Wednesday, December 17, 2014

John Abraham: “I would like to do films that involve and encourage the youth”

JohnAbraham the birthday boy who turns 42 today has applauded the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s clarion call asking the youth of the nation to shun drugs in his radio address 'Mann Ki Baat'.

Speaking his heart out John Abraham said that though he is not interested in politics but he is happy with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he is taking measures for economic development. "I've met the Prime Minister Narendra Modi personally on a number of occasions. He wants economic progress in the country and that's all I am concerned about,” he quipped.

JohnAbraham is known for his concern for the youth of the nation. Praising PM Modi for taking up the important issue of drug menace among the youth, John Abraham said, "When the Prime Minister of the country ask the youth not to have drugs, it creates a huge impact and there will be no better example to persuade youth to quit drugs.”

JohnAbraham is health conscious and follows strict discipline in his daily life. He says, “I sleep by 9.30 -10 pm and wake up by 4.30 a.m. because morning is the best time to time of our muscles.”

 He says, “Youth are the back bone of the nation and as a film celebrity it is my duty to set right standards. That’s the reason I try to do movies that send good messages to the youth like FORCE, where I played a narcotics bureau officer and NO SMOKING, where I play a self-obsessed, narcissist chain smoker who agrees to kick his habit to save his marriage and visits a rehabilitation centre.”

He adds, “Likewise as a producer I concentrate on topics that reach the youth like VICKY DONOR, a film with a subject as strong as sperm donation. My next film as a producer, is 1911, a film on football when Mohun Bagan was initiated. The story is about their match against an English team.”

“In my capacity as a producer I would like to do films that involve and encourage the youth, be it the story of a sperm donor, be it sports,” he concludes.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Shah Rukh Khan’s New Heroine is Pakistani Actress

After Pakistani beauty, Humaima Malick made her debut opposite Emraan Hashmi in RAJA NATWARLAL, yet another Pakistani actress Mahira Khan, renowned for her TV series HUMSAFAR will be making her debut in Bollywood opposite none other but the Badshah of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan in his forthcoming movie RAEES.

According to film's director Rahul Dholakia and producers, Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar, Mahira Khan is ideal for the role. She is a brilliant actress hence she has been selected because she won’t be playing the run of the mill typical Bollywood heroine, who has few dance and songs sequences and body display instead she plays Shah Rukh Khan’s wife, a complex role. Since SRK plays an underworld don hence the movie portrays the traumas and pathos a wife has to undergo in his exile.

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Ever since Mahira Khan, created waves with her TV serial HUMSAFAR, Bollywood has been keen to rope her but she has been keeping a distance. The actress is known for portraying sensitive, daring and women centric roles like in the acclaimed Pakistani film BOL, where she revolts against religious extremism and female emancipation in Pakistan.

In an interview the beautiful hazel eyes actress said, “I would like to do versatile roles and not stereotyped ones. There is a big ‘no-no’ to stereotype roles. After reading the script if I think I can do this kind of a role, I would never say no to it, instead would end up doing it.” 

 Regarding the rumors of her being cast opposite Bollywood hunk Ranveer Singh, briefing the media, she had candidly confessed, “I’ve no clue who’s gave out false information regarding me signing Bollywood films.”

However during the press meet she did gave clues that she had been approached by some filmmakers from Bollywood and had been offered a role opposite a ‘reputed’ Bollywoood star.

Now the cat is out of the bag and the name of the ‘reputed’ Bollywoood star REVEALED! 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Aamir Khan suggests Raju Hirani to make a movie with ‘Three Khans’ together!

The month of December has been quite special for the Bollywood’s most sought after ‘Three Khans’. The trio- Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir Khan has displayed their fondness for each other at several public functions during the month. Thus raising hope of three Khan’s sharing space in a film together.

Since the past two decades ever since Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir Khan became the most adored stars of film buffs there have been speculations of casting the three together. However, despite popular demands the three ‘Khans’ could not be cast together even by film stalwarts like Yash Chopra, Karan Johar, Subhash Ghai or Sanjay Leena Bansali.

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And now we hear that Aamir Khan has initiated a step in the direction of making a movie that would feature the three ‘Khans’ together! Guess who would direct the film? Hold your breath … he is none other but the film director with golden touch - Raju Hirani. 

According to a report Aamir Khan expressed his desire to film maker Raju Hirani during the promotion of his film PK in Jaipur. An insider said, “Aamir Khan is quite impressed by the direction of Raju Hirani. Since the director has the ability of combining entertainment and intense subjects quite brilliantly hence Aamir suggested Raju Hirani to direct a film with him, Salman and Shah Rukh together.” 

The craze to watch the three Khans’ together on the silver screen is not just limited to the film buffs but even the film fraternity in dying to watch the miracle. 

A glimpse of this thirst to watch the ‘three Khans’ together was visible at the Stardust Awards Nite when a television journalist asked film celebrities to pick which option they would most prefer from a) The three Khans doing a film together b) Salman Khan getting married 3) Ranbir-Katrina getting married. Interestingly most preferred to watch three Khans doing a film together! From Deepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernandes, Sonu Sood, Raveena Tandon, Rajkummar Rao, Madhur Bhandarkar, Bipasha Basu, Neil Nitin Mukesh to Rakhi Sawant everybody wanted the three khans to act in a film together.

Rajinikanth Mania helps LINGAA cross 100 Crore Club in 3 days!

The Rajnikanth mania associated with a Rajinikanth movie has been yet again proved with LINGAA breaking all box office records and becoming the fastest Tamil film to join the 100 crore club! The movie according to trade pundits has collected a colossal Rs 102 crore rupees in its first weekend. 

Though the movie has not gone down well with few hardcore film critics yet movie buffs have given their thumps up and declared the movie super hit.

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The typical Rajinikanth Mania was seen to be believed at the premier of LINGAA which was held at several theatres at 1 a.m. on Friday. Film fanatic had thronged the theatres even before Thursday midnight to watch the premiere. The theatre management had hard time controlling the crowd. There was furor and turmoil all around with chanting of ‘Happy Birthday Rajinikanth’ echoing all around! 

On its first day (Friday) itself, the movie managed to gross Rs 32 crore becoming the first Kollywood movie to do so. Interestingly LINGAA also collected Rs 33 crores worldwide on its first day, making it First Tamil movie to have biggest-ever first day collection. 

Elated at the heartening response from audience Nandu Ahuja, Theatrical Head, Eros International, said, “There is just one word to describe reactions post the film's release - Unbelievable! We have got fantastic showcasing for the film pan India and overseas with some theatres running as many as 72 SHOWS DAILY! 

The Rajinikanth mania associated with the superstar reached places outside the South states as well. According to reports from certain screens at PVR where shows were booked well in advance and are still running into packed houses.

In Mumbai too, renowned Aurora theater in Matunga witnessed people thronging the cinema hall in huge numbers right through the weekend

Sunday, December 14, 2014

JAL becomes India’s First film to be nominated in Oscar Award’s Mainstream category!

After Aamir Khan’s much expected movie LAGAAN, actor turned director Girish Malik’s movie JAL has been nominated in the 87th Oscars Awards list thus once again raising hope of India winning the elusive award. 

The most fascinating aspect about the movie is that JAL is the FIRST Indian film, in the history of Indian Cinema to be selected in the list of final five nominees in the ‘Mainstream Best Picture’ category and not the Best Foreign Language film category, which means JAL will be competing with the Hollywood biggies to find a space for itself and hopefully get noticed on this stupendous platform.

Earlier MOTHER INDIA (1957), SALAAM BOMBAY! (1988) and LAGAAN (2001) were the only three films to reach the top five list but it may be remembered they were nominated for the Academy Award for Best ‘Foreign Language Film’ category and not ‘Mainstream Best Picture’.

The movie JAL which deals with the heart wrenching water scantily issue in the Rann of Kutch has been appreciated by critics all over. The movie has already won the prestigious National Film Award for Best Special Effects for the year 2013 at the 61st National Film Awards. In addition it won special mention at the ‘New Currents’ section of the Busan International Film Festival 2013 and in the ‘Indian Panorama’ section of the International Film Festival of India. 

Speaking about the film director Girish Malik’ said, "It was a tremendous struggle to make this film and I am happy and thankful that it's being noticed on the biggest platform for cinema.”

Puneet Singh, director of One World Films Pvt Ltd, the production house who produced the film informed, “JAL will be competing in the Best Picture category alongside path-breaking films like INTERSTELLAR, EXODUS, 300 RISE OF EMPIRE and other Hollywood biggies. It is indeed a pride movement for India. " 

Besides Best Picture, JAL is also nominated in the Best Original Score with Singer-Composer Sonu Nigam and Bickram Ghosh Singer-Composer keeping figures cross for the honor.

Will A.R.Rahman score Hat Trick at Oscar Awards?

It seems 'Mozart of Madras' AR Rahman is set to score a hat trick at the prestigious Oscar Awards, which incidentally has been eluding Indian cinema in the Best Film category. 

A R Rahman appeared top contender in the final list of 114 contending scores from eligible movies released in 2014 to be considered for Original Score category for the 87th Oscars Awards announced by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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A R Rahman has three songs from movies MILLION DOLLAR ARM, THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY, and hold your breath one song from Rajinikanth starrer KOCHADIIYAAN! 

A.R. Rahman surprised the world by winning double Oscar for Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire in 2009. In 2011, he had received two nominations for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards for his original score in Boyle’s 127 Hours as well as original song If I Rise for the same movie.

The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015. The Oscar ceremony will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. 

The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Subhash Ghai dedicates Scholarship in the name of Dilip Kumar

Eminent filmmaker Subhash Ghai, renowned as the Showman of Bollywood after Raj Kapoor, presented the legendary actor Dilip Kumar one of the rarest gift that the thespian must have received on his 92 birthday.

As a humble gratitude to the greatest actor of Indian Cinema, Subhash Ghai announced setting up of a scholarship in the name of Dilip Kumar for the students pursuing film course at his film institute Whistling Woods International in Mumbai.

Speaking about the announcement Subhash Ghai said, "Dilip sahib has taught me to bring dignity to this profession of cinema and to bring a change in cinema culture of India by setting up a creative brainstorming campus. This changed my life and I put all my health and wealth in setting up Whistling Woods."

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“My daughter Meghna Ghai gave me this wonderful idea. In fact we have been providing scholarships since the last five years, but it is the first time that we have instituted one after a personal name of an actor. Dilip Kumar brings dignity to our scholarship,” added Ghai. 

Dilip Kumar and Subhash Ghai share a warm relation. The younger generation may be unaware that in the 80’s when Dilip Kumar made his second inning it was Subhash Ghai, who gave him the change over image from the off repeated rural based roles that Dilip Kumar was familiar with in movies like NAYA DAUR, GANGA JAMUNA, BAIRAAG, GOPI, SAGINA etc. However with VIDHATA, Subhash Ghai transformed him into an urbane underworld, smashing gangsters and carrying sophisticated guns. 

After VIDHATA, Subash Ghai gave Dilip Kumar some of the most memorable role and some of the most fascinating combinations like in KARMA he brought the brilliant actor Naseerudin Shah opposite Dilip Kumar and in SAUDAGAR, he brought together the rarest of combination of Dilip Kumar and Raaj Kumar, working together after 20 years! In nut shell the Subhash Ghai – Dilip Kumar Jodi has been a great boon to Indian cinema. 

Few may know that Whistling Woods was inaugurated by the hands of Dilip Kumar with 80 students in 2006. And now with the scholarship in the name of Dilip Kumar, the thespian has become immortal in Whistling Woods.