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Refuses permission to Prakash Jha to hold an event to promote Raajneeti citing security concerns; cast and crew had to cancel their flight bookings
Katrina Kaif and Ranbir Kapoor were left twiddling their thumbs in Mumbai, and the press at the last minute was asked not to grace the function. Such was the fate of a promotional event for the film Rajneeti, directed by Prakash Jha, at Delhi University.
Arjun Rampal and Manoj Bajpai too were left waiting in the wings. Left with no other option, the lead pair of the film spent some time doing a few interviews with music channels instead.
The police officials categorically told Jha that they were not ready to take any responsibility for any law and order problem that might have arisen.
They told him that they needed to strategise their deployment forces before his cast flew in, to hold any meeting related to the film inside Delhi University campus.
“I was told by the police that I should not hold the event in Delhi University. They advised me ‘baad mein kar lena’. Unko kuch pressure hoga,” he justified.
We asked Jha why the police had security concerns regarding Raajneeti. He said, “Kuch ho sakta hain. You need to make proper arrangements in a city like Delhi. If you recall, Aamir Khan was not given permission to enter Delhi University campus. When Vidya Balan went there, kafi hungama hua tha.”
However, a source said, “This is the second time that Jha’s media meet in Delhi has been cancelled. Last time when his event was cancelled, they had to shift it to Gurgaon.”
Explaining the problem, the source said, “Most Delhi venues are apprehensive. Since the film is rumoured to be based on India’s leading political family, it is better to stay away from it.”
Jha argued, “’I don’t think that is a problem. Else the Delhi University wouldn’t have given me their nod of consent, right?”
Putting up a brave front, Jha added that he’ll be able to pull it off at a latter date. “I now look at doing this around May 28.”
Well, play your cards diplomatically Mr Jha. Delhi is all about power, even if Mumbai is all about glamour.
By Subhash K. Jha, March 23, 2010 – 12:39 IST
A large number of Lata Mangeshkar and Mohd Rafi’s evergreen melodies from the 1950s will be used in the Bollywood-inspired play ‘Kingdom Of Dreams’ featuring Vivek Oberoi, Isha Sharwani and Gauhar Khan. It will be staged in May at the newly constructed theatre in Gurgaon near Delhi.
Informs Javed Akhtar, “The first-half will have 11 evergreen melodies. The second-half will have 8-9 songs. We’re still locking in on the final songs. There’s dispute about some of the songs to be included.”
Javed has been on stage before. “I had seen a lot of theatre; I’ve written Kaifi Aur Main. But that is not pure theatre. And besides I’ve hardly used my own words in Kaifi Aur Main. I’ve either taken excerpts from Shaukat Azmi’s book or interviews on video. ‘Kingdom Of Dreams’ is unlike anything done on stage in India. The kind of facilities I was provided was mind-numbing. I’ve seen the theatre in Gurgaon. India has never seen anything like this. There will be horses and elephants running on and off stage.”
In the meanwhile, Vivek left for Delhi on Friday for a month-long rehearsal with his two leading ladies Isha Sharwani and Gauhar Khan who play the princess and the gypsy fighting for Oberoi’s attentions. Considering the fireworks that Gauhar generated with Shazahn Padamsee in Rocket Singh Salesman Of The Year, there’s bound to be a lot of behind-the-curtains excitement between Gauhar and Isha.
Says Vivek, “I guess I’m a very lucky guy. I got to woo three ladies in my new film Prince and now these two ladies in my play. ‘Kingdom Of Dreams’ is unlike anything we’ve seen in this country.”
The actor to star in a musical inspired by Dilip Kumar
Vivek Oberoi and Isha Shravani are set to star in an extravagant musical play written by Javed Akhtar at the newly-inaugurated live-entertainment theatre in Gurgaon, near Delhi.
The play, Kingdom Of Dreams, is a swashbuckler largely inspired by the 1955 smash hit Azaad that featured Dilip Kumar as the rakish prince, Meena Kumari as the distressed princess and Pran as the evil vazir.
Vivek Oberoi takes over as the debonair prince while Isha Shravani, his former co-star from Subhash Ghai’s Kisna, plays the princess. Gauhar Khan plays the other love interest.
Said Javed, “They (the organisers) came to me with a storyline and asked me to make a musical play out of it. I didn’t like their idea, so I wrote my own take on 1950s’ cinema.”
With the play slated to open in May, Vivek left for Delhi on Friday for a month-long rehearsal with Isha and Gauhar. “I guess I’m a very lucky guy.
I get to woo both these ladies in a play which is unlike anything we’ve seen in this country,” said Vivek.