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By Devansh Patel, May 29, 2010 – 16:17 IST
Coco Chanel once said, “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street; fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” For starters, you know what’s happening in the world of Fashion? No? Well, here’s the ice breaker for you then. India’s numero uno fashion designer Manish Malhotra has shown interest in directing a full length feature film. An avid movie buff and having spent two decades in the Indian Film Industry, Manish Malhotra is all set to gear up for his directorial venture. He reveals, “I am planning to make a commercial, glamorous, glossy, popcorn film which I would go to see it. I have a dance film in mind and I’ve always wanted to do that kind of a film. The producers and the cast is too premature for me to speak about at this given point in time.” He further quotes, “I don’t only love fashion but also films. I have grown up watching Hindi films and the time has come that I show my prowess behind the camera. At the moment, it’s a ssshhh.”
Having known Manish and his celebrity friends list, we won’t be surprised if we do see the wish list including Karan Johar, Kareena Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, and many more from the filmy fraternity roped in his debut film. And will it break any records for most number of celebrity special appearances? Oh yes, we’re sure!
Watch this space for more from Manish Malhotra on Robot, I Hate Luv Storys, Anjaana Anjaani, Rockstar and Ra-One.
Sudhir Mishra forms a cartel to distribute films which are not blockbusters; dedicates the new unit to his late wife Renu Saluja
History won’t remember you by what you attempted to do, but by what you succeeded in doing,” says Sudhir Mishra. Tired of watching his films going to waste or languishing for the want of distributors, Sudhir Mishra has now gotten together with like-minded filmmakers who don’t have the clout or access to multi-chain releases.
Though at the moment the project is under wraps, Mishra reveals, “Yes I’m forming a cartel only to distribute and market films that don’t fit the ‘blockbuster’ bill. I’ve spoken to several filmmakers like Ketan Mehta who are sailing in the same boat as me. We’re like those old fashioned storytellers sitting under the tree in the village. Our utility doesn’t end because corporate giants have taken over the business.”
The first film to benefit from Mishra’s creative cartel would be Dill Dar-ba-Dar which he has just completed. He plans to release and distribute it through his own means via the newly-formed association on October 1.
This is the day when Sajid Nadiadwala’s biggie Anjaana-Anjaani also hits the theatres. But Mishra isn’t buckling under pressure. “I think it’s wise to release a small film alongside a proposed blockbuster. Audiences are more enthused to step out of their homes and see the films released that week,” he says.
Sudhir Mishra plans to dedicate the cartel to his late wife Renu Saluja. He says, “When I decided to make Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi my wife Renu Saluja was still alive. Though she was seriously unwell she took my script to a few big stars who said it was my worst script ever. I dedicated Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi to Renu. Today when I’m in the process of forming a cartel to release films of like-minded storytellers, saurbI remember Renu’s support. I dedicate this cartel to her.”
|Sudhir Mishra with Saurabh Shukla|
|Chitrangda Singh in Dil Dar-ba-dar|
By Taran Adarsh, May 18, 2010 – 08:50 IST
The flow of film releases will get erratic and uneven in the forthcoming months. Generally, the number of releases shows an escalation from April onwards, to capitalize on the summer vacations in India, and the number of new films shows a further escalation in June, July and August. But this year will be an exception.
RAAJNEETI and RAAVAN are the only two biggies confirmed for June, while I HATE LUV STORYS, LAMHAA, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAI and KAJRAARE are the talked-about films hitting the screens in July. Of course, expect a slew of low cost/medium range movies week after week in June and July, but there’s also a strong possibility that a few weeks may pass off without any release at all.
However, the shortage of new films will be felt in August. The number of new releases and also the footfalls at multiplexes will take a dip this month. Reason: The holy month of Ramzan will begin this month. Generally, film producers avoid releasing their films during this month, since a sizable chunk of movie-going audience stays away from movies.
But September promises to be bountiful, with Anees Bazmee’s NO PROBLEM, Priyadarshan’s AAKROSH, Arbaaz Khan’s home-production DABANGG and UTV’s animation film ARJUN arriving on Eid. In fact, Mukesh Bhatt was keen to bring the Emraan Hashmi starrer CROOK in August, but he wants to avoid the rush during the Eid week.
Speaking from Melbourne, where he’s shooting for CROOK, Mukesh has now decided to bring the film on 24th September, but with the Ranbir-Priyanka starrer ANJAANA ANJAANI also arriving on this date, there is a possibility that one of them would shift his film to a latter date.
By Joginder Tuteja, May 15, 2010 – 13:43 IST
Celebrations are continuing for Sajid Nadiadwala. While his Housefull is holding on well at the box office after a terrific opening, he is also readying up plans for his first ever musical Anjaana Anjaani. The film is now all set for 24th September release.
“That’s right, 24th September is the confirmed release date for Anjaana Anjaani. This is the first ever 100% romantic musical film from my banner. I can proudly say that this is the best ever music made for a film of mine”, says Nadiadwala.
Coming from him, this is indeed a tall statement since traditionally; music has stayed on to be one of the highlights of his movies. Right from Jeet till Housefull, his movies have been remembered for their popular appeal. Whether it is Judwaa, Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Jaan-E-Mann, Heyy Babyy or Kambakkht Ishq – movies coming from the house of Nadiadwala have boasted of at least one chartbuster track.
“Well, it’s going to be an entirely different experience in case of Anjaana Anjaani“, says Nadiadwala who certainly has an eye on mass entertainers, “Vishal-Shekhar, who have composed the music of my film, have touched a new high this time around. There are seven songs in the film and I can comfortably state that they have managed to do something which is on the lines of Aashiqui. Music created by Nadeem-Sharavan for that film is considered cult today. I am sure Anjaana Anjaani too will find similar space for itself in years to come.”
Association of Vishal-Shekhar and Siddharth goes back a long way. After creating music for Siddharth’s debut film Salaam Namaste, Vishal-Shekhar also collaborated with the young filmmaker for Ta Ra Rum Pum and Bachna Ae Haseeno.
While Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra are the obvious star attraction in Anjaana Anjaani, Nadiadwala continues to be mighty excited with the way music has shaped up for his film.
“For director Siddharth Anand as well as me, Anjaana Anjaani has been en entirely new experience. For some movies, the highlight factor is action or comedy; in case of Anjaana Anjaani it is music. Vishal and Shekhar have given their best ever score till date”, says Nadiadwala.
Other than being conscious about the way music has shaped up for his film, Nadiadwala also ensured that the best of the best was roped in for Anjaana Anjaani when it came to technical front. The film’s DOP is Ravi Chandran, Sharmishtha Roy has handled art direction while Nakul Kamte is the sound designer.
“We have roped in number of top technicians, most of whom are National Award winners”, says Nadiadwala proudly, ” Anjaana Anjaani was meant to be a quality fare and I am glad that it has lived up to my vision on how a romantic musical should be.”
Well, going by the confidence that Nadiadwala has in his film, one looks forward to see how the film has indeed shaped up. Come 24th September and we would know.
They form the retinue of most Bollywood stars, but hair and costume stylists remain so much in the background that they lead an almost anonymous existence. But the same can’t be said now about Priyanka Chopra’s personal stylists who not only got the chance to face the camera, they were in the same frame as Priyanka.
Priyanka’s hairstylist Priyanka Borkar and costume design team member Anisha will be seen in Siddharth Anand’s forthcoming film Anjaana Anjaani.
A source form the unit reveals, “They were cast quite accidentally. In a climax scene that was shot in a posh lounge in south Mumbai, Siddharth Anand felt he needed more young girls in the frame. With time running out and no feasible options available, he asked Priyanka if he could use Priyanka and Anisha in the frame. Priyanka was game and the crisis was solved.”
The source continues, “Both the girls dressed up for the scene and turned out looking pretty chic.
Siddharth was very happy as they suited the role, and did their job pretty well. Although they don’t have dialogues, they do get a decent amount of screen presence.”
Siddharth Anand remained unavailable for comment.
Sajid Nadiadwala’s latest film is making Bollywood smile again in 2010
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; May 7, 2010)
Let’s give the devil his due. In a business where box office is the only yardstick to measure fame and fortune, Sajid Nadiadwala is revered. His banner Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment and Eros International’s latest offering Housefull has opening weekend collections that are next only to Raju Hirani’s 3 Idiots and A R Murugadoss’s Ghajini.
Reacting to the title of Mr Blockbuster that the trade has bestowed on him, Sajid says, “I’m flattered and I feel blessed that my film has taken the best opening for a film released on a non-holiday. The initial my film took is in that sense unprecedented. Ghajini and 3 Idiots were both released on holidays (December 25).’’
Sajid, who has been in showbiz for 24 years now and whose banner has helmed some of the biggest box office hits ever, is of the opinion that if you put your money where your mouth is (in his case, in rip-roaring comedies), then success is bound to follow. On his slate are Jeet (Sunny Deol) and Judwaa (Salman Khan), both films that came with an interval of four months and went on to have golden jubilee runs. His Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan) and Heyy Babyy (Akshay, Riteish Deshmukh, Fardeen Khan) were also runaway hits.
Looking back at his string of superhits, Sajid says, “I’m repeating myself but I truly feel I’m blessed. And, here I stop to thank each and every member of my cast and crew. Whether it is David Dhawan, Raj Kanwar or my brother Sajid Khan — each of them has given their best to my banner. I must also express my gratitude to Salman, who I love unconditionally; Akshay, who has given me priority as a friend and a professional; and all those other actors who have trusted me as a producer.’’
He admits that Housefull didn’t get the critics excited. “I know that my films often don’t get a thumbs up from the critics. In fact, this time around, I was pleasantly surprised. Some of the reviews did have three-and-a-half/four stars. But, the point here is that my films entertain. And in the case of Housefull, it pulled Bollywood out of its doldrums. No film in the first quarter of this year managed to do that.’’
He is also unhappy that the remix of Apni Toh Jaise Taise (originally from Prakash Mehra’s Laawaris) ran into legal trouble. “Prakashji and Kalyanji-Anandji (the music composers) are people I have associated with through my younger days. From my side, I did nothing wrong. I purchased the rights from the music company for a big fee. And then to get embroiled in a controversy of this nature is embarrassing and uncalled for,’’ regrets Sajid.
But the show must go on. And he continues to surge ahead. His banner is just completing Siddharth Malhotra’s Anjaana Anjaani with GenNow’s superstar Ranbir Kapoor. And before the year ends, he will also begin work on Kick with Salman. In mid 2011, Sajid will once again team up with Mr Dependable Akshay. He adds that he would not be where he is today without the unstinted support of his film associates Kishore Lulla and Sunil Lulla who head Eros International. “We have been very successful in our joint collaboration. While I make the movies I believe in, they single-handedly take it on to the global platform giving it the best visibility ever,” says Mr Blockbuster.
By Subhash K. Jha, April 29, 2010 – 12:20 IST
In what could be seen as a radical departure from the norm, producer Sajid Nadiadwala has decided to do away with any press screening of his new summer biggie Housefull which releases tomorrow.
His logic for this somewhat historic move is simple. Why allow adverse comments to go out when the film is about to be released?
Admitting he has aborted press screenings for Housefull, Nadiadwala says, “When my last film Kambakkht Ishq was released, the reviews were up on a day before, on Thursday. None of them did my film any good. Now we have Twitter where comments are spread faster than viruses on the computer. It may sound arrogant but I’m not holding press shows because my film can’t afford the criticism.”
But why is Nadiadwala so sure the press won’t like the film?
Says the producer, “My film has a monkey slapping Akshay Kumar, a dog, a tiger and sleepwalking father who suddenly comes awake to sing, ‘Papa Jag Jayega‘. It isn’t the most logical of films. It’s for the masses. So let the critics watch it with the masses on Friday.”
However, Nadiadwala has been gracious enough to call up every critic in Mumbai personally to explain his position. “I hope they understand. They’re all my friends. In fact I have made the stars of my next film Anjaana Anjaani sign a NDA (non disclosure agreement) to keep information away from Twitter. If critics are willing to do the same I’d be happy to show them my film in advance. But the habit of tweeting and posting comments on new films on Facebook has to stop. It’s very damaging.”
Adds Housefull director Sajid Khan, “I have no clue why the press screening is not on. I’m not the producer, merely the director.”
With Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra starring together for the first time in Anjaana Anjaani, there is bound to be curiosity about the film. And adding to director Siddharth Anand’s nervousness is the fact that his forthcoming film has only two characters!
Siddharth Anand says, “The expectations are high and frankly, I’m scared. It looks like a romcom. But it’s actaully a love story. I’ve made my riskiest film.”
Commenting on what Anjaana Anjaani is about, he says, “It’s a very real look at love. There’s no third character. So, we needed two actors who could hold the audience’s attention without props and a supporting cast.”
Siddharth says that the film won’t work if Ranbir and Priyanka’s performances don’t click. “When Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge released, you wanted to feel and touch Raj and Simran. That’s how I want audiences to feel about Ranbir and Priyanka.”
Anjaana Anjaani has been scripted by Advaita Kala. “She wrote the chick-lit Almost Single. I asked her to develop a story by my wife Mamta. Ranbir and Priyanka had no reference points for their performance in my film, which is about a few days two strangers spend together,” adds Siddharth Anand.
SUBHASH K JHA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; April 4, 2010)
Priyanka Chopra and Katrina Kaif may not have much in common except super success. But both are prone to suffer from exhaustion due to over-work. And both actresses have been advised to take it easy by doctors. Unfortunately for them, their schedules are not listening to their physiology. Last year Priyanka had a series of exhaustion-related health problems including a scary blackout during the shooting of What’s Your Raashee? that resulted in hospitalisation. Having resolved to take it easy in 2010, Priyanka has gone back to her impossible schedules. After a gruelling schedule in Kashmir for Vishal Bharadwaj’s Saat Khoon Maaf, the actress had to rush to Mumbai for an added seven-day schedule of Sajid Nadiadwala’s Anjaana Anjaani involving Ranbir Kapoor. This stint comes out of the blue and involves hospital scenes that couldn’t be shot in the US because of lack of permission to shoot in restricted public areas. From here it’s back to Vishal’s outdoor for Priyanka, in Coorg this time. Priyanka admitted, “It’s been hectic. I must say Saat Khoon Maaf is a very exhausting film. I guess every film I do is gruelling in its own way. Otherwise I wouldn’t be doing it.”
By Subhash K. Jha, March 29, 2010 – 09:56 IST
Priyanka Chopra would be shooting in Brazil for Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi – 3. She has never visited that part of the world. And she’s all set to leave in July.
Says Priyanka excitedly, “I’m looking forward to shooting the show there. I haven’t seen Brazil. So July onwards I’m going to be basking in Brazilian territory.”
Says Priyanka, “I was getting a lot of television offers for the last couple of years. But the amount of time that those shows required didn’t suit me. Besides nothing excited me. Fear Factor is one of my favourite shows. And it goes with my personality. I’m sporty and spontaneous. The channel didn’t have to convince me much. The pay-cheque? Ah, let’s say it’s the cherry on the icing.”
Priyanka says she will be more than up to cracking what’s seen to be a male domain. “Just because I’m a girl it shouldn’t be presumed that I can’t enter the boys’ territory. I’d do the stunts better than the boys. And cricketers are people I’m very cool with. Not that I know the cricket world that well. It will be great getting to know them.”
Priyanka has her own stunts planned for Fear Factor. “All I can tell you is that the stunts this year are going to be bigger and scarier than they were on the show last year .Now we’ve male contestants instead of female and I’ve to match up to them.”
Priyanka has just returned from two months in the US shooting for Anjaana Anjaani. “It was great shooting with Ranbir. It was a fun film. I enjoyed that space after doing soul-sapping parts. We’ve captured the US like never before.”
Priyanka shoots down rumours regarding Ranbir and her. “I don’t want to react to link ups. When there’s something I’ll react to, I will. Ranbir and I got along very well. He’s good actor and a lovely person.”
Co-stars are not Priyanka’s top priority. “It has to be the part that excites me. That’s most important. Then the set-up and finally the co-actor. So far I’ve been lucky. The parts that are coming to me are wonderful. It’s very difficult for me to pick and choose from the ones offered. I’m really grateful to directors who see me as capable of carrying off these parts.”
Talking on her passion for tweeting, Priyanka says, “I write directly to people. Not just about my films, but also about my thoughts and feelings. People like that. I get great opinions on me as an actor and a person. Otherwise actors end up only having sycophants around them. I like having people around me who keep me grounded.”
In San Francisco, Priyanka visited the Twitter headquarters. “They invited me. I was very excited to go. They were all open to ideas and exchange of thoughts. It was a nice interactive session. Am I looking at extending myself beyond acting? Well I’m an actor right now. I don’t plan too much ahead. Whenever I do, God makes other, better plans for me. I do have facets to my personality that I’m discovering all the time. For me even getting to know the actor in me was a learning experience. I got to learn on the job .I’ve fallen, hurt myself, got up battered and bruised and moved on.”
Priyanka is also looking forward to the stunts in Don 2. “But they won’t be an extension of my stunts on Fear Factor. Fear Factor will be ME. For the first time people will see the real me. The real personality coming through. And that’s what I fear in Fear Factor. Not the stunts. I’ve always done outdoor stunts whether it’s bungee jumping or mountain climbing. I’ve an affinity to danger.”
As for Saat Khoon Maaf, Priyanka says, “I accepted it for Vishal Bhardwaj. It’s a role of a lifetime. And he has the confidence in me. I just plan to walk through the role in Vishal Sir’s feet. And I’ve seven different looks for the role. The people who did the makeup in The Pirates Of The Caribbean are coming down for my looks. Yes I’ve already worked out a different look for each segment.”
Priyanka is satisfied with her career. “I work very hard and then I leave it to God. When I went up to the President to get my National award I was choked with emotions. It was such an overwhelming experience when I was told I was one of the youngest to win in the adult category. I cried when I walked off the stage. I’m glad the jury could see my performance in Fashion in spite of the glamour and gave me the award out of all the wonderful performances during the year.
Priyanka’s father released his devotional album on Saturday. “We collaborated on his shabd kirtan album with a save-the-girlchild campaign. It is a very important issue to me.”