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Not wanting to take any chances with Hrithik’s Krrish 2, the filmmaker is now monitoring all that his writer is scribbling in the script
Rakesh Roshan has been very worried for long. At a personal level, he has taken it upon himself to protect his family from harm and has installed nine CCTV cameras in his house.
Professionally, after the Kites debacle, he has sworn not to take a second chance in future; especially if his son Hrithik’s career is at stake. Papa Roshan wants his next film Krrish 2 to bring his company Filmkraft back on track, and to ensure this, he is monitoring what his writer Robin Bhatt is penning at the moment.
Believe it or not, Rakesh Roshan, who always allowed his writers the freedom to express their creativity, be it Khoon Bhari Maang, Koi Mil Gaya or Krrish, has now decided to lock himself in a room with his writer Robin Bhatt to pen the script of Krrish 2.
A source informs, “Rakesh sits with Robin every day from 10 am to 5.30 pm and supervises everything that is being written.”
In fact, Rakesh doesn’t even go out for lunch from his Andheri office. “He even keeps his mobile switched off most of the time during the day. “His social life begins now only after 6 pm, which includes meeting his friends like Prem Chopra and Jeetendra at a 5-star hotel in Juhu, which has been their regular adda since long. He has never been rattled so much before.”
The source says, “Rakesh and Hrithik have been quite shocked by the fate of Kites at the box-office. They are putting up a brave front, but they just can’t forget how much the audience hated Kites. Both father and son want to fight back and keep the flag of their company flying.
They decided that while Hrithik is in Spain for Zoya Akhtar’s film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Rakesh should be hands on with the writing.”
“Pehle aisa nahin tha. The writer used to show him what he had written and if Rakesh felt, he asked for changes. Rakesh used to be involved more with the screenplay but never with the dialogue,” adds our source.
Robin Bhatt says, “I know Rakesh since Koi Mil Gaya days. He has always been actiively involved in all his films.” Rakesh Roshan remained unavailable for comment.
Sajid Khan decides to explore pastures beyond Sajid Nadiadwala’s banner
Winning combinations are so sought after in Bollywood that it comes a bit of a shock when you hear of one coming unstuck for apparently no reason.
Sample this one – Sajid Khan won’t be making his next film for Sajid Nadiadwala.
|Sajid Khan (left) with Sajid Nadiadwala|
After making two very successful films together, Heyy Baby and Housefull, Sajid Khan says he needs a change. “I have so many offers from other producers. I think a change is always good. Besides, Nadiadwala is full up with several projects at the moment. I am always there whenever he wants me to make a film for him.”
Meanwhile, Nadidawala doesn’t have the faintest idea about his namesake’s plans. A surprised Nadiadwala says, “Really? Sajid Khan is making his next film for another producer? I wish him well wherever he goes.”
However, Sajid Khan’s partnership with Akshay Kumar remains unbroken. Says Sajid, “I’m in the process of completing two scripts, both with Akshay. One is an out-and-out action flick. The other is a highly emotional subject presenting Akshay as never before.”
The buzz is Sajid Khan’s next film will even be produced by Akshay.
The present-day electronic media has turned into a business venture and is dishing out the most pathetic stuff to its viewers. Which news should be aired, how it should be presented-everything is done keeping in mind the TRPs. These channels are ready to do anything for popularity and for grabbing eyeballs-they’ll even sensationalize or in some cases, ‘create’ news. Rann tells a story which does a wonderful expose on such news channels where anything can be done to get that ‘breaking news’ and where ethics and morals are thrown out of the window.
The story of the movie: Vijay Harshvardhan Malik (Amitabh Bachchan) runs a reputed news channel, India 24×7. He was proud that his channel never succumbed to the trappings of sensationalism and always followed journalistic ethics. But it was due to this reason that India 24×7 is bankrupt and is battling for survival. On the other hand, their rival news channel, Headlines 24 run by Amrish Kakkad (Mohnish Behl) is very high on popularity. Vijay’s son Jay (Sudeep) felt that his father should think more about profits than morals. Opposition leader Mohan Pandey (Paresh Rawal) desires to grab the Prime Minister’s post and decides to use the channel for his own advantage. He and Vijay’s son in law Navin (Rajat Kapoor) persuade Jay to help them. Realizing that helping Pandey would benefit India 24×7, Jay agrees. Vijay unknowingly also gives a nod. Purab (Ritesh Deshmukh), a big fan of Vijay and who has just joined Indian 24×7 realizes that what is happening is wrong. He takes the matter in his own hands and decides to bring a change.
Rann is easy to understand. The topic of the film is something which we all have a fair idea of and also Ram Gopal Verma nicely and simply treats it. Hence, Rann will be liked and enjoyed by all section of audiences.
The first 30-35 minutes focuses on establishing characters. Nothing special happens here. But the birthday party sequence and the following meeting between Jay and Pandey set the mood. The sting operation aired on India 24×7 (just before intermission) takes the film to an all-time high.
The 2nd half has its share of flaws. Ritesh’s investigation part begins wonderfully but tends to get stretched after a point. Also, after coming out of the theatre, you do feel that the film could have delivered an even powerful punch than it did. But notwithstanding these glitches, the 2nd half has its moments. Ritesh interviewing Paresh Rawal or his meeting with Mohnish Behl were the powerful scenes. Of course, the climax (Amitabh’s speech) takes the cake. The culmination looked real and convincing and the film gives a very nice lesson, especially to these news channels!
Also what makes Rann special are its characters. Each one of them are wonderfully sketched and written (except Neetu Chandra’s) and nicely woven in the plot. In fact, majority of the actors in the film deliver award-winning performances! Amitabh Bachchan shines once again. Although he is missing in the film in most portions of 2nd half, he compensates in the climax which was completely on his shoulders. Ritesh Deshmukh amazes with his great job. He didn’t have much to do in the first hour but has an important contribution in the 2nd half. Undoubtedly, this was one of his best performances of his career! Watch out for him in Sajid Khan’s Housefull! Sudeep is the surprise package of the film. The first half is entirely on his shoulders and he makes the biggest impact of all the actors. He’s an actor who deserves to get more films!
Paresh Rawal rocks and it was great to see him essaying the role of a baddie after a long time. Watch out for his appearance in the film! Mohnish Behl also delivers a power packed performance. In fact, it was great to see this talented actor in a substantial role after years! Suchitra Krishnamoorthy looked charming and gives flawless performance. Gul Panag played her part perfectly. Rajpal Yadav accurately essayed his role and provided some comic relief in the film too. Neetu Chandra was great but in most parts of the film, she was only trying to ‘cool down’ Sudeep’s high temper! Rajat Kapoor is dependable. Neena Kulkarni, Simone Singh and K K Raina were good.
Music and lyrcis are novel and the sarcastic songs gel very well with the mood of the film. Rann Hai definitely creates an impact. Background score bears the trademark RGV stamp. Amit Roy’s cinematography is too shaky but nevertheless, doesn’t irritate and turns the scene even more interesting.
Rohit Banawlikar’s story is original, very true and well-researched. Screenplay is strong and very engrossing. Finally, Ram Gopal Verma comes up with a great film which is shocking, unpredictable at most places and manage to impress. There are some flaws but still, he should be lauded for making an attempt to expose the media-politcs nexus and treating it nicely. Also, just like Rocket Singh, Rann also gives an important teaching-lets work ethically!
Some of the best scenes of the film:
1. Vijay Malik speaking about the Muzaffarnagar blasts
2. Rajpal Yadav’s entry
3. Vijay Malik’s birthday party
4. Jay’s breaks down in Neetu Chandra’s house
5. Jay meets Mohan Pandey
6. Jay persuades Vijay Malik to air the sting operation
7. The intermission point
8. Purab’s investigation begins
9. Purab meets Amrish at latter’s office
10. Purab reveals the truth to Vijay Malik
11. The climax
On the whole, Rann is a smashing film which does a great expose of the electronic media. It has a nice plot and performances are simply outstanding! Unfortunately, the film hasn’t got a great opening. But watching it would be no harm for sure!
My rating-*** ½ out of 5!
Indian men have always been extra protective of their sisters, and the ones connected to the Indian film industry are no exception. Some time back, Vikram Lamba demonstrated the sentiment rather explosively at Madh Island, where his sister Mallika Sherawat was filming the climax shot of her forthcoming film Hissss.
Apparently Mallika had to wear a skin-coloured bikini for the shot, which was being canned on a dark, cold night. A naked body double was positioned directly behind her. The game plan of the director, Jennifer Lynch, was to take close-ups of Mallika and full body shots of the double. Mallika was to be filmed on a tree, leaning on a branch.
But all of a sudden, Mallika’s brother Vikram (who is one of producers of Hissss) barged onto the set and forcefully stopped the shooting. “My sister will not wear such a short, blasphemous bikini,” he shouted, to the consternation of the entire crew present. The nude body double, meanwhile, rushed into the vanity van to cover her modesty.
Govind Menon, who is co-producing the film with Vikram, was taken aback by his attitude. He tried to reason with Vikram but the boy was adamant. Tempers rose and they had a big showdown, while shooting remained suspended for more than two hours.
But what took everyone by surprise was Mallika’s reaction. The actor took Menon’s side and made it clear to her brother Vikram that she was quite comfortable wearing the flimsy, see-through bikini. She tried her best to explain things to him but he continued to stand his ground.
In the end, surprisingly, Vikram prevailed and Menon had to eat humble pie. The bikini was replaced with a longer, skin-coloured bodysuit, which was not as transparent as the earlier outfit.
When asked about the incident, executive producer Rakesh Rathore said, “Mallika has worn a lot of skin-coloured clothes in Hissss. But I don’t think anything like this happened.” However, a source from the set confirmed the story.
By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 19, 2010)
Pratik’s hard work seems to have gone down the drain. The actor, who had been working out regularly for the muscular look, has stopped going to the gym altogether, thanks to producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali. He has asked Pratik to lose weight and muscle for Raghav Dar’s My Friend Pinto.
A source says, “At a recent social get-together, Pratik’s changed physical appearance was a hot topic of conversation. When the actor walked in dressed in a blazer, he looked shrunk. He had lost a considerable amount of weight. This look is a drastic change from his earlier physical appearance. Just last month, at another event, the actor had a bulky, muscular body. This extreme change in his physical appearance was unbelievable and that too in such a short span of time.”
The change in appearance is a result of giving up on gymming. The source adds, “Pratik has been instructed by Bhansali sir to lose the muscles. This is to get into the skin of the character. It has been over a month since he stopped going to the gym. Instead, he has been attending workshops for Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian form of dance. This dance form is quite acrobatic and has helped him achieve the skinny look for his character in the film, where he plays a complete nerd.”
A source from the unit confirms, “Pratik plays a small time boy from Goa and has been asked to lose weight for the role.” Pratik remained unavailable for comment.
|Pratik, before (l) and after (Pic: Yogen Shah)|
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 09, 2010)
Hrithik Roshan is set to bring in his birthday tonight at a Juhu nightspot and has invited the usual Bollywood suspects. The venue is a change from the parties he hosts at home, as he does not want police trouble that has plagued him over the last two parties he held.
Our source said, “Hrithik had initially planned to have the party at his own house, but later opted for the nightclub as there had been issues with the cops when neighbours complained about the loud music. The nightspot is also quite popular with Bollywood stars.”
Some of the guests invited to his party are Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Vishal Bhardwaj, Preity Zinta, Kangna Ranaut and Aamir Khan.
Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; January 9, 2010)
Mumbai: Sada Malwankar, the character which has been allegedly inspired by state revenue minister Narayan Rane, may undergo a complete change in Avadhut Gupte’s contoversial film Jhenda.
As reported earlier in TOI, Nitesh Rane, son of Narayan Rane, who saw the film on Thursday, has objected to it and asked the director to delete the entire portion before the film’s release. It is learnt that although Gupte is reluctant to delete the scenes, he may dub the entire dialogue and perhaps even change the character’s name.
Gupte has “allowed the violation of his fundamental right of expression” so that his audience is not prevented from watching the film. He said, “The government may give me protection and even cinema halls may get security, but what if on the day of the release, Nitesh Rane’s men stand outside cinema halls and shout slogans? Nobody will even dare to venture into cinema halls. I want my audience to come and watch the film, which is the reason why I have compromised.” Gupte says he will not release the film till Rane approves the changes.
Gupte is currently negotiating with Rane’s team and updating them about the planned changes. Gupte said, “I really don’t know how much time it is going to take.”
By Subhash K. Jha, January 4, 2010 – 14:18 IST
Those multitudes who have read Chetan Bhagat’s book novel Five Point Someone would agree there are uncanny resemblances between the novel and Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots. The film apparently set out to adapt Bhagat’s novel and then decided to go its own way, for whatever reason. Chetan Bhagat shouts foul as he finds his name missing from the opening credits of 3 Idiots, instead they are in the rolling credits in the end. On the other hand, the producers of the film claim that it was mentioned in the contract that Chetan had signed. Hurt and amused Chetan reacts.
You must be very upset by the latest proceedings?
You’re a writer. You should know how it feels to have credit taken away from you. And it’s not something only I’m saying. It’s out there. The book is there. The film is there. They’ve tried to take away from my contribution. My name is at the very end of the credit titles after the junior artistes and still photographers. From the time they started making the film, they’ve been stressing that their product is different. It’s like a systematic effort (to underplay my contribution). If you read the book and saw the film, you’ll see the similarities.
|My name is at the very end of the credit titles after the junior artistes and still photographers|
So would you say 3 Idiots is an adaptation of your novel?
3 Idiots is a total adaptation of my book. Some things are direct lifts, others indirect adaptations.
Aamir thinks you are trying to take away credit from the film’s writer Abhijat Joshi?
I heard his comments. But then he says he hasn’t read the book. There’s no denying Abhijat has done the screenplay. What Abhijat has done with my book can only be known if you’ve read it. If Aamir is so concerned about Abhijat not getting the publicity, he should let Abhijat talk. I very much respect Aamir. He’s the reason I thought the project would have a lot of integrity. I know for a fact he was told not to read my book because they told him it’d affect his understanding of his story. I was told it was a different script.
|Even dialogues about matar-paneer and Maruti 800 cars are from my novel. The novel was set in the 1990s. Aaj Maruti 800 kaun bolega?|
How would Aamir’s perception have been affected if he read the book?
I don’t know. I’m on a firm footing with the facts. See the film, read the book. And judge for yourself. The whole plot-structure narrative, even dialogues about matar-paneer and Maruti 800 cars are from my novel. The novel was set in the 1990s. Aaj Maruti 800 kaun bolega? I mention 42 exams and 16 broken bones in my body. They have kept the same numbers in the film. Kareena’s brother committing suicide on the railway tracks…so many other things in the film; it’s all there in my novel.
Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Aamir have accused you of trying to make mileage out of their movie?
If I didn’t take up the issue properly, I wouldn’t have been able to live with myself. If someone else goes and collects the award for best story at the awards functions how will I feel? Only once I met Aamir. When I landed at Bangalore where they were shooting 3 Idiots they said, ‘Don’t come we’ve too many visitors.’ They prevented me from going on the set. The book has been selling for six years. There’re lakhs of fans of the book. It’s not about Chetan being naraaz and Aamir being naraaz. My issue is not with Aamir. When the other film Hello based on my novel One Night At The Call Centre came, did I say one word against the characterizations or treatment? I was credited properly for that. I haven’t been credited for 3 Idiots.
|When I landed at Bangalore where they were shooting 3 Idiots they said, ‘Don’t come we’ve too many visitors.’ They prevented me from going on the set.|
Have you become embittered towards Bollywood?
You could make up any kind of contract. But is there any contract that stops people from being petty? My last novel Three Mistakes Of My Life is being directed by Abhishek Kapoor. I am co-scripting it. There’s a lot of interest in adapting my latest novel 2 States: The Story Of My Life. I don’t think there would be any problem with future project. With 3 Idiots, I know I’m in the right. I’m just telling people to see the film and read my book. I know Aamir is a very powerful person. But finally the truth has to prevail, no? I’m no great artiste. But there has to be fair play. I’m being accused of trying to get mileage.10 lakh copies of the book have been sold. The book has been read by 1 crore readers. Wouldn’t they know the truth?
What do you intend to do?
The makers of 3 Idiots are busy with their victory tours all over the country. They’re naturally being asked about the similarities between my book and the film. Sorry I spoilt their celebrations. The truth had to be told. I’ve been told by them, ‘You’re just a writer. You don’t realize how big we are.’ Maybe I don’t realize how big they are. Main kya karoon? But the truth is above everything. Aisa nahin ke pura Bollywood kharaab hai.
Do you think you’ll be ostracized by Bollywood after this incident?
I’m not dependent on Bollywood for my livelihood. I’m a big Krishna bhakt. I’ll follow the right path. If I’m wrong I’ll leave writing and join ISKCON. What does a writer want? That his words should make a change in society. Maybe by taking up this issue I hope to bring about a change in the way writers are treated. Vidhu Vinod Chopra assured me that he would treat me like a king. Kahan ka raja?
|Vidhu Vinod Chopra assured me that he would treat me like a king. Kahan ka raja?|
What do you hope to achieve?
When they go to pick up the story award I want people to know whose story it is. When they make eye contact with their children they should know they’re lying. We’ve to show that truth comes before everything else. I don’t write for money or glamour. I just need paper and pen. Lord Krishna takes care of the rest.