Posts tagged screenplay
By Taran Adarsh, May 5, 2011 – 21:02 IST
After a series of films belonging to diverse genres, like GHULAM [action drama], KASOOR [suspense thriller], RAAZ [horror] and AWARA PAAGAL DEEWANA [action/comedy], Vikram Bhatt has finally found his calling with a genre that not many storytellers would venture into — horror. Like his previous films, 1920 and SHAAPIT, HAUNTED sells the most basic emotion, fear, but the question is, do the thrills and chills send your adrenaline rushing? Is HAUNTED daunting enough? And does it succeed in giving you those heebie-jeebies that you associate with horror movies?
With HAUNTED, Bhatt merges the deadly combo of horror with 3D effectively. It’s an absorbing and gripping edge of the seat horror film that keeps the mercury rising in those 2.15 hours. This movie is not for the faint-hearted, I wish to state at the very outset.Write your own movie review of Haunted – 3D
For Bhatt, it all began with RAAZ. He gave the audience a taste of classy, spine chilling horror experience with that film and after a gap of almost six years revisited the genre with 1920 and SHAAPIT. After a trilogy of spooky films and comprehending the genre better, the film-maker delivers yet another scare fest that ranks amongst his most accomplished works so far.
What really sets HAUNTED apart from films of its ilk, even those attempted by Bhatt, is the fact that it never takes the tried-and-tested route or resorts to clich?s while narrating the tale More >
By Taran Adarsh, May 6, 2011 – 15:28 IST
I can’t help but recall an interesting conversation with Ashish Patil [the enterprising head of Y-Films] soon after Y-Films was formally launched. He opined that India is the world’s youngest country, with 70% of the population below the age of 35 and explained why Y-Films had decided to target this segment of movie-going audience. It works fine — you cater to an audience that loves to hang out at cineplexes. Plus, as a production house, you juice a big business opportunity. Their first movie — LUV KA THE END — is now in theatres, for audience consumption.
Gone are the days when a woman, spurned by the man of her dreams, would sulk in a corner, shed tears of sorrow and spend the rest of her life in his memory. Times have changed. The Gen X, especially those living in a metropolis, thinks differently. Most relationships begin and end at an alarming rate and before you realize what went wrong between two individuals, chances are they would’ve moved on to ‘greener pastures’ [read new partners]. The spurned girl is not a bechaari anymore.Write your own movie review of Luv Ka The End
In LUV KA THE END, the 18-year-old seeks revenge, when she realizes that her boyfriend has a hidden agenda. Nope, the damsel in distress doesn’t take the route embarked upon by the offended parties in THE OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT [adapted in Bollywood as OH BEWAFAA], RETURN TO EDEN [remade as KHOON BHARI MAANG] or THE HAND THAT ROCKS More >
By Taran Adarsh, April 22, 2011 – 09:25 IST
I’ve often heard irate moviegoers grumble that superior stories are in short supply, but I don’t subscribe to this viewpoint. I genuinely feel that we have great stories to narrate, but we mess up on screenplay writing, mutilating a brilliant story in the process. That’s an issue with DUM MAARO DUM as well. A fascinating concept may not translate into an enthralling and enticing film, right?
Come to think of it, Rohan Sippy has evolved into a stylish storyteller with the passage of time. And DUM MAARO DUM bears testimony to this fact. Right from the shot compositions to the edit pattern, the distinct stamp of Sippy Jr. just cannot be overlooked. But a collage of brilliantly executed sequences cannot compensate for a riveting screenplay. That’s precisely why DUM MAARO DUM lacks dum.BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
At heart, DUM MAARO DUM is a chor-police game, with the cop [Abhishek Bachchan] going all out to nail the drug lord [Aditya Pancholi], the messiah of narcotics trade, but the content fails to hold your attention after a point [towards the second hour specifically]. The writing gets muddled in the post-interval portions, after one has savored some tremendous moments in the first hour. There are portions that put you off [Abhishek injects drugs in the thugs in order to extract information], that remain unexplained [what is it that Prateik knows and reveals in the letter?], that come as a complete shocker More >
By Taran Adarsh, April 15, 2011 – 11:29 IST
Have a few questions to ask… The first question is for Mr. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. Pray, what prompted you to green-light the screenplay of TEEN THAY BHAI? Okay, I am sure, you got fascinated by a fascinating concept [what an idea, sirji], but didn’t you realize that the screenplay was going nowhere, on paper itself?
The second question is for the three actors – Deepak Dobriyal, Shreyas Talpade and Mr. Om Puri specifically, whom I hold in very high esteem. What was narrated to you [before you signed on the dotted line] and what comes across on screen – is it the same movie? If the answer is in the affirmative, I would like to pose another question to each one of you: What prompted you to say ‘Yes’ to this project? Credible names backing it? Or, well, spare dates? It can’t be the script, right? Or is it?BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
The third question is reserved for the director of this [sinking] ship – Mr. Mrigdeep Singh Lamba. How could you let go of this golden opportunity? I mean, with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and PVR backing the project, three supremely talented actors at your beck and call and one of the best cinematographers in the business [Ashok Mehta] giving vision to your concept, how could you come up with this embarrassment of a movie called TEEN THAY BHAI?
Irrespective of how his films fare, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has gradually emerged a name that’s synonymous with qualitative cinema. His name More >
The actor, long in hibernation, steps out to play the antagonist to Hrithik Roshan’s super-hero
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 12, 2011)
Vivek Oberoi might have been keeping a low profile of late, but he is soon going to surface in the much-awaited Krrish 3. Yes, the actor has landed the coveted negative role in Rakesh Roshan’s next.
Our source confirmed, “Rakesh Roshan has not directed a single film in the last five years.
Initially, he was keen to have an outside director and had even approached Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra to direct the film.
However, the filmmaker later decided to take charge himself. And he wanted a strong character to play the negative lead.
There were various names being considered including the likes of Shah Rukh Khan. But Vivek Oberoi has bagged the role.
The role has been kept under wraps as the dialogues of the film are still being penned, though the screenplay is ready.”
The source further added, “There have been various rumours floating in the industry about the casting of the film.
The fact is that none of them have been signed yet. Talks are still on with a lot of actors as the film is scheduled to go on the floors in October this year.”
According to the source the initial talks have already taken place with Vivek, but he is yet to sign on the dotted lines. In spite of repeated attempts, both Vivek Oberoi and Rakesh Roshan remained unavailable for comments.
If all goes well, Vivek might see his career graph surge forward for More >
VJ-turned actress Shenaz Treasurywala is a multifaceted person. After trying her hands in modelling and acting, the girl has now turned a screenplay and dialogue writer.
She penned down the screenplay and dialogue for Yash Raj’s youth film Luv Ka The End. This is her first film as a screenplay writer.
A friend of Shenaz revealed, “Yash Raj Films commissioned her to write it after reading another screenplay that she had written about earlier.
The girls in her first screenplay were older. It was kind of a Sex And The City in Bombay.
Her original script was called Dreading My Wedding but YRF wanted a young teen flick and they had their own story idea.
They liked her writing style which is young, fast paced with a strong female point of view and so they asked her to write this.”
By Joginder Tuteja, April 2, 2011 – 13:21 IST
She got a tag of being an actress pretty soon in her career when she excelled as a working wife (of Arjun Rampal) in Rock On. Films like Firaaq and Jashnn further acted as a stamp of approval as far as coming up with a convincing act was concerned. Though she may not have found herself in an advantageous position after Break Ke Baad, the young woman is continuing to find her feet in hardcore commercial cinema with films like Game and Ra. One. As she manages to find herself in the company of actors like Abhishek Bachchan and Kangna Ranaut in Game, Shahana talks to Joginder Tuteja about her journey so far.
An edgy thriller like Game – now that’s a first for you Shahana. I am sure you must have had a totally different experience while making a film of this genre? It’s my first movie in this genre and yes, I was very excited because I love murder mysteries and thrillers. Playing a key suspect is great fun. I loved the character. She is very young but edgy, disturbed and dark. The flow of the screenplay also really pulls you in. I loved working with all the actors and Abhinay (Deo) really knows what he wants. Excel (production house of Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani) is always a pleasure to work with. I can’t forget my Rock On and Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd experience with them.
Game appears to be one film that must have allowed yourself to let your hair down, right? Well, this isn’t exactly a ‘letting your hair down’ More >
By Taran Adarsh, April 1, 2011 – 09:56 IST
Many film-makers in the West have focused on the closeted gay, an unassuming person who likes to remain in the shadows. Similarly, a lot many films have captured the trauma and anguish of the bereaved parents when their child is no more. MEMORIES IN MARCH [English; with generous usage of Hindi and Bengali] is not just about the relationship between gay lovers, but also looks at the suffering and pain a mother goes through when her son dies in a road accident. Much later, a bigger shock awaits her when she learns that her only child had a male lover. Suddenly, she discovers chapters in her son’s life that she didn’t know.
MEMORIES IN MARCH is more about the bonding between a mother and the deceased son’s lover and how they unite in grief. Initially reluctant to accept him, the mother and the son’s lover come to terms with the harsh realities of life.BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
A film like MEMORIES IN MARCH treads on a hitherto unknown path and I genuinely feel that such stories need to be told. It’s a coming out of closet film that would encourage more people to open up and accept their sexuality with pride. Director Sanjoy Nag handles alternative sexuality with the sensitivity it demands. The film keeps you hooked for most parts thanks to a taut screenplay that never deviates from the core issue. Especially the concluding portions, when the mother leaves the city with precious memories of people who loved her More >
By Devansh Patel, March 28, 2011 – 09:45 IST
I can never erase the scintillating performance of Shahana Goswami from Rock On. I mean… I could actually smell fish sitting in the theatre watching her beat the s*** out of her onscreen husband Arjun Rampal. Rock On is past, Game is the present. But before I could talk to her about her next murder mystery movie, I questioned myself, ‘Why can’t we get to see such extraordinary talent often on screen?’ And the actress who is obsessed about her favourite thriller movie Psycho tells me, “I am doing fewer films because I am quite picky. The producers who put money want to recover money by casting well known faces.” Well honey, we need well known talents too, right? Game is her first thriller movie, Shahana is all excited for the release of her film and more than that, she shares a lot of that excitement with me when I chat with her on a hot Monday afternoon. UK’s Harrow Observer columnist and Bollywood Hungama‘s London correspondent brings you one of India’s precious gems when it comes to acting: the unpredictably uncanny, Shahana Goswami.
“I am doing fewer films because I am quite picky” I don’t know why I am doing fewer films and having said that, no actor in this industry wants to do fewer films. I think one has to consider the commercial aspect of a movie too. Unless I continue to do smaller parts, the transition to a protagonist can only happen when there is some kind of a brand value. The producers who put the More >
Everyone has a worst movie. That one film that you spend three hours of your life watching, when you’d rather be paying to catch ball-by-ball commentary of a Canada vs Kenya match.
That one stretch of time you remember that never ended while you sat squirming in a theatre, possibly alone, hoping for a meteor to hit you. Well, here is your chance to do one better. Happy Husbands is, quite possibly, one of the worst films of all times. Yes, including Subhash Ghai’s Yaadein.
It (HH) is the kind of film that will grab your brain, put it in a juice blender and serve it up to Jabba the Hutt. If you’re the kind who takes advice from film recommenders to “leave your brains at home”, HH will go to your house, knock down the door and find it. And then it will use the juicer from your own kitchen.
You’ve questions? Allow me.
► What’s the plot/story?
Cheating husbands learn life’s lessons. Though the lesson bit constitutes exactly six seconds of this 34-month-long film. Mostly it’s advice on how to cheat your wife.
► What about technical aspects?
So this guy Anay is the lead actor, director, story, screenplay, dialogue writer, playback singer, lyricist, editor, VFX guy, music director (songs and background), costume designer, and oh, not to forget, production designer.
Now to put things in perspective, ‘production design’ to this Renaissance man means downloading pictures of houses and office buildings from the net More >