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Rajeev Khandelwal is all set to romance Konkona Sen in debutant director Neerav Ghosh’s film Soundtrack.
This musical comedy produced by Sa Re Ga Ma, has some similarities with the plot of Sujoy Ghosh’s Jhankaar Beats. Rajeev plays a musician in the film. A source reveals, “Rajeev is not playing a rock star like Ranbir is in Imtiaz Ali’s next film. Rajeev is playing a music composer and he sports a very interesting look in the film, which is currently being kept under wraps.”
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Apparently, Rajeev will be learning how to play some musical instruments for the film. As for Konkona’s role, the source adds, “Though Konkona is playing the female lead in the film, there is a second female character in the film and the producers are waiting to cast a relatively new girl for that part.”
Konkona was the director’s first choice, we are told. Rajeev refused to comment.
One call from Vishal Bhardwaj and Konkona Sen Sharma agreed to come on board
Vishal Bhardwaj has made his fondness for the versatile actress Konkona Sen, very apparent. The director who had Konkona play a pivotal role in Omkara, has now cast her in a cameo role in his next film Saat Khoon Maaf. The film has Priyanka Chopra playing one of the lead roles.
A source from the unit of the film reveals, “Konkona Sen is doing a guest appearance in the film. She plays a pivotal role where she forms the link between Priyanka’s character and her two consecutive husbands. Konkona is a very crucial link in each of the two relationships Priyanka has in the film.
Konkona shot for a span of two days in Pondicherry but didn’t share any screen space with the lead actress, Priyanka.”
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Like her role in Omkara, this cameo too has a lot of scope for improvisation, something Konkona has acquired expertise in. Guess it runs in the family.
The source adds, “Konkona’s role is very small but adds substance to Priyanka’s character. Konkona plays a character who each one of us is bound to empathise with. Vishal sir always had Konkona in mind for this role. He described the character to Konkona over the phone.
Without giving it another thought, Konkona immediately agreed and flew down to Pondicherry to shoot for this role. In fact, after the shoot, the cast and crew had a small get-together, where Konkona was the main guest.
Priyanka was missing from the gathering as she had flown back to Mumbai by then. Also present, was veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah, who plays one of Priyanka’s husbands in the film.”
Both Vishal Bhardwaj and Konkana Sen Sharma remained unavailable for comment.
Guests are of two types-those who visit just for a couple of hours and those who visit for a couple of (or maybe even more) days. I and my family have mostly faced only first category guests. But I dread the day when far-fetched relatives will come to our house and stay for quite a few days. After all, our daily routine and personal life will go for a toss. Thus where Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge scores is its huge relatable factor. You can identify with the situations the couple faces when an unexpected unwanted guest lands into their house and even sympathize with them. However, there is a lot more in the film that touches the viewers and that’s its biggest strength.
The story of the movie: Puneet (Ajay Devgn) is a film writer staying in an upmarket residential society in Mumbai with his wife Munmun (Konkona Sen Sharma) and their son. One fine day, Puneet’s chacha and very distant relative Lambodhar (Paresh Rawal) lands up at Puneet’s house unannounced. At first, the couple welcomes Chachaji with open arms but soon, they get tired of him because of his mannerisms, habits and huge huge appetite! Puneet and Munmun come up with various ideas to hasten Chachaji’s departure but they fail each time. To make matters worse, the guest refuses to announce when he would depart!
Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge begins wonderfully with some interesting sketches and a monologue by Jaaved Jaffery. It sets the mood but the later scenes where the couple and the child are waiting for a guest to arrive seemed too unreal. But things improve when the guest actually arrives and this happens in the first 10 minutes itself. The way Puneet and Munmun get irritated thanks to Chachaji was nicely presented. Hilarious scenes in the first hour are Chachaji telling the maid to sweep well and Puneet preferring to go to prison so that he can complete his script in peace than staying at home with his atithi! And how can I forget…Viju Khote getting irritated full-on thanks to Chachachi and how it leads to a disaster. The intermission point was excellent and the dramatic scene works very well.
As you can note, there’s not much story in the film and hence for some viewers, things might turn monotonous after a point of time especially in the 2nd half. Nevertheless, the sequences here work well especially Akhiledra Mishra sequence. However, the pre-climax and climax (involving Ganesh Chaturthi and Visarjan) was excellent and surprisingly, it wasn’t forced and gelled very well the plot. Also, the jokes and sequences throughout the film are sweet, funny and unadulterated. Hence this is a complete family film without a shred of doubt!
Ajay Devgn awes with a complete natural performance. You forget that he is a big star and view him as a common man suffering at the hands of an unwanted atithi. And shockingly, ever since he removed the ‘A’ from his surname, his films are doing a great job-first All The Best and now Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge! Hopefully, his next films (Raajneeti, Aakrosh, Once Upon A Time In Mumbai, Golmaal 3) would work and that too on its merits!
Konkona Sen Sharma as usual gives a confident performance and is extremely likeable. The way she everytime gets completely into her character and comes out with flying colours is really worth appreciating! Keep rocking Koko!
Paresh Rawal is what makes the film a winner. You hate when him when he makes life miserable for couple and you love him whole heartedly when he shows his humane side. A brilliant performance indeed! Sanjay Mishra was funny esp in his first scene. Satish Kaushik gives a fabulous performance. Watch out for him during his enty, intermission point and pre-climax! Akhilendra Mishra was hilarious. So was Viju Khote. Mukesh Tiwari tickles the funny bone when he tells how he bhagaoed a guest from his home! The actors who played Ajay’s neighbours and his kid were good too.
Amit Mishra composed the title track which suits the film’s theme. Other songs by Pritam were preety alright but Jyoti Jalaile (a devotional remake of Beedi song) was quite creative. Sanjay Chowdhury’s background score was exhilarating. Aseem Bajaj’s cinematography was flawless like everytime.
Amita Pathak, the young lady who’s the producer of the film deserves a bow for completing this film in just 4 months. Also the film has rich production values which make the film look fresh! Great work and waiting for your second production!
Robin Bhatt, Ashwni Dhir and Tushar Hiranandani’s screenplay was brilliant, balancing the funny and devotional sequences well. There were some unimportant scenes in the 2nd half but nevertheless, it was funny.
Ashwni has written the story, dialogues and has directed the film too. He is in a much better form than he was during his first directorial venture, One Two Three. He chose a nice story of a nuclear family facing an irritating guest in their house and later learning valuable lessons from him. Hoping to see him coming up with more such sweet-n-simple films!
Some of the best scenes of the film:
1. Puneet explaining a scene to Kaushik
2. Chachaji’s confrontation with the watchman
3. Chachaji’s scenes with the maid (hilarious)
4. Puneet in prison
5. Chachaji gets into a ‘kicking mode’
6. The intermission point
7. Puneet and Munmun in the police station
8. The entire pre-climax and climax
On the whole, Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge is a sweet and simple film that will surely leave a smile on your face! The film today entered its 5th week and is still running successfully. Go for it and that too with your entire family!
My rating-*** ½ out of 5!
Filmmaker Aparna Sen in a candid chat with Smita Roy, about her forthcoming films and her daughters
In a usually male dominated industry, especially when it comes to filmmakers, Aparna Sen is one of the few women who’s managed to carve a niche for herself. A successful actress who slowly turned towards direction, driven by the pure passion of filmmaking, she humbly says, “It was never a pre-meditated decision for me. I was interested in filmmaking and that’s where I directed myself to!” After quite a gap, post 15 Park Avenue, Sen, who otherwise writes her own films, has for the first time picked up a story written by someone else for her forthcoming release The Japanese Wife.
Talking about how this happened, she says, “When Kunal Basu and I thought of collaborating for a film, we were working on another story. After long discussions, we took a break and it was then that over coffee, Kunal told me this unpublished story he had written. I liked it so much, I asked him if it wasn’t released anywhere, I would love to film it. And that’s how it all happened!”
What propelled her to make this film was “The whole idea of a man and a woman, who’ve never seen or met each other, getting married through letters and not just that, they even remain true to each other through their lives despite not meeting, can you even imagine that! I think that kind of a love can only exist in fairytales,” she adds. She’s not just picked up a ‘different’ story, but also managed to bring down a Japanese actor for an Indian film and shot in the island villages of the Sundarbans. She says, “Chigusa Takaku (who plays the title role) and us, initially had problems communicating, since she doesn’t know English and we obviously didn’t know Japanese. We got an interpreter in the form of one of the Japanese girls studying in Shantiniketan in Kolkata and throughout the shooting, she was there with us. In fact, even in the film, Chigusa would actually mug up her lines and deliver. Nevertheless, she’s a good actor and did her bit extremely well despite the communication gap. Sundarbans was however a different experience altogether. We didn’t meet any of the native Royal Bengal Tigers there, but then news would come on and off from neighbouring villages about their attacks or of them being poached. Then the usual swell and fall of the river, seasonal variations, low infrastructure, there were many factors that delayed the process of completing the film which went a little beyond schedule.”
But this time, she’s ready with her next film as well and it would be released soon after this one does. “I have Iti Mrinalini lined up, which is a Bengali movie but would also be dubbed in Hindi. It’s the story of an actor, a diva of sorts, who tries to commit suicide and is writing and re-writing her suicide note trying to keep in mind what the press might write about her post her death. Through those notes we see flashes of her life and younger days,” she adds. This would also be the first time that she’d be seen sharing screen space with her daughter Konkona who plays the younger version of Aparna Sen, who’s playing the protagonist. Talking about her daughters, she says, “Konkona is a wonderful actor but I never pushed her towards acting or films. She made an independent choice of becoming an actor and I sided with her decision. My other daughter Kamalini, was more interested in completing her studies and wasn’t too keen on entering films. I supported her decision too and I’m proud to see her today as she lovingly raises her two children and manages the household. After all, she’s on the most difficult job in the world — that of being a good homemaker!”
BOMBAY TIMES (March 30, 2010)
Mayawati, Mulayam Singh, Amar Singh… these are the players from Uttar Pradesh’s political scene who are expected to inspire characters in Neerraj Pathak’s fictionalised account of the state’s turbulent politics.
After Right Yaaa Wrong and the half-complete The Man, Sunny Deol and his director Neerraj Pathak will team up for the hard-hitting political thriller titled Gannit.
Shedding light on the subject, Neerraj Pathak says, “It’s a realistic political drama set in Lucknow and will be shot on location. The film will have three heroes, but I’ve only decided on Sunny Deol so far. It will be unlike anything Sunny has done. We’ve done two very different films together so far. Now it’s time to go from action-thrillers to a realistic political drama.” The shooting starts later this year.
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When asked if Irrfan Khan who co-stars with Sunny in Right Yaaa Wrong will also be part of Gannit, Neerraj Pathak says he is undecided. “I’d love to work Irrfan again, although he didn’t have faith in Right Yaaa Wrong. When I had approached him, he thought I wouldn’t do justice to his role since I was Sunny’s friend. When the film was complete, he was still uncertain. But that’s okay. I was new and I’m just grateful actors like Sunny, Irrfan and Konkona Sen-Sharma agreed to work with me.”
Neerraj Pathak says Sunny will be a part of all his future projects. “He has stood by me, given me a chance to make a film.”
By Subhash K. Jha, March 17, 2010 – 12:30 IST
Sunny Deol is very upset with the way Subhash Ghai and his production house Mukta Arts have marketed Right Yaaa Wrong.
Says Sunny, “It was always a good film. Mukta Arts has not been fair to it. They’ve publicized it like a small producer would have. For a large production house they really didn’t seem to know what to do with the film. It was all talk talk talk… There were so many meetings and so many plans. But nothing happened. I’m fed up of all this empty talk. Now I only want to work on projects with a clear plan of action.”
Sunny feels Ghai was not interested in the film. “He didn’t believe in Right Yaaa Wrong. And he was surrounded by advisers who were constantly trying to bisect and dissect the film. Filmmaking may be a team effort. But you can’t have a team of people always providing inputs and advice. That only causes chaos and confusion. The film has to finally go by one man’s vision. And that man is the director.”
Apparently, Ghai didn’t allow the director Neerraj Pathak to do his work. “At the end of the day it’s his vision that determines the end-product. You’ve to let the director do his job. Fortunately or unfortunately, I’m not the kind of person who interferes beyond a point. I can’t sit and talk talk talk. I’m a man of action.”
Sunny accuses Ghai of releasing the film at the wrong time. “They kept saying they’d release the film at the right time. Finally they released it on the day the IPL matches started. How is that the right date? The truth is, they had lost interest in the film. But when they held trials people liked the film. Suddenly they decided to release it with haphazard publicity at a time when I’m shooting in Punjab. They were earlier supposed to release in December, then January…what was I supposed to do? Give up shooting and run around doing the publicity (for Right Yaaa Wrong) when they wanted me to? All big talk. The world is filled with big talkers.”
Sighs Sunny, “It’s a changed industry. Nothing works the way it used to. A few films click, and that’s it. I’m not interested in any kind of politics. And the directors …we need good directors. The directors we (the Deols) have given a break to have run away after working with us. Everyone is into their own kind of cinema, not necessarily sensible cinema.”
Is Sunny talking about Raj Kumar Santoshi? “He was supposed to do a project with me again. I guess it wasn’t meant to be. He will do films only where the economics are to his advantage. He doesn’t have the b**ls to make the cinema he believes in unless the money is right. Who’s doing the work they believe in? Imtiaz Ali made Socha Na Tha with our cousin Abhay Deol. Now that film is being remade over and over again in different packages. Anyway, if I was once bitten and twice shy I’d be called an emotional man. But if I was twice bitten and thrice shy then I’d be called a foolish man. Santoshi or anyone else makes films wherever there’s money. What happened to creativity? I wonder! Filmmakers follow Friday trends.”
Sunny’s second film as director The Man has been delayed for some time. Explains Sunny, “There’re many reasons for it. It’s a big-budget film. We’re trying to find buyers for it. The film is 50 percent complete.”
Sunny is happy with the way their family film Yamla Pagla Deewana is shaping up. “It’s a great story. And the film will rock. My dad, my brother and I are shooting in Punjab. They treat us like family here. As for my dad, nobody can reach the place where he is.” Sunny is very proud of his cousin Abhay Deol. “He has the guts to do the kind of cinema he believes. Just like all the other Deols.”
On the other hand, Subhash Ghai reacts to Sunny’s comments, “Mukta Arts is the worldright controllers and distributors of Right Yaaa Wrong. We weren’t able to sell the film anywhere. There were no buyers. The set-up was not saleable. Our job was to give money for the film’s making and therefore we were the most insecure people in the project. Sunny saab’s reactions have to do with the way the film has been received .Why didn’t he say all these things before release? I had gone to Sunny’s home at least six times. We wanted to release it initially on November 30. But the stars, and I’m talking not just about Sunny but Irrfan, Konkona and Esha Koppikhar, had no time to promote the film. As far as my intervention in concerned, the director Neeraj Pathak himself came to me to ask for advice. I only advised him to increase the film’s tempo. Is it a crime to give suggestions for a film where there’re so many financial stakes? The film was started when there was a boom…big fruits were laden on the tree. When it was released the tree had dried up. All the cast and crew reaped the fruits. We the film’s world financiers were left with no money. We sold the entire overseas territory for Rs. 20 lakhs. We spent Rs.1.5 crores on the publicity. But the actors were not available for the publicity. Sunny said he’s too shy to do publicity. Look at Shah Rukh and Aamir how they promote their films. They hold their producers’ hands and take them everywhere for a film’s publicity. Instead of publicity for Right Yaaa Wrong, Sunny left for Punjab to shoot his film. Please don’t blame Mukta Arts. Now why is Sunny getting agitated? He’s a good boy. But he’s innocent about the changing marketing strategy of cinema. Sunny needs to get real.”
By Taran Adarsh, March 12, 2010 – 14:11 IST
Konkona Sen Sharma and Ranvir Shorey have been teamed in a suspense-thriller, which will go on floors shortly. Produced by Denis Selarka and directed by first-time director Amitabh Verma, the suspense-thriller has every character knitting a conspiracy against the other. The film will be shot in Alibaug.
Says producer Denis Selarka about his yet-untitled film, “Every character has grey shades. Every character is trying to outdo the other. There is a mastermind though.” Plans are on to release the film in November this year.
By Taran Adarsh, March 11, 2010 – 22:08 IST
Appearances can be deceptive. Somehow, I’ve not been able to connect to the promos of RIGHT YAAA WRONG. And now, after I’ve watched the film, I genuinely feel that the promos don’t do justice to this taut thriller.
Also, I had strong reservations for this one. Sunny Deol, an A-lister at a point of time, had slipped into oblivion thanks to the wrong films that he chose to act in. Two factors that really go against RIGHT YAAA WRONG.
But never judge a book by its cover [in this case, its promos]. For, RIGHT YAAA WRONG is a gripping thriller with a taut courtroom drama that catches you unaware and surprises you, especially towards its post-interval portions.
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Come to think of it, a plot like RIGHT YAAA WRONG is not easy to pen and narrate. The conflict between two thick friends and how they find themselves on the opposite sides of the law ought to be handled with gloves. Most importantly, when the tension reaches its peak, the culmination has to be razor-sharp and concurrently, justify both the sides’ point of view. Fortunately, RIGHT YAAA WRONG hits the right note.
So what’s the verdict? Is watching this fare right or wrong? It’s right, I’d say!
Ajay [Sunny Deol] is a brave cop. An unexpected incident takes place and he wants his wife [Eesha Koppikhar] to kill him. Will a wife agree to kill her own husband? Why does Ajay want to kill himself?
Ajay and Vinay [Irrfan Khan] were the best of friends, but an intense rivalry leads to a battle for supremacy. A dramatic confrontation ensues, where Vidya [Konkona Sen Sharma], Vinay’s sister, chooses to support Ajay in this chase of mind games and Vinay has to fight it out.
Let’s face it, you don’t take to RIGHT YAAA WRONG at the outset. The initial portions give an impression of been-there-seen-that to the viewer. But, gradually, RIGHT YAAA WRONG starts getting into the groove, when Sunny hatches a conspiracy of his death and asks his wife and brother to execute his plans. The interval point is indeed a shocker!
The film takes off in its second half, when Sunny sticks to his alibi, while Irrfan doesn’t buy Sunny’s statement and re-opens the case. The twists and turns in this hour, interspersed with courtroom sequences, which leads to an emotional finale, are simply spellbinding.
Director Neerraj Pathak shows immense potential. He had proved his credentials as a writer earlier [GHAATH, PARDES, APNE], but with RIGHT YAAA WRONG, he proves he’s an efficient storyteller as well. Monty’s music is strictly functional and the few songs in the narrative don’t contribute much.
Sunny seems to get it right this time. He underplays his part beautifully. But it is Irrfan who lights fire in water and emerges the scene-stealer. He’s excellent all through the second hour. Konkona stages an entry in the post-interval portions and makes a stunning impact in the courtroom sequences. Eesha Koppikhar is first-rate. Arav Chowdharry [Sunny's brother] enacts his part with conviction.
On the whole, RIGHT YAAA WRONG is a powerful thriller, with a knockout second half. However, the film faces strong opposition from two quarters – IPL cricket matches and the ongoing examination period. But a strong word of mouth should change the tide in its favour. Go, watch it… this one’s a pleasant surprise!
Konkona Sen Sharma got into a tiff with the production designer of Neeraj Pathak’s Right Yaa Wrong, Ranjana Tiwari, over the choice of clothes her character wears in the film.
The bone of contention was that Ranjana felt that since Konkona has a very Indian body, she would look better in salwaar kameez, churidar kurtas and sarees. “But Konkona insisted on donning kurtas and pants,” says a source. “When she learnt that Ranjana wanted her to wear something that she didn’t want to wear, she called up Punit Agarwal (of Mukta Arts). Agarwal then called up Ranjana to ask why she was pressing the issue.”
When contacted, Ranjana confirmed that she would have preferred if Konkona had worn more Indian dresses in Right Yaaa Wrong. “I even suggested that Konkona could wear some nice sarees. She is a very pretty girl. She should not insist on Western clothes and follow the herd for no reason.” Despite repeated text messages, Konkona remained unavailable for comment.
• What is your forthcoming film Right Ya Wrong about? How much does it reflect what you think?
The film is about four people who think they are right. Sunny Deol is out to break the law, Konkona Sen Sharma is out to break relationships, Irrfan Khan wants to break all the rules and Issha Koppikar wants to break all morals. The climax decides who is right and who is wrong. As for my way of life, well, I may have done something right, which you thought was wrong – and vice versa. It’s a matter of opinion.
• Was it tough to handle the egos of two strong actors, Sunny and Irrfan?
They are two big bulls. I don’t know what happened on the sets. Neeraj Pathak (the film’s director) may have dealt with that. But I can see the way these two have tried to overpower each other in the film.
• Many acting schools are coming up these days. Isn’t your Whistling Woods beyond the reach of common man?
I don’t think that applies to Mumbai, where even the fees of a student in class three is equivalent to what a student pays at Whistling Woods. Moreover, I am reaching out to smaller towns, Hyderabad to start with, where the fees will be within the reach of the common man.
• Why are the films you direct these days not doing well at the box-office?
Talent can never be destroyed. Doesn’t Sachin Tendulkar too fail on a couple of occasions? I have an 80 per cent success rate in filmmaking. Subhash Ghai will always be Subhash Ghai.
• If you were to pass the mantle of showman, whom would you pass it to?
Today, everyone is a showman. Even the comedian Raju Shrivastava is. Please understand that this is not a legacy which I have to pass on. This is a title given by the media. Let the media decide. I am not competing with anybody except myself.
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