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Was It Wrong For Anushka Sharma To Make A Disparaging Comment On Mohd Rafi In Ae Dil Hai Mushkil?

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Was It Wrong For Anushka Sharma To Make A Disparaging Comment On Mohd Rafi In Ae Dil Hai Mushkil? Bollywood ’s Music Fraternity Reacts.

Just one throwaway casual line where Anushka Sharma says about the legendary singer Mohd Rafi , ‘Wohgaate kam rotey zyada ttthe’ has triggered off an outbreak of outrage among the singer’s fans , admirers and family members. Is the protest justified?

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Amit Trivedi: “Fans, family and admirers are bound to feel hurt  with that kind of statement. I guess it’s understandable”

Baabul Supriyo: No, they are not over-reacting at all. It was absolutely unnecessary to throw in that line in AeDil Hai Mushkil. Even in Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani (again a Karan Johar film) there was a line where Ranbirrefers to ‘Ek Ladki ko dekha toh aisa laga’ from 1942 a Love Story, RD Burman’s iconic last film as a ‘Woh Cheap Gaana’ ..Both are in bad taste and it is supposed to hurt sentiments and therefore avoidable.”

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Anoop Jalota: “Rafi Saab is still living in people’s hearts. This is one strong emotional connection. They have all the right to react. Dialogue writer and the maker of the film must apologize.”

Prasoon Joshi: “We should always think   about the intent before reacting  to not just words or sentences.Sometimes people do get carried away. Seen in isolation a sentence or a word can mean anything. I don’t think the intent in this case was to disrespect.”

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Talat Aziz: “The thing is, whatever I am hearing is through social media.. So I don’t know exactly what is in the film. But on matter of principle if there is a line like what I hear I think that one should not involve iconic figures like Rafi Saheb in such controversial dialogues or whatever we do in our field. Doesn’t matter what context it’s done with.. One might have one’s interpretation but others might not… There has to be a line drawn between creative license and using iconic personalities like Rafi Saheb to create what many would look at as disrespect.”

Manoj Muntashir:  “ I have not seen the movie so far.But I am sure about one thing.Karan Johar is a diehardRafi fan himself. Also, if a character speaks a certain line in a film, it can’t be taken as director’s testimony. For example, in Manoj Kumar’s  Purab Aur Pachchim  if Madan Puri had a dialoge like ‘Duniya mein India kacontribution kya jai..Sirf Zero’  does that mean a patriotic like Manoj Kumar ji had endorsed  this nonsense that we have made zero contribution in world history??? Of course not. That’s just a dialogue. Dialogues are written for characters and characters have their own fictitious trajectory of thoughts. We have to grow up and stop over- reacting to such stuff. I am sure if  Rafi sahab was alive today, he would never have taken offence to  such things.”

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Alka Yagnik: “That dialogue actually gave me a jhatka too while watching  the film.It should have been avoided.”

 

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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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