Monday, September 14, 2015

Who will beat K.Asif - Sooraj Barjatya or Sanjay Leela Bhansali?

After reports of filmmaker Sooraj Barjatya recreating the magnificent Sheesh Mahal that movie Mughal movie Mughal K Asif erected in MUGHAL-E-AZAM for his Salman Khan starrer PREM RATAN DHAN PAAYO; latest reports suggest that there is another filmmaker, who has created a similar set for his upcoming film. 

Wanna guess who? Yes you have guessed him right. He is none other but genius filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who has constructed a massive set on Film city in Mumbai for his upcoming Maratha war epic BAJIRAO MASTANI - starring Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, and Deepika Padukone.

Reports suggest the dazzling set called 'Aena Mahal' is spread over 12,500 sq ft and features 13 huge chandeliers lit up with candles and 20,000 intricately embedded colorful mirrors as seen in the sets of MUGHAL-E-AZAM.


Bhansali has invited expert craftsmen from Jaipur for the embedding of the mirrors to maintain authenticity. According to the report, the set has been completed in 40 days and is said to be Bhansali's most extravagant set till date.

The set has been designed by Sujit Shriram and Saloni, who said, “The major difference between MUGHAL-E-AZAM’s Sheesh Mahal and our 'Aena Mahal' is that we have created the Aaina Mahal keeping Maratha architecture in mind.”

Interestingly readers may be aware that when K Asif had erected the Sheesh Mahal, he was left aghast when his cinematographer dropped the bomb shell that photography is impossible on the set as the mirrors were causing reflections. Hence Asif was in dilemma and had to bring London based technicians to shoot the song on Sheesh Mahal. 

However designers Sujit Shriram and Saloni have taken care. They said, “We have consciously kept the size of the mirrors in a range that would help maintain the design’s delicateness, and not pose any obstructions when it comes to capturing the set on camera.” 

Let’s wait and watch which filmmaker is able to beat the irresistible movie maverick K. Asif? 

Will it be Sooraj Barjatya or Sanjay Leela Bhansali? What say readers?

A.R. Rahman silences his critics with words of love and compassion!

Reacting to the controversial Fatwa issued by Raza Academy, a Mumbai-based Muslim group that demanded an apology from Music Wizard A.R. Rahman for composing music for Iranian film titled MUHAMMAD: MESSENGER OF GOD, Rahman in a message in his Facebook page said that he composed the music for the film with uttermost faith in Allah and had no intention of causing offence. 

Silencing his critics brilliantly Rahman writes, “Mr. Noorie of Raza Academy has alleged that if I do not to apology than I must not complain on Qayamat (Judgment Day) that I was not warned before on earth.”

He adds, “I wish to enlighten Mr. Noorie that I had composed the music of the film purely because a similar question cropped up in my conscience - what if on Judgment Day, Allah asked me, ‘I gave you faith, talent, money, fame and health… why you did not do music for my beloved Muhammad film? A film whose intention is to unite humanity, clear misconceptions and spread my message that life is kindness, about uplifting the poor, and living in the service of humanity and not mercilessly killing innocents in my name.”


Irked at the plight of multiple assaults being made on holy Prophet Muhammad in recent times A.R. Rahman lamented, “It is really disturbing that in the past few years there have been several immoral, deplorable and ruthless remarks made online concerning the Holy Prophet and according to me most of such irresponsible remarks are due to lack of understanding of the sacred Quran and its teachings.”

He informs, “Hence when Iranian filmaker, Majid Majidi, explained me the subject of the movie I gave my nod because I believe it is our duty to counter the evil reaction against Islam with love and compassion and cinema is the best vehicle to reach out to people and broaden their knowledge about our religion that has been misinterpreted and twisted by certain vested interest.” 

Rahman concludes his message with heart rendering and thought provoking appeal. He writes, “Let us set an example in clearing conflict with grace and dignity and not trigger violence in words or actions. Let us pray for forgiveness, and from our hearts bless those who suffer in the world and bless the country that we live in. To so pray is to reflect the noble and enlightened nature of our beloved Muhammad. Amen!”

After C-Grade filmmaker Kanti Shah; A-Grade filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar eyeing on Sheena murder case!

The ‘infamous’ Sheena murder case has literally become quite ‘famous’ plot for Indian film industry. The mad rush to cash-on the intriguing murder mystery is such that from A-Grade filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt to C-Grade filmmaker Kanti Shah are making movie on the Sheena murder case! 

In fact even the theatre world has been captivated with the subject and a play is also being made on the subject. 

According to reports a theatre production company owned by Mukesh Verma will be staging a play called INDRANI, AB DEKH BHI LO, at Lucknow in October. Verma informed that his play will uncover the changing relationships in families. It will be in the form of a debate happening in a jail between Sheena Bora's spirit and her mother, Indrani. 

Verma, said, “After staging it in Lucknow, we will be taking the play to Mumbai in December.”


Readers may be aware that few days back B-Grade Rakhi Sawant had announced her film EK KAHAANI JULIE KI based on Indrani Mukerjea's life, with the sex bomb, herself playing the protagonist Indrani Mukerjea. 

After her announcement another C-Grade filmmaker called Kanti Shah, known for making soft porn films like GARAM, FREE ENTRY, PYAASI BHOOTNI, PYAASA HAIWAN, FAUJI FAUJ MEIN PADOSI MAUJ MEIN etc. has announced his film titled, SHEENA MURDER CASE. 

Kanti Shah notorious for bold and sexy scenes has told in advance that his film will be a typical Kanti Shah film that will include sex, frontal nudity and everything that could titillate the audience 

What’s more even A-Grade filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, known for making hard hitting movies dealing with real life stories like HEROINE, CHANDNI BAR, FASHION, CORPORATE PAGE 3, too seem interested in the subject. 

Madhur Bhandarkar who is currently making CALENDAR GIRLS, exposing the truth behind the life and secrets of calendar girls in press meet said, “As a filmmaker the Sheena Bora murder case definitely evokes interest. The case can become a plot for any film. However, it will be too early to say whether I am going to make a movie on the issue.” 

“Nevertheless I am keenly studying the case and have understood this case a little through news channels. During the investigation, new revelations are happening daily, which surely can build up into a thrilling film,” he quipped.

Wanna guess what South Superstar Dhanush shares common with Bollywood King Salman Khan?

In terms of stardom, both South Superstar Dhanush and Bollywood King Salman Khan, share equal popularity around the globe. But there is another one quality that unites the South Superstar and Bollywood Monarch. Wanna Guess what? 

Well both have a keen eye for a selecting the ‘perfect’ script that would hit the bull’s eye. Besides eyeing for commercial success; the two also have the vision to foresee that the movie leaves an impact on film critics thus winning both commercial and critical acclaim. Something similar to movie wizards like Guru Dutt, Raj Kapoor, Yash Chopra, Raju Hirani etc in Bollywood and master filmmakers like L.V. Prasad, K. Balachander, Maniratnam, Shankar etc. down South film industry.

A picture of their success as producer can be gauged from the fact that if Dhanush fetched a National Award for Best Children Film with his Tamil film KAAKA MUTTAI, he has added another feather in his cap as producer by winning the prestigious Venice Film Festival for his Tamil film VISARANAI.


The film has won an award under the Amnesty International’s Cinema for Human Rights section of the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.

What is most admiring is that VISARANAI, is not only the ‘First’ Tamil Film to win the Venice Film Festival but it has the rare distinction of being the first Tamil film to have ever been screened at the Venice International film Festival!! 

Speaking about Salman Khan, his BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN has broken all box office records and the movie is expected to certainly fetch the National Award in Best Film providing Wholesome Entertainment category. In addition his latest movie HERO, introducing new debutant actors Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty has again proved a hit both commercially and critically. 

Interestingly Subhash Ghai, the original filmmaker of HERO initially felt the movie’s subject was stale for today’s generation but thanks to Salman Khan’s vision the movie has proved a hit! 

What is amazing is that while Dhanush fetched a National Award for Best Children Film KAAKA MUTTAI. Incidentally Salman Khan too won a National Film Award for Best Children's Film for his movie CHILLAR PARTY in 2011.

Thus there is definitely something common between the two and we hope the two shine the name of film industry by making excellent movies as were made by the legends mentioned above!!