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Censor Board objects to drinking scenes, portrayal of extra-marital relationships and wearing a bikini
Pooja Kulkarni (BOMBAY TIMES; May 25, 2013)
With over 20 films releasing in the last six months, the Marathi film industry has been grappling with the Censor Board for certifications. Many filmmakers were forced to delete certain dialogues to avoid getting the A certificate. Yet, most films released have got U/A certificate for smoking, use of cuss words, and inappropriate portrayal of women.
ASHYACH EKA BETAVAR (U/A) Reason: Sai Tamhankar was wearing a bikini Sai Tamhankar, who essays the character of a bar dancer, is shown wearing a bikini. Filmmaker Sanjay Hinge clarified, “The name of the film indicates that the film is shot on a beach. What’s wrong if the actress is sporting a bikini? I fail to understand why the Censor Board objects to things that are already happening in the society and are portrayed realistically in cinema. The same audience watches Hindi films and accepts violence and cuss words.”
LEK LADKI (U/A) Reason: For showing the actress drunk in a song sequence The film which released last month got a U/A certificate because Supriya Karnik was shown drinking in one of the songs. But filmmaker Yashwant Bhalkar said that he refused to delete the song for the sake of getting a U certificate. He said, “The song is an integral part of the film. The situation demanded that she be shown drinking. Changing the scene would have looked unrealistic.”
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BOMBAY TIMES (January 13, 2012)
Riteish Deshmukh’s Mumbai Film Company started 2013 on a high note with his maiden Marathi film BP-Balak Palak.
Says an elated Riteish, “I’m really thrilled with the response to the film. BP deals with an interesting concept — the need of sex education among children and how parents deal with it. Director Ravi Jadhav’s story has a strong appeal. It’s a family film and they are enjoying it. We hope this effort helps to form a better communication channel between parents and children.”
A lot of Bollywood biggies have supported the film, too. Calling it a “simple story, beautifully narrated”, Akshay Kumar said, “I recommend it to all parents. Kids grow up faster than we think. The film will teach a thing or two about parenting.” Karan Johar said he “absolutely adored” the film for conveying “such an important message so brilliantly”. Calling it “one of the most beautiful films”, Abhishek Bachchan said he was proud of Riteish for producing this film.
A distributor says, “BP marks the end of a six-week lull at the Marathi box office. Riteish’s association with the film has been the reason for it’s success.”
This year also marks Riteish’s completion of a decade in Bollywood. He has a number of films lined up for release — Grand Masti, Filmy Picture (remake of the Telugu film Sudigadu) and his next Marathi production, in which he’ll be acting too.
DNA (January 3, 2013)
While film premieres are traditionally hosted with the cast and crew in attendance, actor-producer Riteish Deshmukh will be hosting a virtual premiere of his forthcoming Marathi film today. The cast and crew of Balak Palak will be in attendance on the big screen while audiences across five locations in and around Mumbai will get to see the film and interact with Riteish and his team members.
Cinegoers in five theatres in Mumbai, Thane, Nalasopara, Pune and Latur will be encouraged to ask questions that will be answered by Ritesh, along with co-producers Uttung Thakur and Ravi Jadhav (who is also the director of the film), music directors Vishal Shekhar, and the child actors. The cast and crew will be present in a studio in Mumbai and the interactive session with the audiences will begin after the film screening.
“I am overjoyed that Balak Palak, a sensitive drama that will help parents realise how important it is to communicate effectively with your child, will create history with a first-of-its-kind virtual premiere. Marathi films have created a mark throughout the world and with this unique technology, we are trying to unite Marathi film-going audiences in remote locations,”says Ritesh, The actor-producer adds that he is confident that the film will not only break box office records but will also enter record books.
Elaborating further, Ravi says they have made an attempt to voice the subtle message of sex education to children by their parents and More >
Ready with his first film Balak Palak, he promises to break the typecast of being ‘comic’ in 2013
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 31, 2012)
Housefull, FALTU, Double Dhamaal, Housefull 2 and Kya Super Kool Hai Hum–a string of comedies later, Riteish Deshmukh at 34 isn’t scared of being typecast as a comedian. In fact, he has one more comic caper, Grand Masti coming up in 2013.
“This is what people perceive. If they think I am doing only comedies, they are right. It has nothing to do with fear,” he claims. Unlike his peers, Riteish isn’t scared of being stereotyped onscreen. And that is perhaps because in his offscreen ventures – film production, the Bollywood Legends Walk, the actor is ready to explore different genres.
Mumbai Film Company, Riteish’s banner is almost ready with its first venture – a Marathi film Balak Palak directed by Ravi Jadhav. “It’s a moment of pride for me. I always wanted to do something in this space – Marathi films. However, if something interesting in Hindi comes my way, I will join hands with like minded people and do it. Same goes for a Bengali script,” he declares.
Incidentally, his first Marathi production Balak Palak that literally translates into ‘children and parents’ is a film about a teenager trying to understand ‘sex’–an ‘uncomfortable’ word in the household.
“Sex education is important for children. But in India, we are perhaps too conservative to discuss such things with our kids. It’s a comfortable subject between friends More >
Composer Shekhar Ravjiani on his love for music, his daughter and future assignments
Asira Tarannum (MID-DAY; December 23, 2012)
SHEKHAR Ravjiani (of the Vishal- Shekhar music duo) rose to prominence when they composed the score for Jhankaar Beats in 2003. Their films include Om Shanti Om, Salaam Namaste, Bachna Ae Haseeno and Dostana among others.
Shekhar is a trained classical singer and was a participant of the music reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa in 1997. Apart from B-Town assignments, he is also lending his voice for Marathi songs as he tells us.
How did your first Marathi single Saazni happen? I was working on a tune in my studio when director Ravi Jadhav happened to hear it and offered me his film Balak Palak. I told him that I want to sing a Marathi song. I am not too fluent in the language but I wanted to sing and that is how it happened. Actually, I always had a fascination for Marathi as I have spent four to five years of my childhood in Nashik. We have a vineyard and a farm house there and a lot of musicians used to come to my place and are still family friends. I used to attend many Marathi concerts.
Marathi compositions sound a little tough but are beautiful. It was crazy when I started working on Saazni, as if some force was driving me to do it. I finished it in three to four days. I am glad the revenue from that single went to the NGO Maniketan for a noble cause.
You were working on your second Marathi single, Saavli, also? I have already finished working on More >
Shekhar Ravjiani gets candid about getting into Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy territory with Student of the Year
MUMBAI MIRROR (September 4, 2012)
From Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi to Student Of The Year, you have come a long way. It’s been a beautiful journey. I started my career in advertising, creating jingles for the late Mukul Anand. That his how I met his assistant Raj Kaushal and landed my first feature film. Dil Se Mere was the first song I composed and sang. I have worked with a lot of good people in the last 12 years. I don’t plan for tomorrow. Staying on the top is something that the audience decides. Music is spiritual. And once you believe in something, you shouldn’t be scared to experiment.
How is the reaction to the music of Student Of The Year? It’s your third film with Dharma Productions after Dostana and I Hate Luv Storys. The response has been brilliant. Initially we got mixed reaction to Disco Deewane. But now it’s a hit. It is important to go along with the director’s vision. Karan Johar is a legend. He is one of the nicest people I know in this business. The amount of love and respect he gives the technicians is phenomenal. He makes us feel comfortable. I have always been and still am his fan.
People say that your voice is the best match for Ranbir Kapoor? (Laughs) Actually, I met Ranbir few months back and got talking about Tumse Hi Tumse (Anjaana Anjaani) and Jogi Mahi (Bachna Ae Haseeno). He told me that my voice matches his the best. But I feel Ranbir can More >
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 16, 2012)
Riteish Deshmukh’s plans to start his own production house have finally materialised. The actor will flag off his new business with a Marathi film that will be directed by acclaimed filmmaker Ravi Jadhav of Natrang (2010) fame. Riteish will also essay a pivotal role in the production.
According to an insider, Riteish had several meetings with Ravi. “They discussed the project at length. In fact, Riteish has two scripts in hand now – one a masala entertainer and the other a serious social drama. Whichever works out first will go on floors, ” said the insider. “Riteish had been toying with the idea of launching his own production house even before he tied the knot. He has good business acumen and wanted to explore this aspect of filmmaking. He has taken it up as a challenge,” said a friend of the actor.
Riteish’s Marathi heritage has influenced the actor’s decision to make a Marathi film first. “He wanted to give something back to his community. Moreover, making a Marathi film seems to be a safer bet than a Bollywood venture. Especially with a director like Ravi on board,” said the friend.
The project is expected to go on floor by January 2013. Riteish was unavailable for comment.
Veteran actress Nanda along with best friend Waheeda Rehman made a rare appearance on Tuesday for a screening of Ravi Jadhav’s highly-acclaimed Marathi film Natrang at the Ketnav theatre at Union Park. Also present at the screening were Helen, Shammi, Urmila Matondkar and Vidya Balan.
Almost unrecognisable, this was Nanda’s first public appearance since she went into voluntary exile after the sudden and shocking death of her fiancé, filmmaker Manmohan Desai in 1994.Nanda in Raja Saab
Vidya Balan who was present at the screening can’t believe her luck. She said, “Nandaji was with Waheedaji! Can you imagine they’ve been friends for 45 years? When I went over to greet Waheedaji she introduced me to Nandaji.I couldn’t help but gawk. Nandaji spoke in the same melodious voice she used to talk in films. She told me she is a Capricorn, just like me. I was completely stunned by her graciousness. Later I came to know that Waheedaji, Nandaji, Shammi aunty and Asha Parekhji are very close friends. Only Ashaji was missing at the screening that day.”
Nanda has been so much out of the public eye that it took Natrang’s leading man Atul Kulkarni some time to recognise the lovely lady.Nanda and Waheeda Rehman
Recalling his meeting with her, Atul said, “This beautiful lady More >
By Vishwas Kulkarni (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 31, 2010)
// // // He is currently the toast of Marathi cinema for his critically-acclaimed role in Natrang, a smash Marathi indie about the trials and tribulations of a tamasha nachya.
An impoverished day labourer, who doubles up as an amateur wrestler, transforms from being the village pehelwan to a nachya, the stock effeminate comedian in a tamasha troupe.
The film chronicles the artiste’s anguished journey from prejudice to popular acclaim. The success of Natrang has suddenly created a buzz around the world of Marathi cinema. Competing with biggies such as Avatar and 3 Idiots, both monstrous blockbusters, Natrang has become a case study for a successful Marathi flick.
From one screening a day on Day One to two screenings a day on Day Two, to three screenings a day on Day Three at Eros, the film has reached a far wider audience than anticipated; in fact after almost a month’s run it is even coming out with subtitled prints. And its lead actor Atul Kulkarni has been happy to host trails for the latest feather in his cap.
Excerpts from an interview:
How did you accept this role?
I have a simple rule. I usually respond to the script. When I initially received the bound screenplay (an entire entourage starring Nikhil Sane from Zee Talkies, director Ravi Jadhav, the producer, the cinematographer, landed up at my house to convince me, something I found very touching). But I still had to get into the idea. On reading the More >