One of Indian cinema’s most enduring classics, Sholay remains one of the most exciting films of all times. Little surprise that Ram Gopal Varma is remaking this cult film. Here’s an exclusive look at the new Jai played by newcomer Prashant Raj.
Here is an exclusive look at the new Gabbar Singh played by none other than Amitabh Bachchan in Ramu’s new Sholay.
Here’s a look at another character from RGV’s contemporary version of Sholay. Sushmita Sen steps into Jaya Bachchan’s shoes. The former Miss Universe plays a widow by the name of Durga, a role which Jaya immortalised as Radha.
There has been no let up in violence as the angry Gurjar community, which is demanding to be re-categorised as Scheduled Tribes, continued their protests in Rajasthan. Two more people have died in police firing in Sawai Madhopur taking the total number of dead to 15.
The protests have reached Delhi’s doorstep with the Jaipur-Agra, Jaipur-Kota and Dholpur highways remaining blocked on Thursday.
A group of protestors torched the Nadbai railway station in Bharatpur and burned vehicles in Patauli, Rajasthan, throwing normal life out of gear.
Despite military troops and Rapid Action Force being deployed, the Gurjar community is adamant that it will not listen to anyone unless they are given the ST status.
The major arteries connecting Rajasthan with the adjoining states were blocked with travelers like Hameeda, who could not attend her brother-in-law’s funeral because she couldn’t make it from Chandwaji to Kotputli, taken unawares.
“The funeral can’t happen without me. I have to reach on time,” Hameeda said helplessly.
Violence touched the borders of Delhi where Gurjar protestors burnt tyres even as their leaders held closed door meetings. Now all eyes are set on the mahapanchayats, which will be held across states to decide the future course of action.
The socio-economic dynamics of the Gurjars is varied ranging from the poor in Rajasthan demanding the ST status to the rich and opulent around Delhi.
This economic divide is quite apparent within the OBCs but to prevent the further law and order collapse, perhaps the government needs to emphasise more on the sense of insecurity which has crept within the OBCs.
But it’s all about timing. So the opening of Shootout at Lokhandwala saw some rather tactfully planned appearances.
Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif came in first, while Abhishek Bachchan without his better half chose to make a late entry and the Amitabh Bachchan decided to skip it all together.
“It’s a very nice film and everyone’s done great work in it. It’s a great storyline,” said actor Suniel Shetty.
The multi-starrer thriller by Apurva Lakhia, is based on the real-life encounter between the Mumbai cops and the underworld in 1991.
“I think by the time everyone finishes watching it I would have left because I’m so nervous right now and very excited,” said actor Tusshar Kapoor.
This being Bollywood’s big release this week, the celebrations were on an equally high note.
“I’m scared because it’s the first time I have seen so many people together at the same place,” said actress Dia Mirza.
So will Shootout at Lokhandwala make just as much noise at the box office? We’ll just have to wait and watch.
In the new Sholay, that only Ram Gopal Verma can attempt to remake, while Amitabh Bachchan plays Gabar, there’s Ajay Devgan as Veeru.
These are hedge funds, they invest in exotic assets with min $100,000 to $50,000. Earlier they were not interested as they cannot send that much money.” London’s Lake shore group, Switzerland’s Tiberius Commodity fund and Cayman Island based Orbani forex fund have already targeted Indian investors. Most of these companies are providing investment opportunities in commodities, real estate and foreign exchange through which they are promising returns of up to 30 per cent to 40 per cent. But experts say that there are other reasons too for financial planners’ enthusiasm towards these foreign players.
Transcend Consulting Director Kartik Javeri says, “You have to compete with everybody else. The only other mechanism of competition is that you give a better incentive to the person and what he does at the back of the entire commission he is going to get.” That’s also the reason why experts advice caution and thorough research before putting your hard earned cash in foreign investment instruments. Experts say that some of these funds are prone to sharp fluctuations of over 10 percent in returns. The rupee’s current strength against the US dollar too is taking the sheen out of investing abroad.
Bloggers like Kiruba Shankar are making waves in the world of multimedia blogging with shows like Kiruba Show. Kiruba who interviews CEO’s of tech companies on his show syndicates it to sites like podtech.com and indiainteracts.com which have thousands of dedicated readers from the tech community. “Niche is definitely the way to go. For example, there’s this site, wallstrip, which was recently sold to CBS for $5 million and that’s a phenomenal amount of money for a six-month old site. That’s because the founders were very clear that they were going to be very focussed only on the stock and fiancial markets,” Kiruba said. If advertisers or potential buyers see that a blog has a dedicated readership and wide influence it becomes a buyout target. So, while Indian blogs are still at a nascent stage, Kiruba feels they still have a long way to go. “People have not yet realised the true advantages and potential of blogging. I think when people realise that they will do really well,” Kiruba said. As the India story continues and Internet-penetration increases, don’t be surprised if some Indian blogs are snapped up for millions of dollars.