Posts tagged Shah Rukh Khan
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; April 19, 2013)
Huma Qureshi, 26, ensures she gets what she sets her heart on. She is more emotional than practical and would rather take her decisions based on gut, if not for her younger brother Saqib, who is more mature and is her best friend and advisor. Ahead of her upcoming film Ek Thi Daayan, she talks to Bombay Times about her conservative family background, her mentor NK Sharma and why she would never give up her friendship with Anurag Kashyap. Excerpts:
Let’s talk about your childhood? I was born and brought up in Delhi. While my dad is from Delhi, my mom is Kashmiri. My dad Saleem Qureshi owns a chain of restaurants called ‘Saleems’ for the past 30 years and it has eight outlets. While we lived in GK 1 in South Delhi, we were always sent to our grandparents’ house at either Nizammuddin Basti near the dargah or Rakabganj at Old Delhi on the weekends. My grandparents were extremely conservative and my brother Saqib and I had to be well-behaved and I had to be dressed in a salwar kameez. My father had seven siblings and we had a huge family. We also had a huge house with a tree in the centre of the courtyard. We used to love going there as we were all a riot. As I grew up, I was suddenly not allowed to play being a girl and I resented that. I am more girlie now, but at that time, I was a bit tomboyish and a brat. Though I now kick myself, I did not want to learn Urdu at that time as I found it uncool. We would also go to Kashmir for More >
Karan Johar feels making silly errors are a part of filmmaking and why critics are almost always right!
Shakti Shetty (MID-DAY; April 19, 2013)
Karan Johar is famously known for never mincing his words when it comes to speaking out on his film projects. While his last directorial venture released back in 2012, the flamboyant filmmaker is looking forward to producing six films under his banner soon. While in the past he may have put many of his talk show guests in the hot seat, Karan keeps absolute calm while answering to questions about the evolving trends in Indian cinema, working within a budget and dealing with criticism.
Indian cinema is completing a century. What are the changes you’ve observed over the years? Well, a century is a long time but I can definitely say that the last decade was very exciting. In fact, this year itself has been interesting. We’re moving towards this golden age where reality is depicted without compromising on the entertainment factor.
And what about the so-called outsiders creating a niche for themselves? It’s a healthy sign. The level of nepotism has evidently gone down with non- filmi people establishing themselves in the Hindi film fraternity. We don’t have to look beyond Anurag (Kashyap) and Dibakar (Banerjee) to see how filmmaking is no more dynastic. The same is true about several actors making a special place for themselves based solely on their talent.
What do you enjoy more — producing or directing? Producing is a perk I get as a More >
The upcoming gala is also meant to scotch all rumours of a rift between his media company and Boney Kapoor
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 19, 2013)
He may be facing a certain amount of heat because of the Supreme Court asking him to refund Rs 24,000 crore to his investors, but Subrata Roy Sahara seems determined to cool off with yet another mega bash.
Close on the heels of the party he hosted for his grand daughter’s naming ceremony, Roy is planning a bash to celebrate Sridevi’s Padma Shri award, at his suburban five-star. The party will be held either on April 23 or 27, and guests have been asked to keep themselves free on both days as of now.
According to sources, in true Sahara-style the bash will see filmmakers, actors, politicians, cricketers and industrialists turn up to congratulate the actress.
Among the few who seemed to have confirmed are the Bachchans, Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Hema Malini, Anil Kapoor, Padmini Kolhapure, Preity Zinta and Chiranjeevi, besides Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina. “Subrata Roy wanted to host this party earlier, but his work commitments kept him extremely busy,” revealed a source close to the group.
This party assumes a special significance for the film industry. “This one is special. It puts an end to all the on-going speculation about Boney Kapoor, who has been heading the group’s media and entertainment initiative since 2011, having problems with the company,” says the More >
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; April 18, 2013)
Akshay Kumar and his team’s recent appearance at one of the matches of the ongoing IPL season in Kolkata set a lot of tongues wagging. The cast of Ekta’s Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again was accused of wearing promotional T-shirts at an event that had specifically banned any film promotions.
After sources say that the cameras at the match were specifically asked not to be focussed on the film’s team, Akshay apparently is now extremely miffed at the way the event was handled.
An insider from Akki’s camp says, “The plan of the makers had totally backfired. Akshay is mighty annoyed with Ekta after the entire drama at the IPL. First the makers made Akshay travel all the way to Kolkata and then couldn’t even manage to get adequate coverage on national television.”
Apparently Akki was also upset at the overwhelming support his archrival Shah Rukh Khan (owner of Kolkata Knight Riders) got after the cameras caught him at the stadium but all that Akshay and his team managed to receive was just a loud round of applause.
So much so that insiders now say that the actor has asked Ekta to revamp the entire marketing plan around the film. What will happen now? Our guess is as good as yours.
Karan Johar will work with Shah Rukh Khan again only when he gets the right script
Shakti Shetty (MID-DAY; April 18, 2013)
It’s been a while that Karan Johar has worked with his close buddy Shah Rukh Khan in a film. And incidentally, the filmmaker who was once always associated with the actor says he is in no hurry to team up with his favourite star in Bollywood. But if they get the right script, a film could be in the offing.
Last year’s release Student of the Year was the most recent film Karan directed and was also his first directorial venture, which didn’t feature SRK. Says KJo, “Well, Shah Rukh and I working together is an eventuality as he’s part of my family. So I can assure you that it’s going to happen sooner or later. Like everyone else, I too enjoy working with him. Everything depends on the demand of the script. We can’t go and make a film together just for the heck of it.”
The 40-year-old is currently awaiting the release of Bombay Talkies — which features his short film, his first ever. In the meantime, while some more productions are waiting in the pipeline, KJo has no plans currently to wield the megaphone soon. “I’m juggling a lot of things within the big screen and the small screen medium. I’m enjoying every bit of it and I think I will direct when the time is right,” he says.
Renuka Vyavahare (BOMBAY TIMES; April 18, 2013)
The badshah of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan has inspired fans and filmmakers alike. Makarand Deshpande paid an ode to him in a film titled Shahrukh Bola ‘Khoobsurat Hai Tu’.
Now, a goat named ‘Shah Rukh’ is one of the central characters in National Award winning filmmaker Janaki Vishwanathan’s Bakrapur!
Says Janaki, “It’s a comic satire about a small boy and his goat.” About the goat’s name being Shah Rukh, she clarifies, “There is a tendency in rural India to name pets after superstars.” Janaki explains, “We had a massive goat hunt in villages, where we checked out almost 400 bakras in markets before zeroing in on one which was called ‘Shah Rukh’! There were goats named after Salman Khan too there, but Shah Rukh was a special goat who was the most handsome amongst all! Besides, Shah Rukh means ‘face of the emperor’, which is why we chose it.”
Not worrying about offending SRK, Janaki adds, “I believe he is a good sport with a quirky sense of humour. He even cracks self-deprecating jokes and nowhere does this film project him in a derogatory manner.”
BOMBAY TIMES (April 16, 2013)
Heard that the South hottie Nayanthara — yeah, the one who was dating Prabhu Dheva and almost married him — is not keen on Bollywood at all? She was reportedly offered an item song in Chennai Express, the one that was later done by Priyamani.
Nayanthara refused to be cajoled into accepting Rohit Shetty’s offer, say sources. And the reason of course has nothing to do with Shah Rukh Khan or Rohit. It is just that she wants to keep away from the industry that Prabhudheva is currently dominating.
Mumbai Mirror Bureau (April 15, 2013)
Aamir Khan’s penchant for perfection has assumed mythical proportions. But we thought one more story about just how focused he remains while at work wouldn’t harm us. So here it is.
The actor has been burning some serious calories for a dance sequence with Katrina Kaif in Dhoom 3. This incident happened in the rehearsal hall of Yash Raj Studio, where Aamir was perfecting his moves.
A source told Mumbai Mirror, “Aamir was practising at the sprawling rehearsal centre with a large group of dancers. Everything seemed fine initially, when suddenly he stopped in his tracks and retreated into a corner for few minutes to have a chat with someone.”
While the other dancers continued to rehearse, Aamir’s absence was attributed to his need for a quick breather. That was not the case. Apparently, he was finding it hard to concentrate with a large poster of Dil To Pagal Hai and a larger-than-life Shah Rukh Khan distracting him in the hall.
The source added, “He told someone to take off the poster of Dil To Pagal Hai as it was distracting him. But rather than comply his wishes, the YRF staff told him politely that he had no authority to remove anything from the hall.”
The conversation was cut short, Aamir went back to the rehearsals, but unhappy at being turned down so summarily.
Last heard, the poster still remains in the YRF rehearsal centre, while Aamir has had no option but to better his dancing skills under the watchful gaze of his rival.
Asira Tarannum (MID-DAY; April 15, 2013)
Ever since the schedule of Chennai Express commenced in Wai, sources say Shah Rukh Khan had almost set up his home and office in the quaint village. The actor had moved bag and baggage to Wai, just outside Panchgani to concentrate on his film that clashes on Eid with Akshay Kumar’s Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again.
And not just the film, SRK had also been shooting for all his upcoming brand endorsements in Wai.
A source says, “SRK stayed put in Wai to leave no stone unturned in making Chennai Express as big as it gets. He was also getting his other work done sitting there. In the past one month, he had shot for five ads there, including a tea and automobile brand. The people behind the brands had to fly down to Wai to get their work done.”
A source close to the star says that SRK’s focus right now is solely resting on his upcoming film helmed by Rohit Shetty. “He is a perfectionist and considering it’s an Eid release, he is juggling time between the film, his commercials and his other work commitments.” Sources add that while 80 per cent of the shoot is complete, the last schedule of the film has just moved to Kerala.
Upala KBR (DNA; April 14, 2013)
Every actor in B-Town visited Sanjay Dutt after the news of his impending arrest became public. TV cameras and paparazzi parked outside the Dutt residence captured every actor who came to meet Sanjay. Salman Khan who wasn’t in the country too made it a point to meet Sanju baba on the same morning that he landed in Mumbai. The only actor who was not seen at the Dutt residence to was Shah Rukh Khan, who was away shooting in Wai for his home production.
Most people assumed that SRK was too busy with the IPL and his film to worry about Sanjay. But that’s far from the truth. It is learnt that SRK has been in touch with Sanju ever since he heard about the actor’s jail sentence.
An insider says, “When the news of Sanju’s sentence came out, Shah Rukh was one of the first people to call him. He had a long conversation with Sanju. Shah Rukh didn’t want to show up at his home when the media was parked outside his gate. SRK is giving Sanju all the moral and emotional support he needs. On Thursday night, SRK went to meet Sanju at around 1 am, and he stayed for a couple of hours. It was an intense and emotional conversation. SRK also talked to Manyata and played with the couple’s twins.”
It may be recalled that up until SRK’s home production Ra.One, Sanju and he hadn’t worked together. After Sanjay’s cameo in Shah Rukh’s film, they became close. While Sanju didn’t accept any fee for the role, Shah Rukh gifted him a expensive bike to thank him for being More >