Posts tagged 2011
But Bollywood is still celebrating!
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; May 4, 2011)
It is ironical that Bollywood sees mirth in gloom. Of the 67 odd films (including the dubbed ones) that released, only six made an impact at the box office. That is a meagre 10 per cent ratio. However, Bollywood trade pundits say that the first four months of 2011 have definitely been more lucrative than the corresponding period in 2010. And that is the reason why even cynics are smiling, not scowling.
Better than 2010 The January to April 2010 period saw major turkeys like Shahid Kapoor’s Chance Pe Dance, Priyanka Chopra’s Pyaar Impossible, Amitabh Bachchan’s Teen Patti and Abhay Deol’s Road Movie to mention a few. “This year we have been lucky,” says Vajir Singh, Editor of trade journal Box Office India. “First we broke the January jinx with No One Killed Jessica and the huge hit in Yamla Pagla Deewana. Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji and Dhobi Ghat sailed through. In the World Cup season too we managed to have a runaway hit in Tanu Weds Manu.
Hits versus flops Trade analyst Taran Adarsh (Bollywood Hungama) agrees that the producers did fear the ides of March; this month didn’t have any significant release but April brought some relief in Faltu that opened well. Taran also adds that 2011 most certainly brought a smile on the faces of some distributors. “While the number of flops far outnumbered the hits, the important thing to note is that the dark horses worked. More >
The versatile Soha Ali Khan talks about the variety of roles she is doing in 2011
Anjali Muthanna (BOMBAY TIMES; March 26, 2011) She hasn’t been seen on the big screen since the 2009 release Tum Mile, but that doesn’t mean Soha Ali Khan has taken a cinematic hiatus. Her last release was supposed to be Tera Kya Hoga Johny, which has been delayed for more than a year. However, she’s been keeping herself busy shooting for films in “a whole gamut of genres” that she hopes will all release this year. Her next film, Life Goes On…, is very much a family affair and not just because it is a family drama. “This is the first time I’ve worked with my mother (Sharmila Tagore) and perhaps the only time I’ll work with her because she keeps threatening to retire. But I don’t take her seriously in that regard,” Soha tells. The film, which is set in London and is about how an Indian family comes to terms with the loss of the mother (played by Sharmila), will see Soha play a character very much like herself. “It is just me with a British accent. Of course, the fact that my mother plays my mother makes it all the more real. My character, who’s the youngest of three siblings, is also someone who has been very protected and molly-coddled by her father and who is always keen to make her parents proud. She’s very much like me — I have a big desire to make my father proud and it is crippling to me to disappoint him,” explains Soha.
Right now, Soha is working More >
Akshay Kumar will have more film releases than any other A-lister this year
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; March 25, 2011)
Akshay Kumar’s next big-ticket venture Thank You, where he teams up with Bobby Deol, Sonam Kapoor, Suniel Shetty and Irrfan Khan, releases on April 8, but the actor is in London and busy shooting for Desi Boyz. AK has more releases than any A-league actor every year and 2011 won’t be any different. He is at a position today where hits and flops don’t matter. He’s above and beyond the boxoffice figures. He says he’s stopped worrying about the numbers game, about being insecure about his stardom. He no longer suffers from ‘Friday jitters’. He just goes about the business of acting, secure in his place. He is not only the industry’s most hardworking actor in terms of the number of films he does, he also is known as the most professional. His last release Patiala House garnered him favourable reviews for his performance and strengthened his position as one of those actors who manages three to four releases each year that cut across many genres, from social dramas to romantic and even slapstick comedies. Akshay’s contemporaries and competitors in the film industry term him to be a “Mr Dependable” of sorts. Here’s what they have to say about him….
Says Aamir Khan, “Akshay is actually one of the most dependable names in the business. He is a great looker, a fabulous dancer and a huge star. When you reach the stage where guys like Akshay, More >
King Khan has created a videogame that can be played at home
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 12, 2011)
Shah Rukh Khan and Arjun Rampal, friends turned foes turned friends again, G.One and RA.One respectively from the upcoming megaflick RA.One, will also lock horns in a video game inspired by the same film.
Yes, a game is being readied along these lines. The entire videogame, based on the playstation format, is being created in Los Angeles.
The game is the brainchild of Shah Rukh Khan. Says a source, “Shah Rukh sat down with a lot of software experts and envisaged the game.
He was thinking about it for a year. His thoughts on this precipitated only recently and the deal with the makers of the game was locked.”
Adds the source, “RA.One is Shah Rukh’s most ambitious venture till date and he is leaving no stone unturned. He might surprise you with a lot more other things during this year.” RA.One is expected to release by 2011 end.
Explaining what the game is about, our source said, “There will be two main characters in the game, G.One and RA.One. Besides these two, there will be other fighters too. Basically, it’s a fight game.
The game has something unique for every age group at home. It will be available at many outlets even before the film hits the theatres.”
Shah Rukh has also ensured that Arjun’s and his characters in the game will have not only the same look but also the same weapons, which their characters carry in the film. Let the games More >
And that’s what has clicked for No One Killed Jessica and Yeh Saali Zindagi at the Box Office
Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; February 9, 2011)
Diversity in content seems to be the mantra for Bollywood in 2011. Five films that have been a total contrast to each other, but have done extremely well in their space either by garnering revenues or by basking on accolades, released in the first five weeks of the year. No One Killed Jessica, Yamla Pagla Deewana, Dhobi Ghat, Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji and the most recently released Yeh Saali Zindagi have all been winners in their own right.
While NOKJ smashed the jinx in B-town that women oriented films generally don’t do well at the counters, Sudhir Mishra’s YSZ with Irrfan Khan, Chitrangda Singh and Arunoday Singh has been hugely received for its quirky romantic quality with stellar performances. Trade pundit Taran Adarsh tells BT, “These are very exciting times for Bollywood. Diversity in content is certainly what the filmmakers are going for as they have began to trust that their audiences want to see good cinema and not brain dead films that they have been dishing out to them for all these years.”
He adds, “It looks like the industry is finally learning from their past mistakes and trying to undo the bloodbath of losses in 2009 and 2010. The year has began very well. NOKJ and YSZ have been films that have wowed one and all along with the other big releases. In the past we More >
By Satish Sundaresan, January 28, 2011 – 14:56 IST
Gold’s Gym, the very name that’s synonymous with fitness and celebrities (and vice versa), is also celebrating a milestone this year with 50 gyms being operational in India. With a plan to open 50 more this year, Gold’s Gym India is also looking to open centers in territories like Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and Maldives.
Like every year, this year too, they have come up with a star-studded calendar that features one star every month. The following are the stars who will grace your desktop: January – Sangeeta Bocki (Winner of Gold’s Gym Ms. Fit & Fab 2010), February – Neil Nitin Mukesh, March – Emraan Hashmi, April – Mandira Bedi, May – Amrita Rao, June – Rahul Khanna, July – Urvashi Sharma, August – Neha Dhupia, September – S Sreesanth, October – Ashmit Patel, November – Dino Morea and December – Riteish Deshmukh
Bollywood Hungama gives you a sneak peek at some of the pictures:
Neha Dhupia This stunner is the same babe, who made a stunning Bollywood debut with the Ajay Devgn starrer Qayamat. Further still, she made many hearts flutter and raised the mercury levels with her bold, sensuous act in few films. However, her role in the latest film Phas Gaye Re Obama has made everyone stand up and take notice of this powerhouse of talent.
If that wasn’t enough, this talented actress has a body to kill for. Neha, being the daughter of military personnel has always been someone who More >
By Subhash K. Jha, January 18, 2011 – 14:56 IST
It’s not just with his home production Ra.One that Shah Rukh Khan is looking towards capturing the international market in 2011. With Farhan Akhtar’s Don 2 too, Shah Rukh goes gloriously global.
And Shah Rukh will be taking on Tom Cruise, no less, with Don 2. The two action-oriented super-slick films on global crime and punishment release globally within a week of one another in December. Hush-hush plans are on to put together an international version of Farhan’s ferocious furious and flamboyant flick so that Shah Rukh’s Don 2 can come face to face with Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible 4, which incidentally features Anil Kapoor in a cameo.
And to prove how global in execution Don 2 is, here’s the thing. A car chase sequence featuring Shah Rukh shot in Berlin last month was so steep and dangerous that it damaged one of the expensive cameras that had been recruited to capture the heart-in-the-mouth stunt. Luckily no one was hurt.
According to a source from the film the Don’s character in Don 2: The Chase Continues has gone international with his criminal ambitions. “While in the first part, Don wanted to take over the crime syndicate in India in Don 2, Don wants to capture the entire European market. Shah Rukh’s character is no longer an Indian crime lord wanted in 11 countries. He is portrayed as a European gangster, replete with all the trappings of an international kingpin.”
The magnitude of the character’s power More >
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, January 17, 2011 – 10:54 IST
As each New Year begins, it’s the season for calendar launches. Only last week ace lensman Dabboo Ratnani launched his celebrity calendar where the Who’s who of Bollywood made their presence felt. And now it’s the turn of the sizzling bombshell Sherlyn Chopra who has launched her own calendar.
Needless to say, Sherlyn’s calendar features her in her sexiest best and is sure to be lapped up by her fans. We give you a sneak peek at this hottie strutting her stuff in her calendar. Drool on!
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, January 14, 2011 – 19:18 IST
Best Actor Male Shah Rukh Khan – My Name Is Khan
Best Actor Female Vidya Balan – Ishqiya
Best Film Dabangg
Best Director Karan Johar – My Name Is Khan
Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Male) Arjun Rampal – Raajneeti
Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Female) Prachi Desai – Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai
Best Actor In A Comic Role (Male/Female) Boman Irani – Well Done Abba
Best Actor In A Negative Role (Male/Female) Ronit Roy – Udaan
Most Promising Debut Director Abhinav Kashyap – Dabangg
Most Promising Debut (Male) Ranvir Singh – Band Baaja Baaraat
Most Promising Debut (Female) Sonakshi Sinha – Dabangg
Best Playback Singer (Male) Mohit Chauhan – Pee Loon (Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai)
Best Playback Singer (Female) Richa Sharma – Sajda (My Name Is Khan)
Best Story Karan Johar – Shibani Bathija (My Name Is khan)
Best Music Sajid-Wajid – Dabangg
Best Lyrics Gulzar – Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji (Ishqiya)
Best Dialogue Rajat Arora – Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai
Best Choreographer Farah Khan – Sheila Ki Jawani (Tees Maar Khan)
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa – Song of the Year Munni Badnaam – Dabangg
Best Screenplay Abhinav Kashyap – Dabangg
Best Background Music Sandeep Shirodkar – Dabangg
Best Action Vijayan Master – Dabangg
Best Editing Pranav V Dhiwar – Dabangg
Best Cinematography Ayananka Bose – Kites
Best Art Director Guzaarish
Best Sound Design Dileep Subramaniam – My Name Is Khan
International Male Icon Ranbir Kapoor
International More >
Frustrated with the last year’s failures, Naseer had decided to take a sabbatical from films in 2011. But he has made an exception for the director’s next
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 13, 2011)
“ 2010 has been a bum’s year for me in the movies,” Naseeruddin Shah disgustingly said as his under-production films were aborted 2010 and he decided to take a sabbatical from films in the 2011.
The only lease of life for him in the last year was Saat Khoon Maaf. He exclaims, “The only good experience I had was Vishal Bhardwaj’s 7 Khoon Maaf.Naseeruddin Shah Neeraj Pandey (yogen shah)
I thoroughly enjoyed that, although I come on for only one-seventh of the playing time.” But it seems he has decided to chuck the idea of taking a sabbatical for the time being and work with A Wednesday director Neeraj Pandey in his next.
While Neeraj Pandey decided to put his film Special Chabbis on hold and focus on another thriller featuring the A Wednesday duo Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher Naseer made an exception for Pandey’s film. Says Naseer, “A Wednesday was a special film.
Neeraj Pandey has come back with another subject for Anupam and me together again. This time it’s a whodunit set in Goa.
While I had played the central character in A Wednesday and Anupam had sportingly pitched in a supporting part, this time the roles are reversed. I will play a supporting part while Anupam plays the central character.”