Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sanjay Dutt’s Untold Tale How Mahesh Bhatt Made Him A Star!

The dynamic Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt will be celebrating his 55 birthday at Yerawada prison in Pune. While the film industry is desperately yearning Sanju Baba’s (Sanjay Dutt fondly called) early release from the jail, Raaga.Com wishes the actor birthday greeting and hope he soon begins shooting and bounces back on silver screen. 

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Though Sanjay made his debut with Sunil Dutt’s home production ROCKY, yet it was Mahesh Bhatt’s NAAM, that established Sanjay Dutt as an actor to reckon. 

Mahesh Bhatt, in an interview recalled how it was a daunting task to extract the actor in Sanjay Dutt, who was a victim of drugs and was booted out by the film industry in his earlier movies as a wooden actor. 

Mahesh Bhatt remembers, “After Sunil Dutt Sahab had brought out Sanju Baba of his drug addiction by treatment in the U.S. Sanjay was a changed man but unfortunately the film industry had written him off as a flop actor and there were no takers for him!” 

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He adds, “Readers would be surprised to know that when I decided to take up the direction of NAAM, which was produced by Rajendra Kumar, film industry mocked at me for taking a flop actor. In fact even Sunil Dutt, had reservation about me as a director.” He added, “Dutt Sahab was over protective of his son and did not wish to let Sanjay work in outside banner. But I had seen a fire in Sanjay and I knew I could bring out a good actor in Sanjay.” 

He continues, “After few meetings Sunil Dutt sahab was convinced and he gave the green signal. Now it was for me to take the challenge. I knew a little mentoring and a little structural support from the script were all it would take to get an effective performance out of him. Thus Salim Khan’s (of Salim Javed) excellent script helped me in polishing the rough edges of Sanjay Dutt. As for Sanju, he gave everything to the film - he was single-minded, as focused as a horse with blinkers, he just did not see anything beyond the movie. The result the movie was a huge hit. It celebrated golden jubilee and Sanjay became a Star!”

Monday, July 28, 2014

Salman Khan Shall Never Marry; Dedicates Himself To Social Cause!

Ladies hold your breath because the most handsome hunk of Bollywood and the most eligible bachelor superstar Salman Khan has declared that he might never marry ever in his life and has dedicated his life for social cause. 

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‘Dabangg Khan’ made this stunning revelation on the TV talk show EK MULAQAT of DD News. Speaking about his marriage plans he said, “I have been into many relationships but somehow things haven't work out. Hence I have decided to dedicate my life for the social cause.” He added, “I have made up my mind never to marry in future, instead I am happy with the social work that I am doing through my NGO 'Being Human' and plan to adopt few more places where I can actively engage myself for the betterment of children.”

It may be known that Salman Khan is a philanthropist and is engaged in many social services. His NGO ‘Being Human' is known for its various charity work. It may be noted that Salman Khan, besides helping the underprivileged children, has been engaged extensively for cancer and AIDS patients. The actor admits that charity is a huge part of his life. In an interview he candidly confessed, “God has been kind to me. He has given me so much hence I now want to give back to the society.” 

Among his future plan in social service include opening hospitals, pharmacy companies and health care units so that the poor and the needy get quality treatment and the nation have strong citizens thus helps in strengthening the nation.

Emraan Hashmi Back At ‘Kissing Business!’

Emraan Hashmi is back at his best yet again. Yes you have guessed it right. The actor, known for his bold and intimate physical scenes in Bollywood is back at kissing business, which has fetched him the title of 'serial kisser' of B-Town. The actor has the record of kissing 28 heroines in Bollywood. 

Interestingly Emraan Hashmi, who in a TV interview had confessed that he is sick and tired of kissing and has been urging filmmakers to desist him from doing such scenes has been yet again compelled to do kiss scenes. 

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Thus the actor will be seen kissing his heroines yet again on screen. Paksitani actress Humaima Malick is his 29th actress to be kissed in his upcoming movie Raja Natwarlal. While Sandra Amy, the Tamil TV and film actress, will be the 30th actress whom Hashmi would be smooching in an untitled film. 

Though Hashmi has reservations of doing kiss scenes but he agrees that film buffs do anticipate a kissing scene from him. In an interview he said, “I remember watching TUM MILE in a theatre, and the person sitting next to me was wondering why I did not kiss Soha Ali Khan in a particular scene. Thus I agree that actors are labeled with certain tags like Salman Khan is synonymous with removing his shirt or Amitabh Bachchan in his hey days was synonymous with action.” 

Ironically Emraan Hashmi wishes to give up his tag of 'serial kisser' to his cousin and actor Alia Bhatt. Speaking to media, he said, "I would be happy to pass my 'serial kisser' tag to my cousin Alia. But I want to monopolise the crown. Someone has to reach up to my run rate. So it will take time for the new actors to be there.”

Dhanush From Prince Of South To Prince Of India!

The year 2013 and 2014 seems the best years in the life of actor Dhanush, regarded as Prince of South. With overwhelming success of his latest film VELAI ILLA PATTATHARI (VIP) that has registered a mammoth business of 19.15 crore, Dhanush has literally proved that he indeed, Prince of South!

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Besides dominating South film industry Dhanush is going great guns in Bollywood too. After the remarkable success of RAANJHANAA, he is acting opposite star of millennium Amitabh Bachchan in director R. Balki’s SHAMITABH.

Praising the actor R. Balki said, “When Dhanush made his foray into films; nobody thought that he would carve a niche so successfully with power packed performances in films like ATHU ORU NILAKALAM, PUDUPETTAI and POLLATHAVAN. He has indeed become the hottest star around and also an actor to reckon with in showbiz.” 

He added, “Dhanush deserves kudos because he has acted opposite Amitabh Bachchan with such confidence and buoyancy that it appears as if he has worked with Amitji intimately for years. All their scenes in the film together are amazing because they are done with authority and excellence.” 

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Besides R Balki bowled over by Dhanush’s histronics, Bollywood filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, who is recognized for making critically acclaimed movies like BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG, RANG DE BASANTI etc. too is planning to rope in Dhanush in his forthcoming Bollywood movie. Dhanush in a tweet recently confirmed that he had a meeting with film wizard Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. 

And to add cherry on the cake, Dhanush has been declared the most promising newcomer male for 2013 by a poll conducted by the prestigious itimes.com/polls, a Times of India group associate. It seems the day is not far that soon Dhansh may become ‘Prince of India’! 

Raaga.Com wishes Dhanush birthday greetings and prays the actor quickly escalate ladders of success and archives the coveted crown of ‘Prince of India’!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Amjad Khan Still Immortal As ‘Gabbar Singh’ - Part II

In the last issue you read how Danny Denzongpa had to decline the role of Gabbar Singh due to his commitment to Firoz Khan’s movie DHARMATMA. Hence Ramesh Sippy was in a fix to find a new actor. 

Ramesh Sippy in an interview had said, “After Danny declined the role of Gabbar Singh there was a tug of war between Sanjeev Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra all three vying for the role of Gabbar Singh. However I and the writer pair Salim Javed were of the opinion to cast a new actor who could come as a surprise to the viewers.” 

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Amjad Khan recalling his casting in SHOLAY in an interview said, “I was an active theater actor and Salim, (of Salim Javed) was my good friend. We used to pass our time at Prithiv Theatre. Once Salim told me that Ramesh Sippy is making a movie and there is a crucial role for which he is searching a good actor. So he asked me to meet Ramesh Sippy. I met him in his office but he told me that he had finalized Danny for the role. I was disappointed and returned home.” 

He continued, “Days passed away and I began concentrating on my theatre, though I kept visiting film producers offices to try my luck in films, but in vain. One day to my delight Salim Khan came to my residence and told me that Danny has declined the role and Ramesh Sippy wished to meet me. Incidentally the same day my wife had labor pain and was rushed to hospital for delivery. But she urged me to go and meet Ramesh Sippy. I went reluctantly on her plea.”

He added, “I cannot forget the day 20 September 1973. It turned out the luckiest day of my life because Ramesh Sippy finalized me for the role of Gabbar Singh in SHOLAY by paying me a handsome signing amount; on the other hand my wife Shehla gave birth to a son, our first child, Shadaab Khan.”

Friday, July 25, 2014

Soha Ali Khan And Kunal Khemu’s Engagement Is Official

Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu’s engagement is now official. Soha got engaged to her longtime beau Kunal Khemu in the city of love, Paris. Sharing her delight with her fans Soha Ali Khan tweeted, "It gives me great happiness to share with you all that Kunal proposed to me in Paris with the most perfect ring in the world and I said yes.” 

According to close sources Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu, who were in live –in relation for past many years have the blessing of both the couple’s parents. Soha’s mother Sharmila Tagore and brother Saif Ali Khan along with Kunal Khemu father Ravi Khemu has expressed pleasure at the engagement. 

It may be noted that earlier Sharmila Tagore had reservations about Soha’s affair with Kunal but later she accepted him. Reacting to the news Sharmila Tagore told media, “I am quite delighted. At last Soha has paid heed to my advice.” She added, “Prior to taking the crucial decision, Soha took my consent and also informed her sister Saba and elder brother Saif about her engagement.” 

Saif Ali Khan, who is busy shooting in London for the movie PHANTOM, told, “I am glad that Soha has finally decided to settle. Regarding Kunal, he is almost our family member and a nice guy.” 

Regarding the wedding Saif said, “Though the wedding date is still uncertain but it would be a grand affair, probably at the Pataudi venue, where I and Bebo (Kareena Kapoor) were married.” 

Interestingly enough while Saif believes the wedding may be held at Pataudi venue, Sharmila Tagore has declined. Speaking to media she said, “I think the marriage will not be a lavish affair nor will it be held at Pataudi. Instead the marriage will be held at Kunal and Soha’s home in Mumbai and will be low key. 

A source close to Kunal told, “Recently Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu were holidaying in London and there were no plans to visit Paris. But during their romantic trip the duo decided to take the vital decision and Kunal decided it to make it memorable by purposing Soha in the romantic city of Paris.”

Amjad Khan Still Immortal As ‘Gabbar Singh’ - Part I

Arey O! Sambha, Kitne Aadmi Thae…. 

When Gabbar Singh aka Amjad Khan uttered these words on the silver screen the audience went gaga over a villain for the first time more than the hero. 39 years later the aura of Gabbar Singh still continues to hunt film buffs. Even the present generation is mesmerized by his menacing villainy. July 27 marks the death anniversary of this great actor who left for heavenly abode on 27 July 1992 at the age of 51. Raaga.Com pays the legendary actor a humble homage. 

Born on 12 November 1940 as Amjad Zakaria Khan in Peshawar during pre independence, Amjad Khan is the son of famous actor Jayant who was a topnotch villain of the 50’s and 60’s.
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As a child young Amjad had a penchant for acting and drama. When he was just 4 years old his uncle N.K.Ziri gave him his first break in Bollywood in the film CHAR PAISA. Later at the age of 13 years he had the opportunity to work under the great film maker Raj Kapoor in his movie AB DILLI DUR NAHIN

For those who think Amjad Khan made his debut in SHOLAY, let me correct. In fact prior to SHOLAY, Amjad Khan had begun assisting the legendary filmmaker K Asif, who made MUGHUL-E-AZAM, for his under production movie LOVE AND GOD. Later another great filmmaker Chetan Anand (elder brother of Dev Anand and Vijay Anand) had first spotted him and offered him a role in his movie HINDUSTAN KI KASAM, opposite Raaj Kumar. The movie failed hence when Ramesh Sippy cast him SHOLAY, he decided to lunch him in a big way and hence he was given wide media coverage and introduced officially in SHOLAY. 

Amjad Khan in an interview said, “I am blessed to have the opportunity of working under great filmmakers like Chetan Anand in HINDUSTAN KI KASAM and assisting the great film legend K Asif during the making of LOVE AND GOD.” 

Readers would be aware that initially actor Danny Denzongpa was offered the coveted role of Gabbar Singh in SHOLAY because he was riding high as the most popular villain thanks to some of his hit movies like KHOTTE SIKKAY, DHUND, CHOR MACHAYE SHOR, 36 GHANTE, KALA SONA etc. However he declined the role as he had committed to filmmaker and dear friend Firoz Khan for his movie DHARMATMA

Later in an interview Danny had candidly confessed, “If I had done SHOLAY then Indian Cinema would have lost a fantastic actor like Amjad Khan.” 

NOTE: IN the next issue read how Amjad was discovered for SHOLAY and his success there after