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Sunday Mid Day pays a pictorial tribute to the ace lensman who passed away earlier this week
Shubha Shetty Saha (MID-DAY; May 19, 2013)
In the mid ’90s Jagdish Mali (fondly called Jaggi by his friends) was one of the most sought after photographers in the city. He had set up his independent studio, after having worked with CineBlitz magazine. His studio was located in Aram Nagar 2, which was considered to be the haven for photoshoots as Mali had two other ace photographers, Rakesh Shrestha and Jayesh Sheth as neighbours.
Reticent and somewhat shy, Mali outwardly didn’t have the flamboyance that one expects from a glamour photographer. He was soft spoken and always smiling. But behind the camera, he was passionate and assertive.
And perhaps it was this very nature of his that made Rekha and Jackie Shroff, some of the reigning stars of that time, so comfortable with him that they refused to shoot with anybody else.
Whoever entered his studio, whether it was a star or a cub reporter, was treated equally and fed with samosas and endless cups of chai. At no point in his career, did his smile or demeanour change.
Once age caught up with Mali, as is frequently the case in Bollywood, the man who was always surrounded by people, suddenly found himself alone. But when I spoke to him a few months ago, Jaggi told me how he hoped to get busy soon, instead of dwelling on his loneliness or sickness.
He was suffering from severe diabetes. Jaggi will surely be missed.
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The international filmmaker goes by her mother’s instincts when it comes to casting in her films
Aakanksha Naval-Shetye (DNA; January 11, 2013)
Oscar-nominated director Deepa Mehta ranks high on the wishlist of several actors. But when it comes to casting, the international filmmaker goes by her mother’s instinct.
A source reveals that actor Ronit Roy who will play the role of Ahmed Sinai in her upcoming film Midnight’s Children — based on the Booker Prize-winning novel by Salman Rushdie — was actually her mother’s choice, as she thought that he would suit the role perfectly. But this isn’t the first time that Deepa has gone ahead with her mother’s suggestion when it comes to casting. “Deepa’s mother is her secret casting director. Earlier too, Deepa agreed to her mother’s choice when it came to casting. In fact, it was her mother, who had suggested John Abraham as the lead for her 2005 film Water,” shares the source.
When contacted, Deepa says that she has full faith in her mother’s instincts. “I don’t cast because some actor is mainstream. It should be somebody who can resonate the character in the film. In fact, it was actually my mother who told me about Ronit Roy. She really likes him and she is totally right,” says Deepa.
Subhash K Jha (BOMBAY TIMES; October 24, 2012)
Among the first to produce and host quiz shows on television, his name is associated with ground-breaking formats like Kaun Banega Crorepati and Dus Ka Dum. And now, Siddhartha Basu is all set to make his Bollywood debut with Shoojit Sircar’s political thriller Jaffna.
In a casting coup of sorts, the director of Vickey Donor has roped in Siddhartha to play the head of the RAW team in his upcoming film, alongside John Abraham who portrays an investigative journalist. Not many people know that Siddhartha happens to have substantial past experience as a stage actor.
When contacted, Sircar refused to comment saying he had signed a Non Disclosure Agreement with his producers. However, Siddhartha, who is currently in London, spilled the beans: “My good friend and long-time associate Shoojit won’t take no for an answer. He says I am just what he has in mind to play the head of an intelligence agency.” We’ve learnt Jaffna will also have Ronit Roy and Rahul Bose as RAW team members.
It’s official. The film based on Salman Rushdie’s novel will hit theatres in December with the author’s voiceover
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 9, 2012)
Deepa Mehta need no longer be worried about the release of her film Midnight’s Children in the subcontinent. She has finally found herself a distributor in PVR Pictures and her film based on Salman Rushdie’s controversial novel of the same name will hit theatres in India before the end of the year. What’s more, Rushdie’s voiceover will remain intact in the movie, unlike what was being said earlier.
This newspaper had reported the director’s concerns on September 13. Courtesy the Rushdie factor, not only was she not getting a distributor for her film it also looked like she might have to do away with Rushdie’s voiceover to appease audiences here. However, the filmmaker refused to buckle under pressure, having included her author friend, against whom a death fatwa had been issued in 1988, as core member of the project right from day one. Rushdie has co-written the film with Mehta and is one of its producers.
Her patience paid off when CEO of PVR Pictures Kamal Gianchandani saw Midnight’s Children at the Toronto International Film Festival and decided to buy the movie’s distribution rights. Confirming the purchase of Midnight’s Children, Gianchandani told Mirror, “We’re looking at releasing the film in December, either in the first or second week.”
Asked whether Rushdie’s voiceover will be deleted or retained, More >
The actress, who started off her career with the filmmaker’s debut project Paanch, will play an alcoholic in his film Ugly
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 5, 2012)
Padmini Kolhapure’s sister Tejaswini started off her acting career as the leading lady in Anurag Kashyap’s debut directorial Paanch. The film about five members of a rockband who were involved in drugs was considered a little ahead of its times. And though available online, the critically appreciated venture never got a proper theatrical release in the country.
As a result, Tejaswini’s Bollywood career too remained restricted to smaller projects and character roles. She was last seen in Mani Ratnam’s 2010 film Raavan.
But now, the actress is all set to make a comeback with the same filmmaker, Kashyap’s next – Ugly.
According to sources, Tejaswini will play an alcoholic woman who gets together with her former husband, played by Ronit Roy, when their child gets kidnapped.
According to a source close to the film, Tejaswini will require to look alcoholic for real for the role. “In our films drunk people are shown toppling over all the time. That isn’t really the way it works in real life. Tejaswini would have to get the body language and the slightly spaced-out bearing of her character right. Filmy harkatein nahin chalegi (filmy antics won’t do). And Anurag Kashyap has full faith in Ronit and Tejaswini who will get ample time to get into character,” said the source.
Interestingly Ronit and Tejaswini have More >
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 2, 2012)
Salman Khan may not be frequenting the YRF Studios as much as before. What with Ek Tha Tiger being declared a hit and the actor getting busy with Dabangg 2 shoot in Satara. But for most at the production house, Khan’s wish is still their command. And thus, when recently, the actor called up YRF head honcho Aditya Chopra and asked him to consider a new security agency Shootcare (started by the actor’s reliable makeup man Sudesh Nag), Adi didn’t think twice. Mirror has learnt that the security contract for the next YRF film has now gone to Nag’s agency as opposed to YRF’s trusted Ace Security and Protection, owned by Ronit Roy.
Roy’s company has provided security for several YRF and Y-Films ventures including, Dil Bole Hadippa, Luv Ka The End, Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Band Bajaa Baraat and even Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Chak De! India. Shootcare, on the other hand, apart from guarding Khan’s residence Galaxy Apartments in Bandra, has worked on films like Dabangg 2, Preity Zinta’s Ishqk In Paris, Heroine, Bol Bachchan and Oh My God.
Roy explained that they did not have an ‘all inclusive’ contract with YRF but were hired for specific projects. Sounding composed, he told us, “I wish the new security service providers the very best.”
YRF spokesperson, when contacted, simply said, “We work with both agencies for our multiple projects.“
Lead actor Satya Bhabha had to work really hard to keep up with co-actor Siddharth, his on screen rival, on the sets of Deepa Mehta’s adaptation of Midnight’s Children
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 6, 2012)
It was a battle between the ‘nose’ and the ‘knee’ on the sets of Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children in Sri Lanka. Lead actor Satya Bhabha who plays the grown up Saleem Sinai and Tamil superstar Siddharth, who is cast as the abandoned child of Saleem’s foster parents have been nicknamed the nose and the knee based on their characters’ disproportionate body parts. And though newcomer Satya has been trying hard to give his best, the Rang De Basanti actor appeared more confident, reveals a source from the sets.
Apparently during the confrontation scenes in which Siddharth and Satya come together, director Deepa Mehta frequently had to tell the Tamil-Telugu actor to “slow down” and let his co-star catch up.
A member of the team on condition of anonymity said, “Among the male members of the cast, and that includes brilliant performers like Anupam Kher, Ronit Roy, Vinay Pathak and Rahul Bose, Siddharth clearly stands out. That became a problem for Satya, a relative newcomer to cinema, since he had many confrontation scenes with Siddharth. Deepa had to ask Siddharth to tone down his performance to let Satya get comfortable with the scenes.”
So did the enmity between Saleem and Shiva in Salman Rushdie’s famous novel spill over to Satya and Siddharth’s real lives? “Not More >
Prem Chopra draws the industry together for his son-in-law’s moment of glory
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 22, 2012)
The turnout at Prem Chopra’s Wednesday night party to celebrate the much-lauded performance of his son-in-law Sharman Joshi in Ferrari Ki Sawaari was impressive to say the least. Needless to say, this onscreen baddie has garnered a lot of goodwill in the industry. Amitabh Bachchan, Jeetendra and Tushar Kapoor were among the first to arrive, and left in some time after congratulating the team of Ferrari…
Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s excitement was palpable, so much so he was heard mouthing one-liners like: “I am drinking Vodka, what more can I ask for? I have a sea-facing house, what more can I ask for? I have a Mercedes parked outside, what more can I ask for?” He walked in with his wife Anupama but was later seen escorting her out. He was in such high spirits he evinced interest in working with some of the guests at the party, Ronit Roy and Salman Khan included.
Even as the excitement seemed to have dimmed down, Salman’s entry, two bodyguards in tow, fired up the atmosphere. No sooner did he arrive, the actor hugged Prem Chopra and Sharman Joshi, then seating himself down next to Manoj Kumar and chatting with the veteran actor for a good 10 minutes. Salman floated around for quite some time, meeting almost everyone present, including Randhir Kapoor, Boman Irani and Ramesh Taurani.
Also present were Saawan Kumar Tak, Vashu Bhagnani, Indra Kumar and Pritam. More >
Finding himself crammed alongside fisherwomen, vegetable vendors and scores of vehicles in a narrow Chembur lane on Sunday morning, Roy gives traffic lessons to ease the jam
Raju Shinde and Amrapali Sharma (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 5, 2012)
The next time you are stuck in a never-ending traffic jam, get on the road and play the traffic cop. Actor Ronit Roy did just that in a narrow Chembur lane on Sunday morning; surrounded by fisherwomen and vegetable vendors, scores of vehicles, twice the number of pedestrians, and a tempo that blocked the exit way.
Roy had travelled all the way from Andheri to Mahul village in Chembur (E) early on Sunday for the launch of a hockey academy, to be supervised by his friend Mir Ranjan Negi, a former India national hockey team goalkeeper whose story inspired Shah Rukh Khan’s Chak De India. Around 9 am when he whizzed past the still sleepy lanes of Chembur, there were barely any signs of the traffic chaos he was to find himself in less than half an hour later.
“Vehicles were stuck in the lane because of an abandoned tempo,” Roy said, “It was a very narrow road, too narrow for even a single car to pass by. Being Sunday, there were vendors on both sides, and the cars were stuck, adding to the chaos.”
Like every Mumbai resident who’s stuck in the traffic, Roy cursed his luck, while praying for a quick relief. When he realised that curses didn’t help and relief wasn’t forthcoming, he got out of his air-conditioned car and started stopping the More >