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Throw a stone and you are likely to hit someone who is offended by a film. With the surge in cases against filmmakers, the industry clamours for clarity
Shubha Shetty (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 26, 2013)
Chennai-based advocate P Balambal has filed a case against Jolly LLB, alleging the film suggests it is jolly to be a lawyer when in reality, it is not so.
While this may be dismissed as an example of taking one’s profession a bit too seriously, fact is, it is just the latest in a cache of cases against various films pending in courts across the country.
Indeed, the one persistent complaint seems to be “my sentiments have been hurt”; be it a scene, dialogue, song, dance or title of any film based on any topic. And though some such cases may arise out of genuine concern, others appear to be quick fixes for instant publicity or financial gain.
Vijay Singh of Fox Star Studios, producers of Jolly LLB, said: “The series of legal notices slapped on Fox Star Studios regarding our latest film Jolly LLB is evidence of increasing intolerance among fringe groups, who, if they have their way, won’t let cultural freedom flourish. The recent observation by SC judges, ‘Don’t watch the film if it offends you’ is an incisive pointer to discourage such elements. The fact that the film is a big hit is proof that the common man is far more tolerant. We need to ensure that culture vultures don’t run us over.”
Rahul Dholakia, who dealt with cases against both Parzania and Lamhaa, said: “Bollywood More >
Jayoti Soor (DNA; September 15, 2012)Kunal Kapoor DNA
Be it flying, racing cars or simply telling a story, actor Kunal Kapoor revels in all roles that challenge him. “I have come across a lot of successful people with whom I can’t have a decent conversation. I rather have an interesting life and want to explore different facets of my personality,” says a smiling Kunal.
Life to him is more than his profession. When he was assisting on the sets of Aks, the latent actor in him came to the fore. “I was a closet actor. During the shoot of Aks, if someone was required to rehearse the scene or stand for lighting in front of the camera, I was the first one to volunteer. Then (director) Rakeysh (Omprakash Mehra) took me aside and told me that since you spend more time in front of the camera than behind it, you might as well become an actor,” he shares and adds, “I guess he wanted to get rid of me as an assistant director,” chuckles Kunal, who’s turning scriptwriter for Chamkila. “I came across the story of a singer in Punjab, who was assassinated in 1988, when I was visiting my state and the story fascinated me. So I decided to make a film on it,” he says.
Storytelling comes more naturally to Kunal. “There are two choices one has when the right stories are not coming your way, either you sit back and complain or you take a stand and tell your story no matter how long it takes. And I love doing the later and get excited as a child when I hear a good story,” he says and More >
That all his girlfriends supposedly make good use of him and then dump him…
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 23, 2011)
After the Sanjay Dutt-Bipasha Basu starrer Lamhaa turned out to be a box-office turkey, producer Bunty Walia has suffered another blow.
Model-actress Debi Dutta, who was dating him for two years, has now left him. They parted ways three weeks ago.Bunty Walia with Debi
Walia, the head honcho of G S Entertainment, was apparently quite in love with Debi, who was seen as a childhood friend of Ranbir Kapoor’s in Rocket Singh: Salesman of The Year.
Says a source, “Bunty and Debi were very happy. She had even moved in with him. They were very open about their relationship and would often pose for photographers at parties. But they started fighting three months ago and Debi walked out.”
But don’t take this as a typical ‘they grew apart’ kind of love story; it’s a more Bollywood one.
Grapevine has it that Debi was waiting for the day when Walia would launch her as a heroine in films. But Walia, they say, didn’t want to launch her in a project that he wasn’t really sure would benefit her.
But considering Lamhaa only ‘momentarily’ benefited its actors (if at all, because Kashmir is indeed beautiful), Debi soon started feeling her needs were not being met - unfortunately, the comforts Walia provided her with, including his personal car, did not qualify as needs.
We hear, Debi is now talking to other filmmakers for a role. When More >
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, January 22, 2011 – 12:52 IST
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Standout Performance By A Music Director Amit Trivedi – Aisha Meet Brothers – Isi Life Mein & Do Dooni Char Sanjay More >
By Subhash K. Jha, December 31, 2010 – 12:24 IST
Are you kidding? The letter ‘R’ kept recurring in 2010. The biggest letdown of the year Raavan and one of the biggest hits of the year Raajneeti shared the ‘R’ factor. No doubt Ranbir Kapoor was the star of the year while Rahman, the maestro from Chennai lost some of his sheen with unpardonable delays and mediocre scores like Raavan and Jhootha Hi Sahi.
The biggest chartbuster of the year came from the low profile Lalit Pandit whose ‘Munni Badnaam Hui‘ instantly joined the ranks of the ritziest item songs in Bollywood, on a par with ‘Kajra Re‘ and ‘Beedi Jalai Le‘. It also catapulted the sizzling Malaika Arora to dizzying heights of glory. Malaika will now dance only for her husband producer Arbaaz Khan’s films and will of course endorse the brand of balm that the song so seductively talks about.
Brand endorsement and Bollywood became inextricably bonded in 2010. When stars were not shooting feature films (and many of the leading ladies were not) they were shooting ads. And when they weren’t shooting ads they were shooting their mouths off to the media. Otherwise there were always the stage performances.
Besides A R Rahman’s World Tour, there were no major world-concert tours from Bollywood in 2010. 2011 will see Ranbir Kapoor take off for his first ever live performance all over the world.
If A-lister stars were not heading to the stage they took off for television. Priyanka Chopra displayed some delectable More >
Sanjay Dutt on how he burps the twins and even cleans their mess…
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; December 8, 2010)Even at 51, Bollywood’s enfant terrible Sanjay Dutt is your quintessential rock star. After 28 years in showbiz and a legacy of movies (most of which have gone unnoticed except the Munnabhai series), there is very little that can actually affect his Box Office positioning. While he is out of the numbers race, Sanjay still manages to get enviable roles and a remuneration befitting a superstar.
The paparazzi, however, continue to have a blast, taking potshots at his personal life. But Sanju is a seasoned player for the most part. He continues to bask in the warmth of his marriage to Maanyata and enjoy the gurgles of his two-month-old twins — Shahran (royal warrior) and Iqra (the learned one).
The reason why he is open to a media interaction today is because he has a stellar part in Eros International and Anil Kapoor Films Co Ltd’s whacko comedy No Problem, directed by Anees Bazmee, lined up for release tomorrow. Besides which, Sanju’s producing David Dhawan’s Rascals. And since you can’t have enough of comedies now, he is also in Indra Kumar’s Dhamaal-2.
“There’s plenty of work happening,’’ he smiles. “As much as I can handle. I’m balancing the lighthearted stuff with Raj Kumar Santoshi’s Power and Karan Johar’s Agneepath, where I play a suave villain. I shared a very deep bond with Yash Johar, Karan’s father… and More >
The low collections of the film are posing some problems for a couple of Sanju’s producers, but David Dhawan is confident of Munnabhai…
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 19, 2010)
For Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the box-office collections of Knock Out were as low as 0.58 crore, 0.47 crore and 0.84 crore respectively, one of the lowest collections for a Sanjay Dutt starrer, ever. Knock Out producer Sohail Maklai, a close friend of Dutt’s, is in shock. “I don’t know what went wrong.”
One now hears that Apoorva Lakhia’s Mumbai Taxi Service, about corruption in the police and starring Sanjay Dutt in the lead has been shelved. This apparently happened at the behest of producers Ashtavinayak.
Another Dutt starrer Chatur Singh Two Star, based on the Pink Panther series and directed by Ajay Chandhok, had been shot in South Africa with much fanfare; it is now stalled.
With American studios tightening the noose on illegitimate derivations and adaptations, the makers of Chatur Singh are now willing to let the film remain in the cans. Why would they want to cough up a fortune for copyright infringement?
One of Dutt’s friends says, “The producers of Sanju’s last two films Lamhaa and Knock Out have lost huge amounts of money. Bunty Walia, a close friend of Dutt who produced Lamhaa, is on the verge of bankruptcy. Sanju is a fantastic star. He just needs to get back into shape.
And he needs to stop relying on wrong advisers. The people close to him More >
By Taran Adarsh, October 15, 2010 – 08:23 IST
Shameful as it may sound, honour killings still exist in many parts of the country. The misconception is honour killings are all about the murder of a female family member by one or more family members, since the perpetrators / wrongdoers believe that the victim has brought dishonor / disrepute upon the family by having a relationship with a man of different religion or social status or marrying against the parents’ wishes or having premarital sex.BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
The fact is men are also victims of this practice, especially when it affects the reputation of a particular caste and community. Many grooms have been killed by the father or brother of the bride and this is exactly what AAKROSH attempts to highlight.
Made with right intentions, AAKROSH enlightens you on the caste system which continues to be at its rigid best, with people from the rural areas refusing to change their attitude towards marriage. Having said that, I’d like to add that AAKROSH is strikingly similar to the Hollywood film MISSISSIPPI BURNING, which, reportedly, was loosely based on the FBI investigation into the real-life murders of three civil rights workers in Mississippi in 1964.
After attempting a series of some pleasant, some forgettable laughathons, ace director Priyadarshan embarks upon a hard-hitting drama that draws one’s attention to a relevant issue in a non-compromising approach. But there’s a flipside too: More >
…because fans and the Tamil film fraternity will come out in his support — a bonding which, Sanjay Dutt says, Bollywood has lost. Sanjay gets into straight-talk mode with Anshul Chaturvedi, and doesn’t mince his words
Anshul Chaturvedi (BOMBAY TIMES; October 13, 2010)
Two hours daily in the gym; driving at 250 kmph on the Expressway; excited to-be dad; still as jittery, in your own words, as a newcomer when a release approaches — in this case, “Knock Out”. So how’s 51 different from what 28 may have been?
Actually, nothing much has changed…. I do drive the car myself. I’m looking forward to the twins. I do get nervous; I remember how I was before Lamhaa’s release — a little jittery. And it’s not deliberate — this is just how I am.
And you’re fitter at 51 than you were at 21?
I think so. And in fact, my current focus on gymming is also because, if you notice, in Blue and Kidnap, I’d let myself go a little. Case sar pe thaa, the judgment was about to come out and to bring focus to cinema was difficult for me at that stage. Fitness was hardly a priority.
It was such a big accusation. Being part of a terror activity? My God! When the judge said that you always wanted to hear this, that your dad always wanted to hear this, you are acquitted from the terror charge — that moment was the greatest moment of relief in my life. I had let myself go around that time, and I got a lot of mail, a lot of fan reactions, saying, ‘you started More >
By Subhash K. Jha, October 2, 2010 – 11:06 IST
Director Mohit Suri has been dating actress Udita Goswami for some years now. The couple has had its ups and downs. But the duo has been together long enough to be sure that they want to spend their life together.
Mohit is all set to get married to Udita, but on one condition. His film on racism in Australia Crook It’s Good To Be Bad becomes a success.
Absurd reason for a long-standing relationship to be solemnized? Not in this practical day and age.
Reasons Suri, “I need money to support the lifestyle Udita is used to. There’s no point in getting married and then thinking of practical matters. So yes, Crook has to be a success. The day it’s declared a hit, I’ll propose to her. Then the ball is in her court.”
Apparently, Udita has been praying hard for the film to succeed. Strangely she was absent from the first screening of Crook on Wednesday night for friends and family.
Explains Suri, “The screening was for the cast and crew. Udita will watch the film soon.”
Though Crook is about racism in Australia, Mohit is wary of the film being branded socio-politically purposeful. Considering the fate of political films like Rahul Dholakia’s Lamhaa, one can’t really blame Suri for wanting to get the film away from the political tag.