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On the sets of Anjaana Anjaani, Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra lived out of a car
Imagine this. A plush red vintage car, dusty after travelling different terrains; in it: Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, laughing out loud, living it up. This was the scene every alternate day on the sets of Sajid Nadiadwala’s Anjaana Anjaani.
The two actors travelled in this vintage car, especially designed for this film. In fact, they made it their second home. An aesthetic Priyanka named the car Blush. And Ranbir for his part, created a special junk food compartment in the car. Priyanka used to play her I-Pod and speakers in the car and the two actors apparently spent most of their time here.
Our source said, “The car plays a very important role in the movie and many scenes have been shot inside it. It was previously called Sunflower (because the car appears yellow to colour-blind individuals?) but no one on the sets liked the name.”
|The car, Blush, became an integral part of Priyanka Chopra and Ranbir Kapoor’s lives in Anjaana Anjaani|
Priyanka saved the day and suggested the name Blush and everyone loved it. Priyanka and Ranbir would often treat the car as a human being and most of the crewmembers joined in too. The two actors apparently took turns to clean and decorate the car as well. The car became a second home for them.
When contacted, Siddarth Anand, the director of the film said, “Yes it is true. It’s a vintage car and is called Blush. It belongs to Priyanka’s character and it had to go with her emotions. Priyanka spends most of her time in the car and she hangs her clothes and tooth brush in it too.
The car plays the third character in the film and that’s why I have used it in the film posters too. Since the car is supposed to be really messy in the film both Ranbir and Priyanka had fun trashing it further. The car travelled from New York to Las Vegas and then to San Francisco. Fortunately, it did not break down.”
Apparently, like Priyanka’s tootbrush, the car had an assigned space for Ranbir’s books too, when the junk food didn’t take up most of the room that is.
Siddharth added, “Only after making all these additions did the two actors feel comfortable in the car.” Get a room guys; one each preferably.
… that two authors are writing on Bollywood’s current No 1 heroine
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; July 13, 2010)
That there has been constant comparison between Bollywood’s reigning diva Kareena Kapoor and global style icon Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice), you know. Kareena’s size zero and Posh’s anorexic frame have been the topic of water-cooler and kitty party conversations for nearly three years now. But that publishers across the globe have taken note of this fact, is new. And it is being hinted that celebrated writer and leading columnist Shobhaa De (also a fashion icon) will write a book on Kareena which will tackle fashion advice exactly on the lines of Victoria Beckham’s Extra Half.
Also, it is being said that there will be a sequel by Rujuta Diwekar (Kareena’s dietician) to her first book on how Bebo ate right… and yet managed to be a size zero for the longest time. Rujuta’s book has inspired obese women across the world and the author recently flew to New York because a filthy-rich Kareena fan wanted her to personally supervise her diet plans. A source says, “Seeing the kind of feedback she’s been getting, Rujuta has decided to come up with a sequel to her diet book using Bebo as a role model.’’
Kareena is delighted with the news of the two books. However, she says, “I’m still to talk to the authors about what exactly the books would say. Ideally I’d like to give my comments only after I have had a conversation with them. I deeply admire Shobhaa De and I would absolutely value anything she does. However, I’m unable to say anything at this point. As for Rujuta, I have heard that her first book did fly off the shelves. I’m happy she is planning a second one.’’
By Taran Adarsh, July 9, 2010 – 12:57 IST
Freshly cooked, piping hot food is savoured instantly. Similarly, a film that radiates freshness catches your eye instantaneously. Conversely, if a film takes a really long time to hit the screens, it generally doesn’t find a place in your things-to-do-this-weekend list, unless the word of mouth is electrifying. MILENGE MILENGE suffers for this reason. Even the man on the street knows that it’s a dated product!
The gap between the commencement of this film and its eventual release is quite substantial and that’s pretty evident when you look at its promos. Especially the way the lead actors look. The camera doesn’t lie, right? Perhaps, that’s a prime reason why MILENGE MILENGE doesn’t propel you to rush to a nearby cineplex and grab a seat, despite the fact that its lead stars are at the prime of their respective careers and enjoy a solid fan-base.
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
But never judge a book by its cover. Sure, you march into the film with zilch expectations, expecting a dated product with a hackneyed plotline, but as the reels begin to unspool, you realize that it does have a story to tell. So what if MILENGE MILENGE borrows from the John Cusack – Kate Beckinsale starrer SERENDIPITY . The Indianisation by writer Shiraz Ahmed is quite engaging at places.
The ‘recipe’ for that perfect love story is simple [at least that's what most film-makers believe]: Cast a good looking pair, choose a tried-and-tested story [read, make a mix of EK DUUJE KE LIYE, Q.S.Q.T., MAINE PYAAR KIYA, D.D.L.J., KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI], garnish it with sweet/cute/romantic/delightful situations, add a couple of energetic songs [at least two/three Hit songs are a must] and shoot the muvie at panaromic locales. Presto, prem kahani tayyar ho gayee!
But MILENGE MILENGE has ‘kismet’ keeping the lovers apart. Imagine a love story where the lovers have already expressed love for each other, but some force beyond their control gets in their way and keeps them apart till the end of the film. The script indulges in bringing its leads together, but also makes sure that they stay far away from each other till minutes before the film is about to conclude. Sure, this thought sounds interesting on paper, but there’s a flipside to it. With Facebook, Twitter, Google and also cellphones at one’s disposal, is it difficult to trace anyone in today’s times? Naah, not anymore!
Final word? MILENGE MILENGE may be dated, but watch it for the chemistry between its lead pair. Perhaps, this JAB WE MET jodi may never team up ever again!
Immy [Shahid Kapoor] and Priya [Kareena Kapoor] meet at a youth festival in Bangkok. Priya is a romantic at heart and expects her life partner to be a teetotaler, a guy who doesn’t smoke and also, who doesn’t lie. Immy is totally opposite of what Priya wants from her life partner. Their world collides when Immy lays his hands on Priya’s personal diary and learns of her likes and dislikes. He poses as her dream mate by giving her a totally different picture of himself.
While preparing to return to Delhi, Priya discovers the copy of her diary in Immy’s room. She realizes that Immy has made a fool of her and decides to confront him. In the meantime, Immy confides in his friends that although he has cheated Priya, he is truly in love with her. But Priya appears in front of him and all hell breaks loose. She decides to end the relationship.
Immy tries to regain her trust by telling her that they are destined to be together. Priya decides that if it is destined that they be together, then they will find each other in Delhi again, although both do not know each other’s whereabouts in Delhi. Three years later, Immy returns from abroad, while Priya is now settled in Mumbai. Immy is engaged to a family friend’s daughter [Aarti Chhabria], while Priya has also moved on in life. She is in a relationship with a pop singer.
Both of them are about to be married, but after all these years, they still have this nagging feeling that the other was his/her true love. Of course, fate conspires to bring them back together [after several near misses] as they simultaneously undertake one last attempt to find one another just before they get married to someone else.
MILENGE MILENGE starts off like one of those countless love stories, with mandatory songs and lovey-dovey scenes aplenty, but the twist minutes before the interval is so well executed that it suddenly raises the bar of the film. Naturally then, you expect the post-interval portions to charter a new path.
The second half has its share of engaging moments, but, very frankly, it tends to get repetitive and melodramatic as well. The entire track of a particular Rs. 50 currency note and the book with Kareena’s name and phone number on it, although novel, hasn’t been portrayed too effectively. Even the finale — when Shahid reaches out to Kareena — isn’t convincing. Like I pointed out earlier, what binds the film together is the chemistry between the lead pair and a few charming moments.
Satish Kaushik’s handling of a few sequences is commendable. Himesh Reshammiya’s musical score is quite good. ‘Kuch To Baaki Hai’ and the title track are good compositions. Cinematography is okay.
Both Shahid and Kareena play the hopeless romantics to the hilt. Their [then] off screen chemistry comes across very well on screen. Although the film was shot several years ago and Shahid looks boyish all through, his performance is consistent and believable. Kareena is equally convincing. Aarti Chhabria has nothing to do. Delnaaz Paul [Kareena's friend] and Sarfaraz Khan [Shahid's friend] get ample scope and are noticeable. Satish Shah is hardly funny. Kirron Kher sparkles in a brief role. Himani Shivpuri is wasted.
On the whole, MILENGE MILENGE has the charismatic lead pair, who are very popular with the youth, as its USP. But the problem is its dated look. Having taken a long time to reach the theatres, it will have to rely on a solid word of mouth to lure the audiences into cineplexes. Business-wise, there’s some hope in the Hindi belt, where traditional love stories and melodrama are accepted.
By Taran Adarsh, March 18, 2010 – 16:42 IST
Post RAAZ and 1920, you expect an enthralling horror film, with chills aplenty, from Vikram Bhatt. You presume his third horror film SHAAPIT would be even more scarier than his earlier works, mainly because Bhatt is now a seasoned player, as far as this genre is concerned.
SHAAPIT also makes a startling promise in its adverts – ‘Warning: Extremely frightening’. Now that’s quite a tall claim, isn’t it?
Scary movies made in Bollywood, generally, have two stories rolled into one film: The past, when the wrong was committed and the present, when the past comes to haunt the young couple. Coincidentally, both RAAZ and 1920 followed this concept and so does SHAAPIT. Only this time, the story dates back to 300 + years and then comes back to the present day.
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
The unspoken and unwritten rule for horror films is simple: They ought to scare you at the right places and also, the culmination ought to be the best part of the story. SHAAPIT succeeds in giving you those jhatkas at several points [there are some genuinely chilling scenes] and the culmination to the tale, although a bit lengthy, keeps you involved in the proceedings.
Final word? With SHAAPIT, Vikram Bhatt raises the bar for horror films made in India. Full marks to Bhatt for making that one kick-ass horror thriller, which easily ranks amongst the best in this genre in terms of plot, setting, technique and performances. Go, get scared!
When Aman [Aditya Narayan] proposes to Kaaya [Shweta Agrawal] and as soon as Kaaya wears the engagement ring and the couple drives off together, their car takes a spin and bounces off the road, almost killing both of them.
When Kaaya’s parents [Murli Sharma, Nishigandha Wad] hear about their daughter’s accident, they rush to the hospital to find an engagement ring on their daughter’s finger. Distraught, the father explains to the young couple that three hundred years back, their family had incurred the curse of an angry Brahmin and that curse did not allow the daughters of their family to be married.
Aman meets Pashupathi [Rahul Dev], the master of the ways of the spiritual world. Pashupathi tells Aman that in some cultures, there was a belief that a generational curse worked much after even the person who had uttered the curse was dead because, it was believed, that an evil curse when uttered stuck to an evil spirit and the spirit then became the keeper of the curse and it was the duty of that evil spirit to make the curse come true generation after generation.
Aman asks Pashupathi if there was a way to destroy the spirit and get rid of the curse. Pashupathi tells him that there was a way, but it was filled with peril. If he sets about to hunt and destroy a spirit, then the spirit would also know that it was being hunted. Aman tells Pashupathi that he would fight for his love… and so begins their journey.
Vikram Bhatt merges the past and present beautifully. The explanation offered at the very start – a spirit continues to safeguard the curse for centuries – is something that Indians, generally, would relate to.
A number of sequences bear the unmistakable stamp of this refined storyteller – Vikram Bhatt. Sample these…
* While returning from a late-night party, Shweta watches an old woman sleeping in the middle of the road;
* Aditya’s efforts to get a particular book from the library;
* Aditya and Shweta’s encounter in a dilapidated cinema hall;
* Shweta waking up in the middle of the night and not finding Aditya, Rahul Dev and Shubh Joshi in their respective beds;
* The interaction with the maharaja’s soul;
* Shubh Joshi going back in time;
* The entire climax sequence.
On the flip side, the portions depicting Shweta slipping into coma and her subsequent revival towards the end looks formulaic. Ironically, Shweta continues to wear the engagement ring in a chain [in the neck], even while in coma, which would’ve made it easier for the spirit to eliminate her, but it doesn’t. Also, Bhatt and the writers should’ve established in a sequence or two about the step-wife of the king vowing to take the angry Brahmin’s curse forward, since both were different stories.
Yet, despite the minor hiccups, Bhatt keeps you hooked to the proceedings. Those looking for chills, well, SHAAPIT has it in plenty. Also, his storytelling is super-stylish. Chirantan Bhatt’s music is tuneful, although one misses the haunting tunes of RAAZ and 1920. The background score [Raju Rao] heightens the impact of the chills. Pravin Bhatt’s camerawork is eye-filling. Dialogues [Girish Dhamija] are appropriate. The production design [Rajat Poddar] is excellent, especially the set of the palace. Special effects are amongst the best we’ve seen in Hindi movies. Costumes [Rahil Raja] are in sync with the demand of the characters.
Aditya Narayan is a show-stopper. It’s hard to believe that someone can be so natural in front of the camera in his very first outing. Given the right roles, there’s no stopping this bundle of talent. Shweta doesn’t really get the scope. Besides, she is sidelined in the second hour. Rahul Dev is wonderful, underplaying his part with restraint. Newcomer Shubh Joshi oozes tremendous confidence. A fine actor! Murli Sharma and Nishigandha Wad are decent. Natasha Sinha excels.
On the whole, SHAAPIT is truly a scary movie, which comes across as a worthy follow up to RAAZ and 1920. If you are a fan of ghost stories, SHAAPIT should be on your list of ‘things to do and watch’ this weekend. Go for it and be prepared to be spooked!
By Subhash K. Jha, February 1, 2010 – 11:51 IST
She came, she shot and she sneaked out of Mumbai on Friday night on a flight to New York, traumatized by the experience of making a film on the life of a sex worker.
Lucy Liu came and shot her 30-minute film entitled Meena for ten days in Mumbai and tried to sneak out of Mumbai on Friday night as quietly as possible.
Says a source, “Lucy shot her film right until Friday evening then rushed to the airport to escape all media attention. She had to return to New York for another film. Then she had to edit her Mumbai film entitled Meena and submit it by mid-2010.”
According to an actor in the film, “Lucy is painfully shy of the press. Plus this was her first film as a director, and it was on a very sensitive subject.”
Lucy’s film was on the subject of prostitution. According to a source, “The film inspired by Meena’s tale as told in the book ‘Half The Sky’ is about a real-life sex worker Meena Haseena who at the age of 10, was abducted from her village in Bihar and brought to Mumbai. Meena grew up in a brothel. After escaping from the brothel, Meena made it her life’s mission to help as many of her sex-worker colleagues to escape from a life of prostitution as possible.”
The irony that moved Lucy Liu was that Meena couldn’t manage to rescue her own daughter from a life of prostitution.
Says an actor from the film, “It took Meena 14 years to rescue her own daughter from prostitution. As Lucy shot this sensitive film, she’d often burst into quiet sobs in corner. The real story is so searing and brutal we all were traumatized. There was a 13-year old girl playing Meena’s daughter. And the ambience was especially sensitive for her. You can’t blame Lucy for wanting to finish shooting and leave quietly.”
Tannishtha Chatterjee who plays Meena Haseena met the real Haseena several times.
Says the source, “Meena was a consultant on the project throughout. Tannishtha and Lucy met Meena several times and Meena was on the sets supervising the proceedings.”
For the sequences showing Meena daughter Naina’s rescue attempts, Tannishtha had to perform several dangerous stunts, climbing up walls jumping down buildings, running and slipping as she was chased by goons.”
Says Tannishtha, “All I can say is, I’m battered and bruised both emotionally and physically after doing the film. Working with Lucy Liu and that too on a project of very high realism, just shattered me.”
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, January 25, 2010 – 19:44 IST
Today when there are well above 250 films releasing every year in Bollywood, finding a unique concept can be a task, and every now and then, there are claims of copyright infringement being made. The latest film blamed for copyright infringement is Veer, and the makers of the film are accused of lifting some concepts from a certain book without any approval from its author.
The Salman Khan starrer that released recently has been dragged to court for copyright violation by author Pavan Choudary. The plaintiff claims that the idea and concept that India should not be a ‘Sone Ki Chidiya’ but ‘Baaj’ (hawk) has almost been identically copied and adapted from his book ‘Trilogy of Wisdom’ and that the makers of Veer are using the same for their commercial gains.
Justice V. K. Shali of Delhi High Court has since asked actor Salman Khan, the film’s producers and also director Anil Sharma to file their response on the allegation levelled by author Pavan Choudary, who has sought damages of Rs. 20 lakh from them. The author also pleaded that the court should stay the screening of the film.
BHARATI DUBEY Times News Network (THE TIMES OF INDIA; January 2, 2010)
New Delhi: Three Idiots may be creating box-office history. But all’s certainly not well between Chetan Bhagat, the author of the book Five Point Someone from which the movie has been adapted, and its hero Aamir Khan, producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra and director Rajkumar Hirani.
An ‘idiotic’ controversy has broken out over accusations of credit poaching. The film credits the story to Abhijat Joshi and Hirani. Bhagat’s name appears at the film’s end.
Bhagat is miffed that the film does not give him due credit, but Khan claims that Bhagat is trying to take away credit from Joshi, the film’s scriptwriter. Agencies have quoted the actor as saying that he has advised Chopra and Hirani to file a case against Bhagat as he has defamed them with “false’’ allegations.
Reacting to this, Bhagat told a news agency, “For the past two years, I have trusted Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Aamir blindly and this is what I get in return. Now I am being threatened with legal action, but I am ready for it.’’
Chopra too jumped into the fray on Friday. When the controversy was brought up by journalists at a press meet in Noida, he thundered, “Have you read the book? I have read the book, so shut up!’’ He also charged Bhagat with trying to gain publicity for his book.
But Bhagat was quick to retort that he didn’t need this kind of fame and he couldn’t help it if millions of people who had read his Five Point Someone had spotted the issue.
The row erupted on Thursday, when Bhagat blogged, “Pre-release, the makers made press statements like the movie is only ‘very loosely’, ‘2%-5% inspired by the book’. After the release, those who have read the book and seen the movie (and frankly, I think those are the only people who have the right to comment) find the film to be an adaptation of Five Point Someone.’’
‘3 Idiots’ not an original story: Author Bhagat
New Delhi: Irked at the makers of ‘3 Idiots’ not giving him due credit, Chetan Bhagat, whose book Five Point Someone on which the film is based, has blogged, “The setting, characters, plotline, dramatic twists and turns, one-liners, theme, message—almost all aspects that make up the story are from FPS. Yes, there are some changes, any adaptation requires that—but it is no way an original story. Leading movie critics have admitted to me that the film is 70% the book. Still, don’t take my word for it—go read the book, watch the film.’’
But Aamir Khan’s thoughts are different. At a press meet on Thursday, he said, “It is unfortunate that Chetan is behaving in this manner.’’ The actor said scriptwriter Abhijat Joshi and director Rajkumar Hirani had “abided by the contract’’ entered into with Bhagat and the author had been given due credit as per the contract. “For three years, Joshi has been working on the script. It is unfortunate that Chetan is trying to take away the credit from someone not as famous as he is,’’ Aamir said. He also mentioned how Bhagat had dropped in on the sets of ‘3 Idiots’ one day. “During the course of the conversation, I told him that I was still to read FPS and I intended doing it sometime soon. Chetan then told me that Abhijat’s script is different and I need not necessarily read the book,’’ he said. In his blog, Bhagat has also said that “crores was poured into publicity on shutting me out and cementing the fact that ‘3 Idiots’ is not based on FPS. Bhagat added, “I wanted to see the final script—it was never shown to me. I wanted to see the film before release—it was not shown to me.” TNN
Ghaziabad theatre in dock for pirated DVDs
Reliance Big Pictures filed a police complaint against Galaxy Cinema suspecting it of helping in making pirated DVDs of the film 3 Idiots in Ghaziabad on Thursday. “The pirated DVDs of the film were available in the market from December 24 and it was from those prints that we got hold of the cap code marking which matched with this cinema hall. We then lodged an FIR against the hall,’’ Ghaziabad station road SHO Rashid Ali told TOI. It is learnt that the DVDs of the film were found in Delhi and UP which was tracked by Reliance. Kamal Gianchandani, COO (distribution) of Reliance Big Pictures, clarified, “The sleeves of the DVDs were available in the market but some of them did not have DVDs of the movie inside. Our enforcement team with the local authorities spoke to the local pirates and asked them not to sell the DVD for the first three weeks and also the MSOs asking them not to screen it for the first three weeks. Most of them honoured the commitment.’’ Nearly 2,000 DVDs were confiscated in raids conducted in Chandni Chowk, Delhi, and Sirsa in Haryana.
• You don’t have too many friends? Why?
I value friendship. For me friendship is not a loose word. If I call myself a friend, I am ready to give my life and if need be the friend should do the same.That Bambaiya friendship where people call you a friend on your face and as soon as you turn around they call you a bi*** or a swine is not friendship. I told Karan Johar, ‘I want friends like you; I want to throw a party.’ He said, ‘I can make you social,’ he tried and then he gave up.
He told me nicely, ‘You are happy where you are.’ I have only four friends now, I started with two. Rakesh Maria, Rajesh Parekh (and Firoza Parekh) and slowly I acquired the third friend, Amitabh Jhunjhunwala, but now, I am not sure, I am perhaps acquiring a fourth, which is Aamir. So my house is full now. I mean if I have four friends in this city, I am the luckiest. I now get invited to social dos. We get wedding invitations, we get party invitations. We are invited to places we have never been invited to before.
• What do you expect the audience will take away from 3 Idiots?
I could be wrong, but I personally believe that 3 Idiots is a step ahead of Lage Raho Munna Bhai. The other day there was a story in the paper of a kid who had jumped off the 19th floor when her mother was in another room and I told my wife that if this kid had seen 3 Idiots, she wouldn’t have jumped. I genuinely feel that if I had released this film a month ago, I could have saved that one life. I think 3 Idiots will save lives.
• Between Aamir Khan, you and Raju Hirani, if there is a clash of opinion, who wins?
We are very clear about this. Raju is head of creatives. At the moment, Aamir is head of marketing. There is no clash. But as head of the family I believe I have a veto and if I really want to use it, I can. I think the three of us are really the perfect 3 Idiots. I had heard horror stories about Aamir and he had heard the same about me but Aamir is the most unbelievable guy I have met in my life unless I am a fool, and he is performing all the time. I have only nice things to say about Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Sanjay Dutt and Saif Ali Khan but Aamir is something else. His level of commitment, his level of dedication, his level of affection, his level of seeking excellence is exceptional.
• Have you forgiven Shah Rukh Khan for trying to woo away Raju Hirani?
Oh totally. I called him yesterday to invite him for my premiere and we chatted for half an hour. Life is too short for all this s**t! Khalil Gibran has said, ‘I use hate as a weapon to defend myself.’ To me hate and love are both very strong emotions. I love my wife and if I have the same degree of negative feeling for anybody, then I am giving that person the same importance as I am giving to the woman I love the most in my life. How ridiculous is that?
• You famously said your films reflect the mood you are in. Given the comedies your production house is bringing out like the Munnabhai series, do we conclude you are in a good mood?
Yes, I am in a very happy mood. I sing songs all the time. I think life is really kind to me and I am just very grateful. My little daughter writes poetry which I don’t understand and my son plays cricket with Sachin Tendulkar’s son. God has given me a movie like 3 Idiots, friends and two families, one in cinema and the other at home. I came to this city to make one Hindi movie. If I had died after making one feature film after coming from the village that I came from, I would have died happily.
• Are there any actors you can’t conceive of working with for any reason?
The list is long but to tell you honestly it isn’t about individual actors. It is about attitude. I will not work with actors who have the wrong attitude at this given moment. On the other hand if there is an attitude change, I would willingly work with them.
• What is delaying Munna Bhai Chale Amrika?
If after Lage Raho Munna Bhai we had churned out a Munna Bhai film a year, it would have made Rs 200-250 crores and even if they had been s**t, people would go and see them. But we didn’t and won’t till we are happy with the script. Now we are happy with what we have written and so hopefully we will do it next year.
• Is it tougher to write an original screenplay or adapt a book?
To tell you the truth, I haven’t read Five Point Someone on which 3 Idiots is based. The only person in the team who read it was Raju. But I believe our film is very different. Having said that, the starting point was Raju reading the book.
• If you were given the choice to remake a film with the intention of improving it, which film would that be?
Ram Aur Shyam with Aamir Khan. I love that film and now that I am an admirer of Aamir, I would love to make that film with him. I don’t think he can do it better than Dilip Kumar, who was absolutely superb, but it would be a challenge for Aamir and me.
After penning two books on Shah Rukh Khan – Still Reading Khan and Shah Rukh Can, Mushtaq Shiekh will now write a book, Holidays Not Allowed, on Ekta Kapoor. Explaining the title of the book, Mushtaq said, “Holidays Not Allowed will be an apt title because Ekta is a non-stop working machine. If you are working with Ekta, you are not even allowed to have a cold.”
According to Mushtaq, nobody else but he is the right person to write about Ekta’s life. “I have all the details about her, which I began collecting a few years ago. In fact, I wanted to write a book on her before I wrote Still Reading Khan. I have known Ekta since she was in kindergarten,” he said.
Elaborating on why he chose Ekta as a subject, Mushtaq said, “Ekta is the epitome of any success story. There is something magical about her.”
Is it also because of their longstanding friendship that he’s writing a book on her? “Besides the friendship, one needs to understand that people want to know a lot about her. She is an enigma. The book will dwell not only on her professional life but also on her personal life,” he replied.
Letting in a few details about Ekta, Mushtaq added, “Ekta has a killer instinct but at the same time there is a woman in her. She can foot the entire bill of someone who is critically ill and is in the ICU and nobody in Balaji would get even a whiff of it. This dichotomy sets her apart. I will bring all this out in my book. I’m currently writing my next book, a fiction and the book after that will be on Ekta.”