Saturday, May 29, 2010

BigB on Twitter

T12 -The world makes way for those who know where they are going ..

T12 -Thinking from the previous tweet, maybe we should work out a plan to get some of you across to have lunch with me.. ok will work on it

T12 - A short quick nap before setting out again on the Rann ... lunch was fine .. sorry could not share it with all of you !!

T12 -The district of Kutch the largest in India - size of the state of Haryana. Not too many people ; 250,000 and lucrative for business.

T12 -The strong winds fill up your clothes your hair, your face - buy above fills up your mind with that air of freedom !!

T12 -The surface of the Rann, salt laden. By afternoon the sea will come in they say. Water already seeping through the earth.

SrBachchan T11 - Off to have Gujju dinner .. the desert winds make me hungry and rough and determined .. my determination will come from you and you ..

SrBachchan T11 - okaaayy ! opening up to the 'followers' now .. I read all the numbers of some of the others - astounding ! Wonder if i can reach there

SrBachchan T11 -Sameer !! Where are you ? You just took an autograph on your shirt from me at the shoot.. If I catch you I will tweet back .. love
SrBachchan T11 -Tomorrow morning call at 4 am !! The Rann gets inceredibly hot and dusty beyond 10 or 11 AM .. so need to do those early shots !!

SrBachchan T11 -Dressed up as the typical 'Kutch i', everyone loved it. Reference was my dress in SRK film Paheli .. ShahRukh you reading ?

SrBachchan T11 - Almost 90% of this city was devastated in the terrible earthquake some years back.. now fresh constructions abound ..

SrBachchan T11 -back from first few hours of shoot in Gujarat, Bhuj ... interesting .. so much history, glory, diversity.. will describe detail in blog

Friday, May 28, 2010

Big B learns video editing

Big B learns video editing  

New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan is now trying his hand at video editing.

"After an entire morning of learning how to edit a DVD on my own, I have finally managed a little snippet," Amitabh wrote on his blog

"That little snippet was an attempt to understand the business of editing," he added.

The actor posted the video on his blog. It shows him waving to hordes of people assembled outside his Jalsa home.

While describing the video, Amitabh wrote, "This is me in the red SUV coming into my house Jalsa on a Sunday evening. And this is a recurring scenario every Sunday, every evening. Then waving to the crowds accepting their love and affection, in my track suit and skull cap. The security having a tough time keeping the crowds from charging in. As I had mentioned a few days back." 



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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Big B congratulates SRK on 400000 Twitter followers

Big B congratulates SRK on 400,000 Twitter followers  

New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who joined Twitter a few days ago, congratulated actor Shah Rukh Khan for having as many as 400,000 followers on the microblogging site.

"Congrats!! you crossed 400,000... meri gaadi thoda dheeli chal rahi hai (I'm at a slower pace at the moment)," the 67-year-old posted on his Twitter page.

Amitabh, who has become a regular on the site now, presently has 98,228 followers. While he writes on his Twitter page couple of times during the day, he also has a blog, a voice blog and a mobile blog.

Amitabh's son Abhishek too has an account on Twitter. 



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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Amitabh Bachchan launches 'Bollywood In Posters' book

Amitabh Bacchchan with Film Historian and author SMM Ausaja unveiling the OM Books International's 'Bollywood in Posters', a first collection of 200 posters of all the classical spanning 80 years of Hindi Cinema in Mumbai.

Friday, May 21, 2010

I have to admit that the distant country cousin Twitter

Jalsa, Mumbai May 20/21, 2010 Thu/ Fri 12 : 29 AM

I have to admit that the distant country cousin Twitter, is turning out to be quite an experience. It is contagious. It invites without invitation and immerses you instantly. Its like being in an overcrowded congested room, where, because everyone is speaking all at the same time, it is difficult to hear your own voice - that is if you have one at all !!

So the moment the birds start their morning chirps and you start anticipating the alarm to go off, you actually hit the start button of the Mac to catch the latest Tweet. And all along as you drive to the gym and sweat it out on the machines you wonder when the routines will end so you could get back to the Tworld !

And as I write I can sense a retaliation building up among the FmXt, resenting this overt and sudden attention to the ‘other’ lady, forgetting the sincerity of the original and devoted Blog where it all started from. Rest assured dearest ones, this space was the first and shall always remain so. You were all the first and shall always remain so.

Its been an interesting morning. An eminent doctor from Mumbai an perhaps now retired and settled in Pune, has translated ‘Madhushala’, my Father’s epic of 1935 into Marathi and has come over through my house doctor to present it to me. For those that may not know, and who have interest in Hindi poetry and in particular of my Father’s, it would be of interest to know that the first translation of Madhushala ever was in Marathi. The Maharashtrian home has always had a culture of the classical - in music and in the written word. And it is not surprising that the very first rendition of the epic poem in translation was from this State and from this language, Marathi. The doctors version is another example of the ’sanskriti’ that exists in this part of the world and for it to come from someone that dedicated his life to the medical profession, is not just unusual but most praise worthy. There is more though. The doctor has brought along with him the music director of the Marathi film that was selected for the Oscars as its official entry this year, Anand Modak and he has rendered a composition of the poem into music and wishes to bring out and album on it. I heard the dvd and found it interesting. Madhushala was presented in song the very first time it was recited by my Father, at the Benaras Hindu University around 1937 and it came from a tune that was composed by my Father on his own. It has remained the trade mark rendition since. HMV and Manna Dey brought it to verse and song and music again in the 80’s here in Mumbai and that cd remains the only professional recording to date. But if approved, this Marathi recording would be the second. When I shall perform in Paris in June, I intend to start the evening with the music and song of Madhushala sung personally and in keeping with my Father’s composition.

Later in the day though and almost coincidentally, a group of academicians from a local University come over to discuss and present to me, the work they had done in translating Madhushala in Sanskrit. This is most interesting and when completed would be exceedingly unique. I intend to approve after copyright formalities are done, to publish this work.

But Paris, and as the day for the performance draws near, builds butterflies as large as an eagle within the stomach. Some prayers and words of consolation from the FmXt, would be in order.

Aishwarya left this morning for Chennai right into the thick of the cyclone Laila which has now hit coastal Andhra and Tamailnadu. But she was safe and has started work on Robot with Rajnikant. I was most worried about the weather conditions, but thankfully all went well. Nature has such a distinct way of reminding us all the time that we are such insignificant pawns in their presence. It becomes imperative therefore that we respect it, preserve it and learn to live with its eminence.

My schedules are getting firmed up gradually and as I sense the calendar filling up, I get the impression that very soon I shall be slipping away into commitments that shall keep me occupied for months to come. Its good being occupied. I doubt if many others would consider that, fact. But you know at this age, its worth while getting up to fetch your own glass of water, your own lunch and every little daily chore that may have slipped the mind. Mobility is the word. Stop for a day and or even a few hours and the creaks and pains start to invade your system.

I notice that I am gradually slipping lower into the back rest of the bed, pushing my way through a number of soft pillows, to keep my eyes open and my mind fresh and spontaneous.

Little thin pillow has seen better days and has been removed from sight. Temporarily al be - it ..

Sleep well and in love -

Amitabh Bachchan


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There is something about being in anticipation of something

Jalsa, Mumbai May 19, 2010 Wed 11 : 39 PM


There is something about being in anticipation of something. As you sit or travel or brood there builds within you events and situations that remain in the realm of supposition. You imagine within yourself that if ‘this’ were to happen ‘that’ would take place. Or ‘what if’ this happened, then what would happen next.

As you get swayed by a flood of thoughts, the reality of it builds so many impressions, which finite or not, do begin to look as though they would fructify almost immediately. Most of the exercise, indulging in the material or emotional.

What if someone willed you 500 hundred million dollars, what would be done. The house, the cars, the clothing and jewelry, all start falling into place. So to with bonds of emotion.

If only I could get that one moment to hold ‘her’ hand, or that one in a million opportunity when ‘he’ would visit my home. And as you build these castles, they begin to take shape within you. Your demeanor changes. You start walking and talking as though they have all actually been acquired.

The wait then before they actually happen is the ‘anticipation’. And there shall always be ’something’ in that. The tragedy, if it can be termed that, is that nothing ever happens !! Well at least not the way you were imagining it to happen. Thats the bad part. The good part is that, sometimes things happen which you had never anticipated to have happened. Which is why life is always a question mark. You never know when and which way it will turn.

The wife had some friends from her ‘girls’ circle over tonight - Bubbles Behl, wife of late Gogi Behl who made films with Jaya and me ; Jawani Diwani, Kasme Vaade, Pukar; Mother to Goldie Behl close buddy of Abhishek and who directed him in a few - Hiroo Johar wife of late Yash Johar and Mother to Karan Johar ; and no further bio needs to be given on her - Champa Doshi, close friend. And even though I am excluded from the general conversation that occurs in one corner of the house, the dining table gets everyone together in one space.

There are discussions on food, and cooks and materials used to cook various foods and other food places, places with a history of good food. Of weight gains and the excesses of good food. Of other compatriots, in the female gender and their weight gains and the loss of it due to the foods they devoured …

Food, then was the only discussion .. until Mrs Johar brings back old memories of shoots of days gone by when Yashji was alive, of films made under their banner, of intrigue and issues, and the eventual joys.

I had done ‘Dostana’ with Dharma Productions, his production company and this its first banner film - Salim Javed script, Zeenat Aman, Shatrughan Sinha - and we talked, well actually she talked I listened to the days spent in Ooty during the out doors of the film and a host of memories came rushing back. The Savoy Hotel, cute old world charm, wooden floors and fireplaces in the evening to fight off the mountain cold and our escapades therein. The director Raj Khosla, a great exponent of his craft and the maker of several important and successful films. Methodical, controlled, great sense of music and a great sense of how it should be shot for film. Started his career as an assistant to the master Guru Dutt and worked along with him in the immortal ‘Kaagaz ke Phool’.

And as she narrated event after event I reminisced the days spent there in the beautiful Nilgiri Ranges of Ooty, short for Ootycamund, now changed to its original from before the British - Udhagamandalam. Guess the Brits found it beyond their linguistic capacity to get the Tamil or Dravidian pronunciation right !

The flight to Coimbatore an air force base and its restrictions. The drive up the hills finally emerging at our destination. The picturesque hills, not too steep, but rolling about in smooth curves about it. The British Sahebs came up here when the plains became too hot for their countenance, and brought along with them their favorite pastime of hound hunting and horse racing. One of the Maharajas had built the perfect hunting lodge there, Fernhill, now a sprawling Hotel and the number of films that have been shot there is beyond counting. Its no longer a resort, its a studio, almost. The place and the locations came about as a just replacement for troubled Kashmir and never were there less than a few productions working out of Ooty. It was like what I had described our days in Srinagar earlier. For the Southern Film fraternity this was their Kashmir. Traveling for them all the distance up north, when they could get what they required in their own state of Tamilnadu, was a preferred option. So Do aur Do Panch, Hum, Dostana, Aakhri Raasta, Mard, Shakti, Khuda Gawah, Shahenshah… oh dear the list is endless .. all done in beautiful Udhagamandalam !! And my most endearing memory - little Abhishek 4 or perhaps 5 years in age, two middle fingers in mouth dressed in his mini overcoat, sitting by the side of the shooting spots with a dazed expression on his face, wondering what in heavens name his Father was up to !!

Ah ! Ooty, with the continuous smell of pine and eucalyptus about, the unique folk dress and metal jewelry worn abundantly by the ladies that worked in the land and the forests. The fog and early morning mist floating past your Hotel window into the bedroom. The early morning drives to locations of exquisite beauty. The pristine lakes and the ‘downs’ which must have reverberated during the time of the Raj, with the sound of the horns as an entire posse of riders, dressed in their finery chased the hunted beasts led by an entire brigade of anxious hounds. And then those private moments, never to be forgotten -

Nirupa Roy, who played Mother to me in almost all my films getting injured during the shoot for Mard and I cleaning her feet and putting on a dressing on the cut wound, and she blessing me. Now no longer with us.

Smita Patil - that fiesty yet soft hearted friend, sitting in the car with me as we waited for the rain in an outdoor song sequence on Shakti to subside, playing with her camera. A great enthusiast for photography she sat there and much to my amazement opened up the entire camera into all the little parts, cleaned them and assembled them all back again. So impressed with her. She too gone. Now no longer with us.

Life is ’such a question mark. You never know when and which way it will turn.’

Amitabh Bachchan

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Big B falls short of Sachin Twitter record

Big B falls short of Sachin's Twitter record

New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) Amitabh Bachchan may be the megastar of Bollywood, but his draw of 37,500 fans on the first day of Twitter was far less than that of Sachin Tendulkar at 79,000.

Tendulkar was bitten by the Twitter bug early this month, while Amitabh joined Twitter Tuesday and got plenty of welcome messages from various celebrities. 

But the 67-year-old, who regularly writes on his blog and also has a mobile blog and a voice blog, is excited with his first day's experience on Twitter.

"Day 1 on Twitter, Day 757 on blog, Day 138 from the year... endless days of love and affection to those that count and follow... love," Amitabh posted on his Twitter account. 

"33,341 followers in a few hours of starting! Tweety baby I love you!! Keep it rolling," he added.

Currently the actor is following his son, Abhishek and Sachin on the site. 

Amitabh Bachchan hands over Ambulance Bethany Trust

Thursday, May 13, 2010

My caste is Indian declares Amitabh Bachchan

My caste is Indian, declares Amitabh

Mumbai, May 12 (IANS) While the debate over caste census intensifies with most parties rooting for it, Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan is clear where he stands on the controversial issue. If ever asked to mention his caste, he says categorically, he would be ready with the answer -- Indian.

Census enumerators came calling on the Bachchan household, prompting Amitabh to express his views on the issue of caste census.

"Wary of the sensitivity that this has raised recently by politicians, they keep away from it. They reason that they would wait for some government decision on this. I tell them irrespective of what the system decides, my answer is ready - caste, Indian," he wrote on his blog

Big B says that his father, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, a noted Hindi poet and litterateur, never believed in caste system.

"My Father never believed in caste and neither do any of us. He married a Sikh (Teji Bachchan), I married a Bengali (Jaya Bhaduri), my brother a Sindhi (Ramola), my daughter (Shweta) a Punjabi (Nikhil Nanda), my son (Abhishek) a Mangalorean (Aishwarya Rai)... in his autobiography he (Harivansh Rai) had expressed that future generations of his family should marry into different parts of the country. So far that tradition has been kept alive!!"

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said the government will soon take a decision on caste-based census in the country. 

Amitabh recounts the morning the enumerators came to his house.

"From the morning a consensus on the census. Officials from the BMC, the Bombay Municipal Corporation, troop into Prateeksha to detail in on information that shall for the first time in India develop for every citizen the UID - a Unique Identity Card. 

"All kinds of information is sought name, place, age, dependents, place of birth, house, residence years and on. I wait for them to come to the crucial controversial one - caste. They don't." 

Deputy leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha Gopinath Munde, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Janata Dal-United (JD-U) president Sharad Yadav are amongst those demanding that caste be registered during the census exercise. 

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Amitabh Bachchan Amar Akbar Anthony Movie

Watch Amitabh at his FUNNIEST - Amitabh Bachchan - Amar Akbar Anthony. Click to watch more movie scenes

Amitabh Bachchan hands over Ambulance Bethany Trust

Amitabh Bachchan hands over an Ambulance to the Bethany Trust

Monday, May 10, 2010

IIFA Awards 2010 Technical Award Winners

IIFA Awards 2010 Technical Award Winners
By Webmaster, 10 May, 2010
The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) declared today the winners of the technical award categories for IIFA AWARDS 2010. It was indeed 'Aal izz Well' for 3 IDIOTS who emerged front runners for the honours, winning 8 of the categories of the technical awards. Sujoy Ghosh's, ALADIN and the Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone starrer, LOVE AAJ KAL also garnered 2 awards each. The awards will be presented to the winners at the 11th IIFA Awards that will be held on 5th June 2010 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

3 IDIOTS clearly managed to uphold its position with Abhijat Joshi, Rajkumar Hirani & Vidhu Vinod Chopra taking the award for the Best Screenplay, C.K. Muraleedharan ISC for Best Cinematography, followed by Rajukumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi for Best Dialogue, Sanjay Wandrekar, Atul Raninga & Shantanu Moitra for Best Background Score and Rajkumar Hirani for Best Editing. To add to the feathers in its cap, the movie won Best Sound Recording - Bishwadeep Chatterjee & Nihal Ranjan Samal, Best Song Recording - Bishwadeep Chatterjee & Sachi K Sanghvi and the Best Sound Re-recording by Anup Dev.

The popular dance moves from LOVE AAJ KAL won Bosco Caesar the Best Choreography Award, while the Best Costume Designing went to Anahita Shroff & Dolly Ahluwalia, for the same movie. Sabu Cyril got the Best Art Direction and Charles Darby (Eyecube Labs) won Best Special Effects (Visual) for Alladin. Sham Kaushal was favoured with the Best Action Award for KAMINEY and undoubtedly deserving was the Best Makeup Award to international make-up artists, Christien Tinsley & Dominie Till for Paa.

The winners were chosen based on an industry voting for the IIFA Awards 2010, held in March. The auditing firm of the IIFAs and the Oscars, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, audited the results of this industry voting. However, the voting for the popular award categories will go live today and will end on 1st June, 2010. The winners decided by online voting will be announced only on the night of the Micromax IIFA Awards 2010, in Colombo.

IIFA has journeyed through three continents covering cities like London, Sun City, Malaysia, Johannesburg, Singapore, Amsterdam, Dubai, Yorkshire, Bangkok and Macau, where it celebrated its decade of magic last year. Right through its 10 years, IIFA has been successful directing its efforts to achieving its 'One People; One World' by building bridges between countries, people, businesses and cinema. It has been able to expand the Indian Cinema and its cultures to the global market and has also given the Indian cinematic fraternity a whole new place at the international forefront. As the IIFAs enters its second decade, with the 11th Videocon IIFA Weekend, this celebration at the Sughathadasa Indoor Stadium, in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 3rd - 5th March, 2010, looks promising yet again.

C. K. Muraleedharan ISC - Cinematography of 3 IDIOTS
Abhijat Joshi, Rajkumar Hirani & Vidu Vinod Chopra - Screenplay of 3 IDIOTS
Rajkumar Hirani & Abhijat Joshi - Dialogues for 3 IDIOTS
Rajkumar Hirani - Editing of 3 IDIOTS
Sabu Cyril - Art Direction of ALADIN
Bosco Caesar - Choreography of LOVE AAJ KAL
Sham Kaushal - Action of KAMINEY
Bishwadeep Chatterjee & Nihal Ranjan Samal - Sound Recording of 3 IDIOTS
Bishwadeep Chatterjee & Sachin K Sanghvi - Song Recording of 3 IDIOTS
Anup Dev - Sound Re-recording of 3 IDIOTS
Charles Darby (Eyecube Labs) - Special Effects (Visual) of ALADIN
Sanjay Wandrekar,Atul Raninga & Shantanu Moitra - Background Score for 3 IDIOTS
Anahita Shroff & Dolly Ahluwalia Tiwari - Costume Designing of LOVE AAJ KAL
Christien Tinsley & Dominie Till - Make- Up of PAA

Amitabh Bachchan Abhishek Bachchan spotted at Jalsa

Amitabh Bachchan Abhishek Bachchan spotted at Jalsa

Thursday, May 6, 2010

पुण्य कमा रहे हैं अमिताभ-जया

भारतीय संस्कृति में पानी पिलाने का काम सबसे बड़ा पुण्य माना जाता है। बॉलीवुड के शहंशाह अमिताभ बच्चन और उनकी पत्नी जया भी इन दिनों ऐसा ही कुछ करके पुण्य कमा रहे हैं।अमिताभ ने अपने ब्लॉग पर इस बात की जानकारी देते हुए लिखा है कि जया ने अपने घर के बाहर लोगों के लिए मटके रखे हैं, जिनका पानी आते-जाते लोगों को भीषण गर्मी में राहत दे रहा है।

अमिताभ ने अपने ब्लॉग पर लिखा है ‘‘इस भीषण गर्मी में जया ने सड़कों पर प्यास से परेशान लोगों के लिए मटके रखे हैं। ऐसे मटके हमने जलसा और जनक दोनों के बाहर रखे हैं।’’ उन्होंने लिखा है ‘‘हम जब-तब इन मटकों में पानी भरते रहते हैं, ताकि मटके खाली न हों।’’

Santoshi floats action movie to utilise Big B dates

Santoshi floats action movie to utilise Big B's dates
By Subhash K. Jha

Mumbai, May 5 (IANS) After presenting Amitabh Bachchan as a cop in "Khakee", now Rajkumar Santoshi will present him as a vigilante in his next action drama, which is a last minute arrangement to utilise the megastar's dates.

Santoshi's "The Outsider" with Amitabh has been temporarily postponed for the lack of proper permission to shoot in the US where it was situated. 

"The other project 'The Outsider' was not working out on time. It has become very difficult for Indian filmmakers to shoot in the US. Rather than allow the dates to go waste, I put forward the new project. It's a thriller about a vigilante," Santoshi told IANS.

Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgn have agreed to be part of the hurriedly-designed project at short notice only because Amitabh plays the lead in it. 

"It's an out-and-out action film. Mr Bachchan plays a vigilante. And yes, Ajay and Sanjay are also part of the project. They also have very powerful parts," said Santoshi.

This is Santoshi's first film with Sanjay with whom he was planning to collaborate on a historical about the partition. But period films are a no-no at the box office.

"The responsibility of doing justice to Mr. Bachchan and Ajay whom I've worked with earlier and Sanjay, whom I'm working with for the first time, is the same," said Santoshi.

The shooting starts in the next couple of months and the crime thriller will be shot both in India and abroad. 

"We'll be shooting the film in India and Dubai. Mr. Bachchan will be seen as a master of disguises. For his special disguise, we're getting makeup persons from Hollywood. And he'll be performing stunts like we've never seen him perform," said Sajid Nadiadwala, producer of the film. 

"We're getting stunt co-ordinators from some of the top names who have done the action in A-grade Hollywood films recently. I can't reveal names of the stunt guys and the makeup guys from Hollywood because we're under negotiation. And you've to hear the dialogues Santoshi has written for Mr. Bachchan. They're the best I've heard since 'Deewaar'," he added.

About Sanjay and Ajay, the producer said: "When it's a writer-director of Santoshi's calibre, he'll make sure he does justice to actors of Sanjay and Ajay's calibre." 

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