The Tribune - Spectrum


Sunday, April 1, 2001
Bollywood Bhelpuri

BRMC greets the greats!
By Madhur Mittal

IN the glitz of Bollywood, it’s refreshing to find that there are still institutions and individuals who can organise an event that’s shorn of the brouhaha that has virtually become the hallmark of Hindi filmdom. It was definitely a treat for cinema lovers when the Bimal Roy Memorial Committee, (BRMC) hosted Smriti Sandhya 2001 with a Retrospective of the films of Waheeda Rehman — one of Indian Cinema’s most gifted and great actresses ever.

Waheeda RehmanUnder the chairpersonship of Rinki Bhattacharya, this was the fifth such Smriti Sandhya that the BRMC has organised annually. It was a glowing tribute to the outstanding artistes and technicians who have been associated with the movies of the late Bimal Roy. The audience’s mood was upbeat on all four days after Sunil Dutt inaugurated the retrospective that screened Waheedaji’s legendary starrers — Mujhe Jeene Do (1963); Bees Saal Baad (1962); Kagaz Ke Phool (1969) and Reshma Aur Shera (1971). I wish Pyaasa, Khamoshi and Guide had also been included.

Anyway, amongst those felicitated for their "outstanding contribution" to Filmhindia, were Manna Dey, Mubarak Begum, Rituparna Ghosh, BK Karanjia... and (a radiantly beautiful) ; Waheedaji, of course!

Keep the kudos coming, Rinki Bhattacharya. And more power to the Bimal Roy Memorial Committee. You deserve it.

Yukta Mookhey’s debut
March 25, 2001
Nandita bags international award
March 18, 2001
Apocalypse Aditya!
March 4, 2001
Manisha lbw to Aussie!
February 25, 2001
Bollywood ka Arjun
February 18, 2001
Karisma conquers again!
February 11, 2001
Should Kajol quit?
February 4, 2001
Quiet please, Sunny!
January 21, 2001
Heroes may come and go, Dev goes on forever
January 14, 2001
A year of surprises and shocks
January 7, 2001
Salman needs a saviour!
December 24, 2000
Meet the ‘obsolete’ Devgans!
December 17, 2000
Twinkle has the last laugh!
December 3, 2000
Wanted: A fairy godmother for Sonali Bendre!
November 26, 2000
Bachchan is the best!
November 19, 2000
The Champion Deol
November 12, 2000

Who’ll it be now?

The rumour mill of tinseltown keeps on churning — splatting out a pile of pancakes that nobody wants to touch... leave aside sniff! Yet, curiosity being one of our ‘humanely’ failings, there’s always this niggling desire to "let me just have a sneak peak" typical to most mindsets. (You know what I mean!)

And so, any bets/guesses as to how long it‘s gonna take Shah Rukh Khan to get blown way off the showbiz map by Hrithik Roshan? Hey, don’t be bashful — say it out aloud — Now!

Zinta’s zing!

Gotta hand it to the smiles ‘n’ wiles of Preity (Ms Clever) Zinta, I tell you! She has (dimplingly) devised an novel, newfangled way to keep moving in the right circles — with all of her attitude on red alert!

Journalist B.K. Karanjia receives an award from Shobha DeYou see, despite her considerable success and popularity, she (being the savvy, smart skirt she is) realised that she’d have to make personal, pushy plans to ensure that some of the best movies and roles going didn’t pass her by. So, she first befriended Rani Mukherjee (who was being increasingly paired with stud Salman Khan) and landed herself almost half a dozen new assignments as "the terrific trio". Right?

Next, zingy Zinta has become "the best of buddies" (sic) with none other than Suzanne — Hrithik Roshan’s wife! The two have been seen at The Oberoi rather often, of late — laughing ’n’ giggling away to glory like two schoolgirls playing truant, ordering heaps of Chinese food... and leaving most of it behind on their table/plates as they make a hurried exit when the (curious) crowd of fans ‘n’ autograph hunters becomes too big for comfort!

Moral of the story? More movies with hot honcho Roshan for Preity, of course! Heh.

‘Royal’ Roshan

Speaking of Hrithik, he’s damn happy that the (unnecessary) controversy over Nepal has been thoroughly sorted out. And settled. As a matter of fact, Hrithik is now keenly looking forward to visiting Kathmandu soon — as a ‘royal’ guest, at that!

"Honestly, I‘m overjoyed that the stink has been blown away. Coz there was absolutely nothing to the episode that got way exaggerated by the media," grins our man — so obviously relieved! "But yes, the one lesson I’ve learnt is to be very wary ’n’ watchful of the press — you guys are certainly great experts at making mountains out of molehills........!"

Well, well, well... looks like we can look forward to a very careful ‘n’ cautious Shri Hrithik Roshan in the times to come.