Archive for January 9, 2013

Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola

This is weird. Don’t remember Vishal Bhardwaj mentioning about the Brecht’s play, Mr Puntila and his Man Matti, in any of his interviews. But the basic plot seems to be quite similar.

To quote from wiki page of the play

The story describes the aristocratic land-owner Puntila’s relationship to his servant, Matti, as well as his daughter, Eva, who he wants to marry off to an Attaché. Eva herself loves Matti and so Puntila has to decide whether to marry his daughter to his driver or to an Attaché, while he also deals with a drinking problem.

 In his essay “Notes on the Folk Play” (written in 1940), Brecht warns that “naturalistic acting is not enough in this case” and recommends an approach to staging that draws on the Commedia dell’Arte. The central relationship between Mr Puntila and Matti—in which Puntila is warm, friendly and loving when drunk, but cold, cynical and penny-pinching when sober—echoes the relationship between the Tramp and the Millionaire in Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights (1931).

Now, if you have seen the trailers of MKBKM, it’s easy to guess the basic plot. To quote from its IMDB page

Harry is an industrialist who loves his daughter Bijlee, and the bond they share with Harry’s man friday, Matru. Bijlee’s plan to wed the son of a politician, however, brings twists and turns in the lives of Matru, Bijlee and Mandola.

Though the IMDB synopsis might not be accurate but one thing we are sure about – Pankaj Kapur’s character trait is the same as Puntila in the play. And as mentioned in the wiki page, City Lights is on similar tangent.

Also, if you see the title of the play and the film, both swings the same way. And as a friend mentioned on twitter, VB’s love for giving subtle hat-tips in names/titles is not really new – Iago/Tyagi, Desdemona/Dolly etc.

So what’s the real deal?

If the film is an adaptation of the play or even the basic idea is the same, why is Vishal hiding it? Especially when he is known for doing great adaptations. If not, what are we missing? Enlighten us please! Otherwise friday is not really far.

And going with Bollywood’s norm of Ctrl C+ CtrlV, we are also doing the same with Ghanta’s press release.

About The Ghanta Awards

ghantas-logoThe Ghanta Awards or The Ghantas celebrates and rewards the worst of Bollywood.

The principle was simple: Every year, Bollywood takes our hard earned money and countless hours of life only to leave us feeling older, poorer and supremely frustrated. While there are good movies produced every year, there are several just want us to tear our hair out and dance naked at the producer’s house demanding refunds.

The Ghanta Awards was created as a means to give back to these films, to give back to these film makers – to make them understand that they needed to try harder…

There are more than a dozen film awards to reward the good films but how many to reward the worst of Bollywood? Also, The Razzies are a glorious institution but unfortunately, even after 30 years, they still don’t look at Bollywood at all. We think it is very highly unfair that the world’s most prolific film industry doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. So we decided to rectify the situation.

Once a year, we will give away awards in categories including Worst Film, Worst Actor, Worst Actor, Worst Song, Worst Director and WTF Was That?

The Ghanta Awards was founded by Karan Anshuman and Prashant Rajkhowa in 2010.


This is the third edition of the Ghantas, having started “rewarding” the worst of Bollywood in 2011. According to founder Karan Anshuman, it was the lack of a refund mechanism in place that prompted him to start the Ghantas three years back. “There are more than a dozen film awards to reward the good films but how many to reward the worst of Bollywood? So we started our own show.”

A jury of eminent film critics and journalists decide the nomination list for the Ghanta Awards. The jury consists of Rajeev Masand (Entertainment Editor & Film Critic, CNN-IBN), Karan Anshuman (Film Critic, Mumbai Mirror), Sudhish Kamath (Film Critic, The Hindu) and Sahil Rizwan (Film Critic, The winners are decided through public voting at

In 2012, more than 1,00,000 people cast their votes in the Ghanta Awards.


  1. Bollywood films released between January 2012 and December 2012 are eligible
  2. The nominees in each category will be decided by our jury:
    1. Rajeev Masand, Entertainment Editor & Film Critic, CNN-IBN
    1. Karan Anshuman, Film Critic, Mumbai Mirror
    2. Sudhish Kamath, Film Critic, The Hindu
    3. Sahil Rizwan, Film Critic,
  1. The final winners will be decided by a public online vote.
  2. People will be able to vote using their Facebook or Twitter accounts.
  3. And it all comes down to one night where we present the Ghanta Awards to the deserving winners.


The Ghanta Awards 2013 will be held at J W Marriott on February 8, 2013. Organisers, INVision Entertainment, along with Shruti Seth’s My Company expect more than 3 lakh people to vote for the winners and are hopeful that several celebrities will be in attendance.


  1. Worst Film
    1. Housefull 2
    2. Department
    3. Student of the Year
    4. Players
    5. Son of Sardaar
  2. Worst Actor
    1. Salman Khan – Ek Tha Tiger, Dabangg 2
    2. Akshay Kumar – Rowdy Rathore, Khiladi 786, Housefull 2, Joker
    3. Ajay Devgn – Son of Sardaar, Bol Bachchan, Tezz
    4. Abhishek Bachchan – Players, Bol Bachchan
    5. Arjun Rampal – Heroine, Chakravyuh, Ajab Ghazab Love
  1. Worst Actress
    1. Asin – Bol Bachchan, Housefull 2, Khiladi 786
    2. Sonakshi Sinha – Rowdy Rathore, Dabangg 2, Joker, Son of Sardaar
    3. Katrina Kaif – Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Ek Tha Tiger
    4. Bipasha Basu – Raaz 3, Jodi Breakers, Players
    5. Priyanka Chopra – Teri Meri Kahani, Agneepath
  1. Worst Supporting Actor
    1. Boman Irani – Housefull 2, Tezz, Ferrari Ki Sawaari, Cocktail, Joker
    2. Sanjay Dutt – Agneepath, Department, Son of Sardaar, Dabangg 2
    3. Anupam Kher – Chaar Din Ki Chandni, Kya Super Kool Hai Hum, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Chhodo Kal Ki Baatein
    4. Rishi Kapoor – Agneepath, Housefull 2, Jab Tak Hai Jaan
    5. Mithun Chakraborty – Zindagi Tere Naam,Nobel Chor, Housefull 2, Enemmy, Oh My God,Khiladi 786, Buddhuram Dhol Duniya Gol
  2. Worst Supporting Actress
    1. Sonam Kapoor – Players
    2. Minnisha Lamba – Joker
    3. Anushka Sharma – Jab Tak Hai Jaan
    4. Shazahn Padamsee – Housefull 2
    5. Jacqueline Fernandez – Housefull 2
  3. Worst Breakthrough
    1. Alia Bhatt – Student of the Year
    2. Sunny Leone – Jism 2
    3. Esha Gupta – Jannat 2, Chakravyuh, Raaz 3D
    4. Amy Jackson – Ek Deewana Tha
    5. Pulkit Samrat – Bittoo Boss
  4. Worst Director
    1. Abbas-Mustan – Players
    2. Vikram Bhatt – Raaz 3, Dangerous Ishq
    3. Kunal Kohli – Teri Meri Kahani
    4. Samir Karnik – Chaar Din Ki Chandni
    5. RGV – Bhoot Returns, Department
  5. Worst Sequel
    1. Raaz 3D
    2. Jannat 2
    3. Jism 2
    4. Bhoot Returns
    5. Housefull 2
  6. Worst Rip-Off/Remake
    1. Barfi – every classic Hollywood film
    2. Agent Vinod – every Hollywood action film
    3. Teri Meri Kahani – Chaplin meets What’s Your Rashi meets Three Times
    4. Agneepath
    5. Tezz – The Bullet Train / Speed
  7. Worst Couple
    1. Abhishek Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor – Players
    2. Vivek Oberoi and Mallika Sherawat – KLPD
    3. Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra – Teri Meri Kahani
    4. Rajneesh Duggal and Karishma Kapoor – Dangerous Ishq
    5. Prateik Babbar and Amy Jackson – Ek Deewana Tha
  8. Worst Song
    1. Paw Paw Paw Paw – Son of Sardaar
    2. Balma – Khiladi 786
    3. Fevicol – Dabangg 2
    4. Ishq Wala Love – Student of the Year
    5. Chinta Ta Chita Chita – Rowdy Rathore
  9. WTF Was That
    1. Stolen gold being melted into 3 Mini Coopers and driven away to escape in ‘Players’
    2. Actual aliens showing up in ‘Joker’
    3. A ghost using a landline to call up Bipasha with information in ‘Raaz 3D’
    4. A pornstar being recruited by the CBI in ‘Jism 2’ and saving the country
    5. A love quadrangle with Jesus in ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’
  10. Thats Anything But Sexy
    1. Tushaar Kapoor’s Manboobs & Striptease in ‘Kya Super Kool Hai Hum’
    2. 25yr old Sonakshi being made to dance with a MUCH fitter 39 yr old Malaika in ‘Dabangg 2’
    3. Anything in ‘Hate Story’
    4. Esha Gupta stripping naked because of ghost cockroaches in ‘Raaz 3D’
    5. Rani Mukherjee dancing to ‘Dreamum Wakeupum’ in ‘Aiyya


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