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On Rabindranath Tagore’s Birth Anniversary, Subhash K Jha Selects 5 Hindi Films Adapted From Tagore 4 On Rabindranath Tagore’s Birth Anniversary, Subhash K Jha Selects 5 Hindi Films Adapted From Tagore 5

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On Rabindranath Tagore’s Birth Anniversary, Subhash K Jha Selects 5 Hindi Films Adapted From Tagore

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Filmmakers in Bengal love Tagore, not just  Sharmila  but also  the Grand Old Man  of letters Rabindranath Tagore whose  novels and short stories have been ternally adapted  by Bengali filmmakers from Satyajit Ray(Teen Kanya, Charulata, Ghaire Bhaire) to Rituparno Ghosh(Chokher Bali). In Hindi  too, Tagore was dominant force until the close  of the last century. Here  are  the  five notable films in Hindi that were based on Tagore’s fiction.

1.     Ghunghat(1960): Based   on Tagore’s celebrated  novel  Nouka Dubi this is  the story  of marital misalliances  told against the backdrop of  a ferocious storm and a boat capsize. Though  a bit too melodramatic and  cluttured with convenient  coincidences,  the story has  a powerful message  on giving women the right to  decide which way their heart goes. Ghunghat  had a stellar performance  by Bina Rai. In a  Anthony Hopkins-Chadwick Boseman situation, Ms Rai took the Filmfare award from Madhubala for a far  more  popular performance in Mughal-eAzamGhunghat is also notable for Ravi ’s music  score with Lataji’s Lage na mora jiya topping charts  for months.The same  Tagore story was  filmed as Milan  in 1946 by Nitin Bose   and by  Rituparno Ghosh in Bengali as  Nouka Dubi featuring sisters Raima and Riya Sen.

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2.      Kabuliwala(1962): Bengali director Hemen Gupta adapted  Tagore’s 1892  short  story  into  an immensely  moving story of a bond that grows between a Pathan dryfruit seller  from Afghanistan  and a little girl Mini  in Kolkata where the Pathan  sells his  merchandise.A tender tale told in wispy whispering colours  of love and  friendship   Kabuliwala  remains  a stirring testament  to its times as well as a timeless tale of  togetherness. Most memorable  for Balraj Sahni’s towering  performance in  the title  role  and  that Manna Dey ode to homesickness Ae mere pyare watan. Recently Danny Denzongpa  reprised  the role in Bioscopewala  (the Pathan  changeth  his  profession)  and made it clear  he wasn’t  competing with the great Balraj Sahni. Copy that.

3.     Uphaar(1971):  Jaya Bhaduri as the child bride Mrinmayee gave her  career’s best  performance.  Even  Tagore  who wrote  the story Samapti  in  1893 would have been  pleased with  Ms Bhaduri’s  ebullient  performance as  the  precocious  child-woman  whose patient  husband(Swarup Dutt) teaches  her a thing or two about meaningful  relationships. Though Guddi got her more attention at  career-start  I think Jaya was  far  more  spirited  here. Aparna Sen had played  the same   child-woman in Satyajit Ray’s Teen Kanya.

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4.     Geet Gaata Chal(1975):  Rajshri’s Productions who did Uphaar, this time took on Tagore’s novel Atithee which stands out for focusing  on a male  protagonist. Normally Tagore’s heroes were women.This  time it’s  Shyam, played  by Sachin Pilgaonkar  in his first adult role. Ravindra Jain’s music went  a long way in making this  small-budget  musical a  hit.

5.     Lekin(1990):  The  last significant Tagore adaptation in Hindi  and director Gulzar’s first tryst with  Tagore, this ghost story was  adapted  from Tagore’s short story Kshudhit Pashaan. Dimple  Kapadia who played the ghost Rewa didn’t stop calling producer Lata Mangeshkar and director Gulzar  until  she got  the role. She  also got to sing Lataji and composer Hridaynath Mangeshkar’s exquisite melodies Yaara seeli seeli, Suniyoji  araj and Kesariya balma.

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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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Jamuna Had A Love-Hate Relationship With  Bollywood

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Veteran  Telugu  actress  Jamuna who passed away on Friday, shared an uneasy relationship with  the Hindi film industry.She did eleven Hindi films including the iconic Milan in  1967 where Jamuna  agreed to play the  second lead, or the  supporting role if you will, to Nutan.

 Jamuna as Gauri was the Other Woman who craved for the hero Sunil Dutt’s attention whereas  he had  eyes and devotion  only for Nutan. In later  years  Aruna Irani played a similar  role in  Caravan.

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 In Milan Jamuna  was not keen to  do a supporting role. Producer L V Prasad tempted her with three chartbusting songs. Besides, Jamuna had played the same role in Mooga Manasulu, the  Telugu original  of  Milan. But it  was the songs composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal  which convinced  Jamuna to  take up the second lead in Milan.

 While  Nutan had no solo songs  in Milan, she did have the chartbuster duet  Sawan  ka mahina . Jamuna on the  other hand,  had two  splendid Lata Mangeshkar solos: Tohey saawariya naahin khabariya  and   the magnificent Ghazal Aaj dil pe koi  zor chalta nahin.Not only  these, Jamuna  also had a  hit duet  with Mukesh  based on her character  Gauri:  Bol Gauri  bol tera kaun piya.

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But  then, fate  intervened. After the film released  one of Jamuna’s solos, the poignant and memorable  Aaj dil pe koi zor chalta nahin was  snipped  out of the film.

Here is what  happened:  the  Ghazal , one of Lataji’s all-time greats, was very much a part of Milan when  it released on 17 March 1967. But then  it was seen to hamper the  flow of the  film and  edited  out. The  beautiful song occurred right after intermission. Producer  Prasad, a shrewd  filmmaker, got to know that audiences prolonged their  loo breaks as there was  a song after the break. Hence the sacrifice  of  a seriously  sonorous melody.

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Jamuna hardly did  Hindi films after Milan. Her last  Bollywood appearance  was in  Raj Kumar  Kohli’s Raj Tilak  where she  was lost in a multistarrer as  the royal  queen.

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Karan Johar Moves Alia Song From Switzerland To Kashmir

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The  romantic duet in  Karan Johar’s Rocky Aur Rani  Ki Prem Kahaani  which was to be  shot in Switzerland and which was  delayed  due to the film’s leading lady Alia Bhatt’s motherhood, is now being relocated to  Kashmir.

Purely out of  the  love for  new mom Alia.

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Says a source in the know, “Karan loves Alia  like his own daughter. He would do anything for her. He postponed  the  release of Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani as the love duet could not be shot before Alia’s maternity leave. Karan had decided to shoot the song in Switzerland  after Alia’s maternity love. But now he has relocated the song to Kashmir  as Alia doesn’t want to leave her  baby girl behind for  long stretches.”

And as Karan Johar argued, snow is  snow. How does it matter whether it is  Switzerland or Kashmir?

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This  song would be Karan Johar’s tribute to  his  idol Yash Chopra. Alia would be dressed in chiffon sarees while  Ranveer, for  a change, would be seen in  formals.

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Bobby Deol’s Switchover To Villainous Roles

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After  Prakash Jha’s webseries Ashram where Bobby  played a sleazy  godman, and Love Hostel  where  he was a ruthless assassin,   he is playing the villain to Ranbir Kapoor in  Sandeep Vanga’s  Animal.

Bobby says it is not conscious career decision to play negative characters  but a conscious  decision to play interesting characters. “ I don’t look at  characters as positive or negative.When I watch  films there is always  one character  that stays  with you. I want to play that  character.”

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Prakash Jha’s Ashram proved a gamechanger for Bobby.  He admits finding  challenging roles is tough.  “I am trying. I  am doing Sandeep Vanga’s Animal with Ranbir  Kapoor , Parineeti Chopra. Then I am doing the family film Apne  2 which I am  very excited  about.”

 In an  earlier  interview with  this writer Bobby spoke  about his   long absence  from screen  before Prakash Jha’s Ashram.  “My fans   would ask why I wasn’t being seen on the screen.And I couldn’t tell them it was  because  I wasn’t getting good roles. But my fans  stood by me. They gave me  the strength  to  keep looking for the right roles. Thankfully I found the roles I liked. My new  films have given  me  some new fans. I am  thankful  I am still here. Yeah , I am in a good space right now.”

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