Posts tagged Abhishek Bachchan
Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 12, 2010)
Soccer crazy Abhishek Bachchan recently bonded with Dutch soccer star Wesley Sneijder, who is looking to come down to India. Junior Bachchan met Wesley at a recent event and has become friends with him. They are in constant touch. Wesley was with his stunning model and TV presenter wife Yolanthe Cabau van Kasbergen Sneijder, who in turn chatted up with Ash.
All four of them even hung out for hours together as Abhishek and Wesley kept chatting over football. Wesley informed Abhi that he was fascinated about India and was planning to come down to the country with his wife. Abhi immediately told the footballer to inform him when he is flying down as he wanted to host them in Mumbai.
Wesley, who was in the thick of controversy over whether he would quit Inter Milan for any other club, apparently also informed Abhi that he doesn’t want to do a hurricane trip to the country. He is looking for a relaxed holiday soon and we hear he might be planning a romantic getaway with his wife in North India. Yolanthe has become a great fan of Ash as they were heard talking about fashion and style.
By Subhash K. Jha, October 11, 2010 – 10:14 IST
At a celebration party at the Marriott on Monday evening, the Big B would be cutting a 68-kilo cake, 1 kilo for each year of his life.
While the world sings ‘Happy Birthday‘ to the Big B, Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan sing together for the first time in a song composed by the Big B himself! Find that hard to believe? But it’s the truth.
The Big B is a huge aficionado of music and singing. He in fact intends to learn to play the piano soon. But for now he has turned composer for a song that has been sung by the Big B and Abhishek Bachchan.
The song would be part of a comprehensive bio-documentary showcasing the 68-year life-span of Amitabh Bachchan which will be telecast on his birthday on Monday. The Big B has not only taken active and complete interest in the material going into the audio-visual show reel–going so far as to provide never-before pictures, advising on the footage to be used and making suggestions on chronological data relating to his life story– the mega-star has also taken time off from his cluttered schedule to compose the theme song.
While the Big B himself is characteristically dismissive of what could be seen as his first decisive step into direction and filmmaking, Ajit Thakur CEO of Sony Entertainment, the channel which will be telecasting the historic bio-documentary sheds startling light on the project. “Mr. Bachchan has indeed composed a song for the show reel and also sung for it along with Abhishek and composers Vishal-Shekhar.”
The show reel introducing the new season of Kaun Banega Crorepati has virgin footage and rare pictures of the Big B beginning with his birth in 1942 to present-day.
Informs a source from the channel, “The show reel contains never-before pictures episodes, incidents, scenes and dialogues from Mr. Bachchan’s life and films. For instance he will be reciting a poem by his father poet Harivanshrai Bachchan that he has never recited publicly before. There will be pictures of the Big B and his family that have been brought out into the open for the first time.”
In fact the Big B has personally supervised every aspect of the showreel, lent pictures and footage from his own private library, selected the footage that has grown into the show reel, and zeroed-in on the relevant sequences from his films which he has re-enacted for the first time.
Says the source, “Some of the most famous sequences and dialogues such as the temple scene in Yash Chopra’s Deewaar from Mr. Bachchan’s films have been handpicked by him and re-enacted specially for this show reel on specially erected sets representing the original.”
And in the inaugural episode of Kaun Banega Crorepati, the first contestant from a small village will be told that the optimum prize money is not Rs. 1 crore but 5 crores.
The surprise on the contestant’s face is the Big B’s biggest birthday gift.
Get this clear, Rai…ght away. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan does not fancy being called “Ash”… and asserted the stance, post her recent stunning appearance on the ramp, after a hiatus of over 15 years.
“I’ve been trying to get rid of this nickname for years,” groans Aishwarya in a media talk. “It’s so sweet of Abhishek also to step in.” Reportedly, Abhy Boy too has ably requested the scribe tribe to refrain from referring to his spouse by the irksome nick.
Even as Aishwarya stepped onto the ramp as showstopper at the HDIL India Couture Week, sporting an awe inspiring creation styled up by Manish Malhotra, there was palpable excitement in the air. And love too rent the air… as Aishwarya blew kisses at her hubby during her catwalk.
Most canny folks imagined that Ash, oops…. sooorrrrryyyyyyy, Aishwarya’s appearance on the ramp was merely a strategy for greater spotlight since ‘Robot’ just released to thunderous applause and the actress has ‘Action Replayy’ and ‘Guzaarish’ on the anvil.
Expecting the query, she states, “I promise you that’s not the case. If only you see the number of SMSs and pings that we have exchanged over the years, about walking the ramp for Manish, you’ll know that this is the only one that could have worked out. Since I stopped active modelling, I’ve only walked the ramp for brands that I endorse.”
Reportedly, Karan Johar and Shahab Durazi had both requested ARB to grace their ramps, thought paucity of time forced her to swat down the offers.
Asserting that she wasn’t a mite ruffled over walking the ramp, the actress is grateful for the moral support lent by the families. “My mother (Vrinda), husband and mother in law (Jaya Bachchan) were all there to support me, so I had to show them my love,” she states.
Meanwhile, pen pushers, scribes, wannabe writers, journos and wordsmiths… here’s another gentle reminder… ARB does NOT want to be called as “Ash.”
We’ve got your point Ma’am.
It’ll happen…. just Ash you want it…
YAHOO! INDIA MOVIES
Writer-director Abbas Tyrewala has roped in Imran Khan, Abhishek Bachchan and Ritesh Deshmukh for voice cameos in his latest flick Jhoota Hi Sahi, which also stars his wife Pakhi Tyrewala as the female lead.
A source from the crew spills the beans and reveals the surprise which was meant to be kept under the wraps till the release of the film.
The source reveals, “The movie begins with three phone calls that the protagonist receives.
Initially, Abbas dubbed the scene with three voice-over artists but it didn’t have the impact that the beginning of a film should have.
Suddenly one day Abbas came up with the idea of asking his actor friends to do the voice cameos.”
When we contacted Abbas, he sounded a bit surprised but confirmed the story.
By Subhash K. Jha, September 22, 2010 – 11:14 IST
Get this. Ram Gopal Varma embarks on what he calls the most populist Bachchan film he has ever shot.
In Department, which starts shooting early next year, Amitabh Bachchan plays a gangster turned politician whose exploits are the stuff Chulbul Pandey would enjoy getting high on.
At the moment the film, said to be the ambitious Ramu’s most expensive project to date, is being feverishly scripted. Details are being kept desperately under wraps since it involves some volatile characters.
When confronted, Ramu says, “All I can tell you at the moment is that Mr. Bachchan plays a gangster turned politician in Department. Whom he’s modelled on is open to conjecture and I am certainly not telling. There’re too many misconceptions floating around about the project. Mr. Bachchan is not playing a cop in Department. It is not a sequel to Company (I wonder where that came from) nor a prequel to Ab Tak Chappan.”
Ramu wants the Big B’s character to be a kind of grass root-level super-hero. “I’ve always seen Mr. Bachchan as a hero of the masses. I want him to be cast as larger-than-life hero in Department.”
Interestingly, Ramu who has cast the father son Bachchan in their real-life roles twice will not cast them as father-son in Department.
Reveals Ramu reluctantly, “No, Mr. Bachchan and Abhishek are not father and son in Department. Abhishek and Sanjay Dutt are cops. They share a pupil-mentor relationship.”
In real-life too Abhishek looks up to Dutt. Says Ramu, “That’s why I cast them as mentor and pupil.”
When asked about playing a gangster -turned-politician in Department, Mr. Bachchan said, “Oh is that what Ramu has cast me as in Department? I’ve not yet discussed the antecedents of my role with him.”
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.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, September 17, 2010 – 14:16 IST
‘Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi – 3′ hosted this time by Priyanka Chopra has opened to a tremendous response garnering opening TVR ratings of 5.5. This even beats the opening ratings of the last two seasons of the show which was hosted by Akshay Kumar. According to the TAM Week 37 data for the years 2009 and 2010, the launch episode this year saw a 26% jump in ratings over last year, the TVR last year was 4.4. The show also saw an increase in overall reach, from 18.4% last year to 19.2% this year. Also, this is the highest TVR ratings for a launch episode of a reality show hosted by a Bollywood star since 2008 beating the likes of Abhishek Bachchan’s ‘National Bingo Night’ (TVR-5.5), Akshay Kumar’s ‘Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi – 2′ (TVR-4.4), SRK’s ‘Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hai’ (TVR-4.6) and ‘Bigg Boss- 3′ hosted by Amitabh Bachchan (TVR-4.6).
Priyanka Chopra is naturally over the moon with the stupendous response to her show. Says the actress, “Wednesday is the new Friday for me, as I get to know how the viewers have responded to my TV show just like the Box-Office opening of my films. I am thrilled with the viewer response to my television debut with ‘Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi – 3′ and am sure they will continue to enjoy the khatarnak stunts in the upcoming episodes.”
Dharmendra talks about battling booze, making movies and getting fitter
• In your forthcoming film Yat Yamala Pagla Deewana you are working with your sons Sunny and Bobby for the second time after Apne. How is working with family?
With family, there are no ego clashes, no negativity. It always gives you an extra boost, which shows in the final output. After Apne, we were flooded with offers from filmmakers who wanted to cast the three of us. But we were waiting for a good script.
Yamala Pagla Deewana is a comedy, but the backbone is the emotion. Sunny and Bobby play my sons. I play a thug who has separated from my wife (played by Nafisa Joseph) and take Bobby with me. Let’s keep the rest of the story under wraps (smiles).
• You are working with your daughter Esha too in Tell Me O Khuda…
With daughters, you see, I am still a man from the village. Let’s not go there. All said and done, we live for the happiness of our children, don’t we? I felt very tense when I saw her doing so many action scenes. She was hanging from the wing of a plane. I was waiting in my vanity van and I called her. Her phone was off. I called up the director. She was hauled up and assured me that she was fine. When I wasn’t convinced, she said that she has my Jat blood and I should stop worrying about her.
• Does Hema Malini worry about her?
You rarely get such a brave and strong mother like her.
• And how is she as a director? Now that Mayur Puri, the director of Tell Me O Khuda, is out she is directing you…
On the sets, I only think of her as a director. The same applies to all my directors, even if they are my friends. Hema is a capable director. She knows what she is doing.
• Does your family come to you when they have issues?
(Smiles) No. They don’t want to give me any pain, I guess.
• Recently, you told Ramesh Sippy on national television that he should make a sequel of Sholay with Bobby and Abhishek in lead roles…
I was toying with the idea of a sequel. But it will never happen. It’s too late, 35 years have elapsed.
• But what do you envisage in the sequel?
I was thinking that Amitabh should be a soul who is still attached to Jaya. I return to the house where Jaya lives, but she informs me that the village now has more brutal dacoits than Gabbar Singh. I recruit Bobby and Abhishek to wipe them out. And then Jaya tells Amitabh’s soul that Bobby is his new Veeru, but he too is a boozard (laughs). Actually, I am writing a film script.
• Film script?
Yes, with Bobby in the lead. The film will be called Portable Lover. The protagonist is an emotional person who gets into various relationships. Many girls come into his life and go away. I will also play a role.
• You’ve completed 50 years in Bollywood. What are the high points of your career?
In terms of movies, I would say the highs have been Phool Aur Pathar, Sholay, Chupke Chupke, Anupama and Bandini. In terms of adulation, I think I am blessed. I am born to love and to get love. I want to trace even one person who doesn’t like me. I had wanted to attain heights and never retire. But frankly, I hadn’t expected that I’ll last 50 years in Bollywood.
• What is your day like?
On most days, I get up by 6 am. I get on the exercycle machine for an hour. I gradually raise my heart rate to 100 per minute. Then I feel on top of the world.
• Have you stopped drinking?
Yes. That’s why I am kicking again. I mistreated alcohol. Sharab mujhse gussa ho gayi, usne mujhse kaha ki tumhe mujhe peena nahin aaya. Chahte toh, zindagi bhar pee sakte.
• When did you realise that you should stop drinking?
The realization dawned often. But I’d go back to drinking again. Lekin ab, bilkul nahin, bahut ho gaya. It’s been six months now. I am enjoying working out. I am enjoying my food; I eat cereals in cold milk in the morning, just one chapati and bhaji for lunch and a soup in the evening. No food after 7 pm. I am enjoying my newfound fitness.
• There were reports that you had a heart scare…
No. I was just hurt and was admitted for a check-up.
• Is Sunny Sound Studios being redeveloped?
Yeah. The plan is to make a building there.
• Do you watch films in a theatre?
No. That excitement is gone, woh zamaana kuch aur tha, first day first show, ghanti bajti thi, news reel, those samosas in the interval. If a child cried, the audience would get irritated. Today, it seems people come to theatres to recline in comfortable seats, have popcorn and drink colas.
• What do you think of today’s films?
I think films are still good. Only they have become shorter. They don’t take time to explain the characters and the situations. But then, the world is in a hurry, isn’t it?
• What else is happening in your life?
I am writing my autobiography. I also want to put my life on celluloid by making a short film.