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RIP Jiah Khan, the girl with rose coloured glasses

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Jiah Khan (20 February 1988 – 3 June 2013)

Last text to boyfriend: ‘U’re getting too cold’ | Nine of her film deals fell through | Last 6 years reveal troubling portrait of thwarted ambition.

Ketan Ranga, Vickey Lalwani, Ankur Pathak, P Pavan, Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 5, 2013)

 

Sometime in 2012, Rabia Khan, former starlet and aspiring documentary maker, mother of three beautiful daughters, wrote on her blog Food for Soul:

The outside world’s influence will not affect us, if we can have a control of our inner world….I try this by starting my day by saying, “This is going to be a great fun, I’m going to be happy doing this, everything will start to go my way!” By doing this I have set my own terms for the day. This will allow us to control our circumstances, instead of being controlled by them.”

According to Rabia, she wanted her daughters to write down their negative thoughts on a piece of paper and burn it. This exercise, she believed, would exorcise all negative energies and help them get a grip on their lives.

Months later, her 25-year-old talented daughter, Jiah, unable to cope with her circumstances, hanged herself in her bedroom. And no, she did not leave a note behind that could be destroyed with all her unhappy thoughts.

A distraught Rabia told the police in her statement: “She was fed up with the struggle… she was besotted with Bollywood, but Bollywood had nothing to offer her.”

Jiah Khan will be best remembered for her debut opposite More >

Movie Review: KRANTIVEER-THE REVOLUTION BY FENIL SETA

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A sequel has to be better or more impactful or at least equally powerful as the first part. Sadly, Krantiveer-The Revolution fails to reach the level of its predecessor, Krantiveer. There’s nothing fresh and hard-hitting about the film although it deals with lots of topical issues.

The story of the movie: Roshni (Jahan Bloch), daughter of the fierce and legendary Pratap Narayan Tilak (Nana Patekar) has inherited not only her father’s courage but also the spirited lingo and indomitable style. She joins a news channel and like her father, she is trying to awaken the people by exposing corruption at all levels. Helping in her mission are her college mates Goldie (Aditya Singh Rajput), Uday (Harsh Rajput) and her new friend Vishal (Samir Aftab). How they fight evil and attempt to rid society of corruption and other immoral practices is what the film is all about.

The problem with Krantiveer-The Revolution is that it doesn’t offer anything new. The builder-politician nexus, communal harmony, inefficient police, sting operation, terrorism, love triangle and other such issues are attempted a zillion times. Moreover, there aren’t any significant twists and turns in the film. The way the protagonist (Jahan) and her buddies so easily defeat the villains seemed too unbelievable.

Certain portions in the film seemed too vague. A wannabe tries to act too fresh with our heroine, she takes her to police station but the cop refuses to file a complaint. No explanations More >

Fenil's Bollywood Talk # 78

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ROCKET SINGH GOES THE ‘THE HANGOVER’ WAY! I always believe that promotion is of utmost importance for a film to succeed. It helps to create hype and arouse curiosity which in turn helps the film get a good opening. But some producers don’t stress too much on promotion, presumably for two reasons:

-> The producer doesn’t have enough money to publicize his product. Or maybe, the budget of the film went so high that the producer couldn’t afford to spend additional 2-3 crores on promotion

-> The producer is supremely confident of his product. He is confident that he has come up with a winner and come what may, it will attract audiences and do a great job commercially.

The second reason seems applicable as to why Rocket Singh-Salesman Of The Year, releasing tomorrow, isn’t promoted much.  Obviously, YRF aren’t short on funds so first reason can be ruled out. And going by Ranbir Kapoor’s confident declaration that Rocket Singh is his best film till date, it seems that the film will turn out to be a great entertainer. In his words, “I can proudly say that Rocket Singh… is not just my greatest film till date but also one of the greatest films made in the recent times. Believe me, it belongs to a different world altogether”.

Maybe, Ranbir did this as a personal publicity campaign on his part; after all, actors always do this, isn’t it? But it’s a fact that whenever the Chopras adopt a negligible promotional strategy for their film, then that film works wonders. More >

English titles chalta hai!

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IT’S ALL IN THE NAME: Poster of Kites

Bollywood has given up HAHK and DDLJ for short and simple English titles

AAKANKSHA NAVAL-SHETYE Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; September 15, 2009)

Bollywood has rediscovered the KISS (Keep It Short and Simple) rule, at least where film titles are concerned. Having had its fill of long names — Bollywood’s now high on short words, and most of them straight off the English vocabulary rack. Sample this: almost 20 films this year had English titles and there are almost 30 more to come… from Blue to Wanted and Radio to Kites. Trade pundits attribute this to several reasons. “Almost every title has been exhausted. Others have been blocked by producers before hand. Filmmakers have to come up with unique titles and English words give an instant youth connect,” explains trade analyst Komal Nahta, adding, “Even Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge was shortened to the English DDLJ.” Trade analyst Taran Adarsh agrees, claiming that it’s a healthy trend looking at global cinema, “Bollywood films have an international audience. Ever since English lyrics in Hindi songs became a hit, filmmakers began exploring these options. As long as the title suits the content of the film, it’s bound to work.” Vashu Bhagnani, whose next film is titled Do Knot Disturb, adds, “When the masses can accept English songs and words in our films, why not titles? The audience targeted is largely the youth and they can easily identify with such names.” Rohit Shetty, More >

Movie Review: SHADOW by FENIL SETA

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A blind man as a hero…that’s something really novel and interesting! And this blind hero dances, does daring stunts and doesn’t look visually impaired at all. Unfortunately, in order to exhibit blind actor Nasser Khan’s greatness, the director and the screenwriters paid no attention to other factors and came up with a pathetic product, which due to some reason is titled Shadow. The loopholes in the narrative are big enough to drive a tanker through! Seriously, what were the writers thinking while scripting this film? Even kindergarten kids could have come up with a better film!

The story of the movie: Arjun Sherawat (Nasser Khan) is a serial sharp shooter who since few months is giving the Mumbai Police sleepless nights. He kills his victims and doesn’t leave any clues at all. Inspector Sanjana (Sonali Kulkarni) who is entrusted this case tries hard but fails to get any information or whereabouts regarding Arjun Sherawat. In real, Sherawat is a jovial car mechanic called Raju who has the ability to impress any girl by mouthing some crap dialogues in the most pathetic manner! Coming back to Sanjana, she gets clues that point that reporters Sheetal (Hrishitaa Bhatt) and Rahul (Milind Soman) (the latter who’s hell bent on criticizing Sanjana and Mumbai Police) may be Arjun Sherawat’s allies. But Sanjana is proved wrong when Sheetal informs her about Sherawat’s next victim. Sheetal couldn’t save Sherawat’s target but she’s able to kill him. Intermission More >

Fenil's Bollywood Talk # 63

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SIX HINDI FILMS THIS FRIDAY! There would be no biggies for the next four weeks. The Ramzan month has commenced, during which a sizeable chunk of audience stay away from the theatres. Taking advantage of this, every year, a number of small and medium budget films hit the theatres in this holy month. The producers of such films hope that their film would do a good business in the absence of any biggie. Last year, ‘A Wednesday!’, 1920 and Welcome To Sajjanpur released during Ramzan and became hits.

And this year too, lots of small-budget films are all set to hit the screens. These films failed to get a proper release before the Ramzan as all weeks were booked by the biggies, owing to the producer’s strike which happened in summer. And this has resulted in a chaotic situation as around 20 films are planning to release in this month! 2 of them released last Friday-Shadow and Sikandar. In fact, tomorrow, as many as 6 films are all set to hit the theatres. These films are Daddy Cool, Kisaan, Quick Gun Murugun, Toss, Yeh Mera India and Love Khichdi!

Any layman can understand that it is indeed foolish for 6 films to release on a single day. And we should not forget the 2 Hollywood films that are also releasing tomorrow- Race To Witch Mountain and The Taking of Pelham 123. So this takes the number of films arriving tomorrow to 8! Madness!

But if observed, then producers don’t have much of a choice. If they won’t release their films now, then they won’t be able More >

Movie Review: SHADOW by TARAN ADARSH

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By Taran Adarsh, August 21, 2009 – 12:59 IST

First things first! Before we dissect the film, discuss its merits and demerits, discuss whether it worked or not and offer reasons, let’s salute the grit, determination, willpower and courage of Nasser Khan, who enacts the role of the protagonist in SHADOW.

Imagine a blind person carrying off those hazardous, death-defying stunts… Just that effort deserves an applause.

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Now let’s come to the point. SHADOW is more of a showreel to project the acting abilities of Nasser Khan, so, expectedly, the writing takes a backseat. The screenplay is very ’70s and ’80s, reminiscent of the masala films we enjoyed so much then. It’s just that times have changed and so have the tastes of a big chunk of moviegoers.

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Yet, there's no denying that there still exists a sizable chunk of movie-going audience that relishes masala films and SHADOW is targeted at them.

The police have not been able to crack a serial murder case. Arjun Sherawat [Nasser Khan] is a man who is unseen and is the criminal. No one knows his identity. This case has been granted to Sanjana [Sonali Kulkarni], a police officer. She has been trying too hard, but all her efforts have been in vain.

Sheetal [Hrishitaa Bhatt] is a press reporter who loves her profession to the core. She works with a news channel and has information about the case as she follows it very closely. Rahul [Milind Soman], a press reporter from another news More >

Fenil's Bollywood Talk # 62

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PLEASE VOTE IN THE BOLLYWOOD HALF-YEARLY AWARDS HERE, IN CASE YOU HAVENT —————————— BEING A KHAN IS NOT A CRIME!

Deepa Ravi (leap 24) was right when she replied to my comment on her New York review that “It (9/11) hurt America below the belt and hit them hard. They are still recovering from it!” The Americans took a stew of measures to see to it that something like WTC Attack doesn’t repeat again on their soil. However, many of their steps have at times hurt the religious sentiments of the people. The SRK incident last Saturday confirms this.

Many are criticizing Shah Rukh Khan for ‘over-reacting’. Some say that he did this for promoting his film My Name Is Khan (MNIK). Why would SRK do something like that? He has been in the industry since around two decades. We haven’t seen him before doing such cheap marketing gimmicks for his films, have we? And MNIK is some 7-8 months away-why would he arouse a cheap controversy to market his film which has such a long time to release? And 12 days back, he had already made enough publicity for MNIK when he held a press conference, announcing the tie-up with Fox Studios.

What infuriated about this incident that the officials doubted SRK and his star-status and that they took 2 hours (which is really a long time) to question him. Kabir Khan (Director, New York) is right when he said about this incident, “How much time does it take to find out who Shah Rukh Khan is? A Google search would give more hits than Brad Pitt More >

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