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Ajay Devgn says there is an audience hungry for hard-hitting mainstream films as well
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 15, 2010)
Bollywood has made brain-dead cinema its mainstay. Every other week the Hindi cinema factory proudly produces fluff and non-chalantly passes it off as art. The director of Big Screen Entertainer’s Aakrosh, Priyadarshan, admits he too is guilty of this crime. “But I’m not necessarily proud of those films,” he admits in a vulnerable moment. So to balance the yin and the yang, this National Award winning technician has consciously dabbled in good cinema like Viraasat, Kaala Paani, Kanjeevaram and Aakrosh, a film that releases worlwide today.
The leading man of Kumar Mangat Pathak’s Aakrosh, Ajay Devgn, also manages to juggle the full blown comedies with the subtle mainstream fare. He has realised the importance of cinema that leaves a lasting impression and yet manages a good return. The twotime National Award winning actor believes that for full-blown comedy you have to have a complete and opposite Gangaajal, Apaharan, Raajneeti or Aakrosh. “These films deal with socially relevant subjects. And the audience can empathise with this genre of realistic cinema especially when they are in the racy, thriller format. The plot of these films are all borrowed from media headlines and the treatment of these films is easily identifiable because it is happening around us,” says Ajay who plays a CBI officer in Aakrosh, adding, “We should be lauding the efforts of Priyadarshan and Prakash Jha who swim against the tide and still make the tide turn in their favour. These film-makers are aware that when they attempt a Apaharan or a Aakrosh it’s a gamble. But since I acted in all the four films mentioned here, I can tell you that when this gamble pays off it is extremely gratifying. It is great to follow the beaten path but it is far more satisfying to attempt the cross genre stuff. Besides no brainers aren’t the only ones that work. The box office has a chequered history. Something like Raajneeti did huge business.”
Akshaye Khanna, who plays the parallel lead with Ajay, says, “It is very challenging to do films like Aakrosh that offer you thrills and frills and yet engage you in something meaningful. This cinema allows you to take back something to mull over.”
Bipasha Basu, the leading lady of the film, also believes that cinema of this nature should be encouraged. She says, “Light hearted films are good but artistes should always attempt to raise the bar. One can’t go through cinema like clowns. There has to be some cinema one can truly be proud of.”
By Taran Adarsh, October 15, 2010 – 08:23 IST
Shameful as it may sound, honour killings still exist in many parts of the country. The misconception is honour killings are all about the murder of a female family member by one or more family members, since the perpetrators / wrongdoers believe that the victim has brought dishonor / disrepute upon the family by having a relationship with a man of different religion or social status or marrying against the parents’ wishes or having premarital sex.
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The fact is men are also victims of this practice, especially when it affects the reputation of a particular caste and community. Many grooms have been killed by the father or brother of the bride and this is exactly what AAKROSH attempts to highlight.
Made with right intentions, AAKROSH enlightens you on the caste system which continues to be at its rigid best, with people from the rural areas refusing to change their attitude towards marriage. Having said that, I’d like to add that AAKROSH is strikingly similar to the Hollywood film MISSISSIPPI BURNING, which, reportedly, was loosely based on the FBI investigation into the real-life murders of three civil rights workers in Mississippi in 1964.
After attempting a series of some pleasant, some forgettable laughathons, ace director Priyadarshan embarks upon a hard-hitting drama that draws one’s attention to a relevant issue in a non-compromising approach. But there’s a flipside too: This one’s a dark film. Also, a number of sequences in the narrative can make you uncomfortable [the brutal killings especially] and the spoken language, at places, is harsh, acidic and volatile.
Final word? A gripping fare.
AAKROSH revolves around a lower caste guy who, along with his two friends, goes to his hometown Jhanjhar. These three students go missing soon after. The government appoints CBI officers Siddhant [Akshaye Khanna] and Pratap [Ajay Devgn] to investigate the matter.
Investigating in Jhanjhar becomes a tough task for these officers as the local police [Paresh Rawal], with the help of local bigwigs, refuse to co-operate with the two officers. Besides, the officers cannot break the ice with the locals, due to years of fear instilled in them. The effect of their investigation causes mayhem in Jhanjhar, with the wrongdoers spreading terror and killing people in broad daylight.
There’s no denying that Priyadarshan is a creative thinker with an amazing ability to handle comedy as well as intense drama. In AAKROSH, the director succeeds in giving an effectual and authentic look, but there’s a problem: The unnecessary length, which dilutes the overall impact of the film. The first half is excessively lengthy and the second, though crisp, could’ve also done with trimming for a stronger impact.
A number of sequences hold your attention and I’d like to single out the penultimate 20 odd minutes, which leave a stunning impact. Also, the chase sequences – all of them – are executed with panache, especially the one when Ajay chases a key suspect on rooftops. But, like I pointed out earlier, a film like AAKROSH is dark and brutal and therefore, has its limitations. Also, the screenplay [Robin Bhatt, Akash Khurana] vacillates between engaging and not-too-engaging moments at times.
There’s not much scope for music in the film and even otherwise, Pritam’s score is bland. ‘Issak Se Meetha’, an item song filmed on Sameera Reddy, is strictly okay. Cinematography [Tirru S] is striking, while the sepia look gels well with the theme of the film. Dialogues [Aditya Dhar] are well-worded and powerful when required.
Ajay and Akshaye, known for intense acts, deliver bravura performances. Ajay pitches in a remarkable act, establishing himself as one of the iconic actors of the country. Akshaye is superb yet again and only someone who has complete understanding of the craft could’ve delivered such a fine performance.
Bipasha, who was seen in LAMHAA in a deglamorised role, has turned extremely sensitive and serious towards issue-based films. Though the length of her role isn’t much, she sinks her teeth in the non-glam role and delivers a really fine performance. Paresh Rawal is menacing as the uncouth cop. In fact, this is amongst Paresh’s best works. Reema Sen is excellent. Amita Pathak doesn’t have much to do. Jaideep Ahlawat is good. Pankaj Tripathi is perfect. The remaining actors enact their parts well.
On the whole, AAKROSH is not the standard Bollywood fare with the usual song-and-comedy routine. This one strikes a punch. Being an issue-based cinema, it will magnetize the thinking viewer and the intelligentsia mainly. It should find more flavor with the North Indian audience.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, October 11, 2010 – 14:07 IST
Last year Salman Khan managed a coup of sorts when he had some of the most popular actors of Bollywood walk the ramp along with him to unveil his ‘Being Human’ collection. This year, Salman once again proved that he is indeed one of the most loved and popular men in the industry, as he got together 8 top actresses to walk the ramp at the HDIL Couture Week unveiling Being Human’s new collection. So you had the likes of Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif, Bipasha Basu, Rani Mukherjee, Preity Zinta, Sushmita Sen and Karisma Kapoor strut their stuff on the ramp with Salman much to the crowd’s delight. Bollywood Hungama brings you a sneak peek at this unforgettable evening.
The theme for the show was ‘Fashion throughout the Ages’, with each era of the Hindi film industry defined. Conceptualised by Khan and noted stylist Anaita Shroff Adajania, the collection centred on each decade of Fashion since the 1920′s. Preity Zinta opened the show in a 20′s style dress with a wide-rimmed hat while Rani Mukherjee walked the ramp wearing a 40′s style lehenga.
While Bipasha Basu represented the 50′s, Priyanka Chopra’s outfit was a tribute of sorts to pop diva Madonna.
Sallu’s co-star of many films Karisma Kapoor also walked the ramp looking gorgeous as ever while another diva Sushmita Sen even had daughter Renee for company on the ramp.
Kareena Kapoor upped the style quotient by wearing a black satin tuxedo depicting the woman of the 90′s.
However, the loudest cheer was reserved for none other than Katrina Kaif who looked super-gorgeous in a long red gown.
Last but not the least, Salman himself walked the ramp wearing red trousers and a black trench coat along with really cool glares. He then even had all his leading ladies join him on the ramp and they all sported some really cool and casual Being Human tops.
Salman Khan dishes out B’wood’s best on the ramp
Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 11, 2010)
Salman Khan’s Being Human show at the HDIL India Couture Week 2010 on Saturday night was a feast for the eyes as the superstar dished out eight oomphy ladies of Tinseltown — including the top three actresses of today, Katrina Kaif, Kareena Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra — on the runway. Kareena and Priyanka were seen holding hands when they came for the curtain call with Salman and thus managed to dispel the gossip of any sort of animosity. The others to sashay down the ramp were Preity Zinta, Rani Mukerji, Bipasha Basu, Karisma Kapur and Sushmita Sen as Salman decoded fashion from 1920s to present times in a grand musical-like choreography.
High on oomph quotient, the show only showcased eight ensembles but the drama — the provocative dancing and the extravagant opulent props, made sure that everybody was dazzled. In Dabangg style Sallu had distributed whistles to everyone giving them virtually the licence to express their excitement when the leading ladies soared temperature on the catwalk.
Preity opened the show strutting in a sexy black dress — a provocateur that certainly made the audiences get going about the 1920s. The embodiment of 30s was the evidently slimmed down Katrina who was greeted by tap dancers and models dressed as the mafia of that era. Rani portrayed the 40s – she glided in with Mughal-e-Azam clip and Pakeezah’s iconic track Chalte Chalte playing at the backdrop. Her nawabi tehzeeb was an instant hit as she bowed in front of the audiences in a vintage Manish Malhotra creation.
Bipasha was the embodiment of the flirty 50s where the world scored high on everything from fashion to physics. The 60s was an age of rock n roll and the coming of age of Indian cinema. From Elvis Presley to the homegrown Shammi Kapoor and the cabaret, India was in a state of transition. Salman picked someone from the Kapoor family to be the face of that era and it was the sassy Karisma who entered the runway on a piano. Sushmita was the face of the 70s, an era of Woodstock, sex, drugs, music and beauty queens. She entered the ramp to
Dum Maro Dum.
Priyanka Chopra was the ‘Material Girl’ of the 80s. As she mouthed Madonna’s cult song and glided on the runway, she made sure that she took people to a big climax that was provided by Kareena – the black magic woman. The naughty 90s theme opened with sexy dancers brandishing their hunters to men models dressed as policemen. Kareena, dressed in all black, teased the photographers to a striptease moment as she took off her hat and played with her coat before seducing men who unbuttoned their shirts and encircled her.
Salman’s entry was dramatic, too. Dressed in an Arjun Khanna creation, Sallu made a dancing entry. The show, choreographed by Aparna and Tanya and styled by Anaita Shroff Adajania, ended with all the girls changing costumes to sport a Being Human Tshirt as they walked with Salman in the middle and took a curtain call. Earlier, he launched a line of Being Human watches which are available at 50 stores nationwide. All outfits from the show will be auctioned and the proceeds will go to Being Human which supports education and healthcare. firstname.lastname@example.org
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, October 7, 2010 – 11:52 IST
We all know that the alphabets start from A and ends with Z. Well, for those in the know, the Red Hot Lara Dutta is all of that and much, much more. She is not just gorgeous, but also intelligent & gracious. She is not just beautifully stunning, but also elegantly dazzling! She is not just on the cover of the latest edition of FHM, but also lives up to the reputation of being a ‘beauty on a duty’.
It’s general knowledge that one can never catch Lara off guard. She is the brand ambassador of being ‘Politically Correct’. The issue starts with a seemingly screaming headline that states “So Lara Dutta is off the market – Snagged by Mahesh Bhupati”. FHM also claims that they managed to make her take her (engagement) ring off!
Talking about her famous curves, Lara, in this issue, says “I’ve never been a size zero and I’ll never be. I’m curvy and that’s my USP.” Not just that, she also chats about her game plan to beat off competition from Bipasha and Shilpa in the fitness DVD business, her disgust for Brad Pitt, her love for Leonardo Di Caprio and reveals details of perfect Sunday with her tennis ace fiance Mahesh Bhupati. Talking about Mahesh, Lara says, “He loves watching TV, I don’t. I love books, he doesn’t. So Sundays, are spent somewhere between him watching TV and me reading a book…together.”
All this and much more in the latest edition of FHM.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, October 1, 2010 – 15:57 IST
Just a few weeks back, we had reported that Aakrosh was stuck in censor problems as there were approximately 30 cuts that were requested within the film. Director Priyadarshan and producer Kumar Mangat, who were livid with the imposition, approached the Revising Committee.
Aakrosh which stars Ajay Devgn, Akshaye Khanna, Bipasha Basu and Paresh Rawal in lead roles is based on the fictitious town of Jhanjhargaon in North India, which starts with the disappearance of three college students who go to watch the Ramleela staged in their village. A few days later, they are reported to have been killed. Ajay Devgn and Akshaye Khanna play the two CBI officers from Delhi sent to the village to investigate the mysterious deaths. That’s when they discover a thriving nexus between police and local politicians in caste-related murders.
The latest on this, is that the film has been granted an ‘A’ certificate with just a measly five cuts by the Revising Committee, a drastic improvement from the initially asked for 30. With this new certificate, Aakrosh is all set to release on October 15.
By Subhash K. Jha, October 1, 2010 – 12:11 IST
Bollywood celebrities express their views on the Ayodhya verdict given by the Allahabad High Court yesterday.
Shabana Azmi: “It is time for reconciliation. We need to take a cue from people of India who have held their peace. We need to remind those disappointed with the verdict that they had promised to abide by the court’s decision irrespective of whether it was favourable or not. I appeal to political parties not to vitiate the atmosphere in the coming days. Let’s move on…”
Preity Zinta: “I salute the decision. It shows the court’s maturity. Our people too have shown great patience, maturity and restraint. Everyone feared some kind of unrest in the country after the court’s verdict. But from the time the verdict was announced it became clear that there was going to be no stress .Yaaaay! What I like best is how much India’s image has gained in terms of respect in the international forum. After the drubbing our image took recently, we really needed to prove that we are not a country caught in a time warp. We are a mature nation ready to move ahead and not be bogged down by irrelevant conflicts.”
Shilpa Shetty: “I’m just happy to accept the verdict. That’s how it should be! Honestly, God is in my heart and we are all fragments of the Lord. So there’s no bigger religion than respecting humanity.”
Katrina Kaif: “I don’t understand the complexities of the situation. But I do know that any decision which does not incite any community into aggression is a good decision. I completely believe in peace as the guiding force for every kind of people.”
Neil Nitin Mukesh: “I am proud of the Indian judiciary. Let peace and tranquillity prevail.”
Mahesh Bhatt: “Go back to the age old Ganga-Jamuna tehzeeb. That’s the Court’s verdict. It is a very creative and out-of-the-box job done by the 3 honourable judges. All political parties must leave it to litigants and if needed Hindus should be ready to work as volunteers for building a mosque. Muslims should come forward for Kar Seva. The honourable court has shown great maturity. The onus is now us.”
Prakash Jha: “I think the court’s verdict must be taken in the best spirit.”
Bipasha Basu: The disputed land to be equally divided between Sunni Waqf, Nirmohi Akhara, Ram Lalla. Sounds like a peaceful verdict. I think the verdict needs to be respected and peace and calm need to prevail. Politics and religion are sensitive issues, we should focus on humanity and peace.”
Sanjay Gupta: “Well, the verdict appeases everyone. Therefore peace is maintained. That’s what matters. I guess we can proceed now with building both the mandir and masjid side by side and let it be proof of our solidarity.”
Abbas Tyrewala: “The confidence with which the judgement answers questions on medieval events is intriguing. Yet it fails to accord justice for a modern act of criminal vandalism. A solution to a situation like this could have emerged from dialogue rather than legalese. It’d have set an example for the world.”
Bipasha Basu says her Aakrosh is a film that will act as a wake call
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; September 28, 2010)
Bipasha Basu believes in the fine art of balancing her work. The Bengali bombshell has made a conscious effort to balance her bimbo acts with some substantial acting parts.
Her latest film, Big Screen Entertainer’s Aakrosh, produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak, is slated for a October 15 release.
The film is an investigative thriller, quite like a jigsaw puzzle that keeps unfolding in a fast-paced manner.
And Bipasha is more than happy to be associated with this thinking film because she truly believes that mainstream actors should devote time to films that talk about political crisis (Lamhaa) and social evils (Aakrosh).
Says the actress, “We can’t be buffoons all the time just to make money. There are very few film-makers making these films that throw light on social evils and they need to be encouraged. Mainstream actors should definitely go out of their way to do such films.’’
In Aakrosh Bipasha plays the main person who helps in the investigation of the honour killings that rock a village in North India. “It’s a very nicely told story…within a thriller format,’’ she says. “Honour killings are a burning topic. And we must not run from it.’’
For her this film meant a chance to work with Priyadarshan and also to do a role that is just not her. Says the bombshell, “The kind of image I keep on and off screen is very glamourous. But the part I portray in Aakrosh is about a girl who is fragile; someone who is resigned to her circumstances. Geeta, the girl I play, is beaten up by her husband. Now everyone who knows me should know that I will not tolerate rubbish from any man. So playing the role of this traumatised girl was challenging.’’
Honour killings are not something that happen only in the illiterate ranks of society,’’ says Bipasha. “They happen in an educated world… and we should address these issues because if we bury our heads like ostriches, we may not seen the sand-storm that is bound to hit us.
“I want to get more people aware of these realities and if my film or my role offers me an opportunity to create this awareness, I’ll make the most of it. Apart from just entertaining, this is an intrinsic part of me. When I get a platform to share it, why not use it?’’
By Subhash K. Jha, September 25, 2010 – 12:59 IST
Priyanka Chopra had a close shave with some overt amorous attention in Rio de Janeiro where she has just packed up shooting for a reality show.
Brazilian guys are known to be extravagant in their affection, especially for Oriental women. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Bipasha Basu who shot in Rio de Janeiro for Dhoom 2 before Priyanka would vouch for Brazilian man-power. But the guy who pursued Priyanka in Rio took amorous attention to another level.
A hot-blooded gentleman, a local well-to-do businessman apparently of substantial good looks, he insisted on trailing her everywhere with his marriage proposals.
Boarding her flight for a 25-hours journey back to Mumbai on Wednesday morning, Priyanka peeped anxiously from her aircraft to see if the Brazilian suitor was following her to India.
“Brazilian men turned out to be a little too upfront for me. They don’t waste time in making their moves. This guy didn’t ask me out. He asked me to marry him right away. I don’t think I am interested in marrying any foreigners. Only an Indian guy for me, thanks,” says the actress who has been wooed by foreigners earlier (e.g. Gerard Butler), though not with the same intense focus as this Brazilian guy who just wouldn’t take no for an answer.
One reason why she got so much male attention from the locals was her look. “I was bronzed and tanned and dressed rather Brazilian. Maybe they mistook me for a local girl.”
Exhausted Priyanka was in no mood to get jetlagged on her flight back to Mumbai. “The minute I landed, I started promoting my new film Anjaana Anjaani. And soon, I head to Berlin for shooting Farhan Akhtar’s Don 2. Where’s the time to get exhausted? I don’t even have time to spend with my family. I missed them in Rio,” Priyanka promised.
Looking back on the experience of hosting Fear Factor Priyanka says, “I was determined I’d be stern, authoritative and in-charge. Nobody should think I should be soft because I am a woman. At the risk of offending the contestants I was at my bullying best.”
Priyanka regrets not finding time to spend with the contestants. “They were all chilled. There was just time to shoot the stunts. I had just one day off in Rio when I just went and de-stressed on the beach. For the rest, no rest. I got no time to shop and bought the famous Brazilian Hawaiian slippers only on the airport.”
She got along well with all the contestants. But confesses to have a soft spot for Manjot Singh. “I nicknamed him Komal Khiladi. And the most heart stopping moment of a stunt gone too far was when Manjot fainted in the freezing water.”
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, September 25, 2010 – 13:26 IST
Her beau John Abraham has been associated with the Mumbai Marathon for many years and now it’s Bipasha Basu who would be seen as the face of the Delhi Half Marathon.
Bipasha who was present recently at an event announcing this association tweeted about the same, “Very xcited abt being d Face of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon.21st of nov is Race day, register nw!”
Well, given the fitness freak that she is, Bips is surely the most apt choice to represent this event.