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Debutante director Faruk Kabir will have to wait to see his debut film Allah Ke Banday
The film, which was scheduled to release on the 22nd of October has now been pushed to the 12th of November.
The change came as Jhootha Hi Sahi has now been postponed to the 22nd of October, making it difficult for Allah Ke Banday to get more cinema halls.
When contacted, Faruk Kabir said, “Yes it is true, we will be releasing the film on the 12th of November now.
The problem is that with Abbas Tyrewala’s Jhootha Hi Sahi shifting to 22nd of October, along with Ramu’s Rakta Charitra, we had problems getting single screens.
But this forced change has given us a chance to give more time to the marketing.”
Allah Ke Banday, based on juvenile crime, stars Naseeruddin Shah, Sharman Joshi and Faruk Kabir in lead roles.
Neha Dhupia has turned singer. She will be seen in a role of a female dacoit in Subhash Kapoor’s Phas Gaya Re Obama.
There is an entire song by Kailash Kher about her and director Kapoor was hell bent that Neha herself sing the song. The song was recorded on Saturday at a suburban studio.
When contacted, Subhash Kapoor, the director of the film, said, “Neha plays a female gangster called Munni Madam from Meerut (how original). It’s a very strong character and in the song, there is a bit about her character. I was keen that she herself sings the song, so that it would add more authenticity to the film.
However she flatly refused saying that she is not a singer. I had to convince her and she finally agreed to a couple of music sittings.
After three music sittings, she was confident enough and we went ahead and recorded the song along with Kailash Kher.”
Deepika Padukone took a break from work to catch India’s Badminton superstar Saina Nehwals’s final match at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi last evening.
The decision to watch the match was a last minute one. But Deepika did cancel all her meetings and appointments to fly all the way to Delhi to watch the match.
Our source said, “It is for the first time that India has entered the final competition of Badminton at CWG and Deepika Padukone, who herself is an excellent badminton player, could not but go and witness this historic moment herself. Deepika wanted to cheer for Saina and that’s why she flew to Delhi.”
When contacted, Deepika confirmed the news and said, “Yes, I went to watch Saina’s final match.”
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|
SRK has convinced cult director Vishal Bhardwaj to direct his next
It promises to be quite a dashing combination of creativity and charisma: auteur Vishal Bhardwaj, still fresh from the cult adulation of Kaminey, has been signed on by SRK for his next feature after RA.One and Don 2. The details of this SRK-Bhardwaj collaboration are being kept under wraps.
A source informed, “Vishal and SRK have been meeting regularly for some time now. SRK and Vishal both wanted to work with each other. However in the past they had their share of differences and the project could not take off. The patch-up happened some months back and after that they have had regular meetings. However now it’s official and SRK and Vishal have zeroed down on a film. SRK has been impressed by the work that Vishal has been doing in recent times. Both of them have immense respect for each other and although the details of the script are not known, it is a film which will be based in a small town and have a mofussil feel to it.”
The source further said, “Vishal had also said in an interview to a leading film magazine recently that he wants to work with SRK and it seems that his dream has been fulfilled. The film will start mid next year.”
Guess Saif and Shahid’s loss is SRK’s gain. SRK and Vishal remained unavailable for comments. They must be busy bouncing ideas off one another. Incidentally, King Khan is also in talks with Vidhu Vinod Chopra productions.
Vishal’s spokesperson said, “Vishal is in Pune with his son Aasman watching an India vs Vietnam football match. And I can’t confirm anything right now.” Love all, play!
The actor expressed serious discomfort to the makers of Khichdi on watching one of its promos that refers to him as the Almighty
All other things apart, what Rajni can’t be, is God. Agreed, that his latest, Robot, has been a roaring success, that the actor has always been treated as a demigod in the South, that he has several temples in his name there. But humility surpasses it all. Rajni has expressed discomfort at being called `God’.
A simultaneous release last week that is doing good business at the box office is Khichdi. When Rajnikanth watched one of the promos of Khichdi on television, he told his assistant to question the producer of the film on why his name had been used in the promo. Rajni wanted to ensure that the promo wouldn’t call him ‘God’.
Confirming that he received this call, JD Majethia, the producer of Khichdi said, “I got the call on Monday. Apparently, Rajni sir had asked his assistant to find out the exact nature of the promo. The assistant told me that Rajni sir did not like to be referred as God.
I told the assistant that we all have immense respect for Rajni sir and are huge fans of his. It is both unfortunate and fortunate that our humble effort released with his film.
It is unfortunate that we had to clash our film with his although it was never planned that way; the fortunate part is that in spite of such stiff competition with Robot and Anjaana Anjaani, our film stood its ground and has done very good business.”
Explaining that the remarks about Rajni in the promo were not derogatory, Majethia added, “The characters of the film are so stupid that they do not even recognise God when he comes in front of them.
|A still from Khichdi|
Since they have heard so much about the temples being made for Rajnikanth, they think that Rajnikanth is God. It is a sequence on Hansa and Praful. I would have removed the scene if Rajni sir had insisted on it but it’s fine now.”
Is it truly fine with Rajni sir too? God knows.
It was time for cosy bonhomie. Ranbir Kapoor cancelled his out of Mumbai trip for the promotion of Anjaana Anjaani, only to stay back for the premiere of Do Dooni Char, which has his parents, Rishi and Neetu Kapoor playing the leads. And Ranbir has done this for the first time.
Our source said, “Ranbir watched the film three months ago and loved it. In fact, he told the director Habib Faisal not to change anything about the film.
He has been actively involved in everything that is happening around the film. He even gave advice to mother Neetu Singh on the film. Ranbir wanted to be by his parents’ side and that’s why he cancelled his promotional plans.”
But the producers of Jhootha Hi Sahi, which has been pushed to October 22, insist that it’s to offer the maestro more “creative freedom”
Jhootha Hi Sahi which was slated to release on October 15 has been pushed by a week. The reason being its music director A R Rahman. The background music of Jhootha Hi Sahi still requires some work and therefore director Abbas Tyrewala has decided to postpone the release. The film will now release on the October 22.
Our source said, “Abbas Tyrewala wanted to give A R Rahman creative freedom and not nag him with deadlines. Therefore without batting an eyelid Abbas decided to push the release date and give A R Rahman more time to work on the background score of Jhootha Hi Sahi.
|A R Rahman and Abbas Tyrewala|
Although Abbas was travelling with Rahman everywhere to finish the background, it is obvious that the work is far from over. Abbas took a completely creative decision when he postponed the release date by a week. He feels that what Rahman brings to a project is very valuable. He did not want to hamper A R Rahman’s creative process by bogging him down with time limits.”
Producer Madhu Mantena confirms the news. “It’s true that we’ve decided to release Jhootha Hi Sahi on October 22. It’s only good, as we will utilise this extra time in promoting our film. It was a decision that we all took together. Rahman and Abbas have been working on the music and it sounds fantastic. However they feel that a little work is still required towards the end of the film. So we decided to push the film for now. It is for the betterment of the film and no date is more important than the film itself.”
When asked about the deadline to finish the music, Madhu said, “See they can still kill themselves and complete the flick in time as we have a week. However it is not fair to put these creative people under so much pressure. I think they need time to do their best work and that’s what we are doing.”
It is all very cooperative of these folks. But we wonder what Side B of the same argument sounds like.
Though Aamir Khan tried to play peacemaker, Resul Pookutty is at war with a multiplex for botching up the screening of Rajni’s hit
It’s ironic that at a screening of Robot, of all things, the machines failed to work. Rajnikanth’s power show for his film at a suburban multiplex was full of glitches. And the sound editor of the film, Resul Pookutty, was certainly not amused.
Dissatisfied with the sound quality three hours prior to the show, Resul had voiced his discomfort too. But apparently, the theatre officials paid no heed and started the show. Sure enough, the sound crashed in the second half of the film, which had to be stalled as a result for over 30 minutes. Pookutty was livid with the organisers and only on Aamir Khan’s insistence was he pacified.
He felt that what happened on Monday night was unfortunate and symptomatic of how theatre owners are lackadaisical about the technical finesse involved in screening films. Said Pookutty, “We had a show for the biggest people in the industry but the sound quality was so inferior. I spent 45 days to design the sound of the film and this is the result we got. If this happens in the presence of the cream of the industry what must the common man be going through? This is like Husain making a classic painting and somebody throwing ink all over it.”
Pookutty feels that theatre owners are only interested in making their money and nothing else. “All our hard work goes down the drain. I hope that the government makes certain guidelines for the exhibition sector of our film industry, or else their licenses should be cancelled. I believe that every viewer who spends money to watch a film should get the best and nothing less than that. The Robot show was a blatant example of the entire system and the problems in it.”
Aamir Khan played truce-maker and the film was thus screened after this forced interval. Pookutty added, “I had predicated that something would go wrong. The sound was blown up and then we had to do a lot of damage control. We apologised to the invitees.”
For justice in the wake of this humiliation, Pookutty has drafted a letter to the Indian Motion Pictures and Producers’ Association. “I hope that the association, which is also aware of this, does something about it. I feel angry and humiliated at what is happening and I will continue my struggle to get these things sorted out,” he concluded.
Resul Pookutty to file RTI against multiplexes for poor sound & picture quality
By Subhash K. Jha, October 6, 2010 – 10:59 IST
On Monday evening, Rajinikanth’s warm and unparalleled gesture of bringing Robot to Mumbai personally for a special screening before his Bollywood friends, culminated in a horrendous mess with the sound being completely disrupted in the 7th reel, leading to a long and embarrassing and unscheduled break just before the crucial climax of the film.
The screening, it might be mentioned was, was leading man Rajinikanth and director Shankar’s belated but critical attempt to familiarize Bollywood’s who’s-who with Robot which had already swept the nation. Its disruption has hurt the film’s crew in both emotional and more practical ways.
And now heads will roll. The team behind Robot plans to sue the chain of theatres and also approach the government to specify quality-control methods to check sound systems in the multiplexes of Mumbai.
Speaking about the evening’s nightmarish, fiasco Robot’s bitterly disappointed enraged and now redressal-seeking sound designer Resul Pookutty says, “From the start of the screening I knew there was something seriously wrong. Then I came to know three sets of speakers were not working. I was so upset that I immediately wanted to stop the screening. But Aamir Khan pacified me, explaining it would look very improper in front of all these stalwarts to stop the show.”
Then Resul’s worst fears came true. “After seven reels with 40 minutes of playing-time to go, the sound collapsed completely. It was a nightmare. When finally the screening was restored the sound was worst than before. It was one of the most humiliating evenings of my life. I haven’t slept the whole night. And now I won’t sleep until I receive justice on behalf of all the technicians of Indian cinema, not to mention the average patron who is not aware of the deplorable standards of sound and projection provided by almost all the multiplex chains in Mumbai.”
The disappointment and sense of betrayal is so enormous that Resul chokes with emotion while talking. “We (the Robot core crew) had decided on the show after seeing the impact it had made in the South. Down there I have fought a relentless battle to change the sound quality in theatres. And now patrons in the South are so conscious of their rights to get optimum-quality sound and visual value that in Kerala, audiences broke seats and disrupted screenings at theatres with sub-standard technical value.”
Resul wants to create the same value-awareness among audiences in Mumbai, and a critical step ahead in his fight against sub-standard projection and sound in Mumbai’s multiplexes is an RTI being filed before the government.
Says Resul, “After that evening’s experience I have already approached the IMPPA (Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association) on behalf of the sound association of the Indian film industry. I’m next filing an RTI (Right To Information) with the government seeking to know what are the yardsticks applied before multiplexes are granted licences for operation. Are sound and projection quality a part of the licensing checks?”
Resul won’t sit easy until the matter is resolved. “After Slumdog Millionaire and the national and international awards, I at least have voice about sound in our movie theatres. While in South India the sound-quality in theatres has been drastically upgraded, in the North I am sorry to say theatres continue to use an inferior technical infrastructure. Sometimes smuggled machines are employed. I’ve often bribed projectionists to do their jobs better. During Black, Sanjay Bhansali and I went personally from theatre to theatre to check the sound. What we discovered was shocking. Does the average patron who pays Rs.150 for a ticket know how he’s being cheated? This is why I’m filing an RTI with the government.”
Legal action against the multiplex chain that was behind the Robot team’s shame on Monday evening is also being taken.
Says Resul, “We were already fighting an intense battle against the quality of visuals and sound provided by the multiplexes. After being so humiliated and shamed in front of the film industry on Monday evening, it’s an all-out battle for our rights and the rights of the cinema-going audience. Actually what happened on Monday evening was a shame not just for the Robot team but the entire Indian movie industry.”
The South star, who idolises Devsaab, schedules a special screening just for him at a multiplex in Juhu
Rajnikanth’s latest blockbuster Robot might have a million fans swooning over him at the moment but few are aware that the actor happens to be a huge fan of Dev Anand’s.
And guess what? Rajni has organised a special screening of Robot for Anand this evening. The South star is very keen that his idol Devsaab watches his film.
A source said, “Rajnikanth is organising a special trail for Devsaab at a multiplex in Juhu. Rajni’s office personnel called Devsaab’s manager and told him that Rajni sir is keen that Devsaab watches the film.
The manger took the details and spoke to Devsaab. A little known fact is that Rajni has immense respect for Dev Anand.
In fact, when his wife Latha Rajnikanth organised a major event in Chennai earlier this year, she invited Dev Anand to it as a special guest. During this visit, Devsaab went to Rajni’s house and they interacted for quite a long time. This is where they became friends and now he wants Devsaab to watch the film.”
It seems the admiration is mutual because Devsaab instantly agreed to Rajni’s offer. When contacted, Dev Anand said, “Yes, my manager Mohan told me that Rajni had called and that he has organised a show for me.
I will obviously go. I believe that the film is a huge hit. He has a massive fan following.
I had gone to Chennai in April this year, where his wife called me for an event. I met him there and we became friends. He told me that he was making this picture and was busy with it.
At the event, he spoke very highly of me and I talked about him. It would be nice to watch his film and catch up with him.”
But even Superman finds it hard to catch up with Rajni; he is THAT fast!