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Tigmanshu Dhulia talks about why he has not worked with A-listers till Bullet Raja happened
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 6, 2013)
With Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns ready for release, Mumbai Mirror caught up with Tigmanshu Dhulia, the creative force behind both the movies.
How did you come up with the idea of Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns? The sequel happened because the first one did well. It was a low budget film but I had a feeling it will do well on the BO. I was pretty sure that the women would love the film. My heroine, unlike most of her contemporaries, refuses to be a victim and fights for her rights and emerges a winner. The fact that the film actually did well, gave me the confidence to build on the idea further and come up with a sequel. Had Saheb Biwi not worked so well, I would have wrapped up my career in Bollywood.
Soha Ali Khan is a new face, while Randeep Hooda has gone missing in the sequel. Your comments. Soha has a royal lineage and has lived that life. So she was a perfect fit to the role. You cannot cultivate class. You are either born with it or you are not. As for Randeep, we had already got him killed in the previous film. However, we thought of giving him short stint, but he had already changed his look for a film and shooting in Sri Lanka.
Everyone felt Paan Singh Tomar was a better choice for Oscars than Barfi? Well, the federation decides which film should go to the Oscars. However, since Paan Singh was a film close to my More >
Anil Raina (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 17, 2012)
The crew of Yash Chopra’s untitled next starring Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif is headed to Ladakh today for an eight-day schedule. According to sources, SRK is expected to reach the cold desert by Sunday.Mirror has learnt that Chopra also intends to shoot in the picturesque Pahalgam region for three days. Keeping in mind the valley’s tense undercurrent and SRK’s popularity, extra security cover has been deployed for the unit – one from Jammu and Kashmir Police and the other provided by the CRPF. Though Kashmir has been stripped of cinema halls for a while now, the excitement in the valley is palpable. People are waiting eagerly for a glimpse of SRK who shot in Ladakh for Dil Se in 1998. It also marks Yash Chopra’s return to the valley he immortalised in the 1976 blockbuster Kabhi Kabhie.
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 14, 2012)
Mirror told you in May that Yash Chopra was toying with the idea of revisiting one of his favourite destinations, the Kashmir valley, as a backdrop for his directorial next starring Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif.
The last time the snow-dusted valley featured in Chopra’s films was in the 1976 blockbuster Kabhi Kabhie, after which the filmmaker, known for his choice of the most beautiful locales, had shifted his attention to the Swiss Alps for the longest time. So much so, the production house even conducted a recce of Kashmir, raising anticipation levels there.
However, Mirror now has it that the climax of Yash Chopra’s yet-untitled film will be shot in Ladakh and not Kashmir, only because Shah Rukh suggested the venue.
A source close to the film had said, “Yashji loves the snow in Kashmir and has shot two of his most romantic films, Daag and Kabhi Kabhie, there. They need a snow-capped landscape for the climax. Hence, initially, he contemplated shooting in Kashmir.”
However, Shah Rukh came up with the idea of Ladakh, where he had shot for Mani Rathnam’s Dil Se, and still has fond memories of the place, the source revealed.
That’s when and how the plan changed. So this winter, the film’s unit will head for a ten-day climax shoot to Ladakh instead of Kashmir.
Yash Raj Films’ official spokesperson confirmed the news saying, “The next schedule is in Ladakh.”
By Devansh Patel, April 19, 2011 – 15:32 IST
Two strangers. One I met for the first time in 1999. The other I met last week at my house party. Now rephrasing it: Two stories, One interview. Meet the creatively gifted Sanjay Suri and Onir. How can I ever forget my first interview in the year 1999. I recall entering the Trident Hotel a few yards away from the Ahmedabad airport. There he was dressed in a blue chequered shirt on his waist high denims held tight by his black belt saying, “Try and make it look like you aren’t acting. Just be real” And real he was with no starry tantrums nor the usual debutant over confidence. So, what’s not to love about Sanjay Suri? He’s a little bit sharp, a little bit funny, a little bit volatile, and hugely charismatic. Certainly he came across alluring back then. It’s 2011 and he still is the same, except his hair. It’s more like a ‘hair today gone tomorrow’ kind of a story. Having said that, he looks dapper than what he used to twelve years ago. Suri, today possesses an air of slick confidence that I haven’t noticed in him before. The reason is his film I AM. Produced and acted in the same, Sanjay having spent a decade and more in the wilderness of Bollywood has an honest revelation to make, “I AM is a movement and I am proud of that. I AM started as an idea and it got delivered.” But just then Onir delivers, “The passion to make money has surpassed the passion of making good cinema”. A fitting reply to one and all, a More >
By Screen Weekly, April 2, 2011 – 09:06 IST
Every other film now comes armed with an item girl. Get ready for more of the shimmy-shake.
In Bollywood, where words gather meaning and momentum of their own, an item is not any one thing. It’s everything rolled into one. See, see, there’s Mallika Sherawat proving the adage all over again, in a film that releases soon, fittingly called Thank You. Ms S is wearing bits of nothing. She’s got the hero boogying to her left and rows of extras to her right. She’s at the centre. All hail, The Item Girl. Time was when items were rendered by girls who were strictly at the periphery of the film bazaar. The naach (or ‘nautch’) would happen because the narrative demanded it, in which the hero would be at safe distance from the temptress emotionally, even if she was draping herself all over him. He would remain unmoved, though to stay stoic in the face of, say, the sublimely jiggly Helen, must have been an act of supreme sacrifice. There was Cuckoo just before her, who also danced beautifully, but it was Helen who became the Once and Forever Item Girl much before the term was invented. It didn’t have to be a cabaret (Oh, the frisson that word induced, sadly lost now). It could be a classical mujra (another word that conjured up visions of available women underneath the ghoonghat), which served the purpose just as well.
Saaqiya, aaj mujhe neend nahin aayegi, suna hai teri mehfil mein rat-jagaa hai. This evergreen More >
Preity Zinta, 36, talks about her television debut and having survived a difficult personal phase
Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 09, 2011)
► What convinced you to accept the offer to host Guinness World Record Ab India Todega?
(laughs) It is a record breaking show. I have been getting TV offers for the past five-six years. I didn’t have time. Nothing grabbed my attention then.
Talk shows are too personal because so much about your own life emerges through them. I am an adventurous person and when I heard about this show, I had to give it a shot.
► All your friends from the industry (Shah Rukh, Salman, Abhishek, Amitabh) have hosted TV shows. Did you ask them for tips?
They told me to relax and be myself. Whoever met me said do what you want.
► When will you return to the big screen?
You will see me in movies this year.
► Why have you turned down scripts in the past few years?
I was busy over the past six months with the court cases and the fights with BCCI. Before the IPL, I can shoot for the show. IPL follows, and then I will take a month off before shooting for my film.
► You made a successful transition from acting to entrepreneurship.
Earlier, I never had the courage to try something completely different. Once I was at the top of my game and opportunity came, I said, ‘I want to try this.’ I could have done it a bit differently by doing one film a year at least. But I got so consumed by various things that I did not have time for anything More >
Bollywood Badshah giving his best shot for special song
Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; December 22, 2010)
Even special after being song in the industry for 22 long years, Bollywood Badshah Shah Rukh Khan is keen to learn new things, a quality which he has possessed when he started his acting career. BT has learned that SRK, who starts shooting a high energy song-and-dance number today for Ra1, has learned gymnastics to pull off some aweinspiring steps and stunts in it.
Sources working on the sets confirm that SRK has trained to shoot this number for Anubhav Sinha. The last time the superstar had put in so much effort for a song was during the shooting of Chaiyan Chaiyan for Mani Ratnam’s Dil Se in which he grooved with Malaika Arora on a moving train.
The special song for Ra1 will have trapeze artists and many elements from the circus embedded into it. However shot , SRK for is not going to go shirtless, as reported earlier, or flaunt the six pack that he showcased in Om Shanti Om. It is said that 200 firang beauties have been hired just to shoot this song. “SRK will show the world that his injury and persistent back problems are a thing of the past. He has learnt gymnastics for the song and will also do trapeze stunts,” said the source.
SRK has been simultaneously working out and doing cardio, weight training and functional training because he wants to carry forward the same fitness and More >
Interview by Indu Mirani
As I wait outside the sound mixing suite in AR Rahman’s studio in Chennai for Mani Ratnam (55), who is busy putting last minute mixing touches to his Hindi-Tamil film Raavan, I get into a conversation with one of his assistants Shalini. She is frenetically busy too, juggling between downloading files and uploading others, all the while co-ordinating with designers and title writers. Later, she tells me that she waited seven years after finishing her mass media degree, rejecting every other job offer, for a chance to assist Mani Ratnam.Mani Ratnam
Shaad Ali Sehgal, who has himself directed three films, is a close associate of Mani Ratnam, assisting him on all his films since Dil Se. He has not even thought of his next film for over two years because he has been busy with Raavan.
That is the sort of reverence Mani Ratnam inspires in those who work with him and the audience follows suit. They may make his films hits or flops but rarely will anyone say he doesn’t want to watch a Mani Ratnam film, which comes with an in-built guarantee of exquisite cinematography, scintillating screenplay, amazing music, off-beat locations and mainstream actors in challenging roles.
His only son, Nandan (19) though, is not in any way involved with films. He is in Edinburgh, studying philosophy and Mani Ratnam has no problem with that at all. “His interests are in books, politics and More >
Chitrangada Singh out of Bloody Paki after Vivek Oberoi expresses discomfort at romancing the “older looking” actress
Mauli Singh (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 19, 2010) Vivek Oberoi
Now that Vivek Oberoi’s flagging acting career shows some signs of revival, after his latest release Prince, which fared averagely at the box-office, and his forthcoming Rakta Charitra and Mani Ratnam’s Bloody Paki, the actor is in no mood to take a wrong step.
Vivek expressed some qualms about starring opposite Chitrangada Singh in Bloody Paki, which resulted in her being replaced by Genelia D’Souza. The film is set against the backdrop of the recent London attacks. It is being directed by Shiva, Mani Ratnam’s assistant in Dil Se and Raavan.
Our source said, “The makers were considering Chitrangada for the romantic lead opposite Vivek. Though director Shiva thought Chitrangada was perfect for the role, she is no longer in the film.”
Commenting on the qualms Vivek had, the source added, “Vivek is not ready to work with Chitangada as he feels she looks older than him. The filmmakers had to replace Chitrangada with the younger Genelia.”
Vivek was not reachable but his manager said, “Vivek has no problem about working with either Chitrangada or Genelia as both are very talented actresses.Chitrangada Singh
Eventually, it’s the producer and director who decide the leading lady of the film.”
Chitrangada, who is holidaying abroad, denied the story. We More >
At the recent music release of Raavan, everybody was taken in by a soulful rendition of a song, Jaa re udd jaa re, by AR Rahman.
Penned by fellow Oscar winner Gulzar, most of the audience present for the music release of Raavan assumed it was part of the CD given out that evening – but it wasn’t. Even Mani Ratnam wasn’t aware that Rahman would be singing the song.Gulzar with Rahman at the music release of Raavan (Pic: Nilesh wairkar)
A source from the unit reveals, “The song that Rahman performed live was an absolutely last minute inclusion. Rahman and Mani share a special bond that goes beyond their professional association. Rahman has given music for all of Mani’s films and even sung in a couple like Dil Se and Guru. Mani was very keen to have Rahman sing in Raavan.” Which he did, eventually.
But the song itself hadn’t been set to music. So Rahman burnt the midnight oil to give Mani a musical surprise. The night before the launch, Rahman closeted himself in his Mumbai studio and worked through the night to compose the song. In the wee hours, he recorded it in his voice.
The source adds that the final CD of the track did not contain the song, and the entire team of Raavan, including director Mani Ratnam, heard it for the first time at the launch. The song may be More >