Thursday, August 27, 2015

Mithun Chakraborty inspired Irrfan Khan to join cinema

It may come as a jolt to many but it is true. Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan, regarded as one of the finest actors both in Bollywood and Hollywood has candidly confessed that his source of inspiration for joining Indian Cinema was neither thespian Dilip Kumar or star of millennium Amitabh Bachchan or actor par excellence Naseerudin Shah, instead he was bowled over by the histrionics of Mithun Chakraborty and decided to make a career in films. 

Present on the TV reality show ‘Dance India Dance 5’ to promote his latest upcoming movie Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starrer JAZBAA, Irrfan opened his heart out.

“The actor who left me mesmerized with his mind-blowing performance was Mithun Da. When I saw his National Award-winning film MRIGAYAA, in which Mithun Da played a tribal youth engaged in hunting to such perfection that I began aspiring to become an actor,” he informed. 

He added, “After MRIGAYAA, I became obsessed with Mithun Da and would try to copy dada’s style from his hair style to his dialogue delivery to his walking style and spend long hours to perfect myself.” 

However one thing that Irrfan Khan could not master was Mithun Chakraborty’s sensational dancing steps which incidentally made Mithun Chakraborty a star! 

Lamenting on not being able to ape Mithun Chakraborty’s dancing style Irrfan Khan said, “Though I mastered dada’s acting and dialogue style but alas I could not copy dada’s original Disco Dancer's killer dance moves that I never attempted as I consider myself to have been born with two left feet."

Remarkable resemblance between Mahesh Bhatt’s new script and Sheena Bora murder case baffling!

Eminent filmmaker and brilliant story writer Mahesh Bhatt has expressed alarm at the remarkable resemblance to his story AB RAAT GUZARNEWALI HAI with the controversial Sheena Bora murder case involving former Star India CEO Peter Mukerjea's wife, Indrani Mukerjea for allegedly murdering her own daughter Sheena. 

Speaking to leading national daily Mahesh Bhatt said, “I have been left astonished with the similarities in the Sheena Bora murder case and my new story that I have completed in May this year.”

“Creative ideas are usually born out of incidents from real life but incidentally my story of AB RAAT GUZARNEWALI HAI is an instance of fiction imitating life,” he wondered.

Based on the family of a media baron, Mahesh Bhatt’s AB RAAT GUZARNEWALI HAI, depicts the surprising tale of a mother conspiring the murder of her own daughter to restore her pride in the society that is at stake due to her daughter’s illicit relationship. 

Like Madhur Bhandarkar PAGE 3 Bhatt’s AB RAAT GUZARNEWALI HAI exposes the high society’s haughty characters inebriated on money, power and status. The movie unmasks their greed for wealth, sex and their pseudo relationships. 

To be produced by Dhaval Jayantilal Gada AB RAAT GUZARNEWALI HAI will go in to production in December this year. 

On being quizzed if Bhatt plans to add new angles related to the recent Sheena Bora murder case in his story, Bhatt candidly adds, “I have written the story and it is perfectly in place. What is baffling me is that I never imagined that it could have happened in real life?”

“The coincidence between a pure work of fiction and real life staggers me, it makes me shudder," he quipped. 

One wonders if Mahesh Bhatt is really genuine in his reaction or is trying to take the society on ride because Bollywood is known for minting money by making movies on hot sensational tragedies.

Remember Ram Gopal Varma making a film on Neeraj Grover murder case, Vishal Bhardwaj’s latest film TALVAR is based on the Aarushi Talwar murder case or Rani Mukerjee’s NO ONE KILLED JESSICA based on Jessica Lal murder case.

Can Saif Ali Khan’s PHANTOM bring to book 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed?

Cinema is a means that bridges nations and plays a greater role in creating harmony and brotherhood than our political leaders.

The recent example of Salman Khan starrer BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN proves the point to a perfect ‘T’ because the movie’s humanitarian tale of an staunch Hindu rescuing a Pakistani mute girl in India and helping her reach her homeland in Pakistan not only set the box office ringing but it opened new doors for a Pakistani NGO to unite a hearing and speech impaired Indian Hindu woman who has been stranded in Pakistan for the past 15 years.

Soon after BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN opening to roaring success in Pakistani, Ansar Burney, a Pakistan based human rights activist hastened his efforts about the Indian woman Geeta by tweeting on social media. His pleas were heard by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and she has taken initiative to unite the girl to her parents in India.

One wonders just as efforts to help Geeta to unite with her parents in India have began after the impact of BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN, can Saif Ali Khan’s upcoming movie open doors and initiate ways to capture Jama'at-ud-Da'wah chief Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the heinous 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. 

Though the movie has been banned in Pakistan by chief Hafiz Saeed fearing the movie to stain his image and expose his misdeed. Interestingly Shahnawaz Pradhan, who plays the baddie Hariz Saeed in PHANTOM, is confident that the ban in Pakistan will not help in reaching the movie’s message across Pakistan. 

In an interview he said, “PHANTOM may be banned in Pakistan but I can confidently say that after the first show, pirated copies will make their way into the homes of Pakistani's avid Bollywood fans and expose the wicked Hafiz’s evils.” 

According to filmmaker Kabir Khan the movie is adapted from famous journalist and author Hussain Zaidi's book Mumbai Avengers and is based on facts so the question of labeling the movie anti Pakistan is senseless. 

Sources close to the movie reveal, “The reason why Hafiz Saeed is threatened by the movie is simply because the movie propagates to eliminate Hafiz Saeed by entering into his cage and conducting an Abbottabad-style operation inside Pakistan as America did not eliminate global terrorist kingpin Osama bin Mohammed.”

Film critics who have viewed the film are going gaga over the film and have given a Thumps Up to Kabir Khan for making another classic film after BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN.

Starring Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif, PHANTOM will open in theatres this Friday on the 28th of August.

Sanjay Dutt to begin shooting for MUNNABHAI part III on releasing from jail?

Despite much criticism for being allotted VIP treatment Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt yet again secured a parole on the pretext of attending his daughter's nose surgery and returned home on August 26. 

It may be reported that between May 2013 and 2014, Sanjay Dutt has spent over 118 days out of prison. The last time the actor was given leave from jail was in December 2014. 

What is astonishing is that though Sanjay Dutt has asked the leave to attend daughter’s nose surgery but reports claim that the surgery has always been performed. What is further shocking is that both Sanjay Dutt and his lawyer Hitesh Jain have declined to reveal the details of surgery claiming that it was a personal matter.

Thus one can suspect the parole is nothing but eyewash to spend quality time and take rest. 

Insiders reveal the presence of filmmakers Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Sanjay Gupta and others awaiting his arrival also raise figures to Sanjay’s bogus reasons of his parole. 

According to a source close to Sanjay Dutt the actor is soon expected to be released from prison in December this year hence the filmmakers gathered were anxious to get Dutt’s date and book him in advance. 

Vidhu Vinod Chopra, who is anxious to start his third installment of MUNNABHAI is almost ready, and director Raju Hirani is planning to start the shooting of the film, hence when Sanjay Dutt reached his residence Vidhu Vinod Chopra was the first person to meet him and the hour long meeting indicates the filmmaker has discussed details about the third installment of MUNNABHAI so that the movement Sanjay is out in December, he begins shooting for MUNNABHAI series.