Archive for October, 2010
- By Taran Adarsh, October 4, 2010 – 16:43 IST
The film collected approx. Rs. 3.6 cr. nett in its opening weekend. The breakup is as follows:- Fri: Rs. 75 lacs [incl. Thu. Previews], Sat: 1.35 cr. and Sun: 1.48 cr. Mumbai and Gujarat have been outperforming since Day 1 and now the other markets have followed suit. Saturday was almost double of Friday and Sunday has recorded a 10% growth over Saturday.
-By Taran Adarsh, October 1, 2010 – 15:50 IST
Eros and producer Sajid Nadiadwala are expected to book good profits with ANJAANA ANJAANI. The economics of the film is as follows:-
|Cost of production:||Rs. 38 cr.|
|+ P & A:||Rs. 6 cr. to Rs. 7 cr.|
|Total investment on the project:||Rs. 45 cr.|
|Satellite Rights:||Rs. 22 cr.|
|Music Rights:||Rs. 8 cr.|
|Money received from sale of various territories,
other than Mumbai, Delhi-U.P., Punjab,
Overseas and Home Video:
|Rs. 13 cr.|
|Money recovered so far:||Rs. 43 cr.|
Eros is distributing the film in Mumbai, Delhi-U.P., Punjab and Overseas and the revenue generated from these territories, besides Home Video, will add to the profits of the film. The above chart clearly indicates that at least 50% of the receovery has been from sale of Satellite Rights itself.
By Taran Adarsh, October 5, 2010 – 08:38 IST
There’s a strong possibility that JHOOTHA HI SAHI may be postponed by one week. Slated for release next week [15 October], the film may now arrive on 22 October because music composer A.R. Rahman is yet to complete recording the background score of the film. Producer Madhu Mantena doesn’t rule out the possibility. “Yes, the film may get shifted to next week. It’s true that Rahman hasn’t completed recording the background score. Also, with two major films clashing on 15 October [AAKROSH, KNOCK OUT], there’s no point releasing on that date. Besides, the music of JHOOTHA HI SAHI is picking up and if we shift the film ahead by one week, it will only help the music to grow further,” Mantena states.
If JHOOTHA HI SAHI is shifted to latter date, Madhu Mantena will hold the distinction of releasing four films on a single Friday – JHOOTHA HI SAHI and the three versions of RAKHT CHARITRA [Hindi, Tamil and Telugu].
By Taran Adarsh, October 5, 2010 – 08:40 IST
Star kids are embraced warmly by the film industry. The new star kid on the block is Tanuj Virwani, son of actress Rati Agnihotri. Reportedly, the youngster assisted a number of directors in the past and is being groomed to be an actor. “That’s true,” Rati confirms, “Tanuj has assisted Ken Ghosh [CHANCE PE DANCE] and Glen Barretto [AAO WISH KAREIN]. He’s even written, directed, scripted, edited and acted in three short films.”
Tanuj polished his acting skills from Kishore Namit Kapoor and he made three short films in case film-makers want to see how he looks on screen and also acts. “Each short film is of 15-20 minutes duration,” Tanuj reveals. The youngster adds that he’s not looking for a conventional launch. “There have been offers, but I don’t want to take rash decisions. The script has to be good, that’s more important,” he states.
Look forward to Tanuj take his first step as a lead man.
By Subhash K. Jha, October 5, 2010 – 11:21 IST
The shocking shenanigans of conman Devender Singh, alias Bunty, on the new season of Bigg Boss, comes as no shock to director Dibakar Banerjee who has made a film based on Bunty’s life.
Dibakar feels something was not quite right with Bunty. “I met him in jail for the film very briefly. I couldn’t make head or tail of his behaviour. Later, the jail authorities told me he had a problem with authority.”
Dibakar wonders if the whole thing with Bunty is a publicity stunt. However, a reliable source from the channel confirms that Bunty has been sent packing for good. “There’s no question of his coming back. He has abused and violated the basic rules of the show. He abused the girls and broke the mike and camera. We had to persuade him out of the Bigg Boss house. We offered to send him back home to Delhi. But he refused to take our offer. As far as we are concerned, he’s out of show for good.”
The other school of thought is that Bunty was brought into the Bigg Boss’ house as in-house counterpart to the host Salman Khan.
In the wake of Rajni’s blockbuster, King Khan called for a day-long meeting with the RA.One team, deciding to make it the first-ever interactive gaming flick
The spectacular success of Rajnikanth’s Robot has made Shah Rukh Khan and his team of RA.One sit up and become doubly alert about their pet project.
An SOS meeting was summoned at Mannat on Sunday. Those present at the meeting included director Anubhav Sinha, sound recordist Resul Pookutty and producer Shah Rukh.
After viewing the rushes, a number of vital strategic ideas were devised, following a heated debate, after which everyone let their hair down at a Bandra bar. The most startling resolution during the day-long meeting was to convert RA.One into a full-fledged gaming movie. Sound designer Resul Pookutty says, “The challenge with RA.One is to create a balance between the two distinctly different worlds of gaming and movies.
We met at Shah Rukh’s home on Sunday and watched the film. And yes, we’ve come up with a number of strategies to make RA.One different from all other super-hero films.”
Says a source, “The climax of the film will actually allow audiences to play the RA.One game in theatres as they watch the film. This kind of participative cinema has never been done before in any part of the world.” We can’t wait to push the right buttons.
It has also been decided that a super-hero film without the drama and emotions won’t appeal to Indian audiences. Says the source, “Shah Rukh feels Robot worked so well because it combines special effects with emotions and drama. In RA.One he wants the spectacle and the emotions in equal measures.” Shah Rukh has invited Martin Walsh, the editor of Rob Marshal’s musical feature film Chicago, to edit RA.One. Says the source, “The choice was between the editor of Avatar and Chicago. Shah Rukh has chosen the latter because he feels Chicago is closer to the pulse of a Bollywood drama than Avatar.”
RA.One is 80 per cent complete. The remaining 20 per cent would be completed only when Shah Rukh is sure that James Cameron’s Avatar and not Shankar’s Robot is given a run for its money. Beep, beep. Game Over.
|A still from RA.One|
The star choreographer dragged to court as wife files petition challenging his ‘illicit’ relationship with Nayanthara
Actor, choreographer and film director Prabhu Deva’s life lately reads like a Kollywood flick. His wife, Latha Prabhu Deva aka Ramalath, filed a petition on Monday with Chennai’s family court seeking to re-unite with her husband, her advocate P Anandan told the paper.
Prabhu Deva and Nayanthara were reportedly planning to get married shortly. Latha has accused Nayanthara of preventing Prabhu Deva from giving anything to her and her children for their survival.
Latha quoted several recent reports linking Prabhu Deva and Nayanthara. One such report announced that Prabhu Deva and Nayanthara were selected as the ‘Best Couple of the year 2010’ by a magazine published in Hyderabad.
|Prabhu Deva and Nayanthara|
Stating that she has been subjected to serious mental agony and torture by such reports Latha alleged that Prabhu Deva is deserting his family and neglecting her and their two children. “Even for monthly expenses Prabhu Deva is not giving any money,’’ Latha said, accusing Nayanthara of preventing him from doing so.
Latha said that whenever Prabhu Deva visited his house Nayanthara would call him up and pull him away. Even when his son passed away, Prabhu Deva, at Nayanthara’s insistence, left the place the very next day.
Worse still, she revealed that lately Nayanthara would directly call her, demanding her to accept their relationship and to give her consent for their marriage.
Nayanthara also spread rumours in the film industry that she had gifted me Rs 3 crore and 180 sovereigns of gold jewels, including a necklace worth Rs 85 lakh, to agree to this marriage. This is a great insult to the family Latha added.
She said that after Prabhu Deva became a hero and a director, he started behaving in a different way. It was in 2008, when directing the Tamil film Villu, that he developed a relationship with Nayanthara. Thereafter the cinematic relationship turned into a real-life one.
|Latha filed a petition in Chennai seeking to re-unite her husband with her and their two children. Pics show Latha in front of the court.|
There have been unconfirmed reports that Prabhu Deva and Nayanthara had even secretly tied the knot in Hyderabad, she also alleged. Prabhu Deva’s parents, who supposedly never liked Latha, had encouraged the “illegal relationship” and joined hands with Nayanthara to harass and torture her.
Latha married Prabhu Deva in the year 1995. It was a “love-cum-arranged” marriage, she claimed. The couple has three children. Their first son, Basava Raju alias Vishal, passed away from cancer in 2008. It has been a difficult time for this family.
BOMBAY TIMES (October 5, 2010)
If there’s one actor who’s revelling in his new found glory it’s star son Aarya Babbar. The actor not only has his hands full with two mainstream film projects, but is also involved in far too many things than what people know. Recently, the actor also launched the first look of his graphic novel Pushpak Viman. Ask Aarya how was it to shift gears from acting to writing and he says, “I’m not shifting gears, writing has been my passion all along. So when I came across a good story to narrate, I thought why not give it a shot?”
Post his critically-acclaimed performance in Madhur Bandarkar’s Jail, life has really turned up trumps for him. Acknowledging it, Aarya exuberantly says, “It’s actually given a new lease to my career so much so that it got me Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan where I star alongside Akshay Kumar and also Anees Bazmee’s Ready where I share screen space with my most loved superstar Salman Khan!”
Not many know that Aarya is also dabbling between an international project, regional cinema and producing his first stage project, too. “By God’s grace, after four years of no work, I am finally happy that I have enough work to keep me busy. I have yearned for all this and now that I have so many things, I’m going to savour every moment,” says the earnest actor.
Despite so much in his kitty he claims to still be struggling. Ask him for what and he quips, “To give everyone around sleepless nights!”
Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 5, 2010)
The Walt Disney Company (India) is on an ambitious plan of building a family entertainment brand in the country. Disney continues to touch more Indian kids and families each day through its best-in-class entertainment. Its stories and characters are universal and resonate well with Indian audiences just the way they do with the fans world over. Its movies are all about story telling with family values that evoke friendship, optimism, fun, and a sense of oneness. They inspire and remain timeless for generations. The company continues to remain focused on technology, creativity and innovation in content while reaching out to newer platforms. Starting with Do Dooni Chaar (starring husbandwife duo Rishi and Neetu Kapoor), Disney’s first live action Hindi movie, fans will now be able to buy all future Disney movie tickets, local and Hollywood, on Facebook. This new application reaches out to its audience wherever they are and provides them a convenience to enjoy the movies while connecting with friends on social networks. They can book their tickets on the portal while ‘poking’ a friend and also invite their buddies and family to watch the much-awaited Disney movies with them.
What’s fun is that they can inform all their friends with just a click that they will be watching the company’s movies each time they book tickets on the site. It’s the next level of social interaction along with an ease of staying at home and booking Disney movie tickets whenever and from wherever to avoid queues at cinemas. So, join the Duggals (Rishi-Neetu) at a cinema near you from a computer nearest to you, this Friday!
For the first time, she’s not choreographing an SRK film
Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 5, 2010)
For the first time ever, filmmaker Farah Khan is not choreographing a Shah Rukh Khan produced movie and this has got tongues wagging. It has been repeatedly said that the once best friends Farah and SRK have gone separate ways and that she has been heavily bonding with Salman Khan, an industry rival of SRK after their bitter fall out at Katrina Kaif ’s birthday a couple of years back. Though close friends of Farah say that time constraints have not allowed her to do SRK’s Ra.1 as she is mighty busy with her own movie Tees Maar Khan, many others in the industry say that everything’s still not fine between the two. For ten years, every movie that Shah Rukh produced, Farah had been the choreographer, including Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani, Asoka, Chalte Chalte, Main Hoon Na, Kaal, Paheli and Om Shanti Om. From making SRK workout to sport a six pack and go shirtless on screen to the more aesthetic song and dance sequences of Paheli, Farah has experimented, innovated and gone larger in her approach to make a song for Shah Rukh. But unfortunately fo Ra.1, it seems like Farah’s name wil not appear in the credit list.
According to a source, “The benefit of doubt in this situation is that Farah does have an alibi. She has been slogging her life out for Tees Maar Khan She is also a mother to three and so automatically can’t devote so much time as she used to earlier. Moreover the post production of her movie wil also take a lot of her time and then she will get into publicity designs an promotions. However, the other side of the coin is that Farah has always worked like a machine. When she was choreographing for 10 films a year she always had that extra time for SRK. She did a song for Salman’s Dabangg (Munni Badnaam Hui) despite her Tees Maar Khan schedule. Farah’s absence is indeed raising a lot of eyebrows and people are bound to draw conclusions that all is not well despite what both of them have to say about each other at press events.”
We also hear that SRK might be getting a Hollywood choreographer for Ra.1. When contacted, Farah chose to remain silent. SRK could not be contacted for a comment.