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Rachel Fernandes (BOMBAY TIMES; October 10, 2010)
Irrfan Khan’s reputation for versatility is well know in the film industry. He is one of the few actor who has essayed a wide range of characters, both dark and romantic, with equal panache. And in Knock Out, where he plays the role of a street-smart investment banker, the target of a nameless foe (Sanjay Dutt) who turns his world upside down, Irrfan has gone a step further by getting himself a brand new look. It’s suave, sexy and “very metrosexual” as the actor chooses to describe it.
“My role is that of a flamboyant guy and it needed me to sport a metrosexual look. Hence, I got myself a different hairstyle and consequently, a new look. I must say I’m really looking different and I feel it’s made a huge difference to my role. Had I stuck to my regular look, I think it wouldn’t have made the same impact on my character,” says the actor. He adds that though the producers initially weren’t keen on him changing his look, they eventually ended up loving what they saw.
Flamboyant and Irrfan? That’s got to be something new for his fans, isn’t it? “If one has to look at the same face again and again, it gets quite boring. Sometimes the role demands a new look, but sometimes I do it just for the heck of it. ,” he says.
Talking about the experience of shooting this fast-paced thriller, Irrfan says, “It was a bit tedious. There was no face to look at. All through the movie, the other person was on the phone and hence, it became a bit mechanical. But I have seen the film and I am very excited by it,” he says. About the rumours that his role is a copy of Colin Farrell’s in Phone Booth, Irrfan has just one thing to say, “Watch the film and then give the verdict. Anyways, what’s the point of doing a role that’s already been done by someone else?”
So will he carry on with this metrosexual look post the film? “If my future roles and of course, the public demand it, I will definitely repeat it,” the actor concludes.
Knock Out releases on October 15.
(Contributed by Meena Iyer and Prithwish Ganguly)
Writer-director Abbas Tyrewala has roped in Imran Khan, Abhishek Bachchan and Ritesh Deshmukh for voice cameos in his latest flick Jhoota Hi Sahi, which also stars his wife Pakhi Tyrewala as the female lead.
A source from the crew spills the beans and reveals the surprise which was meant to be kept under the wraps till the release of the film.
The source reveals, “The movie begins with three phone calls that the protagonist receives.
Initially, Abbas dubbed the scene with three voice-over artists but it didn’t have the impact that the beginning of a film should have.
Suddenly one day Abbas came up with the idea of asking his actor friends to do the voice cameos.”
When we contacted Abbas, he sounded a bit surprised but confirmed the story.
By Taran Adarsh, October 8, 2010 – 11:28 IST
Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt have often admitted that newspaper headlines citing a burning issue have sown the seeds of a film in their minds. And CROOK, directed by the talented Mohit Suri, deals with one such issue: Racism in Australia. Well, depiction of racism on the Hindi screen isn’t entirely new, since I – PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN explored the issue several monsoons ago. In fact, the issue has only got aggravated across the globe post 9/11. A film like CROOK holds a lot of significance also because the plight of Indian students in Australia continues to hit headlines to this day.
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
Known for high concept films, Bhatt brothers’ new outing CROOK, unfortunately, tackles the issue half-heartedly. Sure, you expect more from the Bhatts since the makers of repute are known to call a spade a spade, but the problem with CROOK is that the message doesn’t come across strongly. That’s because it tries to strike a balance between a love story and the racism issue. In fact, it takes a really long time to catch the bull by the horns [read the racism issue] and when it does, it doesn’t leave a stunning impact. In fact, it’s all superficial. Also, the Bhatts are synonymous with lilting music in film after film, but unlike their earlier attempts, the music of CROOK lacks the quality to linger in your memory.
In a nutshell, CROOK comes across as a half-hearted effort.
CROOK tells the story of Jai [Emraan Hashmi], who has a knack of getting into trouble. His father was a gangster who wanted to reform, but was killed by the cops. When Jai grows up, Joseph [Gulshan Grover], a friend of his father, sends him to Australia – a land far away from his past.
Almost immediately after landing, Jai meets Suhani [Neha Sharma], an Indian Australian. Her elder brother Samarth [Arjan Bajwa] is convinced that Australians have a one-point agenda to bring Indians down. Jai finds accommodation with a group of youngsters [Mashhoor Amrohi].
Jai knows that if he can make Suhani fall in love with him, he could eventually attain permanent residency by marrying her. Jai also flirts with Nicole, the stripper from a strip club. However, her brother, Russel, is against Indians and attacks them for a reason. Jai had left India to lead a hassle free life, but finds himself in the heart of a racially disturbed city.
Frankly, you expect the writer to come to the point at the very outset. Instead, he tends to focus on the [lackluster] romance between the lead pair, songs and [forced] comedy, while the core issue [racism] takes a complete backseat towards the first hour. The writer ought to know that this one’s an issue-based film and the romance-song-comedy routine cannot be the priority. However, the point that both Indians and Australians are racist and both sides need to introspect is indeed novel.
CROOK redeems itself in the second hour, but it has more to do with Mohit Suri’s handling of the subject than the subject itself. However, one fails to understand why the Australian guy has a change of heart, when he zeroes on Neha towards the end. There should’ve been at least one sequence to clear things up. But in this case, no explanations are forthcoming.
There’s no denying that Mohit Suri is capable of much more, but the ordinary script doesn’t really provide him the wings to fly. Pritam’s music is of the run of the mill variety, with ‘Chhala’ being the pick of the lot.
Emraan Hashmi is competent, giving his all to the role. He looks aggressive when required and expresses helplessness well, when he turns his back on Neha at the interval point. Neha acts very well. The confidence is visible in several sequences. Gulshan Grover is hardly there. Mashhoor Amrohi leaves a mark. Arjan Bajwa is fair. Smilee Suri appears in a cameo. The Australian actors are nice.
On the whole, CROOK has its moments, but they’re few and far between. It lacks the power that one associates with an issue-based film.
Theater actor Omkar Das has come a long way from Bhilai to Mumbai bringing raw folk talent to the fore
Omkar Das, aka Natha, brings his raw and rustic charm to the Mumbai screens, courtesy Peepli Live. Given his pedigree in theatre, he almost sets the tone of his first feature film.
How did you start out in theatre?
I started theatre full-time in the year 2000. Until then, I was a folk singer and used to travel with my troupe of 30-odd singers in Chattisgarh. I always enjoyed entertaining, so theatre came naturally.
How did Peepli Live happen?
I was auditioning for another project in Bhopal when the writer and director saw me and wanted me to audition for Natha. I got the lead role immediately. I never expected it.
How did it feel being on a film set, with untrained actors and a big crew?
Oh, that was something! From street performances and folk songs to big lights, cameras, etc; I was very intimidated. But the director was very helpful.
She asked me to ignore the cameras and be as natural as possible. After the first day, I concentrated on everything else except the camera and soon got over the hesitation.
How popular is theatre in villages now? How much has Bollywood managed to influence its style and subject?
People usually enjoy the song and dance routines much more than staged drama.
Even though the issues may be relevant, naatak is expected to have more entertainment than anything else. There are a few mainstream songs and actors that are popular, but regional artistes and cinema have a much wider appeal.
You have been associated with Habib Tanvir, whose work has been politically charged. Are the subjects of your plays also similarly influenced?
We draw from very basic subjects: droughts, famine, dowry, infanticide, low yield of crops, poor sale of seeds… just about anything that impacts a farmer’s life.
But like I said, if we don’t balance it with folk songs and dance, people won’t watch. So we balance it out with Dadariya, shringar and cheda-chadi songs.
There is an upsurge of naxals in Chattisgarh. Does the issue influence your content in any way?
Fortunately, their activity in our state is restricted to the very interiors, deep in jungles and remote villages. So while political issues are a large part of our content, we try and stay away from this subject. It’s easy for villagers to get scared and worried.
|Omkar Das plays the lead role of a depressed farmer in the movie Peepli Live|
Naya Theater focuses on encouraging the use of local dialects and styles… tell us a little about them.
Yes, we have been using Urdu since Habib saab’s time and Chhatisgarhi as our medium. We prefer using the local language and train youngsters in getting the dialect and tenor right. It always has maximum impact when one communicates with the audience in their own language and tone.
We usually have people coming in from Lucknow, Delhi, other big and small towns and cities in addition to regional folk artists who we work with. Our theater performs throughout Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh.
What was your experience of working with Habib saab?
He was a brilliant writer and teacher. He understood that people who come into this profession, regardless of age, are bound by the same passion. We learnt by improvising. He gave each artist their own space and pace to learn and perform. We learnt a lot by just watching each other.
What do you have to say about the treatment of farmers’ suicide in Peepli Live? Do you think it’ll resonate with the masses?
I was very happy with the end product. It looks like people will be able to associate with the story. It’s simple, honest and innocent. The subject is serious and touching; and the city audiences will be educated, I feel.
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”.
It was a meeting meant to sort out the imbroglio between film producers and lyricists-writers, the latter’s forum represented by Javed Akhtar. But matters came to a sticky head when Aamir Khan, siding with film producers, suggested that lyricists don’t really contribute much to the impact of a song.
It was just too much for the legendary poet-lyricist Javed Akhtar to take, and it soon became a war of words between him and Aamir. Says an eyewitness, “Aamir made it clear that he felt a song becomes a hit because it is picturised on a big star. To this Javed saab asked him, ‘Your first big song was Papa kehte hain. Did it make you a star or did you make that a song run?’”
Temperatures in the room started rising, but Aamir stuck to his stand. “When Aamir again insisted that it’s the star who makes a bigger contribution to a song becoming a hit, Javed retorted, ‘Your so-called contribution is nothing but interference. We lyricists would be eternally grateful if you keep your so-called contribution to yourself. We manage to do good work not because of, but in spite of your contribution.’”
Needless to say, Aamir was growing hot under the collar at this direct confrontation. “But when Aamir went a step further to claim that in any film, a writer contributes more than a song-writer to the film, it was the last straw for Javed. He said, ‘Good for Chetan Bhagat’.”
News of the altercation spread like wildfire in the industry. When contacted, Javed Akhtar said, “I wouldn’t like to comment on what happened between me and Aamir. But this is not just a matter about lyricists, but all writers. Certain royalties have to be paid to writers, which in our film industry, aren’t paid properly. We writers are almost like bonded labourers. There is no room for us to profit in any way. But the government is making suitable amendments in the favour of writers and musician’s. This amendment will benefit everyone, including classical musicians like Pandit Ravi Shankar, who has spoken up in favour of the amendment.”
When pressed to comment on what transpired between Aamir, who represented film producers, and himself, Javed said, “Why just Aamir? They were all against it. The producers and music companies were till now forcing us to write off all rights. The Cabinet has now sanctioned the change, but producers, led by certain stars, are trying to stall it. We aren’t living in a feudal age – we have our rights. And producers have to understand this. All the lyricists, writers and musicians have joined hands to fight this issue together. I am not alone.”
The original plan of casting a big star in the central role of Jessica Lal, the assassinated model from Delhi, in No One Killed Jessica has fallen through. With Vidya Balan playing Jessica’s sister Sabrina Lal and Rani Mukerji cast as an investigative journalist on the lines of Barkha Dutt, the chances of finding an established female actor to play the relatively smaller part of Jessica has faded.
For lack of choice, the director and his producers UTV have decided to cast a complete newcomer as Jessica.
Says a source, “Once Rani and Vidya were cast, established actresses who were approached guessed they’d have very little to do especially as the character gets murdered in the early part of the story. Now they’ve no choice but to cast a newcomer.”
|Rani Mukerji||Vidya Balan|
Director Rajkumar Gupta confirms these developments. “We’re looking at casting a new girl as Jessica. We feel the impact of the crime on the audiences’ mind would be far greater if the actress playing Jessica is an unknown face. We’re looking at a theatre actor for Jessica’s role and for the other smaller roles.”
Adds Siddharth Roy Kapoor of UTV, “Apart from Rani Mukerji and Vidya Balan, all the other characters in the film form the supporting cast. They are good actors but not known faces.”
Saturday 6th January 2010 09.00 IST
Boxofficeindia.Com Trade Network
Striker opened to a dull response of 5-10%. The film will struggle to make any impact at the box office.
Ishqiya did well in week one with 14 crore nett business. The film has fared especially well in Delhi/UP and East Punjab. The second week should also see healthy collections. The distributors have easily recovered costs in the first week itself and the producers may also cover costs in time
Rann grossed around 6 crore nett in week one. The film fared very poor all over and even though there is no major competition this week the film will drop badly. The film will suffer huge losses all round. DISASTER
Veer droped in week two with around 7.75 crore nett business to takes its total to 38.75 crore including Telugu version. The Hindi versions stands at 37.75 crore nett in two weeks. The film is a Hit in Bihar, CP Berar, CI and Rajasthan but lower in other circuits. Overall AVERAGE
3 Idiots adds another 4.75 crore nett to take its six week total to around 196 crore nett. ALL TIME BLOCKBUSTER
Saturday 30th January 2010 09.00 IST
Boxofficeindia.Com Trade Network
Ishqiya opened fairly well in the 50-60% region. The collections at some stations of North India were better than the rest of the country. The reports of the film are also good and it remains to be seen how they translate into box office collections but chances are good it will emerge a success.
Rann opened to a poor response around 15-20%. Rann also has fairly good reports and collections could improve but it will need a huge jump if it is to make any impact at the box office as opening collections are just too low.
Veer has done good first week business of around 32.50 crore nett as per early estimates. The film has been aided hugely by Republic Day holiday after which collections dropped markedly. Due to the first five days the film has managed good first week shares. The 8th day has also seen a drop with multiplexes crashing and although single screens are not as bad as multiplexes they still show a noticeable drop. Veer is a hit in circuits like Bihar, CP Berar, CI and Rajasthan but overall it is likely to emerge an Average/Above Average fair.
3 Idiots adds another 10.50 crore nett to take its five week total to around 192 crore nett. ALL TIME BLOCKBUSTER
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, January 23, 2010 – 12:49 IST
Till yesterday, she was the queen bee of the Box-Office. A few unfortunate Fridays and she was almost out of the rat race. Not just that, she also got slotted as an ‘exclusive’ YRF heroine. No prizes for guessing that we are referring to the one and original Rani Mukherjee, who now seems all set to be back with a bang.
Even though her last few of releases didn’t quite work at the BO, Rani seems ready for a comeback and has signed up for an important role in UTV Spotboy’s No One Killed Jessica, which also stars Vidya Balan, and is directed by Rajkumar ‘Aamir‘ Gupta. The film, which has its music composed by the Amit Trivedi, is expected to go on the floors in February. Talking about the film, Vikas Bahl, Chief Creative Officer, UTV Motion Pictures said, “It’s our pleasure to announce that Rani along with Vidya has also agreed to be a part of a story we really want to tell. When you have actors like Rani and Vidya by your side, the joy of creating characters that can shake the audience and leave an impact for time to come is immense. No One killed Jessica is one of our very cherished projects and it has scaled up to the level it deserved to, thanks to Rani and Vidya becoming a part of it.”
For starters, No One Killed Jessica is a fast paced thriller set in the hub of political power, New Delhi. It is the story of two women and their relentless pursuit of justice that mobilizes an entire nation to prove that in democracy there is no greater power than the power of the people. It’ll definitely be interesting to see Rani and Vidya in the same frame that too in a film dealing with such a serious subject.