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Salman Khan allegedly had differences with Abhinav Kashyap while Dabangg was being made. Arbaaz Khan or Sohail Khan may now direct the sequel
After setting the cash registers ringing at the box office, Dabangg has now become one of the biggest successes of the year. In fact, the film has marginally broken the record Aamir Khan’s Ghajini had set.
However, Abhinav Kashyap may not be a part of Dabangg 2. Kashyap who made his debut as a director with Dabangg rose to fame in no time. But apparently, Arbaaz Khan or Sohail Khan will direct the sequel.
The sudden change has come as a shock to many in the industry. Grapevine has it that Salman Khan did not particularly enjoy his stint with Abhinav in the director’s seat.
Our source said, “All is not well between Abhinav and Salman. The actor and the director had some tiffs during the shooting of Dabangg. This has resulted in certain very crucial roles being altered at the last moment. Abhinav will not be a part of the sequel of the film.
While most of the cast remains the same the only major change will be the director. The sequel has already been announced. It will be titled Rohinhood Chulbul Pandey, with Salman, Sonakshi, Arbaaz and Sonu Sood definitely as a part of it.”
Apparently, after several tiffs with Abhinav, Salman Khan made it a point to sit at the edit of Dabangg.
At that stage, Sallu even took help from his trustworthy friend David Dhawan. It was only when Salman was happy with the final cut that the film was released.
Mumbai Mirror had also reported some time ago that Abhinav Kashyap had started demanding very high remuneration from production houses, after the success of Dabangg.
The debutant director was severely criticised in the industry for this attitude and he may have lost out on the sequel for this reason too.
Abhinav on the other hand has moved on and has apparently signed a film with Shri Ashtavinayak Cine Vision that may star Akshay Kumar in the lead role. Arbaaz Khan however said, “As of now, there’s nothing like this.”
The South Indian superstar to play character based on Lord Krishna
Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; November 3, 2010)
SMS jokes doing the rounds like ‘Even Ghajini remembers Rajni’ and ‘Dinosaurs owed Rajni money, that was the last time they were seen on Earth’ indicate that people believe there is nothing that South Indian superstar Rajnikanth can’t do after his unbelievable theatrics in Robot. It is only fitting, then, that Rajni, in his next film, plays God!
BT has learned that Rajni’s daughter Soundarya has changed the name of her forthcoming production, the ambitious 3D film initially titled Sultan – The Warrior, to Hara. And the lead character now will be like Lord Krishna. This decision was taken probably after the frenzy that followed Robot as people made a demi-God out of their iconic matinee idol.
Hara will see Rajnikanth play the role of an armour-clad hero who saves the world from dire straits. The film that is slated for release in 12 languages, is a period film on the lines of Troy. Soundarya will add new mannerisms to her father’s on-screen persona that include familiar moves like him tossing a cigarette in the air and seeing it fall right between his lips.
Rajnikanth’s fan base has swollen since his last release and people are ready to accept whatever he does. “This film will just put it out in a more blatant form,” says a production source from Chennai. When contacted, an official from Soundarya’s side confirmed about the details of the development.
Insists Asin, the chatty girl-next-door who talks rather emphatically about her dad being non-interfering and “friends” Aamir Khan and Sallu. Dhoni though remains a tricky subject
Asin lives up to her character Kalpana in Ghajini and is quite talkative in real life too. The more she talks, the better for us! Excerpts from a chat:
After your blockbuster Ghajini, we just saw you in London Dreams, which was a dud, and then you disappeared. Why?
I need to get excited to work in a project or with a team of people. It doesn’t really matter if you come out with a good film after a long gap. I think you should enjoy what you are doing and work with the people you want to work with. I don’t look at it as, ‘oh my God I have not had a release this year’. Meanwhile, I did a few South films that I quite enjoyed.
But when you went down South your rivals Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor, etc raced ahead of you…
I have never felt that way. Even if you look at my South films, I have not done those many. I work at my pace. I am a very secure person, even as an actor. So that’s probably one reason I don’t do random stuff to be out there. Which is why you don’t see me at all parties.
Asin is known to be a very anti-social person. Is that true?
No, in fact I am a very friendly person.
Talking about friends, are you in touch with your co-stars Aamir or Salman?
Of course. Very sweetly they wished me for my birthday also. But Aamir wished me a day later.
Do you meet them?
Yeah, I do whenever they are also in town. Aamir keeps travelling; now he is back in town. Salman, I am doing a movie with anyway. I am also friendly with his sisters.
Your dad (Joseph Thottumkal) is handling your work again. He is everywhere. Do people find it uncomfortable?
(In a defensive tone) Where is he everywhere? He is at his house and he forwards the few messages he gets from the people who call him. My dad never travels with me. My manager does.
Buzz is that after Ready you will not do any more movies with Salman Khan.
Are you mad? I would love to do as many movies with that man as possible. I think he is a wonderful person and the coolest co-star to work with. He is encouraging and great fun on sets.
Besides Aamir and Salman who are your friends in Bollywood?
A lot of people. It has been a while since I have been in touch with Deepika or Sonam but whenever we meet we are very friendly to each other. I meet Sushmita, and my neighbours Sridevi, Tabu and Juhi. I am friendly with all, though I can’t stay in constant touch with them.
Let’s talk about Dhoni now.
(Smiles) Too much of unnecessary noise was made about it. I wouldn’t want to say anything. He is a friend and I don’t think it is wrong of a friend to visit another friend’s house.
Really? If there was nothing, then why not clarify?
No, why add to it? I’d rather keep mum about it and let this die down. Because I don’t think such matters need clarification. When two people know the truth, whatever the world makes of it, it doesn’t matter.
Why didn’t you take up Anurag Basu’s film Silence.
(Laughs) I am just going to keep silent about that. Who knows, I might be still doing it.
You also refused Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey.
I have actually refused two or three other projects as well. There is a different reason for each one.
Have you ever fallen in love?
I am looking forward to!
You mean you are living your life in celibacy?
(Laughs) Next question please.
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.
…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 Joginder Tuteja, October 26, 2010 – 11:27 IST
Asin turns a year older today and she is in town to accumulate ton loads of birthday wishes and gifts coming her way. While a bunch of goodies are on her way, what she loves most is surprises that come from her near and dear ones. Why? Because while she is pretty much aware about the standard gifts that are reserved for her by her parents year after year, it is an element of surprise that she craves for most.
Says a close friend of Asin who has been helping her keep track of the celebrations planned for her on an hour by hour, “Asin turns into a teenager when it comes to her birthday celebrations. It’s the day when she really wants to be treated like a princess. Her parents know that and despite the fact that there are many admirers and social acquaintances out there, Asin wants to spend time mainly with her parents and close friends.”
No wonder, the doting parents know what she loves most – jewellery and cars.
Continues the friend, “Every year, Asin gets jewellery from her mother. On the other hand, her dad is fond of gifting her cars. Last year it was an Audi. This year too there is a special car already being pre-booked for it. To think of it, it is no more a surprise for Asin barring the fact that she doesn’t know the make of the car. However, this is what her parents think because she seems to have inkling about it.”
With not much surprise really spread out for Asin, the Ghajini girl is waiting for some real surprise to be coming her way. More so because she even has an idea about the number that her car would be carrying. After all she has an attachment to number 4 and all her cars (five of them) have numbers like 4, 400 or 4000.
“Ask me”, laughs Asin, “I am now really waiting for something that truly manages to surprise me. My parents have been doing all to make me happy.”
The actor is burning the midnight oil to read scripts and is meeting Anurag Kashyap, Rajkumar Santoshi and others
It has been close to two years since Aamir Khan signed a film last, which was Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots. After a long break, Aamir has now decided to sign one in the next ten days. The actor has been meeting various directors and has zeroed down on a few of them.
Our source said, “Aamir had quite a few scripts to read. His last film 3 Idiots broke all box-office records and collected over 425 crore. Even the collection for Dabangg (240 crore) was neck to neck with Aamir’s Ghajini (235 crore). Any other actor in Aamir’s place would have signed multiple films after the success of 3 Idiots.
However, Aamir got busy with his production venture Peepli Live. Over 10 months after the release of 3 Idiots, he’ll sign his next.”
Grapevine has it that everyone including the corporates and single producers are keen to know which film he will choose to sign next, as that one will automatically become the biggest film for the coming year.
Recently, people in and around Aamir’s locality have spotted filmmakers like Anuraag Kashyap, Rajkumar Santoshi, Aditya Chopra and John Matthew Matthan entering his house and exiting only late in the night. So, these are the people with whom Aamir may sign his next.
Moreover, we hear, for the past 20 days, Aamir has stopped socialising with others. He doesn’t step out of his house and has been using most of his time to read scripts.
Apparently, he has not visited his office for a while now and all his other work has been put on the backburner.
The source added, “Everyone is aware that Aditya Chopra is keen to sign Aamir for Dhoom 3 and that Anurag Kashyap is talking to him for Bombay Velvet.
John Matthew Matthan has been having discussions with the actor on Sarfarosh 2 and Rajkumar Santoshi too has a completely different script planned for him. There are other scripts as well but at the moment, Aamir wants to concentrate on these ones.”
When contacted, Aamir Khan’s official spokesperson said, “Yes, Aamir is reading scripts currently and is in the process of finalising one shortly.” Watch this space for more.
Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; October 9, 2010)
Mumbai: Rajnikanth-starrer Endhiran has netted a collection of Rs 117 crore, surpassing the first-week collection of Bollywood’s highest firstweek grosser, Dabangg (Rs 82 crore).
Distributor and trade analyst Suniel Wadhwa said, “The film’s net collection is Rs 60 crore in Tamil Nadu, Rs 30 crore in Andhra Pradesh, Rs 8 crore in Karnataka and Rs 4 crore in Kerala. The Hindi version (Robot) has managed to collect Rs 15 crore. As the numbers suggest, the film has already crossed Dabangg’s two weeks’ net collection in just the first week of its release.’’
Incidentally, the entertainment tax structure and ticket-pricing formula are not uniform in India. “Ticket prices in south India are much lower as compared to other states in the country. This is the reason why boxoffice collection in the south pales as against the collection in northern states. Despite all this, the film’s BO collections prove the film has done remarkably well,’’ Wadhwa said.
Moreover, considering the fact that an additional 7% had to be paid as as entertainment tax to the government for being a dubbed movie, the collections are even more significant, an expert said. According to Wadhwa, the contribution of director Shankar too needs to be factored in . “Shankar is one director who has more brand value than Rajinikanth in AP. His films with Arjun, Prabhudeva and Vikram did wonders in the past. His last movie with Rajini did well at the box office though opinions were divided. Robot is an example of what a director like Shankar and a hero like Rajini can cumulatively deliver. ’’
Endhiran opened in 2,200 screens as compared to 1,400 for Dabangg. An industry source said, “More screens mean more revenue and this too has helped Robot. Also about 92 % of cinema halls are running the film and the collection continue to be rock steady,’’ another analyst said.
The film’s report in the Hindi belt too is quite good. Distributor Sunil Bohra said, `“The collection of the film in places like Jodhpur, Ghaziabad and Meerut is also impressive. The film is doing well both in single screens as well as at multiplexes.’’
Sources insist that though it is too early to speculate, the film has definitely grossed Rs 260 crore which is more than the entire collection of Aamir Khan starrer Ghajini.
The Hindi version of the film too has done a business of nearly Rs 30 crore in the first week. Amod Mehra said, “Robot has broken all the records of a dubbed film. I don’t remember any similar film crossing even the Rs 1 crore mark. In fact, Rajinikant’s last release Sivaji was a disaster at the box office.”
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.
Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan and Salman Khan are all fighting for the rights of the Telugu film, Don Seenu, directed by Gopichand Malineni, which is apparently a huge success in the south Indian film industry
The success of Wanted and Ghajini has started a brand new trend. Both were remakes of South Indian films and many Bollywood actors have now taken a liking for similar upcoming projects.
Unexpectedly however, three of our biggest Bollywood A-listers, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan, are now fighting for the rights of the Telugu film Don Seenu.
The film, directed by the Gopichand Malineni, stars Ravi Teja, Anjana Sukhani and Mahesh Manjrekar, and is apparently the biggest hit of the year in the South film industry. The Tamil remake of the film is already being considered.
Don Seenu is a comical story of a young man who is hugely inspired by Amitabh Bachchan’s film Don and dreams of becoming world’s number one don. The plot revolves around his attempts to realise this dream.
The 27-year-old debutant director from Hyderabad is obviously elated and says, “Yes, Bollywood has shown a lot of interest in my film. AR Murugadoss (director of Ghajini), who happened to watch my film, is responsible for it. He has been discussing it in Bollywood. My producer told me that Sohail Khan called and asked for the DVD copy of the film because Salman wanted to watch it. I am told that even Akshay Kumar has shown interest in the film. The dialogue writer of my film, Kona Venkat, is in Mumbai for the past one week. He told me that even Saif Ali khan is keen on buying the rights of the film.”
The debutant director will not be making the Bollywood remake. We wonder if Murugadoss will take on the job.
When asked who among the three Bollywood stars fits the role of the protagonist the best, Malineni says, “Both Salman and Akshay are great entertainers. I think both can play the role very well.” Sorry Saif.
As a footnote, the director is quick to add, “The hero of my film, Ravi Teja, is known as the South Indian Akshay Kumar.” Sorry Sallu.