Sandy interviews Farhan Akhtar

Farhan Akthar, who is playing the lead actor in Rock On, tells Sandhya Iyer how no amount of boxoffice success can give him what Dil Chahta Hai did

On taking up acting

On some level, I was not averse to acting. It was just that the time, character and movie had to be right and when Rock On came along, I saw no reason to say ‘no’ to it. Did I want to act since childhood? Well, all I knew was that I wanted to do something connected to films because I found the medium so attractive. I was a complete film fanatic, obsessed by movies. So everyone knew that this little boy was eventually going to land up in films. Continue reading

Latest Ash Interview

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• It seems jetlag was invented for you and Abhishek.
Ha! I grabbed this opportunity to come back home because Abhishek had to attend an event. I came back to see my father. That’s been a gnawing concern all through, ever since my father fell ill. The first couple of the Unforgettable shows were really difficult because I didn’t get enough time to rehearse…

• Why couldn’t you rehearse?
I was ill for three weeks before we left. I’ve never been so ill in my life. I was on antibiotics throughout. I barely had five days to rehearse before we left. Only I know what it took for me to look chipper at the press conference.

• You must be torn by the anxiety for your father?
I am. My father is such a strong man. And so is my mother. They’re both going through his illness and recuperation together. My father is the strongest man I know. He’s my source of inspiration. Continue reading

Unforgettable Tour – Vancouver show cancelled but concert in Germany likely

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The Vancouver show of ‘The Unforgettable Tour’ has been cancelled while another concert in Germany is on the cards.

The show featuring Amitabh Bachchan , Abhishek Bachchan , Aishwarya Rai , Madhuri Dixit , Ritesh Deshmukh , Preity Zinta and Vishal-Shekhar has been rocking the Bollywood buffs in the American cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco.

However, there is disappointment for fans in Vancouver as the show there on August 17 has been cancelled. Reports say the show was cancelled because of poor ticket sales, but according to a statement by Mr. Bachchan it was the promoter of the show who defaulted. Continue reading

The Kinng can do no wrong

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Things could not have looked better for film producer Vipul Shah. His latest production, “Singh is Kinng”, is all set to hit the screens on August 8 amid unprecedented viewer interest.

“I should have patented the title of my film. After all, the media used the title “Singh is Kinng” when the Manmohan Singh-led government won the confidence vote recently,” he quips. He has other reasons to feel happy. Some 2,000 prints of the film are ready to be shipped. The film cost him Rs 55 crore. Another 10 per cent was spent on marketing.

Trade analysts say there is no way Shah can lose money on this venture. The music rights of the film were sold to Junglee Music (an arm of Times Music) for Rs 13.5 crore, the highest-ever in the Indian film industry. The music of the film, says Shah, is a big hit already. In less than a month 500,000 albums have been sold. The music is by Pritam, one of the most bankable (even if controversial) music directors in the industry today.

The film, directed by Anees Bazmee, brings together the formidable onscreen pair of Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif. Though advance booking for the film is yet to open in theatres and multiplexes, reports suggest that a single-screen hall in Nagpur, Smruti Cinema, began advance booking for “Singh is Kinng” three weeks ago. Continue reading

‘Stallone was very impressed with Indians’

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Producer Sajid Nadiadwala has managed to do what other Bollywood filmmakers could not — rope in Hollywood stars in our movies. Thanks to him, we may get to see Sylvester Stallone and Denise Richards mouth some Hindi dialogue in Kambakht Ishq.

Starring Akshay Kumar [Images] and Kareena Kapoor [Images], Kambakht Ishq almost also saw Arnold Schwarzenegger [Images] in the film. But the deal fell through.

Sajid, who flew back to Mumbai to be with his wife, who just delivered a baby boy, chats with Nithya Ramani, and talks about the Los Angeles shoot with Sly last week.

What is Kambakht Ishq about? Continue reading