Friday, August 9, 2013

Amitabh Bachchan to shoot for Mehrunnisa in Lucknow

 Amitabh Bachchan would be shooting for Sudhir Mishra's next film Mehrunnisa in the old city of the state capital, some time after Eid, sources said Friday. 

A lavish stage is being erected in the Chowk area for the shoot, which will see Big B, as Amitabh Bachchan is popularly known, Rishi
Kapoor and the main lead of the film, Chitrangada Singh, shoot in the city. 

Permission for shooting has been sought by the film unit for places like the Chowk, Bada Imambada, La Martinere Boys' College and Colvin Taluqdar's College. 

The film is a tale of two friends who meet again after a span of 40 years. The script was written in 1996 by director Sudhir Mishra, and revolves around the friends, who fall in love with the same woman and get separated. The woman they both sought, played by Chitrangada, re-enters their life when they are in their 60s. 

The tale that the film tells begins in 1945 and spans four decades. 

Mehrunnisa is produced by Nikhil Advani. Director Sudhir Mishra hails from Lucknow.

Amitabh Bachchan Salman Khan to raise funds for Uttarakhand flood victims

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan and other B-town celebrities will come together for an event to raise funds for Uttarakhand flood victims.

Bachchan will be joined by music composers Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and writer-poet Prasoon Joshi to enthrall the audience at Star India's fund-raiser musical event on the Independence Day for Uttarakhand victims.

"The noble initiative is an opportunity for the entire Hindi film industry to stand by the very people who have showered us with unconditional love and have made us who we are," Amitabh Bachchan said in a statement.

"We have come together for fellow men who suffered the agonising pain that this unprecedented calamity brought with itself," he added.

Big B will lend his voice to recite from Prasoon's poetry, set to Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's music during the performance, titled 'Saath Hain Hum Uttarakhand', which is a joint initiative by Star India, Wizcraft, the Film & TV Producers Guild and the Hindi film fraternity.

The advertising revenue generated through the event will be donated to not-for-profit organisations working towards restoring normalcy in the hill-state.

The event's highlight would be 'Mera Desh', an anthem created by Prasoon Joshi. "It is also an attempt to say that we are all together. No challenge is big enough if we stand united," Joshi said.

According to Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, music is a great healer and their effort is to alleviate the sufferings of people through the musical rendition of 'Mera Desh'.

Apart from this, actors Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit will be seen in a promo during the event regarding the same initiative to encourage people to help.

Others who are likely to support the initiative include Lata Mangeshkar, Ajay Devgn, Kajol, Anil Kapoor, AR Rahman, Boman Irani, Mukesh Bhatt, Ayushmann Khurana and celebrities from television shows.

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Amitabh Bachchan watches Chennai Express with grandson Agastya

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan is a busy man today as he is entertaining his three grandchildren including Agstya, Navya Naveli and Aaradhya at his residence on Eid.

Amitabh Bachchan's daughter, Shweta who lives in New Delhi with her family, is visiting her father's home in Mumbai with her children Navya-Naveli and Agastya.

And the doting grand dad took his grandson to watch Shah Rukh Khan's Chennai Express, a day before its official release.

Navya-Naveli is back from London where she studies in Sevenoaks School, the same school as Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan.

Big B also said that he is super busy this weekend with all the kids around.

Big B, who will be shooting for Mehrunissa in Lucknow is busy celebrating Eid with family.

He also wished his fans Eid Mubarak: "May the true relevance of all festivities penetrate, percolate within us all..may we acknowledge the spirit of togetherness in them."

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Holding the hand that flows within in sequential similarity

Jalsa, Mumbai      Aug 8/9,  2013           Thu/Fri  3 : 01 AM


Holding the hand that flows within in sequential similarity. Holding the care and love of our own. Holding the feelings of those that shall ever remain close. This is the mantra of family.

A deep connect as powerful as any in nature, is what draws us to those that belong to us in transferred genes. In the same blood. In the same countenance. In our word, in our actions and in all that we do and consider. That bond is irreplaceable. This is our family. 

But … this is our extended family too .. and the love and concern you show is beyond words, beyond action and deed. It is what each one of us feels. It is what each one of us embraces each evening day and night. It is the essence of all that can be translated into an unbreakable bond .. a single thread that ties us all together.

It is my pride and my joy that we created this over many years of commitment and understanding. Not seeking any favour or submission to demand or force. It came as naturally to all. It came with passion and a huge degree of compassion. And that is how it shall remain. We are now no longer just another space or platform. We are what can be called a chain as strong and durable as any other measure of strength. It will always have the capacity to sail through the heaviest of weather, the crudest of terrain, and the sludge slime and smut that comes in its path, strewn by elements, who have slobbered in that mire of unadulterated muck, blinkered, misguided and indoctrinated beyond repair. They were born human only to be lost in the inhuman dross and scum that surrounded them. They shall now live eternally in those unremovable stains that stink and darken their presence …

I was with Shahrukh and Deepika and Rohit Shetty on the train to 'Chennai' along with Agastya, by the courtesy of  UFO, and the ride was most enjoyable ! And now wished to not get off it without my other passengers - my EF. So here I am … and here I go ..

Good night and my love to all ..

Amitabh Bachchan

ps : O !! and remember I did an ad., with the South Stars and in particular Manju Warrier from Kerala, on a trust film for Kalyan Jewelers .. well the company tells me that the video on YouTube has touched 2 million hits !!

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