Friday, February 20, 2015

Guru Dutt’s Classic Films Complied Into Book

Guess what is common in these classic films DEEWAAR, RAM LAKHAN, PARINDA? Well you have guessed it right they all are inspired by thespian Dilip Kumar’s legendary hit film GANGA JUMNA that depicted the tale of two brothers, one on side of law and other on its opposite. So what made these movies such classic despite plagiarizing the original plot? 

The answer lies in their outstanding screenplays that did the trick. In fact according to the highest paid writers of all time Salim Javed, screenplay is the backbone of any film and if the screenplay goes erratic the film falls flat on its face regardless of a strong story.

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Thus paying salute to the style of screenplay writing, eminent filmmaker, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, producer of Aamir Khan’s mega hit PK, has initiated compiling brilliant movie screenplays into ‘book form’ so as to make them easily accessible to students of cinema to learn the nuance and technique of screenplay writing. Chopra introduced this innovative idea in 2009 with his super hit film LAGE RAHO MUNNABHAI and then he released the screenplay book of 3 IDIOTS in June 2010.

Moving a step further Vidhu Vinod Chopra has now brought out the screenplay in book forms of Indian Cinema’s greatest filmmaker Guru Dutt. The movies whose screenplay have been complied into book form are Guru Dutt’s classic milestones Viz. SAHIB BIBI AUR GHULAM, CHAUDHVIN KA CHAND and KAAGAZ KE PHOOL 

Speaking to media about the release of these books Vidhu Vinod Chopra in an interview said, "Through the books I pay by humble tribute to the genius filmmaker Guru Dutt for making such motivating and astounding films that still leave us flabbergasted. 

“The idea behind compiling legendary movie screenplay in book form is an effort to safeguard the rich inheritance of Indian cinema and to bring fervent students of cinema and film lovers closer to the work of veteran directors,” he added. 

The screenplays of the above mentioned Guru Dutt films have been penned by distinguished writers Dinesh Raheja and Jitendra Kothari. 

The books are scheduled to be released on 23rd February in Mumbai. The book launch will witness a discussion panel consisting of four contemporary directors Vinod Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Anurag Kashyap sharing their experience how they adore Guru Dutt and his craft of making movies.

After 19 years DDLJ bids adieu from Maratha Mandir Theater

The romantic Shah Rukh Khan - Kajol musical DILWALE DULHANIA LE JAYENGE better known as DDLJ finally bid adieu from Mumbai’s majestic Maratha Mandir cinema after creating the unbeatable record run by any movie around the world. The movie ran uninterrupted for over 20 years! The only movie that came ‘little’ close to its hurricane record is Amitabh Bachchan’s SHOLAY that run for five years at Mumbai’s Minerva Cinema hall. 

On Thursday February 19, 2015 the Management of Maratha Mandir played the last show of DDLJ at 9.15 a.m. thus curtailing the historic 1009 weeks run at the cinema hall.

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The reason behind the movie being removed according to Yash Raj films is that the theatre management had pre-poned the movie’s timing from regular 11.30 a.m. to 9.15 a.m. As result the occupancy of the theatre had reduced drastically compelling the theatre management to remove the movie. 

Manoj Desai, Managing Director of Maratha Mandir theatre briefing the media said, “Earlier the movie had 40 to 50 per cent occupancy on weekdays and on the weekend it run for houseful. However post its 1000 weeks run the occupancy has reduced. We have 1105 seats in one screen and out of which hardly 100 to 200 seats used to get occupied so it doesn't made sense to run it any longer." 

He added, “To add salt to injury the tickets for DDLJ were sold at Rs 20, Rs 17 and Rs 15 - much cheaper than the prices charged by multiplexes hence it was inevitable to stop the screening.” 

Readers may recall on December 12, 2014, DDLJ completed 1000 weeks at the cinema and it was celebrated with great gusto with its lead actors Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol (despite injury in her leg) present at the theatre to celebrate the memorable occasion.