• How to deal with flops
    film_maker | August 17, 2014, 2:03 PM | no comments | 280 views

    After Humshakals was criticised by viewers and critics, actor Saif Ali Khan too trashed the film, saying it was regressive and he regretted being a part of it and underestimating his audience’s intelligence.

    But how difficult is it for a director to stand by his own project, when the lead actor slams it by saying the film didn’t have a script to begin with? Director Teja, who has worked in Tollywood and Bollywood and directed films like Nuvvu Nenu, Jai and Nijam, feels that it is unfair of any actor to wash his hands off a project when it has failed.

    “And in Saif’s case, he had a triple role in the film and he practically occupied 80 per cent of the screen space. How could it be that he of all people didn’t know what was going on?” he says.

    Filmmakers Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K., who have directed films like Shor in the City and Go Goa Gone, have managed to get things going, and are working on their next film Happy Endings, even though Go Goa Gone didn’t fare very well at the box office. (more…)

  • The Hundred-Foot Journey: My Book, Their Movie
    film_maker | August 17, 2014, 1:26 PM | no comments | 131 views

    My surreal journey into the world of movie-making started long before my family and I walked down the red carpet two weeks ago. That was the night producers Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, and Juliet Blake showcased their beautiful film of The Hundred-Foot Journey, my novel about a young Indian chef who becomes a three-star chef in Paris.

    One of the most memorable moments actually happened last fall, when my wife and I visited the film set an hour outside of Toulouse, the mud fields where director Lasse Hallström and a long list of major-league talent, including actors Helen Mirren and Om Puri, were miraculously turning my little tale into a big-screen fable. Oprah Winfrey wanted to meet me, and so my wife and I nervously made our way to the producer’s tent, near the old farmhouse that had been turned into an Indian restaurant. Inside the tent, which was filled with lush platters of fruit, Oprah strode forward, shook my hand, and told me how much she enjoyed the book and how surprised she was to learn I wasn’t Indian. It was a bit like being summoned by the Queen — I babbled like an idiot.

    Richard C. Morais, his wife Susan, left, and their daughter, Kate, at the premiere of The Hundred-Foot Journey. Photo: Newscom
    But then I heard the voice I have had in my head for 17 years. It was my character, Madame Mallory, and I looked around for the source. There, on a small monitor in the tent, was a close-up of Helen Mirren, perfectly channeling my creation. I became a little emotional. “You must forgive me,” I stammered, “but it’s a bit overwhelming. This is my 100-foot journey.” Oprah fixed me with her leonine stare for a moment and said, “Richard, let’s face it. This is a lot more than a 100 feet.” (more…)

  • Aamir Khan’s PK poster is not that original
    film_maker | August 7, 2014, 8:30 AM | no comments | 22 views

    After bouquets and brickbats, Aamir Khan may face plagiarism allegation for his dare-bare act. After all, PK poster is not that original.

    PK’s poster bears striking resemblance to the cover art for Portuguese musician Quim Barreiros’ 1973 single, Recebi um Convite (a casa da Joquina).

    PK poster not original
    Collage of PK poster and Quim Barreiros’ Recebi um Convite cover (more…)

  • Salman Khan’s Kick biggest opener of 2014, earns Rs. 53 crore in two days
    film_maker | July 27, 2014, 1:42 PM | no comments | 7 views

    As per trade analyst Taran Adarsh, Sajid Nadiadwala’s directorial debut has collected Rs. 26.4 crore on the day of its release (early estimates).
    Kick surpasses the day one box office figure for Salman Khan’s earlier release Jai Ho that made Rs. 17 crore on one day. Riding on good word-of-mouth and mixed reviews, the film picked up further on Saturday, collecting Rs. 27.15 crore at the ticket windows.

    Apart from the Rs. 53.55 crore domestic collections, Kick is also faring well at the international ticket windows. It earned $340,000 (Rs 2.4 crore) in USA-Canada and $ 272,000 (Rs 1.53 crore) in the UAE on Friday alone.

    Made on an estimated budget of Rs. 100 crore, Salman’s latest film is on its way to make record collections on Sunday as well. Watch this space for more.

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  • Zohra Sehgal, Centurian Bollywood Actress, Dies
    film_maker | July 11, 2014, 5:13 AM | no comments | 7 views

    Indian thespian was featured in Brit series, films

    Shalini Dore

    Zohra Sehgal, a veteran Bollywood character actress, who was featured in such English-language films as “Bend It Like Beckham,” “The Mystic Masseur” and “Mistress of Spices” as well as Hindi hits like “Hum dil de chuke sanam,” “Kal ho naa ho” and “Cheeni Kum” died Thursday in a New Delhi hospital of a heart attack. She was 102 years old.

    A favorite of helmer Gurinder Chadha, Sehgal played a censorious grandmother who later unbends in “Bhaji on the Beach,” as well as a fun-loving older relative in “Bend It Like Beckham” and “Mistress of Spices,” which was written by Chadha and directed by her husband, Paul Berges. With her charming smile and twinkling eyes, she made the perfect aged relative in film and TV.

    Born Sahibzadi Zohra Begum Mumtaz-ullah Khan, the vivacious woman preferred a career over marriage at a time when that was considered revolutionary. She studied ballet in Dresden, Germany, but after meeting classical Indian dancer Uday Shankar, she became a principal dancer in his troupe in 1935 and later became a choreographer. She married a fellow dancer, Kameshwar Sehgal, over her parents’ objections (he was Hindu, she Muslim) and they had two children. Sehgal also taught at Shankar’s dance academy in Almora, Punjab, until India was partitioned in 1947 and the family moved to Bombay.

    For 14 years she was part of the Prithvi Theater, run by Bollywood icon Prithivraj Kapoor. From there she segued to the Indian People’s Theater Assn., making her film debut in 1946 with “Dharti ke lal.” He next film, Chetan Anand’s “Neecha nagar” won the Grand Prix at the 1946 Cannes Film Festival. Her last film was Sony’s “Saawariya,” directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, in 2007. (more…)

  • Breakfast To Dinner – Shah Rukh Khan
    film_maker | July 10, 2014, 11:04 AM | no comments | 5 views

    The first episode of Breakfast To Dinner features one of Bollywood’s top celebrities of all time – Shah Rukh Khan. We also take you into the Mannat – Shah Rukh Khan’s house in Bandra. Shah Rukh Khan’s new movie Chennai Express is going to release soon featuring Deepika Padukone as well and directed by Rohit Shetty.

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