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BOMBAY TIMES (May 14, 2013)
After their earlier successful associations (Jannat, 2008 and Jannat 2, 2012), Emraan Hashmi and Kunal Deshmukh have joined hands for an untitled edge-ofthe-seat thriller, being produced by UTV Motion Pictures. The makers are yet to finalise a leading lady for the film that will go on floors in July.
Says Emraan, “Kunal and I are experimenting with something new. After Ghanchakkar, this is my second film with the production house. Together we hope to make an entertainer.”
Kunal says, “I’m always excited to work with Emraan and this time the association is special because this production house is known for its slate of successful films.”
Says Siddharth Roy Kapur, Managing Director — Studios, Disney UTV, “Whenever Emraan and Kunal have come together in the past, they have taken the box office by storm. So it is a coup for us to be associating with this duo. The film will keep the audience guessing till the end.”
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 14, 2013)
After Jannat, Tum Mile and Jannat 2, director Kunal Deshmukh is teaming up with Emraan Hashmi one more time for his next project – a thriller. Not only is this their fourth collaboration, it is the first time they are joining hands on a film that is not from the Bhatt stable.
A source told Mirror: “Kunal is in talks with UTV and their discussions are in the final stage, almost. Emraan, who is currently on vacation with his family, has immense faith in Kunal’s vision and doesn’t More >
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; March 11, 2013)
It’s almost impossible to not know who Steven Spielberg is. And for some lucky Indian directors, the dream of meeting and knowing him better is about to come true. Turns out the celebrated Hollywood filmmaker will be interacting with about 60 personalities from Indian cinema and share tips on filmmaking.
Spielberg, who is known for films like Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, ET, Jaws and Jurassic Park, is making his maiden trip to India. This development is a direct result of his association with Anil Ambani. The industrialist’s entertainment production house has a tie-up with the American’s film studio. In fact they both produced the much-acclaimed Lincoln, amongst other films. Fittingly enough, a special party in his honour has been organised on the March 12 where Spielberg shall be meeting the who’s who of Indian film industry.
What’s more interesting about this event is that Spielberg would be having an interactive session with a room full of directors from the country who have already confirmed their presence. A well-placed source says, “It can easily be called as master class session wherein Steven Spielberg will be imparting knowledge to Indian directors and would be learning from them as well and the list includes the biggest of names like Rajkumar Hirani, Anurag Kashyap, Farhan Akhtar, Zoya Akhtar, Abhishek Kapoor, Habib Faisal, Ram Gopal Varma, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Farah Khan to name a few.”
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Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 30, 2013)
Filmmaker Mohit Suri (of Woh Lamhe and Murder 2 fame) finally tied the knot with his long-time girlfriend, actress Udita Goswami at Juhu’s ISKCON temple on Tuesday.
The duo fell in love at the launch party of the film Zeher in Goa way back in 2005 and has survived many break-ups.
While Udita’s parents came from Nepal to attend the wedding, Mohit’s uncles Mahesh Bhatt, Mukesh Bhatt , sister Smiley Suri and cousins Vishesh Bhatt, Emran Hashmi were also there to bless the couple.
The guest list included Dia Mirza, Jacqueline Fernandez, Tanushree Dutta, Kangna Ranaut, Ken Ghosh, Shaad Randhawa, Suneel Darshan, Ramesh Taurani, Tanuj Garg, Rohit Roy, Anurag Basu, Shraddha Kapoor, Kunal Deshmukh and Vishal Mahadkar among others.
It was a traditional Indian wedding with the blushing bride dressed in a red lehenga and the groom looking dapper in a white kurta-pyjama with a black jacket. However, Mohit was heard complaining about the ‘uncomfortable’ pink turban and wished the grooms were saved from such ‘tortures’, but all in good humour. The platter was an elaborate but vegetarian one. After the rituals, the guests moved to a popular subarban night club. Earlier the Mehendi ceremony was held at Mohit’s sister Smiley’s residence on Monday. The reception will be held at the Mahalakshmi Race Course on January 31.
The court has given an interim injunction on Jannat 2 till the next hearing
Hiren Kotwani (BOMBAY TIMES; August 24, 2012)
It looks like a while before the Emraan Hashmi-Esha Gupta starrer Jannat 2 makes its debut on satellite television. The reason being a dispute between writer Kapil Chopra, who has sued producer Mukesh Bhatt and director Kunal Deshmukh, for copyright infringement. According to Kapil, the film was a lift from his story without giving him any credit. Now, it is learnt that the court has granted interim injunction against the movie being played on satellite till further hearing.
While Chopra’s legal counsel Rashmin Khandekar declined to comment, saying the case is subjudice, a source attributed it to the Film Writers Association’s (FWA) adjudication that there are striking similarities between Kapil’s story and Jannat 2. “Besides, Kunal also conceded that he met Kapil on a few occasions.”
Reportedly, the court had initially ruled that the broadcaster had to deposit 10 lakh before the film could be screened on satellite television. “There was not enough material to apply for an injunction. But after FWA’s adjudication, the court’s new order stated that irrespective of whether the said amount has been deposited, the injunction remains in effect till the next hearing on September 4. If the hearing doesn’t happen on that day, then the injunction will continue till the next date, September 10.”
Pleased with the way the case is going so far, Kapil says, “I More >
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 10, 2012)
In May this year, Mumbai-based writer Kapil Chopra filed a case of plagiarism against the makers of Jannat 2, alleging the Bhatts had stolen his script to make their film. Chopra maintained in court that he had registered his screenplay with the Film Writers Association way back in 2007. In a court hearing last evening, it came to light that Chopra had met Jannat 2′s director Kunal Deshmukh a couple of times when he narrated his story, and even left a bound copy of the script with the director.
There was no response. Later, when Chopra saw the promos of the film, he thought his screenplay had been copied to the T, including the plot, dialogues and characters. He met Deshmukh and Mukesh Bhatt but both rubbished his claims after which, he filed a case against the film’s makers.
After hearing Chopra’s complaint, the Bombay High Court has asked the Bhatts to deposit Rs 10 lakh, the amount being for the conditional order that they can release the satellite rights of Jannat 2.
Kapil maintains that Jannat 2 is his work. To which Mahesh Bhatt shot back, “Kapil is in delusion. It is Shagufta Rafique who has written the script. The Court will decide later if Kapil’s complaint holds any merit,” adding, “The industry needs to be saved from people like Kapil who think that every work of significance is theirs.” Shagufta simply said, “Losers always exist. Kapil is one such.”
Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; June 28, 2012)
Mumbai: For perhaps the first time in Bollywood history, the revising committee of the censor board (CBFC) has granted a film a UA certificate with a caveat that it can be aired on TV only after 11pm—the time when ‘most children under the age of 12 are either asleep or have parents at home to provide parental guidance’. The government has moved the telecast of Jannat 2, released in theatres in May with an A certificate but certified UA after cuts for TV, to the late-night ‘adult’ time band.
This is the second Bollywood film to be relegated to an adult slot in a span of two months: a similar treatment was meted out to the Vidya Balan-starrer The Dirty Picture in April. At the time, Bollywood was vociferous in its protest, which was assuaged when the government informed the industry that it was a one-off incident.
Directed by Kunal Deshmukh, with Emraan Hashmi and Esha Gupta in lead roles, Jannat 2 which, like TDP, was bought by Sony TV, follows the illegal arms trade in Delhi. Producer Mukesh Bhatt told TOI that he would not accept the condition laid down by the censor board.
Big Brother Is Watching Again Jannat 2 is the second film after The Dirty Picture to be banished to the ‘graveyard slot’. “Some films, despite cuts and certification, retain their adult theme and are not suitable for young viewers,” said a source in the censor board.
———————Bollywood protests Jannat 2’s graveyard slot
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Flush with the success of Jannat 2 , the actor has refused a plum offer from the banner
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 12, 2012)
They say no one in B-town dares to refuse Yash Raj Films. Unless of course, you happen to be Emraan Hashmi. Mirror has learnt that while YRF wanted the actor to star in one of their upcoming films, Mahesh Bhatt’s nephew turned down the offer, reportedly because he didn’t have dates for the role.
It was a few days ago when Emraan visited Yash Raj Studios (Andheri) when the offer was made. Although the actor gave the makers a patient ear, a few days later, he informed them he wouldn’t be able to accept it. The saving grace being he didn’t keep them waiting too long.
So has Emraan grown too big for his boots, courtesy his current hit Jannat 2, among others? According to industry sources, the actor, who is busy with the promotions of Raaz 3 and Shanghai not to mention gearing up for the shoot of Ghanchhakkar, Ek Thi Daayan, Rensil D’silva’s next and possibly Kunal Deshmukh’s next as well, did not have dates for the role. Or is it that he didn’t find the role meaty enough? Rubbishing such claims, a friend of Emraan told Mirror, “Not really. The main reason was that he is terribly busy.”
It is learnt the YRF offer came soon after Emraan signed KJo’s film to be directed by Rensil D’silva. And while many in the trade feel he should have signed the YRF film as it would have taken him a few notches higher than where he is currently, his friend More >
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 9, 2012)
Kunal Deshmukh, who directed the current hit Jannat 2 for the Bhatt camp, has signed a film with UTV Motion Pictures. Reportedly titled Triple X, the sex thriller is likely to be headlined by Emraan Hashmi, Mirror has learnt.
A source revealed Deshmukh was assistant with the Bhatts during the making of Zeher, Woh Lamhe and Kalyug before he made his directorial debut with Jannat, followed by Tum Mile which didn’t do too well at the box office. “Kunal has signed a film with UTV after the success of Jannat 2. The script has already been finalised and the first draft is ready,” the source said.
Manish Hariprasad, UTV Creative Head on the film said, “Kunal Deshmukh is a very good director and the success of Jannat and its sequel has proved that. We have discussed a few concepts about his next but will work on it more seriously once he gets done with Jannat 2 promotions and celebrations.”
Meanwhile, Mahesh Bhatt categorically said, “I want to clear the fact that anybody who works with us is not a bonded labourer. I have no illusions what brought them to me will take them somewhere else. However Kunal is a prized asset, a brilliant director who is dependable and now coming into his own.”
“Kunal did mention being asked by companies of great repute to direct films, one of them being UTV. He told me he would be meeting them after Jannat 2’s release. With the film a success, he is now quite sought after. And just because he is making a More >
Filmmaker Kunal Deshmukh talks about highlighting the illegal arms trade in Jannat 2 and his working relationship with the Bhatts
MID-DAY (May 6, 2012)
Vishesh Films’ office at Khar is buzzing with activity. Kunal Deshmukh is seated in his cabin, busy juggling phone calls. The director of films such as Jannat and Tum Mile makes time to discuss his next venture Jannat 2 and the marked improvement in the fortunes of his leading man, Emraan Hashmi.
How did you decide on dealings in illegal arms as the film’s theme? Urban crime and gun-related deaths are on the rise. The youth’s easy access to cheap weapons was a subject that I really wanted to deal with. Knowing that it’s an Emraan Hashmi film from the Bhatt camp, we needed to put in good songs and varnish to make it entertaining.
What prompted you to turn Jannat into a franchise? When I wrote this script, I was struggling to come up with an entertaining name. The Bhatts suggested a Jannat franchise. I decided to take up the challenge and re-wrote and tweaked the film to fit into the Jannat mould. So now it’s a franchise with the same fundamental building blocks and entertainment quotient as Jannat; but it has a different character with a different setting.
Emraan Hashmi has now become a bankable star after back-to-back hits with The Dirty Picture and Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai. Vishesh Films had supported him for long; now do you think it’s payback time for Emraan? Vishesh Films has invested time and effort in building a More >
Jannat 2’s real “love story” is between tough cop Randeep Hooda and his gun-hustling informer Emraan Hashmi
Meena Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 4, 2012)
For those of you who think Jannat 2 is a love story between Emraan Hashmi and newbie Esha Gupta, you’re wrong. Instead the film sheds light on the relationship between an arms dealer and a tough cop. When asked for his take on J2, producer Mahesh Bhatt says, “The principal relationship of Jannat 2 doesn’t involve Esha and Emi. It focuses instead on this cop (played by Randeep Hooda) and the street boy (played by Emraan). Interestingly, the cop-informer equation has been viewed as a very significant relationship.”
Bhatt recalls an Intelligence Bureau officer confessing to him that cops have a deeper relationship with their informers than with their wives! “This guy told me, ‘We protect our informers, we love them. We have a love-hate relationship with them. We feel betrayed by them sometimes, but we cannot do without them. They contribute much more to our lives than our wives do. They are our passive partners.”
Bhatt adds, “If you ask me what is new about Jannat 2, it is the relationship between the policeman and the hustler. What is also new is the way Sonu Dilli’s character has been written. Emi has never played a character like this before — he is what I call the salt of the earth; he has the native intelligence of the boy on the street and yet doesn’t lose his innocence. This combination is more lethal than the guns he More >