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SRK’s next, already in the shadow of Robot’s astounding success, has been postponed to next Diwali, so that King Khan can buy the best SFX money can buy
Fans of King Khan, who are eagerly awaiting the release of his next film, might have to wait even more as RA.One has now been pushed to a Diwali 2011 release.
The film was scheduled to be released in June next year. However it seems that the SFX won’t be complete by then.
Our source said, “RA.One is Shah Rukh’s most ambitious film till date. He is leaving no stone unturned for the production values of the film.
Already there are strong rumours that Rajni’s Robot is similar to RA.One; it is a known fact that SRK was the one who was scheduled to star in Robot before he had differences with Shankar and Shankar went on to make the film with Rajnikanth.
Now people are saying that both the films have lots of similarities. That apart, Robot is already a huge hit and the SFX of the film are being talked about. Keeping all this in mind, SRK wants the film to be nothing less than the best.
He will not settle for anything but the best and he wants the special effects of the film to be of the top order, making it a technical feat in Bollywood.
SRK himself had tweeted that the film will release on June 3 sometime ago but he now knows that it is not going to be possible. The SFX will take time.”
|A still from RA.One|
The source further said, “The next deadline has been set for October end, which will be during Diwali.
The film also stars SRK and Kareena, both sharing screen time with one another after a long gap.
They worked in Asoka together and after that Kareena did a couple of songs in Don and Billu with SRK. The team of Red Chillies is trying to meet this deadline.”
SRK remained unavailable for comments. Wonder if he was watching Christopher Nolan’s Inception.
By Subhash K. Jha, November 12, 2010 – 11:17 IST
It was a near-calamitous Diwali for Anurag Basu. His little daughter suffered a finger injury, his wife fractured her leg and Anurag is under the weather too.
Not a very happy Diwali for this super-gifted filmmaker, who friends claim, has gone underground.
To that Anurag laughs heartily, “Yes, I’ve been hearing rumours about myself. That I’ve migrated to Kolkata. That I’m making Bengali films. Ha ha! Just because I did a celebrity chat show on Bangla TV. I suppose that’s where the rumours started. I did that chat show because it was earlier hosted by Saurav Ganguly.”
Far from moving away from Hindi cinema after the debacle of Kites, Anurag is all set to direct three Hindi feature films in 2011.
Elaborates Anurag, “I was supposed to do two films Silence with Ranbir and Priyanka Chopra, and the film on Kishore Kumar in 2011. Silence would’ve happened in 2010. It got pushed ahead because Imtiaz Ali’s film Rock Star with Ranbir got delayed. Now between Silence and my Kishore Kumar bio-pic, I am directing a third film. The details are now being worked out.”
As for rumours of Anurag “returning” to television, the director of the neo-classics Gangster and Life… In A Metro says, “I started on television. I never left the medium. We’re now producing a serial loosely based Life… In A Metro. We’ve tentatively titled it Dil Khudgarz Hai.”
Anurag hoped to name the serial Metro. But the title belongs to UTV.
Anurag says it’s impossible to make a sequel to Life… In A Metro.” When we made the film, the concept and the treatment were novel. But now so many films have been made on the same theme. Besides I’ve many new subjects for films. Why return to what I’ve already done.”
Silence with Ranbir and Priyanka is to start shooting in January. The second leading lady is still to be finalized.
Anurag hopes to get the actress in place this month.
Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai sequel ditches lead actors
Even as Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai completed 100 days last week, Ekta Kapoor and Milan Luthria have started work on the sequel.
Interestingly, none of the three key stars of the film Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi and Kangna Ranaut will feature in the sequel. Says a source, “Ajay died in the first part of the film.
While Emraan was originally supposed to do the film, a few changes in the script recently have prompted his exit.
As for the female lead, Balaji has decided to induct another actress in the sequel.”
The Diwali card party held at Kapoor’s Juhu residence on Saturday was also a celebration for the film’s unprecedented box office success.
“Ekta is very happy with Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai, and she will leave no stone unturned for the sequel,” added the source.
What remains to be seen is if Ekta’s best friend Prachi Desai, who was also a part of the film gets to retain her place.
On suffering huge losses after Ramayana bombed at the box office, the filmmaker asked most of his workers to quit
After Ramayana turned out to be a box-office turkey, filmmaker Ketan Mehta has had no buyers for Rang Rasiya for a long time.
Having run into huge losses, Mehta decided to sack eighty percent of the employees in his company, the Maya Digital Media Pvt Ltd.
Mehta’s employees were asked to leave a week before Diwali, with the promise that they will be paid a month’s extra salary. But the employees are apparently still awaiting salaries for the month before this one. Even Chetan Desai, the director of Ramayana has supposedly been sacked.
|Deepa Sahi||Ketan Mehta|
An ex employee on the condition of anonymity says, “They told me to leave including other 160 employees. I haven’t got an increment in the past two years.”
Apparently, Ketan has now moved into a much smaller office in Malad and he has sold off several computers as well.
An insider gives another point of view and says, “The company lost international clients because two senior ex employees, Jai Natrajan and Dipesh Sahi had a fallout with Ketan and they started their own company in Bangalore. They spread false rumours about Maya shutting down and stole its clients.”
Ketan Mehta’s phone was switched off but his wife and company’s co-owner Deepa Sahi says, “We started Maya ten years ago but we took it over three months ago. The cost involved in an animation is very high. We realised there were many problems with the company. We have hired Frank Foster as a new CEO of the company.”
Sahi clarifies that Chetan Desai is on two-month sabbatical. However she adds, “It has nothing to do with Ramayana.”
Talking about the unpaid salaries Deepa clarifies, “The salaries got delayed because of restructuring but they will get paid. It was too expensive to continue paying salaries to 200 employees. We had to take some corrective measures.”
By Nikhil Ramsubramaniam, November 8, 2010 – 12:35 IST
The verdict is out. Rohit Shetty’s laugh-a-thon Golmaal 3 has emerged as the clear winner at the Box Office this Diwali. While the filmmaker is but obviously elated with his latest success, he is not one of those who believe in resting on past laurels. Rohit is already busy planning his next two films. While his immediate next as reported earlier would be the remake of the Tamil film Singam and would star Ajay Devgn in the lead, Rohit is also planning a comedy with Ajay Devgn and Abhishek Bachchan. Interestingly, the duo starred in Rohit’s directorial debut Zameen.
Confirming this news Rohit says, “Yes I am planning a comedy with Ajay and Abhishek. I have narrated the idea to them and am waiting to see how the dates can be worked out. The comedy flick would be produced by Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd.”
However, Rohit maintains that the immediate next project that he would be working on would be the remake of Singam. “The comedy film will start only by mid next year. I would first be doing the Singam remake with Ajay. That is an action film and is being produced by Reliance Big Pictures. We start shooting in Feb. 2011 and I plan to wrap the film in two months. We are aiming at a June release.”
With these two films, Rohit Shetty surely has his plate full for next year.
The Bollywood superstar’s Bodyguard has reportedly been lapped up for Rs 62 crores
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; November 6, 2010)
Dabangg, that opened to an unprecedented release in September, has pushed Salman Khan on top of the charts. The only other Khan who is higher than him at this point is Aamir (courtesy 3 Idiots). Naturally, now the market is watching every move (or should that read, every movie) that Salman is making, announcing or even suggesting.
His next release will be Anees Bazmee’s Ready that is expected in April 2011. However, the first film to get the benefit of the Dabangg super success is his brother-in-law Atul Agnihotri’s Bodyguard that has Salman and Kareena Kapoor in the lead.
The film is expected to go on the floors on January 16, and is expected to release on Eid (a Salman speciality) on August 29, 2011. Anil Ambani’s company has reportedly paid Rs 62 crores for the rights of this film. Says a trade source, “Since Salman hit a purple patch with Dabangg, his movies are attracting huge prices.” The market source also says that Bollywood that had decided not to acquire films for exorbitant prices is actually going back on its word.
“After the debacle of Kites and Raavan, you would have thought that people learned a lesson,” the source says. “However, the market is currently looking good. And big hero films are back to being bought, sold and resold for some unheard of prices. Yes, this Diwali the gold rush is on.”
By now we are all well-versed with Rohit Shetty cinema. All his films bear the stamp of total madness, total fun and lots of entertainment. No wonder his films are seen ideal for Diwali release, when the mood is upbeat. Golmaal 3 too arrives today, on a Diwali, with hugest expectations. This is India’s officially first trilogy (if one doesn’t count My Friend Ganesha series) and the need was a product which would meet all the expectations attached to it. Fortunately, Golmaal 3 fulfills all those expectations! The film is entertaining and funny from the word ‘Go’. Unfortunately, there are some glitches but the pros compensate for these minor flaws and overall the film just rocks!
The story of the movie: Gopal (Ajay Devgn) lives with his brother Laxman (Shreyas Talpade), friend Daboo (Kareena Kapoor) and mother Guddi (Ratna Pathak Shah). On the other hand, Pritam (Mithun Chakraborty), a bus driver, stays with his sons-Madhav (Arshad Warsi), Lucky (Tusshar Kapoor) and Laxman (Kunal Khemu). Sons of both Pritam and Guddi can’t stand each other and there’s intense hatred between them. However, what no one knows is Pritam and Guddi were lovers once upon a time who couldn’t marry due to existing circumstances. When they meet after many years, they decide to rekindle their relationship. With Daboo’s persuasion, they get married without Guddi’s sons knowing that Pritam’s sons are the ones they hate and also the other way round. To find out what happens when they find out the bitter truth, watch the film!
It’s evident that Golmaal 3 wasn’t an easy film to make. There were as many as 8 important characters and numerous side characters. Forget the sidekicks, giving adequate screen space to each of the principal characters is a daunting task. However, the writers and makers succeed in doing so. Each character is unique and gets proper time to display their histrionics! Secondly, the director (Rohit Shetty) was helming the part 3 of a successful series. Although Golmaal 1 was successful, Golmaal 2 was thrashed by some for its not-so-interesting humour. Shetty and his team have learnt from their mistakes and appropriate care is taken to come up with a script which inspite of being illogical, is entertaining and tickles the funny bone!
Like all Rohit Shetty films, Golmaal 3 too begins with the title track. There are many scenes that truly stand out. Ajay and team screwing up Arshad team’s business twice and unintentionally destroying their own was too good. The entire flashback of Mithun-Ratna was brilliant and it was told in typical 70s-80s style with retro sets and background score. The best part of the 1st half was when the sons of Mithun and Ratna find the truth and the madness that follows. Just amazing!
Post-interval too the fun doesn’t subside. One of the finest sequences here was both the sibling teams threatening one another without mouthing a single word. It was truly very witty and of course totally hilarious! The emotional drama that erupts was fortunately very well treated. The climax was where the film could have hit a sixer. It was a bit thanda compared to the madness that it succeeded. But nevertheless, it entertains and you come out with a smile!
In Golmaal Returns, it was Shreyas who took away the cake. Here’s its none other than Ajay who’s undoubtedly the best performer of the film! His looks are killer and he carries out the role of hot-headed weirdo with elan. A versatile actor is one who is able to come up with a unique performance in each of the film of the same genre. Ajay succeeds very well in doing that! Hats off!
Kareena Kapoor has never attempted something like this before and she too comes out with flying colours. Even as a tomboy, she looks so hot and this is a considerable feat! Tusshar outperforms everyone in many of the scenes. Also in the only emotional sequence of the film, it’s him who rocks! Great work! Arshad Warsi who was very badly sidelined in Golmaal Returns gets a meaty role in Golmaal 3 and like everytime, gives a fabulous performance. Shreyas Talpade’s stammering act was funny but only at some places. Kunal Khemu brings the house down with his class dialogues!
Mithun Chakraborty gives an honest performance. He’s at his best in flashback scenes and when he makes a signature move in Apna Har Din song! Ratna Pathak Shah too comes up with a fine performance. Johny Lever was just brilliant and will surely be loved for his antics! Watch out for him! Mukesh Tiwari (Vasooli) is funny when he abuses the cop. Murli Sharma (cop) is there in 3 scenes, all of which are very funny. Viju Khote, Ashwini Kalsekar, Vrajesh Hirjee and Sanjay Mishra don’t get much scope.
Pritam’s music isn’t topping-the-charts kind but suits well to the mood of the film. The title song, Ale and Apna Har Din are likeable. Sanjoy Chowdhury’s background score is terrific especially in action scenes and the aforementioned dialogue-less significant sequence! Dudley’s cinematography gave a fresh and festive look to the film. Jai Singh Nijjar’s action was good although Rohit Shetty should curb the scenes of exploding cars!
Story although bit inspired from old films was well-written. Same for screenplay (Yunus Sajawal) although Yunus could have been a bit imaginative in the climax. Dialogues (Farhad-Sajid, Bunty Rathore) were one of the best things about the film! Especially the ones mouthed by Kunal are simply fantastic!
Finally, Rohit Shetty once again comes up with a winner! The director had gone a bit off-track with Sunday and Golmaal Returns but came back on track with All The Best and now Golmaal 3. As mentioned earlier, the expectations associated with this flick were huge but fortunately, he satisfies all of them. He could have still come up with a better product. But still no complaints as the film entertains like hell. Keep churning out such nice entertaining films RS!
Some of the best scenes:
1. First face-off between the two sibling gangs
2. Pappi (Johny Lever) on the jetski
3. Pritam’s flashback
4. Daboo persuades Pritam and Guddi to marry
5. Daboo persuades the siblings for Pritam-Guddi’s marriage
6. Madness just before the intermission (excellent!)
7. Pritam as the ghost
8. Facebook the dog bites Pritam’s bum
9. High-voltage emotional drama between the siblings
10. The climax
On the whole, Golmaal 3 is a great entertainer which has released during the right time of festival and celebration! It is loaded with tons of masti and madness. Just like every other Rohit Shetty film, don’t look for sense and logic and you’ll definitely enjoy the ride! Enjoy!
AND WISHING ALL THE READERS A HAPPY DIWALI AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!
My rating-**** out of 5!
By Taran Adarsh, November 4, 2010 – 12:28 IST
Brand GOLMAAL is back again. Its equity continues to soar upwards. Naturally, every film of this franchise carries the burden of humungous expectations. Touted as India’s first-ever trilogy, GOLMAAL 3 [G-3], the third installment of GOLMAAL and GOLMAAL RETURNS, promises to mesmerize, tickle your funny bone and entertain moviegoers of all ages. G-3 promises to be bigger, better, funnier and far more entertaining and amusing than the first two parts.
There’s a flipside of having a thriving brand. No matter how hard you try, comparisons with the earlier parts are inevitable. The question everyone’s keen to ask is, does it supersede the forerunners in terms of entertainment? The best thing about G-3 is that it lives up to its undertaking of amusing you from the word go, till the very culmination. From inception to conclusion, save for a few lax moments, G-3 is high on fun and entertainment quotient.
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
By now one is well versed with Rohit Shetty’s funda: Come, have a blast at the movies. Frankly, there’s no word called ‘logic’ in Shetty’s cinematic dictionary and the moviegoer too has attuned himself/herself to Shetty’s high-on-entertainment laughathons. I’ve often said that comedy is serious business and a director attempting one has to walk a tightrope. But Shetty has mastered the art by now and G-3 proves that when it comes to entertainers, he’s amongst the best in the business.
Final word? G-3 rocks! It may not go down in history as the best side-splitting entertainer ever made, but it should go down in history as the first trilogy that would pass the audience test with flying colors. G-3 raises the bar for G-4, what say Mr. Shetty?
G-3 highlights the story of hatred between two bunch of siblings. Ajay Devgn [Gopal] lives with his brother Shreyas Talpade [Laxman], mother Ratna Pathak Shah [Geeta aka Guddi] and best friend Kareena Kapoor [Daboo]. Their world collides with another trio, Arshad Warsi [Madhav], Tusshar Kapoor [Lucky] and Kunal Khemu [Laxman].
Arshad, Tusshar and Kunal’s father Mithun Chakraborty [Pritam] and Ajay and Shreyas’ mother Ratna Pathak Shah decide to rekindle their relationship and with Kareena’s persuasion even get married. But there’s a problem: The kids detest each other. To complicate matters further, there’s a thief Johnny Lever [Puppy] and his henchmen [Vrajesh Hirjee and Sanjay Mishra] and a necklace that’s hidden somewhere.
Two things. One, before watching G-3, I had felt that focusing on eight main characters would lead to chaos only as there would be no scope for character development. But I was proven completely wrong because each character is well etched out and by the time the movie concludes, you don’t feel that the show belongs to ‘x’, while ‘y’ was sidelined. The movie belongs to everyone!
Two, it’s said that G-3 is inspired by Basu Chatterjee’s KHATTA MEETHA [1978; starring Ashok Kumar and Pearl Padamsee], Umesh Mehra’s HAMARE TUMHARE [1979; starring Sanjeev Kumar and Raakhee] and the Hollywood film YOURS, MINE AND OURS , wherein an elderly couple, having their own kids, decide to live under one roof. Rohit Shetty and his team of writers [screenplay: Yunus Sajawal; script consultant: Robin Bhatt] may be inspired by these films, but they have given G-3 a completely different flavor and dimension altogether. The writing, I wish to forewarn, defies logic, sense and reason, therefore one has to go with the flow. It has a skeletal plot, but is packed with jokes, jibes, pranks and of course, stunts/action [Rohit Shetty's movies are incomplete without cars being blown to smithereens].
The casting of Johnny Lever as the absentminded and scatterbrained thief is a master stroke. The writing, execution and portrayal of this part must’ve been an arduous task, but what comes across on screen is remarkable. In fact, this track would work wonders with the audience, especially those who swear by the Johnny Lever brand of humour. Johnny’s sequence on the water scooter, to cite an instance, is sure to bring the house down. Besides the sequences involving Johnny Lever, I’d like to single out yet another sequence that shows the siblings threatening each other. It’s a sequence without words but a super background score [Sanjoy Chowdhury], with the siblings trying to threaten one another with every possible thing in the house – be it a cactus plant or a rose, be it a tomato or a pumpkin, while their parents [Mithun and Ratna] watch HUM SAATH-SAATH HAIN on TV. Also, Kareena’s pet dog called Facebook trying to get the bone out of Mithun’s pocket is bizarre, but will be loved by the hoi polloi. Prepare to laugh your guts out in the above-mentioned scenes.
Any hiccups? The climax could have been a little more imaginative. It follows the trademark Priyadarshan style of getting together the entire cast, including supporting actors to villain sidekicks, for the finale. No issues with that, but a more innovative and ingenious finale would have only proven the icing on the cake.
Relying more on treatment than content, G-3 has the by-now-famous stamp of Rohit Shetty all over it. The director gets ample help from writer Yunus Sajawal and dialogue writers Farhad-Sajid and Bunty Rathore [additional dialogues]. The screenplay doesn’t give you time to think, while the dialogues are truly funny at most times. As the third installment in the GOLMAAL series, G-3 has a lot to live up to and so does the soundtrack [Pritam]. ‘Golmaal’ is fun, while ‘Ale’ moves at a feverish pace. Cinematography [Dudley] is perfect, while the action scenes [Jai Singh Nijjar] are exciting.
Like I pointed out earlier, every actor in the film contributes his/her bit in making this fun ride enjoyable. Yet, I’d like to single out Ajay, who goes for a grungy makeover. The rugged style, diamond ear studs, tattoos and cropped hair suits the hyper character that he portrays. He’s excellent. Another well-written character is of Kareena, who fits in so well with the boys. She looks every bit the tomboy she is expected to be. She’s matchless. Tusshar gives a brand new dimension to the character he has learnt so well to portray. He is sure to have the audience in splits with his class act. I’d also like to single out the emotional sequence, which Tusshar performs with gusto. Arshad oozes sufficient confidence to carry off the role, while Shreyas and Kunal are wonderful as well.
Mithun Chakraborty and Ratna Pathak Shah are genuinely lovable, while Johnny Lever is simply fantastic. Ditto for his henchmen, enacted by Vrajesh Hirjee and Sanjay Mishra. Mukesh Tiwari, Murli Sharma, Vijay Patkar, Viju Khote and Ashwini Kalsekar lend very good support. Prem Chopra is superb in a cameo.
On the whole, GOLMAAL 3 is an ideal fun ride with thrice the enjoyment and gratification, thrice the magic and thrice the hilarity. Go on, have a blast and make this Diwali thrice more entertaining for you. An out-and-out entertainer, it’s sure to light up the celebratory festive mood.
Since the day his wife fell sick, Shreyas Talpade has been making five-hour-long road trips every day all the way from Andheri to Thane, during rush-hour traffic. We are truly touched
In the self-obsessed world of Bollywood, Shreyas Talpade stands out for being different. Besides being committed to his work, he has proved to be a loving husband as well. The actor, who is in the midst of promoting his next Golmaal 3, has been travelling every single day from one end of the city to another because his wife is down with high fever.
Talpade, who lives in Andheri, has been travelling all the way to Thane practically every day to meet his wife Deepti, who has temporarily shifted to her parent’s house as she is down with fever.
Shreyas couldn’t have left her alone at home since he had plans to travel, for film promotions and shoots. He therefore shifted Deepti to her parent’s house, so she could be taken care of. Not only has the actor kept in touch with his wife over the phone, he goes to meet her every day.
The actor said, “Once in a while my wife gets this hyper acidity attack and this time she faced it again. She was really unwell and I was practically out of the house all the time. So we decided to let Deepti stay with her parents. Even her family doctor who looks after her lives in Thane.”
And the loving husband happily travels miles to meet her every day. Shreyas added, “The 15-minute meetings with my wife used to cost me 4-5 hours of travelling in the peak hours of Mumbai traffic. But now she is better. She will come home tomorrow, and we will celebrate Diwali together.” Deepti sure lights up his life!
If only more tinsel town couples were as genuinely into one another.
The magnificent seven are super-charged about their Diwali release
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; November 1, 2010)
They fear they will develop an allergy to each other. Kareena Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, Tusshar Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Shreyas Talpade, Kunal Khemu and Rohit Shetty have been travelling continuously for the last few days. And the actors joke that they fear that familiarity may breed contempt. However, they have no choice in the matter but to stay joined at the hip till Diwali.
The promotion of Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision and Eros International’s Golmaal-3, which is releasing worldwide on November 5, is in its last leg and the team has their bags packed, ready to jump into private charters to be able to touch base with the people of various Indian cities. Says Rohit, “The promotion of the film is now at its climax. But we don’t intend letting up the pace.”
Apparently, when the ‘magnificent seven’ (as they call themselves) landed in New Delhi a few days ago, the reactions they got to Golmaal-3 far surpassed even their own expectations. The filmmaker says, “Whether it is the airport lounge or the reception of a hotel, the moment they spot the star cast together, people come forward to start talking about Golmaal. Now, the public blindly identifies our group with G-3 and so there is constant banter about the film, the characters and the comic situations.”
Besides doing the regular media interviews, the G-3 team had also planned an interesting itinerary for each of their city trips. Says Rohit, “In Delhi, we had games planned outdoors with the general public – like a tug of war – in which the entire star cast participated. And the winners were given Golmaal merchandise.”
Taking film merchandising to a more professional level, this time around, the filmmakers have come up with a new line of G-3 t-shirts, designer glasses, mugs and slippers in attractive colours and designs, which are being distributed across cities.
An insider confirms that they also had ushers and “G-3” enthusiasts wearing the Ajay Devgn tattoo from the film, similar to the exercise when the ushers in theatres across the country sported the Ghajini haircut. To cut a long story short, the “G-3” guys are going for the jugular.