Why is Big B being untruthful to himself?

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Mumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan says he is being untruthful to himself as he broke his promise by munching in on a chocolate.

“I have been untruthful to myself… giving up chocolates was my desire among many other desires, to abstain from…nothing religious or of medicinal compulsion… just…

Amitabh Bachchan

“But that ‘just’ just got broken… the eyes drooped shut, they had a journey of their own and a thought too… they desired retirement… but a Snickers saved the night, but destroyed the abstained will,” he shared on his official blog srbachchan.tumblr.com.

“Making do with ‘saunf’ now and tons of it… why not… what shall I do with all that is mine… convert it to the next or build it in a manner which they can use everyday – a will a dictate an idea to me, to think and resolve and perhaps have chance to do again,” the actor further posted.

The 72-year-old attended 45th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) along with superstar Rajinikanth in Goa Thursday. The actor also shared some photographs of the ceremony.

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I have nothing to do with ‘Zid': Vivek Agnihotri

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Mumbai: Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri, who previously directed erotic thriller “Hate Story” says he has nothing to do with the film “Zid” and requested fans not to associate his name with it.

“I have been receiving messages from few people wishing me luck for ‘Zid’ but I only want to say I have got nothing to do with the film. Please don’t associate my name with it,” he told IANS.

Vivek Agnihotri

The film has been produced by Anubhav Sinha and features actresses Priyanka and Parineeti Chopra’s cousin Mannara along with Karanvir Sharma.

Agnihotri says that he had directed 60 per cent of the film but he walked out of project later due to certain differences.

“I left the film long back. Actually Anubhav Sinha gave me a Canadian DVD and said he has bought the rights of film ‘Good Neighbors’ so I got into it and started shooting then he told me let’s make it into a erotic film. But what I was directing was a very sharp intelligent psychological thriller.

“I said how we can do this and he said no let’s do it so I walked out then and there and started with my next project ‘Junooniyat’,” he said.

The director also says he doesn’t want to get into any sought of fight and wish the team good luck.

“If I have to make an erotica, I will make an erotica but I don’t want to harm the film. I asked them to do whatever you want to do with the film but please don’t use my name. I don’t want to fight. I want the film to do well,” he said.

The film is slated for Nov 28 release.

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Rajkumar Hirani learnt of Gandhi’s height eight years after ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’

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Panaji: Do you know what was Mahatma Gandhi’s height?

If you don’t know it, you are in good company. Until years after he made “Lage Rago Munnabhai”, director Rajkumar Hirani was not aware of Gandhi’s exact height and it was only a chance visit to Pune’s Yerwada Central Jail that finally unraveled the mystery.

Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi in a still from ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’. Pic/Santa Banta

And in the Hirani’s long but successful quest to know Gandhi’s height, it was the Father of the Nation’s onscreen protege Munnabhai, actor Sanjay Dutt himself, who proved to be a catalyst.

“This was a big battle…what was Gandhiji’s height,” explained Hirani at a discussion on the legacy of Richard Attenborough, who directed the Academy award winning film “Gandhi” which was held Friday at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI).

The battle lasted from around 2006, when “Lage Raho Munnabhai” was made, to 2013, when Hirani went to Pune’s Yerwada prison, where the film’s main lead Sanjay Dutt was incarcerated.

“And last year, I went to Yerwada jail, Sanjay Dutt is still there. They were performing a play and I was supposed to go and see that play,” Hirani said.

Once there, the prison’s jailor who obviously was impressed by Hirani’s modern-day cinematic homage to Gandhi, took the director on a tour of the prison. The tour involved one tiny cell, where a certain Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi had been imprisoned on more than one occasion, during the pre-Independence struggle.

“So the jailor took me around the prison and there was a cell where Gandhiji had stayed couple of times. So that little prison cell, they have converted into a small museum. So he took me around to show that place and outside the cell was a little form which had to be filled when Gandhi was taken in there,” …read more

‘Munnabhai’ makers jokingly pitched Gandhi as ‘topless item number’

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Panaji: Admitting they suffered from anxiety about making a film about Mahatma Gandhi, the makers of 2006 blockbuster “Lage Rago Munnabhai” Friday said they had even jokingly pitched the character of Gandhi as a “topless item number” to potential distributors, who were worried about losing their money over the project.

“Lage Rago Munnabhai” director Rajkumar Hirani and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra said this at a discussion on the legacy of Richard Attenborough at the 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI).

“Lage Rago Munnabhai” director Rajkumar Hirani and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra (L)

Chopra explained how anxious film distributors came up to him, with a suggestion to include an ‘item number’ in the film that gave a contemporary twist to Gandhian philosophy.

“So when we were making the film, the distributors were very scared because they were wondering ‘what are these guys doing with Gandhi?’.

“I remember them clearly coming up to me and say, ‘hope you have included an item number, to ensure that our (investment) is safe’. I said yes… (there’s) an absolutely good item. The item runs through the film,” Chopra said, before Hirani completed the story for him.

“He (Chorpa) actually said ‘topless item hai’,” Hirani said, to peals of laughter in the audience.

Mahatma Gandhi was known to wear only a dhoti with the torso bare.

On the making of the blockbuster Sanjay Dutt-starrer, which brought the principles of Mahatma Gandhi back in the popular consciousness, albeit with a funny twist, Hirani said Gandhi-bashing had become a fashion.

“When we were growing up, Gandhi just meant a chapter in my history book, a face on the currency note, or a picture on a government office wall,” the ace director said.

He said viewing Attenborough’s film “Gandhi” changed the way he viewed the “Father of the Nation”.

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