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Madhur Bhandarkar apparently has included a sequence in his upcoming Kareena Kapoor starrer, based on Preity Zinta’s real-life burkha cover-up act
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; August 27, 2012)
Madhur Bhandarkar is known to seek inspiration from real-life incidents for his ‘true to life’ films. And apparently he has done just the same for his upcoming film Heroine starring Kareena Kapoor.
This time the filmmaker apparently has ‘borrowed’ an episode from Preity Zinta’s life. The actress was known to have donned the burkha on several occasions to visit movie theatres in disguise.
Our source says, “Madhur came to know about this and decided to portray it in his film.” Our source adds that Madhur’s leading lady Kareena Kapoor is shown doing something similar in the film. The source adds, “Madhur thought of it as a nice idea.”
Apparently, Randeep Hooda’s character in ‘Heroine’ is based on the flamboyant former cricket captain of Pakistan as he was in his heydays
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; August 23, 2012)
Randeep Hooda, who plays the character of a cricketer in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Kareena Kapoor starrer Heroine, apparently has his screen persona inspired by Pakistan cricketer Imran Khan. In his heydays the flamboyant player was known for his link ups.
A source informs us, “Randeep has been depicted as a charming cricketer who has an affair with an actress, essayed by Kareena. The character is based on Imran Khan although it is not stated that he is Pakistan cricket team’s captain. The character is flamboyant something that Imran Khan was known for off the field.”
In the recent past there was buzz that Randeep had been taking tips from ace cricketer Virendar Sehwag for his role of a cricketer in the film. He also went to watch him play during the last India-West Indies cricket match with Naseeruddin Shah.” Hooda who was shooting in South Africa remained unavailable for comment.
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 20, 2012)
Among other impositions in recent months, filmmakers are upset with a recent diktat of the I & B Ministry. A circular issued on August 2 makes it mandatory for them to carry a disclaimer on the actor smoking in the film, repeat it in the middle, and have a static message on the screen for the entire duration of the scene.
A delegation comprising Siddharth Roy Kapur, Madhur Bhandarkar, Mahesh Bhatt and Sudhir Mishra, led by the Vice President of the Film and Producers Guild of India Mukesh Bhatt, will meet the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni in New Delhi on Wednesday, August 21. Ashutosh Gowariker is likely to join them.
The filmmakers’ prime grouse is the ministry’s mandate for a disclaimer condemning smoking during the entire length of the scene. A miffed Mukesh told Mirror, “We object to running the disclaimer during the entire scene. We have no issues in showing it before the start of the film and once after the interval. If the government is indeed concerned about smoking, why not ban it altogether in the country? They will not tolerate a decrease in revenue but are ever ready to violate our freedom of expression.”
Madhur Bhandarkar seconded Mukesh saying, “We are united in our stand.” Apart from the disclaimer, there are other issues as well. For instance, the I & B Ministry has taken a stand that certain adult films like The Dirty Picture and Jannat 2 cannot be screened on national More >
Bollywood doesn’t get the industry, rues designer Raakesh Agarvwal, telling the real drugs-sex-kindness story
Mitali Parekh (MID-DAY; August 19, 2012)
There would be no reason to talk to fashion designer Raakesh Agarvwal if it weren’t for his painfully honest confessional in the recently released book, Powder Room. Written by Shefalee Vasudev, it dissects the fashion industry and labels the organs for the reader to enjoy. Agarvwal’s story rides against the flamboyance, warped genius and self-assurance we project on designers. His honest unburdening of what it was like to grow up in a traditional Marwari family, and dive into a pool of excesses makes you suspicious of the motive.
“I have always been honest, and Shefalee is a friend,” says Agarvwal, “I wanted to reveal what the business is really like; not what Madhur Bhandarkar thinks it’s like. When I speak to students, I tell them that I have worked in the industry for 15 years but have yet to see the glamour. I haven’t encountered a casting couch. If we want to sleep around, we do it with whoever catches our eye — it doesn’t have to be with a model or an assistant. We are not all junkies who sleep around, yaar.”
Bhandarkar’s Fashion comes up often in book. It is widely panned in the industry as an under-researched, unrealistically grim portrayal. Through Powder Room, models talk about the practicalities of professionalism necessary to keep landing work.
Agarvwal echoes this. He yanked himself out of More >
Apparently, Kangna Ranaut is miffed with the buzz that an assault sequence in Madhur Bhandarkar’s ‘Heroine’ is based on her life
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; August 15, 2012)
The promos of Madhur Bhandarkar’s upcoming Kareena Kapoor starrer Heroine are giving sleepless nights to Kangna Ranaut. Guess why? Apparently, there is a scene in the film where Bebo’s boyfriend assaults her. Buzz is that Kangs feels that the film’s director Madhur Bhandarkar has recreated the scene from her personal life.
Incidentally, a few years ago, her former boyfriend Aditya Pancholi had assaulted Kangna and the actress had filed a police complaint. A source informs us, “Kangna is extremely close to Madhur and had worked with him in Fashion. However, she never expected that Madhur would recreate a scene from her real life and use it in the film.
Although everyone from Madhur to the production house are not revealing anything about the scene, Kangna has heard that it is indeed the incident from her past life.” Kangna presently is not in the country and has been busy shooting for Vikas Bahl’s film. The source adds that Kangs called up a few people to inquire about the scene. Bhandarkar and the producers remained unavailable for comment.
Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; August 9, 2012)
Mumbai: The government crackdown on smoking in films has left the industry fuming. The I&B ministry recently issued a circular to producers of films with smoking scenes to start with a 20-second disclaimer—to be shot on the actor smoking —and repeat it later. Besides, the films need to have a static cautionary message on the screen during the entire duration of the smoking scene. While Madhur Bhandarkar, whose Heroine stars Kareena Kapoor, has agreed to ask her to dub the disclaimer, producer Mahesh Bhatt is opposed to Bipasha Basu mouthing the anti-tobacco message for Raaz 3.
Mumbai: The information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry has made it mandatory for films that have smoking scenes to start with a 20-second disclaimer, a move that has not gone down well with a section of film-makers.
According to a circular dated August 2, producers have to shoot the disclaimer on the actor seen smoking in the film, repeat it in the middle and also have a static message on the screen for the entire duration of a smoking scene.
Earlier, in a notification dated October 27, 2011, the Union health ministry had laid down stringent norms for depiction of smoking in cinema and on television. However, the rules were not followed by many film-makers and members of the entertainment industry even wrote to health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad to register their protest.
So, how will the industry react to the I&B ministry’s move? More >
Heroine dialogue “God forbid, Dubai gayi toh uska rate card ban jaata hai” stirs up a controversy in UAE, Madhur decides to take preventive action
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 3, 2012)
The first look of Madhur Bhandarkar’s dream venture Heroine has triggered off a controversy in the United Arab Emirates. Kareena Kapoor’s dialogue, where she accuses the media of holding preconceived notions about actresses and says, “Heroine ne gaadi li toh business man ne gift kiya… aur God forbid Dubai gayi, toh uska rate card ban jaata hai,” has hurt the sentiments of people in the emirate. The media has accused Bhandarkar of ‘ignorance’ and said that the immoral reference to the city was not required. And now, Mirror has learnt that the makers have collectively decided to take preventive action and change the controversial dialogue in the copy of the film that will be screened there.
A leading newspaper in the Gulf, quoted a radio jockey, “Bollywood has once again tarnished the image of Dubai by typecasting it as the hub of illegal and immoral activities. Let’s not forget that Dubai is home to a number of Bollywood stars.”
The RJ had added, “To use its name is such a callous manner shows the ignorance of the filmmaker and is just not acceptable.”
Ironically, the same filmmaker, had premiered Fashion in UAE and was also honoured in Dubai for his contribution to Indian cinema a couple of years back. An insider explained, “Dubai is a big market for Hindi movies. The More >
Ganesh Acharya was asked to make Bebo’s item number outdo Kat’s
Akshata Shetty (BOMBAY TIMES; July 25, 2012)
Choreographer Ganesh Acharya was recently caught in a dilemma. Ganesh, who won accolades for Chikni Chameli at the start of the year, was apparently asked by Kareena Kapoor to direct her Heroine item song Halkat Jawani. But, we hear from sources that all through the making of Halkat, Ganesh was stressed because he had clear instructions from filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar and Bebo to ensure that the song outdid Katrina Kaif ’s Chikni Chameli.
When we contacted Ganesh, he said, “It’s not just the both of them who want the song to outdo Chikni, but also a lot of people from the industry.”
He adds, “After Chikni Chameli, there was a lot of pressure to create magic in Halkat Jawani, but this song is going to be a dhamaka… Yeh toh pakka award function wala gaana hai. Kareena has done justice to the song. Yeh Kareena ka best gaana hai.”
Apparently, the actor is angry with the director for the way his role has shaped up in ‘Heroine’
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; July 12, 2012)
Arjun Rampal was said to have been over the moon when Madhur Bhandarkar signed him for his heroine-centric film Heroine opposite Kareena Kapoor. However, latest is that Arjun is rather miffed with the filmmaker for the way his character has shaped up, and that Bebo manages to steal all the thunder from him.
Our source says, “It was quite clear to the crew members of the film that Arjun was not at all happy.” We sent a SMS to Arjun regarding our story. However, the actor who is busy holidaying in Bali chose not to revert.
Madhur however denies the source’s claim and states, “No, Arjun is very happy with the film. He got busy with his other film commitments. We will resume our shoot from July 18. In fact, recently he changed his hairstyle and I am looking forward to incorporate it in the next schedule.”
While Kareena says she played runaway bride from Ram Leela, the director maintains he called off the deal with her because the Juliet of his film can’t be a married heroine
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 10, 2012)
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan couldn’t be Heroine because she was pregnant. And Kareena, who is Heroine, can’t be Leela in Bhansali’s Ram Leela because she’s getting married. While the actress said she had walked out from the Gujarati adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the filmmaker says he was the one to take the call not to work with her for this project. “A Juliet no matter how far removed from Shakespeare’s original vision of her cannot be a married woman. With images of her wedding festivities flashing all over, it would have been impossible for Kareena to pass herself as a Gujju Juliet despite her great talent,” a source close to Bhansali said.
Initial mutual excitement over finally working together dissolved into doubts and misgivings because, the source added, Kareena was not being clear about her wedding dates. “Sanjay holds no grudge against the actress although she was less than honest with him about her wedding plans,” the source said.
To start with, the announcement of her wedding came as a bolt from the blue to the director. “It threw up a series of frightening scenarios. Kareena would, understandably, get busy with pre-wedding and post-wedding events. In the midst of her wedding in October, Kareena also needed at least a month to More >