Friday, November 20, 2015

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!

Ranbir Kapoor must stop making ‘Tamasha’ and take a lesson from the fighting spirit of Amitabh Bachchan!

Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor’s latest statement claiming that after the failure of his last three films viz. BESHARAM, ROY and BOMBAY VELVET, he is under pressure and worried about the success of TAMASHA looks mechanical and a marketing gimmick to garner sympathy from his fans. 

History is packed with many examples when even great actors like Dilip Kumar, Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan have gone through lean phases in their careers but they never begged for a hit. Instead they have slogged hard and retuned with a bang! 

Just take the example of Star of Millennium Amitabh Bachchan, who has seen not one or two lean phases in his career but witnessed three rough phases and after each downfall he came back with a vengeance.


In the late 60’s after his debut film SAAT HINDUSTANI, when he won the National Award for the ‘Outstanding Discovery of the Year’ and later with ANAND, which fetched him his first ‘Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award’ he was flooded with film offers. 

In the mad rush to mint money he signed whichever film that came his way, without t thinking twice about its consequence. As a result he paid a heavy price for his folly as most of the films failed and a situation came when he had to pack his bag and leave Mumbai. 

But he was not the one to loss the battle so easily hence like a brave solider he continued his struggle and hit gold with ZANJEER, the movie that crowned him with the esteemed title of Superstar! 

In the 80’s when Bachchan was ruling the roost suddenly destiny played a cruel game and Amitabh suffered a near-fatal accident while shooting an action scene for Manmohan Desai's COOLIE at Bengaluru in 1982. 

The accident was so severe that in an interview Bachchan candidly disclosed that for a couple of minutes he was clinically dead but yet again he did not give up and like a phoenix he rose from the ashes.

After his voluntary retirement from Bollywood in the late 80’s after failures like GANGA JAMUNA SARASWATI, TOOFAN, JAADUGAR, MAIN AZAAD HOON etc Bachchhan made his comeback with his own company Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Ltd. (ABCL) but alas all the films like TERE MERE SAPNE, SAAT RANG KE SAPNE, MRITYUDAATA, MAJOR SAAB, AKS etc. produced were disaster. 

Amitabh Bachchan was under heavy debt but once again like a determined fighter he fought back and with Yash Chopra’s MOHABBATEIN he proved that fighters never lose battle and like his father Harivansh Rai 'Bachchan'’s poem… Koshish Karne walo ki kabhi haar nahi hoti…. he is a testimony that sincerity and hard work always succeeds. 

I think its high time Ranbir Kapoor stops making ‘Tamasha’ and takes a lesson from the fighting spirit of Amitabh Bachchan and learn to face the odds!!!