Bollywood insiders react to Rakhi Vijan’s TV role resembling Radhe Maa

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Our films and television serials often make a mockery out of religious preachers. The latest are the press reports about television actress Rakhi Vijan playing godwoman Radhe Maa, nicknamed ‘Ghoongat Wali Mata’ in a daily soap Gangaa on &TV. So is playing godly personalities on television the new ‘in thing’?

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Sanjeev Gupta of Global Advertisers, patrons of Radhe Maa, is learning to take such nuances in his stride. “People mix piousness with frivolity nowadays,” he says. “And no amount of spirituality or knowledge seems to control their amateurish thoughts,” Gupta adds with sarcasm.

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Acclaimed Bollywood filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt terms the phenomenon as “unique”. Television superstar and popular film actor Ram Kapoor feels, “this is absolutely fine. You need to remember that all these characters in TV serials are fictional. They are meant to entertain and not to be taken too seriously.”

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Actress and firebrand social activist Pooja Bedi remarks, it’s all about entertainment. “From cops, judges, lawyers, religious figures, to religion itself… everything is susceptible to being caricatured.”

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She explains, that “the problem is not the world of entertainment. It’s us taking what’s meant to be entertainment, too seriously.” The spunky Priya Malik of Bigg Boss fame feels, “Radhe Maa is more famous for her antics than she is about religion. Plus, we live in a democracy and hence there’s nothing wrong with it.”

 

So there goes. Different people, different views. Sanjeev Gupta has the last word. “Even our Prime Minister Narendra Modi propagates diversity for a vibrant democracy. So what’s important is to show mutual respect and keep decorum even while one shows or portrays a difference of opinion.” True that.

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In the meantime, no amount of controversy, seems to be stopping the godwoman. Radhe Maa’s fame and reach only grows from strength to strength. This week, she contributed a sum to one Shree Sai Dwarkadheera Padyatri Mandal to help downtrodden people living in the hutments of remote areas in Borivali East in Mumbai. Woah!

Aamir Khan is ‘Maharashtrian of the Year’

Bollywood actor Aamir Khan and Maharashtra Home Minister R.R.Patil received the ‘Maharashtrian of the Year’ award, instituted by leading Marathi daily Lokmat, at a function held recently.

 

While Aamir received the award in the entertainment category, Patil received it in the politics category. Others who received the award on the occasion include Kalpana Joshi (science and technology), Sanjay Gaikwad (industry), Bhagwan Rampure (arts), Kavita Raut (sports), Dr Ravindra Kolhe and Smita Kolhe (social service).

 

Speaking on the occasion, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said, “Democratic systems and free media are true strengths of the state”. Delivering the welcome speech, Lokmat director and Rajya Sabha MP, Vijay Darda, voiced concerns about malnutrition, slow industrial progress rate, and farmers’ suicide among other aspects plaguing society.

 

The event also marked a social cause where Sanjeev Gupta of the leading outdoor branding agency Global Advertisers donated a sum for an adivasi (tribal) community clinic, earning applause from the audience.

 

The jury members included former High Court judge B.N.Deshmukh, Dr Raghunath Mashelkar, Anna Hazare, Lila Poonawala, Gulzar, Rajdeep Sardesai and Dilip Vengsarkar. The event was also graced by Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken, state education minister Rajendra Darda, actors Jackie Shroff and Jeetendra and industrialist Gautam Singhania.

Dev Anand rocks Mumbai streets!

Dev Anand has hit the crowded streets of Mumbai like never before!

 

Through to an exclusive contract with the city’s leading outdoor publicity agency Global Advetisers, huge hoardings of the evergreen actor’s colourised version of the 1961 hit ‘Hum Dono’, have been spread across heavy-traffic spots in the city’s most buzzing areas like Juhu, Andheri, Marine Drive, Peddar Road, Borivali, Sion and Malad.

 

“It’s a privilege to be associated with a legendary actor like Dev Saab. We are committed to help him repeat the success of the classic film,” said Sanjeev Gupta, MD, Global Advertisers.

 

Dev Anand is 87 but he doesn’t hide his excitement. He wants audiences to see his charming self 50 years ago and says he will colour more of his black and white films if ‘Hum Dono’ succeeds again.

 

For the record, this was the last black and white film from his production house Navketan Films and marked his first double role too. Written by his brother Vijay Anand and directed by Amarjeet, ‘Hum Dono’ became the official entry from India to the Berlin Film Festival then.

 

Apart from Dev Anand’s acting, the film’s music was a rage with scintillating melodies like “Main Zindagi Ka Saath” and “Abhi Na Jao Chod Kar”.