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After their fallout in 2007 and a recent patch up, Nikhil Advani is making extra efforts to get back in the Karan Johar camp
After working on Kal Ho Na Ho (2003) with Karan Johar, director Nikhil Advani went on to make Salaam-E-Ishq (2007) with another producer. Karan was left high and dry and was hence upset with him.
The two were not talking to each other for a long time until they finally patched up. Karan then directed the mahurat shot of Nikhil’s next, Patiala House.
The latest is that Nikhil has now decided to tread very cautiously with his mentor Karan. With his last film Chandni Chowk To China (2009) having bombed at the box office, Nikhil wants to show Patiala House to Karan, in the hope of criticism. The film is almost ready and stars Akshay Kumar and Anoushka Sharma. And Nikhil wants to ensure all goes well with the film.
So, a few days ago, Nikhil showed at least a good half hour of Patiala House to Karan Johar. The meeting took place at Karan’s Dharma Productions office in Khar.
When contacted, Nikhil confirmed and said, “Yes, I did show parts of Patiala House to Karan. He saw them at his office.”
As for constructive criticism, Karan loved Anoushka’s look in the film, Nikhil told us. He added, “Karan also felt that there is some very good drama in the film and Akshay has delivered a very fine performance.”
Bygones are indeed bygones now. Nikhil added, “We had a misunderstanding in the past. We are reconnecting big time now.” Good decision, Nikhil. Who knows, kal ho na ho…
Amitabh Bachchan is a busy bee a couple of days ahead of his 68th. He is shooting simultaneously for his new film Power, directed by Raj Kumar Santoshi, and Kaun Banega Crorepati.
A few nights ago he stole the show walking the ramp for Karan Johar. His energy is at an all-time high.
Excerpts from a tête-à-tête.
So, all set for the birthday celebrations at home?
Hold on! There will be no celebrations at home. Of course, if people come over unannounced, they’re most welcome. I’ll be opening KBC this day. I have been working late into the nights recording promos for the show.
Is Rajnikanth coming to Mumbai for your birthday?
There are no such plans. But we’ve great affection for one another. I met Rajni for the first time in Chennai when I was shooting at the AVM Studios. He came across and met me. We’ve been friends ever since. He’s such a humble and simple human being. So down-to-earth… how he remains that way with the kind of fan-following he has is a mystery.
His wife has been a wonderful support. She has brought up their children so well. Every time I am in Chennai, I call and visit him. We call each other whenever the need arises.
What did you think of Robot?
What a massive achievement! Great entertainer. It’s all Rajni and Shankar and their hard work.
On the eve of your birthday you rocked on the ramp.
Thank you… Kya Karen, karna padta hai kissi terah.
How do you it?
Keep crossing new thresholds in your career?
I don’t know about that. I had walked the ramp just once… no twice before, but both times for a cause. This time, I did it because Karan (Johar) asked. I can’t say no to Karan. He is family.
Walking the ramp looks easy enough from the other side. When you look at the models doing it you say, ‘Hey, it’s not a tough job at all.’ But once you go up there you really start admiring them. It’s not just a simple walk. It’s actually a nightmare.
This time you seem very comfortable with your television appearance.
I’m going back to KBC after 10 years. I remember in 2000 when I did the show I was raw to the medium, very hesitant very nervous. That hasn’t changed.
Anytime I go in front of the camera for any medium there will be apprehensions. Creativity is an ongoing process. No matter how professional you are, it can never be enough. One can never be fully comfortable on television. It’s a frightening medium for me.
You seem to enjoy your interaction with the aam aadmi on KBC.
Yes, they all have such an interesting back story… where they came from, how they grew up.
This time on the show we actually follow the lives of the contestants to their roots. I actually get to see where they came from, what their parents and family think, etc.
The human-interest level is high this time. KBC can now be a life-changing moment for the contestant.
There are people coming on the show from places where the show did not reach earlier. For them KBC is an opportunity to make the kind of money in a hour that they’ve never seen before.
Television will occupy a lot of your time this year.
KBC will go on only until November or the first week of December. I have started shooting for Raj Kumar Santoshi’s Power, which will be followed by Prakash Jha’s Aarakshan. Then there’s Balki’s film. We’ve finally zeroed in on a subject. It will be produced by AB Corp Ltd.
By Devansh Patel, October 8, 2010 – 17:48 IST
So, here’s what the news reads. And beware…it might just turn out that it’s ‘true’. At the moment, it’s just in talks. Karan Johar and Anurag Kashyap are co-producing Vikram Motwane’s next untitled film. A few close sources from the director’s company told us that the two creative heads are in talks with each other on locking something concrete for Vikram’s next film.
Well, if it has Karan Johar interested, it must be a script that has touched his liking and if it has Anurag Kashyap to back it all up, we might just witness a never before seen spectacle to hit the big screens soon. Now that’s what I call commercial news more than just breaking.
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 9, 2010)
You could hear the kiss! It was so genuine… And you could feel the butterflies in your stomach when Bollywood Badshah Shah Rukh Khan kissed the Biggest Legend of alltime, Amitabh Bachchan. And who was overseeing this? Hrithik Roshan — Hindi cinema’s heir apparent. A billion hearts missed a beat at Karan Johar’s and Varun Bahl’s maginficent display of Victorian age fashion at the HDIL India Couture Week 2010 on Thursday night.
Amitabh apparently arrived three hours ahead to perfect his show-stopper act. A nervous Hrithik was said to be pacing backstage, practising his walk till the very last minute. And eyes misted over, whistles rent the air as Hrithik dressed in navy blue kicked off the high-life retail line of garments made from rich velvet mixes and lightweight wool. The garments, structured in a masculine sophisticated way, brought new meaning to the simple term style. The colours of black, royal gold, mud brown, rich burgundy, navy blue and dark grey with intricate embroidery gave you the feeling of the ‘Raj’ but were equally contemporary.
The show belonged to the patriarch of Indian cinema. When the very lean Amitabh strode in with dark glasses, a scarf covering his neck, wearing a black long coat over grey trousers and actually glided on the ramp, the women (including daughter Shweta) went hysterical. An emotional Karan touched his feet and wiped a tear as he whispered, “Thank-you Amit Uncle for agreeing to do this for me.” What was least expected was that Hrithik and the Big B would suddenly pull SRK on stage and break into a dance with him.
Says Karan, “Varun and I felt that if this line was to have true meaning, then we should have men like Amit uncle and Hrithik walk the ramp for us. The piece de resistance was the return of the K3G cast on the ramp. It was a blend of fashion and emotion in the house.”
The forthcoming season of Karan Johar’s popular TV show may not see Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra together; their relationship is apparently not serious enough
Agreed, this newspaper has given you ample proof that they’re in love but the truth was never a bed of roses. Shahid and Priyanka’s relationship has some serious shades of grey.
While Karan Johar and the broadcaster of Koffee With Karan are hoping Shahid and Priyanka would soon be seen in the forthcoming season of the show, Shahid has other plans. Shooting for the forthcoming season starts at the end of this month. But apparently, Shahid has refused to aprticipate in the show because Priyanka and he are still not in a very serious relationship; they’re dating.
Interestingly, at the time when he was dating Kareena Kapoor, Sasha appeared on the second season of Karan’s show with her. That’s history.
Says a source, “Shahid is still not sure about Priyanka. She is very important and dear to him but he would rather take some more time and make the relationship stronger than appear on national television making statements about it.”
While Priyanka was reportedly coaxing the Moranis to convince Shahid to join their forthcoming world tour (slated for next year), Shahid turned it down. The Moranis hven’t given up on him though.
Moreover, Shahid and Priyanka apparently still have fights very often. Adds the source, “This is another reason why Shahid has opted out of Karan’s show. He is obviously not comfortable being grilled by Karan, who is known for being audacious with his guests and even more so, if they are reportedly in a relationship.”
Another source from the television industry says, “The broadcasters of Koffee With Karan are very hopeful that they would have Shahid and Priyanka together on the show.”
Though Shahid and Priyanka did not revert to us on this, we’re hoping Karan’s charms would do the trick.
By Chandni Dev, October 5, 2010 – 15:52 IST
Dabangg fever is almost like DDLJ phenomena. It isn’t a fair comparison on a lot of levels but the hangover is similar. With Dabangg came back, the long forgotten sweet, innocent love story, the brave hero who beats up the bad guys, the unforgettable one liners, the impromptu song and dance phenomena and a story line that urges you to throw rational thinking out of the window. With a lot of hooting and cheering by the audiences, the abandoned single screen cinemas were the place to be. An Arbaaz Khan Production, starring Salman Khan with Malaika Arora Khan doing the perfect item number, Dabangg was also a Khan clan film, where the entire family participated to produce this box office phenomena. Guess who is irked by all of this? It’s none other than the popular socialite, author, columnist and self appointed film critic, Shobha De. Chandni Dev at Bollywood Hungama gives you a low-down on all that happened for all to see.
She speaks her mind, she has ruffled a few feathers on more than one occasion but she seems to revel in the controversy of it all. She has written about celebrities and their performances on numerous occasions and at times received flack for it. But she honestly couldn’t care less. She has perpetually said ‘au revoir’ to diplomacy and tact.
Post the release of I Hate LUV Storys, Shobhaa didn’t spare the lovely Sonam Kapoor or Imran Khan and even director Punit Malhotra as she went ahead to write her blunt as ever review. In her words she said, “It is a wonder Karan actually approved the script of such an excruciatingly pointless film which, post-interval, suddenly takes off for New Zealand…one is ready to shake up this bloke called Punit Malhotra (chief villain) and spank him in public.”
Punit Malhotra, the director of the film, responded on twitter saying “Guys pls (sic) don’t take Shobhaa De seriously. She’s a fossil who’s getting no action and going through menopause.” And Sonam responded to that by saying “ha ha”.
This didn’t happen too long back before Shobhaa decided it’s time to rock another boat. This time she took a jab at none other than the Khan clan. With the release of Dabangg, what also came out was Shobhaa’s bitter review of the film. She went ahead and said “The one scene that really and truly created history and will go down as an astonishing cinematic moment is the one of Salman Khan’s shirt tearing, popping and flying off his back… all by itself! The shirt deserves a special award for performing this remarkable feat – perhaps; it marks a first in world cinema!” She continued, “Those looking for a plot, be warned – it is flimsier than Munni’s (Malaika in a sizzling item number that out-beedis Bipasha’s) barely there costumes. Both are ‘badnaam’.” Now this was a typical De humour that bordered on being nasty.
During the time of ‘Id’ Salman got a lot of flack for making statements on terrorism and 26/11 terrorist attack in Mumbai. His lack of diplomacy and articulation rendered him apologetic to the masses. Shobhaa De comments on the situation were, “Salman Khan’s shocking statement about 26/11 smacks of arrogance, ignorance and plain stupidity. A lame apology won’t do Sallu bhai. Boycott Dabangg”
There is just that much anyone can take lying down in the name of dignity and self respect. Shobhaa De’s callous comments and opinions, quite uninvited though, have been ignored on numerous occasions by celebs as they either feel its giving the issue too much importance or they feel it’s pointless. But a certain Khan brother had just about had it. He decided that it’s about time he gives it back to this self acclaimed moral crusader and film critique. After all if she has the columns to showcase her opinions he has twitter. And in no time started the barrage of tweets which were retweeted by the general public who love Salman Khan and epitomise Dabangg.
Arbaaz started the whole discussion by addressing his followers as he said, “Hey guys what’s your opinion on Shobha De a writer of sleaze and pornographic novels. She writes a lot of sh*# about Salman and Malaika. Her claim to fame is marrying some rich industrialist. I’m not sure if its 3 or 4. Pl lemme know”
Once done he started an anti Shobha campaign of sorts on twitter as he said “Mr De hold on to your money or Shobha at 60 can still compete with Elizabeth Taylor… One thought that age makes you wiser but unfortunately it’s not happening in the case of Shobhaa who is 60… Shobhaa’s opinions on my family reeks of bias, jealousy and frustration. I have have been ignoring her comments for the longest time but no more… This idiotic woman had recently said ban Dabangg. Who the hell is she? Is she the god damn law?.. She’s a frustrated sleaze writer. That’s it! If this woman was not to write about celebs she would not even be entertained… Honestly I hate to give people like Shobhaa any importance but she’s been writing personal, biased stuff 4 the longest time. Enough is enough.” Arbaaz got immense response from his followers on twitter.
Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 3, 2010)
Kareena Kapoor and her father Randhir Kapoor are teaming up for the first time to play reel-life father and daughter in Karan Johar’s next film, Short Term Shaadi. Randhir and his daughters Kareena and Karisma have become really thick recently. His wife, Babita, too is spending quality time with the former actor after his recent health scare brought the couple, who have faced marital trouble in the past, closer together. A source close to the project reveals, “Kareena is really excited. After spending years in the industry, this is the first film that is making her play daughter to her own father. She and her dad gel really well and they are both happy to do a project together. They will rehearse together, too. Randhir, on the other hand, is delighted that he will be spending more quality time with his busy daughter who is neck-deep in work. Babita, too, is looking forward to see her husband work with Kareena. She has been heard saying that she can’t wait to see them in the same frame.”
The entire Kapoor family, including Karisma, is likely to be present on the sets when Kareena and Randhir do their first scene together. It’s going to be one big happy family reunion and an emotional one also for them. The film, reported to be inspired by the Cameron Diaz-Ashton Kutcher starrer What Happens in Vegas, it is not a remake of the Hollywood hit. However, Short Term Shaadi will be shot in Vegas where two people (Imran and Kareena) get married after getting drunk. Though they decide to get divorced as they hate each other, they end up falling in love.
Shah Rukh Khan, in an exclusive chat with BT, describes himself in Don 2 which he begins shooting in Berlin this month
Mark Manuel | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 2, 2010)
The mercury’s rising, and the October heat is just setting in, but Shah Rukh Khan is packing his woolies and preparing for a cold, bleak winter. Not in Bollywood, of course; but in Berlin, where he is jetting off to in a couple of days to begin work on Excel Entertainment’s Don 2. It is a twomonth-long schedule, and SRK will be away all the while, so if you want to wish him on his birthday on November 2, you had better go to Berlin like Karan Johar is planning to.
After the success of Don, he is naturally excited to be working on the sequel, it promises to be bigger and better. And Don himself has grown, he’s gone and done bad things around the world — now the police of 22 countries are after him as against 11 in the first part! Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar, the proud producers of Excel, say that the Mayor of Berlin actually opened out areas in the ancient, historic city that were restricted to the Hollywood filmmakers shooting Inglourious Bastards and Valkyrie there. “That’s how big Shah Rukh is in Berlin,” exclaimed Ritesh. “People there, and I mean not just Asians — but Germans also, have started taking leave to be working on this film as extras.”
The anti-hero of this big budget action thriller also thinks Berlin is a “cool place”. He would, he has a stronger fan base there than any Bollywood actor as he discovered when attending the Berlin Film Festival to promote My Name Is Khan. “Hundreds of people stood on the road in the snow, they treat me like a German star, and they respect and love me… like the energy I bring on the screen has filled up some void in their mechanised lives. I’m their adopted son, like Raj Kapoor was to Russia, it is a very humbling experience,” SRK told me in a chat over Don 2. “I’m excited to be shooting in Berlin, I like the darkness of the buildings, the starkness of the winter, people dressed in overcoats and wearing mufflers and dark glasses, and black cars going around.”
Right at the start of the schedule, Excel intends shooting an edge-of-the-seat, 14-day car chase next to the monumental Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Shah Rukh is glad to be getting back into action. He has begun exercising, getting back some of the muscle he lost for the parkour action sequences of Ra.One, though in Don 2 it will be slick gun action, fights with devices, a combo of James Bond and Matrix. “But I’ll be a completely in-your-face mean character, like Bond gone wrong, this is Farhan’s creation. The victory of evil over good. Don is an unpredictable, edgy character. He in intriguing. A little bit of Mickey Rourke, Gérard Depardieu, John Malkovic and Clint Eastwood. He’s romantic and sensual, he watches cartoon films, but he’s also a mean, catch-me-if-you-can guy. I like Don’s attitude. There’s lot of scope for me to play him,” he said excitedly.
Shah Rukh Khan’s fans have accepted this “inglorious bastard” — as he is fond of calling Don. The actor is delighted with that, even though he is glorifying evil, because nobody as yet has accused him of being a bad influence. Not even his children. He accepts that Don is a bit of a badmash. “But he’s also enigmatic. I wish he didn’t rape women and do drugs. But even that, he does in style, there is no sleaze. Don is a base thought that we all have — that if I were to do bad things, I would do it with style. Crime doesn’t pay, but it makes life cool, doesn’t it,” he argued.
Well, on screen — certainly!
That’s why KJo has chosen to remake this film
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 21, 2010)
Yash Johar’s Agneepath, directed by Mukul Anand in 1990 with Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, was one of India’s earliest cult classics. “It wasn’t a box office hit, but not a day goes by when this film is not spoken about in superlatives,” says Karan Johar, who will make his version of this film with the very handsome Hrithik Roshan.
KJo says, “By remaking Agneepath, I will be living up to a promise I made to my father. Amit uncle’s version had one of his finest performances, he even won the National Award for it. Agneepath is the quintessential underworld film that has become a point of reference for several filmmakers. Vijay Dinanath Chauhan, the character that Amit uncle played, is etched in everyone’s memory. My father (Yash Johar) often wondered why this film didn’t get the kind of commercial success it should have. He constantly told me, ‘Karan, we must remake Agneepath.’ Somehow, I couldn’t see myself directing the remake. But when my assistant Karan Malhotra, who was my backbone on MNIK, said he would like to revisit this subject and recreate the magic, I instantly agreed to produce the film.”
Dharma Productions’ new avatar of Agneepath will have some definite changes. The film’s hero now is a flamboyant 28-30 year-old with a largerthan-life persona. The inimitable coconut vendor Krishnan Iyer MA, played by Mithun Chakraborty, will also not feature in this film. Instead, another very important character is being introduced in the first half. And talks are on with one of Bollywood’s finest actors for this part. Agneepath will go on the floors early next year.
There is a strong buzz that Priyanka Chopra will play Hrithik’s love interest in the film and that Nana Patekar will revisit the role of Kancha-cheena made famous by Danny Denzongpa. Karan refuses to confirm the rest of the starcast. “At this point, we have Hrithik on board for Amit uncle’s role. I will announce the other names shortly,” he says. “Duggu has heard the script and loved it. He is as thrilled about this film as Karan (Malhotra) and I are.”
Karan Johar explains his respect for debutant directors
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 9, 2010)
He has magnetic charm. Karan Johar, who has given Bollywood some of the finest filmmaking talent in recent times, continues to attract the newbies. And the reason why young talent like Tarun Mansukhani, Ayan Mukherji, Punit Malhotra, Rensil D’Silva, Siddharth Malhotra, Shakun Batra and Karan Malhotra find themselves attracted to Dharma Productions is because they know it’s a banner to reckon with.
And the man at the helm will be their guiding light. Says Karan, who has taken Dharma to the dizzying heights at which it stands today, “Our banner is always on the lookout for fresh, young and hungry talent. I have not signed any established directors because I truly believe in giving a break to the new directors who I know have promise.” And it is true, if you look at his directors in the last couple of years, except for Rensil D’Silva (who was already an established ad filmmaker and screen-writer before he made Kurbaan), all the others have started their innings with Karan.
“Tarun (Dostana), Punit (I Hate Luv Storys), Ayan (Wake Up Sid) and Siddharth (We Are Family) have been nutured under our banner,” adds Karan. “I have leveraged their talent for the company. And they in turn have been loyal to Dharma. All of them have shown a level of ambition and zest for achievement that I find very infectitious. Therefore, it has been my endeavour to provide them with the right platform to realise their dreams.”
Next year is going to be Dharma’s. Ayan will start his next film after the critically acclaimed Wake Up Sid; Punit is scripting his next film after the super-successful I Hate Luv Storys; Karan Malhotra will direct Agneepath; and Shakun Batra will release his Kareena Kapoor-Imran Khan film. Rensil is not contracted to Dharma, but will also start a film for this banner. KJo, who believes that the secret of keeping young talent happy is to give his directors a free hand, says, “Of course, certain technical details are discussed at length and I may make suggestions, but by and large the process of filmmaking remains democratic. If I allow my directors to breathe instead of breathing down their necks, they will come up with a film that is true to their script and good for the company.” He is democratic, not autocratic, but believes in being absolutely pragmatic! “Perhaps that’s the only place where I come in,” Karan says, “otherwise my directors are men of free will.”