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By Bollywood Hungama News Network, October 4, 2010 – 12:40 IST
Madame Tussauds has been a name to reckon with when it comes to preserving life like structures of famous personalities immortalized in wax. The latest addition to the museum in London following Bollywood celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Salman Khan and SRK is none other than the Greek god of Bollywood Hrithik Roshan.
Hrithik was recently measured up for his new wax figure by the sculpting team in Mumbai and London. They captured a catalogue of reference photographs and hundreds of precise measurements for the figure, which will be unveiled in London in January 2011.
To ensure total authenticity, Hrithik will be closely involved in the creation process, collaborating with the team to agree the pose and even donating items of clothing for his figure to wear.
Commenting on the creation of his figure, the star of hit films including Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai, Dhoom, Krrish and Jodhaa Akbar, said: “I don’t really have the words to articulate what it feels like. Being bestowed this honour is overwhelming.” Hrithik, who remembers visiting Madame Tussauds as a child but never imagined he would stand alongside his heroes there, added that his inclusion “re-affirms my belief that nothing is impossible”.
The figure will be created at Madame Tussauds studios in London over the next four months at a cost of £150,000. The first step is to craft a perfect clay sculpture from which the moulds are made to make an amazingly life like wax figure. Then it is over to a team of skilled hair and colour artists to insert the hair by hand and build up life like skin tones using layer upon layer of oil paint; every freckle, mole, dimple and wrinkle are accurately reproduced.
…says the sexy Anoushka Shankar, who got married in London to filmmaker Joe Wright and is expecting his baby
Priyanka Dasgupta | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 2, 2010)
What’s it about Joe Wright that made you feel that he should be the father of your first baby?
Not just my first, I want him to be the father of all my babies! It’s such a cliché, but honestly, I could see myself having children with him within the first week of our relationship. Joe is the most wonderful, extraordinary man. He makes me feel cherished and safe… It’s easy to see what a loving, imaginative father he will be.
You have lived-in with Joe for some months. Was there any particular compulsion for you to tie the knot now?
Even though we moved in together ages ago, I always wanted to get married. I’m glad we lived together first as it gave us a good taste of the realities of our relationship! I don’t think it’s essential for everyone, but to me there is something sacred about taking vows and promising to love and honour each other.
Post-marriage, will you take your husband’s surname just the way your mother has done when she married Pandit Ravi Shankar? Or does the surname issue not bother you at all?
We’ve certainly enjoyed using the phrase Mrs Wright between ourselves since the wedding! But I would probably not change my name officially.
Was there any person you really wanted to attend your wedding but who never could?
We planned very quickly. So yes, many family members and friends couldn’t be there, which is why we will do celebrations later in the States and in India. Norah was obviously there, and hosted my mehendi party and was my maid-of-honour in a sense.
How does Joe inspire you in your career now? Does he keep a tab so that you don’t tax yourself too much with your concerts/tours/album work since you are pregnant now?
He has an incredible musical ear and does offer really valuable advice on my work. So, I take his counsel seriously as well. Now that I’m pregnant he does look out for me a lot more and constantly reminds me to rest and relax, which I’m not very good at!
Joe was supposed to make a film titled Indian Summer. Is there any update on that especially with his strong India connection?
We would both love if the film got made but there are no plans to get it rolling again at present that I know of. However, we’re both grateful it was even being looked at because we wouldn’t have met if he hadn’t come to India for that film!
Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; August 21, 2010)
Mumbai: The name’s Bond. Ruskin Bond.
The media-shy and reclusive man from the hills will make his first appearance on silver screen in Vishal Bharadwaj’s Saat Khoon Maaf, which is based on Bond’s story Susanna’s Seven Husbands.
An Indian author of British origin, Ruskin Bond’s writing has inspired several filmmakers to translate them into films. His novel The Flight of Pigeons was adapted by Merchant Ivory films to make Shashi Kapoor-starrer Junoon. Bhardwaj himself is adapting Bond’s book for the second time. His critically acclaimed Blue Umbrella was also based on a Ruskin Bond story.
“When my casting director came up to me and said Ruskin Bond would suit the character, I told him that Bond would not agree,’’ said Bhardwaj. “After the script was ready, I sent him a copy. Then when I went to Mussoorie, I asked him about playing a role in the film and he laughed it off. I pestered him for three months before he finally agreed to do the role. He really thought I was joking, while I always thought it would be an honour to have him as part of my film.’’
Bond makes his movie debut opposite the gorgeous Priyanka Chopra. In one scene, he has to give her a peck on the cheek. The director says scene took quite a few retakes, “Because he is very shy.’’ Or maybe not. When Bhardwaj told the rosy-cheeked Bond that he would have to hold Priyanka’s hand in another scene, the writer replied with his trademark charm, “I may not let go of that hand then.’’
Chopra, on her part, is absolutely thrilled to be sharing screen space with the legendary writer. “I got all his books autographed as soon as I met Mr Bond on the sets,’’ Chopra says. “I grew up reading Ruskin Bond and even studied some of his stories as part of my school curriculum. Meeting him, acting in a film based on his story and finally sharing the screen with him is just too good to be true,’’ she adds.
This is not the first time a writer has appeared on screen. Bhisham Shahani, who wrote Tamas, played a vital character in Govind Nihalani’s adaptation of the story into a teleseries. “Though hesitant in the beginning, Sahni fit the part and gave a great performance. Besides, he is actor Balraj Sahni’s brother, so he has the acting gene in the family,’’ says Nihalani, adding that Bond’s debut is “fantastic casting.’’
Even Salman Rushdie has done a cameo in both Bridget Jones’ Diary as well as Then She Found Me. Urdu writer Ismat Chugtai featured in Merchant Ivory’s Junoon and Booker prize winner Arundhati Roy has featured in Massey Sahib, In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones and Electric Moon.
An imposter pretending to be South superstar Kamal Haasan is trying to lure unsuspecting actors to star in sleazy films — gratis. The real Kamal Haasan is understandably furious
Brinda Parekh: “Hi, is that Kamal Haasan sir? Sir this is Brinda here. Brinda Parekh. A journalist gave me your number. He said you are in Mumbai and want to speak to me.”
kamal haasan: “Yes, yes Brinda. I’ve been hearing a lot about you. Very good you called. See, I want you to do a film for me.”
BP: “Of course sir. Any time sir. What film is this?”
kh: “A friend of mine is making the film. It’s a bold subject, very powerful. I think you are just right for it. I’ve been seeing some of your films. You were very good in Pokkiri, but they completely wasted you in London Dreams.”
|“Three years ago something similar had happened…I had lodged a police complaint. It may be the same person”||“The voice sounded
exactly like Kamal sir
BP: “Thanks sir. You saw the film?”
kh: “I think you have much more potential. You should do this film, which my friend is making. It’s a showreel for you Brinda – main lead.”
BP: “Sir, who is the director?”
kh: “He’s a personal friend. His name is Faisal Saif. He worked with me in MumbaiXpress. He’s trying to make this film on a tight budget. I want to help him, but he just refuses to take my help. I told Shruti to do a song for him but she had to pull out at the last minute. Brinda, you must do this film. For me. You understand?”
BP: “Yes Kamalji, I understand. It’s my honour that I am able to do something for you? Who can say no to you?”
kh: “Tell me, are you running after money or do you want to make a real name for yourself?”
BP: “Money is never a priority for me sir. I want to do good work.”
kh: “See, Faisal’s budget is really tight. Can you do this film without a fee? Please. You don’t worry about the film. I’ll personally take care of the publicity and PR. You convince Faisal to make the film in Tamil also. I’ll take care of the rest.”
BP: “Okay sir. As you say.”
|The poster of For Adults Only|
This telephonic conversation between model-actress Brinda Parekh and ‘Kamal Haasan’ took place on June 6. ‘Kamal’ (who called from the number 098332880) gave Brinda the number of a Faisal Saif. What transpired from thereon reveals a sensational Bollywood casting scam.
A similar call was made by this ‘Kamal’ to Kabir Bedi’s son Adam Bedi, asking him to do Faisal Saif’s film (which he claimed was already signed by Brinda Parekh). The bit about ‘adjust the fees’ was also brought up. Bedi grew suspicious when ‘Kamal’ told him that he was neither producing nor directing the film.
A call to the real Kamal Haasan’s daughter, Shruti Haasan, revealed that her father was actually in Paris, shooting for a film at the time and couldn’t have possibly made any such calls. The film in question is For Adults Only (don’t miss the poster) and narrates the journey of a high-class prostitute.
“It just didn’t add up,” Adam Bedi told Mumbai Mirror from the United States, where he is holidaying, “Why would Kamal Haasan be calling me for a film that he has nothing to do with? After I spoke to Shruti, I just let the matter drop.” Meanwhile, Faisal Saif sent a contract to Brinda, which specified that she was doing the film for zero remuneration; this got Brinda suspicious. Then Faisal told Brinda to see “Dr Kamal Hassan’s” Twitter account.
On checking this out, she spotted one tweet that read, “Brinda Parekh will be the next big thing — watch out!” Faisal Saif was one of the eight followers of this account. The moment Mumbai Mirror made enquiries about this Twitter account and the phone number, the Twitter account was deleted on June 25, and the phone number has been switched off continuously since.
It turns out that Faisal Saif is not alien to controversy. The man who, in his Twitter account claims, “I believe in S&M (sadomasochism). It takes sex to another level,” was in the news last year when actress Meera lodged a complaint against him in Pakistan for defamation, though Faisal called it “just a misunderstanding”.
Much later, Faisal was heard bragging in the industry about his close association with Kamal Haasan. Hrishita Bhatt, who acted in Faisal’s first film Jigyaasa, had said in interviews earlier that she knew him as “an ex-assistant of Kamal Haasan”.
When contacted, Faisal insisted that he had personally met Kamal but denied ever being his assistant. Faisal said, “I don’t know where this is coming from. Even I have been getting calls from someone saying he is Kamal Haasan and have been in touch with him for months now.”
To add to the murky tale, another number (09789010209) was traced, from which a person would call actors pretending to be a journalist from a reputed news channel or newspaper, urging them to get in touch with ‘Kamal Haasan’.
The real Kamal Haasan, who is at present shooting in Italy, told Mumbai Mirror, “Three years ago something similar had happened. Someone was trying to impersonate me. I had lodged a police complaint. It may be the same person doing it again. I want to tell my fans and everyone in the industry not to believe anyone making calls in my name. If I have to say something, I will say it in person.”
The mysterious number being used by the Kamal Haasan impersonator has now been traced to a person called Sulaiman Khan, who lives in Mahim.
“The voice sounded exactly like Kamal sir. I was completely fooled. I hope whoever is behind this gets arrested,” said Brinda.
Not even being surrounded by some of the most strongheaded women — girlfriend Kareena Kapoor, sis Soha Ali Khan and mum Sharmila Tagore — is helping Saif Ali Khan get over his jitters as he is set to perform for an all-women audience tonight. But can’t blame the star as these are no ordinary women. The event — initiated by WAVE (Women Against Violence) — is being held to honour women from all walks of life, who’ve raised their voice against domestic violence. And the Chhote Nawab is set to pay an ode in his own unique way. Not only will he perform to his hit tracks, but also for the first time, the actor will be reciting shaayari (though not his own) dedicated to women. Said Saif, “Honour would be the apt word for this performance. I am honoured to be performing tonight for all those lovely women. I do agree that it feels great to be surrounded by all powerful women whom I know personally in their own right. They do make an impact and have in lot of ways influenced me personally”.
Production house sweeps National Awards with eight trophies…
BINA TRIVEDI Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; February 4, 2010)
UTV Motion Pictures would like to believe that 2008 was a very significant year for the production house, when almost everything it touched turned to gold, starting in February that year when its stock soared with Jodhaa Akbar — that historical that created waves by walking away with honours locally and internationally. And from then on, every second month its films made headlines. Naturally, when the National Awards were announced this month, UTV Motion Pictures found itself reaping dividends and winning eight awards across its productions for Jodhaa Akbar, Fashion, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, Mumbai Meri Jaan, A Wednesday and Harishchandrachi Factory.
Here’s a checklist. Priyanka Chopra and Kangna Ranaut won Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress respectively for Fashion; Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! won the award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment; Mumbai Meri Jaan won for Best Special Effects; A Wednesday, directed by Neeraj Pandey, won the Indira Gandhi Award For Best First Film of A Director; Jodhaa Akbar won Best Costume Designer for Neeta Lulla and Best Choreography for Rekha and Chinni Prakash; and, finally, Harishchandrachi Factory, UTV’s first Marathi production that released last Friday, won the Best Regional Film Award.
Siddharth Roy Kapur, CEO of UTV Motion Pictures, says of this handsome bouquet of awards, “This is an unprecedented achievement by a movie studio and caps a remarkable run where we swept all the major awards, with recognition across our entire slate of productions from Jodhaa Akbar and Fashion to Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! and Mumbai Meri Jaan; from Aamir and Welcome to Sajjanpur to A Wednesday. It’s a huge honour for six of our films to be recognised with National Awards. This is a testament to the incredible talent of our amazing directors, cast and the crew of these films. And, of course, the incredible passion, hard work, steadfast belief and creativity of the entire team at UTV Motion Pictures.”
Global Indian Shah Rukh Khan rings NY stock exchange gong with co-star Kajol
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; February 3, 2010)
Moments after A R Rahman picked up his two Grammys in LA, on February 1 at 8.30 a.m. (New York time), Bollywood had yet another defining moment in global history. The King of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan and his co-star Kajol from Karan Johar’s My Name Is Khan, rang the gong at the New York stock exchange — NASDAQ (National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations). The only Indian who has received this honour prior to SRK is Infosys CEO, Narayan Murthy.
Elated, Shah Rukh said, “I have usually stayed away from stock exchanges because I’ve always felt that they were scary places. I’m here now and I like it. When Kajol and I entered the NASDAQ today, I was told the market is green (flourishing). I can’t tell you how happy the news has made me.’’ Happy that MNIK was given this platform — the first for any Bollywood film — SRK joked, “I don’t want to sound cheesy, but I get the feeling that the stocks of My Name Is Khan that open on February 12, will keep rising in the weeks to come.’’
Humbled by the honour given to his latest film, Karan Johar said, “This is truly a moment of integration between the West and us. SRK is a global icon and he has a reach that is far beyond the space awarded to most others. Ringing the gong at the NASDAQ is a first for us. Honestly, SRK has many firsts in his career. Like he was the first Bollywood actor to give away a trophy at the Golden Globes; he is the first to have rung the gong at the world’s biggest stock exchange; MNIK is the first film of an Indian actor to have such a wide release even in mainstream American film regions. All of these honours just say one thing — that SRK is our global Indian. Like I have said earlier, SRK has truly put Indian cinema on the global market. I’m fortunate to be associated with him.’’
Tune in to the icing of the day on Zoom
MADHUREETA MUKHERJEE Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; January 26, 2010)
And here it is, that great multi-starrer we promised you yesterday and the day before… a new initiative to make the nation sing a song of secularism, brought to you by The Times of India Group and Vodafone Essar, that is premiering exclusively on ZOOM from 7 am onwards today. Phir Mile Sur recreates the mood for an upbeat generation of united Indians. And what better day than R-Day to launch it? Filmed by Aarti and Kailash Surendranath (of KPC), this commendable initiative has also been supported by Kingfisher Airlines and Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces. Go on, switch on your TV, zoom in to ZOOM, and catch the national fervour. You don’t have to stand up when it comes on, but it would be nice if you did. Meanwhile, before that, hear what some of the proud Indians who made Phir Mile Sur have to say about the initiative…
I’m honoured that there’s been a gap of almost 23 years and still the makers of this wonderful commercial Mile Sur want to include me. Though circumstances may have changed, the words and the feelings of the song still remain the same. I feel good about it.
Times of India has always been involved in many such nationalist, social, moral movements and I have had the great honour to being a part of it. I thank ZOOM for making me such a part once again.
SHAH RUKH KHAN
The first time I heard Mile Sur Mera Tumhara, I was around 20, yet the first thing that caught my eye was the visual appeal. It was more of a non preachy, personal patriotic song. It has a great secular feel and people are moved by it even now. I’m glad to be associated with this subtle yet powerful movement to be at secular equality with each other and stand united.
Mile Sur is as patriotic and moving as a song can get. It’s a brilliant initiative and I’m glad to be part of it. It was something I really admired and I used to look forward to watching it. I say we should sing it every morning when we wake up.
I remember watching Mile Sur on TV and listening to the track. It was so inspirational. I was a kid in school and it was just overwhelming and impactful. It gave me gooseflesh; I remember it till this day.
I used to look forward to it to see all these luminaries and celebrities of the country. Almost towards the end, Dad used to be on it and I would excitedly look forward. I remember growing up thinking how cool it’d be to be a part of it one day. Today, it’s even more wonderful, because I get to be part of Phir Mile Sur with my wife.
Mile Sur is like an anthem for every child who grew up watching DD. This song speaks about oneness; it’s been an important part of our country’s history, it’s feelgood, it’s emotional, it’s cathartic, and even after 20 years if you listen to the song it will have same impact.
Mile Sur is such an iconic piece of music. I’m 28 now and this is something I’ve grown up listening to and watching on TV. After seeing all those musical greats and then, specially being a part of this, as a musician, is such an incredible experience.
We’re happy that Zoom and Times of India have taken this iconic song and redone it to suit today’s tastes, because no one can do it better than them.
Mile Sur drew a sense of patriotism out of me; a sense of secularism and a reminder that we’re all the same. It was one of the more prestigious videos that came out; with the most eminent of personalities were in it.
It’s a brilliant concept that shows us how to get everybody on board and how to get everybody together. This song also underlines that we’re all on the same plane; that no one’s richer or poorer in emotion. No religion, caste, creed or colour is greater than the nation and the individuals of that nation. This song is almost like a second anthem!
AARTI AND KAILASH SURENDRANATH (CO-CREATORS)
It was an exhilarating experience creating Mile Sur Mera Tumhara which was a mosaic of so many different celebrities from various walks of life and regions in India. Today, we feel the same emotions gushing, after a span of two decades. So many things have changed in India — growth, prosperity, the economic scenario, however, as citizens of this wonderfully diverse country, our feelings for India have only grown stronger and Phir Mile Sur aims to showcase just that. And after filming over 60 days on-location in prominent and historic sites across 13 cities of India and 30 days of post–production work, the video of the iconic song features is a gift of love to the nation.
I remember Mile Sur being one of the first commercial message films my Dad shot for. When I got a call to be a part of the new version I was thrilled and called my parents, who were like ‘You MUST be part of it!’ I think it’s a great unifying thought for our diverse country.
(Contributed by Meena Iyer and Deepali Dhingra)
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; January 25, 2010)
With her first National Award for Best Actress for Madhur Bhandarkar’s Fashion, Priyanka Chopra joins the ranks of esteemed actresses’ like Shabana Azmi and Tabu. Speaking animatedly from New York, where she’s shooting for Sajid Nadiadwala’s Anjaana Anjaani, PC said, “I’m thrilled that I’ve won a National Award so early in my career.” Yes, in her nine years in Bollywood, Priyanka has already notched up some truly remarkable work in films like Fashion and Kaminey. “Fashion is a special film to me. When Madhur narrated the script to me, I knew Meghna Mathur (my character) would leave her mark. While I picked up many awards for this performance including the Filmfare trophy, the National Award came as a natural culmination for a role I truly believed in. I’m grateful to Madhur for his faith in me.” Admitting that her choice of films has sometimes gone awry, the actress is nevertheless determined to continue the act of balancing meaningful cinema with masala fare. “Fashion was there competing with the best of regional cinema; and then to have still bagged an honour is something that gives me a terrific high. I’m on cloud nine,” she said and added, “I’m happy for my co-actor Kangna Ranaut without who this character wouldn’t be as effective as it was. Congratulations to her also.”
The track Dilruba ke jalwe from Dulha Mil Gaya, picturised on Shah Rukh Khan and Sushmita Sen, may not be an original composition. Pakistani singer Fakhr-e-Alam claims the song is a lift of Husnwalon se puchcho, which he had composed nine years ago.
Fakhr says, “The company which holds the rights to my song brought this to my notice. I went onto the net and confirmed it. All I can say is that this is extremely sad. My company is examining various legal options, but all I want is to be given credit for the song. If they had just asked me, I would have given the song to them free of cost. The fact that my song is being used in such a big film is a great honour for me. As an artiste, I only want acknowledgement for my work.”
|Dulha Mil Gaya||Fakhr-e-Alam|
But dismissing Fakhr’s claim, Lalit Pandit, the music composer of Dulha Mil Gaya says, “I don’t remember listening to any such song. This is an original composition by me which director Mudassar Aziz had in mind, and we developed it together.”
CHECK OUT FAKHR-E-ALAM’S HUSNWALON SE PUCHO SONG BELOW: