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By Joginder Tuteja, October 25, 2010 – 12:55 IST
This is turning out to be an unimaginably busy year ahead for Deepika Padukone. She started off 2010 with Karthik Calling Karthik. Later she was seen in Housefull and it wasn’t too while ago when she enacted the role of a blind girl in Lafangey Parindey. Well, picture abhi baaki hai, literally so, as before the year ends, she would also be seen in Break Ke Baad and Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey.
While this wasn’t strenuous enough, there is more. Both her new releases would be literally arriving back to back. While Ashutosh Gowariker had announced 3rd December as the release date for his Abhishek Bachchan starrer Khelein Hum…. many months ago, Kunal Kohli’s Break Ke Baad (with Imran Khan in lead) too joined the race by declaring 26th November as the D-day.
“This means double the stress for Deepika”, comments an industry veteran, “It is an entirely different ballgame today when it comes to the release of a film. One just can’t rest after the dubbing of the film. There are ‘hazaar’ promotional events involved, not just pre as well as post the release of a film. Moreover, there are other commitments of a celebrity as well which are not just related to the films.”
All of this means that Deepika would be promoting both her new releases in a parallel manner. When at least a month long commitment is a given for the promotion of any major film, it would be interesting to see how Deepika manages it all for two movies in a 4-6 weeks long time period.
“I guess she may just have to go with the flow here”, continues the veteran, “Though it sounds tough for any artist to stop talking about a film of hers which has just released, her commitment for Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey means that she would be required to detach herself from Break Ke Baad pretty quickly. She will have to move from one Friday to another. In any case, both are very important films of her as she plays a lead protagonist here rather than just being a part of an ensemble affair.”
Now it has to be seen whether one of the two filmmakers would actually decide to budge from the slot that they had chosen for themselves, hence resulting in a comfortable spacing out of Break Ke Baad and Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey.
“I won’t be able to do that”, says Ashutosh Gowariker who, just like Kunal Kohli, has already released the promo of his film, “3rd December is D day for Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey. The entire calendar has already been planned and we are marching ahead with our plans. In any case, we had announced our release date many months ago. If someone else decides to come in on or around this date, it’s their call.”
Over to you Kunal.
Gowariker’s new film has Abhishek and Deepika in ‘revolutionary’ roles
Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 13, 2010)
Ashutosh Gowariker’s Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey, presented by PVR Pictures releasing on December 3, is a film that has many firsts. The Oscar-nominated filmmaker has attempted the thriller genre for the first time in a period milieu and he has never directed Abhishek Bachchan before this. The movie’s pairing is also unique as it has the sassy Deepika Padukone for the first time with Abhishek, and she has also gone completely de-glam for the role.
The period thriller set in Chittagong, British India, revolves around a series of attacks executed in one single night on April 18, 1930 and its aftermath. This force of five experienced revolutionaries, two defiant and resolute women – Kalpana Datta (played by Deepika) and Pritilata Waddedar, and a group of innocent but fearless young boys, was led by Surjya Sen (played by Abhishek), a school teacher by profession, and carried out attacks on the British Cantonment AFI Armoury, Police Lines, European Club, Telegraph Office and Nangalkote Railway Lines.
Ashutosh takes us through every step of the action from the initial trepidation, to the thrill of the attack, to the underground movement, daring escapes and tragic captures, and most importantly, their undying legacy, his attention to detail in recreating past events and time in the theatrical trailer that will hit cinemas on October 15 — through the costumes, production design and even cinematography, perfect. Talking about why he chose to make the film on the not-so-known uprising in Chittagong, Ashutosh told BT, “Little to almost nothing is known about the Chittagong Uprising and I thought it important to be brought forward to the nation. It is a true story and yet we know so little about it, hence my desire to bring it onto the big screen. Few realise that the Chittagong Armoury Raid is one of India’s greatest freedom struggles. The film is about young revolutionaries who play with their very lives, hence the reason behind the title Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey.”
While Ashutosh maintains that Abhishek is effortless as Surjya Sen, Deepika blew him over with her debut movie Om Shanti Om. “Abhishek is a superb actor and I thought he’d bring a lot of purity to the character of Surjya. He is effortless. Deepika’s professionalism is her greatest virtue. She knows all her lines before coming on set and is committed. I liked her immensely in OSO, and I thought that she will only grow from there on as an actress, which she did. They complement each other very well on screen,” Ashutosh added.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, September 30, 2010 – 12:55 IST
The MAMI committee led by Chairman Mr. Shyam Benegal and trustees Mr. Yash Chopra, Mr. Ashutosh Gowarikar, Mr. Amit Khanna, unveiled the line-up for the 12th annual Mumbai Film Festival (MFF), which consists of 200 films from 58 countries. This forms the largest number of films at any Film Festival ever. All the international films to be screened in the main sections of this year’s festival will be Indian, Asian or world premieres. Mumbai Film Festival is a Reliance Big Entertainment initiative and has the distinction of being the only international film festival in India to be organized by an independent body of practicing film professionals.
This year the festival films will be screened at Chandan Cinema (Juhu) and the adjacent five screens of PVR Juhu which will function as the Main Festival Complex, two screens in Metro BIG Cinemas (Marine Lines) & one screen in BIG Cinemas R City (Ghatkopar). The films in the International Competition for the first films of the directors will be judged by a five member International Jury headed by Academy Award winner, Hollywood-based filmmaker, screenwriter and producer Jane Campion.
The 12th Film Festival embraces a distinguished Jury. Jane Campion (Bright Star, In The Cut, The Piano, Soft Fruit), Tanya Seghatchian, the BAFTA Award-winning producer of Pawel Pawlikowski’s My Summer Love and produced the first four Harry Potter film series, Iranian filmmaker Samira Makhmalbaf, South Koren actress Yoon Jeong-Hee known as the greatest of South Korean stars and who recently starred in Lee Chang Dong’s acclaimed film “Poetry” screened in Cannes competition, National Film Award-winning Indian actor Suhasini Maniratnam.
MAMI’s 12th Film festival this year offers astounding total prize money of Rs. 1 crore. The festival will also hold interesting sidebar events and open forums daily organized by Independent Filmmakers Association.
Acclaimed Director, David Fincher’s Social Network will open the festival on October 21st, 2010.
MAMI will be honoring two outstanding film personalities with a presentation of distinctive awards. Honorees include: three times Academy Award Winner Oliver Stone, who will receive the International Lifetime Achievement Award and noted Indian film actor-director-screenwriter-producer Manoj Kumar, who will be honored with the Indian Lifetime Achievement Award at the awards function on 28th October, 2010.
MM.com speaks to Natha’s mother, Farrukh ‘Ammaji’ Jaffer, only to bring out the intellectual and lighter side of a lady from the rustic lands of Uttar Pradesh
|Farrukh Jaffer, a far cry from Ammaji of Peepli Live|
“I am too busy and too free, depending on my priorities. But if there is someone to listen to me, I can talk 24 hours. Jaise ham abhi aapse baat kar rahe hain,” 72-year-old Farrukh Jaffer bursts out laughing. “Ammaji” is bound to slip out of your mouth when you are talking to her. One of the most memorable characters of Peepli Live, Ammaji, is what she is better known as now.
A graduate and a student of National School of Drama (NSD), Delhi, Farrukh started her career in All India Radio as an announcer in Lucknow. At NSD, she learnt a lot from one of the most influential theatre directors Ebrahim Alkazi. She performed in a few of his plays and thoroughly loved the experience. But somehow, she felt closer to radio and films. It was Muzzaffar Ali, director of Rekha-starrer Umrao Jaan, who gave her her big break in the film where she played Rekha’s mother. Farrukh, who has her base in Lucknow for years now, feels deep gratitude towards Muzzaffar Ali, “I am thankful to Muzzaffar saab from the bottom of my heart. He gave me my first break. And it was his serial Damyanti where Ashutosh Gowariker spotted me and offered me Swades. He always gave me the freedom an artiste like me craves for.”
Farrukh believes an artist is the best creation of God, who should be treated with care and given desired freedom. She received such a treatment from Aamir Khan while working on Peepli Live, she says, “Aamir Khan trusted and gave me this opportunity. I am best known for my voice over and in Peepli that is what worked for me as an actor. He let me extend my dialogue as I wanted. He understood the culture and knew the essence of the language. I got immense respect from him as a person and in terms of work too. I admire him for that.”
Farrukh is, no doubt, a nawab from Lucknow. She loves her comfort and feels uncomfortable when restricted. Her experience while working in Swades with Ashutosh Gowariker was not as pleasant though. She says, “It was a great experience. But I felt slightly restricted with him, creatively. As a radio artist, I have a habit of elongating my dialogue with voice modulation to make it more effective. I wasn’t allowed to do that. But then, Ashutosh did give me one of my best lines of my career.”
Swades also gave Farrukh an opportunity to interact with the superstar of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, that too on the same level. She reminicences and laughs aloud at the interaction she had with him, “Shah Rukh ko main bandar bulati thi. He would put his head on my feet and ask me, ’Aap mujhe bandar kyu bulati hai?’ Then I would promptly reply, “Kyuki tum poora din bandar ki tarah uchaltey koodtey rehtey ho.” Admiring the father in King Khan, she says, “Woh apne bacchon ke bagair nahi reh sakta. He is a great father. I have just seen him interact with his kids.”
Despite belonging to a conservative family, she had all the support from her husband Sayyed Mohammed Jaffar, also a renowned journalist. He encouraged her in every step she took towards her passion for cinema. Mother of two grown up daughters says, “What should I say about him? He is the most amazing husband one can have. He supported me and allowed me to aspire big, which is very unlikely of a family with a conservative background like we have. But he trusted me and so did the family.”
In 30 years of her career, Farrukh had to shift base from a small village called Chakesar in Jaunpur district in Uttar Pradesh to Lucknow for a major period in between and then to Delhi. And now when she is doing films more often, she has to come down to Mumbai too. Totally in awe of the city, Farrukh says, “Mumbai sheher jaandaar hai. Yahaan kaam aapko dhoondhta hai. Mujhe behad pasand hai yeh sheher.” On the contrary, recalling her experience of living in another metro like Delhi almost 30 years ago, Farrukh didn’t really enjoy her time in the city. She says, “Dilli rehne wali jagah nahi hai. I felt very insecure while I came back from work. That time I was working with Akashvani. Even the transport facilities weren’t impressive. I used to regret leaving my job in All India Radio, Lucknow.”
Having seen the village life from close quarters, she agrees with how the subject is dealt in Peepli Live. Farrukh is against reservations given by the government to rural people. She believes, “Why can’t government give better facilities like better roads, light and houses to the rural people and inspire them to grow so that they don’t have to leave their house and family behind to go to a metro city to earn better?”
Ammaji she will remain for us until she is next seen in Aanand Rai’s Tanu Weds Manu, playing dadima to Kangna Ranaut who stars opposite R Madhvan in the film.
By Joginder Tuteja, September 27, 2010 – 11:25 IST
Anushka Sharma, who made her debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, would be seen on the big screen yet again in Band Baaja Baaraat. This fun flick coming from the house of ‘Yash Raj Films’ releases all over on 10th December. However, call it sheer coincidence or a part of the plan but the fact remains that history would be repeating itself for the pretty girl. This is because Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi too had come around the same time when it released on 12th December 2008.
Says a trade observer, “This should be one lucky coincidence for the makers and Anushka here. After all Anushka has been enjoying a good innings so far in Bollywood. Her first film was a blockbuster while Badmaash Company, which was again a YRF production and had released earlier this year, was also an average success. She would well be looking at making a hat trick with Band Baaja Baaraat.”
While one looks forward to that happening, here is a hitch. While in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Badmaash Company she had Shah Rukh Khan and Shahid Kapoor respectively to spearhead the show, in case of Band Baaja Baaraat she has (ironically) turned out to be the senior-most of the lot.
“That’s right”, continues the trade observer, “This time around, it appears to be Anushka all the way. Director Maneesh Sharma is a first timer though he was an Associate Director on Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. As for her leading man Ranveer Singh, he is a complete fresher with no modelling or acting experience. However, he managed to impress Aditya Chopra and hence he was on board without much ado.”
Still, one can’t help but wonder about the sudden release announcement of Band Baaja Baaraat. While the production house always had year end target in mind for the release of their fourth film this year (after Pyaar Impossible, Badmaash Company and Lafangey Parindey), 10th December arrival means that it would be stepping into an already cluttered season.
Starting this Friday, there is at least one biggie arriving practically every week. In fact there are also weeks when more than a couple of big films are anyways clashing with each other. In the month of December itself, there are confirmed plans for Ashutosh Gowariker’s Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey, Anees Bazmee’s No Problem and Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan to arrive.
“Well, the situation is still better in December when compared to October, November or January’11″, argues a trade expert, “December still has a reasonable breathing space. There was no point in even thinking of January since there is already a huge volume of releases in the form of No One Killed Jessica, Yamla Pagla Deewana, Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji, Game and Saat Khoon Maaf. It’s better to arrive in a relatively opened up space in December. One now just hopes that there is not much spill-over of movies from October and November though.”
Meanwhile Anushka can expect her lucky charm of the month of December to come handy yet again!
His collaboration with Ashutosh Gowariker had allegedy gone sour. But BK Modi insists that all is well with Buddha
Industrialist BK Modi almost gave up on Bollywood but is back in the saddle with Ashutosh Gowariker’s Buddha (which will focus on the life of Prince Siddhartha and his journey to enlightenment), which was put on hold in July 2010.
Despite alleged reports of him having had a fallout with Gowariker, including the industrialist supposedly demanding the signing amount back from the director, Modi, in an exclusive interview with Mumbai Mirror, insisted that everything is fine between the two and Buddha is back on track.
Modi further clarified, “I am not asking any money back from Ashutosh. There is no fallout between him and us. Ashutosh has told me that after he completes his current film Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (for PVR), he will devote time to my film.”
Modi however did not deny that he had a few problems in putting the project together. One of the problems that Modi and Ashutosh apparently had was that they couldn’t find someone to play Buddha.
Soon after the duo announced their plans of making the biopic, they launched a website, Buddha-movie.com, inviting applications from actors aspiring to play the divine protagonist. But despite going through over 6,000 photographs and videos, they failed to get the right candidate.
“We are trying to find the actor who will fit into that role. We need an established actor who is acceptable to distributors,” said Modi.
Another problem that the makers encountered was mischief mongers on the project itself, who misused their powers and went overboard, which threw the project off-track.
Consequently, Modi has incurred a certain loss, no doubt. “Hopefully we’ll recover that when the film is made,” said Modi rather bravely.
Ashutosh and Sunita Gowariker remained unavailable for comment.
|A still from Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey|
By Subhash K. Jha, September 21, 2010 – 12:18 IST
|Click above for more stills|
This has got to be the most rocking birthday party in living history. To say the ageless Shabana Azmi turned 60 with a bang on Saturday at the lounge Trilogy, would be an understatement.
Real- life Munni (Shabana’s pet name) rocked to the pounding sound of the new dance hit ‘Munni Badnaam‘.
Shabana chortled the next morning, “Everybody was very amused to see Jaya and I flaunt our ambiguous dancing skills. Ash couldn’t stop explaining that her ma-in-law was on a roll…My sister-in-law Tanvi and brother Baba wouldn’t leave the dance floor. He’s such a fabulous dancer, very heavily influenced by Shammi Kapoor. Zara socho, bhai itna achcha dancer aur bahen has two left feet! Everybody danced to songs from yesteryears and of course ‘Munni Badnaam‘ was a favourite.”
Shabana Azmi welcomed the biggest star turn-out at her birthday. Guests included the entire Bachchan parivar with family-friend Tina Ambani in tow. Tina’s sister-in-law Nita Ambani who generally avoids attending the same parties as Tina also attended. So did Naseeruddin Shah, Rekha, Parmeshwar Godrej, Anil Kapoor, Ayaan Mukerjee, Neeta Goyal, Ashutosh Gowariker, Sudhir Mishra, Zeenat Aman, Urmila Matondkar,Vidya Balan, Boman Irani, Sandhya Mridul, Vipul and Shefali Shah.
Quips Shabana, “Why are you only mentioning the glamorous brigade from Bollywood? My entire family was there. My acting professor Roshan Taneja, my classmates from the film institute Kanwaljeet, Zarina Wahab, Rita Bhaduri came to the party. All my activist friends were also there. I missed Shyam Benegal and Mahesh Bhatt who are out of the country.”
“People around her can hardly bear her for 60 years. How will they bear her that long?” said Javed Akhtar when someone sang ‘Tum Jiyo Hazaaron Saal‘ for his wife in the party.
The two came to a head when Sinha had insinuated that some award functions had become a family jagir
The indefatigable Shabana Azmi turned 60 on Saturday, with a bash in a Juhu lounge. Shabana raucously danced to the thrum of new item number ‘Munni Badnaam Hui’ and Jaya Bachchan too joined in, with Ash clapping and cheering the loudest.
Other guests included the entire Bachchan parivar with family-friend Tina Ambani in tow. Tina’s sister-in-law, Nita Ambani, who generally avoids attending the same parties as Tina, also attended. So did Naseeruddin Shah, Rekha, Parmeshwar Godrej, Anil Kapoor, Ashutosh Gowariker, Sudhir Mishra, Zeenat Aman and Urmila Matondkar.
However, what was the talking point of the evening was the long and earnest discussion between Amitabh Bachchan and Shatrughan Sinha.The two of them have never been seen to fraternize so feelingly before. The Big B and Shotgun spent almost the entire evening together.
In 2008, Bachchan and Sinha came to a head when Sinha had allegedly insinuated that certain film awards had become partial to the Big B and his family. The Big B had lashed out at Sinha in his blog.
Says one of the invitees. “Normally when Mr Bachchan and Sinha saab meet they barely say a hello before quickly moving away. But at Shabana’s party on Saturday night they were together throughout, in a deep discussion.”
When asked what the deep discussion was all about Shatrughan Sinha said, “We were catching up on old times. We’ve never had any kind of personal problems between us. Whatever I’ve said about him in the past is strictly on a professional level. At Shabana’s party everyone was relaxed. I was feeling very happy that Amitabh had won the National Award for Paa. I went up to him and said he had honoured the award by receiving it. Every year the National Awards are controversial. Not this time. We spoke about a lot of things.”
All’s well that ends well, after all.