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Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; June 15, 2013)
Dharma Productions was established in 1976 by Yash Johar, Karan Johar’s father. In the last 37 years, the film company has become one of the most prominent players when it comes to putting Bollywood cinema on the world map.
KJo’s celluloid ventures — from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) to their latest blockbuster Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (currently enjoying a historic run) — have taken his father’s dream several notches higher. And Dharma’s module of functioning, like a full-fledged film studio, is something many have aspired to follow. But very few have managed it so far.
Says Karan, “Ours is a young company with tall achievements; all of it is my father’s blessings. While we have been growing from strength to strength in each of the last three decades, in the last six years alone, we’ve been able to achieve several milestones. And this is because we have the strongest reserve of filmmakers.”
To name a few, KJo and his team — Nikhil Advani (Kal Ho Naa Ho), Tarun Mansukhani (Dostana), Ayan Mukerji (Wake up Sid and YJHD), Punit Malhotra (I Hate Luv Storys), Shakun Batra (Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu) and Karan Malhotra (Agneepath) — are among the torchbearers in the mainstream space, currently.
Karan adds, “Whether it’s content or scale, we have covered the entire gamut from Gippi to YJHD. Like most reputed international film studios, we have an open-door policy. And if we have chosen not to have a distribution or exhibition set-up, it is by More >
BOMBAY TIMES (May 25, 2013)
One hears Kareena Kapoor has blocked 180 days for the two Karans in her life — Karan Johar and Karan Malhotra. A trade source says Karan Malhotra’s next Shuddhi with his Agneepath hero Hrithik Roshan is likely to go on floors late this year. And the lead pair Hrithik and Kareena will keep 180 days reserved for this project.
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; May 25, 2013)
Karan Johar turns 41 today. In an industry that is so competitive and full of camps, it’s difficult to imagine a more multifaceted and loved person than him. In a conversation with Bombay Times, he reflects on his relationships, his need to be a parent and why he misses his father more than ever before. Excerpts:
You are the most multifaceted and well-marketed brand today in the film industry. Did you plan for it? Honestly, none of this was strategised or planned. The only one thing I have is a sense of intuition and a certain understanding of people. My instinct about a human being is paramount. For me, when a director has walked into my room or an assistant that I have hired, who has later gone on to become a director, is purely based on human instinct, be it Ayan Mukerji, Karan Malhotra, Punit Malhotra or Tarun Mansukhani. I am very susceptible to human energy and energy of spaces. When I walk into someone’s office or home, I immediately know whether I will be comfortable or not with the person. Similarly, I know when I meet a human being if I will have a rapport with this person or not. Intuition is the basis of Dharma. I built the company like it is a home zone. My best friend Apoorva is my CEO. Every member is not an employee, but a member of the gang and I can almost call them friends. Yes, Apoorva has made it a professional place with all the legalities and modalities, but the warmth even he brings to his dealings comes More >
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; May 20, 2013)
After starring in the Suparn Verma directed Acid Factory in 2009, Danny Denzongpa went off the Bollywood radar.
Until now. Sources say that the one-time iconic villain is all set to make his comeback with Karan Malhotra’s Shuddhi, produced by Karan Johar.
Danny will once again play a negative character in the film that also stars Hrithik Roshan.
Our source says, “Danny is one of the most respectable actors in the industry and had been on a self-imposed exile. He has often said he wants to do films that excite him as an actor. His last film in Bollywood was Acid Factory after which he did Endhiran with Rajnikanth. Post that he had been saying no to each every film coming his way.” We heard that Danny loved the script of Karan’s film, which will release Diwali next year.
While Johar remained unavailable comment, Malhotra denied the news.
Danny’s top five As KAANCHA CHEENA in Agneepath BHAKTAWAR in Hum SHER KHAN in Sanam Bewafa KHUDA BAKSH in Khuda Gawah GURANG in China Gate
Money, name and identity. We talk to Bollywood’s old guard on why they are upset with zippy remakes
Anand Holla (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 14, 2013)
Forty years after Amitabh Bachchan ushered in the angry young man to whistles and cheers in Zanjeer, its writers Javed Akhtar and Salim Khan are channelling the character’s inner rage. Furious and unrelenting, Bollywood’s most successful scriptwriter duo filed a suit in the Bombay High Court this month, seeking a stay on the release of its remake, Zanjeer 2.0.
Their grouse is that producers Amit Mehra (whose father Prakash Mehra directed and produced the original) and Reliance Entertainment didn’t seek their consent for the remake, even though they hold the copyright of the ‘literary work’. While the 1973 film starred Bachchan, Dadasaheb Phalke award-winner Pran and Jaya Bachchan, the remake stars Telugu star Ram Charan Teja (top) and Priyanka Chopra.
Salim-Javed claim they have been trying to resolve the matter for a year now. Says 68-year-old Akhtar, “We tried speaking to Amit. When that didn’t help, we first went to the Film Writers Association and then the Federation of Western India Cine Employees, which also agreed that the rights belonged to us. But the producers didn’t relent. When we own its rights, how can someone make it in Telugu and Hindi without our consent?”
It’s not that the legendary scriptwriters are against remakes. Khan, 77, points out that a remake is a win-win situation for writers. “If it works, it proves More >
Hrithik Roshan has been increasingly taking his time to green light his ad and film projects. Friends say donning the director’s cap could well be in the offing…
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; April 12, 2013)
There was some buzz a while back about how Hrithik Roshan had pulled his new laptop ad off air and brought it back to the editing table to give it a final cut before re- releasing it for viewing.
Another ad that he did with a luxury watch brand also met with the same fate.
His constant strive to achieve perfection in terms of his film and ad deals have prompted many to believe that all this is a run- up to the actor finally wielding the megaphone. Move over Aamir Khan, the industry has an all- new Mr Perfectionist!
Not a smooth ride?
A source says, “Hrithik is the new perfectionist in Bollywood and gets involved in every aspect of filmmaking. He is also more in news for his involvement in the ad films that he does. For every product that he endorses, the actor wants to get involved right from the script to the editing. While it has worked fabulously well for him, it sometimes hampers his image in the ad industry, as they are constantly working on short deadlines and even shorter time frames for their product launches.”
Ads vs films
Ad-man Prahlad Kakkar says, “Hrithik does everything extremely professionally and believes that if the ad turns out well, it will only do him good. Obviously money is important but he is very particular about the way the final product looks. More >
Upala KBR (DNA; March 14, 2013)
Last week we told you that the Agneepath team — Hrithik Roshan and director Karan Malhotra — is coming together for a film, titled Shuddhi. Now we can confirm that Kareena Kapoor has been signed to play the leading lady for this film. This is big news for two reasons. First, this pair will be reunited on screen together after nine years. And secondly they’ve finally called truce. The duo who were dating during the making of their last film had a fallout and never came together again, despite many filmmakers trying to cast them together. Hrithik was not willing to upset his wife by romancing with Bebo onscreen and it was all too fresh in the Kapoor girl’s mind to get together with the actor onscreen. But time heals all wounds and now they have both decided to put their past behind them. It is natural that they come together for common friend Karan Johar, who was able to convince them to do this film together. Apparently, Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone were in the race for the role but Kareena beat them to it as she was the director’s first choice. Malhotra felt that only Kareena could play such a challenging role. Now let’s just wait for the production house to make a big announcement.
Pehle bhi Kareena and Hrithik have also worked together before in Yaadein (2001), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001) Mujhse Dosti Karoge! (2002)
With 10 single-screen theatres shutting down in one year, and others barely afloat, owners cry foul over the law that forbids them from selling off their sinking business
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 8, 2013)
At a time when even multiplex chains are struggling to remain afloat, the lot of singlescreen theatres has been worse. According to estimates, 10 single-screen theatres have shut down over the past six months, with others barely putting up a couple of shows a day. And that, say the harried owners, has laregly to do with the restrictive laws that forbid them from selling off or redeveloping thier property. Among those that were forced to shut down, are Novelty, Swastik, Naaz, Minerva, and more lately, Shreyas (Ghatkopar), Vijay (Chembur) and Ankur (Govandi). Distributor Devendra Shah, who has his office in Naaz building says, “Ëdward Talkies (Kalbadevi) is running two shows but sometimes even one show. Recently, Imperial Cinema revised ticket rates to Rs 25, yet it wears a desolate look. Lamington Road, which had 16 cinemas, is now left with three.”
According to Vice-President of Cinema Owners’ and Exhibitors’ Association, Nitin Datar, “New Shirin theatre in Mahalaxmi is on the verge of shutting. There are about 75 single screen cinemas in Mumbai and several are in bad shape. Overall, the number of cinemas operational in Maharashtra has come down to 650 from 1,200.”
Rues Datar, “Seven states have abolished entertainment tax, and they have to pay only 20 per More >
Hiren Kotwani (BOMBAY TIMES; March 5, 2013)
After the super success of Dharma Productions’ Agneepath last year, producer Karan Johar, director Karan Malhotra and Hrithik Roshan are teaming up again. Unlike their first collaboration, a remake of the 1991 movie produced by Yash Johar (Karan’s late father), the next venture is based on an original story. Titled Shuddhi, the film starts end-2013 and will release in Diwali 2014. About the film, KJo says, “It’s a large-scale love story, a genre I love.” Recalling the making of Agneepath, he says, “I had a wonderful experience. Karan (Malhotra) has a fantastic vision, a combination of aesthetic and commercial sense. Hrithik is a close friend and an outstanding actor. So, it’s great that the three of us are teaming up again.”
Hrithik says, “I’m really excited to work with the two Karans again. Agneepath is an extremely special film for me and I can’t wait to recreate a new world again.”
Incidentally, this will be KJo’s second Diwali outing since his directorial debut Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998). Hoping that the festival will be as lucky for Shuddhi as it was for KKHH, he says, “Diwali is also synonymous with films that entertain the entire family. Shuddhi is a love story that gives you everything that you look for in a festive release. I hope that we live up to the expectations that Agneepath has generated.”
KJo says, “Karan has been preparing for this film for over a year. I’ve never seen a director work a year in advance on More >
Aakansha Naval Shetye (DNA; January 20, 2013)Directors’ Cut: Rohit Shetty, Ashwini Dhir, Kabir Khan, Sajid Khan, Karan Malhotra, Prabhu Dheva, Anurag Basu and Arbaaz Khan lift their Zee Cine Awards
The year 2012 proved to be a remarkable one for Bollywood. The landmark year not only saw a rise in the number of films winning critical acclaim, but was also declared a successful one commercially. In fact, 2012 saw Indian cinema create a history of sorts with as many as nine Hindi films entering the aspirational Rs100-crore club, which seems to have become a new benchmark of success in B-Town.
In this, Salman Khan bettered his own record set by Bodyguard as his Ek Tha Tiger entered the Rs100-crore club just within five days of release.
Filmmakers and distributors too are known to leave no stone unturned in their attempt to cross over to the right side of the much-coveted figure, say industry observers. And to recognise the importance of this coveted club and honour the entrants, the Zee Cine Awards 2013 introduced a new award, The Power Club Box Office. Winning this prestigious honour were nine directors whose films crossed the Rs100-crore mark.
Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra — who herself is a part of two Rs100-crore films this year, Agneepath and Barfi! — handed out the trophies. Arbaaz Khan (Dabangg 2), Sajid Khan (Housefull 2), Kabir Khan (Ek Tha Tiger), Rohit Shetty (Bol Bachchan), Ashwini Dhir (Son of Sardaar), Karan Malhotra (Agneepath), Anurag Basu (Barfi!) More >