Posts tagged Imtiaz Ali
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 13, 2012)
It’s true. First impressions are almost always the most lasting.Director Imtiaz Ali and wife Preeti have decided to cast their blue-eyed boy Shahid Kapoor as leading man in a film Preeti is producing for UTV Motion Pictures, which is a remake of the 2009 South Korean flick My Girlfriend Is An Agent. Interestingly, Bosco of Bosco Caesar will make his directorial debut with this film.
A source close to the project told Mirror, “Imtiaz was very happy with Shahid’s work in Jab We Met. Bebo and he got a lot of taalis in the film. Shahid’s role won many accolades. It wasn’t an easy role but he did it with so much conviction. Ever since, Imtiaz has wanted to work with Shahid. Preeti too loved his acting in the film.”
As for Shahid, he has simply loved the offer, the source revealed, adding, “The modalities are being worked out. He may not do UTV’s Hindi remake of Vettai but he might just do this film for them now.”
Despite repeated attempts, Imtiaz remained unavailable for comment.
Nargis Fakhri believes in saying the truth, unluckily all that has been so far said in the media, isn’t so
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 24, 2012)
Once again you are in the news for your alleged linkup with an actor. What’s the truth about Shahid Kapoor and you? I am not dating Shahid Kapoor. I met him while performing at an awards ceremony. It was my first and I was nervous. Shahid was supportive. We have been friends since then. Can’t one have both guy and girl friends? Why is having dinner, lunch or coffee with a friend such a big deal?
You flew down with Shahid for his birthday in Goa and then were spotted at a five star having dinner… For his birthday, I was invited. I thought I would have a nice time with people I know. I never thought it would become such a big deal. As for the dinner, a common friend planned it. Five of us met up after a long time.
You’ve been linked to Ranbir Kapoor and Imtiaz Ali earlier… They were just rumours. And I can’t be bothered with them.
Does it feel weird to be constantly scrutinized? It comes with the job. But I would like the media to tell the truth. I am someone who will happily say the truth. I don’t feel the need to hide from anyone. I see nothing wrong in love or being in love.
Rockstar was a big hit. But the critics were a bit harsh on you. Is that why you are waiting to sign your next project? I am not being choosy. There are things in the pipeline. I don’t want to rush. I did not know what to expect from Rockstar. More >
The director is writing a new script with the superstar in mind
Kamini Kumari (BOMBAY TIMES; March 11, 2012)
It may have been over five years since his Vivah was declared a sleeper hit, but director Sooraj Barjatya has not hung his boots. He has been busy, along with his sister Kavita, with his serials on TV. From Yahaan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli to the just launched serial Jhilmil Sitaroon Ka Aangan Hoga, Barjatya’s productions has had a successful stint on television too. There have been over a dozen TV serials, but Barjatya has not been able to repeat the success of their longest running show, Woh Rehne Waali Mehlon Kii. Says he, “I believe what has to happen, happens. Kuch cheezein bante bante ban jaati hain. Some shows are meant to create history.”
WILL GET BACK TO FILMS SOON But when do we get to see another of his family dramas on the big screen? “I’ve begun to write a script. In all probability, the film will go on floors by 2013,” he informs. And is he writing the script keeping Salman ‘Prem’ Khan in mind? “My first choice will always be Salman, but he is a very busy man now. Let’s see if he has some dates to spare for me.” These days, many directors are multitasking, directing ads as well as TV shows, where Barjatya has been quite the trendsetter. “TV is a creative medium. There is a lot of potential. After the tremendous response we got for Woh Rehne Waali Mehlon Ki, we decided to go ahead with more shows,” he explains.
ALL FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC Barjatya’s TV More >
Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; March 11, 2012)
A blasé Kareena Kapoor speaks about having sex to Imran Khan in Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu. Imran and Katrina Kaif pair up, leaving Imran’s brother in the cold in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan. Coyness, romance, sacrifice in love… none of these once-vital elements in Bollywood exist any more. Romance speaks a different language.
“The grammar of love has undergone a sea change,” says screenwriter Mushtaq Sheikh. “From the speed to the language, the entire process of falling in love has changed. The young are in a hurry. They have no time to wait to fall in love or even be selfless about it. They want results. And if they are spending time falling in love, they need to see what they are getting back in return.”
Flash back to the days when love did not declare itself. Lovers then chose to convey their emotion silently—a shy note, a quiver of the lips… and an endless wait. Recalls writer Dilip Thakur, “There used to be a build-up to the first eye contact between the hero and heroine, be it Rajendra Kumar’s hand brushing against Mala Sinha’s in Dhool Ka Phool, Rajesh Khanna singing Mere sapnon ki rani in Aradhana or Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol crossing each other’s path before meeting on Eurorail in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge.”
Films like Break Ke Baad, Delhi Belly or the recent Rockstar are anything but love at first sight or virginal. However, the last did have a resonance later of the self-destructive Devdas, an old favourite. But More >
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, November 10, 2011 – 13:03 IST
One of the most awaited films, Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar is finally releasing tomorrow. The film, which stars Ranbir Kapoor along with newcomer Nargis Fakhri, has been in the news since the time it was announced.
While the promos have caught on big time, not many know that besides Nargis there is yet another actor who makes his debut in the film. The actor in question is a Brazilian model called Moufid Aziz. Moufid plays the role of Nargis’ husband in the film.
Moufid has been a successful model and caught the fancy of Imtiaz Ali who decided to cast him as a Kashmiri in the film opposite Nargis Fakhri. One will have to wait and watch if Moufid manages to deliver the goods.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, November 10, 2011 – 12:26 IST
Until recently some of our filmmakers used to blatantly copy Hollywood and other foreign films. However, now it seems that bagging the official remake rights seems to be the order of the day. While we already have quite a few official remakes in the pipeline, UTV has gone ahead and acquired the remake rights of South Korean film My Girlfriend Is An Agent (MGIAA). The Hindi remake of this will be directed by choreographer Bosco (of Bosco-Caesar fame) while Imtiaz Ali and his wife Preety Ali will be on board as creative producer and co-producer respectively.
MGIAA is the story of two spies who have been assigned on a mission to stop a Russian crime group from stealing an advanced chemical weapon. The film is a wild action rom-com that broke Box Office records when it released in South Korea.
WHAT WENT WRONG WITH ROCKSTAR?
Imtiaz Ali is a terrific storyteller, as evident from his previous films like Socha Na Tha, Jab We Met and Love Aaj Kal (LAK). The first two films had an extremely simple narration while in LAK, he played around with the narration at the commencement which came out so well. In fact, during the opening credits, he gave the viewers entire glimpse of what’s to come next till the finale and yet viewers remain clueless about what to expect even in the next sequence! Hats off!
However, he went a step ahead in Rockstar and tried to move the narration back and forth in a more complicated manner! Alas, he failed this time! The storyline anyway wasn’t that exciting but still I believe one can enjoy a film if it’s executed well. Unfortunately, Imtiaz Ali’s incoherent script and direction messes up things further. To add to it, the film kind of ends abruptly which wasn’t the right thing to do with a film like this. One wishes to know what happened to the central characters and whether they succeed in moving on but alas!
Having said that, the film has its moments which bear the Imtiaz Ali stamp! From the opening sequence (Ranbir getting bashed at one end of the city but treated like a hero at the other) to Ranbir’s so-called ‘heartbreak’ (hilarious) to Ranbir-Nargis indulging in mischief in Delhi to Nargis asking for a hug to Nizamuddin scenes to jugalbandi sequence involving Shammi Kapoor to Ranbir tearing up the contract (‘Image is everything More >
After replacing SRK in the film, Ranbir Kapoor wants his Rockstar director and new BFF to step in as the director of the project left midway by Vishal Bhardwaj
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 15, 2011)
Mumbai Mirror brings you the juicy details from Ranbir’s debut party how Angela got in, Priyanka didn’t, and the three babes who never got invited
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 06, 2011)
The Kapoor Khandaan has been known for their swinging parties since the times of the first RK. But lately, except for the yearly Ganesh Chaturthi, hardly anyone got to hear of an RK bash. The fourth generation Kapoor lad, Ranbir has however managed to break the norm.
On Wednesday night, with his parents away and their Pali Hill bungalow Krishna Raj empty, Ranbir announced his first ever Bollywood bash.
A little spur of the moment, the party which was supposed to be kept under wraps was reported by Mumbai Mirror yesterday. And now we bring to you the juicy details of what went on behind the closed doors of the rather impressive venue.
Ranbir or work? Is that even a question?
Ace photographer Atul Kasbekar zoomed in to the party in his car with a pretty girl in the back seat. An eyewitness even called her ‘pouty’. Going by the description, we thought it could be Ranbir’s latest ‘friend’ Angela Jonsson.
But then again, wasn’t she in Bangalore for an assignment till evening, on that very day? But looks like, when it comes to choosing between work and Ranbir’s house party, the latter wins hands down. At least for this Kingfisher calendar girl.
According to a friend of the model, the girl was supposed to come back to town after finishing her ad shoot on Thursday More >