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Dharmendra talks about battling booze, making movies and getting fitter
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 10, 2010)
• In your forthcoming film Yat Yamala Pagla Deewana you are working with your sons Sunny and Bobby for the second time after Apne. How is working with family?
With family, there are no ego clashes, no negativity. It always gives you an extra boost, which shows in the final output. After Apne, we were flooded with offers from filmmakers who wanted to cast the three of us. But we were waiting for a good script.
Yamala Pagla Deewana is a comedy, but the backbone is the emotion. Sunny and Bobby play my sons. I play a thug who has separated from my wife (played by Nafisa Joseph) and take Bobby with me. Let’s keep the rest of the story under wraps (smiles).
• You are working with your daughter Esha too in Tell Me O Khuda…
With daughters, you see, I am still a man from the village. Let’s not go there. All said and done, we live for the happiness of our children, don’t we? I felt very tense when I saw her doing so many action scenes. She was hanging from the wing of a plane. I was waiting in my vanity van and I called her. Her phone was off. I called up the director. She was hauled up and assured me that she was fine. When I wasn’t convinced, she said that she has my Jat blood and I should stop worrying about her.
• Does Hema Malini worry about her?
You rarely get such a brave and strong mother like her.
• And how is she as a More >
Chunky Panday was the first to remake the cult Bollywood western
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; August 3, 2010)
Ramesh Sippy’s curry western Sholay, Bollywood’s most memorable film to date, completes 35 years. It is said that in August, a segment of the media will have a burst to commemorate the 35th anniversary of this Amitabh Bachchan-Dharmendra film. A lot has been written about those who were foolish to remake this film or pay an ode to it— i.e. Malegaon Ke Sholay, Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag etc. However it is interesting to know that Bollywood actor Chunky Panday was audacious to try and remake this film when he was in school. On the eve of the 35th anniversary of the classic Sholay, Chunky reveals the secret of his Sholay remake. It all started after his father got a movie camera home a week after Sholay’s release. The 7th standard kid decided that this was a good time to make a fast buck, and hence, smuggling the bulky camera to school . Chunky told classmates that he was producing a grand 8 mm remake of India’s first 70mm film and that aspiring actors would need to pay production costs to be part of the film. The response was instant and practically half the school contributed money to secure their place in the classic in the making. The campaign was then taken across the road to the girls’ school as casting of Basanti was crucial. By the end of a few days, he had generated enough buzz to collect Rs 9,000! In year 1975, this was a princely sum More >
Friday 23rd July 2010 18.00 IST
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The Dabangg promo has got a mind blowing response from those who have seen it in the industry. The promo was talk of the town when first aired midweek and no doubt has become the most anticipated film of the year from a box office point of view. The promo was with the prints of Khatta Meetha and reports suggest the response is similar from the public as well.
Salman Khan is looking awesome and reminds one of Dharmendra in the 1975 mega hit Pratiggya. The look of the film and the dialogues are all set for huge appreciation and it will be no surprise if the film goes above Wanted at the box office.
The wait is for the music of the film and if that is a hit then the sky will be the limit for the success of this film.
Dabangg looks set for a mind boggling start all over India at multiplexes and single screens when it releases on 10th September which is Eid week.
Is Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai about him or not? Read this life-sketch of the legendary smuggler and check for yourself
Deeptiman Tiwary and Abhijit Sathe (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 23, 2010)
For Bollywood scriptwriters who tend to seek inspiration from the underworld, Haji Mastan would be hard to resist. Movies like Deewar and Mukkadar Ka Sikandar were loosely based on the life of this smuggler.
As Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai is all set to release next week – with a disclaimer as directed by court - we put together the stories from the life behind the legend.
Contrary to his eulogised figure in movies, Mastan was no dreaded don or gangster. He had never killed a man or shot a bullet in his entire life. He was merely a smuggler with money and connections. What turned him into our Don Corleone was his penchant for exhibition - of power in Robin Hood style and of luxury in the company of the glamour world.Haji Mastan with Sona, a starlet he fancied, financed movies for and later married
Haji Mastan was born Mastan Haider Mirza on March 1, 1926 in Panaikulam village near Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu.
His father, an impoverished farmer, migrated to Mumbai with Mastan in 1934. They ran a small cycle-repair shop near Crawford Market that barely fed the family.
As Mastan toiled through the day at the shop, Mumbai’s cruel wealth whizzed past him in luxury cars and beamed through the posters of art-deco film theatres. No wonder, he started nursing More >
Sunny praji is suffering from serious health issues. He was flown to the US on Wednesday for medical treatment. His office has cancelled all his meetings for the next two weeks.
Interestingly, there are several reasons for his urgent trip to the US, all of which seem to be contradictory. Not so long ago, Sunny Deol had said, “I have been ill since the past few years and have a severe back problem. It’s under control now. But when it does act up, I’m forced to slow down.”
A source confirms, “Sunny’s back problem has aggravated. He was admitted to a city hospital last week, but the problem intensified. The worried family has sent him to the US for better treatment.”
But Sunny’s secretary Nina offered a completely different reason, “Sunny has a kidney stone, which needs to be treated. That’s why he has gone to the US.” When asked why he chose to be treated in the US , Nina shot back, “I didn’t ask him all that. He should be back in seven days.”
Sunny’s man Friday Tolaram, who has been working for him since his debut in Betaab, had another story to tell, “Sunny Saheb is in the US not for any treatment. His kidney stone was cured in the city hospital recently and his back problem is over. He is absolutely fine. He has gone to the US to be with his kids who have been holidaying there since a few days. He will be back after fifteen days.”
It’s not been easy for the Deols on the health front. Due to Sunny’s More >
Kunal Kapoor was caught climbing into someone’s house using a pipeline
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 30, 2010)
Though Hindi films, Dharmendra in particular, make it seem like cakewalk, climbing vertical sewage pipelines isn’t all that easy. As for the upwardly mobile actor (pun intended) Kunal Kapoor, the stint turned out to be rather ugly. Last week, Kunal was caught climbing the water pipeline of a building in his neighbourhood, in the wee hours of the night.
Says an eyewitness, “Kunal wanted to jump into his neighbour Nimesh’s house through a window. Nimesh stays on the third floor. But before Kunal could reach there, the building’s watchman spotted him climbing the pipe and ordered him to come down immediately.”
Apparently, Kunal and Nimesh are friends. On the fated night, Kunal had decided to play a prank on Nimesh. The plan was that Kunal would climb into Nimesh’s house and would then let the rest of his friends in. They would then rearrange all the furniture in the living room and leave, so Nimesh would get the shock of his life on waking up the next morning.
Clearly, planning isn’t Kunal’s forte. Kunal and his friends got easy access into the building. Nimesh was apparently fast asleep when Kunal started climbing the building, with a few other friends muttering occasional words of support. Destiny had other plans though. “The watchman happened to pass by and spotted Kunal climbing the pipe.
The watchman did not recognise him (Kunal, try a clean-shaven More >
The baap-beti emotional scene stunned the unit in Goa
SUBHASH K JHA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; June 5, 2010)
This is one scene everybody must look out for when Hema Malini’s Tell Me Oh Khuda is finally released. It is picturised on Dharmendra and his daughter, on screen as in real life, Esha Deol… yes, this film’s all in the family. And the dialogue had Esha telling Dharmendra, “You’re the best father in the world.” To which Garam Dharam’s emotional response was, “… and you’re the best daughter in the world.”
When the cameras rolled and the scene got underway, Esha broke down uncontrollably when her father said his dialogue. And Dharmendra, who is a big softie in person — his tough image on screen notwithstanding, joined her as tears welled up in his eyes as well. Unit hands who were stunned, touched and embarrassed by this emotional baap-beti scene, said that “only Hemaji kept her composure”.
Esha, who is working with Dharmendra for the first time, admitted that doing Tell Me Oh Khuda was as much a nightmare as a dream come true. “Mom’s really strong,” said Esha, “it was an emotional moment for her as well, though she didn’t show it.” She was surprised to learn that Dharmendra has never relied on glycerine when it came to shooting tearful scenes. “But that day was special, with me thoda zyada ho gaya, something just gave way and I cried. Maybe it was those words that I had bottled up inside me and wanted to say to Dad all More >
Roja actress Madhoo returns with aunt Hema Malini’s production
Mauli Singh (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 03, 2010) Madhoo
After roping in veteran actors Dharmendra, Rishi Kapoor and Vinod Khanna for Tell Me Oh Khuda, Hema Malini springs another surprise by getting her niece Madhoo to join the merry cast. Roja girl Madhoo is making her comeback with this film after four years. She was last seen in Kachchi Sadak in 2006.
The charming actress plays Vinod Khanna’s daughter-in-law, who is pregnant for the second time. Her role is that of a Rajasthani woman who has to fight the bias against the girl child in the state. An excited Madhoo says, “I did Mohini for Hema and at a time when I thought I will not do TV. I played Urvashi in the series that Hema was directing called Women of India. I have unconditional love for her. When she wants me to do something, I have to because she is family.”
Madhoo is a mother of two beautiful daughters and took a break from Bollywood when she got married to Anand Shah in 1999. She adds, “It is a trial to see how my children handle my absence. I If everything goes well, then I will be open to serious work.”
Madhu, who is facing the camera after a long time, was nervous more about her looks than acting. “Acting cannot be learnt, so therefore cannot be forgotten. As soon as the camera is on, you just become the character.”
Madhoo hopes to do roles like the ones Michelle Pfeiffer and Meryl Streep are doing. She More >
SUBHASH K JHA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; May 30, 2010)
Thirty-five years after he produced and acted in a hit film called Pratigya with Hema Malini (in 1975, who else!), Dharmendra danced to the popular song Main Jat Yamla Pagla Deewana from that film for Samir Karnik’s Yamla Pagla Deewana that is being shot in Indore currently. The original number was sung by Mohammed Rafi to music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Karnik intended to use a re-mixed version for his film. But Dharmendra ended up dancing to the original track. And what’s more, he remembered the dance steps of 35 years ago and needed no prompting. Besides, sons Sunny and Bobby who are acting with Dharmendra in Yamla Pagla Deewana, joined their father in this energetic jig. Sunny did his ‘rockbreaking’ dance step from Jeet and Bobby his dance step from Gupt. The film unit in Indore, it is said, was close to tears. Despite the sweltering heat, Dharmendra is giving this film his best, and the Deol boys are trying to shoot his scenes early in the morning or later during the day when the temperature is lower. The ageing actor has agreed to these restrictions because otherwise, the the choice was to cancel the schedule and return to Mumbai.