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On a Telegu channel, the actress’s name was allegedly linked with a Nigerian drug peddler only because designer Sidney Sladen, who is of African origin, is a good friend of hers
Trisha Krishnan, who made her debut in Khatta Meetha, had a dark encounter with the law recently. The actress landed herself in a drug scandal when a recent report on a Telugu channel claimed that she is into drug abuse and is closely associated with a drug peddler from Nigeria. Trisha, on the other hand, believes that she is being dragged into this controversy only because she is a good friend of Sidney Sladen, a designer of African origin, whom the channel is accusing of being a Nigerian drug dealer.
Quite irked about the turn of events, Trisha, who is currently in Chennai, says, “It’s very strange. I was shooting in Kodaikanal when this Telugu news channel declared this report; they put up a still of mine with a very dear friend who is African-American. They assumed that this fashion designer friend of mine from Chennai was a drug peddler from Nigeria.”
The actress decided to act on this immediately and got her lawyer to issue statements to all television channels. She also took legal action against this particular channel, which she believes is unnecessarily linking her name to a drug peddler. A furious Trisha says, “This is not a harmless rumour.
There is not an iota of truth to it. It’s strange where this story came from. I haven’t been to Hyderabad for a year now. I was told this peddler knows my number. But come on, everyone knows my number.”
Hyderabad has recently been in the news when its police stated that it has become a hotspot for drug abuse and that some pubs were encouraging this behaviour. It also hinted that some high-profile celebrities were indulging in drug intake and that they were being secretly observed.
Trisha believes this incident is an attempt to malign her in the Telugu film industry. “The only problem is you can’t pinpoint such a thing to any one source. But yes, it seems to have been done to tarnish my image. Luckily, I’ve got a lot of support in Hyderabad, even from the authorities.”
Getting out of this mess should be easy then, Trish. Just don’t have a communications black-out with the press.
Post her debut film, gorgeous babe Kainaat Arora has become the talk of the town
Renuka Vyavahare (BOMBAY TIMES; August 17, 2010)
Khatta Meetha may have received sweet n’ sour reviews at the box office but one debutante who has emerged a surprise winner from this venture is Kainaat Arora. Bearing an uncanny resemblance to Bollywood diva Dimple Kapadia, Kainaat who also happens to be the second cousin of the late Divya Bharti is on cloud nine these days. The actress has every reason to celebrate as her item number from Khatta Meetha has garnered great response from the industry bigwigs. Author and columnist Shobhaa De even described Kainaat’s item song in her column as the only portion that she enjoyed from the film. She wrote, “A Dimple look alike gyrated through a strange song dressed exactly like Dimple from ‘Bobby’ (Jhoot bole kawwa kaate number). That was seriously cute.”
An ecstatic Kainaat states, “Ace filmmakers like Vipul Shah, Madhur Bhandarkar, Sajid Khan and Tamil director Thyagarajan complimented me after they saw the song. Thyagarajan has even approached me for a Tamil film of his which I will be doing. I am looking forward to doing full fledged acting roles from now on. “
Interestingly, it’s just not the ‘Dimple’ connection that’s common between Akshay Kumar and Kainaat. She revealed, “Akshay’s mother is also an Arora. He told me how I am a Punjabi from the north and he too is a Kashmiri Punjabi. Being compared to Dimpleji is a huge compliment, but it’s unfair for her as I am just a beginner and she is a Bollywood diva.”
Hoping to work with Saif tops the actress’s wishlist currently. “Saif tops my list of favourite actors. I find him very hot. He is everything I’d love to have in my man. He is intelligent, classy yet edgy and there lies his sex appeal. Shah Rukh is a dream, Ranbir is hot and Salman extremely cool! I’d love to grab all four and of course work with Akshay again,” reveals Kainaat sheepishly.
It’s yet to sink in for the actress that her fellow home-towners are thronging all theatres in Dehradun, just to get a glimpse of their young achiever. “I have miles to go. I’d love to do what Kareena did in Omkara or Katrina did in Namastey London,” concludes the Uttaranchal beauty with a smile.
Saturday 7th August 2010 09.00 IST
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Aisha started on a poor note of around 30-35%. The evening and nights shows at select multiplexes of major metroes were a bit better but improvement was not the sort which suggests a noticeable pick up of collections over the weekend. Due to fairly low costs and good satellite returns the film is safe for the makers. The total investment is around 18 crore and 11 crore has already come from Satellite and music.
Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai had a good first week of 33.50 crore nett as per early estimates. The collections on the 8th day were fairly good with 40-50% collections though on less volume. The film looks set to emerge a hit. The film has an investment of around 38 crore (28 production, 10 publicity and advertising). 10 crore has come from satellite, Overseas (2 cr), Music (2cr) and Home Video (2cr) should add 6 crore leaving 22 cr to be made from India theatrical. With adding distributor commission a share of 23 crore plus will see the makers in the money.
Khatta Meetha dropped in week two with around 7 crore nett collections as per early estimates. The two week total is around the 39 crore nett mark. BELOW AVERAGE
By Taran Adarsh, August 3, 2010 – 08:28 IST
Television channels are competing with each other these days. There’s a scramble to acquire the Satellite Rights of feature films. The market, which was down till a few months ago, is piping hot right now and lucrative deals are being signed left, right and centre. The film producers/right holders, obviously, are smiling from ear to ear. In several cases, the price offered by TV channels is correlated with the performance of the film at the ticket window. If the theatrical business is fantastic, the returns are bountiful. In certain cases, the films are sold prior to their release, which works well for a film-maker since he recovers a big chunk of the investment much before the film has hit the screens and the verdict is out.
Note the kind of money paid for the Satellite Rights:-
- RAAJNEETI – Rs. 25 cr.
- ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI – Rs. 10.5 cr.
- UDAAN – Rs. 3.5 cr.
- TERE BIN LADEN – Rs. 4.25 cr. [for Satellite + Home Video + Music]
- MILENGE MILENGE – Rs. 8.60 cr.
- Shree Ashtavinayak, a reputed production house, has sold six of its films [package deal] for a fantastic price. These include DABANGG, GOLMAAL 3, RUN BHOLA RUN [all unreleased], KHATTA MEETHA, MAHARATHI and BLUE
- I HATE LUV STORYS – Rs. 10 cr. +
- THANK YOU – Same price as RAAJNEETI, in Rs. 20 cr. + range
- GUZAARISH – Rs. 20 cr.
- PEEPLI LIVE – Rs. 8 cr.
- WE ARE FAMILY – Rs. 15 cr.
- NO ONE KILLED JESSICA – Rs. 10 cr. +
- TEES MAAR KHAN – Rs. 24 cr.
In fact, in the case of PEEPLI LIVE and NO ONE KILLED JESSICA, the makers have been able to recover the cost of production from the sale of Satellite Rights itself. Wow!
Saturday 31st July 2010 09.00 IST
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Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai picked in the evening and night shows especially in the Mumbai circuit. Overall first day all India opening average was in the 50-60% region. The film looks like doing well in Mumbai circuit but it remains to be seen how the other circuits go. The reports are good and it will be interesting see if they translate into strong Saturday and Sunday collections.
Khatta Meetha had a decent first week of 31.50 crore nett but it was mainly due to the weekend. The film dropped hugely on the eighth day and is set to record a low second week. A 40 crore nett lifetime total may be a tough task for the film now.
Tere Bin Laden has sustained very well in week two with around 3.25 crore nett collections taking its two week total to 8.25 crore nett. AVERAGE
Akshay Kumar may be a staunch Punjabi munda in real life and may have that mandatory Punjabi song in all his movies, but it’s a little known fact that he knows Marathi very well. And the reason he learnt it was because of a nasty experience with a bus conductor. He told ZoOm why exactly too. “Years ago, when I was new to Mumbai, I was travelling in a BEST bus and I didn’t know Marathi at all. I was a young boy and I was a bit nervous. Suddenly the conductor began screaming, pudhe chala, pudhe chala, which means move ahead. I couldn’t understand. Then while passing he yelled again. I shrunk in one corner. So he asked me ‘ticket, ticket?’ I still didn’t understand. Then he yelled, ‘Marathi mahit naahi? Marathi maaloom nahin?’ I said no. So he shouted, ‘Toh phir maage jaa. In Mumbai you don’t know Marathi? Very bad.’ That’s when I decided I’d learn. And today I’m fluent in it. That’s what helped me in Khatta Meetha. I could speak like a pro. So every experience helps.” He couldn’t stop grinning. Well Akki, you’re a world citizen. How about some fluent English now? Ouch, just kidding bro.
BOMBAY TIMES (July 30, 2010)
Friday 23rd July 2010 18.00 IST
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The Dabangg promo has got a mind blowing response from those who have seen it in the industry. The promo was talk of the town when first aired midweek and no doubt has become the most anticipated film of the year from a box office point of view. The promo was with the prints of Khatta Meetha and reports suggest the response is similar from the public as well.
Salman Khan is looking awesome and reminds one of Dharmendra in the 1975 mega hit Pratiggya. The look of the film and the dialogues are all set for huge appreciation and it will be no surprise if the film goes above Wanted at the box office.
The wait is for the music of the film and if that is a hit then the sky will be the limit for the success of this film.
Dabangg looks set for a mind boggling start all over India at multiplexes and single screens when it releases on 10th September which is Eid week.
- By Taran Adarsh, July 24, 2010 – 08:50 IST
The opening response of KHATTA MEETHA was extremely mixed across the country. While the film opened to a below average response at multiplexes of metros, the opening numbers of the film at single screens ranged from good to very good. The occupancy at multiplexes was in 40% to 50% range, while single screens were 70% to 80%, which is good, but not excellent. The not-too-happening response at multiplexes of metros isn’t good news, since a major chunk of revenue comes from plexes mainly. Will the single screens compensate that business, is to be seen.
Akshay Kumar’s previous release HOUSE FULL had embarked on an electrifying start across the nation. In comparison, KHATTA MEETHA is approx. 60% of HOUSE FULL. One key factor that has gone against the film, besides the lack of solid content of course, is the fact that the makers had publicised the film as a full-on comedy, while KHATTA MEETHA is a satire, with emphasis on drama. The misleading promotion seems to have sent out wrong signals, with several moviegoers feeling dejected.
KHATTA MEETHA has to fare exceedingly well on Saturday and Sunday [at plexes as well as single screens], if it has to collect a hefty total in its opening weekend.
The Akshay Kumar-Priyadarshan combo has worked wonders in the past and hence a lot was expected from Khatta Meetha. Although it surely engrosses in those 2.30 hours, the film falters as it is promoted as a comedy and satire and both of which the film is not! Moreover, the film has a nice story to tell but doesn’t offer anything new. It throws light on the corruption that is rampant everywhere, something that is seen umpteen number of times in our cinema. Nevertheless, Akshay’s performance and Priyadarshan’s direction ensures that the film keeps you hooked from the first scene to last and doesn’t let you leave the theatre dissatisfied even with a flawed product!
The story of the movie: Sachin Tichkule (Akshay Kumar) is a road contractor in Phaltan taluka of Maharashtra who’s struggling to make ends meet. The municipality isn’t delivering him the cheque for his services while Sachin has to pay the due to his workers and owes money to every tom, dick and harry. To make matters worse, the new municipal commissioner Gehna (Trisha Krishnan) turns out to be his ex-girlfriend with whom he had an ugly break-up in college. His father (Khulbhushan Kharbanda) is ashamed of Sachin while his brother-in-laws laugh at him. Still, Sachin dreams big and hopes that he’ll be successful one day. Will he?
Khatta Meetha begins wonderfully with Akshay Kumar singing bhajan that sets the mood. In the next 20 minutes, almost all the important characters are introduced and frankly, this is done in a decent and not haphazard manner. The entire bridge collapse accident episode deviate the film from its actual plot but was well treated. Funny scenes, although not many, stand out and provide ample laughter. The entire road roller-Johny Lever sequence was howlarious and brings the house down. Equally funny was Asrani talking to multiple people simultaneously…damn funny sequence! However, as mentioned before, the film isn’t completely comical and deals with lots of serious issues in a, well, serious manner. The film could have given a strong message which unfortunately doesn’t happen. What you get in the end is a film that’s partly-funny as well as thrilling, action-packed and dramatic! In short, a bhelpuri of various genres!
Most of Priyan’s films are replete with a madcap ending with characters running helter-skelter and funny things happening to them. Well, nothing of that sort is to be seen in Khatta Meetha! The climax, instead, consists of an action-packed chase sequence! Luckily, it works and you come out of the theatre with some satisfaction, if not fully!
The film belongs to Akshay Kumar! All those who feel that Akshay is doing the same kind of comedy and roles should watch Khatta Meetha and experience what this talented actor is capable of! The film may not be a success but Akki’s performance as Sachin Tichkule will be remembered surely for a long time! Be it funny or a confrontational sequence, Akshay was its best! Great work!
Trisha looks charming but she could have surely done a better job. Her role required her to act fiery and strict which couldn’t do properly. In fact, it is bewildering as to why Priyan opted for a Southern actress when any seasoned Bollywood actress (Tabu preferably) could have pitched in a much better performance! Urvashi Sharma, as expected, gives a brilliant performance! There’s no doubt that she’s talented and deserves to be seen more! Rajpal Yadav was perfect for such kind of a role. Johny Lever was funny as usual and his sequence turns out to be the film’s best! Tinu Anand leaves a mark in a small role. Khulbhushan Kharbanda performs with elan. Manoj Joshi was flawless. Jaideep (one who marries Urvashi) was terrific! It was great to see Neeraj Vora after a long time. Makrand Deshpande, Milind Gunaji, Aruna Irani, Asrani and the rest do a fine job.
Pritam’s music was alright and nothing great. There were 4 songs, 3 of which hampered the pace of the film while the 4th (Bull Shit) is shown during the end credits. Ouseppachan’s background score was marvelous. Dialogues were very witty and funny.
Priyadarshan, besides directing, has written the story and screenplay. Story, as mentioned above, isn’t new but nevertheless, is well-written. Screenplay was appropriate while Priyan handles the direction with expertise. However, where Priyan fails completely is in the flashback scenes where Akshay was shown as a college student and obviously, he doesn’t look like one at all! Also, 2 scenes were prominently shown in the promos-Akshay breaking a flower pot on his feet accidentally and secondly, Akshay being chased by people who assume he was trying to molest. Well, both these scenes are missing from the film! If they were edited from the film, why feature them during promotion?! Anyways, hoping to see Priyadarshan in his former glorious form in his next, Aakrosh!
Some of the best scenes:
1. The first scene
2. The bridge collapse incident
3. Rajpal Yadav is kicked out by Neeraj Vora
4. All scenes of Asrani
5. The Johny Lever-road roller sequence (funniest)
6. Urvashi is married off
7. Akshay’s confession to Trisha in the hospital
8. Urvashi’s flashback
9. The climax
On the whole, Khatta Meetha fails to meet expectations but still manages to give a good time. It is neither fully funny nor satirical as promoted but is surely worth watching for Akshay Kumar’s outstanding performance. Don’t regret if you miss it in theatres…you can catch it later on TV/DVD! The film’s title is justified…the overall experience is indeed ‘khatta-meetha’!
My rating-*** out of 5!