Posts tagged whodunit
By Subhash K. Jha, April 15, 2011 – 15:07 IST
Abhishek Bachchan talks to Subhash K Jha on his films and co-stars…
Two releases within a month, both taking you into space that you’ve hardly been in before. Any trepidation? If you believe in what you do, it doesn’t matter how soon the films are released. But yes, ideally I’d have liked a gap between the two films. It’s not in my hands. At the end of the day we actors are only needed to act. But I’m proud of both films. I leave the rest to God. I’d like to believe my audience expects a lot from me. As a film actor, I’d like to fulfil their wishes. Our main aim is to entertain. Game and Dum Maaro Dum (DMD) are separate genres of films. Game was a whodunit, a genre I’d never done before, where as Dum Maaro Dum is an action thriller,
Last year you did films that were more epic in nature like Raavan and Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey. Were they tougher to shoot? No, I don’t think the genre of a film should dictate how much of yourself you give to your films. As an actor it’s not my job to prioritize my projects. Every film has to be equally important. Every role has to be your favourite role. You just have to go with your instincts and do what you like. Basically I want to do entertaining films. Beyond that I don’t need to question my choices. I just follow my heart.I treated both Abhinay and Rohan like thorough professionals
Game was directed by first-timer Abhinay Deo while DMD was with one your oldest More >
Murder mysteries always have a tremendous fan following. Whether reading a book or watching a film of this genre, the pleasure is immense as it not only the characters of the story, but you yourself are using the grey cells of your brain to find out the killer. However, the expert stories are those where you won’t be able to guess the culprit till the end and that’s where the satisfaction lies. And that is where Game falters. Minutes before the unveiling of the killer’s identity, the viewer correctly guesses it. Although the film has its moments and surprises, the kick you get after watching a good whodunit is clearly missing in the case of Game.
The story of the movie: Kabir Malhotra (Anupam Kher), a reclusive billionaire, invites 4 strangers – Neil Menon (Abhishek Bachchan), OP Ramsay (Boman Irani), Vikram Kapoor (Jimmy Shergill) and Tisha Khanna (Shahana Goswami) on his private island in Greece. Neil runs a casino in Istanbul as a cover up to his drug business, Ramsay is a leading prime ministerial candidate in Thailand, Vikram is a famous film actor of Bollywood while Tisha is a crime journalist in London. All 4 are tempted to come to Kabir’s island although they neither knew Kabir, nor do Kabir knew them. Once at Kabir’s island, they find themselves trapped in an ugly game and they also realize the connection between the 4 of them-Maya (Sarah Jane Dias).
The first hour oscillates between good and some not-so-good scenes. Boman feeling threatened when More >
By Joginder Tuteja, March 30, 2011 – 13:22 IST
The secret of Game is not going to be out. Well as of yet at the least since it is for the first time in his decade old career that Abhishek Bachchan is acting in a suspense drama cum whodunit thriller.
“The makers of Game are tight lipped about what Abhishek’s character is all about as it is a USP of the film”, says a crew member on condition of anonymity, “What is being revealed so far is that in the film Abhishek is playing an international mafia don whose cover up profession is that of a casino owner. However, there is much more than what is meeting the eye, something which is integral to Game.”
No wonder, the promos so far are hiding more than revealing which is setting in the intrigue factor, something which is pleasing director Abhinay Deo no end.
“This is the very reason why Abhishek was the chosen one”, continues the crew member, “Since he played a hardcore villain in Raavan, audience is now prepared to see him as any character, whether white, black or grey. There are others in his age group too but they have such set image that people don’t even want to believe that they could ever go wrong. They keep thinking that yeh character baad mein white ho jaayega due to which the entire suspense element is lost.”
Director Abhinay Deo too realised this after doing a thorough researching and finally zeroed in on Abhishek. Another factor going in his favour was the entire set up and characterisation in More >
By Subhash K. Jha, March 4, 2011 – 10:31 IST
Abhishek Chaubey whose Ishqiya created erotic ripples in 2010, is ready to go on the floors with his next directorial venture. This time Abhishek will make a thriller-whodunit with dark yet humorous overtones.
The wanton wily wannabe-rich adulterous woman’s role in Ishqiya gave to audiences a new kind of cinematic heroine. Rustic, robust and full-bodied in her sexual appetite. Vidya in Ishqiya was like no other screen queen before.
Interestingly, Abhishek’s mentor and producer Vishal Bhardwaj too explored a very different sexually-charged and voluptuous aspect of womanhood in his directorial undertaking 7 Khoon Maaf. But Chaubey is quick to point out he had nothing to do with 7 Khoon Maaf. “In fact it is Vishal’s first film where I was not involved,” says the Ishqiya director.
The challenge for Chaubey is to take the female protagonist in his second film beyond Vidya Balan in Ishqiya and Priyanka Chopra in 7 Khoon Maaf.
Says Chaubey, “The woman in my next film is not just delicious in her provocative attitude, she is also deeply mysterious. I can’t say if she is unique. But she’s certainly arresting and in no way like the typical heroines.”
Apparently, the young director would cast Vidya Balan in the central part again. The woman’s part would again be a whammer, though far more sophisticated and mysterious than in the previous film.
Confirming these components in his second film, Abhishek Chaubey says, “Yes, I’m making More >
Industry is talking about a thriller which they believe will excite the audience thoroughly. Game produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar has all the ingredients of becoming a classic thriller. Of course, they will have to wait for the verdict of the audiences, when the film opens on March 18th. With a deviously delicious script, the movie is set to bring back the ‘good old fashioned’ murder mysteries, industry pundits, who have read the script, tell us on conditions of anonymity. They add that the film has the flavour of cult thrillers like Jewel Thief, Teesri Manzil, Khiladi and others that have left people at their wit’s end. “With twists and turns, the movie will keep people on the edge of their seats,” says debutant actor Sarah Jane Dias, a former Miss India. The trailer of the movie hits cinemas today and introduces the characters, who are brought together from fourdifferent countries. It is then that the plot spins in action. Directed by Abhinay Deo, the cast also includes Abhishek Bachchan and Kangana Ranaut among others. The producers, Excel Entertainment, make no qualms about going all out in the production as they shot in Thailand, Turkey, Greece and London and backed Abhinay to the hilt.
Frustrated with the last year’s failures, Naseer had decided to take a sabbatical from films in 2011. But he has made an exception for the director’s next
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 13, 2011)
“ 2010 has been a bum’s year for me in the movies,” Naseeruddin Shah disgustingly said as his under-production films were aborted 2010 and he decided to take a sabbatical from films in the 2011.
The only lease of life for him in the last year was Saat Khoon Maaf. He exclaims, “The only good experience I had was Vishal Bhardwaj’s 7 Khoon Maaf.Naseeruddin Shah Neeraj Pandey (yogen shah)
I thoroughly enjoyed that, although I come on for only one-seventh of the playing time.” But it seems he has decided to chuck the idea of taking a sabbatical for the time being and work with A Wednesday director Neeraj Pandey in his next.
While Neeraj Pandey decided to put his film Special Chabbis on hold and focus on another thriller featuring the A Wednesday duo Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher Naseer made an exception for Pandey’s film. Says Naseer, “A Wednesday was a special film.
Neeraj Pandey has come back with another subject for Anupam and me together again. This time it’s a whodunit set in Goa.
While I had played the central character in A Wednesday and Anupam had sportingly pitched in a supporting part, this time the roles are reversed. I will play a supporting part while Anupam plays the central character.”
…warn the cast and crew of this whodunit
Deepali Dhingra | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; December 11, 2010)
That’s the great (and sometimes scary!) thing about whodunits — either they engross you completely or fall flat on the face! But with Excel Entertainment’s Game, producers Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar believe they have a winner on their hands. And for that, they believe that the script should be the USP of any film. “Like it is with this,” says Ritesh. No wonder then, that the duo spent almost two years working, reworking and going over the script written by Althea Delmas Kaushal. “We got director Abhinay Deo on board and just like that, we got everyone else as well. It’s an edge-of-the-seat entertaining film, where the audience will be kept thinking along with it,” he adds.
Sarah Jane Dias, who makes her debut with this film, was thrilled to be a part of it. “I was completely blown away when Abhinay narrayed the script to me!” she says. “It has so many twists and turns and is so full of surprises, it was almost like I had no choice but to say yes to it!” she adds with a laugh. Abhishek Bachchan on his part, says that he’s a huge fan of murder mysteries — Hercules Poirot being a particular favourite. “I had been looking for a good, gripping murder mystery for sometime and I felt that Game was a great script,” he says. The whodunit genre is keeping Kangna Ranaut on the edge of the seat as well. “In other films, you know what’s More >