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She will be paired opposite Naseeruddin Shah in the Vishal Bhardwaj film
Upala KBR (BOMBAY TIMES; April 10, 2012)
Madhuri Dixit Nene has finally signed her first film since moving back to Mumbai from the US last November. And it’s not a dance-based film directed by choreographer Remo D’Souza, as was reported by a tabloid yesterday. Her manager says she hasn’t even been approached for that film.
Instead, Mads has signed the sequel to Vishal Bhardwaj’s Ishqiya, titled Dedh Ishqiya, to be directed by Abhishek Choubey, who also made the previous film. While Vidya Balan won’t be returning in the sequel, the two heroes have been retained and Kangana Ranaut has been added to the cast.
DI is about the adventures of Arshad and Naseer and takes off from where Ishqiya ended. Says an insider, “Madhuri will play a grey character — a begum whose style of ishq in very nawabi. It’s her shauq to spout shayari while wooing her man. She is paired opposite Naseer.”
Madhuri met Abhishek last week and confirmed her presence in the film. Her manager Rikku Rakeshnath says, “Yes, Madhuri is doing the film. She is very charged about the role as it’s unusual and nothing like the work she’s done before. Vishal was keen that she do this film. Though talks have been going on for the last couple of months, we had the final narration last Saturday and Madhuri finally said yes. Money and dates have also been sorted.”
A spokesperson from Shemaroo (who is co-producing the film), adds, “We will start More >
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 9, 2012)
Hollywood filmmaker Baz Luhrmann had openly acknowledged Bollywood’s thematic contribution to his 2001 musical Moulin Rouge. He had even used Anu Malik’s famous number Chamma Chamma in the Nicole Kidman starrer. And now, it is payback time. Mirror has learnt that choregrapher-turned-director Remo D’Souza is all set to make a film on the lines of the international classic with Madhuri Dixit in the lead.
When contacted, Remo said, “Yes, I am doing a period dance film with Madhuri. It is going to be the Indian version of a very famous Hollywood musical. However, it is a little early to talk about my next project.”
Though the filmmaker refrained from giving out the details of his ambitious project, a source close to him told Mirror, “Madhuri will play the desi counterpart of Nicole Kidman. There won’t be any major difference in the characterisation or plot. The treatment and content of the songs would be a mix of Indian and modern.”
Mirror learnt that Prabhu Deva may play the male lead and Madhuri may voice her own songs.
Prabhu Deva and So You Think You Can Dance contestant Lauren Gottlieb to feature in Remo D’Souza’s film
Bina Trivedi (BOMBAY TIMES; March 6, 2012)
For a country renowned for its dancing, India has few movies that can truly be called dance flicks. UTV Motion Pictures seeks to end that drought by producing ABCD (Any Body Can Dance), India’s first 3D dance film.
Choreographer Remo D’Souza (of F.A.L.T.U. fame) is directing the film, while Prabhu Deva and Ganesh Acharya play key characters. Winners of the reality show Dance India Dance (which Remo co-judges) Dharmesh, Prince, Mayuresh, Salman Khan and Vrushali also feature. Lauren Gottlieb, who made it to the top three on the third season of So You Think You Can Dance, has been cast as the film’s female lead.
An excited Remo says, “It is like a dream come true. In fact, this film is a culmination of several dreams — I get to make a dance film and get Prabhu Deva to dance and act in it.”
Says Prabhu Deva, “There’s so much energy on the sets! There are so many fantastic young dancers in this film and matching steps with them has been really fun and tough for me at the same time. I feel like a teenager around them. In fact, I feel more like a dancer working in the film than an actor.”
Music composer duo Sachin-Jigar, who also scored for Remo’s last outing, have been retained. Says Siddharth Roy Kapur, CEO, UTV Motion Pictures, “With ABCD, we believe we’re pushing the boundaries of innovative content. Remo is the best choice to More >
By Joginder Tuteja, April 30, 2011 – 11:29 IST
It is time yet again for ‘Chaar Baj Gaye’ and seems like for Remo D’Souza, party abhi baaki hai! So impressed are the young makers of upcoming comedy Pyaar Ka Punchnama with the song and it’s super success that they have pronto summoned Remo to repeat the same magic for their film as well. Though Remo has moved on to the next level by being a full time director, he has consented to choreograph a club song called ‘Chak Glassi’ for the film.
Confirms Abhishek Pathak, producer of Pyaar Ka Punchnama that launches six newcomers, “The world is singing ‘Char Baj Gaye’ today and it is not just due to it’s music but also due to the way it was choreographed and picturised. We have a party situation for our film and it was just apt that Remo makes it extra special for us with the song ‘Chak Glassi’.”
In the film, the song arrives at a crucial juncture in the film when three youngsters (Kartik Tiwari, Rayo Bhakirta, Divyendu Sharma) are joined by their respective girlfriends (Nushrat Bharucha, Ishita Sharma, Sonalli Sehgall) in Goa. A party song follows which not just acts as an eye candy affair but also brings a twist in the tale.
Though the makers aren’t willing to reveal much beyond this, they do promise that ‘Chak Glassi’ would add on to the celebration season after ‘Char Baj Gaye’. Says first time director Luv Ranjan, “The song is of, for and by the youth. The basic requirement was to have a catchy tune and that’s More >
Our flawed education system gives filmmakers enough grounds for coming up with entertaining satirical capers. Unfortunately, barring one or two films, most of them have fallen flat. FALTU is yet another similar attempt but stood out thanks to its terrific promotion that took the nation’s youth to storm. However, a film needs to have a good script to actually impress and that’s what this film is lacking. The goings-on in the film are not only unbelievable but are plain ridiculous! Sure the film ends with a nice message. But when it tries to attain the height of a 3 Idiots, it fails and falls to the level of a Paathshaala!
The story of the movie: Ritesh (Jackky Bhagnani), Pooja (Puja Gupta), Nanj (Angad Bedi) successfully pass their Class 12 examinations although they secured around 40%. Problem arises when their friend Vishnu (Chandan Roy Sanyal) get 94% and secure admission in prestigious St Peter’s College. But the trio are unable to get admission anywhere because of their low marks. Their parents threaten them to beat, make them work in their boring family business or marry them off in case they don’t get admitted to any college. Thus, Ritesh decides to start a fake college at least on paper and claim to have got admission there. Thus, the trio fools their parents that they have secured a seat in an institution called Fakirchand And Lakirchand Trust University (FALTU) located on the outskirts of Mumbai. The parents get happy and decide to visit the More >
By Subhash K. Jha, April 8, 2011 – 11:14 IST
After the surprise success of F.A.L.T.U everyone associated with the film is talking about a sequel including director Remo D’Souza who feels there’s ample scope for the characters to be carried forward.
In fact producer Vashu Bhagnani is planning more than just the F.A.L.T.U sequel with Remo. A day after the film’s surprisingly encouraging opening, Vashu said to me, “I’m announcing three films in a week. One of them will be directed by Remo.”
However, Remo seemed unaware of Vashu’s plans.
Said Remo shyly, “I’m not too sure whom I’m doing my next film with. Right now I’m quite numbed with the way F.A.L.T.U has been received. It was said choreographers couldn’t make successful directors. F.A.L.T.U had no stars. We just did what we thought right. And it turned out right. I couldn’t hope for a better birthday gift.”
A bit of probing reveals that all was not well between Remo and Vashu Bhagnani during the shooting of F.A.L.T.U.
Says a source, “There were constant differences of opinion between the two. This is not the film that Remo had set out to make. He is making his next film for Pritish Nandy Communications.”
A quick call to the candid Pritish Nandy confirms that Remo is making his next film for them.
Says Nandy, “Remo is indeed committed to make his next film for us. We start soon. In fact he had offered to make his first film in Bengali Lal Pharer Kotha for us. But we had a bad experience with a Bengali filmmaker. So More >
MM.com has an exclusive chat with Jackky Bhagnani on failure, success and of course, being ‘F.A.L.T.U’. The young actor reveals that he felt like a failure till Thursday, after which ‘F.A.L.T.U’ earned about Rs 10.5 crore at the box office over the opening weekend, despite competing with ‘Game’ and the ICC Cricket World Cup final
Varun Vazir | MM Online Bureau (MUMBAI MIRROR.COM; April 05, 2011) Jackky Bhagnani
How did you face the negative criticism for your first film – Kal Kissne Dekha? I was very upset because I had worked really worked hard and gave my best but when your first film does not work then you don’t get work as an actor. However, lucky for me that my performance was appreciated.
Did you ever feel like quitting? No, never. I’ve faced failure since college; I never got praise from anyone and was a fat guy who did not participate in any sports. Till Thursday night everyone including my family felt I was faltu!
F.A.L.T.U released on the same day as Game, which stars Abhishek Bachchan, and just before the World Cup finals. Didn’t you think that was a big risk? I don’t think so it was a risk as we have a huge population in India and there have been instances in the past where films like Gadar and Lagaan have released simultaneously and both have done well.
F.A.L.T.U has been getting mixed reactions from the critics but quite a thumbs up from audiences. What’s your reaction to that? I have been travelling to a lot of theatres in More >
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, April 5, 2011 – 13:53 IST
If there is anything that Ram Gopal Varma hates more than mushy romantic films, it’s cricket. “I can’t stand it. I can’t bear to be anywhere near a television set or anywhere any person who talks cricket.”
To avoid all the cricket on Saturday, Ramu did what he hadn’t done for years. He trotted off to a multiplex to watch the two releases this week…Abhinay Deo’s Game and Remo D’Souza’s F.A.L.T.U. But only one-half of each film.
Says Ramu, “I went in the evening show, saw the first-half of Game, then I hopped over the adjoining screen to watch the second-half of F.A.L.T.U. Believe me, it was an eye-opening experience.”
Ramu quizzed the audience about the two films and has now decided to postpone the shooting of his big Bollywood multi-Starrer by a month.
Explains Ramu, “Why are big production houses suffering serious setbacks? Are they not in touch with reality? We were supposed to start Department in April. Now we begin at the end of the May. I’ve already understood how the basic economics of filmmaking needs to be revised. Now I need to explore what audiences want. Not that I’ll change anything in my script. But what is that encourages audiences to warm up to F.A.L.T.U? Is it about making films with youngsters for youngsters?
By Subhash K. Jha, April 4, 2011 – 08:55 IST
The choreographer-turned-director Remo D’Souza whose film F.A.L.T.U opened to a surprisingly receptive audience this Friday, suffered a serious burn injury on Saturday when a fire cracker burst in his right hand. He was rushed to the hospital immediately.
Speaking on Sunday about the injury the soft-spoken Remo whose celebrations have been put on hold by this setback said, “It is pretty serious. My right hand is burnt. I will have to get the hand dressed at the hospital every day for some time. Luckily no permanent damage was done.”
Remo was in a double-celebration mood when this injury happened. “We were getting such encouraging box-office reports and it was also my birthday on Saturday. We were bursting crackers and I burst one in my right hand by mistake. I guess God decided to let me feel some pain with the pleasure. But it turned out to be quite painful.”
By Taran Adarsh, April 1, 2011 – 10:01 IST
Young, lively and satirical. That, in short, summarizes F.A.L.T.U., helmed by director Remo D’Souza [his first Hindi film; he had directed a Bengali film before].
Come to think of it, a number of choreographers – right from Kamal, Saroj Khan, Chinni Prakash and B.H. Tharun Kumar to Farah Khan, Ahmed Khan and Ganesh Acharya – have accepted the challenge of going beyond their boundaries of work. Call it a coincidence, their first attempts have never been musicals or dance-based affairs – something that the viewer would naturally expect from them. Now Remo sets his maiden effort F.A.L.T.U. in a college campus, casts young talents and comes up with a film that has loads of energy, plus a message before it concludes.BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
There’s talk that F.A.L.T.U. is a mishmash of the 2006 Hollywood movie ACCEPTED. In fact, the Hindi film industry had already made mincemeat of it in a film called ADMISSIONS OPEN, which released last year. It was so poorly crafted that it arrived and departed without making any noise.
Again, ACCEPTED wasn’t an original piece of work. It borrowed from two films, ANIMAL HOUSE and CAMP NOWHERE, with a bit of VAN WILDER thrown in. Remo, on the other hand, may be inspired by ACCEPTED [although the story is credited to Sachin Bajaj], but screenplay writers Mayur Puri and Tushar Hiranandani give it a desi feel to suit the Indian sensibilities. Besides, like Rajkumar Hirani’s iconic More >