Archive for July, 2009
By Taran Adarsh, July 30, 2009 – 21:02 IST
Come to think of it, if the film carries the ‘burden’ of humungous expectations, it’s imperative that it goes beyond those expectations. The reaction after watching the film has to be similar to a child who has laid his hands on his fav toy. The joyous smile would say it all. The question is, does LOVE AAJ KAL live up to the hype and hoopla surrounding it? Or does it go beyond that?
LOVE AAJ KAL is not an easy film to write and execute. Sure, it’s a love story, but it’s not one of those mundane love stories that talks of love and heartache. Here, the two stories, set in different eras, run parallel, but have a similar end.
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
To be brutally honest, it takes time to grasp the plot, since the past and present run concurrently. If you aren’t attentive, chances are you’d lose the plot. Also, if you aren’t aware by now that Saif enacts dual roles in the film — playing his part as also the part of young Rishi Kapoor — the goings-on would confuse you no end, when the transition occurs.
LOVE AAJ KAL is a director’s show entirely. The relationships here are complex because the couple in love lives in complete denial. It is to Imtiaz Ali’s credit that he has penned an offbeat story, developed a complex but comprehensive screenplay and extracted sensitive performances from the principal cast. At the same time, the writing isn’t the type that would appeal to all sections of movie-going audience. Besides, the execution of the subject and also the pacing in the first hour are deterrents.
Final word? LOVE AAJ KAL makes you fall in love with love all over again. Makes you value your loved ones all the more. This film is special!
London, San Francisco, Delhi – 2009.
Jai [Saif Ali Khan] and Meera [Deepika Padukone] is a modern-day couple in London. They are very happy together, but do not believe in tying each other down. So when life pulls them in different directions, they decide to call off their relationship, since long-distance relationships, in their opinion, don’t work.
Delhi, Calcutta – 1965.
Veer Singh [Rishi Kapoor] is struck by a thunderbolt when he sees Harleen for the first time. He travels a thousand kilometers by train to stand under her balcony, only to have a glimpse of her face. And yet not speak a word with her.
Love Aaj Kal
Veer does not understand how Jai can treat matters of the heart without passion. Jai does not understand how Veer Singh could have been so naive and silly about Harleen in his youth. But as both stories unfold, we realize that the process of relationship might be different in different eras, but the experience of being in love remains the same.
LOVE AAJ KAL travels multiple continents and different eras. The subject matter is novel, never attempted before, but the material, the characters [Saif and Deepika especially] as also its execution is targeted at the youth in big cities mainly. As they say in filmi lingo, this one’s a hardcore multiplex movie.
Another area where Imtiaz Ali experiments is by depicting Saif as the young Rishi Kapoor. It’s a novel concept, no two opinions on that, but the question is, will it cut ice universally? Will people tend to get confused when the sequences turn sepia?
The film captivates in bits and spurts in the initial portions. Partly because the writing is so different. But the writing breaks new grounds in the second hour. It’s in this hour that the film grips you completely, when the fragmented pieces are put together and a mesmeric picture emerges.
The second hour is the soul of the film. Right from the time Deepika decides to marry, till the last reunion, the film touches an emotional high. The sequence of events that lead to the culmination is incredible. Saif’s interaction with Deepika at the marriage, or the gradual change in Saif’s behaviour in the U.S. in the course of a song, or the realisation that marriage was a big mistake… moments like these take LOVE AAJ KAL to dizzy heights.
Imtiaz Ali is a genius. The film bears the stamp of an accomplished storyteller. This is a forward-thinking film that handles the new-age relationships with complete understanding. The songs compliment the goings-on beautifully. This is amongst Pritam’s accomplished works. ‘Twist’ [already a rage], ‘Aahun Aahun’ [foot-taping], ‘Chor Bazaari’ [melodious] and ‘Dooriyaan’ [melancholic], each song is a gem. N. Natarajan Subramaniam’s cinematography is fantastic. Editing [Aarti Bajaj] is wonderful.
Both Saif and Deepika come up with their career-best performances in LOVE AAJ KAL. Saif carries the most difficult parts with remarkable ease. Sure, we’ve seen him as the cool, urban guy in several films, but this one’s the most demanding role and only a seasoned actor could’ve delivered it with such precision.
Deepika looks ethereal. Most importantly, in LOVE AAJ KAL, she acts very, very well. Matching up to Saif is no mean achievement and she does it in several scenes. This should be the turning point in her career. Rishi Kapoor is top notch. The actress enacting the role of Harleen is pretty. Rahul Khanna does well in a small, but significant role. Watching Neetu Kapoor in the end sequence is truly astonishing. She’s so graceful.
On the whole, LOVE AAJ KAL is for the young and romantic at heart. Sure, it’s not perfect, but the terrific performances, melodious music and stirring emotional moments [last 35 odd minutes] more than compensate for the hiccups. At the box-office, the film should start with a bang for four factors — its novel cast, super music, great promotion and yes, Imtiaz Ali, a name that commands respect amongst moviegoers. Released extensively [approx. 1800 screens worldwide], LOVE AAJ KAL will have one of the biggest first weeks in India and also in the international markets. In India, the business will be superb across multiplexes, while single screens might not behave as energetically. But the business at multiplexes will ensure a fantastic recovery of the investment. Internationally, it has the potential to emerge one of the biggest grossers in recent times.
Cast: SALMAN KHAN, AYESHA TAKIA-AZMI, MAHESH MANJREKAR, VINOD KHANNA, PRASHANT RAJ
Producer: BONEY KAPOOR
Director: PRABHU DEVA
Cast: SUNNY DEOL, ARJUN RAMPAL, SAGARIKA GHATKE, UDITA GOSWAMI
Banner: ZEE MOTION PICTURES, ROHIT KUMAR PRODUCTIONS, TIJORI ENTERTAINMENT
Director: DEEPAK TIJORI
Source: BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA
Chk the poster of the film here: http://fenilandbollywood.wordpress.com/2009/07/22/first-look-deepak-tijoris-fox/
AND FENIL SETA WAS THE FIRST ONE TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE NEWS OF JOHN ABRAHAM AND PAULOMI SANGHAVI’S AFFAIR (AS CONFIRMED BY THE TABLOID, MUMBAI MIRROR) WAS A RUMOUR!
Following article appeared on Bombay Times on July 30, 2008 which states Paulomi’s version:
Jewellery designer Paulomi Sanghvi, who is in Washington at the moment, says she barely knows John Abraham, who she was linked with recently. “I’ve known him socially, just like I know so many others in Bollywood,” says the rather attractive designer. “However, to insinuate that John and I get along like a house on fire is ridiculous,” she clarifies. Paulomi who is best friends with Laila Khan says she has been travelling for a while now and she may have overlooked the piece of news linking her with the New York actor; had it not been for the fact that he is in a steady relationship and she thinks it is extremely frivolous and harmful to even suggest that she has anything to do with him. “I don’t even know John well enough to call and speak to him about this piece of news that appeared. John and I are barely acquainted.” she says.
AAKANKSHA NAVAL-SHETYE Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; July 30, 2009)
A quiet and sombre Sanjay Dutt brought in his 50th birthday yesterday at Cape Town in South Africa with wife Maanyata and fellow actors on the sets of Anees Bazmee’s film No Problem. Missing was the family — daughter Trishala and sisters Priya and Namrata, and close friend and Samajwadi Party boss Amar Singh, who is recuperating in Singapore from a kidney transplant. But Suniel Shetty, Akshaye Khanna, Anil Kapoor and Paresh Rawal made up for it with a surprise party. Inundated with calls and messages from friends, fans and well-wishers back home, Dutt told BT from there, “Life has come a full circle for me at 50. I just feel lucky to be celebrating this day with my loved ones.”
At this milestone year in his life, the actor has no intention of slowing down. Apart from the recently released Luck, he has a string of releases due that see him take a break from the usual macho gangster act. From the fantasy flick Aladin — in which he plays a villainous character — to the underwater treasure adventure Blue. And from the comic caper Chatursingh 2 Star to the intense drama Lamha. Reflecting on the rollercoaster ride his journey has been — right from battling drug addiction to being embroiled in the 1993 bomb blasts case — the actor said, “It’s been a long and tiring journey, but I have no complaints. I have lost and found many amazing people along the way. Each brought their own joys and pain. But each experience has taught me a valuable lesson in life. Not in my wildest dreams had I ever imagined life would turn out to be the way it has. But then that’s what life is all about — unpredictable and enough twists on it’s own.” As for turning 50, Dutt said, “There are times when I don’t feel my age at all, but there are also times when I feel like I have lived and seen more than just these 50 years. But at heart, I’ll always be my mum’s Baba.”
Now, he’s looking forward to his next release, the Amitabh Bachchan-Riteish Deshmukh starrer Aladin. Dutt said, “My character’s called the Ringmaster and it’s a very sinister kind of character.” He’s sung yet again for this film. And, keeping in mind his passion for vrooming mean machines, director Sujoy Ghosh even got Dutt his own batmobile kind of bike. Babes and bike — Sanju’s forever love. “I love bikes, always will. As for babes, I am happy with the only one in my life right now,” laughed the deadly Dutt.
Tired of playing voluble characters, Kareena Kapoor is glad to finally play quiet and simple roles in 3 Idiots and Kurbaan
Tired of constantly jabbering on screen in films as far-ranging as Jab We Met and Kambakkht Ishq, Kareena Kapoor has now taken a conscious break from the babble to play quiet and silently-evocative characters. After playing the unattainable and thoroughly unlikeable diva-bi*** in Kambakhht Ishq, Kareena is moving on to play a more real salwar-kameez-clad Punjabi girl in Raj Kumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots and also in Rensil D’Silva’s Kurbaan.
In 3 Idiots, she plays a girl who has nothing much to say and she keeps mum, much to Kareena’s relief. “I play a quiet and nice Punjabi doctor,” says Kareena. In Rensil D’Silva’s Kurbaan, she plays a character close to her heart and she loves the silence that the character permitted her. “I’ve got one of the best roles of my career. Rensil D’Silva is such a fine storyteller. Again this girl speaks less and acts more. I play a simple Delhi girl who finds out that her husband is a terrorist,” reveals Kareena about her role in the film.
“I need my acting energies to be re-fuelled. I have been playing talkative characters in all my recent films. Omkara was the last really quiet character I played. In 3 Idiots, I’m soft and gentle and that’s the real me.
I like my silence to speak for me. Unfortunately, in this business I am constantly asked to voice my opinion on everything,” adds Kareena. In fact, she has requested Saif Ali Khan and the director Sriram Raghavan, to let her play a spy in Agent Vinod, which will again be more about action rather than words.
|Earlier this week, Preity Zinta left for New York where she had spent almost a month till the first week of July. While buzz doing the rounds is that she has gone to recover from her break- up with Ness Wadia, fact is that Preity has gone to NY to learn swing dancing.
A source said, “Preity had earlier attended swing dancing classes for a few days and has again gone to NY to continue learning. Apart from swing dancing, she also wants to learn some other forms of dancing in the US. Moreover, she also has work, which is related to some of the future projects she is considering.”
Preity is staying in the US with an old school friend from Delhi, who, after marriage, is settled there. She has a few other friends in the US as well. She is expected to return to Mumbai after two weeks. Preity’s official spokesperson confirmed the news and said, “Yes, Preity has gone back to NY to complete her training for swing dancing.”
What is swing dancing?
Swing dance is a fast-paced dance form. It is a lively dance style in which couples swing, spin and jump together. Couples hold hands as opposed to placing hands on the shoulders or around the waist, as ballroom dancers do. Some of the popular swing dances are Jive, Jitterbug, Boogie-Woogie, Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing and West Coast Swing