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Renuka Vyavahare (BOMBAY TIMES; October 23, 2012)
Yash Chopra gave Sridevi two of the best films in her career… Chandni and Lamhe. Understandably so, the actress is gutted. Speaking to Bombay Times, she said:
“It’s a terrible shock. I remember him waiting for almost 30 minutes post the English Vinglish premiere just to tell me that he had loved my work. Pam aunty and he patiently waited for everyone to leave and then spoke to me for 15 minutes! The premiere had started late but he didn’t mind waiting. Even at Amitji’s birthday, he came up to me to congratulate me about my comeback. He would call up Boneyji often and convey his regards.
I am grateful that he gave me Chandni and Lamhe. These films are so special to me. If I have looked my best in these films, all the credit goes to Yashji. My saris and style in Chandni became a big craze. He was a trendsetter in every way. He was so organised that no discussions were needed on the sets. We would know which outfit goes with what scene. He was so involved yet would give us the freedom. He was not bookish. He would never say, jo script mein hai wohi karna hai.
He was also extremely friendly and childlike, always happy with no ego. I never felt he was an elderly filmmaker. His thoughts were fresh. He was extremely down-to-earth. He would never impose his thoughts on others and was probably one of the only directors who listened to his assistant directors and actors. You don’t see this quality in many.
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Ajay Devgn in Son Of Sardaar with the two horses Chandni and Superman. Son Of Sardaar releases November 13
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; September 13, 2012)
Legendary action director Veeru Devgan would never have imagined that his son Ajay would surpass his expectations of a difficult stunt in his upcoming film Son Of Sardaar. Ajay Devgn talks to Bombay Times about his fascination for daredevilry and his love for horses.
On his two-bike stunt in Phool Aur Kante and his two-car stunt in the Golmaal series Riding two bikes or two cars was tough, but easier than horses because at least bikes and cars have human riders who can be asked to ride parallel to each other, unlike horses.
On two horses in Son Of Sardaar Riding horses is the mark of a man. They are the toughest animals to ride. The horses were trained, but it still required a lot of practice to ride two together. Even though the horses were tied, the risk was very high as they were galloping and a great deal of control was required. Sitting on a horse itself is so tough but standing makes it all the more difficult. While I have done a lot of action in my various films, this is the most difficult action scene I have ever done. With this film, we have brought back horses after a long time.
Top stars who are good riders Salman, Sanjay and I are good riders.
Horse for my daughter I have always loved horses and bought a horse named Ginger for my daughter when she was four years old. The horse lived at our farm but I More >
A motley group of women writers in Bollywood give their male counterparts a tip or two on the new rules of scriptwriting
Shakti Shetty (MID-DAY; June 25, 2012)
What’s common between Agneepath, Vicky Donor and Shanghai? Other than the fact that they released this year and had strong male characters, all three were written by female screenwriters.
Given the longstanding tradition of employing male writers who took care of the story, dialogues and lyrics, it’s a pleasant shift from the usual track for Bollywood. Interestingly, however, none of the emerging ladies are prepared to point a finger at the industry. They’d rather welcome the change…
Urmi Juvekar After coming up with a heralded script like Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, Urmi Juvekar went a step ahead and created Shanghai (both directed by Dibakar Banerjee). While penning a story, Urmi reveals that she keeps reminding herself that she’s a screenwriter first — not a novelist. “The role of a screenwriter is peculiarly different from a fiction writer. We are writing for a picture and words tend to change the image in my head to some other image when it enters the director’s head.” On being asked whether writers are given due credit in Bollywood, Urmi poses, “As long as we are getting paid, there shouldn’t be any issue. Anyway, do you care to know who the editor or the cinematographer of the film is? Nahi na? Then why bother with credit for writers only?”
Ila Bedi Datta Although Ila Bedi Datta has been actively involved in More >
More B-Town filmmakers are setting and shooting their flicks in the country’s capital. BT analyses the trend
Tushar Joshi (BOMBAY TIMES; May 19, 2012)
The Hindi film industry is in Mumbai. Actors and filmmakers live here and have offices in the city. Even the studios are all here. So why are more and more Hindi films now being set and shot in Delhi? The country’s capital is not only the newest destination to shoot films, but script writers are setting their stories in the alleys and nukkads of the city. The Delhi-friendly wave began with Dibakar Banerjee’s Khosla Ka Ghosla (2006), about a middle class man from Delhi. The film was a commercial and critical success, and its main attraction was the city. The latest in the line of shot-in-Delhi films is Vicky Donor.
Born in Dilli Credit for bringing Delhi in our films goes to filmmakers and writers from that city, who have made careers in B-Town. Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra (Delhi 6, Rang De Basanti) is a Delhi boy who went on to make films set in the city. Mehra says, “I am a Delhi boy and all my stories are somehow influenced by events from my youth. Rang De Basanti was set in Delhi and so was Delhi 6, which is actually a post code of a certain area in the state. My next, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, is also set in Delhi. Since I belong to that area, I can relate to the stories and tell them to my audience.” Shoojit Sircar (director, Vicky Donor) adds, “I lived in Delhi for 15 years and I’m in love with the city and its culture. More >
Mumbai, 11 April, 2011:
Yash Raj Films takes immense pleasure in announcing that at a glittering ceremony, our Chairman, Mr. Yash Chopra was honoured with the title of ‘Ambassador of Interlaken’, in Interlaken last weekend, making him the first recipient of this prestigious award. A silver plaque was also dedicated to him which will be placed in Interlaken along the Hoheweg – Interlaken’s famous main street. Hosted by the Mayor of Interlaken, Urs Graf, the impressive function took place at the Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa amidst leading Swiss politicians and industrialists along with selected Indian and Swiss media. This honour for Yash Chopra had been announced on October 25, 2010 in New Delhi by the Swiss Embassy during which Mr. Chopra was also bestowed the ‘Swiss Ambassador’s Award.’
A majestic ‘Yash Chopra Suite’ was also inaugurated at the Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa, Interlaken’s most luxurious hotel. The CEO of Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa, Mr. Hans – Rudolf Rütti, handed the keys to Mr. and Mrs. Chopra, to what will likely become the most famous suite in the hotel. While other famous celebrities have stayed at the hotel, Mr. Chopra is perhaps the only one to have the honour of a suite being named after him, other than King Louis XVI!
A further honour was the ‘Yash Chopra Train’ which was launched as part of the Jungfrau Railways, Switzerland, possibly the first of its kind tribute. The ceremony was held at the picturesque Kleine More >
By Taran Adarsh, April 2, 2010 – 07:56 IST
We rarely make desi movies these days. Palatial mansions, swanky cars, designer outfits, the latest handsets and gizmos have replaced large kothis, traditional outfits, ghoda-gaadis and makke di roti aur sarson ka saag. True to its name, SADIYAAN takes you to a different era, when the warmth of relations mattered the most, when blood was thicker than water, when promises were meant to be honoured.
SADIYAAN is set in the 1970s, but travels to the partition days. Raj Kanwar tackles a unique theme this time – of two mothers. The first is the biological mother, who gets separated from her child during the partition. The second raises the child like her own, when she crosses to India after partition. The basic premise is wonderful and you can draw parallels with Hindu mythology.BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
SADIYAAN is divided into two parts. The first part focuses on the love story, which falls on the predictable, mundane stuff, with the Hindu-Muslim angle thrown in. But Raj Kanwar reserves the best for the second part, when the two women meet and the story takes rapid turns. But, let’s face it, SADIYAAN is not everyone’s idea of entertainment, since the ‘multiplex junta’ doesn’t patronise desi cinema anymore, unlike the single screen audience that adores this kind of cinema.
So what’s the final verdict? Watch it if you like desi melodrama of yore, which comes alive with SADIYAAN.
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Filmmakers known for fairytale romances are now making movies with terrorism as the backdrop, finds Harshada RegeIt could be a reaction post the 26/11 terror attacks or just the fact that terrorism is a global phenomena, but filmmakers have never before been so keen to highlight this evil on the big screen. And the emphasis on this is laid by the fact that two production houses known for their romantic films, have taken a huge leap and have made movies on this topic. We are talking about Yash Chopra’s production house that’s known for movies like Chandni, Lamhe and Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge; and Karan Johar who has made feel-good movies like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham to the more recent Dostana and Wake Up Sid. Yash Chopra’s banner has already brought out its offering on terrorism in the form of New York that was directed by Kabir Khan and starred John Abraham, Katrina Kaif and Neil Nitin Mukesh. Karan on the other hand produced the recently released and highly-acclaimed Kurbaan that stars Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Vivek Oberoi. While the movie is what Karan calls a “love story” it was a subject that Karan couldn’t stop thinking about. He asked Rensil D’Silva to write and develop it for him. He later asked Rensil to direct the project. “The story addresses this evil that has become a global phenomena,” he says. But it was director Kunal Kohli, who surprised everyone with Fanaa in 2005. Easily one of the most successful films that had More >