Amitabh Bachchan, Vijayashanti, Arshad Warsi, Karisma Kapoor, Anupam Kher,
Tinnu Anand, Ayub Khan, Aarushi, Shivaji Satam, Sharat Saxena, Baby Shana,
Prankash Raj, Satyaprakash & Babban Yadav.
Music: Viju Shah
Prayag Raj and MD Sunder
Sameer & Majrooh Sultanpuri
Chinni Prakash & Jojo Khan
Y. N. Murali
An unfulfilled love story of a prominent lawyer, ‘Shiv Shankar’ who loses
his vision in an accident and is thrown into a life of seclusion. He also
loses contact with his beloved (Vijayshanti) a doctor by profession. Shiv
starts leading the life of a recluse. Years later, a college girl (Karisma
Kapoor) knocks at his door seeking his help to secure justice for her beau (Arshad
Warsi) who is falsely implicated in a murder case and put behind bars. He
first turns her down stating that he had quit practice but later takes up
the case as the young lovers reminded him of his amorous youth. In the
climax Shiv reveals the truth and makes a key witness confess the truth
before the judge. The trial is carried out in public as the case had
snowballed into a major public issue.
09/Dec/03 Mid-day. . .Vijayshanti’s
Vijayashanti is just
completing S Raamanathan’s Zamaanat opposite Amitabh Bachchan at Rajaji
Hall. Vijayashanti is unassuming, soft-spoken and down-to-earth — a far cry
from the tough, attitude-driven image one has of her.
How do you feel about being
labeled the “lady Amitabh Bachchan”?
It’s a wonderful compliment because he is a great actor.
After a long time you will be
seen in the Hindi film Zamaanat (with Bachchan). Why had you moved away from
I have been very busy in the south and it became very difficult for me to
adjust the dates everywhere. Hindi films take a lot of time to be completed
and for that I would have had to cut down on all my south films and that was
not possible for me at that moment. I had built up a base here and I
couldn’t leave that for an uncertain future there. Nw if I am offered a role
in Hindi films and if I am satisfied with the character I will do the film.
08/Dec/03 Music India
Superstar Amitabh Bachchan was
in this Tamil Nadu capital over the weekend to complete shooting for his
long pending film "Zamaanat". The film's last shots are being completed at
Rajaji Hall in the government estate here, which is where Bollywood's Big B
spent Sunday. While fans and media walked in and out of the sets, Bachchan
took some time off to speak to the local media. He said he was happy that
the southern film industry was more disciplined than its northern
counterpart and went about its schedules "in an orderly manner". "I like the
planning that is done here. Bombay is just beginning to get disciplined," he
told reporters. Chennai's hot and dry climate has exacerbated "Amitji's"
breathing problem. But the professional that he is, the superstar has
decided to complete the shooting.
It has taken "Zamaanat", made by noted south Indian producer director S.
Ramanathan, a decade to reach the final stage of shooting. The entire cast,
including Karisma Kapoor, was here this weekend to wrap up the "climax
scenes" of the film.
Bachchan plays a downbeat lawyer who has virtually given up on his career.
The makeup team did its job well in making him look old and run down. But
reporters who spoke to him between shots found him tired-looking. Bachchan's
first film with Ramanathan was "Bombay to Goa" and he said he has pleasant
memories of his association with the southern film industry.
South producer-director S
Raamanathan has restarted shooting for his film Zamaanat at the Rajaji Hall
in Chennai. What makes it unique is that the film starring Amitabh Bachchan
and Karisma Kapoor was launched in 1996 and is being completed now! Though
various rumours have floated around about the delay in the film’s progress;
no one wants to talk about it. Everyone from Bachchan to Karisma form a
protective wall of silence around Raamanathan who is running around in the
hot sun supervising everything himself. A moment of warmth descends on the
set when Karisma arives on the sets and hugs Bachchan.
Southern superstar Vijayshanti
is proud to act opposite Amitabh Bachchan for the first time. Known as the
‘Amitabh Bachchan of the south’ she is known for her tough, action-lady
image. “Yes, I do have a scene in this film where I beat up a hooligan,” she
laughs. Media-shy Raamanathan prefers to keep out of the limelight. “I don’t
talk about my problems to anyone except God,” he shrugs and prefers to
reminisce about Bachchan instead and what a good friend the Big B has been
to him. They are shooting the climax scene where Bachchan’s character
reveals before the judge what had actually happened and how the whole scene
was stage-managed at a college function. Karisma plays a strong-willed girl
whose lover (Arshad Warsi) is framed for a murder he didn’t commit.
The Big B looked haggard, as
he faced the camera at Rajaji Hall, Government Estate. He had air dashed to
Chennai from Bikaner, on a chartered aircraft last night, to provide the
finishing touches to the long pending `Zamaanat'. The movie had been delayed
for years due to unforeseen situations. Agreeing that long delays in
shooting could lead to continuity problems, Amitji said he was happy the
team was finally in Chennai, wrapping up the climax. Recalling his
association with the industry down south, he lauded it for its discipline
and punctuality. "They are a nice bunch of people." From `Bombay to Goa' to
`Zamaanat', his association with S. Raamanathan too has spread over four
decades. "I have always appreciated the attitude and planning discipline of
people here. Bombay (Mumbai film industry) is just beginning to get
disciplined. We hope things are getting good."
05/Dec/03 Apun Ka Choice
On December 6, Karisma Kapoor
will come face to face with Amitabh Bachchan for a three day shooting
schedule of a long-pending movie. Producer-director S Raamanathan’s project
Zamaanat has been trudging along at a pace slower than a snail’s for last
good number of years. The movie stars Amitabh Bachchan alongside Karisma
Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, and Vijayshanti in the leading roles. It appears that
the director has finally decided to shoot the movie’s climax that involves
scenes including both Big B and Karisma.
Raam Raj Kalamandir's Zamaanat
is being shot in a 9-day schedule [from December 1]. Till December 5, the
film was shot at Filmalaya Studios, wherein a song and some scenes were
canned on Karisma Kapoor and Arshad Warsi. Choreographer Chinni Prakash
picturised the song on the set of a 'basti'. The film is being shot from
December 6 to 9 in Chennai, wherein the climax is being shot on Amitabh
Bachchan, Karisma Kapoor, Vijayashanti, Arshad Warsi, Anupam Kher, Sharat
Saxena, Govind Namdeo, Ayub Khan, Arushee, Prakash Raj, Salil Sudhakar and
Raju Mawani. Producer-director: S. Raamanathan. Music: Viju Sha.
29/11/03 Screen India
Raam Raj Kalamandir’s Zamaanat,
being produced and directed by S. Raamanathan, was shot for four days, from
November 17 to 20, at Royal Palms and The Tulip Star, Juhu, Mumbai, where a
song-dance number, choreographed by Rekha Chinnni Prakash, was picturised on
Karisma Kapoor and Arshad Warsi and over a hundred dancers. The film, fast
rearing completion stars Amitabh Bachchan, Vijaya Shanti, Anupam Kher,
Sharat Saxena, Tinnu Anand, Ayub Khan, Arushee and Prakash Raj. It has story
by Om Shree, screenplay and dialogue by Prayag Raj and M.D. Sunder, music by
Viju Sha, lyrics by Sameer and cinematography by YN Murali are the other
Karisma Kapoor is back to work after her wedding. She has commenced
shooting for S. Ramanathan's Zaamanat, which has been delayed from a long
time. She shot for a song with Arshad Warsi. The film also stars Amitabh
Bachchan in a pivotal role.
23/Nov/03 Metro....Arshad Warsi Interview
Where will we see you next?
In mid next year (2004) I have Zamaanat with Amitabh Bachchan.
Raam Raj Kalamandir's ZAMAANAT was shot for 4 days, from November 17 to 20,
at Royal Palms and Tulip Star [Juhu]. A song was picturised on Karisma
Kapoor and Arshad Warsi [choreography: Rekha Chinni Prakash].
Produced-directed by S. Raamanathan, the film, nearing completion, co-stars
Amitabh Bachchan, Vijayashanti, Anupam Kher, Sharat Saxena, Tinnu Anand,
Ayub Khan, Arushee and Prakash Raj. Music: Viju Sha.
14/Nov/03 Yahoo Movies....Karisma Kapoor's Interview
In 'Zamaanat' I play a girl who fights for her man to get justice.
19/Sep/03 Screen India
Ram Raj Kalamandir’s Zamaanat, produced and directed by S Raamanathan, is
being shot in a week-long schedule from September 10 at Filmalaya Studios
where a song and some scences are being picturised. Amitabh Bachchan,
Karisma Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Aarush and Ayub Khan are participating along
with a number of young dancers. The song-dance number was directed by
choreographer Jojo Khan. The film co-stars Vijaya Shanti, Anupam Kher, Tinnu
Anand, Sharad Saxena and Babbar Yadav. Story by Om Shree and screenplay by
Prayag Raaj and MD Sunder, music by Viju Shah, lyrics by Sameer and
cinematography by YN Murali are the other credits.
Producer-director S. Raamnathan began a week-long schedule of Raam Raj
Kalamandir's ZAMAANAT from September 10 at Filmalaya Studios. A song and
some scenes are being shot on Amitabh Bachchan, Karisma Kapoor, Arshad Warsi,
Aarushi and Ayub Khan. The film co-stars Vijayashanti, Anupam Kher, Tinnu
Anand, Sharat Saxena and Babban Yadav. Music: Viju Shah.
Not many are aware that Abhishek's father, the Big B, and Karisma had signed
a film a few years ago, Zamaanat, directed by S. Raamanathan. Although the
film made speedy progress at a point, its pace slackened subsequently. In
fact, speculation was rife that the film had been shelved. But thorough
professionals that they are, the Big B and Karisma have decided to complete
their pending portions in the film and are currently participating in a
week-long schedule, from September 10, at Mumbai's Filmalaya Studios.
23/Apr/03 Amitabh on Zamaanat...
Zamaanat is an old film, which has been in the making for the past 6-7
years. It also stars vijaya shanti, south leading actress, karisma Kapoor
and arshad warsi, and it may take another year to release.
27/Dec/02 Screen India
Raam Raj Kalamandir’s Zamaanat, being produced and directed
by S. Raamnathan, was shot in a week-long schedule recently in Chennai where
action and dramatic scenes were filmed. The film, fast nearing completion,
stars Amitabh Bachchan, Vijayshanti, Karisma Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Anupam
Kher, Tinnu Anand, Sharat Saxena, Shivaji Satam and Satyaprakash. The film
has story by Om Shree, screenplay by Prayag Raaj and MD Sunder, music by
Viju Shah, lyrics by Sameer, action by Vikrant Dharma and cinematography by
11/Dec/02 Apun Ka Choice
Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan’s film Zamaanat, which had hit a
hurdle, is rolling again. The film being produced by veteran producer S.
Ramanathan has Big B pairing with Vijayashanti for the first time.
Bachchan’s bahu-to-be Karisma is also playing an important role in
the film. The film’s shooting had reportedly been delayed a few weeks back
on account of the star’s date problems and some financial constraints on the
producer’s front. But now Ramanathan has sorted out things and decided to
wrap up the film’s shooting fast. Earlier there was talk of the film’s title
being ‘jinxed’ and its producer even thinking of changing the title to
‘Godfather’. But Ramanathan has decided to stick to the present title as the
new title “gave the impression of being a gang war, underworld-based film.”
The film’s shooting is once again in progress and there is likelihood that
it might hit the theatres early next year.
S. Raamanathan's Zamaanat, which pairs Amitabh Bachchan and Vijayashanti for
the first time, has been in the making for quite some time. Though the
progress of the film slowed down in between, the makers have now decided to
wrap the shooting fast. Incidentally, there's talk that the makers have
decided to change the title to Godfather, but Raamanathan denies it.
“Godfather gave the impression of being a gang-war/underworld-based film,
which it is not. I'm not changing the title definitely,” he tells me. The
veteran producer, who has produced several films with Big B in the past,
says that the sequences between Amitabh and Vijayashanti and also those
between Karisma Kapoor and the Big B are the USP of Zamaanat. “These scenes
will catch the viewer unaware,” he states.
01/Nov/02 Screen India
All the six songs of Raam Raj Kalamandir’s
Zamaanat have been recorded. The film is now fast racing towards completion.
The music rights have been acquired by Universal. The film, being produced
and directed by S Raamnathan, stars Amitabh Bachchan, Vijayashanti, Karishma
Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Anupam Kher, Tinnu Anand, Sharat Saxena, Shivaji Satam
and Satyaprakash. It has music by Viju Sha, lyrics by Sameer, story by Om
Shree, screenplay by Prayag Raaj and MD Sunder, action by Vikram Dharma and
cinematography by YN Murali.
17/Jul/02 Amitabh Bachchan
"Zamaanat is delayed, and the name may change".
17/Jun/01 MTV India...Amitabh on Zamaanat
What is the latest status of S. Ramnathan's
Zamaanat, which was launched five years back?
The project was delayed due to various reasons. But we've managed to get the
hurdles out of the way and finally, Zamaanat is almost on the verge of
What's your role in the film?
I play a middle-aged, blind lawyer. I have been teamed opposite Vijayashanti.
But it's Arshad Warsi and Karisma Kapoor who play the romantic lead in the
07/Dec/00 Screen India
Producer-director S Rammanathan canned some vital scenes for Raam Raj
Kalamandir's Zamaanat from December 22 to 25 at Vauhini Studios and on
locations in Chennai. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Vijaya Shanti,
Karisma Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Satyaprakash, Anupam Kher, Tinnu Anand,
Shivaji Satam, Sharat Saxena, Baby Sana and Prakash Raj, a recent addition
to the cast. The film has story by Om Shree, screenplay by Prayag Raaj and
MD Sunder, music by Viju Shah, lyrics by Sameer, action by Vikram Dharma and
cinematography by YN Murali. The film is marching towards the last phase of
11/Nov/00 Screen India
Music director Viju Shah recorded three songs for Raam Raj Kalamandir's
ZAMAANAT from November 27 to Decemeber 1 at Western Outdoorrecording Studio.
Pennned by Sameer, they were rendered by Sonu Nigham, Alka Yagnik, Udit
Narayanand Jaspider Narula. All these songs will be picturised in this month
in Madras and Hyderabad.
Amitabh Bachchan is participating in a week-long shooting schedule of Raam
Raj Kalamandir's Zamaanat from Oct. 14 2000 at Vauhini Studios, Madras, on
sets of a court and a hospital. Producer-director S. Raamanathan is filming
pre-climax scenes. Also participating are Vijayashanti, Karisma Kapoor,
Arshad Warsi, Satyaprakash, Sharat Saxena and Anupam Kher. The film has
story by Om Shree and screenplay by Prayag Raaj and M.D. Sunder. Music: Viju
Producer-Director S.Raamanathan will commence a 12 day schedule of Raam Raj
Kalamandir's Zamanath from 16th Januray at Vauhini studios in Madras. In
this schedule, one songs, choreographed by Chinni Prakash and pre-climax
scenes will be picturised. The song was recorded on 7th January by Viju Shah
at western outdoor. Penned by Sameer, it was rendered by Alka Yagnik & Vinod
Rathod. The film stars Amitabh Bacchan, Vijayashanthi, Karishma Kapoor,
Arshad Warsi & Anupam Kher.
28/Dec/99 Screen India
Week- Long Shooting Schedule Of 'Zamanath ' Raam Raj Kalamandir's Zamanath,
produced and directed by S.Raamanathan , is being shot in a week-long
schedule from Dec.10 1999 at Film City in Madras and on various locations .
Two more songs will be recorded shortly in Bombay.
Music director Viju Shah recorded a song for Raam Raj Kalamandir's Prod.No.9
on June 29 and 30 1999 at western Outdoor. Penned by Sameer and rendered by
Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam and Kavita Krishnamoorthy, the song's orchestra
comprised a medley of a new rhythm and instrumental fusion of a different
kind. A shooting schedule is being planned for this month.