Whenever there is a mention of legendary Bollywood actors, the (late) Saeed Jaffrey surely stands out among the top.
His death last year definitely left a vacuum.
After the Bafta (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) paid a rich tribute to the Jaffrey earlier this year, now, it's the turn of the Oscars.
During the awards, Jaffrey was one of the names who were remembered among the great talent who passed away this year.
Best known for his impeccable performances in Bollywood films like Shatranj Ke Khiladi, Chashme Buddoor, Dil, Ram Teri Ganga Maili, he also made his presence felt in Hollywood films like A Passage to India, Gandhi, The Man Who Would Be King, The Razor's Edge etc.
Readers may recall that Jaffrey had also provided the narration for Ismail Merchant's Oscar-nominated short film The Creation of Woman (1960).
LATA MANGESHKAR TO HONOUR SANJAY LEELA BHANSALI AND RANVEER SINGH
On April 24 every year, the Mangeshkars, led by the mighty Lata Mangeshkar, honour the finest artistes of the land in commemoration of Lataji's father, Pandit Dinanath Mangeshkar, death anniversary.
This year, the Pandit Dinanath Mangeshkar award will be given to filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and actor Ranveer Singh at a function to be held in Pune.
Confirming the selection, Lataji said, "Sanjay Leela Bhansali has been consistently making films that do Indian cinema proud.
"His latest work Bajirao Mastani is another masterpiece. What I also like about his film is that he composes his own music.”
Lataji also heaped praise on Ranveer. "He is a very good actor and seems to be an extremely positive human being. He spreads happiness wherever he goes. We are happy to give the annual award to Sanjayji and Ranveerji."
NEERJA DIRECTOR HOPES BAN IN PAKISTAN IS LIFTED
Amidst a ban on the film Neerja in Pakistan, director Ram Madhvani is hoping the country reconsiders their stance on the film as the makers do not think it portrays the country in bad light.
The film, starring Sonam Kapoor, is based on the life of Neerja Bhanot, the air hostess who sacrificed her life while saving passengers on board hijacked flight Pan Am 73.
The film was released in India on February 19, but consequently banned in Pakistan for reportedly showing the country in a poor light.
"I hope they reconsider our film. Anybody who has watched it would know we have not shown anything negative against anyone. Any country would have gone through this problem. We are not showing any country in bad light," Madhvani said.
"All countries face terrorism today. We are hoping they will reconsider this film," he added.
Despite the controversy, the film has done well in India, collecting more than 50 crores in just 10 days since its release.
"It is very overwhelming that people are liking this film. I feel the soul of the film is about the mother and daughter relationship," Madhvani said.
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