Censor Board objects to drinking scenes, portrayal of extra-marital relationships and wearing a bikini
Pooja Kulkarni (BOMBAY TIMES; May 25, 2013)
With over 20 films releasing in the last six months, the Marathi film industry has been grappling with the Censor Board for certifications. Many filmmakers were forced to delete certain dialogues to avoid getting the A certificate. Yet, most films released have got U/A certificate for smoking, use of cuss words, and inappropriate portrayal of women.
ASHYACH EKA BETAVAR (U/A) Reason: Sai Tamhankar was wearing a bikini Sai Tamhankar, who essays the character of a bar dancer, is shown wearing a bikini. Filmmaker Sanjay Hinge clarified, “The name of the film indicates that the film is shot on a beach. What’s wrong if the actress is sporting a bikini? I fail to understand why the Censor Board objects to things that are already happening in the society and are portrayed realistically in cinema. The same audience watches Hindi films and accepts violence and cuss words.”
LEK LADKI (U/A) Reason: For showing the actress drunk in a song sequence The film which released last month got a U/A certificate because Supriya Karnik was shown drinking in one of the songs. But filmmaker Yashwant Bhalkar said that he refused to delete the song for the sake of getting a U certificate. He said, “The song is an integral part of the film. The situation demanded that she be shown drinking. Changing the scene would have looked unrealistic.”
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Sneha Mahadevan (BOMBAY TIMES; May 25, 2013)
Dunno Y.. Na Jaane Kyon, the controversial 2010 flick, is back with a sequel. The original cast — with Kapil Sharma and Yuvraaj Parashar in lead roles — will be repeated. But this time around, there’s an European crew on board.
The original film was seen by a European producer and director in Israel — at one of the many film festivals it did the rounds of — and they expressed a desire to come up with a sequel.
Says Kapil, “Our film was controversial, but it also got us a lot of international recognition. We travelled for an entire year and went to a lot of film festivals across the world, so it was all worth it. I never expected a European director to be interested in making Dunno Y Na Jaane Kyon 2. They were very clear that they wanted Yuvraaj and me in the film. I am glad I have got this opportunity so early in my career. An international crew means more recognition.”
The rom-com, a love story between two boys from India and Pakistan, will be shot in Norway. For Yuvraaj, this project has been a dream come true. “I am from a small town, so getting a break in Bollywood was a big deal for me. It’s a very challenging role, but this time around, I’m more confident because homosexuality is now spoken about more openly,” he says.
The film’s promo/teaser is being launched on May 25 at the Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival.
Dunno Y Na Jaane Kyon 2 is produced by Movies Masti Magic Studios.
Cops hunt for Sana Khan, leading lady in Sallu’s next, over attempted abduction of a 15-year-old girl. After the girl had rejected Sana’s cousin Naved’s marriage proposal; the actress decided to teach her a lesson
Vickey Lalwani and Nazia Sayed (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 24, 2013)
Sana Khan, Salman Khan’s leading lady in his next film Mental, is on the run after being booked by the Navi Mumbai police for trying to kidnap a 15-year-old girl who had rebuffed her cousin Naved Khan’s advances.
While Naved and his two friends — Kshitij Gopinath Dubey and Vismit Vilas Ambre – were arrested, Sana has gone into hiding, disrupting Mental’s shooting schedule. A 17-year-old boy, who was with Sana, Naved and their friends when they tried to kidnap the girl, has been booked under the Juvenile Act.
Sana, who was Salman’s favourite in Bigg Boss’s 6th edition, has not reported on Mental’s sets since April 30, when the mother of the minor she had attempted to abduct filed a complaint against her at the Turbhe police station. The complaint says that Sana had tried to kidnap the girl when she was returning from her class X tuitions.
Sana has featured in three TV commercials with Salman. She has also appeared in advertisements with Akshay Kumar and Hrithik Roshan. While she did grab some attention when she was in the Bigg Boss house, Mental is Sana’s big break.
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Legendary singer-composer SP Balasubramaniam, who sang for Salman’s early hits, returns with Chennai Express
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 24, 2013)
SP Balasubramaniam, who will be always remembered by Hindi film followers as Salman Khan’s romantic voice from his early days, is back in Bollywood after a hiatus of two decades. The 66-year-old singer-actor-composer-producer has sung the title track of Shah Rukh Khan’s Chennai Express. A 20-second clip of the peppy track debuted online yesterday afternoon and immediately went viral. SP, as he is fondly referred to by his innumerable followers, has sung over 40,000 songs in various languages. His most popular Hindi hits include the classic tracks from Ek Duje Ke Liye starring Kamal Hassan and Rati Agnihtori and thereafter almost all Salman films between 1989 and 1995, notably Maine Pyaar Kiya and Hum aapke Hai Koun!
According to a source close to the development, “It was Vishal-Shekhar’s idea to get the legendary singer to sing a track for the film. They discussed it with Shah Rukh, who was surprised at the suggestion but trusted their decision.” The composers met SP in Chennai last month and discussed the project with him. “SP loved the idea and agreed to go on board. It is the first time that he has sung for Shah Rukh Khan. The maestro took just two hours to wrap up the recording,” added the source.
Mirror got in touch with SP minutes before he was about to board a flight. In his unmistakeable voice he said: “Let me More >
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 24, 2013)
Akshay Kumar was advised a week’s rest to recuperate by the doctors after he injured his right foot while shooting an action scene for Vipul Shah’s Thupakki on Tuesday. However, the actor was back on the sets yesterday.
The shoot was at the Mumbai Central railway station and A R Murugadoss, the director of the film, ensured the scene didn’t require much footwork from the actor. A segway was specially brought in to help Akshay navigate from his vanity van to the platform.
Apparently, he woke up Vipul in the middle of the night on Wednesday and insisted the shoot be resumed.
A source close to the production house told Mumbai Mirror, “All necessary permissions were taken in the morning to ensure a smooth shoot. It was an 800-member strong unit with around 300 artistes dressed in military outfits. Akshay, who was also in uniform, appeared to be limping a bit while giving the shots.” Vipul mentioned, “Akshay’s main concern was losing out on crucial days of filming.”
Murgadoss, who was present on the set, looked visibly nervous as he was concern about the actor’s health and did his best to ensure any further injury is avoided. He said, “I am impressed with Akshay’s bravery and his commitment towards his work. The doctors had advised him to take rest for at least a week.”
The accident occurred at Film City on Tuesday while filming a hardcore action scene involving a speeding truck.
Shaheen Parkar (MID-DAY; May 24, 2013)
Vindu Dara Singh apparently had tears rolling down his cheeks when the Crime Branch officials began grilling him after his arrest for his alleged links in the IPL betting syndicate. Crying has always come easily to Vindu.
Over three years ago, the actor’s sobs was in-your-face on national television when he would get teary-eyed at the drop of a hat on Bigg Boss in which he was a participant.
Vindu with his wife Dina Umarova and cricketers Harmeet Singh, Adam Gilchrist and Manpreet Gony at a product launch at a hotel in Lower Parel last month. Pic/Satyajit Desai
In fact his late father Dara Singh had been both amused and horrified to see Vindu turn a weepy person on the reality show. The Rustom-e-Hind at that time had stated, “Vindu kuch zyada hi kar raha hai.” This need to do ‘something more’ has cost him dearly now.
The Akki effect From being a failed actor after being launched in 1994 to doing bit roles in films, Vindu’s life took a new turn after he won the Bigg Boss title. He also owed his fresh lease of life to buddy Akshay Kumar, who he considers as his godfather. Vindu became a permanent fixture in the films Khiladi featured in.
Vindu with Shreyas Talpade, director Shirish Kunder, Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha on the sets of ‘Joker’
B-Town buzz was that it was Akshay who recommended his dost Vindu for films he starred in like Kambakkht Ishq, Housefull and Housefull 2, and Joker. Vindu would also be part of the few and More >
Asira Tarannum (MID-DAY; May 24, 2013)
Salman Khan’s love for twowheelers is well known. Recently during his shoot schedule of Mental in Lavasa, the star, along with coactor Ashmit Patel zipped around town on their battery-operated bikes.
Sources say the bikes were from Sallu’s personal collection and often a crowd of people would gather to watch the two actors in travel mode.
An onlooker says, “The hotel where Salman was staying was at a distance from the sets. To go from one place to the other, Sallu used to ride his bike. Ashmit, who is also an avid biker, would join Salman on his trips. They looked quite funny driving down at top speed.”
DNA (May 24, 2013)
Priyanka Chopra likes to do her own action sequences herself. For Drona, she went through extensive training and learnt the Sikh martial arts form. For Don, she trained in martial arts. For the next, a biopic on the Olympics medal winning boxer Mangte Chungneijang Merykom or Mary Kom, she will have to outdo all her previous attempts. Here’s looking at Hollywood star Hilary Swank who won an Oscar for the role as a boxer, Maggie Fitzgerald, in Million Dollar Baby and what PC will have to do to transform into the role of a real-life boxer.
The Time Factor Swank was given three months to not only perfect her moves, but also sport a body like a professional boxer.
PC has three months in all. But just one month will be fully dedicated for the prep. She has to learn how to box, and mould her body into the guise of someone who has spent her whole life training. The actress will also spend time with Mary at her home in Manipur to pick up nuances.
The Training Swank trained for two-and-a-half hours (boxing with heavy bag and speed bag) and an hour-and-a-half hours (weight training) with her personal trainer, Grant Roberts. Her trainer would make her push an SUV in neutral gear to train her legs. At the end of her three-month rigorous regime, Swank gained 19 pounds of muscle.
For Priyanka, the filmmakers have roped in Sameer Johal (who trained Farhan Akhtar in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag) and Chak De! India action director Rob Miller to help her get adept in the boxing More >
Arbaaz Khan to direct another film for now. No, it won’t star Salman Khan
Upala KBR (DNA; May 24, 2013)
Arbaaz Khan may have turned director by default but he has warmed up to the idea of staying behind the camera. After the success of his debut film, he wants to direct again. But why not Dabangg which is such a huge franchise? Says Arbaaz, “Exactly that’s why. It is difficult to do a film with the same actors over and over again. No one else can play Chulbul Pandey but Salman Khan. His father Vinod Khanna and his wife Sonakshi Sinha also cannot change. In other films, the actors change, the characters change, so there is an element of freshness. With Dabangg because the actors don’t change, we will have to now think really hard about how to take it forward. So we need to take time, step away and then revisit.”
He further adds, “Also, now Salman will be busy with Sohail’s (Khan) Mental and Sajid’s (Nadiadwala) Kick. I want to direct Dabangg 3 but I am planning to start a couple of films before that, as Salman’s dates won’t be available for the next two-three years. We will start Dabangg 3 when he is ready.”
Arbaaz has two films lined up for his production house, “I have Arbaaz Khan Production, to run. I will be doing two films — one as a producer and another as a director. The one I will be producing is a fun entertainer and has an interesting bunch of characters. The casting is happening now. I would like to start shooting that early next year. The one I direct can be More >