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Movie Tee Vee Enterprises, which has the rights for the negatives of Apna Desh, is taking Balaji Telefilms to court for using one of its songs
Once upon a time, Balaji Telefilms was a happy production house. But this year has been replete with legal hassles for them, especially in case of their film Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai.
After the controversy about Haji Mastan’s family members objecting to the film, another one cropped up on Kangna Ranaut’s character in the film. And now, a company called Movie Tee Vee Enterprises is taking Balaji Telefilms to court for using the song Duniya mein logo ko in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai.
In Once Upon… the song was picturised on Ajay Devgn, Kangna Ranaut and Gauhar Khan and was a remixed version of the super hit original from the film Apna Desh. Movie Tee Vee Enterprises holds the rights to the negatives of the Rajesh Khannna and Mumtaz starrer Apna Desh (1972).
When contacted, Kewal Suri of Movie Tee Vee Enterprises said, “Yes, it is true and we are taking Balaji Telefilms to court. We have already sent the notices to them. It is our duty to ensure that we get what is rightfully ours.
Balaji has told us that they have taken the rights from Sa Re Ga Ma, who is also at fault here. How can Sa Re Ga Ma assign the rights to remake the song? We were not aware that our song was being used in the film, when it was under production. The legal notices have now been sent.”
Ekta Kapoor said, “I really have no idea but Balaji has a strong legal department that will look into this.
The film released three months ago so I think it’s too late for them to react. It might be a lapse on their part but the legal department will sort it out.”
And everyone will live happily ever after.
BOMBAY TIMES (November 4, 2010)
The team of No problem, Eros International’s next film directed by Anees Bazmee and jointly produced by Anil Kapoor Film Company Pvt Ltd and Rawail Grandsons Entertainment and Software Pvt Ltd is all set to start its promotional activities.
And to kickstart the action, the cast, — Anil Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Akshaye Khanna, Suniel Shetty, Sushmita Sen, Kangna Ranaut, Neetu Chandra and Paresh Rawal along with the director will make a visit to the Bombay Stock exchange (BSE) this Diwali (November 5).
What will they be doing there? Attending the annual grand Laxmi Puja. The team will also ring the famous BSE gong.
Eros International, who has recently been listed, initiated this novel concept to promote their latest comic caper. Since the gong is rung before trading activities to have a successful venture, this was thought to be the perfect opportunity to start off the promotion of the film, that releases on December 10. As for the date, the team says it was chosen after much thought since it’s the auspicious occasion of Diwali!
With such a stellar star cast, a talented director and a ‘thunderous’ beginning, the movie is sure to find its way to success at the box office!
When Sanjay Dutt launched his first home production, Rascals, to be directed by David Dhawan, on Oct 29 at a five-star hotel in Andheri, there were hushed whispers at the venue that the leading lady of the film, Kangna Ranaut, will be seen in a two-piece bikini in the film.
The bikini was bought in London. Says a source close to the film, “Kangna chose the bikini. It’s a very revealing piece. Kangna will set the screens on fire.” Adds the source, “This scene would also have Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgn; they’ll be ogling at Kangna.”
Confirming that Kangna will don a two-piece bikini in Rascals, co-producer Sanjay Ahluwalia said, “The scene, to be shot in Bangkok, is Kangna’s introductory scene. She is shown coming out from water.” Watched Casino Royale, Sanjay?
By Subhash K. Jha, October 28, 2010 – 11:52 IST
If there is one guy out there in the entertainment industry who can put an end to all the speculation on the status of the Salman-Govinda relationship, it is David Dhawan.
David who has been closely associated with both Salman and Govinda, has done the maximum number of films with the two stars. He’s now in the process of bringing them together for the sequel to Partner.
But the problem is with the stories about the Partners‘ real-life rift. They are taking a toll on David. And he has decided to do something about the crisis. He is toying with the idea of hosting a party to celebrate the Salman-Govinda friendship.
“And why just the Salman-Govinda friendship? It will be to celebrate the Salman-Govinda-David friendship. I get very disturbed when I hear about their so-called rift. Arrey yaar, both are far above such bickering. Look at Govinda’s track-record. He has been at the top for decades. As for Salman, with Dabangg he has proved he is beyond all competition. I hate to see people talking about two of my closest friends in this negative way. So yes a party celebrating Salman and Govinda’s friendship and my friendship with them seems a good idea,” says David emotionally.
Says David, “I’m committed to direct a film Rascals for Sanjay Dutt Productions from next month. Dutt is one of my oldest and closest friends. The first film I directed had Sanju in it. Then I’m committed to directing Partner 2 for Salman Khan and Govinda. So my career is devoted to friends.”
Family would naturally have to look elsewhere. David’s younger son Varun is being launched as a leading man by Karan Johar.
Says David, “All I can tell you at the moment is that my elder son Rohit is directing his first film Desi Boyz and my younger son Varun is going to be an actor. I’d have liked to launch both in their respective careers. But I am committed to making films with my friends.”
Rascals will feature Dutt, who is one of David’s oldest and dearest friends, with Ajay Devgn and Kangna Ranaut. It will be a typical David Dhawan comedy.
Argues David, “Why not? Why open the car bonnet to check the motor when the vehicle is running just fine? When others are copying my style why should I move away from it?”
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 15, 2010)
What can get more attention than Kangna Ranaut’s vital statistics? Guess it can only be the numbers stashed away in Swiss bank accounts. AAP Entertainment Ltd and Sohail Maklai’s Knock Out that hits the marquee today gives the audience a ringside view of a tricky subject. It deals with India’s stashed away money in a foreign account. And then tracks the journey of the wealth back to where it rightfully belongs. “The subject is huge and concerns every Indian,’’ say the producers. And all those who have seen the sneak previews, including political leaders, media heavyweights, filmmakers, actors and Bollywood trade analysts, are unanimously saluting the strong content.
Sanjay Dutt, who has a very interesting role, says, “I felt right about being associated with this film from the start to the finish because everything worked according to plan. It was completed and is being released within a year. So, the adrenaline rush stayed.” Irrfan Khan, who refuses to do run-of-the-mill stuff, says, “Knock Out has such an interesting plot line that I got drawn to it. While my own role has various shades, the film itself is racy and doesn’t give too much time to think.’’
Apparently BJP heavyweight L K Advani, who saw it at a special show, was mighty impressed with the content and the pace. “Advanji said he didn’t realise how quickly the interval came,’’ says a source. The producers say that they didn’t want to create any hype through the shooting because it is being made by a first-time producer and a director (Mani Shankar) whose last few films have not really set the Box Office on fire. “But with Knock Out, we definitely knew that the film would create a buzz for itself. And that is exactly what’s happening,’’ say the guys at AAP Entertainment Ltd.
Kangna Ranaut, the solo female lead in this thriller, says, “The buzz on the film is really strong. I’ve attempted something new in Knock Out. And it has been truly exciting because the film unfolds in just two hours. It’s a kind of spot story that you see on television that gets you completely hooked.’’ Trade sources indicate that the film may be recommended for an entertainment tax exemption.
Last week, Sallu chose not to invite Kangna to his fashion show. This week, he’s put his film opposite her on hold. Rumour has it that Sonakshi might replace her
Kangna’s dreams of starring with Salman in his home production, what was to be directed by Mahesh Manjrekar, have been dashed, at least for the time being. It also points to a larger fallout between the two, said to be close to each other in the recent past.
But not only was Kangna not invited for Sallu’s well-touted ‘Being Human’ show last Saturday, but the superstar has put his home production with her in the female lead on hold indefinitely. The film is a Hindi remake of Manjrekar’s Marathi film Mee Shivajiraje Bhosle Boltoy.
The only consolation for Ranaut is that she remains a part of the film, at least for now. “The script is undergoing some changes. Moreover, a few other members of the cast have also been changed. Salman himself is supervising the details,” says the source.
Another reason why Manjrekar’s film co-starring Ranaut is not Salman’s first priority at present is that Salman is going to be very busy with the TV show Bigg Boss 4 and two films, Kick and Bodyguard. “Both Kick and Bodyguard are very big films and Salman is not going to let his fans down,” said the source.
What makes this doubly awkward for Kangna is the buzz that Sonakshi Sinha might replace her in this film.
When contacted, Manjrekar did not confirm that Ranaut stars in his film for Salman. He simply said, “At the moment, I am not in Mumbai. Dekhte hain kab shuru karenge meri film. Why can’t it be that Kangna stars in the film? It’s not Sonakshi, but then, at the end of the day, it is up to Salman to decide and divulge.”
We know for a fact that Kangna has not even been informed of this delay. But our source was quite clear that Sallu’s next with her in on the backburner. A close friend of Kangna’s said, “She really does not wish to comment on any of this.”
We understand. Need time to nurse your wounds, Kangs?
BOMBAY TIMES (October 13, 2010)
It’s already created ripples with its interesting promos. Now AAP Entertainments Ltd and Sohail Maklai’s Knock Out, starring Sanjay Dutt, Irrfan Khan and Kangna Ranaut, has impressed Bhartiya Janata Party leader L K Advani as well.
A special screening was held at the Film Divisions auditorium in New Delhi which was attended by Advani, his wife and daughter Pratibha. After the show, the senior politician congratulated the actors, director Mani Shankar, and the rest of the crew. He was enchanted by the technical excellence and fast pace of the film. Knock Out was Bollywood’s answer to what Advani has been saying for decades, about the crores of public money stolen by political leaders and stashed away in Swiss banks. Advani was impressed by the way Dutt played the protagonist — a determined man whose life’s mission was to get a part of that money back, and the film’s realism. Former law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and ex mayor of Delhi Aarti Mehra, who joined Advani for the screening, were also suitably impressed. Not just by the film, but also its cast, led by Kangna looking resplendent in a traditional avatar, Dutt at his charming best, and Irrfan playing the gracious host. Knock Out hits theatres this Friday.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, October 12, 2010 – 14:03 IST
The Sanjay Dutt, Irrfan Khan and Kangna starrer Knock Out is facing major trouble just days before its release. The Mani Shankar directed film is facing plagiarism allegations from a reputed Hollywood studio.
The case so far in question cropped up when 20th Century Fox moved the Bombay High Court alleging a copyright infringement, and seeking an injunction on the release of Sohail Maklai’s Knock Out. The basis for this petition being that the film Knock Out is a blatant copy of their Hollywood film Phone Booth starring Colin Farrell.
What’s interesting to know is that both films show the protagonist taking a victim hostage within a phone booth and forcing him to reveal certain dark secrets.
Yesterday, the High Court directed Sohail Maklai Entertainment Private Limited (SMEPL), producer of Knock Out, to give Fox Studios a copy of their screenplay and adjourned the case till Oct 13.
What is to be seen now, is if this case will delay the release of the film from its scheduled release date of Oct 15.
Image courtesy: Prasad Naik
Being a small-town 17-year-old from Bhambla in Himachal Pradesh didn’t stop this stunner from taking on Bollywood. Waiting in her vanity van to front the camera for Knock Out, her latest movie with Sanjay Dutt and Irrfan Khan, where Kangna plays a crime journalist – today’s Kangna is confident, composed and totally at ease with being ‘real’.
Excerpts from the interview:
What made you become an actor?
I was restless when I was 15/16. I was pursuing science but I was more attracted towards art. So I started pursuing theatre. Thereon, I also tried modelling because people kept harping that I looked different. I signed up with a modelling agency and took it quite seriously. Unfortunately, modelling didn’t take me very seriously! I figured that in India, modelling is only something you can be happy doing part-time. In the mean time, I was pursuing theatre and my guruji, Arvind Gaur encouraged me a lot. I started giving auditions for movies. The truth is even if I wasn’t selected for Anurag Basu’s Gangster, I would’ve tried other projects. However, I got selected and Bollywood became my career.
What is the creative process that goes behind every character you etch?
Each role is challenging. You have to do your homework. For instance, in Abhinay Deo’s Game, I play a cop from London and she has a Brit accent. It was difficult for me to emulate that. Acting is a job where you have to learn to look, talk and project a certain body language. The trick is to remain focused, yet flexible.
With no filmi background, how do you hold yourself in this fiercely competitive industry?
People in Mumbai are judgemental. Here, your fate changes every Friday. Also, it’s true that if you’re a star kid or if you’re a star girlfriend, you get extra mileage. But if none of these things work in your favour, you tend to work on your talent. My challenge was to be able to fit in here. People criticised the way I talked, walked and even the way I looked—more so because I come from a small town. There are two ways of dealing with such a situation: either you care a damn; or you can improve yourself.
You’ve gone through several ups and downs in your personal life. Do you think the media has been fair to you?
I feel that the media, somewhat, is nicer to people coming from a filmi background, or personalities they have connections with. The media doesn’t accept you easily. A Shah Rukh Khan or Aamir (Khan) have been around for two decades and have established a relationship with the media and the public. That’s why their films get 90% opening. So, tomorrow, of course their children will get special treatment because the rapport is already there. But now I realise that if I connect with the media personally, it always works better. They figure out your dimension too.
And how have you evolved as an actor?
I’ve always been surrounded by very creative people—whether it’s Bhatt saab, Anurag Basu, Mohit Suri, Madhur Bhandarkar. I can write a whole book on my experiences and the craft I’ve learnt in the last five years! (laughs) When I entered Bollywood, (Mahesh) Bhatt saab made me unlearn everything – he taught me not to act and be real in front of the camera. You don’t fake crying or laughing. You actually do it.
But the turning point came when one day Bhatt saab told me I was the ugliest woman he’d seen. I asked, why? He retorted, asking where my dark circles, pimples were and why I was hiding behind makeup. He called me a mannequin! That’s when I realised that it’s important to be real.
Can you actually be ‘real’ in Bollywood?
It’s difficult. It’s almost like being naked in front of the public. Every time you’re in front of the camera, there are so many emotions you let out and you’re not scared. You may even portray emotions that might not be familiar to you. But you need to be you, your real self, to give that astounding performance.
How do you keep fit?
I take care of my body and make sure that I’m happy. I work out, but I don’t over-do. I don’t remove that cheese slice from my sandwich; or remove the oil when I’m having kheema pav! I try to be as normal as I can be in my habits. I love food and I love life. So I’m not the kind who’d count calories everyday and kill myself in the gym, or die doing yoga. I listen to myself and my body. I don’t push myself very hard.
What’s more important to you: critical acclaim vis-à-vis box office success?
For me, there are two kinds of movies– good or bad. To please only a particular group of people is not my goal. I think a film should be entertaining.
Kangna’s hit list
Holiday destination: Paris
Perfume: I wear men’s perfume. But I like Chanel.
Dream director: Aamir Khan
By Joginder Tuteja, October 8, 2010 – 11:26 IST
Has Emraan Hashmi joined the ‘powerful’ cast of Rajkumar Santoshi’s Power which is fast turning out to be the most star studded affairs of 2011? Well, that’s the gossip going around in the industry circles ever since Power first came in news close to a fortnight ago.
Says an industry insider, “Yes, there have been talks of Emraan making an appearance in the film. Though the actor doesn’t do too many multi starrers, he did give the film a close hearing when he was approached for it. Rajkumar Santoshi is a huge name and his ensemble starrers can prove to be a huge draw. Also, Emraan too has opened up more after the smash success of Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai which was a two hero project. He too feels that it isn’t bad after all to bring in that occasional multi starrer in his profile.”
Well, if Power stars Emraan, it would indeed turn out to be a casting coup of sorts with people across all generations being a part of this Firoz Nadiadwala biggie. While Amitabh Bachchan heads the star-cast, veteran actors like Sanjay Dutt and Anil Kapoor bring in over 30 years of working experience each. Ajay Devgn is at the peak of his career after being around for 20 years and Emraan Hashmi being established in his own right completes the picture. Kangna Ranaut, Ameesha Patel and newbie Lekha Washington bring on the glamour quotient hence making Power a powerful experience.
However, the man in the question – Emraan – diffuses the speculation and denies that he is doing the film. “No, I am not a part of it”, is all that he is willing to comment when quizzed around the rumour making the rounds.
Though he isn’t willing to open up on the topic, rightly so because all his concentration is currently on his latest release Crook, he doesn’t deny the fact that he was approached for the role.
“Yes, I was in talks with Firoz bhai. We did have discussions that were taken to some level. However, it eventually didn’t work out. So yes, for the record, I am not doing Power. There is always a next time though”, says Emraan.
One would have thought though after Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, he won’t mind being a part of big multi starrers.
“Of course I won’t but then it isn’t that suddenly you would start seeing me in many multi starrers”, he says, “Even when I did Once Upon A Time…, it was after much deliberation. The results are there to be seen. It is the subject that ultimately matters and what you bring to the table. The script has to work. I haven’t switched on a green light to do multi starrers or films outside Vishesh Films. There is no such conscious decision. It isn’t about a multi starrer as a solo lead. I have to do a good job in a good film. Period.”
Well, that should set the record once for and all.