Monday, August 31, 2015

Telugu Superstar Ravi Teja declines film opposite Amitabh Bachchan for his passion in Tollywood

When there is an unprecedented craze among regional cinema actors to make a mark in Bollywood, Telugu Superstar Ravi Teja, has declined a film opposite Star of Millennium Amitabh Bachchan! 

It may come as a stunner because working opposite Amitabh Bachchan is every actor’s dream. Hence Ravi Teja’s decision to turn down film offer opposite Amitabh Bachchan may be termed by many as simply ‘ridiculous’. Some may even term it as Ravi Teja’s arrogance but Ravi Teja explains the real reason. 

He says, “Yes, it’s true I have been offered a film opposite Amitji (Amitabh Bachchan) but I declined the offer because frankly speaking till date not a single South Indian star has been able to make his presence felt in Bollywood. So why should I make a fun of myself when I'm doing so well for myself in Andhra?"

He informs, “It’s just not a film opposite Amitji that I have declined, I get several offers from Bollywood filmmaker but I purposely decline them as I am contented working in Telugu filmdom so much so that Bollywood never really fascinates me.” 

“Further I have observed that unlike Telugu films that are completed quickly, Bollywood films, take lot of time to wrap up. Hence for a busy actor like me hanging up in a Bollywood project will be troublesome for me,” he argues.

“However I'm open to doing multi-starrers in Hindi. I don't mind sharing screen space with some top star in Bollywood,” he quips. 

It may be noted that Ravi Teja, who is on cloud nine thanks to the stupendous success of his latest film KICK 2 recently rubbed shoulders with Bollywood mega star Salman Khan, who played the lead in the Hindi remake of Ravi Teja’s KICK. 

The duo met at Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi's 60th birthday bash and shared a healthy relation.

Controversial ‘God woman’ Radhe Maa to feature in BIGG BOSS season 9?

Salman Khan’s most popular TV reality show BIGG BOSS is renowned for featuring personalities stained with controversies and notorious elements. Thus it’s no wonder that this year’s most controversial figure, the self styled ‘God-woman’ Radhe Maa might feature in the BIGG BOSS season 9. 

According to a leading website the producers of BIGG BOSS 9 have approached the God-woman and are hopeful she might be one of the most sensational contestants of the show. 

A source close to the TV Show on condition of anonymity has revealed, “Yes, it is true. We are trying from our side to include Radhe Maa for the show.” “In fact, the truth is, we have already approached her and the meeting has been fruitful. If everything goes fine she will be a part of the show," he added.

Though nothing is concrete and there is no confirmation from the sources of Radhe Maa but the news of the controversial God-woman participating on the TV show has send ripples in the media. 

Truly if Radhe Maa makes her presence on the show then the TRP of the show will surely skyrocket beyond limits looking at Radhe Maa unprecedented popularity that she has acquired thanks to her seductive red mini dress pictures that went viral on social media sites a few weeks ago and the charges of dowry and harassment cases against her by a helpless Mumbai woman. 

Further what gave Radhe Maa undue publicity was former BIGG BOSS contestant Dolly Bindra’s bizarre allegation charging Radhe Maa of forcing her to indulge in sex with her followers! 

With Radhe Maa notorious for seeking publicity at the drop of a hat, one wonders will the self styled ‘God-woman’ grab this golden opportunity? What say???

Shah Rukh Khan purchases the most ‘Expensive’ vanity van in B-Town

Badshah Khan aka Shah Rukh Khan loves to live life king-size. His imperial six-storey sea facing bungalow ‘Mannat’ in Mumbai, is an incredible abode, speaking volumes about his passion for his aristocratic living. 

To add feather in his majestic lifestyle Shah Khan has recently bought a vanity van at a staggering cost of Rs 4 crore thus becoming the only actor to have the most ‘Expensive’ vanity van in B-Town with amazing technological features that leaves one wonder stuck! 

Admeasuring 14 meters long and occupying an overall space of 280 sq.feet; the vanity van is so gigantic that it cannot be accommodated in SRK’s bungalow and has been parked outside Mannat!

Dilip Chhabria of the DC Designs, the ultimate monarch in designing vanity vans in Bollywood has confirmed that Shah Rukh Khan’s vanity van is the most expensive and trendy van in Bollywood. Mr. Chhabria said, “Shah Rukh’s vanity van out beats Sanjay Dutt’s vanity van, which till now was the most classy and expensive vehicle in B-Town.”

Speaking about the technological marvel of Shah Rukh’s vanity van, Mr. Chhabria said, “What makes the vanity van exclusive is that we have designed 4 rooms – consisting of a wardrobe section, special make-up chair, separate toilet cubicle and an in built shower. Then there is a kitchenette with provisions for tea and coffee, and is also equipped with a microwave.” 

“To provide a good amount of comfort we have added a provision to expand one room, which in turn, would increase the space by 80 sq.ft. Thus providing a net 360 sq.ft. area inside the vehicle,” he informed.

Besides being decently spacious the van boost of mind-blowing gadgets that makes one dumbfounded. According to Mr. Chhabria the van has Wi-Fi and Apple TV in all the rooms, three 4K television sets with satellite TV, and a top-notch sound system with a total output of sound that stands at 4000 Watts.

The entire vanity van has feather touch-control system from lighting system, as well as heating and cooling. Many functions inside are I-Pad controlled including curtains and illuminations. 

In nut shell SRK’s vanity van is perfect combination of flamboyance, elegance and sci-fi. Mr. Chhabria says, “We have fitted the van with all the latest gadgets and technological items which make it the ‘Only’ vanity van in India to have all these things.”

Friday, August 28, 2015

Sridevi adds charm to Onam festival; After PULI, she will play a woman centric Hindi film!

Sridevi added a dash of glitter to the famous South Indian Onam festival. Besides wishing her fans Onam festival Sridevi’s upcoming Vijay starrer PULI’s audio release stole thunder on Malayalam TV channel Surya TV. 

Sridevi fans went gaga after watching the gala event. It may be noted that the audio release was launched on 2 August in Chennai and ever since a hype was generated on the TV. 

In addition to this the Onam festival also witnessed Sridevi’s husband Boney Kapoor announcing a woman centric film with her in the lead in his home production. Sridevi’s last film for Boney Kapoor production was JUDAAI (1997). The film also featured Anil Kapoor and Urmila Matondkar.

To be directed by debutant director admired ad filmmaker, Ravi Udyawar, the movie is a journey of a woman and her relation with her grown up daughter. Ravi Udyawar, who has penned an innovative script exclusive for Sridevi revealed that when he narrated the idea to Boney Kapoor he was bowled over and immediately gave his nod for the film. 

Though there are speculations about Akshara Haasan, daughter of Kamal Haasan, being cast as Sridevi’s daughter but Boney Kapoor has denied the rumors saying the casting is yet to be finalized. 

Further there are rumors that since the movie is woman centric and has Sridevi playing a strong lady, media is rife with buzz that the movie may be inspired on the lines of Nargis’s MOTHER INDIA. 

Boney Kapoor confirmed, “Yes the movie has a strong woman oriented subject but it is not the typical ‘Mother’ kind of role and is neither a remake nor an inspiration. Ravi Udyawar has written an original story keeping in mind the histrionics of Sridevi.”

BAAHUBALI or BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN – Which film will win ticket for Oscar Award?

The race for the all important award of the year - the ultimate - ‘Oscar Award’ is round the corner and the Indian jury to select India's official entry to the Oscars 2016, headed by the chairperson Amol Palekar will soon be meeting in Hyderabad to elect the country’s official entry in the best foreign category of the 88th Academy Awards. 

It may be noted that instead of Mumbai the selection committee has decided to meet in Hyderbad to avoid Mumbai’s madding crowd of lobbyists. 

From Mumbai the movie’s that are toying to find a place in the Oscar race are Vishal Bhardwaj's HAIDAR, Anurag Kashyap's UGLY, Raj Kumar Hirani's PK, Neeraj Ghaywan's MASAAN, Omung Kumar's MARY KOM and last but not the least Salman Khan’s BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN is being betted as the ‘surprise’ recipient for the prestigious honor.

Interestingly from Bengal Mithun Chakraborty’s new wave cinema EK NODIR GOLPO is also a tough contender and is being considered as an entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Academy Awards.

From the South, the Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce has announced SS Rajamouli’s BAAHUBALI, the movie that recorded thunderous box office record both nationally and globally as their official entry to Indian Selection Committee. 

BAAHUBALI that boosts an emotional tale and eye catching International style action scenes with Indian roots looks a prospective hope for Oscar. 

If BAAHUBALI is selected then it will become the First Telugu movie to walk in the Oscar race after 29 years because as per Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce each year they send a Telugu film to Indian Selection Committee but alas none has been selected so far. 

A member of Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce informed, “It's been over 29 years a Telugu film got an Oscars entry. The last Telugu film that won the honor was the Kaml Haasan acted and K Viswanath directed emotional drama SWATHI MUTHYAM. It was the official entry to Oscars from India. Unfortunately, the film failed in making to final shortlist.”

The Oscar selection panel will be studying over 45 films and selecting India’s official entry for the next Oscars. The official confirmation on the same will be made on September 25.

So let’s ask the readers- Which film has the potential to win an Oscar - BAAHUBALI or BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Mithun Chakraborty inspired Irrfan Khan to join cinema

It may come as a jolt to many but it is true. Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan, regarded as one of the finest actors both in Bollywood and Hollywood has candidly confessed that his source of inspiration for joining Indian Cinema was neither thespian Dilip Kumar or star of millennium Amitabh Bachchan or actor par excellence Naseerudin Shah, instead he was bowled over by the histrionics of Mithun Chakraborty and decided to make a career in films. 

Present on the TV reality show ‘Dance India Dance 5’ to promote his latest upcoming movie Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starrer JAZBAA, Irrfan opened his heart out.

“The actor who left me mesmerized with his mind-blowing performance was Mithun Da. When I saw his National Award-winning film MRIGAYAA, in which Mithun Da played a tribal youth engaged in hunting to such perfection that I began aspiring to become an actor,” he informed. 

He added, “After MRIGAYAA, I became obsessed with Mithun Da and would try to copy dada’s style from his hair style to his dialogue delivery to his walking style and spend long hours to perfect myself.” 

However one thing that Irrfan Khan could not master was Mithun Chakraborty’s sensational dancing steps which incidentally made Mithun Chakraborty a star! 

Lamenting on not being able to ape Mithun Chakraborty’s dancing style Irrfan Khan said, “Though I mastered dada’s acting and dialogue style but alas I could not copy dada’s original Disco Dancer's killer dance moves that I never attempted as I consider myself to have been born with two left feet."

Remarkable resemblance between Mahesh Bhatt’s new script and Sheena Bora murder case baffling!

Eminent filmmaker and brilliant story writer Mahesh Bhatt has expressed alarm at the remarkable resemblance to his story AB RAAT GUZARNEWALI HAI with the controversial Sheena Bora murder case involving former Star India CEO Peter Mukerjea's wife, Indrani Mukerjea for allegedly murdering her own daughter Sheena. 

Speaking to leading national daily Mahesh Bhatt said, “I have been left astonished with the similarities in the Sheena Bora murder case and my new story that I have completed in May this year.”

“Creative ideas are usually born out of incidents from real life but incidentally my story of AB RAAT GUZARNEWALI HAI is an instance of fiction imitating life,” he wondered.

Based on the family of a media baron, Mahesh Bhatt’s AB RAAT GUZARNEWALI HAI, depicts the surprising tale of a mother conspiring the murder of her own daughter to restore her pride in the society that is at stake due to her daughter’s illicit relationship. 

Like Madhur Bhandarkar PAGE 3 Bhatt’s AB RAAT GUZARNEWALI HAI exposes the high society’s haughty characters inebriated on money, power and status. The movie unmasks their greed for wealth, sex and their pseudo relationships. 

To be produced by Dhaval Jayantilal Gada AB RAAT GUZARNEWALI HAI will go in to production in December this year. 

On being quizzed if Bhatt plans to add new angles related to the recent Sheena Bora murder case in his story, Bhatt candidly adds, “I have written the story and it is perfectly in place. What is baffling me is that I never imagined that it could have happened in real life?”

“The coincidence between a pure work of fiction and real life staggers me, it makes me shudder," he quipped. 

One wonders if Mahesh Bhatt is really genuine in his reaction or is trying to take the society on ride because Bollywood is known for minting money by making movies on hot sensational tragedies.

Remember Ram Gopal Varma making a film on Neeraj Grover murder case, Vishal Bhardwaj’s latest film TALVAR is based on the Aarushi Talwar murder case or Rani Mukerjee’s NO ONE KILLED JESSICA based on Jessica Lal murder case.

Can Saif Ali Khan’s PHANTOM bring to book 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed?

Cinema is a means that bridges nations and plays a greater role in creating harmony and brotherhood than our political leaders.

The recent example of Salman Khan starrer BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN proves the point to a perfect ‘T’ because the movie’s humanitarian tale of an staunch Hindu rescuing a Pakistani mute girl in India and helping her reach her homeland in Pakistan not only set the box office ringing but it opened new doors for a Pakistani NGO to unite a hearing and speech impaired Indian Hindu woman who has been stranded in Pakistan for the past 15 years.

Soon after BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN opening to roaring success in Pakistani, Ansar Burney, a Pakistan based human rights activist hastened his efforts about the Indian woman Geeta by tweeting on social media. His pleas were heard by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and she has taken initiative to unite the girl to her parents in India.

One wonders just as efforts to help Geeta to unite with her parents in India have began after the impact of BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN, can Saif Ali Khan’s upcoming movie open doors and initiate ways to capture Jama'at-ud-Da'wah chief Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the heinous 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. 

Though the movie has been banned in Pakistan by chief Hafiz Saeed fearing the movie to stain his image and expose his misdeed. Interestingly Shahnawaz Pradhan, who plays the baddie Hariz Saeed in PHANTOM, is confident that the ban in Pakistan will not help in reaching the movie’s message across Pakistan. 

In an interview he said, “PHANTOM may be banned in Pakistan but I can confidently say that after the first show, pirated copies will make their way into the homes of Pakistani's avid Bollywood fans and expose the wicked Hafiz’s evils.” 

According to filmmaker Kabir Khan the movie is adapted from famous journalist and author Hussain Zaidi's book Mumbai Avengers and is based on facts so the question of labeling the movie anti Pakistan is senseless. 

Sources close to the movie reveal, “The reason why Hafiz Saeed is threatened by the movie is simply because the movie propagates to eliminate Hafiz Saeed by entering into his cage and conducting an Abbottabad-style operation inside Pakistan as America did not eliminate global terrorist kingpin Osama bin Mohammed.”

Film critics who have viewed the film are going gaga over the film and have given a Thumps Up to Kabir Khan for making another classic film after BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN.

Starring Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif, PHANTOM will open in theatres this Friday on the 28th of August.

Sanjay Dutt to begin shooting for MUNNABHAI part III on releasing from jail?

Despite much criticism for being allotted VIP treatment Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt yet again secured a parole on the pretext of attending his daughter's nose surgery and returned home on August 26. 

It may be reported that between May 2013 and 2014, Sanjay Dutt has spent over 118 days out of prison. The last time the actor was given leave from jail was in December 2014. 

What is astonishing is that though Sanjay Dutt has asked the leave to attend daughter’s nose surgery but reports claim that the surgery has always been performed. What is further shocking is that both Sanjay Dutt and his lawyer Hitesh Jain have declined to reveal the details of surgery claiming that it was a personal matter.

Thus one can suspect the parole is nothing but eyewash to spend quality time and take rest. 

Insiders reveal the presence of filmmakers Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Sanjay Gupta and others awaiting his arrival also raise figures to Sanjay’s bogus reasons of his parole. 

According to a source close to Sanjay Dutt the actor is soon expected to be released from prison in December this year hence the filmmakers gathered were anxious to get Dutt’s date and book him in advance. 

Vidhu Vinod Chopra, who is anxious to start his third installment of MUNNABHAI is almost ready, and director Raju Hirani is planning to start the shooting of the film, hence when Sanjay Dutt reached his residence Vidhu Vinod Chopra was the first person to meet him and the hour long meeting indicates the filmmaker has discussed details about the third installment of MUNNABHAI so that the movement Sanjay is out in December, he begins shooting for MUNNABHAI series.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Guru Dutt's milestone PYAASA gets a new lease of life; to compete at ‘Venice Classics Award’

It is heartening to know that legendary filmmaker Guru Dutt’s all time hit classic PYAASA, that was lying in cans decaying for years has got a new lease of life thanks to Indian film restoring firm Ultra Media and Entertainment. 

What’s more the movie will now compete with 20 other prestigious restored films from all over the world for the coveted ‘Venice Classics Award’ for the best restored film, at the 72nd Venice Film Festival that will be held from September 2-12 in Venice.

Sushilkumar Agrawal, CEO, Ultra Media and Entertainment in an interview said, “When we found our Indian classic films absents in the retro section of such prestigious fests, we decided to restore PYAASA from our library.”

Ask him was it an arduous task to restore the film, Agrawal, said, “When we got the film from archives, it was completely melted, with parts damaged or lost. It took us nearly four months to restore this film frame by frame and we are happy that the final outcome of the restored version can now be seen in its original form.”

Agrawal says, “I have picked PYAASA because Guru Dutt has a huge following globally. Further PYAASA is one of the most adorable films both artistically and commercially. It is included in the Time Top 100 films of all time.”

Ultra Media and Entertainment is also planning a major theatrical release of PYAASA, post its screening at the Venice Film Festival. 

Truly if PYAASA gets a warm welcome there is hope of other Indian classics films becoming immortal. 

Present generation readers may be surprised to know that PYAASA was such a hit that it was remade in Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Telugu.

Is Salman Khan and BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN writer Jodi the present generation’s Salim Javed and Amitabh Bachchan combination?

In the 70’s when Amitabh Bachchan was struggling to make it big in Bollywood it was writer pair Salim Javed, who established him as a superstar writing a string of hit films for Amitabh Bachchan. Beginning with ZANJEER in 1973 the combination gave several hits like DEEWAAR, SHOLAY, DON, TRISHUL, KALA PATHAR, SHAKTI, SHAAN etc.

Like the Salim Javed and Amitabh Bachchan combination it seems after the mega success of BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN, Salman Khan and its writer Vijayendra Prasad (father of South film maker SS Rajamouli of BAAHUBALI fame) have formed an irresistible blending.

According to reports Salman Khan has nodded to yet another script of Vijayendra Prasad and if sources are to be believed the movie is once again based on human values and virtues minus the typical Salman Khan’s action thriller formula. 

Confirming the news writer Vijeyendra said, “I have just been to Mumbai to narrate a script to Salman Khan and fortunately Salman Khan has loved the script.”

Giving details about the script Vijeyendra said, “The story is not the extension of BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN and is neither an Indo-Pak drama but it deals with a similar subject on love and compassion.”

“All I can reveal about the script is that it is an emotional tale glorifying humanism as the most sacred and above all virtues and morals,” he informed.

Sources close to Salman Khan disclosed Salman Khan is overwhelmed by the subject and believes the script is yet another full proof hit formula and has the potential to be another BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN.

Salman Khan has decided to produce the film. As far as director is considered Salman Khan may consider somebody else other than Kabir Khan as he is quite busy. 

Salman Khan had been going gaga over writer Vijayendra Prasad’s writing style and his amazing creative imagination. In fact, if readers may recollect, soon after the success of BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN, Salman Khan had candidly given the movie’s major credit to the movie’s brilliant script and had applauded Vijayendra Prasad for penning such a sensitive script.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Cricketer’s obsession for Bollywood beauties

With the Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma and cricketer Virat Kohli romance still in pipeline, the news of cricketer Harbhajan Singh wedding actress Geeta Basra has brought to fore cricketers obsession for Bollywood beauties or should be say it is Bollywood beauties compassion for the cricketers. Whatever may be the case, history is witnessed to many cricketers romancing Bollywood actresses and few even tying the nuptial knot. Raaga.Com picks top 5 such hot pairs. 

1. Mansoor Ali Khan and Sharmila Tagore:

Father of actor Saif Ali Khan, the great former India captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, who was known as Tiger for his incredible captaincy and electrifying bating tied the nuptial knot with actress Sharmila Tagore in the mid 60’s. 

Sharmila Tagore with hit films like KASHMIR KI KALI and AN EVENING IN PARIS was the numero uno actress and reports suggest Tiger developed an instant liking for her and proposed her. Despite different communities and oppositions Sharmila and Tiger went on to enjoy a very happy and model married life.

2. Mohammed Azharuddin and Sangeeta Bijlani

India’s wonder boy who created history by scoring three consecutive centuries in his debut, Mohammed Azharuddin’s marriage to Sangeeta Bijlani, a top model, former Miss India and film actress was really startling because Azharuddin was already married with two sons. Though the marriage was a success but it brought shame to Azharuddin, whose name figured prominently in the match-fixing scandal. 

3. Viv Richards and Neena Gupta

West Indies master blaster Viv Richards’s romance with TV and cinema actress Neena Gupta in the 1980s hit gossip magazines. The duo shared an unconventional relationship and was blessed with a daughter, Masaba, who lives with her mother and is today a renowned fashion designer.

4. Mohsin Khan and Reena Roy

Pakistani ace batsman Mohsin Khan and Bollywood actress Reena Roy’s marriage was another stunner because Reena Roy quit Bollywood and went and settled with hubby Mohsin Khan in Pakistan. But later differences rose and the two divorced. Reena Roy returned to India and, of course, to Bollywood.

5. Harbhajan Singh and Geeta Basra:

According to latest news Indian spin maestro Harbhajan Singh has finally decided to marry Bollywood actress Geeta Basra, who was recently seen opposite Emraan Hashmi in THE TRAIN and Dharmendra starrer SECOND HAND HUSBAND. 

The duo have been in relation since many years but hid from the paparazzi. However recent reports reveal the duo will merry on October 29 at Hotel Club Cabana in Phagwara – 20 kilometers from Harbhajan’s hometown of Jalandhar.

Will Sridevi –Vijay starrer PULI out beat BAAHUBALI - THE BEGINNING?

With S S Rajamouli's BAAHUBALI - THE BEGINNING shattering all box office records all eyes are now set on Sridevi and Vijay starrer PULI, another similar fantasy costume drama that has gripped cine buffs. 

What makes the movie interesting is the clash of south superstar Vijay and Bollywood queen Sridevi, retuning to South cinema after many years. In addition Sridevi, unlike her recent roles will be seen in a glamorous avatar playing a negative role of a vicious queen of a mysterious kingdom. 

South mega star Sudeep too looks unbeatable in the role of a malevolence King oozing terror. And last but not the least Vijay as the undisputed super hero plays a dual role thus giving double the worth of delight. In nutshell the movie appears to be complete paisa vasool but will it out beat the visual and emotional content of BAAHUBALI - THE BEGINNING is yet to be seen.

Directed by Chimbu Devan of the hit film IMSAI ARASAN 23AM PULIKESI fame, the film has generated much excitement and enthusiasm among the viewers ever since its trailer has been released. 

The captivating trailer with eye catching visual and mindboggling special effects has become the most viewed trailer on the internet. Reports claims the trailer has attracted over 3.4 million views and close to 76,000 likes thus becoming 2nd most 'liked' Indian film trailer after Salman Khan's KICK (with more than 1 lakh likes). 

However as the movie fans anxiously await the film’s release the film is getting delayed due to unavoidable circumstances. The movie that was originally planned to be released September 17 has now been pushed two weeks ahead and will be released on Oct 1st, 2015.

The producers SKT Studios tweeted recently about the delay citing extensive post production and CG works as the reasons for the movie’s delay.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Superstar Chiranjeevi's 60th birthday celebration - A star studded gala night!

Superstar turned politician Chiranjeevi's 60th birthday celebration turned out to be a star studded gala night with top notch celebrities from both South and Bollywood rubbing shoulders to wish the legendary actor birthday greetings. 

The birthday celebration was held at Hyderabad’s posh Park Hyatt 5-star hotel on Saturday. 

The birthday bash witnessed top Bollywood celebrities making their presence. From Bollywood the list of actors who graced the occasion included BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN aka Salman Khan, Sridevi and Boney Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan and mother Jaya Bachchan, Shatrughan Sinha, Vivek Oberoi and his wife Priyanka Alva etc.

From South the entire film industry’s big guns attended the birthday bash ranging from veterans like Kamal Haasan, filmmaker K. Viswanath, Jaya Prada, Venkatesh, Nagarjuna, his son Naga Chaitanya. From the present lot of actors, sensations stars like Mohan Babu, Dagubatti Venkatesh, Rana Dagubatti, Charmee attended the party to wish the star on his milestone birthday.

Popular southern film heroines such as Tamannaah Bhatia, Taapsee Pannu along with her boyfriend Mathias Boe, Kajal Aggarwal, Trisha Krishnan and Ileana D'Cruz attended the party 

The guest list also included three mega stars of Indian film industry viz. Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan and Tamil superstar Rajinikanth but the trio could not make it. 

The major attraction of the birthday bash was the presence of Chiranjeevi's younger brother and Telugu star Pawan Kalyan, who had differences with his brother over political issues, but keeping aside the differences, he wished his elder brother and made the atmosphere adorable.

The presence of political heavy weights like noted BJP Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, T. Subbarami Reddy and K.T. Rama Rao added political tinge to the birthday bash. 

The evening turned nostalgic when eminent actresses such as Sridevi, Jaya Prada, Radha, Tabu, Khushbhu and Suhasini shared their experiences working with the superstar, who completes 35 years in Indian cinema and will be soon doing his 150 film. 

The event was made entertaining by exhilarating dance performances by Shiamak Davar's dance troupe. Salman Khan added glitter to the evening by dancing on the famous dance number "Daddy Mummy".

To add cherry on the cake the guest were treated to Chiranjeevi’s favorite dishes, ‘Chiranjeevi Dosa’! 

Chiranjeevi's actor son Ram Charan Teja and his wife Upasna played the perfect hosts.

Wanna guess what’s common between Aamir Khan and Mahesh Babu?

On acting fronts and stardom rank both, Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan and South superstar Mahesh Babu are at par, but there is one more thing that the two mega stars share. Any guess? Well both are golden hearted and benevolent. 

A picture of this can be gauged from the fact that ever since Mahesh Babu’s latest Telugu hit film SRIMANTHUDU won rave reviews, particularly, film buffs going gaga over Mahesh Babu’s sensitive portrayal of a youth going all out to solve the tribulations of a village, Mahesh Babu has been overwhelmed by his fan’s adore.

In fact the emotional content of the movie has moved Mahesh Babu so much that he has pledged to adopt a village and in reality become a savior as he did in the film SRIMANTHUDU.

According to latest news Mahesh Babu, who had earlier expressed his wish to adopt a village has finalized to adopt two backward villages called Chinthalakunta village of Gattu mandal in Mahbubnagar in Telangana and Burripalem in Guntur of Andra Pradesh (AP).

According to sources Mahesh Babu will be visiting Chinthalakunta village on August 29 along with IT and Panchayat Raj minister KT Rama Rao.

Reports suggests Mahesh Babu has adopted these villages as per Telangana Chief Minister KCR initiated 'Grama Jyothi' Programme and AP CM Chandrababu Naidu initiated 'Smart Village' programme. 

Like Mahesh Babu, Aamir Khan too has come forward to help the villagers of Maharashtra, who facing a hard time due lack of water. Reports claims a total of 6,202 villages in six districts are drought-affected.

Hence to help the drought-affected farmers of Maharashtra, Aamir Khan has donated Rs 11 lakh to the Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ rural water conservation programme, Jalayukta Shivaar Abhiyaan.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ has applauded Aamir Khan’s support. In a statement CM said, “I appreciate Mr Khan's support to the mission which will help us mitigate drought situation in affected areas. His gesture will go a long way and encourage resourceful people and institutes to contribute to our sincere cause,” 

Besides helping monetarily it’s reported Aamir Khan has also promised to create a lot of public awareness for the water conservation mission.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Saif Ali Khan’s daughter Sara Khan to make debut in Bollywood?

There was a time when acting in cinema was considered taboo but today every film star’s child is aspiring to become an actor and interestingly their parents have no hitch, instead they are encouraging them to pursue their dream. 

Thus after stars kids like Shraddha Kapoor (Daughter of Shakti Kapoor), Tiger Sharoff (Son of Jackie Sharoff), Athiya Shetty (Daughter of Sunil Shetty), Suraj Pancholi (Son of Aditya Pancholi) etc. lined up in Bollywood the latest to join the fray is Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan’s daughter Sara Ali Khan. 

It may be remembered in 2012, Sara was first noticed when she attended her father Saif Ali Khan’s second wedding to Kareena Kapoor.

Later she took the Bollywood by a storm when she appeared on the cover page of Hello! Magazine with her mother Amrita Singh, eminent film actress who did many hits films in the 80’s like MARD opposite Amitabh Bachchan, Mahesh Bhatt’s NAAM opposite Sanjay Dutt, BETAAB opposite Sunny Deol, CHAMELI KI SHAADI opposite Amil Kapoor etc. 

According to the latest news it is rumored Saif Ali Khan would be launching her daughter in his trusted friend Jay Shewakramani production, famous for his movie RACE 2. 

Reacting to her daughter’s decision of a career in films Saif said, “Of course, I won’t have any problem. It is a wonderful profession.”

However since her daughter is studying at Columbia University hence Saif is little worried that she does not leave the University midway for her passion in films. 

“She is currently studying in her second year at Columbia University. I wish someone would have told her that I would have her shot if she even thinks about leaving college,” he said in a jovial mood!

Nawazuddin Siddiqui hits a hat-trick with MANJHI THE MOUNTAIN MAN

The year 2015 may go down as the most memorable year in the life of versatile actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui because after BADLAPUR (20, February) and BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN (17, July) Nawazuddin Siddiqui has scored a hat-trick in his latest venture MANJHI THE MOUNTAIN MAN. 

The movie which released on Friday opened to descent opening with the movie doing good business in circuits such as Mumbai, Pune, Gujarat, Delhi and UP. 

In fact the movie even overtook Abhishek Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor commercial masala entertainer ALL IS WELL released this week. Thus adding feather into the cap of Nawazuddin Siddiqui as the movie has solely pulled in audience on the strength of Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s histrionics and his recently gained stardom.

Both film critics and cine buffs are going gaga over Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s mindboggling performance. What makes his performance adorable is the effortlessness with which Siddiqui plays the character. Siddiqui brings out all the emotions to the fore with his facial expressions and emotes through his eyes. Viewers are left speechless at his flawless acting skills.

Further what makes the movie interesting is its inspiring tale of a man breaking the mountain for the love of his wife aided with perfect screenplay that spell bounds the audience to their seat. 

There not a single frame you can separate Siddiqui from Dashrath Manjhi, the original hero who made the English axiom true that – ‘If you have the will, you can move mountains’ by carving a path through a mountain with just a hammer and a chisel after toiling hard for 22 years! 

Siddiqui’s exceptional performance brings alive the memory of the legendary actor Balraj Sahani, who played his roles with such intensity. Remembers DO BIGHA ZAMEEN, KABULIWALA, WAQT GARAM HAWA etc. 

Made on a shoe string budget of around 30-40 crores, the movie has collected approximately Rs.10 to 15 crore on its first day at the Box Office and with word of mouth publicity the trade pundits expect the movie to do a successful weekend and end with respectable collection of over Rs 50 Crore business.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Hot and Handsome Sidharth Malhotra or Suave and Elegant Dhanush; who is the hottest cover boy?

Tall, handsome and hot Sidharth Malhotra has taken Bollywood with a storm thanks to his new movie BROTHERS opening to a decent response at the box-office. According to trade pundits the movie has registered the third best opening of the year and managed to collect a sizeable Rs 13.50 crore thus making Sidharth Malhotra the latest Bollywood heartthrob! 

Saluting Sidharth Malhotra’s raising stardom India’s leading film magazine Stardust too honored him by featuring Sidharth Malhotra on its cover in the August issue. The cover displays Sidharth Malhotra looking hot and irresistible with several girls trying to grab their hands on him.

While Sidharth Malhotra is making waves in Bollywood, South sensation Dhanush is riding high down South thanks to the success of his Tamil production venture ‘KAAKA MUTTAI, and his latest Tamil release MAARI. Further winning the prestigious Filmfare award for his mindboggling performance VELAIYILLA PATTATHARI at the recent 62nd Filmfare Awards, the Filmfare magazine has honored Dhanush on their cover of August issue. 

Dressed in Blue suite and black polka-dotted bow-tie, with the black lady in his hands, Dhanush looks suave, elegant and charming. 

In fact the both cover issues of Stardust and Filmfare have received a tremendous response and reports suggest that both the magazines been a sold out. What is interesting is that a popular website has even conducted a poll to study, who among the two actors, is the hottest cover boy of August 2015. 

Any guesses who is the hottest cover boy? 

Well you have guessed it right. He is none other but the ‘Ranjhanaa’ actor Dhanush, who has won the poll with a gigantic 50.3 percent of the votes, beating Sidharth, with a huge margin of 13 percent. 

Be it acting or looks Dhanush is surely NO. 1, what say?

Casting coup of the year: Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt to act to together!

Karan Johar has created a flutter in Bollywood with the announcement of 49 years Shah Rukh Khan and 22 years Aliya Bhatt working together in his next movie (Untitled) to be directed by the highly talented Gauri Shinde of ENGLISH VINGLISH fame. 

Karan Johar confirmed the announcement by tweeting that the movie is being jointly produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Production in association with SRK home production Red Chilies Entertainment and Hope Productions. The highlight of his tweet is his emphasis on SHAH RUKH KHAN and ALIA BHATT.

Gauri Shinde, wife of R.Balki, like Balki is known for making path breaking movies and according to her the movie is an avant-garde theme exploring the love journey of a young lady who romances three men of different ages in her life. With each relationship she experiences a new outlook on life.

Initially Gauri Shinde had plans to cast Katrina Kaif in the lead role because as the movie progresses the role becomes much mature and intricate. The role is somewhat similar to the character of Raj Kapoor in MERANAAM JOKER, where he encounters three women in his life at different ages of his life. With Katrina Kaif backing out Aliya Bhatt has grabbed the opportunity. 

Aliya Bhatt is thrilled with the announcement of the film and the thought of working opposite her dream hero Shah Rukh Khan has made her fanatical. In her tweet, she wrote, “I am dying to act in the film. I just can't wait to be directed by Gauri Shinde with the man himself Shahrukh Khan.” 

Like Alliya the audience too is gone crazy are desperate to see the rare combination. 

Though details about weather Shah Rukh Khan will romance with Aliya Bhatt are still unclear but from the storyline it is apparent that Aliya will certainly be romancing Shah Rukh Khan as he may perhaps be the third person, with whom she dates in the climax.

Shiney Ahuja : Anil Kapoor’s soothing words gave me courage to face the camera again!

Tall, handsome and a dynamic actor Shiney Ahuja who proved his mettle as an actor of substance in Sudhir Mishra's critically-acclaimed HAZAARON KHWAISHEIN AISI (2005) and later gave multiple super hit films like GANGSTER, LIFE IN A METRO, BHOOL BHULAIYYA etc, was left struggling to face camera when he made his comeback in his upcoming action comedy WELCOME BACK.

Confiding his inability to face the camera Shiney Ahuja, speaking to a national daily informed, “Last year when Anees Bazmee showed trust in my talent and offered me a cameo in WELCOME BACK, I was obliged but on the day of shooting I struggled to face the camera. That’s when Anilji (Anil Kapoor) hugged him and boosting my confidence said, ‘Welcome back, my boy.’ His soothing words brought tears to my eyes and gave me courage to give my best shot.”

Shiney Ahuja plays the role of Honey, a wayward son of a wealthy underworld don played by Naseerudin Shah in WELCOME BACK. However Shiney enlightens, “Though I play a rowdy character of Honey but I not like Honey in real life. I am an army man's son and we fauji kids are not spoilt brats".

Clearing rumors about his absence during the promoting of the film he said, “I could attend the promotion of the film because I was busy with my family settled in London but sadly the media misunderstood and wrote all sort of rubbish.”

It may be noted that Shiney Ahuja, who fetched the coveted Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for his sensitive performance in HAZAARON KHWAISHEIN AISI (2005), is making a comeback in Anees Bazmee's WELCOME BACK, after six years after he was allegedly framed for raping his domestic servant in 2009.

Is Rajinikanth switching to roles suiting his age?

With the consecutive failures of KOCHADAIYAAN and LINGAA, it seems South megastar Rajinikanth has realized the taste of the new generation and has decided to gracefully switch to play roles that suits his age.

According to reports in his next film KABALI, the veteran superstar will thus be seen playing the role of an aged don inspired losing from the life of the infamous Chennai based Don Kabaleeswaran, who unleashed terror with his mafia activates.

Directed by the young and dynamic filmmaker Ranjith Pa, who has to his credits hit films like ATTAKATHI (2012) and MADRAS (2014), the role of Don Kabaleeswaran has been intentionally written with Rajinikanth in mind and he believes the movie will open new vistas for Rajinikanth as Subhash Ghai’s VIDHAATA did for thespian Dilip Kumar in Bollywood.

Readers may recall like Rajnikanth, Bollywood superstar Dillip Kumar too had a strong fan following and Dilip Kumar did hero’s role till the ripe age of over 50 years but in the late 60’s his career began to dwindle and he gave a series of box office flops like DIL DIYA DARD LIYA, SUNGHURSH, AADMI, DASTAAN, GOPI, SAGINA and BAIRAAG (1976).

Eventually he took retirement and after four years Subhash Ghai gave him a new lease of life as an underworld don in his film VIDHAATA (1980). After this Dilip Kumar gave many hit films playing centric roles like KRANTI, SHAKTI, KARMA, MASHAAL, SAUDAGAR etc.

Likewise young filmmaker Ranjith Pa plans to open new doors for Rajnikanth that can explore new characters which can bring out the histrionic of Rajnikanth that have still not been tapped.

According to a source close to the film the entire unit of the film is young and vibrant. From the director to the technicians involved in the film are younger, fresher and talented — including music director Santosh Narayan, cinematographer Murali G, and editor Praveen KL — and this is reportedly a sea change from what Rajinikanth has been doing for the past 15 years.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Riteish Deshmukh, Genelia D'Souza escape terror attack in Bangkok

Bollywood’s attractive couple Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D'Souza had a miraculous escape in a lethal bomb blast that exploded in Bangkok injuring 120 and killing 20.

Gorgeous Genelia Deshmukh along with her debonair husband Riteish Deshmukh, were in Bangkok for shooting an advertisement. Incidentally the bomb blast occurred close to the location where the duo was shooting but luckily they were safe.

Heaving a sigh of relief Genelia Deshmukh took to tweeter and informing her fans she tweeted that they were safe and sound.

In her tweet she confided, “We were shooting in a mall that is very close to the place where the horrendous blast occurred. Thankfully we were safe. However we could hear the sirens blazing all over the places and sympathize with the innocent victims who lost their lives.”

Riteish Deshmukh too expressed his condolence for the victims and thanked his friends and well-wishers because of whose prayers he and his wife survived.

Attacking the futility of the terror attack Riteish Deshmukh blasted, "My thoughts go out to the people affected by last night's cowardly attack. Taking innocent lives is no way to protest or make a point."

According to the recent reports the blast occurred at the Erawan shrine, downtown Chidlom district of Bangkok. The shrine is a major Hindu tourist hotspot which is also frequented by Buddhists.

Condemning the heinous blast even Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "I strongly condemn the blast in Bangkok. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased. I pray for a speedy recovery of the injured.”

Arvind Kejriwal jumps in FTII row; offers temporary space to start class in Delhi

The months long agitation of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, against the appointment of little known actor Gajendra Chauhan as chairman of the premium institute took political color with Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal coming in rescue of the students.

According to latest reports on Wednesday night the Maharashtra police unleashed terror on the students on charges of rioting and unlawful assembly. Of the 15 students held five were taken into custody.

Expressing shock at the atrocity meted out on the students, Kejriwal said: "I am shocked to hear of what is going on at FTII.”

Attacking the BJP’s government bossism and their bid to saffron the premium institute he hinted, “It is shocking that an internationally reputed institute is being systematically destroyed by government's wrong decisions."

Sympathizing with the students he added, "My offer to FTII students - Delhi government can provide you temporary space in Delhi. Run your classes here till central government agrees," he said.

And that’s not all Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has also assured the students that if the central government does not bow to their demands and remove Gajendra Chauhan as chairman then his government will convert the temporary space into full fledged institute and students can continue studying there.

Eminent filmmaker Shyam Benegal took expressed his discount on the government’s adamant attitude. In a statement he said, “Students are not criminals, and that both, the administration and the protesting students, need to sit down and resolve the crisis.”