Posts tagged Luck
Madhur Bhandarkar on coming a long way from being a video delivery boy, on testing new genres and believing that Kareena will eventually come around to act in Heroine
• Comedy is not your forte. Why are making one, Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji ?
It was not an easy decision to make. While some have been saying that I shouldn’t get into other genres of cinema, others say that it’s time for a change. I have always considered myself as an experimental filmmaker and this is another one of my experiments. Actors who have worked with me will vouch for my sense of humour. More often than not, I have them in splits on my sets. In fact, Tabu (who starred in Chandni Bar) used to always ask me why I hadn’t directed a comedy yet.
• After dropping out from school you even worked as a delivery boy for a video library. Did you ever think that you’ll get this far?
Honestly, no. God has given me more than I asked for. I guess it has been a mixture of hard work and luck. I think I am God’s blessed child. And I am not going to get carried away.
• Your male-oriented films, Traffic Signal and Jail, don’t do particularly well. Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji too is male-oriented. Are you nervous?
I am nervous. But that happens with me before the release of any of my films. Think of it, isn’t it early days to say that Madhur Bhandarkar makes only good female-oriented films? I don’t jump into making films just for the heck of it. Recently I had offers to remake some top South films but I didn’t see any creativity in that.
Tell me one good reason why shouldn’t I attempt to make a comedy, or say, even a romcom or a thriller, as long as the characters in my film are well fleshed out? Sooner or later, I’ll touch upon all genres.
• Will you cast Neil Nitin Mukesh (Jail) and Kunal Khemu (Traffic Signal), who seem to have lost the plot?
If I have a script for them, why not? I don’t cast actors as per their market status. Didn’t I cast Samir Soni, Arjan Bajwa and Arbaaz Khan in Fashion despite people’s apprehensions? Again if you see, I have three newcomers in Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji : Shruti Haasan, Shazahn Padamsee and Shraddha Das, whose debut films have flopped.
• Perhaps budgetary constraints might have resulted in this benevolence in casting.
Yes, I do make films within a stipulated budget. I never spend too much, I don’t overshoot. My homework is very strong. Even Jail broke even.
• Your next female-oriented film Heroine is stuck. Kareena Kapoor is latkofying you…
Kareena and I have not been in touch. She has been very busy with RA.One and Agent Vinod. But we are going to meet soon.
• She’s ditched you with Page 3 and Fashion as well…
I think Kareena is a remarkable actress with a great screen presence. From the minute I saw her in Refugee, I knew she will go a long way. I think I will be third time lucky. She deserves a lot more from this industry. I believe that Heroine will give that to her, it’s a dream role for any actress.
• What happened to that biopic on Lalit Modi called Commissioner ?
Things didn’t work out. Besides, the Lalit Modi controversy would have been too hot to handle.
• You have always been a ladies’ man. We’re disappointed to not have heard of any link-ups. Have you really changed or are you a smoother operator now?
(Laughs) Today, I am very happy the way I am living my life. Do I really need to answer this question?
• All the more…
Un dino, meri shaadi nahin hui thi. And people just perceived me that way. (laughs again).
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, October 2, 2010 – 11:34 IST
Khichdi team’s wait for SRK was finally answered on the day of its release. The entire team of Khichdi -The Movie met their inspiration SRK at Filmistan studio where the superstar was welcomed warmly with a bouquet and a big ticket for Khichdi -The Movie. SRK greeted the entire cast personally and everyone was extremely delighted to have him amongst them.
The superstar firstly humbly apologized for not meeting the Khichdi parivaar earlier outside Mannat as he was busy shooting. He then addressed everyone and showered all his good wishes, great luck to them for their movie and wished that the movie is a big Hit just like the big ticket given to him. Interestingly, he also revealed that few of his friends saw the movie and told him how great it was, so he himself is going to try and catch the late night show after his pack up.
SRK congratulated the entire Khichdi team, Fox Star, the technicians, everyone for a great concept of making a successful serial into a comedy movie that can be enjoyed with the entire family. He said to all, “Please go out and watch this film if you feel like laughing with your family, I can assure you it will be a fun filled evening.”
The entire cast of Khichdi -The Movie profusely thanked their inspiration who blessed the movie and supported their efforts of spreading laughter. JD Majethia and Aatish Kapadia said, “SRK taught us humility and that is why he is truely our inspiration and we thank him for coming here personally and giving his best wishes to all of us.” While signing off the star said, “All the best, God Bless.”
Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 15, 2010)
Sanjay Dutt, who is the face of Indian boxing, has started off a nationwide campaign to promote the sport. He feels that while cricket enjoys a cult status and is the most popular sport in India, other sports should also get their due. Baba, as the industry fondly calls him, also believes that not everyone can have the skill or luck to make it to the top in cricket and not everyone wants to become a cricketer too. So, he is on a mission to promote boxing right down to the grass-root level. From talking to people and convincing them to allow their children to participate in boxing and rooting for privately-run boxing exhibition matches in India to trying to reach out to many boxing associations and coaching camps and provide support to them, Sanjay has his year full with activities as the ambassador of boxing in India.
By Subhash K. Jha, August 16, 2010 – 12:00 IST
First it was mom Sarika whose good offices were used to launch daughter Shruti Haasan’s career in Hindi cinema. Now, apparently dad Kamal Haasan has taken over the responsibility.
Shruti’s Hindi launch Luck starred Imran Khan, a close family friend of Sarika (Sarika and her two daughters used to stay with Imran’s mom during her earlier visits to Mumbai). Now Ghajini director Murugadoss has been asked to create an impressive re-launch film for the pretty Shruti Haasan.
Her first attempt at stardom in Luck was a big fiasco. But now Shruti is all set to make another attempt to make an impression in Hindi cinema, this time with a film being made on her illustrious dad Kamal Haasan’s home-ground Tamil Nadu.
The story goes that director A .R Murugadoss had gone to Kamal Haasan to collaborate on a project. Instead, Kamal Haasan suggested that Murugadoss work with Shruti whose experience in Mumbai was far from satisfying
That’s how Murugadoss ended up signing Shruti Haasan opposite Suriya in the Tamil Ezham Arivu (The Seventh Sense).
Originally, the film was meant to be in Tamil and Telugu. But now a Hindi version is also being made.
Murugadoss admits that The Seventh Sense is planned as a re-launch for Shruti Haasan in Bollywood.
Says the director, “It is a medical thriller with some of the most costly special effects ever done in Southern cinema. We want to take the sci-fi to a new level in the South. Shruti has a very powerful role and yes, we’re hoping it’d launch her career in Hindi cinema.”
By Subhash K. Jha, August 9, 2010 – 10:54 IST
Paul the Octopus created a worldwide stir with his accurate predictions for the World Cup matches. But nearer home it is Salman the Rock-star who is rapidly building up a reputation for accurate prophecies on the Twitter.
Ever since Salman started tweeting, he has been regularly recommending one film or another. And the ones that he has so far recommended have all been successes. It started first with Raajneeti. One of Salman’s first tweets was in favour of the film, although he had not seen it. Raajneeti became the first blockbuster of 2010.
Then came Salman’s tweets on debutant Punit Malhotra’s I Hate LUV Storys. That too jelled with the audience. Lately Salman has been gung-ho about another debutant Abhishek Sharma’s Tere Bin Laden, apparently because the producer Pooja Shetty is a pal. That too has been very well- received.
The aftermath of Salman the Soothsayer’s soothing recommendations? Brother Arbaaz Khan is now sure the tweet-magic would work for their home production. Without informing Arbaaz, Salman has already started posting images and comments on Dabangg on the social network.
Laughs Arbaaz, “If Salman’s recommendations worked for three films so far, why not for us? We seem to have a resident soothsayer. And I plan to make maximum use of him.”
Arbaaz admits Salman has started his Twitter campaign for Dabangg a little prematurely. “He has been going around taking pictures on the sets and putting them on Twitter. It shows his enthusiasm for the film. I am happy to have Salman on my side. Dabangg is a very important release for Salman. He has no other release this year. We hope to use his time for him to visit non-metropolitan cities for promotion, since Dabangg is set in a small North Indian town.”
As for his uninterrupted luck on Twitter, Arbaaz laughs, “I think more producers need to have Salman on their side, if the industry is to have more hits.”
Both hotties are now eyeing the light-eyed boy
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; July 26, 2010)
In the flaky world of films everyone is as good as his last Friday. And the light-eyed Imran Khan, who had a hit in I Hate Luv Storys, is suddenly the object of Bollywood’s desire. Super-hotties Katrina Kaif and Priyanka Chopra, who were chasing Ranbir Kapoor fast and furiously, completely over-looked Imran who was standing in the bylanes post those disasters Kidnap and Luck. In fact, when Sanjay Gadhvi’s 7 Days in Paris with Imran and Kat fell by the wayside after these two actors reportedly had “issues”, Kat didn’t even blink her mascaraed lashes. And PC, too, seemed in no hurry to come to the rescue of the pariah called Imran.
But all that stands changed post IHLS. And, why aren’t we surprised that the hoity-toity actresses now have a different stance on Aamir Khan’s light-eyed nephew. Reliable sources say that after Karan Johar announced his Short Term Shaadi (working title) with Kareena Kapoor and Imran, he reportedly got a message from Kat asking him why she was not selected for the Imran film. It is said that Karan assured her that his banner would be making many more films with Imran and, of course, Kat would be definitely considered for a role with the boy.
Sources close to Priyanka say that she has to choose between two films currently. One is said to be with Imran and the second could be Kunal Kohli’s film with Saif Ali Khan. PC is now in a dilemma on which of the two she should green-light. Her feelings for Imran are ditto that of Kat’s. Post IHLS the boy has the halo.
So, the clever PC is expected to do a photo-session with Imran to check out how good they look together. It clearly means that without saying anything, PC is making her preference evident. Or she may say yes to the Saif film, as well as the Imran one. Till yesterday, Kareena was envious of the fact that Kat and PC had a Ranbir in their kitty. Today the shoe is on the other foot. Both these girls want what Bebo has. Honestly, in this dog-eat-dog industry, the bone of contention is constantly changing. Now Imran has them all panting!
… admits Imran Khan, flush with the success of Karan Johar’s rom-com
Mark Manuel | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; July 9, 2010)
I am glad for Imran Khan. I Hate Luv Storys is a hit. It had a bigger opening last Friday than Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani did in November 2009. Pitchforking Imran right beside Ranbir Kapoor in the rom-com stakes. And, God bless, making him the hottest thing in Bollywood currently. The trade has liked the film, the critics have appreciated it, producer Karan Johar is beaming, and Imran’s become the new poster boy of the media. It must be a nice feeling after the duds he had in Kidnap and Luck, and after Ranbir’s last three hits. But more than the girls going crazy over him, more than the awareness that his price will go up, his next film will have a big opening, that endorsements will fall into his lap, what is pleasing Imran most is that Bollywood will now look at him and say, ‘He’s a good bet, this kid can handle himself.’ That’s what he told me at home over tea. Home is 24, Pali Hill, an old bungalow now under renovation. Huge cement mixers rolled noisily outside. Workmen spilled all over the place. Inside, the young actor sat cross-legged and sighed in satisfaction, “They ordered more prints, increased the number of shows, all this is an added bonus for Dharma Productions and UTV Motion Pictures… because I Hate Luv Storys made its money on satellite, music and digital sales even before its release. Karan kept the budget tight, and from last Friday onwards, every rupee has been a profit. This is a good business model. I’m glad to be part of it, because everybody can only make money when actors take responsibility for their work. And, I can tell you, this is the first time I knew what I was doing. Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na was a fluke. In Kidnap and Luck, I wasn’t powerful enough to influence the films. But in I Hate Luv Storys, I was in control of my performance.” For that, he raises his hands in grateful thanks to producer Karan and director Punit Malhotra. “They brought out the romantic hero in me… and I’ve realised, it’s fun to explore, but if something works — you do that, and this comes easy,” he said in reference to his failure with action roles. He admits to being depressed over his earlier flops. “My films were trashed, I was trashed, I was like, shit, how do I salvage the situation,” said Imran. And he supplied the answer, “By working as though I wasn’t feeling that way.” That was what maamu Aamir Khan wanted for him. “To fail, to fall down, to figure out for myself,” added Imran. Which is why, perhaps, he is realistic about his current hot status. Or maybe it hasn’t sunk in yet. “I’m going to be hot until something goes wrong,” he said matter of factly, “I know I’ve reached from there to here… but it’s easy to go back. And I want to go ahead.” Life outside 24, Pali Hill has changed for Imran Khan since I Hate Luv Storys. “The way people treat me, I know I’m famous,” he accepted, “a gay icon, a sex symbol, but my friends think I’m an idiot. When we travel together and stay in small hotels, it’s two people to a bed, so where’s the celebrity status then? I still have to fight for the bathroom!”
By Taran Adarsh, July 7, 2010 – 08:29 IST
One Friday changes equations. This holds true for the lead actors of any and every film. One Hit and the industry is back at your doorstep. One failure and the sms-es also stop. With I HATE LUV STORYS fetching an excellent start at the box-office, the industry seems to have re-discovered Imran Khan and Sonam Kapoor. The two youngsters, who haven’t had a smooth ride professionally, are the flavour of the season currently. Everyone’s suddenly looking at Imran and Sonam with wide eyes.
While Sonam’s AISHA is already being discussed [the promos have created a positive buzz], Imran will have to wait for a few months for his next release, BREAK KE BAAD, which is slated for 26th November release.
Like I HATE LUV STORYS, BREAK KE BAAD, produced by Kunal Kohli, is also a love story and what’s more, is helmed by a first-time director – Danish Aslam. In fact, if you look at Imran’s body of work, you will notice that whenver he has worked with first-time directors, the film has proved a success. Recall Abbas Tyrewala’s JAANE TU YA JAANE NA and now Punit Malhotra’s I HATE LUV STORYS, while films helmed by established directors like Sanjay Gadhvi [KIDNAP] and Soham Shah [LUCK] failed to create magic at the box-office.
Danish had assisted Kunal Kohli on films like THODA PYAAR THODA MAGIC and FANAA and worked with Yash Raj Films on TA RA RUM PUM and SALAAM NAMASTE. Will BREAK KE BAAD, also helmed by a new director, prove lucky for Imran? Will it be a hat-trick with first-time directors, we will know on 26th November.
- By Taran Adarsh, July 3, 2010 – 08:10 IST
The second half of 2010 has begun with a bang, with the first release of July, I HATE LUV STORYS, fetching a fantabulous start. The film took off in a big way from the morning shows itself, with big city multiplexes opening to 80% to 90% response. At places, the occupancy was 100% as well. At plexes of relatively smaller centres, the opening was in 60% to 70% range, while single screens, expectedly, were not strong. The opening at some single screens was good [it picked up at big centres during the course of the day], but at smaller centres, it was below average, in 30% to 40% range.
Looking at the tremendous response from the youth, several plexes decided to add more shows on Friday itself. Also, at several plexes, the film fetched one of the biggest starts of the year. The opening day figures at several plexes were at par with 3 IDIOTS and RAAJNEETI.
Imran’s second release, KIDNAP, which came right after the smash hit JAANE TU YA JAANE NA, had fetched approx. Rs. 4.85 cr. nett on Day 1 [Thursday; National Holiday], while LUCK had fetched approx. Rs. 3.5 cr. nett on Day 1. I HATE LUV STORYS, Imran’s fourth release after KIDNAP and LUCK sank at the box-office, is expected to fetch approx. Rs. 7 cr. on its opening day, which is fabulous.
The brand Karan Johar + fresh pairing + excellent music + terrific promotion have lured the youth in hordes, while the audience feedback ranges from good to excellent [the youth is loving it].
His role in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj promises to be as compelling as the historical figure was
Though the project is completely under wraps right now, the casting of Sanjay Dutt as the majestic Maratha warrior in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is certain. At the moment, no one is talking on record about it, as they feel Dutt’s current assignments and his legal hassles would need a year to be sorted out.
A source close to the project says, “We can’t see anyone except Sanjay Dutt as the brave and flamboyant Maratha warrior, galloping across the screen, sword in hand. We want someone who comes close to Russell Crowe’s character in Gladiator or Robin Hood.”
The director of the film, Soham Shah however, refuses to admit that Dutt is the first and the last choice for the role of Shivaji. “All I would say at the moment is, I can never make a film without Sanjay Dutt. He’s my mentor, guru, guide and support. If in spite of Kaal and Luck I’m still directing a project as big as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, it’s because of the trust and support of Mr Dutt. At the moment, I’m getting ready to direct a film for Sanjay Dutt Productions. Then I’ll start work on the Shivaji project.”
Soham calls it his dream project, one that he has been working on for over a year now. “I want to make the film in a way that would appeal to viewers between the age of 8 and 80. In terms of special effects, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj would be on the lines of Prince Of Persia.” At the moment, the project is supposedly in Hindi. But Soham and his producers are exploring the options of making it a Hindi-Marathi bilingual.