Posts tagged Boman Irani
Kunal M Shah catches the livewire comic and filmmaker Sajid Khan in a candid mood as his film inches towards the big box-office test
MUMBAI MIRROR (March 31, 2012)
Housefull 2 is the second film in the Housefull series. Tell us more about it. The film is an attempt by Sajid Nadiadwala, Akshay Kumar and me to make a franchise like Dhoom or Golmaal. The stories are not connected. There are 12 characters – four fathers, four daughters and their prospective grooms, all with the same name. I had named it The Dirty Dozen when Nadiadwala said it should be Housefull 2 – The Dirty Dozen.
You are known to give letters to your actors on the first day of the shoot saying it will be their biggest grosser. Did you do the same here? Yes, I am a positive person when it comes to my work and I take my work very seriously. This letter may sound little pompous. But it says that I want them to have the best time of their life while working with me. It has been true for all the stars who have worked with me except Boman Irani, who has 3 Idiots.
Do you intend to break the record of 3 Idiots? I will be lucky, but I don’t think so. 3 Idiots has sent a benchmark and coming anywhere close to its vicinity will be a big tough. But to be very frank I am not into numbers right now as I know one thing for a fact that my film will be a super duper hit because it is a pure Sajid Khan style of entertainment which will not go wrong.
What is this style? I have my own style of filmmaking, which is More >
Mumbai Mirror spends a day with Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani who were at their wittiest best on the sets of their upcoming film Jolly LLB
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 29, 2012)
They upheld the true meaning of being a doctor. And then they indulged in Gandhigiri. Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani, who had united for the successful Munna Bhai series will once again come together for a film on the nuances of law. And Mumbai Mirror caught up with the two actors on the sets of Subhash Kapoor’s film titled Jolly LLB at Filmalaya Studios on Wednesday.
The first thing that struck us when we entered the studio was that everybody was too ‘jolly’. Perhaps they were taking the film title too seriously? But later we realized that it was the two actors Boman and Arshad keeping up a constant flow of jokes. In fact, their camaraderie made us wonder what brought the two so close.
The friendship began 17 years back. “We did this play called Roshni. There was this scene where Sharon Prabhakar, at her sexiest best, was sitting on a sofa. And meanwhile, Boman and I had to dance in full Elvis Presley regalia. I just can’t get the scene out of my mind,” explained Arshad. And everyone on the sets, possibly trying to visualise Boman dressed as Elvis, started laughing.
Incidentally, Boman was the first to learn about Arshad’s debut film offer. Arshad, had not wanted to do films at the time. “The next thing I know, Arshad is dancing on top of a taxi in Tere Mere Sapne,” said Boman. The two More >
MUMBAI MIRROR (March 2, 2012)
My toughest scene would have to be in Raj Kumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots. It was a scene where I give my precious pen away to Aamir (Khan). Why was it tough? My egoistic and opinionated character of the college principal, Viru Shashtrabudhe had to accept his defeat without appearing generous to the outside world.
It was a moment when my character felt strangely relieved from the burden of carrying the pen. The moment he gives away the pen, he feels that his responsibility is over.
I had to do quite a few retakes for this scene. My co-star Aamir Khan was really patient with me, and so was my director Raju Hirani. The retakes helped me to get in character for this decisive moment. I had tears in my eyes when we did the final take. I was also drained out by then, which helped me to get the right mood.
Complex scenes like this work only when your co-star is supportive. Aamir is a very generous co-star. He’s always willing to stand back and let another actor take centre stage. That’s the spirit which made this scene work for me.
–As told to Subhash K Jha
The actor has invited all his friends from the film fraternity to a lavish reception, which will be held on November 20, at his daughter-in-law’s residence
Amrapali Sharma (MUMBAI MIRROR; Novemer 16, 2011)
By Subhash K. Jha, October 6, 2011 – 00:42 IST
After co-producing the well-received Chalo Dilli, Mahesh Bhupathi has now moved on. His next production will be an independent production and that too with Raveena Tandon in the lead.
The comedy that Bhupathi will produce with Raveena in the lead is being described as a “Delhi Belly without the expletives but still with the anything-goes mood speed and dialogues.”
The film goes on the floors later this year and will be directed by Neerav Ghosh whose debut film Soundtrack featuring Rajeev Khandelwal as a deaf DJ, is on release.
Neerav’s film that Bhupathi has asked Raveena to do is an absolute antithesis.
Says a source, “Mahesh has known Raveena for the longest. When he read Neerav Ghosh’s script he fell in love with it. It’s madcap zany crime caper comedy and requires a housewife as its main protagonist. Mahesh and his director thought Raveena was perfect for the part. Raveena who has never done a full-on comedy was not too sure to begin with but Mahesh and Neerav convinced her. And also, Raveena’s other heroine-centric film Sudipto Chattopadhyay’s Shobhana 7 Nights got pushed forward a bit, hence Raveena agreed.”
The crazy comedy would also feature Boman Irani and Aditya Panscholi.
Refusing to comment on the project, Raveena said, “I’m getting very interesting offers. This is a very important time for women actors in Bollywood. We have Vidya Balan doing The Dirty Picture, Bebo (Kareena Kapoor) in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine. I More >
Will be the leading lady opposite Boman Irani
Sarita Tanwar (BOMBAY TIMES; May 6, 2011)
Farah Khan, choreographer-director-TV host, is now in a different role. Literally. She is the leading lady of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next production Shirin Farhad, to be directed by SLB’s sister Bela. This bit of news is interesting for two reasons. First and the big one being this is Farah’s big screen debut. Second, because until recently she and the Guzaarish director were bitter enemies and had even lashed out at each other in print. Clearly now, it’s all in the past.
When asked why Farah as the heroine, Sanjay laughs, “It is the best way of taking revenge on her.” Then getting serious, he adds, “I thought she suited the role perfectly. It’s a funny and very tender and quaint love story of a Parsi couple. And the character of Shirin suits her perfectly. Farah has amazing wit and wicked humour and I could see that translating on the screen.”
The film has been written by Bhansali, who may be known for serious films, but he promises it will be a laugh riot. His sister Bela, who debuts as a director and has edited most of her brother’s films, says, “I instinctively felt Farah was right for the role. Also, she is half-Parsi and has a mad side to her. And there could be no one better than Boman for this role. Expect to see a lot of song and dance in my film.” Farah laughs when asked about her debut, “When Bela and Sanjay called me for the role, I More >
By Subhash K. Jha, April 15, 2011 – 15:07 IST
Abhishek Bachchan talks to Subhash K Jha on his films and co-stars…
Two releases within a month, both taking you into space that you’ve hardly been in before. Any trepidation? If you believe in what you do, it doesn’t matter how soon the films are released. But yes, ideally I’d have liked a gap between the two films. It’s not in my hands. At the end of the day we actors are only needed to act. But I’m proud of both films. I leave the rest to God. I’d like to believe my audience expects a lot from me. As a film actor, I’d like to fulfil their wishes. Our main aim is to entertain. Game and Dum Maaro Dum (DMD) are separate genres of films. Game was a whodunit, a genre I’d never done before, where as Dum Maaro Dum is an action thriller,
Last year you did films that were more epic in nature like Raavan and Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey. Were they tougher to shoot? No, I don’t think the genre of a film should dictate how much of yourself you give to your films. As an actor it’s not my job to prioritize my projects. Every film has to be equally important. Every role has to be your favourite role. You just have to go with your instincts and do what you like. Basically I want to do entertaining films. Beyond that I don’t need to question my choices. I just follow my heart.I treated both Abhinay and Rohan like thorough professionals
Game was directed by first-timer Abhinay Deo while DMD was with one your oldest More >
Our flawed education system gives filmmakers enough grounds for coming up with entertaining satirical capers. Unfortunately, barring one or two films, most of them have fallen flat. FALTU is yet another similar attempt but stood out thanks to its terrific promotion that took the nation’s youth to storm. However, a film needs to have a good script to actually impress and that’s what this film is lacking. The goings-on in the film are not only unbelievable but are plain ridiculous! Sure the film ends with a nice message. But when it tries to attain the height of a 3 Idiots, it fails and falls to the level of a Paathshaala!
The story of the movie: Ritesh (Jackky Bhagnani), Pooja (Puja Gupta), Nanj (Angad Bedi) successfully pass their Class 12 examinations although they secured around 40%. Problem arises when their friend Vishnu (Chandan Roy Sanyal) get 94% and secure admission in prestigious St Peter’s College. But the trio are unable to get admission anywhere because of their low marks. Their parents threaten them to beat, make them work in their boring family business or marry them off in case they don’t get admitted to any college. Thus, Ritesh decides to start a fake college at least on paper and claim to have got admission there. Thus, the trio fools their parents that they have secured a seat in an institution called Fakirchand And Lakirchand Trust University (FALTU) located on the outskirts of Mumbai. The parents get happy and decide to visit the More >
Sharman Joshi talks to reader Meghana Trivedi about parenting, his bond with his family and surviving in the industry
Reema Gehi (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 03, 2011)
Besides India’s victory against Pakistan in the World Cup semi-finals, the other highlight of my week was that I got to interact with one of my favourite actors Sharman Joshi. Although Sharman has always played character roles, he has managed to carve a niche for himself in Hindi cinema. I have admired his comic timing in films like Golmaal and 3 Idiots, and I even liked him in his serious avatar in Life in a…Metro.
I was accompanied by my two-year-old son Vighnesh, who hit it off with Sharman instantly. The actor is a father to a five-year-old daughter Khayana and one-and-a-half-year-old twins Varryan and Rehan. “I am a total hands-on dad. In fact, my wife and I have a pact. Since I am not a morning person, for six days she wakes up in the morning and I wake up once a week to attend to the kids,” he said fondly.
One doesn’t hear much about his personal life. When I probed about his marriage to Prerna, who incidentally is yesteryear actor Prem Chopra’s youngest daughter, Sharman said, “Rightly so, it was difficult for my father-in-law to accept me.
Had I been in his place, even I would have had the same reaction. I was a struggling actor then; everything was very dicey. My father-in-law knew the perils I’d have to face in this industry. But over time, her family warmed up to me. I More >