Dharmendra shared an unseen pic of himself submitted for a talent contest before he became an actor. The veteran actor revealed that the black-and-white photograph was given to him by Anwar, the grandson of the original photographer, Jaan Mohammed, who had clicked his photos for the 1958 talent contest. He ended up winning the contest, but the film he was supposed to debut in never got made. Instead, he made his acting debut with Arjun Hingorani’s Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tere in 1960. (Also read: Dharmendra smiles big as he celebrates Lohri with son Bobby Deol and grandsons Karan, Rajveer, Aryaman)
Sharing the old black-and-white photograph on Twitter, he wrote, “A photo, which was still with Anwar ….grandson of Jaan Mohammed who clicked my photos for Filmfare talent contest…. …..Today Anwar came to meet me and showed this left out photo….. i grabbed it to show this to you all. Hope you like it.” The actor’s fans, both young and old, commented on the photo, sending love and wishes. One fan wrote, “Dear uncle, Your photos don’t need words because they are beyond one’s admirable words.. (face with hearts, thumbs up and bouquet emojis).” Another added, “Handsome coolest actor stylish pic (red rose and folded hands emoji).”
Recalling his big break in films, Dharmendra had earlier told The Hindu how he had tried to join the film industry after he arrived in Mumbai from Punjab. The actor recalled, “I was fortunate enough to be spotted by no less a director than Bimal Roy in a Filmfare Talent Contest at Mehboob Studios in 1958. I was thrilled. I still remember, Dev Anand who was a top star then, personally invited me to his makeup room, shared his lunch with me and inspired me saying he saw a lot of potential in me.”
The veteran actor was last seen in the Punjabi film Jora: The Second Chapter in 2020. He also had a special appearance in Shimla Mirchi which featured wife Hema Malini. He will next be seen in Karan Johar’s Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani in April 2023, alongside Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Jaya Bachchan and Shabana Azmi. Dharmendra also reunites with his sons Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol for Apne 2. Grandson Karan Deol will also be part of the project.
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Ashoke Pandit on Union Budget 2023: Industry’s always been neglected by govt | Bollywood
Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit talked about his expectations from the 2023 Union Budget, which was presented on Wednesday. He said that the entertainment industry has always been neglected by the government. Talking to the news agency ANI, Ashoke stated that no government has taken the industry seriously and given it the same importance as other industries. Also read: Ashoke Pandit questions Nadav Lapid’s selection as IFFI jury head
Ashoke Pandit said, “The entertainment industry which includes cinema, television, OTT and state shows has always been very hopeful whenever the Budget is about to be announced, this happens year after year. But unfortunately, our entertainment industry has always been neglected by government after government. We have not been spoken about the way other industries are spoken about in the budget, whether it’s the textile industry, whether it’s the soap industry or health industry. The way other industries are identified, discussed, debated and benefits are thought for those industries, the entertainment industry has not been given that kind of importance or seriousness by any government till date.”
“We have been discussing, we have been approaching but unfortunately that seriousness, as far as our industry is concerned, is not there in the politics of this country,” the filmmaker added. He further shared how the film industry is operating independently and said, “Whatever battles we have fought, whatever the survival of this industry is, it’s all done by ourselves.”
He shared his expectations from the upcoming budget, before it was announced by the Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman. He hoped that the Modi government will consider the film industry in a ‘real sense.’ He continued, “Our industry is one of the biggest taxpayers of the country and during all kinds of trouble like during corona we played a very important role by entertaining the people sitting at home, we were responsible for people not getting mentally ill. So this industry has to be taken seriously by the governments and not only use us as promoters during elections or calling for events.”
Ashoke called the industry people ‘promoters of our country’ as they play a crucial role to spread the word about India. Budget 2023 is most likely the last full Budget under the Modi government in its second term with the next Lok Sabha election due in April-May of 2024.
(With inputs from ANI)
John Legend Reveals the Sweet Meaning Behind Daughter Esti’s Name
John Legend‘s newborn baby’s name turned out to be a happy coincidence.
The “All of Me” singer and wife Chrissy Teigen welcomed their third child, daughter Esti Maxine Stephens, on Jan. 13. And though John exclusively told E! News correspondent Courtney Lopez that the name was Chrissy’s idea, it ended up having a surprising family connection.
As he revealed on the Feb. 1 episode of E! News (airing tonight at 11 p.m.), “It turns out, my great-grandmother was named Esther.”
“It wasn’t intentionally after someone,” John explained, “but once Chrissy told me that idea, I was like, ‘Oh, my great-grandmother’s name was Esther.'”
Esti’s middle name also shares ties to another one of John’s relatives. “We wanted to already name her middle name Maxine after my grandmother, whose middle name was Maxine,” the 44-year-old shared. “So, it’s a lot of my family in the name.”
John and Chrissy—who also share daughter Luna, 6, and son Miles, 4—announced they were expecting baby No. 3 in August 2022, two years after Chrissy experienced a pregnancy loss in October 2021.
Pakistani actor Meera Jee to star in remake of Bollywood classic Pakeezah | Bollywood
Pakistani actor Meera Jee will star in the remake of Pakeezah (1972). She is all set to essay the role played by late actor Meena Kumari in the Pakistani remake of Bollywood classic Pakeezah. The film was written, directed and produced by Meena Kumari’s husband Kamal Amrohi. The film had late veteran actors Ashok Kumar, Raaj Kumar and Meena Kumari in lead roles. (Also read: Amitabh Bachchan reveals Meena Kumari danced around fountains with real rose water in Kamal Amrohi’s Pakeezah)
In a conversation with SAMAA Digital today, Meera Jee said, “I am going to play Pakeezah, 100%.” She further told them that they had been working on this project for the last 13 years while the shooting will start from March, 2023. She also said the movie is produced by a US-based production house called Red Lipstick, and the casting is still under process. Earlier, there were rumours that actor Mahira Khan will essay the lead role.
Meena Kumari’s film Pakeezah is arguably her best work and among the most beautiful musical dramas ever made in the Indian cinema. The film was made by Kamal Amrohi, who began work on it in 1956 but put it on hold due to their misunderstandings in personal life. Both of them came together to complete the film in 1969 when Meena was severely ill. The film wasn’t appreciated in theatres but went on to be a hit after she died almost a month after its release in 1972.
In 2021, Amitabh Bachchan talked about how legendary filmmaker Kamal Amrohi used real rose water in all the fountains installed on the sets of Pakeezah. According to Meghnad Desai’s book Pakeezah, Meena charged just a token amount of Re 1 for her role in the film.
Meena was born as Mahjabeen Bano to artists Ali Bux and Iqbal Begum on August 1, 1933. When she was just four-years-old, when Ali Bux started taking her to studios, made her the breadwinner in her family at a very young age. She has starred in several films such as Piya Ghar Aaja, Sanam, Garib, Vijay, Baiju Bawra among others.
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