Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Meena Kumari became immortal in SAHIB BIBI AUR GHULAM

Waqt ne cheen lia hausla-e-zabt’e-sitam

Ab to’ her hadsaye-gham pe tarapta hai dil

(Time has snatched away my fortitude

Now my heart agitates at each advent of grief) 

This sorrow filled verse is penned by none other but the Tragedy Queen of Indian Cinema - Meena Kumari, who gave Indian cinema new heights with her charming performances but lived a live of melancholy and despair. 

31st March marks her death anniversary; Raaga.Com pays her homage and recalls her career best performance in Guru Dutt’s movie SAHIB BIBI AUR GHULAM that made her immortal!

Listen to Meena Kumari Songs on Raaga.com

Though Meena Kumari gave number of hit films like BAIJU BAWRA, AZAAD, PARINEETA, DIL APNA AUR PREET PARAYI, KOHINOOR, DIL EK MANDIR, KAAJAL, etc. but she became immortal in Guru Dutt’s classic SAHIB BIBI AUR GHULAM in the emotional laden role of Chhoti Bahu, who takes to alcohol to please her hubby who ignores her and seeks entertainment with nautch girls at brothels. 

From day one when Guru Dutt read the Bengali novel Shaheb Bibi Golam by Bimal Mitra, he was sure that the role was meant exclusively for Meena Kumari as it partially portrayed her own life and was more than symbolic about her estranged relationship with her husband filmmaker Kamal Amrohi.

However when Guru Dutt approached Meena Kumari for the role he was left disappointed as Meena Kumari was packed with many assignments hence she declined the role. But Guru Dutt was adamant hence he shot the entire film except Meena Kumar’s role as he waited for Meena Kumari to accommodate her dates to him. Eventually Meena Kumari gave her nod and even charged 25 percent more than her regular fees but Guru Dutt paid happily as he had his dream heroine playing the role. 

Kudos to Guru Dutt because his patience paid off as Meena Kumari played the role to a perfect ‘T’ pouring all the pathos and sorrows appositely into the character of Chhoti Bahu. 

The highlight of her brilliant performance was her emotive depiction though her eyes and her baritone. Since like the heroine of the film, Meena Kumari in real life too was alcoholic and miserable hence while portraying the role of Chotti Bahu she brought out her trauma and agony quite convincingly and realistically winning a lot of accolades! She won the Filmfare Best Actress Award!

MNS Chief Raj Thackeray interacts with Bollywood celebrities on Mumbai DP Plan

Eminent Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader Raj Thackeray organized a convention of renowned celebrities from Bollywood and Marathi film industry to voice out their concern regarding the New Mumbai Development Plan (DP) 2034 which has many loopholes. 

The meeting was held at Rangsharda Theater at Bandra (W) on March 28. It was attended by top film celebrities like Bollywood actors Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Riteish Deshmukh , Javed Akhtar and his son Farhan Akhtar, writer Salim Khan, Marathi film maker and actor Mahesh Manjrekar, Bollywood filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala and others dignitaries that included distinguished architect P.K. Das

Expressing gravity at the New Mumbai DP Aamir Khan said, “The plan has many drawbacks like the mangrove land have been marked as residential area and what is most disturbing is that the Aarey milk colony belt, which is a green zone, but the DP has marked it as ‘white’ zone which denotes an economic zone.” 

“Any step regarding Aarey should be taken with great care because it is home to a lot of wildlife. We have no right to disrupt their home and they are the lungs of Mumbaikars as it provides oxygen. Hence the government must think twice before taking any action,” pleaded Aamir Khan

Agitated at the unsound DP Plan, eminent script writer and lyricist Akhtar termed the DP Plan not less than a noose around the neck of Mumbaikars. 

Appealing the citizens to unite against the Plan he said, “The DP Plan is designed in a manner to destroy the natural blessings like mangroves, saltpans and green zones of Mumbai and hand over to the builders’ lobby. Hence the citizens must think that if the life saving natural resources is throttled than how could Mumbaikars live in Mumbai? Hence it is up to you if you want to cut the rope. If the agitation has to come on the streets, we will bring it on the streets,” threatened Javed Akhtar

MNS chief Raj Thackeray through the meeting called upon the Maharashtra government to involve the people in deciding the DP Plan. He said, "If the government communicates with people about their policies, there will be no need for such gatherings.”