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Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; August 2, 2010)
Katrina Kaif, who is Bollywood’s current Princess of Popcorn, is also a sharp business woman. The actress has plans to float her own production house soon, and she is laying the ground for her younger sister Isabelle to join the ranks of Bollywood actresses as well.
Isabelle is likely to finish an acting course in New York later this year. And the grapevine says that Kat is already talking to some of her most trusted filmmakers about getting Isabelle the right break. One rumour says that Isabelle will appear in a Farah Khan film that is set to go on the floors in 2011 alongside Salman Khan (who is a wellwisher of the Turquotte family).
However, it is also being said that it will be Karan Johar who is likely to give Isabelle a break in one of Dharma Productions’ forthcoming films.
Incidentally Isabelle is almost a replica of Kat with the same faircomplexion and rosy cheeks. The very attractive girl is said to be a tad shorter than Kat and her “goodlooks” are generating a great amount of interest amongst the A-list filmmakers who are all on the lookout to launch a pretty face.
The lovable don will be back with his sidekick Circuit in 2012, but in a new avatar
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; July 27, 2010)
Rajkumar Hirani had actually drawn the curtains on his most lovable character, Munnabhai. His Munnabhai Chale Amrika had to be stalled after Karan Johar used the same idea of his protagonist meeting the US President in My Name is Khan. So Raju went on to his next script leaving Munnabhai on the backburner. But what the filmmaker proposed, the trade and public opposed.
Under tremendous pressure from distributors and also from the janta to bring back Munna, Raju is now scripting the next Munnabhai film with his co-writer Abhijat Joshi. “Wherever I go, people walk up to me and say ‘Where is that Munnabhai film whose trailer you showed us with Eklavya?’ Some people are even slightly aggressive and say, “Aap ne trailer dikhaya, film kahan hai?,’” said Raju, who keeping all this in mind, has decided to launch the sequel sometime in 2011. “Munna and Circuit are very interesting characters we have created and we can say many socially relevant things using them,” he said. But there’ll be one change in this film — Raju will age Munnabhai’s character to suit Sanjay’s current personality.
The sequel has now been delayed because creative differences have cropped up between producer Karan Johar and director Tarun Mansukhani
For those who were waiting for the sequel for Dostana, this one is for you. The film has run into trouble, owing to the creative differences between the producer Karan Johar and director Tarun Mansukhani.
There is an element of disagreement over the second half between the director Tarun Mansukhani and producer Karan Johar. A source reveals, “Karan is not very happy with the script and especially the second half. He has asked Tarun to re-work the second half and take as much time as he wants to.
|Tarun Mansukhani||Karan Johar|
The movie for now has been postponed to an indefinite period. Karan heard the script before leaving for London.”
The source continues, “The differences were quite storng. Karan did not encourage what Tarun had penned and despite Tarun’s repeated attempts Karan did not budge.
They both had different points of view and failed to come to a common ground. The movie has been getting postponed for some reason or the other. Sometimes there were date issues with the three stars and then the script itself.”
“In fact the immediate crew has been asked to take their time off from the pre-production till Tarun is ready with the script, approved by Karan. There were also supposed to shoot a grand song in a circus next month and were doing a reccee in Kolhapur for the same to get some references. Everything has been called off and cancelled,” adds the source.
While Karan remained unavailable for comment, Tarun said, “Karan and I have collectively taken a call to delay the start of filming by a few months so as to gain more prep time. Dostana will still release as per schedule in the second half of 2011.”
He adds, “There is absolutely no discord between Karan and myself.”
|A still from Dostana|
By Taran Adarsh, July 22, 2010 – 08:18 IST
The showdown has been averted! ACTION REPLAYY and PATIALA HOUSE, both starring Akshay Kumar, were supposed to release in the same month – November. While Vipul Shah had confirmed ACTION REPLAYY for 5th November, Nikhil Advani and Mukesh Talreja were keen on bringing PATIALA HOUSE on 19th November. However, the film-makers of these two films had left the decision on Akshay Kumar, who was supposed to take a call after completing his shoot in Manali.
Well, the suspense is finally over. While ACTION REPLAYY is confirmed for Diwali [5th November], thus clashing with GOLMAAL 3, PATIALA HOUSE has been shifted to next year. The film will now hit the screens on 11th February 2011.
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; July 22, 2010)
It is set to be a dream launch. Varun Dhawan, younger son of former Bollywood box office pasha David Dhawan, has been signed by Karan Johar for a project that will take off in 2011.
Trade sources say that David was always clear that his older son Rohit will be a director and younger son Varun an actor. Rohit is meant to be directing Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Chitrangadha Singh and Deepika Padukone in Desi Boyz. And Varun was waiting in the wings till KJo discovered him.
Karan says, “The banner will launch two new boys in the same film. The details of the boys and the director are still in the process of finalisation there are no confirmations as yet.”
However, it is almost certain that Varun will be one of those boys. Incidentally, the director too will be a Dharma faithful. There was a time when David could have been the ideal filmmaker to launch his own son. He was ruling the BO with super-hits like Biwi No 1, Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, Coolie No 1 and many of those critically-spurned puerile super-hits. However, post Partner (again a huge hit) David is in semi-hibernation. In fact, after his Do Knot Disturb fiasco, the trade has been sceptical about DD’s box office prowess. The filmmaker has been signed for Sanjay Dutt’s Rascals with Sanju and Ajay Devgn in the lead.
Amitabh Bachchan’s Kaun Banega Crorepati 4 has pushed Salman Khan’s Dus Ka Dum 3 to the back burner
Days after this newspaper reported that Amitabh Bachchan would be the host of Kaun Banega Crorepati 4, the channel has decided to concentrate completely on launching this show.
What’s surprising though, is that this is happening at a time when the third season of Salman Khan’s TV show Dus Ka Dum was set to launch; that too on a much bigger scale. And the verdict is in: Big B’s show has overtaken Salman’s. DKD 3 has been pushed to the back burner.
Evidently, Dus Ka Dum 3 will not be broadcast this year. The channel in question is putting all its labour into Kaun Banega Crorepati 4 as it marks Amitabh’s return to television.
A source from the TV industry says, “The officials in Mumbai were told by their head office that they should concentrate on Dus Ka Dum 3 only after they had put KBC 4 in place, and preferably on floors. Kaun Banega Crorepati is the channel’s baby.
Since this time they have the opportunity to broadcast it themselves, they have decided to pool in all their resources to make it grand.
Kaun Banega Crorepati 4 is expected to be on air from November/ December this year. Dus Ka Dum 3 will now air in 2011.”
Couldn’t the channel have concentrated on both the shows simultaneously? “Not really,” says the TV source, “They want Dus Ka Dum 3 on a much bigger canvas than its earlier two seasons.”
When questioned, Danish Khan, head of marketing for the channel, said, “Who told you? Aisa nahin hai.” Why was Dus Ka Dum 3 delayed? “I am not supposed to tell you that. I will talk when I have to. As of now, I am not supposed to make any statements,” he added
Meanwhile, Salman is busy shooting for Anees Bazmee’s Ready.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, June 2, 2010 – 11:59 IST
Old is gold, this is one adage that has lasted the test of time, and proving it once again is the veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra who has announced his return to film direction.
Speaking on a show to FOX History & Entertainment channel, the man said, “Yes I am planning on starting my next film in winter this year, though I have the subject in mind. I am writing the script for the same and will start casting by the end of this year.”
YRF spokesperson confirmed the same saying, “Yes, Yashji will be returning to films, and like he says the genre of the film will be his forte of emotion and romance.”
Further we were told, “If the casting begins by this year end, we should be looking at a release somewhere in the later part of 2011. However, as of now we cannot release any more information on this topic, but we will issue a formal press release when the time is right.”
With Yash Chopra announcing his return, it’ll surely be one of the biggest comebacks in the history of Indian cinema.
By Taran Adarsh, June 1, 2010 – 16:30 IST
Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar’s Excel Entertainment have announced their release line up for 2011. GAME, starring Abhishek Bachchan, Kangna Ranaut, Boman Irani, Jimmy Shergill, Gauhar Khan, Shahana Goswami and Sarah Jane Dias, is slated for a 21st January 2011 release; Zoya Akhtar’s ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA, starring Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif, Farhan Akhtar, Abhay Deol and Kalki, is slated for an April-May 2011 release and DON 2, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Boman Irani, Om Puri and Lara Dutta and directed by Farhan Akhtar, will release on 23rd December 2011.
Wednesday 26th May 2010 09.00 IST
Boxofficeindia.Com Trade Network
The release schedule for UTV as of May 2010 for the next year is as follows.
04 Jun 2010 – Raajneeti
02 Jul 2010 – I Hate Luv Storys
16 July 2010 – Udaan
13 Aug 2010 – Peepli Live
27 Aug 2010 – Pan Singh Tomar
01 Oct 2010- Stepmom
Oct 2010 – Chillar Party
17 Nov 2010 – Guzaarish
10 Dec 2010 – No One Killed Jessica
24 Dec 2010 – Tees Maar Khan
21 Jan 2011 - Saat Khoon Maaf
Jan 2011 – Delhi Belly
08 Apr 2011 – Thank You
Olympic pugilist Vijender Singh is set to make his acting debut; will play a boxer in Patiala Express
It’s final. The handsome much-in-the-news celeb-boxer Vijender Singh who brought home an Olympics medal is set to make his acting debut. After many false and misleading reports of his debut as a leading man, Vijender’s bona fide acting launch will be in a film entitled Patiala Express where the boxer plays…a boxer! Surprise, surprise.
The film to be produced by Percept Ltd and the shooting begins in early 2011. Before that, Vijender, not much of an actor but possessing enough charm to set the screen on fire, will take a three month-acting course, starting October.
Speaking on the project, Shailendra Singh of Percept says, “I agree Vijender is not much of an actor yet. But he’s very good-looking and he’s one helluva boxer. We’ve cast him in Patiala Express as a boxer because we know he’ll look convincing. We’ve seen Sohail Khan and Bobby Deol play boxers (in Abhishek Kapoor’s Aryan and Anil Sharma’s Apne). What can I say?”
Vijender’s film won’t only be a launch pad for the popular boxer, the producers are looking at it as a means of promoting boxing. Says Singh, “We genuinely feel boxing has the potential to be the second most popular sport in our country after cricket. It doesn’t require too much investment and there’s no need for large expensive stadiums for the bouts.”
Patiala Express would endeavour to be the first authentic boxing film for India. The director is yet to be finalised.
Explains Shailendra Singh, “As far as I can see, there’s only one knock-out sports film in Hindi, and that’s Lagaan. Neither Aamir Khan nor Ashutosh Gowariker is available to direct Vijender’s boxing film. We’re looking at fresh directorial talent from the advertising world.”
As for Vijender’s leading, lady buzz is that Bipasha Basu is stepping into the boxer-turned-actor’s romantic arena.