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Ram Kamal Mukherjee becomes India’s first Power Brand Film Journalist

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(L to R): Arindam Chaudhuri presenting the award to Ram Kamal Mukherjee (Pic source: Assorted Motion Pictures)

Television producer, author and former Editor of Stardust film magazine, Ram Kamal Mukherjee, today, bagged the prestigious Power Brand Best Film Journalist award at Novotel Hotel in Mumbai. Mukherjee after being conferred upon the Power Brand award officially became the first film journalist from the field of entertainment to bag this prestigious award. After almost two decades of outstanding contribution in film journalism, Ram Kamal received the award from Arindam Chaudhuri, from Planman Media.

We had a research team who spoke to various celebrities, producers and directors from Hindi and regional cinema. We had four names, but Ram Kamal Mukherjee’s name emerged as clear winner for this year. This came like a pleasant surprise for all of us, considering he has not been actively involved with journalism for last two years. But it seems that his presence on social media and his reputation as a film journalist remains unchallenged, says Arindam Chaudhuri, a national award winning producer and founder of Planman Media. ?Brands are beyond organisations. Ram Kamal remains one of the most important figures in film journalism. His knowledge on Indian cinema is remarkable, added Arindam.

Ram Kamal Mukherjee moved out of Stardust in 2015 and co-produced his first television series Bin Kuch Kahe with Rajshree Ojha for Zee TV. He started his career in Kolkata way back in 1999 with The Asian Age as a correspondent, and later shifted his base to Mumbai in 2002 as special correspondent for Stardust Magazine. He joined India’s leading tabloid Mumbai Mirror in 2005 as an Assistant Editor. In 2008, he joined Bollywoods first corporate organisation – Pritish Nandy Communications – as Vice President and worked closely with Creative Director Rangita Pritish Nandy. In 2011, he joined Stardust as Editor-In-Chief. He is widely known for his coffee table book on Hema Malini and his first fiction Long Island Iced Tea. He also launched his own production house Assorted Motion Pictures.

 

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(L to R): Ram Kamal Mukherjee, Dabboo Ratnani, Neetu Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor (Pic source: Assorted Motion Pictures)

This award came like a surprise to me because I am no longer associated with any publication. But when they explained me that it had nothing to do with any publication, and it was all about individual brand value, I was pleasantly surprised, said Mukherjee, who had earlier bagged Best Author Award for Diva Unveiled in 2006 and Best Film Journalist award in 2008 from Lion’s Club. He remains India’s youngest biographer after publishing his coffee table book at the age of 26.

Read more: Today’s generation hates ?gyaan?; they?ve stopped reading beyond 140 characters: Ram Kamal Mukherjee

He received the award in presence of Bollywood stalwarts like Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor, Rakyesh Om Prakash Mehra, Shaan and Dabboo Ratnani.

Currently, Ram Kamal is working on his next book on Hema Malini titled Beyond The Dream Girl, published by Harper Collins India. I think once a journalist, always a journalist. But I think now the competition is much tougher because of paid media content. We had our share of challenges, now they have their own demons to fight, he said.

Read more: I don’t miss journalism anymore, says author turned producer Ram Kamal Mukherjee

Born in Kolkata, Ram Kamal graduated from University of Calcutta and later became University topper in Media Studies: Film and Television. He worked with many prestigious publications like Ananda Bazar Patrika, Midday, Buzz18, Anandalok and Sunday Midday. He was the first and only film journalist to have a full-page Sunday column – Ram Katha – in Mumbai Mirror.

At the same event, Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor bagged the Best Jodi award and also unveiled the coffee table book on 70 Power Brand winners from Bollywood.

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Ananya is aware of the fact that showbiz is a very tricky business: Chunky Panday

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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.

Also read: Even today, I call up people I want to work with: Sharman Joshi

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Even today, I call up people I want to work with: Sharman Joshi

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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.

Also read: Mannat se guzar raha tha, toh ek mannat maang li: Ayushmann Khurrana

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Mannat se guzar raha tha, toh ek mannat maang li: Ayushmann Khurrana

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Ayushmann Khurrana with Shah Rukh Khan and right in front of SRK’s house Mannat

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.

Also read: I’m known for small and mid-budget films, so I can never enter 300 crore club: Ayushmann Khurrana

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