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By Subhash Ghai (BOMBAY TIMES; March 3, 2013)
Films are made with conviction and passion, and going by audiences’ taste from time to time, I believe in this. But at times, you have to take a risk to make great films. I did take a risk by choosing scripts and narratives like Kisna (2005) and Yuvvraj (2008) and attempted to give a classic dimension to my filmmaking. They were ahead of their time, but failed at the box office. Karz (1980) also failed at the box office, while in the same year, Qurbani became a runaway hit.
With Pardes (1997) and Taal (1999), I changed my genre from Khalnayak (1993), a taut thriller, and Saudagar (1991), an epic movie. Both worked at the box office and are still a favourite with the audience. I do not want to make a film that is not appreciated but has a collection of 100 crore. In fact, very few people know that the movies from Mukta Arts are the most watched ones on the internet and TV. These include Karz, Hero (1983), Karma (1986), Ram Lakhan (1989), Saudagar, Khalnayak, Pardes, Taal, Yaadein (2001) and Kisna.
Today, on the set of Kaanchi, I am as excited as I was while making Kalicharan (1976), Karz or Taal. And, this time I am connecting with the audience too. I got a good response through social media where people congratulated me and wished me the best for this film.
Kaanchi may not have stars, but the newcomers — Kartik Tiwari and Mishti — make me feel as kicked as I was with Jackie Shroff and Meenakshi Sheshadri as newcomers during More >
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; January 6, 2013)
Subhash Ghai, 67, is a self made man who continues to dream big inspite of his many struggles. His film institute ‘Whistling Woods’ has put him probably through his toughest test both financially and personally. He talks to Bombay Times about what led him to this and how he will fight it to the last to restore his pride and achieve his passion. Excerpts:
What are the facts behind your acquiring your film institute ‘Whistling Woods’? I thought of opening a platform for film aspirants in Mumbai in 1992 when I had a earned a good amount of money. I know that when you achieve anything in life either you turn power hungry or you want to share with every one. I chose the latter and decided to initially build a film library for the industry as I had seen film aspirants and strugglers roam the streets to search for information and connect to Bollywood but in vain. I approached then CM Sudhakar Naik in the government. My application in 1992 went from Congress to the BJP-Shiv Sena in 1996 and finally back to the Congress in 2000. Balasaheb Thackeray also encouraged me. Mukta Arts went public in 2000 when I told my investors that we should focus on human capital too and open a film school as the industry was growing and did not have a talent pool to support it. Soon after, I started negotiating a space in Panvel and announced the same. That time MD of Film City Govind Swaroop called me and asked me why I was opening in Panvel and not in More >
After launching Manisha Koirala, Mahima Chaudhary and Isha Sharvani in Saudagar, Pardes and Kisna respectively, showman Subhash Ghai is all set to launch a new face in his next directorial venture, Kaanchi, that releases next year on Independence Day.
Ghai has gone online for the search of the new heroine and hopes to find that one lucky lady before the film go on floors in January. The director in a recent interview to a tabloid mentioned that the character of Kaanchi is a Pahadi, is in her early 20’s and is fair, rustic, stout, extrovert and has a fair complexion along with bright eyes. Any girl, possessing these characteristics, is recommended to send in their pictures and bio-data to the Mukta Arts’ casting team. Their email address is kaan...@gmail.com
Although Ghai and Mukta Arts’ respectability has taken a beating after delivering a spate of disasters in the recent times, the announcement of audition has created considerable excitement among the budding actors in the country. After all, Ghai’s heroines are portrayed beautifully. Besides, the selected candidate also gets to play the leading role and share screen space with Mithun Chakraborty and Rishi Kapoor, who are also part of the film. Hence, no wonder that Mukta Arts is getting hundreds of audition mails every single day.
Watch this space to find out who’ll be the lucky girl.
Subhash Ghai is on a nationwide hunt for a new face to play the title role in his next
Shaheen Parkar (MID-DAY; December 2, 2012)
Subhash Ghai is presently on a massive search to find a new face for his film Kaanchi. The veteran filmmaker is conducting a hunt across the country to find the right girl for the lead role. With Mithun Chakraborty and Rishi Kapoor already signed for the project, Ghai has chalked out an elaborate plan to launch his new find (like his earlier discoveries Manisha Koirala, Mahima Chaudhary, etc). We ask him for details
Why are you keen to find a new face for the film? I have visualised Kaanchi in a certain way. I feel I need to give someone an opportunity to be a star. I’m looking for someone preferably in the age group of 18 to 22. The character is of a Pahadi girl so the girl’s features have to match that.
You announced the film and the other cast members before you could zero in on Kaanchi? That’s because I have not found the face I have in mind. I plan to roll the film in January, so I have time. I announced that Rishi Kapoor would be in the film. On October 24, I had planned an event to mark the 34th anniversary of my production house, Mukta Arts. But due to the demise of Yash Chopra, I cancelled it as a mark of respect. I haven’t decided when I will host the event. But I’ve invited all the stars who featured in my films like Tina Ambani, Jackie Shroff, Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit to honour all of them and celebrate the films they have More >
IANS (MID-DAY; October 25, 2012)
Filmmaker Subhash Ghai has cancelled the 34th anniversary celebrations of his production house Mukta Arts as a mark of respect to late filmmaker Yash Chopra.
The event was scheduled for Wednesday. ‘Yashji has always stood by me. Whenever I needed him, he was like a guiding brother to me. He had seen me growing from an actor to filmmaker and attended every anniversary and every event of Mukta Arts,’ Ghai said in a statement. Yash Chopra died Sunday. He was 80.
‘His absence saddens me deeply today (Wednesday) on the 34th anniversary of Mukta Arts. He was the first person to call me when high court ordered me to discontinue Whistling Woods Film Institute in Mumbai and asked me if I need any help from him. He extended full support. How can you forget these kind of giving people in life,’ said Ghai.
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; September 22, 2012)
His has been a chequered career. From the slash and burn Murder to the charming Life in a Metro and the disastrous Kites. But with Barfi, both his and his star Ranbir Kapoor’s finest film to date, Anurag Basu has become the toast of Bollywood. In this interview, the 38-year-old cancer survivor talks about cheating death, his sheet anchor Mahesh Bhatt and why he will never again make a film which he has not written himself. Excerpts:
How did you get into films? I am from a traditional middle-class, culturally inclined Bengali family from Bhilai. My mom and dad were amateur theatre artistes, due to which my childhood was spent in green rooms. In Bhilai, the only way to a future was to study engineering. I got admission in Jabalpur engineering college but did not join and instead came to Mumbai with the dream of being a part of the entertainment industry. I wanted to join FTII to become a cameraman but for that, I needed to study Physics. I got a chance during my second year of college in Mumbai when I was selected as a background dancer in Prakash Mehra’s Dalal. After completing my graduation, I gave myself six months to start working in films.
I used to write my plays and would stand outside film sets asking for work to become an assistant director. Raman Kumar was making the serial Tara then. I was lucky that only a few months after assisting him I became the director of the serial. After Tara, I started getting work and More >
The Deol starrer is the third film to get shelved after The Man and Ghayal Returns
Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 28, 2012)
After the much publicised Ghayal Returns, yet another Sunny Deol starrer has hit a roadblock. Bhaiyyaji Superhit, the film that was reportedly bailed out by Subhash Ghai’s Mukta Arts has been shelved due to differences between the director Neeraj Pathak and producer Fauzia Arshi.
Though Fauzia, when contacted told us that she had no plans of shelving the film. “I have put the project on hold currently. This movie will go on floors when the script and budget is in place.”
She revealed, “After we finished 15 days of shooting, which went well, director Neeraj Pathak asked me to increase the budget by Rs 6 crore. That’s a big amount! He has a good story but till I don’t get a definite budget and shooting script in hand, I wouldn’t be able to let the movie go on floors.”
However, a source close to the film told us that it wasn’t just the increase in budget that irked the producer. “There were differences between Neeraj and Fauzia. The project was going over budget and after the first schedule, Neeraj approached Subhash Ghai without Fauzia’s knowledge. She was shocked with the news of her venture being backed by somebody else. She holds the rights and has no plans to be a co-producer,” said the source.
When we asked Fauzia whether she had a ‘talk’ with Neeraj about the latter approaching Subhash Ghai, she said, “He told me that he had just mentioned More >
Ghai will produce Bhaiyyaji Superhit that was stalled soon after the first schedule
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 23, 2012)
Barely days after the first schedule, the shooting of Sunny Deol-starrer Bhaiyyaji Superhit was brought to an abrupt halt, plunging director Neeraj Pathak into a pall of gloom. However, the film’s cast and crew can now heave a sigh of relief with Subhash Ghai stepping in to bail out the production. Ghai and Pathak go back a long way and have been close friends ever since Pathak directed Mukta Arts’ 2010 film Right Yaaa Wrong.
Ghai confirmed the news and said, “We will produce Bhaiyyaji Superhit in association with Nikon Films (that had earlier produced Black and White). The terms and conditions are being finalised.”
He said while talking to Pathak, he realised the director had a winner on hand. “Bhaiyyaji Superhit will be a hit. That’s why I am backing it hereafter.”
Sunny Deol will be seen for the first time in a double role in Bhaiyyaji Superhit. The film, that marks the return of Mukta Arts to production, also stars Mithun Chakraborty, Ameesha Patel, Arshad Warsi and Tusshar Kapoor.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, April 8, 2011 – 16:02 IST
Subhash Ghai’s Mukta Arts and Ketan Mehta’s Maya Digital have joined hands to re-create one of the biggest hits of Hindi cinema Sholay in 3D.
Speaking to Bollywood Hungama, Subhash Ghai said, “We have a partnership with Maya Digital and one the films which we plan to re-create in 3D is Sholay. Things are still being discussed but we did have a test show for the producers who were happy with what they saw.”
Besides re-creating Sholay in 3D, Mukta Arts is also working on its own 3D animation film. Says Mr. Ghai, “Yes, we are also working on our own 3D animation film and it will be a musical.”