The MAMI Movie Mela: A Star-Studded Affair

The stars descended upon Mehboob Studios for the MAMI Movie Mela 2015. The event proved how you don’t need to be a child to enjoy a carnival. It brought together some of the most popular names in Bollywood in an epic celebration of Indian cinema. In case you missed it, here’s the lowdown on the MAMI Movie Mela 2015:

Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi on How to Write a Blockbuster

"Success ke peeche mat bhaago. Bachcha kabil bano, kabilkamyabi toh saali jhak maarke peeche bhagegi"

One of the most memorable dialogues from Rajkumar Hirani‘s 3 Idiots is more than just that. It’s the filmmaker’s approach to life, as he shared at the MAMI Movie Mela. The director with Abhijat Joshi spoke in a candid session that broke down the recipe for a hit flick.

While it is important for a script to appeal to the right people, both Abhijat and Rajkumar agreed that a writer must only write for oneself. They also talked about a scene that Abhijat wrote for Lage Raho Munna Bhai, which apparently was written to impress Rajkumar Hirani. Raju, of course thought it was terrible. Lesson learned!

Known for their work in films like PK, 3 Idiots and Lage Raho Munna Bhai; the duo also spoke about collaborations. Both Abhijat and Rajkumar emphasized the importance of understanding within a filmmaking team, without which a blockbuster will be rather unlikely. For example, they spent 25 consecutive days with Sanjay Dutt, while working on his biopic. They delved into every aspect of the superstar’s life to make sure that everyone was on the same page and that nothing was lost in translation. Will this be another addition to the duo’s list of blockbusters? We’ll wait and watch, won’t we?

The Mr. India Reunion

There’s little as magical as reliving your favorite childhood memories. ’80s kids were in for a treat at the MAMI Movie Mela‘s Mr. India Reunion.

The event brought together Anil Kapoor, Boney Kapoor, Sridevi, Satish Kaushik, Javed Akhtar, Aftab Shivdasani, Ahmed Khan and Huzaan Khodaiji, after 28 years! The audience, the cast and crew then proceeded to relive the cult classic in all its glory. Not only did Anil Kapoor don Mr. India’s unforgettable outfit, but the children (all grown-up now) also recreated their iconic dance moves. Mogambo ke fans kaafi khush huye!

Varun Dhawan on the Films That Changed His Life

Remember when you imitated your favorite stars and cartoons, and your family joked about how you’d be an actor someday? For Varun Dhawan, that statement turned out to be true!

At the MAMI Movie Mela, the actor discussed films that changed his life. While we expected classics like Andaz Apna Apna on his list, he also cited some apart from the usual suspects like Swat Kats and Johnny Bravo. Yes, young Varun had an early start imitating his favorite cartoon characters. He started pursuing hobby seriously when Chi Chi Bhaiyya aka Govinda told Varun that he should become an actor. We’re glad he did.

Varun also spoke about his highly-anticipated release, Dilwale and how working with Shah Rukh Khan has taught him a lot about acting. Very obviously, he is as excited for the film as we are!

Deepika Padukone on Her Journey in Bollywood

Ever since her debut in 2007, Deepika Padukone has been an unstoppable force in Bollywood. Though she has had her fair share of doubters, the actress worked twice as hard to prove she can make it in the industry. And it has of course, paid off. The self-confessed workaholic talked about all the ups and downs she has been through in the last eight years; all of which make us love her even more.

While she doesn’t regret any of her projects, the actress talked at length about the wage gap in Bollywood. She called for action towards equality, especially for the younger generation of actors. You go, girl!

But that’s not all. Deepika also received a special video message from Ranveer Singh, who talked about how much he has learned from her- both as an actor and as a person. Awww.

Bollywood – The Next 5 Years

What do you get when you put Bollywood’s finest young actors on one stage? Complete and pure entertainment!

Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur, Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra, Ayushmann Khurrana and Kriti Sanon talked about the future of Bollywood, at the Movie Mela 2015. The actors covered various topic; right from competition in the industry to their harshest critics.

They also talked about social media, and how its role is very different from what we see on the surface. One person who didn’t have much to contribute to this topic was Aditya Roy Kapur, who claims that he hasn’t been on social media since the days of MSN Messenger. Looks like Alia Bhatt, who convinced Arjun Kapoor to embrace social media, has another task at hand. 

On a serious note, the actors also spoke about harsh feedback they have received. Alia spoke about how she had to prove to Abhishek Chaubey that she would be the right choice for Udta Punjab. Arjun Kapoor had a similar experience, where he spent four months trying to prove himself to Habib Faisal. But Ayushmann, who Shoojit Sircar refers to as the "Gareebon ka Shah Rukh Khan", clearly took the cake here.

Though it was a star-studded day, the MAMI Movie Mela was first and foremost a celebration of cinema. One that we’re glad we could be a part of. We’re looking forward to next year already, and we know you are too!

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