Posts tagged Gangs of Wasseypur
Bharati Dubey (BOMBAY TIMES; May 20, 2013)
A gangster film, needless to say, cannot be watched with one’s family. Simply because you cannot imagine it without cuss words being uttered extensively. Take Shootout At Wadala (SAW), for instance. The film had to be content with an ‘A’’certificate from the Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC) because the makers preferred to retain most of the gaalis.
In SAW’s case, one scene with cuss words against women was directed to be deleted: the one in which Siddhant Kapoor talks about which gaali should be the national gaali of India.
Writer Milap Zaveri defends the language of the film and says that the Censor Board did cut dialogues. He said, “It’s a film about gangsters, so just like we have been authentic with sets, look, costumes, I strived to be as authentic as possible with the dialogues. The gangster on the street of any era used abusive words and cusses. So in a film depicting the same, such language is needed.”
Thereby hangs the tale of the new cuss classification in Bollywood. One cuss word in a film gets a ‘U’, but the more colourful ones (and their repeated use in the film, thereof) are asking for an ‘A’.
A source from the CBFC said, “Cuss words are now getting classified rather than deleted or muted in movies. A kind of unsaid rule seems to be followed: to put a particular gaali in a specific category of film certification.”
At times, female Board members have to be educated by their male counterparts about More >
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 16, 2013)
Pallavi Mishra, who had won critical acclaim for her soulful lyrics in Gandhi to Hitler, is facing Shabana Azmi’s ire. The veteran actress has lambasted her on a social networking site for writing lyrics that demean women.
“I cannot believe that the song Ishq Ki Ma Ki… has been written by a woman Pallavi Mishra. Revolting, shameful, disgusting. Condemnable,” Azmi tweeted on Monday. The song in question is from Amit Kasaria’s I Don’t Luv U and is already climbing the charts. At the same time, many have found the line Ishq Ki Ma Ki… offensive and it was not surprising for Azmi to tweet her objection. Her only mistake was to attribute the song to the wrong person. Although Mishra has penned some of the songs of the film, this particular song has been written by Kasaria.
However, Mishra is not ready to take it lying down. When Mirror contacted her, she shot back: “I have always held Shabana Azmi in high regard. I am shocked by the allegations she has made against me on a social networking site. With due respect to her, I think she should have done her research first and found out who had written the song. I would like to know why she is getting personal.” According to Mishra, Azmi is blowing the issue out of proportion. “We made the song with no bad intention, depicting today’s youth. Moreover, after the Censor Board’s decision, the lyrics of the song have been changed from Ishq Ki Ma Ki to Ishq Ki Na Ki,” she More >
Over the last couple of years, Anurag Kashyap has emerged as the reason behind the desi contingent at the French Riviera
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; May 14, 2013)
Anurag Kashyap can be safely called the poster boy for the forthcoming Cannes film festival as far as India is concerned.
After a successful last year with The Gangs of Wasseypur and Peddlers, Kashyap returns to Cannes at the Directors Fortnight with his upcoming film Ugly, which stars Ronit Roy and Tejaswini Kolhapure.
Incidentally the three other films that are being screened at the festival are Bombay Talkies, Monsoon Shootout and Dabba also have an Anurag Kashyap connect.
Bombay Talkies has one story directed by Kashyap, Monsoon Shootout and Dabba are produced by Kashyap.
While we laud Kashyap’s efforts to take Bollywood to Cannes consistently, we wonder is these films will get the desired commercial release, as Anurag would like to have? While Gangs did have a grand release and managed to impress the critics and the audience alike, his other film Peddlers is yet to see the light of the day.
Manoj Bajpayee talks about life post Gangs of Wasseypur and how the term crossover is immaterial
Urmimala Banerjee (MID-DAY; April 29, 2013)
Manoj Bajpayee has had a high success rate in gangster roles. Although he’s fully aware of his popularity in the genre, he tries to maintain variety as far as his onscreen appearances go. As of now, the versatile actor is shooting in Bhopal for Prakash Jha’s upcoming film and despite the hectic schedule, he manages time to talk to us. In the ensuing chat, Manoj talks about fame and playing a don once again…
We have seen quite a few crossover films last year. What made you stay away from them? Last year, I did Gangs of Wasseypur, Special 26 and Chittagong. I don’t believe that there’s something special about the term crossover. It doesn’t say anything. What stands out is a good story that’s well told, irrespective of whether it’s mainstream or crossover.
The buzz is that you’ve become very particular about your fees? Yes, I was never conscious about my fees before but now I have become so. After all, I have more responsibilities now in terms of family. And I feel that by now people know that I can deliver well as an actor. So, it’s fair to demand what I truly merit.
You seem to be playing a gangster in quite a few films. How different is your role in your latest film Shootout At Wadala? Well, this is a commercial film so the character is larger-than-life and stylish. My character Zubair loves his brother to death and is no where close More >
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; April 27, 2013)
Richa Chadda is facing a lot of confusion as the trailer of her next film Fukrey produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani has resulted in this flutter. Richa Chadda’s character name in the film is Bholi Punjaban; she plays a broker in eastern Delhi as opposed to her last onscreen appearance.
A source says, “People keep asking Richa Chadha after Gangs of Wasseypur how can anyone name her Bholi? Her character in GOW got her a lot of appreciation and lauded for her excellent performance. She was bold, spewing slang words and handling being a gangster wife and mom.
She has been introduced to the world of cinema as anything but Bholi and nowhere is said to be Bholi so people are surprised and she is getting all kind of reactions.” When contacted Richa Chadda simply says, “Bholi Punjaban is different from Nagma as Nagma was a gangsters wife and here Bholi is a gangster. She’s young, ambitious, quirky, hostile and endearing. She is fun and you will expect something every time she will be on screen. Unlike Nagma, she is young and sexy and she knows she is sexy but doesn’t make a deal out of it. In short, she is anything but Bholi!”
Shaheen Parkar (MID-DAY; April 23, 2013)
Vineet Singh who featured in Gangs of Wasseypur has just landed a role in a Karan Johar production. The actor has been cast in the Imran Khan- Kareena Kapoor starrer Gori Tere Pyar Mein being directed by Punit Malhotra.
Says a source, “He is playing an important role in the film. He was taken by surprise when he was approached. What he is most happy about is the fact that character actors like him are being recognised and being cast by big banners.” Vineet, who essayed the character of Danish Khan in Gangs of Wasseypur, attracted attention for his role portrayal.
He also features in Anurag Kashyap’s forthcoming film Bombay Talkies to celebrate 100 years of Hindi cinema who dreams of meeting Amitabh Bachchan.
The actor who started off as an assistant of Mahesh Manjrekar hails from Varanasi. Though he studied ayurveda, his passion for acting made him enter a reality show during which he met Manjrekar who cast him in City of Gold after which B-Town beckoned.
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; April 19, 2013)
Huma Qureshi, 26, ensures she gets what she sets her heart on. She is more emotional than practical and would rather take her decisions based on gut, if not for her younger brother Saqib, who is more mature and is her best friend and advisor. Ahead of her upcoming film Ek Thi Daayan, she talks to Bombay Times about her conservative family background, her mentor NK Sharma and why she would never give up her friendship with Anurag Kashyap. Excerpts:
Let’s talk about your childhood? I was born and brought up in Delhi. While my dad is from Delhi, my mom is Kashmiri. My dad Saleem Qureshi owns a chain of restaurants called ‘Saleems’ for the past 30 years and it has eight outlets. While we lived in GK 1 in South Delhi, we were always sent to our grandparents’ house at either Nizammuddin Basti near the dargah or Rakabganj at Old Delhi on the weekends. My grandparents were extremely conservative and my brother Saqib and I had to be well-behaved and I had to be dressed in a salwar kameez. My father had seven siblings and we had a huge family. We also had a huge house with a tree in the centre of the courtyard. We used to love going there as we were all a riot. As I grew up, I was suddenly not allowed to play being a girl and I resented that. I am more girlie now, but at that time, I was a bit tomboyish and a brat. Though I now kick myself, I did not want to learn Urdu at that time as I found it uncool. We would also go to Kashmir for More >
Aditya Kumar, best remembered as Perpendicular, aspires to be like Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Shaheen Parkar (MID-DAY; April 16, 2013)
Ever since people sat up and took notice of Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Gangs of Wasseypur, there has been no looking back for him. No wonder that Aditya Kumar, who played the razor blade chewing Perpendicular in the film, aspires to be just like his co-star.
Aditya says, “Nawazuddin got noticed in Gangs and became sought after. Filmmakers like Anurag Kashyap sketch roles that have the potential to be stylish in their own way. Every good performance comes out when a filmmaker gives time to an actor to absorb the character.” He adds, “I don’t understand how in a 10 x 10 room one can judge someone’s acting skills and call it an audition.”
Aditya features in an upcoming film with Nawazuddin and in another project being helmed by Anand Singh (an assistant of Kashyap). He feels B-Town is finally opening up to actors like him. “Even the impact of the secondary characters like Perpendicular remained in people — that’s what matters,” he says.
Interestingly there is a chapter on Aditya’s life in Anish Bari’s book Dreams of Mango People.
“The writer wanted to emphasise the power of dreams. He found my story worth saying.” Aditya elaborates, “My dad used to run a video parlour and organise film screenings in Nalanda, Bihar. This is what inspired me to be an actor. I shifted to New Delhi where I would just observe the actors and get tea for them. Gradually I made More >
PS: The film will have a voiceover reading out lurid porn passages from Mastram’s literature
Subhash K Jha (DNA; April 5, 2013)
Every adolescent and post-adolescent young male in North India has at one time or the other savoured the pornographic literature of Mastram, a pseudonym for India’s most successful Hindi porn writer who is now the subject of a film directed by Akhilesh Jaiswal.
Entitled Mastram, the film pieces together the life of a reluctant pornographic writer who actually aspired to be a litterateur. Apparently the film will have a voiceover reading out lurid porn passages from Mastram’s literature.
Akhilesh, who also wrote Gangs Of Wasseypur reveals why Mastram fascinated him, “Like all boys I discovered sex in Mastram’s books. I always used to wonder who this guy was. When I was visiting the smaller towns of North India for my research on GOW, I came across his books again. I discovered he still has a huge fan-following” That’s when Jaiswal decided to make a film on Mastram’s life and libido. “No one knows if this man exists. I’ve made a fictional biography.”
Rahul Bagga, who played Kunal Kapoor’s brother in Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, plays the lead role. He says, “I am from North India. Naturally I grew up on a staple diet of Mastram’s porn. Nowadays of course you get visual porn on the net. The written variety of porn has lost its edge. But now I find a lot of youngsters in North are re-discovering the joys of pornographic literature.”
Rahul asserts More >
Subhash K Jha (DNA; April 4, 2013)
Nawazuddin Siddiqui is currently facing a problem that successful actors often have to — his old, forgotten unreleased films are being being dug out by producers who are keen to ride on the actor’s new-found success. However, the case of Gangs Of Gardulley, whose makers have accused Nawaz of ignoring them and their plea to complete their film, is a unique one. Nawaz says he had shot for a short-film which without his knowledge or consent has been turned into a full-length feature film, by the makers.
Nawaz, who is currently shooting in Shimutala, Bihar for Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s Hindi film, says, “The short film was done very early in my acting career, when I was hungrily doing anything that was offered to me. It was one of the 70-odd short films that I did even before I did a cameo in Kabir Khan’s New York. It was a short film on drug abuse of 30 minutes’ duration.”
Nawaz is appalled that its makers are now claiming that they have an incomplete feature film that they wanted the actor to complete. An upset Nawaz adds, “I didn’t have any recollection of this short-film because it was called something else when I shot for it. Now they’ve re-titled it Gangs Of Gardulley to cash in on my Gangs Of Wasseypur. What’s more, I had worked with a different director. Now they’ve roped in someone else as director. So they’re talking about a different project, not the one I’ve done.”
Nawaz shares, “I found out that they’ve secretly shot more footage with More >