Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ravi Chopra brought Hi-Tech expertise in Bollywood

With the sudden demise of filmmaker Ravi Chopra the film industry lost an intelligent filmmaker who played a pivotal role in revolutionizing hi-tech expertise in Bollywood with his multi starrer movie THE BURNING TRAIN (1980) inspired from Hollywood disaster movies of the 1970s, like THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE and THE TOWERING INFERNO, a genre never attempted in Bollywood

Readers would be surprised to know that Ravi Chopra was the First film director to import VFX team from 20th Fox to give the thrilling special effects and succeeded to a certain extent. Though the movie was a failure it set standards for hi-technology in Bollywood.

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Son of legendary filmmaker B.R.Chopra and nephew of another great film maker Yash Chopra, Ravi Chopra made his debut with Amitabh Bachchan starrer ZAMEER (1975) and hold the distinction of directing thespian Dilip Kumar too in his movie MAZDOOR (1983) but lady was not on his side. Finally fortune smiled when he took to small screen and made the television serial MAHABHARAT, which was aired during 1988-1990. The serial established him as a competent director. 

His second inning in Bollywood with BAGHBAN (2003) AND BAABUL (2006) both staring Amiatbh Bachchan in the lead roles, hit the bull’s eye. Later with BHOOTHNATH and BHOOTNATH RETURNS he gave a new lease of life to film director Vivek Sharma. Lamenting the death of Ravi Chopra, said, “He was my ‘Baghban’, in other words my mentor. He was a true angel, one of the purest souls. I will miss him always.” 

According to a close relative of the Chopra, “He was diagnosed with a severe lung ailment and had underwent treatment for Lung Cancer at CMC Vellore. “ He added, “He was admitted in Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai for lung ailment and passed away at around 3.30 p.m. on Tuesday.” 

The entire film industry mourned his demise. Farha Khan said, “He was one of the nicest, kindest and big hearted souls in the film industry.” Madhur Bhandarkar in his condolence message said, “I am saddened to hear about demise of Ravi Chopraji. Apart from being a fine filmmaker, he was also a very nice human being.”

Rajinikanth is Indian Film Personality of the Year

Rajinikanth, the sultan of style, the epitome of flash and in nutshell the greatest star Indian cinema has ever known has been declared the Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year. The award will be bestowed upon him by none other but by the Superstar of Millennium Amitabh Bachchan at the 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) to be held at Goa Nov 20-30.

The Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year is yet feather in the cap of the legendary actor who has been crowned with umpteen awards. From the popular Filmfare award and the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, Rajinikanth has been awarded many awards. Prominent awards include the M. G. R. Award from the Government of Tamil Nadu, Chevalier Sivaji Ganesan Award for Excellence in Indian Cinema at the 4th Vijay Awards and the reputed Raj Kapoor Award from The Government of Maharashtra.

Rajinikanth has been named one of the most influential persons in South Asia by Asiaweek. NDTV in a poll declared him as one among the ‘25 Greatest Global Living Legends’.

And last but the least he has honoured with the Padma Bhushan award, India's third highest civilian honour, in 2000 from the Government of India.

However it may come as a surprise that the actor who has a mass fan following over the globe and release of a Thalaivar film is a red-letter day with his fans literally going crazy at box office, Rajinikanth till date has been denied the coveted National Award.

According to Naman Ramachandran, who has written Rajinikanth’s biography says, “A National Award for best actor is the only regret I have for Rajni sir. His mentor K Balachander hopes and dreams that he’ll win it one day and I do too. All his contemporaries like Mammootty, Mohanlal, Kamal Haasan and Amitabh Bachchan have won it, and I’m waiting for the day when Rajinikanth collects his award from the President of India.”

As regards Soundarya, Rajniknat’s daughter she says proudly proclaims, ''My father is beyond all that.''