Saturday, March 21, 2015

Kangana Ranaut To Relive Meena Kumari on Silver Screen

Readers may be aware that actress Kangna Ranaut had played yesteryear actress Praveen Babi in Mahesh Bhatt’s emotional movie WOH LAMHE, which was inspired from Parveen Babi's life, her battle with schizophrenia and her relationship with Mahesh Bhatt to whom she was a lover as well as a mentor in his struggling days.

According to recent reports Kangna Ranaut has now been approached by film producer Sunil Bohra who is toying of making a biopic on the legendary actress Meena Kumari , who ruled Bollywood in the 50’s and 60’s with hit films like PARINEETA, BAIJU BAWRA, PAKEEZAH, SAAHIB BIBI AUR GHULAM and DIL APNA AUR PREET PARAI, DIL EK MANDIR etc to her credit. 

According to reports Sunil Bohra who owns the right of eminent journalist, Vinod Mehta's book, Meena Kumari: The Classic Biography is making an adaption of the same book and has roped in Tigmanshu Dhulia, the famous director who made PAAN SINGH TOMAR and SAHEB BIWI AUR GANGSTER to direct the film.

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Kangna Ranaut, who had earlier played an actress role of the 70’s in Milan Luthria's ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAI has read the book. She is quite excited about the role because Meena Kumari’s life was packed with many upheavals and this would give an excellent opportunity for Kangna to explore her histrionics. 

Interestedly the role was initially offered to Manisha Koirala but the movie went into trouble after Tajdar Amrohi, son of late filmmaker Kamal Amrohi and stepson of legendary actress Meena Kumari, raised eyebrows that movie was made without his consent. 

Tajdar Amrohi was angrier because he himself is making a movie on Meena Kumari. Lambasting Tigmanshu Dhulia he told media, “People want to dig up the dead, without having the decency of realizing that it may hurt the feelings of those close to her. Tigmanshu is a good filmmaker, but he should have come to me first for my inputs before making the announcement. I'm here to protect my chhoti ammi's integrity. I've always considered her my mother, not stepmother.

Besides, I'm already making a film on her called MEENA BAA KAMAAL (Meena - the extraordinary), starring a newcomer who bears an uncanny resemblance to her.

What to expect for India's Semi-final clash in WC 2015

Riding high on its winning stride defending champion India after thrashing Bangladesh with an impressive 109-run victory is poised to face the official No.1 team of the world, Australia in the semi-final of ICC World Cup 2015 at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on March 26 (Thursday).

Having won all the matches in the tournament India is on sky nine and aspires to retain the World Cup. However Captain Cool, Dhoni is taking no changes. In an interview he has made it clear India would not get carried away with their impressive form and will take every match gravely.


What makes India the most formidable team is that they were the underdogs when the entered the World Cup. They were completely whitewashed in the test series against Australia. However hats off to Dhoni he peeped enough energy in the boys so much so that team India made a comeback with a vengeances! Just as a wounded tiger becomes more lethal on being injured likewise India pounced upon its opponents in the World Cup matches after a humiliating defeat in Australia.

India’s strength as a powerful team can be gauged from the fact that team India bowled out all their seven opponents and registered 10 wickets win on all the seven teams in a row thus creating a record in the World Cup. In addition each player chipped in when required. Rohit Sharma, who was criticized maximum turned out to be the dark horse in the match against Bangladesh.

Dhoni himself believes, "We have won all the matches in a row. Such a thing has never really happened with the Indian cricket team in the past, so it's definitely a big positive," he said. "What's important is to still keep improving. Whatever we have not done right in this game, we would like to do it properly in the next one, “he quipped.


Dhoni’s captaincy is thus winning applause from all quarters. Even his foes are praising Dhoni beyond limit. In fact even Australia Captain Michael Clarke is all praises for Dhoni. 

“I think MS Dhoni deserves a lot of credit the way he's been able to turn things around as the leader, as the captain,” he said and added, “India is obviously playing a lot better than they were throughout the start of the summer and leading into the World Cup. We are looking forward to meet them in the semi final.” 

Thus be prepared for an explosive semi final as Dhoni and his men in blue will leave no stone unturned to clinch the semi final against the mighty Australia. It would be surely a great match to watch since it’s always fun to watch the giants butt heads.