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Sanjay Leela Bhansali makes his debut as a music director
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 14, 2010)
The music of Khamoshi, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas and Saawariya were credited to various composers, but unknown to most people, Sanjay Leela Bhansali made a silent contribution to each of these albums. And in Guzaarish, a co-production of UTV Motion Pictures and Sanjay Leela Bhansali Productions that is releasing worldwide on November 19, he takes a bow as a music composer.
The songs of the film are already a talking point. But to understand Sanjay’s deep-rooted passion for this art, one must understand where it all began. Says Sanjay, “Any film that I start, starts with the sound-track, with a piece of music or a song.” He explains how he has to have a collection of songs for the characters that he is writing: “Besides songs, I must even have the background pieces that I will use for each of my characters.’’
As a boy, radio was his raison de etre. Listening to songs on the radio was his passion. Slowly the passion translated into an all consuming affair. From an avid listener, Sanjay went on to become a participant in the whole process of composing. He recalls how Vidhu Vinod Chopra and he spent two years with the legendary R D Burman during the making of 1942 — A Love Story. And before he knew it, he had started on a musical journey.
Sanjay counts five people who have contributed to this passion of his. Melody Queen Lata Mangeshkar, who he reveres; and, music directors Jaidev, Roshan, Hridaynath Mangeshkar and R D Burman. Talking of composing for Guzaarish, the music of which will be out on the stands soon, Sanjay says everyone in the film participated in the process. “For me, my heroine must come alive when a song plays on screen,’’ he explains animatedly. “I gave these two-and-a half years of my life to this music. Everyday there would be music sessions even during shooting. I had a guitarist, my two assistants Shail and Raja, my lyric writers Turaaz and Vibhu always ready to break into song. Hrithik and Aishwarya would also sing along. I shot the climax of Guzaarish to a song I made on the set. We would have live musicians. And we just went with the flow.’’
He explains that music is the soul of the film. “My idea was to have my characters converse in music. The reason I chose to compose this album is not because I’m arrogant but because I didn’t find the energies to fully communicate all that I want to another music director and then have him interpret it. Some of it would have been lost in translation.’’ Guzaarish directed by him has 10 songs in the album and eight on screen. And Sanjay, who has choreographed his songs in the past, just felt this time he had to reach within himself and discover one more aspect.
“Over the years I have interacted with music directors so completely and so beautifully that the sound tracks of all my previous films have had a part of me,” he concludes.
Other directors who were music composers
Madhur Bhandarkar on coming a long way from being a video delivery boy, on testing new genres and believing that Kareena will eventually come around to act in Heroine
• Comedy is not your forte. Why are making one, Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji ?
It was not an easy decision to make. While some have been saying that I shouldn’t get into other genres of cinema, others say that it’s time for a change. I have always considered myself as an experimental filmmaker and this is another one of my experiments. Actors who have worked with me will vouch for my sense of humour. More often than not, I have them in splits on my sets. In fact, Tabu (who starred in Chandni Bar) used to always ask me why I hadn’t directed a comedy yet.
• After dropping out from school you even worked as a delivery boy for a video library. Did you ever think that you’ll get this far?
Honestly, no. God has given me more than I asked for. I guess it has been a mixture of hard work and luck. I think I am God’s blessed child. And I am not going to get carried away.
• Your male-oriented films, Traffic Signal and Jail, don’t do particularly well. Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji too is male-oriented. Are you nervous?
I am nervous. But that happens with me before the release of any of my films. Think of it, isn’t it early days to say that Madhur Bhandarkar makes only good female-oriented films? I don’t jump into making films just for the heck of it. Recently I had offers to remake some top South films but I didn’t see any creativity in that.
Tell me one good reason why shouldn’t I attempt to make a comedy, or say, even a romcom or a thriller, as long as the characters in my film are well fleshed out? Sooner or later, I’ll touch upon all genres.
• Will you cast Neil Nitin Mukesh (Jail) and Kunal Khemu (Traffic Signal), who seem to have lost the plot?
If I have a script for them, why not? I don’t cast actors as per their market status. Didn’t I cast Samir Soni, Arjan Bajwa and Arbaaz Khan in Fashion despite people’s apprehensions? Again if you see, I have three newcomers in Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji : Shruti Haasan, Shazahn Padamsee and Shraddha Das, whose debut films have flopped.
• Perhaps budgetary constraints might have resulted in this benevolence in casting.
Yes, I do make films within a stipulated budget. I never spend too much, I don’t overshoot. My homework is very strong. Even Jail broke even.
• Your next female-oriented film Heroine is stuck. Kareena Kapoor is latkofying you…
Kareena and I have not been in touch. She has been very busy with RA.One and Agent Vinod. But we are going to meet soon.
• She’s ditched you with Page 3 and Fashion as well…
I think Kareena is a remarkable actress with a great screen presence. From the minute I saw her in Refugee, I knew she will go a long way. I think I will be third time lucky. She deserves a lot more from this industry. I believe that Heroine will give that to her, it’s a dream role for any actress.
• What happened to that biopic on Lalit Modi called Commissioner ?
Things didn’t work out. Besides, the Lalit Modi controversy would have been too hot to handle.
• You have always been a ladies’ man. We’re disappointed to not have heard of any link-ups. Have you really changed or are you a smoother operator now?
(Laughs) Today, I am very happy the way I am living my life. Do I really need to answer this question?
• All the more…
Un dino, meri shaadi nahin hui thi. And people just perceived me that way. (laughs again).
May not do Madhur Bhandarkar’s film which apparently is on the life of the veteran Hollywood actress
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 27, 2010)
Strong reports suggest that Kareena Kapoor and Madhur Bhandarkar, who had decided to start work on Heroine, may not end up doing the film together — at least not yet. Though earlier Bebo was very excited about her association with Madhur, who is fantastic with women-oriented subjects, a source says, “The first round of stories suggested that Madhur was making a film based on the life of Hollywood sex symbol Marilyn Monroe. Later, others suggested he was doing a Sunset Boulevard kind of a film. As the speculations continued, it turned out that Kareena had not even had a complete story narration.”
To make matters worse, Kareena and Madhur didn’t address this issue. An insider adds, “Madhur’s script is allegedly based on the life of Elizabeth Taylor and her tumultuous love affairs and various marriages. Rumours say that Arjun Rampal was to play a role similar to that of Richard Burton. And talks were on with various other actors to play Liz Taylor’s other husbands. Emraan Hashmi’s name also cropped up for an interesting part. Though Kareena and Arjun got along like a house on fire while shooting We Are Family, somewhere along the way, she developed cold feet when it came to playing Liz Taylor.”
As things currently stand, neither Kareena nor Madhur are willing to say that their project is not happening. In fact, several intermediaries are at work to get them together. One still continues to hear that the film is deferred and not shelved. But if you follow the dots, then you’ll note that Bebo’s date diary now includes Bodyguard with Salman Khan, Short Term Shaadi with Imran Khan, Agent Vinod with Saif Ali Khan and RA One with Shah Rukh Khan. What’s more, all these Khan films will be shot back-toback. So despite their “no-comments” stand, one can safely assume that Kareena and Madhur will not be working together — like we said, at least not yet.
Kareena confesses she barely has time to breathe thanks to her hectic shooting schedule
It isn’t going to be a very happy 30th birthday for Kareena Kapoor on September 21. She will be far away from home, shooting for Sriram Raghavan’s Agent Vinod in Latvia.
Earlier in July, she missed her sister Karisma’s birthday as she was shooting in London with Shah Rukh Khan for Ra.One.
The only bright spot in this birthday away from home is that Saif will be with her. And since Agent Vinod is a home production, Saif and Kareena are planning to fly down Kareena’s mother to Latvia for the birthday. Karisma cannot join them because of her baby.
Kareena expresses helplessness about her impossible schedules. “What can I do? I barely have time to breathe. I just came to Mumbai for two days after being away for 25 days. Now, I’m off to Latvia for over a month’s shooting,” said Kareena. Confirming that the shooting of Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine has indeed been postponed Kareena says, “Madhur is still working on the script. We’ll start shooting the film when the script is ready in the next three months. Right now, Madhur is busy with Dil To Bachcha Hai Jee.”
Says the actress, “I’m now entering a new phase in my life and career. This year, I hope to conquer many new peaks. By God’s grace, Agent Vinod and Ra.One are shaping up very well.”
By Joginder Tuteja, September 13, 2010 – 11:36 IST
It was way back in 1999 when Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna were paired as a couple in two hardcore action films International Khiladi and Zaalim. They were married after a couple of years and subsequently Twinkle too retired as an actor with Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega and Jodi No. 1 being her last two releases in 2001.
However, the pair is now back again for a film and that too as a real life couple. It would be for Tees Maar Khan and the director who has managed to accomplish the ‘feat’ is Farah Khan. Ok, so before one’s imaginations start running wild, here is the real deal. The sequence that has been shot is the mandatory aspect of Farah’s films where entire cast and crew members are introduced to the audience.
Informs a source, “It is customary for every cast and crew member, howsoever small he may be in the ranks, to enjoy his moment of glory in Farah’s films. It was seen earlier in Main Hoon Naa as well as Om Shanti Om. Something similar happens in Tees Maar Khan too where everyone comes together for this sequence.”
Since Twinkle Khanna would be credited as a producer for Tees Maar Khan (Akshay Kumar’s ‘Hari Om Productions’ is producing the film in collaboration with Farah & Shirish’s production house ‘Three’s Company’), it was imperative that she comes out of her hibernation and faces the camera. The shooting for this sequence took place on Saturday with the picturisation taking place on both Twinkle Khanna as well as Akshay Kumar.
“The original idea was to have only Twinkle though”, confirms Farah who is supercharged about her third film, “After all she is the producer of the film. But then Akshay being Akshay, he wanted his share of pie as well. So he tried to push his way into the shot which was being canned exclusively for Twinkle. Being a smart lady, she didn’t have any of it and pushed him out of the frame. In fact we didn’t go for any re-shoot as it has turned out so well and funny. We have retained it as it is.”
Farah has a further word of appreciation for Twinkle as well.
“She looks so very beautiful. In fact she looks better than ever with her beauty only enhancing with age”, says Farah in obvious admiration of the woman, “I don’t know why she has been on a break for a decade now. If she wants, she can walk into a film as a heroine today itself.”
Well, if that really happens, it would indeed make huge news for sure. Till then, we would be content with the time that she shares with her hubby on the big screen, albeit (presumably) for a few seconds!
Here’s the REAL reason why the actress is running away from Heroine
Whatever she wants to convey Madhur Bhandarkar, she does it not herself but via the dialogue writer Niranjan Iyengar (of My Name Is Khan, Kurbaan, Wake Up Sid fame). The latest message that Madhur has got from Niranjan is that Kareena wants Madhur to do away with a certain track in his film Heroine (which she is contemplating to star in).
She feels it mirrors her life with her boyfriend Saif Ali Khan; it is primarily the reason why she is still keeping Bhandarkar at bay and not signing on the dotted line.
Explaining what is bothering Kareena, a source close to the film Heroine reveals, “Kareena has conveyed to Madhur via Niranjan that a leading track in the film which finds her in a relationship with a top Bollywood hero who has two kids and is separated from his wife resembles too much what is happening in her life, vis-a-vis her involvement with Saif.”
So what about Kareena’s issues of not wanting to do lovemaking scenes with the five men who come into her life in the film? “That is a small reason and that can be shot aesthetically. Kareena too knows that,” quips the source.
Further news on the film is that Kareena and Madhur are expected to meet in the third week of this month. “But a samjhauta (compromise) is not likely. While Kareena is adamant on her stand, Madhur too won’t budge. Aise chala toh yeh film shaayad banegi hi nahi.” No prizes for guessing that Niranjan will also be a part of that meeting.
While Madhur remained unavailable for comment, Niranjan said, “I am not aware of the story of Heroine. I have been asked to write only the dialogues of the film. Speak to Manoj Tyagi and Anuraadha Tewari who are penning its screenplay.”
Manoj Tyagi said, “The only delay in Heroine is that Madhur has been very busy these days.” When contacted, Anuraadha Tewari said, “We haven’t yet locked the script. Writers don’t get into the casting of a film, that’s strictly between the director and the actor. As far as I know, Kareena is not running away from Heroine.”
When we texted Kareena, her spokesperson shot back, “This news is absolutely false and completely baseless.” Is it baseless because it’s ‘based on’ is a question we can’t help asking…
The actress has asked Madhur Bhandarkar to rework his script for Heroine on realising that she has to get steamy with five different men for the movie
Kareena Kapoor is not relishing love making, on-screen that is. Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine has the actress getting steamy with five men (not together), which has shaken the actress’s moral fibre.
Sources say that the film has to go back to the storyboard after Kareena showed her displeasure with the script. The source says, “Kareena might have done an intimate sequence recently in Kurbaan, but that was only because it was with Saif. Otherwise she is not keen on getting up close and personal with other co-stars.”
Kareena plays the character of a headstrong heroine, which has similarities with Smita Patil’s character in Shyam Benegal’s Bhumika.
The source adds, “Benegal’s film was a look at the life of the 1940’s actress Hansa Wadkar. Bhandarkar’s film on is based on several heroines, from Marilyn Monroe to Divya Bharti.
It follows a heroine who flits from one relationship into another, just like Bhumika. Smita might have performed many intimate sequences with unabashed authenticity, but Kareena doesn’t want to enter that space.”
Kareena says, “We were always supposed to start next year. Madhur is still working on the script. We start shooting the film when the script is ready in the next three months.
Right now Madhur is busy with Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji” But she denied that Heroine has been sent back to the storyboard to edit out the love-making scenes.
Madhur Bhandarkar refrained from comment despite repeated attempts.
By Taran Adarsh, August 31, 2010 – 08:31 IST
Here’s a quick clarification about Sanjay Gupta’s next film. A section of the media has reported that the maverick film-maker is planning to remake a Spanish film, which is expected to star the Deol brothers – Sunny and Bobby – in principal roles. The news is partly true, partly false.
Partly true: Gupta is remaking a Spanish film. But the other part of the news – the casting – is completely wrong. The fact is that it’s a four-hero project and Gupta hasn’t signed anyone as yet. “I haven’t signed Sunny or Bobby. We are still scripting,” he sets the record straight. The truth is, Gupta will start the film early next year, after the Meghna Gulzar film, produced by him, is complete.
As far as the casting of Gupta’s film is concerned, there’re whispers that he is planning to cast Anil Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham and Arjun Rampal in principal roles. Awaiting the official confirmation from Gupta.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, August 5, 2010 – 14:37 IST
We all are aware as to, to what extent certain filmmakers these days go to for promoting their film. There are either rumors about the heroine having an affair with her co-star (which gradually dies a natural death post the release of the film) or how the stars threw tantrums on the sets, which led to the sudden walking out of certain stars from the sets and many such stories.
But the makers of the forthcoming film Aisha that stars Sonam Kapoor, Abhay Deol, Cyrus Sahukar and gang, chose to promote their film in a very “chilled” manner (and we mean that quite literally!). As a part of the film’s marketing strategy, Sonam Kapoor unveiled Aisha’s favourite creation Aisha’s Chocolate Journey at the famous Haagen-Dazs shop. Speaking about this cool association, the svelte Sonam said, “I am glad to be present at Haagen-Dazs to unveil Aisha’s Chocolate Journey ice cream creation. In the movie Aisha, my character enjoys blissful moments with Haagen-Dazs ice cream. Personally, I am a huge fan of Haagen-Dazs ice cream. I think that it’s the best ice cream in the world.”
All the reigning stars want it by hook or by crook
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; July 20, 2010)
The National Award has become the bone of contention in Bollywood with everyone, from truly competent actors to cardboard cut-outs, fantasising about it. Like Aamir Khan, who cold shoulders popular film awards, but made it a point to accept the National Award for Taare Zameen Par. Priyanka Chopra, who won the National Award for her role in Fashion, mentions this acting honour in every personal and professional conversation without fail. Katrina Kaif and Vidya Balan are hopeful that their names will feature in the nominations for Raajneeti and Ishqiya this year. Prakash Jha has already predicted that his lead pair, Ranbir Kapoor and Kat, will pick up National Awards for their performances. And Kareena Kapoor has only one clear objective in doing Madhur’s Heroine. A source close to the actress says, “She wants to win the National Award come hell or high water.’’ While Madhur, who has picked up the National Award for Chandni Bar, Page 3 and Traffic Signal, and calls it the Oscars of India, says, “These awards mean the world to me. I definitely feel my stock has gone up having bagged them.’’
But, of course, there is also a more interesting flip side to this new-found Bollywood obsession. A trade analyst says, “The National Award is just an ego massage for the actor/filmmaker that gets it. They have no bearings on the box office. Shah Rukh Khan hasn’t won a single one so far. He was a close contender for Swades but they overlooked him for some strange reason. Yet there is no denying that he is Bollywood’s biggest box office draw.’’
It is alleged that the National Awards are also shrouded in controversy. While the grapevine insists that some amount of wheeling-dealing in the corridors of power has helped one veteran filmmaker bag an award in some category or the other, there is also the instance of how these acting honours were deferred one year because of some mud-slinging between disgruntled jury members. Saif Ali Khan’s award for a film like Hum Tum came in for a lot of flak just the way Raveena Tandon’s award for Daman did. And when Arjun Rampal picked up his National Award for Best Supporting Actor for Rock On recently, a serious actor joked, “I have hidden my National Awards in the basement now.’’ And another actor’s cellphone status said, “Awards are like haemorrhoids, sooner or later even the undeserving get it.’’ But criticism and caustic comments apart, Bollywood continues to be obsessed with India’s highest acting honours.