Posts tagged achievement
But will it be to Aditya Chopra? Or is there someone else in her life?
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 16, 2011)
Rani Mukerji had almost disappeared after three big budget back-to-back box office duds, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic and Dil Bole Hadippa. But one striking performance in No One Killed Jessica and she’s back.
Dressed in just a pair of denims and a T-shirt, yet managing to look as gorgeous as ever, the soon-to-turn-32 star met up with Mumbai Mirror for a heart-to-heart at her plush Juhu Bungalow. Read on…
Seems you’re back from a hiatus…
(Laughs) Main to yahin thi. I was leading my normal life – going for shoots, travelling, reading. When a few of my films flopped, I came under the radar. Like my achievements, my failure too started to make headlines. It was a personal decision to stay away.
Are you getting the roles you want now?
I am getting a lot of dynamic offers. Also, an actor never visualises a film with a filmmaker. It’s the other way round. I couldn’t have told Sanjay Bhansali ‘Chal Black banate hain’. Thankfully, filmmakers still see me in marvelous roles.
How was it when people started writing you off?
It was a learning experience. Certain sections of the media wrote me off. But that’s how the industry works. You need to keep working till luck strikes back. It happened when No One Killed Jessica came my way. But I still stand by the three films TPTM, Laaga… and …Hadippa. I enjoyed them More >
By Taran Adarsh, January 18, 2011 – 08:49 IST
It’s known to all and sundry that Sanjay Suri and Onir have made their new film I AM by raising funds from a social networking site [Facebook]. In fact, the duo has always shared the progress and achievement of the film with their co-investors across the globe. Now that the film is complete and awaiting an early release, Suri and Onir have gone back to the people on Facebook to finalize the release date.
Let me explain. Suri and Onir’s staus on Facebook reads: ‘Are you interested in watching the World Cup or the IPL?’ What’s interesting is that the producers have decided to release their film only after ascertaining the feedback. The response, according to Suri, tilts towards World Cup. “IPL has a lot of glamour attached to it and is likely to make a dent in film business. As far as World Cup is concerned, the common consensus is that if we choose a date when vital matches are not played, the theatrical business won’t get affected. However, we are still to lock the [release] date,” Suri states.
The social networking sites have truly come as a blessing for people who want an instant feedback. Right, Suri and Onir?
Karan Johar explains his respect for debutant directors
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 9, 2010)
He has magnetic charm. Karan Johar, who has given Bollywood some of the finest filmmaking talent in recent times, continues to attract the newbies. And the reason why young talent like Tarun Mansukhani, Ayan Mukherji, Punit Malhotra, Rensil D’Silva, Siddharth Malhotra, Shakun Batra and Karan Malhotra find themselves attracted to Dharma Productions is because they know it’s a banner to reckon with.
And the man at the helm will be their guiding light. Says Karan, who has taken Dharma to the dizzying heights at which it stands today, “Our banner is always on the lookout for fresh, young and hungry talent. I have not signed any established directors because I truly believe in giving a break to the new directors who I know have promise.” And it is true, if you look at his directors in the last couple of years, except for Rensil D’Silva (who was already an established ad filmmaker and screen-writer before he made Kurbaan), all the others have started their innings with Karan.
“Tarun (Dostana), Punit (I Hate Luv Storys), Ayan (Wake Up Sid) and Siddharth (We Are Family) have been nutured under our banner,” adds Karan. “I have leveraged their talent for the company. And More >
OWNER’S PRIDE… Stills from all the award-winning films
Production house sweeps National Awards with eight trophies…
BINA TRIVEDI Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; February 4, 2010)
UTV Motion Pictures would like to believe that 2008 was a very significant year for the production house, when almost everything it touched turned to gold, starting in February that year when its stock soared with Jodhaa Akbar — that historical that created waves by walking away with honours locally and internationally. And from then on, every second month its films made headlines. Naturally, when the National Awards were announced this month, UTV Motion Pictures found itself reaping dividends and winning eight awards across its productions for Jodhaa Akbar, Fashion, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, Mumbai Meri Jaan, A Wednesday and Harishchandrachi Factory.
Here’s a checklist. Priyanka Chopra and Kangna Ranaut won Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress respectively for Fashion; Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! won the award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment; Mumbai Meri Jaan won for Best Special Effects; A Wednesday, directed by Neeraj Pandey, won the Indira Gandhi Award For Best First Film of A Director; Jodhaa Akbar won Best Costume Designer for Neeta Lulla and Best Choreography for Rekha and Chinni Prakash; and, finally, Harishchandrachi Factory, UTV’s first Marathi production that released last Friday, won the Best Regional Film Award.
Siddharth Roy Kapur, CEO of UTV Motion Pictures, More >
By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 25, 2010)
Kangna Ranaut is understandably ecstatic. After winning the National Award for Best Supporting Actress in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Fashion, she has reason to party as hard as she works. She was delightfully surprised when yesterday evening at around 4pm, Sameer, a Delhi-based fan, sent a huge gift hamper to Kangna’s place. Inside were three boxes – one with 22 wine bottles, another with 22 cakes of different shapes and sizes and the third loaded with 22 accessories including earrings, bracelets, and bangles. There was also a sweet note from the fan accompanying the parcel saying, “22 because you are 22-year-old and a National Award is no mean achievement at such a young age.” Atta girl.
Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar have an exemplary track record
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; January 24, 2010)
As Excel Entertainment enters its 10th year the banner has a lot to celebrate. The banner that is constantly striving to make new age cinema; or films that cut across genres, has many aces up their sleeves.
First Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar’s Dil Chahta Hai has made it to the top-50 all-time favourite films from around the world. “This is no mean achievement,” says Ritesh, who is not just the moneybags behind Excel but one of the creative directors as well.
A decade ago when Ritesh and Farhan, who were primarily friends decided to join hands and become business partners as well, they floated their own production house. DCH their first offering got Ritesh the National Award for Best Producer; and from then on their banner has been on the roll. Whether it is the critically-acclaimed Lakshya, Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd and Luck By Chance or the box office stunners Don and Rock On, Excel has usually excelled.
“For us cinema has always been about a sound script…and a good creative mind (director),” says Ritesh.
He himself hasn’t stepped in front of the megaphone or the camera but he has been there like a rock solid pillar of support to his partner Farhan, who directed DCH, Lakshya and Don. And who acted in Rock On and Luck By Chance.
However, the trade feels that Farhan would never have been able More >
Shah Rukh Khan, the pains and failures of 2009 behind him if not entirely forgotten, is looking forward to the New Year because it brings with it the imminent release and promise of the biggest film of his career (his words, not mine) – Karan Johar’s My Name Is Khan. He’s had a bad year starting with the shoulder injury and surgery, then the uninspiring box-office returns for Billu – his only release in 2009, and finally the humiliating decimation of his IPL team in South Africa. But, as the poet T. S. Eliot famously wrote, “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice”… and SRK, suspect, is secretly hoping that the next voice cinema audiences will listen to is going to be his in 2010. Or rather Rizwan Khan’s, the autistic character he plays in My Name Is Khan, which is slated for a grand bi-lingual worldwide release in February. Actually, the character in this ambitious film suffers from asperger’s syndrome, an autistic disorder whose main symptom is a difficulty in social interaction. It is a role that Shah Rukh, who is notoriously among Bollywood’s least social people, must have slipped into with consummate ease. Over a glass of tea in his vanity van one night late at Mehboob Studios, I asked him whether audiences were ready More >
TIME TO WAKE UP: Ranbir Kapoor and (above) Konkona SenSharma That’s what Ranbir Kapoor shares with Konkona Sen Sharma, says Karan Johar
OMAR QURESHI Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; August 26, 2009)
Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll are archaic catchphrases for today’s youth. The ‘flower power’ gen has aged, and how. So, RIP Woodstock. Abstinence is the new ‘orgasm’ and work, a lil’ fun and dollops of pragmatism are the new ‘it’ words. But surprise surprise! While modern values have taken a backseat, it is traditional Indian culture and even Gandhi-isms that have emerged as talking points. Can you imagine today’s hot young star Ranbir Kapoor asking a nation to ‘wake’ up on October 2nd (Gandhi Jayanti) just like “Gandhiji had woken up a nation earlier.” In fact, he and Karan Johar have even planned the release of his new movie on that date. Because, like Ranbir told us, “The one thing that can immediately wake up an entire nation today are a combination of achievement, success and chemistry!” Yes, chemistry … It was Karan who first coined the newest catchphrase of all —‘conversational chemistry’. Of course, we’d heard of physical chemistry and mental compatibility; but ‘conversational chemistry’ as the buzzword for today’s youth? “When I cast Konkona and Ranbir in my new film, Wake Up Sid, a question everyone asked me was ‘How come you cast two people who are so unlike each other?’ And my reply was, ‘They may have diferent demographics and followings and More >