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Renu Singh (BOMBAY TIMES; April 13, 2011)
The crew of Katrina Kaif-Imran Khan starrer Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (MKBD) has been pulled up for violating Supreme Court norms while shooting in the Mehtab Bagh area near the Taj Mahal. The Archeological Survey of India (ASI) administration has constituted a committee to ensure that shootings held at protected monuments in the city do not flout guidelines henceforth. Apart from monitoring the goings-on at the shooting site, the committee will submit its report on the Mere Brother… incident. According to Ajay Chauhan, DM, Agra, “Complaints have been registered against the production team of the movie for violating the Supreme Court rules for shooting at protected monuments. The matter came to light after the local journalists reported the incident. After a meeting headed by the commissioner of Agra with members of the movie production team, a committee has been formed that will keep a close vigil on shooting sites.”
RULES FLOUTED DURING THE SHOOTING OF MERE BROTHER… 1. Security guards of the film team went inside the Taj Mahal premises with arms. After the matter came to light, the arms license were cancelled and would be resumed only after the payment of fine. 2. Petrol and diesel vehicles are not permitted within a 500 metres radius of the Taj Mahal, but cabs of the production team went beyond the permissible limit, upto 200 metres. The cabs have been taken into possession now and would be released after the More >
Petition by film-maker’s neighbour alleges string of violations on Juhu plot in connivance with BMC authorities
Alka Shukla (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 13, 2011)
A neighbour of film-maker Vashu Bhagnani has moved Bombay High Court, alleging that his firm, Pooja Constructions, is “jeopardising neighbourhood safety” by flouting Development Control Regulations, environment and fire safety norms.
The petition has been filed by Rajhoo Barot who has two plots adjacent to Bhagnani’s under-construction building in Juhu.
Situated opposite actor Amitabh Bachchan’s bungalow, Jalsa, the project falls in the Coastal Regulatory Zone 2.
House of Violations?
In 2009, a clearance had been granted for a ground-plus-three structure. A year later, the film producer-turned-builder managed to get approval for a 13-storey tower on the 605.20 sq m plot. The structure would have a car parking podium at the first-floor level.
The original plot area, the petition says, was 1,176 sq mt. It was reduced to 605.20 sq mt after 570.80 sq mt of space was used up to widen two public roads for which the developer was entitled to use a certain portion of the lost area on the existing plot.
Alleging connivance with BMC officials, the petition lists at least 17 irregularities in sanctioning of the building plan.
The petition says that the builder has left less than 5 ft open space making it difficult for fire brigade to access the two plots owned by the Barots.
In case of the structure proposed More >
MUMBAI MIRROR; April 13, 2011
Sachin Bhowmick, the romantic fairy-tale writer, might have passed away but his fascinating stories will forever remain with us. With films like Anuradha, Love in Tokyo and An Evening in Paris, not only did he create some legendary love stories of that era but also lured the young generation of today.
His famous screenplays in Krrish, Koi… Mil Gaya and Taal touched our hearts.
Here, in this picture clicked by Shyam Aurangabadkar at a party in Mumbai in the mid-1980s, Sachin Bhowmick (fourth from right, in specs) can be seen standing peacefully next to Deven Verma who starred in quite a few films with Bhowmick’s screenplay. Sober with his body language, Sachin seems too shy to be clicked.
A passionate film writer, Sachin was not even close to being filmi in real life. In this picture, (from left) film director Sagar Sarhadi, thespian Sanjeev Kumar, filmmaker Ravi Tandon, actor Vinod Mehra, Sachin Bhowmick, actor Deven Verma, A K Hangal and Iftekhar are looking happy with the world. From this group, Sanjeev Kumar, Vinod Mehra and Iftekhar have passed away.
Of the many A-list actors in Bollywood, who can you visualise as the best Bheem, the angry gadadhari Pandav brother in the Mahabharata? Sunny Deol, of course! It is his personality and his voice that fit the bill.
Taking all this into consideration, the actor has been roped in to dub for the character of Bheem in an animated version of the epic titled Mahabharat.
Sources close to the actor revealed that the actor agreed to work on the film, presented by Jayantilal Gada of Pen India, after the release of Yamla Pagla Deewana.
And now that he is done with the first schedule of Mohalla Assi he allocated some dates to Mahabharat.
Jayantilal Gada confirmed Sunny is on board, “We are making a film called Mahabharat and Sunny Deol is indeed dubbing for it. It is a big venture. We showed the film to Sunny and he liked the product.
We could not think of anyone apart from Sunny to dub for the character of Bheem. He readily agreed to be a part of it,” says Gada. Directed by Aman Khan the film is scheduled to release on Diwali clashing with Shah Rukh Khan’s RA. One.
It will be produced by Dhaval Jayantilal Gada and Kushal Kantilal Gada.
He has asked Sajid Nadiadwala to get love scenes of Kick rewritten, so that he doesn’t need to touch Sonakshi
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 13, 2011)
Salman Khan’s next film, which is a remake of the 2009 Telugu blockbuster Kick, has gone into serious script revision due to the overt romantic content.
Having watched the intimate scenes between Ravi Teja and Ileana D’Cruz in the original, Salman quipped at the thought of having to follow suit in the remake with Sonakshi Sinha. He has asked for the scenes to be modified completely.
The actor, who refrains from such scenes otherwise, is more particular this time round as it is with Sinha, who is 22 years his junior.
A source tells us, “Salman has always been very careful as far as romantic scenes are concerned. But with Sonakshi he has to be doubly careful. He treats her like a child. There was almost no physical intimacy at all between him and Sonakshi in Dabangg.”
One look at the aggressive romantic frisson between Ravi Teja and Ileana D’Cruz in the Telugu Kick and Salman told producer Sajid Nadiadwala, “Bhai, yeh nahin chalega.”
Rajat Arora who wrote the old-world romantic sequences between Ajay Devgn and Kangna Ranaut in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai has been summoned to modify and mute the physical element in the romantic scenes of Kick. Says a source, “Salman was impressed by the way Ajay courted Kangna in Once Upon A Time…He wanted a similar restrain and mellow quality in his courtship with More >
Sachin Bhowmick, the man behind the gripping storylines of Krrish to Karan Arjun to Karz, breathed his last on Tuesday afternoon
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 13, 2011)
After 50 glorious years of penning gripping storylines for Bollywood, Sachin Bhowmick, passed away on Tuesday afternoon after a prolonged illness.
His family cremated him at the Shivaji Park crematorium around 4 pm. As for the people he had worked with over the last half century, hardly anybody was present to bid a final goodbye.Jagdish Aurangabadkar
Infact, very few people in the industry knew about his demise. Shammi Kapoor who worked with him in numerous hits, was unaware of the writer passing away, “It is extremely sad and I am shocked by your phone call. I met him a couple of months back during a special screening of An Evening in Paris.
He had a great mind and a special art of giving you a wonderful screenplay by joining little pieces together. One thing that I would never forget was the way he would speak Hindi with a Bengali accent. We would never understand and would request him to switch to English.”
Bhowmick started his career as a writer in Bollywood in 1958 with Nargis and Balraj Sahni starrer Lajwanti. In the 1960’s, his stories and screenplays became synonymous with success. Sachin churned out hits like Anuradha (1961), Ziddi (1964), Ayee Milan Ki Bela (1964), Majboor (1964), Love In Tokyo (1966), An Evening In Paris (1967), Brahmchari (1968) and More >
Hollywood actor Gerard Butler did not seem to get enough of Kangna Ranaut after they met on the sets of her film in the US. Is that why he whisked her off to a four-day holiday to an undisclosed location?
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 13, 2011)
The unit and crew of Vinay Sapru’s Happy New Year returned from Los Angeles with some juicy news and without their leading lady Kangna Ranaut, who they say, was away with Hollywood actor Gerard Butler at an undisclosed location.
While news of Kangna’s rendezvous with Butler is doing the rounds, what was not disclosed was Kangna’s impromptu holiday with Butler.
Butler is not new to Bollywood ladies, in fact he is known to get rather misty-eyed with them. After he was spotted partying with Priyanka Chopra at her Yari Road apartment, where he reportedly went down on his knees pleading with her to marry him, he said, “I don’t mind marrying an Indian girl…too bad Priyanka already has a boyfriend.”
At LA, after Butler met Kangna, sources from the unit say, that the two took this casual bonding to the next level. They did not just party after packup, but took off to an undisclosed place on the day the schedule for the film ended.
A source from the unit told Mumbai Mirror, “Kangna was with Butler at the airport. She was supposed to come back with us in the same flight. But she didn’t. Possibly, the two got into another flight. She did not tell anybody from the unit where she was headed.”
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Vinod Bachchan the 51 per cent stake holder files police complaint against distributor Sunil Bohra
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; April 13, 2011)
Tanu Weds Manu proved to be the dark horse of the cricket season. This social-romantic caper with Kangna Ranaut and R Madhavan not only stood its ground through the World Cup cricket season, it even went on to become a huge success. However, the one man who should be enjoying the fruits of this success; Vinod Bachchan (Soundarya Productions) who is a 51% stake owner in the IPR; is now running around from police station to the producer associations accusing his distributor Sunil Bohra of criminal breach, mischief, cheating, misrepresentation and fraud.
A trade source says, “Vinod Bachchan and Shailesh R Singh are the producers of Tanu Weds Manu. They had entrusted the distribution rights of their film to Sunil Bohra (Bohra Bros) for a stipulated period of 10 years via an agency agreement dated October 11, 2010. However, Bohra is said to have sold TWM to a film corporation; and also sold the satellite and music rights of the film to a leading channel and a music house respectively claiming that he (Sunil Bohra) is the producer. When Bachchan realised that he had been ‘duped’ he swung into action and has filed a police complaint at the Oshiwara Police Station under section 120(b) of the IPC.’’
The same matter is also being addressed by the AMPTPP (Association of Motion Pictures and Television More >
She will make commercial films, and says that she understands the nuances of filmmaking
Prithwish Ganguly (BOMBAY TIMES; April 13, 2011) She has always maintained that she wants to act and filmmaking was something she hadn’t even thought about. Until now. For the first time in her career, Rani Mukerji admits she has been thinking about directing a film. The actress, who has constantly pushed herself with challenging roles, wants to attempt another avenue of her profession and see if she can shine there as well. Obviously, it is the Aditya Chopra effect. She won’t even have to go looking for a production house. Aditya’s production house would be more than happy to produce it, but knowing her independent streak, don’t be surprised if she decides to produce it herself.
Says the actress, “Directing is something that I will surely do. It really fascinates me. It is a challenge that I want to take up. I want to make commercial movies that hopefully people will like, close to the kind of films that I have done in my career. The thought of being behind the camera has been coming and going out of my head, but now I have set my mind on it. Let’s see when I can get that script that pushes me to switch sides. I’m sure it will come soon.”
Rani adds that she wants to dabble with various genres. “I want to make films that entertain. I’m not someone who will make films for just myself. I want people to come into the theatres, get transported into More >
The twitterworld is going berserk with excitement as the most unpredictable heart throb of Bollywood, Salman Khan has joined Twitter finally with the handle @BeingSalmanKhan.
One of the most chilled-out actors; he had confessed in the past that he is not much of a social networking kind. Salman started interacting with his online fans after he began blogging for Dus ka Dum and later for the promotion of his film Veer. He quite liked blogging and directly communicating with his fans. However, he was sceptic about joining Facebook, Orkut, Twitter et al, which his colleagues are using to their best enjoyment.
The credit for convincing Salman to join Twitter solely goes to his brother, actor/producer, Arbaaz Khan. Arbaaz was flooded with tweets of Salman’s fans requesting him to convince salman to join the twitterti. So, he took the challenge and succeeded in it. In his first ever tweet, salman wrote today, “Arbaaz ne kaha ke tweet kar toh banta hai boss.”
Arbaaz himself confessed, “I am surprised myself that I managed to convince salman to get on to twitter. Hope he likes his stay here.”
Sonakshi Sinha who is being cast opposite Salman in Arbaaz Khan’s Dabangg, complained, “I have been telling Salman to come to twitter from so long but he did not give in. I am glad he finally listened to Arbaaz though.” In More >