Friday, October 17, 2014

Rani Mukherjee To Play Mumbai’s ‘Mafai Queen’

After her aggressive portrayal of a gutsy and ruthless police officer Rani Mukherjee will be now seen portraying ‘Haseena Appa’, Mumbai’s Mafi Queen, the younger sister of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. 

Filmmaker Apoorva Lakhia, who made ‘SHOOTOUT AT LOKHANDWALA’, has been keenly following Hasina Ibrahim Parkar for the movie’s rights. In an interview Apoorva Lakhia, said, “I was quite serious and had reached the final stages of negotiation with Ms Parkar for the rights to film her life-story.” 

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He added, “However After her sudden death in July this year the family of Hasina Appa has been persuading me to start the project but due to some legal and creative issues the movie was bit delayed. However now all issues have been settled and the movie will soon go on the floors by the end of this year.” 

Hasina Appa is a vicious name in Mumbai Underworld. She came in prominence after Dawood fled the country and Hasina Appa took charge of all the illegal activities od Dawood in Mumbai from extortion to taking commission from builders for development and redevelopment and almost no building could be constructed from South Mumbai right up to Bandra and Kurla without her assent. She would also settle disputes between parties, and her word was final. She was in constant contact with Dawood and met him several times during her trips to Dubai and Pakistan.

Interestingly she stayed at Nagpada's, Gordon House building, opposite the local police station and conducted illegal activities right under the nose of police. She had a combined two flats on the first floor into a luxurious den and moved royally in posh imported vehicles. 

Rani, who has not done any biopic yet, is quite excited to do the role. According Apoorva, “ Rani is the right choice for the role. She will do complete justice to the role. She can pull off the part with confidence and aplomb, which is why I have zeroed down on her. The only hurdle that Rani has to conquer whiles doing the role is that she will have to put some weight.”

SRK’s ‘HAPPY NEW YEAR’ is a Marathon Film!

In India watching film is a kind of a picnic hence longer the film the more entertainment the audience derives. Hence most often whenever a big budget movie is released filmmakers make it a point to make it as long as possible to guarantee audiences get their money’s worth. 

Thus keeping the tradition alive; filmmaker Farha Khan’s much anticipated Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone starrer HAPPY NEW YEAR is 3 hour 8 minutes long! In addition Farha Khan as wrapped all the ingredients essential for a masala flick like imposing sets, lavish and vibrant costumes, marvelous music, mind-blowing dance and loads of action and stunts. In nutshell, a paisa vasool entertainer! 

Raaga.Com takes readers down memory lane to top 5 movies that were magnum opus with long duration. 

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MERA NAAM JOKER (1970, 4 hours, four minutes)

Raj Kapoor’s MERA NAAM JOKER is Bollywood’s First movie that was 4 hours, four minutes and had two intervals. The movie was Raj Kapoor’s most ambitious film and had stars like Rajendra Kumar, Manoj Kumar, Dharmendra, and Raj Kapoor himself. It was the debut film of Rishi Kapoor as child artist. 

The movie had great music by Shanker Jaikishen but the movie failed to click at the box office. 

SANGAM (1964, 3 hours, 58 minutes)

Before MERA NAAM JOKER, Raj Kapoor made SANGAM. It was Raj Kapoor’s production’s First color film. SANGAM stars the filmmaker in a love triangle with Vyajayantimala and Rajendra Kumar. The romantic drama of close friends torn apart by secret love and consequences remains one of the most memorable blockbusters of the sixties. Hence encouraged by the movie’s success Raj Kapoor pumped all his resources and made MERA NAAM JOKER but unfortunately the movie could not repeat SANGAM’s success. 

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LAGAAN (2001, three hours, 44 minutes)

Aamir Khan’s cricket saga took the nation by storm and it was huge hit. Though the movie didn’t boost of expensive sets but its hard hitting patriotic theme did the trick. Initially director Ashutosh Gowariker’s bright idea of combining India's two primary passions: Cricket and cinema was discarded by many but Aamir Khan showed interest and produced the movie. 

The movie not only won national awards but was also nominated at Oscar Awards. 

HUM AAPKE HAIN KOUN (1994, three hours, 26 minutes)

Sooraj Barjatya remade his father’s super flop film NADIYA KE PAAR (1982) which was based in rural India into a family drama set in Mumbai. The highlight of the movie was it music and dance and of course the flavour of a North Indian wedding. Starring Madhuri Dixit and Salman Khan, the movie is regarded as all-time greatest Money-spinner. 

SHOLAY (1975, 3 hours, 24 minutes)

It is perhaps Bollywood’s biggest magnums ever produced. It brought six top stars for the first time on screen. It introduced the technique of 70 MM screen and Stereophonic sound system. It run to packed houses for over five years at Mumbai’s Minerva Cinema. 

Readers would be surprised to know that though SHOLAY was nominated in seven categories including best film and best director and best supporting actor (Gabbar Singh –Amjad Khan) but the movie won just one award. The award was well deserved for Best Editing.