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Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 30, 2013)
People often lament that they don’t make them like that anymore. Well they do. The present breed of actors is showing the same kind of dedication to their craft, as the previous lot. How Aamir Khan went without a bath for two weeks to get that street-worn look for the climax of Ghulam is now part of filmlore. And Farhan Akhtar has set a new benchmark with his rigorous training sessions for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. We look at how some of your favourite stars have their unique way of preparing for that crucial make or break scene.
SAD BUT TRUE One would not really associate the chirpy Sonam Kapoor battle with emotions that are not all bright and cheerful. But the actress, who has recently started shooting for a film with Ayushmann Khurrana, had to summon her unhappiest thoughts for a scene, and here’s how she went about it. The film opens with an intense tragic scene, and Sonam had to look her dejected worst. To get into the right frame of mind, she instructed the crew to spare her a few moments of solitude. She then put on her ear plugs, and switched on some music. The playlist, that ran for an hour or so, had melancholic tracks, and Sonam played them in a loop, till she was in command of the right emotions before the camera.
AT YOUR SERVICE Before shooting for the famous Kun Faya Kun song in Rockstar, Ranbir Kapoor and his director Imtiaz Ali stayed at the Nizamuddin Dargah in Delhi for three days. Ranbir perfomed all the daily More >
Aakansha Naval-Shetye (DNA; December 4, 2012)
If there’s one thumb rule that actor Arjun Rampal follows while choosing his film, it’s signing on the dotted line only if the role offered is interesting. “I have let go of films in the past that have gone on to become hits, but I have no regrets as they were roles that just did not interest me enough. So I don’t care about the genre, but no compromises when it comes to this criteria,” says Arjun, who over the past few years has come to be associated with quality films like Raajneeti and now Chakravyuh. “There is no saying how the film will turn out in the end, so much depends on marketing and other such factors. But what’s in my hand is my acting and I give it my best. An interesting role makes working interesting,” he explains.
The actor, who recently turned 40, had a working birthday, but he made up for the celebrations with a huge bash in Morocco. “I’ve had a fulfilling year and a fulfilling decade as an actor too. So it was more than just another birthday for me,” he adds. “Now I am waiting to see what lies ahead.”
Point out that on the anvil are three films including Sudhir Mishra’s Inkaar and Arjun admits that he’s excited about all his films. “They are all very different not only from each other, but also from what I have done earlier too. As for Inkaar, it was nice to work with Sudhir as he comes with a different set of sensibilities,” shares Arjun.
Ask him if men have it easy in this industry and he says that a few More >
Prakash Jha’s Rajneeti 2 will see the actress taking centre-stage with Ranbir Kapoor opting out of the film
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 26, 2012)
The sequel to Prakash Jha’s 2010 blockbuster Rajneeti is happening and this time around, Katrina Kaif will take centre-stage as the queensized politician. Part two will chronicle her rise to power and her subsequent descent to a megalomaniac whose self-serving politics ultimately destroy her.
However, those hoping to see Ranbir-Katrina coming together again in the sequel are in for a disappointment. It is learnt Ranbir has opted out, apparently because he wasn’t too kicked about playing side-kick to Katrina in what would be predominantly her film.
Prakash Jha confirmed the development and added, “It is very challenging to take the Raajneeti story forward. Most of the main characters are dead. Two-thirds of the characters will be completely new. Katrina will have a central role. And though Ranbir’s character didn’t die at the end of Rajneeti, he won’t be part of Rajneeti 2. Again, I will be doing a spin on the Mahabharat, though this time, it will be completely different.”
Buzz is, the actor is having serious second thoughts about embarking on his much-hyped world tour co-produced by his dad
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 6, 2012)
Ranbir Kapoor’s much anticipated world tour appears to have hit a major roadblock. Going by industry whispers, the tour that was previously scheduled for August-September 2012 has been postponed to a latter date. And, if rumours are to be believed, it may not happen at all this year.
When contacted, Ali Morani from Cineyug, organisers of the tour, was rather evasive, “Things are not yet in place. The tour will happen but I can’t say when. It may not be this year.” Ranbir’s father Rishi Kapoor, who is also the tour’s producer, refused to comment on an obviously sensitive subject.
Apparently, Ranbir had second thoughts about embarking on the tour this year. A source told Mirror, “Ranbir took the call. He wants to concentrate only on films, at least for the time being. Any commitment on the world tour would also mean a lot of dates for rehearsals etc. And a lot of filmmakers have been queuing up for Ranbir to star in their projects after Rockstar. So he has decided he’d rather focus on those. The world tour can wait, at least for now.”
This isn’t the first time the tour has been postponed. Originally slated for July 2010 soon after Raajneeti hit theatres, the tour was put off till after Rockstar saw the light of day, as the father-son duo of Rishi and Ranbir felt it needed some foot-thumping songs to be a More >
By Subhash K. Jha, May 7, 2011 – 15:08 IST
Arjun Rampal and Jacqueline Fernandez who shared a fleeting moment of song-and-dance camaraderie in Housefull are all set to get really cosy as husband and wife in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Jai Ramji.
Dhulia, who never shies away from hot breathy love-making sequences, recently shot some torrid scenes with Randeep Hooda and Mahie Gill in Sahib Bibi Aur Gangster. For Jai Ramji too he has some extra-special plans for the bedroom.
The idea of casting Jacqueline came to Tigmanshu after he saw the lately-emboldened actress comfortably cuddling up to Emraan Hashmi in the stills of Murder 2.
It’s time for the actress to carry her sizzle further in the inspiring company of Arjun Rampal who lately did an semi-x-rated love-making sequence with TV actress Shruti Seth in Raajneeti .
After Preity Zinta, it’s Jacqueline Fernandez who has been added to the cast of Tigmanshu Dhulia’s rustic tale Jai Ramji. And he plans to add a number of more glamorous babes from Mumbai in even the smaller female parts. He has already spoken to number glam-dolls for even the cameos and walk-on parts. They’ve all agreed to be part of Dhulia’s glamour bazaar.
Tigmanshu’s logic is simple. Going rustic and real doesn’t mean relinquishing glamour. “This is a logic we’ve inherited from the art-house films where realism was equated with a lack of glamour. My film is set in a small town. But it will feature sexy glamorous Bollywood actresses. We need to break the More >
I don’t think any other scene would come close to being as tough as my speech in Prakash Jha’s Raajneeti. Gosh, it still gives me goose bumps!
The scene was shot in Bhopal. Although it was done in two takes, it just wasn’t an easy one to execute. I think there were at least three reasons why that scene was so mushkil. But before that, let me tell you that it was not difficult because I had to wear a saree for that scene.
I have been seen in glam outfits on screen, but honestly, I am far more comfortable in a saree than in any other attire. Now back to the three reasons:
One, I had to narrate a speech in front of nearly 5,000 people. Think about giving a speech in front of 100 people and your hands would tremble.
Two, my character in the film had to vent all her emotions in that scene.
Three, that scene was the climax of the film. Hence, it had to be done in such a way that it not only creates an impact, but also, leaves a lasting impression as well. It was a very crucial scene wherein I had to take utmost care that I neither underplay it nor go over the top.
A tough scene is generally not a song or a dance. The biggest challenge for an actor is when he or she is asked to portray a gamut of emotions in one scene.Still of the scene from Raajneeti
By Subhash K. Jha, May 3, 2011 – 11:36 IST
The era of lengthy epic tales with two intervals, one siesta-break and three meals are over. Filmmakers are now being forced to restrict their completed product’s playing-time to 2 hours or less.
Prakash Jha who gave one of the biggest hits of 2010, Raajneeti, has been granted a 15 minute grace-period, considering his box office standing. Nonetheless, Prakash too has been forced to comply by what Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra describes as the “multiplex samosa-sales pitch.”
After the 2 hour 47 minute marathon Raajneeti, Prakash Jha has been compelled to cut down the length of his new film Aarakshan to a much shorter playing-time of 2 hour 15 minutes.
Sighs the harried filmmaker, ‘It is the demand of the times…and of time. You can’t afford to make your film longer than a certain length. It hampers the number of screenings in the multiplexes and restricts viewership as well. Though I must add that the audience will be with you for as long as you want if the story is gripping.”
To make the playing-time of Aarakshan gripping, Prakash Jha has ruthlessly cut down the length. “Yes, I have kept the length down to the minimum. Nowadays a filmmaker can’t afford to be emotional about the footage that he shoots. What had to go is gone in Aarakshan. I don’t make a film only for my own satisfaction. I’ve to keep many considerations in mind.”
It’s learnt that some of dramatic and emotional sequences featuring the Big B with Saif and More >
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; April 24, 2011)
Ranbir Kapoor and Salman Khan have history. The RK boy began dating Khan’s girl Katrina Kaif two years ago. The romance began on the sets of their film Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (and continued during Raajneeti). Will history repeat itself ? It is learnt that Salman now wants to romance RK’s girl Nargis Fakhri.
Towards the end of the year, Salman Khan will get into the super-hero garb for his younger brother Sohail Khan’s film titled Sher Khan (and not Tarzan) as reported. Sohail has worked on the script of this film for a long time and it is wildly exciting, say sources. Even as the girls — Katrina Kaif, Sonakshi Sinha and others start lining up for the role of Sher Khan’s leading lady, trade sources indicate that Salman may team up with the Rockstar girl Nargis Fakhri. Says our source, “Sohail either wants a fresh face or he wants his brother to pair up with Nargis.”’ We hear the producers of Rockstar, who are also advising Nargis on her career, will be happy if she bags a film with Bhai.
By Nikhil Ramsubramaniam, April 9, 2011 – 12:39 IST
After the super-hit Raajneeti, Prakash Jha is gearing up for the release of his next biggie Aarakshan which releases on August 12. The film, which talks about the reservation issue, boasts of an impressive star-cast such as Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Manoj Bajpayee and Prateik.
We bring you some exclusive behind the scenes stills from the film and even have Mr.Jha speak about the shooting experience for the film in Bhopal. So over to you Mr.Jha…
“This is the climax shot of the film”
“This is a scene in which Saif has just been appointed the Junior Lecturer in the college while Manoj is a Senior Professor there. Their first meeting is quite an eventful one.”
“In this particular shot you can see, Mr. Bachchan teaching some school girls, Burlesque principle.”
“The entire film has been shot in Bhopal. We shot at Shakuntala Thakral College in Bhopal in which we put up several different sets. This is inside the Principal’s office and as is obvious Mr. Bachchan plays the Principal.”
“Saif and Deepika are close friends in the film and Prateik also is seen hanging out with them. This is a scene shot in the canteen of the college.”
“We were shooting a rain sequence and you can see Mr. Bachchan patiently waiting for his shot wrapped in a towel. He always needs a higher seating because of his long legs hence you can see him sitting on many chairs kept one on top of the other.”
“The entire More >
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, April 5, 2011 – 09:51 IST
Best Film Band Baaja Baaraat Dabangg My Name Is Khan Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Raajneeti
Best Direction Maneesh Sharma – Band Baaja Baaraat Abhinav Kashyap – Dabangg Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Guzaarish Karan Johar – My Name Is Khan Milan Luthria – Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Vikramaditya Motwane – Udaan
Performance In A Leading Role Male Salman Khan – Dabangg Hrithik Roshan – Guzaarish Shah Rukh Khan – My Name Is Khan Ajay Devgn – Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Ranbir Kapoor – Raajneeti
Performance In A Leading Role Female Anushka Sharma – Band Baaja Baaraat Kareena Kapoor – Golmaal 3 Aishwarya Rai Bachchan – Guzaarish Vidya Balan – Ishqiya Katrina Kaif – Raajneeti
Performance In A Supporting Role Male Mithun Chakraborty – Golmaal 3 Arshad Warsi – Ishqiya Emraan Hashmi – Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Arjun Rampal – Raajneeti Manoj Bajpayee – Raajneeti
Performance In A Supporting Role Female Amrita Puri – Aisha Dimple Kapadia – Dabangg Ratna Pathak Shah – Golmaal 3 Shernaz Patel – Guzaarish Prachi Desai – Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai
Performance In A Comic Role Paresh Rawal – Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? Johny Lever – Golmaal 3 Riteish Deshmukh – Housefull Anil Kapoor – No Problem Pradhuman Singh – Tere Bin Laden
Performance In A Negative Role Naseeruddin Shah – Allah Ke Banday Sonu Sood – Dabangg Emraan Hashmi – Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Manoj Bajpayee – Raajneeti Ronit Roy – Udaan
Music Direction Salim – Sulaiman – Band More >