Posts tagged Wanted
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 18, 2012)
Liquor baron Ponty Chadha, who was killed along with his brother Hardeep after they fired at each other inside a farmhouse in Delhi’s Chhattarpur area on Saturday afternoon, had other business interests included real estate, sugar mills and film production, which he used to look after along with his two brothers – Hardeep and Rajinder.
Ponty was one of the three sons of Chadha Group founder Kulwant Singh Chadha, who died in 2011. After the death of their father, the three brothers were jointly managing the Chadha Group, which had been consolidated under the Wave brand. The group was headed by Ponty, who also ran a popular chain of multiplexes.
He was said to have interests in Pooja Bhatt’s Jism 3 and Cabaret. Confirming this, her uncle Mukesh Bhatt said: “He was genuinely interested in investing in the entertainment world. We have lost a dynamicpersonality in our business. I worked with him in Murder 2 and Jism 2.”Also, Ponty was in advanced talks with Vinod Bachchan, who has been doing the rounds of temples to see his Sanjay Dutt-Vivek Oberoi starrer Zila Ghaziabad. A source close to Bachchan said, “The film was to get a December 11 release. Vinod vows to brave this out. Let’s see.” Chadha last distributed the Ashvini Yardi-Akshay Kumar co-production OMG Oh My God which turned out to be a winning proposition. Prior to OMG, he had bought the distribution rights of Vidya Balan starrer Kahaani, directed by Sujoy More >
While on the sets of Dabangg 2, the actor was heard discussing action sequences with the filmmaker
Prachi Kadam (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 25, 2012)
Theirs is a team that revived the trend of remaking south-based films. Not to mention gave birth to the idea of making nothing less than Rs 100 crore at the box office.
Indeed, when they last joined hands, Salman Khan and choreographer-turned-filmmaker Prabhu Dheva gave the audience a blockbuster in Wanted (2009).
And while the two of them haven’t worked together ever since, they do share some great camaraderie. This was evident on Tuesday evening when Prabhu was seen chatting for a long time with Salman, who was busy shooting the Dabangg 2 song Pandeyji Seeti Maare with Malaika Arora Khan and Sonakshi Sinha. Salman was overheard discussing the action sequences of the sequel with Prabhu, and the two seemed to be having a lot of fun.
“Prabhu and Salman were having fun catching up on films. Salman was discussing Dabangg 2’s action sequences with Prabhu and wholeheartedly taking his inputs. They are both very enthusiastic about the action genre. Possibly that’s the reason they were so animated while talking about stunts. And perhaps this common interest made Wanted such as hit. The film’s action scenes were also lauded.”
Meanwhile, Mirror has found that Kareena Kapoor’s item song in Dabangg 2is titled Fevicol.
The actor will sport different looks from his recent films for the opening episode of Bigg Boss 6
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 6, 2012)
Salman Khan has already started shooting for the first episode of the much awaited season six of Bigg Boss, the reality show he hosts. And like his other recent projects, this too shall bear more than a touch of the actor’s creative side. Mirror has found out that the first episode will have not one, but six Salman Khans. And though we tried to sneak in to the studio in Lonavala to capture the different looks of the actor, the heavy security (plus, Salman’s personal guards) prevented us. But here’s a description of what you can expect in the first episode.
An insider, on the condition of anonymity let slip that Salman would be sporting six looks from some of his famous films. “Salman himself shortlisted the films. He came to the set around 3 pm on Friday and started shooting an hour later. The first change was the look of Ready. He also sported a pair of glasses and appeared rather excited about the shoot,” said the source. The shot was ‘okayed’ in one take. And then the actor changed into his Bodyguard uniform. “One after the other, without wasting time, the shots were completed,” the insider added.
The other looks Salman sported was from Ek Tha Tiger, Wanted, Dabangg and the final look he’d be sporting for the reality television series this year.
According to the source, Salman’s sister Alvira Khan accompanied him to the More >
Aakansha Naval-Shetye (DNA; September 17, 2012)Ileana D’Cruz DNA Research N Archives
When South hottie Ileana D’Cruz decided to shun her glam avatar and a chance to debut opposite biggie Salman Khan, to instead enter Bollywood with a hatke film Barfi!, not many thought it was a wise choice. Today, she is easily having the last laugh as her debut film here is fast on it’s way to being declared a hit — commercially and critically.
“It’s been a roller coaster adventure. I’m very emotional about the film,” says Ileana talking about her innings in this industry. Though the actress reveals that she has full intentions of staying on in Bollywood, she adds that she has no concrete plans of what she’ll do next. “I have never chalked a path for myself, instead I feel that I have just walked down the road planned by my destiny. So far it’s always been the right one and I am waiting to see where it takes me next. I’m just taking it all step by step,” adds Ileana.
Point out that much is being made out of her having declined Wanted opposite Salman and she says that she looked at it as refusing a film, not an actor. “I had said no to the film, not to working with Salman. As I had done the original Wanted in South, I didn’t want a Hindi debut in the same role. That is the only reason I refused the offer,” she explains. And now that she’s decided to make Bollywood her home does she hope to get that chance to work with Salman again? “Of course yes, I would absolutely love to work More >
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; September 7, 2012)
Wanted (2009) gave two people a heightened positioning in Bollywood. It marked the golden run of Salman Khan who was under a cloud of sorts until then.
And the second person’s whose career graph it changed is choreographer-filmmaker Prabhu Dheva, whose magic down South had started to wane. Ever since this box office miracle happened, efforts have been on by many filmmakers to bring these two together.
Ramesh Taurani, who is a Salman favourite, has managed to clinch a deal with these two forces. Taurani confirms, “Next September, October and November, Salman and Prabhu will do a film for me. I can’t tell you whether it will be a South remake or not. Frankly, the subject and the heroine are in the process of being finalised.”
Prabhu Dheva on entering the Rs 100 crore club in Bollywood and finally making a romantic film
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; August 3, 2012)
t was during a welcome break from the incessant rains in the city that Prabhu Dheva opened the doors of his Lokhandwala apartment for us. Sitting with a cup of green tea and clad in a black tee and denims, Prabhu chats with us about his film, family and keeping his producers happy.
With two back-to-back hits in Wanted and Rowdy Rathore, have you become the most wanted director in the industry? How can I call myself that? May be, others can say…
Do you feel today you have become a part of Bollywood? Yes, and I’m happy. After all, I’m also a human (smiles). Before I started making films for Bollywood, I had apprehensions. But after all, sensibilities through out the country are pretty much the same. We all need romance, comedy, action, emotions…
After directing Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar, you will be working with debutant actor Girish Taurani… Yes, it will be very challenging. While I am used to directing action flicks, this one will be a romance.
You seem to be very fond of remakes? Even my friends ask me the same question! But my next two films are based on original scripts. As long as my producer and the audience are happy, I am happy.
Your Rowdy Rathore made it to the Rs 100 crore club. I never ask about my film collections. If I like the film, that’s enough for me. I have two friends who keep me abreast about the box office More >
The man was arrested for killing and robbing courier firm employee to pay off his debt; asked by the police why he took the step, he quoted, maine jo ek baar commitment kar di toh phir main apne aap ki bhi nahin sunta
Akela (MID-DAY; July 30, 2012)
It must be flattering for our superstars when their on-screen antics inspire the real-life actions of their admirers. But here’s an instance that could make any celebrity cringe. Inspired by a one-liner from his screen idol’s hit film Wanted, a devoted fan of Salman Khan killed and robbed a courier firm employee to honour his promise of repaying a loan.
‘Commited’ fan: To establish his ardent devotion for Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, the accused furnished a photograph of himself with his screen idol from the sets of the blockbuster Dabangg
When asked by cops why he resorted to murder, he quoted the line from Khan’s blockbuster Wanted: ‘Maine jo ek baar commitment kar dee toh phir main apne aap ki bhi nahin sunta’.
Talha Mohammed Munaf Ansari (29), a resident of Madanpura, Nagpada, was arrested by Unit II of Crime Branch on June 20, for the murder of Jeetu Sadarangani alias Govind (22), an employee of Mamaji Courier Cargo. The ardent admirer of Khan had even met the object of his worship on the sets of Dabangg, where he wangled a photograph with the screen idol.
After killing the victim, Ansari grabbed over Rs 9.5 lakh in cash from him. According to police sources, the accused had amassed a huge debt, which he had promised More >
Parag Maniar (BOMBAY TIMES; June 26, 2012)
He’s the voice behind some of the biggest hits. Whether it’s Soni De Nakhre (Partner, 2007), Jalwa (Wanted, 2009) Right Now (Housefull 2, 2012) or Mukhtasar (Teri Meri Kahaani, 2012) to name a few, the songs have topped the charts and have been rendered by Wajid. Yes, Wajid Khan of the composer duo Sajid-Wajid who has created space as a singer, in just five years!
David Dhawan’s Partner was the first film for which Wajid turned singer. And has not looked back since then. Today, his singing skills have not only impressed directors like Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Kunal Kohli, but also Aditya Chopra who praised Wajid’s talent and ability. “Aditya Chopra complimented me on my singing talent. Actually, I was just rendering a demo when Aditya heard it. He insisted that I sing the song. He said that only my voice could do justice to it,” reveals Wajid who has even rendered a number in Dabangg 2.
The composer-singer says that his father, Ustad Sharafat Ali Khan, taught him the importance of the art of singing for a good music director. “It helps the composer to convey the tune and the rhythm in a better way. And somehow this teaching remained with me. One day while recording for Partner, I just sang the two lines of the title track, Do You Wanna Partner which Salman heard and insisted that I actually record it myself. Ditto David Dhawan and then things fell into place. David keeps teasing me saying, “I was the one to give you the More >
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 >
Amrapali Sharma (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 9, 2012)
His 2009 flick Wanted starring Salman Khan broke several records at the box office. And now choreographer-turned-director Prabhu Dheva is gearing up for the release of his next directorial Rowdy Rathore with Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha in the lead.
According to his own admission, his visits to B-town, that were earlier few and far between, have now become more frequent. Mirror caught up with the man who is being billed as the newest hit maker in Bollywood.
We ask whether things have changed for Prabhu Dheva after the success of Wanted and he says, “I am happy I have received a very good response. Earlier, people would view me only as a choreographer. They now look up to me as director. There is a marked difference. Earlier, I would come down for just four or five days. I am now having longer meetings and with many more people.”
With so many films on hand, does he plan to shift base to Mumbai? “I will be available here but there are no plans for shifting as of now. I am going to do a film for Eros and one for Tips,” he says.
We think he may have been instrumental in reviving the action genre in tinsel town, more so with Wanted? Prabhu Dheva chooses to be modest saying, “I am a very small part of this revival. Every one out of hundred people are working on this genre. And while it’s a good space to be, other genres like love, romance, comedy etc. are also good.”
Nudged whether any allowances were made for Sonakshi Sinha, More >