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By Taran Adarsh, July 22, 2010 – 08:18 IST
The showdown has been averted! ACTION REPLAYY and PATIALA HOUSE, both starring Akshay Kumar, were supposed to release in the same month – November. While Vipul Shah had confirmed ACTION REPLAYY for 5th November, Nikhil Advani and Mukesh Talreja were keen on bringing PATIALA HOUSE on 19th November. However, the film-makers of these two films had left the decision on Akshay Kumar, who was supposed to take a call after completing his shoot in Manali.
Well, the suspense is finally over. While ACTION REPLAYY is confirmed for Diwali [5th November], thus clashing with GOLMAAL 3, PATIALA HOUSE has been shifted to next year. The film will now hit the screens on 11th February 2011.
After his new film releases, the star and his wife Twinkle intend to rough it out in the mountains of Jammu’s hinterland
After Toronto, Akshay Kumar has found another paradise on earth. He’s so impressed by Jammu that he intends to return there for a trekking holiday with his wife Twinkle. He intends to explore remote areas of Jammu with his wife, that too on a motorcycle.
Whether he will write his own motorcycle diaries on the way, Akshay won’t say, but maybe his articulate wife could do the needful. But Akshay is certainly kicked by the idea of exploring Jammu as soon as his new film is released.
|Twinkle and Akshay|
The brainwave came to Akshay last week while he was shooting for a song for Action Replayy.
“I returned to Jammu after five years. Nothing had changed. I was stunned by the natural unspoilt beauty of the place. Jammu has not turned into a concrete jungle. It was so soothing and peaceful. Sometimes I just want to get away from all the stress,” says Akshay.
The actor is especially impressed by the hinterland in Jammu. “There are endless stretches of mountains and valleys waiting to be explored. And the only way to do it is on two wheels. As we travel we’ll pitch a tent anywhere in the night. It would be fun and adventurous,” he says.
As for being recognised and accosted on the way, Akshay has come to terms with pitching his tent in crowds. “My promotion of Khatta Meetha as a common man has taught me how to deal with crowds.
Last week I was in Nagpur and there were at least 15,000 people in an open field. Not once did anyone make a grab for me. People are fine as long as one doesn’t behave like a star in crowds. Yeah , we’ll be fine traveling alone.”
The crew of Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai starrer Action Replayy got trapped in a landslide near Manali, were rescued by the Army
The final schedule of Action Replayy was to start in Manali on Sunday and since they are shooting with two high profile actors — Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan — the producers can’t afford to lose a single day.
But Mother Nature had other plans. Two consecutive landslides left the crew stranded and the shooting had to be called off.
Our source says, “As soon as the unit left for the location, which is near the Rohtang Pass; the production crew almost got caught in a landslide. They immediately alerted the rest of the unit and an alternative location was selected.
But as soon as they were heading back to the second location, another landslide left them trapped in between the two landslides. Vipul Shah then realised that it was a serious situation.
|Aishwarya Rai Bachchan||Akshay Kumar|
Finally army had to be called to evacuate them. The condition in Manali is in fact so bad that the unit cannot pre-plan anything.
A unit member shares, “Because of the landslide, we have to track every day’s weather, assess the situation and only then plan the day. It’s when such things happen do you realise how small and helpless you are in front of Mother Nature’s wrath. But we are trying to work as best we can under the circumstances.”
Said Vipul Shah, “For the last two days, the weather has been absolutely unreliable and unpredictable. We are really thankful to the authorities for helping us out.”
By Taran Adarsh, July 13, 2010 – 09:28 IST
The rumour mills are working overtime. While a spate of Akshay Kumar starrers are expected to hit the screens in the second half of 2010, starting with KHATTA MEETHA [next Friday], ACTION REPLAYY [5th November; Diwali], PATIALA HOUSE [19th November] and TEES MAAR KHAN [24th December], everyone’s curious to know whether ACTION REPLAYY and PATIALA HOUSE will indeed arrive in the same month. While the producers of both ACTION REPLAYY and PATIALA HOUSE are sticking to the date, there’s talk that PATIALA HOUSE might be shifted ahead, to February next year.
However, PATIALA HOUSE producer Mukesh Talreja denies the development outright. “We are waiting for Akshay to arrive. We did speak with him, but he had to leave for Manali and hence, we couldn’t sort this issue out. All I can say right now is that there’s no question of a postponement. We are firm on 19th November. Definitely not February next year. Yet, we will take a call in the next few days,” Talreja clarifies.
By Taran Adarsh, June 15, 2010 – 08:37 IST
While on new releases, there is tremendous speculation about the release date of Vipul Shah’s ambitious venture ACTION REPLAYY. While the release date of Akshay starrers KHATTA MEETHA [23rd July], PATIALA HOUSE [19th November] and TEES MAAR KHAN [24th December] have been locked, the release date of ACTION REPLAYY continued to remain a mystery. But Vipul has finally confirmed the date: It’s Diwali, 5th November.
Here’s a pertinent question: Will two Akshay starrers release in a span of two weeks? This writer spoke to producer Mukesh Talreja [PATIALA HOUSE] yet again, while writing this news-piece, and he re-confirmed 19th November as the date of PATIALA HOUSE. “We will have a joint meeting with Akshay and sort out the issue,” Talreja states.
So, as of now, ACTION REPLAYY will battle it out with GOLMAAL 3 on 5th November [Diwali]. Get ready for fireworks!
By Joginder Tuteja, May 29, 2010 – 11:35 IST
Launched with much fanfare exactly two years back with a budget pegged at 25 crores, Raftaar 24X7 was one of those couple of dozen films which came into existence when the industry was at it’s peak. The term recession had not yet made its presence felt and every reputed production house and actor was more than glad to make huge announcements. There was widespread excitement around the film since a 25 crore budget allocated by Percept Picture Company meant that Raftaar 24X7 was all set to be Emraan Hashmi’s biggest venture till date.
All seemed to be quite well during the earlier schedules of the film as first time filmmaker Shamim Desai joined the principal cast of Raftaar 24X7 in Maldives for a ‘test shoot’. This was one of its kinds experiments as the week long trip worth Rs. 1.5 crore was planned to get the cast and the crew familiar with each other.
Says an industry observer, “Those were the days when good money was flowing into the industry. Corporate houses did everything to entice their actors and create an impression amongst the investors that their film was all set to be a lavish affair. No one could foresee that industry was headed for a doom in the year to follow.”
A major schedule of the film was later shot in Delhi where for the first time ever in his career, Emraan Hashmi featured in a guerrilla shoot.
However, there was not much movement in the interim. As things stand today, both Emraan Hashmi and Neha Dhupia have not just completed multiple films in the interim (Raaz – The Mystery Continues, Tum Mile, De Dana Dan, Raat Gayi Baat Gayi) but also have their date diaries pretty filled up for the rest of the year. Emraan is looking at the release of Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai and is also shooting for Crook: It’s Good To Be Bad which is looking at arriving before the close of year. Neha has films like With Love To Obama and Pappu Can’t Dance Saala ready for release and has a biggie in the form of Action Replayy lined up next.
“I think mostly the delay in release of Raftaar 24X7 is due to monetary issues and people at the top are trying to sort it out”, says Neha hopefully, “I hope that important people feel as good about the film as I do. I truly believe we have something really good in hands.”
Well, one looks forward to see whether Percept too shares similar sentiments here.
The production house Percept has been hit hard with back to back box office failure of 8X10 Tasveer (Akshay Kumar), Jail (Neil Nitin Mukesh) and Jumbo. Their offbeat films like Kanchivaram, Firaaq and Ramchand Pakistani have primarily succeeded in fetching only good reviews. Their recent release Bumm Bumm Bole, despite the association with Priyadarshan, too has been a disaster at the box office and hasn’t seen much appreciation critically as well. Release plans of John Abraham starrer Aashayein and Nagesh Kukunoor directed Bemisaal are uncertain too. As for their newer films, Malamaal Weekly 2 hasn’t moved beyond the announcement stage. While one looks forward to Percept reviving itself and unleash their line up of films to favourable results, the current status of Raftaar 24X7 continues to be shrouded in mystery.
Vipul Amrutlal Shah gets Akki and Ash together again…
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; May 26, 2010)
What happens when three heavyweights Vipul Shah, Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan get together? They give you a retro cool film titled Action Replayy, that is high on style quotient and emotionally rewarding too.
The gorgeous Aishwarya puts it very simply when she says, “It is a fun-genre romantic film.’’ And her good-looking co-star, the handsome Akshay adds, “It’s a very special film for me for many reasons. This is my tribute to the 70s that was the greatest retro era. I was kicked with the idea because I’m entering the time in cinema where my father-in-law (Rajesh Khanna) was a superstar. It is my fifth film with Vipul and definitely another one to remember. Ash and I had a brief romantic interlude in Raj Kumar Santoshi’s Khakee, but Action Replayy is our first romantic comedy together. Believe me, I was blushing through the making and there’s a lot I wish to tell my audience about. But Vipul wants me to keep things under wraps for the moment.’’ Without giving away too much, one can safely say that Action Replayy is all about rewinding your life. It is about Kishen and Mala — two bickering senior citizens who “rediscover romance’’ on their 33rd wedding anniversary, when their son gets them into rew mode. Vipul Shah, who had a blast making Action Replayy, says, “Akki and I have an impeccable box office record. We enjoyed success with Ankhein, Waqt-The Race Against Time, Namastey London, Singh Is Kinng. Action Replayy is a film where the two of us return after a gap of almost three years. And believe me, it is a great way to return.’’
The film is very hip and caters to the sensibilities of the young generation. “For me it was an exciting experience because I could bring together Aishwarya and Akshay, a pair I had been wanting to cast for sometime now. They’re both goodlooking, super-talented and what’s more, they’re fashion icons as well. Akki has made an amazing screen pair with some of the existing girls but believe me, he and Ash are extra special,’’ adds Vipul.
By Subhash K. Jha, May 10, 2010 – 12:06 IST
Akshay and Aishwarya are thrilled. They’ll get to enact songs featuring their mother-in-law Dimple and father-in-law Amitabh, respectively. But composer Pritam Chakraborty is in a bit of a jam. Vipul Shah has decided at the last minute to re-record an entire complicated track for Action Replayy for a retro-song to be filmed on Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Akshay Kumar.
And this is no ordinary request. The one all-comprehensive track will have to represent screen jodis as diverse as Raj Kapoor-Nargis, Rajesh Khanna -Mumtaz, Amitabh Bachchan-Jaya, Dharmendra-Hema Malini and Rishi Kapoor-Dimple Kapadia.
The long-planned retro-song representing various eras of evergreen screen-jodis has now undergone a massive change. Every section of the song will now have differently mooded lyrics and tunes to go with the different looks that Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will don to represent screen pairs over the decades.
Pritam had recorded a straightforward love song for the situation. That just won’t do. The director has a far more ambitious tune-plan which Pritam has not quite understood as yet.
Vipul who has just got Akshay and Aishwarya’s dates in July to shoot the song in Manali, has asked his exceedingly-busy composer Pritam to scrap the song that he had recorded and create an entirely new composition that would aurally represent Akshay and Aishwarya’s tribute to screen pairs over the years.
Explains Vipul, “I feel it isn’t enough to simply dress up Akshay and Aishwarya to represent the various screen pairs. Every section of the music, vocals and lyrics will represent the pair that we show Akshay and Aishwarya playing. For example if the mukhda is dedicated to Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz then I want the R.D. Burman feel of ‘Jai Jai Shiv Shankar‘ in Aap Ki Kasam. On the other hand, if I want Akshay and Aishwarya to do a Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bachchan, I’d want Pritam to come with a suitable mood and tune, like R D. Burman’s ‘Bahon Mein Chale Aaon‘ in Anamika. If I show Akshay-Ash doing Raj-Nargis I want a Shankar-Jaikishan piece. If I show Akshay-Ash doing Dharmendra and Hema Malini then I want a Laxmikant-Pyarelal section in the composition. But if I want Akshay-Ash doing Shammi Kapoor-Sharmila Tagore then I want O.P. Nayyar to come into play.”
Just how Pritam would get all these diverse and seemingly-incompatible compositional style into one song is a mystery to the composer.
But Vipul is confident. “Pritam is smart and he is talented. He will do it. Our film music is so rich. Not only are there composers as far-ranging as Madan Mohan and Shankar-Jaikishan, even the composer that you hear in one kind of cinema is different from what he does in another kind of cinema. How can we compare what R D. Burmam composed for Rajesh-Sharmila with what he composed for Rajesh -Mumtaz? I want all of this diversity to be part of that one song.”
Pritam who has already composed two full-on retro numbers for Action Replayy–a satire on marriage and an Elvis Presley styled rock ‘n’ roll track – has a month to rise to the occasion. The most ambitious retro song in the history of Indian cinema will be shot on July 12, 13, 14 and 15 in Manali.
Akki-Ash to do a Rishi-Dimple in Gulmarg cabin from Bobby!
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; April 24, 2010)
Twinkle or Tina, the actor’s classy and stylish designer wife is holding a ‘holiday line’ exhibition todayMARK MANUEL Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; April 9, 2010)
Wednesday night, and it’s dinner time at the sea-facing Juhu residence of Tina and Akshay Kumar. She’s eating elegantly with her fingers, Frank Sinatra is singing Strangers In The Night, but Akshay is in the kitchen ordering halwa. I know he’s also slyly checking on what’s happening at the Eden Gardens where Kolkata’s killing Delhi in the IPL. He’s crazy about cricket. And, being savvy about finance and figures and people, he knows instinctively when a match is being thrown. Bollywood’s action star is a different man at home. He’s just completed Housefull and Action Replayy, but is busy shooting for Khatta Meetha and Tees Maar Khan, and will soon begin Patiala House and Thank-You. Right now, he’s chilling out in between schedules. The couple spend time walking their garden, hand-in-hand, sipping drinks. “When he thinks I’m not looking, he chucks the wine in the bushes,” Tina complains. And Akshay also makes a valiant attempt at taking son Aarav’s homework because Tina is busy with an exhibition that begins today. “I get a call at work, and Akshay wants to know what’s a noun and what’s an adjective,” Tina laughs, “then when I get home, I find the homework is all wrong!”
She talks about her exhibition, it’s of a holiday line at her designer store White Window in Bandra, and you can pick up everything you will need on a summer vacation here from kaftans, beachwear and glamorous night clothes to jewellery, makeup pouches and trendy business card holders. Only for women. “The men can help themselves elsewhere,” Tina says. Akshay knows what all is going up on the exhibition. “It all comes home, I have to see it once, whether I like it or not,” he says wryly. But actually, he’s hugely supportive of her work, he thinks she’s amazing at what she does, and is proud that she’s one of our leading interior designers. “She’s designed this whole place,” he says sweeping an arm around their tastefully decorated home, “my contribution has only been silence.” What he’s not saying is that Tina, well, has also ‘designed’ him and given him a stylish edge, a touch of class that he never had. Like what Victoria did to David Beckham. “I did a normal wife thing… it was not a deliberate attempt to style Akshay, it’s like what I do for my son,” Tina protests, “but the principles were the same as at work, there was a good, clear-cut foundation, and it was well accessorised!” She herself, is one of India’s classiest women, faultless in her dress sense, stylish in her ways, impeccable in her manners. She shops everywhere, from designers to high street and vintage stores to flea markets. “Again, my principles of dressing up are the same as at business, I prefer clear-cut silhouettes with an infusion of colours and an Indianness introduced in western clothes,” she explains. Dinner is over, Sinatra has retired for the night, and we are sipping coffee. Aarav breezes through the room and waves to us. “What are you, the Prime Minister,” Akshay calls out to his son. I ask her how she rates him as an actor, husband and father on a scale of 1 to 10. Without hesitation Tina replies, “Seven as an actor, 9 as a husband and 11 as a father.” Akshay preens himself, but he would rather the after-dinner conversation be on his wife. He is a wise man, he will not rate her, but he loves talking about how she designs people’s homes, does hotels, boutiques, restaurants, stores, for Bollywood’s most famous, for celebs, industrialists. Her clients could be anybody. “They come to me because they like my work, or because of who I am, and sometimes they just walk into the store to pick up something and then end up getting me to do their whole house,” Tina says. She meets clients personally, demands to see their plans, because for her the structure of the place is most important. “My ability is to divide and cut space to maximise,” she reveals, “but it’s not my way or the highway, I try to make the client happy, but not to a degree where I compromise on my sense of aesthetics. If I don’t believe in a client’s plan, and I can’t convince them to change, then I will give up their work.” Akshay leans over to whisper, “She’s clear and straightforward, Hafeez Contractor says good things about her work, look at the way she keeps the house, takes care of our son, manages her business, deals with the staff… I don’t think a man can ask for more.”
Clearly, Akshay Kumar is a content man, he’s at the top of his career, one of Bollywood’s most saleable stars and highest earners, he’s got a beautiful and successful wife, an adorable son, and a cosy and comfortable home, he may not want more. But Tina does. For herself, a White Window store in Delhi, one internationally, she has a clear picture of where she wants to be at different phases of her life. “At 60, dressed in jeans and short white kurtas, making and selling things, maybe with a restaurant to keep Akshay who will be in rocking chair occupied,” she laughs. And for him, she only wants a National Award. “He’s a simple, hard-working guy, very focussed in his work, incredibly smart, but he’ll never pretend to be more than what he is. It’s my ambition that he gets the National Award. I have a shelf ready for it,” she says.
And he gives her the killer Khiladi smile.