Posts tagged Zanjeer
Bharati Dubey (BOMBAY TIMES; May 7, 2013)
Sanjay Dutt, who was recently convicted of illegal possession of arms — he has to surrender on May 18 — feels Bollywood has let him down. The actor says his own co-stars have betrayed him. “I did not charge them a penny for 30 days’ work. And what did I get in return? Betrayal. My co-stars told the media that I have been sitting at home, cooling my heels. But I was out there in the studios, shooting for them, just to save them from a financial crisis,” he says.
Director Mahesh Bhatt, who has been a pillar of support for Dutt, agrees. “Gratitude does not exist in planet Bollywood. Contrary to what the world believes, Sanju is a fiercely lonely man today.”
With just a few days left for his surrender, Dutt is busy completing pending work. He has already finished shooting for Karan Johar’s Unglee, confirmed director Rensil D’Silva. He now has to shoot a song for TP Agarwal’s Policegiri, apart from shooting and dubbing for Apoorva Lakhia’s Zanjeer and Raju Hirani’s PK. Dutt is also doing a cameo in his home production, Hasmukh Fisal Gaya.
MID-DAY (May 3, 2013)
Ram Gopal Varma’s Satya was a defining film in Hindi cinema. For the first time ever, the audience was exposed to the stark reality of how the underworld really functions in India. Till date, the film serves as reference to anyone trying to make a film on gangsters.
Rang De Basanti
Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra Rang de Basanti will forever be etched in public memory for doing what no other film could–it encouraged the common man to take a stand against corrupt politicians who failed in their duty to provide basic amenities.
Vijay Anand’s Guide created hysteria when it released, and till date is spoken about for its subject of self-sacrifice. The film was the topic of national debate for months after its release.
Dilwale DulhaniMothera Le Jayenge
Aditya Chopra entered Bollywood with a huge bang. The film, released in 1995 and still running in a Mumbai theatre, is considered as the best romantic film ever, inspiring and influencing lovers the world over
Prakash Mehra created history at the box office with his directorial venture Zanjeer, but most importantly he gave the country its biggest superstar. Amitabh Bachchan was launched as the angry young man and decades later is still considered the only “angry young man” of the country.
Mehboob Khan’s Mother India has been described as perhaps India’s most revered film. A cinematic epic, a flag-bearer of Hindi cinema and a legend in its own right are just some of the words More >
Money, name and identity. We talk to Bollywood’s old guard on why they are upset with zippy remakes
Anand Holla (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 14, 2013)
Forty years after Amitabh Bachchan ushered in the angry young man to whistles and cheers in Zanjeer, its writers Javed Akhtar and Salim Khan are channelling the character’s inner rage. Furious and unrelenting, Bollywood’s most successful scriptwriter duo filed a suit in the Bombay High Court this month, seeking a stay on the release of its remake, Zanjeer 2.0.
Their grouse is that producers Amit Mehra (whose father Prakash Mehra directed and produced the original) and Reliance Entertainment didn’t seek their consent for the remake, even though they hold the copyright of the ‘literary work’. While the 1973 film starred Bachchan, Dadasaheb Phalke award-winner Pran and Jaya Bachchan, the remake stars Telugu star Ram Charan Teja (top) and Priyanka Chopra.
Salim-Javed claim they have been trying to resolve the matter for a year now. Says 68-year-old Akhtar, “We tried speaking to Amit. When that didn’t help, we first went to the Film Writers Association and then the Federation of Western India Cine Employees, which also agreed that the rights belonged to us. But the producers didn’t relent. When we own its rights, how can someone make it in Telugu and Hindi without our consent?”
It’s not that the legendary scriptwriters are against remakes. Khan, 77, points out that a remake is a win-win situation for writers. “If it works, it proves More >
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 6, 2013)
This newspaper had reported that the stage had been set for a truce between Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar, scriptwriters of the original Zanjeer, and Amit Mehra and Reliance Entertainment, makers of Zanjeer 2.0. Following a strongly-worded letter sent off by Khan to the Scriptwriters Association, the body had called for a meeting between all parties concerned, headed by FWICE (Federation of Western India Cine Employees), with a view to ending the tussle.
However, the latest development is that Mehra has slapped a legal suit against Salim-Javed, who have been demanding royalty for their script ever since the Zanjeer remake went on floors. At last count, the duo had sought compensation to the tune of Rs 6 crore from Mehra and Reliance. Apparently, Mehra decided to take them to court only when he realised they were not going to relent.
While Mehra, who attended the High Court proceedings yesterday, remained unavailable for comment, Khan said: “No order was passed by the judge. I am told by my lawyers that the case is as good as dismissed.”
“I am appalled that Amit doesn’t seem to understand our stance, which is crystal clear. We have told him he is not using Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan or Pran’s performance in the film. All he is using is the script, which was written by Javed and I. Hence, he should take our permission and compensate us for the same.”
Added Khan: “The matter is still very much with the FWICE. We shall abide More >
The time for negotiations is over, says the veteran scriptwriter, who has now demanded a hefty compensation from the producers remaking the Salim-Javed classic
Soumyadiptya Banerjee and Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 24, 2013)
Salim Khan has vowed to keep up the fight for his intellectual rights over the Zanjeer remake. Mirror has learnt that the veteran scriptwriter, with the support of his creative partner Javed Akhtar has demanded a compensation package of Rs 6 crore from the makers of the remake – Amit Mehra and Reliance. He has sent off a strongly-worded letter to the Scriptwriter’s Association which is expected to pursue the matter in all seriousness. Sources say, the trinity of Salman, Arbaaz and Sohail are likely to add muscle to thier father’s fight.
Ever since the Zanjeer remake went to the floors, Salim-Javed have been demanding their ‘royalty.’ Amit Mehra, son of the late Prakash Mehra, the original producer, has been arguing that since the writers had already been paid once, they were not liable to be paid again. However, citing the intellectual property and copyright acts, Salim-Javed had argued that as writers, they ought to be compensated. It was not enough to merely seek their ‘blessings.’
The new version of Zanjeer, starring Ram Charan Teja and Priyanka Chopra, is nearly complete and several rounds of talks between the warring parties have failed. However recently, Salim-Javed met the producers again and suggested an ‘amicable’ end to the More >
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 14, 2013)
Inspector Vijay Khanna, dressed in a sharp black suit and Mala in seductive red captured on camera by Apoorva Lakhia as part of his ambitious Zanjeer remake. A source told Mirror, “This scene featuring Ram Charan Teja and Priyanka Chopra was shot at the Park Hotel in Hyderabad. Filming Zanjeer 2.0 is proving to be a challenge, more so as it is being shot in both Hindi and Telugu.” While Priyanka is working hard on her Telugu and Ram on his Hindi, a little game being played out on the sets has made it impossible for the actors to falter on D-day. This newspaper has learnt that there’s some heavy betting going on among the crew members as to which of the two would make a mistake on any particular day. And the going rate is Rs 500. “Neither PC or RC, as Priyanka and Ram are fondly called, have made a mistake, thanks to this game. And, they’ve been of great help to each other as well because they are in a similar situation,” the source pointed out.
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 7, 2013)
Kareena has done it. So have Katrina and Deepika. Even Vidya Balan is no stranger to it. But Priyanka Chopra has decided to buck the trend. Dance numbers with raunchy lyrics and suggestive moves may be every heroine’s ticket to mass popularity, but PeeCee, who has done her bit of special songs in the past, has decided to stay away from them. And though she has agreed to film a special song in her own film Zanjeer, she has put in plenty of conditions. To begin with, music producer Bhushan Kumar will be personally supervising the track to ensure it doesn’t offend moral sensibilities of the actress or the public. Ganesh Acharya will be choreographing the number, with the rider that PeeCee can reject any section or the entire sequence if she so wants. Anand Raj Anand will be writing and composing the song, subject to Priyanka’s approval. A source close to the project said, “Priyanka doesn’t want a whiff of vulgarity in the words or dance movements. She wouldn’t like to be associated with anything remotely suggestive, especially now, when the country is seething with rage at the commoditisation of women in films. It’s a tall order but we see her point of view. Nowadays, one can’t be too careful. Also, we don’t want another Chikni Chameli or Fevicol. If Priyanka is doing her first special dance number, it would have to bear her unique stamp.” And that’s not all. The Zanjeer team is keen to have Priyanka sing the song in her own More >
Amit Mehra has failed to pay his brothers who have terminated the remake contract
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 27, 2012)
The remake of late Prakash Mehra’s 1973 blockbuster Zanjeer being produced by his son Amit Mehra has run into hot water.
Amit, who had bought the remake rights from his brothers – the elder one Sumeet who stays in the US and the younger sibling Puneet who stays in Mumbai – has defaulted on payments. Consequently, Sumeet and Puneet have terminated the contract that gave Amit the remake rights in the first place.
The Arbitrator upheld the termination of the contract, which is why Amit panicked and approached the Bombay High Court. As per the HC order (Mirror has a copy), Amit has been given a reprieve to shoot the film. However, he cannot release the remake until further orders from the HC.
Amit maintains he is making the payments and releasing the film. Puneet said, “The matter is subjudice and I cannot elaborate on it.“ Rumour has it that Sumeet and Puneet are interested in upholding the Arbitration Order, interalia, termination of the project.
Though busy with singing, Priyanka Chopra has four films on hand
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; November 16, 2012)
Priyanka Chopra is busy juggling her film and music career. However the general perception is that the actress is jobless on her film front.
Not wanting anything to do with these uncalled for speculations, PC is infact busy with four films.
Says Priyanka, “I only know what the truth is. Abhi isse jyaada mein kaam bhi nahi kar sakti. I am working on two careers simultaneously as singing is a full-time job. I have Krrish 3, which is releasing next Diwali and I start Zanjeer now. Then I will be in LA to promote my song and then next year I start Milan Talkies and than Gunday.” Priyanka is also extremely happy that she has finally managed to being considered a good actress. She says, “That’s what people are saying. For me, I always like to do a film every year, which is for the actor in me. It is a conscious effort of picking up films that balance along with the commercial films that I do. That’s why you will see a Kaminey, 7 Khoon Maaf, Fashion, What’s Your Rashee? or Aitraaz in my resume. If you see Kaminey, I only had about eight scenes in the entire film but it was a powerful part.”
About being part of the remakes of Amitabh Bachchan’s films, she says, “I am Mr Bachchan’s brand ambassador and yeh mere contract mein hona chahiye. Now I can’t be Vijay so I am being his heroine in any film. But if given a chance I would like to play Anthony in the remake of Amar Akbar More >
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 14, 2012)
In the original Zanjeer, it wasn’t the aging Pran but his body double that bore the brunt of Amitabh Bachchan’s blows. However, in director Apoorva Lakhia’s remake, Sanjay Dutt who plays Pathan Sher Khan will fight it out with Ram Charan Teja who reprises the role of Inspector Vijay.
And, it will be a bare-chested fist-to-fist combat between the two. Buzz is while Sanjay has acquired a cool attitude to onscreen stunts, debutant Ram Charan is nervous about the impending fight.
Said Ram Charan, “I am sure our chemistry will rock. We shared a terrific rapport when we met in Hyderabad while Sanjay was shooting for the Hindi remake of Saamy. I can’t wait for our schedule together.”
A source revealed, “It’s been quite a while since Sanju Sir took off his shirt on screen. He has been working towards shedding the kilos. Ram Charan too is working on acquiring a more bulky physique to match Dutt’s muscular build. ”
Lakhia plans to shoot the sequence at the end of the long schedule that begins later this month.