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BOMBAY TIMES (May 7, 2013)
South superstar Dhanush plays a rough-around-the-edges hero in Aanand L Rai’s Raanjhanaa, his debut film in Bollywood. Talking about the decision to cast him, the director says, “After Tanu Weds Manu, I had the opportunity of signing some of the biggest names in Bollywood, but I knew right from the scripting stage that my hero had to be Dhanush. I stand vindicated because the trailer has hit bullseye. My only concern was the language barrier, but Dhanush bowled me over with his dedication.”
When it came to Sonam Kapoor’s character, Aanand was looking for someone who is real and desirable. “I was looking for a girl who seemed unattainable to the boys and Sonam has that characteristic. I needed someone high on emotions and she was the ideal choice.”
With Dhanush as the lead, the makers required someone who could hold his own and this is where the versatile Abhay Deol came in. Says Aanand, “I was always sure of casting him because I am yet to find an actor as dedicated, secure and talented as him. I needed someone very gutsy opposite Dhanush.”
Producer Krishika Lulla says, “We needed a non-stereotypical lead pair for Raanjhanaa. Dhanush was a decision made on instinct. We were also looking for someone like Sonam who had great screen presence and made for a beautiful yet grounded character. This is a straight-from-the-heart film. We are also fortunate to have Academy Award winner AR Rahman composing for our film.”
Raanjhanaa, produced by Eros More >
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; March 13, 2013)
Kangna Ranaut, 25, is stubborn, has high self-esteem, is sensitive and bold, and has carried herself entirely on her own shoulders. Despite many obstacles in her career, she has made it. Weeks ahead of her upcoming film I Love New York, she talks to Bombay Times about the one thing she wished she could undo in her life, her attachment to her sister and why she will never get married. Excerpts:
Let’s talk about your childhood? I come from Surajpur, a valley in Himachal Pradesh near Manali that is named after my great grandfather Sarju Singh Ranaut. He was a minister for 15 years and I always had a desire to go out and explore like him. I come from a big family not in terms of money, but reputation and grew up in a protective mountain environment. My grandfather was an IAS officer, my father ran a construction business and my mother a teacher. I moved to a hostel in Chandigarh to pursue Science, but got exposed to art and culture that attracted me. I had a close encounter with dissection that depressed me. I knew that Science was not for me. Ever since I was a child, I would start crying seeing anyone in pain. I wanted to quit studies and move to Delhi to pursue sculpting. My father slapped me for the first time at 15 and I told him, ‘If you slap me I will slap you back’. I felt raising your hand on anybody is inappropriate and always had a high regard for my self. My dad asked me to leave the house and I did so without a single More >
Bollywood isn’t scared of the exam fever nor the IPL, as films line up for release at the box-office in March and April
Iti Shree Misra (BOMBAY TIMES; March 11, 2013)
While the clamour for an Eid release in Bollywood refuses to die down, there’s never a dull moment at the Indian Box Office (BO) anymore. So much so that even the ongoing board exams and the upcoming IPL are not a deterrent for producers to release films. Take for instance the line-up at the BO this year. While films like Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns and Jolly LLB are braving the exam fever, Himmatwala, Chashme Baddoor, Ek Thi Daayan, Shootout at Wadala, Aashiqui 2 and Aurangzeb, are all releasing during the IPL, which begins from April 4.
Producer Rahul Mittra, who has produced films like Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns, says that now filmmakers don’t bother about such issues. “As long as people know that my film is releasing on a particular date, and I’m confident that my audience will come and watch it, time of the release doesn’t matter. The market is great and demand has increased for all types of cinema. Plus the satellite rights fetch us good revenue, so the time of release is not much of an issue. People who like to watch good films, will come to watch one, whenever it is released. Also if you remember, Kahaani also released around this time last year and it did fabulously,” avers Rahul.
Meanwhile, Vinod Bachchan, producer of Zila Ghaziabad, which released a couple of weeks ago, explains, More >
An unusual audition on a public platform saw hundreds of aspirants try their luck at finding their spot away from the star system
Vickey Lalwani and Ananya Ghosh (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 4, 2013)
Could the film industry manage to free itself from the shackles of the star system? Could it let go of one of its oldest pieces of furniture it had surreptitiously kept in its attic—the infamous casting couch?
That seems to be the indication, what with top directors such as Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, Imtiaz Ali and Rajkumar Hirani auditioning young aspirants on public platforms. On Saturday, one such walkin was held at Andheri’s Chitrakoot Ground where candidates were shortlisted for three prestigious upcoming projects — KJo’s and Kashyap’s Hasee Toh Phasee, Imtiaz’s Highway and Hirani’s P.K.
The venue was bursting at the seams with aspiring actors and it was upto Mukesh Chhabra, casting director of films like Rang de Basanti, Rockstar, and the more recent, Kai Po Che, to sieve the pool of talent. Also present was HumaraMovie head honcho Vinay Mishra, the company that helmed the initiative.
It was no easy task, but Chhabra, who had cast over 300 people in Gangs of Wasseypur 1 and 2, was hardly the person to get intimidated. He quickly broke the ice and struck a chord with the participants who were called on stage in groups and given a scene to perform. The first act was an emotional mother-daughter reunion and saw one of the most powerful performances of the day with the More >
Producer Vinod Bachchan prefers to move on than be hassled by uncertainty of the court case
Hiren Kotwani (BOMBAY TIMES; December 16, 2012)
It’s been a year-and-a-half since the producers of Tanu Weds Manu fought over ownership. The dispute has finally been resolved. Vinod Bachchan (left), who holds 51 per cent stake in the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) of the film, has patched up with all the parties he had sued, including co-producer Shailesh Singh (right) and distributor Sunil Bohra.
Vinod has confirmed that the agreements for the music, worldwide, satellite and direct-to-home rights were earlier sold without his knowledge. Post the truce, he has got 80 lakh in settlement but he has managed to retain the rights to make the film’s sequel in future.
Vinod and Shailesh, who produced Tanu Weds Manu with R Madhavan and Kangna Ranaut, had entrusted Sunil Bohra with the distribution rights of the film for a stipulated period of 10 years. However, Bohra not only sold the movie to a corporate house, but also the satellite, music and DTH rights, claiming he’s the producer. When Vinod learnt of the developments, he filed a complaint at Oshiwara Police Station under Section 120 (B) of the IPC.
By offering a mix of formula entertainers and innovative films, this production house is keeping up with the expectations of the audience
Garima Sharma (BOMBAY TIMES; July 18, 2012)
It is no mean feat to deliver successfully to an audience as diverse as India, especially when it comes to cinematic appetite. But Viacom18 Motion Pictures seems to have discovered the secret recipe. From the time it kickstarted its India operations two years ago, the studio has delivered eight successful films out of the 12 they’ve released so far, including Tanu Weds Manu and Pyaar Ka Punchnama. And six months into 2012, they’ve already delivered some of this year’s most talked about films, including Kahaani and Gangs of Wasseypur. Kahaani, made on a budget 11 crore, did exceptional business, GoW saw both box office success as well as international acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival.
The reason, says COO Vikram Malhotra, is “our understanding of the Indian audience. Our audience is geographically diverse, and our content is delivered accordingly — GoW is for a more urban audience while Kahaani cuts across all cities. The Indian audience is willing to experiment with cinema and we give it to them The studio, thus, is laying paramount emphasis on quality content, irrespective of the experience behind the name helming a project. “We look for nature of content, and not big stars,” adds Vikram.
Anurag Kashyap says, “Working with Viacom18 has been unlike any previous experience I have had with More >
Cries foul as court gives judgement in favour of producer of Tanu Weds Manu
By Hiren Kotwani (MID-DAY; Mach 24, 2012)
After months of legal pursuit, Vinod Bachchan who claims to own 51 per cent stake in Tanu Weds Manu, has got a favourable court order against his production partner Shailesh Singh and others associated with the film. The court has also instructed the Oshiwara police station to register an FIR against distributor Sunil Bohra, who was given the contract to sell the India theatrical rights. Bohra, however, accuses the producer of harassing him.
A still from Tanu Weds Manu
Pleased with the order of the 22nd Andheri Metropolitan Court, where he had initiated criminal proceedings against Bohra, Viacom 18 and others last September, Bachchan stated, “The cops refused to lodge the FIR so I had to fight in court for what’s lawfully mine.”
How it all began Bachchan recounts, “Bohra claimed to be the producer of the film and sold overseas, satellite, music, direct-to-home, home video to Viacom 18. After I pointed out that I’m the producer of the film, holding 51 per cent sake, with Shailesh Singh, who owned 49 per cent, Sunil got another agreement made on the same stamp paper stating that his and Shailesh’s company were the producers.”
Bachchan adds, “I’m surprised that a company like Viacom 18 bought the rights from Bohra without verifying his claim. And even after I put out a public notice stating Bohra’s role, T-Series acquired the music rights and Zee acquired the More >
Eijaz Khan on love, life and rumours of wanting to quit Shubh Vivaah
Neha Maheshwri Bhagat (BOMBAY TIMES; March 24, 2012)
You are often labelled as hotheaded… And I always thought it was hot! I don’t really know if anyone carries that perception. But if someone does I think I should be given a chance, if not to change it then at least to showcase the truth. I have always believed in being myself, bitter or sweet, as you see it.
There’s buzz that you want to quit Sony TV’s Shubh Vivaah… It has all been blown out of proportion. If there is difference over an issue, what do you do? Discuss it and not part ways! I had and have certain expectations from the character and the show, which have not been met and that has been communicated and I expect things to be rectified. I am not leaving the show.
Why did you, in the first place, agree to do a show which has five sisters making it inevitably female-oriented? So what? As long as I get a challenging scene or two to perform even once a week, I am fine with it. And didn’t they use my pictures on the hoarding?
Aren’t you worried about putting a lot at stake with your aggressive attitude? I don’t worry about the future. I never shy away from my work and people who matter will acknowledge this. And for the rest, I have my blinder on. I am so busy bribing God that I don’t get time to suck up to people around me.
Your personal life made more news than your work. Comment… How am I responsible for it? I can just say that I plan to More >
BOMBAY TIMES (May 10, 2011)
Newcomer Prashant Kumar who hails from New York and has always wanted to make it big in Bollywood is all set to realise his dream. He initially landed small parts in a Rajshri film and a horror flick, but now Prashant is being offered lead roles, primarily due to strong references. He will be seen in debutant Vivek Anand’s adventure comedy With Love From Kazakhstan. Vivek has been the writer on Studio 18’s Dil Kabaddi, chief AD on Madhur Bhandarkar’s Jail and line producer on Tanu Weds Manu. Prashant has also bagged the lead role in Dinesh Kumar’s untitled film, which is apparently inspired by the life of a current superstar. He is also playing the lead in a comedy film that pits him against two veteran stars, formal announcement to follow. “From my first performance on stage at the age of three to a decade since my first day of acting school, I have endured a colossal struggle. Eventually, people hear about you and see your work, things then begin to click overnight,” says Prashant.
Thursday 5th May 2010 09.30 IST
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Yamla Pagla Deewana is only film to cross 30 crore net in first week this year. Thank You is second best. There have been 12 major releases so far and the opening week figures are as follows. All figures are for Fri-Thursday period.
Yamla Pagla Deewana - 34.65 crore
Thank You - 28.92 crore
Patiala House - 24.41 crore
Dum Maaro Dum - 22.02 crore
Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji - 21.01 crore
No One Killed Jessica – 19.46 crore
Tanu Weds Manu – 18.78 crore
F.A.L.T.U. - 16.34 crore
Saat Khoon Maaf – 14.73 crore
Dhobi Ghat - 12.44 crore
Yeh Saali Zindagi - 7.47 crore
Game - 6.59 crore