Koimoi.com takes you through a flash back of Bollywood over the years:
Bollywood in 2003 (May 11 – 17)
Armaan Releases: Amitabh Bachchan and Anil Kapoor starrer Armaan, directed by Honey Irani, opened to good houses on 16th May in Bombay but poor houses at most other places. The film, co-starring Preity Zinta, bombed all over India.
Raveena Finds Love As Producer: Raveena Tandon’s Stumped also hit the screens on 16th May. The actress’ foray into production may have proved a huge flop but Raveena found her life partner. Bombay distributor Anil Thadani helped Raveena with the distribution and that’s when the romance between the two started, ending in their marriage. Today, the two are proud parents of two little kids.
Acting Lessons For Mimoh: Mithun Chakraborty took his son, Mimoh – whose maiden film, Jimmy, opened this week – to the USA for a two-month crash course in acting. Looks like the acting lessons came in handy, because Mimoh’s film, Haunted 3D, released last week. He has adopted the screen name of Mahakshay.
Aishwarya Rai In Mangal Pandey?: Aishwarya Rai was signed for Mangal Pandey – The Rising, a film she ultimately never starred in. It was reported that producer Bobby Bedi and Ash signed the agreement in Cannes where she was officiating as a member of the film festival jury. While Ash has still not shared screen space with Aamir Khan, she’s back at Cannes this year.
Bollywood in 1998 (May 10 – 16)
Filmy Goof-ups: There were slips galore at the national conference on ‘Challenges Before Indian Cinema’ on 10th May at the Leela Kempinski. Maharashtra deputy chief minister Gopinath Munde, in his speech, referred to star-MP Vinod Khanna as Vinod Kumar, of course, by mistake. Later, thespian Dilip Kumar, in his speech, inadvertently addressed Gopinath Munde as home minister. FICCI chairman K.K. Modi prefixed I & B minister Sushma Swaraj with the word ‘Shri’ instead of ‘Smt.’!! At the same conference, Dilip Kumar revealed that Mathematics was his weakest subject and that he used to score just 4 marks in a paper of 100! At the same national conference, organised by FICCI and the Film Federation of India, the BJP government’s I & B minister Sushma Swaraj granted industry status to film business.
National Awards: Yash Chopra’s Dil To Pagal Hai bagged the Swarn Kamal for the best popular film providing wholesome entertainment. Karisma Kapoor won the best supporting actress award for the same film. J.P. Dutta’s Border won the Nargis Dutt award for the best film on national integration. Javed Akhtar’s Sandese aate hain song from ‘Border’ brought him the National Award for the best lyrics. It was the second consecutive year in which Javed won the National Award. For Yash Chopra, the award was the fourth. His Chandni, Darr and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge were the earlier recipients of National Awards.
Bollywood in 1993 (May 9 – 15)
Censors At Work: The CBFC (censor) officials objected to a scene in F.C. Mehra’s Aashik Aawara in which the super-hit song, Choli ke peechhe kya hai, from Subhash Ghai’s Khal Nayak was played in the background. The CBFC ordered the lines to be deleted from the sound track.
Tax Free!: Rajkumar Santoshi’s Damini was granted tax exemption in Delhi for a year from 14th May.
100 Days: Mehul Kumar’s Tirangaa completed 100 days of its run on 15th May. Raaj Kumar and Nana Patekar starred in the hit film.
No Star Power: Yash Chopra’s Parampara, directed for A.A. Nadiadwala, released on 14th May all over. Despite excellent promotion, the film opened to dull houses. Even the brilliant star cast – Sunil Dutt, Vinod Khanna, Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Raveena Tandon – couldn’t salvage its box-office prospects.