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MUMBAI MIRROR (March 30, 2013)
Manisha Koirala bravely tweeted a picture of herself in her tonsured look, with a stole covering her head. The beautiful actress is said to have lost all hair after gruelling chemotherapy sessions as part of her treatment for cancer. A family friend of the actress told Mirror that Manisha has been putting up a spirited fight. “Yes, she has lost all hair, which is expected from chemotherapy. We just spoke to her three days back and she confirmed that she’s coming to Mumbai in June. We all know it is not a good scene, but she’s fighting it out. She has always been a strong girl.” There is good news waiting for the 42-yearold once she returns. Director Jay Prakash is keen to cast Manisha on the sequel to his 2003 film Market. “Manisha is my lucky charm. I had discussed the script owith her, and she had liked it. Once she’s back, I would like to resume our discussions,” he said. Manisha was last seen in RGV’s Bhoot Retruns.
Bobby Deol surfaces after long, post the success of Yamla Pagla Deewana. He has decided to aggressively market himself in future
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 20, 2011)
Now that Yamla Pagla Deewana is a Box-Office success Bobby Deol, who has kept a low profile all this while, is smiling again. He has consciously decided to promote himself aggressively now.
On how important the success of the film is to him, Bobby said, “Every film counts. Every Friday changes your life. I am glad that while shooting for YPD, I signed a couple of great banners. I was not down in the dumps though.
If I weren’t good enough, people like Anees Bazmee and Abbas Mustan would not have signed me before YPD.”
Fair enough. But then why did he keep such a low profile all this while? Bobby said, “I don’t believe in pushing myself in this industry where people do anything to gain what they want. But I now realize that you need to do your own PR, which is something that I am not used to.”
When asked if they are planning a sequel to YPD that they will produce and Sunny will direct, Bobby replied, “Why not? We are thinking of one but only if a good script shapes in.
As far as Sunny directing the film is concerned, I think Dillagi was one of my best performances and was a film ahead of its times. So Sunny will surely direct a film soon. As far as producing the film is concerned, we are better actors than businessmen.”
Finally, speaking about the change in attitude of More >
Piyali Dasgupta; TNN (TIMESOFINDIA.COM; December 26, 2010)I’d like to write a book
I have many interests other than acting, but if you ask me if I ever want to direct a movie, I’d say no. Firstly, I don’t have the patience to handle the entire unit and secondly, I am not at all a technical person. On the other hand, I do love socialising and interacting with people. But somehow controlling them on the sets is just not my thing. I would prefer acting to directing. Somewhere down the years, I would like to write a book, though.
Sabya has groomed me
I wouldn’t deny the fact that Sabya (fashion designer Sabyasachi) and I share a unique bond. However, Rani, who has been Sabya’s all time favourite, is still his wife, and I consider myself to be his second wife. It’s true that ever since Sabya has come into my life it has changed. He has transformed not only my look but also brought changes in my personality. I have been criticised a lot by all for my dressing sense, but Sabya changed that. He has groomed me. He understands my personality very well and has always given me the right advise.
I would never say no to an item number
I have always experimented with my roles and wouldn’t mind doing an item number also someday. So what if it’s an item number? After all, that is also an act by a actor. My passion for acting will always remain. Sheila ho ya Munni I would never say no to an item number.
Out and about in delhi
I love coming to Delhi. More >
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; August 26, 2010)
Producer Madhu Mantena is more famous as actress Nandana Sen’s boyfriend! Or is even often referred to as filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma’s cousin. Both introductions are a bit unfair to Madhu because he is an independent producer. He made the super-hit Ghajini and the dud Rann. And he also has four films coming up for release.
In fact, Madhu is likely to be up for a unique distinction and the charming guy may even make it to the Limca Book of Records because he has four films in different languages releasing within a span of 40 days. Madhu is in serious expansion mode and he says, “I was not even aware of this, but I got a call saying that it is a record of sorts. And when you are releasing four big films in different markets within such a sort span rest assured that you will not notice something like this. It requires a very different skill set to release films in different languages. India is truly diverse and each market is so unique.”
Madhu’s four films include Jhootha hi Sahi (Hindi) directed by Abbas Tyrewala, Rakta Charitra (Telugu) directed by Ram Gopal Varma, Autograph (Bengali) directed by Srijit Mukerjee and Rakta Charitra II (Tamil) directed by Ram Gopal Varma
Hindi film director Vishal Bhardwaj and Anglo-Indian writer Ruskin Bond make for an unlikely working pair. But they think the world of each other
Anubha Sawhney Joshi | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; August 22, 2010)
It’s not everyday that you hear Ruskin Bond sing. “But I was so bored and irritated with Mumbai’s traffic, I really considered breaking into song just to clear the cars,” says the 76-year-old Mussoorie resident only half in jest. The writer made the trudge from Colaba to Oshiwara to meet friend and fan Vishal Bhardwaj, who has based two of his films (The Blue Umbrella and Saat Khoon Maaf) on stories originally written by Bond. But more on that later.
“I’m a really bad singer but I quite enjoy singing. As a young man, I was fascinated by opera and would subject people to my baritone and tenor,” he says. But egg him on to sing and he surprises you with a song nowhere close to opera. Hawa mein udta jaaye, mera laal dupatta malmal ke.. err.. ka, Bond croons, sitting in the music room of Bhardwaj’s office. The music director nods approvingly.
Getting this duo together in Mumbai is a rarity. “But I’m happiest meeting Ruskinji in Mussorie,” says Bhardwaj, adding that he’s bought the house next to the author’s and they now share a wall. They actually share more than that. Both love the mountains. And enjoy a story well told, preferably over a couple of stiff drinks.
So who’s the better storyteller? “He is,” both say in unison. More >
By Taran Adarsh, August 3, 2010 – 08:28 IST
Television channels are competing with each other these days. There’s a scramble to acquire the Satellite Rights of feature films. The market, which was down till a few months ago, is piping hot right now and lucrative deals are being signed left, right and centre. The film producers/right holders, obviously, are smiling from ear to ear. In several cases, the price offered by TV channels is correlated with the performance of the film at the ticket window. If the theatrical business is fantastic, the returns are bountiful. In certain cases, the films are sold prior to their release, which works well for a film-maker since he recovers a big chunk of the investment much before the film has hit the screens and the verdict is out.
Note the kind of money paid for the Satellite Rights:-
- RAAJNEETI – Rs. 25 cr.
- ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI – Rs. 10.5 cr.
- UDAAN – Rs. 3.5 cr.
- TERE BIN LADEN – Rs. 4.25 cr. [for Satellite + Home Video + Music]
- MILENGE MILENGE – Rs. 8.60 cr.
- Shree Ashtavinayak, a reputed production house, has sold six of its films [package deal] for a fantastic price. These include DABANGG, GOLMAAL 3, RUN BHOLA RUN [all unreleased], KHATTA MEETHA, MAHARATHI and BLUE
- I HATE LUV STORYS – Rs. 10 cr. +
- THANK YOU – Same price as RAAJNEETI, in Rs. 20 cr. + range
- GUZAARISH – Rs. 20 cr.
- PEEPLI LIVE – Rs. 8 cr.
- WE ARE FAMILY – Rs. 15 cr.
- NO ONE KILLED JESSICA – Rs. 10 cr. +
- TEES MAAR KHAN – Rs. 24 cr.
In fact, in the More >
By Taran Adarsh, July 20, 2010 – 08:55 IST
The forthcoming weeks are choc-a-bloc with new releases. If you glance at our ‘Release Dates’ chart [which is updated every week without fail], you will notice that in several weeks, two or more films will be vying for public attention, which, frankly, cannot be helped either, given the flow of new films in the forthcoming days.
Initially, Karan Johar’s WE ARE FAMILY, Arbaaz Khan’s first production DABANGG and Sohail Maklai’s KNOCK OUT were confirmed for 10th September [Eid week]. But Sohail Maklai has decided to shift his film ahead by three weeks, which means that KNOCK OUT, starring Sanjay Dutt, Irrfan and Kangna Ranaut, will now arrive on 1st October.
Confirms Sohail, “Had KNOCK OUT released in the Eid week, we wouldn’t have got Sanju’s dates to promote the film, since he’s shooting out of town. By shifting the film ahead, we are not merely avoiding clashing with two major films, but will also have actors devoting ample time to promote and market our film.” Wise move indeed!
A whopping amount of Rs 300 crore is riding on Shah Rukh Khan’s next two films, RA.One and Don 2
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 08, 2010)
Agreed, Bollywood has lost crores this year because a lot of expensive films failed to retrieve their expected turnovers (Blue, of course, stands apart for its sheer wastage of money). But the biggest production companies seem to have blind belief in films that star Shah Rukh Khan. Nearly Rs 300 crore is riding on King Khan’s shoulders.
Newsflash: Reliance Big Pictures has not hit rock bottom with the poor turnover of the Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai starrer Raavan. Neither has Hrithik Roshan and Barbara Mori’s Kites debacle at the box office obstructed their soaring fund levels.
The buzz in the trade is that Reliance Big Pictures has bought the rights of Don 2 from Excel Entertainment for Rs 125 crore, which is about Rs 25 crore more than what they purchased Kites for. The deal has taken place even before Don 2 has gone on the floors, which implies that even in today’s times when films are flopping days after their release, the buyers in the market have extreme faith in a film that has Shah Rukh playing the lead.
Added to this is, there is talk in the industry of Eros International buying Shah Rukh’s home-production RA.One for a whopping Rs 175 crore.
A leading distributor says, “Shah Rukh rocks. He is still one of the top three stars in this country. His film guarantees good returns. More >
BOMBAY TIMES (TNN; July 3, 2010)
If you’re lucky and happen to be taking in Dharma Productions’ I Hate Luv Storys at any suburban multiplex over the weekend, you might just find the film’s heartthrob Imran Khan serving you the popcorn! Imran and producer Karan Johar, eager to catch audiences’ reactions to the film that opened yesterday and which stars Sonam Kapoor as well, intend to station themselves at ticket windows and popcorn counters in multiplexes and interact with cinegoers.
Naturally, Imran’s presence is bound to cause a frenzy among the actor’s huge female following. But that, figures Karan — who has returned to making a love story after seven years and is impressed with how Imran and Sonam have treated the subject, cannot be helped.
Incidentally, Imran — who is spearheading this campaign, has done an admirable job in marketing the film. He’s been busy working half around the clock, and jetting from city to city to interact with audiences, including a visit to KC College in between. Cleverly, he has kept fans informed about his whereabouts over the internet.
Producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra is all set to start one more division under his banner. The new division, which is yet to be named, will be working towards making a bank of classic films in the form of detailed books. The books will be made available in the market and the first film to be catalogued will be Chopra’s recent blockbuster 3 Idiots.
A source from the production house said, “The endeavour of this division is to catalogue the minutest details of a script. The book will include the screenplay, deleted scenes, character sketches, reworked scenes, casting process and everything that went into making the particular film.
Vidhu is not looking at this division as a profit making venture but as an archive. Only the filmmakers and those who are closely associated with the film are privy to all the details of their films. Vidhu’s intention is to document all the facts and make it available to students and also to cinema lovers.
The division will first start with 3 Idiots and then the Munnabhai series. But after that, Vidhu wants to work on creating books for classics such as Mother India and also the Guru Dutt films. The requisite permissions are being worked out and by the end of this year the first of these books will be available.”
A special team has been hired to ensure that More >