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Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; August 26, 2010)
Producer Madhu Mantena is more famous as actress Nandana Sen’s boyfriend! Or is even often referred to as filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma’s cousin. Both introductions are a bit unfair to Madhu because he is an independent producer. He made the super-hit Ghajini and the dud Rann. And he also has four films coming up for release.
In fact, Madhu is likely to be up for a unique distinction and the charming guy may even make it to the Limca Book of Records because he has four films in different languages releasing within a span of 40 days. Madhu is in serious expansion mode and he says, “I was not even aware of this, but I got a call saying that it is a record of sorts. And when you are releasing four big films in different markets within such a sort span rest assured that you will not notice something like this. It requires a very different skill set to release films in different languages. India is truly diverse and each market is so unique.”
Madhu’s four films include Jhootha hi Sahi (Hindi) directed by Abbas Tyrewala, Rakta Charitra (Telugu) directed by Ram Gopal Varma, Autograph (Bengali) directed by Srijit Mukerjee and Rakta Charitra II (Tamil) directed by Ram Gopal Varma
Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; August 21, 2010)
Mumbai: The name’s Bond. Ruskin Bond.
The media-shy and reclusive man from the hills will make his first appearance on silver screen in Vishal Bharadwaj’s Saat Khoon Maaf, which is based on Bond’s story Susanna’s Seven Husbands.
An Indian author of British origin, Ruskin Bond’s writing has inspired several filmmakers to translate them into films. His novel The Flight of Pigeons was adapted by Merchant Ivory films to make Shashi Kapoor-starrer Junoon. Bhardwaj himself is adapting Bond’s book for the second time. His critically acclaimed Blue Umbrella was also based on a Ruskin Bond story.
“When my casting director came up to me and said Ruskin Bond would suit the character, I told him that Bond would not agree,’’ said Bhardwaj. “After the script was ready, I sent him a copy. Then when I went to Mussoorie, I asked him about playing a role in the film and he laughed it off. I pestered him for three months before he finally agreed to do the role. He really thought I was joking, while I always thought it would be an honour to have him as part of my film.’’
Bond makes his movie debut opposite the gorgeous Priyanka Chopra. In one scene, he has to give her a peck on the cheek. The director says scene took quite a few retakes, “Because he is very shy.’’ Or maybe not. When Bhardwaj told the rosy-cheeked Bond that he would have to hold Priyanka’s hand in another scene, the writer replied with his trademark charm, “I may not let go of that hand then.’’
Chopra, on her part, is absolutely thrilled to be sharing screen space with the legendary writer. “I got all his books autographed as soon as I met Mr Bond on the sets,’’ Chopra says. “I grew up reading Ruskin Bond and even studied some of his stories as part of my school curriculum. Meeting him, acting in a film based on his story and finally sharing the screen with him is just too good to be true,’’ she adds.
This is not the first time a writer has appeared on screen. Bhisham Shahani, who wrote Tamas, played a vital character in Govind Nihalani’s adaptation of the story into a teleseries. “Though hesitant in the beginning, Sahni fit the part and gave a great performance. Besides, he is actor Balraj Sahni’s brother, so he has the acting gene in the family,’’ says Nihalani, adding that Bond’s debut is “fantastic casting.’’
Even Salman Rushdie has done a cameo in both Bridget Jones’ Diary as well as Then She Found Me. Urdu writer Ismat Chugtai featured in Merchant Ivory’s Junoon and Booker prize winner Arundhati Roy has featured in Massey Sahib, In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones and Electric Moon.
That he is a gay icon, even Imran Khan is willing to admit and accept. His poster from I Hate Luv Storys, shirtless and with the jeans riding perilously low, excited the gays as much as it sent the girls in a tizzy. And so Karan Johar, master at the game of publicity, went one step beyond this poster by organising a small and special screening of his film on Thursday for members of the gay fraternity. The private theatre in Bandra had people sitting in the aisles, Imran among them. Youngsters like Praful Baweja and Samir Sheth, who caught the screening, were overjoyed to spend time with their icon. They said Imran is a “sensitive, gayfriendly person” unlike a lot of abrasive actors. The actor himself was modest about the attention and said, “I have always believed in gay rights. I don’t think there are gay love stories and straight love stories. I think all love stories are beautiful because ‘love’ is that kind of an emotion.” However, he didn’t think he deserved the title of ‘gay icon’ because he hadn’t done anything significant for the cause of the community. On the contrary, his film had a few innuendos about being gay. “And humour does stand a risk of annoying someone somewhere. However, I can say that none of the jokes or jibes are meant to hurt anyone,” the actor said. He posed for photographs and signed autographs. But when asked for his phone number, Imran shyly declined to share it!
Imran Khan won a fan for life while returning from his trip from Chandigarh, where he had gone to promote I Hate Luv Storys. Imran was spotted by 10-year-old Samrat on the flight, who wanted to get a picture clicked with the actor.
Unfortunately, photography is not allowed on flights, so Imran could not oblige him. An eye witness said, “The kid was extremely disappointed. Finally when the flight landed, Imran went up to the kid, hugged him and gave him an autograph.”
Imran also confirmed the incident: “Yeah, I signed an autograph for him and then met him at the airport.” You’ve earned some good karma points there, Imran!
Karan Johar presents a magical rom-com this July
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; June 21, 2010)
The atmosphere in movie mogul Karan Johar’s office is infectious. Unmindful of the cloud burst that has taken Mumbai by siege, young actors, technicians and media assistants sassily dressed in shorts and tube tops move around at breakneck speed putting together Dharma Productions’ I Hate Luv Storys promotion campaign. This film is slated for a July 2 release worldwide. Everyone is excited because IHLS is a sweet (not syrupy) romantic comedy that brings together several first time combinations. “Anything virginal is usually a welcome change,’’ says one bright yuppie assistant.
Lead actor Imran Khan, who is dressed in a happy red T-shirt, says, “Karan spoils his actors. And though this is my first film with him, I never really felt that way. I’m now looking forward to doing many more films with him.’’ About his association with director Punit Malhotra, Imran says, “He’s young, has a terrific sense of humour and well through the making of the film, Punit and I were creatively on the same page.’’
Punit butts in to say, “Imran made me chase him a lot before he actually agreed to be a part of the film. However, once he was on board, Sonam and he were a dream team. They never made me feel like a debutant.’’ The young director is also impressed with Karan who gave him the budget he needed for his endeavour, but never interfered with any other aspect of film-making. “Karan is a producer every director in town should work with,’’ recommends Punit. “He gave me a free hand. He read the script and then saw the full film. In between the two, I didn’t see or hear from him.’’
Not to be left out from this mutual admiration banter, Karan says of these 20-somethings who have taken over his office and his life, “IHLS had lots of exciting firsts for me. It is Punit’s debut film. He has been with Dharma Productions for 10 years. And, I have known him since he was 10. I felt like a proud uncle when I saw the film. Even Sonam is someone I have known since her childhood. I am a friend of her parents — Anil and Sunita. So the film has been successful in reminding me that I have grown old. The media should stop referring to me as a young filmmaker now. Imran and Sonam are well-mannered, professional and extremely dedicated. I would like to have them in my future films. The only thing I did was sign cheques for the film and posed for photographs! The rest of the hard work was done by the fortunately young team!’’
Salman took off his shirt at a fashion show in Dubai; Pakistani actress Reema Khan wanted an autograph on her cleavage
Salman Khan’s fan base grows bigger whenever he takes his shirt off. This time his conquest is Pakistani actress Reema Khan. His charity event in Dubai for his organisation Being Human was a success.
Apart from the cricket match with the Pakistani cricketers, he also had a fashion show where most of his friends from Bollywood like Ritesh Deshmukh, Aftab Shivdasani, Sharman Joshi, Vatsal Sheth and Chunky Pandey participated. Salman not only proved to be a showstopper on the ramp, but stopped Reema’s heartbeats as well for a moment or two.
Our source said, “Salman has a huge fan following in Dubai. After their cricket match that Bollywood won against the Pakistani cricketers, the next day’s fashion show saw a huge number of fans at the event. The crowds went berserk when Salman walked the ramp and he didn’t disappoint them. He removed his shirt and threw it into the audience. Then, in true Salman style, he threw himself into the crowd. Pakistani actress Reema Khan grabbed the shirt and wanted Salman to sign it. She initially insisted naughtily that Salman should sign the autograph on her cleavage but Salman refused.
She then tried getting him to sign the shirt. However, Salman being Salman, just refused to sign and gave her a cold shoulder.”
While he might have won many fans with his antics during the fashion show, he definitely lost one in the form of Reema Khan.
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Vidya Balan is getting used to being addressed as such, thanks to her role in Paa
Success has many by-products and in Vidya Balan’s case it is unceasing attention and admiration. After her brilliant performance in Paa and Ishqiya towards the latter end of the year, she is besieged by autograph hunters wherever she goes.
Recently, on an early morning flight to Delhi which she slept through, she having the remarkable ability to sleep for long lengths on flights (she once slept for 16 hours on an 18-hour flight), she alighted in Delhi to a lot of attention.
And while families crowded to get pictures clicked with her, one harassed father was heard explaining to his curious tot that she was “Paa ki maa”. The comment sent Vidya into giggles which she tried hard to restrain every time someone clicked.
But obviously she was not going to be allowed to keep a straight face. A huge group of men decided they wanted to pose individually with her and each time someone would attempt to use the lone camera they had between them, the owner of the camera would shout, “Press the white button”.
When this had gone on for some time, Vidya couldn’t help muttering, “By now the whole airport must know that it is the white button that needs to be pressed.” Luckily her staff and her luggage appeared then and rescued her from what was threatening to become a deluge of fans”.
Salman Khan is all set to fight the box office battle today!
TIMES NEWS NETWORK (BOMBAY TIMES; January 22, 2010)
The team of Eros International’s Veer has been looking forward to this day with great anticipation as the mega project finally hits the big screens across the country. Salman, who has an eye for spotting talent, will introduce Zarine Khan in his dream project. And the newbie is glad that mentor Salman’s dream project has materialised so well. The film is set in 1875 and is based on the love story of a warrior, who leads his clan of the fearless Pindhari warriors, who refused to surrender to the British Empire.
Salman says, “Veer can be called my most awaited film till date. I wanted to direct a film on this subject. My biggest fear for Veer was that my father had asked me not to make this film! But when he finally saw the end result, he came out saying ‘It’s outstanding’. Speaking about the film, director Anil Sharma says, “I had approached Salman for another film, but he discussed Veer with me. Salman has lived the character of Veer for 20 years. I was so inspired by his vision and enthusiastic narration that I felt I had to be a part of this project.” Producer Vijay Galani was extremely excited to have Salman playing a fearless warrior. “I took up Veer as a dream, not just to make a good film and recover our investment, but to make India’s biggest film, to take Bollywood to a very new level and have Salman as a ferocious warrior.”
Zarine plays Princess Yashodhara, who’s head-over-heels in love with Veer in the movie. In real life, too, Zarine can’t stop singing praises of her hero. “I remember the first time I met him on the sets of Yuvvraj, I had asked him for an autograph. While signing the autograph he told me ‘Sweetheart, now you’ll sign autographs for the world’. I was stumped. Later I got to know that I was selected for Veer,” she gushes.
Salman took great interest in the making of the film. Speaking about his helpful ways, Zarine says, “Salman taught me a lot of things. He never threw starry tantrums. I had heard that he gets angry quickly, but that’s not true. He’s a genuine person. There would be times when I would not get a shot right, but he never yelled at me. He would explain the shot in great detail and show me how to do it. He is perfect for the role. He is the perfect warrior.” Looks like with his princess by his side, warrior Salman is all set to win the box office battle once again.