Posts tagged Anil Kapoor
By Subhash K. Jha, June 14, 2010 – 10:48 IST
All that talk of aspiring actor Nikhil Dwivedi doing a nude sequence for Mani Ratnam’s Raavan was a bit premature. The fact is, Nikhil got shy at the last minute about going all the way thereby creating a panic in the jungles where the film was shot.
Says a very reliable source from the unit, “The first ever male nude sequence in a Hindi film almost didn’t happen. Nikhil Dwivedi who had to do the scene copped out. The director Mani Ratnam tried to explain to him that the scene was not for titillation. It is a scene of torture of a cop. Usually its cops who are shown torturing suspected offenders. Here it’s the other way around. Beera (Abhishek) and his men capture a cop played by Nikhil Dwivedi. They strip and torture him.”
This is where Nikhil put his foot down. He flatly refused to perform the ‘rear’ feat arguing that his family and friends would be deeply mortified.
“Sir main apne ghar walon ko kya mooh dikhaonga?” Dwivedi apparently whined in front of the baffled director who isn’t used to being told no.
Says the source, “All attempts to convince Nikhil to bare all failed. Mani Ratnam was at his wit’s end. His assistants reminded Nikhil that the actor’s counterpart in Tamil (John Vijay) had willingly bared all. But Nikhil was immovable. They finally had to get a body-double with… shall we see… similar vital statistics to stand in for Nikhil.”
When contacted Dwivedi is afraid to talk, “I am not More >
Aamir Khan, who was on a Bollywood socialising spree during his recent trip to London, chose to not meet Shah Rukh Khan
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 15, 2010)
Known as a recluse for years, Aamir Khan is now in the mood for some schmoozing. And he has started by making the best use of his one year break from acting by making an effort to interact with his friends and associates from the industry during a recent trip to London.
The superstar and his wife Kiran Rao were in London last week to finalise some marketing deals for his forthcoming film Peepli Live. During his five-day stay, Aamir met Anil Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan-Jaya Bachchan, Parmeshwar Godrej, Ronnie Screwvala and Akshay Kumar who were also in London. Interestingly, Aamir didn’t meet Shah Rukh Khan who too was in London at the same time.
A source says, “Aamir was in London on Tuesday. They left on Saturday night. During his stay, Aamir met as many friends as he could. He has never done this before. You could say that he has no time to socialise or that he simply does not socialise. He has never met so many people, that too within a week. However, this trip was different.”
According to the source, on the first night, Aamir met Anil for dinner. The next day he met Parmeshwar Godrej for lunch and the following day he went to an Italian restaurant for dinner with Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan. It was Amitabh Bachchan who wanted to take the couple out for dinner.
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Boman Irani debuts as a singer, to perform on stage with Shankar Mahadevan in five cities
Mauli Singh (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 10, 2010)
Boman Irani is a man of many talents. A successful photographer and theatre actor who went on to showcase his talent in films, he has added one more feather to his creative cap — he is now turning singer.
Boman, who is an ardent music lover, will now debut as a singer on stage with Shankar Mahadevan.
At an event which will be held in five metro cities — Bengaluru, Delhi, Kolkata, Pune and Hyderabad — Boman will perform three songs on stage.Shankar Mahadevan and Boman Irani
A source close to Boman informs, “It was Boman’s dream to become a singer but he never thought he was good at it until recently. He performed Give me some sunshine from 3 Idiots at a recent award night for which he took voice modulation and guitar training from composer Raju Singh.
Salman Khan and Anil Kapoor loved his performance so much that they started dancing to it. They encouraged him to take up singing seriously. That’s when the actor decided to go for it.”
Boman who has mixed emotions about his debut quips, “Singing is a fun thing. I am not looking at singing as a career. I am not a trained singer but I am open to singing for films. Shankar of course will be the main singer where I will do a solo from 3 Idiots, Give me some sunshine and a Frank Sinatra number, My Way. I will need a lot of help from Mr. Mahadevan.”
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Best Film 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
Best Direction 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
Best Lyrics Swanand Kirkire – 3 Idiots
Best Story Abhijat Joshi, Raj Kumar Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra – 3 Idiots
Habitat For Humanity Ambassadorship Salman Khan
IIFA outstanding contribution to Hindi Cinema (Male) J. Om Prakash
IIFA outstanding contribution to Hindi Cinema (Female) Zeenat Aman
Outstanding Achievement by an Indian Internationally Anil Kapoor
IIFA Green Global Award Vivek Oberoi
Technical Awards Winners
Best Screenplay Abhijat Joshi, Rajkumar Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra (3 Idiots)
Best Cinematography C.K. Muraleedharan (3 Idiots)
Best Dialogue Rajkumar Hirani, Abhijat Joshi (3 Idiots)
Best Background Score Sanjay More >
Has to choose between his TV show gala event and his daughters’ film premiere
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; June 5, 2010)
Destiny is cruel. And if Bollywood’s recent export to Hollywood, Anil Kapoor, could have it his way, he would have fought it with all his might. However fate works in funny ways.
The rights of Anil’s television series 24 (where he plays Omar Hassan) have been picked up by an Indian channel and it will go on air from August 9. The channel reportedly has plans to hold a grand premiere and launch the event where Anil will naturally be the centre of attraction.
Sources say the actor is thrilled. However, there is a hitch. On August 6, his home production Aisha will release. And Anil’s original plans include a gala premiere for the same. The film has his daughter Sonam in the lead with Abhay Deol and it also marks the debut of his second daughter Rhea Kapoor as producer. Now the dilemma is that Anil can have just one premiere in a gap of three days because the same set of Bollywood biggies are likely to be invited to both events. And even Anil knows, that they will pass one for the other!
“This may mean he has to give up his own premiere (which the channel is unlikely to pass) or he has to sacrifice the Aisha shindig — which is his own decision but it is important for his two daughters. It is indicated that Anil is now a worried man. As a father, he wants the red carpet for his daughters; and as a star, More >
Besides genre, the actor will be trying out diverse looks in all his major releases this year
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 02, 2010)
After the comedy Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge earlier this year, Ajay Devgn has another film lined up, Raajneeti, an intense political drama. With four more releases to come this year – Once Upon A Time In Mumbai, Aakrosh, Toonpur Ka Superhero and Golmaal 3 – he’s clearly looking to experiment as much with genre as his look.
Says Ajay, “Yes, I have different looks in all the releases this year, but it’s not something I had planned. But I am glad that my directors had faith in me and are willing to experiment. I’d earlier tried diverse looks in films like Qayamat and The Legend of Bhagat Singh because my role demanded it.
I had entered the industry as an action hero and then did films such Zakhm, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Deewangee, which propagated this intense image. For the last few years I have been doing comedy films and people have accepted me in them as well. I have never strategised about when to do an action film or a comedy – all this happened on its own.”
Elaborating about his releases this year, Ajay says, “This is going to be one of the busiest years ever for me. I have Raajneeti coming up, in which I am working with Prakash Jha again. Then comes Once Upon A Time In Mumbai in which I play a character inspired from a ‘70s don. It was exciting to play a don after Company and I am looking forward to More >
YRF set to cast Anil and Sonam Kapoor together in a film, but they may not play father and daughter
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 25, 2010)
In Bollywood, producers and directors are always looking for a magical cast that will deliver a hit. Yash Raj Films and Aditya Chopra, having finally convinced Anil Kapoor and his daughter Sonam to work together in a film, achieved a casting coup which earlier Rakeysh Mehra failed to do in Delhi 6.
Anil Kapoor doesn’t deny the buzz. He says, “Aditya has narrated an idea for me and Sonam in a film together. And I really, really like it. In fact, this is the first time that I’ve liked something which has been offered to both of us.”
Refusing to divulge any more details, Anil says, “I can’t tell you if it’s the role of father-daughter. But I can tell you that ideally when I do a film with Sonam, I don’t want us to be cast in real-life roles.”Anil and Sonam Kapoor
Anil further reveals that he came close to sharing screen space with Sonam recently. “I was supposed to do a role in Anees Bazmi’s Thank You which Sonam is doing. At that time, Katrina Kaif was supposed to do the part. Once Sonam stepped in, I opted out. I wanted our combination to be really special when it happened.”
There was another reason why Anil opted out of Thank You. Anil’s role was that of Akshay Kumar’s buddy who encourages him to be flirtatious. “All I will say is, it was a role I wouldn’t have been comfortable More >
Anil Kapoor flew to Vancouver to be with Sonam when he heard that she wasn’t in the best of spiritsSubhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 20, 2010)
Anil Kapoor always makes the best of every opportunity to spend time with his daughter Sonam, though not while she’s working. In fact Anil has made it a point not to be around when Sonam is shooting so that she doesn’t get distracted. However, desperate times call for desperate measures.
Last week Anil, who was in Los Angeles, heard that Sonam was not in the best of spirits while shooting for Thank You in Vancouver, he broke the rule of not mixing his personal and professional life and flew down for four days to be with his daughter.
Apparently in Thank You, Sonam plays a reclusive girl. So, to get into the character Sonam consciously stayed aloof from other members of the cast.
When Anil heard of his daughter’s method acting he was impressed but concerned. That’s when he decided to put aside his work and visit his daughter.
Director Anees Bazmee confirms the news and says, “Yes, Anil did visit us in Vancouver and he really livened up the atmosphere. Normally Anil wouldn’t do such a thing. But we go back a long way.”
Anees admits Sonam’s role was isolating. “She does play this very simple and shy girl who likes to keep to herself in the first half. In the second half, she comes into her own and blossoms into a successful tennis player. Anil’s presence definitely made a difference to Sonam’s mood, More >
Sonam Kapoor’s happy to be in Karan Johar’s love story opposite Imran Khan
Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; May 10, 2010)
Sonam Kapoor has seen Aditya Chopra’s Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge at least 20 times and says she will not tire if she has to see it another 20 times over. “It is one of my most favourite films,’’ says Bollywood’s youngest livewire actress. “The chemistry between Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol is amazing. I just love them.’’ Simultaneously, she confesses, “I’m the world’s biggest mush queen with a voracious appetite for love stories.”
Quite naturally, Sonam is super-excited about her July 2, release, Punit Malhotra’s I Hate Luv Stories.
“It’s a fabulous film,’’ she says. “And, it has me playing me. I’m playing Simran who advocates love stories, whereas Imran Khan is Jay, and he’s a cynic. Of course, everyone knows that opposites attract and that is what happens in our case.’’
Gushing uncontrollably about IHLS, Sonam adds, “I loved working with Karan Johar. He is one guy who treats me like an individual. He knows my dad, Anil Kapoor, but when he approached me to play the lead in his film, he spoke to me like an independent person who makes her own decisions.’’
Dharma Productions, says Sonam, spoils its actors. “I was pampered by everyone from director Punit to Karan,’’ she smiles. She admits to having got along like a house on fire with Imran, though on screen they’re constantly pulling each other’s legs. “I personally like guys who More >
The sequel to Mr India will be a 3D extravaganza with a Rs 100 crore budget
By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 21, 2010)
// // // When Mr India was released back in the mid eighties, the advent of SFX into Bollywood was still a long way off. But in terms of visual appeal, right from Sridevi’s romantic love song with an invisible man, avenging Hanuman statues and a myriad other thrills, basically camera tricks, it managed to tickle a generation of movie watchers.
And now producer Boney Kapoor, who is readying a sequel (Mr India 2), is going the whole hog – not only has he decided to incorporate the best SFX available today, but he will also shoot the film in 3D.“I want to take this film to the highest level. 3D would be a terrific experience with this kind of subject. We were toying with the idea for a long time, but finalised things only a few days ago,” reveals Boney.
The sequel will star Anil Kapoor and Sridevi in the lead role (they were last seen together in the 1997 Judaai) while Salman Khan will play the larger than life villain.
Since a lot rides on technology, the budget of the film has shot up to nearly Rs 100 crore. “Yes. That’s true. I am also bringing down foreign technicians to do Salman’s look. He will be seen in a negative role that will be remembered for a long time. It’s also something he has never been attempted on this scale before. Even for us, it will be a big challenge to project Salman as a negative character,” More >