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Bobby Deol talks of how he went from nervous to brave while shooting with his father and brother
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; December 26, 2010)
Bobby Deol is nursing a toothache. Personally, that’s not a happy state to be in. Professionally, though, he has loads to cheer about. The reactions to the promos of Yamla Pagla Deewana have hit a crescendo. And Bobby, the youngest and the busiest of the three Deols, manages to smile through the anguish. Says he, “It is so long since I have given an interview, it almost seems strange.’’
Getting down to the brass tacks he adds, “When the theatre and television promos of Yamla Pagla Deewana broke, I was in for a pleasant surprise. I didn’t know that promos got this kind of reaction. Sunny, dad and I were quite taken aback and extremely happy. People were going completely loony about the trailers. Suddenly, there was talk of how many hits the promo got, etc. It almost felt like the film had released and it had become a great hit. Actually, now I’m nervous because as January 14, our release date approaches, I know the expectations from the film will be skyhigh. We have so much material in the film that it is definitely going to be a treat.’’
Bobby’s career has been on a see-saw. The last couple of years have seen him sitting it out; and suddenly he has some very promising work happening.
He is in Anees Bazmee’s Thank You with Akshay Kumar, Abbas Mustan’s Players with Abhishek Bachchan More >
IT CAN’T GET HOTTER THAN THIS: Hrithik Roshan
Hrithik Roshan’s bad knee had almost ruined his chances of doing Kites
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; February 11, 2010)
When Karan Johar’s My Name is Khan opens tomorrow, audiences worldwide will also be treated to the first look of Rakesh Roshan’s love saga Kites. The film, directed by Anurag Basu, has the most-awaited contemporary screen pair — Bollywood’s Hrithik Roshan wooing Mexican beauty Barbara Mori. But it is a film that Hrithik almost never made. Years of strenuous dancing and doing breath-taking action for films like Krrish, Dhoom 2 and Jodhaa Akbar, that got the superstar every award worth its metal, also left Hrithik with excruciating knee pain. And just before he was to start work on his home production, the actor found himself on crutches!
“I hadn’t okayed a single script after Jodhaa Akbar,’’ says Hrithik. “I was sitting free with a bad knee which had crippled me for about six months. But the script of Kites got my adrenaline going. I was in no condition to accept this film. And I was travelling around the world to find a solution to my knee problem. Finland, Singapore, LA, New York and China, I went for alternative therapies, medicines and physiotherapy… but nothing worked.’’ Two weeks before shooting began for Kites, Hrithik went to Santa Fe. He couldn’t even bend his knee because the cartilage was so badly damaged. So he told Anurag Basu and Rakesh Roshan that he wanted to pull out. “I told More >
// // //Kavi
While no Indian film made it to the Oscar this year, a student film, Kavi, has made the bold leap to the Academy Award shortlist. Nominated in the Short Film (Live Action) Category, it’s a miracle that the film got made at all, let alone find itself in the top five at the Oscars.
A film that had no funding, a lead actor from the slums and an American director who coasted solely on his passion for the subject: there were too many problems at the outset. So director Greg Helvey, from the University of Southern California, did the smart thing. He got himself Indian producers.
Guneet Monga and Harish Amin, who have worked with the likes of Anurag Kashyap and Mira Nair, stepped in as they liked the script. Well, they had to; after all, it wasn’t exactly a moneymaking proposition. Quite the contrary, really, as Greg confessed that he had none.
Harish says, “Greg had visited India twice before and really likes the colour and the people. It is his diploma film and he didn’t know how to go about it. We asked him if he has a decent budget and he said, ‘I don’t have the money.’ He raised it independently as funding started pouring in on his website. He also held photo exhibitions to raise funds. We shot it and then it stopped there as he had to raise More >
Second time mum Sushmita Sen says her daughters Renee and Alisah will be her bridesmaids when she finally finds Mr RightBy Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 08, 2010)
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• How does it feel to be a mother all over again?
Alisah is another miracle in my life. She was very calm and quiet, but suddenly she’s become very feisty and found her voice. She doesn’t like to be static for long. She wants to be carried and pampered – she is a princess.
• How has Renee reacted to Alisah?
Renee has been an absolute dream with Alisah. She wanted a sibling for a long time. They have an age difference of 10 years and Renee’s age will only add to her sense of responsibility. She is like a mother to Alisah. She’s trying to change her diapers, even give her a bath. However, I must tell you that she doesn’t do a very good job of changing diapers, but she certainly thinks she does (laughs).
• Does Renee feel left out when you attend to Alisah?
No. Agar unme do-teen saal ka fark hota, to shayad aisa hota. God plans life beautifully.
• How different is Alisah from Renee? Every child is different. So, the feeling is different too. Alisah smiles differently. She yells differently. Unlike Renee who used to wake up in the middle of the night and wake me up, she sleeps rather peacefully. But I may be speaking too soon. Give me another month and Alisah too might start waking me up. When Renee came into my life, I was a novice. I was learning everything about motherhoodMore >
It could be atonement for his past deeds, or should it read, atonement for his past fees. Trade circles say that Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar who attained notoriety as the actor who was reportedly signed for as high a fee as Rs 71 crore for a film, has had a change of mind.
Reliable market sources say that the entire completion cost of Akshay’s next two films -Khatta Meetha directed by Priyadarshan and Tees Maar Khan directed by Farah Khan will reportedly not exceed Rs 35 crore.
So how did this miracle happen?
According to one trade source, “The cost of making Khatta Meetha and Tees Maar Khan will not include the actor’s fee.”
The same source adds that when Akshay realised that his films Chandni Chowk to China, Kambakkht Ishq and Tasveer lost money because of his individual fee as an actor, he decided to make a market correction.
Having studied the current Bollywood trade scene, the actor in concurrence with his filmmakers has decided not to charge a single penny for his films.
However, Akki’s banner Hari Om Productions is a co-producer on Khatta Meetha and Tees Maar Khan.
The actor explains the logic behind this drastic move of not charging his market fee, saying, “My fee for both films will be zero. If both films are hits, then my production More >