Posts tagged vikramarkudu
Lata Srinivasan (BOMBAY TIMES; July 9, 2012)
The latest Bollywood remake of Vikramarkudu, Rowdy Rathore (which was made as Siruthai in Tamil) smashed the opening weekend collections with over 50 crore. Vikramarkudu has been made in four other languages and has proved to be a superhit every single time. So does a South Indian filmmaker hold the secret formula to on-screen success?
Take a look at the number of South remakes that have made more than Rs 100 crore at the BO in B-Town – Wanted, Bodyguard, Ready, Housefull 2, Ghajini, Singham and the latest Rowdy Rathore. These movies, together, have collected well over 650 crore proving that the South Indian directors know how to drive fans to theatres and set cash registers ringing.
Many may feel that the trend of remaking South movies started with A R Murugadoss’s Ghajini. But the fact is the trend has existed since the time of Jeetendra and Sridevi – their Himmatwala was a remake of the Telugu film. So why are South movies a good bet for B-Town filmmakers today? Murugadoss feels mass action movies are making a strong comeback with fans, edging out the so-called class, popcorn, multiplex films that were ruling the roost in the past decade. Another important factor is quality content in the south movies thanks to topnotch technical teams, creative writers and professionals.
While local sensibilities definitely vary across the country, one undisputable fact say directors and producers, is that a good story and universal theme More >
Sanjay Leela Bhansali on his Friday release, future films and his TV show
Upala KBR (BOMBAY TIMES; June 1, 2012)
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s production Rowdy Rathore, mainlining Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha and directed by Prabhu Dheva, releases today. The trailer of his next production, Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi, directed by his sister Bela Bhansali Sehgal, releases with RR. In August, he will direct Kareena Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in his next. He’s also producing India’s grandest television extravaganza, Saraswati Chandra. In conversation with SLB over chai and chaat…
What prompted you to make a massy, commercial film like Rowdy Rathore? I wanted to make a hit film. As a producer, it’s important to make films that are different from my usual style. I wanted to make a film that would entertain people, and I wanted them to go home loving everything — the songs, the dialogues, the action. RR is not my genre, but I wanted to be part of a film that people like watching. Guzaarish changed my perspective on life, and purged me of my fear of death and sorrow. Now I am in a happy, adventurous zone. I want to do different things.
How did RR happen? My co-producer Shabina (Khan) asked me to see the Telugu film Vikramarkudu on which RR is based. I found the plot wonderfully entertaining, and felt it was a film that needed to be produced in Hindi. I am extremely proud of what we have made. It is entertaining, beautifully-crafted and has great action and songs. My mother More >