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With the latest import from across the border Sasheh Aagha’s debut last Friday, After Hrs analyses why they lose out to our desi girls…
Ram Kohli (DNA; May 21, 2013)
They come, they try hard and then they fizzle out. What is it about Pakistani actresses that puts Bollywood off? The latest example of a cross-border import gone awry is Salma Agha’s daughter Sasheh whose moll’s act in Aurangzeb has left the janta thanda and diehard fans of Parveen Babi craving for DVDs of Yash Chopra’s Deewaar where the beguiling Babi had played the doomed moll with smouldering intensity. Here’s looking at Pakistani chick list in Bollywood…
Sasheh Aagha: The hot bikini act in Aurangzeb hasn’t helped much. Although she has the benefit of being tagged a Yash Raj girl, she hasn’t connected with the audience like other YRF girls like Anushka Sharma or Parineeti Chopra. If she truly wants to make it big in Bollywood, she has to work hard, really hard. Because not many newcomers get second chances, especially ones whose first film doesn’t set the box-office ringing.
Salma Agha: BR Chopra’s Nikaah gave Salma the biggest Bollywood launch possible. She was flooded with offers on both sides of the border. In Pakistan she had a bumper success as a tawaif in Bazaar-e-Husn. However, the Bollywood remake Pati Patni Aur Tawaif flopped. And that was that. Also, she was more interested in making a career as a singer, and not every producer wanted her to croon.
Meera: Alias ‘trouble’. Ask Mahesh Bhatt. She More >
While the superstar had pleaded the court to keep him out of jail for half a year so he could honour his work commitments, MiD DAY discovers that he needs no more than three weeks to wrap up all his pending shoots
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; April 18, 2013)
Sanjay Dutt can afford to let out a huge sigh of relief, knowing that he won’t have to breathe in the stale, confined air of a prison cell for at least another month. The Supreme Court granted the superstar a four- week reprieve yesterday, driving a hard bargain with Dutt, who had sought six months of extended freedom, citing pressing work commitments that he needed to honour. While the basis of Dutt’s plea for a reprieve was the fact that he had films worth a collective Rs 278 crore riding on him, MiD DAY did its own calculations to determine just how pressing, and time- consuming these ‘ work commitments’ are.
Four films featuring Dutt are on the floors at present — P.K. with Aamir Khan under the direction of Rajkumar Hirani, Zanjeer 2.0 with Apoorva Lakhia, Policegiri with KS Ravikumar, and Ungli, a Rensil D’Silva film. A fifth production Sher with director Soham Shah has died a slow death.
In the Zanjeer remake, Dutt reprises the iconic role of Sher Khan that was played by legendary ‘bad man’ Pran in the original.
A source close to the film’s director Apoorva Lakhia told MiD DAY, “We will require a minimum of five to six days with Sanju. Three days will be required to shoot his scenes with actors including Priyanka More >
Bharati Dubey & Swati Deshpande | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; March 31, 2013)
Mumbai: Retired Supreme Court judge Justice Markandey Katju, who was in Mumbai on Saturday, has now drafted another letter addressed to the President seeking more time for Sanjay Dutt and Zaibunisa Kazi to surrender in case the appeal for pardon is not decided soon. They have been granted 28 days to surrender, said the draft, adding that the pardon plea may take longer. Hence Justice Katju felt it is “appropriate that respite may be granted to them so they may not have to go to jail till the pendency of the pardon appeal”.
“The letter will be delivered at the earliest to the authorities,’’ said advocate Majeed Memon, who was with Justice Katju on Saturday when he drafted the letter. Memon has appeared for several accused in the 1993 Bombay bomb blasts case and said that the “spirit behind the appeal is to ensure justice’’. He added that the draft has focused on the powers of the President under Article 72 of the Constitution. The Article grants the President power not only to grant pardon but also to grant respite, reprieve or remission of the sentence. And “respite,’’ said the lawyer, according to its dictionary meaning, is “a short delay permitted before an unpleasant obligation is met or a punishment carried out’’.
Justice Katju was in the city to deliver the Chief Justice M C Chagla Memorial lecture at Mumbai University where he spoke on ‘Ancient Indian Jurisprudence & Modern Jurisprudence’, More >
BOMBAY TIMES (March 23, 2013)
Mahesh Bhatt spent a part of Thursday talking to Sanjay Dutt. Said he, “Sanju is emotionally wrought. He is shattered. I’m not judging him for whatever transpired. As an elder and as a friend of Sunil Dutt, I just want to be there for him. Dutt saab had said to me the first time around when Sanju got himself into trouble — ‘Mahesh, look after my son. Promise me you will be there with him.’”
The filmmaker says that unlike most others who have professional interests vested in Dutt, he only has emotions invested in him and wants him to come out of this tough phase.
Another well-wisher of Sanju is the young rockstar Ranbir Kapoor. The 30-year-old actor and the 53-year-old star are gymnasium buddies and discuss cars, bikes, women, movies and fitness. Ranbir is really fond of Sanju and though the two have a two-decade gap between them, they are very close.
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 23, 2013)
Sanjay Dutt’s apartment in Bandra’s Imperial Heights has seen a steady stream of visitors from the film fraternity. And according to sources, Dutt held a meeting with Rajkumar Hirani, Apoorva Lakhia and Rahul Aggarwal to chalk out the itinerary for the next 30 days—the time frame he has been granted to surrender before court.
A source told Mirror, “Sanjay has assured that he won’t leave their films- PK, Zanjeer 2.0, and Policegiri respectively, in the lurch.” Agarwal needs at least 15 days to finish his schedule, while Hirani and More >
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; March 22, 2013)
Policegiri (Rs 40 crore): A remake of the 2003 Tamil hit film Sammy, the film has Dutt and Prachi Desai in the lead. Directed by K S Ravikumar, it was slated to release on June 14. Ironically, Dutt plays a cop here. The film is being shot at Film City, Goregaon.
P.K. (Rs 100 crore+): This was the third time Dutt was coming together with Rajkumar Hirani and for first time with Aamir Khan. Though Aamir is the main lead, Sanju has a very important role. The first schedule in Rajasthan has just been completed.
Unglee (Rs 50 crore): This was to be Dutt’s third collaboration with Karan Johar’s company after Gumrah and Agneepath. Earlier director Rensil D’Silva had asked his star cast to give him bulk dates for the shoot. He has already finished shooting for his portions.
Zanjeer 2.0 (Rs 45 crore): With this film, Dutt was to reprise the role of Sher Khan that was immortalised by Pran in the original. There are internal fights taking place between producer Amit Mehra and the writers of the original film Salim- Javed and also between the Mehra brothers. Sanju’s portions have apparently already been completed.
Sher (Rs 35 crore): The film stars Dutt along with Vivek Oberoi. Despite 60 per cent of the shoot being completed, the film is currently stalled.
Ghanchakkar: Vidya Balan wanted Dutt to do a special appearance in her next film with Rajkumar Gupta and Emraan Hashmi. His cameo is yet to be shot.
Munnabhai 3 (Rs 100crore): This was to be More >
Dhillin Mehta was wanted in Rajasthan over a case of unpaid dues worth Rs 1.58 crore
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 19, 2013)
The head-honcho of one of Bollywood’s biggest production houses was arrested at the international airport on Wednesday night and whisked away to Jaipur where he had a case of unpaid dues registered against him.
Dhillin Mehta, who heads the now troubled Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd, producers of block-busters like Dabangg, Jab We Met and the Golmaal franchise, was picked up by the Rajasthan police just hours before he was scheduled to board a flight to Dubai.
Mehta, against whom a look-out notice was issued a week back, owes Rs 1.58 crore to Jaipur-based line-producer Surender Kalra for Ashtavinayak’s under-production ‘Sher’ that stars Sanjay Dutt. He was stopped at the immigration and the Rajasthan cops, who were in Mumbai looking for him, were tipped off.
Mehta was flown to Jaipur on an early morning flight and taken to the Jalupura police station, where he was formally arrested. However, before Mehta could be produced in a court for remand, one of the directors of the company had reached Jaipur and paid Kalra Rs 40 lakh in cash and handover post-dated cheques of Rs 80 lakh.
Based on the payments made to Kalra and Mehta’s undertaking that the outstanding would be cleared soon, the magistrate’s court gave him bail. Mehta’s passport, however, was seized.
Mehta’s arrest is a new low in the dipping fortunes of Ashtavinayak. Film More >
Garima Sharma (BOMBAY TIMES; January 10, 2013)
Male models making their way to the big screen is not a recent Bollywood phenomenon. Of late, however, there’s been a certain rise in the number of ramp hotties queuing up to make their 70-mm debut.
We told you last year about Mumbai model Freddy Daruwala, who’s all set to make his debut with the Sanjay Dutt-starrer Sher this year. He will be joined by half-a-dozen colleagues as they all get set to move from ramp to reel.
Models Namit Khanna and Siddhant Chaturvedi will be starring in the comic thriller Bang Bang Bangkok, which is expected to release mid-year. Says Namit, “While good looks help, one has to work hard on acting skills too.” No wonder then that Mumbai model Sahil Shroff, who made his debut in the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Don 2, has shifted to the US for a short-term acting course. We hear he has also found himself an American agent and is looking for international work.
Also, ready for a big break this year is Rohit Bal’s former boyfriend Lalit Tehlan. The Delhi lad has apparently signed a multi-film deal with a production house and that is why he shifted to Mumbai last year. Kabir Singh is another one on the list. With his sharp features, the Delhi boy is eyeing negative roles and we hear he will be signing his first role in a South film in this quarter.
Bangalore model Karan Rao has taken a step further — he turned producer last year with a small film titled Station and is looking to helm more projects More >
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 1, 2012)
Back in ‘action’ with Samy, a leaner and meaner Sanjay Dutt met us at his Bandra residence. Dressed in a white shirt and denims, the actor looked relaxed as he spoke about the one woman who has made his life ‘beautiful’ and production plans easier. Excerpts…
What’s next for Sanjay Dutt Productions? You mentioned talking to Rohit Shetty, Milan Luthria and Prabhu Dheva… Nothing is finalised. They are all very busy. They will work with me when they have the time. As a producer, I am not into the habit of pushing people.
Several younger actors have set up their production houses and doing rather well. What do you think has worked for them and what has been an eye opener for you? There is no eye opener for me. I know one thing – if I turn producer, things are going to move very slowly. And thus, production is handled by my wife. I take care of the creative. She is more corporate like the younger actors. I will just end up spending everything. (He laughs and right then Manyata walks in eliciting a “See, here’s the Boss” from Sanjay. After she leaves, we continue)
Your recent release Son of Sardaar touched the 100 crore mark? Do you associate yourself with numbers? I can’t associate with numbers, though it’s a good feeling. I associate myself with good roles.
But as a producer, you have to think about numbers… That’s where my wife comes in. If I am the producer, all my projects would go way over budget.
How has she More >
BOMBAY TIMES (October 29, 2012)
Considering the importance of godfathers in the industry, it seems Humaima Malick of Pakistan has found hers in Sanjay Dutt. The actress and girlfriend of former Pakistan cricket captain Wasim Akram, who is making her Bollywood debut with Sher, is said to being mentored by Dutt. Not only has he taken her under his wing and is guiding her about work in the Soham Shah directed film, but he’s also advising her on how to go about her career in showbiz. It is also learnt that the actress is mighty impressed with how well Dutt looks after people around him. And considering the way she’s going about her part in the movie, it seems the mentor is no less impressed with his new protégée.
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; September 28, 2012)
If rumours are to be believed, as per traditions Salman Khan will indeed make his appearance at the box office on Eid, 2013. Earlier it was being said that Akshay Kumar would be releasing Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Again without much competition on Eid next year.
However, our sources tell us that Salman and Sohail Khan have now purchased the remake the rights of a south Indian film, which will be released on the festive occasion. However, this is not Sohail’s long-in-the-waiting Sher Khan. A source says, “Salman has had an amazing track record with four back-to-back hits on Eid. The name of the South remake is being kept under wraps till a formal announcement is made.”