Thursday, December 11, 2014

Subhash Ghai dedicates Scholarship in the name of Dilip Kumar

Eminent filmmaker Subhash Ghai, renowned as the Showman of Bollywood after Raj Kapoor, presented the legendary actor Dilip Kumar one of the rarest gift that the thespian must have received on his 92 birthday.

As a humble gratitude to the greatest actor of Indian Cinema, Subhash Ghai announced setting up of a scholarship in the name of Dilip Kumar for the students pursuing film course at his film institute Whistling Woods International in Mumbai.

Speaking about the announcement Subhash Ghai said, "Dilip sahib has taught me to bring dignity to this profession of cinema and to bring a change in cinema culture of India by setting up a creative brainstorming campus. This changed my life and I put all my health and wealth in setting up Whistling Woods."

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“My daughter Meghna Ghai gave me this wonderful idea. In fact we have been providing scholarships since the last five years, but it is the first time that we have instituted one after a personal name of an actor. Dilip Kumar brings dignity to our scholarship,” added Ghai. 

Dilip Kumar and Subhash Ghai share a warm relation. The younger generation may be unaware that in the 80’s when Dilip Kumar made his second inning it was Subhash Ghai, who gave him the change over image from the off repeated rural based roles that Dilip Kumar was familiar with in movies like NAYA DAUR, GANGA JAMUNA, BAIRAAG, GOPI, SAGINA etc. However with VIDHATA, Subhash Ghai transformed him into an urbane underworld, smashing gangsters and carrying sophisticated guns. 

After VIDHATA, Subash Ghai gave Dilip Kumar some of the most memorable role and some of the most fascinating combinations like in KARMA he brought the brilliant actor Naseerudin Shah opposite Dilip Kumar and in SAUDAGAR, he brought together the rarest of combination of Dilip Kumar and Raaj Kumar, working together after 20 years! In nut shell the Subhash Ghai – Dilip Kumar Jodi has been a great boon to Indian cinema. 

Few may know that Whistling Woods was inaugurated by the hands of Dilip Kumar with 80 students in 2006. And now with the scholarship in the name of Dilip Kumar, the thespian has become immortal in Whistling Woods.

LINGAA gets green signal, to release today!

Naan eppo varuven, epdi varuvennu yarukkum theriyathu. Aana vara vendiya nerathula 

(No one can tell when or how I'll arrive - but I always do, when the time is right) 

Apt words …. 

Because as per this mind blowing dialogue from Thalivaa Rajinikanth's hit movie MUTHU, the superstar’s most ambitious film LINGAA is releasing ‘RIGHT ON TIME!’ 

Fans of Rajinikant can heave a sigh of relief because LINGAA that was shrouded in controversy regarding its release date has been given a green signal by the court and will be released today i.e. Friday December 12, 2014.

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As today also marks the 63 birthday of the superstar Rajinikant and since this is the FIRST TIME that a Rajinikant movie is releasing on his birthday, the enthusiasm, excitement and fervor among Rajinikant fans can be analyzed. 

The Madurai Bench of Madras High Court giving the go ahead for release of LINGAA asked the producer to deposit Rs 10 crore as guarantee since a claim by a director that the film was based on his story is to be settled in a ‘Civil Court’.

LINGAA that had been in controversy due to a petition filed against the movie by filmmaker Ravi Rathinam, who claimed that the storyline of LINGAA was same as that of his 2013 movie MULLAI VANAM 999.

However a division bench comprising Justice V Dhanabalan and Justice V M Velumani declined the appeal from Director K R Ravi Rathinam. The bench ordered Director K R Ravi Rathinam to approach ‘Civil Court’ to claim damages, if any. 

Meanwhile, Raaga.Com wishes superstar Rajinikant many happy returns of the day and hope the actor keeps entertaining for generations!

Dilip Kumar hale and healthy at 92!

The name Dilip Kumar has become synonymous with incredible acting. In fact he is the first of Indian actors who can be termed as the ‘Marlon Brando’ of Bollywood. He has not just redefined the craft of performance in Hindi cinema but has given an impetus to Hindia Cinema in the international arena. 

The legendary actor who is recovering from pneumonia in Mumbai’s Lilavati hospital is likely to be discharged on Thursday December 11, which incidentally is the thespian’s 92 birthday. 

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“The thespian is hale and healthy,” said, Udaya Tara Nayar, Ex editor of Screen and a close friend of Dilip Kumar, who has also compiled Dilip Kumar’s autobiography titled The Substance and the Shadow. "I met him and he is fine now. He will be discharged by Thursday afternoon. He should be back home by 1 p.m. or 2 p.m," said Nayar. "As far his birthday plans are concerned, it will be a quiet celebration only with his close friends,” she quipped. 

Raaga.Com wishes the great actor a health life and enlightens readers how he has inspired generations of actors through his mesmerizing performances. 

The highlight of Dilip Kumar’s credential as an actor is his versatility as an actor who loved to experiment with different roles. Thus if he could convey the pathos of a tragic lover in DEVDAS (1955) convincing, he could generate humor playing the dual role in RAM AUR SHYAM (1967). Similarly while he was adept in romantic roles like MUGHAL-E-AZAM (1960) he proved he could even play anti hero in ANDAAZ (1949), which by many is regarded as a risk he took, when he was riding smoothly as hero. Later in GANGA JUMUNA when he played a hard core dacoit, even his hardened critics were taken by surprise.

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In the 80’s with action films ruling the roost Dilip Kumar proved his versatility yet again playing underworld don in movies like VIDHATA, DUNIYA, MASHAAL etc. 

Superstar of the Millennium, Amitabh Bachchan rates him as the finest actor ever. In his blog Amitabh writes, “ Dilip Kumar sahab is my idol and has been since the day I first saw his work. He has been an inspiration not just for me but I am certain to thousands of those that have ever dreamt of facing a camera for the art form called cinema. His presence his aura and his dedication to film shall be documented as ‘before Dilip Kumar and after Dilip Kumar’.