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’Why not?’ asks director, who’s previously cast Bachchan with Tabu and Vidya Balan
Subhash K Jha (BOMBAY TIMES; March 6, 2011)
There has been a rumour of Sridevi’s comeback for many months now. But neither the filmmaker nor the actress was ready to confirm the news. Until now. For the first time, R Balki confirms that Ms Hawa Hawai is making a comeback in his wife Gauri Shinde’s directorial debut this year. And she might also be paired in Balki’s own directorial venture with Big B. Balki believes in placing Big B in challenging combinations with screen divas (Tabu as his sweetheart in Cheeni Kum, Vidya Balan as his mom in Paa) has solved the dilemma of how to accommodate the two largerthan-life stars together. In Gauri’s film, Sridevi plays a housewife who sets out to find her own identity. She has a much more challenging role opposite Big B.
Speaking for the first time on his wife’s film, Balki says, “Yes, Sridevi will star in her film. And yes, I’m doing another project with Mr Bachchan. Like Cheeni Kum and Paa it is again an audacious idea that we are both hugely excited about. Will my film too star Sridevi? Why not? But at the moment it’s too early to talk about the casting of my film.”
Sri-Big B diaries The two were earlier paired together in the 1980s hit T Rama Rao’s Inquilaab and in the 1990s in Mukul Anand’s Khuda Gawah. Most producers shied away from pairing them together as they were seen to be individually too big in More >
Films are being churned out ever since the dawn of the 20th Century. In these almost 120 years, obviously a zillion ideas, themes and various genres have been attempted by filmmakers across the world. Today we are at a time when the maker has to come up with something very interesting in order to arrest viewer’s attention. ‘Been there, done that’ idea nahi chalega! From this perspective, Kiran Rao’s debut feature Dhobi Ghat works like wonders! Even though shot in 16mm and Mini DV formats (not the ones used in regular feature films), Dhobi Ghat beautifully captures the essence of Mumbai. It made me fall in love with the city, its people, its vibrancy…all over again! A film that definitely deserves a watch, especially by art house cinema lovers!
The story of the movie: Munna (Prateik) is a washerboy (or dhobi) who washes and irons clothes at the famous Dhobi Ghat area of Mumbai. Shai (Monica Dogra) is an investment banker from America who’s on a sabbatical. She’s in the city doing what she likes the most – street photography. Arun (Aamir Khan) is a reclusive painter with a sad past. And Yasmin (Kriti Malhotra) is a newly wedded lady who has recently shifted to Mumbai from her hometown in Uttar Pradesh. All the 4 people are from different strata and backgrounds but somehow come in contact with each other. How everyone’s life changes post the contact is what the film is all about.
A few points to remember before venturing for Dhobi Ghat. It’s not a More >
Neetu Singh talks about her comeback in the movies, getting slim to inspire her husband to follow suit, and how she’s still best friends with Zeenat, Shabana, Rekha and Hema
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 20, 2010)
• You did a blink-n-miss appearance in Love Aaj Kal. What makes you come back with a full-fledged role in Do Doni Chaar after 30 years?
Kuch decide nahin kiya tha. In fact, I had decided I won’t do it. I have been refusing films for years. The entire credit goes to the director of Do Dooni Chaar, Habib. My husband (Rishi) was very keen that I should hear him out. Habib simply bowled me over with his narration.
• Were you nervous for the first shot?
I won’t lie. I was nervous on the first day. I even spoke to Ranbir about it. This role is so unlike my personality. I love dressing up and here I was playing a middle-class housewife. I was asked to cut my nails, put oil in my hair and have a choti.
Ranbir explained to me that I should go with the director’s conviction and I’ll be fine. All these years I have been telling Ranbir what to do, and here he was advising me. It was such an experience. When Ranbir finally saw the film, he sent me a text message saying that ‘Mom, you are so cute in the film’. But you know what (pauses)
Do Dooni Chaar is not a comeback per se for me. I am not going to start signing up movies left, right and centre. I didn’t decide to take a break. I was working from the age of five till I More >
By Taran Adarsh, June 25, 2010 – 15:59 IST
Raising a strong voice against the system, corrupt netas, dishonest cops, fraudulent land sharks and the corrupt practices in general has been a fav subject of dream merchants in Bollywood. Mehul Kumar’s KRANTIVEER [Nana Patekar, Dimple Kapadia] is best remembered, among other things, for Nana’s fiery performance and his outburst in the finale, when he’s about to be hanged in public. I distinctly recall, the single screens [there weren't multiplexes then] reverberated with ceetees and taalis when Nana delivered those acidic lines.BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
KRANTIVEER – THE REVOLUTION remains faithful to the core issue. This time, it’s Nana and Dimple’s screen daughter Jahan who takes the onus of fighting the politicians, land sharks and corporate honchos who take the common man for a royal ride. That’s not all, Jahan even ‘awakens’ a harassed housewife who is assaulted in full public view by her errant husband. Quite a hothead!
KRANTIVEER worked for various reasons, but a strong reason was it being amongst the early films to raise a voice against injustice and malpractices. Post KRANTIVEER, there has been a barrage of films that have followed a similar path. That’s why KRANTIVEER – THE REVOLUTION, despite the right intentions, doesn’t stand out. However, the provocative dialogue and the reference to 26/11 do catch your attention in its second half.
The young daughter of the man responsible for the last More >
Adnan Sami falls ill on honeymoon, to return to Mumbai after surgery
SUBHASH K JHA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; June 14, 2010)
It’s been a period of plenty of pleasure and some pain for Adnan Sami. For the last six weeks he has been honeymooning with his third (and hopefully final) wife, the Afghani-German Roya Faryabi.
While travelling all over Europe visiting places like Vienna, Zurich and Paris, Adnan suddenly developed a pain in his stomach. It turned out to be kidney stones. The couple rushed back to Roya’s home in Munich. After surgery, Adnan has recovered well enough to return home to Mumbai next week.
“I’m returning with my wife,” he says proudly. “Roya is shifting to Mumbai to be with me. Of course, I don’t want her to be just a housewife. The company that she works for in Germany, is opening an office in Mumbai. Until we have a baby I want her to be busy because I’ll be busy with my music.”
Adnan is thrilled with the way Roya’s family in Germany has accepted him. “Roya’s parents and her four sisters fussed over me while I was unwell. I felt so happy. Roya is definitely a homemaker. I’m looking forward to starting a family with her.”
While travelling all over Europe, the singer carried his portable studio to record the sounds from cities in various moods and rhythm. He hopes to put all the sound that he gathered and created in Europe for an album of world music. Vienna was a special stopover for Adnan. “I visited the More >
// // // Noted novelist and veteran writer Aabid Surti has sued the makers of Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? Surti, who has alleged that the film has been completely lifted from his Gujarati novel Bauter Varas No Babo, has filed a case with The Film Writers Association (FWA) and has demanded Rs 1.15 crore as compensation.
A source close to the 75-year-old writer says, “Aabid Surti was shocked when he learnt about Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? When he saw the film, he realised that it was directly lifted from his novel Bauter Varas No Babo, which was later translated in Hindi as Bahatar Saal Ka Baccha. His book was a bestseller and there have been 10 editions of the novel.
Aabid was further shocked to learn that the filmmakers mentioned that the film is inspired from Sharad Joshi’s short story by the same name Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? Aabid gave the FWA a copy of Sharad Joshi’s short story and also of his novel.
He asked them to read his novel and see the film and then decide for themselves. When Aabid learnt that an entertainment channel has brought the satellite rights of the film, he also sent a notice to them. Aabid is waiting for the FWA’s decision.”
Producer of Atithi…,Kumar Mangat says, “Yes, the said writer has gone to the FWA claiming that my film’s script has been stolen from his novel. We have not even read the novel, which apparently is 35 years More >
Mahafreed Irani | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; January 7, 2010)
Mumbai: Andheri resident Rupa Asher is not having a very happy new year for she has been receiving more lewd text messages and blank calls than good wishes. The distraught housewife didn’t know why she was getting calls from random numbers in the middle of the night asking for “Sophia’’ till one caller told her that it was the number of a sexy Neha Dhupia in the film Raat Gayi Baat Gayi.
The calls haven’t stopped and continue to increase in frequency as the movie goes into its first week. While some callers indulge in obscene talk and ask for favours, others call and disconnect at odd times. A distressed Rupa’s husband Sanjeev, who hasn’t seen the movie, logged on to YouTube to check whether the number was actually being flashed in the movie.
“The number has been distinctly repeated in the film and the makers can easily mute it,’’ he says.
When Asher approached the producers, Pritish Nandy Communications, she says she was asked to change the number or wait for a little while till the film stopped screening in movie halls. Director Saurabh Shukla, who is in Kerala, didn’t know about the case but lead actor Rajat Kapoor said he had apologised to the family for the inconvenience caused because of negligence by the film crew. “A police complaint should be registered not against the film but the people who are making the lewd calls,’’ says Kapoor who thinks that filmmakers often miss out on small details like More >