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This year, two thorny disputes of India reared their ugly head full throttle-one, the honour killings and the other, the Naxalite movement. After the CRPF officer’s massacre at Dantewada in April and the Jnaneshwari Express accident, the Red movement has become the most burning issue of our country. Red Alert, dealing with this menace, comes at a perfect time when there is considerable awareness and know-how about the ‘revolution’ among the common man. Exceptionally treated and performed, Red Alert throws light on the stark realities of the people involved in the movement and also offers a ray of hope to all those poor who are unnecessarily engulfed in the battle. One of the finest films of this year, without doubt!
The story of the movie: Narsimha (Suniel Shetty) is a poor farm labourer in a backward district of Andhra Pradesh. One day, when he is assigned the task to deliver food to a Naxalite group in his region, hell breaks loose and before he could realize, he’s sucked into their revolution and movement. He goes with the tide, expecting that whatever he’ll do will result in his family getting two decent meals a day. However, the truth was darker than was expected. On one hand are the Naxalites who are fighting for the poor and for a good cause. On the other hand is the system comprising of government and the police and in other words, the enemies of these Naxals. Narsimha fails to understand-arent the police, the government a part of our country too? How can they be enemies? Finally, after a chance confrontation, Narsimha, instead of being a puppet of Naxalites, decides to take matter in his own hands.
Everything in the film right from the beginning-location, setting, treatment, script and performance makes you forget that you are watching actors on screen. Everything is so realistic that soon they actually seem to be the characters they are playing. The film wins from the first scene itself when Narsimha gets entangled in a cross fire between Naxals and police. The film maintains its flow well and that too right till the end. The intermission point was terrific leaving a painful question with no definite answer.
If the first hour was great, second half was even better. Vinod Khanna’s entry and the attack on a school were wonderfully treated. Narsimha’s confrontation with Velu (Ashish Vidyarthi) gives a solid twist to the tale and takes the film to a high. But from here, the film might seem predictable but lo! The climax turns out to be the most unexpected too! It was good to see that the makers didn’t opt for the beaten path and instead come up with something fresh and new. Also, the film strikes a neat balance and gives a nice overview about both the Naxals and the system. Naxals are not anti-India and as Ashish Vidyarthi says at a point in the film which sums up all-“We are revolutionaries and not terrorists. Terrorists are against the country, we are against the system!” At the same time, the government is also shown in a positive light towards the finale. Maybe this was done to appease them but whatever be the reason; the film turns out to be brilliant, gives a nice message and offers a ray of hope to all the landless and poor.
All those who make fun of Suniel Shetty and his mannerisms, it’s time to watch Red Alert and change your mindset! The actor gives the best performance of his career in Red Alert! The way he slips into his character so effortlessly and comes up with an outstanding performance is truly incredible! This act, undoubtedly, deserves a National Award and also a nomination in other awards (that might not happen though!)! For me, this is one of the most brilliant performances ever!
Sameera Reddy shines in her deglam avatar and was absolutely natural. Here’s another actor who is a great performer and should be taken seriously! Ashish Vidyarthi gives a terrific performance. It was great to see him after a long period of time! Seema Biswas, like everytime, comes up with another intense performance. Makrand Deshpande (as Raghavan the journalist) and Sunil Sinha (Murli) leave considerable mark. Vinod Khanna was a delight as usual while Zakir Hussain was amazing as the Home Minister. Naseeruddin Shah, like Raajneeti, is seen in this film in a miniscule role! Bhagyashree, Ayesha Dharkar and Gulshan Grover play their part well. Others lend able support.
Lalit Pandit’s music fails to make impact. Actually, a film like Red Alert doesn’t require songs at all. However, Monty Sharma’s background score was exhilarating. Allan Amin’s action was believable but at the same time not too gory. Yet, unfortunately, the film was awarded an Adults-only certificate! K. Rajkumar’s cinematography was very nice but too shaky in the action scenes. Locations were breathtaking.
Aruna Raje’s screenplay was watertight, making the film completely engrossing. Hats off to her for coming up with such an intense script inspired from a real life story (as claimed by the makers)! Ananth Narayan Mahadevan’s direction was brilliant and this is easily his most accomplished work till date. It requires guts, knowledge and confidence to come up with a film like Red Alert and Mahadevan truly comes out with flying colours! Just like Red Alert, his another offbeat film, Staying Alive, is also stuck since more than a year and it’s high time it gets a release too!
Some of the best scenes:
1. The first scene
2. Lakshmi (Sameera Reddy) rescued by the Naxals
3. Narsimha learns to shoot
4. The failed attack at the minister’s house
5. The intermission point
6. Krishnraj’s entry in the narrative
7. Foreigner’s kidnap
8. The attack on the school
9. Narsimha’s confrontation with Velu
10. The last 25 minutes
On the whole, Red Alert is a brilliant peace of cinema. It gives a true and justified portrayal of the Naxalite movement, an unsolved and most prevalent issue of country. As expected, this grim, serious film has kept most of the audiences’ away inspite of getting considerable acclaim. But here’s a request-give this film a dekko and that too in theatres! Let’s encourages films like Red Alert so that we can have more of such meaningful cinema in future! Satisfaction is fully guaranteed!
My rating-**** out of 5!
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.
Emraan Hashmi has found a friend in South African supermodel Shella Alan and allegedly, has been seen spending quality time with her.
Shella was also seen in a miniscule role in Suparn Verma’s Acid Factory. She plays Emraan’s love interest, apart from debutante Neha Sharma, in Mohit Suri’s Crook. The cast and crew returned on Wednesday after a month-long schedule in Cape Town. A source reveals, “The Cape Town schedule was fun, where they worked all day long and the cast and crew partied on alternate nights. Shella plays a stripper in the film and was on the sets for around two weeks.”
Of course, pretty women are always part of the entourage on the film set. Shella is a local and played the role of a guide adeptly. The source continues, “Emraan and Shella got along like a house on fire and she accompanied the boys whenever they went out clubbing. She dropped in on the sets, even when she was not required and was seen chatting with Emraan. Her spending so much time with Emraan raised a lot of eyebrows. Everybody could sense the special bond.”
The bonding session will spill over to Mumbai soon. “Shella will be coming to India in the first week of April for the remaining shoot,” adds the source. Despite repeated attempts, Emraan Hashmi remained unavailable for comment.
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She might be one of the most ambitious actresses in Bollywood today, but Priyanka Chopra knows what her priorities are.
While most of our Bollywood actresses would never miss a chance to star in a Hollywood film, Priyanka recently refused to star in Dawn of War. And it wasn’t because she didn’t like the script. The only reason Priyanka turned down the offer was because she chose to star in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Saat Khoon Maaf instead.
A source said, “The dates of Dawn of War and Saat Khoon Maaf were being worked out at the same time and Priyanka was asked to allot her dates in early April.
Left with no choice but to choose one of the two projects, Priyanka didn’t think twice before agreeing to star in Bhardwaj’s film. Priyanka was given a copy of the script of Dawn of War while she was shooting in the US for Siddharth Anand’s Anjaana Anjaani.”
After Priyanka refused the offer, director Tarsem Singh signed Freida Pinto to star opposite British actor Henry Cavill. Priyanka is currently shooting in Gulmarg and Srinagar for Saat Khoon Maaf and remained unavailable for comment.
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 22, 2010)
What better way to promote a political film than have its popular lead actors directly connect with today’s youth to discuss cinema and raajneeti? That’s exactly what Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif will do all of April by touring across the country to address students at hand-picked campuses to promote Prakash Jha’s Raajneeti.
Prakash Jha said, “We’ve chosen eight cities and colleges.Yes, Ranbir and Katrina will debate on politics and the youth as part of the entire endeavour to take Raajneeti beyond the world of entertainment. Today’s political icon is no longer a 70-something veteran politician. It’s Rahul Gandhi and my stars will be addressing a generation which understands the language of Rahul’s politics.”
The filmmaker will also be meeting Rahul and his mother Sonia Gandhi to dispel the prevalent notion that Raajneeti is based on their lives. He will then invite Rahul to join the debate with the stars at Delhi University. The names of the eight cities and colleges are being kept a secret to avoid a security problem.
While Ranbir wants to speak extempore Katrina has started reading up as much as she can on current affairs and has also been closely watching the news so that her role as a politician in Raajneeti comes across convincingly in real life too.
Interestingly, while Katrina likes to rehearse her scenes and dialogue, Ranbir is known to be a spontaneous actor.
With Raajneeti releasing soon, Ranbir and Katrina will be spending a lot of time together to promote the film in the coming months. From May 30 to June 6 Prakash Jha has planned the premieres of Raajneeti all over the world including New York, London, Muscat, Bahrain, Delhi and Mumbai.
When a friend pointed out to Katrina that the proximity to Ranbir for their film’s marketing would only lead to further speculation about their relationship, she shrugged and said, “He is a friend, and I will not refuse to promote my film just because tongues are wagging.”
By Subhash K. Jha, March 15, 2010 – 11:55 IST
Plans for bringing Kareena and Shahid Kapoor together to promote their pending project Milenge Milenge have been called off. It has now been decided by producer Boney Kapoor that the pair will promote the film individually. This, to avoid Kareena who’s in a committed relationship, any embarrassment and awkwardness, although Shahid who had no objections to collaborating with Kareena on the promotion seems unaware of these developments.
When asked if he’d be willing to promote the film jointly with Kareena, Shahid says enthusiastically, “Yes, I’ll do everything I can to promote it. Of course I’ll do everything in my power to see the film gets properly released. It’s my film.”
Shahid says he has no problems whatsoever promoting the film with Kareena. However, producer Boney Kapoor feels it’s wiser and more discreet to let Shahid and Kareena do separate promotional work.
Says Boney, “We’re getting Shahid and Kareena to do separate promotional activities. That way we give them space to be comfortable with the situation and also we get twice the amount of publicity for Milenge Milenge that we would if the pair promoted the film jointly.”
Shahid has not only decided to go all-out for Milenge Milenge, he has also been taking interest in the release date to ensure that it releases at a time when it is likely to get the best audience.
He recently had a meeting with producer Boney Kapoor and they mutually agreed to postpone the release from April to later during the year.
Says Shahid, “We met and took a joint decision. Boneyji was co-operative. Otherwise I’d have had three releases-Milenge Milenge, Paathshala and Badmaash Company-in one month.”
Boney says he’s getting Milenge Milenge ready for release in the last week of June or the first week of July. “Milenge Milenge would be Shahid’s last release until his father’s film Mausam. Kareena and he look gorgeous together.”
In fact Shahid is enormously enthusiastic about Milene Milenge. Last week he met the film’s director Satish Kaushik. Says Satish emotionally, “Though we live in the same building Shahid and I never meet! I know him from the time he was a child. On Saturday night, we bumped into each other in our high-rise compound after a party. We spoke for nearly an hour about Milenge Milenge. Shahid told me the project is very dear to him and that he would go all out to promote the film however my producer Boney Kapoor and I wanted. Shahid is at our disposal. He also asked me to update him on music video shoot.”
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, March 13, 2010 – 09:59 IST
The Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai girl is surely spreading her magic. It’s Jacqueline Fernandez who is creating the craze and how! Coming April would see Jacqueline opposite Ranbir Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt spreading the ‘Wow! Factor’ for a Pepsi commercial and if you’re wondering why Jacqueline then the ad filmmaker is asking why not.
The story goes that the ad filmmaker of Pepsi commercial had Ranbir and Sanju baba in tow but was on a lookout for a face that is not only fresh but compliments Ranbir and adds the much needed glam factor to the commercial. Nikhil Advani being a good friend of the ad filmmaker showed some promotional videos and scenes of his upcoming production Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai. Says a source, “The makers were blown away by Jackie and insisted that they wanted her in the ad.” So convinced were they about Jackie that when the dates of the commercial and the promotional video of the film were clashing, the makers adjusted their dates to suit Jacqueline’s. As a matter of fact even after the commercial, the entire team couldn’t stop raving about her.
Well Jacqueline, just like Pepsi, seems like you too have a Wow Factor in you.
Sridevi’s newly developed passion for painting has gone international. Her painting Thoughts has been accepted by a reputed international art auction house. The proceeds from the auction will be donated to Sridevi’s favourite charity.
At the moment, Sridevi is in unwilling to talk about her passion for painting. However, her husband, Boney Kapoor confirms the news and says, “Yes, Sri’s painting has been accepted for an auction by a well-known international art house.
The auction will take place in April and all the money that Sri gets from it will be donated.” Incidentally, this is the first time that the now reclusive actress has made her paintings public.
“Only two friends, Salman Khan, after he was released from the Jodhpur jail, and fashion designer Manish Malhotra, have been gifted a painting each by her. She has been painting religiously for some time now,” says her proud husband.
Boney says his wife spends 4-5 hours a day painting. “It is generally in the evening. After she has finished with household duties and is done with our daughters’ homework, Sri locks herself away to paint,” adds Boney.
“After me and the kids, painting is her main passion. Now her paintings have reached a level of professionalism where they can fetch a handsome price.”
Where does this new passion leave Sridevi’s plans to return to acting? Boney replies, “Sri has been acting since the age of four. She is the only child artiste to have reached the number one position in Hindi films. She will return to acting only when something special comes her way.”
Both Farhan and Hrithik have recently played or are playing dysfunctional and largely introvert characters. While Farhan voluntarily went into a shell to play the loner Karthik in his latest release Karthik Calling Karthik, Hrithik has been undergoing his own share of solitude as the paraplegic in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s forthcoming Guzaarish.
However, both will now get into more gregarious territory with Zoya Akhtar’s, Running With The Bulls. Incidentally, the film is about male bonding, a similar subject to Farhan’s directorial debut Dil Chahta Hai in 2001.
Commenting on the film, Farhan says, “It is in my destiny as a filmmaker and actor to keep returning to films about male bonding. For Karthik Calling Karthik, I was shut off from the outside world as far possible for me – I do have responsibilities beyond an actor, you know. Karthik has been my toughest role so far, not only in terms of the character’s solitude but also because this was my first solo hero film. It exhausted me emotionally. So yes, Zoya’s film, which is a fun-filled, male bonding road story, is just the excuse I needed to get out of the feeling of desolation.”
Farhan and Hrithik intend to whoop it up, before they face the camera for Zoya. “Hrithik and I are buddies but we have not hung out for a while. Actually, Abhay Deol is the part of the threesome I need to get to know well. We will be doing our share of bonding before we head to Spain for the shoot,” adds Farhan.
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Farhan remembers how Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna needed to get similarly comfortable with each other during Dil Chahta Hai.
Incidentally, this isn’t Farhan’s first trip to Spain. Farhan says, “That was not as an actor and definitely not to the places where Zoya will shoot with us. And certainly not to do the things we three guys will be doing for the film.” The shoot of Running With The Bulls starts in April. Thereafter, Farhan gets back to direction with Don 2, for which shooting starts in September.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, February 25, 2010 – 14:42 IST
Ever since she made her debut with the film Slumdog Millionaire, Freida has been creating waves from the film’s victory at the Oscars, to her being signed on for Woody Allen’s next. She is certainly going places. However, the latest news is that Freida has been signed on for yet another Hollywood film War of The Gods.
While Freida has completed her shooting Woody Allen’s You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger opposite Josh Brolin and Naomi Watts, and Israeli film Miral, which has been directed by Julian Schnabel, she will be working in War of The Gods which is based on Greek mythology and will be directed by Tarsem Singh. It begins production in April.
The story revolves around the warrior Theseus, who leads his men into battle with the Greek gods to defeat evil and the other elder gods in order to save mankind.
Freida who plays a Greek priestess in the film, portrays Phaedra, an oracle priestess who joins Theseus, to prevent the cataclysmic war from erupting.
The film which is scheduled to go on floors this April is being produced by Gianni Nunnari of Hollywood Gang Prods, Mark Canton of Atmosphere Entertainment and Relativity topper Ryan Kavanaugh.