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Subhash K Jha (DNA; May 23, 2013)
While controversial rapper Honey Singh is being served legal notices and court summons for the song Main Balaatkari, his support base in the film industry seems to be getting stronger. After Ranbir Kapoor, now Akshay Kumar has pitched his faith in Honey’s voice. Akshay has taken a shine to Honey’s singing. For his forthcoming film Boss, Honey has for the first time sung an entire song.
Says the rapper, “It’s not just rap. I’ve for the first time sung a song for Akshay. It’s titled Party All Night and apart from the first three words the entire song is in Haryanvi.”
The singer says he’s having a ball collaborating with the Khiladi, “He’s one of the most genuine and honest stars I’ve met in Bollywood. Most of the time I’m uncomfortable in their company. But Akshay is different.” Honey seems unfazed by the controversies surrounding the content of some of his songs. His legal team is now sending out notices to all those who claim he has sung the Balaatkari song.
Says Honey, “I don’t want to say anything on this because it’s a legal matter. But all those who accuse me of singing this number, please prove that I have sung it. Sections of the media are happily quoting me as saying that I’ve not written the song but sung it. I never said that. Please don’t play around with my reputation just because I am young and controversial. I am saying once and for all, I’ve neither written nor sung that song.”
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 22, 2013)
Last evening, while shooting an action scene for Thupakki, Akshay Kumar was injured when a truck ran over his right foot. He was immediately rushed to a Versova hospital.
A source on the set told Mirror: “The accident took place at Film City where an action scene with a speeding truck was being shot. During the course of the stunt, the driver missed the timing. Akshay tried to get away from the collision course, but a part of the wheel ran over his toes.” Akshay was immediately taken to the nearest hospital. His wife, Twinkle rushed in as well.
Luckily for Akki, it proved to be just a close call. According to the doctors who attended him, he was administered first aid, and after tests ruled out a fracture, he was discharged.
MUMBAI MIRROR (May 20, 2013)
It’s a wrap for Milan Luthria’s Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Again, with the film having reached dubbing stage. Spotted in the studio were lead actors Akshay Kumar and Imran Khan; Akshay in a khaki pathani and Imran in jeans and a white vest. Akshay, whose character is modelled on the lines of Dawood Ibrahim, is togged up in pathani suits for the most part of the film. For many years now, the actor has been dressing for his part, even while dubbing. Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Again is slated to hit screens on August 8, the same day Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Chennai Express is scheduled for release.
BOMBAY TIMES (May 19, 2013)
Akshay Kumar has a way of patronising his heroines by giving them multiple projects. If you check his past and present screen records, you’ll notice that the actor has a tendency to repeat his heroines till they get married or move on. Raveena Tandon, Shilpa Shetty, Twinkle Khanna, Priyanka Chopra and Katrina Kaif have done multiple films with him. But his current favourite is Sonakshi Sinha. Sona, unlike the other girls whose career graphs Akshay has rewritten to a large extent, was already a blockbuster heroine because of her debut with Bollywood’s superhero Salman Khan in Dabangg (2010). Yet, it is Akki who is responsible for giving her some amazing breaks. He signed her for Rowdy Rathore and Joker almost simultaneously, gave her a song in his home-production OMG Oh My God and was also happy to have her included as the heroine in two of his hottest projects — Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again and the Thuppaki remake. From the looks of it, the Akshay-Sona jodi may outlive his hit pairing with Katrina too.
AKSHAY’S FILMS WITH…
RAVEENA TANDON 1. Mohra 2. Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi 3. Keemat 4. Barood 5. Police Force
SHILPA SHETTY 1. Main Khiladi Tu Anari 2. Insaaf: The Final Justice 3. Jaanwar 4. Dhadkan
TWINKLE KHANNA 1. International Khiladi 2. Zulmi
PRIYANKA CHOPRA 1. Andaaz 2. Mujhse Shaadi Karogi 3. Aitraaz 4. Waqt: The Race Against Time
KATRINA KAIF 1. Humko Deewana Kar Gaye 2. Namastey London 3. Welcome 4. Singh Is Kinng 5. De Dana More >
Agencies (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 16, 2013)
The makers of Akshay Kumar-Shilpa Shetty starrer Dhadkan are planning a sequel to the romantic blockbuster. The 2000 romantic drama, directed by Dharmesh Darshan dealt with the love triangle between Akshay, Shilpa and Sunil Shetty. The film was produced by Ratan Jain of Venus.
“A lot of people have been constantly asking me about our plans of making Dhadkan 2. I am happy to announce that we plan to go on-floors this year. The essence of the film will remain same however, the new age sensibilities will be kept in mind,” Ratan Jain said in a statement here.
The makers are looking to release the film sometime next year.
“I feel humbled and honoured. To follow-up what is considered a classic is challenging,” Darshan said.
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; May 16, 2013)
Director Dharmesh Darshan caught the audience’s eye when he delivered box office hits like Lootere and Raja Hindustani, with Dhadkan (2000) being his last major hit.
However, since then none of the director’s films have managed to leave a mark, with his last project Bhawra not even managing to secure a release.
But looks like lady luck has smiled upon Darshan once more as buzz is he has landed a major project in his kitty.
Rumours are that the director’s next will be the sequel of Dhadkan and Ratan Jain, who also produced the original Akshay Kumar- Suniel Shetty- Shilpa Shetty starrer, has joined hands with him.
Confirming the buzz, Jain says, “A lot of people have been More >
Hiren Kotwani (BOMBAY TIMES; May 15, 2013)
After their superhit Singh Is Kinng, Punjabi dudes Akshay Kumar and Sonu Sood are getting together again, this time for comedy, aptly titled Entertainment. While the two are said to be on opposite sides in writer duo Sajid-Farhad’s directorial debut, they seem to be bonding big time off the screen. The other day, Akki invited Sonu home at 7 am for a joint narration with the directors. Interestingly, both the actors are fitness freaks who wake up before sunrise for their exercise sessions. During the break, they indulged in a healthy breakfast of oatmeals, fresh fruit juice etc. No doubt there’s going to be a good dose of bhaichara between the two when they start shooting for the film in July in Bangkok.
Subhash K Jha (DNA; May 14, 2013)
Basu Chatterjee’s 1980s comedy Shaukeen about three old men lusting after the comely girl next-door Rati Agnihotri had a very significant but peripheral role for Mithun Chakraborty who played the man that Rati actually loves. It was a small role Mithun did at the peak of his career for the love of the director. But now one hears that role is no longer a mere ‘friendly appearance’. It’s now spaced for an A-lister who can bring footfalls into the theatre. And the A-lister who will step into the role is Akshay Kumar.
Apparently only a week’s work is needed from the actor.
Says a source close to the project, “Shaukeen is a terrific sex comedy. But it won’t work now in the same format and mood that it did in the 1980s. Rumi Jaffery has completely changed the original script. Now there’s a role especially written for Akshay because in today’s day and age, a film with three ageing actors in the lead won’t work. Shaukeen needs star power for the comedy to work.”
It is learnt that Akshay has not charged his usual fee for this film as it is not a full length role, but he will have a stake in the film. The three older actors’ roles have gone to Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor and Paresh Rawal.
Ajay Devgn offers support to the producer for her Eid release which is clashing with Chennai Express
Upala KBR (DNA; May 11, 2013)
Last Diwali Ajay Devgn and Shah Rukh Khan clashed at the box-office. This year, Akshay Kumar and SRK are coming together on Eid day with their films Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again and Chennai Express. Battle lines are drawn and everyone is expected to take sides, or stay neutral, because there is just too much at stake.
The industry may claim that they are one big happy family but it’s war when two big banner films with big stars release on the same day, as it was proven last year when Jab Tak Hain Jaan clashed with Son Of Sardaar. Ajay is still smarting from the experience as he felt that he was cheated of a decent release because of Yash Raj Films monopoly (see box). He filed a case against YRF for Unfair Trade Practices that he is still fighting.
When Ajay saw that the same thing was happening to Ekta, he called her and offered her his unconditional support. He said he would fight on her behalf and promote the film. Whatever she needed in terms of support, he would be there for her. A source reveals, “When Ajay heard that Ekta too was being subjected to the same tactics as Ajay with her film OUATIM 2 by UTV, he called up Ekta in front of the UTV executives and asked her if she needed any help. Reportedly, UTV told all single screen theatre owners that if they want to screen Himmatwala, they would have to dedicate four shows in a day to More >
BOMBAY TIMES (May 9, 2013)
The starry attendance at the music launch of Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 was proof of the goodwill the Deols — especially Dharmendra — have in the industry. Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar, Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan came to wish Dharamji, Sunny and Bobby the best for their upcoming film. Singer Toshi and composer Sharib started the event with a song from the film and were later joined by Sunidhi Chauhan. Next, dancers performed to Changli, Kurta Tera Lal Rang Da and the title track. The Deols also invited Aamir, SRK, Hrithik and Rakesh Roshan, Juhi Chawla, Subhash Ghai, Anil Sharma, Rahul Rawail, Rajkumar Santoshi, director Sangeeth Sivan, co-stars Neha Sharma, Kristina (sporting jewellery from Anmol Jewellers) and crew to launch the film’s soundtrack. Dharamji said that he’s the number one dancer in India. “My son Sunny has conceptualised a song for me in the film,” he said.
The movie releases June 7.
Subhash Ghai and Anupam Kher
Genelia and Riteish Deshmukh
Toshi and Sharib
MID-DAY (May 8, 2013)
Exactly after hundred years of Dadasaheb Phalke’s release, Akshay Kumar pays a tribute of sorts by starting his Marathi film production
The date that marked 100 years of Bollywood (May 3) also coincided with the start of the shoot schedule in London of the Marathi film, Anntar. The film is being produced by Akshay Kumar and Ashvini Yardi.
Says Yardi, “What better date than May 3 to have the first day shoot of our film? Indian cinema began with a Marathi film and we’re glad to have gone full circle to launch our Marathi venture on the day.” India’s first film Raja Harishchandra (1913) made by Dadasaheb Phalke had a full Maharashtrian crew.
Anntar, a socio-political drama, stars Tanishaa Mukherjee and Sumeet Raghavan. Both make their acting debut in Marathi cinema.
The cast also includes well known names of the Marathi industry which includes Mansi Salvi, Apeksha Dandekar, Vandana Gupte and Bharti Achrekar.
Bharati Achrekar, Tanisha Mukherjee, Apeksha Dandekar and Vandana Gupte on the sets of the film in London