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Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; March 28, 2011)
Mumbai: Legal disputes between film producers over titles are common. Ritesh Sidhwani has just fought a case over the title of Game and producer-director Pooja Bhatt is preparing to go to court over Thank You.
Bhatt said, “As soon as UTV announced the film, I wrote to my association (Association of Motion Pictures and Television Producers-AMPTPP) that the title belonged to me. The association confirmed the title was in my name. But it has been over a year and nothing has happened. The association wants me to agree to a settlement, but I will not do that. What is the use of an association if it cannot protect its members’ rights? I have to go to court.’’ Bhatt said that the association backtracked.
Vikas Mohan, AMPTPP vice-president, said, “We had refused to give Thank You to UTV, but they got it cleared by IMPPA (Indian Motion Picture Producers Association). Pooja can file a case and we will support her.’’
UTV CEO Siddharth Roy Kapur said, “We registered Thank You with IMPPA in 2008. When there was a dispute between IMPPA and AMPTPP, the matter went before the Film Makers Combine, which ruled in our favour. We have the documents and clearance from the censor board too.’’
Producers alleged that duplication of titles was due to miscommunication between film associations. If a producer is refused a title, he claims it at the other forum. Insiders said buying and selling of titles has become a More >
Ekta Kapoor slams Silk Smitha’s boyfriend Vinu Chakravarthy for condemning her biopic on Silk Smitha and its lead actress Vidya Balan
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 21, 2011)
Ekta Kapoor, who has mellowed down from the days when she flung a phone on the floor for the smallest reason, is spitting fire after a long time. Ever since Silk Smitha’s former boyfriend, Tamil actor-writer-director Vinu Chakravarthy, lashed out at her for making a biopic on Silk Smitha (Dirty Picture), Ekta has been on edge.
Talking on Dirty Picture, Vinu has reportedly said, “It was I who created the phenomenon of Silk Smitha through my film Vandi Chakram way back in 1980. I wrote the script in 1976 and chiseled the character ‘Silk’ for almost three years before we took off in 1979.
Smitha, aka Vijayalakshmi, assumed the name Silk subsequently, as her character in the movie became so popular. ‘Silk’ is my creation and anyone who makes a film on her should take permission from me.
I want to go through the script or else I will raise an objection when they apply to the Censor Board.
This is because it is my genuine concern that Silk Smitha should not be projected in a demeaning way. I would gladly work for free if they approached me.”
Vinu also feels that Vidya Balan is unsuited to play the lead role in Dirty Picture. According to him, “Vidya has a sad face and the main attractiveness of Smitha lay in her large, inviting eyes. This is missing in Vidya. Deepika or More >
Fearing that he might abscond and never return to India, the singer’s wife appealed to the court to not allow him a visit to Dubai. The lawyers invoked a FEMA violation
Chandrima Pal and Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 28, 2011)
Trouble seems to be a constant with Pakistani singer Adnan Sami. Yesterday, he was shocked to learn that the Metropolitan Court had debarred him from leaving for a show in Dubai, thanks to his wife Sabah Galadari objecting to it.
Sabah objected to Adnan’s application to travel to Dubai. She was apprehensive that Adnan might flee India and go absconding from Dubai.
Adnan’s lawyer Vaibhav Krishnan tried very hard to get his client the permission he desired but all his efforts proved to be futile.
Confirming this Sabah’s lawyer, Edith Day, told Mumbai Mirror, “Yes, we were apprehensive that Adnan might not return from Dubai.
Hence we appealed to the court to not allow him the visit.”
Added Edith, “We raised our objection on the grounds that Adnan still has to pay Rs 20 lakh as penalty imposed by FEMA (Foreign Exchange Management Act) for purchasing his flat without the required permission from RBI (Reserve Bank Of India).”
A K Hangal, iconic character artiste who has appeared in nearly 200 films, is ill and impecunious
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 20, 2011)
For decades he made cinephiles weep with him, at him as he battled bereavement, exploitation and misery on screen. At 95, Avtar Kishan Hangal, aka A K Hangal, remembered for some of the most heart-rending roles in Hindi cinema, battles a fading memory, illness and acute penury.
Saraswati Mansion in Santacruz (East), where the veteran actor lives with his 74-year-old son, Vijay, looks run down, and in crying need for repairs. But neither Hangal, who is confined to the bed, or his son, who suffers from a debilitating back problem, are in any position to bring about cosmetic changes to their modest dwelling, struggling as they are to pay for medication.
A friend of the Hangal family told Mumbai Mirror, “Hangal saab was an active participant in the Indian freedom struggle and he acted in nearly 200 films. It is sad to see him reduced to such a state where he has to depend on benefactors for survival.”A K Hangal with his son Vijay (Rana Chakraborty)
Hangal and his son have depleted their savings. Vijay was a Bollywood photographer. “But I am 74 years old now and can’t be running around clicking pictures on the field. Besides, there is the back problem,” he tells us.
Despite his contribution to the film industry, the city has not been kind to the actor. In 1993 Hangal had applied for a More >
Imran Khan’s work schedule dashes post-marriage plans
Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; November 21, 2010)
Imran Khan will have to make it up big time to his soon-to-be bride Avantika Malik as his hectic schedule around their wedding date will mean that she will not get a honeymoon. BT has learned that Avantika might have to wait at least six months for Imran to get free from his commitments to plan a romantic holiday.
Imran was supposed to take around 20 days off during the marriage to actively participate in the preparations and was even expected to take a short vacation right after. However, his shooting schedule has dashed those plans completely. We hear that Imran will now be shooting right upto the day of his marriage and he rejoins work the day after. Avantika, fortunately, is informed about these commitments and is supportive towards her better half’s career. Imran glumly confirmed, “There is no drama on my wedding. It will be a quiet one. I will have no time for a honeymoon as I will be in the midst of a shooting schedule. I will be really busy for a couple of months so it has to happen post that.” Meanwhile, he is already horrified by the thought of sitting down and deciding on the guest list and who to invite and who not to. “The marriage will be in court and it will be attended only by family members but we will have a reception. For me the smaller and quieter the reception, the better,” said the actor.
The star choreographer dragged to court as wife files petition challenging his ‘illicit’ relationship with Nayanthara
Gladwin Emmanuel (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 05, 2010)
Actor, choreographer and film director Prabhu Deva’s life lately reads like a Kollywood flick. His wife, Latha Prabhu Deva aka Ramalath, filed a petition on Monday with Chennai’s family court seeking to re-unite with her husband, her advocate P Anandan told the paper.
Prabhu Deva and Nayanthara were reportedly planning to get married shortly. Latha has accused Nayanthara of preventing Prabhu Deva from giving anything to her and her children for their survival.
Latha quoted several recent reports linking Prabhu Deva and Nayanthara. One such report announced that Prabhu Deva and Nayanthara were selected as the ‘Best Couple of the year 2010’ by a magazine published in Hyderabad.Prabhu Deva and Nayanthara
Stating that she has been subjected to serious mental agony and torture by such reports Latha alleged that Prabhu Deva is deserting his family and neglecting her and their two children. “Even for monthly expenses Prabhu Deva is not giving any money,’’ Latha said, accusing Nayanthara of preventing him from doing so.
Latha said that whenever Prabhu Deva visited his house Nayanthara would call him up and pull him away. Even when his son passed away, Prabhu Deva, at Nayanthara’s insistence, left the place the very next day.
Worse still, she revealed that lately More >
By Subhash K. Jha, October 1, 2010 – 12:11 IST
Bollywood celebrities express their views on the Ayodhya verdict given by the Allahabad High Court yesterday.
Shabana Azmi: “It is time for reconciliation. We need to take a cue from people of India who have held their peace. We need to remind those disappointed with the verdict that they had promised to abide by the court’s decision irrespective of whether it was favourable or not. I appeal to political parties not to vitiate the atmosphere in the coming days. Let’s move on…”
Preity Zinta: “I salute the decision. It shows the court’s maturity. Our people too have shown great patience, maturity and restraint. Everyone feared some kind of unrest in the country after the court’s verdict. But from the time the verdict was announced it became clear that there was going to be no stress .Yaaaay! What I like best is how much India’s image has gained in terms of respect in the international forum. After the drubbing our image took recently, we really needed to prove that we are not a country caught in a time warp. We are a mature nation ready to move ahead and not be bogged down by irrelevant conflicts.”
Shilpa Shetty: “I’m just happy to accept the verdict. That’s how it should be! Honestly, God is in my heart and we are all fragments of the Lord. So there’s no bigger religion than respecting humanity.”
Katrina Kaif: “I don’t understand the complexities of the situation. But I do know that any decision which does More >
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, September 10, 2010 – 21:42 IST
The news of Shiney Ahuja’s maid, going hostile in court regarding the rape case hadn’t even gathered enough dust, that new developments have already taken place. Eyebrows are being raised at what has taken place in a matter of 24 hours.
Roha, in Raigad district, the place that the maid belonged to is in complete shock. Reportedly, the maid and her entire family has been missing for over a fortnight and nobody has any news about them. Even the villagers who were close to the family are surprised about this sudden disappearance. The family of the maid was poor and was looking for employment. The maid’s 60 year old father was working with a politician to support his four daughters and a son. Even the local politician is clueless about the family’s whereabouts.
Cops camping at Pedder Rd society since Wednesday as Gaurang Doshi, who made Aankhen in 2002, locks himself at home to avoid arrest in a dowry case
Preety Acharya (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 05, 2010) Gaurang Doshi
Get off the elevator on the third floor of Vikas Apartments at Pedder Road, and a peculiar sight will greet you at any time of day or night. Sitting idly on the staircase, two men dressed in plain clothes but with a demeanour suggesting they’re cops, will be finding ways to while away time — reading Marathi newspapers or fidgeting with their mobile phones.
Since Wednesday morning, these policemen have been stationed in shifts at this very spot, right outside the door of film producer Gaurang Doshi, who is under self-inflicted house arrest along with his domestic help.
Doshi, who was once in the news for producing the Amitabh Bachchan starrer Aankhen (2002), has taken this strange step to avoid being apprehended for not appearing in court for a dowry harassment case filed against him five years ago. He has refused to open the door in the last four days, and has neither budged himself nor allowed his employees — a man and a woman — to leave the house.
In 2005, more than 10 years after they got married, Doshi’s wife Madhuri had filed a complaint of cruelty and dowry harassment against him in the Gamdevi police station. A trial is going on in the Girgaum court but Doshi has skipped court hearings despite repeated More >
Bollywood Badshah being wooed by Producers’ Association
Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; August 31, 2010)
Shah Rukh Khan is set to become the first actor who is being considered to be in the core committee of the film industry’s Producers’ Association. BT learned from reliable sources, that the producers will be suggesting that SRK be made part of a heavyweight, decision-making body that will look at keeping them unified and address issues that filmmakers across India face. The Bollywood Badshah’s inclusion will be brought up when the producers meet soon to conduct their annual general meeting (AGM). “Shah Rukh’s contribution in the last two decades is being kept in mind. He has been a successful actor and a producer. He is seen as a marketing whiz and the producers want him to give his inputs on taking the industry to the next level,” says a top producer.
“He will be consulted for strategies on how to keep the producers united. The last time they put up a brave front against the multiplex owners over profit sharing and screen timings, some of them broke off the alliance and released their films thereby damaging the unity. The producers do not want a repeat of that and want someone like SRK who could guide them in moments of crisis,” the highly placed informer says. We have heard from sources that Aamir Khan was also being considered to be part of the body alongside SRK. However, since he is quite peeved with the competition More >