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By Subhash K. Jha, October 28, 2010 – 11:52 IST
If there is one guy out there in the entertainment industry who can put an end to all the speculation on the status of the Salman-Govinda relationship, it is David Dhawan.
David who has been closely associated with both Salman and Govinda, has done the maximum number of films with the two stars. He’s now in the process of bringing them together for the sequel to Partner.
But the problem is with the stories about the Partners‘ real-life rift. They are taking a toll on David. And he has decided to do something about the crisis. He is toying with the idea of hosting a party to celebrate the Salman-Govinda friendship.
“And why just the Salman-Govinda friendship? It will be to celebrate the Salman-Govinda-David friendship. I get very disturbed when I hear about their so-called rift. Arrey yaar, both are far above such bickering. Look at Govinda’s track-record. He has been at the top for decades. As for Salman, with Dabangg he has proved he is beyond all competition. I hate to see people talking about two of my closest friends in this negative way. So yes a party celebrating Salman and Govinda’s friendship and my friendship with them seems a good idea,” says David emotionally.
Says David, “I’m committed to direct a film Rascals for Sanjay Dutt Productions from next month. Dutt is one of my oldest and closest friends. The first film I directed had Sanju in it. Then I’m committed to directing Partner 2 for Salman Khan and Govinda. So my career is devoted to friends.”
Family would naturally have to look elsewhere. David’s younger son Varun is being launched as a leading man by Karan Johar.
Says David, “All I can tell you at the moment is that my elder son Rohit is directing his first film Desi Boyz and my younger son Varun is going to be an actor. I’d have liked to launch both in their respective careers. But I am committed to making films with my friends.”
Rascals will feature Dutt, who is one of David’s oldest and dearest friends, with Ajay Devgn and Kangna Ranaut. It will be a typical David Dhawan comedy.
Argues David, “Why not? Why open the car bonnet to check the motor when the vehicle is running just fine? When others are copying my style why should I move away from it?”
Chunky Pandey is re-uniting with director David Dhawan after almost two decades. Chunky will be seen working with David in his next, Rascals.
Chunky worked last with David in Aankhen in 1993. It is after 17 years that they are working together. Chunky said, “Can you believe this. We worked in a blockbuster, Aankhen, and never worked after that.
Davidji did a lot of films with Govinda, but unfortunately we never ended up working together. And this time finally he got a character in his script for me.”
He adds, “Davidji really liked me in my comic role in Sajid Khan’s Housefull. He was in splits, especially with my character get-up.
This role in Rascals too seems tailor-made for me. Davidji is an amazing director and has a lovely comic sense. Moreover, this movie has a lot of fun people like Ajay Devgn and Sanjay Dutt.”
You must be the rascal, Chunks!
In a saucy, hatke interview, Salman Khan unleashes his hilarious, wicked side
I keep an early alarm to wake up on time so that I can interview Chulbul Pandey aka Salman Khan. Zipping past the mad traffic to make it on time, I enter Mehboob Studio. Luckily the star hasn’t arrived. I wait for a few minutes and Sallu arrives with his entourage. The actor has his table-chair set outside his vanity van, where we sit under the hot sun discussing his new avatar as host on Bigg Boss 4. Excerpts from a fun rendezvous:
• If given an opportunity, would you go inside the Bigg Boss house and be locked up with the contestants with no connection with the outside world?
As long as there are no cameras inside, yes, I will.
• For how long can you remain disconnected from the outside world?
Let me see now.
• But will you experiment and go inside?
I have been in more difficult situations than the contestants of Bigg Boss can ever be in! And I have handled them pretty well I guess…So I don’t think it will be that much of a problem. It will be a party place for me. I like people, good people, great people.
• Who would be the first person you would make a call to apart from your parents after getting out?
(Thinks) Apart form my parents, I would call Ashvini (programming head of the channel) and ask her what to do next.
• The contestants discuss everything under the sun about their personal lives. Do you find it right?
That’s good na. It’s entertaining.
• Would you discuss your personal relationships in the house, seen and heard by everyone?
You guys discuss my personal life without even knowing it. That is what I find very amusing. So I don’t even react to it and nobody else also reacts to it. And now the fans have also stopped reacting to it. Now I am on Twitter ya, so whenever something comes up, they immediately tweet.
• Tell me five actors you would like to see in the Bigg Boss house together?
I would like Sanju to be here (Sanjay Dutt), Govinda, myself, Jackie (Jackie Shroff), Akki (Akshay Kumar). We all will have a blast.
• Five actresses?
Five names you choose. All are good.
• Five directors?
All the directors should remain outside and keep directing
• If you were locked in the house with Vivek Oberoi, John Abraham, Shah Rukh Khan, who would you eliminate?
Do I have to answer this question?
I have to? What if I don’t, then?
• You just have to say one person’s name!
I would eliminate myself.
• And if you are not in the house with them, who would you choose to eliminate?
(Loudly) If I am not in the house, I am not the Bigg Boss, then I don’t have the right to eliminate anybody. They can be in as longgg as they want.
• If you had Sangeeta Bijlani, Somy Ali and Aishwarya Rai in the house, who would you eliminate?
I would keep them all.
• You wouldn’t eliminate anyone?
(Long pause) I really really like Sangeeta and Somy. They are my friends.
• Which actresses, if inside, will have cat fights according to you?
I think the actresses nowadays are pretty chilled out. Because I have worked with most of them. They all get along. The way the heroes get along, the actresses get along.
• You mean actresses only get along on screen?
No, off screen also. Nobody is into each other’s work. They are all in their spaces.
• Every contestant is given a household duty to do? What duty would you take up?
I would take the duty of cooking.
• If given a chance, what would you cook?
Nothing! I’ll make such bad food for everybody that they will run away from my food.
• What is the hatke lingo you plan to use on this show?
I would use a lot of beep wali gaalis.
• Among the Hollywood celebrities, which star would you like to see as an inmate inside and why?
I have no idea. I don’t know anybody in Hollywood. I know my friends from here. This industry is Hollywood for me.
• Aren’t you disturbed that controversy never seems to leave you?
Doesn’t that disturb you guys?
• No, it doesn’t disturb us.
No? Then why should it disturb me?
• Why do people see you in a film and want to copy your style?
You are seeing what I am wearing (points out to his clothes). It is very easily affordable. Jeans, t-shirt, ek joota hai and my bracelet, kabse pehen raha hoon.
• Do you have any regrets from the past?
No, not at all.
Salman, who had reportedly had a fallout both with David Dhawan and Govinda, is now working on the nearly-shelved project Partner 2
After much turmoil, David Dhawan’s Partner 2 is back on track. You heard it. Salman Khan and Govinda will play the leads. David Dhawan will direct the film and Sohail Khan will produce it. And the most interesting bit is that this news coincides with the huge box-office success of Dabangg (check out our report on page 25).
Partner 2 was supposed to go on floors over a year ago but after Salman Khan’s relationship with both Govinda and David Dhawan reportedly went sour, the project was as good as shelved. It is only now that things are beginning to look up.
Not too long ago, it was reported that Salman had developed serious issues with both Govinda and Dhawan. Govinda was miffed that Salman had not lived up to his promise of helping him launch his daughter Narmada. Instead, Salman had gotten busy shooting for Dabangg and was concentrating on promoting Sonakshi Sinha (Mumbai Mirror, August 20)
The revival of Partner 2 clearly implies that Salman has patched up with both Dhawan and Govinda. Does this mean that Narmada will soon make her first Bollywood splash now? We’ll wait and watch.
The Salman-Dhawan fallout was widely reported in November 2009. It mentioned that Salman, who was once at the helm of his career because of hits with Dhawan like Biwi No. 1, no longer wanted the director to make Sajid Nadiadwala’s film, Sanki.
This was apparently because he was upset with Dhawan for not giving much attention to Partner 2 and instead working on Hook Ya Crook.
But that’s an old story now. Hook Ya Crook is stuck in its final stages. And more importantly, Sallu is on a new high with Dabangg having hit a jackpot at the box office. So, the resurrection of Partner 2 is obviously timed superbly well for Salman.
Confirming the story, a source close to Partner 2 says, “Sanjay Chhel is writing this film. I will mount the sets next year.”
But what remains to be seen is whether Katrina, who played the female lead in Partner, is re-cast in Partner 2.
When asked about the fallout with Salman, Dhawan told Mumbai Mirror yesterday evening, “Oh, that is all bakwaas. I have just come out from Salman’s house. Right now, Salman will be working on Bigg Boss 4. Then, he has Bodyguard. And only after that Partner 2 will start, sometime next year. And yes, Salman and Govinda are both doing the film. The rest of the cast is yet not decided.”
What’s decided though is that friends who had once turned foe are back together.
John Travolta talks to BT about dancing and Bollywood
Mark Manuel | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 28, 2010)
John Travolta was giving media interviews. First television. Then print. I stood and watched from the sidelines, waiting my turn. The interviewer was discussing Travolta’s dancing skills and asking the iconic Hollywood actor to get up and demonstrate his signature moves for the camera. Govinda might have jumped up and obliged. Travolta was having none of it. His bodyguards, who walked him into the interview room dressed in a smart tux like he was the President of the US of A — tall fair and handsome, stood around and tittered. I thought, if you have seen Travolta dancing in Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Urban Cowboy, Pulp Fiction… then you have seen the best of him. When my turn came, I asked, instead, why wasn’t he making dancing films anymore; and what did he think he was best at, dancing, singing or acting?
Travolta hummed and hawed, gave his famous toothy grin, the blue-grey eyes twinkling, then said, “I would love to do a dancing film. And why not? Fred Astaire, whom I greatly admired, was dancing into his 80s. I’m 56, but I’ve kept it up, dancing doesn’t leave you. I dance at home for my own pleasure.” Which may be true. However, Hollywood had discovered the actor in Travolta since his SNF and Grease days. And it is now engaging this actor’s services in roles that have him playing dark characters like mobsters and small-time criminals, or comedians, both of which he does damned well. There’s no more dancing for Travolta. So, what role did he enjoy playing best? “It depends on the quality of the script,” he replied. “I enjoy both, dramatic roles and comedy, and I’m good at both. Though, I must mention, I got two Oscar nominations (SNF and Pulp Fiction) for dramatic roles. And my Golden Globe, again, was for a dramatic role in Get Shorty (in which Travolta plays a loan shark).”
I asked him about Bollywood, naturally. Not whether he would do a film for us (because he’s not been offered any roles), but had he heard of our film industry before coming here? Seen any Hindi films? “Of course,” Travolta said, “It’s exciting to know that Bollywood is so successful that it doesn’t need Hollywood… it’s Hollywood that requires Bollywood! I know of some of your artistes. Aamir Khan (to whom he presented the Cinematic Icon Award on Sunday night at the GQ Men Of The Year Awards)… I saw his film Lagaan because it was nominated for an Oscar and I’m one of the 135 jury members. I also voted for Slumdog Millionnaire. And when younger, I saw some other Bollywood films… but cannot remember the names right now. What I like about your industry is that the films are all family oriented. I appreciate that. Maybe I’m old fashioned. But that is what makes your cinema so successful.”
He had come in the night before, dressed in jeans, jacket and baseball cap, flying in his own private Boeing, himself in the cockpit commandeering the huge jet over the slums of Kalina to land at Sahar. What was the experience like, I asked. “Most airports are the same, especially when you’re landing at night, and you’ll have the arc approach in Mumbai which I was prepared for… but I didn’t have to use it. What surprised me was the activity at the airport at midnight! It was unbelievable. I also liked the warmth of the welcome. I’ve not been to India before, but yet, I was greeted like an old friend!” Travolta’s dancing feet were twitching and the bodyguards were flexing themselves. Clearly it was time for him to go. There was time for one last question. He had danced with some of the world’s most gorgeous women, including Princess Diana in the White House to Billy Joel’s Uptown Girl, so who had been his best dancing partner of all? And Travolta replied, tongue firmly in cheek, “Christopher Walken in Hairspray… why, because he’s a professional dancer!”
(Contributed by Meena Iyer and Prithwish Ganguly)
On learning how mentally challenged kids travel under unsafe conditions to school, the actor gifted them a new bus
If not for controversies, Salman Khan is often in the news for his philanthropic acts. This time, the actor, who is known for his large-heartedness, gifted a brand new bus to Snehalaya Special School for mentally challenged kids.
Located at Mira Road, this school happens to be run by Salman’s rakhi sister Alina Kohli, who takes the help of her cousin sister Rita Carvalo as well. Alina is at a loss for words and is incredibly grateful to Sallu for his kind gesture.
Alina, who was introduced to the actor by Govinda, says, “My cousin Rita runs a school for special children. Since we don’t have funds to buy a bus, our students travel by auto rickshaws to the school. As they are not in their right physical and mental state, they are always in danger.
One of the kids had a fit recently and he fell from the auto rickshaw. A few days later, I happened to meet Salmanji and he asked me why I was tense. When I narrated the incident and told him that we couldn’t afford a bus, his instant reaction was, ‘Don’t worry, I will get you a bus for your school’.
And he immediately made a call and ordered a forty-seater bus for our school. It’s very gracious of him.”
She happily adds, “The kids are all fans of his. They wanted to watch one of his shooting schedules. So we went to meet him at Bandra and he handed us the keys of the bus. As a token of gratitude, the children tied rakhis on his wrist.”
|Salman Khan surrounded by students of Snehalaya Special School|
By Taran Adarsh, August 27, 2010 – 08:17 IST
Practically every new-age film-maker wants to attempt a real story on celluloid. Stories which are straight out of life/newspapers/news channels. These stories, generally, strike a chord with the ticket buying audience if narrated convincingly and most importantly, narrated within commercial parameters.
Nagesh Kukunoor has been a frontrunner as far as choosing and narrating real stories are concerned. AASHAYEIN too seems like ‘our’ story. Here’s a man who suddenly discovers that he has a few months to live. The indomitable spirit of living life to the fullest, under all circumstances, is what you expect from him. But AASHAYEIN gets so bizarre and abstract that you feel anesthetized after a point. Sadly, you don’t react to the characters, you don’t react to the film either.
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
Like Kukunoor’s previous attempts, AASHAYEIN is sensitively told and has several poignant and heart wrenching moments, but the story strays from realism and ends up being a fantasy, which leaves a sour taste in your mouth. The entire RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK track, with John imagining himself in Harrison Ford’s boots, is weird.
Final word? AASHAYEIN just doesn’t meet the aashayein [hopes] of the viewer.
At a party to celebrate his big win at gambling, Rahul [John Abraham] proposes to his girlfriend Nafisa [Sonal Sehgal]. Within minutes of announcing his engagement, he collapses on the floor. After a medical diagnosis, Rahul discovers that he has only a few months left to live. He is diagnosed with lung cancer.
A distraught Rahul learns of a hospice and without sounding off his girlfriend about it, packs his bags and leaves in the middle of the night. He meets a number of people at the hospice, who may have failing health, but unfailing spirit.
For millions of viewers worldwide, Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s classic ANAND [Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan] remains one of the best films on the matchless spirit of a person diagnosed with a terminal illness. The person in question [Rajesh Khanna] knows he doesn’t have much time on hand and decides to spread light and cheer all around.
Though AASHAYEIN has nothing to do with ANAND [although there's a reference to the film], the least Kukunoor could’ve done was to narrate the story without getting into the fantasy zone. When you talk of matters as serious as death, when you show people spending their last days in a hospice, you can’t deviate from the topic. Even the hospice here looks more like a small-town resort where people have come for a vacation. The seriousness is clearly missing!
On the brighter side, the sequences between John and Anaitha Nair are wonderful. Ditto between John and Farida Jalal. Salim-Sulaiman’s music is in sync with the mood of the film. The song filmed on Shreyas Talpade is the pick of the lot. Sudeep Chatterjee’s camera captures the outdoors well. But the writing is imprecise and like I pointed out at the outset, the culmination to this story is difficult to decipher.
Kukunoor is a master when it comes to extracting performances and AASHAYEIN also boasts of sparkling performances by each and every member of the cast. John puts a whitewash on his previous works and comes up with an honest and sincere performance. In fact, this film makes you forget that he’s blessed with a striking personality. Instead, you notice the fine actor beneath the good looks and that’s what makes you relate to this character for most parts.
Anaitha Nair is pure dynamite. Fiery, feisty, someone who can light fire in water. She’s sure to make people notice her talent after this film. Sonal Sehgal is efficient. Girish Karnad, Farida Jalal and Prateeksha Lonkar are perfect. Ashwin Chitale [as Govinda] is natural to the core. Vikram Inamdar [as Xavier, John's friend] is alright. Sonali Sachdev [Doctor] is adequate. Shreyas Talpade appears in a song.
On the whole, AASHAYEIN falters and fails on the writing level. Not much aasha [hope] from AASHAYEIN. Nonetheless, the film has been made on a shoe-string budget and therefore, the recovery from non-theatrical avenues would keep its distributors safe, although the returns from theatrical business would be disastrous.
Pony Verma’s wedding reception had stars, producers and well-wishers lighting up the night
The wedding reception, thrown to celebrate the marriage of choreographer Pony Verma and South star Prakash Raj, packed in quite a gallop.
While Prakash was dressed in a formal suit, Pony was dressed in a sleeveless blouse with a long flowing sharara, accessorised with matching bangles and a prominent mangal sutra.
Pony’s Verma’s godfather Priyadarshan and Rani Mukherji graced the event. Aside from them, many top producers such as Subhash Ghai, Ratan Jain and Boney Kapoor (accompanied by resplendent wife Sridevi) too blessed the couple.
Cricketer S Sreesanth, who is Pony’s rakhi brother, came to wish the couple on stage; he even brought a rakhi with him, to have it tied on stage since it was Raksha Bandhan. Arjan Bajwa, Raj Kaushal-Mandira Bedi, Mugdha Godse, Krushna-Kashmera, Manoj Joshi, Rajpal Yadav, Parvesh Rana, AK Mishra were other fraternity members present.
But it was Govinda who truly stole the show. He walked in with his entire family and extended family; this included his brother Kirti Kumar, his sister, his daughter Narmada, his niece, nephew, etc. The Govinda entourage added up to almost 25 guests!
The party went on till the wee hours and was later shifted to the dance floor where the couple danced together.
|Sridevi and Boney Kapoor||Bride Pony Verma with Sreesanth|
|Govinda with groom Prakash Raj||Tabu|
|Rani Mukherji (Raju Shinde)|
The story of the movie: Rahul (John Abraham) is a compulsive gambler and a chain smoker. One day he succeeds in winning a huge amount in gambling and throws a party to celebrate. In the party, he proposes marriage to his longtime girlfriend Nafisa (Sonal Sehgal). However, immediately after doing so, he collapses. After a medical checkup, the results are out-he has lung cancer and only a few months to live. He is obviously shocked and then decides to shift to a hospice without telling anyone about his whereabouts. It is here at the hospice that he learns some lessons of life.
Aashayein begins well and grips your attention immediately. Rahul’s conversation with the doctor who was talking in circles about the former’s medical condition was brilliant to say the least! The film goes even higher as soon as Rahul lands at the hospice. The bond that he forms with 17 year old Padma (Anaitha Nair) which was the best part of the story, and Madhu (Farida Jalal) will put a smile on your face! Especially his relation with Padma was damn interesting and fresh-something shown rarely in our cinema.
Anaitha Nair is the surprise package of the film! She just stunts with her incredible performance! Her chemistry with John was too good! Your heart goes for her! Surely one of the finest performances in this year! Sonal Sehgal looks extremely beautiful and lends able support. Girish Karnad was good but disappears in the middle portions. Ashwin Chitale (as Govinda) has an important part to play in the 2nd half and does well. It was good to see Farida Jalal in an A-grade film after a long time! Prateeksha Lonkar (Sister Grace) and Vikram Inamdar (John’s buddy) do a great job. Others were fairly good.
Salim-Sulaiman’s music suits the mood and theme of the film. 2 songs which stand out are Ab Mujhko Jeena and Chala Aaya Pyaar. Their background score enhances impact in many scenes. Sudeep Chatterjee’s cinematography was excellent and captures the locales of Pondicherry exceptionally!
Nagesh Kukunoor, after giving 2 duds (Bombay To Bangkok, 8×10 Tasveer) comes up with a film that was better than these disasters but not as good as his classics (Iqbal, Dor). The plotline was little abstract at places. However, still it could have been an interesting film had Kukunoor not dragged the film and simplified some scenes. Overall, a nice experiment and hoping to see him back in form in his next!
Some of the best scenes:
1. Rahul finds he has lung cancer
2. Rahul leaves for the hospice
3. Rahul befriends Madhu and Padma
4. Rahul and Padma watching Anand
5. The intermission point
6. The Indiana Jones track (little weird but very well shot!)
7. Rahul takes Padma on a date
8. Padma at the deathbed
On the whole, Aashayein is a fairly okay film. It has a nice thought but tends to get too dragging because of which the impact withers away. However, it’s surely a must watch for all John Abraham fans!
My rating- ** ½ out of 5!
That Salman Khan is making all efforts to promote Sonakshi Sinha and not his daughter Narmada (as he had promised once) has irked Govinda a lot
Salman Khan and Govinda have had a fall-out. Once thick as thieves, they are hardly on talking terms anymore. Reason: Salman’s keen interest in Sonakshi Sinha’s career.
Govinda is miffed that Salman has not lived up to his promise of helping him to launch his daughter Narmada.
A source says, “Narmada is as beautiful and talented as Sonakshi. Last year, Salman was very much involved with grooming Narmada. However, after he started shooting for Dabangg, he has eyes and ears for Sonakshi and not Narmada.”
Govinda may be a disgruntled dad but will not be vocal about it at all, feels the source. After Salman gave him a new lease of life by asking David Dhawan to cast him in Partner (2007), Govinda has grown immensely respectful of Salman.
|Narmada with Govinda|
Apparently, a lot has changed with time. Partner 2 (the sequel which was planned earlier) has not gone on floors yet. And under ideal circumstances, Narmada would have been shooting for at least one film by now, the way Sonakshi is. And Govinda is now making his displeasure apparent. “Dono ke beech Sonakshi ko lekar problem zaroor hai,” adds the source, referring to Govinda and Salman and the fact that Sallu is making all efforts for Sonakshi and is completely ignoring Narmada.
There was a time when Govinda used to frequent Salman’s house, Galaxy Apartments at Bandstand. Not anymore. After working on Partner, both actors were almost inseparable and loved being with each other, be it at home or even in autorikshaws, out for a spin in the middle of the night.
Govinda was unavailable for comment. On Saturday, we texted the story to Narmada and asked her to connect us to her father. She shot back saying, “He is in Manali. I will connect you to him after two days when he returns.” We waited for two days and then called her again yesterday. She answered the phone with a “Hello,” but the moment we introduced ourselves, she hung up. All our calls thereafter were unanswered.
Is Narmada building bridges between daddy and Sallu uncle?