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Once upon a time, a 50+ but dashing actor decides to jump into film production, just like his other counterparts. He wants to launch his banner with a grand film but due to some reason, he doesn’t come across a right script. Hence, he calls his old friend, a hit comedy director. “I acted in your first directorial venture…now it’s time for you to direct my first production venture”, said the actor-turned-producer to the happy-go-lucky director who couldn’t refuse the offer. The director and team fails to come up with a fitting script but the producer still gives the go ahead. But who’ll act in a film which has such a shoddy screenplay? But the actor-producer manages it! He calls his actor-friend and uses the same modus operandi. “I acted in your production 2 Diwalis back…now your turn!”, he told him and got him on board. An actress who’s struggling to break off her ‘psycho’ image jumps at the opportunity of acting in a comedy film, now studded with ‘established names’. A foreigner model who’s offered an item number-special appearance combo too joins the bandwagon. The story-script is laden with extreme stupidity and buffoonery but no one says a word. All carry on their work, hoping that the film miraculously will succeed. But alas! Rascals fails terribly! Easily one of the worst films to come out of 2011! A-V-O-I-D!
The story of the movie: On a single day, Anthony (Arjun Rampal), a gangster, gets conned by 2 conman – Chetan (Sanjay Dutt) and Bhagat (Ajay Devgn). The conmen More >
With a film titled Nano and a soon-to-be announced Broadway musical
Prithwish Ganguly (BOMBAY TIMES; May 4, 2011)
Ratan Tata wants to try his luck at the entertainment industry once again. The business tycoon whose first brush with Bollyland was with a box office dud titled Aetbaar (2004) starring Amitabh Bachchan, John Abraham and Bipasha Basu, now wants to make a comeback with a multi-pronged business plan. And it’s not just films. He is also funding Broadway style musicals by casting desi talents. His team has already met a few filmmakers and is also in talks with talents who can make edgy, emotional musicals.
Says an insider, “The Tatas are once again open to projects. They’ve met a couple of filmmakers, and these meetings have created quite a buzz in the industry, which is always looking at producers with deep pockets. One of the projects that they are considering is titled Nano.” There is a lot of anticipation in the film industry with a big player like the Tatas returning to the entertainment space.
For the grand musical, Ratan Tata is in touch with a couple of musicians of Indian origin to make a sensitive, close-to-home Bollywood-style musical for the masses. Tatas will become the first Indian company to have ever funded a lavish and big budget musical, which will be staged globally. The scripting is currently on. Ratan is looking to rope in an exciting young talent for this. Wait for a formal announcement, which will come More >
The ‘jugaad’ behind Band Baaja Baaraat, on the grammar of commercial cinema
Malay Desai (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 26, 2010) Rana Chakraborty
Kin kanjaro ke saath kaam kar rahi hai? Paying in ghaas-poos, wanting delivery of kukkad?” went Bittoo Sharma, of the last recognised hit of 2010, Band Baaja Baaraat. The line created spontaneous laughter in the packed suburban screen we watched the film at, despite ‘kanjar’ or ‘kukkad’ being alien words to most native Mumbaikars.
This, the man behind its screenplay and dialogues feels, is one of many gratifying moments the film has brought him. Habib Faisal is also beaming on reports that the film is running to packed houses in Chennai too. That’s quite a high to end a whirlwind year with, in the face of a personal tragedy.
The 44-year-old lost his father in January and made his directorial debut in October. Sitting cross-legged on the floor mattress in his Lokhandwala 2-BHK, Faisal reflects, over black coffee, on his structured approach to the craft.
“I owe much to my summer vacation relationship with Bhopal and its ‘fursat’ people,” he smiles, talking of Delhi, where his family moved when he was a toddler. Growing up in Jangpura, a ‘hardcore Punju area’, Faisal didn’t have much of a career plan when he opted for Karodimal College.
“But I caught the theatre bug there and eventually studied cinema in USA,” he recalls. That said, his recent liaisons with Yash Raj Films (YRF) couldn’t have More >