Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Clash of the century! Great grandson Ranbir Kapoor versus great grandpa Prithviraj Kapoor!!

Clash of big budget movies at box office is not a new trend like the recent Shah Rukh Khan’s DILWALE versus Ranveer Singh’s BAJIRAO MASTANI clash on December 18 but among the rarest of rare clashes is the ‘unique’ clash of grandson Ranbir Kapoor’s forthcoming film TAMASHA clashing with his great grandpa, the veteran actor, Prithviraj Kapoor’s movie NANAK NAAM JAHAZ HAI!!!

No, Prithviraj Kapoor’s movie NANAK NAAM JAHAZ HAI is not a new release but it is the digitally resorted version of the 1969 National Award winning film NANAK NAAM JAHAZ HAI that is being re-released in color with modern incorporations like stereophonic sound and cinemascope format just like K.Asif’s cult classic MUGHAL-E-AZAM was re-released in November 2004.

Originally in Punjabi language the movie has been dubbed in various languages and is being released all over the world including North America, Canada, Russia and UK

Incidentally both Ranbir Kapoor’s TAMASHA and Prithviraj Kapoor’s NANAK NAAM JAHAZ HAI are releasing on November 27, 2015. Though the date may hold no significance to Ranbir Kapoor’s film TAMASHA but it has great significance to Prithviraj Kapoor’s film NANAK NAAM JAHAZ HAI as it is the 546th Birth Anniversary of legendary scared saint Guru Nanak Ji.

The major highlight of the film is that it is the only film that stars spiritual guru Dalai Lama, who was then just 24 years, paying his respect at Golden Temple, in the opening sequence of the film.

Filmmaker Rahul Mittra on being asked instead of releasing the restored version why didn’t he remake the film, he smiled, “Well classic like MUGHAL-E-AZAM or SHOLAY cannot be remade. Further today we do not have any actor who could live up to the performance of the great Prithviraj Kapoor.”

On being quizzed about any particular reason to release the film, he said, “In today’s scenario when the nation is battling with the heat intolerance, I thought it is the right time to release the movie because the film brings home the message of love, compassion and secularism. Hope the film succeeds in reviving the feelings of peace and harmony.”

Filmmaker Shaad Ali falls back on his mentor Mani Ratnam for success! To remake 'O KADHAL KANMANI'

In Hindi there is a popular axiom Laut Ke Buddhu Ghar Ko Aaye... which literally means to repent after committing idiocy.

It seems the axiom suits to a perfect T to define young and dynamic filmmaker Shaad Ali because after a series of failures and setbacks the young and dynamic filmmaker is back to his roots i.e. relying once again on his mentor South film wizard Mani Ratnam for success.

According to latest reports Shaad Ali peeved after the disastrous failure of his past two big budget multi starrer films viz JHOOM BARABAR JHOOM (2007) and KILL DIL (2014) has decided to remake Mani Ratnam's Tamil super hit film, 'O KADHAL KANMANI' starring Malayalam superstar Mammootty’s son Dulquer Salmaan and Nithya Menen.

It may be noted that Shaad Ali, who began his career as assistant with Mani Ratnam in DIL SE has been highly influenced by his style of making. Hence when made his debut in Bollywood, to be on a safer side, he remade Mani Ratnam's Tamil film 'ALAIPAYUTHEY' (2000) and the movie hit the bull’s eye.

Once again when Shaad Ali’s career is at the cross road he has decided to lean on his mentor’s shoulder.

What is interesting is that 'O KADHAL KANMANI' itself has been a saving grace for the brilliant director because after 'ALAIPAYUTHEY' (2000) Mani Ratnam had struggled to give a single hit.

Remember after ALAIPAYUTHE, Mani Ratnam had directed 7 films viz. – KANNATHIL MUTHAMITTAL (2002) in Tamil, a bilingual YUVA (2004) in Hindi which became AAYUDHE EZHUTHU in Tamil, another bilingual RAAVAN (2010) in Hindi and RAAVANAN in Tamil, and KADAL (2013) in Tamil.

Out of these films only GURU (2007) in Hindi proved a commercial hit and then after a gap of 8 years 'O KADHAL KANMANI' (2015) hit the jackpot!

We hopes like Mani Ratnam, Shaad Ali too is able to give a hit!