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Upala KBR (DNA; June 5, 2013)
Rohit Shetty is a friend indeed. His writers Sajid-Farhad (Golmaal series, Singham and Bol Bachchan) are turning director with film Entertainment. On Monday — the first day of shooting, Rohit, who is superbusy cutting the trailer for Chennai Express, made time and drove all the way to Chandivili to the sets to wish the director brothers. He did not hesitate even though the film stars Akshay Kumar. Everyone knows that Rohit’s film Chennai Express and AK’s film Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again will be fighting it out at the box-office this year on Eid but that did not stop the director from coming on the set. Rohit dropped in around six pm and stayed on for some time. He even wished Akshay and producer Ramesh Taurani.
Says Sajid, “Farhad and I have always worked with Rohit (Shetty) in so many films — right from the Golmaal series to Singham and Bol Bachchan. It’s a relationship of many years. More than a director and writer association, he is like a brother and part of the family. We had also attended his sister’s wedding last year. Hum log ne kaafi kuch seekha hai Rohitbhai se. He’s one of the topmost directors today. Now that we have plunged into direction he’s very happy and proud of us. He came for our mahurat, spent some time, gave his blessings and left.”
The shooting was just held for one day as it was an auspicious day to begin. The film will begin shooting in full swing in Bangkok from next month.
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; June 2, 2013)
While shooting for Siddharth Anand’s Bang Bang in Bangkok recently, Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif were in for a rude shock. The boat they were travelling back from their action shoot was suddenly hit by a storm in the middle of the ocean. A four-and-half-feet wave hit the boat, which started moving from side to side throwing everyone off gear. The director of photography, Vikas, started giving instructions on how to survive on sea and telling everyone that is was possible to survive two days in sea easily even if the boat overturned. It was the kind of boat that has a top deck and a cabin below, in which Katrina, Hrithik were sitting along with the other members of the cast and crew. One of the cast was overheard saying, “If the boat drowns and the cabin gets locked,we may get stuck. So let us move to the top deck so we can at least jump into the water.” Guess Bang Bang was inspired by Life Of Pi.
Ayushmann Khurrana clears the air about why his ad deal for an ice-cream brand did not work out
Asira Tarannum (MID-DAY; April 12, 2013)
Looks like one man’s loss is another man’s gain. Recently when Sidharth Malhotra’s new ice-cream ad went on air, there was buzz how the young actor had replaced Ayushmann Khurrana to bag the deal.
However, we hear that Ayushmann had initially even shot for the ad but later had to opt out after the makers wanted to re-shoot it.
A source says, “It was due to date problems that Ayushmann had to step out. He was never replaced.”
The actor and his Vicky Donor co- star Yaami Gautam initially shot for the ad in Bangkok in February. Says Ayushmann, “We both shot for the ice-cream ad but later were told the makers were not happy with the creative. They wanted us to re- shoot the ad.” According to the actor, it was only after he couldn’t readjust his dates for a reshoot that the brand roped in Sid.
Ayushmann adds, “I had already given those dates for Nupur Asthana’s film and I couldn’t re-adjust. They then went ahead and shot the ad with Siddharth.”
Aakanksha Naval-Shetye (DNA; April 3, 2013)
It could well have been a scene straight out of Fear Factor, only it wasn’t. Akshay Kumar, who was shooting for his action flick Boss on the outskirts of Bangkok, returned to his hotel room post the day’s shoot only to come across a 12-foot-long python slithering around in his balcony.
While the sight of the dangerous predator at such close quarters would have given anyone the fright of his life, Akshay calmly called the hotel authorities. The bright green python had just eaten some kind of a rodent/bird a while ago. Says the member, “The shape of its prey was still visible as it waited to digest the food completely. It was very scary.”
Though the hotel authorities were baffled about the snake’s presence in the room, they were not completely surprised as the place is quite close to a mining area as is quite deserted. The insider adds, “It was quite a strange sight as they tried to first chase away the snake and then when it wouldn’t budge, tried to beat it with sticks. Akshay, however, put his foot down and made sure that the animal wasn’t harmed. He insisted on calling animal authorities, who finally managed to capture the snake to be sent back out into the wild.”
The hotel officials informed the crew that the deadly snake was a dangerous one, as a python that huge could easily crush a person to death.
Upala KBR (DNA; March 30, 2013)
Hrithik Roshan, along with wife Sussanne and sons Hrehaan and Hridhaan flew to Bangkok to bring in Hrehaan’s 8th birthday, along with close buddies Arjun Rampal, his wife Mehr, their two daughters, Mihikaa and Myraa. Also accompanying them is Abhishek Kapoor and his girlfriend.
Says a source, “Hrithik and Sussanne had been planning a quiet getaway with their children to bring in Hrehaan’s birthday. They flew down to Thailand on Tuesday with Arjun and his family and Abhishek. They brought in Hrehaan’s birthday (March 28) at an island resort in Phuket where all of them will stay for a week.” The source adds that Hrithik and Arjun have become close in the past few months, “Last year in July, both Hrithik and Arjun, with their families had taken off for a holiday to Bali. This year, Arjun and Mehr also helped Sussanne plan a surprise birthday bash for Hrithik on a yacht. Abhishek too has been bonding with them. This year Hrithik and Arjun had launched the promo of his film Kai Po Che promo and had even tweeted glowing praises for the film.”
Shaheen Parkar (MID-DAY; March 19, 2013)
Ranvir Shorey was recently shooting in Bangkok for director Imraan Khalid’s On The Ramp. The actor has never been the conventional star, preferring to do things on his own terms. But the cast and crew were impressed with the dedication Ranvir displayed during the shoot. He left no stone unturned to cut costs and complete the shoot as scheduled.
The director says, “Ranvir would arrive early on the sets and rehearse the scenes. Looking at his zeal, his co- stars too would arrive early on the sets and rehearse. While the crew members would be busy setting up lights and other necessary equipment, Ranvir would be rehearsing the scenes along with his co- stars. He was very supportive of the newcomers that largely comprise the cast.”
A source from the unit adds, “The director was surprised that every time he used to call action, it would turn out to be the final shot without any retake. Ranvir’s idea of rehearsing really made sure that no video stock or time was wasted in giving extra takes. Everyone liked his idea and the efforts taken by him.”
Shaheen Parkar (MID-DAY; February 21, 2013)
Foreign import Saidah Jules, who was seen in brief roles in films like Pyaar Impossible and Right Yaa Wrong, will be seen as Ranvir Shorey’s heroine in Imran Khalid’s upcoming film On The Ramp.
The Russia-born German-bred model says, “I had to wait for a good role to come my way but finally all’s well. I recently shot with Ranvir in Bangkok. I did not know him at all before the shoot. As soon as we landed we were shooting for some intimate scenes! I felt awkward but I must say Ranvir went out of his way to make me feel comfortable. He was extremely supportive even though I am a newcomer.”
She adds, “We play lovers in the film and there were a lot of steamy scenes to be shot. I am sure the audience will like our chemistry in the film. Ranvir will be seen in a new stylish avatar in the film.” Apart from her modelling assignments, Saidah will also be seen in Girish Malik’s Jal with Purab Kohli and Tannishtha Chatterjee. She was also to feature in Kalpana Lajmi’s Kaanch but the project ran into problems. “Initially it was spirituality that drew me to India. But I always wanted to be an actress,” says the starlet who is meanwhile honing her dancing skills as well as her Hindi.
BOMBAY TIMES (January 8, 2013)
Sonu Sood, who is currently shooting in Thailand, was stationed on a yacht for a few days. One hears, that two days ago, the actor and a few members of the unit were shooting at a spot called No Man’s Land. While they were returning to the main shore, the unit’s boat was hit by high tide. The boat almost capsized, says a spot-boy. It is also learnt that Sonu, who suffers from sea-sickness, panicked. However, the latest we heard is that the actor is much better now and his wife and children have flown from Mumbai to Bangkok to keep him company.
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 2, 2013)
He may have flown his entire family to Bangkok to ring in the New Year but it wasn’t for the usual high octane celebration. Instead, Hrithik Roshan chose to party with his kin on a private yacht hired specially for the occasion.
Accompanied by wife Sussanne, father Rakesh, mother Pinky, grandparents J Om Prakash and wife (see pic), sister Sunaina, uncle Rajesh and kids, Hrithik left for Bangkok a day before December 31. A source said, “Hrithik hired a private yacht, which had a capacity of 20-25 people when he went to Bangkok. The entire family reached there a day before New Year’s. They spent some time shopping in the city and Hrithik made sure his family was well taken care of wherever they went. The yacht was his idea as he wanted to break away from the routine of celebrating in a luxury suite.”
The source added, “There was music and dancing on the yacht and not just Hrithik but his entire family grooved to the foot-tapping numbers. Hrithik was very happy as he doesn’t get as much time while shooting. Back home, party places tend to get very crowded. A day later, he took them all out for dinner.”
The Roshans are expected to return to Mumbai later this week. Hrithik was unavailable for comment.
Parag Maniar (BOMBAY TIMES; December 29, 2012)
Ameesha Patel and Neil Nitin Mukesh will ring in the New Year together in Mumbai by unveiling the first look of south director Susi Ganesan’s Shortcut Romeo, a remake of Tamil film, Thiruttu Payale (2006).
The event, to be held at a SoBo lounge, will have the actors’ close friends, wellknown industrialists and businessmen, apart from the cast and crew of the film, in attendance. A special invite, designed in the form of a show reel, has been sent out to the film’s team and friends.
Ameesha is so excited about this event that she even pushed back her scheduled Bangkok trip by a few days. Says a source, “For Ameesha, unveiling the first look of the film called for a bigger celebration.”
Initially, Ameesha was to bring in the New Year in Thailand but changed her entire plan after watching the rough cut of the film. She’s believed to have told her friends that she’s proud to be a part of this film. More so since her role is a complete contrast to her good-girl image. “And besides showing her in new light, the negative role has been also been a challenge for her,” says our source, adding that Neil’s character has grey shades, too.
The source adds, “Ameesha and Neil have finished dubbing and she has personally looked into the invites and wants the trailer to be screened at the stroke of midnight. The film is expected to release in April, 2013.”