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RUSH – ANOTHER HIT FOR EMRAAN?
Emraan Hashmi is known for doing multiple films in a year and for finishing films in 50-60 days. No wonder that he, like Akshay, is able to have 3-4 releases in a year. Most of the film that he works on, gets a release within 8-9 months of starting production. However, one such film failed to do so-Rush. The shoot commenced in 2008 on a lavish scale. Recession then soon hit Bollywood and Rush was a victim. The badly run Percept Pictures found it difficult to fund the film and shoot got stalled. Another tragedy struck when it’s directior Shamin Desai passed away in 2010. His wife Priyanka Thakran then passionately ensured that the film gets completed and fit for release. And finally Rush shall hit theatres tomorrow. The plot is damn exciting and Emraan as always looks cool, this time with a French beard. Neha Dhupia is apt for seductress’ role. Film also features Sagarika Ghatge and Aditya Pancholi. Pritam’s music is slowly picking up steam. Film is approx 2 hours duration and has created moderate buzz. Opening might not be huge but aided by good word of mouth, Rush can be a success.
The second release is Chakravyuh, directed by Prakash Jha and stars Arjun Rampal, Abhay Deol, Esha Gupta, Manoj Bajpayee, Anjali Patil and Om Puri. Film deals with the grave Naxal issue and got released yesterday on Dusshera (other films chose to come on Friday though). The opening was bad and although film makes a mark, it’ll be difficult for the film to get More >
A couple of years back, when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh quoted that Naxalism is the biggest threat to India, even bigger than the terrorist activities from across the border, the whole nation and even the world sat up and took notice of the grave issue. Till date, very few Bollywood films have thrown light on this situation (Lal Salaam, Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi and Red Alert are the only films that can be recalled). Add Chakravyuh to the list. Director Prakash Jha makes a sincere attempt in presenting the grave problems that exist in our country and although messes up a bit, the film does leave a mark.
The story of the movie: The situation is bad in Nandighat, a remote area inhabited mainly by tribals. Rajan (Manoj Bajpayee) heads a group of Naxals and has wrecked havoc among the police force and government. A young brave officer tries to eliminate Rajan and his gang but he is killed along with almost 80 other cops. Adil Khan (Arjun Rampal) is then given charge of Nandighat and he soon realizes that Rajan enjoys the confidence of the locals and it’ll be difficult to nab him. At this point, Adil’s close friend Kabir (Abhay Deol) comes to his rescues. He becomes Adil’s informer and joins Rajan’s gang. In no time, he wins the trust of Rajan, Juhi (Anjali Patil) and everyone else. However, he soon realizes that Naxals aren’t as villainous as projected and undergoes a change in mindset. Will Kabir change sides?
Naxalism has made it to front page news and hence it gets easy More >
IANS (MID-DAY; October 3, 2012)
Prakash Jha, who is known for making films on socially-relevant subjects, says it is a challenge for him to tackle issues and yet keep his films entertaining enough.
‘I want to bring these things forward via popular cinema because that is where I have to compete, with song and dance films, emotional utopia, comedies and these things entertain people,’ the 60-year-old said here Monday in an interview.
‘If my film does not entertain, then people will not watch it. So it is a challenge for me to compete with commercial cinema to keep my point forward,’ he added. Jha’s films include ‘Gangaajal’, ‘Apaharan’, ‘Raajneeti’, ‘Aarakshan’. His forthcoming ‘Chakravyuh’ tackles the issue of naxalites. Asked about the reason behind making such films, Jha said he believes in chronicling such issues of importance.
‘When the Mandal commission came, the changes that happened at the grassroots or when open market economy happened, the changes that happened, then, what happens because of casteism or reservations. I believe these things need to be chronicled, recorded and the inherent drama needs to be brought forward,’ Prakash said. ’Chakravyuh’ stars Arjun Rampal, Abhay Deol, Manoj Bajpayee, Esha Gupta and hits theatres this Dusshera.
With the unit of Chakravyuh shooting at a remote town near Bhopal, the lead actors had to find new ways to keeping themselves fit
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 24, 2012)
Looks do matter when it comes to the business of Bollywood. No wonder then that actors go to such lengths to keep fit and stay in shape. Take Prakash Jha’s Chakravyuh for instance.
Mirror can tell you that while the film’s unit was shooting at a remote town near Bhopal, and in the absence of city amenities like gymnasiums etc., lead actors Arjun Rampal and Abhay Deol discovered innovative new ways to keep themselves looking lean and mean. What’s more, they even lugged along their own equipment, never mind the gruelling 45-day-long outdoor schedule.
A source from the unit revealed with the village being small and with no big hotels in the vicinity, the unit stayed in a small hotel in Panchmarhi. “The actors found a small akhada nearby and shifted their gym equipment there and started working out. Considering the schedule is a tight one, they also found different ways to stay fit including cycling and playing cricket during breaks and after pack up,” the source said.
Arjun Rampal said, “I carried my entire gym equipment and my bike. It was so much fun riding it there. We played cricket during lunch breaks. It was a whole lot of fun.”
Chakravyuh is based on the subject of naxalism and also stars Manoj Bajpayee and Esha Gupta in lead roles. Besides, Arjun Rampal plays a cop for the first time in the More >