57th Filmfare Awards winners are out… Will you still watch the show on 19th Feb??

Now that the 57th Annual Filmfare Award Winners (Check the Winners here) are out in the tabloids, I was wondering whether it would really interest the audiences anymore. Will people be keen to watch the show, scheduled to be aired on 19th Feb!! You might wonder what kind of question is this!! It’s Filmfare, and people just have to watch it right. .?? True to certain extent. But think about it, there are no surprises left for the audience in the show.

So, what reason do you have to watch a show on television, almost 20 days after the winners are announced?  What according to you will still attract the viewer’s and make them switch their television set in anxiety? Let me help you answer to this strange but valid question!

Here are some of the reasons why you might still watch it on television :

  • All the girls out there might like to see the badshah ‘Shah Rukh Khan’ and the handsome ‘Ranbir Kapoor’ on stage (they will be the hosts for the night)
  • Loads of Naach Gana and some sizzling performances, which come packaged with the awards ceremony & act as highlights. This time, the stage shall be enthralled by Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza. No prizes for guessing ,”Katrina Kaif” will be the “Show Stopper”
  • The fashion statement, the starry quotient, the designer dresses attract a lot a Fashion fiestas who watch the show just for the fashion mantras. Entire Fashion industry is keen to showcase their talent through the Celebrities after all it’s a “Starry Night” that sure get’s a lot of camera & media attention. It’s Manish Malhotra vs Vikram Phadnis and the list goes on, each one wanting to create the maximum buzz with the dress that the beautiful ladies adorn
  • How can we forget the PJ’s, some light & some tough humor cracked by the hosts on their own film Fraternity and not to forget their arch rivals 😉 (Kantaben was hit amongst the all)
  • Some more Dance performances and jokes that lack any humor. And not to forget the al-laa thank-you speeches by the winners, the anxiety on their faces & the smart acts by the editing team; whereby the audiences is made to believe what it is not

Did I forget something… What about the artists who won the awards, what about the films that were nominated, what about the real reason why this award show exists….. Cinema!! Well who cares about that anyway. You are well aware of the winners in advance, so why worry about them. Some of you might feel that I am taking it too far, but let me ask you this one question… Would you not like to see Filmfare Awards Live on Television rather than recorded and edited version? Are we asking too much of the likes of the superstars to perform live in front of the audience?  You will all agree that they have enough talent to performance live, so why are they not challenging themselves to go LIVE 😉

Do let us know your views on this topic. Don’t the audience deserve to see their favorite stars win awards LIVE on stage? Or they just deserve to just to see the performances 😉 (The Naach Gana Show)

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Filmfare Lady goes to..The Awards List

After we got you the Nomination List of the Filmfare Awards here , the award ceremony took place yesterday in the newly built Reliance Media Works studio in Film City. Amidst glamour and glitz, there were moments of laughter and fun. There were nerve wrenching moments, especially for those who were nominated. Performances, hilarious acts by SRK & Ranbir and much more.

The much awaited evening began with a musical tribute to Dev Anand, with Javed Ali of Coke Studio doing a version of Dil ka bhanwar, Aise na mujhe tum dekho and Khoya khoya chand. Up next were Shaan, accompanied by Leslie Lewis presenting an ode to Shammi Kapoor with Baar baar dekho, Dil deke dekho and Badan pe sitare.

This year, the hosts were a mixed doubles pair of sorts. Each pair shone bright and entertained the audience. SRK and Ranbir dropped from an aerial harness and collided mid-air as sparks flew literally. SRK ribbed Ranbir, accusing him of overacting and saying that sons of great actors seldom matched up. Ably supported by Karan Johar , Ali Zafar and former Miss India Ankita Shorey, the duo made the audience crack up with their antics.

As always, the event had an A-list of performers whose flamboyant acts lent glamour to the evening. Apart from Shah Rukh Khan, there was Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor and Deepika Padukone, who each enacted a medley of their hit numbers. Also performed the soon-to-be-married couple, Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia, who put up a spirited pre-nuptial tango that included a song from their forthcoming film Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya.

(The awards shall be telecasted on February 19th, 2012 at 8pm on Sony Tv).

Without further wait, we present to you the entire list of the Winners of the much desired Black Lady.

BEST ACTOR MALE – Ranbir Kapoor, Rockstar

BEST ACTOR FEMALE – Vidya BalanThe Dirty Picture

BEST FILM – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

BEST DIRECTOR – Zoya AkhtarZindagi Na Milegi Dobara

BEST DIALOGUE – Farhan AkhtarZindagi Na Milegi Dobara

BEST SCREENPLAY – Akshat VermaDelhi Belly

BEST STORY – Sanjay Chauhan, I Am Kalam

BEST ACTOR MALE (CRITICS) – Ranbir KapoorRockstar

BEST FILM (CRITICS) – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

BEST ACTOR FEMALE (CRITICS) – Priyanka Chopra, 7 Khoon Maaf

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR MALE – Farhan AkhtarZindagi Na Milegi Dobara

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR FEMALE – Rani MukherjeeNo One Killed Jessica

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Aruna Irani

SCENE OF THE YEAR – The Dirty Picture

RD BURMAN AWARD  – KrsnaTanu Weds Manu

BEST MUSIC – AR RahmanRockstar (A special 47 ct diamond studded 2500th trophy presented)

BEST PLAYBACK SINGER FEMALE – Usha Uttap & Rekha Bhardwaj, Darling, 7 Khoon Maaf

BEST LYRICS – Irshad Kamil, Nadaan Parindey, Rockstar

BEST PLAYBACK SINGER MALE – Mohit Chauhan, Jo Bhi Main, Rockstar

BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR – Abhinay DeoDelhi Belly

BEST DEBUT MALE – Vidyut JhamwalForce

BEST DEBUT FEMALE – Parineeti ChopraLadies vs Ricky Bahl

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY – Bosco-Caesar, Senorita, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

BEST VFX – Red Chillies, Ra.One

BEST BACKGROUND SCORE – Ranjit BarotShaitan

BEST ACTION – Don 2

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – Carlos CatalanZindagi Na Milegi Dobara

BEST SOUND DESIGN – Nakul KamteDon 2

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN – Shashank TereDelhi Belly

BEST EDITING – Huzefa LokhandwalaDelhi Belly

BEST COSTUME – Niharika KhanThe Dirty Picture

We shall bring to you more news about Filmfare. So Stay Tuned !!

Agneepath- Movie Review

Vruksh ho bade bhale,
ho ghane ho bhale,
Ek Patra chhah bhi mang mat, mang mat, mang mat,
Agnipath, Agnipath Agnipath
There have been news reports that Agneepath (2012)  has earned a record Rs 23 crore on Day 1. Awesome stuff.. right !!
Yes its true that Agneepath (1990) was not a box office hit, but its remake has broken all records ie breaking the record of the first day collection of Salman Khan’s ‘Bodyguard’, which had stood at approximately Rs 21 crore. The 1990 cult classic -‘Agneepath’, directed by Mukul Anand, featured Amitabh Bachchan playing the iconic character of Vijay Dinanath Chauhan Kancha, while Danny Denzongpa played Kancha Cheena. Mithun Chakraborty also played a memorable role in the film, produced by Yash Johar. So, does the remake live up to the expectations of those who have watched the original movie??
Well, most of us do end up comparing the two movies and the trend is the not all remake movies have performed well at the box office. So what is that makes this remake different ??? To be honest I too did not have much expectations when I watched the 2012 version. To my surprise there was no ” Krishnan Iyer M.A”, which was played by Mithun Chakraborty. I am sure most of us remember his excellent performance in the movie.  Tinu Anand ie Nathu is also missing from the latest version. But why are we comparing the two movies? Is it fair to compare the two movies?  But there are loads of new things to look for in the latest movie. There are some brilliant performances by Hrithik Roshan and Sanjay Dutt. Hrithik brings alive the attitude and feel of the orginal Vijay Dinanath Chauhan with his subtle yet powerful performance. On the contrary, Sanjay Dutt has proved himself to be the evilest of the villains, the industry has seen by far. The key difference between AGNEEPATH the original and AGNEEPATH the remake lies in the fact that the remake has been shot extensively in Mandwa, while the original was shot largely in Mumbai. Karan Johar has been able to recreate the magic of AGNEEPATH which his father did more than 20 years ago, and the audience of the present times. The veteran actors Rishi Kapoor and Om Puri  have given an amazing performance and have made sure that they leave a mark on the audience. Am i missing something… oh yes the two ladies.  Priyanka has done a great job by playing the typical Marathi girl and love interest of Hrithik and Katrina as ‘Chikni Chameli’ introduces you to her wild side.

Here are some interesting facts about Agneepath that might interest you:
  • Anand had to shave his head bald to make the age difference between him andAmitabh Bachchan, as he played the role of his uncle. (Agneepath 1990)
  • To give Amitabh Bachchan the gangster look, his mouth was stuffed with cotton wool underneath both cheeks, as was Marlon Brando’s in The Godfather (Agneepath 1990)
  • The entire film was shot in Diu with a few scenes shot in a mill in Mumbai. Hrithik Roshan and Sanjay Dutt both undertook a strict exercise regime to gain muscle for the film. (Agneepath 2012)
  • Mithun Chakraborty’s unique role of Kishnan Iyer was inspired by one of his room mates of his struggling days, before he become a popular film star.(Agneepath 1990)
  • The team consisting of around 200 members, had to carry all the materials from Mumbai and walk on the sand with heavy instruments to create the sets three-and-a-half kilometers away from the beach, without any approach road. (Agneepath 2012)

So are you ready to have Vijay Deenanath Chauhan and Kancha Cheena back on the silver screen? Are you ready to revisit Mandwa?

Do let us know your views about this latest remake. And also do let us know which one is your favorite – 2012 or 1990 😉
Happy Viewing.

Can Mona Singh make it back on the top (Kya Huaa Tera Vaada)

You might say that that Mona Singh was always present and was seen on Television. Well, you are right, she had never left Television. But what about serials!!!!…. I am sure that no one will forget her performance in “Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin “.

But that was way back in 2003, and had a successful run till 2006. What after that… she was not to be seen in any other serials. Well, In March 2007, she signed an exclusive contract with Sony Entertainment Television to be the brand ambassador for the channel for 13 months. And then came Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa in 2006, which again got her back in limelight and all over Television and she won the 1st season of  Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. She also hosted the season 2 of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa and there was no looking back. Soon she was the host of all the 4 seasons of Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega. And then back to host Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa season 4.

You might ask, what about the serials… has she stopped working in serials…? Well, you will soon see her back in action. Balaji Telefilms is all set to launch her back in a new Serial “Kya Huaa Tera Vaada“. So what is this serial all about? Let’s get to the details.

It’s a story about a couple Pradeep Singh and Mona, who are living independently in Mumbai. The couple had been married for 10years and have dealt with several situations together in the past.  As the episodes move forward, that too will be reveled.  Pradeep (played by Pawan Shankar) has stepped out of his father’s business and house and wants to carve his own niche. Mona (played by Mona Singh) has stood by him in this endeavor. In-spite of that Pradeep and Mona’s love life is taking a new turn and also their life is revolved around their 3 kids and their work. Oh yes, they have 3 kids, Bulbul,Rano and Rajbir. Mona whose only priority was her husband today has her 3 children asking for her attention and at times even demanding it. Hers is the classic case of a woman who ceases to play any other role except that of a mom.

Interesting right… well, I guess many young couples out there might end up saying … “Hey that’s my story”… “I too have gone through this phase”….and so on. So will this new serial take Mona Singh back to the top of television , as her 1st serial did…. ??? Well only time will tell. So are you excited to watch this serial… are you ready to witness your life (at least some of you) on television. Your wait will be over on 30th Jan . As always looking forward to your views, review, and comments about this serial. Happy Viewing.

India vs Pakistan…Not a cricket match…. It’s time for “Foodistan”

For the first time in the history of television, the Chefs from India and Pakistan are going to fight for the title of “Foodistan“. Yes you read it right, it will not be fought on a Hockey field nor on a Cricket field; it will be fought in a Kitchen. Its a battle for culinary supremacy between India and Pakistan. FOODISTAN includes the 16 best chefs from the culturally flavored INDIA and PAKISTAN (8 each). The 26 part series will be hosted by IRA DUBEY and ALY KHAN. Show’s judges include VEER SANGHVI eminent food critic SONYA JEHAN bollywood actress of French Pakistani descent and MERRILEES PARKER popular British chef.

Some call it “The first ever cross-border cook-off between the best chefs from India and Pakistan” Foodistan format includes, team challenges and individual tasks, which are judged on a total of 10 points. The second episode features a team challenge in which the chefs are asked to cook a basic meal of curry, kebab, biryani and dessert. India and Pakistan are two nations who share a common passion for good food. So this show is all set to take the advantage of this, and take this show to a new level.

Following are the Chefs who are all set to face each-other in this unique competition:

Chefs from India:

Madhumita Mohanta –  India today, a leading magazine, named Madhumita as one of the kitchen queens of the country. Madhumita has worked in countries like Singapore, Bahrain and Kuwait before she joined the Claridges, Surajkund, India, where she is known to be a strict boss with a caring heart

Nimish Bhatia –  Nimish is always in search of new culinary styles, but truly believes that food tastes the best when it is in its original form. He has pioneered the concept of ‘Thande Kebabs’ a USP in his restaurants.

Girish Krishnan –   He was Awarded the “Chef of the year”, 2008 by FHRAI. He strongly believes that alternating a traditional dish makes it lose its authenticity and real flavour.

Mehraj Ul Haque –  Mehraj ’s story began in his hometown Lucknow, where he spent countless hours cooking alongside his father at their family catering business. He is the man behind the mouthwatering Kebabs of “The Great Kebab Factory”, Radisson.

Manish Mehrotra – He has now brought in his unique inventive vision in creating a path breaking menu at the Indian Accent, the fine dining restaurant at The Manor (New Delhi). The Manor has been celebrated by all food critics with the crowning story of it being ‘The Best Modern Indian Restaurant’.

Karan Suri –  Travelling all over India, because of his family’s army background, Karan Suri has learnt about cuisine from all over the country. Karan possesses abilities in a wide variety of international styles including classical and contemporary French, traditional and contemporary Indian, Chinese, Thai, Mediterranean, Japanese and molecular gastronomy.

Rajeev Arora –  He has led restaurants to win awards and is now busy overseeing the opening of two new food outlets at the Oakwood Premiere in Pune

Sunil Chauhan – He has opened a fast food restaurant called ‘Served Hot’ in Delhi. In the last 4 years, Chef Sunil Chauhan has been traveling extensively and researching home cooked Indian food as a healthier option to be introduced into the mainstream.

Chefs from Pakistan:

Poppy Agha –  She has been cooking for the last 17 years. Influenced and inspired by her grandmother, Poppy has in-depth knowledge of several cuisines, specializing in Pakistani, South Indian, French, Italian, and Thai

Akhtar Rehman –  Working with Marriott, Islamabad; he has many signature dishes like “Murgh Zandan”, “Gola Kebab with dry nuts” “Qazi Kebab” to his credit. 11 years since his first job, Akhtar has received many appreciation certificates from Marriott for his ability to cook traditional and classical Pakistani dishes and delicacies.

Amir Iqbal – With 9 years of industry experience, Amir is also a visiting faculty at many culinary institutes in Pakistan. He started his career as a trainee waiter and in such a short span has been able to carve a place for himself.

Mohammad Ikram –  A specialized dumpukht chef, he loves cooking Chinese delicacies as well. Dedicated, hard-working and committed, Md. Ikram is a soft-spoken person at work who has 12 years of cooking to his credit.

Mohammad Naeem –  Currently, at the position of the Executive Chef at Park Plaza, Lahore his vast experience and wisdom comes from managing, heading and assisting many restaurants in U.S.A., Hong Kong, England, Ireland, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Dubai, Indonesia and Pakistan.

Mehmood Akhtar – His initial years were spent in “Mahmood Syeed Sakhery’s Palace” in Saudi Arabia where he was preparing scrumptious Arabian delicacies. He enjoys cooking variants of traditional mutton and chicken dishes. He is also an expert in Continental and Chinese cuisine

Noor Khan –  He is associated with ATV and is currently working on setting up a restaurant in Karachi. He has been in the industry for the past 12 years. He can also prepare mouthwatering dishes of any French, Italian or Thai menu.

Muhammad Saqib –  Muhammad Saqib, is the younget participant representing Pakistan on Foodistan. He is the only Pakistani chef based in New Delhi.
So get ready for a food fight between the best cooks from India and Pakistan on Foodistan. Launches on January 23rd, 2012, Monday to Wednesday 9:30 pm. Do let us know if this is yet another cooking show or is more than that. Your comments are always welcomed. Happy Viewing.

You cannot use Filmfare and Oscars in the same sentence…Can you??

Here you go, you might say that I have already used  Filmfare and Oscars in the same sentence 😉 Just Kidding. Time to get serious…

Filmfare is just around the corner and Oscars too will be out with its Nominations on 24th Jan. So what are we talking about !!!! The reason for writing about this topic was to clear the air between to the two Awards.There are a section of people, oops fans that say that Filmfare is the Oscars of Bollywood. Where as the other section of fans don’t agree. They have gone one step ahead and said “How can you use Filmfare and Oscars in the same sentence?”


So, what next !!  Following are some of the points that might help you to decide if you can (not) use both the award functions in one sentence. 

  • It is said that Filmfare only nominates movies that are a huge hit and does not encourage small budget movies and movies that have failed to earn corers.
(Example : Filmfare has two awards for Best Movies – Popular and Critics) In my opinion, there can only be One Best Movie… like the Oscars.. What say!!!
  • Some say Filmfare focuses more on performances during the awards, and somehow end up ignoring the real hero “Cinema”
(Well, i don’t think I need to give an example, you might all agree with the performance example.. Right !!) Oscars always gives preference to the Movies and its makers.
  • Need I mention about the low standard of Jokes year after year at the Filmfare functions…. (Sorry SRK fans, but just sharing the truth)
( You might say that even in Oscars, they crack jokes… Well, do you mean Cheap Jokes.. or just Jokes )
  • Did you know that Katrina Kaif has been nominated for Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (Best Actress)… Let me ask you… do you think that she even deserves to be nominated for this prestigious category ??  You can chek the Nominations in the earlier Post “Are you ready for the 57th FilmFare Awards 2012!!
  • And the best part, did you know that Vishal Dadlani and Niranjan Iyengar have been nominated for  Best Lyrics category for their song Chammak challo (RA.One) Are you surprised?? Shocked?
There are many such examples, and the list is endless. By this time you might have labeled me a Oscars fan, and me being biased to the Oscars. Well this is not true. I have been growing up watching both the awards. But somehow overs the years, there have been so may Award Functions that have sprung up in India. And every other Corporate house and TV channel are promoting their awards shows. Hence in a sense to prove which is better, these award functions end up doing the impossible and the unimaginable drama to get TRP’s. It would not be wrong to say that it’s as good as a Naach Gana show. I am not saying that we should be like Oscars, but can’t we have one award function that really celebrates Cinema… The real Hero.
As always looking forward to your views on this topic. Happy Viewing.

Is the Indian audience ready for “Ring Ka King”??

Indians must have been familiar with the concept of Akhaada, and the Wrestling competitions, known as dangals, held in villages. But soon this will take the center stage and will soon come into your living rooms. Don’t worry, it’s totally safe 😉 Colors channel has launched a new sports entertainment reality show called ‘Ring Ka King’. It consists of 30 wrestlers (Indian and international). Most of us have grown up watching WWF and TNA (Total Nonstop Action Wrestling). We are very well aware of the concept, but as this is a new show, let’s get to the details 😉 The reality show is set to debut on Colors Network on January 28, 2012, and guess what; Harbhajan Singh has been signed on as goodwill ambassador.

Ring Ka King” will spread over 13 weeks and will end just before the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches begin. (perfect timing) In the first four weeks, viewers will see some exciting matches that will crown a heavyweight champion and a tag team champion. And in the subsequent weeks, the champions will get a chance to save their title and fight against the other contenders, who will come their way and throw open challenges to claim their belt.

Well, you might say what’s new about this show!!!

Don’t you think that it’s kind of outdated content? No doubt that WWF and TNA were a huge hit, and also had some amazing wrestling stars that we all remember even today. But as time has gone by, the audience is aware that it’s all scripted and the fights are as good as fake. It will have the same drama, almost same action and stunts. So, why does Colors want to get back this old horse back in the limelight?. May be they are trying to promote the Indian Wrestles and trying to give them the exposure that they deserve. Also it might be an attempt to give the Indian wrestlers an International exposure.

So will you watch “Ring Ka King”? The show has been produced by Endemol, and no doubt that it has created shows like “Indian Idol“, “Bigg Boss” and “Fear FactorKhatron Ke Khiladi“, but will “Ring Ka King” take them to the next level…. Well, only time will tell…. 13 weeks to be precise!