Posts tagged Jaideep Sahni
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; January 20, 2013)
Sushant Singh Rajput, 27, was clear he wanted to be a star even though he ranked seventh in the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE). Seven years after dropping out of Delhi College of Engineering, he has bagged leading roles in Abhishek Kapoor’s Kai Po Che, Rajkumar Hirani’s P.K. and Maneesh Sharma’s next. He opens up to Bombay Times about his first dancing partner Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, his mentor Shiamak Davar and his girlfriend Ankita Lokhande. Excerpts:
Let’s talk about your childhood. I was born in Patna where my father worked for the government as an engineer. I was most attached to my mom, who I lost during my 12th standard. She called me the night before she died and started crying and asked me to take care of myself. That night she had a brain hemorrhage and died. I was never close to my dad, as my mother was such a cushion. She used to always be worried about me, but never saw my success. She had a son who had died at the age of four after which she had four daughters and then me. So, I was totally pampered and spoilt. There was a vacuum in my life after her as she was the only one with whom I would discuss everything. After school, I joined Delhi College of Engineering, ranked seventh in the AIEEE and was the national Olympiad winner in Physics. I cleared 11 national engineering exams, including the Indian School of Mines at Dhanbad, but wanted to stay in Delhi for Barry John’s theatre and Shiamak More >
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 27, 2012)
Finally, Vishal Bhardwaj is ready to kick start his first English composition. The filmmaker-composer will put all other assignments on hold next month to create 11 songs for the musical stage adaptation of Mira Nair’s 2001 film Monsoon Wedding, a project that has been in the planning stage for a couple of years. He will start working with lyricist Jaideep Sahni and Nair in December for the Broadway-styled musical.
A source close to the project told Mirror, “Converting Moonsoon Wedding into a Bollywood musical was a conscious decision taken by Mira and Vishal two years ago. But then Mira got busy with The Reluctant Fundmentalist and Vishal with 7 Khoon Maaf and Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola. At least on three different occasions over the last two years, Mira was in Mumbai when Vishal was not. They just couldn’t get their act together.”
But finally Mira and Vishal have worked out a schedule convenient to both of them.
Confirming the plans to put together the music, Mira said, “I am in Delhi from Sunday. Then I will be at the closing ceremony of the film festival in Goa on December 30. Then yes, I’ll be working on finishing the songs of Monsoon Wedding until mid-December.”
Interestingly the stage version of Monsoon Wedding won’t repeat any of the cast from the film, though Randeep Hooda, Shefali Chhaya, Vijay Raaz and Lilette Dubey were keen to reprise their screen roles on stage. According to sources, Mira wants fresh More >
Mirror finds out the real reason why the actor had to leave the Maneesh Sharma film
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 13, 2012)
He was all set for his third outing with Yash Raj Films in a movie to be directed by Band Baaja Baaraat director, Maneesh Sharma. However, Shahid Kapoor had to opt out at the last minute. The production house reasoned the shooting was delayed and the actor, whose calendar was choc-a-bloc with upcoming projects, had been left with little choice but to leave.
In fact, at the time, Sharma had said he and lyricist Jaideep Sahni wanted to introduce a couple of lip-sync songs that needed to be recorded before the film went on floors. “It is sad that Shahid has understandably had to opt out because of this delay, given his packed schedule forward,” the director had said.
However, a little digging has revealed the real reason for Shahid’s walking out of the film. There were too many creative differences between him and Sharma and finally, they decided not to work together. A source told Mirror, “Maneesh was convinced Shahid would do justice to the script of his film. Initially, Shahid too was excited about the script. But when they started working together, they realised they couldn’t be on the same page most of the time.”
In fact, Shahid hadn’t committed to any other project after Mausam and was totally focussed on Sharma’s film for a while.
“However, there came a point when he just couldn’t agree with Maneesh. And Maneesh just couldn’t take More >
The start of Maneesh Sharma’s next directorial untitled film has been postponed. The film was originally scheduled to go on floor this September.
Both Maneesh and Jaideep Sahni, who has written the story and screenplay, along with Aditya Chopra, have taken a creative decision to include lip-sync songs, which were earlier not part of the film.
The unfortunate fallout of this is that Shahid Kapoor, who was to play the lead, has had to pull out because of his other commitments. With three other projects back to back, Shahid is not able to readjust his dates to accommodate the revised schedule.
Maneesh, speaking on behalf of both Jaideep and himself, said: “Both Jaideep and I have decided to bring in a couple of lip-sync songs which will need to be recorded before we can go on floor. However, it is sad that Shahid has understandably had to opt out because of this delay given his packed schedule going forward.”
While this development is a pity, YRF looks forward to working with Shahid Kapoor on another project being discussed with him for next year.
Please await further details on the shooting schedule for Maneesh Sharma’s film.
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By Nikhil Ramsubramaniam, April 19, 2011 – 16:25 IST
Rohan Sippy’s directorial debut Kuch Naa Kaho didn’t quite set the Box Office on fire but his second film Bluffmaster surely did. Rohan is now back once again with his childhood buddy Abhishek Bachchan for his third directorial venture Dum Maaro Dum. In this exclusive interview with Bollywood Hungama‘s Nikhil Ramsubramaniam, Rohan talks about how the idea of the film first came up, the casting process, the zany music of the film and of course how he feels the film will in fact help Goan tourism industry even more. Read on…
Rohan, there was a gap of 3 years between your first film and second film and now a gap of 6 years between your second and third film. In a time and age where people seem to be working at break neck speed, you seem to be taking your own sweet time. Why so? No particular reason yaar…I’ve been busy producing a couple of films in the interim period and since the last 2 years have been working on Dum Maaro Dum.
How did the idea of Dum Maaro Dum first originate? It originated from Sridhar Raghavan (the writer of the film) and a bottle of Old Monk (his faithful writing companion). When he wrote the first draft, it was a 40-50 page novella and had me completely gripped from beginning to end. From there on we began working on subsequent drafts of the film and each time the characters got fleshed out more and more.The idea of Dum Maaro Dum originated from Sridhar Raghavan (the writer of the More >
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, March 29, 2011 – 13:02 IST
The song ‘Mit Jaye Gham‘ from Rohan Sippy’s Dum Maaro Dum has been in the news since the time of its release. Although the young listeners seem to be hooked on to the track, there is a certain section of people who seem to find the lyrics of the song too bold for their taste.
One of the most respected writers of Bollywood, Jaideep Sahni, who has written some of the biggest blockbusters like Company, Khosla Ka Ghosla and Chak De India and has also penned the lyrics for Salaam Namaste, Bluffmaster, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and many more films, has also written the lyrics for Dum Maaro Dum.
Jaideep explains what ideas went into the creation of ‘Mit Jaye Gham‘ in the following piece. Over to Jaideep…
“These lines are actually taken from a longer piece of rap, written specifically for a situation of drug pushers and users in a drug induced delirium. The rap form was chosen because it’s very effective in reflecting anti-establishment thought and behaviour, and usage of strong words to make a larger meaning is inherent to the very form.
They were selected and placed together with the famous hippie song of the 70s in a directorial decision and vision to bring out the contrast between earlier hippie culture and today’s drug mafia which is vicious and brutal. It’s basically related to the subject of the film and hopefully will be seen in better clarity once the film releases.
Otherwise, I’m busy with my own scripts More >
By Nikhil Ramsubramaniam, March 25, 2011 – 09:24 IST
A lot of filmmakers internationally are using Market Research, Focus Group Discussions and Test Screenings as a tool to gauge initial feedback about their films. However, many of the Indian filmmakers still show reluctance towards Market Research/ Target Group Testing/ Title Testing etc. prior to movie production/ release and rely on their gut feel and experience. Hence it was rather apt to have a panel discussion on ‘Market Research for Indian Cinema’ on Day 2 of FICCI- Frames 2011 currently being held in Mumbai.
The interesting session was moderated by Mr.Vivek Krishnani- Head- Distribution, Marketing and Syndication at Fox Star Studios and saw some eminent personalities such as Siddharth Roy Kapur (CEO- UTV Motion Pictures), Sidhartha M Jain (CEO, iRock), Jaideep Sahni (writer of films such as Chak De India & Khosla Ka Ghosla), filmmaker Sudhir Mishra, Mr. Ram Mirchandani (Chief Creative Officer- Eros International) and Mr. Farshad Family (MD of Nielsen Media, India).
When asked on what they thought about Market Research for Indian cinema, Siddharth Roy Kapur said, “The trend of research is not new. In fact many years ago Mr.Raj Kapoor used to show his films to his close family and friends pre-release and ask for their feedback. Aamir Khan still does that with his films. It’s just that we don’t use the term Research for that. The objective of conducting Focus Group Discussions, Test Screenings etc. More >
By Joginder Tuteja, March 21, 2011 – 09:51 IST
One has heard stories of one actor taking on his counterpart from some other film in cases of professional rivalry. However, seldom does one see something like this happening within the same film. What also makes it even more surprising and quite rare is when it’s the case of the leading man taking on an actress who has been roped in for a special song and dance affair.
“However this is what has happened in case of Dum Maaro Dum“, informs a source who has been closely following the chain of events related to the film, “It was a given that the film would have a top actress gyrating to an item number for the film. The chosen song was the re-arranged version of the classic ‘Dum Maaro Dum‘ and Deepika Padukone managed to make the cut. The song was kept in news right through the making of the film and has now been released in the biggest way possible during the World Cup. It is all turning out to be a rage.”
However, this is where the other angle comes into picture. If one would have thought that Bipasha Basu, the official leading lady of the film, would have raised a hue and cry around her missing out on all the action then that was not the case. Instead, the man who was actually considered by the makers to step up from the front and get his own jig going to give Deepika some competition was Abhishek Bachchan.
“Abhishek and Rohan Sippy, the film’s director, are childhood buddies and he worked in his debut More >
In Rohan Sippy’s next Deepika Padukone refused to lip-sync objectionable lyrics in the remixed version of the song Dum Maaro Dum, and had her way
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 04, 2011)
Just days ago, Deepika Padukone finished gyrating to the iconic number Dum Maro Dum Mit Jaye Gham for Rohan Sippy’s forthcoming film Dum Maro Dum, but strictly on her own terms.
Deepika was very excited to fill Zeenat Aman’s shoes in the remixed version of the Hare Rama Hare Krishna original.
But the actress was shocked when she heard the lyrics of this changed version. While Pritam has directed the musical score, Jaideep Sahni has written the lyrics of the remixed version.
The new song has some very objectionable language. “The lyrics were full of bold words,” says a close friend of Deepika’s. Four days before the actual shoot began at Mehboob Studios, Deepika had a long meeting with Rohan Sippy.
She told him in no uncertain terms that she would shoot for the song only if she could omit lip-syncing the objectionable lyrics.
Sippy thought for a while, and told her, ‘Come along. We’ll work out a way’. A relieved Deepika reached on the sets to learn that Sippy had indeed lived up to his promise.
Revealed the source, “Sippy told Deepika that every time she was expected to mouth the objectionable lyrics, her back would face the camera. Therefore she will only mouth lyrics that she is comfortable with.”
When contacted, music composer of the remixed version, Pritam More >
The ‘jugaad’ behind Band Baaja Baaraat, on the grammar of commercial cinema
Malay Desai (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 26, 2010) Rana Chakraborty
Kin kanjaro ke saath kaam kar rahi hai? Paying in ghaas-poos, wanting delivery of kukkad?” went Bittoo Sharma, of the last recognised hit of 2010, Band Baaja Baaraat. The line created spontaneous laughter in the packed suburban screen we watched the film at, despite ‘kanjar’ or ‘kukkad’ being alien words to most native Mumbaikars.
This, the man behind its screenplay and dialogues feels, is one of many gratifying moments the film has brought him. Habib Faisal is also beaming on reports that the film is running to packed houses in Chennai too. That’s quite a high to end a whirlwind year with, in the face of a personal tragedy.
The 44-year-old lost his father in January and made his directorial debut in October. Sitting cross-legged on the floor mattress in his Lokhandwala 2-BHK, Faisal reflects, over black coffee, on his structured approach to the craft.
“I owe much to my summer vacation relationship with Bhopal and its ‘fursat’ people,” he smiles, talking of Delhi, where his family moved when he was a toddler. Growing up in Jangpura, a ‘hardcore Punju area’, Faisal didn’t have much of a career plan when he opted for Karodimal College.
“But I caught the theatre bug there and eventually studied cinema in USA,” he recalls. That said, his recent liaisons with Yash Raj Films (YRF) couldn’t have More >