Friday, July 31, 2015

Mohd.Rafi Thuje Na Bhula Paayenge…!

Tare aane ki aas hai dost, Sham phir kyon udas hai dost

Mehki mehki fiza ye kehti hai, Tu kahi aas pas hai dost

It was 31 July, 1980, when Mohd Rafi, the versatile playback singer sung these lines for music director Laxmikant-Pyarelal for the film AAS -PAAS and bid adieu, never to come back! For that evening at 10:50 pm Rafi Sabha suffered a massive heart attack and died. 

Incidentally the song still hunts and 35 years after his death his fans are still awaiting for Rafi Sahab to come but we know he will never come but is memory and his songs will be alive like his own song…. Tum mujhe yun bhula na paoge; Jab kabhi bhi sunoge geet mere; Sang sang tum bhi gungunaoge


True indeed because there is not a single day when we do not listen his songs and sing along with him. Mohammad Rafi was a true legend of Hindi Film Industry. He kept the world captivated with his versatile singing for four decades. 

Be it Indian classical, Ghazal, Disco number Rafi had the amazing ability to sing any verity with same versatility. Remember the classically numbers like O duniya ke rakhwale … Man tadpath hari darshan ko… (BAIJU BAWARA) or the foot tapping romantic masterpieces Teri Pyari Pyari Soorat Ko….(SASURAL), Baharon Phool Barsao….(SURAJ) or tragic numbers like Dil Ke Jharokhe Mein… (BRAMACHARI), jaane vaalon zara, mud ke dekho ..(DOSTI) or fulfilled Yahoo! Chahe Koi Mujhe Junglee Kahe …(JUNGLEE), Sar Jo Tera Chakraye…(PYASSA) Rafi could sing all. 

His contribution to the Hindi film industry has been fabulous and perhaps no singer till date has managed to capture the hearts of fans the way Mohd. Rafi did. 

On his 35th death anniversary Raaga.Com pays our homage to Mohd. Rafi and remember him with the song…. 

Na Fankaar Tujhse Tere Baad Aaya ; Mohd. Rafi Tu Bahut Yaad Aaya

Dhanush’s VISAARNAI becomes FIRST TAMIL MOVIE to compete in Venice International Film Festival in 72 years!

South film sensation Dhanush is all set to take Tamil film industry to International heights thanks to the selection and the quality of films he is producing under his home production Wunderbar Films.

After winning National Award and standing ovations across the World, from the prestigious Toronto Film Festival to the Dubai International Film Festival, for his earlier film Tamil film KAAKA MUTTAI, Dhanush has added another feather in his cap.

This time its Dhanush’s second Tamil film VISAARNAI, that is winning rave accolades around the globe. According to reports VISAARNAI has went a step ahead of KAAKA MUTTAI because the film has been selected for the prestigious upcoming 72nd Venice International Film Festival.

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National award winning director Vetrimaaran, elated at the honor said, “I am highly enthralled because out of 1800 to 2500 films, only fifty films are shortlisted for the prestigious competition. Hence I am very happy that VISARANAI features in the list. It is a great feat for a Tamil film and I am quite happy about it”.

Informing about the film he said, “VISAARNAI is inspired by Chandra Kumar's novel, LOCK UP that dwelt with ‘real life’ experience of a South Indian teenager Kumar's trauma and atrocities and his fellow prisoners by the hands of police. The novel attacked in graphics details the police atrocities and won 'Best Document of Human Rights' award in 2006. I was impressed by the subject and discussed with Dhanush, who agreed to produce the film.” 

Speaking about the Venice International Film Festival, Vetrimaaran, informed, “Venice International Film Festival is not new to South Cinema. Earlier South film wizard Mani Ratnam have been awarded Lifetime Achievement Award at Venice International Film Festival. His films RAAVAN (both Tamil and Hindi) were screened there.” 

He added, “The only difference is that Tamil films have never been selected in competitive category, in the 72 years history of the Venice Film Festival, this is the FIRST TIME a Tamil film is getting selected and will competed for the honors in the Orizzonti competitive category of the Venice International Film Festival. It is a rare feat and a movement of great Pride for Tamil Cinema,” 

“The festival is from 2nd to 12th September and they will give us three screenings in that,” he concluded.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Are Bollywood celebrity’s condolences to Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam - A Mere Eyewash?

No doubt the sudden demise of our honorable Ex President of India and the great scientist Dr APJ Abdul Kalam shook the nation but what has taken the country aback is the poor and shameful general knowledge of Bollywood stars. More than that it has also raised a question mark on their condolences as to whether they are genuine or merely eyewash!! 

It began with PK actress Anushka Sharma goofing up with the wrong name of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam as ABJ Kalam Azad!

Interestingly she repeated the mistake not once but twice. First she tweeted as ABJ Kalam and on receiving flak she re-tweeted and this time she added ‘Azad’ in the name of APJ Abdul Kalam! 

Though she later rectified her blunder and even apologized but what is amazing is that instead of being thankful to her critics, she has threatened to block people making negative comments upon her tweets.


In a press meet in Mumbai on July 28 she said, “Even though I got trolled for my earnest blunder, I don't care because my intentions were correct.” 

Attacking her critics who raised the alarm she lambasted, “They are cowards, faceless people who comment sitting behind a computer. Do that to my face and I will see."

While the wounds of Anushka Sharma’s disgraceful general knowledge were still to be healed another Bollywood celebrity add salt to injury!! 

This time it was brilliant director, actor, writer and singer Farhan Akhtar making another gaffe in his ‘so-called’ tribute to Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. 

While Anushka Sharma just added ‘Azad’ in the name of APJ Abdul Kalam, Farhan Akhtar, went a step ahead and transformed scientist APJ Abdul Kalam into Indian freedom fighter Abdul Kalam Azad!!! Ha Ha Ha….

In his tribute to Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Farhan Akhtar thus tweeted, "Deeply saddened to hear about the demise of one of the most inspirational Indians of r (sic) time, former President Dr. APJ Abdul KALAM AZAD. RIP."

One fails to understand why these film stars make a comment when they are not aware of the personality. 

With such gross blunders it is evident that most of the Bollywood stars’ (Except few genuine, with due respect.) who tweet on the death of prominent personalities make fake condolences to deceive their fans that they care for the departed soul, while in reality they do not know the ABC of the departed soul! 

I think their condolences are nothing but eyewash!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Aditya Chopra to direct Shah Rukh and Salman Khan in his next film!

Yes, you have read it! 

Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan have been eventually signed by Yash Raj Film (YRF) to work together for their upcoming film. Interestingly both Shah Rukh and Salman Khan have applauded the script and have given their nod for working in the film. 

It may be remembered that the two Khans will share the screen after a gap of over 14. They were both last seen together in HUM TUMHARE HAIN SANAM (2002). 

Reports has it that Aditya Chopra is so impressed by the script that he has decided to direct the film himself. It may be noted that Aditya Chopra too would be wielding megaphone after seven years, when he introduced Anuksha Sharma opposite Shah Rukh Khan in RAB NE BANA DI JODI (2008).


According to a film unit member the movie is a love story with a ‘difference’ consisting of a two hero tale. The female casting is to be finalized. 

The unit member said, “Initially Adi Sahab had decided to cast latest heartthrob Ranveer Singh opposite Shah Rukh but after Adi Sahab observed Shah Rukh and Salman Khan coming closer, particularly when Shah Rukh Khan unveiled Salman Khan’s movie BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN first look and Salman Khan reciprocated his warmth by promoting Shah Rukh Khan's upcoming film RAEES, Adi Sahab decided to cash on the golden opportunity at the earliest!” 

“Frankly speaking a Shah Rukh-Salman combination is hundred times more lethal than Shah Rukh - Ranveer Jodi. Hence without thinking twice Adi Sahab replaced Ranveer with Salman Khan, who fortunately liked the script. As regards Shah Rukh, he had already given his nod to him,” informed a source. 

According to buzz though an official statement is yet to be released by Yash Raj Films but insiders claim the film will go on floor on 2016.

I AM KALAM filmmaker: I wish to make a biopic on Dr Kalam because there is a Kalam in every child!

The death of Ex-President Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam, the 'Missile Man' and popularly revered as 'People's President' has shattered the entire nation at large. Bollywood too could not overcome this great loss.

From Lata Mangeshkar to Amitabh Bachchan to Shah Rukh Khan to Varun Dhawan the entire film fraternity was taken aback by his sudden death and the social networking sites were flooded with condolences messages paying homage to Bharat Ratna Dr. Kalam, who remained in politics without being a ‘politician’!

While Amitabh Bachchan lamented not having met Dr. Kalam in person, he felt proud of having a telephone conversation just before he was announced to be the next President of India.


Eminent filmmaker and Oscar award winning film lyrist Gulzar, paid a glowing tribute to Dr. Kalam by his autobiographical video film APJ ABDUL KALAM KI KAHANI GULZAR KI ZUBANI, a poignant and highly inspirational documentary sketching the journey of Dr. Kalam from a poor son of a boat man to becoming President of India. 

The other noteworthy homage was paid by famed lyricist Javed Akhtar, who said, “The greatest aspect of Dr. Kalam was his style of leading his life. It was indeed exemplary. The way he thought, the way he spoke, the way he lived... all that should be a torchlight guiding us and we should keep him alive in our hearts." 

Music wizard and Oscar award winner AR Rahman in his tribute rightly said that Dr. Kalam encouraged every child to dream. His quotation ‘You have to dream before your dreams can come true’ made many children fulfill their dream. Rahman mourned, “Today, we have lost a great leader who inspired our young minds to feel that we live in the greatest nation on earth and that each one of them can achieve great things.”


Filmmaker Nila Madhab Panda, who made the brilliant film I AM KALAM that, won accolades at Cannes International Film Festival 2010 paying homage to the departed soul said, “I've lost a hero in Dr Kalam because his humbleness and simplicity was above his genius as a scientist and a President.Despite holding the highest office in the country and commanding such respect, he was down to earth. Dr. Kalam was a man full of admiration and awe.” 

He mourned. “Today we've become so greedy; there are corrupt people everywhere. No matter how successful we are, we always want more but Dr. Kalam was an exception. He believed in giving rather than selflessly minting money. Dr Kalam was the last hero of my generation; of this generation. And I've lost him today,” 

Asked on making a movie on Dr. Kalam he said, “Today when biopics are made on gangsters and the infamous, I would love to make a biopic on Dr APJ Abdul Kalam because Dr. Kalam’s story is the story of every child of India.”

He added, “There is a Kalam in every child. Every child dreams to break out of situational shackles and achieve something in life. Dr. Kalam changed his own destiny. He rewrote his destiny by his sheer hard work, passion and achieved his dreams. Dr. Kalam’s story is thus inspiring to all of us because he is a role model, a person one could be followed, especially children.”

Monday, July 27, 2015

After Salman Khan, Bollywood Bigwigs Seek Mercy for Yakub Menon!

In a twist of tale while Bollywood actor Salman Khan after his sensational tweet in support of Mumbai bomb blast convict Yakub Menon received flak and 'apologized unconditionally' for his remarks, surprising the other bigwigs of Bollywood like Mahesh Bhatt, Naseeruddin Shah, and famous MP and film star Shatrughan Sinha have come in defence of Yakub Menon.

It may be noted that these Bollywood celebrities are part of a mercy plea submitted to President Pranab Mukherjee requesting the Honorable President to grand mercy to the dreaded criminal Yakub Abdul Razak Memon and spare him from the noose of death for a crime that was master-minded by someone else to communally divide the country. 

The mercy plea is signed by as many as 40 eminent celebrities that include besides film fraternity, eminent Justice, lawyer, politicians, academicians, social activists and others.


It may be remembered that Bollywood yesteryear star and Lok Sabha MP Shatrughan Sinha, who has signed the mercy plea, in a statement had earlier even supported Salman Khan’s remark on Yakub Menon. 

He said, “Salman Khan has not said anything wrong about Yakub Memon. I think there is no harm in supporting anybody's mercy petition. Salman Khan in his tweet had tweeted "Get Tiger hang him. Parade him, not his brother. One innocent man being killed is killing humanity.” 

There are still few more days to go for the execution of Yakub Menon to happen and as expected these pseudo-secular brigade have began protecting the terrorist using the time tested ‘human rights’ route and how death sentence is ‘inhumane’.

One fails to understand the lame logic of these so-called human right protectors because if dreaded criminals like Yakub Memon, who is accused in heinous crime like genocide, are denied capital punishment then a day will come when such criminals will never be afraid of death and would be encouraged to commit more gruesome crimes. 

As we see in the cases of reckless driving or even rape, the reason why these crimes have risen beyond control is simply because we do not have stringent punishments. 

Thus if capital punishment is not awarded to dreaded terrorists like Yakub Menon then why keep capital punishment in the book of law? What say???

‘BAAHUBALI’ Prabhas meets Narendra Modi and Rajnath Singh

SS Rajamouli’s BAAHUBALI: THE BEGINNING is not only breaking box office records and is appealing film buffs around the globe but the movie has even caught the attention of none other but the Prime Minster of India Narendra Modi and the Home Minister Rajnath Singh as well. 

Both the Prime Minister and Home Minister have assured dashing and debonair Telugu actor Prabhas, to watch the film soon, when he met them in New Delhi. 

Prabhas sharing his pictures on social networking sites with Prime Minster of India Narendra Modi and the Home Minister Rajnath Singh expressed joy that despite their busy schedules both the Prime Minister and Home Minister welcomed him with grace and even expressed their desire to watch his film BAAHUBALI: THE BEGINNING.


In an interview Prabhas delighted at meeting his ‘idol’ Narendra Modi said, “I am a huge fan of Narendra Modiji and am very happy meeting him. I shall always treasure this day all my life.” 

Informing about the purpose of his visit Prabhas said, “I met him because it is my earnest wish that Modiji must watch BAAHUBALI.”

He added, “To my pleasant surprise when I spoke about the movie to him he told me that he has heard a lot about the movie but being busy he has not been able to watch the film. He has assured me that he will surely watch the movie.” 

Apart from PM Modi, Prabhas also met Home Minister Rajnath Singh as well, who too seemed excited to watch the movie. In fact Rajnath Singh recently even shared a photograph of him with Prabhas on social network stating that he looked forward to watching the film.

Interestingly though Salman Khan’s recent hit BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN is running successfully but it is stunning that BAAHUBALI, despite in its third week is giving a tough time to BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN. 

Trade reports claim BAAHUBALI is doing brisk business and is registering an average of 70% occupancy in the existing number of cinema halls across the globe.

According to trade reports BAAHUBALI has crossed over Rs 400 Crore at the worldwide box office in 15 days. Incredible indeed!!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Wedding guest murders groom’s father on being denied Bollywood song!!!

Dhichkiyaun ….. Ae Goli Maar Bheje Mein…

Remember the hit song from Ram Gopal Verma’s action thriller SATYA. 

Well, while the song was a fun filled dance sequence in the movie but readers would be shocked to know that in a bizarre incident a group of youth (guest at wedding) in reality shot dead the father of the groom after he objected to stop playing Bollywood song during the wedding ceremony. 

The weird incident occurred at Sakoti village near Manglaur in Haridwar district. According to reports a group of youth under the influence of alcohol was dancing fanatically at the wedding to Bollywood songs. As the marriage rituals were getting delayed, the groom’s father, Vishwas Ram, angered at the music, raised his voice and asked the DJ to stop the music so that the marriage rituals could performed. However the youths, led by Teluram, got into a heated argument with Ram.


The situation became ugly when Teluram in fist of fury brandished a gun and at gunpoint forced the DJ to continue playing music while the poor groom’s family desperately requested the inebriated youths to stop and allow the marriage ritual to commence. 

Irked at the youth’s misbehavior Vishwas Ram sternly asked the youths to leave the weeding venue but instead of cooling down the inebriated youths felt humiliated and to the surprise of everybody, Teluram with his gun shot died the Viswas Ram, sending chill down the spine of the guest attending the wedding ceremony. 

Ram was rushed to the civil hospital, where the doctors declared him dead. Meanwhile the police have arrested Teluram and his two other friends Madanpal and Sumit Singh.

Bajrangi ‘Bhaijaan’ lands in trouble; Police deploys security for Salman Khan!

It seems Bajrangi ‘Bhaijaan’ aka Salman Khan happy days are short lived because the actor who is riding high thanks to his movie BAJRANGI ‘BHAIJAAN breaking box office records has once again landed himself in trouble due to his ‘irresponsible’ tweet regarding the infamous Mumbai bomb blast accused Yakub Menon. 

Salman Khan, who won the hearts of millions of Indians with his adorable character of Hanuman Bhakt, Pawan Kumar Chaturvedi in BAJRANGI ‘BHAIJAAN, has angered an equal number of Indian by defending Yakub Menon, the cruel terrorist, responsible for the death of hundreds of innocent Indian and injuring many. 

Salman’s senseless tweet alleging that instead of Yayub Menon the government of India should nab the real mastermind Tiger Menon, has not only irked many patriotic Indians and politicians but has also shamed his own father Salim Khan, famous script writer of Salim Javed fame.


Strongly condemning Salman Khan’s tweet Salim Khan said, “Whatever Salman has written in his tweet is ridiculous and meaningless. Salman is ignorant of the issue and people should not take him seriously.” 

However the left wing political groups have sternly criticized Salman Khan’s insane remark. Hence the Mumbai police have deployed a platoon of SRI and few policemen as precautionary measure at his Bandra house, in Mumbai, in case some people who have raised objection to his tweets try to react against the DABANGG star! 

What is amazing is that how can Salman Khan forget that Yakub Menon’s role in the Mumbai bomb blast is as serious as the prime accused Tiger Menon, his brother and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim because Yakub Meon played the role of a ‘Commander’ in the Mumbai Blast Mission. 

It was Yakub Menon, who made financial and travel arrangements for the prime accused Tiger Menon to escape from Mumbai and executed the crime in Mumbai on his behalf. Hence he cannot escape the consequences of his role. 

Undoubtedly, Yakub Memon’s heinous crimes deserve capital punishment. Truly mercy cannot be shown towards such people who are responsible of such inhuman acts that cause loss of life on such a large scale... 

Supreme Court has done the right thing by convicting him. He deserves death penalty!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Bollywood’s satirical comedy BANGISTAN lands in a soup in Pakistan

Eminent producer Ritesh Sidhwani, who made the super -hit Aamir Khan film DIL CHAHTA HAI is back with his latest satirical comedy BANGISTAN. However the movie has landed in a soup in Pakistan as the trailer of the film has touched the sentiments of the Pakistan government and they have declared to ban the film in Pakistan.

Stunned at the move Ritesh Sidhwani addressing media said, “I am shocked at the strange decision by the Pakistan government because one cannot judge a film’s content on the basis of a trailer.”


He added, “A trailer is bound to show a conflict and tension to generate curiosity among the viewers hence taking a decision of banning a film on grounds of trailer is baseless.” 

Briefing about his film Sidhwani said, “I have created a fictional country called BANGISTAN which has its own passport, national flag and its own position on the world map. We have created a different world where people of all castes live in harmony and how two suicide bombers, Hafeez Bin Ali Ishwarchand Sharma (Riteish Deshmukh) and Allah Rakha Khan Praveen Chaturvedi (Pulkit Samrat), are brainwashed to create terror. However during their mission the duo realizes the futility of terrorism and exposes their masterminds.”


“Thus the movie is a sensitive comedy that brilliantly brings home the naked truth about how youth in India and Pakistan are brainwashed and enticed to join terrorism. The movie exposes the real faces of fundamentalists and political groups igniting terrorism by misguiding the youth in both the country,” he informed. 

Ritesh Sidhwani has therefore written a letter to the Pakistan High Commission to send him an invitation letter so that he can show the movie to prove that it is not ‘anti-Pakistan’ but an eye opener against terrorism.

Bigg Boss season 8 contestant Nigar Khan weds her Pakistani Boyfriend

While on one hand India and Pakistan are at loggerheads thanks to Pakistan continuing attacks on our borders; on the other hand Bollywood is all out wooing Pakistan and trying to bridge a union between the two nations. 

After Salman Khan’s BAJRANGI BAHIJAAN sending a message of communal harmony to our neighboring nation, now it’s Indian actress Nigaar Khan, who rose to fame with her appearance in Salman Khan hosted Bigg Boss season 8 got married to her Pakistani boyfriend this week. 

According to reports Nigaar Khan, sister of Gauahar Khan, a popular television actress and supermodel married Khayyam Sheikh, a Pakistani national businessman who is settled in Abu Dhabi on July 23 in Dubai.


Bidding goodbye to Mumbai, Nigaar told media, “I knew that if I have to ever move out of India then the guy would have to be really worth it. Thank god Khayyam is that kind of person, whom I have been dating since long. I have found in him my dream man.” 

Insiders reveal Nigaar's wedding was a close, intimate affair with only close friends and family from both sides attending the wedding. The family had organized the mehndi and sangeet ceremonies a day before the wedding. 

Nigaar’s sister Gauahar Khan was by her side. She reached Dubai, despite the numerous problems she faced to reach the location. 

While Nigaar looked like a princess on her D-day, her sister Gauahar too looked drop-dead-gorgeous. Gauahar donned an icy blue lehenga with golden embellishment for mehendi. For the wedding, she wore a pink and golden lehenga. 

Though the wedding was a family affair but reports have it a grand reception in Mumbai is soon expected. 

Gauahar Khan is quite excited about the wedding and kept everyone hooked by sharing photographs of the wedding ceremonies on the micro-blogging site.

Can BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN help in bringing the leaders of India and Pakistan closer?

Mile sur mera tumhara to sur bane hamara…

(When mine and yours tone get along, only then can we have our harmony) 

This nation song that was written to revitalize national integration among Indians, today, ironically, serves more better with Salman Khan’s movie BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN spreading communal harmony not only in India but even in Pakistan. 

One hopes the movie inspires the leaders of both the countries to nullify the misunderstanding and live peacefully. 

Since time immemorial art has played the best role to bring the two nations closer, more particularly the film folks, who have been the front-runners in uniting the two neighboring countries.


Raaga.Com picks five best films that tried to sow seeds of friendship between India and Pakistan. 

DHARAMPUTRA

This B.R.Chopra’s thought provoking movie took the fundamentalist organizations with their horns, who instead of sowing seeds of human virtue, impart communal hatreds in their cadets. The movie won the best national award for its national integration theme. 

HEENA

This R.K. film had the sensitive love story of a Pakistani girl who sacrifices to unite the hero to her Indian bride was quite moving and an idol step into bridging coordinal harmony among the so called arch rivals.

SARFORASH

SARFOROSH, this Amir Khan film, ripped apart the pseudo rosy relationship between India and Pakistan with Pakistan fostering a proxy war against India through its intelligence agency, ISI. The message of the movie was marvelous Friendship tours, cultural exchange is alright, but one should curb the hatred, suspicion and distrust among the two nations. 

REFUGEE

This J.P.Dutta’s movie spreading the message of Insaniyat (Humanity) through its Love Story between an Indian boy marrying a Pakistani girl had thought provoking message particularly the climax scene between the Military officers of the rival countries wondering "Can't we all just get along?"

GADAR-EK PREM KATHA

The Partition has long since been a subject for passionate film-making. But very few films can actually claim to have captured the horror objectively and well. GADAR - EK PREM KATHA is a surprise - because it captures the horror of partition beautifully as few dared have. The fiery pro-Hindustan speeches by Sunny Deol form the crux of the movie. EK PREM KATHA comes close to it being fantastic in taking across the message of communal harmony.

BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN’s baby Harshaali begins displaying star tantrums!

Remember Darsheel Safar the ‘wonder kid’ who took the film buffs and the film critics alike by surprise with his mindboggling performance of a learning disability kid in Aamir Khan directed film TAARE ZAMEEN PAR (2007)? 

Like Darsheel Safar, Harshaali Malhotra aka Munni from BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN has won the same laurels and is looked upon as the future star. 

However the similarities between the two ‘star kids’ does not end hear. Like Darsheel Safar, who after the movie’s success had declared himself as the star of the movie and had began behaving like a star likewise reports have it that Harshaali’s parent have began showing tantrums of star.


According to reports the parents of Harshaali have declined the lucrative offer of Salman Khan’s next big movie PREM RATAN DHAN PAYO being produced by Sooraj Barjatya film citing the movie has a minor role. 

Confirming the news Harshaali’s mother said, “Yes it is true I have opted out my daughter Harshaali from PREM RATAN DHAN PAYO because it was a very small role.”

She added, “After Harshaali playing the lead role in BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN, I do not want my daughter to reduce to one of those kids who would end up playing the childhood roles. Instead I would want my daughter to do key roles in big banner movies.’

“Doing tit bits role will ruin her status. I won't let her just do a five-minute role playing someone's childhood character. It does not make any sense now," she quipped. 

Like Harshaali’s mother same was the attitude of Darsheel Safar’s parents and the result was after TAARE ZAMEEN PAR he was not able to give any significant film and was compelled to quit film industry. 

One wonders is Harshaali’s mother’s making the same mistake because it is a known fact that in Bollywood there is very little scope for child actors!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Milind Soman celebrates his 50th birthday by winning world’s toughest ‘Ironman Triathlon’ title!

50 years is an age that is regarded universally as the beginning of dotage but Bollywood actor, model, former national level swimmer, a fitness fanatic and now an athlete, Milind Soman at the age of 50 has won ‘Ironman Triathlon Title,’ considered as world’s toughest race that examines the endurance and stamina of a man to the hilt. 

Elated at the success of winning the elusive title, Milind Soman told media, “I wanted to gift myself something special on my 50th year and I am glad I could do fulfill my mission.” 

Briefing about Triathlon Race, Milind Soman informed, “Triathlon Race is organized by World Triathalon Corporation and the reason why it is regarded as ‘Toughest Race’ is because it has to be completed within 16 hours and the participant has to perform three different categories of races that includes a 3.8-km swim, 180.2-km cycle ride and 42.2-km run.”


“All these races are to be performed non-stop without rest or any break thus testing the real strength and potency of the participants,” he added. 

Held in Zurich in Switzerland on July 19, Milind Soman completed the astonishing feat in 15 hours and 19 minutes. 

Milind Soman’s triumph is thus a real inspiration for not just for the youths but even the middle aged, who get fatigued by just the office routine work.

Stimulating all Indians to keep fit and healthy Milind Soman said, “It is not ‘impossible’ to achieve the feat at 50 because if one monitors his body sufficiently at every stage in terms of nutrition and pace then it is easy to accomplish a ‘dream’ body.”

However Milind Soman informs that to realize his dream of winning the ‘Ironman Triathlon Title’ he had to follow a really rigorous fitness schedule and nutritious diet. 

He said, “I prepared really hard and started my training for ‘Mission Ironman Zurich’ three months in advance. I began my rigorous training from April 15 with utter dedication and commitment but I am happy, my efforts paid and I achieved my dream.”

After Sridevi, Vidya Balan to play Charlie Chaplin on screen

Indian Cinema is recognized for being intensely inspired by Hollywood hence getting inspired by Hollywood’s greatest comedian cum filmmaker Charlie Chaplin is nothing surprising. 

Since the early 50’s when Raj Kapoor modeled his simpleton character in SHREE 420 till date multiple talented actors of Indian cinema like famous Bollywood comedian Mehmood in AULAD, South superstar Chiranjeevi in CHANTABBAI, Kamal Haasan in PUNNAGAI MANNAN, Sridevi in MR INDIA, and Ranbir Kapoor in BARFI have tried to ape the legendary comedian on Indian screen. 

The latest to join the bandwagon is Bollywood’s heartthrob Vidya Balan, who would be paying tribute to Charlie Chaplin, in the Hindi remake of Malayalam film BUDDHANUM CHAPLINUM CHIRIKKUNNU (Buddha and Chaplin Smile) directed by R. Sarath. The film pays homage to Charlie Chaplin on completion of hundred years of his acting career.


Filmmaker R. Sarath confirmed media that he has approached Vidya Balan to play the title role of Chaplin and she has agreed.

It may be noted Vidya Balan too has been excited to play the role of Charlie Chaplin ever she saw her favorite actress Sridevi mimicking Chaplin in MR.INDIA. In an interview she had confided, “I loved Sridevi as Charlie Chaplin in MR INDIA and I'd love to attempt Charlie Chaplin too. He has been a huge inspiration.” 

Filmmaker R. Sarath informed, “Actually the original Malayalam version has male actor (Famous Tamil comedian Indran) in the lead but since during the inauguration ceremony of an exhibition held in memory of the Charlie Chaplin, Vidya Balan had expressed her desire to play the legendary actor on-screen, hence I decided to cast her in movie. The Hindi version will thus be re-written to suit her.”

The film is not a biopic on Charlie Chaplin but is a hard-hitting and serious comment on budding artists who pursue blind imitation of their idol actors. 

The country is packed with several mimicry artist who imitate film stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth, Salman Khan, Kamal Hasaan, Shah Rukh Khan etc. and nurture dream of becoming big star like them on screen but eventually end up stranded in the twilight zone between real and unreal.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Now becoming a ‘Film Star’ in Bollywood is just a click away!

To become a ‘Film star’ is unarguably the most cherished dream of millions of Indian since time immemorial. However the path to stardom has always been arduous and despite talent many budding talents have been nipped in the bud. 

However thanks to ‘bombaycasting.com’, a new portal dedicated into launching fresh talents into Bollywood thing look rosy for aspiring actors dreaming of working in Bollywood

Informing media about bombaycasting.com, Rupsa Banerjee, content strategist at bombaycasting.com said, “Actually bombaycasting.com is first of its kind online casting portal which would be working as a bridge between aspiring actors and filmmakers.”


He added, “In short bombaycasting.com is a Talent Bank. Aspiring talent wishing to be a part of the talent bank needs to submit pictures, profiles and work links. Our selection committee will examine the applications and short list the talent. Only the short-listed ones will gain entry to the portal after signing up for an exclusive contract with us.”

Bollywood top notch filmmakers like Karan Johar, PK director Rajkumar Hirani, Nikhil Adwani of Shah Rukh Khan hit film, KAL HO NAA HO, thought provoking film maker Hansal Mehta of hit films like CITYLIGHT and SHAHID and Siddharth Roy Kapur, Managing Director of Disney India have all lauded the launching of bombaycasting.com as one-stop casting shop for all characters in a film.

Filmmaker Karan Johar, known for giving new talents opportunity, looked delighted at the concept of bombaycasting.com. He said, "New actors and new acting energies are the need of the hour. Bombaycasting.com is an ingenious way forward to source for new talent. I think every filmmaker must leverage this platform for the new age of making movie."

Rajkumar Hirani applauding the initiative said, “Good casting is half the battle won for a director. We spend months searching across the country for the right face and talent. An online casting platform "Bombaycasting.com is a great solution. It opens up avenues for actors to reach directors and vice versa. I will definitely use it."

What’s more the portal is absolutely free for both talent or for production houses, film-makers, event managers etc. 

So if you are a budding actor what are you waiting for … submit your profile at bombaycasting.com and became a Star!!!

Wanna Know Rajinikanth and Aamir Khan were originally offered BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN?

Yes it may come as a stunner but according to BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN writer, the veteran Telugu writer, KV Vijayendra Prasad, has disclosed in an interview that he had approached several top actors for BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN including Rajinikanth and Aamir Khan. 

Incidentally readers would be surprised to know that KV Vijayendra Prasad is also the writer of the Mega Epic and this year’s Biggest Box Officer Grosser SS Rajamouli-directed BAAHUBALI, 

Elated at the super success of both his films viz. BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN and BAAHUBALI, KVV Prasad, revealed, “Few know that BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN is co-produced by Salman Khan and Kannada producer Rockline Venkatesh but initially it was just Rockline Venkatesh, who had approved my subject and nodded to produce the film.”


He informed, “During our hunt for the lead hero we had approached several top actors from Bollywood to South like Rajinikanth, Puneeth Rajkumar, Allu Arjun and even Aamir Khan.”

Speaking about Aamir Khan, Prasad said, “When we narrated the script to Aamir Khan he was bowled out by the emotional content of the subject and was keen to be part of the film but alas his busy schedules compelled him to drop out from the project. Later when I narrated the script to film director Kabir Khan, he too was overwhelmed by the subject and recommended me to approach Salman Khan.”

“When I narrated the subject to Salman Khan, he straight away fell in love with the poignant subject of brotherhood between India and Pakistan. He not gave his nod on the spot but also promised to co-produce the film,” added Prasad. 

Now that BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN is a super hit and people are going gaga over Salman Khan but the DABANGG actor has publically acknowledged KVV Prasad as the ‘True Hero’ of the film.

At a press conference Salman Khan said, “The credit for BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN'S success goes to the story writer, KVV Prasad, who is the True Hero.”

It may be noted that KVV Prasad has multiple hits to his credits as writer like Rowdy Rathore, Rajanna, Arthanghi, Sri Krishna, Jaguar etc.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Aditya Chopra planning his next film with Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif

Amidst rumors of Bollywood most cherished couple Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina getting engaged on July 16, 2015 at Katrina Kaif’s 32nd birthday in a private affair at their Alibaug farmhouse, the latest buzz is that Aditya Chopra of Yash Raj Film is planning to rope in the duo for his next romantic film. 

According to sources Aditya Chopra is planning a romantic comedy with Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif and is also eager on casting Varnu Dhanwan as second lead.


The source said, “The movie is in its initial stages of scripting and it’s true that Adi is keen on signing Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif as the duo have a track of hit films in the past like AJAB PREM KI GHAZAB KAHANI (2009) and RAAJNEETI (2010).

However what is worth pondering is that Ranbir and Kat, who after the reported ‘Engagement’, visited London to take the blessing of Kat’s parents, decide to marry then, things will go astray for Aditya Chopra because history has it that film buffs have always discarded Bollywood couples after their marriage –Remember the famous couples like Dilip Kumar –Saira Banu or Dharmendra – Hema Malini Jodi! 

In addition Anurag Basu's JAGGA JASOOS, which is in pipeline since many years but being delayed due to unavoidable circumstances, will also land in problem, in case the duo decide to marriage (and the chances are looking glimmer) . 

In such a scenario, it would be better Ranbir and Katrina keep their marriage ‘guarded’ as they have been ‘cleverly covering’ their romance and the reported ‘Engagement’!

Kareena Kapoor calls BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN cute baby as ‘Diva’!

Usually a Salman Khan film is dominated by the star himself but it seems in his latest film BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN, the DABANGG actor has taken a backseat and the film is overpowered by the cute little baby ‘Munni’, who has taken the national by storm by her histrionics and is being looked upon as the next big star of Bollywood

Kareena Kapoor has termed the girl as ‘Diva’ and acknowledged that she is truly the ‘Real Star’ of the movie! 

In fact even Salman Khan himself was sure about the tiny tots’ exceptional performance hence instead of opening BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN’s teaser with himself (as he generally does) he cleverly introduced the girl in his teaser, which had created a flutter and now after the movie is released the ‘little wonder’ has literally become the talk of the nation.


Actor Aamir Khan too was left dumbfounded by her performance and said, “I was amazed by the little girl’s performance. She is mute in the film yet without dialogue she has left an incredible mark in the film. I think film director Kabir Khan and Salman Khan, both deserve kudos for hunting such an exceptional talent.” 

So who is the ‘little angle’ Munni? Well her real name is Harshali Malhotra and she hails from Delhi.

Born on June 3, 2008, the 7-years-old Harshaali is a budding talent who has to her credit multiple big brand TV commercials like Pears, Fair & Lovely and has done many print advisements like Horlicks, HDFC Bank and Apollo Tires. 

Kabir Khan, the director of the film said, “Salmanbhai wanted a baby, who should not only be cute but should possess the skills to emote. Hence it was a tiresome experience to hunt such a baby. We auditioned over 5000 children eventually finalizing on Harshali because besides be pretty and charming she was exposed to camera thanks to her role in TV serial LAUT AAO TRISHA on Life OK channel.” 

Harshaali Malhotra bears an uncanny resemblance with many actresses like baby Katrina Kaif and baby Kareena Kapoor and looking at her versatility it is apparent that Harshaali is sure to become a ‘Diva’ of Bollywood in near future!!!

After Aamir Khan, south superstar Chiyaan Vikram too dropped from Shanker’s Endhiran 2?

South film industry’s most talented film maker Shanker’s upcoming movie ENDHIRAN 2 (ROBOT -2) is unarguably the most awaited film but the filmmaker is finding many hurdles in its casting.

If the latest buzz is to be believed then there are reports the South sensation superstar Chiyaan Vikram, who was signed to play the lead villain in ENDHIRAN 2 is being replaced by a top notch Bollywood actor.

A source close to the film revealed that the production house, Lyca International is not impressed by Shanker’s idea of casting a south actor as villain in the film.

The source said the production house instead is insisting Shaker on casting a marketable Bollywood actor so that the movie has a national look and is not limited to a regional status.


It may be remembered that the movie is being made on a mammoth budget of Rs Rs 300 crore which is more than the recent mega budget release BAAHUBALI. Hence with such a huge sum at stake the production house does not want to take any risk.

In fact, initially even Shanker aspired to cast a top notch Bollywood actor opposite Rajiniknath and create a casting coup. Hence he had approached Bollywood heart throb Aamir Khan but Mr. Perfectionist aka Aamir Khan declined the offer reasoning date issues. Left with no alternative Shanker cajoled Chiyaan Vikram, to play the antagonist, who took time to think and later nodded.

With Aamir Khan out and now even Chiyaan Vikram dropped from the project, which actor from Bollywood do the readers feel can match up to the histrionics of Rajinikant and play the lead villain in the movie.

–Is it Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Akshay Kumar or the latest Bollywood sensation Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who is making waves thanks to his success in Salman Khan films KICK and BAJRANI BHAIJAAN.

Interestingly he is also playing lead villain in Shah Rukh Khan’s RAEES?

Aamir Khan breaks- down watching BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN …Proclaims ‘Must-See’!

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s recently-released film BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN has touched the emotional chord of every viewer around the globe; particularly the movie buffs in both Indian and Pakistan are clean bowled by its poignant script and the little wonder ‘Harshali Malhotra’, who plays the mute Pakistani girl whom Salman Khan helps in uniting with her parents.

The response to the film is so flabbergasting that the movie has broken all previous records. The film collected Rs 27.25 crore on its opening day thus becoming the biggest Bollywood opener of 2015. Further it has also set a new record of collecting the ‘Highest Ever Single Day Collection’ for a Salman Khan film! The movie collected Rs 36.50 crore on the Eid day.

Besides Salman Khan’s fans the movie has won even the hearts of hard core critics, who have left dumbfounded for its arresting script and the thought provoking social message of brotherhood and communal harmony among India and its arch- rival Pakistan.


In fact Salman Khan, who is also the co-producer of the film, has urged the Prime Ministers of both India and Pakistan viz. Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif to watch the film for its social cause and the intense message of brotherhood among the two nations.

Briefing the media Salman Khan said, “I want them to see the film. I want all the other leaders to watch it. It is a positive film. I want everyone, the heads of the country to watch this film. As they are dealing with this problem and may be their hearts will melt. Till the time I don’t get response I will keep tweeting about it.”

Reports have it that after even ace actor and brilliant filmmaker Aamir Khan has been rocked by the film. It’s reported that Aamir Khan could not control his emotion watching the film and broke down.

Applauding the film to the hilt Aamir Khan said, “After many years I have seen such a powerful and emotional movie which is so intense that it compels you to tears.”

He added, “Amazing story, superb screenplay, heartwarming dialogues! Great writing! Kabir Khan has made a truly special film. Must see!"

Friday, July 17, 2015

Shah Rukh Khan too in race to exploit the Eid festival this year!

Readers may wonder how Shah Rukh Khan could exploit the Eid festival this year because both his movies FAN and RAEES are still in pipeline. 

Well hold on…. ‘Clever’ Badshah Khan in order to bank the popularity of Eid festival and the mass hysteria of superstar Salman Khan has released his forthcoming film RAEES teaser along with Salman Khan’s BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN. Thus if you watch BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN, you will treat to double bonanza that of Salman bhai’s hit film and the mesmerizing teaser of SRK’s RAEES.


Interesting it’s not only Shah Rukh, who is exploiting the benefits of Eid festival and Salman Khan’s film BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN, even celebrated filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali wished to attach his film BAJIRAO MASTANI’s trailer along with BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN but Salman turned down their aspirations as he has decided to promote the trailer of his own home production HERO instead, staring debutant Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty. 

Nevertheless Sanjay Leela Bhansali has not given up the golden opportunity. He has gone ahead and has separately released BAJIRAO MASTANI’s trailer in all cinema halls this Friday. 

It may be noted that the Muslim festival of Eid is known for attracting great business, particularly to Indian Film Industry as during the holy month of Ramzan, the Muslims abstain from watching movies.

Thus on Eid festival they dash to cinema halls as a hungry lion pounces upon its prey. Hence it is now wonder filmmaker try to exploit the festival to it maximum.

Shah Rukh Khan’s RAEES teaser takes viewers by storm!

Whenever Shah Rukh Khan has portrayed a negative character in his films he has left his fans mesmerized. Remember DON, DARR and of course his first major solo super duper hit film BAAZIGAR. 

Yet again Shah Rukh is playing a dark character that of a Guajarati Muslim don, dealing in the illegal bootlegger business during the infamous Prohibition period in Gujarat in the 80’s in his home production RAEES. The story depicts how an honest police inspector exposes his evil empire and brings him to book. 

To bank the popularity of Eid festival and Salman Khan’s stardom, Shah Rukh Khan has cunningly released the teaser and the two posters of his film and believe it or not both the teaser and the poster have taken SRK’s fans by their feat.


The teaser is a one minute five seconds long video that introduces Shah Rukh in a never-seen-before avatar and the mindboggling dialogue accompanied with the teaser – 'Baniye Ka Dimaag Aur Miyanbhai Ki Daring'!!!! – (Mind of a businessman and daring of a Muslim) literally kills the viewers. 

The other dialogue - "Dhande se bada koi dharm nahi hota, ab yehi mera kalma hai aur yehi mera mazhab.” (There is no religion bigger than business and now this my ritual and my religion) too is intriguing. 

The social media is going gaga ever since the teaser has been released with tweets as hyperbolic as Fantastic…. Zabardast…..

According reports the teaser has rocked the social networking website Facebook with a bang as over 12,000 shares were recorded in the first half hour on Shahrukh Khan’s official page only!!! 

Directed by Rahul Dholakia, RAEES has Farhan Akthar, Mahira Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead roles. The film is produced by Gauri Khan under Red Chillies Entertainment.

RAEES will be releasing next year in the Eid festival along with Salman Khan’s SULTAN!