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Aakansha Naval Shetye (DNA; January 20, 2013)Directors’ Cut: Rohit Shetty, Ashwini Dhir, Kabir Khan, Sajid Khan, Karan Malhotra, Prabhu Dheva, Anurag Basu and Arbaaz Khan lift their Zee Cine Awards
The year 2012 proved to be a remarkable one for Bollywood. The landmark year not only saw a rise in the number of films winning critical acclaim, but was also declared a successful one commercially. In fact, 2012 saw Indian cinema create a history of sorts with as many as nine Hindi films entering the aspirational Rs100-crore club, which seems to have become a new benchmark of success in B-Town.
In this, Salman Khan bettered his own record set by Bodyguard as his Ek Tha Tiger entered the Rs100-crore club just within five days of release.
Filmmakers and distributors too are known to leave no stone unturned in their attempt to cross over to the right side of the much-coveted figure, say industry observers. And to recognise the importance of this coveted club and honour the entrants, the Zee Cine Awards 2013 introduced a new award, The Power Club Box Office. Winning this prestigious honour were nine directors whose films crossed the Rs100-crore mark.
Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra — who herself is a part of two Rs100-crore films this year, Agneepath and Barfi! — handed out the trophies. Arbaaz Khan (Dabangg 2), Sajid Khan (Housefull 2), Kabir Khan (Ek Tha Tiger), Rohit Shetty (Bol Bachchan), Ashwini Dhir (Son of Sardaar), Karan Malhotra (Agneepath), Anurag Basu (Barfi!) More >
The set alone that will cost amount mentioned which will used in the backdrop for some high-octane action sequences for his forthcoming film
Hiren Kotwani (MID-DAY; May 22, 2012)
Keeping in mind his recent hit parade at the box office during Diwali, Ajay Devgn is leaving nothing to chance vis-à-vis his festival release SOS – Son Of Sardaar.
The latest is that he’s spending about Rs 5 crore just for the set that is being created by art director Sabu Cyril at a Bandra studio, where the song will be shot later this month. A well-placed source associated with the Ashwini Dhir directed film tells us that the veteran art director is creating a motorcycle theme discotheque.
Bike trail “This kind of concept has not been seen in a Hindi film before. Sabu is using various architectural ideas to come up with a set that will facilitate shooting from various angles,” says our informer, adding that in keeping with the theme, 30-35 imported motorcycles will be used for the shoot.
“The price of the bikes ranges from Rs 8 lakh to Rs 15 lakh. Besides, motorcycle accessories will also be used as props. The set will also have extensive lighting,” adds our source. Choreographer Ganesh Acharya will also be incorporating some stunts for the song.
As our source adds, “Ajay will also be performing a couple of stunts, which will be incorporated in the choreography for him. While the song will be shot over five days, Ganesh will rehearse a few days before with the others to get the timing for the More >
Salman Khan will not only shoot for an item number in Ajay Devgn’s film but will also do it for free
By Hiren Kotwani (MID-DAY; March 30, 2012)
In an industry where friendships are fickle, some actors go out of their way to accommodate their friends and close ones. We hear, Salman Khan has not only pledged time to do an item song for Ajay Devgn’s forthcoming film Son Of Sardar, he will not even charge a single paisa for it.
A well-placed industry source tells us that it was only recently that Salman was finalised for the song. “Along with the director Ashwini (Dhir), his associate Kumar Mangat and a couple of others, Ajay was discussing about the picturisation of this peppy track.
And then they thought of roping Salman in for it. Since Ajay is good friends with Salman, he called and offered it to him. Knowing their friendship, Salman agreed immediately,” explains our informer. Interestingly, Ajay and Salman weren’t as great friends when they acted together in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam more than a decade back.
“They became friendly a few years ago, and it was only while working together in London Dreams that their friendship was cemented,” we’re told. Our source further states that Salman is not charging any money for doing the song.
“In fact, he’s doing it as a goodwill gesture for a friend,” points our source, adding that last year, Ajay and Sanjay Dutt had done cameos for Ready at Salman’s request. They were shooting for Rascals in another part of Thailand, but when Salman More >
The actor is about to interpret his iconic action sequence by straddling a pair of horses
Mehul S Thakkar (BOMBAY TIMES; March 30, 2012)
Every star has their signature strut. Rajinikanth flips his sunglasses. Shah Rukh Khan spreads his arms. And Ajay Devgn straddles two moving vehicles. In his debut film Phool Aur Kaante, he strode two bikes. In Golmaal Returns, keeping in tune with director Rohit Shetty’s fascination for them, Devgn repeated his famous action with two brightly coloured cars. And now, the actor has decided to reinterpret his famous act with two lively horses for Ashwini Dhir’s Son Of Sardar.
Mirror has found out that the filmmakers have already finalised two horses from Patiala, where the shoot has been planned. A big ground has already been booked for the sequence. The horses are being trained there. And the actor too is training with them. On the other hand, the entire team is busy planning the sequence – figuring out how to shoot the scene without a safety harness, how to avoid scaring the animals etc – since even a single glitch could seriously injure the actor.
The scene will be directed by Jai Singh, who had been an associate of the actor’s father Veeru Devgan. He had also been the action director for all Rohit Shetty films including Golmaal, Singham, Golmaal 3 etc.
Apart from getting ready for the scene, Devgn is busy getting acquainted with the two horses. Since unlike the bikes and cars that held him the last two times, horses are living beings More >
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 13, 2012)
Yesterday, a fatal accident on the sets of director Ashwini Dhir’s Son Of Sardar in Patiala sent the entire film industry into a pall of gloom.
Thirty-three year old light man, Machinder Arvel aka Bala, a resident of Chembur, was electrocuted just a few metres away from where producer-actor Ajay Devgn was shooting for his film. Bala died on the spot. Another light man, Bipin Yadav, is in the ICU. A source from the set told Mirror, “Bipin was rushed to the hospital. He is serious. Unfortunately, Bala could not be saved.” FWICE President Dharmesh Tiwari expressed serious concern, terming the incident a tragedy.
Speaking to Mirror, Bala’s grieving brother-in-law, Ganesh Vasant Khandane, also a light man in Btown, said, “My sister and I are deeply shocked. We are grateful to FWICE that Machinder’s body is being flown into Mumbai. I was shooting in Madh Island when I got a call informing me about my brother-in-law’s unfortunate death. I just don’t know what to do.” His voice choking with emotion, he said, “We shall demand compensation from Ajay Devgn. However our loss is irreparable.”
Reportedly, the incident occurred when six light men were trying to raise a streamer so as to increase the intensity of light that would fall on the faces of actors Ajay Devgn and Mukul Dev, who were getting ready for the subsequent shot. Explaining what exactly transpired, Vice Chairman of the Union, Prem Singh Thakur, said, “As far as I know, a More >
After the success of his recent comedies, Ajay Devgn has planned yet another with Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? director Ashwini Dhir
Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 07, 2011)
After receiving an thunderous applause for Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?, Ajay Devgn was so impressed with his director Ashwani Dhir that he asked him to direct another film for him.
Dhir agreed, and here they are with a Hindi remake of Maryada Ramanna. Needless to say, Ajay will play the lead in the film.
A musical comedy, it will be jointly produced by N R Pachisia, Praveen Talreja and Ajay Devgn. Producer N R Pachisia said, “We have bought the rights of the film.
The script will be re-worked according to Bollywood taste-buds. Ajay wanted Ashwani to direct the film so we have him on board.”
Though Ajay will take charge of the ‘bandwagon’ as the protagonist, his love interest in the film is yet to be picked. A source said, “The lead actress for the film is not finalised.
Once the script is ready, they will figure out the leading lady. The dates for Devgn yet need to be worked out, since he has movies back to back. After the commercial success of Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?, Devgn is very keen to make a comedy film, which is really enjoyed by the audience.
Devgn’s comedy films Golmaal series and All The Best have done really well with the audiences.”
Ajay, Emraan, Prachi and Kangna have set the box office on fire
TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; August 3, 2010)
Ekta Kapoor’s gang has a reason to smile. Her Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai starring Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Prachi Desai and Kangna Ranaut, has received widespread critical acclaim along with a bumper opening and is all set for a long run at the box office. Director Milan Luthria’s overwhelmed. “To get both critical acclaim and box office collections is a filmmaker’s dream. I’m glad I stuck to my guns and made the film I wanted,” he said.
Film critic Nikhat Kazmi believes the film, that has got a four-star rating, “might just take your breath away with its iridescence and engaging quality”.
Trade analysts too feel it will fetch wonderful returns at the box office. “It’s an outstanding cinematic experience,” said Taran Adarsh, while Komal Nahta predicted that “the film is a sureshot winner.” They are not the only ones to give a thumbs-up to OUATIM. Some of the top-notch directors like Madhur Bhandarkar, Priyadarshan, Mahesh Bhatt, Rohit Shetty and Ashwini Dhir have been more than lavish with their praises for this gangster film.
OUATIM is not just a rewind to the golden 70s era but it is also a rewind to the time of housefulls, impactful dialogues, superhit music, incessant clapping, enthusiastic whistling, lathi-charges for controlling manic fans and everything else that made for the perfect movie experience!
With the strong More >
Apart from the film fraternity, Ajay Devgn’s wife Kajol addresses him by the term
Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 31, 2010)
Ajay Devgn’s role in Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai seems to have impressed not only the film fraternity, but also his acclaimed actress-wife Kajol. After watching the film, she has started addressing Ajay as ‘gangsta’ along with his professional buddies.
A source reveals, “Ajay, Kajol and his directors like Madhur Bhandarkar, Rohit Shetty, Mahesh Bhatt and Ashwini Dhir watched his latest flick Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai together at his private screening.
His gangster look seems to have made Kajol fall in love all over again with the actor.
After the movie Kajol kept addressing Ajay as ‘my gangsta’. All the directors, who loved his villainous role, agreed with Kajol and have nicknamed him with the same name.”
The source continues, “Kajol obviously likes all his roles, but when it comes to the wicked villainous roles she totally adores him and feels he does complete justice to such roles.
After the movie Kajol and the gang of directors kept repeating his Sultan Mirza dialogues especially the one “jo apni maa ki izzat nahi karta, mein unka baap banke aata hoon.’
When contacted, Ajay laughed and said, “Yes apart from my friends and directors, Kajol has also started addressing me as the new gangsta.”
• Your next release Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? is about an unwanted visitor. Have you ever encountered anything like this?
You know it’s bizarre but everyone has been telling me weird tales about unwanted guests but I have never faced the situation. Right through the making there were so many incidents I heard. I guess I will have to wait for my own experience.
• You are paired with Konkona Sen Sharma. Don’t you think it’s quite an odd pair? We wanted someone who could look convincing as a housewife who is also a working woman. The feedback I have got so far has been quite encouraging. I have not worked with her before Atithi… but we did interact during Omkara. She is a brilliant actress and that’s what Ashwini (Dhir, director) wanted.
• You started your career with action then shifted to intense roles and now you are mostly doing comedy. Comment. Doing the same thing over and over again is boring. I always try to do different things. My comedy films have worked so I am doing comedy at the moment. Atithi… is a situational comedy. You will sympathise with my character. But I am also doing Priyadarshan’s crime thriller, Garam Hawa as some people told me More >