Archive for June, 2009
By Taran Adarsh, June 30, 2009 – 08:27 IST
He mysteriously disappeared after his debut film KAAL released. But LUCK seems to have brought Soham Shah back. “After parting from Dharma Productions, I had to start my struggle all over again. A lot of people took advantage of the situation, considering the controversy that followed our split [Karan Johar and Soham parted on a bitter note]. Something would always go wrong at the last minute and I was ‘out of work’ for almost four years, till LUCK happened,” Soham reminisces.
That Soham and Karan Johar had a bitter split is known to all and sundry, but according to Soham, it was a professional decision he took at that stage in life and he doesn’t regret it one bit. “I am whatever I am because of Karan Johar and will always be indebted to him for that,” says Soham with a lot of gratitude.
So how did it finally work out with Shree Ashtavinayak? “A friend [Rafi Kazi] wanted me to meet Rajbhai [Mehta], which I initially refused since it had become difficult to judge who was fake and who wasn’t. But after my first meeting with Rajbhai, I felt some weight in his talks and that’s how we went ahead with the film,” Soham states, “Somewhere, I have to give maximum credit to Sanjay Dutt for making this work. He believed in me and supported me whole-heartedly.”
LUCK stars A-listers like Sanjay Dutt, Imran Khan, Mithun Chakrabarty and Danny Denzongpa. But what stands out is Ravi Kishan, who has been cast in a crucial role. “When I watched ‘Big Boss’, I could see a relation between him and the character he plays in the film. Even the people at Ashtavinayak were initially hesitant, but after we gave him a makeover [to look the character], everyone was unanimous that he was the right choice,” Soham says.
The talented director now has two more scripts under construction and one of them is meant for Sanjay Dutt’s production house. Well Soham, hope LUCK’s on your side this time around!
Cast: SHAHRUKH KHAN, KAJOL, JIMMY SHERGILL, SONIYA JEHAN
Produced and Directed by: KARAN JOHAR
Source: BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
His hips, thighs and shoulders were riddled with needle wounds believed to be the result of injections of narcotic painkillers, given three times a day for years.
And multiple surgery scars were said to be the legacy of at least 13 cosmetic operations. Experts found the distressing evidence of Jackson’s physical decline while investigating his startling death here last week.
The examination showed the 5’10″ star, once famed for his on-stage athleticism, had plunged to a “severely emaciated” state. It is understood anorexic Jackson had been eating just one meagre meal a day.
Pathologists found his stomach empty aside from partially-dissolved pills he took before the painkiller injection which stopped his heart. Samples were sent for toxicology tests.
Having lost virtually all his hair, the pop legend was wearing a wig when he died and pathologists said little more than “peach fuzz” covered his scalp.
A scarred section of skin above his left ear was entirely bald, apparently the result of a 1984 accident when his hair caught fire as he filmed an ad for Pepsi.
Jackson suffered several broken ribs as frantic rescuers pumped his chest after he collapsed in cardiac arrest. Four injection sites were found above or near the King of Pop’s heart. All appeared to result from attempts to pump adrenaline directly into the organ in a failed bit to restart it.
Three of the injections had penetrated the heart wall causing damage, but a fourth missed and hit one of the 50-year-old star’s ribs.
The autopsy also found unexplained bruising on Jackson’s knees and on the fronts of both shins. And there were cuts on his back, indicating a recent fall.
Jackson’s once handsome face bore a network of plastic surgery scars, while the bridge to his nose had vanished and its right side had partially collapsed.
As inquiries into the tragedy focussed on the star’s personal physician Conrad Murray, a source close to the Jackson entourage said: “Michael’s family and fans will be horrified when they realise the appalling state he was in. His doctors and the hangers-on stood by as he self-destructed. Somebody is going to have to pay.”
Murray, a cardiologist, was thought to have given Jackson the final injection of painkiller Demerol.
A second autopsy demanded by the Jackson family was carried out at a secret location Saturday after the first ruled out foul play.
Murray was hired just 11 days ago by AEG Live, the firm masterminding Jackson’s 50 concerts at London’s O2 Arena, earlier scheduled to start next month.
Sources claimed the family was preparing a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against the cardiologist.
|June 29, 2009 12:01:40 PM IST
Sampurn, Bollywood Trade News Network
Rimi Sen will now soon be seen playing an obese woman in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s upcoming next, SHOWMAN starring Govinda, Celina Jaitley and South star Harish alongside. Rimi has been asked to put on an astounding 160 kg for her role. But well, it seems, most of her weight shall be added up by padding.
About the film, Rimi says, “It will be too early to reveal anything more but I can assure you that the role is very interesting. Most of my time went in just putting on and removing the make-up.”
SHOWMAN is being directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia who has to his credit the critically acclaimed HAASIL and CHARAS. Incidentally, SHOWMAN was earlier titled KING CON and was the same film which was in news for Govinda’s whimsical ways on the sets. Govinda plays a smooth talking con man in the film and both Celina and Rimi play his love interests.
KUNAL M SHAH (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 25, 2009)
A couple of days ago, Alka lost her temper and poured a pitcher of Gangajal over Abhijeet’s head.
A source from the sets said, “To boost the morale of the female contestants, Alka Yagnik gifted a make up kit to Shalini Mukherjee, who she felt has been performing well consistently. This became a bone of contention between Alka and Abhijeet, who thought Shalini’s singing wasn’t as good as the others. Abhijeet also felt Shalini did not deserve the reward. However, Alka’s justification was that the gift was just a small token of appreciation so that the kids are encouraged to improve their performance with every passing week. Gradually, the argument escalated and Alka lost her cool. That Abhijeet kept sprinkling holy water on Alka (participant Hemant Brijwasi’s father had got the water from Mathura) throughout the episode, further tested her already flagging patience. She was so furious that she grabbed the pitcher of holy water and poured it over Abhijeet’s head. Kailash Kher, who was the guest judge, was shocked.”
Abhijeet said, “We have been pulling each other’s leg for long now. I never ever intended to hurt or insult Alka. Small issues keep cropping up between us. I was just sprinkling some Gangajal on her but she suddenly poured all the water over me. The atmosphere was tense and the shoot stopped for more than two hours. When asked why she did it, she said that I was sprinkling water in installments and she did it in one go. I have not spoken to her after the incident.”
Alka Yagnik said, “I don’t want to say anything. Let people see what happened. Abhijeet had been bugging me for two days. Problems between us keep happening all the time and I gave him an answer once and for all.”
Even as Bipasha Basu rushed back from Goa to Mumbai to watch her boyfriend John Abraham’s performance in New York, the film’s leading lady Katrina Kaif, whose performance has been praised, is yet to convince her boyfriend Salman Khan to see her film.
Salman has not seen New York. Katrina hasn’t been able to convince him to do so. He won’t see it now, he won’t see it later. Period. Says a close friend of Katrina, “It really puzzles and hurts her why Salman chooses to ignore all her films. It isn’t as if he doesn’t watch any films. He does. But when it comes to Katrina, he seems to suffer from a mental block. He won’t see her films.”
Apparently Salman doesn’t like the thought of watching his girlfriend share physical proximity with any of her co-stars. In fact, according to close friends, even when she wears the slightest of revealing clothes in his presence, Salman asks her to go and change.
Ironically while Salman has never seen any of Katrina’s films, Katrina makes it a point to see all his films. Says the friend, “She doesn’t miss any of Salman’s films. Whether it’s a premiere or just a regular screening, Katrina is always there to support anything that Salman does.” But there’s no vice versa here.
|What’s with Yash Raj Films making endless unofficial remakes of its own films? While one segment of Bachna Ae Haseeno (featuring Minissha Lamba) was clearly inspired by Aditya Chopra’s Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Aditya Chopra’s latest directorial venture Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi had its seeds in its earlier production Aaja Nachle (directed by cinematographer Anil Mehta) where Sushmita Mukherjee craved for adventure and excitement while being married to a staid working class nerd (Vinay Pathak). Rab Ne… had Anushka craving for excitement while being married to Suriji.
Also, in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi the wife couldn’t recognise her husband once he transformed his personality. The same premise is now being applied to YRF’s forthcoming film, Dil Bole Hadippa where Rani Mukerji disguises herself as a man to play cricket in her smalltown team in Punjab but just as easily again becomes a woman without anyone around her being wiser.
And if you think that’s all there’s to Yash Raj’s penchant for constant re-invention then get a load of this.
Actor-turned-director Parmeet Sethi’s directorial untitled debut for YRF featuring Shahid Kapur and Anushka Sharma is a con caper in the tradition of Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can. The theme of two ‘lovable’ con artistes on the run has already been done by YRF in Shaad Ali’s Bunty Aur Babli.
What’s with Yash Raj’s paucity of ideas? Are they so short of screenplays?
A source said, “The similarities that you’ve pointed out are definitely there. Maybe it’s because new exciting screenplays are hard to come by. Aren’t all big production companies doing variations on established films?”
About two years ago Yash Chopra had complained about the acute scarcity of good writers.
Explaining his long absence from direction before Veer-Zara, he had said, “I’d love to direct more films. But I can’t find the suitable writers. I’m willing to open my doors for anybody who offers me a good script.”
Maybe variations on themes, already tried by Yash Raj, is their solution to the scarcity of good screenplays.
Shahid Kapur has developed a social conscience as he has a song in Kaminey with a cautionary note about AIDS. Without sounding preachy, the song filmed in the red light district promotes healthy and frequent use of the condom. The direct reference is timely in wake of the AIDS epidemic that continues to spread at an alarming rate in India.
The entire song sequence talks about the importance of using condoms, and playing it safe. Our source said, “Sukhwinder Singh lent his voice to this song and the lyrics go: Bhawra aaya aayaa re, gun gun karta aayaa re… Yeh ishq nahih aasan, AIDS ka khatra hai… pathwar pehen kar jaana- yeh aag ka dariya hai.
Shahid’s character in Kaminey is involved in social service. So he walks into a red light area with a red ribbon around his neck and that’s when he starts singing the song. The promos of the song will be aired in August.”
The lyrics of this song have been written by Vishal Bharadwaj, who is also the producer, director and music composer of the film.
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 27, 2009)
Sanjay Leela Bhansali is fuming on seeing the first look of YRF’s Dil Bole Hadippa!. Despite being assured by YRF that they won’t use Hadippa in their title, they haven’t lived up to their promise given to Bhansali.
A spokesperson from SLB Productions said, “Hadippa is the title of Bhansali’s sister Bela Sehgal’s first directorial venture. Bhansali turned down Aditya Chopra’s request to let him use the title. If it was his own he’d have considered Aditya’s request but as this is his sister’s first film, Bhansali won’t allow her title to be taken away even if it means taking legal action.”
“How could they add two words to Hadippa and claim the title to be their own? Would they have liked it if someone made Ek Baar Rab Ne Phir Bana Di Jodi or Pataa Nahin Kyun Laaga Chunari Mein Daag?”
Lead actress of Dil Bole Hadippa!, Rani Mukerji, who is close to both the production houses, tried but failed to arrange a meeting between the two filmmakers to solve matters.
“What’s there to discuss? What YRF has done is unethical. We at SLB Productions see it as creative vandalism. We’ve written proof that YRF had assured us they won’t use the word Hadippa. If the need arises, we’ll use that evidence against them,” the spokesperson added.
Commenting on the issue, an annoyed Bhansali said, “If they were so sold on a Punjabi title, since their film is about cricket, they could’ve called it Balle Balle.”
Although Yash Raj Films is considered by many as a production house churning out only romantic and goody-goody films, the fact is that they too have taken the less-trodden path and came up with fantastic and meaningful hatke films (Kabul Express and Chak De! India are the classic examples). Their new offering, New York, too is another hatke flick from this production house. What is impressive about New York is its narrative-it deals with serious topics like terrorism and post-9/11 scenario but at the same time, its impact doesn’t limit itself only to niche audiences. It’s a meaningful film, which caters to all kinds of audiences. And that’s its biggest achievement!
The story of the movie: Omar (Neil Mukesh) arrives at New York to pursue a Master’s Degree at New York State University. Here he meets Sameer aka Sam (John Abraham) and Maya (Katrina Kaif) who become his best buddies. Time flies fast and it was soon time for college to get over. At this point of time, the 9/11 attack occurs which forever changes the lives of these three friends. How this incident affects them adversely and what steps they take to resurrect is what the film is about.
New York strikes a fine balance-it is dealt with maturity and yet manages to strike a chord with audiences of all ages. It is not at all formulaic and the story is narrated in a not-so-usual and interesting style. Also the film doesn’t waste time at all-the story begins from the first scene itself. There are no unnecessary songs, no unwanted scenes-the focus is just on the three main characters.
There are several scenes in the film that would remain etched in one’s mind. The most unforgettable sequence of the film is undoubtedly John Abraham’s flashback. This wonderfully shot and enacted scene will astonish everyone for sure. Even globally acclaimed Khuda Kay Liye failed to give such an outstanding description of the torture cells.
The only flaw was that the film, particularly in the 2nd half, got a little bit confusing at places but still this can be overlooked. However, the film succeeds in giving a powerful message and also an excellent insight about the chaotic situation post 9/11 created by the Bush administration. It also raises a question about the terrorists who were responsible for the 9/11 attacks-what did they achieve by those cowardly attacks which they considered as great? In the name of jihad, they ended up devastating the lives of so many people in US who were detained as terrorist suspects.
The climax of the film may seem unacceptable to many. However, the final scene of the film is very impressive.
All the four main actors of the film manage to give one of the best performances of their respective careers! No matter how hard John Abraham tried to give a brilliant performance in the past, he always ended up receiving appreciation for his fab body. This was evident especially during Dostana. However for New York, he would surely be liked by everyone for his brilliant performance only! He rocks the screen from the first scene itself and manages to give a praiseworthy performance. Watch out for him in the torture scenes and in the climax. Keep rocking, John!
As expected, Neil Mukesh gives yet another outstanding performance after Johnny Gaddaar! In fact, it was Neil who dominates the first half and does a great job. Like John, he too impresses a lot in the climax. Katrina Kaif surprises! She was always accused of not being to able to act and speak in Hindi. Post-New York, she would be considered not only as a glam-doll but also as a wonderful actor.
Irrfan Khan as FBI Agent Roshan as usual comes up with an outstanding performance. He also provides some comic moments in between! Nowaz, who played Shahana Goswami’s husband in Firaaq, has a small but an important role in the film and he does a fine job.
Pritam’s music is good, but not as great as his other works. Two songs stand out-Hai Junoon and Mere Sang. In addition, the film also has two instrumentals composed by Julius Packiam which are intriguing and haunting. Mere Sang is probably one of the best picturised songs of the year. Watch out for the scene in the song when John is walking down the street and a group of protestors pass by carrying textual posters of ‘Buck Fush’!
Aseem Mishra’s cinematography was perfect. The lensman performs better in the detention scenes. Rameshwar Bhagat’s editing was flawless.
Aditya Chopra surprises as the writer of the film. It’s great to see a person like him coming up with such out-of-the-box stories. Sandeep Shrivastava, who earlier wrote the screenplay of Ab Tak Chappan, excels through his screenplay and dialogues. Screenplay was unique since the film doesn’t pace ahead in the typical way.
Kabir Khan had already proved himself with his first feature film, Kabul Express. However, the film failed to do a terrific job at the BO since it was more of a docu-drama. However, in New York, he manages to come up with a sensitive, intelligent film that caters to a large audience.
Some of the best scenes of the film:
1. Omar detained by Roshan
2. Sam’s entry
3. The 9/11 attack
4. The intermission point
5. Sam’s flashback
6. The song ‘Mere Sang’
7. All scenes of Nowaz
8. The last 20 minutes of the film
On the whole, New York is a brilliant film to say the least. It not only gives a message, but throws a light on the wrong-doings of the Bush administration which devastated the lives of many. At the same time, it raises many questions. Brilliantly executed, wonderfully performed, New York will surely be remembered for a long time!
My rating-**** out of 5!