Wednesday, June 11, 2014

GARDEN GLORY

Haven’t gardens always been a source of adding beauty to the song? The vibrant colours of every flower there, the breeze acting as a timely addition to support the ‘feel’ of the song, the flowers also complementing the attire of the actors on screen etc.


Who can forget the wonderful duet ‘Germaniyin Sen thaen mallare’ from the movie ‘Ullasaparavaigal’ where we see the beautiful garden just outside that of the Louvre museum. Kukenhof gardens have ofcourse been famous from then until now. Thanks to the song from Silsila where we see Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha romancing in the song ‘Dekha ek Khwab to’. The same gardens are also seen in Shankar’s blockbuster ‘Anniyan’ that hit the screens in 2005, the song ‘Kumari’ wehre see the heroine Sadha running towards Vikram, each and every shot beautifully going with the colours of the costumes worn by the actors.

Ooty’s Botanical garden has been a famous spot for many directors too. The beautiful, lush green grass does not fail to melt the hearts of the on-lookers. If you have watched the song ‘Jaane jigar Jaaneman’ from the movie ‘Aashiqui’ you would be able to relate to this. Ooty garden were also famous for hooting the famous ‘Dil hain ki mantha nahin’ starring Aamir Khan and Pooja bhatt.The tamil movie ‘Ulathai ali tha’ always witness a lot of portions shot in the beautiful gardens.

How can we forget the beautiful brindavan gardens that have always looked welcoming? Dozen a films are shot here!The famous movie Raja Hindustani also had the song ‘Kitna Pyaara Tujhe’ was shot here. The beautiful fountains also prove wonderful additions to the scenic essence in the song.

The wonderful plush gardens have always proved to be a perfect location and have also helped in setting the ambience and mood of the song right.

Celebrities In Web Over Tricolor Controversy

Controversy girl Mallika Sherawat has yet again kicked off a controversy by draping the Indian national tricolor in an obscene manner thus hurting the patriotic sentimental of Indians.

According to reports she appears in objectionable style wrapped in tricolor sitting atop an Ambassador car with State Legislative Assembly of Rajasthan in the background in the poster of 'DIRTY POLITICS' produced by BMB Music and Magnetics Pvt. Ltd and directed by KC Bokadia.



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The protest has been made by a 24-year-old law graduate, Sumit Kumar, who alleges in his complaint that the poster is crystal clearly showing Mallika Sherawat insulting the national flag by using it as a costume.

The case has been moved to civil court in New Delhi and shall come for hearing on July 25.



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This is not the first time the national flag has been a subject of controversy. Earlier superstar Shah Rukh Khan was charged by a social activist Ravindra Brahme, who had lodged a complaint alleging that Shah Rukh Khan had disrespected the Indian tricolor by holding it upside down during India’s victory in the World Cup final held on April 2, 2011. Later Shah Rukh Khan was booked under sections of Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971.




Likewise actress and Television host Mandira Bedi took came under the scanner for wearing a flag-themed sari. She was hoisting an international cricket tournament and was spotted in a sari that has national flags of all the countries participating in the tournament. Incidentally the Indian tricolor was positioned in an insulting manner before her knees and this created a furor among Indian patriots.



Tennis ace star Sania Mirza too had to bear the burnt when she became a butt of anger after a pictured depicted Sania's bare feet resting near the national flag. However later it proved it was a trick photography to malign her image. Sania Mirza was so irked by this nasty allegation that she had even decided to quit the game.




However small time actress and model Gehna Vashisht must be severely condemned for her indecent act and was rightly taught a lesson by the people by wearing a tricolour like a bikini.

AN ODE TO REMEMBER – PART 1

Isn't it amazing that some families have totally dedicated themselves in the film industry? Today we are going to see about one such family where all the men have contributed immensely to the film industry. Well ofcourse let us start with the father and then move on to the sons!

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The father is Sivakumar. Ofcourse you now no we are also going to talk about Surya and Karthi. But first here's more about Sivakumar. The man entered the film industry with Kaakum karangal in the year 1965. After this there was no looking back as he turned out to be one of the most sought after hero.Hits kept flowing his way and even in early 2000's he was roped in to assume the role of a father etc. Known for his powerful expressions, Sivakumar's landmark movie would ofcourse be 'Sindubairavi'.

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Moving ahead to the sons, there is a tough competition ofcourse between the 'Singam' and the 'Sirutthai'. Surya ofcourse does a brilliant job in whichever role he is casted in and has a huge fan following. His entry movie although was Nerukku Ner. But what brought him to highlight was the movie Kaakha Kaakha directed by Gautham Menon. Ofcourse we all know how he met his lady love too.Thus adding another member in the fraternity belonging to the film industry.

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The youngest of the one Karthi ofcourse. A wonderful breakthrough for him was 'Parutheeveeran' ofcourse. Movies like 'NaanMahaan Alla' gave him a good break too. His last one was the movie Biriyani that released last year. He is currently filming for 'Kaali' that is due for release late this year.

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What is amazing to note about this family is that the father and the son share a wonderful rapport in the film industry.There is no ego clash between them although both the brothers are competing in the current world of movies. Isn't that something brilliant to admire? Also bringing in the family to the film media is something many families don't do. Raaga.com thinks this is amazing and honours this family for their contribution in the film industry.

If I had selected Amitabh Bachchan for RJ, Indian cinema would have lost jewel of an actor! - Ameen Sayani

Just as Amitabh Bachchan is the star of millennium likewise Ameen Sayani is the undisputed monarch of Radio. Winner of Indian government’s highest civilian award Padma Shri, Ameen Sayani is recognized for his evergreen radio program BINACA GEET MALA that captured Bollywood hit parade on Radio Ceylon (Sri Lanka old name). The program was such a hit that it was even broadcast from AIR’s Vividh Bharati for almost 46 years.

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At 81, Sayani is back on Radio thanks to the popularity of Golden Era. He will be presenting a program ‘SITARON KI JAWANIYAAN’ every Sunday evening on Radio City. 

Recalling an interesting anecdote Ameen Sayani at the promotion of his forthcoming radio show ‘SITARON KI JAWANIYAAN’ said, “During the late 60’s I was the busiest Radio announcer. I was engaged at radio station around the globe that included India, Sri Lanka, the US, Canada, Britain, UAE and New Zealand. During the same period eminent actor Amitabh Bachchan visited A.I.R. to try his luck as an announcer but each time he would come I would be busy and my receptionist would ward him off saying come after taking appointment.” 

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He added, “Thus I could never take Amitabh Bachchan’s voice audition test. Disappointed Amitabh gave hope and tried his luck in Bollywood.” He continues, “Few year later when I saw ANAND (1971) I was quite impressed by Bachchan’s baritone and felt he was an ideal announcer for Radio.”

He informs, “Afterwards I got the opportunity to interview Amitabh Bachchan and I praised him for being a monarch of such a good voice. It was then that Bachchan informed me that he had visited me thrice at A.I.R. for voice modulation test but I could never entertain him and we had a great laugh.” 

Ameen Sayani however confesses, “Though I lament rejecting Bachchan for A.I.R. but on second thought I feel if I had selected Amitabh Bachchan for Radio announcer’s job, Indian cinema would have lost a precious jewel of an actor!