Friday, November 20, 2015

Shabana Azmi takes a jibe at Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani

The recent remark by eminent actress Shabana Azmi alleging that the kiss scene trimmed in the recent James Bond movie SPECTRE is arbitrary has once again raised the question about the competency of censor board members. 

Shabana Azmi made this remake during the ongoing ‘Women In The World’ summit when she was asked to comment about the status of censorship in India.


Taking a jibe at the Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani, Shabana Azim said, “Our very honourable chief of the board of film certification has recently ordered an arbitrary cut in the length of a kiss scene in James Bond film SPECTRE from its actual length to half its length, without consultation of the members.”

Mocking at the decision Shabana said, “Pahlaj Nihalani thinks 50 seconds is enough to watch a kissing scene. I don’t understand? What is the right length? If you have objection with a particular scene, simple delete it. What is the logic in showing the half baked scene?” 

Recalling her bold film FIRE, which portrayed lesbian love relation and had a passionate kiss between her and Nandita Das she said, “Despite a bold subject of love relation between same sexes my film FIRE was released with a single cut because censor board in those days understood the nuance of the scene and they just did not arbitrarily trimmed the movie.” 

Besides Shabana Azmi, there is a strong dissent against Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani and his post seems threatened!

Music legend Ilaiyaraaja uses IFFI’s platform to urge government to make music compulsory in schools!

maestro Ilaiyaraaja, who was conferred the 'Centenary Award for Indian Personality of the Year' for his outstanding contribution to the music industry at the opening ceremony of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa on Friday in his humble request has urged the government to make ‘Music’ as a compulsory subject both in schools and colleges. 

While receiving the award from the hands of Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley and Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor, a simple down to earth, Ilaiyaraaja on the occasion said, “I know it is not the right place to ask something. But I still want to go ahead and ask the government to do something. I want them to make music compulsory in schools and colleges."


It may be noted that this not the first time when Ilaiyaraaja has opened his heart about making Music compulsory in schools, he has been advocating this since past many years because he believes the simple and easy solution to the growing religious intolerance and violence and terrorism is Music. 

In an interview he had once said, “Music alone has the power to bring down violence. It discourages the wandering mind and helps in focusing one’s thoughts.” 

Ilaiyaraaja plea reminds me of the great Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, who was a Master of playing Sarod and admired as ‘National Living Treasure’ in India.

In an interview he had said, “My father learned from a great teacher, and we always keep the traditional thing – from father to son, son to grandson, teacher to student – like that. What my father learned, I don’t want that to die. It must spread all over the world!" 

Like Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, Music Maestro Ilaiyaraaja, who has acquired immense knowledge does not wish his treasure of music to die with him hence he has rightly made an appeal to the government to make Music a part of the curriculum in school and colleges so that like the literary genius like William Shakespeare, Munshi Premchand etc Music also becomes immortal and musical stalwarts like Naushad, Pandith Ravi Shanker, etc and their precious musical knowledge be explored by the coming generations!

Will Sajid Nadiadwala’s ‘Midas Touch’ break Ranbir Kapoor jinx?

Ranbir Kapoor is quite nervous at the release of his forthcoming film TAMASHA. He has publicly confessed, “There's a sense of insecurity and I don't know what's happening with my career.”

Though Ranbir Kapoor may be going through a lean phase with three films BESHARAM, ROY and BOMBAY VELEVT bombing at the box office but Sajid Nadiadwala the producer of TAMASHA is going great guns with 10 movies in a row being super hit. One wonders will the golden luck of Sajid help in breaking the jinx of Ranbir Kapoor’s failure?

It may be noted that like Ranbir Kapoor, Sajid Nadiadwala too was in a tight corner because after the mega hit films JUDWAA and MUJHSE SHAADI KAROGI both staring Salman Khan, Sajid Nadiadwala was bogged down by a lean phase with two films HAR DIL JO PYAR KAREGA (2000) and JAAN-E-MANN (2006) failing at the box office.


But as the saying goes – ‘After dusk there is a dawn’ thus soon Sajid’s nightmare was over and with HEYY BABYY (2007) his career got a major boost. Since then he has been giving hit after hits HOUSEFULL , HOUSEFULL 2, ANJAANA ANJAANI, HIGHWAY, HEROPANTI, 2 STATES, KICK, PHANTOM are few examples. 

It may be remembered that his last release PHANTOM proved a saving grace for Saif Ali Khan and brought him out of the jinx that had plagued his career since 2013. Remember his string of flops GO GOA GONE, BULLETT RAJA, HUMSHAKALS, HAPPY ENDING, DOLLY KI DOLI .

In addition Sajid Nadiadwala’s ‘Midas Touch’ also brought a break to the jinx of brilliant director Siddharth Anand. After three back to back flop films SALAAM NAMASTE, TA RA RUM PUM and BACHNA AE HASEENO, Siddharth Anand was able to deliver a hit with Sajid Nadiadwala produced film ANJAANA ANJAANI. 

Let’s hope Sajid Nadiadwala’s golden luck break Ranbir Kapoor jinx as it did for Saif Ali Khan!