Sunday, August 15, 1999
NOT satisfied with a couple of statuettes, Manoj Bajpai has gone on to win the National Award for his performance in Satya. Come to think of it though, the award is for the Best actor in a supporting role, when it was Bhiku Mhatre who was the life and soul of the film that crackled the cash counters all over the country!
After Satya Manoj got umpteen offers of similar tapori roles. The level-headed actor however, resisted the temptation and accepted less than a dozen films. "I have never been that desperate or impatient," he says with a grin. "And when I am getting the kind of roles I want, whats the use of this needless signing spree?" The perfect professional that he is, Manoj wishes people would keep Satya aside and talk about his performance in Kaun, which though an average grosser, gave him a very "challenging role".
Next on this extremely modest but immensely talented actors agenda are films like Shool (where he plays a cop), a Shyam Benegal film with Rekha, Kumar Mohans Ghaath, Rakesh Mehras film with Amitabh Bachchan (where his role has negative nuances) and some more interesting projects. In fact, in Shool, Ghaath and even Mehras film, his leading lady happens to be the ravishing Raveena Tandon. Just a happy coincidence or is it deliberate? Well, our friend Manoj just blushes, grins and blushes some more. Need we ask more?
Movie of millennium
The first movie of the coming year is going to be J.P. Duttas Refugee. With an enviable starcast Abhishek Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Sunil Shetty, Reena Roy (Im out of breath already!), Amrish Puri, Pramod Moutho etc. Dutta is all set to complete the shooting of his film by September so that the post-production work can be completed by year end.
The industry can start the new millennium on an optimistic note with a film by one of the industrys most gifted directors.
Its the age of recycling and if film-makers thrive on recycling films, its because of their awareness of the times we live in. So why such a fuss over copying aping et al?
Even Devgan Arts latest presentation Dil Kya Kare is a remake of Hollywoods Stepmom. While Ajay has roped in wife Kajol for Julia Roberts role, its Mahima Chaudhary who plays the mature Susan Sarandons part. Is Mahima really getting older or only wiser? After all, it couldnt be easy or even very comfortable paying second (and older!) fiddle to an actress of Kajols calibre!
While on Mahima, it seems she is on a heavy trip of films with two heroines. In our films where even one heroine doesnt have much to do, sharing the marquee couldnt be a very nice feeling.
After Dil Kya Kare, Mahima has Deewane with Urmila Matondkar and Boney Kapoors Hamara Dil Hai Aapke Paas with Aishwarya Rai. And Im sure by the time this appears in print shell have signed up for a couple more!
Rumour has it...
...that Sawan Kumar Tak is thinking of Changing the title of his film Mother98 to Souten No. 1. Rather inspiring!
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