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By Bollywood Hungama News Network, January 19, 2011 – 11:02 IST
He is someone whom the world knows as ‘God’. We are sure that the very moment we mention ‘God’, the only name that pops up in your mind is that of Amitabh Bachchan, who today, is not just ruling the silver screen, but also the telly land, with ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ (KBC), the show that has rewritten history, despite of which channel it is being aired on!
After the humongous response to KBC 4, Sony Entertainment Television (SET) has now signed on Big B for the next two seasons. Even Big B tweeted to his ‘followers’ saying “Sony and I have signed on for KBC for the next two seasons… your blessings and encouragement needed in abundance!”
Readers may recall that the first season of KBC was launched in July 2000, on Star Plus channel, which was subsequently followed by the second season. It was only in the third season that SRK took over the reins from Big B. And with the fourth season, not only the host was changed (from SRK, back to Big B) but even the channel was shifted from Star Plus to Sony Entertainment Television.
With Big B getting ‘locked’ with SET for two seasons, no prizes for guessing as to what will everyone’s appointment diaries will read at 9 pm!
Annoyed with Pankaj Kapur’s disorganised ways, she is giving him hardly any time for the film
Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 14, 2011)
Sonam Kapoor is apparently miffed with her director’s way of working. The current schedule of Mausam, which started on Thursday, will get only three days from Sonam as compared to the earlier schedules.
A source from the unit told Mumbai Mirror, “Pankaj Kapur has not been an easy director to work with. There have been times when Sonam was called on the sets for four-five scenes, and she ended up shooting probably only one scene, or, at times, no scene at all. This got Sonam really livid.”
Producer of the film, Sheetal Talwar clarified, “We have Sonam’s dates as required. She had given us her dates before she went for a holiday. They are combination dates with Shahid.”
A friend of Sonam said, “Sonam initially gave her dates in bulk for weeks together. But her days were unnecessarily getting wasted with her barely shooting one scene a day or no scene.
She also had Anees Bazmee’s Thank You and Abbas Mastan’s Players to shoot for. Now she has organised her dates and is giving a very thin window of 2-3 days to Pankaj Kapur to shoot.”
Talwar though blames it on the weather, literally, and said, “The weather is so cold and foggy that at times it becomes very difficult to shoot.”
On April 28, 2010, this paper also reported Shahid’s (the lead actor of Mausam) distress over his dad’s ways. He was quoted saying, More >
Aamir Khan remembers his brief encounter with the late Smita Patil on her death anniversary
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; December 13, 2010)
Bollywood’s numero uno Aamir Khan, who is a good ten years younger than Smita Patil, met the legendary actress just once in his life. It was way back in the 80s, when he was assisting his uncle, film-maker Nasir Hussain. “I still remember Smitaji was shooting on an adjacent set. After pack-up, she dropped in on our set to speak to Nasir saab. I had heard so much about her. I adored her in Bazaar. I was a huge fan of Smitaji and I was curious to get a closer look at her. I ran to serve her chai.”
Of course, as destiny willed it, years later Prateik was given a break by Aamir Khan in Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na. And he is also the leading man of Kiran Rao’s Dhobi Ghat. Says Aamir, “Whenever I see Prateik I am reminded of Smita. He has the same intensity, similar eyes and smile. The camera loves the boy.’’
Getting slightly nostalgic, Aamir adds, “I feel for Prateik, the way I feel for Imran. This is perhaps, because he has done a couple of movies with our banner. Prateik is committed, really hardworking and an ideal actor. He learns his lines, he does his preparation before he comes on set…and I can see that he enjoys the movies. I think his true potential as an actor is still to be discovered but he is growing with each film.’’
Aamir feels that if Smita Patil had been around, she would be a very proud More >
Several churches in Mumbai have forbidden the filmmaker from shooting the climax scene of his next, Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 30, 2010)
National award winning filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar has reason to worry. The shooting schedule of his forthcoming film Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji has come to a grinding halt. A few major churches in Mumbai have refused to give him permission to shoot the climax scene of the film inside their premises.
A source close to Bhandarkar told Mumbai Mirror, “Madhur was very excited that he would soon finish Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji. He had told his staff to book a church for the shoot. The only scene left to be shot was the climax scene, which is a marriage sequence in a Church. Madhur, who believes in real locations- indoors and outdoors- is now very disappointed.”
Apparently, several churches in Mumbai have taken a stand not to allow any film shootings within their premises. That’s what Madhur’s staff was told as well
Confirming this, Sanjay Mehta, Business Head of Bhandarkar Productions, said, “We are not getting permission to shoot in churches in Mumbai. We have been making efforts in this direction for long now.
They told us that they didn’t like some of the scenes that were shot in their premises by other filmmakers in the past. Also, some of the shoots ended up damaging their property.”
When contacted, Reverent Prakash Patole, Bishop of Bombay Church of North India (Afghan More >
An entire set erected in Mumbai for Mausam had to be dismantled, causing the loss
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 19, 2010)
Sonam Kapoor, the Masakalli gal from Delhi 6, is feeling much better now after her bout of typhoid. But her illness and her consequent inability to be present on the shoot of Mausam has caused a big hole in the producer’s pocket. The loss is rumoured to be around Rs 75 lakh.
An entire set for Mausam, directed by Shahid Kapoor’s father, Pankaj Kapur, had to be dismantled in Mumbai recently. “Some romantic scenes of Sonam and Shahid had to be shot.
But since Sonam went on sick leave for a long period, we had no option but to cancel the October shoot. The dismantling of the set caused a big loss to the producer,” says a source.
Adds the source, “The next schedule will now be shot in Gwalior. Sonam might be required but only for a few scenes.”
When contacted, Talwar confirmed, “Sonam couldn’t shoot since she was down with typhoid. We had to dismantle a set in Mumbai and lost Rs 75 lakh. But it’s okay. What is important is that Sonam is better now. No problem about the money. We are insured on that, we’ll recover that at a later date.
And of course, we’ll shoot the Mumbai schedule very soon, but that’s only after we complete the Gwalior shoot.”
Meena Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 03, 2010)
If you join the dots from S Shankar’s first film Gentleman (1993) to his latest Robot (2010) you’ll notice a common thread. For one, he has the finger on the pulse of the mainstream cinegoer. Plus, he knows how to embellish his work with gloss and grandeur at a scale still unimaginable by most filmmakers.
Real Indian palaces, heritage sights, Machu-Pichu, seven wonders of the world…he’s exploited them all long before Bollywood found their address.
But to grant the devil his due - his movies are not just special-effects ridden; there is a definite plot with a message. Also, the budgets get more phenomenal each time.
His first blockbuster Gentleman (1993) (with its iconic Chik paku raile number that introduced the world to Prabhu Deva’s dancing skills) brought a new style of filmmaking but his 90s protagonist is just a different avatar of Bollywood 70s phenomenon - Salim-Javed’s ‘angry young man’.
Quite like Amitabh Bachchan, Shankar’s hero has invariably been taking on the system, film after film. But where he leaves his contemporaries way behind is his technical wizardry. A fact just reiterated by his latest Robot (Endhiran, Tamil).
Comparisons to West
Two days after the release of the Rs 150 crore film, Kollywood’s Shankar is drawing comparisons to none other than James Cameron.
Both are August born; both spare no expense when it comes to their budgets and cinematic vision. And quite like More >
By Joginder Tuteja, September 16, 2010 – 12:25 IST
Believe it or Not?
Farah Khan, who has been known for taking her own sweet time to shoot for her films, has wrapped up the principal shoot of her upcoming film Tees Maar Khan in a mere 52 days. In fact only the much awaited ‘qawalli’ featuring Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif is remaining to be shot, plans for which have already been base lined.
Says Farah, “I have to give it to Akshay for making it all possible. Trust me, if not for him, it would have been impossible for me to finish the film so fast. Tees Maar Khan is quite huge in scale and is a major film by all means. Films like these take time to shoot because of so much action and songs involved. Still, it is due to fast working style of Akshay that ensured that Tees Maar Khan was finished so soon.”
Change of plan
In fact the story goes that original plan that was chalked down by Farah required at least 100 days. Past experience meant that Farah was conscious about the timeline for Tees Maar Khan as well. When she informed Akshay about her plan and asked for at least a 70 days commitment from him, he just laughed it all away.
“He asked me ki kya maine usse do movies ki shooting karwani hai”, Farah smiles, “When I told him that I take time to make my films, he assured me that it won’t be the case this time around. I was still nervous but looking at him work so fast in the first couple of days, I knew that I as well as my entire crew had to More >
// // // Ashutosh Gowariker is keen on getting every nuance right for his period film Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey. After all, the devil is in the details. To get the authentic ambient sound for the film, he travelled to rural West Bengal and Bangladesh with his sound designer Stephen Gomes. They recorded the background score live, as it would’ve been hard to reproduce it in the studios.
Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey is based on the book Do And Die by Manini Chatterjee which is based on the 1930s Chittagong Uprising. A source reveals, “As it’s a period film, Ashutosh is making sure that every bit of the film depicts that era. From the costumes to the sets, Ashutosh has delved into every minute detail.”Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey
Not satisfied with the studio sound, Ashutosh figured that the only way to capture the essence of the music is travel to its source. The source continues, “While designing the background score and music, Ashutosh heard a lot of music of that time. He sat with the sound designer Stephen Gomes and tried to produce some music, but couldn’t achieve what he was looking for.”
Where there’s pain, there’s gain. “Ashutosh is very happy with the final product. It gives the film a very authentic feel,” concludes the source.
Producer More >
Priyanka Chopra’s tantrum on the sets of Anjaana Anjaani forces designer Manish Malhotra to step in to save his petrified juniorBy Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 04, 2010)
// // //Priyanka Chopra
Many stars are known to throw tantrums. But it came to a surprise when we heard ‘Miss Professional’ Priyanka Chopra is creating ruckus on the sets of Siddharth Anand’s Anjaana Anjaani.
A source from the unit reveals, “Manish Malhotra is styling Priyanka, who is shooting for Anjaana Anjaani in the US. She has an extremely glam look in the film. While Priyanka likes the look Manish has given her, she has a lot of issues with the assistant stylist assigned to her by Manish.
Priyanka isn’t happy at all with what the assistant stylist has been coming up with, right from the color combination, the outfit combination, etc. She is finding the combination of colors and clothes given by this stylist very jarring.”
The source continues, “The assistant stylist herself seems petrified by the situation. Since she is a junior person, she can’t even explain herself. Priyanka has complained to Manish and he is now himself helping out with the combinations.Manish Malhotra
But it is practically impossible for him to reach every location. He has pacified Priyanka and has spoken to the assistant too. But each day passing day is proving more and more difficult for the stylist, because Priyanka seems to have an issue with everything she is giving her to More >
Though veteran actor Om Puri and his wife Nandita were recently seen together at the Jaipur Literature Festival, walking around hand in hand, reliable sources close to the couple reveal their 16-year-old marriage is on the rocks.
Evidently the couple has been having problems for some time but the last straw was the sexually explicit revelations made by Nandita in her biography of her husband, Unlikely Hero: Om Puri.
The references to Puri’s many sexual relationships, especially with his maid and caretaker, became a key talking point for the media, and the actor and his biographer wife had a very public and bitter spat over it. However, at the subsequent launch events, the Puris literally kissed and made up in public.
Close friends, however, say the people named in the biography were not at all amused by their names being dragged through the muck and Puri has had to shell out a pretty penny to settle with them. In fact, in an interview to a website, Om Puri confessed that some of his college friends were upset at the revelations about his early life in the book, and accused him of being publicity hungry. “This embarrassed me,” said the actor.
Another bone of contention is that Puri’s first wife Seema Kapoor, who he was in love with for a long time before marrying her and who was a huge support during his turbulent early days, has not been mentioned in the More >