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By Subhash K. Jha, September 9, 2010 – 12:12 IST
Though Dibakar Banerjee’s next film is called Shanghai it won’t be shot in China. And though this political thriller has a wonderful role for the female protagonist it won’t star Katrina, as expected.
But Banerjee is sold on his old favourite Abhay Deol. What’s more, the uncompromising director has even modified the main character in the script of his next film Shanghai accordingly.
Dibakar now hopes that Abhay’s next two films, which are out-and-out commercial ventures, would work. “This would automatically help my project to acquire an enhanced commercial clout. Although let me add we’re making it on a tight budget of Rs. 12 crores with no frills. Shanghai is not an extravaganza. And it certainly won’t be shot in China!”
The film will be produced by PVR.
Thanks to the success of Prakash Jha’s Raajneeti, gritty political thrillers seem to have a life beyond the film festivals. Laughs Dibakar, “I told my writer, thanks to the success of Raajneeti we now know there’s a market for more than just teenybopper romances and farcical comedies. Shanghai, let me tell you, is not set in China. The title describes a mindset. Beyond that I wouldn’t like to reveal the plot.”
This is the same project that Dibakar wanted to make with Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif. “But Imran said no to Shanghai,” informed Dibakar. “That’s when me and writer Urmi Juvekar decided to change the character. With Imran out the script suddenly, it became more gritty. The protagonist’s character was naïve and innocent when Imran was to play him. Now he’s not that innocent.”
Dibakar hopes that Shanghai would take Abhay’s career to the next level of stardom. Says the director, “When an actor evolves the project too changes. When I did Oye Lucky, Lucky Oye with Abhay that was a different actor. Today after Dev D (for Abhay) and Love Sex Aur Dhokha (for Dibakar) we’re both in a different zone creatively.”
Dibakar recently returned from the Munich Film Festival which concluded on July 4. His Love Sex Aur Dhokha had four screenings in Munich.
Dibakar was overwhelmed by the response, “The Indian films in Munich were not your typical Bollywood films. Nor were they obscure offbeat kinds. They were successfully unconventional films like mine and Abhishek Choubey’s Ishqiya. One of my screenings was held on the day Germany was playing for the World Cup against Argentina. And we were still full!”
Dibakar feels the praise for LSD from abroad is a sign of the changing attitude of the West to our cinema. “What I liked was the fact that we were judged as world cinema, not ‘Bollywood’. 70 percent of the audience at each screening was German. I feel Indian cinema will take a while to not be seen as anything more than a diversion by international audiences. But we’re getting there.”
Back home, Dibakar continues to spend all his waking hours with his adopted daughter.
Says the proud father. “Ira now has two front teeth. Watching her become an integral part of my wife’s and my life is the greatest joy of I’ve experienced. I plan to return to direction next year.”
Lara Dutta to join Mahesh Bhupathi at US Open
Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; August 26, 2010)
Indian tennis ace Mahesh Bhupathi will have his gossiped girl-friend Lara Dutta cheering for him when he plays the US Open from August 30 to September 12 in Flushing Meadows, NY. The sassy Bollywood actress is travelling to US for a magazine shoot at the same time when Mahesh, who has recently separated from Shvetha Jaishankar after approximately seven years of marriage, will be sweating it out at the tennis courts. Obviously the two are looking to plan their meetings. Lara, 32, is also expected to watch Mahesh, 36, play from the box allotted for people close to players like their coach, trainer and family. The couple has of late given ample indications of their closeness including hand-in-hand appearances at many award shows. But rumours of them living in were subsequently rubbished. Though the industry has been anxiously waiting for a confirmation on their alleged romantic relationship, both have remained coy.
“Lara has a hectic schedule coming up post September with back-to-back shoots and this is the only time she has to be with her so-called ‘good friend’ Mahesh after his separation with Shvetha. Meanwhile, he is already busy playing matches right now and will be in the US for the Open. Lara will join him from China. Interestingly the timing of both being at the US is to a T,” says a reliable industry source, adding, “Everyone is hopeful that when the media gets them there, a confirmation on their relationship might be on the cards as officially Mahesh is now a single man.” Though they could not be contacted, a close friend of the couple confirmed, “Look at it as coincidence. Lara does have a huge magazine endorsement up her sleeves and as chance would have it Mahesh is playing the US open.”
THREE INTERESTING FILMS THIS WEEKEND!
Tomorrow, three small-budget but very interesting films are all set to hit the screens. My take:
LOVE SEX AUR DHOKHA: The film has a title which more than half of the population would hesitate mentioning! Thankfully, to make things easier, the makers of the film has emphasized more on the abbreviation of the title-LSD! India’s first digital film, LSD is based on a voyeurism and from the promos it seems to be a truly path-breaking film. The film has no famous actor at all and yet the film has scored because of its title, theme and promos. Also it is directed by Dibakar Banerjee who has impressed many by his last 2 films-Khosla Ka Ghosla and ‘Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!’. However, LSD is a completely new territory and there are high chances that the makers might not come with a film that meets the expectations. Let’s hope for the best!
SHAAPIT: Vikram Bhatt is back after the successful 1920 with another horror flick, Shaapit. It marks the acting debut of Aditya Narayan and also television actress Shweta Agarwal. Promotion could have been better but still the film has made many curious. Also it has Aditya who has a considerable fan following. Like for every other film, Shaapit needs to be well-made to get box office success. 1920 also had newcomers and it clicked wonderfully with the audience and was a hit too. And the same is expected from Shaapit too. It would definitely get the best opening out of the three!
LAHORE: This flick would definitely get the poorest opening but has high chances of being much better than the above 2 films! Surprisingly, Lahore gives a message on peace through the medium of a violent game, kickboxing! The film marks the debut of Aanaahad, who went for rigorous kickboxing training in China for 6 months for this role. Also Lahore gives viewers probably the last chance to see deceased Nirmal Pandey in theatres! The film is backed by Warner Bros and has toured numerous film festivals and has won many awards and nominations. Those not interested in LSD and Shaapit should try for Lahore!
Which film you most interested in? Do let me know!
GOLDEN KELA AWARDS-BOLLYWOOD’S OWN RAZZIE!
Chandni Chowk To China, Kambakkht Ishq and ‘What’s Your Raashee?’ won the maximum awards in a recently held award function! Shocked? Don’t be ‘coz the awards recognized the worst in cinema! Golden Kela Awards, desi version of Razzies, held its 2nd edition last weekend and the winners and the funny categories it consisted were as follows:
Worst Actor (Male) Award-HARMAN BAWEJA (What’s Your Raashee?)
Worst Actor (Female) Award-KAREENA KAPOOR (Kambakkht Ishq)
Worst Supporting Actor (Male)-RANVIR SHOREY (Chandni Chowk To China)
Worst Supporting Actor (Female)-DEEPIKA PADUKONE (Chandni Chowk To China)
Worst Film-KAMBAKKHT ISHQ
Worst Director-ASHUTOSH GOWARIKER (What’s Your Raashee?)
Worst Debutant (Male)-JACKKY BHAGNANI (Kal Kissne Dekha)
Worst Debutant (Female)-SHRUTI HASAN (Luck)\
Most ‘Original’ Story-DIL BOLE HADIPPA (Copied from She’s The Man)
‘Baawra Ho Gaya Hai Ke’ Award-SYLVESTER STALLONE and DENISE RICHARDS (Kambakkht Ishq)
Most Atrocious Lyrics-SAMEER (Love Me Love Me…Wanted)
Most Irritating Song of the Year-PRITAM (Love Mera Hit Hit…Billu)
When Did This Come Out Award-FOX (*ing Sunny Deol, Arjun Rampal; directed by Deepak Tijori)
Worst Pair Award-RANI MUKHERJEE and SHAHID KAPOOR (Dil Bole Hadippa)
The Lajja Award for Worst Treatment of a Serious Issue-KABIR KHAN and ADITYA CHOPRA (New York)
The Dara Singh Award (!!) for Worst Accent-ABHISHEK BACHCHAN (Delhi-6)
The Critic’s Award-TARAN ADARSH
The Black Award for Emotional Blackmail-PAA
The Insensitivity Award- CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA
The Bas Kijiye Bahut Ho Gaya Award-MADHUR BHANDARKAR
Cyrus Broacha Memorial Award-CYRUS BROACHA
My personal favourite category is ‘Baawra Ho Gaya Hai Ke’ Award which was presented to Sylvester and Denise! However, the Bas Kijiye Bahut Ho Gaya should not have been given to Madhur Bhandarkar. There are so many out there who deserve it badly!! Another funny thing is that Cyrus Broacha Memorial Award was given away to Cyrus himself! In his acceptance speech, he said, “It’s great. I’m thrilled. I hope to win this award every year”! Obviously, none of the film starring Cyrus featured in the awards (although one might argue that his disastrous flick Fruit N Nut should have got some award!).
Golden Kela Awards were launched last year by Random Magazine. The nominees were shortlisted by its editorial board and the winners were selected by a public poll. Needless to say, none of the winners were present in the event to take away the prized trophies!
Did you like the idea of Golden Kela Awards? Satisfied with the winners’ list? Do let me know!
With five actors listed, India tops the list featuring actors from India, China, Pakistan, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Korea. “In the history of the Academy Awards, only two Asians have taken home a Best Actor or Actress statue (we don’t count Ben Kingsley as true Asian),” said CNN announcing the list.
“Yet Asia has produced incredibly talented thespians that have changed the course of their nation’s cinematic history.”
Guru Dutt has been “frequently compared to Orson Welles for directing and starring in films that ushered in a golden era of Hindi cinema. Because of his soulful acting, Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa and Kaagaz Ke Phool are now included among the greatest Indian films of all time”.
Dutt’s best role was listed in Pyaasa (1957), a story of a struggling poet in post-independence India, produced, directed and starred in by him.
“Amitabh Bachchan’s deep voice and broodiness immortalised him as the ‘angry young man’ of 1970s Bollywood. Although films such as Sholay made him an action hero, he also successfully played comic and romantic leads,” CNN said. Bachchan’s best role is listed as Inspector Khanna in Zanjeer (1973).
Pran, CNN said, is “the pre-eminent villain of Hindi cinema, appearing in over 350 films (typically listed last in the opening credits as “…and Pran.”) He was equally at ease playing a powerful lord or an impoverished villager. ”
|Meena Kumari and Guru Dutt
Upkaar (1967) demonstrated Pran’s versatility and earned him a Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award, CNN noted. He surprised audiences by playing a good Samaritan and singing the chart-topping Kasme vaade pyaar wafaa sab.
“From the 1940s to 1960s, the beautiful Nargis starred in many commercially successful as well as critically acclaimed films. Because of her versatility and natural expression, she is regarded as one of the greatest actresses in the history of Hindi cinema,” CNN said. “Nargis stole the show in the Oscar-nominated Mother India (1957), known as the Indian Gone with the Wind. She plays a strong-willed woman, Radha, who survives tragedy after tragedy.”
|Pran and Nargis
Meena Kumari, the channel noted, is famous for playing grief-stricken parts that mirrored the sufferings in her private life.
Dubbed ‘The Tragedy Queen’, Kumari starred in more than 90 films in a career that spanned from 1939 to her premature death by cirrhosis in 1972. Many of her works, such as Baiju Bawra and Parineeta, are considered classics today, it said.
Meena Kumari’s “troubles in Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962) were eerily similar to her own: alcoholism, destructive relationships, the yearning to be understood,” CNN said describing it as her best role.
Hrithik Roshan’s bad knee had almost ruined his chances of doing Kites
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; February 11, 2010)
When Karan Johar’s My Name is Khan opens tomorrow, audiences worldwide will also be treated to the first look of Rakesh Roshan’s love saga Kites. The film, directed by Anurag Basu, has the most-awaited contemporary screen pair — Bollywood’s Hrithik Roshan wooing Mexican beauty Barbara Mori. But it is a film that Hrithik almost never made. Years of strenuous dancing and doing breath-taking action for films like Krrish, Dhoom 2 and Jodhaa Akbar, that got the superstar every award worth its metal, also left Hrithik with excruciating knee pain. And just before he was to start work on his home production, the actor found himself on crutches!
“I hadn’t okayed a single script after Jodhaa Akbar,’’ says Hrithik. “I was sitting free with a bad knee which had crippled me for about six months. But the script of Kites got my adrenaline going. I was in no condition to accept this film. And I was travelling around the world to find a solution to my knee problem. Finland, Singapore, LA, New York and China, I went for alternative therapies, medicines and physiotherapy… but nothing worked.’’ Two weeks before shooting began for Kites, Hrithik went to Santa Fe. He couldn’t even bend his knee because the cartilage was so badly damaged. So he told Anurag Basu and Rakesh Roshan that he wanted to pull out. “I told them that there are two actors who speak English well and would fit into this character, and they are friends. I offered to assist and be involved in the creative side. But Anurag and dad were adamant. They said they would use duplicates in scenes where I was required to run. I was broken, because I’m an athlete, a superhero, and to think of using duplicates just broke my spirit,’’ continues Hrithik.
Then a miracle happened. On the first day of the shoot, Hrithik’s pain came down by 50 per cent; after the first week it was down to 10 per cent. Then it was gone. “I thought all the things I did to heal my knee had converged together. Or my prayers had been answered,’’ he says. “That’s when I heard that Santa Fe is surrounded by magnetic mountains and people from over the world come there to get healed. It was destiny that we chose Santa Fe to begin Kites.’’
His pain was gone, but Hrithik’s woes continued. When he realised that he had to bare his torso in the film, he panicked. “Because of my knee, I hadn’t been doing cardio and had gained weight,’’ says the actor famous for his ripped body. “And if I was to appear bare-chested, my audience would expect nothing but perfection from me. So, I devised new ways to shed the fat. Not being able to run, jump or skip, I used to just pick up a five pound dumbbell and do arm curves for 45 minutes. That became my cardio workout. I used to try and keep my heart rate up as much as I could. At times I used to just spin my hands like a windmill for half hour. Ab workouts were not a problem. And there was my diet. Living on egg whites, almonds and peanuts worked.’’
Relieved that he could get the actor he most wanted in Kites, Rakesh Roshan says, “I kept giving Hrithik confidence and I was sure things would work out for the better. During Krrish, Hrithik’s knee had given problems but he came out of it. I was praying for that miracle this time, too. But, honestly, I was mentally prepared to just pack up the entire schedule and return home if things didn’t work out…”
Controversial actress Mandakini, best known for showing off her voluptuous figure while bathing under a waterfall wearing nothing but a flimsy white sari in Raj Kapoor’s Ram Teri Ganga Maili, has surfaced again. This time in a new (and sedate) avatar. The former actress is now ready to co-direct an English film with her husband, Dr. Kagyur Rinpoche. Incidentally, Rinpoche, who was earlier a close associate of the Dalai Lama, was a monk for a major part of his life before he got married to Mandakini.
The film titled The Lost Country is based on the current issues between China and Tibet. While the casting is still not finalised the couple has spoken to Hollywood superstar Richard Gere to star in it.
Confirming the news, Dr. Kagyur Rinpoche said, “Yes, we are directing the film. My wife Mandakini has worked extensively in Bollywood and done 40-odd films so she has loads of experience which helped us put this project together. We have been working on the film for two years now and will start shooting as soon as we get the dates of all the actors.”
“We have spoken to a couple of actors in Mumbai and Korea for our film. We will also have some Hollywood actors including Richard Gere, who loved the subject when we met him at Bodhgaya, Patna a few months ago. He is currently going through the final draft and we are waiting for his dates to be confirmed. Officials from the Tibetan Government have also heard the subject and are with us. The Dalai Lama too has given me his blessings and support for the film,” added Rinpoche.
Apart from being made in English, The Lost Country will also be dubbed in Hindi, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Japanese. The film is written by Salim Bijnoi and Aryan Singh.
|Richard Gere(l) and Dr Kagyur Rinpoche (r)|
|Dalia Lama and Mandakini|
By Joginder Tuteja, December 31, 2009 – 16:43 IST
Yesterday, we went across the B-town and found that 3 Idiots was the unanimous choice when it came to the best that 2009 had to offer. The closest contender was Paa while Avatar led from the front when it came to Hollywood flicks. However, it was quite a divided opinion when it came to the worst of 2009. Quite a few names popped up, some big (Delhi 6, Chandni Chowk To China), some small (Dil Bole Hadippa), some relatively unknown (Videsh – Heaven on Earth, Victory) and a few completely irrelevant (Deshdrohi). There was also an emotional angle involved with a filmmaker or two criticizing their own effort (Sikandar). Read on:
Ramesh Taurani – Victory, which came at the beginning of the year, stays on to be the worst film of 2009 for me.
Shirish Kunder – (Smiles) Yes, there is one movie which is really the worst for me. Still, I can’t name it since it’s been made by people known to me!
Kalki – Worst of the year was Billu (Barber) because it was just a series of music videos and nothing else.
Sajid Khan – Worst movie of the year was Delhi 6. Really, I had a lot of expectations from the film but it turned out to be such a disappointing fare.
Hasnain Hyderabadwaala – The worst film of 2009 is Dil Bole Hadippa. Really, what were the makers thinking? Audiences were taken for granted that the protagonist out there won’t be able to differentiate between a girl and a boy despite a different physicality and voice.
Jagmohan Mundhra – I have to pick two films here – Chandni Chowk To China and Kambakkht Ishq.
Rituparna Sengupta – There is nothing really which is worst for me because every movie has some effort going in there.
Ruslaan Mumtaz – Blue is the worst movie of the year
Piyush Jha – Even though I directed it, I believe worst film of the year was Sikandar. That’s because no one saw it and the media totally ignored its significance. Perhaps that happened because Sikandar didn’t have stars/big backers/comic entertainment. Whatever is the reason, the fact is Sikandar was ignored, and that is the real truth.
Sonu Sood – (Smiles) Even as the entire year is through, I still can’t decide on one worst movie. Maybe I have missed it.
Suneel Darshan – 2009 started with its worst film Chandni Chowk to China It was a ‘directionless’ disaster that disrespected the viewer’s sensibility.
Sadaa – You are asking me about the worst film of the year? You know what; there have been so many that I don’t even care to remember.
Boney Kapoor – Preity Zinta’s Videsh – Heaven on Earth was the worst that 2009 had to offer.
Robby Grewal – Worst of the lot would be Deshdrohi (the film had a staggered release across 2008 and 2009)
Ananth Mahadevan – If I pick one WORST FILM of the year, I might just stir up a hornet’s nest. For, another one might cry out that it was more deserving. So let sleeping dogs lie!
Aanand L Rai – For me, the worst movie in 2009 was Delhi 6. It was a very fine concept and from a rock solid director. Still, it failed.
Hansika Motwani – I don’t really wish to pick and choose the worst film of the year because for me every movie is good. I know what are the kind of difficulties that we actors go through so it would be wrong on my part to say that this or that movie was bad!
Tusshar Kapoor – Worst of 2009 would be all those films that were released during the strike. Ha ha ha!
Kunal Deshmukh – Chandni Chowk To China was the worst film of the year. What a waste of effort. They could have done so much with the film but that was not the case to be.
Raksha Mistry – Isn’t it ironical that the first film which I saw in 2009 stays on to be worst for me? I am talking about Chandni Chowk To China. Maybe I was expecting a lot from the film’s association with Warner Bros. But then it neither had any locations of China nor Chandni Chowk. Worse, it had no story!
Rumour has it that martial arts junkie Akshay Kumar has sent a written petition to sports minister MS Gill saying that karate should be made a formal subject in all schools in India.
Akshay’s argument is that why can’t India follow Korea, China, Japan and many other countries, which promote and teach karate on a large scale. Akshay’s son Aarav, who also loves martial arts, often asks his father why karate is not taught in his school. A friend of Akshay says, “Aarav asks Akshay why he has to learn karate outside school? Akshay believes that martial arts develops self-confidence if one learns it early in life.”
Akshay says, “I think that karate should be made compulsory in schools. It is not just about self defense but it also helps children lead a disciplined life.”
MARK MANUEL Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; July 28, 2009)
He sprinted up two flights of stairs like a spirited young colt to scrambled eggs and multi-grain toast, yelling at me over his shoulder, “When your hands are full, you don’t need to work on fitness.” Then, over coffee, he talked about the Hollywood press’ glowing reports on his success. “This is… what… I… the whole thing is like getting an opportunity to learn so much… I feel like a newcomer, like I’m just beginning. My daughter said, ‘You have a family, you have money, you have fame and the back-up of work at home, and here’s the opportunity to be there, to work with big players on a global stage. What more could anybody want?’ It is true. I was also offered a few studio roles in Hollywood. But I said no. I don’t need the money and I have enough work at home. My hands are full.” That is also true. He is launching Ayesha on August 2, and he’s already got No Problem, another film he is producing, happening in South Africa since July 11. As for being among the best-known Indian faces on the planet, Anil muttered uncomfortably, “I’m humbled by it. But better I be modest, down to earth and rooted, let my work speak… yet, in my own small way I feel I was a stepping stone, I’m convinced there will be another Slumdog, and there will be many Indians actors who will be ten times bigger than me… but I feel proud, I’m one of the first mainstream actors to do a film like this out of the box.”
He’s busy juggling two careers now (“let’s see where it takes me”), last week he travelled three continents, from LA to Durban and then Mumbai, taking advantage of one night in transit to meet filmmakers in London for future international projects. “I love my work passionately,” Anil said. “Saturdays and Sundays in LA, I get restless, because everything shuts down. I just learned what a weekend is. In Bollywood, we work 24/7. There it’s bad manners to call up anyone for work on the weekend. Duniya ulti-seedhi ho jaye, but they remain shut. So I go hiking!” But his heart is still in India. “I’m doing a film for Anees Bamzee, there’s Ayesha, No Problem,
and if there’s something else that’s exciting, I’ll do it here,” he said, undeterred by the failure of his recent film Short Kut at the box office. “I’m ready to fail, I love it when people make fun of me, it makes me feel superior,” he said. “It means I’m up there. I get upset if people ignore me.” People, meanwhile, were not ignoring him at our breakfast table. They were looking at him curiously from afar, giving him space. Anil Kapoor, despite the burnished copper hair, spectacles, and tracksuit, still looks and behaves like a film star. “Being recognised anywhere in the world, that’s the most exciting part,” he told me. “Earlier, when I travelled, it was only the Air-India crew that knew me. Now on any airline, even in China, they come for autographs and pictures. I like that!”