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BOMBAY TIMES (March 11, 2012)
After playing Imran Khan’s sidekick in I Hate Luv Storys and making his presence felt in films like Mumbai Meri Jaan, Bedhundh (Marathi), My Name Is Khan and Crook, model and actor Kavin Dave, is stepping into the world every actor dreams of – yes, he is all set to take centre stage!
Producer-director Jagdish Rajpurohit ‘s Bumboo has Dave in the lead part. “I am excited and am looking forward to Bumboo’s release,” he smiles. Kavin’s brush with the camera began when he was barely seven. “My first ad was a candy commercial followed by a number of television serials that had me as a child artiste.”
Kavin continues, “After graduation, I began pursuing theatre and mastered the art of acting under the guidance of eminent theatre personality Satyadev Dubey. It was here that I met Jagdish Rajpurohit, and over a period of time our meeting culminated into a thick friendship. Because of our common interest in cinema we landed up writing the adaptation of L’emmerduer for India.”
He adds, “Forget the lead, I was not even considered for any role in Bumboo! Rajpurohit wanted someone who would look slightly older than me. But I convinced him otherwise. Well, that’s where I stand apart I guess!”
BOMBAY TIMES (May 5, 2011)
Producer Nameeta Nair is ecstatic with having discovered a new musical talent in actor Imaad Shah who is the son of the legend Naseeruddin Shah. Imaad, who has proved his acting prowess already, now makes his debut as music composer with Prawal Raman’s psychological thriller 404 presented by Imagik Motion Pictures that releases this month. Twelve years ago the same banner gave Pritam his first break. Namita says, “I have always believed in promoting all round performers who have their own identity. Imaad’s style of music is fresh, soulful and today’s youth will connect with it instantly. I believe he is going to be the surprise package of this year and is a gift to the industry.” 404 is set in a medical college and has newcomer Rajvvir Aroraa in the main lead. Director Nishikant Kamat (Mumbai Meri Jaan, Force) is seen here as an actor. The banner’s next film Ekaant slated for a release later this year is also targetted at Gen Y.
By Subhash K. Jha, May 2, 2011 – 12:01 IST
Director Nishikant Kamat who is currently busy completing the film Force with John Abraham in the lead, not only took time off to act in his friend director Prawaal Raman’s film entitled 404 on the psychological disorder known as the Bipolar Disorder, but he also took time off to correct the climax of Prawaal’s film.
This is the first time that a director has not only agreed to play a role in his colleague’s film but has also taken the time off for some serious climax correction. What’s more, Kamat actually advised Raman to chop off a scene featuring himself!
Confirms Prawaal, “Nishikant has made suggestions to improve the climax of the film. And I gladly incorporated them. Nishi wanted me to remove two scenes, one featuring Satish Kaushik and the other featuring Nishikant himself. Cutting them gave a better flow to my film’s narration.”
Interestingly, the two directors have a mutual understanding about correcting each other’s films on the editing table.
Says Prawaal, “I’ve seen and given suggestions for Nishikant Kamat’s Dombivili Fast and Mumbai Meri Jaan. We share a mutual respect for one another’s work.”
Now it remains to be seen how producer Vipul Shah will react if Prawaal Raman gives his suggestions during the editing of Nishikant Kamat’s Force.
Powerhouse performer Om Puri at his candid best in an interview with BT
Tanvi Trivedi (BOMBAY TIMES; May 1, 2011)
For someone whose repertoire of films comprises – Ardh Satya, Aakrosh, Bhumika, Gandhi and more recently — Action Replayy and 3 Thay Bhai – Om Puri surprises us when he confesses that he does not enjoy the process of filmmaking any more! “I was enjoying it till the 80s and early 90s. After 1995 the quality of films in Bollywood has suffered.” In Ahmedabad for an international film festival, Puri says present day films revolve round characters one can’t relate to. “In a country where 90 per cent of the population lives in villages, I don’t understand how can films like Singh is Kinng, Patiala House and Tees Maar Khan be made? I don’t understand how can you give away crores of money to an actor because he has achieved star status. Only in the Hindi film industry an actor is bigger than the film. And when a film flops, producer marta hai bechara.”
Predominantly an arthouse cinema actor, Puri feels “meaningful” films still have their share of audience. “There is a lot of good cinema being churned out by Vishal Bhardwaj, Dibakar Banerjee, and Ashutosh Gowariker. The only difference between them and earlier arthouse filmmakers is that in the case of the former lot, the main protagonist in a commercial film has to be a saleable star. For a film like Sarkar, Mr Bachchan’s role could have been essayed by me or Naseeruddin Shah, More >
Feroze Khan’s brother Akbar Khan, director of the epic serial Akbar The Great, will portray the sunny side of Saddam Hussein
Kathika Kandpal (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 28, 2011)
Films based on real life incidents like No One Killed Jessica, Sarkar, Shootout at Lokhandwala, Mumbai Meri Jaan and Black Friday have done brilliantly of late. The newest addition to the list being From President to Prisoner based on the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein who was hanged for his crimes against humanity.
Directed by Suresh Kohli, the docu-drama is based on a book Safar Zindagi Ka written by Aziz Burney. The director said, “When the idea popped, I kept Akbar Khan’s photo next to Saddam’s and everyone agreed that he would be the best pick for the role. And Akbar agreed too.”Akbar Khan feels Saddam Hussein’s contribution to his country’s developement was great
Akbar Khan has always been associated with epics like The Sword of Tipu Sultan, Akbar The great, Taj Mahal-An Eternal Love Story and now From President to Prisoner. Choice or coincidence? “It was all destiny.
Tipu Sultan fell into my lap when my brother met with that unforgettable accident on its sets. I was working on a big film which I shelved to work on Tipu Sultan, Sanjay’s dream project. Akbar… too was destiny.
I was fascinated by the way a guide at the Taj Mahal, Agra, recited the story of a king who erected a memorabilia like that for his beloved.
Only From President…was actually a co-incident. I More >
Mrigank Dhaniwala (April 22, 2011)
1. Abhishek Bachchan’s Name Change Vishnu Kamat, Abhishek Bachchan’s character in Dum Maaro Dum, was initially called Nishikant Kamat after the name of the Bollywood director who had helmed Mumbai Meri Jaan. Nishikant (the director) is a fast friend of the film’s scriptwriter, Shridhar Raghavan, and director, Rohan Sippy.
2. ‘Subah Ko Kar Salaam’ To ‘Dum Maaro Dum’ Dum Maaro Dum was earlier titled Subah Ko Kar Salaam. The original title, given by Shridhar Raghavan, the scriptwriter of the film, is drawn from the lyrics of an old TV serial, Subah, that was broadcast on Doordarshan.
3. Prateik’s Voice Modulation Prateik, who essays the role of a young college boy in Dum Maaro Dum, played with his voice to suit the character. Whereas in real life, Prateik has a normal voice, he tweaked it to make it sound squeaky, just like a teenager’s voice.
4. 70 Days The shooting of Dum Maaro Dum was wrapped up in 70 days, mostly in Goa.
5. Budget Rs. 24 crore (Rs. 240 million) was spent on the production of Dum Maaro Dum.
6. Smoking Is Injurious To Health… Bipasha’s Health For Sure Bipasha Basu, who is a non-smoker, tried to learn how to smoke for a scene in the film. But when Rohan Sippy found out that Bipasha was not comfortable smoking, he promptly dropped the scene.
7. Abhishek’s Choice Abhishek Bachchan was first approached to play the role of Joki in Dum Maaro Dum. However, on reading the script, Abhishek told director Rohan Sippy that he More >
By Joginder Tuteja, March 14, 2011 – 11:27 IST
Despite a recent accident where John Abraham fell on a heap of stones and an injury scare that followed; his Force is well on track. In fact, the film’s producer Vipul Shah states that there won’t be any change in the shooting schedule despite Force being marred with mishaps at regular intervals ever since it was launched late last year.
“Yes, John did meet with an accident but that shouldn’t hamper the progress of Force. We are going ahead with full force. Pun intended”, laughs Shah when questioned if he was now having any nervous bouts due to the recent incident.
Of course Vipul was nervous early on when the incident actually took place a few days back when John had to perform a stunt scene on two moving trains. However, since a major portion of the film has already been shot and Force is well marching towards completion, Vipul is confident that the team would be able to make up for the lost time.
“Force is already 90% complete and we would be wrapping up the shooting portions in April. This is pretty much as per what he had originally planned and hence there is no worrying factor”, says Vipul who is happy to have given the reins of direction to Nishikant Kamat of Mumbai Meri Jaan fame.
In fact the filmmaker, whose only other production earlier where he hasn’t been a director is blockbuster Singh Is Kinng, is now devising plans around the film’s marketing and promotion. He is aiming for a release in August/September More >
The Bollywood hunk talks tough and returns to action in his forthcoming film
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; January 13, 2010)
The Tamil film Khakha Khakha with Surya, one of the most desirable actors around, went on to create records in South Indian cinema. Vipul Amrutlal Shah struck a terrific bargain when he picked up the Hindi remake rights and went on to cast the handsome hunk John Abraham with the petite Genelia D’Souza.
Directed by Nishikant Kamat, who earlier made the sensitive Mumbai Meri Jaan (2008), Force that is likely to release in mid-2011, has the market excited because it is one of those adrenaline pumping action films that usually work at the marquee. It is also John’s first full-blown action film after Aditya Chopra’s Dhoom, where he made the trade sit up and take notice. Force is a joint venture between Fox Star Studios and Vipul A Shah and it has spectacular action sequences that “are going to be a first for Indian audiences,’’ promises creative producer Vipul.
For the first time in his career, John plays a cop; it is also the first time that he romances Bollywood cutie Genelia. Says Vipul, “I am truly fortunate to have a great director-actor team on board. I have full confidence in Nishikant’s ability to make an excellent film. As for John, he has surprised me with his performance. This is one of his best films.” The bearded, shy Nishikant says, “I could not have asked for a better producer than Vipul and a More >
Some small-budget films and first-time filmmakers did Bollywood proud in 2010
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; December 31, 2010)
A quick recap: 2008 was a great year for what Bollywood calls the smart movie. So what is the description of the smart film? “Well, it is film made on a realistic budget with thought-provoking content,’’ said Siddharth Roy Kapur of UTV Motion Pictures. Kudos should go to UTV Spotboy who recognised gems like Raj Kumar Gupta’s Aamir, Nishikant Kamat’s Mumbai Meri Jaan and Neeraj Pandey’s A Wednesday; giving these films the right release window in one calendar year.
However, in 2009, avaricious producers destroyed the funda of the smart movie. Several small films proved to be tacky affairs with no quality control. When an obituary was written for the small film, established makers like Pritish Nandy rightly said it was premature to dismiss this genre. Pritish is right. But the fact is that at the start of 2010, there seemed to be little or no hope for the small film. It is estimated that 150-odd small films are lying in the cans waiting to be claimed by some film corporation who can shell out monies for their release.
What is also heartening is the fact that just before the smart movie breathed its last on the Bollywood operating table, oxygen was infused into this genre by some virgin filmmakers who had foolproof scripts and the right amount of spunk. And 2010 saw the marquee adorned with some of the More >
By Satish Sundaresan, August 23, 2010 – 15:45 IST
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It’s a common adage that ‘The only thing that’s constant is Change’. One has seen many a Bollywood star getting replaced in films and also brand endorsements, for many varied reasons. The latest in this category is that of Genelia D’Souza replacing Asin in the Hindi remake of the mega hit Tamil film Kakha Kakha. It will now be Genelia and not Asin, who will be seen romancing the hunky John Abraham.
For starters, the original Tamil film Kakha Kakha was directed by Gautham Menon and had starred two of Tamil Nadu’s heartthrobs Surya and Jyothika. While Vipul Shah wanted to make the film in Hindi, it was Nishikant Kamath (who had directed Mumbai Meri Jaan) who was chosen as the director. While the rest of the details of the cast are still being worked upon, one wonders as to what could be the reason behind the sudden replacement of Asin from the film.
Genelia’s spokesperson refused to comment on this development.