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20 Years Of Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai

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Director: Goldie Behl
Writers: Tigmanshu Dhulia, Goldie Behl
 Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Sushmita Sen
 Plot: Suraj dreams of following in his idol’s footsteps, but as he moves to Mumbai to follow his dream, he discovers that following your dreams may have a cost.
  1. Director Goldie Behl and Abhishek Bachchan were  family friends  in  the true  sense   of  the  term. The  Bachchan patriarch was close  to  Goldie’s father filmmaker Ramesh Behl Behl Sr and  Bachchan Sr  together made  movies like Kasme  Vade and PukarRamesh Behl also produced   the superhit Jawani Diwani  with Jaya  Bachchan in  the lead. So it  was natural that  Abhishek  play the  lead in Ramesh Behl’s son Goldie’s directorial debut.
  2. Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai(BISKH)   though not without merit,  flopped . I warned Abhishek against doing films with friends. Here’s what he had said:  “It’s okay. These , Goldie, Rohan  Sippy(son of Ramesh  Sippy),  Gurudev Bhalla  are guys I grew  up with. Goldie  and I  working together is  natural. I will  work with him as long as he wants.” Abhishek  rationalized his personal choices  overlapping with his professionalism. Abhishek did  another film the super-hero saga Drona  with Goldie Behl  7 years later. It was an even bigger disaster than BISKH.
  3. BISKH  was  the  story  a  boy from Varanasi  named Suraj and his corruption in and by the  city.   It  was  the first  of many films that Rani Mukerjee and Abhishek did together. Rani played  Pooja who epitomized  innocence and  unconditional love.The two, Abhishek and  Rani  became  very close friends and there  were rumours of  a relationship between them.I am not saying anything.  But  after his  breakup with Karisma  Kapoor, the  only  woman Abhishek was  serious about was Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Not that he was  a saint  in the interim.
  4. It was  the other other  heroine in  BISKH  the gorgeous Sushmita Sen ,playing the worldly-wise Lara, who grabbed all the headlines  without even trying to. At that  time I was  a very close friend  of both Abhishek and Sushmita and hoped they  would become  a real-life  couple. Instead  Abhishek made Sushmita his  ‘Didi’ and she  was  fine with it. When  he  married  Aishwarya,  ‘Didi’ was thrilled.  “I’m so, so happy for my brother Abhishek, and Ash who has been a colleague and a friend for many years. We’ve virtually grown up together in the industry. Today, when she’s finally taking the plunge, I feel she deserves to be happy. She’s a wonderful person.It was while we were shooting Goldie Behl’s Bas Itna Sa Khwab Hai that Abhishek adopted me as his sister… Or shall I say, I adopted him as my brother. He was very awkward about shooting with me in any other capacity, so I quickly suggested he make me his sister. Since then, he has called me Didi. And I love that. Today, when my brother is engaged and ready to take the plunge, I feel six feet tall. He’s a lovely guy and deserves happiness.” This was  Sushmita’s reaction   when her “brother”  was engaged to her beauty-pageant  rival  Aishwarya.
  5. Jackie  Shroff played the  arch villain  in BISKH . His character Naved Ali  a  media baron who  dreams  of  becoming the   prime minister  preempted a certain television journalist of this millennium whose power and  arrogance spread  fast. Says Abhishek, “I had to hero-worship Jackie Uncle.  That was easy to do. He  is  intrinsically  magnetic.”
  6. BISKH  was  not a bad  film. It  was  way too ambitious  for its own  good.  Recalls Abhishek, “When  I  look back  on it I feel proud  of  it, and my association with Goldie  and his  sister Sristi. They are  family. BISKH  may not have worked  . But that didn’t deter us from teaming up again for Drona where Ma (Jaya Bachchan) played  my mom.Flop or not, I  am  proud  of  BISKH and  Drona.”
  7. During the  shooting of BISKH  Abhishek  got  into a  spat with a  press photographer. The Delhi police arrested two  members  of the  film’s team. Recalling the incident Abhishek had said, “In my heart, I knew I had done nothing wrong, so why was I dragged into the ugly incident? Ironically, when we went back to Delhi two months later, the same gentleman from the press who accused me of roughing him up, was our PRO for Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai. He even apologized for the incident.”Calm and non-judgmental, Abhishek says he’s in the film industry to act, not react to controversies and rumours. To anyone who asks me which side of the bed I sleep on, my answer is: none of your business!”

Full Cast of the Movie:

• Abhishek Bachchan… Surajchand “Suraj” Shrivastav
• Sushmita Sen …Lara Oberoi
• Rani Mukharjee … Pooja
• Jackie Shroff … Naved Ali
• Gulshan Grover … Sardar Sweety Singh
• Jennifer Kotwal…Suraj’s sister
• Anang Desai … Chandan Shrivastav (Suraj’s dad)
• Smita Jaykar … Mrs. Gayetri Shrivastav (Suraj’s mom)
• Himani Shivpuri … Gayetri’s sister-in-law
• Sharat Saxena … Balkishan Deshpande
• Suchitra Pillai-Malik… Reporter (as Suchitra Pillai)
Directed by Goldie Behl
Produced by Madhu Ramesh Behl
Written by Tigmanshu Dhulia (dialogues)
Screenplay by Goldie Behl,
Shrishti Arya,
Manu Chopra
Starring Abhishek Bachchan
Rani Mukerji
Sushmita Sen
Jackie Shroff
Music by Aadesh Shrivastav
Cinematography Sameer Arya
Edited by Sanjay Sankla
Production
company
Rose Movies
Distributed by Eros Entertainment
Release date
6 July 2001
Running time
169 mins
Country India
Language Hindi
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Why On  Earth Is Sushmita Sen Smoking A Cigar In Aarya’s First  Look?

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Season 3  of Aarya is being shot as  you read this, and naturally Sushmita Sen is  super-kicked about it, so kicked that she has put  out a  video where she is seen  in the  best Lady Boss version of herself.

Alarmingly, she is seen puffing away at a  cigar, to  complete her Badass Lady Boss image.

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 There was a  time when women smoking  cigarettes  in Hindi cinema signaled vampishness. If a female actor was  shown smoking it meant she had evil designs  over the  hero, and life in general.

 Sushmita being Sushmita, a cigarette won’t do. A  cigar it is, to go with her formidable image. The last Bollywood actor I saw smoking a cigar  on screen was Premnath in the 1970s. Back then so  many  people didn’t die of cancer  by smoking.

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 These are  different far more dangerous  and deadly times.

Sushmita is an iconic  actor.She  needs to be more careful about the image  she projects . Smoking  a  cigar doesn’t  enhance a woman’s(or a  man’s) muscle power. Nor does it make her look cool.

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About shooting for the third season of Aarya  Sushmita says, “Aarya is synonymous with my name.  I have lived as Aarya for two whole seasons and the love received by the audiences has only encouraged me to do more. Walking on the sets of Aarya Season 3 makes me feel at home and gives me  a sense of empowerment. I’m grateful to the entire team at Disney+ Hotstar, Ram Madhvani Films and Endemol Shine India for the vision of creating Aarya and taking it to newer heights with every season.”

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Shah Rukh, Deepika, John Will Meet The Media  On Monday At 4 pm(But There’s  A Catch)

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Pathaan has effectually discredited the  efficacy  of media interactions to promote  a  film. The  film’s lead actors Shah Rukh  Khan, Deepika Padukone  and John Abraham did not conduct any  press or portal interviews  to  promote the  film.

And  yet Pathaan  is  a blockbuster.

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 This  weekend  the Pathaan producer Aditya  Chopra  of  Yash Raj Films  took a call on behalf  of  the Pathaan team  to do one media  meet at the Taj Land’s End in Mumbai  on Monday January 30 at 4 pm.

The  three principal actors  and  director Siddharth Malhotra  will address  the  media.

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 But  here’s the catch: the media will not be allowed to ask any questions. There will be no  Q& A s or  one-on-one  interactions.This  basically means that the  Pathaan  team will  have an opportunity to  say what it wants  to the media. But the  media will have no say.

Make what  you will of this  one-way traffic.

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A  word of caution to those marketing and publicity wizkids  who think  it’s okay to  plant fake stories  on (fake) projects  with the Pathaan director.

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 It is  not.

Such baseless announcements  are meant only to  raise  the equity  of the  producers  with whom Siddharth   Anand’s name is  linked. One  such  producer whose name  has cropped up after the  spectacular success of  Pathaan is  Deepak Mukut.

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There were  reports  everywhere that Siddharth Anand’s next would  be with Mukut.

Turned out to be a false rumour.

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A  source in the  know informs, “Siddharth now has to complete Fighter  starring Hrithik Roshan and  Deepika Padukone  for Yash Raj.Then  he  is   committed to direct the sequel to War 2 for  Yash Raj films.  They will then start  work on the  next film in the Pathaan  franchise. There is no scope  or  room for any outside  projects  for Siddharth Anand. So every announcement  that  you read of a  new film  to be  directed by Siddharth Anand  for an  outside  producer is likely to  be  a hundred  percent fake.”

When I asked Siddharth Anand  about the  supposed project  with  producer Deepak Mukut he promptly replied,  “NOT AT ALL.”

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Anniruddha Roy  Chowdhury whose  Pink  featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu was one of  the  most important  films of  2016, is all set to  release his  next  Hindi film.

Entitled LostAnniruddha’s film , based on true  events, will see Yami Gautam Dhar(that’s  what the actress calls herself after her marriage)  as a crime journalist. LOST is an emotional social thriller that represents a higher quest, a search for lost values of empathy and integrity.

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Inspired by true events, Lost is a story of a bright young woman crime reporter in her relentless search for the truth behind the sudden disappearance of a young theatre activist.

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Yami Gautam Dhar  who plays  the lead  of  the  crime reporter  says,   “I can’t be happier and more proud of the film’s selection for the opening night at CSAFF. I feel like its one that the people will connect to and will be the one that you cannot miss, especially in the current age and time. I have loved playing this role because it was such a special experience, it allowed me to explore so many layers of emotions as an actor and the entire team has worked really hard on it. I genuinely cannot wait for the film’s release, especially to see the reactions of the audience to it.”

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The crime investigation  drama boasts a stellar cast. Along with Yami, the film will feature Pankaj Kapur, Rahul Khanna, and an ensemble of younger talent, including Neil Bhoopalam, Pia Bajpai, and Tushar Pandey, in pivotal roles.

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