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Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 18, 2013)
Ileana D’Cruz, who shot to fame with Barfi! has been roped in by Sanjay Leela Bhansali for his next film, Gabbar. The project is a remake of 2002 Tamil film Ramana and marks the Bollywood debut of south director Krish.
Ileana will star opposite Akshay Kumar, who after the success of Rowdy Rathore, is working with Bhansali again. A source told Mumbai Mirror, “Ileana started getting numerous film offers after being noticed for her role in Barfi!. Ramesh Taurani signed her for Rajkumar Santoshi’s Phata Poster Nikla Hero and now she has bagged Gabbar.”
The film will go on floors by the end of the year after Akshay finishes filming Milan Luthria’s Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai Again and Ashwin Varde’s Boss.
Talking about the film, the source added, “Akshay and Ileana’s chemistry will be interesting to watch. It is quite an unlikely pairing, which Bhansali is trying to explore. Akshay plays the lead role in the film where he fights against corruption.” —
BOMBAY TIMES (April 17, 2013)
The winning combination of Rowdy Rathore, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Akshay Kumar, are back with an entertainer, Gabbar.
With Ranveer Singh-Deepika Padukone starrer Ram Leela releasing this year, SLB will now produce the remake of Tamil blockbuster Ramana (2002) with Akki as ‘Gabbar’. The film, which highlights the fight against corruption, will mark South director Krish’s (Gamyam, 2008, and Vedam, 2010) Bollywood debut.
Confirming the news, Sanjay says, “We will be remaking Ramana. It’s a beautiful film and I believe such cinema should reach our Hindi film-watching audience as well. We look to do justice to the subject and treatment and are extremely excited about the project.”
While the project was initially to be titled Ramana, much like the original, creative maverick SLB, known to be extremely particular about titles, suggested calling it Gabbar. Not too many know that it was he who also suggested Rowdy Rathore as the title for his record-breaking film. While the official rights have been acquired, the makers will soon announce the leading lady. For now, however, they do share that it will be an unlikely pairing and something the audiences are going to be excited about. Says a source, “It’s been a great year for Bhansali Productions — Ram Leela is eagerly awaited. Bhansali Productions now looks to taking its success benchmark several notches higher with Gabbar. The film which will go on the floor this year, will be co-produced by his More >
Shakti Shetty (MID-DAY; January 14, 2013)
Almost everybody has a lucky charm in Bollywood. And looks like Akshay Kumar is once again readying to use his. Buzz is that after doing as many as six films together, Akki will once again work with Katrina Kaif. The film, a remake of South film Ramana, will be co-produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Shabina Khan. South film director M Raja is slated to helm the Hindi version.
The last movie that Akki and Kat did together was Tees Maar Khan (2010).
A source says, “Akshay and Katrina have been probably the most popular hit pair in recent times with blockbusters like Singh is Kinng, Namaste London and Welcome, amongst others. Interestingly, in spite of them doing back-to-back films, they were hardly linked with each other romantically.” However, after the lukewarm response to De Dana Dhan and Tees Maar Khan, they decided to take a break. Akshay moved on with Sonakshi Sinha as his new lucky mascot.
The source adds, “The initial talks are already done and the project is expected to go on floors by the end of the year. Shabina and Akshay were keen that the film should have Katrina once again as their fans would love to see them getting back together on the big screen.” Katrina and Shabina remained unavailable for comment.
MORE ON RAMANA
Directed by AR Murugadoss, Ramana is a 2002 Tamil action film. The blockbuster starred Vijaykanth and Simran. It was later remade in Telugu as Tagore with Chiranjeevi in the lead and then also in More >
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 23, 2012)
It’s official. Madhur Bhandarkar’s next is neither Fashion 2 (an idea he had only toyed with) nor Aashiqui 2 (which co-producer of Aashiqui Bhushan Kumar had approached him for). Nor is Bhandarkar taking up Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s idea of remaking the South blockbuster Ramana in Hindi.
But as Mirror can reveal, Bhandarkar’s next after Heroine will be a political thriller set against the politics in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The filmmaker has zeroed down on two heroines for the project- Vidya Balan and Priyanka Chopra for the politician’s role.
A close friend of the filmmaker told Mirror, “Vidya would suit the role of the mature politician to the T. And after working with Priyanka, Bhandarkar has developed a very good professional rapport with her as well. So let’s see which girl wins the race.”
The character is that of a very vulnerable woman from North India, who, in a span of five years, grows into a bold and conniving woman to survive in the cut-throat political world. She will be clad in sarees for most part of the film. “Political films are Madhur’s forte. His 2003 Satta based in Mumbai, received critical acclaim,” said the friend.
Explaining why Bhandarkar is not going ahead with Bhansali’s offer, the friend said, “Madhur does not believe in remakes. He did consider Bhansali’s offer, which came about 15 days ago, but decided against it. So Ramana is ruled out.”
Bhandarkar’s friend also revealed, “Madhur is talking to More >
The filmmaker, who last tasted commercial success with Black, has zeroed in on the Fashion director for the Hindi remake of 2002 Tamil hit Ramana
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 17, 2012)
Here’s one pairing that is bound to create a lot of buzz. Two filmmakers who are as different as chalk and cheese – Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Madhur Bhandarkar – are coming together for an upcoming film.
We can tell you that if all goes well, Bhandarkar will direct a film for Bhansali, which is the Hindi remake of the 2002 Tamil blockbuster Ramana, written and directed by A R Murugadoss, who also made the superhit Ghajini.
About Ramana: the film was first made in Tamil at a budget of Rs 11.5 crore and starred Vijaykanth and Simran. Released during Diwali, it ran for 150-odd days in theatres, a lot judging by today’s standards. It was later remade in Telugu as Tagore, with Chiranjeevi in the lead and then in Kannada with Vishnuvardhan headlining it.
A source told us, “Bhansali has been wanting to make Ramana since quite some time. He was thinking about whom to pass on the mantle. It was recently that he zeroed down on Bhandarkar. Ramana is a very hard-hitting film and would suit Bhandarkar’s style of filmmaking.”
Reportedly, Bhandarkar has agreed in principle and the modalities are being worked out.
According to the source, an official from Bhansali’s company went with the offer to Bhandarkar’s office in Andheri last week. He even gave a DVD of Ramana to the director, who saw the More >