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Karan Johar fashions the character of a moody director in I Hate Luv Storys on friend Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Whilst rumours hinted that producer Karan Johar has fashioned the character of a temperamental yet sensitive director in I Hate Luv Storys, on himself, they’ve been proven wrong.
Samir Soni plays the role of the moody director, whose character has been fashioned on Karan’s friend Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Karan and Sanjay have been friends for years. In fact, Karan is the only director-colleague who Sanjay meets socially. And the two seem to have a mutual admiration bond as well because Karan has always called Sanjay his favourite director.
Says a source, “A lot of the scenes on the sets of the director’s film in I Hate Luv Storys are taken from the way Sanjay conducts himself on the sets.”
|Karan Johar||Sanjay Leela Bhansali|
Sonam Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor assisted Sanjay in Black before playing the leads in his film Saawariya. In I Hate Luv Storys, Sonam and Imran Khan play assistants to a moody director (played by Samir Soni).
Says the source, “Imran’s and Sonam’s interaction with the director played by Samir Soni seem to be right out of the sets of Black and Saawariya. In fact, Imran’s character interacts with Samir Soni the way Ranbir Kapoor did while assisting Sanjay in Black.”
While Punit Malhotra, director of I Hate Luv Storys denied any resemblance of the director’s character with Bhansali, Samir Soni smiled mysteriously and said, “I am not saying anything. You see the film for yourself.”
Did Sanjay Leela Bhansali backtrack on Kareena Kapoor for his original muse?
That Sanjay Leela Bhansali shares a very special bond with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is well known. The two have been close since Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Once Aishwarya had famously said, “He doesn’t have to tell me what to do. I just KNOW what he wants. We just have to look at each other and the shots are in place.”
Though Bhansali was most satisfied with Rani Mukherjee’s performance in Black, deep inside he was angry about the loud spat he had had with Aishwarya when she publicly declared that she was parting ways, both personally and professionally, with Salman. Black thus came to Rani.
|Kareena Kapoor||Sanjay Leela Bhansali||Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan|
In the meanwhile, Salman moved away from Bhansali as well. “Sanjay now wants to be totally and ruthlessly professional about the casting of his films. He therefore sent a message to Kareena, an actress he has been interested to work with, that he had a role for her,” says a source.
But before Kareena could rejoice about finally working with Bhansali, Raavan flopped. Bhansali felt so bad for his friend Aishwarya, who was banking on both Raavan and then Guzaarish to take her to new heights, that he decided that his next feature will be with Ash.
He realised he couldn’t have chosen a worse time to decide to work with another actress. Says a source, “Sanjay felt that by bringing Kareena in his film at a time when Aishwarya had suffered such a debacle, he would be betraying her.” Bebo can wait.
After several near misses — right from Bajirao Mastani to Black — Kareena Kapoor will finally star in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next
Sanjay Leela Bhansali has decided to cast Kareena Kapoor in his next film after Guzaarish. Apparently, they have been itching to work together for many years now. Right after Devdas, Bhansali wanted to cast Kareena opposite Abhishek Bachchan in a film on the life of Mahatma Gandhi’s son Harilal.
That project fell through and Bhansali began planning his ambitious historical, Bajirao Mastani, with Salman Khan and Kareena. In the meantime however, Kareena and Salman did the unthinkable by signing Priyadarshan’s Kyon Ki, thereby killing Bhansali’s plans.
|Sanjay Leela Bhansali||Kareena Kapoor|
Then came Black. Kareena was a very strong contender for the protagonist’s role. But her family’s strained relations with the Bachchans at that point (with Kareena’s sister Karisma’s engagement with Abhishek falling through) ruined her chances of playing the lead.
The Kareena-Bhansali collaboration would invariably run into one stumbling block after another. A source close to both commented, “It was almost as though fate planned to bring them together for something really major.”
Though details of Bhansali’s new project are not available at the moment, he is believed to be casting Kareena as one of the leads in his kotha epic Heera Mandi. According to Bhansali’s associates though, the director has different plans for Kareena.
While Bhansali remained unavailable for comment, Kareena confirmed that she is indeed set to work with the director. She says, “Sanjay and I have been missing working with each other for many years and are now talking about roles. I am meeting Sanjay again after I return from Morocco from the shooting of Agent Vinod.”
Kalki Koechlin played peacemaker between Anurag Kashyap and Sanjay Leela Bhansali
The pert Kalki Koechlin is doing a good job with her man Anurag Kashyap — he has mellowed almost beyond recognition.
The forever-angry Anurag who once made far from charitable remarks about Devdas and Black is now looking to reconcile with the director of the very same films, Sanjay Leela Bhansali. All thanks to Kalki, who is playing an Anglo-Indian girl in Bhansali’s production My Friend Pinto.
In no time at all she has endeared herself to the entire unit and production team, including the hard-to-please Bhansali. Apparently the actor gets along like a house on fire with her producer. They discuss everything from Bhansali’s Devdas to Kashyap’s Dev D.
During one tete-a-tete, the touchy topic of Anurag came up, and talk veered to how hot tempered and churlish the Dev D director used to be.
Says a source, “Kalki just laughed and brushed off her man’s irrational outbursts in the past and said it was about time Kashyap met and patched up with Bhansali – who was not averse to the idea. Kalki also pointed out that Kashyap’s Dev D was actually a homage to Bhansali’s Devdas.
Anurag had specially asked Bhansali’s assistant Vikram Motwane to write Dev D so that the ethos and flavour of Devdas would seep into Kashyap’s film.”
Bhansali was touched to hear that. The ice has already thawed between the two filmmakers, and now Kalki plans to carry the process of rapprochement forward by making them meet. Kashyap, who was waiting for a chance to make amends, is all for the meeting.
Says Bhansali, “Kalki is a very sweet and lively girl. She has brought a lot of positive spirit to our sets. I’ve no grudges against Anurag. He said what he had to about my cinema. And it’s over.”
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Sanjay Bhansali seems determined to mend fences with all those friends who have drifted away from him. Especially since Guzaarish is ready for release, and he needs the positive vibes.
Sanjay recently patched up with Farah Khan, who sent him his favourite pulao on his birthday (and he reciprocated by sending his mother’s fish fry which Farah loves). Now it’s the turn of another friend, sound designer Resul Pookutty, to re-enter his life.
Resul, who created the sound design of Black and Saawariya, had fallen out with Sanjay, who then had to bring in someone else for Guzaarish. Last week, Resul finally broke the ice when he met Sanjay.
Says Sanjay, “Our differences were created by vested interests. Once Resul and I sat down together, he explained why the misunderstandings had happened. That was it. Resul is a wonderful human being and a great artiste. To not work with him would be my loss.”
|Resul Pookutty||Sanjay Leela Bhansali|
Sure enough, Resul will work in Sanjay Bhansali’s next project, a grand historical drama with an intricate music and sound design. “One feels so unburdened after ironing out differences with friends,” says the director, who now intends to sort things out with Rani Mukerji. “Rani has been and always will be one of my dearest friends. We can never be upset with one another for too long.”
That one of India’s most celebrated fashion designers, Sabyasachi Mukherjee will soon make his directorial debut is a well-known fact. The talented designer who has been painstakingly scripting his debut film is now ready to take his film on the floors in June this year.
Buzz is Sabyasachi’s close friend Vidya Balan and Pratik will star in his first film. Sabyasachi is also in talks with Konkona Sen Sharma, who had said during a recent interview that she finds Pratik very sexy. We won’t be surprised if she too signs on the dotted line.
As for Sabyasachi and Vidya, they became close friends when he designed her look in Paa. The designer’s admiration for Vidya was evident when he said in a recent interview: “Vidya is a naturally beautiful girl. I’ve often said that she looks much nicer off screen than she looks on screen so in Paa I have just reversed the process by making her look the way she is and not trying too hard to give her an identity because she is an Indian girl, she looks best in Indian clothes.” Vidya had also inaugurated his flagship store in Delhi recently.
A source said, “He had been scripting his film for a long time and is now adding finishing touches to it. His film, an out-and-out romantic comedy, is as unconventional as his clothes.”
According to the source, the film will be based on NRIs and will be shot in London and Punjab. The first two-week shooting schedule is expected to start in June in London.
Sabyasachi denied the news about starting his film’s shoot in June and said, “I am still scripting. It’s a long way before my film goes on the floors.”
However, our source maintains that things are almost finalised and the film is ready to roll soon. The designer is also in talks with several producers.
Sabyasachi is no stranger to Bollywood. He was the costume designer in Black and is also designing for forthcoming films Raavana and Guzaarish.
Ranbir Kapoor won’t have to learn sign language from scratch for his role as a deaf and mute character in Anurag Basu’s film. The actor, who assisted Sanjay Leela Bhansali on Black, spent ample time with Ayesha Kapoor and Rani Mukerji when they were being trained on the sets by a teacher for the physically disabled. He had also visited several institutions for the hearing and speech impaired to research on Black.
The real challenge now lies in creating a musical score that would amply express the simmering discontent behind Ranbir’s silence in the film. Quite like what Laxmikant-Pyarelal did for Jaya Prada in the 1970s in Sargam, which coincidentally starred Ranbir’s father Rishi Kapoor.
While filmmakers Bhansali and Gulzar have made songless films like Black and Koshish (which had one song but it wasn’t filmed on the protagonists, Jaya Bachchan and Sanjeev Kumar), respectively about deaf and mute protagonists, Anurag Basu is going the other way with a full-on musical to bring out his deaf and mute hero’s emotions and feelings.
Consequently, music director Pritam Chakraborty is a worried man as he now faces the biggest challenge of his career in friend Anurag Basu’s new film starring Ranbir. Incidentally, the director and composer live in the same building.
Pritam says, “In ordinary circumstances, songs are just a supplement to the hero’s dialogue. In Anurag’s film, Ranbir’s inner world and emotions will have to be expressed through songs. The words and music will let the audience know what he is thinking. So my songs will have to mirror Ranbir’s exact thoughts.” And to think that Pritam thought he would have it easy this time.
“I thought composing a full-fledged musical for Ranbir in Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani was hard enough. But this is much harder,” adds Pritam.
Rani Mukerji has walked out of Deepa Mehta’s film, an adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s masterpiece novel Midnight’s Children, because she apparently didn’t want to play the mother of a 14-year-old. That she happily played a mother of two kids in Yash Raj Films’ Ta Ra Rum Pum almost three years ago is another matter.
A source says, “She asked Mehta that how she can play the mother of a 14-year old when she herself is just 30? She preferred to leave the film instead.”
Initially, Rani was quite excited about the idea of working with Mehta as it would have been the first time in her 13-year career that she would have worked with a female director. Reportedly, she had even met Rushdie and Mehta in Toronto for the same.
Equally excited about working with Rani, Mehta had earlier said in an interview, “I don’t know about Rani’s current box-office status but I have always wanted to work with her. I saw her work in Hey Ram, Black, Bunty Aur Babli and Veer-Zaara and loved it. She is among the best talent in India today.”
Mehta confirmed that Rani is no longer in her film. She also said that Rani had informed her about the same. “Rani was required to play a mother in a section of the film, but there is no kid in the film who is 14 years old,” said the filmmaker.
However, Mehta dismissed the buzz that Rani turned her down because she didn’t want to play a teenager’s mother. She said, “Rani had some personal reasons for not doing the film. I cannot disclose the reasons because there are some things, which are confidential between a director and an actor. I have great regard for Rani and total respect for why she is not working with me in this film.”
Mehta’s film was planned for a September 2010 release but with this unexpected roadblock it seems that Mehta is now racing against time. Apparently, Vidya Balan, who was supposed to play Rani’s sister in the same film, has still not given a confirmation to Mehta. When asked if Vidya was in the film, Mehta replied, “As soon as I know, I will let you know.”
Rajit Kapoor, a regular in Shyam Benegal films, will finally share screen space with his long standing theatre partner Shernaz Patel in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Guzaarish.
Talking about his two decade old camaraderie with Shernaz, Rajit says, “We run a theatre company called Rage, along with Rahul Da Cunha. Shernaz and I have worked together for twenty years on stage, but never on screen.” Rajit and Shernaz play rival lawyers in the film.
Though Shernaz has earlier worked with Bhansali in Black, this is the first time Rajit has got a chance to work with the director. “Though it’s a small role and took just a week of shooting, I enjoyed myself immensely – what a wonderful team of actors. And I finally got to share screen with Shernaz.”
Last month, Rani Mukerji had a secret, productive and extremely encouraging meeting with author Salman Rushdie and director Deepa Mehta in Toronto. Rushdie and Mehta are coming together for a screen adaptation of the former’s celebrated Booker-winning novel Midnight’s Children. According to reliable sources, Rani met the author and the filmmaker for a good two hours and is now part of the screen adaptation. The buzz is Rushdie took a great fancy to her.
Deepa is evasive about confirming Rani’s presence in Midnight’s Children. She says, “Yes, Salman Rushdie and I met her informally in Toronto, but nothing has been finalised.”
However, reliable sources insist Rani is part of the coveted project which already has Shabana Azmi, Seema Biswas and Nandita Das in its cast.
Hinting at the possibility of working with Rani, Deepa says, “I don’t know about Rani’s current box-office status but I have always wanted to work with her. I saw her work in Hey Ram, Black, Bunty Aur Babli and Veer-Zaara and loved it. She is among the best talent in India today. Whether it is Preity Zinta (Heaven On Earth), Shabana Azmi (Fire) or Seema Biswas (Water), I have always enjoyed working with strong, female actors.”
Rani too is on the lookout for a challenge that will take her beyond the roles she has done in Hindi cinema so far. Interestingly, she has never worked with a female director in her entire career. She came close to working with Mira Nair in The Namesake. She lost the prized role to Tabu because she didn’t want to play Abhishek Bachchan’s mother. Later, Abhishek too opted out of the project.
|Deepa Mehta||Salman Rushdie|