By Satish Sundaresan, October 15, 2010 – 15:05 IST
Zayed Khan is known stylish mannerisms. The actor has now been signed up as the brand ambassador for Roxton Clothing, one of the leading names in the field of textiles, garments. We caught up with Zayed Khan for an exclusive tête-à-tête as he unveils the ad campaign, exclusively to Bollywood Hungama. Over to you Zayed…
“The ad is basically aimed at an autumn winter collection, and it’s focused on jackets and jeans. The ‘look’ of the campaign is totally inspired to make it look uber cool. We have tried to make it look fashionable without over dressing and killing the look. ‘Being minimalistic’ is the key word here. Even the cuts that the jeans and the T shirts are offering are very slim and sleek fitting, very long and tapered.”
“The basic look and the feel of the campaign is in direct tune with our tagline, which is ‘Stop expecting start believing…I am fashion’. With this campaign, we want to tell the world that fashion like this is very much possible, without burning a hole in the pocket. The range that we are offering is very affordable that will suit the budget of every common man. The basic theme and the intention of the ad campaign is to make the consumer feel fashionable and also fashionably conscious without making them a fashion victim!”
“I think that there are lots of people who are actually ‘victimized’ by fashion. The whole idea of the campaign is that be real and also conscious about your personality as fashion can not only accentuate your personality, but also accentuate who you are.
On a parting note, from here, I am heading straight to London for the shoot of Priyadarshan’s flick Tez. This is one film about which I am all charged up.”
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, October 15, 2010 – 16:59 IST
The 12th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival by MAMI (Mumbai Academy of Moving Image) is scheduled to take place from Oct 21 to Oct 28 in Mumbai.
Following is the complete list of all the Indian films that are going to be screened at the festival:
|1||Autumn (Harud)||Aamir Bashir||India (Urdu)||International Competition|
|2||Virgin Goat||Murali Nair||India||Indian Frame|
|3||Iti Mrinalini||Aparna Sen||India (Bengali)||Indian Frame|
|4||Riding The Stallion Of A Dream (Kanasemba Kudureyaneri)||Girish Kasarvalli||India (Kannada)||Indian Frame|
|5||I Am Kalam||Nila Madhab Panda||India (Hindi)||Indian Frame|
|6||The Way Home (Veettilekkulla Vazhi)||Dr. Biju||India (Malayalam-Hindi)||Indian Frame|
|7||Ayirathil Oruvan||Selvaraghavan||India (Tamil)||Indian Frame|
|8||Memories In March||Sanjay Nag||India||Indian Frame|
|9||Semshook||Siddhartha A. Kumar||India- Spain||Indian Frame|
|10||Nirmalya||Shekhar Sartandel||India (Marathi)||Indian Frame|
|11||BBD||Anjan Dutt||India||Indian Frame|
|12||Mani Mangalsutra||Gauri Sarawate||India (Marathi)||Indian Frame|
|13||Good Morning Good Night||Sudish Kamath||India (English)||Indian Frame|
|14||Mirch||Vinay Shukla||India (Sindhi / Rajasthani / English / Hindi)||
|15||Tripping on a Bicycle||Nallamuthu||India (English)||New Faces in Indian Cinema|
|16||The Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project||Srinivas Sunderrajan||India (English-Hindi)||New Faces in Indian Cinema|
|17||Burzwagaman – Biography Of A Farmer (Burzwagaman – Shetkaryachi Atmakatha)||Hitendra Upasani||India (Marathi)||New Faces in Indian Cinema|
|18||Alif||Kamal||India (Hindi/Marathi/English)||New Faces in Indian Cinema|
|19||Athmakadha||Premlal||India ( Malayalam)||New Faces in Indian Cinema|
|20||Platform||Veena Lokur||India (Marathi)||New Faces in Indian Cinema|
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, October 15, 2010 – 17:19 IST
The 12th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival by MAMI (Mumbai Academy of Moving Image) is scheduled to take place from Oct 21 to Oct 28 in Mumbai.
Following is the complete list of all the films that are going to be premiered for the first time ever at the festival:
1. The Way Home – Biju Kumar
Synopsis – The plot revolves around a doctor with a haunting past. Now working at a Prison Hospital, the Doctor is assigned the case of a woman a surviving member from a notorious terrorist group. .Before dying she entrusts him to find her five-year-old son and unite him with his father who is the head of terrorist group. Finding the boy from a village the Doctor and child set out on a journey to find his father. The journey is happening through the contemporary and mysterious path of the terrorist network in the vast country with many incidents.
PRINCIPAL CAST: PHRITHVIRAJ, MASTER GOVARDHAN, INDRAJITH, UDAY CHANDRA IRSHAD, VINAY, S SAJI, MELWYN, KIRAN RAJ, AZIM
Director – Dr. Biju Kumar
Dr. Biju is the most internationally reputed young filmmaker from Kerala. His earlier films Saira (2005), Raman (2008) are well received in many internationally film festivals inclusind Cannes and Cairo.
2. Hold Me Tight – Kasper Munk
Synopsis – What should be just another school day for teenagers Sara, Mikkel, Louise and Hassan turns out forever scarred. One-by-one seemingly minor events snowball things completely out of control, and leaves everyone involved marked for life. An intense youth drama that shows the hideous face of bullying. A reflection in a mirror that reveals the outlines of a doubtful and paralyzed generation of parents.
Director – Kasper Munk
Kasper Munk was born in 1971 in Denmark. He studied method acting and techniques from the New York and at the National Film School of Denmark. He then graduated with a BA in film studies at Copenhagen University in 1999. He also trained in the alternative film school Super 16 in 2006. Munk has nine short films, including fiction shorts, to his credit including Forsvunden (2006) which received the Odense award for Best Film for Children and Youth and Kyss, which was chosen by Buster Film Festival as their Opening Film. Hold Me Tight is Munk’s feature film directorial debut.
Screenplay – Jannik Tai Mosholt
Producer – Anders Toft Andersen
director of photography – David Katznelson
Editors – Ida Bregninge, Nanna Frank Møller
Cast – Julie Brochorst Andersen, Frederik Christian Johansen, Sofia Cukic
3. Camping – Jacob Bitsch
Synopsis – A tragicomic tale about the gloomy Connie Nielsen who has been emotionally detached since her father two years earlier committed suicide – on his birthday! Connie’s mother, Bodil, has taken to the bottle and lives through her 1982 participation in The Eurovison Song Contest; and Connie’s kid brother, CAMPING-Christian, has become an overweight bully beating up those smaller than him. To put it mildly, time seems to have ceased and the family ties are hanging by a thread. The otherwise annual caravan trip to the Danish island Langeland was buried along with the father and hasn’t been repeated since – until now!
Director – Jacob Bitsch
Screenplay – Anders Frithiof August
Appearances – Mia Lyhne, Kirsten Lehfeldt
Producer – Anders Toft Andersen
Executive Producer – Birgitte Hald, Bo Ehrhardt
Production – Nimbus Film
4. The Experiment – Louise N. D. Friedberg
Synopsis – THE EXPERIMENT is the story of the nurse Gert (Ellen Hillingsø), who is appointed as headmistress of a special children’s home, owned by the Danish state in Greenland, 1951. The children’s home is intended to accommodate 16 carefully selected Greenlandic children, who have just come home after a year of civilization in Denmark, and now they are to be introduced into the Greenlandic community as role models. Gert, who lives alone and has no family, accepts the assignment with pride. She is idealistic and ambitious and feels passionate about saving Greenland from destitution. The means to this end is to educate and civilize the 16 children in the Danish language and culture, so they can spearhead Greenland’s transformation from being a poor hunter society to being an equal part of Denmark. Due to her blind faith in the experiment, Gert underestimates the obvious personal costs to the children. And when the children as well as the Danish state fail her, she finds it harder and harder to maintain her idealism…
Dir: – Louise N. D. Friedberg
Director’s Bio – Louise N. D. Friedberg was born in 1953 in Denmark. She graduated in direction from the National Film School of Denmark in 2005 with her graduation film The Departure, which won the Nordic Presentation competition. She has worked as a continuity supervisor, assistant director and screenwriter since 1995, on films such as Mifunes Sidste Lang (1999) and Sma Ulykker (2002). Blood Sisters, Friedberg’s debut as a director, was selected for Berlin’s Generation programme, won the Grand Prix at the Melbourne International Film Festival, and awards at Rome, Sydney, Sao Paulo and Odense festivals. The Experiment is Friedberg’s feature film debut.
Producer : Signe Leick Jensen, Birgitte Skov
Story & Script / Screenplay : Maj Rørbæk Damgaard, Louise Friedberg, Rikke De Fine Licht
Director of Photography : Magnus Nordenhof Jønck
Editor : Martin Schade
Music : Ola Kvernberg
Cast: Ellen Hillingsø, Nukaaka Coster-Waldau
5. Good Night Good Morning – Sudhish Kamath
Synopsis – Turiya, driving from New York to Philadelphia with buddies, and a mysterious girl staying alone in her hotel room – complete strangers – engage in an all-night phone conversation on New Year’s night. Anonymity could be comforting and such a situation could lead to an almost romance. Or something like it.
Cast: Manu Narayan, Seema Rahmani, Vasanth Vaz Santosham, Raja Sen
Director – Sudhish Kamath
Dir.Profile – Sudhish Kamath is a Chennai-based independent filmmaker, a journalist and film critic with The Hindu. ‘Good Night | Good Morning’ is his second feature. He also hosts a talk show called ‘Hands Up’ where he grills celebrities at gun-point. Recently, he signed up to do a movie review show on radio.
6. Next Year in Mumbai (France) – Directed and scripted by Jonas Parienté and Mathias Mangin
Synopsis – The documentary Next Year In Bombay is based on the lives of the Bene Israeli community of Indian Jews who sought asylum from religious persecution in India over 2000 years ago. The community lived without experiencing anti-semitism in India for centuries and yet, chose to move to Israel in the 1950s. Today the population of Bene Israelis in the city of Mumbai (formerly Bombay) and its nearby regions and districts number about 4000. The film focuses on the last two educators of the Bene Israeli community – Sharon and Sharona Galsulkar, who have been training in a yeshiva in Jerusalem and who have dedicated their lives towards bettering life for the Jewish community in India. As their daughters are getting older they are faced with the debate- should they remain in the country that has been their religious and social home for centuries and devote their work efforts here or should they relocate to their spiritual home in Israel and reunite their daughters with the promised homeland? All they want is to provide their children a good Jewish life. How much will uprooting a family that can trace its harmonious roots in a culture back to generations damage that very culture?
Producers: Jonas Pariente, Mathias Mangin, Sophie Goupil
Script: Jonas Parienté , Mathias Mangin
Editor: Luc Forveille
Director of Photography: Mathias Mangin and Jonas Pariente
Music: Raphael Elig
Cast: Sharon Galsulkar, Sharona Galsulkar, Joseph Dandekar, Aadiyel Wakrulkar
Director’s Biography: Jonas Pariente gained a Masters degree in Sociology in Paris and an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from New York, where he directed his first two documentaries. His film Bodies & Soul was about a former heroin addict who became a body builder. His A Rickshaw In The City is about the urbanization of Mumbai. Mathias Mangin was born in Sao Paulo but grew up in Paris, graduating in finance from Edhec Business School. He studied photography in Sao Paulo and filmmaking in New York. His short The Chance was selected in Paris and Toronto festivals. Mathias is currently writing fiction in the Atelier Scenario, Femis.
7. Florida Road (South Africa) by Brad Glass
This directorial debut by California-based Brad Glass is the culmination of a ten-year dream. The film revolves around the good-hearted Shaan Sahay who moves with his wealthy Indian family to the city of Durban (the film’s title derives from the city’s main highway where it was shot). Shaan yearns for his father’s love and approval as he pursues his passion for writing. He struggles trying to discover his identity and the importance of his culture and the love of family, when a tragedy hits his home and secrets are revealed. The director says, “Florida Road‘ has a Bollywood flavour with the Hollywood traditions that people all over the world can enjoy.” The film stars popular Mumbai-based actors Ashmit Patel, Vipin Sharma, Smita Jayakar and Priyanshu Chatterjee. They are teamed with South African actors Cokey Falkow, Corine Du Toit and Vicky Davis. ‘ Florida Road ‘ has traveled extensively to festivals within the United States as well as to Wales (UK) and Stutgart ( Germany ), collecting awards along the way. The screenplay was written by Hollywood veteran Fred Fontana who also co-produced the film. Fred Fontana has worked on many Hollywood Big Budget films including, ‘The Specialist’ (Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone).
Producers: Fred Fontana, Brad Glass
Production Company: Sunworld Productions
Story & Script /Screenplay: Fred Fontana
Director of Photography: Dave Aenmey
Editor: Graham Austin
Music: Andrew T Mackay, Neill Solomom
Cast: Ashmit Patel, Vipin Sharma, Smita Jayakar, Priyanshu Chatterjee, Cokey Falkow, Corine Du Toit and Vicky Davis
Director’s Biography: Brad Glass started his acting career in his late 20′s, with bit parts in TV soaps. He later acted in several TV commercials overseas in Europe, Australia and Asia . His interest in direction began while working in the Philippines as a lead actor, as he observed takes from behind the camera. Brad eventually travelled to South Africa , a place he fell in love with, where he continued to work in TV commercials while he began pre production on ‘ Florida Road‘.
8. Punyam Aham by Raj Nair
Synopsis: Punyam Aham is a Malayalam-language feature about a man’s search for his own true identity, set in the heart of a small village in the North of Kerala. The film follows the story of Narayanan Unni, who has lived in the agony of the story of his origin for many years, and now wants to find the answers that will put an end to all the doubts, questions and unfulfilled desires. His father was a high-caste, fair complexioned Brahmin from a highly respected family. During the communist revolution, he married a low-caste, dark-skinned Parayee or a woman from the untouchable caste, from a southern farming community. Having done this deed that he considered to be noble, his father then left his family behind, and set out for the capital city, never to return. All these years later, Narayan Unni sets out for the capital in his father’s footsteps to discover why his father left in the first place. He is motivated by the sheer disgust he feels at what he considers his father’s grave misdeeds. He finds his answers upon this journey of discovery and they lead him to understand that people are ultimately enslaved by their heritage and genes.
Producers: Raj Nair, Shyam Chengalath, Janardhan Menon
Production Company: Mirabilia Films, 15d, 18 Hospital Road, Hong Kong. Tel: +852.2239.4789 Email: fil...@mirabiliafilms.com Web: www.miribiliafilms.com
Screenplay: Raj Nair
Director of Photography: M J Radhakrishnan
Editor: Bina Paul Venugopal
Music: Isaac Thomas Kottukappally
Cast: Prithviraj Sukumaran, Samvritha Sunil , Nedumudi Venu, M R Gopakumar
Director’s Biography: Raj Nair was born in Kerala. He studied in London and Harvard universities and is now settled in Australia. He is the author of fiction, poems and short stories. He published his first novel Nishabdathayilae Theerthadakan (A Pilgrim of Silence) in 2001. In 2004, his made his debut as in films with his feature length docu-drama, The Exhibits, on his grandmother, widow of famous Indian author, Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai. Although he has spent a major part of his life in the west, his lineage inspires him to write in his mother tongue Malayalam on social issues of his birthplace, Kerala.
9. Alif (India)- K.M Kamal
Synopsis – Seven different stories in a single narrative- connecting different lives associated with a single character name called Mustafa. Mustafa is a school boy who gets punished, after being mistaken for another Mustafa who bunked class that day. The story then proceeds to Mustafa, a young man who tries to learn English as to appear for a job interview. Next one is Udit, who is obsessed with a video game character named Mustafa. The fourth Mustafa, is unseen, as he tries to annoy a married woman with his anonymous presence on her journey to buy her first burkah. Mustafa Ahmed, who lives in a ghetto comes next as he goes for the first day of his work at an international call centre. Mustafa, a goat, takes over the narration at this juncture. He is taken to a butcher shop by a man who visits a psychiatry clinic and a police station on the way. Mustafa is then butchered and packed off to a sex worker’s house where a small time goon disguises himself with a fake name ‘Mustafa’.
The film is produced by The Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, as part of the curriculum for the students specialising in Acting. The film is conceived and directed by K.M Kamal an alumnus of the same School as his debut feature film.
10. When Harry Tries to Marry (USA – India) – Nayan Padrai
Synopsis: Harish is a ruggedly good-looking American of desi origins who is on the verge of graduating with that coveted New York college degree. Harish as he was named, or ‘Harry’ as he is now known, has developed an aversion to the concept of a ‘love marriage’ because he is convinced that it will only leave him as bitterly divorced as his parents are. Everyone who hangs out with easy-going Harry is therefore in for a shock when he opts for an arranged marriage with Nita, a young woman from India who seems pretty perfect, but whom he hardly knows. Once he embarks on the journey towards marrying his perfect bride, the unfolding events begin to make him wonder if there really is any such thing as the perfect match. What is the formula, if there is one, to prevent mistakes in marriage – whether arranged or love? The more adamant Harish gets about his goal, the more Indian and American cultures clash through the two contrasting families – both pushy in their own right and both determined to uphold their own cultural traditions and customs. His growing friendship with an American girl, Theresa, adds to his confusion. Will Harish or Harry prevail?
Producers: Sheetal Vyas, Nayan Padrai, Ritu Ahuja
Script: Ralph Stein and Nayan Padrai
Director of Photography: Nick Taylor
Editor: Jennifer Lilly
Music: Siddharth Kashyap
Cast: Rahul Rai , Stefanie Estes , Freishia Bomanbehram , Tony Mirrchandani , Zenobia Shroff , Osvaldo Hernandez Chavez , Caitlin Gold , Grant Kretchik , Kanti Pandya , Micky Makhija , Lauren LoGuidice
Director’s Biography: Nayan Padrai was born in 1975. He studied screenwriting and filmmaking at The School of Visual Arts, NYC. He is Co-Founder and President of CineMaya Media, one of the largest South Asian media, entertainment and marketing conglomerates in the US. Padrai has written, produced and directed over 300 hours of Indian television programming across genres. Padrai and his writing partner Ralph Stein have written over a dozen screenplays together. He adapted Beneath a Marble Sky based on the acclaimed eponymous novel. When Harry Tries To Marry which was one of the top ten finalists of the 2009 Creative Screenwriting magazine competition.
11. Sound of Mumbai: A Musical – Sarah McCarthy
Synopsis: Sound of Mumbai: A Musical captures the moving story of a choir of children from the slums of Mumbai who stage a concert of songs from the film, The Sound of Music with the Bombay Chamber Orchestra. The venue is the National Centre for Performing Arts in Mumbai, a grand theatre normally inaccessible to the poor. The choir comes from Muktangan school, an initiative of the Paragon Charitable Trust, which provides high quality education to low income families. The story is told through one of Muktangan’s best students; eleven-year-old Ashish, whose cheerful optimism and enthusiasm for songs from a film he has never seen would make you forget he lives in a slum. Ashish is performing a solo and the opportunity to participate in such a prestigious concert cannot help but set him daydreaming of opportunities that could open up for him. How far will singing songs about climbing mountains help him find his dreams? Ashish hopes to move a patron enough to sponsor his education and to win the affections of an upper class girl. The stakes are high and under the eye of the camera, Ashish’s story encapsulates the ambition and competitiveness that characterize growing up in Mumbai.
Producer: Joe Walters
Director of Photography: Liam Iandoli
Editor John Mister
Music: Jody Jenkins
Cast: Children from the Mukutangan School, Mumbai as selected by the Paragon Charitable Trust to perform with the Bombay Chamber Orchestra.
Director’s biography: Sarah McCarthy is a British documentary filmmaker who was born in Sydney and studied film in her native Australia, graduating with honours. She moved to London, England and worked in development for the BBC and RDF Media before working as a director. Her documentary heroes include Errol Morris and Werner Herzog. Her TV documentaries include Murderers on the Dancefloor and Black Widow Granny. The Sound of Mumbai:: A Musical is her third documentary and was screened as an official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival, 2010. McCarthy is currently working on her next film The Dark Matter of Love.
Ranbir Kapoor’s four-year stint in a film school in the US broadened his outlook towards cinema and life
It may seem like Ranbir Kapoor has a charmed life, but the young star wasn’t always so self-assured and comfortable in his own skin. He led a sheltered life till he went to a film school in the US at the age of 17, where he had to fend for himself. No mummy, no maids, no support system.
His first taste of independence, though heady, turned out to be a great wake-up call.
With a tinge of nostalgia, Ranbir talks about the carefree days that shaped his understanding of cinema, “Going to a film school in the States was the turning point of my life. I’d led a protected and very comfortable life, even though my parents never spoilt me.
Suddenly, I had a budget I had to worry about, do my own laundry and dishes… Of course, I had my share of fun, but it made me realise the value of money.” Tightening your belt for four years does help build character. He adds, “It makes you appreciate all that life has given you.”
Also since the Kapoor khandaan is famous for its lavish hospitality, the switch from a rich diet loaded with biryani and butter chicken to McDonald’s factory productions must’ve been a shocker for his system. Living abroad also helped him understand his preferences when it came to women. He says, “The experience made me broadminded and accepting. Having said that, I love Indian women and am not attracted to foreigners.”
After the course ended was when he really enrolled in a school of hard knocks. Playing assistant to director Sanjay Leela Bhansali is not a task for the faint-hearted. That the director is a wilful taskmaster with an uncompromising vision is a well established fact in the industry.
Even if it means people working with him go through hell and back, as Ranbir discovered soon enough. He says, “Working with Mr Bhansali hardened me. I was never spared or singled out for attention. But he is so passionate about cinema and the exposure is fantastic. It gives you a certain sense of self-confidence when you’ve survived that.”
Both, the film school and assisting Bhansali, helped sharpen his instincts as far as his film choices go. And the way his career is going, the film course and his assistantship stint have certainly paid off good dividends.
The actor’s first film as a producer, under his banner Forbidden Films, has ominously been shelved. Its producer and distributor, PVR, has backed out, finding the film too expensive
The fact that Abhay Deol has only been working on films with other production houses, while neglecting his own banner Forbidden Films, is being noticed now. Grapevine has it that the first film under his banner, Basra, has been shelved due to major financial crises.
Basra was announced more than a year ago and boasted of a cast including Abhay in the lead, Chitrangada Singh, Nikhil Dwivedi, Shahana Goswami and Soniya Mehra. The movie was to be directed by Navdeep Singh of Manorama Six Feet Under fame. Abhay Deol was co-producing the movie with PVR Pictures, who were also the distributors for the film.
So, all was well. Until the movie started getting delayed for one reason or another and eventually PVR Pictures pulled out of the project claiming that the movie had a very high budget. Only after several meetings did PVR get back on board but only because the budget had been reworked and considerably cut down. But even after all this, PVR apparently backed again.
Commenting on what had transpired, a source says, “In spite of PVR arranging for meetings with Abhay to cut down on costs, the budget wasn’t really brought down. As a result of these constant delays, actors and their dates also went haywire and the movie was delayed indefinitely.”
Apparently, the movie was going to be shot at Basra, Iraq, but due to budget constraints they decided to shoot it in Dubai and Cairo. Eventually again, it was all futile.
With no hopes left for the movie to start, the director Navdeep Singh has now signed a movie with Walk Water Media. Navdeep confirms and says, “Yes, I have signed a film with them.” When quizzed on Basra being shelved, he adds, “There were issues on that end, but I am not the right one to comment on it.”
Neither Abhay Deol nor PVR Pictures reverted to any of our attempts to contact them.
Bhushan Kumar allegedly botched the release of his own film, directed by Pooja Bhatt and starring Himesh Reshammiya. The inside scoop…
It will take a magnifying glass to even spot the ad in a local newspaper. Himesh Reshammiya’s much talked-about film, Kajraare, released yesterday, in the pin drop silence of New Empire; not even its cast and crew members were aware of it. Himesh himself was shocked and so was director Pooja Bhatt.
The producer of the film, T-Series head honcho Bhushan Kumar, has released the film in only one theatre as a matinee. Apart from this, the film has released in one more cinema hall in Pune.
Our source informs us, “Himesh and Bhushan Kumar were considered one of the most formidable and successful teams in Bollywood. They have done umpteen numbers of successful albums in the past which have made heaps of money, for both Bhushan as well as Himesh.
Such shocking behavior was never expected from Bhushan Kumar. It was also a very bad business decision considering that Himesh’s films always have good music and so did Kajraare. So why did Bhushan not even give the film a fair chance? Himesh and Pooja Bhatt didn’t even know that the film has been released until late afternoon. It is all the more surprising for Himesh, since he was even shooting for Bhushan’s film, A New Love Ishtory, until five days ago.”
Our source further said, “There are many reasons that could have led to this fallout. Bhushan was getting a huge sum for the satellite rights of the film. However, according to the agreement, the film needed to have a theatrical release and that’s why he released the film in just one theatre, so that he can now technically show that the film has been released theatrically. He has already made some money from the music.
Himesh was signed by T Series in a three-film deal for about Rs 15 cr, which included acting, music and singing services. The three films were Karzzzz (which was a massive disaster), Kajraare and John Matthew Matthan’s A New Love Ishtory. However, Bhushan, who had already paid Rs 12 crore to him out of a pre-decided Rs 15 crore, wanted Himesh to shell out one crore for the promotion of the film, something that Himesh flatly refused to do.
This led to bad vibes between the two. Now, it turns out, Bhushan has released the film in this shoddy manner, so that he does not have to spend any money on the promotion of the film and recover his investment from the satellite rights.”
The source finally said, “There were major differences between Pooja Bhatt and Bhushan Kumar as well right from the first schedule of this film. This also might have been another reason for Bhushan doing this.”
When contacted Himesh Reshammiya said, “I don’t know anything about this. Please ask Bhushan Kumar about it.”
When contacted, Bhushan Kumar just said, “No comments.”
Mahesh Bhatt, Pooja’s dad, said, “I have been in the industry from 1971 and never before have I seen this kind of release for a film of this stature. T-Series is known to release Himesh’s films with a bang, but we are shocked that it has been released with one show in one theatre.
I think they are the ones who should answer this as this is not my domain. As far as Pooja is concerned, she is shocked and wants to maintain a dignified silence. She said that she has given everything to the film, and yet the producers, who have pumped in so much money in the film, have released it is such a manner.”
Bollywood baddie in Hollywood film with Will Smith, Janet Jackson, Whoopie Goldberg, Queen Latifa and others
Sharin Wader Butani | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 17, 2010)
Long before Anil Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, there was Gulshan Grover who crossed over to Hollywood. Now he’s doing it again. Bollywood’s goodhearted baddie has signed the film The Driver opposite Mexican hottie Salma Hayek. It’s being directed by Bill Duke and has Hollywood biggies like Will Smith, Janet Jackson, Whoopie Goldberg, Queen Latifa, NBA star Kobe Bryant and some famous comedians playing themselves in guest roles. Duke explained Gulshan’s presence, “Since the protagonist will be acting with a range of Hollywood stars, I wanted to cast an Indian actor with talent, range, experience and the ability to improvise.” The Driver is a comedy where Gulshan’s character is that of a rank-and-file accountant who is doing what’s expected of him, until he finally decides to risk it all, dragging his wife (Hayek) behind him on a journey to go after his dreams. “It will be a pleasure to work with Hollywood stars,” said Gulshan, who has just returned from the US after inking the deal.
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; October 17, 2010)
At 16, I had just come back from boarding school. I registered with a Mumbai college for further studies. However, I just went to college for a couple of days because my sister Karisma Kapoor was a leading actress at that point. And everyone on campus stared at me like I was an aberration. The other students already knew that I wanted to be an actress so I was extremely self-conscious with all the attention that I got. So I told my parents that I would rather pursue my 11th and 12th standard through correspondence. At 16 I already knew I wanted to be an actress. Bollywood was my only obsession. Whenever I got a chance I would hang out with Lolo at shootings. I was this wide-eyed ‘monster’ who devoured everything about shootings. I loved to watch Lolo’s costume fittings, I loved to see her romance her heroes at shootings.
Many of my leading men including guys like Salman Khan, Ajay Devgn, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar had seen me as a slightly tubby teenager. I guess I left an impression on them even as a teenager. When I became a heroine for many of them I was still that kid who they had spotted with Lolo. But 16 is one of the most definitive years of my life because it was the period after school when you choose a vocation. And my mind was made up. I knew that I wanted to be in the movies.
…but a gripping show keeps him hooked, says Akshay Kumar, who’s set to judge aspiring cooks on a reality show starting tonight
Roshni K Olivera | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 17, 2010)
Akshay Kumar, whose culinary skills were honed alongside his martial arts prowess in Bangkok, is returning to the small screen in a different avatar with MasterChef India on Star Plus, 9 pm tonight. The channel, in keeping with its new brand promise of ‘Rishta wahi, soch nayi’, intends to attract Indian cooking talent from home kitchens and lead them to stardom. The show, that is based on an international format, tests the culinary skills of 12 creative and passionate cooks under immense time pressure. Joining Akshay are Chefs Kunal Kapoor and Ajay Chopra as co-judges, together they will choose the MasterChef from among the participants of the show. “Great cooking not only leads to great food but also great drama… and that’s what is in store for viewers,” says Akshay. Excerpts from the interview…
How tough are you going to be with contestants?
I am only as tough as I need to be. I’m not a bully, but neither am I here to paint rainbows with them. I encourage and inspire these MasterChef aspirants like you wouldn’t believe! To me they are like my children, I nurture and guide them through the tasks set with love and firmness.
How would you rate yourself as a cook?
Hmmm… I hope by cook you don’t mean a chef because I don’t consider myself a chef. Being a chef is a big deal and an even bigger honour. Cooking is an art in itself, and it is not easy to master. We may love to paint, but that doesn’t mean anyone would want to buy it. I consider myself a decent cook, but I am a great eater with a very experienced palate. However, if you ask my family they love my cooking. Personally I would give myself 6 out of 10.
Big B, Salman Khan and you are hosting shows… how do you react to comparisons?
In this field comparisons are inevitable. However, all three of us are doing shows of different genres. Amitabhji and Salman are great people, brilliant actors and fantastic hosts. We all have something very different to give, but really we just want to entertain our audiences. It’s the channels that have the extra pressure and points to prove. We as actors only have good wishes for each other and I know all of us will be giving our best. Let’s just let people enjoy their evening TV time and be happy at how great entertainment is these days.
How anxious are you about public reaction? As much as you would have been before a film release?
It’s different. In my films I always seem to have much more pressure on my shoulders. There’s a difference between someone flicking the channel over and someone walking out of your movie. Both hurt, but it’s not the same. In fact I myself am a complete channel-hopper, but if something grips me then I am hooked for sure, and I know how gripping MasterChef is. You feel for these guys so much, you learn so much, there are emotions flying. There’s something extra special about this show, so right now I’m more excited than anxious.
Till a few years ago, words like ‘honour killings’ and ‘khap panchayat’ were unknown for most of the urbanites. But today, after reading the horrors of the same in newspapers, we are not only aware but also detest them. I often think how people can be so heartless that they are ready to kill their own offsprings for the sake of ‘honour of caste’? The brother, who grew up with his lovely sister, feels no remorse when murdering her; the mother feels no guilt when her son or daughter gets killed in front of her eyes…how is it possible? However, it is indeed possible and still happening in the interiors inspite of (feeble) government action and media reportings. Aakrosh, dealing partly with this issue, creates the right impact. It’s a terrific no-nonsense film that wonderfully exposes the system of merciless killings, the so-called ‘honour killing’!
The story of the movie: A lower caste guy, Dinu, and his 2 friends visit a small village, Jhanjhar, in Bihar and soon get disappeared. When their whereabouts aren’t known for 2 months, the pressure of the students in Delhi, where the missing guys belonged to, along with that of media increase considerably, forcing the government to appoint CBI officers Siddhant Chaturvedi (Akshaye Khanna) and Pratap Kumar (Ajay Devgn) to investigate the matter. Pratap was a localite and hence was well aware about the prevailing mindset. However, finding the truth becomes difficult for the duo. The local police and the corrupt police inspector Ajatshatru (Paresh Rawal) refuse to cooperate. A mysterious ‘Shool Sena’ operates in the area that has spread terror everywhere. The lower caste people also don’t open their mouths, for the fear of cops, upper caste people and Shool Sena. How Siddhant and Pratap find leads and progress in the investigation is what the rest of the film is all about.
Aakrosh might seem as a very serious fare. The film’s theme and the mood are indeed serious but it has been packaged as a fast-paced investigative thriller. And that’s why Aakrosh sustains the interest of the viewer from the first scene till the last. The film starts with the Ramlila scene depicted with utmost realism-curious audience watching with great interest, policemen stationed for protection, so-called VIPs at the place just for the sake of attending and talking and joking among themselves. The film gets better after Akshaye and Ajay get to know each other and begin the investigation. The roadblocks they face and how they get one lead after another is captivating. So much happens in the first half (75 mins) that you feel that some 2 hours have already passed by the time intermission comes. The best scene before the intermission is undoubtedly the rooftop chase sequence between Ajay and a suspect. Believe me, it’s one of the finest chase scenes of Bollywood!
The second half is shorter than the first hour but is nevertheless damn interesting. The film falls at certain places though but in no time picks up. Also there isn’t any suspense as such regarding the missing guys. In the beginning scenes itself, one will be able to guess who are the culprits. But that doesn’t pose a problem.
A film of this stature might fail if the climax is faulty. Thankfully, Aakrosh has an excellent climax where the duo finds the truth and punish the guilty tactfully. The film ends on a justified note.
Both Ajay Devgn and Akshaye Khanna deliver incredible performances. They are together for most of the scenes and it’s interesting to see them working together and also arguing. In short, they complement each other well. Ajay, who earn accolades for his act in Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai, come up with yet another fine performance. This is a must for his fans! Same goes for Akshaye and it was great to see him on screen after a long time. And the good news is, he’ll soon be seen in 2 biggies-Anees Bazmee’s No Problem and Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan!
Bipasha Basu was excellent in the deglam role. Paresh Rawal was too good in the negative role…one of his finest performances easily! Reema Sen leaves a mark. Amita Pathak looks beautiful and does a nice job in the short role. Sameera Reddy was sizzling in the item number. There was another item song in the film, featuring Urvashi Sharma which has been chopped off. Jaideep and the actors playing Reema’s hubby, Amita’s dad, the three missing guys, Bahubali and Paresh’s senior do their job well.
Pritam‘s music was ordinary in this film which didn’t have scope for music in the first place. The only song that leaves a mark is Sameera’s item song, Issak Se Meetha. Background score is minimally used. Still many scenes create an impact. Tirru S‘ shaky cinematography creates a tremendous impact especially during action and chase scenes. Thyagarajan and R P Yadav’s action was very realistic but impressive. Some of the scenes however are too violent and gory. But it was necessary keeping in mind the film’s theme. Sabu Cyril‘s production design as usual was flawless. I especially liked the idea of using an abandoned theatre as CBI temporary office!
Robin Bhatt and Akash Khurana‘s story and screenplay was impactful. Story was well-written, inspired from real-life events. Screenplay overall was good although the interest does dip at parts. Aditya Dhar‘s dialogues were acidic and sharp. Finally Priyadarshan impresses a lot as the director. Often veteran directors fail when they switch from the genre of their expertise and try something different. However Priyan has in his vast career attempted many genres and have been more or less successful. Even Aakrosh, which is diametrically different from his recent comedies, has a topnotch direction. A great job indeed!
Some of the best scenes:
1. Ajay and Akshaye’s initial meeting
2. Ajay tells his story to Akshaye and attack in their room
3. Ajay-Akshaye at Paresh’s birthday bash
4. Ajay chases a suspect on the roofs (awesome!)
5. Amita Pathak taken by CBI
6. The lower caste settlements are attacked
7. Ajay-Akshaye get chased by Shool Sena fanatics
8. Ajay-Akshaye chase in the jungles
9. The last 20 minutes
On the whole, Aakrosh is a wonderful hard-hitting flick. It is a serious film, no doubt, but has enough doses of action and thrill to keep the interest alive and to reach a larger audience. Unfortunately, the film has opened to low collections. However, do for this one if possible. After all, its meaningful, it’s entertaining!
My rating-**** out of 5!