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Seema Sinha (BOMBAY TIMES; May 20, 2013)
While director Anurag Basu has been attributing the delay of Kishore Kumar’s biopic to the non-availability of Ranbir Kapoor’s dates, the reason could also be getting clearance from yesteryear actress Madhubala’s family. Madhubala was one of Kishore Kumar’s four wives. When asked about the Kishore Kumar biopic, Ranbir, who will essay the role of the legendary singer, said, “We want to sort out certain things with Madhubala’s family and then we will roll.”
The biopic may run into rough weather if Madhubala’s sister Madhur Bhushan finds anything objectionable in it. She says, “I will drag them to court if they defame my sister and father. I will stop the release of the film if I find anything offending. I won’t let them do anything without my permission. They will have to substantiate their claims. Yes, they can show that Madhubala was a great actor, had an affair with Dilip Kumar and they can talk about her romance and marriage to Kishore Kumar, her heart ailment… but I won’t tolerate anything beyond this.”
Madhur continues, “I will strongly object if they show her affairs or the fight between Kishore Kumar and her. Which couple doesn’t have misunderstandings and fights? Only my sister, Kishore and I know the truth. I just want them to tell the truth and not sensationalise to make a masala entertainer.” she further says.
So far, Madhur says, the makers haven’t approached her. “But I won’t wait, I will soon write a letter to both, More >
As Indian Cinema completes 100 years, top women artistes tell us what it means to make a mark in a male-dominated industry
By Priyanka Chopra (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 10, 2013)
In the year of Nirbhaya and many more like her… the Indian woman stands at a very critical juncture… on one hand, she’s led the country with an iron hand like the late Mrs Indira Gandhi and on the other, she has been humiliated repeatedly.
Cinema today is a very powerful social medium. I believe there is a passionate relationship between celluloid, artists, technicians and the audience. And where there is passion, there must be a woman involved. As we celebrate the centenary of Indian cinema, it’s the perfect time to understand the role that women have played and continue to play in our cinema. I feel very privileged to be part of this industry during this milestone moment. In this year that will be etched in cinema history, will women write a new chapter? From Mother India to Rosie, Raat aur Din to Fashion and The Dirty Picture—from Marathi, Bengali, Malayali and every other cinema, we have women essay characters penned by the stalwarts in the business (Yes, credit here to the men writers too)
Honestly, I can talk best on Hindi cinema and the part it has played and when I take a moment to reflect—women have always been pivotal to cinema. For example… what good would Dilip Kumar’s love be, if he wasn’t pining for the hauntingly beautiful Madhubala? You would have never understood Amitabh Bachchan’s More >
Karan Johar says that’s the one thing we can imbibe from the yesteryears of Hindi cinema.
Aakansha Naval-Shetye (DNA; April 7, 2013)
Having hosted his own talk show, been a celebrity guest on dance-based reality shows, and an emcee for many televised events, Karan Johar is no stranger to wooing the small screen audience.
Now in his latest assignment, he is the host of Bollywood@100, a 10-part series on History TV18 that traces the evolution of Indian cinema in the last century. This job by the filmmaker-hosts’s own admission, is proving to be a real eye-opener. KJo — who can easily be called a living encyclopedia on Bollywood, says, “Having been brought up in the fraternity, there’s a lot one knows. But because of this show my repertoire of knowledge of the history of Hindi cinema has vastly increased. There’s so much information that one kind of knew of, but the details I’ve learnt only after doing the show.”
A secret revealed! Talking about one such interesting nugget of information, Karan says, “In a music episode we spoke about Kishore Kumar and Mohammed Rafi and I didn’t know that Rafi saab actually gave up singing for a long period of time because he thought it was against Islam. And that’s when Kishore Kumar rose in the ranks.”
Corruption of ideas Interesting anecdotes apart, the show celebrates the centenary of Indian cinema. Karan explains, “There’s always pride that you belong to this industry. But some of us in this generation have refused the rich More >
Bharati Dubey (BOMBAY TIMES; April 5, 2013)
Tired of allegations that it does not help members of the fraternity, the Cine and TV Artistes’ Association (CINTAA) has appealed to actors who are Members of Parliament — Jaya Bachchan, Rekha, Jaya Prada, Raj Babbar and Shatrughan Sinha — and lyricist Javed Akhtar to lend a helping hand.
CINTAA had recently received a lot of flak for ignoring the plight of actor Shrivallabh Vyas — best remembered for his role in Lagaan (2001) — whose family has been finding it unable to foot his medical bills.
CINTAA general secretary Dharmesh Tiwari says, “It will help if they donate even a third of their MP fund. We can use it for the construction of CINTAA tower, where we plan to have a medical centre and probably even a hospital floor for artistes. We are not a rich association, but we try our best to help the artistes in need.”
Most actor-politicians, especially those nominated to the Rajya Sabha, have used their funds for causes like education, beautification of beaches and public health, claims Tiwari. As of now, CINTAA’s membership fee is a mere 75 and they provide a medical insurance of 25,000. “But if we need more, we have affiliations with various other trusts,” says he.
So how come no assistance was provided to Shrivallabh? Furnishing the copy of a letter that was sent to the actor’s wife, he says, “We had sanctioned Rs 50,000 in 2009, but she said she didn’t need the money. And now, we hear that their financial condition is bad. More >
The BMC will name a stretch of Andheri’s Yari Road after the late actor, Joy Mukerji, on the occasion of his birth anniversary
Renuka Vyavahare (BOMBAY TIMES (February 15, 2012)
Come February 24, a stretch of Yari Road in Andheri will be named after late actor Joy Mukerji. His eldest son Sujoy confirmed the news. “From Bianca building to Raheja complex, almost half of Yari Road will be named ‘Shri Joy Mukerji Marg’,” he said.
There will also be a marble plaque with the late actor’s favourite quote engraved on it. It will read, ‘You can’t build an empire with money, you can build it with love.’ Added Sujoy, “We are thankful to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation for this gesture. We are expecting the entire Mukerji family to attend the naming ceremony. Kajol may be out of town, but Rani and her parents and Sharbani will come, Noted members from the film fraternity — Dilip sahab and Saira Banu, Govinda, Salim Khan and Helen, Waheeda Rehman, Asha Parekh and Bappi Lahiri — are also expected. Very few people know that Helen aunty was dad’s first heroine, much before she became the famous cabaret dancer of Bollywood!” Sujoy said.
Ever noticed how the hero’s voice changes each time he hums a song in a film these days? Using multiple playback singers is a trend that seems to have the vote of both music directors and artistes who say it is the best thing to have happened to the music industry in a while, report
J Kothari and Itee Sharma (MID-DAY; February 10, 2013)
The recently released Race 2 would have us believe that the character played by Saif Ali Khan can transform his singing voice at will, perhaps depending on the situation and the leading lady prancing alongside. Saif sings in Atif Aslam’s voice as he woos Deepika Padukone with ‘Be Intehaan’; he has KK filling in for him in the dance number ‘Party on my mind’; and when he parties with Jacqueline Fernandez, a third playback singer, Benny Jacob, croons the upbeat ‘Lat lag gayi’. The film’s music director Pritam explains, “If I feel a voice suits a song, I utilize it. Whether the singer is old or new doesn’t matter. The voice should suit the requirements of the song.” It is almost as if every time a contemporary hero clears his throat to launch into song, the audience can expect a different playback singer’s voice to waft into the airwaves.
Take the case of 2012’s biggest crowd pleaser — Ek Tha Tiger. Composers Sohail Sen and Sajid Wajid have four different singers exercise their larynxes for leading man Salman Khan in four songs (Wajid in ‘Mashallah’, KK in ‘Laapata’, Sukhwinder Singh in ‘Banjaara’ and Mohit Chauhan in ‘Saiyyara’). Not to be More >
The two, who shared the house with the star for 60 years, claim they were duped with a promise of an apartment each once the property was redeveloped
Nazia Sayed and Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 25, 2013)
Yesteryear superstar Dilip Kumar’s brothers have sent him a legal notice, accusing him of reneging on a promise to provide them accommodation in a building that was to be built by razing a Pali Hill bungalow the two had shared with the actor for close to 60 years.
Ehsaan Khan, 77, and Aslam Khan, 75, have also alleged that they haven’t been paid the monthly maintenance promised when they were convinced to move out of 48, Pali Hill, the actor’s sprawling property, in 2006.
According to the notice, the elder brother was promised a 1,200 sq ft apartment in the new building, and the younger one was to get an 800 sq ft flat. However, while the bungalow has since been demolished, there is no sign of the promised multistorey building.
The brothers have alleged that the monthly maintenance of Rs 60,000 that was to be deposited in a joint account has also not come in many years. Having lived in a friend’s two-bedroom house on Hill Road for many years and survived on help from relatives and well-wishers, the two now have just under a week to vacate the property. “In less than a week, we will have nowhere to go. We also have no money left,” Ehsaan told Mumbai Mirror.
Dilip Kumar’s wife actress Saira Banu, at whose bungalow he now resides, confirmed receiving the notice More >
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; December 15, 2012)
Days ahead of the release of Dabangg 2, Salim Khan, 76, is a happy man and has a tinge of pride when he talks about the strengths and weaknesses of his two sons. In an hour-long interview in his open house on Bandstand where he has lived since 1973, the veteran screenwriter spells out his life’s philosophy and his clear-eyed assessment of his sons. Excerpts:
Salman is a big star and Arbaaz is set for his directorial debut. Let’s talk about both your sons. In the beginning they were both in a hurry to join films. They were interested in films and used to hide it as they were in the awkward age where even their bodies were not formed completely. I had given them the option to do whatever they wanted to. In any profession a person chooses, the ambition should be to reach the top. A person who climbs the Himalayas does not climb thinking that he should come back half-way. His ambition has to be to reach the peak. I came to become an actor but I had the art of self-assessment and I knew after a few films that I was not cut out for it and that while I had the art of conception, I did not have the art of projection. For instance, Amitabh Bachchan is a weak person physically, but the amount of toughness he projects on screen is unbelievable. Salman and Arbaaz dropped out of college to join films even though I wanted them to finish their education as the success ratio in the industry is low and thus if you fail, education is the only More >
MUMBAI MIRROR (December 11, 2012)
With a career spanning six decades and more than 60 films in his kitty, not to mention the highest number of Filmfare award wins (a record he shares only with Shah Rukh Khan), he is hailed by critics, contemporaries and audiences as the greatest actor in Hindi cinema.
And even as he brings in his 91st birthday today, Dilip Kumar, born Muhammad Yousuf Khan, continues to inspire generations of actors setting foot in the film industry.
In this picture captured by ace lensman Jagdish Aurangabadkar on the sets of the 1981 film Kranti, the thespian is very much in character as he poses along with his co-actors Shatrughan Sinha and Manoj ‘Bharat’ Kumar.
Produced and directed by Manoj Kumar, the film marked Dilip Kumar’s return to films after a gap of five years. Kranti, like Manoj’s other films, was in keeping with the actor-producer-director’s patriotic image. Set in 19th century British India, it told the story of two men – Dilip and Manoj – who lead the fight for independence. For Manoj, who had idolised Dilip and even named himself after the superstar’s character in Shabnam (1949), it was a dream come true to direct and act with someone he had admired so deeply. A multi-starrer in the true sense of the term, Kranti had a large cast including Hema Malini, Parveen Babi, Sarika, Shashi Kapoor, Prem Chopra, Madan Puri and Paintal among others. Shatrughan, who played a freedom fighter in the film, is best remembered from the song Chana Zor Garam More >
MUMBAI MIRROR (October 11, 2012)
Easily, Jaya Bachchan’s bash for Amitabh’s 70th birthday has been one of the most keenly awaited do’s of the season. And when D-day finally arrived, it was every bit a party befitting the stature of the man being celebrated.
Reliance MediaWorks at Film City, Goregaon resembled a beehive of activity even as a string of actors, industrialists, politicos and bigwigs arrived to wish Big B a happy birthday.
Indeed, the situation got a bit chaotic, what with the traffic jams outside the venue. However, the occasion was marked by lot of warmth ad camaraderie with the Bachchan family being the perfect hosts. Among the megastar’s older contemporaries were Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu, Waheeda Rehman, Asha Parekh and Prem Chopra to name a few. It was most touching to see Big B’s buddy and co-star of many films Shashi Kapoor arrive in a wheelchair.
The guests were invited to take to the mic and speak about the Big B. The quintessential birthday cake was cut at the stroke of midnight followed by a luxurious sitdown dinner. And, the press was invited too…
While Aaradhya slept upstairs, the rest of the Bachchan family posed for the shutterbugs
Big B’s on-screen rival Prem Chopra arrives with his wife
One superstar comes to greet the other: Rajinikanth and wife at the party
Yaari Hai Imaan Mera: Shashi Kapoor and Pran wheeled in for the bash
Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu exchange pleasantries with Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Co-star of many More >