Daily Archives: December 28, 2012
I’m b bit wary when I meet up with Akshay Kumar on the sets of BOSS. It’s reportedly a remake of 2010 Malayalam hit POKKIRI RAJA. The original starred Mammootty and considering Mammootty’s formidable reputation, I wonder how Akshay would get into the skin of a Mammootty flick. But an action film is an action film in any language and I’m sure Akshay is heads and shoulders above Mammootty as far as action is concerned. There is a fun track blaring in the background as Akshay goes about beating up goons in his Chin tat a rumbustious style. Director Anthony D’souza (of Blue fame) sets up the next action shot and Akshay takes time off to shoot some breeze with poor moi who’s been willing in the sun all this while. We saunter over to his boy to bring some jiggery. He offers me some as well, ”Gur khao,sehat bano (Eat jiggery to remain fit).” A health fiend, the actor prefers nibbling on nutrients like cashews, almonds, apples and jiggery during breaks than the fried variety.”I snack every three hours. This is one of my fitness secrets,” he confides.
I give him the choice of nibbling over my questions as well and he gives his go ahead. He’s known to go mushy over his daughter Nitara (born on September 25) whom he has named Nitara Khanna Bhatia in loving memory of his exalted father-in-law, Rajesh Khanna. He beams at the mention of Nitara. I want to know whom she resembles, Twinkle or him but he shrugs that off saying she’s too young for such comparisons. A new baby usually alters the parents’ schedule, but Akshay’s routine is unaffected. “I’ve always worked only for eight hours a day. I sleep for eight hours and spend the rest of the day at home. I spend a lot of time with Nitara.”
After SRK, he ends his association with the banner over a sour deal
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 28, 2012)
BOMBAY TIMES (December 28, 2012)
It is learnt that Ajay Devgn and Sajid Khan, who’re working on of Himmatwala, have incorporated the Save the Tiger campaign in their film. The movie, set in the early 1980s, features a sequence in which Ajay grapples with a huge tiger — that has escaped free — before getting it back into its cage. And after ensuring the wild cat is locked in and the people around are safe, his character is believed to tell the tiger to not get out again. “Otherwise, I’ll have to fight with you to put you back in again. And then, people will be fighting to save the tiger,” Ajay’s character is reported to be saying to the tiger. Interestingly, the sequence was shot in Mauritius last month.
The filmmaker has pulled quite a casting coup for her next, with Kareena-Hrithik and Ranbir-Katrina as the leading pairs
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 28, 2012)
K C Bokadia has resurfaced with his six-year-old venture, added an item number with the actress and ‘forgotten’ his hero Govinda
Soumyadipta Banerjee (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 28, 2012)
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; December 28, 2012)
For decades, Hindi cinema has expressed the idea of love as do jism aur ek jaan. This idea, though it’s filial, not romantic love, finds form in the partnership of brothers Abbas-Mustan. The directors of hits like Baazigar, Baadshah, Khiladi and Race say they have not spent a single day apart in 54 years. They share a common cellphone, and as we discovered during the course of this interview, often finish one another’s sentences. Presenting Bollywood’s most unusual jodi.
Ayushmann Khurrana had to fly down to Kochi to work as Shoojit Sircar’s AD for 10 days. Know why…
Asira Tarannum (MID-DAY; December 27, 2012)
No one knows it better than John Abraham and Shoojit Sircar to hold a man to his words. So much so that more than a year after Ayushmann Khurrana offered to double up as an AD for them, the two called forth for his services on the sets of their upcoming film, Madras Cafe.
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 26, 2012)
He may have regained some of his lost glory in death earlier this year but as things stand, the ‘First Superstar of Hindi Cinema’ may not be back on the silver screen to entertain his fans one last time.
Sneha Mahadevan (BOMBAY TIMES; December 27, 2012)
It is a dream come true for director Indra Kumar, who managed to get Rekha to play the protagonist in his next film, Super Nani. The film, which also stars Sharman Joshi, Randhir Kapoor, Anupam Kher and Indra Kumar’s daughter Shweta, is about a grandson inspiring his grandmother to do something worthwhile in life.
Aiyyaa’s quirky and bizarre humour didn’t find many takers.
Remake of the 25 minute-long Marathi film Gandh (fragrance), Aiyyaa was two and a half hour-long and probably got lost in translation.
Too many songs cropped up at the wrong time in the film, making it even more unbearable.
Approximate budget: Rs 32 crore
Approximate box-office recovery: Rs 20 crore
Heroine flopped because of several plot holes. The film only depicts the protagonists fall in the film and doesn’t explore her rise in the film industry, unlike in other Madhur Bhandarkar films.
The audience couldn’t sympathise with Kareena’s manipulative and destructive Maahi.
Also, the film didn’t provide any fresh insights into Bollywood, like it promised.
Approximate budget: Rs 62 crore
Approximate box-office recovery: Rs 40 crore
People expected a spy film but what they got instead was a confused film.