After a hiatus, the double role phenomenon is back in Bollywood with Arjun Kapoor-starrer Aurangzeb. Resting on an interesting premise and laced with some brilliant performances, Aurangzeb does have its moments. But it’s the execution and certain glitches in the script that very sadly makes Aurangzeb an average fare.
The story of the movie: Yashwardhan Singh (Jackie Shroff) is a real-estate mogul in Gurgaon who also deals in several illegal and criminal activities. His son, Ajay (Arjun Kapoor) is a spoilt brat who has no interest in Yashwardhan’s business and prefers to hang out with friends or girlfriend Ritu (Sasheh Aagha) for long hours. DCP Ravikant Phogat (Rishi Kapoor) wants to expose Yashwardhan, for more reasons that the obvious ones. One day purely by chance, Ravikant’s nephew, ACP Arya Phogat (Prithviraj Sukumaran) comes across Ajay’s lookalike Vishal (Arjun Kapoor) in Nainital. Ravikant, on learning about the same, hatches a plan – he kidnaps Ajay and plants Vishal in his place. Vishal is expected to get the confidential details of Yashwardhan’s deals, especially the ones that can bring him down. Trouble begins when Vishal has a change of heart.
It would be wrong to compare Aurangzeb with Don, Trishul and such other films because only the basic premise of Aurangzeb is similar to these flicks. The characters, setting and the conflicts faced by characters are entirely different. The film is set in Gurgaon 2013 and its continuing transformation from a quaint More >
DNA (May 19, 2013)
Ranbir Kapoor, who recently shot for a special number with Madhuri Dixit for Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani talks about his crush on her in a candid conversation with Karan Johar on HISTORY TV18’s Bollywood@100. Ranbir confesses, “I have always been an ardent admirer of Madhuri and her sex appeal is beyond compare to any current actresses.”
He adds that her understanding of the finer nuances of dance and music is mind-blowing, “It is awe-inspiring to just see her passion and dedication towards her work and dance.” He reveales that he was quite nervous while shooting with Mads, “I was really tense at the thought of putting my hand around Madhuri’s waist. There were so many dancers around us, which made me feel even more conscious.” He reveals that he begged director Ayan Mukherjee and choreographer Farah Khan to alter the end, so that he could give a peck on her cheek.
For over a month now, the series Bollywood@100 revealed various sensational facts about film stars and the Hindi film industry. The series culminates with a grand finale episode, where KJo will be seen in conversation with like Ranbir Kapoor, Zoya Akhtar and Anurag Kashyap. The special episode will also reveal the winners names of the most enigmatic public voting campaign to find out the ‘Greatest Ever’ in Bollywood.
Watch all the episodes of Bollywood@100 this Sunday, May 19, from 11 am onwards only HISTORY TV18 along with the Grand Finale at 5pm.
BOMBAY TIMES (May 19, 2013)
Akshay Kumar has a way of patronising his heroines by giving them multiple projects. If you check his past and present screen records, you’ll notice that the actor has a tendency to repeat his heroines till they get married or move on. Raveena Tandon, Shilpa Shetty, Twinkle Khanna, Priyanka Chopra and Katrina Kaif have done multiple films with him. But his current favourite is Sonakshi Sinha. Sona, unlike the other girls whose career graphs Akshay has rewritten to a large extent, was already a blockbuster heroine because of her debut with Bollywood’s superhero Salman Khan in Dabangg (2010). Yet, it is Akki who is responsible for giving her some amazing breaks. He signed her for Rowdy Rathore and Joker almost simultaneously, gave her a song in his home-production OMG Oh My God and was also happy to have her included as the heroine in two of his hottest projects — Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again and the Thuppaki remake. From the looks of it, the Akshay-Sona jodi may outlive his hit pairing with Katrina too.
RAVEENA TANDON 1. Mohra 2. Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi 3. Keemat 4. Barood 5. Police Force
SHILPA SHETTY 1. Main Khiladi Tu Anari 2. Insaaf: The Final Justice 3. Jaanwar 4. Dhadkan
TWINKLE KHANNA 1. International Khiladi 2. Zulmi
PRIYANKA CHOPRA 1. Andaaz 2. Mujhse Shaadi Karogi 3. Aitraaz 4. Waqt: The Race Against Time
KATRINA KAIF 1. Humko Deewana Kar Gaye 2. Namastey London 3. Welcome 4. Singh Is Kinng 5. De Dana Dan 6. Tees Maar More >
Sunday Mid Day pays a pictorial tribute to the ace lensman who passed away earlier this week
Shubha Shetty Saha (MID-DAY; May 19, 2013)
In the mid ’90s Jagdish Mali (fondly called Jaggi by his friends)was one of the most sought after photographers in the city. He had set up his independent studio, after having worked with CineBlitz magazine. His studio was located in Aram Nagar 2, which was considered to be the haven for photoshoots as Mali had two other ace photographers, Rakesh Shrestha and Jayesh Sheth as neighbours.
Reticent and somewhat shy, Mali outwardly didn’t have the flamboyance that one expects from a glamour photographer. He was soft spoken and always smiling. But behind the camera, he was passionate and assertive.
And perhaps it was this very nature of his that made Rekha and Jackie Shroff, some of the reigning stars of that time, so comfortable with him that they refused to shoot with anybody else.
Whoever entered his studio, whether it was a star or a cub reporter, was treated equally and fed with samosas and endless cups of chai. At no point in his career, did his smile or demeanour change.
Once age caught up with Mali, as is frequently the case in Bollywood, the man who was always surrounded by people, suddenly found himself alone. But when I spoke to him a few months ago, Jaggi told me how he hoped to get busy soon, instead of dwelling on his loneliness or sickness.
He was suffering from severe diabetes. Jaggi will surely be missed.
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Seema Sinha (BOMBAY TIMES; May 19, 2013)
Ranbir Kapoor seems to have found his eternal pairing. For his grandfather Raj Kapoor — the ultimate showman of Hindi film industry — it was the iconic actress Nargis, and they were paired in over 15 films.
And about six decades later, for grandson Ranbir, it is only Deepika. They may have split as lovers, but Ranbir feels Deepika is the only actress with whom he can have a legendary pairing, and just like Raj Kapoor — Nargis, their unique chemistry can go a long way to make it the most successful romantic pair onscreen. “I want to do more films with Deepika because I also need to find that one co-star who is equally hardworking and passionate. Deepika and I have a good chemistry like the legendary pairs Raj Kapoor-Nargis and Amitabh Bachchan-Rekha,” says Ranbir.
But he immediately adds, “I don’t want to sound pompous, we may or may not be able to achieve that, but Deepika and I have a great working relationship because we are so comfortable with each other. Secondly, we are somewhere in the same place in our career as we started around the same time. We would want people to associate our pairing in a very nice way.”
Ranveer Singh admits being impressed with Kapoor’s choice of films and acting prowess
Upala KBR (DNA; May 19, 2013)
Ask any actor to name his contemporary who has impressed him or her and the answer will be ‘I don’t see other actors’ films.’ Enquire about competition and the reply usually is: ‘I don’t consider anyone competition. I only compete with myself.’ It’s almost as if they are taught these lines at whatever acting school they attend at the beginning of their careers. Which is why Ranveer Singh is such a refreshing change. When asked which of the new actors have impressed him with their choice of films, he talked about two fellow actors at length.
He said, “Ranbir Kapoor. I really admire what he’s been able to achieve in five years. He’s in a position today where he’s picking the films that he believes in and they are becoming successful because he’s established his star value. He’s making very brave choices and his performances are all fabulous. I don’t think he’s ever been bad in any movie. What he’s been doing with his recent films is why I admire him even more. For all the young actors today he’s clearly the benchmark. Amongst all of us right now he’s the only one who is competing with the big boys. He’s making the decision for quality films like Barfi and Rockstar and he’s working for the betterment of cinema and most certainly keeping us on our toes.” Ranveer’s high praise for RK speaks volumes about his confidence. Only an actor who is completely secure can More >
The actor makes his telly debut as the host of a reality show
Neha Maheshwri Bhagat (BOMBAY TIMES; May 19, 2013)
The youngest of the Deols, Abhay is the latest in the Bollywood brigade to veer to television. Here, he talks about his unconventional choices in life…
I’M NOT HATKE! “I haven’t stayed away from commercial cinema. It’s just a perception.”
TV DEBUT NOT IN A REALITY SHOW? “It’s not a reality show. It has six real women living their lives on television — a concept India has not experienced as yet. It’s not a competition. The idea is to get families to communicate more and understand relationships better.”
WHY TELEVISION? WHY NOW? “Television was never a part of any pre-planned agenda for me. I have no rigid rules in life. I just believe in seizing the moment. I have always gone with my gut as far as my choice of films is concerned and this show is no exception. I did not take on this assignment looking at it as a switch to television. It was the concept that appealed and television as a medium was only incidental. We need more shows like this in our culture.”
REAL ME ON CAMERA? NEVER! “Being constantly on camera is not an easy job. As an actor, I face the camera and lay my emotions bare for the world to see. After pack-up, taking it back home and living my life in front of the lens is something I could never do. I will not be comfortable putting anything personal in public.”
BUT… “If I have to give a camera, then I will give it to my mother, my sister and More >
Renuka Vyavahare (BOMBAY TIMES; May 19, 2013)
Nargis Fakhri has been invited by her college (Queens College of the City University of New York) to speak at the current class’ graduation ceremony. The actress, who graduated with a degree in Psychology and Fine Arts will be going back to her college in New York to speak about her experience with the entertainment world. Interestingly, she now joins a prestigious list of alumni like popular American actor-stand up comedian Jerry Seinfeld, to have participated in the college’s cultural programmes. The school is organising a homecoming and concert along with their performance of her Rockstar songs. The college had even screened Hindi cinema’s classic Sholay last year, for their students as a part of the ‘Year of India’ programme.
Lisa Ray on her marriage, upcoming play with Kabir Bedi, sari collection for cancer patients, and fellow cancer survivor Manisha Koirala
Subhash K Jha (DNA; May 19, 2013)
Lisa Ray, who married Jason Coulton on October 20, 2012, is still in the honeymoon phase of life. Says she, “At the risk of nazar, can I say he is almost perfect? If I knew marriage could be so much fun and at the same time so authentic and supportive, maybe I would have explored it earlier. But I feel this because I am with the man who is perfect for me.”
Lisa and Jason don’t follow marital rules. “We are not conventional people interested in settling into a conventional lifestyle which society has created.” Marriage has made Lisa mellower, more reflective and impulsive. “It has given me permission to balance my life. After living in the public eye for more than 20 years, I love finding balance and a lot of private pleasures with my husband from travel to new experiences, to just enjoying each other’s company…”
Lisa and India remain inextricably connected. A trip to India is on the cards, though the news of the couple buying a house is at the moment, premature. Says the rapturous wife, “Jason is extremely interested in India. We will be making a visit this year. Aside from being deeply interested in the culture and glamorous aspects, he is interested in meditation and spirituality. In fact, we have a meditation room in our home.”
Now Lisa is doing a play with Kabir Bedi. “Yes, I am in rehearsals with More >
DNA (May 19, 2013)
Sharman Joshi, who has been shooting for War Chod Na Yaar, at Pitrasar village near Bikaner (in Rajasthan), played the Good Samaritan last Sunday, when a village girl came in front of his car while on his way to the shoot.
Reveals a source from the film, “It was getting quite dark and the roads were cloudy with dust. One could barely see a few feet ahead even with lights when suddenly a girl was seen crossing the road. Though the driver immediately applied the break and the car did not hit the girl, but she panicked and began to run and tripped and fell down on her face. She landed on some sharp causing extensive injuries.”
The source adds that even though they were not at fault, and Sharman was getting late for his shoot, he got out of his car and picked up the girl, with the help of his driver and rushed her to the nearest hospital, which was a few miles away. “The girl needed quite a few stitches on her face and body as it was a nasty fall. Later, Sharman’s driver dropped her home. The actor took care of the doctor’s bill and her medicines. Though he’s back in the city now, he is still in touch with the girl. ”
Sharman confirms “Yes, it was quite a harrowing experience to see the girl in so much pain. I had to rush for shoot, but I couldn’t help take a U-turn and get her to the doctor so that her wounds were taken care of at the earliest. It was strange to see that even in pain she was smiling. She is better now.” Currently the actor is shooting in More >