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Feroze Khan’s brother Akbar Khan, director of the epic serial Akbar The Great, will portray the sunny side of Saddam Hussein
Kathika Kandpal (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 28, 2011)
Films based on real life incidents like No One Killed Jessica, Sarkar, Shootout at Lokhandwala, Mumbai Meri Jaan and Black Friday have done brilliantly of late. The newest addition to the list being From President to Prisoner based on the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein who was hanged for his crimes against humanity.
Directed by Suresh Kohli, the docu-drama is based on a book Safar Zindagi Ka written by Aziz Burney. The director said, “When the idea popped, I kept Akbar Khan’s photo next to Saddam’s and everyone agreed that he would be the best pick for the role. And Akbar agreed too.”Akbar Khan feels Saddam Hussein’s contribution to his country’s developement was great
Akbar Khan has always been associated with epics like The Sword of Tipu Sultan, Akbar The great, Taj Mahal-An Eternal Love Story and now From President to Prisoner. Choice or coincidence? “It was all destiny.
Tipu Sultan fell into my lap when my brother met with that unforgettable accident on its sets. I was working on a big film which I shelved to work on Tipu Sultan, Sanjay’s dream project. Akbar… too was destiny.
I was fascinated by the way a guide at the Taj Mahal, Agra, recited the story of a king who erected a memorabilia like that for his beloved.
Only From President…was actually a co-incident. I More >
Our flawed education system gives filmmakers enough grounds for coming up with entertaining satirical capers. Unfortunately, barring one or two films, most of them have fallen flat. FALTU is yet another similar attempt but stood out thanks to its terrific promotion that took the nation’s youth to storm. However, a film needs to have a good script to actually impress and that’s what this film is lacking. The goings-on in the film are not only unbelievable but are plain ridiculous! Sure the film ends with a nice message. But when it tries to attain the height of a 3 Idiots, it fails and falls to the level of a Paathshaala!
The story of the movie: Ritesh (Jackky Bhagnani), Pooja (Puja Gupta), Nanj (Angad Bedi) successfully pass their Class 12 examinations although they secured around 40%. Problem arises when their friend Vishnu (Chandan Roy Sanyal) get 94% and secure admission in prestigious St Peter’s College. But the trio are unable to get admission anywhere because of their low marks. Their parents threaten them to beat, make them work in their boring family business or marry them off in case they don’t get admitted to any college. Thus, Ritesh decides to start a fake college at least on paper and claim to have got admission there. Thus, the trio fools their parents that they have secured a seat in an institution called Fakirchand And Lakirchand Trust University (FALTU) located on the outskirts of Mumbai. The parents get happy and decide to visit the More >
By Taran Adarsh, April 1, 2011 – 10:01 IST
Young, lively and satirical. That, in short, summarizes F.A.L.T.U., helmed by director Remo D’Souza [his first Hindi film; he had directed a Bengali film before].
Come to think of it, a number of choreographers – right from Kamal, Saroj Khan, Chinni Prakash and B.H. Tharun Kumar to Farah Khan, Ahmed Khan and Ganesh Acharya – have accepted the challenge of going beyond their boundaries of work. Call it a coincidence, their first attempts have never been musicals or dance-based affairs – something that the viewer would naturally expect from them. Now Remo sets his maiden effort F.A.L.T.U. in a college campus, casts young talents and comes up with a film that has loads of energy, plus a message before it concludes.BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
There’s talk that F.A.L.T.U. is a mishmash of the 2006 Hollywood movie ACCEPTED. In fact, the Hindi film industry had already made mincemeat of it in a film called ADMISSIONS OPEN, which released last year. It was so poorly crafted that it arrived and departed without making any noise.
Again, ACCEPTED wasn’t an original piece of work. It borrowed from two films, ANIMAL HOUSE and CAMP NOWHERE, with a bit of VAN WILDER thrown in. Remo, on the other hand, may be inspired by ACCEPTED [although the story is credited to Sachin Bajaj], but screenplay writers Mayur Puri and Tushar Hiranandani give it a desi feel to suit the Indian sensibilities. Besides, like Rajkumar Hirani’s iconic More >
Feroz’s brother Akbar Khan is trying to facilitate this to pay him special tribute
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 27, 2010)
Soon after celebrating the late Feroz Khan’s 74th birth anniversary last Saturday, his brother Akbar Khan and members of his family wish to pay him a special tribute.
He is busy meeting ministers and requesting them to name a street in Juhu after his brother.
When contacted, Akbar Khan said, “We are in a sweet sorrow kind of a mood right now as my brother’s 74th birth anniversary was celebrated on Saturday.
I wanted to pay him a tribute. I met the Deputy Chief Minister Chagan Bhujbal recently and I told him how my family and I want to have a street in the name of my brother in Juhu.
I requested for Juhu as my brother came down to Mumbai at the young age of 18 and stayed here till the last two days of his life. Mr. Bhujbal loved the idea.
Then I also met the aviation minister Praful Patel and Rajeev Shukla and they too were extremely supportive about this.
They agreed that we must do something for the man and his contribution to the film industry. So the process is now on.”
Reminiscing days spent with the legendary actor, Akbar Khan said, “I live diagonally parallel to his house. I still can’t believe that he is not among us. I sometimes feel him waving at me from his balcony. His memory will always be with us.”
Akbar Khan, who was last seen in Akarshan (1988), will now return to the silver screen after a long gap. Vashu Bhagnani has signed him for his forthcoming film Faltu. Choreographer Remo will debut as a director in this film.
Vashu Bhagnani said, “We were looking for a character with a great personality and a strong voice. When I met Akbar Khan at a family event, I noticed the depth in his voice. I have just signed him for an integral part in my films.”
If only struggling actors could get that lucky!
For his comeback, Akbar Khan gives credit to Rajkumar Tiwari, a close associate of the Khan family, and says, “Rajkumar has been telling me to return to acting. I met the director Remo and heard the subject of this film and loved it. My character is a strict man of principles.”Vashu Bhagnani
After his brother Sanjay Khan suffered a massive accident on the sets of Tipu Sultan, Akbar was not seen on screen for long. Akbar adds, “I’ve been doing my own stuff since then and now I am ready to face the camera again.” We hope he adapts to change well.
Sonia Jehan insists she’s waiting for a work permit to do film opposite Abhishek…
SUBHASH K JHA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; February 16, 2010)
Was the lovely Sonia Jehan, who plays Shah Rukh Khan’s sister-in-law in My Name Is Khan, unable to do Abhinay Deo’s Crooked because of her Pakistani antecedents? It appears to be so because she has been denied a work permit in India. Though Sonia, the grand-daughter of the legendary Noor Jehan, holds a French passport and has been living in Delhi with husband Vivek Narain for seven years now.
Confirming that she’s no longer a part of the film opposite Abhishek Bachchan, producer Ritesh Sidhwani said, “Sonia is no more doing our film, Kangna is, because Sonia’s work permit did not come through.” He denies her Pakistani roots have got anything to do with this. “Her parents are living there but Sonia was born and raised in France,” added Ritesh.
Meanwhile, unaware that she had been already replaced in Crooked, Sonia said, “It’s not confirmed that I will not be doing the film. I am hopeful that the paper work is processed in time for me to keep the commitment. So far I’ve worked on a spouse visa. But the rules regarding work permits for foreigners recently got more complicated. I don’t blame the authorities. There are thousands of foreigners working in India. Their credentials have to be ascertained. It’s just a matter of timing.”
She’s also in the process of shifting from Delhi to Mumbai because More >
It was supposed to star his wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, but by the time Abhishek started shooting for Crooked on January 14, she had already opted out of it due to a date scramble. But Abhishek isn’t sulking.
“For Abhishek and Ash, the whole charm of doing another film together was to not be together. Crooked was supposed to cast them not as a pair, but in different segments,” says a very reliable source. Abhishek’s co-star in this film, directed by Abhinay Deo, is former Miss India Sarah Jane Dias.
// // // As for Aishwarya, far from being Abhishek’s romantic interest, she was supposed to play his adversary. It was a role similar to what Kareena Kapoor will play in Sriram Raghavan’s Agent Vinod opposite Saif Ali Khan.
Crooked has four major leading ladies. Besides Sarah, there are Shahana Goswami (who shot to fame with the same banner’s Rock On!! last year), Gul Panag and pretty Pakistani actor Sonya Jehan.
The meaty and mysterious part of a cop on the trail of global criminals in this whodunit – which Aishwarya was to play – has gone to Sonya. She made her debut as Mumtaz Mahal in Akbar Khan’s Taj Mahal and was last seen as a 1950s actress modelled on her legendary grandmother Noor Jehan in Sudhir Mishra’s Khoya Khoya Chand. Sonya also has a role in Karan Johar’s My Name Is Khan.Sonya Jehan Aishwarya Rai More >
Kapadia who owns a small beach-facing bungalow, Al-Dehr at Jassawala Wadi – also known as Oberoi Enclave – a posh neighbourhood where several film personalities reside, has been trying to save her home from the builder who wants to demolish it to construct his own dream house. He has offered her money to shift out, which Kapadia says is impossible.
“I am a senior citizen, a single woman and have lived here all my life. I refuse to sell my bungalow if the builder is not going to give me a flat in the redeveloped property,” Kapadia told Mumbai Mirror.
Having failed to persuade her, he has since been using strong-arm tactics to intimidate her. Kapadia alleges that the builder’s men in the past have cut off her water and power supply, too.
On Wednesday, the 20-odd guards posted by the builder all around the wadi tried to stop her from parking her second car, saying she had permission to only park one car though she has been parking two cars there for over 25 years, she says.
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