Posts tagged ADITYA CHOPRA
Shaheen Parkar (MID-DAY; May 15, 2013)
Arjun Kapoor, Prithviraj and newcomer Sasheh Aagha visited the Mid Day office along with their entourage as part of the promotions of their upcoming film Aurangzeb. It’s South star Prithviraj’s second outing in Bollywood after Aiyyaa.
While this super hot man acted cool it is Arjun Kapoor who did most of the talking (Did someone say he’s shy?). In a hourlong session, the actors indulged in some serious talk and some banter…
Excerpts of their conversation with the Hitlist team.
ARJUN: I play a double role in this film, it’s like ek pe ek muft. We have been saying the same things at the promotions for the past few days and trying to make it as exciting as ever. But one thing I have realised, an actor may be having a bad day or whatever but you have to put up an appearance. You are there because of these people. It’s exactly a year since my debut film Ishaqzaade released. When I was offered Aurangazeb, I was initially keen to do the role Prithviraj has done. But Adi (producer Aditya Chopra) put me in my place ke bhaiyya tumhe double role mila hai.
PRITHVIRAJ: I play a cop… something that I have done umpteen times before on the screen. For three months, I had a Hindi tutor and even during the shoots I would rehearse the lines with him.
ARJUN: But he still does all the talking with his eyes. You have to watch him.
PRITHVIRAJ: I think now my Hindi is ekdum shuddh. And unlike Aiyyaa, I have a lot of talking to do now.
SASHEH: Prithviraj and More >
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; May 14, 2013)
Aditya Chopra’s next Aurangzeb revolves around a construction company based in Gurgaon, who in the façade of construction conducts an illegal racket. The group is headed by Jackie Shroff and his son Arjun Kapoor helps the father in the illegal business.
Apparently, the scion of one of the leading construction companies based in Delhi feels that the story is too close home. The company is apparently worried about the image of the company and is demanding to watch the film before the release. However, Yash Raj Films says there is no such development. The spokesperson of the production company said, “The film is based on fictitious characters and situations. There is absolutely no truth in this. It is not based on any company. No one has approached us for a special screening.”
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 14, 2013)
After a bad start, Shraddha Kapoor is back where she has always longed to be – in the limelight, enjoying the adulation that Aashiqui 2 has earned her. And there’s more. There’s a buzz that her miniscule role in Imran – Kareena starrer Gori Tere Pyaar Mein has been touched up to give her more screen time and a special song and dance number too. But the petite girl just giggles when we mention that.
The 24-year-old daughter of Shakti Kapoor and Shivangi Kolhapure insists she is enjoying the new heights with her feet firmly planted in the ground. The disaster that was her debut, Teen Patti, still haunts her. “I was devastated. Life came to a standstill. But my mom, dad and aunt (Padmini Kolhapure) sat me down and said, ‘Rise and shine. Brush this off. Don’t let one failure affect you so much. There will be light ahead. Get up and restart your dance classes and gym.” And that’s what she did.
At a time when almost all newcomers have the tacit or explicit endorsement of major productions houses or directors, Shradhha has had to deal with some heavy baggage – that of her father’s controversial legacy. Reason why she has been on her own all this while. “It hasn’t been easy,” she admits, elaborating, “I auditioned for Teen Patti alone. The audition for Luv Ka The End too was very exhaustive. I had to give a test for five scenes and two songs. I know the film was made for a niche audience but I don’t know the numbers the film got but More >
DNA (May 8, 2013)
We don’t believe everything we hear but we want to believe some things. Like the possibility of a film with Aishwarya rai Bachchan and Ranbir Kapoor. We hear that ARB may give the nod to a Yash Raj Films venture, which will begin at the end of this year. A litle birdie chirps, “Aditya Chopra is casting Ranbir Kapoor in the romantic drama and he wants Ash to be RK’s love interest. Ash has heard the script and is very excited about it and working with a younger hero like Ranbir. She loves his choice of films and thinks he’s a fabulous actor. Adi’s film is one she’s looking forward to working in, provided dates and money issues are sorted out.” We hear Adi might direct this one himself. A source close to Ash denied that she had been approached for the film. Don’t we hear that always before the announcement?
Arjun Kapoor tells us why he prefers to keep a low-key profile
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 8, 2013)
Arjun Kapoor is back from Ahmedabad after wrapping up the first schedule of Two States. He is impatient to see the first cut of Aurangzeb when we catch up with him at a suburban studio. Excerpts from the chat.
You are quite a star… (Interrupts) I am an actor, not a star. When you are a star you can’t venture out in public.
What really annoys you at a public place? I have seen this profession from very close quarters and I know there are small prices to pay. But when I am having a bad day or spending a private moment, I do wish I could tell people to give me some space. Also, I think it’s disrespectful to secretly click pictures of me. I prefer to come out and talk to people when I have work to talk about.
You play a double role in Aurangzeb. Is it a calculated risk? Hrithik played a double role in his debut film, Kaho Na Pyaar Hai. But there, the two characters didn’t share screen space, like my characters do in this one. Aditya Chopra finalised me for the film after watching the rushes of Ishaqzaade. And when a producer shows such faith in you, it bolsters your confidence. Risk or no risk, I just went for it with conviction.
You play the spoilt child of a rich father. Does it have any parallels to your life? I am the antithesis of my onscreen character. I never got swayed by my background. Had I been a spoilt child of a renowned producer, I wouldn’t have been More >
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; May 1, 2013)
After not being on good terms for nearly 20 years, Sunny Deol and Aditya Chopra have let bygones by bygones. The Yash Raj head honcho will be launching Sunny’s son Karan ( better known by his pet name Rocky) in one of their upcoming productions.
This follows close on the heels of the recent announcement of YRF taking over the music of Santosh Sivan’s Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 which features the Deols.
To go back, Sunny and the late Yash Chopra had a huge fight after they did Darr together.
Sunny felt that Shah Rukh Khan was given more prominence and Sunny never worked with them again. Although Bobby worked with YRF in Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, Sunny avoided the YRF banner.
However after the demise of Yash Chopra, Aditya and Sunny met and they resolved their differences.” A source says, “Adi has expressed his desire to launch Karan and a deal has been cracked. However the youngster is not bound by any contract by YRF. He will only feature in one film unlike other new actors who have to sign a three- film deal.” When contacted, YRF folk preferred to deny the development.
Though Shraddha Kapoor broke away from her YRF contract, she still considers them special
Shaheen Parkar (MID-DAY; April 29, 2013)
Shraddha Kapoor may be elated with the positive response to her latest film Aashiqui 2, a Mahesh Bhatt production, but she still considers Aditya Chopra as her mentor.
It may be recalled that the youngster was shown the door by the Yash Raj folk last year when she gave her nod to Aashiqui 2. She had a three- film deal with Yash Raj Films. After Luv Ka The End, Shraddha waited for her next film with YRF to take off. But with nothing happening, the youngster decided to take on director Mohit Suri’s offer.
Says Shraddha, “I waited for two years before I decided to move on. Adi Chopra is my mentor. I had a three- film deal with them and I am always available for them. It’s just that when Aashiqui 2 came my way, I could not refuse it as I always wanted to work with Mohit.”
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; April 25, 2013)
Aditya Chopra is at it again. Apparently he is now not happy with the final cut of his upcoming film Aurangzeb. The film is directed by debutant Atul Sabharwal and stars Arjun Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Amrita Singh, Jackie Shroff and Sasha Agha.
Our source says, “The promos of the film have been loved by everyone. But Adi, who is known to be a control freak, has ordered the technical crew and the edit folks to re-edit the film according to his liking. The team has now got to work and want to finish the edit according to the changes suggested by Adi so that the film is ready for its May 17 release date.” The source further says, “Adi is known to only give a go ahead after he is completely happy with his product. He knows that he has to now take all the right decisions. This is YRF’s first major release after Jab Tak Hai Jaan so he does not want to leave any stone unturned for the betterment of the film.” The official spokesperson however maintains, “This is absolutely rubbish. Everyone at YRF is very happy and thrilled with the edit and it is all systems go for release.”
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; April 20, 2013)
Ranveer Singh, 27, is a complete softy and a mama’s boy, whose mother is the centre of his universe. He is extremely bright and secure about his manhood and is simple and emotional. He admits that while he had no control of what he would say when he started off, he has learnt not to be 100% open and honest. Over an hour-long conversation with Bombay Times while shooting for Ram Leela, he talks about his badmaashis in school, the romantic Aditya Chopra and why he finds Deepika Padukone the most desirable co-star. Excerpts:
Let’s talk about your childhood? I am born and brought up in Bandra and went to a small school called Learners Academy in the foothills of Pali Hill till class X. My family is originally from Karachi and while my dad is a cut surd, my mom is a Sindhi. My dad is an auto retailer. I was the most obese kid in my class till class three and was called ‘motte’. I was under-confident and no one would take me in their team to play as I was a slow runner. But then, I realised I was stronger than these guys and became the dada in school. I wrote my first love letter on a chit in class one. It read, ‘I love you. You love me.’ My principal complained to my parents. In class VI, I used to teach all the boys about porn and sex. I was 12 when I kissed. The girl was from another school and was older to me. I used to meet her in Otters Club and played table tennis with her. I must have been 13 when I did it fully first. By 14, More >
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 18, 2013)
Govinda will be seen in Aditya Chopra’s next titled Kill Dil, directed by Shaad Ali and co-starring Ranveer Singh. The actor signed on the dotted line Monday night. Not only is this a rather unlikely pairing for both Govinda and Aditya, the actor, for the first time in his career, will play villain in the film being billed as his big comeback.
We spoke to the actor, currently in Kolkata, and he promised us that we will see him in a new and improved avatar: “I am going to change. You will see me being very casual…socialising at the first opportunity,” he said.
On a more serious note, he added: “My films have not released since the longest time. I have had enough of my share of tough days. And trust me, it’s not been easy. Don’t you think I need to have my good times back?”
Why Aditya Chopra? “Hmmm… he came home. He said that I must do the film,” said Govinda.
Isn’t he the man in Rani Mukerji’s life, an actress with whom Govinda was very close at one point? “Well, we are professionals at the end of the day,” he shot back.
Elaborating on his association with Shaad, Govinda said they had met during the filming of Mani Ratnam’s Raavan when Shaad was assisting the filmmaker. “Shaad and I became very close friends. He had spoken to me about the role at that time. But I really didn’t believe my luck when he recently asked me to do it,” he said. Quizzed about his role, he refused to divulge any details.