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Prithwish Ganguly (BOMBAY TIMES; March 23, 2011) Word has it that Sanjay Dutt’s per day cost to a producer is far more than that of Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan or Salman Khan. Apart from what actors charge for a film, they get a daily fixed sum from a producer for their staff. This includes daily wages for an assistant, driver, hairstylist and makeup artist. In Sanju Baba’s case there’s an entourage and it’s bigger than that of any A-list star.
A producer on condition of anonymity says, “Sanju’s daily staff expenses come to almost 1.5 lakh a day! This is over and above his fee for the film, and it is a lot of money. No one complains because he is much liked in the industry and one is not even sure if Baba is aware of the amount being charged. His manager Dharam Oberoi is the one who collects the sum and distributes it among the team members.”
It is learnt that Dutt’s entourage consists of his Man Friday Mohammed (who charges 60,000 a shift) and he has two assistants, Raju and Vishnu, who do all the work and are paid separately. Then there is his old make-up man Deepak, who needs an assistant and they both receive separate money packets. The hairdresser is either his personal or from stylist Aalim’s studio, whose daily bill is around Rs 20,000 or more. Also he brings his own vanity van for which he charges Rs 20,000 (most actors who own vans use their own, and charge the producer) and finally the driver’s daily packet. Sanju comes More >
Yaana Gupta was thrown out of at an award function over a dispute with organisers about costumes
Kathika Kandpal (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 07, 2011)
Not long ago, Yaana Gupta was in the news for appearing at an event panty-less. Yet again, the drop-dead diva has come into the media spotlight over a costume dispute!
Gupta was supposed to perform at an award function that was to honour women. Shashi Ranjan, the organiser of the award ceremony, said, “Yaana was to perform at the award function, on February 7th, in Delhi.
During her rehearsals too she would throw a lot of tantrums. On 6th morning, the whole crew was to fly down to Delhi, for the award function and on the 5th night, Yaana refused to wear the costume designed by the designer assigned by us.
She wanted us to hire her designer and pay him Rs. 40,000. Not only this, she asked us to pay Rs. 20,000 to her staff as well. Just a day before we were supposed to fly to Delhi, she issued this like a threat, thinking I would give in to her demands.
This was very unprofessional on her behalf. If it was a genuine complaint, I definitely would have taken care. But this kind of attitude I have never yielded to.
So I asked her to leave. We had booked everything for her stay in Delhi, but now we have to replace her. TV actress, Jasvir Kaur, will now perform instead of her.”
Gupta’s spokesperson said, “This is to clarify that Yaana has not backed out of the show at all. There was an issue with the costume More >
Is Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai about him or not? Read this life-sketch of the legendary smuggler and check for yourself
Deeptiman Tiwary and Abhijit Sathe (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 23, 2010)
For Bollywood scriptwriters who tend to seek inspiration from the underworld, Haji Mastan would be hard to resist. Movies like Deewar and Mukkadar Ka Sikandar were loosely based on the life of this smuggler.
As Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai is all set to release next week – with a disclaimer as directed by court - we put together the stories from the life behind the legend.
Contrary to his eulogised figure in movies, Mastan was no dreaded don or gangster. He had never killed a man or shot a bullet in his entire life. He was merely a smuggler with money and connections. What turned him into our Don Corleone was his penchant for exhibition - of power in Robin Hood style and of luxury in the company of the glamour world.Haji Mastan with Sona, a starlet he fancied, financed movies for and later married
Haji Mastan was born Mastan Haider Mirza on March 1, 1926 in Panaikulam village near Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu.
His father, an impoverished farmer, migrated to Mumbai with Mastan in 1934. They ran a small cycle-repair shop near Crawford Market that barely fed the family.
As Mastan toiled through the day at the shop, Mumbai’s cruel wealth whizzed past him in luxury cars and beamed through the posters of art-deco film theatres. No wonder, he started nursing More >
To avoid love, sex aur dhoka in his life, the director of Fashion, who was once embroiled in a nasty casting couch scandal, has installed CCTV cameras at work
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 17, 2010) MADHUR BHANDARKAR
Clearly, Preeti’s accusation still haunts the National Award-winning filmmaker.
A source close to Bhandarkar told Mumbai Mirror, “It was Madhur’s idea to install a surveillance camera system in his office. After he turned producer with Fashion, a lot of ambitious girls have been coming to his office asking for roles in his forthcoming projects. The number of such aspirants knocking at his office has increased and Madhur wants all meetings in his office to be very transparent. He wants to rule out the possibility of any unpleasant accusations against him in the future.”
A visit to Bhandarkar’s office yesterday afternoon established the story. There are three surveillance cameras installed in his office premises. The entire installment required 12 days. While one camera has been installed at the reception, the second one is installed in the room where he conducts all his interviews, and the third one is fixed in the room where he auditions aspirants. This must be the most videotaped room in Bollywood.Above, Bhandarkar in his office; (below) the camera spies on the inside room
Even Bhandarkar’s staff is very happy about this development in their premises. The video surveillance, which is done through a big More >
Vidya Balan is getting used to being addressed as such, thanks to her role in Paa
By Mumbai Mirror Bureau (April 09, 2010)
Success has many by-products and in Vidya Balan’s case it is unceasing attention and admiration. After her brilliant performance in Paa and Ishqiya towards the latter end of the year, she is besieged by autograph hunters wherever she goes.
Recently, on an early morning flight to Delhi which she slept through, she having the remarkable ability to sleep for long lengths on flights (she once slept for 16 hours on an 18-hour flight), she alighted in Delhi to a lot of attention.
And while families crowded to get pictures clicked with her, one harassed father was heard explaining to his curious tot that she was “Paa ki maa”. The comment sent Vidya into giggles which she tried hard to restrain every time someone clicked.
But obviously she was not going to be allowed to keep a straight face. A huge group of men decided they wanted to pose individually with her and each time someone would attempt to use the lone camera they had between them, the owner of the camera would shout, “Press the white button”.
When this had gone on for some time, Vidya couldn’t help muttering, “By now the whole airport must know that it is the white button that needs to be pressed.” Luckily her staff and her luggage appeared then and rescued her from what was threatening to become a deluge of fans”.
Mumbai can be an intensely time consuming city to commute in, and even the stars need to find creative solutions to get around. Neil Nitin Mukesh did the smart thing and simply moved out of his Napean Sea Road apartment to his own pad in Powai. And his mommy is helping him settle in, since he is going to be living on his own.
He has decided to move to Powai as he starts shooting for a Yash Raj production, directed by Pradeep Sarkar and starring Deepika Padukone. The location is Chandivali studio and the move to the suburbs saves him four hours of travelling time.
Neil confirmed the news and said, “Yes, it’s fun to be in this house as it used to be our holiday home. I have come to this house after ten years and it holds many pleasant memories for me. My mom cleaned it yesterday afternoon and we both went grocery shopping at Hiranandani. All the grocers were very welcoming and surprised to see me here. It was fun shopping with mom as she wants to stock up for my move into this house.”
Living alone is usually a growing up experience, but Neil will probably be fussed over. He said, “I am saving around four hours of travelling time from town to Powai and it’s a great relief. I am going to stay alone here, but knowing my parents, they will surely come down every week to check up on how I am doing, although I have my entire More >
The trailer of Ishqiya, which has a splattering of foul language and has an A certficate, is being shown in many theatres along with Ken Ghosh’s latest film Chance pe Dance, which has a U certificate.
The language has made movie going families cringe. Says a source, “Chance pe Dance draws a lot of kids to the theatres. Naturally, their parents are very upset about them seeing promos liberally peppered with abusive language. They may not have minded it if the trailer was the same which is being shown on television, because that version does not have cuss words.”
Explaining why Ishqiya had two trailers, one for theatres and the other for television, Censor Board Regional Officer Vinayak Azad said, “We can’t have a promo with filthy language being shown in the drawing rooms. We have a sense of responsibility.”Ishqiya
But can action be taken for screening the less palatable trailer during Chance pe Dance? Azad said emphatically, “No theatre is supposed to show the theatrical trailer of Ishqiya in a U or even a U/A movie. That trailer is permitted for screening only in an A film. It’s a complete violation of the act. The police can take action.”
However, Azad said that he is not sure if the producers of Ishqiya (Vishal Bhardwaj and Shemaroo) or Chance pe Dance (UTV) can be blamed for this. More >
When Anushka Sharma green-lighted Nikhil Advani’s Patiala House opposite Akshay Kumar, the trade thought she had flown the coop. It was assumed that she was no longer controlled by Aditya Chopra, her mentor.
But reliable trade sources say that Adi still takes an active interest in his protégée’s career.
Both Tarika Singh, who looks after Anushka’s media relations and endorsement work, and John, who looks after her film interests, have been appointed by Yash Raj. Both these managers are reportedly expected to get the approval of Yash Raj (preferably Adi’s) before they say yes to any film.
Anushka has clearly maintained that she is eternally grateful to Adi for launching her in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. While she has categorically stated that she is too professional to give away the script of an outside banner to Adi before she approves of it, Anushka is happy that her godfather continues to take an active interest in her career. She has said, “I know if I ever want any career advice, Adi sir will always be there for me.”
Grapevine now has it that after her second assignment for Yash Raj, directed by Parmeet Sethi, the Rab Ne… girl will be contractually left with one more film for the banner that introduced her to Bollywood. However, she is free to sign any More >
Amitabh Bachchan has expressed a desire to try his hand at farming someday. So has Aamir Khan. However, both of them have been beaten by Ajay Devgan.
Ajay has six film releases in 2010 but one would never have guessed that besides acting what gets the actor’s adrenaline pumping is farming.
// // // His close associates say that the actor, who spends weekends at his Karjat farm house, has, for the last three years, been actively involved in farming.
On his 28-acre Devgan Farms, he is said to have approximately 4500 papaya trees, 2500 banana trees, 500-odd bora (green berries) trees, and he also has kesar and hapoos mango orchards.
News has it that for the last three seasons, the Devgan Farm mangoes have been winning the Best Mango prize at the Raigad Zilla Mango Competition.
Confirming the news Ajay says, “Well, I’ve always been keen on organic farming. We grow our own vegetables like brinjals (egg plant), ladies finger (bhendi), raddish (mooli) and even fresh tomatoes. If I’m not in Karjat, the vegetables are sent to me at my Juhu home. While I’m not involved in the day-to-day supervision of the farm (I have a full-fledged staff caring for it), I keep myself abreast with what happens here.” He is happy that Karjat, in recent years, has been getting enough water for irrigation. And, he is also aware of which is the best season for the More >
Rise and shine. 3 Idiots is luring you to the multiplexes for a 6am show with free chai and biscuitsBy Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 23, 2009)
This Christmas morning if you manage to wedge your eyes open by four am, try and make it for 3 Idiots at the multiplexes, which are screening the movie at six in the morning! For all your efforts, Aamir Khan and Co have even decided to give you free chai and biscuits.
Considering that 2009 hasn’t paid off for most films, everyone is putting their money on the Aamir Khan-starrer. In fact, only two films have broken box-office records – Salman Khan’s Wanted and the Ranbir-Katrina starrer, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani. 3 Idiots hits the theatres on Friday and everyone seems upbeat about it.3 Idiots
Devang Sampat, Senior VP, Cinemax India Ltd, says, “There is often scope for a 6am show. There are many morning walkers and call centre employees who flock to the theatres at that time of the day. But we are doing it for the first time because there is a good demand for the tickets.” How many people watch movies after a sweaty morning jog is debatable, but it seems like nothing can dampen the festive mood.
Aditya Shroff, Asst VP Programming & Corporate Sales, Fame India Ltd, is geared to splash the movie across as many screens as possible. He says, “As we start early, we can accommodate more number of shows. We will have 37 shows spread over seven screens every day in Fame Malad. This would be the highest More >