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Shilpa Shukla
Ever since the time Shilpa Shukla
stepped in Bollywood, she has always
been appreciated for her choice of roles
and the dedication and hard work with
which she approaches her every role.
She is someone who has never been
in the news for any wrong reason. It’s
only her films and her performance in
the films which speaks volumes for the
person that she is. After having done
a bold role in the hit film B.A. Pass,
she is now all set to entertain everyone
with her light hearted
role in the upcoming
film Crazy Kukkad
Family.
Shilpa, what’s your role
in the upcoming Crazy
Kukkad Family. I am the only daughter
in the family. I have
three brothers she is a
mad character. Even
though she is a grown
up adult, her mental
age is that of 13 years.
Her only dream of a
lifetime was to become a Miss India.
But because of sibling rivalry, her
brother came in between her and her
Miss India dreams, which results in
her dream being shattered, which also
ends up her being married in such an
early age. Then, she nurtures of being
a ‘Mrs. India’. She is ready to fight her
way through anyone in order to get her
share in the property. She is a ‘branded’
person so to speak. If she had her
way, then, she wouldn’t have spared a
second thought before indulging into
top notch foreign brands. But since she
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doesn’t have the required amount, she
lands up buying the cheap look a likes
of such branded stuff. What made you say yes to the film? I simply followed the saying ‘After a
tragedy there comes a comedy. After
the success of B.A. Pass, I got the offer
for Crazy Kukkad Family. The timing
just couldn’t have been more apt than
this. It’s one of the finest scripts I have
heard in the recent times. I always
wanted to do a comedy role for a really
long time. That’s why
I simply accepted this
role. How important is the
film’s script to you? The script is as
important as the film’s
director to me and the
team with which I am
working with. Was signing up for Crazy Kukkad Family a very
conscious decision to
break the serious B. A.
Pass mould? Not at all. It was a case of being at
the right place at the right time, I
was celebrating the success of B. A.
Pass and my number was taken by
someone at Prakashji’s office. And
then, I came here and the rest is history.
And the fact remained that this role
came from ‘Prakash Jha Productions’.
We all know that there is credibility
that is always attached to his name. He
will never endorse something that is
half baked or a story that doesn’t need
to be told. Continued on page 43
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will make
a comeback with Jazbaa directed
by Sanjay Gupta,
followed by Ae Dil
Hai Mushkil directed
by Karan Johar. The
last films we remember
watching
her
in
were Action Replayy,
Guzaarish and Robot, all in 2010.
Five years and valid reasons to stay
away, beginning with Aaradhyaa,
her daughter. So would we call this a
genuine comeback?
In 2014, we also had Madhuri Dixit in
the twin flops, Dedh Ishqiya and Gulaab
Gang, Rekha in the disastrous Super
Nani (after Sadiyaan in 2010) and
Govinda with his
sterling performances
in Kill Dil and Happy
Ending. Maybe, we
could just add Preity
Zinta in that cameo in
the latter film. So the basic question
is: What is a
comeback? In
Hindi
film
parlance, dictionary
meanings have little relevance.
Comebacks, says bollywood trade
analyst Vinod Mirani, are a loose way
of interpreting a long and probably
atypical gap between two films of any
artiste. A comeback, according to him, should
ideally define the reappearing of an
artiste in a different form. Amitabh
Bachchan in Mohabbatein, and the
second innings of Rishi Kapoor and
Mithun Chakraborty are what he would
call comebacks. “They came back as
character artistes,” he explains. “Of
course, Bachchan had films in which he
was solo hero, but very few like Cheeni
Kum fairly worked.
In the case of
Rishi Kapoor, his
only solo film Do
Dooni Chaar was
acclaimed but flopped
miserably.” The first and most successful artiste in
this category in the last four decades
was, however, Dilip Kumar, who
experimented first with a father’s role
in Bairaag (1976) while he also “was
his twin sons” (a triple role), moving
on to Kranti (1981), which along with Shakti and Vidhaata the following
year consolidated him as a ‘senior’
protagonist, who later
had triumphs like Karma and Saudagar. Shammi
Kapoor
shifted due to health
reasons to character
roles; he had become
obese
thanks
to
steroids and forced
inactivity after knee
ailments caused by
frenetic
on-screen
jumps and dances! with his debut
directorial Manoranjan (1974). He had
a gradual growth as a character actor
in his second innings with Parvarish,
Vidhaata, Prem Rog, Betaab, Hero,
Hukumat and more all the way till the
early millennium. Oddly enough, his last and delayed film
as a hero, Chhote Sarkar (that too in
a dual role) released in the same year
as Manoranjan! His elder brother Raj
Kapoor and his friend Rajendra Kumar
were not so lucky - besides erratic
Returning
back to work
or Re-entry
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successes in not very good roles, they
lacked Shamni Kapoor’s range from
comic to villainous with everything in
between! And Shammi Kapoor ended
up doing more films as a
character artiste than as a
hero! Speaking of seniors,
Dharmendra,
after
losing ground in the
early 90s, did multiple
inconsequential
films like Zulm-OSitum and Jeeo Shaan
Se, including a solo
lead in the B-grader Munnibai. But
his sons Sunny and Bobby Deol
designed a comeback worthy of his
stature and caliber with the splendid
performance he gave in Apne (2007).
Garam-Dharam then went bolder
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and did Yamla Pagla Deewana, but
has stuck to home productions, and
after Yamla…’s sequel bombed, has
stayed off movies. Randhir
Kapoor
(beginning
with Mother in 2000
and in terms of success
with Housefull in 2007)
is also a character
artiste now. Sunil Dutt,
Feroz Khan, Rajesh
Khanna, Vinod Khanna,
Shatrughan
Sinha,
Sharmila Tagore, Hema
Malini, Rekha, Reena
Roy, Zeenat Aman,
Moushumi Chaterjee, Anita Raj,
Rati Agnihotri, Padmini Kolhapure,
Poonam Dhillon and Amrita Singh
have all made such appearances when
their starry peaks were past. Continued on page 19
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ARIES
There are direction and intent in your
work. There are
rewards too. You are
at your creative best.
There are intensity
and passion in your
life. There could
be new love and
several heartbreaks. There are new
deals, big money, substantial perks
and all the vestiges of good life. Good
times continue to roll as the month
progresses. The power of Venus will
assist you in your journey through life.
The energies are powerful. Go with the
flow and find success.
in Pisces and there are love, passion
and deep, spiritual bonding. As the
month ends, there
could be intense
encounters which
hold a mirror to
your inner world.
You could have
power struggles.
There are strong ego drives and you
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best solution is to avoid situations that
are inflammable.
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TAURUS
You look for anything that can break
routine and monotony. You seek out
the offbeat escape. There may be
solo journeys as you are on a soulfinding mission. By mid-month, there
is powerful intensity. You mow down
the opposition. You sight money,
excitement and passion. Those in
creative fields do exceedingly well.
There are money and honey, rewards
and awards, accolades and applause.
There could also be soul-stirring love.
The month ends with travel for work or
even family immigration.
GEMINI
You look for mentally stimulating
relationships and interesting activities
that keep you charged and challenged. As
the month progresses, there is powerful
intensity in all your endeavours. There
could also be several affairs of the
heart. There is an independent and
rebellious streak. The new moon is
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CANCER
Philanthropy beckons you. You may
help out with the less fortunate. You
are also filled with strong ego drives
and there are many misunderstandings.
As the month progresses, there are
new job offers. There could be rewards
and awards, applause and accolades,
money and honey. There are also fun
times with the family. There could be
local and international travel. You are
gripped with idealism as you seek to
expand your horizons and open new
vistas.
LEO
Your drives are strong and powerful.
You are affirmative and mean business.
You want results. You are filled with
self belief and you make things happen.
There are love and longing, money
and honey, applause and accolades.
By mid month, you are filled with an
independent and rebellious spirit. You
take risks, and step on the gas without
restraint. Month end sees a lot of travel.
You make long range plans for the
future. You want success at all costs.
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Akshay Kumar
This year you have three major releases Baby, Main Gabbar and Brothers.
These are all action-oriented films. Have
you made a conscious decision to move
away from comedy for a while? It’s not a conscious or deliberate act;
it’s just the path I am on right now. I
never turn my back on any genre, I just
have some very important projects that
are close to my heart right now & are
adventurous roles to play in the times
we live in today. I feel I need to get my
hands dirty for a while, my blood is
pumping thick and hard right now for
real life action, so I’m giving it to my
fans. Baby is a very
different style of
cinema from the
films that you’ve
done recently.
How much did
you have to
work on your
acting style to
accommodate the different demands of
this script? I agree it is very different in many
aspects, but I think people forget just
how many different genres of films I
take on annually!! In the last two years
I have made at least 3 serious thrillers,
3 family comedies, 1 spoof, and don’t
forget, I also played God. My acting
style is constantly modified, so to slip
into Neeraj Pandeys Secret Service
character was just another example of
how much I love my job. You seem to be craving to spread your
wings? It’s a need for versatility. I am what
my directors need me to be. I do as
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I’m told, after all these years. Acting
isn’t something you work on now, but
perfecting ones craft is never ending, as
long as actors do as they are told. The
magic in fact lies with what the director
can get out of you, not the other way
around. Most of the time you’ve worked with
established heroines in your films. But
in Baby you’ve worked with a relative
newcomer Tapsee Pannu. What was it
like to face the camera with a less experienced co-star? One shouldn’t judge a hero or heroine
by experience alone. I’ve been blown
away
with
many a first
time performer
over the years,
not just the
veterans,
so
to share the
screen
with
Tapsee was as
rewarding as if
she had been on our screens for years.
She trained well for this film and even
with her inexperience she has shown
a powerful female side in a very male
orientated film, so hats off to her. If
all of us leading men worked with the
same talented heroines over and over
again, how would our industry ever
grow? No-one knows who the next
‘Kareena Kapoor Khan’ or ‘Katrina
Kaif’ will be. It’s my duty to give back
to this industry what was given to me. The shooting of Baby took you to various
unexplored parts of the world. Which location did you enjoy the most, and why? You see now that’s not such an easy
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Alia Bhatt
What a year Alia Bhatt has had!
Beginning with a sterling performance
in Highway, she scored box office
success with 2 States and Humpty
Sharma Ki Dulhaniya in 2014. Right
after a busy year, 2015 will be a stressbuster for the young star as she has shot
only for one film Shandaar as of now.
Are you looking forward to the awards
for Highway this year? Of course, I want the awards. I don’t
know if I am going to get them. But
honestly, I feel I’ve had a really blessed
year. Recently, I was at an event in the
college. And they were dancing to my
song. That brought tears to my eyes.
That was my biggest
high. So much happening to
your career so suddenly!
Was it too much to handle? My fear is not that. My
fear is what if it all goes
away? What if one day
I am not busy at all? I
like this feeling of being constantly
busy. I don’t want to ever get up with
the feeling that I’ve nothing to look
forward to. I like the rush of adrenaline
that I feel every day. It isn’t as if I don’t
get time to spend with my family and
friends. It’s just been two years for
me in the film industry. I am enjoying
myself. I should be doing more, not
less. Tell us about your films in 2015? I’ve shot for just one film this year. So,
I’ll have just one release next year. And
I am okay with that. It just happened
that way. Do you enjoy traveling for shooting? February 2015
I am an inquisitive and excited traveler,
so... I do like to take time off to travel
independent of work. And I will take
time off to take a holiday every year.
That’s a promise I made to myself.
And visit a place I’ve not seen. The
experiences that you create for yourself
help you to grow as a person. I need
those experiences to feed on. I am happy
working hard and taking an annual
holiday. And of course, my mom joins
me for my shootings whenever she can. Your mom is directing a film with other
actors. Does that make you jealous? Why should it make me jealous? I am
just so excited that she is directing a
film again. This film has
no role suitable for me.
I wouldn’t like to be in
it just for the heck of it.
In our family, it doesn’t
work that way. I still
haven’t worked with
my father’s production
house. In 2014, you did a short
film with Vikas Bahl about the issue of
women’s safety. Has being an actor made
you more conscious of these issues? Most definitely. I am constantly hanging
around with people who talk about these
issues. My knowledge may be limited.
But there is a hunger to discover more
about life. I’ve inherited this hunger
from my family. If I am a curious soul,
the credit goes to my parents and my
sister Shaheen. Are you, by nature, a happy person? I’ve a fear of being happy. Because,
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Shamitabh... Amitabh
In Shamitabh you are playing a raging
drunken man. How difficult was it for you
to play the character? As difficult as playing a Don or doing
a Deewaar or an Alzheimer stricken
character from Black. One does not
necessarily have to consume alcohol
to be intoxicated. Life itself is an
intoxication!
In Shamitabh you talk about teaming up
with others to make a complete entity. Do
you believe every human being needs help
to be complete? Every human being may
not necessarily need
help to be complete. But
if it came it would be
most welcome,provided
it is positive in nature.
In Shamitabh it certainly
becomes a positive force. What was it like working
with Balki for the third
time? Was your character
in Shamitabh as challenging, and challenged, as the one in Paa?
For me my work is the most enjoyable and
comforting experience. Challenges are
there in each project that I have done and
shall continue to be so. Shamitabh has
been as challenging as Paa or any other
that I have worked in. And working with
Balki is a joy. What was it like sharing screen space with
Dhanush and Akshara, both your unabashed fans? When the camera starts is not relatable
to fan worship or any other kind of
worship that you imagine comes my
way. It does not. When the director
shouts ‘action’, we start to act. Mother,
father, brother, sister, uncle, grandfather,
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fan worshipper, or any other, gets thrown
out of the window. Or the set in this case! In Shamitabh you’ve collaborated for the
2nd time with the great Ilayaraja? How
was that experience? His genius is unmatched. I can only
consider myself to be blessed and
truly fortunate that I have had two
opportunities to work with him. You’ve sung for composers as varied as
Rajesh Roshan, Shiv-Hari, Aadesh Shrivasava and Vishal Bhardwaj. Which of these
composers have been the
most challenging to work
with? And
Kalyanji-Anandji,
Laximikant-Pyarelal,
Vishal-Shekhar, ShankarEhsaan-Loy,
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others you have forgotten
to mention. All of them
have been challenging because I am no
singer and all the music directors have
had a terrible time keeping me in tune
and presentable. Shamitabh is your first release
since Bhoothnath Returns. Why didn’t we
get to see more of you on the big screen
during the past year? Because there were no offers or work. Please tell me about your other projects
during the coming year? There is Piku with Shoojit Sircar. It
has Deepika and Irfaan Khan with me.
This is complete and should be the next
release sometime in April. And then there
is Wazir directed by Bejoy Nambiar,
produced by Vinod Chopra, with Farhan
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Many of these artistes
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question, for I fell in love with the
people of Nepal, but was wowed with
the beauty of the streets in Istanbul, and
then again I was blown away with the
serenity of the Abu Dhabi desert. So
I’m just going to say, it’s been a journey
and a half, and I like my journeys. Since you’ve done an important film in
terrorism, let me ask what is your take
on the global menace of terrorism? My take on terrorism is as gutwrenching obvious as it is to everyone
else on this planet. It breaks my heart; it
breaks homes, cities, lives, families and
countries. But it’s how we handle it that
changes the outcome
of any attack. I think
as long as we do not
cave in, and break
down in the eyes
of terrorists; their
heinous
inhuman
actions alone are
almost immediately
half-destroyed. As responsible global citizens how can we
fight terrorism? This is where I think the media needs to
be careful that they don’t sensationalize
terrorism. We shouldn’t give them the
time of day or the glory they are so
craving for. As much as we need to be
told what is going on in the world and
on our streets, I’ve always thought, if it
was never televised or spoken of, would
they still attack knowing the world will
not even come to know of their attempts
of brutal sadistic murder? There be no
fears. Something to think about maybe. And yet you’re drawing attention to terror and terrorism by being in a film
like Baby? True, but we have deliberately portrayed
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the whole situation to uncover the
bravery of the men that fight terrorism
behind closed doors. These are fighters
that the world doesn’t even know
about. Instead of glorifying the bad
guys, we have made people remember
the silent good guys, because it’s they
who deserve the attention and glory,
only them. Moving away from politics, how do you
deal with long periods of shooting outside the country when you can’t meet
your wife and children? Well, basically I am thankful for the
inventions of commercial planes and
large hotel suites. Whenever it feels like
it’s been too long or I
need my family and
they’re missing me,
then I fly them out to
wherever I am. We
don’t need to suffer,
we have the means
and the money and
the staff to help us be
the family we need
to be in any corner of the world. I’m
grateful for this luxury of being able to
bring my family close to me whenever I
am far away, otherwise yes it would be
hard. Luckily I shoot films quickly so
I’m never on an outdoor for very long
anymore anyway. Baby is your second film with Neeraj
Pandey. What sort of a growth have you
seen in him and in yourself since Special
26? The growth that I’ve seen and felt more
than anything is purely the respect and
admiration we have for each other. No
matter how long we have been working
in this industry, professional growth is
inevitable and always needed. Neeraj
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2014 films a comeback too?
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Continued from Last month
Ganga finds it difficult to come out of the
sinister trap. He can’t go back to society,
like the dacoits of Jis Desh Mein Ganga
Behti Hai. Jumna, wary of
her companion, runs up
to the police station, and
gets a fatal injury in the
head. She dies along with the child in her
womb, like Anita does in Deewar. After
Jumna’ s death, it’s all over with Ganga.
Dilip Kumar’s restrained acting in such
moments of emotional crises looks
phenomenal again and again; in Naya
Daur, now, and later in Shakti (1982),
where he shoots his rebel son. While
the brothers fight one upholding law and
the other for preservation of his identity
as a bandit and outcast it’s all over with
the protagonist. But, this fight is set in
a redeeming contrast when we see that
Munimji too fights with the zamindar who
wants to escape. This makes the villain’s
position in this film rather complex,
if not slightly bizarre. It fore shadows
what we’ll see in the seventies when the
villains fight between them to take charge
of the underworld operation. Munimji
shouts that the villainous zamindar is
a rotten criminal, and has done all the
damage. Ganga, enraged kills the villain
and by making this fatal choice, loses his
chance to go back to law.
Ganga, resting on the shoulder of his
brother, murmurs: “Main ghar aya,
Munna.” This suggestion of having a
roof, a house to find shelter in, runs as a
motif in Ganga Jumna. This is a natural
consequence of having the dacoits,
the social outcasts, at the center of the
narrative. Still, the villains were looking
for new engagements and meeting fresh
challenges. One noticeable change, was
found in his dress. Instead of dhoti-kurta,
he’s now clad in suits and ties, a feature
that gives him the kind of niche he was
seeking to intimidate the hero. He speaks
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English and is westernized in manners.
This new feature works admirably with
the arrival of Pran on the scene. The
heroine, not probably liking this getup of the villain, knots
his tie tighter in order to
nearly throttle him, as it
happens in Bluff Master.
The decade, seen from this point of view,
actually opens with China Town, released
in 1962. It is a dark film, matched by
black and white photography, showing
assertively that we have left behind the
idealist fifties, at least the first half of it.
Incredibly, the release date of this film
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India, and significantly also, China Town
appears to be a predecessor film of Don,
made in the turbulent seventies. Shammi
Kapoor plays a double role in China
Town, those of Mike and Shekhar, the twin
brothers, estranged from childhood. Mike
is a China Town gangster, while Shekhar
a Darjeeling based hotel singer. There are
songs in this film, but not anything like
the “Khaike Pan Banaraswalla” number,
followed by dance under an addled
state due to bhaang; in which the hero
is later joined by the heroine and a pot
bellied man. Nothing like this happens in
China Town that shows the underworld
operation with uncanny precision and
stark cynicism.
For a moment, one has the impression that
he is witnessing a film of the seventies.
Shammi Kapoor, playing Mike, puts up
a cocky face, and dismisses everything
unpleasant with a flick of his finger.
Like Don, Shekhar is asked by the
police inspector, investigating into the
crime operations of the underworld,
to impersonate the dangerous Mike so
long as he’s in police custody. Before
this, there are a few funny incidents in
Darjeeling, particularly those in which
Shekhar confronts the wayward father
illains
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Kapadia, Sridevi and Madhuri DixitNene. But their reasons were varied: if
Rani Mukerji (Mardaani) did a home
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rather
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(in any case the gap
since Talaash was only
around 18 months)
and now might work
in its sequel, Sridevi
took all of 15 years
(after Judaai) to do
a film with a solid
role worthy of her skills and stature
in English Vinglish (2012).
Madhuri Dixit-Nene came back eight
years after marriage to choose Aaja
Nachle (2007), which bombed.
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Technically, her last pre-marriage film
was Devdas (2002). Straying from her
great box-office record by deciding to
do offbeat subjects with “potential”,
she has now starred in
two more flops, Dedh
Ishqiya and Gulaab
Gang, essaying rather
routine performances. Jaya Bachchan took a
while to return after her
one-off
‘comeback’
in the 1981 Silsila, but between 1998’s
Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa and her
last appearance in a Hindi film
in Drona (2008) she had films
like Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…
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Crazy Kukkad Family.... Satish
How did you get into showbiz? I always wanted to get into showbiz
ever since my childhood. And it’s
only because of my passion towards
showbiz; I landed up doing the Design
and Drama course from National
School of Drama, New Delhi. I then
got a break as a writer in the TV series
called ‘Swaraj’ by Manju Singh. My
basic objective was to get into film
making with a few names on my list,
which included Prakash Jha. And to my
good fortunes, I got an opportunity of
a lifetime to work with him very soon. With your ability to sing, dance, music,
act…will it be right to
say that, after the late
Kishore Kumar, Bollywood seems to have
found its next all-rounder in ‘Swanand Kirkire’? Kishoreda was, is and
will always be a legend
in whatever he did. It
won’t be right to call
me as a next Kishore
Kumar. But yes, you
can always call me as a Kishore Kumar
follower. In a nutshell, what’s your film Crazy
Kukkad Family all about? It’s a comedy of a dismantled family
who come together for their father’s
money
and
understanding
the
importance of values. What’s your character in the film and
what was the brief that was given to you? My role is that of a ‘cunningly
shrewdest’ eldest brother who is a
‘jugaadu’ and who doesn’t bother about
any relationship because he is very
selfish by nature and for whom, money
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is everything. But, what’s striking
about this person is that, despite having
all these traits, he is the most stupid
person in the family and he is not aware
of this fact! Did you take your time to say yes to the
role or you took time to say yes? Whatever roles I have done so far were
only for the sake of friendship. But
this time round, even though I did not
know who Ritesh Menon was, the very
name of Prakash Jha productions was
enough for me to say yes to the film.
To tell you the fact, Initially, I was
amazed when I heard the length of the
role. My first reaction
to Ritesh was that to
please go and speak to
Prakashji about me. To
my shock, he said that
Prakashji is aware of
this and he too is very
excited about me doing
this role in the film.
When I read the script,
I realized that it was a
mammoth task in front
of me. Was there any kind of homework did you
do for the role? There was no homework as such that
I did. I was only bothered about the
way I will look on screen. But Ritesh
convinced me that he wanted me to
look raw and the way I look in real life. Were there any ‘crazy’ moments while
shooting the film? There were many crazy moments
during the shoot. Let me tell you what
happened on the third day of the shoot.
When everything was ready, the camera
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has mellowed in the sense that he trusts
that I trust his judgment calls, and I’ve
grown as an actor as well as a fan to
understand that Neeraj Pandey knows
what he’s talking about,
and that in its self is one
of the best feelings to
have on the set. There’s
mutual trust and respect,
all the way. Brothers is your first film
for Karan Johar’s production. Why haven’t you worked with him
so far? And what’s it like to work with
him? We haven’t worked together in the
past because we were both doing our
own thing with our own companies,
there are only so many days in a year
and only so many films one can make.
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We have waited patiently for the right
script to bring us together. All I can say
is, this is one hell of collaboration, I say
no more for now. You’ve just completed 14 years of married life. What is the magic
mantra for keeping a marriage working in a place like
showbiz? Marry someone who
understands you, your
time, your job, your
stresses , your woes, and
you’ve pretty much got exactly what
it takes to not only last, but to have a
life that an actor can only dream of. We
came from different families and but our
lives were similar. We understand each
other. That’s how we avoid arguments
and keep the spark alive after so long.
In fact, in both Special 26 as well as Baby,
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Continued
Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen
from last
month
maintained that they were nothing but
Initially there may have been vested colleagues, their fans perceived them
interests, within the industry, working as a couple. Most believed that without
against casting the two together, but a strong mutual attraction, the passion
there were other snags as well.
and romance portrayed by them onUttam and Suchitra had to fight an uphill screen, would not be possible.
battle against a section of cinegoers The Uttam and Suchitra craze dominated
in Kolkata high browed intellectuals Bengali cinema at a time when Uttam
rejected romantic films altogether. worked with several other leading
These educated Bengalis, steeped in ladies. While gossip on affairs between
nationalistic sentiments with strong heroes and heroines is commonplace
political affiliations, preferred theatre today, oftentimes, cultivated as a part
instead. To them, Gulam Khuddus’s of a film’s promotional pitch, Uttam
recitation or Tulsi Lahiri’s theatre was and Suchitra needed no such fad to
far more alluring.
fuel their popularity. For one, neither
Others were those drawn to Hindi bothered to hide his/her marital status
cinema. This group was the lot affected and more surprisingly, the Uttam and
by the tumult of Partition, easily given Suchitra romance story stood its ground
to the escapism and glamour of Hindi despite the fact that everyone knew
films. Popular Hindi cinema pairs, that Uttam was involved with Supriya
such as Ashok Kumar and Devika Devi. With her moving expressions,
Rani or Raj Kapoor and Nargis reigned dynamic screen presence, beautiful
supreme in their hearts, with little scope face, magnificent smile and intelligent
for Bengali artists to claim a share of yet haughty air, Suchitra was what male
the pie.
fantasy was made of, Uttam, on the
Given the situation, it was left to Uttam other hand, seemed the epitome of a
and Suchitra to not only revive interest desirable man: handsome yet sensitive,
in Bengali cinema but also to offer the proud yet vulnerable in love, with a
audience what they wanted: romance, smile that set female hearts aflutter.
glamour and a feel good factor that Much of the Uttam and Suchitra offstayed with them after they walked out screen romance could have been pure
of the theatres. In hindsight, one might conjecture but it is also possible that
conclude that the initial magnetism of the truth was never allowed to surface.
a fresh good-looking pair, with intense Love outside marriage was still a taboo;
chemistry was an immediate crowd added to it was a societal notion of a
puller, which later on settled down to virtuous woman limited to the roles of
acknowledging their acting capabilities mother, wife or sister but never a lover.
as well. It was with this gradual That Suchitra was a married woman
realization that Uttam and Suchitra’s was never forgotten. Had Uttam and
films were in fact a rare combination of Suchltra made any public display of
good and passionate cinema, that things emotions, it would have had a disastrous
began changing for the better.
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of the girl he loves. But once the action
shifts to Calcutta and the identity of Mike
is revealed to Shekhar by his mother,
everything turns gloomy and dark. The
way Mike refuses to listen to his crying
mother, whom he hasn’t seen since
boyhood, could hardly be imagined in the
fifties and sixties. China Town is indeed a
surprise package of the early sixties.
This brings Madan Puri, the real
dangerous villain, into action. Puri plays
Joseph Wong in this film. The way he
plays his role makes it obvious that this
man is going to create troubles, as he
does in Deewar. Madan Puri in China
Town looks like preparing himself for
playing the bigger roles. Yet, China
Town can by no stretch of imagination
be called a mini rehearsal of Puri’s future
shaping as a villain, since he’s already
one in this film. That is another important
point about China Town as a film. It is as
if this film has all the claims of looking
like a blueprint of the Chinese attack to
destabilize India.
Wong and the menacing Ching Lee (played
by M. B. Shetty) kidnap Mike when he
is a boy to serve their interest, mainly
that of carrying out the risky underworld
activities. In keeping with the time, these
gangsters are not as fearless and arrogant
as they will look in the seventies. They
are afraid of police raids, adopt secretive
measures to hoodwink the police, and
even pretend to be law abiding people.
But, in spite of the dictates of time, China
Town manages to present characters like
Wong and Lee, replicating what possibly
was really happening at the time in the
China Town of Calcutta. In this sense,
China Town as a film triumphs over its
limitations in a way that many films of
the sixties couldn’t. Shakti Samanta, the
producer and director of the film, was a
Bengali, and he knew well the real life
situations of the locality of China Town
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that was then, and still now, located in the
eastern part of the city of Kolkata. This
makes the film look very convincing as it
was drawn from real life experience. The
underworld operations in China Town
are carried out on the pretext of running
a hotel. And, mind you, this happened
quite early in the history of cinema, even
before the celebrated director Roman
Polanski made his classic under the same
title in 1974. Chinatown by Polanski is
an American neo-noir film, part mystery
and part psychological drama, and was
nominated for 11 Academy Awards.
Shakti Samanta’s Hindi film too has
its merits. It created a stir when it was
released. The Rafi number “Bar Bar
Dekho” went on to become a classic. The
hotel entertainments of China Town bring
the lusty Helen on to the screen, as if she
were stepping out to do an item number
of the seventies when ritzy hotels would
spring up in cities. Helen, playing Suzie
in China Town, strongly anticipates the
arrival of Teza’s Mona Darling in Zanjeer.
For the moment, Suzie is actually Joseph
Wong’s woman, though she loves Mike,
the gangster, who undertakes the difficult
operations under instructions from Wong.
China Town, for all these reasons, appears
to be a very important film of the sixties.
It catches the mood of disillusionment of
the late fifties and is more in tune with the
crime motif of “Dev noir” films. Shammi
Kapoor looks like emulating Dev
Anand, though after this he becomes the
rollicking boisterous star of the decade
as he’s known to be, facing Pran. He is
no longer Mike, only Shekhar. Probably,
Shammi Kapoor could play Mike when
he was facing Madan Puri, but he
couldn’t do so while facing Pran, since
Pran was an older and smarter guy, and
more treacherous as a villain than Madan
Puri is in China Town.
Pran plays Mr Kumar in Bluff Master,
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Labh Janjua - London Thumakta (Queen) Arijit Singh - Aa Raat Bhar (Heropanti) Arijit Singh - Samjhava (Humpty Sharma Ki
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Pankaj Kapoor - Finding Fanny Dimple Kapadia - Finding Fanny Parineeti Chopra - Hasee Toh Phasee
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Naseeruddin Shah - Finding Fanny Randeep Hooda - Kick Ronit Roy - 2 States
Abhishek Bachchan - Happy New Year Irrfan Khan - Gunday
Irrfan Khan - Haider Best Actress In A Supporting Role
Huma Qureshi - Dedh Ishqiya Lisa Haydon - Queen Dimple Kapadia - Finding Fanny Amrita Singh - 2 States Revathy - 2 States Tabu - Haider Continued on page 75
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Sarika Hassan
Akshara is making her big debut this year
with R Balki’s Shamitabh. What are you
expecting from this film as her mother?
I think it’s bad to have expectations.
I believe expectations come with a
lot of pressure and that’s not cool. On
the other hand, with R Balki at the
top of this project, I am assured that
everything in this film will be good,
and great quality cinema-wise. People
may or may not like the film, that
will be their personal choice, but I am
assured that Akshara couldn’t have had
a better debut. You have seen Balki. He
is not one of those runof-the-mill filmmakers
who will make just
about anything. He
makes quality cinema
and that’s why stalwarts
agree to be a part of his
projects. That’s also
why all his films have
been super hit in the
past and been loved by
critics as well.
So you believe that he is
the best launch pad for
your daughter.
Not just for Akshara.
For any actor, Balki is the director for
any actor. Period! Also when it’s your
launch pad, it doubly increases your
security as an actor. You know that you
are in safe hands.
The films stars Amitabh Bachchan and
Dhanush in the lead roles. Don’t you
think Akshara would have to stand very
tall in order to match their acting talent?
Won’t it be something too big to aim for
in her debut film?
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Balki, Bachchan, Dhanush, Ilayaraja
and many such stalwarts are in this
project. It was like Akshara going to a
college. I can’t put it in any other way.
They are all teachers and you can’t
ask for better teachers. Now that the
courses have finished, the results will
be out soon and everyone will get to
know how well she has fared in the
exam.
You have worked with Amitabh Bachchan in the past and also recently in
Yudh. How was your experience with
him?
To be very honest,
Mr Bachchan is very
rocky. The reason I say
this is because of his
filmography. Look at
his work. He has done
practically everything
in a lifetime. I don’t
know which other
actor would have done
roles as varied as Mr
Bachchan has done. I
would really like to do
the kind of work that he
is doing, when I am his
age.
You have shifted to being a character
artist these days. As an actor does that
change happen naturally?
My last release was Club 60, and I
had a perfectly leading lady angle in
that film. I had a romantic angle with
Farooque Sheikh. So you can’t say that
was a character role. What basically
has to be understood is that the role
should be good. Else, I wouldn’t want
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At the height of his success Kim Dotcom he invested in, a half dozen industries,
was worth a staggering $200 million. all failed and he was forced to file for
But, like an ironic scene from one of the bankruptcy on all of them in 1991.
movies pirated on MegaUpload’s servers Former Icelandic billionaire Bjorgolfur
around the world, his entire net worth Gudmundsson was worth a cool $1.1
vanished in the blink of an eye as part billion before the markets
of an over-the-top and
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theatrical Hollywood style
Thor during the credit crisis.
raid on his New Zealand
There was also the small
compound, thought to be
issue of his suspected heavy involvement
the most expensive private
in a fraud and embezzlement scheme, but
home in the entire country. While the on paper, and without account for any
courts have spent the last couple of years Swiss bank accounts, Mr. Gudmundsson
deciding just how liable Kim Schmitz is is legally broke.
for some of the $500+ million in damages There was a time when Willie Nelson
being sought against him, his money is wasn’t just broke, he was nearly $17
currently in lock down, along with all of million in the hole to the worst people
his worldly possessions.
to owe, the IRS! Unfortunately Willie
Professional athletes are particularly trusted the wrong people
susceptible to being taken advantage of, to manage his fortune,
losing their millions on
and in 1990 the country
scams and bad investments
music all star had all of
brought to them by friends
his properties, and bank
and family. Scott Eyre,
accounts seized by the IRS to pay his
despite earning over $17
debts. Nelson was also forced to produce
million in his career up until 2009, was two new albums, with 100% of the profits
reported to have said that he had only from each going directly to the IRS to
$13 left in his savings account after pay off his debt.
being scammed by Allen Stanford in Before flipping burgers on TV earned
his infamous scheme that cost investors him a $250 million fortune, the legendary
billions of dollars.
boxer wasn’t just broke, he was on the
A legendary former NFL quarterback, verge of total bankruptcy. Though he was
Johnny Unitas was one of the highest an Olympic gold medalist
paid players in the entire league during from the ’68 Olympics
his career that began with the Colts in held in Mexico City, and
1956. His salary in 1973
involved in some of the
had grown to a high of
greatest boxing matches
$250,000
(equivalent
of all time, including against legends such
to $1.3 million in 2014
as Muhammad Ali, he squandered his
dollars) with a signing
entire fortune by the age of 45. Luckily
bonus on top of that of $175,000 (another his fortunes changed for the better when
nearly $1 million in 2014 dollars). Hulk Hogan did not answer his phone in
Through a series of horribly bad luck, each time which led to George Foreman being
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MOVIES THIS MONTH
Cast: Mohak Meet.... Munna,
Aaja Sanam Aagossh Mein Star
Omkar
Sanghavi...Tillu,
Shantanu
Genre: Romance
Star Cast: Sidharrth Jaaju.... Aatish, Kajal
Verma.... Kajal, Mahi Kapur.... Mona,
Shaktishankar Jaaju.... Rocky, Rashid
Khan.... Rashid, Kailash Jonwal,
Nirranjan
Story / Writers: Shaktishankar Jaaju
Music Director: Sidharrth Jaaju
Director: Nirranjan K
Aatish and Kajal’s happily married life
falls kaput when Aatish starts having an
affair with his secretary Mona. Moreover,
Aatish’s conspiracy slowly starts to
unfold when he
decides to get
his wife killed
for property. He
hires Rocky, a
cyber criminal
to murder his
wife but plan
fails when Rocky realizes that he has
been framed by Aatish who had even
plotted to kill him with the help of yet
another goon Rashid. Hence, Rocky has a
change of heart and gets into a fight with
Rashid. Amidst this, Aatish who enters
the house decides to intervene and ends
up killing Rashid. Later, he falls victim to
Rocky’s blackmailing threats who on the
other hand turns photographer to Kajal.
Suspecting an affair between his wife and
Rocky, Aatish decides to confront him
only to realize that Rocky actually has an
affair with his secretary Mona. How will
Aatish get out of the mess created by him
is what forms the rest of the plot. Aaja
Sanam Aagossh Mein is a story filled
with love, passion, deceit, betrayal that
eventually leads to brutal murder. Anjaan Parindey
Ranganekar.... Pakya, Aniket Rumade...
Harish, Shravani Mohite.... Ganga,
Pramod Moutho.... Swami, Neha
Soni.... Annie, Vijay Gupta, Kavita
Bohraj, Charanjeet Arora
Producer: Charanjeet Arora
Music Director: Arun-Vilas
Director: S. R. Pratap, Hemant Salve
Trying to make their living out of odd
jobs, a group of street children, Munna,
Pakya, Tillu, Harish and Ganga live their
life in peace. Munna comes across a
tourist Aradhana, who pesters him to not
only become her guide but later, demands
drugs from the kid. While Munna takes
her to Swami who supplies her substance,
she later takes Munna to a hotel where
she forces him to make love with her.
However, Munna flees from the scene,
giving an opportunity to Swami who not
only rapes Aradhana but also kills her by
pushing her from the fifth floor. On the
other hand, Munna and children meet
sweet natured and friendly Annie who
works for the betterment of these kids.
Amidst the existing problems, Munna’s
friend and their gang member Ganga gets
kidnapped and falls prey to the lecherous
clutches of Swami. Anjaan Parindey is
the story that attempts to portray the evil
side of poverty and its repercussions as it
traces the journey of a few street children. Continued on page 44
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We are told that the whole Crazy … team
had a gala time shooting for the film in
Mahabaleshwar…
It’s really true. We even experienced
snowfall while shooting. How can
anyone forget the lovely strawberry
fields which we saw. It was nothing
short of a visual delight to watch. Did you say yes instantly the moment
you heard the script or you took your
time to give the nod? You will be surprised to know that
when I heard the story, my character had
All the songs are really great. My
personal favourite is ‘Chaand Yeh’ that’s
sung so soulfully be Swanand. The song
comes at a point when the whole family
undergoes a change of heart. It’s a very
cathartic song. In your opinion, what has been the turning point of your life? The turning point of my life was when
I decided to take a total break from
Bollywood in 2010 and go to Benares
and Saarnath and be with my family. I
had a gut feeling that my family really
needed me at that time. That’s why I said
no to Gangs Of Wasseypur and Gulaab
two kids. And I said yes to do the film, Gang. even if the kids were there! But the next Do you enjoy acting now? day, the makers
Yes, of course.
took away with
I
am
more
the kids because
comfortable
in
they felt that
my skin now.
my character in
After Chak De!..I
the film and the
was
so
very
kids did not go
confused about
well together. I
what kind of
fell for the story,
actress that I am.
irrespective of the kids or not. I thought The fact that I took a break, I was able to
this story was such an important story understand myself completely. that needed to be told. Which has been the most heartfelt or
How was your rapport with the film’s di- memorable compliment of your life? rector Ritesh Menon? When the Uttarakhand disaster took
He is the calmest and collected person place, my friends and I went there to do
one can ever come across. He hardly some plantation and social work. The
loses his temper and always smiles. What moment they saw me, they started singing
makes him apart from the rest is that, in and dancing, while their houses were in
Bollywood where people feel that anger shambles because of the disaster. That’s
is the most important trait, when you see when it struck me that I have a better
someone as calm as Ritesh, you really purpose on this earth. feel that its highly commendable. Now, how do people recognize you? Do
Any ‘crazy’ moments during the shoot? they still address you as the ‘Chak De’ girl
You really have to meet the member of or the B. A. Pass girl which they used to
the family to know what exactly the term do before? ‘crazy’ means. There was nonstop energy Surprisingly, they still recognize me with
during the shoot and even off the shoot. my characters names. There was time
Till today, we are always with each other. when I was in love hate relationship with
Tell us something about the music of the
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Bachpan Ek Dhokha
Genre: Suspense, Thriller
Star Cast: Helen.... Granny, Tom
Alter.... Daryl, Padmini Kolhapure....
Nicole, Mohnish Bahl.... Nicholas,
Rahul Roy.... Ralph, Aishwarya
Sakhuja.... Nancy, Rishabh Jain.... Ness,
Bhoomika Sharma.... Nikki, J Brandon
Hill.... Samuel
Story / Writers: Rajiv Sharma
Producer: Manish Aggarwal, Kashish
Aggarwal, Anish
Aggarwal
Music Director:
Gourav Das Gupta
Director:
Rajiv
Sharma
Singers:
Shaan,
K
K,
Kunal
Ganjawala,
Sumedha, Rana
Mazumder, Antara
Lyricist: Shellee
It’s the story of an
upper middle class Christian Indian family
consisting of a couple, Nicole (Padmini
Kolhapure) & Nicholas (Mohnish Behl)
& their 4 childern - elder son - Nick (17
yrs), elder daughter - Nancy (16yrs) &
twin brother & sister Ness & Nikki (6
yrs) Nicole’s and her kids spirited life
is shattered when Nicholas, the head of
the family passes away suddenly leaving
behind huge debts. Nicole decides to shift
to her parent’s place. Nancy & Nick are
initially reluctant to go along, but their
anxieties about moving into an unknown
place vanish and their spirits elated, as
soon as they arrive at a palatial mansion
that is their grandparents home. But their
hope of wonderful days is short lived as a
major twist happens and all the children
are confined in a far end of the mansion. They are separated from their mother
and kept in virtual captivity in a big
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hall under the hawk-like & suspicious
gaze of their grandmother aka Granny
(Helen Khan). Here they are subjected
to relentless torture by grandmother and
their grandfather Daryl’s (Tom Alter)
butler and Man Friday Samuels (Brandon
Hill). Why this treatment is being meted
out to them, they are at a complete loss to
figure out. Meanwhile they get together
to survive in this virtual imprisonment.
At a crucial juncture mother decides to
leave the mansion immediately with
the kids. Now her attempt is thwarted
by the butler and grandmother. Elder
children Nancy and Nick want to figure
out the truth. They are confused and
scared. Obviously, they don’t trust their
own mother?.Whose help should they
take?..What is the whole back story
and motivation for their torture and
capitivity?.
Badlapur
Genre: Drama, Social
Star Cast: Varun Dhawan.... Raghav, Huma
Qureshi .... Jhimli,Yaami Gautam....
Misha, Nawazuddin Siddiqui.... Liak,
Vinay Pathak.... Harman, Divya Dutta.... Shobha, Radhika Apte.... Koko, Kumud
Mishra, Pratima Kazmi
Producer: Dinesh Vijan, Sunil A
Music Director:
Sachin, Jigar
Director: Sriram
Raghavan
Raghav
a.k.a
Raghu is a man
with a past
He witnessed
his wife and
son
being
killed
during
a robbery. 15
years later, Raghu finds out who pulled
the trigger to kill his family.
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Badmashiyaan
Genre: Romantic, Comedy
Star Cast: Suzzana Mukherjee as Nari,
Sharib Hashmi as Jassi Chaudhary,
Siddhant Gupta as Dev, Gunjan Malhotra
as Palak, Karan Mehra as Pinkesh Khanna
Director: Amit Khanna
Music: Bobby-Imran
Café owner Dev’s girlfriend Na-ri left
him the night he meant to propose her.
Months later he meets Palak, a young
woman living next door, during a bank
hold-up. Dev’s friend Pinkesh, a private
investigator, has been trying to track down
Na-ri for him. He finds that she is living
with Don Jassi, a reformed gangster.
Her Story
Star Cast: Rahul Roy, Riya Sahota,
Shradha, Rana Jung Bahadur, Birbal,
Johny Nirmal, Rajan, Janvi, Neha Joshi,
Prithvi Zutshi
Story / Writers: Rajan Sabarwal
Producer: Indiawali Films
Music Director: Sunill Khosla
Director: Trilok Chaudhary
Lyricist: Govind Moonis
Her story is the
story of a young
girl Kim who
takes a fancy
for Rahul. He
is double her
age.
Though
unmarried
yet
he is into a
relationship with
‘Laila’. Though
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initially Kim is unconcerned about their
relationship, later, she sees a threat in
Laila and wants to get rid of her. She
is willing to go to any length to fulfill
her desire. There is a thin dividing line
between desire and insanity and she is
willing to cross this line. Her Story tries to
explore the human psyche to understand
the nuances of such delicate relation.
Mrs. Scooter
Genre: Drama
Star Cast: Anjali Patil.... Aashima,
Himanshu Kohli.... Bhushan, Satyakam
Anand.... Manu, Madhu Rajesh.... Sheila,
Sandeep Sahota.... Baldev
Story / Writers: Deepak Nagar
Producer: Narendra Singh, Karan Singh,
Sandeep Sahota
Music Director: Avinash Baghel
Director: Shiladitya Moulik
Singers: Avinash Baghel, Harshdeep
Kaur, Bishakh Jyoti, Anirban Choudhury
Lyricist: Abhishek Chatterjee, Protiqe
Mojoomdar
A mid-level clerk Bhushan brings home,
on the same day, two things that are close
to his heart - his
new scooter and
his new bride
Aashima. But
just one day
later Bhushan
loses his life
in an accident
separating his
two
prized
possessions.
The film follows
the decline and decay of both Aashima
and the scooter, who seem to have
been abandoned by fate as well. Alone,
unprotected and unloved their lives seem
to be heading for a compromise forced
by the people around them until the very
end, when they are happily reunited by
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Sharmila Tagore
In one film for a sequence you had to cry
and you ended up laughing on screen? That was such a ridiculous scene in
Dulal Guha’s Milan Ki Raat. I had to
fall at the bedside and weep. I shouldn’t
have spoken about it. Sanjeev Kumar
taught me to be convincing in whatever
I did. He’d say ‘Don’t argue. Just say
your lines. I’ve to go home.’ I haven’t
seen Milan Ki Raat on television or
anywhere. So many of our films have
not been kept properly. Looking back at tour films what would
you like to change? My hair. I remember all my directors
discouraging me from doing the
elaborate bouffant. But I wouldn’t
listen. I never did. You were the first actress to wear a bikini? That was so frowned upon during my
time. Now it has become a cult thing.
It’s still considered a big deal. The
Indian mind set has not changed at all. Any temptation to return? Not really. I am quite happy with
my gardening, music; reading and
UNICEF work. We have a trust at
Pataudi where we are currently working
in restructuring the face of an acid
survivor. I get lots of help from people
who have proper connections. Once we
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started helping this girl lots of people
have come forward. Do you think celebrities need to be more
socially conscious? I feel when you are in position to help
them you must. Tiger started the trust.
Now I am looking after it. Kareena is
also very interested in it.
Continued from page 29
and Kal Ho Naa Ho to talk about. After
that she has done a film each in Bengali
and Bhojpuri and a film in Bangladesh.
Jaya decided to face the arc lights again
only after her children were grown up. Rati Agnihotri too followed her
path, making her first appearance
in Yaadein and Kuch Khatti Kuch
Meethi(2001), a decade after her last
release, Jaan-E-Wafaa in 1990. In a
sporadically
memorable
s e c o n d
innings
of
many movies,
besides these
two
films,
she made her
presence felt
in other flops
like Chupke Se… and Devbesides in
the hit Hum Tum. A unique case was that of
Dimple
Kapadia,
who
even
before Bobby became a craze, had
a chatt mangni patt shaadi with
Rajesh Khanna and quit films. Dimple
returned to the screen by signing
Saagar, even doing a topless scene in
it later, just seven years later, having
faced a bad marriage. Needless to say,
this sensational actress was lapped up
by producers, and though Zakhmee
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the unpredictable hand of fortune. The
film is based in western UP and speaks a
language we all relate to.
Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi
Genre: Romantic, Comedy
Star Cast: Rishi Kapoor, Paresh Rawal,
Vir Das,Prem Chopra, Payal Ghosh, Jinal
Belani, Divya Seth, Bharti Achrekar, Tiku
Talsania
Producer: Bharat Patel
Story / Writer: Sanjay Chhel
Choreographer: Ganesh Acharya
Music Director: Lalit Pandit, Uttank Vora
Director: Sanjay Chhel
Singers: Sneha Pant,Shaan, Parthiv Gohil,
Neha Kakkar, Roop Kumar Rathod
Lyricist: Sanjay Chhel
The
story
is about a
Punjabi,
p l a y e d
by
Rishi
Kapoor and
a Gujarati,
played by Paresh Rawal. South Indian
Actress Payal Ghosh will debut as Paresh
Rawal’s daughter. Her debut Telugu
movie was opposite Telugu star Mohan
Babu’s son Manoj Manchu. Payal plays
the love interest of Rishi Kapoor’s
son, to be played by Vir Das. Rishi
Kapoor and Paresh Rawal will be seen
together for the first time in 20 years.
Rahasya
Genre: Thriller, Social
Producer: Monica Vimal Maluka
Star Cast: Tisca Chopra.... Dr. Aarti
Mahajan, Ashish Vidyarthi.... Dr. Sachin
Mahajan, Baby Sakshi Sem.... Ayesha
Mahajan, Kay Kay Menon.... Sunil
Paraskar, Meeta Vasisht, Ashwini
Kalsekar, Manoj Maurya, Vinit Kakar
Music Director: Ranjit Barot
Director: Manish Gupta
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Film is based on the infamous Arushi
murder case. The
film explores the
plight of a couple
who have not only
lost their only child
but who also have
to bear the trauma
of the father being
accused of killing
his own daughter.
The narrative has
been presented in the form of a classic
Agatha Christie whodunit told from
the point of view of real-life police
investigator - Sunil Paraskar - played by
actor Kay Kay Menon.
Roy
Genre: Drama, Action, Romantic
Star Cast: Ranbir Kapoor.... Roy,
Jacqueline Fernandez.... Ayesha, Arjun
Rampal.... Kabir,Anupam Kher, Rajit
Kapoor
Story / Writers: Vikramjit Singh
Producer: Divya Khosla Kumar, Bhushan
Kumar,
Kishan
Kumar
Music Director:
Ankit
Tiwari,
Meet Bros Anjjan,
Amaal Mallik
D i r e c t o r :
Vikramjit Singh
Singers:
Amaal
Mallik,
Arijit
Singh,
Aditi
Singh
Sharma,
Ankit Tiwari, Meet Bros Anjjan, Kanika
Kapoor, K K, Tulsi Kumar
Lyricist: Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay,
Sandeep Nath, Kumaar
The movie is a love triangle starring Arjun
Rampal as Kabir Grewal, a film maker
and Jacqueline Fernandez in a dual
role. Ranbir Kapoor plays the role of a
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mysterious thief named Roy.
Shamitabh
Genre: Drama
Star
Cast:
Amitabh
Bachchan,
Dhanush, Akshara Haasan (young
daughter of Kamal Haasan),, Mahesh
Bhatt, Vandita Shrivastava, Abhishek
Bachchan.... Cameo
Producer:
Rakesh
Jhunjhunwala,
R.K.Damani,Sunil A, Gauri Shinde,
Abhishek Bachchan
Story / Writers: R. Balki
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Director: R. Balki
Singers: Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh for the first time in the film,
will work along with Dhanush (“Why
This Kolaveri Di” 2011) south star. In
this movie south star will act a silent
and deaf role, Mr. Amitabh will act the
lad who will be
his voice. The
movie
has
been shot in
the wonderful
places of Goa,
Mumbai and
Ooty. As the
title
name
Shamitabh,
‘Sh’ is virtually
the last two
alphabets
of
Dhanush’s
name, which is abided by Amitabh’s
name. Big B says, “It’s not a picture, it’s
a mixture.” Shamitabh is an allegory of
2 ego personalities, who strive with one
another and nobody can be certainly
successful. Most of the folks believe
that they can do it lonely, most of the
folks believe that they have made it
everything. It is not similar that. Behind
every successful man, there is a team.
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Guarding Against Another ‘Jinx’ ...
The film industry anticipates bad luck. It
scours through gossip, weird opinions,
comments of strangers, and, of course,
consults astrologers and numerologists
and fakirs and Dabas to reassure itself
that bad luck is not hiding behind a lamp
post or door of the studio floor to pounce
on it. Like the matka players of yore, it
takes random words heard or read all too
seriously. It reads portents where there are
none. It sees omens where the Almighty
might not have placed any. This may
not have much to do with individuals.
Filmmaking is so speculative that almost
every person playing the game believes
in superstition; after all, success of a
film like Fukrey is as inexplicable as the
failure of Happy Ending, right?’
No, that may not be true. The disastrous
fate of Happy Ending has, for the
moment, an explanation just like the
success of Fukrey may still be explicable.
Apparently, Happy Ending was destined
to flop because it was released in the
third week of November. The industry
has done deep analysis and has arrived
at the conclusion that all films released
in the third week of November down
the years, at least till 2003, have always
flopped. Prominent among these films are
Gori Tere Pyaar Mein! (2013), Guzaarish
(2010), Kurbaan (2009), Yuvraaj (2008)
and Goal (2007).
The purported jinx on release dates is a
favorite in the film industry. It jumps from
month to month depending on which
bad and unentertaining films have been
released during those phases in the past
few years. For instance, it is an accepted
jinx to release a film in the first week of
the year. Veterans shake their heads in
disbelief and disapproval at producers
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who schedule release of their films in
the first week of the New Year. Ramzan
(prayer month) is another jinxed period
when films are expected to flop - never
mind that Bhaag Milkha Bhaag managed
to surprise everybody in recent years
by commanding a huge opening and
ultimately racing to success, even though
released during Ramzan. But they don’t
count when the thrust of arguments is to
generate fear among filmmakers against
certain dates.
Now, the discovery of a new
jinx will make filmmakers
think ten times when
considering a November
release. See it from Karan
Johar’s perspective. Two of
his major releases, Kurbaan
and Gori
Tere pyaar Mein, have
succumbed to the ill-luck of
November third week release. Would he
dare to release another film during this
week in the years to come? And if Karan
won’t, which producer will dare?
Considering the fact that about 85 per
cent of Hindi films flop each year, there
must surely be many other dates or weeks
when releases haven’t done too well over
the years. It ought not to be difficult to
dig out similar statistics and create a lot
more other ‘jinxed’ weeks, reducing the
industry to about 15-20 weeks a year
when it is auspicious to release films. Of
course, these auspicious dates will keep
decreasing as and when films flop, which,
by law of averages, they are certain to do.
It might just be a better option to make
good films and release them at the most
appropriate or available date. If the film
is liked, it will run; if it is not, it will
flop. What’s the big deal about jinx or
non jinx? There are two views on bad
luck, one, superstitious, and the other,
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practical. One says, walking under a
ladder is bad luck while the other says,
bad luck is walking under a ladder if it
falls on you. Choose.
Time For Reinvention?
Whether it is age or audience fatigue,
actors are often pushed to a point where
the only sensible course open to them
is reinvention of their screen persona.
Amitabh Bachchan, for instance, reached
a point in his career where films with him
in the lead role were just not working.
He sought out Yash Chopra
and made a shift to character
roles with Mohabbatein.
The move worked superbly
for him and though he now
plays character roles in films,
they are almost as important
as the youngsters playing the
film’s lead.
There are at least two lead
stars currently, who need a
change of image and orientation, though,
perhaps, not drastic as the one Bachchan
was forced to go in for. Saif Ali Khan
has been floundering in recent films. His
role in Humshakals was as ridiculous as
the film itself, and he should never have
attempted it. It was at total variance to
his image and was too silly for a hero
of his calibre. But his other films like
Happy Ending, Agent Vinod and Bullett
Raja haven’t done well either. Though
he still looks good, Saif no longer fits
into the young hero slot and he needs to
do a subtle shift to slightly older, more
mature, lead roles. Buffoonery doesn’t
suit him and he needs to search out
roles that complement the suave and
sophisticated image that he has built over
the years. He has already shown that
he can tackle characters like the one he
played in Omkara with supreme ease, so
a little experimentation would help him
go a long way in his career.
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A R Rahman (Highway) Julius Packiam (Kick and Mardaani) Raju Singh (Ek Villain) Rohit Kulkarni (Mary Kom) Best Lyrics
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alas, what a pity! Ram Kumar is denied
directed by Manmohan Desai. Bluff his claim, though he possesses the
Master retains the Desai touch; his qualities.
favorite ploy to show the hero in slums During the breathless encounter between
and his gregarious fraternity with other the villain and the hero, Tun Tun, the
people, especially the children, and woman of the slum, plays a waggish role
the tanga walla. This brings the Pran- by slapping the henchmen of the villain
Shammi antithesis into a package of down the valley, and in the process, her
engaging flames of action. Ashok, husband on the bottom, an offense that
played by Shammi Kapoor, is a master might be excused in view of the urgency
of deception. A large part of the film of the situation. This provides another
centers round the series of masquerades instance of rollicking fun provided by
the hero uses to hoodwink others. First, Bollywood filmmakers again and again.
he snatches a camera from a shop in the Tun Tun can be irresistibly hilarious
name of another person and then returns it on such occasions, providing pure
later to the owner after finding himself in entertainment. Accordingly, she was
an awkward position. Again, he manages well taken care of by the directors of
to get the camera back by telling the Bollywood cinema. In China Town also,
owner a fictitious story of his distress in Tun Tun plays the role of a Bengali wife,
conjugal life. Compared to the hero, the pestering Shekhar’s girl again and again
villain looks a smarter and decent guy. for using sindoor on the parting of her
This makes the villain look like having hair. The villain is later handed over to
a better claim for the hand of the heroine the police in Blujf Master. The social
ambience of the time didn’t ask for
in this film.
The villain too starts playing tricks for wiping out the villain. Therefore, Ram
winning the hand of the heroine Seema, Kumar returns to his fold. Kashmir Ki
played by Saira Banu. Ashok stops Kali was released in 1964, establishing
playing his masquerades when the villain the trend (except Junglee which was
springs into action. Seema’s uncle joins released in 1961) of casting Pran as villain
hands with Ram Kumar, the villain, against the boisterous Shammi Kapoor,
telling her, “Pitaji ne kumar babu ko the flamboyant hero of the decade of
chuna tha”. Back from London, Kumar the sixties, offering a contrast to the
has an obvious advantage over the hero despondent and romantic Rajesh Khanna.
As a villain, Pran reigned supreme in this
who lives in a slum.
The villain employs people to bump period till Upkar (1967), often cited to be
Ashok off from the scene. Later, Kumar a turning point in his career. In Kashmir
steals a huge sum from the iron chest of Ki Kali, the hero, trying to win the heart
Seema’s uncle. He isn’t fooled like others of the heroine selling flowers, gives her
by Ashok’s deception of playing the role rupees 20 as a cost of the bunch he buys
of a rich merchant as his father. Seema’s from her. Later, under instruction from
uncle and the owner of the camera shop her surrogate father, she returns rupees
are duped by the hero’s masquerade, but 15 to the wealthy hero, keeping 5 to
not the villain. Ram Kumar exposes the herself as the actual cost. Significantly,
hero before others by bringing his mother the film opens with Raju, the hero, son of
on the scene. Ashok’s hopeless status as a Seth Sanjiblal, about to take over the mill
slum dweller is revealed to all justifying as the natural owner. He addresses the
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workers, telling them, “Yeh mazdoor ka
zamana hai”. This shows the trend of the
time when workers were getting united
to claim better wages and privileges.
The hero’s speech doesn’t please his
mother and Shyamlal the accountant,
both representing feudal heritage. Raju
declares that rupees 500,000 which is
the dividend of his company, should be
distributed among the workers. Raju
goes to Kashmir to avoid his mother
because she insists on his marriage. In
Kashmir he finds his girl, Champa, the
flower woman. This brings the villain
Mohan Seth to the scene. The film takes
a turning point when it’s discovered that
Champa is actually the daughter of the
Rani ma, the rich woman of the city.
Mohan’s subsequent actions keep the
film alive till the end. Pran takes away
much of the film space from the usually
unconquerable Shammi Kapoor. Mohan
threatens Champa’s surrogate father
to marry him off to Champa and starts
blackmailing him. The surrogate father,
now blind, is unwilling to release the girl
from his custody. The flashback begins
on the windscreen wiper of a car, handled
imaginatively by the director. Mohan
seeks out Dheeru’s sister Karuna and
learns about Champa’s real parents.The
money interest comes to play its role.
Mohan abducts Champa ahd hurriedly
calls a priest for holding the marriage
ceremony. He snaps, “Shaadi paanch
minute me honi chahiye”
Before this, Mohan is fooled by Raju
and Champa at the fair, being unable to
spot the heroine, who disappears with the
hero, reminding one of a similar situation
in Nagin. It turns out later that Raju is
an ordinary guy, the son of Champa’s
poor surrogate father. Mohan Seth, in
the circumstance, looks all set to win
Champa; but again the villain’s claim goes
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in the sixties. It is, after all, Mohan Seth,
who plays a pivotal role in unraveling the
real identity of the hero and the heroine.
The film, needless to say, hinges on this
discovery. Still, the villain’s effort goes
un-rewarded. Undaunted, he puts up a
fight to the finish before being handed
over to the police.
In Ram Aur Shyam, Pran plays Gajendra,
the awesome brother in-law of the good
Ram. Dilip Kumar plays a double role.
Having Ram in the house, Gajendra
finds it easy to stomp in the rich in laws
house where he stays with his mother and
tortures his wife and daughter. Property
issues surface again when Gajendra
wants Ram to sign the property over to
his name. Ram escapes, and enters a hotel
after Shyam, his twin brother, not yet
discovered, moves out without paying
for the sumptuous meal he has eaten. The
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identity confusion keeps the narrative
vibrant from now on. Again, it is the
villain who exposes the brothers real
identity. It’s difficult to keep Gajendra
longer in the dark.
Ram, in course of his wanderings, finds
shelter in Shyam’s house in the village,
while Shyam is mistaken for Ram in
the rich house of the city. Shyam, a
smarter guy, beats Gajendra mercilessly,
something that takes everyone by
surprise. Finally, Gajendra unravels the
mystery of the twin brothers, keeps Ram
in his custody in a godown, and beats him
severely for having the property written
in his name. Gajendra tells the police that
Shyam has murdered Ram, and is staying
in the house by using the look alike
image of his brother. Shyam escapes
from prison and comes to know that Ram
is his brother. The lost parents of Shyam
is narrated by his surrogate mother. The
role of Gajendra is played with great
menace by Pran. There are moments in
the film when he looks threatening, like
when he throws the birthday cake of his
daughter away, and whips the innocent
Ram, causing a dent in his psyche. One
important feature of this film is that here
the villain not only returns to his fold,
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misdeeds. This is because the structure
of family as a homogenous entity is
preserved in this film, The villain too
endorses feudal values and stays loyal
to them. However, things start looking
favorable for the villain two years later.
Raj Khosla, the director of Kala Pani,
later made Do Raaste, a family drama that
drew heavily on the values demonstrated
in the Ramayana. Released in 1969.
The villain’s function in Do Raaste is
taken over by the housewife (Bindu in a
major role), who instigates her husband
Birjuprasad (Prem Chopra) against the
family. She is contrasted with her good
sister Rina, played by Mumtaz. The
family accepts the legal marriage of
Birju, though on the whole they want
to retain traditional values. This sets
the theme of the film in motion. As it
happens in Junglee, the photo of the dead
father becomes a subject of debate and
adulation. In Do Raaste, it takes on an
ugly turn. The evil housewife, spurred on
by vengeance, removes the photo from
the wall of the room allotted to her. Birju
prasad questions the values stuck to by
his idealist elder brother Navendu (Balraj
Sahni in a memorable
role again), and later
leaves
the
family.
Toward the end, Birju
realizes his mistake and
the villainous role played
by his wife in disrupting
the peace and stability of
the family.
The film became a
blockbuster at the box
office and got a Filmfare
Award for the best story.
Bindu was nominated as
the best supporting actress. She delivered
several powerhouse performances mainly
as a vamp and had a sizzling score (Mera
Naam Shabnam” to her credit the very
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impact on their lives and careers. As
professionals and as individuals, Uttam
and Suchitra were very aware of their
image and status.
Yet, however much Uttam and Suchitra
tried to retain their privacy, they were
inexplicably linked together in the
imagination of their fans and by the
press. Local magazines circulated
stories about their off-screen romance,
even when neither of them bothered to
either deny or confirm these rumors.
That Suchitra was passing through
troubled times in her marriage might
have added grist to the mill. According
to studio gossip, Uttam had proposed to
Suchitra several times, but she did not
accept his proposal since she believed
in the sanctity of marriage and was
aware of her standing in society.
The playful side to their relationship
clearly visible and indicative of a
special chemistry didn’t help quell
rumours either. Uttam was one of the
few people who had the privilege of
calling Suchitra by her real name Roma.
They also endearingly addressed each
other as ‘tui’ (you).
Apparently Suchitra, who called
herself Uttam’s Priyo Bandhobi, would
often visit him both at home and in the
studios. Like lovers they would bicker
with each other about their roles,
have tiffs both dramatic and personal,
and even cajole each other into doing
things that others could never make
them do. Co-actors, technicians and
directors, gossiped about the close
relationship that blossomed between
U ttam and Suchitra. The two were
known to constantly keep each other
company in their make-up vans. In
fact, many studio hands spoke of how
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the two went out for drives together
if they were shooting in adjacent
locations. Visiting each other on the
sets or sharing food between shots was
also quite commonplace. Platonic or
spiritual, their mutual admiration was
palpable and infectious. Both shared
much more than their films and would
even look to each other for solace in
times both good and bad.
While it is known to most that Suchitra
visited the Belur Math, few know that
Uttam did so, too. Both of them would
religiously sit in their puja rooms
in the morning, and loved incense
sticks. What brought them together,
however, was their common passion
for excellence in cinema, the thirst for
making it big and the will to fight their
way to the top. This is perceptible in
their choice of scripts which matured
over time, and their acting in terms of
emoting and dialogue delivery which
became less theatrical and more subtle.
The two had tremendous respect for
each other, too. Uttam’s and Suchitra’s
relationship was based on mutual trust,
appreciation and admiration for each
other’s work and personality.
An anecdote goes that during the
shooting of Priyo Bandhobi, Suchitra
had arrived on time for the shoot but
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met with some technical problems and
was not working. Ritesh, out of the
blue requested everyone to join for an
impromptu dance to one of the film’s
songs. And when all of us hit the floor,
the dance then lasted for not less than
5 hours! These 5 hours helped each of
us in bonding with each other like never
before! Where all the locations of the shoot? The whole film was shot in and around
Mahabaleshwar. How is Ritesh Menon as a director? He is an extremely experienced guy.
Having worked with the ace film maker
Santosh Sivan for as many as 8 years,
the training showed in his direction.
Even on a personal level,
I have never seen anyone
so calm and composed
even in the most stressful
situation. It is his energy
which brought us all
together. Who is the real ‘Kukkad’
of the film? In the film, everyone is
running like a headless
chicken. ‘Kukkad’ is a
term which is used to
describe the family. And the actual
meaning of the said term you will get to
see when you see the film. Do you feel that your experience in theater helps you in films? The answer is cent per cent yes. Theatre
was my indeed my training ground for
films. Will you do anything on television? I would really love to do something for
TV, but only if it’s really interesting. Were you always a film buff- a first day
first show type of person? Asian Magazine
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Trust me when I say that I saw all the
films which were released in the year
1986 and 1987. I even have evidence of
that in the form of ticket counter foils.
Besides collecting the ticket counter
foils, I used to write about the star cast
and a small review of the film in a book.
In addition to that, I also used to write
as to with whom I saw the film! How much do you believe in luck and
hard work? Luck is something I truly believe in as
much as I believe in hard work. And
when you work hard, luck always helps
you to take you ahead in life. What’s the secret of your success? I am not impatient in life about
anything, which is what I feel has got
me till here. Is it true that you had
penned songs even in the
bathroom while in Goregaon? What happened was
that when I was sitting
to brainstorm about
the songs of Lage
Raho Munnabhai with
Shantanu Moitra, Raju
Hirani and Vidhu Vinod
Chopra. Since I was not
able to search for a place to write sings,
I went to the bathroom, where I got an
idea for the song’s lyrics. And when
I told the team about it, they laughed
on hearing that they generalized that ‘I
write my lyrics in the bathroom”. And
that’s how the whole thing started! How long does it take to pen a song? It all depends from song to song. It
could be as fast and quick in a jiffy,
while it could take even weeks. To
give an example, while I wrote ‘Aala
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Barfi’ track from Barfi in a coffee
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also mystified at the daring of the old
man. As they were wondering the old
man removed his white beard and hair.
“Tenalirama!
Tenalirama!!”
said
everyone in great surprise. Tenalirama
had heard about the King’s dream
palace and put on this act.
Before the King would say anything,
Tenalirama reminded, Your Majesty!
Please remember that I am under your
blanket protection. You must pardon me for my act.” The King began to
laugh.
Shilpa...Continued from page 43
my character if ‘Bindiya Naik’. Looking
at the connect that this character had with
everyone, especially the interiors of our
country, then, it started feeling worthwhile
of having touched so many hearts. What will be your parting shot about Crazy Kukkad Family? It’s a rare type of comedy. It’s a multi
layered film. You will get really involved
with all the characters. Every Indian
should watch the film. It gives you an
opportunity to laugh at yourself, at least
once in a while!
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Villian..Continued from page 67
next year in Shakti Samanta’s Kati Patang
(1970). Do Raaste not only shows a
villain woman, but it also dramatizes the
contemporary clash between the old and
new emerging set of values. Meanwhile,
the Shammi Kapoor-Pran antithesis
went on in great guns, in An Evening in
Paris, for example, with greater virulence
against an international scene, forecasting
the trend of the later decades.
Pran begins from where he left in Bluff
Master, exposing the hero’s masquerade
before all, and leaving him to a life of
shame and humiliation. And, this time
in An Evening in Paris, he retaliates by
romping away with the heroine, offering
her drinks and dancing with her, watched
hopelessly by Sam, the hero. Shekhar
(Pran) looks as suave and smart as any
romantic hero does in a film, once again
justifying his claim over the heroine. The
story remains incomplete if we don’t
consider Shekhar’s fight with the other
fierce villain of the film, Jack (played
brilliantly by K. N. Singh) and the no
less menacing Jaggu. Jack kidnaps the
heroine Deepa, and demands a huge sum
from the Seth, Deepa’s father. This leads
to the exposure of the missing twin Rupa,
now known as Suji, a cabaret dancer,
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VIRGO
Your moods change like a chameleon,
surprising not only others but yourself
too. There is idealism coursing through
your veins and you look at philanthropy
with serious eyes. Mid month sees new
intensity pushing you. You want to
make miracles happen. There are also
maudlin moments rocking your calm. If
there are habits and thought processes
that have outlived their utility, you
need to junk them. As the month ends,
your monkey mind is everywhere. This
can be a great period for creative folk.
There could also be minor accidents,
altercations, arguments, separations
and other breakdowns. You can expect
the unexpected.
LIBRA
This is a good time to be in as you are
brimming with ability and desire and
the will to execute your plans. You
comb through the details and triumph
over all the roadblocks. There is new
intensity in all your dealings, maybe
new love too. There may be excesses
like binge drinking and gluttony. By
mid month, there are maudlin thoughts
of love and longing. As the month
ends, you meet new people, new vistas
open up dramatically, and there could
be several domestic upheavals. A lot is
happening in your life and you will be
tested.
SCORPIO
moon. The tide changes completely as
the month progresses. You are filled
with energy. There are zest and zeal.
You want to make things happen and
you leave no stone unturned. There
are money and honey. You are filled
with determination, intensity and
perseverance. There is a lot on your
plate as the month ends. Your personal
needs and career needs are balanced.
This can be a great period for creative
expression. You also network furiously.
SAGITTARIUS
You want to save your soul, and
spend time helping the less fortunate.
This is also the time to take care of
your health. There could be domestic
discord, and relationships will be on
the rack. There is powerful intensity
goading you during mid month. You
roll up your sleeves and get down to
determined effort. You are stimulated.
You feel alive, awake and charged. You
are goaded by powerful intuition and
insights. You are excited by life as new
vistas open.
CAPRICORN
There may be a holiday overseas and
you may make some vital financial
outlays. The mood is mellow and soft.
You spend time with family, friends
and loved ones. By mid month, there
is new energy. Your mind and body
are recharged. Relationships with the
opposite sex may be in jeopardy. There
could be court cases and separations.
The wind blows in many directions. As
the month ends, your critical faculties
are sharp and you steam roll others
opinions. There are strong ego drives
You may start the month feeling lonely
and isolated. There are love, lust,
hate, possessiveness, jealousy, one up
manship, fights, strife, altercations,
innuendos, many dark shades of the
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you have been presented entirely different
from your other entertainers. Can one
say that Neeraj allows you to explore different territories with his films?
No! One doesn’t explore with Neeraj
Sir; one does as ones told, that’s the
journey. I don’t have to ‘think’, I have
to ‘do’, I have to ‘understand’, that’s
the difference. I don’t have to create a
character; he gives me one that I follow
like my life depends on it. Baby is
one of the greatest acting experiences
I have had. There is no improvisation,
there is only turning pages into reality.
We are giving a script a
3D life and it’s incredibly
refreshing to work with
such powerful craftsmen.
In the film, you are also returning with your co-star of
many films, Anupam Kher.
From Special 26 to Baby,
it seems you are indeed a
team with Neeraj Pandey,
isn’t it?
We are what some people call,
inseparable when it comes to shooting
our films. From eating together,
changing together, sharing vans,
sharing phones. But it doesn’t stop
there; we have become somewhat even
closer on this film; for now we even
take massages together. We are not only
a team, we are ‘Baby’. We are Neeraj
Pandey’s ‘Baby’.
I am particularly glad to see Danny
Denzongpa returning in a meaty avatar.
Though I missed his extended presence
in Boss, are we going to see a substantial
role for Danny this time around?
Danny Sir is not only crucial to this film;
he is the brains behind us all. Meaty,
needed and well played, Danny is in his
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element in Baby. And may I add with
full respect, what an incredible healthy
fit young man he is. Just to shake his
hand, you think you are in the presence
of an officer. Baby wouldn’t be the
same without him.
On the other hand, Madhurima Tuli
plays your wife in the film. Since you
have given an opportunity to quite a few
actresses in the industry, how has Madhurima turned out to be?
She is a fine actress whose future
holds very promising ventures. She is
an absolute delight to work with and
a pleasure being a husband to in the
film. Our industry needs
actresses like Madhurima.
I am looking forward to
what Bollywood makes of
her!
Earlier this year, you came
up with Holiday that was
again about extraditing
terrorists out of their hole.
Now, in Baby too, you are
following a trail. Is it just the treatment
that differentiates both or there is more
to the plot, twists and turns that separate
the two films?
Each film is in a league of its own. They
are both a subject that we now are all
tackling on almost a daily basis, yet
each and every act of terrorism is a plot
on its own. It’s a something that no one
can prepare for. This genre of film is
unbelievably hard to face, but one that
must be faced head on. This world isn’t
always about laughs, babies and fluffy
dogs; this world is mean, terrifying
and extremely real, so is cinema. I
feel compelled to make cinema that
entertains people, as well as awakens
them. The story of these two films
couldn’t be further apart.
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Sarika.....Continued from page 40
to waste my time working in projects
that I know may not see the light of the
day.
So you are saying you have not become
choosy in picking up roles?
I believe filmmakers need to start
writing more and more roles for actors
and less for characters. In a general
scenario we have roles written for
hero, heroine, villain, item girl, etc. But
ideally it should be
written for the actors.
If you have seen Rajat
Kapoor’s last film
Ankhon Dekhi, that
was a film written
for actors. Even
Club 60 was written
for actors and that’s
why I chose to be a
part of it. When this
happens in our film
industry, the actors
start flourishing and
that helps them better
the quality of acting
that they do.
Do you think your daughters are also
getting victimised by this? Because most
of the roles that they pick up are character-driven and not actor-driven?
Let’s not jump the gun with Akshara
right now. You will have to see
Shamitabh to know what has been
written for her as an actor. I can’t say
that in future she wouldn’t give in to the
craze of character driven roles, but we
can’t say that now.
And what about Shruti Haasan?
Shruti has taken her decisions and those
seem to have worked for her brilliantly.
As long as it works for her there is no
harm. She has already proved her mettle
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as she is an established actor. Let’s get
all our focus towards Akshara now.
You have been part of TV. Do you think
it’s not as good a medium as films? Would
you suggest TV to your daughters?
See as an actor my basic need is to
perform. If the role that I have been
offered, I feel that the actor in me can
do well, then I would definitely do
it. Now whether that is shown on TV
or on the big screen doesn’t really
matter. However it is
imperative to check
fully before you sign
any project as many
a time a project starts
with great intentions
but doesn’t see the
light of the day.
That hurts an actor.
That’s why it is very
important to see if the
producers are good
and if the director is
capable enough of
steering the film in
the right direction.
At the end, more than
the money, it’s the recognition that an
actor gets is what matters. The medium
is just secondary.
You reportedly hold Akshara back from
going out and having boyfriends and
make sure that she spends most of her
time shooting and working for her film.
How true is that?
No. Never have I done anything of that
sort.
What other future projects are you working on?
I am reading a lot of scripts these days.
Whenever there is something I find
interesting to do, I will sign it then and
there.
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Pannu.....Continued from page 53
whole film is divided into few episodes
and we are seen on different missions,
hence we don’t happen to cross ways.
In fact apart from one scene, we don’t
even share screen space. In fact when
we met on the location, we smiled as
we were sure that lady luck would
smile on us again. He is another very
positive person that I have come across
in the industry. He is very encouraging
and gives really good feedback when
you are performing. What kind of feedback did you seek from
the films in the same genre that have
been made in the past? Did you do any
research of your own? I don’t believe in seeing other people’s
works
or
watch
other
spy movies to
figure out what
I had to do. Had
I done that, I
would have just
started copying
them.
Then
I
wouldn’t
have been as
convincing in my performance. I have
been acting for a while now; I know
what changes I need to get into myself.
So I mentally started working on my
character. I started talking a little slow
and got out of my Punjabi accent. How do you feel your career has been
progressing though? I look at a simple thing, which is
to choose a film that as per my best
judgment would be a hit at the box
office. Also, I am very patient. I realize
that there are so many girls who have a
particular type of Unique Selling Point
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February 2015
Continued from last Month...
2014’s Best Performances
Shraddha Kapoor: So what if offscreen she is shy and doesn’t like to be
photographed? So what if she refuses to
look up to the lensman on her way out of
the airport? Although she is a celebrity.
Well, by exercising that right, she invited
the ire of the paparazzi who decided
to boycott her. Even though she later
apologized to the photographers, we’re
glad that she is not afraid to do things
her way.
Astro.....Continued from page 82
and you could easily be misinterpreted
or misunderstood.
AQUARIUS
You have a new zest, a fire, a zeal
that seems unquenchable. There is
hard work and the rewards are plenty.
The year has begun with money and
honey. By mid month, there are softer
moments. This is your birth period and
the energies are in your favour. You
meet with old friends and lovers as
emotions reach a fever pitch. This is a
period of intense networking. Those in
the fields of education, medicine and
counselling do exceptionally well.
PISCES
This is a creative phase, and writers,
painters, artists and musicians are
suitably acclaimed for their skills.
By mid month, there are emotional
undercurrents in the family. Your plate
is overflowing with responsibilities.
There are new beginnings and many
endings. There is a type of regeneration
in your life.
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adored by Jack.
Shekhar, fighting for the hand of
the heroine, cables the Seth, and it’s
the Seth’s arrival on the scene that
encourages Jack to ask for money. Thus,
the film space is largely occupied by
Pran, leaving Shammi Kapoor again an
observer most of the time, though he’s
aided by the mellifluous Rafi number
“Akele, Akele.” This is an important
feature of this film. An Evening in Paris
is a significant film of the decade as it
shows the villain’s cool calculating
menace in which he’s substantially aided
by the vamp a feature that looks much
ahead of the time. Importantly, a foreign
land becomes the center of action in this
film. This point should be noted also.
Finding Jack in action, Shekhar
approaches Suji to take over the place of
Deepa, now missing. They agree to share
the money between them when Shekhar
succeeds in claiming the hand of Deepa.
Shekhar is encouraged by the Seth, who
considers him to be a worthy son-in
law, in spite of protests from Shekhar’s
well meaning father who looks after
the Seth’s property in Paris. The Seth
recognizes the merits of the villain and
thinks that he has a greater claim for the
beautiful and wealthy heroine. But, in no
time, he too is pulled away from behind
by the wily scriptwriter, discrediting the
claim of the smart good looking villain
a prominent feature of films showing
Shammi Kapoor-Pran antithesis.
In An Evening in Paris, a clock indicates
the time of entries and exits through
the doors. Finally, the mighty occupant
is seen relaxing in his chair. Jack
appreciates Shekhar for being smart
and takes the money with a little bit of
suspicion. Shekhar wastes no time and
shoots his rival from in side the briefcase
containing money.
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Re-entry....Continued from page 47
Sher (1984) became her first release,
she went on to stay the course as a
heroine alone till the mid 90s, besides
chalking up award winning and other
powerful turns in films like Aitbaar,
Saagar itself, Kaash, Dristhi, Lekin,
Rudaali and Krantiveer. Phase Three blended smoothly in as
Dimple chose to turn into a super
character artiste with Dil Chahta Hai,
Leela, Being Cyrus, Cocktail and more
right to last year’s Finding Fanny.
Here, one could say, was a true blue
comeback on par with Dilip Kumar,
Shammi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan
and now Rishi Kapoor, her first hero! Raakhee, also coming out of an
unhappy marriage, returned with Kabhi
Kabhie (1976) while still a heroine,
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mid 80s. Seamlessly, she too began her
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Pannu..Continued from page 86
that makes them the best in a genre. So
if a film on the same lines is being made
then a director would pick and choose
that girl, instead of thinking about
doing something challenging, change
the trend and take another girl. I can’t
fight that. Doesn’t that make the competition tougher? I am not competing with anyone. The
ground that I come from, I am a person
who didn’t think of being in movies in
the first place. So whatever I am getting
currently is a bonus. I am a pretty secure
person that way. After all, I don’t have
to live up to any filmy surname.
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St. Valent...Continued from page 83
Interamnensis m. Romae). Valentine of
Rome was a priest in Rome who was
martyred about AD 496 and was buried
on the Via Flaminia. The relics of Saint
Valentine were kept in the Church and
Catacombs of San Valentino in Rome,
which “remained an important pilgrim
site throughout the Middle Ages until the
relics of St. Valentine were transferred
to the church of Santa Prassede during
the pontificate of Nicholas IV”. The
flower-crowned skull of Saint Valentine
is exhibited in the Basilica of Santa
Maria in Cosmedin, Rome. Other relics
are found at Whitefriar Street Carmelite
Church in Dublin, Ireland. Valentine
of Terni became bishop of Interamna
(modern Terni) about AD 197 and is
said to have been martyred during the
persecution under Emperor Aurelian.
He is also buried on the Via Flaminia,
but in a different location than
Valentine of Rome. His relics are at
the Basilica of Saint Valentine in Terni
(Basilica di San Valentino). Jack B.
Oruch states that “abstracts of the acts
of the two saints were in nearly every
church and monastery of Europe.” The
Catholic Encyclopedia also speaks
of a third saint named Valentine who
was mentioned in early martyrologies
under date of February 14. He was
martyred in Africa with a number of
companions, but nothing more is known
about him. Saint Valentine’s head was
preserved in the abbey of New Minster,
Winchester, and venerated.
February 14 is celebrated as St.
Valentine’s Day in various Christian
denominations; it has, for example,
the rank of ‘commemoration’ in
the calendar of saints in the Anglican
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The iconic Kamal Haasan idolizes two
actors. “I grew up hero worshipping
Shivaji Ganesan. He was like the guiding
sun in my life. Then I discovered an
entire galaxy in Dilip Saab. I discovered
Dilip Saab rather late. It took me a
long time to learn to appreciate him.
I belong to another culture, another
generation. The first film of Dilip Saab
that I saw was Mughal-e-Azam. He
touched something deep within me as
an actor. You have to be an actor to fully
understand what Dilip Saab achieves
through his performances. I am still in
the process of discovering his virtuosity.
Actually I was introduced to Hindi
cinema very late. The first Hindi film I
saw was Padosan, and that too because
I was told that the Tamil community was
lampooned in the film through Mehmood
Saab’s character. I ended up becoming
a fan of Hindi cinema. I never stopped
seeing Hindi films. I gradually revisited
the classics. I saw V Shantaram’s Jal
Bin Machali Nritya Bin Bijli and I
wondered why they called Shantaramji
a great filmmaker. Then I saw Jhanak
Jhanak Paayal Baje and Dr Kotnis Ki
Amar Kahani and I knew why.” Then I
saw Dilip Kumar in Mughal-e-Azam.
“It changed my life. It re-defined my
attitude to acting. I thought that was the
ultimate. Then when I came to Mumbai
to do Ek Duuje Ke Liye I met Javed
Akhtar Saab. I told him I am a fan of
Dilip Saab although I had seen just one
film Mughal-e-Azam. He advised, urged
and implored me to see Ganga Jamuna. I
saw it. I couldn’t stop raving about it. Just
looking at Dilip Saab in Ganga Jamuna I
got all the inspiration that I needed.
In Ganga Jamuna he did an amazing
thing. He signed on an unknown teenager
to play his character’s younger version.
It was a very risky thing to do. Normally
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characters go from childhood to adult.
Here in Ganga Jamuna Dilip Saab was
cutting it closer. He trained the teenager
to behave like ‘Dilip Kumar’ The way the
boy walks, climbs, talks….he brought his
own spirit into the boy.” In his Tamil film, Guna Kamal Haasan
paid a tribute to Ganga Jamuna. “I had
written a scene in Guna with a gun
that I saw in Ganga Jamua when I fight
with the cops the gun goes off.” After
seeing Ganga Jamuna Kamal Haasan met
his idol. “I had to meet the man. I went
to meet him the day after I saw Ganga
Jamuna. I had tears in my eyes when I
told him what I thought of him. He just
looked at me and smiled. Maybe he
thought, ‘Not another one.’ I apologized
to him for discovering him late.” From then on Kamal Haasan has met
Dilip Saab during every visit to Mumbai.
“He came on my request to Chennai
many years ago to give an award to my
other favorite Shivaji Ganesan. In front of
40,000 people I showed off my familiarity
with Yusuf Saab. Before the function in
his hotel room I got to talk to Yusuf Saab
for two and a half hours. Rather, he talked,
I listened. Those were the most revealing
hours of my life as an actor. He described
to me his life as a boy in Kabul. As you
know he is a great speaker. That quality
remains. That day in Chennai I imbibed
Yusuf Saab’s hunger for knowledge. A
deprivation of formal education never
deterred him from educating himself.
The same is true of me. That’s where the
similarity ends. His struggle has been
manifold. I was born without a silver
spoon. But unlike Yusuf Saab a silver
spoon was gifted to me.” Kamal Haasan, a self-styled Dilip Kumar
devotee marvels at the Thespian’s
presence of mind. “Who says Yusuf
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Kamal...Continued from page 90
Saab is not lucid in his thought and
speech anymore? Rubbish! His silence is
being misconstrued. Dilip Saab was and
remains a quiet attentive observer and
listener. When he speaks he speaks with
devastating coherence.” Kamal Haasan met him last in October
this year. He recorded the entire encounter
and conversation on a moving camera.
“He is absolutely coherent. He is old and
tired of the idolization. He is reposeful
and craving for quietude. He doesn’t care
for the laudatory shouting all around him.
I met him on October 14 and then on his
birthday on December 11, as I try to do
each year. When it comes to Dilip Saab
I am a fan boy. And he knows it. When
I gush and fall to my knees in front of
him his eyes light up with delighted
amusement. ‘Just look at this boy. Why
is he doing this?’ he asks his wife Sairaji.
But Sairaji has only a smile for an answer.
How does one explain to this wonder
actor that he has inspired generations of
actors? I am just one of them. Each time I
meet him I kiss his hand and call him my
godfather. Dilip Saab remains amused at
my unabashed idolization.” During their last visit when Kamalji
visited Dilip Saab with his filmmakerfriend Ramesh Sippy they expected the
Thespian to have aged and slowed down. “None of that!” marvels fan boy Kamal
Haasan. “We were all talking loudly as
one tends to for the old. But Yusuf Saab
was as alert and receptive as ever. When
Rameshji suggested a picture of me and
Yusuf Saab together I scampered gleeful
to my idol’s side. I was delighted to be
ranked with Dilip Saab by Rameshji.
When people compare us I say with all
immodesty and with no false humility, ‘I
can never be the best actor until Yusuf is
there. He is by far the best actor India has
ever produced.’”
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Says the younger actor emotionally,
“Yusuf Saab has influenced two
generations of actors. I am very sure he
will continue to tug at the heartstrings
of a third generation of actors. The only
actor about whom we can say the same is
Marlon Brando. Why did Yusuf Saab and
Brando have to be so good? They didn’t
have to be. Even half as talented would
have done. Yusuf Saab invented method
acting on his own when there was no
such concept.” When Kamal Haasan last met his idol
he told him that the performances today
lag behind what he achieved so long ago
and that today’s actors emulate the great
Dilip Kumar. Recalls Kamal Haasan with a smile,
“Ramesh Sippy Saab who was with
me raised his voice and repeated what
I had said. Yusuf Saab turned around
and said, ‘Yeah, I know. But why?’
And he chuckled. I have it on a moving
camera. I have recorded his interview for
posterity.” Kamal Haasan recalls an incident from
his last meeting with Dilip Saab that
shows the Thespian’s presence of mind.
“When he came into the room he saw all
the wires spread across the room by the
technical crew. ‘Arrey bhai isske hatao.
Aadmi gir jayega,’ Dilip Saab said. They
pushed the cables away from his range.
He said, ‘Nahin, that won’t do. That’s for
your safety. What about mine?’ He ate
chicken sandwiches while we refrained
from eating in front of him. After
polishing off his plate he said, ‘Get me
more.’ I grabbed his hand one more time.
I didn’t want to let him go. Sairaji came
in and said. ‘My Pathan, my Pathan’
I started crying. Sairaji said, ‘I want to
take pictures of my two children.’ Ends Kamal Haasan emotionally, “I
dreamt of sharing screen space with
Yusuf Saab.
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Riches...Continued from page 79
St Valent..Continued from page 88
bars in a Federal penitentiary serving Communion. In addition, the feast
a 110 year sentence for defrauding day of Saint Valentine is also given in
investors out of more than $7 billion! The the calendar of saints of the Lutheran
gig was up when the company
Church. However, in the 1969 revision
eventually went belly-up and
of the Roman Catholic Calendar of
investigators determined he
Saints, the feast day of Saint Valentine
spent the bulk of the money
on February 14 was removed from
on his over the top lavish
the General Roman Calendar and
lifestyle, with mansions, penthouses, and relegated to particular (local or even
private jets. In addition to the lengthy national) calendars for the following
prison term, he was also ordered to pay a reason: “Though the memorial of Saint
fine amounting to nearly $13 billion!
Valentine is ancient, it is left to particular
The man portrayed in the 2013 smash calendars, since, apart from his name,
hit movie the “Wolf of Wall Street” nothing is known of Saint Valentine
by Leonardo DiCaprio, Jordan Belfort except that he was buried on the Via
earned more money in a year than 99% of Flaminia on February 14.” The feast
people will ever see in their entire lives, day is still celebrated in Balzan (Malta)
seeing an amazing annual income of over where relics of the saint are claimed to
$250 million in his early 20’s. Compared be found, and also throughout the world
to Allen Stanford’s 110 year
by Traditionalist Catholics who follow
prison sentence, Mr. Belfort
the older, pre-Second Vatican Council got off easy with only a 2 year
calendar.
prison term, and a forfeiture of
every single dollar, and piece of property
he had in his name. He’s still hundreds
of millions of dollars in debt as a result
of a court decision, but is slowing trying
to repay that by doing “inspirational”
speaking tours.
MC Hammer has had the hammer come
down on him in judgements against him
several times now, after earning hundreds
of millions in his career. Unfortunately
he managed to spend it all even
faster. When you grow up with
less than nothing, quickly earn
$33 million from a hit album
in the 1990’s while you’re still in your
early 20’s, blow your fortune on not one,
but TWO private helicopters, it’s not
surprising that you can spend that fortune
so fast! Though that was all nearly 30
years ago, Hammer seems to still not
have hired an accountant; as in 2011 it
was reported he owed nearly $800,000 in
back taxes to the IRS.
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Suchitra...Continued from page 73
Uttam was late. While she waited in
her make-up van, Suchitra enquired
about the delay. Upon learning that
the shooting was held up because of
Uttam, she informed the producer that
she would wait for only five minutes
more. If Uttam did not turn up by that
time, she would leave; and she left, as
threatened.
When Uttam arrived on the sets, and
learnt that Suchitra had left, being an
astute man he got the message. Suchitra
purportedly called the producer later
and told him that whatever she had
done was for the best and that he should
deduct his losses for the day from her
fees. True to her estimation, thereafter,
Uttam was always on time for all the
other shots of the film.
Suchitra’s influence on Uttam and
vice-versa was well known to most in
the industry. For the shooting of Priyo
Bandhobi, Uttam could allot only
few dates at first. When the perturbed
producer contacted Suchitra, she took
the responsibility of talking to Uttam;
the matter was resolved in no time with
the producer being allotted adequate
dates. Similarly, on several occasions,
when Suchitra, famous for her tantrums,
refused to shoot, Uttam cajoled her
into relenting. The fact that she had
to always be cajoled by Uttam also
fuelled the curiosity of bystanders who
vouched they had a special relationship.
Perhaps, it is this influence which led
Uttam to seek her out in moments of
crisis, too. Hushed rumours suggest that
on the evening of 3rd September, 1963
during a celebration in his house, Uttam
had gone upstairs to receive a call from
Supriya Devi. A suspicious Gauri Devi
followed her husband and a big fight
February 2015
ensued between the two. Uttam left
his home that night, following months
of tension between them. While it
was reported that Uttam had gone to
Supriya Devi’s Moira Street home, the
fact was that he had actually first gone
to Suchitra’s home. But Suchitra could
not take him in because of her own
problems.
Photographer Dhiren Deb recalls
an occasion when he photographed
the pair in a carefree mood. At the
Bengal Film Journalist Association’s
annual prize distribution ceremony,
while plenty of photographers happily
clicked away the closely seated Uttam
and Suchitra, Dhiren Deb waited for
his moment. He observed Uttam and
Suchitra deep in conversation. His
instinct told him he might be able to
capture a special moment. With luck
on his side, he clicked one of the most
memorable pictures that captured the
duo’s beautiful chemistry. A laughing
Suchitra and a happy Uttam winking at
her made it to the front page of Cine
Advance. To thousands of Uttam and
Suchitra fans, the photograph spoke
volumes about their favourite offscreen
affection.
When a rumour mongering magazine
once reported that Suchitra brought
special lunch for Uttam, during
their shooting, Uttam immediately
announced that in order to respect
public sentiments, Suchitra would have
to do exactly so. While this caused
much amusement amongst the duo
and their colleagues, it is a marker of
the collective thought of a generation
who refused to accept Uttam without
Suchitra, either in reality or in films.
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