Posts tagged Joginder Tuteja
By Joginder Tuteja, October 12, 2010 – 11:38 IST
Pick up any of the films where Akshay Kumar has worked with Vipul Shah and it is crystal clear that each of these films has been different. Whether it was Aankhen [a blind robber], Waqt [a wayward rich son], Namastey London [a village simpleton with a heart of gold] or Singh Is Kingg [a goofy villager], Akshay has been brought out of his zone on number of occasions and made to do something different film after film.
Now that they return with their fifth outing together, Action Replayy, Akshay and Vipul are all set to bring in something unique yet again. A retro film, Action Replayy would not just see Akshay in two different time zones separated by decades but also in three different looks as well as characterisation.
With audience expecting Akshay to do something different after a series of comic outings in the past, Vipul (expectedly) continues to heap praises on his lead actor who has stood by him ever since he turned filmmaker more than half a decade ago.
“I have always believed that Akshay is a terrific all rounder. All he needs is to be challenged as an actor”, says Vipul who has also worked with Ajay Devgn and Salman Khan [London Dreams] in the interim period, “In Action Replayy, we have gone through a complete transformation for Akshay; something that he has never done before.”
Continuing in the same vein, he adds, “In our last outing together (Singh Is Kinng), he got an identity of being a Punjabi boy. Now people will love him for his retro look. No one would have expected something like that from him or me, especially so after the films that we have made together. However, the idea was to surprise and this retro avtar is going to surprise quite a few out there.”
Well, people are in for a surprise for sure. With ‘Zor Ka Jhatka‘ presenting Akshay in a never seen before look, the feelers have also started coming in that there are two more looks that the actor carries in the film. One being that of an old man and another who is a little goofy before the entire look transformation takes place.
Despite the light hearted mood that the film promises to carry, Vipul wishes to call Action Replayy as a romantic musical that provides wholesome entertainment to all segments of audience. This would mean that after a series of largely comic outings [Housefull, De Dana Dan, Kambakkht Ishq], Akshay could well be seen in something truly different.
“That was the intent”, Vipul corroborates, “Akshay is a much bigger actor than what we see of him on screen. This is why I strive to do different things with him. In fact I am surprised to a certain extent that people have not really utilised his true potential as an actor. It is so strange that someone who is capable of doing so many things is time and again offered mainly comedies. No, I am not saying that a film should not have humour. But then I also feel that a film should not just be about humour. This is what makes Action Replayy stand apart from the rest.”
By Joginder Tuteja, October 9, 2010 – 11:30 IST
Excited? In fact I was really-really excited when I got a thought of doing a feature on the 40 years journey of Amitabh Bachchan as he turns 68 on 11th October. ‘Wow’, I said to myself, ‘For anyone, it is a lifetime opportunity to be doing something truly substantial on the professional life of an actor who doesn’t have any parallel in the industry for last 40 years’.
And just as it would happened to those dozens of actors who would have jumped with joy when given an opportunity to share centre stage with Amitabh Bachchan, I too found myself pretty much frozen. Pen down the film journey? That too of someone like Amitabh Bachchan? THE Amitabh Bachchan?
Nervous? Puzzled? Confused? Worried? – No, I thought for long but I wasn’t feeling any one of these emotions. Also, it wasn’t even the sum of all of these. And now I know why actors just go ahead and make a sweet and simple statement when asked to comment on their working with Amitabh Bachchan – ‘Oh, I was so excited yet nervous about working with Mr. Bachchan. But then he assured me enough so that I could deliver my best.’
Wish he was there with me as well to assure me when I started penning down this feature. After all the fact remains that books have been written on the life and the times of Amitabh Bachchan. He has been a subject for many a thesis writer. And now it was my turn to do something substantial for audience to know about how the living legend has grown with every passing decade and reaffirmed his place in the industry.
Of course there are dozens of anecdotes to be shared. But then hasn’t everything, just about everything about him, already been well documented, preserved and savoured? If we have been reading the dozen odd major books that have been written on him, we know about majority of these anecdotes. ‘So what’s new’, I said to myself. When you have a subject like Amitabh Bachchan, one is bound to end up wearing a fan’s hat as well and end up going on a few tangents as well.
This is where Google came in handy. I thought, let me browse through the wide world of web and figure out something that I was myself perhaps unaware of. And this is how I came across a startling fact. A fact that in addition to dozen odd guest/special appearances that he has done for known films like Kunwara Baap, Choti Si Baat, Guddi, Chala Murari Hero Banane, Golmaal, Chashme Baddoor, Professar Ki Padosan, Soorma Bhopali, Agni Vasrha, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom and many more, there are quite a few more that have went totally unnoticed.
In fact some of the guest appearances belong to the kind that even went un-credited. Unfortunately, DVDs of most of the films are not available on stands that could have aided in cross checking the validity of the information I gathered. Perhaps the man himself would be able to shed light on whether the snippets below belonging to ‘Did you know’ category really existed and then lost in the pages of history? Is this all true or perhaps just folk fare?
Let’s browse through them and await more inputs from film historians or the man on the Big Seat – Big B!
- Before Akshay Kumar and John Abraham, it was Amitabh Bachchan who had acted in Garam Masala. No, not under the baton of Priyadarshan but a director called Aspi Irani. The film was released in 1972 and Amitabh Bachchan had played the role of Robert Taylor in it. To think about it, this was a film where he was un-credited.
- He had also done a guest appearance in a film called Jaban (1972) which was a zero star cast affair. This time around there was some relief for Bachchan though since he also had Dharmendra and Shatrughan Sinha for company, all of whom were billed as special appearance.
- To add to the trivia, there was also a film titled Bada Kabootar (1973) which was directed by Deven Verma and had featured the actor in a guest appearance.
- Many years down the line, he made a special appearance as a ‘Qawalli’ singer in Charandas (1977).
- It wasn’t as if he went un-credited or made minor appearances only during his initial struggle period in Bollywood. Even when he had managed superstar status for himself, he was ever so willing to help out friends in need. This is why he was willing to go un-credited for his role of a Punjabi truck driver in Amjad Khan starrer Commander (1981).
- In the same year (1981), he also made a special appearance for Mehar Mittal starrer Walayati Babu.
- A few years down the line, he also played a minor role in Sujit Kumar’s Paan Khaye Saiyan Hamaar (1984), a film which is hardly remembered by any today.
- Last but certainly not the least, there was a film called Bombay Talkie (1970) where he played the role of a mourner in a funeral? Well, if this is not a bad news by itself, here is some more. His scene from the film was deleted and hence he remained un-credited. Shocked? Well, I too was!
By Joginder Tuteja, October 8, 2010 – 11:26 IST
Has Emraan Hashmi joined the ‘powerful’ cast of Rajkumar Santoshi’s Power which is fast turning out to be the most star studded affairs of 2011? Well, that’s the gossip going around in the industry circles ever since Power first came in news close to a fortnight ago.
Says an industry insider, “Yes, there have been talks of Emraan making an appearance in the film. Though the actor doesn’t do too many multi starrers, he did give the film a close hearing when he was approached for it. Rajkumar Santoshi is a huge name and his ensemble starrers can prove to be a huge draw. Also, Emraan too has opened up more after the smash success of Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai which was a two hero project. He too feels that it isn’t bad after all to bring in that occasional multi starrer in his profile.”
Well, if Power stars Emraan, it would indeed turn out to be a casting coup of sorts with people across all generations being a part of this Firoz Nadiadwala biggie. While Amitabh Bachchan heads the star-cast, veteran actors like Sanjay Dutt and Anil Kapoor bring in over 30 years of working experience each. Ajay Devgn is at the peak of his career after being around for 20 years and Emraan Hashmi being established in his own right completes the picture. Kangna Ranaut, Ameesha Patel and newbie Lekha Washington bring on the glamour quotient hence making Power a powerful experience.
However, the man in the question – Emraan – diffuses the speculation and denies that he is doing the film. “No, I am not a part of it”, is all that he is willing to comment when quizzed around the rumour making the rounds.
Though he isn’t willing to open up on the topic, rightly so because all his concentration is currently on his latest release Crook, he doesn’t deny the fact that he was approached for the role.
“Yes, I was in talks with Firoz bhai. We did have discussions that were taken to some level. However, it eventually didn’t work out. So yes, for the record, I am not doing Power. There is always a next time though”, says Emraan.
One would have thought though after Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, he won’t mind being a part of big multi starrers.
“Of course I won’t but then it isn’t that suddenly you would start seeing me in many multi starrers”, he says, “Even when I did Once Upon A Time…, it was after much deliberation. The results are there to be seen. It is the subject that ultimately matters and what you bring to the table. The script has to work. I haven’t switched on a green light to do multi starrers or films outside Vishesh Films. There is no such conscious decision. It isn’t about a multi starrer as a solo lead. I have to do a good job in a good film. Period.”
Well, that should set the record once for and all.
By Joginder Tuteja, October 8, 2010 – 12:48 IST
Crook releases today and while the entire team waits to see audience reactions, there is one actor who is already content. He is Arjan Bajwa, the anti-hero in the film, who is elated with the very fact that Mahesh Bhatt (who is presenting the film) has singled out his performance for being expressive and honest. Apparently, when the senior filmmaker watched the film, he showered appreciation on the young actor.
“Even after I had shot for the film, I was apprehensive about whether I had indeed performed well”, says Arjan who had earlier seen good appreciation coming his way for the mean character he had played in Mani Ratnam’s Guru, “Everything got sorted out by itself when Bhatt saab called me and shared his views about my performance in the film.”
Though he pauses here, a close associate of his who has also worked in the film divulges, “Bhatt saab was mighty impressed by Arjan. He commented that Arjan was not a flat or a mechanical actor and was pretty expressive in his act. He also added that his eyes said whatever he was thinking which came from the fact that he was emoting in his mind as well. Now that was pretty reassuring and encouraging because Bhatt saab has worked with the biggest actors in the industry and is one of the most respected film personalities around.”
On his part, Arjan is glad that he bagged Crook as his first major film after Fashion.
“Yes, it has been a big moment”, smiles Arjan, “It has been a conscious effort for me to work with the best. I am not looking at quantity here. If that was the case, I would have signed half a dozen films in last couple of years. However, after working with Madhur Bhandarkar (Fashion), Mani Ratnam (Guru), Hema Malini (Tell Me O Khuda) and now Mohit Suri (Crook), I have to maintain a certain track record. I agree that my journey has been slow but then it is steady. It takes a lot to resist the temptation of working in numerous films and wait only for the best.”
Well, one looks forward to how best does Crook turn for Arjan. In the film, he plays the part of a quintessential hot headed Punjabi guy who is living abroad and takes extreme measures to save Indian culture and its roots. While his ways to fight racism are pretty radical, in his heart he carries a desire to safeguard Indians.
“In a way he is a face off opposite Emraan”, adds Arjan. And how about the songs? After all it is Emraan who has walked away with the chartbuster songs again. “Well, Mohit has compensated for that by giving me a wonderful role while from Bhatt saab is worth a million songs”, he signs off.
By Joginder Tuteja, October 7, 2010 – 11:01 IST
There are good expectations from the music of Action Replayy. After all more often than not, music of Vipul Shah has been popular with the masses. Though London Dreams couldn’t find a wider audience, music of Namastey London, Waqt as well as Aankhen had worked with the audience. Even otherwise, his production Singh Is Kinng boasted of chartbuster music. With Pritam at the helm of affairs who pairs up with his lyricist partner Irshad Kamil all over again, you do expect a good soundtrack. However, you are not quite sure about the genre it would belong to. Whether the music would turn out to be out and out romantic or would it have a strong element of fun to it? Let’s find that out.
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What catches your attention even before you play on the album is the sheer number of songs that have been included in Action Replayy. Really, after the likes of Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani or a Love Aaj Kal [incidentally both of them have Pritam as a composer], Action Replayy has to be the heaviest album around. There are as many as nine distinct songs with remixes of four of them. For an Akshay Kumar starrer, this has to be the biggest musical album ever since one can remember.
First to arrive is ‘Zor Ka Jhatka‘ and call it incidental but the song indeed leaves a ‘zor ka jhatka’ from the very first note. This one is a thumping hit for sure, as evidenced in the manner it keeps a relentless pace right through its four minute duration. Indian in appeal and carrying a theme (evils of marriage) which is not hard to relate, ‘Zor Ka Jhatka‘ is a fun track that has Daler Mehndi pairing up with Richa Sharma. Both the singers thoroughly enjoy their stint behind the mike and this is visible in the energy that comes along. A sure shot chartbuster which has Master Salim singing for the ‘remix version’. However, it is the Daler Mehendi version you want to go back to.
A complete mood shift is enabled with ‘O Bekhabar‘ which has a distinct Yash Chopra feel to it. Swiss Alps and chiffon sareers aren’t difficult to be visualised in this romantic track where Shreya Ghoshal gives yet another good account of herself. This one belongs to the kind of Bollywood tracks that have never failed for decades. Pritam along with Irshad Kamil grasp the ‘pyaar mohabbat’ theme well and present a melodious song to the audience that they won’t mind listening on a repeat mode.
If you have seen the promos of Action Replayy, you wouldn’t have missed listening to the sound of ‘Nakhre‘. A fun celebration track that brings on a carnival affect, ‘Nakhre‘ is a true blue retro track that has singer Francois Castellino getting the Elivs Presley mood recreated. While the intentions are noble here and the core tune right as well, it is the singing that makes one a tad dissatisfied. In an attempt to recreate the Elvis magic, the final result isn’t as desired that makes one feel that ‘Nakhre‘ (which also appears in a ‘remix version’) could have been far better.
However, the disappointment doesn’t stay on for long as Sunidhi Chauhan and Ritu Pathak come together for the ‘holi’ number ‘Chhan Ke Mohalla‘. Really, this one turns out to be as instantly catchy as ‘Zor Ka Jhatka‘ and turns out to be yet another chartbuster knocking on the doors. With a Laxmikant Pyaarelal flavour to it, ‘Chhan Ke Mohalla‘ reminds one of their 70s compositions and is instantly likeable. Also, there is an instant element of seduction to it, something which is expected from a ‘holi’ number, which further makes one listen to the ‘remix version’ with added anticipation.
What comes next though is a song straight out of Pritam territory with ‘Tera Mera Pyaar‘ turning out to be a song that would have been gladly picked up by Bhatts or Imtiaz Ali. A soothing love song with Karthik, Mahalakshmi and Antara Mitra doing quite well to get the lovey-dovey mood on, ‘Tera Mera Pyaar‘ (also arriving later in the ‘remix version’) continues to add on to the different moods of Action Replayy. By this time around, one is sure that the soundtrack is a mix of love songs as well as fun numbers which leads one to check out what next is in store.
This is the reason why one is not surprised when it is a fun dance number that comes in immediately. ‘Dhak Dhak Dhak‘ has Mika going ballistic and after hearing it a couple of times, you too join all the fun. With a core Indian feel to it, ‘Dhak Dhak Dhak‘ – a dance number – never really rests and maintains its tempo right from start till the end.
Next to arrive is ‘Luk Chup Jaana‘ which is yet another track that has the potential to make it into the charts. This one again requires just half a listening to realise that it has a Pritam stamp all over it. In fact one is surprised that this well orchestrated and arranged dance number sung by Tulsi Kumar and KK hadn’t arrived in the album a little earlier. It really deserved to and if promoted well, could be one of the highlight tracks in the film.
Even with so much to offer, the platter doesn’t get empty with Pritam churning out yet another number – this time a rock track – ‘I Am Dog Gone Crazy‘. Though the lyrics suggest an out and out whacky number, which is not really the case as singer Suraj Jagan keeps his vocals under control. Rather than turning out to be hardcore rock that leads to a restricted audience for itself, it stays within boundaries to auger well with the quintessential Bollywood followers as well.
Shreya Ghoshal, the only singer in the album to enjoy two solo tracks for herself, returns with ‘Baki Main Bhool Gayi‘. A love song that has a definite tempo to it and moves ahead with some racy beats, ‘Baki Main Bhool Gayi‘ may not be the chosen one from the crowd. Still, as a part of the package in Action Replayy where there is no full moment, this last song in the album as well manages to make its own contribution.
Action Replayy is a fun album and better than what had initially expected. In fact while it is ‘Zor Ka Jhatka‘ followed by ‘Nakhre‘ and ‘O Bekhabar‘ which are being currently promoted, there are quite a few other songs that deserve to find attention for themselves. With exactly a month to go for the release of the film, one would definitely want to see more of ‘Chhan Ke Mohalla’, ‘Luk Chup Jaana‘ and ‘Tera Mera Pyaar‘ at the least. An entertaining album that doesn’t have a single dull moment.
Zor Ka Jhatka, Chhan Ke Mohalla, O Bekhabar, Luk Chup Jaana, Tera Mera Pyaar
By Joginder Tuteja, September 29, 2010 – 14:28 IST
There is Hollywood inspiration for Bollywood’s very own Allah Ke Banday which is aiming for a late October release. Since the film is a gritty tale of children taking to crime, it required an edgy narrative for itself. While debutant writer-director-actor Faruk Kabir promises that and a lot more in his dramatic affair, he has also created a graphic music video to lend out the right mood and feel of the film. The song is titled ‘Maula‘ and has been self confessedly designed on the same lines as Hollywood’s graphic tale Sin City (2005).
“‘Maula‘ is a visual interpretation of reality and through this song, I am giving a visual treat to my audience”, says Faruk who has patiently waited for a while before his debut flick became a reality by itself, “My target audience is youth and being a 28 year old myself, I am a part of this generation. I am making a contemporary film about today and for that I have lend an edgy hardcore energy to it. The music video of ‘Maula‘ has a lot of attitude to it and for that the graphic tone of Sin City came in handy.”
When released, Sin City had met with instant diverse reactions due to the graphic nature of violence and sex. The film, though carrying a comic undertone to it, was mainly for the adult segment of audience and went on to become a cult flick over a period of time. In fact it stands amongst one of the most studied movies of all times and had led to quite a few cheap imitations globally with far lesser success.
“Ours is a tribute to that genre though”, Faruk is quick to add, “You would see a distinct (Quentin) Tarantino touch to it, something which was a conscious approach. Of course the video is quite real and disturbing so it has to be seen with caution. I don’t mind that though; after all it was intentional.”
Making of this video was a challenge in itself for Faruk and his team, more so because Faruk is playing the double role of a director and actor here.
“The whole video has been shot on croma where we have created the entire backdrop pretty meticulously”, informs Faruk, “The video features Sharman and myself. Technically, it was a very challenging exercise and the song took around six months to be totally ready. While three months went into pre-production, the same amount of time went into post production as well.”
While Chirantan Bhatt has scored music for this song, Sarim Momin has written the lyrics. However, this is not the only music video that Faruk has shot for his flick. “That’s right”, says Faruk, “We have shot another music video with Kailash Kher. It is an association with UNICEF. This one took its own time to be done since it features children.”
Whoever said that it was a child’s play to make a film!
By Joginder Tuteja, September 24, 2010 – 11:31 IST
Jimmy Sheirgill is in elite company. After Naseeruddin Shah/Arshad Warsi (Ishqiya) and Salman Khan (Dabangg) set the screen on fire with their terrific performance in their respective films, both of which had a small town setting to it, it is Jimmy who would be entering a similar zone. The film is titled Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster and while it has a small town setting to it, it also features Jimmy as a ‘sahab’ with a touch of royalty to it.
Smiles Jimmy, “After playing an NRI in My Name Is Khan and a desi munda in Mel Karade Rabba, I guess it should be good fun to step into something entirely different in Sahib Biwi aur Gangster. As the title suggests, the film is being designed as a complete entertainer with some realistic narrative. It would be one action thriller to watch out for next year.”
Slated to go on floors in October with a start-to-finish schedule that would end in November, Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster would feature Mahie Gill as the ‘biwi’ and Randeep Hooda as the ‘gangster’. Quite an interesting combination, one has to admit. Also, the film would be directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia who has earlier directed Jimmy in Haasil and Charas.
“Tigmanshu and I have a tuning. Moreover, Haasil again had a small town setting though the plot is altogether different this time around. While Haasil was about student politics, Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster has a really novel and interesting script. I don’t really wish to divulge much here but I guess you can make out a lot yourself from the title”, says Jimmy who would be growing a moustache for this film.
Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster is based in UP and chances are that the film would be shot on some of the real locations in the state. Since Charas , Tigmanshu has been waiting for a film of his to release with Paan Singh Tomar [with Irrfan Khan] hunting for the right release date and quite a few films being announced (Shagird, Con Flick, Ghulami, Ghayal 2, Fame) but not quite making much progress. For Tigmanshu’s sake, one does hope that Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster does get completed and released soon.
While for Jimmy, one can expect a tailor-made role due to his earlier working relationship with Tigmanshu, one really looks forward to Mahie Gill getting a much better screen time than Gulaal and Dabangg. In both the films she got a raw deal with not much to cheer about. Coincidentally, she played a small town young woman in both the films. As for Randeep, one can well expect a meaty role, especially after Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai. Moreover, he is also working with Tigmanshu in their other film together, Bhiwani, where he plays the role of a boxer.
By Joginder Tuteja, September 23, 2010 – 11:10 IST
Neil Nitin Mukesh is spitting venom. Even as he was looking forward to a day of festivity and celebrations yesterday, he woke up to a rude surprise when he read about his ouster from Abbas Mustan’s remake of The Italian Job. A tabloid report suggested that not just had he been thrown out of the film post the ‘failure’ of Lafangey Parindey; he was also blissfully unaware of the ‘fact’ himself.
“Well, looks like some people out there know more about me and my films than myself”, says Neil while trying hard to control his irritation over the matter, “Just because you are not speaking, some people out there build an imaginary tale all by themselves.”
So what’s the real status?
“Arrey issme real ya unreal status ki kya baat hai? It’s sad that I am giving clarification on this when the fact is that I am already preparing for my role. The film is pretty much on and I am also not going anywhere. In fact Abbas-Mustan, who are currently out for location scouting, had given me such a detailed role description before leaving. They should be back in a week’s time and post that there would be a further one month of preparation. We begin shooting early November.”
The Italian Job has been in news for about a year and most of the pain points have been around the casting. The men in white, Abbas-Mustan, were pretty much riding high after the super success of Race. However, bringing The Italian Job has been a challenge due to its requirement of a high profile cast as well as the big budget involved.
“I am sure all the preparation is going to be worth it”, Neil, who plays the character originally enacted by Edward Norton, eases up here, “The film so much belongs to the Abbas-Mustan zone. They are the masters of thrillers and The Italian Job is one kick-ass action-thriller that we all know. I can’t wait to get started.”
Meanwhile, one can’t help but tease him on to comment on the ‘failure’ of Lafangey Parindey, as the report had suggested. After all, the fact remains that not just has the moderately budgeted Lafangey Parindey managed to sail through smoothly theatrically, it has also made profits for everyone involved, what with other revenues (satellite, music, home video, overseas) also being milked to an optimum.
“My only suggestion to those who comment on box office is, don’t get involved when you don’t understand the economics of filmmaking. Yash Raj Films are happy and this is where the buck stops”, is all that Neil is willing to comment here, considering the fact that folks associated with Yash Raj Films are known for keeping mum when it comes to business matters.
By Joginder Tuteja, September 22, 2010 – 11:25 IST
Shifting ahead of Anjaana Anjaani has proven to be an expensive affair for many a filmmaker who were planning to release their movies in the month of October. One of them is Anjum Rizvi who would now be shelling out more moolah for the continued promotion of his newest production A Flat. Reason being that this Jimmy Sheirgill – Sanjay Suri starrer has now been pushed ahead all the way to November to avoid the clutter that has been created in the month of October. The film would now be releasing on 12th November even though the decision means an escalation in cost of promotion.
“It’s okay, ours is a reasonably budgeted film but I won’t mind pumping in some more money for the film’s promotion, says Rizvi who has earlier made A Wednesday and Charas with Jimmy Sheirgill, “Added promotion is only going to help the film further. People have been reacting positively to the well cut promos so far and now that we have more time in hand, there would be a lot more revealed about the true mood of the film in weeks to come.”
“A Flat should still find shows for itself since we are arriving a week later. There should be some empty space available”, says Rizvi, “In case there is any issue with that we would come on 19th November.”
Jimmy is also in agreement with his producer here. He says, “Anjum has been around for a reasonably good time to understand the rules of the game. He is a smart businessman and knows how to release his films. He won’t take any decision out of sheer emotion. If he is deciding to push the film ahead, it makes sense. This should only add on the film’s prospects in the long run.”
With Guzaarish (if at all it arrives) expected to be the only release on 19th November, A Flat could well enjoy some breathing space out of the October clutter. A good decision indeed since there are more than couple of dozen films already fighting it out in October. These are Anjaana Anjaani, Aakrosh, Crook: It’s Good To Be Bad, Jhootha Hi Sahi, Knock Out, Rakta Charitra – I, Hissss, Allah Ke Banday, Do Dooni Chaar, Benny and Babloo, Dunno Y Na Jaane Kyun…, Khichdi – The Movie, Baru – The Wonder Kid, Ramayana – The Epic, Dus Tola, Impatient Vivek, Paan Singh Tomar and Shahrukh Bola Khoobsurat Hai Tu.
Now that’s quite a line up!
By Joginder Tuteja, September 20, 2010 – 12:25 IST
Over the week gone by, there have been speculations galore around the latest movie being signed by Akshay Kumar. It is being whispered in the industry circles that the actor has signed a film with Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Prabhu Deva would be calling the shots as a director. It was also being assumed that with Bhansali around, the film would have a period setting and due to Prabhu Deva’s inclination towards dance, the film would require some intense Indian classical dancing by Akshay Kumar.
We bring to you the real truth exclusively at Bollywood Hungama.
Yes, it is confirmed that Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Prabhu Deva would be collaborating for a film. The film would be co-produced by Bhansali and Akshay while Prabhu Deva would be directing his second Hindi film after Wanted.
However, the speculation around this being a period dance drama is incorrect. The film is being set in the modern times and has a contemporary feel to it. Also, dance would form one of the many ingredients of this hardcore commercial masala flick which would go on floors early next year once Akshay Kumar wraps up the shoot of Desi Boyz [to be directed by Rohit Dhawan - son of David Dhawan].
Confirms a highly placed source connected to the film, “That’s right, this is going to be the most ambitious project ever by Bhansali. It was him who thought of bringing together Akshay Kumar and Prabhu Deva. He has been known for certain aesthetics of cinema and that would remain intact in this new venture as well. However, this time around the target audience would be a wider segment of masses. Bhansali wanted to expand his horizon and conceived a mega project like this.”
“For Akshay too, it is all set to be a new experience because he has established himself amidst the top league without working with filmmakers like Chopras, Johars and Bhansalis of the world. A project like this adds on a reputed filmmaker to his repertoire”, he adds, “Since Prabhu Deva too has shown his commercial bent with Wanted, his coming together with Akshay only makes this a killer combination in the making. One can well imagine the kind of hype that just this announcement is going to make.”
This yet untitled film doesn’t have a leading lady finalised yet. However, given the huge canvas that this film is expected to boast of, it is imperative that one of the top actresses would come on board. Would Bhansali be repeating Aishwarya Rai or Sonam? Or would Kareena, Katrina or Deepika make the cut?
Watch this space!