Author turned director Ram Kamal Mukherjee paid a tribute to legendry filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh. Today, (May 30th), as Kolkata remembered its iconic filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh’s fifth death anniversary; Ram Kamal launched the first teaser poster of Seasons Greetings to mark the death anniversary of legendary filmmaker. Producer Aritra Das from Assorted Motion Pictures says, It’s an honour to give tribute to someone who single handedly revived the dying film industry in Kolkata. He got sensible audience back to the theatres. Rituda is a legend, and I know that people will have a lot of expectation from us, after Cakewalk. I think Ram Kamal and Abhra makes a lovely team and we are really forward start the film at the earliest.
Winner of 12 National Awards and multiple international awards, Ghosh was known for his simple yet socially relevant content, Ram Kamal’s film would deal with something similar. It’s not a biopic, clarified Ram Kamal Mukherjee. I have interacted with Ritu da on several occasions, in Kolkata and in Mumbai. Later we worked closely on his bilingual film Naukadubi, produced by Subhash Ghai. As a journalist, I shared a love and hate relationship with him, but whenever we met we connected immediately, purely on cinema. His sense of humour and eye for detailing would inspire me. I always wanted to tell a story on screen, and after Cakewalk, I decided to make a film that would reflect Rituda’s sense and sensibility, he added. The film would be shot across various parts of Kolkata.
Incidentally, when Ram Kamal started his career as a reporter in Stardust, his first article was on Rituparno Ghosh. Yes, he recollects. “Years later during my tenure with Mumbai Mirror, I had interviewed him a couple of times, and that’s when he would share his thoughts and ideas of making different kinds of cinema. He worked with the best and finest actors we have in Bengal and Bollywood. Most of his actors and technicians would interact with me, and would tell me stories about his life. He went away too early,” sighs Ram Kamal. Abhra worked with noted filmmaker Bappaditya Bandhopadhyaya and have recently finished his first Bengali film Jibon Mrityu, based on Tagore’s short story. “Ritu da is an enigma, he was no less than a star. He was so inspired by Satyajit Ray, that he would just follow his way of story telling. When we decided to work on this project after Cakewalk, I was very excited and nervous at the same time, simply because people will have huge expectation the moment you call it a tribute,” says Abhra Chakraborty.
The film would be shot during monsoon, and would have two eminent faces from the film industry. “Talks are on with two leading ladies, I am waiting for their formal signing, thereafter I shall be able to reveal the names,” says the director. The film will have music by Shailendra Sayanti, and will also include one of Rabindranath Tagore’s famous tracks in the film. “Ram Kamal has been working on this subject since past couple of months, he would often share references from Rituparno Ghosh movies, and that’s when I realised that Rituda had a very sharp ear for music. Most of his films had music by Dibyojyoti Mishra, and I am totally in love with his composition,” said music director Shailendra Sayanti.
After making his debut as director in Esha Deol Takhtani starrer Cakewalk, now author turned filmmaker Ram Kamal Mukherjee announced his second venture Seasons Greetings under the banner of Assorted Motion Pictures and SS 1 Entertainments. The film will be co-directed by Abhra Chakraborty. Ranjib Mazumdar has penned the story, while Chandrodoy Pal would write screenplay and dialogue. This short Hindi feature film will be produced by Aritra Das and Shailendra Kumar, and the film is based on a mother and daughter relationship.
Ram Kamal worked with Ranjib Mazundar as colleagues, and they have been planning to collaborate on a project that would be close to their heart. “Ranjib is a brilliant story teller, and he is full of ideas. Chanrodoy is yet another talented guy, who worked earlier with AIB in Mumbai and is now working on a couple of interesting projects in Kolkata. I think we need to bring in fresh perspective along with different content. This film will be an tribute to Rituda, not in terms of his body of work, but the soul of his entire repertoire,” says Ram Kamal.
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.
With 7000 luxury cars, gold fitted private jets, Sultan of Brunei has everything money can buy
With a personal wealth of £15 billion (approx rupees one lakh crore) Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah (76) has been the king for over 54 years now. Sultans huge fortune is said to increase by £80 (₹7000) per second from just oil assets that he possesses. The Sultan is the second wealthiest monarch in the world after the King of Thailand
Flew his hairdresser via private jet for a £19,000 haircut!
Such has been the Sultans lifestyle that he once flew his barber in his private jet for a single haircut, which cost him a total of £19,000 (approx ₹16.5 lakh) Not just this but hes also known to have his polo shoes flown by his helicopter for a match.
Once court papers in 2012 revealed that he paid £1.26 million (approx. ₹10.92 crore) to his badminton coach, £1.25million (approx. ₹10 crore) for acupuncture, massage and spent £50,000 (approx. ₹ 43 lakh) on guards for his exotic birds.
The Sultan, who spends around £17million (approx. ₹147 crore) on just jewellery as presents for his family members, paid two of his housekeepers £7million (approx. ₹60 crore) each! Once, the Royal Family spent so much at London jewellers Asprey that, in 1995, he decided to buy the entire company at a cost of £320million (approx. ₹2700 crore)!
Multiple marriages, divorces
In 1965, the Sultan married his cousin Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha, with whom he has six children, including Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee.
The Sultan remarried, but Raja still remains his wife and the Queen Consort. He married Hajah Mariam in 1982 a year before first wife Queen Saleha gave birth to their sixth child. He met her while she was working as an airhostess on a national airline.
He divorced Hajah (who was the mother of four children) in 2003 and stripped her off her royal titles. He then married TV presenter Azrinaz Mazhar, with whom he had two children before they divorced in 2010.
Micheal Jackson performed for Sultan’s 6000 subjects on his birthday
Father of 12, Sultan celebrated the weddings of his five children for a week by spending millions on each wedding. When Sultans eldest son Crown Prince, married a teenager Sarah Salleh (17), she wore jewel-encrusted Christian Louboutin heels and pure gold anklet. His daughter, Princess Azemah, 38, married her first cousin in week-long wedding on January 25, 2023.
For his oldest daughter’s wedding, Princess Rashidah, American singer Whitney Houston was flown in to sing at the reception and the Sultan paid her £5.5million (approx. ₹47 crore).
Sultans 50th birthday in 1996 was celebrated for over 15 days that cost him over £20 million (₹173 crore). The extravagant celebrations comprised a polo match, gala dinner for 3,000 at the opulent Palace where caviar from the endangered beluga was served.
Apart from this, the guests enjoyed free-flow of champagne. Not just this, the Sultan paid Micheal Jackson £14 million (approx ₹120 crore), for which the pop singer performed at three concerts – one for Sultans 6000 subjects and two for his private guests. The Sultan as a token presented every guest of his a solid gold medal!
1788 rooms, 257 bathrooms, air-conditioned stable for ponies
The Sultan resides at the Instana Nurul Iman Palace, which is the largest Royal residence in the world. The residence that was built over two years costs over £1billion (approx. ₹8600 crore) that includes 1788 rooms and 257 bathrooms.
With gold and diamond all over, the residence has five huge swimming pools, a banquet hall that can accommodate over 5000 guests and a mosque with a capacity of 1500 people. Apart from all this, there’s also a fully air-conditioned stable for Sultans 200 polo ponies (small horses)!
Most expensive private house in UK
The Sultan owns a lavish house in Londons most expensive area Regent Park, St Johns Lodge that consists of three linked properties. The same property in London was bought for £40million in 1994 (estimated to be worth £110 million [approx. ₹953 crore]) by making it the most expensive private house in the United Kingdom!
Known for being generous in gifting huge properties to his family members, the Sultan also owns plush properties on the Gold Coast of Australia, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, to name a few.
The Sultan in 1997 gifted his playboy brother Prince Jefri a mansion worth £45 million (approx. ₹390 crore) in Las Vegas that has 92 rooms, 29 bedrooms, 42 bathrooms, a tennis court, three swimming pools and a huge garage that houses 11 cars.
7000 cars worth £5billion
With almost 7000 cars, the Sultan possess the world’s largest car collection that include over 600 Rolls Royce, 500 Mercedes, 450 Ferraris, 380 Bentleys, over 100 Koenigsegg, 21 Lamborghinis, 11 Aston Martins, 179 Jaguars and 209 BMWs. His £5billion (approx ₹43000 crore) collection also includes a 24-carat gold-plated silver Spur Limo used for Royal weddings.
Private jets decorated in gold
Not just cars, the Sultan is the proud owner of the £233 million (approx. ₹2000 crore) customised Boeing 747, with a living room and bedroom decorated in gold and crystals and washbasins of solid gold.
Apart from this, he also owns a customised Airbus worth £75m (approx. ₹649 crore) and a Boeing 767 worth £136m (approx. ₹1200 crore).
(PS: The figures are an approximate value calculated as per the current market price, which have been sourced from The Sun)
17-year-old girl gang-raped in car at Nagpur
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