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Aamir Khan buys rights to 11 of 12 films produced by his late father Tahir Hussain
Nandini Raghavendra | Economic Times (MUMBAI MIRROR.COM; June 14, 2011)
Flashback: Between 1969 and 1994, a producer who was always inevitably struggling launched 12 films, many of which didn’t exactly set the boxoffice on fire.
Fast forward to June 2011: The beleaguered producer’s son decides to buy the perpetual rights to 11 of those films for a few crore, more in a fit of nostalgia and less with commerce in mind. Such a transaction wouldn’t raise too many eyebrows in the big stakes environs of Bollywood. Except that in this case the son buying the perpetual rights is a certain Aamir Khan. The producer is the late Tahir Hussain who died last year at age 71. Ironically, the one film whose rights are in dispute and therefore not with Khan is one in which he stars, called Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke.
“My father was not a top-notch producer like say Yash Chopra or Gulshan Rai. As kids, we have seen really close the lows of his films failing really close,” says a dewy-eyed Khan.
Memories of those times still make the emotions well up inside Khan.
In the absence of corporate and institutional finance, almost all producers borrowed money from the market at ridiculously high interest rates. Business wasn’t Hussain’s forte; that apart, long delays in the completion of films and a string of turkeys at the box-office resulted in a Domino Effect on the Khan family.
Khan recalls his More >
Neha Sharma, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, June 12, 2011
Hundreds gathered at the National Gallery of Modern Art near India Gate on Saturday evening. A film shooting was underway and word had spread that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was on the sets.
Though PM wasn’t really there, no one was disappointed as his look-alike Gurmit Singh, 65, kept the crowds entertained while he shot for his debut Bollywood flick.
Singh, who plays the PM in filmmaker Suhaib Ilyasi’s Act 498 A: The Wedding Gift, obliged fans with autographs and photos on the sets.
“When Suhaib sent me the script, I showed it to my legal advisor and we both liked it. But, I had made it clear that if even one scene showed the PM in a negative light, I would not do the role,” says Singh, who had five scenes in the film.
“Main bilkul bhi nervous nahi hoon,” he laughs, saying the experience will enrich his life.
In the scene shot on Saturday, NGMA had been done up to look like the high court.
Though he refuses to admit that his look is inspired by the PM, he confesses that their similarity has made him a hero.
“Main din mein 50-60 photo khichwaata hun. I took the metro for the first time yesterday and people started clicking me. When I visited my son in Canada we went to Niagra Falls, even there people asked to take photos with me.”
Who is Gurmit singh? Gurmit Singh, 65, is a member of All India Congress Committee He lives in Delhi’s Jungpura Colony and studied in Karnal He worked with the PM in the late More >
Sanjib Kr Baruah, Hindustan Times New Delhi, June 14, 2011
The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is mulling to rope in fresh graduates from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) on its panels to examine films in association with other senior members. This proposal will be taken up in a censor board meeting in Mumbai Tuesday. “It is being strongly felt that bringing in young film graduates to examine films along with senior censor board members will infuse fresh blood and provide for a fine blending of youth with experience,” sources said. As of now, the proposal intends to include the young members on a temporary basis.
“We plan to take it up in the censor board meeting. But as of now, it is just a thought,” Leela Samson, CBFC chairperson told HT.
Samson is said to have placed the proposal during a recent meeting with the regional officers.
FTII, Pune, provides the latest technological experience in the art and technique of film and TV production.
CBFC has nine regional offices headed by regional officers who are assisted by advisory panels represented by personalities from all walks of life. Apart from the chairperson, the central panel has 15 members.
Often accused of a traditionalist and outdated posture that is not keeping with the times, the infusion of fresh blood will also bring in more contemporary depictions on celluloid.
Moreover, as FTII students hail from all corners of the country, inclusion of the More >
Prashant Singh, Hindustan Times Mumbai, June 14, 2011
She calls Shah Rukh and Gauri Khan family, but Shweta Verma doesn’t want to flaunt the connection. The Delhi girl, who is set to hit the silver screen with Bhindi Baazaar Inc. married Gauri’s cousin Rustom Tiwari in March last year, with SRK in attendance.
But Shweta doesn’t want him to give her an easy way-out in Bollywood. “Right now, I don’t want his help. He is a self-made person, and has created a place for himself in the industry minus a godfather. It inspires me to earn respect with my own work. Though I haven’t asked him for help, he has very kindly offered assistance,” she adds.
When visiting Mumbai, Shweta has stayed with the Khans quite often and calls them “great human beings”. “I am quite close to SRK, Gauri as well as the kids. So if I have talent and manage to prove myself, I think he’ll offer me work on his own,” she says.
These days, Shweta, who’s trained at Anupam Kher’s acting academy, would rather focus on Bhindi Bazaar Inc. “I play Simran, a simple girl,” says Shweta, who was also seen in Apoorva Lakhia’s 2010 dud Hide & Seek. “But I would call Bhindi… my full-fledged debut because I acted in Hide & Seek only because I was friends with the director.”
She admits that she picked up the tricks of the trade from co-stars Deepti Naval, Kay Kay Menon and Piyush Mishra. “Initially, I was a little scared about irritating them since they are superb performers. But they were really helpful,” More >
The music composer has collaborated with International singing sensation T-Pain
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 14, 2011) Aadesh Srivastava recording with T-Pain
After recording with International artist Akon, Aadesh Shrivastava has added another feather to his revamped musical career. The music composer has recorded a duet with two-time Grammy award winning rapper, T-Pain.
T-Pain who is scheduled to perform in India next week, met up with Aadesh at former’s studio in the US for a jamming session. Soon they found themselves recording the track ‘You’re the baddest girl in the world’.
A jubilant Aadesh tells us, “It was a proud moment for me. I’ve been working with Akon on many projects. Now I’ve done a duet with Akon’s protégé T-Pain. His voice reminded me of Stevie Wonder.”
Aadesh was also invited by T-Pain to join him on stage, when he tours India this month. However, Aadesh had to decline the offer since doctors have advised him not to perform live, yet.
After winning his battle against cancer, Aadesh is looking forward to be the first Indian musician of his generation to crack the international charts.
Preity Zinta’s dream home suffers a setback for the time being, as the actress struggles with finance
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 14, 2011)
Preity Zinta hails from Himachal Pradesh and she always wanted to make her dream home in Shimla. A long time ago, she had acquired a plot of land and wanted to make an eco-friendly home there.
However, after much planning, her plans to build a dream home have taken a back seat for the moment, largely due to her busy schedule and the fact that all her financial resources have been exhausted.
When contacted, Preity Zinta said, “Yes I wanted to make a house in Shimla, but now I don’t have the time and money to make it. I mean it’s difficult to leave everything behind at present. I am clear that I want to make an eco-friendly house.
The plan is definitely there and I will be speaking to a friend of mine who is a big designer and expert in energy conserving houses.”
The dimpled actress explained further about her plans for her dream house, “I have a beautiful land near the Golf course. I want it to be lovely and to have central heating, when it is snowing in Shimla. With temperature-controlled rooms and solar energy, it will be a perfect environment friendly house. The land I have is also very exclusive.
With generals and politicians living around me, it’s quite a safe home. But I just don’t want to make anything right now, as it will take months to complete it. I want to make an energy-conserving house. I More >
Basking in the glory of her latest film, the actress shuns her once ‘close’ friend Neil Nitin Mukesh
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 14, 2011)
Asin Thottumkal basking in the glory of her latest success Ready, seems to have forgotten a few old friends. Neil Nitin Mukesh happens to be one of them. Their ‘friendship’ seems to have fallen by the wayside.
Not so long ago, the two of them were thick friends. Asin, in fact, took a few career calls for Neil in the past. When he was asked to star in Hriday Shetty’s film, the actress came forward and told the director that the script wasn’t good enough for Neil. Buzz is, Asin has gone into a different space after Ready hit the jackpot. A friend of Neil confirmed, “Yes. This is true. She has been avoiding him. Perhaps she got carried away by the success of Ready.”
Added the source, “But it’s okay. We all tend to go on some trip when we are on a high. Asin seems to be on a high horse right now. Neil and Asin’s common friends also feel the same.”
But like every dark cloud, this one too has a silver lining. Filmmakers like Hriday Shetty, who were finding it difficult to cast Asin and Neil together can now, heave a sigh of relief.
Asin and Neil however, remained unavailable for comments.
The actress is nowhere on the schedule of Barfee, though her co-stars resume shooting in Darjeeling
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 14, 2011)
On May 26, 2011, Mumbai Mirror reported how Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz fought over their roles in Anurag Basu’s Barfee, postponing the next schedule of the film.
The story titled ‘Who’s the bigger diva?’ seems to have found its answer in Ileana D’Cruz, as Priyanka Chopra vanishes from Barfee’s shooting schedule.
It all started when Ileana got cold feet after seeing how powerful Priyanka’s role is in Barfee. Ileana, apprehensive that her role might be reduced to something like Kangna Ranaut’s in Basu’s Kites demanded more footage as well as a few extra songs in the film.
After the delay, the shooting for Barfee is all set to resume this week, without Priyanka Chopra! The next schedule in Darjeeling only has Ranbir Kapoor and Ileana D’Cruz. It is not very clear when Priyanka joins them.
A source told us, “Priyanka is currently shooting for Kunal Kohli’s film. She then leaves for IIFA awards. Then she comes back to finish Kunal’s film. There is no clear indication of when Priyanka joins the Barfee shooting. She has issues regarding her role that need to be sorted out first.”
When contacted, Barfee’s producer UTV’s Siddharth Roy Kapoor said, “The Barfee schedule starts on June 15 in Darjeeling. We’ll be shooting there for a couple of weeks. This will be followed by a short schedule in Mumbai. The More >
Ronnie Screwvala, Vashu Bhagnani, Shatrughan Sinha and David Dhawan are in a tussle to get the rights of Telugu blockbuster 100% Love
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 14, 2011)
It’s either remakes or sequels cooking in B-town these days. With remakes being the ‘most liked’ delicacies on Bollywood’s menu, more and more filmmakers are turning to South Indian super-hits. Ghajini (Ghajini), Wanted (Pokiri) and Ready (Ready) have been real money churners at the Bollywood box-office in the last couple of years.
Following the trend and relying on the set formula, not one but four producers Ronnie Screwvala, Vashu Bhagnani, Shatrughan Sinha and David Dhawan-are now vying to get the rights of the recent Telugu super hit 100% Love.
Since the super hit was directed by Sukumar, all the producers want to keep the flavour intact and are willing to sign the man for their version.
While Vashu Bhagnani and Shatrughan Sinha want their kids, Jackky and Luv respectively, to star in the film, Ronnie and David Dhawan, currently, are only focusing on getting the rights in their hands. Jackky’s recent F.A.L.T.U was well received by the audience, but for Luv his only, fiasco Sadiyaan: Boundaries Divide… Love Unites didn’t even provide him with a platform to display his potential. So the parents are keeping their fingers crossed, not only to get the rights of the film in place, but also to ensure Sukumar’s touch to the remake.
A source says, “Poonam Sinha, who is ready More >
The actress joins the race to play Mandakini in Ekta Kapoor’s Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 2
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 14, 2011)
First, it was Akshay Kumar who took over Emraan Hashmi’s character of Dawood in the sequel to Ekta Kapoor’s 2010 hit Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai. And now, Dabanng girl Sonakshi Sinha has joined the race to play Mandakini, Dawood’s love interest in the film.
While media reports suggested that it would be Katrina Kaif, Kareena Kapoor or Deepika Padukone to pair up with Akki in this Milan Luthria directed film, looks like after the success of her debut, Shatrughan’s little daughter might be the one to romance the actor on screen.
A source told Mumbai Mirror, “Ekta Kapoor and Milan Luthria are taking their time to choose the leading lady for Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 2. They want the girl to be perfect. Initially, they wanted a leading lady to essay the role of Mandakini. But now, they are considering Sonakshi Sinha.”
The fact that Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi are already working for two films together seems to be working in favour of the young actress. “Akshay and Sonakshi are already doing Shirish Kunder’s Joker and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Rowdy Rathod to be directed by Prabhudeva together. Ekta and Milan will obviously keep that in mind while making their choice,” added the source.
The casting apart from Akshay, however is not final yet. “They are still looking for the parallel hero in the film. Once the second More >