Ever since the release of Masakali 2.0, featuring Siddharth Malhotra and Tara Sutaria, the badly remixed and reshot version of a beautiful composition by AR Rahman, has been at the receiving end of scathing criticism. The remixed version, produced by T-Series, has been recreated by Tanishk Bagchi and sung by Tulsi Kumar and Sachet Tandon. Original collaborators of the song, AR Rahman, singer Mohit Chauhan and lyricist Prasoon Joshi have expressed their displeasure over the song being recreated for commercial purposes.While Rahman tweeted about the hours of passionate work put into making the original piece, Joshi accused the makers of tampering with the soul of the song. Even Siddhart Malhotra agreed that the criticism of Masakali 2.0 was ‘completely valid.’Even government agencies could not resist trolling the new remixed version. While the Jaipur Police even created a meme out of it, threatening violators of the lockdown of being quarantined with Masakali 2.0 playing on a loop, Delhi Metro revealed its bias towards the original as they had featured in it.Despite the plethora of talent that the Bollywood industry has, many composers, often at the insistence of producers for commercial reasons, fall back on the age-old remix formula. Most of the remakes have been sleazy, cringe-worthy ones, which are poor imitations of the original songs. We take a look at some songs which should never have been remade.
Most of the world know Rekha as Amitabh Bachchan’s life-long lover (thanks to the rumours and their chemistry in ‘Silsila’, ‘Muqaddar Ka Sikandar’, Mr Natwarlal’ to name a few). But you can’t deny that she is a fierce, sexy, elusive actresses with a kind of a vulnerability that she showcases through her roles.Very few know about how the actress is in real life. In 2003, when film journalist Anupama Chopra, visited Rekha, she wrote that while tabloids had portrayed her as a reclusive woman twisted bitter by lecherous men and loneliness, in reality Rekha was none of that; she described her as chatty and curious, excited and energetic, cheerful and almost illegally optimistic.To understand the evergreen actress better, journalist/film commentator and author Yasser Usman came out with a biographic on the diva, ‘Rekha: The Untold Story’, which chronicles her life and days in Bollywood, with everything little secret revealed; from her alleged affair with Amitabh Bachchan to the suicide of her husband Mukesh Agarwal to why she wears sindoor and mangalsutra everywhere.But as the sultry actress turns older today, take a look movies that made her so popular today.– Saloni Dhruv, images from Movie Talkies and Getty
Bhanurekha Ganesan, whom we know as Rekha, turns 64 today. A hugely powerful actor who never shied away from complex or even slightly twisted characters. Cast your vote to rank her best roles.
Sanju, one of the most-awaited films of the year, is finally here and fans can’t stop praising Ranbir Kapoor for his brilliant portrayal of Sanjay Dutt. On the box office front, trade analysts are expecting the film to cross the 100 crore mark in the first week itself.Through Sanju, directed by Rajkumar Hirani, we take a dive into the triumphs, trauma and relationships in Dutt’s life, making it an honest portrayal of the flawed person that he is, without trying to justify all that he has done. Much like Sanjay Dutt, there are also a number of brilliant actors who are equally deserving of biopics. We take a look at 11 such actors whose life stories we would love to watch.Images credit: Wikimedia Commons, Bollywoodhungama.com
Abhishek Kapoor’s next film Fitoor, was in the news since its shooting began earlier this year when the veteran actress Rekha, who was originally slated to play Begum, the Indian version of Miss Havisham, in this adaptation of Charles Dicken’s novel Great Expectations, walked out on the film to be replaced by Tabu. Abhishek continues, “We were very excited about Rekhji doing our film. Character that she was playing or what Tabu has played now is a very complex one.
On the 61st Birthday of one of India’s most celebrated legends, BI Music and Blush present a humble tribute to the inimitable, Rekha. Her beauty, her grace, her charisma, has, in little ways, lived on in us over generations - whether its in the way she wears her trademark silk saree, or how her luscious hair falls over her shoulders or simply the little things she does, one cannot help but realize, that there’s a little bit of Rekha, in a lot of us. This beautiful video, is a montage of different women - dancing at a mehendi, getting dressed before a mirror, or simply having a laugh with office friends - who, if you squint slightly, might remind you of the evergreen birthday girl.