Posts tagged Company
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; February 18, 2013)
Vivek Oberoi, 36, has always bounced back every time an obituary has been written about him. During promotions for his latest film Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story, he takes an hour off to talk to Bombay Times about how he got to marry Priyanka, the struggles of his father who is his inspiration and his mother whom he keeps going back to every time he is down and out. Excerpts:
Let’s talk about your childhood? I come from an affluent influential family from Hyderabad. My grandfather migrated from Punjab in Pakistan, was a freedom fighter with Bhagat Singh and was asked by Sardar Patelji and Nehruji to look after the refugees in Hyderabad. Sardar Patel sahab would stay in our house and there are pictures of dad sitting on his lap. We had a large real estate and pharmaceutical business. But my father wanted to become an actor and that was not acceptable to his family. The day he got married to my mom, he shared that with her. A year after I was born, he borrowed 400 from his best friend and came to Mumbai. He completed his FTII, got a few ads and then moved my mother and me to a one-room rented place in Juhu that had a bathroom outside. My dadi visited us and could not stop crying as even our kitchen in Hyderabad was bigger than our flat here and wanted my dad to return back. But my dad had his dream and my mom wanted to support that. We used to travel around in buses and lived on a budget till my sister was born. That was when my dad More >
Manisha Koirala believes learning is a part of life and sets this rule for other Bollywood actress as well
Shakti Shetty (MID-DAY; September 25, 2012)
Despite the recent hardships in her personal life, Manisha Koirala is looking lovely. The actress who ruled the box office in the past recently went through a divorce. Shrugging aside the many ups and downs in her life, she instead chooses to focus on her Bollywood journey, which she describes as “interesting, unpredictable, joyous and full of lessons”. In a candid chat, the reclusive 42-year-old talks about her upcoming film with Ram Gopal Varma, life and the future.
What change do you see in RGV as a director today? During the shooting of Company the last film we worked together in we barely got time to interact. This time around, although the film Bhoot Returns was shot in a relatively shorter period, we got to spend much more time together and I observed that he’s still the same, focused guy. I adore him and his work.
Would you call this your comeback film? Not really. I did Onir’s offbeat I Am last year, so calling this my comeback film would be incorrect.
Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit, Raveena Tandon too are making their big screen comeback? I think they are all wonderful actresses. I love Sridevi’s work and having seen the trailer of her English Vinglish, I must say she’s looking beautiful. I’m looking forward to her film.
Why did you move away from mainstream Hindi cinema? I started losing interest. Some people are More >
MUMBAI MIRROR (May 25, 2012)
My first film, Company, was my first hit. I was lucky in that. I remember I was shooting for Saathiya near the Gaiety Galaxy theatre in Bandra. It was a chasing scene with Rani Mukerji, my co-star. It was also the day my first film had released. Like every newcomer, I was nervous. I was anxious about the audience’s reaction. In the evening when the shows in the theatre got over, people gathered around the sets. A few of them recognised me and started calling me Chandu, my character’s name in Company. Suddenly, hundreds of people flocked around me. The crowd went out of control and we had to wrap up the shoot of Saathiya. The unit members had to call the security to get me out of that area. It was a completely new experience for me. My friend and director Shaad Ali (Saathiya) hugged me tight and said, “Tu toh star ho gaya bhai.” I will always remember that very moment.
The following Sunday, I visited a single screen theatre in South Mumbai. I sat in the last row to check out people’s reaction. I had planned to meet the audience during the intermission. However, once the film started, people started swarming in and some people asked me to vacate the seat. I did not have a ticket and the show was houseful. It was a rather novel experience for me. I had to watch my own debut film sitting on the stairs.
Later, when people recognised me, they started asking me for autographs. When I left the theatre, for the first time I realised that I, like More >
At a time when young entrants from South are looking to make a strong presence in Bollywood, Malayalam superstar Mohanlal feels that although the reach of Hindi cinema is wider, he has nothing to prove here as an actor
By PTI (MID-DAY; April 17, 2012)
Mohanlal made his acting debut in Malayalam cinema in 1978 with 'Thiranottam' but the film was never released due to Censor issues. Later, in 1980, he got to play the lead antagonist in his first release 'Manjil Virinja Pookkal' at 20. Then, he went on to do several such roles in various movies before he established himself as a lead actor.
It was after the success of his 1986 film, 'Rajavinte Makan', that he was labeled a superstar of Malayalam cinema. "I am working for 33 years there, what should I come and prove in Hindi industry? I am content and happy with my own language. If I get a good and irresistible role, only then will I try and do a film here. I don't want to prove anything," Mohanlal said.
"Lots of people, most of the actresses begin from South. They are newcomers and they try to do Hindi films as the reach is greater. There are so many factors. For actors like me South is fine," the 51-year-old said.
In 2002, Mohanlal played the role of a police officer in his first Bollywood movie 'Company', which introduced him to the Hindi-speaking audience in India. He won the IIFA star screen award for the best supporting actor in the Ram Gopal Varma directed movie.
Again in RGV's 'Aag', a remake of 'Sholay', Mohanlal More >
By Satish Sundaresan, April 27, 2011 – 11:14 IST
Nikhil Dwivedi is someone who does not fall in to the typical synonym of the typical tall, dark, handsome Bollywood hero. He is someone who can rightly be called as the ‘Thinking Man’s Actor’, for he is not just artistically oriented but academically as well… as he holds a dual MBA degree, wherein, one MBA stands for ‘Masters in Business Administration’ while the second stands for ‘Masters in Bollywood Acting’.
Armed with films like My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves and others, Nikhil is someone who is surely a name to watch out for in the days to come, for his stellar and much-talked about performance in the flick Shor In the City. Satish Sundaresan of Bollywood Hungama caught up with this actor wherein he talks all about his dream role, his favourite movies and his take on Mumbai. Over to you, Nikhil!
My Top 10 films of all times Godfather (Part 1 and 2) Gangs Of New York Once Upon a Time In America Govind Nihlani’s Bhairavi Salaam Bombay Satya Company Agneepath Bombay Amar Akbar Anthony (for Anthony depicted the true Mumbai taopri that I am playing)
10 roles I wish I had essayed Mithunda’s role of Krishnan Iyer M.A. in Agneepath Rajesh Khanna in Anand SRK in Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa Amitabh Bachchan’s role in Amar Akbar Anthony Ravi Baswani’s role in Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron Anil Kapoor’s character of Munna in Tezaab Anil Kapoor’s role in Chameli Ki Shaadi Amol Palekar’s part in Golmaal Manoj Bajpayee’s character Bhiku Mhatre More >
Stars big and small are clamouring for a uniform in their wardrobe
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; April 24, 2011) The Indian Police uniform is the most revered and sought after garment in Bollywood stars wardrobes currently. While the men in khakee; Om Puri (Ardh Satya); Amitabh Bachchan (Zanjeer, Khakee); Dilip Kumar (Shakti); Vinod Khanna (Amar, Akbar, Anthony) Shashi Kapoor (Deewar); Nana Patekar (Ab Tak Chappan); Ajay Devgn (Gangajal) Mohanlal (Company) have succeeded in getting big box office numbers, Salman Khan’s Dabangg has made khakee the most worn colour in Bollywood.
Stars big and small are clamouring for a uniform in their wardrobe and suddenly you have a dozen stars dressed simultaneously with stars and stripes. Currently Aamir Khan (Reema Kagti’s film), Ajay Devgn (Singham), Sonu Sood (Bbuddha) and Abhishek Bachchan (Dum Maaro Dum) are all wearing the policeman’s uniform in their movies.
Trade analyst Amod Mehra says, “Blame it on the 80-plus crore business that Dabangg did. Now every actor and every filmmaker is actually scouting for a good cop drama.”
Amod adds, “Dabangg worked for multiple reasons. The music was strong, Salman was superb, the girl (Sonakshi Sinha) had promise, the story telling style of Abhinav Kashyap was novel. More >
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, March 29, 2011 – 13:02 IST
The song ‘Mit Jaye Gham‘ from Rohan Sippy’s Dum Maaro Dum has been in the news since the time of its release. Although the young listeners seem to be hooked on to the track, there is a certain section of people who seem to find the lyrics of the song too bold for their taste.
One of the most respected writers of Bollywood, Jaideep Sahni, who has written some of the biggest blockbusters like Company, Khosla Ka Ghosla and Chak De India and has also penned the lyrics for Salaam Namaste, Bluffmaster, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and many more films, has also written the lyrics for Dum Maaro Dum.
Jaideep explains what ideas went into the creation of ‘Mit Jaye Gham‘ in the following piece. Over to Jaideep…
“These lines are actually taken from a longer piece of rap, written specifically for a situation of drug pushers and users in a drug induced delirium. The rap form was chosen because it’s very effective in reflecting anti-establishment thought and behaviour, and usage of strong words to make a larger meaning is inherent to the very form.
They were selected and placed together with the famous hippie song of the 70s in a directorial decision and vision to bring out the contrast between earlier hippie culture and today’s drug mafia which is vicious and brutal. It’s basically related to the subject of the film and hopefully will be seen in better clarity once the film releases.
Otherwise, I’m busy with my own scripts More >
By Devansh Patel, March 26, 2011 – 16:05 IST
Ever since we were old enough to talk about men and women getting intimate, see them on screen shed their inhibitions, we learn to keep our literature hidden from our precious beloved in our lives. But those days no longer exist. Or do they? Times have changed. Girls have moved on and so have the boys. We plan a date, sip red wine, relish the grilled food, and end our day with a pleasant kiss and a warm hug. But it’s not all the delicacies on the dinner table that makes an evening special. It’s the talk. Do you talk about deleting your search history each time you’ve indulged in a pleasant afternoon of one handed web surfing? Do you eye another striking figure or a handsome hunk while dining? Do you have to hide? Do you talk about your ‘ex’ with him or her? Do you get ‘hit’ on by a girl when you are with your girl? Does a man come up to you and ask you for a dance when your man is standing there ordering the second round for you? Surely, in this post modern world, ‘talk’ is something we can now share. But how? Ladies might not like to leave their husbands with her, but I’m sure most guys would like an introduction. Welcome Aarti Chabria! She could strip her name down to her initials ‘A.C’ and the summer heat would perpetually go away. Classic and quirky, sleek yet curvy, optimistic and ambitious: Aarti has been around and stayed around, been there and done that, and proving herself to be a consistent winner More >
Says the newest hottie in B-Town, Ranveer Singh, while insisting that he is not dating Anushka Sharma. Excerpts from an interview
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 26, 2011)
Has life changed after Band Baaja Baaraat?
Yes. I am so busy with shows, appearances and award functions. I was never so busy in my life ever before.
Was it tough getting your first break?
Don’t even ask. I struggled in the pre-recession period and the post-recession as well. In the pre-recession time, I used to get four offers a week and kuch nahin hua. Then in the post-recession period, I used to get one offer in four months, which again was as bad. I even questioned myself if I had taken the right decision to aspire to become an actor.
Weren’t you apprehensive of your film, given YRF’s recent record of Box-Office duds?
I was aware of that but it didn’t bother me.
Rumour has it that your dad invested a lot of money in Band Baaja Baaraat…
(Interrupts) And it was terrible to hear that. My dad and I were very upset for many days. My dad was not doing too well professionally when Band Baaja Baaraat happened. So where is the question of investing money? And do you think that a top production house like Yash Raj Films needs this money? If YRF signed me, it can’t be because mere baap ne paise diye.
And now you will consult the YRF scion Aditya Chopra on everything in your career?
Well, Aditya Sir has told me to trust my own instincts. We both believe that I More >
By Satish Sundaresan, January 27, 2011 – 11:46 IST
Vivek Oberoi is one man who, today, stands tall amongst all the actors of the present generation. Vivek also happens to be the same dude who had impressed one and all with his performances in films, starting with his debut Company, which was later followed by the Saathiya, the hard-hitting Yuva, the comic Masti, political Omkara, realistic Shootout at Lokhandwala, thriller Prince and the recently released bio pic Rakht Charitra.
Amidst all of this, Vivek also happens to be one of the hot and wanted names when it comes to brand endorsements. Despite the fact that he was offered a staggering amount to endorse a liquor product recently, this Oberoi junior stuck to his guns and politely refused the same, as endorsing any liquor or tobacco products does not feature in his scheme of things.
Bollywood Hungama presents Vivek Oberoi’s exclusive images for Donear’s fashion catalogue.
Having started his career with Company, Vivek went onto do films that consolidated him in the top rung bracket of actors. When Bollywood Hungama caught up with the man himself, we touched upon an array of topics, starting with the brand itself, talking about which he said, “Donear is an excellent and fast growing brand. My association with this brand will surely help me and this brand to grow. According to me, this brand symbolizes excellence. Needless to say that, from now on, all my suits are and will be only Donear.”
A true desi at More >