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Rohit Shetty fields questions on Bol Bachchan, comparisons with its inspiration and the cast
Upala KBR (BOMBAY TIMES; March 5, 2012)
Rohit Shetty doesn’t believe in wasting time. The director began work on his next action comedy Bol Bachchan shortly after his last hit Singham. With BB almost 95 per cent complete and due for release on July 6, Shetty takes a breather to give us a sneak peek at his film, even as he shoots in Wai in Maharashtra. The Shree Ashtavinayak Cinevision Ltd and Ajay Devgn Ffilms production, presented by Fox Star Studios, stars Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan, Asin Thottumkal and Prachi Desai.
What made you choose Bol Bachchan as your next film after Singham? • Singham was a hardcore action film, so I wanted my next to be a light-hearted comedy and the BB script suited my requirements. The film has a lot of characters. Apart from being a comedy, it’s a family entertainer that offers drama, action and emotions, among other things. We’ve taken the basic concept from Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Gol Maal, but the rest is completely different.
How different is it? • The entire screenplay is new. You could call it a new film altogether. Archana Puran Singh, Paresh Ganatra, Krushna Abhishek and VIP from the TV show Comedy Circus will play some of the new characters. Even Asin and Prachi’s characters don’t feature in the original. Abhishek and his character Abbas Ali’s mannerisms will be one of the film’s highlights. The plot is interesting and the More >
Preity Zinta is busy learning the language for her role in her first production Ishkq In Paris
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 06, 2011)
Preity Zinta was last seen on the silver screen in Main Aurr Mrs Khanna, two years ago. The actress is now gearing up for her comeback in Bollywood. And despite being in the industry since 1998, her latest project is one of many firsts for her career. Ishkq In Paris will not only mark her first endeavour as a producer but also Preity’s first stint essaying a foreigner. In the film, which goes on floors in a couple of months in Paris, Preity plays a half Indian, half French girl who falls in love in the romantic city. And to do her role as a French mademoiselle justice, the actress has been busy learning the language. While she has the basics down, she is still trying to perfect her diction.
When contacted, director Prem Soni said, “From the start, we were certain that Preity would be able to get the French accent and pronunciation. We did not want to dub her French dialogues. By the time we start shooting, I am sure Preity will know as much French as any native and speak the language fluently enough.”
While she may be learning to walk the talk, her look seems to fit the role perfectly. The director added, “So many people have said that Preity looks French. I couldn’t have cast anyone else in the role.”
Reportedly, Soni was adamant about two things casting Preity and shooting the film in Paris. When asked why Paris was the only More >
While shooting for Sajid Khan’s Housefull 2 in London, Mithun Chakraborty had to be rushed to the hospital, much to the horror of the unit. The veteran actor initially complained of a stomach ache but did not pay much heed to it.Everyone thought it must have been a bad stomach because of something he ate. But as the day progressed, Mithunda’s pain only intensified. Finally, he had to be hospitalised.
Says a source from the set in Petersborough, England, “On Monday, he suddenly complained of a stomach ache. He thought something he ate must not have agreed with him. Since he wasn’t required for the shoot, we asked him to rest it out.”
Once the unit members realised the gravity of the situation, everyone panicked. “Mithunda is not a fussy person at all. So when he complained, we knew it was serious,” added the source.
After investigation, tests and medication, Mithun was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday. It turned out to be nothing serious.
Producer Sajid Nadiadwala, clearly, was one of the few people who stayed calm. He said, “Yes, Mithunda did have a bit of a setback yesterday. He had to be admitted to the hospital. But he is fine now. He’s resting and recuperating in the hotel.”
Mithun’s son Mahaakshay said, “It was nothing to be alarmed about. My father only had a bout of gastric trouble. He was in the hospital for a day, but has been discharged now. The shooting of Housefull 2 is over and he will return in a couple of More >
MUMBAI MIRROR; July 06, 2011
Randhir Kapoor his wife Babita, Amitabh Bachchan, filmmaker Devendra Goel and David pose for the shutterbugs at the charity premiere of Goel’s film Dharkan on May 26, 1972 at Dreamland Cinema.
Randhir, the young and dashing Kapoor looks happy with his yet un-separated wife Babita in his arms, while Amitabh sans wife Jaya looks distinctly lonely standing behind them. Director Devendra Goel is all smiles, considering it’s his film that’s getting screened. And with such star presence at the charity premiere, any director would be smiling ear-to-ear.
As for the late actor David, dressed in a white kurta pyjama, the man looks as sweet as ever, reminding us of Haripath Chaturvedi in Chupke Chupke, Uncle Tom from Baaton Baaton Mein and Ram Dayal of Khoobsurat, three of the most endearing characters played by the actor.
Going by this picture clicked by Jagdish Aurangabadkar, charity in Bollywood, definitely isn’t a recent phenomena. Though none of the actors in this picture were a part of the film being screened, they still made sure they stood up for some good work by turning up for the charity premiere. Now we know where Salman Khan draws his inspiration from.
Having patched up on the personal front, the actors are still in competition with each other professionally. Their films will clash on Christmas this year
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 06, 2011)
A wound heals but the scar remains. And that’s something evident in Sunny Deol and Shah Rukh Khan’s new found friendship. They may have kissed and made up on a flight from Toronto to Mumbai (Mumbai Mirror reported on July 4), and sorted out their personal differences but their professional tiff is still on.
This Christmas, the two actors are again preparing to keep aside their new ‘good friends’ status and backtrack to their professional animosity. Sunny’s I Love New Year and SRK’s Don 2 will clash at the box office on December 23 to revive their age-old rivalry.
A source said, “Bhushan Kumar’s I Love New Year was previously slated to release on December 30th, but now it will release on December 23rd. Incidentally on the same day Shahrukh’s Don 2 releases and his producers, Excel Entertainment had announced the date of release well in advance.
However, in this case more than Sunny, it appears, I Love New Year’s director duo Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru are responsible for this clash. This can also be their way to get back at SRK who refused to give them the title Happy New Year since the director duo is close to Salman Khan. They are confident about their film. However Bhushan Kumar, the producer of the film is in a fix as he is close to SRK.”
Two years ago, at one of his More >
Vidya and Tusshar were stopped before they could get intimate for Ekta Kapoor’s Dirty Picture with the Telangana strike halting the film’s shoot in Hyderabad
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 06, 2011)
Who would have thought that a strike in the state would cause a strike in the bedroom? The talk of the Telangana strike has been all over the news. Reportedly, members of parliament from the region in Andhra Pradesh have been exerting pressure on the central government to create a separate state.In fact, the region has been on a lockdown for the past two days. But what is not known is that the strike has hindered Vidya Balan and Tusshar Kapoor from shooting their intimate scene for Ekta Kapoor’s Dirty Picture.
The strike that halted the shoot scheduled for June 4 in Hyderabad, has not only ruined the mood for the on-screen love scene but has also cost Ekta a fortune. This unforeseen strike has cost the producer a whopping Rs 40 lakh. A source told us, “The strike, which started on July 4, may go on for an indefinite period. Shooting is likely to commence only on July 7. However, nothing is certain. This will again affect the film’s budget.”
Before the slated love-making scene with Tusshar, on June 3, Vidya had shot a song for the film along the lines of Sridevi in Himmatwala. The source added, “Vidya was extremely charged up for that song. She put in more than hundred percent.
This is the first time that she has done such a bold number. She was not even nervous about More >
Taking his item boy avatar forward, Aamir Khan will join Imran, Vir and Kunaal in Delhi Belly sequel to be directed by Kiran Rao
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 06, 2011)
You saw the posters of the film in the last Aamir Khan production Delhi Belly. And now, get ready for the real 70-mm experience. ‘Aamir Khan in and as Disco Fighter’ was a recurring thread in the Imran Khan starrer that released last Friday. This fun element from the film is all set to become the next full-fledged venture by the production house. In case, you are still wondering what it is, the next Aamir Khan venture to be directed by his wife Kiran Rao will be titled Disco Fighter with Aamir Khan in the lead role.
Aamir Khan’s Disco Fighter avatar that you saw in the last few minutes of Delhi Belly in an item number during the end credit roll, is soon going to become a complete character in his next home production. And what’s more, Aamir will be the fourth hero of this venture.
The other three being Imran Khan, Vir Das and Kunaal Roy Kapoor. And in case, you haven’t guessed it yet, it will be the sequel to the much successful Delhi Belly which has already earned over Rs 30 crore within the first one week of its release.
This will also be the first film with mama-bhanja Aamir and Imran together on screen.
Our source revealed, “The film will be titled Disco Fighter and Kiran Rao is currently writing it. When Delhi Belly was in the post-production phase, Aamir came up with the idea of More >
Swati Deshpande | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; July 6, 2011)
Mumbai: A magistrate’s court has held film producer Gaurang Doshi guilty of cruelty to his wife and sentenced him to three years’ rigorous imprisonment. Doshi, the producer of the 2002 hit Aankhen, starring Amitabh Bachchan, is absconding. The sentence is the maximum punishment prescribed by law for the offence of wife-beating under section 498A of the Indian Penal Code.
The police are on Doshi’s trail and expect to arrest him soon. The producer, who is 39, is believed to have returned to the city from a London trip on July 1, said his wife’s lawyers.
The court convicted Doshi on three counts and said: “The accused is absconding. Issue standing non-bailable warrant and conviction warrant against him.”
Doshi could have surrendered before the magistrate and then sought bail. But he was not on the scene even six hours after the court’s order.Happy I got justice after 7 years: Wife
Police On Trail Of Bollywood Personality Gaurang Doshi, Who Has Been Given Jail Term For Domestic Violence
Mumbai: Lawyers said the Gaurang Doshi case was among the rare ones where a high-profile accused received the maximum sentence a criminal charge attracted, particularly so in a case of wife-beating.
Doshi’s wife Madhuri, who met and fell in love with him as a 16-year-old, had filed a first information report against him in September 2004 for physical and mental cruelty. When the police invoked section 498A, which most men dread, More >
Kajal Aggarwal gears up for her Bollywood debut
Harshada Rege (BOMBAY TIMES; July 6, 2011)
Mumbai-girl Kajal Aggarwal, who created quite a splash down South, makes her Bollywood debut opposite Ajay Devgn in the much awaited Singham. And though she has more than a dozen movies to her credit , Kajal is super excited about her Bollywood debut. “I am excited, but not nervous,” she says. And there’s no reason for her to worry. After all, the Ajay Devgn-Rohit Shetty team has always been successful at the box office. Kajal is all praise for the Rohit-Ajay team. “I guess after working together for so many years they know what the other person wants instinctively.” It was Rohit who offered Kajal the movie after watching her Telugu movie Magadheera. But considering it’s an Ajay movie, why did she decide to make her debut with a hero-oriented movie. “I had seen the South film Singam and liked the role a lot. So, when they offered me the Hindi remake I agreed immediately. Also Ajay and Rohit are a dream team. I couldn’t have asked for a better debut,” she says.
Kajal, has been a fan of Ajay, and was thrilled to work with the actor. She says, “Ajay is easily one the best talents we have in Bollywood. I have been a huge fan and sharing screen space with him was something that I never dreamt would happen to me. His inputs make a huge difference to a scene.” Kajal was told be cautious of Ajay, who’s known to play pranks on his co-stars. “But the warning didn’t help,” she laughs, adding, More >
The late artist’s son is planning a masala film on his late father
Garima Sharma (BOMBAY TIMES; July 6, 2011)
It was a rare meeting of sorts when three of MF Husain’s sons — Shamshad, Shafat and Owais — were present in the capital recently to be part of a tribute organised for the artist. However, what Husain’s younger son Owais told us was rarer still — that his father wanted to destroy all his works before dying. “He would often say that he wants to burn down all his works before he dies. He wasn’t a conservationist and never wanted to be one; everyone knows that. When I asked him why, he simply said, ‘Kya karna hai?’ I guess history has given an answer to that one,” said Owais.
Talking about his father’s recent death in London, he said, “When I went to register the death certificate, the lady asked me his age. I said 97. She asked me his profession and I said artist. She wrote retired in brackets next to artist, but I told her, ‘Madam, please rub that off ’ because he had his boots on. His lifestyle was all about pop culture and he was a part of it. His drive was not just to create but also to be relevant. All his actions, his media frenzy, a splash here, a flash here, through his various associations with colourful people, was about being relevant.”
And now Owais is making sure that his father remains in public memory. He tells us, “I’m making a feature film based on his life with mirch masala songs. I have also been working on a documentary for the past three More >