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…says actor Asin Thottumkal, who is looking to have more movies on her plate this birthday
Prithwish Ganguly (BOMBAY TIMES; October 26, 2010)
Asin Thottumkal turns 25 and for people who have been wagging their tongues saying that the South Indian actress is too choosy when it comes to signing a Bollywood movie which is why she has only done three films so far, we have news for you. “I am looking to do more work in Bollywood, maybe get a little less choosy,” Asin shoots.
“I have Ready, which will release next year and I’m reading quite a few interesting scripts. It’s been almost two years in Bollywood and I want to do more projects here. I want to concentrate on the industry here in a big way and I have my plans. The selection of movies will certainly depend on how I have been choosing my movies so far which means the script and the character that I’m being approached to play will be the foremost focus for me but I will be less choosy for sure,” says the sassy star, who landed in Bollywood like a meteor with Ghajini but saw her second movie London Dreams tank at the box office.
Asin is also in for a big surprise bash in Mumbai on her birthday as her friends from US, UK and Australia have all landed up in the city to ring in her birthday. “It’s such a pleasant surprise. I don’t know what’s in store for me but with them around I know that it will be a lot of fun. They actually coordinated their schedules to be in Mumbai for my birthday. That’s really touched me. For me birthdays are generally low key. I like celebrating them with my family and close people. But this year I think it will be crazy,” she ends.
By Taran Adarsh, October 22, 2010 – 08:28 IST
Welcome to the law of the jungle. Where there’re no rules. Where the life of a human being is not worth a penny. Where goonda raj reins supreme. Where men are butchered and women abducted and raped. Where the police obey the orders of the goons. Where guns, swords, bombs, knives and sharp weapons are a man’s best friends. Welcome to RAKHT CHARITRA, based on the true story of Paritala Ravi.
Ramgopal Varma is known for dark and gritty cinema and RAKHT CHARITRA is not just the film-maker’s, but also Hindi cinema’s most violent film so far. Be forewarned, RAKHT CHARITRA is not for the lily-livered. Nor is it for those who love to visit cineplexes with their families, weekend after weekend, to watch that perfect family film. This one has just one song [not needed, actually], no romance, no comedy/humour, no phoren locations, no good looking faces, no family gatherings and no striking sets that are mandatory for escapist cinema. RGV is a rebel, he likes to make movies he believes in and RAKHT CHARITRA proves it yet again.
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
Let me add, RAKHT CHARITRA is not one of RGV’s most accomplished works. Perhaps, one of the reasons could be because he’s now churning out gangster and crime-based films with amazing regularity and obviously, there’s not much he can explore due to the limitations of this genre. But, yes, RAKHT CHARITRA has a fascinating story to tell and even if you aren’t acquainted with Paritala Ravi, you might identify with RAKHT CHARITRA because the essence of the film is revenge.
Final word? With a title like RAKHT CHARITRA and all the blood and gore in the film, it’s certain that the film holds appeal for those who like to watch brutality in cinema, which, in turn, cuts off a sizeable section of the audience [ladies and kids]. However, from the content point of view, I’d say that RAKHT CHARITRA is the best bet of this week.
RAKHT CHARITRA deals with emotionally volatile people and is set in a rural environment. It tells the story of Paritala Ravi [Vivek Oberoi], a soft-spoken person, who took law in his hands to avenge the murders of his father [Rajendra Gupta] and brother [Sushant Singh]. Paritala Ravi’s name sent shivers up the spines of not only his rivals, but even the law enforcement agencies. He rose to become a minister eventually. The first part ends with his undertaking a mission to end goonda raj in the state.
By now we’ve come to expect zany camera angles, tight close ups, a raging background score, power-packed performances and abstract stories from RGV’s films and RAKHT CHARITRA is no different. Expect all this and more [read bloodshed] in RAKHT CHARITRA. Since RAKHT CHARITRA is based on a true story, there’s not much one can comment on it, but the manner in which the incidents unfold keep you hooked. Of course, it’s a vendetta fare, yet one is keen to fathom what essentially provoked a soft-spoken individual to transform into a killing machine.
Barring the incidents in the initial reels, there’s not much movement in the story in the first hour. In fact, there are killings and more killings. But the story gathers momentum when an iconic actor turned politician enters the scene and takes Paritala Ravi under his wings. The sequences between Shatrughan Sinha and Vivek are, frankly, the preeminent and most excellent parts of the enterprise. The post-interval is different because the killings reduce and Paritala now fights his opponent from the corridors of power.
RAKHT CHARITRA gets lengthy in its second half and one genuinely feels that RGV should’ve curtailed the length of the film by a few minutes, although the introduction of Suriya’s character at the end only raises the curiosity for the second installment.
RGV has handled a number of sequences brilliantly, but the film leaves you with a sense of deja vu off and on. Glimpses of films like SARKAR and SARKAR RAJ, besides SATYA and COMPANY, though not remotely similar to RAKHT CHARITRA, flash across your mind. It’s a little intricate to encompass all incidents in the screenplay, but writer Prashant Pandey makes a sincere effort. Cinematography [Amol Rathod] catches your eye. Action scenes are true to life. Background score compliments the mood of the film.
All RGV films are embellished with powerful performances and RAKHT CHARITRA is no exception. Vivek Oberoi breathes fire and venom and comes across as the most appropriate actor to infuse life into the character he portrays. He’s super efficient and his act in COMPANY and SHOOTOUT AT LOKHANDWALA pale in comparison. Shatrughan Sinha is remarkable. A powerful personality could’ve only been portrayed by a powerful actor and the veteran enacts it with amazing ease. Abhimanyu Singh is superb as the opponent. You hate him for being so evil and that only goes to prove how effective he is. Radhika Apte is good. Zarina Wahab is first-rate. Ashwini Kalsekar is excellent. Ashish Vidyarthi, Rajendra Gupta, Anupam Shyam, Sushmita Mukherjee, Vishwajeet Pradhan and Kota Srinivasa Rao shine in their respective parts. Sudeep and Darshan Jariwala get no scope.
On the whole, RAKHT CHARITRA is not for the faint-hearted or the lily-livered. The violence, the blood and gore depicted in the film will shock and disconcert you, which only goes to establish as to how proficiently the subject material has been treated. The film is targeted mainly at those who love to watch aggression, violence, bloodshed, brutality and massacre on the silver screen, but a chunk of the movie-going audience [ladies and kids] will choose to stay away from this scene of carnage. The business in Telugu and Tamil versions is expected to be excellent, due to the strong identification with the subject material.
Amitabh Bachchan is a busy bee a couple of days ahead of his 68th. He is shooting simultaneously for his new film Power, directed by Raj Kumar Santoshi, and Kaun Banega Crorepati.
A few nights ago he stole the show walking the ramp for Karan Johar. His energy is at an all-time high.
Excerpts from a tête-à-tête.
So, all set for the birthday celebrations at home?
Hold on! There will be no celebrations at home. Of course, if people come over unannounced, they’re most welcome. I’ll be opening KBC this day. I have been working late into the nights recording promos for the show.
Is Rajnikanth coming to Mumbai for your birthday?
There are no such plans. But we’ve great affection for one another. I met Rajni for the first time in Chennai when I was shooting at the AVM Studios. He came across and met me. We’ve been friends ever since. He’s such a humble and simple human being. So down-to-earth… how he remains that way with the kind of fan-following he has is a mystery.
His wife has been a wonderful support. She has brought up their children so well. Every time I am in Chennai, I call and visit him. We call each other whenever the need arises.
What did you think of Robot?
What a massive achievement! Great entertainer. It’s all Rajni and Shankar and their hard work.
On the eve of your birthday you rocked on the ramp.
Thank you… Kya Karen, karna padta hai kissi terah.
How do you it?
Keep crossing new thresholds in your career?
I don’t know about that. I had walked the ramp just once… no twice before, but both times for a cause. This time, I did it because Karan (Johar) asked. I can’t say no to Karan. He is family.
Walking the ramp looks easy enough from the other side. When you look at the models doing it you say, ‘Hey, it’s not a tough job at all.’ But once you go up there you really start admiring them. It’s not just a simple walk. It’s actually a nightmare.
This time you seem very comfortable with your television appearance.
I’m going back to KBC after 10 years. I remember in 2000 when I did the show I was raw to the medium, very hesitant very nervous. That hasn’t changed.
Anytime I go in front of the camera for any medium there will be apprehensions. Creativity is an ongoing process. No matter how professional you are, it can never be enough. One can never be fully comfortable on television. It’s a frightening medium for me.
You seem to enjoy your interaction with the aam aadmi on KBC.
Yes, they all have such an interesting back story… where they came from, how they grew up.
This time on the show we actually follow the lives of the contestants to their roots. I actually get to see where they came from, what their parents and family think, etc.
The human-interest level is high this time. KBC can now be a life-changing moment for the contestant.
There are people coming on the show from places where the show did not reach earlier. For them KBC is an opportunity to make the kind of money in a hour that they’ve never seen before.
Television will occupy a lot of your time this year.
KBC will go on only until November or the first week of December. I have started shooting for Raj Kumar Santoshi’s Power, which will be followed by Prakash Jha’s Aarakshan. Then there’s Balki’s film. We’ve finally zeroed in on a subject. It will be produced by AB Corp Ltd.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, October 4, 2010 – 12:47 IST
After joining hands with Habitat for Humanity on their first anniversary celebration on 26th Sep ’10, and pledging 1% proceedings from Palladium Anniversary day’s sale, the Palladium, extended its support for Habitat for Humanity India- Build a home brick by brick event on the 3rd October ’10, held at the Phoenix mill, court yard.
Jacqueline Fernandez, ambassador for Habitat for Humanity and all IndiaBUILDS members along with their specially invited delegates made their presence felt by participating in the event to promote it. Jacqueline made an appeal to the general public to contribute towards supporting the noble initiative and also congratulated the Palladium for joining hands with the Habitat for Humanity in their noble endeavour. The event open for selective audience was a great success and attracted a lot of attention by the patrons.
Habitat for Humanity is an NGO closely working towards providing shelter and assisting women and families of lower income groups with building homes for themselves. 3rd October was also observed as Hard Hat Day (people Build) and Women Build Day by Habitat for Humanity. This event was designed to create further awareness of the cause and reach out to the targeted communities.
At the event the Habitat for Humanity made arrangements to create a temporary rural house. For which all the material required like bricks, tiles, doors, roof and window etc. was available in the Mall. The patrons visiting the mall were invited to voluntarily contribute and complete the home by purchasing the construction material and actually placing it in the house them self.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, October 2, 2010 – 09:41 IST
In the film Aaja Nachle starring Madhuri Dixit, Ranvir Shorey was head over heels in love with Madhuri while Konkona Sen had a huge thing for Kunal Kapoor, switch to real life from reel and it was Konkona Sen Sharma and Ranvir Shorey who were madly in love with each other, a love that culminated into marriage last month as the couple had an intimate wedding in Mumbai.
The couple’s wedding was a complete hush hush affair with no media invited and only family and extremely close friends got to share the happiness of the couple. The ceremonies took place at the couple’s place where they have been living together for the past 2 years. Some of the guests included Fardeen Khan, Shilpa Shetty etc.
The wedding was a rather interesting one with both a marriage between Punjabi and Bengali traditions. Ranvir wore a Punjabi sherwani in cream and silver while Konkona looked ethereal in a Bengali sari and her grandmother’s family jewels.
Though both of them got engaged almost two years back by exchanging rings but they kept their relationship quite private not letting the media speculate on it much. Even now, a week before the wedding the couple stayed away from the limelight and said as much on their twitter streams as well.
Konkona (30) and Ranvir (38), fell in love for the first time on the sets of Mixed Doubles in 2006 and since then kept everyone guessing about their status. After the endless break-ups in this industry and endless link ups, here’s a story that restores faith in love and the forever after. Bollywood Hungama wishes the couple the very best.
They may not be together, but bonded big time on Farah Khan’s set
Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 29, 2010)
Somewhere the line’s got to be drawn. And we are doing it here. It shouldn’t really matter to anybody but themselves and the people they are currently involved with, whether Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif are together or not. But what matters, certainly, is that both actors show a rare maturity and extend professional respect to each other when together. Like they did when shooting for Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan at Film City last week.
According to a source on the sets, Salman and Kat had a blast on camera and off. And joining them was Bollywood’s original prankster, Khiladi Akshay Kumar, the lead star of the film.
A close friend of the two revealed, “Salman and Katrina had always been discreet about their relationship. And all speculation about how awkward they would be when they bump into each other again, went for a toss on the sets of Tees Maar Khan. It wasn’t a shoot for a few hours, but for days, and the two showed that they remain friends.”
Salman was roped in by his close friend Farah Khan to shoot for the qawwali dance number Wallah Re Wallah in the film. She had told him that Katrina and Akshay were featuring in the song but Salman did not hesitate to shoot with Kat. He chatted with her on the sets and even bonded with Akshay. Both actors were thick sets and kept pulling Katrina’s leg all the time.”
Farah too said, “Salman and Katrina are professionals and I couldn’t see uncertainty or discomfort on their faces while working with each other. They bonded really well. Salman even cooked food one day and Katrina and Akshay ate it. We were like a family out there.” Does that give the impression that the two actors are back as a jodi? Does it really matter?
Hrithik Roshan’s just converted part of his home into a world-class gym, where he works out alongside wife Sussanne
Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 28, 2010)
Hrithik Roshan has just modified a portion of his house into a world class gym and has been adding new gadgets to it. We hear that wife Sussanne and he now train together. It’s his love for privacy that has made Duggu create a gym at home. Says a reliable source, “Everyone knows Hrithik loves keeping to himself and spending time with family. His workout session is generally long and Sussanne now gives him company. People like Kunal Kapoor also drop by to train with him.”
Hrithik’s trainer, Vishwajit Chaurasia, confirms, “He is completely fit and has no injury problems, including his troubled knee. But he was off the intensive training that he regularly does as he was in Spain shooting. So, he must have definitely lost out on his muscle tone and is now looking to work out seriously again. Privacy is something that Hrithik is always looking for… even in his workouts.”
By Subhash K. Jha, September 25, 2010 – 12:59 IST
Priyanka Chopra had a close shave with some overt amorous attention in Rio de Janeiro where she has just packed up shooting for a reality show.
Brazilian guys are known to be extravagant in their affection, especially for Oriental women. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Bipasha Basu who shot in Rio de Janeiro for Dhoom 2 before Priyanka would vouch for Brazilian man-power. But the guy who pursued Priyanka in Rio took amorous attention to another level.
A hot-blooded gentleman, a local well-to-do businessman apparently of substantial good looks, he insisted on trailing her everywhere with his marriage proposals.
Boarding her flight for a 25-hours journey back to Mumbai on Wednesday morning, Priyanka peeped anxiously from her aircraft to see if the Brazilian suitor was following her to India.
“Brazilian men turned out to be a little too upfront for me. They don’t waste time in making their moves. This guy didn’t ask me out. He asked me to marry him right away. I don’t think I am interested in marrying any foreigners. Only an Indian guy for me, thanks,” says the actress who has been wooed by foreigners earlier (e.g. Gerard Butler), though not with the same intense focus as this Brazilian guy who just wouldn’t take no for an answer.
One reason why she got so much male attention from the locals was her look. “I was bronzed and tanned and dressed rather Brazilian. Maybe they mistook me for a local girl.”
Exhausted Priyanka was in no mood to get jetlagged on her flight back to Mumbai. “The minute I landed, I started promoting my new film Anjaana Anjaani. And soon, I head to Berlin for shooting Farhan Akhtar’s Don 2. Where’s the time to get exhausted? I don’t even have time to spend with my family. I missed them in Rio,” Priyanka promised.
Looking back on the experience of hosting Fear Factor Priyanka says, “I was determined I’d be stern, authoritative and in-charge. Nobody should think I should be soft because I am a woman. At the risk of offending the contestants I was at my bullying best.”
Priyanka regrets not finding time to spend with the contestants. “They were all chilled. There was just time to shoot the stunts. I had just one day off in Rio when I just went and de-stressed on the beach. For the rest, no rest. I got no time to shop and bought the famous Brazilian Hawaiian slippers only on the airport.”
She got along well with all the contestants. But confesses to have a soft spot for Manjot Singh. “I nicknamed him Komal Khiladi. And the most heart stopping moment of a stunt gone too far was when Manjot fainted in the freezing water.”
Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 26, 2010)
The Delhi High Court’s judgement in favour of homosexuals last year hasn’t had much impact on the family of actor Yuvraaj Parasher, the lead of Dunno Y… Na Jaane Kyun that has India’s first gay kissing scene in it and also shows love-making and several intimate moments between two men. Yuvraaj, BT has learned, has been disowned by his family for playing a homosexual on screen and has been thrown out of his home in Agra. Worse, his father is ready to go to court and officially cut off ties with his son.
Seen as India’s answer to Ang Lee’s sensitive drama Brokeback Mountain that boasts of remarkable acting from Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, Dunno Y … Na Jaane Kyun sees Yuvraaj partner with actor Kapil Sharma to breathe life into their bold characters. Yuvraaj’s father Satish Parasher told BT, “I feel what he has done is against the culture and tradition of our country and it challenges the purity of the relationship between a man and a woman. He kept us in the dark right from when he signed the film and told us that he is acting with a girl. When we heard about the poster and the things he has done in the film, we were shocked, hurt and humiliated. People will make fun of us and we won’t be able to live peacefully ever again.”
Satish believes Yuvraaj will never get a girl to marry him. “His mother is totally devastated,” said the aggrieved father. “We are a respected family and I’m appalled that he is playing a gay man’s role. We’re finished. All the dreams and hopes we had built around him are over. For just a film role, he has lost out on his blood ties. We don’t want to see his face ever… not even when we are dying.” Interestingly, Yuvraaj’s act with Kapil fetched them an award from Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal for their sensitive portrayal of gay men. For the actor’s family, however, such accolades mean nothing.