The track, reportedly a last minute addition to the film, was recorded in Mumbai. The accompanying video was filmed in Kolkata, at the home of Rabindranath Tagore who wrote the song.
Today I had a talk with my elder brother, who had a bigggg collection of comics, from which I got the habit of reading. Suddenly he reminded me of a comic character superhero – Supremo, based on Amitabh Bachchan.
You would ask, Comic book, on a Film star?? Yes!!! The only reason could be, Amitabh Bachchan has had such a huge fan following that a comic book was based on him, where the superstar doubled up as a superhero.
Today’s Bombay Times has a big picture of Big B, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan donning a new look for his latest film PA. Here’s how he looks:
Interestingly his son Abhishek will play the role of his father in the film. Dircted by R Balki, Pa is a story of an alienated and slightly retarded son of Abhishek. His character in the film suffers from a condition in which he ages at a faster pace and thus looks much older than his actual age and even older than his father.
As per Bombay Times:
The makeup of Amitabh Bachchan takes about four to five hours to achieve this look. The project is being kept a secret, with no-one from outside the unit being allowed on set, and those who are working on the production are not permitted to speak about the film to the media.
Before this Amitabh had also undergone heave makeup for his role in Sanjay leela Bhansali’s Black., which had proved his acting skills yet again.
Its been 40 years in Film Industry for Amitabh. I am sure this time too he will show some more wonders with his acting skills.
You can have a look at his 40 years film career here. It also features his blog posts.
Ram Gopal Verma’s new Flick Rann (?? ) has a song based on National anthem. An altered version.
Altering the National Anthem is not new. Earlier A R Rahman also, altered with the tune and despite some little controversies, people liked it. Now, the multiplexes in mumbai play the Rahman version of National Anthem before every show.
But this time the story is different. This time the lyrics has been altered. Again a new way to be in the news!!
Now, today Mumbai Mirror had an article on it. Censor Board has not approved it, saying:
… the lyrics of the national anthem cannot be played around with. In the film’s case, the lyrics of the national anthem have been mixed with other words.
Vinayak Azad, regional officer (CBFC)
I quickly had a look on the video and this is what I found:
and here are the lyrics:
But, I dont feel any thing wrong. This alteration has not been done for some entertainment or cheap publicity. This time the song has a message, a request. According to Sheetal Talwaar, Co-Producer of Rann:
We believe the song reflects the current state of the country. Also, according to our constitution, one has the right to freedom of expression and speech. We are not violating any law or dishonoring the national anthem at all. There is no violation of copyright either.
And Ram Gopal Verma Says:
I have not tinkered with the anthem or treated it in a disrespectful manner. The song has been used to express the angst of some characters of the film against the current situation in the country. It does not say anything that is not true. I think by the words and the visuals, everyone can see the dignity with which it has been treated.
Now, this song violates the freedom of right or not, but it definitly strikes the chord.
As described in the Press release, The movie is about the media. how the media is used to earn money, used to play polictics, used for business. Some of the quotes from Movie:
To control people’s mind is to control MONEY
Aaj mandir me baithe bhagwaan se bhi log ‘ENTERTAINMENT‘ chahte hain
Rajneeti ki teen patti me trumpcard hai MEDIA
FILM walon aur hum me fark sirf itna hai ki hum humari filmon ko NEWS kehte hain
(This is the best one!!)
Aaj BURI khabar, bhali hai
Aaj IDEAS kam hain aur COMPETITION jyaada
And with the news channels such as India TV, Aaj Tak etc showing all crap, I hope this movie will definitely pass the message of using the media effectively and responsibly. Atleast the video does so.
Whats your opinion on the alteration of National Anthem & Video?
Bollywood has been exremely popular all over the world. In recent times many of the bollywood Actors, characters have been used in other ways such as toys (Krish, Ghazini), Or Stickers etc.
Soon we would see Bollywood glam girl Priyanka Chopra as a comic strip heroine in an international comic book series.
British businessman Richard Branson is all for Priyanka Chopra. After showering accolades on the actress, the entrepreneur is keen on turning her into a comic strip heroine for his publishing house, Virgin Comics. The character will look like Priyanka and will also be named after her. With this new facet as a comic strip heroine, Priyanka becomes the first Bollywood star and the second in India (after Sachin Tendulkar) to be featured in Virgin Comics.
An excited Priyanka is all thankful for Branson. She Says: “It’s a great honour. Big filmmakers and actors like John Woo, Nicholas Cage, Shekhar Kapoor and Terry Gilliam are associated with Branson’s comics. Even our Sachin has a comic book series with him. I’m working on two projects. One is a completely fictional story and character. The other will be a super hero who looks like me and will borrow incidents from my life.”
But This is not the first time any Bollywood actor has been roped in for comic book series. Star Comics had created A Superhero was also based on our own Millenium Superstar Amitabh Bachchan named – Supremo. created by None other than Gulzar, It was an instant hit among all the age groups.
“Supremo was supposed to be the costumed alter ego of Indian film superstar Amitabh Bachchan. He has 2 boy sidekicks –Vijay and Anthony (they are again normal human beings and do not wear any special costume). He has a falcon, named Shaheen, as a pet, who also acts as scout.”
Identity/Class: Normal human
Affiliations: Vijay, Anthony (sidekicks); Shaheen (falcon)
Costume: Conventional superhero couture of undies-over-tights has been avoided, and Supremo has a piece of brown cloth draped coyly around his waist, held there by a hip-holster.
Base of Operations: India
First Appearance: Adventures of Amitabh Bachchan (Star Comics)
Powers/Abilities: Supremo has no super-powers. He has the combination of strength to defeat his human adversaries and intelligence to get out of traps laid for him.
you can find a group related to supremo here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Amitabh-Bachchan-Supremo/36098809810
You can also see some pictures and even read his comics!!!