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Tusshar Kapoor has moved beyond his home productions
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; April 27, 2011)
Tusshar Kapoor is to the manor born. As producer Ekta Kapoor’s brother, he is certainly more privileged than a lot others in the film industry. And though public perception is that elder sister Ekta mollycoddles him, Tusshar has carved a niche for himself not just in his home productions, but with outside banners as well. Excerpts of an interview…
How big a role does Balaji (their banner) have in your success? Balaji has given me interesting roles in films like Kya Kool Hai Hum, Shootout at Lokhandwala and a couple of other films. However, they have also not included me in movies like Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, Love, Sex Aur Dhoka and Mission Istaanbul because the directors felt I wasn’t suited for these films. Ekta signs me only when required. Likewise, I have the prerogative to say no to a Balaji film.
You are spearheading Shor In The City’s publicity campaign? Shor In The City is an amalgamation of three different stories. I am not the solo lead. There are actors like Sendhil Ramamurthy and others. The producers felt it made sense to have my face on the posters because of the lot, mine is the most recognised face at least in India.
After doing mindless comedies like the Golmaal series, isn’t Shor… a welcome change? Golmaal is a hugely successful franchise. I have got huge appreciation for my performance in the Golmaal series. But yes, More >
Whatever happened to originality, asks Meena Iyer
Meena Iyer | TNN (TIMES LIFE; April 24, 2011) BLAME it on inertia; or blame it on the compulsions of commerce. Just the fact that 27 sequels of good, bad and indifferent Hollywood and Bollywood franchises will play at a theatre near you in the coming seven months, tells a story by itself. While Bollywood sets the sequel ball rolling with Indra Kumar’s Double Dhamaal in June, followed by Mukesh Bhatt’s Murder-2 in July, Sagar Bellary’s Bheja Fry 2, and the biggest one Shah Rukh Khan’s Don-2 on Christmas; Hollywood is going to beat the Hindi film industry hollow because they start with the shriek feast Scream 4, followed by West is West, a sequel to Om Puri’s East is East and then go into Fast Five, Pirates Of The Caribbean 4 (3D /IMAX 3D), The Hangover 2, Kung Fu Panda 2, X-Men: First Class, Cars (2D & 3D), Transformers 3 (3D), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2), Paranormal Activity 3, Happy Feet 2 (3D),Mission Impossible 4 that has our very own Anil Kapoor teaming up with Tom Cruise.
Why this sudden sequel traffic jam? “Paucity of original ideas,” says trade analyst Amod Mehra. “Honestly, Bollywood has been facing a brain drain for the longest time. We have nothing like ‘original’ left within our films. We have either been remaking regional films or stealing from foreign ones, or worse, revisiting our own past cinema.” Another producer cringes as he insists it’s lack of More >
Kunal M Shah /Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 07, 2011)
Minissha Lamba has surely got Lady Luck beaming down on her. During the shoot of Bheja Fry 2 on a cruise, Minissha and her co-stars indulged in some gambling at the casino. And the actress ended up winning a good amount of money.
A source said, “Minissha along with her co-star Rajat Kapor, Vinay Pathak and director Sagar Bellary went to the casino. The boys were not too happy. But Minissha ended up winning a huge sum of money.
The actress was so excited that she went shopping for herself. She made the producer’s life simpler by buying stuff for the shoot as well.”
Minissha laughed and said, “Yes, I ended up winning a good amount. I was damn excited to see so much in my hand that I couldn’t resist but shop for myself and ended up blowing all the money.”
The actor, usually known for his cool nature, lost his temper with the director during a night shoot.
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 23, 2011)
In an uncharacteristic move Tusshar Kapoor had a verbal spat with director Sagar Bellary, during a night shoot in a mall in Bhandup.
Our source explains that the actor has been busy promoting his film Shor In The City in the day and for the past three days has also had to attend night shoots Hum Tum Aur Shabana.
The source attests that Kapoor’s lack of sleep is what made him agitated, saying, “When Sagar asked him to do one more night, he lost his temper.
I guess he had not gotten enough sleep over the last three days and that is why he was so irritated and his frustration came out.
It was really shocking to see Tusshar in such a mood as he is known to be very friendly and calm. However, after sometime he came and apologized to Sagar.”Yogen shah
When contacted, Kapoor tells us, “Sagar and I are very good friends and it was not as dramatic as you make it sound.
We are great friends and nothing can come between us.”
Sagar Bellary remained unavailable for comment.
Sagar Bellary’s Bheja Fry 2 release will be postponed as the filmmaker has to return to shoot some of the footage that was bypassed due to budget constraints
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 08, 2011)
Penny wise and pound foolish is an understatement when describing director Sagar Bellary’s decision to cut corners for Bheja Fry 2.
Instead of the film coming to theatres in the first week of April, it will now be postponed to the last week.
This delay is a result of incomplete footage as some of the shots that needed to be captured in Singapore were cancelled due to budget constraints.
On Tuesday, Bellary not only has to rush back to Singapore with a team of core cinematographers to capture the missing shots but is also footing the bill himself.A still lfrom Bheja Fry Sagar Bellary (Yogen Shah)
Bellary confirms the incident, telling us “We are indeed short of some crucial shots on a luxury cruiser in Singapore.
The film had to be postponed because of this and since our producer cannot afford any more expenses I am footing the bill,”
He adds, “A major portion of Bheja Fry 2 is shot on a cruiser called Superstar Virgo, which connects Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.
We also shot a lot of the film on the Bintan Island. We had to rush through our shooting and did away with some of the scenes because of budget constraints.
We thought we”d be able to manage without them but now we realize we need long shots of the cruiser and the island, not only More >
Director Sagar Bellary of Bheja Fry 2 , which stars Vinay Pathak, Minissha Lamba and Kay Kay, passed out, causing a day’s delay and 15 lakhs for its producers
Mauli Singh (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 11, 2010) Sagar Bellary
Bheja Fry director Sagar Bellary, who is currently helming its sequel starring Vinay Pathak, Kay Kay and Minissha Lamba, seems to be really overworked.
One day while shooting on a cruise liner off Singapore, the director passed out and was locked up in his room for an entire day. As a result the unit couldn’t shoot for that period and it cost the producer 15 lakhs.
A source from the crew informs, “We shot on the Star Virgo Cruise for 20 days. The entire cast and crew was present and it so happened that one of the days Sagar didn’t wake up.
He was locked in his room for the entire day while the unit waited patiently for him to come out of his deep slumber. The crew tried everything to wake him up (calling his number, banging his door) but to know avail.”
The source adds, “The cruise lock system is such that if someone locks it from the inside the door can’t be opened. So we had no option but to wait for him. Everyone wondered what went wrong with him. When he finally woke up late in the evening there was no daylight.A still from Bheja Fry
As a result one day of shoot got wasted and the producer lost 15 lakhs. Sagar, who was obviously embarrassed, blamed exhaustion for his unending nap. He also offered More >
Though much in demand for negative roles after his stint in Kaminey, Amole Gupte will be seen playing quirky roles in two films
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 07, 2010) Amole Gupte
The coming year will see the actor in two very different avatars, in Sagar Bellary’s Bheja Fry 2 and Santosh Sivan’s Urumi. Says Amole, “I don’t know if they’re to be talked about. But yes, I’ve acted in these films, largely because I’ve known their directors Sagar Bellary and Santosh Sivan for years. But also because I need the money to make films with children.”
Having completed one children’s film Aansoon Bane Moti last year, Amole says he takes on acting assignments only so he can make films with children.
But the actor is in demand; especially post his bad man stint in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Kaminey.Santosh Sivan
Amole however says, “Kya karoon? I am only being offered kaminey roles. It’s ironical that I make films on tender lives but I play parts of scumbags.”
When quizzed if he has played another negative character in Santosh Sivan’s Urumi, Amole says, “I wouldn’t say I’m negative in Urumi. But I am quirky and wacky.”
There are strong indications that all may not be well between Kapoor and his old friend Vinay Pathak
MUMBAI MIRROR; June 23, 2010
Rajat Kapoor, who played one of the key characters in Bheja Fry, has opted out of Bheja Fry 2. He will now be replaced by Virendra Saxena in the film and the track which also involved Payal Rohatgi has been changed. Payal has also now opted out of the film.
Our source said, “Bheja Fry was a cult hit and Vinay Pathak and Rajat Kapoor became big stars after the film became a huge hit. Both of them have done umpteen numbers of films after that and Bheja Fry 2 was one of the most eagerly awaited films of both these actors. However Rajat has now opted out of the film.
Apparently there are problems between these two actors which started during the world tour of The Last Mug, which is Rajat’s baby. Sagar Bellary the producer of the film has now finalised veteran actor Virendra Saxena for the film. Payal Rohatgi, who was to star opposite Rajat, has also opted out of the film.”
When contacted Sagar Bellary refused to comment on the issue and said, “Rajat has not conveyed anything to me”. Vinay Pathak’s manager dismissed the news and said everything was fine and Rajat is still doing the film.Rajat Kapoor Virendra Saxena
However, Payal Rohatgi said, “Yes, I was doing Bheja Fry 2 and everything was locked. Even my finances were sorted. However, at the last minute Rajat has dropped More >
SO LONG Even a feted film like Love, Sex Aur Dhokha didn’t last in the multiplexes beyond a week
The low-budget film, which was giving big-ticket cinema a run for its money only a couple of years ago, is said to be in its death throes
Meena Iyer | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; May 16, 2010)
The euphoria over Dibakar Banerjee’s path-breaking Love Sex Aur Dhoka, released this March, lasted less than a week. On the tenth day, the DVD of this unusual film made it to shelves across the world.
So what exactly happened? Why did the film that had every critic in town salivating over its form and concept meet with this fate? LSD broke many norms—it was shot on HD, it had greenhorns instead of stars, the concept wasn’t stolen. Yet, the film that gave the theatre-going audience a completely new experience couldn’t hold out for more than a few days at a multiplex.
LSD’s fate reflects the crisis that the small film—feted by audience and critics alike just a couple of years ago—finds itself in today. In a market that suddenly seems to have developed cold feet about the genre, there are over 100 small films, censored and ready, which have no buyers.
Two years ago, this category of cinema was being celebrated. Almost every big film corporation had developed a sub-brand committed to the cause of the smallbudget film, from UTV’s Spotboy and PNC’s Guerrilla to Mukta Arts’ Malpix and Sanjay Gupta’s White Feather Films’ Arthouse. Besides the big More >
// // // By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 12, 2010)
Mukul Deora, son of Union Petroleum minister Murli Deora, is all set to join Bollywood. However, unlike Ritesh Deshmukh and Chirag Paswan who also hail from political families, Mukul Deora will be producing a film rather than acting in it.
The film is question is the sequel of Bheja Fry, titled Bheja Fry 2.
Our source said, “The film will start in June and have the same cast – Vinay Pathak, Ranvir Shorey and Rajat Kapoor. Some more characters will be added because Vinay has to find new people to irritate. Mukul Deora met the director, Sagar Bellary, through Pooja Shetty Deora (she’s the wife of Mukul’s brother, MP Milind Deora) and that’s how they got talking. Mukul had loved Bheja Fry and they discussed making a sequel to the sleeper hit which was made on a budget of Rs 80 lakh and went on to make around Rs 12 crore. Mukul has now taken over as the producer of the sequel. Bellary wanted to have the right script for the film and that’s why he took so much time in firming things up.”
Sagar Bellary confirmed the news. He said, “Yes, Bheja Fry 2 starts in June but I am not supposed to give out any details about it.”Bheja Fry