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Apurva Agnihotri on TV, films and the recent rave party controversy
Seema Sinha (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 6, 2013)
He started off as a film actor, shifted to the small screen later. However, Apurva Agnihotri has a new goal in life now — to don the director’s hat
So, you want to direct a film now? Yes, creating stuff excites me more than working on somebody else’s creation. I want to do things that I have control over. I want to make the kind of cinema I believe in and have started taking baby steps towards the goal. My father was a writer, so I guess it comes naturally. Even when I was doing Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin, I would often go behind the camera.
Will you continue with television serials? As of now, yes. But out-of-the-box stuff doesn’t come your way in television. Also, after 20 episodes or so, the grind starts.
Though you started your film career with a bang — with Subhash Ghai’s Pardes — it never really took off after that… I was never media’s blue-eyed boy. When Pardes happened, nobody was bothered about me. Everybody wrote about the girl (Mahima Chaudhary), and Shah Rukh Khan. Only after the film released, people noticed that there was one more guy and I managed to grab some eyeballs. My second film, Pyaar Koi Khel Nahin (1999), again with Mahima, bombed. I believe that the movie flopped because of me. I think I was atrocious in that film, a total miscast. Also, being shy worked against me.
Is television as unpredictable as films? It isn’t, but we have been More >
By Taran Adarsh, February 24, 2011 – 14:10 IST
I have often observed on my visits to the West that people living overseas are far more seeped in Indian ethnic values, customs, festivities and rituals, when compared to a lot many Indians living in Hindustan. Those who live there believe that by observing and practicing the Indian traditions, they would continue to remain Indian at heart. Most of them also wish to wed an Indian because they consider that their respective spouse would bring along with them time-honored Indian values.
For some strange reason, Hindi cinema has often projected an NRI youngster as a cool and hep dude, pretending to speak Hindi with an English accent. But that, in my opinion, is merely a façade. It’s far from real. Sure, there could be exceptions, but every NRI who arrives in India isn’t wearing an Armani or Versace. Neither is he a die-hard romantic like Raj or Rahul. In fact, a lot of NRIs I know are amused to note that while they held on to the traditions, the ones in India are more inclined towards the West.BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
Yet, the East-West love story remains a pet theme that continues to invade the Hindi screen. Films like PURAB AUR PASCHIM, DILWALE DULHANIA LE JAYENGE and NAMASTEY LONDON have explored this topic most convincingly. In fact, a lot many people feel that YRF and Dharma have highlighted this aspect in various films, which the diaspora has lapped up with glee. But, of late, films that carry with More >
By Taran Adarsh, November 11, 2010 – 14:48 IST
After several years of co-productions and joint investment, the two most prominent global film industries have come together for the signing of an historic declaration between the city of Los Angeles and the Indian film industry at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood, CA.
As part of the declaration, the city of Los Angeles and the Indian film industry, represented by the Film and Television Producers Guild of India and the Film Federation of India, agree to develop and strengthen motion picture production, distribution, technology, content protection and commercial cooperation between the two filmmaking communities. The two parties also support the creation of the Los Angeles-India Film Council to increase Indian film production in Los Angeles.
Speaking at the event, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said: “This declaration reinforces our city’s commitment to attracting international production. In the past year, we have already seen Hindi movies such as My Name is Khan and Kites filmed in Los Angeles, and we enthusiastically welcome further Indian production in Los Angeles.”
Mayor Villaraigosa was joined by California Film Commissioner Amy Lemisch, Paramount Pictures CEO Brad Grey, Motion Picture Association Asia Pacific President Mike Ellis, and Motion Picture Association India Managing Director Rajiv Dalal, along with Indian Producers Bobby Bedi, L. Suresh, and representatives from Reliance BIG More >
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, October 25, 2010 – 12:23 IST
One of the most well-known and prolific production houses in Bollywood is Subhash Ghai’s Mukta Arts. The banner, which has given us evergreen hits such as Karz, Ram Lakhan, Karma, Khalnayak, Taal, Pardes, and Aitraaz amongst others, recently celebrated its 32nd anniversary.
In true Mukta Arts tradition, 3 new films were announced on this joyous occasion to be directed by bigwigs such as Abbas Mustan, Priyadarshan and Ghai himself. Cast and credits are being finalised and all the films will begin shooting in early 2011.
Abbas Mustan, who are directing a film for Mukta Arts, sent a message all the way from Russia where they are doing recee for their remake of The Italian Job. Said the director duo, “Firstly we would like to congratulate Subhash Ghai on the 32nd anniversary of Mukta Arts. We’ve had a very long association with Subhashji and are very happy to be associated with him once again. We will be starting the film for Mukta Arts in 2011 and it is titled Garjann and is a fast paced thriller.”
Speaking on making a film for Mukta Arts and Subhash Ghai, prolific filmmaker Priyadarshan said, “I have a few gurus whom I learned film making from and one of the prominent teachers of mine has been Subhashji and my text book of entertaining and visual cinema comes from his films. It’s a great honour for me that I have been chosen as one of the directors to direct a film for him. It’s a great More >
By Taran Adarsh, March 11, 2010 – 22:08 IST
Appearances can be deceptive. Somehow, I’ve not been able to connect to the promos of RIGHT YAAA WRONG. And now, after I’ve watched the film, I genuinely feel that the promos don’t do justice to this taut thriller.
Also, I had strong reservations for this one. Sunny Deol, an A-lister at a point of time, had slipped into oblivion thanks to the wrong films that he chose to act in. Two factors that really go against RIGHT YAAA WRONG.
But never judge a book by its cover [in this case, its promos]. For, RIGHT YAAA WRONG is a gripping thriller with a taut courtroom drama that catches you unaware and surprises you, especially towards its post-interval portions.BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
Come to think of it, a plot like RIGHT YAAA WRONG is not easy to pen and narrate. The conflict between two thick friends and how they find themselves on the opposite sides of the law ought to be handled with gloves. Most importantly, when the tension reaches its peak, the culmination has to be razor-sharp and concurrently, justify both the sides’ point of view. Fortunately, RIGHT YAAA WRONG hits the right note.
So what’s the verdict? Is watching this fare right or wrong? It’s right, I’d say!
Ajay [Sunny Deol] is a brave cop. An unexpected incident takes place and he wants his wife [Eesha Koppikhar] to kill him. Will a wife agree to kill her own husband? Why does Ajay want to kill himself?
Ajay and Vinay [Irrfan Khan] were the best More >
Bollywood’s original Showman, Subhash Ghai, defends his thriller releasing this Friday when comedy is the flavour of the season…
HARSHADA REGE Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; March 10, 2010)
Subhash Ghai, that great Showman of Bollywood, has got a new release this week in Right yaa Wrong — the Sunny Deol, Konkana Sen Sharma, Irrfan Khan and Eesha Koppikar starrer that he is most excited about. The ghost of Yuvraaj, his disaster of 2008 starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, has been exorcised and his production house, Mukta Arts Ltd., has not only funded and will distribute Right Yaaa Wrong across India, but also control its world rights. The film, directed by debutant Neerraj Pathak, is a thriller… yes, in this day and age of comedies. Subhash Ghai valiantly defended the decision to make a thriller in this Q&A session with BT…
BT: When comedy is the flavour of the season, why a thriller?
SG: Wasn’t Ghajini a thriller, too? I am sure audiences will like Right Yaaa Wrong because it’s made with passion and a pace for the big screen. The plot, the performances, the climax… let me stop here… will surprise people.
BT: After a thriller like Khalnayak and love stories like Pardes and Taal… what impressed you to produce and fund Right Yaaa Wrong?
SG: I enjoy thrillers. I see most from Hollywood. The drama, riddles, passion, speed, the excitement, the rhythm dominated background score and intriguing cinematography… just waiting for More >