Ahead of his charitable programme ‘Celebrating Jeetendra? in Nagpur, Bollywoods yesteryear superstar Jeetendra speaks to Nation Next about his fondness for Nagpur and his love for charity. Dr Bhavana Rajesh Dhabre has spearheaded the event, which would be held at Mankapur Sports Stadium, Nagpur on January 12, 2019, 7 pm onwards.
Jeetendra, while speaking about the charity event, told Nation Next, Rajesh Dhabre is a great (IRS) officer and a singer too. I can never refuse Dhabre saab’s proposal not because hes an officer but because hes a thorough gentleman. Rajeshs love for music and his wife Dr Bhavanas love for charity made me get associated with this event.
Dr Bhavana has been instrumental in successfully running Shakuntala Public School, which is approved by the Government of Maharashtra but a non-aided one. She has also been the torchbearer of the NGO – Swayamdeep Sanskrutik and Shikshaneek Sanstha, to which the proceeds of the charity event in Nagpur on Jan 12 would go towards.
When we spoke to Bhavana, she said, All movies of Jeetendraji have been super hit in Nagpur; be it Maang Bharo Sajna, Arpan, Kinara, Mawaali, Tohfa, Himmatwala, etc. There was a time during the 80s when only his songs used to be played at functions and schools in Nagpur.
Celebrating Jeetendra? is a musical programme, in which Nagpurians would celebrate superstar Jeetendra and his successful career. The veteran actor would also be meeting and thanking his fans in Nagpur. The show would also highlight his journey from being ?Jeetendra the junior artist? to ?Jeetendra the superstar.
When we spoke to Rekha, a die-hard fan of Jeetendra from Nagpur, she said, I’ve already booked my tickets for the event. I’m not as fit as him but still I’ll ensure I shake a leg there. I don’t mind being bed-ridden for a few days if it’s about Jeetendra! I’m his huge fan.
Nagpurians be ready to rock and roll with the ?Jumping Jack on his famous songs as a gesture of gratitude!
Ananya is aware of the fact that showbiz is a very tricky business: Chunky Panday
Vijay Deverakonda and Ananya Panday starrer ‘Liger’ turned out to be a failure at the box office. It was Vijay’s debut in Bollywood and Ananya’s first bilingual film too. But the film didn’t shape up the way it was expected and even Ananya’s father-actor Chunky Panday agrees to it.
Talking about Liger’s failure, Chunky expressed, “Any actor gives his or her 100 percent to a film. And after you finish it, you go out of your way to promote the film. And these days promotional activities are a trend where you even go into masses urging fans to watch it. But sometimes things go wrong and we are depressed about it. And it’s okay, that’s an obvious reaction for any actor to feel devastated. Success or failure can happen with any film, an artist has to live with it and just move on. I’m sure my daughter (Ananya) is aware of the fact that showbiz is a very tricky business.”
Having said that, Chunky feels that one should not ‘overconfident’ or ‘underestimate’ anything in the film industry. “On a film set, almost around 400 people work. And as an actor, we don’t get to see each and every thing as a whole. We are aware of only portions of what’s happening but we don’t know what’s going to be the end result. So, it’s better to take things as they come,” Chunky stated.
Even today, I call up people I want to work with: Sharman Joshi
Sharman Joshi came to fame with romantic-comedy ‘Style’ (2001), his first hit. But, he was already a known face by then with few films to his credit. However, the actor was still trying to set his foot in the industry and had his share of struggle too. In a recent interview, the actor remembered his struggling days.
The ‘3 Idiots’ actor used to call the director for work in those days. “There was a director, who used to have telephone numbers of many directors from Bollywood. I took the list from him and would call them on their landline as those were ‘no mobile’ phone days. One thing that helped me big time was my background in theatre,” shared Sharman.
But Sharman also confessed that some directors’ would also be considerate. “When I would call the directors and they would talk very respectfully, some even called for a meeting. See, people from showbiz business understand what it takes to be here. So whether you work together or not, that doesn’t really matter. In fact, even today, I just pick up the call and dial to people I want to work with,” said Sharman who made his debut in Bollywood with Godmother in 1999.
Mannat se guzar raha tha, toh ek mannat maang li: Ayushmann Khurrana
Like many, even actor Ayushmann Khurrana is a Shah Rukh Khan fan. And when the actor happened to be in Bandra on Sunday, he stopped by in front of King Khan’s house Mannat. In fact, he made a wish in front of the gate looking at Mannat through the sunroof of his car.
The actor shared a picture on his social media page from SRK’s house and captioned, “Mannat se guzar raha tha. Toh ek mannat maang li #AnActionHero #2ndDecember #SRKian” He added the song ‘Baazigar O Baazigar’ from Shah Rukh’s film ‘Baazigar’ along with the picture.
Ayushmann, who’s busy promoting his film, ‘An Action Hero’, received lots of comments from SRK as well as his fans.