Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 - Year of Revival of the Golden Era of Indian Cinema

The year 2014 may go down in the history of Indian Cinema as a year that witnessed the revival of the Golden Era of Indian Cinema, when cinema was used as a medium for social message and other purposeful means laced in the grab of commercial elements of song, dance, humor and of course the adorable stars. Remember movies like PYASAA, AWARA, DO BIGHA ZAMEEN, GUIDE, MOTHER INDIA, GANGA JUMNA etc. 

Raaga.Com picks top 5 films of Bollywood that brilliantly merged commercial and art cinema in the year 2014. 

Rajkumar Hirani and Aamir Khan’s PK tops the list. The movie beautifully exposes the hypocrisies and prejudices related to religion and powerfully bring home the message that compels viewers to ponder. Despite a serious subject the movie has overtaken Salman Khan’s KICK and Shah Rukh Khan’s HAPPY NEW YEAR by collecting more than Rs 300 crore.

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The second slot goes to Kangana Ranaut’s QUEEN. The movie turned out to be a surprise hit of the years. The story of a timid girl -next -door, who embarks alone on her honeymoon to Paris and Amsterdam after her fiancĂ© calls off their wedding, was highly acclaimed for its motivational theme. Made on a small budget of Rs.25 crore, the film collected a whopping Rs.55 crore in India and became a huge hit. 

The movie that occupies third slot is Priyanka Chopra’s MARY KOM. The inspirational and motivational tale of the Manipuri boxing champion and Olympic medal winner Mary Kom, who takes up the profession for passion won the hearts of the cine buffs. Made on a shoe string budget, with only Priyanka Chopra to boost as star in the film, the movie collected Rs.54 crore.

Rani Mukerji-starrer MARDAANI, win the fourth position. The movie exceptionally exposed the grave issue of human trafficking in an entertaining and somber style. Made on a budget of around Rs. 30 crore, the film garnered Rs.40 crore at the box office and was widely appreciated for spreading awareness about crime against woman, especially juvenile girls. 

Aliya Bhatt, the sensational actress who made a mediocre debut in 2012 with STUDENT OF THE YEAR, stunned her critics with her mature performance in Imtiaz Ali’s directorial movie HIGHWAY. The unconventional kidnapping saga of a rich man’s daughter exploring a new life on her journey with her golden hearted kidnapper Randeep Hooda, was real treat. The movie registered Rs 30 crore at the box office which was quite much than its low investment. 

The other movies which deserve mention for exploring creativity with commercial element include HAIDER, DEDH ISHQIYA, HASEE TOH PHASEE, FILMISTAAN, CITY LIGHTS, HUMPTY SHARMA KI DULHANIA, BHOOTHNATH RETURNS, HAWAA HAWAAI, MANJUNATH, KHOOBSURAT and UGLY

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Bollywood Celebs Head to Dubai for New Year Eve!

Come 31 December and the party mood sets in to say good bye to the passing year and welcome the New Year. Like each year the B-Town celebs too take a break from their hectic shooting schedules and celebrate New Year with family, friends and well wishers. Raaga.Com unravels the New Year’s Eve plans of your favorite Bollywood celebrities. 

This year it seems Dubai is going to be the hottest spot for many Bollywood actors. Shah Rukh Khan, who has his palatial bungalow in the Palm Jumeirah locality in Dubai, will be celebrating the New Year eve party along with his family.

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Besides Hrithik Roshan along with his sons Hridhaan and Hrehaan will be celebrating New Year’s Eve there. Also the Bachchan clan with wife Jaya, son Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, with granddaughter Aaradhya are expected be in Dubai to ring in the New Year. Film maker Karan Johar too will be in Dubai to welcome 2015.

And that’s not all even Salman Khan is planning to be with his entire family in Dubai. According to reliable sources Salman Khan will be celebrating New Year Party with brothers Arbaaz, Sohail and their respective wives.

Arjun Kapoor and her rumored girlfriend and co-star Sonakshi Sinha will also be in Dubai for the promotional blitzkrieg of their thriller upcoming TEVAR. Reports have it sister Sonam and uncle Anil, too will be in Dubai to ring in the New Year celebrations.

The next not destination to party is of course Goa. Reports has it Priyanka Chopra, will spend quality time with her family at her Goa farmhouse. In addition DJ Aqeel and wife Farah, Bipasha Basu, Rocky S, Rohit Gandhi and Mustafa and Rukshana Eisa will be seen partying in Goa. Besides rumors have it Alia Bhatt and her latest rumored boyfriend Sidharth Malhotra are also planning to head to Goa. 

Love birds Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina will head to London to bring in 2015. Deepika Padukone will be enjoying her vacation in Maldives with her family. Akshay Kumar along with his family - Twinkle, Aarav and Nitara will be flying to Cape Town for a 10 days vacation.

Monday, December 29, 2014

South Sensation Vikram wishes to play Gabbar Singh!

The charisma and the menace of Daku Gabbar Singh, played so effectively by debutant actor Amjad Khan in the movie SHOLAY (1975) has been such mesmerizing that for the first time in the history of Indian Cinema a movie was thronged by cine buffs repeatedly not to see the dashing hero or its sexy heroine but a villain! 

Today almost 40 years later the fascination of the deadly Gabbar Singh continues to inspire actors and they aspire to re-live Gabbar Singh on silver screen. Recently at the promotional event for Hindi version of Shankar's I, Southern superstar, Vikram expressed his desire to portray Gabbar Singh in a film. He said, “I would love to play Gabbar Singh. I think it was a kickass character.”

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Vikram who plays a verity of roles in the movie ‘I’ informed the media that he has worked hard for over three years to get into the skin of the various characters. He said, “I had to beef up my muscles for the body builder role and lose 25 kgs for another role. But the most difficult was portraying the beast man.” 

Coming back to Gabbar Singh, the role was originally written by writer pair Salim Javed for ace villain Danny but he got busy with his assignment in Afghanistan for Feroz Khan’s movie DHARMATMA, hence director Ramesh Sippy had to hunt for a new actor. 

Ramesh Sippy in an interview said, “After Danny backed out of the film there was a great passion among my key actors viz. Sanjeev Kumar, Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan to play the role of Gabbar Singh because of its alluring characterization. But since each one had been cast in their respective roles hence I searched for a new talent and was successful in getting Amjad Khan, who lived the character splendidly.”

Film Celebs who bid adieu in 2014

Duniyase jaanewaale, jaane chale jaataa hain kahaa….

How true words but life is a journey and every journey has a destination. The destination of human life is death and nobody can deny this utter truth. Like each year this year too Indian Cinema lost some of its great starlets. Raaga.Com takes you through the unfortunate deaths in the year 2014.

The year began with demise of Bengal beauty and great actress Suchitra Sen, who starred in many memorable Hindi and Bengali films like 'DEVDAS', 'MAMTA' and AANDHI. She died at the age of 82 due to cardiac arrest.

The other veteran actress and star of 60’s Nanda bid adieu at the age of 75-year. She did many hit movies like CHHOTI BEHAN, JAB JAB PHOOL KHILE, HUM DONO, KANOON, ITTEFAQ, GUMNAAM etc.


Comedian Deven Varma, best known for his intelligent and situational comedy died at the age 78. Famous for hit films like CHORI MERA KAAM, ANGOOR, KHATTA METTHA, ANDAAZ APNA APNA etc the film industry paid rich tributes.

Sadashiv Amrapurkar, who rose to fame with his role of Rama Shetty, the underworld goon in ARDH SATYA died at the age of 64 at a hospital in Mumbai. Mahesh Bhatt, who worked with him in SADAK in which Sadashiv had memorably played Maharani, a transgender villain, took to micro-blogging site Twitter to express his condolence.

Zohra Sehgal, the grand old lady of Bollywood, who became famous after she played Amiatbh Bachchan’s mother in CHEENI KUM, breathe her last at the ripe age of 102 years.

Eminent filmmaker Ravi Chopra, who produced renowned TV serial MAHABHARAT and made Amiatbh Bachchan starrer BAGHBAN, died due to severe lung ailment at the age of 68. He was the first film maker to import international technology with his film THE BURNING TRAIN.


Among the legends from South Indian cinema who passed away included Akkineni Nageswara Rao, a veteran film actor and producer, known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema. The 91-year-old screen legend lost a battle with intestinal cancer in Chennai. He was honored with Padma Vibhushan, Dada Saheb Phalke Award, the Raghupathi Venkaiah Award and the NTR National Award

Filmmaker Balu Mahendra, best known for his Sridevi-Kamal Haasan starrer Sadma, died at the age of 75. Balu Mahendra had won five National Film Awards—two for cinematography, three Filmfare Awards South and numerous state awards from the governments of Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

The year concluded with death of Dadasaheb Phalke awardee K Balachander, the filmmaker who lunched multiple talents like Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Prakash Raj, etc. He was 84.

How Rajesh Khanna won the Filmfare Talent Hunt contest?

If there has been a film star, who has generated mass hysteria more fanatic than the kind of by Mega star Amitabh Bachchan or Rajinikanth draws down South than he was Rajesh Khanna, for whom the media had specially invented the term ‘Superstar’! December 29, marks the birth anniversary of the legendary superstar; Raaga.Com remembers him and reveal how the actor won the Filmfare Talent Hunt contest and dazzled the silver screen

Rajesh Khanna’s entry into cinema is as interesting story as his successes legend that made the nation crazy. Before entering cinema, Rajesh Khanna was a stage actor and desperately aspired to become a film actor but had no godfather in film industry. However he got the golden opportunity when he filled the Filmfare Talent Hunt contest published in Times of India newspaper. This contest was called United Producers All India talent hunt. It was launched in 1959. It was headed by a group of renowned Bollywood film producers who selected one male and one female artist through the contest and then introduced them into films.

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Rajesh Khanna was one of the lucky winners in the 1965 Contest when he reached the finals and impressed the judges that included famous filmmakers like Bimal Roy, Guru Dutt, Yash Chopra, etc.

Recalling his final selection day at the Contest, Rajesh Khanna in an interview said, “I was given a dialogue to narrate for my final selection process. But I was confused. Hence when I entered the selection room and found many top notch filmmakers seated to judge my performance I was bit nervous.”

He added, “However I gathered strength and told the judges that the dialogue provided by the contest is good but I have not been informed about the characterization of the person who is going to say this dialogue? Hearing my query, one of the judges asked me whether I was a stage actor. I replied in positivity. They were impressed and they asked me to perform any role of my choice.”

“Luckily I remembered a sentimental dialogue from one of my play that I had enacted. I performed and the judges gave me a thunderous applause and rest is history!” concluded Khanna.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Rewind 2014 : Women Centric films and Heroines battle against unjust remuneration disparity!

The year 2014 may go down in the history of Bollywood as a revolutionary year in terms of women empowerment. The year witnessed an array of not just women oriented films but even the heroines daringly came forward and voiced their anger against the unjust remuneration disparity in the film industry. 

The year began with Madhuri Dixits authored backed role in DEDH ISHQIYA, which took upon the taboo subject of the LGBT community (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual Trans-gender). 

In fact the producer of the film even hosted a screening of the movie for the LGBT community at the PVR Juhu, Mumbai. The Madhuri Dixit and Huma Qureshi’s alluded lesbianism won overwhelming response from the community.

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Kanagana Ranaut’s QUEEN, was the surprise hit of the year. Released on Women's Day, the director Vikas Bahl deserves kudos for beautifully depicting the journey of self-realisation of a woman in the film.

Imtiaz Ali's HIGHWAY explored the histrionics of the young actress Aliya Bhatt to the hilt. The movie captures the landscapes of Northern India, in the backdrop of a kidnap drama involving the young daughter of a rich man, who finds freedom in her captivity. 

Priyanka Chopra’s biopic MARY KOM depicting the struggle and success of the lady boxer against her father and the corruptions in the sport won the hearts of the audience. 

But the movie that won real triumph both commercially and critically was indeed Rani Mukerjee’s MARDANI that brilliantly exposed human trafficking in the country. 

Other prominent women centric movies included BOBBY JASOOS, GULAB GANG, REVOLVER RANI, KHOOBSURAT etc.

SALMAN KHAN BIRTHDAY SPECIAL: Why Is Salman Khan Bollywood’s Biggest Superstar?

“Ek baar jo maine commitment kar di… 

Uske baad main apne aap ki bhi nahi suntan…” 

This marvelous dialogue from the movie KICK suits aptly to describe the Dashing, Debonair and Dynamic personality of Bollywood’s most sought after Khan - Salman Khan!

The actor turns 49 on December 27, 2014. Raaga.Com wishes the superstar many happy returns of the day and looks at few of HIS best performances that establishes why Salman Khan is Bollywood’s Biggest Superstar!

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Dilip Kumar, Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan have been the three official superstars of Bollywood and after them the three ‘Khans’ viz Aamir, Salman and Shah Rukh Khan have dominated Bollywood. Each is a star in his own sense. While Aamir Khan is a perfect actor, Shah Rukh a competent actor and Salman Khan a perfect star! A picture of his popularity can be gauged from the fact that he gave a row of consecutive hits viz. WANTED, DABANGG, READY, BODYGUARD DABANGG2, EK THA TIGER, KICK! 

Salman Khan over the years has proved that he has the ability to perform a verity of roles, here’s a look.

MAINE PYAR KIYA: With MAINE PYAR KIYA Salman Khan proved his potential as a romantic hero. The movie fetched him Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut Actor. The movie also began his shirtless trend, a quality that later become Salman Khan’s brand. 

Afterward with movies like PYAAR KIYA TO DARNA KYA, HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM, TERE NAAM, KHAMOSHI: THE MUSICAL etc. he proved his mastery in romance.

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Further with movies like BIWI NO.1, NO ENTRY, PARTNER, etc Salman Khan proved his critics wrong that he was a wooden actor. His comedy in these films fetched him wide acclaim and even won Filmfare nomination for best comedian. A rare feat indeed! 

Besides romance and comedy Salman Khan has also excelled in tragic roles. Who can forget his stunning roles in TERE NAAM, PHIR MILENGE, BAGHBAN etc. In fact he won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI, in which did a sober role. 

However Salman Khan’s forte has been action and he has always lived to people’s expectation with multiple action movies like WANTED, DABANGG, READY, BODYGUARD, DABANGG2, EK THA TIGER, KICK! 

Thus Salman Khan, no matter what the critics, media, and people say, has proved his credential be it romance, comedy, tragedy or action. He is a role-model to youngsters and a legend in Bollywood, who will be remembered as the Biggest Superstar Ever!!!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Sanjay Dutt begins his holiday celebration with watching PK

Sanjay Dutt, who was released on a two weeks' furlough by the Yerwada Central jail authorities on December 24, celebrated his holiday by watching his movie PK at a special screening. 

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Rajkumar Hirani and co-producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra had organized the private screening soon after they came to know that Sanjay Dutt had expressed his desire to watch the movie. The screening was held on December 25, in Mumbai. Sanju baba attended the screening with his wife Maanyata and children Iqra and Shahraan. The family looked happy to have him among them.

Sanjay Dutt, who is serving his five years sentence at Pune's Yerwada jail, after he was convicted for illegal possession of weapons in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, has utilized his jail term in the right spirit. Just like the other Bollywood actors who are going crazy developing six and eight pack abs, Sanjay Dutt too had been rigorously working hard on his body. 

Briefing the media the 55 year actor said, “I had been working meticulously on developing my body and have lost 18 kilos inside jail. I have succeeded in making six packs and now I will make eight packs".

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What’s more besides developing his body Sanjay Dutt also gave wings to his creative carvings. Yes! The actor had penned many scripts. “I have written almost 10 scripts while I was in jail", he confirmed.

Sanjay Dutt, who is aware about Rajkumar Hirani making a biopic on him has also documented many aspects of his life during the jail term and will be discussing the same with Raju during this two weeks holiday season. 

Reports claim that just as Sanjay extended his leave last December this year too he might extend his leave for an additional fortnight. When quizzed Dutt's lawyer diplomatically said they will think about it later.

Rewind 2014 : The Newsmakers of Bollywood

The wedding of Bollyood superstar Salman Khan’s sister Arpita Khan with her longtime beau Aayush Sharma, son of politician Anil Sharma was the greatest news making event in 2014. Salman Khan left no stone unturned to make the wedding regal and royal. He booked the entire Falaknuma palace of Hyderabad, for two days - Nov18 and 19th. Entire Bollywood along with the rich and famous graced the wedding. 

History was created when the elusive Khan trio- Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan finally come together on December 2 at New Delhi's Pragati Maidan in Rajat Sharma's party thrown to celebrate 21 year completion of his famous show, ‘Aap ki Adalat'.

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Aditya Chopra’s DILWALE DULHANIYA LE JAYENGE completed the landmark of celebrating 1000-week, non-stop at Mumbai’s Maratha Mandir theatre since its release or 19 years ago! Stars Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol celebrated its triumph by appearing in Kapil Sharma’s famous comedy show on TV to rejoice the occasion. 

Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma and cricket sensation Virat Kohli made headline for the romance and their live in relationship. 

The concealed marriage of Rani Mukerji and filmmaker Aditya Chopra’s finally became universal when the couple tied the nuptial knot in a private ceremony in Italy on April 21. Among the select guests at the wedding was filmmaker Karan Johar, who directed Rani in her breakthrough film KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI and KABHI ALVIDA NA KEHNA. 

The hoax news of veteran Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar’s death spread like wild fire on the social network after some miscreants tweeted the fake news of the thespian’s demise. Upset with the news superstar Amitabh Bachchan took to Twitter and dispelled the rumours terming them baseless!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

K. Balachander and Cinema were made for Ek Duuje Ke Liye!


This song from K. Balachander’s super hit film EK DUUJE KE LIYE…., which was the remake of K. Balachander’s Telugu super hit MARO CHARITRA suits aptly to describe eminent film maker K. Balachander’ passion for cinema because like the song K.Balachander and Cinema were made for Ek Duuje Ke Liye( Made for each other).

On the sudden demise of the doyen of Indian cinema, K. Balachander, who expired due prolonged illness and age-related ailments in Chennai, Raaga.Com pays its humble homage to the great filmmaker and prays his soul rest in peace in heaven.

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Winner of Dadasaheb Phalke Award and renowned as Iyakunar Sigaram" (Peak among directors) in Tamil film industry, K Balachander, shall always be remembered not just for his superlative movies but for his immense contribution for introducing multiple talents that have went on to become legends in Indian cinema. Great talents like Rajinikanth ('Aboorva Ragangal'), Kamal Haasan ('Arangetram'), Sridevi (Moondru Mudichi), ace villain actor Prakash Raj ('Duet'), comedian Vivek ('Manadhil Urudhi Vendum') and character artist Nazar ('Kalyana Agathigal').

Popularly addressed as KB sir, what is interesting is that the man who discovered so many great talents himself was discovered by the legendary actor and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister late M G Ramachandran. In an interview K.B. had revealed that M.G.R. was a great fan of his plays and impressed by one of his plays he gave KB an opportunity as a scriptwriter in his film DEIVATH THAI.

Soon K.B. took the South film industry by storm with the mega success of films like ARANGETRAM, AVAL ORA THODAR KATHAI, APOORVA RAAGANGAL, THANNEER THANNEER, MARO CHARITRA, AVARGAL, VARUMAYIN NIRAM SIGAPPU, 47 NATKAL, UNNAL MUDIYUM THAMBI etc.

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What makes K.B. a genius is that he was one of the few film directors, who achieved such stardom that film posters boosted - A film by ‘K. Balachander film’- a rare feat indeed! 

Further what is most astonishing is that when Tamil cinema was dominated by two patriarchs - MGR and Shivaji Ganesan, K.B. revolted against the male dominated movies and daringly made women centric films! 

Paying his condolence to legendary filmmaker, superstar Rajinikanth, who held KB sir in high esteem, broke down on hearing the tragic news. Mourning his mentor’s demise he lamented, “KB sir was like a God in guise of human being. He was not just my guru. He was my father as well. He too shared the same affection. He never regarded me an actor but treated me like his own son.” 

Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan who was launched by KB in the Tamil film ARANGETRAM and later went on to work with the director in over 40 films, including hit Hindi romantic-drama EK DUUJE KE LIYE, could not bid farewell to his mentor. He was stuck up in the post-production work of his Tamil film UTTAMA VILLAIN in Los Angeles. However the movement he received the tragic news, he cancelled all his assignment and has rushed to India.

Why is Mohd Rafi the greatest singer?


This Mohd Rafi remember suit to a perfect ‘T’ to pay homage to the legendary singer on his 90th birth anniversary that falls today. Raaga.Com remembers the maestro and explores why Mohd Rafi is regarded as the greatest singer. 

Recently in CNN-IBN conducted a poll and took public opinion among the golden voices of Hindi cinema from the likes of Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Mukesh, Kishore Kumar and Mohammad Rafi and the people voted for Mohammad Rafi. He was thus crowned the greatest singer amongst the legends of Hindi cinema music.

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A student of musical stalwarts like Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Ustad Abdul Wahid Khan, Pt Jiwan Lal Mattoo and Firoze Nizami at the tender age of 13 young Md Rafi proved his potential as a singer par excellence. 

Thus at an early age Rafi became a name to reckon. In Bollywood he ruled for three decades from 50’s to the 70’s .He sung for all top stars. In the 50’s he sung for Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand and Raj Kapoor, despite Mukesh was his favorite singer! 

In the 60’s he was at the peak of his career. In fact it was his matchless songs that set the box office ringing and turned many wooden actors like Rajendra Kumar, Pradeep Kumar, Manoj Kumar, Dharmendra, Joy Mukherjee, Biswajeet, etc into stars solely only the strength of Rafi Sahab’s songs. 

The 70 was his testing time and it was during this phase Rafi sahab witnessed a threat from his rival singer Kishore Kumar, who became a star singer thanks to his association with the superstar of that era Rajesh Khanna. As a result this was a lean phase of Rafi’s career while Kishore Kumar ruled. 

However it was this phase which brought on the horizon the true genius of Rafi. Though Kishore Kumar was the most sought after singer but whenever music directors stuck on difficult songs they had to rush for Rafi! A pointer to this is the best example of the Rajesh Khannna’s hit movie HATHI MERE SAATHI. All the songs are sung by Kishore Kumar except the super hit climax song Nafrat Ki Duniya Ko Chhod Ke….

According to Laxmikant (of music director duo Laxmikant-Pyarelal, who composed music for the film) initially the song was to be recorded in Kishore Kumar’s voice but despite several takes Kishore Kumar was not able to express the desired pathos and anguish required for song. Laxmikant suggested Rafi to sing the song but the producer insisted on Kishore Kumar, as he was the star singer. 

After a tussle between producers and music director duo Laxmikant-Pyarelal the song was decided to be deleted from the film. But Laxmikantji, director M.A. Thirumugam and Rajesh Khanna were against deleting the song. Finally Rafi sahab was called to sing the song.

He sang the song with such emotions that the audiences could not control their tears in cinema halls! Even today when you hear the song, eyes are filled with tears due to Rafi Sahab’s soul string and grief ridden voice!!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Rewind 2014 : Bollywood Top Controversies - Part 1

Dear readers with year 2014 coming to an end; Raaga.Com takes readers down the memory lane and remembers the important events that made a mark in Bollywood. Read on….

In our First series we take a look at the Top 10 controversies that rocked Bollywood

The controversy that tops the list is Bollywood child star turned South heroine Shweta Basu Prasad, who was caught in an alleged prostitution racket. She underwent a hell of life after the Metropolitan Sessions Court, Nampally, Hyderabad, gave Shweta a clean chit in the infamous case.

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The other most sensational controversy of the year was the Bollywood actress Preity Zinta’s decry about physical abuse by her long-time beau Ness Wadia. She alleged that Ness Wadia tried to molest her during an IPL match at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. When she resisted his indecent approaches and raised alarm, he threatening her with dire consequences. The matter later to legal tangle. 

The third position to the controversy that created a national debate in the year 2014 goes to eminent Bollywood actor Aamir Khan, who stunned the nation with his nude poster of his upcoming movie PK. The actor drew huge flaks from his fans for virtually standing naked on a railway track just covering his modesty with a stereo tape-recorded!

The controversy that occupies fourth position is about Jaya Bachchan’s bitter remark against Shah Rukh Khan’s movie HAPPY NEW YEAR. Jaya in a statement said, “HAPPY NEW YEAR is the most nonsensical film I have seen in recent years. I watched the movie only because it has his son Abhishek Bachchan!” 

Later megastar Amitabh Bachchan sent a text message to Shahrukh apologizing on Jaya’s behalf and explained that her intention was not to hurt the sentiments of the film or its cast. In fact even Ash and Abhishek also went up to Shahrukh’s residence and apologized but Shah Rukh refused to attend them, instead his wife entertained them. 

Bollywood hunk Salman Khan recognized for controversies comes at number five. This year he had to pay a huge prize for accepting the invitation from Narendra Modi during the kite festival in Gujarat. 

Salman Khan’s fans in Gujarat, particularly Muslim, were deeply hurt by Salman’s admiration for Narendra Modi. According to reports the anger was so extreme that Salman’s movie film JAI HO was boycotted and the movie failed to garner good business. 

NOTE: In next addition read Top Controversies from 6 to 10

F.I.R. against ‘PK’ to help movie’s Box Office Collection?

Rajkumar Hirani, producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Siddharth Roy Kapur, and superstar Aamir Khan are on sky nine because their most anticipated movie PK has lived up to the expectations of the cinegoers and the movie is creating new box office history. 

From hardcore film critics to the cine buff the movie has been widely applauded particularly, for its brilliant subjects, which exposes the fallacy of multiple religions with panache. 

However when everything was going so smooth the film has landed in trouble because Prashant Patel, a cynical Hindu fundamentalist and Secretary of Hindu Legal Cell has lodged an F.I.R. against director Rajkumar Hirani, Aamir Khan, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and UTV head honcho Sidharth Roy Kapur alleging the movies ridicules the Hindu rituals and portrays Lord 'Shiva' in bad light.

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Patel has also objected to numerous dialogues which according to him are vicious and offend various faiths and religions. He raised objection particularly to the dialogue ’Jo darta vo hi mandira jaata hai‘in his complaint. 

The FIR against the film is booked under section 153A, 295A of Indian Penal Code to prevent any communal disturbances in the country.

It’s true that religious sentiments in India are very fragile hence the movement somebody mocks the traditions and beliefs, Indian get easily hurt. However when the same Indians watch movies that are satirical spoof at the futility of many religious rituals and customs they take the house down with their applause. A pointer to this is the superlative success of Akshay and Paresh Rawal OMG and the recent Aamir Khan and Rajkumar Hirani’s directed movie PK. 

So the question arises who are these people who raise eye brows and lodge police complaint demanding the banning of such films claiming the movies would create turmoil and disturb the nation’s secular fabric? 

Nevertheless publicity, be it bad of good, is always productive and if it’s for a movies than it is boon for the film producers as it help in attracting more audience. Thus it seem producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Siddharth Roy Kapur , Rajkumar Hirani, Aamir Khan and party will have the last laugh!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Public Verdict - Aamir Khan’s PK is a complete ‘Paisa Vasool’ movie!

Usually when expectation runs high it becomes difficult to live up to the standards. Bollywood has many instances when a much anticipated big budget movie had fallen flat on its face. The best example probably would be Boney Kapoor’s ROOP KI RANI CHORON KA RAJA (1993) staring Anil Kapoor and Sridevi, which was the costliest movie of its time and was eagerly anticipated but turned out a colossal disaster at the box office! 

However there are few examples when a much anticipated movie has proved the test of the audience. The recent Aamir Khan - Rajkumar Hirani's PK fall in the second category. 

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According to the reports pouring from the people who seen PK, the movie is being raved for its satirical take on the conservative and complex issues of religion and superstitions. Though the subject has been depicted before but what makes PK remarkable is that it handles the grave issue in a roller costar ride of humor and emotion. 

Rajkumar Hirani with the movie has revived the memory of the great showman Raj Kapoor who made commercial movies with hard-hitting serious subjects remember AWAAR, MERA NAAM JOKER, PREM ROG, RAM TERI GANGA MALI, HEENA etc.

Likewise Rajkumar Hirani with a commercial backdrop has made a thought provoking movie that ridicules the society rituals and the culture amidst which we have grown but have always been indifferent to it. The simple question asked by the protagonist (Aamir Khan), who plays an alien, compels us to ponder and leaves us dumbfounded on many myths prevalent even today in our society. 

Aamir Khan steals the show with his natural performance and his funny one-liners are being applauded the most. Anuksha Sharam is dynamic in the role of journalist. 

Besides excellent direction Rajkumar Hirani deserves kudos for his mind-blowing script which he has written in association with Abhijat Joshi. The movie has an absorbing narration and to add glitter to the narration are sterling performances by its supporting cast of Sushant Singh Rajput, Boman Irani, Sanjay Dutt, Saurabh Shukla and Ram Sethi.

Thus PK has all the necessary ingredients ranging from an excellent script, melodious music, remarkable camera work and wonderful editing all that makes the movie a completely paisa vasool affair. 

The movie through its sarcastic humor laced with dollops of emotions leaves the viewers in awe. It seems Vidhu Vinod Chopra has yet again minted gold and `PK` is sure to surpass the top grosser of 2014.

Film Teasers of 2014 that attracted movie buff!

A film teaser or trailer plays an important role in determining the movie success. Be it a Bollywood movie or a South India films a teaser is the most anticipated element of the movie that film buff anxiously wait. 

In the good olden days film buffs could watch trailers only in theatre but with the generation X trailers have become easily accessible on the tip of the figure thanks to Smartphone. As a result the movement a film teaser is released it goes viral on the internet and within hours it becomes the talk of the nation. 

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According to the statistic the Bollywood teaser that has attracted maximum film buffs, incidentally does not belong to the Khan trio! The superstar who has been able to win the hearts of the film buff is Hrithik Roshan. The teaser of his action thriller BANG BANG featuring Katrina Kaif has registered the number one position. According to reports the movement the teaser was released it was watched by a whopping 2.33 million viewers in 24 hours and went on to become the most watched teaser/trailer ever in the history of Indian cinema!!! Maintaining the record-breaking spree, the BANG BANG teaser also became the fastest to collect 2 million views in just 18.5 hours. 

Salman Khan KICK trailer went on to become a runaway success on YouTube and got about 1.8 million views in one day. The other movie teasers that crossed 1 million mark include Aamir Khan’s ‘PK’, Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘HAPPY NEW YEAR’.

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Speaking about South Film Industry the teaser of the Ajith-starrer YENNAI ARINDHAAL has recorded over two million hits in 48 hours making it the highest for any south Indian film. YENNAI ARINDHAAL is most anticipated movie. It is directed by Gautam Vasudev Menon and stars Trisha and Anushka Shetty as heroines. 

Vikram starrer "I" became the first South Indian film to receive more than 8 million hits for its teaser on YouTube. The movie surpassed the one-million mark within 12 hours. The film broke the record set by "Bang Bang", which achieved the feat within 13 hours. 

Rajinikanth starer LINGAA crossed one million views in less than 30 hours. Vijay starrer KATHTHI too fetched good response from the fans and it has got more than two million views.

Randeep Hooda Angry over Fake Accounts on Social Media

Bollywood hunk Randeep Hooda is an angry man these days. No not because his two latest movies UNGLI and RANG RASIYA have failed to create buzz at the box office but because some miscreants are duping many innocent budding actors, promising them roles in films through his forged accounts on cyberspace. 

According reports when Randeep Hooda came to know that some frauds are misusing his name and deceiving aspiring actors, particularly girls and promising those girls roles in Bollywoood he was left aghast!

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Randeep Hooda alerted the media about the fake social media accounts on his name being flaunted in cyberspace. Hooda also threatened the imposters that he would be filing a police complaint and initiate legal action, against all those imposters who have been using his name and created fake accounts on social networking sites, if they don’t remove it immediately.

It may be noted that fake accounts on cyberspace have become a menace for film stars. In May this year Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan had landed in a controversy when a fake tweets went viral that he will leave India if Narendra Modi becomes Prime Minister of India.

To clarify his stand an agitated Shah Rukh Khan had taken to the microblogging site Twitter, to trash away the rumours about the alleged statement. 

Likewise in August 2013, star of the millennium Amitabh Bachchan lost his temper when he found a fake YouTube video that showed him endorsing Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the next Prime Minister of India, which he later condemned!!