Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Sequel of Aamir Khan’s 3 IDIOTS on its way!

Fans of Aamir Khan and particularly all those who have loved the hilarious and though provoking Rajkumar Hirani’s film 3IDIOTS have reason to rejoice as Aamir Khan has announced that Hirani is working on the sequel of 3 IDITOS, part -2

Though Aamir Khan and filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani’s film PK has broken all box office records and has emerged as ‘All time Blockbuster’ by amassing a whopping Rs. 340 cr in India and overall collections Rs 564.69 cr. in overseas yet it is the duo’s 3 IDIOT (2009) that is more arresting in content and a favorite of the film buffs. 

Since long speculations have been running high about a sequel to 3 IDIOTS and now Aamir Khan has spilled the beans that both Hirani and screenwriter Abhijat Joshi are working on it.

Aamir Khan in a recent interview confirmed, “Raju is presently working on number of ideas like a he is planning to make another installment of MUNNABHAI, with Sanjay Dutt and is also working with writer Abhijat Joshi on sequel of 3 IDIOTS.” 

Confirming the truth about the sequel writer Abhijat Joshi, who is a permanent fixture with filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra film production, had long back confirmed that he has a plot for 3 Idiots sequel. 

He had said, “We have an idea for the 3 IDIOTS sequel, a MUNNA BHAI part three, and also for a PK sequel; but the PK and MUNNA BHAI sequels interest me the most. So, I think the 3 IDIOTS sequel may happen in the future, but these two I really want to work on.” 

With Aamir Khan engaged with his upcoming film DANGAL, we have to wait but don’t lose heart we will surely get 3 IDIOTS- part 2 to watch in near future!

Karan Johar: “I admit I do not possess the skills of S.S. Rajamouliji”

Eminent filmmaker Karan Johar is going gaga over the SS Rajamouli's BAAHUBALI, the epic war drama that is touted as the costliest film of the country. 

Overwhelmed by the edge of the seat trailer and the captivating special effects Karan Johar, who is releasing the dubbed Hindi version of the film in North India, said, “BAAHUBALI is a humongous visual spectacle for the audience.” 

He added, “The reason why I have selected to present this film to Hindi audience is purely because to enlighten Bollywood filmmakers so that they come out from the run of the mill stuff and learn something innovative and change their style of filmmaking.” 

Praising SS Rajamouli to dizzy heights, Karan Johar candidly confessed that Rajamouli’s genius can be gauged form the fact that till date he has made nine movies and all have hit bull’s eye.

He said, “After watching Rajamouli’s EEGA, MAGADHEERA and other films I was left gasping at Rajamouli’s style of filmmaking. His sense of story selection and his mastery of blending emotional narration with technology has made me Rajamouli’s greatest devotee.”

“I candidly admit I do not possess the skills of Rajamouliji nor do I think most of our Bollywood counterparts are competent. I hope after watching this film our Bollywood filmmaker take a lesson and try something novel and out of the box films like Rajamouliji,” frankly confessed the filmmaker. 

Acclaimed for his stupendous works, National Award winners, S. S. Rajamouli has left no stone unturned to make the movie at par with Hollywood magnum opus like TEN COMMANDMENTS, BEN HUR, GLADIATOR etc. 

According to sources BAHUBALI is being planned with an estimated budget of Rs 160 crore of which Rs 85 crores is invested in the special effects, alone. The filmmaker has hired 600 artists from all around world who are working with the most advance and complex CGI and VFX technology. 

The movie has generated the same kind of hysteria among the film buffs as Bollywood movies like MUGHAL E AZAM, PAKEEZAH, SHOLAY etc had generated prior to their release. 

It may be noted that BAHUBALI, is one of the few films that has been mentioned in BBC’s documentary - 100 Years of Indian Cinema (2013)!

Why did actor Pran turned down his Filmfare award?

Naushad, Shankar-Jaikishen, Laxmikant Pyarelal ,R.D.Burman, A.R.Rehman are the few names that immediately popup as one mentions about Hindi film music.  Though, it’s true that these legends have a lion’s share in grooming the Hindi film music, yet, there are many who, despite their elephantine contribution didn’t really received the kind of accolades that these maestros derived, particularly in the arena of awards and recognition.

To cite an example of one such ‘ignored’ musical wizard is ‘Ghulam Mohammed’, the exceptionally brilliant music director who has the ‘lone’ distinction of setting to tune Ghalibs complicated ghazals in the most commercially successful form in Sohrab  Modi’s ‘MIRZA GHALIB’.

In fact, in the even Jagjit Sing’s superlative score in Gulzar’s T.V. serial Mirza Ghalib too, falls short, in terms of the mass popularity which Ghulam Mohammed’s music possessed in ‘Mirza Ghalib’. The songs were such a craze that forgets the intellectual even the illiterate hummed on streets!!!

The movie solely on the strength of its extraordinary music not just broke box – office records but also fetched its maker the prestigious ‘Best film’ national award, but alas! The man who injected life was left neglected!!! Even the popular – Filmfare Award gave him a Nelson eye!

But the maestro didn’t complaint. Though, genius don’t complain, rights thinking people, do protest. And that’s exactly what happened when for the second time ‘Ghulam Mohammed’ was out played in the award games, when his master piece creations in Meena Kumari ‘s PAKEEZAH lost to the lesser known creation of music director ‘Shankar-Jaikishen’ in the movie BE-IMAAN during the Filmfare Awards of 1972. Readers would agree that music of PAKEEZA, was the backbone of the movie.

Angered upon by the juries ‘indifferent’ decisions in the music categories, actor Pran in a ‘loud’ protest declined to accept his Filmare trophy awarded to him for ‘Best Supporting Actor’ in the movie BE-IMAAN.

More than the award, it must be Pran’s touching gesture that must have made the maestro Ghulam Mohammed proud! And why not? Because it is the people’s award that is ultimate, while rest all awards are pigmies in front of them!!!

“Beauty should not be judged by face value only” – Soulful tale of an acid attack survivor!

Bollywood has always been preaching that beauty of soul is superior to physical beauty through its movies. Remember movies like Raj Kapoor’s SATYAM SHIVAM SUNDARAM, Rishi Kapoor’s NASEEB APNA APNA or the latest Ayushmann Khurana hit film DUM LAGA KE HAISHA.

In each film filmmakers have tried to drive home the point that though the society always discards the ugly and unattractive people but in the end it is these same people who come to their rescue. Thus establishing the fact that one must not be blinded by physical beauty but instead value beauty of soul.

However in movies such things may look acceptable but the hard reality is that in ‘Real’ life ugly people, particularly, those disfigured by acid attack or horrible accident have to face stern humiliation and disgrace as the society keeps them at bay as if they are worse than patients of contagious disease!!

This results in many people committing suicides unable to face embarrassment and humiliations.

However there are a few handful; who do not give up but take life on positive stride and one among them is Reshma Banoo Qureshi, a young girl who is a survivor of acid attack.

Reshma Banoo Qureshi, 18, who was brutally dosed with acid on her face by her brother –in-law and his friends has a face that is so scary that it leaves everyone terrified. Besides a burned face her one eye is also damaged making her look more gruesome. Though abandoned by society Reshma continues to fight for her justice.

Thanks to media reports many NGO have come forward and raising funds for her treatment. One among them is a beauty channel ‘Blush’ in collaboration with website ‘Make Love Not Scars’, a movement that brings awareness about acid attack survivors and showcases the talents and strengths of acid attack victims.

The beauty channel has issued a video in which the beauty experts are seen giving makeover to Reshma.

Elated at been given a makeover a delighted Reshma says, “I am very happy that Blush has given me hope of looking beautiful. After the makeover I hope to look as beautiful as Katrina Kaif!”

Brave heart Reshma says, “Today I have only one mission in life and that is to work in an NGO and help traumatised victims and bring to book the culprits so that they repent and other seek a lesson not to do repeat such a heinous crime with other girls what they have done to me.”

In conclusion Reshma asserts, “Life is meant to be lived no matter what, and that beauty should not be judged by face value only.”