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Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; May 21, 2013)
Neha Sharma, 23, may have done fashion designing and is an actor today, but in many ways she still remains a small town girl from Bhagalpur. While she took a break from Telugu films after her first film Chirutha with Ram Charan, she would love to do a Telugu film today as she enjoys the dancing, travelling and money that comes with it. Ahead of her upcoming film Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 with the Deols, she talks to Bombay Times about her first co-star Ram Charan, the tech-savvy Sunny Deol and why box office performance is more important than looks and talent. Excerpts:
How did you get into films? I was born and brought up in Bhagalpur. My dad is a businessman who owns petrol pumps there. I moved to Delhi in Class XI and studied at Carmel Covent School, after which I did my fashion designing from NIFT where I was a rank holder. Right from my childhood, I wanted to be a fashion designer and was obsessed with Armani and Versace and simply loved clothes. I was fit and tall and was used as a model by my seniors to showcase their clothes to the jury for judging them. I did my internship in Canada and was offered a job at Coach, but thankfully I didn’t do it. I used to go to this gym in GK II where my gym instructor Maria would always tell me to get my photoshoot done. I got that done and was called to Hyderabad based on my pictures to meet Ram Charan, Chiranjeevi’s son, for his launch film Chirutha. My director told me that a part of the More >
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; May 13, 2013)
Rumy Jaffrey, who is remaking the 1982 film Shaukeen, has finally found the three actors for his project. Anupam Kher, Paresh Rawal and Annu Kapoor will be stepping in the shoes of Ashok Kumar, Utpal Dutt and A K Hangal who featured in the original.
However the actor who will reprise Mithun Chakraborthy’s role has yet to be ascertained.
Our source said, “Rumy was very keen to cast Rishi Kapoor for one of the roles and Rishi was keen to do it. However his dates were clashing with Sudhir Mishra’s Mehrunnisa so he had to opt out.” Jaffrey says, “Yes, I have finalised Anupam, Annu and Pareshbhai for the three key roles. They are brilliant actors and I am glad that I have them in my film. I am yet to cast the girl as I want her to be extremely beautiful and talented as there are so many men who would be showering their attention to her.” About Rishi Kapoor’s casting he says, “I was keen to sign him but he had date problems. I hope to work with him in the future.”
Another National Award win to his credit, Annu Kapoor says there were only a few who gave him his due
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 21, 2013)
Annu Kapoor, who recently won the National Award for Best Supporting Actor for his quirky portrayal of a Dr Chaddha in Vicky Donor, is a happy man today. Finally, his contribution in the film has been acknowledged. And he says: “I am humbled by the award and accept it with lot of graciousness.”
The actor, who has hardly found a mention in the award speeches by the filmmakers at various events, says that although it initially bothered him, he has no bitterness for anyone anymore.
Talking about award functions, Kapoor mentions how some time back his acceptance speech was deleted in the final edit when the event was telecast. But, not all experiences were similar. He says: “When Shah Rukh asked me to say something after I accepted the Filmfare Award, I told him about the incident. He promised not to clip my speech and when it was televised.” SRK kept his word and a grateful Kapoor messaged him in gratitude.
Vicky Donor was a milestone in Kapoor’s career with most admitting that it was his role that made the film so popular. Kapoor laughs and says: “Not many times it has happened in Indian cinema that an actor has imitated a character actor at award functions,” referring to Shahid Kapoor’s Dr Chaddha gig.
When asked him if the star-struck film industry has finally started to take him seriously, he says: “Things are More >
His show on a music channel completes a year
Seema Sinha (BOMBAY TIMES; October 2, 2012)
Annu Kapoor’s show on music channel Mastiii celebrates its first anniversary today. Called The Golden Era With Annu Kapoor, the channel will showcase classics of the ’40s-’70s era.
The show is divided into segments that lend insight into the making of the songs, the films, and the lives of the legendary actors and musicians of that era.
“Indians have always been movie buffs. Be it film stars, film music, dance or acting, the show has everything to induce nostalgia,” said Kapoor, who laments the fate of music in present times. “Even classic movies those days had item numbers which we have included in The Golden Era but those were also very melodious. Some were picturised on Helen and other actresses. On our show, we also we have romantic numbers with significant meaning that are remembered even today. Nowadays we can recall only one line of any song! Those were the real songs… Kisiki Muskurahaton Pe Ho Nisar, Ramaiyya Vastavaiyya, Dil Ka Haal, Aaj Mausam Bada with complete lyrics. Besides melody, there was some great poetry that was simple and yet so meaningful,” adds Kapoor.
Markand Adhikari, Vice chairman and managing director, SAB group, said, “As a music channel, we are committed to providing our viewers with different content and well-researched music.”
The Golden Era With Annu Kapoor airs tonight between 9 and 10 on Mastiii.
Actor Arjun Kapoor talks to Mirror reader Madhumita Menon about why he did not want his debut to be under his home banner
Reema Gehi (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 3, 2012)
Three weeks ago, 19-year-old Madhumita Menon, a student HR College, watched Ishaqzaade Since then, she has been completely smitten by debutant actor Arjun Kapoor. Evidently, she was delighted on meeting the 26-year-old at YRF Studios in Andheri. Both of them were extremely chatty, and the banter kicked off effortlessly. “My friends are going to be so jealous because I am meeting you. I couldn’t believe it was your first film. You were amazing,” she said. “So how was it working on Ishaqzaade?” Kapoor, who seemed to be in a mood to tease, said, “Oh God! Are you going to ask me such boring questions? Pat she replied, “No, no… I’ll come to the masala ones later. Okay, now tell me about your second film — Aurangzeb.”
“I play a double role. But I’m not allowed to divulge more details, or else I’ll be shot,” he said. Menon enquired about working with director Habib Faisal in his first. “It was dangerous. I lived in a belief that I must be good at acting so that’s why I bagged the Yashraj contract. But Habib sir gave me a reality check.”
“Why wasn’t he launched by his father, Boney Kapoor?” Menon posed. “I can work with dad whenever I want,” he said. “Had I worked on my first film with him, people would have had preconceived notions about me. There would have been some amount of skepticism.”
She then asked, “Did you More >
Vivek Agnihotri pulls off a coup of sorts, with both acting titans apparently agreeing to do his new film
Hiren Kotwani (MID-DAY; May 29, 2012)
Finally, the two acting titans, Amitabh Bachchan and Naseeruddin Shah are all set to work together in a film. While they have not officially signed on the dotted line, Vivek Agnihotri is planning to bring them together in Twelve, his remake of Sidney Lumet’s 12 Angry Men (1957) that itself was based on a teleplay.
And that’s not all. Agnihotri is also keen to cast, along with Om Puri, Paresh Rawal and Boman Irani, Pankaj Kapur and Annu Kapoor. Reason being that the last two featured in Ek Ruka Hua Faisla, Basu Chatterjee’s adaptation of the film and the teleplay.
The filmmaker conceded that he had spoken to everyone from Big B and Naseer to Paresh and Boman. “It’s a brilliant story, the action of which takes place within the confines of a single room. It’s a classic play and every time it’s been made into a film, it has won laurels,” says Agnihotri. However, the director is not going to start work on the film soon. As he reveals, “In fact, I’m planning to make another script. I’ll start Twelve sometime end of this year.”
Ashutosh returns to acting Interestingly, the film also marks the return of Ashutosh Gowariker to acting. He had earlier starred in Kundan Shah’s Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1993). And the last time he faced the camera was in the detective series CID (1998-99). Agnihotri says, “With age and experience, I’m sure he’ll More >
By Aakansha Naval-Shetye (DNA; May 7, 2012)Annu Kapoor
In his own words actor Annu Kapoor’s journey in the entertainment industry has been a long one — ‘full of struggles, but also immensely satisfying’. “As an artiste, one can never be fully satiated and there’s always a desire to do more, but I think there’s nothing more rewarding than the recognition one gets for one’s performance,” says the actor who recently bounced back into the limelight with his much-acclaimed performance in Vicky Donor.
“I really enjoyed doing the role, and guess that mazaa translated well on screen,” adds Annu. “Shoojit’s (director Shoojit Sircar) vision was so clear right from day one that we actors had clarity about our roles and steering it in the right direction was easy. Also, working with Ayushmann (actor Ayushmann Khurrana) was a delight,” shares the actor.
Buzz is that post the film, the offers have shot up tremendously. But Annu is in no rush. “There’s a lot that my experiences have taught me in this industry. So, now I am not only choosy, but also careful. There was a time when I felt cheated, but today I am too strong to be manipulated,” reveals Annu as he recalls his experiences. Having dabbled in theatre, and also TV — he’s still best remembered for his Zee TV show Antakshari and for his role as Kabir — Annu admits that there have been times when he’s felt under-utilised, but every now and then there are films like Vicky Donor that make up for it. “It’s easier to become a More >
By Joginder Tuteja, March 7, 2011 – 09:38 IST
‘Is it for real?’ – This was my first reaction on seeing the screenplay of 7 Khoon Maaf available on stands. This has to be the quickest ever launch of a screenplay and that too during the same time when the film was released. Unbelievable though it seemed, the fact remains that this was indeed true. Moreover, the book features not just the screenplay but also the short story ‘Susanna’s Seven Husbands’ as well as the novella (by the same name) penned by Ruskin Bond.
Now this makes for a triple whammy as one goes through the progression of a short story to a novella and then finally the screenplay (by Vishal Bhardwaj and Mathew Robbins), based on which Vishal went on to direct the Priyanka Chopra starrer. Not that it makes one jump with joy, as it actually happens in case of those screenplays which have indeed led to many an interesting film. However, the sheer reason behind one’s interest in turning over these 200 pages is to check out that at what level did the film indeed failed, as can be evidenced in the manner in which 7 Khoon Maaf was totally rejected by the audience.
Was it the very germ of the subject? Was it the thought of converting it into a novella? Was it the challenge of further turning it all into a film? Or did it all turn into a mess at the stage of story telling when the director called ‘action’?
As one realises after going through the written material, 7 Khoon Maaf turned out to be the way it More >
The refusal is out of ‘respect for his seniority’. The scene now has been simulated with them ooh-ing and aah-ing separately into the camera
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 18, 2010)
One can’t quite accuse her of being squeamish; Piggy Chops has in the past done intimate scenes with Arbaaz Khan, Arjan Bajwa and ultimately an African expatriate in Mumbai, a moral nadir that leads to her psychological breakdown in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Fashion.
So this nakhra certainly seems out of character. Priyanka Chopra categorically said ‘No’ to doing a passionate scene with Annu Kapoor, who plays one of her seven husbands in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Saat Khoon Maaf.
The actress, who has donned a bikini in Dostana, kissed Ranbir Kapoor in Siddharth Anand’s Anjaana Anjaani and coochie-cooed Shahid Kapoor in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Kaminey, refused to shoot a lovemaking scene with the Antakshari host because “it was simply out of sheer respect for Annu’s age, seniority and work,” as a source put it.
But the sex scene was eventually shot. Here’s how: “Vishal canned their expressions of ecstasy separately. Vishal is an ace filmmaker and the scene will be portrayed in such a way that the viewer will not realise that the two actors didn’t shoot for it together.”
Interestingly, Priyanka did not tell Vishal directly about her feeling of awkwardness. Her discomfort with shooting this sex scene was conveyed via assistants. And how did Vishal react when he heard this? More >
// // // It’s not just Nandita who may be upset by Om Puri’s decision to move back to his first wife Seema Kapoor. Seema’s brother, actor Annu Kapoor, cannot believe that his sister has agreed to live with Om Puri again, after she was “cheated and deceived” by him.
“Frankly, I am very worried for my sister,” Annu told Mumbai Mirror. “And what is this about wanting to spend his old age with her? It seems like Om needs a maid servant, not a wife. It is something like I drive out my son when he is very young and then call him back years later because I need him to support me in my old age. Seema is my sister and is very dear to me. I still remember the day he falsely accused her. I brought her to my one room flat and told her, “Ye tere bhai ka kamra hai, aur aaj se yehi tera ghar hai’.
Despite the apologies Om Puri has publicly offered for leaving Seema, Annu isn’t impressed. “Ab kya fayda bolne se?” he demands. But what if Seema agrees to live with Om? “I’ll speak to Seema,” says Annu.Annu Kapoor Om Puri
Asked why Seema never remarried, despite being divorced from Om Puri for the last 16 years, Annu says, “She is a Hindustani girl. We’ve held on to our moral values. We are not from a family who marries someone’s sister, tortures her mentally, goes on to sleep with his maid and expects his educated wife to remain More >