Archive for November, 2010
By Subhash K. Jha, November 4, 2010 – 11:39 IST
Katrina Kaif has just embarked on her most different acting assignment to date. The Yash Raj Film which she signed while working in Spain with Zoya Akhtar requires her to go into intense preparation. Apparently, Katrina’s character in debutant director Ali Abbas Zafar’s film is so volatile and unpredictable that it is completely contrary to every personality trait of Katrina’s.
In the film with Imran Khan and singer Ali Zafar, Katrina plays the craziest, zaniest, most stubborn and self-opinionated character of her career. And for that she needed special preparation. According to producer Aditya Chopra’s brief Katrina plays the temperamental girl after much preparation. Known to be well-behaved and gentle in person, Katrina plays a talkative ill-tempered busybody.
Says Katrina, “All I can say about my role is this girl is quite a number, the closest I came to playing something so challenging was in Namastey London and that was a cakewalk compared with this . The girl in Ali’s film is… something else. I have to go completely outside myself to play her. Whom am I observing to play the role? I am not telling.”
By Subhash K. Jha, November 4, 2010 – 12:17 IST
Normally it is our filmmakers who are served PILs (public interest litigations) by disgruntled citizens.
In what could seen as a historic reversal of the relationship between cinema and the nation’s collective conscience, director-actor Faruk Kabir who has made a film on juvenile crime Allah Ke Banday, is all set to file a PIL against the Indian government for serious lapses in the laws governing remand homes.
Says Faruk, “During my research for Allah Ke Banday, I had to visit several remand homes repeatedly. I was shocked to see how these homes, meant to be shelters for young wayward kids, were being managed. Let me tell you, these homes are not going to reform the kids. They will only encourage them to become bigger criminals.”
Knocked down by spasms of guilt, Faruk has got together with his cast members Naseeruddin Shah and Sharman Joshi to file a PIL against the administrative teams that run India’s Juvenile Remand Homes.
Says Faruk, “What I saw in these remand homes made a terrific script for my film. But I didn’t want to treat these troubled and abused kids I came across as ‘slumdogs’. I didn’t want to come away from their lives with the feeling that I’ve just exploited these wretched kids for my film and then forgotten them. I’ve to take my interest in these kids beyond my film.”
Through the PIL, Faruk intends to ask the Indian government some basic questions about the remand homes across the country.
Over to Kabir, “No counselling is being provided to the juvenile inmates which leads them to be as misguided as they were in the outside world. Many a times, they become psychologically damaged for life. Innumerable cases have been seen where although sentenced for a year only, the inmates end up spending four to five years of their lives in remand homes because there is no provision for them to even know of their rights. The Government has no program to make the delinquents self-sufficient by teaching them professions that they can use once they come out into the world and not go back into crime due to lack of options. And there’re no proper avenues for formal education for juvenile inmates when that is their right and duty of the various government agencies to provide them classrooms, teachers, books, educational programs etc.”
Faruk feels by challenging the Indian government he would be fulfilling a duty beyond cinema. Says the director, “It’s okay to be using these tortured lives to tell a gripping story. Having said that, don’t we owe these wayward kids a chance to lead a decent life? Our remand homes don’t allow them to grow. We need to change that.”
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, November 2, 2010 – 14:59 IST
A certain somebody had quite a hush-hush visit to Berlin recently. But little stays under the wraps in Bollywood these days. It was the Greek God Hrithik Roshan visiting Germany to do a secret shoot. Hrithik Roshan, on the insistence of good friend Farhan Akhtar, flew down to do a special cameo in the under production film Don 2. We found the pictures of Hrithik’s shoot doing the rounds of the internet.
Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani were quite keen to have Hrithik make an appearance in the film. Surely, his character looks quite stylised; however, the details of his character remain a mystery.
While in Berlin, Hrithik decided to catch up with some fans. Posing for a couple of photographs and signing autographs, Hrithik seemed to enjoy all the attention from his overseas fans.
One thing is for sure that Hrithik’s presence in Don 2 will surely add huge star value to the film. After all, the two superstars, SRK and Hrithik, will be seen on the big screen after 10 years since Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.
After the release of Golmaal 3, Rohit Shetty and Ajay Devgn will team up again for the Hindi remake of South super hit Singam. The Tamil film starring Surya, Anushka Shetty and Prakash Raj was a huge hit in the South recently.
The original producers Reliance are now remaking the film in Hindi and have signed this hit pair for the film. When contacted Rohit Shetty confirmed the news and said, ‘Yes, it is true and we are starting the film in February next year.
However I am yet to sit on the scripting of the film as I am busy with the release of Golmaal 3” The official spokesperson of Reliance said, “Reliance Big Pictures is the co-producer of Singam. We are also producing the Hindi version.” Enjoy it with some chingum.
TV actor Merchant was recently ruing about how Bigg Boss is scripted. It hasn’t stopped him from getting married to Sara Khan on screen
Ali Merchant and Sara Khan, who have been dating each other for three years, are gearing up to tie the knot on November 10 inside the Bigg Boss house, with their parents and all the housemates cheering for them.
Ali entered the house on Tuesday night and proposed to her last evening (Wednesday). Sara said ‘yes’ instantly.
Our source said, “Ali is determined to marry Sara. He has spoken to Bigg Boss about it. Even the housemates are quite thrilled about the wedding and have started talking about the preparations for Mehndi, Sangeet and the Nikahnaama.
Ali entered the house as he was extremely upset about the burgeoning romance between Ashmit Patel and Sara. However he decided that he has to enter the house to sort out the mess in his life. Now, it seems that everything has been sorted and they will get married inside the house itself.
Ali expressed his desire to get married on November 10, as that’s the date on which they started dating each other three years ago. The channel is now working out a way to accommodate both the families and the housemates for the wedding.”
When contacted, Ashwini Yardi, Programming Head of the channel said, “Yes, it’s true and they have asked for November 10. We have decided to let them get married on the show. All I can say right now is that we will make it an eventful marriage and the functions will start from seventh onwards.”
Is Sallu invited?
Movie Tee Vee Enterprises, which has the rights for the negatives of Apna Desh, is taking Balaji Telefilms to court for using one of its songs
Once upon a time, Balaji Telefilms was a happy production house. But this year has been replete with legal hassles for them, especially in case of their film Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai.
After the controversy about Haji Mastan’s family members objecting to the film, another one cropped up on Kangna Ranaut’s character in the film. And now, a company called Movie Tee Vee Enterprises is taking Balaji Telefilms to court for using the song Duniya mein logo ko in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai.
In Once Upon… the song was picturised on Ajay Devgn, Kangna Ranaut and Gauhar Khan and was a remixed version of the super hit original from the film Apna Desh. Movie Tee Vee Enterprises holds the rights to the negatives of the Rajesh Khannna and Mumtaz starrer Apna Desh (1972).
When contacted, Kewal Suri of Movie Tee Vee Enterprises said, “Yes, it is true and we are taking Balaji Telefilms to court. We have already sent the notices to them. It is our duty to ensure that we get what is rightfully ours.
Balaji has told us that they have taken the rights from Sa Re Ga Ma, who is also at fault here. How can Sa Re Ga Ma assign the rights to remake the song? We were not aware that our song was being used in the film, when it was under production. The legal notices have now been sent.”
Ekta Kapoor said, “I really have no idea but Balaji has a strong legal department that will look into this.
The film released three months ago so I think it’s too late for them to react. It might be a lapse on their part but the legal department will sort it out.”
And everyone will live happily ever after.
Besides nursing his newly born children, the actor has woken up to his nephew’s talent; Sanju baba is leaving no stone unturned to launch Nilesh Sahay in Bollywood
After mamu Aamir Khan did it for Imran, Sanjay Dutt will work hard on launching his bhanja Nilesh Sahay. Like Aamir, Sanju will leave no stone unturned.
Nilesh will make his debut with Ganesh Acharya’s Angel. Nilesh is the son of Zaheeda, who is the late Nargis’s niece. Recently, Sanju met Acharya to chalk out definitive plans for the release of the film.
Our source said, “Sanju has been very busy taking care of his wife Manyata and his newly borns at home. However, he has made every effort to take time out to promote his nephew Nilesh.
Though the film Angel is expected to release early next year, Sanju has already met up with Ganesh Acharya to discuss how he plans to promote it.”
Apparently, quite like Aamir, Sanju too plans to make several appearances with Nilesh in order to promote Angel. Added to this, Sanju wants to watch all promos of the film so he acquires a better understanding of the film. This will help him work out some good marketing strategies for the release of the film.
When contacted, the protégée Nilesh Sahay said, “My mama is like a father figure to me. He is my idol and I want to be like him. He has met Ganeshji and spoken to him but I don’t know what he is planning to do.
He plans to watch the trailers of the film. All I can say is that he is an inspiration to me and I am glad that he is there to guide me in the industry.”
He’s your guardian angel, Nilesh.
King Khan allegedly went back on his promise to produce a film for Vishal Punjabi, the advertising head of Red Chillies Entertainment. Frustrated, Punjabi has quit
Vishal Punjabi, the advertising head of Shah Rukh Khan’s company, Red Chillies Entertainment, has resigned. Though closely associated with SRK for nearly seven years, Punjabi is not a part of SRK’s company anymore. The resignation, which sent shock waves in the industry, was given about 3-4 weeks ago.
Rumour has it that Punjabi put in his papers because SRK did not fulfill a promise he made to him once: that of allowing Punjabi to direct a film, based on Anuja Chauhan’s novel The Zoya Factor which Red Chillies Entertainment would produce.
Says a source, “Punjabi has been wanting to direct a film for a long time. For five years, SRK had been telling Punjabi that he would support him in making this film. With time, SRK gradually backed out of it. Whenever Punjabi would try and negotiate with him, they never reached a common consensus.”
Fed up of waiting for so long, Punjabi has now chosen to look for a producer outside Red Chillies Entertainment. Adds the source, “How long could he wait? Five years is a very long period. He now plans to set up his own production house.”
A top official from Red Chillies Entertainment (on request of anonymity) confirms that Punjabi has quit Red Chillies Entertainment, but adds, “However, he still does some work for us.” When asked about SRK’s promise to Punjabi, the official says, “We are not aware of this. That’s between SRK and Punjabi. How can anybody else comment on that? Only SRK can throw more light on it.”
Repeated text messages to King Khan however remained unanswered.
Meanwhile, Punjabi confirms that he is not an employee of SRK’s company anymore. Putting up a brave front, he adds, “Red Chillies Entertainment hasn’t told me anything about not doing my film.
On date, they are busy with other productions. But I shall make a film for Red Chillies Entertainment. And who else would they make it with?”
The confident Punjabi insists that he is currently taking a break and says, “My wife is expecting our baby.” Aw… a greeting card perhaps, Shah Rukh?
BOMBAY TIMES (November 4, 2010)
The team of No problem, Eros International’s next film directed by Anees Bazmee and jointly produced by Anil Kapoor Film Company Pvt Ltd and Rawail Grandsons Entertainment and Software Pvt Ltd is all set to start its promotional activities.
And to kickstart the action, the cast, — Anil Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Akshaye Khanna, Suniel Shetty, Sushmita Sen, Kangna Ranaut, Neetu Chandra and Paresh Rawal along with the director will make a visit to the Bombay Stock exchange (BSE) this Diwali (November 5).
What will they be doing there? Attending the annual grand Laxmi Puja. The team will also ring the famous BSE gong.
Eros International, who has recently been listed, initiated this novel concept to promote their latest comic caper. Since the gong is rung before trading activities to have a successful venture, this was thought to be the perfect opportunity to start off the promotion of the film, that releases on December 10. As for the date, the team says it was chosen after much thought since it’s the auspicious occasion of Diwali!
With such a stellar star cast, a talented director and a ‘thunderous’ beginning, the movie is sure to find its way to success at the box office!
Hollywood actor is fascinated by Bollywood boogie
Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; November 4, 2010)
Hollywood’s acclaimed actor Robert Downey Jr, who’s done some wonderful magic on screen with his fabulous work in Ironman and Sherlock Holmes, is reportedly a big fan of Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan. Aamir is known in Hollywood as the Tom Hanks of India due to his awe-inspiring performances and it was Lagaan that made Robert applaud the Indian star’s talent.
“I happened to see Lagaan and believe Aamir Khan was extra-ordinary,” Robert told BT. The actor also informed us that he is dying to come to India, a country whose culture and heritage he has been fascinated about. “India is a land waiting to happen for me and I would love to visit it as soon as I get a chance. All that comes to mind when I hear of this country is diversity, vibrancy and Bollywood boogie,” he adds.
Robert also has a keen eye for Indian beauty and he says, “What comes to my mind first if I were to describe Indian women would be dark eyes and hair which attracts me most.” He also reveals what turns him on in a woman and what puts him off. “I guess intelligence… oh forget it, I can’t fool nobody — she’s got to be HOT! For put offs, I would say … probably a blonde, oh no wait they are fun,” he adds.