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For Rohit Shetty’s Chennai Express, he shot a train sequence with Deepika in Goa that was reminiscent of the iconic scene
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 27, 2012)
Rohit Shetty’s Goa obsession is apparent in all his films – be it the Golmaal series, Bol Bachchan or Singham. And it comes as no surprise that for his next Chennai Express, the filmmaker has decided on Goa as his locale of choice. Interestingly, the scene that the crew has been busy shooting over the weekend involves lead actor Shah Rukh Khan helping his on-screen ladylove Deepika Padukone on to the train waiting at Vasco platform number 2. And according to eyewitnesses, it reminds one of a similar scene (albeit in a platform in London and later Punjab) in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge.
And that’s not all. For Rohit’s film, the platform in Vasco junction has been transformed to Kalyan station. Earlier, Shah Rukh had shot at CST. The sequence shot a month back involved the lead actor starting off his Chennai Express journey with blessings from an old woman.
“Shah Rukh Khan has been shooting at the Vasco junction since Saturday,” said a source close to the film, adding, “Platform number 2 has been cordoned off and the shoot is taking place there. A train has also been hired. This is Deepika’s first outdoor shoot for the film.”
However, when asked about the similarity of the scene to the iconic DDLJ sequence, the source claimed, “There is a resemblance, yes. But it’s not an attempt to recreate the More >
After being denied permission to shoot at the Taj Hotel for his 26/11 film, RGV spends Rs 2.5 cr to recreate the setting at a suburban hotel
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; August 31, 2012)
It’s double trouble for Ram Gopal Varma. After being granted very limited access to the CST railway station to shoot his ambitious project based on the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai, word is that his request to film at the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel, Colaba has been turned down.
Our source say the reason behind it was the fact that the authorities were not willing to revisit the unfortunate incident, even through a film. The hotel became the venue for a lot of bloodbath during the terrorists’ siege on the city.
Our source says, “Ramu was a bit disappointed over not being given complete permission to shoot at CST or at the Colaba hotel. After shooting some sequences at CST, he will shoot the rest of the gory and firing scenes on another set.”
Incidentally, Ramu has taken the authorities’ decision in his stride and has instead recreated the entire lobby of the Colaba hotel at another suburban hotel in Juhu, which is currently being rented for shootings. The entire set has been created by art director Uday Singh and apparently Ramu has spent around Rs 2.5 crore towards its making.
Ramu says, “It could be traumatic for many to see the recreation of that horrible tragedy. For me, in the context of the attacks, a five star hotel is the symbol of human achievement in terms of splendour. To More >
Central Railway officials refuse to give filmmaker (who had infamously toured terror-ravaged hotels with the then CM) permission to shoot at the station for his film on the terror attacks, as it is a sensitive issue.
Vedika Chaubey (MID-DAY; June 7, 2012)
The debacle of Department has failed to deter filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma and he’s quickly moved on to his next opus – perhaps his most controversial. The filmmaker was at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) yesterday, reportedly seeking permission to shoot some scenes for The Attacks of 26/11, which has already gone on the floors. RGV had courted controversy when he visited the terror-ravaged hotels soon after the terror strike, in the company of then chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh.
At around 3 pm, RGV and his team members came to meet railway officials from the public relations department with his idea. CR authorities, who were hesitant about the matter, denied permission and have now asked him to approach the Railway Board in Delhi.
A TV grab of Ram Gopal Varma during his visit to Taj Hotel after the 26/11 terrorist attacks
Reel terror “We don’t want any gory images or blood to be shown as the incident was sad for the nation. So, we have asked them to send the proposal in writing and we will be permitting them to shoot the scenes only if we feel that it will not affect the railways’ image,” said another CR official. Sources in CR claimed the 26/11 attacks being a sensitive issue, they had been deferring meeting RGV More >
Music video director Divya Kumar has Jacko’s brother paying tribute to fans in MumbaiSHARIN WADER BUTANI Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; October 6, 2009)
Divya Kumar, the pretty wife of TSeries bossman Bhushan Kumar, is kind of fulfilling a promise Michael Jackson made to Mumbai when he performed here in 1996 and would return. Fans of the ‘ be interested to know that Jacko’s brother Jermaine Jackson, 55 — a singer and composer himself with some mean dancing moves — who is in Mumbai, is featuring in a music video directed by Divya that also features Bollywood music g Adnan Sami.
“This is Jermaine’s tribu fans in India,” said Divya, w engaged Bollywood choreog Remo to lead Jackson Sr thr desi dance steps. The song i Go to Mumbai City and will at CST, Gateway of India and in some slums. “He wanted drums in the song the way MJ had used in They Don’t Care About Us. So I’m using a few dhols instead to give it a desi flavour,” added Divya who has conceptualised the jacket and Adnan a kurta.” This video will be promoted internationally, too. “I want people to know about Mumbai. I’ll have Jermaine dancing techno a la MJ with slum kids who remain his big fans,” said the young director who’s playing host to Jermaine. “He’s with his wife Halima Rashid, she’s an Afghani but is fluent in Hindi — unlike Jermaine who doesn’t undertand the language. They are our guests till the 12th. Our schedule is ight, so I can’t show them around,” egretted Divya, who plans to direct a film More >
QASAB HANGED (IN REEL LIFE!)
Any disaster or catastrophe, whether natural or man-made, is enough to trigger off the imagination of a film writer. That’s why, in a year, there are at least 3 films churned out which are based on real-life events. Last year’s Mumbai Meri Jaan was based on the Mumbai serial train blasts. Firaaq, released in March, threw light on the post-Gujarat riots scenario. Hollywood has produced so many films on 9/11 attacks that I have lost count (in Bollywood, Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota and Madhoshi are the films I remember which were based on these attacks).
The recent 26/11 attack is also going to be used as plots in many upcoming films. In fact, 26/11, Terror in Taj, CST and lots of such titles are already registered! Although all such films are still in the scripting stage, one of them is already ready. Titled Total Ten, it’s a B-grade film in which the actors in the film play the real characters. Rajan Verma plays Ajmal Qasab, the lone terrorist captured in these attacks. The names of other actors and their characters are as follows: 1. Homi Wadia-Hemant Karkare 2. Sudesh Berry-Vijay Salaskar 3. Ashish Vidyarthi-Tukaram Ombale 4. Ashok Kulkarni-Ashok Kamte 5. Aroon Bakshi-Maulana Masood Azhar (founder of Jaish-e-Mohammad)
Besides, a lot of small-time actors play the role of the other 9 terrorists who entered into Mumbai on the fateful day. However, there’s no information yet regarding who plays the role of R R Patil More >