Salman Khan is one actor who I have known for the last 28 years ever since he was making his debut with the Farouque Sheikh -Rekha starrer “Biwi Ho To Aisi” opposite air hostess Renu Arya, even before he had made his debut with “Maine Pyar Kiya” as the leading man. The guy was a brat of the first order when I used to meet him those days when he used to hang out with Sangeeta Bijlani. Over the years he has mellowed a lot and turned a lot more human, especially after he started his outfit ‘Being Human.’ Not many are aware of the fact that this poor soul had undergone a non-invasive operation for a neurological disorder called Trigeminal Neuralgia. Excerpts from a conversation I had with Salman Khan on various topics under the sun, when he was in a low mood a few years ago
While “Bodyguard” was smashing box office records in India, you were in the US undergoing a non-invasive operation for Trigeminal Neuralgia, the neurological disorder that had troubled you for years!
The problem started while I was working on “Partner” in 2007. A part of my forehead used to pain as if somebody had applied electric shock in the area. Gradually the pain extended to my cheek and then throughout the filming of “Veer” my right jaw pained.
Q) When did the pain resurface?
A) The pain disappeared some time back, but for the past one and a half years it gave me a lot of trouble, especially while shooting the climax action scenes of “Bodyguard” in Patiala. I thought of going to the doctor, I already knew it was Trigeminal Neuralgia. Two days before the release of Bodyguard, I left for the US for the surgery but did not reveal my disorder to his fans.
Q)Why did you keep it a secret?
A) I did not want people to know about the surgery as my fans get worried, but the news spread and everybody got concerned about how serious the ailment was.
Q) Is it true that you realized about two more ailments that troubled you?
A) Though I knew about Trigeminal Neuralgia, I came to know of two more ailments that troubled me after I got the angiogram done, besides Trigeminal Neuralgia -one is AV malformation (abnormal connection between the arteries and veins) and the other is aneurysm (bulge in a blood vessel). The best of doctors in America, who were supposed to do an invasive surgery, said that invasive surgery was not required and instead we got done a laser surgery called Gamma Knife.
Q) How was the surgery?
A) The surgery was good, they had told me it would be for half an hour only, but it lasted 8 hours. The entire procedure took that much time and it was good that it lasted for so long as they could conduct it with patience. The pain might go in six months or it may take three to four years, it depends.
Q) Let’s talk about your new strategy to work in remakes of hit South Indian films!
A) It is just a sheer coincidence that three out of four films of mine have been remakes of South Indian hit films, like “Wanted,” “Ready” and “Bodyguard.” I did not consciously plan any strategy. It is just that when you remake a Hollywood film, the whole world has already seen that but when you set out to make a remake of a South Indian hit, only the South Indians like you have been able to see them. It is now the reverse. Besides the fact that several punches from “Dabangg” have been lifted by quite a few South Indian films of late, they have also remade my film “Dabangg” in Tamil and the Tamil remake of “3 Idiots” has also been made by Shankar who had made “Robot.” I have also received an offer to act in the Hindi remake of the Telugu hit “Dookudu” starring Mahesh Babu.
Q) What is the main reason you think that films down South click in a big way?
A) The reason people have liked me in films like “Wanted,” “Dabangg” and “Bodyguard” is that heroism has been brought back in these films with the hero emerging as a larger than life character. Down South, they have not let heroism go away and hence the masses go to South Indian flicks in large numbers in hordes even today. However, as far as Bollywood is concerned, it is the truth that we have started missing ‘heroes’ big time. I agreed to act in “Wanted” because around that time, I really was fed up of watching the so called niche films or romcoms and wanted to go to a theater and see a hero film
Q) How would you compare our films with those churned out by Hollywood?
A) Hindi films always used to work big time because of the music track as well as the father or the mother tracks. You still remember the track of the mother in Manmohan Desai’s “Amar Akbar Anthony” or for that matter Yash Chopra’s “Deewar.” Isn’t it? If you remember “Wanted” worked also because of the emotional father track in it. The film took a different turn when Vinod Khanna who played my father in the film was killed. I’d rather say that though you cannot compete with the budgets that they have in Hollywood, nothing can stop you when you make films which have emotion backed by action. It is a surefire formula to win over the audiences.
Q) Let’s go on a flashback mode.Why do you think “Dabangg” clicked in a big way?
A) “Dabangg” was made for the masses. Arbaaz did not make it keeping in mind the niche audiences. “Dabangg” had a cop from Uttar Pradesh and a new actress. I remember people telling Arbaaz tum mar Jaa ogee but we went on making the film because we knew what we were making at that point in time when we were hit big time by the recession. People even thought that we were making some kind of C grade stunt films, with a title like “Dabangg” which no one on earth could even comprehend. The film clicked in a big way because kids caught on the film, especially because heroism always works big time.
Q) Do you love playing to the gallery?
A) Ever since “Dabangg” clicked in a big way, every producer wants to be desi and wishes to go to Andheri today, not Amsterdam. Though I know for a fact that if I get carried away, I may go wrong with my formula, the fact is that I love playing to the gallery as a larger than life hero, though I do not want to play the Superman or the Spiderman by wearing my chaddi above my pant. After “Wanted,” “Dabangg,” “Ready” and “Bodyguard” in fact, I am looking at a hundred hat tricks. Who wants to have a flop? Everyone today wants to make a hit like “Hum Aapke Hain Kaun,” “Deewar,” “Mughal E Azam” and “Andaz Apna Apna.”
Q) Can we see you acting in any film written by your father Salim saab?
A) People ask me why my father is not writing for any film when any director would gladly give his right arm to have a script written by the man who had written legendary films like “Deewar” and “Sholay.” I am glad that my father is enjoying his retired phase because frankly, I do not think that he has the patience to deal with the directors and the kind of sensibilities that they come with today.
Q) How do you react when your films click at the box office or flop?
A) As a person, I do not change whether my film clicks at the box office in a big way or turns out to be a disaster at the ticket windows. Today luckily people call me a lucky mascot just because my films are clicking one after the other but there was a time when my films were bombing big time left to right and center but I did not panic at all and took them (in) my stride waiting for the tide to change for the better. I would say that you actually go two steps forward when you get a kick on your back. I have always been of the opinion that success so insaan ka dimaag kharab nahi hona chahiye aur failure se depression nahi aana chahiye.
Q) Is it true that you asked Abhinav Kashyap to cast Mahendra Verma in just one scene in “Dabangg?”
A) Yes. I was upset with the climax of “Tere Naam,” because I wanted the girl to die as a suhaagan but in the film, she collapses while taking the pheras and the guy who played the main villain in the film is actually left untouched by the hero. I made it a point to get Mahendra Verma just for one single shot in “Dabangg” and whacked the hell out of him. (Laughs)
Q) To what extent do you feel it is right to interfere with the director?
A) I feel that it is entirely my responsibility to the guy in the audience who pays from Rs. 10 to Rs. 500 per ticket to see to it that I come up as an actor with a film that entertains him. If I do not interfere, the film flops, like “Tere Naam” did. I had heard as many as 30 different tunes but loved the song when Pritam came up with the tune, though I hated the lyrics. Finally, I asked him to make two songs into one and come up with the song Character Dheela. If I like the script, I think I have every right to put my foot down and see to it that the film is properly edited on the editing table
Q) Have you thought in terms of taking up direction?
A) Yes. Though it is true that I take interest in every department of the film in which I am acting, whether it is the subject or the music or the action sequences, I still feel that I am not ready to be the captain of the ship. I do not want to dabble in direction, though I know for a fact that my colleagues like Sunny Deol, Ajay Devgn, and Aamir Khan have already dabbled in direction. However, I am game to work with Aamir Khan if he is ready to direct a film with me, provided I get the time to do a film with him
Q)Aamir has declared that he will tie your hands and feet to make you get married!
A)Yes. I have read somewhere that Aamir had stated that to make me get married, he is ready to tie my hands and feet. I can only retort that I have also decided to tie his hands and feet to see to it that he does not get married a third time in his life. (Grins).
Q) You seem more inclined of late to promote your films in a big way!
A) Nowadays you have to spend more time to promote films. The new funda is that you need to devote at least 15 days to promote your films. I am game to tie up with corporate for the promotion of any film of mine in future provided they are ready to pay to my NGO Being Human or for needy and poor kids directly without deducting their administrative costs. Let’s face facts, today I do not actually need money.
Bollywood Loses One More Star As Sushanth Singh Rajput Commits Suicide
As Bollywood was coming to grips with the tragic loss of two of its finest actors Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor, tragedy struck once again as news broke out about the death of Sushanth Singh Rajput. The news left everyone shell shocked as news reports about police finding his body at his Bandra residence in Mumbai. Sushanth Singh Rajput committed suicide according to the police and further reports are awaited following the post mortem autopsy.
Sushanth Singh Rajput was a brilliant method actor who performed in some memorable movies like Kai Po Che!, Shuddh Desi Romance, M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story and his last film Chhichhore. Sushanth was working on his next project Dil Behcare, which is a remake of the Hollywood movie and the best selling novel, The Fault In Our Stars. As news about Sushanths demise came out, shocked celebrities reacted with disbelief and offered their condolences.
Sushanth Singh Rajput is believed to have taken the extreme step due his battle with depression. Incidentally, in the last movie he was seen in Chhichhore, he gives the message that suicide is not an option for anything and that there is so much in life to look forward.
We at Mango Bollywood extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Sushanth Singh Rajput as they cope with the loss.
Rishi Kapoor- A Remembrance Of Bollywood’s Heartthrob And Legend
Rishi Kapoor is known as one of the legends of Bollywood who was responsible for making Bollywood what it is today. As the entire nation is coming to grips with the sudden demise of Irrfan Khan, Rishi Kapoor’s untimely demise is a heavy blow to the movie industry as well as the nation. Fans and celebrities are still in shock from the news of Rishi Kapoor’s demise and it will surely take a while for the news to sink in. Rishi Kapoor passed away in a hospital in Mumbai after losing a long battle with cancer.
Rishi Kapoor hails from a clan who made its mark in Bollywood beginning with his father Raj Kapoor, who is revered as one of India’s most greatest and influential actors and filmmakers. Rishi Kapoor is the second generation Kapoor to make his mark in the movie industry. Rishi won a National Award for his debut role as a child artist in Mera Naam Joker (1970,) a movie which starred his father Raj Kapoor. Rishi Kapoor was known as a heartthrob for playing romantic roles on the silver screen and has racked up some impressive hits as the lead actor like Rafoo Chakkar (1975,) Laila Majnu (1976,) Sargam (1979,) Karz (1980,) Prem Rog (1982,) Nagina (1986,) Chandni (1989,) Heena (1991) and Honeymoon (1992.)
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Rishi Kapoor moved on to playing supporting roles in the latter part of his career and gave us many notable performances. Hum Tum (2004,) Fanaa (2006,) Namastey London (2007) and Love Aaj Kal (2009) are some of the famous films in which Rishi Kapoor’s performances are still cherished to date.
Rishi Kapoor left a proud legacy and his son Ranbir Kapoor will continue to carry the torch through his films. India and Bollywood will miss its charming heartthrob Rishi Kapoor, but there is no doubt his family, friends and fans will continue to remember him through his films.
Irrfan Khan- An Ode To The Gentleman Actor
Irrfan Khan is one of Bollywood’s finest actors whose career spanned almost three decades. Irrfan Khan brought multiple accolades to India and Indian cinema throughout his career by acting in Indian, British and Hollywood movies. The Angrezi Medium actor, sadly passed away in Mumbai owing to a sudden colon infection. Khan recently battled with a neuroendocrine tumour and has announced his success against beating the cancer.
Irrfan Khan is known for his offbeat and slice of life movies which make the viewers deeply reflect on life and philosophy. Having made his debut with the Academy Award nominated movie Salaam Bombay! (1988,) Irrfan rose to prominence with his wide variety of roles he essayed throughout his career. However, Irrfan Khan’s talent gained recognition with his portrayal of Paan Singh Tomar (2011) in the biopic movie of the same name. Khan won the National Film Award for the best actor for his performance in Paan Singh Tomar.
Over the course of his career Irrfan Khan appeared in several Hollywood films like The Warrior (2001,) The Namesake (2006,) The Darjeeling Limited (2007,) the Academy Award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire (2008,) New York, I Love You (2009,) The Amazing Spider-Man (2012,) Life of Pi (2012,) Jurassic World (2015) and Inferno (2016.)
Some of Irrfan Khan’s best works came late into his career and they include movies like The Lunchbox (2013,) nominated for a BAFTA Award Haider (2014,) Gunday (2014,) Piku (2015) and Talvar (2015) and the critically acclaimed Hindi Medium (2017) which went on to become one of the biggest grossing movies of Bollywood before Irrfan Khan was diagnosed with cancer in 2018.
Irrfan Khan’s last movie was the recently released Angrezi Medium which hit the theaters earlier this year. With the untimely and unfortunate demise of one of India’s finest actors, Irrfan Khan will leave a huge void in Indian cinema but there is no doubt that Irrfan Khan immortalized himself on the silver screens. Indian Cinema will miss the maverick actor of modern Bollywood classics.
Nishabdham Trailer – Madhavan Starrer Promises An Intense Thriller
Nishabdham is an upcoming multilingual movie which stars Anushka Shetty and Madhavan in the lead roles. Directed by Hemant Madhukar, this film is jointly produced by T.G. Vishwa Prasad, Vivek Kuchibhotla and Kona Venkat.
The trailer begins with an intense and ominous shot in the basement of a house in the U.S., showing a dead body and a terrified Sakshi (Anushka Shetty) turning towards the camera. The next shot shows a news anchor outside the house which is being referred to as a haunted house. A visibly injured Sakshi is seen in a hospital bed trying to convince Maha (Anjali,) a cop that it was a ghost who committed the murder. Maha believes it is Sakshi’s best friend Sonali (Shalini Pandey) who committed the crimes but it turns out she is already deceased and cremated. The plot of the movie can be deduced from the rest of the trailer. Nishadham will be a movie where Sakshi and Maha race against time to connect the dots and uncover the killer.
Watch the trailer here:
Madhavan will be seen in an upcoming bilingual movie Rocketry: The Nambi Effect in which he will star alongside Simran Bagga. The movie is based on the life of Nambi Narayan, a former scientist and aerospace engineer of the Indian Space Research Organisation who was accused of espionage.
Nishabdham stars Anushka as a mute artist and Madhavan as a musician in the lead roles while Hollywood’s Michael Madsen, Anjali, Subbaraju, Shalini Pandey and Srinivas Avasarala will appear in supporting roles. Nishabdham is slated for a release worldwide, on April 2nd, 2020.
Hrithik Roshan Credits Ranveer Singh For Fashion Inspiration, Ranveer Responds
Hrithik Roshan delivered one of biggest hits of 2019 with War, a movie jam packed with action, fights and beautiful visuals. Following the movie, Hrithik Roshan seems to have taken some time off to vacation with friends.
Hrithik Roshan posted a picture from his vacation where he can be seen walking barefoot on a grass lawn wearing a red t shirt and a white towel wrapped around like a ‘lungi.’ The actor credited Ranveer Singh for the fashion inspiration.
It is well known that Ranveer Singh has a fondness to make style statements through his eccentric dressing styles. Ranveer Singh earlier paired a white t shirt with a green lungi and Hrithik Roshan’s credit was a subtle hint towards that.
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Needless to say, Ranveer Singh immediately responded with a comment on Hrithik’s Instagram post saying ‘sax’ god, a subtle nod to Hrithik Roshan’s popularity and being on the list of the world’s sexiest men.
Hrithik Roshan will be working on Krrish 4, the next instalment of the Krrish franchise while Ranveer Singh will be seen in the upcoming Kapil Dev biopic 83.
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