Posts tagged roshan taneja
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; May 24, 2013)
Sonam Kapoor, 27, is content living in her own world of books and films. She is idealistic and considers herself an idiot when it comes to judging people or matters of money, where she listens only to her best friend and sister Rhea. After Saawariya, she had lost her way but seems to have finally found it back with her upcoming film Raanjhanaa. Over an hourlong conversation, she talks to Bombay Times about her idealistic father, her favourite cousin Arjun and why she would not date a married man ever. Excerpts:
Was being a part of Bollywood your obvious career choice? We lived in Chembur when I was born and my parents named me Sonam, which means lucky. I was a month old when my parents moved to our current Juhu house and my dad became a huge star. We had only one apartment at that time with just one room furnished. With time, my dad built the entire house. I studied at Arya Vidya Mandir, which was a five-minute walk from our house and I would walk to school every day. My mom wanted us to have a normal childhood and we did not even get film magazines at home.
I went to a boarding school in Singapore for my +2 where I studied theatre and arts and realised I wanted to become a director and writer. When I returned to India, our family friend Rani Mukerji, who I really love, was about to shoot Black with Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
I loved his aesthetics and started assisting him on Black and, while I was assisting him, he said he wanted More >
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; December 3, 2012)
Kannada superstar Sudeep, 39, changed his name to Kiccha Sudeep after the overnight success of his film Huccha in 2003. Born in Shimoga to a rich hotelier, his heart was always in films and he aspired for people to recognise him and take his autograph. Eighteen years since, it finally took an Eega to get him his due. He talks to Bombay Times about the pain of having been branded an iron leg of the industry, the lessons success has taught him and what makes Ram Gopal Varma and SS Rajamouli so similar.
While you have worked in Kannada cinema, how did you get to work with Ram Gopal Varma and SS Rajamouli? It used to itch me for a long time that as Kannada stars, while we are recognised and loved in Karnataka, when we go to other parts of the country, people hardly recognised us, unlike Bollywood or Tamil superstars. While Bollywood was never on my mind, I wanted people to recognise me wherever I went. Ramu saw me on TV in some film and cast me in Rann. Rajamouli saw Rann and cast me for Eega.
How was your experience working with them? Ramu and Rajamouli are similar. They can’t speak about anything other than movies. Even if you talk to them about anything else, they will come back to talking movies. They are both fantastic students, who are open to learning and discussion at any time. Both are kids on the set with cinema as their toy. Whenever you are with Ramu, he will keep showing you scenes from films one after the other. More >
Emraan Hashmi talks about his journey from Footpath toShanghai and rise from formula to creative fulfilment
Anand Holla (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 10, 2012)
Days before Shanghai’s release, Emraan Hashmi had to cancel his tickets to the the IIFA awards at Singapore. The last thing this actor, at the cusp of stardom and art, was expecting to be held up by was a stomach flu. At his expansive Pali Hill residence, Emraan, in a checked shirt and flat-front khakis, lounges in the hall that’s flush with sunshine and breeze. “I must have eaten something nasty at Kanpur or Lucknow where I had gone to promote Shanghai. I really wanted to be with Dibakar Banerjee and my co-stars at a platform like IIFA,” he says.
Away from the arc lights, Emraan is the antithesis of his ‘filmi’ screen image. He has had a silent surge, first as a mass hero, then as a bankable star, and now an ‘A-lister’, who is starring in a Karan Johar film as well as a Vishal Bhardwaj venture. In most of his 25 films thus far, the majority of which have been super-hit potboilers, the 33-year-old has played grey, troubled characters that get away with swindling, killing, betraying people and, of course, kissing girls and getting luckier than that too. From Footpath, Murder, Gangster, Awarapan, Jannat, Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai to his disarmingly sincere performance as Jogi Parmar in Shanghai, Emi (pronounced Immy) has coursed the long mile. The only thing that has remained unchanged in his career is the signature More >
By Subhash K. Jha, September 21, 2010 – 12:18 ISTClick above for more stills
This has got to be the most rocking birthday party in living history. To say the ageless Shabana Azmi turned 60 with a bang on Saturday at the lounge Trilogy, would be an understatement.
Real- life Munni (Shabana’s pet name) rocked to the pounding sound of the new dance hit ‘Munni Badnaam‘.
Shabana chortled the next morning, “Everybody was very amused to see Jaya and I flaunt our ambiguous dancing skills. Ash couldn’t stop explaining that her ma-in-law was on a roll…My sister-in-law Tanvi and brother Baba wouldn’t leave the dance floor. He’s such a fabulous dancer, very heavily influenced by Shammi Kapoor. Zara socho, bhai itna achcha dancer aur bahen has two left feet! Everybody danced to songs from yesteryears and of course ‘Munni Badnaam‘ was a favourite.”
Shabana Azmi welcomed the biggest star turn-out at her birthday. Guests included the entire Bachchan parivar with family-friend Tina Ambani in tow. Tina’s sister-in-law Nita Ambani who generally avoids attending the same parties as Tina also attended. So did Naseeruddin Shah, Rekha, Parmeshwar Godrej, Anil Kapoor, Ayaan Mukerjee, Neeta Goyal, Ashutosh Gowariker, Sudhir Mishra, Zeenat Aman, Urmila Matondkar,Vidya Balan, Boman Irani, Sandhya Mridul, Vipul and Shefali Shah.
Quips Shabana, “Why are you only mentioning the glamorous brigade from Bollywood? My entire family was there. My acting professor Roshan Taneja, my More >
When movie stars want to talk the part, they turn to masterji. Meet the Hindi teachers of Bollywood
Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; February 22, 2010)
None of them have a Bachelor’s or Master’s in education… or Hindi for that matter. But they’re the most in-demand breed of teachers these days. Thanks to the new Bollywood’s alarmingly dwindling acquaintance with the rashtra bhasha, this species is being increasingly sought after by producers to teach actors how to speak without stumbling.
Anand Mishra, one of Bollywood’s most popular teachers, began his career about seven years ago with Katrina Kaif. Today, he has all kinds of actors — bonafide and wannabe — queuing up to learn the Hindi language. Mishra, who’s just finished a class with Govinda’s daughter Narmada, says that Katrina was sent to him soon after she signed Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya on the recommendation of the film’s director David Dhawan. “I take around 26 sessions with an actor at his/her house,’’ he says. “The first thing I ask the actor for is the bound script of the film. I read it and then work on almost all the scenes with the actor — this includes, besides the pronounciation, even the expression and body language.’’
Most actors who come to Mishra are bad in Hindi, and he often has to start from scratch. Like a schoolmaster, he even gives them homework –— writing down at least 50 words in each letter of the alphabet. “This is necessary More >