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The Legendary Iconic  Mumtaz On Her Favourite Co-star Rajesh Khanna  &  Her Love For The Colour Orange

The iconic  actress Mumtaz, the heartthrob  of  millions danced  her way into  immortality with iconic numbers like Aaj kal tere mere pyar ke charche(Bramhachari), Bindiya chamkegi(Do Raaste) and Jai jai shiv shankar(Aap Ki Kasam).  Most of her most famous songs featured her in orange costumes.

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When I spoke to her ,Mumtaz happily admitted to an orange  fixation. “Indeed orange was  my favourite colour. I am a very fair-complexioned girl of Persian  origin.Bright colours suited me. I especially loved orange. I’d sit with my  costume designer Bhanu Athaiya and make sure  the orange colour figured  in  the  songs and dances.”

The sizzling  Aaj kal tere mere pyar ke charche song-and-dance with Shammi Kapoor had Mumtaz making one major  adjustment. “I remember we  opted for an orange saree instead of  a gown . Normally I would dance  in western outfits for western-rhythmed song like this. But on this occasion the  Sippys(producers  of Bramhachari) insisted  on a saree. So Bhanu and I created a specially designed saree . The song had a lot of  jerks and movements. So we had  to  make sure the saree remained in  place.”

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The  actress whose performances in Khilona,Tere Mere Sapne, Aap Ki Kasam, Jheel Ke Uss Paar  and Aaina  established her as one of the two topmost actresses  of the 1970s(the other being Hema Malini)  is now  in Mumbai.

Where’s Mumtaz’s headquarters these days? “Well, I’ve homes  in London, Nairobi and Mumbai. So  you tell me where my home is.”

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Why did she  quit and leave at the peak of your career just because she got married?  “Maine industry hi nahin chhoda. Shaher aur mulk bhi chhod diya. I got married to the man I loved. I had two lovely daughters. Now I’ve four beautiful  grandchildren and they’re the loves of my life. I couldn’t have asked for more. No regrets  about leaving the industry.”

Mumtaz’s last  films were with Rajesh Khanna whom she admits  to being very fond of. “He was  my  favourite, no  doubt.And I  was his favourite.I can’t remember  how many films we did together. But we were constantly working together, right till I quit the  industry. Unke filmon mein  heroine ko zyada  kuch karna  ko nahin hota ttha(in his films the leading lady didn’t  have much to do). But  I like that  film which featured the song Duniya mien logon ko dokha kabhi ho jata hai ….Apna Desh.I had a well-etched role in that. Then there was Aap Ki Kasam  where both of us were  equally important. It had a very controversial subject where the wife leaves her  suspicious husband although she’s pregnant. I remember Kakajee and I had  heated  discussions with the  film’s producer-director J Om Prakashji  about whether the  film will work or  not. Eventually it was made and  it was a  big hit.”

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Ask her to name her favourite film from her vast repertoire and she answers, “I can’t name my  favourite. But I can tell you which was the most difficult . It was Vijay Anand’s Tere Mere Sapne. I had to underplay my part all through the  film.  It  is very difficult to do this in our cinema where  actresses  had to do  a lot of loud  rona-dhona. Let me tell you, underplayed performances are far more difficult than the dramatic ones. So yes,  Khilona and  the  other well-known  performances of mine were all good. But Tere Mere Sapne was the toughest.”

Mumtaz’s  last film Aaina before she  married and  quit at  the peak of her  career, also starred Rajesh Khanna.  Mumtaz was  smashingly  powerful as a daughter of an impoverished Brahmin family who takes to prostitution to  make ends meet.

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She recalls  the film fondly.  “Yes, that was the only film of ours where Kakajee  took a backseat. But that was  his guest appearance. That was a very powerful subject , directed by a very powerful and influential director of the South(K Balachander). The film flopped. People could not accept  the heroine’s  character.  Many years  later Yash Raj Films made the same  subject(Laga Chunri Mein Daag). Lekin wohbhi nahin chali(that didn’t succeeded either).

Although  Rajesh Khanna had  the reputation  of being  temperamental Mumtaz says she had  no problems working with  the Superstar. “The only time he’d get upset with me  was when I  signed films with  other  heroes. He  would  go and sulk in the corner.It was okay for him to work with  other heroines.There are separate  rules for  men and women. He always treated me  with the  utmost affection and care. He  affectionately called me  ‘Moti’. Because I was always on the plump side. That’s the way it was. And I didn’t mind.As far as being moody is concerned, I was the friendliest person  on  the set. I  sat and  chatted with all the technicians  between  shots. I  never behaved like  a  star. So why would anyone behave like a star with me?

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Mumtaz is now in Mumbai catching up with old friends spending time  with her daughter Natasha and son-in-law actor Fardeen  Khan. “I am spending  time with  my loved ones here in Mumbai as long as  I’m here. Who know where tomorrow will take me? My world revolves around my beautiful  grandchildren”

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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  source close  to Yash Raj informs  me that this is  the   pattern  regarding the media that  Yash Raj will follow for  future  releases: no  press meets  no promotional  engagements.

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Fake Projects of Pathaan Director Being Planted In Media

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Siddharth Anand Denies Considering  Any Project With  Deepak Mukut

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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Pink Director’s Next  Featuring Yami As A Crime Reporter To Stream From February 16

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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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Says Aniruddha  “The shoot of LOST has been an incredible journey. I have been eager for the release of our hard-worked venture. The film is a realistic highlight of media in a social context and I am sure that it will give the audience a compelling watch. I am curious about its release and see the responses it shall get. I hope they will welcome it with open hearts.”

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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