Bollywood may be paying the ultimate tribute to Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray with Thackeray being made on his life and times. The film has Nawazuddin Siddiqui playing the Maharashtrian leader. Directed by Abhijit Panse, Thackeray releases tomorrow (January 25). And while there are several B-Towners, who can’t stop raving about the late leader’s helpful acts, there have been times when his Shiv Sena has in fact caused trouble in Bollywood. The films that faced the ire were the ones who either hinted on showing their leader in a bad light or had any negative aspect about Hindutva. But topping this list would be the party’s anti-South Indian stand that even forced people to flee the city. Let’s take a look at some of those instances!
# Way back in the ’60s when Shiv Sena started their anti-South Indian campaign, Neetu Singh’s film Do Kaliyaan was pulled out of cinema halls as it was produced by Gemini Studios. Later they also protested against a scene in the film Samajh Ko Badal Daalo, where a saffron flag was shown.
# In 1993, the theatres had to withdraw any film that featured AK Hangal, only because the senior actor had visited Pakistan. Bal Thackeray and his party forced theatre-owners to delete his scenes from some of his films including Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja.
# One may recall the fact that filmmaker Mani Ratnam was asked to hold a special screening of Bombay for Thackeray and Sharad Pawar, as his film had the backdrop of the Bombay riots.
# In 2002, Manisha Koirala objected to producer director Shashilal Nair using her body-double for a nude scene in a film, while promoting it. The actress had approached the Shiv Sena supremo demanding the deletion of the scene. Well, the film did not release in Maharashtra.
# Shah Rukh Khan has always been a soft target of political parties. SRK’s My Name Is Khan ran into trouble, when the star spoke in favour of having Pakistani cricketers in Indian Premiere League. Again just before the release of his film Raees, Sena’s Chattisgarh unit had threatened exhibitors as the film had a Pakistani actress Mahira Khan in it. Not much happened as the makers of the film did not use her in the promotion of the film.
# And how can one forget the bitter clash that took place in 1971 at the Kohinoor Cinema in Dadar. Interestingly this clash has even been shown in Thackeray. Dev Anand’s film Tere Mere Sapne had replaced Dada Kondke’s Songadya, which was a successfully-running Marathi film at the theatre. This angered Marathi-speaking moviegoers. As news of this replacement reached the Sena Bhavan, party members and locals marched to the theatre to protest the move.
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Salman Khan, Taapsee Pannu are following in the footsteps of these 4 actors – here’s how
Salman Khan and Taapsee Pannu will be seen playing older characters in their respective films, Bharat and Saand Ki Aankh
Bollywood actors and their commitment towards their work is on a different level these days. It’s nothing new in Hollywood for actors to prepare and go through drastic physical changes to become the character they would be playing in order to be more relatable for their audience. Be it weight gain, weight loss, getting six pack abs or even adding more years to their look, actors have never held back.
In recent years, we have seen the same kind of dedication from Bollywood artists as well. While many could say there is a lot more vanity in our industry than in the West, there are bold actors who don’t adhere by these norms and are taking the big step of transforming completely into their onscreen characters. Earlier this week, posters of Salman Khan starrer Bharat and Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar’s Saand Ki Aankh were released online. In their respective films, all the three actors will be seen playing much older characters and they have completely moulded themselves into their on-screen persona and look almost unrecognizable. Well, believe it or not, but in the past, quite a few actors did the same. Take a look…
Salman Khan in Bharat
Salman Khan’s Bharat is one of the most anticipated movies to release this year for all the obvious reasons. The poster of the movie is out and Salman looks almost unrecognizable. Sporting five different looks in the movie, the poster of Bharat shows Salman in a much older version, sporting a salt-n pepper look with heavy beard and moustache
Bhumi Pednekar & Taapsee Pannu in Saand Ki Aankh
In Saand Ki Aankh , Bhumi and Taapsee will be playing the role of the world’s oldest women sharpshooters. Bhumi will be seen as Chandro Tomar while Tapsee will be playing Prakashi Tomar. Staying true to their roles, both the actresses have visibly added years to their look with the help of make-up.
John Abraham in RAW
In the newly released spy thriller Romeo Akbar Walter, John is seen sporting 15 different avatars that too successfully with the help of prosthetics and specialist Preetisheel. Especially John’s look of a 70-year-old man is very convincing.
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Sarbjit
In Omung Kumar’s directorial venture, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan played the role of Sarbjit’s sister. The films showcase the 22 years that Sarbjit spent in jail for alleged spying and terrorism. For the same, Aishwarya was happy to leave her vanity aside and played a much older character than her real-life age.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas in 7 Khoon Maaf
Priyanka Chopra has never shied away from taking up risky projects. So it’s not surprising that PeeCee did Vishal Bhardwaj’s Saat Khoon Maaf way back in 2011. In the film, her character ages from 20 to 65 and goes through several marriages at different points in her life. With the help of prosthetics, Priyanka played 7 completely different parts, one being that of a 65-year-old woman.
Rishi Kapoor in Kapoor & Sons
When Rishi Kapoor played 90-year-old grandfather in Kapoor & Sons, he got some help from Oscar-winning American make-up artist Greg Cannom of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Titanic fame. The producer of the film had to shell out Rs 2 crore for the actor’s unbelievable transformation and the look took 5 hours of hard labour every day.
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Notre Dame: Befikre to Ilahi – Bollywood films and songs that were shot at the iconic monument in Paris
From Ilahi to Man Ko Ati Bhavey to Befikre, quite a few films and songs were shot at the Notre Dame in Paris
April 15 will be remembered in the coming years as the day that one of the most iconic monuments in the world witnessed doom. The 850-year old Notre Dame Cathedral in France erupted in a fiery blaze, leaving the world in shock. An interesting fact about Notre Dame that you may not know of is that the monument is one of Bollywood’s most preferred shooting locations.
The song Ilahi from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, which had Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in lead roles, was shot in front of the monument. The scene in which Ranbir gets chased by a drug dealer gives us quite a glance of the astounding cathedral.
Ranbir-Anushka-Aishwarya starrer Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016) also had scenes shot with the historical monument in the backdrop. In the song An Evening in Paris, you can see Ranbir and Anushka dancing on the street with the Notre Dame cathedral to the far left.
The song Man Ko Ati Bhavey from London Dreams started with the backdrop of the Louvre Museum, post which the scene shifts to the front of the Notre Dame. In one particular scene, we get a whole view of the cathedral while Salman Khan and Asin perform their antics.
London Paris New York also gave us a glimpse of the Notre Dame.
And who can forget the scene between Vani Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in Befikre that had a full view of the Notre Dame?
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