Friday, April 3, 2015

Is Paresh Rawal the Pran of today?

Remember Pran, the versatile actor of Bollywood who once ruled Bollywood as the numero uno villain in the 50’s and 60’s and then shifted gears to character roles. The highpoint of Pran’s career is that when he shifted to character roles he played the protagonist and distributors bought movies solely on the name of Pran. 

Pran in the 70’s was the highest paid character actor as he played multiple characters with aplomb. Producers queued outside his house to sign him and even didn’t fear to make movies with him in the lead. Hit films like DHARMA, VICTORIA NO. 203 JANGAL MEIN MANGAL etc. are pointers. In fact even Amitabh Bachchan starrer ZANJEER was sold only because it had Pran in the important role of Sher Khan.


Like Pran, today Paresh Rawal rules the roost. He has the same credentials and the ability to go into the skin of multiple characters. Producers willingly dare to make film with him as the protagonist as distributers have no issues as they know Paresh Rawal has the potential to drive in audience on his own strength. 

Paresh Rawal like Pran began his career with villainy but later switched to character roles. Like Pran, Paresh Rawal too has done many movies as the protagonist like MALAMAAL WEEKLY, HERA PHERI.

The latest movie in which he plays the protagonist is DHARAM SANKAT MEIN, the satirical comedy that takes upon the controversial issue of religion. In this film Paresh Rawal will be seen playing a father, a maulwi and a pundit thus exploring his histrionics to the hilt. 

The movie revolves around the story of a man torn by the dilemma of choosing between two religions.

When Praveen Babi alleged Amitabh Bachchan of killing her!

Guess what is common in these movies - MAJBOOR, DEEWAAR, AMAR AKBAR ANTHONY, NAMAK HALAL, SHAAN, KAALIA, MAHAAN, DO AUR DO PAANCH, KALA PATTHAR

Well you have guessed it right they are all Amitabh Bachchan hit movies but they all have one more thing in common and that is they all feature Parveen Babi, the stunningly gorgeous and sex siren who dominated the 70’s as the most popular heroine. In fact her popularity can be gauged from the fact that she was Bollywood’s Fist actress to have the honor of donning the cover of Time Magazine! 

Daring to bare, Praveen Babi was bold and seductive. She portrayed sultry characters that were laced with sin, displayed skin and wore western attire. She gave a tough competition to her contemporary Zeenat Aman and also snatched the title of sex symbol from her.

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Besides being bold and ‘bindaas’ she was indulged in many affairs quite famous being with Danny Denzongpa, Kabir Bedi and Mahesh Bhatt. In fact after doing multiple films with Amitabh Bachchan there were rumors of her affair with Bachchan too. 

In his tribute to her when she expired Amiatbh Bachchan accepted that Praveen Babi was a great friend and he would often frequent at her place. He wrote, “She brought in a new, bohemian kind of leading lady to the screen. We'd work on all these films and go our own way. But because we belonged to the same social circle we'd visit each other, listen to music. She was a very fun loving, light-hearted person. Always full of joie de vivre!”

However the younger generation may be surprised to know that though Praveen and Bachchan shared a good relation Praveen had once alleged that Bachchan had tried to kill her! In fact she he even filed a police case and dragged Bachchan to court but the court gave Bachchan a clean chit as Parveen was suffering from Schizophrenia, a mental disorder aliment. 

Speaking about the allegation Bachchan wrote, “The nature of her illness was such that she was terrified of people and was prone to all sorts of excessive delusions and hallucinations.”

Dr. Puneet Dwevedi of Delhi Psychiatry Centre, said, “Praveen Babi was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia because of failure in love and no support from family. Had she derived compassion and concern from her dear ones or family, perhaps the illness could have been more effectively treated and the course of her life could have been different.” 

April 4 marks the birthday of Praveen Baby; Ragaa.Com pays her homage.