Posts tagged Rajkot
Shakti Shetty (MID-DAY; January 15, 2013)
Helping hands are better than praying lips! Geeta Basra would say yes as she recently found herself in an emergency situation high above the ground.
While flying to Rajkot, an elderly man seated next to her suffered a cardiac arrest. The actress not only took control of the situation but also helped revive the man before doctors could arrive at the scene.
Geeta, who was on the way to Rajkot to promote Zila Ghaziabad in which she has an item song, boarded an early morning flight to Gujarat over the weekend. But she was in for a rude shock. “Geeta boarded the flight and just minutes after take-off, the man next to her started feeling uneasy. Soon he collapsed and Geeta immediately called for the cabin crew. She also tried to comfort the man by rubbing his hands and trying to keep him conscious,” says a source close to her.
Turns out the co-passenger had suffered a mild heart attack. And as soon as they landed, he was rushed to the hospital.
Says Geeta, “This was one of the scariest incidents I’ve witnessed. Luckily it was a short flight and so help arrived faster.” The actress apparently even called up the man later in the day to check on his condition. “Thankfully, he was doing fine,” signs off the starlet.
Chaya Unnikrishnan (DNA; January 6, 2013)
Vishal Bhardwaj has thanked Amitabh Bachchan in the opening credits of his upcoming film Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola. No, Bachchan hasn’t done a special appearance nor has he given a voice over. The reason, says a source, is that portions of the film have been shot in Rajkot, Gujarat. Bachchan, who is the brand ambassador for the state helped Bhardwaj get the permissions to shoot there, adds the source. A spokesperson confirms, “Bachchan has helped Bhardwaj and the later has shown his gratitude by thanking him in the opening credits.”
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 29, 2012)
Just back from a long schedule in Rajkot and Mirror brings you pictures of the lead actors Imran Khan and Anushka Sharma while shooting for a sequence from Vishal Bhardwaj’s Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola at a palace in the city.
Imran looks rather different, sporting a fully-grown beard and dressed in traditional blue attire, complete with a jacket and scarf. He wears a rather pensive expression in the photograph. Anushka is seen in a ghagra-choli in animated conversation with her co-star while Bhardwaj and the rest of the crew look on.
The costumes have been designed by Payal Saluja, who has been a constant in all of Bhardwaj’s films so far.
A source close to the film told Mirror, “This is an important sequence and takes the film forward. In Matru…, Imran Khan is out on a trip to bring back Anushka and his parents back into his life.” Like Omkara, this film too has a very rustic feel to it.
Bhardwaj remained unavailable for comment.
By Sujata Reddy (DNA; March 13, 2012)Imran Khan
It is a known fact that Imran Khan is a foodie and that the actor makes it a point to try different cuisines each time he visits a new place. And of late, the actor is gung ho about and is indulging in just one cuisine. Imran, who is shooting in Rajkot, Gujrat for the first time, was very keen on trying the local dishes and apparently liked them so much that it has now become an integral part of his diet, during his stay there.
Sources close to the actor say that Imran was excited about his stay in Rajkot and had planned to go sight-seeing there as well. “Imran was required to go there for the shooting of his upcoming film, Vishal Bharadwaj’s Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola. Usually his schedules don’t leave him with a lot of time to step out but he was genuinely excited about this place. In fact, Imran was most tempted when he saw the crew members have Gujarati dishes for breakfast and then even snacking on it through the day. He also indulged in it and couldn’t have enough of it,” says the source who was present on the sets.
“Khandvi, dhokla, Gujarati khichdi with pickle comprised of the daily fare on the sets. He would also snack on local farsan,” says an onlooker.
“Fulka roti, thepla and kheer were some of his favourites. He even recommends these dishes to his hard core non-vegetarian friends now,” says the source. The unit hand adds that Imran is actually a meat lover, but for a change, he relished most of the More >
A peek at the booklets that promoted big-ticket films when there was no television or Internet
Ankit Ajmera (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 08, 2011)
Much before the onrush of slickly edited spiffy trailers on our TVs, computers, theatres and cell phones backed by a multi-crore-fuelled marketing circus, filmmakers in India relied on promoting their upcoming films by doling out humble handouts to the audience.
Booklets enlisting film synopsis, cast, lyrics of the songs, pictures and interesting anecdotes would be handed out to the patrons in cinema halls, a sure shot way of building up the interest till the film’s release.
Antique collectors Aziz K Mansoori and brother Arif have stacked up a collection of over 1,000 such cinema booklets pulled in from across India over a decade.(From L to R) Arif, Arman and Aziz Mansoori have a collection of more than 1,000 booklets among other Bollywood collectibles at their shop in Chor Bazaar
At their shop A-1 Corner at Chor Bazaar, some booklets fit in your palm while others are as large as an A4 sheet of paper. Some of these booklets are very rare and according to Aziz, can fetch up to Rs 2,000 per piece.
Most of these booklets, Aziz has collected from his visits to cities in Gujarat and Rajasthan by contacting owners of the 50 to 60-year-old single screen theatres and scrap dealers. Whenever its curtains for an old theatre, it’s good news for him.
“Theatres have a collection of such booklets accumulated over More >