Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar worked together as screenwriters for some of the most iconic Bollywood films such as Sholay, Don, Deewaar and Zanjeer, among many others. In a new interview, Javed spoke about their partnership and how Salim had encouraged him to become a screenwriter in the first place. The lyricist also spoke about how they parted ways after working together for more than a decade. Also read: Javed Akhtar joins wife Shabana Azmi, ex-wife Honey Irani for the perfect family pic with their kids. See here
In the recent interview, Javed also revealed that before becoming a writer and lyricist, he wanted to become a film director. Javed said he was working as an assistant director and dialogue writer in the 1966 film Sarhadi Lutera, when he became friends with Salim, who is actor Salman Khan’s father. Salim was playing a small role in the film.
In an interview with BBC News Hindi, Javed Akhtar said about his friendship with Salim Khan, “Salim saab unn chand logo mein se the jo mujhe boht encourage karte the… Agar shayad main kahin aur reh raha hota toh itni mulaqat na hoti unse lekin ab paas mein mujhe mil gaya kamra toh main aksar chala jata tha (Salim was one of the few who would encourage me. Had I been living somewhere else, we might have not met often, but because I got a room close to his home, I would often visit him).”
Further speaking about his association with Salim Khan, Javed recalled why they drifted apart and stopped working together. He said that once they became successful, their individual lives became bigger than their bond. “Shuru mein jab hum nakaam log the, struggle kar rahe the, toh bilkul ek the. Koi humare aur dost nahi the, hum hi baith ke subah se shaam tak kaam karte the. Shaam ko bhi saath the, raat ko khana bhi saath hota tha. 24 mein se 15-16 hours toh saath hi hote the… Jab kamyabi ayi, toh naye naye log zindagi mein ana shuru ho gaye aur voh circle dheere dheere alag ho gaye. Toh voh mental rapport tha humara, voh toot gaya. Toh fir woh kaam nahi ho sakta tha (In our struggling days, we were one tea. We did not have any other friends, we would work together from morning till evening. We would even have meals together. Out of 24 hours, we would spend 15-16 hours with each other. But as we became successful, new people came into our lives and our friend’s circle got separated. The mental rapport we had was broken. We could no longer work as a team).”
Arguably one of the most influential and powerful writers in Hindi film history, Salim-Javed (as they came to be known) were responsible for creating the ‘angry young man’ persona seen in many Amitabh Bachchan films from the 1970s and 1980s, an image that was defined by his 1973 film Zanjeer. Salim-Javed’s 1975 film Sholay remains one of India’s most iconic films to date.
When Abhishek revealed facing sexist comments for Cannes outings with Aishwarya | Bollywood
In a 2012 interview, Abhishek Bachchan was asked if he had ‘ever put restrictions on wife Aishwarya Rai’. The actor had then said that only a man, who was either ‘insecure’ or did not ‘trust her’ would do such a thing. Abhishek had then gone on to speak about how he was often asked about what ‘it feels to walk the red carpet with your wife at Cannes’, adding he found ‘this attitude to be chauvinistic’. Also read: When Aishwarya Rai defended Abhishek Bachchan from ‘unfair’ question on being overshadowed by his father and wife’s fame
Abhishek Bachchan also asked why Aishwarya could ‘attend all his events’, but he could not accompany his wife to support her. The actor slammed people, who thought that since he was the husband, he should not join his wife at her public appearances that were about her. In 2005, Aishwarya became the first Indian to open the Cannes Film Festival; since then she has been attending the high profile event almost every year, and is sometimes joined by Abhishek. Waking the red carpet for the first time after their April 2007 wedding, Aishwarya and Abhishek made an appearance together at Cannes Film Festival in May, 2007.
Abhishek told Filmfare in 2012, “If a man tries to restrain his wife, then there must be two reasons for it. Firstly, he’s insecure. Secondly, he doesn’t trust her. I am a secure person and have complete faith in my wife. Then why should I have any problem? And why just wife, if a man tries to restrain his girlfriend, mother or any girl, then either he’s insecure or he doesn’t trust them. And that’s not how I was brought up. My mother has been an actress and she has always been working. I’ve often been asked how it feels to walk the red carpet with your wife at Cannes. I find this attitude chauvinistic.”
The actor further said, “It means that you are the husband so how can you walk with her? Do you ever ask Aishwarya why she walks the red carpet with me at the premieres of my films? She attends all my events, but I cannot accompany her. That’s wrong. If my wife supports me, then it’s my duty to support her.”
Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai are parents to daughter Aaradhya Bachchan, who celebrated her 11th birthday last year. Aishwarya was last seen in Mani Ratnam’s magnum opus Ponniyin Selvan: I (2022), while Abhishek was last seen in Breathe: Into The Shadows season 2 (2022).
Pete Davidson Shaves Head
Pete Davidson is a man who has, based on all two seconds of Google image searching I have done on this, has gone through a surprising amount of hairstyles. It’s been short! It’s been long(er)! It’s been blue! It’s been bleached!
So, given that Pete Davidson’s head is a Rorschach test of the times, I bet you’re thinking, “Good god, what is the state of that man’s scalp today?” or “I already know he shaved his head, get to it hag.”
Yes, Pete took is newly shaved head for a spin at a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden last night.
This may very well be the shortest it’s ever been!
There’s no way to say this without sounding odd, but at least the shape of his head is perfectly pleasant.
Oh yeah, he also went to this event with M. Night Shyamalan.
Is it for a role? Is it a whim? Who knows — you do you, Pete.
Twitter says leaked plot of Mohanlal’s Ram is similar to Pathaan, fans defend it
Mohanlal, who has had a string of flops in recent times, is currently shooting for Jeethu Joseph’s upcoming Malayalam thriller Ram. The plot of Ram has allegedly leaked on social media and many have compared it with Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan. However, Mohanlal’s fans have defended the comparison and said the plot of Pathaan is similar to every Mission Impossible film ever made. (Also Read | Pathaan: Shah Rukh Khan film grosses ₹634 crore worldwide, highest ever one-week collection for a Hindi movie)
Reacting to the leaked plot of Ram, some people called it Pathaan 2.0. A Twitter user shared the alleged leaked plot synopsis of Ram. The plot reads, “The film focuses on the efforts of R&AW to track down an agent and former spy of the organization. Ram Mohan, who went rogue and disappeared. The military needs his mental and physical abilities to deal with Bael, a terrorist group that possesses nuclear weapons capable of destroying an entire nation.”
Several Twitter users in the comments section pointed out that the plot is very similar to that of Pathaan. A person wrote, “For people saying it’s the plot of Pathaan, literally every Mission impossible movie has a similar plot – it doesn’t really matter as long as the execution is different and good (sic).” Another Twitter user wrote, “All spy films are about agents going rogues. There is nothing new in them but for the presentation which makes all the difference (sic).”
Ram, which will be released in two parts, marks the reunion of Mohanlal and Jeethu Joseph after Drishyam 1, Drishyam 2, and 12th Man. The film also stars Nayanthara, Sanjay Dutt, Trisha, and Indrajith Sukumaran.
This will be Trisha’s second Malayalam outing after she made her debut with Hey Jude starring Nivin Pauly a few years ago. It is believed that Trisha will be seen playing Mohanlal’s wife. She will feature with the Drishyam actor for the first time.
The movie will be produced by Ramesh P Pillai and Sudhan S Pillai under the banner of Abhishek Films. The first part of the franchise is expected to hit the screens later this year.
Mohanlal was recently seen in a single character Malayalam film Alone, which released last week and sank without a trace at the box office.
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