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By Joginder Tuteja, September 13, 2010 – 11:46 IST
Get ready to witness Anil Kapoor’s most famous signature step ever – as witnessed in the song ‘One Two Ka Four‘ [Ram Lakhan] – courtesy Farah Khan. The fascination to feature stars in cameos, something which was seen in dozens in Om Shanti Om, would be up on display in Tees Maar Khan once again.
Informs a source, “Anil Kapoor has shot for a special segment in the film where he is shown to be basking in the glory of all the international recognition that he has gained post Slumdog Millionaire. In Tees Maar Khan, there is an awards night which has been interspersed into the film’s narrative. It is on the lines of Oscars where Anil Kapoor is shown to be ecstatic after winning an award for himself.”
This is not all. Though one would have expected the man to be all sober and sophisticated about his big win, there is a twist in the tale. Anil Kapoor pronto breaks into a jig that has been patented by him ever since he did it first more than 20 years ago in Ram Lakhan (1989).
When contacted, Farah Khan did confirm that a sequence like this has indeed been shot.
“But we haven’t called it an Oscars night though”, laughs Farah, “You never know when someone wakes up and creates a controversy out of nowhere. We have named these awards a little different. And yes, Anil Kapoor has of course done the ‘One Two Ka Four‘ jig for us.”
She has a reason for that. “It is sacrilege to rope him in for a cameo and not make him to do that famous dance step. I have been a fan myself of this step and I am sure audience from the past would love to see him do it all over again. As for the current generation, it would be a good opportunity to see what they have missed out”, she smiles.
Well, with Salman already doing a ‘qawalli’ for the film and Anil Kapoor being brought in for ‘One Two Ka Four‘, what next is in store Farah?
Salman Khan lost his cool at a journo who tried to attach a religious angle to the release of ‘Dabangg’
|Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha and Sonu Sood at the event|
Salman Khan has been known for having tiffs with the members of the press in the past but off late the actor has surprised everyone with his friendly attitude towards the media. However, he almost had a showdown with an over enthusiastic journo during a Dabangg promotional event at Nagpur, when he asked him why Dabangg is being emphasised on being released on Eid when Ganesh Chaturthi is at the same time.
Salman apparently got so angry with the question that he absolutely refused to comment and showed the door to this journo. Co-star Sonakshi Sinha came to Salman’s rescue as she replied to the press, “It’s absolutely unfair to ask Salman such a question. You should know that Salman’s father is a Muslim and his mother, a Hindu. Using religion for such an issue is disgusting,”
Sonakshi clarified further that had it been an innocent question Salman surely would have answered but the intention was wrong! The actress later even posted her anguish on a social networking site, she wrote, “Just to create controversy or raise TRP’s, using religion is disgusting. When will these guys grow up and see the broader picture?”
Apparently, an Eid release is said to have been lucky for Salman and that is why the producer, Arbaaz Khan has slated an Eid release for Dabangg. Last year, ‘Wanted’ released on Eid, which went on to become super duper hit.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, September 1, 2010 – 14:33 IST
Portrayal of animals in poor form or display of any form of harm towards them in movies has surely become an issue of major concern globally. And now it seems like Zoya Akhtar is also pulling some attention from animal lovers for the same reason.
Zoya, who is busy filming the multi starrer Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (starring Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif, Farhan Akhtar and Abhay Deol), seems to be in the eye of a controversy now. Reason? Well, she shot the bull-running matches in Spain alongwith the starcast, as a requisite of the script.
After learning from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India that the upcoming motion picture Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is set to include a scene showing the running of the bulls, the talented Spanish-American singer, actor, comedian and guitarist Charo sent a letter to the film’s director, Zoya Akhtar. The letter urges Akhtar to open her heart and cut out any scenes glorifying the running of the bulls. For the uninitiated, Charo, who is beloved in the US and Spain, is also a vocal opponent of bullfighting and recently starred in a video public service announcement for PETA US to speak out against it.
Here’s a sneak peek at the letter that Charo wrote to Zoya:
|Dear Ms Akhtar,
I have spent my career entertaining people, but there is nothing remotely entertaining about sending panicked bulls into a stampede and then stabbing them to death in the bullfighting arena, which is what happens at the end of the Running of the Bulls. As a proud Spaniard and member of PETA, I am writing to ask that any scenes that glamorise the Running of the Bulls be cut from your upcoming film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.
The Running of the Bulls cannot be dismissed as a harmless tradition. These animals run because they are terrified. During the run, the bulls are taunted, and many lose their footing, fall and break their bones. In the end, the exhausted bulls are released into the arena and stabbed to death. The growing movement in Spain against the Running of the Bulls and the bullfights that follow exemplify the good hearts of so many Spaniards who rightfully condemn this sadistic blood sport. You may be aware that the Spanish region of Catalonia recently banned bullfights.
Spain is known for everything I hold dear: flamenco dancing, fabulous guitar work and a rich cultural diversity. But deriving any pleasure from abusing bulls is something we should all be ashamed of and certainly nothing that should be promoted in a feature film.
Despite a personal request from the man himself, Shah Rukh Khan allegedly refused to play Lalit Modi’s role in Percept Picture Company’s next, Commissioner
Shah Rukh Khan has refused to play the role of Indian Premiere League chairman Lalit Modi in Percept Picture Company’s film Commissioner. The film is based on Modi’s life, seen from a journalist’s eye.
SRK has chosen not to play the role presumably because he is such a crucial part of the IPL. The actor ostensibly does not want to get dragged into any controversy related to Modi.
Says a source, “When the film was announced, everything was very rosy on the IPL front. But after the recent controversy on Lalit Modi, it has become a very sensitive topic.”
Admitting that Shah Rukh Khan was approached for the title role, Joint MD of Percept, Shailendra Singh, who is also producing Commisioner, says, “Actually, Lalit Modi himself asked Shah Rukh but he declined. Shah Rukh said that he is very busy with his home production RA.One and hence unable.”
The latest buzz is that Ajay Devgn has been approached for the same role. Confirming this, Singh says, “Feelers have been sent to Ajay. We would love to have him on board. We have the investments team in place and we are committed to do this film.”
Apparently, even the direction of the film Commissioner is said to have switched hands. Earlier, Madhur Bhandarkar had been approached to direct it. Says a source “Madhur did not want to touch this subject as it is very controversial. (that’s a first!) Now, Shamin Desai will direct it.”
Meanwhile, another actor approached for the role was apparently Irrfan Khan. Adds the source, “The modalities of the project are being worked out. It all depends on how everything falls in place.
Ajay’s presence in the film would take it to a commercial level. Irrfan too is a great actor who can emote very well and has a fan following. The actor for the central role will be chosen in a few days.”
Fearing controversy, Karan Johar and director Siddharth Malhotra snip nine minutes of footage containing references to racist attacks on Indians in Australia
The ongoing racist attacks in Australia, which were initially depicted briefly in Karan Johar’s and Siddharth Malhotra’s We Are Family, have now been done away with. The producer-director duo has decided to chop the entire nine-minute-long section from the film, to avoid any kind of controversies around the topic.
Apparently, a section of the film showed the children being subjected to racial abuse in school. Our source said, “Nine minutes have been chopped from the film. Karan strongly felt that the scenes should be removed.”
Incidentally, the film has been shot in Australia and that is why Karan was keen to remove these particular scenes, so that people don’t think that this angle has been used in the film to cash in on the controversy. Karan is a type of producer who would never invite trouble and would want to stay away from unwanted controversies,” adds the source.
When contacted, Siddharth Malhotra, the director of the film, confirmed the news and said, “We had written the script around two years back and at the time there was never an issue as far as racism in Australia was concerned. There is a scene in the film where some Aussie boys call Kajol’s son S*** Brown.
This sequence leads to an altercation between Kajol and Kareena over how to respond to the kids. Arjun takes up the issue with the principal of the school and the principal assures that the kids would be punished as this won’t be tolerated.
Kajol also tells Kareena in no uncertain terms to stay out of it as she is the mother of these kids. The scenes were very vital as they established the friction between the two ladies and also the relationship between Kareena and the kids.
There were also a couple of scenes where there were action sequences about how the kids get even with these Aussie kids. However we have chopped off all of these as we were of the opinion that it should not be highlighted. Karan and our editor Deepa Bhatia were also of the opinion that no one should think that we are cashing in on this issue through our film.
Removing these scenes was not hampering the flow of the film and so they were deleted from the film. The scenes were vital but without them the soul of the film is still the same and that is a mutual decision we took.”
|Some of the scenes that have been chopped from the filmWe Are Family|
By Joginder Tuteja, August 20, 2010 – 10:49 IST
The makers of Patiala House are just not amused. Even as the team is busy wrapping up this biggie that features Akshay Kumar in the lead and has been shot primarily in the UK, there are tit-bits floating around the lead actor’s look, something that threatened to turn into an (unnecessary) controversy.
Says a senior crew member, “It was a harmless still from the film which was uploaded by us on Twitter. It showed Akshay Kumar in (seemingly) a celebration mode as he donned a traditional North Indian outfit with a ‘pagdi’ on top. Nothing wrong with that as men in North India do wear a pink turban when there are certain festivities or celebrations at home.”
However, what caught the eye of a few was only half the fact. Since Akshay is said to be playing a Sikh in the film, his clean shaven look in the film was being challenged. Though no one knows the exact storyline of the film, there were insinuations galore around cinematic liberty being taken in Patiala House with Akshay and director Nikhil Advani not quite respecting the religious sentiments here.
No wonder, the director is disturbed with the film’s still leading to a controversy when the fact is that he along with his creative team had walked an extra distance to ensure that every minute detail was being looked at before bringing Patiala House on floors.
“Why can’t people just check facts before coming to a conclusion”, questions Nikhil who has already spent close to a year and a half working on the film, “Without knowing the context of the film, the scene, the characterisation and the story’s background, it is totally unfair if someone makes a declaration that we didn’t do our job well or we did something intentionally despite knowing the facts.”
In such a situation, why doesn’t Nikhil just spill the beans and let the world become aware about the reason behind Akshay’s look in the film.
“Firstly I will tell you this is not Akshay’s look per se in the film”, retorts Nikhil, “He is not wearing a turban throughout and the still that you see is from the scene where Akshay’s sister is getting married. Ask any Punjabi and he will tell you that it is a traditional thing for a man to wear a ‘pagdi’ when a close relative is getting married. Though I don’t want to divulge into any further details as of now, what I can confirm is that we have taken utmost care to respect the traditional, religious and social sentiments in mind. There is no false step that has been taken.”
With confirmation coming from the man of the house, this should well be an open and shut case for the residents of Patiala House now!
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, August 17, 2010 – 15:58 IST
While Aamir Khan’s latest home production Peepli Live manages to draw in the crowds with each passing day, there seems to be a certain section of the audience who are not too happy with the film. Yes…we are talking about some farmers and their families in Vidarbha who are upset over the way the whole issue of farmer suicides has been portrayed in the film.
Few widows in the Vidarbha region, whose husbands had committed suicide, felt that the makers of Peepli Live have trivialised the issue by depicting that farmers commit suicide to claim compensation from the government. In fact they are demanding clarification from Aamir on this issue, if not, then a ban on the film. Effigies and posters of actor-producer Aamir Khan were also burnt in the region.
It’s sad but true that yet another Aamir Khan film finds itself amidst some controversy just days after its release.
The actor apparently doesn’t like the way Kajol is positioned in KJo’s latest film
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; August 11, 2010)
It is almost as if Ajay Devgn is discovering new dimensions to his relationship with wife Kajol. If a very reliable trade source is to be believed, the actor is openly singing paens about his wife’s talent. This is rather strange because Ajay and Kajol have been married for 11 years. And neither has gone gaga about each other in public, until now!
Anyway what prompted this diatribe is information saying that Ajay is not happy with the We Are Family promotions.
The source says, “Ever since the first interview for WAF appeared, Ajay felt that Kajol should have been positioned differently from Kareena.”
According to information available, it is said that Ajay feels Kajol (quite obviously) is in a different league as an actress as opposed to the younger Kareena. And so he feels that Karan should give Kajol a different kind of placement in the whole publicity campaign instead of making it seem like Kajol and Kareena are on par.”
BT asked Kajol if she was aware of her husband’s “anguish” and as usual she spoke her mind. “Listen I don’t know if Ajay is anguished or any such thing. If you say that he wants me to be more prominent than Bebo in the WAF campaign, I will understand. After all I’m his wife and he is bound to be biased towards me.”
Kajol even joked that if this matter is true, then she would go home and advise her husband to take up the issue with her best friend Karan. Ajay, in defence of his bias, said, “Kajol is the best actress Bollywood has. I will naturally look out for her interests in every way and in every campaign. But honestly, who am I to complain about how Karan should go about with the publicity of his film? As for me being unhappy with Kajol being placed on par with Kareena, that’s not entirely true. Like I said, Kajol is the finest actress around but Kareena is also very good in her own place. Bebo is a friend. She is also my heroine. I’ve done Golmaal Returns and Omkaara with her. I’m currently shooting with her for Golmaal 3. This is a very sensitive issue. I won’t be a hypocrite and say that I like Kajol and Kareena equally. But I don’t wish to start any controversy.”
Of course, when pushed to say who he would give his vote to, Ajay grinned sheepishly and said, “Kajol. She is terrific.” Guess after Ajay it will be Saif Ali Khan’s turn to pick his favourite. And no prizes for guessing which of the two Ks Saif will choose.
|A still from Lamhaa|
All the fanfare and controversy around Lamhaa turned out to be a flash in the pan eventually. At least for producer Bunty Walia. And he has no qualms in admitting it and that too, quite vociferously.
“I don’t know why I’m confessing but people didn’t turn up to watch Lamhaa,” sighs Bunty. “I am shocked. Despite the strong line of stars and the relevant subject of Kashmir, the film didn’t get any eyeballs. It is clear that Indians are not interested in what is happening in their country.”
Turns out, Bunty isn’t the only one lamenting. Lead actors Sanjay Dutt, Bipasha Basu and Kunal Kapoor, have not been paid.
While Walia doesn’t deny this, he says, “But how can I pay them fully when I haven’t got a single paisa from this film? I have lost Rs 30 crore. Lamhaa has taken my life back by 10 years.”
Despite the loss, the producer stands up for director Rahul Dholakia and the actors. “They all did a fine job,” says Bunty, “I have no complaints with their work.”
Now that Walia is done rummaging for the silver lining, he’s starting afresh. He says, “I will definitely continue to make films but no issue-based ones hereafter.” Bunty and Karan Johar should probably catch up.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, July 20, 2010 – 13:02 IST
This Friday’s big release, the Akshay Kumar starrer Khatta Meetha got itself embroiled in a controversy earlier this week. After the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) viewed and cleared the film on July 13, a certain party lodged a complaint against clearing the film due to the presence of a scene in which an elephant is shown pulling the road-roller.
The complainant seems to have found the scene objectionable as it depicts cruelty towards animals and hence asked the CBFC to order the makers to delete the scene. Such a step would have resulted in delaying the dispatch of overseas prints and could have even pushed the release date further. However, things seem to have been sorted now.
When we got in touch with the PR of the film he said, “Yes there was a small issue but it has been sorted now. In fact the overseas prints have also been delivered.”