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India’s disco anthem is a straight lift from a little-known film from across the border
|Malaika in Munni… and (right) Lalit Pandit|
While Munni sang and danced (and made disrepute sound desirable) it would be interesting to see how the producer and music director of Dabangg themselves deal with some ‘badnami’ now.
Dabangg’s original soundtrack may be flying off the shelves, as confirmed by leading music shops in the city, but here is a screechy footnote: the album’s chartbuster — Munni Badnaam Hui — is a straight lift from the soundtrack of a Pakistani film.
The movie is Mr Charlie and the song ‘Ladka badnaam hua haseena tere liye’ (CHECK SONG BELOW). The Pakistani song, which has been copied note for note by Lalit Pandit (of Jatin-Lalit fame) for Dabangg, was recorded back in 1993.
That year, to put things in perspective, two films of Salman’s released — Chandra Mukhi and Dil Tera Aashiq. Both bombed at the box office.
‘Ladka badnaam hua haseena tere liye’ was picturised on Pakistani stand-up comedian-actor-producer-director Umer Sharif.
The song’s lyrics are the only original element in its copy in Dabangg. When we contacted Sharif in Pakistan, he sounded both amused and angry. “Yeh chori nahin, seena zori hein,” he said, and added that he had heard about the plagiarisation a couple of days back. “I am more surprised than angry.
|Comedian Umer Sharif, of Bakra Kishton Mein fame, singing Ladka badnaam hua in his ’93 Lollywood production Mr Charlie|
If one has a name in the industry, every attempt should be made to make sure that it does not get sullied. I wish one of the Khan brothers (Salman/Arbaaz/Sohail) had made at least a courtesy call to me.”
Sharif said he would raise the matter with the industry in Pakistan and “see what can be done.”
Back home in Mumbai, Lalit flatly denied he copied Ladka badnaam hua haseena tere liye. “Yeh sab galat hain. I am busy in a meeting,” he said before hanging up.
|Other famous lifts|
This is not a first for Lalit so far as allegations of lifting songs go. His ex-partner Jatin and he had once composed Haan Haan Yeh Pyaar Hai for Dillagi, a ditty lifted from the classic Frankie Valli song, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.
Dabangg’s producer Arbaaz Khan, whose wife Malaika Arora plays the Munni in Munni Badnaam Hui, did not respond to calls. Messages left on his cell phone went unanswered.
Munni Badnaam Hui, meanwhile, has entered the list of ‘Top 20 most-frequently played songs on radio in India. As on September 10, the song was ranked number one on the list of chartbusters.
The audio rights to Dabangg were reportedly sold for a gobsmacking Rs 9.5 crore. Rhythm House, the city’s oldest music store, claimed it has sold 395 Dabangg CDs, while Landmark store in Andheri has sold 224 to date. Both stores confirmed that it was their highest-selling CD ever since the music of the film was released.
TV’s most loved, most deranged family is readying itself to be unleashed on film. And if our conversation with all its actors is anything to go by, it might just be as riotous
What began as a joke is now… well, a bigger joke. Khichdi, the TV series christened after the ubiquitous rice-lentil dish of the subcontinent, will be served on a larger platter — the big screen, this week. The promoters are relaying this from the rooftops, and with good reason.
After all, no other product of our TV heritage - Hum Log, Malgudi Days, CID et al has made it to 70mm, a trend the West adopted years ago.
The sitcom, a brainchild of writer Aatish Kapadia and then Gujarati film actor Jamnadas Majethia opened in 2002 amidst a wave of expensive game shows and melodramatic soaps.
It took self-deprecating humour to a new high (or low, as some might feel) and grabbed TRPs. Its second season wound up at its peak in 2005, but not before beginning a trend of Gujarati characters in TV serials, earlier set only by ‘Malhotra’-esque Punjabis.
The serial’s Parekh family, played by veteran actors of the vernacular stage is now etched in telly history: Anang Desai, aka ‘Babujee’, the timid head of the family, ‘Jayshree’; his gossip-loving daughter-in-law (Nimisha Vakharia); the idiotic couple, ‘Praful-Hansa’ (the endearing Rajiv Mehta and Supriya Pathak) while producer Jamnadas Majethia himself is Himanshu the buffoon. The two kids (of whom the girl is being played by Majethia’s real life daughter Kesar) are the only level-headed characters of the family.
We caught up with the actors at their loudest best at the studios of their production house for a freewheeler, albeit in Gujarati.
MM: What makes you think the audiences will bear you for three hours?
Aatish: (Laughs) On the contrary, it’s tougher in the 20-minute weekly capsule. Our 8 pm slot was a time when children would be studying, the cooker whistle going off and other noises. In a film, it’s easier to get attention.
JD (Jamnadas Majethia): …and we had to make it, Aatish and I had been thinking of it all the while. We’re sure the audiences would love our comic timing in a film format too. After all, it’s near-perfect after knowing each other for so long. Now if you wake me up at an odd hour and throw me into a situation with either of them, I’ll still react like (snaps).
MM: You sound like you’ve been in Bollywood all this while.
JD: I have been… only struggling! I was under contract for five years for two big banners - Sharman (Joshi) and I were together - and no film materialised. Then the production firm happened and acting took a back seat. In Khichdi, we had a Dubai schedule which Deven Bhojani refused. Then, Aatish insisted I do the role. As the producer, I thought it would save costs too! The channel loved the subsequent TRPs and Himanshu can’t leave the family now! Meanwhile, I have undergone a great disciplinary change. My friends circle has shrunk, all my habits, I quit drink… whatever… baddhuj bandh!
MM: So is Himanshu of the TV series the ‘hero’ of your film?
JD: Well, mostly… he has retained his innocence but some things, like his embroidered costumes had to be changed!
|KHANA KHA KE JANA: (From top left, clockwise) Anang Desai, Aatish Kapadia, Rajiv Mehta, Nimisha Vakharia, Markand Soni, Jamnadas Majethia, Supriya Pathak, Kesar Majethia|
MM: Thankfully! What is it with Gujarati men and embroidered shirts and floral prints? (At this, the family erupts in laughter and spontaneous chatter)
Aatish: Arre, of course! Lagna ma tamari pase embroidered shirt na hoy toh tamaro koi class nathi! (If you walk into a wedding without an embroidered shirt, you’d be frowned upon).
Rajiv: Aney havey toh ema heera ni ladi aava madi chhe! (Nowadays they’re diamond-studded) And some have these floral prints which make me wonder if they breed honeybees!
Aatish: Amuk loko toh Swarovski pehre chhe! I suggest they put a pallu too!
MM: Obviously, your characters are inspired from such real-life people. Who all are the people who influenced creating this family?
JD: (points at Aatish and begins chatting about how one ‘Ranjan bhabhi’s brother Atul’ is totally a Himanshu)
Aatish: 60 per cent of Gujaratis, when they speak Hindi, do not use the ‘anuswar’: (the ‘n’ pronunciation) ‘Ayege-khayege-karege-jayege’, they say!
JD: Even the ‘Ae-Bappu’ comes from how I used to speak while growing up in Saurashtra. Many relatives in Jamnagar used to call me ‘Aa-Babul’!
Aatish: Gujaratis, especially vepariyo (businessmen) have this ‘thai rehshe’ (will get sorted) attitude about everything from cooking to business deals… which makes them say things like ‘kisi ko pata nahi chalega,’ several times without reason!
MM: Okay, now for rapid fire. Supriyajee, what would Hansa want with her if she were stranded on an island?
Supriya: Obviously, Praful, gajras and all my jewelery.
MM: And not anything which would save your lives?
Nimisha: Arre ganda thai gaya chho? (Are you mad?) Why would anyone want to save Praful-Hansa if they’re left on an island! (laughs)
MM: By the way, how much of a Hansa are you at home?
Supriya: There is no Hansa in me… she’s totally an antithesis! Though I am a very proud Gujju, my husband is as Punjabi as it can get!
MM: Next. If your Parekh family were to take over the CWG management, what do you think would happen?
JD: Entertainment thashe, corruption nahi!
Supriya: I’d get everyone to dress prettily. Small shorts won’t work! Gajras and sarees will be mandatory for female athletes!
Aatish: But you’ll have trouble understanding ‘Commonwealth’ itself!
Rajiv: (laughs) Yes, we’ll have to make all announcements in Hindi and Gujarati! There will be extended lunch hours too.
MM: Lastly, just in case of an accident, if your movie wins the Oscar… how would each one of you react on its stage?
JD: I’d reason that since I have got my ‘Parmidar’ from this film, and would request the Academy to call my extended family to the Oscars too… and join me on stage. (There are only 60 characters named Parmidar in the TV series).
Anang: Babujee’s never got a chance to prove himself. Here too I think he’d be tormented by these people hogging the stage and Jayshree shouting me down.
Supriya: First of all, I’ll wonder about the meaning of ‘Oscar award’.
Rajiv: …and I’ll obviously explain after saying ‘Main hoon na’: “Oscar Hansaa! Woh Andheri mein theatre nahi the - Ambar-Oscar? Oscar! Aur award matlab woh hospital mein wards nahi hote… A-ward, B-ward… award!”
Supriya: (laughs) And then Hansa would insist they must ban all kinds of English usage from the Academy awards!
Nimisha: I would thank them for giving me this ‘world-best’ award but request another one the day I do Babujee’s kaam-tamaam.
Aatish: I’d say, at least after the Oscar, we’d be able to argue with those who’ve said ‘Bas kar’ to our mad humour!
|Pic: Nilesh Wairkar|
The secret of the sitcom’s success, Aatish Kapadia on the science behind the characters’ chemistry…
You’ve written many gems (Ek Mahal ho Sapno ka, Sarabhai v/s Sarabhai) in your 20-year-long career. Why get into the risky film-making business?
There comes a time when you feel your work isn’t giving you space… and I felt I needed a break in the said 20 years. Also, JD and I had always been keen on making this… and had faith in our content.
Explain the deranged Khichdi family. Why don’t Jayshree and Babujee have spouses?
See, there a science: Jayshree is a widow. She loves dominance and behaves that way. Had there been a husband, she wouldn’t have been a control-freak.
Also, I’m a rebel by nature… I wanted to portray a very different widow from those being portrayed in our media. Babujee too is a widower, a father-in-law who behaves like a mother-in-law!
Tell us about this science which goes behind creating funny characters.
While writing, you have to create a double helix which meets its logical conclusion. Also, every character has a logical reason about its behaviour. Sometimes I write mathematically… all arguments must have their sensible counter-arguments.
All Gujjus love self-deprecating humour, don’t they?
Of course! We don’t take ourselves too seriously! All we want in life is good food, entertainment on weekends, kharcha on Diwali and good clothes! The world may laugh and we’d care a damn! And this works for writing comedies… it’s very easy to laugh at others, I can write that with my feet!
Veteran lyricist Gulzar was rushed to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital in Andheri on Tuesday evening.
He had been running very high temperature for the past two days. At the hospital, it was diagnosed as malaria. Clearly, the spreading epidemic in the city has spared no one.
Doctors at the hospital have put Gulzar on medication. Talking about his current condition, a source from the hospital says, “He will be under observation at least for another week. As of now, his condition is stable.”
And we hope he gets well soon.
KJo invited the actor for a special screening of We Are Family. Is he trying to patch up with him?
Karan Johar is known to have played agony aunt in the past; in trying to patch up co-actors like Kareena Kapoor and Abhishek Bachchan and of course, Aishwarya Rai and Shah Rukh Khan (who had had a fallout during the making of Chalte Chalte).
But it seems the producer is now concentrating on mending his own relationships. Person in question: Shahid Kapoor.
Shahid and Karan had supposedly had a fallout with one another after Shahid had walked out of Karan’s film Kaal in 2005 because he apparently was not too happy with his role in the film.
Though Vivek Oberoi later replaced him, Shahid’s relationship with Karan had turned a bit sour by then.
Years later, Karan is making amends. The producer has been apprehensive about his film We Are Family and how it will be received. Agreed.
|Shahid Kapoor with Siddarth Malhotra, the director of We Are Family|
But when people spotted Shahid Kapoor entering a multiplex in Andheri to attend a special screening of We Are family, they were surprised. Obviously, Shahid had been invited for this screening by Karan.
Though one can’t completely discount the fact that Shahid may have wanted to attend the first screening of a film that his ex-lover Kareena Kapoor is a part of, there’s definitely more to this story. Is Karan building new bridges with Shahid? Only time will tell.
The actor was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit of a hospital in Andheri last weekend and is likely to be discharged soon
Veteran actor Kader Khan was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit of a hospital in Andheri. Apparently, Khan has not been keeping well for sometime now.
The veteran actor is known for his comic timing and dialogues and has acted in over 200 films. A lesser-known fact is that Khan has written many films as well.
Our source said, “Kaderbhai has not been keeping well for a long time. No one is aware what has happened as the family is not very forthcoming about it.
They prefer to keep such matters within the family. We just hope that he recovers soon.”
When contacted, his son Sarfaraz Khan said, “There is nothing to worry now. Yes he is in the hospital as he was operated for a knee surgery. He will be discharged in a day or two.”
We wish him a speedy recovery.
August 30 turned out to be unlucky for A Wednesday director Neeraj Pandey, when creative differences with The Stoneman Murders director Manish Gupta, got out of hand
After A Wednesday, Neeraj Pandey joined hands with Sheetal Bhatia and turned producer, but despite the film’s success, Neeraj’s journey so far has not been all that smooth. On Monday evening, Neeraj had a big altercation with The Stoneman Murders director Manish Gupta, who he had signed to direct one of his early ventures.
The argument that later snowballed into an ugly fight, took place in Neeraj’s office in Andheri. Says a source, “Neeraj and Manish started off on the same page but soon developed creative differences, which kept increasing with every passing day. The arguments reached an ugly climax in Neeraj’s office on Monday.”
|A still from The Stoneman Murders (L) Manish Gupta|
|A still from A Wednesday (L) Neeraj Pandey|
The story goes that Neeraj signed Manish for a fast-paced thriller about three months ago. Reminiscing what happened after that, Manish says, “Neeraj started interfering in the script. Initially, I didn’t mind it. But his interference increased so much that I lost my identity.
I became so confused that I could hardly concentrate on it any longer. On Monday, when I told him that I would like to do it my way, he said ‘Tum bade badtameez insaan ho. And you dare not address me as ‘tum’. Call me ‘aap’. I was shocked and have still not recovered.”
Soon after, Manish apparently stormed out of Neeraj’s office, saying, “I am not doing Neeraj’s film anymore. Mujhse nahin hoga.”
Meanwhile, what is even more shocking is that Manish is now refusing to return the signing amount of Rs five lakh, which Neeraj had given him, when he appointed him on the project and the man has no qualms admitting it. “I am not returning Rs 5 lakh,” says Manish, determined to not go back on his resolve.
While Neeraj remained unavailable for comment, his partner Sheetal Bhatia said, “Yes. Neeraj and I are going to produce films. As for Manish Gupta, we were in talks with him and were trying to put a project together. But we couldn’t finalise anything. I don’t want to say anything more on this.”
Bharati Dubey, Payal Gwalani & Parvathy Gopalakrishnan | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; August 28, 2010)
Mumbai: Despite all the sound and fury created by the Shiv Sena and the MNS over multiplexes failing to screen Marathi films, the first day, first-show of two films—‘Paradh’ and ‘Navra Awali Baiko Lovely’—failed to garner a response from Mumbaikars. TOI visited many multiplexes across the city on Friday only to find that even matinee and evening shows were running to near empty halls. In some cinema halls, audience count was as low as four, while the maximum attendance was 66.
PVR Juhu, for instance, ran two shows of another film ‘Sa Sasucha’—one at 9 am, the other at 4.30pm—but the morning show was cancelled as not even one ticket had been sold. And by 12.30pm, the cinema was yet to sell a ticket for ‘Baiko Lovely’. A staff member said, “Last week, we had to cancel shows of ‘Tee Ratra’ after running it for 45 minutes due to no occupancy.”
It was a similar scene at Fun Cinemas, Chembur, with the 5.45pm show of ‘Paradh’ selling only 10 tickets. The older film, ‘Aiyka Dajiba’, fared slightly better with a viewership of 30. Cinemax at Andheri had to cancel its 2.30 pm show of ‘Baiko Lovely’.
Film writer Dilip Thakur feels that the Marathi film industry needs to go the Bollywood way when it comes to promotion and marketing. “There is a need to create hype and generate curiosity so that people are willing to spend money and go to multiplexes. Those Marathi films like ‘Natrang’ and ‘Mee Shivaji Raje Bhosale Boltoy’ were well-marketed and raked money at the box office.”
Mahesh Manjrekar, one of the most successful Marathi filmmakers, agreed. “Every film has to be treated like a big blockbuster. Only then will people become curious. It’s worth noting that while the number of Marathi films being churned out has increased considerably—around 100 a year—the quality has suffered.”
Meanwhile, industry experts say producers’ arguments that the show timings were inconvenient do not hold ground, as many popular Hindi movies have seen packed halls even for 9 am shows on a weekday.
There were only 13 people in a hall that has a capacity of 185 at Big Cinema, Ghatkopar, for ‘Paradh’. Sharad Theatre, also in Chembur, did the best business with 66 people lining up to watch the same film. The hall has a capacity of 400. A staffer at Dadar’s Plaza cinema, where ‘Paradh’ was premiered, said: `There is absolutely no curiosity about the film’’
But Ramesh Sippy, who runs Chitra Cinema at Dadar said the film saw a respectable turnout. `We had 35% occupancy for the matinee show. Please don’t judge the fate of a Marathi film on the first day of its release. Marathi filmgoers often wait for the reviews before booking a ticket.’’
Manjrekar added: “A Marathi manoos does not mind watching a Hindi film over a Marathi one as the production quality is better. I feel the biggest threat to Marathi films is not the price of the ticket but Hindi films. The Marathi filmmaker has to learn to make quality films that are on par with their Hindi counterparts.”
The actress has recently bought a plush apartment right next to Ekta Kapoor’s office in Andheri Weststrap
Ekta Kapoor’s blue-eyed girl Prachi Desai has reason to celebrate.
After living in a rented house at Yari Road for all these years the actress has finally bought a place of her own.
This house is a plush two-and-a-half BHK at Oberoi Spring in Andheri West. It gets better. Prachi’s building is minutes away from her mentor and best friend Ekta Kapoor’s office.
A source close to the actress reveals, “Prachi was looking for a house for quite sometime. After looking at a lot of places she zeroed in on this one. The interiors are being done. Prachi is really thrilled.”
Salman, who was bitter about the television channel over Dus Ka Dum, appeared on a show produced by the same channel and judged by his newly-found best pal Farah Khan
Farah Khan is such a dove. She is casually playing peacemaker between Salman Khan and the television channel that airs Dus Ka Dum. Going by Farah’s friendship with Salman, the day might not be far of when Salman agrees to go back on Dus Ka Dum.
Farah’s equation with Salman is on par with what she once enjoyed with Shah Rukh.
Yesterday, Farah pulled off a big surprise by having Salman on the show Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega, which is broadcast on the same channel that used to air Dus Ka Dum, a show from which Salman departed on a rather bad note.
Farah asked Salman to appear on her show barely three days ago; she had made a friendly appearance herself for his blood donation drive. “Salman told Farah that he quite liked Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega, which is when Farah told him that he should come over as a guest on the show to publicise his forthcoming film Dabangg,” says a source.
Salman hesitated at first but in his customary style did promis Farah that he would consider her request. A little later, he informed her that he was on. “The script of the shoot was quickly written to suit Salman’s presence. No doubt, the channel in question was also very happy to have him on board again.”
The shoot was canned yesterday at Yash Raj Studios in Andheri. Every small detail about Salman concerning the shoot was handled by Farah. “Even the permission formalities to allow his big vanity van into YRF Studios were organised by her.”
Though Salman did not interact with the channel’s creatives who were present at the shoot, that he agreed to grace one of their shows clearly hints that Salman may not hold his grievance against the channel for a long time. After all, there are no permanent friends…
Embarrased by female aspirants cueing up for the auditions of his assistant’s film and terrified of his building society having issues, Prakash Jha moves office to a suburban five-star
The shy and reticent Prakash Jha is writing his next film Aarakshan (Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Manoj Bajpayee) in a five-star hotel in Juhu. Reason: his office in Andheri has been taken over by hordes of girls who visit it for photo shoots for Jha’s assistant’s debut feature.
The take-over is so complete that Jha has virtually no place to sit in his own den. “I come to the office and find shoes and clothes of girls on my desk,” he says.
“Hardly would I get someone to keep them down that a few of them will barge into my cabin and ask, “Main kaisi lag rahi hoon?, ‘ye joote kaise ghain?’, ‘ye kapde kaise hain?’. Pray, what am I supposed to tell them?” wonders Jha.
These girls even troop into the room adjacent to Jha’s cabin and start changing at the drop of a hat. “It wouldn’t be wrong to say that I am seeing live auditions going on.”
Also, the building in which his office is located had started to get testy with the flurry of girls invading his office.
“They haven’t objected as yet, but they could. They are definitely curious to know why there is such a traffic of girls.”
Feeling terribly embarrassed about the whole saga, Jha left his office a week back. “How could he concentrate on his work? Fashion parades and inane questions never excite Jha,” says a source from Jha’s office.
“I now work from a hotel in Juhu,” he confirmed. Yeah, write, Mr. Jha.