Saturday, July 11, 2015

Aamir Khan focuses on HEROPANTI villain Vikram Singh as the baddie in DANGAL

Mr. Perfectionist aka Aamir Khan is known for selecting not just his script with caution but is also renowned for selecting his co –stars with prudence. Hence after a hectic hunt for the main villain in his upcoming film DANGAL he has set his eyes on the dashing and debonair Vikram Singh, the baddie in Tiger Shroff debut hit film HEROPANTI. 

According to reports Aamir Khan is quite impressed by Vikram Singh’s dynamic Rowdy Haryanvi Jat role of Rajjo Fauji in the film HEROPANTI. A source close to the unit said, “Since the movie DANGAL is set against the backdrop of the Haryana hence Aamir Khan and the director Nitesh Tiwari were searching for a smart actor who is well versed in the typical Haryanvi dialect.”

He added, “Besides the difficult language the other crucial criteria essential for the important role was a muscular and sturdy body as the character plays a wrestler in the film. After rejecting many, Aamir Khan and Nitesh Tiwari have focused on Vikram Singh as he fits the bill to a perfect ‘T’.”

“Vikram Singh excels in both the departments. In HEROPANTI he won huge applause for his flawless Haryanvi and as regards his body he is termed as Indian version of Hollywood action star Sylvester Stallone,” quipped the source. 

In fact Sabbir Khan, who directed him in HEROPANTI, would address Vikram as 'Sly' and 'Rocky' during the shooting of the film due to Vikram’s impressive physique, dynamic screen presence and uncanny resemblance to Sylvester Stallone. 

It may be noted that Vikram has trained himself as a boxer in New Zealand and has made a big name for himself with movies like YA RAB. Down south he has played antagonist in many films including Mahesh Babu's REBEL.

Amitabh Bachchan voices his support for Bollywood script writers

“Script writers play a key role in the making of a film hence they should get their credit for their hard work in a movie because a film cannot be formulated without them,” said Mega star Amitabh Bachchan at the DVD release of the film PIKU, which incidentally won applause for its innovative and well-knit script. 

However the tragedy is that since the inception of cinema Bollywood has never treated its writers with due credits and even today the condition prevail. Except few notable writers like Salim Javed, K.A. Abbas, Gulzar, etc. most have been neglected lot. 

A look at some of the hits films of last year like MARDANI, MARY KOM, PK and the movies that have registered their names in first half of 2015 as hits like NH10, BADLAPUR, TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS, DUM LAGA KE HAISHA, PIKU and ABCD 2 - are all content oriented movies and the real hero of these film are their brilliant writers but alas does anybody know who are the writers of these films?

Does anybody recognize Anjum Rajabali, the writer who has spent over 20 years in the Indian film industry with super hit films like Aamir Khan’s GHULAM, Ajay Devgans’s APAHARAN, THE LEGEND OF BHAGAT SINGH and hard-hitting social films like SATYAGRAHA, AARAKSHAN and RAAJNEETI. 

Being a senior writer he lambasts, “Unlike Western countries, where a strike by the Writers Guild of America can cripple Hollywood, Bollywood hardly pays any attention to its writers and they are among the most underpaid people in the industry.” He adds, "I know of budding writers who have worked for peanuts, literally. They are paid paltry sums of 25,000 rupees for scripting an entire film," 

Another immensely talented writer of contemporary cinema is Abhijat Joshi but the name is still to win acclaim but you name his movies like LAGE RAHO MUNNA BHAI, 3 IDIOTS and Aamir Khan’s PK and you accolade his contribution. 

Criticizing Bollywood for giving step motherly treatment to its writers Joshi says, “The story is the hero of a film as most my films have proved. Hence I think writing is as important as the star cast or the direction. But alas in Bollywood, writers have often been neglected and underpaid.”