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Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; November 7, 2012)
It was touted to be one of the biggest films to have been planned in the Hindi film industry with a power-packed cast. Rajkumar Santoshi’s film, Power, starring Bollywood bigwigs like Amitabh Bachhan, Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt and others has had its fair share of problems. But apparently now, the filmmaker is all set to restart work on his film.
With a stellar star cast, comes the usual problems of dates and that’s exactly what happened to Santoshi’s film.
The project was launched in October, 2010. Despite quite an elaborate launch party at a suburban hotel in the city and shooting commencing thereafter, the film was stalled within 10 days.
Our source says, “A lot of time has passed since then and all the concerned actors have moved on and are working on their respective films. But if all goes well, Rajji will start working on the film again by the middle of next year. The dates have been sorted out.”
Garima Sharma (BOMBAY TIMES; October 25, 2012)
Lekha Washington, who made her filmi debut in the South, has turned product designer. The actress tells us that she has graduated with a degree in product designing and has been practising it for almost a decade. But, since she has never spoken publicly about it, most people do not know this side of her personality. And now, with the actress’ first line of lifestyle products being launched in the city, she is ready to talk about it. “I have created a line of high-end lifestyle offerings like furniture and products for living spaces. They are quite unconventional and I have also got the designs patented. I call them odd because they are really quirky.”
Even though Washington concedes that she is considering product designing as a parallel career, but that doesn’t mean that she is not focusing on Bollywood.
After having recently shot an ad for a telecommunication company with South star Surya, the actress is now busy preparing for her role in Rajkumar Santoshi’s next. Even though she doesn’t divulge anything about her character, she says, “I started a film called Power, but it’s on hold for a while. I am starting another movie with him now in January or February.”
She will also shoot for a Tamil film by the end of this year. But, at the moment, it’s her range of unconventional furniture that has all her attention.
With debts running into crores of rupees and five non-starter projects in his kitty, how did the hitmaker who gave us films like Ghayal and Damini suddenly turn into an industry pariah
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 15, 2012)
The man who gave us hits like Ghayal, Damini and more recently Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani has suddenly become a pariah of sorts in the industry, what with debts running into crores of rupees. One wonders what went wrong? Rajkumar Santoshi has announced five films in less than three years. Firoz Nadiadwala’s Power starring Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgn and Anil Kapoor. Ramayan starring Ajay Devgn and Kajol, Ashtavinayak’s Ladies and Gentleman, a film starring Abhay Deol-Sonam Kapoor, and a film for Vashu Bhagnani. However, till date, none of these films have gone on floors save for Power which too got shelved after eight days of shooting. Has Santoshi lost his midas touch? The director has allegedly taken big signing amounts from several producers and not only been unable to put the projects on the runway but also not returned the monies. A source from Ashtavinayak told Mirror Santoshi owes them nearly Rs 4 crore but has been ignoring their calls and messages. “We were supposed to make Ladies and Gentlemen but the film did not happen for some reason and we shelved it. Santoshi should return the signing amount we gave him.”
In fact, basis conversations Mirror has had with producers Santoshi has signed deals with, he owes them as much as More >
Sanjay walks out on Rajkumar Santoshi’s Power due to scheduling delays
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 05, 2011)
Rajkumar Santoshi, director of Power seems to be losing all his ammunition, one actor at a time. It all began with Ajay Devgn, who walked out on the film because Power cast one too many powerful heroes.
Our source tells us, “It was Ajay who first chose to walk out of the film, as he was not keen on doing a film, which cast many heroes.
As a result of him walking out on the film, the schedule went for a toss. After a lot of persuasion, Ajay decided that he would do the film again.
However, this affected the schedule of the film again causing a delay of over four months.”
Tired of playing the waiting game, Sanjay Dutt now has decided to bow out of the film. Our source adds, “It now seems that Sanjay Dutt has also walked out of it.
Dutt was tired of waiting for the film dates to be accommodated, since it is a multi-starrer with Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor and Amisha Patel apart from himself.
Dutt’s schedule is also very tight because he is busy with Rascals, the remake of Agneepath and the remake of Satte Pe Satta.
The film is again in jeopardy and with one more actor to be finalized, it seems like a uphill task for Rajkumar Santoshi and producer Firoz Nadiadwala to get the film back on track.”
When questioned about Dutt’s exit, Santoshi tells us, “He has not told me or Firozbhai anything of this sort. Sanju is a friend and I More >
After walking out of Rajkumar Santoshi’s next in September last year, the actor it seems had second thoughts
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 22, 2011)
Ajay Devgn, who had walked out of Rajkumar Santoshi’s Power is apparently back in the film now. We thought the actor had left the project for good when he quit the project in November last year.
This also caused the film schedule to go completely haywire. In fact, post that the industry was abuzz with rumours that the film was shelved following Ajay’s exit. But all rumours can be put to rest now because this multi-starrer is back on track.Ajay Devgn (Satish Malavade)
Our source said, “The film was launched with a grand mahurat in September last year and boasted of an ensemble cast of A-listers like Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgn amongst others. The cast stays the same and Amisha Patel will play the female lead.
Apparently, Ajay walked out of the film earlier, as he did not want to work in multi-starrers.
Added to this were his dates, which were choc-a-bloc with several other films that he had signed in the interim. However, after much persuasion from the producer of the film Firoz Nadiadwala, Ajay returned to the film.
Firoz met Ajay on Thursday evening at Filmistan studios. The actor had gone there to promote his upcoming film Dil To Baccha Hai Ji on the TV show Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa.
Apparently, Firoz offered him another film apart from Power. And for both More >
Did Ajay Devgn’s walkout spell doom for one of Bollywood’s biggest announcements?
Meena Iyer & Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; December 11, 2010)
Blame it on Ajay Devgn. When the Bollywood superstar who has tasted blood in 2010 with huge box office numbers, walked out of Firoz Nadiadwala’s most ambitious announcement Power; a wire snapped and Rajkumar Santoshi tripped! A quick recap: Power was announced on September 22 with a grand mahurat. It was Anantachaturdashi, one of the most auspicious dates in the Hindu religious calendar.
The mahurat took place on the dot with Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgn participating in the event. On the dias, a beaming Rajkumar Santoshi and his starcast played the mutual admiration game. It seemed like the perfect launch for a huge film like this.
Only minor roles were left to be still cast. One was a young actor (it was tipped off to be Harman Baweja, the Emraan Hashmi) and the leading lady was still being finalised.
Then Golmaal-3 happened. Ajay and Rohit Shetty struck gold at the Box Office yet another time and suddenly you heard that Ajay is ditching Santoshi for his now favourite, Rohit.
Though Ajay refused to comment on the subject, an insider says, “Ajay had his solid reasons for backing out. He has tremendous respect for Rajji and had actually agreed to this project without a full script narration. Then he heard the narration, he realised that his role in Power had shades of More >
Sanjay Dutt on how he burps the twins and even cleans their mess…
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; December 8, 2010)Even at 51, Bollywood’s enfant terrible Sanjay Dutt is your quintessential rock star. After 28 years in showbiz and a legacy of movies (most of which have gone unnoticed except the Munnabhai series), there is very little that can actually affect his Box Office positioning. While he is out of the numbers race, Sanjay still manages to get enviable roles and a remuneration befitting a superstar.
The paparazzi, however, continue to have a blast, taking potshots at his personal life. But Sanju is a seasoned player for the most part. He continues to bask in the warmth of his marriage to Maanyata and enjoy the gurgles of his two-month-old twins — Shahran (royal warrior) and Iqra (the learned one).
The reason why he is open to a media interaction today is because he has a stellar part in Eros International and Anil Kapoor Films Co Ltd’s whacko comedy No Problem, directed by Anees Bazmee, lined up for release tomorrow. Besides which, Sanju’s producing David Dhawan’s Rascals. And since you can’t have enough of comedies now, he is also in Indra Kumar’s Dhamaal-2.
“There’s plenty of work happening,’’ he smiles. “As much as I can handle. I’m balancing the lighthearted stuff with Raj Kumar Santoshi’s Power and Karan Johar’s Agneepath, where I play a suave villain. I shared a very deep bond with Yash Johar, Karan’s father… and More >
For the first time in his career, the actor will shave off his head completely to play a villain in Rajkumar Santoshi’s next, Power
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 25, 2010)
While on the one hand he is in the news for having signed the Hollywood blockbuster Mission Impossible 4, back home Anil Kapoor is busy gearing up for something that’ll be a hair-raising revelation for many.
The actor will shave off his head completely for his role in Rajkumar Santoshi’s Power.
The film, to be produced by Firoz Nadiadwala, also stars Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, Amisha Patel and Sanjay Dutt in the lead roles. But we know who will stand out for sure!
Considering the actor’s hairstyle has undergone next to no change over all these years, this latest development is sure to shock many of his fans.
Our source said, “Anil Kapoor is known to be extremely possessive about his hair style.
This is the first time that the actor is playing the role of a villain in a film. His character in the film is very mercurial, edgy and stylised.
Anil too was thinking about his role for the last month and after much contemplation, he chose to go completely bald.”
The decision apparently was a tough one for the actor, who is known for being one of the fittest guys in Bollywood.
He wanted the character to be a notch higher than the other villains played on screen before. There was also a lot of debate on him wearing a wig but he finally decided against it.
The source More >
Sanjay Dutt says he doesn’t want daughter Trishala to take up movies as her career choice
Iti Shree Misra (BOMBAY TIMES; November 25, 2010)
Sanjay Dutt seemed unusually reticent to lend support to friend Amar Singh’s second innings in politics. “Yaar, let me be,” he said, reluctantly agreeing to talk just a bit. Talk about being a father at 50 and Dutt warms up to the conversation. “It’s wonderful to be a father again, more so because I could hardly enjoy Trishala’s childhood. Hopefully I’ll get to be a good father this time round,” he says. But he still hasn’t got too much time with the newborns. “They were born premature and were confined to the ICU, so I didn’t get to spend much time with them,” says he. And the kids seem to have brought the family together, with sister Priya and Namrata turning up at Maanyata’s baby shower. But Sanju baba underplays the reunion. “I have said time and again that every family has fights, every family has differences and arguments. Which family doesn’t? We are in focus because our parents were famous people. In every family, siblings have fights. So, what’s so strange about us? It was such a normal thing but it was projected in a different way by people. Yes, there were differences but like every other brother-sister fight, this too was sorted out. The twins became a reason to come together and celebrate their coming,” he says. So it’s one big happy family again. “It always was. For some time there More >