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By Taran Adarsh, January 14, 2011 – 08:27 IST
In the 1970s and 1980s, Bollywood churned out hardcore masala films by the dozens. Those films appealed to the ‘Balcony Class’ as well as the ‘Stall Audience’ [terminology used for dissecting the audience then]. Even today, films like SHOLAY, AMAR AKBAR ANTHONY, NAMAK HALAAL, DON, ROTI KAPADA AUR MAKAAN, DHARAM-VEER, MUQADDAR KA SIKANDAR et al, the most popular films of that era, appeal to the guy riding an auto rickshaw as well as the CEO of a multinational company. Masala films, in my opinion, can never go out of vogue. The gargantuan success of films like DABANGG and GOLMAAL 3 last year endorses this viewpoint.
The reason why masala films tick to this date is because they have the power to entertain. I’ve often heard my non-film friends comment that cinema, for them, symbolizes an outing with their family. They want to be transported to a world of make-believe in those 3 hours and forget their worries/sorrows/trials/tribulations in the process. YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA does that and does so most convincingly.BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA is a tribute to the cinema of yore. Every rule in the book that made hardcore commercial films major money spinners then have been read minutely and integrated in the plotline of this one. Generally, movie makers often claim that their film is hatke, that it boasts of stuff that the viewer hasn’t watched on screen before, but YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA makes no More >
The much-awaited MAMI festival got off to a bit of a false start, with an opening ceremony that left a lot to be desiredSatyen K Bordoloi (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 22, 2010)
One cannot dispute the exemplary lineup of films at the Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI) this year, which holds much promise. The opening ceremony held on Thursday (October 21) at Chandan cinema, Juhu, was quite memorable, albeit in a different fashion from what was intended.
Starting late, as we all know, is a pardonable offence in India. What is not, are goof-ups. At the ceremony, these were aplenty: some bad, few outright unacceptable.
The acoustics of Chandan cinema were disgusting. Those sitting in the balcony where left stretching the human limit of their hearing. Two huge speakers in the two corners were silent, and the two below were good enough to carry sound only to those sitting below.
All this, however, did not deafen the audience enough for them to ignore some embarrassing bloopers.
Starlets Minissha Lamba and Prachi Desai proved themselves unworthy to host the event as they made an unpardonable mistake. After calling out the names of four members of the all-woman jury, they forgot the fifth: our very own Suhasini Maniratnam.
A barrage of apologies followed, but only after Academy Award winning president of the jury, Jane Campion, called out for Suhasini correcting the mistake made by the two hostesses. The smiling Mrs. Maniratnam not only forgave the oversight, but More >
Feroz’s brother Akbar Khan is trying to facilitate this to pay him special tribute
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 27, 2010)
Soon after celebrating the late Feroz Khan’s 74th birth anniversary last Saturday, his brother Akbar Khan and members of his family wish to pay him a special tribute.
He is busy meeting ministers and requesting them to name a street in Juhu after his brother.
When contacted, Akbar Khan said, “We are in a sweet sorrow kind of a mood right now as my brother’s 74th birth anniversary was celebrated on Saturday.
I wanted to pay him a tribute. I met the Deputy Chief Minister Chagan Bhujbal recently and I told him how my family and I want to have a street in the name of my brother in Juhu.
I requested for Juhu as my brother came down to Mumbai at the young age of 18 and stayed here till the last two days of his life. Mr. Bhujbal loved the idea.
Then I also met the aviation minister Praful Patel and Rajeev Shukla and they too were extremely supportive about this.
They agreed that we must do something for the man and his contribution to the film industry. So the process is now on.”
Reminiscing days spent with the legendary actor, Akbar Khan said, “I live diagonally parallel to his house. I still can’t believe that he is not among us. I sometimes feel him waving at me from his balcony. His memory will always be with us.”
Meena Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 20, 2010)
“I’m not afraid of death. I just don’t want to be there when it happens.’’ —Woody Allen. B-4, Flat 48, Greenfields, Andheri East, a pokey little flat in a nondescript society was the address of international award winning actor Nirmal Pandey (Bandit Queen, Daayraa, Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin, Train to Pakistan) until his untimely demise on February 18, 2010. Like his address, his fate under the arc lights too didn’t change in the last 15 years.
The National School of Drama alumni, who was born in Nainital in 1962, is one of those countless actors who came to Mumbai in the early ‘90s to find his place in the sun. And though he got his 15 minutes of fame, he never could quite crack the Bollywood code – a fact that left him disillusioned till the end.
On February 19, an ambulance (bedecked with red roses) bearing the registration MH-10 2530 carried the dead actor to the crematorium in Oshiwara. A cloth banner that said ‘Nirmal Pandey Amar Rahe’ attempted to show reverence to his fame. With the exception of his immediate family; and two lesser-known actors Girija Prasad and Ramesh Goyal, a handful of anonymous B-town types followed the body on bikes.
A lone cameraman captured the actor’s last journey; and even the two policemen on duty at Cooper Hospital, seemed indifferent. They had no crowds to man, no road to cordon off. No paparazzi turned up to capture this funeral; nor were there any grieving crowds to suggest that a famous More >
“Mujhe mukti de de”…that’s what hrithik roshan was saying loudly from the balcony of his juhu flat at 2 am. And no, he hadn’t had a fight with his wife. so involved is he with Guzaarish, that he stays up nights rehearsing the dialogue. is his obsession telling on his health?By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 09, 2010) Hrithik Roshan pic: yogen sha
Hrithik Roshan’s life is consumed not just by love, but also by sheer dedication to his role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Guzaarish. Don’t be surprised if you find him spending sleepless nights, rehearsing his dialogue to himself with emphasis on details.
Hrithik is known for his diligent approach to his roles, but the big question here is: is his obsession with a great performance taking a toll on him?
Last night at 2 am, Hrithik was spotted by this reporter in the balcony of his apartment, pacing frenetically and reading out his dialogue. Despite Hrithik being on the 8th floor of his Juhu residence (Palazzio), he could still be heard loud and clear on the street.
Perhaps burning the midnight oil is the reason for the deep lines that mark his weariness. His face reflects the exhaustion, and it’s hardly surprising. As it is, his personal life is tumultuous, his party hard ways are causing concern and now he is pushing himself to the limit as far as his role goes.
Apparently, he had just reached home and within five minutes, he was slaving over the dialogue. They sounded rather dramatic, as a Bhansali More >
Sarita Tanwar (MID-DAY; July 31, 2009)Saif Ali Khan walks in 10 minutes late. He’s looking fresh and surprisingly fit. He gives me a typical filmy hug and announces, “I haven’t had a bath yet.” I tell him that information would’ve been appreciated a few seconds earlier. Even though he is in his gym clothes, he’s not carrying his workout on him.
Must be the blue blood. He settles down on the other end of the couch and dons his serious glasses, “This is the Bengali in me finally coming out. Very Basu Bhattacharya.” Point noted and it’s time for some serious business. He orders coffee and me conversation. And then, we talk about his love, aaj and kal. Excerpts….
The last time you did a light romantic film (Hum Tum), you won a National Award. What are you expecting with Love Aaj Kal (LAK)? I am not in the least interested in awards. It is a kind of celebration that comes much later. I am hoping for a decent opening and a successful run. That’s it.
That’s it? I am hoping and expecting that people will like the movie and enough of them will watch it so that the people who have invested in us are not disappointed. I think it is a good movie and it has a good story. I think stories are really important parts of our lives, whether it is reading or watching them or listening to them from an old tailor in Bhopal, sitting at the foot of my bed, when I was a baby. My parents would be on the balcony, talking with adults and this old man would tell me tales of shikar and tigers and More >