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Amitabh Bachchan is a busy bee a couple of days ahead of his 68th. He is shooting simultaneously for his new film Power, directed by Raj Kumar Santoshi, and Kaun Banega Crorepati.
A few nights ago he stole the show walking the ramp for Karan Johar. His energy is at an all-time high.
Excerpts from a tête-à-tête.
So, all set for the birthday celebrations at home?
Hold on! There will be no celebrations at home. Of course, if people come over unannounced, they’re most welcome. I’ll be opening KBC this day. I have been working late into the nights recording promos for the show.
Is Rajnikanth coming to Mumbai for your birthday?
There are no such plans. But we’ve great affection for one another. I met Rajni for the first time in Chennai when I was shooting at the AVM Studios. He came across and met me. We’ve been friends ever since. He’s such a humble and simple human being. So down-to-earth… how he remains that way with the kind of fan-following he has is a mystery.
His wife has been a wonderful support. She has brought up their children so well. Every time I am in Chennai, I call and visit him. We call each other whenever the need arises.
What did you think of Robot?
What a massive achievement! Great entertainer. It’s all Rajni and Shankar and their hard work.
On the eve of your birthday you rocked on the ramp.
Thank you… Kya Karen, karna padta hai kissi terah.
How do you it?
Keep crossing new thresholds in your career?
I don’t know about that. I had walked the ramp just once… no twice before, but both times for a cause. This time, I did it because Karan (Johar) asked. I can’t say no to Karan. He is family.
Walking the ramp looks easy enough from the other side. When you look at the models doing it you say, ‘Hey, it’s not a tough job at all.’ But once you go up there you really start admiring them. It’s not just a simple walk. It’s actually a nightmare.
This time you seem very comfortable with your television appearance.
I’m going back to KBC after 10 years. I remember in 2000 when I did the show I was raw to the medium, very hesitant very nervous. That hasn’t changed.
Anytime I go in front of the camera for any medium there will be apprehensions. Creativity is an ongoing process. No matter how professional you are, it can never be enough. One can never be fully comfortable on television. It’s a frightening medium for me.
You seem to enjoy your interaction with the aam aadmi on KBC.
Yes, they all have such an interesting back story… where they came from, how they grew up.
This time on the show we actually follow the lives of the contestants to their roots. I actually get to see where they came from, what their parents and family think, etc.
The human-interest level is high this time. KBC can now be a life-changing moment for the contestant.
There are people coming on the show from places where the show did not reach earlier. For them KBC is an opportunity to make the kind of money in a hour that they’ve never seen before.
Television will occupy a lot of your time this year.
KBC will go on only until November or the first week of December. I have started shooting for Raj Kumar Santoshi’s Power, which will be followed by Prakash Jha’s Aarakshan. Then there’s Balki’s film. We’ve finally zeroed in on a subject. It will be produced by AB Corp Ltd.
Akshay Kumar is super confident that his film will strike a chord with every Indian in the crowd
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOBMAY TIMES; July 23, 2010)
Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar and National Award-winning director Priyadarshan have tickled a funny bone many times. While films like Garam Masala and De Dana Dan have sailed through comfortably, Hera Pheri had broken box office records.
As far as the trade goes, this is a formidable combination. And therefore their Khatta Meetha that releases worldwide today, is expected to get a heartwarming response. Based on the travails of the common man who lives his life dealing with everyday traumas like pot-holed roads and traffic congestion, the film touches on how the aam Indian can be lured into corruption by a failing system.
Such is Akshay’s faith in this satirical comedy produced by Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd (SACVL) and Cape of Good Films Private Limited, that he is actually co-presenting it under his banner Hari Om Entertainment Company in association with SACVL. Says Akshay, “The film has innumerable things going for it. It is not your regular slapstick comedy. It has a very strong emotional base and the right dosage of drama. It isn’t a happy-go-lucky film. It cleverly combines emotions and entertainment.’’
While trade consultant Amod Mehra maintains that Khatta Meetha will take a very strong initial, especially so in Maharashtra, Akshay says that Sachin Tichkule, the character he plays in the film, will knock on the doors of every Indian with his goofy charm. Will Tichkule’s charms work mainly in Maharashtra? “I don’t think so. If Singh Is Kingg could win India over and not just Punjab, there is no reason why Sachin Tichkule’s reach can’t be pan-India,’’ he says.
Akshay re-iterates that the film in the genre of pure family entertainer also has other aces to throw up. It has South superstar Trisha making her Hindi film debut. It has terrific music, especially in the numbers Bull-shit and Nanachi Taang, that are currently the favourite downloads.
“And more importantly, it has Priyadarshan — who is as deft at handling emotions as he is with comedy, tackling a sensitive subject based in a small-town set up,’’ he adds. Akshay is confident that the backdrop may be slightly rustic and the setup may lack the gloss, “But if you have heart, you’re bound to fall in love with this film,’’ he says.
What Rahul Gandhi did, Ranbir Kapoor perfected in Mumbai
Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; May 27, 2010)
Rahul Gandhi, the poster boy of Indian politics, did it for the Congress first in Mumbai… travelling by a Kalyan bound CR local between Dadar and Ghatkopar, to defy the Shiv Sena in February and establish the fact that Mumbai is for all Indians… but Ranbir Kapoor, the poster boy of Bollywood, was more at ease when he hopped into a Churchgate-bound WR local at Andheri to alight at Mahim in a promo for the Ronnie Screwvala produced and Prakash Jha-directed film Raajneeti.
Both, Rahul and Ranbir undertook their train journeys to establish a local connect with the aam aadmi… and, coincidentally, both were dressed in kurta and Kolhapuris, which is the attire of the politician… and which, coincicentally again, is what Rahul is in real life and Ranbir plays Rajneeti. The film also stars Nana Patekar, Ajay Devgn, Katrina Kaif, Manoj Bajpai, Arjun Rampal, Naseeruddin Shah and Sarah Thompson Kane and is about Indian politics, about democracy and its ugly underside, about elections, and about the few people who control the destiny of millions, their unstoppable ambition, and their bitter and violent battle to achieve it. Rahul Gandhi, by this brazen act of defiance, won the hearts of Mumbaikars and perhaps scored brownie points for the Congress to be calculated in elections to come. And Ranbir Kapoor, he sent commuters’ hearts a flutter in the ladies compartment for sure, but what his Mumbai rail yatra will do for Raajneeti we’ll only know on June 4, when the film releases…
PRINCE V/S JKSAH!
I am waiting for Prince since a long time chiefly because of Vivek Oberoi, an actor whom I really appreciate a lot. I was also the one who was invited for promo launch of the film which took place way back in November. The producers of the film, Tips, had their flick Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani releasing just 4 days later and we were tempted with the offer of getting free audio CDs of it if we attend! Assuming that the star cast of the film and many journalists and media persons will be present, I went for it. Also just a week before this, 3 Idiots promo launch had happened which was star studded and I expected something similar here too!
I reached at the scheduled time with a friend at Pixion Studios (Bandra, Mumbai). The only known face there was of producer Kumar Taurani. Star cast was missing and even the media guys due to some reason skipped the event! Then I realized that only aam aadmis were invited! We were taken in a small preview theatre and shown the promo. Then we were given a questionnaire as to what we liked or disliked the promo. A guy then approached and video shot our reactions (CHECK THE CLIP HERE! I m the 2nd guy, the one with specks!). That’s it! We then left. No one got Ajab Prem CDs as promised; the only thing provided was water!
But still it was a great experience. The promo was rocking and the preview audi had awesome reclining seats, very superior picture quality and sound system which no multiplex offers! In fact, the critics also get to see films in such preview theatres. I had always heard about it and was longing to experience it and finally my wish got fulfilled!
So from that day my excitement for Prince increased manifold. Songs are awesome; the film looks technically brilliant and the 3 sexy sirens in the film wonderfully enhance the glamour quotient and have also increased hype. However, what goes heavily against the film is its very high cost (40 cr or 55?). Vivek is not that bankable actor to get audience throng to nearest theatres to watch his film. Besides, nowadays, even multi-starrers and biggies are finding it difficult to cross 35/40 crores. How will Tauranis recover this huge amount beats me. And if the film gets negative reports and public gives it a thumbs down, Prince will be disaster!
Nevetheless, my best wishes to Prince team including Vivek Oberoi! Chak de phatte!
The second release is Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai (JKSAH) starring the cute Aladin pair, Riteish Deshmukh and Jacqueline Fernandez. It’s an out and out romcom and has generated moderate excitement among people. It should attract some section of audiences in its opening weekend and its prospect will then depend on the response that it gets. The highpoint of the film would be special appearances by Farah Khan, Akshay Kumar, Boman Irani and Priyanka Chopra!
It’s difficult to predict which film will get a better opening, although Prince might have an upper hand. Which film are you interested in? Do let me know!
APARNA SEN’S DELAYED FILM TO RELEASE TOMORROW
After wowing one and all with 15 Park Avenue, director Aparna Sen is back with The Japanese Wife (TJW) that is releasing tomorrow. Starring Rahul Bose, Raima Sen and Japanese actor Chigasu Takaku, TJW was shot long back and was in cans since a long time. The premise of the film is interesting-it’s a story about a man and woman who haven’t met each other ever but get married through letters and remain faithful to each other despite not even seen each other’s face! Unfortunately, like all recent releases, the film is arriving sans promotion. Hence, the film will be a commercial disaster although it might earns accoloades from critics. Sad enough!
Bollywood is abuzz with new ideas. Risks are being taken to provide a new experience in movie making as well as in movie watching. Love Sex Aur Dhokha falls under it. Filmed using low-budget techniques, what makes the film a winner is not solely its title and that it’s a complete digital film but that it is very well written and scripted. And the performance by all the unknown actors is like an icing on the cake. Love Sex Aur Dhokha exposes the very dark and selfish side of humans. It’s as raw as it can get and it is as real as it can be!
The film is divided into 3 stories:
SUPERHIT PYAR: Rahul (Anshuman Jha) is making his graduation film titled ‘Mehendi Laga Ke Rakhna’. He casts Shruti (Shruti), daughter of a rich and powerful businessman as his heroine. Soon they fall in love with one another. They run away and get married. Is this the best or worst decision of their lives?
PAAP KI DUKAAN: Adarsh (Raj Kumar Yadav) installs security cameras in a 24-hour departmental store. He has only a week to clear his debts or else he’ll have to face dangerous consequences. His associate persuades him to woo Rashmi (Neha Chauhan), a salesgirl working in the store, have sex with her and shoot the entire footage using the security cameras as it would really get him lot of money. Will Adarsh commit this immoral act?
BADNAAM SHOHRAT: Prabhat (Amit Sial), a sting journalist, is facing a bad time. He comes across Naina (Arya Devdutta) who he saves while she attempts suicide. Naina is distressed as Loki Local (Herry Tangri), a popular pop star had slept with her in return for a promise for casting her in his next album. But Herry insteas casts a Russian blonde. Prabhat provokes her to take revenge in the form of a sting operation. Will everything go as per their plans?
Love Sex Aur Dhokha might remind of Sex Lies & Videotape or more recently of Cloverfield which was also filmed with similar techniques. However, the shaky and moving camerawork doesn’t bother or irritate at all. One miraculously adjusts to it as if we are used to such digitial flicks since years! Also, the convincing screenplay makes the film a winner!
My take on the 3 stories:
SUPERHIT PYAR: The first story inadvertently leaves the biggest impact. There’s not a single moment where the pace dips. It is funny, gaudy and has some sweet moments too. However, the culmination leaves you shocked and disturbed to say the least. Anshuman Jha’s aam aadmi looks helped him deliver a convincing performance. Shruti was great and the person who played Shruti’s father gives a brilliant performance.
PAAP KI DUKAAN: What I loved the most here is it is set in a supermarket. Since the happenings are viewed through surveillance cameras, there are only around 4-5 camera angles used throughout the story. Also the way the backroom of the store was partly converted into a CCTV monitoring centre was interesting. The story is the longest of all 3 and gathers momentum almost immediately. The widely discussed sex scene is a part of this story that leaves an impact for sure. The ending was unexpected and unconventional. Raj Kumar Yadav was perfect as the possessive boyfriend while Neha Chauhan wonderfully plays the role the of shy and reserved salesgirl. Also worth mentioning is the lady who played the talkative salesgirl.
BADNAAM SHOHRAT: Naina’s characterization impresses a lot here. The sequence where the sting gets shot is the highpoint of the story. There comes a strange twist where Naina goes to shoot a second and final sting. The ending again was unpredictable but to an extent justified. Arya Devdutta was completely natural as the wannabe model. Amit Sial was a lookalike of Nagarjuna while Herry Tangri was Mika’s lookalike (and this was intentional it seems!). Both however give a fabulous performance with Herry impressing a little more.
Sneha Khanwilkar’s music like her previous work (‘Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!’) was hatke but likeable. The title song undoubtedly is the best track and is played in the end when credits roll. Nikos Andritsakis’s cinematography was the most unique aspect of the film. The film might have fallen like a pack of cards if Nikos hadn’t known his job well. Fortunately, he does a great job. Even the film was shot using spycams, camcorders and CCTV cameras and is shaky at parts, the film doesn’t turn confusing. One can decipher what’s going on. Great work! Namrata Rao’s editing was flawless.
Dibakar Banerjee and Kanu Behl have written the story and screenplay and have done an excellent job with it. The premise of all 3 films is very topical and something we are all aware of. We all know about MMS scandals, sting operations and opposition to interclass marriages and hence the film is easily relatable and is realistic. Fortunately, the duo comes up with a great story as well and that’s what rocks. Also, all the 3 stories are smartly interlinked too! Bravo guys!
Dibakar impressed a lot with his debut film Khosla Ka Ghosla and now his fan base has increased with this truly path-breaking film. Dibakar in an interview said that with Love Sex Aur Dhokha, he wants to show that he can make non Delhi-centric films too! However, the Delhi hangover can be seen at several points throughout the film. In fact, one can argue that the film is based in Delhi (as nowhere in the flick there is a mention of the city’s name). But then no one is complaining too! We love the Delhi magic that Dibakar captures and it gets shot here too although unintentionally!
The best thing is that Dibakar had done extensive homework before shooting. He somehow realized which ‘hatke’ camera angle and close will manage to impact and he was bang on! Also he should be applauded too for casting all unknown actors which made this film realistic and true to life. Hats off and waiting for your next project!
Some of the best scenes:
1. Shruti’s dad showing his palatial house to Rahul
2. Shruti’s dad informing Rahul that Shruti’s marriage is fixed
3. Rahul and Shruti in the hotel
4. End of Story 1 (gory and shocking)
5. Committee goons threaten Adarsh
6. Adarsh’s attempts to woo Rashmi
7. End of Story 2
8. Prabhat and Naina’s failed suicide attempt
9. Prabhat and Naina at the momo stall
10. Naina meets Loki in the hotel room
11. Sting no.1 and 2
On the whole, Love Sex Aur Dhokha is a raw, original and intense cinema. It is one-of-its-kind in Bollywood and wins because of its story, dialogues, script and performances. Go for it and have a very very hatke experience!
My rating-**** out of 5!
By Taran Adarsh, August 28, 2009 – 09:33 IST
Certain issues continue to make waves and hit headlines. Issues like the influx of people from the Northern states to Mumbai, or the one where, allegedly, residential societies don’t seem too keen to allot flats to members of a particular community…
N. Chandra encompasses all this and more in YEH MERA INDIA. The style of narrating the stories is akin to CRASH, while the storytelling is similar to Chandra’s accomplished works ANKUSH and PRATIGHAAT – two films that made him an iconic figure then.
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
YEH MERA INDIA is sharp as a blade and yes, it does re-open old wounds. The film works in most parts because you identify with most stories, but how one wishes Chandra would’ve kept the length of the movie in check.
Final word? YEH MERA INDIA has its heart in the right place. Here’s a film that pricks your conscience and makes you think. Recommended!
YEH MERA INDIA is an attempt to explore the real stories behind the headlines. These stories deal with racial bias, communal bias, caste bias, class bias, gender bias, lingual bias and immigrant bias that plague the society. It is a story of one day in the life of 12 people from different strata of Mumbai city, which is a melting pot of cultures.
N. Chandra goes back to his roots – topical, hard-hitting themes – and picks up stories that the common man would relate to. These stories are connected to one another and some of them are disturbing, which only goes to prove that the storyteller has succeeded in drawing your attention to the problems.
But what dilutes the impact is the way some of these stories are culminated in the concluding reels. In real life, not all stories have a happy end, but in this case, they do. Also, since Chandra has chosen to raise too many issues, it’s sure to take a toll on the length of the film, with each story demanding a justifiable ending and that only makes the goings-on lengthy.
Chandra is best remembered for his first two films [also TEZAAB] and in YEH MERA INDIA, the N. Chandra of yore is visible in several sequences. One only wishes the production values would’ve been superior.
The film has an ensemble cast and the actors infuse life in their characters. In fact, every actor in YEH MERA INDIA leaves a mark, but the ones who stand out are Anupam Kher, Parvin Dabas, Vijay Raaz, Atul Kulkarni, Seema Biswas, Rajpal Yadav and Smilie Suri.
On the whole, YEH MERA INDIA is a film that grows on you. It’s a film that the aam aadmi would connect with. At the box-office, this film should show an escalation thanks to a strong word of mouth.