Thursday, February 19, 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.