Drama, murder, mystery and forgotten love stories. Bollywood has had more than its fair share of things which went wrong and which have been forgotten. While the amazing movies which come out of the industry have made it easy to forget the other side of this world, nostalgia sometimes rears its ugly head. On a dreary Tuesday like today, here’s taking a look at some of the famous, old and forgotten scandals from Bollywood!
1. The spat of the Khans
The Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan spat is still one of the most widely talked about wars in the Bollywood world. For the uninitiated, the two Khans almost came to blows at Katrina Kaif’s birthday bash. So bad was their fight, Aamir Khan had to quite literally pry them off each other to avoid things becoming more serious. However, the situation was far from calming down and a year later, although SRK apologised to Salman Khan on Koffee With Karan, the fight just didn’t seem to end.
While SRK thought he was going to diffuse the situation with his apology, Salman Khan thought otherwise. Talking to the press with his own version of what happened, Salman Khan made a statement by saying, “He (SRK) did that on the show so that I’m hounded by this question throughout the year. I’ll not accept such drama. If he really was sorry and wanted to apologise, he could’ve called me or dropped by at my place. Expressing regret on a chat show makes no difference to me or anyone.” Talk about communication going wrong and everything going haywire! Oops.
2. Bipasha Basu and Amar Singh
Bipasha Basu, Bollywood’s babe and one of the most famous actresses, was caught having raunchy conversations on the phone with Amar Singh. While denying these allegations seemed like the obvious path to take in this scenario, a recording of the conversation made it hard to erase the conversation. Both Amar Singh and Bipasha Basu have been trying extremely hard to hide the tape, but it is only a matter of time before the tape makes the headlines.
3. Parveen Babi’s life
Parveen Babi, one of the greatest actresses of the golden era of Bollywood, was famous for redefining the way women were perceived in the field of cinema. However, despite being bold and beautiful in every way possible, Parveen Babi was remembered for Mahesh Bhatt’s depiction of her, rather than for who she really was. Moreover, the fact that she was diagnosed with schizophrenia was also something which was held against her time and time again.
The fact her health was failing was not an unknown fact, what triggered her psychotic episodes is still not known. With speculations being rife about the reasons behind Babi’s bad relationships with people like Kabir Bedi and Mahesh Bhatt, the actress slowly started fading into the background. Rumoured to have inherited the disorder from her father, Parveen Babi kept struggling to find happiness throughout her life. Her loneliness, coupled with the constant fear that someone was trying to get at her, was constantly pushing Babi to want an out from the film industry. However, being as famous as she was, the only road to exit for Babi seemed death. Which is why, when she died alone in her apartment, there wasn’t much for people to think of but that she committed suicide. It took an entire troop of policemen to break down the door to her house and what they found on the other side, showed that when it comes to being lonely, the only thing that can help is when you come to terms with who you are.
4. Who is Sonakshi Sinha’s mother?
Shatrughan Sinha’s daughter, Sonakshi Sinha, has been in the limelight for some very weird reasons. The strangest one being the identity of her birth mother. While the medical reports say Sonakshi’s mother was Poonam Sinha (Shatrughan’s wife at the point,) people say otherwise. With Sonakshi bearing such striking resemblance to Reena Roy, Shatrughan’s ex girlfriend, the rumour mill started saying Poonam wasn’t really her mother! Although Sonakshi refuted these claims multiple times, the uncanny resemblance and the timing just seems extremely close to the facts!
5. Aamir Khan’s secret child
Aamir Khan, the actor known for his acting and family values, was part of quite a torrid affair. According to the rumour mill, this particular Khan is said to have a secret child with Bollywood writer, Jessica Hanes. Apparently, the two met each other on the sets of Vikram Bhatt’s Ghulam and got very “cosy” during the shoot. Shortly after the film wrapped up and the movie released, Jessica Hanes came forward, stating she had a child with none other than Aamir Khan!
Although Aamir Khan denied every report of the child being his, Jessica has gone on record time and time again, saying the child is definitely his. The writer also said, when her son grows up, she is going to tell him his father didn’t want him. Oops. Not the right kind of scandal to be caught between, right?
6. Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha
Perhaps one of the most scandalous things to happen in the world of Bollywood in the last few decades, the Rekha and Amitabh Bachchan affair is quite talked about even today. When the two worked together on Silsila, their chemistry was so on point, rumours of the two having an affair started doing the rounds.
What fueled the whole incident was the fact that despite sharing such a strong onscreen bond, the two never worked together again. Post a few months, one would have thought the whole affair would have literally died down. However, when Rekha started sporting a red sindoor on her forehead everytime she went out, things started heating up. The rumour mill can’t stop talking about how Rekha and Amitabh Bachchan got married secretly, with Jaya Bachchan not knowing what’s going on. Definitely a movie worthy story in the making!
With scandals and controversies being what Bollywood is famous for, it definitely comes as no surprise there are so many which have happened in the past! If you think we missed out on any more scandals like these, don’t forget to comment and let us know!
India’s Most Wanted Movie Review
Director: Raj Kumar Gupta
Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Prashanth P. Alexandrr, Rajesh Sharma, Shantilal Mukherjee, Asif Khan and Gaurav Mishra
A Raj Kumar Gupta directorial, India’s Most Wanted shows how 5 officers led by Prabhat (Arjun Kapoor) track down India’s most wanted terrorist, Yasin Bhatkal. Without using weapons, guns or any kind of monetary support, the team of officers track and bring to justice India’s most wanted terrorist.
Inspired by true life events, India’s Most Wanted tells the story of how officers not only nab Yasin Bhatkal, a terrorist and the founder of the Indian Mujahideen. This movie showcases the hunt for Bhatkal renamed Yusuf, and also depicts the massive gaps with the way Indian law enforcement agencies deal with crime. The movie opens to a group of five officers who get a tip off about the whereabouts of Yusuf and they swear to bring him to justice in under four days.
Unlike other crime thrillers, this movie shows the officers as five ordinary men with no fancy frills or over the top gadgets. However, while the story is solid as it goes, the movie lacks the tension and drama one would expect. The underplaying of the officers seems to go against the plot and not work with it, making the movie seems slightly long and winded.
However, while the obvious tension is missing from the film, the fact that all the officers live with the fear of death at the hands of Yusuf keep you hooked. Filled with songs and different scenes of worried characters, the movie builds up to a nail biting climax.
What works for this movie is the way Raj Kumar Gupta uses a cast which perfectly portrays the ordinary life of the officers. Prabhat (Arjun Kapoor) plays the role of the leader who takes it upon himself to capture Yusuf.
All in all, the well rounded way the actors and director Raj Kumar Gupta, work makes the film a good watch. Telling the story of unsung heroes and silent officers who make India safe, India’s Most Wanted, tells a story which needs to be heard.
PM Narendra Modi Biopic Review
Director: Omung Kumar
Cast: Vivek Oberoi, Manoj Joshi, Prashant Narayanan, Anjan Srivastav, Darshan Kumar, Zarina Wahab, Rajendra Gupta, Boman Irani
Just like the name of the biopic suggests, PM Narendra Modi is based on the life of Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. Chronicling the beginning of his life as a tea seller at a railway station, the movie maps the political journey of the Prime Minister. The biopic climaxes at the point where Mr. Narendra Modi swears in as the Prime Minister of India in the year 2014!
Despite the release of PM Narendra Modi being delayed by the Election Commission of India (EC) till after the Lok Sabha elections, the release is nothing short of a victory parade. Since the beginning of the movie, the makers have made sure they pay tribute to PM Modi in every way possible.
Every frame is a tribute to the rise of man who was once a tea seller at a railway station who rose to first become a RSS member and then the Prime Minister of the Country. For those who love the man unconditionally, this biopic is a reaffirmation of their faith but, for those who like to watch biopics with a solid dose of reality, will question the finer points.
While Modi is shown in almost god like form, the opposition is shown as a weak and incompetent party. Perhaps what makes a stark notable point here is that Manmohan Singh has absolutely no speaking role in the film. While businessman Narayanan is seen working with journalist Kumar to bring down Mr. Modi, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are shown as figureheads with not much of a role.
The only other character in the film who has almost as much screen space as Mr. Modi is Boman Irani, who plays the man responsible for giving Gujarat the Tata Group. Unlike other biopics (Thackeray for example,) PM Narendra Modi offers no points of debate.
Overall, the film is worth a watch if you are a Narendra Modi Ji fan but not if you want to watch a well thought out biopic.
Zoya Factor First Look Released
Sonam Kapoor just shared the first look poster of her new film, Zoya Factor, on Twitter and it looks whimsical.
— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) May 23, 2019
Based on the novel written by Anuja Chauhan in 2008 and directed by Abhishek Sharma, the film is a romcom, which revolves around the life of an advertising agent and her relationship with the Captain of the Indian Cricket Team.
After her last film, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, received mixed reviews from both audience and critics, Sonam Kapoor is back with Zoya Factor, which seems to have an entertaining plot.
The film also features the Malayalam heart throb Dulquer Salmaan. This is his second venture into Bollywood, after Karwaan.
The poster showcases Sonam and Dulquer sitting in a cricket stadium and gazing into each other’s eyes. The chemistry between the leads seems to be on point in the poster. Fans can definitely expect this film to be a fun filled entertainer. Catch Zoya Factor in cinemas from 20th September 2019.
PM Narendra Modi Trailer Released
After a long wait (and just short of the Lok Sabha elections,) the trailer of the biopic about PM Narendra Modi was released today. With Vivek Oberoi playing Narendra Modi, the trailer maps out the Prime Minister’s life from before his entrance into politics to being a Prime Minister. With subtle prosthetics and makeup done the right way, Oberoi has pulled off Modi’s character perfectly.
Opening to the days of Modi’s life as a tea seller at a railway station, the trailer moves forward to show how Modi ended up as one of the most important persons in India. With hard hitting slogans, the tri colour fluttering with pride and hints of anti Pakistani sentiments, this movie is a tribute to Modi. Watch the trailer here and now!
— Vivek Anand Oberoi (@vivekoberoi) March 20, 2019
Apart from giving us an insight into Modi’s life, the trailer also shows us what to expect from the different characters in the film. Furthermore, it also shows us Modi’s life as a child and about his self imposed exile from family and marriage life. From rescuing Muslims, to saving a burning Gujarat and to the victory of Modi’s party in 2014, this trailer shows Narendra Modi as not just a leader, but a man of action.
While some people argue, this movie is about furthering and promoting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) before the Lok Sabha elections, others say it is a dedication to the Party’s leader. Also starring Boman Irani, Manoj Sinha, Zarina Wahab, Barkha Bisht, Darshan Rawal, Akshat R. Saluja, Anjan Shrivastav, Rajendra Gupta and Yatin Karyekar, this biopic is directed by Omung Kumar.
With most of the film shot in Gujarat, the biopic is co produced by Sandeep Ssingh, Suresh Oberoi and Anand Pandit. Initially scheduled to release on the 12th of April, the release date of PM Narendra Modi was changed. This movie is now slated to hit the screens on the 5th of April this year.
Kalank First Song Ghar More Pardesiya Out Now
After keeping us all waiting with bated breath for something other than just a teaser, the makers of Kalank have finally released a brand new song! Titled Ghar More Pardesiya, this new song doesn’t have a conventional pair as the lead but is instead, centered around Alia Bhatt’s and Madhuri Dixit’s characters.
Written by Amitabh Bhattacharya, the voice has been given by Shreya Ghoshal and Vaishali Mhade. The song opens to Alia Bhatt’s and Varun Dhawan’s characters entering a Ramleela performance. While on the one side of the stage, Laxman draws the epic Lakshman Rekha in front of Sita, Madhuri Dixit’s character is seen swinging on the other side. Listen to the song here.
GHAR MORE PARDESIYA 💃 https://t.co/Lerpmqz3sW#Kalank @duttsanjay #AdityaRoyKapur @Varun_dvn @sonakshisinha @MadhuriDixit @abhivarman @ipritamofficial @remodsouza @karanjohar @apoorvamehta18 @foxstarhindi @DharmaMovies @NGEMovies @ZeeMusicCompany #GharMorePardesiya
— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) March 18, 2019
What makes this song stand out is the way the attention to detail and the old school charm the song has. From the way the song was picturised, to the way Madhuri and Alia are dressed, the picturisation of this song has been perfectly done.
Days before the song was released, Alia teased everyone with tiny bits and pieces about how the shoot for the song went, “A song that gave me sleepless nights, days & months is coming very very soon.. I think you can safely say that I have never been SO nervous for anything in my life.. *screams frantically and hides under bed* You may have to send a search party to find me. Meanwhile watch this space for more.”
Directed by Abhishek Varman (known for other brilliant movies like 2 States,) this movie is the most awaited film of this year. Also starring Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt and Aditya Roy Kapur in key roles, Kalank is all set to hit the screens on the 17th of April this year!
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