Archive for April, 2010
- By Taran Adarsh, April 30, 2010 – 15:52 IST
The much-awaited HOUSE FULL seems to have ended the drought at the box-office. The film embarked on one of the biggest openings ever, with the morning and noon shows opening to a fantastic response. The film has had one of the biggest releases ever, in terms of number of screens as also shows at leading plexes. Generally, a keenly awaited film is screened in 15-17-20 shows every day, but in this case, as many as 22-25-27 shows are being conducted at several plexes.
Saturday, 1st May is a holiday, so the film should set new records on Saturday and Sunday as well. Now let’s see if the opening weekend numbers find a place in Top 5 openers ever.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, April 30, 2010 – 14:17 IST
Bollywood is mainly known to make period films based on real life events or mythological stories. Farhan Akhtar however seems to have some other plans.
The news is that Farhan is planning to make a period film! The director – actor went onto say that he is working on a script of a period film and that the film will not be depicting any historical events. Instead, it will be a fictitious story set in some particular period of the pre-independence era.
Rest of the details, as expected, are being kept under the wraps, thus setting the minds of the viewers to work overtime imagining the poster boy Farhan Akhtar in a period film!
By Taran Adarsh, April 30, 2010 – 09:47 IST
A DHOOM clicks and you suddenly spot Hayabusas speeding away in every third Hindi movie. A RACE clicks and everyone wants to attempt a thriller, with twists-n-turns aplenty. CHASE is no DHOOM, nor is it RACE either, but there’s a feeling of déjà vu nonetheless.
CHASE begins with a high-octane chase and what follows are several twists-n-turns, before the jigsaw puzzle is solved. But the question is, does CHASE provide those adrenaline-pumping moments? Nope, it doesn’t! The problem is, the writing relies too heavily on the tried-n-tested stuff, which robs this thriller of those thrilling moments.
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM|
Final word? CHASE is akin to soda. Opens with a lot of fizz, but falls flat thereafter!
Sohail [Anuuj Saxena] is a man on the run. DIG Ranveer [Rajesh Khattar] has vested interest in getting to the bottom of a murder in which Sohail is involved. Insp. Siddharth [Samir Kochhar] is the right hand of the DIG, who is monitoring Sohail’s actions.
Enter Nupur [Udita Goswami], who is involved with Sohail closely. The other players of this chase are Surabhee [Tarina Patel], Sohail’s love interest and industrialist Mr. Khanna [Aditya Raj Kapoor], for whom money is the solution of all problems. Also, there is Anthony D’Costa [Gulshan Grover], who is also in search for the truth.
The hunt for Sohail and search for truth takes us through the streets of Mumbai. The truth has the potential of blowing up the entire political system apart. Who is the victim and who is the criminal?
The sole aspect you carry home after watching CHASE are the high-octane chase sequences, especially the one at the very start of the film. Otherwise, CHASE harps on the age-old plot where an innocent man is framed for a murder he hasn’t committed, the corrupt cops being hand-in-glove with an industrialist, an undercover cop who doubles up as a seductress and the journo-girlfriend who goes that extra mile to save her boyfriend. Besides, there’s a Live sting operation, the mandatory songs and some steamy moments and a stylish video towards the end.
Director Jag Mundhra has shot a few sequences well, but the writing doesn’t hold. The music is equally functional.
Anuuj tries too hard to act, but can’t. Udita is credible, as always. Tarina Patel looks ill at ease. Gulshan Grover is wasted. Rajesh Khattar infuses life in his part. He’s competent. Ditto for Samir Kochhar, who’s equally confident. Aditya Raj Kapoor is quite good.
On the whole, CHASE lacks face-value as well as merits. Besides, with an opposition like HOUSE FULL, CHASE stands no chance.
Yesterday morning, actor Sonu Sood escaped a crash with a BEST bus near a suburban mall in Andheri. The accident happened at 11 in the morning.
The BEST driver scraped Sonu’s car and also knocked down a lady on a scooter. A witness tells us, “The driver was changing lanes and he overtook Sonu’s car. Sonu swerved only to realise that the bus had already scraped his car. When he got down to have a look at the damage caused to his vehicle, Sonu suddenly heard a bang.
When he turned to look, he saw that the same BEST bus had knocked down a lady on a scooter.”
Narrating the incident, Sonu says, “I raced ahead to help the lady but by then, a few pedestrians had already helped her. Thankfully she did not suffer any serious injury though she had several bruises and was terribly shaken by the incident. I told the driver to get off the bus, but he refused to budge.
The bus conductor requested me to forgive the driver and not call the cops. He said ‘Inko thoda kuch hai, please let us go and don’t make a big issue of this’. I could clearly make out that the driver was drunk. But before I could take any further steps, the bus was already pulling away.”
While there are innumerable reports that Sonam Kapoor is dating Punit Malhotra, the debutant director has a different story to tell.
News about their so-called affair may have provided a bit of publicity for Punit’s directorial venture I Hate Luv Storys for Dharma Productions, but Punit says that there is no truth to the rumours.
Talking for the first time about Sonam, Punit says, “All that is being written about Sonam and me is rubbish. I am very much single.” He refused to comment further.
Certain reports have suggested that Sonam and Punit are in a serious relationship. A recent report said that Sonam and Punit were spotted together on a dinner date.
However, a friend of Punit reveals, “That day, Sonam and Punit hadn’t gone out on a private date. They were at a common friend Shiraz Siddique’s party where there were more than 50 guests.
They were seen getting into their respective cars but that’s simply because their cars were parked nearby.”
“Stories linking him with Sonam bother Punit, but there is little he can do. But it hasn’t changed their warm relationship,” adds Punit’s friend.
|Mani Ratnam||Santosh Sivan|
Mani Ratnam has asked ace cinematographer Santosh Sivan to shoot his next film titled Azaan featuring Ranbir Kapoor. No questions asked.
This wouldn’t be the first occasion when the cinematographer will be going out of his way for Mani Ratnam whose current project Raavan he took over midway. Santosh Sivan had earlier shot Mani’s first Hindi film Dil Se. Mani Ratnam wants to start Azaan with Ranbir Kapoor by the end of the year.
Santosh Sivan says, “I do have my hands full. I also have four days work left for my acting assignment. And yes, Mani has asked me to shoot his next film. And there’s no question of saying no to Mani Ratnam.”
Mani is the only filmmaker for whom Santosh Sivan is willing to serve as cinematographer. He has otherwise resolved to only do the cinematography of films which he personally directs.
Recently for the music release of Raavan in Mumbai, Santosh Sivan was also summoned by Mani to do the lighting on stage for AR Rahman and Abhishek Bachchan’s live show. “What you see as going out of my way for Mani Ratnam is not really that. Anyone who works with him would do exactly that,” adds Santosh Sivan.
No matter how Santosh Sivan puts it, the fact is he will be shooting Azaan at the cost of his own film.
Will he, won’t he? At long last, all speculation regarding Dharmendra playing on-screen father to real life daughter Esha in Hema Malini’s home production Tell Me Oh Khuda has been put to rest. He is doing the role.
Dharmendra has always been shy of public appearances with his second family and there was a feeling that he might decline his daughter’s invitation to share screen space with her. But with his arrival in Goa earlier this week, both Hema and Esha have heaved a sigh of relief.
|Esha Deol and Hema Malini|
Dharmendra took a couple of days off to relax before starting the shoot with his daughter from today. Hema Malini, who had a dance recital in Bangalore on Wednesday, joins them later this week.
Says director Mayur Puri, “It’s a dream come true to see Dharamji and Esha here. And then Hemaji also joins us. The fact that she has let me direct her, Dharamji and Esha in their first picture together is really a big responsibility.”
Apparently Hema is quite pleased with Puri. “She presented me a high end phone last week. I’m still trying to get a hang of it,” says the debutant director shyly.
It’s interesting to see Esha trying to bond with her father and his colleagues Rishi Kapoor and Vinod Khanna in Goa. Chuckles Esha, “I’m the oldest member of the cast. There are other bachchas too, Chandan Roy Sanyal and Arjan Bajwa. We’ve been bonding big time.”
Ajay Devgan found himself without a room at ND Studios in Karjat, but the star had no hang-ups about bunking with director Milan Luthria… or anyone else who would have him, for that matter
Ajay Devgan has been staying on his farm in Karjat while shooting for Once Upon A Time in Mumbai. The distance to the studio was considerable, so one night he decided to camp out at ND Studios.
Unfortunately, his timing was a bit off as the studio was full. A game Ajay Devgan decided that he was cool with sharing a suite with director Milan Luthria.
Milan and Ajay have worked together in the past and share a good bond. Ajay was happy to accommodate himself in the two-room suite, even though they would have to share one bathroom. He was just arranging his essentials in the bathroom when Milan’s wife called to inform him that she was coming over.
Ajay, embarrassed, decided that the need of the hour was to launch into action and find alternative accommodation. While most stars would’ve thrown a fit, Ajay was seen loitering from door-to-door, saamaan in hand, until he found someone to take him in.
Who can imagine having a star as their roommate for the night?
Milan Luthria confirms the story and admits that it was impressive to see Ajay Devgan’s relaxed and easy going attitude.
Do we see divadom going out of style? About time!
Katrina Kaif is taking her role as a politician in Raajneeti very seriously. After modelling her character on various well-known politicians, Katrina now wants to meet them so that she’d know how much of what she has done with her role is close to the truth.
Initially Raajneeti director Prakash Jha laughed off her intense level of commitment. “Tum toh Shabana Azmi ban gayi ho,” he teased Katrina. But when he realised she was serious, he got down to the business of arranging her meetings with the politicians who served as reference points for her role in the film.
Fortunately for Katrina, all the politicians who were her reference points, barring Indira Gandhi, are alive.
Apart from Sonia Gandhi, Prakash Jha had given Katrina video recordings of Sheila Dikshit, Ambika Soni, Priyanka Gandhi and Indira Gandhi.
A meeting has now been arranged for Katrina with Sheila Dikshit, Ambika Soni and Priyanka Gandhi. Sonia Gandhi is on the wish list.
It’s no coincidence that they are all from the same political party. It was always part of Prakash Jha’s plans to take the government into confidence by the time Raajneeti was released. The director is hoping that once key members of the party watch Raajneeti they’ll recommend the film for exemption from entertainment tax in pivotal centres.
Katrina is now looking forward to meeting her role models. “It’s always a pleasure to broaden your horizons. My only regret is I can’t meet Mrs Indira Gandhi. Apart from my mother, she’s the woman who has inspired me the most,” she says.
A circular sent by the government has left the censor board fuming. According to the circular, even a single scene showing smoking will invite an ‘A’ certificate for the film. For once, censor board chief Sharmila Tagore is willing to fight it out with her own people.
Says Sharmila, “This is absolutely absurd. While we agree cigarette smoking is bad and seeing stars smoking on screen creates the wrong impression, we can’t take ad-hoc decisions. Such matters have to be debated. We must hear out the producers before any decision is taken on this.”
But regarding most other matters, Sharmila is unperturbed by voices of dissent against censorship. “I am not worried about what disgruntled filmmakers have to say. I have very capable people in my staff. Do filmmakers like Vishal Bhardwaj and Dibakar Banerjee think that Kaminey and Love Sex Aur Dhoka (LSD) would get a ‘U’ certificate? A lot of people want to know why such films are passed at all.”
Getting more forthright, Sharmila adds, “When these filmmakers object, I know they’re doing it for publicity. When you knock the doors of the censor board, a talking point is created. We have codes to follow for censoring a film. The panel members are not even allowed to talk directly to the producer. It’s a procedure and it has worked so far.”
The only time Sharmila admits the censors erred in their job was with Ghajini.
“It should’ve never been given a UA certificate. How it got that certificate, I have no idea. I truly think we slipped up on that one. And if I’m asked to resign for it, I will do so even now. Strangely, hardly anyone complained about it. Now when people behind violent films use Ghajini as a reference point, I cringe. Just because we made one mistake doesn’t mean we can keep repeating it.”