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India’s first live action animation film comes this Christmas
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; December 4, 2010)
Aditya Chopra pioneered this trend of mixing real characters with animated cartoons in a song in his super-successful Hum Tum (2004). Six years later, director Kireet Khurana has made India’s first live action animation feature-Toonpur Ka Superhero (TKS) for Krishika Lulla of Eros International and Kumar Mangat Pathak of Big Screen Entertainment.
Kireet, who is an animation expert, feels that this Christmas Eve (December 24) will be extra special for children because his film is exactly what Santa Claus would order for children in Bollywood. He’s proud that for the first time Bollywood has made a live action animation full-length feature with two superstars-Ajay Devgn and Kajol in the thick of it. The storyline is cute. There is trouble brewing in the sprawling city of toons just below the surface of the earth. And, yes you guessed right; apna Bollywood couple get in there to resolve issues.
Says Kajol, who plays a doting mother in the film, “I thought I had done it all, but honestly, the temptation to do a feature film that actually brings together real and animated characters in a full on confrontation had me super-charged. I have had a great time working on it. And I’m sure my daughter Nysa and all the other children are bound to go gaga over it.’’
Ajay is equally charged. “Remember Who Framed Roger Rabbit? More >
Meena Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 03, 2010)
If you join the dots from S Shankar’s first film Gentleman (1993) to his latest Robot (2010) you’ll notice a common thread. For one, he has the finger on the pulse of the mainstream cinegoer. Plus, he knows how to embellish his work with gloss and grandeur at a scale still unimaginable by most filmmakers.
Real Indian palaces, heritage sights, Machu-Pichu, seven wonders of the world…he’s exploited them all long before Bollywood found their address.
But to grant the devil his due - his movies are not just special-effects ridden; there is a definite plot with a message. Also, the budgets get more phenomenal each time.
His first blockbuster Gentleman (1993) (with its iconic Chik paku raile number that introduced the world to Prabhu Deva’s dancing skills) brought a new style of filmmaking but his 90s protagonist is just a different avatar of Bollywood 70s phenomenon - Salim-Javed’s ‘angry young man’.
Quite like Amitabh Bachchan, Shankar’s hero has invariably been taking on the system, film after film. But where he leaves his contemporaries way behind is his technical wizardry. A fact just reiterated by his latest Robot (Endhiran, Tamil).
Comparisons to West
Two days after the release of the Rs 150 crore film, Kollywood’s Shankar is drawing comparisons to none other than James Cameron.
Both are August born; both spare no expense when it comes to their budgets and cinematic vision. And quite like More >
By Taran Adarsh, October 1, 2010 – 10:12 IST
Two things… One, it’s difficult to conceptualize and execute a film like ROBOT. Two, when Rajnikant’s name comes in the credits, one cannot hear anything for the next two minutes. His name is greeted with a thunderous applause, whistles yells and cheers. Such is the charisma of this superstar. Rajnikant is the Boss. The real Badshaah.
ROBOT, directed by Shankar, is a Rajnikant Express that transports you to a world you can’t envision. Rajnikant’s feats are legendary by now. In ROBOT, he goes a step further. The Robot in ROBOT not only follows orders of his creator, but also cooks, fights, romances and wonder of wonders, has a lengthy conversation with a mosquito and scan loads of books/magazines and an entire telephone directory in a second. Yes, you read it right!BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
That’s not all, this Robot is Superman + Spiderman + Terminator + Godzilla, all rolled into one. There’s more to this Robot. It can replicate itself, wage a vicious battle, turn into an Anaconda or a monster ball and wipe off an entire army. Whew! Known for larger than life canvas, ROBOT is Shankar’s most expensive and if I may say so, his most imaginative film thus far. And who better than Rajnikant for the pivotal role!
Final word? A Rajnikant film is an event and this combo’s [Shankar - Rajnikant] new outing ROBOT is sure to strike like Tsunami. Let me make it short-n-sweet. If you miss ROBOT, it’s YOUR loss!
Their destinies continue to star-cross… even at the BO
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; July 31, 2010)
Guess who’s taking takkar with Salman Khan at the box office this Eid? Not Karan Johar, the filmmaker prudently brought forward the release of his We Are Family to September 3, to clear the deck for Salman’s Dabanng on the 10th; but it’s Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who’s bilingual The Robot opposite Rajinikanth is believed to be slated for a simultaneous release.
The promos of Dabanng have created a kind of trade flurry. Bollywood’s enfant terrible in his Robin Hood act has captured the imagination of the tapori class and the tradewallahs. It is the film promo that has the highest number of hits on an internet site, says a television journalist.
As for the Rajinikanth-Aishwarya starrer in Hindi and Endhiran in Tamil, a trade source says, “ So far they have only said The Robot is coming in September. Whether it will come on Eid will be announced shortly. However, there is scope for both films. Dabanng will prove to be very strong in the Hindi belt and Rajnikanth, who is a demi God in Tamil Nadu, has the biggest patronage ever in the South.’’ Bollywood trade consultant Amod Mehra says, “The recovery pattern for a Rajinikanth film is very unusual. Besides the regular markets for South films, Rajinikanth also has a huge fan base in Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, UK and Australia.’’
India’s costliest film Rajnikanth’s price is still a More >
Finding the right period car for Emraan Hashmi in Once Upon A Time was no cake walk
Mauli Singh (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 12, 2010)
Only now has Milan Luthria, the director of Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, got a real taste of the problems of making a period film. Apart from getting the right look for the lead actors, Ajay Devgn and Emraan Hashmi, Milan has struggled to find them the right period cars.
The film is based in the 1970s. In the film, Ajay Devgn who plays the role of Haji Mastan drives a white 1967 Mercedes and Emraan Hashmi who plays Dawood Ibrahim has a Classic 1971 Ford LTD. The model Emraan drives, has been used in high-octane action movies like The French Connection and Terminator.
A source says, “It took about three months to find the white 1967 Mercedes. But it took Milan five months to find an apt car for Emraan’s character. He finally decided on the Ford LTD.”
Milan Luthria says, “For me it was great fun to source out these cars.” Being figurative, are we?Emraan Hashmi (right) with the Ford LTD
UTV goes global with some thrilling, sci-fi gaming action
REAGAN GAVIN RASQUINHA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; April 19, 2010)
In this age of new media, content convergence and the like, it’s only natural that the marriage between gaming and a leading media brand seems to be a match made in heaven.
Accordingly, for the last two years, UTV has been steadily nurturing a global gaming powerhouse — with over 400 world class visualisers, gamers, technology experts working at their own studios in London, Florida, Austin, Tokyo, Shanghai and Mumbai — working on games for consoles, cellphones and the Internet.
“Our focus is the 15-34 age group worldwide. We create, build and franchise content and IPs in all media — movies, broadcasting, TV, mobile and now, games — for a worldwide audience. That’s our focus at UTV,” says Ronnie Screwvala, CEO, UTV Software Communications Ltd. Three new top-flight games are in the offing. The first game scheduled for launch is Wardevil, an action-and-adventurepacked third-person shooter game. Based in a richly-rendered alternative universe with many possible stories and characters showcasing a universe ravaged by war, the protagonist is a one-man army known as the Wardevil. The game comes alive with fantastic weapons, action, breath-taking visuals and film-quality CGI visuals in-game.
The second, El Sheddai, being created in Japan, is also a single player thirdperson shooter game set in the Biblical More >
// // //Anubhav Sinha asks Ra.One SFX team to derive inspiration from Hollywood’s best By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 31, 2010)
Anubhav Sinha is going all out to ensure that the Shah Rukh Khan-Kareena Kapoor starrer Ra.One becomes a landmark SFX film for Bollywood.
To make sure that only the best effects are incorporated in the film, he has given the Red Chillies team a list of Hollywood’s most outstanding SFX and 3-D movies for reference.
A source from the team reveals, “Anubhav is currently shooting in Goa with Shah Rukh and Kareena. They will be returning by the end of this week. As soon as they are back we will start our work. The actual SFX work on the movie can only begin once we get the film footage. Till then, the director has asked us to do our homework.
We have been given a list of movies like Avatar, Star Wars, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, X-Men and Terminator to study the various special effects used in them. Each movie is different and he wants us to understand, learn and implement those effects in Ra.One.”
The source continues, “Apart from studying these movies, we are sketching, sculpting various characters that might fit into the movie. We are also fine tuning various special effects.”
Anubhav Sinha remained unavailable for comment.
Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor, notoriously Bollywood’s fittest and most health-conscious stars, are not the rich chocolate cake-eating types. But Sajid Nadiadwala would not let his lead pair get away with anything less than that. What were a few calories, after all, when the filmmaker was celebrating a double whammy on Friday — the end of the producers and multiplex owners’ stand-off and the release date of his muchawaited film Kambakkt Ishq. Make a note, it’s been fixed for Friday, July 3, the first big budget film to hit Indian theatres this year — and both Bollywood and Hollywood are eagerly waiting for the release. Sajid is ecstatic, naturally; he has worked hard on this film, packed it with all the masala that Indian audiences are starved for, and the producer is convinced that he has a hit on his hands. The entertainment business could not have got off to a more rocking start after the dry spell caused by the multiplexes strike. Akshay and Kareena, who happily cancelled other engagements on Friday to celebrate the film’s imminent launch with Sajid, director Sabbir Khan and music director Anu Malik, had their cake and More >