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The late Prakash Mehra’s sons will remake Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, after Zanjeer
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 28, 2012)
Despite Salim-Javed’s objections, the new age Zanjeer is already 40 percent complete. And undaunted, the late Prakash Mehra’s sons are already planning for their next remake. Amit Mehra, who is busy directing Ram Charan in the new Zanjeer has zeroed down on his father’s 1978 blockbuster Muqaddar Ka Sikandar for his next.
According to a source close to the Mehras, the three brothers Sumit, Punit and Amit, who own the worldwide rights to all the Praksh Mehra blockbusters intend to remake their father’s biggest hits. After Zanjeer they’re re-doing Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, which Amit who’s the only one of the three Mehra sons who’s interested in cinema, will direct. Then the Mehra boys plan to remake Prakash Mehra’s Laawaaris, Sharaabi, Namak Halaal, Hera Pheri and Haath Ki Safaai, not necessarily in that order.
Talking about his father’s blockbuster, Amit told Mirror, “What I love about Muqaddar Ka Sikandar is that every protagonist in the film, including Amjad Khan Saab, is a passionate lover. The remake would have to be cast very carefully. We don’t have too many actors today who can pull off the role of intense lovers.”
However, if the source is to be believed, Amit has already set his eyes on Abhishek Bachchan to reprise the role of the protagonist Sikandar played by his father Amitabh Bachchan in the original.
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By Devansh Patel, April 29, 2011 – 14:44 IST
Mention two words and let’s see what names pop up – chalk and cheese. Or let’s put it this way: business and pleasure. Anyway you look at it, the names Lara Dutta and Vinay Pathak pop into mind, thanks to the big hoardings of Chalo Dilli spread across the city and the capital, I’m sure. Comedians have always had a tough time building a long-term career in cinema. For a start, as genuinely funny scripts from Bollywood are few and far between, they’re usually forced to draw on their own well-worn routines and, after a few pictures, begin to bore their audience. No matter how brilliant, no actor can keep carrying movies by sheer weight of his or her personality. Hera Pheri, Golmaal and Bheja Fry are the only three names in the last two decades one can recall when it comes to making a laugh riot. Will Chalo Dilli succeed the previous three? It’s been a tough day. My brain aches. The sofa looks inviting. I need a pick-me-up that requires zero effort. I need to laugh and I’ve just seen Chalo Dilli yesterday at the Empire studios. Guess its repeat time. My verdict? Chalo Dilli confidently diverts its audience into having a mindlessly fun time and is a wholesome trip for sure to a mature comic bliss. Got that? If not, divert your ears, mind and eyes to the funniest bones sitting right in front of me: Vinay and Lara, lovingly known as, Bhai saab and Behenji.
Lara: Chalk n Cheese? Hmmm. They say don’t mix business with More >
Sanjay Dutt says he doesn’t want daughter Trishala to take up movies as her career choice
Iti Shree Misra (BOMBAY TIMES; November 25, 2010)
Sanjay Dutt seemed unusually reticent to lend support to friend Amar Singh’s second innings in politics. “Yaar, let me be,” he said, reluctantly agreeing to talk just a bit. Talk about being a father at 50 and Dutt warms up to the conversation. “It’s wonderful to be a father again, more so because I could hardly enjoy Trishala’s childhood. Hopefully I’ll get to be a good father this time round,” he says. But he still hasn’t got too much time with the newborns. “They were born premature and were confined to the ICU, so I didn’t get to spend much time with them,” says he. And the kids seem to have brought the family together, with sister Priya and Namrata turning up at Maanyata’s baby shower. But Sanju baba underplays the reunion. “I have said time and again that every family has fights, every family has differences and arguments. Which family doesn’t? We are in focus because our parents were famous people. In every family, siblings have fights. So, what’s so strange about us? It was such a normal thing but it was projected in a different way by people. Yes, there were differences but like every other brother-sister fight, this too was sorted out. The twins became a reason to come together and celebrate their coming,” he says. So it’s one big happy family again. “It always was. For some time there More >
By Subhash K. Jha, October 4, 2010 – 10:53 IST
Personal setbacks and crises often mean losses worth crores for film producers especially if the film is shot abroad. But in the case of Anees Bazmee’s Thank You, where a long schedule in Toronto had to end suddenly because of Bobby Deol’s father-in-law illness and death, the loss runs into not just the production on-hand (Thank You) but also Boney Kapoor’s sequel to No Entry entitled Be Positive.
While Boney has declared his next production would be the sequel to No Entry, Anees shocks by declaring that the script is not even close to being ready.
Says Anees, “While I’ve an idea for the Hera Pheri sequel which I am working on for producer Feroz Nadiadwala I’ve absolutely no idea which way the sequel to No Entry would go. The comedy is the hardest genre to write. And I can’t plunge into a funny film until I’ve the script ready. I’ve just had no time to think about an idea for No Entry Part 2.”
With the Thank You schedule going haywire after Bobby’s abrupt departure from Toronto, Anees is now organizing a schedule in Mumbai to synchronize with the unfinished schedule in Toronto.
Says Anees, “When Bobby had to leave from Toronto we still had one big song and some scenes to be shot. We’ve started the shoot in Mumbai from September 13. The song will come later .”
It was meant to be a big chorus song featuring Irrfan Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Rimi Sen, Sunil Shetty and Bobby. Organizing the dates of all these actors was More >
By Subhash K. Jha, September 13, 2010 – 11:32 IST
The prolific Priyadarshan who in many ways spawned the entire culture of modern-day comedies in Bollywood has decided to take a sabbatical from the funny stuff. No more comedies, says Priyan. And he makes a barbed comment on the new breed of comic filmmakers. “Let the others dabble in comedy. I’ve had my fill for a while.”
So adamant is he on staying away from comedies that he has told Subhash Ghai whose banner needs immediate revival that he won’t be able to do a funny film for the producer. Ghai had gone to Priyadarshan in the hope of his production house securing a De Dana Dan, if not a Hera Pheri.
Priyan made it clear that he won’t indulge in any funny business. Says the director, “Subhashji came to me to sign me for a film. I made it very clear that I won’t be making a comedy. I’m working on a few scripts. He has left it to me to decide what to make.”
In fact Priyan has put aside the desi version of the Walt Disney film Freaky Friday for this very reason. The idea of making a funny mother-daughter film doesn’t enthuse the director at this point of time. Freaky Friday is being adapted into Hindi by Devika Bhagat who wrote Aisha for Sonam Kapoor and Anil Kapoor Productions, in that order.
Says Priyadarshan, “I’ve committed myself to doing a film with Anil Kapoor Productions. But it needn’t be Freaky Friday. It could be something else. I have told them to finish the scripting then come to me.”
Priyan means More >
Akshay Kumar is super confident that his film will strike a chord with every Indian in the crowd
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOBMAY TIMES; July 23, 2010)
Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar and National Award-winning director Priyadarshan have tickled a funny bone many times. While films like Garam Masala and De Dana Dan have sailed through comfortably, Hera Pheri had broken box office records.
As far as the trade goes, this is a formidable combination. And therefore their Khatta Meetha that releases worldwide today, is expected to get a heartwarming response. Based on the travails of the common man who lives his life dealing with everyday traumas like pot-holed roads and traffic congestion, the film touches on how the aam Indian can be lured into corruption by a failing system.
Such is Akshay’s faith in this satirical comedy produced by Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd (SACVL) and Cape of Good Films Private Limited, that he is actually co-presenting it under his banner Hari Om Entertainment Company in association with SACVL. Says Akshay, “The film has innumerable things going for it. It is not your regular slapstick comedy. It has a very strong emotional base and the right dosage of drama. It isn’t a happy-go-lucky film. It cleverly combines emotions and entertainment.’’
While trade consultant Amod Mehra maintains that Khatta Meetha will take a very strong initial, especially so in Maharashtra, Akshay says that Sachin Tichkule, the character More >
COMMON MAN: Akshay Kumar
Punjabi munda Akshay Kumar turns Marathi mulga for Priyadarshan’s ‘cerebral’ comedy
SHARIN WADER BUTANI Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; June 17, 2010)
Akshay Kumar and Priyadarshan have cooked up a hilarious plot once again, but this time, it’s a little Khatta Meetha. The famed director who has made blockbusters like Hera Pheri, Bhagam Bhag and Bhool Bhulaiya with Akshay, is presenting the actor as Sachin Tichkule in the film that’s produced by Cape of Good Films Private Limited and Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd.
Khatta Meetha is about a struggling construction contractor Sachin Tichkule with big dreams who lacks resources to realise them. He is the black sheep of the family unlike his brother, who is hugely successful albeit by using incorrect means. And when a new commissioner takes over the municipal office, Tichkule’s woes further increase.
Presented by Hari Om Entertainment Company in association with Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd, Khatta Meetha is largely a political satire on the municipal and construction dealings in India told through Sachin Tichkule’s life. It aims at highlighting and revealing the various facets and levels of bribing and crooked tricks required for a common man to survive the system. Says Akshay, who’s got himself in Tichkule’s shoes, “Khatta Meetha is a cerebral comedy about a man caught in an uncommon situation. This slice of film, much inspired by RK Laxman, will More >
Trisha Krishnan Bollywood’s newest South import speaks to BT…
MEENA IYER (BOMBAY TIMES; June 14, 2010)
With Katrina Kaif having flown the coup, Akshay Kumar has no choice but to keep experimenting. For his July release Khatta Meetha he has flown in the Southern spice Trisha Krishnan.
Trisha is no spring chicken. She has around 35 odd films under her belt in Tamil and Telugu. Yup, she’s on top of her game in Tamil Nadu. “So, honestly the incentive to try out Bollywood films is only there if the film is exceptional,” says the sorted girl, who is on her way to Monte Carlo right this minute. She’s doing a Tamil film with Kamal Haasan and R Madhavan; and she’ll be “at sea” for at least 45 days.
Trisha explains that she waited patiently for the right Bollywood break. And she thinks that Priyadarshan’s Khatta Meetha that has his hallmark slapstick style mixed with a socially relevant topic should do the trick for her. “I have a serious role in the film. I’m a collector,” she says. “Khatta Meetha is not a Hera Pheri but it has its own strengths.” Her co-star Akshay, she says, was doubly encouraging on this project because “he is my producer and my hero.” When asked about her reputation of being a wild party girl, she objected saying, “That’s unfair. I don’t think I’m like that.”
She has also thinks the obvious comparison to earlier Southern imports Asin Thottumkal and Genelia D’Souza is unfair. “Asin has been around in Mumbai for close to More >
The talented actress will be seen in a Bollywood comedy releasing on Feb 19
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; January 17, 2010)
It’s time to uncork the bubbly. Two times National Award winning actress Tabu who’s been sorely missed by discerning cineastes, will be back on the silver screen on February 19 in producer Ramesh Taurani’s Toh Baat Pakki. Says Ramesh, “the film is a slice of life comedy in the genre made by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee.’’
The first look of the film will unfold across satellite channels today January 17, 2010 and the excitement around the project can be felt. TBP is directed by the very talented Marathi film writer-director Kedar Shinde who has stormed the Marathi box office with Agabai Arrechya, Jatra, Majha Navra Tujhi Baiko and Galgale Nighale.
About his Bollywood debut, Kedar says, `I’m grateful to Ramesh Taurani for giving me Tabu in my very first film. She’s hugely talented; and what’s more—she is a very humble person. I just loved working with her.’’
There you go—whether it is the junta or the director, everyone is singing Tabu’s praises. The actress herself says she only green-lighted this project because her producers-Tips Films categorically told her that if she wasn’t in the film, they would not make it. “It is very flattering for an actor to hear this,’’ says Tabu. She continues, “I agreed to this film because I haven’t done a comedy for a while. And, everything More >
This year hasn’t been great for Akshay Kumar as all his films have flopped at the BO, with an exception for Kambakkht Ishq which was average. De Dana Dan, which releases tomorrow, is the last film of Akshay in 2009 and it’s expected to be one of the biggest hits this year. The promos have been excellent, the film has wonderful star cast and is helmed by the comedy expert Priyadarshan. But most importantly, the film consists of all the hit combos which have worked big big time in the past! Let us have a look at these combos:
Akshay-Suniel-Paresh: The chemistry between the three actors worked wonders in Hera Pheri and also in its sequel, Phir Hera Pheri. The tigdi is super-hit and still in demand. In fact, any producer will be ready to pump as much money as needed if these three are ready to come together in a film!
Akshay-Katrina: They have been one of the most-popular jodis of Bollywood. Although their first film together, Humko Deewana Kar Gaye failed, their sizzling chemistry has worked in all other films. Even in De Dana Dan, both look wonderful together and they have also sizzling rain song in the film, Gale Lag Jaa, which is guaranteed to soar the temperature in the theatre!
Akshay-Priyadarshan: Akshay has till now worked on four films with Priyadarshan (Hera Pheri, Garam Masala, Bhagam Bhag, Bhool Bhulaiyaa) and all of them have been super hits at the BO. Even De Dana is expected to be another hit for More >