Monday, January 12, 2015

Rajesh Khanna’s ARADHANA was to be shelved?

While the film industry remembers legendary filmmakers like Bimal Roy, Guru Dutt, Raj Kapoor of the 60’s and Manmohan Desai, Yash Chopra, Subhash Ghai, Mahesh Bhatt of the 70 and 80’s, it forget some really talented filmmakers. One among these umpteen unsung filmmakers is Shakti Samanta. Raaga. Com remembers him on his birthday and reveals that Shakti Samanta, who made ARADHANA, which made Rajesh Khanna a superstar, was to be shelved. Read on…. 

The younger generation may not know about this genius filmmaker, Shakti Samanta, who in his career spanning over four decades made a variety of films. Beginning with action thrillers like HOWRAH BRIDGE (1958); JAALI NOTE (1960); CHINA TOWN (1962) etc. He later switched to romantic movies like KASHMIR KI KALI (1964); SAWAN KI GHATA (1966); AN EVENING IN PARIS (1967).

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However from the late 60’s he began experimenting with social subjects. The first film was ARADHANA (1969), which gave Indian Cinema Rajesh Khanna, the first Superstar. 

However it may come as a surprise to readers that Shakti Samanta was about to shelve his movie ARADHANA, because just a few days before the shooting of ARADHANA he happened to watch the premier of Shashi Kapoor starrer EK SHRIMAAN EK SHRIMATI and was left stunned to find a similar climax that he had planned for ARADHANA.

He was in a dizzy and after lot of pondering he decided to abandon the film. But when his writer Gulshan Nanda came to know about Shaktida’s decision he suggested him to alter the climax and gave the brilliant idea of giving double role to Rajesh Khanna. In the original script Khanna’s role was restricted to interval. Thus the double role helped Khanna in a big way and the movie proved super hit.

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The movie won Shakti Samanta the Best Film Filmfare award and Sharmila Tagore the Best Actress award. The super song sensuous number Roop Tera Mastana…. To fetched playback singer Kishore Kumar the Best Male Playback Singer award. 

After this the Rajesh Khanna and Shakti Samanta Jodi gave many hits like AMAR PREM, ANURAAG, KATI PATANG etc. 

ARADHANA was such a huge hit that it was remade down South in Tamil as SIVAKAMIYIN SELVAN (1974) and in Telugu as KANNAVARI KALALU (1974). Interestingly in both the version the central character of Sharmila Tagore was portrayed by South’s versatile actress Vanisri

ARADHANA was dubbed in Bengali and released in West Bengal. 

Shakti Samanta received three Filmfare Awards for Best Film for ARADHANA (1969), ANURAAG (1973) and AMANUSH (1975). Samanta was President of the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association for 5 years. He was Chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for 7 years and was Chairman of the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata for 2 years. 

He died on April, 9, 2009 at the age of 83.

Is Arbaaz Khan and Malaika Arora’s Marriage On the Rocks?

The year 2014 proved tumultuous for many married couples in Bollywood. From the most adorable couple of Hrithik Roshan-Sussanne Roshan that was the perfect example of the axiom ‘Made for each other couple’ to the 24 year long relation of Priyadarshan-Lissy Priyadarshan, many couples separated raising questions on the institution called Marriage! 

It seems the year 2015 too has began with this vicious trend as reports of yet another most attractive couple of Bollywood viz. Arbaaz Khan and Malaika Arora Khan are on verge of separation. 

A picture of their resentment was visible during the music lunch of Sonam Kapoor’s upcoming movie DOLLY KI DOLI, which is co - produced by Arbaaz Khan and his wife Malaika Arora.

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According to a reliable source who was present at the lunch party revealed that though the music launch event was quit a success but the media could smell a rat in the relationship of Arbaaz Khan and his wife Malaika Arora. 

The usually smiling couple known for their intimacy was seen keeping distance from each other and what’s worse they did not even exchange verbal communication thus giving room for suspicion. 

The parapazzi was astounded to notice that whenever Malaika tried to approach Arbaaz, he deliberately moved aside. The situation went grim when at one occasion Malaika did hold Arbaaz’s arms and tried to be romantic but to the surprise of the media, Arbaaz’s irritably freed himself from her clutches and budging her aside moved to his friend leaving poor Malaika in disgrace!! 

What could have ended into a mere suspicion, the couple added spice into the grapevine by indulging in a spat at the end of the party, which resulted in Arbaaz angrily leaving Malaika alone and driving away alone.! 

Thus indicating that something serious is surely brewing between the two!