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SRK has convinced cult director Vishal Bhardwaj to direct his next
It promises to be quite a dashing combination of creativity and charisma: auteur Vishal Bhardwaj, still fresh from the cult adulation of Kaminey, has been signed on by SRK for his next feature after RA.One and Don 2. The details of this SRK-Bhardwaj collaboration are being kept under wraps.
A source informed, “Vishal and SRK have been meeting regularly for some time now. SRK and Vishal both wanted to work with each other. However in the past they had their share of differences and the project could not take off. The patch-up happened some months back and after that they have had regular meetings. However now it’s official and SRK and Vishal have zeroed down on a film. SRK has been impressed by the work that Vishal has been doing in recent times. Both of them have immense respect for each other and although the details of the script are not known, it is a film which will be based in a small town and have a mofussil feel to it.”
The source further said, “Vishal had also said in an interview to a leading film magazine recently that he wants to work with SRK and it seems that his dream has been fulfilled. The film will start mid next year.”
Guess Saif and Shahid’s loss is SRK’s gain. SRK and Vishal remained unavailable for comments. They must be busy bouncing ideas off one another. Incidentally, King Khan is also in talks with Vidhu Vinod Chopra productions.
Vishal’s spokesperson said, “Vishal is in Pune with his son Aasman watching an India vs Vietnam football match. And I can’t confirm anything right now.” Love all, play!
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, October 6, 2010 – 14:28 IST
After her last two films, I Hate LUV Storys and Aisha, Sonam Kapoor is being seen here, there and everywhere. While she has already made it to the cover page of most of the leading magazines (thanks to her impeccable fashion sense), she is now also bagging some plum endorsement projects.
Only recently we informed you of Sonam being signed as the brand ambassador for Electrolux, the house appliances major. The actress in fact even shot a campaign for this brand yesterday and going by these pics posted by her on Twitter, she is indeed looking gorgeous.
Sonam’s beauty in these pics has been captured to perfection by ace lens-man Suresh Natrajan who was helming the shoot. And while the tagline of Electrolux says, ‘Thinking of You’, we are sure that after this campaign a lot of guys would be only ‘thinking of Sonam’.
Days after filing her first petition in court, the actor-choreographer’s wife Latha has filed for a second one
The battle between actor-choreographer Prabhu Deva and his wife just got murkier. The Family Court in Chennai summoned Prabhu Deva and actress Nayanthara today, to appear before the court on Oct 19.
The court issued a notice in this regard after Prabhu Deva’s wife Latha filed a second petition before it on Wednesday. “She was seeking directions against her husband from marrying Nayanthara, till her petition was disposed off,” advocate P Anandan said.
Latha also sought directions against her husband and Nayanthara from attending functions together and receiving awards as husband and wife.
Not too long ago, Prabhu Deva and Nayanthara were selected as the Best Couple of the Year 2010 by a magazine published in Hyderabad. Consecutively, Latha had asked the court to direct her husband and Nayanthara “not to behave as such in public, causing serious loss of name, fame and reputation to both sides.’’
Latha had levelled serious allegations against Nayanthara in her earlier petition. She also said that whenever Nayanthara visited Chennai she used to take Prabhu Deva along with her and they used to stay in Park Hotel.
On September 4, Latha had filed a petition seeking directions from the court to restore her conjugal rights. Since then some women’s groups have turned against Nayanthara.
A section of women protested in Chennai on Tuesday and burnt the photographs of Nayanthara, according to sources.
Meanwhile, Latha filed a second petition today amidst reports in the local press that despite her first petition Prabhu Deva was going ahead with his plans to marry Nayanthara.
The star choreographer dragged to court as wife files petition challenging his ‘illicit’ relationship with Nayanthara
Actor, choreographer and film director Prabhu Deva’s life lately reads like a Kollywood flick. His wife, Latha Prabhu Deva aka Ramalath, filed a petition on Monday with Chennai’s family court seeking to re-unite with her husband, her advocate P Anandan told the paper.
Prabhu Deva and Nayanthara were reportedly planning to get married shortly. Latha has accused Nayanthara of preventing Prabhu Deva from giving anything to her and her children for their survival.
Latha quoted several recent reports linking Prabhu Deva and Nayanthara. One such report announced that Prabhu Deva and Nayanthara were selected as the ‘Best Couple of the year 2010’ by a magazine published in Hyderabad.
|Prabhu Deva and Nayanthara|
Stating that she has been subjected to serious mental agony and torture by such reports Latha alleged that Prabhu Deva is deserting his family and neglecting her and their two children. “Even for monthly expenses Prabhu Deva is not giving any money,’’ Latha said, accusing Nayanthara of preventing him from doing so.
Latha said that whenever Prabhu Deva visited his house Nayanthara would call him up and pull him away. Even when his son passed away, Prabhu Deva, at Nayanthara’s insistence, left the place the very next day.
Worse still, she revealed that lately Nayanthara would directly call her, demanding her to accept their relationship and to give her consent for their marriage.
Nayanthara also spread rumours in the film industry that she had gifted me Rs 3 crore and 180 sovereigns of gold jewels, including a necklace worth Rs 85 lakh, to agree to this marriage. This is a great insult to the family Latha added.
She said that after Prabhu Deva became a hero and a director, he started behaving in a different way. It was in 2008, when directing the Tamil film Villu, that he developed a relationship with Nayanthara. Thereafter the cinematic relationship turned into a real-life one.
|Latha filed a petition in Chennai seeking to re-unite her husband with her and their two children. Pics show Latha in front of the court.|
There have been unconfirmed reports that Prabhu Deva and Nayanthara had even secretly tied the knot in Hyderabad, she also alleged. Prabhu Deva’s parents, who supposedly never liked Latha, had encouraged the “illegal relationship” and joined hands with Nayanthara to harass and torture her.
Latha married Prabhu Deva in the year 1995. It was a “love-cum-arranged” marriage, she claimed. The couple has three children. Their first son, Basava Raju alias Vishal, passed away from cancer in 2008. It has been a difficult time for this family.
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!
Selling chips and waiting tables at a five-star hotel fuelled his drive to succeed, says Boman Irani
For the multi-faceted actor, acting wasn’t his first love. Before he was bitten by the acting bug, Boman was a well known photographer and theatre artist. But everything did not come easy to him. From selling chips to waiting tables at a five-star hotel, Boman has done it all.
Boman started his livelihood by selling wafers at his Grant Road bakery. For 12 years, he went about his daily life with just one wish – to become a photographer. ”It used to bug me that I couldn’t even afford to take my family for a proper holiday. I didn’t have any professional knowledge and getting a photographer’s job in a magazine was out of the question. So armed with a Pentex K1000, I started going to various maidans of Mumbai, looking for subjects,” he says.
Boman started shooting interschool cricket matches which helped him make some money. After saving a bit, he decided to take his family for a holiday to Ooty but returned disappointed. “With that much money, we got below average rooms in a hotel. This wasn’t the life I wanted for my family,” he recalls.
With renewed vigour, he took up photography on a full time basis. He went to Pune and took aerial shots of a bike race. His luck changed when the editor of a bike magazine bought all his pictures and recommended him to cover the Boxing World Cup which was incidentally going to take place in Mumbai. “I was at my wit’s end on how to gain access to the boxers as I wasn’t affiliated to any media house. So he suggested that I approach Aspy Adajania, the Chairman of Bombay Boxing Association and ask him for an official photographer’s job,” he says.
But when Boman went to meet Aspy, he was told that official photographers are not needed. “He looked at me and asked if I have ever shot a boxing match. I said no and told him that I will practice.” The boxing match was six months away so he asked Boman to practise and then come back. “He asked me to go for Western Indian Finals at the university stadium.
So I shot various pictures and went back to him,” he adds. Boman was in for a surprise when he went back with the pictures. “Aspy had the contract letter ready and an official photographer’s jacket too. He didn’t even look at the pictures. I took a lot of pictures during the Boxing World Cup and I was paid an unbelievable amount of money for some of the pictures I took. Not only that, cheques were sent to me for the next six months, whenever my pictures were used,” he reminisces.
Circle of life
Since then, life changed for Boman. New avenues opened up and it was only by virtue of being a photographer that he came in contact with theatre and finally films. Life came full circle when he worked in Homi Adajania’s Being Cyrus. His father gave Boman his photography break. “To find one’s calling is perhaps not the easiest thing in the world, but probably the most important,” he concludes.
Poonam Mahajan Rao, who did not attend her brother Rahul Mahajan’s reality show wedding to 21-year old Bengali model Dimpy Ganguly, will once again skip another happy moment in his life.
Rahul is hosting a grand reception at a five-star hotel in Kolkata today, but Poonam will not be a part of the function.
When asked why she did not attend the much-publicised wedding ceremony, Poonam had earlier told Mumbai Mirror, “I prefer to sit at home rather than make a show out of things.” Explaining why she decided to stay away from the reception today, she said, “I will be in Nashik. I have a very important programme to attend.
It has to do with the 60th anniversary of a magazine, which my father (late Pramod Mahajan) used to write for. Mohan Bhagwat (RSS chief) will also be there. After that I have a meeting in Jalgaon for three days. Then I will head to Aurangabad for the municipal corporation election.”
But the speculation over Poonam’s absence from the wedding and the reception refuse to die down. Does she approve of Dimpy? And is she in touch with Rahul? “Rahul is my brother. I will always be there for him. My work related meetings are very important to me because I have a professional life as well. I am in touch with him as well as Dimpy,” said Poonam.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, January 22, 2010 – 12:42 IST
To start with, one honest confession: We are just sick and tired of listening to the statement that Ranbir Kapoor is the flavour of the season. That’s the reason (and trust us, that is THE REASON) for us to not follow the rest, when it comes to describe the best. That’s why we have twisted the statement as Ranbir Kapoor is the season of the flavour, be it the flavour of love or romance, this man is at it all! Well, if that wasn’t enough, our man Ranbir is on the cover of the latest edition of MW.
In this issue, Ranbir talks about his journey into Bollywood and also the year gone by. He says, “It’s been more than a good year. Not because of the fate of the movies but I worked all year round. I worked everyday. Wake Up Sid was a hit, Ajab Prem… was one of the biggest hits of the year, while Rocket Singh- SOTY is my best work so far, according to me.” For the man who has seen only films and arc lights since childhood, he says, “The reel world is the world I’ve existed in. The outside world is the unreal world.” While on the subject of Bollywood, Ranbir touches upon one of his most awaited films Raajneeti, about which he says “Raajneeti is the first grown up man character I play. Usually, so far, my roles have been that of coming-of-age boy. This film is a political, dark film and it was a complex part!”
Ranbir’s interview in MW’s latest edition surely makes an interesting read.
It is a well-known fact that Salman Khan believes in encouraging new talent. Dabboo Ratnani’s calendar is proof enough of that. Here, the actor has given a chance to Manisha Ratnani, who is renowned photographer Dabboo’s wife.
The shoot happened at Panchgani. Daboo said, “We started the photo shoot post dinner and Salman was in a jovial mood. I was setting the lights for his shot.Meanwhile, my wife was setting up my camera and doing a check on it. That’s when Salman, out-of-the-blue, told her to click his pictures. Then, he turned to me and said that today Manisha will shoot me… It is a big thing for a star to trust a new photographer. Salman gave a lot of candid shots. In fact, he agreed to go bare body only because my wife was shooting it.”
Although it has been five years since Manisha has assisted Dabboo behind the scenes, this is the first time that she played photographer to a star.
Talking about her first experience as a photographer, Manisha says, “I was zapped. Initially, I thought Salman was kidding and pulling my leg. But once I started shooting, both Salman and Dabboo supported me completely. My heart was beating faster as I was doing my first ever photoshoot with Salman Khan.”
Ask Manisha if Salman has offered her any future assignments, she laughs, “He has offered me magazine and cover shoots. He also mentioned doing a full-fledged shoot again. It was great fun shooting with Salman. It is something that I will never forget all my life.”
Kannada matinee idol Vishnuvardhan, passed away of cardiac arrest yesterday
At the age of 22, H N Sampath Kumar was rechristened Vishnuvardhan by legendary director Puttanna Kanagala and he had fame and popularity literally seeking him out overnight. The Mysore-born actor would often call his entry into films as dynamic and expressed a desire to have a graceful exit. It turned out to be an unexpected exit in the early hours of December 30; and not just from films.
At 59, none of his fans, friends or family expected him to perish. The late actor was suffering from diabetes and had developed cardiac problems during his last days. He is survived by his wife, Bharati and two adopted daughters.
Vishnuvardhan made his film debut with a small role in Vamshavriksha directed by Girish Karnad in 1972. In the same year, he appeared in Puttanna Kanagala’s magnum opus Naagarahaavu, where he played the protagonist Ramachari, which remains a much-liked character to date.
A polyglot who could speak six languages, his life changed when films beckoned him. As Vishnuvardhan would recall later in life, he had neither enthusiasm nor love for films. “I was not a hard worker, but a sincere worker,” he summed up his film career. When his first photograph appeared in Chitradeepa magazine after his film debut, what the young Vishnuvardhan aspired was to be recognised by girls as he walked around Gandhi Bazaar.
At the time Vishnuvardhan married actress Bharati, she was a bigger star than him. Their marriage lasted for a lifetime but the couple was childless. They adopted two girls. But the actor never spoke about this aspect of life.
In the last few years, Vishnuvardhan had become a disciple of Bannanje Govindacharya and taken up vows of silence from time to time. He would avoid public platforms that would necessitate him to make tough statements or take stands. However, he held on to his beliefs and would never waver from his somewhat radical views.
Akshay Kumar, who is holidaying with his wife and son in Goa, expressed his shock about the superstar’s death. Akshay says, “I worked with him in Ashaant (1993) and I think, that is the only Hindi film that Vishnuji did. We shot it in his home town Bangalore, and he was so popular! Men, women and children came to him to be touched by him. He was like God. Newly-born babies were named after him.”
Akshay remembers the good times that they had while shooting the film. “Vishnuji was disciplined, focused and hard working. I have learnt a lot from him. We did a Hindi and a Kannada version of Ashaant. The Kannada version was a super hit. The Hindi version was a flop. I guess he was a much bigger star than I could ever be. As I speak about him now all the memories of shooting during that film flash through my mind. I met him in Bangalore much later. He was warm and very friendly. Was he just 60? That’s no age to go.”