“Our aim is not only entertainment but also educating public” Says Director Alok Nath Dixit

Movie Producer BL Gautam publishes new book- Mohammed a Mechanic and Mary a Maid

Producer BL Gautam, Director of Mumbai Mantra, the media arm of Mahindra & Mahindra group, former Commercial Director of Zee group and COO of UTV has has published his second book , “Mohammed a Mechanic and Mary a Maid”, which is a collection of stories- Mohammed a Mechanic and Mary a Maid, Easy Savitri, Rensition,Love Story(1973-99), Fool’s Promise . The book is scheduled to be released in December 2012. His first novel is Andy Leelu, which is selling well and has good reviews.
“The content is not at all controversial or blasphemous even if the title suggests so,” says Gautam. But you can’t deny that it will grab some extra and immediate attention. Thereafter it will depend on the steam that Gautam says that he has built up. The book has 5 longish stories including ‘Easy Savitri,’ which gets its title from a Hindu mythological character Savitri, synonymous to a devout and pious wife. Invisisble

In my story, Savitri is a woman of easy virtues; open to trade her physical assets for a better life,” says Gautam.

“The fabric of my stories is essentially human, subtly away from the quandary of religion, barring a few passing allusions and allegorical references” says Gautam.

Actor Vijay Badlani to act in short film by Director Rajshree Ojha

Actor Vijay Badlani, who is currently acting in Sahara One’s Dheeraj Kumar’s serial ‘Tujh Sang Preet Lagai Sajana,’.It’s produced by Dheeraj Kumar has been landing in many interesting roles. It is learnt that he has bagged a role in a short film being produced by BBC and directed by Rajshree Ojha .Rajshree Ojha is known for movies . like Aisha (2010), Chaurahen (2007), Yatna (2005) and Badger (2002).The short film is being produced for Star plus and will be telecasted in July.Vijay Badlani confirmed the news but declined to comment on the role he is playing in the movie.

Vindu Dara Singh refused Alcohol Advertisement

Vindu Dara Singh seems to be enjoying life post reality soap Bigg Boss and has bagged roles in big films releaseing in 2012. The cameo of Sosa in Housefull 2 was loved by everyone and now he will be see in movie Joker as Sundi, a name Akshay Kumar loves calling his close buddies. Sirish Kunder loved the name and gave the name to Vindu in the movie.

Vindu also has been offered advertisements which he has refused. He has been offered Alcohol advts and tele shopping advts like Rudraksha. Guess Vindu and Amir Khan should form a national party and start helping the country where it matters.

Sanjay Sharma

(P.R.O.)

Cell No. 98219 93772

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Ghazal Prince Ranjeet Rajwada remembers Late Mehdi Hassan and Jagjit Singh

Ranjeet Rajwada, a singing sensation of ghazal came to light from a reality show. After doing innumerous shows in India and abroad, the 19 year singer still misses the days when he shared the stage with the ghazal maestros, Gulam Ali and Jagjit Singh. Ranjeet talks about how it feels to be the youngest ghazal star and the sudden stardom and the fan following who cannot get enough of him. Ranjeet Rajwada, also known as the Prince of Ghazals and an upcoming star talks about this connection and love for both his gurus, Jagjit Singh and Mehdi Hassan ji who are no longer with us.

“It is indeed disheartening to know the sad demise of the ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh. When the world was trying to overcome the fact that the great ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh ji was no more with us, we took another blow by the sad demise of Mehdi Hassan ji. I first met Hassan ji when I was 10 year old. I had started rehearsing ghazal when I was four. When I met him my heart knew no bounds of joy. He has and will always be my inspiration. He even heard my ghazal and told me that I was talented and should use God’s gift wisely”.

“When in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, I got the opportunity to meet Jagjit Singh ji whom I have grown up listening to. His demise too was disheartening to me. He told me in the green room during the finales of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstars, “Ranjeet, you have to take ghazal to a different level now. You are the future of ghazal now and very few are gifted of this amazing talent. You have the voice and the ability to understand ghazal. Do make all of us proud one day”, he said before presenting Ranjeet with the “Future Ghazal Star Award”.

Ranjeet has also started composing songs of his own and talks are on for his first album. “I have done a lot of stage shows and people from all over the world wanted me to have an album of my own. I am now working on the same and my fans who have been awaiting since long, all I can say is that the wait will be over very soon”, says the young ghazal singer.

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“Our aim is not only entertainment but also educating public”

Says Director Alok Nath Dixit about his new venture “Kul Ki Jyoti Kanya”. The man of versatility has been in the television industry for more than 20 years now and has directed many TV serials, tele films, short films and feature films. We spoke to Alok Nath about this new serial which is currently being aired on DD from Monday to Friday at 12:00 PM. Following are some excerpts——

 Tell us something about the serial “Kul Ki Jyoti Kanya”

In this serial, I have tried to bring the sensitive issues like female foeticide in the limelight which was the very first topic that Aamir Khan put forth in Satyamev Jayate. In this serial also I have put forth the importance of a girl child. How a father who hopes for a son kicks his wife and two daughters out of the house and remarries another woman. His second wife does give birth to sons but these sons later in become a major misery in the father’s life. In such a situation his daughters take care of him and it is then that he realizes the true gender that enlightens our life by burning herself every minute!

 Is this serial inspired by Satyamev Jayate?

No, it is not so. We had shot and submitted the pilot for the serial some 2 years ago but it is a coincidence that the serial is getting telecasted now.

 What was the main purpose behind making this serial? And why chose DD?

The only reason being I want to make the women folks aware about their rights. Unless a woman is aware of her right, no one will be able to help her. And only reason for choosing DD is that the viewer population of DD is large compared to other channels and I want more viewers so that the message reaches the masses at the earliest!

 Don’t you think the viewers should not only be women but prominently men should watch it and so you could have kept it at such a time when men folks were also in the house to see the serial instead of telecasting it at 12 PM ?

A woman compromises very quickly and till the time she doesn’t become able and capable, people are going to exploit her no matter what!About the timing of the serial it is indeed a good point to telecast it when men folks are in the house, will consider it .

 Tell us something about the actors in the serial. How was the experience of working with them?

It is a pleasure working with such fine actors. Everyone is good at what they do and most importantly they suit their roles! Upasana Singh,Gajendra Chauhan are popular amongst the audience and talking about the other actors, well, Sahiba, Vijay Bhatia and Amit Pachouri are the actors that are known faces and their work skills are excellent.

 We have heard that you’ve also made a feature film?

Yes, I have made a movie named “Sancha” which is based on the industry of brick making. The film stars Anupam Kher, Mukhesh Tiwari,Vaishnavi, Amin Gaji and many other stars.

 Are you not making any bollywood masala film?

No, because I often like to make movies based on facts. I am not inclined towards bollywood films.

 Tell us something about the Production house of the serial. The serial is made under the banner of Deepak Sharma’s production house D.S.Production private limited. The production house had made a feature film prior to this and they wish to make few good serials like this one. Producer Deepak Sharma is very excited about the serial and when the producer is so very enthusiastic it encourages us also.

– Meenakshi Sharma

Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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