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Meena Iyer and Renuka Vyavahare (BOMBAY TIMES; May 18, 2013)
Their Son Of Sardaar last Diwali scorched screens. So when Ajay Devgn had to choose a leading lady to play his love interest in Prabhu Dheva’s next starting July, he pointed his finger in Sonakshi Sinha’s direction. The curly-haired South Indian director has already worked with Sona on Rowdy Rathore, Rambo Rajkumar and the Go, Govinda song in OMG Om My God. Naturally, he is happy to continue the association.
Meanwhile, Yaami Gautam, of Vicky Donor fame, will also be part of the same project. According to sources, this pretty model-turned-actor has a very interesting role. And wait there’s more. One hears that there will be yet another glamorous girl. Talks are on with a couple of sex kittens with never ending legs and ample cleavage.
Renuka Vyavahare (BOMBAY TIMES; May 11, 2013)
The Ajay Devgn-Prabhu Dheva film that is going on the floors this July has one more very interesting aspect. We heard Suniel Shetty, who played a baddie earlier opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Main Hoon Na (2004) is all set to do a grey character once again. What’s more, the buzz is that Suniel will shave his head bald for the role.
One knows that bald villains have dominated Bollywood for decades. Kulbhushan Kharbanda as Shakaal in Shaan (1980), Amrish Puri as Mola Ram in Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom (1984) and Sanjay Dutt as Kancha Cheena in Agneepath (2012) are just some of the most prominent names that come to mind.
A source close to the actor says, “Suniel has a fantastic physique. And the bald head will definitely add a menacing dimension to his bad-guy character. Of course everything is strictly guarded now because Prabhudheva is in Australia and all final decisions will be made only after he returns on May 15.”
Suniel was unavailable for comment.
Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Amrish Puri, Arjun Rampal, Sanjay Dutt
Soumyadipta Banerjee (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 6, 2013)
In a departure from norm, Ajay Devgn and Prabhu Dheva’s big-ticket next hasn’t been taken up by any big studio but will be independently produced by Ajay’s long-time friend, Gordhan Tanwani of My friend Ganesha (2008) fame.
The yet-untitled film is an exception to the trend of the last five years where both Ajay and Prabhu have either tied up with a prominent Indian studio or the Indian arm of a Hollywood studio. According to Ajay’s spokesperson, this is because Ajay is keen to support independent producers. However, sources claim Ajay met two prominent studios. who declined to take up the project, because of the “Himmatwala debacle”.
An official from one of the studios claimed: “It was only after talks with us failed that Ajay turned to Gordhan who produced Pyaar Toh Hona Hi Tha in 1998.”
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; May 3, 2013)
In the Bollywood dream factory, there are a hundred proposals discussed each day and only a handful of truly exciting announcements coming in. However, even if you are the cynical “oh-God-what’s-new-about-this-one’’ type, you can still feel a certain energy when you hear that two commercially sound talents will come together this monsoon. Bollywood superstar Ajay Devgn will team up with South import Prabhu Dheva for a project produced by Baba Films, the guys who made fun cinema like Ishq (1997) with Aamir Khan, Ajay, Kajol and Juhi Chawla and Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha (1998) with the husband-wife duo, Ajay-Kajol.
The fine print on the Ajay-Prabhu project still remains hazy. But one knows that the film will go on floors in July 2013, perhaps a new girl or a pretty Bollywood siren will come on board and the script is not a remake of any South film as was earlier suggested by trade gup.
To just say that Prabhu is gung ho about this project is stating the obvious. The curly-haired director, who has worked with the He-Men Salman Khan (Wanted, 2008) and Akshay Kumar (Rowdy Rathore, 2012), is palpably excited to direct Ajay. He says, “Every filmmaker has a wish list at the back of his head on the kind of films he wants to make and the actors he’d like to associate with. Of course, every project you dream of doesn’t take off. But this film with Ajay is something that has been on my mind since a long time. I think he was filming Singham then and I More >
Hiren Kotwani (BOMBAY TIMES; April 30, 2013)
Prabhu Dheva’s next Bollywood film, Ramaiya Vastavaiya, is a remake of his directorial debut, Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana (2005, Telugu), which was a blockbuster. The Hindi version marks the debut of Girish Kumar and Shruti Haasan plays the female lead opposite him.
Says Prabhu Dheva, “Unlike my first two Hindi films (Wanted, 2008 and Rowdy Rathore, 2012), which were essentially action-oriented, this one is a youthful romantic comedy, with a couple of interesting action sequences thrown in. The subject required a young actor and Girish suited the part perfectly. Here, I must add that I’m very attached to this film.”
A few months after coming on board the project, the director also took it upon himself to train Girish for his debut. He made him undergo gruelling dance sessions for a few months. Says Prabhu, “Our idea was to make him flexible. He would send me CDs showcasing his progress every 10 days and I’d give my inputs.” For his physical transformation, Girish trained under the guidance of South African expert Bruce Classen.
Initially, a bike stunt was supposed to mark the debutant’s entry on screen. However, the director and his creative team felt that it was a common idea and instead decided that the opening sequence will see Girish surfing in blue waters. The sequence was helmed by international stunt professional Leon Ingram and his team. And, producer Kumar Taurani feels nothing similar has been attempted in Bollywood More >
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 23, 2013)
Producer Kumar Taurani is pulling out all stops to ensure his son Girish Kumar makes a dazzling entry in his debut film, Ramaiya Vastavaiya.
And so director Prabhu Dheva and DOP Kiran Deohans, came up with a novel introductory scene for Girish after days of brainstorming. He is seen riding the waves in a surfing sequence. Shot in Australia, the scene was done by Girish in two days, with help from experts like Leon Ingram and team, and Christopher Bryan from Hawaii. Said Taurani Sr: “Bryan is very good at shooting underwater scenes. Girish didn’t want a stunt double, so he underwent full-fledged training in Mangalore.“ While daddy dearest wasn’t present during the shoot, his heart was in his mouth till it was over and done with.
BOMBAY TIMES (April 14, 2013)
Performing some never-seen-before stunts, Shahid Kapoor went all out to train for the action sequences in Rambo Rajkumar, directed by Prabhu Dheva. The actor will do some death-defying and hand combat stunts, including a 40-men attack action sequence!
Prabhu Dheva seems to be the flavour of the moment in Bollywood. What makes the choreographer-turned-director a man with mass appeal?
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; April 6, 2013)
Looks like Prabhu Deva is the man of the moment right now in Bollywood. The choreographer-turned-director has had a streak of good luck at the box office ever since he made his effortless transition to Bollywood. Sources say production houses are queuing up in a beeline to sign Prabhu for their upcoming projects.
A source says, “While he is already shooting for his Shahid Kapoor starrer Rambo Rajkumar, he has just completed Ramaiya Vastavaiya that marks the debut of Kumar Taurani’s son. Post this, he will start work on his next with Ajay Devgn.”
Another Salman Khan starrer is on the anvil, produced by Ramesh Taurani. The South director has an astounding amount of Rs 200 crore riding on his back right now. The source adds, “With three major releases in 2013, he is already in talks with several other stars including Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan.
Prabhu in demand So what makes Prabhu highly sought after? Viki Rajani, who is producing Shahid’s film, credits the director’s advance planning and strategising.
Says Viki, “He is a very planned person and his only focus in life is his work. He prefers to work without holidays and likes to be on top of things.”
The producer adds that while certain sections of the film have been shot, Prabhu has already started editing the footage.
Prabhu is apparently also a More >
Sonali Joshi Pitale (MID-DAY; April 4, 2013)
After 30 years, Poonam Dhillon and Randhir Kapoor are all set to return to the big screen together in Prabhu Deva’s Ramaiya Vastavaiya.
Says a source, “It is after a long time that both the actors are working together in the film. Both Poonam and Randhir were very excited, as they have worked in films like Biwi O Biwi (1981) and Sawaal ( 1982) previously.” And apparently producer Kumar Taurani always had Poonam on his mind to play the protagonist’s mother.
The source adds, “Kumarji always had Poonam in mind for this role and on hearing the script, she immediately said yes to the project. Randhir plays the hero’s father, who has a totally different personality than his strict wife. There was great on- screen chemistry between the two senior actors, given their previous experience of working together.” Says Taurani, “ Randhir has been portrayed as a person with a large heart, just like his real- life self. His chemistry with Poonam was fantastic.”
Shakti Shetty (MID-DAY; April 3, 2013)
Birthdays are generally touted to be grand affairs in B-Town and late night parties have become a norm. However, Prabhu Dheva, who turns 40 today, is planning to keep himself busy with work.
Interestingly, Prabhu celebrated his 39th birthday last year by performing at IPL’s opening ceremony in Chennai.
Following which, he organised a private party for friends from the Tamil film industry. This time around, the choreographer- turned- director already has prior commitments.
“The edit of his forthcoming film Ramaiya Vastavaiya starring Girish Kumar and Shruti Haasan has already been locked. Though he shot the film in a relatively short period of time, he’s also keen on other aspects of production as well as his next,” says a source.
In fact, the two-time National Award winner will reach Mumbai from Chennai so as to board a flight for Vancouver tonight in order to attend an award function there.
“He has several projects lined up and this particular visit is more professional than leisure. He usually prefers to be in the country on his birthdays but this year, he’s looking forward to be in Canada for a week,” adds the source.
Subhash K Jha (DNA; April 3, 2013)
As Bollywood’s dancing icon Prabhu Dheva turns 40 today, he says he has no time to brood over his loneliness. “Of course I’d like someone in my life. And of course when I go home in the evening I wish there was someone waiting for me, but very honestly, I don’t have the More >