“Sholay Maker Waited Three Years To Shoot One Sequence”

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who portrayed iconic character ‘Jai’ in Ramesh Sippy’s cult classic “Sholay”, on Thursday recalled the time when the ace director waited 3 years to get the “perfect light” for a particular sequence.

Addressing the audience at the launch event of the Ramesh Sippy Academy of Cinema & Entertainment, he said: “I wonder if you remember a scene in Sholay where Jaya (Bachchan) had to light a lamp in the corridor and I am sitting in the outhouse playing the mouth organ. There was particular kind of lighting that was required for the shot. Our DOP Mr Divecha was keen to take the shot at the time of sunset. You would not believe that Rameshji spent almost three years before we finally got that shot.”
“Every time we would go to enact that sequence, something would not be right with the lighting. And Rameshji said ‘until we get a correct light, we are not going to shoot this’. We waited for three years for one flash of a shot for the film,” the 73-year-old actor added.

The veteran filmmaker of “Sholay” has ventured into education sector with film school, which has also tied up with Mumbai University, where the students will be receiving complete knowledge and graduating with a degree in various aspects of film production and entertainment.
Praising the director producer, Amitabh said: “Rameshji is a great motivator, a wonderful technician, a teacher who takes care of his artists on the set. Before enacting a sequence, he sits and talks with the actor. He discusses and takes the view of an actor. He has the all-wonderful qualities, which are required to make better cinema.” 
“I wish all the very best to him for this initiative. It will be going a long way. The institute is going to be an important element of cinema in our country,” he said. (IANS)

Dangal Girl Sana Dropped From Thugs Of Hindostan On Flimsy Ground


By Bhumika Rawat

Dangal Girl Sana Shaikh was believed to be the first choice to play a romantic character against Aamir Khan in ‘Thugs of Hindostan’.  A lot has been speculated about the leading lady in the film. And now, rumours are rife that ‘Dangal’ girl Fatima Sana Shaikh has been dropped from consideration.

The reason for dropping her name is reportedly very flimsy. The script requires the actress to kiss the character to be played by Aamir in the film for a dream sequence. According to a report in MissMalini,com, since the pretty girl played the role of his daughter in ‘Dangal’, Aditya felt that it wouldn’t be a good idea to romantically pair her opposite Aamir. Certainly it is not a valid ground to drop an artist from the film. 
Sana is a professional artist and expected to play all kinds of role. A kiss can not be a reason to drop someone from the film unless she is found lacking in skills. Her performance in Dangal was appreciated by most of the critics and audience.
The report even suggests that Aamir wanted to have Sana on board for the short by significant part but Aditya opined differently.The hunt for an actress for the character in question is still on!Thugs of Hindostan will see two of the biggest names in the world of Hindi Cinema coming together on screen for the first time – Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan

When Amitabh Rekha Shared The Same Flight !

flightFormer superstar of  Bollywood  Amitabh Bachchan and actress Rekha were recently spotted sharing the same flight. The picture of these actors boarding the same flight  went viral. The picture shows the pilot of the flight striking a pose with Amitabh Bachchan while Rekha is seen trying to avoid the camera.

Amitabh and Rekha last shared screen space together back in 1981 for Yash Chopra’s film ‘Silsila’. Now these two actors are reportedly acting in Aneez Bazmee’s new film ‘Welcome Back’.

‘Welcome Back’ will be a sequel to ‘Welcome’.

First Look: Trailer For ‘The Great Gatsby’ Released

Hollywood’s premier director Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby’ has been a closely guarded secret since the filming of the movie began. With only selected stills released for the media consumption it was felt that the producers should release the trailer as well. The trailer for the movie has now been released online.

The trailer looks impressive as Jay Gatsby played by Leonardo DiCaprio is shown partying with girlz in flapper dresses dance . Toby Maguire, Carey Mulligan and  Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan  who plays Meyer Wolfsheim are also shown in the trailer. Take a look.

Movie Review:’Department’ (* One Star)

( By Akshat Sharma) Producer director Ram Gopal Varma knows the art of pushing the limits. He tests your patience, your tolerance for silly things and even tests your basic intelligence with his ‘dynamic intelligence’. The man who once gave us ‘Rangeela’, ‘Company’ and ‘Satya’ is now churning out  movies like ‘Phoonk’ ‘RGV Ki Aaag’ and several others from his production factory.

He takes your willing to watch his movies for granted and transports you into a world where things first turn from bad to worse and then it turns ugly. ‘Department’ takes all this to a new level where you are forced to sit through the horror of watching a farce in the name of a film.

‘Department’ is a total wastage of resources. He has some of the powerful performers like Amitabh Bachchan in the as a movie but due to lack to a cohesive script the movie falls apart well before the intermission. He has used numerous cameras in every scene and used it in such an irritating manner that it leaves you irritated and confused.

The movie begins with Rana Daggubati who is a trigger happy policewallah”. He believes in killing anyone who he thinks should be killed. Giving him company is Sanjay Dutt who sleepwalks through his role where he is ‘Licenced to Kill’.

Amitabh Bachchan is given the task of pulling the entire film on his shoulders but a creaky script doesn’t allow him to perform any magic. Ridiculous camera work and irritating angles spoil the rest of the story as they keep focussing on areas where it shouldn’t. But RGV doesn’t care. He believes that he is Francis Coppola trapped in the body of a Bollywood director as he tries hard to redefine cinema by mixing moviemaking with his zany, phoney and jittery ideas.

Watching ‘Department’ in movie theatres could turn out to be a nightmare if you don’t take these warnings seriously. So save your precious pennies by giving ‘Department’ a complete miss.