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After getting rave reviews for Kai Po Che, Manav Kaul sets the record straight on the kind of Bollywood cinema he wants to do
Deepali Dhingra (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 28, 2013)
Bittu Joshi became a much-hated name after the release of Abhishek Kapoor’s Kai Po Che, thanks to theatre person Manav Kaul, who played the mama’s character. Kaul, who also directed a film recently, talks about how he simply got lucky to have landed a role in the film. Excerpt:
You have been around for a long time but acted in very few films. Why? I cherish acting. I love it and that’s why I don’t do it too much. It takes so much of my energy. I want to do less work but do it very well. I don’t like money. I don’t want to own a car or a house. Whatever I earn, I put it into my experimental theatre or films. People are telling me to grab things and make hay while the sun shines. But I would rather live. I know I’m a good actor. I don’t want to do a lead role in a s**** y film. And I don’t want to do a film I will regret. Now I’m doing two more films — one with Ishaan Trivedi and another with Soumitra Ranade. Soumitra’s script is one of the best scripts I’ve read so far.
Do you think this is an exciting time for actors like you in Bollywood? It’s a beautiful time for actors. We have wasted so many good actors like Annu Kapoor and Pankaj Kapur. We have turned them into mimicry artistes. But now it’s great that people are thinking of casting a Nawazuddin Siddiqui opposite a Bipasha Basu.
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Deepali Dhingra (MID-DAY; December 27, 2012)
“I’m a film buff,” confesses Manav Kaul. For the playwright, director and actor, who has written plays like Shakkar Ke Paanch Daane, Peele Scooterwala Aadmi, Laal pencil and Gorakh, making a film was something that he had always dreamt of.
His debut film Hansa has already received accolades at film festivals.“We had never even thought that the film would release in a theatre. The effort was to make an honest movie and I guess that came across” says Manav.
The first-time director admits there were start-up hiccups with the project, as nobody on his team had a clue about filmmaking. “Most of the cast comprises of mountains folk and the rest are from theatre. Initially, I didn’t even know where to place the camera! (laughs) But then we managed to complete the film in 20 days.”
A car accident changed Supriya Pathak’s outlook as she adopted an uncomplicated approach to life
Mumbai Mirror Bureau (October 31, 2010)
Based on her roles, the very mention of Supriya Pathak conjures up an image of a doting mother. But the talented actress is quick to add that her realisation has been a continuous process over the years and the learnings have been plenty. The incident which changed her perspective was an accident few years ago.
She remembers an incident when she was rushing her kids to school and accidently banged into a car. It was a minor brush and didn’t result in a dent or any harm to the passengers (a mother and daughter). She was gripped with fear, aware of the inevitable but was taken aback when the little girl in the car peeped out and screamed, ‘Mummy rehne do, yeh to Hansa hain’. The mother-daughter sped away without a confrontation, leaving Supriya baffled.
“The innocent little girl mistook me for my screen character and decided to forgive me. But there wasn’t a dent, so a fight wasn’t justified. But we’re always looking for a medium to vent our frustration so we invite fights and arguments when you can do without them. So my lesson from this encounter was to be less hassled by things that don’t matter as much. We need to look at life from the view that people don’t intentionally want to harm us and life will be hassle-free and happy. Actually completely adopting this in your life isn’t that More >
The actor expressed serious discomfort to the makers of Khichdi on watching one of its promos that refers to him as the Almighty
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 07, 2010)
All other things apart, what Rajni can’t be, is God. Agreed, that his latest, Robot, has been a roaring success, that the actor has always been treated as a demigod in the South, that he has several temples in his name there. But humility surpasses it all. Rajni has expressed discomfort at being called `God’.
A simultaneous release last week that is doing good business at the box office is Khichdi. When Rajnikanth watched one of the promos of Khichdi on television, he told his assistant to question the producer of the film on why his name had been used in the promo. Rajni wanted to ensure that the promo wouldn’t call him ‘God’.
Confirming that he received this call, JD Majethia, the producer of Khichdi said, “I got the call on Monday. Apparently, Rajni sir had asked his assistant to find out the exact nature of the promo. The assistant told me that Rajni sir did not like to be referred as God.
I told the assistant that we all have immense respect for Rajni sir and are huge fans of his. It is both unfortunate and fortunate that our humble effort released with his film.
It is unfortunate that we had to clash our film with his although it was never planned that way; the fortunate part is that in spite of such stiff competition with Robot and Anjaana Anjaani, our film More >
SPICY MIX: Anang Desai, Nimisha Vakharia, JD Majethia, Supriya Pathak and Rajeev Mehta enjoy a bowl of Kurkure together
And hot this movie is, ready to serve a wholesome amount of laughs
Diksha Kamra | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 30, 2010)
When a comedy family comes together for a family comedy, a la Fox Studios’ Khichdi – The Movie, it’s difficult to differentiate the members from each other. No need to talk to them one by one, talk to all of them at one go. “Kyunki hum sab kuch same hi boltey hain,” insists JD Majethia, aka Himanshu. Why is that? Are they always rehearsed? “No, that’s because we have the same feeling,” says the ever-smiling Supriya Pathak aka Hansa, adding, “The baseline is the same. I don’t think any one of us thinks differently on our motive to stay together, keep laughing always and spread joy everywhere, which is much like Kurkure’s philosophy of having a happy time with your family while munching on a yummy bowl of the snack,” she explains.
When you are with your family, you let go of all the stress, they say. “That’s what happens to us when we work together. We leave our problems in the dressing room. Every moment is a cheerful one,” says Anang Desai, the aggressive babuji, while Nimisha adds, “This is why we all don’t rush to the makeup room, but rather, we prefer to sit together and chat most of the time.” But the credit for this, they insist, goes to the man behind the screen — the film’s director, Aatish More >
By Taran Adarsh, September 29, 2010 – 14:40 IST
I must admit, I am no couch potato. I find it difficult to stay glued to television for hours, surfing channels randomly. Perhaps, that’s one of the reasons why I never watched an episode of this hugely popular TV show called KHICHDI. But, of course, I had heard of its popularity, about its comic quotient, about the zany characters…
KHICHDI – THE MOVIE borrows the characters from the show, but the movie has a new story to offer. In the West, popular shows are adapted on the big screen, but the trend is in nascent stages here. For someone like me, who was absolutely clueless about what to expect from the big screen adaptation, I’d say KHICHDI – THE MOVIE vacillates between absurd and ridiculous, but the fact remains that it makes you laugh at most times. KHICHDI – THE MOVIE may not push the envelope as far as the written material is concerned, but you exit the auditorium with a radiant smile, which most laughathons promise, but don’t deliver.BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
Final word? I haven’t laughed as much in weeks as much I did in those 2 hours. Do pay a visit to this mad family if laughter is what you seek in a movie. This khichdi is appetizing, for sure.
Hansa’s [Supriya Pathak] brother Himanshu [J.D.] has a ridiculous ambition: to have a memorable, legendary love story. Parminder [Kirti Kulhari], Himanshu’s neighbour, falls in love with Himanshu for no logical reason and the two get engaged to get More >
TV’s most loved, most deranged family is readying itself to be unleashed on film. And if our conversation with all its actors is anything to go by, it might just be as riotous
Malay Desai (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 26, 2010)
What began as a joke is now… well, a bigger joke. Khichdi, the TV series christened after the ubiquitous rice-lentil dish of the subcontinent, will be served on a larger platter — the big screen, this week. The promoters are relaying this from the rooftops, and with good reason.
After all, no other product of our TV heritage - Hum Log, Malgudi Days, CID et al has made it to 70mm, a trend the West adopted years ago.
The sitcom, a brainchild of writer Aatish Kapadia and then Gujarati film actor Jamnadas Majethia opened in 2002 amidst a wave of expensive game shows and melodramatic soaps.
It took self-deprecating humour to a new high (or low, as some might feel) and grabbed TRPs. Its second season wound up at its peak in 2005, but not before beginning a trend of Gujarati characters in TV serials, earlier set only by ‘Malhotra’-esque Punjabis.
The serial’s Parekh family, played by veteran actors of the vernacular stage is now etched in telly history: Anang Desai, aka ‘Babujee’, the timid head of the family, ‘Jayshree’; his gossip-loving daughter-in-law (Nimisha Vakharia); the idiotic couple, ‘Praful-Hansa’ (the endearing Rajiv Mehta and Supriya Pathak) while producer Jamnadas Majethia himself is Himanshu the buffoon. The two More >
India’s first TV serial is made into a movie
TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 25, 2010)While making movies based on popular TV shows has been a much-accepted trend in Hollywood (The Simpsons, Sex and the City, etc), Bollywood is now warming up to the concept. And the cult comedy show Khichdi is the first Indian serial that has been made into a movie. The show that was produced by Hats Off Productions was aired in 2002. It went on to win many awards and the serial was sorely missed when it was wrapped up. Says producer Jamnadas (JD) Majethia, “People were demanding that we bring back the serial, but we wanted to do something different.”
In a research conducted in July, the characters of Hansa, Praful, Babuji, Himanshu and Jayshree from Khichdi were rated high on recall and likeability value. “Our film promises to take this madness 10 notches higher,” says writer-director Aatish Kapadia. Those who are new to the comedy need not worry. “It is not necessary to have seen the serial to enjoy the film, as the humour will entertain people of all ages. There are very few good clean comedy films that can one watch with the entire family… that’s the promise of Khichdi – The Movie!,” says Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios. As part of an unique promotion they have started showing the film to family audiences to build momentum. “These screenings have More >