Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Suddenly the Kapoor Clan realizes the worth of their ancestors

Ever since yesteryear actor Shashi Kapoor has been awarded the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award suddenly the Kapoor clan has realized the worth of their ancestors. 

First Rishi Kapoor in his tweet expressed his displeasure at the government ignoring the contribution of his uncle and popular actor of the 60’s Shammi Kapoor, who gave super hit films like KASHMIR KI KALI, TEESRI MANZIL and AN EVENING IN PARIS and introduced the concept of dancing actor in Bollywood. 

In his Rishi Kapoor wrote, "Ponder. My only resentment is that Shammi Kapoor never got recognized by the government in his lifetime. Posthumously would be great.”

After the Rishi Kapoor tweet, his song Ranbir Kapoor took to micro-blogging site Twitter and expressed his adoration for his dadaji (grandfather) Shashi Kapoor. 

Ranbir Kapoor who has done the voiceover for the short documentary made on actor Shashi Kapoor’s life journey exclusively for the presentation ceremony of esteemed Dada Saheb Phalke award in his tweet wrote, “We often forget what the yesteryear actors and filmmakers have done and it just warms my heart to see my dadaji Shashi Kapoor’s contribution.” 

He candidly confesses, “When I was giving the voiceover and watching the video, I realized the value of my dadaji. He did commercial films, independent films and international films. He encouraged the theatre culture in India. Great Indeed!” 

With Shashi Kapoor’s being conferred with Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the Kapoor clan now boosts of having three Dadasaheb Phalke Award Viz. Shashi Kapoor’s late father Prithviraj Kapoor and second for Shashi's elder brother Raj Kapoor.

The Kapoor brothers - Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor formed a trinity and dominated the Hindi filmdom from the 50 to the late 90’s.

Amitabh Bachchan is truly a director’s actor as he has faith in his directors!

Elated at the success of his latest film PIKU, Amitabh Bachchan in his tweet thanked his fans for appreciating the movie. The movie’s success also reminded him of his first blockbuster film ZANJEER, which incidentally was released in the month of May. 

Bachchan in his tweet wrote, 'Zanjeer'...42 years of its release! 11th May 1973! The day of some consequence... May month excitement... PIKU May 8.”

In a sense PIKU like ZANJEER is path breaking movie for Bachchan because if ZANJEER established him as an ‘Angry Young Man’, PIKU has truly displayed a new Amitabh Bachchan in a new avatar.

Kudos to director Shoojit Sircar for daring to present the otherwise dynamic and fashionable, Amitabh Bachchan as an aged with protruding stomach and unkempt hair. Truly it takes a brave heart to present a superstar in such an unconventional get-up but what is most fascinating is that Bachchan did not made any grumble regarding his odd looks for he always trusts his directors. 

Shoojit Sircar in an interview said, “Amitabh Bachchan is a director’s actor. When he is on the set, he is a director’s actor. He listens to you intently and tries to understand your vision and then makes it a part of his vision.”

Here I am reminded when eminent film maker Prakash Mehra, who made Amitabh Bachchan a superstar with ZANJEER and subsequent hit films like HERA PHERI, KHOON PASINA, MUQADDAR KA SIKANDAR etc.

During the making of LAAWARIS Prakash Mehra decided to shot Amitabh Bachchan as female in the hit song Mere Angne Mein Tumhara Kya Kam Hai...but he had reservation how to cajole Bachchan for the same but he dared and kept his suggestion. To Mehra’s surprise Amitabh Bachchan had no hesitation and he gave his nod. 

But when Jaya Bachchan came to know about it she raised a hue and cry and urged Bachchan to drop the idea as audience will mock at him and the movie will fail. But Bachchan had complete faith in Prakash Mehra and like an obedient student he did the scene with dedication as per the director’s diktat. 

The result everybody knows the song became the USP of the film and the movie did fantastic business.