On a dreary and wet day in Croydon in late April David Cameron spoke of his “dream” of creating a Britain where the country’s diversity was reflected in all aspects of British life. On Monday, Mr Cameron took a not-insignificant step towards achieving that dream, naming the son of a …Read More »
Few Indian films merit “iconic” status than Aditya Chopra’s unforgettable 1995 romance ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’ – the Bollywood romance that redefined the Bollywood romance genre.
The film, which starred Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, is now set to be the subject of a documentary by Natashja Rathore, a young filmmaker from London, who was a mere toddler at the time of the film’s release and is testament to the enduring, cross-generational appeal of ‘DDLJ’.
A graduate of the London Film School, Rathore decided to turn her attentions to DDLJ having worked on and directed several short films and commercials.
Rathore aims to rediscover the magic of 'Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge' through poignant visual poetry, encounters with real life characters and intimate interviews with the men and women behind the epic romance.
The as-yet-untitled film will explore the ‘DDLJ’ legacy – not least the film’s 1000-week run at cinemas – and delves into how it catapulted its stars into superstardom.
Rathore also intends to explore the film’s iconic locations – including London, India and Switzerland. The young filmmaker has already enlisted the support of Yash Raj Films, the studio behind ‘DDLJ’.
YRF spokesman, Rafiq Gangjee said: “Ms Rathore came to YRF for a meeting in January this year and over the following couple of weeks we communicated and evaluated her previous work and found it promising and interesting.
“However, more than anything else, it was her persistence and dogged passion for the subject that prompted us to support her. As a student of the renowned London Film School, it certainly made it easier for us to put our faith in her as a deserving graduating student.”
Rathore aims to begin filming later this summer and complete the shoot in two months – taking in Switzerland, London before moving on to India.
The documentary is set to be released this October.
I caught up with Natashja to find out more.
Sana Nooruddin: What drew you to this film and inspired you to make a documentary on it?
Natashja Rathore: There are a lot of issues in our society and culture that need to be addressed at the moment and it needs to be done in a way that is entertaining. ‘DDLJ’ is a film that not only entertained generations but was also one of the first films to cross the boundaries to connect with NRI audience. It was something that united Desis across the globe irrespective of caste, class or religion. Whether they loved it or hated it didn’t matter - nobody could avoid it. I saw this subject as a stepping-stone to delve into something that is much deeper and what better occasion than the film’s 20th Anniversary?
SN: The documentary genre is a tricky one isn’t it?
NR: There is this notion that documentaries are informative and boring. It is true to a large extent because many documentaries are just a series of events. For me, a good documentary needs to entertain and more importantly – it needs to be dramatic. India has still not seen a documentary that is truly cinematic and that’s one of the reasons for the lack of awareness. The only documentaries people watch are the ones made for television. It’s time someone made something dramatic and cinematic for the silver screen.
SN: It must be a real boon for you to have the support of Aditya Chopra and YRF films.
NR: I obviously needed permission and rights from Aditya Chopra and YRF to make this film so I approached them. But if you’re truly passionate and genuinely devoted to something – the universe will do everything in its power to make it happen.
SN: How are you funding this film?
NR: YRF isn’t funding it because it is a London Film School production and we wanted to have full creative autonomy. To their great credit, they didn’t want this to be a self-indulgent YRF production. So we thought we’d get the fans to fund it through a crowd-funding campaign. We’ve raised about £2000 from 58 contributors out of which only 3 are fans. The other 55 consist of people who hate ‘DDLJ’ or who haven’t even watched the film or who have absolutely nothing to do with Bollywood. They trust our artistic vision and believe in us. So even though we are far away from the £33,000 that we require, the kind of people who have come forward to support us have really given us a lot of motivation.
SN: What should one expect from the documentary and what do you hope to achieve?
NR: It’s going to be a Road-trip of discovery from the migrant desi community in London, to the multitudes of Raj & Simrans who flock to Switzerland every summer, to immersing ourselves in the vibrant splendour of Mumbai and exploring Bollywood. Like any filmmakers, we want this film to be successful. In keeping with London film school tradition, we plan to have the major premieres at film festivals around the world. We aren’t just making this for the Bollywood audience; we’re also making this film for people who have absolutely no clue about Bollywood. Ultimately, Yash Raj Films holds the rights to distribution so our fate for any commercial success rests in their hands. If at all YRF decides to distribute it, the London Film School have pledged all its revenue from this film to commence a Scholarship. Private film school education is very expensive and as students, we have struggled a lot to arrive where we have. As filmmakers transitioning into the industry, we understand the struggle, ambition, and passion it takes and we want to make it easier for the next generation of talented individuals who want to pursue a career in film; who otherwise don't have the means for a formal education.
SN: Tell us more about your experiences in the film industry?
NR: I worked in Bollywood once as a Camera Assistant on a feature film and a couple of commercials but I would never count that as ‘work experience’ because at that time I didn’t know anything and neither did I learn anything from it other than the fact that Bollywood can be chaotic. My real work experience has been during the 6 years of my film school education, in Singapore and then in London – they have been the most enriching years of my life and as a result I’ve also been able to build this wonderful network of talented individuals that spans across the globe. For instance, we have people from 8 countries at the moment working on this project.
SN: What appeals to you about the documentary genre?
NR: I have directed a bunch of short fiction films but the Documentary has always been a passion. I think it is because it’s a more organic process. The process of making the film is discovering what the film is. What I like about it is that you are constantly faced with the unexpected. Even life would be boring if you knew the future – so I like to maintain the suspense and let it unravel. That said, I’d love to make a feature film someday too – that has its own flavor and I’d love to explore that realm.Read More »
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Politician George Galloway has called on the government to ban a planned ‘Anti-Islamization’ demonstration in Newcastle by what he called “knuckle-dragging thugs”. The firebrand MP for Bradford told the Newcastle Chronicle that he intends to be a part of a counter demonstration against PEGIDA UK, which plans to march through …Read More »
An Indian-born economics professor at New York’s Columbia University has been appointed to head Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new economic planning body with the remit of mounting a Margaret Thatcher-like attack on India’s Soviet-style economic strategy. Arvind Panagariya is renowned for his market-friendly, pro-growth economics and is expected to be …Read More »
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As the sound of gunfire erupted along the international border between India and Pakistan in Kashmir, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced that this year's Nobel Peace Prize will be shared between a teenage Pakistani education activist and an Indian children's rights campaigner.
People in Malala's hometown of Mingora in Pakistan's beautiful and restive Swat valley, celebrated the fact that a young woman from their conservative society had won such a prestigious honour.
"This is a moment of great honour for us, and the people of Swat and the people of Pakistan," said Tariq Khan, a medical official, told Reuters.
Malala's success could bring real change to a region where women are expected to keep silent and stay behind closed doors.
Change may be slow, but Malala's win is bound to inspire girls in the region to pursue education and become independent.
Just a few years ago, the region was overrun by Taliban insurgents who tried to impose strict Islamic rule and ban women from seeking education. Eventually, the Pakistani army drove them away, but tensions are still high in the strategic region.
Under the Taliban, teenaged Malala kept an anonymous blog describing her experiences under the austere Islamist regime, calling on other girls to study and develop their own opinions.
"The Taliban want to imprison women in homes. They don't want their faces to be seen, they don't want women to make their mark," said Aziz Ullah, a store owner in Mingora.
"Malala said, 'No. women will not sit at home. They will go out, they will study, they will do something big.' So they shot her. And I know they will try to do it again, now that she has won this big award."
Malala shot to global prominence when she was shot by Taliban gunmen as she made her way to school.
She was later flown for specialist treatment to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where she now resides, unable to return to Mingora because of threats by the Taliban to kill her and her family.
The current chief of the Pakistani Taliban, Mullah Fazlullah, was the one who ordered the 2012 attack against her.
Despite its conservative reputation, most people in the region want their daughters to go to school.
"I have sent all my daughters and grand-daughters to school. Why would I be against Malala? Swatis are a very proud people who have always believed in education", said Akal Zada, a restaurant owner.Read More »
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Everything is relative, some people say.
Take Premiership footballers, for instance.
For all the bashing that Wayne Rooney receives for his £300,000-a-week pay packet (not to mention his questionable after-hours hook-ups with grannies in leather cat suits), his doubtless ridiculous salary (don't forget, to kick a ball around) pales in comparison with what athletes earn out across the pond in America.
Floyd Mayweather makes more for a single fight than Rooney does in an entire year. The highest-paid quarterback in American Football (which isn't really football) made more than twice as much as Rooney last year. And that too in a sport that only Americans 'get' and watch.
American sport - even at university-level - is so competitive and flush with money that each discipline - be it the NBA, the NFL, Major League Baseball or the professional Lacrosse league - requires a management style that's comparable to the trading floor of a commodities exchange: men (and occasionally women) hustling each other, screaming down phones, making deals, scrapping for a piece of the pie.
While the boxers and the quarterbacks and the pitchers hog the headlines, American sport is underpinned by these trading floor scrappers.
Scrappers like J B Bernstein.
Bernstein however, has a quite unique story, one which is the inspiration behind 'Million Dollar Arm', Disney Pictures' marvellously entertaining drama about a jaded baseball agent who comes up with the outlandish idea of staging a talent contest in India in 2007 to find a Major League pitcher from amongst India's countless millions of dreamers.
The film, directed by Australian filmmaker Craig Gillespie, features an exceptional turn by 'Mad Men' star Jon Hamm as the hard-nosed Bernstein.
The idea for s contest, ironically enough, was the direct result of money and the corrupting influence large amounts of it can have on sportsmen, especially young players.
It's 2007. Bernstein is living the dream of the sports agent. Among his clients is the legendary and controversial baseball player Barry Bonds. He had the million-dollar home, the sharp suits, the most expensive watches money could buy, the obligatory Porsche.
But, as is always the case, there was something amiss.
Months before he dreamt up 'Million Dollar Arm' he had been in talks with a rookie footballer who had promised that he would sign with Bernstein.
However, days before the deal is finalized, the player asks Bernstein to cough up a cool one million dollars in cash as a sweetener for the privilege of representing him.
"That was an emotional moment when I saw that on screen. It was very real, very authentic", Bernstein says.
"It was the breaking point for me being a sports agent. I was asking myself, 'is this what my business and my work has come to?' It was deeply frustrating and terrible.
"Essentially my career had become bankrupt, not necessarily monetarily but morally and spiritually. It just wasn't fulfilling to sit across from a young kid who had never really done anything, demanding money for me to help him build his career. I felt emotionally exhausted at that point."
One young kid's extraordinary greed would turn out to be a blessing of sorts for two young kids thousands of miles away in India.
But Bernstein's mind at that point was even further afield, in China. He was thinking of Yao Ming, the 7' 6" tall, Shanghai-born basketball player who had become a global phenomenon just as Bernstein began his soul-searching.
"I started asking myself: what kind of client did I want to represent? Yao Ming immediately came to mind. The kind of guy with whom there's a huge upside and it's not all about the parties and the riches. The kind of guy with whom you can actually impact on other people's' lives and make a difference. "
New York-born Bernstein had been a sports agent since 1994 and had represented some of the biggest names in the American sports business. Now he was looking outside.
China had Yao Ming. Where else could he go where another Yao could help sell a billion t-shirts, a billion hats and get hundreds of millions tuning in to watch baseball?
Although Bernstein is today hazy about when the idea exactly hit him, he acknowledges that credit is due to Scottish 'Britain's Got Talent' sensation Susan Boyle, Simon Cowell and a re-run of an old World Cup cricket match, a sport that Bernstein's on-screen version describes as a bunch of guys running around in a lunatic asylum.
"I didn't use those exact words but it was pretty close to what I then thought about cricket", Bernstein assures me.
Bernstein with Jon Hamm at the US premier of 'Million Dollar Arm'
The rest, as they say, is the stuff of, well, a quintessential Disney feel-good movie, the kind that gets men blaming non-existent dust inside the movie theatre for their watery eyes.
"My business partner Ash Vasudevan (played in the movie by the brilliant Aasif Mandvi) and I came up with the title and we were inspired by Mr Cowell. But we were careful not to call it a baseball contest because we knew that nobody would know what we were talking about, but the concept of winning a million dollars, throwing a ball, having a strong arm were things that we thought that they were able to relate to a little bit more easily."
Despite travelling the world, Bernstein had never been to India and Jon Hamm's pitch perfect bewilderment in the film - complete with perpetually harassed demeanour and soaking wet shirt - captures Bernstein's own disorientation when he first landed in sweltering Mumbai in the summer of 2007.
"It was the most dramatic place that I had ever visited for sure. It was pretty crazy when we first got there and Ash had told me some of what I was supposed to expect. But I immediately fell in love with the place and I'm not just saying that".
Quite apart from the battle to overcome traffic, chaotic logistics, vague head-shakes and the bane of human existence in India, the new telephone line, Bernstein was also up against a religion called Cricket.
But India, for all its pandemonium, seemed to spark something in the worn-out sports agent.
"The one thing that struck me was that Indian people are genuinely happy in a way that you don't find in the west. They have this cosmic view of life and a longer-reaching view of things. Americans tend to think that the world didn't exist more than 250 years ago.
"I was also struck by people's sense of family and love and life, taking pride in their accomplishments, and the sheer fulfilment they got from supporting someone else."
In spite of the positive vibe, the talent search was frustrating. Most young Indians didn't have the physical strength to throw a baseball at 90 mph. Even when they found someone with the right-sized shoulders the throw was, to use cricketing parlance, "wide even in a Test match".
But the search went on as vans were dispatched to hundreds of colleges, school campuses and even public parks in dozens of cities across India. Ultimately, the contest organizers chose two winners instead of one.
The two boys were Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, two teenagers from poor farming families from Lucknow (played in the movie by Suraj Sharma and Madhur Mittal, respectively).
Bernstein with Dinesh Patel (Centre) and Rinku Singh
Just as the two javelin throwers are turned to baseball, Bernstein fell for the charms of cricket by way of Indian spin legend Anil Kumble.
"Anil and his brother Diinesh took me to a lot of IPL games. I'm fully converted. I can watch Tests and ODI's but T20 is really my game. Anil really hammered a lot of cricket into me. Knowing that I was in town to find a baseball star!"
The whole endeavour had been financed by a baseball tycoon back in the United States who wanted a quick turn-around on his investment: namely one or both of these new prodigies to make it big in Major League Baseball and in-turn inspire their countrymen to start tuning in and buying millions of baseball jerseys and hats.
But Rinku and Dinesh were raw, to say the least. Initially they would use their baseball mitts as defensive shields.
But Bernstein had enlisted the help of Tom House, a top pitching coach from California, to mentor the duo.
The pair showed extraordinary diligence and determination and were eventually signed for the second tier sides of the Pittsburgh Pirates, a side which has a reputation for championing minority players having previously signed the first ever Arab American Major League Baseball player as well as being the first ever team to field an all-African American side.
The Assistant General Manager of the Pirates at the time, Kyle Stark, said about Rinku and Dinesh: "They both were quality kids. They were very respectful, and they were raised right. From the beginning there was an element of, 'There's no turning back now. This is our chance.'"
The duo's small-town sensibilities and warmth began to impact on Bernstein's life as well and he found himself going from being a sergeant major type to a protective father figure.
Despite their rigorous training schedules, Rinku and Dinesh were particularly concerned with 'JBB Sir's' love life.
Baffled as to why their benefactor was not married, they proceeded to play Shaadi.com between Bernstein and his pretty and painfully charming neighbour Brenda.
Bernstein recalls: "I hadn't paid much attention to Brenda until Rinku and Dinesh came along. They kept harassing me to get married and there I was trying to get these guys to get practicing and meeting the deadline I was set.
"And that's the other thing. Even after they came over to America, sure they were in awe of everything around them but they weren't overawed by anything. They were more concerned about the fact that, according to them at least, I was lonely and I should have a companion in my life."
A lovely scene in the film shows how the boys organize a romantic Diwali dinner for the couple.
"That dinner took place exactly like it does in the film. Even the sari used in the film is the same one that I once brought back from India for Brenda. When I related it to the screen writer, he said he's going to put it in the film exactly as it is without changing anything."
Despite the cynics, who thought Bernstein's show was a gimmick, Rinku and Dinesh's new contracts garnered plenty of attention in India although for Dinesh it would turn out to be a short journey.
After 13 professional innings, he was released by the Pirates with some experts saying that he could not maintain the 85mph speeds that the top league sides demanded.
He returned home, bought some land for his family with the money that he had earned and enrolled in a Hindi and English course at a university in Varanasi. Weeks before the film was released in the US this summer, he got married.
Rinku remains with the Pirates but has struggled with injuries.
Irrespective of their professional tangents, Million Dollar Arm utterly changed their lives. They hobnobbed with sporting royalty and visited the White House to present their jerseys to President Obama.
Rinku and Dinesh, in turn, changed the life of a jaded sports agent.
"I remember sitting with Rinku and Dinesh and watching the film for the first time and it was extremely emotional because it was the culmination of this amazing journey that we had all gone through as a family", Bernstein says.
"We all had so much invested in this story and it had been such an emotional roller-coaster and then to re-live it by watching the film was a slightly surreal experience. It felt jubilant."
"From crippling poverty, they went on to meet the President of the United States, to have their uniform enshrined in the White House. They were interviewed in more than one hundred countries. There are no real words to describe what they achieved. And it was such an honour and a source of pride for me as kind of their pseudo father. It changed me forever".
But does he wish that Rinku and Dinesh had advanced further than they actually did?
"I would say that first of all they surpassed my expectations in a way that has made me more proud than I could ever have been. Having said that, professionally it's really difficult. For every Sachin Tendulkar there are millions of young kids who aren't going to make it. For every Michael Jordan there are millions of really good players doing their thing in thousands of basketball courts everywhere in the world.
"You need to understand what these two guys were up against. They didn't know what baseball was until we came calling in India. If it wasn't so difficult to make it, Major League Baseball teams aren't going to be paying twenty million dollars a year to someone to throw a ball.
"Rinku and Dinesh showed the world that they were real prospects. Rinku still very much has the chance to go all the way to the Majors and if he continues at the pace that he is progressing currently, then he can very well make it. And he's still so young. I really believe that our contest will yield the first Indian player and I believe it is going to be Rinku.
"The process itself has been an immense success no matter how you look at it because it has proved that there is talent in India. We have proven that it's a fertile ground to recruit and it's a potential market for baseball.
"Above all, Rinku and Dinesh did something that had never been done before in the history of the world. And for these two lads to accomplish what they did in just a year, becoming the first Indian men to participate in baseball in America was almost a miracle."
The reality TV contest returns to India this winter and Bernstein says he's in talks with Disney-owned UTV as well as Major League Baseball on potential collaborations. He is convinced that baseball can exist alongside cricket in India.
"Nothing is going to supplant cricket. It's a religion. But the potential for baseball is there. In America, for instance, we have more than five dozen professional sports leagues, everything from baseball to bull riding. And all of them are highly competitive and offer significant financial rewards.
"In India the sports industry is not so fragmented. Fans are quite nationalistic. They are fanatical about sport. I'm hoping for the kind of conversion that happened with me. I still love baseball and I now love cricket. The fact that Twenty20 Cricket, a short format, is so popular is good for us. Imagine, even if we get 100 million of India's population interested in Baseball, my work would be done."
JB and Brenda
Even if that doesn't happen, Bernstein is content.
"The best job and most important job that I have now is that of being a husband and a father. It's probably the most gratifying of all the jobs that I've ever done and I spend the most time on it."
Worryingly, his and Brenda's three-year-old daughter is a gifted equestrian.
But what of the kid, who demanded a million dollars, who started it all?
"The same player is a good friend now. He's a lot older and a lot more mature now. I forgave his abuse of the situation and ultimately I thank him because without that one act of insanity, I don't I would have embarked on the journey that I did."
'Million Dollar Arm' is in cinemas now.
To say that Rani Mukherjee's senior inspector Shivani Shivaji Rao in 'Mardaani' is no-nonsense would be a terrific understatement.
The extent to which the line between Mukherji the actress and her tough-talking on-screen persona in Pradeep Sarkar's hard-hitting child trafficking drama is blurred becomes immediately apparent when I catch up with the 36-year-old beauty the day Prime Minister Narendra Modi bemoans the treatment of women in the country he was recently charged with running.
"If I ever meet Mr Modi, I'm going to insist that martial arts and self-defence be made a compulsory part of school curriculums in India, at least for girls. The time for debates and discussions and demonstrations is over. We need to bring about a sea-change in attitudes. As women, we need to take charge of our destinies. If society is unwilling or unable to protect us, let's do it ourselves. Let's protect ourselves", Mukherji says.
And she's not half-serious.
Whilst Sarkar may have helmed the film, 'Mardaani' belongs to Mukherji, to the extent that one of Bollywood's leading, leading ladies has chosen to don a Khaki police uniform and hunt down a vile child trafficker in a movie with an Adult certificate, made by a Bollywood studio renowned for its' wholesome and syrupy romances.
Months after she married the studio chairman.
Notwithstanding the large hazel-coloured eyes, the diminutive stature and her unforgettable on-screen romantic lead roles, Mukherji is a tough cookie and freely admits to being possessed of a bit of the warrior spirit.
The title of the film is said to be inspired by a line in the poem 'Jhansi Ki Rani' by Subhadra Kumari Chauhan, which evokes the memory of Rani Lakshmibai, the fearless and fearsome Maratha warrior princess who caused a not-inconsiderable amount of consternation for India's British colonizers in the middle of the 19th century.
"Inspector Shivani Shivaji Rao definitely has some of the spirit of Rani Lakshmibai. The title is very appropriate given. I was really inspired and moved by all the women cops who I met before and during filming. Rani Lakshmibai was taught archery and sword-fighting skills as a youngster and the women cops on our streets have the same skills. What they do day-in and day-out is a huge source of inspiration. And they work in really difficult conditions as well.
"And they are a great example of what I always say: that all of us women have a 'Mardaani' in us. It's just about finding the strength to fight the injustices that we face. And the film sends out that message", Mukherji says.
Inspector Shivani Shivaiji Rao's skills extend to more than just self-defence. She's got a whole plethora of offensive skills as well, including an interrogation technique that wouldn't be out of place at Guantanamo Bay.
While some may find Ms Rao's exploits a bit over the top, they are appropriate for a mainstream Bollywood film, arguably the highest-profile of a recent spate of films that have shed light on the scourge of child trafficking in India where tens of thousands of young girls are kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery every year.
It's an issue that left Mukherji near-breathless with indignation.
"As a woman I reacted to Gopi's (screenwriter Gopi Puthran) script as every woman would. I actually felt like a young girl. Not just about the victims but the countless women who fight for the sake of those victims on a daily basis.
"Child trafficking is probably the worst truth of our time. At some point, the film stopped being a film per se. It became a movement. As the shoot went on, all our emotions kind of coalesced. All the anger that all of us feel, as Indians, began to crystallize. It was amazing to see how we wanted to make a difference with the film".
How successful that 'movement' will be remains to be seen.
In the time that it's taken for me to write this piece, nearly two dozen girls have been abducted and that's the official figure. But at least it's heartening to see that one of Bollywood's biggest and most enduring stars has taken on the responsibility of taking the issue into previously un-encroached territories.
"When we hear of these horrific rapes and kidnappings taking place all round us, we as citizens are sometimes hamstrung about what we should do", Mukherji continues.
"But as an actress and an artist this is something that we can do and we have done. We all felt a great responsibility to show it and take it to the public, to motivate people out there".
Motivating and educating India's masses, Mukherji believes, is just one part of the solution.
The actress insists that it is vital to place power in the hands of India's women and that begins with India's men, or the boys who become men.
"When you're raising a son, it's imperative that you teach your son how important it is to respect women. If that is inculcated in a boy when he's three years old, then that same boy will know the value of women when he grows up.
"But if you're going to constantly treat your daughter differently or as an inferior being in front of your son, then that's going to have the opposite impact.
"Ultimately, we need to empower ourselves. Women need to make the decision for themselves. We need to start learning martial arts, we need to make ourselves empowered so that we should not hold any fears about walking down any road in India, or fear speaking up or standing up for what we believe in.
"Gone is the time for debate. We will go and die and come back as ghosts before the debate ends. We need a solution. We need to empower ourselves."Read More »