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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.
Barely a month after Dabangg, its director is demanding unbelievably high remuneration from producers
Agreed, Dabangg was received quite well at the Box Office but it seems director, Abhinav Kashyap has taken it rather too well.
The director has got too big for his boots. While still basking in the Dabangg glory, Abhinav has already started visiting corporate house offices and demanding huge amounts of directorial remuneration. The entire industry is at a loss for words.
A few days ago, Abhinav demanded Rs 10 crore plus from Eros International while negotiating for a film. Says a source, “The Eros International officials were flabbergasted. They had their share of talks, but nothing materialised in the end. In other words, they showed him (Abhinav) the door.”
A few days later, we hear, he had a meeting with PVR. A source reveals, “There, Abhinav demanded an amount between Rs 15 and 18 crore. The PVR officials were as shocked as the Eros International ones, if not more. Nothing happened for Abhinav there either.”
Says a leading distributor (name withheld on request), “You may have made Dabangg but you certainly don’t deserve more than Rs 4 crore, Mr Abhinav Kashyap. Maximum Rs 4.5 crore.
He should not forget that Dabangg chal toh gayi, but it had many loopholes. Moreover, you can’t demand Rs 15 crores for directing a film when you have a track record of just one successful film.”
When contacted, Abhinav did not deny that he had met Eros International and PVR after the release of Dabangg. “I haven’t finalised anything on my next project as yet.
But why only Eros International and PVR? I have met up with the whole world. I met Fox, UTV, Disney and Ashtavinayak too.”
On being questioned about the remuneration Abhinav has been asking for, he said, “This is a very personal thing. It’s not for public consumption.” Eros and PVR might say the same about their money, Abhinav!
The actresses who once couldn’t see eye-to-eye, will now feature together on the next season of Karan Johar’s chat show
In the past, Ranbir Kapoor’s ex-girlfriends, Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone, have avoided each other. And for good reason perhaps. It was reported widely that the two women did not want to share space for the cover shoot of a fashion magazine.
Not too long ago, Sonam, who was close to Ranbir during the days of Saawariya, turned down debutant Vicky Singh’s film Mera Jahaan, which also starred Ranbir and Deepika.
That Mera Jahaan finally never took off, is another story altogether. But what we are certain about is that during that time, Deepika and Ranbir were in a very steady relationship.
Meanwhile, when Eros International approached her for it, Sonam recently refused Rohit Dhawan’s film Desi Boyz, again starring Deepika as one of the female leads. Apparently, Sonam didn’t really want to get over the fact that Ranbir had moved on from her to Deepika.
But now, Karan Johar has managed to do the unthinkable: he has brought the two actresses together on one platform.
Deepika and Sonam will share screen space for the first time on one of the episodes of the forthcoming season of Koffee With Karan. Apparently, the two actresses have made up.
You wonder if this has happened because Deepika is no longer dating Ranbir. Of course, Karan, who in the past has patched up Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan and later Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, must have had a role to play in this. But we are not saying anything.
All’s well that ends well. When contacted, Fazila Allana, production MD of SOL, which produces Koffee With Karan, confirmed and said, “Yes. Deepika is coming with Sonam. We always wanted these two together on Koffee With Karan. And that’s happening. The two girls will shoot for the episode very soon.”
On being asked if the two actresses have resolved their differences, Allana added, “That I don’t know.”
But we do.
The fight between Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan over the remake rights of Telugu film Don Sheenu just got bigger
Soon after Mirror reported (September 25, 2010) that three Bollywood A-listers, Salman, Saif and Akshay are fighting for the remake rights of Telugu super hit Don Seenu, more players have joined in.
And this time the war will be between two studios for producing the remake.
A reliable source revealed, “Eros International wishes to produce the film with Salman Khan and wants it to be directed by Sohail Khan. And Studio 18 wants to make it with Akshay Kumar as lead and Shirish Kunder as director.”
The director Gopichand Malineni didn’t confirm or deny the story but added, “Even Madhu Mantena (producer of Ghajini) is keen on watching the film.” Madhu Mantena confirmed this too.
Added to this, Shirish Kunder too confirmed watching the film but expressed ignorance about directing its remake.
Meanwhile, the source also claimed that Salman Khan has won the race and Eros will produce the film, “Since Salman is very busy, the film is expected to go on floors only next year and will be entirely shot in Switzerland.”
Ram Mirchandani, Chief Creative Officer of Eros finally said, “Eros has indeed seen Don Seenu and finds it has solid potential to be a Hindi blockbuster. We still haven’t locked the cast or the director, as we haven’t yet officially bought the rights.”
That ‘unofficially’ a deal has been signed may seem like conjecture right now but keep reading this space for more.
The ‘Anjaana Anjaani’ stars will be promoting the AACT’s new toll-free number to report incidents of film piracy
|Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra (Pic: BCCL)|
Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, who will soon be seen together in Anjaana Anjaani, along with producers Sajid Nadiadwala and Eros International have joined the campaign to fight piracy.
Along with the Alliance Against Copyright Theft (AACT), a coalition between Bollywood-Hollywood studios to fight film piracy in India, the stars are urging moviegoers to watch the movie in theatres and refrain from buying/downloading pirated copies.
As part of the campaign Ranbir and Priyanka are also asking people to ‘AACT to stop piracy’ by reporting piracy related incidents on the toll free number 1800 103 1919, launched by AACT to involve the common man in curbing piracy. They have also recorded messages for their fans educating them about the toll free number. Ranbir and Priyanka will also soon be seen in an anti-piracy film conceptualised by AACT to create more awareness about the initiative.
Unlike common belief, piracy is not a victimless crime. It eats into nearly 60% of the film industry business, depriving the crew their rightful share. As per a report by the US think tank – RAND – the proceeds from piracy are being used to fund terrorism across the world, including India.
Speaking on his association with AACT, Ranbir Kapoor said, “Piracy has become a serious issue for the industry, especially among the youth. As people from the film fraternity, the onus rests with us to educate and inform people about initiatives like AACT’s toll free number. I hope that everyone supports us and go to theaters to watch the movie.”
Echoing a similar thought against piracy, Priyanka Chopra added, “People forget that there is no replacement to watching a movie in a theater. When someone buys or downloads a pirated movie they are not aware about the damage that piracy causes to the industry. As responsible citizens we need to be vigilant about not encouraging illegal activities.”
According to producer Sajid Nadiadwala, “Over the last decade Bollywood has been in the midst of a transformation. With corporates coming into the industry, everyone in the value chain right from distributors to exhibitors as well as the audience has benefitted. However, piracy nullifies the effect of these changes. I am glad that we now have an industry body like AACT to fight piracy on behalf of all of us.”
Ram Mirchandani, Chief Creative Officer, Eros International and founding member, AACT, says, “It is heartening that at an early stage itself AACT is getting endorsement from celebs and high ranking officials. Following the announcements by Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil and I&B minister Ambika Soni, the support pledged by Ranbir, Priyanka and Sajid will help us increase the pressure on movie pirates.”
Earlier, in a similar manner, AACT associated with UTV & Dharma Productions’ I Hate Luv Storys and garnered good amount of visibility. AACT is looking at repeating this with Anjaana Anjaani and many more movies going forward.
Sues the makers of Anjaana Anjaani and Golmaal 3 over alleged copyright violations of his iconic chartbuster ‘I am a Disco Dancer’
He gave us Dance Dance, which featured a plagiarised version of Modern Talking’s ‘Brother Louis’ (‘Zubi, Zubi, Zubi’ by Bappi Lahiri). The irony is cinematic indeed. Filmmaker B Subhash, maker of cult hits such as Taqdeer Ka Badshah, Disco Dancer and Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki (which, in turn, borrowed copiously from Michael Jackson’s Thriller), is angry that his favourite chartbuster, `I am a Disco Dancer’, the ditty that propelled Mithun Chakraborthy to his zenith, is being used in not one but two films without his copyright blessings.
Subhash has sent a legal notice to producer Sajid Nadiadwala and Eros, producers of Anjaana Anjaani, while he also plans to drag Ashtavinayak, the producers of Golmaal 3, to court. The song in Anjaana Anjaani is not an entire song but a sample, allegedly from the original, while in Golmaal 3, the original pop hit has been re-shot and choreographed by Seema Desai.
|A still from Disco Dancer|
When contacted, B Subhash said, “Yes, it is true and it is not right for Eros and Sajid to have used this song without my permission. At the end of the day, I own the copyright to it and I have to ensure that I am not denied my rights. I just learnt about it on Saturday evening and I have little time left now. I am taking legal action against them and I have spoken to them already.”
When asked about the song in Golmaal 3, Subhash said, “Yes, I have even read about it in the media and will deal with them in a similar manner. I don’t understand why they do all these things. Even earlier Prakash Mehra’s son took Sajid Nadiadwala to court.”
When questioned about the odd coincidence that the song in Golmaal 3 has been shot on none other than Mithun himself, he said, “I have not spoken to him. He is an actor and will do whatever the director tells him to. Why should I speak with him? I didn’t find it appropriate to talk to him about this matter.”
Sajid Nadiadwala, in turn, said, “See, I had taken the rights of both the songs for Housefull (‘Apni to Jaise Taise’) and Anjaana Anjaani (‘I am a Disco Dancer’) about a year back from Sa Re Ga Ma. This is the first time in my 20-year-long innings that I am facing a lawsuit, one after the other. I can only say that we have received a letter from B Subhash and that the matter is in court. However both Prakash Mehra and B Subhash are legends and we have grown up watching their films. It is a sad situation that we are facing and I am apologetic about it. I also feel that the money should be paid to the rightful owner who has the rights and we have taken the rights from Sa Re Ga Ma. So they have to decide who has the rights.”
Meanwhile, a spokesperson of Ashtavinayak, the producers of Golmaal 3, said, “We have not received any legal notice, so it’s too early for us to comment on anything.”
Anjaana Anjaani’s co-producer, Eros International, said, “The film has been delivered to us by Sajid Nadiadwala as a co-production and Sajid, in turn, has licensed the audio clips from Sa Re Ga Ma; a bona fide agreement exists to that effect. In any case, this is just used as a background to a short clip in the film and is not even part of the music album.”
Gosh. Hope they don’t all land up at the same discotheque.
Is it to do with her ‘car-nama’ with Ranbir?
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 14, 2010)
Siddharth Anand has always had a penchant for cars. Friends say he grew up fantasising about automobiles. And, he knew the day he made it big, the first thing he would do is buy a himself fancy pair of wheels. Sure enough, after the success of his Saif Ali Khan-Preity Zinta film Salaam Namaste, the director kept his promise to himself. Siddharth’s funda is simple — “You are what you drive.”
Once again, when it came to writing the script for the Sajid Nadiadwala-Eros International’s Anjaana Anjaani, co-produced by Krishika Lulla, Siddharth was very sure about the car he wanted Priyanka Chopra to drive around in. Priyanka plays Kiara in the film and her car ‘Blush’ had to have all the attributes that she, Kiara had.
Why? Said a source, “It so happens that Blush is the only close friend that Kiara has in New York. Besides Kiara is all messed up on the inside and needs a good push to move ahead in life.’’
Siddharth was very clear that the ‘casting’ of the car was as important as the casting of his lead pair, Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka. His instruction to the production team was: “The car has to speak to me.’’ And, after going through hundreds of options, the Anjaana Anjaani director finally settled for pretty little Blush, a vintage Cadillac. Of course, Blush’s journey was not a path of roses. Besides the Big Apple, the car was needed for shooting in San Francisco and Las Vegas too.
The car owner flatly refused to give Blush away for two whole months. “He was against the car doing the entire travel from the East Coast to the West,’’ said a unit hand. But Siddharth was adamant. Producer Sajid Nadiadwala, who is known for his paisa-phek-tamashadekh attitude, just went ahead and purchased the car. How he convinced the owner to part with Blush is still a mystery.
Award winning production designer Sharmishta Roy admitted she modified Blush to suit Priyanka’s character. The interiors were redone and a lot of detailing went into building the character of Blush. After all, Blush is not just a car in this youth caper. It is a very important a character in Anjaana Anjaani, which is releasing worldwide on September 24. And Blush will arrive in India for the release and even walk the red carpet perhaps.
Priyanka is happy to have the car share equal screen time with her. Said PC, “Blush was my home away from home! Ranbir and I spent so much time in this car while making the movie, it almost became part of the family!’’ And Ranbir added, “It was awesome to have the car all to ourselves. Blush had become our second home. It became the biggest star by the end of the film.”
The distributors of London Dreams are turning the release of Anjaana Anjaani and Action Replayy into a 7-cr nightmare for its producers
Ranbir-Priyanka starrer Anjaana Anjaani (slated for release on September 24) and Akshay-Aishwarya starrer Action Replayy (slated for release on November 5) have run into serious trouble. Distributors across many parts of the country have decided not to permit the release of these films until their losses from box-office dud London Dreams (released on October 30, last year) are not settled.
These distributors (from territories such as Rajasthan, Delhi, UP, Punjab and Nizam) have filed an official complaint in their respective associations against Raksha Entertainment, Headstart, Eros International, Vipul Shah (who directed London Dreams) and PVR. The total amount due to them they claim is Rs 6.5-7 crores.
Says Manmohan Kapur, distributor from Delhi-UP territory, “We bought London Dreams on an advance basis, thinking that it would be a hit. When it did not do well and we went into the red, we asked for the deficit dues. According to our agreement we should have been paid within the three months of the release of London Dreams, which implies that our money should have come in by January 2010.
|A still from the movie Anjaana Anjaani||A still from the movie Action Replayy|
When that did not happen, we had no choice but to file a complaint in our respective associations. Now these guys later signed some agreements among themselves which absolves Raksha Entertainment. The final agreement says that either P J Singh and/or Vipul Shah are supposed to pay us.
The total claim for Delhi, UP and Punjab territory is about Rs 4.5 crore.” So this explains how Action Replayy is in hot water. But why Anjaana Anjaani, you may ask. The answer to that is the fact that Eros also partly owned London Dreams.
Says Ravi Macchar of Nizam territory, “Eros is liable to pay us; we don’t want Anjaana Anjaani to be released either. We were told that Eros has a 51 per cent stake in Headstart. As for Action Replayy, we will definitely fight against its release since we don’t want any Vipul Shah film, be it as a producer or a director, in our territory until they sort out our payments. They have to pay me Rs 30 lakh.”
The President of Punjab Association of Distributors, Vinod Lamba, confirms the claims. Says Lamba, “Yes, we have distributors’ complaints in this regard. We will take up necessary action to ensure that they are paid. Sometimes Vipul says that Headstart has to pay, sometimes he says that Eros has to pay the distributors.
We will have to sit down and look into the details and then go further into this.”
When contacted, P J Singh, head honcho of Headstart, said, “Frankly, I am not in a position to say anything right now.”
When the satellite telecast of London Dreams was being finalized last week and the distributors objected to its broadcast, Vipul Shah wrote to the Motion Picture Association, which regulates satellite telecasts of films. In a letter dated August 31 (a copy of which is in possession with this paper), Vipul said, “I have been made a scapegoat in this matter by Eros International Media Limited, who are the sole owners and controllers of Headstart Films Pvt Ltd. Recover claims with respect to London Dreams from Eros and their films including Anjaana Anjaani.”
However, a source from Eros told Mumbai Mirror, “We deny any involvement. We have no shareholding in Headstart.”
When contacted, Vipul Shah simply said, “I have replied to the associations concerned. I don’t want to say anything more than this.”
After their relationship was rumoured to have hit the rocks, all is now well between the two actors, who were seen hobnobbing at Khan’s dinner party
Seems like the monsoon rains are washing away a lot of negative energies between people. At least in Bollywood, that is.
At one time, there was a buzz in the industry that Shah Rukh Khan and Arjun Rampal, who were very close buddies once, were on the verge of a bitter fallout. But a dinner organised last night at Shah Rukh’s bungalow Mannat (at Bandstand) has put all rumours to rest.
Arjun was one of the guests invited for this dinner, which Shah Rukh hosted for Eros International’s head honcho Kishore Lulla. Lulla lives in London but is currently in Mumbai for the past few days.
Earlier, it was reported that Shah Rukh and Farhan Akhtar were upset with Arjun after he declined to work in Ritesh Siddhwani and Farhan Akhtar’s sequel Don 2, starring Shah Rukh in the lead.
The reports made it clear that Farhan and Ritesh were upset with Arjun after the actor asked for a hike in his fee for acting in Don 2.
Commenting on the current relationship between Shah Rukh and Arjun, a source in the industry says, “Apparently everything is fine between the two actors now. All differences, if any, have been taken care of.”
After working together in Farah Khan’s Om Shanti Om, the bond between Shah Rukh and Arjun became stronger. The warmth was apparent especially in the song Bas Deewangi Deewangi Hai.
The two actors will now be seen together in Shah Rukh’s home-production RA.One. Talking about the film the source adds, “Both Shah Rukh and Arjun have put their best foot forward in RA.One. If you are comfortable with your co-actor, it always reflects on the screen.”
The film will not be allowed a worldwide television premiere if lines lifted from a hit song of the 1981 Amitabh starrer, Laawaris, are not sliced out
The worldwide premiere of Sajid Khan’s Housefull may be in trouble. A High Court ruling passed last evening in Kolkata has ruled that the film cannot be premiere on national television on Sunday, August 29, if lines from the remixed version of the song Apni Toh Jaise Taise are not deleted from the film.
The original version of the song in question is from Prakash Mehra’s Amitabh Bachchan blockbuster Laawaris.
Confirming the same, (late) Prakash Mehra’s son Punit Mehra said, “Yes. This is true. The matter is still subjudice. The film cannot be aired on national television, with the infringed copyright material in question or else it will amount to contempt of court.”
|A still of the contentious song in Housefull|
This leaves only today for those concerned to alter the song, or snip it off altogether on the editing table. When contacted, Sajid Nadiadwala, the producer of Housefull, said, “Yeah. I have heard about the Kolkata High Court ruling. But once the film was released theatrically, which was done peacefully and successfully in April, it became the property of Eros International, which owns the world satellite rights of the film. Eros International will now decide what to do.”
Apaprently, when Housefull released, a court ruling that time made it clear that excess prints of the film will not be allowed for release until the matter is resolved. When Prakash Mehra’s family learnt that a television premiere was being planned for August 29, they approached the court once again. A source said, “Now, one can watch out for the first week of September, when the verdict will clarify on who actually owns the rights of the song Apni Toh Jaise Taise.”
Sunil Lulla, Managing Director of Eros International (India), seemed unperturbed through all this. He said, “The lines in question will be clipped. But Housefull will have a television premiere this Sunday.”
The case till now…
When Puneet Mehra objected to his father’s song in Housefull early this year, the makers of the film claimed they had bought the rights of the song from the music label Sa Re Ga Ma, which had released the Laawaris soundtrack in 1981.
Puneet then moved court alleging Sa Re Ga Ma had flouted copyright norms by allowing Nadiadwala to use this song. However, Nadiadwala went into appeal. A division bench of the High Court court granted permission for the release of the film.