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Vijeta Pandit claims her sister Sulakshana lost her mental balance after the star turned her down
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 2, 2013)
Yesteryear actress-singer Sulakshana Pandit today lives the life of a psychologically-disturbed recluse. Add to that, a fractured hip has rendered her somewhat incapacitated.
So removed is her life from reality that she hasn’t even been told about her sister Sandhya Singh having gone missing since the past two weeks. According to Sulakshana’s other sister Vijeta, with whom she has been staying since 2006, it was unrequited love for late Sanjeev Kumar that caused the actress to lose her mental equilibrium. According to Vijeta, Sulakshana, who now restricts herself to her room in Vijeta and brother-in-law Aadesh Shrivastava’s home, was never able to get over the man she loved when he passed away suddenly. “Sulakshana Didi was never the same after Sanjeev Kumar turned her love down. She rapidly lost touch with reality. It came to a point where she couldn’t stay on her own. So in 2006, we brought her to our home. She has been staying with us for several years now. She doesn’t meet anyone, hardly ever steps out of her room, unless it is to occasionally visit our farm-house in Lonavala, which she loves,” Vijeta told Mirror.
It was widely reported that Sulakshana fell in love with Sanjeev Kumar during the filming of Uljhan (1975). However, the actor was so smitten by Hema Malini that he turned her down. She was heartbroken.
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YRF next is an adaptation of the 1978 film except that Arjun Kapoor plays both Big B’s and Shashi Kapoor’s role
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 8, 2012)
The latest on Yash Raj Films’ Aurangzeb that goes on floors this month is that it is an adaptation of Yash Chopra’s powerful 1978 film Trishul that starred Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor. The radical difference being up and coming actor Arjun Kapoor has a double role, where he plays both Bachchan’s and brother Shashi Kapoor’s character.
A source close to the film let spill, “It definitely looks like an inspired version of Yashji’s Trishul. Jackie Shroff plays Sanjeev Kumar’s part of a tycoon but in this case, his wife leaves him, taking one of the twins with her. He grows up, bearing resentment toward his father and the business empire, a la Bachchan. The other twin, also portrayed by Arjun Kapoor, looks after the business along with his father, similar to Shashi Kapoor in Trishul. It seems they’ve turned the role of the tycoon’s two sons into a double role.”
However, the mother figure, played by Waheeda Rehman in Trishul, remains central to the dramatic conflict in Aurangzeb. While the actress hasn’t been decided yet, “It would have to be someone as dramatic and volatile as Shabana Azmi but must be able to look 30 as well as 60 since the mother leaves her tycoon-husband with the twin still young in her hand,” the source hinted.
Aurangzeb is set in the Gurgaon business centre near Delhi. “The film will be shot More >
From co-owning an IPL franchise and planning to buy a stake in a football club, Bollywood actor Shah Rukh is now entering the lucrative education-cum-entertainment business
PTI (MID-DAY; June 15, 2012)
After tasting success with cricket, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan is entering the education-cum-entertainment space by bringing the Mexico-based global edutainment brand KidZania to the country.
KidZania is being brought in the domestic market by ImagiNation Edutainment India, which is promoted by Khan, with 26 per cent interest, and KidZ Inc of Singapore, which holds the remaining 74 per cent.
“We are planning to open three KidZania centres in the country over the next three years. The first one will open in Mumbai early next year,” KidZania India Director and Chief Executive Sanjeev Kumar told PTI here today.
Around Rs 300 crore are being lined up to develop the three KidZania centres, which will combine entertainment with education, he said, adding that the other centres will be in Delhi NCR and Bangalore. About 85 per cent of the funds will be raised by promoters through a combination of equity and debt, while the rest will be through industry partnership.
The Mexico-based KidZania, which is present in seven countries with 10 centres, creates a kid-centric city experience for the 4-14 year olds by combining role play with fun and learning, where kids would get an authentic and powerful development experience. The centres are spread across 75,000 sq ft with over 60 More >
Bollywood is all set to revisit the double role formula
Seema Sinha (BOMBAY TIMES; June 11, 2012)
In last week’s release Rowdy Rathore, apart from the desi action or unabashed entertainment, one thing that stood out was the double role of the leading hero. In the past decade, not many filmmakers have attempted to exploit the dual character, but now the double role formula, which was considered to be a favourite among many filmmakers at some point of time, looks set to return.
HIT FORMULA? Be it the identical twins caught in extreme dramatic situations of lost and found, or a lookalike becoming the cause of confusion, the comedy of clones is often a sure shot formula to success. Trace the history of Bollywood and you will find that almost every top actor has played a double role in at least one film in his or her career, and these films have been huge grossers at the box office – Dilip Kumar (Ram Aur Shyam), Dev Anand (Hum Dono), Sanjeev Kumar (Angoor), Rajesh Khanna (Aradhana), Amitabh Bachchan (Don, Satte Pe Satta), Shatrughan Sinha (Kalicharan), Hema Malini (Seeta Aur Geeta), Sridevi (Chaalbaaz), Salman Khan (Judwaa), Shah Rukh Khan (Duplicate, Om Shanti Om), Govinda (Aankhen), Sunil Shetty (Gopi Kishan), Anil Kapoor (Kishen Kanhaiya).
REVISITING DOUBLE ROLE In the recent past, we have seen Shahid Kapoor playing a double role in Kaminey and Saif Ali Khan in Love Aaj Kal. According to film director David Dhawan, who has given a string of hits with male leads in a More >
MUMBAI MIRROR (April 26, 2012)
Sunil Dutt, Sanjeev Kumar, Shatrughan Sinha, Vinod Mehra, Rekha, Prem Nath, Reena Roy (Whew!), Neetu Singh, Bindiya Goswami, Sarika, Yogita Bali Aruna Irani, the list of actors in Rajkumar Kohli’s 1979 version of Jaani Dushman was unending. And thus, the silver jubilee celebration of the blockbuster was a star-studded affair. Captured by ace lensman Jagdish Aurangabadkar, this picture taken at the party is a proof of that fact.
Posing for the memorable picture is Nargis who had come to cheer her husband Sunil Dutt. Completing the happy family is Sanjay Dutt standing next to his father. Leading ladies Sarika and Reena Roy come next. Reena is seen sharing a joke with her co-star Nishi Kohli. Behind Nishi is a very young Amrish Puri. Next to Amrish is Prem Nath and the young Bindiya Goswami. Sitting in front with Jaani Dushman Silver Jubilee trophies are Rupesh Kumar and director Rajkumar Kohli.
Unlike Kohli’s 2002 multistarrer project with the same name, this one dealt not with icchadharari naagin but men who would turn into devils whenever they saw red. However, it did reflect Kohli’s obsession with the unknown. As a director, Kohli seemed to be more inclined towards subjects that were surreal, like the tale of the woman who turned into a snake in Nagin.
Though his subjects weren’t too real, the success Kohli tasted was. And thus many of his projects went on to become blockbusters. Jaani Dushman being one of More >
The Sippy family feud is over. Remake of GP Sippy’s Seeta Aur Geeta that starred the actress can now go on floors
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 28, 2012)
Katrina Kaif may soon have to take time out of her choc-a-bloc calendar to play Hema Malini’s character in Viacom 18 and Sunil Bohra’s remake of GP Sippy’s 1973 blockbuster Seeta Aur Geeta. Akshay Kumar and Abhay Deol who were to play the roles essayed by Dharmendra and Sanjeev Kumar in the original will have to follow suit. Mumbai Mirror has learnt that the remake that was stuck due to the Sippy family feud will soon go on floors now that the fight has been resolved.
When we had spoken to Katrina about the Seeta Aur Geeta remake a few days before she left for London to shoot Yash Chopra’s next, she had told us, “I don’t know what is happening on that film.”
“But now, Bohra can definitely go ahead with that film. I have told him that we Sippys are now on the same page. Also, I am meeting Bohra next week,” GP Sippy’s son Suresh’s nephew Sascha told Mumbai Mirror.
“We are also very pleased to announce that our younger cousin Shehzad, Suresh Sippy’s son has joined the team,” Sascha added.
Suresh’s son Shehzad said, “I am very happy that we are moving forward. I’m glad to be working with my cousins Sascha and Shaan. All issues and misunderstandings between us have been resolved. We are withdrawing the case. The process for that has been initiated.” Explaining how they ended the fiasco, Suresh said, “We are one More >
MUMBAI MIRROR; May 11, 2011
Circa 1979. One of the biggest films in Bollywood history was launched. And this was the party.
This picture taken by Jagdish Aurangabadkar on September 30, the same year, captures some of the icons of the Indian film industry in a single frame. It was the launch of Yash Chopra’s blockbuster film Silsila at Rajkamal Studios.
Prem Chopra standing hand in hand with Amitabh Bachchan seems to be sharing a joke with the three Kapoor men Shashi, Randhir and Rishi standing to one side with Sanjeev Kumar holding on to his cigarette.
Their clothes reveal a lot about the men in this picture. While upcoming Rishi Kapoor and the ruling star of the industry then, Amitabh, can be seen in fashionable jersey shirts, the elder Shashi Kapoor and Sanjeev Kumar look relaxed in the desi kurta-pyjama.
The two leading ladies of the film, which released two years later and went on to become a blockbuster, Jaya Bachchan and Rekha, would have made the picture look even better. But maybe their presence would have been a hindrance to the uninhibited laughter being shared on stage by the men.
MUMBAI MIRROR; April 13, 2011
Sachin Bhowmick, the romantic fairy-tale writer, might have passed away but his fascinating stories will forever remain with us. With films like Anuradha, Love in Tokyo and An Evening in Paris, not only did he create some legendary love stories of that era but also lured the young generation of today.
His famous screenplays in Krrish, Koi… Mil Gaya and Taal touched our hearts.
Here, in this picture clicked by Shyam Aurangabadkar at a party in Mumbai in the mid-1980s, Sachin Bhowmick (fourth from right, in specs) can be seen standing peacefully next to Deven Verma who starred in quite a few films with Bhowmick’s screenplay. Sober with his body language, Sachin seems too shy to be clicked.
A passionate film writer, Sachin was not even close to being filmi in real life. In this picture, (from left) film director Sagar Sarhadi, thespian Sanjeev Kumar, filmmaker Ravi Tandon, actor Vinod Mehra, Sachin Bhowmick, actor Deven Verma, A K Hangal and Iftekhar are looking happy with the world. From this group, Sanjeev Kumar, Vinod Mehra and Iftekhar have passed away.
The actor, who prefers experimental cinema, apparently told director Dibakar Banerjee to exclude him from the remake
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 9, 2011)
The Seeta Aur Geeta remake seems to be jinxed. On February 7, 2011, Mumbai Mirror reported the ongoing legal hassles over the movie. The latest is that the planned remake has run into another problem. Abhay Deol is now out of the project.
Reason? According to industry sources, Abhay’s reputation precedes him. He likes doing experimental cinema. And by that logic if one were to ask why he signed Farhan Akhtar’s multistarrer Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, the answer would be- he made an exception. The actor apparently is not keen on doing the same for the remake of Seeta Aur Geeta.
Abhay had a long meeting with Dibakar Banerjee, who is directing the remake. A source close to Abhay says, “He told Dibakar politely that he would like to excuse himself out of this project. The parting of ways was amicable and there was no animosity. Besides, Abhay had not signed on the dotted line when reports of him being cast in the remake were doing the rounds.”
Adds the source, “Actually, Abhay was the first choice for his uncle Dharmendra’s role in the original Seeta Aur Geeta. After Abhay discussed his issues with Dibakar, Akshay stepped into that role. Then there was speculation that Abhhay was doing (late) Sanjeev Kumar’s role. But even that rumour can be put to rest. Abhay is not a More >
The film on Jessica may pave the way…
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; January 26, 2011)
The women in Bollywood are constantly short-changed. Filmmakers don’t bat an eyelid whilst replacing Katrina Kaif with Kareena Kapoor or Priyanka Chopra with Deepika Padukone. Of course, everyone knows that the B-town heroine is the necessary evil in a film. “You can’t do without them and yet you can’t make movies just on them,’’ says a trade source.
In what is typically a male-dominated scenario, few Bollywood filmmakers actually stick their necks out to write good scripts for the female protagonist.
Madhur Bhandarkar, who has been successful with his women centric cinema (Chandni Bar, 2001; Page 3, 2005; and, Fashion, 2008) is considered the torchbearer by actresses who occasionally feel the need to prove their mettle. Yet the last 55 years of Hindi cinema, you will only come up with a dozen films with women at the center of the plot that have actually made money.
Mehboob Khan’s Mother India (1957) and Kamal Amrohi’s Pakeezah (1972) are the best examples of female protagonists who have attained posterity.
Will women finally be on top?
However, in the years that have followed, few such films have worked. Trade consultant Amod Mehra says, “Hema Malini had a hit in the dacoit drama Ramkali (1985) and Rekha’s charisma worked in the vendetta flicks Khoon Bhari Maang (1988) and Phool Bane Angaarey (1991). And the Madhuri magic is what saved Indra More >