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Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 12, 2010)
Soccer crazy Abhishek Bachchan recently bonded with Dutch soccer star Wesley Sneijder, who is looking to come down to India. Junior Bachchan met Wesley at a recent event and has become friends with him. They are in constant touch. Wesley was with his stunning model and TV presenter wife Yolanthe Cabau van Kasbergen Sneijder, who in turn chatted up with Ash.
All four of them even hung out for hours together as Abhishek and Wesley kept chatting over football. Wesley informed Abhi that he was fascinated about India and was planning to come down to the country with his wife. Abhi immediately told the footballer to inform him when he is flying down as he wanted to host them in Mumbai.
Wesley, who was in the thick of controversy over whether he would quit Inter Milan for any other club, apparently also informed Abhi that he doesn’t want to do a hurricane trip to the country. He is looking for a relaxed holiday soon and we hear he might be planning a romantic getaway with his wife in North India. Yolanthe has become a great fan of Ash as they were heard talking about fashion and style.
Madhur Bhandarkar on coming a long way from being a video delivery boy, on testing new genres and believing that Kareena will eventually come around to act in Heroine
• Comedy is not your forte. Why are making one, Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji ?
It was not an easy decision to make. While some have been saying that I shouldn’t get into other genres of cinema, others say that it’s time for a change. I have always considered myself as an experimental filmmaker and this is another one of my experiments. Actors who have worked with me will vouch for my sense of humour. More often than not, I have them in splits on my sets. In fact, Tabu (who starred in Chandni Bar) used to always ask me why I hadn’t directed a comedy yet.
• After dropping out from school you even worked as a delivery boy for a video library. Did you ever think that you’ll get this far?
Honestly, no. God has given me more than I asked for. I guess it has been a mixture of hard work and luck. I think I am God’s blessed child. And I am not going to get carried away.
• Your male-oriented films, Traffic Signal and Jail, don’t do particularly well. Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji too is male-oriented. Are you nervous?
I am nervous. But that happens with me before the release of any of my films. Think of it, isn’t it early days to say that Madhur Bhandarkar makes only good female-oriented films? I don’t jump into making films just for the heck of it. Recently I had offers to remake some top South films but I didn’t see any creativity in that.
Tell me one good reason why shouldn’t I attempt to make a comedy, or say, even a romcom or a thriller, as long as the characters in my film are well fleshed out? Sooner or later, I’ll touch upon all genres.
• Will you cast Neil Nitin Mukesh (Jail) and Kunal Khemu (Traffic Signal), who seem to have lost the plot?
If I have a script for them, why not? I don’t cast actors as per their market status. Didn’t I cast Samir Soni, Arjan Bajwa and Arbaaz Khan in Fashion despite people’s apprehensions? Again if you see, I have three newcomers in Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji : Shruti Haasan, Shazahn Padamsee and Shraddha Das, whose debut films have flopped.
• Perhaps budgetary constraints might have resulted in this benevolence in casting.
Yes, I do make films within a stipulated budget. I never spend too much, I don’t overshoot. My homework is very strong. Even Jail broke even.
• Your next female-oriented film Heroine is stuck. Kareena Kapoor is latkofying you…
Kareena and I have not been in touch. She has been very busy with RA.One and Agent Vinod. But we are going to meet soon.
• She’s ditched you with Page 3 and Fashion as well…
I think Kareena is a remarkable actress with a great screen presence. From the minute I saw her in Refugee, I knew she will go a long way. I think I will be third time lucky. She deserves a lot more from this industry. I believe that Heroine will give that to her, it’s a dream role for any actress.
• What happened to that biopic on Lalit Modi called Commissioner ?
Things didn’t work out. Besides, the Lalit Modi controversy would have been too hot to handle.
• You have always been a ladies’ man. We’re disappointed to not have heard of any link-ups. Have you really changed or are you a smoother operator now?
(Laughs) Today, I am very happy the way I am living my life. Do I really need to answer this question?
• All the more…
Un dino, meri shaadi nahin hui thi. And people just perceived me that way. (laughs again).
Salman Khan dishes out B’wood’s best on the ramp
Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 11, 2010)
Salman Khan’s Being Human show at the HDIL India Couture Week 2010 on Saturday night was a feast for the eyes as the superstar dished out eight oomphy ladies of Tinseltown — including the top three actresses of today, Katrina Kaif, Kareena Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra — on the runway. Kareena and Priyanka were seen holding hands when they came for the curtain call with Salman and thus managed to dispel the gossip of any sort of animosity. The others to sashay down the ramp were Preity Zinta, Rani Mukerji, Bipasha Basu, Karisma Kapur and Sushmita Sen as Salman decoded fashion from 1920s to present times in a grand musical-like choreography.
High on oomph quotient, the show only showcased eight ensembles but the drama — the provocative dancing and the extravagant opulent props, made sure that everybody was dazzled. In Dabangg style Sallu had distributed whistles to everyone giving them virtually the licence to express their excitement when the leading ladies soared temperature on the catwalk.
Preity opened the show strutting in a sexy black dress — a provocateur that certainly made the audiences get going about the 1920s. The embodiment of 30s was the evidently slimmed down Katrina who was greeted by tap dancers and models dressed as the mafia of that era. Rani portrayed the 40s – she glided in with Mughal-e-Azam clip and Pakeezah’s iconic track Chalte Chalte playing at the backdrop. Her nawabi tehzeeb was an instant hit as she bowed in front of the audiences in a vintage Manish Malhotra creation.
Bipasha was the embodiment of the flirty 50s where the world scored high on everything from fashion to physics. The 60s was an age of rock n roll and the coming of age of Indian cinema. From Elvis Presley to the homegrown Shammi Kapoor and the cabaret, India was in a state of transition. Salman picked someone from the Kapoor family to be the face of that era and it was the sassy Karisma who entered the runway on a piano. Sushmita was the face of the 70s, an era of Woodstock, sex, drugs, music and beauty queens. She entered the ramp to
Dum Maro Dum.
Priyanka Chopra was the ‘Material Girl’ of the 80s. As she mouthed Madonna’s cult song and glided on the runway, she made sure that she took people to a big climax that was provided by Kareena – the black magic woman. The naughty 90s theme opened with sexy dancers brandishing their hunters to men models dressed as policemen. Kareena, dressed in all black, teased the photographers to a striptease moment as she took off her hat and played with her coat before seducing men who unbuttoned their shirts and encircled her.
Salman’s entry was dramatic, too. Dressed in an Arjun Khanna creation, Sallu made a dancing entry. The show, choreographed by Aparna and Tanya and styled by Anaita Shroff Adajania, ended with all the girls changing costumes to sport a Being Human Tshirt as they walked with Salman in the middle and took a curtain call. Earlier, he launched a line of Being Human watches which are available at 50 stores nationwide. All outfits from the show will be auctioned and the proceeds will go to Being Human which supports education and healthcare. email@example.com
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.
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.”
By Subhash K. Jha, September 25, 2010 – 11:24 IST
The scandal-prone new film Dunno Y… Na Jaane Kyun has gotten itself into trouble with the Censor Board. Blurbs boasting that it is Indian cinema’s first gay love story have apparently not encouraged the censors to loosen up and act liberated.
The Censor Board has clamped down heavily on the love-making sequences between the film’s leading man Kapil Sharma and the Delhi-based model Yuvraaj Parasher who plays Sharma’s lover. Apparently the film, which also features stalwarts Zeenat Aman and Helen, is carpeted with smooching and love-making sequences between the two guys. There is also a lingering gay love-making scene which goes all the way. It apparently had the ladies in the Censor Board walking off in a moral huff and eventually asking the film’s director Sanjay Sharma to delete the torrid kissing sequence and the love-making sequence.
The film’s leading man who says he’s straight in real life, is appalled by the hypocrisy of the Censor Board. “Why should the Censors be scandalized if two men are kissing and making love? My sequences with my screen partner go as far as the scenes showing a guy and girl doing it in our films. And let me tell you, some of these heterosexual sequences are extremely vulgar. The ones in my film are very aesthetic. And so what if it’s two men making love? Love is love regardless of gender.”
The film’s makers have now submitted their film to the revising committee where they hope the ostensibly objectionable sequences will be reviewed.
Says Kapil, “The Censor Board objected to the kissing and love-making scenes. They asked us to delete them. We refused. We aren’t trying to create any kind of sleazy stuff here. Ours is the first ever serious gay love-story. The intimacy is essential. Our film is now with the revising committee.”
This isn’t the first mainstream film to show intimacy between two men. In Madhur Bhandarkar’s Fashion, there was masculine passion in the form of a kiss between Samir Soni and his screen partner. Bhandarkar voluntarily snipped it out. Sudipto Chattopadhyay’s Pankh had a smooch between Maradona Rebello and his screen partner. In Onir’s I Am Rahul Bose and Arjun Mathur play a gay couple and have a kissing sequence.
Dunno Y… Na Jaane Kyun is the first film to show a gay love-making sequence. Defends Kapil Sharma, “It is sensual and bold, but not at all vulgar. It’s like any lovemaking between a guy and a girl. Why should we delete it?”
Yuvraaj Parasher who has gone nude for the camera plays Sharma’s gay partner . He adds, “I feel cinema and the audience have changed. I never wanted to make my debut as a collegian wooing a chick on a bike. When I was selected to play gay in the audition, I was elated. I’d rather do something unconventional.”
Speaking about making love to a guy on camera, Yuvraaj says, “It was awkward. After doing it with Kapil we avoided each other. Finally we looked at one another and burst laughing.”
Maybe Rituparno Ghosh who constantly has a problem casting his gay characters should meet these two guys.
The actress’s kameez malfunctioned at an event…
Fashionista Kangana Ranaut had a wardrobe malfunction on Tuesday afternoon at Manyata’s baby shower.
The actress was dressed in a salwaar kameez, a sartorial arrangement that fell apart when its zip gave way (see picture).
The actress was hiding it with her right arm, but sadly couldn’t escape the paparazzi, which caught the wardrobe malfunction on the camera (yes, guilty as charged).
|Kirti Tarang, Zoom|
In fact Ranaut, who ironically starred in Bhandarkar’s Fashion, in which she essayed Carol Gracias’s wardrobe malfunction tragedy, was present at the event for a very short while, given this rip in the fabric.
Arre yaar, Kangna! You should have zipped down to Zara (since the event was The Palladium) and bought a new dress in a trice! That would have been a cooler statement to make.
By Joginder Tuteja, September 14, 2010 – 12:53 IST
Priyanka Chopra has done around 30 films in her seven year long career so far. In this stint of hers, she has come up with several successful films. These could have belonged to drama or comedy genre with a couple of them even bringing the sensual side of her. However, an unspoken fact about her filmography is that she has never worked in a quintessential romantic musical ever where she would have played her age.
Says an industry observer, “It is tough to believe but if one actually goes through the list of films that she has done, it is actually a fact. Yes, she has worked in hit films but they have mostly been dramas (Fashion, Kaminey, Andaaz, Waqt, Aitraaz). A few of them have been rom-coms (Mujhse Shaadi Karogi) or action (Don, Krrish) but a young love story has always eluded her. Anjaana Anjaani is the first time ever when she is getting into a lovey-dovey mode.
Apparently, Priyanka too is aware about this fact and doesn’t have any qualms admitting that. Says director Siddharth Anand who managed to introduce a new zone to Priyanka, “She actually knows that she has never done a love story over all these years. I guess for both of us it has turned out to be pretty good situation as now we can promise a different facet of her acting capabilities and personality to the audience.”
In fact so attached was Priyanka to the film that she involved herself into the making of the film in a big way. Says a highly placed unit member who saw Priyanka’s progress right through the making of Anjaana Anjaani, “Actors do come up with suggestions and carry a certain point of view, especially so when they are successful and have made a place for themselves in the industry. In fact it is appreciated as well because they have gathered good knowledge about the medium of cinema and hence their inputs are most welcome. However, the vigour with which Priyanka was making contributions to Anjaana Anjaani was amazing. It was clear that she wanted to participate in the capacity of much more than just an actor.”
Siddharth’s acknowledgment for his leading lady’s efforts are understandable. After all when he announced the ‘jodi’ of Priyanka and Ranbir, there were murmurs around the untried pairing. However, he trusted his vision, went on to shoot Anjaana Anjaani and wrapped it up in quick time post which he designed a few striking promos that caught everyone’s attention.
“It was a mini battle that I was fighting and though in my mind I knew that I had won it, I wanted audience to announce their verdict. For that, it was very important that the theatrical and song promos worked”, reflects Siddharth, “Fortunately for me, the response was stupendous all over which made me finally believe that I had won the battle. Now it’s time to win the war with film closing in for release.”
Though producer Sajid Nadiadwala wasn’t present on the sets during day to day filming of Anjaana Anjaani, he is well aware about Priyanka going an extra mile to make her first ever love story materialise into a quality product in a big way.
“Yes, Siddharth has told me about the ways Priyanka was passionate about her role and the film”, says Sajid, “I had a sense though that she was made for the big league when she worked for my Mujhse Shaadi Karogi. It was just her sixth film but she wasn’t nervous at all despite a set up that comprised of Salman (Khan), Akshay (Kumar) and David (Dhawan). Today she has reached an enviable position and is an original rock star that we have. It was just right for her to be seen in a romantic musical after all.”
... but in her film, Mugdha says she’s going to spook everybody out
Sharin Wader Butani | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; August 13, 2010)
Mugdha Godse has been lucky in Bollywood, she has experimented with different genres and worked with leading stars and directors in Fashion, All The Best and Jail. And now the sexy actress wants to try her luck in the spirit world. People are going to literally call out for ‘Help’ says Mugdha who is starring with Bobby Deol in a horror film by that name which releases today, Friday the 13th.
“There have been many scary films though none of them managed to spook people out, but I’m confident that I will do what others couldn’t in Help,” says the actress who’s plays a possessed character in the film. “Those who have seen Help have said that I’m not just a good-looking ghost, I scare people too,” adds Mugdha.
She believes that ghosts do exist. “I’ve not had any encounters with them yet, neither do I want to… I’m a big fattu, but I know that they are around. During the film’s promotion, I was needed to go to spooky places but I chickened out… what if I really got possessed,” asks the actress.
Mugdha’s ghostly act is yet to be seen, but her white bikini picture for the film did grab eyeballs. “I didn’t know that the bikini is still a novelty for people. I didn’t bat an eyelid before wearing it. Thankfully, I have a readymade bikini body and don’t have to slog it out at the last moment to look perfect,” says Mugdha.
There were also rumours that she’s done a hot kissing scene with Bobby. “There are some nice romantic scenes between us but no kissing scene. Bobby is a good friend and a fantastic actor. But then I make friends with all my co-stars,” says the friendly star.
Horror has always been an intriguing genre worldwide and Bollywood is no exception. While the West regularly comes up with interesting spooky films, our cinema hasn’t been much successful in this regard. Few horror films are made and fewer work. Help works but unfortunately only in parts. The plot is brilliant but the execution and some loopholes in the narrative spoil the show!
The story of the movie: Vic (Bobby Deol) is a film director and married to Pia (Mugdha Godse). Their marriage in on the rocks as Pia doubts that Vic is allegedly having an affair with a Bollywood actress. At such a point, they have to rush to Mauritius as Pia’s father (Salim Fatehi) suffers a heart attack. Her father gets out of danger by the time they reach there. However, strange things start happening to Pia as soon as she is Mauritius, especially in her old family house. She realizes that the ghost of her twin sister, who accidentally died when she was 5, is watching her. In the midst, she finds that she’s pregnant. Before she can realize, the ghost possesses her and its upto Vic to take immediate action. What is the ghost’s motive and why has she awakened after so many years? Watch Help to find out!
Help has a spine-chilling beginning! The titles that follow were damn interesting too. However, the film then turns boring and very ordinary thereafter. The heroine wakes up in the middle of the night after hearing something, she exits her bedroom to check what’s going on, an eerie feeling engulfs, and then finally the ghost appears followed by a scream by the heroine! Haven’t we seen that sooooo many times before?! Unfortunately, this is what happens in the first hour of the film when the director gets building up the tension and mood. The only two sequences that work are-the merciless killing of the dog and entry of Aditya (Shreyas Talpade)!
However suddenly, the second hour makes an impact thanks to a wonderful twist in the tale. In fact, for some time, it takes the film to another level and that is when you’ll realize that this isn’t just another Bollywood horror-cum-revenge drama! A lot of surprises are in store here and the various symbolic gestures that were flashed at various points earlier begin to make sense!
The climax was alright and justified but the film leaves several questions unanswered. Why didn’t the ghost kill Pia’s father since he was the one who was responsible for the injustice done to her? Where was the video cassette, which provides vital clues to Vic, since so many years and why did no one see it before? Also, as mentioned before, the treatment was over the top at times and at places, fails to do justice to such an excellent plot.
The film ends with an indication of a possible sequel. Frankly it doesn’t work and spoils the film even more! And whenever any film has come up with such kind of a climax (13B, Phoonk 2, Drona etc), it has miserably failed. Help will follow suit too!
Every actor does a nice job but no performance was extra ordinary. Mugdha Godse looks charming and does a fine job especially in scenes wherein she’s possessed. Another fine performance from her after Fashion and Jail! It was great to see Bobby Deol after a long time and does a fine job. However, this new hairstyle doesn’t suit him and would like to see him in his Tango Charlie killer looks! Shreyas Talpade has a major role to play in the second half of the film and yet his act was termed as ‘special appearance‘! Nevertheless he was excellent especially in the finale. Jyoti Dogra leaves a mark while Salim Fatehi was okay. The twin girls, Anushka and Ashoi, play their part well. Sophie Handa and others were good.
Ashutosh Pathak‘s music doesn’t impress but his background score does. Only one song is worth mentioning-Kehna Hai. Dhimant Vyas‘ cinematography was very effective. Same for the Visual effects (Prime Focus)! Sound design was too loud, required for such films. Mugdha’s 1-minute-long scream in the finale was deafening! Special mention should also go to make-up guy, Vikram Gaikwad.
Deepak Pawar and Viddesh Malandkar‘s wrote the story, screenplay and dialogues. Story initially seemed to be been-there-done-that types but impressed towards the later part of the film. Screenplay could have been better while dialogues were okay.
Rajeev Manoj Virani‘s direction fails to do overall justice to the plot. Basically, a film like Help required the expertise of a veteran filmmaker (someone like Vikram Bhatt). Rajeev shows flashes of brilliance in some scenes but in the rest, he was plain okay. Hoping to see him doing a better job in his next flick!
Some of the best scenes:
1. The beginning scene
2. The flashback of the accident, shown at regular intervals
3. Dog is mercilessly murdered
4. Aditya confronts Vic at the graveyard
5. Aditya explains the various stages of demonic possession
6. Vic gets hold of the video cassette
7. The climax
On the whole, Help is equipped with an interesting and novel plot but fails to overall impress due to bad direction and some glitches in the narrative! No one can HELP the film to get audiences, impress them and turn the film into a commercial success!
My rating-** ½ out of 5!