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By Taran Adarsh, November 11, 2010 – 14:48 IST
After several years of co-productions and joint investment, the two most prominent global film industries have come together for the signing of an historic declaration between the city of Los Angeles and the Indian film industry at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood, CA.
As part of the declaration, the city of Los Angeles and the Indian film industry, represented by the Film and Television Producers Guild of India and the Film Federation of India, agree to develop and strengthen motion picture production, distribution, technology, content protection and commercial cooperation between the two filmmaking communities. The two parties also support the creation of the Los Angeles-India Film Council to increase Indian film production in Los Angeles.
Speaking at the event, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said: “This declaration reinforces our city’s commitment to attracting international production. In the past year, we have already seen Hindi movies such as My Name is Khan and Kites filmed in Los Angeles, and we enthusiastically welcome further Indian production in Los Angeles.”
Mayor Villaraigosa was joined by California Film Commissioner Amy Lemisch, Paramount Pictures CEO Brad Grey, Motion Picture Association Asia Pacific President Mike Ellis, and Motion Picture Association India Managing Director Rajiv Dalal, along with Indian Producers Bobby Bedi, L. Suresh, and representatives from Reliance BIG Entertainment and UTV Motion Pictures.
Rajiv Dalal, India Managing Director of the Motion Picture Association, commented, “More than 2.4 million people in America and 1.8 million people in India work in the motion picture and television industry. We look forward to continued commercial cooperation with the U.S. film industry on joint investment and co-productions, which will only increase economic development and job growth in both nations.”
Mike Ellis remarked, “Both India and America have a shared love for film, and both are known for their prominent film industries. Over the past several years, collaboration with the Indian film industry has become increasingly prominent. Numerous co-productions and joint investment in both film and television demonstrate a shared commitment to expand commercially and culturally.”
Paramount Pictures Chairman and CEO Brad Grey said, “Paramount is honored to host these important discussions, which usher in a new era of strategic partnership. We hope this groundbreaking collaboration will yield more co-productions and alliances, greater films and a stronger global film industry.”
The Indian delegation was led by eminent Hindi producer Bobby Bedi and Tamil producer and Film Federation of India President L. Suresh, along with other representatives from the major Indian production houses of Reliance BIG Entertainment and UTV Motion Pictures. The delegation came to Los Angeles for a two day summit with the Hollywood studios, California officials, and other film related companies to discuss economic development and collaboration.
Representing the Indian delegation, Producer Bobby Bedi noted, “Hollywood and Bollywood are two industries that are economically robust and represent significant economic and cultural interests of their respective countries. India has always held a fascination for Hollywood, and this agreement pulls us closer together with the aim of sharing ideas and best practices on domestic and international film production. We look forward to working with the City of Los Angeles to increase Indian production here.” Producer Suresh Laxmanan asserted, “In addition to the Hindi film industry, the southern and regional Indian film industries also welcome the opportunity to work hand and hand with Hollywood. Already we have seen significant collaboration in technology between Hollywood and South India, and we will soon see collaborations in production.”
Past big budget Indian productions filmed in Los Angeles include: Kites (2010), My Name is Khan (2010), Kambakkht Ishq (2009), Kaante (2002), and Pardes (1997).
This is the second major step towards economic development and cooperation between Hollywood and the Indian film industry this year. In March, the two industries came together in Mumbai to launch the Alliance Against Copyright Theft, a Bollywood-Hollywood content protection coalition in India.
Other joint ventures and co-productions between individual Hollywood studios and Indian production houses over the past several years include My Name is Khan (2010), Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge (2010), Lahore (2010), Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hain (2010), Khichdi (2010), We Are Family (2010), Do Dooni Chaar (2010), Chandni Chowk to China (2009), Quick Gun Murugan (2009), Raaz the Mystery Continues (2009), Roadside Romeo (2008), Saas Bahu Aur Sensex (2008), Saawariya (2007) . Several, such as Zokkomon and Dum Maro Dum, are also slated for 2011. Indian investment in Hollywood has been steadily increasing, most notably with Indian entertainment conglomerate Reliance’s production and distribution deal with Dreamworks SKG.
The Bollywood superstar’s Bodyguard has reportedly been lapped up for Rs 62 crores
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; November 6, 2010)
Dabangg, that opened to an unprecedented release in September, has pushed Salman Khan on top of the charts. The only other Khan who is higher than him at this point is Aamir (courtesy 3 Idiots). Naturally, now the market is watching every move (or should that read, every movie) that Salman is making, announcing or even suggesting.
His next release will be Anees Bazmee’s Ready that is expected in April 2011. However, the first film to get the benefit of the Dabangg super success is his brother-in-law Atul Agnihotri’s Bodyguard that has Salman and Kareena Kapoor in the lead.
The film is expected to go on the floors on January 16, and is expected to release on Eid (a Salman speciality) on August 29, 2011. Anil Ambani’s company has reportedly paid Rs 62 crores for the rights of this film. Says a trade source, “Since Salman hit a purple patch with Dabangg, his movies are attracting huge prices.” The market source also says that Bollywood that had decided not to acquire films for exorbitant prices is actually going back on its word.
“After the debacle of Kites and Raavan, you would have thought that people learned a lesson,” the source says. “However, the market is currently looking good. And big hero films are back to being bought, sold and resold for some unheard of prices. Yes, this Diwali the gold rush is on.”
Buzz is that Bhansali’s magnum opus had too many English dialogues. These have been changed to Hindi to increase the film’s mass appeal
As Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Guzaarish nears release, the Hrithik-Ash starrer is going through some last-minute changes to give it more mass appeal.
The film, which has been set in the Portuguese pockets of Goa, had a lot of English dialogue, which have now been dubbed in Hindi.
The film, which had many crucial scenes in English, will now be seen with 95 percent Hindi dialogue to avoid any risk of losing patronage.
Our source said, “The film is based in Goa, in a part where the inhabitants are Portuguese, so it was bound to be in English. However now that the film is shot and done with, the producers of the film, UTV as well as Bhansali, felt that the film needed more Hindi dialogue to appeal to wider audiences.
The initial thought was that the film will only appeal to the gentry, but they realised that it does strike an emotional chord with one and all. They do not want to limit the prospects of the film by having more English as Hrithik’s last film Kites bore the brunt of having too much of a foreign tongue.
However, in this case, there is Sanjay Leela Bhansali and the combination of Hrithik and Aishwarya Rai, so why not go all out and target all sections? Keeping all these aspects in mind, most of the English portions were changed to Hindi.
Now the film is 95 per cent in Hindi. The film is based on the concept of euthanasia (mercy killing) and these were shot in English. However, now the producers feel that these scenes need to be made in Hindi. At the end of the day, it is the emotions in the film which count.”
The source added, “Bhansali is confident about the film and in the past too his film Black, which had a lot of English dialogue, was a blockbuster. So, he wanted to go by his conviction even with Guzaarish. But since everyone said that some vital scenes have to be in Hindi, he agreed to this.”
Conversely, when contacted, CEO of UTV Motion Pictures, Siddharth Roy Kapoor, denied the story. He said, “That’s not true. It’s a Hindi film made for audiences in India and for South Asians overseas. There is no separate dub at all.” The official spokesperson of Sanjay Leela Bhansali also said, “The film was always in Hindi and shot in sync sound, so there is no question of making any changes.” Theek hai, point noted.
|A still from Guzaarish|
Kangna Ranaut has drifted apart from mentor Anurag Basu because he was typecasting her as a neurotic woman in all his films
He spotted her in a five-star hotel and took an instant fancy to her. Gave her the first break in Bollywood in Gangster and then cast her again in Life in a Metro. The two got along like a house on fire. And then came Kites that strained their friendship.
As on date, a latest development has jeopardized this director-muse equation even further. Says a source, “Ranaut still cares for Basu. But he has been really unfair to her. You don’t consider people as your lucky mascot, but in return give them a raw deal.”
Ranaut and Basu started drifting apart soon after Life In A Metro hit the theatres. Explaining why, our source says, “Kangna was quite upset with the way Basu edited out her portions in the film; she had shot for much more than what was portrayed on the screen.”
However, Ranaut was not only upset but also extremely shocked when she saw Kites. Says a source, “This time Ranaut felt cheated. Large chunks of her role were spliced out. Kangna had been promised that she would be enjoying as much screen time as Barbara Mori throughout the film. Sadly, this wasn’t the case.”
The flashpoint in Ranaut and Basu’s equation was reached when Basu approached Ranaut yet again to play a mentally challenged girl in his forthcoming Ranbir Kapoor starrer Silence.”
Ranaut felt truly short-changed professionally when she realized that once again Basu wanted her to play a role which was similar to what she had done for him in Life in a Metro and Kites,” reveals the source.
Ranaut was livid. And her fury intensified when she suddenly remembered that Anurag had already cast Priyanka for the same role. When the actress asked him about Priyanka’s role, he told her that Priyanka was playing another role, someone with no mental issues. This obviously meant that once again Kangna was being asked to play the psycho. Ranaut told Basu to stop typecasting her as a mentally challenged person in every film he directs, and hung up.
Adds the source, “There is much more to Ranaut than playing only demented females. She has it in her to display a gamut of emotions. Else why would filmmakers cast her in Dhamaal 2 (secretary), Game (cop), Knockout (journo), Manu Weds Tanu (rebel), Actor (film critic) and No Problem (shack owner on a beach who makes cocktails), none of which will see her as a psycho?”
Basu and Ranaut remained unavailable for comment. Hope they didn’t go nuts with our query.
- By Taran Adarsh, September 10, 2010 – 19:11 IST
As expected and predicted by this writer time and again, DABANGG opened to an earth-shattering and record-breaking response across the country. The film drew full houses from its first show onwards everywhere. Even at multiplexes, where ceetees and taalis are a rarity, the response to DABANGG was overwhelming, with fans clapping and whsitling at Salman’s intro, Salman’s dialogue [at several places] and of course, the climax fight.
DABANGG has opened in 1,584 screens in India and in terms of numbers, the film is expected to have a bigger Friday than RAAJNEETI [the biggest opener of 2010, which collected Rs. 10.5 cr. nett on Friday] and should be at par [or bigger] than 3 IDIOTS, which is the biggest opener ever [collected Rs. 13 cr. nett on Friday]. Eid will be celebrated on Saturday, so once can imagine the [grand] business on not just Saturday and Sunday, but also Monday. As per initial trends, DABANGG will be competing with just one film – 3 IDIOTS.
TOP 5 OPENING FRIDAYS
|3 IDIOTS||Rs. 13 cr.|
|RAAJNEETI||Rs. 10.5 cr.|
|KITES||Rs. 10.5 cr.|
|HOUSE FULL||Rs. 10 cr.|
|GHAJINI||Rs. 9 cr.|
TOP 5 3-DAY OPENING WEEKENDS
|3 IDIOTS||Rs. 41 cr. [incl. Thursday previews]|
|RAAJNEETI||Rs. 34 cr.|
|MY NAME IS KHAN||Rs. 33.2 cr.|
|HOUSE FULL||Rs. 32 cr.|
|GHAJINI||Rs. 30 cr. [4-day wknd. was Rs. 40 cr.]|
Roshni K Olivera | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; August 24, 2010)
Recent times have seen a number of filmmakers get into television. Madhur Bhandarkar, Vikram Bhatt, Anurag Kashyap and the biggest of them all — the Yash Chopra production house… have got into making TV shows.
Now there are two more ready to take off — Prakash Jha, who’s made films like Gangaajal, Apaharan and Raajneeti, and Anurag Basu, who has to his credit films like Murder, Gangster and Kites. Incidentally, these two filmmakers have made TV serials in the past, but realising the boom they’ve decided to take the plunge again.
Jha, whose most popular television show was Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne with Raghuvir Yadav, is coming up with a love story based in Mumbai. The name of the show has still not been finalised and the cast is likely to be completely fresh. So is the case with Anurag’s serial which is based in Punjab and will focus on the lives of four couples like in his film Life In A… Metro.
“Whether these two filmmakers will have the time to look into the directorial aspects of their serials is debatable, what with their busy movie schedules. But their interest in the small screen is definitely very high,” says a source.
Insider buzz is that the star is likely to play both hero and anti-hero in the film
All you Krrish fans, listen up. The buzz is that Rakesh Roshan’s sequel to the superhit film will have his son Hrithik play both the bad and the good guy. So, even fans of Hrithik, who loved his negative character in Dhoom 2 and were disappointed to hear that he won’t play one in Dhoom 3, can also look forward to Krrish 2.
According to a source, Hrithik will portray a positive and a negative character in the sequel. Both these characters will have equal powers. Says the source, “Both may be clones of each other. This would give the film a very interesting dimension and will take it to the next level.”
Earlier, the buzz was that Shah Rukh Khan would play the villain. The source adds, “Frankly, Krrish 2 is in the early stages now. Moreover, Rakesh is currently holidaying in Europe. He will meet Hrithik there, who has just finished shooting for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.
The script of Krrish 2 will get locked only next month after Rakesh returns to India. The final call on the negative role will be taken only then.”
It seems papa Roshan is leaving no stone unturned in refurbishing his son’s career after Kites came soaring down with a thud. But even while casting Hrithik in a negative role, Rakesh has added a different hue to his character. The source explains, “Krrish 2 requires a villain who has the heart of a child.” Krrish 2 will be the third installment of the Koi Mil Gaya franchise and will be laden with heavy-duty special effects.
But the writer of Krrish 2, Robin Bhatt, prefers to be secretive about Hrithik’s double role. Denying the news, Robin said, “How can Hrithik play three roles in the same film? We are carrying forward the father-son legacy of Krrish into Krrish 2. The negative role will be essayed by a very big star.”
Rakesh Roshan chose not to comment on the story. His energies are surely being channelised elsewhere.
The script of Krrish 2 will get locked only next month after Rakesh (Roshan) returns to India.
Did you know?
Yash Chopra had approached Aamir Khan to play the negative lead role in the blockbuster Darr. Aamir declined and Shah Rukh Khan essayed that role. More often than not, superstars refuse to play baddies; obviously they want to keep their spic image in place.
We wonder if Aamir regrets not having taken up that offer. And we hope that the Roshan don’t do a U-turn on their current strategy.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara remains unsold, because its producers are strapping it with some dead stock — Is it ‘Game’ over?
Ritesh Siddhwani and Farhan Akhtar’s Excel Entertainment is playing a dirty double game, which has the industry rather baffled.
Excel Entertainment is insistent that film corporates buy Hrithik-Katrina starrer Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Abhishek-Kangna starrer Game as a twin package deal.
Worse still, Siddhwani is demanding Rs 100 crore (approximately) for the same. The unjustified hubris is proving costly – both Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Game are still unsold.
Mumbai Mirror learns that two leading corporate houses have heard out Siddhwani and not got back to him as yet.
|On the sets of the film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara|
Says a source, “Both Hrithik and Abhishek’s last film – Kites and Raavan- were turkeys. The buyer Reliance lost tons of money. The corporates are a bit wary about taking on their next films at unreasonable prices.”
An insider from a leading corporate (name withheld by request) said, “Yes. This is true. Ritesh did come to us with a twin deal of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Game. Game did not excite us as a business proposition. We are not likely to discuss this with him any further.”
A senior official from PVR (yet another corporate on whose door Sidhwani knocked) was frank and forthcoming. On request of anonymity, he said that Excel Entertainment has approached them with a twin deal on the above-mentioned two films.
“We need multiple rounds of discussions on this before we come to a decision. It’s a huge high-value acquisition, which can’t happen overnight. We are going to scan the entire deal before we take any decision,” said the official.
But yes, the asking rate (in the twin deal in question) is definitely high. It is left to us whether to pay that much or not. Think of it, there are very few people left who can buy films for huge amounts. Hrithik’s trajectory is not good. Abhishek’s trajectory is not great either.”
Come to think of it, Farhan Akhtar’s trajectory is no better, given his last two films in his avatar as an actor, Karthik Calling Karthik and Luck By Chance, proved to be box-office duds. Don 2, his directorial next, is itself the sequel to a not-so-successful Shah Rukh starrer.
“We are not going to make acquisitions of Rs 100 crore without looking at all this. We definitely have business sense. We have a board, which governs our entire plans. The days of Kites and Raavan are all over,” added the official. When contacted, Siddhwani chose not to respond.
|Farhan Akhtar (l) and Ritesh Siddhwani
At the time of going to press, Siddhwani’s spokesperson sent an SMS that read, “The deal is already closed and it is for three films, not two. We can’t give you the details now.”
Sounds like a watered-down deal.
Seems like Siddhwani has come up with a more reasonable sum (and tack) for his two flicks, because, as awkward as the moniker of his latest venture goes, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara…
We all have tried to hook up two of our friends or at least someone has tried to hook us with someone, which most of the times fails miserably. But still there’s a matchmaker in most of us and this is especially to be seen in a marriage-centric country like India. Hence, Aisha reeks of a strong relatable factor and the makers and writers had won half of the battle by choosing a script like this one. Besides, they got some supremely fresh and talented actors on board and added some beautiful music too. With so many plusses in its favour, Aisha works but unfortunately only in parts. The treatment needed a mature touch which debutant director Rajshree Ojha failed to do so. A great chance lost!
The story of the movie: Aisha (Sonam Kapor) is an upmarket Delhi girl whose favourite pastime is matchmaking among her friends and relatives. Arjun (Abhay Deol), her childhood friend who has just returned from New York, detests this trait of Aisha. Aisha comes across Shefali (Amrita Puri), a small town girl, who’s in Delhi to marry. Her matchmaking side tells her that Shefali and one of her friend, Randhir (Cyrus Sahukar) can be a cute couple and she sets on a mission to hook them. She even involves Pinky (Ira Dubey), her friend since kindergarten, in her mission. Aisha loves when things go as she has planned. Hence, what would happen when she realizes that all her matchmaking plans are going for a toss? Watch the film to find out!
Aisha begins wonderfully, making you expect a lot as the film progresses. The introduction of all characters, which was done in the opening sequence itself, was cute and sets the mood for this chick flick. The story hardly moves in the first half and the only significant thing that happens here is the 7 important characters get to know each other. And also, the scene of Randhir minutes before the intermission (his proposal to Aisha at night and confession to Pinky next morning). However as the 2nd half unfolds, one realizes that the first hour was so much better! The problem is that when the writer so beautifully built up the plot in a fresh manner in the beginning reels, why did it switch to the track beaten to death so many times before in the later part? The emotional scenes tend to drag. Also, the 2nd half was where the makers were trying to go the Jaane Tu way but couldn’t do so. Moreover few developments in the story at this point seem to go over the head. Shefali telling Aisha that Arjun too likes her…what was that?!
However, the film gets back on track with the scene where Aisha shares halwa with her father at night and the scene next, where she gives a beautiful speech but to the wrong audience and wrong venue! However, the last scene (Arjun’s confession) was too filmy and although it was cute, it doesn’t work.
The film belongs to the female brigade who rocks the show! Sonam, of course, leads and this is easily her best work! This was a dream role for any actress in male-centric in Bollywood and she makes use of good use of the opportunity. Whatever kind of expression she emotes—angry, happy, sad, excited, crying—she does it in an extremely cute manner! As for her costumes, she has worn various types of clothes throughout the film and she looks a princess in each one of them! The film might not work but Aisha will surely be remembered for a long time as Sonam’s finest performance!
Ira Dubey looks and sounds very much like her mother, the talented Lilette Dubey! Performance wise, she was topnotch. With her role of Pinky, she proves that one can look superhot by wearing spectacles too! Amrita Puri gives an impactful performance. Watch out for her brilliant performance in the confrontational scene with Sonam!
As for the guys, Abhay Deol as usual gives a terrific performance. Although Sonam is the leading character here, Abhay too has an important part and does it well. Cyrus Sahukar was hardly there in the 2nd half but shines in the first hour, especially in Rishikesh sequence. Arunodhay Singh (Dhruv) does a fine job but looks horrible in his new haircut! Lisa Haydon (Aarti) didn’t much to do. Anand Tiwari, who rocked in Udaan and Kites does an equally good job here. M K Raina as Sonam’s dad leaves a mark only in the end scene. Anoordha Patel (Sonam’s masi) was good. The rest do a fine job.
Amit Trivedi’s music is soulful and easily one of his best works after Dev D, Wake Up Sid and Udaan. The best songs are the title track, By The Way, Gal Mitthi Mitthi, Shaam and Leherein. He even composed the background score which suited the film’s theme.
Maximum appreciation should go to hair stylist (Ity Aggarwal), make up artist (Namrata Soni) and Costume Designers (Pernia Qureshi, Kunal Rawal)! The girls and the film seemed glamorous and fresh thanks to them! Diego Rodriguez’ cinematography was flawless.
The film is adopted from Emma, a novel by Jane Austen. Adapting a 19th century novel into the present-day Delhi scenario wasn’t easy task and credit should go to screenwriter Devika Bhagat. However she could have done a better job towards the finale. Also the dialogues (Devika, Ritu Bhatia, Manurishi Chaddha) were very smart and witty.
Rajshree Ojha shows promise towards the beginning but her direction loses sheen during the later part. Overall, an okay debut and expecting her to do a better job in her next!
Some of the best scenes:
1. The introduction of characters
2. Shefali’s transformation from ‘behenji’ to ‘babe’
3. Aisha leaves Randhir and Shefali in the highway guest house
4. Dhruv repairs Aisha’s car
5. The entire Rishikesh sequence
6. Shefali destroying Randhir’s memoirs
7. Pinky and Shefali’s confrontation with Aisha
8. Aisha confesses about Arjun to her dad
9. Aisha’s speech in the marriage
On the whole, Aisha is strictly okay. It boasts of a great concept which could have turned into a brilliant film but the improper execution prevents that from happening. A must watch only for fashionistas and fans of Sonam!
My rating-** ½ out of 5!
When a weaker female role in Anurag Basu’s biopic Silence had no takers, Priyanka Chopra opted for it, and sacrificed her coveted role for it
After the Kites debacle, a new turn of events has ruined Anurag Basu’s year. His Kishore Kumar biopic has been put on hold. Apparently, the film needs extensive research, and is no longer financially feasible.
According to a director-friend of Ranbir Kapoor (who was supposed to play Kishore), “Ranbir has stopped talking about the Kishore Kumar biopic. It’s no longer a lucrative project anymore.”
When Anurag decided to focus on his prestigious project Silence, starring Ranbir Kapoor as a deaf and mute hero, he cast Priyanka Chopra to play the role of a mentally challenged girl. Not in his wildest dreams had Anurag expected that this casting will be the root of his problems.
|Priyanka Chopra||Ranbir Kapoor|
Asin was supposed to play the other female part in the film. When Asin turned that down, Katrina stepped in. But both opted out later. Why? Because by then, both Asin and Katrina had discovered that the part Priyanka had been chosen for was actually a far stronger role.
As a result, this other female part had no takers and this had put the film on hold for six months.
Until Priyanka stepped in. Apparently, Priyanka, who thinks the project is too precious to be endangered, has now volunteered to play the vacant female part (which is believed to be the weaker part), so the more powerful female part would be easier to cast.
At one time Kajol had similarly volunteered to play the other female lead in Karan Johar’s Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, when every girl in tinsel town had turned down the role Rani Mukerji played.
Says a reliable source, “Silence is too powerful a project to be stalled. Priyanka knows this and is only too happy to do whatever is best for the project. Even if it means swapping roles.” When contacted Anurag Basu said, “It’s true we’ve been unable to cast the other part. We have time. We’ll sort it out.”
Wonder which part Anurag is referring to now?