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By Subhash K. Jha, October 26, 2010 – 11:53 IST
Mahesh Bhatt’s shy son Rahul Bhatt is shy no more. Lately he has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. If all had gone well, Mahesh Bhatt would’ve launched his boy in Suicide Bomber which the former Bhatt protégé Anurag Basu promised to direct as Rahul’s launch pad.
A promise that the Bhatts are still waiting for Basu to fulfil. But now, the impatient Bhatt scion seems to have lost the will to wait. His decision to go into the Bigg Boss house at this stage of his life has apparently caused Mahesh great concern.
Mahesh was planning to finally launch Sunny-boy in the sequel to Jism. But Rahul is now on a rebellious trip. He turned down his dad’s offer for a belated launch in Jism 2 instead of Suicide Bomber and chose to go into Bigg Boss which many of well-wishers of the Bhatts feel is more suicidal than the Suicide Bomber.
Now we suddenly hear Rahul making abrasive remarks like, “Mahesh Bhatt and Headley are the two monkeys on my back” and… “Shweta Tiwari is line-maroing on me (inside Bigg Boss House). And I don’t like it.”
Mahesh Bhatt stands by his son’s comment. “Rahul is being brutally honest. He has the guts to see and say things as they are.”
Mahesh admits Rahul is up for Jism 2. “But Rahul has made his choice. He has chosen Bigg Boss.”
The concerned but non-interfering father still feels Suicide Bomber would be the best launch for Rahul. “Our doors are open for Anurag Basu to come and pick up the threads from where he left off. But now Suicide Bomber will have a global perspective. Three years ago, Rahul said no to Kalyug when I offered it to him. Now he has opted for Bigg Boss instead of Jism 2. When I asked him why he said, ‘Let me stand or fall on my own feet.’ He didn’t want to put his life on hold for a film launch.’
Then Mahesh drops his bomb. “Get this straight. It is not in human power to make a bud blossom. A touch of life makes the flower bloom and spread its wings. Sometimes it’s best to let a flower go wild. Life is the best gardener.”
Hidden in the rhetoric’s is a message for Rahul’s son.
Come back from Bigg Boss. And Jism 2 is waiting
By Nikhil Ramsubramaniam, October 18, 2010 – 18:46 IST
After the super-hit Jannat and the average Tum Mile, director Kunal Deshmukh is back with his third directorial venture once again for Bhatt’s Vishesh Films. The film (tentatively) titled XXX is a crime thriller and deals with three parallel stories all of which depict how sex has become a means to an end whether to achieve money, love or power in our modern urban lifestyle.
Kunal did confirm the same but was tight-lipped about revealing more on the project. “Yes…my next film is called XXX (working title). It’s a bold and explosive subject in terms of its concept.”
The script of the film has been written by Ankur Tiwari while casting is yet to start though the film is likely to have an ensemble cast. Apparently, Kunal wants to bounce off the script to various actors but is yet not sure on the actors considering the film’s bold theme. The film would be set either in Mumbai or Delhi.
Mahesh Bhatt also tweeted about the film saying, “Kunal Deshmukh is making a film which plays hell with the 3P’s (Parent, Preacher, Politician). It’s called XXX. It explores our city life!” He further added, “If your work does not upset the 3 P’s of culture: Parent, Preacher and Politician then you are a conformist.”
Kunal clarified that his film bears no similarity whatsoever to this year’s surprise hit Love, Sex Aur Dhokha.
Bhushan Kumar allegedly botched the release of his own film, directed by Pooja Bhatt and starring Himesh Reshammiya. The inside scoop…
It will take a magnifying glass to even spot the ad in a local newspaper. Himesh Reshammiya’s much talked-about film, Kajraare, released yesterday, in the pin drop silence of New Empire; not even its cast and crew members were aware of it. Himesh himself was shocked and so was director Pooja Bhatt.
The producer of the film, T-Series head honcho Bhushan Kumar, has released the film in only one theatre as a matinee. Apart from this, the film has released in one more cinema hall in Pune.
Our source informs us, “Himesh and Bhushan Kumar were considered one of the most formidable and successful teams in Bollywood. They have done umpteen numbers of successful albums in the past which have made heaps of money, for both Bhushan as well as Himesh.
Such shocking behavior was never expected from Bhushan Kumar. It was also a very bad business decision considering that Himesh’s films always have good music and so did Kajraare. So why did Bhushan not even give the film a fair chance? Himesh and Pooja Bhatt didn’t even know that the film has been released until late afternoon. It is all the more surprising for Himesh, since he was even shooting for Bhushan’s film, A New Love Ishtory, until five days ago.”
Our source further said, “There are many reasons that could have led to this fallout. Bhushan was getting a huge sum for the satellite rights of the film. However, according to the agreement, the film needed to have a theatrical release and that’s why he released the film in just one theatre, so that he can now technically show that the film has been released theatrically. He has already made some money from the music.
Himesh was signed by T Series in a three-film deal for about Rs 15 cr, which included acting, music and singing services. The three films were Karzzzz (which was a massive disaster), Kajraare and John Matthew Matthan’s A New Love Ishtory. However, Bhushan, who had already paid Rs 12 crore to him out of a pre-decided Rs 15 crore, wanted Himesh to shell out one crore for the promotion of the film, something that Himesh flatly refused to do.
This led to bad vibes between the two. Now, it turns out, Bhushan has released the film in this shoddy manner, so that he does not have to spend any money on the promotion of the film and recover his investment from the satellite rights.”
The source finally said, “There were major differences between Pooja Bhatt and Bhushan Kumar as well right from the first schedule of this film. This also might have been another reason for Bhushan doing this.”
When contacted Himesh Reshammiya said, “I don’t know anything about this. Please ask Bhushan Kumar about it.”
When contacted, Bhushan Kumar just said, “No comments.”
Mahesh Bhatt, Pooja’s dad, said, “I have been in the industry from 1971 and never before have I seen this kind of release for a film of this stature. T-Series is known to release Himesh’s films with a bang, but we are shocked that it has been released with one show in one theatre.
I think they are the ones who should answer this as this is not my domain. As far as Pooja is concerned, she is shocked and wants to maintain a dignified silence. She said that she has given everything to the film, and yet the producers, who have pumped in so much money in the film, have released it is such a manner.”
Image courtesy: Prasad Naik
Being a small-town 17-year-old from Bhambla in Himachal Pradesh didn’t stop this stunner from taking on Bollywood. Waiting in her vanity van to front the camera for Knock Out, her latest movie with Sanjay Dutt and Irrfan Khan, where Kangna plays a crime journalist – today’s Kangna is confident, composed and totally at ease with being ‘real’.
Excerpts from the interview:
What made you become an actor?
I was restless when I was 15/16. I was pursuing science but I was more attracted towards art. So I started pursuing theatre. Thereon, I also tried modelling because people kept harping that I looked different. I signed up with a modelling agency and took it quite seriously. Unfortunately, modelling didn’t take me very seriously! I figured that in India, modelling is only something you can be happy doing part-time. In the mean time, I was pursuing theatre and my guruji, Arvind Gaur encouraged me a lot. I started giving auditions for movies. The truth is even if I wasn’t selected for Anurag Basu’s Gangster, I would’ve tried other projects. However, I got selected and Bollywood became my career.
What is the creative process that goes behind every character you etch?
Each role is challenging. You have to do your homework. For instance, in Abhinay Deo’s Game, I play a cop from London and she has a Brit accent. It was difficult for me to emulate that. Acting is a job where you have to learn to look, talk and project a certain body language. The trick is to remain focused, yet flexible.
With no filmi background, how do you hold yourself in this fiercely competitive industry?
People in Mumbai are judgemental. Here, your fate changes every Friday. Also, it’s true that if you’re a star kid or if you’re a star girlfriend, you get extra mileage. But if none of these things work in your favour, you tend to work on your talent. My challenge was to be able to fit in here. People criticised the way I talked, walked and even the way I looked—more so because I come from a small town. There are two ways of dealing with such a situation: either you care a damn; or you can improve yourself.
You’ve gone through several ups and downs in your personal life. Do you think the media has been fair to you?
I feel that the media, somewhat, is nicer to people coming from a filmi background, or personalities they have connections with. The media doesn’t accept you easily. A Shah Rukh Khan or Aamir (Khan) have been around for two decades and have established a relationship with the media and the public. That’s why their films get 90% opening. So, tomorrow, of course their children will get special treatment because the rapport is already there. But now I realise that if I connect with the media personally, it always works better. They figure out your dimension too.
And how have you evolved as an actor?
I’ve always been surrounded by very creative people—whether it’s Bhatt saab, Anurag Basu, Mohit Suri, Madhur Bhandarkar. I can write a whole book on my experiences and the craft I’ve learnt in the last five years! (laughs) When I entered Bollywood, (Mahesh) Bhatt saab made me unlearn everything – he taught me not to act and be real in front of the camera. You don’t fake crying or laughing. You actually do it.
But the turning point came when one day Bhatt saab told me I was the ugliest woman he’d seen. I asked, why? He retorted, asking where my dark circles, pimples were and why I was hiding behind makeup. He called me a mannequin! That’s when I realised that it’s important to be real.
Can you actually be ‘real’ in Bollywood?
It’s difficult. It’s almost like being naked in front of the public. Every time you’re in front of the camera, there are so many emotions you let out and you’re not scared. You may even portray emotions that might not be familiar to you. But you need to be you, your real self, to give that astounding performance.
How do you keep fit?
I take care of my body and make sure that I’m happy. I work out, but I don’t over-do. I don’t remove that cheese slice from my sandwich; or remove the oil when I’m having kheema pav! I try to be as normal as I can be in my habits. I love food and I love life. So I’m not the kind who’d count calories everyday and kill myself in the gym, or die doing yoga. I listen to myself and my body. I don’t push myself very hard.
What’s more important to you: critical acclaim vis-à-vis box office success?
For me, there are two kinds of movies– good or bad. To please only a particular group of people is not my goal. I think a film should be entertaining.
Kangna’s hit list
Holiday destination: Paris
Perfume: I wear men’s perfume. But I like Chanel.
Dream director: Aamir Khan
By Joginder Tuteja, October 8, 2010 – 12:48 IST
Crook releases today and while the entire team waits to see audience reactions, there is one actor who is already content. He is Arjan Bajwa, the anti-hero in the film, who is elated with the very fact that Mahesh Bhatt (who is presenting the film) has singled out his performance for being expressive and honest. Apparently, when the senior filmmaker watched the film, he showered appreciation on the young actor.
“Even after I had shot for the film, I was apprehensive about whether I had indeed performed well”, says Arjan who had earlier seen good appreciation coming his way for the mean character he had played in Mani Ratnam’s Guru, “Everything got sorted out by itself when Bhatt saab called me and shared his views about my performance in the film.”
Though he pauses here, a close associate of his who has also worked in the film divulges, “Bhatt saab was mighty impressed by Arjan. He commented that Arjan was not a flat or a mechanical actor and was pretty expressive in his act. He also added that his eyes said whatever he was thinking which came from the fact that he was emoting in his mind as well. Now that was pretty reassuring and encouraging because Bhatt saab has worked with the biggest actors in the industry and is one of the most respected film personalities around.”
On his part, Arjan is glad that he bagged Crook as his first major film after Fashion.
“Yes, it has been a big moment”, smiles Arjan, “It has been a conscious effort for me to work with the best. I am not looking at quantity here. If that was the case, I would have signed half a dozen films in last couple of years. However, after working with Madhur Bhandarkar (Fashion), Mani Ratnam (Guru), Hema Malini (Tell Me O Khuda) and now Mohit Suri (Crook), I have to maintain a certain track record. I agree that my journey has been slow but then it is steady. It takes a lot to resist the temptation of working in numerous films and wait only for the best.”
Well, one looks forward to how best does Crook turn for Arjan. In the film, he plays the part of a quintessential hot headed Punjabi guy who is living abroad and takes extreme measures to save Indian culture and its roots. While his ways to fight racism are pretty radical, in his heart he carries a desire to safeguard Indians.
“In a way he is a face off opposite Emraan”, adds Arjan. And how about the songs? After all it is Emraan who has walked away with the chartbuster songs again. “Well, Mohit has compensated for that by giving me a wonderful role while from Bhatt saab is worth a million songs”, he signs off.
The actor, who was on a kiss sabbatical, is back in action, finds BT
Rachel Fernandes | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 8, 2010)
It may have been his ‘serial-kisser’ tag that catapulted Emraan Hashmi into instant fame, but these days, the actor’s on to different things. Most of his recent releases have seen him playing antihero roles to perfection. In fact, this formula has worked wonders to establish Emraan as a successful hero with negative shades. Be it his previous hits like Murder, Jannat and Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai or the soon-to-be-released Crook: It’s Good To Be Bad, the actor is making his mark playing serious, anti-hero characters. He has, even developed the capability to produce solo hits playing such roles.
In Mukesh Bhatt and Mahesh Bhatt’s Vishesh Films’ production’s Crook: It’s Good To Be Bad that releases today, Emraan plays a devious character. A cheat, fraud and a liar, he re-locates to Australia with a fake identity. As the tag line of the film suggests — It’s good to be bad — Emraan’s character can climb or stoop to any length to achieve his ambitions. Be it right or wrong, for Emraan, the path which takes him to his destination is the one that is correct. “In life, as in movies, it is the vigour of your wants that gets you to the winning post. I have the resolve and the drive to make it to the top of the heap,” he says.
Dealing with the issue of racism faced by Indians, especially in Australia, Crook: It’s Good To Be Bad may seem to be a serious film but it’s actually an entertainer with all the ingredients — romance, action, comedy and thrilling sound tracks. The issue of racism, which forms the backdrop for the film, has been handled delicately by director Mohit Suri.
There’s more. Though he may have taken a sabbatical from kissing in some of his recent offerings, this movie sees Emraan sharing steamy scenes with some blonde babes.
By Taran Adarsh, October 8, 2010 – 11:28 IST
Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt have often admitted that newspaper headlines citing a burning issue have sown the seeds of a film in their minds. And CROOK, directed by the talented Mohit Suri, deals with one such issue: Racism in Australia. Well, depiction of racism on the Hindi screen isn’t entirely new, since I – PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN explored the issue several monsoons ago. In fact, the issue has only got aggravated across the globe post 9/11. A film like CROOK holds a lot of significance also because the plight of Indian students in Australia continues to hit headlines to this day.
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
Known for high concept films, Bhatt brothers’ new outing CROOK, unfortunately, tackles the issue half-heartedly. Sure, you expect more from the Bhatts since the makers of repute are known to call a spade a spade, but the problem with CROOK is that the message doesn’t come across strongly. That’s because it tries to strike a balance between a love story and the racism issue. In fact, it takes a really long time to catch the bull by the horns [read the racism issue] and when it does, it doesn’t leave a stunning impact. In fact, it’s all superficial. Also, the Bhatts are synonymous with lilting music in film after film, but unlike their earlier attempts, the music of CROOK lacks the quality to linger in your memory.
In a nutshell, CROOK comes across as a half-hearted effort.
CROOK tells the story of Jai [Emraan Hashmi], who has a knack of getting into trouble. His father was a gangster who wanted to reform, but was killed by the cops. When Jai grows up, Joseph [Gulshan Grover], a friend of his father, sends him to Australia – a land far away from his past.
Almost immediately after landing, Jai meets Suhani [Neha Sharma], an Indian Australian. Her elder brother Samarth [Arjan Bajwa] is convinced that Australians have a one-point agenda to bring Indians down. Jai finds accommodation with a group of youngsters [Mashhoor Amrohi].
Jai knows that if he can make Suhani fall in love with him, he could eventually attain permanent residency by marrying her. Jai also flirts with Nicole, the stripper from a strip club. However, her brother, Russel, is against Indians and attacks them for a reason. Jai had left India to lead a hassle free life, but finds himself in the heart of a racially disturbed city.
Frankly, you expect the writer to come to the point at the very outset. Instead, he tends to focus on the [lackluster] romance between the lead pair, songs and [forced] comedy, while the core issue [racism] takes a complete backseat towards the first hour. The writer ought to know that this one’s an issue-based film and the romance-song-comedy routine cannot be the priority. However, the point that both Indians and Australians are racist and both sides need to introspect is indeed novel.
CROOK redeems itself in the second hour, but it has more to do with Mohit Suri’s handling of the subject than the subject itself. However, one fails to understand why the Australian guy has a change of heart, when he zeroes on Neha towards the end. There should’ve been at least one sequence to clear things up. But in this case, no explanations are forthcoming.
There’s no denying that Mohit Suri is capable of much more, but the ordinary script doesn’t really provide him the wings to fly. Pritam’s music is of the run of the mill variety, with ‘Chhala’ being the pick of the lot.
Emraan Hashmi is competent, giving his all to the role. He looks aggressive when required and expresses helplessness well, when he turns his back on Neha at the interval point. Neha acts very well. The confidence is visible in several sequences. Gulshan Grover is hardly there. Mashhoor Amrohi leaves a mark. Arjan Bajwa is fair. Smilee Suri appears in a cameo. The Australian actors are nice.
On the whole, CROOK has its moments, but they’re few and far between. It lacks the power that one associates with an issue-based film.
When asked to delete a nude scene from Crook , the makers threw a fit. But the Censors didn’t budge. The film had to make do with an ‘A’ (certificate, not grade)
Producer Mahesh Bhatt is at a “crooked” crossroad. The filmmaker was told that if he wanted a U/A certificate for Crook, he would have to edit out a scene with a topless woman in it. Alternatively, he could keep the scene and have his film get an ‘A’ certificate. Bhatt chose the latter.
Though the director of the film, Mohit Suri, tried to convince him otherwise, Bhatt insisted that the film be released as ‘Adults Only’.
Last Tuesday saw a major showdown at the Censor screening of Crook, which was attended by Mohit Suri and Mukesh Bhatt. An actress called Shella Alan has performed the topless scene in question, which was shot in Australia.
Says a source, “In the film, Emraan Hashmi (the male lead in Crook) gets drunk and passes out in Shella’s car. He wakes up in her bed, and when he comes out from the washroom he sees her changing her clothes, with her back to him.”
According to the source, Mahesh questioned the Censor Board’s decision to allow frontal nudity in films like Ram Teri Ganga Maili, whereas his film shows side nudity only. The Censor members found this argument bordering on blasphemy and completely disagreed with it.
Mohit Suri and Mukesh Bhatt then called up Mahesh Bhatt, who told him in no uncertain terms that the scene couldn’t be done away with under any circumstances.
Turns out, Shella had no issues in doing the topless scene. Reveals Mohit Suri, “I asked her if she wanted to wear a body suit but she said she was fine without it. I understood Bhatt saab’s perspective. I wanted a U/A but we are fine.”
Bhatt admitted to having had an argument with Suri but said, “It’s okay. I was not ready to eliminate that scene. I see nothing wrong in it. There are three reasons why I was so possessive about the scene. One, it is relevant to the film. Two, it creates a dramatic impact. Three, the audience today largely comprises of the young generation who want certain sensationalism and not the so-called purists.” Now now, Bhatt saab… why put it on youngsters?
BOMBAY TIMES (October 3, 2010)
They are back with a bang. After a host of successful ventures including Murder, Gangstar, Jannat and Raaz — The Mystery Continues, Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt’s Vishesh Films, a banner known for its out-of-the-ordinary films and chartbuster music, are all ready with their brand new entertainer, Crook — It’s Good To Be Bad. This movie deals with the sensitive issue of racial discrimination faced by Indians abroad, throwing light on the recent attacks faced by Indians in Australia. “Crook — It’s Good To Be Bad’ both, entertains and enlightens the viewer. It takes an unflinching look at the burning issue of racism which has devastated the life of thousands of young Indians, who go to Australia in search of a better life putting both, their money and lives at stake. The film also locks horns with our own inner demons,” Mahesh Bhatt explains.
The film stars Emraan Hashmi and new girl, Neha Sharma in the lead roles. Also, playing an integral role is Fashion boy Arjan Bajwa. Directed by Mohit Suri, this film has all the necessary elements — romance, comedy, action, thrill and of course, an issue — to make it a masses’ film. The music has been scored by Pritam.
Talking about the film Mukesh Bhatt says, “Seldom in life do you have the good fortune to hold your head high with pride after watching the first cut of your own movie. Crook — It’s Good To Be Bad is one such film from our production house. The film manages to do what most films aspire to but seldom succeed. Mohit has shown the complex truth of racism in Australia in a very entertaining way.”
By Subhash K. Jha, October 1, 2010 – 12:11 IST
Bollywood celebrities express their views on the Ayodhya verdict given by the Allahabad High Court yesterday.
Shabana Azmi: “It is time for reconciliation. We need to take a cue from people of India who have held their peace. We need to remind those disappointed with the verdict that they had promised to abide by the court’s decision irrespective of whether it was favourable or not. I appeal to political parties not to vitiate the atmosphere in the coming days. Let’s move on…”
Preity Zinta: “I salute the decision. It shows the court’s maturity. Our people too have shown great patience, maturity and restraint. Everyone feared some kind of unrest in the country after the court’s verdict. But from the time the verdict was announced it became clear that there was going to be no stress .Yaaaay! What I like best is how much India’s image has gained in terms of respect in the international forum. After the drubbing our image took recently, we really needed to prove that we are not a country caught in a time warp. We are a mature nation ready to move ahead and not be bogged down by irrelevant conflicts.”
Shilpa Shetty: “I’m just happy to accept the verdict. That’s how it should be! Honestly, God is in my heart and we are all fragments of the Lord. So there’s no bigger religion than respecting humanity.”
Katrina Kaif: “I don’t understand the complexities of the situation. But I do know that any decision which does not incite any community into aggression is a good decision. I completely believe in peace as the guiding force for every kind of people.”
Neil Nitin Mukesh: “I am proud of the Indian judiciary. Let peace and tranquillity prevail.”
Mahesh Bhatt: “Go back to the age old Ganga-Jamuna tehzeeb. That’s the Court’s verdict. It is a very creative and out-of-the-box job done by the 3 honourable judges. All political parties must leave it to litigants and if needed Hindus should be ready to work as volunteers for building a mosque. Muslims should come forward for Kar Seva. The honourable court has shown great maturity. The onus is now us.”
Prakash Jha: “I think the court’s verdict must be taken in the best spirit.”
Bipasha Basu: The disputed land to be equally divided between Sunni Waqf, Nirmohi Akhara, Ram Lalla. Sounds like a peaceful verdict. I think the verdict needs to be respected and peace and calm need to prevail. Politics and religion are sensitive issues, we should focus on humanity and peace.”
Sanjay Gupta: “Well, the verdict appeases everyone. Therefore peace is maintained. That’s what matters. I guess we can proceed now with building both the mandir and masjid side by side and let it be proof of our solidarity.”
Abbas Tyrewala: “The confidence with which the judgement answers questions on medieval events is intriguing. Yet it fails to accord justice for a modern act of criminal vandalism. A solution to a situation like this could have emerged from dialogue rather than legalese. It’d have set an example for the world.”