Posts tagged body language
By Taran Adarsh, April 29, 2011 – 13:04 IST
A week or two ago, while surfing the TV channels, I chanced upon this immensely enjoyable Govinda starrer that was being telecast for the umpteenth time. Despite the fact that I had watched it time and again, I decided to watch it yet again, complimenting and applauding Govinda’s natural act and comic timing in the movie. That Govinda is a fabulous actor cannot be denied. Of course, the reasons for his not being in the limelight could be several, but even his detractors will agree that when it comes to certain roles, he’s pure dynamite.BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
NAUGHTY @ 40, Govinda’s new release, aims at bringing the actor back in the reckoning, a position that he once enjoyed not too long ago. NAUGHTY @ 40 is vintage Govinda fare replete with his by-now-famous characteristics, body language, dialogue delivery and even pelvic thrusts that the masses have gleefully mastered over the years. The only difference is, the actor plays a 40-year-old virgin in this sex comedy.
Clearly inspired by THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN, NAUGHTY @ 40 has been adapted to suit the Indian sensibilities. But director Jagmohan Mundhra ensures that it’s not an out-and-out ‘naughty’ experience. The first hour has moments that keep you rolling in your seat as the humor gets raunchier and unsophisticated, laughing at Govinda when his attempts to deal with his problems go awry. From crude hilarity to syrupy sentimentality, the post-interval More >
Ranveer Singh is in intense workshops at Yash Raj to get rid of his Delhi accent and mannerisms, since his next goes on the floors in 10 days’ time
Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 18, 2011)
After a Yash Raj launch and a hit with his debut film Band Baaja Baaraat, Ranveer Singh has a lot of responsibilities on his shoulders now.
For his next Ladies V/S Ricky Bahl, produced by Yash Raj, the actor has locked himself in Yash Raj Studio and has been undergoing intense training for his role to shed his ‘Delhi boy’ image.
A friend of Ranveer said, “It’s been over two weeks that Ranveer has been practically living in Yash Raj Studio. In less than 10 days his next, Ladies V/S Ricky Bahl is going on floors.
The actor is playing a cool young boy, not from any particular region, but surely he cannot be carrying the image of ‘Bittu Sharma’ from his debut film.”
The friend continues, “He has been taking workshops for his character in regard to his body language and body movements. He has also been taking diction classes to get rid of his Delhi accent.
Ranveer is actually from Mumbai but everyone thinks of him as a Delhi-ite. In the past two weeks he has been practising and rehearsing for over 14 hours and only goes home to sleep.
He is working very hard to change his image, so the audience can also perceive and see him in a different light.”
“During the making of Band Baaja Baaraat he rode the Delhi buses, ate at roadside stalls, visited the local colleges, More >
By Subhash K. Jha, March 10, 2011 – 11:18 IST
Boney Kapoor can breathe a sigh of relief. Now that the responsibility of launching his beautiful wife Sridevi has been passed on to Balki, Boney is itching to go ahead with the all-boys tale.
Secretly, the script for the sequel to No Entry has been readied by Anees Bazmee. All the while even as he has been completing the direction of two back-to-back films, Anees Bazmee has been writing the No Entry sequel. Having come to a dead end the first time this time, he doesn’t want to reveal details about the sequel.
But we can safely say No Entry Mein Entry will have lots of incidents and situations related to Salman and Akshay Kumar, the two superstars that Anees has been working with. The characters in No Entry Mein Entry have grown out of Anees’ close contact with the leading men in his two under-production films Thank You and Ready. Apparently, a lot of characters traits, body language and speech peculiarities of the protagonists in the No Entry sequel will be based on Anees’ observations on Akshay Kumar in Thank You and Salman in Ready.
In fact, Anees has even taken incidents related to Akshay and Salman and made them part of No Entry Mein Entry.
Cautious about giving away the real-life inspirations for No Entry Mein Entry, Anees says, “I’m a writer first then a director. Observing people from close quarters the quirks and characteristics of people I’ve been working with lately are bound to show up in No Entry Mein More >
Akshay Kumar gets the look right to supposedly essay the role of Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar
Prithwish Ganguly (BOMBAY TIMES; March 5, 2011) Akshay Kumar returns to action films with the sequel to Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai. It’s been a while since the actor has done a gangster film that earned him rave reviews in films like International Khiladi and Khiladiyoon Ke Khiladi. Naturally he is excited. “I have been waiting for the right script to stamp my return to action and finally I found it. My look in the film has been completely my director Milan Luthria and producer Ekta Kapoor’s call. They have worked in tandem to give me this intense look,” he says.
Akki’s character is the older version of Emraan Hashmi’s character, Shoaib Khan, from the prequel. The buzz is that the character is based on underworld kingpin Dawood Ibrahim. However the actor says it’s untrue, “I play a gangster of the 80s and it would be unwise to say that I’m playing Dawood even though the world is saying so.”
Meanwhile, Ekta reveals that he will have three looks in the film. “Akshay ages through the film. It begins with 25 and then 30 and then 35 is the age span that we cover. So he will have three looks in the film. We combined how a gangster of the 80s looked and mixed Akshay’s natural charm to his dreaded on screen persona,” the producer adds. Sources have it that Akki will be taking help from prosthetics to make him to look similar to the real Dawood and will also More >
By Joginder Tuteja, March 4, 2011 – 15:11 IST
He was the perfect fit for Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots. However, when it came to making a transition to Shah Rukh Khan’s Always Kabhi Kabhi, Ali Fazal had to really struggle and in the process lose it all. For the uninitiated, Ali is the same boy who played the memorable part of Joy Lobo in Hirani’s masterpiece.
“In Aamir’s film, Ali had a minor though important role to play. It’s his suicide that resulted in Aamir’s first serious confrontation with Boman Irani. Post 3 Idiots, Ali was recognised but no one ever looked at him as a hero material. This is the same time when auditions were taking place for Always Kabhi Kabhi. Someone referred Ali to director Roshan Abbas who was hosting the auditions”, says a unit member from Shah Rukh’s production team.
What followed next was a complete disaster as Ali walked in while carrying the same persona as that of Joy Lobo. It was apparent that he was still not out of his earlier mould and was severely under-prepared for the role of a leading man that he had to play in Always Kabhi Kabhi.
“Naturally, Roshan rejected Ali in a single go”, informs the source, “There was no way that he could have even continued with Ali. For his film Roshan wanted a boy who had to play the part of a school teenager. On the other hand, Joy was continuing with his rock star looks with flying locks, stubble and the works.”
He was pronto sent back but Roshan’s female assistants persisted with him to give More >
Dilip Kumar took to comedy to fight the demons of his tragedy performances, Shahid Kapoor’s being trained to fly a fighter plane and a ‘pregnant’ Vidya Balan has banned smoking on the sets… Acting is hard work, finds Seema Sinha
TIMES NEWS NETWORK (TIMES LIFE; February 27, 2011)
WHEN Shahid Kapoor decided to play an Indian Air Force pilot in his father Pankaj Kapoor’s directorial debut Mausam, he went through rigorous training to fly the F16, a sophisticated fighter plane, to get into the skin of the character.
Recently, Vidya Balan, who essays the role of a pregnant woman in the upcoming Kahaani, has banned smoking on the sets, besides learning how a sixmonth pregnant woman would walk, at what speed, how she would sit and get up. Says director Sujoy Ghosh, “In her mind, Vidya is a pregnant woman. People around would lift things for her. This way, the crew too started seeing her as the character.”
Not trained as an actor, Vidya approaches a role in her own way. During Paa, Vidya had sessions with a gynaecologist to find out the questions pregnant women came up with. Says Vidya, “My endeavour is to behave like the character. People said my character, a gynaecologist, appeared too matter-offact with her patients. But that’s how it was supposed to be. Before the shoot begins, I discuss the character with my directors, understand the emotional graph and on the sets, I just react to the emotions because by then everything else is More >
By Subhash K. Jha, January 18, 2011 – 14:56 IST
It’s not just with his home production Ra.One that Shah Rukh Khan is looking towards capturing the international market in 2011. With Farhan Akhtar’s Don 2 too, Shah Rukh goes gloriously global.
And Shah Rukh will be taking on Tom Cruise, no less, with Don 2. The two action-oriented super-slick films on global crime and punishment release globally within a week of one another in December. Hush-hush plans are on to put together an international version of Farhan’s ferocious furious and flamboyant flick so that Shah Rukh’s Don 2 can come face to face with Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible 4, which incidentally features Anil Kapoor in a cameo.
And to prove how global in execution Don 2 is, here’s the thing. A car chase sequence featuring Shah Rukh shot in Berlin last month was so steep and dangerous that it damaged one of the expensive cameras that had been recruited to capture the heart-in-the-mouth stunt. Luckily no one was hurt.
According to a source from the film the Don’s character in Don 2: The Chase Continues has gone international with his criminal ambitions. “While in the first part, Don wanted to take over the crime syndicate in India in Don 2, Don wants to capture the entire European market. Shah Rukh’s character is no longer an Indian crime lord wanted in 11 countries. He is portrayed as a European gangster, replete with all the trappings of an international kingpin.”
The magnitude of the character’s power More >
Ritesh and Genelia, a duo which has been together since 2002 but has always kept their affair under wraps, finally danced like no one’s watching
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 18, 2011)
It took eight years but it’s official now. On Sunday night, at Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna’s 10th wedding anniversary party at their Juhu residence, Ritesh Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza held hands and danced passionately with each other.
For the first time they made it amply clear with their body language that they are nothing but a couple.
It now seems as though Ritesh and Genelia had come prepared to the party; that they had decided to throw all caution to the wind. And they did just that.
Said an eye-witness, “They were together throughout the party. Their common friends, who usually hang out with them, hadn’t accompanied them this time.”
Sorry Jacqueline. Guess Ritesh’s rumoured affinity to her can be buried now. We don’t know if she was invited to Akshay and Twinkle’s anniversary party or not but she wasn’t seen there. For good reason, we suppose.
Added the witness, “Akshay and Twinkle’s party rocked. The decoration, food, drinks and ambience were outstanding.
But the khullam khulla attitude Ritesh and Genelia had was something that we have never seen before and will go down in history.
They have always been the shy and reticent types. This was the first time they let their hair down to publicly acknowledge their feelings for each other.”
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Being a small-town 17-year-old from Bhambla in Himachal Pradesh didn’t stop this stunner from taking on Bollywood. Waiting in her vanity van to front the camera for Knock Out, her latest movie with Sanjay Dutt and Irrfan Khan, where Kangna plays a crime journalist – today’s Kangna is confident, composed and totally at ease with being ‘real’.
Excerpts from the interview: What made you become an actor? I was restless when I was 15/16. I was pursuing science but I was more attracted towards art. So I started pursuing theatre. Thereon, I also tried modelling because people kept harping that I looked different. I signed up with a modelling agency and took it quite seriously. Unfortunately, modelling didn’t take me very seriously! I figured that in India, modelling is only something you can be happy doing part-time. In the mean time, I was pursuing theatre and my guruji, Arvind Gaur encouraged me a lot. I started giving auditions for movies. The truth is even if I wasn’t selected for Anurag Basu’s Gangster, I would’ve tried other projects. However, I got selected and Bollywood became my career.
What is the creative process that goes behind every character you etch? Each role is challenging. You have to do your homework. For instance, in Abhinay Deo’s Game, I play a cop from London and she has a Brit accent. It was difficult for me to emulate that. Acting is a job where you have to More >
Tabu failed to match Prabhu Deva’s moves in Urumi ; so her movements were restructured
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 09, 2010)
Madhuri Dixit is probably the only actress who has matched up to Prabhu Deva’s dance moves; her Que Sera Sera number in Pukaar being the prime example.
Naturally, Tabu had large shoes to fill while attempting to dance with Prabhu Deva in Santosh Sivan’s Urumi. When Sivan approached the actress for this dance number, she was apparently shocked. Not only did she have to match up to Vidya Balan’s classical number in the film, she also had to match steps with Prabhu Deva, unarguably one of the best dancers in the Indian film industry.
Tabu apparently begged to be let off but Sivan wouldn’t take no for an answer. Says a source, “Tabu knows Santosh Sivan is a big fan of her work. In fact, he had written the role of the human bomb in his directorial debut Terrorist for Tabu and was heartbroken when she opted to play a similar character in Gulzar Saab’s Hu Tu Tu instead. Since then Sivan has been pursuing her for various films. The actress could not refuse his offer.”
Taking the offer however had its own ramifications. Tabu’s attempts to match up to Prabhu Deva were supposedly mostly futile, so her moves had to be restructured according to her body language.
Explaining how different Tabu’s movements in this song are, director Santosh Sivan says, “Tabu’s dance is more like a song for the Mother More >