Posts tagged vivek agnihotri
Renuka Vyavahare (BOMBAY TIMES; May 2, 2013)
The tumultuous personal life of 70s Bollywood superstar Parveen Babi continues to be the favourite fodder for filmmakers. Mahesh Bhatt made Smita Patil essay the role of his former girlfriend in Arth (1982) and Kangana Ranaut too played the yesteryear sex symbol in Mohit Suri’s Woh Lamhe (2006).
Now, we hear that one of the lead characters from Vivek Agnihotri’s next, Freedom, too is inspired by Parveen. South actress Payal Ghosh will be essaying the role.
Says our source, “In the film, Payal’s track bears an uncanny resemblance to Parveen’s reportedly turbulent relationship with Kabir Bedi. Parveen had a successful film career, but her personal life was tragic. Her insecurities and depression have been captured in the segment. Also, one of the segments will be based on Sanjay Dutt.”
Vivek says, “I won’t name the reallife people who have inspired me, as I don’t want publicity. Besides, the characters in my film have been based on not just Bollywood actors, but also certain people from other walks of life.”
Like her predecessors Tamannaah and Taapsee, Bollywood newbie Harika Payal too made her South film debut opposite Manoj Manchu
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; April 15, 2013)
Not one but two South actresses have made their Bollywood debuts recently. And third in the line is Harika Payal, aka Payal Ghosh, who is all set to make her foray into the Hindi film industry with Vivek Agnihotri’s Freedom. Incidentally, all the three girls made their South film debuts opposite actor Manoj Manchu.
A source says, “After Tamannaah (Himmatwala) and Taapsee Pannu (Chasme Baddoor), it is Harika Payal’s turn to make her Bollywood debut. While Tamannaah made her debut opposite Manoj in the 2005 starrer Sri, Taapsee made her debut opposite the actor in Jummandi Naadam in 2010.” Says Harika, “I went through the routine procedure of giving auditions and got selected for Vivek’s film. It was similar to how I got my debut film in the South opposite Manoj. Being from Mumbai, I wanted to do a Hindi film.” The actress was not even aware of the unusual coincidence. She says, “I hope I get the same success as them.” Harika plays a superstar in Vivek’s film.
Singer, lyricist and now an actor, Swanand Kirkire tells us how he’s going about his latest role
Roshmila Bhattacharya (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 7, 2013)
Swanand Kirkire has donned several hats and now this writer-singer-lyricist-assistant director will be seen as an actor in Vivek Agnihotri’s upcoming film, Freedom. Although, his role is significant to the plot and is quite challenging, Kirkire is taking it in his stride. “Everyone knows I’m not an actor, so I’m just enjoying the process, “ he laughs.
Kirkire plays father to one of the three lead actors. Elaborating on Kirkire’s role, Vivek says: “He is a meek but ambitious middle-class government clerk. He is often in conflict with his son. The role is perfect for him. Much like the character, a strongly opinionated creator like him can easily get lost in a social setting.”
However, it is not always a cakewalk on the sets. “In Freedom I am a married man with a son, while in real life I am still a bachelor! I am pitted against a powerful actress like Deepti Naval and it is quite a learning experience. It was amazing just to watch her walk through the streets of Delhi’s RK Puram and get permission from a gurdwara to click a ‘family picture’ for the film,” he adds.
While he has given his inputs to the detailed script, he has so far stayed away from contributing with dialogues and lyrics. However, he might pen the theme song. “For now, I’m enjoying doing all that I don’t get to do in real life,” quips Kirkire.
He is yet to More >
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; October 15, 2012)
One man’s loss is another man’s gain. Who would know it better than choreographer Salman Yusuf Khan who has replaced actor Chandan Roy Sanyal in Vivek Agnihotri’s upcoming film Freedom.
After Chandan opted out due to date issues, the director had been on the lookout for a replacement. After realising that Salman had acting skills as well, he signed the choreographer as the film’s lead.
Agnihotri says, “The dates of Nikhil Advani’s film D-Day and my film were similar. I finally told Chandan to go ahead and do Nikhil’s film and I was looking for some options. That’s when I saw Salman doing some scenes with his team. He said he was playing one of the leads in Remo’s upcoming film ABCD – Any Body Can Dance and I immediately auditioned him. I was so impressed with him that I immediately signed him.”
The filmmaker is upbeat about Salman’s future in Bollywood. He states, “I can easily say that he will be better than the two boys in Karan Johar’s film.” Salman was Isha Sherwani’s choregrapher in ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa’.
Caught between two projects with similar dates, the actor opts for the one he signed first – Nikhil Advani’s D-Day
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 2, 2012)
Vivek Agnihotri is livid at Chandan Roy Sanyal quitting his next project, Freedom, to start shooting for Nikhil Advani’s upcoming film D-Day. So much so, on Sunday, the director took to social networking site Twitter to vent his anger, posting some rather uncomplimentary remarks about the actor, albeit without taking names.
However, we’ve learnt Chandan was left with no option but to walk out of Agnihotri’s film. The actor had signed Advani’s film way before he gave his nod to Agnihotri’s flick. At the time, he was told Freedom would start by end of year. So, he was fine with the October dates allotted to D- Day as he thought Agnihotri’s film would start only later.
A source corroborated the news saying, “Chandan signed Nikhil’s film six months back and Agnihotri’s Freedom one and a half month ago. They didn’t tell him at the time about starting the shoot in October. Naturally, he was taken aback when Agnihotri’s team informed him recently about the change in plan. Since he had already committed to Nikhil’s D- Day, there was no chance he could leave that film.”
While Chandan remained unavailable for comment, Agnihotri said wryly, “This is part of filmmaking and all these things always happen for the better. It’s destiny.”
Government tells Supreme Court that it will allow smoking scenes if the actor issues a ‘warning’ twice during the film
BOMBAY TIMES (September 7, 2012)
Smoking scenes will be back on the silver screen as the government, on Tuesday, informed the Supreme Court that it would shortly permit them — though with the strict stipulation that one of the actors in the scene warns viewers that smoking kills.
A bench of Justice P Sathasivam and Justice Ranjan Gogoi was told that the new notification would mandate that films showing a smoking scene would show the actor giving a warning at the start of the film and in between (after the interval) while a static message would be displayed in the course of the scene showing smoking.
Senior counsel V Shekhar, appearing for the government, told the court that the notification, superseding all earlier notifications prohibiting smoking scenes, would be issued on September 14. He said that September 14 was important because on that day, Heroine, that has scenes of Kareena Kapoor smoking, is going to be released (isn’t it releasing on 21st?).
Adjourning the hearing of the matter, the apex court declined to entertain a plea by a counsel seeking exemption for the release of this film. Justice Sathasivam said, “We have to prioritise the issues. People are not getting water and food. You can survive without showing smoking and liquor scenes.”
The notification will pave way for amending rules that currently restrain filmmakers from showing smoking. More >
The director engaged in a casual conversation with the Hollywood actor at a Delhi hotel lobby without realising who he was
Asira Tarannum (MID-DAY; September 4, 2012)
This one was a classic case of mistaken identity. Vivek Agnihotri was in Delhi recently and bumped into Ashton Kutcher at a hotel in the capital city. While the two chatted casually about the weather, sources say that the filmmaker had no idea that he had been in conversation with the Hollywood actor.
Our source says, “Vivek was in Delhi for a recce of his upcoming political saga. Ashton too was in Delhi as he is busy working on his next film jOBS, where he plays Steve Jobs. Both of them were staying at Hotel Claridges.”
During one of the mornings at the hotel, Vivek was waiting for his car in the lobby, when apparently a “hippie looking lean guy” appeared in the lobby to wait for his vehicle. The source adds that the two chatted about the weather and the fact that they were both working on “shoestring budget films”. They shared a laugh and proceeded towards their respective cars. The source says, “Vivek knew that the crew of Ashton’s film was staying at the same hotel and assumed that the ‘hippie man’ was just another actor from the team.”
It was only when the hotel’s duty manager informed Vivek that he had in fact been chatting to Ashton all the while, the filmmaker realised the actor’s true identity. Speaking to us, Vivek admits, “With the get-up he was in, it was difficult to recognise him. It’s a More >
Nikhil Dwivedi on his equation with Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan and his upcoming film
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; August 7, 2012)
Nikhil Dwivedi might have been out of news for a while but the actor is all set to make a comeback with his next film with Richa Chadha. Post that he will commence work on another, believed to be based on gangster Abu Salem. In an interview Nikhil talks about his equations with SRK and Salman, while trying to dodge questions about his gangster next…
How do you manage to stay close to both SRK and Salman? Because they are both good people. And let’s go to the next question please.
We heard you are doing a biopic on Abu Salem. Is that right? I will not take names but my next project is currently a work in progress. All I can say is that for an actor, it’s always a challenge to play a real-life character and especially if the subject has been so much in public domain. I cannot reveal much yet, but I am extremely excited to start work on my next, which will be loosely inspired from real life people, events and happenings.
But why Abu Salem? I did not say it’s about Abu Salem.
Is it true you had applied for permission to visit Taloja jail, where Salem is currently housed? (Looking surprised) Well what can I say? RAW must hire you!
You seem to be drawn more towards realistic cinema. What’s your take on mainstream films? I do not differentiate. Cinema is cinema. It should entertain and wherever and whenever possible, it must make a relevant point More >
Erotica and profane language become the norm rather than the exception in Bollywood
Garima Sharma (BOMBAY TIMES; July 22, 2012)
Hindi cinema of the 70s was replete with symbolism, where everything from sculptures to flowers could effortlessly imply sexual indulgences. Cut to the new millennium, and Hindi films have undergone a sexual metamorphosis, exploding at their seams, as they are now, with adult content. And this time, it’s as real as it gets. From the genre of sex comedies to erotic content, use of profanities and explicit publicity material, filmmakers seem to be tapping upon the country’s new found acceptance of kinky content.
THE USE OF ABUSE This new age storytelling began with the casual use of colloquial abuses and is now laden with four letter cuss words. Case in point — the supposed watershed moment brought in by Delhi Belly, which used very many cuss words and also didn’t compromise on its raunchiness quotient. A research paper on the abusive content in Hindi films records that the words f**k/f*****g/f****r were used 79 times in this movie! At the time of the movie’s release, producer Aamir Khan had cited the irreverence in the movie as a reality of life, justifying the content saying, “It (the movie) doesn’t have any skin-show but ashleel (obscene) language has been used… the movie will change the definition of bold films in the industry.”
EROTIC TRICK Filmmakers today have finally become unapologetic about visually presenting sex, kink and More >
Vivek Agnihotri pulls off a coup of sorts, with both acting titans apparently agreeing to do his new film
Hiren Kotwani (MID-DAY; May 29, 2012)
Finally, the two acting titans, Amitabh Bachchan and Naseeruddin Shah are all set to work together in a film. While they have not officially signed on the dotted line, Vivek Agnihotri is planning to bring them together in Twelve, his remake of Sidney Lumet’s 12 Angry Men (1957) that itself was based on a teleplay.
And that’s not all. Agnihotri is also keen to cast, along with Om Puri, Paresh Rawal and Boman Irani, Pankaj Kapur and Annu Kapoor. Reason being that the last two featured in Ek Ruka Hua Faisla, Basu Chatterjee’s adaptation of the film and the teleplay.
The filmmaker conceded that he had spoken to everyone from Big B and Naseer to Paresh and Boman. “It’s a brilliant story, the action of which takes place within the confines of a single room. It’s a classic play and every time it’s been made into a film, it has won laurels,” says Agnihotri. However, the director is not going to start work on the film soon. As he reveals, “In fact, I’m planning to make another script. I’ll start Twelve sometime end of this year.”
Ashutosh returns to acting Interestingly, the film also marks the return of Ashutosh Gowariker to acting. He had earlier starred in Kundan Shah’s Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1993). And the last time he faced the camera was in the detective series CID (1998-99). Agnihotri says, “With age and experience, I’m sure he’ll More >