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…says the sexy Anoushka Shankar, who got married in London to filmmaker Joe Wright and is expecting his baby
Priyanka Dasgupta | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 2, 2010)
What’s it about Joe Wright that made you feel that he should be the father of your first baby?
Not just my first, I want him to be the father of all my babies! It’s such a cliché, but honestly, I could see myself having children with him within the first week of our relationship. Joe is the most wonderful, extraordinary man. He makes me feel cherished and safe… It’s easy to see what a loving, imaginative father he will be.
You have lived-in with Joe for some months. Was there any particular compulsion for you to tie the knot now?
Even though we moved in together ages ago, I always wanted to get married. I’m glad we lived together first as it gave us a good taste of the realities of our relationship! I don’t think it’s essential for everyone, but to me there is something sacred about taking vows and promising to love and honour each other.
Post-marriage, will you take your husband’s surname just the way your mother has done when she married Pandit Ravi Shankar? Or does the surname issue not bother you at all?
We’ve certainly enjoyed using the phrase Mrs Wright between ourselves since the wedding! But I would probably not change my name officially.
Was there any person you really wanted to attend your wedding but who never could?
We planned very quickly. So yes, many family members and friends couldn’t be there, which is why we will do celebrations later in the States and in India. Norah was obviously there, and hosted my mehendi party and was my maid-of-honour in a sense.
How does Joe inspire you in your career now? Does he keep a tab so that you don’t tax yourself too much with your concerts/tours/album work since you are pregnant now?
He has an incredible musical ear and does offer really valuable advice on my work. So, I take his counsel seriously as well. Now that I’m pregnant he does look out for me a lot more and constantly reminds me to rest and relax, which I’m not very good at!
Joe was supposed to make a film titled Indian Summer. Is there any update on that especially with his strong India connection?
We would both love if the film got made but there are no plans to get it rolling again at present that I know of. However, we’re both grateful it was even being looked at because we wouldn’t have met if he hadn’t come to India for that film!
By Taran Adarsh, October 1, 2010 – 10:12 IST
One, it’s difficult to conceptualize and execute a film like ROBOT.
Two, when Rajnikant’s name comes in the credits, one cannot hear anything for the next two minutes. His name is greeted with a thunderous applause, whistles yells and cheers. Such is the charisma of this superstar. Rajnikant is the Boss. The real Badshaah.
ROBOT, directed by Shankar, is a Rajnikant Express that transports you to a world you can’t envision. Rajnikant’s feats are legendary by now. In ROBOT, he goes a step further. The Robot in ROBOT not only follows orders of his creator, but also cooks, fights, romances and wonder of wonders, has a lengthy conversation with a mosquito and scan loads of books/magazines and an entire telephone directory in a second. Yes, you read it right!
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That’s not all, this Robot is Superman + Spiderman + Terminator + Godzilla, all rolled into one. There’s more to this Robot. It can replicate itself, wage a vicious battle, turn into an Anaconda or a monster ball and wipe off an entire army. Whew! Known for larger than life canvas, ROBOT is Shankar’s most expensive and if I may say so, his most imaginative film thus far. And who better than Rajnikant for the pivotal role!
Final word? A Rajnikant film is an event and this combo’s [Shankar - Rajnikant] new outing ROBOT is sure to strike like Tsunami. Let me make it short-n-sweet. If you miss ROBOT, it’s YOUR loss!
Location: Chennai 2010. Mission: Creating a robot Chitti. Purpose: To help the society. Development time: 10 years. Special Features: A human who is not born, but is created. He can dance, sing, fight, is water and fire resistant. He can do all that a human can and more. He feeds on electricity. He takes instructions literally. Where a human can lie to save himself, this robot cannot lie.
Where he has a razor sharp memory and can memorize an entire telephone directory by just running through the pages, he cannot understand human emotions. Dr. Vasi upgrades Chitti’s processor and simulates human emotions without realizing the repercussions. Chitti gets transformed. He can now feel and the first feeling that he discovers is Love. Will this love come in the way of Dr. Vasi’s purpose of creating Chitti? Will Dr. Vasi’s own creation destroy him?
A title like ROBOT automatically puts tremendous responsibility and pressure on the director’s shoulders. And ROBOT is not merely a display of VFX, but it also has soul, a story to tell. At first, ROBOT comes across as a clash between the virtuous [Rajnikant] and wicked [Danny Denzongpa]. But ROBOT changes gears in its post-interval portions as the focus shifts to the creator [Rajnikant] and his creation [Rajnikant].
It’s a Rajnikant film and it would be incomplete if his loyal fans don’t get to watch his stylish actions and feats. Thankfully, ROBOT showcases it all. He can glide on the railway tracks, run horizontally on a moving train, transform into an Anaconda, can swallow helicopters and even fire at people with his fingers, without using a pistol. These are truly clap-trap moments!
Even otherwise, the screenplay is really well penned and absorbing. While the film is a super ride from start to end, it’s the penultimate 25 minutes that leaves you awe-struck and speechless. You can’t imagine a Hindi film having such an out of the world climax. There will be pandemonium inside theatres when the climax unfolds, I am sure. Let me confess, it’s the mother of all climaxes!
Only thing, Shankar could’ve controlled the length of the film. It could’ve been shorter by at least 10 to 15 minutes, which includes doing away with a song or two. Of course, like all Shankar movies, the songs are filmed most imaginatively on exotic locales, but what’s the point of having songs if they act as speed breakers?
That Shankar ranks amongst India’s best directors is well known by now and ROBOT only cements the fact. His vision and execution of the difficult subject deserves the highest praise, in fact distinction marks. He not only dreams big, but the outcome is incredible too. A.R. Rahman’s music doesn’t compliment the content of the film, but like I pointed out earlier, every song has been filmed exquisitely. The action and chase sequences are outstanding [Yuen Woo Ping, action choreographer in the MATRIX and KILL BILL sequels, was the stunt coordinator]. Visual effects are spectacular [Stan Winston Studio, the studio behind JURASSIC PARK, PREDATOR, TERMINATOR, IRON MAN, AVATAR, provided the animatronics technology]. Cinematography captures the grand production values with precision. The locations of Austria, Machu Picchu in Peru, U.S.A. and Brazil only enhance the visual appeal of the film. The sets are mind-blowing. Dubbing is near-perfect.
ROBOT is a Rajnikant show from start to end. And no other actor, not from Bollywood at least, would be able to do what he does with such amazing ease. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looks stunning and acts most convincingly. Danny Denzongpa is efficient, as always. The remaining actors enact their parts well.
On the whole, ROBOT is a crowd-pleasing and hugely mass appealing tale of android revolution with a thrilling plot, rich and imaginative screenplay, super action, astounding effects and most importantly, Rajnikant, who is the soul of the film. It’s the Big Daddy of all entertainers. Miss it at your own risk!
The director is well into the pre-production stage of his epic film and has apparently made at least three trips to China already this year
Shekhar Kapoor has been sneaking off to China a bit too frequently these days. And the latest buzz is that he is making these trips for shooting his futuristic epic Paani there.
Shooting in Mumbai is now ruled out since the plot of Shekhar’s film requires the director and his art director to construct a futuristic Mumbai with two sharply demarcated sections: The Upper City (for the elite with abundant water supply) and The Lower City (for the poor). Love and conflict ensue when the boy from the Lower City sneaks into the forbidden Upper City.
Apparently, Shekhar has visited China at least thrice already this year. So, ruling out possibilities of him finalizing locations for Paani in China, is difficult. The first and the last Hindi film to be shot there was Nikhil Advani’s Chandni Chowk To China.
To top it all, Shekhar Kapoor doesn’t discount the fact that Paani may be shot in China. Says the director, “I’d shoot Paani anywhere where I’d get the intellectual and geographical space to build my city of a water-challenged future. At the moment, we’re exploring the modalities and the feasibility of the venue for shooting.
I am definitely starting Paani next year. We’re fully into the pre-production stage. This film needs a lot of preparation. I’ll formally announce the cast only after all the other details are in place.”
Spain had also opened its doors to Shekhar for Paani. But it seems the visionary in the director had already taken a liking to China by then.
Says a source close to the director, “Shekhar has actually found a paradise in China. It’s a vacation sanctuary near the Great Wall of China run by an Indian, who has now become one of Shekhar’s closest friends.”
King Khan pours his heart out in a stirring interview about his relationship with his father, what he learnt from his parents and how he approaches life
“I’m honest but I’m not defensive about winning and living well,” says Shah Rukh Khan, as he looks back at life 30 years after his dad died of cancer in Delhi.
You’ve been posting messages about your dad today (Sep 19) … nostalgia?
Haan yaar… I just suddenly realized today, I woke up and I’d forgotten what date it was, I just looked at the newspaper and then realized it… Actually, before that, at night, strangely, my son came to me – my wife is at the hospital, she’s staying there – and he came to me and said, ‘papa, I want to give a hug.’ So I asked, ‘why?’ And he said, ‘just like that, papa… I think, I love you’. I found it very touching.
And then I woke up and realized that it was my dad’s death anniversary when I saw the newspapers. And I’m glad I’m in Delhi today. I’ll go and pray in a while. When good things happen in my life – and I think every day a good thing happens in my life – I feel, I wish, that my parents were here, as my kids are growing up. For example, we had to bring the kids here, we couldn’t leave the kids in Mumbai; sometimes you suddenly feel, arre, if I had my parents, you could always leave the kids with their grandparents, but that’s not to be. We don’t have any elder at home. I miss that, I miss them…
It’s been a long, long time since my father died. I calculated it in the morning itself; its been 30 years. I feel happy to be in the town where he lived and died today. Ek ajeeb sa… isme kuch supernatural nahin hai, but I feel nice to be in the vicinity of where your family has lived and breathed.
Do you ever manage to go the house where he lived, relive memories?
The Gautam Nagar one? You see, my father died when we were in Green Park. My mother expired in the house we lived in, in Gautam Nagar. Yeah, I go in the night sometimes… I take the kids for a drive, go past the area, but I haven’t specifically gone into the house, no.
You don’t have the luxury of walking into the house where your father lived his last days without cameras and people around, do you?
No, I’m sure I can walk in and they won’t say anything! I remember when my sister was joining university – I must have been 14 and she must have been 18 or 19 – my father took us to Delhi University. He took us into Miranda College. He had lived in a room there. I think perhaps it wasn’t an all-girls college in those years; anyways, the principal had allowed him to stay in a room there. So he took us to the room, and he opened the door, and there were some girls there, and he said to them, ‘beta, bura mat manna, main yahan pe rehta thaa.’
So I’m sure I can also walk into somebody’s house and say, listen, I stayed here, and they won’t mind. But no, I’ve never tried, I’ve just seen them from outside. I normally do take the kids out for a drive at night, tell them this is where I used to stay, this is my old house… they kind of feel nice. But yes, I’ve never gone inside.
You don’t miss not stepping in and taking a look and saying, this is where his chair used to be, this is where he lived, this is where you had those childhood memories…?
Na… nahin, I feel I don’t think I’d like to do that. I’d feel too sad. I’ve seen it from the outside at night but I probably wouldn’t want to go in. I don’t know. Maybe I don’t want to go inside, which is why I never have. I haven’t thought about it. Now that you’re telling me, is when I’m thinking about it.
Maybe you wouldn’t want to go with anyone around.
Yes, if I do, it’ll be by myself, because there are things I don’t share with the world, and I’m very clear about that… But I don’t think it’ll be right for the people who are living there for me to knock and walk in and say, ‘hi, I’m here because my dad’s memories are here for me.’ They must be having a happy life in that house and they should just have their own memories in that house, not mine. My memories should move with me. So, no, I don’t wish to go inside either of the houses where my parents died. If it was my house still, then of course I would go – but it’s not. And I don’t think I associate the space with my father and mother. A material space isn’t something that I need to go to think of them… of course I’ll go to my father’s grave and pray at night sometimes.
That’s a luxury you have?
Yes, yes… I’ll go quietly and at night. It’ll be scary, but I’ll go (laughs)! If I can’t go there, I’ll go to the vicinity and pray.
And the kids?
I’ve taken them, yes, I’ve taken my kids to my parents’ graves a few years back. Not my daughter, she was too small, but my son, yes. I like to take them sometimes. My wife gets a little worried sometimes, she says, ‘don’t. Take them in the daytime if you must.’ So maybe I’ll send them in the daytime with the family, and I’ll go later at night.
When they are a little grown up, maybe, I’ll take them along. You need to know your roots… like I, unfortunately – my father’s family, I have hardly met. I’ve known them, and known of them, they’re in Peshawar, but not much.
Sometimes I think – arre, what did my father’s father look like? I’d like my son to know more than I do – to know how his father’s father looked like, to pray a little for all the goodness that has come his way in life…
How unreal does all this look today? When you lost him, you were a fatherless 14-year-old in a small house in Delhi. Today, all of Delhi would line up to spend a few minutes with you.
I was speaking to my brother-in-law on this a little while back… I come here, even if I go to the hospital, the Escorts people, Dr Seth and all the other doctors are very kind… People stand in lines to see me, wave out to me. There’s so much riding on me all the time…
This is as much a distance someone could have covered in 30 years, isn’t it?
Yes, I just realized, if somebody were to ask me what I did to become successful in this distance – people do ask me that – and I swear I don’t know. I think about fathers telling their kids what they should try and be. I never knew what I will be. I just studied, went from one place to another, went to Mumbai and acted a little – and before I have realized it, I have a son who is 12 years old, a daughter who is 10 years old, I am sort of famous, I am respected a lot, I am loved a lot.
And I find love in all the writings on how successful I am and on how unsuccessful I am going to be. He’s the biggest star. He’s not the biggest star. All the discussions I read about myself, I find love in all of them, they’re concerned, that’s why they talk about me.
And I just remember roaming about the streets here, as a nobody… I’ve come here (Gurgaon) when this was a desolated space, once, twice maybe.
I just don’t know how all this happened. And I don’t know – absolutely from the bottom of my heart I don’t know how I became successful. There are better looking people than me, more talented than me, as hard working as me – or maybe more. But why did it all come to me? Why has it sustained for so long?
I’ve thought about this. And I came to the conclusion that it has happened because I never doubted what I am doing. I never doubted the fact that there wouldn’t be somebody to look after me after my parents died – even though there was no one. I never doubted that I would be able to make ends meet for myself. I never doubted whether the work that I do would be a failure. And in fact I feel that as we have it all, we begin doubting – so I need to go back to that basic.
I was just telling a lady here that I have the heart of an entertainer. From the food I serve at my home to the cold drink I serve you, I want you to smile. The heart that I have – the heart of an entertainer – a part of it has always been sensible enough to do the business part of it. But a large part of it, a large part of my heart, still believes in magic. Because I believe in magic, magic happens to me
Also it happens, I believe, because my parents have given me that prayer – that listen, don’t worry, you are magic. I don’t have any other reason to believe in my success. I can’t duplicate it. I can’t tell my kids to become the same. There’s no way – and I know it. But I think I am surrounded by the magic of my parents’ soul. I believe that. I truly believe that. And I don’t do anything special – I think of them, I pray to them, I pray to Allah and say, keep them nicely. But I am surrounded by the magic of their souls. So if God takes away from you something – if Allah takes away from you the most important aspect of your life, he fulfills other aspects. And today with my kids, I feel even the vacancy of my parents is fulfilled. I have got a son and a daughter – and I always think of them like my father and my mother, in the sense that chalo yaar, woh they, agar woh hote to main hota, biwi hoti, behen hoti – abhi bhi wohi team hai.
I am alone in what I do – I have a very small family – but I am never lonely. I don’t need so much. I just need these 3-4 people to keep me away from loneliness, and I think that’s the gift my parents have given me. I’m all alone, I am an outsider in Mumbai, but I do things with a lot of belief. I screw up also, I go wrong, I take pangaas, but I’ve always stuck to – agar isne galat bola hai, toh take a stand; agar yeh sahi bol raha hai, support; abhi yeh ulta bol raha hai, toh chup ho jao yaar, keep dignity.
It’s my belief that so long as I am doing that, I will never be lonely. I will be alone, but I am happy – that’s what life has given me, that I will walk alone. My loneliness has always been fulfilled by 3-4 people; earlier, my parents and my sister, now, my sister, my wife and kids. So it’s a great gift. On good days, especially in Delhi, I miss my parents, and I do today, because it’s a coincidence that I’m here today.
Coincidences happen… two, three years ago, on this day, somebody called me to release some medicines for them in Bangalore. Kiran Shaw. I didn’t know her. I said, mujhe Bangalore nahi jaana yaar… and again, I looked at the papers, and realized it was 19th September, dad’s death anniversary. So I asked my EA, what medicine? He said, cancer medicine. I said, listen, just fix up a plane quickly, I’m going. They’d even changed their programme in the meantime, and asked why I was coming now – and I was like, I don’t know you, but somehow this is connecting – this is about a cancer medicine, and my dad died of cancer, and today is the day he died – so here I am. You have to believe in these things – whether faith, love, magic. The ‘non-existent’ things for human beings. We have to believe in them. I do.
I had a choice of costumes today; I chose to wear a sherwani, I said to myself, my dad would like it.
You often speak about your dad as a reference point – waqt ki chhoti, dad’s eyeglasses…
Also my mom. My dad was very gentle, very honest – and his honesty killed him. My mom was also very honest, but she was a woman of the world. She knew how to fight the world, while retaining her integrity.
Why do you say his honesty killed him?
I think he was, you know… he was very successful, then became unsuccessful… he was a lawyer, he did not practice… he had a lot of options to take favours from people, which he did not. He went to Peshawar with a lot of dreams, took me also there… but I think somewhere he felt let down, he worried a lot, and I think worries cause cancer. And today it’s proven also, in some ways, worries cause ulcers, and other things, and cancers. I think those worries just took his life – otherwise he was very strong, was just 51, no heart disease, never drank, nothing… I think just sticking to impractical honesty and beliefs took him away early.
My mother, on the other hand – though she also died at 50 – she was a go-getter. The training I got from the both of them was – from my dad, be gentle, be religious, be kind, be honest. He taught me shayari, poems.
What I learnt from my mom was – let me put it this way. There are three development stages of a kid – I’ve been giving lectures so I remember this. The first development should be of the heart – love, art, music, nature, all good things. The second part is development of the head – how to use it, how to develop the intellect. And the third part is, development of the hand – how to put that intellect to use. These three – but in that order. I truly believe that my father taught me the heart, and my mother taught me the intellect.
That’s why when I meet people, youngsters, I tell them – please go out, and win your material goals as much as you want – honestly. Don’t be like, how a lot of people think, yeh nahi hona chahiye, woh nahi hona chahiye, chhoro, aur bhi gham hai zamane mein. You should fulfill your material desires. Fulfill them honestly, straightforwardly, without owing it to anyone. Don’t ask. Go and work for it.
The mixture that I got from them – I think that is the person I am. And so I miss both of them, perhaps differently. When I’m going wrong at work, I’m thinking of my mom, that I need to go out and DO IT, even if it all looks to be going wrong, go and give it my best shot. And when I’m going wrong in life, in my thoughts, that’s when I think of dad. Then I’m like, isko maaf kar do yaar. Galti ho gayi toh chhoro na yaar. Yeh ulta bol raha hai, lekin jaane do… You have to overcome a lot of latent and spontaneous anger and disturbance. My dad was like that. Mom would have slapped. So I learnt how to slap from my mom, and how to hold it back from my dad (laughs).
I don’t know if I can teach it all to my children, you know, because I’m a watered down version of their goodness.
When you’re 50 yourself, you’ll tend to do that comparison more frequently, perhaps?
I don’t know, but my sister has been telling me that I have begun to look more and more like my dad – and I take that as a compliment. Because he was a gentle soul. I don’t think I can ever be like my dad. I am a little too material, and a little too worldly intellectual. I wish I could say it right now, but I’d be lying if I said that I can be as simple as my dad. That’s an inner calling. If it happens, well and good, because then I’d be a well-off honest man. I’d like that, yes! If at the age of 50, if I can pass on the education that my dad gave me, it would be great, but I honestly don’t think I’d be able to reach that calibre. I think I am always going to be a mix of what my parents taught me.
Is that a bad thing?
It’s a fantastic thing. I think my mix is the best mix. You’re straightforward, honest, and you’re living well – I think that’s the best way. I tell my kids what I tell all youngsters – work hard, play harder, and don’t forget to pray. To that I’ve now added – pay your taxes also. Don’t owe anything to anybody. Always a giver be, if you can afford to. And just lead your life in the way that, at the end, it shouldn’t be, arre yaar, mujhe aise nahi karna thaa – no regrets at the end of your life.
Ranbir Kapoor will be making appearance on the controversial reality show Emotional Atyaachar and sharing his viewpoints about love, cheating, flirting relationships, parents approval, societal pressures, apart from giving his verdict on that week’s couple.
It will be interesting to see Ranbir, who has been much in news for his love life, sharing his views on these subjects.
The lover boy has been linked up with quite a few actresses-Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Minissha Lamba and Katrina Kaif.
The actor was dating Deepika Padukone but they broke up a few months ago.
The rumoured reasons are that Ranbir’s parents didn’t approve of Deepika and also Ranbir developed feelings for Katrina Kaif while shooting for Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani.
Actress to join Gujarat CM in US for state celebrations
Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 14, 2010)
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has revealed another ace up his sleeve in his plans for the 50th anniversary celebration of his state. First, it was Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan who Modi got to be the brand ambassador of Gujarat tourism. Now it is television and Bollywood hottie Prachi Desai who will be Modi’s guest in the US where the Gujarati community is set to celebrate the golden jubilee year of their home state. Prachi will be flying to New Jersey to join Modi at the event.
Actually Prachi, a proud Gujjuben, could not make it to any of the celebrations being held currently in Gujarat due to date issues. But she had promised Modi that she would make up for her absence. The maverick politician took her up on this and invited her to New Jersey to represent the state. It is an official invite and Prachi is delighted to accept it.
Confirming the news to BT, Prachi said, “I do take honour in the fact that I am one of the few to be invited from the state. I am grateful to the people for their love which has brought me to this position and what better way for me to give back love and show support?”
Hindi film director Vishal Bhardwaj and Anglo-Indian writer Ruskin Bond make for an unlikely working pair. But they think the world of each other
Anubha Sawhney Joshi | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; August 22, 2010)
It’s not everyday that you hear Ruskin Bond sing. “But I was so bored and irritated with Mumbai’s traffic, I really considered breaking into song just to clear the cars,” says the 76-year-old Mussoorie resident only half in jest. The writer made the trudge from Colaba to Oshiwara to meet friend and fan Vishal Bhardwaj, who has based two of his films (The Blue Umbrella and Saat Khoon Maaf) on stories originally written by Bond. But more on that later.
“I’m a really bad singer but I quite enjoy singing. As a young man, I was fascinated by opera and would subject people to my baritone and tenor,” he says. But egg him on to sing and he surprises you with a song nowhere close to opera. Hawa mein udta jaaye, mera laal dupatta malmal ke.. err.. ka, Bond croons, sitting in the music room of Bhardwaj’s office. The music director nods approvingly.
Getting this duo together in Mumbai is a rarity. “But I’m happiest meeting Ruskinji in Mussorie,” says Bhardwaj, adding that he’s bought the house next to the author’s and they now share a wall. They actually share more than that. Both love the mountains. And enjoy a story well told, preferably over a couple of stiff drinks.
So who’s the better storyteller? “He is,” both say in unison. “There’s no debate there,’’ clarifies Bhardwaj, “I’m just a good re-teller.” He then confesses that he was introduced to Ruskin Bond’s writings by wife Rekha, the original Bond fan in the family.
Conversation flows effortlessly between these two. “I would go to Mussorie to play cricket; Ruskin Bond’s house was a landmark,” says Bhardwaj, who then indulgently lets Bond do much of the talking. “My opening dialogue in his film is a killer,” says the writer, referring to his cameo in Saat Khoon Maaf. “Am I allowed to talk about it?” The director gives his assent, and Bond launches into an elaborate explanation of the scene. “So Priyanka Chopra’s character is telling me how I make her feel calm and comfortable, and I say ‘It all comes down to love, sweetheart’,” Bond enunciates, thrilled at the dialogue and his delivery. As we applaud the first-time actor, he looks at Bhardwaj menacingly and says, “Don’t you dare cut that line out. If you do, I won’t write for you ever again.” Bhardwaj assures him that the line stays and a pleased Bond gleefully continues to tell us how he has two costume changes in the film. “And I look much better in those clothes than I do in my own,” he says, looking disapprovingly at his spotless white shirt.
He then gives Bhardwaj and his publicity manager some tips on marketing the upcoming film. While they both make mental notes, Bond wears the title of marketing guru quite lightly. “I’ve made a living by writing books in a country like India for 55 years—of course, I would know a thing or two about how to sell an idea,’’ he says nonchalantly. Does it bother him that the reading habit is slowly going down? “On the contrary, in fact. Despite no distractions like the internet, even in my time people hardly read. If anything, that minority of readers has swelled in the recent past. And I’m happy about that.’’
Bond writes in long hand. “When I was making Kaminey, the best time of the day would be after pack-up, when I would retire to my room and take out a chapter that he had written and lie back to read it,” says Bhardwaj. “I’m a lazy writer,” confesses Bond. “I would wait for him to read a chapter and say ‘Very good’ before I went on to write the next one.”
So does he still write every day? “I try to. I’m writing something else for him right now,” he offers. “We’re developing another project together,” says Bhardwaj. “But only if you don’t cut my opening line out from this one,”chuckles Bond.
Random conversation with Katrina Kaif
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; August 10, 2010)
Her sceptics may argue that Katrina Kaif is not a natural born actor. Yet no one can deny her colossal star power! Her enviable record of 10 on 14 is unmatched by any of her contemporaries.
Of course, when it comes to her performances and her interviews, Kat is always very measured. A tape-recorder is something she looks at bemusedly. And her answers, especially in recent times, have been more correct than candid. However, after a few meetings with this Bollywood youth icon, you realise that when the machine is off, she’s a normal, young woman whose thoughts make for interesting reading.
So what’s on Kat’s mind right now? “Movies, movies and more movies,” says the actress who is working on Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan with Akshay Kumar, Zoya Akhtar’s Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara with Hrithik Roshan and Tarun Mansukhani’s Dostana 2 that is expected to mount the sets this August with a song picturisation in Mumbai.
Work aside, this Bollywood beauty is also preoccupied with getting a new home. “Yeah I want a seaside apartment or bungalow. I like my current home. But I have been toying with the idea of getting myself a bigger place. I’d like my mother to come and live with me. And the rest of my family who lives overseas, to visit me often,” says Kat.
Ask the usual cliched question on whether she has time for love and marriage in her scheme of things, and Kat says, “Of course, all girls do. I enjoy wealth. But I know that when I marry, it will be for love.” Marriage brings us to her grand announcement of settling down by 2012. “God, I said that I will marry in 2012. I’ve always wanted to marry when I’m 28. But after I made that announcement, I have had niggling doubts on what happens if my grand plans don’t materialise. What’ll I do then?”
She confesses that she is a romantic and if there is one thing she is absolutely sure about is that she will demand absolute faithfulness from
her partner. “I will not tolerate infidelity,” says Kat. These then are just random things going on in her head. And the reason for reproducing them now is that there are a legion of Kat fans who’d be willing to give more than a penny for her thoughts.
Priyadarshan’s film is based on a TOI report on khap panchayats
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; August 9, 2010)
Priyadarshan couldn’t have timed it better. His hard-hitting action thriller about love across caste barriers and honour killings based on a Times of India report, releases worldwide on October 1.
A year ago, when Priyan joined hands with producer Kumar Mangat Pathak (Omkara), the makers hadn’t envisaged that parts of India would be under siege of the khap panchayats. Big Screen Entertainer’s Aakrosh has Ajay Devgn and Akshaye Khanna playing CBI officers — one on special deputation to the village and the other, the local officer. The other cast members are Bipasha Basu, Paresh Rawal, Reema Sen and Amita Pathak in a stellar role.
Another USP of the film is the music by the current Bollywood craze Pritam and lyrics by Irshad Kamil. Mangat is very confident the film will hammer the right message as far as honour killings go. “This is a topic that has taken India by storm. Ours is a hard-hitting commercial film that is likely to drive home the message to the masses and the gentry,’’ he says. “Omkara got me awards. Aakrosh should get me awards and rewards.’’
Ajay, whose equity is bullish after three hits — All the Best, Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge and Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, feels the film will work. Says the actor, “Bollywood is going through an interesting and important phase. Today a filmmaker has the liberty to address a topical issue within the mainstream format, combining entertainment and a social message. I revel in roles that have a very life-like quality. Here the cops are not cardboard cut-outs but people you can identify with. Aakrosh is a racy thriller that keeps you on the edge.’’
For Akshaye, his relationship with Priyan has a deep-rooted understanding. Says he, “I’ve probably done the most number of films with Priyan. I’m well-versed with his style and his narrative. Aakrosh was a great experience. Ajay and I are coming together after our last successful outing Deewangee, so that’s another added incentive.’’ Bipasha says her role has very interesting shades. “You’ll get me as Seeta and Geeta,” she smiles.
The National Award-winner Priyadarshan, who has handled comedies and social dramas with equal ease, says Aakrosh will get him the accolades he got for Viraasat, Kala Paani, and his recent Kanjeevaram. “I’m sure it should also bring in the required box office numbers because I have been getting incessant messages after the theatrical trailer that played before Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai,” said the director.
Dressed in a wispy Stella McCartney dress, relaxed at home surrounded by family and dog, Kangna Ranaut basks in the success of her latest film. With her legs folded under her, she looks like a little girl but comes to life and is all-woman when our photographer enters the room. That’s typically her, an actress who can change mood and look in seconds as she talks about her life and where she sees it going.
• Could you ever submit yourself and your career totally to one man the way your character did in Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai?
Gosh no, the thought is scary. Thank God we don’t live in those times when we could be told that if we did or didn’t do something we would be shot. I am very happy to be living in the times I do when things are cool and we can date whoever we want to without fear of repercussions. I am in Mumbai because here I have freedom. If I have to be told what to do I would rather live in Manali, with its social pressures.
• So much of freedom and you aren’t even dating?
Trust me I am exercising my freedom but because I am surrounded only by married guys, I don’t get a chance to go on dates. Freedom is not about walking into a club and saying hey, I’m single. I always say that I am late by 10 years in the industry because all our best heroes, directors and producers who I deal with daily are married and have children. Unfortunately, I never meet any businessman, investment banker or engineer, and even if I do all they want is an autograph.
• This seems to make you sad…
Yeah, it is sad at times. I am young and all my friends are dating or getting married but I have been exceptionally unlucky with love. None of my relationships have really worked.
A lot of my friends have been in love for 10 years and are now getting married. But I didn’t meet any guy in school; I grew up and just randomly dated. That’s why I say I have been exceptionally unlucky. Today, I am totally open to somebody match-making for me.
• What have your characters taught you about yourself?
It is weird that whatever I have learnt about myself, my life or other people, it has been through my work. I am not well educated. And though I read a lot even more than that I observe people, see their expressions and emotions and every script and every story tells me so much about life and people. During Gangster itself I realised that I am exceptionally talented. So now I don’t underestimate myself.
The other thing I have learnt about myself is that there are many sides to me. I can be extremely aggressive and I can be extremely tender. And because I have been subjected to the most difficult circumstances at a very young age, I tend to behave like a man most of the time. When I meet a man I act so much like him that I evoke more competition than desire in him. But when I emote romance, a very soft and feminine side to me emerges.
• And from being a part of the film industry…
There is one thing about the film industry that hurts me very much. And that is that the industry on the whole is very partial to its own people. I know that if Gangster had flopped, then, despite my performance, I would have never been given another chance. But I am God’s favoured child so no one can do anything about it. I have a success percentage of 99 per cent which sometimes surprises me too.
Actors who belong to the industry are given chance upon chance till they make it, which is ok, but when there is an exceptional talent, the industry should be kinder to them. It should not be all about babalog and babylog.
There is no doubt that our work is given not only less appreciation but also less respect. Otherwise why would I have been jobless for a year between Life in A Metro and Fashion?
• You were not offered any roles?
I was offered roles but they were all B-grade or C-grade films. Today people are very kind but I remember a time when they would do everything to keep me out of the big league.
• And are you being selective now?
No. I don’t want to only have two films a year. I am in the process of experimentation. I will keep doing comedy, thriller, dancing singing roles, intense characters and romantic love stories so that by the middle of 2012 or so I will know my forte. I am probably the actress working on the maximum films. I have seven releases coming up and am working on five films. If I have signed 15 films, you can figure that I must have been offered at least 25.
• What are your securities and insecurities at this point?
My biggest security is my talent, my passion, my enthusiasm. My inspiration comes from within and I totally ignore people who are negative. When I am low and my father tries to be supportive and says, “You don’t need to do this. Why are you crying and feeling bad? Don’t forget we have a beautiful house, we can go back to it” I am like, “Can you please go from here?” Whenever I am upset my inspiration comes from within. My spirit is all I have.
Like any other person I feel extremely insecure, sometimes. Today I am on my way to doing things that will take me to my goal, the things that will make me happy and feel complete.
But my biggest fear is that what if I get there and then don’t get that feeling? What if I feel this is not what I should have done. Is this the meaning that everyone is looking for in life? That really scares me.