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Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 16, 2012)
Riteish Deshmukh’s plans to start his own production house have finally materialised. The actor will flag off his new business with a Marathi film that will be directed by acclaimed filmmaker Ravi Jadhav of Natrang (2010) fame. Riteish will also essay a pivotal role in the production.
According to an insider, Riteish had several meetings with Ravi. “They discussed the project at length. In fact, Riteish has two scripts in hand now – one a masala entertainer and the other a serious social drama. Whichever works out first will go on floors, ” said the insider. “Riteish had been toying with the idea of launching his own production house even before he tied the knot. He has good business acumen and wanted to explore this aspect of filmmaking. He has taken it up as a challenge,” said a friend of the actor.
Riteish’s Marathi heritage has influenced the actor’s decision to make a Marathi film first. “He wanted to give something back to his community. Moreover, making a Marathi film seems to be a safer bet than a Bollywood venture. Especially with a director like Ravi on board,” said the friend.
The project is expected to go on floor by January 2013. Riteish was unavailable for comment.
MKD Films, the banner under which Manmohan Desai, the father of Bollywood masala entertainers had produced hits like Amar Akbar Anthony, Naseeb, Coolie and Toofan is all set to make a comeback.
Son Ketan Desai and granddaughter Pooja Desai will be reviving the banner after almost a decade of slumber. As the first step, the banner will produce a Marathi film, disclosed Ketan’s close source.
After Manmohan Desai’s demise in 1994, the prospering production house slumped with just two releases, Deewana Mastana in 1997 and Yeh Hai Jalwa in 2002.Ketan Desai will revive father Manmohan Desai’s banner, MKD Films. A poster of Toofan, Coolie and Amar Akbar Anthony made by MKD Films
When we spoke to Pooja, she admitted that they are indeed bringing the banner back to life. “Yes that’s true. But the right person to give you complete details is my father,” she said over the phone.
“The film stars Ashok Saraf and Subodh Bhave. Sonali Kulkarni who had acted in Natarang is the female lead. Rajesh Deshpande is directing it and I will be the creative director,” revealed Ketan.
So what urged him to revive the banner with a Marathi film? “It was my father’s dying wish to make a film in Marathi as he owed everything that he was to Maharashtra,” replied Manmohan Desai’s son.
“The mahurat will take place on April 25. And if health permits, Shammi Kapoor will be giving the first clap to kickstart the film,” informed More >
By Subhash K. Jha, January 18, 2011 – 17:07 IST
After announcing new actors for his banner, it is time for new music composers to enter Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions.
The Marathi music composing brothers Ajay and Atul Gogavale who shot to fame with their Marathi compositions Natrang have hit big-time in Bollywood.
They have now been signed up by Karan Johar to do the music for his new-age remake of Agneepath. The sound captured for Agneepath is expected to be very different from what we normally hear in the films today.
Explains Karan Johar, “We wanted a sound that resonated what the composing maestros Laxmikant-Pyarelal had done in my father’s production of Agneepath. With due respects to the composers today, I don’t think anyone giving state-of-the-art music could’ve done the sound we wanted.”
It was Riteish Deshmukh who introduced Karan to Atul-Ajay.
Says Karan, “I loved Atul-Ajay’s music in Natrang. The minute my Agneepath director Karan Malhotra and I heard their music, we knew this is what we were looking for. Atul and Ajay will do to this new Agneepath what Laxmikant-Pyarelal had done to my father’s Agneepath. The music has the same epic quality with huge orchestral sounds, etc.”
This is first time that Karan Johar is working with a new team of music composers. It’s part of his plan to rejuvenate the film industry with new talent.
Some of the songs for the new Agneepath have already been finalized.
Speaking on behalf of both the brothers Atul Gogavale says, More >
RESULTS OF ONLY FEATURE FILMS Best Feature Film – Kutty Srank (Malayalam) [Director-Shaji N Karun]
Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director – Lahore (Hindi) [Director-Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan]
Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment – 3 Idiots (Hindi) [Director-Raj Kumar Hirani]
Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration – Delhi 6 (Hindi) [Director-Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra]
Best Film on Social Issues – Well Done Abba (Hindi) [Director-Shyam Benegal]
Best Children’s Film – Puttani Party (Kannada) [Director-Ramchandra P N] and Keshu (Malayalam) [Director-Sivan]
Best Direction – Rituparno Ghosh (Abohoman [Bengali])
Best Actor – Amitabh Bachchan (Paa [Hindi])
Best Actress – Ananya Chaterjee (Abohoman [Hindi])
Best Supporting Actor – Farooque Sheikh (Lahore [Hindi])
Best Supporting Actress – Arundhati Nag (Paa [Hindi])
Best Child Artist – Jeeva & Anba Karasu (Pasanga [Tamil])
Best Male Playback Singer – Rupam Islam (Mahanagar @ Kolkata [Bengali])
Best Female Playback Singer – Neelanjana Sarkar (Houseful [Bengali])
Best Cinematography – Anjuli Shukla (Kutty Srank [Malayalam])
Best Screenplay (Original) – P F Mathews & Harikrishna (Kutty Srank [Malayalam])
Best Screenplay (Adapted) – Kanasemba Kudureyaneri [Kannada]
Best Dialogues – Pandiraj (Pasanga [Tamil])
Best Audiography – Subhash Sahoo (Kaminey [Hindi]), Resool Pookutty (Kerela
Verma Pazhassi Raja [Malayalam]) & Anup Dev (3 Idiots More >
HARSHADA REGE Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; February 21, 2010)
When Shwaas tried to revive the flagging Marathi film industry in 2004, sceptics thought it had little chance to survive against the storm called Bollywood. However, six years later in 2010, the film industry is trying to gain a firm foothold. The secret behind this success is not just great movies, but also smart budgeting and savvy promotional activities. Whether it was last year’s bumper hit Mi Shivaji Raje Bhosle Boltoy or this year’s Natarang, the movies have been making enough money to brand themselves as profitable ventures. The multiplex boom has been a boon of sorts for the makers. Says Atul Kulkarni, who was the lead actor in Natarang, “Multiplexes have proved to be a boon for the Marathi film industry. People are going back to the theatres. Also, filmmakers are making the kind of cinema that will appeal to the audience.” However, it’s still not an easy task to get the ball rolling. Paresh Mokashi, who directed and produced the much-talked about Harishchandrachi Factory, says, “It’s definitely a challenge to put together a movie, but that’s the case with any first time filmmaker.” Besides individual producers, even corporate houses are now interested in putting their weight behind movies that seem promising like UTV did when they decided to distribute Harishchandrachi Factory. Trade analyst Amod Mehra points, “At one point the state of Marathi More >