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By Subhash K. Jha, October 26, 2010 – 14:02 IST
It is now going to be either Big B or Junior B in a film. Not the two of them together. At least not for a long time. And not unless something truly worthy of the father-son’s presence comes along.
In his next directorial venture Department, Ram Gopal Varma will manage to get the Big B and Abhishek to share screen space together. But not as father and son. Varma’s Department would be the last film in a long time where we’ll get to see the two Bachchans together in the same frame.
Even close family friend Balki has had to do some quick re-thinking on casting the two together. Balki, who was earlier planning to cast Big B and Abhishek together again after Paa abandoned the idea to focus on pa Bachchan alone.
Now there’s been further change of plans. Keen as Balki is to start his new film with Big B, it’s Junior Bachchan who will get priority in his scheme of things. It has now been decided that Balki will first direct a film starring Abhishek before moving on to the project that he was planning with Big B.
Says a source, “It was felt by both the Bachchan family and Balki that whatever Big B and the director do together next, would have to go into territory that would take them beyond Cheeni Kum and Paa. Though Balki has cracked a terrific idea involving a mature autumnal couple’s relationship, he still feels he needs to work on the subject to make sure that the Big B’s presence would be justified a third time around in the director’s repertoire.”
In the meantime, an idea for Abhishek Bachchan came to Balki and quickly crystallized in the director’s mind.
As things stand now the Abhishek film goes on the floors before the Amitabh Bachchan one.
Confirming this Balki says, “Yes I am going ahead with a film that will star Abhishek alone. Then I’ll be going ahead with the film starring Abhishek. I am not planning to cast them together.”
…but a gripping show keeps him hooked, says Akshay Kumar, who’s set to judge aspiring cooks on a reality show starting tonight
Roshni K Olivera | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 17, 2010)
Akshay Kumar, whose culinary skills were honed alongside his martial arts prowess in Bangkok, is returning to the small screen in a different avatar with MasterChef India on Star Plus, 9 pm tonight. The channel, in keeping with its new brand promise of ‘Rishta wahi, soch nayi’, intends to attract Indian cooking talent from home kitchens and lead them to stardom. The show, that is based on an international format, tests the culinary skills of 12 creative and passionate cooks under immense time pressure. Joining Akshay are Chefs Kunal Kapoor and Ajay Chopra as co-judges, together they will choose the MasterChef from among the participants of the show. “Great cooking not only leads to great food but also great drama… and that’s what is in store for viewers,” says Akshay. Excerpts from the interview…
How tough are you going to be with contestants?
I am only as tough as I need to be. I’m not a bully, but neither am I here to paint rainbows with them. I encourage and inspire these MasterChef aspirants like you wouldn’t believe! To me they are like my children, I nurture and guide them through the tasks set with love and firmness.
How would you rate yourself as a cook?
Hmmm… I hope by cook you don’t mean a chef because I don’t consider myself a chef. Being a chef is a big deal and an even bigger honour. Cooking is an art in itself, and it is not easy to master. We may love to paint, but that doesn’t mean anyone would want to buy it. I consider myself a decent cook, but I am a great eater with a very experienced palate. However, if you ask my family they love my cooking. Personally I would give myself 6 out of 10.
Big B, Salman Khan and you are hosting shows… how do you react to comparisons?
In this field comparisons are inevitable. However, all three of us are doing shows of different genres. Amitabhji and Salman are great people, brilliant actors and fantastic hosts. We all have something very different to give, but really we just want to entertain our audiences. It’s the channels that have the extra pressure and points to prove. We as actors only have good wishes for each other and I know all of us will be giving our best. Let’s just let people enjoy their evening TV time and be happy at how great entertainment is these days.
How anxious are you about public reaction? As much as you would have been before a film release?
It’s different. In my films I always seem to have much more pressure on my shoulders. There’s a difference between someone flicking the channel over and someone walking out of your movie. Both hurt, but it’s not the same. In fact I myself am a complete channel-hopper, but if something grips me then I am hooked for sure, and I know how gripping MasterChef is. You feel for these guys so much, you learn so much, there are emotions flying. There’s something extra special about this show, so right now I’m more excited than anxious.
By Subhash K. Jha, October 11, 2010 – 10:14 IST
At a celebration party at the Marriott on Monday evening, the Big B would be cutting a 68-kilo cake, 1 kilo for each year of his life.
While the world sings ‘Happy Birthday‘ to the Big B, Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan sing together for the first time in a song composed by the Big B himself! Find that hard to believe? But it’s the truth.
The Big B is a huge aficionado of music and singing. He in fact intends to learn to play the piano soon. But for now he has turned composer for a song that has been sung by the Big B and Abhishek Bachchan.
The song would be part of a comprehensive bio-documentary showcasing the 68-year life-span of Amitabh Bachchan which will be telecast on his birthday on Monday. The Big B has not only taken active and complete interest in the material going into the audio-visual show reel–going so far as to provide never-before pictures, advising on the footage to be used and making suggestions on chronological data relating to his life story– the mega-star has also taken time off from his cluttered schedule to compose the theme song.
While the Big B himself is characteristically dismissive of what could be seen as his first decisive step into direction and filmmaking, Ajit Thakur CEO of Sony Entertainment, the channel which will be telecasting the historic bio-documentary sheds startling light on the project. “Mr. Bachchan has indeed composed a song for the show reel and also sung for it along with Abhishek and composers Vishal-Shekhar.”
The show reel introducing the new season of Kaun Banega Crorepati has virgin footage and rare pictures of the Big B beginning with his birth in 1942 to present-day.
Informs a source from the channel, “The show reel contains never-before pictures episodes, incidents, scenes and dialogues from Mr. Bachchan’s life and films. For instance he will be reciting a poem by his father poet Harivanshrai Bachchan that he has never recited publicly before. There will be pictures of the Big B and his family that have been brought out into the open for the first time.”
In fact the Big B has personally supervised every aspect of the showreel, lent pictures and footage from his own private library, selected the footage that has grown into the show reel, and zeroed-in on the relevant sequences from his films which he has re-enacted for the first time.
Says the source, “Some of the most famous sequences and dialogues such as the temple scene in Yash Chopra’s Deewaar from Mr. Bachchan’s films have been handpicked by him and re-enacted specially for this show reel on specially erected sets representing the original.”
And in the inaugural episode of Kaun Banega Crorepati, the first contestant from a small village will be told that the optimum prize money is not Rs. 1 crore but 5 crores.
The surprise on the contestant’s face is the Big B’s biggest birthday gift.
That’s the latest buzz in tellyland
Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 25, 2010)
Shah Rukh Khan has reportedly been approached by Kaun Banega Crorepati to sit on the hot seat and be quizzed by Amitabh Bachchan. The show, which goes on air on the Big B’s 68th birthday (October 11), had SRK as its host in the third edition. It was widely reported that though the edition was a success, it could not emulate the massive fan frenzy that Amitabh had managed to garner in the first two seasons. After this, the show went off air and then Big B was taken back to be the face of KBC again.
“The channel is very keen to have an episode that would have the two hosts of KBC face to face. They have approached SRK to be a celebrity contestant who will be quizzed by Amitabh. The channel knows that this is what will give them a huge buzz. SRK is undecided. He has good relations with the channel as well as the makers of the show, so it is hugely being anticipated that he might give a nod for this special episode. Everyone has their fingers crossed,” says a highly placed source close to the developments of the show.
The informer adds, “Big B’s recent conversation about the show with SRK on a social networking site has also garnered interest level in the industry. It was widely said that SRK and Amitabh became close friends a couple of years back thereby rubbishing rumours of their ego clashes that had made headlines for years. So, this cordial relation with Bachchan might as well be the lubricant for SRK to also say a yes to the format. It will get the channel the TRP that it cannot imagine.”
Officials of the channel, on conditions of anonymity, confirmed that SRK has indeed been approached for KBC and that they are awaiting a response from him soon.
The two came to a head when Sinha had insinuated that some award functions had become a family jagir
The indefatigable Shabana Azmi turned 60 on Saturday, with a bash in a Juhu lounge. Shabana raucously danced to the thrum of new item number ‘Munni Badnaam Hui’ and Jaya Bachchan too joined in, with Ash clapping and cheering the loudest.
Other guests included the entire Bachchan parivar with family-friend Tina Ambani in tow. Tina’s sister-in-law, Nita Ambani, who generally avoids attending the same parties as Tina, also attended. So did Naseeruddin Shah, Rekha, Parmeshwar Godrej, Anil Kapoor, Ashutosh Gowariker, Sudhir Mishra, Zeenat Aman and Urmila Matondkar.
However, what was the talking point of the evening was the long and earnest discussion between Amitabh Bachchan and Shatrughan Sinha.The two of them have never been seen to fraternize so feelingly before. The Big B and Shotgun spent almost the entire evening together.
In 2008, Bachchan and Sinha came to a head when Sinha had allegedly insinuated that certain film awards had become partial to the Big B and his family. The Big B had lashed out at Sinha in his blog.
Says one of the invitees. “Normally when Mr Bachchan and Sinha saab meet they barely say a hello before quickly moving away. But at Shabana’s party on Saturday night they were together throughout, in a deep discussion.”
When asked what the deep discussion was all about Shatrughan Sinha said, “We were catching up on old times. We’ve never had any kind of personal problems between us. Whatever I’ve said about him in the past is strictly on a professional level. At Shabana’s party everyone was relaxed. I was feeling very happy that Amitabh had won the National Award for Paa. I went up to him and said he had honoured the award by receiving it. Every year the National Awards are controversial. Not this time. We spoke about a lot of things.”
All’s well that ends well, after all.
Says the Big B (a bit tongue-in-cheek perhaps?), who at 68, is still working with some of the best filmmakers
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 20, 2010)
For four decades only one name has predominantly occupied the mind space of the Hindi film industry, i.e. Amitabh Bachchan. And at 68 he continues to do so.
Just last week he won the Best Actor award for Paa at the 57th National Awards. And this put the spotlight back on the legend, who is an institution in himself. Of course, he continues to make self-deprecatory remarks on how the interest in him will soon wear thin, and even jokes on microblogging sites that people will ask — Who is Amitabh Bachchan? But while one can definitely allow him to indulge in his ‘wry wit’ the fact remains that Bachchan is still the most famous equity that Bollywood has.
Accepting his National Award with complete humility he adds, “One doesn’t work for a reward, but when it comes, one humbly accepts it.” Asked whether he genuinely believes that a day will come when people jog their memories about him, the actor says, “I have a lovely book which documents all the humourous quotes of the world that I keep putting on a social-networking website. There was a humourous one which said something to the effect of a celebrity going through five stages of fame; the fifth being who is so-‘n’-so. I thought it was very applicable to me. So, I put it up. Jokes apart, that stage will come. It will come in the life of every celebrity in time to come. The interest in me will wear off because times moves on. Newcomers take your place, as they should. People forget.’’
Whatever he may say, how does one forget or relegate to the background an actor who is about to dominate television with the reality show Kaun Banega Crorepati, and also start work on six new films with some of the best filmmakers.
Come October, Amitabh will start work on Power with Raj Kumar Santoshi, Prakash Jha’s Aarakshan, R Balki’s next, Buddha with Puri Jagganath, Ram Gopal Varma’s Department and a Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra production to be directed by Sunil, who assisted him on Rang De Basanti and Delhi 6.
And though the legend says that life in the movies is a constant and daily struggle even for him, he is currently getting ready to embark on one of the busiest phases of his career.
By Subhash K. Jha, August 20, 2010 – 14:10 IST
Abbas-Mustan are all set to direct Amitabh Bachchan in a film for the first time. This project could be pushed ahead of The Italian Job.
The film with the Big B directed by Abbas-Mustan would be a hard-hitting socially-relevant subject written by Nishikant Kamat who directed the intense anti-terror film Mumbai Meri Jaan.
When asked about the project Abbas-Mustan feigns ignorance.
“We have not approached Amitji for any film,” says Abbas initially. Then when told that the Big B has confirmed his presence in an Abbas-Mustan film, Abbas sings another tune. “Yes we are working with him. But we haven’t decided what.”
The decision has been taken. And the Big B’s film with Abbas-Mustan may get priority over Abhishek’s The Italian Job with the duo.
The actress is ecstatic that her dream of sharing screen space with Amitabh Bachchan will finally come true, in PNC’s next romantic film
Mallika will surely make hissstory this year. After signing several Hollywood projects, the actress will finally realise her long-pending dream of acting with Amitabh Bachchan. Mallika, who was once content just with the idea of sharing screen space with Big B, is obviously ecstatic at being offered a script that will pair her opposite him.
Mallika’s statement on a chat show, a few years ago, on being a huge fan of Amitabh Bachchan’s, was talk of the town for very long. And she has harboured interests of working with Big B for the longest time now.
A source reveals, “Mallika is currently in the US and has been receiving a lot of Bollwood scripts. Many of them have interested her. But the one she is most excited about is PNC’s script with Amitabh Bachchan. It is a love story where Mallika and Amitabh will be paired opposite each other. After bagging roles in Hollywood, Mallika’s ultimate dream is to work with her favourite Indian superstar.”
Hence, Mallika, who has been away from Bollywood for a very long time, will now return to the industry that gave her a break. And what an incentive for doing that!
She has apparently signed Inder Kumar’s multistarrer Dhamaal 2 in the meantime. Though she is reading various different scripts at the moment, she has already liked the one with Amitabh Bachchan a lot.”
Mallika says, “PNC has sent me the script and I have really liked it. I will be taking the narration once I am back in India end of this month.”
When asked if Bachchan is the main reason for her to like the script so much, Mallika quips, “Who wouldn’t want to work with the superstar and run with him on screen?”
If she is referring to running around trees, Bollywood style, Mallika obviously has no qualms in being paired romantically with Big B. Wonder what Mr Bachchan has to say about that?
By Subhash K. Jha, August 5, 2010 – 11:40 IST
Casting Abhishek and his illustrious Bachchan father as son and father was seen as too predictable. In a film that marks the return of Telugu super-director Puri Jagannath into Bollywood, Sonu Sood and not Abhishek has been cast as the Big B’s son.
It was felt by everyone that Sood bears an uncanny resemblance to the young Big B from the early 1970s.
Says a source close to the project, “If you put Mr. Bachchan’s still from Anand and Pyar Ki Kahani next to Sood’s stills you’d think it’s the same person.”
The project earlier entitled Bhudda: Don’t F…K With Him is now entitled Bhudda Panga Nahin Lene Ka. Apparently, Ramu was keen on it. But the ‘F’ word didn’t go down too well with the Big B.
The project to be produced by Ram Gopal Varma puts a lid on all speculation about RGV’s apparently shaky relationship with the Bachchans. RGV first produces the Senior Bachchan’s film with Sonu Sood in October and then directs a film starring Abhishek Bachchan in January.
Except for the fact that the expletive from the title Bhudda: Don’t F..K With Him has now been deleted, apparently on the Big B’s suggestion, the ambitious project produced by Ram Gopal Varma and directed by Telugu cinema’s no.1 director Puri Jagannath has suffered no dent due to Big B’s meagre dates. Big B had earlier decided to focus on his television commitment for Kaun Banega Crorepati this year. But now in what appears to be swift swoop of changed plans Puri Jagannath’s film will be shot from October.
Speaking from Hyderabad Puri who had flown in to Mumbai last week to finalize all plans for the Bachchan starrer says, “Yes, I’ve cast Sonu Sood with Mr. Bachchan. I’ve done two Telugu films with Sonu. He’s a very talented actor. I can’t talk about his role. Mr. Bachchan’s character requires two heroines. So does Sonu Sood’s. I’ll be finalizing them shortly.”
Earlier Puri had been put Bhudda….on the backburner in favour of a gangster epic The Businessman with Suriya. Now the prolific Telugu director will make the Bachchan film first in October. But before that he helms a Telugu film in August.
Adds Sonu Sood, “It’s a dream come true for me. I’ve waited ten years to work with Bachchan Saab… It’s an intense cop’s role. And the best part is that I got the role because everyone in the project says I look like Mr. Bachchan in Zanjeer. I remember it was Mani Ratnam who said it first. In Yuva when Abhishek and I were working together as brothers, Mani Sir said I look more like Bachchan Saab than he did.”
Vikramaditya Motwane wrote the script for the critically acclaimed ‘Udaan’ in 2003, and is now happy with the reception of the film
|A still from Udaan|
With his directorial debut Udaan receiving critical acclaim, director Vikramaditya Motwane is flying high on success. And what could have been a bigger compliment for him, than the Big B himself blogging about the movie. He called ‘Udaan, a fresh breeze of air.’ Agrees Motwane, “Who doesn’t like appreciation. But I am happy that Mr Bachchan saw the movie and appreciated it.”
From the time when actors refused to walk the red carpet for his movie Udaan at Cannes to this point, the director has seen a leap in acceptance. “My movie is not about stars. It has taken a lot of time for the Bollywood fraternity to react but I am happy they have appreciated my film.”
When asked if prominent stars could have got his film better noticed, the director begs to differ. “Udaan is about performances, not about stars. All my actors embraced their roles so well. No one else could have taken their place.”
Vikramaditya rubbishes rumours that Udaan was inspired from his real life, “No, it is not about my life. This is a story I wrote, that is all.” Incidentally, Udaan was his first directorial project. So how was the transition from a writer to a director, “I was always trained to be a director, writing happened happened by chance,” he adds.
The film was written in 2003 and Vikramaditya struggled for two years before he could find someone to produce it. Thereafter, it took a lot of time in completion. “In retrospect, this struggle actually helped. Even though they were the most frustrating years of my life but they helped me attain clarity about my movie. I wrote more and became sure about my film,” says the writer turned director.
Ask him about one thing that he would like to change about his film and he replies, “I would write it differently because I am a different writer today. But that doesn’t mean I want to change anything,” he adds quickly.