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April 2018 `60
END OF
AN ERA
CO-STARS BID
FAREWELL TO
THE LATE SRIDEVI
SALMAN
KHAN
Oh!
Kolkata
races ahead
The magic
of the Jio Filmfare
Awards East
2018
Al Pacino
to star
with
Dhanush
AYUSHMANN
KHURRANA
G
strikes
Volume 67 # April 2018 / ISSN NUMBER 0971-7277
24
April 2018 `60
END OF
AN ERA
CO-STARS BID
FAREWELL TO
THE LATE SRIDEVI
SALMAN
KHAN
COVER
STORY
Oh!
Kolkata
races ahead
The magic
of the Jio Filmfare
Awards East
2018
Al Pacino
to star
with
Dhanush
Ayushmann
Khurrana tells
it like it is
AYUSHMANN
KHURRANA
strikes
Go
PHOTOGRAPH: ROHAN SHRESTHA
STYLIST: ISHA BHANSALI
HAIR: TEAM HAKIM’S AALIM
MAKE-UP: RASHID SAYYAD
LOCATION: FORT JADHAVGADH, PUNE
TRENCHCOAT AND TROUSERS: CANALI
T-SHIRT: CELIO
WATCH: EMPORIO ARMANI
LEATHER BRACELET: HERMÈS
Editor’s Choice
Filmfare is going
monthly
Remembering
Sridevi
04
96
Masala Fix
07
14
Salman Khan is
hands-on for Race 3,
Al Pacino to star in
Dhanush’s next,
Kajol’s wax statue to
be unveiled at
Madame Tussauds
16
39
60
39
43
65
preview
19
12
Style quotient of the
stars decoded
exclusive
36
40
48
20
58
Sneak peek of
Blackmail
fashion
& beauty
16
62
The Sridevi I knew:
Editor Jitesh Pillaai
writes on the diva,
who passed away
recently
Farewell Sridevi:
A look at the late
actor’s life and career
Requiem for a dream:
Industry colleagues
and friends remember
Sridevi, the superstar
for all seasons
65
Show report: A fly
on the wall account
of the recently
concluded Jio Filmfare
Awards East 2018
Presenting the
winners of the Jio
Filmfare Awards
East 2018
46
your say
94
Shatrughan Sinha’s
wacky witticisms
94
54
Letter from the Editor
Ring in the new...
Ever since its inception in 1952, Filmfare has been a black
book of sorts on not only the loves and lives of Hindi film stars
but also on the changes taking place in the industry. It’s the
insider’s guide to cinema. It’s a magazine that film stars think
of first and trust the most when they want to open up to their
fans. With its exclusive interviews, classy photo-shoots, sneak
peeks, fashion coverage, reviews and special features, the
brand captures the who’s who of the industry at their candid
and colourful best. We started out as a fortnightly, turned into
a monthly, reverted to being a fortnightly and are again turning
into a monthly. From an era when only covers and special
photoshoots were printed in colour to being a full-blown glossy,
we have been through many cosmetic changes. But our soul has
remained the same.
When you’re Filmfare, it becomes imperative to capture the
entire gamut of the entertainment industry. That’s what the
Filmfare magazine did every fortnight with style and pizzazz
unmatched in Indian media. And that’s what we’re going to do
in our new monthly avatar as well. Each issue of Filmfare has
been strategically designed for its readers. From being a fanzine,
we have segued into covering the lifestyle of the stars as well.
Nothing changes. You dear readers, are going to get everything
listed above in more sparkling hues. You have been with us
throughout our journey since 1952. I ask you to extend the
same love and appreciation towards us as we traverse newer
horizons…
The present issue has Ayushmann Khurrana on the cover.
He’s the wise guy, who against all odds, has ended up getting
the winning combination. Thanks to the successes of Bareilly
Ki Barfi, where he played a rough and tough character in love
with a girl, and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, where it was brave
of him to play a man suffering from erectile dysfunction, he has
become a poster boy for middle-of-the road cinema. He talks at
length about his journey in a candid interview.
We have also turned the headlights on the recently
concluded Jio Filmfare Awards East 2018 in the issue. The
Kolkata edition of our awards had all the makings of high
drama. Turn the pages to find out more. My most favourite
cinema icon Sridevi passed away on February 24, 2018 and
a large chunk of the issue is dedicated towards her memory.
Memories, which are going to haunt us all our lives.
For more on tinseltown’s news and updates
find me on Twitter @jiteshpillaai
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a bird’s-eye view of show town’s happenings
GIRLS WANNA
HAVE FUN
Vibrant and vivacious, Alia Bhatt and Anushka Sharma are two of a
kind. At the recently held International Customs Day event in Mumbai,
B-town’s powerhouse performers spiritedly shook a leg to chartbusters
for the audience and fans. That they too had a whale of a time is more
than evident here. No harm in letting down your hair Ainvayi ainvayi...
Salman races
ahead pg Kajol to be
waxed pg Kanika performs
at Buckingham
Palace pg PHOTOGRAPHS: YOGEN SHAH
MASALA FIX
Rumourss&More
Rumou
SALMAN KHAN
GOES DARK
AND EDGY
FOR RACE 3
Salman Khan, it seems, will be
seen in a completely different
shade in Race 3. Sources reveal his
character will display a dark edge.
In fact, the cast that also includes
Jacqueline Fernandez, Anil Kapoor
and Pooja Hegde, shot for the
title track recently in Mumbai. And
during the shoot, Salman was seen
in a mean avatar. Bhai as badass…
that already spells blockbuster!
KATRINA
SHARES MEANWHILE...
SECRETS
WITH FATIMA
It’s nnormal for tales of acrimony to emerge
when two actresses work together. The
same was heard about Katrina Kaif
annd Fatima Sana Shaikh from the sets
of
o Thugs of Hindostan. But the two costars shut up naysayers when it came to
light that Kat and Fatima, in fact, share a
‘heealthy’ relationship. Insiders reveal that
Kat, who’s known to be a fitness freak,
has been generously sharing her diet
food and exercise tips with young
Fatima. So, when you see Fatima
looking more gorgeous than ever before,
you know who to credit that for!
Also, he’s leaving no room for any
error in Race 3. Apart from upping his
professional game, like being punctual
and coming prepared for his scenes,
Salman Khan’s also looking into the
edit of the film with director Remo
D’Souza. Sources reveal every scene is
scrutinised by Salman, even those, which
don’t feature him. He even gives vali
suggestions to better a scene. All thatt he’s
aiming for is a top-class product.After the
debacle of Tubelight and given the finne
reputation that the Race franchise ennjoys,
he wants to leave nothing to chance.
Apparently, this has resulted in the
schedule taking longer than its estimaated
time but the team is game for it. Becaause
they know they will win the race. We w
wish
them luck!
Al Pacino to star in Dhanush’s next
Reportedly,American superstar and filmmaker Al Pacino will be seen
in Dhanush’s next Tamil production under his banner Wunderbar Films.
Sources reveal that Dhanush may consider Jigarthanda director, Karthik
Subbaraj, to direct the film. The makers were looking at casting a senior
Hollywood actor for this role alongside Dhanush. Apparently, they did
meet a few renowned names. Finally, Al Pacino was brought on board. The
makers are now looking for a young girl to be cast opposite Dhanush.
PRIYANKA’S
REGIONAL
REIGN
After producing the critically
acclaimed Marathi film, Ventilator,
Priyanka Chopra is ready to delve
deeper into regional cinema. Her
production house, Purple Pebble
Pictures, has launched Firebrand,
yet another Marathi film. Directed
and written by Aruna Raje, the
relationship drama features
acclaimed actors like Sachin
Khedekar, Usha Jadhav, Girish
Kulkarni and Rajeshwari Sachdev.
So kicked up is she about the
project, that Priyanka takes a dayto-day update on the progress of
the film from the US.
‘HOLI’ DAY FEVER: Madhuri Dixit Nene and hubby Dr Sriram Nene look like they really
enjoyed the festival of colours. We love their celebratory avatars.
KARAN WANTS KAJOL AT
JANHVI FOR MADAM
SOTY 2? TUSSAUDS
It may be recalled that last year, Karan
Johar announced Tiger Shroff’s name for
his upcoming production Student Of The
Year 2, to be directed by Punit Malhotra.
There were rumours that Ananya Pandey,
Chunky Pandey’s daughter, would also
be part of the cast, though nothing
is confirmed yet.Another name that
popped up is that of Tara Sutaria.
The latest buzz is that KJo is keen
to rope in Janhvi Kapoor as the
female lead. But he’s waiting for
Janhvi’s Dhadak, also being made
under his banner, to wind up first.
Apparently, Karan may also
consider Ishan Khatter to
play a part in the film.
According to sources close to
Madam Tussauds, preparations
are on in full swing to create
Bollywood diva, Kajol’s wax
statue in London. It’s believed that
husband Ajay Devgn, daughter
Nysa and son Yug will accompany
Kajol at the launch of her statue
this year. The team has already
flown down to India to take Kajol’s
measurements. This comes as
no surprise given the actor’s
popularity and impressive body
of work. In the past, wax statues
of Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh
Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai
Bachchan among others have
been unveiled there.
THIS HOTSHOT FILMMAKER, WHO’S ON THE WISH LIST OF EVERY ACTOR,
HAD A PROJECT TO OFFER TO THIS NEWCOMER, DAUGHTER OF A FAMOUS
SHOWBIZ FAMILY. BUT THE FAMILY SUGGESTED HE REWORK THE SCRIPT AND
GIVE EQUAL FOOTAGE TO THE GIRL, AS TO THE SUPERSTAR AROUND WHOM
THE FILM REVOLVES. IT’S BELIEVED THE SCRIPT HAS NOW BEEN APPROVED
AND THE GIRL WILL BE GREENLIGHTING THE PROJECT SOON.
KANIKA
KAPOOR
PERFORMS AT
BUCKINGHAM
PALACE
AYUSHMANN
TURNS DOWN
TWO-HERO FILM
Ajay Devgn’s home production,
the official remake of the
National Award winning Tamil film
Jigarthanda, seems to have hit
a rough patch. The makers had
approached Ayushmann Khurrna
to work alongside Sanjay Dutt. But
understandably, the young actor was
not keen to do a two-hero project at
this point in his career. After hits like
Bareilly Ki Barfi and Shubh Mangal
Saavdhan last year, Ayushmann’s
chips have shot upp. Currently
Currently,
he’s shooting for Junglee
Pictures’ Badhaai
Ho. He has Sriram
m
Raghavan’s film too.
FRIENDS FOREVER: Janhvi Kapoor and
Ishaan Khattar are going to be featured opposite
each other in Dhadak and we can’t help but notice
their easy chemistry.
Baby Doll sensation, Kanika
Kapoor, attended the 10th
anniversary celebration of the
British Asian Trust in London. The
gorgeous singer happens to be the
ambassador of the trust. At the
event hosted by Prince Charles,
Kanika performed with music
curated by well-known British
music producer, Naughty Boy.
She kept the audiences
entertained with a live mix of
Sufi and popular English songs.
It was an evening to remember.
Interestingly, she’s the only Indian
artiste to have performed at the
Buckingham Palace.
Guess who?
THIS POPULAR ACTRESS, WHO’S BEEN
AROUND FOR MORE THAN A DECADE
NOW, IS KEEN TO KEEP HER CAREER
GOING STRONG. SO, WHEN SHE HEARD
THIS SUPERSTAR WAS DOING A MEGA
P
PROJECT, SHE SENT ACROSS FEELERS TO
BOTTH THE ACTOR AND THE PRODUCER. SHE
BELIEVES THE FILM IS RIGHT UP HER ALLEY.
R
RECENTLY,
IT’S SAID, SHE REJECTED TWO
BIG FILMS. NOW, SHE DOESN’T WANT TO
WASTE ANY MORE TIME AND IS KEEN TO
SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE.
These two actresses, who feature
in a political thriller, couldn’t see
eye to eye. One comes from the
indie film background and the
other is a star in the commercial
arena. The cold vibes between the
two, during the promotions, were
more than evident. They even had
a conflict over their pictures used
for the posters. Each felt the other’s
pictures were better. One of them
even refused to sit next to the other.
The poor director was made to sit
between the two at a recent
event. Sigh!
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PREVIEW
Double trouble: Irrfan Khan and Pradhuman Singh Mall
BLACKMAIL
Release Date:
Director:
April 6, 2018
Abhinay Deo
Banner:
Music:
T-Series & RDP Motion
Pictures
Amit Trivedi. Additional song Happy
Happy by Badshah and Patola by
Guru Randhawa
Producers:
Cast:
Bhushan Kumar, Krishan
Kumar, Abhinay Deo &
Apurba Sengupta
Irrfan Khan, Kirti Kulhari, Divya Dutta,
Arunoday Singh, Omi Vaidya, Anuja Sathe,
Pradhuman Singh Mall, Gajraj Rao
Pretty woman: Divya Dutta
View from the top: Irrfan
The Plot
The film begins with Irrfan Khan’s character realising
that his wife (Kirti Kulhari) is cheating on him. But
much against the expected violent reaction towards his
wife or her lover (Arunoday Singh), Irrfan’s character
conjures up the idea of blackmailing his wife’s
boyfriend, leading to a crazy sequence of events. Full
of intrigue and surprises, Blackmail takes the case of
infidelity and turns it on its head.
Window to the world: Irrfan
Dark truths: Arunoday Singh and Kirti Kulhari
Use and abuse: Irrfan
They are hot, they are cool.
Meet our trend makers and breakers
TAKING THE
PLUNGE!
DEEPIKA PADUKONE
IN FALGUNI AND
SHANE PEACOCK
WHERE: AT THE HELLO HALL OF FAME AWARDS
THE X FACTOR: SLEEK AND SEXY
Wearing a custom made
Falguni and Shane Peacock
gown, Deepika made a starry
appearance at the Hello Hall Of
Fame Awards. The puff sleeves
added structure to the otherwise
sleek outfit. The plunging neckline
added sheer sexiness to her attire.
The diva sported a classic sleek
hairdo with a side bun this time
and triggered flashbulb frenzy on
the red carpet.
COMPILED BY: ANALITA SETH
PHOTOGRAPHS: YOGEN SHAH
Mane attention! pg Fusion fission pg Fringe benefits pg FASHION & BEAUTY
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MANE
ATTENTION!
Sonam Kapoor has a treasure trove of
sophisticated hairstyles for all occasions
From top tails to messy buns, Sonam Kapoor has redefined
many a hairstyle in keeping with her outfits, accessories
and of course, the occasion. She admirably carries off
both - messy buns and classy updos with anything. Whether
ther
with casuals on a day out or even with a little black dres
ss
for a date night, the fashionista’s secret is
sheer confidence.
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FASHION & BEAUTY
Bambah
Maticeviski
SEXY
SIDE
RAVEENA
TANDON
SONAKSHI
SINHA
Self Portrait
Taking
Sides...
One sided creations are so in...
Single side bows, one sided long sleeves
and assymetric patterns are the newest
on the shelves of designers. Whoever said
symmerty means beautiful hasn't seen our
divas in their stunner pieces. Be it a pant
suit like Sonkashi Sinha or a gown like Disha
Patani, the luscious single side creations
are always a winner. We also dig Raveen
Tandon's casual twist to her airport chic.
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Laurent
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FASHION & BEAUTY
Fusion Fission
DVF Diane Von
Furstenberg
Pair a formal shirt with a stunning
skirt and you’re good to go...
Velntino
Gucci
Go with pastel
colours and easy
prints to suit the
summer degrees.
A sleek silhouette
skirt is perfect for
a day out.
Guild Prime
Dolce &
Gabbana
Emilio Pucci
Comme des
Garçons
Dolce &
Gabbana
See By
Chloe
DEEPIKA
PADUKONE
Add that pop of
colour for an
evening event with
a pleated skirt
and a printed
shirt. A little
bling on the
toes is always
a good idea.
Go retro with
bold florals and
a plain shirt.
Ditch pumps
and get those
high heels out.
"My personal style is a mixture of, like, girly, throwback, like retro '50s pin-ups, floral, like hippies,
like anything feminine, and like flirty." -Ariana Grande
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The is rein
If you
believe clothes
express what you feel,
then fringe is an
embellishment that
accentuates your
expression. It ups your
feminine mojo and adds
drama to your outfit.
Available in all lengths and
styles, fringe is the ultimate
swing this season. From
classic overall fringe gowns
to minor extensions, fringe
is the fashionista’s new
friend.
DIANA
PENTY
KRITI
SANON
EVELYN
SHARMA
Fashion is about dressing according to what's fashionable. Style is more about
being yourself. Oscar de la Renta
ADITI
RAO
HYDARI
EMMA STONE
JENNIFER GARNER
JESSICA CHASTAIN
HEIDI KLUM
KELLY ROWLAND
FRINGE
FUN
Haute and high
High-waisted trousers are the easiest
trend to sport this summer
Ditch the low waist and slim fit for a pair of highwaisted trousers this summer. Compressing the
waist for a slimmer silhouette and adding volume
as you go towards the ankles, trousers are the
safest bet this summer. You can pair the pants with
anything from a simple camisole to a lacy shirt.
DIANA
PENTY
Maggie
Marilyn
POOJA
HEGDE
DEEPIKA
PADUKONE
Gucci
PANT
PASSION
Simon
Miller
Oscar de
la Renta
Forte
Forte
Christopher
Kane
"I dress myself, not to impress, but for comfort and for style."
-Lindsey Wixson
SAYANI
GUPTA
All Clear!
KIM
KARDASHIAN
HOLLYWOOD’S
HEEL DEAL
Clear heels and stilettos are a new
runway favourite…
Just like every girl must have a
perfect little black dress, a pair of
clear heels has become an essential
too. It’s versatile – it looks good
with every outfit – and its endurance
on the fashion scene, is good
reason to invest in them. Like they
say, Cinderella didn’t go looking for
Prince Charming. All she needed
were those crystal heels… to
make him track her trail!
SELENA
GOMEZ
SHILPA
SHETTY
GIGI
HADID
RICHA
CHADHA
Giuseppe
Zanotti
Francsco
Russo
KRITI
KHARBANDA
Gianvito
Rossi
"High heels were invented by a woman who had been kissed on the
forehead." -Christopher Morley
what’s on their mind?
SENSE AND
SUCCESS
Actors, generally, don’t change
after hits or flops. People
change and they make things
around the actor change. They
start seeing you in a different
light, behaving differently.
And then obviously, the actor
starts feeling more special
and privileged. You gain more
respect, the paparazzi around
you increases, everything
changes. Probably, I’m blaming
people for this but as an actor
you do need to have a
stable mind.
Aysuhmann Khurrana on
the after effects of
success and more…
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OF
THE
HOUR
SOMETIMES A POET, SOMETIMES
A PHILOSOPHER BUT ALWAYS
A PERFORMER… AYUSHMANN
KHURRANA SHARES HIS ‘FRIDAY’
PROPHECIES IN A CHAT WITH
RAHUL GANGWANI
MY WIFE (TAHIRA
KASHYAP) HAS BEEN
WITH ME THROUGH
THICK AND THIN. THAT’S
WHY WE’RE TOGETHER.
OF COURSE, YOU DO GET
ATTRACTED TO PEOPLE.
BUT YOUR CORE NEEDS
TO BE RIGHT. THE BELIEF
THAT YOU’RE WITH THIS
PERSON FOR A LIFETIME
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very time I meet
Ayushmann
Khurrana, I come
away liking him
a little more.
Just like his reel
characters, his
real persona is
as endearing and
grows on you.
That’s his biggest
strength as an
actor and as a
person. He’s one star, who carries
his popularity nonchalantly. Perhaps,
because he’s witnessed the highs
and lows at close quarters and
hasn’t given in to the frills that come
with a flamboyant profession.
That he’s a realist, leaves you
impressed. He’s still the young boy
from Chandigarh, who celebrates
the wonderment of life and art.
Who enjoys the limelight but is
aware of the shadow it casts. Who
understands that to survive, he
has to speak the jargon of the
times. That’s why he’d rather be the
common man’s hero, who emerges
victor battling his vulnerabilities. His
portrayal in earthy narratives like
Bareilly Ki Barfi and Shubh Mangal
Saavdhan last year drew wide
appreciation and applause. What’s
more they catapulted him into being
a viable commercial star as well.
The coming months also
look promising for Ayushamann.
He changes gear with Sriram
Raghavan’s tentatively titled Shoot
The Paino Player. Cast alongside
Tabu, this is one collaboration that
could be a treat for cineastes.
After that he goes back to his
zone with Badhaai Ho, a quirky
comedy about a middle-class
family. With meaningful films,
chartbusting music concerts and a
cushy family to go back home to…
Ayushmann Khurrana is living out
his daydreams…
There’s a happy and confident vibe
about you these days…
Really? Well, maybe it’s come
with success. My films, Bareilly
Ki Barfi (BKB) and Shubh
Mangal Saavdhan (SMS), did
well. So I’m happy. Before this,
I’d do a film with conviction.
Yet, it wouldn’t reflect at the
box-office. But last year was
beautiful. I guess, nothing is
sweeter than success.
Did you expect that both the
films, which came back to back
would do so well?
To be frank, I was nervous.
I had chosen beautiful scripts.
All I wanted was a correct
release. We needed a good gap
of three months between the
two. But BKB and SMS did
well simultaneously in the
theatres. That’s because
people start afresh when they
In BKB, your co-actor had a
strong character and in SMS you
played a man with a problem. Did
these choices come from being
secure as an actor?
I’m intrinsically secure as a
person. I see the film in totality.
I’m not a selfish actor.
In every film of mine, you’ll
see a supporting cast with great
parts. Like Anu Kapoor in
Vicky Donor, the entire cast of
Dum Lagake Haisha (DMLKH),
while BKB had Rajkummar Rao
and SMS had Seema Pahwa.
This attitude also comes from
the theatre background. In
theatre, your casting is so bang
on that everyone aces their
parts. After Vicky Donor and
Dum Laga Ke Haisha, there
were a couple of unsuccessful
films. During that time, I did a
lot of introspection. I realised
that if the film works, everyone
ON A BAD FRIDAY, YOU GET FEWER MESSAGES. YOU
WAIT FOR YOUR FILM’S NAME TO POP UP ON TWITTER
BUT NO ONE TALKS ABOUT IT. BUT WHEN YOUR FILM
DOES WELL, SUDDENLY YOUR TIMELINE IS FLOODED
WITH MENTIONS, YOUR FOLLOWERS INCREASE, YOU
ARE TRENDING AND SO IS THE FILM
enter a theatre and forget the
previous film. That’s the beauty
of cinema.
Two films running successfully
at the same time is rare...
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Yes, it’s a rare experience.
Normally, actors don’t
experience this kind of a
situation. I was lucky. The
audience loved the songs, the
characters and the films. It
was a blessing. The last time
this happened was with Mr.
Amitabh Bachchan in the late
’70s when four of his films
released within a month and
all of them were super hits.
But times were different then.
We’re in a different era now
where social media is so
rampant. It all depends on the
first three days of the weekend.
in the film works. And that
you need to carve your own
niche in the industry. If there
are 10 bakeries and one halwai
ki dukaan, the sweetmeat shop
will stand out. If everyone is
going to be a commercial hero,
then who will play the realistic
actor, the relatable actor?
But in between you were trying
to be a commercial hero…
Definitely! What I was trying
to do was to be different from
myself. But that different was
not different for the world.
I realised that and began doing
unconventional films. This
is an era of avant-garde films.
Vanilla is not going to sell
anymore. You must come up
with something different. You
need to give something novel
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convinced with SMS, while
I was 100 per cent impressed.
At the script level, she liked
BKB more than SMS.
to people. Things change
every Friday. Every Friday is
a new day for an actor. The
year 2017 was beautiful. Now,
I have the liberty of choosing
certain scripts and not doing
certain films.
What if they hadn’t worked?
I’m always prepared for the
worst. I’m a practical person.
I’ve done so much radio and
television that the performer
in me will always be alive. It’s
the difference between being an
actor and a star. I’ll always be
an actor but your commercial
viability makes you a star.
Which films did you feel instantly
confident about?
(Smiles) Vicky Donor, DLKH,
BKB and SMS… these were
the only films I said yes to
immediately after the first
narration. The rest I kept
re-reading several times to
convince myself. The first
reaction is the most organic. It’s
like reacting to a joke. If you
don’t laugh in the first instance,
you start giving logic to that.
Then you’re stuck. I was asked
to read the script of DLKH just
You’ve earned the tag of ‘the
new-age Amol Palekar’...
I disagree in a way. I believe
my edgy and taboo-breaking
films began right from Vicky
Donor. That one will always
be a cult film and a trendsetter.
EARLIER, TAHIRA USED TO GET JITTERY WITH ALL
THE FEMALE ATTENTION I RECEIVED... NOW IT’S
COOL. SHE HAS GROWN. SHE’S AN ARTISTE TOO.
SHE UNDERSTANDS THE SPACE AN ARTISTE NEEDS.
EVERY ACTOR LOVES ATTENTION. SHE ALSO KNOWS
THAT MY LOVE FOR HER IS WAY BIGGER THAN ALL THIS
The unusual film did good
commercial business. The only
common thread is perhaps the
fact I do middle-class films,
due to which comparisons
with Amol Palekar are drawn.
Nothing apart from that. I’m
just a relatable actor.
to gauge my reaction. I was so
floored by it that I called Aditya
Chopra and said, ‘Sir I want to
do this film’. He said, “Kya baat
kar raha hai! Are you serious?
You’re doing a bigger film –
Bewakoofiyan, where you’re
the hero. And you’re choosing
the one in which you’re the
loser!” But I insisted I wanted
to do it. He said, “Chal theek
hai, tu karle!”
Was doing the Sriram Raghavan
film (Shoot The Piano Player)
a conscious decision?
With whom do you discuss
your scripts?
I discuss everything with my
wife Tahira (Kashyap) even
though it’s my call ultimately.
Her feedback is constructive.
Generally, we’re on the same
page. The only time we weren’t
on the same page was during
Hawaizaada. I wasn’t happy
with the script, while she was
convinced. Also, she wasn’t
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It’s the only film where I have
approached the director. I never
do that. This was a conscious
effort from my side. I told him
I want to work with you and if
you believe I fit the bill, then
please let me know. He said, ‘I
don’t know if you will be right
for my zone’. So, I asked him to
take an audition.
What attracted you to that zone?
The desire to break the mould.
There cannot be a gear shift
in every film. If you keep
changing and experimenting
with every film, you’ll get
exhausted in 10 years. I’m the
relatable middle-class guy. But
I should keep doing something
crazy in between. Where is the
shock value otherwise?
Okay, what’s the difference
between a good Friday and
a bad Friday?
On a bad Friday, you get
fewer messages. People don’t
acknowledge the fact that
your film has released. Even
you don’t know kab tumhari
film nikal gayi. You wait for
your film’s name to pop up on
Twitter but no one talks about
it. But when your film does
well, suddenly your timeline
is flooded with mentions,
your followers increase,
you’re trending and the film
is trending.
Did any ‘bubbles burst’ after
a bad Friday?
The bubble burst, in fact, after
my first film. I was like this is
it, I have arrived. Anything
I touch will turn to gold. Then
I had three non-successful films
and understood it doesn’t work
like that. Actors, generally,
don’t change after hits and
flops. People change and they
make things around the actor
change. They start seeing you
in a different light and behave
differently. Obviously, the
actor starts feeling special and
privileged. You gain more
respect, the paparazzi around
you increases, everything
changes. Probably, I’m blaming
people for this but as an actor
you do need to have a stable
mind. for sure.
Being a self-confessed realist
does that help you?
As a realist, I’m prepared
for anything. My retirement
plan would include being a
programming head of a radio
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channel in Shimla, having a
cottage of my own and just
having fun. Being successful is
amazing. But you have to be a
realist at the same time.
Did fame affect your
personal life?
After the first film, our personal
life was affected. I had no time
for my family. You begin to
feel big, your ego swells. Then
I got back on track. It’s great
to see both sides in these five
years. The highs and the lows.
Personally and professionally,
it has made me balanced. It
gives you a better perspective
of life. Honestly, had all my
films been successful, my wife
would have left me. I’d have
been a different person. She
has been with me through
thick and thin. That’s why
we’re together. Of course, you
do get attracted to people. But
your core needs to be right.
The belief that you’re with
this person for a lifetime and
you have to be with the family.
That’s the only thing, which
will last forever.
You write interesting poetry.
Are you a romantic?
I romanticise everything but
I’m not a romantic person. If
you ask my wife, she’ll say
WHEN MY SON (VIRAJVEER) SEES SOMEONE PUSHING OR
SLAPPING ME IN A FILM, HE GETS RATTLED. HE SAYS, ‘PAPA YOU NEED
TO BE STRONG!’ FOR HIM, A HERO IS VARUN DHAWAN. VARUN’S FAN
FOLLOWING AMONG KIDS IS HUMONGOUS. MY KIDS LOVE HIM
off suddenly. I’m bad with the
phone. She says you have time
to write poetry and post things
on Instagram but you won’t
call me. Thankfully, she has
accepted me the way I am.
I have a long way to go. She
says I write well but I don’t do
anything like that in real life.
What’s the most special thing
you’ve done for her?
Once she got furious because
my phone was switched off for
quite a long time. Actually,
I was on a flight back home to
surprise her as she had been
missing me and I had got a day
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How do you both handle your
swelling female following?
Earlier Tahira used to get jittery
with all the female attention.
It was different for her to see
her college friend kissing
women on screen. Now it’s
cool. She has grown from being
my girlfriend in Chandigarh
to someone, who has shot a
short film and will be directing
a feature film soon. She’s an
artiste too. So, she understands
the space an artiste needs and
demands. Every actor loves this
kind of attention. She knows
that I love it and she’s happy
KIDS SHOULD HAVE A
NORMAL UPBRINGING. THEY
SHOULD BE MADE TO SEE THE
REALITIES OF LIFE. THEY SHOULD
TRAVEL IN AUTOS, IN BUSES.
DURING THEIR VACATIONS, MY
KIDS SPEND TIME WITH THEIR
GRANDPARENTS, TO LEARN THE
LANGUAGE, THE CULTURE...
for me. She also knows that
my love for her is way bigger
than all this.
How are your kids reacting to
your movies?
They are too young (son
Virajveer is six and daughter
Varushka is four). I don’t show
most of my films to them. My
son has a complaint though.
He says, “Papa why are you so
‘weak’? Dum Laga Ke Haisha
was a depressing character for
him. When he sees someone
pushing me or slapping me in
a film, he gets rattled. He says,
“Papa you need to be strong!”
For him a hero is Varun
Dhawan. (Laughs) He tells me,
“You can also do films like
Varun. You’re also strong.”
That’s how kids think. Varun is
a smart actor. His fan following
among kids is humongous. My
kids love him.
Don’t you want to be that
mainstream hero?
I’d love to. It’s not like I’m not
getting those kind of films. But
the scripts should make sense
also. If someone, who’s the
master of commercial cinema
casts me, then of course I’d
trust him and do it.
Have you deliberately, kept your
kids away from the limelight?
Kids should be kept away from
the spotlight. They shouldn’t
start believing that their father
is a star and that he’s getting
special treatment. They should
have a normal upbringing.
They should mingle with every
stratum of society. They should
not be kept aloof. They should
be made to see the realities
of life. They should travel in
autos, in buses. I see to it that
they meet our relatives. During
their vacations, I send my
kids to Chandigarh to spend
time with their grandparents,
to learn the language, the
culture... They’ll cherish these
memories when they grow up.
What keeps you so grounded?
I have a good memory.
I still remember the first time
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someone asked me for an
autograph and a picture. It was
a special feeling. I couldn’t
sleep the whole night. Today,
how can I be rude and say
no to a photograph? I make
it a point to give a picture to
as many people as possible.
I started young, I’ve seen
everything and I’ve absorbed
that. Believe me, success is
a lousy teacher. It’s only the
failures that teach you and
help you grow as a person.
And then when you get success
again, you have to remain
level-headed.
„
THE MAHARAJA
SUITE AT FORT
JADHAVGADH, WHICH
HOSTED AYUSHMANN
KHURRANA, IS
LUXURIOUS. IT HAS A
BALCONY, WHICH GIVES
A PANORAMIC VIEW OF
THE LOCATION
ROYALTY AT ITS
BEST
Our location for the cover shoot with
Ayushmann Khurrana was the historic and
magnificent Fort JadhavGADH in Pune
W
hat could
be more
exciting than
shooting in a
300-year-old
fort? For our cover shoot,
man of the moment,
Ayushmann Khurrana,
wanted something edgy
yet having an old-world
charm. And we couldn’t
have found a better place
than the heritage hotel
Fort JadhavGADH, Pune.
Fort JadhavGADH was
built by Sardar Pilaji
Jadhavrao in 1710 as a
residence and to guard
the surrounding areas.
Sardar Jadhavrao was a
general in Chhatrapati
Shahu Maharaj’s army,
who was the grandson
of Chhatrapati Shivaji
Maharaj. Today, after 300
years, it has turned into
a unique fort-hotel. The
Maharaja suite, which
hosted Ayushmann,
is luxurious. It has a
balcony, which gives
a panoramic view
of the location. Fort
JadhavGADH has rooms
in different categories.
From authentic
Maharashtrian food to
international cuisine,
you can enjoy the best of
spreads. To make the stay
even more memorable,
there are audio tours
around the fort. It also
houses a museum.
Fort JadhavGADH has
evolved into a great
wedding destination in
recent times. Well, for
royal beginnings, royal
memories or just a royal
weekend getaway… it’s a
royal choice. „
f
R E M E M B E R I N G S R I D E V I
A
sadma
fo ever
JITE
YS A TRIBUTE TO AN ACTOR HE ADMIRED
AND A PERSON HE HAD GROWN TO UNDERSTAND.
A HEART-WRENCHING GOODBYE TO SRIDEVI…
(August 13, 1963 - February 24, 2018)
It’s a tricky thing knowing actors. Now you see them, now you don’t. Now you know them,
now you don’t. I first met Sridevi on the sets of my pal Karan Johar’s father’s (the late Yash Johar)
film Gumrah (1993). She was distant, aloof and the quintessential Queen Bee. An Asha Bhosle
song was being picturised on her in the tradition of old world Hollywood musicals. I was hooked.
I guess it was also the first time designer Manish Malhotra was doing the clothes for her.
As a rookie reporter, I mustered up courage and asked her for an interview. She said yes in a flash.
And then made me chase her for almost a month. The interview wasn’t extraordinary but
Sridevi made an impression on me. First impressions stay.
Like a reel of cinema unspooling, you could see her unravel on screen. I’ve devoured
her work be it the nonsensical Himmatwala (1983), Mawaali (1983) Justice Chaudhary (1983),
Maqsad (1984) and Tohfa (1984). Or even the semi- substantial Suhaagan (1986), Jaag Utha Insaan
(1984), Chandni (1989). But it was with Sadma (1983), Nagina (1986) and Mr India (1987),
that Sridevi came of age in Bollywood...
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n
o
But the South industry
had caught up much
earlier. Be it Moondru
Mudichu (1976), Johnny
(1980), Meendum Kokila
(1981) or Moondram
Pirai (1982), she ruled
the marquee in Tamil and
Telugu cinema. Besides
of course the hazaar
pots and pans routine in
films with NT Rama Rao,
A Nageshwar Rao, and
Krishna. Sridevi’s greatest
ability was to make the
incredible look believable.
When Sridevi wore a hat
with fake fruit, when she
pummelled men like boss
in Sherni (1988), when she
slithered like a snake in
Nagin, you were willing
to suspend belief. Sridevi
gently lulled you into
believing anything was
possible. Those coffee
brown eyes, I encountered
time and again — be it at
Filmistan, Film City or
Mehboob Studio.
Reportedly, she got
married to Boney Kapoor
in 1996. Janhvi was their
first born. After that we
bumped into each other on
and off at award functions
and when Boney Kapoor
called us for shooting stints
She wanted Janhvi’s debut to
be the perfect launch pad. As a
concerned mother, you could see
she was grooming her daughters.
We shared a few confidences and
I was amazed at the articulation
and clarity of her thought
Sridevi’s greatest ability was to make the
incredible look believable. When Sridevi wore a
hat with fake fruit, when she pummelled men like
a boss in Sherni, when she slithered like a snake
in Nagin, you were willing to suspend belief
p
r
s
q
to Hyderabad. Meanwhile, I
would be content watching
reruns of her inane films
like Waqt Ke Shehzade
(1982), Guru (1989), Naaka
Bandi (1990), Laadla
t
(1994), Chaand Kaa
Tukdaa (1994).
n With Jaya
Prada
She was the perfect
commercial doll. She
o With Khushi,
Boney Kapoor
could act, sing and fight.
and Janhvi
I hadn’t seen anyone
like her before. She had
p With Rekha
perfected her craft. Even
q Aulad
then there were hundreds
of conspiracy theories
r In a candid
shot
(and I’m certain long after
she’s gone there will still
s With Raj
Kapoor
be speculation). But Sri
or Ma’m, as I called her,
t Sridevi
would silence everyone
with mother
Rajeshwari and
with her hauteur and her
father Ayyapan
performances.
Yanger
She could be all things
u Nagin
to all people on screen.
Mother, sister, daughter.
u
Never one to experiment
beyond the formulae, she
had honed her craft and it
was evident both in English
Vinglish and Mom. She
used silence as her effective
armament. And she used
it with her eyes to convey
pools of sadness and anger.
Her breakdown in the
hospital in the averagely
directed Mom is the stuff
t
s are ma
Commercial cinema
demands you walk the
tightrope between theatrics,
melodrama and makebelieve. She aced it all.
She could interiorise her
performance like she did
in Jaag Utha Insaan or
exteriorise it like the overthe-top Chaalbaaz or Roop
Ki Rani... sometimes the
accent jarred but not for a
moment did it take away
from her performance.
Over the past few years,
our interaction had been
less informal and more
personal.
I was pleasantly
p
d when I was
surprised
amongsst the few
ul at her last
handfu
day party. She
birthd
owed a fun
sho
de and gave
sid
me
m a glimpse
intto her personal
he wanted
self. Sh
ebut to be the
Janhvi’s de
perfect launch pad.
As a concerned
mother, you could see
she was grooming her
daughters. We shared
a few confidences and
I was amazed at the
articulation and clarity
of her thought. Which
or long I thought had
disappeared behind her
inability to communicate
because of ‘imagined’
language barriers. She
would chortle at my
attempts to speak a goulash
of Tamil and Telugu. Just
when everything was
going right, she sprung this
nasty surprise. It will be
an irreparable loss. When
people own you, they take
away your ability to remain
stoic. Nothing at the movies
will be the same Ma’m. Life
will never return to what it
was. Things will, of course,
limp back to normalcy
but our hearts will bear a
few more wrinkles. Life,
as it is, wears you out but
death of a loved one tears
you down. What you’re
left is with a faint shadow
of what could have been.
The pain of regret. I was
a changed person when
Smita Patil went away.
This sadma too will change
me forever.
„
PHOTOGRAPH:
ABHAY SINGH
FAREWELL
SRIDEVI...
AUGUST 13, 1963 – FEBRUARY 24, 2018
One of the fairest gems of showbiz has breathed her last.
Devesh Sharma remembers the magnificence that was Sridevi...
A
fter making
a mark first
as a child
artiste in the
South industry
and then as one of its
leading lights, she came
to dominate the Hindi
film world too. She’s
famously the only heroine
to have ever said no to
an Amitabh Bachchan
film, when his star was
at its zenith. Because she
refused to be a decorative
item in a film. And most
heroines in his films were
just that. Controversy
came easy to her, be it her
rivalry with Jaya Prada,
Madhuri Dixit or Rekha,
her alleged relationship
with Mithun Chakraborty
or her sudden marriage
with Boney Kapoor, who
was already married with
children. But her personal
choices never stopped her
fans from caring for her,
adoring her.
She made her mark
in the Hindi film world
with Solva Sawan
(1979). She had shown
glimpses of her prowess
when she’d played the
younger sister in Julie
The last journey
SRIDEVI MADE HER MARK IN THE HINDI
FILM WORLD WITH SOLVA SAWAN.
SHE HAD SHOWN GLIMPSES OF HER
PROWESS WHEN SHE’D PLAYED
THE YOUNGER SISTER IN JULIE
(1975). Solva Sawan was
a remake of her own hit
16 Vayathinile and she
stole the show through
her natural ease in front
of the camera. The film,
however, didn’t do well
at the box-office and she
had to wait a few years
more for that elusive hit.
It was with Himmatwala
(1983), where she was
paired with Jeetendra,
that she came to be
known as a blockbuster
heroine. The Sri-Jeetu
pair became one of the
most successful pairs
ever in Hindi films, what
with hits like Jaani Dost
(1983), Justice Chaudhury
(1983), Balidaan (1985)
and more to their credit.
They went on to star in
almost 20 films together
in a six-year period.
Their films became
known for their pots and
pans choreography and
overflowing melodrama
but were a rage
nevertheless. The other
actor with whom she
formed a bond was Anil
Kapoor. The duo appeared
in around 14 films
together, most of them
successful. Their first
mega hit was Mr India
(1987) and the chemistry
they displayed in the
song Kate nahin katte was
truly out of this world and
still manages to keep us
riveted.
Mention must also be
made of Yash Chopra’s
Lamhe (1991). Anil was
the bigger star but it was
Sri’s film throughout.
She played a young girl
obsessed with a man
twice her age. It was a
challenging role but she
pulled off the nuances
with rare sensitivity. She
was already Yash Chopra’s
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PLAYING A WOMAN WITH RETROGRADE AMNESIA IN
SADMA, A REMAKE OF MOONDRAM PIRAI, SHE STOLE THE
SHOW IN THE ABLE COMPANY OF KAMAL HAASAN
favourite, after shining
as the woman in white
in Chandni (1989). Here
he gave her arguably one
of the best roles of her
career. It’s a pity they
never worked together
again.
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he only did
limited films
with Amitabh
Bachchan. They
first appeared
together in Inquilaab
(1984). The film became
famous for her song, Saare
badan mein zeher chadh
gaya. Their big hit as a
pair came with Aakhri
Raasta (1986). He had a
double role, playing both
father and son in this
revenge drama. She had a
couple of scenes with her
‘father-in-law’ in the film,
where she showcased
her acting chops and
held her own. Her voice
was allegedly dubbed
by Rekha in the film. In
their next outing, Khuda
Gawah (1992), Bachchan’s
star was on the wane and
this time, it was she who
played the double role, of
both mother and daughter.
The film, which was an
epic love story, didn’t
do well as expected but
her role as the mother
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was appreciated. Their
romance in the film went
on to achieve cult status
thanks to the cable wave
that swept through the
’90s and early 2000s.
They were seen together
more recently in English
Vinglish (2012) as well,
where he had a brief
cameo.
She became known as
this complete commercial
entertainer but things
could have been different
if she had continued
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meaningful genre. Playing
a woman with retrograde
amnesia in this remake
of her own Moondram
Pirai, she stole the show
in the able company
of Kamal Haasan. But
the lure of commercial
cinema proved too strong
and she turned away
from the middle-of-theroad circuit, giving in to
the expectations of her
fans. Her best known
commercial hits include
Nagina (1986), where
she played an icchadhari
nagin, ChaalBaaz (1989),
where her double-act was
much appreciated and
Laadla (1994) where she
played the shrew, who
was eventually tamed.
It was in the early
’90s that Sridevi’s career
started fluctuating
between success and
failure. With the dismal
showing of Roop Ki Rani
Choron Ka Raja, (1993)
Sridevi’s career suffered
a big setback. That’s
when she decided to pair
with younger heroes like
Sanjay Dutt and Salman
Khan. Gumrah, a rehash
of Bangkok Dangerous,
where she acted as the
damsel in distress rescued
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Dutt, was much talked
about and did earn money
(the song Yeh zindagi
ka safar was a gem) But
Chandramukhi (1993)
opposite Salman Khan
was a commercial as
well as a critical disaster.
Subsequent films with
younger heroes, like Army
(1996) with Shah Rukh
Khan and Meri Biwi Ka
Jawab Nahi (released
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SRIDEVI HAD APPARENTLY COME TO RELY EMOTIONALLY
ON PRODUCER BONEY KAPOOR AFTER HER FATHER’S
DEATH AND LATER HER MOTHER’S DEMISE DUE TO
MEDICAL INCOMPETENCE
in 2004 but launched in
1994), bombed as well.
She apparently come
to rely emotionally on
producer Boney Kapoor
after her father’s death
and later her mother’s
demise due to medical
incompetence – brought
them closer. Boney Kapoor
had stood by her side
throughout her mother’s
illness. Soon there were
rumours that they were
t
secretly
married. The
couple confirmed their
marriage in 1997. Janhvi
was their first born. Her
last blockbuster, before she
took a break from acting
was Judaai (1997), where
she played a woman who
kind of ‘sells’ her husband
to another woman in lure
of money. There were
plans for her to return to w
films in 2000 but the birth
of her second daughter
Khushi prevented that.
She made a comeback of
sorts on the small-screen
with Hamari Bahu Malini
Iyer in 2004 and the foray
proved highly successful.
Subsequently, her role
of Shashi Godbole, the
diminutive Marathi
housewife, who
regains her self worth
through interaction
with a language class
p in English Vinglish
(2012), got her both
critical and box-office
acclaim. Her role of a
defiant mother out to get
justice for her daughter in
Mom (2017) was highly
appreciated as well.
The actress was in
the pink of health and
was looking forward to
daughter Janhvi Kapoor’s
much anticipated
debut Dhadak. She had
apparently gone to Dubai
to attend nephew Mohit
Marwah’s wedding. Two
days later, she passed
away, reportedly due to
accidental drowning. She’s
survived by daughters
Janhvi and Khushi and
husband Boney Kapoor…
and has left behind a
legacy of love for her
family and fans.
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SRIDEVI’S
BEST FILMS IN
BOLLYWOOD
SADMA (1983)
Her Hindi career didn’t
quite take off as Solva
Sawan failed to impress
the ticket buyers. But
Sadma, a remake of her
Tamil film Moondram
Pirai with Kamal Haasan,
catapulted Sridevi into the
list of promising young
actors. Playing a child-like
adult in a complicated
and tragic love story,
Sridevi exhibited the
same charm and skill,
which won her notice in
her Hindi debut as well.
HIMMATWALA (1983)
A corollary to Sri’s
success in Sadma was
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ChaalBaaz
her first major film with
Jeetendra. Himmatwala
was a remake of the
Telugu hit Ooriki
Monagadu (1981) and
Sri’s role was to fit into
the commercial mould
of a Hindi film heroine.
Not only did the film’s
blockbuster success kick
off the Jeetendra-Sridevi
partnership, it established
Sri as one of the best
dancing actors in the
country.
INQUILAAB (1984)
Inquilaab was Sridevi’s
first film opposite
superstar Amitabh
Bachchan. In the film, she
played the daughter of a
rich politician, who falls
in love with an idealistic
super cop. But as her
husband succeeds in his
career, she finds out that
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he’s a pawn in the hands
of her father. Sridevi was
confidence personified in
front of this superstar of
the era. The progressive
theme of the film ensured
Sri had a challenging role
as Amitabh went about
his regular 'angry young
man' fare.
enigmatic Rajni, a shape
shifting serpent. Sri’s love
story with Rishi Kapoor in
the film was cute but what
stole the show was her
nagin act. The song Main
teri dushman with Amrish
Puri as the dastardly snake
charmer is now stuff of
movie legend.
TOHFA (1984)
AAKHREE RAASTA
(1986)
While press columns were
full of the rivalry between
Sri and Jaya Prada, Tohfa
released to great fanfare at
the theatres. This classic
love triangle gave Jaya
Prada a meatier role but
Sri’s lavish dances with
Jeetendra made the film a
runaway hit. To date, the
song Tohfa tohfa… laya
laya is remembered with
great enthusiasm.
NAGINA (1985)
Sridevi played a young and
It was a film where
Amitabh Bachchan and
his double role were more
important. It was one of the
many Hindi films where
Sridevi’s voice was dubbed
by Rekha. But in spite of
so many detracting facts,
Sri still managed to leave
an impact. She balanced
well between comedy,
romance and drama, a trait
which would from then on,
become a mainstay of her
commercial performances.
SRIDEVI'S BEST
QUOTES DOWN THE
YEARS
“I have never said I won’t work with
Amitji. But then, what’s there for any
artiste to do in a film starring him?
He does everything himself.”
NOVEMBER 1987
“Where are the rivals? There can
be rivalry only between two equals.
My only rival at the moment is
Sridevi. I’m constantly trying to
upstage her...
I’m doing it to the point of
obsession”
Chandni
CHANDNI ESTABLISHED SRIDEVI
AS THE ACTRESS HARD TO BEAT. HER
WHITE COSTUMES REVOLUTIONISED
FASHION IN A BIG WAY
Tohfa
KARMA (1986)
A movie with Dilip
Kumar, Naseeruddin
Shah, Jackie Shroff, Anil
Kapoor and Nutan with
Subhash Ghai at the helm
was a casting feat and a
dream come true for the
young actress. In her brief
role as Radha, she shared
some fantastic chemistry
with Jackie Shroff.
Together they added some
young charm to the film.
MR INDIA (1987)
It was the humongous
popularity of Mr India
that made Sri into a
female superstar. This
was Anil Kapoor’s film
all the way but trust Sri to
come up with moments
of brilliance and steal
the show. Her bubbly
portrayal of Seema, her
unforgettable performance
in Hawa hawaii and her
untamed sensuousness
in Kaate nahi katte have
made Mr. India one of
Hindi cinema’s best
film ever..
NIGAHEN: NAGINA
PART II (1989)
With the release of
Nigahen, the sequel to the
popular Nagina, Sridevi
became one of the rare
Hindi actors to have her
own movie franchise. It
never progressed beyond
the second film. But it
was a rare feat to even
have a sequel. So Sri
returned as the icchadhari
nagin (shape shifting
serpent) and etched that
legend forever in Hindi
movie lore. Her romance
with her counterpart,
Sunny Deol, made for
some thrills and spills in
this potboiler.
CHANDNI (1989)
The film’s music enjoyed
platinum success, a rare
feat for movies of the late
’80s. The film breathed
new life into the careers of
Rishi Kapoor and director
Yash Chopra. But more
than anything else, the
film established Sridevi
as the actress hard to
beat. Her white costumes
revolutionised fashion
and everyone wanted the
Chandni look.
CHAALBAAZ (1989)
She played twins, the
submissive Anju and
the boisterous Manju.
In the film, Manju helps
Anju turn the tables on
AUG 1990
“Thunder thighs was the tag given
to me after Himmatwala. I was very
chubby then, I weighed 75 kilos. At
the time of Chandni, I lost weight
and came down to 57 kilos. That I
think helped me a lot in improving
my dance.”
DECEMBER 1992
“When my father died in real life,
there was no dramatics. There was
just numbness. But when a father
dies in films, I have to cry and cry
till my eyes hurt.”
SEPTEMBER 1995
“I could shop around if I disguised
myself. But then I would miss the
high of being recognised as a star.
Ah well. I guess one can’t have
everything”
SEPTEMBER 1995
“I’m closer to Janu and Khushi
is closer to Boneyji. But we’re
honest with each other and
extremely close. Khushi is far more
independent than Janhvi. Till today,
every morning when Janvi wakes
up, the first thing she says is ‘Mama
chahiye!’ But Khushi will say ‘Koko
chahiye!’ Koko is her pet. Khushi
and Boneyji gang up against Janu
and me all the time.”
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Anupam Kher’s and
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scheming characters.
Success came in the form
of box-office returns and
her first Hindi Filmfare
Award for Best Actress.
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LAMHE (1991)
In Lamhe, she played
another double role
but it was unlike any
played before. The film’s
progressive theme of
love and irony gave Sri
ample room to display
her acting chops. The film
didn’t emulate Chandni’s
success but Sri managed
to prove that she was an
actor to reckon with as
she won the Filmfare Best
Actor (Female) Award.
GUMRAH (1993)
Sri displayed
characteristic intensity
while playing the
wronged and vengeful
Roshni in Gumrah. There
were some nice songs and
dances in the film too. But
in spite of Sri and Sanjay
Dutt’s performances, the
film failed to please the
audience.
KHUDA GAWAH
(1993)
The film was talkedabout
because Bachchan had
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IN LAMHE, SHE PLAYED A DOUBLE ROLE. THE FILM’S
PROGRESSIVE THEME OF LOVE AND IRONY GAVE SRI
AMPLE ROOM TO DISPLAY HER ACTING CHOPS... SHE WON
THE FILMFARE BEST ACTOR (FEMALE) AWARD THAT YEAR
given a string of flops
and was banking on Sri's
partnership to provide
him with a much needed
hit. It's said he sent a
truck full of roses to make
her say yes to the project.
Her performance matched
Amitabh’s larger-than-life
character. The film has
gained a cult following
over the years.
LAADLA (1994)
She took over the film
when Divya Bharti passed
away and made the film
her own. The first half
showed her to be hellbent
on teaching Anil Kapoor's
character a lesson. Her
character mellows down
in the latter half and
showcased another side.
JUDAAI (1997)
The story was unique and
so was Sri’s character that
lets her husband marry
another woman for a
large sum of money. Sri
brought her characteristic
energy to this high drama
comedy.
ENGLISH VINGLISH
(2012)
She made a comeback of
sorts with this delightful
film about an Indian
expat, who overcomes her
inherent shyness and lives
a more fulfilling life after
joining an English class.
The transformation from
a submissive housewife
to a more assertive figure
looked natural and was
done with verve and
grace.
MOM (2017)
Sridevi was at her angriest
in Mom, tracking down
her daughter’s rapists
and exacting revenge one
after the other. She may
have played an avenging
angel in the film but there
was a softer side to her
as well, which was deftly
brought out. It remains
her beautiful swan song.
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SRIDEVI’S SOUTH SUCCESSES
MOONDRU
MUDICHU (1976)
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Sridevi starred as a
young woman caught
between two lovers
in this K Balachander
classic. She reciprocates
Kamal Haasan’s love,
sensing its purity.
Unfortunately for her,
Kamal slips from the
boat when the three are
boating together and
Rajinikanth refuses to
save him, stating that
he doesn’t know to
swim. Later, due
to financial
hardship, she
comes to live in
Rajinikanth’s house as a
maid and in a reversal
of fortunes, ends up
marrying his father and
exacts revenge on her
‘son’.
16 VAYATHINILE
(1977)
Known for its lush
rural scenes, 16
Vayathinile centres
around Sri, who plays
a 16-year-old village
girl having ambitions
of escaping her rustic
life. Rajinikanth plays
the village ruffian,
who lusts for her while
Kamal Haasan plays a
lame orphan secretly
in love with her. She
falls for a vet, who is only
interested in sexually
exploiting her. Rajini
spreads rumours about
her fidelity in the village
and as a result her mother
commits suicide. She
is taken care of by the
orphan, who too blossoms
when she realises his
value. She agrees to marry
him but on the eve of
the wedding, the goon
attempts to rape her and
is killed by her lover. She
vows to wait for him to
come out of jail…
SIGAPPU ROJAKKAL
(1978)
It’s a murder mystery
where Kamal Haasan
plays a deranged killer,
who seduces nubile girls
and later kills them and
buries them in his garden,
planting rosebush over
their graves. He is smitten
by Sridevi’s character and
tries to reform himself for
her. All goes right, till the
marriage day, when she
stumbles across his secret
and somehow escapes his
clutches.
MEENDUM KOKILA
(1981)
She won her first Filmfare
trophy for the role and
it's said to be one of her
best portrayals. She plays
a traditional housewife,
madly in love with
her husband, who
gets besotted with an
actress. How she stops
him from indulging in
his fantasies forms the
crux of the film. Sri’s
expressions ranged from
naiveté to suspicion
and utter helplessness
as she understands her
secure world isn’t so
secure after all. She
conveyed rage, anger,
frustration and love with
the minimal expressions,
winning over both the
masses and the critics.
MOONDRAM PIRAI
(1982)
Sri played a young girl
in her 20s suffering from
retrograde amnesia,
which makes her behave
like a child. A young
man, played by Kamal,
chances upon her and
rescues her from the
brothel she was sold
into. He takes good
care of her and also
facilitates her treatment.
In the end, she recovers
but tragically fails to
recognise him. The film
was remade in Hindi
by Balu Mahendra as
Sadma, with the lead
actors reprising their
respective roles.
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FEATURE
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PEERS AND FRIENDS SHARE WHAT THE LATE SRIDEVI MEANT TO THEM.
FILMFARE COMPILES THEIR MEMORIES...
The phenomenon called Sridevi can never be described in words. She can only be experiennced.
was
Thankfully, she has left a legacy for us all to cherish and savour in the years to come. She w
every filmmaker’s dream and every actor’s ideal. She was one of those rare individuals, who
transcended envy and evoked appreciation through every outing. Fellow actors working
with her were inspired to surpass their best when it came to being in the same frame as
her. Directors didn’t have to explain things twice to her. She was a one-take actor. She
danced like a dream and lent a sex-appeal to even pots and pans! Choreographers swear
by her and young actors are asked to watch her dances again and again to understand
the showbiz jig. Sridevi has been a muse to many within the industry and some of them,
like Ram Gopal Varma, Rani Mukerji, Shilpa Shetty, Subhash Ghai et al pen down their
recollections of her after her sudden passing away. Presenting excerpts from some straight-from-the-heart revelations made by her colleagues and friends from the industry…
RANI MUKERJI
Sriji knew me since
I was a kid as I’d often
visit Shomu (Mukherjee)
uncle’s set (Sridevi was
working in his Pathar Ke
Insan, 1990) in my school
uniform. When I became
an actor, we connected
in a different way. She
used to call me Laddu.
I was looking forward
to showing her my film
Hichki. She had called
me after watching the
trailer and said, “Laddu
I have to see this movie!”
I replied, “Yes Maa, I’ll
show it to you after you
return from the wedding.”
I will always cherish
her contribution in my
personal life. She was
so caring and concerned
when I had Adira. She
was like an elder sister
to me and a maasi to
Adira. She’s been a hugge
support to me in these
last two years. It was
shocking to hear about
her tragic demise. I stilll
can’t believe that we’re
talking about her in thee
past tense.
With Rani Mukerji
FEATURE
RAVEENA
TANDON
As a child, I remember standing
in front of the mirror and imitating
Sridevi’s dance steps from Mr.
India, Lamhe and ChaalBaaz. I saw
her in person for the first time while
she was dancing on a rain song
on the set of Nazrana (1987), a
film directed by my father (Ravi
Tandon). She looked so stunning,
I was mesmerised by her. I got an
opportunity to work with Sridevi in
Laadla (1994). It was from there
on that our friendship began. She
was shy, soft-spoken and gentle.
She hardly spoke. So people were
surprised watching us get along
like a house on fire. We spent time
chatting in each other’s vanity vans.
She was a warm and lovely person.
Her child-like innocence was
unbelievable. I realised people had
misunderstood her. As an actor,
she was larger than life. She owned
every scene that she walked into.
She was an ace dancer, sensuous
and magnificent. In her personal
Laadla
life, she was a devoted mother
to Janhvi and Khushi. We often
invited each other for dinner.
She was a wonderful host. Once
Boney (Kapoor) and she had
come home for dinner along with
Manish (Malhotra). A huge bee
flew in from the garden and sat
right on top of Sridevi’s head. I ran
around her with a Chinese racket,
trying to shoo it away. It was such
a funny sight. All of us were rolling
with laughter. I’m honoured that
I could associate with her. It’s
difficult to get over the tragic
news and say goodbye.
SHILPA SHETTY
I started off as being a huge
fan of Sridevi. In the last
two years, I got to know
her personally because
of Manish (Malhotra).
We went on to share a
beautiful bond. We’d meet
for Karvachauth every year
at Sunita Kapoor’s (Anil
Kapoor’s wife) house.
I’d tell Sridevi, ‘This is
the only time I regret
marrying a Punjabi and
not a South Indian’. We’d
have a good laugh over
it. Last Diwali, she came
home with the family. She
enjoyed associating with
people, who genuinely
loved her. She would go
out of her way to maintain
her relationship with that
person. She’d randomly
call me and say, “Superrr
se uparrr! I just saw you
With Shilpa Shetty
on TV and I had to say
that.” That was her way of
expressing appreciation.
It’s horrific that she
went away in such a
tragic way. I hope her
soul finds peace. I believe,
you can’t live a second
more than you’re meant
to. Whatever is destined
to happen, happens.
My heart goes out to the
family. I can’t imagine
what her daughters,
Janhvi and Khushi, must
be going through.
“We’d meet for Karvachauth every year
at Sunita Kapoor’s (Anil Kapoor’s wife)
house. I’d tell Sridevi, ‘This is the only
time I regret marrying a Punjabi and
not a South Indian’. We’d have a good
laugh over it’’ - SHILPA SHETTY
PARINEE TI
CHOPRA
India will never ever find
an actress like Srideviji
again. She was too
perfect. Also, never have
I seen an actor’s death
affect the whole world in
this way! I just hope that
Boney (Kapoor) uncle
and her daughters, Janhvi
and Khushi, find the
strength to deal with this
and remember her for the
beautiful person she was.
SUBHASH GHAI
Sridevi was never a business
conscious person. Her focus
was her work. She didn’t have
a publicist or a manager. Her
mother handled the money part.
Sridevi was never concerned with
the box-office. Rather she’d ask
whether her scenes or dance were
appreciated by the audience or
not. She was a private person
and avoided socialising, except if
it was work-related. She was an
introvert. She’d save her energy
keeping quiet on the set only to
explode in front of the camera.
She worked for 15 years nonstop. Sundays would be kept for
costume trials and photo shoots.
Her priority was feature films
rather than commercials or other
revenue generating activities.
She would just smile even when
you explained serious stuff to
her. Her silence would intimidate
you. And then she’d go and
surprise her directors and coactors by performing above their
expectations. She was a master
in ‘reacting’. I had to change
Anupam Kher’s reactions shots
to match her magical dance
and expressions in the climax
of Karma (1986). As a person,
she was an enigma. At times,
she’d look like an innocent child
with lots of insecurities. She
feared failure as an actor. She
was arrested by her stardom
as every star is. She knew only
three things – acting, acting and
acting. She was a super actor
indeed.
With Subhash Ghai
‘‘As a person, she was an enigma. At times,
she’d look like an innocent child with lots
of insecurities. She feared failure’’
FEATURE
RAM GOPAL VARMA
I have a habit of waking up
in between sleep to check
my cell phone. That night
(February 24) while doing
so, I saw a message saying,
‘Sridevi is no more’. I
thought it was a nightmare
or a hoax and went back
to sleep. An hour later, I
checked again and found
around 50 messages
informing me of the same.
Back when I was at the
engineering college in
Vijayawada, I happened
to see her first Telugu film
Padaharella Vayasu (1978).
I was awestruck by her
beauty and I walked out
wondering whether she
was for real. Then I saw her
other films, all of which,
raised the benchmark, both
in terms of her beauty and
talent. She seemed like
someone, who had come
from another world. She
was a creation, which He
creates in a special mood as
a special gift to mankind.
When I was preparing
for my debut film Shiva
(1990), I’d walk from
Nagarjuna’s office in
Chennai to a neighbouring
street where Sridevi lived.
I’d keep watching her
house standing outside the
gate, hoping to catch
a glimpse of her. But
that never happened.
I couldn’t believe that the
goddess of beauty lived in
that stupid looking house.
I say ‘stupid’ because
I believe no manmade
dwelling deserved to house
that beauty called Sridevi.
After Shiva (1990)
released and became a
big hit, a producer asked
me if I was interested in
doing a film with Sridevi.
I replied, “I’d die just to see
her, let alone make a film
with her!” He arranged a
meeting with her at that
very same house. As luck
would have it, there was
a power cut that day. So,
I sat in her living room
in candlelight along with
the producer waiting for
the angel to appear. My
heart was thumping
like mad. Her
mother told us
she was busy
packing as
she had to
catch a flight
for Mumbai.
As we sat
waiting, Sridevi
would occasionally
cross the living room
as she moved from one
room to another room in a
rush to finish her packing,
even as she apologetically
smiled at me for the delay.
Finally, she came and sat
in the living room, said a
few mandatory lines that
she’d like to work with
me and left for Mumbai.
I continued talking to her
mother with enormous
respect and awe because
she was the one who had
given birth to Sridevi.
I returned feeling like
I was in the seventh
heaven. Sridevi sitting
in front of me in the
candlelight got imprinted
in my mind like an
exquisite painting. With
her image filling both my
mind and heart, I began
writing Kshana Kshanam
(1991, Telugu) with the
one and only purpose to
impress Sridevi. Kshana
Kshanam was my love
letter to her.
Throughout the making
of Kshana Kshanam,
I couldn’t take my eyes off
her. Her demeanour was
a new discovery for me.
She had an invisible wall
With Venkatesh and Ram Gopal
Varma on the set of Kshana Kshanam
around her
and she didn’t
let anyone
cross that.
Behind that wall,
she maintained her
dignity and self-respect.
Also, I began to understand
the nuances of acting. Her
stardom had to be seen to be
believed. We were shooting
for the climax in Nandyal
(Andhra Pradesh) for Kshana
Kshanam. The whole town
came to a standstill. Banks,
offices, schools, colleges
everything in town closed
as everyone wanted to see
Sridevi. She was put up in a
bungalow in Nandyal. There
used to be a crowd of at least
20,000 people around her
bungalow standing through
the night just staring at it.
There were about 50 tough
guys along with a 100 strong
police force guarding her.
I hate Sridevi for making
me realise that she too was
just a human being. I hate
the fact that she too had a
heart, which could just stop
like anyone else’s. I hate that
I lived to see the messages
informing me of her death.
I hate God for killing her. As
directors, we were fortunate
to be able to capture the
cinematic angel, who has now
become a divine angel. I’ve
never come across a greater
superstar... who has abruptly
extinguished.
‘‘I hate Sridevi.
I hate her for
making me realise
that she too was
just a human
being. I hate the
fact that she too
had a heart, which
could just stop like
anyone else’s’’
- RAM GOPAL
VARMA
SAROJ KHAN
Sridevi was a fine person, a
good dancer and an excellent
actor. Dance came easily and
naturally to her. Every time
she slipped into a different
costume, she appeared
different. Such was her magic.
Her eyes lit up when she faced
the camera. Until then, she
was a dead woman. At that
point, I’d wonder whether
she had understood my
instructions or not. But as
soon as I said, ‘Action!’ God
knows what happened to her.
She was a dream. She was
a choreographer’s delight. I
was the luckiest one, because
apart from being such a fine
professional, she was a great
friend as well. I still can’t
believe that she’s no more. It’s
so tragic.
With Saroj Khan
FEATURE
JUHI CHAWLA
When people ask me
who I’m inspired by,
I say Sridevi. I’ve always
been her fan. Mr. India
(1987), Chandni (1989),
ChaalBaaz (1989), Lamhe
(1991)… these are some
of my favourite films. She
was magical on screen.
Whether it was some
bizarre Western outfit
or an Indian outfit, she
looked cute like a doll.
You couldn’t take your
eyes off her. She danced
so well. Her expressions
were priceless. Whether
it was Kaate nahi katte (Mr. India) or Mere
haathon mein nau nau
churiyan (Chandni), she
was scintillating. She was
terrific in Roop Ki Rani
Choron Ka Raja (1993).
After Lamhe, Yashji
(Chopra) planned Darr
(1993) and cast me in
it. I was excited but
also anxious whether
I could match Sridevi.
When people say my
comic timing is fantastic,
I wonder if it can ever
match Sriji’s. She was a
trendsetter. She was the
first to sport coloured
contact lenses. We all
followed her. My famous
outfit in Tu hai meri Kiran
song in Darr - the white
off shoulder top and the
skirt with flowers – was
inspired by an outfit that
Sridevi had worn in her
previous film. Yashji
wanted that look for me as
well. It was designed by
Neeta Lulla.
Interestingly, she was
part of my very first film
Sultanat (1986). But I
didn’t get to meet her
then. She was paired
opposite Sunny Deol and
I opposite Karan Kapoor.
Then, we worked together
in Chandni. Much later,
we worked together in
the Lux ad. That time
her daughter Janhvi was
around seven. She had
come to the shoot. Later,
when my daughter was
born, her raashi matched
the alphabet ‘J’. After
searching for names,
we finally zeroed in on
Janhvi. I called up Sriji to
say I was also naming my
daughter Janhvi.
I had an apartment in
Green Acres in Andheri
where Sriji also lived.
Now, I live at Malabar
Hill. But earlier, when
I’d be shooting in the
Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja
‘‘She was a trendsetter.
She was the first to sport
coloured contact lenses.
We all followed her. My
famous outfit, in Tu hai
meri Kiran song in Darr,
was inspired by an outfit
that Sridevi had worn in
her previous film’’
Chandni
W th Juhi Chawla
suburbs, I’d often go there.
Occasionally, I’d take a
walk in the compound. I’d
see her there too, walking
on the jogging track with
earphones. She was softspoken. She’d say hello
and then go on to walk
where it was quieter.
I didn’t understand it
then. But now I hear that
she was shy. She preferred
to be on her own. She will
be sorely missed by the
industry and her fans. She
was a true superstar.
With Renu and Madhur Bhandarkar
MADHUR
BHANDARKAR
RAVI UDYAWAR
As a youngster, I watched many
Sridevi movies but Sadma and
Mr. India remain unforgettable.
They were such diverse
characters. But she played each
effortlessly. In 2014, I met Sri
ma’m for the first time to narrate
the script of Mom. I was a bit
anxious. But her warm smile
made me feel comfortable. As
I narrated the script, she listened
attentively. At one point she said,
“Ravi, we won’t need a dialogue
here, I will convey with just my
With Ravi Udyawar
I’ve been a Sridevi fan since her
Solva Sawan (1979) with Amol
Palekar. I was a video cassette
delivery boy then. I remember
watching Himmatwala (1983)
at Nandi theatre and being
completely bowled over. I couldn’t
believe that she was the same
Sridevi from Solva Sawan, which
was a non-glamorous role. Here, I
saw her doing Naino main sapna
and Ladki nahi tu lakdi ka khamba
hai, which was a complete
transformation. Movies like Jaani
Dost, Mawaali, Justice Chaudhary,
Maqsad, Masterji, Kalakaar…
followed. I’ve watched all her films,
including the lesser known ones
like Gair Kanooni and Nakabandi.
I must have watched ChaalBaaz
and Chandni more than 50 times.
Sadma had not done well at the
box-office. But later, it became a
huge hit on the video circuit.
When Ram Gopal Varma was
shooting for Govinda Govinda
(1994) with Nagarjuna and her, I
remember visiting the sets as I was
assisting him on his other movies
Drohi (1992) and Raat (1992),
I enjoyed observing her. She was
so beautiful! And so accurate
with the lighting. She knew exactly
where to stand, where the glare
was coming from. The camera
loved her. She was a one-take
artiste and a brilliant dancer. I met
Sridevi in person after Chandni
Bar. I also attended her Padma
Shri award party and we shared a
good conversation. After watching
English Vinglish, I complimented
her for the remarkable
performance. It’s difficult to digest
the fact that she’s no more. It’s a
big jolt not just to me but for the
entire country.
eyes.” And she did. That was the
power of her acting, she could
just let her expressions speak
and we as an audience heard
them. While shooting Mom, often
I’d turn around to see my crew
teary-eyed, just like me, moved
by her performance. The film
was intense but sometimes Sri
ma’m would say something funny
and make us all laugh and be
at ease.
She showed such grace,
patience and a fascination
to learn. We often discussed
filmmaking, styles and
techniques. An ardent Charlie
Chaplin fan, she admired the
roles that Meryl Streep played.
For someone who touched
the stars, she was one of the
most humble, soft-spoken and
loving persons I have met. She’d
always enquire about my kids,
their studies and their health.
She’d make it a point to hug
them, whenever she met them.
Her life too revolved around her
daughters Janhvi and Khushi,
Boneyji (Kapoor) and her art.
I don’t want to say Sri Ma’m
‘was’. Because for me she ‘is’! „
1. Filmfare
editor Jitesh
Pillaai looks
on as Abir
Chatterjee
lights the
inaugural
lamp
2. Abir
Chatterjee
chats with
the media
Oh Kolkata!
READ ON TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE
OF THE JIO FILMFARE AWARDS (EAST) 2018
K
olkata is
the hub
of culture
and art.
Bengali cinema has
always been lauded
for its impressive
storytelling and the
performances by its
actors. And that’s
why it’s an honour
for Filmfare to
honour excellence
in Bengali cinema.
To kickstart the
madness and magic
of the Jio Filmfare
Awards (East) 2018,
we had the dashing
Abir Chatterjee as
our guest of honour.
Joining him on stage
was Filmfare editor
Jitesh Pillaai.
Abir was at his
charming best as
he spoke about
his association
with Filmfare and
hosting the event
for the second time
in a row. He tackled
all questions with
his usual wit. Abir
spoke fondly about
his association
with Filmfare
saying, “Everyone
dreams of winning
the Black Lady
once in their life.
It’s a moment of
pride.” We wish
the talented actor
ventures into Hindi
cinema as well and
entertains audiences
with his sensitivity
and masterful skill.
Editor Jitesh
Pillaai shared his
fascination for
Bengali cinema
saying, “Bengali
awards are the most
special to me. I love
watching Bengali
films and I look
forward to this
event every year.”
The grand and
spectacular Jio
Filmfare Awards
(East) 2018 were
held on February
17 in Kolkata. The
event was co-hosted
by the able duo Abir
and Parambrata
Chatterjee.
„
Prosenjit Chatterjee
receiving the award
from fan and director
Sujoy Ghosh
Kolkata
Konnection
DEVESH SHARMA RECOUNTS THE HIGHS AND THE LOWS OF THE
RECENTLY HELD JIO FILMFARE AWARDS EAST 2018
et your life lightly dance on the
edges of Time like dew on the
tip of a leaf...” goes a line from
a famous Rabindranath Tagore
poem. It describes the essence of
what transpired at the night of the Jio Filmfare
Awards East 2018, when the past and present
came together to celebrate the spirit of cinema
and the applause reverberated far and wide.
Mrinal Sen, the doyen of avant garde
filmmakers hailing from Kolkata, was one
of our Lifetime Award Winner this year. He
couldn’t attend the ceremony due to health
reasons. Shabana Azmi, who has been
associated with the maestro for a long, long
time, flew down to Kolkata from Mumbai, and
presented him the trophy at his residence.
A video of the presentation was played at
the awards ceremony. Such is the love and
respect that Mrinalda evokes that the audience
spontaneously stood up. In the video, Shabana
spoke warmly about how she wanted to
work with Mrinal Sen after watching his
seminal work Bhuvan Shome and that she
was glad to get the chance in films like Ek
Din Achanak, Genesis and Khandhar in
the ’80s. When asked by Shabana to pick
his favourite amongst his masterpieces, the
veteran graciously replied, “Too difficult to
pick one!” Another Mrinal Sen favourite,
veteran Mamata Shankar, added to the
“L
Emcees Parambrata Chatterjee and Abir
Chatterjee doing a skit with Rukmini Maitra
Bappi Lahiri, Rahul Chakravarti, Business Head, Colors Bangla
and Colors Odia, director-producer Suparnokanti Karati and
director Kaushik Ganguly of Bishorjon celebrate as Abir looks on
Shabana Azmi said she was glad to
get the chance to work in Mrinal
Sen’s films like Ek Din Achanak,
Genesis and Khandhar in the ’80s
Parambrata and Abir chat up Bumbada
nostalgia when she came on stage to talk about
his genius. She spoke eloquently about him,
adding personal touches from her experience
of working with him in Mrigayaa (1976)
and Kharij (1982), adding that she wouldn’t
have been standing on the stage that night if
Mrinalda hadn’t considered her for Mrigayaa.
ctor Sabitri Chatterjee, who made
a name for herself opposite Uttam
Kumar in films like Kalyani (1954),
Anupama (1954), Raikamal (1955),
Nabojanma (1956), Punar Milan
(1957), Marutirtha Hinglaj (1959), Raja-Saja
(1960) and many more was our other recipient
of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Sujoy
Ghosh and Jaya Ahsan presented her with
the trophy and the veteran, overwrought by
emotions, commented, “There have been
times when I have rehearsed my lines for
award ceremonies. But finally, the lines get
A
Vikram Chatterjee and Monami
Ghosh sharing the dais
Mamata Shankar said she wouldn’t
have been standing on the stage
that night if Mrinal Sen hadn’t
considered her for Mrigayaa
Rituparna Sengupta wows with her moves
show with wife
Prosenjit Chatterjee enjoys the
Arpita
Usha Uthup made the evening for composers Anindya
Chatterjee, Prasenjit Mukherjee and Anupam Roy
Bumbada greets Bappida’s grandson Swastik Bansal
“There have been times when I have
rehearsed my lines for the award
ceremonies. But finally, the lines
get mixed up,” said our LTA winner
Sabitri Chatterjee
Abir, Atanu Ghosh and Kaushik Ganguly applaud as our
Best Actor Critics’ Soumitra Chatterjee accepts his award
Parambrata, Abir, Jaya Ahsan and Sujoy Ghosh look on as our
LTA winner Sabitri Chatterjee gives her acceptance speech
Ridhima
Monami Ghosh
and Koel Mallick
mixed up. Of course, it feels good to get an
award. However, the biggest award is the love
I have received from the audience.”
Thespian Soumitra Chatterjee got a
standing ovation when he went on stage
to receive the Best Actor Critics’ Award
for his heart-wrenching performance
in the emotional drama Mayurakshi.
Soumitra, who has been cutting short
his appearances at awards functions,
made an exception when it came
to Filmfare. He too spoke about
the love he has been receiving
from the audience for the past 60
years and thanked them profusely
for it. The evening was complete
when Soumitra’s onscreen son in
Mayurakshi, the reigning superstar
Prosenjit Chatterjee, known
affectionately as Bumbada, won
the Best Actor In A Leading Role
(Male) Award for his role in the
film. It was the third Black Lady
for the hugely popular actor, who
played an NRI son returning to
India to be with his ailing father
in the film. He thanked the
organisers for having a platform
for honouring Bengali industry
and encouraging fresh talent
through the process. Sujoy
Ghosh presented him the
award in the most unique way,
going down on one knee like an
Koel Mallick watching
the show with her fatherin-law Surinder Singh
Yash Dasgupta makes the night come alive
Usha Uthup touches base
with Sabitri Chatterjee
Tota Roy
Choudhury
with wife
Sharmili
Subhashree
Ganguly
ardent suitor, declaring he wasn’t giving it to a
man but an industry.
arlier, Prosenjit’s wife, actor and
entrepreneur Arpita Chatterjee, came
on stage to commemorate composer
Ajay Das. She spoke from the heart
about the popular music director and
surprised everyone by singing a few lines
from one of his compositions. We thank
Arpita for the whole-hearted gesture.
Bangladeshi beauty, Jaya Ahsan, won the
Black Lady for her role in the cross-border
drama Bishorjan. She thanked filmmakers
of Bengal and her country for their cinema,
which has helped shape her. She also thanked
the audiences in both the countries for
loving her film. Incidentally, her director,
Kaushik Ganguly, not only took home the
Best Director and the Best Story trophies for
the film, he also won an award for the Best
Actor In A Supporting Role (Male). He was
at a loss as to how to carry them all. The film
Bishorjan was a big winner all right, winning
six awards in total, including one for the
Best Film. Another big winner was the loss-
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Subhashree floors the audience
Nachiketa Chakraborty weaves his magic
family
Bappida enjoying the show with his
The film Bishorjan was
a big winner all right,
winning six awards in
total, including one for
Best Film. Another big
winner was the loss-ofinnocence drama Sahaj
Paather Gappo
Arpita and Mamata Shankar
share a hearty laugh
of- innocence drama Sahaj Paather Gappo.
The two young child actors, Nur Islam and
Samiul Alam (played brothers in the film),
jointly received the Best Debut (Male) Award.
The young actors, who had no prior acting
experience, were groomed for the roles by
director Manas Mukul Pal. The icing on the
cake was when Pal’s name was announced as
the winner for Best Debut Director. Nur drew
a smile from the audience when he declared,
“Our film is still running at the Nandan
cinema hall. You can go and watch it.” The
beautiful Rukmini Maitra won the Best
Debut (Female) Award for her performance in
Chaamp and Cockpit and turned emotional
while receiving the trophy.
Projapoti Biskut won the maximum
musical honours. The Best Music Album
Award winners were Anindya Chatterjee,
Anupam Roy, Prasenjit Mukherjee and
Shantanu Moitra. Anupam and Shantanu
were absent as they were away performing at
concerts. Anindya and Prasenjit were asked
to hum a few lines from their album and
Usha Uthup, who was presenting the trophy,
joined in. Chandrani Banerjee won the Best
Tonushree Chakraborty, Usha Uthup, Kaushik Ganguly
and Suparnokanti Karati enjoy the proceedings
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Subhashree, Akriti Kakkar and Yash
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echo with applause time and again.
Our able hosts, Parambrata Chatter
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flowed smoothly and kept the audiencce
in splits with their tongue-in-cheek
barbs and peppy humour. They were
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WINNERS TAKE IT ALL
DEVESH SHARMA PROFILES THE WINNERS OF THE RECENTLY HELD JIO FILMFARE AWARDS EAST 2018
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engali films have
always been big on
content. The common
strand, which unites
the cinema of Satyajit
Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen
(who incidentally was our LTA winner
this year), with the Bengali films
of today is the deceptively simple
way in which they weave complex
tales. Bishorjan, for instance, used
a religious motif to tell a tale about
the aftermath of Partition and
the intricacies of unrequited love.
Sahaj Paather Gappo talked about
loss of innocence as well as of the
underprivileged leading a handto-mouth existence in the midst of
plenty. Films like Mayurakshi and
Maacher Jhol highlighted the lack of
connect between generations and
the need for a rapprochement. Posto
took it to the extreme, showcasing a
scenario where a grandfather takes
his son to court as he believes his
grandson is not being brought up
right. Bibaho Diaries and Projapoti
Biskut talked about how marriages
actually turn out and took a
light-hearted dig at relationships.
Such subjects worked because
mainstream stars have learnt to
invest in stories and not just bank
on their star power. Presenting the
winners who took home the Black
Lady that momentous night on the
strength of moving tales, moving
images and moving performances
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POPULAR AWARDS
Best Film
BISHORJAN
(Producers: Suparnokanti Karti)
Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Male)
KAUSHIK GANGULY
(Bishorjan)
Other Nominees
 Amazon Obhijaan
 Bibaho Diaries
 Maacher Jhol
 Mayurakshi
 Sahaj Paather Gappo
Other Nominees
 Abir Chatterjee (Meghnad Badh Rahossya)
 Bratya Basu (Asamapta)
 Paran Bandhopadhyay (Posto)
 Riddhi Sen (Samantaral)
Best Director
KAUSHIK GANGULY
(Bishorjan)
Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Female)
MAMATA SHANKAR
(Maacher Jhol)
Other Nominees
 Atanu Ghosh (Mayurakshi)
 Kamaleshwar Mukherjee (Cockpit)
 Manas Mukul Pal (Sahaj Paather Gappo)
 Pratim D. Gupta (Maacher Jhol)
 Shiboprosad Mukherjee and Nandita Roy (Posto)
Other Nominees
 Arjaa Bannerjee (Dhananjoy)
 Lily Chakravarty (Posto)
 Sneha Biswas (Sahaj Paather Gappo)
 Tonushree Chakraborty (Durga Sohay)
Best Actor In A Leading Role (Male)
PROSENJIT CHATTERJEE
(Mayurakshi)
Best Lyrics
RITAM SEN (Song: Tomake bujhina priyo
Movie: Projapoti Biskut)
Other Nominees
 Dev (Chaamp)
 Jisshu Sengupta (Posto)
 Ritwick Chakraborty (Bibaho Diaries)
 Soumitra Chatterjee (Mayurakshi)
Other Nominees
 Anindya Chatterjee - Jonaki (Posto)
 Anupam Roy - Dawttok (Maacher Jhol)
 Debojyoti Mishra- Tomra ekhono ki
(Meghnad Badh Rahossya)
 Sharmin Sultana Sumi (Chirkutt) – Ahare Jibon (Doob)
 Srijato - Dyakha howbe bole (Samantaral)
Best Actor In A Leading Role (Female)
JAYA AHSAN
(Bishorjan)
Best Playback Singer (Male)
NACHIKETA CHAKRABORTY
(Song: Keno erokom kicchu holo na / Movie: Posto)
Other Nominees
 Ishaa Saha (Projapoti Biskut)
 Rukmini Maitra (Cockpit)
 Swastika Mukherjee (Asamapta)
 Sohini Sarkar (Bibaho Diaries)
Other Nominees
 Anindya Chatterjee - Jonaki (Posto)
 Anupam Roy, Saheb Chatterjee - Je tore pagol bole
(Maacher Jhol)
 Arijit Singh - Maula re (Chaamp)
 Arijit Singh - Tui chuli jokhon (Samantaral)
 Anupam Roy – Dawttok (Maacher Jhol)
Best Music Album
ANINDYA CHATTERJEE,
ANUPAM ROY, SHANTANU
MOITRA AND PRASENJIT
MUKHERJEE (Projapoti Biskut)
Other Nominees
 Bibaho Diaries - Savvy Gupta
 Bishorjan - Late Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya
 Maacher Jhol - Anupam Roy
 Posto - Anupam Roy and Anindya Chatterjee
 Samantaral - Indraadip Dasgupta
Best Playback Singer (Female)
CHANDRANI BANERJEE (Song: Tomake
bujhina priyo / Movie: Projapoti Biskut)
Other Nominees
 Iman Chakraborty - Bhalo koira bajao go
(Durga Sohay)
 Lagnajita Chakraborty - E bhabe golpo hok
(Bibaho Diaries)
 Nikhita Gandhi – Tomra ekhono ki
(Meghnad Badh Rahossya)
 Sharmin Sultana Sumi (Chirkutt) – Ahare Jibon (Doob)
 Shreya Ghoshal - Tui chuli jokhon (Samantaral)
JIO FILMFARE AWARDS
EAST 2018
TECHNICAL AWARDS
Best Background Score
DEBOJYOTI MISHRA
(Mayurakshi)
Best Sound Design
ANIRBAN SENGUPTA
(Bishorjan)
Other Nominees
 Chandradip Goswami Sahaj Paather Gappo
 Debojyoti Mishra Meghnad Badh Rahossya
 Indraadip Dasgupta – Bishorjan
 Joy Sarkar - Bilu Rakkhosh
 Pavel Areen - Doob
Other Nominees
 Anindit Roy and Adeep Singh Manki Bibaho Diaries
 Anindit Roy and Adeep Singh Manki Maacher Jhol
 Anirban Sengupta – Mayurakshi
 Manas Mukul Pal, Amit Kumar Dutta and
Dipankar Chaki - Sahaj Paather Gappo
Best Dialogue
PRATIM D. GUPTA
(Maacher Jhol)
Best Cinematography
SUPRIYO DUTTA
Projapoti Biskut
Other Nominees
 Anik Dutta and Utsab Mukherjee Meghnad Badh Rahossya
 Kaushik Ganguly – Bishorjan
 Manas Mukul Pal - Sahaj Paather Gappo
 Sourav Palodhi - Bibaho Diaries
Other Nominees
 Mrinmoy Mondol and Supratim Bhol Sahaj Paather Gappo
 Sheikh Rajibul Islam – Doob
 Shubhankar Bhar - Maacher Jhol
 Soumik Haldar - Mayurakhshi
 Soumik Haldar - Yeti Obhijaan
 Souvik Basu – Bishorjan
Best Original Story
KAUSHIK GANGULY
(Bishorjan)
Other Nominees
 Atanu Ghosh – Mayurakshi
 Pratim D. Gupta - Maacher Jhol
 Tarak Nath Saha - Samantaral
Best Screenplay
MANAS MUKUL PAL
(Sahaj Paather Gappo)
Other Nominees
 Anindya Chatterjee - Projapoti Biskut
 Kaushik Ganguly – Bishorjan
 Pratim D. Gupta - Maacher Jhol
 Sourav Palodhi and Mainak
Bhaumick - Bibaho Diaries
Best Editing
SUJAY DUTTA ROY & ANIRBAN
MAITY (Sahaj Paather Gappo)
Other Nominees
 Arghya Kamal Mitra Meghnad Badh Rahossya
 Arghya Kamal Mitra Byomkesh O Agnibaan
 Pronoy Dasgupta - Bibaho Diaries
Best Production Design
MADHUJA BANNERJEE &
KAUSHIK-BARIK (Projapoti Biskut)
Other Nominees
 Amit Chatterjee - Bibaho Diaries
 Gautam Basu – Bishorjan
 Indranil Ghosh –
Meghnad Badh Rahossya
 Saswati Karmakar - Maacher Jhol
 Soumik Haldar, Sabarni Das and
Arindam Sil - Dhananjoy
LIFETIME
ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
MRINAL SEN
SABITRI CHATTERJEE
CRITICS' AWARDS
Critics’ Award for Best Actor (Male)
SOUMITRA CHATTERJEE
(Mayurakshi)
Other Nominees
 Anirban Bhattacharya (Dhananjoy)
 Dhritiman Chatterjee (Chitrokar)
 Irrfan (Doob)
 Jisshu Sengupta (Byomkesh O Agnibaan)
 Soumitra Chatterjee (Mayurakshi)
Critics’ Award for Best Actor (Female)
ISHAA SAHA
(Projapoti Biskut)
Other Nominees
 Arpita Chatterjee (Chitrokar)
 Jaya Ahsan (Bishorjan)
 Sohini Sarkar (Durga Sohay)
Critics’ Award for Best Film
MAYURAKSHI
(Atanu Ghosh)
DEBUT AWARDS
Other Nominees
 Bishorjan (Kaushik Ganguly)
 Meghnad Badh Rahossya
(Anik Dutta)
 Roktokorabi (Amitava Bhattacharya)
 Samantaral (Partha Chakraborty)
 Sahaj Paather Gappo (Manas
Mukul Pal)
Best Debut (Male)
NUR ISLAM AND SAMIUL
ALAM (Sahaj Paather Gappo)
Best Debut (Female)
RUKMINI MAITRA
(Chaamp, Cockpit)
Best Debut Director
MANAS MUKUL PAL
(Sahaj Paather Gappo)
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
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Shabana Azmi giving
Mrinal Sen the Lifetime
Achievement Award
MRINAL SEN
Mrinal Sen, along with his contemporaries Satyajit Ray
and Ritwik Ghatak, is considered to be one of the greatest
ambassadors of Indian parallel cinema on the global stage.
Like the films of Ray and Ghatak, his cinema is known for its
artistic depiction of social reality. Mrinal Sen made his first
feature film, Raat Bhore, in 1955. It had the iconic Uttam
Kumar in the leading role. Akash Kusum (1965), starring
Soumitra Chatterjee, which commented on the social mores
of the middle-class brought him into the limelight. It was
Bhuvan Shome (1969), starring Utpal Dutt and Suhasini
Mulay, that catapulted him to international fame. The lyrical
tale, depicting the bond between a middle-aged man and a
young village girl, is said to be one of the founding stones of
New Wave Indian cinema. Mrinal was a Marxist and was in
love with Kolkata. His Kolkata trilogy, comprising Interview
(1971) Calcutta 71 (1971) and Padatik (1973), reflected
both leanings. His other well-known films include Mrigayaa
(1976), Akaler Sandhane (1980), Kharij (1982) and
Ek Din Achanak (1989).
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Shabana Azmi in
Khandhar (1984)
Ç
Shabana Azmi and
Uttara Baokar in Ek Din
Achanak (1989)
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Mamata Shankar and
Mithun Chakraborty in
Mrigayaa (1976)
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
SABITRI CHATTERJEE
Sabitri Chatterjee was born in 1937 in a small town of Kamalapur
in Comilla District of present-day Bangladesh. When Sabitri was in
class 10, she was noticed by veteran actor Bhanu Banerjee, who
picked her up for a role in Natun Yahudi, a play of Uttar Sarathi
group theatre on the refugees from East Pakistan. Sabitri also
acted in the film version of the play, which was released in 1953.
Basu Paribar (1952) was her first film with Uttam Kumar and the
duo went on to give a string of hits like Lakh Taka (1953), Kalyani
(1954), Anupama (1954), Raikamal (1955), Nabojanma
(1956), Punar Milan (1957), Marutirtha Hinglaj (1959), RajaSaja (1960), Dui Bhai (1961), Bhranti Bilas (1963), Momer Alo
(1964) and Nishipadma (1970). Marutirtha Hinglaj saw Sabitri
give one of her greatest performances. Nishipadma was another
film she excelled in. Her portrayal of Pushpa, a courtesan who
wants a different life for her son, is another memorable role. The
film was later made by Shakti Samanta as Amar Prem (1972).
Podokkhep (2006), Teen Murti (2009), Hemlock Society (2012)
and Praktan (2016) are among her last few screen appearances.
She continues to act in numerous television serials to date.
Æ
Jaya Ahsan
and Sujoy Ghosh
give the award to
Sabitri Chatterjee
È
Sabitri
Chatterjee in
Nishipadma
(1970)
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With Soumitra
Chatterjee in Praktan
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With Abir Chatterjee
in Thammar Boyfriend
BEST ACTOR
IN A LEADING ROLE (MALE)
PROSENJIT
CHATTERJEE
MOVIE: MAYURAKSHI
Prosenjit Chatterjee and Soumitra
Chatterjee in Mayurakshi
Sometimes, you need to retie your bonds with
someone. Prosenjit Chatterjee’s character in Mayurakshi
reunites with his father, who is suffering from dementia and
finds the act both difficult and rewarding. It was a layered
performance full of different shades. No wonder he was
admired so much for it. It was arguably one of Bumbada’s
finest performances till date.
Sujoy Ghosh presents the trophy to the one-man
industry Prosenjit Chatterjee
BEST ACTOR
IN A LEADING ROLE (FEMALE)
JAYA
AHSAN
MOVIE: BISHORJAN
Jaya Ahsan in Bishorjan
The beautiful Bangladeshi actress, Jaya Ahsan,
played a woman torn between circumstances
and her desires. She gets a chance to rise above her
mundane life and takes it, willing to pay the price
for it. Hers was a nuanced performance indeed in this
emotionally-wrought film. The chemistry between
leading man Abir and her was palpable to say the
least and added to the film.
A delighted Jaya Ahsan accepts the
Black Lady from Sujoy Ghosh
CRITICS’ BEST ACTOR
(MALE)
SOUMITRA
CHATTERJEE
MOVIE: MAYURAKSHI
Soumitra Chatterjee and
Prosenjit in Mayurakshi
He’s an actor par excellence and can
hold his own against anyone. And when he gets to feed
off another good actor like Prosenjit, the acting bar rises
even higher. Soumitra Chatterjee was a delight to watch
as the father suffering from dementia, who nevertheless
retains a deep love for his son living abroad.
A must-watch performance for sure.
Atanu Ghosh and Kaushik Ganguly hand over the
trophy to an ecstatic Soumitra Chatterjee
CRITICS’ BEST ACTOR
(FEMALE)
ISHAA
SAHA
MOVIE: PROJAPOTI BISKUT
Aditya Sengupta and Ishaa Saha
in Projapoti Biskut
Ishaa Saha played an independent-minded
housewife in this dramadey. Someone who has a life
beyond the threshold of the kitchen and yet keenly
wants to be a mother. It’s an anguish faced by millions
of modern women, who have one foot in the past and
one in the present and find it hard to balance their
desires and expectations.
JK Roy and Ridhima Ghosh do the
honours for Ishaa Saha
CRITICS’ BEST FILM
MAYURAKSHI
DIRECTOR: ATANU GHOSH
Ç Rituparna Sengupta presents the trophy to Atanu Ghosh
Sometimes, people drift away from each other but love
remains. And it’s not that hard to pick up the pieces and reinforce
the relationship. The film tells the story of a father-son bond,
which despite being strong is hampered by distance. When
the son visits his ailing father, their love is tested but
ultimately emerges victorious.
BEST FILM
BISHORJAN
Ç Bappi Lahiri and Rahul Chakravarti, Business Head,
Colors Bangla and Colors Odia hand over the trophy to producer
Suparnokanti Karti as Kaushik Ganguly looks on
It’s a symbolic tale, highlighting the plight of the people of
Bengal, who still deal with the trauma of the Partition. A man and a
woman from different banks of the Ichamati River, which divides the
two Bengals, find solace in each other for a few days…
before circumstances force them to part ways.
BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR
MANAS MUKUL PAL
MOVIE: SAHAJ PAATHER GAPPO
ÇAjay Shinde, HOD sales, Skoda Auto India
and Akriti Kakkar do the honours
The film takes us into the world of village urchins, Gopal
and Chottu. The duo belong to an impoverished family, where their mother
often finds it hard to feed them. They devise means to earn
money doing odd jobs. When they hear that a wealthy man in the village
would be inviting the entire neighbourhood for a community meal,
each makes plans regarding the same.
BEST DIRECTOR
KAUSHIK GANGULY
MOVIE: BISHORJAN
Ç Prosenjit hands over the award to Kaushik Ganguly
Boundaries, as they say, are man made. But the
heart knows no bounds. And sometimes, a little piece of love
can be stretched a long way. These two strands are entwined
by director Kaushik Ganguly in this human drama. A man and a
woman from different banks of the Ichamati river, which divides
the two Bengals, find solace in each other for a few days before
circumstances force them to part ways.
BEST DEBUT (MALE)
NUR ISLAM AND
SAMIUL ALAM
MOVIE: SAHAJ PAATHER GAPPO
Ç Monami Ghosh and Vikram Chatterjee hand over the award to
young winners Nur Islam and Samiul Alam
Hailing from Sunderbans, Nur Islam brought out the innocence
of lost childhood perfectly through his performance. He played the
younger brother, who’s both in awe of his elder sibling and also makes
fun of him. Samiul Alam played the elder brother and managed
to convey the helplessness of those born under the poverty line
sensitively. He desperately wants to be the breadwinner and managed
to convey his angst and sadness with ease.
BEST DEBUT (FEMALE)
RUKMINI MAITRA
MOVIE: CHAAMP, COCKPIT
Ç Kaustav Roy and Anindita Chakraborthy present
the trophy to Rukmini Maitra
Rukmini Maitra excelled in the role of an air hostess
in the air disaster drama Cockpit, looking every inch the
person, whose limits are tested in trying circumstances.
She was a natural as the supportive wife to a boxer going
through a rough phase in Chaamp.
BEST ACTOR IN A
SUPPORTING ROLE (MALE)
KAUSHIK GANGULY
MOVIE: BISHORJAN
ÇKoel Mallick hugs Kaushik Ganguly as she
hands him the Black Lady
The film’s director, Kaushik Ganguly, wore many hats in
this labour of love. Along with directing and writing the story,
he essayed an important supporting role as well. Kaushik plays a
landowner, who covets a young widow and is willingly to go to
any lengths to get her. Love transforms him and from a mean,
covetous soul he becomes a kind-hearted individual.
BEST ACTOR IN A
SUPPORTING ROLE (FEMALE)
MAMATA SHANKAR
MOVIE: MAACHER JHOL
Ç Mamata Shankar gives her winning speech
as Koel Mallick looks on
Veteran Mamata Shankar, who has found a second innings of
sorts playing character roles, plays the protagonist’s mother in the
film. She loves her NRI son dearly and to draw him back to her when
he comes visiting, orders him to make a perfect fish curry for her.
Thereby, she enjoys the attention she deserves. She played the role
with a realistic touch and looked the part.
BEST MUSIC ALBUM
ANINDYA CHATTERJEE, ANUPAM
ROY, SHANTANU MOITRA AND
PRASENJIT MUKHERJEE
MOVIE: PROJAPOTI BISKUT
Ç Usha Uthup presents the award to Anindya Chatterjee,
Prasenjit Mukherjee and Anupam Roy
The music by Anindya Chatterjee, Anupam Roy, Shantanu
Moitra and Prasenjit Mukherjee, serves as one of the main attractions
of this multi-hued film. The film revolved around what happens to
a couple in a dysfunctional family. The score had pathos as well as
freshness and imitated life’s bitter-sweet nature.
BEST LYRICS
RITAM SEN
SONG: TOMAKE BUJHINA PRIYO
MOVIE: PROJAPOTI BISKUT
Ç Soumili Biswas and Tota Roy Choudhury
do the honours
Anindya Chatterjee, Anupam Roy, Prasenjit Mukherjee
and Shantanu Moitra (inset)
The evocative song by Ritam Sen touches upon the
mysterious nature of love and how two people sometimes fail to
understand the feelings they hold for each other. It has a realistic
feel. Hence, no wonder it struck a chord with the listeners.
BEST PLAYBACK SINGER (MALE)
NACHIKETA
CHAKRABORTY
SONG: KENO EROKOM KICCHU HOLO NA
MOVIE: POSTO
Ç Soumili Biswas and Tota Roy Choudhury hand
over the Black Lady to Nachiketa Chakrabory
Nachiketa Chakrabory has made a name for himself singing philosophical
numbers. And this present song from Posto is another brilliant addition
to the genre. It’s a song about distance between relationships and
Nachiketa’s melodious voice effectively brings forth the nuances contained
in the composition. It’s a song, which works outside the context of the film.
It’s something you can listen to on those lazy afternoons.
BEST PLAYBACK SINGER (FEMALE)
CHANDRANI BANERJEE
SONG: TOMAKE BUJHINA PRIYO
MOVIE: PROJAPOTI BISKUT
ÇSandeep Dass of Aravind Laboratories and Satrajit Sen
hand over the trophy to Chandrani Banerjee
Some songs make a place for themselves in your heart and the
present song fits that bill perfectly. The melodious number talks about
doubts and misunderstandings that crop up in love and Chandrani
Banerjee’s soulful rendition suits the theme just perfectly. It will
remind you of the renderings by the late Geeta Dutt.
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
MADHUJA BANNERJEE
AND KAUSHIK-BARIK
MOVIE: PROJAPOTI BISKUT
Ç Aninda Vikas Dutta and Arjaa Banerjee hand over
the trophies to Madhuja and Kaushik Das
The everyday look of the film was built most assiduously.
It’s hard to recreate the things that we see around us in a middle-class
milieu, being too familiar with it. Madhuja Bannerjee and Kaushik DasSubrata Barik painstakingly recreated every bit, be it the used bed or
the functional kitchen. Art lies in concealing art as they say and the
production designers did exactly that.
BEST SOUND DESIGN
ANIRBAN SENGUPTA
MOVIE: BISHORJAN
Ç Presenters Aninda Vikas Dutta and Arjaa Banerjee
Durga Puja served as the film’s leitmotif and hence the sound
design echoed that profoundly. The film made effective use of
sounds associated with Durga Pooja to convey the moods of
celebration and religiosity. Also, the rural soundscape was
recreated convincingly by Anirban Sengupta and became
an integral part of the film’s narrative.
BEST EDITING
SUJAY DUTTA ROY
AND ANIRBAN MAITY
MOVIE: SAHAJ PAATHER GAPPO
Ç Tanushree Shankar and Partha Chakaraborty
present the award to Sujay Dutta Roy
The film had to portray both the dignity of an innocent existence and
the grit associated with poverty. It was a lyrical piece of work and the
deft editing by Sujay Dutta Roy and Anirban Maity contributed towards
its poetic charm. The fine flow of the film assured that the viewers
caught on to the film’s emotions easily.
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
SUPRIYO DUTTA
MOVIE: PROJAPOTI BISKUT
Ç Tanushree Shankar and Partha Chakaraborty hand
over the trophy to Supriyo Dutta
The mundaneness of middle-class life was well
captured on camera. But it wasn’t all grim and grime and
had a humorous side as well. The lighting as well as the
camerawork by Supriyo Dutta captured
the film’s theme perfectly in all its hues and colours.
Sujay Dutta Roy and Anirban Maity (inset)
BEST ORIGINAL STORY
KAUSHIK GANGULY
MOVIE: BISHORJAN
Dolon Roy and Kamaleshwar Mukherjee do the honours
The film showed how two people with different backgrounds
could still find solace with each other. The story also showcased how
Partition divided Bengal and how the unfortunate boundaries affected the
psyche of the people on both sides of the fence. Kaushik Ganguly’s
story brought out the fact that our commonality, as humans,
remains a unifying force despite it all.
BEST SCREENPLAY
MANAS MUKUL PAL
MOVIE: SAHAJ PAATHER GAPPO
Ç Dolon Roy and Kamaleshwar Mukherjee present
the trophy to Manas Mukul Pal
The aim of the film was to show innocence blossoming amidst a
hand-to-mouth existence. The writer, Manas Mukul Pal, could create
that drama through simple, effective touches. The brilliance of the
film was that it was seen through the eyes of two young kids, who
laugh and cry heartily despite the various hardships they face.
BEST DIALOGUE
PRATIM D GUPTA
MOVIE: MAACHER JHOL
Ç Shataf Figar and Sauraseni Maitra look on as Pratim D Gupta
gives his acceptance speech
We all have an idiosyncratic way of speaking when it comes
to interacting with our family members. The dialogue, by
Pratim D Gupta, caught onto that superbly. It was everyday
speech peppered with a strand of emotion as well as a dash of
exasperation that we sometimes feel while dealing with family. Its
pungency as well as sweetness lent life to the film.
BEST BACKGROUND SCORE
DEBOJYOTI MISHRA
MOVIE: MAYURAKSHI
Ç Ravi Kinnagi and Ritabhari Chakraborthy hand over
the Black Lady to Debojyoti Mishra
The subtle undertones of the background score were just
perfect for the sensitive subject. The film depicted parent-offspring
bond in all its intensity and the background score had to depict the
shifting moods of the story. Debojyoti Mishra did his job admirably
and added another dimension to this meaningful film.
FEATURE
HIGH NOTES!
It was one starry night at the 10 th Royal Stag Mirchi Music Awards!
T
he Royal Stag Mirchi
Music Awards, an
initiative of Radio
Mirchi, is an award
show specifically for the music
fraternity and this is borne out
by its tagline “Music ko Mirchi
ka salaam!” This was the tenth
year of the awards which to
many within the industry has
become the gold standard in
music awards.
When asked about the
Mirchi Music Awards and
her association with it,
Jury Chairperson, Kavita
Krishnamurthy said, “Every
year I’ve felt that the system
of picking the winners is only
getting better.” Shaan further
commented that from this year
since the entire process was
computerized, it is completely
tamper-proof.
The winners were awarded
at a glitzy show held at DOME@
NSCI, SVP Stadium, Worli.
Many Bollywood A-listers
attended the star-studded
event including Miss World
1
1 The Grand Jury celebrated Mirchi
Music Awards completing 10 years
by cutting a special cake on the
day of the final judging of entries.
The Grand Jury includes legends of
Bollywood like Chairperson Kavita
Krishnamurthy, Prasoon Joshi, Sameer
Anjaan, Irshad Kamil, Subhash Ghai,
Ramesh Sippy, Ashutosh Gowarikar,
Madhur Bhandarkar, Sudhir Mishra,
Shankar Mahadevan, Anu Malik, Lalit
Pandit, Milind Shrivastav, Raju Singh,
Louiz Banks, Sulaiman Merchant,
Alka Yagnik, Sadhna Sargam, Ila Arun,
Saapna Mukherjee, Vidya Shah, Shaan,
Shailendra Singh, Roop Kumar, Udit
Narayan, Pankaj Udhas, Talat Aziz,
Suresh Wadkar, Hariharan, Sujit Ojha
and Pritam.
2 The Screening Jury members included
Manushi Chhillar, Rohit Shetty,
Imtiaz Ali, Anandji, Sonu
Sood, Amaal Malik, Armaan
Malik, Gauhar Khan and
many more. The night was
hosted by Bollywood’s king of
melodies, Sonu Nigam. There
were exciting performances by
Shreya Ghoshal, Ayushmann
Khurrana, Javed Ali, Harshdeep
Kaur, Neha Bhasin to name
only a few.
One of the highlights of the
show was a special tribute
given to musical maestro,
A. R. Rahman, for his twenty-five
glorious years creating musical
magic in Bollywood movies.
Ayushmann Khurrana was
presented with the Royal Stag
Make It Large Award. Bappi
Lahiri was awarded the Lifetime
Achievement Award for his long
and distinguished career.
The grand event, for which
the Co-powered By sponsors
were Dabur Red Paste, Tecno
Camon i and B Natural Juices
& Beverages, was also telecast
on ZEE TV on 18th March.
2
Aaman Trikha, Abhijeet Sawant,
Abhishek Ray, Akbar Sami, Anand
Sharma, Bishwadeep Chatterjee,
Dominique Cerejo, Hamsika
Iyer, Jeetu Shankar, Kausar
Munir, Kavita Seth, Manoj
Muntasir, Mayur Puri,
Nakash Aziz, Nandini
Srikar, Neha Bhasin,
Niranjan Iyengar, Preeti
Sheth, Shibani Kashyap,
Sachin Sanghvi, Jigar
Saraiya, Priya Saraiya,
Arko, Ravi Rao & Srirupa
Mukherjee
3 Ayushmann Khurrana,
who also won the Royal
Stag Make It Large Award,
performed a number of his
hits on stage.
3
4
9
5
6
10
7
11
8
WINNERS
OF THE
10 TH
ROYAL STAG
MIRCHI MUSIC
AWARDS!
Song of the Year: Hawayein
Film: Jab Harry Met Sejal
Album of the Year:
Jab Harry Met Sejal
Male Vocalist of The Year:
Arijit Singh
Song: Hawayein
Film: Jab Harry Met Sejal
Female Vocalist of the Year
Shreya Ghoshal
Song: Thodi Der
Film: Half Girlfriend
Music Composer of the Year
Pritam Chakraborty
Song: Hawayein
Film: Jab Harry Met Sejal
Lyricist of the Year
Irshad Kamil
Song: Hawayein
Film: Jab Harry Met Sejal
Lifetime Achievement Award
Bappi Lahiri
Royal Stag Make It Large Award
Ayushmann Khurrana
Upcoming Male Vocalist
of the Year
Asit Tripathy
Song: Tu Banja Gali Benaras Ki
Film: Shaadi Mein Zaroor
Aana
Upcoming Female Vocalist
of the Year
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Meghna Mishra
Song: Main Kaun Hoon
Film: Secret Superstar
Upcoming Music Composer
of the Year
J.A.M 8
Song: Zaalima
Film: Raees
Upcoming Lyricist of the Year
Santanu Ghatak
Song: Rafu
Film: Tumhari Sulu
Indi Pop Song of the Year
Man Marziyan
Album: Man Marziyan
Raag Based Song of the Year
4 The queen of Bollywood melodies, Shreya
Ghoshal, returned to the stage of the Royal
Stag Mirchi Music Awards in its tenth year
to perform for her fans and friends
5 Sonu Nigam’s tribute to the great
actors Vinod Khanna and Shashi Kapoor
who passed away last year touched the
audience.
6. "I want to thank the whole industry,"
said A. R. Rahman on receiving the special
tribute from veteran music director, Anandji
Virji Shah, and director, Imtiaz Ali. "I am
from the South and people said to me that
nobody (from there) can enter the (Hindi
film) industry. But you embraced me with
love...I tell my children to be the best. If
you are good at what you do, people will
accept you."
7 Jab Harry Met Sejal was a big winner that
night taking home not only the Album of the
Year award but the song “Hawayein” from
the movie also winning Song of the Year.
8 Neha Bhasin rocked the stage with her
power packed performance.
9 Pritam took home the award for Music
Composer of the Year for “Hawayein” from
Jab Harry Met Sejal, presented to him by
Rohit Shetty.
10 On receiving the Lifetime Achievement
Award, Bappi da, as he is fondly called,
said, “I am honored to receive this award.
Over the last so many decades, fans and
members of the music industry alike have
shown me a lot of love and appreciation.”
11 Zaira Wasim came on stage after the
award for Upcoming Female Vocalist of
the Year went to the voice behind Secret
Superstar, Meghna Mishra for the song
“Main Kaun Hoon”.
12 Shabana Azmi presented a Special
Jury award to the Voice of Radio, Ameen
Sayani.
Sunn Bhavara
Film: Ok Jaanu
Best Song Producer
(Programming & Arranging)
Clinton Cerejo &
Hitesh Sonik
Song: Julia
Film: Rangoon
Best Song Engineer
(Recording & Mixing)
Bhaskar Sharma, Chakir
Hussain & Praveen Murlidhar
Song: Darmiyan
Album: Darmiyan (Single)
Best Background Score
Vishal Bhardwaj
Film: Rangoon
Listeners' Choice Song of
the Year
Phir Bhi Tumko Chaahunga
Film: Half Girlfriend
Listeners' Choice Album of
the Year
Film: Jagga Jasoos
Jury Award for Outstanding
Contribution to Hindi Film
Music
Late Gorakh Sharma
Jury Special Recognition
Ameen Sayani
Jury Award for Best Album
of Golden Era (1957)
PYAASA
OBITUARY
FAREWELL
SHAMMI AUNTY
FILMFARE REMEMBERS THE YESTERYEAR ACTRESS, WHO PASSED AWAY RECENTLY
S
hammi, whose
real name is
Nargis Rabadi,
started her film
career with
Malhar (1951) as a leading
lady. She couldn’t sustain
the momentum created by
her debut film and soon
moved onto doing second
lead and supporting roles.
Some of her successful
movies as supporting
actress were Ilzam (1954),
Pehli Jhalak (1955),
Bandish (1955), Azaad
(1955), Halaku (1956),
Son of Sinbad (1955), Raj
Tilak (1958), Khazanchi
(1958), Ghar Sansar
(1958), Aakhiri Dao
(1958), Kangan (1959),
Bhai-Bahen (1959) and
Dil Apna Aur Preet
Parai (1960).
She started getting
mother roles in the
‘70s. That’s also around
the time she married
filmmaker Sultan Ahmed,
only to divorce him
seven years later. Her
friends in the industry
helped her catch a break
in television during the
‘80s. She appeared in
many successful serials
like Dekh Bhai Dekh,
Zabaan Sambhal Ke,
Shriman Shrimati, Kabhi
Yeh Kabhi Woh and Filmi
Chakkar. She also tried
to make a film called
Pighalta Aasman (1985)
1931-2018
With Satyen Bose, Nargis and friends
A candid picture
With Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek
Bachchan and Hiroo Johar
With Zahida
With Amar Singh and Asha Parekh
but the film suffered
many hiccups during its
production stage. It later
bombed at the box-office.
It’s not as if the film
industry had forgotten
her. One of her memorable
roles during her later years
remains that of Karisma
Kapoor’s grandmother
in Sooraj Barjatya’s Hum
Saath Saath Hain (1999).
Shammi’s last major role
was in the Farah Khan and
Boman Irani starrer Shirin
Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi
(2013). She played a Parsi
character in the film,
which can be dubbed as a
sort of closure for her, as
it got her to connect with
her Parsi roots. Shammi
was known for her good
nature and was friendly
with top stars like Nargis,
Meena Kumari, Waheeda
Rehman, Shashi Kapoor,
A file picture
Asha Parekh, Sadhana
Helen, Rajesh Khanna,
Amitabh Bachchan
and many more. It was
Bachchan who broke
the news of her death on
March 6, 2018 through his
heartfelt tweet, “Shammi
Aunty.. prolific actress,
years of contribution to
the Industry, dear family
friend.. passes away..!!
A long suffered illness, age
..Sad.. slowly slowly they
all go away.”
Priya Dutt also tweeted.
“Shammi, aunty to me and
a great actor of yesteryears
passed away today. She
was my mother’s (the late
Nargis) dear friend and
someone we all loved very
much. May her soul rest
in peace and her laughter
and contagious smile rock
the heavens. Be In peace
with your friends.”
„
SHAMMI ON FRIEND MEENA KUMARI
E WAS A
MASOCHIST’’
We did one film together, Kishore
Sahu’s Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai
(1960), produced by Kamal Amrohi,
her husband. Though she had the
image of a tragedy queen, she had
a great sense of humour. I was
more of a tomboy having studied
at a co-education school. We got
along well.
But as a person, she was a
masochist. She would never protest
something she didn’t like. Her family
ill-treated her at times. Once she
ccalled me home to tell me that she
hhad a fight with one of her sisters
a d that she had been pushed
h r. Her hand was injured and she
c rried it in a sling. Meenaji was
fond of poetry. So was I. She’d read
out some of her poems to me. Her
dialogue delivery was beautiful. She
was beautiful too. But when she
started drinking she put on weight.
I have no idea when and how she
started drinking. She may
have tried to forget her grief in drink
because she never opened up to
anybody. Maybe, somewhere, she
also started living out the sad roles
she played.
About her tiff with Kamal saab,
I don’t know. I do not probe into
anybody’s life. But he would definitely
keep tabs on her. She was not
allowed to interact freely with anyone.
Somebody or the other would drop
in the make-up room to check who
she was with. Once during shooting,
Meenaji happened to lift her ghagra
to walk over some water on the
floor. I heard him shout at her. One
incident I can never forget was when
we were all travelling for a show
with Mr and Mrs Dutt (the late Sunil
(Excerpts from a throwback
Filmfare interview)
and Nargis) and Meenaji developed
unbearable pain in the liver. She
would not allow anyone
in her hotel room except me. She
didn’t want anyone to see her
without make-up. She said, “I don’t
want to die.” She was given an
injection and made to sleep. When
she woke up, I was surprised to see
her with full make-up, her hair well
combed, all dressed to leave. So
important was her image to her. She
used the back lift of the hotel and
refused to go on a stretcher. She
took a flight to Bombay with Nargisji.
Later Nargisji recalled, “I don’t know
who it was but someone took her
away on a wheelchair.” So, I guess
Kamal saab must have been paying
for her treatment.
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DIRECTOR: Neeraj Pandey
CAST: Manoj Bajpayee, Sidharth Malhotra,
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RELEASE DATE: February 16, 2018
FIRST WEEK
COLLECTION
` 16.14 cr
RAPID REVIEW: A melodrama on
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VIEWER’S VERDICT: “Liked Manoj
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-- Preeti Kalluri, 27,
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SONU KE TITU
KI SWEETY
DIRECTOR: Luv Ranjan
CAST: Kartik Aaryan,
Nushrat Bharucha,
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VIEWER'S VERDICT:
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Roy Kapur
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VIEWER’S VERDICT: “Inconsistent
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DIRECTOR: Aleya Sen
CAST: Taapsee Pannu, Saqib Saleem,
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PHOTOGRAPH: MEETESH TANEJA
Rapid fire
When a friend shows us
his true colours, should
we reply to him in the
same shade?
JP Singh Kaka, Mumbai
I guess it’s best to show the
colour of peace – white,
in such situations. We
shouldn’t stoop to their
level and learn to let go.
What is the best New Year
resolution for a husband?
Karan Nangia, Gurgaon
Always the same – listen
to your wife and always
remain a one-woman man
at a time.
According to you what
was the government’s
most important decision
in 2017 furthering India’s
progress?
Sanighdha, Chandigarh
Demonetisation, GST
and last but not the least,
banning of triple talaq.
Sunny Deol’s son Karan,
the late Sridevi’s daughter
Any advice for the newlywed Virat Kohli?
Thought-provoking: Lipstick Under My Burkha
Janhvi, Saif and Amrita’s
daughter Sara and
Mammootty’s son Dulquar
– will 2018 be the year of
star kids?
Anjali Sarkar, Kolkata
It sure seems so. And
I wish all the upcoming
young stars a great year
on the silver screen and
success.
Who is more powerful in
the universe after God?
Pushpa Yadav, Udaipur
You, me and ourselves –
we decide, we deny, we
construct, we demolish,
we’re the makers and
we’re the breakers.
JP Singh Kaka, Mumbai
He’s already got an adviser and anchor in life
in the beautiful Anushka Sharma. They both
look wonderful and make for a made-for-each
other pair. All our good wishes, support and
blessings with them.
How can Shah Rukh
Khan be Zero when
he’s the No. 1 star in
Bollywood ?
JP Singh Kaka, Mumbai
He’s a tried and tested
successful star of fine
stature. Even as ‘Zero’ he
will rake in many zeroes.
We wish him all success
for his forthcoming film.
He has worked hard for
it and richly deserves the
accolades that will come
his way.
Considering, ‘Child is
the father of man’ what
lessons have your kids
taught you?
Laj Khemlani, Pune
They have taught us that
kalyug is here and how.
So, they don’t listen to
their parents. Rather they
depend solely on Google
for advice.
Can two rival actresses be
best friends in real life?
Laj Khemlani, Pune
They can surely be. Yet,
have you ever heard of
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Why do we adopt our father’s surname and
not our mother’s, when it’s she who gives
birth and looks after us the most?
Roop Mirpuri, Pune
That has been the tradition but it’s not the
norm. You can well adopt the name of your
mother if you so wish. No one should or would
object to that.
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Should religion be in our heart, mind or home?
Sunil Melwani, Pune
Religion should be nowhere. Rather love of
mankind should be everywhere. Let kindness
prosper in your soul and then you’ll find true
religion within you.
Marriage vows: Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma
responsible people
making irresponsible
remarks and hollow
promises. And last but not
the least, my intelligent,
bold and fearless tweets.
that? Have you witnessed
them behaving like best
friends? It may seem true
on reel but it’s rare in real
life.
Is patience a virtue or
weakness?
Vijayalakshmi A, Bangalore
It’s definitely a virtue.
Good things take time.
Acche din aane wale hain.
Have patience, wait and
watch.
Looking back, what will
you remember 2017 for?
Roop Mirpuri, Pune
The year of false promises
turned into jumlebaazi.
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audience still unable to
accept films like Lipstick
Under My Burkha?
Renu Jain, Kolkata
The film got a good
response even though
it wasn’t mainstream
cinema. Such subjects
are hard to accept given
societal norms. But the
fact that such films are
being made is a step in the
right direction.
Does the world have the
guts to erase past hate
episodes and start afresh
or is war a big business?
Loveen Motwani, Pune
The world is made of
people like you and me. If
individuals can erase past
hatred, there’s hope for
human kind. War is big
business. There are always
forces preventing people
from living harmoniously.
All I can add is, make love
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GOODBYE
SRIDEVI
S
ridevi’s sudden
demise on
February 24, 2018
was shocking to
say the least. I felt
numb, my mind refusing
to take in the messages
that were flying around on
social media, the news that
was constantly flashing
on TV. I was in constant
denial, praying that it was
all a hoax. But it wasn’t
to be.
Soon, the ‘heart attack’
changed to ‘accidental
drowning’ and all hell
broke loose on different
channels. I must add that
editorial decency went
out of the window in
the race to generate high
TRPs. There were anchors
posing with a wine glass
in their hands, there were
models lying down in a
bathtub and some channel
even went to proclaim
that Sri had resurrected.
News shouldn’t become
entertainment. It shouldn’t
titillate. She was a celebrity
but she had left a grieving
family behind. Her two
young daughters were
coping with all sorts of
fears, putting on a strong
face, aware that the media
eye would be on them
24/7. Yes, it’s big news
when a celebrity passes
Sridevi
away. But is it necessary to
make a circus out of it all?
I didn’t know Sridevi
that well. I never really
got a chance to spend
that much time with her
on her sets. But whatever
brief interaction we had
was full of warmth and
affection. I always felt that
she was someone who had
seen too much in life too
soon. Having started her
career as a child star at the
age of four, she literally
grew up on the film sets.
That was the only life she
knew. How much of that
reality she accepted and
how much of it she wanted
to
t escape one would never
know. Because she was
too good an actor to let
out much. Despite her
heady success, her heart
ruled her head when it
came to love. There was
no calculation involved
in the people she chose to
love. That’s an amazing
contradiction and shows
us that behind the facade,
all we need is love, really.
And love she did
get aplenty from her
fans. The spontaneous
outpouring of grief, an
aftershock to her passing
away, was proof of that.
The sea of humanity
that walked with her
on her final journey
was proof of that. Her
peers were unabashedly
crying, like they had lost
someone close, and not
just a colleague. And her
death opened a door of
rapprochement between
siblings Arjun (Kapoor)
and Anshula and Janhvi
and Khushi.
Goodbye Ma’am, you
will be sorely missed. But
we have your movies to
cheer us on. Thanks for
all the movies and the
memories...
„
jitesh.pillaai@wwm.co.in
Twitter: @jiteshpillaai
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