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Team BT (BOMBAY TIMES; January 21, 2013)
The Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2013 on Sunday saw a lot of first timers like Kalki Koechlin, Richa Chadda, Tom Alter, Vidya Malvade, Rajneesh Duggal, author Gregory David Roberts and wife and restauranter Nikhil Chib and wife Natasha. Besides them, the usual favourites — John Abraham, Anil Ambani, Milind Soman, Rahul Bose, Tara Sharma, Ashmit Patel and chef Sanjeev Kapoor — were spotted in their sporty best.
The themes at the marathon, as always, were causes like save the girl child, women empowerment, education, save the environment, support for the physically impaired. However, the recent gangrape incident and the nationwide uprising that followed it, seemed to have been given a miss.Evelyn Sharma Rajneesh Duggal Miss India World 2012 Vanya Mishra, Chairman of the Miss World pageant Julia Morley and Miss World 2012 Wenxia Yu Tina Ambani, Gulshan Grover, Sakshi Tanwar and Sharman Joshi
Shakti Shetty (MID-DAY; January 14, 2013)
The last time Milind Soman appeared in a Hindi film was in Jodi Breakers where he had a relatively short but significant role. The model- turned- actor will be next seen in Bejoy Nambiar’s David. Turns out Milind’s character doesn’t have even one dialogue to deliver in the entire film.
Interestingly, Bejoy has been attracting buzz over the unusual casting but what is more intriguing is Milind’s role. He’s playing a Muslim character who is seen saying the namaz all throughout the film.
Apparently, Bejoy was extremely curious and precise over the casting of the film and wanted the lean actor in his project.
“Milind Soman plays a silent observant gangster in the film. He only sees and goes about his work. To enhance his character, I have added religious lines by which he keeps repeating Godly words under his breath. He doesn’t have a single dialogue from the start till the end,” smiles Bejoy, who has shot the film partly in black and white.
Sarika, Tabu, and other known faces are doing cameos in Bejoy Nambiar’s upcoming film
Shakti Shetty (MID-DAY; January 1, 2013)
Amitabh Bachchan did it and so did Om Puri. Irrespective of their acting prowess, these actors have not hesitated from doing cameos in films. No wonder that a bevy of Bollywood actors agreed to essay comparatively smaller but unusual characters in Bejoy Nambiar’s upcoming film.
In David, Sarika, Tabu, Remo D’Souza, Prahlad Kakkar and Milind Soman are coming together. Sarika is shaking a leg on the iconic yesteryear song Dama dum mast kalandar while Tabu, who is known for being choosy about her roles, is the surprise element. “Nobody knows for sure who exactly she is portraying in the film and given her acclaimed standing, it’s quite intriguing,” says an insider.
And choreographer Remo, who is currently directing his second Bollywood film, is having a significant yet small role. “He shares a good friendship with Bejoy and that explains his presence in the film,” adds the source. Apparently, the idea behind putting together so many well-known names is to build up interest among the audience.
“After Shaitan, the audience expect a lot from Bejoy so he’s making the most of this by an unusual casting in his next. He already has Vikram, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Vinay Virmani playing the lead roles so it explains the curiosity,” concludes the source.
Nandita Das and Subodh Maskara may come from different planets, but this actor-couple clicks
Reema Gehi (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 14, 2012)
Nandita Das and husband Subodh Maskara can switch roles in an instant; always a good sign among actors.
When we meet them days before the premiere of their first theatrical production, Between the Lines, their Worli home is caught in a storm. Das, who is wrapped up in discussion with her set designer throws a look at Maskara, her producer, who is sorting out tickets for an upcoming performance in Ahmedabad with a production assistant.
Minutes later, they are back to being husband-wife. And that’s faintly reminiscent of the script Das co-wrote with Divya Jagdale, where Maya (Das) and Shekhar (Maskara) slip effortlessly from being loving parents of a nine-year-old to rival criminal lawyers in a high-profile domestic violence and shooting case.
The play that opened last week, and marks the debut of their film and theatre company Choti Productions, has revealed a thing or two about their personal dynamics. Although, they say, as co-actors they shared an equal relationship, as director and producer, they were constantly at loggerheads. “Neither of us would want to compromise. We have argued, disagreed and reworked several drafts before eventually settling for the one audiences see. What kept our sanity going was his humour, and my patience,” says 42 year-old Das.
Maskara and Das come from vastly different backgrounds. While he spent 20 years More >
Youth-centric movie series directed by Bejoy Nambiar to feature cameos by actors and musicians
Seema Sinha (BOMBAY TIMES; July 15, 2012)
With Indian television audiences getting younger and younger, channels have their targets set on the youth. The latest is a movie series called Rush.
Set against the backdrop of a college festival, each episode of this provocative series has loads of musicians collaborating, treating the audience to a peek into one character’s ‘fantastic’ 48 hours (the duration of the college festival), that change their whole lives. The series will see Prateik, Shruti Hassan, Javed Jafferi, Isha Sharvani and Monica Dogra among others making cameos on the show.
Produced by Milind Soman’s Face Entertainment in association with Bejoy Nambiar’s Getaway Films, the series covers several genres — drama, comedy, action, nail-biting suspense… Says Nambiar, the director of the series, “I have approached it as a film and we have kept it as real as possible. There are 12 stories and every episode is one character story. The college festival also gave me the opportunity to explore the wild side of college life. The content is bold. And I didn’t do any research as everything is heavily borrowed from our own college lives.”
Adds Aditya Swamy, EVP and Business Head, MTV India, “One must see the series to believe how Bejoy can weave 12 different stories into one smashing narrative. The 13th episode will be culmination of the preceding episodes.” Commenting on the More >
Pooja Kulkarni (BOMBAY TIMES; May 1, 2011) Marathi cinema is witnessing a new trend these days. In an unusual intersection of varied professions, more and more NRIs and IT professionals are coming forward to produce Marathi films. Not just that, they are also taking active interest in areas like scripts, marketing, post-production and distribution of the films as well.
After having spent over 25 years in the green energy sector and having set up his own nuclear power plant in South India, engineer and NRI Ashok Damre’s creative side finally took over his instincts. And that’s when he decided to enter into the world of Marathi cinema. Having set up his production company, the US citizen is currently producing the film Samhita, directed by veteran directors Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukhthankar. “I have always had a close affection towards Indian classical music. In fact, I have been organizing classical shows of veteran vocalists in Brihan Maharashtra Mandal in Chicago. So basically, it’s the love for Marathi culture that motivated me to enter Marathi cinema,” says Damre. His film depicts the era of a sansthan, and has Milind Soman as the lead.
Award winning director Umesh Kulkarni’s next film Deul, is being produced by Abhijeet Gholap, who has had an illustrious career of a software professional in California. When Abhijeet returned to Pune in 2007, he had never thought he would enter the Marathi film industry. “My close friend and More >
After receiving a ‘royalty cheque’ of 15000 for her chartbuster, Alisha Chinai slammed the door shut on Yash Raj Films, and then all of Bollywood
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 10, 2010)
Her Aaj Ki Raat from Don (2006) followed by Kajra Re in Bunty aur Babli (2005) resurrected her as the queen of Indipop, after a stupendously dazzling innings in the 1990s with chartbuster Made in India, in which she canoodled with supermodel Milind Soman in a music video.
But today that sassy voice is silent. Alisha Chinai, has slammed an embargo on Bollywood until it rewrites its copyright rules, thus giving the artiste more bread and butter.
Says Alisha, “Several singers in our country have been whining that we should take a collective call and demand royalty, which is how it works in Hollywood. But after these meetings all go back to the grind.
However, I have decided that ‘enough is enough’ and I want Indians also to share my sentiments.” Alisha also finds actors lip-syncing to any singer’s voice (i.e. playback) ridiculous. “Imagine Julia Roberts lip-syncing to Madonna. Will that happen? Or Tom Cruise to Jai Ho? No, na?”
Alisha’s stand stems from the days when she sang Kajra Re (for which she won the Filmfare Award for the Best Female Playback Singer) for YRF’s Bunty Aur Babli.
The song went on to become an anthem, but Alisha was paid only a paltry sum of Rs 15,000, she alleges. “I was shocked when I received a cheque of only Rs 15,000 from YRF. More >
Shahana Goswami is preparing for a makeover so that filmmakers can see her in a new light
Saadia S Dhailey (BOMBAY TIMES; November 30, 2010)
Whether the films got good reviews or bad, there were no mixed reviews about Shahana Goswami’s acting prowess. Yet she continues to be seen in roles that support a film, rather than shoulder it, including her latest with Imran and Deepika. Shahana agrees, and admits rather honestly, “Though it’s nice to get talked about playing small parts, I am dying to do a leading lady’s role.” Not that offers haven’t come by, she shares, but they didn’t match her list of must haves. “I’d want a good banner, along with a good script and a good director,” she says, as she believes these are essential for visibility.
Meanwhile she is busy with what she calls a “personal project,” and no, that isn’t wedding preparations with her beau Milind Soman. “You can call it a make-over. I am working on presenting myself in the best way I can, and look like an actress should.”
In spite of hating the gym, she has finally signed up to shed the extra kilos. “Though Milind and I don’t work out together – he prefers to run, and I just can’t match up with his pace –he’s helping me set the goals,” she says, and is sure that results will begin to show in a month. For the rest, her friends from the industry are helping her out, including Deepika. “Deepika is in a different league, and she shares the experiences that it More >
After agreeing to play a male prostitute in Alankrita Shrivastava’s next, Milind Soman had second thoughts and turned it down. He felt he was too old for it
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 25, 2010)
If a 1995 print ad for a brand of shoes were anything to go by, you wouldn’t imagine Milind Soman to have problems with showing skin. Recently, the model-turned-actor turned down the role of a gigolo albeit after much reconsideration.
Milind agreed to play a gigolo in debutant director Alankrita Shrivastava’s forthcoming flick Turning 30, which is being produced by Prakash Jha. But Milind chickened out of it at the last moment. Read on to know why.
Alankrita confirmed and said, “Milind said ‘yes’ but later had second thoughts and was not comfortable about it. He kept asking if we were sure that young girls still found him hot. We told him they did but he kept double-checking with us.”
Meanwhile, Alankrita’s team members showed Milind, in his brief period of association with the film, the kind of underwear he would have had to wear for his role. “Milind was very wary about stripping. He asked if it would be a full monty and I told him it would not but the role will definitely imply it,” clarified Alankrita.
But Milind refused. The final straw? When the choreographers demonstrated to Milind the steps of an item number he was to perform. “We coaxed him about it, but couldn’t have him on board thereafter,” said Alankrita.
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By Taran Adarsh, October 29, 2010 – 12:00 IST
Sometimes, interesting ideas go haywire due to amateurish and inept writing. NAKSHATRA is a glaring example of this statement. The film may’ve sounded like a perfect thriller on paper, but what unfolds on screen leaves you cold. There are gaping holes in the screenplay, which remain wide open till the end.
Carelessly scripted NAKSHATRA suffers because the writer takes the viewer for granted. Besides, if you’re attempting a suspense thriller – which NAKSHATRA is – the identity of the culprit should catch you by complete surprise, when the mask is taken off. But the villain’s identity can be guessed midway through the film, which only goes to prove how fragile the written material is.BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
When an opportunity to write a script for a movie comes to Ajay [Shubh], an aspiring screen writer, he is thrilled, more by the thought of finally being able to prove himself to Jiya [Sabina Sheema], the girl he loves. A robbery being the main theme of the plot, Ajay works hard at getting the script right. Just when everything seems perfect, Ajay is arrested for a crime he hasn’t committed.
Sharad [Anupam Kher], a family friend, promises to bail him out as soon as possible. But the mystery deepens when a spate of murders start taking place.
Like I pointed out at the outset, the screenplay leaves a number of questions unanswered. The most vital question being, how and when did the burglary [of the More >