Did you know? Prithviraj Kapoor was once shown the board of ‘No Vacancy’
Eminent personality and a pool of talent is what comes to our mind when we hear the name Prithviraj Kapoor. The veteran actor was the first of the clan of Kapoors, who went on to entertain us generation after generation, and still are. The patriarch of the family, Prithviraj Kapoor had begun his career in the silent era of Indian cinema. But, later he made a mark for himself with many iconic talkie films like the magnum opus ‘Mughal-E-Azam’ and ‘Awara’, with son Raj Kapoor directing and co-starring in the latter. However, did you know that this iconic star was once shown the board of ‘No Vacancy’ at a studio? Sounds unbelievable, right? But, it happened.
It was in the year 1928, Prithviraj Kapoor had moved to Bombay by borrowing some money from his aunt. In an old interview, the late veteran actor recalled about that day when he had an interview with late filmmaker Ardeshir Irani. He had said, “I asked for an interview with Ardeshir Irani of the Imperial Studio. While I was waiting to enter his office, I met a young, handsome man –like me, he too was a “hopeful.” I stood aside for him to go in first. But he came out soon enough. He was told that there was no vacancy, and he gave me a look that suggested that I was wasting my time.” (Also Read:A mark to remember: When Raj Kapoor burnt his hand, for a promise)
But, Prithviraj entered the office where Ardeshir looked at him and with a smile asked, “Why have you come in? Didn’t you see the board placed there to say that there is no vacancy.” Prithviraj replied saying, “Yes, sir, I did.”
“Well, then why are you here? There is no vacancy. You may go.” For a full minute I (Prithviraj) could not speak, after which I said, “But, sir, I shall feel obliged for your advice.” Ardeshir looked at me and said, “Well, I cannot engage you but, if you like, you can be an unpaid extra.”
“I understand, sir,” I replied, “the meaning of the word ‘unpaid,’ but I don’t know what ‘extra’ means.” My ignorance must have caused some mirth, but Ardeshir was kind to me and explained: I was to be an actor of no importance, just one of a crowd. I closed my eyes for a moment and then said, “Give me your blessings, sir. I will take the job.” Ardeshir laughed and said, “My dear boy, you are sure to make a mark.”
“He gave me a note to the director. And soon I found myself in the makeup room, which was crowded. A little later I was on the sets. Thus I worked for ten days and, the next day, when I was in the extras’ make-up room B.P. Misra summoned me. I was placed before the camera, and “shot.” I was made to look “right–left–above–below.” My screen-test was over, and I was asked to see Ardeshir Irani. Misra said that he wanted me to be the hero in his next picture. Irani told me that I would be paid Rs 75 a month.”
And finally, Prithviraj Kapoor bagged his first film as the hero titled ‘Cinema Girl’ which was released in year 1929. After that, there was no looking back. The senior most Kapoor went on to star in nine silent films, post that, and also played a supporting role in India’s first film talkie ‘Alam Ara’ (1931) which was directed by none other than director Ardeshir Irani, who was the one to show him the ‘No Vacancy’ board in the first place. Who knew that a meeting of few minutes will turn out to be a mentorship that would change the history of Indian cinema.
This slice from the life of Prithviraj Kapoor makes us believe in the words fate and destiny. We cannot imagine Bollywood without the contributions of this man.
Karan Singh Grover’s marriages leads to actor & now a 2018 Dadasaheb Phalke Award
While his body is every man’s dream, it is also every girl’s fantasy. The same goes for his lovely ex-wife.
Friends, Karan Singh Grover has recently been honored with a Dadasaheb Phalke Award on April 20, 2018, in Mumbai under the guidance of PMO and CBFC.
OMG! Is what one would say. However, there still lies the Maha Shock of his ex-wife, Jennifer Winget receiving one too.
Stylish as he may seem, he’s become the talk of the town for just this week, grabbing all eyes at the ceremony. However, questions do pop up in the human mind asking – Have the standards of the Dadasaheb Phalke Awards gone that low? Who knew that so-called working actors could receive awards too? (Also Read:Karan Singh Grover To Receive ‘Dadasaheb Phalke Award’)
Karan’s journey from a regular employee to a handsome actor is more like a flop script of a Hindi movie, where one feels that they’ve wasted Rs 180/- on buying a ticket. It feels like the popcorn would taste better on the Road compared to a movie theatre.
From a Punjabi family, Karan Singh Grover grows up to be a Hotel Management student and then a Marketing Executive in Mumbai. In 2004, Karan’s journey took to many places, where the best role played at a serial named ‘Qubool Hai’ and a movie named ‘Hate Story 3‘ to be better than great in 2015.
Calling for what’s needed, The Glam Girl, Jennifer Winget has done lots since her divorce. For sure, she’s excelled as a Television actress and a fashion diva with her right attitude and looks that are worth crores. Still, there lies a question unanswered after this event.
Karan Singh Grover, who was previously married to Jennifer Winget and Shraddha Nigam is now married to Bipasha Basu. As an ex-wife and Television actress, it was she [Jennifer Winget], who brought him back into the limelight after his failed marriage with Shraddha.
However, after Karan and Jennifer filed for divorce, it was Bipasha Basu’s turn for a long life love session with Karan, which gave an announcement in public about the couple soon to be married. Many stars such as Mr & Mrs. Dutt, the Bachchans, and the Khans – were seen at Karan and Bipasha’s reception.
Furthermore, Karan Singh Grover’s movie ‘Alone‘ was quite unsatisfying to watch. Does this mean that Bipasha Basu brought her husband into the limelight where Bollywood’s greatest stars roam?
Karan Singh takes on his past to the future, and his relationship with Bipasha never really looked like a positive. What’s more? Is Karan’s interview with BollywoodLife. Karan went all out to say that his marriage with Jennifer was a mistake! Not only that, he added that some people are better off as friends and should not take it to the next level.
What must have Jennifer felt then? And she ever felt like giving it back to Karan Singh Grover? But, what she feels now is the real achievement for her work. Looking at the past, this is the biggest question that remains unanswered till today – Was she really a mistake for Karan? Or is Karan a mistake for 3 women including Bipasha Basu?
Nodding on it, Karan’s body and face will still make a great picture on a magazine cover. But, these 3 Musketeers have been with him as partners in both personal and professional life. For after seeing all that’s happened in his life, and now at the Dadasaheb Phalke Awards just shows that giving Karan an award wasn’t such a great idea. For there were and are many other actors who deserved the award and its category.
Throwback Thursday: When Sanjay Dutt confessed his wish to marry Madhuri Dixit
Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit’s reunion after 20 years with Karan Johar’s ‘Kalank’ has become the hot topic of discussion. The duo were rumoured to have dated each other for some time in 1990s but both have always remained tight lipped about it.
The onscreen hit jodi is happily married to their respective spouses, Sanjay’s love for Manyata is known to all. She is like a tower of strength for him. Madhuri too is happily married to Sriram Madhav Nene.
But seems like the actor still has a soft corner for his ‘Khalnayak’ co-star. Here’s a video of Sanjay confessing how he still doesn’t mind marrying Madhuri….’IF’ given a choice. This was at the Goa Fest last year when he was asked a hypothetical question on who would he want to marry if given a choice and he quipped, “Anybody knows Maanyata Dutt? Nobody knows? But…I would like to marry Madhuri Dixit. ”
Watch the video here:
It’s not like the actor said it seriously. We know the immense love he shares with his wife. (Also Check: ‘Kalank’ the film that was to star Sridevi, goes on floor)