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Ekta Kapoor redefines the role of the feisty film producer who gets what she wants. A classic case of this is what happened recently at Marine Drive. The lead pair of Ekta’s forthcoming film Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, Emraan Hashmi and Prachi Desai, landed up at Marine Drive to shoot for the song Baburao Mast Hai.
They had put on their make-up and were just about to start, when the director Milan Luthria’s phone rang. It was Ekta calling.
|Pritam and Milan Luthria|
“I don’t like the music of the song which you are about to shoot. Call for a pack-up,” Ekta told Luthria. A source says, “Ekta felt that the song was very slow. Milan was shocked at her last-minute decision but could do precious little to counter it. Emraan and Prachi were sent home.”
Next, music director Pritam was called and told that the song needed to be racy. “Pritam worked overnight to get the song ready. This was the first time that Pritam’s music had been rejected at the eleventh hour,” adds the source.
|Emraan Hashmi, Ekta Kapoor, Prachi Desai|
Ekta explains her last-minute intervention, “I spoke to Luthria and Emraan and explained my point of view. Once Upon A Time is a gangster film. This song is as important to the film as Khallas was to Company and Ganpat, Chal Daru La to Shootout At Lokhandwala. I wanted the song to be groovier. The problem lay in the mixing.”
As for damage control, when asked, Ekta admitted that introducing changes at the eleventh hour had cost Balaji Telefilms a whopping Rs 15-20 lakhs, “Yes, that’s true. But this is a special song and I won’t compromise on anything. I want the best and now the song is rocking.”
Thus on Saturday, Emraan and Prachi had to go and shoot the reworked version of the song. Guess they’re singing off the same hymn sheet finally…
Adnan Sami falls ill on honeymoon, to return to Mumbai after surgery
SUBHASH K JHA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; June 14, 2010)
It’s been a period of plenty of pleasure and some pain for Adnan Sami. For the last six weeks he has been honeymooning with his third (and hopefully final) wife, the Afghani-German Roya Faryabi.
While travelling all over Europe visiting places like Vienna, Zurich and Paris, Adnan suddenly developed a pain in his stomach. It turned out to be kidney stones. The couple rushed back to Roya’s home in Munich. After surgery, Adnan has recovered well enough to return home to Mumbai next week.
“I’m returning with my wife,” he says proudly. “Roya is shifting to Mumbai to be with me. Of course, I don’t want her to be just a housewife. The company that she works for in Germany, is opening an office in Mumbai. Until we have a baby I want her to be busy because I’ll be busy with my music.”
Adnan is thrilled with the way Roya’s family in Germany has accepted him. “Roya’s parents and her four sisters fussed over me while I was unwell. I felt so happy. Roya is definitely a homemaker. I’m looking forward to starting a family with her.”
While travelling all over Europe, the singer carried his portable studio to record the sounds from cities in various moods and rhythm. He hopes to put all the sound that he gathered and created in Europe for an album of world music. Vienna was a special stopover for Adnan. “I visited the graves of Beethoven and Mozart. That, too, with my lovely new wife. Isn’t it ironical that Roya came with me to visit the graves of my idols, while my previous wife wanted to put me in the grave?”
Adnan returns to Mumbai with his wife next week. Both want to make Mumbai their permanent home. “Mumbai is where we want to start our lives together,” says Adnan.
Ajay Devgn returns with Emraan Hashmi to play a ‘don’ of the 1970s
Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; June 7, 2010)
Ajay Devgn is doing what he knows best. Seamlessly slipping into myriad characters in his films. The brouhaha of his recent political film has hardly died down and he’s ready to knock on the marquee again — this time as a mafia don in Balaji’s Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai which will release on July 30. Says the superstar, “Actors have no time to revel in the characters they do for too long. Before you know it, you’re dealing with another film.’’ Lighting up, he adds, “I know it seems convenient when I say that ‘mafia’ films are my favourite genre because I’m playing a character that has a reference to a don from the 70s, but the fact is that I do enjoy mafia films. I keep telling Ram Gopal Varma that Company, where I played a character that was like Dawood Ibrahim’s, still brings me fan mail. I guess there’s something interesting about the mafia.’’ He admits that Francis Ford Cappola’s Godfather makes for compulsive viewing, and adds that he has a collection of mafia flicks too. Director Milan Luthria, who is of the opinion that curiosity riding on mafia flicks is tremendous, says, “Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai should appeal to young and old alike because guns and gang-wars do have a draw.’’ Asked about his unusual casting that brings Ajay and Kangna Ranaut as also Ajay and Emraan Hashmi face-to-face for the first time, Milan says, “Interesting combinations make for interesting marketing and viewing of a film. This combination is generating interest in the media as well as in the fans. I am sure people are interested in seeing them take on each other in the film. I have successfully done other first time combos in Kachche Dhaage (Ajay and Saif Ali Khan) and Taxi No 9211 (Nana Patekar and John Abraham). Those combinations worked. I’m sure this one will also work.”
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; June 2, 2010)
Chunky Panday, whose bizarre performance as the hotelier Aakhri Pasta in Housefull got him laughs, is next supposed to be doing a howler on Ram Gopal Varma that has got the filmmaker most upset. Ramu, who has no qualms about ‘paying tribute’ to people in Bollywood through his films (Karan Johar and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham in his film Company and the mother of all eggs —Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag for Sholay), apparently doesn’t have a sense of humour when the joke is on him. When informed about Chunky’s role, RGV was not amused.
The character’s name is Shyam Gopal Sharma aka Shyamu. Chunky denies all comparisons to his “friend” and is said to have explained the role to Ramu. But the filmmaker is still fuming. Further details of the film are awaited… by us and RGV himself !
Ajay Devgn takes on Ranbir Kapoor in Prakash Jha’s political thriller
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; June 2, 2010)
Those who have watched Raajneeti’s promos on television have been myopic. Most have only noticed the screen chemistry between Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif. However, for the trade, distribution circles and hardcore cineastes, the real excitement rides on an even more potent face-off between Ajay Devgn and Ranbir.
“If media reports are true, then Raajneeti is based on the Mahabharata. And the crux of the Mahabharata is the confrontation between Karna (Ajay) and Arjun (Ranbir),’’ says a screen writer. “This is the twosome the trade is banking on. The Ajay-Ranbir combination, a virgin one. And Raajneeti wouldn’t be the same without one of them.” A trade consultant says, “If Ranbir spells excitement, then it is Ajay who spells trust. When you have a reported Rs 70-crore plus project on the anvil, you need two superstars to balance it out.’’
Prakash Jha, who is confident he will be third time lucky with Ajay — Gangajal, Apaharan and now Raajneeti, knows that he may have a galaxy of actors in his political thriller, but he wouldn’t have been able to pull off this gamble without Ajay on board. Ajay himself is very excited about the film. “It is hot,” he says, but underplays his own contribution. “Prakash and I have a good box office track record. More importantly, we have a terrific understanding with each other as filmmaker and actor. That is why even when there is an ensemble star cast as in the case of Raajneeti, I’m confident about the way Prakash handles me.’’ Ajay plays a Dalit leader with shades of grey who makes his way up the political ladder. “Prakash knows my strengths and he is intelligent enough to use them to the film’s advantage,’’ says the two-time National Award winner.
Raajneeti is also particularly significant for Ajay because the film is set to kickstart one of the finest acting seasons for him. On July 30, he will be seen in Milan Luthria’s Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai — a film where he plays a character reportedly modelled on the notorious Haji Mastan. Since the promos started in theatres, trade circles are once again abuzz with excitement. Says a tradewallah, “When Ajay plays a true-to-life character, he excels. If you recall he made a terrific Dawood in Company.’’
The next six months promise to be an exhilarating ride for the intense, brooding actor who plays an officer on special duty in Priyadarshan’s Aakrosh, a crazy guy in Rohit Shetty’s comic caper Golmaal-3 and a superhero in Kumar Mangat’s Toonpur Ka Superhero where he teams up with wife Kajol.
Vivek Oberoi on his eight years in showbiz…
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; May 19, 2010)
Vivek Oberoi has to pinch himself to believe that what is happening to him today is for real. The actor has just completed an eight-year-run in Bollywood. “And in these eight years, I have had the experiences of a lifetime,’’ says the 33-year-old. Having started at the pinnacle with Ram Gopal Varma’s Company, Vivek attained great career heights with Saathiya, Shootout At Lokhandwala, Yuva and Omkara.
At one time his personal life was equally high-profile. And, just when he thought he could do no wrong, he saw his fame and fortune slip through his fingers like sand. “If you’ve seen the figure 8, you will notice that it comprises two full circles. My life was the typical game of snakes and ladders. I went up the ladder for a good six years and then came down the snake in a jiffy. It is bizarre, yet it’s true,’’ says the actor wryly.
Vivek who is in a happy place today after his last release Prince managed a decent opening in single screens, especially in the northern states, says, “This is a second coming for me. I’m excited and ebullient as an actor and I can feel the same hunger that I had within me all those many years ago.’’
He admits that in the two years post his heartbreak, life came to a standstill for him. “My phone stopped ringing, the bouquets on my birthday virtually disappeared. At one stage it was hard to keep the flower baskets away, and when I had got used to the adulation and the indulgence, the flowers just stopped coming,’’ he wistfully adds.
The chastened with life’s strange-ways actor says, “Finally I have reason to smile. Post Prince, I have two very promising projects. There is Rakta Charitra with my mentor Ram Gopal Varma. I have been observing Ramu Sir very closely. There are some films he just makes and then there is something like Rakta Charitra, a film that kind of consumes him. He is awed by the subject and I can tell you after watching the rushes that this is a film in which RGV is in full form.’’
Vivek’s second film, likely to go on the floors in UK around September, is under Mani Ratnam’s banner. It is directed by his assistant Shiva. The actor is convinced his Guardian Angel is definitely back in his life. “The two makers who handheld me through the initial stages of my career are with me currently. Ramu Sir and Mani Sir are both people I hold in high esteem and just the fact that I’m working with both at this moment of time, is reason enough for me to feel gung-ho. Strangely enough both Rakta Charitra and Mani Sir’s film have me playing true-life characters. Yet, both are very diverse in nature. Paritala Ravi (Rakta Charitra) has a certain raw quality, while the other character is more sophisticated, romantic and charming. It is a true life story and I’m going to the UK to spend time with this man whose character I will be playing.”
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, May 6, 2010 – 18:01 IST
After the encouraging response to his last release Prince, Vivek Oberoi is back with renewed energy and vigour. The actor is now busy shooting for Ram Gopal Varma’s Rakta Charitra which he claims to be one of the most challenging roles of his career.
Vivek would be playing the role Pratap Ravi a character based on slain political leader Paritala Ravi. The actor would also be seen in a completely different get-up with a moustache and red tikka on his forehead. Earlier today, VO posted a picture of his look from Rakta Charitra on Twitter. The actor said, “A still from Rakta Charitra…this is my look as ‘Pratap Ravi’ …what dyu think tweeple? Would love ur feedback ”
While the look indeed seems like a perfect fit for his character, Vivek’s body language does evoke a lot of confidence-the same kind that made him a sensation when he debuted in RGV’s Company 8 years ago. Hope Ramu is once again able to bring out the best in Vivek.
|Pic: Yogen Shah|
|Mani Ratnam||Shaad Ali|
No one says no to Mani Ratnam – and definitely not Vivek Oberoi and Shaad Ali. The duo had a falling out when they last collaborated. It was for Saathiya, the Hindi adaptation of the Mani Ratnam-directed Tamil blockbuster Alai Payuthe.
When Mani asked them to come together again for another film, the estranged duo had little choice but to set aside their differences for the project. “It’s a biopic which Mani has scripted himself. It is the story of a very close friend of his, and Mani wants it to be a befitting tribute,” says a source.
So after Ram Gopal Varma’s Rakta Charitra, Vivek Oberoi will move straight into another biopic – he has earlier played biographical characters in his debut film Company and also in Shootout At Lokhandwala.
To make sure that Vivek and director Shiva (a former assistant of Mani Ratnam) get the nuances of the real-life character right, Mani has not only written the entire screenplay, he has got Shaad Ali, his most trusted and longest-serving assistant, to become the executive director of the project.
Shaad and Vivek were best friends till they drifted apart after Saathiya in 2002.
Says a source, “Vivek and Shaad will head to the UK with Shiva two weeks before the shoot is scheduled to start. Vivek wants to spend as much time as possible with Mani Ratnam’s friend before he plunges into the film.”
Says Vivek, “I can’t comment on my new film, but I’ll say that playing a real-life character is always very exciting.”
• Your next release Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? is about an unwanted visitor. Have you ever encountered anything like this?
You know it’s bizarre but everyone has been telling me weird tales about unwanted guests but I have never faced the situation. Right through the making there were so many incidents I heard. I guess I will have to wait for my own experience.
• You are paired with Konkona Sen Sharma. Don’t you think it’s quite an odd pair?
We wanted someone who could look convincing as a housewife who is also a working woman. The feedback I have got so far has been quite encouraging. I have not worked with her before Atithi… but we did interact during Omkara. She is a brilliant actress and that’s what Ashwini (Dhir, director) wanted.
• You started your career with action then shifted to intense roles and now you are mostly doing comedy. Comment.
Doing the same thing over and over again is boring. I always try to do different things. My comedy films have worked so I am doing comedy at the moment. Atithi… is a situational comedy. You will sympathise with my character. But I am also doing Priyadarshan’s crime thriller, Garam Hawa as some people told me that they wanted to see me in action roles.
• Weren’t you supposed to start your next film as a director?
Yes. In fact, I have just zeroed in on a fresh idea and I will start by the end of the year. After U Me Aur Hum, neither did I get the time nor did I get any subject which I was inclined to make. But all that is a thing of the past as I am finally excited about a subject.
• Have you watched My Name is Khan?
Not yet though I want to watch it. I have been out of town for the last three months.
• Your image is that of a very moody person but those who have worked with you have a completely different opinion.
Those who know me know that I am not moody. I guess my films have contributed to that image. But I guess I will have to change that now. (laughs)
• What do you have to say about playing Haji Mastan in Once Upon a Time in Mumbai?
It’s not completely based on but inspired by his life. It was fun as it required going back to the 1970s complete with bell bottoms and typical mannerisms. I am enjoying playing a don again. It’s different from what I did in Company.
• You only work with directors you are close to…
That’s not true. I won’t deny the fact that I am very comfortable working with Priyan or Rohit (Shetty) or Prakash Jha. But I am also open to working with other directors.
• Are you becoming more social? You were seen at an awards ceremony recently.
I was there in the capacity of a producer (for All The Best). My film was nominated and everyone said that I should be there, so I went. Otherwise I get bored by all this.