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Baaghi Has Very Good First Week
Friday 06 May 2016 11.00 IST
Box Office India Trade Network
Baaghi had a very good first week by collecting 59 crore nett in week one. The film fared average in the high end multiplexes but still put up good to excellent number in all circuits. The first week collections are only behind Airlift and Fan for the year both of which had big male lead stars…
Baaghi is that traditional box office hit where everyone in the chain makes good money. The film was made for a production cost of 25 crore then the rights went for 35 crore giving good table profit. The worldwide distributors are in Overflow before the week is out and exhibitors across the country will earn including single screens all over which does not even happen with many hit films.
HISTORY For Jungle Book In Week Four
Friday 06 May 2016 11.00 IST
Box Office India Trade Network
The Jungle Book created HISTORY by having the highest fourth week collections ever in India. The film grossed a huge 17 crore nett apprx in week four. The highest grossing fourh weeks now stand as follows.
The film has now grossed 171 crore nett in four weeks. The film has gone into week five with very strong weekday collections but a fifth week record should be impossible as the box office today just does not allow for such records to be set. But on the other hand it has surprised every week till now. http://boxofficeindia.com/art_detail.php?articalid=2006#.VyxiUm596hd
You need to brush up on your box office history for both hollywood and bollywood. Jurassic Park was huge when it came out in 1993 (one of my favs,…saw it 3 times in theatre) but can hardly be called ONCE IN A LIFETIME BLOCKBUSTER. It did not even beat Star Wars domestic US record at that time. Titanic certainly was a ONCE IN LIFETIME blockbuster since it shattered pretty much every box office record that was…As for 3 Idiots, I am not sure what you can call a movie that ALMOST DOUBLED the previous domestic record (beating Ghajini’s 114 with 203). I know that you like to take cheap shot at Aamir but your head is so far up Akshay’s you know what that you can’t seem to be thinking clearly.
Captain America Very Good – Hindi Releases Poor
Friday 06 May 2016 12.00 IST
Box Office India Trade Network
Hollywood again triumphed over Hindi films as Captain America – Civil War took a very good opening especially in its 3D format though the competition from Hindi films. The opening of Captain America – Civil War was around 40-45% which is way better than the Hindi films and is one of the better initials of the year.
There were three Hindi films with 1920 – London, One Night Stand and Traffic and it was the first named which opened best with around 10-12%. One Night Stand was next followed by Traffic. 1920 – London should comfortably win the opening honors as far as the Hindi films are concerned but can it get to a respectable total.
As said earlier.. Badshaho won’t be ready by Jan 26, 2017… this reports comes in….
Badshaho moves to March 10, 2017.
Two days back, Shah Rukh Khan and his team announced that his film Raees, which was scheduled to release this Eid, has been postponed and will now hit the screens on January 26, 2017. With Raees releasing on Republic Day, the reports of it clashing with Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil and Ajay Devgn’s Baadshaho.
While Rakesh Roshan has refused to move, there are murmurs that the Ajay Devgn and Shah Rukh Khan clash would be averted. An industry insider informs a leading daily that SRK and Baadshaho won’t clash. “Shah Rukh and the Excel team has planned everything nicely now,” reveals the source, adding further, “Ajay is mostly shifting the release because Baadshaho won’t be ready in January. The makers are now eyeing for a March 10 release. Ajay is now shooting his directorial venture Shivaay which he will wrap by June. He begins shooting for Baadshaho in July end- early August. His film with Remo D’Souza co-starring Sooraj Pancholi too goes on floors this September. So he will be juggling between the two films and it is highly improbable that Ajay’s Baadshaho will be ready in time for a January release. That’s why they have taken a call to shift the release date.”
Guess, time will tell which films will finally release on Republic Day 2017.
Much of Tamil cinema is fantasy, an awful lot of make-believe and Vikram Kumar’s 24 is all these, but with a purpose. For, it is a science fiction feature that gets busy not so much with the invention of a time-machine as it does with actor Suriya’s triple role — twin brothers and a son of one of them.
Obviously, one of the twins has to be evil and envious of the other, a wizard of a scientist, who creates a little wristwatch that has the ability to freeze us all like in the game we played in our childhood, ‘statue, statue’. But the tick-tock contraption can also take us back by 24 hours to recap all the happened, and yes to recap in the way we wished all those things to have happened.
Bollywood actors have been victims of stereotyping since time immemorial. In fact, a majority of actors have fallen prey to the phenomenon at least once in their careers. But what happened with Richa Chadda takes stereotyping to another level. During an interview with Film Companion, the ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ revealed that she was offered to play Hrithik Roshan’s mother in ‘Agneepath’ and that too when she was, hold your breath, around 25 years old! She also said that the justification given by the casting director was the fact that she was playing Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s mother in ‘Gangs of Wasseypur.’
This unintentionally hilarious/ tragic article about Mumbai’s ‘urban poor’ is making the rounds on Facebook a lot:
hen there’s my junior journalist friend. For a period, she was coming into work less often. And she was growing thinner. She insisted it was because she was jogging every evening. When she started to disappear at lunch time, or nurse a cold coffee all day, I knew. (I didn’t miss the signs, because I’ve done it too.)
I WhatsApped her. It was the only way to be discreet.
“Do you have enough money for a meal?”
She explained that when she did, she’d wait to go to Le Pain Quotidien and pay ₹200 for a sandwich. After 6pm, the day’s stock is discounted.
The office canteen offered meals all day that she could afford, but eating was a lower priority than keeping up the appearance that she could, when she chose to, do it at Le Pain Quotidien.
On a different note, Sadiq Khan becomes London mayor. His opponent Zac Goldsmith ran a rather divisive campaign, specifically targeting the British Hindu, Sikh and Sri Lankan Tamil vote. Here he is professing to ‘love’ Bollywood and amusingly being unable to name a single actor or film:
yes saw this earlier.. remarkable development. It was good to see the Muslim-baiting fail here as well as the stuff you’ve referred to. Of course anyone who’s illiterate in terms of Bollywood would not earn my vote anyway!
It was expected that he would win, but he won with the largest personal mandate in British history! Remarkable indeed. Of course the way it’s structured very much biases such a record in favour of London Mayor, but even Boris Johnson at his peak had fewer votes.
The much dreaded clash of the Khans — Salman Khan’s ‘Sultan’ versus Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Raees’ — at the box office this Eid may have been averted, but the relief among exhibitors and distributors was short-lived. With the release date of SRK’s film being moved to January 26, 2017, it will now collide with Hrithik Roshan-starrer ‘Kaabil’. Trade folk can, however, take heart from the fact that it won’t be a three cornered contest as feared earlier — Ajay Devgn has apparently pushed back ‘Baadshaho’ by a few weeks. – See more at: http://www.mid-day.com/articles/shah-rukh-khan-vs-hrithik-roshan-who-will-dominate-at-the-box-office/17206177#sthash.ssITYyr4.dpuf
‘Captain America: Civil War’ Hauls in $25M from Thursday Night Previews
by Brad Brevet
May 5, 2016
Friday AM Update: Captain America: Civil War brought in $25 million from Thursday night previews, the tenth largest Thursday night number of all-time (including midnight-only screenings). This Thursday number is just behind the $27.6 million posted by Avengers: Age of Ultron last year and $27.7 million brought in by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice earlier this year. Both films went on to gross over $80 million on Friday, the question as to whether Civil War will be able to top $200 million for the weekend depends on audience response and how well it ultimately plays on Saturday and Sunday.
Additionally, updated international figures for Civil War bring the international total to $291.2 million and that’s not including early reports from China where it’s being reported the film brought in $30.6 million on its opening day. For a larger breakdown of its international performance so far click here and stay tuned as we’ll have Friday estimates for you tomorrow morning.
Weekend Preview: After a $200.4 million international debut last weekend, Disney and Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War is set to make its domestic debut, aiming to become only the fourth film to gross over $200 million in its opening weekend. Meanwhile, several of the other films in the top ten could be in for dramatic drops from last weekend. Last year, while Avengers: Age of Ultron was opening to $191.2 million, all but one film (Cinderella) dropped over 53%. How will the holdovers fair against the latest Marvel juggernaut?
When it comes to Captain America: Civil War the question as to whether it will hit $200 million or not seems to be of little dispute. Granted, many thought Age of Ultron would follow the path paved by its predecessor and open with $200+ million last year before coming up just shy. That said, strong reviews and swelling fan anticipation for Civil War (92% on RottenTomatoes as of press time) should go a long way to helping this one out this weekend. Additionally, Fandango is reporting Civil War has generated record-breaking advance ticket sales, ranking as the online ticket retailer’s #1 pre-selling superhero movie of all time, surpassing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Avengers.
Baaghi Eighth Day Business
Saturday 07 May 2016 10.30 IST
Box Office India Trade Network
Baaghi had a decent eight day as it grossed 2.25 crore nett and has taken its business to over 61 crore nett. The drop is around 80% from first day but coming off such a good opening day the collections on day eight are still good. The business of Baaghi till date is as follows.
Week One – 59,00,00,000
Day 8 – 2,25,00,000
The film has the third highest distributor share of the year already in just 8 days behinf Airlift and Fan. The weekend should go to around 9 crore nett but depends on the Saturday growth and it might be less than normal second weeeknd growth of successful films as its best areas are mass centres which have less growth on Saturday. http://boxofficeindia.com/art_detail.php?articalid=2010#.Vy4AIG596hc
“24.”… An intelligent, joyous mix of sci-fi and masala-myth
A discussion about 24 must begin with Suriya, and a discussion about Suriya must begin with the fact that you have to travel back in time, to Rakta Charitra in 2010, to get anything close to a performance from the actor. Had Suriya been just one of those “mass stars,” from whom we expect nothing but charisma and fourth-wall-breaking “fan moments,” we’d simply sigh and wait for his next movie to roll along. But in addition to Suriya’s star power – pretty much the only thing that holds up the Singam franchise – he’s also a persuasive performer, and one kept waiting for a film that felt worthy of him. And it isn’t as though he’s been picking easy scripts either. 7aum Arivu, Maattrraan and even Massu Engira Masilamani – all sound great on paper, high-concept star vehicles you can’t see too many other heroes being interested in. But the films were sloppily written, sloppily made. One more expensive, out-of-the-box dud, and we might have had to resign ourselves to a resumé filled with Singam sequels. For the rest follow the link-
Captain America – Civil War Day Two Busines
Saturday 08 May 2016 10.30 IST
Box Office India Trade Network
Captain America Civil War was flat on day two as the film hardly grew for its day one business. The busines is still good despite the limited growth. The two day business of Captain America – Civil War is as follows
Friday – 8,50,00,000
Saturday – 8,75,00,000 apprx
Total – 17,25,00,000
The limited growth probably means that the film will probably not be a long runner but should put up a good lifetime number due to strong opening weekend which should be 26.50 crore nett plus.
Saw 24 and had a wonderful time in the theatres after a long time…Very smart and inventive movie , respects the audience intelligence and keeps them guessing. The romantic portions could have been trimmed but the thrill portions were expertly executed. Suriya was wonderful and back in form…I always felt Suriya and Dhanush are the two best actors we have in our country…It was disappointing to see Suriya waste his talent last few movies but this was a welcome back to form for him. I find too many people over thinking on the time machine bit…We need to remember that time travel itself is a fantasy and there is no right or wrong there….We just need to enjoy the directors wonderful imagination and go along with the ride…Yes the romantic portions specially the song in second half must be trimmed.. Has ARR ever given a worse sound track in his life? The songs were so poor couldn’t believe it was ARR. But other than the songs and an extended romantic part, the movie works very well. The director is one to watch out for. His last 2 movies 13B and Manam were also very well executed.
She thought it was some special secret terrorist code. The foreign scribble turned out to be a differential equation on price-setting that the Italian economist Guido Menzio was working on for a paper he was to present, but thanks to the xenophonic woman in flip-flops and a red tote bag, the flight, which had already left the gate, was returned to the terminal. Menzio was offloaded and questioned, resulting in a brief math lesson to security agents.
One of the most politically aware actors, Twinkle’s tweets often brings a smile on your face.
In response to Sr Sri’s controversial statement on Nobel and how Malala was an undeserving recipient of the Peace Prize, Twinkle’s tongue-in-cheek tweet read, ” Sri Sri got his nobel foot and half his beard stuck in his mouth in a yogic pose that Baba Ramdev perfected a while ago #HolyMenAndHairyTales (sic)”
As expected, the supporters of controversial baba began to troll her with one of Sri Sri’s disciples even intimidating her with a threat to boycott Twinkle’s husband, Akshay Kumar’s next release, Housefull 3.
This prompted Twinkle to delete her ‘twitter joke’ but she posted the following tweet, “Didn’t mean to hurt anyone’s feelings was meant to be a joke and am old enough to accept an error of judgement on my part. Art of living teacher practising Art of intimidation? Didn’t like my joke diss me-drag my husband,boycott etc. (sic)”
Didn't mean to hurt anyone's feelings was meant to be a joke and am old enough to accept an error of judgement on my part.
According to legend, Alauddin heard of the unparalleled beauty of Padmavati, wife of Ratan Singh, and went to Chittor with an intention to siege the Chittor fort and see the Rani. Singh persuaded his wife to let the Sultan see her. When she gave her consent, Alauddin saw her reflection in a mirror. On seeing the beauty of the queen, Alauddin was determined to get her for his harem. But that was not to be. Eventually, Padmavati performed jauhar (self-immolation of queens and female royals of Rajput kingdoms when faced with defeat at the hands of an enemy).
“Prakash Kapadia, scriptwriter of ‘Bajirao Mastani’, has been roped in for this project, for which a release date of December 15, 2017 has been finalised,” adds the source.
Well said. And now he s going to give another slice of romanticised Indian history, SLB style. Bajirao M was more romance than history; entertaining enough, with good performances ( my fav wasPriyanka) — but hardly accurate history.
During the trailer launch of her film ‘Te3n,’ when Vidya Balan was asked about her take on the ongoing Kangana Ranaut – Hrithik Roshan legal battle, she refused to comment. But she did laud Kangana for the way she has handled herself in the entire saga. However, as per a report on BollywoodLife.com, this hasn’t gone down well with Vidya’s husband, Siddharth Roy Kapur. The report mentions that Kapur, under his banner UTV Disney, is producing Hrithik’s next, ‘Kaabil’ and it has caused him a lot of embarrassment. A source is quoted in the report as saying that Vidya’s comment will make things awkward between Kapur and Hrithik. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/bollywood/Has-Vidya-Balan-landed-hubby-in-trouble-by-lauding-Kangana-Ranaut/photostory/52185062.cms
Looks like Akshay Kumar might have to pay for Twinkle Khanna’s actions. The 42-year-old interior designer recently took to her Twitter handle and innocently joked about the Art of Living pioneer Sri Sri Ravishankar on social media. Khanna, who is @Mrsfunnybones on Twitter, wrote, “Sri Sri got his nobel foot and half his beard stuck in his mouth in a yogic pose the BabaRamdev perfected a while ago #HolyMenandHairyTales.” Replying to Twinkle’s tweet that was later deleted, AOL’s International director, Darshan Hathi wrote, “Million f followers r going 2 boycott #Housefull3 4 hurting the sentiments by inappropriate and ill intended comments f @mrsfunnybones on Sri Sri.”
Puri Jaggannadh’s next flick with Bachchans?
DECCAN CHRONICLE. | LIPIKA VARMA
Published May 9, 2016, 12:27 am ISTUpdated May 9, 2016, 12:27 am IST
Puri Jaggannadh is all excited. After his 2011 Bollywood debut Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap, starring Amitabh Bachchan, the director is planning to be back to Bollywood with another movie.
Sources say that Puri has roped in none other than the Bachchans for his movie, and he confirms the news. “Yes, I had recently met Amitabh Bachchan at Ram Gopal Varma’s office. It was just an informal meeting. I had been longing to make a comeback in Bollywood.
I am looking forward to working with Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishekh Bachchan. With a perfect script in place and if everything goes well, I will approach the duo soon,” Puri says, hoping that the work of the movie would begin in 2017.
Currently, Puri is quite busy with his Telugu movies. “I have just completed the shoot of Rogue. My next Te-lugu venture with Kalyan Ram and Aditi Arya goes on the floor on May 25,” he says.
Baaghi Second Weekend Business
Monday 09 May 2016 11.30 IST
Box Office India Trade Network
Baaghi saw a drop in business over the second weekend as multiplexes could not grow much on Saturday and Sunday. The film continued its strong run in single screens The second weekend business of Baaghi is as follows
Aamir Khan, who is extremely busy these days with his ‘heavy-duty’ preparations for his most awaited film Dangal, recently took time out to watch the Marathi film Sairaat that has taken the Box-Office by storm. The film, which has been directed by Nagraj Manjule, is on a record shattering spree and is on its way to becoming one of the biggest blockbusters in Marathi cinema.
The moment Aamir Khan finished watching the film; he immediately took to twitter and shared his views about Sairaat. An extremely impressed Aamir Khan, tweeted, “Just saw Sairat. I’m heartbroken, still recovering from the shock of the end. Congratulations to Nagraj, Ajay-Atul, Rinku Rajguru, Akash Thosar, Tanaji Galgunde, Arbaaz Shaikh, the entire cast and crew & to Zee. Please watch it if you haven’t already.”
Besides Dangal, Aamir Khan will also be seen in the musical film Secret Superstar, which will roll out in June. The film will mark the directorial debut of Aamir Khan’s former manager Advait Chandan.
There were speculations that Hrithik Roshan will be brought back on board and Amitabh Bachchan will join the Junior Bachchan. But it seems like Aditya Chopra wants to experiment with a new blockbuster cast! And the news is that the actors are none other than Ranveer Singh and Salman Khan!
A report on an entertainment portal suggests that though Salman and Ranveer have been finalized for the film, Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra will be missing from the fourth installment of Dhoom franchise. It is also reported that Aditya Chopra wants Dhoom Reloaded to be a film for the youth and Ranveer Singh fits the glove like none other.
The makers are in talks with Salman Khan to play the negative character
Here’s the video shared by the YRF when they released the first look of Dhoom Reloaded on December ’15:
Box Office: Day Wise breakup of Sairat (Marathi)By Bollywood Hungama News Network
On Friday last week, the Tiger Shroff – Shraddha Kapoor starrer Baaghi directed by Sabbir Khan hit screens, while the film has been doing well at the box office in the region of Maharashtra the film has faced a bit of competition from the local release Sairat that features Rinku Rajguru and Akash Thosar.
In this box office report we take a look at the collections of Sairat that released across 400 screens breaking the same into day wise collections.
Day-wise breakup for India
Day Collections (INR Cr.)
Day 1 (Fri) 3.60
Day 2 (Sat) 3.95
Day 3 (Sun) 4.55
Day 4 (Mon) – Day 7 (Thu) 13.4
Day 8 (Fri) – Day 11 (Mon) 15.61
TOTAL (NETT) 41.11
Sanjay Leeela Bhansali has just announced his next film project: Padmavati. I think the subject is rich with possibilities. There is Padmavati, the daughter of the Sinhla king Gandharvasena , whose hand Rana Rawat Ratan Singh of Mewar wins after defeating another suitor. Then there is Sultan Allauddeen Khilji who has thwarted many attacks by the Mangols. His general is Malik Kafur. During one of his earlier conquests, he fell in love with effeminate good looks of the boy Malik , bought him off, had him castrated and lived with him as his lover. A musician from the court of Ratan Singh informs the Sultan of the bewitching beauty of Padmavati. The Sultan starts a peace treaty with the Rana and is taken on a tour of the Chittor fort. The Sultan wants a glimpse of the queen. Padamvati does nt want to appear before this stranger, but the Rana does not want to anger the Sultan. It is arranged for the Sultan to see a reflection of the queen on a mirror. The Sultan is smitten with lust and feels he must have her in his harem. He attacks Chittor and holds the fort in seize. Rana can see that defeat is imminent and takes shelter in a Shiv a temple. The queen decides not to succumb to the Sultan and decides to end her life through jauhar. She along with all the ladies of the royal household walk into blazing flames, their funeral pyre. Apart from the main narrative, the period is replete with interesting goings on. This is the time Amir Khusru wrote his qawalis and performed before his maula Nizamuddin Aulia. One can be hopeful of a tale of visual grandeur and intense passion, as Bhansali has already directed an opera in Paris based on the same theme. Take a look at some of the magnificent images from that magnum opus. http://slbfilms.com/work_gallery/opera/16
An excellent insight in to how Gulzar pens such inimitable lyrics and much more in this conversation-
Gulzar is always looking for the right ‘lafz’
The poet-lyricist on Tagore, writing for children, the script he has just finished writing and throwing away ‘obnoxious clichés’
Gulzar turns 82 this August. His imagination, dynamism and commitment to the art of visually stirring poetry is still unmatched. Hindi cinema’s most famous poet, lyricist and graceful renaissance man has adapted to new linguistic paradigms effortlessly, without compromising on the cadence or the nuances of Urdu and Hindi. His latest project, a two-set translation of Rabindranath Tagore’s two works, is the culmination of a lifelong wish. In an interview at his home in Bandra, Mumbai, Gulzar talks about Tagore’s influence in his life, writing for a new generation of adults, his films, and the script he has just finished writing. Edited excerpts:
With ‘Baghban/The Gardener’ and ‘Nindiya Chor/The Crescent Moon’, you have achieved your long cherished dream of translating Rabindranath Tagore’s Bengali poems into Hindi and English. What is Tagore’s influence in your life? Is it true that he made you a thief?
(Smiles) Well, this is a story that has become a part of my life now. Let me say that discovering Tagore was the turning point of my life. When my family moved to Delhi after Partition, I started working in a small shop that had a small lantern and a chimney. There was a small bookshop nearby—from where I used to borrow jasoosi (detective) novels for four annas.
The man who owned the library got fed up with me because I used to read a book a day. One day, he asked me tersely, “Kitni kitaab padh lega? (How many books will you read?)” I said, as many as you have in your shop. So he gave me a dusty, old, thick copy of Tagore’s Gardener. He must have thought I wouldn’t understand this and I especially wouldn’t be able to finish it off in one day. The moment I started reading Tagore’s poems, woh kahin mujhe lag gayi (they touched me) and I never returned that book. So yes, Tagore made me a thief.
But in life you never know what clicks. Tagore’s poems have remained with me till date. I learnt Bengali just so that I could understand him better. He continues to inspire me. The circle that started forming when I was a child is only growing now. I firmly believe that Tagore should be taught in schools all over India.
Tell us a bit about the process of building these two collections? How long did it take?
It took me five years. I searched for the original poems, uss mein waqt laga (that took time). You don’t just land on translations. You read, you follow, you build on it. People think Tagore is only about Gitanjali. That is not his only high. It was a book he wrote to present Indian spiritualism to the West. Mujhe yeh theek karna tha (I wanted to correct that), which became my motive. When I decided to translate his works, I knew it came with great responsibility. He is considered a holy cow. Sabse pehle toh ghar pe maar padti (first I would be criticised at home)—(laughs, referring to his wife Raakhee, a Bengali). I wasn’t happy with Tagore’s own translations in English. Maybe he was, but I wasn’t, so I took it upon myself to do it. English mein zubaan ka culture hi nahi aata (English cannot capture the nuances of the language). I have followed his original Bengali works and then translated them. To the best of my efforts, I have remained honest to Tagore. I presented the first copy to President Pranab Mukherjee and he asked me, “You have done it from Bangla? How?” I replied in Bengali that I could read and speak in Bengali. He did a double take and I felt very honoured when the President spoke about Tagore with me. Even though I received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award from the President, it was only after we discussed Tagore that I felt I had had a conversation with Pranab Mukherjee.
For someone who has such an enviable body of work, how do you keep yourself motivated? How do you choose your projects?
Issi liye toh filmein banani chhod di (This is the reason I stopped making films). There are so many books in my head. See, I don’t have unlimited years. I rely on my conviction and devotion to pursue whatever I’m passionate about. When you find something that makes you feel that only you can do it and nobody else, then you automatically want to do it. Like, now I want to translate the works of the Bangladeshi poet Kazi Nazrul Islam and write a play on the Bangladeshi leader Mujibur Rahman. I recently travelled to Bangladesh to collect material on both these personalities. Now this will keep me going.
And you write every day?
Yes. Every day I’m in my study. I write. I read. I research. You have to. Lafz dhoondne ke liye kaam toh roz karna padta hai (one has to work hard in order to find the right words).
Literally an entire generation has grown up on your words… those who sang ‘Lakdi Ki Kathi’ now sing ‘Tujhse Naaraz Nahin Zindagi’. Do you feel the power you wield over so many people?
I think I have learnt with my work too. When you are choosing your own way, you end up leaving signposts and, in that process, others can learn too. But there has never been a guarantee that I’m always on the right path, sometimes if I go wrong then I go wrong. There are a hundred masters you learn from. Kuch kissi se seekhte hain aur kuch kissi aur se (you learn different things from different people). It’s like Munshi Premchand’s short story Idgah. I read it when I was a child and there was this imagery of Hamid’s dadi’s hands getting burnt as she made rotis. My mother used to make rotis in the tandoor and she also had marks on her arm. When I read the story to my father, he got tears in his eyes and he said, “Jao maa ko sunao (read it to your mother)”. She also was touched. I realized that one story touched all three of us.
Thanks for this. A great interview that underlines the fact that an interviewer needs to be wise enough to get the interviewee to give his best. On that note, here’s a wonderful piece on Faiz Ahmed Faiz…
Love and Revolution brings to the fore different aspects of this multi-faceted man: activist for human rights and civil liberties, journalist and editor of newspapers and literary magazines, trade unionist, film lyricist, founder of public and cultural institutions, and, of course, one of the most powerful poetic voices to have emerged from South Asia. Beginning with the author’s sharpest memory of his illustrious grandfather – his death and funeral in November 1984 and the mass frenzy it created in Lahore – the book tells the story of Faiz’s tumultuous life in an almost anecdotal manner. Faiz has written compellingly on events that have shaped the destiny of the Indian sub-continent. There is, of course, his haunting elegy to the partition where he refers to the much-awaited dawn of freedom as a ‘night-bitten dawn’ in ‘Yeh daagh daagh ujala, yeh shab-gazida seher’. The most honest rebuttal of the two nation theory and the atrocities unleashed in what later became Bangladesh also came from his pen in ‘Dhaka se wapsi par’.
The penetration of Faiz’s words and ideas into the popular imagination can possibly be gauged by the fact that even over three decades after his death, his words are being used and appropriated by different groups for different purposes. Protestors, be they University teachers or students, chant ‘Bol ke lab azaad hain tere, Bol zubaan ab tak teri hai.’. Pacifists still sing ‘Sipahai ka marsiya’ and those disenchanted with systems of governance still find refuge in ‘Zard patton ka ban jo mera des hai, dard ji anjuman jo mera des hai�
“Kangana itne pahuch se bahar jaa chuki hai ki agar mujhe unke saath film karni hogi toh mujhe unki heroine banni padegi.”
“I will take up the project if she is the hero and I am the heroine then I would love to do it. Kangana ab pahuch k bahar jaa chuki hai. Bahut aage badh chuki hai.”
“Bahut badi ban gayi hai. (She’s a big person now).”
Emraan Hashmi starrer ‘Azhar,’ a biopic based on the life of former cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin, which focuses on the controversial aspects of his life, is all set to hit the screens on May 13, 2016. So before the movie is presented to the audience, the former cricketer himself wanted to watch the movie and make sure if he has been accurately portrayed in the movie or not. And according to a report on Mid-day.com, while watching the movie, he broke down during one particular scene, which is said to be a scene which showcased the stressful phase of his life. It was when he was accused of playing a major role in the 2000 match-fixing. The report states that Azhar requested the directors to chop off the scene from the movie. The report quoted a source saying that it was a very upsetting scene for Azharuddin and thus he asked for it to be removed from the film and the makers agreed to his demand. Now, the reference to the CBI enquiry has been added to the dialogues that Lara Dutta’s character mouths instead.
The film is going to put light on various aspects of Azhar’s life, which also includes his ex-wife, Sangeeta Bijlani. Click to next slide to know why an anxious Sangeeta called Azhar after five years…
Remember the adorable little girl who played Tabu and Kamal Hassan’s daughter in ‘Chachi 420’? Well, she’s not-so-little-anymore and has grown up to be a beautiful woman. Her actual name is Fatima Sana Shaikh; she had also appeared as a child artiste in Juhi Chawla’s ‘One 2 Ka 4.’ And now for a surprise, the 24-year-old is all set appear in Aamir Khan’s ‘Dangal.’ The actress will be seen essaying the character of a wrestler named Geeta Phogat in the upcoming sports biopic directed by Nitesh Tiwari. ‘Dangal’ is scheduled to hit the screen on December 23, 2016.