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By Taran Adarsh, October 1, 2010 – 12:00 IST
Madhur Bhandarkar’s body of work boasts of two prominent films – CHANDNI BAR and PAGE 3. CHANDNI BAR was the first film that made the viewer peep into the lives of bar girls, while PAGE 3 exposed the shallow lives of the glam brigade. Director Yunus Sajawal combines CHANDNI BAR and PAGE 3 in BENNY AND BABLOO. The film looks at the lives of bar girls and concurrently, talks of the dual standards of the elite, who often masquerade as moral guardians of the society.
The question is, since we’ve seen it all in the past, does Sajawal go beyond CHANDNI BAR and PAGE 3? BENNY AND BABLOO tells the story from a bell boy [Kay Kay] and waiter’s [Rajpal Yadav] point of view and though the story isn’t innovative, it has its share of absorbing moments. Also, it tells you in very clear words that bar girls shouldn’t be ostracized because of their profession. They’ve a responsibility to fulfill and a family to support. It also states, very coherently again, that the glam brigade is a sham. They’ve far more skeletons to hide in their closet.BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
Final word? BENNY AND BABLOO may not be path breaking or innovative as such, but it keeps you hooked in most parts, especially the finale.
The story is about two good-hearted samaritans Benny [Kay Kay Menon] and Babloo [Rajpal Yadav], who, like the any other Indian, are smitten by the glamour of Mumbai. After a brief stint as waiters in a typical Mumbai-style More >
The director is well into the pre-production stage of his epic film and has apparently made at least three trips to China already this year
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 27, 2010)
Shekhar Kapoor has been sneaking off to China a bit too frequently these days. And the latest buzz is that he is making these trips for shooting his futuristic epic Paani there.
Shooting in Mumbai is now ruled out since the plot of Shekhar’s film requires the director and his art director to construct a futuristic Mumbai with two sharply demarcated sections: The Upper City (for the elite with abundant water supply) and The Lower City (for the poor). Love and conflict ensue when the boy from the Lower City sneaks into the forbidden Upper City.
Apparently, Shekhar has visited China at least thrice already this year. So, ruling out possibilities of him finalizing locations for Paani in China, is difficult. The first and the last Hindi film to be shot there was Nikhil Advani’s Chandni Chowk To China.
To top it all, Shekhar Kapoor doesn’t discount the fact that Paani may be shot in China. Says the director, “I’d shoot Paani anywhere where I’d get the intellectual and geographical space to build my city of a water-challenged future. At the moment, we’re exploring the modalities and the feasibility of the venue for shooting.
I am definitely starting Paani next year. We’re fully into the pre-production stage. This film needs a lot of preparation. I’ll More >
By Chandni Dev, September 13, 2010 – 13:24 IST
Salman Khan has always been known to speak right from his heart. Not the one to mince his words, he has got into trouble with the media a lot of times because of being either misunderstood or misquoted. No wonder then that he shied away from media attention for so long. He never trusted reporters and believed that media was always out to get him. Sometimes being called a bad boy and at other times painted as a hot headed, careless celebrity, he was always reported for his unlawful activities rather than his philanthropic acts which are many.
How is it then that he has still maintained his connect with the common man? The truth is that the janta loves Salman for the simple fact that you get what you see. Not the kind to create drama or indulge in blarney, he is the most believable star of this century who is far from being two faced.
It took a while before Salman decided to become media friendly. It took a while before he started interacting with people on shows and public forums and everyone loved Sallu for what he spoke. Be it his style, his jokes or his devil-may-care attitude. But have we drawn him back into the shell he used to be in? Have we again driven him away? The recent controversy surrounding Salman Khan does hint at just that.
In an interview to a Pakistani TV channel, the reporter asked Salman to comment on the anti-Pakistan sentiment in the country to which Salman was quoted as saying, “Everybody More >