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Hema Malini’s decision to produce and direct Tell Me Oh Khuda single-handedly might’ve been a last-minute one but her good rapport with her cast and crew does make the job smoother.
Apparently, the film is being reshot and it’s a schedule over 30 days that will be shot in all four locations — Rajasthan, Goa, Mumbai and Turkey.Hema Malini
Ordinarily, for such a schedule, it’s tough to get extra dates from the actors but even they are cooperating with Hema and have given her extra dates for free.
The film is currently being shot in Rajasthan and the source informs, “Hemaji told her team to forget about the incident (letting go of director Mayur Puri) and start afresh.”
Apparently, Esha Deol, Chandan Roy Sanyal and Arjun Bajwa are required for all 30 days of shooting.
Though both the male actors were busy working on Faaltu and Crooked respectively, they adjusted their dates. “Even Rishi Kapoor and Vinod Khanna have given us dates as per the schedule set by Hemaji,” says an insider.A still from Tell Me Oh Khuda
Vinod Khanna comments on this, “There is no hassle. I have to finish the film that I have committed to and I will honour whatever it takes.”
This extra shooting is expected to cost the producer Rs 3 crore.
It’s not ‘Crooked’ anymore, say producers Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar
SHARIN WADER BUTANI Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; March 29, 2010)
What was Crooked has been set straight. Excel Entertainment’s Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar have changed their game plan and this time it’s final. The film that they are producing, directed by Abhinay Deo with an impressive cast including Abhishek Bachchan, Sarah Jane Dias, Kangna Ranaut, Anupam Kher, Boman Irani, Jimmy Shergill, Gauhar Khan and Shahana Goswami, is now being called Game.
“Crooked was just the working title,” says Ritesh, who revealed the first look of his stars to BT. Handling the huge starcast has not really been an issue for the producers as “they are bonding really well,” says the much-relieved Ritesh. And why not! He and Farhan had seen to it that everyone was comfortable and at home while shooting. They presented gift hampers of champagne and chocolates to the cast on the very first day of the shoot. Including Abhishek, who has been put on a strict diet by his wife Aishwarya. “We are going to be shooting in Samos in Greece, and then Istanbul in Turkey, the entire unit is going to be there… what fun,” says Ritesh.
Though some of the actors are only required in Greece for a couple of days, the generous producers are allowing them to stay on after their shoot is done. Abhishek, who celebrates his wedding anniversary next month, will even have Ash on location where More >
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 24, 2010)
The name of the Abhishek Bachchan-starrer Crooked has been changed to Game. “Right from the start, we were clear that we didn’t want the film to be titled Crooked. The connotation was too negative. Although we were hunting for another title from the day we started shooting, nothing seemed to fit. And what did fit, wasn’t available to us. We were really getting worried,” says a source. In a fit of desperation, Farhan (who is co-producing the film with Ritesh Sidhwani) even offered Rs one lakh to anyone in the team who came up with a suitable name.
With the film being 50 per cent ready, the need to get a fix on the title had become urgent. Says Farhan, “The title Game was registered with Percept Pictures, but Shailendra Singh was extremely gracious in organising the transfer of the title to us.”
Five apparently is her lucky number. Or so the curly-haired temptress, Kangna Ranaut has been told by leading numerologists. She wants to believe that her 23rd birthday (adding up to 5) today will take her several notches up, professionally. She has ten films on hand, and is romancing Hrithik Roshan (Kites), Abhishek Bachchan (Crooked), Ajay Devgn (Once Upon a Time in Mumbai) R Madhavan (Tanu Weds Manu) and Akshaye Khanna (No Problem). But, of course, it isn’t all roses for this mountain beauty who still feels like a little girl lost in Mumbai. “I’m guessing this will be an extra special birthday,” says Kangna. “Professionally I’m rocking. There’s so much work happening that I barely have time to hear myself think. I want it that way because this is the time for work,” she says, pointing out that the shelf life of Bollywood heroines has shrunk to around six years. “Bollywood plays by its own rules. It is never about your talent here. It is always about which hero is romancing you on screen. I’m super-confident about my talent but if you judge me only by which heroes I’m working with, then you may argue that I’m not even in the race. However, as far as I’m concerned, my career has gained momentum. And, I’m making the niche I need to,” says the National Award winning actress. But at the same time, Kangna laments she’s got no More >
Bollywood joins hands against netagiri
Bharati Dubey & Somit Sen | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; March 16, 2010)
Mumbai: A day after MNS workers were arrested by the police for extorting money from a film producer, the party has threatened action against the police and the production house for allegedly cooking up charges. At the same time, the film industry has collectively decided to fight any sort of political interference.
TOI had in its March 15 edition written about MNS workers barging into the set of Abhishek Bachchan-starrer, Crooked, and allegedly demanding money from line producer Vikesh Bhutani who refused to pay up and called up the police.
Raj Thackeray’s MNS issued a diktat for banning the use of foreign nationals in film dance sequences and instead giving preference to Indian junior artistes. MNS cineworkers union president Shalini Thackeray, refuted the charges and threatened to raid every film set where foreigners were being employed. “We went to check whether the 136 foreigners had valid work permits. Foreigners will not be allowed to work as item girls or those dancing in the background.’’
Incidentally, the director of the film, Abhinay Deo, is the son of yesteryear actors Ramesh and Seema Deo. “I am hurt as the film’s creative process has been hampered. They should’ve at least respected the fact my parents have contributed a lot to the Marathi film industry and know Raj Thackeray very closely. When I told my father at night about what More >
Bharati Dubey & Vijay V Singh | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; March 15, 2010)
Mumbai: The film industry, seen virtually on its knees after an apology over references to ‘Bombay’ in Wake Up Sid, is probably standing up after the My Name Is Khan face-off between the Shiv Sena and SRK. This time, it has locked horns with the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, which had compelled producer Karan Johar to toe its line on the Ranbir Kapoor-starrer.
On Sunday, producer Ritesh Sidhwani’s unit filed an FIR against some members of the MNS for allegedly extorting money from them during the shooting of Crooked. Line producer of the film, Vikesh Bhutani, told TOI, “We have lodged an FIR against MNS men for extortion.’’
The Bandra police has arrested 11 MNS men in the case. Senior inspector Prakash George said that the arrested men will be produced in court on Monday.
About 11 MNS workers landed up on the sets of the Abhishek Bachchan-starrer at Mehboob Studio. Claiming that foreigners had been given jobs for the film’s shoot, the MNS activists demanded Rs 25 lakh from Bhutani. “They said that I must pay up if I wanted to continue shooting the film and began negotiating with me for the amount,” said Bhutani. “I told my producer and he informed the film producers’ body which, in turn, brought the matter to the state government’s attention.’’
“We had all the required permissions from all our affiliated film associations. We are shooting a sequence that is supposed to be based in More >
By Tushar Joshi (MID-DAY; March 5, 2010)
Unhappy with the final edit, Aamir sends Delhi Belly to Los Angeles. Effectively, he won’t release it this year
Abhinay Deo’s Delhi Belly has been ready and awaiting Aamir Khan’s approval for months. However, those waiting for the film’s release, will have to wait longer than expected. Sources reveal that Aamir is unhappy with the final version of the film and has sent it to a studio in Los Angeles for editing. With this new development, it doesn’t look like the film will release till early next year.
The English film has an ensemble cast comprising Vir Das, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Shenaz Treasurywala, Poorna Jaganathan and Imran Khan, among others. A source involved with the film says, “It’s tragic that despite being made in a record time of a few months, the film has been stuck on the edit table for so long. Initially, Aamir was to spearhead the edit but he got busy with his own films.”
However, when he did see it, he was not thrilled about it. “And he made that known. Since the film has adult jokes and has been made in English, he wants it to be edited like an international project. Aamir already had international distribution plans for Delhi Belly and he thought the film didn’t match his expectations.”
Recently he got in touch with a few editors in LA and has asked them to work on it. “Aamir will take the final call when he sees the edited copy from LA. After that, he wants to chalk out a brand new marketing and More >
Sonia Jehan insists she’s waiting for a work permit to do film opposite Abhishek…
SUBHASH K JHA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; February 16, 2010)
Was the lovely Sonia Jehan, who plays Shah Rukh Khan’s sister-in-law in My Name Is Khan, unable to do Abhinay Deo’s Crooked because of her Pakistani antecedents? It appears to be so because she has been denied a work permit in India. Though Sonia, the grand-daughter of the legendary Noor Jehan, holds a French passport and has been living in Delhi with husband Vivek Narain for seven years now.
Confirming that she’s no longer a part of the film opposite Abhishek Bachchan, producer Ritesh Sidhwani said, “Sonia is no more doing our film, Kangna is, because Sonia’s work permit did not come through.” He denies her Pakistani roots have got anything to do with this. “Her parents are living there but Sonia was born and raised in France,” added Ritesh.
Meanwhile, unaware that she had been already replaced in Crooked, Sonia said, “It’s not confirmed that I will not be doing the film. I am hopeful that the paper work is processed in time for me to keep the commitment. So far I’ve worked on a spouse visa. But the rules regarding work permits for foreigners recently got more complicated. I don’t blame the authorities. There are thousands of foreigners working in India. Their credentials have to be ascertained. It’s just a matter of timing.”
She’s also in the process of shifting from Delhi to Mumbai because More >
// // // Abhishek Bachchan believes in concentrating on his acting career and taking care of the family business at the same time.
In what could be called a smart business decision, news has it that post Paa, which was co-produced by the their production house AB Corp, the Bachchans have decided that most films starring Abhishek will be either distributed or co-produced by AB Corp. Interestingly, this year marks the beginning of one of the most hectic work phases in Abhishek’s life.Abhishek Bachchan and Amitabh Bachchan
According to trade sources, Saraswati Creations, which too is Bachchans’ in-house banner, reportedly has a stake in Mani Ratnam’s Raavana to release on June 18 this year. The film is being presented by Reliance Big Entertainment and is co-produced by Mani Ratnam.
Abbas Mustan’s Hindi remake of The Italian Job, produced by Studio 18 with Abhishek in the lead will also be distributed overseas by AB Corp. It is being said that even in the case of Goldie Behl’s next, directed by Anurag Basu and starring Abhishek, the Bachchans are the stake holders.
In other words, with the exception perhaps of Karan Johar’s Dostana 2 and Excel Entertainment’s Crooked produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar, AB Corp will own either full or part stakes in most of More >
// // //Abhinav Deo
For all those expecting to see Aamir Khan’s home-production Delhi Belly, here’s an update – the film is not going to see the light of day till at least October 2010. The reason is that Aamir and the director of Delhi Belly, Abhinav Deo, have not been on the same page.
This isn’t the first time that Aamir has had a different view of things than the director he appointed. His spat with Amol Gupte during Taare Zameen Par is well-known.
The buzz is that Aamir isn’t happy with Abhinav’s output and has stopped taking much interest in the film. Meanwhile Abhinav has taken Aamir’s aloofness to heart and made his displeasure clear to his close aides.
A source close to Aamir said, “Abhinav is irritated that Delhi Belly has been kept on the backburner. He has moved on and is now directing Crooked. How long could he wait?”
But defending Aamir, the source added, “Aamir is not at fault. He has been very busy and likes to get involved in one project at a time. He will start working on Delhi Belly soon. But yes, Aamir does like to be in total charge of whatever his production house makes.”
Both Abhinav and Aamir remained unavailable for comment.