in 2008, sahara Tv had started one nice quiz show with boman irani as quiz-master “bollywoood ka boss”. i had been selected and won almost 1.5 lakh first prize for an episode of it. meeting fellow contestant and researcher / writer rajiv vijaykar and lively lovely parsi boman is really price-worthy experience. (though a bitter experience is , even after paying money, yet to get a cd of my episode due to carelessness of one employee there!) at that time producer sidhdharth basu used to fill up the form for the participants, which reveal something about his/her views on cinema. incidentally, i found it today, while looking for something today. my view (looks) are changed in last couple of years, but not my views on films (thoughts)…its interesting share , so sharing it. enjoy!
Favourite Hindi Film: Lage Raho Munnabhai
Favourite Hindi Film Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Madhubala
Favourite Hindi Film Dialogue: ‘sawal jis jaban me poochha jaye, javab bhi usi jaban me dena chahiye, maloom …’
(Amitabh in “Agnipath”)
Favourite Hindi Film Song: har kisi ko nahi milta (“Jaanbaaz”)
Favourite Hindi Film Screen Couple: RIshi Kapoor – Neetu Singh
Favourite Hindi Film Character: Munnabhai (played by sanjay datt)
Favourite Hindi Film Director: Mukul s. Aanand
Favourite Hindi Film Comedian: kishor kumar
Q) Which film do you think most closely depicts your life? Why?
Satyakam (hrishikesh mukharji). I have constantly tried to live by truth, love, honesty but people
Who always appreciated such ideals in public, reacts differently in personal life when they find
such ‘unconventional’ person in reality. Society acts like Hypocrite jungle which tries to mould you
in their corrupt mentality & lies. Like film, ultimately person with heart is loser rather than hero…
Q) If you could be a star for a day, which one would you be? Why?
Shahrukh Khan. Because he shares some traits with me ! He has genuine sharp wit like Oscar
Wilde, he has superb skills of promotion, branding and marketing. He never shows arrogance of
popularity. Despite being a page 3 celebrity, he is very much man of middle class family values
and loyal friendship in his personal life. He is sweet charmer and instant communicator. He loves
reading, aware with literature, politics, science-all what is happening around-and holds his clear
views as true Indian. Moreover, he has achieved of his own as struggling outsider in Bollywood.
Q) In four lines describe what attracts you to films? What do you love most about Hindi movies
Films have unique combination of all entertaining arts explored by mankind…painting, poetry,
dancing, designing, sculpture, music, writing, photography every possible expression melts here
to absorb you in ‘neverland’ of dreams and life. Hindi films have special spicy flavor which carries
all 9 Rasa! Its loud,emotional,musical,vibrant,colorful celebration of Indian sentiments on screen.
Q) Which according to you is the worst movie you’ve ever seen? /Any bad experiences while watching a movie?
“Ram Gopal varma ki AAG”! Its ‘gang rape’ with an immortal classic which was my first love with
Cinema-SHOLAY. It was an unbelievable terror torture from otherwise supremely talented team.
I just love to watch film in theatres and once almost resigned from college principalship to do so,
but it’s always irritating while I am in trans of movie magic, somebody starts talking loudly on cell!
Q) Which was the first movie you ever saw, and what are recollections about it?
‘Sholay’. I am proud of it. Actually, I was studying at home without going to school, so I didn’t see
a film in early childhood. At that time (in early ‘80s) in local annual carnival in my town, in tents,
thrown or used ‘reels’ of sholay have been displayed for fifteen minutes @ 1rs. Tickets. Amitabh
has just mesmerized me and I fell in instant affair with mystical evergreen beauty called cinema!
Q) If you were to direct a film, what kind of a movie would you make, who would be in the star cast and why?
I would love to adopt victor hugo’s classic French novel Les Misérables which tells kaleidoscopic
Journey of an aged criminal’s transformation due to unconditional love. It has vivid span with
dynamic characters and dramatic turns. Though made twice (kundan,devtaa), still it was not
justified at all. In this epic of human heart, Amitabh is fully fit for the larger than life lead role,
alongwith vidya(prostitute),sonam (adopted daughter), naseer(priest), paresh raval (hotel owner),
ranbeer (son in law) and irfan (inspector).
Balendu Suryakant Vaidya
December 18, 2011 at 8:02 AM
‘Les Misérables’ – my favorite too, and I totally agree with your cast, it is perfect.
After coming to USA,I regularly watch 1989-1998 serial ‘SEINFELD’, ACTED AND DIRECTED BY JERRY SEINFELD. I found Shahrukh’s acting inspired by one character of the serial. Of late he along with Saif and Karan posing as a Gay, and lost respect of viewers like us.
SHOLAY – I still remember show it at Galaxy – Rajkot and felt the coin dropped near by, but more because my wife was blessed with a son and I came to Rajkot to meet them, and it was a treat to my b-in-law.
gopal patel (@iamgopal)
December 18, 2011 at 8:28 AM
Les Misérables , I have read it when I was 12, since then I have wished that someone make a movie out of it, and although they did made movie numerous times, nothing have given justification to the original, if you are going to direct it, I wish if I could finance it. 🙂
vyas vinodkumar chimanlal
December 19, 2011 at 10:20 PM
Same here !!
December 18, 2011 at 9:13 AM
wow! fantastic blog item today..congrats.
if you take part in any film show and not come out winner ? impossible.
Loved reading your thought on film, here.
December 18, 2011 at 10:00 AM
agree with envy em….
glad to knw al dis….
December 18, 2011 at 12:20 PM
December 18, 2011 at 2:30 PM
very good.though i do not go to theaters now to watch movies because trash they show in name of artistic liberties.it is better to read some good fiction / non fiction books or articles like spectrometer rather than watching non real reality shows.
December 18, 2011 at 6:52 PM
Sir congrates. u r always gr8 sir.
December 18, 2011 at 9:14 PM
Jaybhai,very interesting thought for making ‘Les Misérables’ .
In seventies when I used to think about ideal star cast for this epic,my choice was Dilip Kumar for the lead role, Smita Patil as Fentine (Pros), Farida Jalal as Cosette (Adapted daughter), Balraj sahni as priest, Young Amitabh as Merius,(Son in law) Madan Puri as Thenardier (Hotel owner) and Pran saab as Jewart (Police)
December 18, 2011 at 9:47 PM
Great! another color of ur life…
*: ‘sawal jis jaban me poochha jaye, javab bhi usi jaban me dena chahiye, maloom …’
Hindi films have special spicy flavor which carriesall 9 Rasa!
*it’s always irritating while I am in trans of movie magic, somebody starts talking loudly on cell!
*hugo’s classic French novel Les Misérables..
I request plz vidya ko jara sambhal lena….!!! 😀 😉
December 19, 2011 at 9:10 AM
I know about this show. Because If I don’t make any mistake, You went to the Townhall, Nr, Ellisbridge in Ahmedabad. After long wait they gave us entry in the hall and a form to fill-up some questions related to films. So many people were there at that time. I was also there and I saw you. you were in Blue shirt. You seat just ahead of my raw. But I don’t know about your selection. But realy i am very happy that you played and won.
December 19, 2011 at 11:29 AM
Les Misérables i rad 8 years ago…my mom told me that she took parts in this play on radio during her school day…it was first time play on radio…
once again i will read it.. thanks for reminding,
December 19, 2011 at 1:04 PM
I think KRODHI (Lead role Dharmendra) was also inspired by Les Misérables
December 19, 2011 at 2:11 PM
here i have found smthng on તમારી ભૂંગળી[Youtube]… 😛
yet,i couldnt find it more bcz i m having low speed… 😦
but,u wil get surprise frm it 😉
December 19, 2011 at 2:15 PM
this one too..
December 19, 2011 at 2:30 PM
A bit surprised but is thr any particular reason for considering Mukul S. Anand as your fav. director ?
December 19, 2011 at 2:38 PM
જય ભાઈ…..બહુ સરસ બ્લોગ …વાંચવાની મજા આવી ….બીજું તો તમને એ કહેવાનું કે ફિલ્મ ૩ idiots પણ તમારી જ કહાની કહી શકાય…….લોકો જે english speaking ane Knowlwdge Enhancement ના ચ્લાસ્સ ભરે છે તેમને હું તમારું ઉદાહરણ ભાર દઈ ને આપતો રહું છુ…..
December 19, 2011 at 3:25 PM
Loved this. Personally, I would not like to be SRK kind.
December 19, 2011 at 5:03 PM
tamne pan tamil telugu ke anya koi pan desh ni pradeshik films joi ne jalan jaroor thati hashe to gujarati cinema na upgradation mate tamara ek sarvajanik article ni wait karu chhu …gujarat pase top na financers chhe.writing ma pan talent ghani j chhe je fb dwara pan khyal aavi shake chhe. to aava badhaal ma thi bahar j nahi aave shu ?
December 19, 2011 at 5:58 PM
December 19, 2011 at 6:02 PM
December 19, 2011 at 8:28 PM
What a fantastic peeerfectly star cast of making a movie on the novel ..Les Miserable!
‘Styakam’ movie my. the most fav. one and i owe to my uncle to recommend this movie to watch when i just started to step in this wonderful world of movies, its been very long time ago but i’m still in awe effect of the movie!
Agreed with SRk’s all traits except as u’ve written …He never shows arrogance of
popularity!!! Are you kidding?!!! 😮 Just cause of this arrogance i smtms really don’t like him (may be u can say his sarcastic witty humor sense) but still love his charm ..it works like a magical dust he sprays through his smile and acting. He has been an on and off switch of likes for me.
I wondered you’ve won just 1.50K …i thought u gonna won the title! ( have seen this episodes 2 yrs. ago)
Its good to know your points and choices for cinema. 🙂
December 19, 2011 at 9:19 PM
I have also tried but i have been out in last round…. so.. SAD b coz if i have selected i would be with JAYBHAI…
vyas vinodkumar chimanlal
December 19, 2011 at 10:17 PM
We have the same thoughts on La miserable ! !
I , as a n emotional youth , had two strange but strong urges.
Sachin scoring the first double century in one day and Amitabh playing Jean Valgin in the projected movie. Any way , I found Kajol (because of her expressive eyes ) to be fit for the role of Cossete and Jacky Shroff as Inspector.
I am making this request for third and LAST time. Please help me in getting your articles on
(1) JATAAYU , a poem by Sitanshu Yashchandra (Is he alive ?)
(2) PATANG , the philosophy of life
I liked you as a column writer, but developed a respect only after Jataayu.
December 24, 2011 at 7:15 PM
what about hollywood???
January 3, 2012 at 3:14 PM
વાંચવાની મજા આવી …
January 3, 2012 at 4:26 PM
it was a great pleasure to watch videos very nice