Posts tagged Riteish Deshmukh
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 25, 2013)
Now that Bollywood has got a taste of biopics, it seems it just can’t get enough of it. After Milkha Singh, Mary Kom and Dada Kondke, now it is wrestler Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav’s turn to make it to the big screens.
Riteish Deshmukh’s production house Mumbai Film Company has acquired the rights to make a biopic on India’s first ever Olympic medallist, Kashaba, also known as Pocket Dynamo. He won bronze at the 1952 London Olympics Riteish acquired the rights from Khashaba Jadhav Vikas Sanstha, a trust formed by Khashaba’s son, Ranjit Jadhav.
Confirming his latest project, Riteish said: “We are making a film on the life of Khashaba Jadhav and it will be made in Hindi and Marathi. He is a hero who deserves to be remembered and honoured. ”
The actor ventured into film production with the Marathi film Balak Palak, which went on to win much critical acclaim.
The actor, along with Nitesh Rane, is producing the Marathi version of the TV reality show
BOMBAY TIMES (May 15, 2013)
Riteish Deshmukh and Nitesh Rane of Maharashtra Kalanidhi are set to produce the Marathi version of the reality show Bigg Boss. Recently, they bought the rights for this show from Endemol India and are now in talks with Marathi channels. So which channel will the show air on? Says Nitesh, “I wanted a grand reality show for the Marathi audience, where they can watch their favourite Marathi celebrities. The hunt is on for the most suitable channel, which will telecast the show.”
On choosing to produce a show like Bigg Boss, he says, “The main idea was to create a platform for Marathi actors and celebrities to have their share of fame.”
How different will this one be from the Hindi show? Nitesh says, “This will give the audience a sense of belonging. However, the content will be more or less same as the Hindi version.” He adds that it will be lesser controversial. “We will try to avoid the controversies as far as possible,” he says.
The actor, who has actively campaigned for his brother and late father, may take the plunge into politics soon
Upala KBR (DNA; May 4, 2013)
It looks like Riteish Deshmukh will get into politics sooner than later. Son of the former chief minister of Maharashtra the late Vilasrao Deshmukh, has already started dressing for the part. But there’s lot more to it. Read on…
Carrying dad’s legacy… He hails from the politically dominant Maratha community. His brother Amit is the current Congress MLA from Latur, and Riteish played an active part in the campaigning. He was very close to his father, and they would always talk about politics. Says an actor who has worked with Ritiesh, “He would talk to his dad every single day. Even while on outdoor shoots, they would have long telephonic conversations everyday. He has learnt a lot from his dad. He may not talk about it to his filmi friends, but he understands politics very well. And he will eventually get into it. And he must. It would be such a waste if he didn’t.”
The good boy Although Riteish has been an actor for the past 10 years, having debuted in 2003, he has always conducted himself with grace and dignity. He has never been involved in any scandals or controversies, save one where he recieved flak for (The Taj incident during 26/11) and for which he apologised in an interview to a tabloid. Ritiesh has also been very low-key in terms of being seen at parties and premieres. He doesn’t smoke or drink, and has a sqeaky clean More >
Parag Maniar (BOMBAY TIMES; April 23, 2012)
Television actor-cum-anchor, Hussain Kuwajerwala is all set to enter Bollywood with Shree, written and directed by Rajesh Bachchani.
The film, produced by Vikram M Shah under the banner of Ciemme Entertainment Pvt Ltd, is about an ordinary man with extraordinary powers. Researchers experiment on him and buy 12 hours of his life for a price, but the situation soon spirals out of control. Says Shah, “I loved the script and hence decided to produce it.”
The film also stars Anjali Patil, Paresh Ganatra, Paritosh Sand, Shivani Tanksale, Rio Kapadia and Jeetendra. Chetan N. Bafna is its executive producer while Bharti Bachchani is the associate co-producer. A special preview of the film was attended by celebrities like Riteish Deshmukh, Sohail Khan, Parmeet Sethi and Archana Puran Singh. Riteish said, “It’s a totally new plot.” Sohail was all praises for Hussain’s acting skills and Archana and Parmeet found the plot engrossing. “It had me hooked,” said Archana while Parmeet said, “It’s gripping.” Debutant director Rajesh says, “Writing is my passion while direction is my first love. I am glad about the positive feedback.”
Shree releases on April 26.
The actor maintains that he will be a part of the director’s upcoming project
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; April 12, 2013)
As news of Sajid Khan’s Himmatwala sinking without a trace at the box office came in, also came the buzz that industrywallas had decided to swim ashore for safety.
While everyone is slowly but surely trying to maintain a safe distance from Sajid, it is Saif Ali Khan, who features in his next, who has decided to stand by him.
Despite the poor first- day collections of Himmatwala, Sajid had already announced his next project with Saif, Amitabh Bachchan and Riteish Deshmukh. It led to the industry speculating if his actors would opt out of the project after his latest disaster.
Saif, who is currently shooting in Lucknow for Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Bullet Raja, says, “It would be spineless on my part to leave the film just because of one Friday. Sajid always said that he was making a film set in the ’80s and that’s exactly what it was.”
The actor feels that hits and flops are part and parcel of Bollywood. He adds, “I have seen the film. At least he tried to do something different and that’s what is important. Sajid has made some really successful films like Housefull. I am keen to work with him in his next film.”
Saif Ali Khan is apparently jittery about starting Sajid Khan’s next after the ‘Himmatwala’ debacle
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; April 10, 2013)
When Sajid Khan’s last film Himmatwala sank without a trace at the box office, it set many tongues wagging. After all, the fiasco was preceded by the director’s hits like Heyy Babyy and Housefull 1 and 2. And buzz is that Saif Ali Khan, whose next film is to be helmed by Sajid, is feeling the heat.
A source says, “Himmatwala’s fate didn’t deter Sajid from announcing his next with Saif, Amitabh Bachchan and Riteish Deshmukh. The shooting is all set to start from July. But incidentally, Saif is in a phase of his career where he is reinventing himself. Given the way Himmatwala bombed at the box office, the actor is feeling jittery.”
An industry insider tells us, “Just like Himmatwala, Sajid said even his next would become a blockbuster. And after he left the scene, everyone was hoping the film doesn’t meet with Himmatwala’s fate.”
Action replay? No way! An actor who was part of Sajid Khan’s Himmatwala hopes that the director’s next film with Saif and Riteish lives up to be an entertainer.
Says the actor, “We had a lot of expectations from Himmatwala. We were shocked by the response it received from the audience. Sajid felt he would connect with them but this time he just could not. It came as a big disappointment that the film proved to be a disaster. The entertainment quotient did not work at all.”
The actor adds, “I hope Sajid’s next More >
Renuka Vyavahare (BOMBAY TIMES; April 4, 2013)
News of Bollywood’s cute couple Riteish Deshmukh-Genelia D’Souza expecting their first child has been doing the rounds. Our source revealed the same, adding, “Riteish is a doting hubby who has been extremely caring and protective of his wife. He is paying close attention to her. She wants to focus on family right now, which is why she has taken a break from movies.”
When contacted, the actress’ spokesperson dismissed the rumours stating, “Genelia is definitely not pregnant. Starting a family is a big deal and there’s no need for her to hide it. But she and Riteish are not expecting a baby. She’s working with him on a number of things… from their recently concluded CCL endeavour to his film production. In fact, she’s also been offered a bunch of scripts, which she’s going through. She will be seen on screen soon.”
She further added, “Genelia has worked non-stop for the past eight to nine years not only in Bollywood but in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam cinema. It was her decision to take a break from acting for at least a year after marriage as she wanted to spend some time with her family.”
Shaheen Parkar (MID-DAY; March 25, 2013)
With the director-producer duo of Indra Kumar and Ashok Thakeria busy with their film Super Nani starring Rekha, their other project — a sequel to their 2004 comic caper Masti — remains unfinished.
The comedy was scheduled to release in April but when Indra Kumar realised that the climax was not too funny, he decided to reshoot it. The film, which features the original actors of the first part — Riteish Deshmukh, Vivek Oberoi and Aftab Shivdasani, had a long shoot schedule in Vadodara last year.
Says a source, “When the makers managed to get Rekha on board for their other project, they decided to go on the floors even though the sequel’s shoot was not over.”
Along with Rekha, the film has Sharman Joshi and Indra Kumar’s daughter Shweta (who featured in the Himesh Reshammiya-starrer dud Karzzzz) taking her second shot at B-Town.
Adds the source, “The makers are focussing on the Rekha starrer. There is a plan to hold a schedule of their sequel but as of now, it has not been ascertained nor the cast informed.”
The actor, with Narayan Rane’s son, will also produce the same show
Chaya Unnikrishnan (DNA; March 15, 2013)
Riteish Deshmukh and politician Narayan Rane’s son, Nitesh, are coming together to produce the Marathi version of the popular reality show Bigg Boss. A source says that the duo is in talks with Endemol and Viacom 18 for the rights of the show. If all goes well Riteish is likely to host the show a la Salman Khan.
Confirms Nitesh, “It was my idea to do the show in Marathi. It’s a popular format and I thought it will give a boost to the Marathi film industry. I approached Riteish because he is technically sound and has produced the critically-acclaimed Balak Palak. I needed his expertise. He liked the idea and now we are structuring the deal with Endemol which has already agreed in-principle.”
About Riteish hosting the show, Nitesh says that he has persuaded the actor for the same. “He is popular and has a great appeal among the youth. He is also doing a Marathi film now. In my opinion, he is the best person to host the show.”
However, will the show, known for its controversial content, appeal to the Marathi manoos who is sober and culturally conscious? “I am aware of that and will see to it that it is not all that loud or controversial. We are not doing this show with the aim of getting high TRPs (Television Rating Points), the motive is to upgrade and upscale the Marathi industry and give its actors due recognition,” reckons the savvy politician.
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BOMBAY TIMES (March 9, 2013)
The war intensifies this weekend as the teams battle it out in the last leg of the Celebrity Cricket League III. Stars from two movie industries — Marathi and Bhojpuri — joined the fray. The matches moved away from the South domain and were played in venues like Pune and Ranchi. What’s more, this season, CCL went overseas too, with a match in Dubai that was played out to a packed stadium.
Despite busy schedules, the actors even put professional projects on hold, just to be able to train for the month-long tournament. In fact, Riteish Deshmukh was recently quoted as saying, “CCL is the most important event in my life after my marriage. Every person dreams of playing cricket at some level and CCL has been a good platform for celebs to play some serious cricket.”
Also, the oomph factor got a boost with the likes of Bipasha Basu, Nargis Fakhri, Kajal Aggarwal and Shruti Haasan being roped in to further glamorise the star-studded affair.
While Sudeep’s Karnataka Bulldozers is ready to lock horns with Mohanlal’s Kerala Strikers, Riteish’s Veer Marathi is set to fight it out with Venkatesh’s Telugu Warriors at the semi-finals to be held at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad today. The two winners to emerge will then battle at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru tomorrow.
Catch the CCL III finals live tomorrow on Star Gold at 7 pm.