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Director Vikramaditya Motwane shares one of his treasured experimental images of the Taj, taken before he mastered the lens
MUMBAI MIRROR; March 27, 2011
This is one of those pictures I’m very proud of. Funnily enough, it all worked out by sheer accident and I’ve always been fascinated with how it all came together.
Back in 1999, I was about 22 and assisting Deepa Mehta with her film Water. We had gone to Delhi for a recce trip.
Maybe it was about being in Delhi and somewhat of a whim; I had never seen the Taj so I decided to make my way down to Agra on a quick detour.
Since I was just about getting started with photography at the time, I didn’t have any equipment of my own.
I had borrowed gear from a friend and landed up at the gates of the Taj with an SLR film camera, two lenses and an expired roll of Fuji film.
Given the amateur status of my photography at the time and the unreliable expired film, I had no idea how the shoot was going to work out.
I spent the day fooling around with the camera and managed to exhaust the roll, shooting pretty much blind the whole time.
It was a random solo trip so I just had fun with it. When I got back, I cross-processed the film (a mechanism by which one intentionally processes a film roll with chemicals intended for different type of film for unpredictable results).
Like I said, it was mad experimentation but when the image developed I was stunned. It looked fantastic. I was surprised that More >
By Subhash K. Jha, March 15, 2011 – 12:54 IST
You may think that the hardcore desi small-town ambience of this season’s surprise hit Tanu Weds Manu is unlikely to go down well with foreign audiences. But hang on. Wonders never cease, especially when it comes to the world of cinematic make believe.
We now hear that there will be a dubbed German version of Tanu Weds Manu.
Why German? The songs dances, colours, gaiety, drama and melodrama of a typical North Indian wedding would hardly seem to connect with people in Germany. However, a delegation from Germany landed in Mumbai last week with the express purpose of seeing the new festive hit of Bollywood.
So bowled over were the Germans by the unabashed celebration of colour and gaiety in Tanu Weds Manu that now, a German version of the film is being prepared.
Still disbelieving about the turn of fortune that his little-big film has taken, the Tanu Weds Manu director Aanand Rai elaborates, “It was a group of students of Comparative Cinema from the University of Regensburg in Bavaria, Germany. My colleague fellow-filmmaker Hansal Mehta sent these students to me. I was surprised that they wanted to see Tanu Weds Manu, and even more surprised at the way they responded to the film.”
Apparently, the German students were keenly curious about the minutest nuances in the film.
Says Aanand, “They asked questions about the wedding proceedings that even I had never asked myself. It was just so reassuring to know that my film about More >
Dev Anand’s cult classic Hum Dono is releasing in colour on February 4 this year.
The veteran actor invited the army chief as the main guest at the premiere, which is likely to include a lot of B-Towners as well.Dev Anand
Anand says, “Since the film pays a tribute to the Indian army, during the premiere of Hum Dono in 1961 I had invited Lieutenant General Choudhary, who was the area commander in Southern Command then.
He was an important man. He asked me to come to the Gun house in Bombay.
I went to meet him and had a few drinks and drove to the main Eros theatre. Now 50 years later when I am holding the premiere of the film again, I have invited Lieutenant General Sanjeev Chopra to be the chief guest.
He is the area commander in Southern Command. And he will come. I am very thrilled.”
Dev Anand is all set to hold a grand premiere for the revival of his 1961 film Hum Duno in colour.
From his close friend and admirer Rajinikanth to the Bachchan family, Dev Anand has personally invited all B-town biggies.
Our source said, “Dev saab wanted to call all his close associates and all the stars he appreciates. He wanted to interact with this new generation of actors, so he made it a point to call each one of them personally.
Be it Deepika or Sonam, Salman or Hrithik, he has invited everyone. Dev saab was very keen to invite Rajnikanth too but apparently he is in the Himalayas on a vacation.”A poster of Hum Dono
Dev Anand said, “Hum Dono is a film which was released 50 years ago. This is the generation that might never have watched a black and white film.
There are people from Bollywood who would have heard about Hum Dono but never seen it. That’s why I wanted to call everyone.”
By Subhash K. Jha, January 27, 2011 – 10:50 IST
After retaining the same appearance for the last 11 years, the Big B has suddenly turned experimental about his looks. After happily deciding to sport a freshly-trimmed beard and new hairstyle, a la Prakash Jha for Aarakshan the Big B is going even a step further. In his next film Budha being directed by the Telugu maverick director Puri Jagannath which starts shooting next month; the Big B will dye his beard and hair into a flamboyant trendy colour!
The colour is yet to be decided. According to insiders from the frantically-experimental unit, the Big B would either sport a red-tinted beard and hair. Or it could be various flamboyant colours.
When contacted the director Puri Jagannath said, “That’s right. Bachchan sir is going totally psychedelic for his part in Budha. You see, he plays a man who is 60 but believes he’s still 25. So he moves around dressed and made up like today’s youngster. And if anyone calls him a budha (old man), he is livid. He will be dying his beard and wig.”
Even the clothes line for the Big B in Budha would be in keeping with his character of a man of 25. Apparently, the Big B would be borrowing accessories from his son Abhishek’s wardrobe.
Brace yourselves, Dev Anand fans: not one but two films of his will hit the screens this December. Dev Anand will be releasing his old classic Hum Dono in colour along with his new film Chargesheet.
Dev Anand said, “Hum Dono is the film which gave me huge fame. The song Main zindagi ka saath nibhanta chala gaya became a cult hit. People still speak about the song, especially army officials. I decided to release the film in colour, as this generation has hardly seen the film.
While Hum Dono will be released on December 3, Chargesheet too will have its release in December. So, my fans will get to see me how I was 50 years ago and how I am now. I have worked very hard on Chargesheet.
I am quite confident about it and I am sure audiences would love to see Nasseruddin Shah and me on screen together. Now I leave it to them to watch the film and judge for themselves before I move on to conquer my next goal.” That’s the spirit!
BOMBAY TIMES (October 8, 2010)
Movies echo real life and Crook: It’s Good to be Bad is one such movie that takes a realistic look at a burning topic, that of racial discrimination against Indians. The movie, produced by Vishesh Films and directed by Mohit Suri has Emraan Hashmi and newcomer Neha Sharma in the lead roles. It tells the story of Jai, a youngster who has a knack of getting into trouble, who lands up in Australia. Despite being in a new country with a new identity and attempting to lead a decent life, trouble seems to follow him. Jai’s troubles begin when he witnesses a racial assault on his love interest, Suhani’s brother, Samarth. Going to the police would mean an investigation while walking away would mean losing Suhani. The only way to deal with the issue at hand is to take the bull by its horns. But Jai has to first figure whether it’s good to be bad or it is good to be good.
“This is one of the best characters created in recent times. I am sure it will reach into the collective heart and pluck the heartstrings of people of every generation,” Emraan says about his role.
Talking about his inspiration, Mohit says, “As the news flashed ‘Over 20 incidents of curry bashing in Sydney and Melbourne in the past 30 days’, I found myself standing outside a 24-hour convenience store in Melbourne city. It was this very store that had experienced one of the most brutal racist attacks just a few months back. An Indian was beaten More >
// // //Kavi
While no Indian film made it to the Oscar this year, a student film, Kavi, has made the bold leap to the Academy Award shortlist. Nominated in the Short Film (Live Action) Category, it’s a miracle that the film got made at all, let alone find itself in the top five at the Oscars.
A film that had no funding, a lead actor from the slums and an American director who coasted solely on his passion for the subject: there were too many problems at the outset. So director Greg Helvey, from the University of Southern California, did the smart thing. He got himself Indian producers.
Guneet Monga and Harish Amin, who have worked with the likes of Anurag Kashyap and Mira Nair, stepped in as they liked the script. Well, they had to; after all, it wasn’t exactly a moneymaking proposition. Quite the contrary, really, as Greg confessed that he had none.
Harish says, “Greg had visited India twice before and really likes the colour and the people. It is his diploma film and he didn’t know how to go about it. We asked him if he has a decent budget and he said, ‘I don’t have the money.’ He raised it independently as funding started pouring in on his website. He also held photo exhibitions to raise funds. We shot it and then it stopped there as he had to raise More >
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MADHUREETA MUKHERJEE Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; January 26, 2010)
And here it is, that great multi-starrer we promised you yesterday and the day before… a new initiative to make the nation sing a song of secularism, brought to you by The Times of India Group and Vodafone Essar, that is premiering exclusively on ZOOM from 7 am onwards today. Phir Mile Sur recreates the mood for an upbeat generation of united Indians. And what better day than R-Day to launch it? Filmed by Aarti and Kailash Surendranath (of KPC), this commendable initiative has also been supported by Kingfisher Airlines and Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces. Go on, switch on your TV, zoom in to ZOOM, and catch the national fervour. You don’t have to stand up when it comes on, but it would be nice if you did. Meanwhile, before that, hear what some of the proud Indians who made Phir Mile Sur have to say about the initiative…
AMITABH BACHCHAN I’m honoured that there’s been a gap of almost 23 years and still the makers of this wonderful commercial Mile Sur want to include me. Though circumstances may have changed, the words and the feelings of the song still remain the same. I feel good about it. Times of India has always been involved in many such nationalist, social, moral movements and I have had the great honour to being a part of it. I thank ZOOM for making me such a part once again.
SHAH RUKH KHAN The first time I heard Mile Sur Mera Tumhara, I More >
Vipul Shah, Aishwarya Rai decide to do away with a wet holi scene; they save 80 tankers of waterBy Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 23, 2010)
Even Bollywood doesn’t pass up a chance to underline how socially responsible it is. Recently, Vipul Shah was to shoot Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s entry sequence for Action Replay, which is a holi song. He had visualised the song as an exotic affair with lots of water and colour in every frame.
In fact, Vipul had prepared visuals of the song with a specialised camera. But the preparations were later called off when the filmmaker realised they should not waste so much water, given that the city was facing a water crisis.
Vipul Shah was very forthcoming about his change of heart. “Yes it is true that we are not going ahead with the earlier planned water sequence in the holi song as we would have used at least 70-80 tankers of water for the three day shoot. It is an elaborate song with 500 extras and 150 dancers involved. I was very excited about it but then realised the magnitude of the water scarcity the city is facing. Aishwarya also opined that we should not go ahead with the plan. Both of us were on the same page on this. We have now decided to shoot it in a different way. The entire visual of the song has been reworked – it will still be a holi song but without water. It will be completely dry.”(L): Vipul Shah (R): Aishwarya Rai Bachchan