Monday, December 29, 2014

South Sensation Vikram wishes to play Gabbar Singh!

The charisma and the menace of Daku Gabbar Singh, played so effectively by debutant actor Amjad Khan in the movie SHOLAY (1975) has been such mesmerizing that for the first time in the history of Indian Cinema a movie was thronged by cine buffs repeatedly not to see the dashing hero or its sexy heroine but a villain! 

Today almost 40 years later the fascination of the deadly Gabbar Singh continues to inspire actors and they aspire to re-live Gabbar Singh on silver screen. Recently at the promotional event for Hindi version of Shankar's I, Southern superstar, Vikram expressed his desire to portray Gabbar Singh in a film. He said, “I would love to play Gabbar Singh. I think it was a kickass character.”

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Vikram who plays a verity of roles in the movie ‘I’ informed the media that he has worked hard for over three years to get into the skin of the various characters. He said, “I had to beef up my muscles for the body builder role and lose 25 kgs for another role. But the most difficult was portraying the beast man.” 

Coming back to Gabbar Singh, the role was originally written by writer pair Salim Javed for ace villain Danny but he got busy with his assignment in Afghanistan for Feroz Khan’s movie DHARMATMA, hence director Ramesh Sippy had to hunt for a new actor. 

Ramesh Sippy in an interview said, “After Danny backed out of the film there was a great passion among my key actors viz. Sanjeev Kumar, Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan to play the role of Gabbar Singh because of its alluring characterization. But since each one had been cast in their respective roles hence I searched for a new talent and was successful in getting Amjad Khan, who lived the character splendidly.”

Film Celebs who bid adieu in 2014

Duniyase jaanewaale, jaane chale jaataa hain kahaa….

How true words but life is a journey and every journey has a destination. The destination of human life is death and nobody can deny this utter truth. Like each year this year too Indian Cinema lost some of its great starlets. Raaga.Com takes you through the unfortunate deaths in the year 2014.

The year began with demise of Bengal beauty and great actress Suchitra Sen, who starred in many memorable Hindi and Bengali films like 'DEVDAS', 'MAMTA' and AANDHI. She died at the age of 82 due to cardiac arrest.

The other veteran actress and star of 60’s Nanda bid adieu at the age of 75-year. She did many hit movies like CHHOTI BEHAN, JAB JAB PHOOL KHILE, HUM DONO, KANOON, ITTEFAQ, GUMNAAM etc.


Comedian Deven Varma, best known for his intelligent and situational comedy died at the age 78. Famous for hit films like CHORI MERA KAAM, ANGOOR, KHATTA METTHA, ANDAAZ APNA APNA etc the film industry paid rich tributes.

Sadashiv Amrapurkar, who rose to fame with his role of Rama Shetty, the underworld goon in ARDH SATYA died at the age of 64 at a hospital in Mumbai. Mahesh Bhatt, who worked with him in SADAK in which Sadashiv had memorably played Maharani, a transgender villain, took to micro-blogging site Twitter to express his condolence.

Zohra Sehgal, the grand old lady of Bollywood, who became famous after she played Amiatbh Bachchan’s mother in CHEENI KUM, breathe her last at the ripe age of 102 years.

Eminent filmmaker Ravi Chopra, who produced renowned TV serial MAHABHARAT and made Amiatbh Bachchan starrer BAGHBAN, died due to severe lung ailment at the age of 68. He was the first film maker to import international technology with his film THE BURNING TRAIN.


Among the legends from South Indian cinema who passed away included Akkineni Nageswara Rao, a veteran film actor and producer, known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema. The 91-year-old screen legend lost a battle with intestinal cancer in Chennai. He was honored with Padma Vibhushan, Dada Saheb Phalke Award, the Raghupathi Venkaiah Award and the NTR National Award

Filmmaker Balu Mahendra, best known for his Sridevi-Kamal Haasan starrer Sadma, died at the age of 75. Balu Mahendra had won five National Film Awards—two for cinematography, three Filmfare Awards South and numerous state awards from the governments of Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

The year concluded with death of Dadasaheb Phalke awardee K Balachander, the filmmaker who lunched multiple talents like Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Prakash Raj, etc. He was 84.

How Rajesh Khanna won the Filmfare Talent Hunt contest?

If there has been a film star, who has generated mass hysteria more fanatic than the kind of by Mega star Amitabh Bachchan or Rajinikanth draws down South than he was Rajesh Khanna, for whom the media had specially invented the term ‘Superstar’! December 29, marks the birth anniversary of the legendary superstar; Raaga.Com remembers him and reveal how the actor won the Filmfare Talent Hunt contest and dazzled the silver screen

Rajesh Khanna’s entry into cinema is as interesting story as his successes legend that made the nation crazy. Before entering cinema, Rajesh Khanna was a stage actor and desperately aspired to become a film actor but had no godfather in film industry. However he got the golden opportunity when he filled the Filmfare Talent Hunt contest published in Times of India newspaper. This contest was called United Producers All India talent hunt. It was launched in 1959. It was headed by a group of renowned Bollywood film producers who selected one male and one female artist through the contest and then introduced them into films.

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Rajesh Khanna was one of the lucky winners in the 1965 Contest when he reached the finals and impressed the judges that included famous filmmakers like Bimal Roy, Guru Dutt, Yash Chopra, etc.

Recalling his final selection day at the Contest, Rajesh Khanna in an interview said, “I was given a dialogue to narrate for my final selection process. But I was confused. Hence when I entered the selection room and found many top notch filmmakers seated to judge my performance I was bit nervous.”

He added, “However I gathered strength and told the judges that the dialogue provided by the contest is good but I have not been informed about the characterization of the person who is going to say this dialogue? Hearing my query, one of the judges asked me whether I was a stage actor. I replied in positivity. They were impressed and they asked me to perform any role of my choice.”

“Luckily I remembered a sentimental dialogue from one of my play that I had enacted. I performed and the judges gave me a thunderous applause and rest is history!” concluded Khanna.