Posts tagged kabeer kaushik
Kabeer Kaushik and Rakesh Omprakash Mehra had been approached by two conmen who have been arrested for defrauding the Bank of India by withdrawing against forged letters of credit
Abhijit Sathe (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 8, 2012)
Director-producer Kabeer Kaushik, who produced the recent film Maximum, and director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, were summoned by CBI Economic Offences Wing in connection with investments in their projects by a firm run by a gang that was arrested for submitting forged letters of credit to a bank and withdrawing cash against it.
Sachin Shah and his accomplice Rajesh Chordia were arrested by CBI EOW last week for allegedly cheating the Bank of India of Rs 80 crore by discounting forged letters of credit issued by a gang in Bhopal. Investigations revealed that Shah and Chordia had floated a firm, Divine Thought Productions Private Limited, which invested Rs 3.5 crore in Kabeer Kaushik’s Maximum, and Rs 1 crore in Rakesh Omprakash Mehra’s forthcoming project. The EOW summoned the two to record their statements and to inform them that the money invested in their projects was ill-gotten and would be recovered from them.
CBI Superintendent of Police (EOW) Dr Atul Fulzele confirmed that the two directors visited EOW office on Friday, but refused to comment further.
According to CBI, Shah and Chordia had issued a cheque of Rs 2.15 crore to Kaushik and gave Rs 1.35 crore to him in cash. Similarly, they issued two cheques of Rs 1 crore each to Mehra, of which he More >
Kabeer Kaushik’s Maximum gives you a ringside view on some high-profile, trigger-happy policemen who showed the kinks in the Mumbai Police Department’s armour
Parag Maniar (BOMBAY TIMES; June 28, 2012)
Cops in mainstream Bollywood movies are often khaki-clad cardboard caricatures with stylish eye-gear, exaggerated moustaches and swagger. Kabeer Kaushik’s Maximum is different.
The film raises a pertinent question: Is our administration fair to encounter specialists? It has Naseeruddin Shah and Sonu Sood playing two encounter cops who are battling it out for maximum power.
As far the plot goes, Kabeer feels that when the system loses out on encounter specialists, it is the common man who is actually at a loss.
His film doesn’t attempt to glorify these guys but reasons that, “it is only the encounter cops who have the intrinsic understanding of the underworld. We don’t. If the system comes down hard on these guys, I won’t be surprised if in another five years the underworld is back.”
Reportedly, he closely interacted with real-life encounter specialists like Pradeep Sharma, Pradeep Sawant and Vijay Salaskar and the plot is peppered by some real-life incidents.
Says Sonu, “As Kabeer told you, we have taken references from some larger-than-life encounter specialists who became household names during 2003 to 2008. We learnt a lot from them. It took Kabeer three years to complete the script as he wanted the element of truth to be visible in our film.”
Speaking of his first More >
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; June 20, 2012)
Kabeer Kaushik is drawn to realistic crime dramas the way a moth is drawn to flame. The extremely reserved, bespectacled, talented filmmaker made a quiet entry into Bollywood with the critically acclaimed Sehar (2005); a film that explored the crime scene in his home state Uttar Pradesh. He further consolidated his position here (again, critically) with Bobby Deol-Priyanka Chopra flick Chamku (2008).
His latest film Maximum with Naseeruddin Shah and Sonu Sood is a realistic cop drama that speaks of the period 1997 to 2003 time when Mumbai was almost under seige by the underworld.
Cop dramas are the order of the day. Is that what prompted you to make Maximum? The absolute greyness of the subject is what attracted me to Maximum. One just needs to look at that phase from 1997 to 2003, when Mumbai was almost under siege and the underworld was ruling the roost. These cops delivered the city back then. And yet, thereafter, they came to represent everything that was wrong with us, as a people, as a system, as a society. It is this dichotomy that one felt like exploring through Maximum.
Naseeruddin Shah is a stalwart, so understandably he’s there. What prompted you to choose Sonu Sood as your protagonist? (NOTE: The story is from the POV of a journalist) Sonu Sood provided me with the requisite latitude. He comfortably toys with extreme closes. And yet his sheer physicality allows him to straddle past extreme wides with ease. I read More >
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 16, 2012)
Considered to be one of the last of the great Patiala gharana, Ustad Hamid Ali Khan represented an era of ‘Pure’ music and was one of the most sought after classical singers in Pakistan. In fact, he is one of the few Pakistani artists to have won the Presidential Award more than once. And now his three sons – Walli Hamid Khan, Nayab Ali Khan and Inam Ali Khan will be making their Bollywood debut with a song titled Mankunto Maula in Kabeer Kaushik’s Sonu Sood, Neha Dhupia and Naseeruddin Shah starrer Maximum.
At a private party held last week, Mirror bumped into the three boys. Their song – a mix of rock and classical – intrigued us. When asked, they revealed they had arrived in Mumbai on the 9th of this month and a track that had been picturised on them in Pakistan is now being used in an upcoming Bollywood film. The song was a last minute addition to the production.
“We have a band called Raga Boyz and we perform around the world. We are from the legendary Patiala Gharana. We are the ninth generation,” said Nayab. Explaining why it wasn’t easy for them to perform solo, Walli told Mirror, “We have been trained in different forms of music. I am a pop rock singer and Nayab has learnt classical and semi-classical music. Inam, on the other hand is hardcore classical. If one of us gets unwell, it becomes difficult for us to perform.”
About their first Bollywood venture, Inam said, “We shot the video in our country. It has been More >
3 Idiots lyricist will be playing the role of an informer in Sonu Sood starrer Maximum
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 24, 2011)
Music director, lyricist and singer Swanand Kirkire, who shot to fame with 3 Idiots is all set to display his acting talent in Sonu Sood – Neha Dhupia starrer Maximum.
A source informed Mumbai Mirror, “Swanand has already started shooting for the film with Sonu Sood in a city college. Sonu is playing a super cop in the film and Swanand plays the role a small time gangster who also works as Sonu’s informer. In fact, in the film, Sonu is totally reliable on Bachi Singh, Swanand’s character in the film.”
Earlier, Swanand has tried his hands at acting with blink-and-I’m-gone roles in films directed by Sudhir Mishra and Vidhu Vinod Chopra. “He has worked as an associate director with Chopra and Mishra. However this time, Kabeer Kaushik, the director of Maximum has planned a meaty role for Swanand,” said the source.
When contacted, Swanand Kirkire said, “Yes, I know Kabeer for many years. When he offered me the role I was more than happy to do.”
Arshad Warsi walked out of director Kabeer Kaushik’s next, Maximum, just a day before it was to go on the floors. Naseeruddin Shah stepped in at the last moment and saved the project.
Kaushik has so far directed Warsi in two films, Sehar and the actor’s first home production Hum Tum Aur Ghost. But the director suddenly found himself in deep trouble because of Arshad’s unprofessional behaviour.Naseer (L) and not Arshad (R) will star in Kabeer Kaushik’s next
A source said, “From the beginning Arshad had issues with the script. He wanted his character to be more hard-hitting, edgy and diabolic. Kabeer and Arshad are old friends, so he made whatever changes he could to please him.
After that, things seemed to be fine and the film was ready to roll. But at the last minute Arshad backed out.”
This left Kabeer in a state of panic and utter helplessness. But it was Naseeruddin who saved the day for Kaushik. As he not only decided to step into his Ishqiya co-star’s shoes, but also made date adjustments so that he could shoot Maximum between his theatre commitments.
“Arshad Warsi had issues with the project and thus withdrew a day prior to the start of the shoot,” Kaushik confirmed. “It was always my dream to work with Naseer Saab. He graciously agreed to be part of the project. Frankly, it’s a dream come true.”
Our source further informed us that now the role is being modified to suit Naseer. But he will More >
BOMBAY TIMES (March 10, 2011)
He shares Amitabh Bachchan’s surname, and looks like he’s living up to it. Small town filmmaker Vinod Bachchan’s second production, a romantic comedy Tanu weds Manu released recently starring National Award winning actress Kangna Ranaut and R Madahvan. The film being set in a small town, which portrays the inherent innocence of Indian systems, is what caught Vinod’s interest. He could draw inferences from his own life, and this helped greatly in shaping up the comic and jovial scenes during discussions with the director Aanand L Rai on the script.
They say one success leads to another and Vinod has already moved on to his next two ventures. He has begun work on Zilla Gaziabad, to be directed by Anand Kumar. Based on a real life story, it will show the underworld nexus in small towns and cities and will have a ensemble star cast. Vinod likes working on different genres and his next ambitious film is a drama titled Maximum that is being directed by Kabeer Kaushik. It narrates a gripping story on Mumbai cops.
Arshad Warsi, who had had a fallout with director Kabeer Kaushik, has patched up with him and is acting in his next
Mauli Singh (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 04, 2011)
It’s truly patch-up season. Arshad Warsi, who had a fallout with director Kabeer Kaushik more than a year ago, has mended bridges with him finally. The actor will now star in his next, Maximum.
Arshad, who worked in two films with Kabeer, Sehar and his first home production Hum Tum Aur Ghost, developed creative differences with him during the latter. Reportedly, Kabeer wanted to make Hum Tum Aur Ghost a serious film, while Arshad wanted it to be a light entertainer.Arshad Warsi Kabeer Kaushik
Arshad was very vocal to the press about his differences with the director. The film, which failed at the box office, added fuel to the fire.
Kabeer admits, “Arshad and I have an eight-year-old professional relationship.
Yes some creative differences stemmed while filming Hum Tum Aur Ghost, but we never had a fall out.
We lost touch for a while after the release of the film.”
So who extended the olive branch first? “It was organic. I had this great script and I thought he suited the role perfectly. Arshad said yes. He plays a negative role in the film.”
Arshad didn’t revert to our call.
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 25, 2010)
// // //
• You got a lot of strong reactions for the kissing scene in Ishqiya.
I’d never done a kissing scene before Ishqiya. And I’ll never do a kissing scene again. SRK is the king of romance but he has never done a kissing scene. I think it was a gimmick in Ishqiya.
I did it as my character was required to – he is aggressive and raw, unlike Naseer’s character.
• There was buzz that the kiss created trouble for you at home.
As far as my personal life is concerned, everything is fine. Every relationship has its ups and downs but Maria and I are very much together.
• Even Vidhu Vinod Chopra seems to have a problem with you… he said you can’t handle success.
Vinod has an opinion about everyone, and he says that about everyone. I don’t have any problem with him. If another Munnabhai film is made, I will definitely be a part of it.
• Despite doing some good films lately, why do people not take you seriously as an actor?
The problem is that when you are doing comedy, people can’t take you seriously. One has to do more dramatic roles. But I don’t think I should crib, because loads of films are being offered to me. I guess some things take time. I am waiting for my sunshine.
• You were supposed to direct Hum Tum Aur Ghost, so why did you take on Kabeer Kaushik? And then you fell out with him. I figured that between Boman and me, we’d have all the fun we wanted. But we More >
By Taran Adarsh, March 16, 2010 – 08:08 IST
Arshad Warsi is ready to face the biggest examination of his professional life. His debut film as producer, HUM TUM AUR GHOST, is scheduled for release next Friday. “I am excited and confident. I’ve made this film with a lot of passion and I sincerely hope the audience likes the effort,” Arshad informs me.
Meanwhile, the industry is abuzz with the speculation that Arshad had problems with the director of the film, Kabeer Kaushik. That explains why Arshad decided to take matters in his hand. “Well, we never got into fights. I am not the violent kind,” Arshad states on record, “But it’s true that Kabeer and I had differences.”
The differences stemmed from the fact that Kabeer wanted to make HUM TUM AUR GHOST into a serious film, while Arshad wanted it to be a light entertainer. “That’s true,” Arshad doesn’t deny the industry talk, “Kabeer’s interpretation was tilting more towards serious, while I wanted it to be a light entertainer. So we decided that let the editor [Steven] decide what’s best for the film. We decided to step out of the editing suite and let him take the decision.”
So, whose interpretation is HUM TUM AUR GHOST eventually? “It’s Arshad Warsi’s vision. It has its serious moments, but you’d come out smiling in the end,” Arshad smiles.