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Music director Amit Trivedi talks to reader Shashika Mooruth about life post DevD and his take on item numbers
MUMBAI MIRROR (March 6, 2011)
When I was a young girl, I had the opportunity to croon in front of Kishore Kumar, who appreciated my singing and had asked me to sing for a big music director someday. Decades later, I have fulfilled the promise I made to the legendary singer when I met Amit Trivedi at a studio in Worli, where he was recording music for one of his forthcoming films. I was delighted when he said that my voice has good texture.
I think he is one of most talented musicians we have in our country today and if he remains consistent with his work, he may just be the next A R Rahman. “Oh please, you’re being very kind. Rahman is God for me. I look up to him. I have a long way to go to reach where he is. When I won the National Award for DevD, he even sent a bouquet of flowers to me. It was very special, I could have died the next day and it wouldn’t have mattered,” he smiled.
In fact, he said he wasn’t entirely disheartened when DevD was stalled for a while, “Aamir happened and I got so busy with that,” he mentioned. He never imagined that Dev D’s music would turn out to be such a phenomenon. Amit said, “Quite honestly, I thought it would be my first and last film. The music that was being aired on the radio at that time was so different. There was no connection with what I was doing and what I was hearing on the radio. More >
Debutant Ranveer Singh is a star in the making. Seema Sinha meets the confident performer
TIMES NEWS NETWORK (TIMES LIFE; February 20, 2011)
MEET Ranveer Singh, the star in making, with floppy hair falling on his forehead, the casual college boy looks. The debutant, who made inroads into Bollywood’s big banner Yash raj with his very first film — Band Baaja Baaraat, has emerged winner with the box-office success and several awards already in his kitty. Bollywood’s top honchos Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar have predicted him as the next superstar!
However, his striking resemblance to rising star Ranbir Kapoor is purely incidental, he maintains. “It’s just our names that are similar. I’m an experimental actor and want to carve my own niche,” he says.
Ranveer had celluloid dreams from the time he finished high school. He says, “It all seemed so farfetched then. Given my non-filmi background, I felt like an outsider, who didn’t stand a chance. It was like wanting to belong to an elite, exclusive club.”
The next best thing was to take up copywriting, says Ranveer, who grew up on a steady diet of television. “As a kid, I was fat. When children were playing outside, I spent my time in front of the television, enjoying commercials and wondering how they were made. I was good at writing jingles and one-liners. I interned at O&M, but my love for cinema never died,” he reminisces.
His dream was fulfilled when the casting director at More >
By Taran Adarsh, December 2, 2010 – 16:52 IST
What’s the recipe for a winning motion picture? A gigantic financial plan? Striking locales? A mammoth star cast? Strictly going by the number of low cost films that found tremendous appreciation, it reiterates and restates the fact that content always reigns supreme. ‘Small’ films like LOVE SEX AUR DHOKHA, TERE BIN LADEN, UDAAN, PEEPLI [LIVE], KHICHDI and DO DOONI CHAAR have had a lot to say when compared to several mammoth ventures, which drove on star power while content took a complete backseat.
Subhash Kapoor’s PHAS GAYE RE OBAMA banks on a taut screenplay and not a showy star cast to deliver the goods. Choosing an interesting plot is one thing and doing justice to it is another. But the assorted characters, the sequence of events in the narrative and the bunch of talented actors do the trick. At the same time, though the film has the right running time, it could’ve done with some sharper editing at places.BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
Final word? PHAS GAYE RE OBAMA may not boast of stars to entice the viewers in hordes. It may not have a colossal canvas [on the contrary, the making is very basic]. It may not have a wonderful musical score to act as a hook [there are hardly any songs here]. But PHAS GAYE RE OBAMA succeeds, and succeeds largely, in its endeavour: Make the viewer laugh at the right places. A small little gem that deserves a watch.
PHAS GAYE RE OBAMA traces the journey of Om [Rajat More >
Mallika Sherawat catches up exclusively with BT on Hollywood, the man she wants to kiss, her sex appeal…
Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 6, 2010)
Oomphy girl Mallika Sherawat, who has practically made US her home, flew down to Mumbai after two years. And in an exclusive chat with BT, she said that Mumbai continues to be the home where her heart lies… despite the razzle dazzle she has become used to in Los Angeles. “I missed everything about Mumbai. I missed the rains and I also missed the vada pav. I’m going to hog some during my stay,” said Mallika, who is here to promote her Hollywood movie Hisss and act in Double Dhamaal. She added, “In LA, I’m representing India, the land of Om, and it’s a huge responsibility. I take pride that I’m at the forefront of the convergence of the West and the East.”
The actress had created a stir in Bollywood eight years back with her record kissing act in Khwahish in which she smooched the lead actor 17 times. Post this, she went bold in many other films and her kisses and body were as much of an USP of the film as its plot. Is there a person over whose lips she wants to plant hers? “I want to kiss Sean Penn. He is an intense actor whom I really adore,” Mallika shot back, laughing. The actress also said of her evolving sex appeal, “As time goes, one matures and everything about a person goes through change. I think my sex appeal right now is in my mind and how I connect with people.”
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By Taran Adarsh, March 11, 2010 – 22:19 IST
Generally speaking, a film starring relative newcomers and helmed by a first-time director comes with zilch expectations. And if the film in question happens to be a suspense-thriller, the debutante director has to walk a tight rope. One false step and chances are he’d fall on his face.
Debutante director Shawn Arranha surprises you in his very first outing. It may not be the most captivating thriller you’ve watched, but there are moments that keep you hooked to the proceedings. Also, a suspense saga works if you continue to play the guessing game till the end and in this case, you can’t tell who the culprit is. That is nothing short of a victory for this film!BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
On the flip side, the making could’ve been better in terms of production values and at times, it does give an impression of being a rushed job as far as the writing is concerned.
Love slasher movies? Watch HIDE & SEEK. It has ample adrenaline pumping moments!
They were kids – Om, Abhi, Jaideep, Imran, Gunita and Jyotika. And it all started as a game on a chilly Christmas night. But little did they expect that night that the game would change their lives forever. Twelve years later, while some still wrestled with memories of that fateful night and others left it buried deep within them, it was a past that came back to haunt them again.
Twelve years later, someone was bringing them all together. To play that game all over More >
By Taran Adarsh, January 1, 2010 – 12:31 IST
Surprise, surprise, surprise! Sometimes, the expectations from a movie are zilch, but what unfolds on screen is beyond expectations. It surprises you, to put it simply.
On face-value, BOLO RAAM looks like it’s straight out of 1970s cinema. A movie with predictability written all over it. A movie that carries zero hype and matches it with zero content. But BOLO RAAM isn’t archaic, isn’t the usual masala, isn’t zero content.
A remake of the Tamil film RAAM [2005; starring Jeeva, Saranya, Rehman, Murali], BOLO RAAM has an interesting plot with an engaging screenplay that compels you to look at the screen for most parts of the movie. But, of course, there’re hiccups. A few non-actors and a done to death climax could’ve been avoided.BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
Raam [Rishi Bhutani] is charged with the murder of his mother Archana [Padmini Kolhapure]. Raam falls into a state of shock, brief psychotic disorder, after his mother’s death and becomes silent, refusing to talk or react in any manner.
The investigating officer, Indrajeet Singh Rathi [Om Puri] is puzzled and unable to make Raam speak. He consults a psychiatrist, Dr. Negi [Naseeruddin Shah], to determine the cause of Raam’s state of mind and the reason for his silence.
Rathi interrogates various personalities for the case, questioning Raam. Every possible motive that Raam might have for murdering his mother is explored. Furthermore, Raam’s neighbours, Sub-Inspector Sajid More >