Posts tagged 1970s
By Taran Adarsh, January 14, 2011 – 08:27 IST
In the 1970s and 1980s, Bollywood churned out hardcore masala films by the dozens. Those films appealed to the ‘Balcony Class’ as well as the ‘Stall Audience’ [terminology used for dissecting the audience then]. Even today, films like SHOLAY, AMAR AKBAR ANTHONY, NAMAK HALAAL, DON, ROTI KAPADA AUR MAKAAN, DHARAM-VEER, MUQADDAR KA SIKANDAR et al, the most popular films of that era, appeal to the guy riding an auto rickshaw as well as the CEO of a multinational company. Masala films, in my opinion, can never go out of vogue. The gargantuan success of films like DABANGG and GOLMAAL 3 last year endorses this viewpoint.
The reason why masala films tick to this date is because they have the power to entertain. I’ve often heard my non-film friends comment that cinema, for them, symbolizes an outing with their family. They want to be transported to a world of make-believe in those 3 hours and forget their worries/sorrows/trials/tribulations in the process. YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA does that and does so most convincingly.BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA is a tribute to the cinema of yore. Every rule in the book that made hardcore commercial films major money spinners then have been read minutely and integrated in the plotline of this one. Generally, movie makers often claim that their film is hatke, that it boasts of stuff that the viewer hasn’t watched on screen before, but YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA makes no More >
By Taran Adarsh, December 24, 2010 – 08:40 IST
Caution: Absurdity, illogicality and buffoonery scale new altitudes in TEES MAAR KHAN.
If you thought MAIN HOON NA and OM SHANTI OM were smashing tributes to the wholesome entertainers of 1970s, Farah Khan’s brand new outing TEES MAAR KHAN will make the most absurd, bizarre and wacky cinema of yore pale in comparison. Not just your cell phone, even your brain needs to be put on ‘switched off’ mode at the commencement of this film. Farah’s fundas are very clear: Ask no questions and abandon all faith in logic, reason and rationale. Only then can you relish TEES MAAR KHAN.
Knowing Farah and her love and obsession for masala films of yore, it’s foolhardy to expect thought provoking cinema from her. TEES MAAR KHAN belongs to the hardcore masala variety, which was savored with glee by the hoi polloi then and which continues to be hugely popular at single screens to this day. But unlike her past endeavours, Farah looks at the West for inspiration this time around.BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
TEES MAAR KHAN is the desi adaptation of Peter Sellers’ 1966 Italian film AFTER THE FOX [CACCIA ALLA VOLPE], which now enjoys a cult following, but it bears the Farah Khan stamp in every frame. Like MAIN HOON NA and OM SHANTI OM, TEES MAAR KHAN is also a formula-ridden outing with tadka-maar-ke entertainment.
Creating heist films is tricky and tough. The director should ensure that action, thrills and wit are mixed and merged More >
By Subhash K. Jha, October 12, 2010 – 12:22 IST
Akshay’s stint as a deejay at a suburban club in Mumbai on Saturday night as part of a promotion for his new film nearly ended in disaster. The star who was out to have fun at the club playing his favourite songs from the 1970s, ended up with injuries in his arms legs and back.
Mob fury beat down on Akshay, his co-star Aditya Roy Kapoor and director Vipul Shah when youngsters were not allowed to enter the jam-packed club. They vented their fury on the club-lobby, shattering the glass cases and breaking the furniture as Akshay and his team tried to make their get-away from the back entrance.
But to no avail. There were people jamming the backdoor too. Akshay, Vipul and Aditya had no choice but to push their way through the relatively smaller melee at the backdoor. In the bustle Akshay was injured.
Shudders Vipul, “It was a nightmare. It took us a good half an hour to make our way from the back entrance to Akshay’s car. By then the damage was done.”
Akshay has forbidden his colleagues who were with him on Saturday evening from talking about his injuries.
“Achcha nahin lagta. They were well-meaning fans,” Akshay reasons.
To recap to Saturday evening, Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan were supposed to act as deejays on Saturday night at the club Polyster. Aishwarya couldn’t make it. So Akshay braved the club armed with his favourite 1970s tracks including John Travolta’s ‘Saturday Night Fever‘, ‘Jai Jai Shiv More >
By Taran Adarsh, September 7, 2010 – 08:24 IST
Picture this: A teenage youth watches his parents bickering and squabbling. This upsets him no end. He wants his parents’ life to be perfect. He goes back into time. He lands up in the 1970s, the era when his parents were bachelors. The adventure begins… A super cool idea, isn’t it? That’s the gist of Vipul Shah’s ACTION REPLAYY, which brings Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan together after a hiatus [after KHAKEE].
Remake of Vipul Shah’s hugely successful play by the same name, ACTION REPLAYY seems to have loads of entertainment to offer, which has always been the film-maker’s forte. In fact, the 15-minute showreel that this writer watched, besides the first promo that will be unveiled shortly, ACTION REPLAYY comes across as a film that’s high on entertainment.
Also, like OM SHANTI OM and ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI, ACTION REPLAYY projects the retro look – the 1970s era and ambience – with utmost élan. In fact, you can’t help but get transported into the era within seconds of watching the showreel. Akshay and Ash carry the retro look with flourish and I am sure, it will be the talking point once the promos are launched.
This Diwali, get ready to embrace two solid entertainers. Having watched the showreel of both ACTION REPLAYY and GOLMAAL 3, one can safely assume that this will be the best Diwali ever, in terms of business. Fingers crossed!
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Finding the right period car for Emraan Hashmi in Once Upon A Time was no cake walk
Mauli Singh (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 12, 2010)
Only now has Milan Luthria, the director of Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, got a real taste of the problems of making a period film. Apart from getting the right look for the lead actors, Ajay Devgn and Emraan Hashmi, Milan has struggled to find them the right period cars.
The film is based in the 1970s. In the film, Ajay Devgn who plays the role of Haji Mastan drives a white 1967 Mercedes and Emraan Hashmi who plays Dawood Ibrahim has a Classic 1971 Ford LTD. The model Emraan drives, has been used in high-octane action movies like The French Connection and Terminator.
A source says, “It took about three months to find the white 1967 Mercedes. But it took Milan five months to find an apt car for Emraan’s character. He finally decided on the Ford LTD.”
Milan Luthria says, “For me it was great fun to source out these cars.” Being figurative, are we?Emraan Hashmi (right) with the Ford LTD
Ajay Devgn returns with Emraan Hashmi to play a ‘don’ of the 1970s
Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; June 7, 2010)
Ajay Devgn is doing what he knows best. Seamlessly slipping into myriad characters in his films. The brouhaha of his recent political film has hardly died down and he’s ready to knock on the marquee again — this time as a mafia don in Balaji’s Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai which will release on July 30. Says the superstar, “Actors have no time to revel in the characters they do for too long. Before you know it, you’re dealing with another film.’’ Lighting up, he adds, “I know it seems convenient when I say that ‘mafia’ films are my favourite genre because I’m playing a character that has a reference to a don from the 70s, but the fact is that I do enjoy mafia films. I keep telling Ram Gopal Varma that Company, where I played a character that was like Dawood Ibrahim’s, still brings me fan mail. I guess there’s something interesting about the mafia.’’ He admits that Francis Ford Cappola’s Godfather makes for compulsive viewing, and adds that he has a collection of mafia flicks too. Director Milan Luthria, who is of the opinion that curiosity riding on mafia flicks is tremendous, says, “Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai should appeal to young and old alike because guns and gang-wars do have a draw.’’ Asked about his unusual casting that brings Ajay and Kangna Ranaut as also Ajay and Emraan Hashmi face-to-face for the first More >
She’s still celebrating LSD, but Ekta Kapoor is worried by the pressure to change the name of her next film, Once Upon A Time in Bombay
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 08, 2010)
This week Ekta is hosting what she’s calling the ‘LSD Party’. And there’s nothing that the cops can do. LSD is the acronym for her new film Love Sex Aur Dhokha. “I wanted to make an interesting and edgy film. Now I’m going to have an interesting and edgy party for all my friends on April 10.
This would be the first LSD party where no one needs to fear getting raided,” says an excited Ekta.
But before the celebration, there’s a problem to be dealt with. Ekta is caught in a strange dilemma because her next film as producer is a gangster epic Once Upon A Time In Bombay, and her production company Balaji Films is being pressurised to change the ‘Bombay’ in the title to ‘Mumbai’.
Admits Ekta, “Yes, there’s a lot of pressure on me to change it to ‘Mumbai’. But there was no ‘Mumbai’ in the 1960s and 1970s, the period in which my film is set. So how can we change the title?”
By Taran Adarsh, April 2, 2010 – 07:56 IST
We rarely make desi movies these days. Palatial mansions, swanky cars, designer outfits, the latest handsets and gizmos have replaced large kothis, traditional outfits, ghoda-gaadis and makke di roti aur sarson ka saag. True to its name, SADIYAAN takes you to a different era, when the warmth of relations mattered the most, when blood was thicker than water, when promises were meant to be honoured.
SADIYAAN is set in the 1970s, but travels to the partition days. Raj Kanwar tackles a unique theme this time – of two mothers. The first is the biological mother, who gets separated from her child during the partition. The second raises the child like her own, when she crosses to India after partition. The basic premise is wonderful and you can draw parallels with Hindu mythology.BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
SADIYAAN is divided into two parts. The first part focuses on the love story, which falls on the predictable, mundane stuff, with the Hindu-Muslim angle thrown in. But Raj Kanwar reserves the best for the second part, when the two women meet and the story takes rapid turns. But, let’s face it, SADIYAAN is not everyone’s idea of entertainment, since the ‘multiplex junta’ doesn’t patronise desi cinema anymore, unlike the single screen audience that adores this kind of cinema.
So what’s the final verdict? Watch it if you like desi melodrama of yore, which comes alive with SADIYAAN.
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• Your next release Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? is about an unwanted visitor. Have you ever encountered anything like this?
You know it’s bizarre but everyone has been telling me weird tales about unwanted guests but I have never faced the situation. Right through the making there were so many incidents I heard. I guess I will have to wait for my own experience.
• You are paired with Konkona Sen Sharma. Don’t you think it’s quite an odd pair? We wanted someone who could look convincing as a housewife who is also a working woman. The feedback I have got so far has been quite encouraging. I have not worked with her before Atithi… but we did interact during Omkara. She is a brilliant actress and that’s what Ashwini (Dhir, director) wanted.
• You started your career with action then shifted to intense roles and now you are mostly doing comedy. Comment. Doing the same thing over and over again is boring. I always try to do different things. My comedy films have worked so I am doing comedy at the moment. Atithi… is a situational comedy. You will sympathise with my character. But I am also doing Priyadarshan’s crime thriller, Garam Hawa as some people told me More >
SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER: Akshay Kumar, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and (below) John Travolta in the 70s hit
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; February 15, 2010)
It’s Saturday Night Fever all over again with Akshay Kumar hotstepping it disco-style and giving Aishwarya Rai Bachchan a swinging time in Action Replayy — Vipul Shah’s romantic retro trip to the 1970s.
Akshay, always a groovy dancer, is a big John Travolta fan and the number of times he must have seen the trend-setting film, even he has forgotten. So naturally, the Khiladi was pleased to step into Travolta’s dancing shoes for a special number with the lovely Ash. The duo practised the dance steps of the disco era and were enjoying it when Ash suddenly developed fever (no pun here) and was forced to pack up and rush home.
Akshay, who is a big retro music fan and has Boney M playing in his car, described the groove, “The 70s was full of energy, that’s the reason why retro is hip. There is something about the fashion and music of that era which makes it so funky even today and perhaps it will always be that way.”
Vipul, who also caught the wow factor on the set when the good-looking and intrinsically stylish duo was dancing, believes Akshay and Ash bring alive the past era. After all, who of that generation hasn’t privately aped Travolta and hoped to do it publicly some day!