Monday, November 3, 2014

Actress Tabu Turns 43!

Tabassum Hashmi aka Tabu, has proved her supremacy as an actress par excellence in both the kids of cinema be it the Art House Cinema like MAACHIS (1996), VIRASAT (1997), HU TU TU (1999), ASTITVA (2000), CHANDNI BAR (2001), MAQBOOL (2003), HAIDER (2014) or the entertaining commercial cinema in movies like SAAJAN CHALE SASURAL (1996), BORDER (1997), BIWI NO.1 (1999), HUM SAATH-SAATH HAIN (1999), FANAA (2006), JAI HO (2014). Ands that’s not all the actress has also the distinction of doing many Hollywood movies viz. Mira Nair's American film THE NAMESAKE (2007), and Ang Lee's highly successful adventure film LIFE OF PI (2012).

November 4, marks the birthday of this beautiful and talented actress. Raaga.Com wishes her birthday greeting and takes a long down memory lane how Tabu had to struggle her way to reach the top. 

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When Tabu made her stint in Bollywood it looked a cake walk for her as she was the younger sister of Bollywood actress Farah, who was ruling Bollywood as top notch actress than and also the niece of eminent actress Shabana Azmi. Hence she did not had to struggle much to win roles but despite playing roles under veteran directors like Sagar Sarhadi ( BAZAAR), Dev Anand (HUM NAUJAWAN) and Shekhar Kapur in PREM, Tabu had a poor start. 

All her movies were major debacles and Tabu was on her verge to quit Bollywood. However in the 90’s Tabu got a new recognition with the commercial masala movie VIJAYPATH (1994) opposite Ajay Devgan. What is interesting is that though Tabu made her debut way back in the 80’s yet Filmfare gave her the Best Female Debut Award for VIJAYPATH (1994). The movie set her career rolling. 

Though commercial movies gave her recognition and made her a star but it is art cinema that gave her due as a competent actress. She won two ‘Best Actress National Film Awards’ for MAACHIS and CHANDNI BAR respectively and has won four Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress in movies like VIRASAT, HU TU TU, ASTITVA, CHANDNI BAR, CHEENI KUM .
She has even been awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2011.

Amitabh Bachchan Violates Traffic Law in Kolkata?

It may come as a surprise to readers that Amitabh Bachchan, the Millennium Superstar and known to be a man of principle was recently spotted violating traffic norms in Kolkata near the prestigious Writers' Building, the secretariat building of the State Government of West Bengal in India.

According to reports Amitabh Bachchan was seen cycling around the high security Writers Building which is a no-cycle zone yet Sr.Bachchan was left scot free!!! 

Well, before readers jump on conclusion and start criticizing the legendary actor for setting wrong principle for the younger generation…Hold on!

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Actually Amitabh Bachchan was in Kolkata shooting for his upcoming movie PIKU directed by Shoojit Sircar's. The scene being picturized was a cycling shoot where Bachchan had to a cycle at the busy BBD Bagh area, which is the central business district of Kolkata. To make sure the scene was shot peacefully without Bachchan fan’s creating annoyance; the director took care to desert the area. 

Amitabh Bachchan was seen wearing a pink kurta with a blue sweater over it , sporting a hearing aid and a wearing a loose cap. He cycled for a small stretch on the Red Cross Place until the director cut the shot. 

Amitabh Bachchan who has a long relation with the city of Kolkata went nostalgic visiting the place. In his tweet Bachchan wrote, “'PIKU land' ... !! Too many memories flashing by as the drive from the airport ends.. but so much more to come in the days ahead. Kolkata shall always hold a special place and space within...a 'city of joy' that energises you with intellect and passion !!"

With PIKU Amiatbh Bachchan once again gambles on his image. Unlike his handsome looks the actor will be seen with long hairs and pot belly. He plays a Bengali bhadralok or a gentleman in the movie. 

Director Shoojit Sircar of VICKY DONOR and MADRAS CAFE fame speaking about the movie informed, “PIKU is a heart rendering story about the warm relation between father and daughter. Deepika Padukone plays Amitji’s daughter and Irrfan plays, Deepika’s love interest.” He adds, “I am privileged to direct Mr. Bachchan along with Deepika and Irrfan. They are three powerhouse performers and it doesn't get better than this for me."

Salman Khan Plans A Double Bonanza For The Family

Salman Khan, the superstar of Bollywood may be tagged as arrogant and haughty by his critics but the actor is ‘real darling’ for his near and dear ones. A picture of his adoration for his sister Aprita Khan can be gauged from the fact that the actor has booked the entire imperial Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad for two days for his sister Aprita’s wedding with his long time beau Aayush Sharma, a Delhi-based businessman with whom she is in a relationship for almost a year.

However besides organizing the most expensive wedding of Bollywood for his beloved sister, Salman Khan has also a surprise for his parents.

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Readers may wonder - What is the surprise? Well, few would know that Salman Khan has selected November 18, 2014, the date for his sister’s marriage, intentionally because the date coincides with the 50th wedding anniversary of his parent, who tied the nuptial knot on November 18, 1954. Thus Salman Khan would be giving a double bonanza for the family!

Falaknuma Palace is one of the finest palaces in India. The name Falak-numa literally means "Like the Sky" or "Mirror of the Sky" in Urdu. It was built by Nawab Vikar-ul-Umra and was it was renovated into hotel in November 2010 by Taj Group of Hotels.

The hotel has rooms and halls decorated with ornate furniture, handcrafted tapestries and brocade from France. The interiors have Venetian chandeliers and intricate frescos, and have outdoor terraces with rare artefacts, including paintings, statues, furniture, manuscripts and books.

Salman Khan has booked the hotel at the rate of Rs 1 crore a day for his families Royal Bash. It may be noted that the sum of Rs 1 crore is just the rent of the hotel as more money is expected to be spend in its decorations to make the event more spectacular and grandeur. 

Reports have it that the actor who shares a good relation with honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be inviting the PM to grace the occasion. In addition besides the who’s who of Bollywood, Salman Khan has also invited Venkatesh and Suresh Babu from Tollywood.