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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).
By Joginder Tuteja, October 8, 2010 – 12:48 IST
Crook releases today and while the entire team waits to see audience reactions, there is one actor who is already content. He is Arjan Bajwa, the anti-hero in the film, who is elated with the very fact that Mahesh Bhatt (who is presenting the film) has singled out his performance for being expressive and honest. Apparently, when the senior filmmaker watched the film, he showered appreciation on the young actor.
“Even after I had shot for the film, I was apprehensive about whether I had indeed performed well”, says Arjan who had earlier seen good appreciation coming his way for the mean character he had played in Mani Ratnam’s Guru, “Everything got sorted out by itself when Bhatt saab called me and shared his views about my performance in the film.”
Though he pauses here, a close associate of his who has also worked in the film divulges, “Bhatt saab was mighty impressed by Arjan. He commented that Arjan was not a flat or a mechanical actor and was pretty expressive in his act. He also added that his eyes said whatever he was thinking which came from the fact that he was emoting in his mind as well. Now that was pretty reassuring and encouraging because Bhatt saab has worked with the biggest actors in the industry and is one of the most respected film personalities around.”
On his part, Arjan is glad that he bagged Crook as his first major film after Fashion.
“Yes, it has been a big moment”, smiles Arjan, “It has been a conscious effort for me to work with the best. I am not looking at quantity here. If that was the case, I would have signed half a dozen films in last couple of years. However, after working with Madhur Bhandarkar (Fashion), Mani Ratnam (Guru), Hema Malini (Tell Me O Khuda) and now Mohit Suri (Crook), I have to maintain a certain track record. I agree that my journey has been slow but then it is steady. It takes a lot to resist the temptation of working in numerous films and wait only for the best.”
Well, one looks forward to how best does Crook turn for Arjan. In the film, he plays the part of a quintessential hot headed Punjabi guy who is living abroad and takes extreme measures to save Indian culture and its roots. While his ways to fight racism are pretty radical, in his heart he carries a desire to safeguard Indians.
“In a way he is a face off opposite Emraan”, adds Arjan. And how about the songs? After all it is Emraan who has walked away with the chartbuster songs again. “Well, Mohit has compensated for that by giving me a wonderful role while from Bhatt saab is worth a million songs”, he signs off.
By Taran Adarsh, October 8, 2010 – 11:28 IST
Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt have often admitted that newspaper headlines citing a burning issue have sown the seeds of a film in their minds. And CROOK, directed by the talented Mohit Suri, deals with one such issue: Racism in Australia. Well, depiction of racism on the Hindi screen isn’t entirely new, since I – PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN explored the issue several monsoons ago. In fact, the issue has only got aggravated across the globe post 9/11. A film like CROOK holds a lot of significance also because the plight of Indian students in Australia continues to hit headlines to this day.
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
Known for high concept films, Bhatt brothers’ new outing CROOK, unfortunately, tackles the issue half-heartedly. Sure, you expect more from the Bhatts since the makers of repute are known to call a spade a spade, but the problem with CROOK is that the message doesn’t come across strongly. That’s because it tries to strike a balance between a love story and the racism issue. In fact, it takes a really long time to catch the bull by the horns [read the racism issue] and when it does, it doesn’t leave a stunning impact. In fact, it’s all superficial. Also, the Bhatts are synonymous with lilting music in film after film, but unlike their earlier attempts, the music of CROOK lacks the quality to linger in your memory.
In a nutshell, CROOK comes across as a half-hearted effort.
CROOK tells the story of Jai [Emraan Hashmi], who has a knack of getting into trouble. His father was a gangster who wanted to reform, but was killed by the cops. When Jai grows up, Joseph [Gulshan Grover], a friend of his father, sends him to Australia – a land far away from his past.
Almost immediately after landing, Jai meets Suhani [Neha Sharma], an Indian Australian. Her elder brother Samarth [Arjan Bajwa] is convinced that Australians have a one-point agenda to bring Indians down. Jai finds accommodation with a group of youngsters [Mashhoor Amrohi].
Jai knows that if he can make Suhani fall in love with him, he could eventually attain permanent residency by marrying her. Jai also flirts with Nicole, the stripper from a strip club. However, her brother, Russel, is against Indians and attacks them for a reason. Jai had left India to lead a hassle free life, but finds himself in the heart of a racially disturbed city.
Frankly, you expect the writer to come to the point at the very outset. Instead, he tends to focus on the [lackluster] romance between the lead pair, songs and [forced] comedy, while the core issue [racism] takes a complete backseat towards the first hour. The writer ought to know that this one’s an issue-based film and the romance-song-comedy routine cannot be the priority. However, the point that both Indians and Australians are racist and both sides need to introspect is indeed novel.
CROOK redeems itself in the second hour, but it has more to do with Mohit Suri’s handling of the subject than the subject itself. However, one fails to understand why the Australian guy has a change of heart, when he zeroes on Neha towards the end. There should’ve been at least one sequence to clear things up. But in this case, no explanations are forthcoming.
There’s no denying that Mohit Suri is capable of much more, but the ordinary script doesn’t really provide him the wings to fly. Pritam’s music is of the run of the mill variety, with ‘Chhala’ being the pick of the lot.
Emraan Hashmi is competent, giving his all to the role. He looks aggressive when required and expresses helplessness well, when he turns his back on Neha at the interval point. Neha acts very well. The confidence is visible in several sequences. Gulshan Grover is hardly there. Mashhoor Amrohi leaves a mark. Arjan Bajwa is fair. Smilee Suri appears in a cameo. The Australian actors are nice.
On the whole, CROOK has its moments, but they’re few and far between. It lacks the power that one associates with an issue-based film.
BOMBAY TIMES (October 3, 2010)
They are back with a bang. After a host of successful ventures including Murder, Gangstar, Jannat and Raaz — The Mystery Continues, Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt’s Vishesh Films, a banner known for its out-of-the-ordinary films and chartbuster music, are all ready with their brand new entertainer, Crook — It’s Good To Be Bad. This movie deals with the sensitive issue of racial discrimination faced by Indians abroad, throwing light on the recent attacks faced by Indians in Australia. “Crook — It’s Good To Be Bad’ both, entertains and enlightens the viewer. It takes an unflinching look at the burning issue of racism which has devastated the life of thousands of young Indians, who go to Australia in search of a better life putting both, their money and lives at stake. The film also locks horns with our own inner demons,” Mahesh Bhatt explains.
The film stars Emraan Hashmi and new girl, Neha Sharma in the lead roles. Also, playing an integral role is Fashion boy Arjan Bajwa. Directed by Mohit Suri, this film has all the necessary elements — romance, comedy, action, thrill and of course, an issue — to make it a masses’ film. The music has been scored by Pritam.
Talking about the film Mukesh Bhatt says, “Seldom in life do you have the good fortune to hold your head high with pride after watching the first cut of your own movie. Crook — It’s Good To Be Bad is one such film from our production house. The film manages to do what most films aspire to but seldom succeed. Mohit has shown the complex truth of racism in Australia in a very entertaining way.”
Pony Verma’s wedding reception had stars, producers and well-wishers lighting up the night
The wedding reception, thrown to celebrate the marriage of choreographer Pony Verma and South star Prakash Raj, packed in quite a gallop.
While Prakash was dressed in a formal suit, Pony was dressed in a sleeveless blouse with a long flowing sharara, accessorised with matching bangles and a prominent mangal sutra.
Pony’s Verma’s godfather Priyadarshan and Rani Mukherji graced the event. Aside from them, many top producers such as Subhash Ghai, Ratan Jain and Boney Kapoor (accompanied by resplendent wife Sridevi) too blessed the couple.
Cricketer S Sreesanth, who is Pony’s rakhi brother, came to wish the couple on stage; he even brought a rakhi with him, to have it tied on stage since it was Raksha Bandhan. Arjan Bajwa, Raj Kaushal-Mandira Bedi, Mugdha Godse, Krushna-Kashmera, Manoj Joshi, Rajpal Yadav, Parvesh Rana, AK Mishra were other fraternity members present.
But it was Govinda who truly stole the show. He walked in with his entire family and extended family; this included his brother Kirti Kumar, his sister, his daughter Narmada, his niece, nephew, etc. The Govinda entourage added up to almost 25 guests!
The party went on till the wee hours and was later shifted to the dance floor where the couple danced together.
|Sridevi and Boney Kapoor||Bride Pony Verma with Sreesanth|
|Govinda with groom Prakash Raj||Tabu|
|Rani Mukherji (Raju Shinde)|
By Joginder Tuteja, August 10, 2010 – 10:41 IST
Ranbir Kapoor and Emraan Hashmi would no more be clashing with each other at the box office. Though Anjaana Anjaani and Crook: It’s Good To Be Bad were earlier supposed to release on the same day i.e. 24th September, there has been change in plans. To avoid a box office clash, Mukesh Bhatt, producer of Crook, has decided to postpone the film by a fortnight.
“There is no point clashing when you can arrive solo”, says Bhatt whose last production Tum Mile had also starred Emraan Hashmi in the lead, “We would now be coming on 8th October. It is a good date for us since there is no other film for competition and we would be enjoying a solo release.”
The change in plans for Crook is yet another instance of a filmmaker deciding to change the release plans in wake of competition. A few days back, Karan Johar had no qualms in pre-poning his We Are Family by a week once he found Salman Khan starrer Dabangg to be too strong a competition on 10th September.
Given the fact that Bhatt has now made the first move; didn’t it lead to any ego hassles for him since he has been in the business for two decades now? Did he ever feel that it was akin to taking a step back by changing plans and allowing Sajid Nadiadwala’s Anjaana Anjaani a free run?
“See, I am a businessman first and a producer later”, says Bhatt whose has a good track record as far as aking successful films in controlled budgets is concerned, “I want to see what works best for my film. I can’t get emotional about such matters. I don’t mind coming after Anjaana Anjaani. I am confident about Crook and 8th October is the right time for the film to arrive.”
Directed by Mohit Suri who has given multiple hits for Vishesh Films in the past, Crook is about racial discrimination against Indians in Australia. Marking the debut of newcomer Neha Sharma, the film has music by Pritam and also stars Arjan Bajwa in an important role.
While promotion of Crook would kick start in the first week of September, it also gives Emraan Hashmi a breather to relax after all the euphoria of Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai. Meanwhile, euphoria is just beginning for Anjaana Anjaani which has already found itself in the fast lane, courtesy it’s song and dialogue promotion which has started with a bang.
Hema Malini’s decision to produce and direct Tell Me Oh Khuda single-handedly might’ve been a last-minute one but her good rapport with her cast and crew does make the job smoother.
Apparently, the film is being reshot and it’s a schedule over 30 days that will be shot in all four locations — Rajasthan, Goa, Mumbai and Turkey.
Ordinarily, for such a schedule, it’s tough to get extra dates from the actors but even they are cooperating with Hema and have given her extra dates for free.
The film is currently being shot in Rajasthan and the source informs, “Hemaji told her team to forget about the incident (letting go of director Mayur Puri) and start afresh.”
Apparently, Esha Deol, Chandan Roy Sanyal and Arjun Bajwa are required for all 30 days of shooting.
Though both the male actors were busy working on Faaltu and Crooked respectively, they adjusted their dates. “Even Rishi Kapoor and Vinod Khanna have given us dates as per the schedule set by Hemaji,” says an insider.
|A still from Tell Me Oh Khuda|
Vinod Khanna comments on this, “There is no hassle. I have to finish the film that I have committed to and I will honour whatever it takes.”
This extra shooting is expected to cost the producer Rs 3 crore.
The actress is ready and training hard, but none of the 13 contestants for Fear Factor have been finalised
The upcoming season of Khatron Ke Khiladi is jinxed. Hostess Priyanka Chopra’s shooting dates have been fixed for the 2nd and 3rd week of August. And Priyanka has been diligently preparing in Brazil for her daredevil anchor role for months.
Apparently, the contestants are still not finalised. After the BCCI came down heavily on our cricketers post the IPL debacle, 13 of them opted out of Fear Factor.
The team has to now rely on hunks from other fields. Only after Priyanka approves of them that is.
But this too has failed. The actors and models don’t want to participate in the show. Did the tough stunts of the last season dampen their spirits or did Akshay’s bordering on ruthless demeanor scare them?
Kushal Punjabi, Sonu Sood, Kunal Khemu, Arjan Bajwa, Purab Kohli and Aarya Babbar have all declined the offer, while the ones still being cajoled are Dino Morea, Emraan Hashmi, Himesh Reshammiya, Abhishek Kapoor, Brett Lee and Marc Robinson.
Says a source from the channel, “We’ve so far locked in only Rahul Bose and Milind Soman and that too after much haggling. The rest of the slots are open.” The team is panicking now.
|Rahul Bose||Milind Soman|
The source laments, “Priyanka’s dates will slip out of our hands if we don’t shoot with her in August because after her two-week stint in Brazil, she heads to shoot for Don 2. Besides, we are supposed to go on air in September.”
Priyanka seems oddly unaffected though. “I’ve been training really hard and I’m all set. I’ve no clue about the contestants. That’s the channels look out,” she says.Is there a workable solution then?
Says the channel source, “We’ll have to up the contestants’ fee, as we did for Bigg Boss. Many of the people we’ve approached are asking for unreasonable fee.” The channel admits getting celebrities on this show is getting tough. Colors’ CEO Rajesh Kamat is optimistic though, “By the first week of July we hope to have our contestants in place.” Fingers crossed.
By Joginder Tuteja, June 4, 2010 – 11:36 IST
It’s turning out to be more bad than good for Emraan Hashmi starrer Crook: It’s Good To Be Bad. On Wednesday, the cast and crew of the film were forced to return from Australia to India two days before end of schedule. Reason? Australian City Council denied the film any further permission to shoot and despite repeated requests, didn’t budge from their stand. While this definitely meant loss of productive days for the team of Crook, it also left a bad taste in the mouth for everyone involved.
Says a senior unit member who accompanied Emraan, Mohit (Suri) and others on their way back home, “It was very disheartening for all of us to come back without completing the shoot of Crook. The idea was to wrap it up all and then come back to India mainly for post production and other patch work, if required. However, we were stopped from shooting which threw a spanner in our plans.”
While the reason behind the denial of permission is not yet known, the fact remains that Crook is seeing its fair share of trouble and controversies right through its making.
Since it is a known fact that the film touches upon the topical issue of racial discrimination against India in Australia, one can expect some heated debates around the time when Crook would be ready for release. Also, even as the crew members were aspiring to complete the shoot in record time, an unfortunate accident on the sets a few days back resulted in broken camera equipment and a close shave for Emraan.
When contacted, Emraan Hashmi too sounded disappointed with the turn of events. “Yes, I am back in town. We were thrilled about finishing the shoot of Crook in Australia itself but it is so unfortunate that we couldn’t do that”, he says.
Adds the unit member, “Well, our worry now is around completing the pending portions of the film now. It has been a straight loss of two days of shooting. Though procuring dates from all involved may not be that tough, we may have to change certain sequences in the film. Reason being that there is no intention of going back to Australia which means that the scenes, which were originally written for that part of the world, may have to go through some changes. Now we would have to hunt for some indoor locations within Mumbai to finish the shoot.”
A Bhatt production, Crook marks the debut of Neha Sharma and also stars Arjan Bajwa. With music by Pritam, the film is aiming for a release in September/October timeframe.
Hema Malini incessantly fussed over Dharmendra on the sets of her production in Goa where they also celebrated their 30th anniversary
Hema Malini is not only a loving mother, but a doting wife. This was evident during the Goa schedule of her production Tell Me Oh Khuda, where she was by Dharmendra’s side throughout the shoot since he was feeling under the weather. The affectionate touch is rather endearing, and enduring as the couple completed 30 years of being together.
It is her first production and a comeback for her daughter Esha, but she wasn’t on the set as much for her daughter as her husband. The entire cast was present in Goa for the schedule and observed that she kept an eye on him and fussed over him affectionately.
|Dharmendra and Hema Malini|
A source reveals, “Dharmendraji was required to execute a few action scenes. He was unwell and neither Hemaji nor Esha wanted anything to stress him out. He had joined the crew directly from Punjab where he was shooting for Yamla Pagla Deewana for over a month and was fatigued.”
The source continues, “He flew to Goa, after taking only a day’s break and started to shoot for Tell Me Oh Khuda. But he looked exhausted. The veteran actor did not complain even once, and on the contrary, adhered to his running and yoga regime. He shot for all the action scenes. Hemaji was always on the sets to make sure that he didn’t overdo anything or stress himself out.”
They also shared a lovely evening with their co-stars to celebrate their 30th anniversary in Goa. “The co-actors included Rishi Kapoor, Vinod Khanna, Deepti Naval, Farooq Sheikh, Arjan Bajwa and Chandan Roy Sanyal. It was great to see all the actors enjoying themselves and reminiscing about the good old days,” adds the source.
Hema Malini admits that she was worried. She says, “They were difficult scenes for a normal actor. But Dharamji was more than dedicated and executed the scenes happily, while I was tense about them. In fact, I told the stunt director to tone down the action, but he did it as planned.”