Posts tagged chaalbaaz
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; May 13, 2013)
Madhuri Dixit has done an item number in the upcoming film Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani with Ranbir Kapoor. Over a decade ago, Madhuri matched steps with Ranbir’s dad Rishi Kapoor in Yaraana and Prem Granth. Here’s an ode to these timeless actresses who managed to romance both father and son on the big screen…
MADHURI DIXIT: Rishi and Ranbir Kapoor were not the only fathers-on jodi that Mads got to romance. In Feroz Khan’s 1988 film Dayavan, she was paired opposite Vinod Khanna. At that time, Madhuri was 20 and Vinod 42 but their sensuous song together, Aaj phir tumpe, became a rage. Nine years later, Madhuri was paired opposite Vinod Khanna’s son Akshaye in Mohabbat which was directed by her then manager Rakesh Nath’s wife Reema.
DIMPLE KAPADIA: Sunny Deol and Dimple Kapadia came together in 1984 with Manzil Manzil. Later, Dharmendra acted with Dimple in Mast Kalandar in 1991 and, in fact, both of them even had a kiss in their next film Dushman Devta which also released in 1991.
SRIDEVI: This is a rare case when an actress worked with the son first and then the father. In 1990, Sridevi worked with Dharmendra as his lead in a film called Naka Bandi. Earlier in 1989, Sridevi worked with Sunny Deol in Chaalbaaz. In fact there are five other films in which Sridevi and Dharmendra were seen together.
RANI MUKERJ: It was 2001 when Rani Mukerji and Abhishek Bachchan worked for Bas Itna Sa Khwab Hai. They later did films like Yuva, Bunty Aur Babli More >
Aakansha Naval Shetye (DNA; July 3, 2012)A still from the movie Bol Bachchan
Bollywood’s love for double roles is an old one. Right from Hum Dono to Ram Aur Shyam to Seeta Geeta and later Mahaan, Chaalbaaz, Bol Radha Bol, Kishen Kanhaiya, Gurudev, Duplicate, Judwaa… there’s never been dearth of such films in the past. But it’s only more recently that filmmakers seem to have stumbled upon this formula once again and are not shying away from cashing on it. So, the recent superhit Rowdy Rathore had Akshay Kumar play a double role, while Saif Ali Khan is gearing to play two roles in the sequel of Judwaa and Kangna Ranaut reportedly in Tanu Weds Manu sequel. There’s also buzz that Katrina Kaif may be reprising Hema Malini’s iconic roles in a remake of Seeta Aur Geeta. Not just A-listers, starlet Veena Malik who made her debut in a recent release (Daal Mein Kuch Kaala Hai), too played a double role.
Trade observers say that double roles have always been lapped up by film lovers here. “There’s already more scope for entertainment in such films, be it action or comedy. Double roles naturally lend themselves to very interesting situations that work in favour of the films. So, it’s a tried and tested formula that has high success rates,” explains trade analyst Taran Adarsh, but adds that since the kumbh ke mele mein bicchade bit is a bit too done to death, filmmakers also have to be more innovative when it comes to presenting them.
Filmmaker David Dhawan, who has explored More >
Bollywood is all set to revisit the double role formula
Seema Sinha (BOMBAY TIMES; June 11, 2012)
In last week’s release Rowdy Rathore, apart from the desi action or unabashed entertainment, one thing that stood out was the double role of the leading hero. In the past decade, not many filmmakers have attempted to exploit the dual character, but now the double role formula, which was considered to be a favourite among many filmmakers at some point of time, looks set to return.
HIT FORMULA? Be it the identical twins caught in extreme dramatic situations of lost and found, or a lookalike becoming the cause of confusion, the comedy of clones is often a sure shot formula to success. Trace the history of Bollywood and you will find that almost every top actor has played a double role in at least one film in his or her career, and these films have been huge grossers at the box office – Dilip Kumar (Ram Aur Shyam), Dev Anand (Hum Dono), Sanjeev Kumar (Angoor), Rajesh Khanna (Aradhana), Amitabh Bachchan (Don, Satte Pe Satta), Shatrughan Sinha (Kalicharan), Hema Malini (Seeta Aur Geeta), Sridevi (Chaalbaaz), Salman Khan (Judwaa), Shah Rukh Khan (Duplicate, Om Shanti Om), Govinda (Aankhen), Sunil Shetty (Gopi Kishan), Anil Kapoor (Kishen Kanhaiya).
REVISITING DOUBLE ROLE In the recent past, we have seen Shahid Kapoor playing a double role in Kaminey and Saif Ali Khan in Love Aaj Kal. According to film director David Dhawan, who has given a string of hits with male leads in a More >
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 15, 2012)
Sridevi danced to it way back in 1989. And now, John Abraham will also shake to the famous rain dance number Naa Jaane Kahaan Se Aayi Hai in his forthcoming film I Me Aur Main. Producer Goldie Behl has been asked by the music company T-Series to use the song in his upcoming project. And the song has already been incorporated in it.
In fact, it was T-Series head Bhushan Kumar’s idea to revive the popular Sridevi number. “These days there is a growing trend of using old songs in new films. I have been thinking about the Chaalbaaz song for a very long time. It was an extremely popular number. I wanted to use the song in one of my films,” Bhushan told Mumbai Mirror.
And since, T-Series also has the music rights of the Goldie Behl project, he decided to speak to lead actor John Abraham, producer Goldie and Shrishti Behl. “All of them loved the idea. The song will be a part of the pre-climax scene of the film. A video will be shot for the song as well,” revealed Bhushan.
About time John Abraham got his dancing shoes ready.
The film on Jessica may pave the way…
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; January 26, 2011)
The women in Bollywood are constantly short-changed. Filmmakers don’t bat an eyelid whilst replacing Katrina Kaif with Kareena Kapoor or Priyanka Chopra with Deepika Padukone. Of course, everyone knows that the B-town heroine is the necessary evil in a film. “You can’t do without them and yet you can’t make movies just on them,’’ says a trade source.
In what is typically a male-dominated scenario, few Bollywood filmmakers actually stick their necks out to write good scripts for the female protagonist.
Madhur Bhandarkar, who has been successful with his women centric cinema (Chandni Bar, 2001; Page 3, 2005; and, Fashion, 2008) is considered the torchbearer by actresses who occasionally feel the need to prove their mettle. Yet the last 55 years of Hindi cinema, you will only come up with a dozen films with women at the center of the plot that have actually made money.
Mehboob Khan’s Mother India (1957) and Kamal Amrohi’s Pakeezah (1972) are the best examples of female protagonists who have attained posterity.
Will women finally be on top?
However, in the years that have followed, few such films have worked. Trade consultant Amod Mehra says, “Hema Malini had a hit in the dacoit drama Ramkali (1985) and Rekha’s charisma worked in the vendetta flicks Khoon Bhari Maang (1988) and Phool Bane Angaarey (1991). And the Madhuri magic is what saved Indra More >
Strong trade reports suggest Katrina Kaif may do a double role in her next!
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; January 20, 2011)
It was bound to happen sooner or later. Katrina Kaif, who is being given the credit for pulling off Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan to whatever degree the film worked and is currently seen as being as solid as a hero at the box office, is being considered for a double role in a forthcoming film. A trade guru says, “This is an age-old Bollywood tradition. When Hema Malini was at her peak Ramesh Sippy made Seeta Aur Geeta with her. Likewise when Sridevi was riding a crest of popularity, Pankuj Parasher made Chaalbaaz with her. Now, since Kat is the golden girl of Bollywood, a film corporation that has bought the rights for Seeta Aur Geeta is wanting to make a new version of this film with Katrina.” Kat refuses to comment on the subject. But our sources tell us, “The plan to make a film that has Katrina in a double role is definitely on. There is speculation that Dibakar Banerjee (Khosla Ka Ghosla, Oye Lucky Lucky Oye, Love Sex Aur Dhoka) may be asked to direct it. A couple of other highprofile director names are also being floated. However, nothing is final yet. They also need two leading men for the film. At best, this project can be described as a work-in-progress.” Perhaps, that’s why Kat is silent.