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Nitin Kakkar’s Filmistaan has bagged the National Award for best film in Hindi this year. In a tete-a-tete with Rinky Kumar, the debutant director reveals how his innate passion for cinema helped fulfill his dream of becoming a filmmaker and why he believes in actors and not stars
Rinky Kumar (MID-DAY; March 31, 2013)
In March 2012 when Nitin Kakkar was shooting his debut feature film, Filmistaan, in the hot terrains of Bikaner, little did he expect that a year later, his movie would bag the National Award for best feature film in Hindi. The movie, which is about how a wannabe actor, who is kidnapped by a terrorist group, strikes friendship with his Pakistani captors, thanks to their common love for films, has not only been screened at several international films festivals but also bagged awards. An excited Kakkar says, “Winning the National Award is the biggest high. It is always good to win acclaim at international festivals, but gaining appreciation on home ground is a different feeling.”
Kakkar, who has helmed television shows like Crime Patrol and CID, always nurtured a dream to direct movies. In 2004, he worked as an assistant director on a short film, Black Freedom, based on Sadat Hasan Manto’s stories. The 37-year-old first-time filmmaker says, “While striving to realise my dream of directing a film, I had to helm TV shows to ensure that I had a steady source of income. But that was a good training ground for me, as in television, you have to work in tough More >
BOMBAY TIMES (January 4, 2013)
If sources are to be believed, actor Shivaji Satam, ACP Pradyuman of Sony Entertainment Television’s CID, will continue to be a part of the show. However, instead of being a constant fixture like before, he will now make cameo appearances.
Says the source, “Though he had quit, we have managed to convince him to be a part of the show. He will be like a messiah helping the team crack cases whenever they are in need. He will bail them out.” — NMB
Neha Maheshwri Bhagat (BOMBAY TIMES; December 19, 2012)
While the loyal viewers of CID are still in a state of shock with the news of actor Shivaji Satam aka ACP Pradyuman deciding to quit CID after 15 years, we can now reveal that a new ACP has been finalised to step into Shivaji’s big shoes. Veteran actor Deepak Shirke will be seen playing the new ACP named Digvijay. Informs a source, “There is still no clarity on Shivaji’s exit as we are still trying to convince him to stay on the show. But he will be out of action for some time and ACP Digvijay will come into the picture.” Hope the new ACP perfects the dialogue ‘Daya, Darwaaza todd do’.
One of the few longest running shows on TV could lose its popular face
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 1, 2012)
One of Indian TV’s longest running shows, CID, may be poised for a dramaticchange. Shivaji Satam, who plays ACP Pradyuman in the detective series, and who has been the face of the show for 15 years, wants to bow out. The show, which is not known for its production values however enjoys immense popularity among viewers in both India and Pakistan and has several world records to its credit.
It is also known for dialogues such as: ‘Kuch toh gadbad hai,’ and ‘Darwaza tod do Daya!’ that enjoy cult following. A source revealed, “Shivaji has already communicated to the producers that he wants to move on. This has created panic in the production house and the channel. They are trying to make him change his mind. But it seems unlikely that he will stay on.” The CID team was in Kolkata yesterday to promote its Bengali version where news of Shivaji’s decision first trickled in.
When contacted, producer B P Singh confirmed the news and added on an emotional note, “He is my friend and I can’t imagine the show without him.” Asked why the show’s popular face wishes to quit, he said: “May be because we shoot day and night for 30 days and he is concerned about his health. Efforts are on to hold him back as we can’t imagine anybody else doing stepping into his shoes. We are friends; we have also grown old together on this show. I am sure he will not be happy leaving the More >
Thieves smash passenger windowpane to make away with valuables; police officials suspect involvement of local kids
Shiva Devnath (MID-DAY; September 1, 2012)
Television actor Alka Verma, who plays the character of Muskan on the popular show ‘CID’, now hopes cops would find clues to the theft she was subjected to on Thursday evening at Mega Mall in Oshiwara.
Police officials said the theft appeared to be the handiwork of local kids.
“A group of kids waits near the mall and keeps an eye on the vehicles entering the place. They wait for owners to leave their cars and break into them. Their modus operandi is simple. They have tools using which they bend or break the glass and make away with the valuables. Investigation is on and the culprits will be nabbed soon,” Senior Inspector Dilip Rupwate of Oshiwara police station said.
As per Verma’s complaint, some unidentified thieves smashed the passenger windowpane of her Mercedes, which she had kept in the parking lot of the mall, and swiped valuables worth a lakh.
“The culprits stole two gym bags, my expensive make-up kit and a gold ring. Besides this loss, I will also have to bear the cost of repair,” Verma said.
Verma was on her way to a gym in Lokhandwala to attend a friend’s birthday party and stopped at the mall to buy a gift.
Shakti Shetty (MID-DAY; May 23, 2012)
Given her penchant for portraying desi roles, it could be difficult to imagine Sonakshi Sinha in an action avatar. But the actress is quite adamant on shedding that stereotypical image. To prove a point, she recently performed her first-ever stunt — a daredevil feat with Akshay Kumar for their upcoming film Rowdy Rathore. The actors then also promoted the film at the same venue (Raghuleela Mall) in the TV show CID.
According to the script, the action director Guru Bachchan Singh had designed a comparatively easier stunt but Akshay wanted to do something different and more exciting.
So he expressed an idea to Guru who decided to go ahead with it and requested Akki to direct the sequence himself. It involved a moving elevator on which Mr Khiladi was supposed to be crouching. Going by his action hero reputation, Akshay not only performed it but also directed the whole scene.
Sonakshi with Akshay Kumar on the sets of the film
But that was not the end of it. Sonakshi, who was watching him perform, wanted to be part of the sequence. Sona expressed her desire to do it just like he did — on her own without any help! Akki was initially quite reluctant but eventually gave in to her demand. In the end, both of them performed the stunt.
The ecstatic actress says, “It was very impromptu and a lot of fun! Akshay was doing it anyway. He asked, ‘stunt karegi?’ and I said, “kyu nahi?” and that’s that.”
P Pavan (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 8, 2012)
Rakht Charitra has landed Ram Gopal Varma in trouble. The filmmaker is likely to be questioned by the Andhra Pradesh detective department (CID) about the support he got from Bhanu Kiran, the prime accused in the murder of gangster Gangula Suryanarayana Reddy alias Suri. According to CID sources, Bhanu confessed to having financed Rakht Charitra based on the Rayalaseema faction killings and Telugu Desam Party’s Paritala Ravi. The police had questioned the producer, C Kalyan, soon after Suri’s murder last year.
By Joginder Tuteja, April 1, 2011 – 11:18 IST
‘…….I feel bewildered when I find a slew of writers and commentators (both in print and electronically) today presuming to hold forth on the nitty-gritty of hindustani cine-sangeet as if they were ‘there’ when it all happened in the golden age of film music. If they were there, I never saw them.’
These priceless words appearing in the very first page of the book ‘A Journey Down Melody Lane’ pretty establish the fact that modesty isn’t what one can expect from this book by veteran author Raju Bharatan who prides himself on being India’s ‘topmost music historian’ (this is what his opening introduction reads). Well, not that it is the most pleasant dimension that a book could have taken considering the fact that one would have wanted the content to do most of the talking. However, one still keeps this comment in stride while hoping that the pages to follow (around 300 of them) would actually substantiate this claim.
Well, as one realises on flipping over the pages, the content is definitely present in abundance here but the way it is presented is so voluminous, so tiresome, so user unfriendly with such an abundance of self indulgence (with an ample dose of first person account, not really a best way that a book would be enjoyed by a reader) that it all turns out to be one of the most tedious Bollywood books that one would have ever read.
Really, Bharatan has tremendous knowledge of facts from the past but the More >
Murder mysteries always have a tremendous fan following. Whether reading a book or watching a film of this genre, the pleasure is immense as it not only the characters of the story, but you yourself are using the grey cells of your brain to find out the killer. However, the expert stories are those where you won’t be able to guess the culprit till the end and that’s where the satisfaction lies. And that is where Game falters. Minutes before the unveiling of the killer’s identity, the viewer correctly guesses it. Although the film has its moments and surprises, the kick you get after watching a good whodunit is clearly missing in the case of Game.
The story of the movie: Kabir Malhotra (Anupam Kher), a reclusive billionaire, invites 4 strangers – Neil Menon (Abhishek Bachchan), OP Ramsay (Boman Irani), Vikram Kapoor (Jimmy Shergill) and Tisha Khanna (Shahana Goswami) on his private island in Greece. Neil runs a casino in Istanbul as a cover up to his drug business, Ramsay is a leading prime ministerial candidate in Thailand, Vikram is a famous film actor of Bollywood while Tisha is a crime journalist in London. All 4 are tempted to come to Kabir’s island although they neither knew Kabir, nor do Kabir knew them. Once at Kabir’s island, they find themselves trapped in an ugly game and they also realize the connection between the 4 of them-Maya (Sarah Jane Dias).
The first hour oscillates between good and some not-so-good scenes. Boman feeling threatened when More >
Roana Maria Costa | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; March 14, 2011)
Mumbai: Expect to see many more Western Railway (WR) locales on the big and silver screens. WR officials said streamlining and easing of bureaucracy helped them make money through film and commercial shootings. However, Central Railway (CR) has been preferred by filmmakers and ad men.
WR officials said the time needed to get approval for a shoot has reduced from a couple of weeks to around five days. “We are trying to grant permission as soon as possible,” a senior WR official said. WR has identified spots like yards, bridges, cabins, trains and coaches which can be used for shooting. “To encourage shooting on WR’s property, which are scenic and display railway themes, stations, yards, rest houses/ institutes, car-sheds/workshops, goods sheds, bridges, railway museums and sports grounds have been identified,” he said. Some WR spots that have had star visits are the Kandivli and Mahalaxmi car-sheds, Goregaon and Mahalaxmi platforms, Lower Parel workshop, Mumbai Central and Churchgate stations, Bandra terminus, Pali Hill officers’ club, running locals between Goregaon and Churchgate, running Mail/Express trains between Mumbai Central and Valsad/Surat and back, the Bandra railway colony (opposite Gaiety-Galaxy) and the Mahalaxmi ground.
WR, which hopes to rake in more than Rs 50 lakh this year, has written to production houses, urging them to shoot on railway property. In More >