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By Subhash Ghai (BOMBAY TIMES; May 5, 2013)
Last week, while I was shooting my film Kaanchi in Uttaranchal, I experienced one of the most magical moments of my life — the mystic mountains, mesmerising music, colourful dancers and a passionate young crew. But what thrilled me the most was the performance of my heroine Mishti, who is playing the title role. It reminded me how excited I was while working with newcomers Jackie Shroff and Meenakshi Sheshadri in Hero in the 80s. I realised that I’m at my best when I work with young talent as it’s a challenge for me. When they give good performances and the audience goes gaga, making them overnight stars, I feel like I’m on a high. They move on in life and I look forward to more fresh talent. At such times, I feel I’m a filmmaker in the truest sense. The real test for any good filmmaker is when he makes a film with newcomers in lead roles and turns it into a blockbuster. I am an actor’s director. I first write the characters and then rewrite again after casting the actors, keeping their positive and negative points in consideration.
This is an aggressive and progressive film. Kaanchi is an interesting and a unique character. She represents today’s youth and carves the guidelines for GenNext. The villains, Mithun Chakraborty and Rishi Kapoor, provide a lot of entertainment. However, the most surprising elements of the movie are the three leading men — Kartik Tiwari, who plays the charistmatic lover, Rishabh Sinha, who plays an More >
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 6, 2013)
After Abbas Tyrewala of Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, Abhinay Deo of Delhi Belly and Anusha Rizvi of Peepli Live, Aamir Khan had, last year, picked another debutant director Deepak Diwedi, who was all set to make a film about friendship that cuts across religious and cultural barriers.
Tentatively titled Kashmiri Glasshouse, Diwedi’s film, based on friendship between two Agrawallahs; a saree shop owner and a photo-frame shop owner, found a strong supporter in Aamir.
However, Aamir has asked Diwedi to wait for two years before his production house can take it further. This – after working on the film for close to a year, and even finalising a few actors like Chandan Roy Sanyal of Kaminey fame to play a pivotal role in it. According to a source, the actor had given his nod to Diwedi before his television show and the film was scheduled to go on floors around November last year.
Asked the reason for Aamir’s sudden U-turn, the source said, “No one quite knows… Diwedi has started approaching other production houses with his script.”
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; October 15, 2012)
One man’s loss is another man’s gain. Who would know it better than choreographer Salman Yusuf Khan who has replaced actor Chandan Roy Sanyal in Vivek Agnihotri’s upcoming film Freedom.
After Chandan opted out due to date issues, the director had been on the lookout for a replacement. After realising that Salman had acting skills as well, he signed the choreographer as the film’s lead.
Agnihotri says, “The dates of Nikhil Advani’s film D-Day and my film were similar. I finally told Chandan to go ahead and do Nikhil’s film and I was looking for some options. That’s when I saw Salman doing some scenes with his team. He said he was playing one of the leads in Remo’s upcoming film ABCD – Any Body Can Dance and I immediately auditioned him. I was so impressed with him that I immediately signed him.”
The filmmaker is upbeat about Salman’s future in Bollywood. He states, “I can easily say that he will be better than the two boys in Karan Johar’s film.” Salman was Isha Sherwani’s choregrapher in ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa’.
Basu Bhattacharya’s filmmaker son Aditya Bhattacharya is back from the ‘dead’ with a blood-speckled love letter to Mumbai
Anand Holla (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 14, 2012)
As a Carter Road kid, grandson of legendary filmmaker Bimal Roy and son of auteur Basu Bhattacharya, 24-year-old Aditya Bhattacharya couldn’t have cut a grittier debut than the critically acclaimed Raakh. The sleeper-cult film featured his two-film-old school buddy Aamir Khan.
But uncomfortable with the privilege destiny had landed him, Bhattacharya decided to do what few in his place would — he spat it out, and packed his bags for a self-imposed exile to Sicily.
Twenty three years after Raakh, the 47-year-old is back with a gangland offering titled BMW (Bombay’s Most Wanted), which will premiere this week at the 14th Mumbai Film Festival in the India Gold section. Set in the Mumbai underworld of the ’90s, the crime thriller starts off with a television journalist’s life going into a spin when she meets an informer and Salman Khan worshipper (Chandan Roy Sanyal), a bar dancer who he is in love with (Tannishtha Chatterjee), and a rogue cop who loves driving a BMW-3 Series (Jaaved Jaaferi).
Bhattacharya, who has made two Italian films, and whose only other Hindi film in two decades was the 2005 indie Dubai Return (starring Irrfan Khan), has surfaced intermittently as an actor in Black Friday and Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi. But with BMW, he seems to have designed his much-awaited comeback. Mirror tracked him More >
Caught between two projects with similar dates, the actor opts for the one he signed first – Nikhil Advani’s D-Day
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 2, 2012)
Vivek Agnihotri is livid at Chandan Roy Sanyal quitting his next project, Freedom, to start shooting for Nikhil Advani’s upcoming film D-Day. So much so, on Sunday, the director took to social networking site Twitter to vent his anger, posting some rather uncomplimentary remarks about the actor, albeit without taking names.
However, we’ve learnt Chandan was left with no option but to walk out of Agnihotri’s film. The actor had signed Advani’s film way before he gave his nod to Agnihotri’s flick. At the time, he was told Freedom would start by end of year. So, he was fine with the October dates allotted to D- Day as he thought Agnihotri’s film would start only later.
A source corroborated the news saying, “Chandan signed Nikhil’s film six months back and Agnihotri’s Freedom one and a half month ago. They didn’t tell him at the time about starting the shoot in October. Naturally, he was taken aback when Agnihotri’s team informed him recently about the change in plan. Since he had already committed to Nikhil’s D- Day, there was no chance he could leave that film.”
While Chandan remained unavailable for comment, Agnihotri said wryly, “This is part of filmmaking and all these things always happen for the better. It’s destiny.”
After featuring with Saif Ali Khan in ‘Agent Vinod’, Elena Kazan now shoots for an ad with him
Shaheen Parkar (MID-DAY; August 7, 2012)
B-Town’s foreign import Elena Kazan shared screen space with Saif Ali Khan in his production Agent Vinod. The starlet now features with the actor again in an ad that also has Shah Rukh Khan.
The commercial for the liquor brand was recently shot at Film City. Says Elena, “It’s a commercial with two huge stars; so shooting with them was an experience in itself. But I really don’t know for how long I will be visible in the presence of them. But that’s okay, it’s a commercial after all.” The model-turned-actress adds that the shoot was done on a large scale and also features a few other models. “My part was to be seated with the two stars doing their acts. Having done Agent Vinod, here was a chance to be in the same frame with Saif again.”
Though she loves to do modelling, presently her film shoots leave her with not much time to pursue it. “You have to do a balancing act of the dates and proper coordination, otherwise you can’t handle both at the same time.” Of Russian-German roots, Elena was exposed to Hindi films during a student programme in the US. A trip to Kolkata in 2008 to work for an NGO ended up with modelling assignments besides Bengali films.
Elena now has two more B-Town films in her kitty. “There is Rohit Khaitan’s film Prague with Chandan Roy Sanyal. I play a gypsy in it. I am also shooting for Ahishor Solomon’s film John More >
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 23, 2012)
After Abhinay Deo of Delhi Belly, Anusha Rizvi of Peepli Live and of course, Kiran Rao (Khan) of Dhobi Ghat, Aamir Khan has trained his sights on another debutant director, who is all set to make a film about friendship that cuts across religious and cultural barriers. Deepak Diwedi’s film, interestingly titled Kashmiri Glasshouse, will be shot on location in Agra this winter. Apparently, Diwedi has no real experience in filmmaking.
A source disclosed, “Diwedi caught Aamir’s attention without an impressive biodata or past history. Aamir read the story of a friendship between Agra-wallahs; one, a sarishop owner and the other, a photo-frame shop owner, and he was hooked.”
Kashmiri Glasshouse will also see the re-launch of Chandan Roy Sanyal, who played Shahid Kapoor’s psychotic friend in Kaminey. Chandan will play the Sikh sari-shop owner in the film. “Aamir has asked Chandan to prepare for his role, for which, he will be growing a beard and spending time in Agra. When Aamir saw Chandan’s audition, he immediately selected him.”
Chandan simply said, “I am really not supposed to talk about this. I lost both Kahaani and Santosh Sivan’s Urumi while shooting for F.A.L.T.U. Happens, no regrets. Which is why I don’t want to talk about this wonderful opportunity that Aamir Khan saab is giving me.”
The actor reminisces of his college days of day dreaming
As told to Saadia S Dhailey (BOMBAY TIMES; October 22, 2011)
A few striking lines from a song in a film by Ramu (Ram Gopal Varma) have stayed with me since I saw it when I was in school. The song’s from Shiva, a violent film on college politics in the early 90s. This film is a far cry from the usual college films that revolve around gardens, libraries and lecture halls.
I did my Mathematics Honors from the Zakir Husain College in Delhi. The college was mostly attended by students from the ‘walled area’ of old Delhi – Chandni Chowk, Ajmeri Gate, Kashmeri Gate and adjacent areas. As our college was centrally located, we had access to the most amazing kebabs and chops for as cheap as one rupee. And bus transport was almost free, not under any student privilege though. We bossed around on our ID cards — we would never pay a buck being from a ‘certain college’. And if some bus conductor would insist on paying for a ticket, oh boy, he’d get the thrashing of his life.
I grew up around aromas of kebab, engrossed in theatre rehearsals and secretly smoking cigarettes in classrooms… political slogans and the breaking of glass every other day was a norm.
Whenever we’d bunk class, we’d head to a theatre to catch up on movies. I’ve seen all sorts of films – Bandit Queen, Soldier, Earth, Matrix; my friends and I enjoyed all genre unlike now, since the time I apparently ‘understand’ cinema.
My college campus was a breeding ground More >
Our flawed education system gives filmmakers enough grounds for coming up with entertaining satirical capers. Unfortunately, barring one or two films, most of them have fallen flat. FALTU is yet another similar attempt but stood out thanks to its terrific promotion that took the nation’s youth to storm. However, a film needs to have a good script to actually impress and that’s what this film is lacking. The goings-on in the film are not only unbelievable but are plain ridiculous! Sure the film ends with a nice message. But when it tries to attain the height of a 3 Idiots, it fails and falls to the level of a Paathshaala!
The story of the movie: Ritesh (Jackky Bhagnani), Pooja (Puja Gupta), Nanj (Angad Bedi) successfully pass their Class 12 examinations although they secured around 40%. Problem arises when their friend Vishnu (Chandan Roy Sanyal) get 94% and secure admission in prestigious St Peter’s College. But the trio are unable to get admission anywhere because of their low marks. Their parents threaten them to beat, make them work in their boring family business or marry them off in case they don’t get admitted to any college. Thus, Ritesh decides to start a fake college at least on paper and claim to have got admission there. Thus, the trio fools their parents that they have secured a seat in an institution called Fakirchand And Lakirchand Trust University (FALTU) located on the outskirts of Mumbai. The parents get happy and decide to visit the More >
By Taran Adarsh, April 1, 2011 – 10:01 IST
Young, lively and satirical. That, in short, summarizes F.A.L.T.U., helmed by director Remo D’Souza [his first Hindi film; he had directed a Bengali film before].
Come to think of it, a number of choreographers – right from Kamal, Saroj Khan, Chinni Prakash and B.H. Tharun Kumar to Farah Khan, Ahmed Khan and Ganesh Acharya – have accepted the challenge of going beyond their boundaries of work. Call it a coincidence, their first attempts have never been musicals or dance-based affairs – something that the viewer would naturally expect from them. Now Remo sets his maiden effort F.A.L.T.U. in a college campus, casts young talents and comes up with a film that has loads of energy, plus a message before it concludes.BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
There’s talk that F.A.L.T.U. is a mishmash of the 2006 Hollywood movie ACCEPTED. In fact, the Hindi film industry had already made mincemeat of it in a film called ADMISSIONS OPEN, which released last year. It was so poorly crafted that it arrived and departed without making any noise.
Again, ACCEPTED wasn’t an original piece of work. It borrowed from two films, ANIMAL HOUSE and CAMP NOWHERE, with a bit of VAN WILDER thrown in. Remo, on the other hand, may be inspired by ACCEPTED [although the story is credited to Sachin Bajaj], but screenplay writers Mayur Puri and Tushar Hiranandani give it a desi feel to suit the Indian sensibilities. Besides, like Rajkumar Hirani’s iconic More >