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The TOPS group, which has provided her with security, is alleging that Balaji Telefilms owes it a sum of 52 lakh since 2002
MUMBAI MIRROR; October 13, 2010
Days after his daughter Ekta was almost run over by a speeding car at Juhu, daddy Jeetendra ordered for her security to be beefed up. We reported this in detail.
But turns out, Ekta is not entirely safe. This time, the TOPS group, which has been providing security to Ekta and her production house, has slapped her with a legal notice.
The notice sent by the TOPS group alleges that Balaji Telefilms has not paid it an amount of Rs 52 lakh since 2002, which has been pending for months now. While the TOPS group stands firm on its allegations, Balaji has rubbished all its claims, insisting that it have been paying the group.
According to the notice sent to Balaji, the company’s dues have not been paid. The TOPS group has threatened to take legal action.
When contacted, Ekta Kapoor, head honcho of Balaji Telefilms, asked us to speak to the CEO. The CEO of Balaji Telefilms, Srinivasa Shenoy, said, “They have been sending reminder calls and notices for the last 20 days and they claim that we haven’t paid them since 2002. How is it possible? Balaji is a reputed company and we have never stopped any payments for whatever reasons. When our payments got delayed their security guard would come up to us and say that their wages have been stopped because we have not made any payments. We also have a ‘no claim’ certificate signed by the officials of the TOPS group, saying that they have received the payment.”
|Ekta with security in better days|
He further added, “They are blaming us when they are the ones who violated the contract rules. Within 24 hours they withdrew the security from our premises and have threatened to withdraw Ekta’s personal security cover too. There have been various security lapses on their part in the past but we never stopped their payment and this is what we get in return.”
Confirming the notice sent to Balaji, the managing director of TOPS group, Ramesh Iyer, said, “ We have a credit policy that we have to follow very strictly. Our relation with Balaji is nearly a decade-old one. At present, talks are on to sort out the issue. We usually send reminder notices if the amount is pending for more than three months and we have done the same with Balaji. We have to pay our security guards and such delay in payment causes lots of trouble.”
Vivek Oberoi speaks to BT about his new look and his upcoming films
Elina Priyadarshini Nayak (BOMBAY TIMES; (October 9, 2010)
With glares and moustache, Vivek Oberoi reminds you of his father Suresh Oberoi, who’s a dynamic actor. Tell him this and he says with a laugh, “That’s the biggest compliment I have ever got, and I am very proud of it.” The actor is flaunting this new look for his upcoming film. In a chat with BT, Vivek speaks about his new makeover and more…
You started your career with Ram Gopal Varma’s film Company in 2002. Did you find any change in Ramu’s working style?
RGV is an actor’s director who deals with films related to reality, and working with him again was a great experience. Usually people tend to slow down with age, but I think RGV has become faster and he is making films at a much faster pace with age. This film, Rakht Charitra, is based on reality, it has real people and real ambience where I am playing the character of late Paritala Ravi, a politician, who was the former cabinet minister in Andhra Pradesh Government. It’s a story of a man who fights for justice and becomes the messiah of justice when the system denies that. For this role, I had to research a lot. I read many articles written on him and I saw many of his live interviews. But, it was very difficult to look, talk and walk like him initially.
And what about your new avatar with moustache?
Ek saal se paal pos ke bada kar raha hoon inn ko. So, I am really happy about this look. I am getting many negative as well as positive compliments for this too. Many of my friends say moustache suits me while girls say ‘please shave it off !’ (laughs).
This film has been simultaneously made in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. Was it difficult to deliver dialogues in different languages?
RGV had given me a big break with Company and this time it’s my debut in Tamil and Telugu films. It was difficult to learn these languages, but assistants and unit hands helped me out. Once you were done with a shot, you had to shoot it all over again in a different language. It was tough, but fun too.
In the recent past we have seen you doing one or two films a year…
I won’t say I am going slow, but yes, I am getting very choosy. I am signing films, which I feel like doing and which my fans would like me to see in. After Prince, I had many offers, but I didn’t want to sign whatever came my way. Right now I am busy promoting my upcoming release, and after that I will start shooting for three films – one with RGV again, another with Mani Ratnam and also one with Kumar Taurani. All these three films are yet to be named.
TV’s most loved, most deranged family is readying itself to be unleashed on film. And if our conversation with all its actors is anything to go by, it might just be as riotous
What began as a joke is now… well, a bigger joke. Khichdi, the TV series christened after the ubiquitous rice-lentil dish of the subcontinent, will be served on a larger platter — the big screen, this week. The promoters are relaying this from the rooftops, and with good reason.
After all, no other product of our TV heritage - Hum Log, Malgudi Days, CID et al has made it to 70mm, a trend the West adopted years ago.
The sitcom, a brainchild of writer Aatish Kapadia and then Gujarati film actor Jamnadas Majethia opened in 2002 amidst a wave of expensive game shows and melodramatic soaps.
It took self-deprecating humour to a new high (or low, as some might feel) and grabbed TRPs. Its second season wound up at its peak in 2005, but not before beginning a trend of Gujarati characters in TV serials, earlier set only by ‘Malhotra’-esque Punjabis.
The serial’s Parekh family, played by veteran actors of the vernacular stage is now etched in telly history: Anang Desai, aka ‘Babujee’, the timid head of the family, ‘Jayshree’; his gossip-loving daughter-in-law (Nimisha Vakharia); the idiotic couple, ‘Praful-Hansa’ (the endearing Rajiv Mehta and Supriya Pathak) while producer Jamnadas Majethia himself is Himanshu the buffoon. The two kids (of whom the girl is being played by Majethia’s real life daughter Kesar) are the only level-headed characters of the family.
We caught up with the actors at their loudest best at the studios of their production house for a freewheeler, albeit in Gujarati.
MM: What makes you think the audiences will bear you for three hours?
Aatish: (Laughs) On the contrary, it’s tougher in the 20-minute weekly capsule. Our 8 pm slot was a time when children would be studying, the cooker whistle going off and other noises. In a film, it’s easier to get attention.
JD (Jamnadas Majethia): …and we had to make it, Aatish and I had been thinking of it all the while. We’re sure the audiences would love our comic timing in a film format too. After all, it’s near-perfect after knowing each other for so long. Now if you wake me up at an odd hour and throw me into a situation with either of them, I’ll still react like (snaps).
MM: You sound like you’ve been in Bollywood all this while.
JD: I have been… only struggling! I was under contract for five years for two big banners - Sharman (Joshi) and I were together - and no film materialised. Then the production firm happened and acting took a back seat. In Khichdi, we had a Dubai schedule which Deven Bhojani refused. Then, Aatish insisted I do the role. As the producer, I thought it would save costs too! The channel loved the subsequent TRPs and Himanshu can’t leave the family now! Meanwhile, I have undergone a great disciplinary change. My friends circle has shrunk, all my habits, I quit drink… whatever… baddhuj bandh!
MM: So is Himanshu of the TV series the ‘hero’ of your film?
JD: Well, mostly… he has retained his innocence but some things, like his embroidered costumes had to be changed!
|KHANA KHA KE JANA: (From top left, clockwise) Anang Desai, Aatish Kapadia, Rajiv Mehta, Nimisha Vakharia, Markand Soni, Jamnadas Majethia, Supriya Pathak, Kesar Majethia|
MM: Thankfully! What is it with Gujarati men and embroidered shirts and floral prints? (At this, the family erupts in laughter and spontaneous chatter)
Aatish: Arre, of course! Lagna ma tamari pase embroidered shirt na hoy toh tamaro koi class nathi! (If you walk into a wedding without an embroidered shirt, you’d be frowned upon).
Rajiv: Aney havey toh ema heera ni ladi aava madi chhe! (Nowadays they’re diamond-studded) And some have these floral prints which make me wonder if they breed honeybees!
Aatish: Amuk loko toh Swarovski pehre chhe! I suggest they put a pallu too!
MM: Obviously, your characters are inspired from such real-life people. Who all are the people who influenced creating this family?
JD: (points at Aatish and begins chatting about how one ‘Ranjan bhabhi’s brother Atul’ is totally a Himanshu)
Aatish: 60 per cent of Gujaratis, when they speak Hindi, do not use the ‘anuswar’: (the ‘n’ pronunciation) ‘Ayege-khayege-karege-jayege’, they say!
JD: Even the ‘Ae-Bappu’ comes from how I used to speak while growing up in Saurashtra. Many relatives in Jamnagar used to call me ‘Aa-Babul’!
Aatish: Gujaratis, especially vepariyo (businessmen) have this ‘thai rehshe’ (will get sorted) attitude about everything from cooking to business deals… which makes them say things like ‘kisi ko pata nahi chalega,’ several times without reason!
MM: Okay, now for rapid fire. Supriyajee, what would Hansa want with her if she were stranded on an island?
Supriya: Obviously, Praful, gajras and all my jewelery.
MM: And not anything which would save your lives?
Nimisha: Arre ganda thai gaya chho? (Are you mad?) Why would anyone want to save Praful-Hansa if they’re left on an island! (laughs)
MM: By the way, how much of a Hansa are you at home?
Supriya: There is no Hansa in me… she’s totally an antithesis! Though I am a very proud Gujju, my husband is as Punjabi as it can get!
MM: Next. If your Parekh family were to take over the CWG management, what do you think would happen?
JD: Entertainment thashe, corruption nahi!
Supriya: I’d get everyone to dress prettily. Small shorts won’t work! Gajras and sarees will be mandatory for female athletes!
Aatish: But you’ll have trouble understanding ‘Commonwealth’ itself!
Rajiv: (laughs) Yes, we’ll have to make all announcements in Hindi and Gujarati! There will be extended lunch hours too.
MM: Lastly, just in case of an accident, if your movie wins the Oscar… how would each one of you react on its stage?
JD: I’d reason that since I have got my ‘Parmidar’ from this film, and would request the Academy to call my extended family to the Oscars too… and join me on stage. (There are only 60 characters named Parmidar in the TV series).
Anang: Babujee’s never got a chance to prove himself. Here too I think he’d be tormented by these people hogging the stage and Jayshree shouting me down.
Supriya: First of all, I’ll wonder about the meaning of ‘Oscar award’.
Rajiv: …and I’ll obviously explain after saying ‘Main hoon na’: “Oscar Hansaa! Woh Andheri mein theatre nahi the - Ambar-Oscar? Oscar! Aur award matlab woh hospital mein wards nahi hote… A-ward, B-ward… award!”
Supriya: (laughs) And then Hansa would insist they must ban all kinds of English usage from the Academy awards!
Nimisha: I would thank them for giving me this ‘world-best’ award but request another one the day I do Babujee’s kaam-tamaam.
Aatish: I’d say, at least after the Oscar, we’d be able to argue with those who’ve said ‘Bas kar’ to our mad humour!
|Pic: Nilesh Wairkar|
The secret of the sitcom’s success, Aatish Kapadia on the science behind the characters’ chemistry…
You’ve written many gems (Ek Mahal ho Sapno ka, Sarabhai v/s Sarabhai) in your 20-year-long career. Why get into the risky film-making business?
There comes a time when you feel your work isn’t giving you space… and I felt I needed a break in the said 20 years. Also, JD and I had always been keen on making this… and had faith in our content.
Explain the deranged Khichdi family. Why don’t Jayshree and Babujee have spouses?
See, there a science: Jayshree is a widow. She loves dominance and behaves that way. Had there been a husband, she wouldn’t have been a control-freak.
Also, I’m a rebel by nature… I wanted to portray a very different widow from those being portrayed in our media. Babujee too is a widower, a father-in-law who behaves like a mother-in-law!
Tell us about this science which goes behind creating funny characters.
While writing, you have to create a double helix which meets its logical conclusion. Also, every character has a logical reason about its behaviour. Sometimes I write mathematically… all arguments must have their sensible counter-arguments.
All Gujjus love self-deprecating humour, don’t they?
Of course! We don’t take ourselves too seriously! All we want in life is good food, entertainment on weekends, kharcha on Diwali and good clothes! The world may laugh and we’d care a damn! And this works for writing comedies… it’s very easy to laugh at others, I can write that with my feet!
India’s first TV serial is made into a movie
TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 25, 2010)
While making movies based on popular TV shows has been a much-accepted trend in Hollywood (The Simpsons, Sex and the City, etc), Bollywood is now warming up to the concept. And the cult comedy show Khichdi is the first Indian serial that has been made into a movie. The show that was produced by Hats Off Productions was aired in 2002. It went on to win many awards and the serial was sorely missed when it was wrapped up. Says producer Jamnadas (JD) Majethia, “People were demanding that we bring back the serial, but we wanted to do something different.”
In a research conducted in July, the characters of Hansa, Praful, Babuji, Himanshu and Jayshree from Khichdi were rated high on recall and likeability value. “Our film promises to take this madness 10 notches higher,” says writer-director Aatish Kapadia. Those who are new to the comedy need not worry. “It is not necessary to have seen the serial to enjoy the film, as the humour will entertain people of all ages. There are very few good clean comedy films that can one watch with the entire family… that’s the promise of Khichdi – The Movie!,” says Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios. As part of an unique promotion they have started showing the film to family audiences to build momentum. “These screenings have been received extremely well,” says JD. The film releases on October 1, and promises to begin the festive season on a positive note.
Cops camping at Pedder Rd society since Wednesday as Gaurang Doshi, who made Aankhen in 2002, locks himself at home to avoid arrest in a dowry case
Get off the elevator on the third floor of Vikas Apartments at Pedder Road, and a peculiar sight will greet you at any time of day or night. Sitting idly on the staircase, two men dressed in plain clothes but with a demeanour suggesting they’re cops, will be finding ways to while away time — reading Marathi newspapers or fidgeting with their mobile phones.
Since Wednesday morning, these policemen have been stationed in shifts at this very spot, right outside the door of film producer Gaurang Doshi, who is under self-inflicted house arrest along with his domestic help.
Doshi, who was once in the news for producing the Amitabh Bachchan starrer Aankhen (2002), has taken this strange step to avoid being apprehended for not appearing in court for a dowry harassment case filed against him five years ago. He has refused to open the door in the last four days, and has neither budged himself nor allowed his employees — a man and a woman — to leave the house.
In 2005, more than 10 years after they got married, Doshi’s wife Madhuri had filed a complaint of cruelty and dowry harassment against him in the Gamdevi police station. A trial is going on in the Girgaum court but Doshi has skipped court hearings despite repeated summons.“Finally, this week, the court passed a non-bailable warrant against him because he would never turn up,” Madhuri’s lawyer Satish Manshinde said. Madhuri has accused Doshi of assaulting her, and of bringing home an aspiring actress, Flora Saini, and making her sleep in their room.
|Vikas building, where police (right) are stationed 24×7, waiting for Doshi to answer the door|
Police officers, armed with a warrant to arrest Doshi, had first gone to the apartment complex on Wednesday. When he saw them entering the premises, Doshi panicked. But with nowhere to run, he decided to hide at home.
“It’s been more than three days. He’s not coming out of his house no matter how many times we knock, ring the bell, or shout to him to open the door. He’s not even answering his phone,” an officer at the Gamdevi police station told Mumbai Mirror. “We can’t enter by force because we don’t have legal permission,” he added.
Though there were sounds from the house in the first couple of days, Doshi has now disconnected the bell and put his phone off the hook. He’s sitting inside in complete silence, perhaps hoping that the cops will forget he’s there and leave.
The Gamdevi police, however, have no such intention. Fed up of waiting, they’ve now decided to disconnect the electricity and water supply to the flat, hoping that if nothing else, the discomfort will force Doshi out. “Cutting off electricity and water supply should do the trick,” an officer said, “otherwise, we’ll have to seek permission from court to break in.”
Unaware of exactly what is happening, Doshi’s neighbours are surprised with the constant police presence. “We don’t know what is wrong. We were surprised with police inside our building, but now it’s becoming very awkward for us. We hope he comes out soon,” one neighbour said.
In 2007, Saini too had filed a case against Doshi, alleging he sent her obscene text messages and threatened her. He was arrested by the Oshiwara police for assault and rape before being released on bail.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, August 14, 2010 – 12:53 IST
In a significant development which is a first in the Indian entertainment space, a very popular television series is serving as an inspiration for a film backed by an international studio. Fox Star Studios that brought Slumdog Millionaire and My Name Is Khan to audiences in India is presenting the feature film which takes off from the popular sitcom Khichdi. Bringing Hollywood practices to India where popular and successful television shows like Mr. Bean, Batman, Simpsons, Mission Impossible, Star Wars and Sex and the City get made into films regularly, this would be the first time in India that a series will migrate onto the cinema platform. Given the challenge that Bollywood has to create new content – this could be a start of a new trend!
The film titled Khichdi – The Movie produced by Hats Off Productions, written and directed by Aatish Kapadia is an all out fun and crazy ride and is best described as “Comedy Family ki Family Comedy”. The film is freshly written and retains the humour and the eccentricities of the much loved characters that have made close to 50 million people laugh over the last 7 years whilst taking an updated view of today’s times.
As for the show, Khichdi is an immensely popular sitcom series that originated on Star Plus in 2002. The unique flavour of the comedy and the characters made the series very popular among television audiences.
Vijay Singh, CEO Fox Star Studios India said “We are very excited about the research feedback from the audiences that have seen Khichdi – The Movie. Audiences loved the ‘saaf suthri comedy’ and found it to be funnier than most recent comedy films. Audiences are looking for new experiences and lets face it, there are very few good clean comedy films that audiences can go and watch with the entire family ….that’s the promise of Khichdi-The Movie.”
In its new avatar, Khichdi-The Movie goes on a roller coaster ride where the ridiculous tasks that the Parekh family attempts to fulfil takes them through a tsunami of hilarious situations.
Khichdi -The Movie will be coming out on October 1.
Actor will get engaged to Priyanka Alva, 28, who is the daughter of danseuse Nandini and late JD(U) politician Jeevaraj Alva, in September; wedding slated for October
Word had been around that Vivek Oberoi’s parents were scouting for a bride for him. Their search, it seems, has ended in Bangalore. The 34-year-old actor, who hasn’t exactly been lucky in love, will settle down with Priyanka Alva, 28, sources say.
Priyanka is the daughter of well-known danseuse Nandini Alva and late Janata Dal (U) leader Jeevaraj Alva.
After years of being single, Vivek will finally change his status in the first week of September with his engagement to Priyanka, who has studied in London.
|Vivek Oberoi||Vivek Oberoi’s bride-to-be Priyanka Alva|
The wedding, sources add, is slated for October. But the details of this event are a closely guarded secret right now.
The match was apparently arranged with help from Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer Padmini Ravi, who is a close friend of Nandini.
They’re also relatives: Padmini’s daughter is married to Nandini’s sister’s brother-in-law (go figure). The grapevine has it that Nandini played matchmaker for the union.
Nandini and Padmini are also the trustees of Artistes Foundation for Arts, which organises a yearly festival of art and culture in Bangalore. When contacted, Padmini said, “It wouldn’t be fair on my part to comment on this.”
|Priyanka’s mom Nandini Alva|
Our sources say that bride-to-be Priyanka is a “level-headed and intelligent girl”. “She is non-filmi, sociable and sweet-natured,” they say.
Vivek, whose recent passion has been writing poetry, had earlier said in an interview that he wouldn’t mind marrying a girl of his parents’ choice. “I am sure the match my parents pick will turn out to be the girl of my dreams,” he had said.
The actor was engaged to model Gurpreet in 2002. The relationship didn’t work. Vivek was then linked to many of his co-stars including Neeru Bajwa, Vidya Balan and Aishwarya Rai.
A failing career and bad press also left Vivek in a slump. Hopefully, the dark clouds will clear now.
The Alva family refused to comment on the wedding for reasons of privacy. A text message to Vivek elicited no reply. We’re hoping he’s busy because he’s in good company.
Once upon a time not so long ago (in 2002) when Ajay Devgn played Dawood Ibrahim in Ram Gopal Varma’s Company, he was shown smoking or holding a cigarette throughout the film.
No one objected. Now when Devgn plays another underworld character in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, he’s again shown chain-smoking. Much water has flown since the time Company was released. Until very recently, the censors clamped down on any character holding a cancer stick.
In fact, censor chief Sharmila Tagore was at her wit’s end when in April this year the government sent the censor board a circular stating that if any character in any film lights up a cigarette, the film automatically gets certified for adult viewing.
|A still from Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai|
Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai has been awarded a ‘UA’ certificate. How did the film get away with it? Director Milan Luthria says, “Ajay’s character in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai smokes less than he did in Company. We had to put a disclaimer at the beginning of the film in both Hindi and English saying, ‘Smoking is injurious to health’. I think this shows a sign of maturity on the censor board’s part. It’s the character not the actor who’s smoking.”
Deepika wore a saree at Cannes after finding out Ash was coming in a gown
SUBHASH K JHA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; May 16, 2010)
Now the story can be told. You know, don’t you, that the gorgeous Deepika Padukone shimmered down the red carpet at Cannes on Friday wearing a saree by designer Rohit Bal. There’s a reason why she chose the Indian national costume for her first major international appearance. The actress told BT from the French Riviera, “When I started modelling, I promised myself that whenever I attend an international event, I’d wear a saree and not western clothes. I get enough opportunities at home to wear western clothes. When I’m seen at an international event I’d rather be fully Indian.” She cleverly declined to comment on the fact that Cannes regular Aishwarya Rai Bachchan appeared on the red carpet in a gown. “I wouldn’t like to comment on others,” said Deepika, adding that she finds the saree very sensuous and “it felt good to be so Indian so far away from home”. However, the goss is that Cannes firsttimer Deepika had made discreet inquiries about what Ash would be wearing before deciding her own look. No matter, the two lovely Indian actresses made spectators’ day at the film festival by proving that variety is indeed the spice and curry of life.
Her moment on the red carpet aside, Deepika apparently has not found Cannes exciting enough. She said she hardly met anyone at the film festival except German F1 superstar Michael Schumacher and caught just one film, the French Tournee, which she enjoyed. So, on Day 2, Deepika set off on her own to take in the sights and sounds of the scenic seaside town. “There’s so much to Cannes besides the festival,” she said. “The first time I came here was in 2002. Not for the festival but as a tourist. And I remember standing outside the venue and taking pictures. I had promised myself that next time… I’d be back as part of the film festival… and here I am.”