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Ladies beware, Emraan Hashmi’s on the prowl once again
Sharin Wader Butani | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; August 10, 2010)
Emraan Hashmi is probably the only actor who has done a number of films, which have dealt with extra-marital affairs. He started off by having a torrid affair with the much-married Mallika Sherawat in Murder! “It was during the shooting of a very erotic scene in Murder that I realised why happily married people have torrid affairs and subsequently when I shot for Gangster and Jannat, it came to me that the so-called base emotions of greed, jealousy and rage are really a part of every man’s emotional heritage,” he says.
Emraan feels that if one has to become a complete actor, it can only be through an acceptance of the fact that in every human being, however good, there is a devil waiting to get out.
The reason these films became box office hits, Emraan feels, is because the audience could see a part of themselves in the characters that he’s portrayed. It is hardly surprising then, that in Crook: It’s Good To Be Bad, he is consolidating on his ‘brand bad’ image by essaying the character of a crook who flirts and cheats.
Set in Australia, Emraan plays an illegal immigrant who, having gone there to make it big, gets caught in the crossfire of racial riots.
Producer Mukesh Bhatt, says, “There are some roles that film actors play that become a part of our reality and stay enshrined in our minds forever. Emraan’s role in Crook… promises to be one such role… After playing the bad boy in OUATIM, I am certain that in Crook…, Emraan is going to consolidate his position, thereby proving that for some, it’s good to be bad!”
It is hard to decipher Lucky Ali. Simply because the man has so many layers to him. By the time you unravel and demystify one, a newer, more fascinating aspect emerges
Singer, part-time actor, part-time environmentalist and full-time philosopher…call him what you may, but his beliefs and comments, laced with his typically reflective observations, make for a fascinating study.
Be it his neatly balanced relationships with his two wives, his music, his caustic views on the media or his deep concern for the environment, Lucky dances to his own tunes.
|Lucky says he had a premonition that he would be married twice. (Below left) With second wife Inaya|
We are in his farm, a one-hour drive from Bangalore city, surrounded by acres of green when he walks in dressed in pyjamas and an orange sweat shirt over a grey tee, those famous curls, now all salt and pepper. His hazel eyes are hidden behind dark aviators. “I have puffy eyes,” he says. He reluctantly removes the aviators and settles down on a stone bench.
Over some kadak chai and toast, his “comfort food”, he ponders on a life less ordinary.
Once again, it’s music that has brought Lucky out of near seclusion. After a five-year hiatus, he’s released ‘Xsuie’. “It means ‘at your own pace’,” he explains. He is excited about the online distribution of his album. “I wanted to do away with physical distribution. Imagine the plastic that you will be using, the paper that you will waste for making CDs. Moreover, an online release frees me up from numerous hassles associated with tying up with music companies. Also, it helps me interact with my fans directly,” he tells us.
A quick glance at his career reveals that the album couldn’t have been more aptly named. “My brother once said, ‘In life you should paddle slowly.’ I didn’t understand it at that time. But it stuck with me. And I have been living life at my own pace. The point is you should paddle slowly but never miss the bus,” he smiles.
It’s not hard to see why. He’s been an actor (debuted at 44), a singer, a carpet-cleaner, oil-rigger, horse-breeder, organic farmer, playback singer and a father of four children and the husband of two women… the many identities which bring us then to the point of his relationships.
Lucky says he met Meaghan Jane McCleary, a native of New Zealand and a pastor’s daughter, when he went to YMCA in Delhi along with his brother “Macky.” He was helping him with the door when he saw a pretty girl smile at him. “My brother says `hi’ to everyone. Soon he got talking to Meaghan. Then I joined them.
We began meeting regularly and became friends. She went back to New Zealand. That’s when my brother said, ‘She is a good girl.
You should marry her.’ When Meaghan returned to India I felt she liked me too. She came to India on a Wednesday, I proposed on a Thursday and we married on a Friday,” he narrates the love story. Today they have two children, Ta’awwuz, 14, and Tasmia, 13.
Lucky says he did have a strange intuition about his marital life. “I always knew I’d have more than one wife. In fact I did tell Meaghan about it when we got married. She thought I was joking.” But he was not. Four years after his first marriage, he married again.
This time to a Parsi girl called Anahita. Today, known as Inaya, a filmmaker and photographer, she’s lives in Mumbai with Lucky’s other two children Sara and Raiyan.
An SMS interrupts the conversation. He checks it stealthily, but can’t hide his smile. “Inaya is such a funny girl,” he says. The SMS is from her.
The conversation continues, only to be interrupted by a long-distance phone call. It’s Meaghan. Lucky is making travel plans. He will be flying out to New Zealand to bring his wife and two children back to India. “We have decided to home-school our children,” he says.
Duality of love
What does love mean to him? “Oh, love…it’s everything. The Creator loved us so much, he made this world for us…plants, animals….” Okay, let’s get specific.
What about love between man and woman (or women)? Without missing a beat he says, “Marriage.” Huh? “Marriage, that’s it,” he reiterates. “Nothing beyond that.
In my space, in the faith I follow, I have the permission to marry four times. But Allah also says if you feel you cannot deal with them equitably then marry one.”
Does that mean you can love more than one woman at the same time?
“Yes. I think I can love more than two people with the same intensity. My strength comes from the women I am married to. They are a part of my spiritual make-up.” Does his wives understand that? “I think they do.
A woman does not really have a problem if her husband marries again as long as she knows that he loves her.
And I love my wives.” He explains further, “It is not physical. It is something spiritual. It’s about children, growth, making a world, a life, something about…..” he grapples for the right words.
Then he cuts it short with a.. “It’s not about what you irresponsible journalists think it is. I’m sorry,” he apologises. “Would you like your husband to come back home and lie to you?” he asks.
No. But few women would want their husbands to come back and say they’re marrying again.
He ignores and continues, “What would be harder? Your trust would break and you would do something wrong. For what? Some men are built a particular way.
Some are suited for one marriage. I don’t think I am suited for one marriage. I move around a lot. I am a free spirit. I get lonely. I cannot cheat. What happens when you are faced with temptations? It’s better to marry. Be honest to your wife and love your wives.”
But how did Meaghan take it when she was told about his second marriage? “Like a martyr. It’s such a hard hit for a woman,” he says.
“I never knew I was going to get married to Inaya. I was spending a lot of time in India. I was lonely and needed to be with someone. It happened over a period of time.
Inaya spoke to Meaghan. And she said, ‘Go with Allah’s steps’. I have learnt so many things about life from my wives,” he says. How does he manage the balancing act? “They taught me about love and relationships. I am such a Jahil. And I have all these beautiful people in my life.”
Does your entire family live under the same roof? “The children connect with each other. But for women…it is sensitive na? Yes, we celebrate festivals together.
Earlier we all lived in the farm. Inaya and the children lived with my dad in his house, while Meghan and the children lived here with me. This is Meghan’s house,” he points out to a squat structure in front. The farm has many individual houses occupied by members of the Ali family.
Apparently, Mehmood had warned Inaya about him. “He said to her, be careful. He might just take a third wife.”
Life on the straight lane
Lucky Ali’s life, in his own words is “Out-of-the-box”. He just wants to live his life - truthfully. Truth as he knows it. “All my life I have lived in a family where two marriages was the norm. My father had two wives and so did my uncles. There was my mom and Tracy mom.
There was badi chachi and chotti chachi. And there was love. All the children grew up together with lots of love.” Then he asks pointedly, “Why do you journalists have to write about all this? There are more important issues you need to write instead of a jerk singing O Sanam and marrying twice.”
|With wife Inaya and kids Sara and Raiyan|
Agreed, but this facet of his life is intriguing to say the least. “I am not going to apologize for who I am,” he says. “Talk about the issues that worry the world. You are not thinking about deforestation; our ground water is depleting; I am worried about how this Earth is going to be for our children.”
He is not kite-flying. Lucky has spent time with farmers as part of a project with OXFAM. He is also passionate about education of children and works towards educating the underprivileged.
Currently, what is consuming him is M-Spot, a 24/7 music room that will be streamed live, online. The studio is being set up in his house. “Here those who are interested in music, can jam.
There will be artists from our own Lucky Ali Enterprise, and artists from abroad who will come and jam here.
Fans can see what we are up to and interact with us live. There’s going to be a radio station, on line space and live music room. The future is exciting,” he says.
As we mentioned, for Lucky Ali life is just a journey that paddles slowly and surely.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, July 8, 2010 – 11:01 IST
He is all of twenty seven and already touted as the next big thing. Some jealous lot credit it to his lineage while others accept that it is sheer hard work and performance skills that has made Ranbir Kapoor a star.
In the July issue of Hi! Blitz magazine Ranbir stands confident in his demeanour looking absolutely breathtaking; someone who has every thing to make a girl swoon. Go through the issue, and in the lengthy interview that the star gave one would realise what Ranbir is really all about. He is in fact an introvert and a shy guy. To quote him “I have had only three relationships in the 27 years of my life. I have never cheated or two-timed a woman. People have this image that I am a ladies man, but it’s not true.” The young Kapoor discloses his love for cinema, his take on relationships and more making this issue a spicy one for Ranbir fans.
The actress is very upset because the promos of Boney Kapoor’s Milenge Milenge seem to suggest that she’s back on track with Shahid Kapoor
Bebo is angry. And Boney Kapoor’s film Milenge Milenge is to blame. The film is finally releasing and the promos are on in full swing. But Kareena, the leading lady of the film, is upset about Boney Kapoor using the line `They are back together’ in the promos.
It is obvious that Kareena wants to stay as far away from her ex-boyfriend Shahid Kapoor as possible. Hence, something that merely suggests that she and Shahid were once together, has miffed her.
Kareena is also feeling cheated because she went out of her way to help Boney Kapoor finish the film. Our source says, “Kareena and Shahid broke up long ago and the film was stuck for various reasons. Before Boney decided to release the film, Kareena had to help him by completing the leftover dubbing. She also did a photo shoot for the promotion of the film so it does not look dated.
Shahid, on his part, shot for a music video. But Kareena was shocked when she saw the promos that read `They are back together’, as though reiterating the fact that they broke up and have now patched up.
|The credit card that got Kareena’s goat|
Kareena told a couple of friends that it was not fair that despite helping Boney complete the film and facilitating its release, he did this. She is pretty upset about it.”
Kareena remained unavailable for comment. However, when contacted, Boney Kapoor said, “There are all kinds of rumours floating about and there is no truth to this. Kareena even did a photo shoot with us and she has not said anything to me about being upset.”
By Ryan Lobo, February 25, 2010 – 14:12 IST
The Bhatts have been known to make films that revolve around social issues. With new blood in terms of the young director Mohit Suri, they promised to instil their films with views that have changed over time. Mohit, who is currently shooting for his next film Crook which stars Emraan Hashmi and newcomer Neha Sharma, chatted with Bollywood Hungama about the film. He also explains why the content borders on sending out a social message. Read on to know more.
What is the film Crook all about?
Well, Crook is basically about this guy who constantly looks for better prospects abroad and wants to go there. It’s based on what’s happening in Australia and how he manages to cope with the situation once there. It encompasses the new trend that western nations are the place to go for a new job and also to make your life, and such other situations. There is a lot of drama et al, with the protagonist taking a stand against some racial issues that the film is based on, but in the end if you look at it closely there is also a love story angle twisted into the plot. But still I wouldn’t say that there is any kind of social message in the film as there is no solution to this nor have we come up with one as yet.
I guess Emraan was my first and only choice for the film’s lead actor, the reason behind this is that I have always said that the two of us share a good camaraderie since we almost grew up together. We quite literally understand each others point of view and thinking process. He’s a great asset to me as a director and I seek his help when needed the most.
Who is playing the female lead opposite Emraan in the film?
For the lead actress, we settled on Neha Sharma, she’s basically from the south and has done a couple of films out there but in terms of Bollywood or rather Hindi language cinema, this is going to be her debut vehicle.
What’s Emraan’s character like in the film?
Emraan as I said plays the main protagonist in the film; he plays this guy who’s based in Mumbai, who thinks that the best way to make it in life is to head west. With this in mind he ventures to Australia. He is also the kind of person who doesn’t mind cutting corners and stepping on people toes so long as it takes him ahead. He even goes so far as to cheat and get into underhand dealings to progress. As the film is based on what’s happening in terms of racial discrimination there, it’s about how the protagonist copes with the situation and takes a stand in the film.
Where all are you planning to shoot the film?
We were and are doing the recce of the film here in Cape Town. While I have already settled for Melbourne as that’s where the entire heart of the problem was, here in Cape Town I am shooting some action bits of the film and yes of course in Mumbai. Basically Melbourne and Mumbai is where the film is based, that’s where the main protagonist spends most of his time and most of the shooting is also done here.
So, when are you looking at releasing the film?
In fact I am looking at wrapping the entire shoot schedule by May, because I shoot non-stop. So latest that it will go on till is the end of June. However, once the post production work is done I don’t like to indulge into the deciding of the release dates and promotion of the film. For that I leave it to the Bhatts. I think that the producers of the film are the best judge to decide about the where, when and why of a film’s release.
Who is doing the music of Crook?
For Crook, we have Pritam doing the music of the film. This time however there is a bit of Punjabi tadka to it. This in itself is something really new for me as I have never really done Punjabi music in any of my films and I haven’t done the entire hip hop mixed with Punjabi variation before. In Crook, in terms of the music, I am trying to mix the UK artists with the traditional Mumbai artists, so I am trying something totally new and different.
What’s your schedule like for this year? Planning any other film after Crook?
I can’t tell you right now, because I am the kind of person who works on one thing at a time. So right now I am doing Crook and I like to focus my entire attention on doing it, so others will just have to wait.
It’s not just Nandita who may be upset by Om Puri’s decision to move back to his first wife Seema Kapoor. Seema’s brother, actor Annu Kapoor, cannot believe that his sister has agreed to live with Om Puri again, after she was “cheated and deceived” by him.
“Frankly, I am very worried for my sister,” Annu told Mumbai Mirror. “And what is this about wanting to spend his old age with her? It seems like Om needs a maid servant, not a wife. It is something like I drive out my son when he is very young and then call him back years later because I need him to support me in my old age. Seema is my sister and is very dear to me. I still remember the day he falsely accused her. I brought her to my one room flat and told her, “Ye tere bhai ka kamra hai, aur aaj se yehi tera ghar hai’.
Despite the apologies Om Puri has publicly offered for leaving Seema, Annu isn’t impressed. “Ab kya fayda bolne se?” he demands. But what if Seema agrees to live with Om? “I’ll speak to Seema,” says Annu.
|Annu Kapoor||Om Puri|
Asked why Seema never remarried, despite being divorced from Om Puri for the last 16 years, Annu says, “She is a Hindustani girl. We’ve held on to our moral values. We are not from a family who marries someone’s sister, tortures her mentally, goes on to sleep with his maid and expects his educated wife to remain quiet. Yet she remained quiet – that is Seema’s biggest mistake.”
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, January 29, 2010 – 17:57 IST
With his film My Name Is Khan releasing on Feb 12, Shah Rukh Khan is all over the place. Be it at award functions or press conferences or on your favorite reality show, SRK is leaving no stone unturned to promote his big release. What’s more, he also features on the cover page of leading men’s magazine GQ in the February issue.
King Khan, as he is fondly known as, is seen sporting a disheveled, spiky look and holding a placard which states ‘Where’s The Love?’ The actor talks about a wide variety of topics in this issue such as his equation with the Bachchans, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan to his oddest quirks. Speaking about quirks, SRK says, “I have a strange attachment to socks. They should feel right. I could be missing a flight, but if my socks are wrong, I have to take them off. I won’t wear nylon socks with sneakers. The only time I get disturbed during shooting is over my socks. You can’t give me brown socks. I hate different-coloured socks.”
His mere presence may bring a smile on many faces and yet it’s surprising to know that the one thing SRK finds difficulty in doing is to laugh on screen. “I can’t laugh at will on screen. I have a big issue. It’s been years since I had a big laughing scene. I can’t laugh in real life either; I smile a lot. When I suddenly laugh with my kids or close friends, they stop and stare at me. I laugh maybe once in two years.”
SRK also comes across as a clean person when he states, “I don’t cheat. I’ve never had the desire to cheat anyone – financially, emotionally, or romantically. It doesn’t mean I am the most morally upright person. I just think cheating is quite low. ”
With such interesting tidbits from the actor’s life, this February issue of GQ is a must have for any die-hard SRK fan.
Mumbai: The film-makers of Rann and an independent writer who dragged its producer and director to court over alleged breach of confidentiality and copyright of her original script may now be running towards a settlement just days before its scheduled January 29 release.
Somal Mehta, the writer had taken director Ram Gopal Verma and producer Sheetal Talwar to the Bombay high court, screaming that she had been cheated and deprived of confidential information and her copyright, infringed, by the Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Rann. She said her film was titled Success Story and later Break Ke Baad by the producers of Rann. V Tulzapurkar, her counsel, said his client’s knowledge and creative work was lifted to make the film Rann.
The HC judge who heard Mehta’s counsel suggested that both sides try and work out a settlement and adjourned till Wednesday for them to get back with a figure. When the judge asked if the parties could explore a settlement, both sides seemed to agree almost immediately.
On Monday afternoon, Shraddha Nigam and Karan Singh Grover filed their divorce papers in the family court in Bandra in the presence of their respective lawyers.
Confirming the news, Shraddha says, “Yes, we have decided to end our marriage. We filed for divorce on Monday. The law will now take its course. It was my call to file for a legal separation. But it wasn’t a hasty decision; I took my time to think about it. It was a very tough decision to take, no doubt.”
Shraddha and Karan were married for a year.
Although the actress refuses to talk about the reason for the split, buzz is that Karan cheated on her. He was rumoured to be passionately involved with choreographer Nicole, whom he met on the reality show Jhalak Dikhla Jaa.
She says, “That is one thing I don’t want to talk about. When you are married, your lives are one. When you are not, toh ab kya bolna? Besides, the matter is subjudice.”
Apparently, she had moral support from her industry friends, Hussain and Tina Kuwajerwala, Juhi Parmar and Maninee De in her dark hour.
When we tell Shraddha that Karan was spotted working out with Nicolle at a popular gym in Bandra a few days ago, she retorts, “What am I supposed to say about that?”
|Shraddha Nigam||Karan Grover|
Shraddha, who had taken a sabbatical from acting and was content to play business manager to her husband, says that Karan did not stop her from acting. “Well, Karan didn’t stop me from facing the camera and I didn’t frequent his sets either,” she says curtly.
She talked about her plans to return to the small screen, saying, “I am toying with the idea of doing a chat show. I am also excited about another big project. I want to do a lot of work now.”
Although the split has been bitter, the actress has not become wary of men. She does not rule out the possibility of falling in love with a guy from any fraternity, including the glamour industry. She emphatically says, “My marriage was an experience which should not have happened. I will not deny that the initial days were beautiful. But I have put it all behind me. At the end of every dark tunnel, there is light. I might fall in love again.”
We couldn’t help but ask her about gyrating with cricketer Sreesanth on New Year’s Eve in Goa, as reported on some channels. “I got married in Goa in 2008. That was the last time I went there and I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to go there again,” she shot back.
By Taran Adarsh, January 8, 2010 – 17:00 IST
SHREK [and its instalments] has been one of the most loved movies of our times. An ogre falls in love with a princess and after overcoming their share of obstacles, the couple live happily ever after. Most Hindi movies take a similar route, don’t they? We love happy endings. We want the underdog to accomplish his dreams. We feel euphoric if he walks into the sunset, holding the hand of his beloved.
A love story works if you fall in love with the on-screen characters and also if it knocks on the doors of your heart. PYAAR IMPOSSIBLE does that. PYAAR IMPOSSIBLE may not be the ultimate romantic film, but you can’t deny the fact that there’s something about this film that stays with you, that you carry home… sorry, carry in your heart.
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
PYAAR IMPOSSIBLE also works because its protagonists, Uday and Priyanka, deliver sparkling performances. No wonder, you get drawn in their world in a jiffy.
Final word? Watch PYAAR IMPOSSIBLE if you are or even if you’re not a romantic. It has its heart in the right place!
In a university in California, Alisha [Priyanka Chopra] is the name of that dream everyone wished came true. The most beautiful girl on campus, she makes hearts flutter like leaves in the wind. Everybody loves Alisha.
It is no surprise then that Abhay [Uday Chopra] loves her too. Abhay is a nerdy, awkward, bespectacled geek of the college who is so far removed from her world. She doesn’t even know that people like him actually exist.
One day Abhay musters up enough courage to go and express his true feelings to her and realizes that it is never gonna happen. He comes to terms with the fact that Alisha is a Princess and he is just a Geek. That is when their ways eventually part. Later, their paths cross again, as Abhay is busy trying to launch his career. Fate again brings him face to face with the woman of his dreams, Alisha.
Will Abhay have the strength to believe in himself and attempt to achieve what he never thought possible?
You may draw parallels with Chris Columbus’ I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER , but the fact is that Uday Chopra’s story in PYAAR IMPOSSIBLE [yes, he has penned the story, screenplay and dialogue] could be anybody’s story. This is not about a nerd who wants his program back from a suave hacker. It’s about a simpleton, his feelings, the complications in his life and the final triumph. Haven’t we seen so many jodis in real life, who may not pair off well, but look compatible? Let’s not forget, opposites attract!
You may also draw parallels with Aditya Chopra’s RAB NE BANA DI JODI, but writer Uday Chopra and director Jugal Hansraj steer clear of anything that could be similar to Adi’s film. The [sole] similarity starts and ends with a simpleton falling in love with an attractive girl.
Uday’s screenplay remains faithful to the main plot, not deviating one bit. At the same time, it could’ve been tighter in the post-interval portions. There were ample occasions when Uday could’ve opened his heart, his motive of arriving in Singapore, that he’s not a nanny, that he had been cheated by Dino. But he doesn’t!
Thankfully, the writing is back on track towards its climax. Right from the kiddie song, to Priyanka realising that she loves Uday, to the press conference when Uday stands vindicated and Dino exposed, the penultimate moments are the mainstay of the enterprise.
Jugal Hansraj has the trappings of a competent director. He has handled several sensitive moments with dexterity. Salim-Sulaiman’s musical score is pleasant, but it can do with that extra push [promotion] from the music division. Santosh Thundiyil’s cinematography is top notch. Dialogue [also penned by Uday] are straight out of life.
PYAAR IMPOSSIBLE works largely due to the efficient performances by its principal actors – Uday Chopra and Priyanka Chopra. Both deliver sparkling performances. Priyanka has evolved into a fantastic actor and this film proves it yet again. Five minutes into the film and you realise that you are not watching Priyanka, but Alisha Merchant. That’s what this fine actor does to you.
Uday gets it right as Abhay. Sure, the actor has been a part of several films in the past, but this one awakens you to this sincere performer, who, unfortunately, has never got his due. He plays the role of a Geek with astute understanding and it’s thanks to his super portrayal that you feel for this character. This should be the turning point in his career.
Dino Morea springs a surprise and carries off his part very well. Anupam Kher is perfect in a brief role. Advika Yadav, the kid playing Priyanka’s daughter, is adorable. And a terrific actor too!
On the whole, PYAAR IMPOSSIBLE is a feel-good film. If you are a romantic, this one’s for you. Even if you’re not, still watch it. Its one of those films that will bring a smile on your face – something that most Hindi films don’t do these days!