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Though Aamir Khan tried to play peacemaker, Resul Pookutty is at war with a multiplex for botching up the screening of Rajni’s hit
It’s ironic that at a screening of Robot, of all things, the machines failed to work. Rajnikanth’s power show for his film at a suburban multiplex was full of glitches. And the sound editor of the film, Resul Pookutty, was certainly not amused.
Dissatisfied with the sound quality three hours prior to the show, Resul had voiced his discomfort too. But apparently, the theatre officials paid no heed and started the show. Sure enough, the sound crashed in the second half of the film, which had to be stalled as a result for over 30 minutes. Pookutty was livid with the organisers and only on Aamir Khan’s insistence was he pacified.
He felt that what happened on Monday night was unfortunate and symptomatic of how theatre owners are lackadaisical about the technical finesse involved in screening films. Said Pookutty, “We had a show for the biggest people in the industry but the sound quality was so inferior. I spent 45 days to design the sound of the film and this is the result we got. If this happens in the presence of the cream of the industry what must the common man be going through? This is like Husain making a classic painting and somebody throwing ink all over it.”
Pookutty feels that theatre owners are only interested in making their money and nothing else. “All our hard work goes down the drain. I hope that the government makes certain guidelines for the exhibition sector of our film industry, or else their licenses should be cancelled. I believe that every viewer who spends money to watch a film should get the best and nothing less than that. The Robot show was a blatant example of the entire system and the problems in it.”
Aamir Khan played truce-maker and the film was thus screened after this forced interval. Pookutty added, “I had predicated that something would go wrong. The sound was blown up and then we had to do a lot of damage control. We apologised to the invitees.”
For justice in the wake of this humiliation, Pookutty has drafted a letter to the Indian Motion Pictures and Producers’ Association. “I hope that the association, which is also aware of this, does something about it. I feel angry and humiliated at what is happening and I will continue my struggle to get these things sorted out,” he concluded.
Resul Pookutty to file RTI against multiplexes for poor sound & picture quality
By Subhash K. Jha, October 6, 2010 – 10:59 IST
On Monday evening, Rajinikanth’s warm and unparalleled gesture of bringing Robot to Mumbai personally for a special screening before his Bollywood friends, culminated in a horrendous mess with the sound being completely disrupted in the 7th reel, leading to a long and embarrassing and unscheduled break just before the crucial climax of the film.
The screening, it might be mentioned was, was leading man Rajinikanth and director Shankar’s belated but critical attempt to familiarize Bollywood’s who’s-who with Robot which had already swept the nation. Its disruption has hurt the film’s crew in both emotional and more practical ways.
And now heads will roll. The team behind Robot plans to sue the chain of theatres and also approach the government to specify quality-control methods to check sound systems in the multiplexes of Mumbai.
Speaking about the evening’s nightmarish, fiasco Robot’s bitterly disappointed enraged and now redressal-seeking sound designer Resul Pookutty says, “From the start of the screening I knew there was something seriously wrong. Then I came to know three sets of speakers were not working. I was so upset that I immediately wanted to stop the screening. But Aamir Khan pacified me, explaining it would look very improper in front of all these stalwarts to stop the show.”
Then Resul’s worst fears came true. “After seven reels with 40 minutes of playing-time to go, the sound collapsed completely. It was a nightmare. When finally the screening was restored the sound was worst than before. It was one of the most humiliating evenings of my life. I haven’t slept the whole night. And now I won’t sleep until I receive justice on behalf of all the technicians of Indian cinema, not to mention the average patron who is not aware of the deplorable standards of sound and projection provided by almost all the multiplex chains in Mumbai.”
The disappointment and sense of betrayal is so enormous that Resul chokes with emotion while talking. “We (the Robot core crew) had decided on the show after seeing the impact it had made in the South. Down there I have fought a relentless battle to change the sound quality in theatres. And now patrons in the South are so conscious of their rights to get optimum-quality sound and visual value that in Kerala, audiences broke seats and disrupted screenings at theatres with sub-standard technical value.”
Resul wants to create the same value-awareness among audiences in Mumbai, and a critical step ahead in his fight against sub-standard projection and sound in Mumbai’s multiplexes is an RTI being filed before the government.
Says Resul, “After that evening’s experience I have already approached the IMPPA (Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association) on behalf of the sound association of the Indian film industry. I’m next filing an RTI (Right To Information) with the government seeking to know what are the yardsticks applied before multiplexes are granted licences for operation. Are sound and projection quality a part of the licensing checks?”
Resul won’t sit easy until the matter is resolved. “After Slumdog Millionaire and the national and international awards, I at least have voice about sound in our movie theatres. While in South India the sound-quality in theatres has been drastically upgraded, in the North I am sorry to say theatres continue to use an inferior technical infrastructure. Sometimes smuggled machines are employed. I’ve often bribed projectionists to do their jobs better. During Black, Sanjay Bhansali and I went personally from theatre to theatre to check the sound. What we discovered was shocking. Does the average patron who pays Rs.150 for a ticket know how he’s being cheated? This is why I’m filing an RTI with the government.”
Legal action against the multiplex chain that was behind the Robot team’s shame on Monday evening is also being taken.
Says Resul, “We were already fighting an intense battle against the quality of visuals and sound provided by the multiplexes. After being so humiliated and shamed in front of the film industry on Monday evening, it’s an all-out battle for our rights and the rights of the cinema-going audience. Actually what happened on Monday evening was a shame not just for the Robot team but the entire Indian movie industry.”
The actor had been learning to work the DJ console and had also prepared a list of songs to play at a promotional event for Action Replayy today. But it has been cancelled in the wake of the Ayodhya-Babri Masjid verdict
Akki’s dreams of turning chef might’ve seen the light of day but he ain’t getting a chance to play DJ. The actor was in the news recently for practising how to turn tables on a DJ console for an event to promote his next Action Replayy. The plan was to have famous retro numbers from the 70’s, considering the film is based in that era.
All this while, the actor was busy researching and had also prepared a list of songs of his choice. But the ambitious student will have to wait.
The promotional was to happen today. In the wake of the Ayodhya-Babri Masjid verdict and all the uncertainty around it, the event has been cancelled for now.
Our source said, “The event was to happen at a popular nightclub in Colaba. However, Vipul Shah and Akshay decided against it; it would not have been an ideal date for the event.
The worst part is that Akshay is flying out of town for a trip to Dubai, for a vacation with family soon. The event can’t happen later either because of the actor’s date problems.”
When contacted, Vipul Shah said, “I think Babri Masjid is a very important issue for our country and it needs to be respected in the right way.
My film is still 35 days away from release and events can happen at a later date.
It is going to be a landmark judgment in Indian judicial history and I too would like to know what is happening. I am praying that whatever might be the decision, we as Indians should finally get over religion, caste and creed barriers and make democracy more powerful.”
When asked whether he would be inviting Salman to his wedding this October, Vivek Oberoi walked out
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 18, 2010)
Vivek Oberoi left a TV reporter stranded midway during an interview and stormed out of the club, which was the venue for the interview, in a huff. The reason: Vivek did not appreciate the reporter asking him if he would invite Salman Khan for his forthcoming wedding (Vivek is to wed Priyanka Alva on October 29, 2010).
Explaining what exactly transpired, an eyewitness told Mumbai Mirror, “Yesterday, Vivek had a few interviews lined up for Ram Gopal Varma’s forthcoming film Rakta Charitra.
The actor was very exited about the interview session, which was to extend over two hours. Vivek even came dressed like the character from the film, Paritala Ravi; he wore the same black kurta he wears in most scenes of the actual feature.”
Added the witness, “During her array of questions, the reporter asked Vivek if he plans to invite Salman for his wedding.
Vivek stepped out of the frame and his entourage requested the reporter to shut the camera. The reporter did as she was told.
Vivek demanded that the reporter should apologise to him since she had caught him off-guard. The reporter argued that this was a very natural question since his wedding is round the corner, and in the recent past Vivek had no issues talking about Salman. So why now suddenly behave so differently? The reporter asked her crew to pack up, but did not apologise. Meanwhile, Vivek left the premises.”
However, another witness had another perspective. “Vivek shouldn’t have stormed out. There were channels which were supposed to interview him after that. His wig-out led to those two interviews being cancelled.
He could have merely said that he doesn’t want to answer that particular question about his wedding. The reporter in question was just doing her duty,” said the other source.
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Dont know how much of this article is true. But the last line, “The reporter in question was just doing her duty” doesnt make sense. It is obvious that if interviewer asks that whether Vivek plans to invite Salman for his wedding, Vivek isnt going to answer that he will be inviting the superstar. While Vivek’s behaviour wasnt justified too, the journalists need to be responsible while asking questions and see to it that they dont cross their limits.
Daddy Anil Kapoor chides daughter Sonam for reporting late on the sets of Anees Bazmee’s latest
All was not well on the sets of Anees Bazmee’s Thank You in Canada. The grapevine is that the lead actress of the film, Sonam Kapoor, was often reporting very late on the sets.
Says a source, “Sonam’s coming late on the sets proved to be a problem for senior actors, Irrfan Khan and Suniel Shetty, who were with her on that particular schedule.”
Finally, out of desperation, Bazmee had a word with Sonam’s father, Anil Kapoor, who took remedial measures immediately.
Sonam reformed very quickly. “It was just one of those things, which was not being done deliberately, but it became inconvenient for the cast and the crew,” adds the source.
When contacted, Bazmee laughed (we wonder what was so funny) and said, “Yes, Anil did come on my set. But that’s because he was in Canada for some other work. As for Sonam, she was not unpunctual. I had no problem with her.”
When contacted, Sonam Kapoor said, “I’m never late.”
On march 24, 2010, we carried a story on another Sonam starrer Mausam. Pankaj Kapur had arranged for some
acting workshops for which Sonam arrived 40 minutes behind scheduled time. She was perturbed when curtly told that the workshop was cancelled.
Sonam was careful the next day and reached her director’s office on time. However, on the third day, she was again running late by almost 20 minutes and was just about to reach Pankaj Kapur’s office when she got an SMS informing her that the workshop had been cancelled.
Ajay Devgn and Shazahn Padamsee failed to dirty dance with each other while shooting for Madhur Bhandarkar’s Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji
Agreed, Ajay Devgn does manage to develop on-screen chemistry with the oddest of actresses, but when it comes doing it while dancing, he’s no Patrick Swayze. And turns out, Alyque Padamsee’s daughter Shazahn Padamsee, Ajay’s co-star in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji was of no help to him either. Both actors developed cold feet during a Salsa session for the film.
Yesterday, Ajay and Shazahn were required to shake a leg on a saucy Salsa number for Madhur’s film, at YRF. When both the actors failed to generate any chemistry through the dance sequence, Madhur and choreographer Sandip Soparrkar decided to discontinue shooting. “Though a few shots were canned completely, the major portion will be completed only later,” says a source.
The decision to cancel the entire shooting schedule was taken jointly by Madhur and Sandip. When contacted, Sandip was very hesitant to talk, but on probing he confirms, “Madhur and I decided to take this step. We wanted the dance to be of better quality. It has to look perfect.”
And perfection comes only with practice. The shoot to complete the number has been put off by at least a month. Ajay had rehearsed for a couple of days and Shazahn for a week. Sandip says, “Madhur wants Ajay and Shazahn to look like professional dancers. Keeping in mind the moves that Madhur is looking for, we would need at least six weeks of rehearsals.”
When contacted, Shazahn did not admit to the fact that her chemistry with Ajay was not good enough but added, “Yes, we do need a few more rehearsals.” Madhur Bhandarkar remained unavailable for comment.
p.s. The buzz on the sets was that Kajol was supposed to come and watch hubby in action. Performance anxiety, Ajay?
The sequel has now been delayed because creative differences have cropped up between producer Karan Johar and director Tarun Mansukhani
For those who were waiting for the sequel for Dostana, this one is for you. The film has run into trouble, owing to the creative differences between the producer Karan Johar and director Tarun Mansukhani.
There is an element of disagreement over the second half between the director Tarun Mansukhani and producer Karan Johar. A source reveals, “Karan is not very happy with the script and especially the second half. He has asked Tarun to re-work the second half and take as much time as he wants to.
|Tarun Mansukhani||Karan Johar|
The movie for now has been postponed to an indefinite period. Karan heard the script before leaving for London.”
The source continues, “The differences were quite storng. Karan did not encourage what Tarun had penned and despite Tarun’s repeated attempts Karan did not budge.
They both had different points of view and failed to come to a common ground. The movie has been getting postponed for some reason or the other. Sometimes there were date issues with the three stars and then the script itself.”
“In fact the immediate crew has been asked to take their time off from the pre-production till Tarun is ready with the script, approved by Karan. There were also supposed to shoot a grand song in a circus next month and were doing a reccee in Kolhapur for the same to get some references. Everything has been called off and cancelled,” adds the source.
While Karan remained unavailable for comment, Tarun said, “Karan and I have collectively taken a call to delay the start of filming by a few months so as to gain more prep time. Dostana will still release as per schedule in the second half of 2011.”
He adds, “There is absolutely no discord between Karan and myself.”
|A still from Dostana|
The Jammu & Kashmir government called off the premiere, fearing a protest from separatists
Producer Bunty Walia is shocked at the recent turn of events. Not in his wildest dreams had he expected that his film Lamhaa would not be allowed to premiere in Srinagar. A large part of the film has been shot in Kashmir and stars Sanjay Dutt and Bipasha Basu amongst others.
According to a source, the film has been denied this permission by the J & K government, who fear that the separatists may object to holding any functions in aid of Lamhaa, a film about the plight of Kashmiris caught in midst of the paramilitary forces and the separatists.”
When contacted, Walia confirmed the news and said, “Yes, I was told by the J & K officials that they could not allow me to hold a premiere of Lamhaa in Srinagar as they expected a backlash from the separatists.”
Walia had made all the arrangements for a grand premiere at the Sher-e-Kashmir stadium in Srinagar on July 15. The cast and the crew of Lamhaa were told to pack their bags and get ready for the event. Walia was so keen that he should have the premiere of Lamhaa in Srinagar since a large part of the film has been shot in the Kashmir valley. The producer had also invited the crème-de-la-crème of Bollywood to attend the premiere.
An angry Walia is aghast at the fact that the J & K officials took very little time to inform them that the premiere had been cancelled there. Also, he is doubly upset with the irony of the situation and says, “The director of Lamhaa, Rahul Dholakia, stayed in Srinagar for six months to work on this film. It is sad that we are not allowed to kickstart our film in Srinagar, which is a part of India. My beard has grown white while making this film. It has been an uphill task. This is definitely not done.”
Katrina Kaif suddenly collapsed on the sets of Tees Maar Khan, doctors put it down to exertion, lack of sleep
On Wednesday morning disaster struck on the sets of Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan when the leading lady Katrina Kaif collapsed just before shooting for a very important scene was supposed to start.
While Katrina remained unavailable for comment, reliable reports from the location at Malshej Ghat say the incident happened when the actor was getting ready for the day.
“She had barely finished makeup and walked on to the location, greeted her co-star Akshay Kumar and director Farah Khan when she collapsed in a heap…just like that!”
For the next three hours, panic prevailed on location.
Says the source, “No one knew quite what to do since the medical facilities in Malshej were hardly adequate. Akshay quickly called up Mumbai and a doctor was rushed to Malshej. By the time he arrived, Katrina was feeling better, though weak. Farah suggested they cancel her shooting for the day, but Katrina insisted on shooting in the second-half of the day’s schedule.”
The reason given by the doctor for her sudden collapse was exertion and lack of sleep. Katrina has been advised to take it easy.
Her spokesperson confirmed the incident. “Katrina was unwell on Wednesday morning. She has been advised some rest. Of late she has been going through tremendous work stress travelling in and out of Mumbai.”
Suniel Shetty enraged at Chandigarh fiasco, wants Rahul Gandhi to save Indian hockey
SUBHASH K JHA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; February 23, 2010)
The hockey event at Chandigarh on Saturday that was touted as being the ultimate teaser before next week’s World Cup, ended up being a damp squib when Bollywood representatives who were supposed to attend it were asked to stay away by the organisers.
Dharmendra, Sunny and Bobby Deol, who were shooting in Patiala and were expected to attend, cancelled at the last minute. Protests Suniel Shetty, who champions the national sport, “It was not Dharamji’s fault. He was all set to travel from Patiala to Chandigarh when the organisers informed him not to come because of the chaos over the money the hockey players allegedly demanded. I was also told not to come. But I didn’t listen. And I’m glad I went. There were 30,000 expectant people at the stadium in Chandigarh.”
Suniel now wants Rahul Gandhi to step in and save the sport. “Only he, with his initiative and youth power, can rescue hockey from the doldrums. Otherwise the game is
doomed,” said the Bollywood macho man gloomily. He intends to put forward an appeal to Gandhi on behalf of the Indian Hockey Federation urging the young Congress leader to bring an impetus and sense of direction to the game. Saturday’s fiasco, where national hockey players apparently asked for Rs 5 crore at the 11th hour to play at the event, has not left Suniel disillusioned. “I don’t know what happened between the event’s organisers and our boys. If they really asked for the money then they shouldn’t have. But think of it from their point of view. Hockey players are still underpaid. They’re under so much pressure from their families to give up hockey and do something more paying. How long can they withstand the financial pressure? We keep forgetting we have a Hockey World Cup coming up next week and we cannot allow our players to be demoralised,” he added.
After the singer was barred by the court from travelling to Munich for his wedding to Roya Faryabi, they opted for a quiet ceremony in Mumbai
Though Adnan Sami’s scheduled wedding on January 31 to his Afghani-German girlfriend Roya Faryabi in Munich fell through, it now comes to light that the couple had a secret nikaah ceremony at Adnan’s residence in Mumbai on Friday, January 30, a day before the wedding cards announced the wedding in Munich.
Only close family members of Adnan were present at this nikaah.
Says a source close to Adnan, “The wedding in Munich had to be cancelled because the courts did not allow Adnan to leave the country. There are serious charges of domestic violence against him.” Rather than cancel the wedding, Adnan decided to have a flash ceremony in Mumbai. All the arrangements were made by Adnan’s son Azaan.
At first Adnan was reluctant to confirm the development, but finally said, “Yes, we got married last Friday in a secret nikaah. And we’re loving it.”
|Adnan Sami and Roya Faryabi|
Adnan now intends to host a wedding reception in Munich at Roya’s place and then another reception in Mumbai for all his friends. But as things stand now, Roya and Adnan are man and wife.
Speaking from Munich, Adnan’s third wife Roya Faryadi says, “Adnan is the perfect man for me. I love not just the man but also his mother and son. In fact, Adnan’s son Azaan and I get along like a house on fire. We often gang up together and tease the hell out of Adnan.”
Roya says she is not the least perturbed by Adnan’s past record of broken marriages. “What happened in the past is the past. What I see is a man I’d like to spend my life with. Adnan is kind, caring and gentle. I hope we can make our marriage last forever. Like any good wife, I plan to shift to Mumbai to be with Adnan and his family. But I’ll keep visiting Germany. That’s where my parents stay.” Roya’s parents are from Afghanistan. They moved to Germany 30 years ago and hold German passports.