Charms for the Charmers

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They have charmed us, but they need their charms to protect them. Bollywood is notoriously fragile, hence most actors and actresses employ some form of luck-pushers

BATUK MAHARAJ, a high-flying astrologer character, played by Saurabh Shukla in the film Lage Raho Munna Bhai, gives a satirical insight into superstitions and the control of an astrologer over his Powerful client. This reel character gives real life glimpses of many celebrities. Their faith and beliefs are underscored by some of their peculiar belief that certain things will bring them perpetual luck.

It is interesting that the top men and women in their own fields too feel that certain things support their success. Sachin Tendulkar, for instance, always put the pad on his left foot first. The Master Blaster believed that putting on his left pad first brings him luck. He also got his lucky bat repaired before the 2011 World Cup. Saurav Ganguli always had his guru’s photo in his pocket during matches. Virat Kohli wears the same pair of ‘lucky’ gloves in the belief that it helps him score high in every match.

And Bollywood blast Bipasha Basu always carries nimbu mirchi (lemon and green chilli) with her. Ranveer Singh ties a black string around his ankle and Arjun Kapoor never lets go of his talisman gifted by his mom.

SANJAY JUMAANI

Numerologist Sanjay B Jumaani has made it big. He is consulted by businesses like Reliance Industries, Birlas, Godrej Family, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Haldiram’s, etc. and also celebrities such as the Vineet Jain, the Bachchans, Salman Khan, Anil Kumble, Ajay Devgn, Irrfan Khan, Ekta Kapoor and even Union minister Smriti Irani. Jumaani suggests changes in spellings of names, such the two ‘r’s in Irrfan, along with changes in jewellery and wardrobe to usher in luck..

Shahrukh Khan’s IPL team’s success is also connected to the suggestions of Jumaani. Shahrukh consulted him when Knight Riders were at the bottom of IPL for four years and changed their jersey from black to purple, removed the sign of the skull from their helmets… the team picked up two trophies soon after.

As a matter of fact, Sanjay B Jumaani has also changed his own name going by what the numbers say. He became Sanjay B Jumaani with the ‘B’ (of his father) in between and the extra ‘a’ in Jumaani. His father Bansilal Jumani was also a numerologist. He got the taste of fame when he met Manmohan Desai. Three decades later on the suggestion of a friend Farhad Nathani, Bansilal along with his son Sanjay started predicting the fate of films due to be released. Nathani was impressed by Bansilal’s accuracy and introduced him to Rakesh Roshan, the movie director. The numerologist duo warned Roshan that ‘Kaho Na Pyar Hai’ would not work. The numbers were not good. Then they put two ‘a’s in the title- Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai. The film was the massive hit.

ONE IS NOT ENOUGH

TV czarina Ekta Kapoor is known for being zealously religious and superstitious. Jumaanis are not the only soothsayers she has. She has a long list of astrologers and numerologists. Generally, she is seen wearing black platform heels. As per sources, these platform sandals have been blessed by her personal astrologer. She has the sandals in several colours and always uses them whenever she has to attend any event or function.

Of late, Ekta’s family astrologer Janardhan told her that she is under the Rahu graha, and will continue to be so for the next 18 years. To reduce the negative effects of Rahu dasha he told Ekta to take care of Arowana fish. It is believed that these fishes absorb the planet’s negative effect and if they die, the Rahu effect gets diminished. Ekta immediately kept six Arowana fishes in her Andheri office. A source said, “Ekta makes it a point to personally feed these fishes every day.” The ost of Arowana fish is around Rs 55,000 to 60,000 each.

Significantly Arowana, a freshwater fish, native to South East Asia has acquired popularity in India’s western region as an auspicious symbol. Arowanas are considered lucky by many people, particularly those from Asian cultures.

Now her serial Naagin is soaring high on TRP. And Ekta gives Anu Gaur, her astrologer, credit for this. Anu Gaur is everything in Ekta’s life at this moment. She consults the learned lady for every big or small decision both on the personal and professional front. She even gave a role to Anu in her serial Naagin.

Like Ekta Kapoor noted producers J. Om Prakash and Mohan Kumar too believed the success of their films depended on the letter ‘A’. Rakesh Roshan and Karan Johar had an obsession with a letter ‘K’. All the films of Rakesh Roshan start with letter K.

After coming out of jail Sanjay Dutt was also seeking blessings of different gurus and astrologers. Sanjay is worried about his career in filmdom as well as looking for other options to start a business. For this, he took advice from astrologer Jeetendra Patel. A source saying, “His astrologer has told Sanju baba that financially, he is going to enter a brilliant phase, a period of stable income. Power projects, food projects and hotel projects, he will excel in these. The Pandit has also told him that the actor’s wife, Maanayata is his Devi. In fact, he has asked Sanjay to start all his projects in her name.”

‘BLACK’ KANGANA

But while most people deploy such powers for their personal fame and money, there is the curious case of Kangana ranaut and her black magic.

Recently, the enfant terrible Kangana Ranaut flew to Manali to visit her astrologer to get advice for her personal and professional life. And this, when the Hrithik Roshan-Kangana Ranaut legal battle is playing out in the media. Will Hrithik survive her powers?

Not long ago Kangana’s ex-beau Adhyaman Suman spoke about her weird behaviour. Adhyaman disclosed some demoniac and spooky details about Kangana. In an interview, he broke his silence after seven years.

“One day Kangana called me home in the night for a puja. I reached at 11.30 pm as the puja was to start at 12 midnight. She had a small guest room in her apartment and she had covered it in black, including the curtains. There were some idols and holy fire all around. Some of the objects were scary.

“She asked me to chant some mantras and locked me in. I was terrified. I didn’t do it and I came out and told her that I had. Then she started taking me to Pallavi, her astrologer friend, frequently. One day, Pallavi told me to go to a graveyard at 12 midnight and throw certain things there. I was chilled to the bone! I didn’t go.”

He said, “My mother was very worried and she called the family’s Panditji to come home and meet me. The first thing Panditji asked me was: “Khana banati hai tumhare liye?” When I said yes, he said, “Apna impure blood milati hai khaane mein black magic ke liye.” Being a metropolitan kid studying in London and New York, I was always away from such things.

“I remember going to my Tarot reader after she started making me doing pujas. She told me she sensed a woman from a pahadi (hill) region was employing black magic against me. I knew only one person back then, my girlfriend Kangana, who used to go to Himachal for pujas there. My Tarot reader said she saw something really bad happening and warned me to get out of the relationship.” The same Pandit later on came on Salman’s Dus Ka Dum shoot. He looked at Kangana in the middle of the show and said: “Aap ka pishachini yog hai.” But the star simply laughed it off as some joke.

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