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By Donald D’ Silva, Mira Road, Karkala

Donald D’ Silva is an Advertising Professional & Brand Strategist managing his own Digital Marketing Company in Mumbai. He writes about Current Affairs, Political Analysis, Bollywood Happenings and a variety of Social subjects.



(There are four friends who were thick and thin in their childhood. They were inseparable. Now, today they are in their 50 s and late 50s. they regularly get together and make merry as they have made their money and are well settled in their lives. It is the case of jumping early into business and tasting success. Two of them have taken VRS and settled down.)

  1. Jeevan Shetty: He is the owner of three Bar & Restaurants. One in Mangalore and two in Mumbai. A billionaire in his own right. From Karkala.
  2. SathishShenoy: He has a cloth store in Moodbidri. He has two veg Restaurants in Mumbai.
  3. Richard Almeida: He has one Bar & Restaurant in Mumbai.
  4. Melvin D’ Mello – He has two night clubs in Mumbai.

Jeevan: Hello Friends, the months down has been a great threat factor. But, we have survived the tension and turbulence. The influx of people from Mumbai and Gulf have increased the COVID infections!

Sathish: Doesn’t matter, still our immune system is strong. There are less casualties. Our Hospitals are full, but treatment is going on strong!

Richard: Kudos to our community. Their mental strength is amazing. People have pulled through during this crisis!

Melvin: Soon, in a  month’s time the medication will be available and there should not be threats of sudden deaths! But, the vanar scenario of wearing masks and social distancing may continue…..anyways welcome signs! Sigh!

J: To kill boredom, along with Sathish’s Black Label, we should get into some interesting conversation…Bollywood or Epic saga!

S: I request Richard Bhai and Melvin to enlighten us on new Bollywood topics, Pls….

R: Yeah! Today I would like to give you info on the eccentricities of some top Bollywood personalities!

J: Like?

M: Raj Kumar the great and many other crazy but talented stars!

J: Shoot! Go ahead!

R: When it comes to tantrums, no Bollywood star can match the audacity and intrigue of Raj Kumar, a legend of an era long gone.

Raj Kumar was an Indian actor known for his great voice, impeccable dialogue delivery, stylish demeanour and most of all for the legendary stories of his eccentric nature, which are still part of Bollywood folklore.

He refused Zanjeer (1973) the cult hit which made Amitabh Bachchan into an overnight sensation. 

Producer and Director Prakash Mehra went to Rajkumar to ask him for the lead role in a movie as this role was written keeping Rajkumar in mind.

Rajkumar said, “Jo producer apne sar me tel lagata hai main uski picture me kaam nahi karta”.

Prakash Mehra was dumbstruck and tried to persuade him but failed.

He finally had to go to a struggling actor of those days, who did not have any success in industries till then and was contemplating to go back to his home.

That struggling actor signed this movie which went on to become his first success and a huge hit of Bollywood, and later he became Superstar Amitabh Bachchan. This movie was Zanjeer (1973).

J: But, the story goes like this that, he once met the diva, Zeenat Aman at a party. Obviously Raj Kumar was drunk, he exclaimed “You are so beautiful and carry yourself with aplomb! You should be in movies!

M: Yes! Zeenat was dumbstruck! She had completed, say some 15 movies by this time!

S: Raj Kumar was a Sub–Inspector going by the name of Bhushan Kumar, I think at  Mahim Police station! A Kashmiri Pandit!

M: You are right! He threw that job away after some controversies and came into films! He had a natural dialogue delivery and also some kind of crazy behaviour, which augured well during those times in Bollywood!

R: His dialogue from Pakeezah is also very memorable till this day! “ Apke pair bade khoobsoorat hain, inhe Zameen pe mat rakhiyega, maile ho zayenge” He said this to the legendary bevdi Meena Kumari…and was a trendsetter dialogue!!

J: Who was the Director?

M: Who else? The famous Kamal Amrohi!

R: There are many eccentric and superstitious stars like him also, be it, males or females!

J: Females? Who?

M: Old ones are aplenty! The crazy one in today’s times is Twinkle Khanna! Great novelist but witty and pagal!

In one of the Karan Johar’s talk shows, she told in front of her husband that she wants to have sex with other men! Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia’s pagal daughter!

J: Yes, I have heard that also she told her gynaecologist Doctor, who seethed in embarrassment that when he was planning to go for an overseas vacation with his wife…. “You have seen many other women’s’ *******…it is time to take your own private ****** for a vacation!!

S: Utta girl!! You can see her twitter outbursts and also on other social media platforms, she is very vocal about her feelings and crazy outbursts!

M: Akshay acted in a movie called…..Toilet ek prem Katha and this babe went onto twitter and captured a man on Juhu beach sitting pretty and answering his nature’s call there!! She came down from her bungalow incognito and shot the image with herself as a selfie!

R: She is intelligent though! Acting was never in her blood, she has admitted, but has become a great novelist! She produced the movie ‘Padman’ and it was a roaring success!

R: Akshay, himself told in one of his presence in Kapil Sharma’s shows, that she has acted in 13 movies so far and only one was a hit….that was Bhadshah….with King Khan!

M: He was right!! Dimple at least had some talent, but Twinkle just sleepwalked through every role! Mela was a huge disaster!

J: But, Ravan was an eccentric character as well, I have read somewhere!

S: Arre, yaar, you jumped to mythology again!

Anyways, it was true! He did many mistakes….he was so besotted with Sita Mataa, that he convinced his uncle Maricha to disguise into a deer and made Sita enamoured by it. Maricha, said,’Ravan, I may die because Ram and Laxman are no ordinary people. Ravan said, if you disagree, I will kill you….Crazy person!

Maricha, did as he was told….and next is history…Sita liked the deer and Lord Ram followed it to get it  and he was killed. While Maricha died he said loudly ‘Hey Laxman….and Laxman had to run out of their hut in Panchkuteer after Sita ordered him to go after her husband’s trails. Laxman, however, intelligent that he was he drove a Laxman Rekha in front of their house and asked Sita not to get out of their house!

M: Since, some 15 years or so there is a white stick called ‘Laxman Rekha’, by some company, which you draw in your house and cockroaches do not cross the line!

J: Arre! Melvin Bhai, mazaak chodo….Sathish maam, then what happened?

S: Then, Ravan disguised himself as a beggar and kidnapped Sita. He killed Jatayu also on the way, who confronted him!

R: Then?

S: Then, we all know the story. But, during the war, Ravan came out of his palace after his brother Kumbhakrn was killed by Ram and he was confronted by Hanuman. His great blow blew him up. He was swooned for a while in his rath, then Laxman came and confronted him. He used some astra and Laxman was unconscious!

J: Then, what happened?

S: Lord Ram in his full glory confronted Ravan! A great fight followed! Lord Ram used his archery and astras and destroyed Ravan’s chariot, killed his charioteer, broke his umpteen bows and Ravan was aghast! He fell to the ground! Then, Ram with his impeccable smile, told Ravan, “go walk now to your palace and come back armed with all your capabilities again…he let him go…Ravan, totally humiliated walked back on his feet!!

M: Was Lord Ram an eccentric also…?

S: No yaar, Ram was Lord Visnu’s avatar and he wanted to humiliate Ravan…and next he knew he will send his great warrior son Meghnad also called as Indrajit. He wanted to finish the great Indrajit and then take over Ravan and finish the entire Rakshahshas.

J: Great! Jai Shree Ram!

S: Then, Indrajit came, there was bitter war with him and Laxman, he created havoc! Ultimately he was killed by Laxman, who was the reincarnation of Sheshnaag! It is the bed where Lord Vishnu and his wife Laxmi Devi rest!

J: So, it was a great plan! Ultimately, Ravan was killed superbly by Lord Ram and Sita Maate was rescued!

S: Yes, Melvin Bhai, over to Bollywood now….any other superstitious, crazy stars of the new breed?

M: Yes, Katrina Kaif! Katrina Kaif, while travelling on air doesn’t share a word with anyone else than her secretary or manager. Whatever she required would be asked by the manager. One incident happened once on the flight for which Katrina yelled out on the attendant losing her control. The attendant had requested Katrina to wear the seat belt while her reaction was…..Katrina yelled ‘How dare you touch me?? Do you know who I am??’ Isn’t it ridiculous!

R: Kangana Ranaut is also famous for troubling the flight crews while travelling. She reserves her seat in the first class and assistant’s seat in the economy class. Kangana troubles the air hostesses by making them run back and forth quite frequent for checking any requirements of her assistant.

Vidya Balan is rumoured for creating ridiculous tantrums on the sets of Kismat Konnection. Outfit designed by Aki Narula was not liked by Vidya and losing her cool attitude she threw the dresses on the sets!

M: Ranveer Singh’s mother always tied a black thread around his ankle in the wake of him falling sick too often. Ranveer has since never untied the thread.

Aamir Khan always chooses December for his film release. As its the lucky time for his film to release. If you don’t believe check out the release dates of his last five films.

S: The big name of television and films, Kekta Kapoor is superstitious. She believes in numerology and astrology. Ekta used to make every serial with the starting word of K, you can check by yourself. After some time, she stopped making films or TV shows with the starting word K. It seems like Ekta experiments with her superstitious beliefs.

R: Great Sathish maam, another crazy lady is Shilpa Shetty with Two watches! The yummy-mommy and the erstwhile owner of the Rajasthan Royal team, Shilpa Shetty Kundra also comes in this list. She wears two watches on her wrist at the time of the cricket match. Because she believes the match will be in her favour if she wears two watches.

Amitabh, Salman Khan, Late Kishore Kumar are also crazy and superstitious…….but its dinner time yaar!

R: Ok, friends, let’s have dinner…..Am hungry too!!

 We can continue next time we meet!!

(What, next? Of Course, its dinner, the brigade left for the dinner table with their glasses of Somrus! This time Johny Walker’s Black label!)

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