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Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; April 20, 2013)
Ranveer Singh, 27, is a complete softy and a mama’s boy, whose mother is the centre of his universe. He is extremely bright and secure about his manhood and is simple and emotional. He admits that while he had no control of what he would say when he started off, he has learnt not to be 100% open and honest. Over an hour-long conversation with Bombay Times while shooting for Ram Leela, he talks about his badmaashis in school, the romantic Aditya Chopra and why he finds Deepika Padukone the most desirable co-star. Excerpts:
Let’s talk about your childhood? I am born and brought up in Bandra and went to a small school called Learners Academy in the foothills of Pali Hill till class X. My family is originally from Karachi and while my dad is a cut surd, my mom is a Sindhi. My dad is an auto retailer. I was the most obese kid in my class till class three and was called ‘motte’. I was under-confident and no one would take me in their team to play as I was a slow runner. But then, I realised I was stronger than these guys and became the dada in school. I wrote my first love letter on a chit in class one. It read, ‘I love you. You love me.’ My principal complained to my parents. In class VI, I used to teach all the boys about porn and sex. I was 12 when I kissed. The girl was from another school and was older to me. I used to meet her in Otters Club and played table tennis with her. I must have been 13 when I did it fully first. By 14, More >
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 18, 2013)
Govinda will be seen in Aditya Chopra’s next titled Kill Dil, directed by Shaad Ali and co-starring Ranveer Singh. The actor signed on the dotted line Monday night. Not only is this a rather unlikely pairing for both Govinda and Aditya, the actor, for the first time in his career, will play villain in the film being billed as his big comeback.
We spoke to the actor, currently in Kolkata, and he promised us that we will see him in a new and improved avatar: “I am going to change. You will see me being very casual…socialising at the first opportunity,” he said.
On a more serious note, he added: “My films have not released since the longest time. I have had enough of my share of tough days. And trust me, it’s not been easy. Don’t you think I need to have my good times back?”
Why Aditya Chopra? “Hmmm… he came home. He said that I must do the film,” said Govinda.
Isn’t he the man in Rani Mukerji’s life, an actress with whom Govinda was very close at one point? “Well, we are professionals at the end of the day,” he shot back.
Elaborating on his association with Shaad, Govinda said they had met during the filming of Mani Ratnam’s Raavan when Shaad was assisting the filmmaker. “Shaad and I became very close friends. He had spoken to me about the role at that time. But I really didn’t believe my luck when he recently asked me to do it,” he said. Quizzed about his role, he refused to divulge any details.
Govinda will play a negative character in an upcoming film for the first time
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; April 17, 2013)
With his previous films, he may have made you laugh till your sides hurt. But Govinda is all set to undergo a transformation, as he gets ready to play villain in a film for the first time.
Sources say the film in question is Aditya Chopra’s Kill Dil, where Govinda will be making his comeback as an actor.
A source from the production unit says, “Govinda has played all kinds of roles but never played a villain before in his entire career. He might have done a character with grey shades in a one odd film like Shikari but this will be his first out and out negative role. Earlier too he was to do another YRF film, which did not work out.” In his career spanning nearly three decades, the actor has never worked with Yash Chopra’s banner before. This film helmed by Shaad Ali will be his first.
Says Govinda, “It has been 29 years in the industry and this film will release next year as I complete 30 years. It is more of a realistic character than a totally negative role. In today’s world, we see all kinds of people who have grey shades. However, one can’t compare this film to Shikari, as that was a tragic film while this is not.” The spokesperson from the production banner adds, “Yes, Govinda is doing a pivotal role in the film.”
Shubha Shetty (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 17, 2013)
It’s been a while since fans of Govinda got to see his shenanigans on the More >
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; March 26, 2013)
Siddharth, 33, is an optimist who grew up being a linguist. He considers doing South films his job and Bollywood, his hobby. The actorwriter-singer and producer hopes to turn director some day. Ahead of his upcoming release Chashme Baddoor, he talks to Bombay Times about the superiority complex of Bollywood, his readiness for marriage and why Mani Ratnam will always remain his boss. Excerpts:
How did you get into films? Born in Chennai, I am a Tamilian. I grew up in Chennai and Delhi. My father retired after working in Nestle for 37 years. Right from my childhood, my mother exposed to me to a lot of music and films across the world and I grew up wanting to be in films. Even though I had a happy childhood, I am not too nostalgic about it and was in a hurry to grow up. As children, you are not allowed to do what you want to. So, I was happy to be older as I could do what I wanted to. I was not too happy with my school life as the academic pressure on kids in Chennai is too high and I was happiest when I went to college. I went to college without an agenda. I went to school to just get out of school. My parents have always allowed me to be myself and are the best parents you can have. There were no beliefs enforced on me and they are both my friends, but wanted me to complete my education. I completed my management and managed to reach Mani Ratnam through email. He met me and even though I had no formal training and had just done More >
Subhash K Jha (MID-DAY; February 14, 2013)
From two flowers coming together to camouflage a kiss, to sexually explicit scenes and dialogue, celluloid mirrors quick-fix love and push button passion in a world, which has little time for romance.
n 1970, Asha Parekh starred as a (pretend) widow in Kati Patang and Rajesh Khanna was her silent lover. There was not a single touch or caress between the two. Distributors were aghast, ‘How can we have the biggest romantic star of all time not even embracing his heroine once? Audiences would boo the film out of theatres,’ they said. But director Shakti Samanta stuck to his guns. No way. The widow wouldn’t cuddle up to the lover boy, come what may. Jump to 2000. Girls in movies like Ragini MMS look straight at the guy and ask, “Have you come yet?”
Says Asha Parekh, “It’s all too blatant and upfront in today’s films. When I did Kati Patang with Rajesh Khanna there was Anand Bakshi’s poetry to express love between the couple. In the very romantic Yeh shaam mastani Rajesh Khanna didn’t even brush his hand against me. But the intense feelings came through. Those were times of forbidden love. Parents monitored relationships. Today, which 20-something girl or boy would listen to the parents if they forbade a marital alliance? Forget marriage, we now have live-in relationships. And that too we get to see in our films.”
Like we see in Pyaar Ka Punchnama. Parekh feels cinema is only a reflection of reality. “Today, we have songs devoid of More >
Parineeti Chopra comes clean about her alleged affair with director Maneesh Sharma, her weight and being crazy about her work
Urmimala Banerjee (MID-DAY; February 8, 2013)
The New Year has started on a busy note for Parineeti Chopra, who has been shooting non- stop for her film with Maneesh Sharma. “No complaints, I am happiest when I am working,” chirps the marketing executive- turned- actor. With some exciting projects in her kitty, Parineeti talks about her weight, dealing with gossip and being linked with Maneesh Sharma.
Post Ishaqzaade, there was a lull period in your career. People said you didn’t have films on hand. Did that bother you? Well, I got a number of offers post Ishaqzaade, with characters similar to that of Zoya. I did not want to repeat myself. I was busy at that time reading scripts and shooting for my endorsements. There is a time gap between signing a film and commencement of shooting. Now, I am working 24×7, and people are talking about my work. Likewise, I have TV endorsements also. Work comes to you in good time, and I am not impatient ( smiles).
Your alleged relationship with Maneesh Sharma grabs headlines quite often. What’s your reaction? It definitely makes me upset. I am a normal girl with friends of the opposite sex. I don’t blame the media as they are doing their job, but at least they can clarify the stories with me. Maneesh is my mentor. He has taught me a lot about acting and filmmaking. You can say that I am Maneesh’s protégé. You don’t More >
Sonali Joshi Pitale (MID-DAY; January 14, 2013)
Looks like his long-time dream of essaying an action hero is finally coming to life.
In Shaad Ali’s Kill Dil, the Pakistani singer-actor Ali Zafar will pump iron. He was earlier scheduled to act in the Bollywood remake of South hit Vettai but later the film hit a roadblock. And with Shaad stepping in with his new project, the actor couldn’t be happier.
Our sources say, “Ali will star alongside Parineeti Chopra and Ranveer Singh. Ali believes that this film will break his image of the romantic hero.”
Ali says, “I am happy with the kinds of roles that are being offered to me. I will get a chance to perform some stunts as well.” The actor, who is currently working on music concerts will start work for Shaad’s film as soon as his project with Yaami Gautam, Aman Ki Aasha, wraps up.
For Kill Dil, the filmmaker has appointed his new bride, stylist Aarti Patkar, to give the Ishaqzaade actress a much needed image makeover
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 9, 2013)
She played the tomboy to the hilt in both Ishaqzaade and Ladies Versus Rickie Behl. However, Parineeti Chopra is now gearing up for a complete transformation that will see her as an ultra-glam diva in Shaad Ali’s Kill Dil, somewhat on the lines of Katherine Heigl in the rom-com, The Ugly Truth.
Helping the actress metamorphose from plain Jane to prima donna will be Shaad’s new bride – stylist Aarti Patkar. We are told the two ladies will be going shopping all over India and Europe to give Parineeti ‘the look’. Parineeti, who confesses to being ‘not much of a dresser’ couldn’t be more excited by the challenge of this makeover.
Said Parineeti, “I really can’t talk much about my role. But yes, it will have me transform into someone else. It’s my first glam role. I’ll try to look my best. I want to break my image of the traditional salwar-kameez clad girl. I love Indian clothes. But I can also carry off Western clothes. And that’s what I’m going to wear in Kill Dill. But I won’t be just a showpiece in the film. I’ve a lot to do in the plot.”
A source close to the film said, “Parineeti has the image of a non-glamorous actress. Shaad wants to break that. The clothes would have to reflect a high-maintenance lifestyle, which Parineeti is not fully comfortable with. For now, her casuals would More >
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 5, 2013)
After a dismal show at the box office with his 2007 film Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, Shaad Ali, who according to his close friend Vaibhavi Merchant is a ‘bohemian’ and ‘lives life on his own terms’, all but disappeared from the film industry. Having spent his time assisting his mentor Mani Ratnam in Raavan, it was only in August last year that he resurfaced (after a long gap of five years) to say that he is preparing to direct a film. Titled Kill Dil, the breezy romance, he declared would star Ranveer Singh. Though there have been rumours about him approaching Aditya Chopra with the script, Shaad, at the time kept mum about the producers or the leading lady of his next. And now, Mirror has learnt that the director will return to his favourite production house, after all. According to insiders, Adi loved the storyline and asked Shaad to come on board for his fourth outing with the production house.
Though there have been rumours about Shaad wanting to cast Deepika Padukone opposite Ranveer in Kill Dil, perhaps trying to capitalise on their reported off-screen camaraderie, we found out that the producers have already locked the cast. They have turned to their current favourite Parineeti Chopra as the female lead in the film. This will be Jr Ms Chopra’s second project with Ranveer.
What’s more, we learnt that Ali Zafar, who starred in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan alongside Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif, will play an important role in the More >
Prachi Kadam (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 7, 2013)
You read it here that Shaad Ali tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend – stylist Aarti Patkar, on Wednesday.
We can now tell you the couple had a Maharashtrian-style wedding ceremony at Aarti’s spacious bungalow at Turner Road, Bandra, yesterday. Among those present were the Bachchans, Vivek Oberoi and wife Priyanka, Ranveer Singh, Prahlad Kakkar, Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar, Kirron Kher, Rohan Sippy, Abhishek Kapoor, Tanvi Azmi, Zoya Akhtar and Arunoday Singh.
A source revealed, “Amitabh, Jaya, Abhishek and Aishwarya came in at 11am and were there till 4.30pm. The Bachchans have been close friends with Shaad ever since Amitabh, Abhishek and Aishwarya worked with him in Bunty Aur Babli. They consider him family. They even danced at the do. They are very happy because not only has he found love again, he is now all set to return to direction.”
According to the source, “Ranveer, who stars in Shaad’s next Kill Dil, stayed for nearly two to three hours. He was his usual self and danced with gay abandon. Vivek came along with a very pregnant Priyanka later in the evening.”
We also hear that Shaad Ali will soon begin scouting for locales for his next.