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Ang Lee’s adaptation of Yann Martel’s 2001 bestseller is likely to have the actress play the role of Pi’s mother
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 01, 2010)
Post our report on newcomer Suraj Singh playing the protagonist in Ang Lee’s adaptation of Yann Martel’s bestseller Life Of Pi there is better news.
The latest buzz is that while the Academy Award winning director is auditioning actors like Sushant Singh and Sonu Sood to cast Pi’s father, he has apparently signed Tabu to play the role of Pi’s mother in the film. The makers of the film will start shooting in Pondicherry in January 2011.
Our source said, “Ang Lee was in Mumbai some days ago and stayed in a five star hotel in Bandra. His casting director and he had shortlisted some actors who were called for auditions.”
Confirming this, Sushant Singh said, “Yes, I met Ang Lee and his casting director. I had sent them a tape and they called me to meet them. They have shortlisted a couple of people and I am one of the contenders. I am hoping for the best.”
Meanwhile, Lee apparently also met Tabu and signed her on for the role of Pi’s mother. Tabu has been very selective with her choice of films of late. She was last seen in Toh Baat Pakki earlier this year and in Cheeni Kum in 2007.
Though the actress has worked in a couple of films down South, she has not signed on any new Bollywood films in the meantime.
Another source close to the film said, “Ang Lee had been watching Tabu’s work and More >
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; March 20, 2010)
The over-imaginative PR machinery of actresses uses one weapon at regular intervals. Every time they feel that they need to get their heroine’s stock up, they brainwash journalists into believing that X actress has been paid an X amount. So you’re sipping your cuppa one morning and you almost fall off your couch, when you read that Priyanka Chopra got paid Rs 6 crore for Pyaar Impossible, or Kangna Ranaut will be paid Rs 5 crore for a film with a minister’s son, and Kareena Kapoor got paid Rs 10 crore for Golmaal 3 (later brought down to Rs 7 crore), while Katrina Kaif is offered Rs 7 crore by Abbas-Mustan for The Italian Job. When this round of blitzkrieg is done, you’ll have a final rumour on how Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who is actually still in demand, is being offered a sum that totals the price of the current lot of divas.
“Circulating rumours on prices is the easiest thing,” says trade consultant Amod Mehra. “The truth is often very far away from the actuality. And, the market right now is certainly not ready to pay the heroines the prices they or their kith often claim.” Mehra explains that the reason for this is simple logic. You don’t have to be Einstein to know that Bollywood heroines still don’t sell a film. Therefore, any producer who pays a heroine a price, has to pay a price for it! More >
TWO THRILLERS RELEASING TOMORROW!
Following the debacle of last week’s Toh Baat Pakki and Click, all eyes now are on tomorrow’s two big releases, Karthik Calling Karthik (KCK) and Teen Patti (TP). After these films, there would be no biggie releasing till April end as it is (wrongly) assumed that people don’t go to theatres when IPL is going on!
My take on these two films:
KARTHIK CALLING KARTHIK: The promos of this Farhan Akhtar-Deepika Padukone starrer has clicked with the youngsters. Also, the title of the film and that the protagonist in the film getting a call from himself has made everyone curious. “How can that happen?” they are asking themselves and will be surely catching the flick to get the answer! However, such kind of a psychological thriller might not be accepted by all, especially the masses. Till now very few films in this genre has succeeded (classic example-Bhool Bhulaiyaa). Hence, the commercial prospects for KCK shall be bright only if it gets a great response. It would surely get a better opening than Teen Patti, the other release.
TEEN PATTI: TP gives us a chance to see two ‘living legends’ together-Amitabh Bachchan and Sir Ben Kingsley! The plot seems similar to the Hollywood film 21 but the film has managed to make its presence felt. It also stars Madhavan and it marks the debut of Shakti Kapoor’s daughter Shraddha along with three other newcomers. If one goes by the promos, then the film seems to be a thrilling heluva ride. More >
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Click opened to a dull response of 10-15%, Toh Baat Pakki was better but still poor at 15-20%. Both films need to pick up over the Saturday and Sunday to have worthwhile collections at the box office.
My Name Is Khan has scored in its first week, even circuits which dropped heavily over weekdays have managed to put up good first week totals. The early estimates for week one are around 45 crore nett. The film will emerge a Hit at worst unless the second week has a huge crash in collections.
Ishqiya takes its three week total to around 22 crore nett. AVERAGE
By Taran Adarsh, February 19, 2010 – 10:00 IST
A lot of present-day directors seem inspired by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee’s movies. The veterans told simple stories in the most simplistic manner. Director Kedarh Shinde, one presumes, also seems inspired by their master works and attempts to narrate a story that’s identifiable and at the same time, dipped in humour.
But TOH BAAT PAKKI is not as invigorating as one expects it to be. The film has some wonderful moments, some old-world charm, but the humour, at several points, falls flat. Especially towards the penultimate portions.BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
Final word? It’s a half-baked fare!
Rajeshwari [Tabu], married to Vinay [Ayub Khan], dreams of getting her sister Nisha [Yuvika Choudhary] married to the most suitable boy within their Saxena community. Also, Rajeshwari is against the dowry system.
Rajeshwari finds a good Saxena boy studying engineering and has prospects of a promising future. Rahul [Sharman Joshi] is a good proposition for her sister and she even gets him to move into her house as a paying guest.
However, when Rajeshwari learns that Rahul is not interested in marriage, she smartly devices a plan to bring her sister and make them get to know each other. She’s confident that once he meets Nisha, there is no turning away. They fall in love. Rajeshwari is happy. Marriage is fixed.
Things take a turn when Yuvraaj [Vatsal Sheth] lands up at Rajeshwari’s house. Yuvraaj is also a Saxena. He More >
BONDING WITH THE BEST: Tabu and Sharman Joshi
Tabu and Sharman Joshi bonded big time on the sets of their film
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; February 19, 2010)
In an industry dominated by men, Tabu runs a parallel economy. Whether it isChandni Bar, Astitva, Macchis, Hu Tu Tu or today’s release Toh Baat Pakki, Tabu has carved a niche for herself as a one-woman industry. Her films have usually revolved around her, and her performances have kept her audience rivetted.
“Listen, I have not given too much thought to this hero-status that you’re giving me,’’ says the twice National Award winning actress. “To me, when I play the protagonist, it just means that I have to work that much harder to come up with an outstanding performance. All these epitaphs of being a woman and being accorded the herostatus is all fine for the ego. But, the thought that is uppermost on my mind always is that I must excel in what I do.’’
Tabu admits that though she has never looked at her past or present films with the perspective of them ‘revolving’ around her, she would like to always feel responsible for her cinema. “If my producer Ramesh Taurani and my director Kedar Shinde have placed their bets on me, then I should deliver. It is heartening that filmmakers look at me as if I’m the hero. I can’t see things from their eyes though. I enjoy working with people like Rameshji because he has a 100 per cent track record and he’s the kind of producer who will only attempt a film if he’s More >
After playing bold roles in films such as Hu Tu Tu, Maachis, Astitva and Chandni Bar to name a few, one of the country’s finest actresses Tabu will once be seen in a women-oriented Hindi film. The film, to be directed by Nandita Das, is the screen adaptation of Chitra Banerjee Divkaruni’s book The Vine Of Desire. The last time literature and Tabu came together was in Mira Nair’s screen adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri’s book The Namesake.
Tabu was last seen as a lead actress in a Hindi film in 2007 when she did Balki’s Cheeni Kum. In 2008 she only did two Telugu films lending credence to the belief that she has shifted base to Hyderabad. But now, the elusive actress is ready to return to Hindi films with Toh Baat Pakki in which she plays an incorrigible matchmaker.
But it’s The Vine Of Desire, an elegiac novel of two sisters, that Tabu’s fans will eagerly wait for. The film’s producer Sanjay Gupta went to great lengths to acquire filming rights of the book. Gupta says, “I waited patiently to get the rights for this novel since I really loved it. Then I spoke to Tabu who I thought was perfect for the film. Luckily, she had loved the book too. Tabu and I are excited about working together .”Nandita Das
However, the project was green lighted by the actress only after the director was finalised.
Gupta adds, “I had loved More >
Ramesh Taurani shares his success ‘tips’
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; January 30, 2010)
Fifteen years, 24 films, the latest being 2009’s blockbuster Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, has put Tips Industries and its head honcho Ramesh Taurani on Bollywood’s power list. A man of few words, Ramesh has also been the enterprising mind behind a 100 music videos and his audio company has a catalogue of 500 of the best Hindi tracks.
His work in the field of media entertainment speaks volumes about him. Says Ramesh, “The secret of our success is simple. While green-lighting a project, we at Tips have always given priority to the story-line and the director. Our casting has always been in tandem with the script. While I admit that superstars lend charisma to a project, I’m also of the firm opinion that a good script never fails to deliver. Content is king.”
As a new age filmmaker he feels that the right amount of gloss and aggressive marketing are necessary ingredients to sell films to today’s evolved audience.
Ramesh’s next is the crackerjack comedy Toh Baat Pakki with Tabu and Sharman Joshi, scheduled for a mid February release. And work is also on for a slick sequel to Abbas-Mustan’s Race. Race-2 will have Anil Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan and two dishy girls, whose names he refuses to disclose as yet.
Ramesh also feels that in recent times, Bollywood has made films that have cut across genres; but at the same time, he is also concerned about More >
The talented actress will be seen in a Bollywood comedy releasing on Feb 19
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; January 17, 2010)
It’s time to uncork the bubbly. Two times National Award winning actress Tabu who’s been sorely missed by discerning cineastes, will be back on the silver screen on February 19 in producer Ramesh Taurani’s Toh Baat Pakki. Says Ramesh, “the film is a slice of life comedy in the genre made by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee.’’
The first look of the film will unfold across satellite channels today January 17, 2010 and the excitement around the project can be felt. TBP is directed by the very talented Marathi film writer-director Kedar Shinde who has stormed the Marathi box office with Agabai Arrechya, Jatra, Majha Navra Tujhi Baiko and Galgale Nighale.
About his Bollywood debut, Kedar says, `I’m grateful to Ramesh Taurani for giving me Tabu in my very first film. She’s hugely talented; and what’s more—she is a very humble person. I just loved working with her.’’
There you go—whether it is the junta or the director, everyone is singing Tabu’s praises. The actress herself says she only green-lighted this project because her producers-Tips Films categorically told her that if she wasn’t in the film, they would not make it. “It is very flattering for an actor to hear this,’’ says Tabu. She continues, “I agreed to this film because I haven’t done a comedy for a while. And, everything More >