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They are young and bursting with enthusiasm. Five young directors making their debut this year tell us why it’s magical to be in the movies
Lekha Menon (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 20, 2010)
Some of the best ideas in films in 2009 were seen in the ones made by debutant directors. Never mind the box-office results, the freshness and the willingness to experiment made all the difference.
With some big budget films with top names failing to make paisa vasool films, perhaps it’s time to turn to the first-timers to bring a new perspective.
Some leading production houses have placed their bets on these newbies in films featuring topline stars. Here are five of them who are waiting to open their accounts in the Bollywood dream factory.
‘I’ve wanted to do this for 10 years’
Siddharth MalhotraAge: 32
Calling card: Remake of Stepmom starring Kajol, Kareena and Arjun Rampal
Expected release: End of the year
Inspirations: Guru Dutt, Raj Kapoor, Sooraj Barjatya, Karan Johar
As a child Siddharth Malhotra remembers spending his pocket money of Rs 40-50 on buying Bombino video cassettes and audio tapes of the latest Hindi flicks. Films were his biggest craze, even then.
A true blue industry kid (Premnath is his grandfather, his dad, actor Prem Kishen set up Cinevista and the Kapoors are extended family), Siddharth grew up interacting with the likes of Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Vijay Anand.
So it comes as no surprise when he proclaims that heMore >
// // //Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 07, 2010)
Several viewers who went to watch Prakash Jha’s Raajneeti on Sunday evening were sorely disappointed as two shows were cancelled due to a technical error.
A viewer, who had bought tickets for the 6pm show, was very disappointed as she could not watch the movie on a Sunday. She says, “I had gone with my friends for the evening show. As soon as the film started, there was some sound problem so none of the dialogue were audible and we immediately brought it to the attention of the theatre management. They re-started the movie after ten minutes but since there was no improvement, the show was called off.”
“When we did not hear from the theatre management for almost an hour, all of us occupied the seats of the 7.10 pm show in the next screen. As a result, those who had bought tickets of that show could not be accomodated. There was major havoc in the theatre. Eventually, both the shows were called off. After much argument, the management agreed to refund our ticket money. We wasted our weekend,” adds the viewer.
Vikram Verma, senior marketing manager of the multiplex said, “There was some technical error so two shows had to be cancelled. Our technicians are currently trying to fix the problem. We have refunded the ticket money to the audience, as is our normal practice.”Raajneeti
The first surprise was ‘No SRK’… the second, Katrina opposite Akshay in Farah Khan’s film
SHARIN WADER BUTANI Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; January 31, 2010)
Now the story can be told. You know about Farah Khan’s big entertainer Tees Maar Khan, for which the director-choreographer, breaking tradition, signed on Akshay Kumar over all-time favourite Shah Rukh Khan. The dust over that dhamaka had not quite settled down when Farah took on Katrina Kaif to play the female lead opposite the Khiladi, thereby casting Bollywood’s most successful jodi together again and surprising the film industry immensely.
Farah has an explanation. She searched high and low among a hundred new faces hopeful of breaking into Bollywood to find a girl for Akshay. And she even considered all of Bollywood’s top rung actresses for the role, but came away dissatisfied. “You know, I had been telling people that I want a girl just like Katrina,” reveals Farah. “How silly of me! I then went on to sign Katrina herself.”
Katrina, who has done maximum number of films with Akshay, plays a wannabe item girl in TMK. Industry pundits whisper that Katrina’s determined to do serious films like Rajneeti in future because she wants to win the National Award. “That’s not true. I’m an actress and do what my director tells me to do. This role is something I’ve never done before. I’m excited about it and More >
// // // After giving several hits in a row last year, suddenly Katrina Kaif has little to look forward to this year.
A source close to the actress reveals, “Most of Katrina’s movies have been romcoms or commercial cinema. This year she has Prakash Jha’s Rajneeti, which is more serious cinema compared to her other movies. She wants to broaden her horizons and work for issue-based films, like the ones Madhur Bhandarkar does. Katrina likes all his films, more so because they are women-centric. Also, his lead actresses have won accolades for their performance and that has boosted their career graph. She has been sending him feelers.”Katrina Kaif
Meanwhile unconfirmed reports say that Katrina is being signed for the sequel of Dostana by Dharma Productions, besides Imtiaz Ali’s next opposite Ranbir Kapoor and Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan. But our source says, “Apart from Rajneeti, which releases this year, Katrina has just one project in hand, the Abbas Mustan remake of The Italian Job. A lot of projects have been spoken about, but as of now nothing has been signed officially.”
Apparently what could be a trigger for Katrina is the fact that her closest competitors, Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor, have a sufficient number of movies lined up and are also experimenting with different genres. “Not More >
WHERE ARE THE ROLES? Lara Dutta, Bipasha Basu, Sonam and (above) Vidya Balan
They’re not studio hopping in 2010 because there’s no work
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; January 5, 2010)
The Bollywood men are sorted. Shah Rukh Khan is committed to doing one film in 2010 with Kareena Kapoor (RA 1). Aamir Khan may or may not even do that much. Salman Khan is introducing 20-something Sonakshi Sinha (Dabangg) to audiences. Ranbir Kapoor is romancing Priyanka Chopra (Anjaana Anjaani) and Katrina Kaif (Rajniti). Akshay Kumar is serenading Deepika Padukone (Houseful), Southern hottie Trisha (Khatta Meetha) and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (Action Replayy). Ajay Devgn wants Bebo (Golmaal-3)! The five or six men who matter at the box office have their screen partners more or less sorted. If they sign new films, they once again want the top five Bollywood girls to prance with them. So what happens to the rest? Well, well. “As usual the expiry date for heroines in Bollywood is getting shorter and shorter, their shelf life is cramped,’’ says trade consultant Amod Mehra. He continues, “Except the top four girls actually —whichever order you place them in — whether it is Kareena, Katrina, Priyanka and Deepika, the other girls have slipped into oblivion.’’ A top hero (from the lot mentioned above) adds, “One of the heroines is so desperate for work, she is actually contemplating doing a film with an art film actor. The reason for her desperation is understandable. Last year we saw More >
Badly Burnt In Year Gone By, Industry Looks To Strong ContentBharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; January 3, 2010)
Pursue excellence and success will pursue you,’’ was what Aamir Khan’s character philosophised in 3 Idiots. But when the lights dimmed and audiences sat down after the National Anthem, what greeted them on screens for most part of the year was average, even poor fare, making 2009 the annus horribilis of the first decade of the 21st century. More than 200 films, with Rs 1500 crore at stake, released last year but almost Rs 1000 crore sank in the sea of mediocrity without a bubble, the sharks-andsexy bikini Blue leading the pack. Added to it was the multiplex strike which cost around Rs 350 crore, upset release dates forcing films to share Fridays and dent each others’ collections. A multiplex source said, “Cannibalisation caused by big films’ release dates clashing could have been avoided.’’
The year began with Chandni Chowk To China that lost 50% of its Rs 65-crore budget. And marketing blitzkreigs couldn’t save a Blue and Kambakkht Ishq and the audience clearly showed content was king with surprise hits like DevD, New York, WaKe Up Sid and Ajab Prem ki Gajab Kahani. DevD made Rs 6 crore, collected Rs 25 crore at the box office while its ancillary rights made another Rs 5 crore and there are still more satellite runs to be sold. Trade experts also put films like Love Aaj Kal, Ajab Prem ki Gajab Kahani, Wanted among the certified hits, followed by More >
Will he get back together with Deepika Padukone, we had asked Ranbir recently? “I hope so,” he had replied with a smile (Ranbir Wants Deepika Back, Mumbai Mirror, December 4).
Encouraged by the ice that broke between the once-madly-in-love couple at a party recently (Mumbai Mirror, December 21, Table Manners), Ranbir has now decided to get his plan of getting back with Deepika in action.
Ranbir has started distancing himself from Katrina Kaif, his Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani and Raajneeti co-star, with whom he had got ‘very friendly’. He has reduced his interaction with Katrina. Earlier, he would message Katrina frequently, but of late, it is less frequent. The bonhomie, camaraderie and whatever he shared with Katrina seems to be over.Ranbir Kapoor Katrina Kaif
A source says, “Ranbir is seriously considering getting back with Deepika. After he got talking to her at a recent party hosted by Maheep Kapoor and Nandita Mahtani, his desire to revive his relationship with Deepika has intensified.”
Explaining why he needs to take a few steps back in his ‘friendship’ with Katrina, the source adds, “Deepika cannot stand the sight of Katrina. Distancing himself from Katrina will only facilitate his getting closer to Deepika.”
Although the two girls have never worked together, there More >
Vidhu Vinod Chopra changes his mind about screening the Raajneeti promo during the interval of 3 Idiots, Prakash Jha is not surprised by the volte faceBy Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 22, 2009)
One wonders why Vidhu Vinod Chopra, whose 3 Idiots is definitely the most awaited film of 2009, is nervous and insecure just three days before the release. Why else would he ask UTV (distributors of Prakash Jha’s Raajneeti) to withdraw the Raajneeti trailer, which was scheduled to be shown during the interval of 3 Idiots? Or is this the brainchild of the marketing head of the film, Aamir Khan, who seldom likes to share the limelight with anybody else?
According to a source, Vidhu called up UTV and told them that he didn’t want the Raajneeti trailer screened during 3 Idiots. “This decision came in the wake of a private screening of 3 Idiots held recently. Everybody who saw the film spoke very highly about the trailer of Raajneeti and felt that it would be a very strong film. This set Vidhu’s mind ticking and he decided that he would rather do away with the trailer than have people distracted from 3 Idiots.”Vidhu Vinod Chopra Prakash Jha
Speaking from New York, Jha confirmed that UTV had informed him about Vidhu’s decision. He said, “Vidhu had seen the trailer of Raajneeti and told me that it would be a pleasure to screen it. But now he has developed cold feet at the last minute. UTV told me that Vidhu found that at a recent screening of 3 Idiots, More >
Even though she has completely shed her glam doll image to play a politician in Prakash Jha’s Rajneeti, Katrina Kaif is reluctant to give up the jhatkas and matkas that are such an integral part of being a Bollywood actress.
So what if she plays a prim and propah neta in Rajneeti? It doesn’t stop her from wanting to dance to a club song in the film. While Katrina wants to let out her filmi side, filmmaker Prakash Jha doesn’t want her to deviate from her role and is currently looking out for another actress to perform in the song. A source said, “No matter how serious his films are Prakash Jha usually makes it a point to have one much-talked about song. For Rajneeti, he has a club mix hip-hop number composed by Pritam. Katrina, who is the film’s lead actress, has expressed a keen interest in being part of the song.
However, Jha feels that he should get another established actress for the song and has already spoken to some likely candidates. Katrina clearly doesn’t want to give up on her image as a commercial actress and wants to feature in the song as after the initial few scenes in Rajneeti, she goes completely deglam. Getting to dance to this masala number was perhaps her way of More >