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Chaya Unnikrishnan (DNA; February 18, 2013)
In his upcoming film Himmatwala, you will see Ajay Devgn speaking in five different languages. In one particular scene, Ajay has delivered dialogues in Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi and Tamil. He took special training to get the accent and the tone right, says a source. Director Sajid Khan confirms, “Yes, Ajay has spoken in five languages in one particular scene where the heroine (Tamannaah) gets some goons to beat him up. All those guys belong to different regions. One is from Punjab, another is from Tamil Nadu, yet another from Gujarat, Maharashtra and Bengal. They challenge him to a duel in their own languages. That’s when Tamannaah asks Ajay’s character what will he do as he doesn’t understand what they are saying. Ajay not only beats them up but later answers all of them in their respective languages.” Sajid wanted to incorporate this scene specially because it will give an all-India feel. Ajay is said to be fluent in Marathi, Gujarati and Punjabi but for Tamil and Bengali, Sajid hired a tutor. “It’s not just a word that he says, it’s an entire dialogue which is why I got a tutor on the sets,” says Sajid who shot the scene in two hours.
The two forge an unlikely friendship with the actress learning Tamil just to text him and he in turn helping her to quit smoking
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 16, 2012)
This may well qualify as one of the unlikeliest (and most unconventional) friendships in the film industry.
Considering only some years ago, Sushmita Sen and Kamal Haasan couldn’t see eye-to-eye and weren’t even on speaking terms, it comes as a surprise to learn that today, they are the best of friends. So much so that he makes it a point to spend time with Sushmita and her daughters whenever he visits Mumbai and she in turn, consults him on all important matters pertaining to her scripts as well as parenting.
Guess with both of them bringing up their daughters and sharing the same passion for cinema, it gives them common ground enough for interaction.
Explaining how they became close, a common friend revealed, “Both Sushmita and Kamal were planning epic international historicals. Sush was planning Rani Laxmibai and Kamal was going ahead fullsteam with Marmyogi. It started with each wanting to cast the other in their film. Kamal almost became a script consultant for Sush’s dream project.
Eventually though, both projects got shelved. What survived was the bonding between Sush and Kamal. She now looks up to him for advice and guidance in many areas of her life.”
The latest being Sush, who has a deep fascination for languages and knows a smattering of many including French, is learning Tamil from Kamal More >
Abhay Deol on his transformation from being a Punjabi munda to playing a traditional Tamilian in the upcoming Shanghai
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; May 5, 2012)
Clearly there’s no seven-year itch as far as Abhay Deol is concerned. In the years gone by, the 36-year-old actor has become one of the most respected actors on the marquee. After playing safe initially with lover-boy roles in Socha Na Tha, Ahista Ahista and Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd, he took giant strides into off-beat cinema and broke stereotypes in Ek Chalis Ki Last Local, Manorama Six Feet Under, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, the avant-garde Dev.D and the super-successful Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, getting accolades for every avatar. His Tamilian act in Shanghai will take him a few notches higher. After all, it isn’t everyday that a Punjabi munda slips seamlessly into a white dhoti and delivers a cool-as-a-cucumber performance in a hard-hitting film.
What was your first reaction when Dibakar Banerjee asked you to play TA Krishnan, a Tamilian, in Shanghai? My first reaction was one of denial. I was like, ‘Are you all right? What is it? Does no other decent actor want to play the role?’
Then why did you relent? Dibakar is one filmmaker I’m happy working with even without him giving me a script narration. I trust him implicitly. In fact, after we did Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, he did Love, Sex Aur Dhoka and had no role for me. I hoped he has a role for me in his next film at least.
So tell me about Mr Krishnan. Well he is More >
Even Rajinikanth can have a bad day. The actor felt uneasy on the sets of his new film Rana, was rushed for medical attention
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 30, 2011)
Rajinikanth can make everything right. But what happens when the superstar himself isn’t feeling too well? Shooting with his Rana leading lady Deepika Padukone, yesterday afternoon, Rajini complained of uneasiness and was rushed to Isabella hospital in Chennai.
The day started off fine. After finishing one shot for the mahurat, the 61-year-old actor started feeling a little uneasy. A source close to the film told Mumbai Mirror, “Rajini Sir came to the mahurat on time. But he looked pretty off colour.
He had been unwell since the past two-three days. After some time, he said that he was feeling very uneasy. He was rushed to the hospital. We don’t know who went with him and who didn’t but his wife Lata was with him for sure. In fact, she had come with him for the mahurat.”
However, even the hospital couldn’t hold back India’s original superhero for too long. The actor who was suffering from dehydration was given an intravenous drip, before he was discharged around 6.30 pm confirmed a hospital official. “Chennai mein bahut garmi thi, iski vajah se hua hoga. We were shooting at AVM Studio when this happened around 2 pm,” said our source.
The actor has been strictly advised bed rest for the next few days. Putting up a brave front, the source from the unit added, “Tomorrow, we More >
Vikram Bhatt’s Haunted will mark two very significant firsts for the country’s film industry. It will not only earn status as the only full-fledged 3D movie but also the only film in India to be dubbed in Spanish.
Haunted, which will re-launch Mithun Chakraborty’s son Mahakshay’s career, plans to appeal to diverse audiences with its multi-lingual versions in – Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and English. Reportedly, Bhatt’s brainchild to dub the action flick in Spanish was a result of some shocking market research that he stumbled upon.
Bhatt explained, “We discovered that there is a huge market for horror films in the Spanish/Latin American belt. And we want to tap that market.” Following the research revelations, the filmmaker initially had decided to include Spanish subtitles.
When asked why the film was dubbed instead, Bhatt said, “We discovered it was really tough to do subtitles in a 3D film. It’s much easier to dub it.”
To get the Spanish version started, Bhatt will fly to Toronto next month to chose dubbing artistes. He added, “I want the voices in Spanish to match with the original voices of my actors. Even though the Spanish audience would not be able to tell the difference, I would.” The dubbed Spanish version will release two months after the Hindi release.
Gunda fame actor breathes his last in a Hyderabad hospital while undergoing a treatment for his kidney ailment
P Pavann (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 15, 2011)
Indian cinema has lost yet another versatile actor. Rami Reddy, the popular villain of the Telugu cinema who also stretched his wings successfully into Bollywood, expired on Thursday noon while undergoing treatment for a kidney ailment.
During a recent public appearance, on being asked about his increasing weight, the actor joked, “I am not following size zero formula. It won’t suit a villain character. I suffered jaundice during which my liver got damaged.”
The 52-year-old actor who acted in over 250 films also including Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Bhojpuri, breathed his last at the KIMS hospital in Hyderabad where he was admitted two weeks ago.
A native of Chittor, the actor was a journalism graduate from Hyderabad’s Osmania University and worked as a journalist with a Hindi and an Urdu newspaper.
After he quit journalism, it was Tollywood director Kodi Ramakrishna who introduced Reddy in Ankusam as Spot Nana in in 1990. The same year he plunged into Bollywood, as a villain, with Juhi Chawla and Chiranjeevi starrer Pratibandh.
His memorable performances were in films like Gunda with Mithun Chakraborty, Waqt Hamara Hai, Khuddar, Akshay Kumar starrer Jaanwar and Talaash.
The director of Talaash, Suneel Darshan, told Mumbai Mirror, “Rami Reddy has a huge profile of work in Hindi and Telugu. His More >
Salman Khan turns down 7 crore offer to wear security company’s uniform in film; opts for his personal bodyguard’s brand instead
Prithwish Ganguly (BOMBAY TIMES; April 5, 2011)
Salman Khan is playing the role of a security officer in Bodyguard. This bit of information excited top Indian security companies, who saw it as an opportunity to get the star to endorse their brand by wearing their uniform in the film. It is learnt that Salman was offered an obscene amount of money by various companies (one even dangled ore as bait), but the actor declined all bids.
Says an insider, “Five security agencies were wooing Salman to wear their company’s uniform. They felt that would boost their business as the actor will be wearing the uniform in most parts of the film. However, bhai refused all offers and decided to endorse the uniform of his personal bodyguard, Shera. He wanted to help Shera’s company, who has been with him for almost a decade now.”
Producer Atul Agnihotri confirms, “Yes, we have been getting calls from various security agencies from the day we announced the film. However, Salman bhai made it absolutely clear that he won’t wear any agency’s uniform. He is very close to Shera and he has used his name (Tiger) as a tag.”
FACT FILE Salman Khan returns to the big screens again on Eid this year with Bodyguard. This will be his trilogy of Eid releases, as in 2009 Wanted released and so did Dabangg in 2010. More >
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, March 28, 2011 – 13:38 IST
“Salman’s innocence propelled me to cast him in Bodyguard,” says director Siddique, the man who wields the megaphone for Atul Agnihotri in Bodyguard. Says the soft-spoken director who had earlier made Bodyguard in both Malayalam and Tamil as the mega-hit Kavalan, “When I looked at Salman, what struck me first was his innocence. And then, it was his personality. I was looking at an actor who had the innocence and humour that was essential to play the bodyguard. And Salman had all that and more.”
Salman’s way of expressing his wit is something that holds Siddique’s attention. Says the director, “Each actor has his own way of expression. And the way Salman essayed the character of an inspector in Dabangg was simply perfect. There was the strength, the energy, but more than all that, there was the sense of humour and the innocence in the character. That is exactly what I was looking for in Bodyguard. And he suits it to the hilt.”
Fresh from the success of his Hindi flick, actor Madhavan is all set to start work on his Tamil film with director Lingusamy…
Srinivasa Ramanujam (BOMBAY TIMES; March 26, 2011) There was the World Cup. And, then there were school exams. Yet, they managed to hold a gala wedding that pleased audiences no end. We’re referring to the response that Tanu Weds Manu got at the BO. Even as actor Madhavan, who played the lead role in the film, is still basking in its success, he’s looking forward to Vettai with director Lingusamy.
Was the success of TWM on expected lines? I knew that we were on to something big because the film’s content was real. But now, post the release of the film, even I’ve been quite stunned by the response that it’s got. It’s been an eye-opener for us because we’ve always been under the assumption that only masala flicks work here.
That, despite the release date…. Well, a good film always works, irrespective of when it’s released. The content of the film was realistic and that, combined with the publicity, increased the curiosity factor for the audiences. That, perhaps, explains the big opening that it got at the BO.
B’wood v/s K’wood I’m in a cushy position in Bollywood because my last three movies have done well at the BO. However, that increases my responsibility towards the audiences. And, I’m looking to do more movies post Vettai in Tamil. I’ll soon get started on a bilingual film with Vikram Kumar (of Yavarum More >
The superstar enjoys a huge fan base there
V Lakshmi (BOMBAY TIMES; March 24, 2011) What legendary actor Raj Kapoor is to Russia, superstar Rajinikanth is to Japan. The actor enjoys as much popularity in Japan as he enjoys here. In fact, his film Muthu is reportedly the first Tamil film to have been dubbed in Japanese and released as Muthu Odoru Maharaja. So, when his fans in Japan fell victim to nature’s wrath, it was but natural that Rajini came out in public to pledge his support for them. At a meet organised by business tycoon Veeramani, Rajini said his heart went out to those who have suffered losses, both personal and material, as an aftermath of tsunami and earthquake.
He said, “The people in Japan are known for bouncing back and fighting. But, how many times will they fight nature’s wrath? I pray to God to give them strength.” Added the superstar, “No aid is bigger than heart-felt prayers and no medicine is as powerful as meditation. I know my friends there will bounce back to life soon.” Rajini has received many invitations from Japan for a friendly visit before this natural calamity. “But I wasn’t able to make a trip then. Now, if I can, I’d like to visit Japan to show my solidarity,” he said.