Saturday, June 27, 2009

Michael Jackson personified the impossible Amitabh Bachchan

Michael Jackson personified the impossible: Amitabh Bachchan

New Delhi, June 26 (IANS) Pop legend Michael Jackson was the "incredible perfection that god could have possibly created" and a man who personified "the impossible", says Hindi film megastar Amitabh Bachchan.

"He (Michael) changed the very psyche of not just the kind of music he was making, but also the psyche of the listening audience. Nothing compared to him. He was just this incredible perfection that god could have possibly created in his mercy," Amitabh posted on his blog Friday.

"His body moved like a wound up toy machine. Every conceivable action of rhythm and style was incorporated inside his diminutive form without any blemish. The exhilaration that he provided became synonymous with the ultimate. He was the impossible," he added.

The news of 50-year-old Jackson's demise Thursday following a cardiac arrest at his home in Los Angeles took Amitabh down memory lane.

"In the mid 60s or thereabouts, I heard a group of pop singers who went by the name of 'The Jackson Five'...the youngest among them was this chubby cute little fellow with an extraordinary voice and a body that for his age and countenance moved exceptionally well. I found out his name was Michael - Michael Jackson.

"It was around the mid 70s that lightening struck and from it emerged this grown up version of Michael Jackson, singing, moving, dancing like he was from some other planet," wrote Amitabh who had a chance meeting with the man himself.

The megastar's first tryst with the King of Pop, who became a rage amongst people cutting across all ages and strata, was after 1982, the year Amitabh had an accident on the sets of his film "Coolie".

Amitabh had gone to the US for recuperation and consultation with doctors there on his post-operative condition and happened to learn that Jackson was to perform at a concert the next day. He did everything he could to watch the show and when he finally got to experience it, he says it was "hallucinogenic madnes".

In the early 1990s in New York, Amitabh had Jackson knocking at his door.

"The door bell of my room in the Helmsley Palace Hotel rang and I sauntered up to open it. There as I stood in the doorway, across me, was Michael Jackson. He looked a little surprised as he turned around to those he was accompanied with and in his now well known soft voice gently spoke up - 'Oh! Excuse me! I think I have the wrong room'," said Amitabh.

Later of course, the two legends met again and "exchanged pleasant conversation".

"He was soft spoken, very humble and most polite. I never saw him again, but when he came to perform in Mumbai (in 1996) at the Andheri Sports Complex, Prateeksha, where I live, shook the entire night with the vibrations of all his most popular numbers booming out from the venue.

"An exceptional artist has gone. Someone that created an almost outer world experience for all of us with his art," Amitabh wrote.

Friday, June 26, 2009

I began to laugh बहुत ज्यादा मुसीबत पड़ी है तो हँसता हूँ

मुसीबत पड़ी

तो रोया था ;

ज्यादा मुसीबत पड़ी

तो चुप हो गया था ;

बहुत ज्यादा मुसीबत पड़ी है

तो हँसता हूँ ,

आखिर दुनिया में बसता हूँ .

When trouble , trials and tribulations came upon me,

I cried

When they increased,

I had become quiet ;

When they increased even more,

I began to laugh,

After all I am a resident of this world….

Just glanced through some pages of one of my Father’s work - a compilation of blank verse poems from his collection titled, ‘Kat ti Pratimaon ki Aawaz’ - the voice of images, being cut… and felt like starting the DAY off in this manner.

Sometimes it is important to be reflective. Sometimes it is important not to be too far away from the realities of life. Sometimes it is important to understand that being cynical is not a human deficiency. Sometimes it is important to accept that a utopian existence may never exist. Sometimes it is important to succumb to our frailties. Sometimes it is important to know that we are human.

We are weak and open to temptation. We are gullible and open to the point of deceit. We are afraid of our own disability and hide it behind masks. We are honest to ourselves when we are with ourselves. We lament misery on others and belie similar misery on us. We are we and they are they.. and the twain shall never meet.

Amitabh Bachchan

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

BigB movies inspire remakes

Late Prakash Mehra's son Puneet Mehra intends to attempt remake of Big B starrer Hera Pheri.

DON Movie

Sholay Movie
Sholay is the major blockbuster in the history of Bollywood. It was released in 1975 and starred Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan Hema Malini, Sanjeev Kumar, Jaya Bhaduri and Amjad Khan as the timeless villain, Gabbar Singh. BBC India declared it the "Film of the Millennium"; in 2005

Agneepath got BigB his first National award. Now director KJo is planning the remake of the film in which Abhishek Bachchan will step into his father's shoes.

Abhimaan Movie

Director Rajiv Menon wanted to take Abhishek and Aishwarya for the remake of 70s film Abhimaan, but the duo refused the offer.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Ali Akbar Khan was a treat for music lovers: Amitabh

Ali Akbar Khan was a treat for music lovers: Amitabh

New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) Superstar Amitabh Bachchan remembers legendary "sarod genius" Ali Akbar Khan, saying he was a treat for music lovers especially when he used to play with sitar maestro Ravi Shankar and tabla exponent Ustad Allah Rakha.

"We lost a great maestro in Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, the sarod genius. The 'jugal bandi' between him and Pandit Ravi Shankar was a treat for the lovers of Indian classical music," Amitabh posted on his blog

"I have had the great privilege of watching them play in concert on several occasions and it was magic every time... The duo of Ravi Shankar on sitar and Ali Akbar Khan on sarod, with Allah Rakha on tabla has been the ultimate ensemble in Indian classical fare," he added.

Ali Akbar, who along with his former brother-in-law Ravi Shankar, took Indian classical music to the world stage, died at his residence in San Anselmo, California, following renal failure Friday. He was 87.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

IIFA AWARDS 2009 Paramus Pics 2

IIFA AWARDS 2009 Paramus Pics 2

IIFA AWARDS 2009 Paramus Pics

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Paramus

Bipash Basu Paramus

IIFA AWARDS 2009 In Pics Winners IIFA Awards 2009 iifa awards 2009 paramus

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

IIFA Awards 2009 Winners Photo Gallery

Winners IIFA Awards 2009 Photo Gallery

Winners IIFA Awards 2009 Photo

Rajesh Khanna Lifetime Achievement IIFA Awards

Yesteryear super star Rajesh Khanna after recieving the Lifetime Achievement Award from Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan at IIFA Award 2009. at Macau.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Thank you babumoshai Rajesh Khanna tells Big B

Thank you babumoshai Rajesh Khanna tells Big B
By Radhika Bhirani

Macau, June14 (IANS) Bollywood veteran Rajesh Khanna was at his dramatic best when he received the life time achievement trophy at the International Indian Film Academy(IIFA) awards here from his "Anand" co-star Amitabh Bachchan late Saturday night.

Khanna, who featured in hits like "Aradhana", "Kati Patang" and "Amar Prem" in his four-decade long career, kept referring to Big B as "babumoshai", in the manner in which he addressed Bachchan in their 1971 heartwarming hit "Anand".

It took me 40 years and 180 films to get this IIFA Life time Achievement award-along journey I must say.I am very grateful to IIFA,(event organisers) Wizcraft, committee members and babumoshai.Babumoshai, thank you very very much, "Khanna said in his acceptance speech.
It is after 16 years later that we are together on a stage.I thank him from the bottom of myheart, "he added.

Khanna, 66,also belted dialogues from his famous films to entertain the audience.And he even appreciated Bachchan's successful journey in his professional life.

Life should be big, not necessarily long, and my babumoshai is living lifebig-living life kingsize.(Look) from where to where he has reached in so many years.We started with? Anand'and today we are on this platform.He is very dear to me, he is my babumoshai, "hesaid.

Khanna received a standing ovation from industry members as well as the audience.
Whatever I am, I am because of you, my audience.My audience members, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or Christian-every one was responsible to make me an actor to a star to a superstar to what I am today.Thank you all, "hesaid.

In the past, IIFA has awarded Bollywood stalwarts like Waheeda Reham, Asha Parekh, Yash Chopra, Dharmendra, Mumtaz and others for their contribution to Indian cinema.

Hrithik Roshan Bipasha Basu receive IIFA Style Icon awards

Hrithik Roshan

Bipasha Basu
Hrithik, Bipasha receive IIFA Style Icon awards

Macau, June 13 (IANS) Hindi film star Hrithik Roshan and dusky beauty Bipasha Basu were honoured with the Bollywood Style Icon awards at the Idea International India Film Academy (IIFA) awards here Saturday.

Ever since he stepped into Bollywood in 2000, Hrithik wowed the audiences with a variety of roles in films like "Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai", "Krrish", "Dhoom 2" and "Jodhaa Akbar". His fans are now waiting for "Kites" in which he plays a dance teacher.

Model-turned-actress Bipasha Basu was initially known for her sexy image but has proved her acting prowess too in films like "Corporate" and "Omkara". She was also appreciated for her performance in last years slick action thriller "Race".

Jodhaa Akbar bags maximum technical awards at IIFA

'Jodhaa Akbar' bags maximum technical awards at IIFA
By Radhika Bhirani

Macau, June 13 (IANS) Director Ashutosh Gowariker magnum opus "Jodhaa Akbar" Saturday bagged the maximum awards in the technical category at the IDEA International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards here.

While ace designer Neeta Lulla walked away with the best costume design award for "Jodhaa Akbar", best editing trophy went to Ballu Saluja and best art direction to Nitin Chandrakant Desai for the Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai starrer historical romance.

Resul Pokkutty, who made history by winning an Oscar for his work in "Slumdog Millionaire", bagged the best sound recording trophy for Aamir Khan starrer "Ghajini".

The best cinematography award went to Jason West for "Rock On!" and the best choreography award went to Farah Khan for the song "Desi girl" featuring Abhishek Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra and John Abraham in "Dostana".

All the winners, except Farah and Jason, were present at the event.

IIFA Awards 2009 Nominations and winners

IIFA Awards 2009 Winners Photos

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Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor And Neha poses before a fashion show one day before the 10th International Indian Film Awards presentation at a casino-hotel complex in Macau.jpg

The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards ceremony is related to Indian Bollywood industry. Amitabh Bachchan is the Brand Ambassador of IIFA.

There is various categories IIFA Awards ceremony. Have a look on some of popular awards in IIFA.

IIFA Awards 2009 Nominations and winners

Best Film
A Wednesday
Jodhaa Akbar
Rock On

Best Director
A.R. Murugadoss -- Ghajini
Madhur Bhandarkar -- Fashion
Abhishek Kapoor -- Rock On
Ashutosh Gowariker -- Jodhaa Akbar
Neeraj Pandey -- A Wednesday

Best Actor in a Leading Role (Male)
Aamir Khan -- Ghajini
Abhishek Bachchan -- Dostana
Hrithik Roshan -- Jodhaa Akbar

Naseeruddin Shah -- A Wednesday
Shah Rukh Khan -- Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female)
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan -- Jodhaa Akbar

Asin -- Ghajini
Bipasha Basu -- Race
Katrina Kaif -- Singh is Kinng
Priyanka Chopra -- Fashion

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male)
Abhishek Bachchan -- Sarkar Raj
Arjun Rampal -- Rock On
Irrfan Khan -- Mumbai Meri Jaan
Sonu Sood -- Jodhaa Akbar
Vinay Pathak -- Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female)
Bipasha Basu- Bachna Ae Haseeno
Ila Arun -- Jodhaa Akbar
Kiron Kher -- Dostana
Shahana Goswami -- Rock On
Kangana Ranaut -- Fashion

Best Actor in a Comic Role
Abhishek Bachchan -- Dostana

Anil Kapoor- Race
Rajpal Yadav -- Bhoothnath
Tejpal Singh -- Jodhaa Akbar
Shreyas Talpade -- Welcome to Sajjanpur
Tusshar Kapoor -- Golmaal Returns

Best Actor in a Negative Role
Akshaye Khanna -- Race
Imran Khan -- Kidnap
Paresh Rawal -- Oye Lucky Lucky Oye
Pradeep Rawat -- Ghajini
Vishwas Badola -- Jodhaa Akbar

Best Story
Abhishek Kapoor -- Rock On
Haidar Ali -- Jodhaa Akbar
Madhur Bhandarkar, Ajay Monga, Anuradha Tiwari -- Fashion
Neeraj Pandey -- A Wednesday
Shiraz Ahmed -- Race

Best Music
A.R.Rahman -- Jodhaa Akbar
A.R.Rahman- Ghajini
Pritam -- Race
Shankar Ehsaan Loy -- Rock On
Vishal Shekhar -- Dostana

Best Lyrics
Anvita Dutt Gupta -- Khuda Jaane (Bachna Ae Haseeno)
Jaideep Sahni -- Haule Haule (Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi)
Javed Akhtar -- Jashn-E-Bahara (Jodhaa Akbar)

Javed Akhtar- Socha Hai (Rock On)
Sameer -- Pehli Nazar Mein (Race)

Best Playback Singer (Male)
Atif Aslam -- Pehli Nazar Mein (Race)
Farhan Akhtar -- Socha Hai (Rock On)

Javed Ali -- Jashn-E-Baharaa (Jodhaa Akbar)
KK- Khuda Jaane (Bachna Ae Haseeno)
Sukhwinder Singh -- Haule Haule (Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi)

Best Playback Singer (Female)
Bela Shinde -- Man Mohana (Jodhaa Akbar)
Monali -- Zara Zara Touch Me (Race)

Sunidhi Chauhan -- Desi Girl (Dostana)

Shilpa Rao -- Khuda Jaane (Bachna Ae Haseeno)
Shreya Ghoshal -- Teri Ore (Singh is Kinng)

Bollywood singer Shreya Ghoshal celebrates after winning the Playback Singer Female award for movie Singh is Kinng at the 10th International Indian Film Academy in Macau.jpg

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