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Once upon a time not so long ago (in 2002) when Ajay Devgn played Dawood Ibrahim in Ram Gopal Varma’s Company, he was shown smoking or holding a cigarette throughout the film.
No one objected. Now when Devgn plays another underworld character in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, he’s again shown chain-smoking. Much water has flown since the time Company was released. Until very recently, the censors clamped down on any character holding a cancer stick.
In fact, censor chief Sharmila Tagore was at her wit’s end when in April this year the government sent the censor board a circular stating that if any character in any film lights up a cigarette, the film automatically gets certified for adult viewing.A still from Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai
Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai has been awarded a ‘UA’ certificate. How did the film get away with it? Director Milan Luthria says, “Ajay’s character in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai smokes less than he did in Company. We had to put a disclaimer at the beginning of the film in both Hindi and English saying, ‘Smoking is injurious to health’. I think this shows a sign of maturity on the censor board’s part. It’s the character not the actor who’s smoking.”
Is Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai about him or not? Read this life-sketch of the legendary smuggler and check for yourself
Deeptiman Tiwary and Abhijit Sathe (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 23, 2010)
For Bollywood scriptwriters who tend to seek inspiration from the underworld, Haji Mastan would be hard to resist. Movies like Deewar and Mukkadar Ka Sikandar were loosely based on the life of this smuggler.
As Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai is all set to release next week – with a disclaimer as directed by court - we put together the stories from the life behind the legend.
Contrary to his eulogised figure in movies, Mastan was no dreaded don or gangster. He had never killed a man or shot a bullet in his entire life. He was merely a smuggler with money and connections. What turned him into our Don Corleone was his penchant for exhibition - of power in Robin Hood style and of luxury in the company of the glamour world.Haji Mastan with Sona, a starlet he fancied, financed movies for and later married
Haji Mastan was born Mastan Haider Mirza on March 1, 1926 in Panaikulam village near Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu.
His father, an impoverished farmer, migrated to Mumbai with Mastan in 1934. They ran a small cycle-repair shop near Crawford Market that barely fed the family.
As Mastan toiled through the day at the shop, Mumbai’s cruel wealth whizzed past him in luxury cars and beamed through the posters of art-deco film theatres. No wonder, he started nursing More >
Rebecca Samervel | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; July 21, 2010)
Mumbai: Producer Ekta Kapoor can breath a sigh of relief. A city civil court on Tuesday refused to stay the release of the Ajay Devgn-starrer Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, after the adopted son of Haji Mastan filed a suit praying for a “permanent order of injunction’’ against the release of the film. The court, however, directed that a disclaimer clarifying that the film had no resemblance to the life of Mastan should be given at the beginning.
Colaba-based Sundar Shaekhar alias Suleman Mirza had alleged that Kapoor and the director Milan Luthria have “claimed in clear terms that the film is based on the character of Mastan along with other anti-social elements like Dawood’’. This, he said, would mar the reputation of Mastan, who died in 1994.
Kapoor’s lawyer Dinesh Gandhi argued that no such remark was made by Kapoor to any newspaper. “They can publish whatever they want Have they quoted us?’’ he said. He also stated that in a letter, they had denied all the allegations and also that the story was a work of fiction.
“If Haji Mastan was not an underworld person as you say, then why are you connecting him to a film based on the underworld?’’ Gandhi argued. He remarked that Mirza should approach the censor board to register his objection there.
The suit is filed by Mirza and the Bharatiya Minorities Suraksha Mahasangh, an organisation founded by Mastan, of which Mirza is the chairman. He alleged More >
By Taran Adarsh, July 9, 2010 – 10:28 IST
In most Hindi films, the first thing you notice at the very start is a disclaimer which states that the film is a work of fiction and bears no resemblance to any person living or dead. But RED ALERT – THE WAR WITHIN admits that it’s based on a real story. Even otherwise, the issue it dares to portray — the Naxalite movement — is topical, piping hot and an issue that has been dominating the front pages of newspapers for quite some time now.
Come to think of it, who’d be interested in knowing what happened in the life of a poor villager, living a hand to mouth existence in a hamlet in Andhra Pradesh? Aren’t these stories covered on news channels and forgotten the next day itself?BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
But the written material [screenplay: Aruna Raje] of RED ALERT – THE WAR WITHIN is so powerful and the execution of the subject so rivetting that you can’t help but keep your eyes wide open as the story unfolds. You gradually realize that you aren’t merely watching a film on the Naxal movement, but also the heart-wrenching story of a simpleton who gets embroiled in a mess only because he wants to feed his family and send his kids to school.
Final word? Give this realistic film a dekho. It’s worth it!
RED ALERT – THE WAR WITHIN tells the story of Narsimha [Suniel Shetty], a farm labourer, who desperately needs money to fund the education of his children. He suddenly finds himself in the midst of Naxalites, More >
Somit Sen | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; January 15, 2010)
Mumbai: Film director Mahesh Manjrekar on Thursday apologised for his film’s title Shikshanacha Aicha Gho, an abusive phrase in Marathi, and said he would screen a disclaimer at the beginning of the movie.
The film will be released across Maharashtra on Friday. Manjrekar took this step following agitation by the Maratha Mahasangh whose members threatened to disrupt the screening. Addressing the media at the Marathi Patrakar Sangh, Manjrekar said, “When I suggested the title of the film, I did not have any intention to hurt the sentiments of Maharashtrians. It was a strong phrase being used to criticise the education system in the state. I wanted to convey this through my film.’’
He further apologised, especially to all the mothers in Maharashtra. “The prints, banners, posters and publicity material for the film are ready and it is too late to make any corrections,’’ he said.
Advocate Shashikant Pawar, president of the Mahasangh, said, “We have decided to call off our agitation as Manjrekar has admitted his mistake and will screen the disclaimer before the film. We are upset with the Censor Board for giving clearance to the abusive title.’’ Pawar said the censor committee should have issued a public notice and sought suggestions/objections before clearing the title of the film. He also criticised CM Ashok Chavan for supporting the film’s title and assuring that the theatres would get police protection.
Manjrekar said he More >
Bharati Dubey & Ambarish Mishra | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; November 15, 2009)
Mumbai: Another Karan Johar release is facing the music, this time from the Shiv Sena. The party has objected to the bare-backed posters of Kareena Kapoor from the film, Kurbaan.
More than 100 Shiv Sainiks took to the streets and tore down posters of the film in Juhu, Marol and other parts of Andheri on Friday. A month ago, the MNS had objected to the use of the Mumbai’s old name, Bombay, in Johar’s Wake Up Sid; he had to bend over backwards to the chauvinists and the film had to be screened with a disclaimer.
Friday’s protests were led by Sena activists Jitendra Janawale in Juhu and Subhash Kanta Sawant in Marol. Sawant said: “We objected to the posters as they showed the actress semi-nude and we found to be in very bad taste. It violates our Indian culture.’’ The Sainiks also put a sari around Kareena in some of the posters.
A group of Sainiks even headed for Kareena’s residence and wanted to present a sari to her. But an officer said: “We deployed our people near the actress’s house but nothing untoward happened.’’ Kareena was said to have gone out for a shoot.
Additional commissioner of police (West) Amitabh Gupta said the Khar police station had been asked to register a case against the offenders.
An industry insider said political parties were picking on soft targets to get some mileage and the MNS’s impressive showing in the recent Assembly polls was “forcing’’ the Sena to look More >
BOLLYWOOD IS SO VULNERABLE! A very ugly incident arose on Friday when Wake Up Sid (WUS) released across the country. The film, directed by debutant Ayan Mukerji and produced by Karan Johar, has several characters calling Mumbai by its old name, Bombay. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, Raj Thackeray’s party, was furious with this and its members tried stopping the screening of WUS at two theatres in South Mumbai and at a couple of places in Pune. Johar, fearing that the matter may go out of hand, immediately went to Thackeray’s Shivaji Park residence and apologized to him. He assured that he had no intention of hurting anyone’s sentiments and that he would add a disclaimer in the film in 2 days.
The incident created a furore and Raj Thackeray’s rivals perceived it differently, of course, with vested interests and Johar was made a scapegoat by all of them.
I discussed this issue with more than 50 people (many of them Maharashtrians) and not a single person felt that there is any harm in calling Mumbai as Bombay. Go to South Mumbai and many residing there still refer to the city as Bombay. In fact, South Mumbai is often called SoBo (Bo is the short form of Bombay). Then there are so many organizations and companies whose name consist of ‘Bombay’. Bombay Stock Exchange, Bombay Blues (a famous chain of restaurants), Bombay Times, Bombay Parsi Punchayat, Bombay Catholic Sabha, Bombay Dyeing etc are the classic examples. The sunset point in Mahabaleshwar is More >