Monthly Archives: May 2011
IIFA Toronto Workshop To Be Hosted By Saif Ali Khan!
Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan is set to host IIFA Rocks, a music and fashion event on the second night of the Videocon d2h IIFA Weekend. A ‘Friend of …
Yes, Salim Khan has bought the distribution rights of ‘Ready’ for the C.P.C.I. Rajasthan territories from the worldwide distributor, Ponty Chadha, for a formidable sum of Rs. 6.21 crore (Rs. 62.1 million). And, instead of buying the rights of his …
Ranbir Kapoor’s Rockstar and Imran Khan’s Mere Brother Ki Dulhan were going to release on 9th September together. Now Shahid Kapoor’s Mausam has also shifted from its original release date of July 22 and will now release on 9th September …
As he talks about his hits and misses, Akshay Kumar says he’s all set to get back to action movies, doing what he loves most – dishum, dishum
In the post-” Dabangg” months, every actor worth his six pack is turning to action. The sky-diving, the kicks, the punches and the dialogue-baazi are ruling the big screen. Akshay Kumar who’d turned his back on the action genre, now wants to reclaim his crown. And the timing couldn’t be better. The audiences are lapping up the dhishum dhishum. He talks about his faults, films and future plans. Read on…
You’re working with newer lot of filmmakers, like Prabhu Deva and Dibakar Banerjee. Getting out of your comfort zone?
You can say that. It is a deliberate decision to work with directors with a different sensibility. I realized that I was doing the same kind of films. That happens to an actor without realising. A certain kind of film works, and you think this is what the audience likes, or wants, and you keep following that pattern. Especially, when you get success in that genre. And then you settle into a comfort zone. I started enjoying doing comedy films. The same thing had happened when I was just doing action films. Now I want to get out of my comfort zone, and that is why I have signed up with directors I haven’t worked with before.
Until last year, you were said to be the highest paid actor. Are you making exceptions now?
I think every actor does that. When I began as an actor, I was very clear that I was in it for money and fame. Those were the driving factors. But that changes after you reach a certain level. For me, things changed after “Sangharsh”. I really loved the part, and I accepted it. It hasn’t been about money for a long time. It’s not about money anymore.
Movies get promoted usually… But when it comes to a big-budgeted movie like ‘Ra.One’ one can expect the promotional campaigns to be as alluring as the big picture itself.
It’s reported that for his magnum opus venture ‘Ra.One’, Shah Rukh Khan has planned its promotion in a very big, elaborate way, such that the movie will leave a lifetime impression.
For promoting the film in unique way, King Khan has decided to start the longest fan mail, as an attempt to enter the prestigious Limca Book Of Records. As a part of this promotional activity, the star is said to release Ra.One’s promos across five cities in India – for which SRK will visit five cities every month and in turn he will span 25 cities in five months.
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As Desi Boyz and Joker are nearing completion Akshay has three more films lined up which start shooting in next few months
First one will be Sajid’s HOUSEFULL2 which starts in london later this month Followed by ROWDY RATHOD which …
When Barcelona captain Carles Puyol passed on the captain’s arm band to defender Eric Abidal so that the latter could lift the Champions League trophy, it made for one of the most poignant moments on a sports field.
In March, Abidal had undergone surgery for a liver tumour and every football fan understood that Puyol’s gesture was as much about bonding as about humility.
In recent times, Indian sports lovers would also recall a similar instance when the captain let his teammate corner the limelight. After India’s 2011 World Cup victory, captain MS Dhoni preferred to take the back seat as the team went around the ground with Sachin Tendulkar – for whom it was perhaps the last Cup – on their shoulders.
The advance of Ready opened at single screens and results were fantastic. All over India, it was a unanimous verdict from single screen exhibitors.
The advance at single screens matched that of Dabangg and even bettered it at places. There is no doubt that the single screen opening on Friday is going to be humungous. It will be either best or second best ever. The results at multiplexes will tell if the right buzz and hype has been created for the film.
As Ready is Salman’s first release after Dabangg it will become compared to Dabangg even though Dabangg smashed all opening records by a distance.
Most in the trade seem to feel it will not have an opening weekend like Dabangg as the feeling is that promos are not as strong as Dabanng’s. But Salman is there and two hit songs, the Friday could come up to match Dabangg. If the film has good content then the Dabangg weekend is definitely under threat.
How you doing??This is the first post i am writing.This is about the Music release of DB.
The Music of Delhi Belly is out and i got a chance to grab it’s cd today.
Well there are in all 10 songs in it, my personal fav. is i hate you (like i love you)
The songs in the album are quite unusual and it take 2 to 3 hearing to get it’s feel.
Lyrics of all the songs are simple and funny.i didn’t get that why in some songs they tried to mimic the old hindi song singing style for example:saigal blues. May be songs are sung according to the situations in the movie.
swetty tera pyar is fast and catchy…..but music reminds me of some other hindi song which i don’t recollect it now.
nakadwale disco and bose dk both of which are used in trailers are good and can be liked in first hearing.
Vipul and Akshay were thinking about making a sequel to either Singh is KinG or Namaste London but aK has given his Nod to the latter One as he thinks SIK 2 script wasn’t shaping up well
Namaste London 2 …
Ready hits screens this week. And it looks like Salman Khan bonanza over the next 4 months- with Bodyguard being ‘readied’ for an Eid release. This post is about what I feel are the top 10 performances by Salman Khan in his almost 22 year long career till now. He is indisputably a huge star- but few believe in his acting prowess- and that is not surprising coz of the kind of roles he pitches in with from time to time- but no one- who has even an iota of ‘samajh’ about acting- can deny that he is one of the most natural and charming actors to be born on the Hindi movie silver-screen- so here goes
Maine Pyaar Kiya/ Hum Aapke hain Kaun: Raw charm and simplicity exuded with such an understated aura- that few could say that Salman Khan was being an actor in these films. He was Prem- the ‘devar’, the son, the brother, the friend, the lover… It is a credit to the man that he could do such roles with such confidence- because any lesser actor could have been typecast in such family guy mould- and could never break away-
Veergati/Karan Arjun: Playing an anguished man at war with the world and with himself, Salman Khan excelled in an avatar that was poles apart from his alter-ego PREM. Sadly Veergati never got him the recognition he deserved- and in Karan Arjun he shared credit with another emerging superstar SRK. I am not sure about this but it might have been possible that Salman was shooting for HAHK and Karan Arjun at the same time- and if true this alone is testament to his ability to switch characters remarkably well.
Tere Naam: This came out when he was on an all time personal low. And what a performance did he put up for his fans to enjoy. Playing the brat, jilted lover in the first half and a mentally ill man in the other, he excelled. This character of Radhey claimed to have the shades of Salman Khan the person- and this actually led to him starting to put shades of himself in his characters- and that backfired in many movies.
Ready has huge advance at single screens. Its only 3 hours that most have opened at tickets are
flying out every minute. Just rang around and normally exhibitors don’t even want to talk on Monday, its always ha, na, theek hai today is totally different. Last time there were good results on Monday were TMK and YPD and this is much better.
They are all saying its same as Dabangg. Seems like single screen opening on Friday will better or on par with Dabangg.
This is what has happened in 3 hrs
Novelty Lalbagh Lucknow 1.5 lakhs worth of tickets, whole week capacity 12 lakhs, so 12% for week sold out in 3 hours flat.
READY stands amongst one of the most anticipated film of this year. The makers have accentuated this film to the core and thus they made sure they have a bumper opening. Starring Salman Khan And Asin as the leads, it is directed by Anees Bazmee. The film releases this friday on 3rd June and lets predict the business…
Opening Day- 12cr
If word of mouth is good,
Ok why i am beginning with this movie is quite unclear, but i do it because as a boy if one asked me what was ur all time favourite movie, i would say SHOLAY.
When i watched it: Childhood, dont know exact missed watching this in theater
Whats o special movie: Iconic western/masala, a movie which has legendary characters one still remembers take for eg, jailer character or surma bhopali, or kalia!!!
Fav Scene : Ashrani Jailer scene there are many but i prefer this.
The movies that try to recreate an era gone by always have a quaint charm irrespective of how good their content is. It is wonderful to be able to witness something that is way behind us, especially because most of these movies try to depict our historical roots and culture. Mirch Masala by Ketan Mehta- starring Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Deepti naval, Suresh Oberoi amongst others is a fine take on the pre-independence era when the exploitation of villages by tax-collectors was rampant. Naseeruddin Shah comes to this quiet Gujarati village to collect ‘Lagaan’ on behalf of his white-skinned masters. And with him comes his entourage- all of them intoxicated by the power and control they have over the poor villagers. Naseeruddin Shah- the ‘Maalik’- the ‘Saheb’- can do anything and everything- can get anything or anyone from the village to his liking to do his bidding.
The first half of the movie sets up the story very nicely. Although it is a bit slow, it is interesting to see the way the characters are established and the everyday chores of the village people are depicted. The story is set in a timeframe when women were by and large an oppressed lot and enjoyed little independence. In the mornings the women of the village are shown to work at a ‘Masala’ factory for a local ‘sahukaar’. The only source of entertainment for them is shown to be small get-together at night for a round of ‘Garba’. The delight on the faces of these women when they playfully engage themselves in this dance form is a wonderful testament on the doggedness of human spirit.
The story takes an interesting turn at about the halfway mark and the rest of the run-time is a fast paced narrative that is highly engaging and at the same time thought provoking. Tension is built up remarkably well using a simple linear plot structure despite being an ensemble cast film. The climax, despite being abrupt, is an apt way to culminate the story. The last shot and the expression on Smita Patil’s face perfectly epitomizes the core idea of the movie.
Just back from the AR Rahman Live at Palace Grounds. Awesome is not the word! The stage designs with latest technology, the dancers, the pyrotechnics..it was an out of the world experience. The last three numbers starting with Hamma Hamma by Remo, followed by Boom Boom Robot, and ending with a really Rock version of Rubaru segueing into a brief snippet of Vande Mataram really set the ground on fire.
I was there at the 2004 concert. In term sof presentation and professionalism this was miles ahead. The stage design , changing with every song was amazing. For example, they had two beautiful, ornate mugal palaces as backdrop for Maula Maula and Khwaja Mere Khwaja, as Rahman sat in a muslim attire with a harmonium along with his fellow singers . There were many surprises like a live video recording of Lata singing Luka Chhupi to which Rahman added his voice to make the song complete. Remo was delight with his high energy. He and Shivamani combined beautifully in portions of Hamma Hamma. A very Rockish version of Chiku Buku medlied with Peta rap got people on their feet. A medley of Tu Muskura with Manmohini was beautiful. so was the American singer doing her accented version of Kahin To from Jaane Tu. Javed ali and rahman’s duet of Gurus of Peace was touching. They did Masakali, Sasural Genda Phul, Rang De Baanti, Hosanna, rangeela re, Ishq Bina. Shivamnai pounding two rods on the floor gave the percussive start to a very interesting version of Thok De Khilli.
The show started with a medley of themes the sax solo from Duet followed by the Bombay theme and one more. Then Rahman started with Tere Bina from Guru . Remo came next with Daud and things just flowed after that. The three hours ( 7.30 to 10.20pm) passed in a jiffy.
I was in the standing class ( Rs1000. The seated sections were priced at Rs.2000, Rs.500 and Rs.10,000) and it was good idea. They gave us 3D glasses and what was projected on the scree was awesome. You could see Rahman siting on the piano, reading from his lyrics sheet, clearly. ( He did a nice version of Meherban from Ada) There was Remo moving right to the space in front of you with his guitar or flute. It was unbelievable.
I don’t know if this is fake, but it sounds pretty real to me. Will remove if requested as I believe this may be a leak of some sort
I present a post here where you can simply jot down your fav top 100/top 50/top 20 movies[minimum number needed ] and thus we shall at the end of a month arrive at our top 100. The members here can decide by various debates and discussions later to include any other movie that might have slipped out of our minds. You have to post your 25 fav HW and 25 fav BW movies.Just have to spare some 15 odd minutes!!
In this way we can create an enviable list of movies that can be taken as a reference point by any member new or old,and those who will join, to be able to pick and see them.
If the MOD will be kind enough to make it a sticky post.
List in no particular order.
Here Goes mine: HW first
“I think 3D has now become quite a stable platform” – Vikram Bhatt
By Philip Bode, May 28, 2011 – 15:33 IST
He has been in the business for over half a decade, and clearly he has an ardent affection for dark stories. Vikram Bhatt has managed to hold up all aces against the wither of time with his latest film Haunted. After a succession of horror films like Raaz, 1920 and Shaapit, Vikram is now basking in the glory of triumph with his latest horror film. The talented director has made an impact in Bollywood, with profound depthness literally, with his latest 3D stereoscopic venture raking in an incredible Rs. 20 crores at the Box Office. The film revolves around a romantic plot where-in, the protagonist Rehan (Mahakshay) goes back in time to save his lady love Meera (Tia). Clad in his trademark denim shirt and jeans, Bollywood Hungama gets Vikram Bhatt to open up about the sensation to sell something, the tango rig and the terrifying success of Haunted.
The director who has churned out hits like Ghulam and Raaz and is basking in the glory of success of his latest film Haunted says, “It has been quite a rollercoaster ride. At the time of the film’s release, I told my crew that there is nothing that could transpire that I have not seen. I have seen the worst flops and the biggest hits; I’m enjoying a success now. In its opening weekend, Haunted fetched an astounding 9 crores! People call my film a horror, but I beg to differ, I think it is more about selling a certain sensation that an audience can relate to and appreciate. Two different directors would like to sell different sensations; Raj Kumar Hirani adopts and sells a ‘feel good’ sensation in his films, while David Dhawan or even Priyadarshan or anyone from their ilk would like to sell ‘laughter’. I like to sell the sensation of ‘fear’, so I don’t think it’s a horror film. I would not mind making a film like, Jurassic Park or an edge of the seat thriller because; all these films will inspire and induce the sense of fear.”
On shooting the horror flick in 3D, Vikram says, “I had an idea earlier called ‘Yamwar’ but Amin Hajee, who has written the script for Haunted came on board and changed the script of the film which was conceived last year around March or April. I chose to shoot Haunted in 3D because we wanted to take horror to another level. I’ve already done three horror films back to back with Raaz, 1920 and Shaapit. With this I thought to myself, what else I can give to the audience. Although there are means to convert a film into 3D as well, I chose to opt for shooting it in stereoscopic 3D because, I feel that converting into 3D is a conman’s way of making a 3D film. It cannot get close to shooting a film in stereoscopic 3D.”