Monday, February 2, 2015

‘Rape Specialist’ Yesteryear Villain Ranjeet turns comedian!

The younger generation recognizes him as the funny man thanks to filmmaker Sajid Khan for giving Rajnjeet, the veteran villain of the 70’s, a new lease of life in Bollywood with his hit film 'HOUSEFULL 2'. 

The success of the movie has revived Ranjeet’s career, who was once regarded as the iconic baddie of Indian cinema having the dubious distinction of committing around 350 rapes onscreen and credited as Rape Specialist in Bollywood. Hence if readers would recollect in 'HOUSEFULL 2', Sajid Khan had evoked humor tapping Ranjeet’s this dubious distinction!!

After 'HOUSEFULL 2' Ranjeet has changed gears and attempting comedy . He has been signed in WELCOME 2, Saurabh Varma’s next and others. In fact even on TV Ranjeet has proved his histrionics in comedy. His hilarious character of Colonel Khanna in the tele serial BAAT BAN JAYE made him a household name. Further with his comedy serial, JUGNI CHALI JALLANDHAR on SAB TV, Ranjeet won many laurels for his comedy. 

Speaking about his transition from villainy to comedy Ranjeet says, “Today, films don’t have ­villains, vamps or comedians. The stories have changed, and we have to change with times. I enjoy doing comedy. Even when I do comic plays, people tell me that I should have been a comedian.”

Besides acting in films and TV, Ranjeet is fond of theater. He was recently engaged in two comic plays - HANKY PANKY and PAPA DON'T PREACH, ''Theatre calls for plenty of improvisation, and this gives inner satisfaction as an actor.”, he quips.

Shahid Kapoor ‘s powerhouse performance fetches him Best Actor Filmfare Award; Kangana Ranaut wins Best Actress

The Diamond Jubilee celebration of 60th Filmfare Awards was a star studded nite that was attended by Bollywood’s who’ who ranging from Amitabh Bachchan to regulars like Rekha.

Shahid Kapoor deservedly won the Best Actor (Male) award for his powerhouse performance in Vishal Bhardwaj's HAIDER out beating superlatives performances of Aamir Khan in PK and Hrithik Roshan in BANG BANG the two most outstanding actors in the category.

In the best female actor category Kangana Ranaut won the honor for her dynamic performance in QUEEN thus overpowering Priyanka Chopra in MARY KOM; Rani Mukerji in MARDAANI and Madhuri Dixit in Dedh Ishqiya, in the same category.

Interestingly Alia Bhatt who was nominated in the best female actor category was left not disappointed as the jury rewarded her brilliant performance in Imtiyaz Ali’s HIGHWAY with the Best Female Actor Critics award.

The major highlight of the award was that Fawad Khan became the First Pakistani actor to win Best Actor Debut (Male) in KHOOBSURAT!

The award nite was literally swept away Vikas Bahl's QUEEN which won six Filmfare awards including best film, best director (Vikas Bahl), best actress, best editing to Abhijit Kokate and Anurag Kashyap, best cinematography (Bobby Singh and Siddharth Diwan) and best background score for Amit Trivedi.

The other film that took maximum awards next to QUEEN was Vishal Bhardwaj's Shakespearean tale HAIDER with five wins. In addition to best actor, the film also won a black lady supporting honours for Tabu and Kay Kay Menon. Haider triumphed in the technical categories as well, with Dolly Ahluwalia winning best costume designer and Subrata Chakraborty and Amit Ray topping the best production design list.

The Filmfare lifetime achievement award was given to veteran actress Kamini Kaushal for her outstanding contribution to Indian cinema. Kamini Kaushal made her debut in Bollywood as one of the leading ladies in Chetan Anand's Neecha Nagar. Kamini Kaushal went on to star in several films opposite leading actors like Ashok Kumar, Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor. She was last seen in Chennai Express, playing Shah Rukh Khan's grandmother.

Filmfare Awards 2014 winner List

Best Actor (Male): Shahid Kapoor - Haider

Best Actor (Female): Kangana Ranaut - Queen

Best Film: Queen

Best Director: Vikas Bahl - Queen

Best Film (Critics): Ankhon Dekhi

Best Male Actor (Critics): Sanjay Mishra - Ankhon Dekhi

Best Female Actor (Critics): Alia Bhatt - Highway

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male): Kay Kay Menon - Haider

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female): Tabu - Haider

Best Story: Rajat Kapoor - Ankhon Dekhi

Best Dialogue: Abhijat Joshi and Rajkumar Hirani - PK

Best Screenplay: Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi - PK

Best Director Debut: Abhishek Varman - 2 States

Best Actor Debut (Male): Fawad Khan - Khoobsurat

Best Actor Debut (Female): Kriti Sanon - Heropanti

Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award: Kamini Kaushal

Best Music Director: Shankar Ehsaan Loy - 2 States

Best Lyrics: Rashmi Singh - 'Muskurane ki wajah' (CityLights)

Best Playback (Male): Ankit Tiwari - 'Galliyan' (Ek Villain)

Best Playback (Female): Kanika Kapoor - 'Baby doll' (Ragini MMS 2)

Best Choreography: Ahmed Khan - 'Jumme ki raat' (Kick)

Best Background Score: Amit Trivedi - Queen

Best Action: Sham Kaushal - Gunday

Best Cinematography: Bobby Singh and Siddharth Diwan - Queen

Best Editing: Abhijit Kokate and Anurag Kashyap - Queen

Best Production Design: Subrata Chakraborty and Amit Ray - Haider

Best Sound Design: Anilkumar Konakandla and Prabal Pradhan - Mardaani

Best Costume: Dolly Ahluwalia for Haider