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Not wanting to take any chances with Hrithik’s Krrish 2, the filmmaker is now monitoring all that his writer is scribbling in the script
Rakesh Roshan has been very worried for long. At a personal level, he has taken it upon himself to protect his family from harm and has installed nine CCTV cameras in his house.
Professionally, after the Kites debacle, he has sworn not to take a second chance in future; especially if his son Hrithik’s career is at stake. Papa Roshan wants his next film Krrish 2 to bring his company Filmkraft back on track, and to ensure this, he is monitoring what his writer Robin Bhatt is penning at the moment.
Believe it or not, Rakesh Roshan, who always allowed his writers the freedom to express their creativity, be it Khoon Bhari Maang, Koi Mil Gaya or Krrish, has now decided to lock himself in a room with his writer Robin Bhatt to pen the script of Krrish 2.
A source informs, “Rakesh sits with Robin every day from 10 am to 5.30 pm and supervises everything that is being written.”
In fact, Rakesh doesn’t even go out for lunch from his Andheri office. “He even keeps his mobile switched off most of the time during the day. “His social life begins now only after 6 pm, which includes meeting his friends like Prem Chopra and Jeetendra at a 5-star hotel in Juhu, which has been their regular adda since long. He has never been rattled so much before.”
The source says, “Rakesh and Hrithik have been quite shocked by the fate of Kites at the box-office. They are putting up a brave front, but they just can’t forget how much the audience hated Kites. Both father and son want to fight back and keep the flag of their company flying.
They decided that while Hrithik is in Spain for Zoya Akhtar’s film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Rakesh should be hands on with the writing.”
“Pehle aisa nahin tha. The writer used to show him what he had written and if Rakesh felt, he asked for changes. Rakesh used to be involved more with the screenplay but never with the dialogue,” adds our source.
Robin Bhatt says, “I know Rakesh since Koi Mil Gaya days. He has always been actiively involved in all his films.” Rakesh Roshan remained unavailable for comment.
Five things Amitabh Bachchan did not tweet or blog about in response to the criticism Raavan has faced…
TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; June 23, 2010)
1 If there have been rabid remarks on Raavan then that is what the people who made these observations have felt. When you are in the public arena, you will always be vulnerable to adverse comment and accusation. You will also be the idol of several, loved and admired equally. You cannot have it good all the time. You must learn to live with it or stop being a member of the celebrity club. Take it on the chin and smile. If you are right, get up and prove it. If you are wrong, acknowledge and accept it.
2 Mani Ratnam is an exceptional talent, even his so called ‘worst’ is a million times better than many so called ‘bests’. When one sets such high standards of credibility, you garner high expectation also. And when the audience feels that the standard has been even minutely compromised, it expresses disappointment. Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan may have disappointed you in Mela and Paheli, respectively. But that never stopped you from loving them for box office excellence in 3 Idiots and Kabhie Alvida Na Kehna.
3 The film is an astonishing mix of mythology and politics put out in ethereal poetry. It is an intelligent film that the ticket-paying audience and the box office pundits are not necessarily impressed with. Hence, the adverse reactions. Fair enough. It is Mani’s vision. We may not like his creativity, but we do not have the right to tell him not to create, as has been most harshly expressed by some.
4 Abhishek and Aishwarya have come in for flak. There is diverse opinion. Two critics from two different prestigious print mediums have on the same day tabulated two exactly opposite reactions! One says ‘Abhishek has hammed his way through the film’ and the other expresses that ‘This is Abhishek’s best performance to date’. One castigates Aishwarya’s ‘silent and stone presence’ in film, the other gushes that the most endearing quality of the film is her ‘stunning performance, never seen before’. Whom do you believe?
5 Abhishek and Aishwarya will perform according to what the director demands. Critics have an onerous and difficult task. They have to be producer, director, actor, screenplay writer, dialogue writer, musician, playback singer, stunt coordinator all in one, and some more — they need to have the ability to assimilate all of this in an opinion and put it down against time lines within 500-600 words. It’s a tough ask. Commenting on their credibility would unnecessarily stir up sensationalised ‘breaking news’ bulletins for a hungry and starved
idiot box ogre. So I shall refrain. But personally, I liked both their performances.
As told to Subhash K Jha
By Subhash K. Jha, March 17, 2010 – 12:30 IST
Sunny Deol is very upset with the way Subhash Ghai and his production house Mukta Arts have marketed Right Yaaa Wrong.
Says Sunny, “It was always a good film. Mukta Arts has not been fair to it. They’ve publicized it like a small producer would have. For a large production house they really didn’t seem to know what to do with the film. It was all talk talk talk… There were so many meetings and so many plans. But nothing happened. I’m fed up of all this empty talk. Now I only want to work on projects with a clear plan of action.”
Sunny feels Ghai was not interested in the film. “He didn’t believe in Right Yaaa Wrong. And he was surrounded by advisers who were constantly trying to bisect and dissect the film. Filmmaking may be a team effort. But you can’t have a team of people always providing inputs and advice. That only causes chaos and confusion. The film has to finally go by one man’s vision. And that man is the director.”
Apparently, Ghai didn’t allow the director Neerraj Pathak to do his work. “At the end of the day it’s his vision that determines the end-product. You’ve to let the director do his job. Fortunately or unfortunately, I’m not the kind of person who interferes beyond a point. I can’t sit and talk talk talk. I’m a man of action.”
Sunny accuses Ghai of releasing the film at the wrong time. “They kept saying they’d release the film at the right time. Finally they released it on the day the IPL matches started. How is that the right date? The truth is, they had lost interest in the film. But when they held trials people liked the film. Suddenly they decided to release it with haphazard publicity at a time when I’m shooting in Punjab. They were earlier supposed to release in December, then January…what was I supposed to do? Give up shooting and run around doing the publicity (for Right Yaaa Wrong) when they wanted me to? All big talk. The world is filled with big talkers.”
Sighs Sunny, “It’s a changed industry. Nothing works the way it used to. A few films click, and that’s it. I’m not interested in any kind of politics. And the directors …we need good directors. The directors we (the Deols) have given a break to have run away after working with us. Everyone is into their own kind of cinema, not necessarily sensible cinema.”
Is Sunny talking about Raj Kumar Santoshi? “He was supposed to do a project with me again. I guess it wasn’t meant to be. He will do films only where the economics are to his advantage. He doesn’t have the b**ls to make the cinema he believes in unless the money is right. Who’s doing the work they believe in? Imtiaz Ali made Socha Na Tha with our cousin Abhay Deol. Now that film is being remade over and over again in different packages. Anyway, if I was once bitten and twice shy I’d be called an emotional man. But if I was twice bitten and thrice shy then I’d be called a foolish man. Santoshi or anyone else makes films wherever there’s money. What happened to creativity? I wonder! Filmmakers follow Friday trends.”
Sunny’s second film as director The Man has been delayed for some time. Explains Sunny, “There’re many reasons for it. It’s a big-budget film. We’re trying to find buyers for it. The film is 50 percent complete.”
Sunny is happy with the way their family film Yamla Pagla Deewana is shaping up. “It’s a great story. And the film will rock. My dad, my brother and I are shooting in Punjab. They treat us like family here. As for my dad, nobody can reach the place where he is.” Sunny is very proud of his cousin Abhay Deol. “He has the guts to do the kind of cinema he believes. Just like all the other Deols.”
On the other hand, Subhash Ghai reacts to Sunny’s comments, “Mukta Arts is the worldright controllers and distributors of Right Yaaa Wrong. We weren’t able to sell the film anywhere. There were no buyers. The set-up was not saleable. Our job was to give money for the film’s making and therefore we were the most insecure people in the project. Sunny saab’s reactions have to do with the way the film has been received .Why didn’t he say all these things before release? I had gone to Sunny’s home at least six times. We wanted to release it initially on November 30. But the stars, and I’m talking not just about Sunny but Irrfan, Konkona and Esha Koppikhar, had no time to promote the film. As far as my intervention in concerned, the director Neeraj Pathak himself came to me to ask for advice. I only advised him to increase the film’s tempo. Is it a crime to give suggestions for a film where there’re so many financial stakes? The film was started when there was a boom…big fruits were laden on the tree. When it was released the tree had dried up. All the cast and crew reaped the fruits. We the film’s world financiers were left with no money. We sold the entire overseas territory for Rs. 20 lakhs. We spent Rs.1.5 crores on the publicity. But the actors were not available for the publicity. Sunny said he’s too shy to do publicity. Look at Shah Rukh and Aamir how they promote their films. They hold their producers’ hands and take them everywhere for a film’s publicity. Instead of publicity for Right Yaaa Wrong, Sunny left for Punjab to shoot his film. Please don’t blame Mukta Arts. Now why is Sunny getting agitated? He’s a good boy. But he’s innocent about the changing marketing strategy of cinema. Sunny needs to get real.”
Production house sweeps National Awards with eight trophies…
BINA TRIVEDI Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; February 4, 2010)
UTV Motion Pictures would like to believe that 2008 was a very significant year for the production house, when almost everything it touched turned to gold, starting in February that year when its stock soared with Jodhaa Akbar — that historical that created waves by walking away with honours locally and internationally. And from then on, every second month its films made headlines. Naturally, when the National Awards were announced this month, UTV Motion Pictures found itself reaping dividends and winning eight awards across its productions for Jodhaa Akbar, Fashion, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, Mumbai Meri Jaan, A Wednesday and Harishchandrachi Factory.
Here’s a checklist. Priyanka Chopra and Kangna Ranaut won Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress respectively for Fashion; Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! won the award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment; Mumbai Meri Jaan won for Best Special Effects; A Wednesday, directed by Neeraj Pandey, won the Indira Gandhi Award For Best First Film of A Director; Jodhaa Akbar won Best Costume Designer for Neeta Lulla and Best Choreography for Rekha and Chinni Prakash; and, finally, Harishchandrachi Factory, UTV’s first Marathi production that released last Friday, won the Best Regional Film Award.
Siddharth Roy Kapur, CEO of UTV Motion Pictures, says of this handsome bouquet of awards, “This is an unprecedented achievement by a movie studio and caps a remarkable run where we swept all the major awards, with recognition across our entire slate of productions from Jodhaa Akbar and Fashion to Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! and Mumbai Meri Jaan; from Aamir and Welcome to Sajjanpur to A Wednesday. It’s a huge honour for six of our films to be recognised with National Awards. This is a testament to the incredible talent of our amazing directors, cast and the crew of these films. And, of course, the incredible passion, hard work, steadfast belief and creativity of the entire team at UTV Motion Pictures.”
It seems that the Censor Board and Vishal Bhardwaj are always at loggerheads. Now for the second time the promos of Ishqiya have been stuck with the censors over some dialogues and they have given them an ‘A’ certificate, which means that the promos cannot be aired on television.
Our source said, “The promos had a line that ‘Naadi tale H**** aur Peepal tale P****’ but censors gave an ‘A’ certificate to the 90-second promo. Now Shemaroo (the producers) and the cast and crew of the film have got together to make some changes to the promo so that it gets a ‘U/A’ certificate. Now the words have been changed to Naadi tale Khayenge aur peepal tale piyenge.”
When contacted Mansi Maroo, producer of the film said, “Basically the promos of the film, because of the language, are not being given a ‘U/A’ certificate, which is required to be screened on television. There are some modifications being made by the director Abhishek Chaube and Nasserbhai who is very helpful. They have made some changes while dubbing for the promo and hopefully it will be okayed by the censors.”
When contacted Vinayak Azad, Regional Officer Censor Board, said, “Yes, I have given an ‘A’ certificate to the promo and have also suggested some cuts for the promo. I believe they have gone to the revising committee and they will watch and decide its fate in a day or two.”
What a pity that creativity sometimes gets so embroiled in our squeamishness.
• How long do you plan to work only with Shah Rukh Khan considering that actors have a limited shelf life, unlike directors?
I have never worked without him and I have no clue what the experience will be like. I do my best work when Shah Rukh is on the sets as there is this tremendous sense of comfort when he is around and I feel that everything will be fine and fun on the sets. I think I will be working with him for the rest of my life as we have this special connection not only personally but also professionally. We understand each other very well, he is a member of my family and vice versa.
• Don’t you think that right now the audience wants to watch entertaining films while yours is a serious film?
Well, I don’t know as I never calculate anything as far as creativity goes. I know that I have made a film with my heart, soul and a lot of passion. My entire team- SRK, Kajol, Ravi Chandran, Shibani, Deepa, Sharmistha and everybody else- has really toiled to make it a soulful venture. I firmly believe that emotions are universal and I know that when they connect with the audience, it works. There is no such thing as an entertaining or a serious film; there are good films and bad films. Good films will always find a vast audience.
• Your last film Kurbaan had a terrorism backdrop and was promoted as a love story, which clearly did not work. Do you plan to have a different strategy for the promotion of My Name is Khan?
There is nothing about terrorism in Khan. It is a soulful emotional journey about a man who is all for love and that’s exactly how we are promoting the film. I certainly have no idea why the rumours about terrorism in Khan are doing the rounds.
• My Name is Khan releases on February 12. Do you think it’s the ideal release date considering its Valentine’s Day week and youngsters would want to see a romantic film?
Absolutely! Khan’s core content is a love story. The entire journey is the love story between Rizwan and Mandira, my protagonists. What better time than the Valentine’s Day week for the release of this love story about two people who go through so much in life for love.
• My Name is Khan will have the biggest release till date, even overseas. Do you think it’s the right strategy?
We have a great partnership with Fox Searchlight and it is their strategy to have a platform release, which is what they call such a release. They believe that My Name is Khan has a market way beyond what’s expected and it is their strategy to break certain boundaries of exhibition for this film. They have full faith in the film and I hope their faith pays off. The real work for any filmmaker stars after he finishes directing a film. I spent two years making the film but most of my efforts for the next two months will go in the promotion, marketing and connecting with the audience.
My Name is Khan will premiere at the Berlin Film Festival on February 12. It is expected to be screened at one of Berlin’s most important locations, Potsdamer Platz. Incidentally, it is the first Indian film to be premiered in Berlin.
REAGAN GAVIN RASQUINHA Times News Network (BOBMAY TIMES; September 30, 2009)
Speaking about his strategy for the flick, Himesh — who has three back-to-back releases in Kajraare (produced by Bhushan Kumar and directed by Pooja Bhatt), Ishk Unplugged and John Mathews’s A New Love Ishtory after Radio, says, “I requested Ravi to go in for a very different release strategy as the film has been made for a target audience. The theatrical release will be in sync with the sensibilities with which Radio has been made. It has been treated with a very fresh approach and that’s what makes it very different or else, it’s a very simple love triangle set in 2009 with the backdrop of a radio station and an RJ as the protagonist.”
And this certainly seems to have worked. Everyone associated with this film is earning and earning big. But he also learns from mistakes. “Romcom is the flavour of the film. After going wrong with Karzzzz, I felt that the release strategy should be right. When you talk about a multiplex audience, then Radio cannot be released in a thousand theatres, right? Everything today is about price. Is it a price hit or a price flop? Now that the cost of this film has already been recovered, everything that comes from theatre will only be a profit,” he says. Didn’t we say earlier, that time is money? Well, here’s to the box office singing all the right tunes too!
On September 8, Mumbai Mirror broke the story of how boys and girls were asked to smooch each other at the Balaji office, if they were interested in being cast for a forthcoming show. A distraught Trupti Shukla, who auditioned at the Balaji office last month for the same project, is rather shaken up. “I need to tell you what transpired when I went there,” she told Mumbai Mirror yesterday.
Trupti says she auditioned at Sankraman (Goregaon) a couple of months ago for a show based on the fashion industry for Balaji. “After a few days, I got a call from a girl informing me that I had been shortlisted and that I should come to the Balaji office at Andheri. The show was meant to be something on the lines of an MTV Roadies or Splitsvilla. However, I was shocked when she told me that I was supposed to come in ‘minimal clothing’. My mother was flabbergasted but I still went. I did not adhere to the instructions.”
Describing what she witnessed, Trupti says, “Many girls hadn’t come in skimpy clothes but they had got some extra outfits that they were changing into. They soon changed into some rather revealing outfits. I, for my part, had worn jeans and a full-sleeved shirt; I hadn’t taken a change of clothing. Thus, I waited my turn in the very outfit that I had worn.”
Things got nasty soon enough. Trupti claims, “We were told that we had to meet Vikas Gupta (project head) ‘one-on-one’. He was wearing a T-shirt and bermudas. The first question he asked me was how good I would be at smooching someone. I fumbled. The second question was equally revolting. He asked me how good I would be at carrying off a swimsuit. I told him that I had come there to do some performance-oriented role and this was not something that fit the bill. Vikas then replied that there was a lot of performance-oriented stuff that I will be doing in the show, but smooching and donning a swimsuit would be one of the requirements. I was also asked what my take was on a 25-year-old girl making love to a 17-year-old boy. I failed to fathom the logic. After such questions, I told Vikas that I was leaving and walked out. Many girls left like I did too, but many also did the kissing shots in the next room.”
“I am extremely shocked. More than shocked, I am disappointed. Where has the creativity gone? Are actors and actresses going to be judged by how well they smooch and how well they can carry off a swimsuit?” Trupti exclaimed, her anger rising, “Why were we not briefed that we would be asked such embarrassing questions? I had asked them for a brief prior to the audition but the girl on the line merely said that she knew nothing about the role.”
Well Trupti, those are some murky waters you claim to have paddled through. Whoever said tinsel town was a cakewalk? But make sure you never kiss and tell. That’s the golden rule.
Project head, Vikas Gupta clarifies
Q.What is the show about, for which aspirants who auditioned were asked to kiss strangers?
Q.Have you received any backlash from the contestants or their parents?
Q. Apart from smooching, why were the girls asked if they would be comfortable wearing a swimsuit?
Q. Did you meet the contestants on a one-on-one basis?A. Yes. But not everybody. Only those who were shortlisted.