Ajay Devgan signed for Milan Luthria’s Once Upon A Time In Mumbai

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Milan Luthria (who last directed Hattrick) is busy with the pre-production of his next film titled Once Upon A Time In Mumbai. For this film, that deals with the origin of the Mafia scene in Mumbai (during the 70’s& 80’s), Milan has signed Ajay Devgan to play the main lead. Rumors have it that Ajay’s character is loosely based on notorious don Haji Mastan who ruled the crime syndicate in Mumbai during that era.

However, when Bollywood Hungama called up Milan, he did confirm having signed Ajay for the film but dispelled any notions of his character being based on Haji Mastan. “Ajay is doing my film Once Upon A Time In Mumbai but it would be wrong to say that his character is based on the notorious gangster Haji Mastan. There is a lot of media speculation going on but there is no truth to it. My film basically talks of how the Mafia came into force for the first time in Mumbai. It’s a fast paced action thriller which depicts the crime scenario in Mumbai during the 70’s and 80’s. We have done research in finding out who were the people who ruled the crime syndicate, how did they operate, what was their code of conduct etc. at that time in Mumbai. But let me make it clear that our film is a totally fictional account and is not based on anybody’s life.”

So who else stars in the film apart from Ajay Devgan? “We are yet to finalize the other actors. There are 3 female leads also but we are still in the process of developing each character before we can go ahead with the complete casting. As for Ajay, he is the best in this genre and hasn’t done a film like this in a while. I needed somebody with controlled intensity. Besides Ajay and I have done 2 films together (Chori Chori and Kachche Dhaage). We share a good comfort level. In my last couple of films, I didn’t have a suitable role for him. But this time when the opportunity came by, I approached him and am glad that we are working together once again,” says the talented filmmaker. Continue reading

“To be honest I had not seen Dhoom when Gadhvi approached me” – Sanjay Dutt

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It’s nearly for three decades now that he has been in the industry and even today his stardom is as big as ever. The name is Sanjay Dutt but the world calls him ‘Baba’. Baba has ruled the silver screen for years. Although he has been through highs and lows in his personal life, he came out as winner. His optimism and spirit to keep going is unbeatable. And this very spirit is what director Sanjay Gadhvi has tried to capture in his upcoming release Kidnap. Gadhvi was so sure of casting Baba for this film that he waited for almost four years to get Dutt’s dates. And looking at the promos, we can surely say that Gadhvi’s wait for so worth it.

What attracted you to Kidnap?
The moment Sanjay (Gadhvi) narrated the first line of the film, I knew I had to do it. It’s something I haven’t done in all these years. There was a sense of identification with the character – a father who deeply and immensely cares for his daughter and will go to any extent for her safety and happiness.

What was Sanjay Gadhvi like as a director?
He’s tremendous. Sanjay is very focused and he knows what he wants. He is very clear in his vision and has the knack of getting the best out his actors. Continue reading

Are filmstars revealing too much information?

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There is no better measure of how much the Hindi film industry has changed over the decades than its attitude to love affairs. In the good old days, no movie star would ever admit to being in a relationship. Lovers were routinely dismissed as “just good friends”; no actress would ever confess to having a boyfriend or being less than virginal; and actors hid their wives away from public view lest their married status detract from their desirability as heroes.

Dharamendra’s affair with Hema Malini may have been common knowledge but the couple never spoke honestly about their feelings. Not once did Zeenat Aman refer to Dev Anand as anything other than her mentor and guide in her interviews, even though they were romantically involved. And more recently, Aamir Khan was already married to his childhood sweetheart Reena Dutt when his debut film Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak released, but he pretended to be single for public benefit. Continue reading

Past perfect, Peace at last

Karisma and Kareena Kapoor have been invited to the premiere of Drona today. Does this signal the end of the Bachchan-Kapoor war, which started after Abhishek Bachchan and Karisma broke up?

The Bachchans seem to be in a mood to forgive and forget. Buzz is that the Kapoor sisters – Karisma and Kareena have been invited to the premiere of Abhishek Bachchan’s Drona, which will be held today.

Does this mean that the discord between the Kapoors and Bachchans ever since Abhishek’s engagement with Karisma ended on a bitter note finally has an amicable conclusion? Continue reading

Valkyrie Trailer 2

The first teaser for this film was a letdown for me – seemed like a by the book thriller with a somewhat out of place Cruise. This is a far better taste of what I was hoping the film would be – a tense, visually moody WWII noir. Looks great. There are Quicktime HD versions as well.

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Abhishek Bachchan wins hearts with special appearance on ‘Balika Vadhu’

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September 30, 2008, (Sawf News) – With just two days left for its release, Abhishek Bachchan is vigorously promoting Drona, and as part of his efforts will make a special appearance on Balika Vadhu on Thursday, October 2 at 8pm. on COLORS.

The cast and crew of the TV show were delighted to host Abhishek, 32, during the filming of the special episode. The star interacted with everyone present and was spotted in a tête-à-tête with Anandi and Jagdish. – the main lead of the serial. Abhishek also picked up the Balika Vadhu’s famous argot and referred to his wife Aishwarya as his ‘Bheedni,’ in truly Rajasthani style. Aishwarya Rai also sent her good wishes to the whole cast of the show and wished them all the best!