Friday, January 23, 2015

Now Bollywood classic SHOLAY in a ‘Cartoon Series’!

Ramesh Sippy’s much acclaimed cult classic film SHOLAY that boosted an inimitable assembly of stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malani, Jaya Bahaduri and Amjad Khan and holds the credit of being the biggest blockbuster of all time is back yet again … this time in a new avatar of Animated Version that would entertain kids on cartoon network Pogo. 

Titled SHOLAY ADVENTURE, The first part of the cartoon movie in the series will be premiered on POGO on January 26, 2015.

According to Sascha Sippy, Chairman of Sholay Media and Entertainment, “SHOLAY is an all time classic and over the years it has entertained four generations. Hence when POGO, Graphic India, discussed the possibility of exploiting the classic movie into a cartoon series I was excited because the film is a milestone and I believe it should be made available to the viewers in every possible way for generations to come.” 

Sharad Devarajan, Graphic's co-founder and CEO briefing the media about the new look of SHOLAY for small screen said, “SHOLAY remains the quintessential film to define Bollywood cinema. We are thrilled to be working with Sasha Sippy and take these iconic characters into exciting new stories through comics and digital shorts." 

He added, “The film and its characters are still popular with the audiences and we are sure they will be immensely popular with the kids too.” 

The iconic charecters of Amitabh Bachchan (Jai), Dharmendra (Veeru) and Amjad Khan (Gabbar) etc have been created by Graphic India's SVP Creative, Jeevan J Kang and the script for the animated series has been written by acclaimed writer, Alok Sharma.

Readers may recollect that earlier the epic film SHOLAY has been interpreted into a graphic novel. The comic book called Gabbar Singh has hit the stands across all major bookstores in India through Graphic's Indian publishing partner, Westland Tata.

Javed Akhtar calls society to protest against bawdy lyrics

‘Munni Badnam Hui…’, ‘Chikni Chameli…’, ‘Halkat Jawaani…’, ‘Sheila Ki Jaawaani…’, ‘Oo La La….’ ‘Laila teri le legi…’ 

Aggravated at such meaningless and bawdy lyrics eminent script writer and lyricist Javed Akhtar expressed his reservation at the recent ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival 2015. Speaking at the ‘Gaate Jaye Banjara: Film songs- Urdu, Hindu, Hindustani session, Javed Akhtar called upon the society to protest against the onslaught of such stupid lyrics. 

He wondered, “When people protest against something illegal than why they don’t protest against such lewd songs which are perhaps the prime reason behind raising crime against women.

Listen to Javed Akhtar Songs on

Expressing concern over the degrading lyrics in movie he recalled, “Songs in the golden era had philosophy of life. Songs like Kisi Ki Muskurahaton Pe Ho Nisar ...; Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhaata Chala Gaya....; Kasmen Vaade Pyar Wafa Sab Baatein Hain Baaton Ka Kya...; Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhaana ....” had sensibility. 

“Songs had elements of social justice and human values but that has vanished now and it is very sad that no one is thinking of that," lamented Akhtar as he called upon the audience to raise a voice against vulgarity.

Poking satirically on the degradation of lyrics, Javed Akhtar mourned, “Tragically, today lyrics have become more of viewing rather than listening!!! Thus the marketing team is more interested in the lyricist filling the gaps of the rhythm rather than pen some splendid poetry.” 

Javed firmly believes that there no dearth of talent but it is the filmmakers who do not wish to experiment with good and potent poetry. Citing example of the neighboring country, Pakistan, Javed countered that if ghazals and other traditional music formats continued to flourish there than why not India?