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Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; July 21, 2010)
John Abraham in his current avatar, can easily do the desi version of The Incredible Hulk. But Bollywood producer Madhu Mantena has other plans for him. Sources say that the actor who had two left feet till yesterday, will be marketed as this year’s main Navratri garba attraction reportedly along with dandiya queen singer Falguni Pathak or someone equally famous.
How did this happen? It is said that John shot a dandiya song for the first time for Abbas Tyrewala. And though John is not as proficient a dancer as Hrithik Roshan or Shahid Kapoor, he did his dandiya steps correctly while the other youngsters in the film were struggling to get it right. For this, John has his college training to thank. The actor, who is well versed with Gujarati culture and speaks the language fluently too, used to go for a lot of dandiya functions and was a hit there too. So since he’s such a pro at it, his film’s marketing team has decided to make him the attraction at the various garba dos that will take place during October coz that’s when the film’s releasing too.
By Taran Adarsh, July 14, 2010 – 14:33 IST
Osama Bin Laden. Just Google this name and I am sure, the results would be amongst the highest on the web. Post 9/11, terror has a new name and also a face. Now imagine Osama Bin Laden running a poultry farm and also running behind chickens. Imagine Osama Bin Laden ogling at a makeup woman. Imagine Osama Bin Laden urinating outside a television studio, but ready to hand-over his business card to the person urinating on the other side. Imagine Osama becoming a business partner in a tacky salon.
Smiling, are you? That, in a nutshell, is TERE BIN LADEN, a wicked comedy with an out-of-the-box concept that offers laughter unlimited. In fact, I don’t think I’ve flexed my facial muscles in any other film in the recent past as much as I did while watching this satirical comedy. What gives TERE BIN LADEN an edge over other comedies is that it’s not the slapstick humour that keeps you entertained. This one has a story to tell as well, which also delves deeply into the minds of today’s youth.
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM|
Final word? Grab a popcorn, sip your cola and get ready to laugh non-stop for the next two hours. You would love Osama Bin Laden, for a change!
TERE BIN LADEN is a tongue-in-cheek comedy about an ambitious young news reporter from Pakistan [Ali Zafar], who is desperate to migrate to the U.S. in pursuit of the American dream. His repeated attempts to immigrate are shot down as his visa is always rejected. But when things couldn’t look worse, he comes across an Osama Bin Laden lookalike. Ali then hatches a scheme to produce a fake Osama video and sell it to news channels as a breakthrough scoop.
Unfortunately, there are serious ramifications as the White House gets involved and dispatches an overzealous secret agent on Ali’s trail.
Although TERE BIN LADEN uses a surname that’s known across the globe, there’s not one serious moment in this film. Even the modus operandi of the Americans to nab Laden [which, frankly, could've turned the film serious] is so juvenile and crazy that you can’t help but smile at the sequence of events.
Again, in a film that has Osama Bin Laden playing the central role, you’re curious to know what its culmination will be like. Whether debutant writer-director Abhishek Sharma would settle for a realistic conclusion or an open ending. Thankfully, the film doesn’t get preachy at all, nor does it get serious in those penultimate moments. It’s as funny as the rest of the film and makes you wonder, kaash, the solution would be as simple in real life.
Debutant director Abhishek Sharma takes an offbeat story and gives it an interesting twist. Who would’ve ever thought of making a film on Osama Bin Laden and that too a comedy? This guy sure has courage to swim against the tide. Besides writing a crazy film and decorating it with madcap characters, Abhishek also does justice to the subject by handling it so well. Making people laugh is a herculean task and maintaining the tempo is, perhaps, the biggest challenge. One continues to smile from Scene A to Z and in two sequences specifically, I ended up laughing hysterically. One, when Piyush Mishra falls in the drain and lands straight on the hot seat and the second, when a bomb explodes inside the studio. Outrageously funny sequences, both!
The first-time director also deserves credit for recreating Pakistan in Hyderabad in India. Right from the look to the language to the costumes to the artefacts to the typical truck that you see in Pakistan, TERE BIN LADEN gets it right. Santosh Thundiyil’s cinematography is good. Dialogue are witty and the one-liners specially evoke mirth. The review would be incomplete if I didn’t highlight the invaluable contribution by its music composers Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. ‘Ullu Da Patha’ is already a rage, while ‘I Love Amreeka’ is foot-tapping as well.
Casting new, confident and most importantly, talented actors gives the film the right push. Ali Zafar is a star, no two opinions on that. The youngster is a package of good looks, super talent and the right screen presence. He charms his way into your heart with a super-confident performance and I strongly feel that there’s no stopping him after this film. In fact, TERE BIN LADEN heralds the arrival of a new star in Bollywood.
Pradhuman Singh is a replica of Osama Bin Laden and is in terrific form in the film. In fact, the film would’ve fallen flat had it not been for the actor enacting this part so convincingly. Piyush Mishra is exceptional, like always. Sugandha Garg [as Zoya] is first-rate. Nikhil Ratnaparkhi [as Gul, the cameraman, Ali's partner in crime] is very good. Rahul Singh [as radio jockey Qureshi] is perfect. Barry John [as Ted] is competent. Chirag Vohra [as Lateef, who writes the lines in Arabic language] supports well. Chinmay Mandlekar [as Barry John's sidekick] is decent. Rajendra Sethi [travel agent] is natural.
On the whole, TERE BIN LADEN is a fun-ride that makes you smile constantly and even laugh outrageously in those two hours. A thorough entertainer, this film has all it takes to not only make its viewers laugh in the aisles, but also its investors laugh all the way to the bank.
Barbara Mori returns home after flying high in India…
SUBHASH K JHA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; May 23, 2010)
Barbara Mori is leaving our shores a disappointed woman. The sexy Latino actress, back in India for the second time in a month and probably the last time now, feels let down on two counts. One, of course, is the unfavourable public response to her much-awaited film with Hrithik Roshan this weekend; and, the second, is that her dream of visiting the Taj Mahal remains unfulfilled.
Hours after the negative feedback for Kites began rolling in, Barbara pretended to be oblivious of what critics and audiences had to say. She also appeared unaware that the screening of the film had been stopped in Bangalore. For when BT asked where she was going as part of the promotional tour, Barbara mentioned Bangalore along with Delhi and Kolkata. Friday afternoon, the actress spent visiting multiplexes and theatres across Mumbai to interact with fans. But while the fall in the excitement level was palpable (Kites was one of the most hyped films of all time in Bollywood), Barbara said unconcernedly, “I’m really excited. I’m waiting for the Indian people’s response. The premiere in New York and London was amazing. There were hordes of Indians screaming for Hrithik and me. Let’s see how people here love it.” The ‘people here’ haven’t loved the film too much. And when informed that the response to it has been sluggish and at best mixed, Barbara’s feisty Latin blood boiled in heated defence. “It’s a little different from Bollywood films. Kites has got a lot of Hollywood mixed with Mexican culture and then packaged in Bollywood. It’s a different experience,” she argued. True, but then the language in the film is an uncomfortable challenge for audiences. It’s 90 per cent in Spanish and English, with subtitles in Hindi, and Indian audiences aren’t used to reading sub-titles. Somewhat angrily now, Barbara replied, “The problem IS what the film is about. Kites is about two people who cannot understand each other. She’s from Mexico and doesn’t speak English. He’s from India and he doesn’t speak Spanish. And they fall in love. My brother thinks it is my best film to date. Friends in New York enjoyed it too.” Maybe, but Indian audiences are reportedly dissatisfied with Rakesh Roshan’s product. And Barbara now heads for Venezuela to star in her next film. “And then I’m back home in Mexico to produce a play which I’ll be acting in. I really like being on stage,” the actress said. As for the Taj Mahal, she’s hoping to be back in India for another film next year “and then I’ll see the Taj Mahal”. But just why the Roshans who played host and dost to her couldn’t arrange a trip for their Mexican guest to the monument of love is beyond comprehension.
When talented personalities like Hrithik Roshan, Rakesh Roshan and Anurag Basu come together, you expect nothing short of an outstanding film considering their awesome track record. Expectations are bound to be skyhigh even if you are the one who go for any flick with negligible expectations. Hence, it is really feels disappointed to know that Kites fails and that too very badly in meeting the expectations. In other words, Kites is a turkey!
The story of the movie: J (Hrithik Roshan) is a young, carefree salsa teacher in Las Vegas. Orphaned at a young age, he has lived in utter poverty and hence is always trying to earn money by hook or crook. When he realizes that Gina (Kangna Ranaut), daughter of millionaire Bob (Kabir Bedi) has fallen for him, he realizes that this is the best thing that could have happened to him. He pretends to be in love with her although he is not. Unfortunately or fortunately, he soon falls in love, not with Gina but with Natasha aka Linda (Barbara Mori), fiancée of Tony (Nick Brown), Gina’s ruthless brother. Just like J, Gina is from a poor family and is marrying Tony only because he’s rich. In no time, J and Natasha fall in love, upsetting Tony, Bob and Gina. How they escape from Tony’s clutches and their journey thereafter is what the rest of the film is all about.
Kites begins very well and there are several scenes that are exceptionally handled by director Anurag Basu. The 1st half is fast and slick and one might expect 2nd half to be better. The story moves back and forth (reminds of Basu’s Gangster) and that was indeed impressive. Hrithik’s intro, his courtship with Kangna and meeting Barbara at Kangna’s place was very well treated. And the best part of the film was undoubtedly Hrithik-Barbara’s romance. Both J and Natasha didn’t know each other’s language and the way they fall in love is wonderfully executed and doesn’t look fake at all.
However, the 2nd half is what disappoints big time. There are numerous chase sequences which isn’t a problem since the action sequences are awesome and locales breathtaking. However, the way the couple manage to give the cops and the goons a slip each and every time seemed unbelievable and far-fetched. Also, the climax seemed lame. It was quite hatke but frankly, the writers could have come up with something way better. Also there’s no mention as to what happened to Barbara’s folks (the goons had entered their village), Kangna and also of Kabir Bedi, one of the villains.
Inspite of the flaws, what makes the film watchable is Basu’s direction and Hrithik-Barbara’s sizzling chemistry. Their conversations and scenes were a treat. They indeed seem excellent together!
Every actor pitched in a fine performance. Hrithik Roshan yet again comes up with a flawless performance. His smile, looks, dance and the way he has handled difficult scenes with utmost ease is commandable! This is Hrithik’s first film after 2 ½ years (his last was Jodhaa Akbar, if one doesn’t count his special appearance in Luck By Chance). If only the script was as good as his performance! Thankfully, Hrithik will soon be seen, in Guzaarish and Zoya’s next!
Barbara Mori is a stunning beauty and delivers a bravura performance. She was apt for this role and doesn’t disappoint. The Hrithik-Barbara jodi is amazing and one of the best of recent times! Kangna Ranaut as usual does a great job but she has a very limited role. In fact, the writers could have added some twist in the tale with emphasis on her character. Kabir Bedi shines as the villain although he is hardly there in the 2nd half. Nick Brown comes up with a mind-blowing performance. Great job! Yuri does fine while the actor who plays J’s pal was very good.
Rajesh Roshan’s music compliments the goings-on well. Fire, Dil Kyun Ye Mera and Zindagi Do Pal Ki are the best songs of the lot. When Salim-Sulaiman are handling the background score, it has to be amazing and Kites is no exception!
The film has been shot in some of the best breathtaking and visually stunning locations. Thankfully, cinematographer Ayananka Bose does total justice and an outstanding job. The film looks ever inch an international biggie thanks to his great work! Action scenes are a treat although some action sequences were plain nonsense!
Akash Khurana, Anurag Basu and Robin Bhatt have written the story. Damn surprising! A film which doesn’t have much of a plot has 3 writers! Anyways, they came up with a nice story but faltered with the climax. However, Anurag Basu’s direction saved the show to quite an extent. His creative brilliance can be seen in several scenes and he lifted the film with such a mediocre plot. Even the climax was very well executed although it wasn’t impactful. Overall, a nice job by Basu and a request to him and Roshans and all other filmmakers-when you are willing to spend huge amounts of money on a film, at least come up with a sensible script. Times have changed and people are now willing to shun a film which stars their most favorite celebs if the script is a letdown. So stop taking viewers for granted and hope to see you guys with a much better product next time!
Some of the best scenes:
1. The first scene
2. The songs Fire, Dil Kyun Ye Mera and Zindagi Do Pal Ki
3. J comes across Natasha at Tony’s place
4. J with Natasha a night before their wedding (watch out when J shares his mother’s death tale with Natasha)
5. Intermission point
6. J and Natasha rob a bank
7. J and Natasha at latter’s village
On the whole, Kites is plain disappointment all thanks to average stroryline and disappointing culmination. Watch it only for Hrithik and for Hrithik-Barbara piping hot chemistry. The film has arguably given the widest release ever (1198 shows of Kites running in 117 theatres of Mumbai daily!). This and the enormous curiosity will ensure the film gets adequate audiences for the 1st 3 days. But from Day 4, the film will surely fall big time. Very very very unfortunate!
My rating-** out of 5!
By Subhash K. Jha, April 24, 2010 – 10:45 IST
Tamil superstar Vikram, who makes his debut in Hindi films with Mani Ratnam’s Raavan, is a traumatized man.
While in the Hindi version of Raavan he plays Aishwarya Rai’s cop-husband Dev, in the Tamil version he plays the brutal outlaw Veera. With both the versions being shot simultaneously, Vikram was constantly running in and out of the two completely different characters, makeup and languages, sometimes within half an hour.
Says a source, “It got really taxing for him. While Aishwarya Rai Bachchan played the same character in two languages, Vikram had to go from Raavan in Tamil to Rama in Hindi after every shot. At one point he almost lost the plot.”
One day the film’s dress designer Sabyasachi Chakraborty had dropped in on location to discuss Vikram’s look and clothes. Vikram was informed by Mani Ratnam’s assistant that he needed to sit with Sabyasachi to discuss his look with him for the film.
When the two of them met both began to give their viewpoints to each other about how the character played by Vikram would dress up in the film.
Says Vikram, “Within half an hour discussing the character’s look, we both realised that something was terribly wrong. I wanted my looks to be simple and minimalist so that I didn’t have to change much from the way I am. I suggested to Sabyasachi to keep my skin- tone black. On the other hand, Sabyasachi was keen on a suave and clean look. And was very was confused as to why was I was giving such a strange brief.” Sabysachi felt Vikram’s look couldn’t be dark, and told Vikram that if he was so keen on a dark look then maybe he could try and do something dark but formal.
Laughs Vikram. “I suggested a dhoti. Sabyasachi got really worked up and told me it was no longer funny and asked me him if I was really sure about my character Dev dressing like a rugged rustic character. That’s when both of us realised the confusion. I was talking about the looks of Veera (the outlaw character) my character in the Tamil version and Sabyasachi was talking about Dev (the cop) the character I’m playing in the Hindi version.”
Explains Vikram, “In the Hindi version it’s Abhishek Bachchan who is the outlaw character. And the fact that I’m playing two opposite characters in the two versions had caused the confusion.”
Though exhausted by the effort Vikram thoroughly enjoyed the unprecedented challenge of playing two characters at the same time in two languages.
Vikram, one of the foremost Tamil actors, will dub his own lines for the Hindi version of Raavan.
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 20, 2010)
Producer Mehmood Ali, who recently organised a grand muhurat for his upcoming Bhojpuri film Don starring Ravi Kishan and Nagma, may be in for trouble.
Nariman Films, the producers of the original Don, have issued a public notice against the Bhojpuri version for illegally trying to remake their film without securing the rights to do so.
Says Mehmood, “We are yet to get a legal notice, but it was improper for them to issue a public notice like this claiming that our film is inspired by their original, especially when they haven’t even seen a single frame of my film. I agree we have been inspired by the Amitabh classic, but our language, treatment, location and everything else will be different.”
S Balakrishnan & Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; February 1, 2010)
Mumbai: The Shiv Sena stepped up its campaign against superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Sunday by trying to take out a morcha to his bungalow, Mannat, in Bandra and warning theatre managements against screening My Name Is Khan, the Karan Johar film which is slated for release on February 12. Promotional material for the film starring Kajol opposite Shah Rukh were pulled down from cinema halls for the third day in a row even as the police treated the protests with kid-gloves.
The march to Mannat was led by Sena vibhag pramukh Anil Parab. Before the protesters, who planned to hand over a memorandum to Shah Rukh, could reach his bungalow, the police whisked away 20 of them while the rest fled. The arrested persons were brought to Bandra police station. Parab told TOI: “Our leader Balasaheb Thackeray had warned Shah Rukh not to support the playing of Pakistani cricketers on Indian soil. As long as Pakistan continues to sponsor terrorism in India, we will not let any Pakistani play in India. Saheb has extended the ban to Australian cricketers as attacks on Indians continued to take place in that country.’’ Parab is in charge of the stretch between Bandra and Jogeshwari.
Sena spokesperson Anil Desai said the protests would continue till Shah Rukh offered a public apology for his “controversial views’’ on Pakistanis being included in IPL matches. Desai said the Sena’s vibhag pramukhs have sent letters to theatre owners, asking them to desist from screening any film starring Shah Rukh. “We don’t want any cinegoer to be affected while watching a Shah Rukh movie. In the interest of their safety, we have issued these letters,’’ Desai said.
He said Bal Thackeray was opposed to any interaction with Pakistan as long Islamabad continued its sponsorship of the Lashkar-e-Toiba and other terror outfits. “One the one hand Pakistan is unwilling to prevent the use of its territory by terrorists and on the other, people like Shah Rukh don’t find anything wrong in Pakistanis playing in India,’’ Sena MP Sanjay Raut had said. Incidentally, the Sena has spared V Shankar, one of the IPL stakeholders and citybased educationist, who had publicly favoured the inclusion of a Pakistani player in his team.
Shah Rukh, who is travelling abroad, was unavailable for comment. Foxpro, distributors of My Name Is Khan, hope that the issue will be sorted before the release date. After the success of Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots, the Shah Rukh-starrer is expected to give a fillip to Bollywood. Meanwhile, there is growing resentment within the Congress over the state government’s failure to tackle Bal Thackeray. State BJP president Vinod Tawde said his party would not join the Sena’s agitation. “RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has said that the common man is against any interaction with Pakistan as long as it failed to curb terrorism. We concur with his view,’’ Tawde said.
We’ll protect north Indians in the state, says RSS Mumbai/Jabalpur: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Shiv Sena continued to be at loggerheads on Sunday with top leaders from both organisations issuing statements.
Taking the Shiv Sena and the MNS head on, the RSS on Sunday said that it has asked its volunteers to protect north Indians in Maharashtra and prevent the spread of anti-Hindi feelings. “The Sangh Parivar has asked its volunteers in Maharashtra to try and prevent the spread of anti-north Indian and anti-Hindi feelings,’’ RSS leader Ram Madhav said in Jabalpur.
He said the RSS was opposed to discrimination on the basis of language and demanded steps to check disturbances arising from the emotional issue. “There should be no discrimination on the basis of language,’’ Madhav said when asked about the agitations against Hindi-speaking people by the Shiv Sena and Raj Thackeray’s MNS in Maharashtra.
Madhav, in Jabalpur to attend an RSS meet, said the Sangh was of the view that India was one, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. He said steps should be taken to check disturbances over the language issue and people’s rights should be protected.
Opposing RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statement that “Mumbai is for all Indians,’’ Sena leader Manohar Joshi said that Mumbai belongs to Marathi people only. “They should get priority here,’’ Joshi said, adding the city’s glory is due to the hard work of the Marathi people and they have the right to Mumbai.
“The city is for all Indians. People of all languages, communities, tribes are children of India…. Nobody can prevent Indians from moving to any part of the country in search of employment,’’ Bhagwat had said on Saturday. AGENCIES
Priyanka Chopra Gets Best Actress Award For Fashion
Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; January 24, 2010)
Bollywood won in quite a few of the important categories in the 56th National Film Awards (for 2008) that were announced on Saturday. Priyanka Chopra won the best actress award for her performance in Fashion, while Arjun Rampal was honoured with the best supporting actor award for his role in Rock On!!. Both Fashion and Rock On!! bagged one more award with Kangana Ranaut getting the best supporting actress award for the first. Rock On!!was adjudged the best Hindi film.
But it was Anirudh Roy Chowdhury’s Bengali film Antaheen that won four of the biggest awards (best film, cinematography, best lyrics and best female singer). Chowdhury gave credit to the entire team saying that after a long time a Bengali film had got so many awards. Rampal was feeling on top of the world and a sleepless Chopra was equally ecstatic. “I, too, am excited. I am someone who always does a mix of cinema and I hope to continue doing it. I was hoping but not really expecting as there were nominations from other regional films too and I was told they were really good. I am happy that Fashion has won about 15 awards till now,’’ she said.
Shams Patel won the best child artiste award for the film Thanks Maa and Ashutosh Gowariker’s Jodha Akbar won two awards—Neeta Lulla for costumes and for choreography. Nandita Das’s directorial debut Firaaq won the best editing and art direction awards. Neeraj Pandey’s A Wednesday won the Indira Gandhi Award for a debut film and Dibakar Banerji’s Oye Lucky Lucky Oye got the Wholesome Entertainment Award. Sooni Taraporewala’s Little Zizou was adjudged the best film on family values.
Marathi film industry, too, got its share of accolades. Rajiv Patil’s Jogva won the best film on social issues. Umesh Limaye won the best actor award for the same film and Hariharan got the best male playback singer. Sachin Kundalkar won the best screenplay for Gandha. The film also won in the best audiography category and best music direction.
South Indian film industry saw Bala winning the best directors award for Tamil film Naan Kadauul. V Moorthy won the best make-up artiste for the same film.
Eight Films were selected for the best feature film in each of the language specified in the Schedule VIII of the constitution category—best Assamese film-Mon Jai; best Bengali film-Shob Charitro Kalponik; best Hindi film-Rock On!!; best Kannada film-Vimukthi; best Malayalam film-Thirakkada; best Marathi film-Harishchandrachi Factory; best Tamil film-Veranam Airam; best Telugu film-1940 Lookagramam. Land Gold Women (English), Yarwng (Kokborok) and Gaggara (Tulu) has been selected as the best feature films in each of the languages.
Some of the other awards: Assamese film Aai Kot Nai won the Nargis Dutt award for national integration while Roadside Romeo was the best animation film.
By Subhash K. Jha, January 20, 2010 – 11:09 IST
Emraan Hashmi won’t kiss his co-star Neha Sharma in his next film. The ‘privilege’ will go to an Australian chick.
Mohit Suri’s film Crook: It’s Good To Be Bad on racial attacks on Indian students in Australia will star four Australian actors, one of them would be a girl that the Indian hero (Emraan Hashmi) will fall in love with in Australia.
There would be an Indian leading lady, Telugu cinema’s Neha Sharma. But she wouldn’t get to kiss the serial kisser hero Emraan Hashmi. The smooching scenes in the script have been saved for the Aussie girl. Says Suri, “There will be some kissing in the film. And yes there will be an Australian girl. I can’t say any more right now.”
The director has auditioned a number of Australian actors and will zero in on the final actors shortly. “We start shooting in February. When I started researching on the problem of racial attacks in Australia I never thought it went so deep and far. My film won’t be only about attacks on Indians or Asians. It will look at segregation discrimination and racism among all kinds of people.”
The spoken language in the film would be a hybrid. Says Suri, “The characters will speak Hindi, English and other languages; Indian and foreign, spoken by students in Australia.”
Neha Sharma is the latest entrant into Bollywood from the South Indian film industry. The girl made her debut in Telugu films with Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi’s son Ram Charan Teja in Chirutha.
For her Hindi debut in Mohit Suri’s film, Neha will be seen speaking in a smattering of Hindi and English. “And it’s not even proper English. It’s Australian -English. Neha plays a girl born and brought up in Australia. She plays a student who tries to mend the cultural gap between Indians and Australians.”