Friday, October 3, 2014

Aamir Khan To Become Brand Ambassador For 'Swachh Bharat' Campaign?

Bollywood is always a frontrunner in anything that is a national issue, be it a national calamity or to fight against a dreaded disease. Hence the movement Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced its 'Swachh Bharat' campaign, Bollywood stars, filmmaker and TV serial artists came out in full force to support the PM in his mission to clean India.

Actor Aamir Khan known to be a torchbearer when it comes to social issues was seen sharing the dice with PM Narendra Modi and applauded the Clean India Mission. He said, “Cleanliness is a very important issue for the country and is every citizen's responsibility. He also appealed to the people to give full support to the initiative and take a pledge to keep the country clean.” 

Aamir Khan even added, “If I am given an opportunity, I will be glad to be a brand ambassador for the campaign.” 

Joining Aamir Khan in this vital crusade Bollywood other Khan, Salman Khan too accepted PM’s invitation and promised to do his bit towards making India neat and clean. Salman Khan tweeted, “Me & my Foundation accept the invite from our honourable Prime Minister for Swachh Bharat and will give our 100% for My Clean India”.

In additional BANG BANG star Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Anupam Kher, filmmaker Subhash Ghai etc were seen with brooms cleaning different places of Mumbai. From the south film industry Kamal Haasan also came out to help clean public places.

The entire team famous TV serial Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah also gave support to the cleanliness drive.

Yesudas In A Soup Over Remark On Women Wearing Jeans!

Eminent playback singer K J Yesudas known for his earthy nature and his super hit songs, Bhajan and classical numbers both in Bollywood and South Indian cinema, is in a soup over his remark over women wearing jeans. Aggravated at his remark Mahila Congress State President Bindu Krishna took out a morcha and termed him anti –women. 

Yesudas, who inaugurated the cleanliness drive under Swachh Bharat Campaign at Swathi Tirunal Music College in Thiruvananthapuram, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, said that the beauty of women lies in her modesty and women should not wear jeans as it reveals their vital body parts. He said, “What should be covered should be covered.” 

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“Our Indian culture values simplicity and amiability as the greatest assets of women. However when women put on jeans, men are tempted to look beyond that (jeans). Thus women should not trouble others by wearing jeans,” the veteran singer added. 

Kerala-born singer, who had been conferred with the honours like Padma Sri and Padma Vibhushan further added, “Jeans is the dress of men and women should not try to become like men.” 

Attacking the legendary singer for his chauvinistic remark, Mahila Congress State President Bindu Krishna, lambasted, “Yesudas’ remark is anti –women. This is a totally unacceptable view. This could be seen only as a transgression on the freedom of women." 

She added, “Yesudas is a great singer and all Indians are proud of his contribution to music. It is unfortunate that this sort of an anti-woman comment has come from him.” She further said, “Did Yesudas, who spends many days in America, fails to know about the changes in Kerala society. His retrogressive comments were not fitting for a civilized society.”

Hrithik Roshan Literally ‘Bang Bang’ Ed By His Fan!

While on one hand Hrithik Roshan’s movie BANG BANG opened to a thunderous box office opening, on the other hand Hrithik Roshan was literally ‘Bang Bang’ ed by one of his fan in Mumbai. 

According to reports the ugly incident happened in Mumbai’s PVR Juhu, multiplex where Hrithik Roshan was attending a special celebrity screening of his film BANG BANG. 

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According to an eyewitness soon after the screening was over around 12 am in the night, Hrithik Roshan came out of the multiplex and moved towards his car parked in the parking section at PVR Juhu, multiplex. As Hrithik was above to unlock his car and enter when suddenly, out of the blue, a young man dressed in the festive Navratri attire leaped over Hrithik Roshan from behind taking the star by surprise. The fan hugged Hrithik Roshan from behind so passionately that even Hrithik’s bodyguard Mayur was thrown aside and left dumbfounded! 

However soon the overzealous fan was seized by Hrithik’s fuming bodyguard Mayur and bitterly slapped for his misdemeanor but a kind hearted Hrithik Roshan pardoned his fanatical fan and asked his bodyguard not to lose temper and let his fan go. Within seconds, the unidentified fan run for his life and got lost in the commotion that had erupted due to a fan’s obsession to meet his favorite star. 

Briefing the media later, Hrithikk Roshan discarded the episode saying, "Fans have strange ways of showing their affection and sometimes this kind of things happen at public events."

This articles is from Raaga's music blog.

Will ‘HAIDER’ Prove A ‘ZANJEER’ For Shahid Kapoor?

Eminent filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj’s raise in Bollywood is commendable. From directing TV serial to composing music to making hard hitting commercial and critical movies like MAQBOOL, OMKARA, MAKDEE, KAMINEY is no mean achievement. 

The filmmaker is getting rave reviews for his forthcoming movie HAIDER by the film fraternity. However the highlight of the movie besides Vishal Bhardwaj’s brilliant direction is actor Shahid Kapoor’s outstanding performance. 

Renowned filmmakers like Deepa Mehta, Mira Nair and Hansal Mehta among others have hailed Vishal Bhardwaj's 'HAIDER' as a must watch.

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Film maker Mira Nair, who made SALAAM BOMBAY! (1988),MONSOON WEDDING (2001), THE NAMESAKE (2006) and has to her credits National Film Award and various international film festivals awards including a nominee at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes has been bowled over my Vishal Bhardwaj’s movie HAIDER. Praising the movie Nair tweeted, “"Brilliant, mesmerizing Tabu, irrfan, Kashmir's agony and beauty, all in the masterful hands of Vishal Bhardwaj. HAIDER is a must see!"

Likewise Deepa Mehta, yet another internationally renowned Indian film maker who made such beautiful movies like FIRE (1996), EARTH (1998), MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN (2012) too was awestruck by the power packed HAIDER. She tweeted, “HAIDER is a beautiful film with fabulous performances. Politically relevant, it's heartbreakingly satisfying. Bravo!" 

Upcoming director Hansal Mehta, who became an icon after his film 'CITY LIGHTS' in his tweet, applauded the movie as ‘Stunning’. He tweeted, "Vishal 'Bhardwaj is a brilliant story teller. He redefines Hamlet and how good is Haider and what a performance by Shahid Kapoor. Tabu is stunning so is the entire ensemble. Pitch perfect performances." 

Besides admiring Vishal Bhardwaj, critics and film industry are going gaga over Shahid Kapoor for delivering his career’s best performance. Actor Ali Zafar congratulating Shahid Kapoor on his performance, said, " One rarely gets to see such a strong film with such strong performances. Shahid Kapoor your best till date. Bravo brother."

Just as the movie is drawing rave reviews, if the movie can ignite fire at the box office than movie may prove a gold mine for actor Shahid Kapoor and perhaps write a golden chapter in his life as ZANJEER did for Amitabh Bachchan!