Posts tagged sanjay gandhi
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; July 13, 2012)
Brothers Dara Singh and Randhawa, India’s most famous wrestlers in their hey days, met with former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in the 60s. Bearing witness to this meeting is a vintage black and white photograph, where the wrestling sensations are posing with Mrs Gandhi and her little sons Rajiv and Sanjay. Also present in the picture is one of Indian cinemas leading icons Amitabh Bachchan, then an awkward adolescent. A yesteryear lensman had shared this photograph with me in the 80s, and it remained with me for the longest time.
During the making of Vipul Shah’s Aankhen, I found the picture again, framed it and presented it to the Big B. He was shooting in Los Angeles and was nursing a toothache. But the photograph brought a smile to his face along with many memories of his childhood buddy Rajiv Gandhi. Being the sensitive man that he is, he even wrote me a mail thanking me for the photo. Years later, when I was climbing up the stairs of Jalsa, I saw the photograph occupying pride of place on the wall next to the stairway.
I know now that Dara Singh has a permanent place on the walls of the Bachchan residence, apart from the hearts of millions of cinegoers across the globe. From L to R: Sanjay Gandhi,Randhawa,Rajiv Gandhi,Indira Gandhi,Dara Singh and Amitabh Bachchan
…under a century-old auspicious mango tree
Bina Trivedi (BOMBAY TIMES; May 2, 2011)
Director Anurag Kashyap and actress-girlfriend Kalki Koechlin tied the knot on Saturday. It was a South Indian wedding that took place in a small town called Kalhatty on the outskirts of Ooty. The nuptials that began at 10.30 am took place under a century old mango tree that the villagers consider auspicious. Kalki looked beautiful in a traditional white and gold sari while Anurag wore a white kurta and lungi. Their families along with 40 other guests were present.
After the wedding ceremony, a traditional vegetarian meal prepared by the bride’s mother was served on banana leaves to the guests. Some of the celebrity guests included brother Abhinav Kashyap with wife, director Vikramaditya Motwane with wife, producer Shahnaab Alam, Vikas Behl, Piyush Mishra, Gulshan, Rahul Bhatt and Sanjay Gandhi.
…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 >
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 >