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The actor expressed serious discomfort to the makers of Khichdi on watching one of its promos that refers to him as the Almighty
All other things apart, what Rajni can’t be, is God. Agreed, that his latest, Robot, has been a roaring success, that the actor has always been treated as a demigod in the South, that he has several temples in his name there. But humility surpasses it all. Rajni has expressed discomfort at being called `God’.
A simultaneous release last week that is doing good business at the box office is Khichdi. When Rajnikanth watched one of the promos of Khichdi on television, he told his assistant to question the producer of the film on why his name had been used in the promo. Rajni wanted to ensure that the promo wouldn’t call him ‘God’.
Confirming that he received this call, JD Majethia, the producer of Khichdi said, “I got the call on Monday. Apparently, Rajni sir had asked his assistant to find out the exact nature of the promo. The assistant told me that Rajni sir did not like to be referred as God.
I told the assistant that we all have immense respect for Rajni sir and are huge fans of his. It is both unfortunate and fortunate that our humble effort released with his film.
It is unfortunate that we had to clash our film with his although it was never planned that way; the fortunate part is that in spite of such stiff competition with Robot and Anjaana Anjaani, our film stood its ground and has done very good business.”
Explaining that the remarks about Rajni in the promo were not derogatory, Majethia added, “The characters of the film are so stupid that they do not even recognise God when he comes in front of them.
|A still from Khichdi|
Since they have heard so much about the temples being made for Rajnikanth, they think that Rajnikanth is God. It is a sequence on Hansa and Praful. I would have removed the scene if Rajni sir had insisted on it but it’s fine now.”
Is it truly fine with Rajni sir too? God knows.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, October 2, 2010 – 11:34 IST
Khichdi team’s wait for SRK was finally answered on the day of its release. The entire team of Khichdi -The Movie met their inspiration SRK at Filmistan studio where the superstar was welcomed warmly with a bouquet and a big ticket for Khichdi -The Movie. SRK greeted the entire cast personally and everyone was extremely delighted to have him amongst them.
The superstar firstly humbly apologized for not meeting the Khichdi parivaar earlier outside Mannat as he was busy shooting. He then addressed everyone and showered all his good wishes, great luck to them for their movie and wished that the movie is a big Hit just like the big ticket given to him. Interestingly, he also revealed that few of his friends saw the movie and told him how great it was, so he himself is going to try and catch the late night show after his pack up.
SRK congratulated the entire Khichdi team, Fox Star, the technicians, everyone for a great concept of making a successful serial into a comedy movie that can be enjoyed with the entire family. He said to all, “Please go out and watch this film if you feel like laughing with your family, I can assure you it will be a fun filled evening.”
The entire cast of Khichdi -The Movie profusely thanked their inspiration who blessed the movie and supported their efforts of spreading laughter. JD Majethia and Aatish Kapadia said, “SRK taught us humility and that is why he is truely our inspiration and we thank him for coming here personally and giving his best wishes to all of us.” While signing off the star said, “All the best, God Bless.”
The team, which like the actor, started out with a TV serial, was keen on getting his blessings for their film Khichdi–the movie
The team of the upcoming film Khichdi, based on the popular TV show of the same name, is thrilled that Shah Rukh Khan has finally responded to their numerous requests to meet.
The Khichdi team, which like King Khan began tis journey with TV, has been chasing the superstar to get his blessings. They wrote a letter to the superstar to grace them with his blessings. Even the first look of the film was launched in front of Shah Rukh’s mansion, Mannat.
A source informs, “The team of Khichdi is excited that they will be meeting SRK. The meeting is happening at Kamalistan and the whole team of the film will be present including the producer JD Majethia and the cast Anang Desai, Rajeev Mehta and Supriya Pathak.”
The elated producer Majethia confirms, “Oh yes, we are meeting Mr Khan at Kamalistan. We had written him a letter.
We have been sending him messages through various channels that we would really like to meet him and get his blessings and we are glad that he has agreed to meet us despite his busy schedule.” JD adds, “Shah Rukh’s heart is very big. We are glad that he is fulfilling our wish. And his timing is perfect.”
The producer informs that the whole team of Khichdi will be meeting Shah Rukh. When asked about Farah Khan, who is supposedly not on good terms with Khan and has done a cameo in the film, JD quips, “We don’t know about Farah. We will ask her.” Convenient.
Talking about his expectation from the meeting, JD adds, “We are hoping to get his blessings. We are inviting him to watch the film with a promise that he will be in splits for two hours.”
By Taran Adarsh, September 29, 2010 – 14:40 IST
I must admit, I am no couch potato. I find it difficult to stay glued to television for hours, surfing channels randomly. Perhaps, that’s one of the reasons why I never watched an episode of this hugely popular TV show called KHICHDI. But, of course, I had heard of its popularity, about its comic quotient, about the zany characters…
KHICHDI – THE MOVIE borrows the characters from the show, but the movie has a new story to offer. In the West, popular shows are adapted on the big screen, but the trend is in nascent stages here. For someone like me, who was absolutely clueless about what to expect from the big screen adaptation, I’d say KHICHDI – THE MOVIE vacillates between absurd and ridiculous, but the fact remains that it makes you laugh at most times. KHICHDI – THE MOVIE may not push the envelope as far as the written material is concerned, but you exit the auditorium with a radiant smile, which most laughathons promise, but don’t deliver.
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
Final word? I haven’t laughed as much in weeks as much I did in those 2 hours. Do pay a visit to this mad family if laughter is what you seek in a movie. This khichdi is appetizing, for sure.
Hansa’s [Supriya Pathak] brother Himanshu [J.D.] has a ridiculous ambition: to have a memorable, legendary love story. Parminder [Kirti Kulhari], Himanshu’s neighbour, falls in love with Himanshu for no logical reason and the two get engaged to get married. That’s when this ridiculous story takes a ridiculous turn. Himanshu realizes on the eve of the wedding that the impending ceremony would mean impending doom to his desire to have a legendary love story. For, nothing interesting ever happened in his love story to make it memorable.
No resistance, no conflict, no separation, no sad song, no climax, nothing. So the dumb family sets out to stall the wedding. Thus begins their journey to create all those missing stages in Himanshu’s love story in order to make it legendary.
Even if you’re clueless about the characters in the story – like I was – it doesn’t take time to know that the family has its brains in its knees. At the very outset, the Almighty [Satish Shah, in a cameo] arrives at the doorstep to distribute akal ke laddoos, but the family will have none of it. From this point onwards, the characters get into weird and outlandish situations and the humour gets bizarre and wacky.
There’s hardly any serious moment in the film. Humour has been injected even in serious situations, like the death of a parent [Supriya and J.D.'s father] and the condolence meet thereafter, where a parody of ‘Beedi Jalaile’ and ‘Bheege Honth Tere’ are rendered for the grieving family members.
However, writer-director Aatish Kapadia’s screenplay has its share of potholes. The love story isn’t convincing at all. Also, the crime angle [the suicide portions] doesn’t cut ice. However, the courtroom sequence in the climax salvages the show and is, in fact, the highpoint of the enterprise. The entire sequence is so funny that you’ve to see it to believe it. It’s nothing short of a mirthquake!
Aatish Kapadia, the writer may not be in complete form, but Aatish Kapadia, the director knows his job well. His choice of actors, who’ve the right comic timing, comes handy at most times. Also, like I said, his handling of the courtroom sequence especially is noteworthy. Music is a sore point, but I am not complaining. I was not expecting musical gems either. Sanjay Jadhav’s cinematography is full of vibrant colors.
Every actor works in tandem with each other, instead of trying to have a game of one-upmanship and that’s what makes every single character stand out. Supriya Pathak is splendid. Anang Desai is top notch. Rajeev Mehta [as Supriya's husband] is fantastic. Nimisha Vakharia is first-rate. J.D. is excellent. Kirti Kulhari looks good. Girish and Keith are alright. Kesar Majethia and Markand Soni are cute. Farah Khan, Satish Shah, Deven Bhojani and Paresh Ganatra are lovely in cameo appearances.
On the whole, KHICHDI – THE MOVIE is a fun-ride that tickles your funny bone from start to end. Do visit this mad Indian family and get thoroughly entertained. Logic be damned, laughter is what matters. This one’s a great stress buster!
By Taran Adarsh, September 28, 2010 – 08:25 IST
The Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Narendra Modi, loves khichdi. Nope, I am not talking of a food preparation made of rice and lentils [daal], but KHICHDI – THE MOVIE. While the Chief Minister has loads of work on his plate, he took time off to watch KHICHDI – THE MOVIE on Sunday evening at Cinemax Ahmedabad. And yes, he loved the film too.
J.D. Majethia, the lead actor and producer of the film, who flew to Ahmedabad with the entire cast of KHICHDI – THE MOVIE, sounded thrilled after the screening concluded. “Initially, I was told that Modi-ji will watch the film for 45 minutes, but he sat through from start to end, watching the entire film. Not just that, he spoke glowingly about the film to the media,” J.D. reveals.
KHICHDI – THE MOVIE is the first Indian television serial to be adapted into a film. Let’s hope the trend grows!
India’s first TV serial is made into a movie
TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 25, 2010)
While making movies based on popular TV shows has been a much-accepted trend in Hollywood (The Simpsons, Sex and the City, etc), Bollywood is now warming up to the concept. And the cult comedy show Khichdi is the first Indian serial that has been made into a movie. The show that was produced by Hats Off Productions was aired in 2002. It went on to win many awards and the serial was sorely missed when it was wrapped up. Says producer Jamnadas (JD) Majethia, “People were demanding that we bring back the serial, but we wanted to do something different.”
In a research conducted in July, the characters of Hansa, Praful, Babuji, Himanshu and Jayshree from Khichdi were rated high on recall and likeability value. “Our film promises to take this madness 10 notches higher,” says writer-director Aatish Kapadia. Those who are new to the comedy need not worry. “It is not necessary to have seen the serial to enjoy the film, as the humour will entertain people of all ages. There are very few good clean comedy films that can one watch with the entire family… that’s the promise of Khichdi – The Movie!,” says Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios. As part of an unique promotion they have started showing the film to family audiences to build momentum. “These screenings have been received extremely well,” says JD. The film releases on October 1, and promises to begin the festive season on a positive note.
Mauli Singh (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 15, 2010)
Supriya Pathak, who plays a central role in the film version of the popular TV soap Khichdi, is very keen to show the comedy to her star son Shahid Kapoor.
A source informs, “Supriya is very thrilled about Khichdi and can’t wait to show it to her director-actor husband Pankaj Kapoor and son Shahid.
She has requested the producer JD Majethia to organise a special screening of the film for both of them.”
JD Majethia confirms, “Yes, we are arranging a special screening of Khichdi for Pankajji and Shahid.
Even Supriyaji hasn’t seen the film.” The actor, director and producer raves, “Supriyaji is so good in the film that I want to invite the entire team of Mausam to come and watch the film.”
The movie, written and directed by Aatish Kapadia, has Farah Khan in a special appearance, besides the cast of the TV soap. It is slated for October 1 release.
Farah Khan is all set to make her acting debut in Khichdi-EBLS, being produced by JD Majathia. The choreographer-turned-director has already shot the scene. Farah demanded – and got – her desired fee for the role: an elaborate Gujarati meal.
When contacted Farah Khan confirmed, “I have known JD since my Mithibai College days, when he used to do theatre with my brother Sajid. When he called me I immediately agreed. The brief was very clear, that I have to be myself, the stern and serious director that I am. However it was good fun shooting for the film and I thoroughly enjoyed it. My only condition was that I be treated to some great Gujju food on the sets, and they fulfilled my demand.”
|Farah Khan and JD Majethia on the sets of Khichdi-EBLS|
Majathia, who also has a role in the film, is thrilled with the coup. “All I can say is that Farah surprised me. I have known her for a long time but I really wasn’t sure how she would take the proposal because she is such a successful director. But she said yes without even without listening to what my film was about. She even cancelled her vacation because I needed her on some particular days for the shoot. Despite being a director herself, she followed everything she was asked to do by the film’s director, Aatish Kapadia.”
JD elaborates that Farah’s track is a vital one. “It’s a fun sequence, very humorous. She is approached to make a film for the express purpose of annoying someone. Farah agrees to make the film on the condition that she won’t be given credit. Trust me, people will love her in this comic role.”