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After comic and negative roles, Vaidya plays himself in Gautham Menon’s next
Our 3 Idiots favourite, Chatur a.k.a Omi Vaidya has got himself a clever deal indeed.
After bagging a comic role in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Dil Toh Bacha Hai Ji and a negative role in Abbas Mustan’s remake of Italian Job, Omi will now be playing himself. Yes, Omi will play his NRI actual self in Gautham Menon’s next. Apparently, Omi has been cast as Pratik’s (Babbar) friend in this film.
A source reveals, “Omi will be playing himself in the film. He will play Pratik’s friend. Omi is one of the most important characters in the film as Pratik always goes up to him for help and advice on everything.”
An excited Omi confirms, “I am playing myself in the film and am very happy to work with Pratik and Gautham Menon.”
Co-producer of the film Fenn says, “The character is Omi playing himself in the film. After the stupendous success of 3 Idiots, Omi was the highlight of the film and we expect to create the same magic.” The same chamatkaar you mean.
TNN, Jun 23, 2010, 05.00pm IST
Unknown to the actress, a hacker had breached her Gmail account a few weeks ago and was chatting away with her friends, falsely claiming that Meghna ‘was pregnant from a fling with a guy whose name she couldn’t remember’ and that she ‘needed advice’. How imaginative!
But when this impersonator said hello to the actresses’ ex-publicist Dale Bhagwagar on the chat, the PR specialist sensed something fishy about the way Meghna was chatting. So immediately after the chat, Dale called her residence to verify if it was Meghna on the chat, and her parents told him, she had gone for her yoga class.
When the actress returned the call an hour later, she was shocked to learn about the conversation. Meghna said, “I was paranoid when I checked my Google chats. This imposter had been chatting with a lot my friends and claimed I was pregnant out of a fling. To add to this craziness, he wrote, I’d forgotten the name of the guy who made me pregnant. All this bogus talk was insane and scary.”
The publicist calmed the horrified actress and guided her to change her email privacy settings and escorted her to the Crime Branch the next morning. “We complained at the Cyber Crime Investigation Cell. Sadly and strangely, the cops there didn’t seem to be much interested about my case,” lamented Meghna. “I hope they are able to track the hacker,” she added.
THE TIMES OF INDIA (June 6, 2010)
Forty-eight hours ago, “Raajneeti”, the film, opened to good reviews, fuelling talk that Katrina Kaif was here to stay as Bollywood’s reigning diva. Not so, says the actress, the real star is the movie, not the actor. She talks marriage, Salman Khan and her “foreign” accent with Bharati Dubey. Excerpts:
“Raajneeti” has given ballast to your status as Bollywood’s Queen Bee, hasn’t it?
• It is a very kind sentiment. But a lot of work has gone into the making of “Raajneeti”. I worked on getting the accent right for 25 days during the dubbing of the film. A lot of tears, heated discussions went into it till we finally got it right. It is too early to say if the film is a success but there are positive reactions. Besides, I also feel the trend is changing. Today it is the film which is the star.
Many doubts were expressed when you accepted the role.
• That’s one-hundred per cent true! My accent was perennially discussed. But there was one good outcome — everybody agreed that my accent blended well in the movie. My victory was about overcoming the language hurdle.
“Raajneeti” is said to be inspired by the Mahabharata. Were you aware that another film, “Kalyug”, was on the same lines, with Rekha playing Draupadi’s role?
• Yes, just a week before the release of “Raajneeti”, a friend told me that the film reminded her of “Kalyug”. It is a good thing that I didn’t see the film, otherwise I would’ve got influenced by it. But now I will definitely watch it.
With “Raajneeti” you seem to have shed the “NRI girl” tag. What roles do you intend to take up now?
• I have been getting wonderful offers in the last two years. I’ve liked some roles, but was not confident if they would work at the box office. Yes, I do take into consideration the commercial viability of a film; that’s important for me. After “Raajneeti”, I don’t plan to do something radically different. I will take up roles that I feel passionate about, but will also do some fun films like “Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani”. I am still young and would like to do films that suit my age as well.
How do you react when people say that you are a foreigner?
• I take offence! Just because I have an accent does not mean that. Lakshmi Mittal resides in London and has an accent; that doesn’t mean that you will take his citizenship away from him. I am not an alien. I don’t mind being called an angel as there’s no parentage involved, but certainly not a foreigner or an outsider.
Do you recall the resistance you faced when you entered the industry?
• Yes, there was resistance, and rightly so as it helped me learn to perform in front of the camera, work with my language handicap, etc. But a lot of people also had faith in me and gave me a chance. But my career is not entirely made of chance. I was very attentive on the sets and learnt a lot. If people give you an opportunity, you have to deliver too. I used to dissect my work in every film and improve upon it in the next.
What was Salman Khan’s contribution to your career?
• Undoubtedly, it’s been immense. There is no shame or secret about it. It is in Salman’s nature to help people he believes in. He had confidence and belief in me, but he always stressed hard work and dedication. His advice and guidance have been invaluable as at that time I had no films.
You are constantly compared to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Kareena Kapoor, especially when you replace them in films or ads.
• Ash is an icon and has achieved huge success. The point I am trying to make is that one has to keep moving on in life. For instance, I don’t intend to get stuck in the “Ajab” kind of role, wearing hair bands forever. Ash too has always moved ahead and is now taking a different journey. I really don’t like the word replacement. Even I have parted ways from some brands — may be they are looking for something different; may be I want to do something different. As for Kareena, she has been in the industry longer than me and has done more films. We share the same manager, and she has been very supportive. It’s very kind of her.
You represent the Barbie doll brand in India. What do you think of a brand creating false notions of beauty?
• I understand people’s concerns, but Barbie is an iconic brand. Four out of five kids in India, who come to me for autographs, wear a Barbie T-shirt or shoes. They are part of my audience, and I don’t see anything wrong in cementing that association further through Barbie.
You choose to avoid discussing your relationships.
• Life is transient. The happiness and contentment I get by doing what is right for me outweighs the stuff that appears in the newspapers about me. It does not sit well with me to discuss my personal life — if and when the time comes, I will speak, and that time is not now. I have a strong sense of responsibility when it comes to my public image, but I will not discuss or explain things to people at the cost of my personal life.
There was some talk about your sister joining films and your mother coming to stay with you in Mumbai?
• My mom lives in Chennai as she runs an orphanage there, but I meet her often. My sister is completing her studies. It’s for her to decide what she wants to do in life.
Do you plan to get married by 2012?
• I did say that I will get married in 2012 and it was not for effect, but now I don’t know…
Will you be able to give up cinema for marriage?
• Cinema, for me, is a passion, not an addiction. But I am sure that when I hit the right note with the person I love, I will make the transition without any hitch.
SHARIN WADER BUTANI Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; May 3, 2010)
There are no limits to what a sister can get her brother to do… especially if she is directing a film and he is acting in it! That best explains why Farhan Akhtar, who can sing, act, direct and write scripts for Bollywood, is free-flying the skies. Sis Zoya and co-producer-friend Ritesh Sidhwani made him take up this extreme sport for their forthcoming film costarring Katrina Kaif, Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol and Kalki. Zoya is keen that her actors do their own stunts and will not use body doubles. Earlier, she got Abhay to learn deep sea diving. Farhan, ever the adventurer, was game. “I did an AFF (Accelerated Free Fall) eight-level course in Spain,” he said. en I jumped the first time, I didn’t know what going on in my mind. Everything was a blur, it got over quickly. After that I tried it 16 times and enjoyed every bit of it.”
Incidentally, if you want to take up this sport but don’t have the heart for it, Farhan has encouragement and advice from his instructor: “When you don’t consider sitting in a boat as swimming, why do you consider sitting in a plane as flying? So, in a real sense, go fly!” After Abhay learning deep sea diving and Farhan, sky diving, we wonder what Zoya will make Hrithik Katrina do next.
By Subhash K. Jha, March 17, 2010 – 12:30 IST
Sunny Deol is very upset with the way Subhash Ghai and his production house Mukta Arts have marketed Right Yaaa Wrong.
Says Sunny, “It was always a good film. Mukta Arts has not been fair to it. They’ve publicized it like a small producer would have. For a large production house they really didn’t seem to know what to do with the film. It was all talk talk talk… There were so many meetings and so many plans. But nothing happened. I’m fed up of all this empty talk. Now I only want to work on projects with a clear plan of action.”
Sunny feels Ghai was not interested in the film. “He didn’t believe in Right Yaaa Wrong. And he was surrounded by advisers who were constantly trying to bisect and dissect the film. Filmmaking may be a team effort. But you can’t have a team of people always providing inputs and advice. That only causes chaos and confusion. The film has to finally go by one man’s vision. And that man is the director.”
Apparently, Ghai didn’t allow the director Neerraj Pathak to do his work. “At the end of the day it’s his vision that determines the end-product. You’ve to let the director do his job. Fortunately or unfortunately, I’m not the kind of person who interferes beyond a point. I can’t sit and talk talk talk. I’m a man of action.”
Sunny accuses Ghai of releasing the film at the wrong time. “They kept saying they’d release the film at the right time. Finally they released it on the day the IPL matches started. How is that the right date? The truth is, they had lost interest in the film. But when they held trials people liked the film. Suddenly they decided to release it with haphazard publicity at a time when I’m shooting in Punjab. They were earlier supposed to release in December, then January…what was I supposed to do? Give up shooting and run around doing the publicity (for Right Yaaa Wrong) when they wanted me to? All big talk. The world is filled with big talkers.”
Sighs Sunny, “It’s a changed industry. Nothing works the way it used to. A few films click, and that’s it. I’m not interested in any kind of politics. And the directors …we need good directors. The directors we (the Deols) have given a break to have run away after working with us. Everyone is into their own kind of cinema, not necessarily sensible cinema.”
Is Sunny talking about Raj Kumar Santoshi? “He was supposed to do a project with me again. I guess it wasn’t meant to be. He will do films only where the economics are to his advantage. He doesn’t have the b**ls to make the cinema he believes in unless the money is right. Who’s doing the work they believe in? Imtiaz Ali made Socha Na Tha with our cousin Abhay Deol. Now that film is being remade over and over again in different packages. Anyway, if I was once bitten and twice shy I’d be called an emotional man. But if I was twice bitten and thrice shy then I’d be called a foolish man. Santoshi or anyone else makes films wherever there’s money. What happened to creativity? I wonder! Filmmakers follow Friday trends.”
Sunny’s second film as director The Man has been delayed for some time. Explains Sunny, “There’re many reasons for it. It’s a big-budget film. We’re trying to find buyers for it. The film is 50 percent complete.”
Sunny is happy with the way their family film Yamla Pagla Deewana is shaping up. “It’s a great story. And the film will rock. My dad, my brother and I are shooting in Punjab. They treat us like family here. As for my dad, nobody can reach the place where he is.” Sunny is very proud of his cousin Abhay Deol. “He has the guts to do the kind of cinema he believes. Just like all the other Deols.”
On the other hand, Subhash Ghai reacts to Sunny’s comments, “Mukta Arts is the worldright controllers and distributors of Right Yaaa Wrong. We weren’t able to sell the film anywhere. There were no buyers. The set-up was not saleable. Our job was to give money for the film’s making and therefore we were the most insecure people in the project. Sunny saab’s reactions have to do with the way the film has been received .Why didn’t he say all these things before release? I had gone to Sunny’s home at least six times. We wanted to release it initially on November 30. But the stars, and I’m talking not just about Sunny but Irrfan, Konkona and Esha Koppikhar, had no time to promote the film. As far as my intervention in concerned, the director Neeraj Pathak himself came to me to ask for advice. I only advised him to increase the film’s tempo. Is it a crime to give suggestions for a film where there’re so many financial stakes? The film was started when there was a boom…big fruits were laden on the tree. When it was released the tree had dried up. All the cast and crew reaped the fruits. We the film’s world financiers were left with no money. We sold the entire overseas territory for Rs. 20 lakhs. We spent Rs.1.5 crores on the publicity. But the actors were not available for the publicity. Sunny said he’s too shy to do publicity. Look at Shah Rukh and Aamir how they promote their films. They hold their producers’ hands and take them everywhere for a film’s publicity. Instead of publicity for Right Yaaa Wrong, Sunny left for Punjab to shoot his film. Please don’t blame Mukta Arts. Now why is Sunny getting agitated? He’s a good boy. But he’s innocent about the changing marketing strategy of cinema. Sunny needs to get real.”
• There are all these rumours linking you to your Karthik calling Karthik co-star Deepika Padukone which the two of you protest at every opportunity. Are you not overdoing it?
Honestly speaking, I can only speak for myself. Initially I didn’t protest, I thought it would blow over naturally. But then it began to get awkward and in very bad taste and that is when I started protesting. Then one thing led to another and now again I am tired of protesting. I also feel that now that we are pretty much coming to the end of the promotion of Karthik Calling Karthik and you will see us spending a lot of time with other people as opposed to each other, it will blow over.
• Do such rumours affect you a lot?
It’s important for me because it affects my family. It’s weird for me to answer to my nine-year-old daughter who sees something on TV or reads a headline in a newspaper. Children tend to stress about these things a lot more than we understand. When I wasn’t addressing the issue she couldn’t understand why I was denying something to her but not telling the rest of the world. So to me it was important to come out and talk about it.
• What’s with this schizophrenic behaviour you display? You are usually a party boy but when you work, either when acting or directing, you become all reclusive and incommunicado?
The thing is, and most of the people I know also say this, I am an extremist. When I am working I don’t want to know about anything else. When I want to party, I don’t want to work. So when I go on a holiday, more often than not, I won’t answer my phone. I really have to be pushed to deal with work when I am on a holiday. Similarly when I am working on the script of a film, I really don’t want to go out, I don’t want to do things which are going to takeaway my energy from what I really should be focusing on.
• What influences you and your work?
Having kids has made me more aware of life beyond myself. I am aware that my choices will affect them even when I am not around. That also affects my work because my sensibilities and aesthetics have changed. I have grown up with women predominantly and that has led to me having a very healthy respect for them in terms of the treatment of them. I have an allergy to women being shown in a crude light, to be shown in almost a sexist way. I have had these allergies in any case; it has got a little more underlined now with kids. When they see my films, I don’t want them to think that dad is doing anything cheap.
• Do you think your dad’s (Javed Akhtar with Salim Khan) films reflected the same concern?
Salim uncle and my father had a healthy respect for women. But because while they were writing, there was a lot more formula cinema, it was a requirement of the story that they had to write in a vamp, which you don’t necessarily need to do anymore. If there was a villain, he had to have a vamp. Similarly when I write Don, I go back to that kind of writing, Don had Isha in his life. How we treat the character can be different from how molls and vamps were treated at that time. But when you go back to that kind of writing, it’s a different world and it’s a different sensibility of filmmaking but within that you still want to treat them with a certain dignity. You can’t caricature them and make them one dimensional.
• For Don you had a blueprint of sorts to follow. How does Don 2 take the character forward?
For me, Don’s character hinges on his cunning and smartness and the fact that he is playing all the characters in the film and at the same time, he also plays the audience. So, to me, the challenge is to do that again. Of course, you can do great action sequences, you can have great songs, a wonderful looking and talented cast who everybody wants to watch. But this time round, there is now no format to follow. To me that was exciting and what I am focusing again on is how to take Don to almost level two. This film is more of a caper to me than an emotional journey.
• And how many ‘mulk ki police’ will be looking for him in Don 2?
Now I think it’s the whole world. Only Antarctica aur Arctic ki police uske peeche nahi padi hai.(laughs)
• Could you ever do a mush film? A romcom?
Very honestly I must say that the romcom is one of my least favourite genres, even to watch. There are some of course, which I do thoroughly enjoy but they are very few and far between. Personally, I prefer drama, action and thrillers. If it’s a romance I would much prefer a classic romance like a Romeo and Juliet which has drama in it.
• You work with actors as a director and compete with them as an actor. How do you differentiate between the two?
The people that I have worked with are the ones that I am good friends with and I do spend a lot of time with. One is obviously Hrithik and the other is Shah Rukh. Hrithik and I have known each other for really really long. We have been friends from way before I decided I wanted to be in films (he kind of always knew he wanted to be in films). So my friendship with him is beyond actor-director, whatever.
With Shah Rukh, I really started hanging out with him post Dil Chahta Hai. I feel a certain kinship with him. We have similar joys in terms of technology, we jam on many things. And many a times he has been someone I have turned to for advice. He is someone I have almost started feeling over time, again without sounding cheesy, like an elder brother. I know for a fact, not that he has told me so, that he is someone I can really count on, if the need arises. Even if we choose in the future to not work together, we will still hang out, we will still be friends.
• Today’s actors pay a lot of attention to body and hair, the externals basically. Yesteryear actors looked almost the same in every film but it didn’t affect the strength of their performance. Comment.
I completely agree and I think it should go back to being how it was. Because I think, we are slowly but surely working towards this perfect world that everybody should exist in, which is not true. If there is someone on screen who is even relatively chubbier, immediately reviewers say he needs to lose a couple of pounds. Why? Doesn’t someone who is chubbier have a right to fall in love with someone? I find it disturbing that we are trying to make a Utopian world where great looking people and great bodies fall in love and nobody else has a right to.
Anyone who is skinny or bald or has a stammer or is fat is relegated to being a comedian, a character who needs help. I find this really disturbing. Did anyone stop to question why people fell in love with Sanjeev Kumar? It’s a dangerous obsession because it’s going to start limiting talent that’s coming in.
|Karthik Calling Karthik|
Off the cuff
Rate Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Hrithik Roshan and yourself on a scale of one to ten on the following parameters
• Communication skills
SRK - 15
Aamir – 10
Hrithik – 8 or 9
Myself – 5
• Life of a party
It is difficult to rate this in numbers. SRK and Hrithik are very funny. Both of them love dancing so once the party kicks off, they are always dancing. Aamir is a lot more reserved. In all honesty, I haven’t partied with Aamir since Dil Chahta Hai
SRK – 10
Aamir – 5
Hrithik – 10
Myself – 8 or 9
• Easy to direct
Honestly, they were all very easy to direct.
ALL – 10
• Willing to admit to mistakes
Again, I think, I would give all of them 10 and that’s what makes them good at what they do. I know for a fact that I can be stubborn about certain things.
• Emotionally giving
I spend a lot more time with Hrithik and Shah Rukh than I do with Aamir. So it will be really difficult for me to say anything about Aamir on this front.
• Extempore speakers
Aamir – 5
Hrithik – 8
Myself – 5
• Aware of the world
All of us are pretty aware of what’s happening in the world around us, so I would probably rate them just up there. Even if we want to detach ourselves from what’s happening around us you media people don’t let it happen. There is no escape. So 10 on 10 for everyone
• Be a 3am friend
My friendship is more with Hrithik and Shah Rukh than it is with Aamir. My relationship with Aamir is a lot more professional than personal so to put him into this equation feels very weird as it’s unfair to him.
Myself – 0
I switch off my phone when I sleep, I love my sleep. I think I don’t qualify for this.
• Politically correct
SRK-3 or 4, mostly he says what he feels
Myself- 7 or 8, I have the knack of saying wrong things as well
Hrithik- 8, He has changed a lot from what he was to what he is now
• Animal Charm
Both of them are very attractive people.
Myself – I don’t know about myself (laughs) how do I rate myself on animal charm?
HARSHADA REGE Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 3, 2009)
It’s time to tune into Himesh Reshammiya once again as the composer turned-singer turned-actor prepares to step on the silver screen for the third time with Radio today. Himesh, who has been there and done it all, says he feels like this is debut. “Everything about the film is new. Be it my look, music, subject or the sensibilities. It’s something that people will relate to. It’s something that I would watch myself,” he says. The movie is about Vivan, a radio jockey, who gives people advice on their relationship troubles, but doesn’t know where his relationships are heading. The film apparently has already covered its cost through music sales, video and satellite rights. “Yes, the movie is a profitable venture even before its release, but I am looking forward to the audience’s reaction. I have worked a lot on this character and I crave for recognition as an actor,” admits Himesh. Of course, the composer, who has scored music for 100 films, 500 songs and has been part of many shows worldwide, is happy that the music has been appreciated so much and has been rocking the music charts. “Yes, the music is completely different. It’s a new sound, a new voice,” he says. Despite some people putting him down, Himesh has managed to brave the odds. And this time around he has gone for a makeover all over again. He will be seen sporting short hair and in a casual avatar. But this isn’t anything new for Himesh. “Be it my music or look, I have always believed in experimenting. People have appreciated my look in the promos too,” he says.
DEEPALI DHINGRA (BOMBAY TIMES; December 1, 2009)
When the going gets tough, the tough get going. And that’s exactly what Sonal Sehgal had to do, after waiting eons for her film Aashayein to release. The Nagesh Kukunoor film where she stars opposite John Abraham got delayed so much, that Sonal decided she could not wait any longer and signed her next film Radio. “It was six months after the music launch of Aashayein and I thought to myself that if I keep sitting at home, I’ll probably forget how to act!” she laughs. Of course, that doesn’t mean she isn’t disappointed about her first film being delayed so much. “It’s my first film, so it’s naturally very close to my heart. Plus it’s a beautiful story. When I asked Nagesh last when it would release, he said ‘soon’, so I’m waiting for that to happen soon,” she smiles. On the other hand, she’s a firm believer in destiny and believes that whatever has happened, has happened for the best. Says Sonal, “Since Aashayein got delayed, people don’t have any pre-conceived notions about me yet, and that’s why I was able to sign such diverse films as Radio and Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai.” Talk about Radio where she’s paired opposite Himesh Reshammiya and we can’t help but ask if she was advised against taking up the role by anyone. “If the director has such faith in Himesh, then who am I to judge?” she dodges the question diplomatically, and then laughs, “Anyway, I rarely listen to people’s advice. I want my success as well as failure to be credited to me alone,” she adds. But the actress is kicked about her role in the film. “It’s a contemporary look at relationships,” she says, adding that anyone who’s been in a relationship would identify with the film. “I play a girl who gets divorced from her husband but the habit of the relationship is hard to let go for her,” she explains her role. With so much work in her kitty, Sonal is glad that all the hard work and patience is finally paying off. “We make plans for our lives but God always has bigger, better plans for us,” she says with a smile.
Touchwood, we say!