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By Roshmila Bhattacharya (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 17, 2013)
As Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobara gears up for an Independence Day release, a flashback to its predecessor, Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai (2009), that ended with the gunning down of the original don, Sultan Mirza, by his young protégée Shoaib Khan. Director Milan Luthria recalls shooting the sequence at ND Studios over five days with 700 junior artistes who’d leave Mumbai at 5 am, reach Karjat at 7 am to be handed a kit with their name on it and their period costume inside. Filming would start at 9 am and continue till 6 pm.
“It was an arduous shoot, but I needed the energy of the crowd standing with placards saluting Sultan,” says Milan. “We worked hard all day and partied at night at Ajay’s (Devgn) farmhouse which was close by.”
He gives credit to the high-impact ending to Ajay who disagreed with his vision of Sultan falling to the bullets into Rehana’s (Kangna Ranaut) lap and pointing to his watch as a reminder to his earlier words that when it stopped, his time would be up. Ajay reasoned that if he was lying down, he’d be looking up at the sky and not the watch. To get that last poignant moment, Sultan had to fall on his knees.
“We had a rare disagreement. Ajay promised to give me the big recall moment of the film and kept his word with a one-take shot,” says Milan still feeling the pang of letting Sultan go knowing he wouldn’t return. “It was the only way to take the story forward.” He’s all praise for his new More >
Aakansha Naval-Shetye (DNA; June 8, 2013)
Milan Luthria is in talks with Emraan Hashmi for the filmmaker’s next. An insider reveals that the two have had several meetings too for the project which will be a gangster flick. “It will be on the lines of Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai Again, but won’t be the film’s next installment — neither the prequel nor the sequel. It’s a completely new film, and the only thing common is that they are all gangster movies directed by MIlan.”
Earlier there were reports of an apparent fall-out between Emraan and Milan when he was not cast in the sequel to their hit OUATIM, but all talks were rubbished when Milan had then taken Emraan in The Dirty Picture.
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 31, 2013)
It wasn’t so much the action as much as the tagline that drew our attention to the trailer of Milan Luthria’s Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again that was unveiled on Wednesday.
As the promo draws to an end, a caption flashes on the screen which reads: “This time it’s personal.” We couldn’t help but notice the similarity between this tagline and the one in a promo of Ram Gopal Varma-produced Ab Tak Chappan 2 that was released quite sometime ago.
And that’s not all. Interestingly, the man who directed Ab Tak Chappan 2 – Ejaz Gulab – also happens to be the stunt director of Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Again. Apparently, Gulab saw the trailer like everyone else on Wednesday but decided not to bring up the Ab Tak Chappan 2 factor, a source told this newspaper.
Whatever the case, Varma’s film is quite different from Luthria’s in one respect – it is still struggling to see the light of day even as OUATIMA inches close to release. Luthria refused to comment.
A grab from the trailer of Ab Tak Chappan 2
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; May 23, 2013)
While two of veteran actor Vinod Khanna’s sons joined the industry years ago, sources say Vinod’s third son Sakshi is all set to make his B-Town debut.
According to sources Milan Luthria will be launching the Khanna scion in a romantic film produced by him.
Our source says, “Ever since the word has spread that Khanna’s youngest son Sakshi is open to making his acting debut, many bigwigs of the industry have tried to rope him in for their projects. In fact Mukesh Bhatt had also approached him for Aashiqui 2, but for some reason it did not work out. Milan, who shares a great relationship with the Khannas was impressed by Sakshi while he was assisting him on the sets of Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again.” The film is said to go on the floors by August-end and Milan is believed to be quite kicked about it.
“A new girl too is being launched with the film. Also, Milan will finally start his production house with the film and a major announcement is on the cards.” Milan, however, refused to comment.
Khanna’s older sons, Akshaye and Rahul have not been able to really make it big in Bollywood. Now it’s Sakshi’s turn to prove his mettle.
Sakshi’s run-in with the law
Sakshi was in the news a couple of years ago when his name cropped up in a raided rave party case. Cops had pounced on a rave party in Khalapur outside Mumbai and confirmed that Sakshi was one of the 300 youngsters detained at the event.
MUMBAI MIRROR (May 20, 2013)
It’s a wrap for Milan Luthria’s Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Again, with the film having reached dubbing stage. Spotted in the studio were lead actors Akshay Kumar and Imran Khan; Akshay in a khaki pathani and Imran in jeans and a white vest. Akshay, whose character is modelled on the lines of Dawood Ibrahim, is togged up in pathani suits for the most part of the film. For many years now, the actor has been dressing for his part, even while dubbing. Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Again is slated to hit screens on August 8, the same day Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Chennai Express is scheduled for release.
Hiren Kotwani (BOMBAY TIMES; May 6, 2013)
Kangna Ranaut, who plays Mumbai gang-lord Manya Surve’s love interest in Shootout At Wadala (SAW), seems to be the all-time-favourite moll of gangster films. After earning acclaim for her performances in Anurag Basu’s Gangster and Milan Luthria’s Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai — she played a gangster’s girlfriend in both films — Kangna has scored a hat-trick with her latest portrayal in a similar genre, with critics and audience lauding her performance alike.
SAW director Sanjay Gupta especially chalked out the character of Vidya, Manya Surve’s love interest, after he learnt about her existence during his interaction with the police while researching on the subject.
Though her character was kept under wraps, Kangna ensured Vidya stood out with her portrayal and her on-screen chemistry with John Abraham. Bringing a certain tenderness to the raw machismo in the film, the actress essayed Vidya in a heart-wrenching, true-to-life manner that the National Award winner (Fashion) is known for.
All praise for his heroine, Gupta says, “Kangna is the tender soul of a very dangerous and violent world depicted in SAW. And it’s amazing how she has portrayed the character of Vidya minus any star trappings. She completely surrendered to the role and made it all her own.”
Besides being a powerhouse actress and eccentric style diva, Kangna is also among the most sought after leading ladies, proof of which lies in her line-up of films this More >
Ekta Kapoor and Milan Luthria blast naysayers about their reported rift
Hiren Kotwani (BOMBAY TIMES; May 1, 2013)
The makers of Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai… Again are angry with the talk of a rift between them during the making of the movie. Reports suggested that producer Ekta Kapoor had asked director Milan Luthria to reshoot certain portions after seeing the rushes. However, Milan categorically says that Ekta hasn’t even seen the rushes yet.
Calling the reports “appalling and slanderous”, the director says, “There was no verification of facts. We have initiated legal action against the publication that wrote about the rift as such pointless rumour-mongering needs to stop. We haven’t yet completed shooting, so where is the question of a reshoot? I’m very irked by such reporting.” Stating that he doesn’t need to defend himself or the film, he adds, “Those who have worked with me know that I’m an extremely strong-minded and independent director.”
On her part, Ekta says, “Milan and I have delivered two big hits — Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai and The Dirty Picture — together. OUATIMA is our third venture together and one of the most awaited releases of this year. So, I can understand that our joint success is an object of envy and insecurity of some vested interests, who are putting out such bad fiction. It’s amusing that our unit is not aware of such a re-shoot but they are! Ask them to at least come up with something believable!”
He continues, “My lead actors Akshay More >
Sonali Joshi Pitale (MID-DAY; April 30, 2013)
As part of Imran Khan’s styling in Milan Luthria’s Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again, the actor had to wear a turquoise ring in a couple of scenes. Better known as the feroza stone, Imran has worn a genuine stone rather than a fake one.
A crew member says, “Imran plays a gangster in the film. Wearing the feroza stone was necessary for his character. We were thinking of buying a fake one. However we could not find the kind we were looking for, so we finally had to order a real one. We set the stone in silver.” Imran says, “I wanted to wear a real feroza stone in this film, and we could only find fake costume ones. So we had a ring specially made. It is silver with a beautiful blue feroza in the middle.”
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; April 27, 2013)
Ekta Kapoor is known to be a hard taskmaster.
And now there is one more instance. The producer has ordered a reshoot of several portions of Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again, directed by Milan Luthria. The film stars Akshay Kumar, Imran Khan and Sonakshi Sinha.
A crew member informs, “After seeing the rushes, Ekta sent a message to Milan that several portions of the film, especially the climax, needed to be reworked. The director argued that it did not gel with his vision.” The source adds, “Akshay too feels a reshoot is necessary. This has further strengthened Ekta’s cause to call the shots and ensure that Milan does a reshoot.” Incidentally, her last production Ek Thi Daayan was also reshot. Ekta had severe creative differences with co-producer Vishal Bharadwaj over the issue.
Meena Iyer and Hiren Kotwani (BOMBAY TIMES; April 2, 2013)
An adage in Bollywood says ‘a hero is only as old as the heroine he wears on his arm’. So, suddenly the under-30 heroine is in great demand. A trade source points out that there are two reasons for this. One, the top heroes, most of who are in their 40s, prefer to make a fresh screen pair with a younger girl. Two, there are a crop of young heroes — Ranbir Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Imran Khan, Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Sidharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan and Sushant Singh Rajput — all of who need to be paired with young girls, unless of course, they’re doing some off-beat stuff, where they can be seen romancing a cougar. In fact, one has heard from casting agents in film corporations that the established heroes have made it clear that they would prefer to work with the younger lot.
Check this out. As of today, Shah Rukh Khan has teamed up with the 27-year-old Deepika Padukone in Chennai Express. Ajay Devgn romanced the 23-year-old Tamannaah in Himmatwala. Akshay Kumar is serenading the 25-year-old Sonakshi Sinha in his Thuppakki remake. Aamir Khan will be seen with the 25-year-old Anushka Sharma in P.K. Salman Khan has chosen a 25-something Daisy Shah as his romantic lead in Mental. Farhan Akhtar will be seen with the 27-year-old Sonam Kapoor as his love interest in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. And, John Abraham has the 26-year-old Kangna Ranaut as his lover in Shootout At Wadala. There’s talk of Esha Gupta romancing an More >