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By Joginder Tuteja, October 19, 2010 – 15:32 IST
Ever since the announcement of Action Replayy, there have been speculations galore around whether the film was inspired from Hollywood science fictions. Quite a few names were being thrown around and the most amusing piece that came out a few months back was around Akshay Kumar playing Brad Pitt (who went through reverse ageing) from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
“I couldn’t stop laughing when this theory came out”, Vipul looks back in amusement here, “I was quiet for all these months because the film was still being made and anything being said wouldn’t have accounted for much. However, quite a few murmurs have died their natural death ever since the film’s theatrical promo came out. Now that the songs are on air too, everyone knows that Action Replayy is as Bollywood as it can get.”
Well, one can see that as the focus here is on getting the retro look right for the film rather than it being projected as a science fiction, something which was last tried in Love Story 2050.
“My belief is that if you focus on the element of science fiction, you end up sacrificing on emotions. I am a person who would rather focus on emotions than get overtly technical in the story telling”, says Vipul who could well be right here if his dramatic fares like Waqt, Namastey London and London Dreams are any indication.
On being quizzed on the time travel aspect in Action Replayy and how much of that has been explored in the film, Vipul says, “Time travel is just the means of getting the two worlds – that of past and present – together. There is nothing else to that.”
When he could have attempted a tale in the future, what made him to go back in the past?
“First and foremost, the core story of the film is about a boy trying to make his parents fall in love in the past. So it was inevitable that we go back in time”, reasons Vipul, “Moreover, if you look at it, our emotions and relationships were far purer, better and more important in the years gone by. Life was more colourful and celebratory during the 70s. I wanted to bring on those elements. This is why I selected that world which was full of fun, romance and brightness. Now that the film is seeing a Diwali release, it only compliments the look and its flavour.”
Well, let the celebrations begin!
Image courtesy: Prasad Naik
Being a small-town 17-year-old from Bhambla in Himachal Pradesh didn’t stop this stunner from taking on Bollywood. Waiting in her vanity van to front the camera for Knock Out, her latest movie with Sanjay Dutt and Irrfan Khan, where Kangna plays a crime journalist – today’s Kangna is confident, composed and totally at ease with being ‘real’.
Excerpts from the interview:
What made you become an actor?
I was restless when I was 15/16. I was pursuing science but I was more attracted towards art. So I started pursuing theatre. Thereon, I also tried modelling because people kept harping that I looked different. I signed up with a modelling agency and took it quite seriously. Unfortunately, modelling didn’t take me very seriously! I figured that in India, modelling is only something you can be happy doing part-time. In the mean time, I was pursuing theatre and my guruji, Arvind Gaur encouraged me a lot. I started giving auditions for movies. The truth is even if I wasn’t selected for Anurag Basu’s Gangster, I would’ve tried other projects. However, I got selected and Bollywood became my career.
What is the creative process that goes behind every character you etch?
Each role is challenging. You have to do your homework. For instance, in Abhinay Deo’s Game, I play a cop from London and she has a Brit accent. It was difficult for me to emulate that. Acting is a job where you have to learn to look, talk and project a certain body language. The trick is to remain focused, yet flexible.
With no filmi background, how do you hold yourself in this fiercely competitive industry?
People in Mumbai are judgemental. Here, your fate changes every Friday. Also, it’s true that if you’re a star kid or if you’re a star girlfriend, you get extra mileage. But if none of these things work in your favour, you tend to work on your talent. My challenge was to be able to fit in here. People criticised the way I talked, walked and even the way I looked—more so because I come from a small town. There are two ways of dealing with such a situation: either you care a damn; or you can improve yourself.
You’ve gone through several ups and downs in your personal life. Do you think the media has been fair to you?
I feel that the media, somewhat, is nicer to people coming from a filmi background, or personalities they have connections with. The media doesn’t accept you easily. A Shah Rukh Khan or Aamir (Khan) have been around for two decades and have established a relationship with the media and the public. That’s why their films get 90% opening. So, tomorrow, of course their children will get special treatment because the rapport is already there. But now I realise that if I connect with the media personally, it always works better. They figure out your dimension too.
And how have you evolved as an actor?
I’ve always been surrounded by very creative people—whether it’s Bhatt saab, Anurag Basu, Mohit Suri, Madhur Bhandarkar. I can write a whole book on my experiences and the craft I’ve learnt in the last five years! (laughs) When I entered Bollywood, (Mahesh) Bhatt saab made me unlearn everything – he taught me not to act and be real in front of the camera. You don’t fake crying or laughing. You actually do it.
But the turning point came when one day Bhatt saab told me I was the ugliest woman he’d seen. I asked, why? He retorted, asking where my dark circles, pimples were and why I was hiding behind makeup. He called me a mannequin! That’s when I realised that it’s important to be real.
Can you actually be ‘real’ in Bollywood?
It’s difficult. It’s almost like being naked in front of the public. Every time you’re in front of the camera, there are so many emotions you let out and you’re not scared. You may even portray emotions that might not be familiar to you. But you need to be you, your real self, to give that astounding performance.
How do you keep fit?
I take care of my body and make sure that I’m happy. I work out, but I don’t over-do. I don’t remove that cheese slice from my sandwich; or remove the oil when I’m having kheema pav! I try to be as normal as I can be in my habits. I love food and I love life. So I’m not the kind who’d count calories everyday and kill myself in the gym, or die doing yoga. I listen to myself and my body. I don’t push myself very hard.
What’s more important to you: critical acclaim vis-à-vis box office success?
For me, there are two kinds of movies– good or bad. To please only a particular group of people is not my goal. I think a film should be entertaining.
Kangna’s hit list
Holiday destination: Paris
Perfume: I wear men’s perfume. But I like Chanel.
Dream director: Aamir Khan
And hot this movie is, ready to serve a wholesome amount of laughs
Diksha Kamra | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 30, 2010)
When a comedy family comes together for a family comedy, a la Fox Studios’ Khichdi – The Movie, it’s difficult to differentiate the members from each other. No need to talk to them one by one, talk to all of them at one go. “Kyunki hum sab kuch same hi boltey hain,” insists JD Majethia, aka Himanshu. Why is that? Are they always rehearsed? “No, that’s because we have the same feeling,” says the ever-smiling Supriya Pathak aka Hansa, adding, “The baseline is the same. I don’t think any one of us thinks differently on our motive to stay together, keep laughing always and spread joy everywhere, which is much like Kurkure’s philosophy of having a happy time with your family while munching on a yummy bowl of the snack,” she explains.
When you are with your family, you let go of all the stress, they say. “That’s what happens to us when we work together. We leave our problems in the dressing room. Every moment is a cheerful one,” says Anang Desai, the aggressive babuji, while Nimisha adds, “This is why we all don’t rush to the makeup room, but rather, we prefer to sit together and chat most of the time.” But the credit for this, they insist, goes to the man behind the screen — the film’s director, Aatish Kapadia. “Aatish is the most humourous amongst all of us. He never lets us be serious for even a moment,” explains Rajeev Mehta.
And then within minutes, the family begins to pull each other’s leg again and there are bouts of laughter. The standing joke? How Supriya can’t afford to be Hansa in real life, ’coz if she does, “usko sab ghar se nikaal denge,” laughs Aatish.
Spot the difference as the latest Anjaana Anjaani poster harks back to DD days with its uncanny resemblance to Vikram aur Betaal
More than 20 years ago, a tele-serial captured the fancy of a generation fed on a healthy dose of myth and mythologies complete with eye-popping visuals an ear-splitting sound effects (remember this was in the 80s).
Vikram Aur Betaal, based on the strange relationship between a resolute king (Arun Govil) and a crafty spook (Satish Shah), may or may not have inspired a chic love story between two strangers in 2010 New York. But this image, put together by a certain Gaurav Ganoo is all the rage on Facebook.
Nearly 5000 people have liked it, countless others have shared it and on the last count nearly 800 comments have been posted on the image.
Some people think Priyanka and Ranbir would make for a great new-age Vikram-Betaal. In fact it is not difficult to imagine Piggy chops mouthing those famous lines: Jawaab de nahi toh mein tere sar ke hazaar tukde kar dunga, even as a solemn Ranbir tries to keep a straight face. There are yet others who have taken pot shots at Bollywood’s lack of inspiration and original ideas.
We say, since Bollywood often ridicules but rarely laughs at itself, maybe it’s time to lighten up a little – spooky style.
As the wily Betaal would have said: Tu bola aur main chala hahahahahahaha….
By Subhash K. Jha, September 25, 2010 – 11:24 IST
The scandal-prone new film Dunno Y… Na Jaane Kyun has gotten itself into trouble with the Censor Board. Blurbs boasting that it is Indian cinema’s first gay love story have apparently not encouraged the censors to loosen up and act liberated.
The Censor Board has clamped down heavily on the love-making sequences between the film’s leading man Kapil Sharma and the Delhi-based model Yuvraaj Parasher who plays Sharma’s lover. Apparently the film, which also features stalwarts Zeenat Aman and Helen, is carpeted with smooching and love-making sequences between the two guys. There is also a lingering gay love-making scene which goes all the way. It apparently had the ladies in the Censor Board walking off in a moral huff and eventually asking the film’s director Sanjay Sharma to delete the torrid kissing sequence and the love-making sequence.
The film’s leading man who says he’s straight in real life, is appalled by the hypocrisy of the Censor Board. “Why should the Censors be scandalized if two men are kissing and making love? My sequences with my screen partner go as far as the scenes showing a guy and girl doing it in our films. And let me tell you, some of these heterosexual sequences are extremely vulgar. The ones in my film are very aesthetic. And so what if it’s two men making love? Love is love regardless of gender.”
The film’s makers have now submitted their film to the revising committee where they hope the ostensibly objectionable sequences will be reviewed.
Says Kapil, “The Censor Board objected to the kissing and love-making scenes. They asked us to delete them. We refused. We aren’t trying to create any kind of sleazy stuff here. Ours is the first ever serious gay love-story. The intimacy is essential. Our film is now with the revising committee.”
This isn’t the first mainstream film to show intimacy between two men. In Madhur Bhandarkar’s Fashion, there was masculine passion in the form of a kiss between Samir Soni and his screen partner. Bhandarkar voluntarily snipped it out. Sudipto Chattopadhyay’s Pankh had a smooch between Maradona Rebello and his screen partner. In Onir’s I Am Rahul Bose and Arjun Mathur play a gay couple and have a kissing sequence.
Dunno Y… Na Jaane Kyun is the first film to show a gay love-making sequence. Defends Kapil Sharma, “It is sensual and bold, but not at all vulgar. It’s like any lovemaking between a guy and a girl. Why should we delete it?”
Yuvraaj Parasher who has gone nude for the camera plays Sharma’s gay partner . He adds, “I feel cinema and the audience have changed. I never wanted to make my debut as a collegian wooing a chick on a bike. When I was selected to play gay in the audition, I was elated. I’d rather do something unconventional.”
Speaking about making love to a guy on camera, Yuvraaj says, “It was awkward. After doing it with Kapil we avoided each other. Finally we looked at one another and burst laughing.”
Maybe Rituparno Ghosh who constantly has a problem casting his gay characters should meet these two guys.
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 18, 2010)
A lot has been written about the off screen chemistry between Hrithik Roshan and his Kites co-star Barbara Mori – which they’ve chosen to deny – but the playful camaraderie they shared on the sets is something even the film’s director Anurag Basu vouches for.
“It was fun on the sets,” says Anurag, recounting a humorous incident. “We were doing an intense scene which had a long dialogue. Towards the end, Barbara was supposed to slap Hrithik. We okayed the scene. But Barbara asked me if it was possible to do a retake, because she wanted to slap Hrithik again. It was a prank, but I decided to play along. Duggu was very surprised when I told him we’d do the scene again because I’d already told him the earlier take was fine.”
Basu kept trying to convince Hrithik, but the actor had smelt a rat. “So when we shot again, just as Barbara was about to slap him, Duggu ducked and slapped her instead. Barbara was shocked. Then she realised that Hrithik had seen through her prank and everyone on the sets burst out laughing.”
Veteran actor Pran, who celebrated his 90th birthday on Friday, has found a renewed zest for life. Not only has he shed the wall that he had built around himself by going out of his way and interacting with people, he has also started recollecting dialogue from his earlier films. This transformation has done him good as his frail health is picking up.
A source says, “Nowadays, Pran saab is in high spirits. He laughs more often, reads a lot and even socialises.”
Pran’s daughter, Pinky Bhalla confirms the news. “We celebrated his 90th birthday on Friday. The family decided to celebrate his big day with a bash. Apart from family members pouring in from abroad, Amitabh Bachchan, Shammi Kapoor, Krishna Kapoor, Nimmi, Shatrughan Sinha, Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu, were some of the industry people who came in wish him on his big day.”
Interestingly, the renewed vigour has triggered a boost in memory wherein the veteran actor remembers dialogue from the yesteryear films he has acted in. Pinky elaborates, “Dad has suddenly remembered almost all the dialogue of his films, especially those of Adalat, Adhikaar and Kasauti. He is also asking us for the DVDs of his other films. If we suggest some new film which we have liked, he doesn’t mind seeing that too. And yes, he has begun to see a lot of television.”
Interestingly, Pran loves to mix with people these days unlike the secluded life he was leading until recently. “He enjoys his drink. He loves to call people over to his residence. He has also started calling me up thrice daily. It is heartwarming to see him active and in such good spirit,” adds Pinky.
|Pran (seated right) with his family|
The actor bowled over the crowd in Bihar when she asked them ‘ka haal ba Patna’
Filmmaker Prakash Jha launched TV channel Morya last week with a lot of glitz and glamour. His Raajneeti actors, Arjun Rampal, Manoj Bajpai and Katrina Kaif, were present for the launch in Patna along with Bhojpuri stars Ravi Kishan and Manoj Tiwari. Jha requested Katrina to speak in Bhojpuri, the local language.
A source said, “Considering that Katrina speaks Hindi with difficulty, she had goose bumps when she was asked to speak in Bhojpuri. However, Jha gave her three tutors – Manoj Tiwari, Ravi Kishan and Manoj Bajpai – all of whom can speak the language with great ease. Katrina was willing to learn. However, they could manage to teach her only one line as it was difficult for her to understand.”
Confirming the incident, Manoj Tiwari said, “It was quite funny. Initially, Katrina was very excited about it, so the three of us (Ravi Kishan, Manoj Bajpai and him) coached her to address the crowd with ‘Ka haal ba Patna’. She diligently wrote it down on a piece of paper and mugged it.
However, instead of saying ‘haal ba’, she kept on repeating ‘halba’, which sounded like ‘halwa’. Bajpai and Ravi Kishan burst out laughing at this and kept pulling her leg. That’s when we explained to her the difference between halwa, a sweet and ‘haal ba’, meaning how are you. Although Katrina took time to learn the line, she repeated it quite confidently on the dais. The crowd went berserk on hearing her. In fact we were all impressed with Katrina’s determination and persistence.”
The stage is set for a divorce between actor Om Puri and his journalist wife Nandita Puri. The news was broken by Mumbai Mirror last week, but Puri was in denial.
Speaking for the first time on the sensitive subject, Om says, “I won’t lie to the press. A joint statement quoting me as denying the divorce report had come out in a paper. Let me state that denial was issued on my behalf without my consent. The truth is, Nandita and I are separating. As reported, I had approached a lawyer to get the proceedings going.”
But now, Om has decided to postpone the proceedings. “It’s because of my son Ishaan. I want him to come to terms with the new situation in his life. He has to understand that his mother and father are not going to be staying together. At the moment, he seems to be in denial.”
Om said he tried bringing up the sensitive topic with his son. “But Ishaan laughed and ran away. When the article on my divorce appeared in Mumbai Mirror, Ishaan was in school. He immediately got it xeroxed and brought it home for his mother to read. My son is my life. I don’t want him to be scarred by what his parents do. Ishaan is no longer a child. I’m hoping he will understand the situation between Nandita and me very soon. Until then, I’ve moved back home with them.”
Om had in fact moved out of his house. “I had moved into my ex-wife Seema Kapoor’s office with two suitcases of clothes. But friends convinced me not to be hasty. I reconsidered and decided it reflected badly on Nanditaji and Seemaji. Most important of all, Ishaan would be badly affected if I did anything drastic.”
However the actor denies Nandita’s biography had anything to do with his decision to move away. “Our differences have been building up for 8-9 years. The book had nothing to do with my decision to separate. I agree I’m saddened by the way my women friends have been portrayed in the book. All my life, I’ve never spoken in an undignified way about them.”
As soon as Om and Nandita’s son comes to terms with the new situation in his parents’ life Om will leave and join his first wife. “I want to spend my old age with Seemaji. I’ve done her wrong in the past. I need to make amends. And after my back surgery I need to be looked after.” Om admits he’s frustrated with the way things have turned out in his life. “Personally, I’ve been going through a painful period. Career-wise too, I’m not happy with the roles coming my way. If this continues, I’ll leave Mumbai and live a life of anonymity in any small town. But I’d think about this only after Ishaan is 18.”
|In happier times: Nandita, Ishaan and Om Puri|
Om doesn’t want to exchange bitter insults with Nandita. “All said and done, she is my child’s mother. Whenever she needs me I’ll be there for her. And I know she’ll be there for me.”
On his former wife Seema Kapoor with whom he’s soon to re-unite, Om says emotionally, “She has gone through a lot in life. A very talented professional she was never pushy about her career, never gave herself a fair chance. I did her wrong. I want to make amends with her.”
About Seema Kapoor
Seema Kapoor is the sister of actor Anu Kapoor. She started her career as producer-director of a TV serial, Kile Ka Rahsay. She also directed a film Haat, The Weekly Bazaar which was screened at the 33rd Cairo International Festival. - VL