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The production house has asked distributors to give Yash Chopra’s Diwali release more importance, leaving the other film Son Of Sardaar in trouble
Prachi Kadam (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 21, 2012)
This Diwali, Ajay Devgn and Shah Rukh Khan will lock horns at the box office. Thanks to the makers of Son Of Sardaar and Yash Chopra’s directorial venture who scheduled the release of their films on November 14. And though it is still a few months before the firecrackers go off, Mirror has learnt that the war has already begun. In fact, if sources are to be believed, Khan has already won half the battle. The latest buzz in the trade is that distributors were told to book the same number of screens for Yash Chopra’s film as for Salman Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger. In simple words, more than half the theatres will be playing SRK’s film, leaving Devgn little room at the ticket window. Akshaye Rathi a fourth generation exhibitor and distributor tweeted, “Yashji’s film has already been signed for all the cinemas across India which is playing Ek Tha Tiger. That takes away the best ones!” A source from a leading theatre in the city agreed, “When there are stars like SRK and Ajay involved, that too when it’s a Diwali release, it becomes a tough call for us. When we are asked to give one film as many shows as Salman’s solo release, we are in a fix. Because here we have two big stars and two big films to showcase. However, SRK and Yashji’s film will take more shows both in multiplexes and single More >
Thanks to Ajay Devgn’s Son of Sardar, Rajnikanth’s new release Kochadaiyaan won’t make it to theatres in Diwali as he had promised his fans
Subhash K Jha (MID-DAY; June 24, 2012)
Rajnikanth is known to go to any lengths to keep his fans happy. This time, he will break a promise.
The superstar’s new release Kochadaiyaan won’t make it into theatres in time for Diwali, as he had promised. This is the actor’s first release after his recent health scare; his only release in the last two years and for, at least, the next two years. Theatres all over Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and other parts of the South were already being booked in bulk.
The delay was being kept strictly under wraps to avoid a surge of disappointment among Rajnikanth’s fans. But when we spoke to the makers of the film, they didn’t deny the news.
When Rajnikanth was just recovering from his health scare, he had announced at the airport before flying off to shoot songs with Deepika Padukone in London that Kochadaiyaan would be his Diwali gift to his fans. And the project was being readied to keep the superstar’s promise.
So what went wrong? According to an inside source, Ajay Devgn is to blame.
Says our source, “Rajni Sir’s South market is totally secure. In fact, when Kamal Haasan Sir heard of Rajnji’s Diwali plans for Kochadaiyaan, he postponed the release date of his Hindi-Tamil-Telugu tri-lingual Vishwaroop. But then, the news of the Ajay Devgn-starrer Son Of Sardaar being released during Diwali surfaced. More >
Shilpa Shetty is against burning crackers for Diwali since the past few years.
Interestingly, it’s not just for the environmental reasons. The actress who used to enjoy the activity as a kid, now refrains herself from doing so.
“I used to burst crackers but then as I grew up, I used to feel terrible about underprivileged kids not being able to indulge in the activity as crackers have always been expensive. My father used to say, burning crackers is burning money. I then decided to share my crackers with these kids. However, after finishing school I stopped buying crackers as it is also an environmental hazard. I now distribute food and sweets to poor children during the occasion. Its unfair that they see everyone around wearing new clothes, having a great time while they continue to wonder why are they an exception!”
Diwali is all about spreading happiness after all… well said Shilpa.
MUMBAI MIRROR; October 26, 2011
Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh got married, 31 years ago, in a lavish 20-day Punjabi wedding, breaking a million hearts. The successful romantic jodi was last seen in Dhan Daulat (1980) before Neetu quit films to be the quintessential Kapoor bahu.
Captured by ace photographer Shyam Aurangabadkar, the newlyweds are seen celebrating their first Diwali after marriage in the picture.
Surprisingly, clad in casuals instead of festive formal wear, Rishi looks at the camera excitedly while Neetu seems to be a little dazed in her long, flowing satin halter dress.
Theirs has been one of the most talked about marriages in tinsel town, remaining rock-solid even in rough weather. Talking about rough weather, in late 1997, allegedly Neetu called the cops during the wee hours of the morning claiming that her husband was physically abusing her in drunken rage. However, when the cops landed at Krishna Raj, she denied having called them, saying she was fast asleep during the so-called phone call.
The couple that entertained the audience with their chemistry right from their first film Khel Khel Mein (1975) to Do Dooni Chaar (2010) in this picture taken at the first Diwali celebration after their wedding looks happy to be together. Lighting up their first Diwali with sparklers, Rishi and Neetu are seen enjoying the festival with fire crackers.
The newly married Neetu in 1980 looks cuter if slightly chubbier than her gym-maintained supermom avatar of 2011.
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Ajay and Kajol Devgn invite BT into their home and tell us how special Diwali is for them
Upala KBR (BOMBAY TIMES; October 26, 2011)
Diwali is family time for the Devgn clan. And Ajay and Kajol have just returned from Dubai after a week-long holiday to celebrate the festive occasion.
Says Ajay, “Diwali means family and friends coming over, delicious food cooked by my mother Veena and family get-togethers. On Diwali morning, we do a small puja that we’ve been doing since we were children. It’s the one time that my mother expects the entire family to be together, so I keep myself free from all work commitments.”
The Devgns’ entire Juhu bungalow is lit up for the festivity, and in the evening the entire family goes out for dinner along with friends. Diwali is also a time of nostalgia for Ajay. He says, “When I was a my sister Tanisha and I used to spend Diwali mostly at my mom (Tanuja) and grandmom’s (Shobhana Samarth) place.”
Diwali is obviously special to her. “It’s an excuse to have a nice party, eat good food and bond with family and friends!” kid, we lived in Kallomol Estate in Juhu and every year I would celebrate by meeting up with all the other kids in the locality and burst crackers.”
As for wife Kajol, she says Diwali is all about family and celebration. “That is the way it was when I was growing up, and it is still the same now that I’m a mother of two. Fortunately, my kids are better informed than I was at their age, so they’ve decided to have a crackerfree More >
For Deepika, it’s the first festival of lights in her new home
BOMBAY TIMES (October 25, 2011)
“As a child back home in Bangalore, I would wake up in the morning, light diyas, decorate the entrance of our house with rangoli and wear new, traditional clothes. It was a time to catch up with friends and relatives. We’d run to the terrace of our building and light firecrackers and look forward to mom’s traditional Mangalorean sweet dishes.
This year is special for me because it’s the first Diwali in my new home. I am very excited and have decorated the whole place with diyas and candles. You know, the names of everyone in my family — Prakash, Ujwala, Anisha, and Deepika — all are different words for light.
My parents are coming down to visit me. I am also looking forward to my mother getting me the traditional sweet she makes herself. It’s a ritual. She makes the sweets, packs them in gift boxes and sends them to all our friends and relatives. Everyone looks forward to that mithai box from her.
Diwali is also a time when I binge on sweets. I don’t go overboard, but I love motichoor laddoos so I definitely plan to gorge on them. I am not into card parties or bursting firecrackers though. As a kid I would burst them, but as you grow older and get environmentally-conscious, your perceptions change. We plan to have a small puja in the new house on Laxmi Pujan day. I will also invite a few friends over who I haven’t met in a while.
Recently, during a trip to Delhi, I picked a few More >
By Taran Adarsh, May 5, 2011 – 08:05 IST
Karan Johar is filming AGNEEPATH at lightning speed. Without making any noise whatsoever, in fact. Though director Karan Malhotra began filming only recently, the film, with Hrithik Roshan reprising Amitabh Bachchan’s role, is already 50% complete. “Another major schedule of the film in Daman and we will be through with the principal shooting of the film,” Karan informs me.
Meanwhile, there are whispers that Karan has sold the distribution rights of AGNEEPATH and STUDENT OF THE YEAR to a Hollywood studio for an astronomical sum. “Not true! In the first place, I don’t wish to get into the co-production deal with anyone for AGNEEPATH. This one’s special; it was produced by my father and I would like Dharma to retain its rights exclusively,” Karan states. What about S.O.T.Y.? “Again, the news is unfounded. I haven’t inked the deal with any studio yet,” he adds.
Karan plans to release AGNEEPATH this year. In fact, like Salman and SRK, who will have two releases this year, Hrithik too will have two releases this year, starting with ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA on 8 July, followed by AGNEEPATH in the final weeks of 2011. “We haven’t zeroed on any date yet, but we should release it between RA.ONE [Diwali] and DON 2 [Christmas],” Karan says.
But Bollywood is still celebrating!
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; May 4, 2011)
It is ironical that Bollywood sees mirth in gloom. Of the 67 odd films (including the dubbed ones) that released, only six made an impact at the box office. That is a meagre 10 per cent ratio. However, Bollywood trade pundits say that the first four months of 2011 have definitely been more lucrative than the corresponding period in 2010. And that is the reason why even cynics are smiling, not scowling.
Better than 2010 The January to April 2010 period saw major turkeys like Shahid Kapoor’s Chance Pe Dance, Priyanka Chopra’s Pyaar Impossible, Amitabh Bachchan’s Teen Patti and Abhay Deol’s Road Movie to mention a few. “This year we have been lucky,” says Vajir Singh, Editor of trade journal Box Office India. “First we broke the January jinx with No One Killed Jessica and the huge hit in Yamla Pagla Deewana. Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji and Dhobi Ghat sailed through. In the World Cup season too we managed to have a runaway hit in Tanu Weds Manu.
Hits versus flops Trade analyst Taran Adarsh (Bollywood Hungama) agrees that the producers did fear the ides of March; this month didn’t have any significant release but April brought some relief in Faltu that opened well. Taran also adds that 2011 most certainly brought a smile on the faces of some distributors. “While the number of flops far outnumbered the hits, the important thing to note is that the dark horses worked. More >
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, April 30, 2011 – 11:08 IST
The team of Shaitan had a blast while shooting for a particular scene at Marine Drive in quite the literal sense. The scene in question was being filmed on Diwali where the cast had to be shot playing with firecrackers – where a small scene turned out to be quite a celebration.
Says a source “The team was shooting for a scene at Marine Drive, but a few minutes into the shoot, and they were pulled in to join in the celebrations with the crowd. Kalki, Rajeev, Shiv Pandit, Kirti Kulhari and Gulshan Deviah quite literally celebrated Diwali on Marine Drive.”
An impromptu decision, director Bejoy Nambiar decided to keep the cameras rolling, “Bijoy thought the scene looked real and vibrant and hence let the camera roll – the bunch literally interacted with random people on the streets and celebrated the festival with them,” adds the source.
Starring Rajeev Khandelwal, Kalki Koechlin, Neil Bhoopalam (LSD fame), Shiv Pandit, Kirti Kulhari and Gulshan Devaiah, the fast paced taut topical thriller – Shaitan comes to a theatre near you on June 10.
Of the many A-list actors in Bollywood, who can you visualise as the best Bheem, the angry gadadhari Pandav brother in the Mahabharata? Sunny Deol, of course! It is his personality and his voice that fit the bill.
Taking all this into consideration, the actor has been roped in to dub for the character of Bheem in an animated version of the epic titled Mahabharat.
Sources close to the actor revealed that the actor agreed to work on the film, presented by Jayantilal Gada of Pen India, after the release of Yamla Pagla Deewana.
And now that he is done with the first schedule of Mohalla Assi he allocated some dates to Mahabharat.
Jayantilal Gada confirmed Sunny is on board, “We are making a film called Mahabharat and Sunny Deol is indeed dubbing for it. It is a big venture. We showed the film to Sunny and he liked the product.
We could not think of anyone apart from Sunny to dub for the character of Bheem. He readily agreed to be a part of it,” says Gada. Directed by Aman Khan the film is scheduled to release on Diwali clashing with Shah Rukh Khan’s RA. One.
It will be produced by Dhaval Jayantilal Gada and Kushal Kantilal Gada.