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Sajid Nadiadwala’s latest film is making Bollywood smile again in 2010
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; May 7, 2010)
Let’s give the devil his due. In a business where box office is the only yardstick to measure fame and fortune, Sajid Nadiadwala is revered. His banner Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment and Eros International’s latest offering Housefull has opening weekend collections that are next only to Raju Hirani’s 3 Idiots and A R Murugadoss’s Ghajini.
Reacting to the title of Mr Blockbuster that the trade has bestowed on him, Sajid says, “I’m flattered and I feel blessed that my film has taken the best opening for a film released on a non-holiday. The initial my film took is in that sense unprecedented. Ghajini and 3 Idiots were both released on holidays (December 25).’’
Sajid, who has been in showbiz for 24 years now and whose banner has helmed some of the biggest box office hits ever, is of the opinion that if you put your money where your mouth is (in his case, in rip-roaring comedies), then success is bound to follow. On his slate are Jeet (Sunny Deol) and Judwaa (Salman Khan), both films that came with an interval of four months and went on to have golden jubilee runs. His Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan) and Heyy Babyy (Akshay, Riteish Deshmukh, Fardeen Khan) More >
By Subhash K. Jha, May 6, 2010 – 10:54 IST
Karan Johar has always been known to be generous towards his colleagues’ works, unless the colleague happens to be Ram Gopal Varma.
Little did he know that a harmless and warm congratulatory tweet to his friends Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Arjun Rampal, Deepika Padukone and Lara Dutta for their film Housefull would spark off a series of nasty comments barbs and innuendos from across the world.
Baffled and amused, Karan spoke from New York to say, “I normally wish all the best for all my colleagues and their work, both to the people and involved and on public platforms. In fact just some time after I wished the team of Housefull I also said good things about my friend Gurinder Chadha’s new film It’s A Wonderful Afterlife. No one seemed to mind that.”
From the minute that Karan tweeted about Housefull, his email, phone and SMS have been swamped by indignant angry and abusive responses.
Says Karan, “I know it’s free world. But it doesn’t mean people can say whatever they like. Many of the messages are downright abusive. I’ve praised so many films. But I didn’t even praise Housefull. I just congratulated the team. And I started getting abusive messages asking how I could support a film like this. Arrey, what I choose to support or not support is entirely my prerogative.”
Karan is clueless about what could’ve triggered off this reaction. Housefull producer Sajid Nadiadwala says he’s aware of the backlash on the More >
The terrific trio — Akshay Kumar, Sajid Nadiadwala and Sajid Khan — want to bring the house down
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOBMAY TIMES; May 2, 2010)
Akshay Kumar and Sajid Nadiadwala studied in the same school, they travelled on the same school bus, and were also acquainted right from the start of their film careers… but they rediscovered each other in the waiting room of a South Mumbai hospital when both their wives were in labour. “As we fought the anxiety of impending fatherhood, both of us wondered why we hadn’t done more work together,’’ says the suave producer. And from then on, the actor and the producer made a pact. Mujhse Shaadi Karoge was a film with which they struck back. It’s box office run kept them motivated to continue making rib-tickling comedies with each other. For Heyy Babyy, they collaborated with the comic genius of Sajid Khan and when that film kept the cash registers ringing, they decided they must keep rolling out films at regular intervals. “What can I say about us?’’ asks Akshay, “We’re the three musketeers, insane and inseparable. We have the best kind of working relationship anyone could wish for. Let’s hope this weekend proves what an awesome threesome we really are.’’ The actor adds, “The buzz on Housefull is flattering. I can literally feel the excitement around me and I’m More >
By Subhash K. Jha, May 1, 2010 – 12:02 IST
Acting swiftly on the honourable High Court’s decision in Kolkata restraining the use of the chartbusting Lawaaris song, the music company Saregama which sold the song’s rights to producer Sajid Nadaidwala got an amendment against the High Court’s decision in Kolkata.
Divulging these facts, Apurv Nagpal, Managing Director of HMV-Saregama says, “The restraint order has been amended, pending our appeal which would be heard on Monday. The film (Housefull)’s prints have already been sent to all centres on Friday.”
Housefull director Sajid Khan appears blissfully unaware of the copyright battle raging against a song in his film.
Says Sajid Khan, “I am the film’s director. I liked the song and I used it in Housefull after I thought all the legal procedure was followed. At the moment, I’m just so happy and relieved by the response to my film that I really don’t want to go into a matter that I don’t understand.”
Sajid Khan does it again! His debut directorial venture, Heyy Babyy, keeping aside all its flaws, was still a brilliant entertainer. And now, Sajid’s second offing, Housefull, too succeeds in giving the viewers the much needed entertainment! The film is silly and illogical at places but then who cares as long as it tickles our funny bones and leaves a smile on our faces? Get ready to commence your movie watching season with this hilarious flick!
The story of the movie: Aarush (Akshay Kumar) is the unluckiest guy of the universe! Wherever he goes, bad luck follows and it affects people around as well. Thus, when Aarush goes to stay at his friend Bob’s (Riteish Deshmukh) house, he and his wife Hetal (Lara Dutta) get jinxed too. He realizes that Devika (Jiah Khan), daughter of the wealthy man Kishore Samtani (Randhir Kapoor) can be his true love and hopefully will bring luck to him. He gets married to her but falls in love with Sandy (Deepika Padukone)! To add to the chaos, Sandy’s bro Major Krishna Rao aka Anna (Arjun Rampal) and Hetal’s dad Batuk Patel (Boman Irani) enter the scene. Aarush, who hates to lie, has to create mountains of lies so that everything can go on smoothly.
Housefull jumps from level to level in the first half. It begins wonderfully (Akshay’s entry is just awesome!) but then falls in some of the later scenes. But then the film picks up dramatically as soon as the action shifts to Italy. The entire Italy sequence was wonderfully More >
By Subhash K. Jha, April 29, 2010 – 12:20 IST
In what could be seen as a radical departure from the norm, producer Sajid Nadiadwala has decided to do away with any press screening of his new summer biggie Housefull which releases tomorrow.
His logic for this somewhat historic move is simple. Why allow adverse comments to go out when the film is about to be released?
Admitting he has aborted press screenings for Housefull, Nadiadwala says, “When my last film Kambakkht Ishq was released, the reviews were up on a day before, on Thursday. None of them did my film any good. Now we have Twitter where comments are spread faster than viruses on the computer. It may sound arrogant but I’m not holding press shows because my film can’t afford the criticism.”
But why is Nadiadwala so sure the press won’t like the film?
Says the producer, “My film has a monkey slapping Akshay Kumar, a dog, a tiger and sleepwalking father who suddenly comes awake to sing, ‘Papa Jag Jayega‘. It isn’t the most logical of films. It’s for the masses. So let the critics watch it with the masses on Friday.”
However, Nadiadwala has been gracious enough to call up every critic in Mumbai personally to explain his position. “I hope they understand. They’re all my friends. In fact I have made the stars of my next film Anjaana Anjaani sign a NDA (non disclosure agreement) to keep information away from Twitter. If critics are willing to do the same I’d be happy to show them my film in More >
A LOOK AT DISASTROUS BOLLYWOOD SCENARIO DURING IPL!
Our filmmakers are of the opinion that releasing their biggie while the IPL is going on is akin to suicide! Therefore, during the entire month of March and April, there was not a single big flick that released. I personally feel such an assumption is totally wrong and I can provide instances. 2 years back, during IPL Season 1, Emraan Hashmi’s Jannat went on to become one of the biggest hits of that year, 2008. Second classic instance-2 weeks back, my brother had gone to catch the Marathi flick Lalbaug Parel (Marathi version of City Of Gold) afternoon show. The timing of the show clashed with the Mumbai Indians match on that day. And guess what, the show was completely sold out in advance! Thus, films might suffer a bit during IPL seasons but concluding that people just don’t throng to theatres during the matches is completely wrong!
Since big projects were pushed after IPL, small and medium budget filmmakers felt it was a great time to release their small films. However, this resulted in 4/5/6 films getting released each week. 90% of them were released with negligible promotion and zero hype. As a result, these films flopped miserably; most of them found it difficult to find audiences 4th day onwards. It was evident in the first 2 weeks after IPL commenced that 5-6 releases each week is suicidal. Yet, producers went ahead releasing their films with other flicks. And last Friday to hadd ho gayi! As many More >
By Taran Adarsh, April 20, 2010 – 08:37 IST
The one thing that you need to hand over to HOUSEFULL director Sajid Khan is his confidence. His new statement – “HOUSEFULL will be the biggest Hit of 2010″ – has raised eyebrows, but knowing Sajid and his penchant for providing entertainment, the statement has only enhanced the curiosity for the film.
“It’s not over-confidence, mind you. I know that HOUSEFULL will work big time at the box-office. This one’s purely for the entertainment-seeking audience,” Sajid explains his stand, “The reason why 95% of films fail year after year is because we aren’t providing the audience with what they want: Loads of entertainment. HOUSEFULL will do that. HOUSEFULL will bring HOUSE FULL boards back.”
Meanwhile, Akshay Kumar, the lead man of HOUSEFULL, is so gung ho about the film that he gifted a watch to Sajid, after the actor watched the final cut of the film.
While on Akshay, there’s talk that Sajid was instrumental in getting Akshay on board in TEES MAAR KHAN, which Sajid’s sister Farah Khan is directing. Reportedly, when SRK was toying with which project to start first – Anubhav Sinha’s or Farah’s – Sajid suggested that Farah shouldn’t wait endlessly and decided to arrange a meeting with Akshay and Farah.
“Farah and I don’t discuss work. In fact, I don’t even know what the script of TEES MAAR KHAN is,” Sajid states, “I swear, I didn’t even know Farah had met Akshay and spoken to her about the film, till Sajid More >
LET THE GAME BEGIN: Riteish Deshmukh, Sajid Nadiadwala, Akshay Kumar, Lara Dutta, Sajid Khan and Arjun Rampal
Sajid Nadiadwala’s team will cheer Team India at the ICC World Twenty20
Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; April 16, 2010)
This ‘house’ is ‘full’ of cricket fans. So it wasn’t surprising when a leading Asian sports channel announced a marketing tieup with Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment for Housefull — they had done the same for Mujhse Shaadi Karogi and Heyy Babyy — with the cast of the film, Akshay Kumar, Lara Dutta, Riteish Deshmukh, Arjun Rampal and director Sajid Khan, ready to go on field with their support for Team India in the ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies. Interestingly, the release of the romcom entertainer coincides with the launch of the premier cricket tournament on April 30.
Akshay, honoured to be able to show his support for the Indian team, said, “I’m hopeful that we’ll lift the Cup once again. I am looking forward to the action with my family and friends. I have always been into sports and so a tie-up of my two passions — sports and films — is something that interests and excites me.” The very sporty Lara was equally charged up. “During the first T20 World Cup final, the streets were empty. I hope we have a repeat this year with just one exception — we get packed audiences at cinemas for Housefull as well,” she smiled.
Riteish Deshmukh was betting on Virender Sehwag and Yusuf Pathan as “they they are More >
Salman Khan is leaving no stone unturned to make sure that his home production Dabangg turns out to be the biggest critical and commercial success of his career. He has advised his brother Arbaaz Khan, who’s the producer of the film, to release it on Eid this year.
Salman feels Eid is lucky for him because Wanted, which was released to coincide with Eid last year, went on to become a big hit. Incidentally, Aamir has a similar superstition about the Christmas week.
Disappointed by the failure of Veer, Salman has also come to the conclusion that costume dramas aren’t good for him. In fact, he vowed never to attempt another one.
So focused is he on Dabangg now that he has put all his other projects, including some big budget ones with close friends like David Dhawan and Sajid Nadiadwala, on hold.
It’s clear that Salman has made Dabangg a do-or-die effort. This is the first time in his career after his debut Maine Pyar Kiya that Salman is shooting only for one film.
Asked about the release date Dabangg, Arbaaz Khan said, “We have locked in on September 30, for Eid. We feel that week will be good for Dabangg. But let’s see if we’re ready on time because we still have four songs to shoot. And then we need a clear three months for the post-production, More >