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Amrita Mulchandani (BOMBAY TIMES; May 20, 2013)
Rakshanda Khan sounded as refreshingly cool as an ice gola on a summer parched afternoon when we caught up with her recently. Rakshanda, who’s currently doing a fine balancing act by canning shots for Bade Achhe Laggte Hai (where she’s just stepped in) and devoting her time to her event management company, in high spirits. The actress, who’s playing an important role in BALH, says that she was happy doing “cameos” as her business takes most of her time. “We are doing our first award function in South Africa. I have a lot of respect for event managers now,” she says. Excerpts from an interview:
It’s been sometime since you did a full-fledged role in a TV soap… I have believed that it’s the character that makes an impact. See, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan does a 30-second TVC and people remember her. I am not comparing myself to her, but that’s the kind of impact one needs to make. If I am offered a two month role, which changes the story line completely, and a two year role where I have to wait for my screen time, I’d rather work for two months. I want the audiences to remember me for the good work I’m doing. Even today people talk about my character Mallika from Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahi. I am done playing the wall flower in a show. I want the director to utilise my talent to the core and even if I get physically exhausted, I’ll be happy because I’ll be a satisfied actor.
Most actors eventually diversify when they are at their More >
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 17, 2013)
Things just got worse for Rock the Shaadi, what with Ekta Kapoor slapping a case against the film’s co-producer, Siddhartha Jain.
The complaint filed by her alleges that “Siddhartha failed to execute the production in an organised manner, and the film went overbudget.” A source close to the development told Mirror: “The movie was in such a financial mess that after the first schedule itself, it became impossible for Balaji Motion Pictures to take it over and recover the investment.”
As things stand, with shooting having come to a standstill, the Abhay Deol-Genelia D’Souza starrer that had gone on floors in October 2011, may never see the light of day.
Matters have come to such a head that Siddhartha has been asked to cough up a compensatory amount and until he does so, Balaji will not get involved in the project.
When contacted, Balaji Motion Pictures CEO Tanuj Garg refused to comment and Siddhartha, who was at Cannes, said he’d call us back.
It’s not been a smooth sail for the film. First, it overshot the budget. Next, director Navdeep Singh got into a fight with VFX specialist Niraj Shanghai. Not too long ago, Siddhartha had alleged Abhay was responsible for the delay. To which, Abhay had reportedly said: “Both producer Ekta and me really want to complete the film. Forty minutes are ready and it is looking really good. The film has everything that a commercial pot-boiler needs. But Siddhartha has messed it up.”
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 17, 2013)
Sujoy Ghosh has signed a film with Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Motion Pictures. Elaborating on the film, a source from Balaji said: “It is a thriller and the formalities are being worked out. Once Ekta is back, details about the casting will be discussed. The project will go on the floors next year.” Sujoy remained unavailable to comment.
According to a source close to Sujoy, the director is already working on two projects: Kahaani 2 and Badla. Both the film has Vidya as the female lead.
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 16, 2013)
Tuesday night saw the cast and crew of Shootout at Wadala converge at a suburban venue for a bash thrown by Tusshar Kapoor, who played the perfect host in the absence of sister Ekta, who is currently pursuing a business course abroad.
Seen at the do were Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Sonu Sood, Kangna Ranaut and Sophie Choudry among others. Strangely though, John, who plays the pivotal role of Maanya Surve in the film, left soon after he arrived. Kangna’s presence came as a bit of a surprise considering there were reports she had been upset with the makers for promoting certain members of the cast more than the others. If she was feeling left out, she certainly didn’t show it. Or was it just a publicity stunt, we wonder!
A source present at the party told Mirror: “Tusshar more than made up for Ekta’s absence. He stood at the entrance, welcoming each guest. A huge crowd had gathered outside the venue to catch a glimpse of their favourite stars but there was no chaos.”
About the star guests, the source said: “John left very early though someone as senior as Anil stayed on for the longest time and interacted with everyone.”
Tusshar took care of the guests including organising a delectable spread for the guests, the source added.
Among the highlights of the evening was Sonu, who had recently undergone a leg surgery, appeared fully recovered. Funnily enough, the DJ kept playing ‘Manya Aala’ for hours after John had left the place. More >
Emraan Hashmi reveals the secret of his success
Sarita Tanwar (DNA; May 13, 2013)
Emraan Hashmi would come off as arrogant to most people. There is a lot of arrogance there, but it’s not an aftereffect of stardom, not that he cares how you interpret it. He is defiant, dead against chamchagiri and indifferent about everything but his career. He does what he wants to, always has. From his professional choices (doing heroine-oriented films, wooing the classes after winning over the masses, turning down a KJo film!) to his personal life (not attending film parties, not befriending his colleagues, and not bowing to people who matter). It’s not a facade or a carefully cultivated image. It is all him. He has always been that guy. Even when he was an assistant director on his uncle Mahesh Bhatt’s set to now being the leading man in big banner, big budget films. His attitude doesn’t change according to the amount on the pay cheque, or the stature of the person in front of him. He is real, unapologetic and that’s refreshing. Here Emraan talks about what he hates most about acting, why he leads a double life and why he doesn’t watch Hindi films. Read on…
Are you content with your success? Never, one can’t ever be content. If there’s no higher place to get to, then you…(trails off). I am very ambitious. But I don’t show it. I might even come across as someone who is mildly disinterested. It’s part of my personality. But my career graph is very important to me. It wasn’t always the More >
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; May 12, 2013)
Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK are probably the first director duo who are not real brothers. They are both 40 and did their software engineering together at Venkateswara University in Tirupati, after which they moved to the US to do software consulting. They have successfully been able to cross the initial barriers they faced of being the non-Hindi speaking engineers from the US who wanted to make films. Ahead of the release of their film Go Goa Gone, Bombay Times spoke to them. Excerpts:
Being software engineers, how did you get into direction? While we were working in the US, we started writing stories together and put in our own money to make our first film Flavours and travelled the world with it. That gave us a lot of confidence that it could probably be our career. We decided to come to Mumbai and wrote 99. It took about four years to make the film and we realised that Mumbai was an expensive city to live in. So, we went back to the US for two years to make and save money to come back here and not build a career there. 99 became a sleeper hit and we then got to make Shor In The City with Ekta Kapoor. We then wanted to make a slacker comedy (guys who slack and don’t work and just play video games, sit around and are not into a career or an ambition). We introduced zombies into it and made Go Goa Gone. Our core strength is comedy in a quirky sense.
Why have you both chosen to be single so far? Our parents were always pushing us More >
Ajay Devgn offers support to the producer for her Eid release which is clashing with Chennai Express
Upala KBR (DNA; May 11, 2013)
Last Diwali Ajay Devgn and Shah Rukh Khan clashed at the box-office. This year, Akshay Kumar and SRK are coming together on Eid day with their films Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again and Chennai Express. Battle lines are drawn and everyone is expected to take sides, or stay neutral, because there is just too much at stake.
The industry may claim that they are one big happy family but it’s war when two big banner films with big stars release on the same day, as it was proven last year when Jab Tak Hain Jaan clashed with Son Of Sardaar. Ajay is still smarting from the experience as he felt that he was cheated of a decent release because of Yash Raj Films monopoly (see box). He filed a case against YRF for Unfair Trade Practices that he is still fighting.
When Ajay saw that the same thing was happening to Ekta, he called her and offered her his unconditional support. He said he would fight on her behalf and promote the film. Whatever she needed in terms of support, he would be there for her. A source reveals, “When Ajay heard that Ekta too was being subjected to the same tactics as Ajay with her film OUATIM 2 by UTV, he called up Ekta in front of the UTV executives and asked her if she needed any help. Reportedly, UTV told all single screen theatre owners that if they want to screen Himmatwala, they would have to dedicate four shows in a day to More >
As Indian Cinema completes 100 years, top women artistes tell us what it means to make a mark in a male-dominated industry
By Priyanka Chopra (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 10, 2013)
In the year of Nirbhaya and many more like her… the Indian woman stands at a very critical juncture… on one hand, she’s led the country with an iron hand like the late Mrs Indira Gandhi and on the other, she has been humiliated repeatedly.
Cinema today is a very powerful social medium. I believe there is a passionate relationship between celluloid, artists, technicians and the audience. And where there is passion, there must be a woman involved. As we celebrate the centenary of Indian cinema, it’s the perfect time to understand the role that women have played and continue to play in our cinema. I feel very privileged to be part of this industry during this milestone moment. In this year that will be etched in cinema history, will women write a new chapter? From Mother India to Rosie, Raat aur Din to Fashion and The Dirty Picture—from Marathi, Bengali, Malayali and every other cinema, we have women essay characters penned by the stalwarts in the business (Yes, credit here to the men writers too)
Honestly, I can talk best on Hindi cinema and the part it has played and when I take a moment to reflect—women have always been pivotal to cinema. For example… what good would Dilip Kumar’s love be, if he wasn’t pining for the hauntingly beautiful Madhubala? You would have never understood Amitabh Bachchan’s More >
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; May 7, 2013)
Kangna Ranaut was conspicious by her absence at the Shootout At Wadala success party at Ekta Kapoor’s Juhu home over the weekend. This is clearly a signal that all is not well between the actress and the producer. Kangs has been upset for being left out in the film’s publicity blitzkreig.
Says a source, “Kangna feels that despite being the only leading lady of the film, she was totally ignored. What annoyed her even more was that she was left out of the film’s posters too.”
The source adds, “Kangna is still clueless what prompted Ekta to sideline her. Perhaps it was her decision not to be part of an item song (Ala Re Ala) with co-star John Abraham and Sophie Chowdry. She felt it did not go well with her character, so she chose not to be a part of it”
Another source said, “Being a producer, Ekta might have had her reasons for wanting Kangna to do that particular item number. This seems like a case of misunderstanding.”
When contacted Ekta Kapoor said, “I didn’t do the invites. I was just a host and all this doesn’t matter, what matters is that the film has worked.”
Asira Tarannum (MID-DAY; May 7, 2013)
Ekta Kapoor organised a bash at her residence over the weekend. While it was supposed to be a success bash for Shootout at Wadala, she also chose to announce that she will be leaving for the US for a month-long course. Ekta will be pursuing a course at the Harvard University.
According to a source present at the party, “Ekta had two reasons to celebrate. She is happy with the box office reports of her recently released movie and she will also be away for a month for the Owner/President Management programme at the Harvard University.”
“We had an amazing time, the party started somewhere around 12 when Ekta came and it went on till the wee hours. We love the food at her home,” said the source.