Thursday, December 25, 2014

Rewind 2014 : The Newsmakers of Bollywood

The wedding of Bollyood superstar Salman Khan’s sister Arpita Khan with her longtime beau Aayush Sharma, son of politician Anil Sharma was the greatest news making event in 2014. Salman Khan left no stone unturned to make the wedding regal and royal. He booked the entire Falaknuma palace of Hyderabad, for two days - Nov18 and 19th. Entire Bollywood along with the rich and famous graced the wedding. 

History was created when the elusive Khan trio- Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan finally come together on December 2 at New Delhi's Pragati Maidan in Rajat Sharma's party thrown to celebrate 21 year completion of his famous show, ‘Aap ki Adalat'.

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Aditya Chopra’s DILWALE DULHANIYA LE JAYENGE completed the landmark of celebrating 1000-week, non-stop at Mumbai’s Maratha Mandir theatre since its release or 19 years ago! Stars Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol celebrated its triumph by appearing in Kapil Sharma’s famous comedy show on TV to rejoice the occasion. 

Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma and cricket sensation Virat Kohli made headline for the romance and their live in relationship. 

The concealed marriage of Rani Mukerji and filmmaker Aditya Chopra’s finally became universal when the couple tied the nuptial knot in a private ceremony in Italy on April 21. Among the select guests at the wedding was filmmaker Karan Johar, who directed Rani in her breakthrough film KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI and KABHI ALVIDA NA KEHNA. 

The hoax news of veteran Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar’s death spread like wild fire on the social network after some miscreants tweeted the fake news of the thespian’s demise. Upset with the news superstar Amitabh Bachchan took to Twitter and dispelled the rumours terming them baseless!

K. Balachander and Cinema were made for Ek Duuje Ke Liye!

This song from K. Balachander’s super hit film EK DUUJE KE LIYE…., which was the remake of K. Balachander’s Telugu super hit MARO CHARITRA suits aptly to describe eminent film maker K. Balachander’ passion for cinema because like the song K.Balachander and Cinema were made for Ek Duuje Ke Liye( Made for each other).

On the sudden demise of the doyen of Indian cinema, K. Balachander, who expired due prolonged illness and age-related ailments in Chennai, Raaga.Com pays its humble homage to the great filmmaker and prays his soul rest in peace in heaven.

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Winner of Dadasaheb Phalke Award and renowned as Iyakunar Sigaram" (Peak among directors) in Tamil film industry, K Balachander, shall always be remembered not just for his superlative movies but for his immense contribution for introducing multiple talents that have went on to become legends in Indian cinema. Great talents like Rajinikanth ('Aboorva Ragangal'), Kamal Haasan ('Arangetram'), Sridevi (Moondru Mudichi), ace villain actor Prakash Raj ('Duet'), comedian Vivek ('Manadhil Urudhi Vendum') and character artist Nazar ('Kalyana Agathigal').

Popularly addressed as KB sir, what is interesting is that the man who discovered so many great talents himself was discovered by the legendary actor and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister late M G Ramachandran. In an interview K.B. had revealed that M.G.R. was a great fan of his plays and impressed by one of his plays he gave KB an opportunity as a scriptwriter in his film DEIVATH THAI.


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What makes K.B. a genius is that he was one of the few film directors, who achieved such stardom that film posters boosted - A film by ‘K. Balachander film’- a rare feat indeed! 

Further what is most astonishing is that when Tamil cinema was dominated by two patriarchs - MGR and Shivaji Ganesan, K.B. revolted against the male dominated movies and daringly made women centric films! 

Paying his condolence to legendary filmmaker, superstar Rajinikanth, who held KB sir in high esteem, broke down on hearing the tragic news. Mourning his mentor’s demise he lamented, “KB sir was like a God in guise of human being. He was not just my guru. He was my father as well. He too shared the same affection. He never regarded me an actor but treated me like his own son.” 

Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan who was launched by KB in the Tamil film ARANGETRAM and later went on to work with the director in over 40 films, including hit Hindi romantic-drama EK DUUJE KE LIYE, could not bid farewell to his mentor. He was stuck up in the post-production work of his Tamil film UTTAMA VILLAIN in Los Angeles. However the movement he received the tragic news, he cancelled all his assignment and has rushed to India.