Posts tagged kalyug
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; April 10, 2013)
Kunal Khemu, 29, left Kashmir at the age of seven and has not returned since. Mumbai is home for him today. It has given him both his career and his life partner, Soha Ali Khan. While his grandfather won a Padma Shri for Literature in Kashmiri and he himself studied Urdu, his language has turned Bambaiya today. Ahead of his upcoming film Go Goa Gone, he talks to Bombay Times about his memories of Kashmir, what attracted him to Soha and why Mahesh Bhatt will always hold a special place in his life. Excerpts:
Let’s talk about your childhood? I am a Kashmiri Pandit born in Srinagar. I have childhood memories of black Saturdays, where we were not supposed to turn on the lights post sunset. Once, we were on the second floor when, suddenly, a mob walked in and started pelting stones at the houses, BSF trucks came and the army men shot at some people. For me, they were just images as a child. I have fond memories of school and Dal lake. When I was seven, there was a large exodus from Kashmir due to terrorists. I remember we were at home in the verandah playing cards with our cousins, when there was a blast just below our house. While no one got hurt, the windows were shattered. My dad is from National School of Drama (NSD) and was in Mumbai at that time working on a serial with Doordarshan. He called us to spend time with him in Mumbai and we just stayed back, as safety had become an issue back home. While I have not gone to Kashmir More >
Seema Sinha (BOMBAY TIMES; December 4, 2012)
Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt’s son Rahul’s ‘journey to fame’ began with ‘infamy and notoriety’ when he was linked to the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. Now, the fitness buff has come out with a book that talks about his troubled relationship with his father, his struggle during his growing days and the David Headley controversy. Excerpts from an interview…
Your father must be really hurt by what you have said in the book — despite the fact your mother and Mahesh Bhatt were legally married, you have always felt like an illegitimate child and that he never fulfilled his paternal responsibilities… Why should he be hurt? The book is the essence of my life. I have articulated my innermost feelings. It is not a platform that I’m using to settle any score. I am a survivor and the book talks about my unusual and unconventional journey. My family has been supportive of me. Pooja has bought many copies of the book, which she will be distributing. My father is in the process of reading it.
Why have you called yourself a super bastard in the book? My father said he was a bastard. Ultimately, we are all selling something na… to get eyeballs, so I said it.
Relations between you and your dad were never a cordial one… It is unconventional. We are both very intense. I am my own man. He is a credible and a successful man and with that comes ego. I don’t have any ego. There was a communication gap… it was never a conventional relationship. My father More >
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 4, 2012)
Having composed chartbusters like Woh Lamhe in Zeher, Judaa Hoke Bhi in Kalyug and Phir Mohabbat Karne Chala in Murder 2, Mithoon has become the Bhatts’ lucky mascot. And thus, Pooja Bhatt in spite of having three other music directors for Jism 2, roped in Mithoon at the last moment. Confirming the news, Mithoon told Mirror, “Our family has had a long association with the Bhatts (His father Naresh Sharma composed several tracks for the filmmakers). And also, my compositions for them have been chartbusters.”
Reportedly, when Pooja narrated the scene to Mithoon, he immediately agreed to score a number and even wrote the lyrics. The song, Yeh Kasoor Mera Hai has been sung by Sonu Kakkar of Babuji Zara Dheere Chalo fame.
When contacted, Pooja said she was glad to have Mithoon on board. “I have been a big fan of Mithoon ever since the Maula Mere Maula Mere song released. And yes, we have toned down the video for the track composed by him in Jism 2.”
The singer did not charge a fee for a song in Mahesh Bhatt’s Blood Money
Amrapali Sharma (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 26, 2012)
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan normally charges Rs 1 lakh for lending his voice to songs. But not for the Bhatts. Rahat, who remembers and respects Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt for supporting him when he needed it the most has sung for their upcoming film Blood Money for free. The song, Chahat is his way of paying back for their kindness, says the singer.
According to a source close to Sony music, the song was recorded in Dubai a few months back since Rahat at the time was unable to come to India. “He had made it clear that he did not want any fee for the song strictly due to emotional reasons,” said the source.
Speaking to Mumbai Mirror from Pakistan, Rahat confirmed the news and added, “Bhatt saab supported me and gave me an opportunity when nobody really knew me in the industry. Later, when I got embroiled in legal hassles, he was the only person to come forward and give me support. At the time, others were simply avoiding me since they did not want to get into trouble. Apart from that, Bhatt saab has also played a major role in trying to rebuild Indo-Pak relations. I hold him in very high regard.”
Talking about his relationship with the singer, Mahesh Bhatt said, “During Paap, my daughter Pooja’s husband identified Rahat’s song Mann Ki Lagan. Pooja included it in her film though well-wishers advised her otherwise. Later, in Kalyug, Rahat sang Jiya Dhadak More >
Over $200,000 were recovered from the singer’s business manager’s office. Consecutively, the Pakistani High Commission took the matter up with the Department of Revenue Intelligence. Khan and his manager have now been released
Subhash K Jha and Lakshmi Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 15, 2011)
It’s finally over. On Sunday evening, hours after Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was detained at Delhi airport for carrying a large amount of unaccounted money, IT officials paid a visit to his Indian business manager Chitresh Shrivastava, Bollywood composer Aadesh Shrivastava’s brother.
Chitresh’s office, his home and his close relatives’ homes were raided and $200,000 were recovered.
The singer and his manager have now been released. It was learnt that Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir called Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad Sharat Sabarwal and discussed the matter on Sunday.Yogen Shah Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
The Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi set up a special team to liaise with the Department of Revenue Intelligence, which had detained Rahat.
The Home Secretaries of India and Pakistan had also planned to meet next month.
But there was light at the end of the tunnel for Rahat. This however does not resolve the question why was so much money lying around at Rahat’s manager’s home? Says a source from the music industry, “Chitresh dada works only for Rahat saab.
Obviously, such a huge amount of cash in American currency would be credited only More >
By Subhash K. Jha, October 26, 2010 – 11:53 IST
Mahesh Bhatt’s shy son Rahul Bhatt is shy no more. Lately he has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. If all had gone well, Mahesh Bhatt would’ve launched his boy in Suicide Bomber which the former Bhatt protégé Anurag Basu promised to direct as Rahul’s launch pad.
A promise that the Bhatts are still waiting for Basu to fulfil. But now, the impatient Bhatt scion seems to have lost the will to wait. His decision to go into the Bigg Boss house at this stage of his life has apparently caused Mahesh great concern.
Mahesh was planning to finally launch Sunny-boy in the sequel to Jism. But Rahul is now on a rebellious trip. He turned down his dad’s offer for a belated launch in Jism 2 instead of Suicide Bomber and chose to go into Bigg Boss which many of well-wishers of the Bhatts feel is more suicidal than the Suicide Bomber.
Now we suddenly hear Rahul making abrasive remarks like, “Mahesh Bhatt and Headley are the two monkeys on my back” and… “Shweta Tiwari is line-maroing on me (inside Bigg Boss House). And I don’t like it.”
Mahesh Bhatt stands by his son’s comment. “Rahul is being brutally honest. He has the guts to see and say things as they are.”
Mahesh admits Rahul is up for Jism 2. “But Rahul has made his choice. He has chosen Bigg Boss.”
The concerned but non-interfering father still feels Suicide Bomber would be the best launch for Rahul. “Our doors are open for Anurag Basu to come and pick up the threads More >
There are three perspectives on XXX. The producer is claiming Emraan is not doing the film; Emraan insists that he is; and the director is feigning ignorance
Mauli Singh (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 21, 2010)
Mukesh Bhatt, Kunal Deshmukh and Emraan Hashmi have worked on two films in the past, Jannat and Tum Mile, and they are now gearing up for the third one, tentatively titled XXX. But this time, all three are completely clueless and seem to be on very different pages.
An insider tells us, “The film is two steps ahead of Kalyug and is based on the porn industry in India. The plot has three stories. Emraan Hashmi is not doing the film, just like he was reluctant to do Kalyug initially.
He also backed out of Dibakar Banerjee’s film Love, Sex Aur Dhokha because he is not comfortable with sex scenes anymore. He wants to change his ‘serial kisser image’. The film has been made on the lines of Love, Sex Aur Dhokha and stars only fresh faces.”
While not denying that the film is based on the Indian porn industry, Mukesh Bhatt confirms, “Yes, Emraan is not doing the film. But Bhatt’s reasons are different though. “It’s because Kunal Deshmukh wants to work with fresh faces.” When asked if Emraan opted out because he wants to change his image, Bhatt adds, “He cannot come out of it. Salman Khan cannot do away with his stud image. People have got their own slots. They cannot change their image.”
However, when we called Emraan Hashmi to ask why More >
Deepal Shaw on going deglam in a movie and her fetish for languages
Elina Priyadarshini (BOMBAY TIMES; October 9, 2010)
Sultry siren Deepal Shaw, who shot to fame with her debut film Kalyug opposite Emraan Hashmi and Kunal Khemu, has always been associated with glamour. But now, the actress is going in for a makeover. Yes, this hottie is turning towards serious cinema and is going deglam. In a chat with BT, Deepal gets candid on her new look, her fetish for new languages and more…
NEW AVATAR In her upcoming Marathi film, Deepal will go deglam. “In this film I am playing the main protagonist, who’s a software engineer and hails from a small village in Kolhapur,” says she and adds, “I have hardly done any make-up in the film. Though my mother tongue is Bhojpuri, I was born and brought up Mumbai.”
BEYOND SHACKLES This ‘no makeup look’ is relegated to her current film only because the actress still loves to “sizzle on screen.” In yet another film Bangkok Blues, where she’s playing the lead opposite Irrfan Khan, Deepal will again be essaying a glamorous role. She says, “My character of Akansha Mishra in Bangkok Blues is totally different. She’s a very smart and modern girl.”
LOOKING AHEAD It’s nice to see her experimenting with genres, but ask her if her new simple avatar will affect her glam image, and she says, “You should have the power to attract people with your performance. Whether it’s a glam role or a simple one, it More >
THE TIMES OF INDIA (June 6, 2010)
Forty-eight hours ago, “Raajneeti”, the film, opened to good reviews, fuelling talk that Katrina Kaif was here to stay as Bollywood’s reigning diva. Not so, says the actress, the real star is the movie, not the actor. She talks marriage, Salman Khan and her “foreign” accent with Bharati Dubey. Excerpts:
“Raajneeti” has given ballast to your status as Bollywood’s Queen Bee, hasn’t it?
• It is a very kind sentiment. But a lot of work has gone into the making of “Raajneeti”. I worked on getting the accent right for 25 days during the dubbing of the film. A lot of tears, heated discussions went into it till we finally got it right. It is too early to say if the film is a success but there are positive reactions. Besides, I also feel the trend is changing. Today it is the film which is the star.
Many doubts were expressed when you accepted the role. • That’s one-hundred per cent true! My accent was perennially discussed. But there was one good outcome — everybody agreed that my accent blended well in the movie. My victory was about overcoming the language hurdle.
“Raajneeti” is said to be inspired by the Mahabharata. Were you aware that another film, “Kalyug”, was on the same lines, with Rekha playing Draupadi’s role? • Yes, just a week before the release of “Raajneeti”, a friend told me that the film reminded her of “Kalyug”. It is a good thing that I didn’t see the film, otherwise I would’ve got More >