Posts tagged March
Even gay men aren’t immune to Vidya Balan’s charms, it seemsGarima Sharma TNN (MUMBAI MIRROR.COM; April 12, 2011)
On Sunday actress Vidya Balan made a short visit to Delhi for her good friend and designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s grand finale show at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW). But, since the visit was just to support Sabya, she left within 15 minutes of the show ending.
Before she left, we managed to chat with her for a few minutes as compliments poured in for her dance moves with Australian actor Hugh Jackman during the recent FICCI event in Mumbai.
Referring to that dance with Hugh, she said, “I knew he’d be there, but I didn’t know he’d give me that award. I was telling everyone I’ll get married tonight and come, but I never thought I’d get the opportunity to shake a leg with him, Bollywood style!”
But Vidya’s been having lots of fun with people from Down Under, it seems. While she was in Australia for a film festival on her movies earlier in March, Vidya had gone out partying with friends one day in Melbourne and they’d gone visiting a few gay clubs on Commercial Street.
At one of the places, a guy walked up to her and said, “I am gay, but you are really hot. By any chance, are you Kim Kardashian?” Vidya says, “I didn’t know what to say, so I just smiled.” Before we could ask her more questions she was whisked away by Sabya and that brought an end to the jamboree named More >
By Taran Adarsh, March 22, 2011 – 08:29 IST
The countdown for the first three significant releases of April has begun – GAME, F.A.L.T.U. and THANK YOU. After a drought of Hindi film releases in March, cineastes within and outside the film industry are hoping that the wait for the new films is worth it. After all, hi-profile names such as Farhan Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani [GAME], Vashu Bhagnani [F.A.L.T.U.] and UTV, Anees Bazmee [THANK YOU] are involved in the making of these films.
The films are an acid test for the principal actors of these films. Abhishek Bachchan is going through a rough patch professionally and hasn’t tasted success for a while now. Besides, solo Abhishek Bachchan starrers [with the sole exception of GURU] have had a terrible run at the box-office [DRONA, DELHI 6, RAAVAN, KHELEIN HUM JEE JAAN SEY]. Will GAME change the tide for Abhishek? Of course, Abhishek has DUM MAARO DUM [also slated for release in April], but the response to GAME will be watched keenly first.
Like Abhishek, Akshay Kumar too has had a string of failures to his credit. His last few films have sunk at the box-office, making a big hole in the pockets of their distributors. The year 2011 has also begun on a negative note for Akshay, with PATIALA HOUSE doing lackluster business, although Akshay won all-round praise for his fine performance in the film. Till a few years ago, Akshay was running neck-to-neck with SRK. But ater a spate of flops, his position has slipped More >
Veena Malik Blasts Fellow-Pakistani Rahat Fateh Khan For Breaking Indian Laws
Subhash K Jha (BOMBAY TIMES; March 17, 2011) What’s your opinion on Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan being detained in India for FERA violence? People in Pakistan feel that because Rahat Fateh Ali Khan saab is an artiste so he should have been treated with leniency. I disagree. In my opinion he was let off lightly with just a fine. But the Indian laws are equally applicable to Indians and Pakistanis. Look at what Salman Khan has gone through for his black-buck case or Sanjay Dutt in spite of being Indians they’ve faced the full impact of the laws here. I feel happy that the laws are followed so scrupulously in India. Rahat saab was earning so much money in India. He should’ve paid his taxes in the proper way.
So you think the hue and cry against his detention in Pakistan was uncalled-for? If a female Pakistani artiste had been similarly detained in India, Pakistani reactions would’ve been different. Because that was Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Saab they said, let him go. If it was Veena Malik they’d have said, where did she get this money from? Mere oppar itna kichad oochala jata. I’d like to tell my people, khuda ke vaste double standards khatam karo. Let’s treat men and women equally.
How do you pay taxes in India when Pakistani artistes are not allowed to open bank accounts in India? I am the only Pakistani actress to earn money on both sides of the border. I pay my More >
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, March 11, 2011 – 13:51 IST
The graceful Aishwarya Rai Bachchan features on the cover of this month’s issue of Verve. March being the month when International Woman’s Day is celebrated, it is quite an apt choice that a true ‘Woman of Substance’- Aishwarya Rai Bachchan- has been selected to grace the cover page for this issue.
The exclusive interview with Ash in this issue has the gorgeous actress talking about various cities of the world and what significance it holds in her heart. Speaking about London, Ash says, “When you land there in winter, you barely wakeup from the jetlag and feel that it’s dark like night again” Ash also speaks about the blast she had shooting for Dhoom 2 in Brazil. Says the actress, “The genre of the film we were working on made us relive our college days. I was privy to a close unit of kids (Abhishek, Hrithik and Uday Chopra) who are all childhood friends and felt that I was vicariously part of the gang.”
Ash also speaks about many such memorable experiences that she has had in cities such as Budapest, Mexico City, Machu Pichu, Shanghai, Los Angeles and many more. This issue has the former Miss World literally taking you on a World tour like never before.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, March 9, 2011 – 17:59 IST
The Mahurat of Viacom 18 & AB Corp’s Bbuddah – Hoga Terra Baap, written and directed by Puri Jagannadh, took place recently at Khoja bungalow in Versova.
While the director broke the auspicious coconut and took the first shot on Sonu Sood, the Mahurat was also attended by Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sonal Chauhan.
The movie has a stupendous star cast that includes Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Raveena Tandon, Sonu Sood, Sonal Chauhan, Southern actress Charmi and more. Amitabh Bachchan, who will reprise his ‘Angry old man avatar’ with this movie, will be joining the shoot later in March. The DOP is Amol Rathod.
Bbuddah – Hoga Terra Baap is slated for release in mid 2011.
By Joginder Tuteja, March 7, 2011 – 16:52 IST
Not a single movie release for an entire month? Now how does that sound for a regular moviegoer, let aside a hardcore movie buff who wants to have his quota of at least one walk into the auditorium every week? Really bad, isn’t it? However the worst nightmare of such movie buff is indeed coming true with Bollywood refusing to bring out any new film whatsoever this entire March. Sad, but true. Reason cited is based on a single point agenda – No taking ‘panga’ when World Cup cricket is on. Result? The situation is worse than ever with an absolute ‘akaal’ in the world of films. No new film, no foot fall, sheer boredom for most and a real long wait before something exciting comes in again. In this week’s ‘Reflections’, here is a blow-by-blow account of a frustrated soul who is really missing out on all the action on the big screen.
….because history proves it?
Speak to any film maker and he says that films fail when the cricket season is on. ‘History proves that’ is a ready made answer. But come on, let’s go back and check if indeed there was ever a ‘well made’ film that failed at the box office because cricket was on? Of course dozens of films may have failed in the past and would fail in future as well if they are badly made. Now whether they release during World Cup cricket, IPL, ‘shraddh’, school/college exams or any other event that is traditionally supposed to keep people indoors, they would fail for sure. More >
The tie between cricket and Bollywood has turned into a no-contest. Forget fielding potential biggies, Bollywood has refused to take strike!
Misha Paul (BOMBAY TIMES; March 2, 2011) Some would say this was inevitable. Others would say Bollywood could have done better and released a few movies even while the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 was on. Responses would vary, but that takes nothing away from the hard fact that Bollywood will release merely two films in March. That Bollywood — even Bollywood — has had to take the escape route by lining up its releases for April, shows the impact of the tournament on the common man.
Not everybody would agree that this needed to happen. But most believe that cricket on a grand stage plays havoc with the industry’s release timings. Add to that, exams that will place during March, and you have a situation in which the new releases are faced with the threat of running inside half-empty theatres.
Trade analyst and critic Taran Adarsh says, “WC and exams play the spoilsport during the release of a film. The proof is the latest Vishal Bharadwaj release, which opened in theatres on the same day as India took on Bangladesh. It did not get a good opening anywhere.” Is not releasing the films during such cricketing extravaganzas a smart move? “After WC, there will be IPL. From July to August, we will have rains. Then we have the Shraddh and Ramzaan time, when films are not released.”
Trade analyst Vinod More >
Move over Madhuri, the Hawa Hawai queen Sridevi will soon be seen in a brand new avatar in R Balki’s next
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 24, 2011)
The lead actress of Judaai (1997) could not stay separated from Bollywood for too long; Sridevi had to make a comeback. But contrary to expectations, her husband Boney Kapoor will not relaunch her.
History has it that three years ago, Boney had not let her work in a Yash Chopra film opposite Amitabh Bachchan, arguing that he wanted her to make a grand return in a home-production. Boney told Yash Chopra that he was keen to re-launch his wife in his own production and requested him to cast someone else in his.
At this point, Bachchan’s good friend Amar Singh stepped in to convince Boney to let her do the film, but in vain, (Mumbai Mirror, July 28, 2008).
It turns out Sridevi’s comeback film will be produced by R Balki (of Paa fame) and directed by Balki’s wife Gauri Shinde.
Sridevi plays a woman who does not understand English but gets married to a very upwardly mobile man.
The story revolves around the repercussions of this marriage and the way in which she overcomes the issues. A source says, “Balki and Gauri have worked very hard on this subject for the past few months and are now ready to roll.”
Rumour has it that Sridevi’s comeback was supposed to be announced at Yash Raj Studios during a Kareena Kapoor-Sridevi interaction at a recent TV-film awards ceremony.
But Kareena, who had danced to a More >
After trying hard to save her relationship with boyfriend and live-in partner Krushna Abhishek on a reality show, siren Kashmera Shah will now go topless for an exclusive calendar to be launched in the first week of March.
The calendar, which focuses only on Kashmera, is produced by Third Rock Entertainment. The actress is extremely excited about the calendar.Kashmera Shah in one of the 12 pictures of the calendar
She says, “Yes, I have gone topless in one of the pictures for the calendar named Kashessentual.
People will be shocked when they see the pictures and how far I’ve gone.
I have always believed in doing things that are out of the box and this calendar is pushing the envelope.
I am not being pompous but it will be something which will now be a benchmark for anyone who thinks of doing a calendar.
Every guy will have the calendar in his bathroom.”
Changes Film Release Dates For World Cup, IPL
Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; February 20, 2011)
Mumbai: With the three-month-long cricketing season under way, Bollywood is changing its calendar of releases. Film pundits are poring over schedules of the World Cup and IPL matches to map the peak and non-peak periods so that they can release their films accordingly.
March is a good month for low-budget movies to try their luck at multiplexes as big producers will keep away from the box-office. April may go down as the month of experiments when much-awaited youth films will take on the Tendulkar frenzy. Trade analyst Amod Mehra said, “Film producers have smartened up to the impact cricket has on film business and have planned their calendar of releases.”
Some big-budget films like Dum Maro Dum, F.A.L.T.U. and Thank You are ready to brave the cricketing mania in April. “Dum Maaro Dum will release during the mid-IPL season when people may experience cricket fatigue,” said Vijay Singh of Fox Star Studios.
However, distributor Suniel Wadhwa said, “Cricket has always eaten into the business of cinema in the past.” He feels up to Rs 60 crore is at stake for Bollywood during the World Cup. The World Cup began with Priyanka Chopra’s 7 Khoon Maaf on Friday—a phase that filmi pundits have called precricket fever. “The low-interest matches are being played now. So, films can take a chance,” said a source. Tanu weds Manu will take on More >