Posts tagged Amitabh Bachchan
Asira Tarannum (MID-DAY; May 6, 2013)
Looks like Bachchans have a strong connection with Bhopal. According to sources, while Amitabh Bachchan was shooting for Prakash Jha’s film, Satyagraha in Bhopal, he used his free time to scour for a suitable residential property to set up another home.
Interestingly, the legendary actor has a special connection with the city as his wife Jaya’s mother Indira resides there. It is said that the Bachchans already have two flats and some land in Bhopal. This time AB is apparently interested in buying a property at the outskirts of the city of lakes.
The source adds, “Bachchan saab was here for the shooting of Prakash Jha’s movie and he had earlier expressed how he likes the place for its lush green ambience.” Apparently Big B had stayed back for a day after the shooting to finish some work and the hunt is still on for the coveted property.
Another source from Bhopal revealed that someone close to the Bachchans had mentioned that the family loves the city so much that he took the latest addition in the family — granddaughter Aaradhya — to his mother-in-law’s place.
Even during his earlier shooting schedule for Satyagraha, he was seen visiting his favourite places in the city.
Bachchan remained unavailable for comment.
MUMBAI MIRROR (May 3, 2013)
Shah Rukh Khan – ARMS AND THE MAN You know it is an actor’s signature move when he is compelled to do it even in a sci-fi-thriller. Over the decades, women have gone weak-kneed every time SRK leaned back and spread out his arms. Yes, even in Ra.One. When you could fit a universe in there, what’s a love-struck woman? Though his favourite screen name- Raj has often spawned clones, dare anyone copy his special move!
Amitabh Bachchan – ON HIS BROAD SHOULDERS Be it his drunken act in Amar Akbar Anthony or his fiery speech as the original Vijay Deenanath Chauhan, we’ve grown up on his trademark pose – one shoulder arching up as he emotes using the fingers of his other hand even as his eyes, facial expressions and baritone work in sync to make a powerful impact. Who else but Amitabh Bachchan to master this one and make it his own?
Madhuri Dixit – BEAUTY AND THE BUST She gave the word ‘booby trap’ a whole new meaning with her Choli ke peechhey and Dhak Dhak moves. If Mithun had his disco pants and pelvic thrusts, she had her bust-thrust that defined the cinema of her decade. Every time Mads arched back, the box office responded with a thunderous applause.
Helen - MOTHER OF ALL MUNNIS Long before Angelina Jolie dropped the leg bomb, it was Helen who won over the good guys and the baddies with her shapely pins. Feathers, frills, body stockings, going-up-tillhip side slits, Helen not only flaunted it all with élan, but shimmied in those. She was More >
Agencies (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 3, 2013)
At the New York premiere of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby-,the noise went up for a moment and the US media was left wondering if Leonardo DiCaprio had come, but it was actually Amitabh Bachchan. The crowd’s cheers at the premiere were overwhelming.
“Back from The Great Gatsby premiere and has to be said… the EF (extended family) was the main attraction. Simply superb! American media, fans, security in shock. Thank you my ED, and thank you to those that cheered their lungs out. US media thought Leonardo had come, when noise went up,“ Big B tweeted.
He added had it not been for his extended family, his fans, crowding the stands, “no one would have even noticed me”. The film, which is an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, marks Amitabh’s Hollywood debut.
The movie, which stars Tobey Maguire and Leonardo Di Caprio, will open the 66th edition of Cannes International Film Festival, starting May 15. Amitabh will join the team on the red carpet there too.
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; April 29, 2013)
Has the maverick filmmaker Anurag Kashyap finally fallen prey to ‘being inspired’? At least one writer, Nishant G Ranjan, thinks so.
Nishant says, “I had sent my story to Anurag Kashyap in 2011. It revolved around a person who wanted to make Mr. Bachchan listen to his poems written on him. He has a son dying of cancer who wants to have tea with him. For a very long time there was no reply from Kashyap’s side. So I thought, he wouldn’t have liked the story and I forgot it. Then while I was reading a local newspaper I read about the shooting in Mr. Bachchan’s bungalow. On inquiring further I figured that this was very much my own story. This was on February 22 and I immediately took up the case with the Writer’s Association. They tried a lot to solve the issue, but ultimately we had to file a case in the court. I’m now being told that I now have to go to the High Court”
“Anurag’s story is about this guy who wants to meet Mr. Bachchan and wants him to have a murabba made by his family. Apparently it is his mother’s wish that Mr Bachchan eats the murabba,” added Nishant.
In an earlier interview about his short film, Anurag has said, “My story about Mr Bachchan was one of the first scripts that I ever wrote. At that time it was called ‘Hum Bhi Allahabad Se Hai’. I always wanted to make this film with Bachchan Sir, but there have been many long silences between him and me … this film couldn’t have been made without him or his bungalow.” More >
Anees Bazmee wants Amitabh Bachchan to play the suave character in Welcome sequel
Subhash K Jha (DNA; April 25, 2013)
The sequel of Welcome, titled Welcome Back will feature only Anil Kapoor and Nana Patekar. The rest of the cast has been changed. While John Abraham has stepped into the shoes of the lead actor instead of Akshay Kumar, the leading ladies Katrina Kaif and Mallika Sherawat are also not part of the sequel.
A far more irreplaceable character is that played by the late Feroz Khan. In what turned out to be his last screen appearance, the most stylish Khan on the block had played a super-powerful underworld don named RDX in Welcome. Director Anees Bazmee wants Amitabh Bachchan to play the role of the suave don in the film. Says Anees, “Feroz bhai played the kind of imposing don whom even Nana and Anil bowed down to. Unfortunately, Feroz bhai is no longer with us. I can think of only one actor who can play that role. And that’s Bachchan saab.”
The Big B’s schedule is now being looked into. God and date-diary willing we’ll see the Big B step into Feroz Khan’s role.
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 23, 2013)
Twenty-five years ago, on April 29, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak created cinematic history. And according to sources, Aamir and Imran Khan wish to commemorate the occasion with a special screening of the film in the presence of the cast and crew.
“There is a plan to screen the film at a Mumbai multiplex on April 29, and we are looking for a multiplex for the same,” said a source close to Aamir, adding, “The screening will be followed by a party, hosted by Imran Khan at his Pali Hill residence.”
QSQT gave us Aamir as the original prototype of the chocolate hero and Juhi Chawla as the actress with the endearing smile that she could have well copyrighted, had it been a different country.
The film, which created box-office history, was a game changer in more ways than one. Arriving at a time when Bollywood was sagging under the weight of autumnal stars and formulaic content, the film’s master-stroke was the fresh cast, dreamy choreography and melodious music (Anand-Milind) that stood apart from the current trend of tacky disco songs.
Speaking about the music that catapulted them to fame, Anand Srivastav of the duo Anand-Milind said: “We composed with conviction, not to impress anyone. We had a very informal relation with the director Mansoor Khan. There was no proper music sitting, but several tunes were composed in Mansoor’s van while we drove around Carter Road.”
But distributors were not impressed. Recalls Anand: “They told Nasir More >
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; April 22, 2013)
It looks like Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is keen to use his connections to promote Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, a biopic on legendary athlete Milkha Singh. The filmmaker has apparently roped in Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan to shoot a special video as part of the film’s marketing strategy.
A source says, “Rakeysh is leaving no stone unturned to create a buzz about his film. Now he has not one but two superstars to promote the biopic. A special video will be made of Big B and SRK talking about sports.” While Shah Rukh has been a hockey and football player during his college days, Bachchan is a very close friend of the director.
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; April 20, 2013)
After a brief lull in her career for the past two years, Amrita Rao made her way back to the big screen in the Arshad Warsi starrer Jolly LLB. Next on the anvil is her film Satyagraha helmed by Prakash Jha, for which the shooting is on full swing.
Amrita, who plays the character of a woman with a lot of aggression, says this is her most challenging role ever, more so because she shares the screen with Amitabh Bachchan.
The actress says, “Jha has given me my most challenging role. There are different shades to my character and of course I have to deliver all of that in front of Mr Bachchan. My role in the film runs very closely to him.” While Amrita has also starred in the 2004 release Deewar along with Bachchan, she did not share any scene with the veteran.
The actress is not very forthcoming to talk about her character in Jha’s film but adds, “It’s a role where my character does not say much but is very strong. There is a lot of aggression in her and there is a tremendous scope for performance. It was emotionally challenging for me as I was surrounded by Mr Bachchan and all the other actors who are far more senior than I am.”
The upcoming gala is also meant to scotch all rumours of a rift between his media company and Boney Kapoor
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 19, 2013)
He may be facing a certain amount of heat because of the Supreme Court asking him to refund Rs 24,000 crore to his investors, but Subrata Roy Sahara seems determined to cool off with yet another mega bash.
Close on the heels of the party he hosted for his grand daughter’s naming ceremony, Roy is planning a bash to celebrate Sridevi’s Padma Shri award, at his suburban five-star. The party will be held either on April 23 or 27, and guests have been asked to keep themselves free on both days as of now.
According to sources, in true Sahara-style the bash will see filmmakers, actors, politicians, cricketers and industrialists turn up to congratulate the actress.
Among the few who seemed to have confirmed are the Bachchans, Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Hema Malini, Anil Kapoor, Padmini Kolhapure, Preity Zinta and Chiranjeevi, besides Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina. “Subrata Roy wanted to host this party earlier, but his work commitments kept him extremely busy,” revealed a source close to the group.
This party assumes a special significance for the film industry. “This one is special. It puts an end to all the on-going speculation about Boney Kapoor, who has been heading the group’s media and entertainment initiative since 2011, having problems with the company,” says the More >
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; April 13, 2013)
Rohan Sippy, 42, is a product of one of Bollywood’s most respected families. Grandson of GP Sippy and son of Ramesh Sippy, he has been through his parents’ divorce and his own and knows the golden rule from his father that nobody knows anything. He is excited about working with two newcomers in his latest release Nataunki Saala and talks to Bombay Times about the reducing power of the producer, why a Sholay cannot be made today and why directors are inherently fascists. Excerpts:
Let’s talk about your family? I was born and brought up in Mumbai and was a South Mumbai kid studying at Cathedral. I went to Aiglon College, a boarding in Switzerland, after my tenth, after which I graduated in Philosophy from Stanford. I think I took up Philosophy so that I could say a ‘why’ to everything. We lived with our grandfather GP Sippy till I was 10, after which we moved into my mother’s house at Walkeshwar. I was in my teens when my parents divorced and that was one of the reasons my mum was keen I go to boarding school. Since my dad moved out of my mother’s house, I lived with my mum and landed up, therefore, spending more time with her. Both my parents remarried soon after I went to the boarding school. Even though my father Ramesh Sippy was a filmmaker and my mother was connected to the film industry, she was keen for me to complete my studies and did not want me to get into films.
As a child, were you affected emotionally by your More >