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SRK has convinced cult director Vishal Bhardwaj to direct his next
It promises to be quite a dashing combination of creativity and charisma: auteur Vishal Bhardwaj, still fresh from the cult adulation of Kaminey, has been signed on by SRK for his next feature after RA.One and Don 2. The details of this SRK-Bhardwaj collaboration are being kept under wraps.
A source informed, “Vishal and SRK have been meeting regularly for some time now. SRK and Vishal both wanted to work with each other. However in the past they had their share of differences and the project could not take off. The patch-up happened some months back and after that they have had regular meetings. However now it’s official and SRK and Vishal have zeroed down on a film. SRK has been impressed by the work that Vishal has been doing in recent times. Both of them have immense respect for each other and although the details of the script are not known, it is a film which will be based in a small town and have a mofussil feel to it.”
The source further said, “Vishal had also said in an interview to a leading film magazine recently that he wants to work with SRK and it seems that his dream has been fulfilled. The film will start mid next year.”
Guess Saif and Shahid’s loss is SRK’s gain. SRK and Vishal remained unavailable for comments. They must be busy bouncing ideas off one another. Incidentally, King Khan is also in talks with Vidhu Vinod Chopra productions.
Vishal’s spokesperson said, “Vishal is in Pune with his son Aasman watching an India vs Vietnam football match. And I can’t confirm anything right now.” Love all, play!
Despite having rejected innumerable offers, Priyanka Chopra still has nine films in her kitty for 2011, apart from a hat-trick with Vishal Bhardwaj
While there are many allegedly A-list actresses sitting at home waiting for worthwhile films to come their way, Priyanka Chopra has an entirely different dilemma to sort out in the coming year.
For 2011, Priyanka has been offered as many as nine films. And they are all the kind no actress of any merit would say no to. A source close to Priyanka says, “Actually Priyanka has been offered a lot more projects. The nine that she is considering are the short-listed ones.
The number of assignments she is doing has peaked with every passing year. In 2010, they were quite a handful. But for 2011 they have exceeded all limits. In the past one year she has already said no to plum assignments ranging from Prakash Jha’s Raajneeti to Abbas-Mustan’s The Italian Job because she devoted more than normal time to projects like What’s Your Raashee? and Saat Khoon Maaf.”
The above two films sapped Priyanka physically to the extent that she needed to cut down her assignments more than she would have otherwise.
Says the source, “It seems that every assignment that Priyanka takes on requires her to prepare and then get into character to an exhausting extent.”
Says Priyanka, “Doing the seven roles in Saat Khoon Maaf was like doing seven different films. Then I rushed off for Fear Factor, which was again physically very exhausting. Ideally, I’d have liked to take time off before going into my next film. But there is no time. I leave for Berlin in two weeks after vigorously promoting Anjaana Anjaani in Mumbai.”
Spoilt for choices? Yes. But Priyanka is also challenged for time and energy.
Says Priyanka, “There is just that much work I can do. I am not the kind of person who does things half-heartedly. Whether it’s a fun film like Don 2 or an intense study of feminine postures in Saat Khoon Maaf, I am 100 per cent all there. So yes, I’ve to regretfully say no to a lot of films in the coming year.”
The biggest challenge for Priyanka’s schedule is to accommodate Vishal Bhardwaj’s next. After two films together, Kaminey and Saat Khoon Maaf, the director is very keen to have her again.
But the question is, how? A glimmer of hope and a reprieve in her timetable comes from another delay in Anurag Basu’s Silence. The film has again been pushed forward from January by a few months in 2011. Priyanka is hoping to accommodate Vishal Bhardwaj’s next in that period.
But the problem is Vishal’s next film too needs intense preparation. Would Priyanka be able to go through the method acting one more time?
Priyanka says with a certain amusement in her voice, “I think I am stuck with roles that need plenty of preparation. I love the faith filmmakers have in me. But I am unable to accommodate all the roles, no matter how tempting. That’s the hard fact of life.”
RESULTS OF ONLY FEATURE FILMS
Best Feature Film – Kutty Srank (Malayalam) [Director-Shaji N Karun]
Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director – Lahore (Hindi) [Director-Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan]
Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment – 3 Idiots (Hindi) [Director-Raj Kumar Hirani]
Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration – Delhi 6 (Hindi) [Director-Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra]
Best Film on Social Issues – Well Done Abba (Hindi) [Director-Shyam Benegal]
Best Children’s Film – Puttani Party (Kannada) [Director-Ramchandra P N] and Keshu (Malayalam) [Director-Sivan]
Best Direction – Rituparno Ghosh (Abohoman [Bengali])
Best Actor – Amitabh Bachchan (Paa [Hindi])
Best Actress – Ananya Chaterjee (Abohoman [Hindi])
Best Supporting Actor – Farooque Sheikh (Lahore [Hindi])
Best Supporting Actress – Arundhati Nag (Paa [Hindi])
Best Child Artist – Jeeva & Anba Karasu (Pasanga [Tamil])
Best Male Playback Singer – Rupam Islam (Mahanagar @ Kolkata [Bengali])
Best Female Playback Singer – Neelanjana Sarkar (Houseful [Bengali])
Best Cinematography – Anjuli Shukla (Kutty Srank [Malayalam])
Best Screenplay (Original) – P F Mathews & Harikrishna (Kutty Srank [Malayalam])
Best Screenplay (Adapted) – Kanasemba Kudureyaneri [Kannada]
Best Dialogues – Pandiraj (Pasanga [Tamil])
Best Audiography – Subhash Sahoo (Kaminey [Hindi]), Resool Pookutty (Kerela
Verma Pazhassi Raja [Malayalam]) & Anup Dev (3 Idiots [Hindi])
Best Editing – Arghyakamal Mitra (Abohoman [Bengali])
Best Production Design – Samir Chanda (Delhi 6 [Hindi])
Best Costume Desiger – Jayakumar (Kutty Srank [Malayalam])
Best Make-Up Artist – Christein Tinsley & Dominie Till (Paa [Hindi])
Best Music – Amit Trivedi (Dev D [Hindi])
Best Background Score – Ilayaraja (Kerela Verma Pazhassi Raja [Malayalam])
Best Lyrics – Behti Hawa Sa Tha Woh (3 Idiots [Hindi])
Special Jury Award – Sreekar Prasad (Kaminey [Hindi]), (Kutty Srank [Malayalam]) & (Kerela Verma Pazhassi Raja [Malayalam])
Best Special Effects – R Kamal Kannan (Magadheera [Telegu])
Best Choreography – K Siva Shankar (Magadheera [Telegu])
Best Feature Film in Each Language:
Assamese – Basundhara
Bengali – Abohoman
Hindi – Paa
Kannada – Kanasemba Kudureyaneri
Konkani – Palatadcho Munis
Malayalam – Kerela Verma Pazhassi Raja
Marathi – Natarang
Tamil – Pasanga
Special Mention Award – Padmapriya
Source: Press Information Bureau, Govt of India (www.pib.nic.in) (http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=65776)
By Joginder Tuteja, September 14, 2010 – 12:53 IST
Priyanka Chopra has done around 30 films in her seven year long career so far. In this stint of hers, she has come up with several successful films. These could have belonged to drama or comedy genre with a couple of them even bringing the sensual side of her. However, an unspoken fact about her filmography is that she has never worked in a quintessential romantic musical ever where she would have played her age.
Says an industry observer, “It is tough to believe but if one actually goes through the list of films that she has done, it is actually a fact. Yes, she has worked in hit films but they have mostly been dramas (Fashion, Kaminey, Andaaz, Waqt, Aitraaz). A few of them have been rom-coms (Mujhse Shaadi Karogi) or action (Don, Krrish) but a young love story has always eluded her. Anjaana Anjaani is the first time ever when she is getting into a lovey-dovey mode.
Apparently, Priyanka too is aware about this fact and doesn’t have any qualms admitting that. Says director Siddharth Anand who managed to introduce a new zone to Priyanka, “She actually knows that she has never done a love story over all these years. I guess for both of us it has turned out to be pretty good situation as now we can promise a different facet of her acting capabilities and personality to the audience.”
In fact so attached was Priyanka to the film that she involved herself into the making of the film in a big way. Says a highly placed unit member who saw Priyanka’s progress right through the making of Anjaana Anjaani, “Actors do come up with suggestions and carry a certain point of view, especially so when they are successful and have made a place for themselves in the industry. In fact it is appreciated as well because they have gathered good knowledge about the medium of cinema and hence their inputs are most welcome. However, the vigour with which Priyanka was making contributions to Anjaana Anjaani was amazing. It was clear that she wanted to participate in the capacity of much more than just an actor.”
Siddharth’s acknowledgment for his leading lady’s efforts are understandable. After all when he announced the ‘jodi’ of Priyanka and Ranbir, there were murmurs around the untried pairing. However, he trusted his vision, went on to shoot Anjaana Anjaani and wrapped it up in quick time post which he designed a few striking promos that caught everyone’s attention.
“It was a mini battle that I was fighting and though in my mind I knew that I had won it, I wanted audience to announce their verdict. For that, it was very important that the theatrical and song promos worked”, reflects Siddharth, “Fortunately for me, the response was stupendous all over which made me finally believe that I had won the battle. Now it’s time to win the war with film closing in for release.”
Though producer Sajid Nadiadwala wasn’t present on the sets during day to day filming of Anjaana Anjaani, he is well aware about Priyanka going an extra mile to make her first ever love story materialise into a quality product in a big way.
“Yes, Siddharth has told me about the ways Priyanka was passionate about her role and the film”, says Sajid, “I had a sense though that she was made for the big league when she worked for my Mujhse Shaadi Karogi. It was just her sixth film but she wasn’t nervous at all despite a set up that comprised of Salman (Khan), Akshay (Kumar) and David (Dhawan). Today she has reached an enviable position and is an original rock star that we have. It was just right for her to be seen in a romantic musical after all.”
Though much in demand for negative roles after his stint in Kaminey, Amole Gupte will be seen playing quirky roles in two films
The coming year will see the actor in two very different avatars, in Sagar Bellary’s Bheja Fry 2 and Santosh Sivan’s Urumi. Says Amole, “I don’t know if they’re to be talked about. But yes, I’ve acted in these films, largely because I’ve known their directors Sagar Bellary and Santosh Sivan for years. But also because I need the money to make films with children.”
Having completed one children’s film Aansoon Bane Moti last year, Amole says he takes on acting assignments only so he can make films with children.
But the actor is in demand; especially post his bad man stint in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Kaminey.
Amole however says, “Kya karoon? I am only being offered kaminey roles. It’s ironical that I make films on tender lives but I play parts of scumbags.”
When quizzed if he has played another negative character in Santosh Sivan’s Urumi, Amole says, “I wouldn’t say I’m negative in Urumi. But I am quirky and wacky.”
Hindi film director Vishal Bhardwaj and Anglo-Indian writer Ruskin Bond make for an unlikely working pair. But they think the world of each other
Anubha Sawhney Joshi | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; August 22, 2010)
It’s not everyday that you hear Ruskin Bond sing. “But I was so bored and irritated with Mumbai’s traffic, I really considered breaking into song just to clear the cars,” says the 76-year-old Mussoorie resident only half in jest. The writer made the trudge from Colaba to Oshiwara to meet friend and fan Vishal Bhardwaj, who has based two of his films (The Blue Umbrella and Saat Khoon Maaf) on stories originally written by Bond. But more on that later.
“I’m a really bad singer but I quite enjoy singing. As a young man, I was fascinated by opera and would subject people to my baritone and tenor,” he says. But egg him on to sing and he surprises you with a song nowhere close to opera. Hawa mein udta jaaye, mera laal dupatta malmal ke.. err.. ka, Bond croons, sitting in the music room of Bhardwaj’s office. The music director nods approvingly.
Getting this duo together in Mumbai is a rarity. “But I’m happiest meeting Ruskinji in Mussorie,” says Bhardwaj, adding that he’s bought the house next to the author’s and they now share a wall. They actually share more than that. Both love the mountains. And enjoy a story well told, preferably over a couple of stiff drinks.
So who’s the better storyteller? “He is,” both say in unison. “There’s no debate there,’’ clarifies Bhardwaj, “I’m just a good re-teller.” He then confesses that he was introduced to Ruskin Bond’s writings by wife Rekha, the original Bond fan in the family.
Conversation flows effortlessly between these two. “I would go to Mussorie to play cricket; Ruskin Bond’s house was a landmark,” says Bhardwaj, who then indulgently lets Bond do much of the talking. “My opening dialogue in his film is a killer,” says the writer, referring to his cameo in Saat Khoon Maaf. “Am I allowed to talk about it?” The director gives his assent, and Bond launches into an elaborate explanation of the scene. “So Priyanka Chopra’s character is telling me how I make her feel calm and comfortable, and I say ‘It all comes down to love, sweetheart’,” Bond enunciates, thrilled at the dialogue and his delivery. As we applaud the first-time actor, he looks at Bhardwaj menacingly and says, “Don’t you dare cut that line out. If you do, I won’t write for you ever again.” Bhardwaj assures him that the line stays and a pleased Bond gleefully continues to tell us how he has two costume changes in the film. “And I look much better in those clothes than I do in my own,” he says, looking disapprovingly at his spotless white shirt.
He then gives Bhardwaj and his publicity manager some tips on marketing the upcoming film. While they both make mental notes, Bond wears the title of marketing guru quite lightly. “I’ve made a living by writing books in a country like India for 55 years—of course, I would know a thing or two about how to sell an idea,’’ he says nonchalantly. Does it bother him that the reading habit is slowly going down? “On the contrary, in fact. Despite no distractions like the internet, even in my time people hardly read. If anything, that minority of readers has swelled in the recent past. And I’m happy about that.’’
Bond writes in long hand. “When I was making Kaminey, the best time of the day would be after pack-up, when I would retire to my room and take out a chapter that he had written and lie back to read it,” says Bhardwaj. “I’m a lazy writer,” confesses Bond. “I would wait for him to read a chapter and say ‘Very good’ before I went on to write the next one.”
So does he still write every day? “I try to. I’m writing something else for him right now,” he offers. “We’re developing another project together,” says Bhardwaj. “But only if you don’t cut my opening line out from this one,”chuckles Bond.
Deepika Padukone, and not Priyanka Chopra, will be acting in director’s next
Contrary to reports that say Piggy Chops is Vishal Bharadwaj’s latest muse, the filmmaker has found a new one. Vishal has recently signed Deepika Padukone for his next film opposite Saif Ali Khan. The film will be produced by Ekta Kapoor (guess that’s a given after we reported about their newfound friendship) and is scheduled to go on floors early next year.
The buzz in the industry was different earlier; Priyanka used to come up in many of Vishal’s conversations and people just assumed that he would cast her in his next film. But Vishal has taken everyone by surprise.
Our source said, “There were reports that said Vishal had already signed Priyanka after he was impressed with her work in Kaminey and Saat Khoon Maaf. But Vishal has secretly been meeting Deepika in the meantime and has finally signed her for his next film, which will have Saif Ali Khan play the lead role opposite her.”
|Vishal Bharadwaj and Deepika Padukone|
Given their chemistry in Love Aaj Kal, one could expect the screen to sizzle in Vishal’s next. When contacted, Deepika said, “All I can say is that I am working with Vishal. I have already met him a couple of times and he loved my work in Love Aaj Kal (well, there you go!) and Karthik Calling Karthik.
He told me that ever since he watched these films, he has been writing this script keeping me in mind. It’s a dream come true for me and I always wanted to work with him, especially because he is considered one of the best directors in the country today. We all know he is extremely talented and I am looking forward to working with him.”
And how does she feel about romancing Saif yet again on screen after Love Aaj Kal? Deepika denied this and said, “I never asked Vishal who the actor in the film would be. I am too excited to just work with him. We start the film early next year.”
While the able student spoke her mind, her reclusive mentor Vishal remained unavailable for comments.
Shahid Kapoor and Vishal Bhardwaj, who were at loggerheads during the making of Kaminey over creative differences, are now chummy again
That Shahid Kapoor and filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj had developed creative differences during the making of Kaminey was much written about.
Apparently, the pair had had a serious tiff and was not on talking terms for quite some time after the film. But they have made up now. Shahid and Vishal are all set to work together again.
And it seems Vishal broke the ice. The director shared an interesting idea for a film with Shahid. Vishal wants Shahid to play the male lead in his film. Two weeks ago, Shahid and Vishal had a very long meeting in London.
Vishal, who was in London on some work associated with his forthcoming film Saat Khoon Maaf, met Shahid in a five-star hotel.
Says a source, “The two met very warmly. It seemed that nothing had happened between them during the making of Kaminey.”
On this London trip, Vishal made it a point to meet with Shahid’s father, Pankaj Kapoor, who is currently directing Mausam, his directorial debut. Vishal and Pankaj go back a long way professionally and have been very good friends.
Pankaj is one of Vishal’s favourite actors, which is why he had cast him in both Maqbool and The Blue Umbrella. And sure enough, both the films won him a lot of praise.
Vishal thus has a lot of faith in Shahid, given his lineage. Adds the source, “The filmmaker considers Shahid to be a very accomplished actor. Both of them are very keen to join hands again.” Living up to his name, Vishal does seem to have a big heart.
Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra dined together in a 5-star hotel earlier this week. And guess who accompanied them? Mubina Rattonsey!
Wonders never cease in Bollywood. But this one is likely to blow you away. It seems actor Shahid Kapoor has not only patched up with his ex-girlfriend Priyanka Chopra, but even Mubina Rattonsey, the executive producer of Kaminey, whose closeness to the actor was supposedly one of the reasons that caused the Shahid-Priyanka split.
On Thursday night, as the three walked in together in a 5-star hotel in Juhu, heads turned and many knowing glances were exchanged by diners. A few minutes later, the three settled down for a cosy meal. “Priyanka hardly ate much as she had damaged her vocal cords and lost her voice (Mumbai Mirror, Aug 5), but she quite seemed to enjoy Shahid’s company. Shahid was equally engaging,” says a source.
“Shahid, Priyanka and Mubina looked very happy in each other’s company. They came and left together. They were in the hotel for nearly two hours,” adds the source. In the course of the evening, when the actor spotted actress Tabu seated a few tables away, he walked up to her and the two exchanged pleasantries.
Shahid and Mubina became close during the making of Kaminey, which also starred Priyanka. When the two actors broke up subsequently, it was reported that Priyanka had discovered that certain comments about Shahid that she had shared with Mubina were reaching him.
The actress is said to have confronted Mubina soon after, but the latter denied that she had any role to play in the matter. But when this continued, Priyanka simply decided to put a distance between her and Mubina.
Today, however, it all seems a thing of the past.
By a strange coincidence, the actress will be seen opposite Saif Ali Khan in all her films next year
Kareena Kapoor may not like this. But if all goes the way it seems to be going, Saif Ali Khan would be Priyanka Chopra’s co-star in almost all her films next year.
After completing the shooting of Don 2 with Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka is expected to go into Vishal Bhardwaj’s next and Siddharth Anand’s next, both with Saif as her co-star.
Vishal is all set to complete a hat-trick of films with Priyanka. After Kaminey and Saat Khoon Maaf, Vishal has already offered Priyanka another film. Their third collaboration in on the cards as well.
According to a source, the offer came in Coorg after Priyanka did an intricate seven-minute shot perfectly. When she returned and sat next to Vishal he simply said, “You are doing my next film.”
Saif who has been itching to work with Vishal ever since Omkara will co-star in the film with Priyanka.
Another director who has worked with Saif is Siddharth Anand. Priyanka is expected to join Anand and Saif in his next feature.
|Saif Ali Khan|
Meanwhile, Abbas-Mustan offered her Race 2 and Italian Job. While Priyanka has declined Italian Job (Katrina’s part is more pivotal) she has green-lighted Race 2, where she co-stars, again, with Saif.
When asked about her ‘year of playing it Saif’, Priyanka said, “I loved his work in Vishal sir’s Omkara, also in Dil Chahta Hai. We’ve not worked together in any film as yet. Saif is a really cool guy.”