Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Moustache and Bollywood

“Mooch toh maan ka darpan hai. Jiske pas mooch nahi, uske pas maan nahi.” 

(The moustache is a reflection of pride. A man who doesn't have a moustache does not have any pride). 

Remember this famous dialogue of eminent actor Utpal Dutt, who played a moustache obsessed character in Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s hit comedy film GOL MAAL. 

In the upcoming films Shah Rukh Khan spots a thick moustache in RAEES and Salman Khan too spots a moustache in PREM RATAN DHAN PAYO. But in both the films the actors play a double role and Bollywood is known for differentiating twins by a moustache!


However in reality moustache in Bollywood is a big NO for the heroes, if you do not believe check out all the top stars of Bollywood from the 50’s to 2015, a majority are without moustache. 

From Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand, Rajendra Kumar, Shammi Kapoor, Sunil Dutt, Dharmendra, Shashi Kapoor, Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Mithun Chakravorty, Sunny Deol, Sanjay Dutt etc. 

Even the trio Khan viz. Salman, Aamir and Shah Rukh Khan are without moustache. 

The recent crop of actors, too continue the trend of being ‘minus moustache’. Ranbir Kapoor, Varun Dhanwan, Rajkumar Rao, Hrithik Roshan, Sushant Singh Rajput etc. 

It seems the reason why Bollywood heroes do not spot a moustache is probably because it portrays an elderly look! 

If you are a Bollywood buff than you must have noted that whenever a hero is given an elderly look in films then the first thing that the director does is giving them a moustache. Remember the recent hit BADLAPUR, in which Varun Dhawan is given a moustache and beard to make him look aged. Likewise there are many films like Shah Rukh Khan in CHAK DE; Akshay Kumar in SPECIAL 26.

There have been exceptions in Bollywood who spotted a moustache and became hit like Guru Dutt, Raj Kapoor, Shatrughan Sinha, Raaj Kumar sported a moustache. Stars like Jackie Shroff and Anil Kapoor up the trend well into the 90s. But in nutshell most heroes have preferred to be clean shaven.

Rare Moments when Bollywood Titans came together!

It is everybody’s desire to click a picture with star of millennium Amitabh Bachchan.

Hence when Badshah Khan aka Shah Rukh after his successful hit blaze of films like BAAZIGAR and DARR got the opportunity to click a picture with Amitabh Bachchan for the first time in the mid 90’s he had butterflies in his stomach. 

To win over the heart of superstar Amitabh Bachchan, the budding actor also became Bachchan Sahab’s hair dresser as Shah Rukh happily held a mirror towards Big B, while Bachchan gave touches to his final look. 

Sharing the rare picture on twitter SRK wrote, “My 1st ever photo shoot with the Maestro. I remember I rested my hand on his shoulder ever so lightly lest I ‘soil' him”


Another picture that made history was that of ‘Original’ Superstar Rajesh Khanna and his successor to the throne of Superstar Amitabh Bachchan coming together for a shot. 

Renowned photographer Gautam Rajadhyaksha, who clicked the magical movement in 1991 for the Movie Magazine cover said, “The time fixed for the shot was 7 pm but Kaka (Rajesh Khanna fondly called) was known to be a late comer and Amiatbh Bachchan a punctual. Besides there existed a cold war between the two hence I doubted whether the shot would be possible but to my pleasant surprise the duo arrived for the shot hand in hand!” 

Finally the third picture which shall remain embodied in golden memories is that of three generation of Superstars coming together for the cover photo of Filmfare magazine, which celebrated 100 years of Indian Cinema. 

The trio of course is Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan, truly a majestic movement! The shot was held at Dilip Kumar’s bungalow.

Bollywood extends support for International Yoga Day

Applauding the brilliant idea of giving Yoga an international reach the Mumbai film industry popularly known as Bollywood has come out in full support of the International Yoga Day being held on June 21. 

The star of millennium Amitabh Bachchan, who himself is yoga follower and practices yoga regularly, supporting the International Yoga Day said, "I practice a bit of yoga myself, it's very natural, it's very good, it keeps one healthy in many ways.” 

Discarding the communal color that is being given to the concept of International Yoga Day by some hard core Muslim fundamentalist group, Vivek Oberoi said, "There is no issue with a Muslim saying 'Om' or a Hindu saying 'Inshallah'. In fact, several body movements during namaaz are exactly yoga aasanas.”


He added, “If we can celebrate Valentine's Day without realising how it fits in our culture then what is wrong in celebrating International Yoga Day, which is our Indian traditional and most importantly the United Nations council has recognized it.” 

Interestingly Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala, who got a new lease of life after she took to yoga and conquered the deadly cancer, has decided not to just be part of June 21 International Yoga Day but take the message of yoga in schools across Maharashtra. 

She will be part of a 24-member panel that will recommend how schools will observe ‘Yoga Mahotsav of Yoga Day’ and will advocate how to sketch out the syllabus to include Yoga festival in School Education and Sports Department. 

Deepika Padukone too applauded the government’s initiative but said, “ It is commendable to have International Yoga Day but it should not be restricted to mere one day affair instead it must be incorporating exercise into one's daily lifestyle.

Shilpa Shetty, who is into preaching yoga as she has released few video tutorials on Yoga, will be celebrating the celebrating the International Yoga Day in Bengaluru. The event will see a marathon organized from Cubbon Park to Kanteerava Stadium, which will be attended by the Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and his cabinet colleagues.

After Hrithik Roshan, Amitabh Bachchan to be superhero!

After Hrithik Roshan dazzling the Indian screen with his superhero role in KRRISH 3, Superstar Amitabh Bachchan at the ripe age of 72 is roped into play a superhero by Disney TV Channel! 

According to Siddharth Roy Kapur, Managing Director, Disney India informed that the channel has planned an animated film ASTRA FORCE, a fast paced action-adventure series and have borrowed Amitabh Bachchan’s looks and his golden voice to the animated Superhero called ‘Astra’.”

He added, “We are lucky Bachchan sir has nodded and was present at the launch of the 52-episode animated series ASTRA FORCE, in Mumbai, India on June 15, 2015.


Speaking on why the channel focused on the elderly Amitabh Bachchan, instead of young actors like Salman Khan, Sharad Devarajan, Graphic India’s Co-Founder and CEO, candidly confessed, “Amitabh Bachchan is a real life superhero to millions including myself. So it’s no surprise that he is the perfect person to become immortalized in this new animated avatar.” 

“Besides our superhero Astra is an elderly person. Hence we have given the character a similar beard as Big B’s real avatar. His specialty is that he has superpowers,” he informed. 

Briefing about his superhero character Amitabh Bachchan said, “Astra Force will be ‘children-friendly’. It tells the story of a mythical hero from a distant world, who was stranded on Earth millions of years ago after an epic space battle.”

He added, “When eight-year-old brother and sister twins accidentally awaken the mythical superhero from his long hibernation, they teach him about modern world and join Astra to save the universe from a new wave of giant monsters and intergalactic threats.”