Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Kareena Kapoor declares to become ‘Mother’ soon!

Motherhood is the ultimate dream of ever woman. She may be an ordinary woman, a royal princess, a successful entrepreneur or an actress. In nut shell ‘Motherhood’ is a high calling for all women — whether single, married, fertile or infertile.

Hence it should not come as a surprise that ‘Glamour Queen’ Kareena Kapoor, who married actor Saif Ali Khan in 2012, has eventually opened her heart about her plans for motherhood.

Riding high thanks to the success of BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN and her upcoming film with director R. Balki, an elated Kareena Kapoor and Saif in interview to a national daily bolding spoke at length about their family planning in coming future.

Saif Ali Khan admitted that the duo is enjoying their marriage and sooner or later they may start their family. “We may soon start our family as Kareena is greedy for ‘motherhood’ but is unsure when to begin.”

Speaking about her plans for motherhood Kareena Kapoor candidly confessed, “To become a mother is on top of my mind.”

On being poked to give details, she smiled and hinted, “May be within two years time from now.”

Saif informed, “These days Kareena enjoys the company of my children Sara and Ebrahim come from my ex-wife and insists on starting our family.”

Acknowledging Saif’s remark Kareena Kapoor, admitted, “Yes I enjoy having his family and mine over for meals. I love it when Sara and Ebrahim come over. I keep calling them to come over. But they don’t visit us as often as I’d like them to. They have their own social circle. Hence I am thinking of staring my family but waiting for the right time.”

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Meet Pakistan’s ‘Real Life’ BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN, who has rescued an Indian Hindu girl lost in Pakistan!

Ansar Burney, the Pakistani Human rights activist and former Pakistan Minister is being recognized as Pakistan’s BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN in social media thanks to his valiant efforts to rescue an Indian Hindu girl Geeta lost in Pakistan many years ago.

Sound filmy, isn’t it. In fact very much similar to Salman Khan’s movie BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN that revolves around a speech-impaired girl from Pakistan who finds herself lost in India and an Indian rescuing her and reuniting her with her family in India. Right?

Well, while Salman Khan’s movie was a fictional tale, Geeta’s story is genuine, who accidentally crossed into Pakistan many years ago as a child of 11 years. Surprisingly like Munni in Salman Khan’s movie, who is shown mute; Geeta too is a deaf and dumb girl. She was found by Pakistan's Punjab Rangers. She has been living with a philanthropist family near Karachi. The Punjab Rangers brought her to the Edhi Foundation some 15 years ago.

Now 23 years, Geeta, still aspires to meet her parents in India. Hence since long Ansar Burney has been repeatedly raising her sorrow tale but in vain. Burney had raised Geeta's issue three years ago during a visit to India at Aman Ki Asha – An endeavor of ‘Peace Dialogue’ between India and Pakistan.

He has also been running a Facebook campaign to trace her family in India, very much like Nawazuddin Siddiqui, playing a journalist in BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN.

However what has eventually proved successful is his noble mission is the release of Salman Khan's film BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN, which draws parallels with Geeta. Thanks to the movie’s poignant tale of brotherhood, Ansar Burney’s plea has reached the concerned authorities in India. Even actor Salman Khan has extended all his help to unite the girl to her family.

Thus thanks to Ansar Burney consistent attempt to help her reach India, she would soon reach her home in India as the Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has ordered to rescue her and unite with her family.

According to latest news, Sushma Swaraj moved over by Geeta’s plight has directed Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad TCA Raghavan to fly to Karachi and meet Geeta and explore ways to reunite the deaf-and-mute lady with her family.

The eccentric Kishore Kumar had deep sorrow inside!

On screen, he enthralled audiences with a phenomenal talent of acting and behind screen with that of his mesmerizing voice. That was Kishore Kumar, the versatile playback singer, actor, director, producer, lyricist, music director, editor, film distributor all rolled into one!!! Raaga.Com pays homage to this legendary film personality on his 86th birth anniversary.

Geet gaataa hoon main, gunagunaatoo hoon main

maine hasane kaa waadaa kiyaa thaa kabhee

isaliye ab sadaa muskuraataa hoon main…

This super hit song of Kishore Kumar suits perfectly to illustrate his life because in real life too Kishore Kumar, like the song was a jolly man who did pranks and made everyone happy.

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In fact the height of his joviality was such that many times people considered him eccentric and crazy. There are many anecdotes about his eccentric nature. For instance readers would be surprised to know that Kishore Kumar had put up a signboard saying 'Beware of Kishore' instead of the usual ‘Beware of dogs’ at the door of his Warden Road flat displaying his weird nature.

In another instance music director Salil Chowdhury said, “I was recording the song Guzar Jaye Din… for the movie ANNADATA but Kishore Kumar declined to sing. When I asked the reason he said I will sing the only when you bring a bicycle because the song is picturised on the hero riding bicycle so I will also sit on bicycle and sing the song! Finally when we arranged a bicycle he agreed and sung the song sitting on it!!!”

Though Kishore Kumar always looked merry and cheerful but within his heart he had deeply hidden sorrows, which he never shared not even with the closest of his friends.

However that pain always seemed to surface in his lyrics. The song “Koi Humdum Na Raha,” from JHUMROO is probably the best example of this expression of buried sorrow.

Its Official Govt. Blocks 857 Porn Websites; Bollywood reacts!

What first seemed as a speculation that Narendra Modi government must be the brainchild behind the ban on porn sites has now finally become official! According to latest reports the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) has blocked over 857 adult websites by the orders issued by the Department of Telecommunication (DOT).

Insiders claim the order was directed to the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) citing that these websites violate “morality and decency” of Article 19 (2) of the Constitution and Section 79(3)(b) of the IT Act.

However the society has come out in protest against the ban. After Ram Gopal Verma, other Bollywood stars too have come in front displaying their angst against the stupid ban. Many Bollywood celebrities took to social media to express their outrage against the ban.

Famous actress Sonam Kapoor tweeted, "Ban idiots who think banning things is going to make a difference to Indian mentality."

Taking a dig at the BJP ministers’ music composer-singer, Vishal Dadlani (of Vishal Shekhar fame) tweeted, “Ironically porn is banned by the same party whose MPs were caught watching porn in parliament.”

Famous writer Chetan Bhagat too looked disturbed at the government’s dictatorship. In his tweet he lambasted, "Porn ban is anti-freedom, impractical, and not enforceable.” He added, “Don't ban porn. Ban men ogling, leering, brushing past, groping, molesting, abusing, humiliating and raping women. Ban non-consent. Not sex,"

By banning porn the Central Government has shown its inability and incompetency to stop child pornography. Actually the Supreme Court had pulled up the Centre for not acting against child pornography but instead the Center has acted against pornography.

To be frank child pornography is evil, it’s non-consensual and an international bane. Hence it needs to be dealt with by the harshest of laws.

The Supreme Court had ordered the Centre to frame laws that tackled Child pornography with all its might and the State be given strong powers to deal with criminals with brutality.

However the Centre has done the reverse and has become the butt of criticism because blocking of adult pornography is injustice. Banning porn implies a state that essentially tells its citizens that they are not mature enough to understand what they can and cannot consume!!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Why Mohammad Aziz is indebted to Laxmikant Pyarelal

Mohammad Aziz, the alternative for Mohammad Rafi may not have filled the void created by the legendary singer Mohammad Rafi but he did made dint in the mid 80’s and 90’s by giving several hits and has the prestige of working under eminent music directors like Laxmikant Pyarelal, Kalyanji-Anandji, Rahul Dev Burman, Nadeem-Shravan, Jatin Lalit, Rajesh Roshan, Anu Malik and what’s more he even has the distinction of singing under music maestro Naushad.

Munna better known as Mohammad Aziz is one of the many clones of Mohammad Rafi, who made his living singing Mohammad Rafi songs in hotels, bars and stage shows. He began singing Mohammad Rafi songs since childhood and won huge accolades. Though Anu Malik gave him his first super song Mard Tangewala Mein Hoon Mard… (MARD) yet Mohammad Aziz consider Laxmikant Pyarelal his best.

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Wanna know why? Well in an interview Aziz said, “ I shall always remember indebted to LP (Laxmikant Pyarelal) not because they played an important role in enhancing my career but because they chose me to sing the song Na fankaar tujhsa tere baad aaya Mohammed Rafi tu bahut yaad aaya… the inimitable tribute given to Rafi Sahab by Anand Bakshi in the movie KRODH and picturised on Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan.”

He added, “Laxmikant Pyarelal wanted to give a befitting tribute to the legendary Mohd. Rafi Sahab on his tenth death anniversary hence Anand Bakshi ji was asked to pen a soulful lyric that would fill the eyes of every Rafi fan. Bakshiji did a fantastic job. But the million dollar question was who would do justice to the songs. Thus the hunt began for a singer who with his melancholious voice could put across the emotion and pathos excellently. Many name cropped up. Finally voting was done to choose the best singer and to my luck my name won maximum votes.”

He concluded, “When LP informed me that I was chosen to sing the song, tears of joy rolled my cheeks because Rafi Sahab, whom I idolized for years and used his songs to make a living, LP gave me the opportunity to pay back all my debts to the greatest singer of all time.”

After Swachh Bharat’, Is Narendra Modi on a new mission called ‘Swachh Internet’?

It seems after ‘Swachh Bharat’, the Narendra Modi government is on a new mission called ‘Swachh Internet’, where in it plans to cleanse the internet from the filth of ‘Porn’ content available in India.

A picture of this drive was witnessed on Sunday morning when most of internet service providers (ISPs) – including Vodafone, MTNL, ACT, Hathway and BSNL – porn sites went BLANK!

What was most shocking for porn site addicts was that even popular porn sites like Pornhub and Redtube displayed blank pages. A site displayed the message – ‘Blocked’ as per the directions received from Department of Telecommunications, ‘Government of India’.

Irritated at government’s unwarranted action, the social media was packed with anger, resentment and some even mocked the government’s idiotic dictatorship. A sarcastic tweet read - Someone must remind the current government that they were elected to run the nation not become Moral Science Teacher!

Another sarcastic tweet read - Earlier: BJP = Bhartiya Janta Party and Now BJP = Ban JoBhiManKiya Party!!!

Possibly mocking at the earlier beef ban and now the porn site ban!

Peeved at the ban, eminent filmmaker Ram Gopal Verma, known for making ridiculous remarks, for the first time rightly tweeted, “Government must finds ways to steer the content not going in wrong directions rather than to block it.” To make his point clear he added, “To ban porn saying it corrupts the young minds is like stopping traffic because it would cause accident.”

True indeed! Just because porn site are targeted for increase in crimes like rape and molestation does not mean you shut them off. Instead the government must find solutions that prevent children from easily accessing these sites.

It may be remembered that even the Apex Court believes banning adults from watching porn is VIOLATION of Article 21 [right to personal liberty]. Hence the honorable Supreme Court had turned down the PIL filed by an advocate Kamlesh Vashwani to block porn websites in India.

Chief Justice of India HL Dattu in his judgment had guaranteed Indians a right to personal liberty which allows them to watch pornography in private.

In fact porn is legal in many parts of the world. The Telecom & IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad too, in a press meet confessed, “I know that porn is legal in other countries but it needs to be viewed in the "context of Indian culture and moral obligation towards society".

I fail to understand what Indian culture is the honorable Minister talking about? India is a land that gave the world Kamasutra and the Khajaro temple proudly displays the same! The erotic carvings displaying various kinds of sex positions and the art of love making on its walls are regarded as India’s heritage. Hence to advocate about Indian culture is hollow and meaningless.

The truth is that the Narendra Modi government is obligated to its various religious wings likes Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Sanga Parivar, Bajran Dal, Baba Ramdev, etc. who are against porn, has been compelled to take this step.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Meena Kumari -The Ultimate Tragedy Queen of Indian Cinema

Whenever Indian cinema will remember powerful actresses in tragedy roles yesteryear actress Meena Kumari’s name will top the list unanimously because she was undisputedly the Tragedy Queen of Indian Cinema. 

August 1, marks the death anniversary of this great actress Raaga.Com pays our humble homage and looks at career in films where she excelled in ‘Tragedy’. 

Though Meena Kumar was specialized in ‘Tragedy’ and she did many movies like Dil APNA AUR PREET PARAYI, DIL EK MANDIR, CHIRAG KAHAN ROSHNI KAHAN, BHABHI KI CHUDIYAAN, KAAJAL etc. Yet the movie that brought her melancholy to the hilt was indeed Guru Dutt’s black and white classic SAHIB BIWI AUR GHULAM

Film historians say the reason why Meena Kumari excelled in SAHIB BIWI AUR GHULAM was related to her personal trauma in marriage. Hence after her rebellious outbreak from film maker Kamal Amrohi, Meena Kumari took to heavy drinking and poetry to solace herself. 

Film legend Guru Dutt, who was close to Meena Kumari and was witness to her agonies hence while planning SAHIB BIWI AUR GHULAM, he had just Meena Kumari in mind to play the character of the tragic wife neglected by her affluent husband. 

And as expected when Meena Kumari faced the camera she made her loneliness hauntingly vivid on the screen recollecting her personal sufferings in details. 

Thus for SAHIB BIWI AUR GHULAM she deservedly won the Best actress Filmfare award. In fact that year she made a kind of history at Filmfare Awards, as she was the only actress to be nominated that year - the other two nominations were for her performance in AARTI and MAIN CHOOP RAHOONGI, incidentally both tragedies.

After this Meena Kumari went strength to strength representing a rarefied concept of a traditional womanhood that was divested of all its physical antecedents with movies.

Finally with PAKEEZAH she became epitome of ‘Tragedy’ and registered her name in the annals of Indian Cinema as Tragedy Queen.