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Krutika Behrawala (BOMBAY TIMES; May 18, 2013)
In an industry where second chances are difficult to come by, 2013 sees several Bollywood directors re-surfacing post their forgettable debut at the box office. Though they may have taken more time to work on their next release than their successful counterparts, these directors enjoy the backing of A-list production houses as well as popular actors. Will they be able to stand the litmus test at the box-office second time around?
Debut debacle: After working on scripts like Aks and Rang De Basanti, Rensil D’Silva made his directorial debut in 2009 with the Saif Ali Khan-Kareena Kapoor starrer Kurbaan. Though surrounded by a lot of hype, this film was declared a dud by the trade on its release.
Re-launch route: Four years later, D’Silva returns to wield the megaphone for Dharma Productions’ Ungli starring Emraan Hashmi, slated for a September release.
VIJAY KRISHNA ACHARYA
Debut debacle: Known in social circles as Victor, Vijay Krishna Acharya is the writer of the successful Dhoom series. But he could not garner the same kind of response for his directorial venture, Tashan (2008).
Re-launch route: Five years later, Acharya is finally directing his second venture, Aamir Khan starrer Dhoom 3 that is scheduled to release this December.
Debut debacle: Though touted as India’s first underwater film made on a budget of more than 100 crore, Anthony D’Souza’s Blue starring Akshay Kumar met with a More >
Upala KBR (DNA; May 10, 2013)
Sanjay Dutt is said to be miffed with Aamir Khan. Sanjay pleaded to postpone his sentence by a month so he could finish all his incomplete films. He named PK as one of the films which he needed to complete. However, Aamir during an interaction with the media on the event of completing 25 years in the industry, innocently let out that his film was complete and they were done with Sanju’s portions for it.
Says an insider, “When Sanju baba heard about this, he was hurt and shocked. Aamir said that Raj Kumar Hirani’s P.K. had been completed some time ago. Thus implying that Sanju was sitting home and whiling away his time instead of using it to shoot for the film as those dates had been allotted to him by the court. Aamir’s statement alleges that Sanju is a liar when actually Sanju has gone out of his way to allocate as many dates as possible to accommodate the film as he didn’t want to hamper its release in any way. The random comment from Aamir hurt Sanju as he’s always regarded him younger brother. When Sanju heard about what Aamir had said he broke down. He called a fellow actor and asked why Aamir was doing this to him.” Aamir was, in fact, among the actors who dropped by Sanju’s home after the court’s verdict, so he doesn’t believe this was done out of spite.
The source adds, that instead of spending time at home with his family, Sanjay has in fact been working 24/7 to complete his shooting and dubbing assignments so no producer or film More >
While the superstar had pleaded the court to keep him out of jail for half a year so he could honour his work commitments, MiD DAY discovers that he needs no more than three weeks to wrap up all his pending shoots
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; April 18, 2013)
Sanjay Dutt can afford to let out a huge sigh of relief, knowing that he won’t have to breathe in the stale, confined air of a prison cell for at least another month. The Supreme Court granted the superstar a four- week reprieve yesterday, driving a hard bargain with Dutt, who had sought six months of extended freedom, citing pressing work commitments that he needed to honour. While the basis of Dutt’s plea for a reprieve was the fact that he had films worth a collective Rs 278 crore riding on him, MiD DAY did its own calculations to determine just how pressing, and time- consuming these ‘ work commitments’ are.
Four films featuring Dutt are on the floors at present — P.K. with Aamir Khan under the direction of Rajkumar Hirani, Zanjeer 2.0 with Apoorva Lakhia, Policegiri with KS Ravikumar, and Ungli, a Rensil D’Silva film. A fifth production Sher with director Soham Shah has died a slow death.
In the Zanjeer remake, Dutt reprises the iconic role of Sher Khan that was played by legendary ‘bad man’ Pran in the original.
A source close to the film’s director Apoorva Lakhia told MiD DAY, “We will require a minimum of five to six days with Sanju. Three days will be required to shoot his scenes with actors including Priyanka More >
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 10, 2013)
On March 29, Mirror had reported that the I&B Ministry had called for a meeting with film producers and the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) between April 3 and April 5 to set the pace for necessary amendments to the Cinematograph Act 1952.
We can now tell you that the meeting which took place as scheduled had the Ministry put forth the proposal of categorising Indian films in a manner different to what has been hitherto followed. Which means if the Ministry has its way, films will no longer be certified as U, U/A, A. Instead, they will fall under any one of the following categories: Above 12 years of age (Under Parental Guidance), Above 15 years of age (Under Parental Guidance) or Above 18 years of age.
Among those present were Ritesh Sidhwani, Ramesh Sippy, President of the Producers’ Guild Mukesh Bhatt, President of the Association of Motion Pictures and TV Programme Producers (AMTPP) Sajid Nadiadwala, Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association Chief TP Agarwal, CBFC Chief Leela Samson, CBFC CEO Pankaja Thakur, and senior members of the special panel instituted under the chairmanship of judicial expert Mukul Mudgal to review the functioning of the Board.
Filmmakers are not too happy with the proposal as they feel it will deflate their audience. CEO of the Film & Television Producers Guild of India, Kulmeet Makkar, said: “Yes, there is a proposal by the I&B Ministry but it would be very subjective in a country More >
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 29, 2013)
At a time when Hindi films have come under criticism for disrespectful portrayal of women, and Censor Board decisions are increasingly being viewed as arbitrary, the Information & Broadcasting Ministry has stepped in to broker peace between the warring parties – the producers and the Board. The bone of contention being the Cinematograph Act 1952 that the film industry thinks is outdated. The I&B Ministry has called for a meeting with all parties concerned between April 3 and April 5, though the venue hasn’t been decided yet. Representing the film industry will be Farhan Akhtar, Ramesh Sippy, President of the Producers’ Guild Mukesh Bhatt, President of the Association of Motion Pictures and TV Programme Producers (AMTPP) Sajid Nadiadwala and Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association Chief TP Aggarwal. Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Chief Leela Samson and CBFC CEO Pankaja Thakur will represent the censors. Also present will be senior members from the special panel that was instituted under the chairmanship of judicial expert Mukul Mudgal to review the functioning of the Censor Board.
The meeting will set the pace for the necessary amendments to the Cinematograph Act 1952, after taking into consideration suggestions by all concerned. Special song and dance numbers, foul language, and scenes portraying actors and actresses smoking and drinking are likely to be discussed during the meet.
Aggarwal confirmed the More >
BOMBAY TIMES (March 22, 2013)
For nearly 14 years, Sanju had to live under suspicion for his involvement in the Mumbai bomb blasts of 1993, until on November 28, 2006, when he was finally acquitted from all terror and conspiracy charges. Nevertheless, he was found guilty of illegal possession of arms and, on July 31, 2007, he was sentenced to six years rigorous imprisonment under the Arms Act (not under TADA). The sentence was reduced to five years by the Supreme Court on March 21, 2013.
TIMELINE OF THE BOMB-BLASTS CASE MARCH 12, 1993: Mumbai rocked by 13 serial blasts. 257 people died, 713 were injured. Property worth Rs 27 crore damaged. APRIL 19, 1993: On his arrival from Mauritius, Sanjay Dutt, is accosted by cops who arrest him, saying an AK-56 rifle found in his house was from the consignment of arms smuggled into India before the blasts. APRIL 26, 1993: Dutt admits to the charges in his confession. But later retracts the statement. MAY 3, 1993: Dutt released on bail. JULY 4, 1994: Bail cancelled, Dutt re-arrested. OCTOBER 16, 1995: After spending nearly 16 months in jail, Sanjay Dutt again gets bail. NOVEMBER 27, 2006: TADA court delivers verdict in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case, summons Dutt. NOVEMBER 28, 2006: Dutt is found guilty under Arms Act, but is acquitted in all cases related to TADA. JULY 2007: Dutt convicted for illegal possession of a 9mm pistol and an AK-56 rifle, but acquitted of more serious charges under the now-defunct Terrorist and Disruptive More >
Sneha Mahadevan (BOMBAY TIMES; March 15, 2013)
Filmmaker Rensil D’Silva, who last directed Kurbaan (2009), has turned scriptwriter for Mani Ratnam’s next. Rensil is writing for the film while simultaneously directing Ungli. He says, “I have earlier worked with Mani sir on Lajjo. As far as this film is concerned, it is not completely done. It is about Partition, partly a drama and partly a love story, which also depictsthe turbulence between India and Pakistan.”
While many scripts are written to suit certain actors. Rensil, however, says that is not his style. “I never write scripts keeping an actor in mind. Mani sir and I will finalise who best suits the part and take the call.”
The movie will require an ensemble cast with actors from all age groups. About his equation with the veteran director, Rensil says, “Mani sir is a fabulous filmmaker. He is one of the most intelligent men and his thought process is quite intriguing and unique. He is a maestro and it is always a pleasure working with him.”
Rensil, who has wrapped up almost 80% of Ungli, will soon start work on Anil Kapoor’s TV series, 24. He is also scheduled to shoot six episodes for the show that will go on air soon.
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; March 1, 2013)
While his last Hindi release Raavan didn’t exactly set the cash registers ringing, Mani Ratnam has already begun work on his next Hindi film. The project will be based on the India- Pakistan partition.
A source close to the filmmaker says that the script will be written by Rensil D’Silva, who has earlier penned films like Rang De Basanti and Kurbaan. An insider says, “He has already given a go-ahead to Rensil to write his next Hindi film. The project will be more of drama set in the backdrop of the Partition while there is a love story at the centre of it.” Mani apparently is looking at working with younger actors for this film. This will be the second time that Mani and Rensil will be working together.
Their earlier project Lajjo didn’t take off.
Mirror gets a special pass for the first day first shoot of the spy series
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 27, 2013)
Anil Kapoor, who has bought the rights of the hit American TV series 24, started shooting the Hindi remake on Monday. Directed by Abhinay Deo, it will see the Slumdog star make his Indian television debut as special agent of the Counter Terrorist Unit, Jack Bauer—a character played by Kiefer Sutherland in the original. Anil is also producing the series.
When we caught up with the team at Thakur College Aviation, it was around midnight and Anil was just coming out of his vanity van. “Today is one of the biggest days in my life. 24 is a big responsibility. And I am all set to take it head-on,” the actor said, flashing us a thumbs-up, before disappearing inside an aircraft being used for the shoot.
But, it was not long before the ‘chief architect’ (as Abhinay Deo is fondly called by the crew), took over. “Anil has been reading up around eight hours each day to prepare himself for the scenes. During the 150-day shooting schedule, I will need him for around 120 days and on certain days, he may need to shoot for as many as nine scenes,” Abhinay elaborated. On this Anil, who had by then joined us, said that he will not be working on any other project till the shooting of the first season is over.
The director’s commitment to the project seemed as intense and a die-hard 24 fan, Abhinay was quick to add that he will love to come back for the next season More >
BOMBAY TIMES (January 23, 2013)
With a number of films lined up this year and filmmakers like K S Ravi Kumar, Rajkumar Hirani, Rensil D’Silva and Apoorva Lakhia offering him interesting roles, Sanjay Dutt is on a high. Excerpts from a chat…
Last year, you were part of two super grossers — Son Of Sardaar and Agneepath. Industry is abuzz with talks that you are the actor to watch out for this year too… I don’t know what people are talking about, but I am fortunate to be doing some good films and roles this year.
Filmmakers vouch for your professionalism… I work with people I’m comfortable with and vice-versa. For me, the equation I share with my producers and directors is the most important factor.
We hear you have become health-conscious and have gone off alcohol… I have realised that apart from financially supporting my family, I need to invest in my health, so that I can always be there for them. I have a crazy schedule in 2013. But obviously, health and family come first.
After playing Kancha in Agneepath last year, people are talking about your character Sher Khan in the Zanjeer remake… Pran uncle had made the character iconic in the original one. I’m honoured to play the part now. I hope people like and appreciate Sher Khan as much as they liked Kancha.
Marriage to Manyata and the birth of your twins have converted you into a complete family man… It happened a little late in life, but it has happened for the best. I am in a happy space as far as my family and career More >