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IANS (MID-DAY; June 1, 2012)
Multiplexes in the entertainment capital of India Thursday kept their shutters down till the evening. The bosses admit bearing a loss of not over Rs.1,00,000 per theatre and say they are not worried as the nationwide shutdown was for a cause and they support it too.
Large parts of India shut down to protest the recent hike in petrol prices. ”We were shut till six in the evening. Now, we have started working again. We waited till five in the evening, then we thought we will take a call,” Ashish Saxena, COO of Big Cinemas, told IANS.
Last Friday seven Hindi films were released — “Arjun: The Warrior Prince”, “Chutki Bajaa Ke”, “Love Recipe”, “Love Wrinkle Free”, “MLA”, “Rakhtbeej” and “Yeh Khula Aasmaan”. Most of them were small-budget movies and the estimated loss faced due to the shutdown is approximately around Rs.1,00,000 per theatre.
Pramod Arora CEO of PVR Cinemas told IANS: “We were shut in Mumbai, Gujarat, Aurangabad, Latur and some other centres. So the business has been affected in these areas. But our shows were running in Delhi since morning, so business has not been affected over there. We have not faced too much of loss as there were not really too many movies.”
When asked about the losses, Saxena said: “It is very difficult to reveal the figure. I can only give you the rough figures. May be we have faced a loss of about Rs.1,00,000 per cinema. Manoj Desai, executive director of G7 multiplex and Maratha Mandir, quoted the same More >
FILM FLOPS…BLAME GAME BEGINS!
In the last 4 weeks, two big films directed by two seasoned filmmakers bombed. In both cases, the experienced directors blamed the producers/leading actors for its fiasco. The first case is that of Tezz. Starring Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor, Sameera Reddy, Kangna Ranaut, Boman Irani and Zayed Khan, its director Priyadarshan was disappointed with the producers (Venus Movies) as they were in charge of editing. Also, the director was hell bent in chopping off Mallika Sherawat’s item song ‘Laila’ from the final cut. Sadly, his efforts proved futile and the song was incorporated in the film. And it was the worst placement ever for a song, if you ask me! Priyan says that from now on, he’ll ensure that he himself is in charge of shoot and post-production and not the producer.
The controversy involving Department was even spicier! Before the release of the film, there were reports that there was tension between Sanjay Dutt and director Ram Gopal Varma. The film released and was badly panned by viewers and critics alike. Sanjay Dutt’s manager-turned-producer Dharam Uberoi blamed RGV for the debacle, saying that ‘we (he and Sanju) told Ramu countless number of times not to use the small cameras to shoot but he didn’t relent, ultimately resulting in disaster’! Ramu on the other said that Dutt restrained his creative freedom and forced him to drop Kangna from the film. Moreover, Abhishek Bachchan was a part of the film and he had convinced RGV to sign Sanjay More >
Yograj Saini, reported to be making a film on UP CM Mayawati, says the story is only ‘inspired’ by the politico
Anjali Chandra (BOMBAY TIMES; January 8, 2010)
Her life certainly is grist to a filmmaker’s mill. And yet, no one’s attempted to make a film on UP CM Mayawati so far. So, ever since Yograj Saini’s plans to make a film on the BSP honcho were discovered, there was much anticipation all around. However the Dehradun-based producer claims that the film isn’t on Mayawati, just inspired by her. Saini, the transporter-turned-producer states categorically that all he is trying to do is make a film inspired by Mayawati’s life and struggles. “I myself am quite inspired by Mayawatiji,” says Yograj when talking to us about what led to him making such a film. “My film talks about a Dalit girl who has faced tremendous struggle in her life right from the time when she wanted to gain an education, and how she is finally helped and mentored by a senior from her community. But I’m not making an biopic on Mayawatiji’s life. Perhaps, no one is allowed to.” And when we ask him the difference between what he is making and what could be called the UP CM’s life story, he laughs and answers, “You see, in my film, the girl becomes the PM.” Talk about creative license!
Interestingly, Yograj has in the past fought and lost an MLA election on a BSP ticket. And when asked what made him delve into the business of filmmaking, Yograj said that besides More >
…plotting and planning in the laugh riot releasing today
Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; December 3, 2010)
It’s been a while since funny bad guys like Crime Master Gogo have made us roll with laughter with their antics on screen. But imagine, what if we get not one — but four funny gangsters to ribtickle us? Wouldn’t it be great fun? Films like Andaz Apna Apna, Phir Hera Pheri, and Awara Pagal Deewana have quashed the concept of the traditional villain — an evil and cold-blooded character who gets punished at the climax. A funny take on them in the shape of the bumbling baddie has resulted in some serious laugh-athons at theatres. And it is these funny bad guys who make today’s big release, Revel Films’ Phas Gaye Re Obama.
The filmmakers say these characters will have audiences in splits. Leading from the front is one of the funniest men in the country, Sanjay Mishra, who plays a recession-hit gangster who is barely able to make ends meet but hopes to some day become an MLA. Neha Dhupia plays Munni Madam — a manhating gangster who has styled herself on the iconic Gabbar Singh. She runs an all-women gang whose members are named after popular Bollywood heroines. Neha says, “It’s really great to have characters like these rolled into one film. The laughter quotient automatically goes up like never seen before.”
Amole Gupte plays the Minister of Animal Welfare who virtually runs the local kidnapping industry when not trying out More >
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 02, 2010)
We reach the sets of Rahul Dholakia’s film Society at Kamalistan Studios on a hot Thursday afternoon to find almost the entire ensemble cast behind bars.
The incarcerated stars – Dimple Kapadia, Randhir Kapoor, Om Puri, Sarika, Javed Jaffrey and Seema Biswas – are paying the price for trying to dig a borewell in the society premises without permission. (This is eerily similar to a case that recently happened in Mumbai). In walks Paresh Rawal, who plays Damjibhai, a local MLA of the Gujarati Asmita Party, to bail them out.
The jail scene is taking a heavy toll on the cast, Paresh included. The scene is being shot in sync-sound and the stuffy interiors of the set make the heat almost unbearable. Luckily for them, lunch break is announced. Everyone rushes to their respective vans to cool off.
Dholakia explains the scene. “The members in the society are frustrated because of constant water problems. It’s a common enough grouse all over the country today. They decide to dig a well in the society premises but end up damaging an existing pipeline. So they are arrested and put behind bars by the local police. The society is somewhere in Mumbai’s suburbs. Damjibhai Patel, played by Paresh, is a resident of the same society and arrives at the police station to rescue them.”
Just as the shoot is about to begin, Rahul’s assistant hurries to him for some advice. Dholakia informs us that her name More >
Nitin Yeshwantrao | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; January 30, 2010)
Thane: The Shiv Sena’s Thane unit on Friday ordered a ban on all Shah Rukh Khan movies in the city and “appealed’’ to owners of multiplex and single-screen theatres not to put up posters of the actor and his next release, My Name Is Khan.
Sena leader and local MLA Eknath Shinde, who led a group of sainiks to Eternity Mall in Thane on Friday, said the star owed an apology to the nation and their party chief Bal Thackeray for his remarks on the exclusion of Pakistan players from the IPL-3.
Shiv Sena mouthpiece, Saamna, has carried an article expressing resentment against Shah Rukh—owner of Kolkata Knight Riders—for his reported statement in favour of Pakistani cricketers. The mouthpiece also criticised the actor for his objection to Bal Thackeray’s opposition to Australian cricketers; the leader wanted a ban on the Aussies in Mumbai following the attacks on Indians in Australia.
“Balasaheb had opposed the entry of Australians to the state to protest against the attacks on Indians in Melbourne. As a nationalist, he echoed the sentiment of scores of Indians. For Khan, however, all this is a business deal and about more profits. But we will not allow Australians to play in the state,’’ Shinde said.
Shah Rukh was not available for comment.
The Kolkota Knight Riders owner had expressed More >
Hindi entertainment channels are nowadays mostly dominated by family melodramatic soaps and rigged reality shows! At this point of time, Sony Entertainment Television came up with an interesting concept. Titled ‘Specials @ 10’, the series consist of 4 different tele-films, each produced/presented by renowned filmmakers like Anurag Kashyap, Vikram Bhatt, Mahesh Manjrekar and Madhur Bhandarkar.Anurag Kashyap-presented Rajuben took away the cake as it managed to keep the viewers at the edge of the seat and moved at a fast pace, both of these qualities which other serials on TV lack!
Rajuben started on March 2, 2009 and ended 12 weeks later on May 18 (last Monday). It was aired only once in a week on Mondays at 10pm and each episode was an hour long. Unlike other serials on TV, Rajuben was shot in a different format and had a film-like visual quality.
The plot of the serial: Rajuben is the story of Rajshree (Shilpa Shukla), daughter of a staunch Gandhian (K K Raina). The serial focuses on three different points of Rajshree aka Raju’s life which is as follows:
Year 1986: Raju is an electrician and one day goes to Rohit’s (Rajesh Shringapure) place to repair his fan. Later, she learns that he is a gangster. But still, she falls for him and Rohit too starts liking her. Raju’s father gets the biggest shock of his life when he learns this. He tries hard to explain Raju that falling in love with a gangster can be dangerous but she stood adamant. Finally, she More >