Posts tagged Emraan Hashmi
- By Taran Adarsh, October 9, 2010 – 08:07 IST
Generally, Emraan Hashmi starrers enjoy a good opening at the box-office, but his new film, CROOK, did not muster an encouraging start at the ticket window. The opening was good in Punjab due to the popularity of the ‘Chhalla’ track, but in other circuits, the opening was way below expectations, ranging from ordinary to dull. Since the word of mouth is negative, the film will find the going tough.
DO DOONI CHAAR had a poor start everywhere, but the industry is hopeful that the good reports will translate into good numbers at plexes on Saturday and Sunday.
Deepal Shaw on going deglam in a movie and her fetish for languages
Elina Priyadarshini (BOMBAY TIMES; October 9, 2010)
In her upcoming Marathi film, Deepal will go deglam. “In this film I am playing the main protagonist, who’s a software engineer and hails from a small village in Kolhapur,” says she and adds, “I have hardly done any make-up in the film. Though my mother tongue is Bhojpuri, I was born and brought up Mumbai.”
This ‘no makeup look’ is relegated to her current film only because the actress still loves to “sizzle on screen.” In yet another film Bangkok Blues, where she’s playing the lead opposite Irrfan Khan, Deepal will again be essaying a glamorous role. She says, “My character of Akansha Mishra in Bangkok Blues is totally different. She’s a very smart and modern girl.”
It’s nice to see her experimenting with genres, but ask her if her new simple avatar will affect her glam image, and she says, “You should have the power to attract people with your performance. Whether it’s a glam role or a simple one, it hardly matters. If you do good roles, audience will like you and watch you.”
Though two of her upcoming films have her playing the main lead, we have always seen her doing character roles till now. Ask her if she has now resolved to play only the lead roles and she says, “I don’t want to focus on lead roles alone, but I will take baby steps and do good films. Lead roles will come gradually.”
Apart from acting, the actress has a fetish for learning new languages. “I like learning new languages and I am very keen to learn Spanish,” says she. Deepal also loves playing hockey to unwind and admits that she is a sporty girl. “I am very fond of watching cricket, but my hectic schedule doesn’t allow me to watch many matches, though my dad keeps updating me,” she says.
By Joginder Tuteja, October 8, 2010 – 11:26 IST
Has Emraan Hashmi joined the ‘powerful’ cast of Rajkumar Santoshi’s Power which is fast turning out to be the most star studded affairs of 2011? Well, that’s the gossip going around in the industry circles ever since Power first came in news close to a fortnight ago.
Says an industry insider, “Yes, there have been talks of Emraan making an appearance in the film. Though the actor doesn’t do too many multi starrers, he did give the film a close hearing when he was approached for it. Rajkumar Santoshi is a huge name and his ensemble starrers can prove to be a huge draw. Also, Emraan too has opened up more after the smash success of Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai which was a two hero project. He too feels that it isn’t bad after all to bring in that occasional multi starrer in his profile.”
Well, if Power stars Emraan, it would indeed turn out to be a casting coup of sorts with people across all generations being a part of this Firoz Nadiadwala biggie. While Amitabh Bachchan heads the star-cast, veteran actors like Sanjay Dutt and Anil Kapoor bring in over 30 years of working experience each. Ajay Devgn is at the peak of his career after being around for 20 years and Emraan Hashmi being established in his own right completes the picture. Kangna Ranaut, Ameesha Patel and newbie Lekha Washington bring on the glamour quotient hence making Power a powerful experience.
However, the man in the question – Emraan – diffuses the speculation and denies that he is doing the film. “No, I am not a part of it”, is all that he is willing to comment when quizzed around the rumour making the rounds.
Though he isn’t willing to open up on the topic, rightly so because all his concentration is currently on his latest release Crook, he doesn’t deny the fact that he was approached for the role.
“Yes, I was in talks with Firoz bhai. We did have discussions that were taken to some level. However, it eventually didn’t work out. So yes, for the record, I am not doing Power. There is always a next time though”, says Emraan.
One would have thought though after Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, he won’t mind being a part of big multi starrers.
“Of course I won’t but then it isn’t that suddenly you would start seeing me in many multi starrers”, he says, “Even when I did Once Upon A Time…, it was after much deliberation. The results are there to be seen. It is the subject that ultimately matters and what you bring to the table. The script has to work. I haven’t switched on a green light to do multi starrers or films outside Vishesh Films. There is no such conscious decision. It isn’t about a multi starrer as a solo lead. I have to do a good job in a good film. Period.”
Well, that should set the record once for and all.
By Joginder Tuteja, October 8, 2010 – 12:48 IST
Crook releases today and while the entire team waits to see audience reactions, there is one actor who is already content. He is Arjan Bajwa, the anti-hero in the film, who is elated with the very fact that Mahesh Bhatt (who is presenting the film) has singled out his performance for being expressive and honest. Apparently, when the senior filmmaker watched the film, he showered appreciation on the young actor.
“Even after I had shot for the film, I was apprehensive about whether I had indeed performed well”, says Arjan who had earlier seen good appreciation coming his way for the mean character he had played in Mani Ratnam’s Guru, “Everything got sorted out by itself when Bhatt saab called me and shared his views about my performance in the film.”
Though he pauses here, a close associate of his who has also worked in the film divulges, “Bhatt saab was mighty impressed by Arjan. He commented that Arjan was not a flat or a mechanical actor and was pretty expressive in his act. He also added that his eyes said whatever he was thinking which came from the fact that he was emoting in his mind as well. Now that was pretty reassuring and encouraging because Bhatt saab has worked with the biggest actors in the industry and is one of the most respected film personalities around.”
On his part, Arjan is glad that he bagged Crook as his first major film after Fashion.
“Yes, it has been a big moment”, smiles Arjan, “It has been a conscious effort for me to work with the best. I am not looking at quantity here. If that was the case, I would have signed half a dozen films in last couple of years. However, after working with Madhur Bhandarkar (Fashion), Mani Ratnam (Guru), Hema Malini (Tell Me O Khuda) and now Mohit Suri (Crook), I have to maintain a certain track record. I agree that my journey has been slow but then it is steady. It takes a lot to resist the temptation of working in numerous films and wait only for the best.”
Well, one looks forward to how best does Crook turn for Arjan. In the film, he plays the part of a quintessential hot headed Punjabi guy who is living abroad and takes extreme measures to save Indian culture and its roots. While his ways to fight racism are pretty radical, in his heart he carries a desire to safeguard Indians.
“In a way he is a face off opposite Emraan”, adds Arjan. And how about the songs? After all it is Emraan who has walked away with the chartbuster songs again. “Well, Mohit has compensated for that by giving me a wonderful role while from Bhatt saab is worth a million songs”, he signs off.
The actor, who was on a kiss sabbatical, is back in action, finds BT
Rachel Fernandes | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 8, 2010)
It may have been his ‘serial-kisser’ tag that catapulted Emraan Hashmi into instant fame, but these days, the actor’s on to different things. Most of his recent releases have seen him playing antihero roles to perfection. In fact, this formula has worked wonders to establish Emraan as a successful hero with negative shades. Be it his previous hits like Murder, Jannat and Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai or the soon-to-be-released Crook: It’s Good To Be Bad, the actor is making his mark playing serious, anti-hero characters. He has, even developed the capability to produce solo hits playing such roles.
In Mukesh Bhatt and Mahesh Bhatt’s Vishesh Films’ production’s Crook: It’s Good To Be Bad that releases today, Emraan plays a devious character. A cheat, fraud and a liar, he re-locates to Australia with a fake identity. As the tag line of the film suggests — It’s good to be bad — Emraan’s character can climb or stoop to any length to achieve his ambitions. Be it right or wrong, for Emraan, the path which takes him to his destination is the one that is correct. “In life, as in movies, it is the vigour of your wants that gets you to the winning post. I have the resolve and the drive to make it to the top of the heap,” he says.
Dealing with the issue of racism faced by Indians, especially in Australia, Crook: It’s Good To Be Bad may seem to be a serious film but it’s actually an entertainer with all the ingredients — romance, action, comedy and thrilling sound tracks. The issue of racism, which forms the backdrop for the film, has been handled delicately by director Mohit Suri.
There’s more. Though he may have taken a sabbatical from kissing in some of his recent offerings, this movie sees Emraan sharing steamy scenes with some blonde babes.
By Taran Adarsh, October 8, 2010 – 11:28 IST
Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt have often admitted that newspaper headlines citing a burning issue have sown the seeds of a film in their minds. And CROOK, directed by the talented Mohit Suri, deals with one such issue: Racism in Australia. Well, depiction of racism on the Hindi screen isn’t entirely new, since I – PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN explored the issue several monsoons ago. In fact, the issue has only got aggravated across the globe post 9/11. A film like CROOK holds a lot of significance also because the plight of Indian students in Australia continues to hit headlines to this day.
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
Known for high concept films, Bhatt brothers’ new outing CROOK, unfortunately, tackles the issue half-heartedly. Sure, you expect more from the Bhatts since the makers of repute are known to call a spade a spade, but the problem with CROOK is that the message doesn’t come across strongly. That’s because it tries to strike a balance between a love story and the racism issue. In fact, it takes a really long time to catch the bull by the horns [read the racism issue] and when it does, it doesn’t leave a stunning impact. In fact, it’s all superficial. Also, the Bhatts are synonymous with lilting music in film after film, but unlike their earlier attempts, the music of CROOK lacks the quality to linger in your memory.
In a nutshell, CROOK comes across as a half-hearted effort.
CROOK tells the story of Jai [Emraan Hashmi], who has a knack of getting into trouble. His father was a gangster who wanted to reform, but was killed by the cops. When Jai grows up, Joseph [Gulshan Grover], a friend of his father, sends him to Australia – a land far away from his past.
Almost immediately after landing, Jai meets Suhani [Neha Sharma], an Indian Australian. Her elder brother Samarth [Arjan Bajwa] is convinced that Australians have a one-point agenda to bring Indians down. Jai finds accommodation with a group of youngsters [Mashhoor Amrohi].
Jai knows that if he can make Suhani fall in love with him, he could eventually attain permanent residency by marrying her. Jai also flirts with Nicole, the stripper from a strip club. However, her brother, Russel, is against Indians and attacks them for a reason. Jai had left India to lead a hassle free life, but finds himself in the heart of a racially disturbed city.
Frankly, you expect the writer to come to the point at the very outset. Instead, he tends to focus on the [lackluster] romance between the lead pair, songs and [forced] comedy, while the core issue [racism] takes a complete backseat towards the first hour. The writer ought to know that this one’s an issue-based film and the romance-song-comedy routine cannot be the priority. However, the point that both Indians and Australians are racist and both sides need to introspect is indeed novel.
CROOK redeems itself in the second hour, but it has more to do with Mohit Suri’s handling of the subject than the subject itself. However, one fails to understand why the Australian guy has a change of heart, when he zeroes on Neha towards the end. There should’ve been at least one sequence to clear things up. But in this case, no explanations are forthcoming.
There’s no denying that Mohit Suri is capable of much more, but the ordinary script doesn’t really provide him the wings to fly. Pritam’s music is of the run of the mill variety, with ‘Chhala’ being the pick of the lot.
Emraan Hashmi is competent, giving his all to the role. He looks aggressive when required and expresses helplessness well, when he turns his back on Neha at the interval point. Neha acts very well. The confidence is visible in several sequences. Gulshan Grover is hardly there. Mashhoor Amrohi leaves a mark. Arjan Bajwa is fair. Smilee Suri appears in a cameo. The Australian actors are nice.
On the whole, CROOK has its moments, but they’re few and far between. It lacks the power that one associates with an issue-based film.
When asked to delete a nude scene from Crook , the makers threw a fit. But the Censors didn’t budge. The film had to make do with an ‘A’ (certificate, not grade)
Producer Mahesh Bhatt is at a “crooked” crossroad. The filmmaker was told that if he wanted a U/A certificate for Crook, he would have to edit out a scene with a topless woman in it. Alternatively, he could keep the scene and have his film get an ‘A’ certificate. Bhatt chose the latter.
Though the director of the film, Mohit Suri, tried to convince him otherwise, Bhatt insisted that the film be released as ‘Adults Only’.
Last Tuesday saw a major showdown at the Censor screening of Crook, which was attended by Mohit Suri and Mukesh Bhatt. An actress called Shella Alan has performed the topless scene in question, which was shot in Australia.
Says a source, “In the film, Emraan Hashmi (the male lead in Crook) gets drunk and passes out in Shella’s car. He wakes up in her bed, and when he comes out from the washroom he sees her changing her clothes, with her back to him.”
According to the source, Mahesh questioned the Censor Board’s decision to allow frontal nudity in films like Ram Teri Ganga Maili, whereas his film shows side nudity only. The Censor members found this argument bordering on blasphemy and completely disagreed with it.
Mohit Suri and Mukesh Bhatt then called up Mahesh Bhatt, who told him in no uncertain terms that the scene couldn’t be done away with under any circumstances.
Turns out, Shella had no issues in doing the topless scene. Reveals Mohit Suri, “I asked her if she wanted to wear a body suit but she said she was fine without it. I understood Bhatt saab’s perspective. I wanted a U/A but we are fine.”
Bhatt admitted to having had an argument with Suri but said, “It’s okay. I was not ready to eliminate that scene. I see nothing wrong in it. There are three reasons why I was so possessive about the scene. One, it is relevant to the film. Two, it creates a dramatic impact. Three, the audience today largely comprises of the young generation who want certain sensationalism and not the so-called purists.” Now now, Bhatt saab… why put it on youngsters?
BOMBAY TIMES (October 8, 2010)
Movies echo real life and Crook: It’s Good to be Bad is one such movie that takes a realistic look at a burning topic, that of racial discrimination against Indians. The movie, produced by Vishesh Films and directed by Mohit Suri has Emraan Hashmi and newcomer
Neha Sharma in the lead roles. It tells the story of Jai, a youngster who has a knack of getting into trouble, who lands up in Australia. Despite being in a new country with a new identity and attempting to lead a decent life, trouble seems to follow him. Jai’s troubles begin when he witnesses a racial assault on his love interest, Suhani’s brother, Samarth. Going to the police would mean an investigation while walking away would mean losing Suhani. The only way to deal with the issue at hand is to take the bull by its horns. But Jai has to first figure whether it’s good to be bad or it is good to be good.
“This is one of the best characters created in recent times. I am sure it will reach into the collective heart and pluck the heartstrings of people of every generation,” Emraan says about his role.
Talking about his inspiration, Mohit says, “As the news flashed ‘Over 20 incidents of curry bashing in Sydney and Melbourne in the past 30 days’, I found myself standing outside a 24-hour convenience store in Melbourne city. It was this very store that had experienced one of the most brutal racist attacks just a few months back. An Indian was beaten up because of his colour and religion. As I left the store my eyes fell upon an advertisement on the window reading ‘Accommodation available for Indian students — for Gujrati boys only’. This made me realise that racism is a part of every human heart. Good and bad, God and evil lie within us, it’s our choice to decide whether it’s good to be bad in or does it pay to be good. I felt the need to voice this as a filmmaker. ”
Watch out for Crook: It’s Good to be Bad which hits theatres on October 8.
BOMBAY TIMES (October 3, 2010)
They are back with a bang. After a host of successful ventures including Murder, Gangstar, Jannat and Raaz — The Mystery Continues, Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt’s Vishesh Films, a banner known for its out-of-the-ordinary films and chartbuster music, are all ready with their brand new entertainer, Crook — It’s Good To Be Bad. This movie deals with the sensitive issue of racial discrimination faced by Indians abroad, throwing light on the recent attacks faced by Indians in Australia. “Crook — It’s Good To Be Bad’ both, entertains and enlightens the viewer. It takes an unflinching look at the burning issue of racism which has devastated the life of thousands of young Indians, who go to Australia in search of a better life putting both, their money and lives at stake. The film also locks horns with our own inner demons,” Mahesh Bhatt explains.
The film stars Emraan Hashmi and new girl, Neha Sharma in the lead roles. Also, playing an integral role is Fashion boy Arjan Bajwa. Directed by Mohit Suri, this film has all the necessary elements — romance, comedy, action, thrill and of course, an issue — to make it a masses’ film. The music has been scored by Pritam.
Talking about the film Mukesh Bhatt says, “Seldom in life do you have the good fortune to hold your head high with pride after watching the first cut of your own movie. Crook — It’s Good To Be Bad is one such film from our production house. The film manages to do what most films aspire to but seldom succeed. Mohit has shown the complex truth of racism in Australia in a very entertaining way.”
May not do Madhur Bhandarkar’s film which apparently is on the life of the veteran Hollywood actress
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 27, 2010)
Strong reports suggest that Kareena Kapoor and Madhur Bhandarkar, who had decided to start work on Heroine, may not end up doing the film together — at least not yet. Though earlier Bebo was very excited about her association with Madhur, who is fantastic with women-oriented subjects, a source says, “The first round of stories suggested that Madhur was making a film based on the life of Hollywood sex symbol Marilyn Monroe. Later, others suggested he was doing a Sunset Boulevard kind of a film. As the speculations continued, it turned out that Kareena had not even had a complete story narration.”
To make matters worse, Kareena and Madhur didn’t address this issue. An insider adds, “Madhur’s script is allegedly based on the life of Elizabeth Taylor and her tumultuous love affairs and various marriages. Rumours say that Arjun Rampal was to play a role similar to that of Richard Burton. And talks were on with various other actors to play Liz Taylor’s other husbands. Emraan Hashmi’s name also cropped up for an interesting part. Though Kareena and Arjun got along like a house on fire while shooting We Are Family, somewhere along the way, she developed cold feet when it came to playing Liz Taylor.”
As things currently stand, neither Kareena nor Madhur are willing to say that their project is not happening. In fact, several intermediaries are at work to get them together. One still continues to hear that the film is deferred and not shelved. But if you follow the dots, then you’ll note that Bebo’s date diary now includes Bodyguard with Salman Khan, Short Term Shaadi with Imran Khan, Agent Vinod with Saif Ali Khan and RA One with Shah Rukh Khan. What’s more, all these Khan films will be shot back-toback. So despite their “no-comments” stand, one can safely assume that Kareena and Madhur will not be working together — like we said, at least not yet.