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Siddharth Anand has bought the rights of 2 States from the author and has cast Saif Ali Khan in the lead role
Now that the last controversy around the author accusing Rajkumar Hirani of plagiarism has run its course, filmmakers are being extra cautious.
Bhagat was once rather bitter that Hirani’s blockbuster, 3 Idiots, was allegedly lifted from his book Five Point Someone. Perhaps this development might put a smile on his chirpy face.
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Siddharth Anand is all set to make his next film with Saif Ali Khan, which is based on Chetan Bhagat’s latest bestseller 2 States. This time, Anand has bought the rights.
Apparently, Aditya Chopra suggested it to Anand that he should make a film on Bhagat’s novel. (Wonder why he didn’t take it up himself though)
But unlike his other projects, Anand plans to shoot this one entirely in India. When contacted, he confirmed the news and said, “Yes I am making a film on the novel 2 States, which is a contemporary comedy and has been a huge success. It is a good departure for me, since the film will be made in India. My other four films were made using foreign locations.”
With Bollywood producers looking for the next best thing in terms of concept, the acquisition of this novel bodes well for writers. Anand added, “I bought the book and instantly fell in love with it.
After that I got in touch with Chetan, who was already negotiating with many filmmakers on the rights for the book. Chetan and I connected instantly and I am fortunate that he gave me the rights.”
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However, the film is not a carbon copy of the book, insists Anand. When asked about the changes incorporated in the film, he said, “It will also be Saif’s next film after Agent Vinod and my fifth film, which we intend to start early next year. Sajid Nadiadwala will produce the film.
I am going to be as true to the book as possible but there will be changes. We will be shooting all over India, including Delhi, Ahmadabad and Goa.” Doesn’t that add up to 3 states?
Madhur Bhandarkar on coming a long way from being a video delivery boy, on testing new genres and believing that Kareena will eventually come around to act in Heroine
• Comedy is not your forte. Why are making one, Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji ?
It was not an easy decision to make. While some have been saying that I shouldn’t get into other genres of cinema, others say that it’s time for a change. I have always considered myself as an experimental filmmaker and this is another one of my experiments. Actors who have worked with me will vouch for my sense of humour. More often than not, I have them in splits on my sets. In fact, Tabu (who starred in Chandni Bar) used to always ask me why I hadn’t directed a comedy yet.
• After dropping out from school you even worked as a delivery boy for a video library. Did you ever think that you’ll get this far?
Honestly, no. God has given me more than I asked for. I guess it has been a mixture of hard work and luck. I think I am God’s blessed child. And I am not going to get carried away.
• Your male-oriented films, Traffic Signal and Jail, don’t do particularly well. Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji too is male-oriented. Are you nervous?
I am nervous. But that happens with me before the release of any of my films. Think of it, isn’t it early days to say that Madhur Bhandarkar makes only good female-oriented films? I don’t jump into making films just for the heck of it. Recently I had offers to remake some top South films but I didn’t see any creativity in that.
Tell me one good reason why shouldn’t I attempt to make a comedy, or say, even a romcom or a thriller, as long as the characters in my film are well fleshed out? Sooner or later, I’ll touch upon all genres.
• Will you cast Neil Nitin Mukesh (Jail) and Kunal Khemu (Traffic Signal), who seem to have lost the plot?
If I have a script for them, why not? I don’t cast actors as per their market status. Didn’t I cast Samir Soni, Arjan Bajwa and Arbaaz Khan in Fashion despite people’s apprehensions? Again if you see, I have three newcomers in Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji : Shruti Haasan, Shazahn Padamsee and Shraddha Das, whose debut films have flopped.
• Perhaps budgetary constraints might have resulted in this benevolence in casting.
Yes, I do make films within a stipulated budget. I never spend too much, I don’t overshoot. My homework is very strong. Even Jail broke even.
• Your next female-oriented film Heroine is stuck. Kareena Kapoor is latkofying you…
Kareena and I have not been in touch. She has been very busy with RA.One and Agent Vinod. But we are going to meet soon.
• She’s ditched you with Page 3 and Fashion as well…
I think Kareena is a remarkable actress with a great screen presence. From the minute I saw her in Refugee, I knew she will go a long way. I think I will be third time lucky. She deserves a lot more from this industry. I believe that Heroine will give that to her, it’s a dream role for any actress.
• What happened to that biopic on Lalit Modi called Commissioner ?
Things didn’t work out. Besides, the Lalit Modi controversy would have been too hot to handle.
• You have always been a ladies’ man. We’re disappointed to not have heard of any link-ups. Have you really changed or are you a smoother operator now?
(Laughs) Today, I am very happy the way I am living my life. Do I really need to answer this question?
• All the more…
Un dino, meri shaadi nahin hui thi. And people just perceived me that way. (laughs again).
May not do Madhur Bhandarkar’s film which apparently is on the life of the veteran Hollywood actress
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 27, 2010)
Strong reports suggest that Kareena Kapoor and Madhur Bhandarkar, who had decided to start work on Heroine, may not end up doing the film together — at least not yet. Though earlier Bebo was very excited about her association with Madhur, who is fantastic with women-oriented subjects, a source says, “The first round of stories suggested that Madhur was making a film based on the life of Hollywood sex symbol Marilyn Monroe. Later, others suggested he was doing a Sunset Boulevard kind of a film. As the speculations continued, it turned out that Kareena had not even had a complete story narration.”
To make matters worse, Kareena and Madhur didn’t address this issue. An insider adds, “Madhur’s script is allegedly based on the life of Elizabeth Taylor and her tumultuous love affairs and various marriages. Rumours say that Arjun Rampal was to play a role similar to that of Richard Burton. And talks were on with various other actors to play Liz Taylor’s other husbands. Emraan Hashmi’s name also cropped up for an interesting part. Though Kareena and Arjun got along like a house on fire while shooting We Are Family, somewhere along the way, she developed cold feet when it came to playing Liz Taylor.”
As things currently stand, neither Kareena nor Madhur are willing to say that their project is not happening. In fact, several intermediaries are at work to get them together. One still continues to hear that the film is deferred and not shelved. But if you follow the dots, then you’ll note that Bebo’s date diary now includes Bodyguard with Salman Khan, Short Term Shaadi with Imran Khan, Agent Vinod with Saif Ali Khan and RA One with Shah Rukh Khan. What’s more, all these Khan films will be shot back-toback. So despite their “no-comments” stand, one can safely assume that Kareena and Madhur will not be working together — like we said, at least not yet.
Kareena confesses she barely has time to breathe thanks to her hectic shooting schedule
It isn’t going to be a very happy 30th birthday for Kareena Kapoor on September 21. She will be far away from home, shooting for Sriram Raghavan’s Agent Vinod in Latvia.
Earlier in July, she missed her sister Karisma’s birthday as she was shooting in London with Shah Rukh Khan for Ra.One.
The only bright spot in this birthday away from home is that Saif will be with her. And since Agent Vinod is a home production, Saif and Kareena are planning to fly down Kareena’s mother to Latvia for the birthday. Karisma cannot join them because of her baby.
Kareena expresses helplessness about her impossible schedules. “What can I do? I barely have time to breathe. I just came to Mumbai for two days after being away for 25 days. Now, I’m off to Latvia for over a month’s shooting,” said Kareena. Confirming that the shooting of Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine has indeed been postponed Kareena says, “Madhur is still working on the script. We’ll start shooting the film when the script is ready in the next three months. Right now, Madhur is busy with Dil To Bachcha Hai Jee.”
Says the actress, “I’m now entering a new phase in my life and career. This year, I hope to conquer many new peaks. By God’s grace, Agent Vinod and Ra.One are shaping up very well.”
The actress wants to cut down work in 2011 to dedicate time to her international fashion line
Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 7, 2010)
Kareena Kapoor’s fans may not like the sound of this but after a decade of being in the industry, the actress is looking to cut down work. Bebo, who has around four releases this year and more in 2011, confirmed that she has consciously started choosing only those films that have excited her enough to take the plunge.
“I have been doing back-to-back films. I will continue to experiment as an actor but, yes, I will look to do only quality films that excite me. The number of films that I do is expected to go down,” Kareena told BT from Latvia where she is shooting with her Saif Ali Khan for Agent Vinod. The actress wants to concentrate on her global business ventures next year. “I need to focus on the business plans that I have which includes launching my international fashion line in a big way. Again, I love to travel and that will keep on happening. With Saif I have learned that one needs to cut off from work and enjoy the pleasures of life to unwind oneself and come back to work with renewed passion and vigour. That will be my mantra for the coming years,” she said.
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; August 23, 2010)
When Kareena Kapoor returns from the schedule of Agent Vinod in Latvia around mid-September, she has a lot of cleaning up to do. Her best friend, filmmaker Karan Johar, who loves Bebo to distraction, has ordered her to empty her wardrobe. Karan jokes, “I have asked her to throw out all her old clothes and fill her wardrobe with chaddis (he means shorts) and other skimpy outfits. She has to sport a short haircut and I also want her to try and get herself into a size minus (not a size zero) because she has to match Imran Khan perfectly for my film tentatively titled Short Term Shaadi.”
Post-Diwali, Bebo may actually think of making a trip to Paris and London accompanied by designer Manish Malhotra to get herself a totally new wardrobe that will consist of LBDs, chaddis and other equally seductive clothes.
Bebo says that she is also going to consider a personal wardrobe change because that way she will be “living the part 24/7”. One last heard that beau Saif Ali Khan was contemplating hiring a couple of bodyguards for his girl.
Now that Bebo is part of boyfriend Saif Ali Khan’s royal bandwagon, Saif’s opulent celebrations have only turned bigger and better.
The couple recently organised a lavish wrap-up party for the entire cast and crew of Agent Vinod the night after their Morocco schedule was completed.
A source reveals, “After we wrapped up, we had a lavish party that went on till the wee hours of the morning. Saif, Kareena and the rest of the crew were all in high spirits and all of us had the time of our lives.”
Saif was seen grooving to the music through most of the party. And Kareena chose to dance the night away (we hope, in close proximity with her boyfriend).
The actor-producer admits that he and partner Dinesh Vijan have decided to branch out with individual ventures but will continue to jointly make films under Illuminati Films
After reports that Dinesh Vijan, his partner in Illuminati Films, is branching out to do ventures on his own, Saif Ali Khan has been quick to deny any rift between them. Far from a divorce, this seems to be an open marriage.
Mumbai Mirror had reported yesterday that Dinesh Vijan is making a film outside the Illuminati banner which will be directed by Homi Adjania.
Saif, who earlier remained unavailable for comment, told us how things actually stand between him and Dinesh. “I am extremely proud of Illuminati Films. Dinesh is not just my partner in production, he is like a brother to me. We are equal partners in Illuminati Films but at the same time I would also be working with outside producers. I also have my own production company in which I am the sole stakeholder.
I haven’t named the company yet, but tentatively it will be called Saif Ali Khan Productions. So I will make some films under this banner, some under Illuminati. Also, there will be films which Dinesh will make under his own individual production – which is only fair. Rumours about him doing a film without him and me doing a film without him are a fact. There is nothing wrong in it. In fact, we are quite excited about that.”
Confirming that Dinesh will be producing the Homi Adjania film by himself, Saif added, “I will be helping him. The mother company is Illuminati. Every year we will be making films for this banner. We already have plans. We will be doing one more Agent Vinod film and talks are on for more films.
Hopefully we will have an exciting announcement soon. Siddharth Anand’s film will be made under my individual banner. I will be doing three films over the span of 18 months. The other films are with Kunal Kohli and Vishal Bhardwaj.”
Speaking about Agent Vinod, Saif said, “We have shot the first schedule and we start the second schedule from 25th August. We hope to wrap up the film by November and are aiming for a summer release.”
X-ray machines fogged the film stock of the film twice, creating havoc with its schedule
Saif Ali Khan’s ambitious next project Agent Vinod, directed by Sriram Raghawan and starring his girlfriend Kareena Kapoor, is officially in production hell.
We reported earlier that the film crew got stranded in Morocco for two more days after the schedule got over because the production team had forgotten to book the return tickets. But it seems that this isn’t the only time the production team has goofed up.
A unitwallah reveals, “During the Morrocco schedule 60 per cent of the film stock that was taken from India got fogged (spoilt) because it was put through the X-ray machine at the Dubai airport. The production team wasn’t aware that the raw stock gets exposed if it’s passed through the machine.” Our source informs that Saif’s co-producer Dinesh Vijan came to the rescue and made SOS calls to his friend in India to arrange additional stock from London. But the production team goofed up again.
“Half of the raw stock that was called from the London got fogged in the same way since it was also put through the X-ray machine at the airport. The production team forgot to warn the person who was getting it from London not to repeat the same mistake.
Such incidents can be avoided if the stocks are sent by the courier services,” adds the source. Besides the loss of stock costing a couple of lakhs, the delay in the shoot compounded their problems.
Co-producer Dinesh Vijan said, “I am not in India; will call you back.” Sriram Raghawan didn’t revert to our repeated texts.
…And no, we aren’t talking about Kareena. The star and producer Dinesh Vijan who started Illuminati films are set to go separate ways as Vijan begins a new film with Homi Adjania
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All is not well between Saif Ali Khan and Dinesh Vijan, his partner in the production house Illuminati Films. The two have decided to part ways but only after completing Agent Vinod, which in all probability will be their last film together.
Dinesh has decided to independently produce a romantic comedy with a love triangle after parting ways with Saif. This film will be directed by Homi Adajania (Being Cyrus) and will most probably star Imran Khan in the lead role. A source said, “Imran has loved the script and is just waiting for a bound script. If Imran agrees, he will be paired with Deepika Padukone, who has already signed the film.”
Apparently, Imtiaz Ali, who Dinesh had worked with for Love Aaj Kal, has written the film. Though Imtiaz wanted to direct this film, he got busy with Rockstar.
But he will be credited as the writer of this film and will also be creatively involved in its making. Imtiaz incidentally has already played his part by convincing Imran Khan to come on board.
The source added, “Dinesh had worked with Homi in Being Cyrus and the two were always keen on doing another film together. But Dinesh got busy with Love Aaj Kal and later Agent Vinod.” Clearly, parting ways with Saif has helped Dinesh set his priorities now. We called Dinesh Vijan; though he promised to get back to us, he did not. Homi Adajania and Imtiaz Ali too remained unavailable for comment.
Saif Ali Khan and Dinesh Vijan met when Saif acted in Being Cyrus, directed by Homi Adajania. Both of them got along well and formed a company named Illuminati Films in 2007. The name was inspired by a secret society founded in medieval times.
During the making of Being Cyrus they realised that they are like-minded people and have similar goals as far as filmmaking is concerned.
After the release of Being Cyrus, they kept in touch and finally set up the production house in 2007. The two made Love Aaj Kal first and are now making Agent Vinod.