Hit or Miss For Sardar Akshay Kumar in ‘Singh Is Blingg’!!! – By Kamal Sharma

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14apr_SinghIsBling-Poster02SARDAR look is a hit in Bollywood and more and more films are releasing with leading heroes as Sardar and while some have been dismissed as misfits, many have been appreciated for their appearance and personality on the screen. Perhaps the first instance of a leading hero as Sardar goes to SHAMMI KAPOOR, who appeared in many films as Sardar and carried it so well that many credited his Sikh wife GEETA BALI for helping the transformation, however, the fact remains that KAPOORS lived around the Sikhs and this explains that even PRITHVIRAJ KAPOOR, RAJ KAPOOR & SHASHI KAPOOR appeared as Sardars in many films ( Prithviraj in Nanak Naam Jahaz Hai & Nanak Dukhiya Sab Sansar, Raj in Do Ustad, Jagte Raho & Gopichand Jasoos & Shashi Kapoor in Vijeta and many more ). If RISHI KAPOOR was a Sardar in PATIALA HOUSE then his son excelled as one in ROCKET SINGH and so did Shashi Kapoor’s son KUNAAL KAPOOR in VIJETA . DHARMENDRA was one in PRATIGYA, BAROOD & JEEVAN MRITYU but his son SUNNY DEOL sure won the hearts of all in BORDER, GADAR, JO BOLE SO NIHAAL & YAMLA PAGLA DIWANA, while his younger brother BOBBY DEOL too was appreciated in SHAHEED. AMITABH BACHCHAN in MAJOR SAHAB, AB TUMHARE HAWALE WATAN SAATHIYO, LAKSHYA & SUHAAG was outstanding and while AJAY DEVGUN won the National award as Bhagat Singh in THE LEGEND OF BHAGAT SINGH, he was also criticised for making SON OF SARDAR.  SALMAN KHAN in HEROES, JACKIE SHROFF in KISAAN, SAIF ALI KHAN in LOVE,AAJ KAL, FARHAN AKHTAR in BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG, SANJAY DUTT in SARHAD PAAR and KABIR BEDI in BULLETT are some other worthy contender but none scaled the heights like AKSHAY KUMAR, whose SINGGH IS KINGG made all SARDARS very proud all over. Indian media used to play the title track of Singgh is Kingg whenever India’s then Prime Minister MANMOHAN SINGH used to flash the victory sign and Singgh sure became the Kingg all over and now Akshay is back and once again as Sardar in Prabhu Deva’s SINGGH IS BLINGG. With AMY JACKSON & LARA DUTTA on the sides, Sardar Akshay Kumar sure looks hot and with the music catching on, this SINGGH IS BLINGG looks like another hit at the box-office and could overtake the collections of the first one. Whatever the results are, there’s no doubt that Akshay Kumar is one of the best looking Sardar and as per Amy & Lara, one of the fittest one as well, and with Ajay Devgun making the sequel to SON OF SARDAR, I think it’s safe to say that the Sardar look is here to stay in Bollywood for some time!!!

VIFF Premiere Of 31st October Is A Huge Success!!!
VIFF PREMIEREHARRY SACHDEV’s much acclaimed film 31st OCTOBER had its North American premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival on Tuesday, September 29nth at the CENTRE and hundreds lined up to see the controversial film about the killing of Mrs. Indira Gandhi, India’s then Prime Minister, by her Sikh bodyguards and the aftermath that shook the capital Delhi as thousands of Sikhs were killed, raped and looted. The scars are still evident and the graphic description shook many in the audience and the overall impression is that the unbiased film is well made and the lead pair of SOHA ALI KHAN & VIR DAS were simply superb. Sponsored by SUNNY SETHI of SUNNY’S BRIDAL GALLERY & KAMAL SHARMA of KAMAL’S VIDEO PALACE & KVP ENTERTAINERS, the Red Carpet screening was a smashing success and surely, Harry Sachdev can look forward to positive word of mouth as the film opens worldwide on October 30th, the 31st Anniversary of one of the Darkest Chapter of India and surely of DELHI !

Bosky Gulzar’s Talwar is a Winner!!!
TalvarFilmPosterAfter impressive opening at the Toronto International Film Festival and great reviews by critics all over, Bosky, the daughter of RAKHI & GULZAR, is looking forward to a thunderous reception to her latest film TALWAR, which is based on the shocking murder of AARUSHI TALWAR in Delhi few years back, which not only shook the nation but divided the jury as well as people are still in dark over the charges. With IRFAN KHAN & KONKONA SEN SHARMA in lead roles and music by VISHAL BHARDWAJ, the film has received tremendous response all over and could `be the sleeper hit of the season!

Will Puli Outperform Bahubali!!!
puliAfter the superb response to BAHUBALI, which is still running to packed houses in certain parts of India, another mega budget South production opened this week and if budget and star cast has anything to do then this special effects laden film with SRI DEVI, VIJAY & SHRUTI HAASAN could very well be another hit from the South this year. Released in Hindi, Tamil & Telugu version, the opening on October 1st was marred by the news of Income Tax raid on Vijay’s house, which delayed the screening in certain parts of the world and affected the collection as well, however, the film is expected to recoup the costs and could turn out to be a winner as big budget South Indian productions films are the toast of the nation!

Big Jump From Small Screen To Big One Is A Winner For Kapil Sharma!!!
kis kis ko pyar karoCritics thrashed it and many openly advised him to go back to small screen, however, KAPIL SHARMA is having the last laugh as his debut film KIS KISKO PYAR KARUN collected record Rs.45 Crore in the opening weekend and has been declared a huge HIT all over. Not only a hit in India, the film did impressively well in the overseas territories as well as collections in North America, UAE, AUSTRALIA & UK were quite amazing and could persuade Kapil to carry on in films though he hasn’t received any new offers yet. Meanwhile, celebrations are on in Kapil Sharma & Abbas Mustan camp as the director duo tasted success after long time and we, at the ASIAN JOURNAL, congratulate the entire team for the success! After the super success of Mushtari Begum Festival of Indian Classical Music & Naad Foundation’s celebrations last week, PANDIT JASRAJ SCHOOL OF MUSIC are hosting PANDITA TRIPTI MUKHERJEE on Saturday,Oct.3rd at BURNABY HALL, the Nepalese community is presenting the legendary Nepalese Classical singers SUR SUDHA at Surrey City Hall on Saturday, October 3, South Asian Arts Society is presenting the acclaimed play MRS.SINGH & ME at NEWTON CULTURAL CENTRE on October 3 & 4 and the FIRST DIWALI MELA is at WHITE ROCK on Saturday, October 3rd from 11-7 PM, so come out and enjoy. Tickets for KING MIKA SINGH are selling fast so get yours and with that it’s time to say good bye but not before reminding you all to watch this week’s YAADEIN on LATA MANGESHKAR JI, who unfortunately couldn’t celebrate as her sister ASHA BHOSLE’s elder son HEMANT BHOSLE passed away in Scotland from cancer, on Sunday, October 4th at 1 PM on SMC # 116 !

Are You Ready To Party With Mika Singh In Vancouver!!!
mika singh posterIt was going to be an awesome party with MIKA SINGH & his group but the sheer number of his fans thronging various venues surprised and shocked the local promoters and even Mika as well as he started his Canadian tour last weekend. What was billed as ‘ Aaj Ki Party … with MIKA SINGH ‘, turned out to be more than that as his fans packed theatres and arenas in Ottawa, Edmonton & Calgary. Singing his popular songs to the beat of his accomplished musicians and joined by his fans all over, Mika Singh kept the crowd of music loving fans on their toes throughout and mesmerised the concert goers in all three cities. The party started in nation capital and moved on to Alberta and needless to say that the Albertans are still under Mika spell as the roaring cheers of MIKA, MIKA, MIKA greeted him all over. Mika is performing in O2 arena in London on October 4th and then he’ll start the second leg of his Canadian tour which will take him to Toronto, Montreal and then finishing with the finale in Vancouver on October 12th. Tickets for MIKA SINGH’s concert on Monday, October 12th ( Thanksgiving Holiday Long Weekend ) at Vancouver’s iconic ORPHEUM theatre are selling out fast and Vancouverites are sure raring to party with KING MIKA SINGH to his latest hits from WELCOME BACK, ABCD 2, BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN and many more with the amazing dancers of SHIAMAK VANCOUVER, so check out for tickets at www.vtixonline.com and visit KAMAL’S VIDEO PALACE, Surrey  or call KAMAL SHARMA at (604)592-9777 for more information, but do it quick as everyone is getting ready for ‘AAJ KI PARTY … with MIKA SINGH’.

Kamal Sharma, president of Kamal’s Video Palace, the biggest Indian video store in North America and concert promoter since 1994, is a popular TV host on Shaw Multicultural Channel of “Kamal’s Top 5 Hits” and “YAADEIN,” the longest running South Asian TV shows for more than 31 years.