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It took a decade for two of Bollywood’s biggest heroes to put their egos behind them and strike up a friendship based on “pure love”.
In 2000 when Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai and Mohabbatein released, reigning actor Shah Rukh Khan and one of the most talked about newcomer Hrithik Roshan most certainly didn’t see eye to eye. In fact, the media had a field day playing up their differences. Sources say that even when Karan Johar brought them together for his film Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, the two were just about cordial with each other.
However, things are quite different now. The last year and a half has seen a 180 degree turn in the equation between Shah Rukh and Hrithik, who are now best friends. Hrithik says, “We have our wives to thank for this. Gauri and Sussanne are very very close. And yes, in a way they have brought Shah Rukh and me closer.”
Pondering over their now thick as blood relationship, Hrithik says, “Shah Rukh has always been extremely warm even when we were not so close. I have come to respect him for that.”
“We have become very close and have partied together so often. We have celebrated each other’s successes and also each other’s failures. Shah Rukh and I are just happy friends and we look for every little excuse to spend time with each other,” adds Hrithik.
Hrithik says that while the world sees just the two of them being friends, SRK and he are part of a much larger group. Karan Johar, Uday Chopra, Sanjay Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Chunky Pandey, Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar also hang out with them.
“All of us usually go out together,” says Hrithik. “It is nice to have people who care for you and are there for you especially in an industry where it is very easy to get entangled in ego clashes.”
He sums up his equation with SRK saying, “Shah Rukh and I have a relationship where there is no competition or jealousy. There is nothing but pure love.”
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Saif Ali Khan breaks his silence after receiving the Padma Shri and speaks exclusively to BT
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; January 27, 2010)
Of course, his career hasn’t been a smooth ride in the last three months. There has been a speed-breaker called Kurbaan; but honestly, superstars don’t get shaken by the odd hiccup. And when you see Saif, calm, composed, confident… you realise he is now moving in another space.
Happy about having bagged the fourth highest national honour, the Padma Shri, the 39-year-old actor says, “I’m thrilled. It is a lovely feeling. When I heard the news, I thought it is an honour that should perhaps have been given to someone slightly more senior. However, that was a fleeting thought. Seconds later I was rejoicing. I also think the success of Love Aaj Kal last year has something to do with this honour. Honours are gratifying because I don’t go out of my way to organise awards.’’
He remembers how he felt slightly shortchanged when Filmfare gave him the trophy as Best Actor in a Comic Role for Hum Tum but gave his costar, Rani Mukherjee, the Best Actress award the same year. “I accepted it because I value Filmfare. It was a bit odd that I was chosen as the Best Comic actor. However, when I received the National Award for the same film, I felt vindicated,’’ he says.
That apart, Saif knows that this certainly is a phase of his life and career that he must celebrate. “Besides thanking the obvious people like my family and loved ones for being with me through it all and in my moment of glory, I must thank a whole load of filmmakers without whom I wouldn’t be in this cushy position,’’ he says. “Be it Yash Chopra, Karan Johar, Aditya Chopra, Imtiaz Ali, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Ram Gopal Varma, Vishal Bharadwaj, Sriram Raghavan, Ramesh Taurani, Kunal Kohli or Siddharth Anand, all of these film-makers have contributed to my career.’’
Busting the myth that he is very laid back and doesn’t know where he is headed, the actor says, “That’s the general impression. But believe me, I have the next five years of my career worked out. I know where I want to be at 45 and I know what I wish to be doing when I’m 50 years of age. I live on tenth floor with my office on the second floor and I spend a lot of time with my CA/lawyers working out my investments. I want my children to be comfortable. I want my lady love to be completely and absolutely cared for. For someone who looks like I don’t care a fig about things… I’m sorted in my head.’’
Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar have an exemplary track record
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; January 24, 2010)
As Excel Entertainment enters its 10th year the banner has a lot to celebrate. The banner that is constantly striving to make new age cinema; or films that cut across genres, has many aces up their sleeves.
First Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar’s Dil Chahta Hai has made it to the top-50 all-time favourite films from around the world. “This is no mean achievement,” says Ritesh, who is not just the moneybags behind Excel but one of the creative directors as well.
A decade ago when Ritesh and Farhan, who were primarily friends decided to join hands and become business partners as well, they floated their own production house. DCH their first offering got Ritesh the National Award for Best Producer; and from then on their banner has been on the roll. Whether it is the critically-acclaimed Lakshya, Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd and Luck By Chance or the box office stunners Don and Rock On, Excel has usually excelled.
“For us cinema has always been about a sound script…and a good creative mind (director),” says Ritesh.
He himself hasn’t stepped in front of the megaphone or the camera but he has been there like a rock solid pillar of support to his partner Farhan, who directed DCH, Lakshya and Don. And who acted in Rock On and Luck By Chance.
However, the trade feels that Farhan would never have been able to pull off these films had it not been for the creative and continuous support of his affable partner, who has worked like a silent cog in this well-oiled machinery. 2010 is going to see Excel climb heights it hasn’t scaled earlier. “Almost every second month we have something either on release or going on the floors,” says Ritesh.
On January 15 they start work on the Abhishek-Sarah Jane Dias who-dunnit Crooked directed by Abhinay Deo. The film that is a cross between the Bourne (Identity-Ultimatum-Supremacy) series and the Oceans 12 kinda movie will be shot across the globe.
On February 26, this banner will release the Farhan-Deepika Padukone flick Karthik Calling Karthik.
In April they will greenlight Zoya Akhtar’s comingof-age road flick with Hrithik Roshan that will be shot in Spain…and in mid-September, Excel will reach its crescendo when it starts Don-2, the much-awaited sequel with the Bollywood Badshah — Shah Rukh Khan. “It’s a busy and power-packed year for us,” says Ritesh who is flitting in and out of story narrations and over-seeing the production of all of their films, so that everything goes like clockwork.
“Our banner has been consistent in giving to the market new talent like Zoya, Reema Kagti and Abhinay,” says Ritesh. “We have been giving them our goodwill to make their projects the way they want.”
Modestly, he says that the A-list acting talent be it Aamir Khan, SRK, Hrithik, Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Abhishek Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Dimple Kapadia, Preity Zinta or for that matter any of the other actors have trusted them because “they trust our sensibilities. They know we’re talking to an evolved audience. Yes, in the last five years, our audience has evolved more than ever…and their quest for quality is something we at Excel have always strived to understand.”
When the 3 Idiots team celebrated their success at a suburban restaurant in Andheri on January 18, people noticed that the lead actor Aamir Khan didn’t touch a drop of alcohol.
A couple of days earlier at his nephew Imran Khan’s engagement party too, Aamir refrained from sipping champagne.
News has it that on January 1, 2010 Aamir had decided that he would give up alcohol and cigarettes.
This time, for life.
Aamir says the next time he invites you home he will treat you to a glass of beer, but he will drink limbu paani.
Confirming that he has indeed decided to quit drinking and smoking, Aamir says, “I just felt like doing it from within. There is no specific reason.”
When he’s goaded further, the actor says, “Yaar, I’ve put on 10 kilos in recent months. Also, sometimes, I tended to overdo the drinking bit. And I hate it when I feel unhealthy. So I just decided that I wanted to quit alcohol for life. As for cigarettes, I was never a regular smoker. But I’ve decided to give it up completely too.”
By Subhash K. Jha, December 28, 2009 – 13:03 IST
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Why did Genelia D’Souza rush to meet her director Ken Ghosh at midnight on Christmas Day when her family waited for her at home for the festivities?
At midnight on Thursday when Christmas day started, Ken Ghosh finished editing and post-production of Chance Pe Dance and was feeling like sharing the moment with his lead pair. Shahid Kapoor however, was unavailable. Genelia, Ken thought, would be busy celebrating Christmas with her family.
Says Ken, “Even I was supposed to be back home with my wife and kids for Christmas opening gifts (I love doing that). But since it was the final day of post-production, I had no way of avoiding work even on Christmas. I really wanted to share that moment with my actors.”
On an impulse Ken called up Genelia. “And guess what? She agreed to come down to Pixion in Bandra where I was editing straight from midnight mass which was in a Church nearby. I never thought she’d do this, what with Christmas being an important day in her home. But she did. But then Genelia has been hand-on with this project, almost like a part of the production team.”
Genelia’s enthusiasm for the editing and post-production of Chance Pe Dance was due to her proximity to the project, in more way than one. Explains Ken, “Genelia lives down the road from Pixion where we edited Chance Pe Dance. And her gym is in the same building as Pixion. So throughout the editing and post-production Genelia has been dropping in. But on Christmas midnight she outdid herself.”
Genelia rushed to the editing studio after midnight mass, saw the complete film and rushed home to join the family for Christmas. Says Ken emotionally, “Before she left she gave me the best Christmas gift ever. A big hug. Throughout the shooting of Chance Pe Dance she has been our sunshine girl. So much so that when she wasn’t on the sets, all of us would actually get depressed and perk up the minute she came back.”