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The actor, who has actively campaigned for his brother and late father, may take the plunge into politics soon
Upala KBR (DNA; May 4, 2013)
It looks like Riteish Deshmukh will get into politics sooner than later. Son of the former chief minister of Maharashtra the late Vilasrao Deshmukh, has already started dressing for the part. But there’s lot more to it. Read on…
Carrying dad’s legacy… He hails from the politically dominant Maratha community. His brother Amit is the current Congress MLA from Latur, and Riteish played an active part in the campaigning. He was very close to his father, and they would always talk about politics. Says an actor who has worked with Ritiesh, “He would talk to his dad every single day. Even while on outdoor shoots, they would have long telephonic conversations everyday. He has learnt a lot from his dad. He may not talk about it to his filmi friends, but he understands politics very well. And he will eventually get into it. And he must. It would be such a waste if he didn’t.”
The good boy Although Riteish has been an actor for the past 10 years, having debuted in 2003, he has always conducted himself with grace and dignity. He has never been involved in any scandals or controversies, save one where he recieved flak for (The Taj incident during 26/11) and for which he apologised in an interview to a tabloid. Ritiesh has also been very low-key in terms of being seen at parties and premieres. He doesn’t smoke or drink, and has a sqeaky clean More >
Prachi Kadam (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 1, 2012)
He’s had a brief stint before; first as a candidate and later as general secretary of the Samajwadi Party. And while Sanjay Dutt would have us believe that entering politics was a mistake, the actor is back in action in the political arena. So much so, he took a short break in between shooting for the Hindi remake of the Tamil hit Saamy and promoting his eagerly awaited next Son of Sardaar only so that he could campaign for the Congress in Himachal Pradesh.
A source told Mirror, “Sanjay reached Himachal on October 26 to campaign for the Congress. As Sunil Dutt was a very senior and admired politician of the party and his son Sanjay is very popular, his presence made a lot of difference.”
Political obligations fulfilled, the actor is back in the city as of yesterday to further his professional interests.
Lucknow based Congress leader Kush Bhargava will release a film on the infamous telecom scam on March 25. Divya Dutta, the protagonist, will have shades of both Shivani Bhatnagar and Nira Radia
Saumit Singh (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 07, 2011)
Here again! Another infamous controversy has been turned into a film. A Lucknow-based Congress leader, Kush Bhargava, is set to release a film based on the recent telecom scam.
The film, Monica -The Politics Of Murder, revolves around the corporate-political nexus in the telecom sector and the protagonist Monica, played by Divya Dutta, has shades of both Shivani Bhatnagar and Nira Radia.
Producer Bhargava, who hails from a royal family has also served as the media cell chief of the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee. The timing of the film has raised eyebrows within the Congress.A poster of Monica
However, Bhargava insists that he will release the film on the scheduled date March 25. “After you see the film you will realise that the time frame points to the period when the telecom sector was being opened up.
The Congress was not in power at that time. The film cuts across party lines and I’m hoping people will take it in that spirit. In fact we plan to hold a special screening of the film for Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dixit on March 16.
Salman Khurshid has agreed to be present for the premier of the film in Mumbai on March 23,” he said.
Directed by Sushen Bhatnagar, the film has an ensemble cast More >
Arunoday Singh shrugs off his political lineage and says that he is set on making his own way in Bollywood
Namrata Bhawnani (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 23, 2011)
What’s in a last name? Plenty, if you live in a country where dynasty politics rules and stardom is hereditary in Bollywood. So one would assume that the grandson of veteran Congressman Arjun Singh, Arunoday has it all worked out for him.
Not so, says the actor, who got noticed in the Sudhir Mishra-produced turkey, Sikandar, for his portrayal of a terrorist. Aisha followed, where he lent the much-welcome testosterone quotient to the chick flick. Mirch bombed, and now he plays a thug in Yeh Saali Zindagi. The graph and survival rate is not too bad for a newcomer.
The fiendishly tall actor (he’s 6 ft 4) is articulate and candid about his family, work and relationships. “There’s a perception that we get coddled and are surrounded by opportunity. At 21, my father walked away and has been on his own. He raised me the same way,” he says.
“There’s no real school in the village outside Bhopal, so I went to a boarding school at six. I got a scholarship to a university in Boston. I was a bit of a nerd, still am. I studied English Lit. and minored in philosophy. My brain is a high maintenance engine and my mother is central to keeping me sane.”
Arunoday went to New York to pursue acting in theatre because a professor told him, ‘You have a modicum of talent. You must nurture it boy, or you will More >
The veteran lyricist has been banned by producers for his outspoken thoughts on artiste royalties but he insisits that the industry is ignorant of the real rules
Satyen K Bordoloi | MM Online Bureau (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 03, 2011) File photo of Javed Akhtar
Besides the scarcity of hits in 2010, Bollywood this year was ‘hit’ by infighting. A group of music composers and lyricists, with Javed Akhtarsought rights over their work and demanded royalty. This led to a decision within the industry to ban Javed Akhtar. As the year comes to an end, not only has the issue failed to resolve itself, it threatens to divide the industry further.being the most vocal amongst them,
An attempt was made to divert the topic at a press conference organised by various film bodies. Jointly addressed by Mukesh Bhatt, Ramesh Sippy, T.P Agarwal, Dinesh Chaturvedi and Ashok Pandit, the issue was shifted to the UPA government’s take on the film industry.
Mukesh Bhatt said, “The industry has been facing various issues like copyright issues, heavy taxation among other things, which has brought the industry to a paralytic stage. However, yesterday (28th December) we had a very important meeting with senior leaders of the Congress and the UPA Government, including Congress General Secretary – Ahmed Patel, I&B minister Ambika Soni and HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, we got a very positive response.” A pan-India strike that was planned from the 6th of January against the More >
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, December 29, 2010 – 19:05 IST
The copyright issue has been something that has been creating a furore within the film industry for a while now so much so that several members of the film fraternity had a high profile meeting with senior leaders of the Congress and the UPA Government in Delhi yesterday. Among the political bigwigs who attended this meeting were Congress General Secretary – Shri Ahmed Patel, Hon’ble I&B Minister – Mrs Ambika Soni & Hon’ble HRD Minister- Shri Kapil Sibal. The meeting was held to discuss many of the long pending grievances of the Film Industry such as Copyright amendment bill, heavy and multiple tax burden on the film sector, statutory radio licensing and royalty issues etc.
The meeting seems to have ended on a positive note. The senior Congress /UPA leaders have appreciated the seriousness of the copyright amendment act if implemented in the current form and the various other concerns shared by the members of the film industry. The Congress/UPA leaders have assured the members of the film industry that Justice will be done and no arbitrary decisions will be taken by the government, which can jeopardise the industry. The Government is committed to the principles of justice rather than personalities.
The film industry and the UPA leaders have agreed to find a solution to these issues at the earliest and continue to have a dialogue on an on-going basis.
Meanwhile The Film Federation of India More >
…because fans and the Tamil film fraternity will come out in his support — a bonding which, Sanjay Dutt says, Bollywood has lost. Sanjay gets into straight-talk mode with Anshul Chaturvedi, and doesn’t mince his words
Anshul Chaturvedi (BOMBAY TIMES; October 13, 2010)
Two hours daily in the gym; driving at 250 kmph on the Expressway; excited to-be dad; still as jittery, in your own words, as a newcomer when a release approaches — in this case, “Knock Out”. So how’s 51 different from what 28 may have been?
Actually, nothing much has changed…. I do drive the car myself. I’m looking forward to the twins. I do get nervous; I remember how I was before Lamhaa’s release — a little jittery. And it’s not deliberate — this is just how I am.
And you’re fitter at 51 than you were at 21?
I think so. And in fact, my current focus on gymming is also because, if you notice, in Blue and Kidnap, I’d let myself go a little. Case sar pe thaa, the judgment was about to come out and to bring focus to cinema was difficult for me at that stage. Fitness was hardly a priority.
It was such a big accusation. Being part of a terror activity? My God! When the judge said that you always wanted to hear this, that your dad always wanted to hear this, you are acquitted from the terror charge — that moment was the greatest moment of relief in my life. I had let myself go around that time, and I got a lot of mail, a lot of fan reactions, saying, ‘you started More >
After squabbling over his choice of spouse and his political leanings, Sanju Baba and his sisters finally buried the hatchet at a birthday bash held by him for brother-in-law, Owen
Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 14, 2010)
Sanjay Dutt and wife Manyata Dutt had a triple celebration at their house on Saturday night. Apart from hosting a dinner for Eid and celebrating Ganpati, Mr and Mrs Dutt also held a birthday bash for Priya Dutt’s husband, Owen Roncon.
Seems the brother-sister have patched up after reportedly having a fall-out. There were strong rumours about Sanjay contesting elections for the Samajwadi Party; his sister Priya Dutt is from the Congress Party and this caused significant tension between the siblings. They also learnt about his marriage to Manyata through media reports, and were not initially happy about their brother’s choice of spouse.Sanjay Dutt with sisters– Priya Dutt (l) and Namrata (r)
A source close to the family reveals, “Tiffs and arguments are a part and parcel of every relationship. There were minor differences between the family and they were distant from each other. But it seems that this rift is a thing of the past. On Saturday night the entire family was under one roof – at Sanjay Dutt’s house.”
The source continues, “There was a grand dinner and close friends and family were a part of the celebration. Manyata and Priya, who were rumoured to have differences, shared warm vibes. More >
Bharati Dubey | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; July 11, 2010)
Mumbai: Official sources from Aamir Khan Productions have denied any possibility of letting political parties use a song from the coming film, Peepli Live.
“It will not lend itself to political use. The song in question is part of the story of the film, which is a humorous take on urban and rural divide that exists in India; inflation is a general issue,’’ a spokesperson for the production house said on Saturday. “Aamir Khan Productions also maintains a strictly apolitical stand. There is no question of allowing the song to be used for political campaigns.’’
Opposition parties, mainly the NDA, had contacted Aamir Khan Productions, asking them for the permission to use the song, Mehngai Dayan—the lyrics are about how inflation is eating into the happiness of people—for election campaigns in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The song, in its rural style, complains about the hike in petrol and diesel prices.
The Congress had gone filmy the similar way last year, when it adopted the Oscar-winning Jai ho as its anthem before the general elections. However, the party has now called the Oppostion’s bid to procure the Peepli Live song as a political gimmick. Rajiv Shukla of the Congress said, “The BJP wants to take political advantage of everything, including films.’’
Jai Ho was not the first time that Bollywood was used by political parties. Chak De was used by the Congress unit of Gujarat in 2007 before the state More >
Film Overcomes Political Hurdle
Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; May 27, 2010)
Mumbai: The Film Certification Appellate Tribunal in Delhi has overruled the decision of the Censor Board of Film Certification revising committee and has given a U/A certificate to Prakash Jha’s Raajneeti. The film was cleared on Wednesday, albeit with a few cuts.
A film usually takes a couple of days to get the censor clearance, but Jha’s Rajneeti had to wait for a week. Film industry insiders said that Jha should consider himself lucky that the tribunal cleared his film in two days and insisted that he would not have had to go through the wait had the film been screened for the Congress.
Three persons with Congress affiliation were flown from New Delhi to Mumbai for the revising committee screening where a U/A certificate was refused. Congress media coordinator Tom Vadakkan is believed to be part of the revising committee and Pankaj Sharma, editor of Sandesh (a Congress mouthpiece), confirmed that he was in Mumbai for the screening.
“We had told them to cut a few scenes and come back to us, but they preferred to go to the tribunal,’’ Sharma said.
Jha denied this.“They didn’t ask us to come back. We kept begging them, asking what could be done for the film to get a U/A certificate, and they told us to come back with the revised version,” he said. “The changes they were asking for would have meant changing the entire film, which was not possible. More >