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By Taran Adarsh, April 5, 2011 – 08:32 IST
Y-Films have already made a splash. The youth film studio of Yash Raj Films, Y-Films have unveiled three films at one go – LUV KA THE END [release: 6 May], MUJHSE FRAAANDSHIP KAROGE [12 August] and VIRUS DIWAN [30 December]. But have you noticed something? The last two films are slated for release on dates that are considered ‘risky’ by the film fraternity.
MUJHSE FRAAANDSHIP KAROGE is slated for release during Ramzan. While a chunk of film-going audience is likely to stay away from movies, the movie also faces a strong opponent in Prakash Jha’s AARAKSHAN. At the same time, VIRUS DIWAN is releasing exactly a week after DON 2 and in a week that’s considered ‘dicey’ in filmi lingo because of New Year festivities. The general question is, who’d like to sit in a movie hall on 31 December or 1 January? That’s not all, for the first time, Yash Raj will have two releases in a single month – LADIES VS RIKKI BAHL and VIRUS DIWAN.
But Ashish Patil, Head of Y-Films, thinks differently. “I am no soothsayer who predicts what’s right or wrong. Let’s face it, the release window is so limited that we are left with very few choices/options while zeroing on a release date. Exams, cricket matches, availability of screens, sometimes heavy rains and even H1N1 can ruin the perfect plan. Hence, we’ve opted for dates that may not be patronized by the conventional film-makers,” Patil states.
But AARAKSHAN and DON 2 are mighty opponents. More >
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, April 1, 2011 – 12:19 IST
Yash Raj Films’ new youth films studio, Y-Films, launched with a bang in a young & fun event in line with the audience its catering to. Themed like an 18 year old’s house party, the event unveiled its aggressive line up of 3 releases for 2011. Keeping with its vision of being a platform for new talent, Y-Films also showcased the fresh crop of directors and stars of the 3 films.
The first of Y-Films’ releases would be Luv Ka The End featuring Shraddha Kapoor and newcomer Taaha Shah. Directed by Bumpy (who was earlier associated with MTV Roadies), the film has a foot-thumping soundtrack by Ram Sampath and is slated for release on 6th May.
The 2nd film under Y-Films is Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge which is a rom-com against the backdrop of social networking. The film is interestingly titled and is a cheesy take off on one of YRF’s own earlier releases and incorporates colloquial internet lingo used for making friend requests. Directed by Nupur Asthana, it introduces 4 new faces – Saqib Saleem, Saba Azad, Nishant Dahiya & Tara D’souza and marks the Bollywood debut of desi folk-rocker Raghu Dixit as composer.
The 3rd film under the Y-Films banner is Virus Diwan, a tech-based caper, which is the story of India’s youngest and most twisted hacker. With a tagline that reads ‘Enter. Infect. Escape’, it’s the launch pad for Arjun Kapoor (son of veteran producer Boney Kapoor).
Speaking on the new More >
The bold Pakistani actress also gave her picks on who all she’d choose to appear on a Pakistani version of Bigg Boss
ANI (MUMBAI MIRROR.COM; January 25, 2011)
Veena Malik, a Pakistani actress who faced conservative censure for appearing on an Indian reality TV show, has credited the “liberal people” of her country for her emergence as a “hero” after she defended herself on a news channel.
“Credit goes to all the liberal people of Pakistan. I have been receiving messages and phone calls from the fashion industry and other people from all walks of life, telling me that I am their hero. I had to come on television and defend myself because no one else was defending me,” the Express Tribune quoted Veena, as saying in an exclusive interview.
When asked about what she achieved by participating in the Indian reality show, she candidly replied: “Before I went to Bigg Boss, people showed videos of women being publicly beaten up by men to represent the condition of women in Pakistan. I showed the world that Pakistani women are not the ones that get beaten up; I showed that a Pakistani woman wears modern clothes at home and at the same time she can cook and serve others. The culture of Pakistan is not limited to wearing shalwar kameez and this changed the negative perceptions attached to Pakistani women.”
If presented with an opportunity, Veena said, she would like to change the “double standards and hypocrisy” in Pakistan.
On being asked if Pakistan had to More >
The two strikingly different actors celebrate ‘togetherness’ in a dramatic way
TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; January 18, 2011)
They make a strange couple, but there’s no denying the strong chemistry between Kangna Ranaut and R Madhavan. Catch the promos of their February 25 release — Viacom 18 Motion Pictures’ Tanu Weds Manu — and you know that opposites attract. It’s reportedly a fun film, with its own share of drama, and has content capable of changing the audience’s take on youth, marriage and, well, life itself.
Madhavan plays Manu, a sober NRI here for an arranged marriage to chirpy Kangna (Tanu from Kanpur). He hopes for a gharelu bahu but she is rebelliously against the very idea of arranged marriages. Indian youth, it appears, is growing up fast not just in the metros, but also the evolving smaller cities. Kangna, who’s only played glam, urban roles but actually comes from a small town in Himachal Pradesh, relates to her character. “I’m excited by the challenge of playing her,” she says. And Maddy, who returns to Bollywood with this film after 3 Idiots, understands that when Indian children go abroad their parents fear they will lose basic values, adopt western culture and even marry a firang. “But my character presents a twist. His Indian values are intact and so he comes from London to India to choose his spouse,” reveals the Southie actor.
Sounds simple enough, but is not so, because Kangna’s character loves fast bikes, tattoos, More >
Rajshri Production’s Isi Life Mein has already engaged the youth but the box office acid test awaits the film as well as its cast
Prithwish Ganguly (BOMBAY TIMES; December 21, 2010)
It’s been a long time since we have seen a film that is set in college and shows how much fun a gang of friends can have in their college life. Rajshri Production’s forthcoming Isi Life Mein goes into this untapped domain of showcasing the behavioural pattern of the youth of today, something that will have an immediate connect with not only the youth but also their parents — thus making the film a full-on family entertainer. The story has 11 friends in the gang led by the lead pair Akshay Oberoi and Sandeepa Dhar. They have their individual goals and aspirations and want to become the next big things.
They go with the flow, are ambitious but grounded at the same time and live for the moment. We asked them what is the one thing that they want to do ‘isi life mein’ and got very interesting answers.
“I want to be a paisa wasool entertainer,” was Moin Khan’s (who plays the character named Tintin in the movie) reply to our query. Akash Bhatija, who plays the role of Sumo, adds, “I don’t believe in reincarnation or punarjanam. As far as my dreams go, I want to prove myself as a good actor, an enthralling drummer and a convincing lawyer. Aur ye sab mujhe karna hai, isi life mein.” Suyesha Sawant who plays Aksy in Sooraj’s film wants to contribute to the film industry as a More >
By Faridoon Shahryar, November 29, 2010 – 11:55 IST
“I’m really looking forward to working with Shahid,” says Kunal Kohli. The director tweeted on Sunday morning: “Shahid Kapoor and me working together in my next film. Will hopefully sign the heroine in the next few days. Will keep you posted.” The yet untitled film will be starting in April once Shahid wraps up the shooting for Mausam. Kohli will be producing-directing the film.
Kunal’s film with Shahid is a love story and will have music by Pritam while Prasoon Joshi is writing lyrics. Has he finalized the actress? “I haven’t decided the actress. I wouldn’t want to speculate as I don’t believe in it. I will tell you once it’s finalized. We’ve just finalized Shahid. He was going away to Punjab to shoot Mausam and I was releasing Break Ke Baad. In the middle of it we finalized and signed.”
Kohli had earlier announced a film with Saif Ali Khan. He had also written about it on Twitter (now deleted) as to how things didn’t work out between him and Saif. So, is Shahid doing the same film as what was earlier being done by Saif? “It’s a completely different script,” says Kohli. Why didn’t Saif’s film go through in the first place? “Saif was signed by Ashtavinayak to do a film. He requested me to come in and see if I could do a film with him. I wasn’t ready with that script. I was also simultaneously working on this script for a while. I felt this is the script I want to make first, so I am making this film. More >
The Film & Television Institute of India is on its deathbed, says Resul
Garima Sharma (BOMBAY TIMES; November 26, 2010)
The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) was set up with his great-grandfather’s vision and I’m going to request Rahul Gandhi to save it,” says Oscar winner Resul Pookutty. While he’s currently working on John Madden’s Dev Patel starrer, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, in Rajasthan, Resul is anguished by the plight of his alma mater. “The government is trying to privatise the institute in the name of upgradation into a profit-making college,” says Resul, “And we will not let anyone mess with its original vision. It’s the only institute in Asia where ordinary students can study art as a faculty.”
Resul laments, “FTII is going through a very bad time. Now, the government wants to privatise it. I’m making this statement directly to Rahul Gandhi.”
Resul tells us, “Rahul Gandhi seems to be one of those who speak about the youth. FTII was conceived by Nehru – it was supposed to take an average Indian’s idea to the whole world through cinema – and it has been greatly successful in doing that. No one should play around with the original vision of this institution.”
Resul, who has set up two scholarships worth USD 5,000 (`22,700) at FTII, interacts with the students regularly. But the institute is gradually losing its appeal, and to save it from dying, says Resul, he has submitted a draft to the Information and More >
By Neville Bode, October 22, 2010 – 16:28 IST
With its massive box-office collections, Robot is still making waves well into its third week. Shooting at exotic locations like Machu Picchu and with a budget of a hundred and fifty crores, Robot boasts of being one of the most expensive films churned out from India. With its colossal success the film makes its break in the evolution of filmmaking in India.
The film revolves around Dr. Vaseegaran played by Rajnikanth who invents a High-end robot named Chitti, a mirror of his own image. The scientific body, AIRD, declines the approval of the robot stating that it does not have emotions and the ability to make rational judgment. An unexpected flash of lightning induces emotions in the robot, and Chitti is geared up for its integration into the human world. Chitti then falls in love with Dr. Vaseegaran’ fiancee Sana played by Aishwarya Rai and goes against his creator.
In this second part series Bollywood Hungama delves in deeper with the visual effects behind the film to unveil the magnetism behind Rajinikanth in Robot.
Amalgamating Rajinikanth and the robot Chitti
Srinivas points out that although Rajinikanth was acting, the audiences perceived that he was a robot indeed. The fictional script was designed by the director with this notion in mind. In Hollywood, filmmakers shoot one scene where they insert a part of a droid and the rest of the film is based on the plot. But in India it’s a different More >
By Joginder Tuteja, September 29, 2010 – 14:28 IST
There is Hollywood inspiration for Bollywood’s very own Allah Ke Banday which is aiming for a late October release. Since the film is a gritty tale of children taking to crime, it required an edgy narrative for itself. While debutant writer-director-actor Faruk Kabir promises that and a lot more in his dramatic affair, he has also created a graphic music video to lend out the right mood and feel of the film. The song is titled ‘Maula‘ and has been self confessedly designed on the same lines as Hollywood’s graphic tale Sin City (2005).
“‘Maula‘ is a visual interpretation of reality and through this song, I am giving a visual treat to my audience”, says Faruk who has patiently waited for a while before his debut flick became a reality by itself, “My target audience is youth and being a 28 year old myself, I am a part of this generation. I am making a contemporary film about today and for that I have lend an edgy hardcore energy to it. The music video of ‘Maula‘ has a lot of attitude to it and for that the graphic tone of Sin City came in handy.”
When released, Sin City had met with instant diverse reactions due to the graphic nature of violence and sex. The film, though carrying a comic undertone to it, was mainly for the adult segment of audience and went on to become a cult flick over a period of time. In fact it stands amongst one of the most studied movies of all times and had led to quite a few More >
Saturday 4th September 2010 09.00 IST
Boxofficeindia.Com Trade Network
We Are Family got the benefit of Janmashtami holiday on Thursday as it recorded good collections. However it could not make much impact on its first full day (Friday) despite doing well on its partial release day (Thursday). This was probably due to fact that the film had seen a partial Thursday release which was a holiday and collections tend to fall after holidays. Also the first few shows on Friday are mainly dominated by the youth which is not the target audience for We Are Family. The business on Friday was around the 3 crore nett mark.
The overall total of 5.75 crore nett business (Thurs+Fri) is good but the the drop in business despite more shows at many theatres on Friday is not a good sign.
The fate of the film will be decided by its business on Saturday and Sunday, it will need to show healthy jumps as compared to Friday business. The Delhi and East Punjab area is showing best business.
The other releases Emotional Atyachar and Mallika were dull and will make no impact at the box office.
Aashayein recorded poor first week collections of around 3 crore nett. FLOP
Lafangey Parindey dropped in week two with around 4.75 crore nett business. The two week total is around 21.75 crore nett.