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At a closed door meeting, Abbas Mustan and Studio 18 allegedly thought it best, given the failure of Lafangey Parindey. But the actor himself is unaware and laughing off the rumours…
Lafangey Parindey has indeed given Nitin Neil Mukesh a bad reputation. A few days ago, Abbas Mustan and Studio 18 supposedly had a meeting to drop the actor from The Italian Job. Worse still, Neil himself is unaware of this.
Reacting to our text regarding this, Neil shot back, “LOL. Get your facts right.”
The Italian Job film stars Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Omi Vaidya and Bobby Deol. Neil was supposed to play the role essayed by Edward Norton in the original.
A source close to the film disclosed to Mumbai Mirror, “The Italian Job is a very big and prestigious film for Abbas Mustan. They have been working at it for a long time now.
They don’t want to take any chances. Neil’s recent films (Aa Dekhen Zara, Lafangey Parindey) have not done well. Hence they are contemplating not to retain him in the film. However, Neil has not been informed as yet.”
Added the source, “Abbas Mustan took some time to grapple with the modalities of The Italian Job, but now everything has fallen in place. As of now, they are location scouting in the North Pole. The Italian Job will, in fact, be the first film to be shot in the North Pole.”
We guess the dirty job will have to be done by the duo-in-white once they return from their Arctic reconnaissance then. How cold.
Shooting of The Italian Job commences in November. “The film will start with a big schedule in Goa, followed by another long one in New Zealand and then Russia,” concluded the source.
Abhishek steps into Mark Wahlberg’s shoes, Sonam into Charlize Theron’s, Omi into Seth Green’s and Bobby into Jason Statham’s.
Despite having rejected innumerable offers, Priyanka Chopra still has nine films in her kitty for 2011, apart from a hat-trick with Vishal Bhardwaj
While there are many allegedly A-list actresses sitting at home waiting for worthwhile films to come their way, Priyanka Chopra has an entirely different dilemma to sort out in the coming year.
For 2011, Priyanka has been offered as many as nine films. And they are all the kind no actress of any merit would say no to. A source close to Priyanka says, “Actually Priyanka has been offered a lot more projects. The nine that she is considering are the short-listed ones.
The number of assignments she is doing has peaked with every passing year. In 2010, they were quite a handful. But for 2011 they have exceeded all limits. In the past one year she has already said no to plum assignments ranging from Prakash Jha’s Raajneeti to Abbas-Mustan’s The Italian Job because she devoted more than normal time to projects like What’s Your Raashee? and Saat Khoon Maaf.”
The above two films sapped Priyanka physically to the extent that she needed to cut down her assignments more than she would have otherwise.
Says the source, “It seems that every assignment that Priyanka takes on requires her to prepare and then get into character to an exhausting extent.”
Says Priyanka, “Doing the seven roles in Saat Khoon Maaf was like doing seven different films. Then I rushed off for Fear Factor, which was again physically very exhausting. Ideally, I’d have liked to take time off before going into my next film. But there is no time. I leave for Berlin in two weeks after vigorously promoting Anjaana Anjaani in Mumbai.”
Spoilt for choices? Yes. But Priyanka is also challenged for time and energy.
Says Priyanka, “There is just that much work I can do. I am not the kind of person who does things half-heartedly. Whether it’s a fun film like Don 2 or an intense study of feminine postures in Saat Khoon Maaf, I am 100 per cent all there. So yes, I’ve to regretfully say no to a lot of films in the coming year.”
The biggest challenge for Priyanka’s schedule is to accommodate Vishal Bhardwaj’s next. After two films together, Kaminey and Saat Khoon Maaf, the director is very keen to have her again.
But the question is, how? A glimmer of hope and a reprieve in her timetable comes from another delay in Anurag Basu’s Silence. The film has again been pushed forward from January by a few months in 2011. Priyanka is hoping to accommodate Vishal Bhardwaj’s next in that period.
But the problem is Vishal’s next film too needs intense preparation. Would Priyanka be able to go through the method acting one more time?
Priyanka says with a certain amusement in her voice, “I think I am stuck with roles that need plenty of preparation. I love the faith filmmakers have in me. But I am unable to accommodate all the roles, no matter how tempting. That’s the hard fact of life.”
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 11, 2010)
What do Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn have in common? SRK’s first super hit Baazigar, followed by Yes Boss, Baadshah, Josh, Main Hoon Na, Akshay Kumar’s Khiladi, Dhadkan and De Dana Dan, Aamir’s eternal favourite Akele Hum Akele Tum and Ajay Devgn’s Tezz Bullet Train are bankrolled by the Jain brothers, who are known in Bollywood folklore as the ‘invincible seven’.
SRK went on to do not one but five films with Venus Worldwide Entertainment Ltd. And today, as this company celebrates its silver jubilee year, they’ve scored a victory once again. Two of the biggest names, Ajay and Anil Kapoor, are all set to act in their 25th film — Tezz Bullet Train which also stars Kangna Ranaut, Mohanlal, Zayed Khan, Boman Irani and Sameera Reddy.
Says Priyadarshan who is directing the film, the shooting of which has commenced in London, “I had a choice of producers for Tezz Bullet Train. But I chose Ganesh Jain and Ratan Jain of Venus because my experience with them on Garam Masala, De Dana Dan and other films has been very sound. They are a director’s dream because they never interfere with the creative and yet they are able to take away every obstacle while filming. This makes them ideal producers.’’ Ajay agrees, “A producer is someone an actor must trust implicitly. Venus is a good banner.”
The men in white, Abbas-Mustan, have also reposed their complete faith in this banner. And they say given an opportunity, they would chose Venus again because “this banner has always stressed on quality first’’. Ganesh, who looks after the music arm of Venus and who has recently acquired the music rights of A R Rahman’s The Robot, says, “Our mantra is simple. We don’t rest on past laurels. The banner has plans to continue with multiple film projects each year and I feel that if you emphasise on quality, then success follows. We also intend to diversify into other avenues within Bollywood.’’
The light-eyed Ratan, who is the tall, willowy figure often captured on candid camera in the same frame as SRK, Aamir or Akshay, says, “We are 25 years young. And even more enthusiastic today than we ever were as far as filmmaking goes. Our films have been so successful only because we’ve given maximum emphasis on the entertainment quotient. Baazigar, Main Hoon Na, Dhadkan, Akele Hum Akele Tum, Josh, Yes Boss and Garam Masala are just some of the films on our roster that continue to reign supreme.’’
Akshay has the final word, “I’ve enjoyed a fabulous working relationship with Venus, I’ve done some of my biggest hits — Khiladi, Dhadkan and Garam Masala with them.” Herein lies the Jain Brothers’ secret to success.
Though Pankaj Kapur had forbidden her from working on another film before completing Mausam, the actress has been cast opposite Abhishek Bachchan in the Abbas-Mustan film
The fact of the matter is that Abbas-Mustan’s The Italian Job, to be produced by Studio 18, is supposed to go on floors in November. But the leading lady opposite Abhishek Bachchan had not been cast for the longest time, until now.
If you have kept abreast with our regular reports on this topic, you will know some of the reasons why several actresses chose to walk out of the film. But here’s a recap.
After Katrina Kaif quit the project and Abbas-Mustan reportedly called her ‘unprofessional’, she was gone for good. Consecutively, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra turned down the film.
And finally, while Sonam was very keen on working in the film, she was supposedly forbidden to do so by director Pankaj Kapur, until she finished working in his film Mausam.
Confirming this, Sheetal Talwar, producer of Mausam, had said, “It’s true. Pankajji has asked Sonam not to sign any more films until Mausam is done. Her dates in November, when we suppose The Italian Job will start, are with us.
There’s no question of date adjustment. I am sure Sonam understands the situation. We all adore her. She’s magical in front of the camera.”
Ostensibly, Sonam was then out of The Italian Job.
But the latest is that Sonam is back in the film. A source close to the film says, “Sonam has been cast opposite Abhishek. She is very much doing the film. One doesn’t know what transpired behind the scenes, but Sonam is back on board.”
The buzz in the industry is that Anil Kapoor might have called Pankaj Kapur so he allows Sonam to sign The Italian Job, while still working on Mausam. But when asked, neither Sonam nor her father reverted on this.
By Nikhil Ramsubramaniam, September 4, 2010 – 15:05 IST
One of the most awaited sequels is Race 2. After the super response to Race, the combo of director duo Abbas-Mustan and producer Ramesh Taurani (Tips) is all set to return with yet another high octane thriller. The casting of Race 2 has been a much talked about topic among industry folks and on last count it was heard that Anil Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan and John Abraham are part of the project while the leading ladies were yet to be finalized.
However, the latest is that the makers have just signed Priyanka Chopra for one of the main female leads. Confirming this, producer Ramesh Taurani says, “Yes Priyanka Chopra has been finalized for Race 2 while we are still on the look out for 2 more heroines.” On being asked, whom the actress was paired opposite, Taurani said, “That you will have to wait and watch as Race 2 is also full of twists and turns.”
Taurani also denied the rumours doing the rounds about Saif walking out of the project. “All these stories are completely false. Saif is very much a part of Race 2. He along with Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, and now Priyanka Chopra are the actors who are confirmed on board.”
With Priyanka joining the cast, Race 2 only gets hotter and hotter. We can’t wait!
Still fighting over the rights of the Spanish film Ladron Que Roba A Ladron, Abbas-Mustan and Sanjay Gupta landed up at the actor’s house with the same offer
For quite some time now, Sanjay Gupta and Abbas Mustan have been at loggerheads with each other, over the rights to remake the Spanish action-thriller Ladron Que Roba A Ladron, in Hindi. The fight is now headed for an interesting climax. Recently, Abbas-Mustan and Sanjay Gupta approached Arjun Rampal with not only the same film but also the same role.
Sanjay Gupta’s film is supposedly titled Jahan Teri Yeh Nazar Hai (which strangely seems like something Gupta would be saying to Abbas-Mustan under the circumstances!). Abbas Mustan on the other hand have chosen to call the film Players.
In all of this, Arjun is in a tight spot. When contacted, the actor said, “Yes, I am supposed to meet Abbas-Mustan and Gupta,” but playing safe, he was quick to add, “I don’t know the details of any of the two films.”
Speaking about the casting process, Gupta said, “My film has many heroes and I want Arjun as one of them.” But on discovering that Abbbas-Mustan had approached Arjun with the film and the same role that he had planned for the actor, Gupta was livid.
While the fight over Arjun still needs to be put to rest, the one over the rights of the film gets murkier. When asked about the original rights of the film, an enraged Gupta said, “I fail to fathom why Abbas-Mustan and the producer of their film Ketan Maru are so stubborn about this whole thing.
I have clearly told them that I have purchased the rights (from the original producer Lion Gate Films). They just refuse to understand!”
And Gupta is determined to put up a hard fight. He added, “I have been pressurised by many people in the industry to part with the rights and hand them over to Abbas-Mustan. But I am not going to bow down.”
Strangely, when told that Arjun was approached by Abbas-Mustan as well as Sanjay Gupta, Ketan Maru laughed and said, “Yes, we have approached Arjun and there is some confusion that prevails on our film. But we’ll sort it out.”
Quite a mishmash of reactions. But Arjun, whose side are you on?
Katrina Kaif, Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor have all refused The Italian Job. Abbas-Mustan are wondering why casting women has been so tough
Abbas Mustan’s The Italian Job has run into trouble yet again. The film is said to have a male-dominated cast and has Abhishek Bachchan playing one of the lead roles, apart from Neil Nitin Mukesh, Omi Vaidya and others.
After Katrina Kaif walked out of the film ostensibly because she was not too happy with the script, Sonam followed her footsteps. However, Sonam’s reason for quitting the film is different; Pankaj Kapur told her to concentrate on Mausam and that is why Sonam chose to quit The Italian Job.
The latest development is that even Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone have refused to come on board. “The reason is that the role is not exciting enough for the female actors,” says a source close to the film.
We hear, that even Kareena Kapoor had refused a role in the film. While one may assume that she too wasn’t excited about the role, there could be another angle to her refusal. She may hav been reluctant to work with Abhishek. But a source close to Kareena says, “In fact, Bebo was the first choice.”
The film sure seems jinxed with casting its ladies but apparently Abbas-Mustan are now in advance talks with Anushka Sharma. What say, Anushka?
Kunal’s unhappy that Priyanka cited date issues for his big project starring Saif
Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 1, 2010)
The industry is buzzing with the gossip of another huge fallout in Tinseltown. Filmmaker Kunal Kohli is apparently hopping mad with the sassy Priyanka Chopra. The actress, who is busy for over a year with approximately seven film offers, was supposedly approached by Kunal for a film in which he wanted to launch a new jodi — Priyanka and Saif Ali Khan. However, due to date issues, she could not give him a nod. But there’s also buzz that she’s doing Sajid Nadiadwala’s film with Saif instead.
Meanwhile, Priyanka’s deliberations about Kunal’s film apparently made the director very unhappy as he was chasing her for quite some time. Sources revealed, “Kunal has expressed his disappointment and anger to some industry professionals. We hear that Kunal’s words have also reached Priyanka’s ears and she was quite taken aback.”
The informer added, “Kunal isn’t ready to understand that Priyanka is neck deep into work. From finishing Vishal Bhardwaj’s Saat Khoon Maaf to Farhan Akhtar’s Don 2, Abbas Mustan’s Race 2, The Italian Job and several other film offers, Priyanka has no breathing space. Along with all this, she is also doing Khatron Ke Khiladi and many endorsements. Vishal wanted to cast her again but she is facing date issues with him too. Kunal has, however, taken it to heart.”
Since Priyanka is in Brazil shooting for her TV reality show, she could not be contacted for comment. However, when we contacted Kunal, despite the entire industry knowing about him planning a film with Saif and Priyanka and the internet too having hundreds of reports on his ambitious project, he said, “I haven’t approached her for any film. I’m doing a film with Saif. We haven’t locked the heroine yet, just finished the script. I’m told Priyanka’s doing Sajid Nadiadwala’s film with Saif. So, that’s why I haven’t approached her.”
By Taran Adarsh, August 31, 2010 – 08:26 IST
The trend of making sequels has caught on in a big way. In fact, the moment a film hits the bull’s eye, most producers immediately jump at the idea of making a sequel to the film. The announcement of a sequel creates tremendous excitement within and outside the film industry and gradually, the film becomes a brand.
The latest news doing the rounds is that producer Ramesh Taurani is planning to make a sequel to ISHQ VISHK. Rumours are rife that Ratna Sinha will direct the film, which is expected to star Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra in the lead. However, Ramesh Taurani denies the development completely, “It’s untrue. We don’t have a story for a sequel, so how can we announce the film in the first place?” But he confirms that Ratna Sinha did narrate a subject to him. “But it was for an altogether different film. Beyond that we haven’t had any discussions,” Taurani adds.
Meanwhile, Taurani is gearing up to start RACE 2, directed by Abbas-Mustan. This film is likely to take off early next year.
…even as he’s busy reliving his days as a struggling newcomer
Aakanksha Naval-Shetye | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; August 24, 2010)
Anil Kapoor has for long maintained a safe distance from the small screen. Having dodged several TV shows, including turning down lucrative offers to host reality and game shows, he even refrained from doing TV commercials except for one. However, now Anil’s finally taken the plunge and made his TV debut in an international television series alongside action star Kiefer Sutherland. And so pleasant was the experience that the actor is now keen to produce a TV show himself. “I won’t divulge the details, but it’s not a reality show. It will be an entirely new format and concept, something that’s never been seen on Indian television before,” he says.
As for his international TV debut, Anil’s excited about the reviews he’s been getting overseas. “It’s been a great learning experience. I hope to incorporate a lot of that in our own productions here. They have immense respect for us.” Buzz was also that Anil was complimented for his fit looks as he was for his performance. Anil’s looks belie his age, but his body of work gives away his Bollywood age! And after 30 years of being a part of the industry, the actor feels that life has come a full circle. With so many new ventures lined up, Anil says that he’s feeling the same high and excitement that he had felt as a struggler.
“I have much more on my platter than I can handle and it’s a good feeling because it’s keeping me on my toes. I feel like an absolute newcomer!” he declares. “The only difference is that back then I had to think about earning my daily bread and my responsibilities towards family, but today I am doing it for myself and have nothing to lose.” Juggling between his production house, finalising several more international projects and shooting for his films here including Priyadarshan’s Bullet and Abbas Mustan’s Race 2, Anil’s been working around the clock and has no plans of slowing down. So, is direction on the cards too? “No, that’s not on my mind at all. I am happier being in front of the camera,” he smiles.