Flashback : 25 Years Of Maine Pyar Kiya

The history of Bollywood cannot be complete without mentioning “Maine Pyar Kiya”, a movie which still is fresh in the minds of the people.

Released on 29th Dec’1989, it completed 25 years on 29th Dec 2014. Even after 25 years the dialogues of the movie, the songs everything is still remembered.

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“Maine Pyar Kiya” was a launch pad for Sooraj Barjatya as a director, it re-introduced Salman Khan after his not so memorable debut in “Biwi Ho To Aisi”, it introduced Bhagyashree and whole lot of character actors like Reema Lagoo, Alok Nath, Rajiv Verma & Laxmikant Berde became household names and who became regulars in many other Rajshri Production.

The Story written by Sooraj Barjatya himself was a Love story of Prem & Suman, the typical rich boy falls in love with poor girl saga. But it was the fresh approach and it was the brilliant screenplay which stood out. The Dialogues were instant hit, till today people have not forgotten dialogues like “Dosti mein no Sorry, No Thank You” or “ Daam chukaoonga is Five Star Hotel Ka…” or “Prem Ek Ladka Ladki Dost nahin hote…”.

The Movie was released in limited theatres ( Only 29) on 29th Dec 1989 and each Theatre was  equipped with 4 Track Setreophonic Sound for the release which was a part of the agreement with Rajshri for exhibiting “Maine Pyar Kiya”. Later once the movie was declared a hit it was released in other theaters but with a clause that they had to update the Sound System to “4 Track Stereophonic Sound”.

“Maine Pyar Kiya” became a blockbuster hit and the biggest grosser of 1989. Till now it has earned over Rs 660 million till date.

It made Salman Khan & Bhagyashree super stars over night. But Salman Khan was not the original choice for the role of the lead Prem, Sooraj had signed actor Faraaz Khan Son of yesteryear villain Yusuf Khan. But just before the shooting could commence Faraaz was detected of Jaundice and the set was ready and Sooraj could not afford to wait and hence signed Salman Khan who was initially not too keen to do the movie but Sooraj Barjatya convinced him and eventually he agreed and rest as it is said is history.

The Music by Raam Laxman was also a vital contributor to the film’s success, till today the songs of “Maine Pyar Kiya “ is popular like “Dil Deewana”, “Aate Jaate”, “Mere Rang Mein”….Raam Laxman also won a Filmfare award for the movie. S P Balasubramaniam also won a Filmfare award for the song “Dil Deewana” and became the voice of Salman Khan for his future movies.

“Maine Pyar Kiya” won 7 Filmfare awards for the year 1989 making it the only Bollywood movie winning highest No. of Filmfare awards till “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge “ won 11 Filmfare awards in 1995.

“Maine Pyar Kiya” was later dubbed in English by the name of “When Love Calls” which did extremely well in Guayana, Tobago and Trinidad. It was also dubbed in Telegu by the name of “Prema Paavuraalu” which ran for 25 weeks in Vishakapatnam.

“Maine Pyar Kiya” will always be in the hearts of an ardent Bollywood Lover like me and many more….thanks Sooraj Barjatya & Rajshri for giving us “Maine Pyar Kiya”…..

Flashback: 1000 Weeks of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

I still remember the day 20th Oct 1995 in a small town Jabalpur standing in queue for the tickets of the First Day First Show of “Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayege”. I had a friend for company whom I dragged to watch DDLJ as he was keener on Madhuri Dixit starrer “Yaraana” (also released on the same day) was sulking since “Yaraana” was showing in the adjacent theater. The poster was newly pasted and there was not too much of a crowd for 9:30 AM show. Who knew that this movie will make history….

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It was a Shahrukh Khan- Kajol starrer who gave the successful Baazigar and Karan Arjun but as a pair there was nothing to write about then. It was a launch pad for Aditya Chopra, elder son of Yash Chopra and Yashraj Productions was celebrating 25 years with its release.

The movie started and I was transported to a different world of Raj & Simran and before I could realize the 186 mins got over. When I walked out of the theater I wanted scream to the world that this is the best love story ever made in Bollywood.

It had a very different concept, the main lead Raj was hardly anything that the Bollywood Hero was. Raj was a failure, a loser and absolutely nothing that can be idolized. What clicked with the audience was that the characters were realtable. The magic of Raj & Simran was immortalized beautifully by Shahrukh Khan & Kajol making them the next hit Jodi of Bollywood. Later they gave blockbusters like “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”, “Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham” & “My Name Is Khan”. People still wait for a movie with Shahrukh Khan & Kajol, a magic which still lasts.

Written by Aditya Chopra himself the screenplay had some extremely riveting sequences, who can forget the “Palat” sequence or the sequence between Farida Jalal and Kajol who played mother daughter wherein she explains to Simran how women need to sacrifice in this world ruled by men or the 10 minute rendition of Raj played by Shahrukh in front of Simran’s family in the climax as to why he cannot elope with her and above all the train sequence in the climax. These sequences are still so fresh in the minds as if it was yesterday. Aditya Chopra not only consolidated his position as a director but as a proficient writer as well with DDLJ. Later he made successful movies like “Mohabatein” & “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi”. We are still waiting for his next venture.

DDLJ started the NRI brand of Bollywood movies and Shahrukh Khan became the favorite of the Indian Diaspora which is true even today. Karan Johar who also acted in the movie as Fonchi, Raj’s friend who later perfected the art of NRI designed movies with “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” and “Kabhi Kushi kabhi Gham”.

DDLJ was the first few films to be mixed in Dolby Sound in India and was released in Dolby SR across India. The video rights of DDLJ were held back for a long time similar to how Rajshri Productions did for “Hum Aapke Hain Koun…”

DDLJ became the biggest grosser of 1995 and till 2014 it is the top 5 highest grosser of Bollywood with a total earning till date of Rs 1.22 billion worldwide. It is still running in Maratha Mandir, Mumbai for matinee show completing 1000 weeks and still has occupancy of 50%.

DDLJ won 10 Filmfare awards that year. DDLJ is one of the 3 Bollywood movies included in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die”, the other movies are “Mother India” & “Deewar”.

The music by Jatin Lalit still remains popular especially “Mehendi Lagake Rakhna” which is played in almost all Indian weddings till date.

DDLJ boosted the Europe tourism and travelling by Euro Rail is still considered an option for honey mooners.

1000 Weeks is just another milestone for DDLJ but it will remain in the hearts of Bollywood lovers and a classic which re-invented how love stories should be made in Bollywood…..

Official Trailer : Baby

After the successful “A Wednesday” & “Special 26” Writer Director Neeraj Pandey comes  with his new offering, Baby-movie-First-Lookanother Thriller “BABY”.

It has an ensemble cast of Akshay Kumar, Rana Daggubati (last seen in Dum Maro Dum), Taapsee Pannu, Anupam Kher, Madhurima Tuli, Kay Kay Menon, Sushant Singh (will be seen after a long time), Danny Denzongappa, Mikaal Zulfiqar (British Pakistani Actor) & Rasheed Naz (Pakistani Actor of Bol fame)

BABY tells the story of the a group of Officers headed by Ajay Singh Rajput who go on a mission to stop a major terrorist attack on the nation masterminded by a International Terrorist group.

It has music by MM Kreem & Meet Bros….

Baby is being produced by T-Series in association with Crouching Tiger, Friday Filmworks & Cape of Good Films

The official Trailer looks promising and looks like a complete action flick. Will Neeraj be third time lucky at the Box Office for that we have to wait till 23rd January 2015…when the movie opens in theatres…till then enjoy the Trailer…..

 

Movie Review: PK

PK: A Movie with its heart at the right place

Rajkumar Hirani right from his first movie “Munnabhai MBBS” to “3 Idiots” has always had a social message and asked questions about the prevalent current practices in the society. He does the same with PK wherein he questions our current religious beliefs and practices which was somewhere touched by “Oh My God”.PK_Theatrical_Poster

But Rajkumar Hirani presents the whole concept in a form of a satire through the eyes of an alien who lands in India and due to various circumstances questions the religion and religious beliefs prevalent in our society.

The screenplay by Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi very humorously but strongly puts their point forward on Religion and its beliefs. Though the screenplay is not as cohesive as Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi’s previous works but it definitely has a soul and has a lasting impact which forces you to ask the same question to yourself. The Story and Screenplay definitely touches the heart at the right place but does not become preachy and does it entertainingly.

The dialogues, written by Rajkumar Hirani himself along with Abhijat Joshi take the screenplay to a different level. The dialogues are witty, funny at the same time impactful wherever required.

Performance wise Aamir Khan as PK is the real life of the movie, he does not leave his character even for a single frame, Right from his dialect to his body language everything is par excellence. After watching the movie you will vouch that no other actor could have done this role as well as Aamir Khan, I would say another feather on his already overcrowded cap. Anushka Sharma as Jagat Janini a.k.a Jaggu gives a sparkling performance and complements Aamir’s act. Saurabh Shukla as Tapasvi the God man, also gives a brilliant performance, Saurabh has been an underrated actor in Bollywood. Sushant Singh Rajput in a cameo Sarfaraz also does a good job. Sanjay Dutt in a special appearance shines as Bhairav Singh. Boman Irani as Cherry Bajwa has a brief role but does complete justice to his character. The rest of the ensemble cast does a good job.

Music by Shantanu Moitra and Ajay-Atul are situational but Tinga Tinga rendered by Shreya Ghoshal and Char Kadam rendered by Shaan & Shreya Ghoshal and music by Shantanu Moitra are stand out. The cinematography by C. K. Muraleedharan is good and captures Rajasthan and Delhi well. It is the SFX which is not up to the mark, it could have been much better and looks amateurish. The Production Design by Acropolis is well done especially the Rajasthan sequence.

“PK” may not be Rajkumar Hirani’s best but it is definitely a movie made by heart and it does not go wrong.A definite watch I will go with 4 stars….

Movie Rating: (4 / 5)