Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Are Irrfan Khan And Nawazuddin Siddiqui; Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan of Today?

Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui come from National School of Drama (NSD), Delhi, where acting is given more preference over looks and style. Hence both had to struggle a lot to make their presence felt in Bollywood.

While Irrfan Khan today is an established actor, Nawazuddin Siddiqui is making waves thanks to the recent success of his film KICK opposite superstar Salman Khan and rave reviews that he is getting for his villainy in BADLAPUR opposite Varun Dhawan. 

Interestingly the two actors worked together in the critically acclaimed film LUNCHBOX and what’s fascinating is that Nawazuddin Siddiqui out beat Irrfan Khan by winning the Best Supporting actor Filmfare Award, while Irrfan left home empty handed.

Thus ever since Nawazuddin Siddiqui has tasted stardom, Irrfan is having a complex. A picture of this complexity was recently visible at the press conference of Irrfan Khan’s upcoming film, QISSA. During the press conference when some reporters consistently quizzed Irrfan to share his experience working with Nawazuddin Siddiqui in LUNCHBOX, Irrfan Khan got aggravated and walked out leaving the media blank. 

A similar cold war was witnessed in the early 70’s when Rajesh Khanna was the superstar and the struggling new comer Amiatbh Bachchan was trying to make his place in Bollywood. The two came face to face in Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s ANAND and surprisingly Bachchan gave a tough confrontation and won both critics and movie buff’s acclaim.

What’s more just as Nawazuddin Siddiqui won Filmfare award for Best Supporting actor in LUNCHBOX likewise Amiatbh Bachchan won Best Supporting actor in ANAND thus fuming Rajesh Khanna to no limits. 

What added salt to Khanna’s injuries was that in their next film NAMAK HARAM, where the two actors once again shared the screen, Amitabh Bachchan, yet again out beat Khanna and won the Filmfare Best Supporting actor award!! 

After this the two never shared screen together, while Rajesh Khanna’s ego took him to his downfall, Amitabh Bachchan’s talent made him the superstar! 

One hopes Irrfan Khan learns a lesson!

‘Movie Mogul’ D Ramanaidu No More!

Movie Mogul D Ramanaidu, eminent film producer, who held the rare Guinness Book of World Records of producing over 150 films in 13 Indian languages bid adieu on Wednesday. Winner ofDadasahed Phalke Award winner and the government of India’s third highest civilian award Padma Bhushan, D. Ramanaidu died at the age of 79 due to prostate cancer. 

Father of noted film hero, D. Venkatesh and grandfather of upcoming actor, Rana, Ramanaidu established the well-known film house Suresh Productions, named after his elder son in the early 60’s.

His Bollywood hits include movies like PREM NAGAR, TOHFA, ANARI, PREM QAIDI etc. In Telugu he made hit films like PREM NAGAR, JEEVANA TARANGALU, SOGGADU, KALIYUGA PANDAVULU, COOLIE NO 1, GANESH etc. He had also produced films in Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Punjabi and English. 

Paying condolence to the great film legend Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu expressed grief and applauded his ‘immeasurable’ contribution to cinema. Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Governor E.S.L Narasimhan in his condolence message mourned that the vacuum created by D. Ramanaidu's death will be difficult to be filled not only in Telugu film industry but also in the film fraternity across India. 

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao grieving the legendary filmmaker’s death admired D. Ramanaidu's great contribution in relocating Telugu film industry in Hyderabad.

Born in an agricultural family in Karamchedu in Prakasam District of Andhra Pradesh, Ramanaidu also represented the Bapatla constituency in Parliament during 1999 - 2004 getting elected on the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) ticket.

D. Ramanaidu began his career in films with production of RAAMUDU BHEEMUDU in 1964 – the first film under the Suresh Productions banner. The film was super hut hit and it gave strength to Ramanaidu to continue. 

Later Rama Naidu worked with several top notch stars of South film industry like artists like NTR, A Nageswara Rao, Sivaji Ganesan, Pandari Bai, Jamuna, Padmini, Sobhan Babu, Kamal Haasan, Jayaprada, Chiranjeevi, Rajinikanth, Rajesh Khanna, Hema Malini, Rekha, Jeetendra and Sridevi.

D. Ramanaidu major contribution to film industry was introducing numerous film directors as well as artistes and technicians. Prominent artistes introduced by him include Venkatesh, Harish, Vanisri, Aryan Rajesh, Tabu, Khushboo, Allari Naresh and Malasree.

Rama Naidu also set up studios, recording, preview and dubbing theatres and laboratories in Hyderabad and Vishakapatnam.

Ramanaidu is survived by his sons Suresh Babu, Venkatesh Daggubati and grandsons Rana and Naga Chaitanya.

How Music Legend Khayyam took UMRAO JAAN as a Challenge!

Music legend Khayyam, who gave film industry peerless melodies in movies like KABHIE KABHIE, RAZIA SULTAN, NOORIE, THODISI BEWAFAI, BAZAAR etc. but his score for UMRAOJAAN  has made him immortal.

February 18 marks the legendary music director’s birthday. Raaga.Com wishes him birthday greetings and shares how Khayyam took UMRAO JAAN as a challenge and emerged a winner.

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When filmmaker Muzaffar Ali decided to make the film UMRAO JAAN in the late 80’s it was an action film era dominated by Amitabh Bachchan. Khayyam in an interview said, “When Muzaffar Ali told me about the plot of UMRAO JAAN, a famous Lucknow courtesan I was taken aback because the movie needed chaste Urdu Ghazals while the films made in those days were action movies and the music, in particularly, had degraded to its worst with Disco ruling the roast. Hence composing music for the film was a great challenge.”

He continues, “Further what made me more insecure was that in Meena Kumari’s PAKEEZAH, music monarch Gulam Mohammad had given the best Mujra songs hence I was in a bit dilemma what better to provide. However I took the challenge.” 

"Then I started reading the history, how UMRAO JAAN became such a big singer, she was a brilliant dancer and she also did poetry and as I did my research the music came effortlessly,” he informs.

He adds, “ However after the music was ready the biggest hurdle was training Asha Bhosle to learn the nuances of Ghazals because I was clear in my mind that I did not wanted Asha Bhosle the film singer but Asha Bhosle the Umrao Jaan.”

Truly after the songs were recorded not only the nation was stunned to listen to a new Asha Bhosle but even Asha Bhosle herself was left astounded when she heard the songs as how different - and beautiful - her voice sounded. 

Arvind Kejriwal declined K.C. Bokadia’s Film ‘Dirty Politics’?

Even before becoming the ‘Hero’ of Delhi Assembly Election, Aam Aadmi Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal had been offered a ‘hero’s role’ in  K.C.Bokadia’s movie DIRTY POLITICS to capitalize on his corrupt less and clean image but Kejriwal politely turned down. The role in turn has been offered to veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah.

An exposé of E-mail exchanged between filmmaker K C Bokadia and Mr Kejriwal has spilled the beans that Bokadia had desperately tried to cast Kejriwal in the role of a fearless journalist in his film DIRTY POLITICS, that is on verge of release and stars battery of renowned actors like Mallika Sherawat, JackieShroff, Ashutosh Rana, Anupam Kher, Om Puri and others.

According to the mail posted in October 2012, when Anna Hazare’s ‘India Against Corruption Movement’ was at its peak and Arvind Kehriwal was looked upon as the Masiha of eradicating, K.C.Bokadia had humbly requested Kehriwal to give consideration to act in his film. He lured Kejriwal to be part of his film as it will enhance his popularity and help him in a big way to reach out his message. 

However instead of being enticed by the lucrative offer Kejriwal turned down the offer saying, “I am really flattered by your offer. I have been a great admirer of your films. However, you would have heard that we have launched our new political party. I am neck deep into it. Our goal is to clean up this dirty politics. Therefore, I am really sorry I won't be able to take out time for the film."

It’s reported Bokadia repeatedly tried to tempt Kejriwal pleading to just spare seven days for the movie but Kejriwal stuck to his guns.

It may be noted that K.C.Bokadia who came to fame with love story PYAR JHUKTA NAHIN (1985) later made many movies targeting corruption and dishonesty in society like AAJ KA ARJUN; PHOOL BANE ANGAAREY; POLICE AUR MUJRIM ; KUDRAT KA KANOON.