Archive for May, 2010
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, May 31, 2010 – 11:42 IST
We accepted him as the newest chocolate faced boy of the industry, as he won his lady love’s heart in Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Naa, but he disappointed us when he tried doing macho man just yet with films like Kidnap and Luck. After all, who will fill the gap he left behind, and plus the teeny Boopers of college hadn’t had enough of Imran Khan being the college lover.
The Hi! Blitz Magazine though caught him in yet another role that no one thought would suit Imran to the T. Dressed up in the eighties designer style suits, a Varun Bahl creation, he looks every bit the yesteryear hero as Imran posed next to some of the finest Vintage cars from Dr. Vijay Mallya’s collection. It’s a classic story with Imran Khan and some elegant wheels but one that the actor took immense joy in. Like any man his age he revels in the sleekness of the wheels though the unusual springs up just as you’ve dismissed him as just another boy as he says, “I am not a speed freak. I like all cars. There are some people who waste their time speeding on Carter Road; I am not one of those. The major appeal for me is the details of the cars.”
Further he goes on to talk about everything from his love for jazz and how he has evolved over the years as the photographer captures some beautiful moments. They say pictures speak a thousand words and these glow off the essence of this Khan, who is has the capability and the charisma to climb the success ladder faster than you can say ‘Bollywood’. This one you want to get hold off.
By Devansh Patel, May 31, 2010 – 10:24 IST
Now this can be the ‘baap’ of all exclusives. Writer and director Sujoy Ghosh is now going places. Well, you might wonder where after watching Aladin, but the fact is that he is.
After two back to back misfortunes at the box office in the form of Home Delivery and Aladin, we would well be asking ourselves – What will Sujoy come out with next? Will it be a hat-trick? We hope not. But we do hope that he gets back with a vengeance. Well then, the time has come to reveal the hot baked news right from the oven.
A close source from the film fraternity has confirmed that Sujoy has signed a three film deal with Yash Raj Films. What does that mean? It means that he is going to be in good company with Adi Chopra and Yash Chopra. It’s a biggie for the director. He has hit the nail on the head. Ghosh is sitting on a pot full of gold. The question is – Will the gold reap in benefits for him and his producers? The answer remains a wish.
By Subhash K. Jha, May 31, 2010 – 10:41 IST
If it’s a Shahid Kapoor film, there must be some heavy duty dancing. Or so it seems, going by the way the music in his father’s directorial debut Mausam has been moulded to accommodate Shahid’s dancing shoes.
According to a source very close to the project, the film’s aesthetically-inclined director Pankaj Kapoor had initially planned an exclusive heavily melody-based music score based only ragas.
In fact, Pritam Chakraborty who’s doing the music score in Mausam has just recorded a raga-based love melody in the voice of Rashid Khan.
Says Pritam, “It was meant to be only a small music piece. But when Pankaj-ji heard the tune he wanted it as a full-fledged song.”
Pritam admits the music in Mausam would be heavily melodious in the tradition of the great love stories down the ages from Bobby to Love Story to Ek Duje Ke Liye to Saawariya.
But now just days after Pritam recorded the raga-based number comes the news that a specially-designed dance track will be put together for Mausam.
A source close to the project who doesn’t want to be named says, “There was closed-door meeting between the producers, the director and Shahid Kapoor. It was unanimously decided that there would be a very unique song-and-dance. It was felt that Mausam was too expensive a project to make it seem even slightly experimental in flavour.”
Says the film’s producer Sheetal Talwar, “We don’t want to disappoint Shahid’s target audience, the young fans. So yes, Shahid will dance after all.”
Shahid’s buddy Ahmed Khan is now busy trying to accommodate the dance into his crammed diary. He has no choice. Shahid has to dance.
By Subhash K. Jha, May 29, 2010 – 12:41 IST
A Congress party worker from Mumbai has sent Prakash Jha a long and comprehensive letter warning him against portraying the Gandhis in an unfavourable light in Raajneeti.
Apparently, this is the first of a number of well-worded warnings that Prakash has received during the last one week.
The incensed and impatient director sees these as nothing but desperate efforts by over-zealous party workers to get noticed.
Jha has found the easiest method of dealing with these politicians’ intrusions.
“Why give such people importance? Please don’t mention his name. I simply don’t react. When I got the letter from the party worker who shall go unnamed, I read it and tore it up. And I called up the gentleman and said, ‘If you think I’m going to respond in writing to your letter so that you can get mileage and publicity out of it then you’re mistaken. I want to thank you for your concern. But I’ve nothing to say to you.’
Jha says he won’t respond to any of the politicians trying to get into the picture to please their high command and get publicity.
“If the Congress high-command has doubts about the content of my film they’re most welcome to watch it when I’m ready to show it to them. Before that there’s nothing to be said to anyone.”
By Devansh Patel, May 29, 2010 – 16:17 IST
Coco Chanel once said, “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street; fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” For starters, you know what’s happening in the world of Fashion? No? Well, here’s the ice breaker for you then. India’s numero uno fashion designer Manish Malhotra has shown interest in directing a full length feature film. An avid movie buff and having spent two decades in the Indian Film Industry, Manish Malhotra is all set to gear up for his directorial venture. He reveals, “I am planning to make a commercial, glamorous, glossy, popcorn film which I would go to see it. I have a dance film in mind and I’ve always wanted to do that kind of a film. The producers and the cast is too premature for me to speak about at this given point in time.” He further quotes, “I don’t only love fashion but also films. I have grown up watching Hindi films and the time has come that I show my prowess behind the camera. At the moment, it’s a ssshhh.”
Having known Manish and his celebrity friends list, we won’t be surprised if we do see the wish list including Karan Johar, Kareena Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, and many more from the filmy fraternity roped in his debut film. And will it break any records for most number of celebrity special appearances? Oh yes, we’re sure!
Watch this space for more from Manish Malhotra on Robot, I Hate Luv Storys, Anjaana Anjaani, Rockstar and Ra-One.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, May 29, 2010 – 13:00 IST
Despite Sayali Bhagat having had a slow start in Bollywood, this girl still continues to name news. After having starred in The Train and a couple of other films, Sayali is back to freshen your minds this summer, with her role of a ‘cover-girl’ in ‘G2′ (The Global Gujarati) magazine.
In this issue, she takes the readers through her childhood, her entry into Bollywood, her formal training in acting, her definition of an ‘ideal man’, her dream heroes and her dream roles. She also clarifies the rumors that had her shifting base to the south.
All in all, this issue of ‘G2′ surely serves as an eye cooler during the time when the sun refuses to show mercy in the earthlings!
By Joginder Tuteja, May 29, 2010 – 11:35 IST
Launched with much fanfare exactly two years back with a budget pegged at 25 crores, Raftaar 24X7 was one of those couple of dozen films which came into existence when the industry was at it’s peak. The term recession had not yet made its presence felt and every reputed production house and actor was more than glad to make huge announcements. There was widespread excitement around the film since a 25 crore budget allocated by Percept Picture Company meant that Raftaar 24X7 was all set to be Emraan Hashmi’s biggest venture till date.
All seemed to be quite well during the earlier schedules of the film as first time filmmaker Shamim Desai joined the principal cast of Raftaar 24X7 in Maldives for a ‘test shoot’. This was one of its kinds experiments as the week long trip worth Rs. 1.5 crore was planned to get the cast and the crew familiar with each other.
Says an industry observer, “Those were the days when good money was flowing into the industry. Corporate houses did everything to entice their actors and create an impression amongst the investors that their film was all set to be a lavish affair. No one could foresee that industry was headed for a doom in the year to follow.”
A major schedule of the film was later shot in Delhi where for the first time ever in his career, Emraan Hashmi featured in a guerrilla shoot.
However, there was not much movement in the interim. As things stand today, both Emraan Hashmi and Neha Dhupia have not just completed multiple films in the interim (Raaz – The Mystery Continues, Tum Mile, De Dana Dan, Raat Gayi Baat Gayi) but also have their date diaries pretty filled up for the rest of the year. Emraan is looking at the release of Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai and is also shooting for Crook: It’s Good To Be Bad which is looking at arriving before the close of year. Neha has films like With Love To Obama and Pappu Can’t Dance Saala ready for release and has a biggie in the form of Action Replayy lined up next.
“I think mostly the delay in release of Raftaar 24X7 is due to monetary issues and people at the top are trying to sort it out”, says Neha hopefully, “I hope that important people feel as good about the film as I do. I truly believe we have something really good in hands.”
Well, one looks forward to see whether Percept too shares similar sentiments here.
The production house Percept has been hit hard with back to back box office failure of 8X10 Tasveer (Akshay Kumar), Jail (Neil Nitin Mukesh) and Jumbo. Their offbeat films like Kanchivaram, Firaaq and Ramchand Pakistani have primarily succeeded in fetching only good reviews. Their recent release Bumm Bumm Bole, despite the association with Priyadarshan, too has been a disaster at the box office and hasn’t seen much appreciation critically as well. Release plans of John Abraham starrer Aashayein and Nagesh Kukunoor directed Bemisaal are uncertain too. As for their newer films, Malamaal Weekly 2 hasn’t moved beyond the announcement stage. While one looks forward to Percept reviving itself and unleash their line up of films to favourable results, the current status of Raftaar 24X7 continues to be shrouded in mystery.
Sania Mirza lashes out against a proposed film on her controversial marriage to Shoaib Malik
Tennis star Sania Mirza is extremely upset. A small time Bollywood filmmaker has launched a film called Hyderabadi Damaad, based on the tennis player’s life and the controversy surrounding her marriage to a Pakistani cricketer.
Sania’s apprehensions about the content of the film have been further fuelled by the fact that the filmmaker has neither informed her about the film nor sought permission for basing the film on her life.
Hyderabadi Damaad, starring Amar Upadhyay, Ali Merchant and TV star Debina Bonerjee (as Sania Mirza) was launched last week in Mumbai. The film is being produced by PD Garg and directed by Jaiprakash (Market).
The film’s crux is the drama surrounding Sania’s marriage to Shoaib Malik. The film also intends to explore the circumstances leading to Sania’s break up with her former fiancée Sohrab Mirza.
Said Sania, “I was surprised to read in newspapers that a director is making a film on me and my marriage. I think that a commercial movie based on my personal life is hardly relevant, but I hope that the concerned director will make it clear to his viewers that the film is merely a fictional account based on his imagination. It is intriguing that I haven’t even been approached (by the filmmakers) regarding this. Very few people in the world would know the real Sania Mirza. It’s a shame if the director is relying on distorted information he’s picked up through inaccurate media coverage.”
Hopefully the director and producer of the film will get the message.