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BOMBAY TIMES (May 20, 2013)
Taare Zameen Par star Darsheel Safary has scored 84 per cent in his board exams. He has decided take up commerce as a subject for his graduation and he also intends to continue acting.
He says, “I love acting and I also know it is going to come in the way of my studies. Out of curiosity, my friends do ask me who I am shooting with, but that’s fine with me. I am a normal person. I will attend all lectures, go for social gatherings and participate in extra curricular activities too.’’
Darsheel is hoping to get admission in a South Mumbai commerce college.
Prasoon Joshi, lyrics writer and ad-man, recently unveiled his third book, Sunshine Lanes. The creative powerhouse talks about the craft of writing and the state of lyrics in Hindi films
Itee Sharma (MID-DAY; February 3, 2013)
What prompted you to bring out Sunshine Lanes, an anthology of your poems? In the book, I have included the song lyrics that I have penned for films as well as those inspired by incidents such as the Delhi rape case. The reason for bringing out this compilation is that some of my very good work didn’t get noticed because the films weren’t promoted well.
You are the chairman of a company as well as a lyrics writer in Bollywood. How do you manage two jobs? If I wasn’t into advertising, it would have been difficult for me to run my house. You can’t survive on poetry. In Bollywood, I only do projects I am really excited about like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Satyagraha. In advertising, ideas matter and I am a man of ideas.
I believe your first book was at the age of 17? At 17, one has an impressionable mind and I was influenced a lot by Frederick Nietzsche who was a radical thinker.
How did a corporate person like you get into Bollywood? I don’t come from a Bollywood family and film songs were not a part of my diet. Writing songs happened by accident. After I wrote the lyrics for Shubha Mudgal and Silk Route, I started getting calls from Bollywood. Maybe there was a divine intervention that I started writing songs. I am rhythmic and lyrical by nature.
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The actor wants to pick his directorial comeback from a long list of no less than 30 scripts
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 12, 2013)
Aamir Khan, who had flexed his directorial muscles in Taare Zameen Par, is itching to reprise his cherished role. We have learnt that the actor, who is busy with Dhoom 3 and will start on Rajkumar Hirani’s P.K. after that, is already scouting for the right script.
A source close to the star revealed to Mirror that Aamir is conducting meetings with scriptwriters, and sitting for narrations at his Santacruz office. “He has made it clear that he needs at least 30 scripts on his table by the time he wraps up Peekay. He will shortlist a few from there, before picking on the one that he thinks will do justice to his directorial skills,” said the source.
Aamir, the meticulous filmmaker that he is, is not willing to take chances with his directorial comeback. “He has made it clear that he is open to films from all genres, and budget is certainly not a constraint. But the script has to pass through several layers of checks before he greenlights it,” added the source.
To be produced by Aamir’s production house, the film is expected to go on the floors next year. “Unlike Taare Zameen Par, in which he stepped in after creative difference with Amole Gupte, this film will be Aamir’s baby from the word go. Hence there is a huge premium attached to it,” said a source close to the developments. As of now, the actor is busy wrapping up Dhoom 3, More >
JAB TAK HAI JAAN V/S SON OF SARDAAR!
The battle lines are drawn. In fact, after Welcome-Taare Zameen Par (TZP) clash (Dec 2007), this has to be the biggest clash of the titans. Stakes are at an all-time high. My views on these movies:
JAB TAK HAI JAAN: It’s a special film for more reasons than one. First of all, it has Shahrukh Khan…need we say more?! It’s directed by Yash Chopra and moreover, it marks the pairing of Shahrukh Khan and Katrina Kaif for the first time and Shahrukh Khan and Anushka Sharma for the second time. SRK-Katrina jodi especially seems brilliant. It’s the first time that A R Rahman and Gulzar have collaborated with Yash Chopra. The album of the film however has got a mixed response…some have loved while others feel that it’s below expectations. Film has been shot in beautiful locations, specifically Kashmir. A lot of fake plots of the film are doing the rounds on the internet. The real plot of the film however has been smartly kept under wraps. No one knows what the film is all about! Yet, excitement for the film is immense!
Just around 20-25 days before the film’s release, tragedy struck when Yash Chopra passed away. He was 80 and succumbed to dengue. Film fraternity and fans were in shock since he seemed fit and just few weeks before his demise, he had celebrated his birthday by having a lovely conversation with SRK. Except a song, Jab Tak Hai Jaan’s shoot was completed and the song that was supposed to be shot in Switzerland was scrapped. The team More >
After Taare Zameen Par and Stanley Ka Dabba, the filmmaker is quietly ready with his third movie, a morality tale about fiscal austerity, based on a man he knew as a child
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 14, 2012)
He didn’t get much credit for his first film Taare Zameen Par. It was only with Stanley Ka Dabba that he consolidated his position as an independent filmmaker. And now, painter-actor-filmmaker-thinker Amole Gupte is quietly ready with his third film, which he calls a ‘wisdom film’.
Gupte says, “It’s a film on the theme of financial management. When we are young, we know nothing about how to manage our money, and when we see people who are careful with their money, we laugh at them.” The movie’s protagonist is one such man Amole knew when he was growing up in the middle class Diva Nagar locality of Mumbai.
Reliving memories of his childhood, Gupte says, “There was this man in our neighbourhood, who used to wear ankle-length trousers and torn Hawaii chappals and pass by every day, carrying a green plastic jhola. We all used to think he is a clown. Finally, he turned out to be the owner of accumulated savings to the tune of Rs 5 crore that he used to give his three daughters the best education possible. We spend needlessly to look more affluent than we are. If we are caught saving, we are somehow not part of the ‘in’ crowd. My film is amorality tale based on the 5,000-year old principle of ‘jitni chaadar, utna hi pair phelana’, which translates as More >
The actor will be seen sporting prosthetics in Deepa Mehta’s next
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 13, 2012)
At 11, Darsheel Safary won millions of hearts with his portrayal of a dyslexic child Ishaan in Aamir Khan’s Taare Zameen Par. Five years later, the actor has taken up a role that is more challenging. In Deepa Mehta’s adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, Darsheel who plays the younger Saleem Sinai is sporting a prosthetic nose. In fact, Mirror has learnt that Darsheel was not allowed to remove the artificial nose even when he wasn’t shooting. But Darsheel isn’t complaining.
To Mirror, he said nonchalantly, “Well, Saleem is a very unique character in looks and personality. It wasn’t easy playing him. But I am used to tough roles. I did Taare Zameen Par when I was only 11.”
In the novel, as in the screenplay, Saleem has a very unique and long nose. So, Mehta wanted to cast an actor who fits the bill. She got Satya Bhabha (with a fairly large nose) to portray the older Saleem Sinai. And when it came to Darsheel, she decided to fit him with a prosthetic one.
Darsheel spent a lot of time hanging out with Satya Bhabha who plays the older Saleem. “I was told to observe him carefully and use some of his body language. He’s a fun guy. We had a lot of man-to-man conversations,” said the 16-year-old actor.
Having completed his shoot for the project, Darsheel also revealed that in the future, he may not continue acting. “Dancing is also a passion. So I may More >
Partho reveals how dad Amole Gupte shot the film without his knowledge
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 10, 2011)
Amole Gupte, who was kicked about his new film Stanley Ka Dabba, has more than one reason to be anxious. Not only is this his only directorial venture, having to leave Taare Zameen Par half way, this film also launches his 10-year-old son Partho. Mumbai Mirror chats up with the little actor to find out more.
You seemed to have garnered a lot of attention for your role as Stanley. Are you nervous about your debut?
Yes, I am quite nervous
How did Stanley Ka Dabba happen?
When I was younger, dad was working on Taare Zameen Par. He had been conducting acting workshops for children, which I was interested in. So one day I asked dad if I too can come for one these workshops. I had lots of fun. From then onwards, I went to every workshop including the one happening at Holy Family school. I wasn’t told about any movie though.
When did you get to know this was a workshop for a film?
One day, dad announced to everyone in the workshop that he was making a video. He didn’t tell us it was a film. Only when we completed shooting, he called all of us and told us that it was a feature film.
How did you respond to that?
My heart started beating so fast. I was blown out of my mind. I got so scared. I asked him why he didn’t tell us before. He did not want to affect our performances.
Do you feel like an actor?
Ummmm. Not exactly. My dad has made many More >
By Subhash K. Jha, May 9, 2011 – 12:47 IST
The ideal child’s education situation shown in Taare Zameen Par is coming true. The film’s creative director Amole Gupte is launching an online essay competition for young students to express their creative urges after watching his film Stanley Ka Dabba which opens shortly.
Kids would have to react to what they feel about the film’s protagonist Stanley and how they relate to him.
The endeavour to take cinema about children to children just got much larger than ever before. Surpassing all movements through cinema to embrace the young, Amole Gupte has now launched an online essay competition for school children between the age of 9 and 15.
Explains Amole, “It’s not enough to make a film expressing a child’s fears apprehensions insecurities and other demons about school life. The endeavour must connect with the children as more than cinema. I’ve launched an online competition where school students would be able to say how they connect with the film’s young hero Stanley. It could be an essay, poem or a painting. The point is cinema is a medium of expression. And unless the young audience is able to express itself about Stanley, I don’t think I’d have succeeded in what I set out to do.”
All the entries from all across the country will be put on a website called The Great Wall Of Stanley. “So it would be literally the writing on the wall. Cinema needs to get proactive. And with this in mind, I’ve shown Stanley Ka Dabba to More >
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, May 2, 2011 – 16:44 IST
The wonder-kid Darsheel Safary was recently live on Bollywood Hungama‘s video chat talking about his action-adventure film Zokkomon. For all those who missed this fun-filled session, here are the excerpts:
Ajay : hi darsheel how are you? Darsheel Safary : Ajay…i am good
~zEUs~ : tell us about zokomon? Darsheel Safary : zeus….its an action adventure filmDarsheel Safary : zeus….its an action adventure film
Niraj : please tell us how did you get your break in taare zameen par Darsheel Safary : Niraj…through Shiamak Davar
Ibrahim Dam : All the best for Zokkomon Darsheel…. Darsheel Safary : Thanks Ibrahim
madhatter : what was it like shooting for the film Darsheel Safary : madhatter….It was an amazing experience becos I got to learn 2 things- one was the action by William Ong (the stunt director of JackieChan) and secondly the visual effects by Prana Studios ( IRON MAN and Tron Legacy)Darsheel Safary : madhatter….It was an amazing experience becos I got to learn 2 things- one was the action by William Ong (the stunt director of JackieChan) and secondly the visual effects by Prana Studios ( IRON MAN and Tron Legacy)
Ajay : is it a kid film? Darsheel Safary : no Ajay…its a complete family entertainer
Niraj : did you always wished to work in films? Darsheel Safary : Niraj….its my passion
madhatter : the papers have quoted that u charge a large fee… is that u or ur parents who decide? Darsheel Safary : More >
Powerhouse performer Om Puri at his candid best in an interview with BT
Tanvi Trivedi (BOMBAY TIMES; May 1, 2011)
For someone whose repertoire of films comprises – Ardh Satya, Aakrosh, Bhumika, Gandhi and more recently — Action Replayy and 3 Thay Bhai – Om Puri surprises us when he confesses that he does not enjoy the process of filmmaking any more! “I was enjoying it till the 80s and early 90s. After 1995 the quality of films in Bollywood has suffered.” In Ahmedabad for an international film festival, Puri says present day films revolve round characters one can’t relate to. “In a country where 90 per cent of the population lives in villages, I don’t understand how can films like Singh is Kinng, Patiala House and Tees Maar Khan be made? I don’t understand how can you give away crores of money to an actor because he has achieved star status. Only in the Hindi film industry an actor is bigger than the film. And when a film flops, producer marta hai bechara.”
Predominantly an arthouse cinema actor, Puri feels “meaningful” films still have their share of audience. “There is a lot of good cinema being churned out by Vishal Bhardwaj, Dibakar Banerjee, and Ashutosh Gowariker. The only difference between them and earlier arthouse filmmakers is that in the case of the former lot, the main protagonist in a commercial film has to be a saleable star. For a film like Sarkar, Mr Bachchan’s role could have been essayed by me or Naseeruddin Shah, More >