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Seema Sinha (BOMBAY TIMES; February 22, 2013)
Randeep Hooda has moved on to bigger and more important roles. So this time, it’s Abhimanyu Singh, the actor who showed terrific spunk in Gulaal and Rakhta Charitra, who plays the cop in Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai Again. In the first part, Randeep had played the role. Abhimanyu will be seen playing the cat and mouse game, chasing the two gangsters, played by Akshay Kumar and Imran Khan. Abhimanyu’s first schedule happened last month in Pune where he got injured during an action sequence with Akshay.
Parag Maniar (BOMBAY TIMES; July 27, 2012)
They are a bunch of creative professionals making their debut together with Aalaap, and through their story, they are all trying to give a message to the youth — if you can dream it, you can achieve it, explains the director Manish Manikpuri.
Besides inspiring the youth, the aim of the movie is also to help heal minds in the Naxal-infested area of Chattisgarh, where the film is based. Thus, the flick is not just another entertainer but a combination of entertainment, enlightenment and education.
As far as debuts go, the film is a first for producers-educationists Nishant Tripathi and Abhishek Mishra; for Manikpuri, and actors Amit Purohit, Abid Shameem, Ruhi Chaturvedi and Harsh Rajput. It is also the first for cinematographer Sunita Radia and editor Vicky Tiwari. And even though Agnee is a renowned band, they also make their debut as fullfledged composers with this film.
Adds Manikpuri, “Veteran actors like Vijay Raaz, Raghuveer Yadav. Omkar Das Manikpuri, Abhimanyu Singh and Murali Sharma have stood by these youngsters with a fiery spirit and helped us take our product to the next level by making the film what it is.”
Shree Shankaracharya Arts’ Aalaap hits the theatres today.
Parag Maniar (BOMBAY TIMES; July 23, 2012)
Their performances in Peepli [Live] not only won both Raghuveer Yadav and Omkar Das Manikpuri much acclaim, but also got them cast together for their next Aalaap. Since Manikpuri is from the state of Chhattisgarh and the film is set there, director Manish Manikpuri found him to be the obvious choice. Also, their comic chemistry in their previous film, says producer Nishant Tripathi, really clinched it in their favour. He explains, “We saw Raghuveer-Omkar’s chemistry on screen in their earlier film and our film takes that forward. The two were just right for the roles of close relatives of our male protagonist, Rahul, played by Amit Purohit. It was the entire crew’s unanimous decision to cast them!” While Yadav plays Rahul’s father, Manikpuri plays the role of his maternal uncle.
Talking about the film, partner Abhishek Mishra adds, “It’s a character-driven film. Though they are poor, they lead an idealistic life. Yadav is a lovable father who prepares his son for life ahead.”
“Besides these two actors, the film also stars Murali Sharma and Abhimanyu Singh,” says director Manikpuri, adding, “Murali has a very challenging role, while Abhimanyu Singh excels as a fearless cop who takes on the challenging task of combating Naxalism.”
Shri Shankaracharya Arts’ Aalaap releases on July 27.
Parag Maniar (BOMBAY TIMES; July 19, 2012)
Music can eliminate differences and bring peace, and that’s the message that the upcoming flick Aalaap aims to convey. A brainwave of entrepreneurs Nishant Tripathi and Abhishek Mishra, Aalaap is directed by Manish Manikpuri. As the titles suggests, the film is about music and revolves around four youngsters — Subhash, Prashant, Brijesh and Rahul. Music is the passion that binds them. Lead actor Amit Purohit, who plays Rahul, says, “In the film, we form a rock band that wants to make a difference to society through music.” But the journey is not as easy as it seems. Says Purohit, “There are still problems in Naxal-infested Chattisgarh. How music eases negativity and changes things is what is shown in the film. It unites the people. We have put across the vision of Nishant Tripathi, and Abhishek Mishra. The spellbinding music by the band Agnee is like the proverbial icing on the cake.”
Adds Nishant, “The plot shows how the Naxalites are dealt with through the power of music.” Abhishek adds, “It is a young and entertaining venture that will strike a chord with the masses.”
Besides Purohit, Aalaap also stars Pitobash Tripathy, Abhimanyu Singh, Murali Sharma, Vijay Raaz, Rituparna Sengupta, Gamya Wijayadasa, Raghubeer Yadav, Onkardas Manikpuri, Ruhi Chaturvedi, Harsh Rajput and Aabid Shamim. Hitting the marquee on July 27, the film is a Shankaracharya Arts Pvt Ltd presentation.
Men on bikes assault Abhimanyu Singh while he was on a family holiday
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 5, 2012)
Abhimanyu Singh, perhaps best known for his role of the mentally unstable but politically charged Rananjay in Anurag Kashyap’s Gulaal was going on a family holiday with his son Zulu (2 yrs), daughter Amelie (4 yrs), wife and maid to Matheran. But the trip turned sour when a group of goons assaulted the actor. Abhimanyu was attacked and consequently robbed by the men who came on two wheelers.
“I don’t know how it all happened. It was broad daylight and we were driving down to Matheran. At this place between Panvel and Matheran, a few men on bikes started following us. My wife asked me to keep driving. But then one guy overtook my car and I had to stop. Immediately, the man came to attack me. I slapped him when another one took out a sharp knife. My kids started crying and I got scared. I took hold of the knife and asked my wife to open the boot of the car and take out the spanner,” recalled Abhimanyu.
Luckily, Abhimanyu proved to be stronger than the men. People also gathered around them. And the goons fled. But not before the actor suffered wounds on his hands. Though his wife asked him to turn back, he decided to continue with the trip.
“We drove further and came upon a police station. So we decided to complain. When I told the cops, they took it too casually. They said that these things keep happening and dismissed the entire incident,” added Abhimanyu More >
MM.com had an exclusive chat with filmmaker Onir on his latest film ‘I Am’, an alleged cold war with Rahul Bose, and what makes a film ‘commercial’Varun Vazir | MM Online Bureau (May 02, 2011)
Onir, whose film I Am released last Friday, confesses that he did not have money to pay his actors yet managed to assemble a strong cast comprising Nandita Das, Juhi Chawla, Rahul Bose, Sanjay Suri and Abhimanyu Singh.
The film was shot in a mere 24 days at a budget of Rs 3 crores. Excerpts from an interview:
I Am released on Friday along with four other films. Does that make you apprehensive?
Each film is of a different genre and defines its own audience. Anything good will find its audience. Footfall in the theatres has been increasing as there is a good buzz surrounding the film.
How did you manage to assemble such a cast?
We did not have money to offer the actors. Each of the cast members did this film only because the script excited them.
Which is your favorite story out of the four?
‘I Am Megha’ is very special to me as it is based on the loss of home and identity. I was born and brought up in Bhutan and had to leave the country due to political situations. Loss of home is a subject that touches me personally.
Rahul Bose was annoyed with you because you used his kissing scene with Arjun Mathur for publicity.
Rahul and I have a different take on that. I feel a scene of two people kissing is a beautiful emotion. There is no drama between me and Rahul. We respect More >
By Subhash K. Jha, April 29, 2011 – 12:19 IST
In the story I AM Megha, in Onir’s 4-episode feature I Am, Juhi Chawla plays a Kashmiri pandit woman who journeys back to Kashmir and the trauma of forced migration that she had left behind.
Says Onir, “Juhi’s character is based on my friend Sanjay Suri’s experiences as a Kashmiri Pundit who had to leave his land. The story contains a lot of incidental sounds of militancy, radicalism and fundamentalism taken from recent documentaries on Kashmir.” Drama in real life never seemed more real.
Onir’s film has been passed with an A certificate with just two words being beeped out. Surprising considering there are scenes of explicit sexuality especially in the fourth story, I AM Omar, where one night a white-collar executive (Rahul Bose) and his gigolo-toyboy (Arjun Mathur) are accosted by a homophobic bullying cop (Abhimanyu Singh). The cop not only extorts money from the couple after he catches Bose and Mathur kissing, he forces Bose to perform oral sex on him to escape arrest.
This again, is based on the experience of a true-life gay. “I was going to put his name in the end-credits. But he recently got married and requested anonymity. This person’s experience is certainly not an isolated instance that I’ve used in the film to show how the gay community is targeted. We’ve innumerable instances of decent successful gay individuals being harassed and blackmailed by cops into providing sexual favours to escape More >
By Taran Adarsh, April 25, 2011 – 11:56 IST
This seems like the most accomplished Friday, after a long, long time. Certain stories that were considered blasphemous, even sacrilege, that lay buried in the dark, with film-makers not wanting to touch with a bargepole, are gradually finding their way on the Hindi screen. Onir, however, attempts to narrate four different stories in I AM. The topics range from artificial insemination, child sexual abuse and homosexuality. Oh yes, Onir had always chosen the path less travelled, but with I AM, he goes a step forward. Er… four steps forward.
I AM is a collection of four stories – each tackling a societal issue. Each of these stories seems straight out of life and the commonality is the emotion called fear. In fact, each of these stories takes the viewer on a journey that many of us may have encountered/witnessed/heard of, but discussed in hushed tones. These dilemmas bruise the Indian society at large and the sad part is that we are generally insensitive, indifferent and uncaring towards them.BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
I AM – OMAR
OMAR reveals the nexus between the police and male sex workers to blackmail and abuse gay men. This story is set in the criminalization of homosexuality days. This law was often used by the police to harass and extort money from gay men. OMAR tells the story of how, because of fear of society and law, gay men were blackmailed.
This story brings to light a shocking incident where sex More >