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Arjun Kapoor tells us why he prefers to keep a low-key profile
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 8, 2013)
Arjun Kapoor is back from Ahmedabad after wrapping up the first schedule of Two States. He is impatient to see the first cut of Aurangzeb when we catch up with him at a suburban studio. Excerpts from the chat.
You are quite a star… (Interrupts) I am an actor, not a star. When you are a star you can’t venture out in public.
What really annoys you at a public place? I have seen this profession from very close quarters and I know there are small prices to pay. But when I am having a bad day or spending a private moment, I do wish I could tell people to give me some space. Also, I think it’s disrespectful to secretly click pictures of me. I prefer to come out and talk to people when I have work to talk about.
You play a double role in Aurangzeb. Is it a calculated risk? Hrithik played a double role in his debut film, Kaho Na Pyaar Hai. But there, the two characters didn’t share screen space, like my characters do in this one. Aditya Chopra finalised me for the film after watching the rushes of Ishaqzaade. And when a producer shows such faith in you, it bolsters your confidence. Risk or no risk, I just went for it with conviction.
You play the spoilt child of a rich father. Does it have any parallels to your life? I am the antithesis of my onscreen character. I never got swayed by my background. Had I been a spoilt child of a renowned producer, I wouldn’t have been More >
Sonali Joshi Pitale (MID-DAY; May 6, 2013)
It is a big moment for Parineeti Chopra. Winning a national award at so early on in her career is a big achievement. But unfortunately her favourite cousin Priyanka Chopra couldn’t be part of it, even though she intended to.
Priyanka has said to have earlier promised Parineeti that she will make sure to travel with her to Delhi to attend the national award, she couldn’t manage to do so.
Instead, Priyanka sent her mother, Madhu to accompany Parineeti to Delhi.
Last year Priyanka had thrown a party to celebthe success of Ishaqzaade, for which Parineeti won the national award.
A source says, “Priyanka was excited to go to Delhi. She was all set to attend the ceremony but due to some work commitments, she had to cancel her visit.” The source adds, “Priyanka, however, ensured that her mother went instead to give Parineeti the emotional support.” The event was on last Friday and Parineeti celebrated over the weekend in Delhi with her friends and family.
Talking to us from Delhi, she says, “Not only my aunt (Madhu), about 14 relatives came for the function and were whistling, cheering for me even though it was supposed to be a sombre ceremony. We later had a party for 70 other family members. We were all singing, eating and laughing. Everyone was excited to meet each other after such a long time.” So finally, it turned out to be a big, boisterous Punjabi reunion party, even without Priyanka Chopra.
Parineeti Chopra shoots from the hips when we quiz her about sex appeal, Maneesh Sharma and the perks of being an actress
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 26, 2013)
Parineeti Chopra was shooting at Film City for Hasee Toh Phasee with Sidharth Malhotra when Mirror caught up with her. With a special mention for her performance in Ishaqzaade at the 60th National Awards and a slew of rather interesting films on the anvil, she is never at a loss for words, even when we try to catch her off guard with the tricky questions. Excerpts from the conversation:
There was a time when you disliked actors and acting, isn’t it? (Laughs) Yes, I used to think that the profession was an excuse to wear too much makeup, travel far and wide, and make quick money. Let me be more candid. I thought actors were successful for no reason. And everyone at YRF would tell me what a big dramebaaz I was.
If we are not wrong, even Anushka Sharma used to address you the same way… Yes. Even Rani Mukerji used to tell me the same thing. (Pauses) Slowly I realised acting was no cakewalk. And I started nursing a strong desire to make a splash in Bollywood.
And your second film Ishaqzaade got you a speacial mention at the 60th National Awards… I am very excited at the thought of receiving this honour from the President of India. I will never forget that day when I started receiving a flurry of messages congratulating me for the same. But I couldn’t believe it until Karan Johar and my sister sent me a More >
Aakansha Naval-Shetye (DNA; April 15, 2013)
It’s not every day that a Bollywood actress gets a special mention at the National Awards, especially when she is a newcomer. But Parineeti Chopra is not your average, everyday actress. She made her debut in an unconventional film, doesn’t look like the current crop of actresses (read stick thin) and is yet to play a femme fatale on screen. No item songs to her credit either. She’d done meaty roles in both her films. A performer, and she has awards to prove it. The newbie emerged from under the shadow of her famous cousin Priyanka Chopra, even before they could register that fact. A realist, Parineeti says, “You are as good as your last film.” Competitive but hard working, here the Ishaqzaade girl talks about her fundas for films, food and being fat!
Two films old and already awarded and applauded. What are you looking forward to now? I don’t feel that I have achieved anything yet. There’s so much more to look forward to, many more films to be done. Right now I’m not even thinking in terms of accomplishment. I have a long way to go. Maybe two years later…
You had an unconventional debut, followed by an equally hatke role in Ishaqzaade. Ever wondered how it worked? Yes, my debut in Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl wasn’t a leading role. I was told by many that it was a bad role to debut with. But I remember Adi (producer Aditya Chopra) telling me that no matter what the role, giving it your best and getting noticed for it is what makes it More >
Arjun Kapoor comes clean on his alleged big fight with his co-star, being numb to his rumoured link-ups and sister Anshula
Sonali Joshi Pitale (MID-DAY; April 1, 2013)
He may be just one-film-old (he has three in his kitty), but Arjun Kapoor has already hogged headlines thanks to his alleged link-ups, pow-pow with co- stars and his famous family. With his yet-to-release film Aurangzeb’s first look out recently, Arjun is back in the news.
The industry couldn’t stop talking about your big fight with Ranveer Singh. One day people said we had a fight and the next day our pictures having tea together were published. Our lives are scrutinised to no end. There was never a fight and it will never happen. People just make up stories and say he came for my party and fought with me. He is a pretty normal guy, so why would he do that? That’s so stupid. In fact, at the party he danced with me on Chokra jawaan re (from Ishaqzaade) even though his back was hurting. He celebrated my success. It has been an amazing experience working with him since he is so hardworking, energetic and full of life.
How’s it having another Chopra sister as your co-star? I knew Priyanka even before I met Parineeti! It was no different on the Gunday sets as it was almost like two friends hanging out, pulling each other’s legs and joking around. We were like a bunch of jokers on the sets. Interestingly, both the sisters are actually quite similar and are very easy to get along. They have an amazing sense of More >
The effervescent Parineeti Chopra ranks among the top five on the FOLLO popularity scales, way ahead of actors who have been in the game for much longer. Taking a break from shooting in Jodhpur, she chats nineteen to the dozen on everything. To listen to the full conversation log onto www.follo.co.in/parineeti on your mobile
Indu Mirani and Anju Maskeri (BOMBAY TIMES; March 15, 2013)
How much of a heartbreaker were you in college? (Laughs uproariously) I was more of a body breaker because I weighed 85 kilos. I was too fat for anybody to fall in love with me. I had a very sad life in college. No heart breaks, no romance, nothing.
How much like your Dimple Chadda role in Ladies vs Ricky Bahl are you? I think I’m very similar to the role. I’m a typical Punjabi girl, loud mouthed, emotional, just like the character. And that’s why I was selected. However Zoya of Ishaqzaade was very different. But in both cases I had to act, irrespective of how similar or different I am to my reel life role.
How similar or different are you and Priyanka Chopra as girls? I think we are similar. We both wear our heart on our sleeve, we are very emotional and hardworking. We are very close to our family and we have very few, but close friends. We are boisterous and energetic. It’s a good thing that we are similar because when I ask her for advice, I know she can put herself in my shoes.
Tell us something about your family. My family is a typical loud, small town Punjabi family. We love eating More >
Habib Faisal feels it’s not necessary that all the films should end with a moral
Shakti Shetty (MID-DAY; March 13, 2013)
He takes his sweet time to answer your queries but the politeness in his voice is unmistakable. Habib Faisal, whose last directorial venture was Ishaqzaade, is thrilled to be part of Sundance Institute’s initiative that has shortlisted eight promising scripts out of 500 entries. He’s one of the nine mentors along with Anjum Rajabali, Asif Kapadia and others. In a candid chat, Habib talks about cinema, writing and directing.
You’re mentoring eight young filmmakers. How do you plan to go about it? I don’t have a set programme or anything. I’ll just go with the flow and try to share whatever I can with them. Since they are keen on directing the film they themselves wrote — something I myself do — I look forward to learning from them too.
Between writing and directing, what is more challenging? Directing definitely is because it’s not something you do entirely on your own. You deal with different people with different mindset and they could could be in a bad mood or PMSing or too happy or distracted. Writing is primarily an individual work. As a writer, you deal with the director. That’s it. Also as a writer, if the film fails, you can blame it on the director but as a director, I can’t blame it on anybody else (laughs).
And what do you enjoy more? They are two distinct things but I’ll say I enjoy both of them equally. To put things in perspective, I’ve More >
Bollywood isn’t scared of the exam fever nor the IPL, as films line up for release at the box-office in March and April
Iti Shree Misra (BOMBAY TIMES; March 11, 2013)
While the clamour for an Eid release in Bollywood refuses to die down, there’s never a dull moment at the Indian Box Office (BO) anymore. So much so that even the ongoing board exams and the upcoming IPL are not a deterrent for producers to release films. Take for instance the line-up at the BO this year. While films like Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns and Jolly LLB are braving the exam fever, Himmatwala, Chashme Baddoor, Ek Thi Daayan, Shootout at Wadala, Aashiqui 2 and Aurangzeb, are all releasing during the IPL, which begins from April 4.
Producer Rahul Mittra, who has produced films like Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns, says that now filmmakers don’t bother about such issues. “As long as people know that my film is releasing on a particular date, and I’m confident that my audience will come and watch it, time of the release doesn’t matter. The market is great and demand has increased for all types of cinema. Plus the satellite rights fetch us good revenue, so the time of release is not much of an issue. People who like to watch good films, will come to watch one, whenever it is released. Also if you remember, Kahaani also released around this time last year and it did fabulously,” avers Rahul.
Meanwhile, Vinod Bachchan, producer of Zila Ghaziabad, which released a couple of weeks ago, explains, More >
Parineeti Chopra comes clean about her alleged affair with director Maneesh Sharma, her weight and being crazy about her work
Urmimala Banerjee (MID-DAY; February 8, 2013)
The New Year has started on a busy note for Parineeti Chopra, who has been shooting non- stop for her film with Maneesh Sharma. “No complaints, I am happiest when I am working,” chirps the marketing executive- turned- actor. With some exciting projects in her kitty, Parineeti talks about her weight, dealing with gossip and being linked with Maneesh Sharma.
Post Ishaqzaade, there was a lull period in your career. People said you didn’t have films on hand. Did that bother you? Well, I got a number of offers post Ishaqzaade, with characters similar to that of Zoya. I did not want to repeat myself. I was busy at that time reading scripts and shooting for my endorsements. There is a time gap between signing a film and commencement of shooting. Now, I am working 24×7, and people are talking about my work. Likewise, I have TV endorsements also. Work comes to you in good time, and I am not impatient ( smiles).
Your alleged relationship with Maneesh Sharma grabs headlines quite often. What’s your reaction? It definitely makes me upset. I am a normal girl with friends of the opposite sex. I don’t blame the media as they are doing their job, but at least they can clarify the stories with me. Maneesh is my mentor. He has taught me a lot about acting and filmmaking. You can say that I am Maneesh’s protégé. You don’t More >
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There were 15 hits films in 2012 with EK THA TIGER leading the pack and emerging the biggest of the year. Action led the way with the four biggest hits of the year (EK THA TIGER, DABANGG 2, ROWDY RATHORE and AGNEEPATH) all being action films. There were around 155 Hindi film releases in the year.
ALL TIME BLOCKBUSTER -
BLOCKBUSTER 1. Ek Tha Tiger 2. Dabangg 2 3. Rowdy Rathore
SUPER HIT 4. Agneepath 5. Housefull 2 6. Barfi! 7. OMG Oh My God! 8. Raaz 3 9. Kahaani 10. Vicky Donor
HIT 11. Jab Tak Hai Jaan 12. Bol Bachchan 13. Son Of Sardaar 14. Cocktail 15. Ishaqzaade
EK THA TIGER, DABANGG 2, AGNEEPATH, JAB TAK HAI JAAN and SON OF SARDAAR got the benefit of major holiday which improved the film’s prospects at the box office.
EK THA TIGER got the luck of the draw as two of the biggest holidays of the year, in the form of Independence Day and Eid as well as holidays after Eid, all fell in its first week giving it a huge extended first week.