit. And the two happened to meet each other. Elated at meeting Schwarzenegger, in person, Aamir was so excited that he tweeted, ““It was a bizzare feeling! I looked up when the door opened and I see THE TERMINATOR walking into my room!.”

Aamir Khan in his tweet revealed that he was in New Delhi for HT Summit but when he came to know that Arnold Schwarzenegger is also present for the summit he requested the HT officials to give him a chance to meet him.

Tweets Aamir, “I told the HT staff I wish I could meet Arnold Schwarzenegger. So they told him. And he just walked in to my room!!!” 

Speaking about his meeting with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Aamir Khan reveals, “He’s really cool. Very warm and friendly.” 

Aamir Khan is such an avid fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger that he says, “I’m a huge fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger! And I love him not only for his body, but also for his movies. I think he’s an underrated actor!”

Amitabh Bachchan to be conferred Yash Chopra Memorial Award

After Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar, star of millennium Amitabh Bachchan became the second recipient to receive the prestigious 2nd Yash Chopra memorial award. Dedicated to the memory of the late producer-director, the Yash Chopra Memorial Award has been instituted by the TSR Foundation of T. Subbarami Reddy.

Announcing the award an elated T. Subbarami Reddy briefing the media said, “The award is given to deserving and prominent figures from the Indian cinema for their outstanding contributions in diverse fields. This year the jury members unanimously decided Amitabh Bachchan as he definitely deserves the award.”

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The jury members consisted of Anu Ranjan, Hema Malini, Simi Garewal, Pamela Chopra and Anil Kapoor.

SimiGarewal, the eminent Bollywood actress and member of jury candidly confessed, “As a jury, when we were thinking about Amitabh Bachchan for this award, we didn't even have to catch a breath. Everyone was unanimous of the fact that he is deserved it."

Amitabh Bachchan will be conferred the award in December this year, the date hasn't been decided yet. The award consists of a gold medal and prize money Rs. 10 lakhs.

The award is quite apt for Big B because Amitabh Bachchan besides having dedicated his entire life to Indian film industry shared a warm relation with Yash Chopra. It was with Yash Chopra, who gave Bachchan some of his most memorable hits like DEEWAAR (1975), KABHI KABHIE (1976), TRISHUL (1978), KAALA PATTHAR (1979), SILSILA (1981).

In fact it was Yash Chopra who dared to change Amitabh Bachchan’s angry man image into a romantic poet in KABHI KABHIE and SILSILA.

 Further when Amitabh Bachchan was in financial crises after the failure of his home production ABCL (Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Ltd) it was once again Yash Chopra, who gave a new lease of life to Amitabh Bachchan with his hit film MOHABBATEIN (2000) and opened doors of stardom yet again! 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Kolaveri di…. Music Director to mesmerize Bollywood!

After A.R.Rehman, Ilayaraja, M. M. Kreem and Karthik Raja Bollywood is all set to be mesmerized by the musical tunes of yet another South Music director AnirudhRavichander, the musical genius who took the national by storm by his super duper hit song Kolaveri di….  in Dhanush starrer ‘3’

According to reports Aamir Khan starrer GHAJINI director AR Murugadoss is quite impressed by the young music director Anirudh Ravichander, who has composed music for his Tamil hit film KATHTHI staring Vijay. Overwhelmed by Anirudh Ravichander’s music for the movie, AR Murugadoss has signed him for his upcoming Bollywood movie starring Sonakshi Sinha.

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Confirming the reports Anirudh Ravichander acknowledged that it is a big opportunity and he will put his soul into the movie to make it big. In an interview the 24 year old music director said, “I would love take challenges in Bollywood and Tollywood. I am really excited about composing music in other film industries.”

Anirudh has been music passionate since childhood. At the age of 10, he started composing music and became a national icon the age of 21 with ‘3’. But success has not been a cakewalk. He has studied music from Trinity College of Music, London. He also acquired knowledge in Carnatic music and was part of a Carnatic fusion band. To add cherry on cake before making it big with 3 he has played the keyboard for compositions by A. R. Rahman and was a part of a band called Zinx.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It’s ‘Wedding Session’ in Bollywood

It seems it is ‘wedding session’ in Bollywood because if November 18, 2014 witnessed the ‘Mega Wedding’ of Bollywood hunk Salman Khan’s sister Arpita Khan and Aayush Sharma’s wedding; Nov 19, 2014 marked the weddings of two upcoming Bollywood stars.

However unlike the pomp and spectacle wedding of Salman Khan’s sister Arpita Khan and Aayush Sharma’s both the other two weddings were low key affairs. The first wedding was of actor-comedian; Vir Das with his longtime girlfriend Shivani Mathur


Vir Das, who came to fame with Aamir Khan’s home production DELHI BELLY and TV shows, tied the nuptial knot in privacy at a scenic beautiful beach in Negombo, Sri Lanka. It was attended by 100 guests being his family and close friends. Vir Das is planning to host a reception in Mumbai soon. 

The other wedding of the day was truly a ‘Stunning Surprise’ because famous Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput who has been in live in- relationship with Ankita Lokhande and has been repeatedly denying their marriage stunned his fans after he secretly launched his ‘First Wedding Anniversary’ party, exclusively for TV celebrities!!! 

Shushant Singh, who came to fame with Bollywood hit films KAI PO CHE! and SHUDDH DESI had met Ankita on the sets of Balaji TV show PAVITRA RISHTA and since then their romance had been talk of the town but the duo kept denying. 

The clandestine of their first wedding anniversary party was spilled by an over enthusiastic executive from Balaji production house, who attended the party and posted a congratulatory post for the couple on a social networking site thus spilling the beans. 

It may be recalled just one month back on October 18, Dia Mirza and Sahil Sangha had tied the nuptial knot.