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Sanju baba’s tainted past comes back to haunt him; he is denied entry into the US to attend Trishala’s graduation day
It isn’t an easy situation. Sanjay Dutt, who has had a chequered relationship at best with his New York-based daughter Trishala, won’t be able to attend her graduation ceremony, a singularly special day for Americans as parents join their children to celebrate the completion of their degrees in a ceremony titled commencement.
Sanjay Dutt’s application for his visa renewal (he had a 10-year visa to visit the United States) was rejected for the second time by the US consulate on the grounds that he was convicted for the 1993 serial blasts, for illegal possession of arms.
A source close to Dutt reveals, “The actor was very disheartened as he is unable to go to the US for his own daughter’s graduation day.
Commencement or Graduation Day is a big deal in the US and he wanted to be with his daughter on her big day.
Trishala is graduating from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.” Ironically, Trishala was so traumatised by Sanju baba’s tryst with the legal system that she took up law as a career option. And now daddy himself will be missing.
The source continues, “Sanjay Dutt had a 10-year visa which expired. Dutt had re-applied twice but has been rejected both times.
The actor has been flying all over the world for his shoots and location scouting, but just can’t get a visa to America, which is one of the most important countries for him at the moment.”
Sanjay Dutt’s manager, Dharam Oberoi, confirms and says, “Sanjay sir was very keen to attend his daughter’s Trishala’s graduation but only faced disappointment each time he applied.
He has been applying for a US visa for more than two years.
He even flew down mid-way from his shoots in Bangkok and South Africa when summoned by the consulate for impromptu interviews. Yet he was not issued a visa.”
Guess it would be a lonely graduation for daddy’s girl. But wisdom comes with pain.
By Subhash K. Jha, July 28, 2010 – 10:39 IST
Priyanka has just returned from shooting stunts in Bangkok, and she’s super-excited. “I rode a dirt bike. I shot with an alligator and a bull. It was fun.”
Now she’s looking forward to providing a huge distraction to the contestants on Fear Factor. “That’s what my intention is. To make them so distracted they won’t be able to do their stunts.”
After a rejuvenating birthday holiday in Phuket, Priyanka Chopra flew to Bangkok to shoot the promotional video for Khatron Ke Khiladi (Fear Factor).
About the holiday, Priyanka says, “Apart from the mishap that happened when I dropped my phone in the water and couldn’t receive any birthday greetings, I had a fun time. Like I had told you before I left, I was generally not recognized. But even if I was I didn’t mind. Being recognized is part and parcel of what I do.” Priyanka feels a change within herself. “I feel I’ve become reclusive. I like to be within myself.”
The stunts involved a motorbike race where Priyanka challenged a group of punks to a race through a terrain that would scare even a Grand Prix winner. Priyanka had to ride through some of the most impossibly-rugged terrain. According to crew members who had gathered to shoot the video, the male mo’bike members used for the film were all professional riders used to riding at high speed through the most rugged hinterland. Priyanka not only had to ride with these experts, she had to look better than them on camera. She had been secretly practising for the heart-in-the-mouth mo’bike stunts for weeks. The channel had offered to get a body-double to do the really intricate portions in the shooting. But Priyanka insisted on doing the entire mo’bike stunt-stint on her own. So excited and charged did she get that she shot for a full twenty hours on the first of the two days of shooting in Bangkok.
Says Priyanka, “There is no challenge in half-measures. You either do the whole thing or don’t do it at all. I’ve always been fascinated by mo’bikes. I love mo’bike stunts. When I had seen Tom Cruise do the mo’bike stunts, my first thought was, ‘Gawd if only I could get to do that.’ I guess my wish came true.”
The ride was not all fun and games. Priyanka has returned to Mumbai with quite a number of bruises. “But the pain was worth it. You can’t be one of the boys on the bike and not get your share of bruises.”
She intends to wrap up all her assignments by October before heading for the shooting of Don 2 in Berlin.
It’s funny how a film looses sheen if it takes too much time to hit the screens. Even if it boasts of bankable stars, viewers are not interested to watch such delayed and dated films. Very surprising! It can be a good film after all! Can a well-made film turn into a pathetic one if it doesn’t get a timely release? No will be the obvious answer but Milenge Milenge is an exception! Films usually release a year or two or max 3 years behind schedule. But Milenge Milenge is a film which has been in the making since 6 long years! But most importantly, the film was written in a different ‘age’ than the present one! More about it later! It is due to the ‘date’ factor that Milenge Milenge works but only in parts!
The story of the movie: Priya (Kareena Kapoor) is a happy-go-lucky girl who’s waiting for her Mr Right. A tarot card reader (Kirron Kher) tells her that she’ll be meeting her Prince Charming 7 days later at a foreign country wearing specific clothes at early morning. As destined, Priya is selected to go for the Youth Festival at Bangkok! And 7 days later, she indeed meets the man of her dreams, Immi (Shahid Kapoor). It was love at first sight for Priya and for Immi too. But as her trip is about to end, she gets the biggest shock of her life and realizes that Immi isn’t that guy for her. Immi tries to stop her and explains that they are destined to be together. To which Priya comes up with an idea that allows fate to take control of their future. Years fly and both are scheduled to get married (not to each other). Both aren’t happy and are yearning for each other. But both Immi and Priya are unaware of each other’s whearabouts. Will destiny which separated them bring them back together too?
Milenge Milenge has a wonderful first half. Although the boy-meet-girl-and-love-happens sequences are beaten to death number of times, it still strikes a chord in case of Milenge Milenge. The comedy in the first hour is absolutely brilliant. Laughs are guaranteed! Shahid and his gang entering the ladies hostel dressed as girls and Shahid giving an anti-smoking speech are sure to bring the house down! Then the twist just before the intermission is well treated and takes the film to a high.
However, the film starts falling in the 2nd half. The lovers are separated and their hearts are beating for each other and thus, they embark on a journey to find each other. Nice idea but the ‘journey’ tends to get too filmy and dragging. Since Facebook, Orkut and other social networking sites were either non-existent or weren’t too popular when the film was written and executed, the lovers are shown physically travelling to different places and even cities to find the other! And this doesn’t look believable. That’s why I strongly feel Milenge Milenge should have released much earlier!
The climax doesn’t work and seemed too obvious. Continuity is another issue with the film. Since the film was shot between huge gaps of months and maybe even years, the actors look different (especially their hairstyles) throughout the film! However, it doesn’t hamper the film much although it is very noticeable.
This is probably the last time that we see Shahid and Kareena together! Both play their parts extremely well. For a change, it was great to see Shahid in a complete chocolate hero avatar like the one he had in his beginning films! The role didn’t require Shahid to display any histrionics and gives a great performance. This is his last film of the year and will be directly seen in Pankaj Kapoor’s Mausam which will arrive next year!
Most of the scenes of the film were shot at a time when Kareena Kapoor was still plump and the size zero bug hadn’t hit her! Again, it was great to see her in her former avatar and performance-wise, she was a complete natural. Sarfaraz Khan as Shahid’s buddy does a nice job. The actor who plays Shahid’s ‘non-smoker’ friend was absolutely hilarious! Kirron Kher leaves a mark while Kareena’s fiancé was the most horrible actor in recent times! Aarti Chhabria was hardly there and it seems that her role was heavily chopped off. Satish Shah, Himani Shivpuri and Delnaz Paul were alright.
Himesh Reshammiya’s music is soothing and a treat to the ears. Maybe that’s because the songs were composed before he began singing-acting full throttle! The somewhat haunting title song is the best track of the lot besides Tum Ishq Ho and Ishq Ki Gali. S Sriram’s cinematography was perfect. Sanjay Verma’s editing was way too much! The film seemed to be at least of 2.30 hours which was brought down to 2 hours duration. While the editing helped to cut the duration, it affected consistency and character sketch (esp of Aarti Chhabria), not to a great extent though.
Shiraz Ahmed, who has written wonderful films like Humraaz, Aitraaz, Race, Wanted and Prince has written the story, screenplay and dialogues. Story was interesting although a major portion was inspired from the Hollywood flick Serendipity. Screenplay could have been better but dialogues were wonderful.
Satish Kaushik’s direction was simple and straight. But the delays in the shoot and release took a toll on the film. Better luck next time is what I can only say!
Some of the best scenes:
1. Priya with the tarot reader
2. The title track
3. Immi gets a fake college principal
4. Immi and his friends at the ladies hostel (Funny!)
5. Immi gives an anti-smoking speech (Hilarious!)
6. Priya finds the truth about Immi
7. The intermission point
8. All scenes of Satish Kaushik
9. Immi finds Priya’s credit card details
On the whole and simply put, Milenge Milenge is an okay film. It has an interesting plot and performances by Shahid-Kareena are awesome. However, the over-delayed release affects the film as the very crux of the film itself seems outdated! As the film preaches, everything happens because of destiny and maybe, the film wasn’t destined to be a success! Anyways, this one is strictly for the lead pair’s fans. Otherwise, there’s nothing special and can be easily avoided!
My rating-** ½ out of 5!
By Taran Adarsh, July 9, 2010 – 12:57 IST
Freshly cooked, piping hot food is savoured instantly. Similarly, a film that radiates freshness catches your eye instantaneously. Conversely, if a film takes a really long time to hit the screens, it generally doesn’t find a place in your things-to-do-this-weekend list, unless the word of mouth is electrifying. MILENGE MILENGE suffers for this reason. Even the man on the street knows that it’s a dated product!
The gap between the commencement of this film and its eventual release is quite substantial and that’s pretty evident when you look at its promos. Especially the way the lead actors look. The camera doesn’t lie, right? Perhaps, that’s a prime reason why MILENGE MILENGE doesn’t propel you to rush to a nearby cineplex and grab a seat, despite the fact that its lead stars are at the prime of their respective careers and enjoy a solid fan-base.
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
But never judge a book by its cover. Sure, you march into the film with zilch expectations, expecting a dated product with a hackneyed plotline, but as the reels begin to unspool, you realize that it does have a story to tell. So what if MILENGE MILENGE borrows from the John Cusack – Kate Beckinsale starrer SERENDIPITY . The Indianisation by writer Shiraz Ahmed is quite engaging at places.
The ‘recipe’ for that perfect love story is simple [at least that's what most film-makers believe]: Cast a good looking pair, choose a tried-and-tested story [read, make a mix of EK DUUJE KE LIYE, Q.S.Q.T., MAINE PYAAR KIYA, D.D.L.J., KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI], garnish it with sweet/cute/romantic/delightful situations, add a couple of energetic songs [at least two/three Hit songs are a must] and shoot the muvie at panaromic locales. Presto, prem kahani tayyar ho gayee!
But MILENGE MILENGE has ‘kismet’ keeping the lovers apart. Imagine a love story where the lovers have already expressed love for each other, but some force beyond their control gets in their way and keeps them apart till the end of the film. The script indulges in bringing its leads together, but also makes sure that they stay far away from each other till minutes before the film is about to conclude. Sure, this thought sounds interesting on paper, but there’s a flipside to it. With Facebook, Twitter, Google and also cellphones at one’s disposal, is it difficult to trace anyone in today’s times? Naah, not anymore!
Final word? MILENGE MILENGE may be dated, but watch it for the chemistry between its lead pair. Perhaps, this JAB WE MET jodi may never team up ever again!
Immy [Shahid Kapoor] and Priya [Kareena Kapoor] meet at a youth festival in Bangkok. Priya is a romantic at heart and expects her life partner to be a teetotaler, a guy who doesn’t smoke and also, who doesn’t lie. Immy is totally opposite of what Priya wants from her life partner. Their world collides when Immy lays his hands on Priya’s personal diary and learns of her likes and dislikes. He poses as her dream mate by giving her a totally different picture of himself.
While preparing to return to Delhi, Priya discovers the copy of her diary in Immy’s room. She realizes that Immy has made a fool of her and decides to confront him. In the meantime, Immy confides in his friends that although he has cheated Priya, he is truly in love with her. But Priya appears in front of him and all hell breaks loose. She decides to end the relationship.
Immy tries to regain her trust by telling her that they are destined to be together. Priya decides that if it is destined that they be together, then they will find each other in Delhi again, although both do not know each other’s whereabouts in Delhi. Three years later, Immy returns from abroad, while Priya is now settled in Mumbai. Immy is engaged to a family friend’s daughter [Aarti Chhabria], while Priya has also moved on in life. She is in a relationship with a pop singer.
Both of them are about to be married, but after all these years, they still have this nagging feeling that the other was his/her true love. Of course, fate conspires to bring them back together [after several near misses] as they simultaneously undertake one last attempt to find one another just before they get married to someone else.
MILENGE MILENGE starts off like one of those countless love stories, with mandatory songs and lovey-dovey scenes aplenty, but the twist minutes before the interval is so well executed that it suddenly raises the bar of the film. Naturally then, you expect the post-interval portions to charter a new path.
The second half has its share of engaging moments, but, very frankly, it tends to get repetitive and melodramatic as well. The entire track of a particular Rs. 50 currency note and the book with Kareena’s name and phone number on it, although novel, hasn’t been portrayed too effectively. Even the finale — when Shahid reaches out to Kareena — isn’t convincing. Like I pointed out earlier, what binds the film together is the chemistry between the lead pair and a few charming moments.
Satish Kaushik’s handling of a few sequences is commendable. Himesh Reshammiya’s musical score is quite good. ‘Kuch To Baaki Hai’ and the title track are good compositions. Cinematography is okay.
Both Shahid and Kareena play the hopeless romantics to the hilt. Their [then] off screen chemistry comes across very well on screen. Although the film was shot several years ago and Shahid looks boyish all through, his performance is consistent and believable. Kareena is equally convincing. Aarti Chhabria has nothing to do. Delnaaz Paul [Kareena's friend] and Sarfaraz Khan [Shahid's friend] get ample scope and are noticeable. Satish Shah is hardly funny. Kirron Kher sparkles in a brief role. Himani Shivpuri is wasted.
On the whole, MILENGE MILENGE has the charismatic lead pair, who are very popular with the youth, as its USP. But the problem is its dated look. Having taken a long time to reach the theatres, it will have to rely on a solid word of mouth to lure the audiences into cineplexes. Business-wise, there’s some hope in the Hindi belt, where traditional love stories and melodrama are accepted.
WHY FRET ABOUT SUBTITLES?
A week back, when I posted my previous Bollywood Talk, I had already planned that my next Talk would talk about the success of Kites! I was completely sure that this Hrithik Roshan-starrer produced by papa Rakesh Roshan and directed by the talented Anurag Basu would rock without a shred of doubt. But world is so unpredictable. One of the most important films of the year that’s there in news since more than a year has failed!
I didn’t like Kites for a different reason. I felt the climax was a total disappointment and ruined the film completely. Although the film is wonderfully directed and performed and has its moments, the lame ending spoiled it all. Viewers overall had another complaint-Kites wasn’t a Hindi film! While the lead actress speaks Spanish throughout the film, the actor is speaking in English for most of the part! Also, people had trouble reading the subtitles. Hum film dekhe ya subtitles padhe is what some people are complaining. Totally baseless comment especially for the audiences of metros! Havent we seen and understood films from start to finish on UTV World Movies, NDTV Lumiere etc and in film festivals with the help of subtitles? Then why fret when a Bollywood film adopts a similar technique? Also it is important that we encourage the subtitle technique as it is the future. Its high time Bollywood comes up with films showing characters coming from different cultures and speaking different languages. Only then will our films boast of some freshness. Till when are we going to show actors living in same country/city or every third person in Bangkok speaking Hindi? We want our films to be as real and as authentic as possible, don’t we? Then we must encourage this trend! Of course this might be a problem for the people in rural towns and the illiterate population. But we, the urbanites, should not be complaining at least!
THE ISSUE IS OPEN TO DEBATE AND DISCUSSIONS IN THE COMMENT SECTION!
FILM ON 26/11 AND KASAB RELEASING TOMORROW
Ashok Chakra-A Tribute To Real Heroes, a movie based on the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks is all set to release tomorrow. Earlier titled Total Ten, the film hasn’t promoted well and hence many don’t know about its release. That’s good actually; otherwise, it would have attracted unwanted controversies! Debutant Rajan Verma plays Ajmal Kasab and besides the film also stars Homi Wadia, Sudesh Berry, Ashish Vidyarthi, Mushtaq Khan and others. According to the actors themselves, Kasab is hanged towards the end of the film.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THIS FILM (SINCE THERE’S NO OTHER HINDI RELEASE THIS FRIDAY)? DO LET ME KNOW!
Bobby Darling gets silicone implants, feels more like a woman now
Bobby Darling, who has always said that he is a woman trapped in a man’s body, has decided to get himself a brand new pair of breasts. After getting silicone implants, Bobby is a proud and pert size 32.
The surgery was done in Delhi. Bobby said, “Yes, I got silicone implants. I had to stay in the hospital for six days. I am much more comfortable in my skin now.”
The original plan was to get the implants done in Bangkok. “But then I decided that Delhi was not a bad option. I didn’t opt for heavy breasts. I didn’t want to make it so evident,” said Bobby.
Explaining why he took the decision to get some curves, Bobby said, “I have had many relationships, and I realised that every man has a breast fixation. That inspired me to go in for surgery. I love wearing bras now.”
From the boyish figure to the bra-worthy profile, Bobby is finally getting the body he dreamed of. For many years, his father refused to accept him and society shunned him.
He lost his mother when he was still a teenager and was deeply depressed when his boyfriend dumped him. “All that is in the past. My family stood by me in the hospital when I got my silicone implants.
My life will become even better when I undergo the sex change operation, which I will get done in Bangkok,” added Bobby.
By Taran Adarsh, May 7, 2010 – 16:54 IST
Actor turned debutante director Parmeet Sethi made a startling confession on my show, a few days ago. He said, he had completed the entire script, with dialogue, in six days flat. I was apprehensive initially, but not once does BADMAASH COMPANY give you the feeling that it’s a hurried job or the debutante writer-director, in a bid to start his first film, had left blanks incomplete.
The earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed. The adage holds true for the youth of today, who wish to attain the riches overnight and take an easy route/shortcut to climb the ladder of success. Just when you start thinking that you’ve conquered it all, that you’re God, a stroke of bad luck brings you back to Ground Zero, to experience the harsh realities of life.
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM|
Parmeet walks the tight rope of handling a complex subject and offering entertainment simultaneously, in his very first film. To his credit, the film has several poignant and enjoyable moments that catch you by complete surprise. While the film has it all — the writing has the power to keep the viewer hooked — the film has a handicap in the form of its second hour, especially the penultimate 25-odd minutes.
Let me specify! With a running time of approx. 2.30 hours, the extra footage in the end — Shahid and friends trying to salvage his uncle’s business — only adds to the length of the enterprise. Ideally, the film should’ve ended when the friends forgive each other and shake hands, after a series of personal and professional setbacks.
Final word? BADMAASH COMPANY is a decent attempt, with several captivating moments and power-packed performances by each and every member of its cast. We often grudge that entertainment-laden films make no sense these days, but this one entertains and also makes sense. Watch it!
BADMAASH COMPANY is set in the 1990s in middle class Mumbai, of four ordinary youngsters [Shahid Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Meiyang Chang and Vir Das], who came together to start an import business of things longed for by yuppie Indians. What made their venture such a stupendous success was the fact that they found a way to beat the system and soon became the undisputed kings in their business, realizing their one dream of making quick money is by doing all the wrong things the right way.
Living the life of champagne wishes and caviar dreams, the four friends discover that to make a business successful, you don’t need big money. All you need is a big idea. All is well and hunky dory till one day the four maverick entrepreneurs are forced to shut shop.
The best thing about BADMAASH COMPANY is that you identify with the mindset of those who aspire to reach the pinnacle of success using shortcuts. The scams and the con games the youth indulge in are easy to decipher and least complicated, which works in its favour. Another strong point is the camaraderie that the four actors share on screen. The film would’ve fallen flat if the chemistry was missing, but the bonding looks so real that you forget that they are merely enacting those roles.
BADMAASH COMPANY has some terrific moments. The sequences in Bangkok are enjoyable. Ditto for the showdown between the friends in the post-interval hour. The transformation in Shahid’s persona is also beautifully depicted. But, like I pointed out at the outset, the second hour tends to get repetitive and the penultimate 25-odd minutes are a strict no-no.
Pritam’s music is foot-tapping and almost every song has been filmed very well. Sanjay Kapoor’s cinematography is just right.
Every actor puts his best foot forward in BADMAASH COMPANY. Shahid gets it right yet again. It wouldn’t be erroneous to say that this is amongst his finest works. Watch him blow his lid in the restaurant sequence and also in another sequence, when he meets a pregnant Anushka. He is confidence personified in those sequences.
Anushka is a revelation. She looks stunning, her performance is livewire and the chemistry with Shahid is electrifying. Strangely, she took a backseat after her debut in RAB NE BANADI JODI, but BADMAASH COMPANY will bring her back in public eye. Vir Das is another surprise. He’s in terrific form here. The film marks the ‘birth’ of another talent — Meiyang Chang — who adds a lot of freshness and zing to his character. Anupam Kher is wonderful. Kiran Juneja makes her presence felt. Pawan Malhotra is extremely likeable.
On the whole, BADMAASH COMPANY is a watchable experience for various reasons, the prime reason being it offers solid entertainment, but doesn’t insult your intelligence. Recommended!
NIMISHA TIWARI Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; April 24, 2010)
So what if it’s her first film. Former Miss India and debutant actress Sarah Jane Dias is leaving no stone unturned to seduce Abhishek Bachchan in Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar’s Game. The dusky beauty has learned realistic moves of exotic dancing from a Thailand-based choreographer in Bangkok. That’s not all, to master the art, she along with director Abhinay Deo went to almost every bar and club in Bangkok to get the feel of the nightlife there. Excited to the hilt, Sarah Jane said, “I had a blast learning this new style of dancing. I am already a trained dancer in HipHop and Jazz, so that helped me immensely in mastering the exotic swaying moves.” Her character in this film is very intense and goes through three different stages, one of which is that of an exotic dancer. “But I must confess that I was nervous in the beginning. I’ve never done anything close to exotic dancing in my real life. But the Thai choreographer complimented me saying that I’ve got rhythm in my body. So, guess I was lucky to get it just right,” said Sarah with a broad grin. The film will soon have a European outdoor schedule. And the crew will then be shooting in Samos, Greece and later in Istanbul in Turkey.
Lisa Ray has successfully battled cancer. Proof of how well she has reclaimed her health was there for all to see on April 20 when she not only walked the red carpet at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles for her new film Cooking With Stella, she even ran indoors when it suddenly began to rain on the red carpet.
Recounts her director Dilip Mehta ,”The red carpet ceremony had to be shifted inside the Arclight Theater complex since it had started to rain. Our lovely warrior Lisa shone on the red carpet. She could have knocked you down with a feather. I’m in awe of her strength of character and she continues to be a beacon of hope.”
Apparently a number of filmmakers and actors were unable to show up because of the volcanic-ash situation in Europe. Says Dilip, “Fortunately, Lisa came in from Toronto and I came in via Bangkok. I think this was Lisa’s first red carpet appearance since the Toronto Festival in October 2009. She looked radiant and so chic.”
Lisa herself is in an upbeat mood and even planning a trip to India. “Our LA premiere was very satisfying. I should be back in India soon as well.”
Shahid Kapoor is a magnet for ragging. After being teased mercilessly by a group of girls who asked him to take off his ganji and bare his chest while he was shooting for Badmaash Company on a beach in Bangkok, he once again had the fright of his life in Bangkok.
Accompanied by Vir Das and Meiyang Chang, co-stars of Yash Raj Films’ forthcoming project Badmaash Company, Shahid landed up at a massage parlour in a hotel.
But he soon realised that he had made one of the biggest mistakes of his life when the massage turned out to be one of those ‘naughty’ massages, which Bangkok is so famous for. The embarrassing incident happened during the film’s final schedule in Bangkok.
As there was hardly any scene to be shot on that particular day, the three boys decided to chill out by going for a relaxing massage.
A source says, “Shahid, Vir and Chang entered into private rooms for a massage. A few minutes later, they were seen running out of their respective massage rooms.”
The three boys came out red-faced and looked at each other very sheepishly. They asked each other, “Kya tere saath bhi wohi hua jo mere saath hua?”
Not unexpectedly, Vir and Chang denied the news. Shahid remained unavailable for comment.