All for Punjabiyat!
DESPITE the (most unfortunate) meltdown that regional cinema has suffered over the years, it’s heartening to know that there are still dedicated persons who devote themselves to a reinvigorating resurrection of language films.
Three Sikh gentlemen from London — producers Avtaar Singh Ahluwalia and Bakshish Bahiya, and director Ratan Aulakh have just launched Mitter pyare nu haal muridaan da kehna!
The film is scripted around a story of three generations of Punjabis... and Punjabiyat. It tells of the joys, convictions, bravery and, most important the adversities that makes Punjabis undaunting. The movie is, in fact, tribute to the surging spirit of the land and its extraordinary people.
A hand-picked cast ‘n’
crew add to the ambience of Mitter Pyare nu — Dara Singh,
Mukesh Rishi (first time ever in a Punjabi picture!), Rama Vij, Vindoo,
Sheeba, Avtaar Gill and Deep Dhillon. In a startling, stellar role
Raajeshwari Sachdev has pulled out all the stops in preparation of her
intense portrayal that’s bound to be the highpoint of the film. Watch
Over the past six months and more, neither have I seen or met Akshaye Khanna at any filmland function or party nor have I heard or read anything about him via colleagues. Where on earth is he? And, what the hell is he up to?
Just the other evening, watching him on TV in Mohabbat with Madhuri Dixit (oh, those wild, mobbing, ‘scenes’ on Chandigarh locales!) I couldn’t help wondering where he went wrong. The good-looking son of "Adonis" Vinod Khanna has definitely inherited plenty plus points from dad VK including talent. Then what’s keeping him from claiming the success ‘n’ popularity (with the film-makers that he rightfully deserves? If he really wants some pragmatic advice, he should have a (very frank, very honest) face-to-face with Vinod — his "daddy Cool"!
In showbiz, success often breeds contempt. Well, it’s certainly happening as far as the lovely Lisa Ray is concerned! With just a single release Kasoor to her credit, she’s already got a load of fans as well as a (growing) anti-Lisa lobby in Bollywood!
Ridiculous as it may seem, a number of filmfolk — a large number of heroines have ganged up against Ms Ray and are busy spreading all sorts of (silly) stories about her. Very much aware of this behind her back, Lisa isn’t hassled in the least. She’s merrily going on signing new films. If I were her, I’d go for the AK-47 right away!
Renowned (notorious?) for his satirical Nonsense Club streetplays, his rip-offs on TV and in movies, Jaspal Bhatti was very recently on the line vis-a-vis the Mumbai police. He, along with his troupe, were made to cool their heels at the Santacruz station and prevented from performing!
Simply because Jaspal had prepared a stinging (yet hilarious) street play spoof on the controversial tehelka videos about bribery in the highest
offices which has rocked the Indian
Government with the "Armsgate" scandal! But he managed to
perform at another location near the Churchgate (local) railway station
and definitely got his message of Dalal no 1 across. With guffaws