Jun 07

Aamir Khan Denies Insulting the Doctors

Aamir Khan absolutely denies Insulting the Doctors. Pats and brickbats – Aamir Khan was prepared for it all when he set out to discuss burning issues in his debut TV show “Satyamev Jayate”.

aamir Khan Fearless and convinced about the aim of the show, the actor-filmmaker says he is totally unapologetic about raising the issue of malpractices in the medical profession, thereby upsetting an umbrella body of 21 medical institutions.

“I have absolutely no intentions of apologising because I have not done anything wrong,” Aamir told in an exclusive interview over phone from Mumbai.

After raising concerns over female foeticide, dowry and child abuse, Aamir took it upon himself to shake up viewers and awaken them to the existence of irregularities in the country’s healthcare system.

He brought issues like cut practices, unethical medical practices, and commission demands to the fore and presented live examples of people who could have been cured with simple medicines but were advised by doctors to undergo surgeries, robbing them of precious money.

This ‘exposure’ has landed Aamir in the bad books of the Indian Medical Association (IMA). But he does not fret!

“We were aware that since these are issues that are core to all of us and affecting every Indian, obviously there are some people who are part of the problem, and they are not going to be happy with us because these are the ones who don’t want a solution to be there.

“In fact, I would have been surprised if we would not have earned brickbats. The people who are getting troubled are very likely the ones who are part of the problems,” said Aamir, adding that he hasn’t received any physical threats so far.

He protests against the allegation that he only highlighted the negative aspects of the medical profession on his show, to which was invited K.K. Talwar, chairman, board of governors, Medical Council of India (MCI).

“I don’t know whether they have seen the show because a number of times we brought out that there are many doctors who are doing great work. We gave such strong examples of positive work by doctors like Dr. Devi Shetty and Dr. Shamit Sharma,” Aamir told.

He denied the accusation that he insulted the medical profession.

“I have not insulted the medical profession at all. I have the highest regard for the medical profession. In fact what is insulting to the medical profession is those doctors who are indulging in unethical practices. They have insulted the medical profession, not me,” he said.

However, he is happy with the positive response from the medical community as well as youths who aspire to be in the profession.

“A lot of doctors have written to me and said, ‘Your work is fantastic and we are thank you for what you have done’. Dr. K.K.Talwar, head of the Medical Council of India, was on our show and after the show was aired, he wrote to me saying: ‘I thought what you did on the show was very good.’

“He said that ‘I am aware that a small section of doctors is upset with you, but I want you to know that what you are doing is very important and I want you to know that MCI and I will do everything we can in our control and power to set things right’. Now that is such an important and encouraging response.aamir Khan Pic

“Young medical students have written to me that this is a profession we are about to enter and we are so inspired by your show to do the right thing when we enter the profession,” he added.

“I want to thank these doctors and young medical students whose messages and letters have been most encouraging” he said.

Aamir says his conviction in the concept and aim of the show have left him fearless of negative reactions.

“I feel what I have set out to do is extremely important and what I support is important for me and very important for society and our country. I have absolutely no hesitation in doing what I feel is right for the country. So in that, if there is a small group of people who are getting upset, it is sad, but so be it. In fact, I would request those people who are getting upset to look inward.

“I believe we are trying to make a sincere effort in first understanding issues and then shedding light on them, and we are committed to that attempt,” said the 47-year-old trailblazing cinema personality.

Jun 06

Rowdy Rathore is off to a Great Start

Akki as Rowdy Rathore is off to a Great Start, The Film gets the biggest opening ever for an Akshay Kumar film.Rowdy Rathore

Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha’s film, helmed by choreographer-turned-director Prabhudheva is off to a flying start. The film opened with very encouraging number, raking in Rs 15.10 crore on the very first day.

The film followed with numbers like Rs 14.7 crore on Saturday and Rs 18.5 crore on Sunday bringing in Rs 48.3 crore India net. It even broke the record of Salman Khan’s Dabangg that stood at Rs 48 crore.

Mumbai-based distributor Rajesh Thadani explains, “A lot of things have worked for the film, like the timing, the set up, Prabhudheva’s direction and the entire masala that has been spread evenly over the film.”

He adds, “The film has got the biggest possible opening for the year after Agneepath, if you count just three day weekend collection. And mind you Agneepath released on a national holiday. The film is going strong on Monday as well, be it at multiplexes or at single screens.”

Delhi-based distributor Sanjay Ghai exclaims, “The film has entered the league of Dabangg and 3 Idiots. It is a sure shot entry into the Rs 100 crore club and is already declared to be a blockbuster.”

The film has already earned $ 1.25 million from all territories worldwide, till Saturday. In the Middle East too, This was Akshay’s biggest opening ever.

Exhibitors Girish Wankhede points out, “Normally Akshay’s films don’t take a major opening. But the success of Housefull 2 gave Rowdy Rathore a push. The film opened with 60 per cent occupancy on Friday and by the end of the week, through major word of mouth, it reached 80 per cent. The film has a great repeat value.”

The trade is certain that the upcoming release Shanghai won’t pose as a problem for the Akshay-Sonakshi starrer as most single screens would want to screen the film, whereas Shanghai is deemed to be more suited for the multiplex.

Jun 03

Parineeti Chopra Charges 5 Million per Day

The Buzz is that a famous cosmetic brand withdraws endorsement offer after Parineeti demands a whopping fee of Rs Millon (50 Lakh) per day.parineeti chopra ft

The industry grapevine is buzzing with news that post the success of her debut film Ishaqzaade, Parineeti Chopra is taking her newfound stardom a bit too seriously. While she has hiked her fee for endorsement deals, it looks like there are few takers.

According to our source in the advertising sector, a reputed cosmetic brand approached the actress with an offer to endorse their personal care range of products.

When it came to discussing the money, the brand custodians were shocked to hear what the actress would be charging.

“They were surprised to hear that her representatives were asking for at least Rs 50 lakh per day. The brand managers felt the asking price was beyond their expectations, ” reveals our informer, adding that they weren’t willing to pay her more than Rs 25 lakh per day.

Our source explains, “The brand wanted about 10 days from her, of which about seven were to be utilised for the ad campaign and two days for a couple of events.

At that asking rate, signing her for a year would mean spending Rs 5 crore, which is a bit too high for someone new like Parineeti. So now the brand is considering a couple of other faces.”