Saturday, December 27, 2014

Rewind 2014 : Women Centric films and Heroines battle against unjust remuneration disparity!

The year 2014 may go down in the history of Bollywood as a revolutionary year in terms of women empowerment. The year witnessed an array of not just women oriented films but even the heroines daringly came forward and voiced their anger against the unjust remuneration disparity in the film industry. 

The year began with Madhuri Dixits authored backed role in DEDH ISHQIYA, which took upon the taboo subject of the LGBT community (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual Trans-gender). 

In fact the producer of the film even hosted a screening of the movie for the LGBT community at the PVR Juhu, Mumbai. The Madhuri Dixit and Huma Qureshi’s alluded lesbianism won overwhelming response from the community.

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Kanagana Ranaut’s QUEEN, was the surprise hit of the year. Released on Women's Day, the director Vikas Bahl deserves kudos for beautifully depicting the journey of self-realisation of a woman in the film.

Imtiaz Ali's HIGHWAY explored the histrionics of the young actress Aliya Bhatt to the hilt. The movie captures the landscapes of Northern India, in the backdrop of a kidnap drama involving the young daughter of a rich man, who finds freedom in her captivity. 

Priyanka Chopra’s biopic MARY KOM depicting the struggle and success of the lady boxer against her father and the corruptions in the sport won the hearts of the audience. 

But the movie that won real triumph both commercially and critically was indeed Rani Mukerjee’s MARDANI that brilliantly exposed human trafficking in the country. 

Other prominent women centric movies included BOBBY JASOOS, GULAB GANG, REVOLVER RANI, KHOOBSURAT etc.

SALMAN KHAN BIRTHDAY SPECIAL: Why Is Salman Khan Bollywood’s Biggest Superstar?

“Ek baar jo maine commitment kar di… 

Uske baad main apne aap ki bhi nahi suntan…” 

This marvelous dialogue from the movie KICK suits aptly to describe the Dashing, Debonair and Dynamic personality of Bollywood’s most sought after Khan - Salman Khan!

The actor turns 49 on December 27, 2014. Raaga.Com wishes the superstar many happy returns of the day and looks at few of HIS best performances that establishes why Salman Khan is Bollywood’s Biggest Superstar!

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Dilip Kumar, Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan have been the three official superstars of Bollywood and after them the three ‘Khans’ viz Aamir, Salman and Shah Rukh Khan have dominated Bollywood. Each is a star in his own sense. While Aamir Khan is a perfect actor, Shah Rukh a competent actor and Salman Khan a perfect star! A picture of his popularity can be gauged from the fact that he gave a row of consecutive hits viz. WANTED, DABANGG, READY, BODYGUARD DABANGG2, EK THA TIGER, KICK! 

Salman Khan over the years has proved that he has the ability to perform a verity of roles, here’s a look.

MAINE PYAR KIYA: With MAINE PYAR KIYA Salman Khan proved his potential as a romantic hero. The movie fetched him Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut Actor. The movie also began his shirtless trend, a quality that later become Salman Khan’s brand. 

Afterward with movies like PYAAR KIYA TO DARNA KYA, HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM, TERE NAAM, KHAMOSHI: THE MUSICAL etc. he proved his mastery in romance.

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Further with movies like BIWI NO.1, NO ENTRY, PARTNER, etc Salman Khan proved his critics wrong that he was a wooden actor. His comedy in these films fetched him wide acclaim and even won Filmfare nomination for best comedian. A rare feat indeed! 

Besides romance and comedy Salman Khan has also excelled in tragic roles. Who can forget his stunning roles in TERE NAAM, PHIR MILENGE, BAGHBAN etc. In fact he won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI, in which did a sober role. 

However Salman Khan’s forte has been action and he has always lived to people’s expectation with multiple action movies like WANTED, DABANGG, READY, BODYGUARD, DABANGG2, EK THA TIGER, KICK! 

Thus Salman Khan, no matter what the critics, media, and people say, has proved his credential be it romance, comedy, tragedy or action. He is a role-model to youngsters and a legend in Bollywood, who will be remembered as the Biggest Superstar Ever!!!