Posts tagged IIFA Singapore
Emraan Hashmi talks about his journey from Footpath toShanghai and rise from formula to creative fulfilment
Anand Holla (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 10, 2012)
Days before Shanghai’s release, Emraan Hashmi had to cancel his tickets to the the IIFA awards at Singapore. The last thing this actor, at the cusp of stardom and art, was expecting to be held up by was a stomach flu. At his expansive Pali Hill residence, Emraan, in a checked shirt and flat-front khakis, lounges in the hall that’s flush with sunshine and breeze. “I must have eaten something nasty at Kanpur or Lucknow where I had gone to promote Shanghai. I really wanted to be with Dibakar Banerjee and my co-stars at a platform like IIFA,” he says.
Away from the arc lights, Emraan is the antithesis of his ‘filmi’ screen image. He has had a silent surge, first as a mass hero, then as a bankable star, and now an ‘A-lister’, who is starring in a Karan Johar film as well as a Vishal Bhardwaj venture. In most of his 25 films thus far, the majority of which have been super-hit potboilers, the 33-year-old has played grey, troubled characters that get away with swindling, killing, betraying people and, of course, kissing girls and getting luckier than that too. From Footpath, Murder, Gangster, Awarapan, Jannat, Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai to his disarmingly sincere performance as Jogi Parmar in Shanghai, Emi (pronounced Immy) has coursed the long mile. The only thing that has remained unchanged in his career is the signature More >
The south star will direct and act in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ producer Barrie Osborne’s next project
Janhavi Samant (MID-DAY; June 9, 2012)
Looks like Kamal Haasan is ready to make his Hollywood debut. Sources at the on-going IIFA event in Singapore claim that the actor is ready to make an announcement about a production he is soon to start with Barrie M Osborne, the producer of blockbusters like The Matrix and The Lord of the Rings.
It is known that Osborne wanted to make a film with Kamal for a year or so. He’s been quite impressed with the actor’s films and after his involvement with Vishwaroopam (Osborne is co-producer on the film), he has been wanting to start a project with Kamal as actor and director as well. Some three-four years ago, Kamal was supposed to have started a Hollywood production, an epic big budget film with Walt Disney. However, the recession sort of put a dampener on those plans. Well, it looks like the time has come now.
Sources at IIFA say that Kamal is about to make an announcement in a day or two. In fact Kamal has said some thing to the effect himself at the Vishwaroopam press conference. When somebody asked him about his Hollywood plans and if there was something definite in the offing, the actor laughed and answered, “Sure, I hope so. Once Barrie Osborne is here, we could divulge some more of our plans.” Known for his big budget blockbusters, this production could well be Kamal’s most expensive film so far — although right More >
Vivek Oberoi agreed to be co-producer of a film whose subject he found appealing but now has no time for it
Shaheen Parkar (MID-DAY; June 9, 2012)
Vivek Oberoi who had proclaimed himself to be producer of Mangesh Hadawale’s film Dekh Indian Circus about the aspirations of rural India, has apparently disassociated himself with the project. The film has Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Tannishta Chatterjee in the cast. It had premiered at the Busan Film Festival in Korea in November after which VO had espoused that he would promote it. The film has been produced by Mahaveer Jain, Anil Lad and Chirag Shah.
Says Mahavir, “As I know Vivek and after seeing what the film was about he agreed to be a co-producer of the project. He came on board only after the film was complete. At that time he was free and so did not mind being present for the film’s events. But when he started shooting, he told us to relieve him from the project. We now have Imtiaz Ali as presenter of the film.”
When the producers had met Ali and showed him the film, he was delighted with it and felt the movie should reach a maximum number of people, as it’s an entertaining and meaningful cinematic work. He thus came on board to promote and present it.
Says Vivek’s spokesperson, “He is still the producer of Dekh Indian Circus. As he has been busy of late he has not had time. He was earlier shooting for KLPD with Mallika Sherawat. He is presently in Singapore for IIFA Awards and will resume shooting in Rajasthan for Soham More >
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 8, 2012)
Barely had Salman Khan landed in Mumbai early Wednesday morning and producers and directors queued up at his place, waiting to meet him before he left for the international film awards IIFA function in Singapore. Among those seeking an appointment with Sallu were Sooraj Barjatya, Sajid Nadiadwala, Subhash Ghai, Sohail Khan and Anees Bazmee, who has been waiting for an audience with the actor for the longest time.
However, it was family that scored over all else. As Mirror can tell you, Salman Khan has given his nod to Sohail Khan’s Sher Khan, followed by Shirish Kunder’s Kick. A friend of the actor said, “Salman wants to start Sher Khan and Kick before the year ends. Both Sohail and Sajid Nadiadwala, who produced Kick, have waited patiently. And Salman values loyalty above all else.” As for the others who have been patiently waiting their turn, they will have to simply wait, said the friend.
There’s a twist in the tale though. Mirror readers may recall Vivek Oberoi’s taking a dig at Salman saying “Sher is bigger than Tiger” in an obvious reference to the titles of their upcoming films Sher and Ek Tha Tiger. Apparently, that hasn’t gone down too well with the Salman camp. Moreso as Sohail had registered the title Sher Khan long before the shooting of Sher even started.
A source close to the Khans said, “Sohail has been nurturing the project like a baby. It is meant to be Salman’s first full-fledged homage to kids with dazzling More >