Today, I am again feeling like writing on Kakaji, Rajesh Khanna the super star of millenium.

An actor par excellence, unparalleled, real first super star with outstandingly mesmerising personality, a unique and stylish legend of Bollywood who carried behind him an era and still fresh in everybody’s mind blossoming like a fresh rose never ever to be erased from the minds and hearts of his billions of Indian fans globally.

Kaka was Kaka, a true phenomena of Bollywood, a legend forever. I was lucky enough to have been in close proximity with him for at least a decade and thereafter as well, till he left for his eternal home.

Kaka was kind, warm hearted, humane, generous, as fragile emotionally as a child and as strong as a determined soldier on our borders fighting the enemy under odd situations and circumstances.

Kaka did about 225 films and gave several super duper hits, silver, golden and diamond jubiliees.

A heart throb of billions KAKAS’ never die. They are always immortal. I have had several ocassions to dine and drink with him, to share his Dunhill cigarettes and accompany him in hundreds of events and meetings.

It was quite obvious being his media advisor while he was the Congress party’s contestent and thereafter while he was an elected MP.

He had tremendous love and respect for those whom he loved from the core of his heart and I feel myself to be one of the luckiest.

There are number of personel experiences I had, while being in his close company.

Though he was a superstar till the end with his priorities and protocol fixed but would often compromise his flamboyance n personal protocols for friends like me.

Kakaji considered me as his brother than anything else and he would often give the proof of this relationship while introducing me to his colleagues say: ye mere chote bhai ki tarah hai. Jitna Negi ne mere liye kiya main kabhi bhoon nahi sakta. WOW.

I remember, in 1992 when Kaka filed the nomination papers against Shatrughan Sinha from New Delhi he came back tired to his Vasant Kunj residence and was closeted with his family Dimple, Twinkle and Rinki who had arrived the very evening from.Mumbai.

It was the midnight time. The leaders and supporters of Congress party who followed him till Vasant Kunj were slowly leaving the place and by then it was 1.00 am or even more.

I came down his house after bidding good night to Kakaji. Meanwhile, a young handsome reporter of Statesman who had been following all along namely Sanjay Kaw, now the bureau chief of The Asian Age met me who was desperate enough to interview Kaka.

He repeatedly requested me to arrange an interview. I was shocked. It was 2. 00 AM by that time and Kaka was all tired having booz and involved with his family upstairs.

Kaka’s security would not allow anyone to go upstairs and meet him as he had already asked not to allow anyone in.

I was in tizzy, what to do and what not. Being his media advisor, I do not want to annoy the reporter friend as well. I said wait.

I’ll try, thinking it’s neigh to impossible. I anyhow managed to talk to Kakaji who arrogantly sad Negi what r u talking? It’s 2 am now. I insisted and said that it will appear in the front page of statesman and would be useful from.the publicity angle. Kaka asked : How is it possible?

I said the newspaper has been stooped for print only for your interview. Kaka though angry and not in a mood could’nt annoy me and gave a green signal. I informed Sanjay Kaw. Happily and thrilled Sanjay went upstairs and interviwed Kaka in the mid of the night in the presence of Dimple Khanna and also introduced him to his star wife and children Twinkle n Rinki.

Sanjay Kaw was really a high spirited journalist who never lost hope and was credited to be the first young journalist to interview him after filing of the nomination papers at 2.00 AM and got it published on the front page of statesman to the surprise of KAKA, the next morning.

Sanjay had especially requested his editor to keep the print of the first page delayed. He went to office at 5 30 AM, filed the interview and the story and surprised everyone.

I appreciate KAKA’s kind gesture and generosity to acede to my request and give the interview at 2.00 AM despite his booz consuming time and being busy with his family who’d come from Mumbai the very dayn badly tired as well.

So generous and affectionate was KAKA for his friends or media who could spare time for an interview at the mid of the night despite his being badly tired.
Kaka was a very good human being despite his towering personality.

Once I was with Kaka all alone in his Vasany Kunj Druplex flat. Again a midnight. We drank. Kaka served me food. We sat together on the carpetted floor. Kaka served the food with his own hands. Compelled me to eat enough and would not let me do anything. That night I slept in his flat being too late.

He was truly a generous and a man with hospitability. Can you imagine Kaka taking out mutton and other stuff from he fridge. Heating them in the oven. Then immaculately bringing them on tray and serving me most affectionately. Amazing moments indeed.

I’ll be sharing with you many more personal experiences with him in the future.

Sunil Negi is a veteran journalist and President of Uttarakhand Journalists Forum. He majorly writes on politics, current affairs and social issues.


FIR lodged against Anupam Kher, Akshaye Khanna over ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’



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Muzaffarpur Police has lodged an FIR against actors Anupam Kher, Akshaye Khanna and 12 others on a district court’s direction in connection with the movie The Accidental Prime Minister.

The FIR was lodged at the Kanti police station on Tuesday after the court took objection to non-compliance of its January 8 order in this regard.

Kher, Khanna and 12 others named in the FIR are associated with the movie The Accidental Prime Minister based on the tenure of former prime minister Manmohan Singh.

The court had on January 8 ordered police to lodge an FIR against the actors and 12 others on a complaint filed by advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha with a plea that the movie presented Manmohan Singh and a number of other public figures in a bad light.

Ojha said he had moved the court of Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate Saba Alam on February 4 to mention that its order was not complied with by the police.

“On this, the court issued a show-cause notice to Kanti police station through the Muzaffarpur senior superintendent of police after which police lodged an FIR yesterday (Tuesday),” Ojha told reporters Wednesday.

When contacted, Senior Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar said after the matter came to his cognizance, he ordered the police station to comply with the court’s order.

Police have lodged the FIR under IPC sections 295, 153, 153A, 293, 504, 506, 120B and 34 which relate to promoting enmity among different groups, the sale of obscene objects, insult with intent to provoke breach of peace and criminal conspiracy etc.

In his complaint, Ojha named Kher (who plays the character of Manmohan Singh), as well as Akshaye Khanna, who plays the role Singh’s media adviser Sanjaya Baru, on whose book the movie is said to be based upon.

Others named in the complaint include actors depicting the roles of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress president (then national general secretary) Rahul Gandhi, former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, his deputy Lal Krishna Advani and RJD leader Lalu Prasad.

The producer, director and other key persons associated with the film were also named in the complaint.

The complainant had alleged that he felt hurt upon watching the promos of the movie, which was not released at that time, wherein the public figures were portrayed in a manner that projected a poor image of the country.

The movie was released on January 11, 2019.

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Modi govt makes film piracy a punishable offence with 3-years of imprisonment and Rs 10 lakh fine



The government Tuesday introduced a bill in Rajya Sabha to amend the Cinematograph Act and impose strict penalty to combat the menace of film piracy. Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore introduced the Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Upper House.
The Bill seeks to amend provisions of Cinematograph Act, 1952, in order to tackle film piracy by including penal provisions for unauthorised camcording and duplication of films.To check piracy, particularly the release of pirated versions of films on the internet which causes huge losses to the film industry and the exchequer, the bill proposes to make film piracy offences punishable with imprisonment of up to three years and fines that may extend to Rs 10 lakh or both.
The proposed amendment states that any person, who without the written authorisation of the copyright owner, uses any recording device to make or transmit a copy of a film, or attempts to do so, or abet the making or transmission of such a copy, will be liable for such a punishment.

The Cabinet last week had approved the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting’s proposal for introducing the bill. The proposed amendments would increase industry revenues, boost job creation, fulfil important objectives of India’s National Intellectual Property policy and will give relief against piracy and infringing content online, an official statement had said.
The film industry has been demanding for a long time that the government consider amendments to the law preventing camcording and piracy. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made an announcement at the inaugural function of the National Museum of Indian Cinema at Mumbai on January 19, 2019, to tackle the menace of camcording and piracy.

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Ajay Devgn to have an interesting cameo in SS Rajamouli’s ‘RRR’



Ever since Ajay Devgn dubbed for SS Rajamouli’sMakkhi (the Hindi version of Eega) in 2012, the actor’s fans have been keen to see him collaborate with the maverick filmmaker.

Now, their wait finally seems to be over. After Hrs has learnt that the National Award-winning actor has given a nod to the Baahubali director’s next project tentatively titled RRR.


Much like Rohit Shetty’s Simmba last year, theGolmaal Again actor will be seen in an interesting cameo in RRR, too. Says a source close to the actor, “Rajamouli was looking for a popular Indian superstar, who would also cater to the Hindi-speaking audience. Ajay has an extended guest role and his character will have an impact on the plot. He was the first choice and when the filmmaker approached him for the part, he heard it and gave a go-ahead.”


Rajamouli’s last franchise Baahubali had broken several records at the global box office and it turned out to be the highest-grossing Indian film ever. RRR, too, has been planned on a lavish budget. The source informs, “Along with Ajay, the film has two of the biggest stars from the South Indian film industry — Ram Charan Teja and NT Rama Rao Jr. The makers are mounting the actioner on a grand scale. It will be made on a budget of over Rs 350 crore.” For Ajay, it will be his second big period saga, after Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior. “He will shoot for his part around mid-2019,” adds our source.

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Star cast of biopic on posthumous Mahavir Chakra recipient Late Jaswant Singh Rawat felicitated in New Delhi. ” 72 Hours- Martyr who never died



Star Cast of the biopic on late Jaswant Singh Rawat at Garhwal Bhawan, New Delhi today

A valiant fighter who defied insurmountable odds in the Nurang war of 1962 in Arunachal Pradesh against the Chinese

The film star cast of ” 72 Hours – Martyr who never died”, today visited Garhwal Bhawan in New Delhi at the premier of the biopic of valiant soldier late Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat of 4 Garhwal Rifles. Jaswant Singh was awarded with Mahavir Chakra by President of India posthumously.

This mega budget movie has been produced by JSR productions, with a hefty budget of more than Rs. ten crores highlighting the valour of Rifleman of 4 Garhwal Rifles Jaswant Singh Rawat n other valiant fighters with immense dexterity n precision shot near Nurang post in Arunachal Pradesh n real locations where this brave soldier lived, passed his childhod, school he studied in n the vicinity where he fought the challenging war under most adverse situations ncircumstances .

It’s just a co incidence that the name of the producer of this biopic is Jaswant Singh Rawat n his son Prasheel Rawat. This biopic is a by product of repression n trauma ( Peedha).

About 95 percent of the characters in the movie are from Uttarakhand n the hero playing Jaswant Singh Rawat is actor Avinash Dhyani who did a three year deep research on the project n scripted the story as well. The reason why he was inspired to work so dedicatedly on the script was because his father too was in Garhwal Rifles n the battalion’s unparalleled contributions n sacrifices could not be brought to the fore.

The movie spans 2 hours ten minute which took almost three years to complete. It was in this war of 1962 fought at Nurang, Arunachal Pradesh when brave Jaswant Singh single handedly killed 300 Chinese soldiers finally sacrificing his precious life alongwith fellow rifleman Trilok Singh Negi.

The film crew flew from Mumbai to Delhi to connect with the film audience at Garhwal Bhawan, Panch Quinya Road, New Delhi.

Heartiest congratulations to the entire crew of the biopic 72 hours- the martyr never died.

According to the producer of JSR productions’ 72 Hours”, young Prasheel Rawat, he was inspired to make this mega budget biopic after he was approached by the hero of the movie Avinash Dhyani who had done a deep n meticulous research n scripted the true story in three years after tremendous dedication n hard work.

On hearing n reading the script of the selfless sacrifice of a mere 21 year old soldier Jaswant Singh in the Nurang post of Arunachal Pradesh Indo China war of 1962 who single handedly fought the enemy forces for three consecutive days n killed 300 PLA soldiers Rasheel was so moved passionately that he made up his mind to invest 10 crore rupees n go for the biopic on the life and sacrifice of this valiant soldier of 4 Garhwal Rifles who refused to leave the post despite the orders of the high ups to withdraw.

The hero of the movie Avinash Dhyani who played Jaswant Singh in the movie n worked hard for three consecutive years extended his gratitude towards JSR production n Prasheel Rawat for considering his request n making,” 72 Hours,” Martyr who never died,” possible.

The movie has been block bustre in the cinema Halls of North Eastern States who consider Late Jaswant Singh Rawat as their real hero saying that had he not only fought the enemy forces so courageously n with valour finally for three days incessantly under most terrifying n unforseen circumstances but also sacrificed his precious life and today it’s because of his sacrifice that Arunachal Pradesh is with India and they are safe and sound.

The Garhwal Hiteshini Sabha office bearers Mohabbat Singh Rana, President, Pawan Maithani, General Secretary, Ajay Bisht, joint secretary n Sunil Negi, President of Uttarakhand Journalists Forum etc felicitated the chief guests of the event Lt. General Mr. Rawat, Dr. Kusum Nautiyal, Colonel Nautiyal, classmate of late Jaswant Singh Rawat, Colonel Maithani n Kargil war Hero Colonel Chandri Patwal and the entire crew of the biopic with bouquets and momentoes.

The hall was jampacked who enjoyed the promo n songs screening on the ocassion. Several renowned bollywood actors are also acting in this film. The movie is likely to be screened in Delhi theatres shortly, however it is being screened in several theatres in Uttarakhand and other states of the country.
Jai Hind.

Sunil Negi, President, Uttarakhand Journalists Forum

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Waheeda Rehman impressed with Kangana Ranaut’s direction in ‘Manikarnika’



Manikarnika has been a challenge for Kangana Ranaut since the making. The film got into a controversy even before going on floors and faced many more situations throughout, but it stood tall and released and is currently basking in all the love!

Amidst the movie making, Kangana Ranaut had to step into the shoes of Krish and take up the directorial chair to avoid loss by producers. After receiving praises from all others, she has now got thumbs up from legendary actress Waheeda Rehman.

The Pyaasa actress attended the screening of the film recently and was all praises for Kangana. She said, “I am highly impressed by Kangana’s performance and direction in Manikarnika. She looks absolutely fabulous and beautiful. I am really happy and proud of her. God bless her and wishing her all the best”.

Waheeda Rehman is one of the most loved actresses from Bollywood. Superstar Salman Khan, who is going to be seen in the Eid releaseBharat, the teaser of which has impressed many, is one of the names who have often shown his fondness for her.

She has given many memorable films like Kaagaz Ke Phool, Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam, Patthar Ke Sanam, Guide, Neel Kamal, Ram Aur Shyam, Lamhe, Kabhi Kabhie and was also part of the recent films like Rang De Basanti, Delhi-6 and Vishwaroopam.

Apart from Hindi films, Waheed Rehman has also worked in Telugu, Tamil and Bengali films. Meanwhile, Manikarnika also stars Ankita Lokhande, Richard Keep, Jisshu Sengupta, Danny Denzongpa, Suresh Oberoi, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Mishti Chakraborthy, Atul Kulkarni and others.

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BSF jawaans felicitate Yami Gautam post the success of ‘URI: The Surgical Strike’



Actress Yami Gautam is riding high on the success Uri: The Surgical Strike being the year’s first film to mark Rs 100 crore and her second film to churn more than Rs 100 crore at the box office post Kaabil and still counting. Along with her co-actor Vicky Kaushal, Yami too is being extensively applauded for the portrayal of her character of an intelligence officer in the film.
Both the actors were also seen attending Republic Day parade at the Waga-Attari border to pay tribute to the martyr Indian soldiers and to be part of the celebration. The team of Uri along with Vicky and Yami also met the Indian president in Delhi for presenting such a heart wrenching film.
Recently, Yami visited Amritsar for promotions of Uri. The BSF regiment in Amritsar upon her visit, gave her a token of appreciation and felicitated for remarkable performance and being a part of the film — URI. Yami was truly touched with the kind gesture of the jawans when she attended the event and received the token of appreciation by the senior officers from BSF.
Speaking on this Yami said, “BSF is the first line of defence of our country and it gives me immense pride to have met them in person and be in their company. It was kind of them leaving me overwhelmed to have given me this love and to the team. Wherever we have traveled with the film, especially meeting the men who serve our country have showered us with a great deal of appreciation and love. They have been unanimously happy with the essay of those in armed forces and the incredible role they play in our society”.

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Revealed: Rani Mukerji’s nemesis in ‘Mardaani 2’ is a 21-year old merciless villain!



One of the people who stood out in Mardaani(2014), Rani Mukerji’s cop-franchise is the young villain, Tahir Raj Bhasin. The film started an interesting journey for the young actor, who played the antagonist in the gripping cop-drama. Quite naturally, actors have already started floating stories of being approached by filmmaker Aditya Chopra for the role of the villain in the Mardaani sequel. The PR machinery is active with many young actors claiming, “We’ve been approached.”  However, rumours are rife that Adi is set to launch a new face as the merciless villain in Mardaani 2. Rani had wowed us all with her feisty performance in the super hit Mardaani as Senior Inspector of the Crime Branch, Shivani Shivaji Roy. In the second outing, she will be shown as a Superintendent of Police locked in a vicious battle with someone who can be described as pure evil!

Though the story of Mardaani 2 has been kept under wraps because the film will be launched later this year, one hears that YRF have begun auditions early enough and have even zeroed in on a 21-year-old, who will naturally be trained to fit the bill. “The makers have zeroed in on a young boy who will take on Rani in this much-awaited sequel. It will be a debut for this boy and everyone tells us that he is a talent to watch out for. If Adi has chosen him to be pitted against a powerful performer like Rani, one knows he must have definitely impressed the filmmaker. The role requires a menacing, blood-chilling performance and we are excited to find out who this young boy is,” reveals our source.

Mardaani 2 is being directed by debutant Gopi Puthran and will be Rani’s next after Hichki(2018).

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Free screening of biopic “72 Hours, Martyr who never died”, at Garhwal Bhawan on 3rd February



Garhwal Hiteshini Sabha, the biggest representative social organisation of people of Garhwali origin living in Delhi is screening, free of cost, Bollywood biopic ” 72 Hours – the martyr who never died” at its Delhi’s Bhagirathi auditorium of Garhwal Bhawan on 3rd February as a mark of tribute to this great soldier, a symbol of outstanding bravery and enormous valour who sacrificed his precious life, valiantly fighting the Chinese in the 1962 Indo China battle of NURANG in Arunachal Pradesh for incessantly seventy two hours and finally killing 300 soldiers.

Honoured with the most coveted award Mahavir Chakra by the president of India posthumously, late Jaswant Singh’s mother died at the age of ninety this year.

This historic biopic with a mega budget of several crores has been produced by Prasheel Rawat and directed by Avinash Dhyani. These producer, director along with assistent director Dhananjay Dhyani n other main actors viz Abhishekh Chandola and Satish Chandra Raturi etc will also be present on this ocassion.

According to the office bearers of GHS M. S. Rana and Pawan Maithani, the screening of the film will be free of cost in order to accquaint the audience about the sacrifice of the martyrs who laid down their precious lives at just an age of 25 for the country, fighting its enemy valiantly for three days under extreme odd n challenging situations n circumstances at the Nurang post in Arunachal Pradesh.

It may be recalled that Jaswant Singh who was serving in 4th Garhwal Rifles battallion as a soldier was fighting the Nurang war on 17th January, 1962 when the Garhwal Rifles had beaten back two Chinese Army attacks on their positions.

On the third attack the MMG of the Chinese Peoples’ Liberation Army was accurately firing at Indian position having come quite in close proximity.

Seeing the situation having gone against the Indian Army with lots of casualty, young n brave Jaswat Singh Rawat of the fourth Garhwal Rifles alongwith Lance Naik Trilok Singh Rawat and Rifleman Gopal Singh offered themselves to risk their lives and silence the Chinese Light Machine Gun which have proved Havoc to the India soldiers at the post in Nurang, Arunachal Pradesh.

While Trilok Singh gave both Jaswant Singh and Gopal Singh Gusain the covering fire , both of them forcibly seized the MMG by throwing grenades and destroying the Chinese detachment of five men.

It is said that after destroying this Chinese LMG n the soldiers manning it , while coming back Jaswant Singh and Trilok Singh were brutally injured n killed while Gopal Singh Gusain was grievously injured. However, he managed to return with the captured Chinese LMG.

Rifleman Jaswant Singh, Trilok Singh n Gusain fought the battle so valiantly for three days in continuance under extreme critical situations n circumstances single handedly without food and water that three hundred Chinese soldiers were killed in this battle of Nurang.

However, India lost two soldiers Jaswant Singh n Trilok Singh with 8 grievously wounded. A memorial in memory of this brave soldier was built in Nurang by the Garhwal Rifles where soldiers and officers pay respects to the departed sould every day in the morning as well in the evening.

Late Jaswant Singh’s uniforms are ironed daily, his boots polished and he gets promotions as others get.

He has now been elevated to the rank of major. It is believed that Jaswant’s soul still protects the post. He has been given the status of a diety. The Chinese government has lauded the outstanding bravery of this valiant soldier n had presented his Bronze head to the India government revealing that he was the one who killed three hundred Chinese soldiers single handedly fighting them with valour for 72 hours continuously.

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The digital platform gives me freedom’: Anurag Kashyap



Last June, when Sacred Games premiered on Netflix, it was not only the streaming platform’s first Indian original series but was also immensely appreciated for its gritty plot and riveting performances. Based on author Vikram Chandra’s best-selling novel by the same name, it was directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane and featured Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Neeraj Kabi, Kubra Sait, Jitendra Joshi, Rajshri Deshpande as well as Pankaj Tripathi. The second season will be aired this year and its shooting is already underway. While Saif started filming it last December, Pankaj faced the camera for it earlier this month in Cape Town. Anurag, who is helming the second part, too, tells After Hrs how OTT platforms provide a huge relief to filmmakers.

Are you still basking in the success of Sacred Games?

Success or failure, I always have the same reaction; I simply disappear. Having said that, we didn’t know it would do so well. It made my audience visible to me. For years, people have told me that they love my films and I always asked them where have you watched them because most of the times, they don’t run for long at theatres. It has taken me years to understand the dynamics of it. My audience comprises working professionals who don’t have time on a Friday to stand in a queue to buy movie tickets. When they finally get the time, the movie is out of theatres, so they download them. But that’s the same audience that feels comfortable to pay a monthly subscription on an international streaming platform and watch my films. Suddenly, digital platforms are giving me the freedom and the budget that they won’t give anyone else.

It must be liberating for you as there are no restrictions and censorship issues?

It’s a relief. I’ve never been afraid of the Censor because I was fighting it when I didn’t understand it. But now, I don’t fight it, I have understood the process. If you are willing to go right till the Supreme Court, nothing will be cut in your film.

Today, with the digital space being perceived differently, do you think it has given filmmakers more confidence to jump on to this bandwagon?

I don’t know. There are academics who study these aspects. I spent so many years of my life with no plan. I will neither waste my time to see where the world is heading nor to analyse my success or failure. I like to do certain things. If somebody will shut the doors for me, I will find another window. That’s why by default, I’ve become the first person to explore every territory. I’ve never had a five-year plan. I neither live in the past nor in the future. I live in the present.

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