Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan celebrate 41 Wedding Anniversary

Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan, the most cherished couple of Bollywood celebrate their 41st Wedding Anniversary today. Raaga.Com wishes the couple happy wedding anniversary and prays the couple celebrate many more such anniversaries.

Though Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan married in 1973 but they had fallen in love in 1972 after the duo did a number of movies together like BANSI BIRJU (1972), EK NAZAR (1972) etc.

Jaya Bachchan in one of her interview recalling her first encounter with Amitabh Bachchan said, “Actually I had seen Amitji first at FTII (Film and Television Institute of India, Pune) but I happened to knew him in person when Hrishida (Hrishikesh Mukherjee, eminent filmmaker who has made great hits like ANARI, ANAND, ABHIMAAN, NAMAK HARAAM, GOL MAAL, KHUBSOORAT) introduced him to me when he was casting me for the movie GUDDI.”

She informs, “Few know that Amitji was the original choice to play the hero opposite me in GUDDI but while he was busy finalizing the cast and other details of GUDDI, Amitji’s movie ANAND was released and Amitji became very popular. In fact he even won the ‘Best supporting actor Filmfare award’ hence Hrishida replaced him another new comer Samit Bhanja because Hrishida wanted a fresh face opposite me.”
She adds, “But I found Amitji to be sensitive, intelligent and man with tremendous sense of humor. Hence we worked together in BANSI BIRJU (1972), EK NAZAR (1972) but unfortunately both the films failed and we were termed as jinx pair.”

Readers will wonder so how did ZANJEER happen? Well it’s an interesting tale. The filmmaker Prakash Mehra and the writer pair Salim Javed were both debutant and their subject had been rejected by many top actors like Dev Anand, Raaj Kumar and Dharmendra. Hence the filmmaker decided to gamble on upcoming actor Amitabh Bachchan but no heroine wished to be paired opposite him as he had a string of 17 flops. Hence though Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan was a jinx pair Prakash Mehra took another gamble and to his fortune he hit a jackpot!

AmitabhBachchan and Jaya Bachchan together includes Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001), Silsila (1981), Sholay (1975), Chupke Chupke (1975), Mili (1975), Abhimaan (1973), Zanjeer (1973), BANSI BIRJU (1972), EK NAZAR. 

Mani Ratnam Reveals How ‘NAYAGAN’ Happened!

I shall be telling this with a sigh, somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

-Rober Frost 

This Though provoking verse taken from Robert Frost’s poem ‘The Road Not Taken’ proficiently captures in nutshell the life story of Internationally acclaimed film director, screenwriter and producer, Mani Ratnam because despite being an MBA graduate from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies and having a thriving business as management consultant he quit his lucrative occupation and listened to his heart and as Robert Frost’s poem’s concluding lines declare - And that has made all the difference!

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Had Mani Ratnam continued as management consultant he would have definitely minted money but the world would have been devoid of a filmmaker par excellence. The legendary film wizard turns 58 today. Raaga.Com wishes him birthday greeting and reveals how his most outstanding Tamil film NAYAGAN (which was dubbed in Telugu as NAYAKUDU and remade in Hindi as DAYAVAN) accidently happened.

Speaking about his most successful movie NAYAGAN, which was sent as India’s official entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 60th Academy Awards in 2005, Mani Ratnam says he won the movie by accident. In an interview he said, “In the late 80’s I was working on the script of AGNI NATCHATIRAM, when a senior producer Muktha Srinivasan met me on behalf of Kamal Hassan and handed me a cassette of Bollywood super star Shammi Kapoor’s movie PAGLA KAHIN KA. He told me that Kamal sahab has asked me to hand this cassette to you and he wishes that you watch the movie and report to Kamal sahab.”

He continued, “After watching few reels of the movie I was disappointed as Bollywood potboilers like PAGLA KAHIN KA were not my cup of tea. In protest I went straight to Kamal Hassan and candidly confessed to him that I do not make remakes. Kamal Hassan, instead of getting furious told me the cassette was just a means to begin conversation. I was taken aback because I had gone to refuse the film offer but Kamal Hassan offered me a movie and that too he gave me an option to make a movie of my choice.”

He continues, “I gave him two ideas. One of a sleek spy drama like James Bond or a biopic on Mumbai’s underworld don  Varadaraja Mudaliar, who migrated from Tamil Nadu as poor boy and went on to become a don in Mumbai. Kamal Hassan loved the second idea and thus was born NAYAGAN.”