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SRK claims he shall continue to do films he believes in, regardless of what others have to say about them
Shakti Shetty (MID-DAY; November 25, 2012)
Although his last offering successfully rode on the Diwali wave, it got mixed critical reviews. But Shah Rukh Khan says he chooses films not just for the sake of prosperity and posterity.
King Khan needs something more — belief in the director and the crew involved in a project.
Over the past few years, after doing films such as My Name is Khan, Don and Ra. One, King Khan is back to his favourite genre — romance — with Jab Tak Hai Jaan. However, the actor maintains that he usually chooses his movies on impulse but doesn’t take his job or stardom for granted.
“I totally love the people associated with a film. I remember when Ashutosh (Gowariker) came to me with Swades, I was keener on doing Jodhaa Akbar but he asked me to be part of this film as he wanted to dedicate it to his father. I instantly agreed. After all, he’s one of my earliest friends from the industry and I believed in his vision for Mohan Bharghav,” he reminisces.
A similar backdrop resonated with his decision to make Chak De! “My dad loved hockey and I played the sport very well too. So, although I had to sport a beard, with a dozen unknown girls and no songs to lip-sync, I agreed to the idea. It turned out to be wonderful.” When asked whether there will be a sequel to his first big screen superhero venture — which was a commercial setback for him — SRK sounds More >
The Marrakech film festival will pay a special tribute to late Yash Chopra and will host an Indian delegation led by Amitabh Bachchan
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; November 21, 2012)
Thousands of miles away from the Indian shores, Marrakech is all set to celebrate the 100 years of Indian cinema with the biggest film festival. The gala that will kick off on December 1 will see an Indian delegation of actors including Hrithik Roshan, Tabu, Abhay Deol, Arjun Rampal, Priyanka Chopra, Sridevi and others led by Amitabh Bachchan.
Sources also say that a special tribute for the late filmmaker Yash Chopra has been arranged in the Moroccan city alongside the screening of Jab Tak Hai Jaan. SRK is also likely to be present.
Bachchan says, “I remember with deep gratitude my last visit to Marrakech in October 2003 and the warmth and the hospitality that was extended to us during our short stay. I look forward to the pleasure of being there again.”
Some of the films that will be screened during the festival are Don, Don 2, Jodhaa Akbar, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Ghum, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Student Of The Year, English Vinglish, Veer Zaara and Barfi!
Shah Rukh Khan says he finds it very difficult to point out the flaws in any given film
Shakti Shetty (MID-DAY; November 13, 2012)
The King Khan recently turned 47 but he looks way too younger than his actual age. His overzealous yet engaging personality has to be blamed! Exuding an aura of wisdom — laced with frank anecdotes — Shah Rukh Khan is effortlessly witty. The actor- producer is not only upbeat about his latest film Jab Tak Hai Jaan but also nostalgic about director Yash Chopra. In a candid chat, SRK talks about his career, cinema and criticism.
Don’t you get fed up of playing a lover boy in every second film? My question to you is, don’t you get fed up of calling me a lover boy although I don’t play him in every second film? (Smiles) A classic love story would be the one in which a boy meets a girl, falls in love and croons ‘Tujhe dekha toh yeh jana sanam…’ So in my mind, the last time I played a lover boy was in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Not even Veer- Zaara, because it had a politico- religious angle.
So you’re not doing the conventional roles? What may seem conventional to others is non- conventional to me. All one has to do is look at my filmography. I did a Dilwale Dulhania… after five years of doing films like Anjaam, Baazigar and Darr because I didn’t want to be get bracketed as a romantic actor. Every character I play is different from the one I essayed before.
In hindsight, how do you see Ra One? To be frank, I don’t have hindsight. Once I finish a film, I More >
Grandeur in the on-screen celebrations of the festival as seen in the 60s seems to be missing these days
Seema Sinha (BOMBAY TIMES; August 21, 2012)
Mujhe mil gaya bahana teri deed ka, kaisi khushi leke aaya chand Eid ka… the romantic composition from Barsaat Ki Raat (1960) is a befitting tribute to the festive moon while celebrating the elegance and nazaakat of the Urdu language and grandeur sets.
The grand success of K Asif’s extravagant historical Mughal-E-Azam (1960) was followed by a spate of Muslim celebrations in the sixties. While the decade saw the celluloid celebration of Islam and its grandeur shot on elaborate sets and costumes de rigueur, all of it waned in the seventies.
According to film experts, the nawabi culture, refinement and extreme romanticism gave the scope for Eid celebration in the movies in the 40s, 50s and the 60s. Purdah-nashin heroine lifting the veil of the burqa and smiling through gleaming, beautiful eyes coupled with some unforgettable lyrics and music — the festive fervour got a romantic back drop. In recent times, Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan saw Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif dancing to the beats of the Eid song Wallah Wallah, which appeared more like an item number than a festive celebration. “It was a matter of fact inclusiveness of Eid celebrations those days, but now we have political, contemporary themes in urban setting where the narrative doesn’t have space to fit it in. Even a film like Jodhaa Akbar didn’t have Eid More >
IANS (MID-DAY; July 3, 2012)
After lending his voice for almost all top-notch actors like Amitabh Bachchan and Hrithik Roshan, playback singer Javed Ali wants to sing for superstar Shah Rukh Khan.
“I have always been complimented that my voice matches all actors like Shahid Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan. But I have not sung for Shah Rukh Khan and I would like to sing for him,” he told IANS in an interview.
Ali has been the voice behind many hit numbers like “Jashn-e-bahaara ” from the film “Jodhaa Akbar” and “Guzaarish” from “Ghajini”. To do justice to a song, Ali feels that it is important to have details about the situation of a song. ”When a song is recorded, we are told about the situation and the stars in the movie. So, we keep that in mind and the star’s body language and style,” he said.
To ensure that his voice suits the actor, some times Ali listens to others’ songs. ”When I had to sing ‘Kajra re’ for ‘Bunty Aur Babli’, I thought that my voice will not match that of Amitabh Bachchan’s. I heard Kishore-da’s (Kishore Kumar) ‘Inteha ho gayi’ and I used the same style,” he explained.
Talking about the change in the music industry, Ali likes to believe that it has improved and said that “there was a time in the 1980s when music was almost over. If you think about it, it will be tough for you to remember any song which came during that time. But now music has come back. There are amazing musicians like Vishal-Shekhar, Amit Trivedi, Sneha More >
Sonu Sood gets to taste blood with some unusual characters
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; July 1, 2012)
Once in a while, a film comes along and elevates an actor’s art to another level. Maximum is that film in Sonu Sood’s career.
In his 12 years in the movies, the six-footer with an enviable physique has worked with some mainstream pashas: Mani Ratnam (Yuva), Ashutosh Gowarikar (Jodhaa Akbar), Anees Bazmee (Singh Is Kinng), Kodi Ramakrishna (Arundhati), Abhinav Kashyap (Dabangg). But no other role he’s done can quite match up to the intensity of Pratap Pandit, a power-hungry encounter specialist modelled on the incarcerated cop Pradeep Sharma. Naturally, the 39-year-old actor is elated.
Between radio interviews and a family lunch break; the actor talks of how he’s finally got a shot at some memorable roles.
One heard you are so happy with the praise you got for Maximum that you returned the cheque? Yes, I did. It’s a gesture of gratitude. I’ve waited 12 years for a film like this one. And since I was very happy with what I saw— I told the director that I didn’t want a fee for it. He had given me something far more valuable than money.
Is it also true that Pradeep Sharma’s family complimented you? Before I started shooting the film, I had followed Pradeep Sharma’s life through the media. Actually, the script was well-researched. It was tweaked 52 times before it was brought to me. So, in a sense, the screen characters felt very life-like. But I hadn’t met him. Two nights More >
Sonakshi’s special gift for Punam Sinha on Mother’s Day
Roshni K Olivera (BOMBAY TIMES; May 8, 2011)
It’s Mother’s Day, a special day… and who better than the beautiful Sonakshi Sinha to talk about her mom, the elegant Punam Sinha, who she says is the “epitome of courage, strength and perseverance.” Excerpts…
What does Mother’s Day mean to you? • It’s nice to have a day dedicated to mothers. But personally I would celebrate with my mom any time by taking her out on a vacation or doing something together. I’m happy celebrating Mother’s Day because she likes it. It’s special.
Is there something special you have planned for her? • I’m going to be at home as I’m not shooting today. I plan to give my mom five saris, all designed by me. After 20 years of wearing salwars, she now loves wearing saris and she looks beautiful in them.
You got her to switch to saris? • She switched to saris over the last three years. It started when she was campaigning along with dad (Shatrughan Sinha) in Patna.
How did you feel when your mother returned to acting after 25 years with Jodhaa Akbar? • I was very happy for her. It was a different feeling to see her going to shoot. I went to the sets too.
You’d like to act with her in a movie? • Of course! But I’m sure everyone will look at her as she is 79 times prettier than me!
How was she when you were younger… quite strict? Did you have a deadline to reach home? • I still have deadlines! But, mom and I are very close. More >
By Subhash K. Jha, May 3, 2011 – 15:40 IST
The gentle genius from the world of cinematography, Ravi K. Chandran is no more part of Karan Johar’s production of Agneepath.
No one knows exactly what prompted this maestro of the moving pictures to move away from this commitment. But this is not the first time that Ravi has had issues over the way a film has to be shot.
He says, “I’ve commitments with Murugadoss (the Tamil director of Ghajini) for a Tamil film which I’ve been shooting. So Kiran Deohans is doing the rest of the film.”
However, Ravi adds that he will be shooting another film for Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions soon. “I’ve great respect for Dharma Productions and Karan Johar. I will be shooting a film for them at the end of this year.”
Kiran Deohans who has shot Ashutosh Gowariker’s Jodhaa Akbar, among others, was unnecessarily apprehensive of talking on the matter.
Said Deohans, “Yes, talks are on. You will have to speak to Karan on this matter. I don’t know any details.”
Would Kiran Deohans be able to take over Ravi Chandran’s vision with seamless effortlessness?
By Taran Adarsh, April 19, 2011 – 08:52 IST
He’s going through a rough patch professionally, what with RAAVAN, KHELEIN HUM JEE JAAN SEY and GAME sinking faster than Titanic at the box-office. Dum Maaro Dum, his new release, is expected to pull Abhishek Bachchan out of the crisis. A tantalizing song, pulsating action sequences, a generous dose of skin show, an ensemble star cast… DUM MAARO DUM seems like the perfect package to woo the viewers in hordes. At least initially. Thereafter, the content will do the talking.
Abhishek doesn’t deny he’s nervous. “I haven’t watched the film in entirety. Sure, I have watched the rough cut, but not with the complete background score et al. I’ve been travelling, promoting the film in various cities, so I haven’t really had the time to watch the final print. But I am nervous. There’s an extra pressure on this film,” Abhishek tells me.
Was he disheartened when RAAVAN, KHELEIN HUM JEE JAAN SEY and GAME failed at the box-office? “Of course, I was! It breaks you completely. I was shattered when RAAVAN failed. I couldn’t shoot for the next 10 days. I lost confidence after RAAVAN flopped. Prior to RAAVAN, people had praised my restrained performance in PAA. With RAAVAN, they said he doesn’t know how to act. The media doesn’t make you forget your failures. RAAVAN was released almost a year ago. It’s time to move on, right?” he states with utmost honesty.
Well, when you have Mani Ratnam, Ashutosh Gowariker and Farhan More >
By Subhash K. Jha, April 2, 2011 – 12:34 IST
A somewhat sticky situation on the sets of Poori Jagannath’s Bbuddah on Tuesday, nearly blew up into a full-fledged crisis.
Sonu Sood who was shooting with the mighty Bachchan for the first time in his career was told to do a sequence where he had to get rough with the Legend. Nervous and anxious to begin with, Sood simply froze at the thought of acting so belligerent with the Big B and that too on the second day of his shooting with him.
Says an eyewitness, “Sonu simply went cold. Every actor who faces the camera with Mr. Bachchan for the first time, goes through some amount of nervousness. But when Sonu was told he had to rough up Mr. Bachchan he was panic-stricken. He tried to convince director Poori Jagannath to postpone the sequence, arguing – and not wrongly – that he would be able to handle the aggression against someone so senior and legendary after shooting with him for a while. But Puri wouldn’t listen.”
The final straw was the moment when Sonu was supposed to push the Big B to the ground. Known to be a thorough professional Sonu simply refused to do the needful. Says the source, “Sonu had to say some very rude things to Mr. Bachchan on camera. He managed somehow cringing and apologizing after every shot. But when he was told to physically push Mr. Bachchan, Sonu staged a walk out. ‘Sorry Sir, yeh mujhse nahin hoga,’ he said.”
Apparently, the Big B kept persuading Sood to go ahead and give the More >