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By Subhash K. Jha, September 28, 2010 – 13:20 IST
There is no honour in honour killings. And there is certainly none in the censor board clamping down on the dialogues and scenes depicting this gruesome age-old ritual that has lately made a comeback into our lives.
The censor board has clamped down heavily on the dialogues and visual of Priyadarshan’s Aakrosh, a film on honour killing. Ironically, the Aakrosh producer Kumar Mangat’s earlier film Omkara which replicated the visual and vocal violence of the same North Indian backwater town as Aakrosh got away scot-free with its abusive soundtrack and visceral violence.
But then as the producer Mangat explains, “We had agreed to take an Adults certification for Omkara. We want a UA (for children under parental guidance) for Aakrosh.”
Sounding discernibly upset from Chennai the prolific Priyan, says, “This is the first time in my entire career of 25 years and 81 films that a film of mine has got into censor trouble. And I am not amused. On the one hand, I am accused of selling-out to mindless comedies. None of my supposedly mindless comedies have ever got into trouble. On the other hand, when I make an issue-based film it gets stuck. How will I do something meaningful when our moral guardians don’t seem to believe in my vision?”
Priyan admits there are shocking scenes of violence in the film. But he feels they are indispensable to the theme.
Argues the director, “How can I put across a social issue without hard-hitting visuals? Let the film go to the revising committee. My producer Kumar Mangat and I are not accepting any cuts.”
Priyan insists Aakrosh occupies the entertainment space and he wants it to be accessible to young viewers. “It is hard-hitting. But not an offbeat experimental film. We want younger generations to watch the film, to become aware of the frightening reality that surrounds their existence. Unless we let younger viewers grow aware of the reality we can’t change the aberrations in society. So yes, I won’t settle for an A certificate. Let me make films that have a social purpose. Or I go back to making De Dana Dan.”
By Subhash K. Jha, September 13, 2010 – 11:32 IST
The prolific Priyadarshan who in many ways spawned the entire culture of modern-day comedies in Bollywood has decided to take a sabbatical from the funny stuff. No more comedies, says Priyan. And he makes a barbed comment on the new breed of comic filmmakers. “Let the others dabble in comedy. I’ve had my fill for a while.”
So adamant is he on staying away from comedies that he has told Subhash Ghai whose banner needs immediate revival that he won’t be able to do a funny film for the producer. Ghai had gone to Priyadarshan in the hope of his production house securing a De Dana Dan, if not a Hera Pheri.
Priyan made it clear that he won’t indulge in any funny business. Says the director, “Subhashji came to me to sign me for a film. I made it very clear that I won’t be making a comedy. I’m working on a few scripts. He has left it to me to decide what to make.”
In fact Priyan has put aside the desi version of the Walt Disney film Freaky Friday for this very reason. The idea of making a funny mother-daughter film doesn’t enthuse the director at this point of time. Freaky Friday is being adapted into Hindi by Devika Bhagat who wrote Aisha for Sonam Kapoor and Anil Kapoor Productions, in that order.
Says Priyadarshan, “I’ve committed myself to doing a film with Anil Kapoor Productions. But it needn’t be Freaky Friday. It could be something else. I have told them to finish the scripting then come to me.”
Priyan means serious business at the moment. His next release Aakrosh is a sombre look at honour killing. And the film he starts in September is a terrorist thriller featuring Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, Suniel Shetty, Tusshar Kapoor, Kangna Ranaut, Sameera Reddy and Manoj Bajpayee.
The film has no title as yet. And Priyadarshan is looking for one. “It should begin with ‘A’ or ‘F’,” says Priyan firmly.
Interestingly, Priyadarshan’s favourite actor Akshay has gone on-record to say he would like to do only comedies since audiences get enough rona-dhona at home on television. Does that mean no more films featuring the De Dana Dana star-director team?
Not quite! Priyadarshan is planning to convince Akshay to do a non-comic film. If there’s a film on AIDS that might bring the 2 together again.
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 11, 2010)
What do Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn have in common? SRK’s first super hit Baazigar, followed by Yes Boss, Baadshah, Josh, Main Hoon Na, Akshay Kumar’s Khiladi, Dhadkan and De Dana Dan, Aamir’s eternal favourite Akele Hum Akele Tum and Ajay Devgn’s Tezz Bullet Train are bankrolled by the Jain brothers, who are known in Bollywood folklore as the ‘invincible seven’.
SRK went on to do not one but five films with Venus Worldwide Entertainment Ltd. And today, as this company celebrates its silver jubilee year, they’ve scored a victory once again. Two of the biggest names, Ajay and Anil Kapoor, are all set to act in their 25th film — Tezz Bullet Train which also stars Kangna Ranaut, Mohanlal, Zayed Khan, Boman Irani and Sameera Reddy.
Says Priyadarshan who is directing the film, the shooting of which has commenced in London, “I had a choice of producers for Tezz Bullet Train. But I chose Ganesh Jain and Ratan Jain of Venus because my experience with them on Garam Masala, De Dana Dan and other films has been very sound. They are a director’s dream because they never interfere with the creative and yet they are able to take away every obstacle while filming. This makes them ideal producers.’’ Ajay agrees, “A producer is someone an actor must trust implicitly. Venus is a good banner.”
The men in white, Abbas-Mustan, have also reposed their complete faith in this banner. And they say given an opportunity, they would chose Venus again because “this banner has always stressed on quality first’’. Ganesh, who looks after the music arm of Venus and who has recently acquired the music rights of A R Rahman’s The Robot, says, “Our mantra is simple. We don’t rest on past laurels. The banner has plans to continue with multiple film projects each year and I feel that if you emphasise on quality, then success follows. We also intend to diversify into other avenues within Bollywood.’’
The light-eyed Ratan, who is the tall, willowy figure often captured on candid camera in the same frame as SRK, Aamir or Akshay, says, “We are 25 years young. And even more enthusiastic today than we ever were as far as filmmaking goes. Our films have been so successful only because we’ve given maximum emphasis on the entertainment quotient. Baazigar, Main Hoon Na, Dhadkan, Akele Hum Akele Tum, Josh, Yes Boss and Garam Masala are just some of the films on our roster that continue to reign supreme.’’
Akshay has the final word, “I’ve enjoyed a fabulous working relationship with Venus, I’ve done some of my biggest hits — Khiladi, Dhadkan and Garam Masala with them.” Herein lies the Jain Brothers’ secret to success.
Saturday 28th August 2010 13.00 IST
Boxofficeindia.Com Trade Network
PVR have taken the all India theatrical rights for Action Replayy for a price said to be around 26 crore including prints.
The price is very reasonable for a big Akshay Kumar starrer and that too a Diwali release. The all India theatrical rights for De Dana Dan last year went for 30 crore and if super hot films like Tees Maar Khan or Thank You were to be sold they will go for around 35-40 crore or even more.
The reason for the reasonable price could be that Action Replayy will face huge competition on Diwali in the form of Golmaal 3 and business is likely to be shared making it difficult for the films to put up real big numbers unless one does not live upto expectations.
Akshay Kumar is super confident that his film will strike a chord with every Indian in the crowd
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOBMAY TIMES; July 23, 2010)
Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar and National Award-winning director Priyadarshan have tickled a funny bone many times. While films like Garam Masala and De Dana Dan have sailed through comfortably, Hera Pheri had broken box office records.
As far as the trade goes, this is a formidable combination. And therefore their Khatta Meetha that releases worldwide today, is expected to get a heartwarming response. Based on the travails of the common man who lives his life dealing with everyday traumas like pot-holed roads and traffic congestion, the film touches on how the aam Indian can be lured into corruption by a failing system.
Such is Akshay’s faith in this satirical comedy produced by Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd (SACVL) and Cape of Good Films Private Limited, that he is actually co-presenting it under his banner Hari Om Entertainment Company in association with SACVL. Says Akshay, “The film has innumerable things going for it. It is not your regular slapstick comedy. It has a very strong emotional base and the right dosage of drama. It isn’t a happy-go-lucky film. It cleverly combines emotions and entertainment.’’
While trade consultant Amod Mehra maintains that Khatta Meetha will take a very strong initial, especially so in Maharashtra, Akshay says that Sachin Tichkule, the character he plays in the film, will knock on the doors of every Indian with his goofy charm. Will Tichkule’s charms work mainly in Maharashtra? “I don’t think so. If Singh Is Kingg could win India over and not just Punjab, there is no reason why Sachin Tichkule’s reach can’t be pan-India,’’ he says.
Akshay re-iterates that the film in the genre of pure family entertainer also has other aces to throw up. It has South superstar Trisha making her Hindi film debut. It has terrific music, especially in the numbers Bull-shit and Nanachi Taang, that are currently the favourite downloads.
“And more importantly, it has Priyadarshan — who is as deft at handling emotions as he is with comedy, tackling a sensitive subject based in a small-town set up,’’ he adds. Akshay is confident that the backdrop may be slightly rustic and the setup may lack the gloss, “But if you have heart, you’re bound to fall in love with this film,’’ he says.
By Subhash K. Jha, July 1, 2010 – 11:10 IST
Enter Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor, Suniel Shetty and Vidya Balan. Exit Prateik and newcomers. Did someone say the recession is over? Far from it. Movies are religiously getting shelved dumped and relegated to the backburner especially if they don’t star A-listers.
The prolific Priyadarshan discovered the hard way that star discoveries went out of fashion with Dev Anand. After a very long time, he was all set to make film with newcomers this July. But he has abandoned the idea.
There were no buyers for a project with newcomers. The film about the longings desires loves and dislikes of the young was supposed to cast completely new faces along with Prateik.
The project couldn’t go beyond Prateik.
Says the disheartened director, “I met only Prateik for the film. The other newcomers I couldn’t even get a chance to cast because the producers backed out. No one wants to back a project without stars.”
To fill the time in July that Priyadarshan had allotted to the film with newcomers he has quickly put together a new multi-starrer film which stars Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor, Suniel Shetty and Vidya Balan.
The prolific Priyan who starts shooting this quickie in July says, “I’m quite excited about this project. It’s my first thriller. I needed to get away from my comedy image. Doing a thriller would provide me that chance.”
In fact Priyan is none too happy with his latest release Khatta Meetha being pitched in the promotions as a full-on comedy.
Says Priyan angrily, “Khatta Meetha is no a comedy like De Dana Dan. It’s a satire on the road mafia. You’ll have to ask the producers why they’re pitching it as a comedy. Probably because Akshay Kumar and Priydarshan equals comedy?”
Priyan seems resigned to resorting to stars time after time to get audiences in. “It’s frightening how my attempts to make a film with newcomers was thwarted. If I can’t do it who can? So the question is, how can we get new talent into cinema?”
Incidentally, the Priyan film is not the only Prateik Babbar starrer to be shelved. Goldie Behl’s film starring the talented young actor which was to be shot in the monsoon in Mumbai, has also been shelved.
Ghajini director AR Murugadoss to direct his second Hindi film starring Akshay Kumar; the film will have never-seen-before action
A R Murugadoss has taken his next script for a Hindi film to Akshay Kumar and is all set to direct his second Hindi two years after the all-time grosser Ghajini.
Akshay’s close friend and business associate Vipul Shah, who’s currently producing the Hindi version of the Telugu hit Kakha Kakha with John Abraham, will produce Murugadoss’s second Hindi film.
No stone is being left unturned to make sure the Akshay-Murugadoss team comes up with a whammy as big as Ghajini. Though tightlipped about the project, Vipul Shah is all set to spend a whopping Rs 20-25 crore on the action sequences alone.
Buzz is that Akshay’s brief to the director is: “I’ve a reputation for delivering stunts. Make sure the action rocks.”
Unlike Ghajini, Murugadoss’ second film is not a remake of one of his Tamil-Telugu hits. Speaking from Chennai, the shy and diminutive director says, “Yes, my screenplay for the film with Akshay is an original. Like Ghajini it is basically a love story with a strong action base.”
The film’s shooting starts in January 2011.
On meeting Akshay over the project Murugadoss was told to make the violence “more fun than gory”. The reference to Ghajini’s stomach-churning brutalisation of Asin’s character was not lost on the director who is at the moment busy brushing up his Hindi.
During Ghajini, Murugadoss couldn’t speak or understand a word of Hindi. “But I’m changing that. By the time Akshay and I start working together I’d be much better able to understand Hindi,” he adds.
Though Murugadoss is not yet willing to divulge the name of the female lead in his Akshay starrer, Ghajini gal Asin whom producer Vipul Shah is very fond of and came close to signing for the Hindi remake of Kakha Kakha, is apparently the chosen one.
Two years ago Asin had opted out of making her debut with Akshay in Priyadarshan’s De Dana Dan because she had found the role insubstantial.
Not one to hold grudges, Akshay who is constantly looking for fresh co-stars, has given the nod to Asin.
Says Murugadoss, “We haven’t really decided on Akshay’s co-star. But yes, Asin is a strong contender.”
Incidentally Murugadoss’ project with Shah Rukh Khan is still on. “We’ve met and he’s liked my idea. We’ve to work out details,” he says.
By Joginder Tuteja, May 29, 2010 – 11:35 IST
Launched with much fanfare exactly two years back with a budget pegged at 25 crores, Raftaar 24X7 was one of those couple of dozen films which came into existence when the industry was at it’s peak. The term recession had not yet made its presence felt and every reputed production house and actor was more than glad to make huge announcements. There was widespread excitement around the film since a 25 crore budget allocated by Percept Picture Company meant that Raftaar 24X7 was all set to be Emraan Hashmi’s biggest venture till date.
All seemed to be quite well during the earlier schedules of the film as first time filmmaker Shamim Desai joined the principal cast of Raftaar 24X7 in Maldives for a ‘test shoot’. This was one of its kinds experiments as the week long trip worth Rs. 1.5 crore was planned to get the cast and the crew familiar with each other.
Says an industry observer, “Those were the days when good money was flowing into the industry. Corporate houses did everything to entice their actors and create an impression amongst the investors that their film was all set to be a lavish affair. No one could foresee that industry was headed for a doom in the year to follow.”
A major schedule of the film was later shot in Delhi where for the first time ever in his career, Emraan Hashmi featured in a guerrilla shoot.
However, there was not much movement in the interim. As things stand today, both Emraan Hashmi and Neha Dhupia have not just completed multiple films in the interim (Raaz – The Mystery Continues, Tum Mile, De Dana Dan, Raat Gayi Baat Gayi) but also have their date diaries pretty filled up for the rest of the year. Emraan is looking at the release of Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai and is also shooting for Crook: It’s Good To Be Bad which is looking at arriving before the close of year. Neha has films like With Love To Obama and Pappu Can’t Dance Saala ready for release and has a biggie in the form of Action Replayy lined up next.
“I think mostly the delay in release of Raftaar 24X7 is due to monetary issues and people at the top are trying to sort it out”, says Neha hopefully, “I hope that important people feel as good about the film as I do. I truly believe we have something really good in hands.”
Well, one looks forward to see whether Percept too shares similar sentiments here.
The production house Percept has been hit hard with back to back box office failure of 8X10 Tasveer (Akshay Kumar), Jail (Neil Nitin Mukesh) and Jumbo. Their offbeat films like Kanchivaram, Firaaq and Ramchand Pakistani have primarily succeeded in fetching only good reviews. Their recent release Bumm Bumm Bole, despite the association with Priyadarshan, too has been a disaster at the box office and hasn’t seen much appreciation critically as well. Release plans of John Abraham starrer Aashayein and Nagesh Kukunoor directed Bemisaal are uncertain too. As for their newer films, Malamaal Weekly 2 hasn’t moved beyond the announcement stage. While one looks forward to Percept reviving itself and unleash their line up of films to favourable results, the current status of Raftaar 24X7 continues to be shrouded in mystery.
Adapting a worldwide renowned film is a risk. Not only does the filmmaker have to retain the charm of the original, he also has to make sure that the adapted version suits the capabilities of the audience of his country. Priyadarshan’s Bumm Bumm Bole, adapted from Majid Majidi’s classic Children Of Heaven tries its level best to raise to the level of the original and succeeds. Also it is beautifully Indianised to make sure the desi audiences likes it! This weekend, this seems to be the ideal film!
The story of the movie: Pinu (Darsheel Safary) lives with his father Khogiram (Atul Kulkarni), mother (Rituparna Sengupta) and sister Rimzim (Ziyah Vastani) somewhere in North-East India in a region infested with ULFA terrorism. The family leads a hand to mouth existence. Khogiram has just lost a job and is trying his best to get a new one. One day, when Pinu is sent to cobbler to mend Rimzim’s shoes, he misplaces it. Those were the only pair of Rimzim’s shoes. Pinu tells Rimzim about the loss but requests not to tell about it to their parents as they might scold him and also they won’t be able to afford a new pair for her. Pinu then comes with the idea-he tells Rimzim to wear his shoes during her school time in the morning. As soon as her classes are over, she should return back and meet Pinu at a lonely patch of the route. Pinu will then wear the shoes and go for his afternoon classes in the school! In this way, both can share the same pair until the situation at home improves. However, this arrangement proves costly for Pinu as everyday he ends up reaching late for his classes. On the other hand, Khogiram is arrested for a murder and hence, people feared employing him. To find out what happens next, watch the film!
One gets instantly absorbed into the film. The locales are breathtaking and the family’s conversations and problems look quite believable. And the kids and their cuteness will surely put a smile on your face. There’s not much movement in the first half. Even in the second hour, one might get feeling that the film is being stretched unnecessarily. However, the scenes are so wonderfully shot, the kids are so adorable and the direction is so brilliant that you won’t complain when the plot goes a little haywire. And that’s the strength of the film.
The film takes a high the moment Pinu loses the shoes in the market. The way Pinu explains his idea of sharing shoes to Rimzim was impressive. Rimzim trying a wannabe detective by following one of her schoolmate was too good! There’s a terror angle in the film as well. But frankly, it doesn’t look out of place in this cute film. In fact, it forms a part of story more so in the 2nd hour. In fact, the encounter sequence turns out to be one of the most interesting ones of the film.
The climax (the race) doesn’t set your heart racing but still works. Also, Darsheel’s disappointment when he comes first while he desired to come third was well shot. You feel joyous for him for his achievement but at the same time you pity as he couldn’t get what he wished! However, the last scene sums it up well and the film ends on a justified note.
The film belongs to Darsheel and Ziyah. Darsheel’s performance here won’t be compared with Taare Zameen Par as both films are as different as chalk and cheese. But there’s no doubt he’s extremely talented and comes up with another gem of a performance! Watch out for him when he is unable to find the shoes at the grocery store. Or in the sequence when the teacher reprimands him for coming late. And in the scene where he robs shoes from the temple. His next film Zokkomon wherein he plays a superhero should also rock hopefully! Great going Darsheel!
Ziyah Vastani looks so so so so cuteeeee and comes up with an equally sweet performance! Her eyes, smile, expression and her dialogue delivery is wonderful and she instantly steals hearts with her adorable act! Atul Kulkarni as usual comes up with a brilliant performance. He is exceptional in some scenes especially when he curses God. Rituparna Sengupta doesn’t have much to do but does a good job. The rest of the actors (Atul Kulkarni’s sister and her hubby, the cop, the grandmother, Darhseel’s class teacher) contribute well to the film.
There are few songs in the film but none leave an impact. The promotional track (inserted in the film in the 2nd half) is only one you remember after film ends. Alagappan’s cinematography was simply beautiful. The locales of Ooty are brilliantly captured by the lensman. Incredible! Sabu Cyril’s sets were worth appreciating especially Darsheel’s residence. In a way it was quite similar to Irrfan’s house in Billu. Actually a portion of the plotline of the two films is also distinctly similar. There’s a person having a wife and two children leading a hand to mouth existence in a village. The similarities end here however!
Since the film is adapted, due credit is given to Majid Majidi as the writer of the film! Manisha Korde wrote the dialogues and screenplay and excels in both of them. However, the interrogation scene and Atul Kulkarni’s arrest could have been mellowed down as this is basically a kiddie film.
Finally, Priyadarshan’s direction is wonderful and comes up with a worthy adaptation of globally acclaimed film. His ability to come up with such a beautiful film surprises as on the other hand, he expertly handles a film like De Dana Dan as well! His forthcoming films are also of diverse genres-Khatta Meetha (comedy), Aakrosh (dark thiller) and Grrrr (horror)! Great going Priyan!
Some of the best scenes of the film:
1. Khogiram’s wife gets molested
2. Pinu looses Rimzim’s shoes
3. Pinu tells Rimzim about the idea
4. Pinu robs shoes from the temple
5. Khogiram arrested
6. Khogiram does the gardening for an old lady
7. Rimzim follows her schoolmate
8. The encounter
9. The climax
On the whole, Bumm Bumm Bole is a cute and sweet film that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face! Take your kids and your entire family when you go for it!
My rating-**** out of 5!
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, May 8, 2010 – 12:56 IST
Vidu Vinod Chopra – 3 Idiots
Boney Kapoor – Wanted
Anurag Kashyap & Ronnie Screwvala – Dev D
Vishal Bharadwaj & Ronnie Screwvala – Kaminey
Sunil Manchanda & AB Corp – Paa
Rajkumar Hirani – 3 Idiots
Anurag Kashyap – Dev D
Ayan Mukerji – Wake Up Sid
Vishal Bharadwaj – Kaminey
Imtiaz Ali – Love Aaj Kal
R.Balki – Paa
Performance in a Leading Role (Male)
Aamir Khan – 3 Idiots
Amitabh Bachchan – Paa
Saif Ali Khan – Love Aaj Kal
Salman Khan – Wanted
Shahid Kapoor – Kaminey
Ranbir Kapoor -Wake Up Sid
Performance in a Leading Role (Female)
Kareena Kapoor – 3 Idiots
Priyanka Chopra – Kaminey
Deepika Padukone – Love Aaj Kal
Vidya Balan – Paa
Mahie Gill – Dev D
Performance in Supporting Role (Male)
Sharman Joshi – 3 Idiots
Irrfan – New York
R. Madhavan – 3 Idiots
Abhimanyu Singh – Gulal
Abhishek Bachchan – Paa
Rishi Kapoor – Love Aaj Kal
Performance in Supporting Role (Female)
Kalki Koechlin – Dev D
Arundhati Naag – Paa
Divya Dutta – Delhi 6
Supriya Pathak – Wake Up Sid
Kirron Kher – Kurrban
Performance in a Comic Role
Omi Vaidya – 3 Idiots
Ajay Devgn – All The Best
Johny Lever – De Dana Dan
Govinda – Life Partner
Sanjay Dutt – All The Best
Performance in a Negative Role
Boman Irani – 3 Idiots
Amol Gupte – Kaminey
Prakash Raj – Wanted
Kay Kay Menon – Gulal
Arya Babbar – Jail
Shantanu Moitra – 3 Idiots
A.R.Rehman – Delhi 6
Pritam – Love Aaj Kal
Amit Trivedi – Dev D
Vishal Bharadwaj – Kaminey
Abhijat Joshi, Raj Kumar Hirani & Vidu Vinod Chopra – 3 Idiots
Ayan Mukherji – Wake Up Sid
Anurag Kashyap & Vikramaditya Motwane – Dev D
Imtiaz Ali – Love Aaj Kal
R.Balki – Paa
Swanand Kirkire – 3 Idiots
Prasoon Joshi – Delhi 6
Irshad Kamil – Love Aaj Kal
Gulzar – Kaminey
Amitabh Bhattacharya – Dev D
Playback Singer (Male)
Shaan – Behti Hawa Sa Tha Woh (3 Idiots)
Mohit Chauhan – Masakali (Delhi 6)
Sonu Nigam – All Izz Well (3 Idiots)
Atif Aslam – Tu Jaane Na (Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani)
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan – Aaj Din Chadiya (Love Aaj Kal)
Sukhvinder Singh & Vishal Dadlani – Dan Te Nan (Kaminey)
Playback Singer (Female)
Shreya Ghoshal – Zoobi Doobi ( 3 Idiots)
Kavita Seth – IkTara (Wake Up Sid)
Rekha Bharadwaj – Sasural Genda Phool (Delhi 6)
Sunidhi Chauhan – Chor Baazari (Love Aaj Kal)
Shilpa Rao – Mudhi Mudhi (Paa)
Tulsi Kumar – Hafiz Khuda (8X10 Tasveer)