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Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; April 16, 2013)
While Anurag Basu has already begun work on his next project on legendary singer Kishore Kumar, the unavailability of his lead actor Ranbir Kapoor has left the filmmaker with some time in hand. Apparently, he has decided to venture into production. And one of the projects that have caught his eye is apparently the sequel to his earlier film Life In A Metro.
A source says, “Anurag has almost 10 months to go before Ranbir gives him dates for the Kishore Kumar biopic. Till then he has decided to produce films.” Insiders say unlike for Life In A Metro, Anurag will not be directing the project.
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; March 30, 2013)
Konkona Sen Sharma would like to remain old-fashioned in believing that a woman’s age is mysterious and should be kept that way. She is confident and comfortable being the person she is. Looking stunning in her mother’s sari, sounding every bit like Jaya Bachchan in the way she speaks, she talks to Bombay Times about her unconventional childhood, her memories of daayans and why Anurag Basu is her favourite director. Excerpts:
Did you always know that you would become an actress? I never wanted to become an actress. I have the coolest and the most awesome parents, who are well-educated. My mom is well-read in English and Bengali and my dad is a humourist, science writer and a futurist. In fact, for many years, he wrote the ‘Mind Sport’ column for the edit page in the Times of India. He is funny, intelligent, plays the guitar has a great perspective and looks at life from the world of humour. My mom is this fabulous, strong woman who lives life on her own terms. I had a liberal upbringing with unconventional parents and both my parents are my inspiration. My parents (Aparna Sen and Mukul Sharma), were divorced when I was six. I was lucky as both of them married wonderful people. So while I lived with my mother, I had parents who were amicable and I actually landed with up two sets of wonderful parents. My mother always said, ‘it’s better for a child to have happy parents apart rather than unhappy parents together’. I have always More >
By Joginder Tuteja, April 23, 2011 – 11:49 IST
‘Shor In The City is up for it’s theatrical next week. Also in the year gone by the film has travelled film festivals across Pusan, Dubai and New York. Appreciated by the critics, the film had fetched high ratings for itself with wide coverage in international media as well. In fact a special mention had come from Mira Nair as well who was quite excited about the film’s unique narrative.
“Yes, she really liked what she saw and was pretty generous in her appreciation”, Tusshar smiles, “See, the fact is that Shor In The City bears the kind of sensibilities that works for the regular audience as well as the international viewers. Though it is not a regular Bollywood entertainer, it has that distinct Indian appeal to it which makes it stand out in the crowd.”
Generally though when a film makes it to the festivals, the tag of offbeat gets attached to it. Tusshar however has taken it upon himself to change this perception with Shor In The City.
“On the contrary, the kind of audience response that I saw in the festivals woke me up to the commercial viability of the film”, says Tusshar whose last release was a far more commercial Golmaal 3 (2010), “The film was appreciated by not just the folks who frequent festival circuit but also the regular NRI/crossover crowd. You know the kind of crowd for which a Hindi film stands for Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. In any case Shor In The City was not made just for the festivals. Still, More >
Sharman Joshi talks to reader Meghana Trivedi about parenting, his bond with his family and surviving in the industry
Reema Gehi (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 03, 2011)
Besides India’s victory against Pakistan in the World Cup semi-finals, the other highlight of my week was that I got to interact with one of my favourite actors Sharman Joshi. Although Sharman has always played character roles, he has managed to carve a niche for himself in Hindi cinema. I have admired his comic timing in films like Golmaal and 3 Idiots, and I even liked him in his serious avatar in Life in a…Metro.
I was accompanied by my two-year-old son Vighnesh, who hit it off with Sharman instantly. The actor is a father to a five-year-old daughter Khayana and one-and-a-half-year-old twins Varryan and Rehan. “I am a total hands-on dad. In fact, my wife and I have a pact. Since I am not a morning person, for six days she wakes up in the morning and I wake up once a week to attend to the kids,” he said fondly.
One doesn’t hear much about his personal life. When I probed about his marriage to Prerna, who incidentally is yesteryear actor Prem Chopra’s youngest daughter, Sharman said, “Rightly so, it was difficult for my father-in-law to accept me.
Had I been in his place, even I would have had the same reaction. I was a struggling actor then; everything was very dicey. My father-in-law knew the perils I’d have to face in this industry. But over time, her family warmed up to me. I More >
The director called to wish the actress on her birthday, and the two buried their one-year long hatchet
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 25, 2011)
Kangna Ranaut got a surprise phone call on her birthday from an old acquaintance, director Anurag Basu, who she had a fall out with more than a year ago.
A source tells us, “Basu did not even wish Ranaut last year.
They had completely stopped talking to each other.” Her 24th birthday however, seems to have been instrumental in burying their one-year long hatchet.
The source explains that the actress was very overwhelmed, when she saw Basu’s number flashing on her phone.
The source adds, “Once the conversation began, they spoke as if they never had any issues with each other.”
Ranaut and Basu remained unavailable for comment.
What led to the fallout
Ranaut and Basu go back a long time. The director was the first one to spot Ranaut and cast her in her first Bollywood film, Gangster (2006).
However, trouble began to unfold between the two, when Basu edited out large portions of her screen time in Life in a Metro (2007).
The actress, who was promised equal screen-time with Barbara Mori in Kites (2010), was yet again cheated.
The final straw was when the director approached the actress yet again to play a mentally challenged girl, in his forthcoming film, Barfee.
Since she had already played a similar role in Life in a Metro and Kites, Ranaut was outraged with Basu and categorically told him to stop More >
By Joginder Tuteja, March 24, 2011 – 10:09 IST
Much has been said and written about Kangna’s refusal and subsequent nod of approval when it came to wearing a bikini for Rascals. However, if the makers are to believed, there were no such conversations whatsoever with Kangna and she was always in agreement with her bikini scenes right from the time she had signed the film.
“These are rumours created by detractors of Kangna who want to shift focus from her recent success Tanu Weds Manu as well as the good line up that she has ahead of her”, says a friend of the actress, “She is not the kind to create a fuss, least of all something like a costume. Everyone knows that in the film industry such things are clarified right at start. Moreover, Rascals is a professional setup with seasoned folks working on it.”
For the uninitiated, Kangna is said to be wearing a two piece bikini for an important sequence in the film. Though she hasn’t shied away from skin show before, case in point being films like Fashion, Woh Lamhe and Life In A Metro, this is for the first time when she would be wearing a bikini on screen. This is the reason why she was supposed to have developed cold feet and refused to don the costume. However it was after much persuasion that she agreed and reported for the shoot though with her set conditions intact where she demanded her to be presented in the manner that she wanted.
“Yeh sab bakwaas hai, aisa kuch nahi hua tha”, one catches David More >
The internationally renowned actor plays an obsessed lover in his next film
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; January 29, 2011)
Bollywood Badshah Shah Rukh Khan has patented the character of the obsessed lover. Be it Darr, Anjaam, Hum Aapke Hai Sanam and not to forget the iconic Devdas, SRK has excelled in his roles of the man who will go to any lengths for love.
Now Irrfan Khan, who is ecstatic after a personal glory — he received the Padma Shri this Republic Day — is also professionally kicked about doing the kind of role that SRK has the copyright for. Not only has Irrfan bagged an important role in the coveted Spider-Man series, the curlyhaired Mooney-eyed actor has also entered SRK’s domain !
In Sudhir Mishra’s Yeh Saali Zindagi that is releasing worldwide on February 4, Irrfan plays a man obsessed with his love. “I may not be like that in real life but I can identify with my character in YSZ,’’ says the actor, flashing a shy smile. “Actually, the thought of following the woman you love to the end of the world is very exciting.’’
Irrfan admits that when he started YSZ he was automatically drawn to the role. “Any role that borders on extremes is always a challenge,’’ says the actor who has done his share of lover-boy roles in films like Life in a Metro and Dil Kabaddi. Of course, for him Arun from YSZ is especially thrilling because “the role has no borders, one had to just obsess’’.
The object of Irrfan’s obsession in Yeh More >
An otherwise media-shy Sharman Joshi is gushing for having bagged a role in Ferrari Ki Sawaari, something SRK and Aamir were contending for. Excerpts from an interview
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 07, 2010)
• Do you think Ferrari Ki Sawaari is one of the biggest films for you?
Absolutely. Apart from being the most important film for me, it is a brilliant script and I am fortunate for being chosen for the film.
• After 3 Idiots, you were rejecting scripts. Why?
Well, I was constantly insecure; the nature of the profession is such. Now, I have come to terms with it. I will follow my heart to do films that I enjoy being a part of.
• SRK and Aamir Khan were considered for the role. What do you think worked in your favour?
Vidhu Vinod Chopra considered me in the same slot as these stars and I am thankful for that. But I don’t know what worked in my favour.Satish Malavade
• Rumour has it that you are not allowed to sign any other films until Ferrari… is complete.
That’s not true at all. FKS’s casting process has been going on for a while. Having said that, I had no clue that I was being considered.
• With FKS, do you think people will start taking you seriously?
I have really never cared about people’s perception. But FKS is an extremely important film in my career. There have been successful ensemble films like Rang de Basanti, Life in a Metro and 3 Idiots. And FKS is a next step forward for me.
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By Subhash K. Jha, November 12, 2010 – 11:17 IST
It was a near-calamitous Diwali for Anurag Basu. His little daughter suffered a finger injury, his wife fractured her leg and Anurag is under the weather too.
Not a very happy Diwali for this super-gifted filmmaker, who friends claim, has gone underground.
To that Anurag laughs heartily, “Yes, I’ve been hearing rumours about myself. That I’ve migrated to Kolkata. That I’m making Bengali films. Ha ha! Just because I did a celebrity chat show on Bangla TV. I suppose that’s where the rumours started. I did that chat show because it was earlier hosted by Saurav Ganguly.”
Far from moving away from Hindi cinema after the debacle of Kites, Anurag is all set to direct three Hindi feature films in 2011.
Elaborates Anurag, “I was supposed to do two films Silence with Ranbir and Priyanka Chopra, and the film on Kishore Kumar in 2011. Silence would’ve happened in 2010. It got pushed ahead because Imtiaz Ali’s film Rock Star with Ranbir got delayed. Now between Silence and my Kishore Kumar bio-pic, I am directing a third film. The details are now being worked out.”
As for rumours of Anurag “returning” to television, the director of the neo-classics Gangster and Life… In A Metro says, “I started on television. I never left the medium. We’re now producing a serial loosely based Life… In A Metro. We’ve tentatively titled it Dil Khudgarz Hai.”
Anurag hoped to name the serial Metro. But the title belongs to UTV.
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Kangna Ranaut has drifted apart from mentor Anurag Basu because he was typecasting her as a neurotic woman in all his films
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 17, 2010)
He spotted her in a five-star hotel and took an instant fancy to her. Gave her the first break in Bollywood in Gangster and then cast her again in Life in a Metro. The two got along like a house on fire. And then came Kites that strained their friendship.
As on date, a latest development has jeopardized this director-muse equation even further. Says a source, “Ranaut still cares for Basu. But he has been really unfair to her. You don’t consider people as your lucky mascot, but in return give them a raw deal.”
Ranaut and Basu started drifting apart soon after Life In A Metro hit the theatres. Explaining why, our source says, “Kangna was quite upset with the way Basu edited out her portions in the film; she had shot for much more than what was portrayed on the screen.”
However, Ranaut was not only upset but also extremely shocked when she saw Kites. Says a source, “This time Ranaut felt cheated. Large chunks of her role were spliced out. Kangna had been promised that she would be enjoying as much screen time as Barbara Mori throughout the film. Sadly, this wasn’t the case.”
The flashpoint in Ranaut and Basu’s equation was reached when Basu approached Ranaut yet again to play a mentally challenged girl in his forthcoming Ranbir Kapoor starrer Silence.”
Ranaut felt truly More >