Friday, October 30, 2015

Truly writer duo Salim-Javed is Shakespeare of Bollywood!

Eminent writer duo who gave super-hit films like SHOLAY, DEEWAAR, ZANJEER, DON, TRISHUL, MR.INDIA etc were felicitated at the opening ceremony of 17th Jio MAMI film festival for their brilliant contribution to cinema with the award ‘Excellence In Cinema.’

The award was presented to them by eminent filmmaker and himself a proficient writer Rajkumar Hirani. While Javed Akhtar was present, Salim Khan, who is recuperating from his hernia surgery that was performed recently, could not be present but on his behalf his son Sohail Khan accepted the award. 

Speaking about the amazing contribution of Salim Javed to Indian Cinema Rajkumar Hirani recalled an interesting anecdote that speaks volumes about the popularity of Salim Javed as a ‘star’ writer duo.

He said, “Last year during my tour to UK I visited many places of interest along with few Indians and hired an Indian guide. When we toured London, the guide introduced London as the city of Shakespeare. Incidentally one Indian was not aware of Shakespeare hence to make him understand he said, ‘Shake spear is just like Salim-Javed in India.” 

Marveling the huge popularity of Salim Javed, Rajkumar Hirani said, “I truly acknowledge the guide’s comparison of Salim Javed with literary genius William Shakespeare because just as Shakespeare gave a new dimension and respectability to writers in Europe likewise Salim Javed set new norms and took film writers to dizzy heights of popularity.” 

Hirani admitted that he himself has learnt a lot from the duo’s excellent craft. Hence without hesitation he concluded, “Salim Javed is one of the best writers in the world.”

Salim Javed definitely commands respect because in an industry where writers are considered next to a clerk Salim Javed changed the scenario.

From their very first film HATHI MERE SATHI they demanded high remuneration, almost five times more what was offered to other writers. In fact by the mid 70’s their remuneration reached its peak and they charged more than superstar Amitabh Bachchan! 

That’s not all they were the only writer duo who got credits on film posters, which till the late 60’s was only restricted for actors, film director, producer and music directors 

And last but not the least all their films that were remade in South Cinema like Rajinikanth’s hit films BILLA (Remake of DON) or THEE (Remake of DEEWAAR) had their names in credit and they were offered remuneration. Such a thing has never happened in the history of Indian cinema till date! Only Salim Javed has this rare honor!!

Bollywood Diva Madhuri Dixit in BAAHUBALI 2 or is it another rumor?

It seems rumor mills these days are working overtime that’s the reason each day we hear top stars associated with big banners movies and the next days it turns out to be a rumor. 

The recent buzz is that filmmaker SS Rajamouli, who created box office history with BAAHUBALI, has approached Bollywood Diva Madhuri Dixit for his upcoming sequel of BAAHUBALI -2.

Insiders claim that impressed by the Hindi dubbed version of BAAHUBALI earning over Rs. 111.56 crore SS Rajamouli has decided to rope in Bollywood actors so that the Hindi version of BAAHUBALI -2 is able to earn more at Bollywood outlets. 

Sources close to the filmmaker say Madhuri Dixit has been approached to play the elder sister of Anushka Shetty's sister in the second part. Though the role is not big but it is vital to the story. 

Whether Madhuri Dixit would give her nod is still awaited with bated breath and if she does than BAAHUBALI -2 would surely turn even grandeur.

However what is disturbing is that with umpteen rumors witnessed in the last few days like South sensational star Prabhas playing main antagonist in DHOOM 4 or Hollywood iconic superstar Sylvester Stallone playing lead role in Salman Khan’s SULTAN etc. one wonders the news of Madhuri Dixit does not turn another rumor!!! 

Another rumor that has kept the film buffs hocked on their seat is about Hollywood actor Anold Schwarzenegger in Rajinikanth starrer ENTHIRAN 2 (Robot 2) ever since the Terminator star attended the music launch event of Shankar's Vikram-starrer film I in September last year.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

John Abraham - One a celebrity; other an unsung genius of South film Industry!

Call it a mere coincidence but it may come as a stunner to readers that while the Bollywood actor and film producer John Abraham is a famous celebrity around the globe the other John Abraham, who was a genius filmmaker from South Film Industry is a forgotten identity!!! 

Interestingly both John Abraham are Malayali in origin. Another uncanny similarity the two shares is that when Southern filmmaker John Abraham, was a student at FTII, Pune in 1969, his Diploma Film was titled PRIYA and incidentally John Abraham’s wife’s first name is also Priya. 

But tragically the similarities between the two John Abrahams end here because despite being one of the brilliant filmmaker, who was groomed by Indian film industries legendary master filmmakers like Ritwik Ghatak and of Mani Kaul at FTII the world, has forgotten him.

Legendary filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan speaking about him termed him as a phenomenon. In an interview he said, “John Abraham was a prodigy who possessed unparalleled and intrinsic percipience so that his films were always well noted and received the acclaim of critics.”

His genius can be gauged from the fact that he was one of the few fortunate South Indian artists to be selected at FTII. Other South artist who got trained from Pune Film Institute include Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Rasool Pookkutty, K.G.George, Actor Mohan Sharma, Ravi Menon, etc 

Readers would be surprised to read in a career spanning around 15 years John made just four films viz. VIDYARTHIKALE ITHILE ITHILE (1971, Malayalam), AGRAHARATHIL KAZHUTHAI (1977, Tamil), CHERIACHANTE KRURAKRITHYANGAL (1979,Malayalam) and AMMA ARIYAN (1986, Malayalam) and in this short span he made an tremendous impact not just in India but in International cinema. 

His film AGRAHARATHIL KAZHUTHAI not only won National Award but is listed among the 100 Greatest Indian Films of All Time by IBN Live's 2013 poll. 

What’s more his other AMMA ARIYAN has the prestige of being featured among the Ten Best Indian movies ever made in India by the world renowned The British Film Institute!!! 

So now you know the genius of South film legend John Abraham. Don’t you think a biopic should be made on him and his character played by Bollywood actor John Abraham to make the great film legend immortal!

Deadly dengue claims South film Comedian Vivek’s son!

The deadly dengue that took the life of Indian Cinema’s great film legend Yash Chopra in 2012 has once again stuck Indian Cinema and the victim this time is the 13 year old innocent son of South Film Industry’s great comedian Vivek, who has acted in hit films like SIVAJI, SINGAM, ANNIYAN etc 

According to news report celebrated comedian Vivek’s son, Prasanna Kumar, 13, was suffering from dengue for the past 40 days. He was being treated at SRM Institutes for Medical Science at Vadapalani, Chennai but was not responding to the medicines. 

Doctors attending in him at the hospital informed his condition was deteriorating and he had developed brain fever. A doctor on condition of anonymity said, “Prasanna Kumar was suffering with acute dengue and he also had brain stem dysfunction. Hence he succumbed to the viral fever around 4.25 pm on Thursday,”

The catastrophic news devastated his family and sent shock waves in the Southern film industry. Several film celebrities have extended their condolences. 

However what is agonizing is that the Chennai Municipal Corporation health officers have declined to accept that the child had died of dengue. They claim unless they get reports from the doctors declaring the cause of death as dengue they won’t believe! 

Tragic indeed because everybody knows that dengue has gripped all the major metropolitan cities of India and it is the poor administration of the Municipal Corporations that has failed to tackle the dengue menace tactfully and with dedication. 

Meanwhile Raaga.Com extents our humble condolence to the departed soul and pray may the soul of Prasanna Kumar rest in peace in heaven and Almighty give strength to the family to overcome the tragedy.

Tahir Raj Bhasin: Shah Rukh Khan and Irrfan Khan gave creditability to modern villain

When Bollywood is packed with innumerable new comers mostly from Bollywood background it is freshening to find actors making it big without a so-called Godfather in Bollywood. One among them is the highly talented Tahir Raj Bhasin, who mesmerized the audience with his awesome villainy in Yash Raj Film’s MARDAANI opposite the versatile actress Rani Mukherjee.

Tahir who is recently busy doing another negative role in Sonakshi Sinha and John Abraham starrer FORCE 2, which is a sequel to the popular 2011 Vipul Shah film FORCE says he has not worried about being typecast as villain. 

He says, “Gone are the days when negative characters were looked down upon. Today there is a hoard among top actors to play villains. Just check Aamir Khan playing a negative role in DHOOM 3.”

He adds, “I think the credits for giving creditability to negative role goes to Shah Rukh Khan (DARR) and Irrfan Khan ( HAASIL) who dared to play the antagonist and stole thunder from the hero.” 

The young and handsome Tahir, who played the grey character in MARDAANI without being loud or looking scary, believes that yesteryear villains like Gabbar Singh in SHOLAY or Mogambo in MR.INDIA are obsolete. 

Supporting his argument he says, “In the old days usually the villains were dacoits and smugglers hence actors had to look terrifying and had to exaggerate to create an impact. However the villains in today’s cinema are being drawn from the real life like my character in MARDAANI.”

He informs, “Adi Chopra was clear that I had to look boy-next-door, play a normal guy who runs a trafficking business. It was truly an unconventional idea and a risk but Adi was confident and it worked. ”

Is India on the verge of a new renaissance? After writers, filmmakers surrender awards in protest!!

History is witnessed that the ‘European Renaissance’ was the result of thinkers, writers and the intellectual class. It seems a similar renaissance is taking place in India ever since the secular fabric of the nation has been tarnished by 'rising intolerance' and 'communal poisoning'. 

The movement began with literary genius giving away their most prestigious Sahitya Akademi Awards in protest against outrage sparked by the death of fellow writer author M M Kalburgi. The movement got momentum after renowned literary giant, filmmaker and winner of Sahitya Akademi Award, Gulzar supported the movement.

In a statement Gulzar lamented, “We have never witnessed this kind of religious intolerance. I never thought that a situation like this would come where a person's religion is asked before his name. It was never like this.”

Shockingly instead of paying heed to Gulzar’s agonizing appeal to cease communal hatred he was mocked as an ‘idiot’ and even labeled ‘Anti-national’ on the Twitter for his stand against defending secularism!!! 

The movement instead of slowing down with such criticism has only became stronger and the latest news is a group of 10 filmmakers including Dibakar Banerjee, who has made hit films like DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHY; LOVE, SEX AUR DHOKHA have decided to returned their national awards in support of Film and Television Institute of India students and to protest against the 'rising intolerance' in the country. It may be noted Dibakar Banerjee won the National Award for his film KHOSLA KA GHOSLA (2006). 

In a statement Dibakar Banerjee declared, “The stand is not politically motivated. It is motivated from my conscience. We could not think of any better idea than return our national awards because that's all we have."

And that’s not all besides writers, filmmaker’s the movement has been joined by almost 135 academics, who have started a web petition addressed to President Pranab Mukherjee. The signatories include top scientists, IIT professors and JNU academics.

In the petition the intellectual have compared the nation’s plight to a 'nuclear bomb'

The petition reads, “A highly polarised community is like a nuclear bomb close to criticality. It can explode any time and drive the nation to utter chaos. This is a highly unstable atmosphere and we should do everything in our hands to defuse the disparity."

We hope our President and Prime Minister understand the seriousness and gravity of the situation and take action before People’ movement takes shape.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Is Sanjay Leela Bhansali once again taking ‘Panga’ with Shah Rukh Khan?

After 8 years once again two biggest names in Bollywood are set to clash at the box office. No prizes for guessing. Yes it’s yet again Shah Rukh Khan and Sanjay Leela Bhansali whose films DILWALE and BAJIRAO MASTANI would be releasing this Diwali.

What is surprising is that Bansali who lost the battle in 2007 when his film SAAWARIYA, which introduced Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor's bit the dust opposite Shah Rukh’s OM SHANTI OM must have shown maturity and shrugged off his ego.

Instead of once again clashing with SRK he should have delayed his movie either one week after DILWALE or released one week prior to it and avoided the unnecessary clash because the fact is Shah Rukh Khan is the undisputed King of Bollywood and has a mass appeal. Further DILWALE has many more positives that could give Bansali a run for money.

For instance DILWALE brings the magnetic Jodi of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol after many years hence cine buff would definitely rush to watch the irresistible jodi’s screen persona. To add cherry on the cake, the movie has already generated much curiosity among viewers about Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol recreating the DDLJ pose and paying ode to the 20 year journey of the film. 

Secondly the movie has young heartthrob Varun Dhawan and HEROPANTI fame Kirti Sanon, which is sure to attract the youth. And last but not the least the movie is directed by Rohit Shetty and since 2008 Shetty is enjoying an unbeatable track record of success. 

In nut shell Sanjay Leela Bhansali is yet again taking ‘Panga’ (Conflict) with Shah Rukh Khan and in all probability ruining the bright prospective of his upcoming film BAJIRAO MASTANI! 

Hope sense prevail and Bhansali shifts his movie’s release date because as the proverb goes ‘Better late than never’!!!

Has Aamir Khan been secretly planning MAHABHARATA with Hollywood director Mel Gibson?

Aamir Khan who is busy these days with his upcoming film DANGAL’s shooting since long has been aspiring to be part of Indian epic Mahabharata. 

If readers could recollect in 2012 in a televised interview to a leading TV news channel Aaj Tak, Aamir Khan has expressed his ambition to make a movie on the epic Mahabharata but since he was committed with Rajkumar Hirani PK, Yash Raj Films DHOOM 3 and his social TV show SATYAMEVA JAYAATE 2. Hence he had postponed the idea. 

But the latest news is that during the past three years Aamir Khan has been secretly working on the research and script of Mahabharata and the buzz is he has approached none other but Hollywood director, Mel Gibson to direct MAHABHARATA.

One would wonder why Aamir Khan has opted for a Hollywood director when India has so many talented directors like SS Rajamouli (BAAHUBALI), Sanjay Leela Bhansali (DEVDAS), Ashutosh Gowariker (JODHAA AKBAR) etc but as Aamir Khan is called Mr. Perfectionist hence like a perfectionist Aamir Khan has rightly chosen Mel Gibson because he is a specialist of epic period movies. Remember he won the prestigious Oscar Award as Best Director for his Hollywood epic BRAVEHEART in 1995 

And that’s not all Aamir Khan’s MAHABHARATA will be exclusively shot at a studio in the US and has hired world’s most expensive and highly skilled US-based VFX Company to work on the visual effects of the film. 

If rumors are to be believed the production team has started pre-production and set designing long back. The script is also already!!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Bollywood films are becoming a source of inspiration in society

With the deaf and mute Indian girl Geeta, who was stuck in Pakistan, being brought to India there is a wave of joy and happiness in both India and Pakistan.

Though Faisal Edhi and Bilqees Edhi of NGO Edhi Foundation have been trying their best to unite Geeta with her parents in India since the past many years but they credit Salman Khan’s hit film BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN as the main source of inspiration for the success.

In an interview Faisal Edhi asserts, “In 2012, when an attempt to bridge gap between India and Pakistan was made with Aman Ki Asha event I had made several attempts to bring attention about Geeta but in vain. However thanks to Salman Khan’s film BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN, my voice could really reach out and succeed in its mission.”

Besides BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN another Bollywood film that has motivated a group of villagers to build a road by curving a way into the mountain is Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s motivational film MANJHI: THE MOUNTAIN MAN.

According to a news report in the national daily Times of India, more than 300 villagers from Karnaprayag near Uttarakhand have build a road themselves by cutting through the rocky mountain. Just as Nawazuddin Siddiqui used simple hammer, chisel, and natural materials tools like in the film MANJHI: THE MOUNTAIN MAN, the villagers too used these tools and with their determination and unity have achieved the impossible.

The highlight of their mission is that they have made the road without cutting a single tree. The movement was headed by Kunwar Singh, a 56-year-old ex-serviceman and Maheshwari Devi, a member of the Mahila Mangal Dal.

The third film that deserves kudos for inspiring people is director Meghna Gulzar and scriptwriter Vishal Bhardwaj hard hitting film, TALVAR that depicts the hidden angle that proves the Talvar couple not guilty.

The film has stirred up a debate among the people on the Talwars' conviction and an online petition has also been launched to fast track the case. Reports have it that even a video featuring the narco analysis test done on Krishna, who was the prime suspect in the murders, has been released on You Tube. In the video Krishna can be seen revealing things that have never been heard of before thus exposing how the CBI had fabricated the case and did their job without sincerity!!

Has Chhota Rajan employed Bollywood trick to escape attack on his life from Dawood shooters!

Bollywood is packed with innumerable gangster movies like SATYA, SHOOTOUT AT WADALA, VAASTAV, D-COMPANY etc. depicting how hardened criminals and gangsters take police custody as the best option to escape attack on their lives.

Hence though the arrest of Chhota Rajan aka Sadashiv Nikhalje, the former henchmen turned arch rival of International Dawood Ibrahim at Bali in Indonesian may be considered as the biggest achievement, however the Mumbai Police smell a rat.

If sources in the Mumbai Police are to be believed then Chhota Rajan has been inspired by Bollywood films!

Inspired from Bollywood? It may be shocking but just as most Bollywood films depict criminals taking shelter in police custody to escape attack on their lives likewise few top notch officials in Mumbai police feel that Chhota Rajan has fabricated his own arrest.

An official from the Crime Branch claimed, “Chota Rajan has been on run from both the Interpol and his arch rival Dawood Ibrahim since past 20 years but now with advancing age and the need to constantly shift hideouts has made him tiresome. Hence he has decided to employ Bollywood trick of surrounding to the police and operating from the cell.”

The officer added, “With more than two attacks on his life Chota Rajan has now become paranoia. He is suffering from symptoms of Paranoid Personality Disorder (PPD), which is a mental disorder where the patient lives in constant fear of being killed and suspects everyone of killing him. Hence to escape from the lethal shooters of Dawood Ibrahim, Chota Rajan has planned his arrest.”

Monday, October 26, 2015

Is Shah Rukh Khan trying to ape Aamir Khan and Kamal Haasan?

‘For everything you gain, you lose something else’ goes the English axiom. True indeed, at least, when it comes to Indian Cinema because here when a competent actor becomes a ‘Superstar’ he is compelled to do films, that his heart does not permit but he has to oblige the producers as huge money is staked over him.

From the golden old days when Dilip Kumar was superstar to Shah Rukh Khan every superstar had to pay a price for his stardom. Be it Dilip Kumar’s BAIRAAG, Rajesh Khanna’s BAHARON KE SAPNE, Amitabh Bachchan’s GANGAA JAMUNAA SARASWATI each superstar has done some movies against their wish.

Likewise Shah Rukh Khan, who would soon be turning 50 years on November 2, has a hitch that he has not been able to exploit his full potential as actor and aspires to do quality films like Superstars Aamir Khan and Kamal Haasan.

True in the annals of Indian Cinema it is just Aamir Khan and Kamal Haasan who have done movies that have exploited their talent to their hilt and yet both have remained in the commercial cinema format. Shah Rukh probably wishes to ape Aamir Khan and Kamal Hassan.

In a recent interview Shah Rukh Khan has revealed his future plans and the kind of films he would be doing after crossing 50 years. He said, “My first priority would be to do films that offer me challenging roles and I am able to do a verity of roles that satisfies my inner urge of an actor.”

“Hence I have decided that from 50 to 55 I would surely be doing at least one off-beat film that satisfies my hunger and quenches my histrionics. And then I would do a film that keeps me physical fit and the third, of course to keep me monetarily healthy,” he smiled.

“In nut shell I will be doing minimum three films a year’s which means a net 15 films by the time I turn 55 years,” he quipped.

Is it Prabhas, Vijay or Mahesh Babu as main villain in DHOOM 4?

It is rightly said that there's no smoke without fire. Hence the sensational news of Yash Raj Film’s chief Adi Chopra and DHOOM 3 director Vijay Krishna Acharya casting Telugu superstar Prabhas as the main antagonist in their forthcoming DHOOM 4 is worth pondering.

Though officially both Adi Chopra and Vijay Krishna Acharya may have declined the news as a mere rumor but what is worth considering is that if the duo had no plans to cast Prabhas in their film then why did a secret screening of Prabhas super duper hit film BAAHUBALI was screened at Yash Raj Film studio and that too it was watched by just Adi Chopra, Krishna Acharya and the production team of DHOOM 3?

According to a source close to Yash Raj Films the villain in DHOOM 4 is a tall, muscular and strapping youth. Hence after lot pondering when both Adi and Krishna Acharya were not able to decide on the villain, a production team member suggested south superstar Prabhas’ name. When the question of his pan India appeal was raised the success of his multi lingual film BAAHUBALI was cited. Impressed Adi immediately called to arrange a special screening of BAAHUBALI to scrutinize his screen persona.

However now since the filmmakers have termed the news as rumor, it seems Yash Raj Films wants to maintain suspense or is it they are looking for some other South Superstar may be Vijay Illayathalapathy or the heartthrob of millions Mahesh Babu? Both Vijay and Mahesh Babu are tall and dashing and more particularly are famous for their action and stunts.

One wonders what’s on card but the only actor confirmed till now is Hrithik Roshan. But hold on…. Hrithik Roshan is not the main antagonist in the film. He only plays a cameo. Probably the villain of DHOOM 4 may be the son of Hrithik Roshan. Hence the filmmakers are on a look out for an actor who has the traits and looks akin to Hrithik Roshan.

Taking this into consideration all the three South superstars Prabhas, Vijay and Mahesh Babu fit the bill and most importantly all the three have pan India star appeal.

Further with BAAHUBALI breaking box office records, Adi Chopra is overwhelmed by the star appeal of South Superstars globally. Hence to tap global market he might probably opt for a South Superstar as the main villain?

So keep your figures crossed and hope for the best!!!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Sahir Ludhianvi’s lyrics on women are most poignant! Wanna know why?

Sahir Ludhianvi is regarded as one of India’s greatest poets of the 20th century. Oct 25 marks the death anniversary of this legendary poet. Raaga.Com pays him tribute and enlightens readers why Sahir’s poetry was poignant and hard hitting whenever he penned a lyric on women. 

If readers could recall his soul stirring song Aurat ne janam diya mardon ko… from B.R. Chopra’s film SADHNA they would agree that Sahir was at his best when he penned this lyric. The song is direct attack on mankind as to how man ill treats her despite the fact that woman is the mother, who gives birth to man on this earth.

Mark the lines …

Aurat ne janam diya mardon ko; Mardon ne use bazaar diya

Jab dil chaaha masla-kuchla; Jab ji chaaha dhutkaar diya

(Woman gave birth to men; And men gave her the brothel 

They crush and trample at her at will; Rejected and cast off her at will) 

The most killing lines are …

Jin hothon ne unko pyaar kiya; Un hothon ka vyopaar kiya

Jis kokh mein inka jism dhala; Us kokh ka kaarobaar kiya

(The lips which gave them love: They traded those very lips

The womb in which their bodies were formed: They reduced that womb to mere merchandise).

Sahir’s skill as a lyricist par excellence can be judged from the song Aaj sajan mohe ang laga lo…. (PYAASA). The highlight of this song is that it is pictuirused on a prostitute but Sahir uses such brilliant words that it conveys the sexual overtones without being vulgar. 

Another milestone lyric Sahir wrote is in the film INSAAF KA TARAZU. The song goes…

Log aurat ko phakat jism samajh lete hain; 

Rooh bhi hoti hai usme ye kahan sochte hain

Rooh kya hoti hai; Isse unhe matlab hi nahin….

(People consider woman only as body 

They do not understand that she also has a soul 

Bit sick minded people do not know what soul is!!!) 

So the question is why did Sahir write such painful and forceful lyrics? Well the fact is Sahir had seen his mother being ill treated by his aristocratic Zamindaar father. 

In rebel when Sahir grew he left his father’s house and took his mother along. Sahir never married because he loved his mother dearly and did not wish to share his love with another woman.

Has Sooraj Barjatya done right by cutting the length of PREM RATAN DHAN PAYO?

Bollywood is known for making lengthy films, particularly, if it is a big budget ambitious film. Remember Bollywood’s most successful blockbusters like MUGHAL-E-AZAM (3hours, 18m), ) SANGAM (1964, 3 hours, 58 minutes), SHOLAY (3 hours, 24 minutes), AMAR AKBAR ANTHONY (3hours, 5 minutes), LAGAAN (2001, 3hours, 44 minutes) the list is long. 

In fact Sooraj Barjatya who is known for making entertaining family dramas since his debut film has an obsession of making lengthy films and all his film have been hits. Remember his directorial debut MAINE PYAR KIYA (3 hours 15 minutes), HUM AAPKE HAIN KOUN (3 hours 26 minutes) and HUM SAATH SAATH HAIN (nearly 4 hours)

Hence like his previous films he had also made PREM RATAN DHAN PAYO 3 hours 20 minute’s long film. However it seems Salman Khan’s father Salim Khan, Bollywood’s top ranking writer, has advised Sooraj Barjatya to prune the film. 

A source close to Salim Khan informed that Salim Khan is quite impressed by the film but felt the movie becomes tiresome due to its length. Hence he has suggested Sooraj Barjatya to edit unwanted action scenes and songs to make the film more spellbinding and crisper. 

Sooraj Barjatya, who has great regards for Salim Khan has taken his advice seriously and has edited the film by almost 30 minutes. 

However famous Trade expert Atul Mohan feels Sooraj Barjatya has done wrong by deleting the length of the movie. He counters, “Actually cine buffs love long movies and if it is a Salman Khan film then everybody wants more and more of Salman Khan because his magic and charisma is such.” 

True because if we take a look at Amitabh Bachchan’s films released in the late 70’s and 80’when he was dominating as Superstar every filmmaker made lengthy films. Remember MUQADDAR KA SIKANDAR (3 hours, 9 min), SHAHENSHAH (3 hours), KABHI KABHIE (3 hour) etc. 

Whether Sooraj Barjatya has done the right things by pruning the film will only be decided when the film releases this Diwali but one thing is sure Salman Khan’s fans have been robbed of the extra time that they would have enjoyed this Diwali!!! 

Right or Wrong????

Primary post mortem report reveals famous singer Labh Janjua died of heart attack

The sudden death of celebrated Bollywood and Punjabi singer Labh Janjua has taken Bollywood by surprise. Though the exact cause of his death is yet to be discovered but according to doctors the primary post mortem reports reveal that Janjua had been suffering from multiple aliments like diabetes, asthma and heart disease. Hence the doctors believe Janjua could be victim of heart attack. 

According to senior forensic experts of Bhagwati Post Mortem Centre there are no signs of suicide or assault hence there is a probability of natural death. An expert confirmed, “Prima facie, it looks like a natural death.”

Mourning the death of Labh Janjua eminent playback singers Sunidhi Chauhan and Shaan both were left dumbfounded at his sudden demise. In their respective tweets both tweeted, ‘Shocked to hear about Labh Janjua’s untimely demise… Life is so uncertain … RIP!’

A popular Punjabi singer from Khanna, near Ludhiana, Labh had struggled over two decades to make his presence. He came to fame when his Punjabi song ‘Mundeyan ton bach ke rahin…….’ was included in Bollywood film BOOM staring in Katrina Kaif and Amitabh Bachchan. Though the film failed but the song became super hit and Labh Janjua became popular. 

Later, he was noticed by Yash Raj Films and his song ‘Chance pe dance….’ (RAB NE BANA DI JODI) made him a star. 

Soon hit songs like ‘Soni de nakhre…’ (PARTNER), ‘Chu chan….’ (SINGH IS BLINGG), ‘O bhape pyar karke…. (PYAR KE SIDE EFFECTS) established Labh Janjua for his Punjabi-bhangra style singing.

Recently, his track ‘London Thumakda….’ from the super-hit film ‘QUEEN’ caught the fancy of music lovers at home and beyond.

Abhijeet Bhattacharya accuses ‘Anti Hindu’ forces behind the alleged molestation charges against him!

Bollywood’s renowned playback singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya who has to his list some memorable hit songs like Tum Dil Ki Dhadkan Mein….; Tumhe Jo Maine Dekha….; Main Koi Aisa Geet Gaoon… Suno Na Suno Na…… has accused ‘Anti-Hindu’ forces behind the alleged charges of molestation that have been filed against him by a woman during the Durga Pooja in Mumbai. 

According to reports the Durga Pooja Pandal at Lokhandwala in Mumbai's Andheri suburb was jam packed as popular Bollywood singer Kailash Kher was performing. Abhijeet Bhattacharya being one of the orgainsers of the pooja was keeping a hawk eye to maintain peace and avoid chaos.

However due to overcrowding a lady (who was invitee) got excited when Kailash Kher began his performance. Being short in height she stood up her seat to take a clear glimpse of the singer. As a result she blocked the view of the stage for the people sitting behind in rows, who made uproar. 

Abhijeet Bhattacharya, who was around tried to move the lady aside but she raised hue and cry over alleging Abhijeet trying to molest her by touching her inappropriately. 

Oshiwara police station's Senior Inspector Subhash Khanvilkar informed media, “On the basis of the victim's complaint, an offence under IPC sections of 354 (a) (sexual harassment), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 34 was registered against the singer.” 

Denying the molestation charges Abhijeet Bhattacharya claimed, “We were aware of anti Hindu forces/ terrorist threats and sabotage of this Hindu Durga Puja and that is working well for them."

It may be remembered earlier Abhijeet Bhattacharya had supported the Shiv Sena ban on Pakistani artists and termed them 'dengue artists'.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Shekhar Kapur in dilemma over making sequel to MR.INDIA or MASOOM

Eminent film maker Shekhar Kapur, who directed Oscar Award Winning Hollywood super hit film ELIZABETH, has been in news more for his most ambitious film PAANI that exposes the global issue of water crises in India. However called it destiny the film has been in pipeline since over a decade. 

When will PAANI take off is still a mystery but the latest news is that Shekhar is planning a sequel to his 1983 cult classic MASOOM staring Naseerudin Shah, Shabana Azmi and the ‘wonder boy’ Jugal Hansraj. 

According to rumor mills Shekhar Kapur who was in city last year has been compelled to write a sequel to MASOOM after being overwhelmed by student’s demand when he attended a city college.

Shekhar Kapur in a tweet wrote - "'Mr India 2' or 'Masoom 2'? Just come out from an amazing interaction with students. Clamouring for a sequel. Equal votes. How would u vote? (sic)."

Truly it is a catch 22 situation for Shekhar Kapur because both MR INDIA and MASOOM are classics in the annals of Indian cinema.

Incidentally both the movies have a contemporary subject. For instance MR.INDIA exposed corruption and inflation. 

Interestingly more than two decades later same situation exists in India. Hence MR.INDIA 2 will surely be a success, if a sequel is made depicting a power packed solution to these problems as eminent South filmmaker Shaker depicted in his Tamil film ANNIYAN ( Dubbed as Aparichit in Hind).

Sushant Singh Rajput joins the charity bandwagon

Bollywood may be infamous for its scandals and nightlife but when it comes to charity Bollywood stars do not shy. 

Recently Khiladi Kumar aka Akshay Kumar came forward and donated a whopping sum of Rs 90 lakhs to help the drought hit farmers of Maharashtra. According to reports he distributed Rs. 50,000 to each of the 30 widows in Beed district in Marathwada, who are battling with financial crisis after their husband committed suicide. 

Akshay Kumar was inspired by his colleague actor Nana Patekar, who along with famous Marathi actor Makrand Anaspure gave financial assistance to around 113 families of farmers in Latur and Osmanabad districts of Marathwada.

Now the latest news is that upcoming actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who has just found success with movies like PK and KAI PO CHE! has decided to help deserving students who due to financial difficulties cannot pursue their education. 

According to reports Sushant, who was dropped out of engineering college due to money issues has decided that like him no other should be deprived of education due to financial crisis. Hence in the memory of his late mother Sushant is launching an initiative that will provide scholarships to students, who do not have the funds required for higher studies. 

In an interview Shushant confirmed that he has decided to offer scholarship in education because education is the cornerstone of one’s life and students who are intelligent should definitely be encouraged to fulfill their goals. 

“I have started the initiative in the memory of mother as she has instilled the virtues of charity in me and she always emphasized on the significance of education,” he added.

Shammi Kapoor and his penchant for music

The name Shammi Kapoor pops up mesmerizing tuneful songs like O Hasina Zulfon Wali....; Badan Pe Sitare Lapete Hue....; Yeh Chand sa Roshan...; Isharon Isharon Mein Dil Lene Wale.... The list is endless. 

October 21 marks the birth anniversary of the legendary actor Shammi Kapoor, who ruled the 60’s as the undisputed king of melodious music. Raaga.Com pays homage to the great actor and investigates why music was so popular in Shammi Kapoor’s film. 

Believe it or not but Shammi Kapoor had a penchant for music and had ear for quality music was so perfect that each song in his film was a guaranteed hit!

In fact in an interview Shanker (of the famous Shanker Jaikishen music director fame) informed that Shammi Kapoor had learnt classical music for five years and that was the secret for his ear for melodious music. 

Shanker, who began his career at Prithvi Theatres, was acquainted with Shammi Kapoor from the days when Shammi Kapoor was a young lad. Shammi Kapoor would often participate in the rehearsals of drama and music sittings at Prithvi Theatres, which was owned by his father, the renowned actor Prithviraj Kapoor. 

Speaking about Shammi’s passion for music Shanker said, “Actually papaji (Prithviraj Kapoor) had hired revered Hindustani Classical music guru Pandit Jagannath Prasad as the music teacher for his elder son Raj Kapoor but when he got busy with his schedules in films young Shammi Kapoor insisted his mother to request his father to let him learn music. His father obliged. Shammi was barely 12 years old then.” 

It was this training in classical music that proved miraculous for the success of his films because more than the scripts it was the music of Shammi Kapoor’s films that did wonders. Film buffs went crazy over the songs and would watch the movies repeatedly multiple times thus making his films hit.

Mahesh Bhatt working on Hindi version of woman centric Bengali film RAJKAHINI

Veteran film wizard Mahesh Bhatt who is admired for making some really hard-hitting social movies like ARTH, SAARANSH, ZAKHM, DADDY, JANAM, TAMANNA, SIR etc. is once again back to his old roots as he is adapting acclaimed Bengali filmmaker Srijit Mukherji's Bengali woman centric film RAJKAHINI in Hindi. 

Bhatt is presently engaged in co-writing the Hindi adaptation of RAJKAHINI and is excited that after many years he has got a script that has stirred his emotional chords. 

Overwhelmed by the Bengali film RAJKAHINI that exposes the atrocities and trauma of the people who were displaced due to the 1948 partition of India, Bhatt applauds Srijit Mukherji for making such an exceptional film that he has seen since decades.

Raving about the film Bhatt says, “The script is not just mind boggling but it bleeds our heart and will touch the emotional chords of every human being.” 

According to reports what has moved Bhatt to the core is the movie’s central character of Begum Jaan, the courageous landlady of a brothel that lies on the border line of India and Pakistan. How Begum Jaan valiantly resists from evicting the place and gives a tooth and nail struggle to save it has left Bhatt marveling the film maker Srijit Mukherji and Rituparna Sengupta, who has played the key role. 

Bhatt says, “Watching the film I was reminded of Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil in their films and my daughter Alia Bhatt in HIGHWAY. The character of Began Jaan is truly an imposing woman character that has ignited the Indian screen after many years.”

Bhatt is so impressed with Rituparna Sengupta that he is planning to cast her in the Hindi version. Praising Rituparna Sengupta’s superlative performance Bhatt says, "She brought tears to my eyes in a few scenes hence I have told her that I want to cast her in my film.”

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Its official Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Amitabh Bachchan to clash in Sujoy Ghosh’s TE3N!

It took one decade for Star of Millennium Amitabh Bachchan to act opposite his dream actor thespian Dilip Kumar, when the duo shared screen in Ramesh Sippy’s SHAKTI (1982).

Incidentally it has taken over two decades for the rising star of Bollywood Nawazuddin Siddiqui to act opposite his beloved actor Amitabh Bachchan. The two would be seen clashing in Sujoy Ghosh produced upcoming film TE3N! The other highlight of the film is that it also features Vidya Balan in a pivotal role. 

Elated at the announcement that he has been cast opposite Amitabh Bachchan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui said he considers himself fortunate to be sharing screen space with megastar Amitabh Bachchan.

He added, “"I have always had a dream of working with Mr Amitabh Bachchan. It is a coincidence that I am getting to work with such a big actor in my next film. I consider myself fortunate for having got this opportunity.” 

What is most amazing is that Amitabh Bachchan himself had recommended Sujoy Ghosh to cast Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead role when he heard the script. 

Sunjoy briefing media said, “When I narrated a brief draft of the story to Bachchan sir, he was overwhelmed by the plot and immediately gave his nod for the film and suggested me to cast Nawazuddin Siddiqui opposite him stating that he is a great actor and he wished to act opposite him.” 

It may be noted recently Amitabh Bachchan had acted opposite another brilliant actor Irrfan Khan in PIKU. Incidentally like PIKU, Sujoy Ghosh’s TE3N is also based in Kolkata. It looks into the woes of three common men residing in Kolkata. Hence director Ribhu Dasgupta plans the shooting in the city. 

He is planning to wrap up the shoot schedule by the end of January 2016 and is looking for a mid-2016 release.

Arnold Schwarzenegger breaks Rajinikanth’s fee record; will he also score over him in acting in the film ENTHIRAN 2?

Rajinikanth’s upcoming movie ENTHIRAN 2 (ROBOT -2 in Hindi) has been in news ever since filmmaker Shanker announced the sequel to his 2010 blockbuster ENTHIRAN. 

However with Hollywood superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger joining the crew the movie has garnered not just publicity in Indian media but even the International media is going gaga over the news and the reports are grabbing eyeballs. 

Truly by signing Arnold Schwarzenegger as the main villain in ENTHIRAN 2 Shanker has, beyond doubt, made the movie an International project. 

In fact it won’t be wrong to say ENTHIRAN 2 would be India’s first film to have a genuine International appeal because till date no Indian film (Including Bollywood) has ever cast a foreign actor of repute as Arnold Schwarzenegger in a full-fledged role.

But was it easy to hire Arnold Schwarzenegger in ENTHIRAN 2? Well it is has been a tough nut to crack because if reports are to be believed producers Lyca International have vouched a whooping Rs 1 crore and agreed to all the demands of Arnold Schwarzenegger to play the character. 

Thus with a fees as high as Rs 1 Crore, Arnold Schwarzenegger has written a new history in the annals of not only Indian cinema but Asian cinema.

Prior to him it was Rajinikanth who held the highest paid actor record in Asia when he charged an enormous amount of Rs 60 Crore for LINGAA. 

Thus with Arnold Schwarzenegger charging Rs 100 crore he has broken Rajinikanth’s record in the fee department. 

Now let’s wait and see will Arnold Schwarzenegger be able to out beat Rajinikanth in acting department in the film ENTHIRAN 2? 

According to Shaker he has written an equally powerful role of the villain hence he wished to cast Aamir Khan as the antagonist but he declined. Hence Arnold Schwarzenegger has a tailor made role but will he be able to out beat the veteran superstar Rajinikanth as Amjad khan did as the deadly Gabbar Singh in SHOLAY and stood out beating giants of Bollywood actors like Sanjeev Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra???? 

Readers give your say………………..

Sunday, October 18, 2015

After Arnold Schwarzenegger opposite Rajinikanth it’s Sylvestor Stallone opposite Salman Khan!

It seems Indian Cinema is going great gun as many Hollywood actors who once looked down Indian cinema with disgrace are merrily accepting Indian films. 

After the sensational news of Hollywood iconic superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger agreeing to play the main antagonist in Rajinikanth’s upcoming film ENDHIRAN 2 (ROBOT 2 in Hindi), the latest buzz is that Sylvestor Stallone, another mega international star has given his nod to play a full fledge role in Salman Khan forthcoming film SULTAN!!! 

It may be remembered not long back Sylvestor Stallone has tweeted that he was impressed with Salman Khan’s huge fan following and had expressed his desire to act opposite Salam in an action film.

It’s reported taking this into account film director Ali Abbas Zafar and Salman Khan were in talks with Sylvestor Stallone and he has nodded to do the film. 

It may be noted that unlike Arnold Schwarzenegger, who would be making his debut in Indian cinema with Shanker directed Telugu film ENDHIRAN 2, Sylvestor Stallone is not new Indian cinema. 

In 2009 Sylvester Stallone has played a cameo in Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor -starrer KAMBAKKHT ISHQ as an obligation to his long time friend Sajid Nadiadwala, who produced the film. 

However in Salman Khan’s SULTAN Sylvester Stallone has full-fledged role of a veteran wrestler turned trainer, who plays an important in role in motivating and bringing back a down and out wrestler into the ring after a long spell. 

The role is somewhat similar to Naseeruddin Shah’s role of an ex-cricketer inspiring and giving wings to the dream of deaf and mute 18 year old boy-into a national cricketer in Nagesh Kukunoor’s hit film IQBAL. 

Produced by Yash Raj Film and directed Ali Abbas Zafar SULTAN has been in news for sharing a similarity with Aamir Khan’s upcoming film DANGAL but now it appears with Sylvester Stallone joining the SULTAN crew, the film will have an edge over DANGAL. 

Secondly Salman Khan’s look in the film too has been appreciated more than Aamir Khan’s bulky look. 

So let’s wait and watch who wins Salman Khan’s SULTAN or Aamir Khan’s DANGAL?

Salman Khan to wed Romanian Television actress Lulia Vantur in 2016?

Once again media is rife with speculations about India’s most eligible bachelor Salman Khan getting married to Romanian Television actress Lulia Vantur in 2016? 

According rumor mills Salman Khan and Lulia Vantur, whom Salman Khan has been dating since the past two years have clandestinely engaged and the duo plans to marry next year!! 

No sooner did Lulia Vantur’s P.R. Chief disclosed the clandestine engagement of Salman Khan and Lulia Vantur at Romanian capital Bucharest than the news spread like forest fire both in India and International media. It seems the discloser has sent a wave of excitement in Romania and the people are going gaga over the news.

Though Salman Khan is tight lipped and has not made any comments regarding the alleged discloser but the fact is Salman Khan has been hinting about his secret affair with Lulia Vantur in recent times. 

If readers could recollect he had reportedly admitted about his relationship with Lulia publicly at his sister Arpita Khan's wedding ceremony but had declined to elaborate about his plans of marriage. 

Further in an interview Salman Khan had shocked reporters when he admitted, “Yes, I want to have kids.” But before reporters could react he confused them adding, “But I want to have kids without a wife. Then again, I also want my kids to have a mother.” 

In another statement Salman Khan had candidly confessed, “I may see myself getting married in 2015." 

He had also once indirectly suggested about his plans to marry Lulia Vantur, when he said, “I may be marrying a foreigner because I follow humanity. I follow Islam, Christianity, and follow right thing as much I can. Father is Pathan, mother is Hindu, second mother is catholic, and brother-in-law is Punjabi. Wife, I am thinking to bring from outside...!” 

So let’s wait and watch if Salman Khan is really serious or once again garnering media publicity to give an edge to his upcoming movies PREM RATAN DHAN PAYO and SULTAN!!!