Not many may know that Yash Chopra’s ‘Darr’ was initially offered to Aamir Khan. Later, superstar Shah Rukh Khan bagged the film which became a blockbuster in 1993. In a very old interview in 1997, Aamir had accused filmmaker Yash Chopra of lying to him while narrating the script.
Aamir was curious to know how many punches he would give to Sunny Deol and vice versa. “It hurts when filmmakers don’t tell you the correct script and lie. They knew my approach, but still they would just lie. When it comes to Yash Chopra, I want to put things this way. So, in the first narration, Yash ji told me that Sunny and I would fight in the climax scene. However, it would be Juhi, the woman whom my character was obsessed with, who would kill me. And to me that made sense,” said Aamir and added, “Later, I came to know that Yash ji had narrated a different climax to Sunny in which Sunny would kill me. So I demanded a joint narration because what worried me was my ‘screen image’. I didn’t want to be beaten up by a regular hero in a regular commercial film.”
Aamir, who was image conscious, went on to add, “I never had issues beaten up by Deepak Tijori in ‘Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar’, because that was a different kind of movie altogether. But an actor like Sunny and me opposite him, obviously, I don’t want to be beaten up by him. Not even Arnold Schwarzenegger for that matter. Is there anything wrong with that?”
Revealing about his conversation with Late Yash Chopra, Aamir added, “While narrating the script, Yashji told me that the climax scene is going to be an equal fight. And that’s when I asked him, ‘What did he mean by that?’ He had also said that we both would have the same number of punches. And all of this was told to me in the presence of cameraman Manmohan Singh and scriptwriter Honey Irani. Yashji has also said that I had second thoughts about playing a negative role. The character had a mental issue so it had to be played accordingly.”
Naatu Naatu composer MM Keeravani is a great musician; just that he’s underrated: AR Rahman
SS Rajamouli’s ‘RRR’ has been making news for the past few weeks. Be it winning Golden Globe for the song ‘Naatu Naatu’ or being nominated for Oscars 2023, composer MM Keeravani is a national name now. The Oscar-Golden Globe-Grammy awards winner, AR Rahman said, spoke about MM Keeravani in a recent interview.
Expressing that Keeravani is ‘underrated’, he said, “You know what? MM Keeravani is a great composer, it’s just that he’s underrated. And I’m not sure if it’s true, Keeravani wanted to quit music in 2015 and retire. In fact, that’s when his career had actually started. And everyone noticed it. I believe when someone thinks their life is over, that’s when your life starts. You just need to live. I even tell my kids the same, ‘that gentleman (Keeravani), who’s been in the industry for 35 years, wanted to quit so early when his career actually started at that point.”
This video of Rahman’s interview about Keeravani has been appreciated on social media. And many users have also praised him for his positive and inspirational statements. Moreover, Keeravani will be conferred with Padma Shri this year, who once thought of quitting and wanted to retire in 2015.
To complete my film ‘Emergency’, I mortgaged every single thing I owned: Kangana Ranaut
Kangana Ranaut finished the shoot of her much awaited film ‘Emergency’ recently. But finishing this film wasn’t an easy journey for the actress. She went through a lot of ups and downs while finishing this period drama where she plays former PM, Indira Gandhi.
Talking about all the difficulties she faced to complete the film, Kangana recently said, “Whatever task I take up, I make sure I finish it. But to finish the film, I had to mortgage all my properties, every single thing I owned as I am also banking the film as a producer. Moreover, mortgaging all my property to complete the film wasn’t a big deal. I am someone who makes all my big decisions within minutes. The main struggle was running to banks back-to-back while shooting the film. Somehow, it hampers your work big time.”
Kangana, who made her entry into Bollywood with ‘Gangster’ in 2006, also spoke about her initial days in Bollywood. “When I came to Mumbai, I had only ₹500. So, if I lose all my property after ‘Emergency’ release and I’m completely ruined, it won’t matter much. I am very confident and strong enough to stand up on my feet once again and bounce back. Such possessions hold no meaning for me to be frank,” said Kangana to the paparazzi during the ‘Emergency’ wrap-up party held recently.
Salim Khan was one of those few friends who encouraged me to become a screenwriter: Javed Akhtar
Be it ‘Sholay’, ‘Don’, ‘Zanjeer’ or ‘Deewaar’, Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar have worked together in many such iconic films. And lyricist Javed Akhtar revealed how it was writer Salim who encouraged him to become a screenwriter.
In an interview recently, the lyricist revealed that he wanted to become a director before becoming a writer and a lyricist. Talking about his friendship with Salim Khan, Javed said, “Salim saab was one of those few friends who encouraged me to become a writer. The plus point was I used to live in a room which was close to his home, hence I would visit him often. Had I been living somewhere else, I doubt if I would be able to meet him regularly.”
Adding more about his years-long association with Salim Khan and why they stopped working together, Javed added, “In our struggling days, we were like ‘one team’. We didn’t have any friends, hence we would be together from morning till evening and even work together. Even our dinners would be together, in fact, out of 24 hours, we would be together for at least 15-16 hours a day. But once we tasted success, new people entered our lives and gradually our circle changed. Hence, the rapport we had broke and we couldn’t work together further.”