Aamir among most influential people in the world!
Bollywood star Aamir Khan has been featured on one of the seven special covers of Time magazine listing the world’s 100 most influential people.
Aamir Khan, 48, who won praise from composer AR Rahman, “has been chosen for using his influence to raise social awareness in India.”
“In a world of false diplomacy and evasiveness, Aamir is a straightforward man,” wrote Rahman noting, “He uses his gifts as a charmer to give his audience the most bitter medicine. Hypnotized, we take it without complaint.”
“Aamir has started a movement that will help change the world in which Indians live. Jai ho!” added the Academy Award-winning composer.
The list includes Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, Delhi lawyer Vrinda Grover and California’s Indian-American attorney general Kamala Harris besides teenaged Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai and US President Barack Obama.
Boney still mad over Sri
They?ve been married for several years now and have two young daughters, but filmmaker Boney Kapoor is still madly in love with actress wife Sridevi. There seems none of the jaded matrimonial stories we are so used to hearing about relationships, as Boney candidly confessed that it was love at first sight for him.
“I fell in love with Sri when I watched her Tamil film during the late 1970s. After watching her film, I wanted to know more about her,” Kapoor said recently, sharing the inside story which has been kept under wraps so far and caused much speculation, much to the embarrassment of his wife.
“I had especially gone to Chennai at her house to meet her, but she was shooting in Singapore. I returned to Mumbai disheartened,” he added.
Boney opened his heart out to reporters at New Delhi, while accompanying Sridevi, who was attending the India Today Women Summit 2013.
Looking beautiful in a red embroidered sari, the Chandni actress made futile attempts to stop Kapoor from divulging more details about their romance.
But her hubby was not to be deterred. “After some time, I watched Sri’s Solva Sawan (1979). I desperately wanted to meet her. I wanted her to work with me. One day I went to meet her on the set (of a movie). Sri is an introvert. She doesn’t talk to strangers. She talked to me in half broken English and Hindi, and just said that her mother takes care of her professional matters,” he revealed.
Boney, who married Sri in 1996, said when he met his future mother-in-law, he offered Mr India and Sridevi’s mother asked for Rs.10 lakh to sign the film. “When she asked for Rs.10 lakh, I offered her Rs.11 lakh because I wanted to be close to Sri. Her mother was completely impressed with me. Sri was the highest paid actresses of that time and she later confessed to me that she thought I was a crazy producer who was offering more than what she had asked for,” said Boney.
It was a ?dream come true? for him when Sridevi acted in his production venture Mr India. In the super hit sci-fi comedy directed by Shekhar Kapur, Boney roped in his younger brother to play the male lead opposite Sridevi.
“I made sure she was comfortable on the set (of Mr India). I personally took care of everything. Gradually, she felt comfortable with me,” said Boney.
It was the beginning of Sridevi?s foray into Hindi films and Boney?s life as she starred in his films like Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja and Judaai.
He claimed to be so madly in love with her that when Sridevi was filming Chandni in Switzerland, he flew down too, “because I wanted to be close to her”.
“After coming back, I told my first wife (Mona Shourie) what I had felt for Sri,” he said, revealing that when Sridevi?s mother died, he was there with her all the time.
“When she finished shooting for Lamhe, her father passed away. We became close to each other slowly. I supported her throughout,? added Boney.
“Even she was there for me always. She is not only a talented actress, but a fabulous wife and mother. She still lives in her own world and doesn’t get into controversies. Even after so many years of our marriage, I am still madly in love with her,” said a still-smitten Boney.
And when Sridevi was honoured with the title ?Empress of Indian cinema? at the TSR-TV9 national film awards, her husband lavishly stated that nobody else in the industry deserves the award more than her. Boney himself won the ?Star Producer of the Millennium? award. A winning couple who are made for each other, such is the stuff of Bollywood! Well done, Boney and Sri!
Yash Chopra to be felicitated at Melbourne
As part of a special tribute, late filmmaker Yash Chopra will be conferred the title of ?Father of Contemporary Indian Cinema? at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM), to be held from May 3-22.
Celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema, the festival will honour Chopra for his strong ties with Australia and constant support to the festival. The award and honour will be received by Yash Chopra’s wife Pamela. “Yashji had a close connection with the IFFM. He was happy to support it as he believed in promoting Indian films in foreign countries,” said Pamela in a statement.
Even the Agora cinema in Melbourne is being renamed as the Yash Chopra Cinema, and will be inaugurated by Pamela.
Two of Yash Chopra’s productions, Salaam Namaste (2005) and Chak De! India were shot in Melbourne. The tribute will be a fitting one for the renowned filmmaker who died last year.
Govinda a fashionista?
In what is going to be a shock to the senses, actor Govinda will soon be a judge on a reality show titled ?Indian Model Hunt 2013?. Now, despite being in the film industry for nearly three decades, Govinda has been better known for his pelvic-thrusting dance moves than his sense of fashion and style. The 50 year old candidly admits this, but is quick to point out that he has often risen to the challenge and snubbed his detractors. “Earlier people used to say that I cannot become an actor, but I became (an actor), they said I cannot be a star but I became a star, then they said I cannot become a leader (MP), but I became one,” he said. Having worked in over 120 films through his career, it is only to be expected that Govinda would have picked up a few fashion tips, but judging from his creative style of dressing, that hasn?t happened yet. Perhaps the show will succeed where movies failed. After all, the reality show ill feature talented contestants from across India. Or perhaps, the contestants will adopt to Govinda?s style and create a unique fashion statement. What do you think? Its not such a scary thought!
A tale of four films
Fans of actor Ranbir Kapoor must make sure they see the soon to be released Bombay Talkies, as filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee claims that the young actor appears in every frame of his short film. ?My short film in Bombay Talkies couldn’t have happened without Ranbir Kapoor, as he is totally associated. He is a shadow of god associated with the film. He is there in every frame. He is there as the ultimate hero against this average common man. Without Ranbir this could not have happened,” explained Banerjee, who has directed one of the four short films in Bombay Talkies.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui features in the lead role, with the director claiming that he has wanted to work with Siddiqui for a long time now, since Black Friday. “It was a lovely experience. It was a spiritual experience for both of us,” said Banerjee.
The director was excited about the Aamir Khan-starrer promotional song that would be a huge boost for the movie, which is primarily a celebration of Indian cinema’s centenary. “He (Aamir) is not there in my film or any of other the other films. He is there in the promotional song. He has been such an enthusiastic supporter of the project. His presence will be lovely for this film,” he said.
Other directors who have contributed to Bombay Talkies are Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar and Karan Johar.
Karan talked about his short film saying, “It’s an emotional film. There are songs and emotions (shown) in a different way. It is about relationships. There is no glamour. It is more real in that way.”
His segment will see Rani Mukerji, Saqib Saleem and Randeep Hooda. “I have no problem in working with stars, but that was not the demand for this film,” he said.
Seems like the movie will certainly be something to talk about!
The making of Midnight’s Children
Celebrated writer Salman Rushdie is all over the film version of his acclaimed novel Midnight’s Children. He has himself done the screenplay and also serves as the film’s all-knowing narrator. Yet he says it’s Indo-Canadian director Deepa Mehta’s film. She “absolutely” took over once the script was done, Rushdie said in a phone from New York, where the film would specially be screened in conjunction with the New York Indian Film Festival.
“A film can be only one person’s film and not two,” said Rushdie. But they collaborated heavily by talking on the telephone, sending pictures and talking to the actors via videoconferencing. Rushdie even went to Mumbai to help with casting, and was sent pictures from Sri Lanka, where much of the shooting took place.
The allegorical tale on the partition of India told through mysteriously intertwined lives of two babies switched at birth as India attains freedom at midnight on Aug 15, 1947 will be released soon in the US beginning with New York.
Rushdie said at first he was hesitant about doing the screenplay adaptation himself as “I am a novelist and not a professional screen writer”. But Deepa was very persuasive and convinced him to do it as she feared no one else could do it justice given its almost intimidating pedigree – having won both the Booker of Bookers and the Best of the Bookers. In the end he was glad that he did it.
Turning a 446-page novel into a 130-page screenplay was “an immense challenge,” he said. But since he was looking at it after more than 30 years, he could do it more dispassionately. For the screenplay writing, both Mehta and Rushdie made separate lists of what to keep and what to discard from the novel with a staggering scope, from 1917 to 1974, and 62 locations from Karachi to Kashmir to Old Delhi to Bombay. It was a relief that their lists were quite identical!
Rushdie described Mehta as the ?perfect? director to take his book to film. “It was Deepa’s passion for the book that attracted me, as well, of course, as my admiration for her work,” he said. Luckily they did not have any run in with the Indian censors over the depiction of the 1975 emergency or any other issue.
It was indeed true that he gave away the film rights of Midnight’s Children to Mehta for just one dollar! It makes an interesting story, but it’s not unusual for independent filmmakers, who find it hard to raise money, to sign up someone with a token amount and then pay them later, said Rushdie. “It’s more like a handshake,” he said, though he for one, was yet to be paid!
So what’s Rushdie’s verdict on the finished product? “Well, I am very biased. But I think it’s good,” he said. Well, with a winning combination of Mehta and Rushdie, it might well be!