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Money, name and identity. We talk to Bollywood’s old guard on why they are upset with zippy remakes
Anand Holla (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 14, 2013)
Forty years after Amitabh Bachchan ushered in the angry young man to whistles and cheers in Zanjeer, its writers Javed Akhtar and Salim Khan are channelling the character’s inner rage. Furious and unrelenting, Bollywood’s most successful scriptwriter duo filed a suit in the Bombay High Court this month, seeking a stay on the release of its remake, Zanjeer 2.0.
Their grouse is that producers Amit Mehra (whose father Prakash Mehra directed and produced the original) and Reliance Entertainment didn’t seek their consent for the remake, even though they hold the copyright of the ‘literary work’. While the 1973 film starred Bachchan, Dadasaheb Phalke award-winner Pran and Jaya Bachchan, the remake stars Telugu star Ram Charan Teja (top) and Priyanka Chopra.
Salim-Javed claim they have been trying to resolve the matter for a year now. Says 68-year-old Akhtar, “We tried speaking to Amit. When that didn’t help, we first went to the Film Writers Association and then the Federation of Western India Cine Employees, which also agreed that the rights belonged to us. But the producers didn’t relent. When we own its rights, how can someone make it in Telugu and Hindi without our consent?”
It’s not that the legendary scriptwriters are against remakes. Khan, 77, points out that a remake is a win-win situation for writers. “If it works, it proves More >
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 29, 2012)
Raj Sippy’s 1977 thriller Inkaar, best remembered for the lavni number Mungda is now a disputed property.
Both Dharam Uberoi and Sanjay Dutt, who are now on talking terms again (Mumbai Mirror,October 24, 2012; but Sanjay Dutt refuted the claims that he’s friends again with Uberoi), are keen on remaking the film. While Oberoi claims to have the remake rights of Inkaar, Sanjay Dutt who has been on the look-out for a good script to carry forward Sanjay Dutt Productions after Rascals, has reportedly approached Raj Sippy for the remake rights of the film.
When contacted, Raj Sippy said,“I cannot deny that Sanjay Dutt is interested in remaking Inkaar. However it is Dharam Uberoi who has bought the rights of the film.”
Said a source, “Dharam paid an initial amount of Rs 7-8 lakh to Raj Sippy . This was during the time when he was Sanjay Dutt’s business manager. So technically Dutt feels the remake rights of Inkaar were sold to him. However all the papers pertaining to the rights are with Dharam and he is adamant on starting his production house with Inkaar. But Raj Sippy has only got the initial amount from Dharam. The total amount agreed for the remake rights is Rs 75 lakhs.”
Added the source, “Dutt and Daddu (Raj Sippy) go back a long way. They’ve worked together in many films in the past, like Thanedaar and Shiva. Dutt has offered to pay Raj the entire amount of Rs 75 lakhs for the remake rights.”
Interestingly, Dharam Uberoi More >
MID-DAY (October 25, 2012)
Sanjay Dutt is apparently very upset over the recent report that he has patched up with his ex-manager Dharam Uberoi.
The report suggested that Dutt, who recently mended fences with Kangna Ranaut and Sanjay Gupta, is back on speaking terms with Dharam Uberoi after he was ousted as the CEO of Sanjay Dutt Productions.
An angry Dutt says, “I have nothing to do with Uberoi and I am not in touch with him at all. It is completely untrue and I have not spoken or exchanged any SMSes with him.”
The actor, who seems to be on a mission to mend fences, has patched up with his ex-manager
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 24, 2012)
We don’t know if his wife Manyata, who has governed his friend-list, is responsible for his new actions, but Sanjay Dutt is on a mending-fences spree. A few days ago at Amitabh Bachchan’s birthday bash at Film City, he kissed and made up with his friend-turned-foe Sanjay Gupta. A few days after that, we heard that Kangna Ranaut landed up at his place for Mata Ki Chowki. Obviously his Rascals co-star had not come uninvited. And the latest is he is back on the same page with his ex-manager Dharam Uberoi, who had joined him when he had a big fight with Sanjay Gupta over financial issues in Shootout At Lokhandwala (2007).
Ram Gopal Varma’s film Department saw an ugly controversy emerging between Dutt and Uberoi, which led to Dutt washing his hands off Uberoi. Dutt’s confidantes warned him about Uberoi’s high-handedness. After Varma lashed out at Uberoi and made several allegations against him, blaming him for the failure of Department, the message was loud and clear to Dutt that the time had come to show the door to Uberoi. Post Department, Dutt made Manyata the CEO of his production house Sanjay Dutt Productions, a post occupied by Uberoi till then. Thereafter, Uberoi and he were not on talking terms.
Talking about the recent patch-up between the two, a source told Mirror, “Dutt and Uberoi frequently text each other these days. They More >
The actor’s unavailability has delayed film’s completion by over two months
Hiren Kotwani (BOMBAY TIMES; June 18, 2012)
It’s been a year since it went on floors and Arshad Warsi-Vivek Oberoi starrer Zila Ghaziabad is yet to be completed. Reason being, the makers are still waiting for Dutt’s (he plays a cop in this gang-war flick) dates to wrap the shoot.
Sources associated with the project tell us that the actor, who was to shoot the film after his return from Patiala in April end, is yet to give any dates in over a month since then. Insiders blame the star’s erstwhile business manager Dharam Uberoi for the mismanagement of Dutt’s dates. It is also learnt that Dutt’s role in ZG has been increased over the past few months. The remaining three-day shoot has now become a two-week spell.
Our informer says, “Dharam had promised to give the dates in May. But he prioritized Department (he was the film’s line producer) and let Zila Ghaziabad suffer. Though Dharam is no longer associated with Sanjay, that doesn’t change the status of his dates.”
The date problem has nothing to do with Dutt’s role being increased. “When Sanjay heard that new scenes had been added for his character, he was thrilled. It makes his character stronger and more assertive,” says our source, adding that of the 15 days required from the actor, six will be used to film action scenes.
Producer Vinod Bachchan, who was initially planning a July release, is not rushing to announce a fresh date until the More >
No longer the CEO of Dutt’s production house, Dharam Uberoi now ceases to be his manager too
Subhash K Jha and Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 31, 2012)
Mirror told you how Dharam Uberoi was sacked as the CEO of Sanjay Dutt Productions recently. While the actor’s wife Manyata took over the job, Mirror has learnt that Dutt has now found a replacement for Oberoi’s other post as well. Salman Khan’s business manager, Reshma Shetty, who is often credited with the actor’s meteoric rise as a brand unto himself in the past couple of years has stepped in to wave her magic wand on Sanjay Dutt’s career.
Following Department’s debacle at the box office, Dutt had a much publicised fallout with his manager Oberoi. A source close to the development revealed, “While Dutt has been outwardly sitting on the fence regarding Dharam Uberoi’s future as his business manager, he has secretly been meeting up with Salman’s business manager on Salman’s recommendation. The deal between Dutt and Reshma Shetty is final. An official announcement will be made shortly.”
A close friend of Dutt said, “Salman has been persuading Dutt to hire Reshma Shetty for months now. But earlier, he wouldn’t hear of getting rid of Dharam Uberoi. Now he sees sense in Salman’s suggestion. Reshma is expected to turn around Dutt’s career, seal endorsement and advertisement deals on his behalf, and help him sign the right films.”
Neither Dutt nor Shetty replied despite repeated attempts to contact them. And we hear, after More >
Common friend Ahmed Khan plays peacemaker after weeks of mudslinging
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 28, 2012)
The failure of Ram Gopal Varma’s Department led to some serious collateral damage: lead actor Sanjay Dutt and the filmmaker got embroiled in a public spat and resulted in the ouster of Dutt’s manager Dharam Uberoi as CEO of his production house. The new twist in the tale: Dutt and RGV may have buried the hatchet after all. If you remember, RGV had tweeted: “Whatever else is happening to Department, I am supremely happy that I don’t need to see the faces of Sanjay Dutt and Dharam Uberoi for the rest of my life. …. If Dutt and Uberoi think I am bad in Department, let’s wait for Zila Ghaziabad and Soham’s film where I am not there to spoil their creative inputs.” But all that seems to be a thing of the past now with choreographer and filmmaker Ahmed Khan playing peacemaker. Though many had tried to make Dutt and RGV speak to each other over the last one week, it was Khan, a common friend, who convinced Dutt to make that important call to the beleaguered filmmaker.
Dutt and Varma, we learnt, spoke for a while and sorted out their differences that were created by Dutt’s manager Uberoi.
While neither Varma nor Dutt wished to comment, Khan told Mirror, “Ramu is my mentor. He gave me a break in Rangeela when I was 19-years-old. I was a nobody back then. He thought that I could do justice to AR Rahman’s music, Aamir Khan’s acting and Jackie Shroff’s style. I will always More >
Vivek Oberoi talks about his marriage, making babies and big brother Sanjay Dutt
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; May 27, 2012)
It’s a hot, sultry afternoon when Vivek Oberoi decides to take a break from his hectic shooting schedule.
Sporting his trademark casual charm in linen pants and a basic hawai chappal, and oblivious to the curious glances thrown at him by passers-by, Vivek chats with HitList about his friendship with Sanjay Dutt, his equation with Ram Gopal Varma and making babies in the future.
You are doing back-to-back films with Sanjay Dutt… (Smiles) He is to be blamed for it. Whenever we have met, he has showered me with love and only love. Whenever he gets a film that has more than one hero, he calls me up and says you are my kid brother and I want you to work in this film. I also had to say no to a few of films with him, as I had other commitments, but we are planning a film together next year. He decided to make Priyanka his little sister and gives me advice that life is all about your wife, your family, kids, etc. It is nice to have a pillar like him.
Your mentor Ram Gopal Varma has tweeted against Zila Ghaziabad and Sher (Sanjay Dutt and his manager Dharam Uberoi are giving creative inputs for the films). What do you think? I really don’t know what has transpired between all the parties, so I have no take on this topic.
But do you intend to work with Ramu? I love to work with him. At times when I can’t give him dates, he gets very upset with me.
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Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 26, 2012)
While Dharam Uberoi is receiving brickbats from both Ram Gopal Varma and Sanjay Dutt’s friends in the wake of Department’s poor showing at the box office, the latest twist to the tale is that Dutt’s wife Manyata will be replacing Uberoi as the new CEO of Sanjay Dutt Productions, even as Uberoi continues to be the manager and handle the company’s business affairs.
Mirror has learnt that Uberoi has stepped down from his post of CEO and Manyata has started work on future films, more so with Dutt busy shooting for Sher in Rajasthan. A source close to the company said, “Manyata Dutt has taken over and will now be the official CEO of the company. Dharam Oberoi has stepped down from his post of a CEO.”
The source explained, “Uberoi also wants to make more films and has flagged his own production house so that his creative energies can be diverted there. Also Manyata will have more time on her hands as the kids will start going to school. The first film that Dharam handled as CEO, Rascals, flopped miserably. The recent controversy too has taken its toll on the relationship between Dutt and Oberoi.”
While Oberoi will continue as manager and handle the production house’s business affairs, matters pertaining to production and films produced under the banner will be decided by Manyata, the source said.
“Manyata is meeting some directors and will be announcing a film very soon,” said the More >
Apparently, Sanjay Dutt who is angry with Ramu for publicly blaming him for ‘Department’ debacle might try and ensure that no actor works with him again
Hiren Kotwani (MID-DAY; May 25, 2012)
If the buzz about tinseltown is any indication, the Sanjay Dutt-Ram Gopal Varma feud over Department is far from over. Well-placed industry sources reveal that the actor is very angry with the director for publicly (posting on a micro-blogging site) blaming him for the debacle of their film.
So much so that he could well do a Sanjay Gupta on him. – to try and ensure that no actor works with him again, and consequently, jeopardise Sarkar 3, which the filmmaker has announced.
According to our source, the first person Dutt can convince to opt out of Sarkar 3 is Abhishek Bachchan. “Especially since Ramu has openly blamed Abhishek for getting Sanjay in the film and then himself opting out due to unavailability of suitable dates,” reveals our source, adding that next would be Amitabh Bachchan himself.
As he adds further, “Although Amitji has praised Ramu’s so-called rogue methodology of filmmaking in the promotional interviews, he himself won’t be happy with the way Department failed so miserably.”
Already, the industry is talking about how Dutt and his associate Dharam Uberoi are bad-mouthing Varma. “Sanjay and Dharam are mincing no words when it comes to blaming Ramu for the failure of Department.
Even though the director has spoken about their interference harming the film, they are More >