Monday, June 16, 2014

AN ODE TO REMEMBER – Part 4

Popularlly known as the Suprstar worldwide, this man does not really have any background as family for having entered the Indian Film industry. But thanks to his wife and daughters, the entire family has been doing a lot in making sure they contribute a lot in the industry. Rajini k nown for his style and the wonderful idea that 'nothing is impossible' in his movies fad is the father of two girls – Aishwarya and Soundarya. Although in this case , the father has been involced with acting, the daughters share a strong interest in the 'direction' field.


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Up recently, was the movie Kochadaiyaan that released in the father -daughter combo making heads of many turn although criticized for the bad implementation of the technology made available. But ofcourse being one of the young women director's, everyone knows Soundarya has a long way to go.

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Aishwarya on the other hand is also into direction but is not keenly invilved in animation and graphics but with 'real-action' movies. Her '3' was a famous one and was considered a hit amongst many. Something amazing to note here is that Rajini's extended family was also actiely involved in this project. Anirudh Ravichander contributed to the movie by making some good music and needless to say 'Why this kolaveri di?' captured the attention of all. Another interesting point to note her eis that Dhanush played the role of the lead actor in the movie, who happens to be Rajinikanth's son-in-law in real life.

Thus the family in one way or the other has been active participants in the film industry. Not many know this but Latha Rajinikanth has also contributed by lending her voice for tracks. She is also actively involved with planning activities for the various Rajini fan clubs.

This family, either considered in a nuclear or in an extended manner definitely falls under the category of 'immense' contribution. Raaga.com takes this opportunity to thank Rajini's family for their continued contribution in the Indian film industry.

Preity Zinta Appeals Media Not To Sensationalize Her Sorrow Tale

Bollywood actress Preity Zinta stunned her fans and the film fraternity with her heart rendering sorrow account on social network alleging charges of misconduct by none other but her longtime fiancĂ©e and business tycoon Ness Wadia! In her agonizing tale Preity Zinta has poignantly appealed the media to support her for a noble cause and not just sensationalize the issue as a ‘hot story’.

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In her open letter on social networks like Facebook and Twitter, Preity has written, "I may not be super wealthy and powerful but I have truth by my side and I've worked very hard all my life and tried to earn respect for myself as a self made professional. It saddens me that no one at work or around ever stood up for me in the past when I was abused and insulted publicly. This time I was left with no option but to take this stern step as this incident happened in front of way too many people.”

According to reports Preity Zinta has also lodged a criminal complaint at Mumbai Police station against Ness Wadia into charges of physical abuse and molestation during IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings held at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on May 30.

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In her complaint at Marine Drive police station on June 12, Preity Zinta has alleged that her ex-boyfriend and industrialist Wadia misbehaved with her during the IPL match and even abused her using foul language and assassinated her character. 

The Marine Drive police have taken a serious note of her complaint and have taken in custody the CCTV footage of the Wankhede stadium, which according to police officials will be closely monitored and can prove to be a crucial turning point in the case. 

Meanwhile the Marine Drive police have given three days time frame to Preity Zinta to come and record her statement at the police station in the presence of her lawyer.

Mithun Chakraborty’s Amazing Tale from Naxalite to Acting – Part 1

Bollywood and Tollywood (Bengali film industry) superstar Mithun Chakraborty has been ruling since four decades. During these years Mithun Chakraborty, loving addressed as Mithun Da, has given innumerable hits SURAKSHAA, PYAAR JHUKTA NAHIN, DISCO DANCER, AGNEEPATH, GURU ETC. He has won three National Awards and Two Filmfare Awards proving his genius as an actor.

The legendary actor turns 62 today Raaga.Com wishes him birthday wishes and enlighten the readers how Mithun Da’s rags to riches tale.

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Born as Gouranga Chakraborty in Bengal, readers would be stunned to know that Mithun Chakraborty before joining cinema was a Naxalites and was trained in martial arts with black belt. He was in the group of Bengal Naxalites and fought for their cause and was even in the ‘Wanted List’ of the Bengal police. However he abandoned Naxalism, when his brother died in an accident and Mithun had to support his family. Interestingly when eminent journalist and famed filmmaker Khwaja Ahmad Abbas made NAXALITES, a movie depicting the issues of Naxalites in the early 80’s he took Mithun Chakraborty in the main lead and Mithun helped Abbas sahab to make the movie more authentically. Unfortunately the movie failed at the box office. 

Born on July 16, 1952 in Dimla, Bengal, Mithun is a Bengali Hindu Kshatriya Brahmin. He has done his education from the prestigious ‘The Oriental Seminary School’ which is regarded as the earliest private school exclusive for the children of the rich and famous parents in Kolkata. Later he pursued B.Sc but could not complete due to his involvement in Naxalism. After returning to his family from the clutches of Naxalism, his family advised him to join FTII (Film and Television Institute of India) where he did graduation in acting. 

Eminent filmmaker Mrinal Sen gave him break in his art movie MRIGAYA, which fetched him Best Actor National Award. The award gave him hope of a smooth ride in Bollywood but alas the path to stardom was an arduous task and he had spent many sleepless nights without food.

Note: In the next part read about Mithun Da’s struggle in Mumbai.

‘My Father Taught Me The Worth of Simplicity in Writing.’ - Javed Akhtar

Like father, like son goes the famous idiom. Justifying the idiom eminent Bollywood poet Javed Akhtar remembered his illustrious father legendary poet and Bollywood lyricist Jan Nisar Akhtar on the occasion of Father’s Day. Incidentally the year also marks the 100th birth anniversary of his father. 

Recalling his father Javed Akhtar said, “My father was a poet from the old school of poetry who did not stoop to the dictates of producers hence despite being a poet of immense talent he did not achieve the glory that he deserved. Woh Balraj Sahni, Sanjeev Kumar aur Naseeruddin Shah bann sakte hain. Rajesh Khanna ya Amitabh Bachchan nahin."

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Briefing about his father Javed Akhtar said, “My father has written many hits songs like Bechain Nazar Betab Jigar... (YASMIN), Ae dil-e-nadaan…(RAZIA SULTAN), Aaja Re O Mere Dilbar Aa Ja... (NOORI), Aap Yun Faaslon Se Guzarte Rahe … (SHANKER HUSSAIN), 'Yeh dil unki aur nigahon ke saaye... (PREM PARBAT) etc. but it was his fortune that most of the movies that he wrote lyrics for did not fare well at the box office despite hit music and tragically in Bollywood, your work is judged by your success and not by quality!” 

Javed informed, “My father has played an important role in shaping my career as a poet. At a young age he had seen a budding poet in me hence he motivated me to write. He would affectionately recite his poems and explain me the art of writing verses.” 

He added, “The most important think I learned from my father was the simplicity in writing. He taught me the worth of using simple words in poems rather than the use of Arabic and Persian words that was a common trend in those days. He believed it is easy to write in difficult vocabulary but very difficult to express in simple language.” 

Javed concludes, “As my father could not achieve stardom hence I did not inherit wealth but I am blessed to inherit his style of expression and his command over poetry.”