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^^^thnx preeti...so wts ya fav salman film?
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Yaar too hard to choose ..i see the movie and i love it ... but YES PREM IS MY ALL TIME FAB|V ... I LOVE THAT PREM Factor of him

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The superstar phenomenon

The sea of people that gathered outside the Pawan Hans crematorium in Juhu, Mumbai, on July 19, the day Rajesh Khanna was cremated, were the same people who had made him a superstar overnight in the late 1960s. They were the same people who were also responsible for him being dethroned by the mid 1970s as another superstar, Amitabh Bachchan, came to occupy their mindspace. On the day of his cremation, these people came back again in throngs to remember for one last time the phenomenon that was Rajesh Khanna.

From the euphoria of becoming a sensation overnight at the age of 29 to the anguish of losing it all within the next 10 years, Khanna's life encompassed everything that a superstar's life is made of — the rise, the high and then the great fall is an eventuality no star has been able to put off for long. For no superstar is invincible. The society that catapults him to the galaxy of glamour also puts him down with a thud, even as the next star rises, also to follow the same trajectory. The seat at the top is not permanent.

So, why does a society create a superstar in the first place? Director Mahesh Bhatt explains, "Since time immemorial, every society has created its heroes to escape the looming curse of mortality. Every human being has always tried to cope with the impending feeling that things will come to an end. But his yearning to live doesn't end. A superstar is nothing but a by-product of the same yearning-to live in people's minds forever, even as his physical body withers away."

British academic Richard Dyer's book Star cites that every society defines three types of authorities — the traditional one which comes from lineage, the bureaucratic one that comes from official power, and the charismatic authority, which is what superstars or film stars have.

The meteoric rise
Bachchan's brooding eyes, Marlon Brando's mannerisms, Rajinikanth's style, and Uttam Kumar's smile have made millions worship them for years and resulted in mass hysteria. Explains ad-man Prahlad Kakkar about what makes stars irresistible to fans.

"When you are sitting in a dark hall, staring at a screen bigger than a football field, looking at a hero who looks larger-than-life, your experience of everything that he goes through is exaggerated. Pain, heartbreak, love... when the actor on the screen is speaking, you feel he is talking to you. You come out of the hall feeling overwhelmed." This is what builds the charisma of a star.

A hero defines an era and exemplifies a paradigm. "When a society goes through a transitional phase, there is constant conflict between desire and morality. Stars, in their own way, help to resolve this conflict," says Moinak Biswas, director and associate professor of the department of film studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Every decade has its heroes who redefine the demands and aspirations of their time. That's why stars enjoy so much attention.

The high at the top
Ashim Samanta, son of director Shakti Samanta, who is credited for Khanna's super success story, says, "I remember going for the premiere of Aradhana in Delhi, and in those days different cities used to have different premiere dates. People walked into the hall brushing past Rajesh Khanna, and came out wanting to touch him and shake his hands."

It took all of four weeks after that for him to become the nation's biggest star. It's folklore now that his female fans would take dust from his red sportscar's tyre with their fingers and apply it on their forehead, just to feel they were married to him. He may not have ever dreamed of the kind of success he was destined for, but it came his way. As many stars before him and after him, he became the collective wish of people at that time.

Jyoti Sabharwal, celebrity writer-publisher, says, "The very term superstar connotes an entity that spells mystique and aura. When there's a certain enigma, certain mystery surrounding a star of enormous stature, it whets the appetite of the audience and fans at large. It creates that curiosity which is craving to be satiated at that point in time."

When Satyajit Ray decided to make a film exploring the life of a superstar, he went to Uttam Kumar, the superstar of Bengali cinema, bypassing his usual leading man, Soumitra Chatterjee, known more as "a thinking man's actor". His logic was simple. "Only a superstar like Uttam babu would understand the nuances of being a matinee idol, especially the highs and lows of it," says Sandip Ray, the Oscar-winning director's son.

When the 1966 film, Nayak: The Hero, was being shot, Kumar found the subject so close to his heart that he told Satyajit Ray that he wouldn't even need to cram the dialogues. The identification was instantaneous: Stardom can't be eternal for any hero.

Trapped in an image
Indian cinema does offer quite a long span of stardom for heroes. Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan, the two superstars of this generation, may have dominated the screen for almost two decades, but their stardom also has an expiry date. It's like the law of gravity. Whatever goes up will come down.

The heroes, caught in the trap of their inflated image, however, will always find the road downhill very difficult to negotiate. Ad-man and social commentator Santosh Desai explains why. "The scale and the suddenness of the transition from a common man into a star makes him feel disoriented. His sense of feedback and touch with reality is quickly replaced by a sense of infallibility. He can ask for anything and get it."

There's money, there's power, there's adulation and all of these only result in an inflated ego. Somehow, the star starts to believe in his own "specialness", and thinks this was all mandated for him. Hollywood superstar Brando, in one of his interviews later in life, had talked about superstardom and its effects. "An actor's a guy who, if you ain't talking about him, he ain't listening". It summarises the high of being a superstar. As Desai explains further, "The biggest transformation is that the star's blood slowly starts turning blue."

The inevitable fall
Who can ever forget actress Gloria Swanson's lines from Sunset Boulevard, one of the best Hollywood films made on the life of a star who has faded into oblivion... "No one ever leaves a star. That's what makes one a star!" But fans do move on to the next big star because "the very nature of collective frenzy is that it comes with an expiry date, as brutal a blow it is for the superstar," says author Kishwar Desai. It's a reality that almost becomes a slow poison and turns a flamboyant star into a recluse.

Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist Norman Mailer had captured the essence of superstardom beautifully when he wrote, "Great men die twice, once as great, and once as men. The fact that greatness is transient just makes it sweeter while it's there, and so piquant when it's gone."

Bollywood vs South
If Bollywood is all about cinematic stardom, the South has a touch of theology. Actors like Rajinikanth, MGR are deities, and fans have built temples in their name. Says Moinak Biswas, professor of film studies, Jadavpur University, "Stardom and politics have had a deep connection down South, where superstars have always become representatives of a linguistic defined community. Academician Madhava Prasad, who penned Ideology of the Hindi Film: A Historical Construction, wrote in one of his essays that stars down South have been seen by their fans as the patriarchal elder brotherly figure. That's not how it has been in the North. The Mumbai film industry has always aspired for pan-Indian cultural status. The star-politics connect hardly worked in Mumbai the way it did in the South.


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Ek Tha Tiger: Music Review

Film: "Ek Tha Tiger"
Music Director: Sohail Sen, Sajid-Wajid, Julius Packiam
Lyricist: Kausar Munir-Neelesh Misra, Anvitta Dutta
Singers: Wajid, Shreya Ghoshal, KK, Palak Muchhal, Sukhwinder Singh, Mohit Chuahan, Taraannum Malik
Rating- ****

Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif pair up after a long time in Kabir Khan's 'Ek Tha Tiger' and their chemistry gets a boost with the film's soundtrack. It has eight tracks, a mix of compositions by Sajid-Wajid, Sohail Sen and Julius Packiam.

The album opens up with "Mashallah", a groovy number sung by Wajid and Shreya Ghoshal. The song has a very Middle-East feel with Arabic words thrown in between. Shreya lends her sensual touch and pulls off the track amazingly. It is definitely one of the best tracks in the album. It also has a remix version done by Joshilay, which is more fast-paced than the original and is equally likable.

Next up on the playlist is "Laapta". It makes you itch to hit the dance floor and groove the night away. Composed by Sohail Khan, this one is crooned by KK and Palak Muchhal, whose voices blend very well. Neelesh Mishra has penned the lyrics, and he has done his job well. The song also has a remixed version by Joshilay. It has heavy techno beats.

"Banjaara" follows next. The expectations from this number were high given that it is sung by Sukhwinder Singh, who has one of the most distinct and original voice in Bollywood.

However, even with his high-pitched tone, it has turned out to be an ordinary composition with overtly simple lyrics. One tries to look for comfort in its remix by Joshilay, but apart from the inclusion of powerful beats, there is nothing great about it as well.

One goes on a musical high with the next, "Saiyaara", a soft and slow song. It is a beautiful composition with Mohit Chauhan behind the mike, and seldom does his song hit rock bottom. With Taraannum Malik joining him, the song becomes all the more melodious and together they create an enchanting experience for the listener.

Last but not the least is "Tiger's Theme", which has some electronic beats and elements that remind you of James Bond themes. The track has been put together well by Julius Packiam and it intrigues the listener about how it will be played and used during the movie.

Overall, the soundtrack of "Ek Tha Tiger" offers the listener the romantic and action flavour of the movie. This one's definitely an entertaining affair with an array of sounds for music lovers.


Salman seeks Katrina's opinion: Kabir Khan

Ever since Ek Tha Tiger went on floors, there have been reports about the producers facing problems due to Salman Khan's erratic behaviour. If reporting late on the sets and dictating terms to the team members were not enough, the actor reportedly even had showdowns with his leading lady Katrina Kaif regarding her wardrobe that did not suit his sensibilities.

Admitting that working with the Dabangg man wasn't really a cakewalk, director Kabir Khan told TOI, "I will be honest. It took time for Salman and me to come on the same page. There were teething issues on how we look at the scenes and his character." However later, they started understanding each other's vision. In fact, Kabir revealed that perhaps they pushed the actor a bit too far when it came to the action sequences. "But after we learnt about his illness, we got scared and were careful. In fact, we have used a body double as much as any other filmmaker would," said Kabir.

Ek Tha Tiger is after all, a passionate love story with a heavy dose of action. "We did not use cables like in other films. I did not want Salman to look like a superhero but a fit and agile man. I don't want to sound pompous but this film is going to redefine action in Hindi cinema. The action sequences take the story forward and are different from what Salman has so far done in his career. There has to be an attempt to reintroduce the actor," Kabir told TOI.

This reintroduction has however, required a lot of planning. "Salman reports on the sets on his own time. He does not start his day early. And he was clear about it before we went on floors. But once he is on the sets, he is all yours till you wrap up. So well, you just have to plan your day with him intelligently," explained the director.

When asked about the reports of a tiff between his lead actors over a particular costume, Kabir explained, "Katrina and Salman go back a long way. He was very involved in their scenes together and her costumes. They have a certain equation. Even Salman seeks her opinion. But yes, there was an incident where they disagreed over Katrina's costume in the song. It was over a particular cut in the black blouse she has worn with a yellow skirt."

After all, the director revealed, "Salman has had a say in many things that have gone into Ek Tha Tiger." A dress is perhaps just a small part.


Kareena is Salman's new item girl for Dabangg 2

It's official. Kareena Kapoor is Salman Khan's new 'it' girl in Dabangg 2. After Salman personally requested the actress to do the item number, she couldn't have refused.

A source close to the film told TOI, "How could she not? Both Lolo (Karisma Kapoor) and Bebo are very close to Salman. The sisters can never say no to him for anything."

"All the top girls barring Kareena have done item songs in recent films. Kareena's ChamakChallo in RA.One was not an item song since she was the leading lady of the film. After Munni Badnaam in Dabangg, Salman wanted the item song in the sequel to be bigger, better and more exclusive," the source added.

With Kareena having finally said yes after some months of dilly-dallying over dates, efforts are on to get the right song for her in the sequel to Dabangg. We hear the original plan of a Marathi lavni song has been dropped in favour of a North Indian folk and western dance fusion that has never been attempted before. We also hear Salman will be dancing far more vigorously with Bebo than he did with Malaika 'Munni' Arora in Dabangg.

Farah Khan confirmed she will choreograph the item song in Dabangg 2 while music composers Sajid-Wajid let spill, "All we can tell you is we're focusing on making it very different from everything that has come in the last two years after Munni Badnaam."


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Salman Khan with fans on the sets of DABANGG 2

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