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The Percept Picture Company’s Raftaar 24X7 starring Emraan Hashmi and Neha Dhupia which was put on hold owing to the 2009 recession will finally roll.
The film will now pay a tribute to its director Shamin Desai who expired January last year. And it will have a new name too.
Talking about the revival, Abhishek Nayar, Head of Marketing, Percept Picture Company says, “New title is yet to be announced. It is currently untitled.
I was on a recce in Europe and some places in India for the song that remains to be shot, which concluded last week. We plan to release it in the second half of the year.”
Raftaar 24×7, originally supposed to release around the same time as Ram Gopal Varma’s Rann is about the media today.
“The film is complete and will be a tribute to Shamin Desai. The pending film will be shot by Shiraz Bhattacharya.
He was trained by Shamin for this job. Shiraz has done more than 30 ad films and music videos with A list stars like SRK, Kareena and Priyanka,” says Abhishek.
By Nikhil Ramsubramaniam, April 19, 2011 – 16:25 IST
Rohan Sippy’s directorial debut Kuch Naa Kaho didn’t quite set the Box Office on fire but his second film Bluffmaster surely did. Rohan is now back once again with his childhood buddy Abhishek Bachchan for his third directorial venture Dum Maaro Dum. In this exclusive interview with Bollywood Hungama‘s Nikhil Ramsubramaniam, Rohan talks about how the idea of the film first came up, the casting process, the zany music of the film and of course how he feels the film will in fact help Goan tourism industry even more. Read on…
Rohan, there was a gap of 3 years between your first film and second film and now a gap of 6 years between your second and third film. In a time and age where people seem to be working at break neck speed, you seem to be taking your own sweet time. Why so? No particular reason yaar…I’ve been busy producing a couple of films in the interim period and since the last 2 years have been working on Dum Maaro Dum.
How did the idea of Dum Maaro Dum first originate? It originated from Sridhar Raghavan (the writer of the film) and a bottle of Old Monk (his faithful writing companion). When he wrote the first draft, it was a 40-50 page novella and had me completely gripped from beginning to end. From there on we began working on subsequent drafts of the film and each time the characters got fleshed out more and more.The idea of Dum Maaro Dum originated from Sridhar Raghavan (the writer of the More >
Director Vikramaditya Motwane shares one of his treasured experimental images of the Taj, taken before he mastered the lens
MUMBAI MIRROR; March 27, 2011
This is one of those pictures I’m very proud of. Funnily enough, it all worked out by sheer accident and I’ve always been fascinated with how it all came together.
Back in 1999, I was about 22 and assisting Deepa Mehta with her film Water. We had gone to Delhi for a recce trip.
Maybe it was about being in Delhi and somewhat of a whim; I had never seen the Taj so I decided to make my way down to Agra on a quick detour.
Since I was just about getting started with photography at the time, I didn’t have any equipment of my own.
I had borrowed gear from a friend and landed up at the gates of the Taj with an SLR film camera, two lenses and an expired roll of Fuji film.
Given the amateur status of my photography at the time and the unreliable expired film, I had no idea how the shoot was going to work out.
I spent the day fooling around with the camera and managed to exhaust the roll, shooting pretty much blind the whole time.
It was a random solo trip so I just had fun with it. When I got back, I cross-processed the film (a mechanism by which one intentionally processes a film roll with chemicals intended for different type of film for unpredictable results).
Like I said, it was mad experimentation but when the image developed I was stunned. It looked fantastic. I was surprised that More >
Off-screen couple, Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, will be seen in a Kunal Kohli-directed love story spanning a century
Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 21, 2011)
Their relationship might be on and off in real life, but Priyanka Chopra and Shahid Kapoor’s reel life relationship is expected to last a century.
At least on screen. The couple has signed Kunal Kohli’s next film, which is a love story chronicled over a span of 100 years.
While there is always speculation if Chops and Sasha are together or not, this seems to be an indicator that professionally they will be linked in the near future, regardless of their love life.
A source tells us, “This has a very different script dealing with the concept of eternal love. Priyanka loved the script the very moment she heard it and has accommodated her dates to shoot with her beau Sasha.”
Kohli, who specializes in love stories, has slated the movie to go on floors in May.
The source adds, “Since it is a period film, spanning over 100 years, it becomes essential to have different get-ups and different locations with unique set-ups and backdrops.
Kunal has shortlisted various locations, but he will be paying a personal visit to each one to ensure that the locations fit into the script perfectly.”
Kunal says, “I am currently doing a recce for the film. We have to zero down on various locations, as the movie covers 100 years.”
Although Kohli has managed to rope in Shahid and Priyanka, he is yet to More >
After wrapping up his schedule for Agent Vinod, Saif rushed to London to be with his kids
Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 17, 2010) Saif Ali Khan
Agreed, Saif Ali Khan’s reputation does precede him and he’s indeed known to follow girlfriend Kareena wherever she goes, come hell or high water. But recently, Saif donned his responsible daddy avatar, just to be with his kids and ex-wife Amrita.
Moreover, as reported by Mumbai Mirror earlier, Kareena is believed to be very uncomfortable around Saif’s children. In fact, she is known to avoid them whenever they are around. (Wonder why the plot of David Dhawan’s Biwi No. 1 comes to mind?) If that isn’t possible Kareena just moves back to her own apartment when the children are with Saif. Obviously, Saif is left with no option but to leave her company to be with his children.
So be it. After wrapping up his Agent Vinod schedule in Morocco, Saif quickly took off for London to spend quality time with his kids Sara and Ebrahim, who are currently holidaying in London with their mother Amrita Singh. Apparently, London is one of Amrita’s favourite holiday destinations and the kids too enjoy there whenever they go.
A source revealed, “Saif has been shooting for almost a month. He has been away from the country either shooting or doing recce for his home production Agent Vinod. The actor was shooting with his girlfriend Kareena Kapoor in Morrocco for the film and luckily it was wrapped up More >
Guess who’s stepping into Sanjay Dutt’s protective shoes, while he’s away? Nilesh Sahay, Sanjay’s nephew will be taking care of mom-to-be Manyata Dutt in his absence.
Nilesh is the son of Zaheeda, the yesteryear actor best remembered for the song Choodi nahi yeh mera dil hai with Dev Anand in Gambler. In fact, Nilesh was present with Manyata at the Lamhaa premiere a few days back.
Our source said, “Nilesh is a huge fan of uncle Sanjay, who’s taking a keen interest in his career. Before leaving for South Africa for a recce of his first production venture Rascals, Sanjay told Nilesh to take care of Manyata.” Nilesh joins the ranks of caretakers like Sophie, Amisha Patel and Neha Uberoi who are always with Manyata.Manyata Dutt and Sanjay Dutt (Pic: yogen shah) Nilesh Sahay
Martin Sheen, who plays Warren Anderson in Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain prevailed on the director to portray the character as a villain
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 10, 2010)
Martin Sheen, who plays Union Carbide chairman Warren Anderson in a new film on the Bhopal gas tragedy , has no sympathy for his fellow American.
Ravi Kumar, whose film Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain on the Bhopal gas tragedy is almost complete, is equally appalled by the puny punishment meted out to those guilty for the ghastly accident.
“Not just me, both the Indian and American cast and crew of my film share my shock, and anger at the honourable judiciary’s verdict,” says Ravi Kumar from London. Most surprising of all is the reaction of veteran American actor Martin Sheen, who plays Anderson .
According to Ravi , Martin thinks Warren should not have been allowed to get away with such a ghastly error of judgement. “I’ve been in touch with Martin after the court’s verdict and he is appalled by the fact that Warren Anderson has gotten away with it. Right since the time Martin agreed to play the controversial character and did a secret recce of Bhopal and Hyderabad, he was clear that the character must be shown as purely culpable in the script.
Says Ravi, “You’ll be shocked to know that I wanted to humanise Warren Anderson’s character and make him seem a victim of an organisational rather than an individual error of judgement. But Martin insisted on playing Anderson as More >
By Ryan Lobo, February 25, 2010 – 14:12 IST
The Bhatts have been known to make films that revolve around social issues. With new blood in terms of the young director Mohit Suri, they promised to instil their films with views that have changed over time. Mohit, who is currently shooting for his next film Crook which stars Emraan Hashmi and newcomer Neha Sharma, chatted with Bollywood Hungama about the film. He also explains why the content borders on sending out a social message. Read on to know more.
What is the film Crook all about? Well, Crook is basically about this guy who constantly looks for better prospects abroad and wants to go there. It’s based on what’s happening in Australia and how he manages to cope with the situation once there. It encompasses the new trend that western nations are the place to go for a new job and also to make your life, and such other situations. There is a lot of drama et al, with the protagonist taking a stand against some racial issues that the film is based on, but in the end if you look at it closely there is also a love story angle twisted into the plot. But still I wouldn’t say that there is any kind of social message in the film as there is no solution to this nor have we come up with one as yet.
Why Emraan? I guess Emraan was my first and only choice for the film’s lead actor, the reason behind this is that I have always said that the two of us share a good camaraderie since we almost grew up together. We More >
PLEASED: Ashutosh Gowariker and (inset) a still from Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey
After the award-winning Jodhaa Akbar, Ashutosh Gowariker brings another chapter in history alive…
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; February 7, 2010)
Asin and Bipasha Basu certainly didn’t think Ashutosh Gowariker was making a piece of history. Both the girls had the same reason for refusing Ashu’s latest film — Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey.The actresses felt that the role wasn’t anything spectacular. However, Deepika Padukone jumped at the offer. And, she even adds that the experience of working with the Jodhaa Akbar filmmaker on his next is a very exhilarating one.
Ashutosh, of course, is not deterred by small hiccups that have come in the way of one of his most ambitious projects.
His Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey is being shot on a very lavish scale on the virgin locales of Sawantwadi, two hours from Goa at a century-old spectacular palace. Art director Nitin Desai has changed the existing edifice beyond recognition, and it actually seems like a heritage structure from the 1930s.
The film, based on Manini Chatterjee’s Do and Die: The Chittagong Uprising, is an engrossing account of the years between 1930-34, when a revolutionary group headed by Surya Sen (Abhishek Bachchan) and 64 others led an armed uprising for Indian Independence.“It was around the time when Mahatma Gandhi asked everyone to steer clear of violence and yet, there was this one group who planned their coup to More >
Remember how hatke Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani were about their venture Rock On? The filmmakers took the same passion with them to Istanbul when they went there along with director Abhinay Deo on a recce for their film Crooked with Abhishek Bachchan. Taken up by the beauty of the place, they drove around thinking of a song that would suit the location, then called up Javed Akhtar and asked him to compose one and send it to them in 24 hours. Javed got Shankar Mahadaven to compose his lyrics and sent the song to Istanbul, where they continued driving around playing the song in their car, until Abhinay found a spot he thought the sequence would look best. The film goes on the floors on January 14. And Farhan and Ritesh are now on the lookout for a new face to play opposite Abhishek. The hunt is on for a girl, but not on foot or in a car all over Istanbul. Which is a pity, because the women there are of exceptional beauty as well.