Posts tagged Jail
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, October 15, 2010 – 13:02 IST
Jhootha Hi Sahi is just around the corner for release and news surfaces, that the lead actor John Abraham has been sentenced to 15 days imprisonment. The first thought is whether this is a publicity stunt or is this for real… Well, seems like its true.
In April 2006, John was involved in a road accident where he apparently rammed his bike into a cycle thus injuring two people. However, the actor who hurt himself in the incident took both the injured men to a hospital for medication.
The verdict for this case of rash and negligent driving was declared yesterday which sentenced John to 15 days simple imprisonment, along with a fine of Rs. 1500 considering his act of responsibility towards the two injured people. However, the actor acquired bail immediately and continued the promotions for his upcoming film.
…because fans and the Tamil film fraternity will come out in his support — a bonding which, Sanjay Dutt says, Bollywood has lost. Sanjay gets into straight-talk mode with Anshul Chaturvedi, and doesn’t mince his words
Anshul Chaturvedi (BOMBAY TIMES; October 13, 2010)
Two hours daily in the gym; driving at 250 kmph on the Expressway; excited to-be dad; still as jittery, in your own words, as a newcomer when a release approaches — in this case, “Knock Out”. So how’s 51 different from what 28 may have been?
Actually, nothing much has changed…. I do drive the car myself. I’m looking forward to the twins. I do get nervous; I remember how I was before Lamhaa’s release — a little jittery. And it’s not deliberate — this is just how I am.
And you’re fitter at 51 than you were at 21?
I think so. And in fact, my current focus on gymming is also because, if you notice, in Blue and Kidnap, I’d let myself go a little. Case sar pe thaa, the judgment was about to come out and to bring focus to cinema was difficult for me at that stage. Fitness was hardly a priority.
It was such a big accusation. Being part of a terror activity? My God! When the judge said that you always wanted to hear this, that your dad always wanted to hear this, you are acquitted from the terror charge — that moment was the greatest moment of relief in my life. I had let myself go around that time, and I got a lot of mail, a lot of fan reactions, saying, ‘you started the bodybuilding trend in the industry, you worked so hard to build your fitness, we just can’t see you like this.’
I think I owe it to them. That’s why for the last 6-7 months, I’ve been on a very strict diet, I go to the gym twice a day, and another six months and six-pack-wack sab aa jayega! (grins)
When your dad would’ve been, say, 55, he’d have been such a senior person in the industry, right? When you are 55, you’d probably be gymming as much, driving yourself, and taking four year-olds to pre-school. How stark is the contrast? You’re living life as if you have gone back in time — a very carefree, bindaas life, reliving your youth, aren’t you?
Because I missed those years of my life! Those years for me was very important. I had reached a certain level in my career, and suddenly it all crashed because of my jail term. I had to go through this painful process for 19 years. I’m 51, so 19 years means I was 30 something… I lost all that. There was a time when I used to go to court in the morning, be there 11 to 5. Then I would return home. 6 baje gym jaata thaa. 8 baje set pe jaata thaa. 8 baje se subah 5 baje tak set pe shooting karta thaa. Ghar aata thaa, would sleep for barely 2-3 hours, and I would be back at the court at 11. For two full years, this was my daily routine.
Now I’m living life like I would have lived it then. Making up for it, perhaps. But, I’m not deliberately doing it.
You’ve been asking people not to call you ‘baba’, but perhaps it’s actually that people around you just see it as chronology; it doesn’t seem odd for them to keep addressing you as ‘Sanju baba’ because of the way you see things, behave, react. It’s clichéd all right, but the ‘misunderstood-with-heart-of-gold’ tag works for both you and Salman, doesn’t it? People generally forgive quickly. And you’ve not lost out on life, not turned reclusive, because you lost twenty-odd years.
No, I’ve not. And yes, I still have that zest very much. Maybe it’s because I lost so much of time. But yes, you’re right again, there are so many people on the sets, many technicians especially, who call me baba, and I laugh and say, ‘arre, main baba kaise hoon, pachas saal ka kaun sa baba hota hai?’
They say, ‘pachas saal is ok, lekin dil se tum baba hai na.’ Main bola, ‘lekin kyun?’ I really wanted to understand. And they said, ‘you’re just like a child – koi tension nahin hai, zameen pe baith jaoge, beedi pi loge, hamari plate se khana kha lete ho.’
Bad boy, golden heart branding doesn’t bore you beyond a point?
It’s part of my life now! (laughs)
Your family has a Congress lineage, you are known to be quite friendly with Bal Thackeray, and you have been with the SP — or at least with Amar Singh. For an apolitical person, that’s quite a variety.
I only came into that SP part because of Amar Singhji. The most important thing, for me at least, at that point was that the Samajwadis and the Congress were looking at a coalition sort of thing. I sent a lot of feelers also, but I think nobody took me seriously at that time.
To the Congress. So I went there, and later the SP and the Congress finally didn’t fight the elections together. And in that context, I’m thankful to the honourable court for not letting me fight that election from Lucknow. When I think about it today, it’s the biggest favour they’ve done to me.
And how’s that?
Because I don’t think I’m ready to be an MP. If you are one, then you have to be fully committed. And I would have missed out on a lot of my movies. Also, my focus changed to taking care of Amar Singhji, his health, more than anything else. He’s like a brother to me. Dil ka bilkul sahi aadmi hai.
In the Dutts’ blood, there is Congress. My parents’ relationship with Panditji, with Mrs Gandhi, with Rajivji, with Sanjayji – it’s unforgettable. When Rajivji passed away, it was as big a blow to my father as it must have been to the immediate relatives of his family. There was 40 days of mourning in our house.
Isn’t that some coincidence; Amar Singh is like a brother to two megastars who have had a history of family ties with the Gandhi family but have now been kept at a safe distance by the Congress?
Nahin, lekin Congress ne mujhe distance pe nahin rakha. I mean I never really reached out myself. When my father died, many people wanted me to contest in his place. But my shootings were going on, a lot of other things were going on, plus Priya is a better candidate. She spent a lot of time with Dutt sahib on his padyatras. But she was not making up her mind because of her pregnancy. I had to convince her, that someone had to contest, this is Dutt sahib’s constituency, the lineage has to go on. And she’s doing a fantastic job.
There is one perspective that the system is harder on celebrities, they are subject to a lot of scrutiny. Another impression is that VIPs get away from the law most of the time. What’s your take?
I think there are three types. There are these two –both of which happen – and the third is being made a scapegoat (laughs). An example has to be made of someone. Woh hum log pe zyada padta hai. It’s the same in case of Salman as well. It’s not right to ram into anyone, I’m not saying that at all. Lekin uske baad how many cases of drunken driving have happened – who talks about them? But if it is Salman – it becomes, ‘chalo, dikhatein hain abhi isko.’
It wasn’t always like this. In my father’s time, when my mom was there, an actor was really respected. Respected in the sense, even by the politicians.
You said ‘our fraternity’. Is there a ‘fraternity’ in the film industry today?
Khatam ho gaya woh sab! It’s sad, but what to do. When we came into the industry, that was a fraternity. We were all so much together. Ek hi show hota thaa – Filmfare Awards Night. Hum sab usme ek saath jaate they. Dignity thi, bonding thi. But now, it’s become all about camps.
As a fraternity, if we all were together, these things would not happen, I feel. Try and put a Rajinikanth in a case like a terror act – we’ll see what will happen in Tamil Nadu. Nobody can. That is the power of a star. The fraternity in the South is so tightly tied with each other – woh hamari industry mein nahin hai.
Is no longer there, you mean?
Yeah, used to be, is no longer.
Madhur Bhandarkar on coming a long way from being a video delivery boy, on testing new genres and believing that Kareena will eventually come around to act in Heroine
• Comedy is not your forte. Why are making one, Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji ?
It was not an easy decision to make. While some have been saying that I shouldn’t get into other genres of cinema, others say that it’s time for a change. I have always considered myself as an experimental filmmaker and this is another one of my experiments. Actors who have worked with me will vouch for my sense of humour. More often than not, I have them in splits on my sets. In fact, Tabu (who starred in Chandni Bar) used to always ask me why I hadn’t directed a comedy yet.
• After dropping out from school you even worked as a delivery boy for a video library. Did you ever think that you’ll get this far?
Honestly, no. God has given me more than I asked for. I guess it has been a mixture of hard work and luck. I think I am God’s blessed child. And I am not going to get carried away.
• Your male-oriented films, Traffic Signal and Jail, don’t do particularly well. Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji too is male-oriented. Are you nervous?
I am nervous. But that happens with me before the release of any of my films. Think of it, isn’t it early days to say that Madhur Bhandarkar makes only good female-oriented films? I don’t jump into making films just for the heck of it. Recently I had offers to remake some top South films but I didn’t see any creativity in that.
Tell me one good reason why shouldn’t I attempt to make a comedy, or say, even a romcom or a thriller, as long as the characters in my film are well fleshed out? Sooner or later, I’ll touch upon all genres.
• Will you cast Neil Nitin Mukesh (Jail) and Kunal Khemu (Traffic Signal), who seem to have lost the plot?
If I have a script for them, why not? I don’t cast actors as per their market status. Didn’t I cast Samir Soni, Arjan Bajwa and Arbaaz Khan in Fashion despite people’s apprehensions? Again if you see, I have three newcomers in Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji : Shruti Haasan, Shazahn Padamsee and Shraddha Das, whose debut films have flopped.
• Perhaps budgetary constraints might have resulted in this benevolence in casting.
Yes, I do make films within a stipulated budget. I never spend too much, I don’t overshoot. My homework is very strong. Even Jail broke even.
• Your next female-oriented film Heroine is stuck. Kareena Kapoor is latkofying you…
Kareena and I have not been in touch. She has been very busy with RA.One and Agent Vinod. But we are going to meet soon.
• She’s ditched you with Page 3 and Fashion as well…
I think Kareena is a remarkable actress with a great screen presence. From the minute I saw her in Refugee, I knew she will go a long way. I think I will be third time lucky. She deserves a lot more from this industry. I believe that Heroine will give that to her, it’s a dream role for any actress.
• What happened to that biopic on Lalit Modi called Commissioner ?
Things didn’t work out. Besides, the Lalit Modi controversy would have been too hot to handle.
• You have always been a ladies’ man. We’re disappointed to not have heard of any link-ups. Have you really changed or are you a smoother operator now?
(Laughs) Today, I am very happy the way I am living my life. Do I really need to answer this question?
• All the more…
Un dino, meri shaadi nahin hui thi. And people just perceived me that way. (laughs again).
By Subhash K. Jha, October 5, 2010 – 11:21 IST
The shocking shenanigans of conman Devender Singh, alias Bunty, on the new season of Bigg Boss, comes as no shock to director Dibakar Banerjee who has made a film based on Bunty’s life.
Dibakar feels something was not quite right with Bunty. “I met him in jail for the film very briefly. I couldn’t make head or tail of his behaviour. Later, the jail authorities told me he had a problem with authority.”
Dibakar wonders if the whole thing with Bunty is a publicity stunt. However, a reliable source from the channel confirms that Bunty has been sent packing for good. “There’s no question of his coming back. He has abused and violated the basic rules of the show. He abused the girls and broke the mike and camera. We had to persuade him out of the Bigg Boss house. We offered to send him back home to Delhi. But he refused to take our offer. As far as we are concerned, he’s out of show for good.”
The other school of thought is that Bunty was brought into the Bigg Boss’ house as in-house counterpart to the host Salman Khan.
BOMBAY TIMES (October 5, 2010)
If there’s one actor who’s revelling in his new found glory it’s star son Aarya Babbar. The actor not only has his hands full with two mainstream film projects, but is also involved in far too many things than what people know. Recently, the actor also launched the first look of his graphic novel Pushpak Viman. Ask Aarya how was it to shift gears from acting to writing and he says, “I’m not shifting gears, writing has been my passion all along. So when I came across a good story to narrate, I thought why not give it a shot?”
Post his critically-acclaimed performance in Madhur Bandarkar’s Jail, life has really turned up trumps for him. Acknowledging it, Aarya exuberantly says, “It’s actually given a new lease to my career so much so that it got me Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan where I star alongside Akshay Kumar and also Anees Bazmee’s Ready where I share screen space with my most loved superstar Salman Khan!”
Not many know that Aarya is also dabbling between an international project, regional cinema and producing his first stage project, too. “By God’s grace, after four years of no work, I am finally happy that I have enough work to keep me busy. I have yearned for all this and now that I have so many things, I’m going to savour every moment,” says the earnest actor.
Despite so much in his kitty he claims to still be struggling. Ask him for what and he quips, “To give everyone around sleepless nights!”
Faruk Kabir says it was a practical decision for him to step into the role as he knew the character really well
Prithwish Ganguly (BOMBAY TIMES; September 30, 2010)
Film-maker Faruk Kabir, who has also tried his hands at acting in his gritty underbelly movie Allah Ke Banday, that explores how children take to violence and the state of jail houses that hold child convicts in India, says acting happened to him by chance. “I had no one to act alongside my lead Vijay, played by Sharman Joshi, right up to the point when we were just days away from starting to shoot and we desperately needed someone. I had auditioned some known actors but they all wanted Sharman’s role. Since I was the only person who knew the character of Yakub really well, having researched extensively by meeting two children whose life experiences have greatly inspired the plot of the movie, my team and I thought that it was practical for me to step into the act as we couldn’t have delayed the shoot as we were walking on a really tight rope,” Faruk tells us.
The actor/director, who also boasts of having veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah in his movie, adds, “Sharman and Naseerji really helped me a lot during my process of being an actor. It’s good to work alongside great actors as you get inspired to give your best, too.”
Faruk adds that it was TOI’s constant coverage on child convicts and the state of their prisons that inspired him to take up the subject as his premise for the film. “From drugs to fights, everything is common in these jails. Once a child goes through such experiences, he or she is never the same again,” he ends.
Music composer Pritam on being gifted a posh, white one by Bhushan Kumar
That music composer Pritam Chakraborty hates surprise gifts is known. The last one from his wife on his birthday almost landed him in jail: she cooked up a story about an arrest so that he would rush home from work. Not funny.
But Pritam’s latest surprise gift has him at a complete loss of words. Some days ago, the composer woke up to find a posh, white BMW parked under his building. It was a gift from T-Series head honcho Bhushan Kumar.
Apparently, the gift is in appreciation of Pritam’s music in the Salman Khan starrer Ready. Now here’s the problem. Bhushan Kumar had gifted Pritam a Honda Accord earlier, which the composer has still not used. Singer Mika too gifted Pritam a gigangic Fortuner automobile before this. And Pritam wanted to return it to the singer, who wouldn’t take it back.
But Bhushan Kumar comes from a different school of thought. He says, “Gifting cars is a tradition in our company established by my father (the late Gulshan Kumar). When he died I fulfilled the promises that he made to himself about gifting cars to some producers and composers. I felt Pritam is a grand composer and deserves to move around in no less than a BMW.”
The composer however prefers a Santro to any other car. And it gets better. Given a choice between a three-wheeler and a car, he would pick the former. Says Pritam, “My favourite mode of transport is the autorickshaw.
I find them exhilarating, liberating and inspiring. (We wonder what he thought of our Meter Jam campaign). The only car I use is my Santro. All my music is in this car. I often take off in the night to listen to my compositions.”
Pritam finally decided to keep the white BMW. But he has an oddly coy explanation for changing his mind. Says Pritam, “I’ve taken it out a couple of times. It has all these fancy blue lights shining up in the front. I quite like the lights.”
Film producer Gaurang Doshi, playing a hilarious cat and mouse game with cops for 13 days, emerges from self-imposed isolation to face dowry charges
The rattling of bolts on Gaurang Doshi’s front door was like music to the ears of the policemen stationed outside, 24×7 for the last 13 days.
At noon on Tuedsay, the film producer under self-inflicted house arrest emerged from his house dressed in jeans, t-shirt and sandals, casually flicking his car keys as if nothing had happened. He went to the main gate, told the watchman “Mercedes ka chabi lao”, changed his mind and walked outside. He stood at the side of the road for a while, squinting his eyes like a man who’d seen sunlight after a long time, hailed a cab, and sped away.
Doshi, once in the news for making the Amitabh Bachchan starrer Aankhen, was heading to Girgaum court, which had granted a stay against a warrant for his arrest for repeatedly failing to appear for a dowry case filed by his wife Madhuri.
Since September 1, soon after the non-bailable arrest order had been passed, Doshi had been holed up in his home with his domestic help and his mother, pretending to be out of town while police officers sat on the stairs outside waiting to arrest him. They threatened to cut off the electricity and water supply to the house, but he didn’t yield.
Inside the two-bedroom apartment, in Vikas Apartments on Pedder Road, the last 13 days were strangely uneventful.
The inmates - Doshi, two domestic employees, and his mother - spent their time watching TV serials, movies, and just lounging as if on vacation.
“I saw about 25 films, and lots of saas-bahu serials. I also slept a lot. My mother was there, so I had company,” Doshi told Mumbai Mirror. “I was afraid of coming out because of the cops outside. I was scared that they would beat me up. I was waiting for my lawyer to help me.” When we had spoken to Doshi last week, he had said he was in Delhi working on a big project.
For supplies, one of the domestic help would occasionally sneak out the back entrance while the cops were sitting out front. For garbage disposal, the waste was simply chucked out of the window.
In contrast to the calm inside, there was constant frenetic activity outside the house.
The cops sitting at the doorstep would periodically lose their cool and command Doshi to relent.
Other residents, fed up of having policemen camped on the stairway, would often join the chorus. And the society sweeper, caught unawares by new pieces of garbage being flung from the third-floor window, would repeatedly crib.
On Tuesday, Doshi was given a dressing down at the Girgaum court after turning up almost two hours late because he overslept. “He was cautioned by the judge, who made it clear that he has to appear in all the hearings or he will be sent to jail,” his lawyer Rishi Bhuta said. According to a family friend, he was relaxed after coming back from the court, and went off to sleep again.
In 2005, more than 10 years after they got married, Doshi’s wife had filed a complaint of cruelty and dowry harassment against him in the Gamdevi police station.
A trial is going on in Girgaum court but Doshi has skipped court hearings despite repeated summons. Madhuri has accused Doshi of assaulting her, and of having an affair with aspiring actress Flora Saini.
Saini, too, filed a case of harassment and battery against Doshi in 2007.
Former Rashtriya Janata Dal MP Pappu Yadav is behind bars. But he wants to watch Dabangg for having helped Sonu Sood enact the role of a Bihari politician in the film
Former MP of Bihar, Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav, who is currently serving a term in prison, wants to watch the forthcoming Salman Khan starrer Dabangg before the release of the film.
Aesthetics aside, the jailbird helped Sonu Sood play the role of a Bihari politician in the film. The actor had met Yadav before starting work on the film to get all his acting nuances right. Pappu can teach, saala!
A couple of days ago, Yadav’s wife, Ranjita Ranjan, sent a request to Sonu to arrange for a special screening in the slammer. Commenting on the role and Yadav’s influence on his thespian abilities, Sonu says, “Yes, I have imitated Yadav’s look and body language in Dabangg.
|Pappu Yadav (below); a still from Dabangg|
Now that he wants to watch the film in jail, I hope some arrangements are made. I am going to talk to Arbaaz Khan (producer of Dabangg) about this. If yet nothing comes of it, then we shall have a special screening for his wife and friends. However, I don’t know what the authorities will decide.”
Sonu Sood got to know Pappu Yadav through Yadav’s brother-in-law. What connections. The actor happened to visit Bihar in July this year and it is on this trip that Yadav offered to host him and tour him around Purnia, Bhabhua, Siwan and Gopalganj to give him a taste of life in the badlands. Sonu gladly accepted the offer.
Reminiscing those days, Sonu adds, “I don’t know too much about Bihari politics but meeting Yadav was certainly interesting.
He was quite excited about Dabangg. He also offered to show me around the state and meet his political colleagues.” It’s payback time for Sonu.
... but in her film, Mugdha says she’s going to spook everybody out
Sharin Wader Butani | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; August 13, 2010)
Mugdha Godse has been lucky in Bollywood, she has experimented with different genres and worked with leading stars and directors in Fashion, All The Best and Jail. And now the sexy actress wants to try her luck in the spirit world. People are going to literally call out for ‘Help’ says Mugdha who is starring with Bobby Deol in a horror film by that name which releases today, Friday the 13th.
“There have been many scary films though none of them managed to spook people out, but I’m confident that I will do what others couldn’t in Help,” says the actress who’s plays a possessed character in the film. “Those who have seen Help have said that I’m not just a good-looking ghost, I scare people too,” adds Mugdha.
She believes that ghosts do exist. “I’ve not had any encounters with them yet, neither do I want to… I’m a big fattu, but I know that they are around. During the film’s promotion, I was needed to go to spooky places but I chickened out… what if I really got possessed,” asks the actress.
Mugdha’s ghostly act is yet to be seen, but her white bikini picture for the film did grab eyeballs. “I didn’t know that the bikini is still a novelty for people. I didn’t bat an eyelid before wearing it. Thankfully, I have a readymade bikini body and don’t have to slog it out at the last moment to look perfect,” says Mugdha.
There were also rumours that she’s done a hot kissing scene with Bobby. “There are some nice romantic scenes between us but no kissing scene. Bobby is a good friend and a fantastic actor. But then I make friends with all my co-stars,” says the friendly star.