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Amitabh’s Voice, Image, Characteristics, Can’t Be Used Without Consent: Delhi HC

Bollywood legend and veteran Actor Amitabh Bachchan filed a suit in Delhi High Court seeking protection of his personality rights, image, voice, or any of his characteristics without his consent, following which the court passed an interim ex-parte injunction in his favour.

Eminent lawyer Harish Salve along with Ameet Naik and Pravin Anand, instructed by Anand and Naik, appeared for Bachchan in the High Court. The matter was heard before Justice Navin Chawla.
Salve submitted that there is a complete misuse of Amitabh Bachchan’s name, image, voice, or any of his characteristics without his consent.

“The misuse of his name, image, and voice, especially by the mobile application developers, and people conducting lottery by illegally associating with KBC, book publishers, T-shirt vendors, and various other businesses, has prompted Mr. Amitabh Bachchan to approach the High Court, seeking a restraining order against the use of his personality traits,” Salve said.

The lawyer for Amitabh Bachchan also brought to the notice of the Delhi High Court that alleged infringers have illegally registered Bachchan’s name as web-domain names such as www.amitabhbachchan.com and www.amitabhbachchan.in.

Delhi High Court’s Justice Navin Chawla noted that the plaintiff/Amitabh Bachchan alleges a violation of his publicity right as a celebrity.

The court further noted that it could not seriously be disputed that the plaintiff is a very well-known personality and is aggrieved by the usage of his name, image voice, etc without his consent.

“I am of the opinion that the plaintiff has been able to make out prima facie case in his favour. The defendants appear to be using celebrity status without his authorization, permission, and consent,” the HC judge said.

Justice Navin Chawla in his interim order passed an interim ex-parte injunction in favour of the Plaintiff/ Amitabh Bachchan and against the defendants.

The plea stated that there is an infringement of the Plaintiff’s personality through various manners like digital means, instant messaging apps, physical means, etc.

The digital means include several websites and mobile apps that have been found misappropriating the plaintiff’s photographs and/or other characteristics, to create popularity amongst the public and to entice members of the public to download such mobile apps.

The instant messaging apps include several unscrupulous parties that have been found using Bachchan’s photograph along with his name, and the representation of a TV Show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ (which is associated with Bachchan), to scam the public into believing that Kaun Banega Crorepati is offering lottery prizes to the members of the public.

The physical means include the cases where dishonest traders physically affix the actor’s images and posters on their places of business, on billboards, or even on products that they engage in the manufacture and sale of, with the aim to unlawfully show a nexus/affiliation/sponsorship/association with the plaintiff, so as to boost their illegal profits. (ANI)

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Mission Mangal Actor Vikram Gokhale’s Health Critical

Veteran actor Vikram Gokhale has been in a hospital in Pune for some time now and as per the latest reports, his condition continues to remain critical.

ANI confirmed his health condition and as per the latest report, it is critical.
There are no details concerning his illness, and neither the family nor the hospital has released any statement yet.

The actor made his film debut at the age of 26 in 1971 in Amitabh Bachchan-starrer ‘Parwana’. Over a career spanning more than 40 years, Gokhale has appeared in various Marathi and Bollywood films, including ‘Agneepath,’ starring Amitabh Bachchan in 1990, and ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam,’ with Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in 1999.

In 2010, he received the National Award for Best Actor for his work in the Marathi film ‘Anumati’. With the Marathi film ‘Aaghaat’, he also made his directorial debut.

Other notable work of the actor includes ‘Mission Mangal’, ‘Hichki’, ‘Aiyaari’, ‘Bang Bang!’, ‘De Dana Dan’, and ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’.

He was last seen in ‘Nikamma’ alongside Shilpa Shetty and Abhimanyu Dassani. The film hit the theatres in June this year. (ANI)

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Abhishek Wishes Aaradhya

Abhishek Wishes Aaradhya On Birthday In The Most Adorable Way

Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai’s daughter Aaradhya turned 11 today.

And, on the occasion, Abhishek took to social media to drop a special wish for his little one.
Abhishek took to Instagram to share a cute picture of Aaradhya and wrote, “Happy Birthday my little Princess! I love you mostest.”

Check it out:

Earlier, Aishwarya shared an adorable picture of herself with her daughter.

In the picture, the ‘Ponniyin Selvan: I’ actor was seen planting a kiss at Aaradhya.

Alongside the picture, she penned a sweet note. Aishwarya wrote, “MY LOVE… MY LIFE… I LOVE YOU, MY AARADHYA.”

Abhishek and Aishwarya married on April 20, 2007, in an intimate wedding ceremony at one of Amitabh Bachchan’s bungalows- Prateeksha.

The duo who has shared screen space in movies like ‘Guru’, ‘Dhoom 2’ and more, welcomed their first child Aaradhya on November 16 in 2011.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Aishwarya was recently seen in south director Mani Ratnam’s magnum opus period drama film ‘Ponniyin Selvan – 1’ which gathered massive responses from the audience.

She will be next seen in an upcoming action film ‘Jailer’ alongside Rajinikanth, Ramya Krishnan, Priyanka Arul Mohan, and Shiva Rajkumar. The official release date of the film is still awaited.

On the other hand, Abhishek was last seen in an upcoming thriller series ‘Breathe: Into the shadows season 2’ which was released exclusively on Amazon Prime Video on November 9. (ANI)

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Amitabh Bachchan pet dog

Amitabh Mourns Death Of His Pet Dog, Shares Emotional Note

Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, on Wednesday, shared an emotional note after he lost his pet dog.

Taking to Instagram, the actor shared a picture which he captioned in Hindi,” Humare ek chote se dost, kaam ke shan, fir ye bade hote hain aur ek din chod ke chale jaate hain,” followed by a crying emoticon.

In the picture, the ‘Don’ actor could be seen holding his Labrador.

Soon after he shared the picture, fans swamped the comment section with heartfelt messages and broken heart emoticons.

“Pets are precious as love,” a fan commented.

Another fan wrote, “And the love they give is the purest version of love.”

The ‘Deewar’ actor did not reveal the name of his pet.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Amitabh Bachchan was recently seen in director Sooraj Barjatya’s family entertainer film ‘Uunchai’ which got a positive response from the audience.

Apart from him, the film also stars Anupam Kher, Boman Irani, and Parineeti Chopra in prominent roles.

As per trade analyst Taran Adarsh, despite getting a limited release the film minted more than Rs 10 crores in its opening weekend.

He will be next seen in a pan India film ‘Project K’ alongside Deepika Padukone and south actor Prabhas, and in ‘The Intern’. (ANI)

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Anupam Clebrates Diwali With Big B, SRK, Rani

Actor Anupam Kher has shared pictures with Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, and Rani Mukherjee as he celebrated Diwali with them.

Anupam took to his Instagram handle and posted adorable pictures with a sweet thank you note.
Anupam posted a couple of pictures with his ‘Uunchai’ co-actor Amitabh Bachchan where he could be seen wearing a red checked kurta while Big B donned a yellow kurta with a light color dupatta.

Thanking Big B, he wrote, “Thank you #Amitji, #JayaJi, #Abhishek and #Aishwarya for a wonderful #Deepawali experience at your place. It was great to have some festive time with you all! Love and prayers always. #ShubhDeepawali #Festival.”

In another post, he shared photos with Rani where Rani opted for a black kurta with golden embroidery and red sharara.

“Thank you, dearest Rani and Adi, for your hospitality and warmth! It was great to spend some time with you and our friends! I LOVED your home, Rani. It is beautiful! Love and prayers always! #Diwali #Love #Festival,” he captioned the post.

Anupam also met his ‘dearest friend’ with actor Shahrukh Khan. SRK looks handsome in a black kurta.

Calling this meeting a ‘Diwali Bonaza’, he wrote, “Diwali bonanza! Met my dearest friend #Shahrukh after a very long time. He was always loving, caring, respectful, compassionate, and of course charming! May God give him all the happiness in the world!@iamsrk #DDLJ #Friend #Love.”

Meanwhile, on the work front, Anupam will be seen in ‘Kuch Khatta Ho Jaay’. Apart from this, he will also be seen in ‘Emergency’, ‘Uunchai’, and ‘The Signature’ among several others. (ANI)

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Neena's First From Barjatya

Neena’s First From Barjatya’s Uunchai Unveiled

Makers of the upcoming family entertainer film ‘Uunchai,’ on Saturday unveiled the first look poster of Neena Gupta’s character.

Taking to Instagram, Neena shared her first look poster which she captioned, “This one is to dreaming big and making it happen. My first with Rajshri Productions. Meet me as Shabina Siddiqui in a theatre near you on 11.11.22. A film by Sooraj Barjatya, #Uunchai is special.”
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The ‘Badhaai Ho’ actor’s character is introduced as Shabina Siddique.

Helmed by Sooraj Barjatya, the film also stars Amitabh Bachchan, Anupam Kher, Boman Irani, Danny Denzongpa, and Parineeti Chopra in the lead roles.

‘Uunchai’ is all set to hit the theatres on November 11, 2022.

Previously makers unveiled the first-look posters of Amitabh, Anupam, and Boman Irani.

The film marks the directorial comeback of Sooraj Barjatya after his 2015 family drama ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ which starred Salman Khan, Sonam Kapoor, and Anupam Kher in the lead roles.

Makers are all set to unveil the official trailer of the film on October 18, 2022.

Neena was recently seen in director Vikas Behl’s film ‘Goodbye’ alongside Amitabh Bachchan, Rashmika Mandanna, and Pavail Gulati in the lead roles. The film received positive responses from the audience.

She will be next seen in an upcoming film ‘Shiv Shastri Balboa’ alongside Anupam Kher and Jugal Hansraj.

The movie will be directed by Ajayan Venugopalan under the banner UFI Motion Pictures Pvt Ltd. Ajayan is an Indian screenwriter, and film director who has written and directed the acclaimed Malayalam television sitcom ‘Akkara Kazhchakal’. This popular TV series was followed by a movie of the same name. (ANI)

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Amitabh Heartfelt Birthday Wishes

Amitabh Turns 80, Receives Heartfelt Birthday Wishes

Hindi cinema’s biggest superstar, Amitabh Bachchan has turned 80 and marking his special day, his daughter Shweta Bachchan paid a heartfelt tribute to him on social media.

Taking to Instagram, Shweta shared a bunch of photographs featuring her adorable moments spent with her father.
In one of the images, we can see Big B holding little Shweta’s hands.

Another picture shows little Big B standing with his late parents Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Teji Bachchan.

For the caption, Shweta chose to use the lyrics of Abida Parveen and Naseebo Lal’s song ‘Tu Jhoom’.

“Peeda nu mai seene laavan..Te mai hasdi jaavan..Oooh, peeda nu mai seene laavan..Te mai hasdi jaavan..Dhuppan de naal lad-lad ke ve labhiya apniyan chaavan..Dukh v apne, sukh v apne, mai te bas eh jaana..Sab nu samajh ke ki karna aye..Dil nu eh samjhavan..Tu jhoom, jhoom, jhoom, jhoomTu jhoom, jhoom, jhoom, jhoom — To my grand old man Happy 80th Birthday,” she wrote.

Apart from Shweta, Amitabh’s granddaughter Navya, too, penned a heartwarming post for him on his 80th birthday.

She took a stroll down memory lane and dropped her childhood picture with her ‘nana’.

“Tu na thakega kabhi tu na rukega kabhi tu na mudega kabhi kar shapath kar shapath kar shapath agnipath agnipath agnipath.There never has, and never will be anyone like you . happy birthday nana,” Navya captioned the post.

Big B began his career with the film ‘Saat Hindustani’ in 1969. He later appeared as Dr. Bhaskar Banerjee in Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s ‘Anand’ (1971), for which he won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. Prakash Mehra’s action film ‘Zanjeer’ (1973) established Bachchan as a star to look out for in the industry and since then he has been enthralling audiences with versatile roles.

Ahead of his 80th birthday, he came up with the film ‘Goodbye’, which is currently running in theatres. In the upcoming months, he will be seen in ‘The Intern remake with Deepika Padukone and ‘Project K’. He also has ‘Uunchai’ in his kitty. (ANI)

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Rekha Romantic Scenes With Amitabh

When Rekha Saw Jaya Crying Over Her Romantic Scenes With Amitabh

Even though it has been several decades since rumors of the love triangle between Rekha-Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan were rampant, the subject of their romance still has a certain spark.

While Amitabh and Jaya have remained tight-lipped about this alleged affair over the years, this has not been the case with Rekha, who never shied away from talking about it.

Back in 1978, during an interview with Stardust, Rekha spoke about how she saw Jaya getting hurt and being emotional while watching intimate scenes between her and Amitabh in their film ‘Muqaddar Ka Sikandar’.

“Once, I was looking at the whole (Bachchan) family through the projection room when they came to see the trial show of ‘Muqaddar Ka Sikandar’. Jaya was sitting in the front row and he (Amitabh) and his parents were in the row behind her. They couldn’t see her as clearly as I could. And during our love scenes, I could see tears pouring down her face,” she said.

Rekha added, “A week later, everybody in the industry was telling me that he has made it clear to his producers that he was not going to work with me.”

Rumors at the time suggested that after reports about Amitabh and Rekha’s alleged affair had surfaced, these caused a rift between Jaya and Rekha though they had been friends earlier.

‘Muqaddar Ka Sikandar’, released in 1978, had been the last film starring Amitabh and Rekha until Yash Chopra got them and Jaya to star in his 1981 film ‘Silsila’. (ANI)

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India Celebrates Big B’s Golden Jubilee

If India is to be identified with a voice, arguably though when views can violently differ, it would have to be that of Amitabh Bachchan.

Arguable it was even half-a century back when first heard in a background commentary in Mrinal Sen’s Bhuvan Shome (1970). Sen used only his first name and paid Rs 300. Before that, All India Radio (AIR), the only spoken mass medium then, had rejected it.

Today, the baritone, both God-given and cultivated, resonates with an impressive filmography and an equally respectable persona of a bespectacled gone totally grey, his tall, lanky frame filled-out with age.

Amitabh continues to sign more films than actors two decades younger. He endorses products that earn him more money and visibility than films. The toast of any gathering he selectively attends, he also promotes many a noble cause while maintaining, gingerly, his proximity with politics and politicians who matter.

His golden jubilee in cinema this year is not unusual, nor the number of his films, 234 (including three in making). Malayalam cinema’s superstar Prem Nazir (1926-1989) did 720 films. Ashok Kumar had done 326 in a career spanning 61 years. Ailing occasionally but still on the roll at 76, having begun late at 27, Amitabh is unlikely to match them in screen-longevity and film numbers. In terms of earnings, too, he stands way below Salman Khan and Deepika Padukone, seventh among the richest Indian celebrities assessed by Forbes Magazine last December.     

 He has made the term Bollywood that remains his principal platform seem respectable when vigorously disputed by the marquees of India’s regional cinema. While deprecating Bollywood’s craze for Hollywood, he did a solitary Hollywood film. Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby (2013) has him playing a non-Indian Jewish character, Meyer Wolfsheim.

Many would agree that Amitabh could have ventured into Los Angeles any time with his cultured voice, acting talent and market pull among the vast Indian diaspora. Not chasing Hollywood and staying rooted in Mumbai is a clever move typical of him. Not for him bit roles playing brown man in a black-and-white milieu. And, he needs to proudly defend his stardom. 

Stardom took a while coming although was an “officially sponsored” actor, perhaps, India’s only one. On the threshold of half-a-century, he may not like this recall.

Renowned Hindi poet-scholar Harivansh Rai and Teji Bachchan were close to then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. She was said to have addressed letters to friends K A Abbas and Nargis. Amitqbh signed his first film, Reshma Aur Shera after Nargis passed on the letter to actor-filmmaker husband Sunil Dutt. Abbas asked Amitabh to get his father to telephone him before he could consider him for Saat Hindustani. Dutt’s film was delayed for want of funds and logistics difficulties in Rajasthan’s desert. Ironically, he plays a dumb, minus his baritone. Abbas’ film came first and he was noticed.

Film historian Gautam Kaul recalls that he accompanied Abbas on a talent-scouting visit to the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). That attracted Jaya Bhaduri, a student who had been introduced by Satyajit Ray in Mahanagar (1965). That makes her his senior in cinema. They paired in Zanjeer, Amitabh’s first big hit. Married then, they remain Bollywood’s first couple.

His honing was privileged, but far from cinema. At Sherwood, a public school, he dabbled in English theater. At Delhi’s Kirori Mal College, he was one of the ‘players’. A corporate job took him to Calcutta (now Kolkata) and then Bollywood happened, not without struggle.    

At a time when India was experiencing its ‘parallel’ cinema where one risked being labeled “non-filmy” as per prevalent Bollywood parlance, Amitabh was lucky to get noticed by some of the top directors of the day. He achieved stardom before Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi and Om Puri and others from that flock. He paired with potential rival Vinod Khanna and with Rajesh Khanna, already a super-star.

He was noticed after being paired with Rajesh in ‘Anand’ and “Namak Haram”. Although a mannerism-driven Rajesh had the best dialogues and audience sympathy on dying in the climax, Amitabh overshadowed him in terms of presence and performance. Indeed, Amitabh’s rise came after Rajesh’s dizzying but meteoric rise and fall, along with that of Navin Nischol. He paired with Vinod Khanna but the latter’s forays out of cinema and into spiritualism put him out of the race. Amitabh was lucky, again.

In socialism-driven cinema of the 1970s, Amitabh emerged as the “angry young man” with ‘Zanjeer’ and ‘Deewar’. But he also sustained Bollywood’s raucous romance (Amar Akbar Anthony). The dhoti-clad poet also donned suite-boot in “Kabhi Kabhi” rendering an urban touch to Sahir Ludhianvi’s exquisite Urdu poetry. Writer-duo Salim-Javed wrote their best lines for ‘Sholay’.

His partnering contributed to the success of directors Prakash Mehra and Yash Chopra and in later years, Karan Johar, R. Balki and many a fresh talent. He is associated with some landmark films like ‘Black’(2005) ‘Pink’(2016) and ‘Pa.’(2009)

Amitabh’s political career was brief. As one who grew along with Rajiv Gandhi, he agreed (some say reluctantly) to contest parliamentary elections in 1984. He defeated H N Bahuguna, a major opposition leader.

His first day in parliament was a spectacle. Ministers and lawmakers alike thronged to get his autographs (“oh, for my grandson,” one said sheepishly). But he made no speech and would impassively watch the House proceedings, touching his face involuntarily as if missing the greasepaint.

In my only encounter with him in Parliament’s corridors, I sought his reaction to the Annual Budget. “I have no reaction.” I scolded him, almost: “A major concession is made for the film industry and you have nothing to say?” “I welcome it,” he said and rushed off.

He resigned when the Bofors gun deal scandal scalded friend Rajiv and then lamented in a Times of India interview that “politics is a cesspool.” Truth may never be known. He was among those who had let down Rajiv, critics say. The Gandhi-Bachchan breach, it is believed, remains to this day.

A serious career decline between 1988 and 1992 saw a series of flops. He looked jaded. His film production venture skidding, he went virtually bankrupt. But he climbed his way back into reckoning as actor, despite the advent of three young Khans – Aamir, Salman and Shah Rukh.

Succeeding the three post-Independence greats – Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand and Raj Kapoor and straddling the Khan era, Amitabh has played a range of characters, from Sufi, Shakespearean, suave romantic, a conman, a policeman, a soldier, a stricken child, a ghost, a drunkard — all that Bollywood offers.  Choosing favourites from among them is well-nigh impossible. He has starred opposite son Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya and outsmarted both – of course, the director and the script demand that.

A detailed narration of his career would take more space than permitted here. Roles are written for him. Whatever be the performance of others in the ventures, he does not let you down. And that is remarkable in 50th year.

His anchoring “Kaun Banega Karorpati,” the Indian version of “Who Wants To Be Millionaire”, remains a landmark in Indian television. Beginning 2000, it has had nine seasons and demand for it seems unending among advertisers and family audiences. In a way it also marks the evolution and ageing of Amitabh.

To be seen with him by the millions, is a lifetime’s achievement for the young and old, grannies and housewives. They acknowledge this gratefully, some tearfully. They narrate to him their hopes. He inculcates in them aspirations and family values.   Money-earning, although a huge motivation, becomes incidental when they are before him.  

If his success is to be measured in terms of awards and accolades, he has numerous, including four National Film Awards as Best Actor, many at international film festivals. He has won fifteen Filmfare Awards and with 41 nominations overall, is their most-nominated performer.

In 1991, he became the first to receive the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award established in the name of Raj Kapoor. The magazine crowned him as Superstar of the Millennium in 2000.

In 1999, he was voted the “greatest star of stage or screen” in a BBC Your Millennium online poll. The organisation noted that “Many people in the western world will not have heard of [him] … [but it] is a reflection of the huge popularity of Indian films.”

He has been conferred two honorary doctorates by the universities of Madras and Manchester. He can use Dr. as prefix, but does not.

Conferred Padma Shri (1984), Padma Bhushan (2001) and Padma Vibhushan (2015), now, Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian national award, awaits him.

The writer can be reached at mahendraved07@gmail.com

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