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Ajay Devgn offers support to the producer for her Eid release which is clashing with Chennai Express
Upala KBR (DNA; May 11, 2013)
Last Diwali Ajay Devgn and Shah Rukh Khan clashed at the box-office. This year, Akshay Kumar and SRK are coming together on Eid day with their films Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again and Chennai Express. Battle lines are drawn and everyone is expected to take sides, or stay neutral, because there is just too much at stake.
The industry may claim that they are one big happy family but it’s war when two big banner films with big stars release on the same day, as it was proven last year when Jab Tak Hain Jaan clashed with Son Of Sardaar. Ajay is still smarting from the experience as he felt that he was cheated of a decent release because of Yash Raj Films monopoly (see box). He filed a case against YRF for Unfair Trade Practices that he is still fighting.
When Ajay saw that the same thing was happening to Ekta, he called her and offered her his unconditional support. He said he would fight on her behalf and promote the film. Whatever she needed in terms of support, he would be there for her. A source reveals, “When Ajay heard that Ekta too was being subjected to the same tactics as Ajay with her film OUATIM 2 by UTV, he called up Ekta in front of the UTV executives and asked her if she needed any help. Reportedly, UTV told all single screen theatre owners that if they want to screen Himmatwala, they would have to dedicate four shows in a day to More >
BOMBAY TIMES (April 12, 2013)
Sonakshi Sinha has one Khan — Salman (Dabangg) Khan — on her side most often. But Salman’s bête noire Shah Rukh Khan and she are star-crossed. A trade source made an interesting observation on how SRK and Sona are getting ready for their second face-off at the box office.
Last Diwali, Sonakshi was the leading lady of Son Of Sardaar that clashed with Shah Rukh’s Jab Tak Hai Jaan. As if that wasn’t enough, this Ramzan Eid, Sona’s Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again is all set to clash with SRK’s Chennai Express.
One hears the actress is perturbed about the fact that she’s in the eye of the storm — obviously, by default. Like other girls in B-Town, she too wants to do a movie with SRK and not be clashing with him.
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; March 28, 2013)
Ajay Devgn, who turns 43 on April 2, is your quintessential Bollywood machismo symbol. He’s firmly ensconced in the Hindi cinema hierarchy — alongside the Khans — with a neat track record of some 100-crore hits and some piddly misses.This Son Of Sardaar balances his cinematic choices, with mainstream masala (Himmatwala) and the sensitive (Satyagraha). And he will always speak his mind, no matter what the consequences are.So we ask:
What’s this obsession with alpha male titles — Singham, Son Of Sardaar, Himmatwala… Well, it’s only a happy coincidence that when filmmakers register these ‘macho’ titles, they come in my direction. There is nothing to prove. I have maintained that the Bollywood box office clearly knows the difference between the boys and the men. It’s not because I’m in my 40s that I’m saying so. If you look closely, you will see that it’s the 40-plus actors who are ruling the roost. (Laughs and adds) And anyway, there are only few actors with whom you can make Himmatwala. With others, it will probably have to be Himmatwali.
Jokes apart, you seem obsessed with the macho image. Frankly, actors do not court images. It’s the media that is busy trying to give us slots. Someone is a chocolate boy, romantic; someone is the action king and so on. I don’t wish to be button-holed. But you could say that I’m more suited for macho roles than I am for romantic ones. That doesn’t mean I can’t succeed at romance. One of my biggest More >
From being one of Bollywood’s heavyweights raking in Rs 3-5 crore per film, to a prisoner labouring in a small-scale unit for Rs 25 to Rs 40 every day ( depending on the skills he masters), Sanjay Dutt’s life is set to take a drastic turn for the worse.
Vinod Kumar Menon (MID-DAY; March 22, 2013)
OF all the roles that he essayed in his long and illustrious career in Bollywood, that of a jail convict was perhaps one that Sanjay Dutt least wanted to enact in real life. The superstar’s conviction under the Arms Act has brought about a dramatic reversal in his fortunes: Dutt (53), who has an average asking price of Rs 3- 5 crore per film, will now earn approximately Rs 25 per day for the first six months of his stay in prison. This would make the millionaire’s earnings decelerate to almost a screeching halt, to Rs 650 a month.
Dutt, apart from having several films on the floor, was also endorsing several products. Taken together, these ratcheted up his annual income to a dizzying Rs 20 crore. In sharp contrast, Dutt’s yearly income in course of his jail stay won’t be over Rs 10,000 — and this, after he sweats it out, labouring in the small- scale unit in the central jail.
A senior jail official said, “Dutt will have to surrender before the TADA court in Mumbai on completion of four weeks, as per the apex court’s order. He can then file a review petition. If the apex court does not grant him bail during the hearing of the review petition, then Dutt will be taken to Arthur Road More >
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; March 18, 2013)
The industry was divided in opinion during the big bad war at the box office on Diwali between Shah Rukh Khan’s Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Ajay Devgn’s Son Of Sardaar. And it’s going to be quite a déjà vu moment once again this Eid, when SRK’s Chennai Express clashes with Akshay Kumar’s Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again.
Incidentally, caught in the crossfire this time is Ajay Devgn. Last year Devgn had found himself allegedly being cornered by the Yash Raj Studios in a bid to secure the highest number of film screens. This time, the actor is part of producer Vashu Bhagnani and UTV’s next Himmatwala.
If rumours are to be believed, UTV Motion Pictures have asked exhibitors to block the same chain of theatres for SRK starrer Chennai Express as Devgn’s film. Naturally, the exhibitors find themselves in a soup yet again as while Chennai Express is a big-ticket SRK starrer, Akshay Kumar ( in Once Upon A Time in Mumbai Again) is also a big name to reckon with.
The clash of titans
This Eid will witness two Bollywood bigwigs — SRK and Akshay — pitted against each other at the box office.
While both are not known to be exactly best friends, there has not been any major fall- out between the two.
A source says, “Akshay was within inches of dethroning SRK from the number one position before Chandni Chowk To China happened. The period saw both the superstars trying to outdo each other. Akshay had a string of flops post that, only to strike back last More >
UTV clubs Himmatwala and Chennai Express for single-screen theatres in a bid to edge out Akshay’s Once Upon a Time
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 14, 2013)
The day Shah Rukh Khan announced that Chennai Express will release on Eid (August 8) alongside Akshay Kumar’s Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again, the countdown to a full-blown war between the two stars had begun.
It is round one, and producer UTV of Chennai Express has decided to employ the same tactic as Yash Raj allegedly did last year with Jab Tak Hai Jaan.
Readers may recall, Yash Chopra’s swan song had hit the theatres on the same day as Viacom18’s Son Of Sardaar, whose producer Ajay Devgn had complained to the Competition Commission of India (CCI) saying YRF had violated competition rules by forcing a bundle deal on theatre owners (Ek Tha Tiger and Jab Tak…). CCI had dismissed Devgn’s complaint. Ironically, this time, UTV is firing from Devgn’s shoulder.
It goes like this: UTV has sounded out single-screen theatre owners that if they want to buy Devgn’s Himmatwala, which is releasing on March 27, and is essentially a singlescreen film, they will have to devote all four shows to Chennai Express as well.
Confirming the development, Pinky Badlani of Kasturba Cinema (Malad) told Mirror, “YRF has set the trend. Now, UTV is doing it. It seems they just want to kill the prospects of Once Upon A Time….” Vinay Choksi of Maratha Mandir-Gaiety-Galaxy echoed his sentiments while Kalpesh of Diamond (Borivli) too More >
NR Pachisia will be remaking two superhits with Puri Jagannadh this year
Hiren Kotwani (BOMBAY TIMES; March 11, 2013)
After the success of Son Of Sardaar (SOS) with Ajay Devgn, producer NR Pachisia (right) is planning to make two films this year. South director Puri Jagannadh will helm both the projects. For the uninitiated, Jagannadh is the director of Telugu super hit Pokiri (2006), which starred Mahesh Babu (the movie was remade in Hindi as Wanted with Salman Khan). He has also directed Amitabh Bachchan in Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap (2011).
With Pachisia, Jagannadh is remaking one of his cult films, which had become a huge hit in four South Indian languages. The team will also remake Malayalam sleeper hit Rajamanikyam (2005), which starred Mammootty, under the banner of Vishant Audio Visuals Pvt. Ltd. Excerpts from an interview with Pachisia.
Has SOS strengthened your faith in remakes? More than faith, it’s about likes and dislikes. If I don’t really like a subject, I won’t be able to make a film with conviction. When I met Puri to discuss the kind of films we could collaborate on, he suggested this ‘cult’ film. I liked the subject and so, we locked it in.
And why a remake of Rajamanikyam? Sometimes, things fall into place perfectly. Rajamanikyam is one of the highest earners starring Mammootty. You can never tell what will work at the box office and what won’t. At times, you feel edgy; ki kaise hoga. I haven’t done many remakes. Years ago, I did Khuddar with Govinda. More >
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; March 9, 2013)
Sanjay Dutt, 53, has personally and professionally been there, done that and done that again. His parents, Nargis and Sunil Dutt, were world famous and have left behind a legacy in arts, politics and society that is unparalleled. Despite the innumerable hiccups Sanju ‘baba’ (as he is still referred to) has faced, be it his tryst with drugs or his incarceration on more serious charges, he remains rock-solid as an actor and as a person. In his 32 years as an actor, he has done rock-solid work with top-notch makers like Rajkumar Hirani, Feroz Khan and Subhash Ghai amongst others.
Today, Sanju is in a transition phase in cinema, having moved on from the leading man to more meaty characters. Excerpts from a chat with the superstar, who prefers to speak less and nod more.
Any more Kancha Cheena (Agneepath) or Billu Bhaisaab (Son Of Sardaar) like characters in your current lot of films? I wish there were more such challenges written for me. I salute Karan Malhotra for giving the Agneepath villain Kancha Cheena such a unique dimension and making it one of the most memorable bad guys of our time. I also thank Ajay Devgn for giving me Billu Bhaisaab. He was pivotal to the SOS plot. I thoroughly enjoyed Agneepath and SOS and I’m glad both these films made commendable profits.
You have outgrown the typical Hindi cinema hero roles, right? Yes, of course I have. If you have sung songs and danced for three decades… you automatically get into More >
Arjan Bajwa is back doing Telugu films as he waits for his B-Town offers to take shape
Shaheen Parkar (MID-DAY; February 5, 2013)
Arjan Bajwa is once again Southwards bound. The actor, who began with Telugu films, is best remembered in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Fashion in which he acted opposite Priyanka Chopra.
He is presently working in two Telugu projects — M S Raju’s film with Trisha and Prem Arya’s film with Priyamani.
Though he terms it as a stopgap arrangement to shift to the South, the actor was unable to cash in on Fashion. He admits, “Madhur Sir gave me the best break of my career. I am presently in talks for some Hindi film.
It’s just that I had time on hand so when the offers for the South films came I took it on.” He opines, “ Acting is acting be it a Hindi film or a South film.” After Fashion, Arjan did forgettable films like Hide N Seek, Tell Me O Kkhuda and Lanka. He also featured in last year’s Diwali release Son Of Sardaar. Arjan played grey characters in his earlier films like Crook and Guru.
He says, “Grey characters too have scope for performance.” Buzz was that he was to feature in Bhushan Patel’s upcoming thriller with Sunny Leone but things did not work out.
BOMBAY TIMES (January 23, 2013)
With a number of films lined up this year and filmmakers like K S Ravi Kumar, Rajkumar Hirani, Rensil D’Silva and Apoorva Lakhia offering him interesting roles, Sanjay Dutt is on a high. Excerpts from a chat…
Last year, you were part of two super grossers — Son Of Sardaar and Agneepath. Industry is abuzz with talks that you are the actor to watch out for this year too… I don’t know what people are talking about, but I am fortunate to be doing some good films and roles this year.
Filmmakers vouch for your professionalism… I work with people I’m comfortable with and vice-versa. For me, the equation I share with my producers and directors is the most important factor.
We hear you have become health-conscious and have gone off alcohol… I have realised that apart from financially supporting my family, I need to invest in my health, so that I can always be there for them. I have a crazy schedule in 2013. But obviously, health and family come first.
After playing Kancha in Agneepath last year, people are talking about your character Sher Khan in the Zanjeer remake… Pran uncle had made the character iconic in the original one. I’m honoured to play the part now. I hope people like and appreciate Sher Khan as much as they liked Kancha.
Marriage to Manyata and the birth of your twins have converted you into a complete family man… It happened a little late in life, but it has happened for the best. I am in a happy space as far as my family and career More >