Posts tagged mission kashmir
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; February 20, 2013)
Raju Hirani is today India’s most sought-after director, both commercially and critically. He got his beliefs from his father and his stories from his mother. He takes his time to write and perfect his script and will not make a film till he is convinced himself. Days ahead of leaving to shoot his next film P.K., he talks to Bombay Times about the unconventional wisdom of his father, his large-hearted mentor Vidhu Vinod Chopra and his most cherished evening with Amitabh Bachchan. Excerpts:
Let’s talk about your childhood. I was born and brought up in Nagpur. My dad used to run the first typewriting institute there after which he started selling office equipment. Even though I grew up in this small middleclass Sindhi business family, I drifted into theatre and started enjoying that. I would go to college for three hours in the morning after which I would give demos and work with my dad. After work in the evenings, post 7 pm, I did theatre with a group we formed called Awaaz and it became a passion. I would act and direct and sometimes even write and translate some Bengali plays. Every year, we would put up two shows in a semi-professional way and we would go around selling tickets. Coincidentally, I had to make a choice between giving the law exam and the FTII exam, as they were both being held on the same day. I gathered a lot of courage and went to my dad to tell him that I did not want to become a chartered accountant or a More >
IANS (MID-DAY; June 1, 2012)
Premier digital media company Yahoo! India Thursday announced the launch of the first online retrospective from Vinod Chopra Films on Yahoo! Video. Internet users in India now have the opportunity to watch eight super hit movies from this banner for free,
Starting May 7, 2012 and lasting through September 2012, the festival showcases a selection of films from the banner, some of which will be available online for the first time.
Bollywood fans and movie aficionados can catch super-hit movies such as “3 idiots”, “Munna Bhai MBBS”, “Lage Raho Munna Bhai”, “Parineeta”, “Parinda”, “Khamosh”, “Mission Kashmir”, and “Kareeb”. Each movie will be available for viewing on Yahoo! Video for 60 days from the day of launch.
Commenting on the partnership, Yahoo! India Managing Editor Prem Panicker said: “For movie buffs, the Vinod Chopra Films label has been a guarantor of quality — entertainment with a mind and heart. VCF has produced films that have defined their time.”
“Online consumption, particularly of entertainment content, is growing exponentially, and the signal we get from our audience is that they are primed to enjoy such premium content,” Panicker added.
Vinod Chopra Films CEO Sameer Rao: said “In launching the online Vinod Chopra Films retrospective, we are happy to partner with Yahoo! and take the benefit of their wide reach and strong editorial programming to bring our iconic films to online Indian audiences.”
A recent report from FICCI-KPMG More >
Vidhu Vinod Chopra sends old prints of seven films to be restored for better visual quality and digital sound
By Hiren Kotwani (MID-DAY; March 19, 2012)
Considering that the quality of the older prints degenerate after a period of a time, Vinod Chopra is getting all his earlier films restored. So come next week and the producer-director will get new digital prints of seven of his movies.
It is learnt that in the first half of last year, Chopra decided to restore his films like Sazaye Maut, Khamosh, Parinda, 1942: A Love Story, Kareeb, Mission Kashmir and Parineeta. “Because Vinod felt that the films were looking visually old and the audio too didn’t sound half as great as his recent movies.
The restoration would enhance the longevity of the films,” says a source associated with the filmmaker. Adding that all of Chopra’s earlier films had only monolith (one-track) sound, our source explains, “Previously, sound used to be only in a single track. It’s only after Dolby that we have multiple tracks for sound.”
It is learnt that it cost Chopra about Rs 25-30 lakh to get each film restored. “We had started the restoration process some time in the middle of last year,” said our informer, adding that of late the producer-director is keen to ensure that the new restored prints are delivered to him latest by March 27.
“Reason being that a multiplex chain wants to host a retrospective of 11 of Vinod’s films, including the Munnabhai series and 3 Idiots,” said our source. When contacted, More >
Anupama Chopra walks the tightrope as she continues her love affair with the film industry even as she gives it the objective eye
Namrata Bhawnani (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 08, 2011)
Pre-1993, when Bollywood was being bankrolled by the underworld, the industry was almost blasé about its murky associations, says author Anupama Chopra.
In her new book, First Day First Show, she quotes a producer-director, “What is the problem if people are taking money from these people? Their money is not contaminated. It doesn’t matter as long as you make the film and repay them.”
Anupama laughs, “Back then, I was naïve enough to ask producers ‘Are you the mafia?’ People visited Dubai to pay homage to Dawood.
The money was generous, paid on time and there were bankrolled shopping sprees. When the industry became a target with the shootings, it was a dark, weird time. Now I don’t hear of them funding the industry.”
The petite writer is chatty even though she is in a rush to prepare for her trip to Cannes. Three years ago, when she was on the jury, she nearly collapsed while chasing Hollywood stars for interviews and trying to catch all the films. “I had to shoot in a wheelchair,” she says, bursting into peals of laughter.
Her book chronicles the evolution of what was essentially a chaotic cottage industry into its current more sanitized avatar.
Twenty years ago, Anupama returned with a master’s degree from a top journalism school in the US, to become a film journalist when More >
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, November 29, 2010 – 14:36 IST
One film that has been in the news ever since its announcement has been the remake of Agneepath to be directed by debutant Karan Malhotra and produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions.
By now its common knowledge that Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra star in the lead roles of this eagerly anticipated remake. However, the latest development is that besides Hrithik and Priyanka, Sanjay Dutt has also been signed for the film. Apparently, Sanjay would be playing the main villain in the remake (a role played by Danny Denzongpa in the original version)
It may be recalled that Hrithik and Sanju did clash with each other on-screen in Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Mission Kashmir almost 10 years ago. Now with Hrithik playing the hero and Sanju the villain, it would be interesting to witness this clash all over again.
…says Sanjay Dutt, whose new film is too close to what’s really happening in Kashmir
Nimisha Tiwari | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; July 10, 2010)
Just when you thought peace had finally returned to the Valley, separatist violence has broken out again, the Army is out for the first time in two decades, and curfew has been declared in Srinagar. This is for real. It’s not a scene from Rahul Dholakia’s Lamhaa that’s being released by GS Entertainment and PVR Pictures on July 16.
The film, not strangely, is based entirely on life and events in Kashmir, with Sanjay Dutt playing a deadly para-military commando out to expose the ugly truth of the corrupt nexus between politicians, military and intelligence. With terrorism and the plight of the Kashmiri people caught in this terrifying scenario being the backdrop of the film.
Dutt, who has come a long way from playing underworld dons and the endearing Munnabhai, teams up with Bengali bombshell Bipasha Basu in Lamhaa. The macho actor has a deep connection with Kashmir since he shot his debut here for Bollywood with Rocky in 1980 and then did Mission Kashmir in 2000. Through a script of danger and betrayal in his new film, Dutt speaks out vehemently against injustice and loopholes in the political system.
Talking to BT, the actor hoped his character reaches out as the voice of the common man on a mission to fight the system. Said Dutt, “It is a fact that Lamhaa is about the reality of Kashmir, but it More >
When movie stars want to talk the part, they turn to masterji. Meet the Hindi teachers of Bollywood
Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; February 22, 2010)
None of them have a Bachelor’s or Master’s in education… or Hindi for that matter. But they’re the most in-demand breed of teachers these days. Thanks to the new Bollywood’s alarmingly dwindling acquaintance with the rashtra bhasha, this species is being increasingly sought after by producers to teach actors how to speak without stumbling.
Anand Mishra, one of Bollywood’s most popular teachers, began his career about seven years ago with Katrina Kaif. Today, he has all kinds of actors — bonafide and wannabe — queuing up to learn the Hindi language. Mishra, who’s just finished a class with Govinda’s daughter Narmada, says that Katrina was sent to him soon after she signed Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya on the recommendation of the film’s director David Dhawan. “I take around 26 sessions with an actor at his/her house,’’ he says. “The first thing I ask the actor for is the bound script of the film. I read it and then work on almost all the scenes with the actor — this includes, besides the pronounciation, even the expression and body language.’’
Most actors who come to Mishra are bad in Hindi, and he often has to start from scratch. Like a schoolmaster, he even gives them homework –— writing down at least 50 words in each letter of the alphabet. “This is necessary More >
A SIZZLING JODI: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and (right) Hrithik Roshan. For more pictures of the stars, visit http://photogallery.indiatimes.com … says Aishwarya Rai Bachchan who’s doing a third film with the Bollywood hunk, and with Sanjay Leela Bhansali SUBHASH K JHA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; August 13, 2009)
Big news is that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is making a third film with Sanjay Leela Bhansali called Guzaarish after Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Devdas, and it stars Hrithik Roshan. The actress, trapped in the dense forests of Kerala with husband Abhishek for Mani Ratnam’s Ravana, took a call and spoke to BT about it. “We’ve evolved together, grown as individuals and artistes, we’re both similar — totally driven and passionate, the passion is mutually addictive, we don’t meet for months, but every time we meet — we pick up the threads effortlessly,” said Ash about her filmmaker friend.
But, Guzaarish is going to be different from their first two films. “This time we aren’t going into the glamour zone,” said Ash. “Sanjay was so excited when he found the right script for us to work together in. ‘This is it,’ he said. For the first time I didn’t even read the script before I said yes. It’s a very real, very intense drama. I respect filmmakers like Sanjay, Mani Ratnam and Shankar who make the films they do because they have to. The family that I’ve married into, this belief and faith in the work we do is predominant. Ma or Pa only go into projects with More >