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Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; August 17, 2010)
Deepika Padukone was seen turning shades of red, blue, purple and then black during the outdoor schedule of Break Ke Baad in Mauritius. And what got this beautiful Bangalore girl to lose her cool? The story says that all of filmmaker Danish Aslam’s young assistants were equipped with walkie talkies. And a couple of them were put in charge of star movements. The extra enthusiastic assistants constantly spoke into their gizmos saying, “Deepika stepped out of van”, “Deepika talking on phone” etc. Now one day, Deepika stepped out of her makeup trailer and before she could enter the set, she excused herself to use the bathroom. And she accidentally overheard the assistant saying “Deepika using toilet”. That did it! The actress flipped and she gave the assistant hell for telling the whole unit that she had taken a few minutes off to use the bathroom. Not only did she reason that it was an intrusion on her privacy, she also thought that the assistants were taking their role of monitoring every moment she made a bit too seriously. After that tantrum, the assistants were more careful about what they said into their walkies! And Deepika had more freedom to talk into her phone or take a leak!
By Taran Adarsh, July 7, 2010 – 08:29 IST
One Friday changes equations. This holds true for the lead actors of any and every film. One Hit and the industry is back at your doorstep. One failure and the sms-es also stop. With I HATE LUV STORYS fetching an excellent start at the box-office, the industry seems to have re-discovered Imran Khan and Sonam Kapoor. The two youngsters, who haven’t had a smooth ride professionally, are the flavour of the season currently. Everyone’s suddenly looking at Imran and Sonam with wide eyes.
While Sonam’s AISHA is already being discussed [the promos have created a positive buzz], Imran will have to wait for a few months for his next release, BREAK KE BAAD, which is slated for 26th November release.
Like I HATE LUV STORYS, BREAK KE BAAD, produced by Kunal Kohli, is also a love story and what’s more, is helmed by a first-time director – Danish Aslam. In fact, if you look at Imran’s body of work, you will notice that whenver he has worked with first-time directors, the film has proved a success. Recall Abbas Tyrewala’s JAANE TU YA JAANE NA and now Punit Malhotra’s I HATE LUV STORYS, while films helmed by established directors like Sanjay Gadhvi [KIDNAP] and Soham Shah [LUCK] failed to create magic at the box-office.
Danish had assisted Kunal Kohli on films like THODA PYAAR THODA MAGIC and FANAA and worked with Yash Raj Films on TA RA RUM PUM and SALAAM NAMASTE. Will BREAK KE BAAD, also helmed by a new director, prove lucky for Imran? Will it be a hat-trick with first-time directors, we will know on 26th November.
Director Danish Aslam has seriously injured his back on location in Mauritius, while working on his film Break Ke Baad. As a result the cast and crew of the film have been given two days off so that Aslam doesn’t end up exerting himself.
Producer Kunal Kohli says, “Danish always had a back problem and he was ignoring it. Long working hours and pressure aggravated it. Now, as a result of that, the director is facing a serious problem with his back.”
Kohli confirmed that he asked the cast and crew to take a two-day break, so Danish could take complete rest and recover.
“Danish will be going for his MRI scan to have his check-up done,” added Kohli. The cast and crew returns end of the month and will shoot the rest of the film in Mumbai.
Here’s wishing you a speedy recovery, Aslam.
They are young and bursting with enthusiasm. Five young directors making their debut this year tell us why it’s magical to be in the movies
Some of the best ideas in films in 2009 were seen in the ones made by debutant directors. Never mind the box-office results, the freshness and the willingness to experiment made all the difference.
With some big budget films with top names failing to make paisa vasool films, perhaps it’s time to turn to the first-timers to bring a new perspective.
Some leading production houses have placed their bets on these newbies in films featuring topline stars. Here are five of them who are waiting to open their accounts in the Bollywood dream factory.
‘I’ve wanted to do this for 10 years’
Calling card: Remake of Stepmom starring Kajol, Kareena and Arjun Rampal
Expected release: End of the year
Inspirations: Guru Dutt, Raj Kapoor, Sooraj Barjatya, Karan Johar
As a child Siddharth Malhotra remembers spending his pocket money of Rs 40-50 on buying Bombino video cassettes and audio tapes of the latest Hindi flicks. Films were his biggest craze, even then.
A true blue industry kid (Premnath is his grandfather, his dad, actor Prem Kishen set up Cinevista and the Kapoors are extended family), Siddharth grew up interacting with the likes of Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Vijay Anand.
So it comes as no surprise when he proclaims that he “lives, eats and breathes cinema”. The irresistible lure even led him to assist Vinod Chopra on Kareeb at the age of 15.
But the one movie that impacted him the most was Sooraj Barjatya’s Maine Pyar Kiya. “I forget the number of times I’ve watched it,” he says almost reverentially of the director whom he assisted on Vivah. Sooraj also taught him an important lesson: make a film in a milieu you are comfortable with and be true to it.
It’s a maxim Siddharth believes in completely as he directs his first film - the remake of Stepmom - for Karan Johar, an old family friend, whom he assisted on Kal Ho Na Ho and other films.
His sensibilities were also honed by television. “I love the ‘80s serials,” he says reminiscing the DD days of Katha Sagar, Gul Gulshan Gulfam and Junoon which his company produced. He himself created successful shows like Sanskriti and Sanjeevani when he took over Cinevista.
But when TV reached a lull (“I wasn’t comfortable making making saas-bahu serials”), Siddharth knew it was time to make a film. “I love films about relationships,” he says, swearing loyalty to the Bollywood school of thought. “I like watching the Fellinis or Kurosawas, but give me the Guru Dutts and Raj Kapoors any day,” he chuckles.
And now that the journey has begun, Siddharth wants to make the most of it. “My next script is also in place,” he laughs. But wouldn’t he rather wait for his first one to finds its place? “Well, this is something I have wanted to do for the last 10 years. Filmmaking has not only taught me the technicalities, it has helped me evolve as a person too.”
‘I am an adventurer’
Calling card: Allah Kay Banday starring Naseeruddin Shah, Atul Kulkarni, Sharman Joshi & himself
Expected release: September
Inspirations: Everyone from Raj Kapoor, Bimal Roy and Manmohan Desai to Hollywood Masters
It’s not often that the unpredictable Naseeruddin Shah not just says ‘yes’ to a first-time filmmaker after reading the script, but also enquires what role would he like to cast him in. But the veteran actor did exactly that when Faruk Kabir approached him with his script. “What luck na?” exults Kabir about his ‘social thriller’ Allah Kay Banday.
Faruk’s subject is certainly unusual - prison reform and kids caught in the vortex of crime. But more unusual are the inspirations behind it - the “real India”, glimpses of which he gathered during his travels over 27,000 kms across the country to shoot a documentary, Unheard Voices of the People of India for the NGO Action Aid.
From meeting a person in Varanasi who ran a school for children of prostitutes to Mumbai street children, Faruk came back, as he puts it, “a 1000 stories richer.” And the idea for a film crystallised.
More research followed, this time in juvenile prisons and the mean streets of our cities. “The kids I met were all very spunky and colourful. Their stories had to be told,” says Faruk.
He isn’t worried about the odious comparisons to City of God or Slumdog Millionaire. “They are good films to be compared to,” shrugs Faruk. “Besides, I have not made an edgy and racy film, not a dark, stark or preachy one.”
In fact, for all his socialist sensibilities, Faruk is vehemently opposed to preachy cinema. “Ultimately, a movie has to entertain, period,” he says.
This commercial grounding could also have something to do with his stints as assistant to Aziz Mirza and later Rajiv Rai which started when he was only 17. “I was this boarding school boy who felt claustrophobic in Mumbai. Filmmaking, I thought, would be a good way to channelise my restless energy!”
Later he winged to New York to train in filmmaking and 2-D animation but then returned and shot the documentary. “My main objective was to be a story-teller. And a lot of those stories came from newspapers,” says Faruk.
So while the stories are real, Faruk’s aspirations are clear: “I am a bit of an adventurer. Even if I just make 10 films I am proud of, and I die, I am fine with it.”
‘I am not the one for dark films’
Abhinav Singh Kashyap
Calling card: Dabanng starring Salman Khan, Arbaaz Khan and Sonakshi Sinha
For someone who is making his debut with a Salman Khan film, Abhinav Singh Kashyap keeps a pretty low-profile. His Dabanng has been in the news for several reasons. Sonakshi Sinha’s debut, Salman’s small-town cop act to name a few but the director would rather let his work speak.
“I’ve been directing for almost 11 years now,” he informs talking about his TV career where he directed serials like Rajneeti and Star Bestsellers. “TV gave me an opportunity to experiment with different genres,” he says. But films were a different ballgame. For someone who had a late initiation into Bollywood, Abhinav had mixed encounters with the industry.
He assisted Mani Ratnam on Yuva, which was great but then had a bitter experience with Jang, a film he wrote for Sanjay Gupta. “It didn’t turn out the way it was written,” he says. What sustained him throughout was his passion for writing.
Abhinav claims he writes best when he does it for himself. “Life inspires me. I have a lot of ideas and stories stored in my computer.” Dabanng, he says, was a script he had been itching to tell. The opportunity to direct it came when he approached Arbaaz Khan who was impressed enough to produce it. Then came Salman.
Needless to say, the script underwent changes to suit the star image. Doesn’t that compromise on his vision? “Not really,” he shrugs. “I believe it’s better to incorporate the star’s image in the story. Besides, Salman has a tremendous fan following.”
He admits a filmmaker has to often kow tow to market forces, but believes a balancing act can be achieved only “by making more films.” “The first film is the most difficult. Once it is released I’ll get more offers and then would be able to make it exactly the way I want.”
But he’s confident about Dabanng. “It’s not a stark or too real film. Anyway, I am not the one for dark, gritty cinema. I like my heroes to be winners!”
Cashing in on his break
Calling card: Break ke baad starring Imran Khan and Deepika Padukone
Expected release: End of the year
Inspirations: World cinema
It was his efficiency and enthusiasm as first AD to Kunal Kohli that fetched Danish Aslam his director’s cap.
The Kashmir-born Delhi educated Jamia graduate hailed from a family that was far removed from films (his father is a professor). But that didn’t quell his desire to dream big and enter big bad Bollywood.
Next step, naturally, was Mumbai where he began treading the familiar ground of assisting directors. A short schedule with filmmakers such as Asutosh Gowarikar (Swades) and Farhan Akhtar (Lakshya) only served to whet his appetite more.
He then assisted Kunal Kohli in Fanaa and Thoda Pyar Thoda Magic, which proved to be his turning point for he motivated him to think bigger. “He was a great first AD, he never let any of the problems reach me,” says Kohli.
So when Kohli turned producer, he decided to repose faith in his young assistant who already had his story idea ready.
The result is Break ke baad, another take on the age-old rom com genre. One wonders just how different can a love story be but the filmmaker insists it won’t just be a frothy take on relationships, but something that has layers and subtexts.
Danish’s strength, say observers, is his ability to provide solutions and options coupled with cool confidence and a calm mind.
Like many of his contemporaries, he is a worshipper of world cinema, but interactions with Kunal, a keen follower of the Bollywood tradition, has altered his sensibilities to a large extent.
Whether his take on romance finds flavour remains to be seen, but what matters is whether this ‘break’ takes him far on his filmi journey.
‘Direction has taught me patience’
Calling card: I Hate Luv Storys starring Imran Khan and Sonam Kapoor
Releasing: July 2
Influences: Karan Johar rom
I am very shallow, I am not very educated. Neither am I an intellectual. What you see is what you get,” shoots off Punit Malhotra laying off any pretences to being influenced by world cinema or attempting to make anything “intellectual”.
There is indeed no pretence about Punit. Ask him to describe himself and he says, tongue firmly in cheek: “I am a super good looking guy!… Just kidding! I am just happy-go-lucky.”
It is this sensibility that one gets a whiff of from the promos of the curiously misspelt I Hate Luv Storys. “Yes, it’s a bunch of young people working together. Definitely that energy will emerge,” he says, admitting to “feeling a little numb” as he awaits the first print of his film.
Well, there’s nothing to feel unconfident about. After all, it’s a dream for most filmmakers to be debuting with a Karan Johar film, get the hottest young stars on board and have a ready platform to zoom off.
But Punit, whose Bollywood connect begins with uncle Manish Malhotra, reacts quickly to the ‘luck’ factor in getting his break. “Hey, luck has nothing to do with it.
I worked with the production house for 10 years, assisted Karan on K3G and a host of films! Besides, I have worked with Amitji, Kajol, SRK etc. There can’t be a better training ground than that, can there?” Point noted.
But from assisting on films to directing one has had its impact on the youngster. For once, it has taught him the virtue of patience. “I am damn restless as a person, being director has taught me patience. There is so much co-ordination to do, people’s egos to handle… Secondly, you have to handle the anxiety.”
Stresses and anxieties apart, he clearly enjoys the power. “Especially since I have done the script, I get a lot more clarity. And no one can argue with you beyond a point,” he laughs. “But yes, I like being in control. I don’t even have a driver as I don’t like being driven around!”
For now though he’s enjoying the drive of the endless interviews and promotional activities. “I really don’t know what I will do next. I’d rather begin with a clean slate. Let’s see what happens next… anyway, I live for the moment.”
The two filmmakers are back on good terms after Aditya Chopra happily agreed to adjust Deepika Padukone’s dates for Kunal Kohli’s film
Looks like all is finally well between estranged producer-director jodi Aditya Chopra and Kunal Kohli. Reportedly, they both had a fall out after Kunal’s Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic presented by Yash Raj Films bombed at the box office.
As the film made no money, things went so bad between the two that Kunal wasn’t even given his share as was promised earlier. In fact, there were also rumours about Kunal moving out of his Juhu office, which was given to him by YRF.
However, the latest news is that Kunal and Aditya have kissed and made up. Consequently, Aditya Chopra immediately adjusted the dates of Deepika Padukone who was shooting for Yash Raj’s Lafange Parindey directed by Pradeep Sarkar, so that she could shoot for Kunal Kohli’s Break Ke Baad directed by debutant Danish Aslam.
Deepika, who was shooting with Neil Nitin Mukesh for Lafange Parindey, also wanted to simultaneously shoot for Break Ke Baad. She urgently required dates because Kunal’s unit had got the requisite permissions to shoot in Delhi for only a limited period.
A source reveals, “Kunal was trying to work around Deepika’s dates exactly at the same time when she was committed to the Yash Raj film.
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Kunal decided to speak to Aditya Chopra who immediately agreed to adjust Deepika’s dates so that she could shoot for Kunal too.”
Putting to rest all stories about his discord with Aditya, Kunal confirms and says, “Yes. I had to start my film in Delhi in March, before summer would set in. Deepika’s dates were with blocked for Adi’s film, so I asked him to help me out. He immediately asked his production to adjust the dates for me.”
It has been a good year for debutant director Danish Aslam. His film Break Ke Baad went on the floors and he is now set to marry actress Shruti Seth. They have been dating for over four years now and Danish proposed to her in December last year.
Our source said, “Shruti met Danish on the sets of Fanaa when he was assisting Kunal Kohli. During the making of the film, they fell in love and have been seeing each other for the last four-and-a-half years. In fact, Shruti always says that Kunal is responsible for their relationship. Their family and common friends have been asking them to tie the knot soon and eventually Danish proposed to Shruti on her birthday (December 18) last year. He actually went down on his knees and proposed to her. She immediately agreed and both the families have met. A wedding date has been fixed for October or November.”
It’s a double delight for the director as he had been waiting to cast the right stars for his film. The source added, “Danish has been assisting Kunal Kohli and he has been planning his own film for some time now. Now that Danish’s debut film Break Ke Baad is on the floors with Imran Khan and Deepika Padukone, they decided that this is the right time to get married. Shruti, incidentally, is not acting in the film.”
Shruti Seth confirmed the news and said, “It was such a romantic proposal that it was difficult to say no! I had to say yes and we are both very happy. It’s an important year for us as Danish’s debut film will also release this year.”
By Subhash K. Jha, March 24, 2010 – 11:22 IST
Deepika Padukone who’s in Delhi to shoot for Danish Aslam’s Break Ke Baad was hit by a strong current of deja vu.
Just a year ago she was in Delhi shooting for Imtiaz Ali’s Love Aaj Kal. Even there her co-star Saif Ali Khan had his lady-love Kareena Kapoor along, so that Deepika had voluntarily kept to herself.
“Not this time!” reports a source from Delhi. “Imran and Avantika have made Deepika feel most welcome and a part of their circle. In fact Deepika is completely at home hanging around with Imran and Avantika.”
A private person by nature and known to stay aloof Deepika has for the first time become so gregarious during shooting.
Says the source, “During the shooting of Love Aaj Kal, Deepika barely exchanged anything beyond a hello with her co-star Saif in London and Delhi. Even with Neil Nitin Mukesh whom she just shot with Deepika was polite. But with Imran, Deepika is at her warmest, thanks to Avantika who has gone out of her way to make Deepika comfortable.”
“You’re taller than me,” was Deepika’s first reaction when they started shooting together. Imran Khan and his fiance Avantika landed in Delhi a day before Deepika.
Says producer Kunal Kohli, “Deepika and Imran shot in and around Delhi’s streets from Wednesday. Everywhere they were greeted by mobs. Avantika has been a big support for Deepika. Though Imran and Deepika are friends they are fiercely competitive on screen.”
The pair need to have separate hair-colour schemes for the pre- and post- interval halves of the film.
Says Kunal Kohli, “Both Imran and Deepika showed up in Delhi looking younger trendier .Their clothes are younger and cooler than before. We’ve brought in completely new designers for Deepika and Imran.”
While Imran’s clothes have been done by the Delhi-based duo of designer Harmeet -Neha, Deepika’s designer is Ayesha, a former assistant to Anaita Shroff. Informs Kunal. “We want Deepika and Imran to look so cool together that they become instant youth icons.”
The idea, in case anyone misses the point, is that Deepika hopes to form a long-lasting screen pair with Imran.
Says Deepika, “Well I do have two distinct looks in the first and second half of Break De Baad. Beyond that it’s too early to discuss anything.”
Imran Khan’s hair growth now decides his shooting schedule. The actor has acquired a new haircut for Danish Aslam’s Break Ke Baad which has resulted in the delay of one song that remains to be shot for Punit Malhotra’s I Hate Luv Storys (IHLS).
Imran Khan is currently in Delhi shooting for Break Ke Baad. He has cut his hair short and got a completely new look for the film.
A source reveals, “Imran has completed the shoot for IHLS and only one song is remaining. Imran’s new look, which is very young and trendy, is quite different from the IHLS look. Now he will be shooting for Break Ke Baad for around three weeks and as soon as his hair grows, he will go back and shoot the last song for Punit’s film.”
Producer of Break ke Baad, Kunal Kohli, confirms, “Karan Johar and Punit were sweet enough to adjust Imran’s dates. Initially, we thought we will shoot with Imran after he completes the song but it gets very hot in Delhi and we also required combined dates of a lot of stars together for our movie.”
He adds, “His hair will grow in a couple of weeks, and he will then shoot the remaining song. It’s just a song, so it is not a big problem for anyone in that case.”
Sharmila Tagore to play an almost autobiographical role as Deepika Padukone’s mother in Break Ke Baad
Sharmila Tagore thinks it’s the dimples that qualify her as Deepika Padukone’s mother in Danish Aslam’s Break Ke Baad. But there’s much more to this aesthetic mother-daughter casting than meets the eye.
Sharmila’s is a pivotal role, on par with Deepika’s. It’s the role of a beautiful retired actress, still in her element, who gives up her career in her prime to be a hands on mother to her daughter, played by Deepika. Sharmila, of course, must’ve immediately indentified with the role as it’s strikingly similar to what she chose to do in real life when at the pinnacle of her stardom, she chose to become a wife and mother, putting her exceptional career on the back-burner.
Sharmila said, “When Kunal (Kohli, producer) asked me to do the film, I immediately empathised with the part, which I seldom do these days. It’s a challenging role and one very close to my heart. I immediately fell in love with it.”
Sharmila added, “I think Deepika and I would look like mother and daughter because of our dimples. But my first question to Kunal was, she’s so much taller than me. How could my character have produced such a tall daughter? But seriously, that’s where acting comes in. We don’t have to look the part but must feel like mother and daughter.”
Kunal Kohli said, “My director Danish and I could only think of Sharmilaji for this role. I’ve been watching her films from the time I was a teenager. Amar Prem is one of my favourite films. When I started making films it was my dream to work with two actors Rishi Kapoor and Sharmila Tagore. I got to work with Chintuji in Hum Tum and Fanaa. Now it’s Sharmilaji. Of course, like Rishi Kapoor in Fanaa she’ll get top billing in Break Ke Baad.”
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, January 11, 2010 – 12:43 IST
His first film as a producer Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic may have failed to create any magic at the B.O. but that hasn’t deterred producer-director Kunal Kohli one bit. Kunal in fact has just announced his next film called Break Ke Baad to be made under his own banner Kunal Kohli Productions in association with Reliance Big Pictures. Break Ke Baad stars Imran Khan and Deepika Padukone and will be directed by debutante director Danish Aslam.
Bollywood Hungama spoke to Kunal Kohli who confirmed the details, “Yes the next film we are making at Kunal Kohli Productions is Break Ke Baad. It’s going to be directed by Danish Aslam who has been an assistant director on films like Fanaa, Salaam Namaste, and Ta Ra Rum Pum. The film stars Imran Khan and Deepika Padukone in lead roles and is about a couple who have gone through a break-up.”
The buzz is that the title Break Ke Baad had already been registered by a gentleman living in Bangalore. So were there any hassles in procuring the title? “No…we didn’t have any hassles at all. The gentleman who had the title was very sweet and warm and when we told him how important it was for us to have that title, he readily agreed.”
Break Ke Baad has music composed by Vishal- Shekhar. The film goes on floors in March this year and will be shot mainly in Delhi and Cape Town (South Africa).