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Telugu superstar and Praja Rajyam Party leader Chiranjeevi is a big fan of Vivek Oberoi’s, it seems. He personally invited Vivek to his residence last Monday.
Vivek, whose next Rakht Charitra will be released in three languages (Hindi/Tamil/Telugu) was overjoyed to meet Chiranjeevi.
A friend of Vivek’s said, “Apart from being friends with Charan, Chiranjeevi’s son, Vivek is very close to Allu Arvind’s son Allu Bobby who is related to Chiranjeevi. In an hour-long meeting at Chiranjeevi’s house, Vivek and he spoke about everything from their films to Vivek’s wedding. Chiranjeevi also spoke to him about the charity work that Vivek does.”
Apparently, when Vivek requested Chiranjeevi to watch his upcoming film, he welcomed him to the Telugu film industry.
Chiranjeevi also wished him luck for his wedding and Vivek gave him the invitation card.
When contacted, Vivek said, “I am touched by Chiranjeevi’s greatness. He is a legend and a huge icon.
The fact that he welcomed me with open arms in the Telugu film industry and blessed me for my film and wedding is very humbling. He was so gracious that he escorted me out all the way when I left.”
By Joginder Tuteja, October 20, 2010 – 11:15 IST
Vivek Oberoi would be a part of the history with him being the first mainstream hero ever to have a two-part release of his film. Rakht Charitra would be arriving in its first part this Friday while the second part would come exactly a month later. However, this is for the Hindi and the Telugu version. When it comes to the Tamil version, which is expected to be spearheaded entirely by Suriya due to his immense popularity down South, Rakht Charitra would release in a single, albeit a longer version.
Confirms Ramu, “In the Hindi version, Vivek (Oberoi) features in both the parts of the film though Suriya is only introduced in the first part while he becomes far more prominent in the second version. Hence, it was a given that the Hindi version of the film would release in both the parts. Telugu version too made sense to come in two distinct parts since the audience out there in Andhra Pradesh and adjoining regions are pretty much aware about the core story and the exploits of Paritala Ravi (played by Vivek) and Suryanarayan Reddy (Suriya). Hence, for them it’s the story that would matter most, more than the actors playing the part.”
However, what tilted the balance in favour of a single part release of the Tamil version of Rakht Charitra was the bigger presence of Suriya in it. It was apparent that since Vivek comes primarily from the B-town, the audience may have gone a little restless to see only him in the first part of the film and then wait for their local hero Suriya to arrive only in the second part.
“Not that you would see only Suriya in the single part Tamil version”, reassures Ramu, “Vivek is an integral part of the film and while he anyways had an equal role to play along with Suriya in the second part, there are scenes of his from the first part that have been integrated with the second part here. So now we will have a full length feature film with both the actors.”
While both parts of the Hindi and Telugu versions would be a little over two hours each, the Tamil version is expected to be released with a three hours running length. Moreover, the editing of each of the three versions – whether Hindi, Telugu or Tamil, would differ as well so as to bring to fore the local flavour of the territories. This means that the trilingual features all the actors enacting their scenes little differently in each of the versions.
“I spoke in all the three languages – Tamil, Telugu as well as Hindi – but enacted the scenes differently”, says Suriya who is not quite looking at Rakht Charitra as his big Bollywood launch but is instead treating it as just another exciting film of his, “Yes, I know that in Tamil, the film is coming in only one part.”
Though he stays on to be quite modest about his popularity in South being the sole reason for the decision being made, he humbly attributes the decision making to his director Ram Gopal Varma.
“Since the first part doesn’t feature me for most of its duration, Ramu felt it would make sense to wait for some time and then club both parts together”, says Suriya, “Ramu feels that the film would find more patronage in Tamil version if crowds come in because of me.”
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, October 15, 2010 – 16:59 IST
The 12th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival by MAMI (Mumbai Academy of Moving Image) is scheduled to take place from Oct 21 to Oct 28 in Mumbai.
Following is the complete list of all the Indian films that are going to be screened at the festival:
|1||Autumn (Harud)||Aamir Bashir||India (Urdu)||International Competition|
|2||Virgin Goat||Murali Nair||India||Indian Frame|
|3||Iti Mrinalini||Aparna Sen||India (Bengali)||Indian Frame|
|4||Riding The Stallion Of A Dream (Kanasemba Kudureyaneri)||Girish Kasarvalli||India (Kannada)||Indian Frame|
|5||I Am Kalam||Nila Madhab Panda||India (Hindi)||Indian Frame|
|6||The Way Home (Veettilekkulla Vazhi)||Dr. Biju||India (Malayalam-Hindi)||Indian Frame|
|7||Ayirathil Oruvan||Selvaraghavan||India (Tamil)||Indian Frame|
|8||Memories In March||Sanjay Nag||India||Indian Frame|
|9||Semshook||Siddhartha A. Kumar||India- Spain||Indian Frame|
|10||Nirmalya||Shekhar Sartandel||India (Marathi)||Indian Frame|
|11||BBD||Anjan Dutt||India||Indian Frame|
|12||Mani Mangalsutra||Gauri Sarawate||India (Marathi)||Indian Frame|
|13||Good Morning Good Night||Sudish Kamath||India (English)||Indian Frame|
|14||Mirch||Vinay Shukla||India (Sindhi / Rajasthani / English / Hindi)||
|15||Tripping on a Bicycle||Nallamuthu||India (English)||New Faces in Indian Cinema|
|16||The Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project||Srinivas Sunderrajan||India (English-Hindi)||New Faces in Indian Cinema|
|17||Burzwagaman – Biography Of A Farmer (Burzwagaman – Shetkaryachi Atmakatha)||Hitendra Upasani||India (Marathi)||New Faces in Indian Cinema|
|18||Alif||Kamal||India (Hindi/Marathi/English)||New Faces in Indian Cinema|
|19||Athmakadha||Premlal||India ( Malayalam)||New Faces in Indian Cinema|
|20||Platform||Veena Lokur||India (Marathi)||New Faces in Indian Cinema|
By Taran Adarsh, October 15, 2010 – 08:26 IST
When asked to comment on the quality of animation films produced in India, I recall commenting that we are still in infancy stages right now, still grappling with how to make animation movies, still confused about the target audience and how to compete with feature films which remain the first choice of moviegoers… The thought of competing or comparing with animation films in the West just doesn’t arise at this point.
Generally, animation films made across the Atlantic target not just the kids, but also grownups, but the animation films made in Mumbai are targeted at kids primarily. When they [the kids] have access to the best of animation on television, why would they spend their parents’ hard-earned money to watch an animation film in theatres?
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
But, hopefully, things should change for better with Ketan Mehta’s animation film RAMAYANA, which has been timed during Dashehra. One expects a top notch animation film from Mehta, mainly because his studio [Maya] is a front-runner in the animation industry. The expectations only double since Mehta and director Chetan Desai choose ‘Ramayana’ as the subject for their animation film.
RAMAYANA works for two reasons. One, the story [yes, we know the story well, but love to listen to it again and again] keeps you hooked and two, the quality of animation is super. It’s difficult to encompass this great epic in a two-hour film [this one's less than two hours], but the makers convey all they ought to convey most effectively.
A number of sequences from RAMAYANA have recall value. But, as a viewer, I really liked the portions depicting the fight between Sugriva and Bali, Raavan’s introduction, Hanuman’s journey to Lanka and of course, the battle between Lord Rama and Raavan. In fact, the battle is spectacular and blows your mind. Besides, the vibrant usage of colors coupled with a fast-paced narrative makes this animation film the best we’ve seen so far. In addition to that, special attention has been paid to the lighting and costumes. Also, the animated characters come alive with voice-overs by Manoj Bajpayee [Lord Rama], Juhi Chawla [Goddess Sita], Ashutosh Rana [Raavan] and Mukesh Rishi [Lord Hanuman].
The only problem that I see is the usage of chaste Hindi at several points, which makes it difficult to comprehend. Also, a few incidents/occurrences from the epic are fleetingly mentioned, which may seem right since the makers didn’t want to exceed the desired length of the film, but when you decide to make a film on ‘Ramayana’, you can’t mention the vital incidents fleetingly.
On the whole, RAMAYANA is a must-watch. It’s the kind of cinema that should appeal to youngsters as well as adults, the kids and the kids-at-heart.
November 19 will go down in history. Jayantilal Gada’s Barbara Mori starrer will lock horns with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Hrithik starrer. This is the result of a bizarre revenge saga
We had broken the news that Rakesh Roshan’s arch-rival in the industry, Jayantilal Gada, head honcho of PEN Entertainment, had bought the rights of My Brother’s Wife, a Spanish film starring Barbara Mori, hoping to cash in on the success of Kites.
Kites bombed, but Gada, it seems, is still wanting a panga with the Roshans.
It needs to be reminded that Gada and Rakesh Roshan had fought a legal battle in court over the film and TV merchandising rights of Hrithik’s debut feature, Kaho Na Pyar Hai. It seems that the bad vibes have yet to dissipate between the two.
In a bid to outdo the Roshans, Gada, who has dubbed My Brother’s Wife in Hindi and English and re-titled it as Spanish Beauty, has now slated it for release on the same date as the Hrithik Roshan starrer Guzaarish.
Both, Spanish Beauty and Guzaarish, will hit the theatres on November 19.
Gada, who was keen to release Barbara Mori’s Spanish film My Brother’s Wife, in June this year, postponed it. In fact he wanted to release this film before Kites, but could not complete the dubbing in time.
Says a source, “Spanish Beauty can attract an audience as it has a lot of bold scenes by Barbara.” In a very diplomatic U-turn, Gada told Mumbai Mirror last evening, “Rakesh Roshan and Sanjay Leela Bhansali are my friends. It is just that I think November 19 is the best date for my film Spanish Beauty. I am even trying to contact Barbara to fly down to Mumbai (wouldn’t she love that?) before the release of my film, but I don’t know if I’ll succeed.” Good luck, Senor Gada…
My Brother’s Wife
It’s the story of Zoe (Barbara Mori) and Ignacio (Christian Meier), a childless couple. Here’s why: despite many years of being together, Ignacio has a shortcoming; no matter how carnally needy his wife is, he won’t budge unless it’s a Saturday, his favourite lovemaking day.
She wants a child but her husband is sterile; he suggests adoption but she nixes that option. Enter Gonzalo (Manolo Cardona), Ignacio’s brother. Zoe and Gonzalo have an affair and Zoe gets pregnant. Her ‘guzaarish’ thus comes true!
- By Taran Adarsh, October 8, 2010 – 14:33 IST
1. ANJAANA ANJAANI
Had a good opening weekend. But slipped considerably from Monday onwards. Collected approx. Rs. 24 cr. nett in its opening weekend and approx. Rs. 9 cr. nett on weekdays. The Week 1 total stands at approx. Rs. 33 cr. nett, with a big chunk of revenue coming from plexes. The film has fared poorly at single screens. However, the film is expected to make decent profits, since a large chunk of investment has been recovered from sale of Satellite Rights, Music Rights and various territories
2. ROBOT (HINDI VERSION)
Has fared exceptionally well in Tamil and Telugu versions, but the business in the Hindi version remained ordinary. (Collected 10.50 crore according to Boxofficeindia.com and 15 crore as per an article in The Times of India dated Oct 9)
Added Rs. 5 cr. nett in its fourth week. Total: Rs. 137 cr. nett. Blockbuster
4. KHICHDI-THE MOVIE
Collected Rs. 3.58 cr. nett in its opening weekend and Rs. 1.46 cr. nett on weekdays. The breakup is as follows:- Fri: Rs. 75 lacs [incl. Thu. previews], Sat: 1.35 cr., Sun: 1.48 cr., Mon: 35 lacs, Tue: 40 lacs, Wed: 35 lacs and Thu: 36 lacs. The Week 1 total stands at Rs. 5.04 cr. nett. Is best in Mumbai-Gujarat. The producers have recovered the cost of production from the sale of Satellite Rights and the revenue generated from India theatrical [after deducting P & A expenses] and Home Video will only add to the profits
5. BENNY AND BABLOO
Vivek Oberoi speaks to BT about his new look and his upcoming films
Elina Priyadarshini Nayak (BOMBAY TIMES; (October 9, 2010)
With glares and moustache, Vivek Oberoi reminds you of his father Suresh Oberoi, who’s a dynamic actor. Tell him this and he says with a laugh, “That’s the biggest compliment I have ever got, and I am very proud of it.” The actor is flaunting this new look for his upcoming film. In a chat with BT, Vivek speaks about his new makeover and more…
You started your career with Ram Gopal Varma’s film Company in 2002. Did you find any change in Ramu’s working style?
RGV is an actor’s director who deals with films related to reality, and working with him again was a great experience. Usually people tend to slow down with age, but I think RGV has become faster and he is making films at a much faster pace with age. This film, Rakht Charitra, is based on reality, it has real people and real ambience where I am playing the character of late Paritala Ravi, a politician, who was the former cabinet minister in Andhra Pradesh Government. It’s a story of a man who fights for justice and becomes the messiah of justice when the system denies that. For this role, I had to research a lot. I read many articles written on him and I saw many of his live interviews. But, it was very difficult to look, talk and walk like him initially.
And what about your new avatar with moustache?
Ek saal se paal pos ke bada kar raha hoon inn ko. So, I am really happy about this look. I am getting many negative as well as positive compliments for this too. Many of my friends say moustache suits me while girls say ‘please shave it off !’ (laughs).
This film has been simultaneously made in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. Was it difficult to deliver dialogues in different languages?
RGV had given me a big break with Company and this time it’s my debut in Tamil and Telugu films. It was difficult to learn these languages, but assistants and unit hands helped me out. Once you were done with a shot, you had to shoot it all over again in a different language. It was tough, but fun too.
In the recent past we have seen you doing one or two films a year…
I won’t say I am going slow, but yes, I am getting very choosy. I am signing films, which I feel like doing and which my fans would like me to see in. After Prince, I had many offers, but I didn’t want to sign whatever came my way. Right now I am busy promoting my upcoming release, and after that I will start shooting for three films – one with RGV again, another with Mani Ratnam and also one with Kumar Taurani. All these three films are yet to be named.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, October 5, 2010 – 15:54 IST
Seems it is an animated Ramayana season this Dussehra.
Close to the heels of release announcement of Maya’s 3D animated flick Ramayana, Hyderabad based RVML animation is all set to release 2D animated feature Lava Kusa: The Warrior Twins on October 8th across 200 screens pan India.
The feature is presented by PEN, produced by RVML animation and released by Suniel Wadhwa from ’52 weeks entertainment Inc’ in India.
Lava Kusa: The Warrior Twins, is the tale of two endearing twins Lava and Kusa (Sons of lord Rama and Sita), growing up in the forest with their mother and sage Valmiki. As young men they pit their strength against Rama, the absentee father who has aggrieved their mother. This story from the Ramayan depicts the determination of the twins and the adventures they have as they journey towards their aim, getting their father to redress the wrongs he’s done to their mother.
On being asked about choosing a generic topic (mythology) as the story has been told several times on different platforms, Rayudu V. Sashank, Creative Director and Producer of Lava Kusa. Says, “The story of Ramayana has surely been told several times in popular media, but not so in the case with the mythological characters of Lava and Kusa. This is the reason why children today do not know much about the warrior twins. Telling the story of Lava and Kusa through an animation film would best connect with children who are our target audience,”
Music of the flick plays a key role and is being released in three versions, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. The music is composed by acclaimed Music Director late L. Vaidyanathan of Malgudi Days and Pushpaka Vimanam fame. Renowned singers like K. J Yesudas, Vijay Yesudas, Shankar Mahadevan, Chitra and Sadhana Sargam have rendered songs in the movie.
On a concluding note, PEN’s Dhaval Gada added, “The Warrior Twins will add an extra zing to the festive season this year, the first offering from Pen’s stable of animation films. Children and families are sure to enjoy the film”
By Taran Adarsh, October 5, 2010 – 08:38 IST
There’s a strong possibility that JHOOTHA HI SAHI may be postponed by one week. Slated for release next week [15 October], the film may now arrive on 22 October because music composer A.R. Rahman is yet to complete recording the background score of the film. Producer Madhu Mantena doesn’t rule out the possibility. “Yes, the film may get shifted to next week. It’s true that Rahman hasn’t completed recording the background score. Also, with two major films clashing on 15 October [AAKROSH, KNOCK OUT], there’s no point releasing on that date. Besides, the music of JHOOTHA HI SAHI is picking up and if we shift the film ahead by one week, it will only help the music to grow further,” Mantena states.
If JHOOTHA HI SAHI is shifted to latter date, Madhu Mantena will hold the distinction of releasing four films on a single Friday – JHOOTHA HI SAHI and the three versions of RAKHT CHARITRA [Hindi, Tamil and Telugu].
BOMBAY TIMES ARTICLE:
Bollywood hotties Imran and Kat drop their defences!
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 2, 2010)
The Imran Khan-Katrina Kaif association has a Mills & Boon quality about it. It started with indifference and now these two Bollywood hotties share a good working relationship.
The first beneficiary is filmmaker Aditya Chopra who has signed this striking looking couple for his high-energy, romantic comedy Mere Brother Ki Dulhan. Earlier Imran and Katrina were signed on for 7 Days in Paris, which got shelved. The actors rediscovered each other on the sets of MBKD. Says Imran, “We were like total strangers before this film started. And we barely had any time to get acquainted. At the very start of the schedule Katrina and I shot for some key scenes with a lot of dialogue and emotions. And I must tell you Katrina is becoming a pro with her Hindi dialogue. This film is set in Delhi, Chandigarh, and Himachal. And Kat has managed to get even the local flavour of the Hindi spoken in the heartland of India. She managed a two page dialogue with ease…’’
Imran also feels that in MBKD, Kat has an author-backed role and will walk away with the accolades. “I have always enjoyed working with people who are out to prove a point,’’ says the light-eyed actor. “That way all of us end up giving our best.’’ On a lighter note, he adds, “Kat has lost a good amount of weight and I have grown up from a bachcha to a young man. So I guess we will not only make a good looking couple, we may also come out as a good performing screen pair.’’
Kat on her part laughs and says, “What does Imran mean when he says that I have lost weight? Was I fat before I started this film?” But good-natured barbs aside, Kat and Imran are getting along truly well. Adds Katrina, “Imran is a very simple person. He is absolutely straight-forward and focussed on his work. And I like working with people for whom everything except their work is secondary.’’
BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM ARTICLE:
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, October 2, 2010 – 13:08 IST
Yash Raj Films next project starring Imran Khan, Katrina Kaif and Ali Zafar in lead roles is titled, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan. The film is written and directed by debutant Ali Abbas Zafar and produced by Aditya Chopra. Shooting started last week and the movie is scheduled for a mid-2011 release.
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan is a musical romantic comedy set amongst upper middle class families in North India. A topsy-turvy story which takes you on a fun-filled ride of humour and romance, where Imran falls in love with his brother’s dulhan!
The director, Ali Abbas Zafar, has been with the Yash Raj banner for many years and has assisted on films such as Badmaash Company, New York, Tashan and Jhoom Barabar Jhoom.
Watch this space for more details!