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BOMBAY TIMES (May 8, 2011)
Mere Paas maa hain… Javed Akhtar’s famous dialogue had Indians hooked since Deewar released way back in 1975. More than three decades after this scene became a part of Bollywood folklore, things have changed manifold as far as the role of mothers go. Maa ke haath ka banaya hua kheer isn’t staple in this age of Brand Bollywood. But that does not mean this industry has forgotten maa totally.
The avatar of maa has undergone mammoth changes. Today’s sexy, bold and confident single moms — as played by Vidya Balan in Paa, Priyanka Chopra in Pyaar Impossible, Kajol in My Name is Khan and We Are Family, Lara Dutta in Partner and Preity Zinta in Jaan-E-Mann — has shifted the spotlight completely from a Nirupa Roy in a crumpled cotton saree shedding tears over her morally corrupt son on the wrong side of law. The cool moms, as played by these actresses, are all fiercely independent characters who are in complete control of their lives without their man. In an industry often accused of misogyny, this is possibly the most positive change that’s slowly gaining ground.
The increasingly discerning audiences are looking for variety in scripts and maturity in characters as much as the directors are writing roles keeping this wider horizon of New Age India in mind.
The biggest affirmation of this change is the fact that mainstream actresses like Kajol, Priyanka Chopra, Vidya Balan, Preity Zinta aren’t shying away from More >
But Bollywood is still celebrating!
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; May 4, 2011)
It is ironical that Bollywood sees mirth in gloom. Of the 67 odd films (including the dubbed ones) that released, only six made an impact at the box office. That is a meagre 10 per cent ratio. However, Bollywood trade pundits say that the first four months of 2011 have definitely been more lucrative than the corresponding period in 2010. And that is the reason why even cynics are smiling, not scowling.
Better than 2010 The January to April 2010 period saw major turkeys like Shahid Kapoor’s Chance Pe Dance, Priyanka Chopra’s Pyaar Impossible, Amitabh Bachchan’s Teen Patti and Abhay Deol’s Road Movie to mention a few. “This year we have been lucky,” says Vajir Singh, Editor of trade journal Box Office India. “First we broke the January jinx with No One Killed Jessica and the huge hit in Yamla Pagla Deewana. Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji and Dhobi Ghat sailed through. In the World Cup season too we managed to have a runaway hit in Tanu Weds Manu.
Hits versus flops Trade analyst Taran Adarsh (Bollywood Hungama) agrees that the producers did fear the ides of March; this month didn’t have any significant release but April brought some relief in Faltu that opened well. Taran also adds that 2011 most certainly brought a smile on the faces of some distributors. “While the number of flops far outnumbered the hits, the important thing to note is that the dark horses worked. More >
Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone are all vying for the lead role in the filmmaker’s blockbuster franchise Dhoom 3
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 12, 2011)
As they say, in Bollywood you are as good as your last film and the rule applies to filmmakers too. Following his blockbuster successes with the Dhoom series, Aditya Chopra is emerging as a superpower amidst Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan.
Like a moth to a flame, Chopra has attracted the attention of B-town’s leading ladies for the coveted lead role in his film, Dhoom 3.
A source tells us, “With Aamir Khan coming on board to play the villain in the film, all the leading ladies are even more enticed to be a part of Dhoom 3.
The ladies in contention are Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif. Although, none of the three actresses have ever worked with Aamir, they are Aditya Chopra’s favourites.
While Priyanka Chopra did the Chopra clan a favour featuring opposite Uday in Pyaar Impossible (2010), Deepika Padukone worked with them on a couple of films. However, Katrina Kaif seems to be leading on Adi’s favourite list.
All the three actresses are leaving no stone unturned to impress Adi and are trying to subtly convey their eagerness to get the role.”
Another source informs us, “Katrina seems to be winning the race followed by Priyanka and then Deepika.
The leading lady of Dhoom 3 needs to don a bikini and be at her sexiest best. All three More >
MUMBAI MIRROR; February 9, 2010
It’s that time of year again, when the Ghanta Awards reward stars of Bollywood for all their hard-work, giving back to them, what they painfully gave us!
Movies that do well with the audience and at the box office get their appreciation with awards. But movies that made you want to gouge your eyeballs, slit your wrists, stab a puppy have also managed to have an award ceremony of their own- Ghanta Awards.
The Ghantas celebrates and rewards the worst of Bollywood for 2010. The function, which was held on Sunday, nominated movies from Diwali 2009-Diwali 2010. And the winners are: » Worst Actor: Himesh Reshammiya
» Worst Actress: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (just barely pipping Sonam Kapoor)
» Worst Breakthrough: Aditya Narayan
» Worst Couple: Uday Chopra and Priyanka Chopra
» Worst Director: Sajid Khan
» Worst Film: Pyaar Impossible
» Worst Song: Jailhouse Rock
» Worst Rip-off: Prince
» Worst Supporting actor: Zayed Khan
» Worst Supporting actress: Lara Dutta
» WTF: Vegetarian Sharks in Blue
Katrina ended the year as an item number; Kareena reigned supreme as an actress
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; December 30, 2010)
The year separated the men from the boys. Salman Khan, Ajay Devgn and Rajnikant showed that they could stand up and deliver. Likewise, 2010 also proved the supremacy of the two Ks — Kareena Kapoor and Katrina Kaif, over their lesser contemporaries. Both girls now charge a price equivalent to some of the heroes. Bebo’s advantage over Kat is that she can act. And she has the Khans serenading her on screen. Katrina started the year with a decent performance in Raajneeti (a hit) and ended the year as an item girl. “Her Sheila ki Jawani is the highlight of Tees Maar Khan,’’ says trade analyst Taran Adarsh. As for Kareena, she proved her acting mettle in We Are Family (a flop) but ended the year as one of the heroes of Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal 3. The film is the fourth highest grosser of all times — 3 Idiots, Dabangg, Ghajini and G-3. “And Kareena is on par with the heroes of the industry,’’ says trade consultant Amod Mehra. “When it comes to the ‘act’ in the actress, Kareena is the best of this current lot,’’ he says. The third K in the business, Kajol, was feted for her performances in My Name is Khan and We Are Family. But her teaming up with her husband Ajay in Toonpur Ka Superrhero is now passé. Deepika Padukone had four flops, Karthik Calling Karthik, Lafaangey Parindey, Break Ke Baad and Khelein Hum Jee Jaan More >
By Joginder Tuteja, September 27, 2010 – 11:25 IST
Anushka Sharma, who made her debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, would be seen on the big screen yet again in Band Baaja Baaraat. This fun flick coming from the house of ‘Yash Raj Films’ releases all over on 10th December. However, call it sheer coincidence or a part of the plan but the fact remains that history would be repeating itself for the pretty girl. This is because Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi too had come around the same time when it released on 12th December 2008.
Says a trade observer, “This should be one lucky coincidence for the makers and Anushka here. After all Anushka has been enjoying a good innings so far in Bollywood. Her first film was a blockbuster while Badmaash Company, which was again a YRF production and had released earlier this year, was also an average success. She would well be looking at making a hat trick with Band Baaja Baaraat.”
While one looks forward to that happening, here is a hitch. While in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Badmaash Company she had Shah Rukh Khan and Shahid Kapoor respectively to spearhead the show, in case of Band Baaja Baaraat she has (ironically) turned out to be the senior-most of the lot.
“That’s right”, continues the trade observer, “This time around, it appears to be Anushka all the way. Director Maneesh Sharma is a first timer though he was an Associate Director on Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. As for her leading man Ranveer Singh, he is a complete More >
After Harman and Priyanka called it quits, a new romance blossomed between their first cousins
Mauli Singh (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 17, 2010) Priyanka Chopra and Harman Baweja Maninder and Pareeniti
Agreed, Harman Baweja and Priyanka Chopra’s rashees didn’t match. After dating each other for four long years, the couple called it quits. But with time, hope sprung. Both Harman’s and Priyanka’s first cousins fell in love and started dating each other.
Harman Baweja’s first cousin, Maninder Singh, who lives in Agra, debuted with Ganesh Acharya’s Swami. Priyanka Chopra’s first cousin, Pareeniti Chopra, a graduate from London, works with Yash Raj Film’s marketing team and was part of films like Pyaar Impossible.
The possibilities of Pareeniti’s pyaar however started scaling new heights soon after Priyanka parted ways with Harman.
A source close to the couple says, “Maninder and Pareeniti were introduced to each other a year ago by Harman and Priyanka. They’ve been seeing each other for a while now.”
When contacted, Maninder denied being in a relationship with Pareeniti. “We are very good friends and I treat her like a kid,” he said.
Women look for father figures in their boyfriends. Ever heard of that Maninder? Or is this just a childish denial?
The groundwork is on for Sanjay Gadhvi’s return to the Yash Raj fold; likely to helm Dhoom 3
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 14, 2010)
Notwithstanding his current legal problems with Studio 18, director Sanjay Gadhvi, it is reliably learnt, is slated to direct the third part of the Dhoom series for Yash Raj Films.
The work on the scripting, being done by producer Aditya Chopra, is almost complete.Sanjay Gadhvi
Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra, who will return playing the roles of Jai the cop and Ali the conman, recently had a meeting with Aditya. It was felt at that meeting that only Gadhvi could do justice to the Dhoom franchise.
Apparently Aditya had earlier seriously considered letting his brother Uday direct the third Dhoom film, but after the failure of Yash Raj’s ambitious project Pyaar Impossible both Aditya and Yash Chopra felt it was more prudent to let him focus on acting.
Says a very reliable source, “The general feeling is that only Gadhvi understands the series and its characters in and out. So what if he left the company to pursue greener pastures and hit a dry patch? Everyone makes mistakes. The Chopras have never resented it if their directors do work outside.”
In fact, it is rumoured that Studio 18 geared up for legal action against Gadhvi after they got to know of Gadhvi’s alleged involvement with Dhoom 3. But Gadhvi first needs to extricate himself from his current legal problems with Studio 18 before he More >
By Subhash K. Jha, April 22, 2010 – 09:36 IST
The budget crunch has eaten into one of the biggest production houses in the entertainment industry. According to well-placed sources close to Yash Raj Films, the banner which had till recently a reputation for an unbroken string of hits has now after setbacks like Dil Bole Hadippa, Rocket Singh Salesman Of The Year and Pyaar Impossible instructed its roster of directors to shoot within reasonable budgets.
And financially impractical projects are a strict no-no. This, Kabir Khan discovered when after New York he decided to make a lavish big-budget epic. Initially, Aditya Chopra the Yash Raj scion was enthusiastic about the novel idea and gave Kabir a cart-blanche…
But as the script evolved it became clear to the producers that Kabir Khan’s epic would be one of the most expensive films in the history of Yash Raj.
Aditya Chopra sat Kabir down for a meeting and calmly told him the epic project was not working.
Admits Kabir, “Yes I’ve abandoned my earlier script. This was a subject I had with me from even before I made my first feature film Kabul Express. You can say it’s my dream project. And my dream is now on hold.”
Kabir confirms that Aditya Chopra asked him to work on another more financially feasible subject. “After working on the earlier script for several months, I’m writing a new script. It’s more of a fun film than New York. It is definitely not about global terrorism this time. I’ve said whatever I have More >
HARSHADA REGE Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; March 28, 2010)
Opposites, they say, always attract. This definitely holds true for apna Bollywood couples. The current trend indicates that this is the season for trying out new jodis even though they don’t fit into the conventional mould. Be it Ranbir Kapoor and Konkona Sensharma in Wake Up Sid, Vidya Balan and Naseeruddin Shah in Ishqiya, Farhan Akhtar and Deepika Padukone in Karthik Calling Karthik or Ajay Devgan and Konkona in Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?, these seemingly odd couples managed to create a lot of buzz on the Bollywood circuit. And the encouraging box office reports will only ensure that more such combinations are tried out in the future. Odd couples, definitely, seem to be the order of the day. However, this isn’t a recent phenomenon as earlier too, some unusual jodis have garnered a lot of interest among the audience. Kareena Kapoor and Rahul Bose in Chameli, Sanjay Dutt and Gracy Singh in Munnabhai MBBS, Shahid Kapoor and Rani Mukerji in Dil Bole Hadippa! and more recently Priyanka Chopra and Uday Chopra in Pyaar Impossible have also been a hot topic of discussion among movie watchers.
It’s mostly the need for ‘fresh’ pairs that drives filmmakers to cast an actor who’s a known face among the masses along with an actress known for her acting capabilities and vice versa. Wake Up More >