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MID-DAY (December 31, 2012)
Rakesh Upadhyay is a multifaceted personality. The creative-producer of the recently released grosser Khiladi 786 and business partner to singing sensation and music director-cum-producer Himesh Reshammiya, Rakesh has had a long and successful history with Bollywood. In a chat, he talks about his work in Punjabi cinema and future projects.
What are you working on currently? As of now, I’m a business partner with Sunny Siddhu in Canada-based White Hill Productions which is based in Vancouver. We are a known line production and distribution network in North America. We’ve already completed the production of two Punjabi films — Best of Luck starring Gippy Garewal, Jazzy B and Simran Kaur Mundi and Jatt and Juliet Part 2 starring Diljit Dosanj and Neeru Bajwa.
So you’re concentrating only on Punjabi cinema? The production house is now in the process of starting multiple Punjabi films and will soon enter Hindi cinema as well. To top it all, a distribution network is in the offing in London, Australia, Sydney and Dubai. Apart from these, I’m also working busy with Himesh’s much-anticipated international album At Da Edge, which will have 15 English numbers and the video will be shot by none other than Roman White who has been a regular video director of Justin Bieber. The album will kick off with the first video being shot in USA very soon.
And you’re also involved in production work… I’ve been the executive director on board for Baba Arts Limited for More >
The filmmaker who had initially expressed his doubts about Abhishek’s bankability in Hera Pheri 4, has been thrown out of the project altogether
Sonal Chawla (BOMBAY TIMES; June 6, 2012)
He was the king of slapstick comedy. With films like No Entry, Welcome and Singh Is Kinng to his name, Anees Bazmee was the undisputed ruler of the box office when it came to humour. However, after two failed ventures (Thank You and No Problem) and a wrong decision (one that seemed right at the moment) the director seems to have hit a rough patch. Mirror has learnt that the sequel to Hera Pheri that was supposed to be directed by Bazmee has changed hands. Neeraj Vora, who directed Hera Pheri 2 (titled Phir Hera Pheri), will take over the latest project of the successful franchise.
Confirming the news, Bazmee told Mirror, “I am not directing Hera Pheri 4.” When we asked him the reason, he simply told us, “The star cast has changed. Akshay and all are not there.”
However, initially Bazmee was rather excited about directing Hera Pheri 4 and had even completed the script. The film had been announced with Abhishek Bachchan and Riteish Deshmukh in the lead roles replacing Akshay Kumar and Suniel Shetty. Nana Patekar was supposed to take over from Paresh Rawal.
But later after Players released and tanked, Bazmee was no longer confident about directing his film with Abhishek’s bankability and the film was put in the freezer. “But now, the intitial response to Junior B in Rohit Shetty’s Bol More >
By Joginder Tuteja, March 29, 2011 – 15:19 IST
With a flurry of successes right at the beginning of her career, Rimi Sen was one of the hottest newcomers in town when she was launched by Priyadarshan in Hungama (2003). However, allegations of being outspoken and someone who was seldom diplomatic started making the rounds due to which Rimi Sen was lost in oblivion. This is before Thank You happened that has now enabled her to make a big comeback.
“Rimi was enjoying a dream run back in there in the early part of the decade”, informs an industry insider, “Her line up of films was enviable what with back to back hits like Hungama, Baghban, Dhoom, Garam Masala, Phir Hera Pheri and Golmaal in her kitty. The only films that didn’t work for her were Deewane Huye Paagal and Kyun Ki but there too she had the privilege of working with the biggest of stars like Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan.”
The actress even won immense acclaim for her comic timing but surprisingly things started going downhill for her from this point on. No one really knows what exactly transpired but suddenly the industry wasn’t too receptive of her any more.
“She did films like Hat Trick, Johnny Gaddaar, De Taali and Sankat City as well but though her act was appreciated, the films weren’t successful. Also, if one looks carefully, most of these films were small time affairs and hardly gave any impetus to Rimi’s career”, continues the insider.
Just when it seemed that she was totally out of More >
…plotting and planning in the laugh riot releasing today
Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; December 3, 2010)
It’s been a while since funny bad guys like Crime Master Gogo have made us roll with laughter with their antics on screen. But imagine, what if we get not one — but four funny gangsters to ribtickle us? Wouldn’t it be great fun? Films like Andaz Apna Apna, Phir Hera Pheri, and Awara Pagal Deewana have quashed the concept of the traditional villain — an evil and cold-blooded character who gets punished at the climax. A funny take on them in the shape of the bumbling baddie has resulted in some serious laugh-athons at theatres. And it is these funny bad guys who make today’s big release, Revel Films’ Phas Gaye Re Obama.
The filmmakers say these characters will have audiences in splits. Leading from the front is one of the funniest men in the country, Sanjay Mishra, who plays a recession-hit gangster who is barely able to make ends meet but hopes to some day become an MLA. Neha Dhupia plays Munni Madam — a manhating gangster who has styled herself on the iconic Gabbar Singh. She runs an all-women gang whose members are named after popular Bollywood heroines. Neha says, “It’s really great to have characters like these rolled into one film. The laughter quotient automatically goes up like never seen before.”
Amole Gupte plays the Minister of Animal Welfare who virtually runs the local kidnapping industry when not trying out More >
By Subhash K. Jha, October 21, 2010 – 16:12 IST
It’s never happened to her before. Though once in Phir Hera Pheri, her voice had been dubbed without her permission and she was understandably upset, in her new release Aakrosh, Bipasha Basu’s role has been cut substantially.
And Bipsha is not sulking! In fact she seems quite happy to be in the shadows.
Chuckles the actress, “I knew from the start that my role was comparatively small. But I wanted to be part of this film because I believed in it. When I saw the complete film for the first time with my family and friends earlier this week, I realized my role had been edited out even more. Now I’m hardly there. Important things that I had shot have been removed.”
Naturally Bipasha’s family and friends were disappointed.
Says the actress, “I quickly took charge of the situation in the theatre and told them to watch Aakrosh as an Ajay Devgn film. I told my friends, ‘Hey guys. just enjoy the film for Ajay. Forget I’m there’. Sometimes it’s important to be part of a film that says something important. We live in the cities and half the time we don’t even know what’s going on in the backward areas. We city folks live a blinkered life. As an actor, I am ashamed to say I’m not aware of the world as much as I should be.”
Aakrosh opened Bipasha’s eyes to a reality she didn’t know existed. “Though my role is the blink-and-miss kind, I’ve no regrets about doing it. The greatest of actors do walk-on parts when they More >
By SHAHEEN PARKAR (Mid-Day; December 18, 2009)
Why Gauhar Khan is opening up way after Rocket Singh’s release
All this while, Gauhar Khan preferred to remain mum about Rocket Singh and the buzz about her so-called ‘cold war’ with Shazahn Padamsee who also features in the film.
“I was under contract with Yash Raj not to speak till the film releases. I wanted to respect it even though others may not have,” says the model-turned-actress. “I did not want to have any bad vibes around nor upset anyone. I only wanted my performance to do the talking which I am glad it did.”
At a private screening she received compliments from Yash Chopra as well as her co-star Ranbir Kapoor’s parents Rishi and Neetu Singh. “They telling me that I had done well in the film was huge for me. I was so jittery but the response has been overwhelming.”
She states that after the screening, she went up to Shazahn and wished her luck for her first film. “I don’t even know Shazahn and we didn’t share screen space. Nor were there any film-related events that we would be together. So I really don’t know where all this crept up? Guess this is what happens when there is a PR machinery at work.”
At the moment, it’s only acting for her. “The fashion world and ramp is out for me now. I only want to concentrate on movies.”
She was picked up for Rocket Singh during her television outing Jhalak Dikkhla Jaa. Most viewers would remember her as an extremely emotional contestant who cried often. “But that’s how I am, even More >
This year hasn’t been great for Akshay Kumar as all his films have flopped at the BO, with an exception for Kambakkht Ishq which was average. De Dana Dan, which releases tomorrow, is the last film of Akshay in 2009 and it’s expected to be one of the biggest hits this year. The promos have been excellent, the film has wonderful star cast and is helmed by the comedy expert Priyadarshan. But most importantly, the film consists of all the hit combos which have worked big big time in the past! Let us have a look at these combos:
Akshay-Suniel-Paresh: The chemistry between the three actors worked wonders in Hera Pheri and also in its sequel, Phir Hera Pheri. The tigdi is super-hit and still in demand. In fact, any producer will be ready to pump as much money as needed if these three are ready to come together in a film!
Akshay-Katrina: They have been one of the most-popular jodis of Bollywood. Although their first film together, Humko Deewana Kar Gaye failed, their sizzling chemistry has worked in all other films. Even in De Dana Dan, both look wonderful together and they have also sizzling rain song in the film, Gale Lag Jaa, which is guaranteed to soar the temperature in the theatre!
Akshay-Priyadarshan: Akshay has till now worked on four films with Priyadarshan (Hera Pheri, Garam Masala, Bhagam Bhag, Bhool Bhulaiyaa) and all of them have been super hits at the BO. Even De Dana is expected to be another hit for More >
Phir Hera Pheri
The much-awaited Hera Pheri sequel is finally taking shape. Interestingly, this third installment in the Hera Pheri series is called Hera Pheri 4.
A source says, “After the super success of Hera Pheri and Phir Hera Pheri, producer Firoz Nadiadwala has been planning the third installment. However, the film was taking its own time. The promos of the forthcoming film De Dana Dan starring Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty and Paresh Rawal are being shown with Blue (which releases today) at the trail shows. The industry insiders have begun talking about the winning combination of Akshay, Sunil and Paresh. Firozbhai saw the promos and immediately got in touch in Akshay for the much-awaited installment. Although Akshay’s date diary is packed, he came to Firoz’s rescue by accommodating the film. However, the interesting bit is that the film will be titled Hera Pheri 4 and not 3. The reason for the same will be revealed in the promos of the film, once it is ready.”
Although Hera Pheri was directed by Priyadarshan and Phir Hera Pheri by Neeraj Vohra, Hera Pheri 4 will be directed by Anees Bazmee. The source adds, “Akshay, Firoz and Anees last came together for Welcome (2007). Katrina Kaif will play the female lead in Hera Pheri 4, which is slated to go on the More >
Priyadarshan has stopped sulking. Ever since Neeraj Vohra snatched the joy out of his hands by directing his three favourite stars — Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal — in Phir Hera Pheri, the director has been waiting to bring the hit team together. Now, nine years after Priyadarshan made that laugh-a-riot Hera Pheri in 2000, he’s managed to pull it off for Ratan Jain’s De Dhana Dhan. “I’ve made a funny film… it is for the audience to patronise it now,” said Priyan who reportedly worked like a man possessed to cast the three actors together again.
But coming together wasn’t a simple journey for the foursome. And a lot has changed since. Akshay has turned into a superstar capable of carrying a film on his own shoulders. Priyadarshan is one of the busiest directors of the industry giving one hit after the other. And, Suniel and Akshay were reportedly having a tiff. They came close to working together in Singh Is Kinng but at the last hour Suniel withdrew and Sonu Sood was taken in his place.
“It was not easy for all of us to come together. Something or the other kept happening which prevented us from working together. Though we wanted to, because Hera Pheri was a great experience, and we had the time of our lives shooting for that More >
In Bollywood nowadays, we normally get to see right scripts falling into wrong hands. Or we see wrong scripts falling into wrong hands (classic eg: Kambakkht Ishq!). But very rarely, we get to see right scripts reaching the right hands! Sankat City, the new small movie with entertains big time, comes in this category. It comes under the category of all the madcap comic capers that we are exposed to since years. Yet, it stands out due to its treatment which makes it ‘a masala entertainer for the classes’!
The story of the movie: Guru (Kay Kay Menon) is a petty thief who is an expert in stealing cars (and even towing vans!). His modus operandi is excellent-he steals a car, takes it to his partner-in-crime, Ganpat (Dilip Prabhawalkar) who repaints the car and Guru then sells it to Sharafat (Shri Vallabh Vyas) and makes a nice profit. Unfortunately, one day, Guru steals a swanky Merc which was parked outside a brothel. In the dikky, Guru is pleasantly surprised to find a bag containing Rs. 1 Crore. The money belonged to Fauzdar (Anupam Kher), a gangster-cum-moneylender and the money was to be sent to Gogi (Manoj Pahwa), a financially crippled film producer. Mona (Rimi Sen), Sikandar Khan (Chunky Pandey), Pachisia (Yashpal Sharma), Philip (Hemant Pandey), Guruji (Virendra Saxena) and others are the rest of the characters of the film. How the characters are inter-connected with each other forms the rest of the story.
Sankat City has a fast-paced narrative and More >