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Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; June 15, 2013)
Looks like the remake of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Chupke Chupke has just undergone a massive overhaul.
Several eyebrows were raised when word about David Dhawan not helming the film got around. And if rumours are to be believed, even the writer of the film, Rumy Jaffrey has been replaced by the writerduo Sajid- Farhad.
Insiders also say Umesh Shukla, who is now David’s replacement, is also in for a profit- share in the project.
A source says, “ It was a huge shock for many when news emerged that David won’t be part of the project. And it’s not just that, even Rumy, who was penning the script, has been asked to go. Sajid- Farhad, who have worked on Rohit Shetty’s films, were then asked to come on board. No one is sure how Umesh came into the picture but he will be getting a profitshare from the project.” Incidentally, David’s last release, the remake of yesteryear film Sai Paranjpee’s Chashme Buddoor, proved to be a big hit at the box office.
After directing Akshay Kumar in OMG: Oh My God! Umesh will work with Abhishek Bachchan in an upcoming film produced by Bhushan Kumar. The Chupke Chupke remake will then go on the floors.
The replacements have been so hushhush that none of the parties concerned are giving the exact reason for it.
The music mogul will co-produce Bhootnath sequel starring Big B
Anand Pathak (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 10, 2013)
That filmmaker Ravi Chopra’s son, Abhay, was planning to revive the flagging fortunes of the once-influential banner founded by his late grandfather, BR Chopra, with a sequel to Bhoothnath (2008), we had reported earlier.
Now, T-Series head honcho Bhushan Kumar, has come on board as co-producer of the film, thus helping strengthen Abhay’s resolve to resurrect the banner which fell on hard times following his father Ravi’s failing health.
That’s not all. Amitabh Bachchan, who played the ghost named Kailash Nath in the original, has given his nod to the sequel, which is tentatively titled Bhoothnath 2.
When contacted, Bhushan confirmed the news and said: “T-Series will co-produce Bhoothnath 2. I share a sentimental relationship with Ravi, who hasn’t been keeping too well. I really wanted to do something to help revive the iconic BR Films.”
It is believed what also influenced Bhushan’s coming on board the project was the fact that his company has been trying to expand its ambit from being just a music label to a full-fledged production house. Abhay and his brother Kapil sensed this and approached him just in time for him to agree to finance the film.
As for Amitabh reprising his original role, Bhushan said: “We approached Amit-ji with the script and he liked it. He instantly agreed to return to the character that he had enjoyed playing in the first place. With the More >
Post his latest release, Mohit Suri has apparently been gifted a new office space by Ekta Kapoor and a luxury car by Bhushan Kumar
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; June 1, 2013)
Looks like after his latest release Aashiqui 2 has raked in some impressive moolah at the box office, Mohit Suri is being showered with rewards by his filmmakers.
Buzz is that the director has been presented with a 1,500 sq feet spanking new office space in the up- market Khar by Ekta Kapoor, who will be producing his next. Mohit has also been rewarded by co- producer Bhushan Kumar with a luxury car.
According to sources, Mohit now operates from his new workspace, where he is currently scripting his film with his group of writers. A source adds, “Mohit is very happy with his new space.” Insiders state that Bhushan extremely pleased with Mohit’s efforts in shaping Aashiqui 2, the original Aashiqui was his father Gulshan Kumar’s dream project.
“Bhushan was a bit apprehensive before the film was made and now he is pleased that it has done so well,” adds the source.
DNA (April 29, 2013)
Aashiqui 2 producer Bhushan Kumar is thrilled at the opening of his film. Apparently his distributor Anil Thadani had expressed his apprehensions about wanting to release the film in IPL season. In fact, he had requested Bhushan to postpone the release. Bhushan admits, “Yes, that’s true The film made 6.25 crore on the opening day and we are still counting. A few factors have worked for the great opening. We had good music, the fact that it was brand Aashiqui and my father’s blessings. My team and I worked 24/7 with various strategies on the internet, TV, radio and print media to publicise the film, and it paid off. When we started the promotions for Aashiqui 2 I visited Vaishno Devi. Everybody thought picture garam nahi hai till the release. Now everybody is shocked at the opening. Now I want make Aashiqui a brand — there will be Aashiqui 3 to maybe Aaishiqui 100. Bhattsaab told me tomorrow Mohit and my sons can make it. Romance can never die…”
Bhushan Kumar, producer and honcho at T-Series talks to Upala KBR about his films, friends and fortune
Upala KBR (DNA; April 23, 2013)
Fifteen films on the cards! That’s a lot. What do you say? Yes, I want to be known as a big producer now. I want myself and my company T-Series to be known as a brand. I have signed Vikram Bhatt for a five-film contract where we will be exploring different genres. One is a big budget extravanganza — Creature — with Bipasha Basu; an erotic thriller and the sequel to Hate Story; a thriller Bhaag Johny Bhaag with Kunal Khemu and two more projects which are under development. I am doing a couple of films with Rohan Sippy. Then there’s Aashiqui 2 with the Bhatts. I am emotionally attached to Aashiqui as it was my father’s first feature film 23 ago. I was only 10 years old then. I decided to produce it because so many succesful sequels were happening. The memories of my father associated with Aashiqui came rushing to me. I feel my father is with me always.
You have always been very low-profile… Initially I was quite shy when I entered the film industry but I had to force myself to change because of the kind of business I am in. Also, I was mainly involved with music for which I was pretty much in the sidelines. I was like a businessman, not so much a producer. I used to do films occasionally — maybe one film in a year. So I wasn’t interacting with the media. Now because I am making more than 10 films a year I need to become the face of my More >
In an industry that is so dependent on song-and-dance, we find out why our producers and directors choose to avoid naming our singers in the opening credits of the film. Bombay Times speaks to people in the business:
Priya Gupta and Hiren Kotwani (BOMBAY TIMES; April 22, 2013)
ARBAAZ KHAN, DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER I know we used to have playback singing credits earlier. It’s not a conscious thing, but we are now following a set pattern of credits. I personally feel singers should be named. If we can have lyricists, composers and choreographers named, then there’s no reason why the singers should be omitted.
ANURAG BASU, DIRECTOR These days, the opening titles are not as long as in the earlier films, where all names featured before the movie began. These days, People have become restless. So we put the names of only the heads of important departments in the beginning. Names of many other important people like the assistant director and the character artists are also not featured in the start. Earlier, when we had singers of the stature of Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle, no one could dare to put their names in the end titles. One has to earn one’s place in the opening titles. Only senior singers like Sonu Nigam, Alka Yagnik, Sundhi Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal should be given front credits.
SONU NIGAM, COMPOSER AND SINGER No one can force the filmmakers to name singers in the opening credits. Though music is an important part of our cinema, there are More >
The prolific Mahesh Bhatt on his new musical offering
BOMBAY TIMES (April 18, 2013)
Over two decades ago, Gulshan Kumar approached Mahesh Bhatt with a musical love story, Aashiqui (1990) that went on to become hugely successful. This time around, the late music mogul’s son, Bhushan Kumar, has joined hands with the Bhatts (Mahesh and Mukesh) to come up with the second instalment of the franchise, titled Aashiqui 2. Written by Shagufta Rafique and directed by Mohit Suri, the film has Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor in lead roles. Just like it’s predecessor, this one too is a musical drama of love and relationships. And, it has also got a ‘U’ certificate from the Censor Board.
Says producer Bhatt, “Aashiqui 2 ushers in the glorious golden period of cinema… a switch from lust to love… from body to heart. It celebrates middle class values and brings back the kind of cinema that our audiences have forgotten.”
Adds Kumar, “This film announces the return of simple heartfelt cinema that is high on emotions and content. The music is reminiscent of the kind that put T-Series on the charts and we are extremely proud to take the franchise forward. The music is topping the charts with songs like Tum Hi Ho and Sunn Raha Hai.”
Aashiqui 2, produced by T-Series and Vishesh Films, releases April 26.
Sneha Mahadevan (BOMBAY TIMES; April 12, 2013)
Rohan Sippy’s Nautanki Saala is a quirky comedy about two friends, Ram Parmar (Ayushmann Khurrana) and Mandar Lele (Kunaal Roy Kapur), against the backdrop of a theatre. The actors and the makers recount some real-life drama.
AYUSHMANN: The best nautanki on the set was when I was applying an ointment on Kunaal’s posterior in one of the scenes. His wife was sitting right behind the monitor, watching us. It was quite hilarious because I think I am probably the only person, apart from his wife and mother, who’s ever touched that part of his body.
KUNAAL: One night, when we were shooting at Horniman Circle, it started pouring cats and dogs. We all sat under a tent, eating dal, fish and roti. It was lovely because we were in Mumbai and eating in the middle of the road. I don’t think we will get to experience this in any other line of work.
ROHAN: Once, a political party came and smashed our cars on the set, and then realised that they were after the wrong people. That was probably the ultimate nautanki that happened with the unit.
PRODUCER BHUSHAN KUMAR: My experience with the word nautanki goes back a long way. When I was five, I got dramatic and threw a tantrum for a children’s car that was available in the market then. Finally, I compelled my parents to buy me one. It wasn’t manufactured in India, so my uncle and I flew to Hong Kong to buy it. My dad addressed me as a nautanki after this episode.”
Nautanki Saala, produced by More >
Sonali Joshi Pitale (MID-DAY; April 4, 2013)
In Aashiqui 2, Aditya Roy Kapoor may look like just another mushy actor, but buzz is that he recently performed a rather risky stunt for the film.
Joining the bandwagons of actors who are rejecting body doubles to dot heir own stunts, Aditya apparently agreed to stand on the railing of a 21st floor balcony, that too without a safety harness.
A source says, “It was a very tall tower in Cape Town and even director Mohit Suri was sceptical about the act. Aditya has never done a risky stunt in the past, yet he refused to get a stuntman and did the scene himself.” The source also cites another instance when Aditya decided to take the plunge, quite literally. “We were shooting a rain sequence and the outside temperature was at two degrees. The actor had to sit on the terrace with his shirt off and get drenched in the cold rain. Though he was shivering in the end, he never once complained,” says the source.
Co- producer Bhushan Kumar says, “Nowadays newcomers are quite aggressive to prove themselves and Aditya also wanted to do the same and he did it with success.”
By Mahesh Bhatt (BOMBAY TIMES; April 3, 2013)
If my mama and papa had not seen this image on a cassette jacket and gone to see the first day first show in Muzaffarpur, I wouldn’t have been born,” said a young air hostess to me on a flight one day. “While Rahul Roy sang Mein Duniya Bhoola Doonga, dad plucked up the courage to hold mom’s hand and proposed to her,” she said with a sparkle in her eye. ‘Love Makes Life Live’ was the tag line of one of the biggest musical hits of Hindi cinema… Aashiqui. The narrative of this film, which I had pulled of my own life, had resulted in the birth of this beautiful young girl. That really made my day! The plane seemed to soar a little higher just on my feelings alone!
Our journey through movie-making history is defined by certain images which become classics because they play in our memory years after they first appeared. Our hunger for enduring love and beauty is occasionally captured quite by accident in a visual, which reflects this yearning, by us filmmakers.
One such accident happened when we stumbled upon the iconic image of a couple under a coat, presumably kissing. Twenty three years ago, it electrified the landscape of that time, and you can still see the glimmer of its afterglow on the backs of auto rickshaws in Mumbai city today.
But the Gangotri of this gigantic musical hit of all times was Gulshan Kumar. “Your name is Mahesh and I am a devotee of Lord Shiva. My heart tells me that if you and I team up to make a More >