Posts tagged Race
By Chaya Unikrishnan (DNA; May 10, 2012)A still from the film Jannat 2
Even as filmmakers are battling it out with the I&B Ministry to air U/A films at prime time on TV, the box-office seems to be thriving with adult films. Since the last couple of years, we have seen several ‘A’ certified films like The Dirty Picture, Delhi Belly and Murder 2 ringing the cash registers.The latest one to join the hit parade is Jannat 2 .Even Hate Story before that did pretty well and Vicky Donor despite its topic of sperm donation managed to get an U/A certificate and succeed at the box-office. Clearly, filmmakers are no longer shying away from exploring subjects with adult themes. Neither are they worried about getting that dreaded ‘A’ certificate, which was believed to keep a major chunk of the audience away.
Says trade analyst Amod Mehra, “Filmmakers are open to experimenting with adult content, which need not necessarily be vulgar. Vicky Donor appealed to a mature audience and sperm donation is no longer a taboo topic.” He, however, points out that the trend of making adult films is not new. “There have been sleazy adult films packaged with good music in the past. Also, today the multiplex audience is open to adult cinema with good content, which is why non-family films like Delhi Belly did pretty well,” he reckons.
Agrees Siddharth Roy Kapur, CEO, UTV Motion Pictures, which co-produced Delhi Belly, “In the last few years, we have seen ‘A’ films like Race, Kaminey, Delhi More >
WILL AGENT VINOD STRIKE GOLD AT THE BOX OFFICE?
The stage is set. After 3 years of intense shooting across the globe, Agent Vinod is finally ready to hit the screens worldwide! The film is keenly awaited but not for its high-octane action scenes! After all, haven’t we seen so many modern action films off late? But what makes this film exciting is that it’s directed by Sriram Raghavan who rocked the show with Ek Hasina Thi and Johnny Gaddaar! This and Saif’s one-liners give an indication that Agent Vinod shall be a thoroughly entertaining fare!
Agent Vinod stars Saif Ali Khan in leading role and his girlfriend Kareena Kapoor will be seen opposite her. Besides, the film also stars talented actors like Gulshan Grover, Ram Kapoor and Shahbaz Khan. Maryam Zakaria and Mallika Haydon have added the glamour quotient in the film in the songs ‘Dil Mera Muft Ka’ and ‘Pungi’. Special mention should also go to Kareena who looks stunning in ‘Dil Mera Muft Ka’! ‘Pungi’ meanwhile is peppy and its music video is a treat to watch! Saif looks suave and sexy as he goes around the world in this film assuming different identities, even that of Kapil Dev in one instance! The movie has been shot in exotic locations like Latvia, Morocco and Russia. The lensman has shot this film beautifully giving it a slick look!
What goes against the film is its relatively high cost. It increased as the film’s release got delayed. It’s difficult to give the exact cost but it should be in the 60-80 crores bracket. More >
Bipasha, Mika and Sivamani to perform at the opening night of the Super Fight League in Mumbai tomorrow
Saadia S Dhailey (BOMBAY TIMES; March 10, 2012)
Masti meets Mixed Martial Arts at the inaugural evening of the Super Fight League (SFL) on Sunday. A power-packed concert featuring performances by Mika, Sivamani and Bipasha Basu will set the tone for the rest of the testosterone-fueled event.
Says Bipasha, “I am happy to perform and am excited that I will get to see that day’s matches. I am an ardent supporter of all things that lead to fitness and am looking forward to this one.” Co-owner of SFL Raj Kundra is all praise for Bips. “She’s one of the best performers on stage. We wanted someone sexy with oomph that the youth can connect with. Her songs from Race will suit the mood that comes with real fighting,” he assures.
Then of course, there’s Mika. Not one to mince words, he says he’s cut out to perform at such an event. “Be it gangster movie songs or performing at such action-packed events, it suits me well.” Mika says his fans can expect him to perform all his hit numbers, “and Pungi… too.” A fan of televised wrestling shows, the singer is kicked about performing for “people who enjoy action-packed sport as they share quite an energy.” Ace percussionist Sivamani says his sounds will go well with such energy. However, what he intends to perform is a suspense, even for him. “I am quite spontaneous. I’ll bring good music.” The first Mixed Martial Arts international More >
By Joginder Tuteja, April 25, 2011 – 15:32 IST
Year: 1997 Place: Bangalore Movie: Gupt It was college time when a bunch of friends of mine visited a nearby theatre to watch Gupt. Eight time over. Their purpose was simple – ‘Be a spoilsport’. ‘Yeh Murder Karegi’ was the cry that my all-boys gang gave out in unison the moment Kajol made her first appearance on screen. I questioned them on the kind of high that they gained once they revealed the suspense. Well, they admitted that it was their way of gaining sadistic pleasure. More the number of patrons who grumbled, happier they felt.
Wish there was Facebook and Twitter in those days. It wouldn’t have been as expensive to let go off one’s sadistic desires.
Year: 2011 Place: Universe Movie: Dum Maaro Dum It takes a click of a button to be a spoilsport and reveal who is Michael Barbossa and what eventually happens to ACP Vishnu Kamath. You don’t have to revisit a theatre and spoil the party. Just continue to update your status on Facebook or retweet – the job is done. Simple.
Of course in this free world which has its own voice, it would be foolhardy to block any views. We saw that happening first with Game and now with Dum Maaro Dum where the suspense was revealed on the day of the film’s arrival, in one particular case even a day earlier. This only set me thinking if a genre of suspense thriller is the riskiest in today’s times. If and when the cat is out of the bag, is it really possible for a film to still find More >
By Taran Adarsh, February 22, 2011 – 08:39 IST
Producer Ramesh Taurani and director duo Abbas-Mustan have finally locked the star cast of the much-awaited sequel to RACE. “The casting has to be perfect, once the script is okayed. The expectations from RACE 2 are humungous and we plan to make it bigger and better than the first part,” Abbas-Mustan had remarked quite some time back.
Well, the casting of RACE 2 is almost complete. While Saif Ali Khan and Anil Kapoor have been retained from the first part, the makers have signed John Abraham to enact the negative role in the sequel to the successful film. Rumors are rife that Abhishek Bachchan will also appear in a significant role, although his presence in the film is being kept under wraps. “Not true at all! Abhishek isn’t part of the film,” the producer clarifies.
The leading ladies will be different as well. “Deepika Padukone and Sonakshi Sinha have been confirmed. We need to finalize one more leading lady opposite Anil,” he divulges. Filming of RACE 2 begins in August this year.
By Taran Adarsh, February 18, 2011 – 10:56 IST
Now here’s yet another film that places its story on Rajpal Yadav’s shoulders. This time, Rajpal has Johny Lever for company. MASTI EXPRESS, helmed by first-time director Vikram Pradhan, has two stories running concurrently: Rajpal and his wife Divya Dutta’s fervent desire to have their kid educated at a respectable institution and the auto rickshaw race that forms the crux of the story.
Quite an interesting idea, I must add, but interesting ideas don’t necessarily translate into fascinating cinematic experiences. The problem is, MASTI EXPRESS appeals in parts, not in its entirety. At places, the film is engaging, but there are times when it comes across as a yawn-inducing attempt. The screenplay writing is clearly the culprit here!BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
MASTI EXPRESS tells the story of a father [Rajpal Yadav], who desperately tries to get his only child admitted to a renowned school and provide him education. His son is just another brat in a slum with an uninspiring future. The son is refused admission initially, but later, when the father faces a lot of obstacles and wins an auto rickshaw race with the help of the school kids, the Principal [Manoj Joshi] opens the doors of his school to the kid.
The director tries to pack just about everything to make the film palatable to the junta janardhan. He decides to pander to the commercial diktats by injecting songs on guest stars [filmed on Shankar More >
Murder has long been one of the sexiest tools in a filmmaker’s arsenal, the very implication of elaborately-planned violence bringing with it an adrenalin high.
And while many films feature murders routinely, here’s a look at ten very different kinds of films wherein the entire action is planned around the murder, ten movies *about* murder, so to speak.Saat Khoon Maaf
Vishal Bhardwaj’s latest film is based on Ruskin Bond’s Susanna’s Seven Husbands, a short story the veteran writer padded into a novella just so the filmmaker could have more meat to work with.
Priyanka Chopra stars as a woman who marries and kills seven husbands and we’ve never quite seen anything like that.Maqbool
Similarly, Bhardwaj’s earlier take on Shakespeare was also one where the Bard’s tale centred around murder.
This time, Irrfan and Tabu star as clandestine lovers having an affair and eventually conspiring to kill Tabu’s husband, the mafia don played fantastically by Pankaj Kapoor.
It is a dark, murky tale of longing, betrayal and loss.Omkara
Vishal Bhardwaj’s rustic adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello features many deaths guns figure prominently in Bhardwaj-land but the film, about Omkara tragically doubting his Dolly, culminates in one massive, predetermined murder.
It’s one of the most shocking and brutal killings ever shown on the Indian screen.No One Killed Jessica
Based on the Jessica Lall More >
Here’s what we suggest you bring out the popcorn for
MUMBAI MIRROR; January 01, 2011Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara Director: Zoya Akhtar Starring: Hrithik, Farhan, Abhay, Katrina
It has an interesting ensemble cast and is made by a filmmaker who has shown depth and insight in her debut venture (Luck By Chance). In Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara she traverses through the landscapes of Spain.
This is a road movie that might well be peppered with quirks, slice of life nuggets and loads of drama, American indie style, as Zoya always liked it…
Director: Anubhav Sinha Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor
SRK’s attempt to play super hero. The film has been in news right from the time it was announced. Many eyebrows were raised when Anubhav Sinha was named as the director especially after the forgetful Cash.
The costumes and SFX of the film have already been talked about. Likely to be a bumper Diwali release.Don 2
Director: Farhan Akhtar Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Lara Dutta
The first sequel of a remake, Don 2 brings back the tried and tested formula of Don, starring Amitabh Bachchan. Farhan returns to direction after Don and a not-so-successful stint in acting.Untitled Director: Reema Kagti Starring: Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherji, Kareena Kapoor.
Not much is known about the film so far apart from the fact that it is a thriller and Aamir’s next after 3 Idiots, which More >
By Vinay Radhakrishnan, December 31, 2010 – 13:24 IST
An ardent Katrina Kaif fan, Vinay Radhakrishnan writes an open letter to his favourite actress.
I love watching you on screen. I love the fact that you hold a definite grace even as you don that Barbie look perfectly well on you.
I fell in love with you in Namastey London (a film that made many agree that you had arrived as an actor). I was happy to see you get into a comic zone with Partner. Race was pulsating and ‘Zara Zara‘ still plays in my iPod. New York made me strongly believe that Namastey London was not a flash in the pan. I didn’t mind your two scene act in De Dana Dan because I was more than happy with Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani and knew that you would strike big with Raajneeti. And then when Tees Maar Khan came closer to release, I knew that ‘Sheila’ would be worth the price of the ticket, something which did happen eventually.
But, and it is a big BUT for that matter, I was surprised that your act started and ended with ‘Sheila’. Of course there was that cute ‘You Dirty Dog’ but when the boys in the house, Akshay (Kumar) and Akshaye (Khanna) were having all the fun, didn’t you feel left out?
A few questions for you that may not entice a response but I do expect them to be read at the least:
1. Really, how did the conversation go like when the film was narrated to you? Was ‘Sheila’ (and only ‘Sheila’) handed over to you on a platter and told that this would be the start and end of it? Was More >
By Joginder Tuteja, September 23, 2010 – 11:10 IST
Neil Nitin Mukesh is spitting venom. Even as he was looking forward to a day of festivity and celebrations yesterday, he woke up to a rude surprise when he read about his ouster from Abbas Mustan’s remake of The Italian Job. A tabloid report suggested that not just had he been thrown out of the film post the ‘failure’ of Lafangey Parindey; he was also blissfully unaware of the ‘fact’ himself.
“Well, looks like some people out there know more about me and my films than myself”, says Neil while trying hard to control his irritation over the matter, “Just because you are not speaking, some people out there build an imaginary tale all by themselves.”
So what’s the real status?
“Arrey issme real ya unreal status ki kya baat hai? It’s sad that I am giving clarification on this when the fact is that I am already preparing for my role. The film is pretty much on and I am also not going anywhere. In fact Abbas-Mustan, who are currently out for location scouting, had given me such a detailed role description before leaving. They should be back in a week’s time and post that there would be a further one month of preparation. We begin shooting early November.”
The Italian Job has been in news for about a year and most of the pain points have been around the casting. The men in white, Abbas-Mustan, were pretty much riding high after the super success of Race. However, bringing The Italian Job has been a challenge due to its More >