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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
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? Our source reveals, “Vishal took it in the right spirit. He understood a female’s perspective.” Perhaps he should have called Madhur to get some tips. But to give Piggy Chops some credit, the scene in question, which was canned in the final schedule of the film at Coorg, was revealed to Priyanka only a few days before the shoot.
Says a source, “Saat Khoon Maaf is a film where everything was told to every actor much in advance. But it’s okay, Vishal got what he wanted. All’s well that ends well.”
When contacted, Annu laughed for full 10 seconds and then confirmed the story. Said Annu, “Vishal ne mujhe bola ki Priyanka sharma rahi hai. Maine usko bola toh fir scene hi kaat do na?” Talking about Priyanka’s decision to stay away from the frame, Annu said, “Frankly, it didn’t even surprise me. You know what, I am a very simple and boring person. Mujhe koi farak nahin padta. Main apne kaam se kaam rakhta hoon. Main kabhi monitor pe bhi kuch check nahin karta, phir chahe voh TV serial Antakshari ho ya Saat Khoon Maaf ho.”
|A still from Fashion|
Asked if he could pull off the coital ecstasies and grimaces convincingly in the absence of Priyanka, Annu said, “That you’ll have to see it on the screen. I am nobody to say anything on that.” Can’t wait, Annu!
By Subhash K. Jha, October 15, 2010 – 11:42 IST
Producer Sajid Nadiadwala’s Anjaani Anjaani is not as big a success as Arbaaz Khan’s Dabangg. And yet after Arbaaz’s office a few days ago, it was Sajid Nadiadwala’s office on Yari Road which was raided by income tax officials on Thursday afternoon at around 3 pm.
A large number of IT officials swooped down on Nadiadwala’s office to check his accounts and records.
The producer whose last three films have been the flop Kambakkht Ishq, the super hit Housefull and the moderately successful Anjaana Anjaani sounded quite relaxed.
“It’s just a routine inspection. The IT people are here in my office checking my records. I am with them. I guess getting a visit from income-tax officials is one way of knowing how much a filmmaker matters,” joked Sajid, showing no outward signs of stress.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, October 13, 2010 – 12:37 IST
Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. In this case it’s Arbaaz Khan whose film Dabangg stunned one and all with its phenomenal success. Just yesterday the entire cast and crew of the film was present at the grand DVD launch of the film while back at his office, the Income Tax department were busy checking the accounts.
The raid in question by the IT department was conducted in connection with the utilisation of money earned at the box office from movie Dabangg. Around 10 officers raided Khan’s office Sohail Khan Productions, near St Andrew’s Church in Bandra. The officers reached Khan’s office at 3 pm yesterday and continued the raid till 3 am.
However, Arbaaz maintained that the search was not a raid by the IT department but in fact, a usual assessment check that is carried out by them. Further updates on the same are awaited.
Madhur Bhandarkar on coming a long way from being a video delivery boy, on testing new genres and believing that Kareena will eventually come around to act in Heroine
• Comedy is not your forte. Why are making one, Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji ?
It was not an easy decision to make. While some have been saying that I shouldn’t get into other genres of cinema, others say that it’s time for a change. I have always considered myself as an experimental filmmaker and this is another one of my experiments. Actors who have worked with me will vouch for my sense of humour. More often than not, I have them in splits on my sets. In fact, Tabu (who starred in Chandni Bar) used to always ask me why I hadn’t directed a comedy yet.
• After dropping out from school you even worked as a delivery boy for a video library. Did you ever think that you’ll get this far?
Honestly, no. God has given me more than I asked for. I guess it has been a mixture of hard work and luck. I think I am God’s blessed child. And I am not going to get carried away.
• Your male-oriented films, Traffic Signal and Jail, don’t do particularly well. Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji too is male-oriented. Are you nervous?
I am nervous. But that happens with me before the release of any of my films. Think of it, isn’t it early days to say that Madhur Bhandarkar makes only good female-oriented films? I don’t jump into making films just for the heck of it. Recently I had offers to remake some top South films but I didn’t see any creativity in that.
Tell me one good reason why shouldn’t I attempt to make a comedy, or say, even a romcom or a thriller, as long as the characters in my film are well fleshed out? Sooner or later, I’ll touch upon all genres.
• Will you cast Neil Nitin Mukesh (Jail) and Kunal Khemu (Traffic Signal), who seem to have lost the plot?
If I have a script for them, why not? I don’t cast actors as per their market status. Didn’t I cast Samir Soni, Arjan Bajwa and Arbaaz Khan in Fashion despite people’s apprehensions? Again if you see, I have three newcomers in Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji : Shruti Haasan, Shazahn Padamsee and Shraddha Das, whose debut films have flopped.
• Perhaps budgetary constraints might have resulted in this benevolence in casting.
Yes, I do make films within a stipulated budget. I never spend too much, I don’t overshoot. My homework is very strong. Even Jail broke even.
• Your next female-oriented film Heroine is stuck. Kareena Kapoor is latkofying you…
Kareena and I have not been in touch. She has been very busy with RA.One and Agent Vinod. But we are going to meet soon.
• She’s ditched you with Page 3 and Fashion as well…
I think Kareena is a remarkable actress with a great screen presence. From the minute I saw her in Refugee, I knew she will go a long way. I think I will be third time lucky. She deserves a lot more from this industry. I believe that Heroine will give that to her, it’s a dream role for any actress.
• What happened to that biopic on Lalit Modi called Commissioner ?
Things didn’t work out. Besides, the Lalit Modi controversy would have been too hot to handle.
• You have always been a ladies’ man. We’re disappointed to not have heard of any link-ups. Have you really changed or are you a smoother operator now?
(Laughs) Today, I am very happy the way I am living my life. Do I really need to answer this question?
• All the more…
Un dino, meri shaadi nahin hui thi. And people just perceived me that way. (laughs again).
India’s disco anthem is a straight lift from a little-known film from across the border
|Malaika in Munni… and (right) Lalit Pandit|
While Munni sang and danced (and made disrepute sound desirable) it would be interesting to see how the producer and music director of Dabangg themselves deal with some ‘badnami’ now.
Dabangg’s original soundtrack may be flying off the shelves, as confirmed by leading music shops in the city, but here is a screechy footnote: the album’s chartbuster — Munni Badnaam Hui — is a straight lift from the soundtrack of a Pakistani film.
The movie is Mr Charlie and the song ‘Ladka badnaam hua haseena tere liye’ (CHECK SONG BELOW). The Pakistani song, which has been copied note for note by Lalit Pandit (of Jatin-Lalit fame) for Dabangg, was recorded back in 1993.
That year, to put things in perspective, two films of Salman’s released — Chandra Mukhi and Dil Tera Aashiq. Both bombed at the box office.
‘Ladka badnaam hua haseena tere liye’ was picturised on Pakistani stand-up comedian-actor-producer-director Umer Sharif.
The song’s lyrics are the only original element in its copy in Dabangg. When we contacted Sharif in Pakistan, he sounded both amused and angry. “Yeh chori nahin, seena zori hein,” he said, and added that he had heard about the plagiarisation a couple of days back. “I am more surprised than angry.
|Comedian Umer Sharif, of Bakra Kishton Mein fame, singing Ladka badnaam hua in his ’93 Lollywood production Mr Charlie|
If one has a name in the industry, every attempt should be made to make sure that it does not get sullied. I wish one of the Khan brothers (Salman/Arbaaz/Sohail) had made at least a courtesy call to me.”
Sharif said he would raise the matter with the industry in Pakistan and “see what can be done.”
Back home in Mumbai, Lalit flatly denied he copied Ladka badnaam hua haseena tere liye. “Yeh sab galat hain. I am busy in a meeting,” he said before hanging up.
|Other famous lifts|
This is not a first for Lalit so far as allegations of lifting songs go. His ex-partner Jatin and he had once composed Haan Haan Yeh Pyaar Hai for Dillagi, a ditty lifted from the classic Frankie Valli song, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.
Dabangg’s producer Arbaaz Khan, whose wife Malaika Arora plays the Munni in Munni Badnaam Hui, did not respond to calls. Messages left on his cell phone went unanswered.
Munni Badnaam Hui, meanwhile, has entered the list of ‘Top 20 most-frequently played songs on radio in India. As on September 10, the song was ranked number one on the list of chartbusters.
The audio rights to Dabangg were reportedly sold for a gobsmacking Rs 9.5 crore. Rhythm House, the city’s oldest music store, claimed it has sold 395 Dabangg CDs, while Landmark store in Andheri has sold 224 to date. Both stores confirmed that it was their highest-selling CD ever since the music of the film was released.
By Chandni Dev, October 5, 2010 – 15:52 IST
Dabangg fever is almost like DDLJ phenomena. It isn’t a fair comparison on a lot of levels but the hangover is similar. With Dabangg came back, the long forgotten sweet, innocent love story, the brave hero who beats up the bad guys, the unforgettable one liners, the impromptu song and dance phenomena and a story line that urges you to throw rational thinking out of the window. With a lot of hooting and cheering by the audiences, the abandoned single screen cinemas were the place to be. An Arbaaz Khan Production, starring Salman Khan with Malaika Arora Khan doing the perfect item number, Dabangg was also a Khan clan film, where the entire family participated to produce this box office phenomena. Guess who is irked by all of this? It’s none other than the popular socialite, author, columnist and self appointed film critic, Shobha De. Chandni Dev at Bollywood Hungama gives you a low-down on all that happened for all to see.
She speaks her mind, she has ruffled a few feathers on more than one occasion but she seems to revel in the controversy of it all. She has written about celebrities and their performances on numerous occasions and at times received flack for it. But she honestly couldn’t care less. She has perpetually said ‘au revoir’ to diplomacy and tact.
Post the release of I Hate LUV Storys, Shobhaa didn’t spare the lovely Sonam Kapoor or Imran Khan and even director Punit Malhotra as she went ahead to write her blunt as ever review. In her words she said, “It is a wonder Karan actually approved the script of such an excruciatingly pointless film which, post-interval, suddenly takes off for New Zealand…one is ready to shake up this bloke called Punit Malhotra (chief villain) and spank him in public.”
Punit Malhotra, the director of the film, responded on twitter saying “Guys pls (sic) don’t take Shobhaa De seriously. She’s a fossil who’s getting no action and going through menopause.” And Sonam responded to that by saying “ha ha”.
This didn’t happen too long back before Shobhaa decided it’s time to rock another boat. This time she took a jab at none other than the Khan clan. With the release of Dabangg, what also came out was Shobhaa’s bitter review of the film. She went ahead and said “The one scene that really and truly created history and will go down as an astonishing cinematic moment is the one of Salman Khan’s shirt tearing, popping and flying off his back… all by itself! The shirt deserves a special award for performing this remarkable feat – perhaps; it marks a first in world cinema!” She continued, “Those looking for a plot, be warned – it is flimsier than Munni’s (Malaika in a sizzling item number that out-beedis Bipasha’s) barely there costumes. Both are ‘badnaam’.” Now this was a typical De humour that bordered on being nasty.
During the time of ‘Id’ Salman got a lot of flack for making statements on terrorism and 26/11 terrorist attack in Mumbai. His lack of diplomacy and articulation rendered him apologetic to the masses. Shobhaa De comments on the situation were, “Salman Khan’s shocking statement about 26/11 smacks of arrogance, ignorance and plain stupidity. A lame apology won’t do Sallu bhai. Boycott Dabangg”
There is just that much anyone can take lying down in the name of dignity and self respect. Shobhaa De’s callous comments and opinions, quite uninvited though, have been ignored on numerous occasions by celebs as they either feel its giving the issue too much importance or they feel it’s pointless. But a certain Khan brother had just about had it. He decided that it’s about time he gives it back to this self acclaimed moral crusader and film critique. After all if she has the columns to showcase her opinions he has twitter. And in no time started the barrage of tweets which were retweeted by the general public who love Salman Khan and epitomise Dabangg.
Arbaaz started the whole discussion by addressing his followers as he said, “Hey guys what’s your opinion on Shobha De a writer of sleaze and pornographic novels. She writes a lot of sh*# about Salman and Malaika. Her claim to fame is marrying some rich industrialist. I’m not sure if its 3 or 4. Pl lemme know”
Once done he started an anti Shobha campaign of sorts on twitter as he said “Mr De hold on to your money or Shobha at 60 can still compete with Elizabeth Taylor… One thought that age makes you wiser but unfortunately it’s not happening in the case of Shobhaa who is 60… Shobhaa’s opinions on my family reeks of bias, jealousy and frustration. I have have been ignoring her comments for the longest time but no more… This idiotic woman had recently said ban Dabangg. Who the hell is she? Is she the god damn law?.. She’s a frustrated sleaze writer. That’s it! If this woman was not to write about celebs she would not even be entertained… Honestly I hate to give people like Shobhaa any importance but she’s been writing personal, biased stuff 4 the longest time. Enough is enough.” Arbaaz got immense response from his followers on twitter.
BOMBAY TIMES (October 4, 2010)
If there’s one man who’s flying high on the roaring box office success of his debut venture Dabangg, it’s producer Arbaaz Khan. And what’s success if it isn’t shared, right? Echoing this sentiment, Arbaaz recently gifted the film’s writer and director, Abhinav Kashyap with a top of the line, swanky white SUV.
“It’s a small way of saying thanks to Abhinav for being a part of this amazing journey. It’s as much his success as it’s mine. He’s been there right from the inception of the film to it’s going on floor and the entire shooting process. It was but natural that I shared it’s eventual success, too, with him. Also, we both started our careers with this film, he as director and me as producer so it’s an even more memorable success,” says a visibly elated Arbaaz.
Talking about their experience of making Dabangg, Arbaaz says it was a learning experience for both. “We both had plenty of ideas and an all consuming passion to make the film. That apart, both of us also had elder brothers who are already big names in the industry and we knew that we had to carve a niche for ourselves. Thankfully, our film sensibilities were perfectly in sync and the results are there for all to see,” he says.
So how did Abhinav react to this surprise gift? “He’s definitely overjoyed. It’s not something that he desired or expected. But it’s something from the Khan family, especially from my side, apart from his remuneration,” Arbaaz says.
The successful duo will definitely be working together in the future. “I’ve already signed Abhinav up for a future project, but we will only work together on the right film and at the right time. We are morally committed to working together but it will have to be a venture that excites both of us,” says Arbaaz.
We give you a blow-by-blow account of all that happened at Salman Khan’s Dabangg success party
While a good majority of the industry stayed away from Sallu’s bash, it did turn out to be a heady mix of celebrities, some clad in their snazzy cocktail outfits and of course, Sallu standing out ever so stylishly in his casual t-shirt and jeans.
Aamir’s sweet gesture
While host Sallu made a late entry himself, Aamir Khan, who recently returned from Toronto, came over (looking a tad out of place however in a bowtie and a suit) to wish Salman for his success.
|Arbaaz Khan, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and Subhash Ghai (Yogen Shah)|
Sonu-Sallu swappy story
The highlight of the evening was an oddly cute interaction between Sallu and Sonu Sood. Imagine a comic strip and here’s a chronological lowdown of what transpired. 1. Salman hugged Sonu and said that he wanted to do something for him. 2. Instinctively, Sallu removed the watch from his wrist and gave it to Sonu. 3. An overwhelmed Sonu thought of returning the gesture but proved to be a little unimaginative; he removed his watch to give it to Salman. 4. While initially refusing Sonu’s watch, Sallu finally took it and kept it in his pocket. 5. Sallu then took it out again and put it in Sonu’s pocket. 6. “This is its rightful place,” Sallu then told Sonu. 7. A touched Sonu hugged him tight. And they lived happily ever after.
Shirish bored without booze
Among Salman’s close friends present at the party were David Dhawan, Subhash Ghai, Farah Khan and Shirish Kunder. After greeting others, Shirish made no qualms about admitting that he was feeling bored at the party. Reason? He said he had quit drinking and hence no longer knew what to do at a party anymore. Director Subhash Ghai was the last to land up at the party but was seen hobnobbing with Aamir for quite some time. Comeback, Mr Ghai?
Where’s the heroine?
Surprisingly, Sonakshi Sinha came in well past midnight. Her mother Punam Sinha and brother Kush were already present at the party when she entered. But we must add, she looked rather dapper in her multi-coloured short dress, with the khaandani high cheekbones definitely adding to the oomph factor.
Meeting the Kashyaps
Abhinav Kashyap entered hand-in-hand with his father and bonded for a long time with Arbaaz Khan. Anurag Kashyap came in his trademark blazer and jeans but sans girlfriend Kalki this time. The father-son pair looked cute together, especially after news of Anurag leaving his parents’ home to make his Bollywood career, had been doing the rounds.
As always, the after-party moved to Salman’s Bandra residence later and continued till the wee hours of the morning. Stars mingling in their own ‘Galaxy’…
|Sonu Nigam with Sajid-Wajid|
|Punam Sinha with son Kush|
|Farah Khan and Shirish Kunder|
|Sonu Sood with wife Sonali|
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, September 22, 2010 – 13:25 IST
Arbaaz Khan, who is enjoying the super-success of Dabangg, had to face a minor roadblock last week when the makers of Zandu Balm decided to file a case against him for the usage of the term ‘Zandu Balm’ in the chartbuster song ‘Munni Badnaam Hui‘. However, all that seems to be sorted in a rather amicable way and now ‘Munni’ Malaika would even be seen promoting the brand Zandu Balm.
Confirming the same, Arbaaz says, “Yes…we’ve arrived at a mutual understanding with the makers of Zandu Balm. With the song gaining such huge popularity, we’ve now decided to come up with a special ad featuring Malaika promoting both our film Dabangg and their brand Zandu Balm. In addition, Malaika would also be endorsing the brand Zandu Balm individually in the future. Both parties didn’t want to get into any sort of unnecessary legal hassles and felt that an out-of-court settlement was the best option.”
Apparently, adman Prahlad Kakkar was instrumental in bringing both parties to a level of mutual understanding.
Well with such a win-win situation, all we can say is that the Power of ‘Munni Badnaam’ and Zandu Balm is here to stay for a long, long time.