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Sajid Khan and Stoneman Murders director Manish Gupta had an ugly spat at the MAMI forum in Chandan Cinema on Sunday afternoon.
Talking to Mumbai Mirror, Manish says, “Yes, Sajid and I had a war of words. I didn’t like what he said about scriptwriters in our country.”
What exactly did Sajid say? Alleges Manish, “Sajid said that we don’t have good scriptwriters in India, which is why Indian filmmakers tend to copy Hollywood films.”
Manish says that he retaliated. “I told him that there is no lack of courage in Indian writers. It is just that directors in India don’t treat writers very well and even underpay them, which is why many writers like Abbas Tyrewala, Anurag Kashyap, Aneez Bazmee, Rumi Jaffrey, Milap Zaveri, Sanjay Chhel and Manoj Tyagi move on to become directors.”
Manish further alleged, “What Sajid said to that, he shook me up very badly.
He said that all the names that I have quoted are directors who know nothing about what the audience wants, whose films have flopped, and who have consequently gone back to writing.” The argument then got uglier and the mike had to be taken away from Manish. “Yes, I was very upset and angry,” said he.
While a friend of Sajid said, “It was a forum and there are bound to be discussions,” Sajid himself remained unavailable for comment. He must have been renting the latest Hollywood DVD.
Abbas Tyrewala’s Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na was the biggest surprise of 2008. While the film was in production, no trade pundit, or even its cast and crew members expected the film to take such an electrifying start and do a terrific business at the BO. Hence, the curiosity levels were skyhigh for Jhootha Hi Sahi, Tyrewala’s second flick. Unfortunately, the film doesn’t meet all the expectations and falls short of the level Tyrewala had set for himself with Jaane Tu. However, go for the film without comparing it with Jaane Tu or any other film and you are bound to enjoy. Jhootha Hi Sahi has a soul and loads of sweet and simple fun that makes it a perfect bet for this weekend for you and your friends/loved one!
The story of the movie: Siddharth (John Abraham), a shy and introvert guy, runs a bookstore named ‘Kaagaz Ke Phool’ along with his Pakistani friend Omar (Raghu Ram) in London. He’s compelled to take the part-time job of a suicide counselor after a suicide helpline agency wrongly publishes his number on their pamphlets. One night, he gets a call from Mishka (Pakhi). And life is never the same again for Sid. Both develop a bond for each other. Sid becomes her nameless and 4AM friend. He encourages her to live her life to the fullest once again. Sid, knowing for sure that he’ll never be meeting Mishka face-to-face brags as to how he has done it all…space travel, mountaineering, shark-taming! However, one day, they accidentally meet. Soon, Sid finds himself falling in love with Mishka. And that’s not good since he has said mountains of lies to Mishka. And not to forget, Sid isn’t single…he is ‘most probably’ the boyfriend of Krutika aka Kuttika (Manasi Scott).
Jhootha Hi Sahi after a point gets clichéd and also predictable, especially towards the climax. However, they are several factors that make Jhootha Hi Sahi an enjoyable fare inspite of the glitches. Firstly, most of the characters are hilarious and you instantly develop a liking for them. Be it Omar, her dominating pregnant sister Aliya (Alishka Varde), Aliya’s desperate-to-marry boyfriend Nick (George Young), Krutika and Sid and Mishka themselves, all are nicely sketched and nicely performed too. There are some more characters but the focus is more on the aforementioned ones who make this entire 2.30 hours film a treat. Secondly and most important, the film has a uniform pace. The film at no point gets dragging that you become restless or too fast that you don’t know what’s going on. It goes ahead with a perfect pace with significant developments happening at regular intervals.
The film begins on a humourous note with Sid receiving 3 calls in need of assistance (with voices of Imran Khan, Ritesh Deshmukh and Abhishek Bachchan). The scene where Mishka calls Sid for the first time was intriguing. The film gets better as Sid (and also the viewers) discovers more about Mishka. The problems faced by characters seem straight out of life and hence very relatable.
As mentioned below, the pace just doesn’t fall even during the 2nd half when most films tend to get drag before the onset of climax. Nothing as such however is to be seen in Jhootha Hi Sahi. Although the pre-climax portion was weird (Mishka breaking off all ties with Sid), the film thankfully gets on track soon. The climax was amazing but too filmy. Still it works! And anyways, even Jaane Tu had such an unbelievable climax and we still liked it, didn’t we?
John Abraham like everytime gives his hundred percent to his role and comes out with flying colours. This role was way different from his previous films but yet comes up with a fine performance. Pakhi was brilliant. Casting a debutant like Pakhi and not any established actress is the best decision taken by the makers. This way, we judge her purely on the basis of her performance in this flick. Also she looks so cute and performs so convincingly that you can’t help but actually sympathize with her even though the problem her character was facing in the film is beaten to death by many other films. A brilliant debut indeed!
Raghu Ram seemed confident and provided lot of laughs in the film. He’ll be seen next in Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan. Alishka Varde was excellent as the dominating sis without going over the top in any scene. George Young impresses while Manasi Scott gets it quite right. R Madhavan wasn’t the right choice for the role. Nandana Sen and Anaitha Nair were good in their respective roles. Others do a fine job.
A R Rahman’s music wasn’t the best from his stable but worth listening to. 3 songs – Cry Cry, Do Nishaaniyaan and Pam Pa Ra – have a high repeat value. Pakhi has even written the story which wasn’t fresh and new but the screenplay ensures that you don’t lose interest from the film at any point. If the film touches your heart, it’s also thanks to Abbas Tyrewala’s wonderful direction. It’s unsure whether Jhootha Hi Sahi will get its commercial due but one thing is for sure-Abbas Tyrewala, the director has certainly evolved and is here to stay!
Some of the best scenes:
1. Sid gets 3 mysterious calls
2. Mishka calls Sid for the first time
3. Mishka at Sid’s bookstore (hilarious!)
4. Sid at Mishka’s DVD Store
5. Sid and Mishka go for dinner
6. Mishka at Aliya’s place for dinner
7. Omar and Krutika go out for dinner (funny!)
8. Sid and Kabir (Madhavan) meet for the first time
9. The last 20 minutes
On the whole, Jhootha Hi Sahi is a sweet and cute entertainer that will surely make up for the perfect outing this weekend with your friends or loved one. Go for it!
My rating-*** ½
By Taran Adarsh, October 22, 2010 – 08:28 IST
Every film should be judged purely on the basis of its merits/demerits. Comparisons or drawing parallels with another film, even if it’s helmed by the same director, is not right, in my opinion. But if the posters/billboards/newspaper ads/promotional material of JHOOTHA HI SAHI has an eye-catching line that screams ‘From the director of JAANE TU YA JAANE NA’, if not comparisons, the expectations from JHOOTHA HI SAHI do multiply five-fold, since JAANE TU YA JAANE NA was, in terms of economics, the biggest hit of 2008.
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Sadly, Abbas Tyrewala’s new offering JHOOTHA HI SAHI falls flat for this reason [it doesn't meet the expectations] as well as several other reasons. What comes across is unexciting, boring and lethargic. Moments make a love story work and JHOOTHA HI SAHI never reaches there. It lacks the fizz and heart, to put it bluntly. Also, the chemistry between the lead pair – John Abraham and Pakhi – is plastic.
Another department where the film fumbles, besides writing, is its music. It’s an unspoken rule that love stories should be embellished with terrific music, but maestro A.R. Rahman’s compositions in JHOOTHA HI SAHI are lifeless.
Final word? Thumbs down!
When Siddharth [John Abraham] wakes up one night to a call from a desperate man threatening to jump out of the window, he isn’t prepared for what lies ahead. A mixed-up phone number. A desi suicide helpline in London. And various callers demanding that Sid give them a reason to live. Or else… Until one fateful night, Mishka [Pakhi] calls. And they both discover an unlikely bond.
Sid becomes her nameless friend. Her faceless philosopher. And she becomes his reason to rethink about life. Along the way, he also lies to her. Lies about his exciting adventures and daring escapades. The mountains he has climbed and the sharks he has tamed. Until the day they accidentally meet. And Sid falls in love.
How can he tell her the truth? That he’s just a simple bookseller? With four friends, a small apartment and a girlfriend whom no one likes and he doesn’t love.
The first and foremost thing that you expect from a film is an engrossing story and of course, a cohesive screenplay that keeps your attention alive for the next two hours. But the screenplay [Pakhi] is devoid of moments that bring a smile on your face at the end of the screening. Ideally, one would expect the focus to be on the principal pair, but the sub-plots [the friends and their sequences] dominate a good chunk of the film. And that, consequently, makes the film verbose, talk-heavy, tedious and verrry lengthy.
On retrospection, the female protagonist [Pakhi] comes across as a confused character, who finds stability in her life when John stages an entry, but goes back to her ex [Madhavan] for no particular reason. And the moment she does that, she drops John like a hot potato. That’s not all, she, all of a sudden, dumps her ex too and goes back to John. Thanks to this reason, the character comes across as someone who’s stone-hearted, cold and confused and that’s also the reason why you don’t jump with joy when the lovers unite towards the end.
Also, like I pointed out earlier, the multiple tracks in the film are a deterrent. The track of the gay couple is silly and unimaginative, while the relationship between the aggressive and dominating pregnant sister and her Japanese fiance is weird. Also, if the sensibilities of the film are Western and the humour British, the ending becomes Bollywoodish conveniently. The entire sequence at the bridge looks so filmy.
Director Abbas Tyrewala has filmed a number of sequences impeccably, but the writing is flaccid and the prime reason why the film fails to register an impact. Rahman’s music is of the fast-forward variety and that’s all the more surprising since the duo [Rahman and Tyrewala] had come up with a winning score in JAANE TU YA JAANE NA.
John makes a sincere attempt to look the part, but he’s awkward, especially in sequences when he stammers. Pakhi is a complete miscast. She looks too matured and has her limitations as an actor. Amongst the sundry characters, Raghu Ram is noticeable. R. Madhavan should avoid such flimsy characters.
On the whole, JHOOTHA HI SAHI is an absolute letdown in terms of content. Given its high costs on one hand and weak merits on the other, the film will make a big hole in the pockets of its investors.
Debutante director Faruk Kabir will have to wait to see his debut film Allah Ke Banday
The film, which was scheduled to release on the 22nd of October has now been pushed to the 12th of November.
The change came as Jhootha Hi Sahi has now been postponed to the 22nd of October, making it difficult for Allah Ke Banday to get more cinema halls.
When contacted, Faruk Kabir said, “Yes it is true, we will be releasing the film on the 12th of November now.
The problem is that with Abbas Tyrewala’s Jhootha Hi Sahi shifting to 22nd of October, along with Ramu’s Rakta Charitra, we had problems getting single screens.
But this forced change has given us a chance to give more time to the marketing.”
Allah Ke Banday, based on juvenile crime, stars Naseeruddin Shah, Sharman Joshi and Faruk Kabir in lead roles.
But the producers of Jhootha Hi Sahi, which has been pushed to October 22, insist that it’s to offer the maestro more “creative freedom”
Jhootha Hi Sahi which was slated to release on October 15 has been pushed by a week. The reason being its music director A R Rahman. The background music of Jhootha Hi Sahi still requires some work and therefore director Abbas Tyrewala has decided to postpone the release. The film will now release on the October 22.
Our source said, “Abbas Tyrewala wanted to give A R Rahman creative freedom and not nag him with deadlines. Therefore without batting an eyelid Abbas decided to push the release date and give A R Rahman more time to work on the background score of Jhootha Hi Sahi.
|A R Rahman and Abbas Tyrewala|
Although Abbas was travelling with Rahman everywhere to finish the background, it is obvious that the work is far from over. Abbas took a completely creative decision when he postponed the release date by a week. He feels that what Rahman brings to a project is very valuable. He did not want to hamper A R Rahman’s creative process by bogging him down with time limits.”
Producer Madhu Mantena confirms the news. “It’s true that we’ve decided to release Jhootha Hi Sahi on October 22. It’s only good, as we will utilise this extra time in promoting our film. It was a decision that we all took together. Rahman and Abbas have been working on the music and it sounds fantastic. However they feel that a little work is still required towards the end of the film. So we decided to push the film for now. It is for the betterment of the film and no date is more important than the film itself.”
When asked about the deadline to finish the music, Madhu said, “See they can still kill themselves and complete the flick in time as we have a week. However it is not fair to put these creative people under so much pressure. I think they need time to do their best work and that’s what we are doing.”
It is all very cooperative of these folks. But we wonder what Side B of the same argument sounds like.
By Subhash K. Jha, October 1, 2010 – 12:11 IST
Bollywood celebrities express their views on the Ayodhya verdict given by the Allahabad High Court yesterday.
Shabana Azmi: “It is time for reconciliation. We need to take a cue from people of India who have held their peace. We need to remind those disappointed with the verdict that they had promised to abide by the court’s decision irrespective of whether it was favourable or not. I appeal to political parties not to vitiate the atmosphere in the coming days. Let’s move on…”
Preity Zinta: “I salute the decision. It shows the court’s maturity. Our people too have shown great patience, maturity and restraint. Everyone feared some kind of unrest in the country after the court’s verdict. But from the time the verdict was announced it became clear that there was going to be no stress .Yaaaay! What I like best is how much India’s image has gained in terms of respect in the international forum. After the drubbing our image took recently, we really needed to prove that we are not a country caught in a time warp. We are a mature nation ready to move ahead and not be bogged down by irrelevant conflicts.”
Shilpa Shetty: “I’m just happy to accept the verdict. That’s how it should be! Honestly, God is in my heart and we are all fragments of the Lord. So there’s no bigger religion than respecting humanity.”
Katrina Kaif: “I don’t understand the complexities of the situation. But I do know that any decision which does not incite any community into aggression is a good decision. I completely believe in peace as the guiding force for every kind of people.”
Neil Nitin Mukesh: “I am proud of the Indian judiciary. Let peace and tranquillity prevail.”
Mahesh Bhatt: “Go back to the age old Ganga-Jamuna tehzeeb. That’s the Court’s verdict. It is a very creative and out-of-the-box job done by the 3 honourable judges. All political parties must leave it to litigants and if needed Hindus should be ready to work as volunteers for building a mosque. Muslims should come forward for Kar Seva. The honourable court has shown great maturity. The onus is now us.”
Prakash Jha: “I think the court’s verdict must be taken in the best spirit.”
Bipasha Basu: The disputed land to be equally divided between Sunni Waqf, Nirmohi Akhara, Ram Lalla. Sounds like a peaceful verdict. I think the verdict needs to be respected and peace and calm need to prevail. Politics and religion are sensitive issues, we should focus on humanity and peace.”
Sanjay Gupta: “Well, the verdict appeases everyone. Therefore peace is maintained. That’s what matters. I guess we can proceed now with building both the mandir and masjid side by side and let it be proof of our solidarity.”
Abbas Tyrewala: “The confidence with which the judgement answers questions on medieval events is intriguing. Yet it fails to accord justice for a modern act of criminal vandalism. A solution to a situation like this could have emerged from dialogue rather than legalese. It’d have set an example for the world.”
Warner Brothers is demanding a screening of Abbas Tyrewalla’s Jhootha Hi Sahi, claiming it’s a rip-off of their television series Friends. The producers are finding this ridiculous
The makers of Jhootha Hi Sahi are tense. Warner Brothers has demanded from them a special screening before the release because they suspect that the film is similar to their superhit television series, Friends.
Our source informs, “Producer Madhu Varma got a call from the company’s officials saying that the film is similar to Friends.
Varma explained that it was not true and the film had nothing to do with Friends. However the company insisted and has now asked for a trial, failing which it would sue them.
Varma has no option but to clear the misunderstanding. Jhootha Hi Sahi is a story about friends and love, just like Abbas Tyrewala’s maiden directorial venture, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na. The theme of a set of friends is universal and one wonders how there would be any similarity to Friends.”
When contacted, Madhu Varma, the producer of the film said, “Yes, they called me a week back but it’s a misunderstanding and I explained it to them.
Then someone else from Warner also called my partner. I just fail to understand how it can be a remake.
|A still from Jhootha Hi Sahi|
The fact and the matter is that Jhootha Hi Sahi is the second part of a trilogy that Abbas is making. The first part, Jaane Tu, also had a set of friends and a love story. So is the theme of Jhootha Hi Sahi.”
Officials at Warner Brothers remained unavailable for comments. How unfriendly.
So that Jhootha Hi Sahi releases on time, Abbas Tyrewalla is burning the midnight oil with Rahman
A R Rahman might be the toast of the Indian music industry, but Abbas Tyrewalla has had to face the brunt of working with the Academy Award winner.
His film, Jhootha Hi Sahi, will be releasing in a couple of weeks. However Abbas is travelling with Rahman to finish the background score all over the world.
Our source said, “Rahman left for his world tour, which started on the 11th of this month. However, the background score of Abbas’s film, Jhootha Hi Sahi is yet to be completed. So Rahman called Abbas over to Boston, where he was doing a show and then travelling all over.
Rahman finishes his concert and in the night goes to a local recording studio and records the background score for the film. Imagine travelling all over the world and recording a score in bits and pieces? They have already visited around seven cities, which include London, LA, Boston, New York and Vancouver, apart from Mumbai and Chennai, where work on the soundtrack had initially started.”
When contacted, Madhu Mantena, the producer of the film, said, “I don’t think Abbas is complaining at all. I am. He is having a ball travelling all over and working with a world-class talent.
However, for me as a producer, it is touch-and-go as the film is releasing on October 15, and the overseas delivery has to go on the 7th of October. The last part of the film has turned out to be toughest. However, it’s Rahman’s magic and so, we are not complaining.”
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, September 20, 2010 – 17:45 IST
After an impressive directorial debut in the form of Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na, all eyes are now on Abbas Tyrewala’s next outing as a director- Jhootha Hi Sahi. The film stars John Abraham and Pakhi in lead roles with a host of supporting actors such as Raghu Ram, Manasi Scott and Anahita Nair.
However, besides the above mentioned names there is a surprise element. One would also get to see R.Madhavan and Nandana Sen in guest appearances in the film. In fact, there were talks that even Kajol would be seen in the film. What’s more, the film’s official website also mentions her name as part of the cast. However, when we contacted producer Madhu Mantena, he confirmed Maddy and Nandana Sen’s presence in the film but denied the rumour that Kajol is in the film.
Director Abbas Tyrewalla has abandoned some from his dream team of Jaane Tu…
Neerav Mehta (Jignesh of Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na) is spitting fire. This young man has been been ditched by Abbas Tyrewalla. While working for Jaane Tu…, Tyrewalla had promised Neerav that he would cast him in his next film.
“When Jhoota Hi Sahi went on the floors, Neerav was very excited. He felt that not only would Tyrewalla cast him in the film but also in a bigger role than what he had in Jaane Tu…”
We hear that Tyrewalla also made a similar promise to Sugandha Garg (who played Shalini in Jaane Tu…)
When contacted, “I cannot speak for Sugandha,” said Neerav, “but if you want to know about me, yes, Mr Tyrewalla had promised to cast me in his next film.
When a big and successful filmmaker like Mr Tyrewalla promises you, you do tend to believe him. I blocked my dates and did not sign for two big films. But post Jaane Tu…, Mr Tyrewalla even stopped taking my calls.”
|Neerav Mehta and Suganda Garg (encircled)|