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Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; September 17, 2012)
Madhur Bhandarkar, 44, has evolved his own brand of cinema based on real life, winning the National Award four times. Just ahead of his upcoming film Heroine, he talks to Bombay Times about his struggling years, the realities of the film industry and the constantly changing equation between stars and the media. Excerpts:
Tell us about your childhood. I failed my sixth standard. My father was an electrical contractor while I used to deliver video cassettes on a cycle to people in Juhu and Bandra including celebrities like Mithun Chakraborty. Mithunda remembers me and is very proud of me. He can’t believe that the guy who used to come to his house in short pants has become so successful. Then there came a time when the video cassettes business went down dramatically. So I decided to go to Muscat to stay with my sister and find work. But I came back as I had a film bug in me and wanted to make films.
How did you get your first break as a filmmaker? One of my cousins introduced me to Ram Gopal Varma and I got to assist him in Rangeela. I wanted to make my own film, but in the absence of a big star or a production house it was tough to get a break. I got to make Trishakti with Arshad Warsi who was a newcomer at that time. The movie took three years to complete and became dated by the time it was released. The movie did not even get a proper release and bombed at the box office. It was a very bad patch of my life and a big More >
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 >
On Day 2 of the war of words, Ram Gopal Varma hits back with potshots at Dutt and Oberoi and doesn’t spare Bachchan Jr either
Amrapali Sharma (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 23, 2012)
Why did you wait for Department’s release to vent your anger and discomfort with Sanjay Dutt and Dharam Uberoi? It is dangerous to start changing the content and screenplay midway through a film because it is so easy to lose your objectivity. So when they compelled me to do that by using various coercive forces halfway through the film since I was anyway stuck, I had a professional commitment to finish the film and had to wait until now.
Isn’t it a blame game going on after the film crashed? I am not blaming anyone except myself. The biggest mistake I made was to go to an actor as unprofessional and as unimaginably erratic as Dutt.
There were problems with Sanjay Dutt and co-producer Dharam Uberoi even during the making of the film? The problems were innumerable, ranging from Dutt’s coming late to last-minute cancellation of shoots and schedules to erratically wanting to change the content of scenes in the name of creative discussions that are not to be confused with mindless interference. Aamir and me had creative differences during Rangeela but I didn’t pay heed to the mistakes he pointed out. Despite Rangeela becoming a blockbuster, when I saw the film much later, I felt I had gotten away with the mistakes that he had pointed out. I genuinely believe Rangeela would have been a bigger hit had I More >
Has India’s favourite music composer moved on to a bigger, global platform?
Chandrima Pal (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 05, 2010)
From Internet blogs to the denizens of Delhi’s South Block, everyone is splitting hair over his compositions. But the man behind it all is ensconced in his Chennai studio, unfazed by the furore around him. Like the proverbial eye of the storm.
For A R Rahman, these are the best of times, the worst of times. His art is at its most eclectic, garnering international acclaim heralding him as one of the world’s best. In his own country detractors are declaring that he has lost his touch. He is buying a five-acre plot in Los Angeles to set up his production facility with sound engineer Resul Pookutty. He is also being accused of being indifferent, aloof to his Bollywood projects, delaying them and churning out music that often stumps listeners. With every milestone in the West, Rahman seems to move a step away from home.
His fiercest critics are ironically in the industry that has given him his biggest successes — until of course Slumdog. The Hindi film fraternity has always had an uneasy relationship with Rahman, who is still god down south. Many in Bollywood find it hard to accept his artistic ways — he remains in Chennai, works mostly at night, has his own creative yardsticks for choosing projects and delivers only when he is ready. Some feel his best is behind him, others feel he is constantly breaking new More >
// // // Tamil superstar Suriya Sivakumar arrived quietly in Mumbai this week to shoot for his Hindi debut in Ram Gopal Varma’s Rakta Charitra. He is excited about this venture and is quite fond of the city life and its food.
He’s staying at his wife Jyothika’s residence in Mumbai and trying hard to pick up the rudiments of the Hindi language from a coach he has brought along. Says Suriya, “Jo (Jyothika) has an apartment in Bandra. So I’ve been coming to Mumbai 4-5 times a month. I enjoy the city, its people and food and then I go back to Chennai. I don’t think this pattern will change.”
Suriya admits his Hindi isn’t quite what Bollywood requires. “I’ve an assistant with me to help me with my Hindi dialogue. Ramu sir has assured me I don’t need to worry about my dialogue. I like to say my own lines on screen without prompting or someone else dubbing for me. I’ve to see how my Hindi goes. I did have a teacher in Chennai but that bookish Hindi won’t work in Hindi films.”
Soft-spoken and very focused on his career Suriya doesn’t see Rakta Charitra as a new beginning. “I took up this offer because I respect Ramu sir and the way he attempts new kind of cinema each time regardless of failure or success. He’s got plenty of innovative ideas. I love More >
Stars, style, saluting talent and scintillating performances – the 55th Idea Filmfare Awards had all this and more
MUMBAI MIRROR; March 02, 2010
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When Bollywood says ‘awards’, more often than not they are referring to Filmfare Awards. Not surprising then, that preparations start weeks in advance of the big night with the lovely ladies and men ordering the best in clothes and gossiping for hours about who is likely to win (or not win for that matter) what.
Given all that, this year’s event went a notch higher with two superstars playing host and all the others in attendance. Shah Rukh Khan, who had the audience laughing uproariously along with co-host Saif Ali Khan, was there with gorgeous wife Gauri. Kareena Kapoor was sorely missed as she was shooting for an ad. Hrithik Roshan carried a kite for obvious reasons.
After many denials, Lara Dutta chose the event to make her relationship official by attending with tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi. Vidya Balan made an individualistic fashion statement in a yellow and orange sari and rudraksh jewellery. The reclusive Tabu made a rare appearance and the statuesque Rekha was her resplendent self. Bipasha bonded with Sridevi and the two held hands like long lost sisters as did Kajol and Gauri.
While all the high voltage action was happening on and off the stage a dignified ceremony took place as veterans Shashi Kapoor and Khayyam were lauded with Lifetime Achievement More >
By Taran Adarsh, June 19, 2009 – 14:00 IST
Just last week, Vashu Bhagnani showcased his son Jackky Bhagnani’s acting skills in KAL KISSNE DEKHA. This week, another father – Arvind Patel – attempts to showcase his daughter Gayatri Patel’s dancing skills in LET’S DANCE, directed by Aarif Sheikh. Come to think of it, such launch pads often act as a showreel for furthering the career in Bollywood. In that respect, LET’S DANCE succeeds… to an extent.
But there’s a hitch! The film bears an uncanny resemblance to Ramgopal Varma’s immensely likable RANGEELA and Yash Raj’s utterly forgettable AAJA NACHLE. No issues if LET’S DANCE seeks inspiration from elsewhere [coincidence?], but in an effort to showcase Gayatri’s dances, the remaining aspects take a backseat. The dances appeal, but the love story doesn’t. And the crime angle, injected in the plotline, is a big bore.BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
Let’s be specific. Gayatri’s dances are a treat [she dances exceptionally well], but her love interest cuts a sorry picture. The street children’s connection with a crook also seems unwarranted.
In a nutshell, LET’S DANCE will be best remembered for Gayatri’s exuberant dances. That’s it!//
LET’S DANCE is about a girl who gives direction in life to a group of street kids. Young and peppy, she is a dancer who runs her own dance school and plays the catalyst in the story. She comes in contact with a bunch of street kids and hence, begins a journey she believes in.