Shashi Kapoor, the legendary Bollywood actor, was cremated with state honours at the Santa Cruz Hindu crematorium in Mumbai on Tuesday. The long ailing 79-year-old actor breathed his last on Monday evening at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital.
Known for his charming looks and dynamic personality, the ‘Deewar’ fame ruled the silver screen in the decade of 70s and 80s. He was featured in over 160 movies and made his mark in the film industry with some remarkable performances in films such as ‘Jab Jab Phool Khile’, ‘Namak Halal’, ‘Kalyug’, ‘Kabhi Kabhi’, ‘Sharmeelee’ and so on.
Shashi Kapoor, the youngest son of Prithviraj Kapoor, was also the first Indian actor to work extensively in both Hollywood and British films. After successfully acting in several Hindi and English movies, he donned the producer’s hat. But, this was not all. The late actor also tried his hands at direction.
The ever smiling member of the Kapoor dynasty was also a recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke award, the highest award in Indian Cinema, and the Padma Bhushan. Let us all remember Shashi Kapoor by taking a look at some of the interesting facts from his journey of life.
1. Shashi Kapoor’s real name was Balbir Raj Kapoor. However, he later changed it to Shashi Kapoor.
2. Yash Chopra’s Dharamputra (1961) was Shashi Kapoor’s first film.
3. Apart from Hindi movies, Shashi Kapoor had worked in 12 English films. His most notable English language films include Shakespeare-Wallah (1963), The Householder (1965), A Matter of Innocence (1967) and many more.
4. Shashi Kapoor acted as a child artist with his elder brother Rishi Kapoor in the film titled Sangram.
5. At the age of 18, Shashi Kapoor became an actor and assistant stage manager.
6. In 1958, Shashi Kapoor got married to Jennifer Kendal. They together have two sons, Kunal and Karan and a daughter named Sanjna.
7. Ajooba, starring Amitabh Bachchan, was Shashi Kapoor’s first film as a director that released in 1991.
8. Shashi Kapoor has worked with Amitabh Bachchan in 12 films. Out of all those films, the former was paid more than Bachchan in nine films.
9. Shashi Kapoor had his own production house called Film Valas. As a producer, he produced films such as Junoon (1978), Kalyug (1981), Utsav (1984), Ajooba (1991) and more.
10. On November 5, 1978, Shashi Kapoor and his wife Jennifer established Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai. Sanjana Kapoor now looks after the Prithvi Theatre.
Kamal Haasan is one of the finest actors in India and he is undoubtedly the pride of the Tamil film industry. Throughout his career, the Vishwaroopam star has never ceased to amaze the audience with his terrific performance. In a career spanning over five decades, Kamal Haasan has played innumerable characters. Till date, this veteran actor has received three National Awards for Best Actor and several international recognitions. Thus today on his birthday, let us take you through some of the outstanding performances of Kamal Hasaan.
Balu Mahendra’s classic left the audience awestruck when it hit the theatres. The disturbing climax had people in tears and one couldn’t stop empathising with Kamal Haasan’s character. The film tells the story of Cheenu, who falls in love with an amnesiac patient Bhagyalakshmi (Sridevi). The way Haasan emotes in the film, goes without saying, makes it a top-notch performance. Kamal Haasan received his first National Award for Moondram Pirai.
Salangai Oli is based on Balakrishna, a trained Kuchipudi dancer, and Kamal Hassan had to learn Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and Kathak to get a hang of it for his character in the film. Salangai Oli received the National Award for the Best Feature Film and it was screened at the International Film Festival of India in 1984. After all these years, the film is still remembered in the industry for the sheer brilliance of a scene where Kamal showcases the various Indian classical dances.
When Mani Ratnam’s Nayagan saw the light of the day, it not only ruffled the traditional audience but also became a landmark film in India. Nayagan made it to Time Magazine’s All-Time100 Best Films. While people misrepresent Nayagan as India’s reply to Godfather, in actuality, it was based on real-life Mumbai don Varadaraja Mudaliar. Kamal Haasan’s portrayal of Velu Naicker’s journey still leaves us with goosebumps, especially the confrontation scene with his rebellious daughter Charumathi.
This Kamal Haasan film is one of the most underrated films in Indian cinema. Hey Ram is a multi-layered film that deals with the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.The film portrays with Hindu-Muslim conflicts against the backdrop of the Partition. actor received flak from Hindu extremists for the volatile content of the film. A ban on the film was also demanded. Like many of his films, Kamal Haasan’s Hey Ram was also India’s official entry to the Oscars that year.
Anbe Sivam tells the story of an unexpected journey undertaken by Nallasivam (Kamal Haasan) and Anbarasu (Madhavan) – two men with opposing ideologies. Anbe Sivam touches upon several themes, including communism, atheism and altruism, and resonates Haasan’s core principle of being a Humanist. Kamal Hassan in the scene where he explains the whole concept of ‘Love is God’ gives an all-new dimension to the audience’s perception of life and divinity.
“Very few people can turn their passion into profession. I am one of those lucky few.” – Shah Rukh Khan
There are Bollywood actors and then there is the Badshah of Bollywood. There are Khans and then there is King Khan. Talking about King Khan, the name that instantly comes to our mind is the one and only Shah Rukh Khan…the man who has won the hearts of millions of people with his charm and acting skills.
Most of us have grown up watching Shah Rukh Khan as the ideal romantic hero, the man whom the ladies have fantasized to be the man of their dreams. He is known as the King of Romance in Bollywood. But, is that all he has done throughout his career? I guess the answer would be ‘No’.
Apart from playing the characters of the sweet, charming, romantic hero, Shah Rukh has also portrayed some excellent characters that have created an identity of its own. So, today as King Khan celebrates his 52nd birthday, we would like to take you through those interesting and iconic characters that Shah Rukh Khan has portrayed in his career spanning over 25 years.
Ajay from Baazigar
“Haar ke jeetne wale ko baazigar kehte hai…” and that’s exactly what King Khan has done. When you are steadily approaching the peak of your career, you’d not risk that for anything. But, Shah Rukh has always been a risk taker and Baazigar was one of the biggest risks that he had taken in his career. The film was rejected by many established actors but Shah Rukh took up the challenge of playing the character of Ajay, who was the bad guy, and came out successfully with flying colours. Ever since then, he is known as the Baazigar of Bollywood.
Raj from Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (DDLJ)
The one name that ruled the movie was ‘Raj’. When he sang ‘Tujhe dekha toh ye jaana sanam’, millions swooned. Shah Rukh Khan made Raj, the ultimate man, the man every girl wanted as a lover. Raj became the epitome of love and romance. He broke the stereotypical image of the Hindi film hero and created the new image of a romantic hero. The success of DDLJ created history and is still going on in Mumbai’s Maratha Mandir.
Raj Aryan from Mohabbatein
Well, the moment we say ‘teacher’, we get an image of a strict, disciplined person who is always into the world of books. But, Shah Rukh Khan made us look at teachers differently. He broke the stereotypical image of teachers and created a new image of cool, suave, friendly and loyal person. It goes without saying that the passion for Megha, made him the most adorable teacher on celluloid. Guru-cool indeed!
Mohan Bhargav from Swades
Swadesh, directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar, is one of those movies that clearly showed all the critics what Shah Rukh Khan is capable of doing on the silver screen. The character of Mohan Bhargav was extremely different from the ones that he had done till then. There was no drama, no elaborate grand sets – it had the simplest of stories. He played Mohan Bhargav with so much ease that he made us feel at home, and made us realise that home is where the heart is.
Kabir Khan from Chak De! India
When we talk about commercial movies, we always tend to look forward to a man with his leading lady and some interesting plot. Generally, the Indian audience never responds to anything but cricket, and sport stories aren’t exactly money spinners in Bollywood. But, Chak De! India showed how to bring that change with simply a great story and powerful characters. With no leading lady to romance, this movie could’ve easily been a disaster, but when you are the King, the rules don’t apply to you. Thus, Kabir Khan sweeped off the audience with the vibrance and the film had a stellar run at the Box Office.
Shubh Mangal Saavdhan starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar has finally released and it has proved to be quite a refreshing movie among this year’s Bollywood list. The movie buffs were extremely excited to watch the film especially because of its intriguing trailer and unique theme. Directed by RS Prasanna, the film is a remake of the Tamil movie titled Kalyana Samayal Saadham that saw a huge success down south. So, just in case if you still have not watched the movie, then here are a few reasons that would surely convince you to watch Shubh Mangal Savdhan.
Unconventional love story: Shubh Mangal Saavdhan is a typical ‘desi’, middle class film that gives you the feel of North India. It’s a comedy of manners. The film revolves round the central characters of Mudit and Sugandha who are in love and the families are busy preparing for a grand wedding. But, there love story gets the turning point when Mudit a.k.a Ayushmann realizes that he suffers from erectile dysfunction. And, once the family comes to know about this, the marriage is sabotaged. Will the tag line ‘Stand up for love’ help them to conquer love? Well, this is what the film is all about. If you are the one who liked films like Khosla ka Ghosla, Vicky Donor etc. then this is a must watch for you.
Social message: We often see people talking about sex education in our country but how often do we find people taking up serious sexual problems open-mindedly? Problems like ‘Erectile Dysfunction’ are sensitive issues that are actually occurring in real life but people seldom talk about it. So, here is this film titled Shubh Mangal Saavdhan that has portrayed this delicate issue giving it a new flavor to Indian Cinema. It has portrayed the issue as a familial concern. Although the film may have a funny take on the issue but it has definitely made a strong point as problems like impotency and erectile dysfunction are not openly discussed in India.
Modern version of 70’s comedies: The dialogues of Shubh Mangal Saavdhan are bang on and it appropriately tickles your funny bone on several situations. This film can easily be described as a modern updated version of very Hrishikesh Mukherjee type of middle class comedy from the 70’s. And, of course a huge credit of this surely goes to the screenplay writer of this film, Hitesh Kewalya. Apart from this, the songs of this movie are quite catchy and the funny quotient perfectly gives an urban rustic essence.
Chemistry between Ayushman and Bhumi:Shubh Mangal Saavdhan is Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar’s second film. Earlier, they were seen sharing screen space in Dum Laga Ke Haisha and their chemistry was spot-on. Undoubtedly, they had established a sizzling chemistry in their first film that has eventually helped them to create a beautiful comic timing for this movie. Shubh Mangal Saavdhan portrays the cliché concept of romance between the two characters named Mudit and Sugandha and trust me it is extremely cute and relatable.
Family oriented sex comedy: Shubh Mangal Saavdhan has got U/A certificate from the censor board and this proves that the film is not a B-grade adult film with sleazy scenes. Yes, it is a sex comedy and it deals with the matters of sexual intimacy. It talks about the problems that are faced by the common men. The film is full of pun intended jokes but still at no point the movie seem vulgar, cheap or cringe-worthy. This is the film’s greatest achievement.
Akshay Kumar starrer Toilet: Ek Prem Katha was finally released on 11 August, 2017 and fans are going gaga over it. Ever since its announcement, the audience had been waiting eagerly to witness the romantic comedy that delves into the subject of open defecation.
Moreover, the recent debacle of Shah Rukh Khan-Anushka Sharma starrer ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal was another reason for which all eyes were on Toilet: Ek Prem Katha. And, we must say that the film has fulfilled all those expectations. It has become one of those few films of 2017 that is seeing a good run at the box office by crossing the 50 crores mark on its first weekend. It seems that when Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan failed to rule the market, Akshay is all set to take it over with these five key factors that makes the film a must watch.
Socially relevant message: Toilet: Ek Prem Katha explores the problems of open defecation and talks about the hardships women have to face because of this nationwide issue. The film is a satirical take on a battle against age old tradition of open defecation and is campaigning against the sanitation issue in India, hoping to spread the message of ‘Swach Bharat Abhiyaan’ across the nation. It also highlights the risk of getting raped or lynched due to such ill practices.
Based on a true story: Directed by Shree Narayan Singh, this film is inspired from the real life of Priyanka Bharti. The 19- year- old newly-wed ran away from her in-laws house two days after her marriage, because she could not defecate in the open. She gave rise to a huge revolution in many parts of the country. Priyanka came back to her in-laws house once the toilet was built.
A complete entertainer: Toilet: Ek Prem Katha is an out and out entertainer. After churning superhits one after the other, Khiladi of the box office is back with a mass entertainer that can create an impact in the society with his social satire. The film has hinterland humour that could appeal to the masses. Thus, the film will educate and entertain the masses simultaneously.
Akshay Kumar: Akshay Kumar, the man himself gives us enough reasons to go and watch his film when it’s running in theatres. Be it comedy or serious drama, the actor has always spelt his charm leaving the audience with more expectations. Be it Baby, Rustom, Airlift, Jolly LLB 2 or Special 26, Akshay Kumar has proved his acting abilities again and again. But, with Toilet: Ek Prem Katha ‘Akki’ has taken the entertainment quotient to a whole new level with a script that was refused by many actors in the industry.
New on-screen pair: This is the first time that Akshay Kumar is pairing up with ‘Dum Lagake Haisha’ actress, Bhumi Pednekar. In this film, Bhumi plays the character of a strong headed bride, who walks out of his in-laws house since they do not have a toilet in the house. And, it’s needless to say that she has stolen hearts all over again after her debut film, ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’. The on-screen chemistry between Keshav and Jaya is quite interesting yet simple.
Jab Harry Met Sejal, one of the most anticipated Bollywood movies of 2017, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma has finally released today and it is nothing less than a festival for all the ‘Baadshah’ fans out there.
The Imtiaz Ali film was expected to be highly entertaining with the add-on magical essence by the ace director. But, somehow Jab Harry Met Sejal has failed to to give that magical impact, despite having certain quintessential Imtiaz Ali elements. The film has turned out to be a little less satisfactory than his previous works.
Anushka Sharma portrays the character named Sejal Jhaveri, who is a Gujarati self-claimed selfish woman. Sejal goes on a tour in Europe with her family and her faceless fiancée Rupen, who is seen only in the second half. During the tour, she loses her engagement ‘ring’ and having involved in a fight with Rupen, Sejal decides to stay back and search the ring.
Shah Rukh Khan a.k.a Harry or Harinder Singh Nehra is a Punjabi self-claimed ‘cheap’ and ‘womaniser’, who happens to be the tour guide of Sejal and her family. Eventually, Harry finds himself reluctantly stranded alongside Sejal in her quest to find the ring. On Sejal’s demand, the two decide to trace back the entire holiday and revisit all those places in hope of finding the ring. As the duo starts retracing the steps, they fall in love with each other amidst constant mushy fights over silly things. Throughout the film, the tagline ‘What you seek is seeking you’ plays as a constant reminder to its viewers.
When it comes to making a romantic film, Imtiaz Ali is a class apart. His films are always realistic and he never focuses on fantasy-romance. One can always relate to Imtiaz Ali’s films as the director always keeps his story real. But, this time, it’s a lengthy, lumbering, baggy and pointless love story.
The first part of the film is pretty interesting with some interesting comic elements. The slow build-up in the first half provides Shah Rukh Khan sufficient time to showcase his typical ‘lover boy’ skills and the ‘King of Romance’ surely gets the viewers’ hopes high as they witness the dimensions of his character. But, alas, the eventful moment doesn’t last long and the second half of the movie proves out to be highly disappointing. Imtiaz Ali has simply dragged the second part of the movie that eventually feels like consuming the same wine served in a different bottle.
However, when it comes to acting the actors have done good job. Anushka Sharma is marvelous. Sharma is no longer the Yash Raj debutante anymore and she lightens up the screen, standing all in her own tower of talent. Over all, she has done justice to her character with almost perfect Gujarati accent. Shah Rukh Khan as Harry is funny and relatable because for once, he’s not playing the over-the-top romantic lover character unlike his other romantic films. The SRK fans will get to see his trademark sense of humor but it’s got a sarcastic edge.
Music is one of the best things that you can expect from an Imtiaz Ali film. And, this film is not an exception. The songs titled ‘Radha‘, ‘Butterfly‘, ‘Beech beech mein’, ‘Safar‘, ‘Hawayein’ have all topped the music charts within weeks of its release. But, when you see them together in the film, the songs simply come and go. They don’t really register unless you go with your lovey-dovey partner and it a let-down too. People have a lot of expectations from the music as well because Ali has always given us some fabulous songs which work by way of telling us more about the story, about the people singing those songs, about their motivations.
Lastly, the frames of this film are really beautiful. Be it the picturesque locations of Prague, Amsterdam and Budapest or the rustic beauty of Punjab, Imtiaz Ali has unfolded the scenic beauty brilliantly through the lens. If only the film had a story substantial enough to hold the construct together and drive it forward, Jab Harry Met Sejal might have been a good watch.
But, before ending let me tell you that if you’re a fan of Anushka and Shah Rukh Khan, you would love Jab Harry Met Sejal. But if you’re a fan of Imtiaz Ali, you will surely yearn for more depth in terms of story and screenplay. So, if you are planning to watch Jab Harry Met Sejal this weekend…go ahead but don’t go in with any expectations and you should have a whale of a time.
Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma’s Jab Harry Met Sejal is all set to hit the theatres across the globe on August 4. Fans have been going gaga about the film ever since the makers launched its poster with utmost glory. But, talking about romantic films, Bollywood as an industry that thrives on romantic flicks and Jab Harry Met Sejal seemed to be nothing new till the trailer was released. Although, the short teasers or the ‘mini trails’ were not that impressive but, the trailer actually gives a breath of freshness giving the king of romance a degree of cool quotient.
However, this Imtiaz Ali’s new film started garnering a lot of criticism because of the title ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ that is similar to the American romantic comedy named ‘Harry Met Sally’. But, now that everything is going well and it’s only one week left to witness the magic of Imtiaz Ali clubbed with the romance of Shah Rukh Khan, here we are to share 5 things with you that you can expect from Jab Harry Met Sejal.
A pure love story
The trailer introduces the two lead characters named Harry and Sejal to us. For the first time in his 25-year-long career, Shah Rukh Khan will be seen playing a Sardar, while Anushka dons a Gujarati kudi avatar. The tagline of the film says, “What you seek is seeking you” and it goes without saying that this line binds the lead characters together.
Shah Rukh Khan has always been known for his quintessential lover boy image that comes as the legendary Raj and/or Rahul, spreading his arms, in most of his films. But, I guess now it’s time to meet the other side of the ‘Badshah of Bollywood’. In Jab Harry Met Sejal, Shah Rukh a.k.a Harry, a tour guide in his own words, is ‘cheap’ and is a womaniser. He doesn’t hold back from flirting with woman or staring at them. We have always seen Shah Rukh as a soft-hearted romantic guy who can do no wrong, but this time it will be interesting to watch him portray the character of a lover who is not perfect, who is flawed.
Coming to Anushka Sharma, the viewers will get to see Anushka as a geeky (yet sexy) newly-engaged Gujarati girl in Jab Harry Met Sejal. Given a fact that Anushka is almost like a ‘Queen of Accents’, she has successfully portrayed the character with a perfect Gujarati accent in this film. Anushka is usually known for her ‘bindaas’ characters but it looks like this film will showcase a different side of her as Sejal.
When, it comes to Imtiaz’s films, the music is one aspect that always of top quality. And, this film is not an exception. Ever since the release of the song titled ‘Radha’, the film’s songs were music to our ears and soothing for our souls. As per reports, ‘Radha‘, ‘Butterfly‘, ‘Beech beech mein’, ‘Safar‘ have topped music charts within weeks of its release. On Wednesday, one more song titled ‘Hawayein’ was released and as expected people have already started liking it a lot. Apart from the soulful scores, the fun and peppy music breathes life into the film and help us understand the characters of Harry and Sejal on a personal level.
The magic of Imtiaz Ali
When it comes to making a romantic film, Imtiaz Ali is a class apart. His films are always realistic and he never focuses on fantasy-romance. One can always relate to Imtiaz Ali’s films as the director always keeps his story real. The ace-director has time and again proved his mettle with films that will be remembered for years to come, including Socha Na Tha and Jab We Met. Although his last film Tamasha starring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone failed to meet up the expectations. After films like Rockstar, Tamasha or Highway, Jab Harry Met Sejal is expected to bring the director back to the light-hearted genre with this upcoming family entertainer.
The trailer has already displayed a sea of emotions and some powerful dialogues that evokes humour with dark undertone. Both Harry and Sejal have a layer of shades in their characters that would surely create curiousness among the audience to know more about the two.
The sizzling chemistry between Shah Rukh and Anushka
Shah Rukh and Anushka’s on-screen chemistry has always been appreciated be it Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi or Jab Tak Hai Jaan. The duo have been seen weaving amazing magic in their movies and this time the on-screen pair is back with Jab Harry Met Sejal. After the trailer, one can easily vouch for the sizzling chemistry between Anushka and Shah Rukh and hopefully it will not fail to meet up the expectations of the audience.
And, if these things are not enticing enough for guys then the lush locales of the film would surely excite you. Be it the picturesque location of Prague, Amsterdam and Budapest or the rustic beauty of Punjab, Imtiaz Ali has unfolded the scenic beauty brilliantly through the lens. So, buckle up and get your tickets to witness the amazing tale of Harry and Sejal. See you at the theatre!