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While the superstar had pleaded the court to keep him out of jail for half a year so he could honour his work commitments, MiD DAY discovers that he needs no more than three weeks to wrap up all his pending shoots
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; April 18, 2013)
Sanjay Dutt can afford to let out a huge sigh of relief, knowing that he won’t have to breathe in the stale, confined air of a prison cell for at least another month. The Supreme Court granted the superstar a four- week reprieve yesterday, driving a hard bargain with Dutt, who had sought six months of extended freedom, citing pressing work commitments that he needed to honour. While the basis of Dutt’s plea for a reprieve was the fact that he had films worth a collective Rs 278 crore riding on him, MiD DAY did its own calculations to determine just how pressing, and time- consuming these ‘ work commitments’ are.
Four films featuring Dutt are on the floors at present — P.K. with Aamir Khan under the direction of Rajkumar Hirani, Zanjeer 2.0 with Apoorva Lakhia, Policegiri with KS Ravikumar, and Ungli, a Rensil D’Silva film. A fifth production Sher with director Soham Shah has died a slow death.
In the Zanjeer remake, Dutt reprises the iconic role of Sher Khan that was played by legendary ‘bad man’ Pran in the original.
A source close to the film’s director Apoorva Lakhia told MiD DAY, “We will require a minimum of five to six days with Sanju. Three days will be required to shoot his scenes with actors including Priyanka More >
Prabhu Dheva seems to be the flavour of the moment in Bollywood. What makes the choreographer-turned-director a man with mass appeal?
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; April 6, 2013)
Looks like Prabhu Deva is the man of the moment right now in Bollywood. The choreographer-turned-director has had a streak of good luck at the box office ever since he made his effortless transition to Bollywood. Sources say production houses are queuing up in a beeline to sign Prabhu for their upcoming projects.
A source says, “While he is already shooting for his Shahid Kapoor starrer Rambo Rajkumar, he has just completed Ramaiya Vastavaiya that marks the debut of Kumar Taurani’s son. Post this, he will start work on his next with Ajay Devgn.”
Another Salman Khan starrer is on the anvil, produced by Ramesh Taurani. The South director has an astounding amount of Rs 200 crore riding on his back right now. The source adds, “With three major releases in 2013, he is already in talks with several other stars including Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan.
Prabhu in demand So what makes Prabhu highly sought after? Viki Rajani, who is producing Shahid’s film, credits the director’s advance planning and strategising.
Says Viki, “He is a very planned person and his only focus in life is his work. He prefers to work without holidays and likes to be on top of things.”
The producer adds that while certain sections of the film have been shot, Prabhu has already started editing the footage.
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The 62-year-old does a combat scene with Deepika in London and sings a song composed by A R Rahman as well
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 2, 2013)
Rajinikanth’s legions of fans around the globe may now breathe easy. Their icon’s much-awaited film Kochadaiyaan, co-starring Deepika Padukone, has finally wrapped up and could hit theatres later this year.
The historical drama, produced by Rajini’s daughter Soundarya and Eros, written by K S Ravikumar, is Rajini’s first film after his long and serious brush with illness. But Kochadaiyaan’s sheer scale and the star’s unstable health had led to the film missing its August 2012 deadline.
Ravikumar who wrote Kochadaiyaan when Rajinikanth was recuperating in a hospital in Singapore, said: “We are late because we had to put in a lot more work than we had imagined. We are done with the shoot, and will now start dubbing.”
According to the writer, none of the action sequences had to be toned down because of the star’s fragile health. “The action sequences were all shot indoor. The audiences will see Rajini in the avatar he is famous for – fit and fabulous,” he said. Though extremely tight-lipped about the film, Ravikumar let it slip that one of the high points in the film is a combat scene between Rajini and Deepika, who plays a princess. “Shot in London, it has the two in a deadly face-off,” he smiles, adding, “And it looks stunning.”
It is not just the high-octane action sequences that the 62-year-old star has pushed himself More >
The Bolly star admits he is excited about doing his first Hindi remake of a South film, as well as sharing screen with onscreen baddie Prakash Raj
Aakanksha Naval-Shetye (DNA; January 31, 2013)
Sanjay Dutt hit home with his baddie act in the 2011 Rs 100-crore hits, Agneepath and Son of Sardaar. And this year seems to be just as promising for the Bolly star. Interestingly, two of the films that he is doing this year are remakes. While one is the remake of the hit Amitabh Bachchan starrer Zanjeer 2.0 being directed by Apoorva Lakhia, the other is the remake of South hit Saamy. Titled Policegiri the Hindi remake — directed by South director KS Ravikumar — happens to be Dutt’s first Hindi remake of a South film. And giving competition to Dutt’s good cop act in this one will be the hit onscreen baddie Prakash Raj, who is excited about giving an onscreen takkar to Agneepath’s ‘Kaancha Cheena’. Dutt on the other hand is said to be equally excited about this film.
Though he has played a cop in several successful films in the past, what has him thrilled is doing his first South remake as well as working with one of the most respected South directors. “The film is the remake of the superhit Tamil flick Saamy. It is my first film with a South film director and also my first South remake in Hindi. I was also looking forward to working with Prakash Raj and it’s a great experience to be working with TP Aggarwal (producer), Ravikumar and Raj,” says Dutt. Prakash too is equally thrilled More >
The veteran actor floored Dutt with his hospitality when he invited him home, greeted him with flowers and packed a gift for his kids
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 22, 2013)
Sanjay Dutt was in for a pleasant surprise while shooting Policegiri in Chennai last week. The actor got a call from Rajinikanth who invited him home.
A source told Mumbai Mirror: “Sanjay’s father, late Sunil Dutt, had a great rapport with the southern star and knows Sanjay since his early days. When Sanjay was in Chennai, Rajinikanth learnt about the shooting and invited the actor home. Sanjay didn’t waste any time and went to his residence right after the pack up.” Sanjay was accompanied by the director of the film K S Ravikumar, and its executive producer Rahul Aggarwal.
“Sanju, K Ravi and I went over to Rajini sir’s house. He was waiting to receive him with flowers. They spoke for almost an hour discussing politics, Bollywood and the good old days when the industry was not so competitive. As we were leaving, Rajini sir’s family clicked pictures with Sanju and Rajini sir’s wife gave presents for his kids,” said Rahul Aggarwal, executive producer of Policegiri, which is a remake of a southern superhit.
Another source added: “As soon as Sanjay reached the house Rajinikanth hugged him and played a perfect host. He enquired Sanjay about the shoot. Rajini sir also told Sanjay that if he needs anything in Chennai, he is just a call away. The meeting lasted for more than four hours.”
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The actor seems to have turned over a new leaf on the sets of Hindi remake of Tamil film ‘Saamy’
Shaheen Parkar (MID-DAY; September 10, 2012)
Sanjay Dutt, who is presently shooting in Hyderabad for the Hindi remake of the Tamil film Saamy, appears to be a changed man on the sets. In B-Town, Dutt is known to be a habitual latecomer on the sets and shooting according to his whims due to his star status.
With him on the sets, these things are taken for granted and no one complains. But after shooting with South director K S Ravikumar, who makes his Bollywood debut with the project, Dutt seems to be imbibing the South style of working.
It is perhaps the first time in the history of Sanjay’s acting career that the actor shot for six scenes in a day! Says a unit source, “Sanjay Dutt himself has been saying aloud that he can’t remember when or which director in his life had made him shoot like this. Even the makers can’t believe that this is the same actor with whom directors had trouble finishing two scenes with him in the past.”
The source adds, “He not only comes on time but stays till the director is totally happy with his work. He has been further heard saying that he now understands how South stars like Rajnikanth and Kamal Haasan work as Ravikumar has directed both of them in his films.” Producer Rahul Aggarwal says, “People may have a particular opinion about Sanjay Dutt but that’s not true with this project. The director is extremely happy with his work.” Dutt has More >
The 23-year-old actress is all set to star in an upcoming film with Sanjay Dutt, 30 years her senior
Shaheen Parkar (MID-DAY; August 8, 2012)
Like Sonakshi Sinha, Prachi Desai also seems to be opting to act with older heroes. After Abhishek Bachchan in Bol Bachchan, it is now Sanjay Dutt for Prachi. The actress has given her nod to co-star with Dutt in the Hindi remake of the Tamil flick Saamy. She begins shooting later this month in Hyderabad.
B-Town is known for older heroes romancing young heroines. Here is one more. Prachi is 23 while Dutt is 53. After Bol Bachchan’s success, Prachi is apparently keen to do projects with established stars in lavish productions.
So their three decades age difference does not matter. In her previous films, she has featured with Farhan Akhtar (Rock On), Tusshar Kapoor (Life Partner) and Emraan Hashmi (Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai) besides Abhishek, who are all in their 30s. Interestingly even in her small screen debut Kasamh Se, the soap’s track had her paired with an older man essayed by Ram Kapoor.
When asked about the pairing, the film’s producer T P Aggarwal says, “Prachi might come across as someone extremely young to be paired with Sanjay Dutt. But we wanted a girl who did not have the oomph factor in her. We wanted someone who could carry off the girl-next-door image well and who could be better than Prachi? She fitted the character just right.”
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To fit into the role of a lean and mean cop in KS Ravikumar’s B’wood debut, the actor has decided to shed the extra kilos
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 31, 2012)
Sanjay Dutt, after receiving a lot of flak for the extra kilos he had piled on during Department, has finally decided to get back in shape. Known as the ‘Rocky of Indian cinema’, Dutt has given up alcohol to fit into the role of a lean and mean cop for K S Ravikumar’s Bollywood remake of south blockbuster Sammy.
According to a source close to the film, when Sanjay met the makers, he realised that he would have to hit the gym religiously for his character. “He also decided to cut down on alcohol. The role is of a rowdy cop. It requires him to look the way he did before – strong and agile. Since he had a month before the film goes on floors, he decided to follow a strict diet and workout regime,” added the source.
Confirming the story, producer T P Aggarwal told Mirror, “Sanjay is very excited about the role. He has been working out two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening every day. He has decided to drink very rarely only on special occasions.”
The film marks the debut of KS Ravi Kumar in the Hindi film industry. Prakash Raj will be seen in the villain’s role yet again. The first schedule of over 52 days will begin in Hyderabad on August 20.
Even Rajinikanth can have a bad day. The actor felt uneasy on the sets of his new film Rana, was rushed for medical attention
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 30, 2011)
Rajinikanth can make everything right. But what happens when the superstar himself isn’t feeling too well? Shooting with his Rana leading lady Deepika Padukone, yesterday afternoon, Rajini complained of uneasiness and was rushed to Isabella hospital in Chennai.
The day started off fine. After finishing one shot for the mahurat, the 61-year-old actor started feeling a little uneasy. A source close to the film told Mumbai Mirror, “Rajini Sir came to the mahurat on time. But he looked pretty off colour.
He had been unwell since the past two-three days. After some time, he said that he was feeling very uneasy. He was rushed to the hospital. We don’t know who went with him and who didn’t but his wife Lata was with him for sure. In fact, she had come with him for the mahurat.”
However, even the hospital couldn’t hold back India’s original superhero for too long. The actor who was suffering from dehydration was given an intravenous drip, before he was discharged around 6.30 pm confirmed a hospital official. “Chennai mein bahut garmi thi, iski vajah se hua hoga. We were shooting at AVM Studio when this happened around 2 pm,” said our source.
The actor has been strictly advised bed rest for the next few days. Putting up a brave front, the source from the unit added, “Tomorrow, we More >