Posts tagged Anil Kapoor
By Joginder Tuteja, October 29, 2010 – 11:33 IST
Decades ago, Manmohan Desai is said to have quoted that for a commercial masala flick to work, there should be at least one highlight on screen every 10 minutes. Given the fact that movies in that era were 3 hours long, it comes to around 20 highlight sequences in the entire run of the film. Circa 2010 and Farah Khan is pretty much following the same adage with Tees Maar Khan which releases this Christmas.
No wonder, Farah doesn’t mind getting more ‘highlight sequences’ in the film that fetch headlines before the theatrical release itself.
“What could be the other way to describe the coming in of Anil Kapoor and Twinkle Khanna in Tees Maar Khan“, questions an observer, “The very fact that Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna are sharing the stage again after years was enough for media and audience to go into frenzy. The sequence may last just for a minute but the fact that we are talking about it makes it highlight worthy.”
“Also, the pulling in of Anil Kapoor for an award ceremony sequence was a master stroke”, he continues, “Audience still relate to him as the Slumdog Millionaire star and since he doesn’t mind taking a dig at himself, his appearance in the sequence doesn’t appear misplaced at all.”
Other than Anil Kapoor and Twinkle Khanna, now Farah has also roped in Sanjay Dutt to do a special voiceover for Tees Maar Khan. And the master stroke comes in the form of Salman Khan’s entry into the film’s narrative with the special song ‘Wallah Wallah‘.
Continues the observer, “This is pretty much a fact that the on-off real life ‘jodi’ of Salman-Katrina is anyways expected to make headlines, more so when they appear on the big screen. Given her penchant for making item sequences larger than life, as was evidenced in her ’31 stars on a single set’ song ‘Deewangee‘ [Om Shanti Om], Farah is said to have outclassed her own earlier effort and woven magic once again with this qawalli. To add to all the fun, Farah is now also ready with the promotional music video of Tees Maar Khan which features the trio of Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif and Akshaye Khanna.
Promises Farah, “The song’s shoot is through and you can’t imagine the kind of madness which was prevalent over there. While with Salman, Akshay and Katrina, the qawalli had gone into a different league altogether, the promotional music video with Akshay, Katrina and Akshaye has turned out to be really funny as well.”
This doesn’t quite sound like a tall claim because Farah said this earlier for ‘Tumse Milke Dil Ka Hai Jo Haal‘ [Main Hoon Naa] as well and the results were there for all to see. Now that she is getting into a ‘dhamaal’ zone with yet another item sequence as Katrina Kaif gets into the garb of Paakeezah, she can be trusted to deliver the goods.
Meanwhile, Farah is not just resting yet. “I can’t believe that just a couple of more months remain for the film to hit the screens. I am now neck deep in getting the theatrical promo right”, she says.
Do a good job here lady, we are ready to wait.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, October 27, 2010 – 14:36 IST
It’s by far the most awaited and talked about sequel in Bollywood, to be produced by Ramesh Taurani and directed by Abbas- Mustan. Yes we are indeed talking about Race 2 which has been in the news ever since its announcement. is all set to thrill. The casting of Race 2 has been a hot topic in media for a while now. It was last head that Anil Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan and John Abraham are part of the project while Priyanka Chopra would be playing the female lead in the film.
However, times have changed and latest news is that Deepika Padukone will be replacing Piggy Chops in Race 2. Ramesh explains, “To be frank Priyanka was never actually in the film. Yes, we were in talks with her initially but due to date issues, since she is busy shooting for Don 2, we dropped the idea.”
Further he clarifies, “As of now we have finalized Deepika, who will be playing the female lead in the film. Apart from her, there will be two other actresses who will also be in the film, but they have not yet been locked.”
As for the script of the film, Ramesh chirps, “We have already finalized and locked the script, and are looking to start shooting next year. While for the music, it’s going to be Pritam.”
Race 2 certainly seems to be speeding its way to shoot floor.
BT gets first authentic confirmation of Anil Kapoor’s role in the Mission Impossible franchise
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 20, 2010)
Anil Kapoor has just returned from Prague where he spent a lot of time with Hollywood’s numero uno star Tom Cruise and the director of Mission Impossible 4, Brad Bird. And even before he landed in Mumbai’s Mehboob Studio to finish work on his home-production No Problem, the grapevine said that Anil will play an Indian playboy with international connections in high places called Brij Nath in MI4. The character is expected to have shades of Hugh Hefner, the Playboy magazine owner. In keeping with his screen character, it is hinted that the actor will have some steamy scenes in the film with Paula Patton. And, he is expected to start shooting for his portions of MI4 in Dubai next month.
Anil concedes that his Hollywood casting agents are happy with this break. “MI4 should keep me in the rolling as far as future Hollywood breaks go,” says the actor, who has become leaner in the last two weeks. “All I can say is I’m going to go out there and have a good time,” he smiles. After three decades of working really hard on his career, the actor says that he has mentally decided to just enjoy his screen time in Bollywood and abroad. “When I did Slumdog Millionaire I didn’t imagine that it was opening doors to me for further opportunities in the West,” he says very modestly. “But now, 24 and MI4 seem to be just the tip of the iceberg. I’m happy to take each film as it comes. My agents are also happy with this break.”
Anil is flying to London tonight to shoot for Priyadarshan’s Tez. And he is also the negative character (which according to the grapevine is like Al Capone in The Untouchables) in Rajkumar Santoshi’s Power. Next year may see him team up with Karan Johar and Vikramaditya Motwane of Udaan fame in a film. And there is also talk of a reputed filmmaker bringing him and his star daughter Sonam together for the first time on screen. At 55, life has just begun for Anil. Says he, “Honestly, age is but a number. In my head, I’m still a newcomer, especially in the West.” The actor is also said to be in huge demand to make appearances at all the major Hollywood and British Awards functions that start from December right until March 2011.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, October 15, 2010 – 15:57 IST
Last month we had informed you about actress Sonam Kapoor suffering from typhoid. The actress unfortunately has now once again suffered a relapse and is again in ill-health.
Sonam’s health started deteriorating while shooting for Anees Bazmee’s Thank You in Canada. However, being the professional that she is, she didn’t want to put the unit in any sort of problem and continued shooting despite not keeping too well. After returning to India, she underwent some tests and it was diagnosed as typhoid. Even though she undertook treatment, it seems to have relapsed.
Sonam’s parents Anil and Sunita Kapoor are also very concerned about her health and have asked her to take it easy for a few days.
We wish the chirpy actress a speedy recovery.
Bollywood baddie in Hollywood film with Will Smith, Janet Jackson, Whoopie Goldberg, Queen Latifa and others
Sharin Wader Butani | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 17, 2010)
Long before Anil Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, there was Gulshan Grover who crossed over to Hollywood. Now he’s doing it again. Bollywood’s goodhearted baddie has signed the film The Driver opposite Mexican hottie Salma Hayek. It’s being directed by Bill Duke and has Hollywood biggies like Will Smith, Janet Jackson, Whoopie Goldberg, Queen Latifa, NBA star Kobe Bryant and some famous comedians playing themselves in guest roles. Duke explained Gulshan’s presence, “Since the protagonist will be acting with a range of Hollywood stars, I wanted to cast an Indian actor with talent, range, experience and the ability to improvise.” The Driver is a comedy where Gulshan’s character is that of a rank-and-file accountant who is doing what’s expected of him, until he finally decides to risk it all, dragging his wife (Hayek) behind him on a journey to go after his dreams. “It will be a pleasure to work with Hollywood stars,” said Gulshan, who has just returned from the US after inking the deal.
Shashank Ghosh had planned a sequel to Quickgun Murugun but that did not materialise. Ghosh will now be making a film for Anil Kapoor’s daughter, Rhea, who recently produced Aisha with her sister Sonam in the lead.
The buzz is that Shashank would be working on an Indianised version of Alice In Wonderland. Wonder if he’ll play the Mad Hatter, because Sonam’s certainly Alice.
Says Shashank, “I’d like to do my version of Alice In Wonderland with Sonam. But for now I’m doing something else for her home production. I can’t talk about it since it’s a foreign tie-up with Walt Disney. And they have their own ideas on how a film should be projected.
All I can say is that my film with Sonam will go into a completely different space from Aisha. It will certainly not be elitist in tone. I don’t know that world at all.”
Adds Ghosh, “Rhea Kapoor came to me with the idea. I loved it. So there was no scope of giving her my idea on what to make. But I do intend to throw Alice In Wonderland in Rhea’s realm very soon.”
Strangely Shashank has not met Sonam yet. Nor has he watched any of her films. But he plans to start shooting the film in March 2011. Hope Sonam’s reading this…
With his role as chief villain in Mission Impossible 4, the schedules of Tez and Power have gone for a toss. But Anil’s producers aren’t complaining
India’s biggest export to Hollywood (Slumdog Millionaire, 24 and now Mission Impossible 4), Anil Kapoor is becoming quite the jetsetter in tinsel town.
His role in the Tom Cruise starrer has been fleshed out, thus requiring more time. This has slowed down the schedule of Ratan Jain’s Tez (earlier titled Bullet Train) and left producer Firoz Nadiadwala of Power quite powerless, as Anil Kapoor has had to prioritise his dates. But neither Jain nor Nadiadwala is complaining.
Vicarious glamour has currency in Bollywood. Says a source, “After Slumdog Millionaire, Hollywood offers have been pouring in for Anil Kapoor. Mission Impossible 4’s makers contacted Anil’s agent. Anil loved his role and said ‘yes’. Though the details of Anil’s role are yet unclear, buzz is that he will play the chief villain in the film.”
Mission Impossible 4 stars Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Anil Kapoor, Paula Patton, Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg. The film is scheduled to hit the screens on December 16, 2011.
Ratan Jain claimed that Anil’s winter schedule had not perturbed him; Nadiadwala did confirm that he has agreed to Anil’s request to re-adjust his dates.
Nadiadwala is trying to work around Anil’s combo scenes with other actors to minimise inconvenience.
|Ratan Jain||Sajid Nadiadwala|
Said Nadiadwala, “Anil being in Mission Impossible 4 is a proud moment not just for Anil but all of India.” We tend to agree. Here is a thespian with remarkable talent. Tom might be the lead in IM4, but we know who our hero is. Jai ho!
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, October 8, 2010 – 17:56 IST
It all started with the film Slumdog Millionaire for Anil Kapoor who went on to become famous across the globe courtesy his act in this Academy Award winning film directed by Danny Boyle. With acclaim coming in from all quarters, it wasn’t long before Anil was offered a pivotal part in the hit prime time Hollywood TV series 24, along side Kiefer Sutherland.
Moving on, the latest buzz is that Anil has struck gold and the reason behind this is the fact that he has been confirmed for the fourth instalment in the Mission Impossible series, along side Hollywood action star Tom Cruise.
The film, which is being directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles), will start shooting under the initially decided working title of Aries. J. J. Abrams, who directed the third film in the series, will be writing the script for the film, alongside Andre Nemec and Josh Appelbaum.
As for Anil, earlier reports were that he would be playing the role of one of the villains in the film, however, sources now state that Anil will be seen essaying an integral supporting role, who is not a villain, though the nature of the role has not yet been revealed.
Speaking about this latest development Anil confirms the news but however remains tight lipped about his role stating “At this point I can only say that have been contacted for Mission impossible 4 and I have said yes for the role.”
This is indeed yet another plum international project in Anil Kapoor’s kitty. Way to go!
By Joginder Tuteja, October 8, 2010 – 11:26 IST
Has Emraan Hashmi joined the ‘powerful’ cast of Rajkumar Santoshi’s Power which is fast turning out to be the most star studded affairs of 2011? Well, that’s the gossip going around in the industry circles ever since Power first came in news close to a fortnight ago.
Says an industry insider, “Yes, there have been talks of Emraan making an appearance in the film. Though the actor doesn’t do too many multi starrers, he did give the film a close hearing when he was approached for it. Rajkumar Santoshi is a huge name and his ensemble starrers can prove to be a huge draw. Also, Emraan too has opened up more after the smash success of Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai which was a two hero project. He too feels that it isn’t bad after all to bring in that occasional multi starrer in his profile.”
Well, if Power stars Emraan, it would indeed turn out to be a casting coup of sorts with people across all generations being a part of this Firoz Nadiadwala biggie. While Amitabh Bachchan heads the star-cast, veteran actors like Sanjay Dutt and Anil Kapoor bring in over 30 years of working experience each. Ajay Devgn is at the peak of his career after being around for 20 years and Emraan Hashmi being established in his own right completes the picture. Kangna Ranaut, Ameesha Patel and newbie Lekha Washington bring on the glamour quotient hence making Power a powerful experience.
However, the man in the question – Emraan – diffuses the speculation and denies that he is doing the film. “No, I am not a part of it”, is all that he is willing to comment when quizzed around the rumour making the rounds.
Though he isn’t willing to open up on the topic, rightly so because all his concentration is currently on his latest release Crook, he doesn’t deny the fact that he was approached for the role.
“Yes, I was in talks with Firoz bhai. We did have discussions that were taken to some level. However, it eventually didn’t work out. So yes, for the record, I am not doing Power. There is always a next time though”, says Emraan.
One would have thought though after Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, he won’t mind being a part of big multi starrers.
“Of course I won’t but then it isn’t that suddenly you would start seeing me in many multi starrers”, he says, “Even when I did Once Upon A Time…, it was after much deliberation. The results are there to be seen. It is the subject that ultimately matters and what you bring to the table. The script has to work. I haven’t switched on a green light to do multi starrers or films outside Vishesh Films. There is no such conscious decision. It isn’t about a multi starrer as a solo lead. I have to do a good job in a good film. Period.”
Well, that should set the record once for and all.
Filmmaker Rajkumar Santoshi has taken Lekha Washington under his wings. Lekha is Santoshi’s latest muse. Buzz is that Santoshi has signed Lekha for a three-film deal.
The first film in question is Power. Produced by Firoz Nadiadwala, it has already gone on the floors.
Says a source, “Power is a fabulous opportunity for Lekha. It’s a very big film with top actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgan, It will be a great learning platform of acting for Lekha.” Mentor ho toh aisa!
The industry is also buzzing that Lekha has been paid a bomb for Power. “Santoshi facilitated a handsome fee for her as well.
|Raj Kumar Santoshi|
So what if she has done only one film till now (Peter Gaya Kaam Se opposite Rajeev Khandelwal) which too hasn’t released yet? He sees a lot of potential in her.”
Both Lekha and Santoshi remained unavailable for comment.