Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Aamir Khan’s PEEPLI LIVE co-director arrested on rape charges

Yet again a film celebrity has brought disgrace to Bollywood by involving in the heinous act of rape. 

The filmmaker charged of rape is Bollywood director Mahmood Farooqui, who is best known for co-directing Aamir Khan’s home production PEEPLI LIVE that dwelt on the gave issue of farmers' suicides. 

According to New Delhi police the victim, a US citizen aged 30, is a PhD student from Colombia University and had came to India for field work. In her complaint she alleged, “Farooqui offered to help me to get material for my research work on Baba Gorakhnath in India. However one night on the pretext of taking me to a wedding he called me at his residence and under the influence of alcohol raped me.”

The New Delhi Police have lodged a FIR charging Farooqui with rape (section 376 IPC) and has sent him to 14-day judicial custody after Farooqui admitted to the crime when confronted with the emails. 

What is distressing is that Bollywood that makes hard hitting movies against rape victims like the recent hit MARDANI themselves involve in such crime. Mahmood Farooqui is not the first culprit. Bollywood is packed with numerous such celebrities, who have been involved in such atrocious cases. 

Remember distinguished actor Aditya Pancholi and Shiney Ahuja both were framed in the shameful cases of raping their maid servants. 

Aditya Pancholi had raped the 15 year old domestic maid of his then girlfriend actress Pooja Bedi, while Shiney Ahuja was sentenced to seven years rigorous imprisonment for molesting his house maid. 

Eminent villain of the 80’s Shakti Kapoor, father of present day sensational actress Shradha Kapoor, is perhaps the most talked about case. He made headlines when a cunning journalist in a sting operation had caught Shakti Kapoor asking sexual favours from an aspiring actress. 

Famous national award winning director Madhur Bhandarkar was charged by a struggling actress Preeti for not only raping her several times but also threatening to kill her.

Besides this there are many more cases that lay beneath the carpet never exposed. Such cases are a blot of the prestige of Bollywood but it seems Bollywood doesn’t learn a lesson!

Prabhas Raju: “I would love to work with PK director Raju Hirani in Bollywood!”

Prabhas Raju, the dashing and debonair hunk of Tollywood is all set to make the Bollywood screen ablaze with his fiery performance in his upcoming SS Rajamouli's multi-lingual magnum opus BAAHUBALI. 

Though the movie is originally being made in Telugu and Tamil languages simultaneously but the movie is going to be dubbed in Hindi and released in North India though eminent film maker Karan Johar’s Dharma Production. As a result the movie has generated a lot of buzz both amidst Bollywood filmmakers and among the Hindi cine buffs. 

Standing tall at 6.2 inch Prabhas Raju is unarguably more handsome then the existing Khan Trio viz. Salman, Aamir and Shah Rukh ( all below 5.8 inch). If he has a competitor in Bollywood than he is only Hrithik Roshan but Hrithik has crossed 40 years while Prabhas Raju is just 35 years. Hence he is the right actor to take the crown of Superstar in Bollywood!

But the multi dollar question is will the busiest and highly paid actor down South take a Bollywood route? 

“Who wouldn't do a Bollywood film. It is India's biggest film industry. If I get a good offer, I will definitely do it,” said Prabhas when asked about Bollywood offer.

He added, “In fact entire BAAHUBALI team is obliged to Karan Johar as he is the biggest name in the country as a producer and director with his brand Dharma Productions. I think if Karan Johar had not associated with BAAHUBALI than despite a good film we could not have reached everywhere in the country.” 

On being quizzed with who he would prefer to act in Bollywood, a humble Prabhas Raju said, “Actually the truth is getting a break in Bollywood itself is a hard nut to crack. Nevertheless I would love to work with PK director Raju Hirani.”

“He is an intelligent filmmaker and all his films are wholesome entertainers. I have loved all his films. I can watch MUNNA BHAI MBBS 100 times; I can watch LAGE RAHO MUNNA BHAI 00 times; I can watch 3 IDIOTS 100 times. I even loved PK. But these three are my favorite,” he quipped.