Posts tagged Vickey Lalwani
Shah Rukh Khan agrees to the south superstar’s suggested changes for his ambitious film RA.One, even though it takes him over-budget
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 05, 2011)
On October 3, 2011, Mumbai Mirror reported how the ailing south superstar, Rajinikanth, defied doctors orders to rest to shoot a cameo for Shah Rukh Khan’s ambitious project, RA.One.
While SRK might essay the superhero G.One in his film, Rajinikanth is known as the reining superhero, both on and off screen. And so, it is no surprise that the news of Rajini’s cameo in SRK’s superhero film has sparked much speculation over the actor’s character in the film.
A source told Mumbai Mirror that many in the industry are of the opinion that Rajini essays his Robot character Chitti. However, given Rajini’s gravity defying persona, others seem to think that SRK has roped in the south superstar to play his superhero-self.
While his character has been a major topic of discussion, the source also revealed that Rajini made some creative changes to his sequences in the film that director Anubhav Sinha and SRK had originally envisaged.
“During the filming at Whistling Woods, Goregaon West, Rajinikanth wanted changes in the action and visuals. These changes will be implemented, but it will take some additional VFX, which in turn will add to Shah Rukh’s costs,” said the source.
The source added, “SRK and Sinha deliberated on Rajini’s changes for a few minutes. The cost to Shah Rukh and the co-producers Eros More >
Abhay Deol is not much of a singer. The actor who lent his voice to the Senorita number in Zoya Akhtar’s Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, had admitted in one of his interviews that his singing needed a lot of fine tuning by electronic devices before it could finally be put in the album.
For his second song, the actor however, doesn’t want to leave everything to mere machines. In his next film, Rock The Shaadi (earlier titled Shaadi Of The Dead) the actor will lend his voice to a song. This time, with a lot of practice.
A source revealed, “Abhay has been undertaking professional singing lessons. After hearing his voice in the Senorita number from ZNMD, Abhay has decided that hereafter he wouldn’t let the machines govern what needs to be done with his voice.”
Abhay, who plays a member of a rock band in the film, will be seen opposite Genelia D’Souza. Rock The Shaadi is being produced by Ekta Kapoor and directed by Navdeep Singh. The film goes on floors soon and is expected to release next year.
Insiders suggest that it was her one time admirer and the show’s co-host Salman Khan who convinced the makers to rope her in
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 04, 2011)
Circa 2007, with a forgettable role in Nayee Padosan and an item number in Chameli under her belt, Mahek Chahal’s career was not really the talk of the town. Enter Salman Khan, and her name was being recommended to filmmakers across the industry. Needless to say, the girl soon warmed up to her knight in shining armour.
Cut to 2011, Mahek sitting with her family in Norway gets a call from Bigg Boss season 5. Interestingly, sources from the industry reveal that this time too, it was the same Knight who helped get her out of Norway.
A source told Mumbai Mirror, “Mahek was very disappointed with the way that Bollywood treated her. She felt that she deserved a better deal and moved back to Norway. Salman was still in touch with her. In fact it was he who recommended her name to the producers of Bigg Boss.”
“Bigg Boss 5 is definitely a big ticket for Mahek. She could become a household name. Salman obviously informed Mahek asked whether she was interested in joining the show. Mahek knew that Salman ne kaha hai toh zaroor ho jayega,” added the source.
Added the source, “When Mahek got the call from the channel she already had her bags packed to enter the Bigg Boss 5 house. She has come in very confidently. Salman is backing her to the hilt.”
Ekta Kapoor’s The Dirty Picture directed by Milan Luthria seems to be a hotseat for controversies. A source close to the film informed Mumbai Mirror that the story based on the life of Silk Smitha also has a character based on the controversial film journalist (late) Devyani Chaubal.
Anju Mahendroo, the actress known for her relationship with Rajesh Khanna, will be seen playing a film journalist who traces Silk Smitha’s (played by Vidya Balan) growth in the south Indian film industry.
It was Anju herself who suggested that her character should be based on Devyani. “I told Milan that I knew Devyani at a personal level and it would be easier for me to base my character on her,” revealed Anju.
Explaining how her character is similar to that of Devyani, Anju said, “In one scene, Vidya comes up to me and asks ‘Who are you?’ When I introduce myself, she shoots back, ‘Oh so you are the one who writes all the nasty things about me’. And then I answer back, ‘Well, it’s better to be written about than not’.
The director, who rarely uses the social networking site, learnt of a fake profile account in his name that took pot-shots at the industry’s leading men
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 01, 2011)
Leading director, Rajkumar Hirani was the recent victim of identity theft. Reportedly, the director learnt of his Twitter imposter only two months after the fake account was created. And to top off his woes, the unidentified individual used the account to take pot-shots at the leading men of the industry.
A source informed us that Hirani, who does not use the social networking site frequently, was alerted about the fake profile by his friends.
The source explained, “Raju is not a Twitter person. He has an account, but he barely tweets. A false twitter profile in Hirani’s name was created.
The person began tweeting about Shah Rukh Khan and Abhishek Bachchan in a disrespectful manner. When Raju came to know about this, he was shocked.”
Initially, the tweets were not very offensive and so many of the people they were targeted at, chose to ignore them. However, the source said that the comments gradually became vicious. “It was a cause of major embarrassment to Hirani and he was flabbergasted at the profane remarks,” added the source.
When contacted, Hirani said, “Yes, it is true that there is an imposter who would keep tweeting offensive thoughts. I have filed an official complaint about it to the Twitter head office.” Reportedly, after he filed the complaint, the Twitter More >
Hrithik follows his father’s orders; ropes in physical trainer Satyajit Chaurasia to help him buff up for Krrish sequel
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 01, 2011)
Hrithik Roshan practising with a sword in Jodhaa Akbar did not just make women go weak in their knees, it made men go green with envy. And now, the actor is all set to revive his Greek God avatar. In fact, this time around, Hrithik will be seen in his muscular best.
The actor who first dropped a few sizes for Zoya Akhtar’s Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and then gained it all back for Karan Johar’s Agneepath by consuming as many as 22 eggs a day, has started training under Satyajit Chaurasia (see pic below) for his forthcoming film, Krrish sequel.
A source informed Mumbai Mirror, “Hrithik has to undergo muscle maturity now. Woh kafi lean ho gaya hai. He has to gain some weight for Krissh sequel.” And the man assigned for the job is his physical trainer, Satyajit Chaurasia. The training will start 14 days from now.
Revealed the source, “Hrithik did gain weight for Agneepath. But now that he finished the portions where he was supposed to look bulky, he has again become lean. He needs to follow a strict diet plan and exercise regimen to get into the shape his father Rakesh Roshan wants for the sequel to Krrish.”
When contacted, Chaurasia said, “Yes, Hrithik will undergo training to increase his muscle maturity. I will be with him on it.”
Hrithik has a deadline too. Krrish 2 goes on floors in a month. Hence, More >
Dev Anand talks about the things that attract him in life – women, movies and the wish to achieve more
Vickey Lalwani and Latika Mehta (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 30, 2011)
Chargesheet is a few hours from its release. How do you feel?
I’m in a state of suspense. I’ve made a film with a lot of responsibility. Let the world decide. It is an original film and not a remake. It is a contemporary film against corruption in the police force. I have really worked hard. Ab dekhte hain kya hota hai. Honestly, I never get carried away. If there is no elevator, I still climb the stairs. When I call my colleagues, I have to go through six secretaries. I wonder what happened to them. I know they are busy, but who isn’t?
We hear, you have lot of NRI fans who finance your films. Right?
Yes, they are prepared to put their money, but I have never asked for it.
What if Chargesheeet doesn’t do well?
There are many films of mine that haven’t done well. My setbacks, frustrations, sorrows are very short-lived. That’s my definition of life. We all have our insecurities. Even the Prime Minister in a democracy is insecure, so why not me?
How was it working with Riya Sen in Chargesheet? She is known to throw a lot of tantrums.
Riya needed pampering. I did that. I think the boys too pampered her. See, the thing is, wisdom nahi aati hai young ladkiyon ko. She would come late on the sets. She made her own clothes. Agar main banata toh kuch aur baat hoti.
Ramesh Sippy admitted in an interview with More >
Certain people who have recommended Mausam in a trade magazine are themselves unaware of the same
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 29, 2011)
Shahid Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor starrer Mausam hit the theatres on September 23. The project remained in the news for weeks before it’s much publicized release. And now, less than a week after its release, the film is back in news. And this time, for all the wrong reasons.
A trade magazine published on Sunday September 25, 2011 had its pages filled with adverts praising Shahid’s performance and Pankaj Kapur’s brilliance in the recent release. Surprisingly, some of the personalities quoted in those very commercials were not even aware that their names had been used. What’s more, even Shahid Kapoor, the lead actor did not know about the publicity campaign.
A friend of the actor told Mumbai Mirror, “Shahid is flabbergasted. He cannot believe that such a thing has been carried out without even keeping him in the loop. Agar usko thoda sa bhi pata hota, toh use permission definitely nahin diya hota.”
The official spokesperson of the actor added, “Shahid is not aware of these ads. He has been busy with post overseas productions. The producers of Mausam must have put these ads out.”
A source informed us, “At least three prominent personalities who have been quoted in the advert were not informed about it. Some of them learnt about it only on Tuesday, when their friends from the industry called them up. Obviously it was a More >
Returning to direction after 16 years, Ramesh Sippy, gets talking about his passion for filmmaking, Sholay and upsetting Dev Anand
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 28, 2011)
What made you return to direction after 16 years?
The urge to make films that I possessed when I was 16-years-old, is still there. And I want to satisfy that urge. The more pertinent question would be ‘Why did I not direct for 16 years?’
And the answer to that is…
Those were the days when piracy had invaded the industry and Hindi cinema had started to deteriorate. I wanted to take a step back and take stock of the situation. It is always good to reflect, isn’t it? Maybe, I took too long. This sabbatical also coincided with my son Rohan growing up. Trying to help him get into his stride, took away some time as well. Now that he is settled, I am free to pursue my original passion.
Did you never want to hire young directors like Yash Chopra?
Everyone is free to do what he wants. I do not think like him. As for me returning to direction at 64… if Clint Eastwood can direct films at 75, why can’t I? It’s not like I went to the mountains and wasn’t in touch with Bollywood.
Do you think Hindi cinema has deteriorated with time?
To be honest, we had rubbish films even then. And there is nothing that doesn’t undergo change. In fact, now, if you look around, you’ll find that the audience is not rejecting a good film – be it No One Killed Jessica, Tanu Weds Manu or Singham. But yes, the audience today More >
Priyanka Chopra’s cousin Parineeti seems to have replaced Anushka Sharma; now the Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl actress will star in production house’s next opposite Arjun Kapoor
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 27, 2011)
It seems that Anushka Sharma is no longer the blue-eyed girl of Yash Raj Films. And it seems that Priyanka Chopra’s cousin Parineeti has taken over. Parineeti, who features in Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl, was the latest YRF discovery. Initially, the industry was abuzz with speculation that Anushka would star opposite Boney Kapoor’s son Arjun in Habib Faisal’s next. But now we hear that Parineeti has been considered for the role.
A source told Mumbai Mirror, “YRF has decided that Parineeti is apt for the role. Habib Faisal is also very keen to work with Parineeti. Ditto for Aditya Chopra, who always takes most of the final decisions in YRF. An official announcement will be made in this regard very soon.”
Before she was signed up for Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl, Parineeti used to work in the marketing section of YRF Films. However, Aditya Chopra felt she was actress material. “Parineeti is doing an excellent job in Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl. She has good acting abilities. She fits the role in Habib’s film perfectly,” added the source.
When contacted, the YRF spokesperson said, “Anushka was never an option as the role needs a new girl. No final decision has been taken yet. We shall make an announcement as soon as we finalise the More >