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Common friend Ahmed Khan plays peacemaker after weeks of mudslinging
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 28, 2012)
The failure of Ram Gopal Varma’s Department led to some serious collateral damage: lead actor Sanjay Dutt and the filmmaker got embroiled in a public spat and resulted in the ouster of Dutt’s manager Dharam Uberoi as CEO of his production house. The new twist in the tale: Dutt and RGV may have buried the hatchet after all. If you remember, RGV had tweeted: “Whatever else is happening to Department, I am supremely happy that I don’t need to see the faces of Sanjay Dutt and Dharam Uberoi for the rest of my life. …. If Dutt and Uberoi think I am bad in Department, let’s wait for Zila Ghaziabad and Soham’s film where I am not there to spoil their creative inputs.” But all that seems to be a thing of the past now with choreographer and filmmaker Ahmed Khan playing peacemaker. Though many had tried to make Dutt and RGV speak to each other over the last one week, it was Khan, a common friend, who convinced Dutt to make that important call to the beleaguered filmmaker.
Dutt and Varma, we learnt, spoke for a while and sorted out their differences that were created by Dutt’s manager Uberoi.
While neither Varma nor Dutt wished to comment, Khan told Mirror, “Ramu is my mentor. He gave me a break in Rangeela when I was 19-years-old. I was a nobody back then. He thought that I could do justice to AR Rahman’s music, Aamir Khan’s acting and Jackie Shroff’s style. I will always More >
Tusshar Kapoor and Satish Kaushik made production designer Rafi Kazi feel special by organising a surprise birthday party for him.
The party held on Friday had only close friends on the guest list.
Some of the friends who came to wish Rafi despite the short notice were David Dhawan, Minissha Lamba, Tutu Sharma, Sunil Wadhwa, Amin Hajee, Vikas Kapoor, Laxmi Rai Shabir Khan, Madhur Bhandarkar, Sonal Chauhan, Shabina Khan, Indra Kumar, Vikram Singh, Shailesh Singh and Jaymin Panchal among others.
Also, the entire team of Rafi’s Hum Tum Shabana were present for his birthday party.
When contacted Rafi Kazi said, “It was a touching gesture by Satishji and Tusshar and I am grateful to them for making my birthday special.”
He might not be too good with politics, but when it comes to B-town, Sanjay Dutt still wins hands down
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 24, 2011)
On Wednesday afternoon, when Sanjay Dutt was shooting for Indra Kumar’s Double Dhamaal on the third floor of Mehboob Studios, we saw quite a huge turn out of B-townies paying visit to Sanjubaba.
We thought Sanju had thrown a secret bash for his close friends and colleagues. When we probed, we were told that it was just a visit everyone paid, out of their respect and love for him.
While Sanju was at his wittiest best shooting with his co-actors Arshad Warsi, Ashish Chowdhury, Riteish Deshmukh etc., on the sixth floor of the same building, biwi Maanyata was bonding with her sisters-in-law, Namrata Dutt and Priya, who were shooting for a magazine cover. After pack up in the afternoon, Sanjay joined them to relax for a while.
Amongst those who came to visit Dutt, T Series head honcho Bhushan Kumar and his trusted aide Vinod Bhanushali were the first.
Salman Khan, who had just entered the studio to shoot for another magazine to promote his film Ready, learnt about Baba’s presence on the sixth floor and went to meet him. The two have been close ever since their Saajan days in the early 90’s. Now even we felt nostalgic.
Adjacent to Sanju’s floor, Suniel Shetty, Bobby Deol, Irrfan Khan and Celina Jaitley were promoting their upcoming film Thank You. Suniel too grabbed a chance to strike a conversation More >
Kamaaluddin Kazi, better known as Tony Walker and brother of the legendary comedian Johnny Walker, passed away yesterday.
The 75-year-old actor-producer is survived by his four children and his wife Naaz. None of his children are connected with the film industry.
Rafi Kazi, nephew of Tony Walker said, “Tony uncle had made quite a few films starting from Kaun Aapna Kaun Paraya with Waheeda Rehman and Vivek Kumar; Dillagi with Sanjay Khan and Mala Sinha and Baazi with Dharmendra and Waheeda Rehman.
He also gave breaks to famous filmmakers like Sultan Ahmed with Pyaar Ka Rishta starring Sameer, Mumtaz, Shatrughan Sinha, Vinod Khanna, Balraj Sahani and my uncle Johnny Walker. He also acted in films like Kaagaz Ke Phool, Johnny Walker and Gateway of India among others.”
The final rites of Tony Walker were held at the Mahim cemetery.
By Taran Adarsh, June 30, 2009 – 08:27 IST
He mysteriously disappeared after his debut film KAAL released. But LUCK seems to have brought Soham Shah back. “After parting from Dharma Productions, I had to start my struggle all over again. A lot of people took advantage of the situation, considering the controversy that followed our split [Karan Johar and Soham parted on a bitter note]. Something would always go wrong at the last minute and I was ‘out of work’ for almost four years, till LUCK happened,” Soham reminisces.
That Soham and Karan Johar had a bitter split is known to all and sundry, but according to Soham, it was a professional decision he took at that stage in life and he doesn’t regret it one bit. “I am whatever I am because of Karan Johar and will always be indebted to him for that,” says Soham with a lot of gratitude.
So how did it finally work out with Shree Ashtavinayak? “A friend [Rafi Kazi] wanted me to meet Rajbhai [Mehta], which I initially refused since it had become difficult to judge who was fake and who wasn’t. But after my first meeting with Rajbhai, I felt some weight in his talks and that’s how we went ahead with the film,” Soham states, “Somewhere, I have to give maximum credit to Sanjay Dutt for making this work. He believed in me and supported me whole-heartedly.”