Monday, April 20, 2015

Classic Comedy GOL MAAL completes 26 years

26 Years back on 19, April, 1979, eminent filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s GOL MAAL was released, a movie regarded as a milestone in comedy genre. 

The movie till date remains a tour de force and has inspired many filmmakers to make comedies. The biggest compliment for the movie is that it has been remade in all the south language viz. THILLU MULLU (Tamil) in 1981 with Thalaiva Rajnikanth playing the dual role to perfection. Interestingly in 2013 it was again remade in Tamil by the same name! It was remade in Kannada as AASEGOBBA MEESEGOBBA (1990) and as SIMHAVALAN MENON (1995) in Malayalam. Speaking about Bollywood it was remade as BOL BACHCHAN (2012)

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However what may stun readers is that the movie that has been super hit in whichever language it was made was declared a flop on day one! According to its lead actor Amol Palekar when the movie was released in 1979, it had opened to a lukewarm response because that was an action era dominated by Superstar Amitabh Bachchan. However with the mouth publicity the movie picked up in the next week and soon went on to become a rage. 

The highlight of this classic is the mesmerizing performance by Amol Palekar, playing the dual characters of an introvert Ram Prasad and that of an extrovert Laxman Prasad with a panache. 

To add cherry on cake the veteran actor Utpal Dutt, playing Bhavani Prasad, who has an obsession for men with moustache left the audience in peals of laughter. Every interaction between Ram and Bhavani is hilarious, whether showcasing Bhavani's over-the-top paternal affection for Ram Prasad, or his equally extreme contempt for Lakshman.

The movie has truly made Amol Palekar immortal because he went on to give a tough competition to the great actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna and Rishi Kapoor by stealing the prestigious Filmfare Bes Actor Award that year. 

Likewise Utpal Dutt won the well deserved Filmfare Best Comedian award giving competition to comedy greats like Mehmood (NAUKER), Deven Verma (LOK PARLOK) and Asrani (SARGAM). 

Over all GOL MAAL had won 8 Filmfare award nominations that included Filmfare Nomination for Best Director-Hrishikesh Mukherjee and for Best Story-Sailesh Dey!

SHOLAY opens to lukewarm response in Pakistan!

Bollywood’s biggest all time classic SHOLAY opened to a lukewarm response in Pakistan taking not only the cinema owners and distributers by surprise but even the media that was expecting the maverick western curry to replicate the magic that SHOLAY had created 40 years back in India! 

SHOLAY was released on April 17 all over Pakistan in 2D and 3D version but surprisingly the movie failed to attract audience with cinema halls registering as low as 15 percent occupancy!

Lamenting at the film’s poor opening Ali Chaudhry, Director Operations, Cinestar, the biggest theatre in Punjab said, “Since SHOLAY is a classic hence we had taken precautionary steps by releasing it in just three screens in Lahore and Multan and that too at Prime Time shows of 8 pm and 10 pm shows but alas the movie proved a dumb squib.” A dejected Ali Chaudhry, added, “If on Friday, a holiday, it is not doing well, we don't hold out much hope of box-office collections picking up on Saturday and Sunday.” 

What is astonishing is that the movie not only failed to impress the movie buffs in cinema houses but the movie even left the crème de la crème audience dejected, who had attended the premier with utter excitement and fervor at Karachi's Atrium Cinemas on Thursday night.

According to a local newspaper the screen went black when the villain Gabbar orders Basanti to dance and seconds later the audio died out too. He said, “The movie was stopped twice due to technical snag and it killed all the enthusiasm of the viewers!” 

Readers may note SHOLAY is India’s first movie that broke all box office records and run uninterrupted for five long years at Mumbai’s Minerva theater, until the record was broken by Shah Rukh Khan-Kajol starrer, DILWALE DULHANIA LE JAYENGE which is incidentally the next film to make its way to Pakistan this year.!!