Sunday, November 30, 2014

Copyright violation - Thy name is Bollywood

Copyright violation is an issue of immense importance in every creative field, particularly more significant in filmmaking. While Holywood and other courtiers around the globe give due importance to copyright, Bollywood, in spite of many allegations of copyright infringement continues to violate copyright and daring plagiarize.

In yet another case of blunt plagiarism, Sunny Leone’s foot-tapping number, ‘Baby Doll Main Sone Di…' from RAGINI MMS 2 has been exposed to have been copied from a folk Balochi song. 

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History is packed with multiples Bollywood songs shamelessly been picked from western movies or from South Indian films or traditional folk songs. What may stun readers is that our Bollywood music directors not jut lift the tunes but interestingly are also awarded prestigious film awards like the Filmfare Award! 

The music director duo Anand-Milind who took the credit of the super hit song Akele Hai To Kya Gam Hai…. from Amir Khan’s debut movie QAYAMAT SE QAYAMAT TAK or QSQT was actually a shameless copy of ‘Return To The Alamo’ (1977) by the Shadows. 

What is most disturbing is Anand-Milind were given the country most prestigious Flimfare Best Music Director award that year!!! It may stun readers is that year while Anand-Milind, who plagiarized music was given award, the genuine music directors of repute Laxmikant-Pyarelal for TEZAAB and Rajesh Roshan for KHOON BHARI MAANG were declined the honor!

PM Narendra Modi urges filmmakers for image makeover of police in films

Prime Minster Narendra Modi in his speech at Guwahati has expressed his distress at the ridiculous portrayal of policemen in Bollywood. Speaking at a public gathering he criticized Bollywood filmmaker for creating a ‘very bad’ image of the police in the minds of the common man. According to Modi cinema plays a vital role in molding the society and has a deep impact on the minds of the common man hence it is the responsibility of filmmakers to use the medium and portray the policemen in right perceptive. 

It is good that Modi has raised a voice about the negative portal of policemen in movies. It is true Bollywood films many times portrayed policemen coming in the climax after the crime has been done or the hero has bashed up the villains. Further they are shown dishonest having nexus with criminals and anti elements. And last but not the least they are sometimes reduced to ‘fools and buffoon’ and portrayed either as pot-bellied or inefficient buffoons. 


Irked at the ridiculous portrayal of the policemen in films, Mumbai police commissioner M.N. Singh had expressed his anguish and written a letter to Indian Motion Pictures Producer’s Association, (IMPPA), asking them to moderate their censure few years ago. Informing media, he had said, “In my letter to IMPPA, I had asked them to look at Mumbai police with reality and seriousness, they can’t continue to portray the police in such a bad light”. 

Citing the example of Hrithek Roshan’s debut film, KAHO NA PYAR HAI, in which comedian Johnny Lever, who plays a policeman, is shown urinating inside a police station, Mr. Singh had raised strict objection. He demanded, “Can something like that ever happen in real life! What is the message that is being put across,” Singh demanded. 

In fact even Ex - Joint Commissioner of Mumbai (Law and Order) Sadanand Date had raised his voice against this. He said, "I am not saying filmmakers to portray us as gods. We are not gods ... but when you portray us in a way that demolishes the faith people have in us, we leave an image in his mind that this institution is not trustworthy. When you caricature police in this perspective, is it doing the police a service." 

Contrary to the remarks of Narendra Modi and Mumbai police chiefs’ opinions regarding police portrayal in films, writer Javed Akhtar, who wrote movies like SHOLAY, DEEWAAR and SHAKTI which portrayed policemen in right perspective, says that Bollywood has shown both the sides of the policemen. 

He said, "When we have praised you, we have praised you to the skies, showing police officers killing their own kin for their crimes like Dilip Kumar killing his criminal son, Amiatbh Bachan in SHAKTI. So when we criticize you, you should be able to take it too.”

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Ajay Devgan: “I believe six-pack and eight-pack abs make you weak!”

Today when six packs abs have become synonymous with a Bollywood hero, the action king Ajay Devgan has made a contrary statement that has created a flutter in Bollywood

According to reports Ajay Devgan, who will be seen playing an action avatar in Prabhu Deva’s ACTION JACTION, candidly confessed, “I believe six-pack and eight-pack abs make you weak. They look nice, but they can make you physically weak. I believe you should be muscular and fit. I don’t want to promote eight-pack abs.”

The frank confession of Ajay Devgan against the mad rush among the Bollywood actors for six to eight pack abs is actually a clarion call about the hazards in store for today’s’ actors, who mindlessly keep working out in the gym.

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Mocking the six packs of the recent actor, the ‘Original He Man’ of Bollywood Dharmendra says, “Now-a-days everyone is a He-Man ... look at our heroes now ... they have reached almost nine-packs these days. But if you have seen my movie DHARAM-VEER (1977), you will know that I was not into making packs but pegs!.” 

Readers who have seen Dharmendra in DHARM VEER will agree that he really had a steal body, which will shame the so-called today’s six pack Bollywood actors. Dharmendra, who is still fit and healthy says, “My only principal for good health had been regular ‘physical’ exercise and not the one developed in hi-tech gym. Secondly I eat good diet and a maintained a strict fitness regime. ” 

Speaking about the ill effects of Six Packs health experts say, “While developing the six packs we kill the important fat from our body. As a result of low fat a person can develop multiple health issues like fatigue, low bone density, and more. Just like too much body fat can cause health problems, too little can cause similar issues.” 

“In addition there’s a risk of spinal problems,” informs a doctor. He says, “ If you pay too much attention to your abs and not enough to your lower back, the abs muscles can tilt your spine forward. You’ll not only have poor posture, but you can end up creating a very rigid spinal column that is more likely to be injured. What’s worse a person can also develop breathing problems because tight abs can pull your body forward, and this can reduce the amount of space available for your internal organs - particularly your lungs.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Fawad Khan Becomes First Pakistani Actor to bag ‘Best Bollywood Debut’ Nomination

Pakistani actor turned Bollywood heartthrob Fawad Khan has made history by becoming the First Pakistani actor to be nominated as ‘Best Bollywood Debut’ for his superlative performance in KHOOBSURAT opposite Sonam Kapoor at the Masala Awards 2014 in Dubai. 

Touted by media as the unique blend of Bollywood’s mighty Khan trio Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan, Fawad is winning tremendous popularity in India thanks to his suave looks and understated style. Besides Bollywood Fawad has also become a darling of Indian TV buffs with his popularity in Zindagi’s popular TV dramas like ZINDAGI GULZAR HAI and HUMSAFAR. 


Born in Lahore, Pakistan, Fawad Afzal Khan spent most of his childhood in Greece, Saudi Arabia and United Kingdom. At the age of 12, Fawad made his return to Lahore, where he completed his schooling and later obtained a degree in Computer Science. Speaking about his passion for acting Fawad says, “I have a penchant for acting since my school days and I always took parts in my school plays.” 

He informs, “When I was just 13 years old I was approached by an advertising film maker to do an advt. film, initially my conservative family had objections but looking at my passion for arts they agreed. Thus my career in glamour world began with modeling.”

“I have the honor of walking on the ramp along with Pakistani model and actress, Mahira Khan at the India Bridal Fashion Week and the PFDC L’OrĂ©al Paris Bridal Week Day.” he quips. 

Fawad Khan’s popularity is soaring to dizzy height in Bollywood and if rumors are to believed than he is cast opposite Sonakshi Sinha in a film being made on the love story of great Hindi film lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi and legendary poetess Amrita Pritam

Thursday, November 27, 2014

DDLJ cannot match the success of GONE WITH THE WIND!

Never in the history of Indian cinema has a movie created a box office record that Shah Rukh Khan-Kajol starrer DILWALE DULHANIA LE JAYENGE (DDLJ) has registered. The iconic love story has been running successfully at Mumbai’s Maratha Mandir Cinema for the past 19 years and shall be completing 1000 weeks nonstop run at the cinema on December 12, 2014. 

To celebrate the momentous occasion and to make the event more memorable Yash Raj Films has designed a new trailer of the film with an eye to attract movie buffs to watch the movie once again at the theatre and give a new boost to the movie’s success. The trailer is a huge hit on You Tube on Internet. 

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To celebrate the movie’s astounding success Yash Raj films have even roped in its lead actors SRK and Kajol to promote the movie’s success on popular TV shows like ‘Comedy Nights With Kapil’ thus setting a new trend on TV shows of celebrating a movie’s success. What’s more this will also be Kajol’s first ever appearance on any reality TV show. Besides this Yash Raj Films have been more plans of celebrations at Maratha Mandir cinema house too.

It may be noted the DDLJ is the biggest Bollywood hit of all time commercially earning over INR1.06 billion (US$17 million) in India and INR160 million (US$2.6 million) overseas. Adjusted for inflation, DILWALE DULHANIA LE JAYENGE is believed to be among the top five highest grossing Hindi films. Its adjusted gross is approximately INR2.93 billion (US$47 million).

However despite such a tremendous run and magnificent box office collection, DDLJ is far behind the mind blowing success of Hollywood hit classic GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) that grossed over $390 million globally at the box office; when adjusted for inflation to current prices, it is $3.3 billion, a figure that Guinness World Records also arrived at in 2011, making it the most successful film in cinema history.


Satellite Rights Create New Records for LINGAA and PK

The month of December is most awaited month for movie buffs because it witnesses the release of two most anticipated movies of the year viz. Rajinikanth starrer, LINGAA and Aamir Khan starrer, PK. 

Rajinikanth starrer, LINGAA is set to release on December 12, which incidentally is also the birthday of the Thalaiva Rajinikant hence it will be a double bonanza for Rajinikant fans and probably for the makers too as it might break all box office records. 

Likewise Aamir Khan starrer, PK which release on December 19, 2014 is the most awaited movie because its unique marketing has already generated a buzz among film buffs and secondly it brings together the two genius Aamir Khan and Raju Hirani, who gave the masterpiece 3 IDIOTS. 


While the cinegoers are waiting the release day with bated breath, the war for satellite right of the movies has already created a furor and set new benchmarks. 

According to reports Rajinikanth starrer LINGAA has broken the records of all previous South movies by fetching a whopping Rs 32 crore from Tamil channel Jaya TV! 

It may be noted that Jaya TV broke its own record as it had bought Vijay starrer, KATHTHI at Rs 13 crore and Shankar’s movie I for Rs 19 crore. However insiders reveal another upcoming Tamil channel had bid Rs 28 crore for the rights of LINGAA hence to overpower it Jaya TV bought the rights for a massive amount of Rs 32 crore! 

As regard Aamir Khan’s PK the movie is expected to earn an incredible amount of Rs 85 crore from satellite rights, which is reported to be the biggest satellite deal ever.

Last year, Shah Rukh Khan's CHENNAI EXPRESS satellite rights were sold for Rs 45 crore to Zee. It was said to be the biggest ever, but Salman Khan's KICK, which is the highest grosser of the year, earned Rs 50 crore from the satellite rights deal. However Aamir Khan broke the records of both the Khans and registered a new record with whopping Rs 75 crore for his movie DHOOM 3 for Sony Television!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Royal King of Dubai capitalizing on Bollywood’s popularity with ‘Bollywood Theme Park’

Gone are the days when Bollywood was a butt of criticism; today the charm of Bollywood is such that it has not only mesmerized actors and filmmakers across the globe but even the Royal King of Dubai is capitalizing on its universal popularity! 

According to reports Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is constructing ‘Bollywood Theme Park’ called ‘Bollywood Boulevard’ in Dubai, a first of its kind that will a unfold glamour and extravagance of Bollywood for the residents and tourists 


Dubai Parks and Resorts, the Meraas Holding Company developing the emirate’s mega theme park project informed that the park is located in Jebel Ali between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Raed Al Nuaimi, chief executive of Dubai Parks and Resorts briefing the media said, “The cultural effect and appeal of Bollywood is universal with a global fan base of over three billion people. Further to give the theme an authentic look of Bollywood we are working with major film studios in Mumbai to capture the essence of Bollywood mantra.” 

Besides Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, popular Bollywood actors Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Arbaaz Khan are also associates in the projects. “I am happy to be associated with Bollywood Parks Dubai, a first-of-its-kind endeavor to recreate the magic of Hindi cinema outside of Mumbai,” quoted Aamir Khan.

Shah Rukh Khan, owner of Red Chillies Entertainments, said, “The UAE is a cultural potpourri. Not only non-resident Indians but Emiratis, Arabs and people from other Asian countries living here are ardent Bollywood fans.”

Spread across three million sq ft, Bollywood Parks Dubai will host 16 rides and five themed zones viz. Bollywood Film Studios, Mumbai Chowk, Hall Of Heroes, Regal Plaza and Rustic Ravine. Bollywood Parks will also include a full-size theatre offering super hit films like 'DON', 'DABANGG', 'LAGAAN', 'SHOLAY', 'ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA', 'KRRISH', 'RA ONE’, 'MUGHAL-E-AZAM', 'ROCK ON!' etc. 

The entrance to ‘Bollywood Boulevard’ will have an ongoing site-wide live entertainment fixture combining dance performances, character interactions and street theatre.

In nutshell ‘Bollywood Boulevard’ will take the visitors to the delightful fantasy that they get to experience on the silver screen.

Amitabh Bachchan: ‘Kathak Legend Sitara Devi was filled with essence of rhythm and movement’.

With demise of ‘Kathak Legend’ Sitara Devi at the ripe age of 94, the dancing world lost its greatest Kathak Queen. Mourning her death Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan lamented, “The death of Sitara Devi is very sad. She was a legendary classical dancer, vibrant, and filled with the essence of rhythm and movement".

Born in early 1920 in a Brahmin family, Sitara Devi inherited the dance form from her father, Sukhadev Maharaj, a Kathak performer and teacher. However in those days girls performing dance were looked down and labeled as prostitutes. However her father encouraged her to continue citing example of Radha dancing for Lord Krishna. Thus for, Sitara Devi, Katha was spiritual and devotional. 

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Though the society discarded her initially as a prostitute but her confidence was boosted when Nobel laureate and great freedom fighter Rabindranath Tagore bestowed her with the title of ‘Nritya Samragini’ or ‘Kathak Queen’ of the India.

Sitara Devi (and later Gopi Krishna) gave a new dimension to Kathak in Bollywood. It was due to her that kathak became integral to the film industry since the 1930s. Their choreography accorded new meaning and relief to the film world. She did many movies like "USHA HARAN" (1940), "NAGINA" (1951), "ROTI" and "VATAN" (BOTH 1954), "ANJALI" (1957) AND THE EPIC "MOTHER INDIA" (1957).

She taught her Kathak style to some of the Bollywood film celebrities such as Madhubala, Mala Sinha, Rekha, Kajol and many more. 

Eminent choreographer Saroj Khan praising the Kathak dance of Sitara Devi, on her demise mourned, “Kathak is an important dance form in Bollywood and it was Sitara Devi, who gave a momentum to this form in cinema. Today we do see actresses performing Kathak but its purity is missing. The purity was visible when Sitara Devi used to dance.” 

Mourning her death India's Nightingale Lata Mangeshkar tweeted “I feel profound grief upon hearing of the demise of famous dancer, performer and singer Sitara Devi. May god bless her soul.”

PM Narendra Modi too recalled her rich contribution to Kathak. 

She has awarded with the Sangeet Natak Akademi award in 1969, the Padma Shree award in 1973, Kalidas Samman award in 1995 and Nritya Nipuna award. She has awarded for performing at the Royal Albert and Victoria Hall in 1967 and for prestigious Carnegie Hall, New York in 1976.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Salman Khan’s Fixation for foreign girl friends

True Salman Khan left the world flabbergasted by the regal wedding of her dearest sister Arpita Khan but what took the media by storm is that the wedding also witnessed Salman Khan’s Latest Girlfriend!

According to an insider who attended the wedding Salman Khan introduced Lulia Vantur to his family. Introducing the Romanian model-actress Lulia Vantur to his family Salman Khan said, “Meet my girl”!

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Salman Khan was seen sharing a gala time with Lulia Vantur during the wedding and was daringly moving hand in hand. 

Salman Khan is known for his fixation for foreigners. Prior to Lulia Vantur, he has had many affairs with foreign actresses and models like American actress Ali Larter in MARIGOLD, German model Claudia Ciesla, British model Lisa Lazarus, Swedish-Greek actress Elli Avram, British model Hazel Crowney and our dearest London based-turned- Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif.

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Salman Khan fell in love with Lulia Vantur when he was in Dubai shooting for EK THA TIGER. Bowled over by her stunning beauty Salman Khan lured her break in Bollywood. The Romanian got charmed by the offer. Thus began the love story. Back in Mumbai Salman Khan kept his promise and offered Lulia Vantur an item Atul Agnihotri’s movie O Teri. Readers may note Atul Agnihotri is Salman’s brother-in-law aka Alvira Khan’s husband.

Aamir Khan: ‘Cinema is not just limited to entertainment’

If after thespian Dilip Kumar, Bollywood has produced an actor who has taken cinema not just as entertainment but as medium to educate and create awareness on social issues is unarguably Aamir Khan

Like Dilip Kumar who selected his films after scrutinizing the pros and cons of the movie and did experimental movies like NAYA DAUR, PAIGHAM, DAAG, GUNGA JAMUNA etc. likewise Aamir Khan selects his movie and lays emphasis on the content, more than the commercial element. His movies like LAGAAN, 3 IDIOTS TAARE ZAMEEN PAR etc. are pointers. 

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Recently speaking at Hindustan Times Leadership Summit held in New Delhi, Aamir Khan lamented, “Cinema is a beautiful medium to tackle sensitive issue and seek solution but alas today both the actors and filmmaker are just running after achieving one-billion mark.” 

Aamir Khan added, “Frankly speaking the filmmakers and actors fear of experimenting and innovation when the fact is that cinema is an art. Films should allow creativity and the story should rule the heart.” 

Targeting the media Aamir said, “I think to a certain extend even the media needs to be blamed for such mindless movies because they play a role in encouraging these filmmakers by allowing them editorial space and writing ‘goody goody’ reviews thus helping the movies to increase box office collection.” 

Commenting on the reformation of the cinema Aamir Khan said, “I once made an American writer and was left dumbfounded when she asked me ‘what does the creative person give to the society?” Thus cinema is a creative medium and is not just limited to entertainment. Our responsibility is to create heroes, motivate people, touch the good and make the audience glow. We also need to infuse fresh oxygen into this country - this is my vision for this country.”

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.

Salman Khan Sister’s wedding - A starry affair

The year’s most expensive wedding of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s sister Arpita Khan with Delhi business tycoon Aayush Sharma shall go down in the history as the starriest affair. The entire Bollywood seemed to have descended at Falaknuma Palace, the wedding venue. 

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From Aamir Khan with his wife Kiran to Priyanka Chopra, Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Karan Johar , Dharmendra and his wife Hema Malini, Director Kabir Khan, seen with wife Mini Mathur, and Varun Dhawan, David Dhawan, Mika Singh, were reported to have attended the wedding. The center of attraction being Salman Khan’s ex girl friend Katrina Kaif

Celebrity make-up artist and hair stylist Daniel Bauer - who has worked with Katrina Kaif in the past, was been roped in to do the hair and make-up for Arpita. The bride was dressed in a lehenga by Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla. The groom arrived in a horse-drawn carriage flanked by musicians and relatives. Salman's father Salim Khan, mother Salma, brothers Arbaaz, Sohail and other family members received the baraat. 

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The couple was wed as per Hindu traditions with the rituals of a Punjabi wedding with the saat pheras and sindoor. 

Salman Khan treated his sister like a real ‘Princesses’. Hence for the wedding couple Arpita and Ayuesh he had booked ‘Queen's suite duplex presidency room, the bedroom of the sixth Nizam! 

City police commissioner M Mahender Reddy supervised the security arrangements. Salman was accompanied by his own bouncers and they took care of the three inner layers of security while local police took care of the peripheral bandobust.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Dhanush and Aiswarya celebrate 10th Wedding Anniversary

Guess what’s common between Bollywood superstar Salman Khan and the Southern Superstar Dhanush? Well both share a special bound with the date November 18. 

While November 18, 2014 happens to the wedding date of Salman Khan’s dearest sister Arpita Khan's wedding his long time beau, businessman Aayush Sharma likewise ten years back on the same date on November 18, 2004, Dhanush had tied the nuptial knot with Aiswarya, the daughter of South Sensational icon Rajinikant

On the completion of the 10th wedding anniversary of Dhanush and Aiswarya; Raaga.Com blesses the couple and prays they live a happy life. 

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Recalling his first meeting with wife Aiswarya, Dhanush in an interview said, “It is indeed coincident that I first met Aiswarya at the premier of my Tamil film KADHAL KONDEN, which incidentally means ‘I fell in love!’ and truly it was love at first sight.” 

He adds, “I vividly remember I was introduced to Rajinikanth sir's daughters Aishwarya and Soundarya by the cinema owner after the movie’s premier. We did not share much communication but our eyes communicated everything. Next day to my pleasure I found a bouquet sent my Aishwarya complimenting 'Good work. Keep in touch'. 

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Two years later after the first encounter the two decided to marry. On being quizzed was it difficult to impress his father –in-law, Rajinikant, Dhanush quips, “Rajinikant sir is a great human being hence impressing him was not much a task. In fact being an artist himself Rajini sir was quite impressed by my talent and was proud of his daughter’s choice.” 

The interesting thing that unites the two is that both Dhanush and Aishwarya respect each other and admire each other’s simplicity. Dhanush says, “If Rajini sir is down to earth and simple, Aishwarya is hundred times simpler than her father. She treats everybody as an equal and can be friends with anybody.”

Likewise Aishwarya admires the simple nature of Dhanush. She says, “Though Dhanush is such a huge star yet he is rooted and connected to cultural ethics.’ She informs, “That’s the reason he insisted that our marriage be celebrated without pomp and spectacle.”