Connect with us
Sanjeev Kumar Sanjeev Kumar

Exclusive Premium Content

Sanjeev Kumar Birth Anniversary: Sharmila Tagore Remembers One Of Her Favourite Co-Stars !

Published

on

Sanjeev Kumar , If  the great most effortless Hindi  actor , had lived longer he would have been  83 on July 9.

“Sadly we lost him so  young. Haribhai, that’s what we called Sanjeev Kumar, left us  when he was  only 47. A heart condition that was genetical—his brothers  too died  young—could have been controlled if not cured had  he  lived longer . In those days the medical options were  limited. It is  sad we lost him to a heart attack. He wasn’t a heavy  smoker. And  I don’t think drinking damages the heart to that extent,” wonders Shamila Tagore who has done  a slew of films  with Sanjeev Kumar.

“Some  of  the  film I did with him were not good.  Others like Gulzar’s Mausam and Namkeen and Basu Bhattacharya’s Grihapravesh were  wonderful. I remember  Basuda(Bhattacharya) and I had gone to visit Haribhai  in hospital . He was cheerful and chatty. Basuda and I decided not to tell him that  one of our key sequences in Grihapravesh had been damaged in the lab.We didn’t want to distress him,” she recalls  .

Advertisement

“I think Haribhai was  very fond of me, and very  protective. When  we were  shooting  outdoors we’d all be  in his  hotel  room after shooting. After two drinks he would tell me  to  leave  his room as he wanted  to  relax alone. I’d dutifully march out,” recalls Sharmilaji with a  laugh.

Among the films  Sanjeev and  she did  together Sharmila singles  out Namkeen. “How beautifully he  held his  ground with all  of us actresses  WaheedajiShabanaKiran Vairale and I. It didn’t matter to  him if he was  not the focus of attention  in a  film. Haribhai was an absolute natural. Look how well he executed his parts  in  NamkeenMausam and Aandhi where  the  actresses  had the more prominent roles.”

Advertisement

 During Namkeen Sharmilaji  got to spend a lot of time with Haribhai. “We were shooting at Film City(Mumbai) and there were no guests on the set. During the  breaks Haribhai and I had long  conversations. Was he  lonely? I don’t think so. He  had  lots of family and he  doted  on his mother. He definitely wanted to  get  married. But he  wanted to marry  a girl  who would  look  after his home  and  treat    his  mother   like her own  mother. Most  of  the girls Haribhai met were career-oriented actresses. It is  sad that he  died  so young before  he could  find the right  life partner.”

Sharmilaji has only fond memories  of Sanjeev Kumar. “In the 1970s we shot a lot of films together.  I remember  we were shooting for Faraar and Mausam  simultaneously. We would be together  for  the  one  film  in the morning shift , and then again in  the  afternoon  for  the  other film.True, he  came in late for shooting. For  the morning shift he  would  walk in at noon.And we could shoot for only  an hour until lunch break. But these were  minor issues when compared to how  much of himself he  gave to  the camera. I loved the way he shot some of his  songs.

Advertisement

Bahon mein chale aao in Anamika with Jaya(Bhaduri)  is  my favourite. I  go to watch  it  all the  time. The way Haribhai shushes Jaya while she  sings creates an aura  of such subdued romance.He had so  much more to give.  He  shouldn’t have  gone so early”

Advertisement
Continue Reading
Advertisement
Comments

Exclusive Premium Content

Jamuna Had A Love-Hate Relationship With  Bollywood

Published

on

Jamuna

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.

Advertisement

 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.

Advertisement

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.

Advertisement

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.

Advertisement
Continue Reading

Exclusive Premium Content

Karan Johar Moves Alia Song From Switzerland To Kashmir

Published

on

Rocky Aur Rani  Ki Prem Kahaani

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.

Advertisement

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?

Advertisement

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.

Advertisement
Continue Reading

Exclusive Premium Content

Bobby Deol’s Switchover To Villainous Roles

Published

on

Bobby Deol

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.”

Advertisement

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.”

Advertisement
Continue Reading

Exclusive Premium Content

Pathaan Collects 55 crore nett in India On Day 1

Published

on

Pathaan

YRF’s Pathaan has apparently wiped out all previous records as it collected 55 crore nett in India and recorded the biggest ever Day 1 for a Hindi film. The total collections of Pathaan on Day One is 57 crore nett (Hindi – 55 crore and dubbed versions 2 crore).

It is the widest Hindi release of  all  time in India and also the highest grossing 1st Day for a   Hindi film.It is  also the  highest grosser  on the  first first for a  non-holiday release. Pathhan is  also the highest  opener for Shah Rukh Khan.

Advertisement

Akshaye Widhani, CEO of Yash Raj Films, says, “It is a historic day for Indian cinema and we are humbled to see the love and appreciation that is flowing for Pathaan globally. For Pathaan to shatter records in this fashion on a non holiday, just proves that the theatrical business is here to stay, provided we make films that entice people to come to the cinemas to witness a never seen before experience that entertains them thoroughly.“

He adds, “We, at YRF, are thrilled with the start that the film has got across India and we are hopeful that Pathaan brings joy to cine-goers globally in the days to come! Pathaan is the fourth film of our YRF Spy Universe and we are thrilled that we have been able to elevate the cinematic experience of audiences with each film from this franchise. We humbly share this moment with all the stake-holders of the film who have given their blood, sweat and tears to give people a movie-going experience like never before.”

Advertisement
Continue Reading

Most Popular