Archive for February, 2010
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For the desirable Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto Hollywood is now open
MARK MANUEL Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; February 28, 2010)
The news is out. Freida Pinto, who somebody said went from obscurity to worldwide superstardom in the blink of a well-curled eyelash with Slumdog Millionaire, has bagged the biggest and perhaps best role of her young career as an actress. It is in Tarsem Singh’s $100 million Greek mythological epic War of The Gods which will release in the summer of 2011. An excited Hollywood press is supposed to have cranked up the buzz blaster and Tarsem himself described his film “as a larger-than-life adventure with the look and feel of an Italian renaissance painting — a setting well-suited to Freida’s timeless beauty”.
The actress, who plays Phaedra — the hero’s oracle in War of The Gods, was in Mumbai when the story broke. I met her for tea one evening at a city hotel poolside where she was shooting a campaign for a UK human rights organisation. She walked upto me with her hair blowing madly in the breeze, long legs flashing in snug designer jeans, golden-beige thongs peeping carelessly over the waistband through a tomato-red top. I thought she looked what she was, a sweet and young Catholic girl from Malad in whom Danny Boyle saw some spark and cast in Slumdog, changing Freida’s life forever.
She’s been in Mumbai since Christmas, spending time with her family, catching up with cousins, dodging the media which wanted details of her love life with Slumdog co-star Dev Patel. “My career made me known to the media, so keep it at that, I don’t want to divulge personal details of my life. And if I truly and honestly believe I have nothing to say, why bore people with my chatter,” Freida asked. So that was that about Dev Patel. I asked her what she had been doing all of last year, after Slumdog swept the Golden Globe and Oscars, taking her from Malad and screen tests and auditions in Bollywood to red carpets alongside Hollywood’s most glamorous. “Two films,” she replied, “for which I spent four months in Israel and four months in London, that took care of 2009.”
The films are Miral, a Franco-Israeli film based in war-torn Jerusalem during Israel’s 1948 partition from Palestine. And You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, a Woody Allen film, in which Freida acts opposite Josh Brolin, and with Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas and Naomi Watts. “What about the James Bond role,” I asked. “I have no idea where that came from,” Freida shrugged, “even my LA agents were curious. But this is a Bond thing, it happens with a lot of actresses, or with those in the news. It was very flattering, I must say, and I don’t know if I would have done it. I’m too young to be a Bond girl. There’s not much of a role, though some of them have become iconic, and you need somebody more mature and beautiful than me.” This coming from someone described by the international fashion police as being among the most beautiful, best dressed, desirable and stylish women of the world. “Oh that’s nothing,” she said dismissively, “there will always be someone else next year. I want to be an actress who will be remembered.”
Isn’t it strange, that despite her success in Hollywood, there are no roles yet for Freida to play in Bollywood? She clicked her tongue in irritation, “I haven’t said no to Bollywood, I am looking at scripts, when I hit the nail on the head — I will announce it. I have to do a Hindi film. Bollywood is changing, it is globally appealing, and the stars here all treat me well.” They pat Freida on the back when their paths cross and tell her, “Keep it up, babe.” But there’s only one star in Bollywood who she looks upto. “Shah Rukh Khan,” she said, “His is by far the most inspirational story of all, he’s graceful, charming, and so wonderful, the best representation that India can have internationally.” She co-presented an award with SRK at the Golden Globes last year. “And I don’t know yet if I was more excited or nervous to be standing next to Shah Rukh Khan,” she giggled like an infatuated teen.
What would she have been doing if Slumdog hadn’t happened, I asked. “I’d be struggling, I still am — actually, the struggle never ends. Before Slumdog, I’d wake up and wait for a call from my agency. Then go for auditions, trying to make it, get a break in Bollywood.” And now she’s, what, the highest paid actress in India? “Oh dear, who said that,” Freida wanted to know, “and where’s the money? Nothing came to me!” But yes, what Slumdog had done was it made her more confident. And it opened Hollywood up to her. “It gave me the opportunity to choose what I want to do. Unless you get success, you don’t get the privilege to say yes and no,” admitted Freida. “But at home, they treat me the same as before, my mother is always telling me not to leave my things lying around, and I roam about the house in pajamas. But I cannot go down and play 7 Tiles anymore with the other building kids…”
Dev D Got As Many Awards As 3 Idiots; Rahman Picked Up His 25th Filmfare Award; Gowns & Sarees Sizzled Red Carpet
Bella Jaisinghani & Meena Iyer | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; February 28, 2010)
Mumbai: Two vastly different films swept up an equal number of trophies at the 55th Idea Filmfare Awards held at a glittering ceremony at Yash Raj Studios in Andheri on Saturday.
While Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s 3 Idiots snapped up the most popular awards—Best Film, Best Director, Best Story, Best Screenplay, Best Dialogue and Best Supporting Actor —Anurag Kashyap’s Dev D won six as well. The Best Actor award went to Amitabh Bachchan for his performance as a progeria afflicted child in Paa, while Vidya Balan walked away with the Best Actress trophy for the same film.
Led by a line-up of stalwarts who turned out in strength, the Hindi film industry raised a toast to its members who hit paydirt at the box-office and won critical acclaim as well. Much to the delight of the spectators, show hosts Shah Rukh Khan and Saif Ali Khan were back after taking a break last year owing to SRK’s elbow injury. Wasting no time at all, the irrepressible duo launched their antics on the red carpet itself, and kept pulling out the gags thick and fast through the evening. In this, they were ably supported by good friend Karan Johar and actors Siddharth and Shruti.The duo’s wicked reputation has spread far and wide and the pretty blondes who were dancing with them suddenly sped away, finding more appealing options among the audience including Hrithik Roshan, Shahid Kapoor, Vivek Oberoi and even Shakti Kapoor. However, all was not lost for the Khans. A row of cross-dressers walked in as their consolation prize. True to style, the awards were punctuated with live performances by A-list actors Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor as well as Riteish Deshmukh and Jacqueline. Salman Khan may not have won a nomination for his role in Wanted but stole the show by dancing wildly to the kind of songs that front-benchers love him for. As a bevy of hopeful chorus dancers begged Baraat leke aaja, the most eligible bachelor of the industry fended them off pleading Oonchi hai building, lift teri band hai. Wearing a Superman tee, Salman moved on to You’re my love and Maria Maria before finishing in a high-energy recital of the Hanuman Chalisa from London Dreams.
Katrina Kaif was another class act with a medley of recent songs leading from Yaar nazar nahin aata and Hai junoon to her signature hit Tera hone laga hoon from Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani. Kareena Kapoor sidestepped the customary medley of hits for an elaborate sequence of Zoobi Doobi from 3 Idiots. Deepika Padukone, on her part, belied her mere couple of years in the industry by performing with the ease of a veteran. Hardly missing a cue even during rehearsals, she negotiated her way through a series of tricky acrobatic moves for Uff teri ada (Karthik Calling Karthik) and Twist (Love Aaj Kal). Shahid Kapoor’s talent at dancing is a foregone conclusion and this time he chose a theme that struck an instant chord with the spectators. As he did a mean moonwalk, the audience’s thoughts went back to the colossal loss of the past year—Michael Jackson.
Another warm tribute was reserved for the living legends. The audience rose as one when actor Shashi Kapoor and composer Khayyam were awarded this year’s Lifetime Achievement Awards. Both natives of undivided Punjab had started work at an early age, married into their profession and served the country for decades before retiring from the limelight. Khayyam accompanied by wife Jagjit Kaur came to accept the award. “No honour comes before its time, so I am not left with the feeling that the Lifetime Achievement has come too late. I am happy,’’ said Khayyam. In a lovely moment the wheelchair-bound but ever-charming Shashi Kapoor was escorted on stage by his nephew Ranbir and niece Kareena.
In a departure from tradition, the Best Debut awards this year were given to talented diretors instead of actors—Zoya Akhtar for Luck By Chance and Ayaan Mukherji for Wake Up Sid.
The title sponsor of the awards was Idea Cellular Ltd, and the associate sponsors were PC Jewellers and Voice of India. The telecast partner is Sony Entertainment Television. The rest of the sponsors were as follows. Energy Drink Partner: XXX Energy Drink; Travel Partner: SpiceJet; Beverage Partner: Whyte & Mackay from United Spirits; Outdoor Partner: Bright Outdoor Media Pvt Ltd; Publicity Partner: Orienta Cine Advertising Pvt Ltd; Multiplex Partner: Big Cinemas; Food Partner: BJN Group; Partner Maya for wedding and occasions from Gitanjali Lifestyle; Bezel Watches from Gitanjali Lifestyle; English News Channel Partner: Times Now; Radio Partner: Radio Mirchi; Gift Partner: Fantasie Chocolates; Trophy Partner: The Award Gallery; Show Direction and Scripting: Cineyug; Event Consultants: Oxygen Entertainment; and Event Management: 360 Degrees Experience.
(The 55th Idea Filmfare Awards will be telecast on March 7 at 8.00 pm on Sony Entertainment Television.)
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, February 27, 2010 – 22:25 IST
Best Actor In A Leading Role (Male)
Amitabh Bachchan – Paa
Best Actor In A Leading Role (Female)
Vidya Balan – Paa
Rajkumar Hirani – 3 Idiots
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male)
Boman Irani – 3 Idiots
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female)
Kalki Koechlin – Dev D
Best Actor (Male) Critics
Ranbir Kapoor – Wake Up Sid, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, Rocket Singh
Best Actor (Female) Critics
Mahie Gill – Dev D
Best Film (Critics)
Best Debut Director (Male)
Ayan Mukherjee – Wake Up Sid
Best Debut Director (Female)
Zoya Akhtar – Luck By Chance
A R Rahman – Delhi-6
Best Playback Singer (Male)
Mohit Chauhan – Masakalli – Delhi-6
Best Playback Singer (Female)
Rekha Bharadwaj – Genda Phool – Delhi-6
Kavita Seth – Iktara – Wake Up Sid
Irshad Kamil – Aaj Din Chadiya – Love Aaj Kal
Abhijat Joshi, Rajkumar Hirani – 3 Idiots
Rajkumar Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Abhijat Joshi – 3 Idiots
Rajkumar Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra – 3 idiots
Sreekar Prasad – Firaaq
Bosco – Caesar – Chor Bazaari – Love Aaj Kal
Best Visual Effect Award
Best Sound Design
Manas Chaudhury – Firaaq
Best Production Design
Helen & Sukant – Dev D
Rajeev Rai – Dev D
Vijayan Master – Wanted
Vaishali Menon – Firaaq
Best Background Score
Amit Trivedi – Dev D
Nandita Das – Firaaq
Lifetime Achievement Award
Shashi Kapoor – Khayyam
R D Burman Music Award
Amit Tivedi – Dev D, Wake Up Sid
TOTAL AWARDS WON BY:
3 IDIOTS – 6
DEV D – 6
FIRAAQ – 5
WAKE UP SID – 4
DELHI-6 – 3
PAA – 2
LOVE AAJ KAL – 2
AJAB PREM KI GHAZAB KAHANI – 1
ROCKET SINGH – 1
LUCK BY CHANCE – 1
KAMINEY – 1
WANTED – 1
- By Taran Adarsh, February 26, 2010 – 17:44 IST
Like last week, this week too witnessed two new releases – TEEN PATTI and KARTHIK CALLING KARTHIK – but the footfalls at cineplexes were better this Friday [thankfully!]. KARTHIK CALLING KARTHIK opened to a 40% to 60% response across several multiplexes, although the occupancy was better at some centres. The youth of big centres seem to be the target audience for this film and the long weekend should help the film garner decent collections at plexes.
The second release, TEEN PATTI, opened to a dull response. The opening ranged from 10% to 15%, but the business should improve towards the evening shows as also on Saturday and Sunday.
If the harmful chemicals of the Holi colours are restricting you to enjoy the spirit of the festival then follow the hair and skin care regime of celebrities and throw caution to the wind and have a fun-filled Holi
By Monisha Pratap Shah and Preeti Gupta (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 27, 2010)
Deepika Padukone, film actor
I always celebrate Holi but unfortunately as I am shooting the next day, this year I will be unable to participate in the festivities. Holi as a child was really fun and I can recall playing Holi when I was in school with my friends in my building. Though I thoroughly enjoy playing with colours I use coconut oil to ensure that my skin and hair remain safe.
I have always loved Holi because of the energy it possesses, the joy it brings and the colours it adds. However, in all the madness of gulal, water balloons and pichkaris, one should still be careful. I have always enjoyed Holi and to enjoy it in all it’s colours I make sure to oil my hair with coconut oil before going out to play. Applying coconut hair oil on your scalp acts as a barrier and prevents colours from directly coming in contact with hair and will lessen the damage. After the celebration, it is important to wash off the colours from the hair with a good shampoo and conditioner. If hair gets dry then warm oil accompanied with hot towel treatment should be taken the next day. This will help the hair to retain its lustre.
I associate Holi with lots of fun and having a wild time. I played Holi a lot as a kid and we used to go really wild. I remember throwing eggs at people and once I ended up pelting a police person and had to go to the police station. I have definitely sobered down now, but still thoroughly enjoying this festival. Our first ritual is to put colour on Lord Krishna’s murti, before we start playing. Applying coconut oil on my hair before playing is also one of the rituals for me.
I love playing Holi and do so with great pride. This year I plan to colour everyone around me, as I feel no one should be left clean. Holi is a festival of colours and it’s meaningless without it. However, I ensure that my hair remains safe by applying coconut oil.
Diana Hayden, model / TV actor
Holi to me means lots of fun and also it’s one festival that transcends all religion and castes. This year I plan to go to a friend’s bungalow at Madh Island. I remember having a blast as a child. It was great fun with the pichkaris and colours. I used to play with my brother and his friends. I clearly remember that as I got a little older I became conscious of playing with the boys. I had locked myself on the terrace but they broke down the door and got me all coloured. It was riotous.
I have no fears about Holi. I think Holi is meaningless without stains. However, I recommend that one can oil their hair as a precaution. Some colours are so harmful, so I recommend moisturising the body with coconut or olive oil.
Vidya Malvade, TV actor
I am totally looking forward to Holi this year since it happens to be my first Holi after my wedding. My husband and his family have plans to drench me in colour of their love and tradition. The best way to take care of skin and hair is to apply loads of oil, so that the colour does not stick. I feel coconut oil is a good option.
Aarti Chhabria, model-turned-film actor
I love playing Holi. This year’s Holi celebration would be with my family and close friends. As a kid I used to play Holi with water-balloons, but now due to the water shortage we can’t do that. However, I still have loads of fun and frolic and keep the spirit of the festival alive. As far as my skin and hair is concerned I just oil my hair with coconut oil before playing Holi because colours come off easily from oily surfaces.
For me, Holi is a colourful, crazy, messy, fun-filled and ecstatic festival. However, sometimes the constant exposure to the sun and oodles of colour on your body and hair can have harm effects. In order to keep it at a bay, I play Holi with safe colours and plaster my hair and body with lots of coconut oil. It protects the skin and hair against the harmful colours. Post Holi I scrub off the colour with warm water and moisturise my skin very well.
Right from my childhood I am a dedicated Holi player. I love going to Shabanaji’s Holi party as it has some great music, food and of course, colour. I love the entire feel and mood of Holi. To protect my hair and skin I follow nani maa’s nuska of applying coconut oil. Prior to the Holi celebration I oil my hair and skin properly, so the colour doesn’t stick for long. After the celebration is over then I remove the colours with oil and cleanser.
Holi is the only festival that I actually celebrate. The celebration is about hopping from one party to another and finally settling with family and close friends. As such I do not have any fears related to Holi since we play Holi with safe colours like gulal and herbal colours. I just oil my hair and face with coconut oil. It is like a coating of safety. After the celebration, it’s important to wash off the colour from the hair and body thoroughly and let it stay without any make up as it will help the skin to breathe.
I enjoy playing Holi. But, as of now I haven’t made any plans for this year’s Holi celebration. In order to protect my hair from the harmful chemicals present in some colours I apply a mix of coconut and castor oil and for the skin I just use a good moisturiser, it does the trick!
I love playing Holi as it’s good fun. This Holi I plan to celebrate at one of my friend’s place. I don’t fear any skin or hair damage since of late people have started playing Holi with organic colours. For the sake of precaution I oil my hair and body with thick coconut oil. The oil coating really helps in taking out the colour.
On Tuesday morning, music director Pritam Chakraborty misplaced his laptop at Kolkata airport. What caused Pritam much heartburn was that he had saved all his ‘original’ released, unreleased and half-finished soundtracks on his laptop.
Pritam went through hell for two days as frantic efforts were made to locate his computer. “I couldn’t sleep, eat, almost not breathe. I made life hell for myself and my family. What if someone got hold of the laptop and downloaded all the music? I’d be ruined,” said Pritam.
To rewind to the start of the story, Pritam along with Alisha Chinai and members of his band wrapped up a concert at the Netaji indoor stadium in Kolkata late on Monday night and then headed the next morning, groggy and bleary-eyed for the airport, where Pritam forgot to pick up his laptop after the security check.
“I got busy chatting with Madhavan and composer Shantanu Moitra who were travelling with me. It was only when I reached Mumbai that I realised my laptop was missing. I panicked as all my music and financial details were in the laptop,” said Pritam.
Pritam tried to recollect where he had misplaced his laptop. He added, “A friend in Kolkata got the Kolkata airport searched thoroughly. My precious laptop was finally located and sent back to me with a crew member of a Mumbai bound flight. I slept only after I got my laptop.”
Now Pritam can’t help but worry. What if someone has already downloaded all the data, which was stored on his laptop?
Since 2001, we have been hearing that Hrithik Roshan will act in a Hollywood film. Reportedly, Hrithik was to act in a film titled Aditya, to be produced by Los Angeles-based James Killough and to be directed by Tarsem Singh, who made to Hollywood’s A-list with The Cell.
But the film never went on the floors. But now, Hrithik’s splash in Hollywood doesn’t look like a very distant dream.
Seeing the trailers and promos of Kites, Rakesh Roshan has been getting calls from Hollywood filmmakers. These makers are impressed by Hrithik’s performance in Kites and his sizzling chemistry with his co-actor, Barbara Mori.
“Hrithik and Barbara have ignited a never-seen-before passion on screen. This has particularly caught the eye of many Hollywood directors,” said a source.
Interestingly, quite a few of these offers are for romantic films, some are even romantic comedies. “These offers have come in just early this week. Hrithik is dwelling on them,” added the source.
Rakesh Roshan did not deny the story. Unwilling to reveal the names of the Hollywood filmmakers who want to make a film with Hrithik, Roshan senior simply said, “It is too early to comment on this.”
However, Hrithik’s official spokesperson confirmed the news and said, “Yes, Hrithik has been getting a lot of feelers from Hollywood recently.”