Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Shekhar Kapur in dilemma over making sequel to MR.INDIA or MASOOM

Eminent film maker Shekhar Kapur, who directed Oscar Award Winning Hollywood super hit film ELIZABETH, has been in news more for his most ambitious film PAANI that exposes the global issue of water crises in India. However called it destiny the film has been in pipeline since over a decade. 

When will PAANI take off is still a mystery but the latest news is that Shekhar is planning a sequel to his 1983 cult classic MASOOM staring Naseerudin Shah, Shabana Azmi and the ‘wonder boy’ Jugal Hansraj. 

According to rumor mills Shekhar Kapur who was in city last year has been compelled to write a sequel to MASOOM after being overwhelmed by student’s demand when he attended a city college.


Shekhar Kapur in a tweet wrote - "'Mr India 2' or 'Masoom 2'? Just come out from an amazing interaction with students. Clamouring for a sequel. Equal votes. How would u vote? (sic)."

Truly it is a catch 22 situation for Shekhar Kapur because both MR INDIA and MASOOM are classics in the annals of Indian cinema.

Incidentally both the movies have a contemporary subject. For instance MR.INDIA exposed corruption and inflation. 

Interestingly more than two decades later same situation exists in India. Hence MR.INDIA 2 will surely be a success, if a sequel is made depicting a power packed solution to these problems as eminent South filmmaker Shaker depicted in his Tamil film ANNIYAN ( Dubbed as Aparichit in Hind).

Sushant Singh Rajput joins the charity bandwagon

Bollywood may be infamous for its scandals and nightlife but when it comes to charity Bollywood stars do not shy. 

Recently Khiladi Kumar aka Akshay Kumar came forward and donated a whopping sum of Rs 90 lakhs to help the drought hit farmers of Maharashtra. According to reports he distributed Rs. 50,000 to each of the 30 widows in Beed district in Marathwada, who are battling with financial crisis after their husband committed suicide. 

Akshay Kumar was inspired by his colleague actor Nana Patekar, who along with famous Marathi actor Makrand Anaspure gave financial assistance to around 113 families of farmers in Latur and Osmanabad districts of Marathwada.


Now the latest news is that upcoming actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who has just found success with movies like PK and KAI PO CHE! has decided to help deserving students who due to financial difficulties cannot pursue their education. 

According to reports Sushant, who was dropped out of engineering college due to money issues has decided that like him no other should be deprived of education due to financial crisis. Hence in the memory of his late mother Sushant is launching an initiative that will provide scholarships to students, who do not have the funds required for higher studies. 

In an interview Shushant confirmed that he has decided to offer scholarship in education because education is the cornerstone of one’s life and students who are intelligent should definitely be encouraged to fulfill their goals. 

“I have started the initiative in the memory of mother as she has instilled the virtues of charity in me and she always emphasized on the significance of education,” he added.

Shammi Kapoor and his penchant for music

The name Shammi Kapoor pops up mesmerizing tuneful songs like O Hasina Zulfon Wali....; Badan Pe Sitare Lapete Hue....; Yeh Chand sa Roshan...; Isharon Isharon Mein Dil Lene Wale.... The list is endless. 

October 21 marks the birth anniversary of the legendary actor Shammi Kapoor, who ruled the 60’s as the undisputed king of melodious music. Raaga.Com pays homage to the great actor and investigates why music was so popular in Shammi Kapoor’s film. 

Believe it or not but Shammi Kapoor had a penchant for music and had ear for quality music was so perfect that each song in his film was a guaranteed hit!


In fact in an interview Shanker (of the famous Shanker Jaikishen music director fame) informed that Shammi Kapoor had learnt classical music for five years and that was the secret for his ear for melodious music. 

Shanker, who began his career at Prithvi Theatres, was acquainted with Shammi Kapoor from the days when Shammi Kapoor was a young lad. Shammi Kapoor would often participate in the rehearsals of drama and music sittings at Prithvi Theatres, which was owned by his father, the renowned actor Prithviraj Kapoor. 

Speaking about Shammi’s passion for music Shanker said, “Actually papaji (Prithviraj Kapoor) had hired revered Hindustani Classical music guru Pandit Jagannath Prasad as the music teacher for his elder son Raj Kapoor but when he got busy with his schedules in films young Shammi Kapoor insisted his mother to request his father to let him learn music. His father obliged. Shammi was barely 12 years old then.” 

It was this training in classical music that proved miraculous for the success of his films because more than the scripts it was the music of Shammi Kapoor’s films that did wonders. Film buffs went crazy over the songs and would watch the movies repeatedly multiple times thus making his films hit.

Mahesh Bhatt working on Hindi version of woman centric Bengali film RAJKAHINI

Veteran film wizard Mahesh Bhatt who is admired for making some really hard-hitting social movies like ARTH, SAARANSH, ZAKHM, DADDY, JANAM, TAMANNA, SIR etc. is once again back to his old roots as he is adapting acclaimed Bengali filmmaker Srijit Mukherji's Bengali woman centric film RAJKAHINI in Hindi. 

Bhatt is presently engaged in co-writing the Hindi adaptation of RAJKAHINI and is excited that after many years he has got a script that has stirred his emotional chords. 

Overwhelmed by the Bengali film RAJKAHINI that exposes the atrocities and trauma of the people who were displaced due to the 1948 partition of India, Bhatt applauds Srijit Mukherji for making such an exceptional film that he has seen since decades.


Raving about the film Bhatt says, “The script is not just mind boggling but it bleeds our heart and will touch the emotional chords of every human being.” 

According to reports what has moved Bhatt to the core is the movie’s central character of Begum Jaan, the courageous landlady of a brothel that lies on the border line of India and Pakistan. How Begum Jaan valiantly resists from evicting the place and gives a tooth and nail struggle to save it has left Bhatt marveling the film maker Srijit Mukherji and Rituparna Sengupta, who has played the key role. 

Bhatt says, “Watching the film I was reminded of Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil in their films and my daughter Alia Bhatt in HIGHWAY. The character of Began Jaan is truly an imposing woman character that has ignited the Indian screen after many years.”

Bhatt is so impressed with Rituparna Sengupta that he is planning to cast her in the Hindi version. Praising Rituparna Sengupta’s superlative performance Bhatt says, "She brought tears to my eyes in a few scenes hence I have told her that I want to cast her in my film.”