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By Joginder Tuteja, October 25, 2010 – 12:55 IST
This is turning out to be an unimaginably busy year ahead for Deepika Padukone. She started off 2010 with Karthik Calling Karthik. Later she was seen in Housefull and it wasn’t too while ago when she enacted the role of a blind girl in Lafangey Parindey. Well, picture abhi baaki hai, literally so, as before the year ends, she would also be seen in Break Ke Baad and Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey.
While this wasn’t strenuous enough, there is more. Both her new releases would be literally arriving back to back. While Ashutosh Gowariker had announced 3rd December as the release date for his Abhishek Bachchan starrer Khelein Hum…. many months ago, Kunal Kohli’s Break Ke Baad (with Imran Khan in lead) too joined the race by declaring 26th November as the D-day.
“This means double the stress for Deepika”, comments an industry veteran, “It is an entirely different ballgame today when it comes to the release of a film. One just can’t rest after the dubbing of the film. There are ‘hazaar’ promotional events involved, not just pre as well as post the release of a film. Moreover, there are other commitments of a celebrity as well which are not just related to the films.”
All of this means that Deepika would be promoting both her new releases in a parallel manner. When at least a month long commitment is a given for the promotion of any major film, it would be interesting to see how Deepika manages it all for two movies in a 4-6 weeks long time period.
“I guess she may just have to go with the flow here”, continues the veteran, “Though it sounds tough for any artist to stop talking about a film of hers which has just released, her commitment for Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey means that she would be required to detach herself from Break Ke Baad pretty quickly. She will have to move from one Friday to another. In any case, both are very important films of her as she plays a lead protagonist here rather than just being a part of an ensemble affair.”
Now it has to be seen whether one of the two filmmakers would actually decide to budge from the slot that they had chosen for themselves, hence resulting in a comfortable spacing out of Break Ke Baad and Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey.
“I won’t be able to do that”, says Ashutosh Gowariker who, just like Kunal Kohli, has already released the promo of his film, “3rd December is D day for Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey. The entire calendar has already been planned and we are marching ahead with our plans. In any case, we had announced our release date many months ago. If someone else decides to come in on or around this date, it’s their call.”
Over to you Kunal.
Chunky Pandey is re-uniting with director David Dhawan after almost two decades. Chunky will be seen working with David in his next, Rascals.
Chunky worked last with David in Aankhen in 1993. It is after 17 years that they are working together. Chunky said, “Can you believe this. We worked in a blockbuster, Aankhen, and never worked after that.
Davidji did a lot of films with Govinda, but unfortunately we never ended up working together. And this time finally he got a character in his script for me.”
He adds, “Davidji really liked me in my comic role in Sajid Khan’s Housefull. He was in splits, especially with my character get-up.
This role in Rascals too seems tailor-made for me. Davidji is an amazing director and has a lovely comic sense. Moreover, this movie has a lot of fun people like Ajay Devgn and Sanjay Dutt.”
You must be the rascal, Chunks!
By Subhash K. Jha, October 15, 2010 – 11:42 IST
Producer Sajid Nadiadwala’s Anjaani Anjaani is not as big a success as Arbaaz Khan’s Dabangg. And yet after Arbaaz’s office a few days ago, it was Sajid Nadiadwala’s office on Yari Road which was raided by income tax officials on Thursday afternoon at around 3 pm.
A large number of IT officials swooped down on Nadiadwala’s office to check his accounts and records.
The producer whose last three films have been the flop Kambakkht Ishq, the super hit Housefull and the moderately successful Anjaana Anjaani sounded quite relaxed.
“It’s just a routine inspection. The IT people are here in my office checking my records. I am with them. I guess getting a visit from income-tax officials is one way of knowing how much a filmmaker matters,” joked Sajid, showing no outward signs of stress.
By Joginder Tuteja, October 12, 2010 – 11:38 IST
Pick up any of the films where Akshay Kumar has worked with Vipul Shah and it is crystal clear that each of these films has been different. Whether it was Aankhen [a blind robber], Waqt [a wayward rich son], Namastey London [a village simpleton with a heart of gold] or Singh Is Kingg [a goofy villager], Akshay has been brought out of his zone on number of occasions and made to do something different film after film.
Now that they return with their fifth outing together, Action Replayy, Akshay and Vipul are all set to bring in something unique yet again. A retro film, Action Replayy would not just see Akshay in two different time zones separated by decades but also in three different looks as well as characterisation.
With audience expecting Akshay to do something different after a series of comic outings in the past, Vipul (expectedly) continues to heap praises on his lead actor who has stood by him ever since he turned filmmaker more than half a decade ago.
“I have always believed that Akshay is a terrific all rounder. All he needs is to be challenged as an actor”, says Vipul who has also worked with Ajay Devgn and Salman Khan [London Dreams] in the interim period, “In Action Replayy, we have gone through a complete transformation for Akshay; something that he has never done before.”
Continuing in the same vein, he adds, “In our last outing together (Singh Is Kinng), he got an identity of being a Punjabi boy. Now people will love him for his retro look. No one would have expected something like that from him or me, especially so after the films that we have made together. However, the idea was to surprise and this retro avtar is going to surprise quite a few out there.”
Well, people are in for a surprise for sure. With ‘Zor Ka Jhatka‘ presenting Akshay in a never seen before look, the feelers have also started coming in that there are two more looks that the actor carries in the film. One being that of an old man and another who is a little goofy before the entire look transformation takes place.
Despite the light hearted mood that the film promises to carry, Vipul wishes to call Action Replayy as a romantic musical that provides wholesome entertainment to all segments of audience. This would mean that after a series of largely comic outings [Housefull, De Dana Dan, Kambakkht Ishq], Akshay could well be seen in something truly different.
“That was the intent”, Vipul corroborates, “Akshay is a much bigger actor than what we see of him on screen. This is why I strive to do different things with him. In fact I am surprised to a certain extent that people have not really utilised his true potential as an actor. It is so strange that someone who is capable of doing so many things is time and again offered mainly comedies. No, I am not saying that a film should not have humour. But then I also feel that a film should not just be about humour. This is what makes Action Replayy stand apart from the rest.”
The case over Apni Toh Jaise Taise being used in Housefull and I am A Disco Dancer being used in Anjaana Anjaani and Golmaal 3 was won by Saregama India Ltd
Saregama India Ltd officials won two court rulings in their favour last week. As on date, they have legally triumphed over Prakash Mehra’s son Punit as well as filmmaker B Subhash (of Disco Dancer fame).
When Puneet Mehra objected to his father’s song from Laawaris, Apni Toh Jaise Taise being used in Housefull, the makers of the film claimed they had bought the rights of the song from the music label Saregama, which had released the Laawaris soundtrack in 1981.
Puneet then moved court alleging that Saregama flouted copyright norms by allowing Sajid Nadiadwala to use this song. However, Nadiadwala went into appeal. A division bench of the High Court then granted permission for the release of the film.
Meanwhile, B Subhash was furious when the song I Am A Disco Dancer (from Disco Dancer) was used in two films without his copyright permissions: Anjaana Anjaani and Golmaal 3.
Subhash sent a legal notice to Sajid Nadiadwala and Eros, producers of Anjaana Anjaani. Subhash was also planning to drag producers Ashtavinayak to court for Golmaal 3.
But destiny had other plans. Confirms Apurv Nagpal (Managing Director, Saregama India Ltd), “The Kolkata High Court has ruled in our favour. We are extremely relieved and happy. B Subhash objected to the use of the song I Am A Disco Dancer in Anjaana Anjaani and Golmaal 3.
|A still from Laawaris|
|A still from Disco Dancer|
But then again, the Mumbai High Court refused to grant any injunction against both these films. All thanks to our legal system.”
When contacted, Prakash Mehra’s son, Punit, said, “This is an order at the interim stage. We have the rights of Apni Toh Jaise Taise and we are not worried. And of course, we are not giving up.
We too have faith in our legal system. We shall take the fight to the Supreme Court.”
Also, B Subhash told Mumbai Mirror, “This is not a ruling. The judge has still to look at it in a broader way. Let’s see what happens.”
After patching up finally, Sajid Khan and Sajid Nadiadwala have decided to work on Housefull 2
All’s well between the two. The product of their patch up is a sequel to their earlier film, Housefull.
Says Nadiadwala, “Yes, Khan and I are working on Housefull 2. Akshay Kumar will star in the film. The rest of the cast is not decided.”
You wonder what happened to Khan’s film that he was making for Vashu Bhagnani, which had apparently angered Nadiadwala? Says Nadiadwala, “Khan’s association with Vashu hadn’t bugged me. In fact, Khan had asked me before moving over to Vashu’s film.
|Sajid Khan||Sajid Nadiadwala|
I told him that I had no problems, as long as he didn’t cast Akshay Kumar in it. For that’s what my three-film-deal with Khan is all about. His three films for me will have Akshay as an exclusive in them.”
Sues the makers of Anjaana Anjaani and Golmaal 3 over alleged copyright violations of his iconic chartbuster ‘I am a Disco Dancer’
He gave us Dance Dance, which featured a plagiarised version of Modern Talking’s ‘Brother Louis’ (‘Zubi, Zubi, Zubi’ by Bappi Lahiri). The irony is cinematic indeed. Filmmaker B Subhash, maker of cult hits such as Taqdeer Ka Badshah, Disco Dancer and Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki (which, in turn, borrowed copiously from Michael Jackson’s Thriller), is angry that his favourite chartbuster, `I am a Disco Dancer’, the ditty that propelled Mithun Chakraborthy to his zenith, is being used in not one but two films without his copyright blessings.
Subhash has sent a legal notice to producer Sajid Nadiadwala and Eros, producers of Anjaana Anjaani, while he also plans to drag Ashtavinayak, the producers of Golmaal 3, to court. The song in Anjaana Anjaani is not an entire song but a sample, allegedly from the original, while in Golmaal 3, the original pop hit has been re-shot and choreographed by Seema Desai.
|A still from Disco Dancer|
When contacted, B Subhash said, “Yes, it is true and it is not right for Eros and Sajid to have used this song without my permission. At the end of the day, I own the copyright to it and I have to ensure that I am not denied my rights. I just learnt about it on Saturday evening and I have little time left now. I am taking legal action against them and I have spoken to them already.”
When asked about the song in Golmaal 3, Subhash said, “Yes, I have even read about it in the media and will deal with them in a similar manner. I don’t understand why they do all these things. Even earlier Prakash Mehra’s son took Sajid Nadiadwala to court.”
When questioned about the odd coincidence that the song in Golmaal 3 has been shot on none other than Mithun himself, he said, “I have not spoken to him. He is an actor and will do whatever the director tells him to. Why should I speak with him? I didn’t find it appropriate to talk to him about this matter.”
Sajid Nadiadwala, in turn, said, “See, I had taken the rights of both the songs for Housefull (‘Apni to Jaise Taise’) and Anjaana Anjaani (‘I am a Disco Dancer’) about a year back from Sa Re Ga Ma. This is the first time in my 20-year-long innings that I am facing a lawsuit, one after the other. I can only say that we have received a letter from B Subhash and that the matter is in court. However both Prakash Mehra and B Subhash are legends and we have grown up watching their films. It is a sad situation that we are facing and I am apologetic about it. I also feel that the money should be paid to the rightful owner who has the rights and we have taken the rights from Sa Re Ga Ma. So they have to decide who has the rights.”
Meanwhile, a spokesperson of Ashtavinayak, the producers of Golmaal 3, said, “We have not received any legal notice, so it’s too early for us to comment on anything.”
Anjaana Anjaani’s co-producer, Eros International, said, “The film has been delivered to us by Sajid Nadiadwala as a co-production and Sajid, in turn, has licensed the audio clips from Sa Re Ga Ma; a bona fide agreement exists to that effect. In any case, this is just used as a background to a short clip in the film and is not even part of the music album.”
Gosh. Hope they don’t all land up at the same discotheque.
While putting all his efforts into his father’s next, Mausam, Shahid Kapoor has decided to sign another film, which will be produced by Sajid Nadiadwala
Though Shahid Kapoor had taken a year off to work with his father Pankaj Kapur on Mausam (probably a smart decision considering the hard task master Pankaj is), he has signed another film.
Shahid has signed Sajid Nadiadwala’s next film, tentatively titled Heer Ranjha, which will be directed by Sabir Khan (who made Kambakkht Ishq). Our source said, “The actor is extremely passionate about his father’s film Mausam. While working on the film, he did not sign another.
He was rejecting every offer that came his way. Initially he didn’t want any distraction. Later, he signed Sabir Khan’s next.
Apparently, Shahid loved the script of the film. The leading lady of the film is yet to be finalised. The film will go on floors in February next year. Shahid will be working with Sajid for the first time.
Sajid has films lined up with many A-listers, like Kick with Salman Khan, Imtiaz Ali’s next with Hrithik Roshan, Housefull sequel with Akshay Kumar, Siddarth Anand’s next with Saif Ali Khan and Anjaana Anjaani, which is ready for release.” Wonder if that prompted Shahid to sign the film; both he and Sajid remained unavailable for comment though.
By Joginder Tuteja, August 27, 2010 – 14:07 IST
Ever since his comeback in Bollywood, Chunky Pandey seems to have become favourite with filmmaker Subhash Ghai. He got a major role in Apna Sapna Money Money (terrific), followed it up with Paying Guests (insignificant) and would now be seen again in Hello Darling. Though Javed Jaffrey is the man of the moment in this film about sexual harassment, Chunky has enjoyed his place under the sun as well. So much so that after the super success of Housefull (where Chunky played an unforgettable role of ‘Aakhri Pasta’), Ghai decided to increase his role by adding a few more scenes.
Says a source close to Chunky, “He is lying low as he wants audience to be surprised with what they see in the film. Especially after Housefull, he has made further impression as a comic character and since Hello Darling is a comedy, it was imperative that there is more of Chunky. However, he doesn’t want to make much noise because audience may start expecting another ‘Aakhri Pasta’ and he doesn’t want any comparisons here.”
In the film, Chunky plays a wannabe rockstar who is actually a good for nothing failed musician. He is a huge fan of Elvis Presley and tries to imitate him. Though he comes form Ulhasnagar, he believes that he has it in him to become huge in the world of international music.
Says Chunky, “Even in real life, I have always been a huge fan of Elvis. So it was an honour to be actually impersonating him. However, I am a very bad mimic though I am a good actor. So instead of just copying him to the T, I just picked up a few mannerisms and added my own stuff to it. I guess a character stands out only when you add your own touch. Mere copying doesn’t help.”
On his role being increased in the film, Chunky says, “Well, you should check out the film to know more about that. This is a small film about harassment at workplace and narrated in a comic way.”
Meanwhile, one does wonder about the route that he is looking at taking in his career post Housefull. Frankly, after Aankhen this was one film that saw maximum recognition coming for him as an actor.
“On the contrary, recognition and appreciation was the most ever in case of Housefull“, Chunky lights up here; “Aankhen didn’t get so much media attention because TV media wasn’t so strong then. When Aankhen became a blockbuster, we enjoyed our moments but that was again restricted to our own space. There were no massive events happening. Post my comeback, I did enjoy some great times with D Company and Apna Sapna Money Money. However, Housefull proved to be the biggest of all.”
Well, doesn’t look like Chunky would mind if Hello Darling manages to go half the distance.
The film will not be allowed a worldwide television premiere if lines lifted from a hit song of the 1981 Amitabh starrer, Laawaris, are not sliced out
The worldwide premiere of Sajid Khan’s Housefull may be in trouble. A High Court ruling passed last evening in Kolkata has ruled that the film cannot be premiere on national television on Sunday, August 29, if lines from the remixed version of the song Apni Toh Jaise Taise are not deleted from the film.
The original version of the song in question is from Prakash Mehra’s Amitabh Bachchan blockbuster Laawaris.
Confirming the same, (late) Prakash Mehra’s son Punit Mehra said, “Yes. This is true. The matter is still subjudice. The film cannot be aired on national television, with the infringed copyright material in question or else it will amount to contempt of court.”
|A still of the contentious song in Housefull|
This leaves only today for those concerned to alter the song, or snip it off altogether on the editing table. When contacted, Sajid Nadiadwala, the producer of Housefull, said, “Yeah. I have heard about the Kolkata High Court ruling. But once the film was released theatrically, which was done peacefully and successfully in April, it became the property of Eros International, which owns the world satellite rights of the film. Eros International will now decide what to do.”
Apaprently, when Housefull released, a court ruling that time made it clear that excess prints of the film will not be allowed for release until the matter is resolved. When Prakash Mehra’s family learnt that a television premiere was being planned for August 29, they approached the court once again. A source said, “Now, one can watch out for the first week of September, when the verdict will clarify on who actually owns the rights of the song Apni Toh Jaise Taise.”
Sunil Lulla, Managing Director of Eros International (India), seemed unperturbed through all this. He said, “The lines in question will be clipped. But Housefull will have a television premiere this Sunday.”
The case till now…
When Puneet Mehra objected to his father’s song in Housefull early this year, the makers of the film claimed they had bought the rights of the song from the music label Sa Re Ga Ma, which had released the Laawaris soundtrack in 1981.
Puneet then moved court alleging Sa Re Ga Ma had flouted copyright norms by allowing Nadiadwala to use this song. However, Nadiadwala went into appeal. A division bench of the High Court court granted permission for the release of the film.