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The past few days have made it amply evident that Shah Rukh Khan believes that the show must go on. Despite being very upset after his close associate, Red Chillies CEO Bobby Chawla (Juhi Chawla’s brother), was admitted to a suburban hospital on April 4 after suffering a brain hemorrhage, SRK has decided to take care of every little thing in his production house.
Since Bobby Chawla’s hospitalisation has thrown the entire shooting schedule of Ra.One in a complete mess, Shah Rukh has decided to lead from the front to ensure that everything is quickly put back on track.
“A few of Bobby Chawla’s duties have been taken up by Ra.One director Anubhav Sinha too, but it is Shah Rukh who is now holding the reins of Ra.One,” says a source close to the film.
Commenting on what exactly Shah Rukh is doing to get things back on track, the source says that Shah Rukh has taken up all duties which were earlier being handled by Bobby Chawla.
“SRK is mainly taking care of four jobs: calling up every actor of Ra.One and coordinating their dates, discussing their remuneration, making sure that they get their payments on time and talking to technicians (including those coming from abroad) for every single production detail, including the special effects involved in the film,” says the source.
“Come to think of it, SRK is holding the whole film together. There is production related work, which SRK would have never done otherwise. With Bobby taking care of everything at Red Chillies for all these years, all SRK had to concentrate on was acting.
He completely relies on Bobby and is definitely missing him very much. But SRK has decided that he will not give anybody involved with the film a chance to complain about anything,” adds the source.
Shah Rukh has a tough job ahead but he has gladly taken on additional responsibilities…both as a friend and a boss.
By Ryan Lobo, February 25, 2010 – 14:12 IST
The Bhatts have been known to make films that revolve around social issues. With new blood in terms of the young director Mohit Suri, they promised to instil their films with views that have changed over time. Mohit, who is currently shooting for his next film Crook which stars Emraan Hashmi and newcomer Neha Sharma, chatted with Bollywood Hungama about the film. He also explains why the content borders on sending out a social message. Read on to know more.
What is the film Crook all about?
Well, Crook is basically about this guy who constantly looks for better prospects abroad and wants to go there. It’s based on what’s happening in Australia and how he manages to cope with the situation once there. It encompasses the new trend that western nations are the place to go for a new job and also to make your life, and such other situations. There is a lot of drama et al, with the protagonist taking a stand against some racial issues that the film is based on, but in the end if you look at it closely there is also a love story angle twisted into the plot. But still I wouldn’t say that there is any kind of social message in the film as there is no solution to this nor have we come up with one as yet.
I guess Emraan was my first and only choice for the film’s lead actor, the reason behind this is that I have always said that the two of us share a good camaraderie since we almost grew up together. We quite literally understand each others point of view and thinking process. He’s a great asset to me as a director and I seek his help when needed the most.
Who is playing the female lead opposite Emraan in the film?
For the lead actress, we settled on Neha Sharma, she’s basically from the south and has done a couple of films out there but in terms of Bollywood or rather Hindi language cinema, this is going to be her debut vehicle.
What’s Emraan’s character like in the film?
Emraan as I said plays the main protagonist in the film; he plays this guy who’s based in Mumbai, who thinks that the best way to make it in life is to head west. With this in mind he ventures to Australia. He is also the kind of person who doesn’t mind cutting corners and stepping on people toes so long as it takes him ahead. He even goes so far as to cheat and get into underhand dealings to progress. As the film is based on what’s happening in terms of racial discrimination there, it’s about how the protagonist copes with the situation and takes a stand in the film.
Where all are you planning to shoot the film?
We were and are doing the recce of the film here in Cape Town. While I have already settled for Melbourne as that’s where the entire heart of the problem was, here in Cape Town I am shooting some action bits of the film and yes of course in Mumbai. Basically Melbourne and Mumbai is where the film is based, that’s where the main protagonist spends most of his time and most of the shooting is also done here.
So, when are you looking at releasing the film?
In fact I am looking at wrapping the entire shoot schedule by May, because I shoot non-stop. So latest that it will go on till is the end of June. However, once the post production work is done I don’t like to indulge into the deciding of the release dates and promotion of the film. For that I leave it to the Bhatts. I think that the producers of the film are the best judge to decide about the where, when and why of a film’s release.
Who is doing the music of Crook?
For Crook, we have Pritam doing the music of the film. This time however there is a bit of Punjabi tadka to it. This in itself is something really new for me as I have never really done Punjabi music in any of my films and I haven’t done the entire hip hop mixed with Punjabi variation before. In Crook, in terms of the music, I am trying to mix the UK artists with the traditional Mumbai artists, so I am trying something totally new and different.
What’s your schedule like for this year? Planning any other film after Crook?
I can’t tell you right now, because I am the kind of person who works on one thing at a time. So right now I am doing Crook and I like to focus my entire attention on doing it, so others will just have to wait.
Bharati Dubey & Ambarish Mishra | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; February 7, 2010)
Mumbai: Both parties in the Shiv Sena-Shah Rukh Khan feud appeared to climb down a little on Saturday without backing off from their ideological positions amid talk that a Bollywood actor and a senior state politician had played mediator between the party and the actor.
The Sena, despite insisting that Khan was a “traitor’’ for taking up the cause of Pakistani players who were not picked by any team for IPL, said on Saturday that it was not interested in disrupting the screening of his next release, My Name Is Khan.
The first Sena official comment—on not wanting to disrupt the film—came, significantly, a day after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi declined the safety of a helicopter and travelled by Mumbai’s lifeline, the local train, through some traditional Sena bastions, sending out an unmistakably strong political rejoinder to the Sena and its agenda.
Khan’s comments, too, after he touched down in Mumbai on Saturday morning, were much more guarded than those he had made abroad. Not once did he say he had said anything wrong—when he commented on Pakistani players not being picked for IPL teams (his own team did not pick any)—but he made the right noises to indicate that he was not interested in taking the war of words forward in the run-up to the release of his film on February 12.
But the Sena’s climbdown, a day after the Gandhi scion took the wind out of its sails, was slightly more spectacular despite the potshots it took at the Congress and Khan.
In an editorial in Saamna, Sena chief Bal Thackeray said: “The Congress is free to rule the country in the manner it thinks is proper. Let Pakistan carry on its terrorist activity in Mumbai and let Shah Rukh Khan release his film with the blessings of the Gandhi Dynasty. The Sena will not do anything.’’
‘Why should Sena alone suffer?’ Mumbai: While the Shiv Sena said on Saturday that it would not hold up the screening of Shah Rukh Khan’s next film, My Name Is Khan, the actor indcated that he was not interested in taking the war of words forward.
Sena CEO Uddhav Thackeray told TOI on Saturday: “Why should the Sena alone stick its neck out on terrorism or regional pride? Pak-sponsored terrorism is a major threat to India and Mumbai’s security. However, the Congress leaders are not willing to take a firm stand on these issues as they believe in taking orders from 10 Janpath. Other political parties too keep mum on this sensitive issues. So why should Shiv Sainiks suffer police excesses and imprisonment. Matoshree, after all, is also on the hit-list of Pak terrorists.’’
On his part, Khan said it was sad that his remarks on Pakistani cricketers in the IPL had been misconstrued. Asked if he would go to Matoshree to explain his position, Khan said Bal Thackeray was a senior leader and he had gone to his residence whenever he was called. “I have been there so often. Yes, I would like to go and have a drink with him,’’ he said. But he also said he did not think the current issue merited any conversation. “If my stand needs to be explained to someone, I have already done it. I don’t think there is an issue on that front,’’ he said.
Khan, however, left a window open for conversation. “If there has been any misunderstanding, let’s be gracious and talk it out,’’ he added. “I think what I said was misconstrued. I am what I am because of Mumbai and I would like everyone in Mumbai to be happy. I think what is happening is very unfortunate. I think all the groups also want Mumbaikars to be happy. Then why create this kind of atmosphere?’’
In New Delhi, chief minister Ashok Chavan weighed in, saying it would act against anyone trying to “bully’’ others. “All movies, be it of Shah Rukh’s or anybody else’s, if they are approved by the censor board, will run and the government will protect them. We will make sure that not only the Shiv Sena, but any person or organisation trying to create disturbance is dealt with strictly as per the law of the land,’’ he said. “Even I will go and watch those movies.’’
Asked why his own team, the Kolkata Knight Riders, had not picked any Pakistani player, the actor said his team was keen on taking Abdul Razzaq. “But my coach informed me later that he had a finger injury. There was a slot available but one should also take into consideration the prevailing atmosphere,’’ he added.
He, however, refused to comment on the reasons for the Sena backing off. “I really don’t know that and cannot comment on a group’s thinking or working pattern. But I am thankful that now the film will be released without any stress. There are 250 people involved in the film. I am really happy to know that me and my film are being taken as two different entities,’’ he said.
He also said arts, sports and culture could help build ties with other countries and should be encouraged. Told that Thackeray had called him a traitor, the actor said, “It feels really awkward for me to explain that I am an Indian and not a bad one and love my country. I don’t need to prove it to anyone.’’
He added: “I really felt like crying when I was being questioned for being a regular Indian. It hurt me even more when my daughter called and asked me, ‘Papa, do we have to leave India?’ I had to send my wife, Gauri, back to be with the children.’’
Sena demands action against Rahul
Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday demanded that the state should take action against Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi for his statements on the role of north Indians in protecting Mumbai during the 26/11 terror attacks. “He has made serious statements about the Indian forces. Such statements can lead to division in Indian army and result in disintegration of nation” said Uddhav in Pune. TNN
Bollywood hottie’s calendar for 2010 is smokin’ hot and sinful
BINA TRIVEDI Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; February 3, 2010)
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Sherlyn, who was seen in the Shahid Kapoor-Rani Mukerji film Dil Bole Hadippa! last year, is a photographer’s delight and unarguably the hottest property on the Internet. Her rollicking stint in the Bigg Boss house last season only added to her status as the most downloaded Indian star of the net — more than Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was at one time. And now she’s got a calendar of her own!
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S Balakrishnan & Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; February 1, 2010)
Mumbai: The Shiv Sena stepped up its campaign against superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Sunday by trying to take out a morcha to his bungalow, Mannat, in Bandra and warning theatre managements against screening My Name Is Khan, the Karan Johar film which is slated for release on February 12. Promotional material for the film starring Kajol opposite Shah Rukh were pulled down from cinema halls for the third day in a row even as the police treated the protests with kid-gloves.
The march to Mannat was led by Sena vibhag pramukh Anil Parab. Before the protesters, who planned to hand over a memorandum to Shah Rukh, could reach his bungalow, the police whisked away 20 of them while the rest fled. The arrested persons were brought to Bandra police station. Parab told TOI: “Our leader Balasaheb Thackeray had warned Shah Rukh not to support the playing of Pakistani cricketers on Indian soil. As long as Pakistan continues to sponsor terrorism in India, we will not let any Pakistani play in India. Saheb has extended the ban to Australian cricketers as attacks on Indians continued to take place in that country.’’ Parab is in charge of the stretch between Bandra and Jogeshwari.
Sena spokesperson Anil Desai said the protests would continue till Shah Rukh offered a public apology for his “controversial views’’ on Pakistanis being included in IPL matches. Desai said the Sena’s vibhag pramukhs have sent letters to theatre owners, asking them to desist from screening any film starring Shah Rukh. “We don’t want any cinegoer to be affected while watching a Shah Rukh movie. In the interest of their safety, we have issued these letters,’’ Desai said.
He said Bal Thackeray was opposed to any interaction with Pakistan as long Islamabad continued its sponsorship of the Lashkar-e-Toiba and other terror outfits. “One the one hand Pakistan is unwilling to prevent the use of its territory by terrorists and on the other, people like Shah Rukh don’t find anything wrong in Pakistanis playing in India,’’ Sena MP Sanjay Raut had said. Incidentally, the Sena has spared V Shankar, one of the IPL stakeholders and citybased educationist, who had publicly favoured the inclusion of a Pakistani player in his team.
Shah Rukh, who is travelling abroad, was unavailable for comment. Foxpro, distributors of My Name Is Khan, hope that the issue will be sorted before the release date. After the success of Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots, the Shah Rukh-starrer is expected to give a fillip to Bollywood. Meanwhile, there is growing resentment within the Congress over the state government’s failure to tackle Bal Thackeray. State BJP president Vinod Tawde said his party would not join the Sena’s agitation. “RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has said that the common man is against any interaction with Pakistan as long as it failed to curb terrorism. We concur with his view,’’ Tawde said.
We’ll protect north Indians in the state, says RSS Mumbai/Jabalpur: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Shiv Sena continued to be at loggerheads on Sunday with top leaders from both organisations issuing statements.
Taking the Shiv Sena and the MNS head on, the RSS on Sunday said that it has asked its volunteers to protect north Indians in Maharashtra and prevent the spread of anti-Hindi feelings. “The Sangh Parivar has asked its volunteers in Maharashtra to try and prevent the spread of anti-north Indian and anti-Hindi feelings,’’ RSS leader Ram Madhav said in Jabalpur.
He said the RSS was opposed to discrimination on the basis of language and demanded steps to check disturbances arising from the emotional issue. “There should be no discrimination on the basis of language,’’ Madhav said when asked about the agitations against Hindi-speaking people by the Shiv Sena and Raj Thackeray’s MNS in Maharashtra.
Madhav, in Jabalpur to attend an RSS meet, said the Sangh was of the view that India was one, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. He said steps should be taken to check disturbances over the language issue and people’s rights should be protected.
Opposing RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statement that “Mumbai is for all Indians,’’ Sena leader Manohar Joshi said that Mumbai belongs to Marathi people only. “They should get priority here,’’ Joshi said, adding the city’s glory is due to the hard work of the Marathi people and they have the right to Mumbai.
“The city is for all Indians. People of all languages, communities, tribes are children of India…. Nobody can prevent Indians from moving to any part of the country in search of employment,’’ Bhagwat had said on Saturday. AGENCIES
With a string of successes in his kitty, Priyadarshan has certainly earned his spurs. And now comes news that Woodpecker Holding Inc, a US based entertainment fund, has placed a Rs 100 crore bet on this consistent winner.
Priyan’s decade old production house Four Frames has inked a deal worth $20 million that will require them to produce two Hindi feature films for the American firm. Confirming the news Priyadarshan said, “Woodpecker will be forwarding the entire investments for the productions which Four Frames will produce on their behalf.” Both the films will be directed by Priyadarshan himself.
The first of the two productions goes on the floors in April 2010 with a start-to-finish 60-day schedule in Lucknow and abroad. The second will be another start-to-finish venture between September and December 2010. Priyadarshan will start with the first Four Frames-Woodpecker collaboration, based on a super hit Tamil film featuring four friends. But definitely no idiots here.
ROSHNI K OLIVERA (BOMBAY TIMES; November 24, 2009)
It wasn’t just Anil Kapoor or the cute couple Dev Patel and Freida Pinto who catapulted to international fame with Slumdog Millionaire. It was also a pretty face that emerged from behind-the-scenes. That’s Loveleen Tandon, who co-directed the movie with Danny Boyle. But she has kept a low-profile for a while now. “Yes, I have literally been hibernating in Delhi,” smiled Loveleen, who was in Mumbai recently. “I have been busy with my film script. That’s a full time job.” The only time she took a break was when she was invited to meet the Queen and the Duke to the Buckingham Palace last month. And the Mumbai trip for Eve Ensler and Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal’s play I am an Emotional Creature, where she read the epilogue. “It’s a great co-incidence that Eve’s play is quite similar to my script, the story of a young girl, her desires, emotions and the pressures on her,” says Loveleen, who plans to start her movie next year. Getting good actors shouldn’t be difficult, she believes because “script is the queen.” As she puts it, “People are always on the lookout for a good script. Whether it’s actors or producers, nobody says no to a good script.” All credit for Slumdog’s apt casting goes to Loveleen, but she wasn’t just the casting director for the film, as some initially thought. “That wasn’t the only thing I was doing. Casting is a part of the bigger scene, part of the larger vision,” she says.
Matching Slumdog’s heights is not going to be easy and comparisons are bound to be there, but that isn’t putting any pressure on her. “I’m someone who thrives on pressure. I thrive on tension, crisis, less time and deadlines. It brings out the best in me,” counters the pretty filmmaker. One question Loveleen’s often asked is, if her film is going to be an international venture, and this baffles her. “You just make a film. Whether it becomes a hit in a city or a country, two countries or five is beyond you. Crossover, international, mainstream, commercial, art… are just tags.”
Refer to Mira Nair, who Loveleen assisted on Monsoon Wedding, and she points out, “She lives abroad. She comes from a different space. I live in India. This is my speciality. I can’t relate to the NRI experience. May be some day in the future, but at the moment, mine is the Indian experience. It’s unique; there’s a strong element of traditional and modern ethos… perfect material for movie making.”
What about criticism regarding Slumdog highlighting only poverty in India? “Films are stories, they are not documentaries meant to highlight any aspect of society. You can only tell a story and tell it well. If it’s a boy from the slums, you have to tell it from that perspective. You can’t glamourise or glorify it.”
After their marriage, Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan have seldom been seen apart. Be it filmi events, the Cannes festival, films such as Sarkar Raj and forthcoming films Raavana and Crooked or even a recent episode of the Oprah Winfrey show, the doting couple is always seen hand-in-hand, smiling happily much to the delight of photographers.
Now, the couple is ready to take brand Bachchan to an altogether next level with a soap commercial. Buzz is that they are being paid a whopping Rs 25 crore for the ad. The deal, which has been kept under wraps, was finalised four days ago.
Explaining why the couple was paid an exorbitant amount, that too for an ad film, a source said, “The endorsement market is booming right now. Also, it will be the first time that Abhishek and the Bachchan bahu will be seen together in a commercial. The couple had been in talks for a long time with the ad filmmakers, who were extremely keen to get the two together. They finally agreed to be part of the ad last week.”
The ad is likely to be shot abroad.
WAKE UP SID OR DO KNOT DISTURB THIS WEEKEND?
I had stated in my talk no 22 as to how youth-oriented films have a great chance of succeeding at the BO since the young constitute almost 60-70% of the moviegoing audience. Thus, there are loads of expectations from Wake Up Sid (WUS), that is all set to release tomorrow. It seems Ranbir Kapoor had made an unintentional norm to release his films on public holidays! WUS releases on Gandhi Jayanti while Ranbir’s previous films, Saawariya (2007) and Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) were released on the day of Diwali and Independece Day respectively!
A lot of ‘firsts’ are associated with WUS, produced by Karan Johar. It is the first time that a KJo produced film is shot entirely in Mumbai. All the rest of KJo films were shot abroad (except Kaal but it wasn’t filmed in the city). This is the first film of Karan Johar that would be distributed by UTV Motion Pictures and not by Yash Raj Films (had stated this point in talk no 51). The music isn’t larger than life and the film is made on a low budget, unlike other Johar’s grand films!
The promos of this film are rocking and indicate perfectly as to what the film is all about. The plus point of WUS is its plot which is very relevant and the character of Sid is extremely relatable. In short, half of the battle is won! That’s because characters where almost everyone can identify with manages to strike a chord with the audiences. Taare Zameen Par, for instance, worked big time as it wonderfully executed the separation anxiety faced by a child when separated from his parents for a brief period of time. Everyone must have faced such a situation at least once during their childhood and hence, the film was loved a lot. Similarly, WUS also has high chances of impressing the audience.
The Ranbir Kapoor-Konkona Sen Sharma pairing, though unconventional, manages to rock! In fact, both are top performers and look wonderful together. I am dying to see them as a pair as I appreciate both of them a lot! Couple of months back, somebody on a social networking website had wrongly stated that WUS is a love story of a younger handsome hunk and an older not-so-beautiful woman. Unfortunately, the rumour spread far and wide and director Ayan Mukherjee had to give his word about the rumour. He also made a clapworthy dialogue, “Who says Konkona is not beautiful?” I agree with him completely. Konkona looks stunning and has given wonderful performances, for which she has also won many awards and accolades. Mark my words-Konkona will pitch in an excellent performance in WUS!
With such a strong buzz about the film, it is definitely going to take a good opening in the metros. However, it may not find many takers in the small centres. Let’s hope WUS works, provided it’s a well-made film!
Do Knot Disturb (DKD), on the other hand, may see a better opening than WUS. The Govinda-David Dhawan combo has worked well in the past and there are tremendous expectations from DKD. Which film are you interested in? Do let me know!
WHY ISNT SANJAY GUPTA PROMOTING ACID FACTORY?
Marketing and publicizing a film is very important, especially in the current scenario, where so many films are releasing week after week. But still, some filmmakers don’t care and ultimately, their movie flops due to no hype. I fear that something similar can happen with Acid Factory, produced by Sanjay Gupta and directed by Suparn Verma. There has been very little promotion of the film and I can hardly see its promos on TV. With just 8 days to go for the film (its releasing next Friday, October 9), Gupta and his team should be aggressively promoting their film.
Most of the promos are just released on the net, which is not a good thing to do as majority of people have a better access to television then to the internet. The new theatrical trailer of the film is fabulous and it really looks like an excellent stylish thriller. I have uploaded the promo below-do not miss it! And let’s hope better sense prevails and that we can see and hear more of Acid Factory in the coming days!
This post first appeared on MouthShut.com: http://www.mouthshut.com/diary/ddidnsrro/Fenils-Bollywood-Talk68