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Workers Tear Posters, Stop Screenings
Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; August 15, 2010)
Mumbai: Activists of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) are at it again and this time, their demand was that more Marathi films should be screened at the theatres.
MNS members stormed into several movie halls in the city and in Thane on Saturday, throwing stones and tearing down movie posters. Even as screenings were disrupted at theatres in Kandivli, Dadar and Thane, viewers did not seem to support the cause.“I don’t know why people who have paid to watch a film should be inconvenienced,’’ said a visitor to a Kandivli (E) theatre.“If more and more people go to watch Marathi films at theatres, the number of screenings will automatically go up. Hall owners want to make profits.If they are screening more Hindi and English films than Marathi movies, then it means that there is more demand for Hindi and English films than those in Marathi.’’
Logic and reason, however, fell casualties as MNS workers took to strong-arm tactics. The Shivaji Park police had to rush to Nakshatra Mall in Dadar where the box office were pelted with stones. “We got a call from the theatre management, saying a group of men had thrown stones at the box office. However, by the time our team reached the spot, none of the goons was around. No case has been registered,’’ said senior inspector Suresh Unavne. MNS workers vandalised a theatre at Growel’s Mall in Kandivli (E) where they shouted slogans and tore down Hindi film posters, triggering panic among patrons. In the melee, a plastic counter selling confectionery was damaged.
The party’s general secretary, Pravin Darekar, submitted a letter to the cinema hall management, enquiring why Marathi films were not being screened there despite the state rule. (According to a state government rule, a theatre is supposed to screen 44 shows of a Marathi film in a year.) After a discussion with the management, the MNS workers dispersed. “We are yet to decide if a case can be filed against the MNS men. No one is willing to press charges against them,’’ an official from the Samata Nagar police station said.
MNS functionaries also targeted the multiplex at Eternity Mall in Thane where a group tore down the posters of non-Marathi movies. “No poster of a Marathi movie is ever displayed like that of Hindi or English films,’’ said MNS activist Omkar Mali. “Marathi films are screened only once a day and that too, in a latenight show. All we are asking them is to go by the rule and ensure that there are three or more shows.’’ The Thane police have arrested five persons.
We follow 44-show rule: Halls
Mumbai: The MNS’ “fight for Marathi films’’ seems more about realpolitik and grabbing the eyeballs rather than the actual cause. This because most of the multiplexes claim that they have already completed their state government quota of screening 44 shows of Marathi films in a year, while some others insist that they have even exceeded the number.
Four English, two Hindi and two Marathi films were released this Friday. While Peepli Live has got about 10 to 12 shows in every multiplex, the English movies have got about two shows a day and Marathi films one or two shows a day. A multiplex source said, “We have already exceeded the state quota of 44 shows of Marathi films a year. At present, we have some halls in Thane and Sion where films like Tee Ratra and Aika Daajiba, which were released last week, are being screened.’’
Pointing out the reasons for not screening Marathi films more often, some theatre owners claimed that those movies did not bring business; they said they often had to cancel a show for the lack of audience. A senior Marathi film critic said, “It is not fair to blame theatres and show timings for fewer screenings of Marathi films. If a Hindi movie viewer does not mind attending an early-morning show, why cannot a Marathi filmgoer do the same?”
The screening of Aika Dajiba at Gossip in Bandra had to be cancelled owing to lack of viewers. Managing director of G-7, Manoj Desai, said, “With due respect to Raj Thackeray—I am happy that he is promoting Marathi films—I would like to say that we have no problem screening Marathi films but there is no audience. We will request him to find a solution to this problem of Marathi filmgoers refusing to watch a film at a theatre.” But refuting the allegation, Kishori Shahane, producer of Aika Dajiba, said, “Marathi films don’t get prime slots. I am sure viewers would come if the timings were more suitable.”
Ameya Khopkar, president of the MNS cine wing, told TOI, “We will continue with the agitation till the multiplexes start slotting proper shows for Marathi films. Peepli Live gets 400 shows and Marathi films only 26. It is not fair on Marathi cinegoers who want to watch films but halls are just not interested in screening them.’’
It could be atonement for his past deeds, or should it read, atonement for his past fees. Trade circles say that Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar who attained notoriety as the actor who was reportedly signed for as high a fee as Rs 71 crore for a film, has had a change of mind.
Reliable market sources say that the entire completion cost of Akshay’s next two films -Khatta Meetha directed by Priyadarshan and Tees Maar Khan directed by Farah Khan will reportedly not exceed Rs 35 crore.
So how did this miracle happen?
According to one trade source, “The cost of making Khatta Meetha and Tees Maar Khan will not include the actor’s fee.”
The same source adds that when Akshay realised that his films Chandni Chowk to China, Kambakkht Ishq and Tasveer lost money because of his individual fee as an actor, he decided to make a market correction.
Having studied the current Bollywood trade scene, the actor in concurrence with his filmmakers has decided not to charge a single penny for his films.
However, Akki’s banner Hari Om Productions is a co-producer on Khatta Meetha and Tees Maar Khan.
The actor explains the logic behind this drastic move of not charging his market fee, saying, “My fee for both films will be zero. If both films are hits, then my production house will stand to benefit by getting a part of the profits. If the film is average, the profit margin will automatically be reduced. However, it’s important to note here that even if the film flops, no one will lose money because the budget has been controlled. By not charging my personal remuneration as an actor, I’m making sure that these films will at least romp home with no losses.”
Trade sources say that the Akshay module is being closely watched by all actors who have home productions.
By Taran Adarsh, November 27, 2009 – 10:52 IST
Be forewarned. DE DANA DAN is the most bizarre film from the maharaja of laughathons, Priyadarshan. Not even in your wildest dream you’d think that Priyadarshan would place almost an entire film in a hotel and have its entire cast, comprising of 26 [or is it 27?] characters, most of them weirdos, interacting with each other. Brings back memories of BLAME IT ON THE BELLBOY? May be!
But Priyadarshan needs to be credited for pulling it off. There are times when you laugh hysterically at the most outlandish jokes and situations. There are times when a raised eyebrow or a wide-open jaw makes you break into a guffaw.
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
Be cautioned. DE DANA DAN is a loud film, with each and every character screaming on top of his/her voice, with the characters shouting, running, even floating and swimming in the end.
But what do you expect in a Priyadarshan film that has a title like DE DANA DAN? The promos never promised path-breaking or thought-provoking cinema that would give birth to debates and discussions. So why look for logic in this one?
DE DANA DAN makes no qualms of narrating a story you haven’t heard before. Here, the story is non-existent and it’s left on Priyadarshan to mix-n-match those two dozen characters and keep the momentum alive for the next 2.45 hours.
DE DANA DAN promises laughter and entertainment and sticks to its promise. This one’s not for the hard-nosed types, but for those who worship escapist cinema. Who want to chuckle, giggle and chortle at those mindless jokes. In short, DE DANA DAN is a pure dhamaal entertainer!
Nitin [Akshay Kumar] is a butler, cook, driver, watchman, gardener to a wealthy female industrialist [Archana Puran Singh] in Singapore. Like any young man, Nitin too dreams of a better life. He desperately wants to become rich and marry the love of his life, Anjali [Katrina Kaif], who supports him financially.
Ram [Suniel Shetty], Nitin’s best friend, also came to Singapore with the dream of striking it rich, but ended up a courier delivery man. He falls for Manpreet [Sameera Reddy], but her high society parents will never approve of marriage, not unless Ram has lots and lots of money.
In the midst of all this is Harbans [Paresh Rawal], a shrewd businessman, who’s looking for ways to multiply his income and avoid his debtors. He decides the best way would be to marry his son [Chunky Pandey] off to a girl whose parents can give him a large dowry. He is introduced to Manpreet’s parents at a function and is impressed by their social status. He introduces himself as a well-established businessman, impresses them and they decide to get Manpreet and Harbans’ son married.
With several factors working against them, Nitin and Ram soon reach a dead end in their relationships. When both receive ultimatums from their girlfriends, they realize that only a life of vice can help them out of their misery. They come up with an audacious plan to kidnap someone important and demand a ransom.
The kidnapping goes awry and both hide at a local hotel while waiting for the ransom money. But misfortune is never far and the kidnapping spirals out of control.
Meanwhile, Manpreet’s wedding reception is being held at the same hotel that Nitin and Ram are hiding in. Soon, they are joined by a motley set of characters including a Chinese Don [Asrani], a hired assassin [Johny Lever], a ACB police inspector [Sharat Saxena], a club dancer [Neha Dhupia], an ambassador [Vikram Gokhale], a young frustrated double crossing wife [Aditi Govitrikar], a letch [Shakti Kapoor], a drunken waiter [Rajpal Yadav] and a dead body nobody wants to check into the hotel.
DE DANA DAN is atypical Priyadarshan film that has the unmistakable stamp all over it. But, at the same time, DE DANA DAN is erratic and uneven – energetic at times, lethargic at places. Also, the culmination to the film is very similar to the director’s earlier works, with the entire cast running helter-skelter.
On the flip side, you miss Akshay’s presence in the second hour. He disappears [gets locked in a cupboard] for at least 20 minutes and the focus, hence, shifts to the other characters. His fans will miss his presence, for sure. Besides, the film tends to get very lengthy towards the second half and overtly verbose too.
Director Priyadarshan is synonymous with comedies and the ace storyteller promises laughter in abundance. Handling so many characters, plus making a film on mistaken identities could be very tough, but the director gets it right. Pritam’s music is alright, while the RDB track, ‘Paisa’, is the pick of the lot. Salim-Sulaiman’s background score is energetic. K. Ahambaram’s cinematography is alright.
The review would be incomplete if one ignored the dialogue writer’s [Jay Master] contribution to the film. The lines are laced with wit and soaked in humour and bring the house down on several occasions.
DE DANA DAN has so many characters that it gets difficult to pinpoint or single out any one actor. Akshay is at his best in a Priyadarshan film and DE DANA DAN proves it. Suniel is natural to the core. Paresh is incredible; he pitches in a superb act. Katrina and Sameera don’t have much to do. Amongst the plethora of actors, Johny Lever, Neha Dhupia, Manoj Joshi, Asrani, Vikram Gokhale and Archana Puransingh deserve special mention.
On the whole, DE DANA DAN is targeted at the masses and it delivers laughter in abundance. Leave your brains behind to enjoy this madcap entertainer!
Unlike her film, Lara Dutta won a round of applause from everyone as she showed off her chiseled body in a bikini in Blue. And she is now cashing in on it. In her next film, Sajid Khan’s Housefull, she will show off her fabulous body in a bikini again. Lara says, “Let’s just say that there is an ocean dive in Housefull.”
Lara adds, “I didn’t have a choice about the bikini in Blue. I couldn’t possibly go underwater in a burqa, could I? I worked hard on my physique, and it did generate interest.
For Housefull, there’s a water sequence. So the swimwear is back. It’s not like I’m getting into a bikini for the heck of it.”
Tell her that her films are falling like nine pins at the box office and she is quick to defend them, “Sometimes you take a decision based on whim, and not logic.
Blue and Do Knot Disturb sounded like fun. Now I have Housefull which is a fun caper.
It gives me another chance to be a comic actor. Shooting for Housefull with my favourite actors Akshay Kumar, Ritesh Deshmukh and Boman Irani was fun.”