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Film delayed again as producers cave in to concerns about its unconventional content
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 27, 2012)
Anurag Basu’s film Barfi starring Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz, which has been in the making for nearly 16 months now, has once again been postponed. This time by at least a fortnight. First, it was Imtiaz Ali’s Ranbir-starrer Rockstar for which Basu repeatedly sacrificed his dates. Next, it was Priyanka Chopra who had difficulty keeping aside three to four days needed to complete the film. And now the inside buzz is there’s much behind-the-scenes debate over Barfi’s unconventional content, so much so producers UTV are insisting on lightening the mood of the film some more.
While Anurag and Ranbir have repeatedly said Barfi is not a grim and dark film, the producers still believe Ranbir’s character needs lightening up. A source close to the film said, “Barfi, for all the claims by its makers and actors is finally about physical and emotional handicaps.”
Apparently, a repair job is in the offing. “Some additional music is being recorded. And some light-hearted scenes featuring Ranbir and Priyanka will have to be shot,” said our source. Anurag Basu chose to be defensive: “So many other films that have started after me, including Karan Johar’s Student of the Year are not complete. A false perception is being created that I am taking longer to complete this film than necessary.”
He did admit though that some shooting is still More >
Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 5, 2012)
Ileana D’Cruz, who is all set to make her Bollywood debut with Barfi!, is so busy that she hasn’t found time to visit her parents in Goa for nearly six months now. So much so, we hear Ileana’s mom Samira and dad Ronald D’Cruz will move to Mumbai to spend some quality time with their daughter during the shooting of Barfi!.
A source close to the project said, “Ileana’s parents will finally get to see their daughter shooting her first Hindi film. It is a moment of great pride for them and Ileana is over the moon they will join her. She is house hunting in Andheri and Juhu so she can move into her new place along with her parents.”
When contacted, Ileana sounded excited, “I feel good I will be able to spend some time with my parents.”
While Ileana will be doing her first Hindi film, she is already an established name down south and has starred in several Telugu and Kollywood films.
Buzz is that both actresses are vying for the role in Akshay Kumar’s next, after Nargis failed to ‘look’ the part
Hiren Kotwani (MID-DAY; May 26, 2012)
Now that Nargis Fakhri is out of Akshay Kumar’s next action comedy Khiladi 786, apparently Ileana D’Cruz, who was initially considered for the part, might return to the cast. The Rockstar actress was reportedly dropped because she didn’t have the looks to be cast as Mithun Chakraborthy’s sister. However, word is that even model Diana Penty is in the race for the same role.
A reliable industry source tells us that self-proclaimed ‘well-wishers’ of Ileana have sent feelers to the production team. “Messages have been sent and calls have been made to the makers to sign Ileana. Moreover, they’re even saying that Nargis was never meant to be in the film. Besides, there’s also emphasis on how she’s the talent to watch out for,” explains our source.
If that’s not enough, there are also friends of Diana who are recommending her name as Akshay’s heroine in Khiladi 786 that is being produced by him and Himesh Reshammiya. “Ever since the promos of her debut film have come out, Diana has been getting praise for her portions. On the basis of that, the makers are also being contacted to consider Diana for the part,” divulges our informer.
Now it remains to be seen who is eventually signed up to play Mithun’s sis. Especially, since the shooting is scheduled to start early next month. While neither of the More >
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 20, 2012)
Anurag Basu’s woes continue over Barfi!. First it was the director’s best friend Imtiaz Ali who reportedly took all of Ranbir Kapoor’s dates for Rockstar. Next, Priyanka Chopra’s dates have been a constant source of worry and delay for the project.
The film’s release has been pushed forward twice already. And we now hear that it may not make the August 31 deadline after all. Reason? Priyanka Chopra still needs to shoot for two days.
Says a source close to the film, “Only Priyanka’s portion remains to be shot, the film is complete. The producers have already postponed the release from July 13 to August 31 to give Peecee to devote a couple of days. But she’s already started on Zanjeer.”
Ranbir we hear, is at the end of his patience with the delays. He just wants Barfi to be over. Apparently he has personally requested Priyanka to find the two days in her calendar.
Basu rises to his heroine’s defence. “Our schedules went haywire and all the actors had to re-adjust their dates. Priyanka tried her best to accommodate us. I’m sure she will manage to give us the two crucial days.”
Meanwhile, Basu is working on his other leading lady Ileana’s dubbing. Says he, “Ranbir has no dubbing to do since he plays a deaf and mute character. I’m happy to say Ileana’s Hindi has improved and she can confidently dub her own lines. Not bad for a girl who couldn’t speak the language when she More >
Priyanka Chopra wants more time to get into the deaf and dumb character of UTV and Anurag Basu’s joint venture, Barfee
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 08, 2011)
Anurag Basu’s directorial venture, Barfee, was to go on floors on March 10.
However, Priyanka Chopra has asked for an additional 10 days to get into character before commencing shooting.
Our source from the unit tells us, “Anurag is aware that Barfee is a difficult film to make. The characters of all the three lead actors Ranbir, Priyanka and Illeana are extremely challenging.
So, when Priyanka Chopra asked for some more days to get into the skin of the character, Anurag readily agreed.
The film was scheduled to start on March 10. However it has now been pushed to March 20.”
The source adds, “It is not a big delay but it still is a delay nonetheless. Priyanka felt that she needed time with Anurag to do workshops to work on her looks and expressions for the film.
She also wanted to know how she will be presented, considering she plays a deaf and dumb character.”
Siddharth Roy Kapur of UTV and Anurag Basu remained unavailable for comment.