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By Joginder Tuteja, November 10, 2010 – 12:21 IST
Golmaal 3 is a hit at the minimum and could well be chartering a superhit route for itself. This also means that the combination of Ajay Devgn and Rohit Shetty has done well at the box office all over again. It is a known fact that Ajay Devgn and Rohit Shetty bond the best due to their long professional and personal association from the past. Zameen, Golmaal, Golmaal Returns, Sunday and All The Best, Ajay and Rohit have collaborated on each of the six films.
Now with Golmaal 3, the ‘jodi’ has come together yet again and though Rohit is expected to have led from the front in the making of this multistarrer, one wonders whether Ajay also made any special contribution to the film since he is a buddy.
Says Tusshar Kapoor, Ajay’s co-actor in the film, who has been another regular fixture of Golmaal series and also did a special song and dance appearance in Sunday, “There isn’t any particular contribution by Ajay during the making of Golmaal 3. Ajay allows the director to do his job and since Rohit himself comes with a good experience behind him now, there wasn’t any need for that either.”
However, it does happen in the making of a film that due to a great personal and professional rapport shared by the key team members, there is bound to be some exchange of ideas. Also, since Ajay has directed U Me Aur Hum before, has 20 years of acting experience behind him and would be picking up his second directorial venture soon, it is but obvious that he would share his point of view when a film is being made.
“Of course Ajay was giving suggestions; he did share his inputs just like any other actor. However, he wasn’t extending anything beyond that”, Tusshar responds quickly, “He was being laidback and chilling out, as were most of us. Yes, Ajay has been a director himself and also quite close to Rohit. If he would have wanted, he would have had his say. But then that wasn’t required at all since Rohit was anyways so sure about what he was making and working with clockwork precision.”
That should settle all doubts and speculations for good.
By now we are all well-versed with Rohit Shetty cinema. All his films bear the stamp of total madness, total fun and lots of entertainment. No wonder his films are seen ideal for Diwali release, when the mood is upbeat. Golmaal 3 too arrives today, on a Diwali, with hugest expectations. This is India’s officially first trilogy (if one doesn’t count My Friend Ganesha series) and the need was a product which would meet all the expectations attached to it. Fortunately, Golmaal 3 fulfills all those expectations! The film is entertaining and funny from the word ‘Go’. Unfortunately, there are some glitches but the pros compensate for these minor flaws and overall the film just rocks!
The story of the movie: Gopal (Ajay Devgn) lives with his brother Laxman (Shreyas Talpade), friend Daboo (Kareena Kapoor) and mother Guddi (Ratna Pathak Shah). On the other hand, Pritam (Mithun Chakraborty), a bus driver, stays with his sons-Madhav (Arshad Warsi), Lucky (Tusshar Kapoor) and Laxman (Kunal Khemu). Sons of both Pritam and Guddi can’t stand each other and there’s intense hatred between them. However, what no one knows is Pritam and Guddi were lovers once upon a time who couldn’t marry due to existing circumstances. When they meet after many years, they decide to rekindle their relationship. With Daboo’s persuasion, they get married without Guddi’s sons knowing that Pritam’s sons are the ones they hate and also the other way round. To find out what happens when they find out the bitter truth, watch the film!
It’s evident that Golmaal 3 wasn’t an easy film to make. There were as many as 8 important characters and numerous side characters. Forget the sidekicks, giving adequate screen space to each of the principal characters is a daunting task. However, the writers and makers succeed in doing so. Each character is unique and gets proper time to display their histrionics! Secondly, the director (Rohit Shetty) was helming the part 3 of a successful series. Although Golmaal 1 was successful, Golmaal 2 was thrashed by some for its not-so-interesting humour. Shetty and his team have learnt from their mistakes and appropriate care is taken to come up with a script which inspite of being illogical, is entertaining and tickles the funny bone!
Like all Rohit Shetty films, Golmaal 3 too begins with the title track. There are many scenes that truly stand out. Ajay and team screwing up Arshad team’s business twice and unintentionally destroying their own was too good. The entire flashback of Mithun-Ratna was brilliant and it was told in typical 70s-80s style with retro sets and background score. The best part of the 1st half was when the sons of Mithun and Ratna find the truth and the madness that follows. Just amazing!
Post-interval too the fun doesn’t subside. One of the finest sequences here was both the sibling teams threatening one another without mouthing a single word. It was truly very witty and of course totally hilarious! The emotional drama that erupts was fortunately very well treated. The climax was where the film could have hit a sixer. It was a bit thanda compared to the madness that it succeeded. But nevertheless, it entertains and you come out with a smile!
In Golmaal Returns, it was Shreyas who took away the cake. Here’s its none other than Ajay who’s undoubtedly the best performer of the film! His looks are killer and he carries out the role of hot-headed weirdo with elan. A versatile actor is one who is able to come up with a unique performance in each of the film of the same genre. Ajay succeeds very well in doing that! Hats off!
Kareena Kapoor has never attempted something like this before and she too comes out with flying colours. Even as a tomboy, she looks so hot and this is a considerable feat! Tusshar outperforms everyone in many of the scenes. Also in the only emotional sequence of the film, it’s him who rocks! Great work! Arshad Warsi who was very badly sidelined in Golmaal Returns gets a meaty role in Golmaal 3 and like everytime, gives a fabulous performance. Shreyas Talpade’s stammering act was funny but only at some places. Kunal Khemu brings the house down with his class dialogues!
Mithun Chakraborty gives an honest performance. He’s at his best in flashback scenes and when he makes a signature move in Apna Har Din song! Ratna Pathak Shah too comes up with a fine performance. Johny Lever was just brilliant and will surely be loved for his antics! Watch out for him! Mukesh Tiwari (Vasooli) is funny when he abuses the cop. Murli Sharma (cop) is there in 3 scenes, all of which are very funny. Viju Khote, Ashwini Kalsekar, Vrajesh Hirjee and Sanjay Mishra don’t get much scope.
Pritam’s music isn’t topping-the-charts kind but suits well to the mood of the film. The title song, Ale and Apna Har Din are likeable. Sanjoy Chowdhury’s background score is terrific especially in action scenes and the aforementioned dialogue-less significant sequence! Dudley’s cinematography gave a fresh and festive look to the film. Jai Singh Nijjar’s action was good although Rohit Shetty should curb the scenes of exploding cars!
Story although bit inspired from old films was well-written. Same for screenplay (Yunus Sajawal) although Yunus could have been a bit imaginative in the climax. Dialogues (Farhad-Sajid, Bunty Rathore) were one of the best things about the film! Especially the ones mouthed by Kunal are simply fantastic!
Finally, Rohit Shetty once again comes up with a winner! The director had gone a bit off-track with Sunday and Golmaal Returns but came back on track with All The Best and now Golmaal 3. As mentioned earlier, the expectations associated with this flick were huge but fortunately, he satisfies all of them. He could have still come up with a better product. But still no complaints as the film entertains like hell. Keep churning out such nice entertaining films RS!
Some of the best scenes:
1. First face-off between the two sibling gangs
2. Pappi (Johny Lever) on the jetski
3. Pritam’s flashback
4. Daboo persuades Pritam and Guddi to marry
5. Daboo persuades the siblings for Pritam-Guddi’s marriage
6. Madness just before the intermission (excellent!)
7. Pritam as the ghost
8. Facebook the dog bites Pritam’s bum
9. High-voltage emotional drama between the siblings
10. The climax
On the whole, Golmaal 3 is a great entertainer which has released during the right time of festival and celebration! It is loaded with tons of masti and madness. Just like every other Rohit Shetty film, don’t look for sense and logic and you’ll definitely enjoy the ride! Enjoy!
AND WISHING ALL THE READERS A HAPPY DIWALI AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!
My rating-**** out of 5!
Ajay Devgn’s had three back-to-back-hits
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 21, 2010)
He’s Bollywood’s proverbial dark horse, winning bets placed on him more often than most others. And though he had slipped off the radar last year with London Dreams, Bollywood superstar Ajay Devgn has since then managed to regain a lot of his lost ground. In 2010, the actor has had a dream run with three backto-back hits — the slice of life comedy Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge, the political drama Raajneeti, and the 70s underworld saga Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai.
The trade estimates that his last three films, that cut across genres, had around Rs 130 crores riding on them and Ajay super-safely delivered. A trade analyst says, “2010 has seen two superstars return to form, one is Salman Khan, the other is Ajay Devgn. One had Dabangg and the other came back with a bang.”
The Aakrosh producer, Kumar Mangat Pathak, says, “Ajay is a very sound box office proposition. I’m particularly happy because in Aakrosh he returns to his original form as an action hero. Though the story deals with the topic of honour killings, Priyadarshan has formatted Aakrosh like a fast-paced thriller. When it comes to action, Ajay has always delivered.”
Ajay himself has virtually had no time to access his professional victories. Says he, “I have been shooting continuously for two years now. After Golmaal Returns (Diwali 2008) I got into my home production All The Best (Diwali 2009). And after that it has been a crazy ride with Atithi… that we wrapped in 50 days, OUATIM and Raajneeti. I’m glad that people have taken notice of my success because I have literally had no time even for a breather. I have five to six releases this year. And even as one film releases, I’m preoccupied with the next one. Of course, when the buzz around you is positive, one knows that the collections are impressive. The assurances that come from the trade and the goodwill of the audience is the only incentive an actor looks for. Also, with success there is a change in the momentum around a star. That having been said, one just continues to do better work each day. Cinema is an on-going process, success only makes the journey more enjoyable.”
On October 1, Ajay will be seen in his fourth release of the year, Big Screen Entertainer’s Aakrosh, an investigative thriller about honour killings in which he plays a CBI officer.
After his hat-trick in the first half of 2010, the actor knows that there is huge expectation from both Aakrosh (an actionpacked thriller) and his fifth release Golmaal 3 (a comedy franchise that is very popular). And even as his friends, family and wellwishers stop to celebrate, this action aficionado gets ready to bite the bullet again. For Ajay, the game has just begun.
... but in her film, Mugdha says she’s going to spook everybody out
Sharin Wader Butani | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; August 13, 2010)
Mugdha Godse has been lucky in Bollywood, she has experimented with different genres and worked with leading stars and directors in Fashion, All The Best and Jail. And now the sexy actress wants to try her luck in the spirit world. People are going to literally call out for ‘Help’ says Mugdha who is starring with Bobby Deol in a horror film by that name which releases today, Friday the 13th.
“There have been many scary films though none of them managed to spook people out, but I’m confident that I will do what others couldn’t in Help,” says the actress who’s plays a possessed character in the film. “Those who have seen Help have said that I’m not just a good-looking ghost, I scare people too,” adds Mugdha.
She believes that ghosts do exist. “I’ve not had any encounters with them yet, neither do I want to… I’m a big fattu, but I know that they are around. During the film’s promotion, I was needed to go to spooky places but I chickened out… what if I really got possessed,” asks the actress.
Mugdha’s ghostly act is yet to be seen, but her white bikini picture for the film did grab eyeballs. “I didn’t know that the bikini is still a novelty for people. I didn’t bat an eyelid before wearing it. Thankfully, I have a readymade bikini body and don’t have to slog it out at the last moment to look perfect,” says Mugdha.
There were also rumours that she’s done a hot kissing scene with Bobby. “There are some nice romantic scenes between us but no kissing scene. Bobby is a good friend and a fantastic actor. But then I make friends with all my co-stars,” says the friendly star.
Priyadarshan’s film is based on a TOI report on khap panchayats
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; August 9, 2010)
Priyadarshan couldn’t have timed it better. His hard-hitting action thriller about love across caste barriers and honour killings based on a Times of India report, releases worldwide on October 1.
A year ago, when Priyan joined hands with producer Kumar Mangat Pathak (Omkara), the makers hadn’t envisaged that parts of India would be under siege of the khap panchayats. Big Screen Entertainer’s Aakrosh has Ajay Devgn and Akshaye Khanna playing CBI officers — one on special deputation to the village and the other, the local officer. The other cast members are Bipasha Basu, Paresh Rawal, Reema Sen and Amita Pathak in a stellar role.
Another USP of the film is the music by the current Bollywood craze Pritam and lyrics by Irshad Kamil. Mangat is very confident the film will hammer the right message as far as honour killings go. “This is a topic that has taken India by storm. Ours is a hard-hitting commercial film that is likely to drive home the message to the masses and the gentry,’’ he says. “Omkara got me awards. Aakrosh should get me awards and rewards.’’
Ajay, whose equity is bullish after three hits — All the Best, Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge and Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, feels the film will work. Says the actor, “Bollywood is going through an interesting and important phase. Today a filmmaker has the liberty to address a topical issue within the mainstream format, combining entertainment and a social message. I revel in roles that have a very life-like quality. Here the cops are not cardboard cut-outs but people you can identify with. Aakrosh is a racy thriller that keeps you on the edge.’’
For Akshaye, his relationship with Priyan has a deep-rooted understanding. Says he, “I’ve probably done the most number of films with Priyan. I’m well-versed with his style and his narrative. Aakrosh was a great experience. Ajay and I are coming together after our last successful outing Deewangee, so that’s another added incentive.’’ Bipasha says her role has very interesting shades. “You’ll get me as Seeta and Geeta,” she smiles.
The National Award-winner Priyadarshan, who has handled comedies and social dramas with equal ease, says Aakrosh will get him the accolades he got for Viraasat, Kala Paani, and his recent Kanjeevaram. “I’m sure it should also bring in the required box office numbers because I have been getting incessant messages after the theatrical trailer that played before Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai,” said the director.
Sanjay Dutt postponed the release of Knockout because it was clashing with friend Ajay Devgn’s film Aakrosh
This could well make for a classic Veeru-Jai story. The fact that it’s happening in the dog-eat-dog world of Bollywood is the shocker.
That Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgn are very good friends, is well known. Especially after Sanjay went out of his way to finish All The Best for Ajay. But that fades in comparison with Sanjay’s latest gesture. The actor apparently shifted the release date of his next film Knockout because he did not want it to clash with Ajay’s next release Aakrosh.
|Sanjay Dutt||Ajay Devgn|
Our source said, “Kumar Mangat’s Aakrosh and Sohail Maklai’s Knockout were both slated to be released on October 1, 2010. However, since both Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgn are very close friends, the release date of Knockout has now been shifted to either October 8 or 15.
Incidentally, Sohail Maklai who is also a close friend of Ajay’s, observed that both films were releasing on the same day. He called Sanjay Dutt about this, who wasted no time in calling Ajay and sorting the matter.”
So, it was all sorted out in minutes. Ajay seems to have found a new friend in Sohail too. The director confirmed, “Yes it is true. We all mutually decided to shift Knockout by a week or two.
I called Sanju in South Africa and he took Ajay on the conference and we decided that there is no point in clashing the two films. It would hamper each other’s business. My director Mani Shankar is in Mumbai finalising the edit. We have enough time to change the date and plan our promotions accordingly.”
The actress will be seen with a pet dog named after the networking site, in Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal 3
Though not on any of the networking sites herself, Kareena Kapoor will walk around with a pet dog called Facebook, in her next Golmaal 3.
Apparently director Rohit Shetty has named the dog Facebook. The dog belongs to the Boxer breed and was seen earlier in All The Best.
A source reveals, “Golmaal 3 is funnier than Golmaal Returns, in which Kareena’s role was a spoof on Ekta Kapoor. In Golmaal 3, she plays a tomboy and has a pet dog called Facebook.
Kareena will sport a lot of t-shirts with funny one-liners written on them like, ‘Crime master gogo’, Mogambo khush hua’ to name a few.”
Rohit found the name Facebook ideal for the dog and thought it will be popular with the audience.
|Rohit Shetty with the dog|
The source adds, “When Rohit mentioned the idea of naming the dog so, the entire cast was in splits but they all loved the idea.
In fact, the director has decided to name his first pet Facebook, if he ever keeps one that is.”
Whether Facebook will accept Kareena’s friendship requests, depends entirely on how good she is with animals.
By Taran Adarsh, June 22, 2010 – 08:26 IST
A majority of producers have realized that it’s not right to bring two films of the same actor on the same date. But there have been exceptions in the past. In Diwali last year, two Sanjay Dutt starrers — BLUE and ALL THE BEST — opened on the same day. Besides, the clash of three biggies on the same day [BLUE, ALL THE BEST, MAIN AUR MRS. KHANNA] did cut into each other’s business, the Diwali week notwithstanding.
Cut to the present! Till last week, the makers of NO PROBLEM and KNOCK OUT, both starring Sanjay Dutt, were adamant on bringing their films on 10th September, but the clash has been averted. While KNOCK OUT will arrive on the scheduled date, NO PROBLEM has been shifted ahead, to 3rd December. Which means, 10th September will see DABANGG and KNOCK OUT vying for public attention, while NO PROBLEM and KHELEIN HUM JEE JAAN SEY will clash on 3rd December.
Vidhu Vinod Chopra – 3 Idiots
Best Performance in a Leading Role (Male)
Amitabh Bachchan – Paa
Best Performance in a Leading Role (Female)
Kareena Kapoor – 3 Idiots & Vidya Balan – Paa
Rajkumar Hirani – 3 Idiots
Best Performance in a Comic Role
Sanjay Dutt – All The Best
Best Performance in a Negative Role
Boman Irani – 3 Idiots
Best Performance in Supporting Role (Male)
Sharman Joshi – 3 Idiots
Best Performance in Supporting Role (Female)
Divya Dutta – Delhi 6
Best Debut of the year (Male)
Omi Vaidya – Jackie Bhagnani
Best Debut of the year (Female)
Jacqueline Fernandez – Mahie Gill
Best Playback Singer (Female)
Kavita Seth – Ek Tara (Wake Up Sid)
Best Playback Singer (Male)
Shaan – Behti Hawa Sa Tha Woh (3 Idiots)
Best Music Direction
Pritam – Love Aaj Kal
Swanand Kirkire – 3 Idiots
Abhijat Joshi, Raj Kumar Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra – 3 Idiots
Habitat For Humanity Ambassadorship
IIFA outstanding contribution to Hindi Cinema (Male)
J. Om Prakash
IIFA outstanding contribution to Hindi Cinema (Female)
Outstanding Achievement by an Indian Internationally
IIFA Green Global Award
Technical Awards Winners
Abhijat Joshi, Rajkumar Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra (3 Idiots)
C.K. Muraleedharan (3 Idiots)
Rajkumar Hirani, Abhijat Joshi (3 Idiots)
Best Background Score
Sanjay Wandrekar, Atul Raninga, Shantanu Moitra (3 Idiots)
Rajkumar Hirani (3 Idiots)
Best Sound Recording
Bishwadeep Chatterjee, Nihal Ranjan Samel (3 Idiots)
Best Song Recording
Bishwadeep Chatterjee, Sachi K Sanghvi (3 Idiots)
Best Sound Re-recording
Anup Dev (3 Idiots)
Bosco Martis, Caesar Gonsalves (Love Aaj Kal)
Best Costume Designing
Anahita Shroff Adajania, Dolly Ahluwalia (Love Aaj Kal)
Best Art Direction
Sabu Cyril (Aladin)
Best Special Effects (Visual)
Charles Darby – Eyecube Labs (Aladin)
Shyam Kaushal (Kaminey)
Best Make up Artist
Christien Tinsley, Domini Till (Paa)
Ajay Devgn, who turned director two years ago with U Me Aur Hum, is done with sensitive issues for now. The intense actor, known for his action films, wants to get back to his roots by directing what someone close to the project describes as “a full-on international- level action film”.
Ajay has already finalised the subject which will have Sanjay Dutt playing the lead role. It’s been a year since Sanjay has been shedding the kilos and avoiding hard drinks to get in shape for what he says is “my big action film… I haven’t done a bang-bang film for a long time.”
It was during one of their long chat sessions while shooting All The Best in Goa last year that Sanjay lamented about the lack of action flicks in Bollywood. “Yes, Ajay is directing his next film with me in the lead. He’s stars in my first home production (a comedy) directed by David Dhawan. We don’t have action films comparable with the ones from Hollywood. We can’t afford to lag behind,” says Sanjay.
A source says, “While directing U Me Aur Hum, Ajay realised it was too much of a burden to direct and star in a film. For the Sanjay starrer he has decided to only direct the film. But since there’s another major lead actor’s role in the film, Sanjay is insisting that Ajay not only direct but also star in the film.”
Apparently, neither Sanjay nor Ajay will be charging any money for starring in the film produced by each other.