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Censor Board proposes formation of a separate committee to decide TV viewing of objectionable movies
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 6, 2012)
For quite some time now, the film industry has been battling the decision by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to stop re-certifying Arated films for the purpose of small screen viewing.
This newspaper had reported (Aug 25) how the censor board decision led to a furore with movies piling up, awaiting CBFC clearance. These included the likes of Delhi Belly, Gangs of Wasseypur (1 and 2) and Hate Story.
What made matters worse was that the satellite rights of many of these wait-listed films had already been sold to the broadcasters. Top producers pointed out this would adversely affect the economics of the film industry. Especially because nearly 40 per cent of a film’s total profit comes from its satellite rights alone.
We had also reported (Sep 1) at this point that the Information & Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry stepped in to engineer an interim solution meant to save the industry tens of crores of rupees over satellite rights of every film.
The I&B Ministry asked the censor board to continue pruning films for TV viewing until such time suitable amendments are made to the Cable Television Act.
The latest though is that the CBFC, unable to take anymore flak from producers for cutting their films, took the initiative and recently called for a high-level meeting with senior members of the industry to find a long-term More >
In the wake of 3D format films not doing well at the box office, the filmmakers have scrapped their plans to convert the film into 3D
Vickey Lalwani and Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 15, 2012)
While it was originally announced that Shirish Kunder’s Joker would be shot in 3D, Mirror has learnt of a change in plan. Earlier this week, it was decided the film starring Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha and Minissha Lamba and produced by Studios-Disney UTV would be in the regular 2D format.
Shirish Kunder confirmed the news and added, “The initial plan was for Joker to be the first 3D film with a big star. But that USP doesn’t hold anymore. Taking into account the recent responses to 2D versus 3D ventures, we decided to reach out to a wider audience.” Siddharth Roy Kapoor, MD, Studios-Disney UTV, said, “For a movie featuring a superstar (read: Akshay), the draw is more the star power and the content. We have seen this in case of many films over the past year that have clicked at the BO more for the film itself rather than the incremental business from 3D screens. Given this experience, we took a collective decision with Akshay, Shirish and his wife Farah Khan to complete Joker in the regular 2D format only.”
Apparently, 3D still has a long way to go in India. Even Rakesh Roshan, who had earlier envisaged converting Krrish 3′s 2D format into 3D told Mirror, “We shall take a decision in this regard only when we complete the entire shoot. Whether to incorporate 3D or not More >
PTI (MID-DAY; May 12, 2012)
National award winning actress Vidya Balan has finally come out about her relationship with major production company head Siddharth Roy Kapoor but says she is in no hurry to get married to him.
“I don’t have any plans yet… and there is no engagement ring yet. It’s a while away and I am in no hurry. But it’s on my mind and there is a plan at some point. There is someone in my life,” Vidya told in an interview.
When asked whether she is dating the UTV movies honcho, Vidya said, “I will admit that I am dating him but not beyond that.”
‘The Dirty Picture’ star, 34, who has been recently appointed as a Bollywood Ambassador of Victoria, was here to promote the Indian Film Festival in Melbourne commencing from June 11.
Asked about her take on Rakhi Sawant’s claim to appear as a better lead role in a Bengali version of ‘The Dirty Picture’, Vidya said, “I did my best and I am sure if she (Rakhi) brings her own originality to the portrayal of Silk, it will be great and I will be more than happy to watch her.”
Clad in beautiful white saree with black embroidered border, Vidya admitted that she was a bit apprehensive about how her parents would react to her portrayal of South siren Silk Smitha in the film.
“I was finally relieved after my father came during the interval and said that he could only see Silk rather than Vidya. There is no bigger compliment for me than that,” she said.
‘The Dirty Picture’ was a life time opportunity for me as an actress. It More >
Impatient to get Dharma Productions on his resume, Shahid Kapoor convinces UTV to rope in a co-producer
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 21, 2012)
Opportunity knocks at your door just once, they say. However, for Shahid Kapoor, a chance to work with Dharma Productions has presented itself not once but thrice. The actor, who couldn’t work in Karan Johar’s Kaal in 2005 had to wait seven years to be offered another film from the production house. Sadly, due to date issues, the actor had to opt out of the Punit Malhotra directorial as well. Shahid had then said, “I hope it doesn’t take us another seven years to work again.” And thankfully, his wish has just come true albeit with a little prodding by the actor himself.
Mumbai Mirror has learnt that Shahid, after KJo’s production fell through, was approached by Siddharth Roy Kapoor for the Hindi remake of the Tamil blockbuster Vettai. Seizing this opportunity, the actor asked the UTV head to get Karan Johar to coproduce the venture, which will finally add the much-coveted ‘Dharma film’ to his resume.
This managed to magically fix Karan Johar’s problems – Firstly, the filmmaker without having to upset his other productions or Punit Malhotra got a project with Shahid. Also, he got a big film like Vettai in his kitty without having to fight for its remake rights (since Siddharth Roy Kapoor already had it in place). And lastly, he did not have to make Shahid wait for another seven years. Perhaps for the first time, tinsel More >
Vidya Balan on her relationship with Siddharth Roy Kapoor
Amrita Mulchandani (BOMBAY TIMES; November 24, 2011)
Vidya Balan has never spoken about her relationship with Siddharth Roy Kapoor. They began dating on the sets of No One Killed Jessica and have been seeing each other since. They are serious about their relationship and it is inevitable that they will tie the knot eventually. However they haven’t spoken about their relationship at all. The actress was in Ahmedabad recently to promote her upcoming film where she dropped her guard. When asked about wedding bells in the near future, she said, “Why are you in a hurry? I’ll be happy to get married. But at the moment I am enjoying my courtship period.” When asked to describe her relationship in one word the actress got coy, “Undhiyu is the word that describes our relationship — tasty, sweet, spicy and salty. It has everything,” she blushed.
While Vidya plays Abhishek’s wife in Dum Maaro Dum, Ash, the original choice for the role, chooses to be his wife strictly off-screen
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 18, 2011)
For all those who are still wondering whether Vidya Balan is a part of Rohan Sippy’s Dum Maaro Dum, the news is that the Paa actress in indeed a part of the forthcoming film. In fact, UTV CEO Siddharth Roy Kapoor’s girlfriend, Balan will be seen essaying the role of Abhishek Bachchan’s wife.
However, what is interesting is that, according to industry insiders, initially, Jr Bachchan’s real life wife Aishwarya Rai was approached for the same role.
A source close to the film told us, “Vidya has a very significant cameo in the film, but she was definitely not the first choice to play Abhishek’s wife. Rohan and producer Fox Star Studios wanted Aishwarya but somehow things didn’t work out.”
The question that still remains unanswered, however is why or rather how did Vidya come to replace Ash when both the director and the producer wanted otherwise? A leading English daily, on April 2, 2011 had reported how Ash was offered the role of Sarah Jane Dias in Game initially. Evidently, for reasons unknown, Mrs Jr Bachchan had been unable to take up that offer.
When we asked director Rohan Sippy the reason behind Vidya doing the film despite Ash being the first choice, he replied with a message, saying, “Vidya was gracious enough to do my film.”
However, going with More >
By Subhash K. Jha, March 31, 2011 – 11:17 IST
Ranbir Kapoor started shooting with Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz for Anurag Basu’s Burfi from March 15…finally! But after much deliberation, alteration and revision in the original concept.
Interestingly the principal actors and the director, not to mention the film’s producer, all need to get themselves and their screen images out of the depressive zone. Anurag Basu’s last film Kites was not only a box-office turkey, it also showed the lead pair committing suicide at the end of the film. Audiences rejected Anurag’s direful dedication to that thing they call love.
Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra’s last outing together was the mega-fiasco Anjaana Anjaani in which both played suicidal souls jumping off bridges, putting plastic bags on their faces, popping pills and seeking every possible means of ending their lives. Understandably the film had anything but a happy ending at the box-office.
Now in Burfi, Ranbir plays a deaf and mute character while Priyanka plays a mentally challenged girl. Not a very happy situation to be in, when your last film about depressed characters has been rejected at the box-office.
Not surprisingly, director Anurag Basu is making Burfi a positive life-asserting film with plenty of humour, music, dancing and singing. Basu has been holed up for some months concentrating on instilling a positivity and laughter into the script.
To begin with, the title of the film was changed from the More >
By Subhash K. Jha, March 30, 2011 – 11:25 IST
All roads on Wednesday would lead to Mohali for the World Cup match between India and Pakistan.
So, UTV, the producers of the new much talked-about under-production film Burfi, realized when their crucial first stint of shooting in Mumbai ground to a halt, albeit sportingly, on the insistence of the principal cast Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra and the self-confessed cricket fanatic, director Anurag Basu.
Simply put the team refused to shoot on the day when one of the most important cricket matches was being played. In fact Anurag Basu who was manoeuvring some truly tense sequences between his lead pair, went even further. He persuaded the shooting to be cancelled on Wednesday, decided to fly down to Mohali for one day, and fly back in time to resume shooting on Thursday.
Says a source very close to the unit, “It was Anurag who triggered off this whole cricket fever during the first spell off Burfi. The first thing he wanted to know when the schedule started was if the television in his van worked, since he didn’t want to miss any of the World Cup matches. This kind of engineered a cricket fever in Ranbir and Priyanka too. They too made sure their television sets were on the play mode. Every time a shot finished Anurag, Ranbir and Priyanka fled to their vans to catch the matches. We don’t know how they did those emotionally-charged scenes when they had cricket on their minds.”
Finally when the Indo-Pak match More >
By Subhash K. Jha, March 26, 2011 – 12:49 IST
If anyone thought they could catch Priyanka Chopra playing a mentally challenged girl in Anurag Basu’s Barfi, they are in for a disappointment. Priyanka is much too nervous to perform in front of onlookers. She has made it clear she needs optimum privacy for this part. For an actress who has braved through the toughest sequences of love-making and violence in Saat Khoon Maaf in the presence of a full crew, this need for seclusion is a startling departure from the norm.
But this is no ordinary role of a mentally challenged girl. Priyanka took extra time to prepare. Those close to her say she has been withdrawn tense and edgy for the last two weeks.
Says Priyanka’s business manager, “She has been tense lately. She has not been going out or entertaining friends.”
The pall of silence apparently fell on Priyanka after she began meeting people suffering from the mental condition that her character in Barfi suffers from. Says a source from the team, “It freaked Priyanka out. She simply stopped meeting her friends. She first had to digest the enormity of the mental condition and then understand how to project it without seeming to act.”
Most of her recent roles have required Priyanka to get into an aggressively performing mould for the camera. For Barfi she needs to go the other way. Says the source from Burfi, “She needs to look like she is not acting. That is the brief from Anurag Basu.”
No one will be allowed on the set More >
The battle between Salman’s exes for this role is over
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 10, 2011)
And the winner of the battle of Salman Khan’s exes to play Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine, is none other than Aishwarya Rai.
After a report carried by Mumbai Mirror on March 8 titled, “Battle of Sallu’s Exes in Plum Roles” as to who would play the life of a heroine who has passed her prime in her career but refuses to believe that she is no longer in the limelight, Bhandarkar finally zeroed down on Aishwarya.
Madhur has already met Aishwarya along with his producer Siddharth Roy Kapoor. She, apparently, loved the subject and rest of the modalities are still in the process of being worked out.
After Kareena Kapoor refused to do the film as she was uncomfortable doing the intimate scenes, there were strong rumours that the film might star Katrina Kaif or Aishwarya Rai, both Sallu’s Our source said, “Madhur Bhandarkar is known for his realistic cinema and has been fairly successful at that.
He had finalised Kareena Kapoor for the lead role of Heroine however Kareena had some reservations about the love making scenes and she opted out of the film. Ever since there has been speculations that who will star in the film.
Recently there were talks that Madhur is speaking to both Katrina and Aishwarya Rai for the film but it is Aishwarya Rai who was always on the director’s mind. Madhur has also reworked on the script to suit Aishwarya Rai as it has been a More >