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Survey on ‘growing up pains’ for teen Bollywood film reveals startling facts
Zeenia F Baria | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; July 3, 2010)
If you are a teenager who’s been abandoned for eight years in boarding school, then return home to an authoritarian father and younger step-brother who doesn’t know about you, are forced to work in your father’s steel factory in Jamshedpur, give up your dream of being a writer and study engineering instead… you are going to be one rebellious teenager indeed! That is what Anurag Kashyap, Sanjay Singh and UTV Spot Boy’s film Udaan is about. And, in a unique promo to the film which releases on July 16, the producers attempted to study the mind and world of the Indian teenager and provide him/her a platform to be heard. Here’s how…
They conducted a comprehensive online survey that got urban teenagers to reveal crucial information about their lives. Very little data is available on how adolescents are grappling with growing up issues — particularly the more taboo issues of sex, what drives them to try alcohol, smoking, lying or stealing from their parents, etc. The study, targeting internet users between 12 and 19 in Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata, ties in well with the ‘growing up pains’ theme of Udaan. It has been uploaded on surveymonkey with links on all major networking sites teenagers populate including the ‘Udaan FB page’.
And here’s a summary of the survey using 1,004 respondents (76% of them boys)… one in three teens is uncomfortable talking to their parents about stress/problems; one in three teens wants to change their study stream; one in 10 teens say they are closest to their dad; one in five teens have smoked before they turned 16; two in five teens have driven a car/bike before they reached 16; 50% of teens have kissed someone of the opposite sex; one in five teens have watched porn before they reached 13; one in two teens have watched porn before they reached 16; one in two kids steal money from their parents; one in five teens have got intimate in the school/college loo; 60% of teens want to choose a career purely of their own design; 90% of teens think premarital sex is fine.
Film-maker Sumeer Sabharwal’s first single-screen cinema hall with a seating capacity of 75 will be ready in Virar by the end of April
|Film aficionados and college youths will not have to burn a hole in their pockets the next time they want to watch a film.|
Cousin brother of noted film-makers Dharmesh and Suneel Darshan, Sumeer Sabharwal, (whose father, the late Ramdayal Sabharwal produced movies like Karm Yudh, Do Raha and Param Dharam among others) is all set to launch a chain of single-screen cinema halls in the outskirts of Mumbai.
If the idea works, Sumeer will be extending the single-screen concept across other towns in India. The first single-screen theatre will be coming up in Virar and would be ready for screening by the end of April.
Confirming the same, Sumeer told Mumbai Mirror, “We have bought the property on lease in Virar and sought permission from the district collector. All new movies will be screened on the latest digital screens.”
The single-screen theatres will have a capacity of 75 seats and the tickets will be reasonably priced.
“Forty per cent of the seats will be priced at Rs 50 while the remaining 60 per cent seats will be priced at Rs 70,” said Sumeer. Explaining why he is not starting the chain in the heart of Mumbai, Sumeer said, “The price of land in Mumbai is very high.
God willing if we do well, we will extend the chain in the city limits as well.” Sumeer said that the idea to start the chain of single-screen theatres stemmed when he was not able to release his last film Valentine Days.
“A ticket in a multiplex costs anywhere between Rs 300 to Rs 400. It creates a big hole in the pocket if a family of four or five visits a multiplex to watch a movie.
This is the reason why people have stopped going to the theatres, which in turn has led to a huge increase in piracy,” Sumeer said.
Talking about his future plans, Sumeer said, “We are also having talks with parties for land in Silvassa and Ahmedabad. We will lend out quite a few of these theatres on franchise.
We will be taking 25 per cent of the profits incurred by those who will run the theatres. We will screen all the new films as and when they release.”
|A design of the single-screen theatre that Sumeer Sabharwal (Top right) plans to set up in the outskirts of Mumbai|
REDIFF.COM (February 12, 2010) 14:40 IST
Vishwa Hindu Parishad activists on Friday tore down the posters of Shah Rukh Khan [ Images ] starrer My Name is Khan and caused ruckus in a bid to halt the release of the film in Ahmedabad [ Images ] and Jamnagar in Gujarat.
The VHP on Wednesday had backed the Shiv Sena’s [ Images ] protest against Shah Rukh Khan, saying there was ‘nothing wrong’ in it as the country is not prepared to tolerate a ‘Pakistani sympathiser.’
“Multiplexes have decided not to screen the film for the first couple of shows, which have been cancelled. But if the situation improves, they will be screening the film later,” Multiplexes Owners’ Association (MOA) President Ashok Purohit told PTI.
VHP international general secretary Praveen Togadia, however, opposed Sena’s ‘Mumbai for Marathis’ campaign.
Meanwhile, some multiplex owners in Mumbai [ Images ] have decided to screen the film, post noon. However, several single screens have decided against the release till the issue is resolved between the Sena and the actor.
Over 1,800 Sena activists, including functionaries, have been arrested in the last three days to thwart protests by the Sena, which is demanding an apology from Shah Rukh for his remarks favouring Pakistani players in the Indian Premier League [ Images ] 3.
MNIK got a smooth release in Delhi [ Images ], amid beefed-up security.
Isolated cases of protest against the film’s screening were, however, reported last night when five persons claimed to be Shiv Sainiks tore posters of the film and damaged window panes of Satyam [ Get Quote ] cinema hall in west Delhi. They have been detained by the police.
“Policemen are deployed near the theatres in adequate numbers to avoid any violence. We are keeping close watch,” a senior police official said.
The film, which is banking on the chemistry of Shah Rukh and Kajol [ Images ], recieved a good response in Delhi theatres. “Morning shows have 85 percent occupancy but the post noon shows are all sold out. Our theatres are booked till Sunday,” Jayendra Banerjee, Vice President Satyam Cineplexes told PTI.
“Some 75 screens in Delhi are screening the movie. The film has also benefited from the Shivratri holiday today. On an average, multiplexes are running 11 to 12 shows a day,” a distributor said.
Meanwhile, a sell-out crowd greeted MNIK in West Bengal [ Images ], which released in 131 cinema halls across the state without any trouble.
Police sources said that there was no untoward incident in any cinema hall or multiplex when the film released.
“The only crowd we can see is that of cine-goers. There has been no protest of any sort,” an officer of Kolkata [ Images ] Police said. “Security arrangements have, however, been beefed up at the halls and multiplexes in view of the controversy.”
A multiplex in Nagpur screened the morning show of MNIK amid tight security arrangements. However, uncertainty prevailed over the film’s screening in most single screen theatres, as they refunded the tickets of the noon show.
Cine exhibitors and distributors met up this morning to discuss the situation. Heavy police was deployed in all the theatres where the film was slated to be screened.
In the picture: An MNIK poster on a Kolkata theatre gets garlanded. Photograph: Indian Blooms News Service.
Anupam Kher believes that soon over 70 per cent of trained actors in the industry will be from his acting school
Actor Prepares, the acting school initiated by Anupam Kher, celebrated its fifth anniversary yesterday. The school was inaugurated five years ago by Amitabh Bachchan,Yash Chopra, Subhash Ghai, Aamir Khan and Mahesh Bhatt amidst many other celebrities. Over 400 students have passed out of the institute, most of whom have found careers in the entertainment business. Actor Prepares is the only acting school in the world which has been founded by an actor, while still actively pursuing his career. “With growing professionalism in the business, I believe that soon, over 70 per cent of the trained actors in the industry will be from Actor Prepares,” says Kher. His interactions with the current crop of international directors such as Danny Boyle, Ang Lee, Gurinder Chaddha and Woody Allen, keeps him abreast of global trends that are emerging in world cinema and that gives his students an edge over the competition. The school offers a three-month long intensive, full-time professional-level Diploma course in acting, plus a month-long evening programmes for those seeking to acquaint themselves with other required skills in the field. Inhouse faculty members, who teach the craft through practicals, theories, games, exercises and extensively filmed practicals, conduct the classes. Not just newbies, even some of our Bollywood actors and directors have been approaching the school for personalised classes to hone their craft and get a grip on their roles. In March 2010, Actor Prepares, in a tie-up with the Times of India Group, will be training the Pantaloon-Femina Miss India finalists, so that the best among them can realise their Bollywood dreams. And with growing demand for trained actors, Actor Prepares has opened chapters in London, Chandigarh and Ahmedabad.
BOMBAY TIMES (February 3, 2010)
Shah Rukh Khan got married again yesterday at a five-star hotel in Ahmedabad to 20-year-old Tillana Desai. Wait, don’t jump to conclusions, it was a mock wedding that SRK impulsively thought up to pacify the girl who is in love with him. SRK was promoting his film My Name is Khan and didn’t think he’d run into a girl, dressed up as a bride, who also wanted her name to be Khan!
Our source said, “At his film’s event, SRK had to meet people with unusual love stories. Among the crowd, was 20-year-old Tillana Desai, who had come dressed in full bridal finery. When SRK asked her about her love story, she said she had been in love with a guy since she was seven but can’t marry him as he is already married.
When SRK asked her who the guy was, he was surprised to know that he was the man in question. She also said that she only uses the products that he endorses and refuses to buy anything else. The girl insisted that SRK should marry her. SRK used his million-dollar charm to overcome the awkwardness. The girl had even brought a ring with her. He went down on his knees and slipped the ring on her finger, saying that this is their rehearsal for the wedding.”
The lucky girl is on cloud nine. To have SRK down on his knees is many a girl’s dream, but she was the one who ended up with the special attention. We spoke to Tillana Desai, who gushed, “SRK was really cute. Usne mujhe yeh wedding ring pehnai. I told him that I’ve been crazy about him for years. Unfortunately, he is married. I guess he thought that my love story was very unusual and that’s why he said that we should get married and gave me this ring.
I will never remove the ring and I am glad that he accepted my love and admiration for him. He even asked me about my family and I told him that they could not make it. However, I invited him to my house for dinner, but I guess he was busy.”
|Tillana Desai and Shah Rukh Khan|
New theatre will not have film reels; it will screen movies that are transmitted via satellite from Mumbai
Imagine a movie with no film reels or grainy images. Instead, a satellite beams a new film straight to a large screen while you dig into a tub of cheese popcorn.
From Tuesday, Amdavadis will get to experience it. Film production and distribution company K Sera Sera has set up such a hi-tech system in its two-screen theatre in a mall near SG Highway. Interestingly, the company is calling it a ‘miniplex’, a concept it plans to introduce across the country within three years.
|Company officials promise that you will never see a dark or grainy picture in the miniplex, which is to be inaugurated by Shah Rukh Khan on Tuesday|
But, why visit such theatres? For a start, it’s because of the picture quality.
The process does away with the traditional projection system involving film reels. Instead, digital projectors connected to servers receive seamless transmission from a satellite. These projectors give high-definition pictures, so you will never see a dark and grainy picture on the big screen.
K Sera Sera CEO Sanjay Gupta claims that the resolution and picture quality would be similar to that of a Blue Ray DVD. The miniplex is expected to be inaugurated by Shah Rukh Khan. Such theatres are common in the US and a few other countries, but, as of now, no other city in India, not even India’s film hub Mumbai, has such a cinema.
Transmission via satellite helps production houses pare down distribution costs. It also cuts the risk of piracy, as reels are eliminated.
Explaining the process, Gupta said that once a movie is complete, it would be ‘digitised’ and then uplinked to a satellite. The satellite would transmit it to a theatre where servers would decode the encrypted information and pass it to digital projectors.
“Our control centre will be based out of Mumbai and operate 24×7,” he said. “We will offer the multiplex experience at half the cost.”
Abhijat Joshi tells Lekha Menon why he would never lampoon institutions and how walking is the best inspiration to write good scripts
On a two-month break from teaching at the Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, Abhijat Joshi, is basking in 3 Idiots’ success story. “We just wanted to make a good film; we never intended it to be a Titanic,” he chuckles, even as he moves on to his next script with Raju Hirani.
Abhijat talks passionately about ideas that fuel him - be it in the realm of cinema or education. And it isn’t difficult to see why. Hailing from a family of professors, he himself taught at an arts college in Ahmedabad before moving to the US for an MFA from the University of Texas, Austin. And as a teacher, he is thrilled to “take Premchand, Manto and Gandhi to students there.”
In many ways, he is an example of the ‘follow your heart, success will follow’ maxim. Abhijat was training to be an engineer but then switched to arts. No wonder the ace screenwriter is quick to defend the criticism that 3 Idiots negates the process of formal education.
|Pic: Rana chakraborty|
• Your partnership with Raju Hirani has delivered some of the most successful films in recent times. What explains your chemistry with him?
During Lage Raho Munnabhai, Raju especially wanted my assistance for the Gandhigiri scenes. Having been educated in the Gujarati medium I had access to Gandhi’s philosophies in the language. Later, we realised we had a lot in common - our vision of cinema, ideas and values.
As in cricket, a successful creative partnership also depends on the small nuances - knowing when to talk and when to keep silent, for instance. We just clicked.
We do a lot of our writing while walking. A few days back we took a walk in the Borivali National Park and didn’t stop until we completed a scene.
Walking gives us an adrenaline rush, it pumps our writing! In the US, we walk around all the parks of Westerville. We must have covered hundreds of miles by now!
• Does your growing-up years reflect in your scripts?
A lot. Memories of childhood pranks, youth and college years will always be reflected as they shape you. For instance, the ‘All is Well’ refrain is an inspiration from a chowkidaar who used to scream that every night.
Similarly, there used to be a joke in my science class - ‘Frogs legs fetch two marks’! There were so many body parts to remember, students would just mug up those that were necessary to get marks. I was inspired by these moments.
• What is your take on the argument that 3 Idiots dismisses the formal process of education? For all the flak that our system faces, they have thrown up some brilliant minds.
I agree. Institutions must be respected. Nowhere are we questioning formal education. But we need to see what is wrong with them and what can be done - it’s purely constructive criticism. Not a single scene says students mustn’t study or work hard.
But why should joy vanish from studies? I wouldn’t recommend students becoming slack towards education; only, they need to love what they learn.
• So is there a solution?
Maybe we need to question the way of studying. There should be a desire to learn. Unfortunately in our education system, there is no curiosity and education devoid of curiosity is dead.
• How different is the students’ response and approach in the US?
Studies there is aptitude oriented. But the enthusiasm of students is similar. I feel that if the teacher is good, students give a good response.
Jahangir Painter (50) felt that the power cuts in his area were proving to be rather painful for his wife. It would take her too much time just to grind grains at the local flour mill. And the good man who loves his wife decided to take the matter into his hands: he bought a scooter and hitched it to the flour mill, and voila, there was no need for electricity.
His scooter powered the flour mill and it is so popular that it is now starring in 3 Idiots, where Kareena Kapoor uses it in an area in Ladakh which has no electricity. Painter even got to meet Aamir Khan last week in Mumbai.
|Jahangir Painter with Aamir Khan|
A resident of Jalgaon (400 km from Mumbai), Painter is in the profession of painting. He has no formal education, but he always wanted to be a mechanical engineer. The nagging problem of power cuts helped him fulfil his dream, at least in part. He says, “I was irritated with this daily problem of load shedding. My wife went to the private flour mill for grinding food grains and the power cuts meant that we had to wait for hours. I went to the junk market and purchased a scooter and flour mill equipment. I spent a couple of days fitting in both engines and made a scooter flour mill. The load shedding compelled me to do something instead of sitting idly waiting for electricity. Finally, I made the scooter flour mill by just shelling out Rs 3500.”
The innovation has been appreciated widely. He says, “I contacted our city engineering college professors and got the opportunity to exhibit this scooter flour mill model. They appreciated this electricity-free model and suggested that I exhibit it at National Innovation Foundation, Ahmedabad. Here, such innovative models were displayed and the organiser sought permission to use this model in Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots. I promptly agreed. It was a great promotion for my creativity as Kareena Kapoor uses it in Ladakh where there is no electricity,” says Painter.
Painter has barely completed his primary education, because of his poor financial condition. “Actually, I wished to be a mechanical engineer, but could not study further. Since I was a child, I started working and chose painting as my livelihood. I wanted to prove that no one will stop my creativity even though I have no formal education. Five years ago, I invented a compressor for the washing machine, which was appreciated by former President Abdul Kalam. With one litre of petrol, the scooter flour mill can function for three hours and on gas, it will run for four hours,” Painter added.
He also loved the perks that came with it. He says, “Last week, I had come to Mumbai to meet Aamir Khan. He appreciated my effort and creativity. Aamir even gave me an autograph which I will preserve and cherish. I am happy that Kareena Kapoor and Aamir Khan use this scooter flour mill in 3 Idiots.”
Just when movie enthusiasts across the globe are eagerly awaiting the release of James Cameron’s magnum opus ‘Avatar’ on Dec 18, multiplexes across India are gearing up to encash on the extraordinary buzz around its release.
Made with a fusion camera developed by Cameron himself, ‘Avatar’ is expected to revolutionize the film-watching experience and multiplexes are investing huge sums in upgrading their infrastructure to bring this extravaganza to moviegoers.
While Avatar will be released in 2D as well as 3D formats, theatre owners are particularly expecting a huge demand for the 3D version.
In the past, 3D Hollywood films like ‘Ice Age 3’, ‘& ‘Final Destination’ have done good business in India.
From the time producers Fox Star Studios screened 20 mins footage of Cameron’s film in August this year, the number of 3D screens in India has increased from around 12 to 40, and 60-70 screens by 18th December.
This covers cities across India including major markets like Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai & Hyderabad as well as smaller centers like Coimbatore, Amritsar, Kerala, Jaipur and Ahmedabad (which is considered a small market for Hollywood films).
Aditya Shroff, AVP – Distribution, Programming and Corporate Sales for Fame Cinemas reaffirms, “I believe that the 3D version of Avatar is going to be the revolutionary movie for this generation & hence Fame is trying to go as wide as possible with the 3D release. Avatar will do to 3D what Reliance did to mobile phone usage in India.
While most multiplexes in Pune and Bangalore are going 3D, single screens like ‘Central Plaza’ in Mumbai and ‘Urvasi’ in Bangalore are also going 3D before the release of release Avatar.
Interestingly, Avatar will be released in 3D in Hindi also.
Cinemax in Andheri (Mumbai) has updated its biggest auditorium that has the capacity of 377 with 3D facility for AVATAR.
Inox will have 3D screens in Pune, Baroda, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Nagpur, Raipur, Rajasthan, Indore, and Kolkata before the release of AVATAR.
Commenting on the hype around ‘Avatar’, Mr. Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios India says; “There is an incredible buzz building up for Avatar across the India media, our theatrical partners and the core audiences. The dramatic increase in the no. of 3D screens, as well as the strong interest that we are getting from the Hindi, Tamil and Telegu language markets reaffirms the strong buzz for the film.”
Ranjit Thakur, CEO of Scrabble Entertainment says “The demand for 2K Digital & 3D Systems is from all corners of the county. Even the single screen exhibitors want to capitalize on the opportunity of screening Avatar in 3D. ”
Thakur adds “The demand for the film has created a worldwide shortage of digital equipment and even silver screens for 3D are hard to get”.
‘Avatar’ is an epic action adventure film made on a whopping budget of Rs 1200 crores. It is the story of a wounded ex-marine, thrust unwillingly into an effort to settle and exploit an exotic planet rich in bio-diversity, who eventually crosses over to lead the indigenous race in a battle for survival.
Avatar releases worldwide on Dec 18 in 2D & 3D. In India, the film will also be dubbed in Hindi, Tamil & Telugu.
On October 1, Ranbir was enthusiastically promoting Wake Up Sid in Ahmedabad, when he got an SOS call from producer Ramesh Taurani, who wanted him to shoot a promotional track for Ajab Prem ki Ghazab Kahani. Strapped for time, poor Ranbir protested that he will reach Mumbai only the next afternoon and catch an early morning flight out to Bhopal the day after.
Ramesh thought that Ranbir could still use the rest of his day in Mumbai to shoot the track. He requested the star to give up five-six hours for the track. Ranbir sportingly agreed.
Unfortunately, for the overworked star, the shoot continued till 6am the next morning. Left with no time to go home, Ranbir sent a boy to collect his luggage and headed straight for the airport. He was scheduled to be in Bhopal for Prakash Jha’s Rajneeti.
When Taurani landed on the sets at 6am, he profusely apologised to Ranbir for taking up double the time that he had asked for. Ranbir graciously waved aside the apology, and did not mind shooting for the track at such short notice.
Gracious or not, all work and no play may just make Ranbir a dull boy!