“15th June” Historic Day in Indian Cinema| 20 years of LAGAAN & GADAR

Celebrating a “Historic” moment in the Indian Cinema. Yes on 15th june 2001 – Two movies LAGAAN and GADAR were released, and both were Blockbusters on Box Office.

LAGAAN and GADAR – Movies which had good songs , Emotions as both were based on “partition” , Love stories and above all they were rich in “Content” which made it a All time Blockbuster.

By Priyanka Raina

Lagaan -Very first movie of “Aamir Khan Productions” featuring Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, AK Hangal and many more. Also it was the directorial Debut of Ashutosh Gowarikar. Sharing a small trivia about film, which initially I saw in making during my “Direction” coarse.

Did you know initially the story of “Lagaan” was rejected by Aamir Khan? . So as a result, Ashitosh Gowarikar wet to his home , locked him selves and started rewriting the story of Lagaan again. This took a long duration of six months.

So after finishing , he met Aamir Khan .Aamir Khan , “Where had you been for so long?” . On seeing story Aamir says, “Don’t tell me that you had been wasting time in that crap”. Ashitosh requests that pls listen one time , and just tell hows it.

Aamir Khan agreed to listen and so the program of narration was made with few more guests from film fraternity. In guests were even veteran producer Jhamu Sungadh. This time Ashutosh started narrating and as narration was going on, people started taking interest in it, also laughing on emotional moments. All this was noticed by Aamir Khan.

After listening to story for at least three to four times, Aamir Khan finally agreed to do film. But he thought for a moment, ” This movie where Director has to get full liberty, so who can be such producer who can blindly invest?”. “There cant be better producer then me, but I am acting and how can I produce”, Aamir Khan said to himself and at moment he brought his wife Reena Roy on board “This is your company, manage the production as I am acting” . Henceforth the process of Lagaan began with so many things simultaneously at one moments. Like on one hand location was sorted in “Bhuj” where the whole village was created . Here what I saw from outside there were small huts , but inside there were Engish toilets , adding sofa and air conditioners as temperature was too hot at time.

At same time in Mumbai, auditions process was going on . Here the actors have to come in village dress so that one gets a better look for film. Once actors were selected, Aamir Khan thought again “This is a movie where entire unit has to be together, in all it should look like a village” . So he booked every actor Six lakhs per month for 6months (36 lacs) and told “now just focus on work, do case study when we reach location”.

Actors reached location and started practicing like one making pots , one catching hen and etc. For cricket crowd , tons of people were called from villages nearby , giving them packet of biryani each. Isnt this seem a full fledge picnic, no wonder the film was a blockbuster.

Now coming to GADAR EK PREM KATHA, featuring Sunny Deol , Amrish Puri, Amisha Patel, Utkarsh and directed by Anil Sharma. Movie proved to be a hard hitting film on Box office.

Some scenes unlike “Handpump” effect became the iconic moments to cherish upon. Indeed what a day in Indian Cinema. Will we ever get such kind of film in Indian Cinema, The question is still alive”, – Priyanka Raina

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Aditya Chopra starts vaccinating members of the Hindi film fraternity, ushers in hope that industry will restart soon

India’s biggest production house, Yash Raj Films, had pledged to vaccinate the members of the Hindi film industry and we have confirmed information that Aditya Chopra has started the much-needed vaccination drive that will enable these workers to resume working. This ushers in a massive ray of hope for the media and entertainment industry of India that has been crippled by the coronavirus pandemic since last year. 

By Priyanka Raina

Aditya Chopra has opened the doors to his sprawling YRF studios for this vaccination drive that will look to inoculate at least 4000 workers in its first phase. YRF has pledged that it will do its best to vaccinate 30,000 registered members of the FWICE (Federation of Western India Cine Employees). The company has already vaccinated its employees in an earlier drive that happened within the YRF Studios in Mumbai.


Akshaye Widhani, Senior Vice President, Yash Raj Films, says, “After inoculating all the employees at YRF, we started vaccinating the crew members of our films and we are now delighted to have started the vaccination drive for the Hindi film industry. This will result in the daily wage earners of our industry to return to work and provide financial stability for themselves and their families.

The drive will have to take place in phases, given the huge number of vaccines that are required to cover the industry. In the first phase, that starts today, we would be able to inoculate at least 3500-4000 people. YRF is committed to provide a helping hand in restarting the industry that has been hit hard by the pandemic.”

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Raj Kapoor Incredible friendship with Majrooh Sultanpuri gave us precious Treasures in Indian Cinema !

“The cinema that was made by “Raj Kapoor” will always be special in History of Indian Cinema , and guess when we will see those cinematic days in todays cinema “, – Priyanka Raina 

By Priyanka Raina

Priyanka Raina at Raj Kapoor Memorial in Pune

Being a Raj Kapoor fan , sharing a trivia about how it all started . As we all know that Raj Kapoor movies had incredible music, songs which melted our heart. And it all started when a struggling lyrics writer Majrooh Sultanpuri came into the eye as he was trusted friend of Jaddanbai.

Jadanbai (Nargis Dutt’s Mom)

 Jaddanbai was Nargis Dutt “s Mom who use to accompany her to sets .As Raj Kapoor and Nargis Dutt were shooting two movies at that time, One day when Jaddanbai could not go to sets , so she requested her assistant writer MAJROOH SULTANPURI to go to shoot. The film then being made was AAG, which was produced and directed by Raj Kapoor.


Starting with poetic conversation on sets, soon Raj Kapoor asked him to pen a song on situation and Majrooh Sultanpuri wrote song “Raat ko ji chamke taare”. This song was recorded by composer Ram Ganguly in the voices of Mukesh and Shamshad Begum.


Now Raj Kapoor loved the way Majrooh used to pen songs and soon he became the solo lyricist of ANDAZ which was produced and directed by Mehboob Khan, which was released in same year of Raj Kapoor’s Barsaat where he introduced another fresh pair of lyricist HASRAT JAIPURI and SHAILENDRA.

When Melodies were ruled by LOVE in Indian Cinema

However Raj Kapoor was observing Majroh Sultanpuri ‘s rapid progress as when he wrote poem against Jawaharlal Nehru at meeting orgaised for mill workers in mumbai where he clearly mentioned him as “Hitlor”.


Majrooh was asked to apologize , and he refused to do so saying “Writer has no limitations” and he was jailed. In jail, when Raj Kapoor went to visit him and he asked, “So Mr. writer , what is the song that you have been thinking about current situation? 

On this Majrooh incidentely wrote “DUNIYA BANANEWALE KYA TERE MANN MEIN SAMAYI , KAAHE KO DUNIYA BANAAYI” which was then penned for Teeseri Kasam movie. The song meant “O creator of this world, what came into your mind? Why did you create this world.” .

Raj Kapoor imediately paid him 1000 rupees for that song which was quite high that time as lyrics were paid only 150 Rupees. With the permission of Majrooh Sultanpuri , Raj Kapoor appointed Lyrics writers Hasrat Jaipuri and Shankar Jaikishan for finishing of song. This song was then sung by Mukesh and composed by Shankar Jaikishen.


In 1973, Raj Kapoor signed Majrooh Sultanpuri for his own production RK BANNER with the movie Dharam Karam which was directed by his son Randhir Kapoor.

Majrooh then wrote the iconic legendary song EK DIN BIK JAAYEGA sung by Mukesh which became a huge classical song for years. So this was how Raj Kapoor immense love for Music in Indian cinema , and we got some incredible songs to be loved forever. And Majrooh Sultanpuri hence wrote all songs for RK Banner .

Isn’t that an Incredible Love for cinema which would be remembered for years, guess when we will get those days back where Love had no boundaries.

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Ritesh Deshmukh shows Love for “Regional” Cinema in order to make more Marathi movies

In these crucial times , its important to stay at home, stay safe and wait for your turn to get Vaccinated. Also you can discover yourselves in so many manners, Here Riteish Deshmukh chats with Priyanka Raina about his production, contribution towards “Regional” cinema and producing more “Marathi” movies

By Priyanka Raina

Also Ritesh says , “I know making regional movies is a language bar , as out of one state = No one understands your language. South Indian film has a huge market , similarly in north talking of Punjabi cinema which is doing huge. Talking on Marathi cinema, at least we should get 100 screens , so that Marathi filmmakers can survive.

Ritesh Deshmukh is excited to start his next movie based on life of Shivaji maharaj, which will go more on the life of marathas, watch live session o know more

Watch the Entire Live session here

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Hello Charlie (Review) | Complete Laughter Riot | Jackie Shroff | Aadhar Jain

Directed by : Pankaj Saraswat, Advait Kapoor, Pranay Punjabi
Produced by : Farhan Akhtar, Ritesh Sidwani
Banner : Excel Entertainmene
Cast : Jackie Shroff, Aadhar Jain, Siddhant Kapoor, Darshan Zariwala,Shloka Pandit, Rajpal Yadav
Review by : Priyanka Raina

Talking on comedy films, Excel Entertainment had earlier produced FUKREY which turned out to be complete laughter riot with entertainment , and loved by audience. Now lets see upcoming “Hello Charlie”

Hello Charlie is a story of MD Makwana ( Jackie Shroff) who didn’t like bananas and is running from Mumbai after taking a loan of 200 CR. Another character of Charlie (Aadhar Jain) who is coming to Mumbai to pay loan of 15 lacs. And when they both meet , in short TOTO and CHARLEI is a complete laughter riot on Amazon Prime.

Watch full Video (Review) by Priyanka Raina here

Review : Just go for this complete laughter riot , and the Gorilla and charlie will make you feel crazier

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Hello Charlie featuring Jackie Shroff, Aadhar Jain, Siddhant Kapoor, Darshan Zariwala,Shloka Pandit, Rajpal Yadav on Amazon Prime from 9th April 2021

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Well Done Baby (Review)|A sweet moment on Relationships especially on “New” arrival

Directed by: Priyanka Tanwar
Produced by : Anand Pandit Motion Pictures
Cast : Pushkar Jog , amruta
Review by : Priyanka Raina

Lets talk a bit on “Relationships” before we enter into “Well Done Baby” , Remember long back a film came titled “Salaam Namaste” which was based on a living relationship , and how relationship grows when a baby comes. Entire procedure of Nine months is shown with such delicate moments.

Now coming to Well Done Baby made in “Marathi” language , picturized in the outskirts of London city . Well Done Baby is a story of Aditya (Pushkar Jog) and Meera (Amruta Khanvilkar) who are married , but ready for “Divorce” . And how their relationship grows into sweetness with hearing the GOOD NEWS.

Entire phase and moments during pregnancy starting from Yoga to baby sitting is shown beautifully to fall in love with . check out video review by Priyanka Raina

Watch Video review by Priyanka Raina

Rating:  THREE AND HALF stars

THE WELL DONE BABY featuring Pushkar Jog, Armruta and Directed by Priyanka Tanwar is airing on Amazon Prime from 9th April 2021

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The Big Bull (Review)| “Truth to Manipulate” | Abhishek Bachchan

Directed By: Kookie Gulati

Produced by : Anand Pandit Motion pictures and ADF films

Cast : Abhishek Bachchan, Ileana D Cruz, Ram Kapoor, Saurav Shukla,

Review By : Priyanka Raina

Firstly let me admit that first as I thought that Big Bull may reflect shades of Guru , its nothing like that . The movie Big bull is much more prior to that.

(The Story ) – The Big Bull is story of a share broker (Abhishek Bachchan) who just knows to make money from stock exchange by assuring everyone profits too, but how he manipulated by the richness and power .

Also move gives a message that if you have dreams , you will to do anything , then no one can stop you from achieving it.

Watch THE BIG BULL (Video Review) by Priyanka Raina here

Rating: FOUR Stars

THE BIG BULL featuring Abhishek Bachchan, Ileana D Cruz, Ram Kapoor, Saurav Shukla, on Disney Plus Hotstar from 8th April 2021

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Wakalat from Home – Amazing show on Amazon Prime

Short episodes” for less then 14 mins each , beautifully pinched in the form of “Web series” Directed by Rohan Sippy about “Divorce” happening in Lockdown on Zoom Party. A short film which is Totally short from respective homes giving us entertainment and so many ideas , Check it on with Priyanka Raina

By Priyanka Raina

Story is basically about a couple Actor Sumit Vyas and Nidhi Gupta who had filed the petition of “Divorce” in court , and their respective lawyers arrange Hearing on ZOOM. Rest what happens , just enjoy the “Zoom” party on Amazon prime.

Wakaalat From Home creator: Rohan Sippy
Wakaalat From Home cast: Sumeet Vyas, Kubbra Sait, Nidhi Singh, Gopal Dutt
Wakaalat From Home rating: Four Stars

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Ajay Devgn has seen me from “Fan” to becoming “Director” – Priyanka Raina

A decade Journey of FAN GIRL To FILM DIRECTOR- Priyanka Raina

Ajay Devgn has seen me from “Fan” to becoming “Director” . On eve of Ajay Devgn ‘s Birthday today on 2nd April , sharing a small note to fans

Its has been incredible journey for Priyanka Raina who once won Facebook contest for movie “ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAI” to becoming a, Verified girl on Facebook.

In 2010 as a fan she met Ajay Devgan, When got a call from Ajay Devgan’s office, although I was in Goa that time but i told them, “Don’t worry, Goa is not too far, will be there tomorrow at 1 pm at Sun n sand”, that was the meeting place scheduled.

Since then Priyanka Raina has directed almost 15 short films , Short Film Zindagi has hit 44 millions on YouTube where as Short film LOVE LUST LOCHA is screening on SONLIV OTT platforms.

Apart from this there 10 more short films directed by Priyanka which are censored too at censor board.

Just few months ago during DE DE PYAAR DE promotion in 2019, Priyanka Raina met AJAY DEVGN when turned as as a director.

Historic, Isn’t it for fans that don’t be just a fan instead make yourselves capable so actors respect you too for being their fans.

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Remembering Senior film Journalist Mohan Ayyer !

By Priyanka Raina

First time I met Mohan Ayyer sir on the sets of Daal mein kuch kaala hai (My first movie as assistant director), where he is was doing a part marketing for the film. He was such a humble and soft spoken person and only reason who became a one of the closest friends in near future.

Then at one the launch where Salman Khan IN front of whole media appreciated Mohan Ayyer on recollecting his Assistant days saying “30 rs per day ” . Yes, Salman khan and Mohan Ayyer started together as Assistant directors which came to know in that launch event.

Salman Khan, Mohan Ayyer

Also my first press screening which I had attended for movie “Dhobighat” was arranged by Mohan Ayyer as that time my review got published in Complete Cinema. Then often met Mohan Ayyer at Filmmaker Anil Sharma ‘s House parties where even Mohan Ayyer was more then a family.

A self made PRO , writer and singer too which saw at Usha Khanna ‘s night where Mohan Ayyer sang song DIL DE DE DEKHO on stage . The video was completely shot by me and when I sent link to Mohan Ayyer of his singing, ” He was so happy to see it and said Thank you so much Priyanka”.

Also I had said that when ever I make my first movie , will give you at least one song for playback singing as your voice is good.

Mohan Ayyer and Usha Khanna

Also listen DIL DE DE DEKHO sung by Mohan Ayyer on stage at Usha Khanna night.

Mohan Ayyer ‘s immense love to Indian Cinema can not be forgotten , such a humble , soft spoken person, who just believed completely in his work. Got the sad news on 29th March at 9:30 pm where Mohan Ayyer got affected due to Covid at hospital.

Its truly sad of the newly affected gem called “Covid” , hope everyone gets rid of this COVID factor soon , which whole world is suffering with heavy lockdown. Mohan Ayyer will be missed truly as sincere Indian Cinema journalist.