Posts tagged rohit shetty
And his not knowing Tamil, put him in an embarrassing spot on a couple of occasions…
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; June 14, 2013)
Rohit Shetty’s Chennai Express is an action love story. The plot revolves around Shah Rukh Khan, who plays a guy from Mumbai who goes to the South where he meets Deepika Padukone, who plays a Tamilian. Interestingly, other than SRK, the entire cast and main crew are from the South — starting with director Rohit Shetty to actors Deepika, Sathyaraj and Priya Mani to writer Madi and even the cameramen Dudley and Guru. While shooting in Munnar, there were 300 local dancers and to communicate even a simple line like ‘okay you do this with me’ was a challenge for SRK and he needed two translators to make them understand. On one occasion when Shah Rukh said, ‘Kundi kholo’ (which in Hindi means open the latch), one of the crew was shocked as kundi in Tamil means ‘bum’.
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; June 13, 2013)
Shah Rukh Khan talks to Bombay Times about how he and Rohit Shetty got onto the bandwagon of Chennai Express. Excerpts:
Why did you choose Chennai Express as a film? My kids and I watch films together at night. One of the films that we really liked was Golmaal 3. Kareena was working with me in Ra.One and I told her that I liked the film a lot and met Rohit Shetty. Rohit was committed to making Angoor with UTV. Me and my mom had a strange history, where we used to watch films together. After my father died (Shah Rukh was 15 then), I, my sister and my mother would watch films together as we were all film buffs. I would press my mother’s feet while watching films. And Angoor was clearly one of our favourites. Rohit asked me if I would be interested in hearing the narration of Angoor. I told him I didn’t need to, as I knew it inside out. He asked me for five days to come back with the adapted script since it was originally not written for me and he did not think I would do it. He then called me and said, ‘Sir, I have been writing another story for some years which has gone to different actors and has never happened before. Could I come and narrate that to you?’ I normally spend a lot of time with the director before I sign on a film. So I said why don’t you come and narrate the film to me, as I had in any case kept seven days aside for him. He came with three writers and started narrating. I have worked in the industry for 19 years More >
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 13, 2013)
Cars flying in different directions and sometimes blowing up midair, is a staple of Rohit Shetty films, more prominently his Golmaal franchise.
But for his next, Shetty has taken his passion for cars to an altogether new level. The filmmaker has used the services of his friendly neighbourhood mechanic to turn a car – which his buddy was kind enough to gift him – into a mean machine that can be used to better shoot actors and objects in motion in his upcoming Chennai Express.
When contacted, Shetty simply said: “The car’s a great modification and it was fun to shoot with it.”
However, a source close to the project revealed: “Rohit and his team were discussing some action scenes in the pre-production stage. One of his friends joined the group and Rohit requested him to sacrifice his car for the sake of the movie. The friend obliged and Rohit gave the car to a mechanic with elaborate instructions that he wanted it modified for shooting in motion.”
For the uninitiated, while a tracking shot or ‘Jimmy Jib’ is used to shoot characters in motion, it comes with its own limitations. Chennai Express is packed with hardcore action scenes, one of which involves shooting Deepika getting into a moving train while she is running. The customised car helped Rohit shoot the sequence much better.
According to the source, Rohit was stunned when the new-look car was delivered to him. “He anyways loves cars and they give him a huge high. When More >
MUMBAI MIRROR (June 12, 2013)
Yesterday, a prayer meeting was held at a suburban luxury hotel in memory of Dr Ashok Chopra, Priyanka Chopra’s father, who passed away Monday afternoon at a city hospital after a prolonged battle with cancer.
Priyanka, her mother, cousin Parineeti Chopra and members of the immediate family were present throughout the hour-long gathering, which saw a string of film personalities in attendance.
Among those spotted were Vidya Balan, Kareena and Karisma Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Rani Mukerji, Ranveer Singh, Shilpa Shetty, Rishi and Neetu Kapoor, Ritesh Deshmukh and Genelia, Prabhu Dheva, Lara Dutta, Rohit Shetty, Farhan Akhtar, Ashutosh Gowariker and wife, Rakesh Roshan, Uday Chopra, Hiroo Johar, Pamela Chopra, Rohan Sippy, Arbaaz Khan and Malaika, Madhur Bhandarkar and Anurag Basu.Deepika Padukone Hiroo Johar Karisma and Kareena
Upala KBR (DNA; June 5, 2013)
Rohit Shetty is a friend indeed. His writers Sajid-Farhad (Golmaal series, Singham and Bol Bachchan) are turning director with film Entertainment. On Monday — the first day of shooting, Rohit, who is superbusy cutting the trailer for Chennai Express, made time and drove all the way to Chandivili to the sets to wish the director brothers. He did not hesitate even though the film stars Akshay Kumar. Everyone knows that Rohit’s film Chennai Express and AK’s film Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again will be fighting it out at the box-office this year on Eid but that did not stop the director from coming on the set. Rohit dropped in around six pm and stayed on for some time. He even wished Akshay and producer Ramesh Taurani.
Says Sajid, “Farhad and I have always worked with Rohit (Shetty) in so many films — right from the Golmaal series to Singham and Bol Bachchan. It’s a relationship of many years. More than a director and writer association, he is like a brother and part of the family. We had also attended his sister’s wedding last year. Hum log ne kaafi kuch seekha hai Rohitbhai se. He’s one of the topmost directors today. Now that we have plunged into direction he’s very happy and proud of us. He came for our mahurat, spent some time, gave his blessings and left.”
The shooting was just held for one day as it was an auspicious day to begin. The film will begin shooting in full swing in Bangkok from next month.
BOMBAY TIMES (June 4, 2013)
In what could have been a perfect culmination of North meeting South, Bollywood superstar Ajay Devgn was meant to be present at the music launch of Tamil heartthrob Suriya’s latest film Singham 2 in Chennai on June 2. But the weather gods played spoilsport. Ajay and filmmaker Rohit Shetty took a charter from Mumbai, but couldn’t land in Chennai because of bad weather. Instead, it was suggested that they land in Bangalore and drive down to Chennai. However, that didn’t happen too. In his concern for his personal guests — Ajay and Rohit — Suriya organised another aircraft, a Falcon, to bring his guests to Chennai from Bangalore. But sources say even the Falcon wasn’t of any help. After circling in the air for eight hours, Rohit and his hero, who were meant to return home, landed in Ahmedabad instead. The plane had almost run out of fuel. Rohit was overheard saying, “Jaana tha Japan pahunch gaye Cheen (We were meant to go to Japan, but landed in China instead).”
When we checked last, Ajay and Rohit had spent a night at a five-star hotel in Ahmedabad and flew back to Mumbai on June 3. And the first phone call they received was from Suriya, checking if they had reached home safe.
Aakansha Naval-Shetye (DNA; May 31, 2013)
Hollywood actor Tom Hanks has been voted as the most trusted person in the US, according to a recent poll by a magazine. It was meant to ‘discover which individuals and the ideals they represent that have earned the confidence’ of the countrymen. The star topped the 100-strong list and won because of portraying the all-American values in a string of films. Please note that this has nothing to do with box-office success. So who is Bollywood’s most trusted actor? It was begging to be done. After Hrs spoke to trade analysts and filmmakers for their vote. While Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan turned out to be popular choices, the name that came on top was Ajay Devgn.
The good guy Industrywallahs say that when it comes to screen portrayals, Ajay has played the righteous cop with such conviction that it has formed a very positive do-gooder opinion about him. He has also played a man with ideals and a dutiful son. In Singham, he made a strong impact as the upholder of law. Trade analyst Komal Nahta says, “In Singham, Ajay plays such a strong character of an ideal cop that people automatically associate him with being the kind of guy who will never fail you. The image is something that works in his favour.” Even his role in Bol Bachchan was that of a man of principles.
The family guy Ajay is known to be quite a family man. You will never see him at parties. He takes a lot of interest in his children’s More >
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 28, 2013)
Shah Rukh Khan, who was scheduled to treat his shoulder injury in London, will check into a suburban hospital today for a much-needed surgery. The actor had injured himself while shooting for some intense action scenes for his upcoming film Chennai Express.
Despite the seriousness of the injury and suggestions from his family and doctors to have it attended to at the earliest, SRK had kept stalling the procedure till the shoot wrapped up.
A source close to the star told Mumbai Mirror, “Shah Rukh is getting admitted today and he will be accompanied by his family members and a handful of friends. His shoulder pain had been worsening but he waited till he was free of all his commitments.”
How serious is the injury? The source said: “He may appear on television as someone who is always on his feet – dancing and entertaining everyone. But the truth is, every morning he wakes up with an excruciating pain and is unable to move his shoulders till a massage loosens up the muscles. Despite the debilitating pain, he shot an intense action scene in Hyderabad for the film.”
Conscious of the money and the time riding on him, over the weekend, SRK completed a photo shoot and made an appearance at the IPL finale as well. “For Chennai Express too, only after director Rohit Shetty assured him that the film is a wrap, did he call his doctor.”
Mirror has learnt that the surgery will be performed by Dr Sanjay Desai. SRK has already requested More >
Ajay Devgn offers support to the producer for her Eid release which is clashing with Chennai Express
Upala KBR (DNA; May 11, 2013)
Last Diwali Ajay Devgn and Shah Rukh Khan clashed at the box-office. This year, Akshay Kumar and SRK are coming together on Eid day with their films Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again and Chennai Express. Battle lines are drawn and everyone is expected to take sides, or stay neutral, because there is just too much at stake.
The industry may claim that they are one big happy family but it’s war when two big banner films with big stars release on the same day, as it was proven last year when Jab Tak Hain Jaan clashed with Son Of Sardaar. Ajay is still smarting from the experience as he felt that he was cheated of a decent release because of Yash Raj Films monopoly (see box). He filed a case against YRF for Unfair Trade Practices that he is still fighting.
When Ajay saw that the same thing was happening to Ekta, he called her and offered her his unconditional support. He said he would fight on her behalf and promote the film. Whatever she needed in terms of support, he would be there for her. A source reveals, “When Ajay heard that Ekta too was being subjected to the same tactics as Ajay with her film OUATIM 2 by UTV, he called up Ekta in front of the UTV executives and asked her if she needed any help. Reportedly, UTV told all single screen theatre owners that if they want to screen Himmatwala, they would have to dedicate four shows in a day to More >