Mumbai, March 6 (Agency)
Subhash Ghai-directed "Kaanchi" is set for an April 25 release and the filmmaker says he didn't plan to release it during the election period.
India will go to polls from April 7. The Lok Sabha elections will be spread over nine days ending May 12.
"I wanted to release the film in December, but as a director I take my own time to complete the film. I never make a film with the release date as the target. It is just a coincidence that it is releasing during elections," Ghai told IANS during the press conference of "Kaanchi".
He was one of the most successful directors in the late 1970s and 1980s and gave a string of hits like "Kalicharan", "Karz", "Karma", "Ram Lakhan", "Saudagar" and "Pardes". Thanks to the successes, he was crowned as "the showman" of the industry.
When asked about the title, he said: "I still don't know why people call me showman, but I see a showman in every second person I meet in the industry and I am happy about it."
But the tide turned against him when his "Yaadein" bit the dust at the box office. His last directorial venture was the flop movie "Yuvvraaj". But he is undeterred by the failure.
"I make films when I feel like making them. The most important thing for me is the passion to make films. Every director goes through ups and downs. There is a difference between a film that doesn't work and a bad film. I will keep making films," said Ghai.
Mohali, March 3, 2014 (YP Bureau)
It sure was a date with the stars at the PTC Punjabi Film Awards 2014 that honoured the best talents of the industry at the Multipurpose Sports Stadium, Sector 78 B, near Gurudwara Singh Shaheedan here today.
Director and CEO PTC Network Rajiee M. Shinde along with Director and President, PTC Punjabi, PTC News Rabindra Narayan and yesteryear’s superstar Dharmendra lit the ceremonial lamp. Adding to the glitz was the presence of other Bollywood biggies like Vivek Oberoi, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Jimmy Shergill, Mukul Dev and Divya Dutta.
Speaking on the sidelines of the event, Shinde said, “PTC Film Awards is the most celebrated and prominent film event dedicated to the Punjabi film industry. And it gives us immense pleasure to be honouring the best in the industry. Interestingly, as the Punjabi film industry is getting better by the day, it is helping us grow too.”
The List of WINNERS of PTC Punjabi Film Awards - 2014
Best Punjabi Film
Jatt & Juliet 2
Best Actor Award
Diljit Dosanjh (Jatt & Juliet 2)
Best Actress Award
Neeru Bajwa (Jatt & Juliet 2)
Actor of the Year Award
Entertainer of the Year
Amarinder Gill (Gall ethe mukdi aye aapan vakh ho gaye haan)
Anurag Singh (Film - Jatt & Juliet 2)
Lifetime Achievement Award
Critics Choice Award for Best Actor
Kuljinder Singh Sidhu (Film - Sada Haq)
Critics Choice Award for Best Actress
Drishti Sharan (Film- Sada Haq)
Most Promising Actor of the Year
Best Supporting Actress Award
Upasana Singh (Film - Daddy Cool Munday Fool)
Best Supporting Actor Award
Gurpreet Ghuggi (Film - Bhaji in Problem)
Best Debut Director
Simranjit Singh Hundal (Film- Jatt Boys Putt Jattan De)
Best Debut performance (Female)
Neha Dhupia (Film - Rangiley)
Best Debut performance (Male)
Jazzy B (Film - Best of Luck)
Best performance in Negative Character (Male)
Ashish Duggal (Film - Haani)
Best Playback Singer (Female)
Harshdeep (Film - Naughty Jatts)
Best Playback Singer (Male)
Kamal Khan (Film - Fer Mamla Gadbadgadbad - Dil De Varkey)
Best Performance in a Comic Role Award
BN Sharma (Film - Fer Maamla Gadbad Gadbad)
Binnu Dhilon (Film - Tu Mera Bai Main Tera Bai)
Best background score Award
Jaidev Kumar (Film : Haani)
Best Editing Award
Manish Morey (Film - Singh Vs. Kaur)
Best Cinematography Award
Toby Gorman (Film - Best of Luck)
Best Story Award
Amitoj Mann - (Film - Haani)
Best Dialogue Award
Ambardeep Singh - (Film - Daddy Cool Munde Fool)
Best Screenplay Award
Kuljinder Singh Sidhu (Film - Sadda Haq)
Best Lyricist Award
Babu Singh (Film - Haani - 'Taangh Sajnan Di')
Best Music Director Award
Jaggi Singh (Film - Fer Maamla Gadbad Gadbad)
The stars from the industry dazzled the red carpet by looking stunning in their designer haute couture. The event kicked off with a breathtaking performance by Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi who entertained the crowds with his hits like Oh mere khuda (Prince) and Dum. Besides, singer Mika too sizzled on the stage and had the crowds tapping their feet on songs like Pungi Bajake, Long Drive. Gandi Baat, Tu Mere agal bagal among others.
Meanwhile, the heavy dose of entertainment continued as hosts for the evening Binu Dhillon, Diljit Dosanjh and Arjun Bajwa who indulged in spontaneous one-liners on each other were at their funniest best.
Diljit Dosanjh performed with Neeru Bajwa while Roshan Prince performed with Japji Khaira. Gurpreet Ghuggi performed with Upasna Singh. Others who performed include Sharry Mann, Yuvraj Hans and others.
The event that matched the standards of Bollywood with special effects on and off stage honoured the artistic and technical excellence of professionals in about 22 categories. The programme was telecast live in India, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Those present included Superstar Dharmendra, Gurdas Mann, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Divya Dutta, Sachin Ahuja, Malkit Singh, Gavy Chahal, Satvinder Satti, Inderjit Nikku,
Jalandhar, March 3, 2014 (YP Bureau)
Celebrated comedian-turned politician Bhagwant Mann has finally quit PPP and is going to join Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday.
YesPunjab.com was the first to inform its readers that Bhagwant Mann would quit PPP and join AAP in the coming days. The news appeared on 26th of February on the pages of YesPunjab.com.
Talking to your news-portal YesPunjab.com Bhagwant Mann Monday confirmed that he has sent his letter of resignation to Manpreet Singh Badal.
Bhagwant has written a very brief letter of resignation in Punjabi whereas he has reminded Manpreet that he had stood by him from 27th of March, 2011 when he launched People's Party of Punjab from the sacred venue of Khatkar Kalan. He said that he did everything to further party's policy of weeding out corruption, unemployment, poverty, drugs and more importantly to change the political system.
Bhagwant has clearly stated that he does not agree with the recent decision of the party in view of upcoming Lok Sabha polls and has decided to quit the party with a heavy heart.
Mann said that he was resigning from the posts he held and the primary membership of the party so that Manpreet could strengthen it in his own way.
Wishing well for Manpreet and PPP, Mann has ended his resignation letter with a couplet:
'Sirf hangama khada karna mera maqsad nahin
Meri koshish hai ke yeh soorat badalni chahiye
Mere seeney mein nahin to terey seene mein sahi
Ho kaheen bhi aag par ye aag jalni chahiye'
Bhagwant said that he would be going to Delhi on Tuesday and enroll himself as an ordinary member of AAP.
"I would come back to Punjab with AAP membership and the duty assigned by the party. I won't hesitate even if they ask me to paste posters in the streets of Punjab", he said.
Asked about what forced him to take such an 'extreme' step, Bhagwant said that he has nothing to say against Manpreet but still thought that he would not be able to campaign in favour of Congress.
"I have no doubt about the approach, honesty and dedication of Manpreet, but I won't be able to canvass for him anymore as this would mean canvassing for the Congress and strengthening the hands of Congress which we have been denouncing all along", he said.
Bhagwant said that he had been entertaining people through his comedy and has never forgot to attack the filthy political system. "Though I have entered into politics, I still remain an artist first. I know people still remember what I said as an artist twenty years ago. They won't forgive me if I forgot what I said at the time of Vidhan Sabha elections. I am answerable to 28,000 people who voted for me during Assembly elections. The youngsters there walked in the streets raising slogans against the Congress and annoying Congressmen in the bargain. How would I face them when I go there again, if I now tell them to vote for Congress. I am not a politician. An artist always speaks from the heart."
"I joined Manpreet as he announced to fight the system I had been attacking through my comedy all these years. It might be a political compulsion for him, but not for me. After attacking the system through my comedy and then politically, I cannot take a u-turn and vouch for the parties indulging in scams and scandals. How can I do that?", he asked.