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WILL HASEE TOH PHASEE BRING MUCH-NEEDED CHEER?
The year 2014 hasn’t commenced on a great note. Jai Ho, expected to be the first blockbuster, struggled to reach the 100-crore mark. Dedh Ishqiya flopped while Yaariyan was declared average at the box office. However, February might bring the much-needed cheer. There’s a promising film releasing every week and each of this film is expected to fare well at the box office. In fact, the situation reminds me of the ‘July 2011’ phenomenon. July 2011 was when four super hit films released in 4 consecutive weeks – Delhi Belly, Murder 2, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Singham. I strongly feel this rarest of rare phenomenon can repeat this month with Hasee Toh Phasee (releasing tomorrow), Gunday (14th Feb), Highway (21st Feb) and Shaadi Ke Side Effects (28th Feb), although many don’t agree with me. Gunday can be the biggest grosser of the month as its subject and promos suggest that it can work in multiplexes as well as single screens. Highway might be a bit abstract and not universal but it’s made in reasonable costs. Shaadi Ke Side Effects doesn’t have a good music score but its trailers are absolutely funny. That it is from the team and genre of Pyaar Ke Side Effects is also a plus point.
And lastly, Hasee Toh Phasee too has chances due to multiple reasons. Firstly, the trailers are wacky and funny and it seems to be a quirky entertainer. Secondly, it stars Parineeti Chopra, an actress whose presence adds a lot of weightage to any film. Thirdly, it is produced by two diametrically opposite producers – Karan Johar and Anurag Kashyap. And lastly, it comes at an opportune time. It has absolutely no competition (Heartless, Ya Rab and Babloo Happy Hai obviously won’t make a dent in its collections) while the other Hindi films in the fray like Jai Ho and One By Two are done with their principle run in theatres. Viewers are ready, or rather hungry to see a well-made film and would definitely love to Hasee Toh Phasee. But like any other good film, it has to get a good response from audiences.
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Ankur Pathak (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 6, 2014)
What happens when Salman Khan loses what he values most in his life? His staff, drivers and bodyguards run for their lives. Salman Khan lost his firoza bracelet, at a party at his Panvel farmhouse. Revealed a source close to the actor, “A friend pointed out to him that the bracelet was gone, Salman didn’t lose his cool but his face went blank. A frantic search followed but when his father’s gift to him didn’t turn up, he almost lost hope.”
Help came in an unlikely form. Actor Ashmit Patel, who recently teamed up with the superstar in Jai Ho, found the bracelet in the bottom of the swimming pool. The source added, “You should have seen the relief on Salman’s face.”
Ashmit Patel confirmed the story saying that when he gave it to Salman he asked him where he had found it. “I told him not to worry about the how and the where. He promised to gift me a bracelet, but I think he’s forgotten all about it by now,” Ashmit laughed.
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Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; February 6, 2014)
Ranbir Kapoor, perhaps Gen-Now’s biggest craze, definitely doesn’t take his craft for granted. While the world was agog about his New Year vacation with Katrina Kaif in New York and everyone was clued in to his personal life, what no one got wind of is that soon after his short vacation with Kat, the superstar had enrolled at a leading school in the Big Apple to do a crash course on how to stammer. Yes, you read that right. The actor needs to stammer for a role in one of his upcoming films (Jagga Jasoos). And he actually felt it would be beneficial to him if he learnt stammering, so that he could do it more convincingly. Frankly, such dedication amongst Bollywood actors is a rare quality.
Before he joined Sanjay Leela Bhansali as an assistant in 2005, Ranbir had completed his course in filmmaking at the School of Visual Arts, and he had also learnt acting from the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York.
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The Hollywood film company asks the Bollywood film’s producers to change their title because they have it registered for India as well
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; February 6, 2014)
Action Jackson is a 1988 Hollywood action thriller that had Carl Weathers and Sharon Stone as part of the lead cast. In what is an unhappy coincidence, Action Jackson is also the title of Ajay Devgn’s latest film being produced by Gordhan Tanwani. Apparently, on February 4, Warner Bros gave the makers of the Bollywood film a 48-hour notice to change the title or face consequences because the title ‘Action Jackson’ is registered by them for the sub-continent as well.
The letter has been sent to Baba Films (Gordhan Tanwani) and Eros International, the makers of AJ. On his part, Tanwani says, “I will not give up my title that easily. I have registered it with all the producers’ associations — like IMPPA (Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association), the Guild, AMPTPP (Association of Motion Pictures and Television Programme Producers) and even the film association based out of Hyderabad. My film is being made in Hindi and not in English. When you register a title with any or all of these associations, they get their clearance from the Government of India. There is a procedure that is followed. The producer (in this case, I) seeks to register a title with the various associations who, in turn, inform each other about it. There is a waiting period of a month or so. During this time, if there are no objections raised, then an NOC (No Objection Certificate) is issued to the producer and the title is registered against his name. I have done my due diligence. I will now reply to the letter from Warner Bros’ lawyers with all facts duly stated. Obviously, Eros will be in the loop on developments. And then we will await the outcome.’’
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Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; February 6, 2014)
Karan Johar and Anurag Kashyap may look from different planets to an outsider, but they feel they could have been conjoined twins, who would make even more successful filmmakers together. Ahead of their joint production Hasee Toh Phasee, in a first-of-its-kind interview, they spoke to Bombay Times together. While we carried the conversation with Karan Johar yesterday, we bring you the conversation with the other brilliant man in the jodi, Anurag Kashyap. Excerpts:
Karan Johar and you are extremely different people. What brings you together?
A lot of things bring us together. I used to be a very opinionated person and used to always resent Karan for the fact that he was privileged and the fact that he comes from a big filmi family. How he just gets away with anything and we slog our asses off and don’t even get our releases. I felt that this industry doesn’t support me and was very anti-industry, and just thought of making good cinema. But after meeting Karan, I realised that I am more opinionated about the industry than the industry is about me. I understood that everything I had in my head about people was in my head only. It was not my attitude that I did not want to work with stars. It was me not knowing them and having the fear whether I would be able to retain my own identity if I worked with them. All the fear was unfounded and I found that actors actually want to experiment with themselves. Whenever I have angst, Karan teaches me how to throw it away and laugh at it. I have understood why you need these blockbusters as money circulates. Those 200 crores is what comes to us so that we can make these kind of films. He was the first man I met who was laughing at himself and I learnt the ability to be able to laugh at yourself from him. It was always my own complexes as an outsider that got enhanced. I realised later that everything that happened with me was for the good. But, at that time, I blamed the industry for all the consequences.
Why do you have so much angst in you?
I am a mush bag but have this incredible struggle with myself. I have angst, but it is transformed. Earlier, my angst was with the industry, now it is with the media. I feel there is such a desperation for news bytes that everything and anything is becoming news and, sometimes, I find myself at the receiving end of it. For instance, for a long time, I kept ignoring stories about my personal life but when you start writing it, you land up creating it. First, it was Huma and Kalki and they laughed about it thinking it would die down. And when we are having other kinds of issues, Huma was dragged into it to the extent that she being a friend of the both of us, she one day actually broke down. Kalki tweeted, I gave a statement but, of course, it didn’t help. Huma and I went to Kalki’s birthday party from where we went to a screening. Kalki could not come as she was the host at her party. Media asked Huma and me to pose together and we posed as it hardly matters, but they created a story around it. It affects her. Why create stories when we have given a statement that Kalki and I have separated? I deal with my angst by calling Karan now.
Talk about your friendship with Karan?
I am unfortunate that I did not discover Karan earlier as I would have got rid of a lot of things. I have a serious communication issue. I also understood a sense of responsibility from him as a filmmaker as someone is paying for your love of making films. I used to earlier shrug that responsibility in the name of making good cinema. Being cost-conscious, when you have no money to begin with, is no virtue. It’s about being conscious when you have been given the money. Karan is a generous human being and is generous about everything in his life. The amount of opportunities he gives people, the way he treats people, the way he gives. He mentors you. My most favourite image is Karan Johar doing the hair of my daughter at Cannes Film Festival. My daughter was very worried, but he made her look good. For the next two months, she was telling her friends, ‘You know Karan Johar dressed me up and did my hair.’ No father can be given a bigger gift than that. He does these things impulsively without even thinking. He makes me emotional. I have a gush of love for him and need to hug him. I like to listen to him and watch him with wonder on how he makes you laugh. He has done so much good to me emotionally, internally. I can ask him things and am not afraid to admit things I don’t know. I have no sense of dressing. I can call him and he will help me. He will sit honestly and give me feedback about my films. He is so straightforward and honest. We know how he is so self-deprecating. You see him not feeling bad about a lot of things. He is also a human being and may feel hurt, but the way he puts it out, it makes the person hurting him feel bad as he just laughs out at it. All these qualities are rare and that is why he is the common person loved by everyone, despite all camps, and is evolving at a pace in his life that none of us are.
Your advice to Karan?
He is now spending less time on his creativity and needs to do that now as he is doing so much for everyone. Why does he do these TV shows? He is constantly worried, arey Gori Tere Pyaar Mein has not worked, I need to make money for my company so that the other projects he has started with new boys don’t get interrupted. That is what is incredible. He should spend more time on himself. In many ways, what Dibakar said, about his short film in Bombay Talkies being his debut, is correct. He can make a commercially successful film at the back of his hand, but he has not put himself up on screen. There is so much world-view inside him. He has it but the expectations from him are so different, the fact that he is running a company that is giving a chance to so many people that he takes that responsibility so much that it affects his personal, emotional and professional life.
Karan told me, ‘I have made a lot of movies to know where a camera is positioned, but I just couldn’t see it on Anurag’s Bombay Velvet. I asked Ranbir, and he said, ‘It’s there.’ Anurag, actors like Karan who have worked with you talk about your brilliance as a director in allowing your actors to be. While you are a large-hearted director, why are you not like that as a person?
I love actors. My way of telling an actor when he or she does a good shot is kiss them. I actually dance on the set when I get a good shot. I have done theatre when I was 21. I actually dabbled with acting and hated myself on screen as I realised that I hated myself, as I was so conscious even though I was a fearless actor on stage. I realised that directors restrict and that is why I developed this style that for actors to breathe I need to not lock the camera.
Are you missing being on Twitter?
The good thing about going off Twitter is I have discovered diving and a lot of time that I can spend on creativity. In the last three months, I have found myself a boat in the Andaman islands. I stay there myself and dive. I have gone there multiple times. I read and write there. I disappear to different parts of the world. A year back, I too felt that I could not get out as I was doing these multiple cottage industry movies, but I paid a big price for it. One of the key issues between Kalki and me was that we did not just spend enough time with each other. She felt that it is better to have you as a neighbour than living in the same house with you and that is why we have actually become neighbours now.
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Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, who declared themselves virgins on national TV, now talk about lust, sex and threesomes!
Upala KBR (DNA; February 6, 2014)
As I sit down to pen this article, I get a call from the studio Yash Raj Films’ rep, ‘instructing’ me gently ‘tone down’ my interview. I am told politely that Gunday is not a sex comedy like Grand Masti (errrm… didn’t need that pointed out but whatever…) and I shouldn’t project it in the wrong light. I am tempted to tell them that I don’t belong to the media moron brigade and don’t like to be told how to do my job. I am further informed that the production house doesn’t like to project such ‘overt sexuality’ in their films as their mindset is slightly ‘conservative.’ (Clearly they have got amnesia. Don’t all YRF films have the mandatory bikini babes and French kisses in practically all their films?) I am told all this after I step out of the YRF premises as they were ‘too embarrassed’ to tell me when I was doing the interview. Throwing their instructions to the wind I decide to write the article as I had envisioned it. Leaving it to you dear reader to judge the ‘sexual’ overtones — or lack of it!
The Gunday boys…
Ranveer Singh (boisterous, motormouth and over-enthusthiastic) and Arjun Kapoor (shy, man of few words and reserved) are as similar as chalk and cheese. But when they are together, there is no clash. They compliment each other. They finish each other’s sentences, poke fun at each other, and have genuine fondness for each other. I hate to be a sceptic but such filmi friendships come with an expiry date, which rarely lasts past the release date.
But today they are friends, and that is all that matters. They appear to have swapped their personalities too. During the course of the interview, at times Arjun gets more talkative and Ranveer takes a backseat. Then again, Ranveer’s racy humour and candid revelations come pouring out, leaving Arjun squirming and grumbling. Over to the Gunday boys:
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Subhash K Jha (DNA; February 6, 2014)
It seems like a self-defeating manoeuvre. Gauahar Khan is set to be seen in another TV reality show, soon after Bigg Boss 7. A section of the industry feels the actress is killing her chances of a Bollywood career by overdoing reality shows. She has already been overexposed in a Kardashian type of show in the past, apart from Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.
One of the country’s most critically and commercially successful directors wonders why Gauahar is being seen in every other reality show. This director wants to cast the actress in his proposed historical-musical. But he’s now having second thoughts. “What if she runs off to do another reality show in the middle of my film?” he says.
Rumours insist Gauahar is in Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi merely for the joy of being in the same television space with her real-life love interest Kushal Tandon. However, the actress denies being on the show for her loved one’s sake. “No, I am not doing Khatron Ke Khiladi for any other reason except that I’ve nothing else lined up right now. It’s an entirely different concept from Bigg Boss. It’s a good-looking show. It will do me good. If I had anything else I wouldn’t have done it. This show will be shot only for a month in South Africa.”
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Upala KBR (DNA; February 5, 2014)
Industry folks are known to have success parties for films. At these events the cast and the crew of the film meet and party. Salman Khan does things a little differently. His last film Jai Ho may not have done as well as his last few films but he wanted to thank the cast and crew and so he sent them all cheques of a lakh each from his personal account. The entire amount came to about Rs 2 crore.
Says a source, “Though Jai Ho didn’t do as well as expected, Salman and Sohail were very happy with the work done by the cast and crew. It was Salman who thought of the idea of giving something to each and every member of the crew as a gesture of appreciation. Every person associated with the film was called to their office and handed the cheque. From the lightmen to the spot boys, no one was left out. No matter how small his contribution to the film. It was a small token but it put a smile on everybody’s face. Salman and his family is known to do charity. The actor always tells whoever he meets to do charity and do it directly, as he himself contributes to various social activities. The Khan brothers have learned the art of giving from home as their father, writer Salim Khan, has been associated with charitable causes for many years.”
Senior Khan says, “Yes Salman and Sohail have given the entire cast and crew cheques of Rs 1 lakh each. They are happy with their work. Sab ko dena chahiye. If they work for you and you don’t share your money with them, that’s unfair. But it is not something to be advertised nor is it done for publicity. There’s a different joy in giving. That’s it.”
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Bharati Dubey (MID-DAY; February 5, 2014)
It has emerged that Akshay Kumar and John Abraham are in the running for the lead role in the film tentatively titled Hera Pheri 4. The third instalment of Firoz Nadiadwala’s film Hera Pheri, this film will star Akshay if directed by writer-director Neeraj Vora. However, there’s also word about Anees Bazmee directing the film, in which case John is more likely to be cast in the lead role.
Vora said that he has the film’s script ready. “If I direct the film, it will star Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal — the original cast of Hera Pheri. Of course, producer Firoz Nadiadwala will take the final call,” he said.
On the other hand, Bazmee, who is currently directing Welcome Back (another Nadiadwala film), said, “Firoz and John are very keen that I direct the film and I would love to do so. But before that I want to finish work on Welcome Back and start shooting for No Entry Mein Entry.” It may be pointed out here that the hugely successful Hera Pheri was written by Neeraj Vora and directed by Priyadarshan.
This film released in 2000 after which Phir Hera Pheri — written and directed by Neeeraj Vora — was made in 2006. The soon-to-be launched film is likely to be titled Hera Pheri 4.
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Gaurav Dubey (MID-DAY; February 5, 2014)
In one of the episodes of the seventh season of Bigg Boss, Salman Khan hinted that he wouldn’t be returning for another season. With the star no longer hosting the show — he has been with the show for three seasons now — rumours about the new host are flying thick and fast. Word has it that producers are now looking for someone from Bollywood’s GenX to anchor the show. The names that are doing the rounds include Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra and Ranbir Kapoor. Another name in the running is actor Ranveer Singh.
However, a source close to the production house tells us that Ranbir Kapoor is likely to host the next season of this reality show. “Salman has his own impeccable style that audiences have grown to like. But Ranbir has a tremendous fan following and youngsters love him. He has hosted a couple of award shows earlier and if he hosts this show, it will get a makeover of sorts,” adds this source.
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Sonali Joshi Pitale (MID-DAY; February 5, 2014)
While promoting his latest film Jai Ho, Salman Khan had revealed his plans to do a new reality show that would talk about social causes. At that time, he didn’t say much except that it wouldn’t be similar to Aamir Khan’s show Satyamev Jayate. Buzz has it that Colors — that airs Bigg Boss and had initially approached Salman to add the new show to their programming — is now no longer keen to air it.
A source says, “The tentative title of the show is Paanch Ka Punch and it is a fun show that promises a lot of entertainment along with a strong social message.
Having liked the concept, Salman has already given it his nod. Accordingly, Siddharth Basu’s production house first approached the said channel.
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Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 5, 2014)
Karan Johar’s next film Hasee Toh Phasee is lining up for release this Friday and he’s upbeat about the Sidharth Malhotra-Parineeti Chopra starrer, which according to him is not a quintessential rom-com. But the film that has been the talking point for the last few weeks is undoubtedly Shuddhi. When will the film roll?
“Shuddhi may take six months, even a year, to go on the floors. We are still working on the schedule. Hrithik Roshan’s health issues, which lead to Bang Bang being pushed forward, has had its share of repercussions. Shuddhi stands indefinitely delayed and right now I don’t know where it is going,” Karan admits.
Buzz is, Deepika Padukone has replaced Kareena Kapoor. Karan insists that at the moment it is still Kareena, but the delay could lead to a change in the cast. “I can’t expect an actress to wait indefinitely. I feel terrible for Bebo, who is a special friend— the sibling I never had,” he sighs. Reportedly one of the reasons for him looking to replace Kareena is the failure of Gori Tere Pyaar Mein, which has also led to director Punit Malhotra’s exit from Dharma. “Who said Punit is out?” retorts Karan. “His next film is with Dharma and he has already started working on it. The film may have failed but Punit didn’t. He had worked harder on Gori Tere Pyaar Mein than he did on I Hate Luv Storys. If anyone has to take the blame, it’s me.” So where did he err? Was it a case of miscasting? “Like you can’t analyse success, you shouldn’t analyse failure either,” Karan philosophises. Rumour has it that Tarun Mansukhani who had to give up on Dostana 2 after five years is a disheartened man today. Karan says he’s taken it upon himself to “re-energise” his team. “We don’t operate as a studio, every film director in Dharma is part of the family,” he asserts.
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Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; February 5, 2014)
While Karan Johar and Anurag Kashyap may come from different worlds of cinema, they have a lot in common as human beings. They may have so far collaborated three times, but have become friends for life. They first came together in directing short films for Bombay Talkies, then co-produced The Lunchbox and now are co-producing their upcoming romantic comedy, Hasee Toh Phasee. As Karan said, “The film has a bit of both. It’s quirky, so it has Anurag Kashyap and it has a song like Zehnaseeb, so it has me.” Vinil Mathew, the director of the film, told us that to his surprise, even though Karan and Anurag watched the film separately, they cried and laughed at the same places. For the first time, Bombay Times brings both the filmmakers to talk about each other. Before starting the interview, Karan said, “See, he has come wearing a jacket today as he knows that Karan Johar jacket pehenke aayega.” Due to the length of the interview, we will carry it over two days, starting with the conversation with Karan Johar today. Excerpts:
From not talking to each other, how did you become friends?
Anurag wrote a blog saying nasty things about me, post which we had a verbal spat in Mumbai Mirror. I wondered why he was being nasty when he didn’t even know me. I had seen his Black Friday and absolutely loved it. But I saw him venting to death about me thinking I am this rich, glamorous, glorious person without any struggle and I frankly hadn’t struggled even though I’d pretend to. Once in an interview, I actually said I grew up in a really small two-bedroom flat in Malabar Hill and used to travel to Goregaon in a taxi. Farah Khan called me and said, ‘Is this your idea of struggle?’ I came from simple parenting, but my parents always made me believe that I was Mukesh Ambani’s son. Even though my father had made a series of unsuccessful films and didn’t have the money, I still had the habits. They may not have gone on holidays, but they sent me. But I still could not match up to Anurag Kashyap’s angst story na? High level of decadence because of high level of depression. I didn’t have those problems, so what to do? To me, Anurag represented the Ram Gopal Varma school of filmmaking. RGV’s problem with me was that Satya did not win an award. What can I do if I won? Maybe Satya deserved every award versus Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, but he didn’t win it. Too bad. Maybe, I was just better looking than him. So when Anurag took off on me, I decided that he needs a hug and decided to do that when I met him at a restaurant in Bandra. Hundred heads turned at me when I moved towards him as if rich studio was entering the Hindi space. Anurag, who is the poster boy of that movement, said, ‘Baat kar leni chahiye.’ I said, ‘Hug kar lena chahiye.’ So we hugged like yeh bandhan toh pyaar ka bandhan hai and imagined a round trolley going around us and that was it. And from there, the friendship of two people began, whom I believe are the same people.
What was your reason for making Bombay Talkies?
I am dying to be that intense director, who is above media and the trappings of the industry. Imtiaz Ali and Anurag Kashyap look like directors. I have become a mockery of myself, dancing in a reality show, judging, hosting. Barring reaching the opening of an envelope, I have reached everywhere else. And I am unapologetically this. My perception by the director community is very flawed. Rajkumar Hirani looks distant, quiet, intelligent, Anurag looks like a mad genius, Imtiaz looks like he is sorted with a sufiist vibe. I look like a third row dancer. I reacted to movies as an audience. To me, The Lunchbox was a love story that would make money. I did Bombay Talkies as I wanted my name along with Anurag, Zoya and Dibakar. I felt that critics, who otherwise think I am murdering cinema, may still have an opinion, but at least they will come and see it. That’s why I insisted they put my film first so that no one walks out after seeing the other three films. Dibakar told me after the film, ‘This is your debut film.’ I have admired his work and earlier walked up to him and said, ‘I am your big fan.’ He said, ‘Thank you’ and walked off. I felt that even if he did not want to say nice things about my films, at least he could have complimented me on my shoes or looks. Directors just don’t compliment me. Lagaan is amongst my top five favourite films. Ashutosh Gowariker saw Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and called me after the trial. I thought he must be calling to say nice things, but he said, ‘Just saw your movie. I didn’t like it at all.’ I said, ‘Oh!’ But it was wonderfully gracious of him a month later to call and compliment me as it had commercially worked. I am obsessed with directors even though they are not obsessed by me. Anurag, please tell her how much I begged you for the role in Bombay Velvet. Naseeruddin Shah criticised Farhan Akhtar’s performance in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Imagine what he will do to me? I love Naseer sahab and have the highest regard for his work, but I want to ask him, how can he have a problem with commercial films? Nobody put a gun on his head and asked him to do Tirchi Topiwale. In some way, his bungalow must be the result of commercial films. I am sure Tirchi Topiwale must be responsible for many things in his life. He was a part of an item song. My input to the most talented filmmakers has been fashion and I am proud of it. Instead of giving creative tips, during Bombay Talkies, I was teaching Zoya, Dibakar and Anurag how to walk the ramp. My big input to Dibakar and Anurag was hair gel and shine spray. Zoya was telling me, ‘What are you making us do?’ And I said, ‘You are walking the ramp, so do it properly. While in Rome do what the Romans do.’
You make us laugh in person, but your films make us cry.
I love crying and to me, cinema crying is very cathartic. I remember when I watched The Namesake with Mr Bachchan. All my pent-up emotions of losing my dad came out, even though, thematically, it had nothing to do with losing a parent. But something triggered an emotion and I just remember weeping. The second time I cried was while watching Taare Zameen Par as I was in boarding school for four days, that too, in the same one shown in the film. I remember my parents leaving me behind there. Seeing the film, I think Niagara Falls had begun and I wept and wept and I called Aamir after the show. The first film I cried was in Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se. I was eight years old and was bawling at the end of it. My mother kept explaining to me how that was not real, but that didn’t stop me from crying.
What do you like about Anurag?
At heart, we are the same people. Both of us have a certain sense of acknowledging other people’s brilliance. We have an inherent mentor in us and want to create and nurture resources and put them out in the creative world. We have a sense of impulse and take decisions more from the heart and I identify with him as a human being. I have to eternally be grateful to him for giving me a part in his film, as I got to see how he works and felt so enriched technically.
How different are you as directors?
He is raw, I am not. I love his projection of women, mine are more stereotypical, based on value systems that I believe in. He has led the life. I have led a very sheltered life till the age of 25 and became a man only at 32, when my dad died. My people observation is still on the surface, but he has been on the road, drunk at times, and taken home, he has seen failure and rejections, seen heartbreaks and failed relationships. He has lived the life. I am still living it. Nothing fails like success. And nothing succeeds like failure. My biggest failing has been my success. I have not been in a long-term relationship, but have been in unrequited love, so whenever I show that, I get it correct. But when I try and show something I have not experienced, I am caught. You put actors together, they don’t know how to have fun, but you put directors together, they feed off each others’ energies.
Your advice to Anurag?
You have to not only control your film, but also the environment without getting sucked into it. Somewhere, the director in me has taken a beating because of the producer in me. Never go there, but understand your business. He represents a certain brand of brilliance, which can be platformed at another level if he does that.
Were you always this secure as a person?
A conversation with my father changed my view of the world. I was the blue-eyed boy after Kuch Kuch Hota Hai in 1998. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam came in 1999, which I loved, but it bothered me to no end. I was getting jealous and I was tracking its box office. My father saw it. My father asked me, ‘How did you like the film?’ I said, ‘I loved it.’ He said, ‘What is bothering you?’ I said, ‘It is making me feel inferior.’ He said, ‘You will never grow. Go and call Sanjay Leela Bhansali and tell him how mad you are about the film and see how good you feel.’ I did that and felt relieved. He said, ‘How will you grow if you don’t acknowledge?’
Conversation with Anurag Kashyap to appear tomorrow.
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Sonali Joshi Pitale (MID-DAY; February 3, 2014)
After delivering a blockbuster with their film Chennai Express, filmmaker Rohit Shetty and actor Shah Rukh Khan are now coming together again and this time, they are looking at making Marathi films. Word has it that the duo will produce a total of six regional films under their joint banner. The director confirmed the news just before flying to South Africa to host the fifth season of Khatron Ke Khiladi. He said, “Yes, we are looking at producing Marathi films, but it is too early to talk about it as we are still working on things. A few friends from the Marathi film industry have already narrated their scripts to me. I liked couple of them and I look forward to producing these ventures.” A source says that the director has spoken to SRK about the same and that the latter has shown interest in funding these projects. However, Rohit refuses to say more about the same.
When asked about his plans to make a sequel to Chennai Express, he said that there’s no script in place right now. “But I am going to work with Shah Rukh on another film after I wrap up work on Singham 2,” he said.
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Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 4, 2014)
Sana Khan is perturbed with her big break gone bust and her sorrows started much before the film released. A friend of the actress told Mirror that Sana was upset about Salman promoting his ‘heroine’ Daisy Shah while she was completely sidelined.
The Bigg Boss 6 contestant was nowhere to be seen during the film’s promotional spree and was also missing from the film’s posters and trailers.
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BOMBAY TIMES (February 4, 2014)
Watch Sunny Leone set temperatures soaring in the song Baby Doll from Ragini MMS 2
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SRK answers in the middle of the night, Deepika sends smileys, Big B always responds, while his bahu is another story…
Meena Iyer & Parag Maniar (BOMBAY TIMES; February 4, 2014)
Newbie Urvashi Rautela, who made her debut in Singh Saab The Great (2013), has a caller tune that warns the caller to be careful about what they speak. It goes, “The number you have called is a VIP number. This call may be monitored for surveillance. Please choose your words carefully before speaking”. Probably, it’s her way of warding off unwanted calls. A few years ago, Bipasha Basu had a funny caller tune. It went, “Hello, hello… I can’t hear you… could you speak a little louder…”, making the caller feel as if she was actually on the other side.
However, these two sexy women and their caller tunes are not the only talking points. Superstars and their phone manners, or should we say, the lack of them, do make for an interesting read. Amitabh Bachchan still has impeccable phone etiquette. You will always get a reply from the cinema legend, even if it is sometimes delayed by a day. His daughter-in-law, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, is the exact opposite. You may never get a message from her, even if you call to wish her on her birthday.
RAHMAN, TABU, SAIRA BANU HAVE A 786 FIXATION
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MUMBAI MIRROR (February 4, 2014)
Ten days after an unhinged door came crashing and packed him off to a hospital, the indomitable Shah Rukh Khan resumes work today in Chembur for Farah Khan’s Happy New Year.
Mirror has learnt that there will be no heavy-duty action or dance sequence and some of the shots have been modified keeping SRK’s fragile condition in mind.
The accident which happened on the sets of the same film, left the actor with a fractured shoulder and a torn left knee tendon. The doctor had advised him complete bed rest for a couple of weeks, but SRK has been hobbling around with a cast on his leg and a crutch manacled to his hand. He was last spotted at Ahana Deol’s wedding having a long conversation with the bride’s mother Hema Malini.
DNA (February 4, 2014)
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Arijita Bhowmik (INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES; January 31, 2014)
The Golden Kela Awards 2014 has shockingly named Aamir Khan and Deepika Padukone for the worst movie honours.
Despite the multi crore grossing “Dhoom 3,” Aamir has been nominated in two categories of the Golden Kela Awards, set in the lines of Hollywood’s Razzies. The superstar’s film has been nominated in the “Worst Film” category and another one called the “Bawaraa Ho Gaya Ke (Have You Gone Mad?), for featuring in the YRF action flick, hugely criticized for its mindless plotline.
Another name to have been added to the list of shame is Deepika Padukone. Despite a bevy of praises for her performance in “Chennai Express”, the actress has been nominated in the same category as well as in the worst supporting actress category for “Race 2”. The actress’ film “Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-leela” has been nominated for Worst Actor (Ranveer Singh) as well as the Worst Director (Sanjay Leela Bhansali.)
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Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 1, 2014)
The director of The Coffin Maker, Veena Bakshi, is spitting fire. The film has won quite a few awards at the festival circuit, including the Best Actor award for Naseeruddin Shah. Yet, on Friday, Bakshi woke up to the actor describing her as “totally incompetent” in a film glossy. He went on to add that the film was “abandoned incomplete” and he regrets doing it.
Talking to Mirror an enraged Bakshi said, “Naseer was the one who abandoned the film. We had financial issues and shooting came to a halt. When we were ready to roll again, he was unwilling to shoot. After a few meetings he said he’d report back on the sets only if he was paid an additional Rs 1.5 crore. Imagine his audacity!”
So, what went wrong between Naseer and her? “I wish I knew. There was no reason that I can fathom,” Bakshi replied.
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Jai Ho jumped by 25% on second saturday comparative to second friday in Kanpur. Which is way below standard, usually movies jump by 50%.
If this is the trend all over, film is settling for 3.75- 4.25 cr second saturday and 12-13 cr Second weekend. With such trending, it is sure to miss new low mark of 110 cr set for the film after more than 80% fall on second friday. It will be miraculous achievement if it adds anything significant over 107 cr.
Girish Johar ?@girishjohar 6h
KANPUR (JAI HO) Saturday Multiplexes-214362 Single Screen-68802 TOTAL-283164 2days Total-509298
Girish Johar ?@girishjohar Jan 31
KANPUR (JAI HO) Friday Multiplexes-159498 Single Screen-66636 TOTAL-226134 1day Total-226134
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By Rachana Sheth, Glamsham Editorial
Before JAI HO release and when DHOOM 3 was about to hit the screens, Aamir Khan didn’t leave a single opportunity to sing praises of his buddy Salman Khan. In fact, every time we came across the perfectionist he went gaga over Salman Khan’s superstardom status and asserted that Salman is a bigger star than him. He even swore to promote Salman Khan’s JAI HO, and Aamir did his bit to promote the film by showing his keenness on social media platform. A day before the release of film, Aamir posted a candid picture showing the ANDAAZ APNA APNA duo peeing together, which only proved the strong bond between the two. But all that was before the film hit the theatres and verdict was out.
Post release we didn’t hear anything from the star. While the world shunned Salman Khan’s JAI HO, critics slammed it and audiences’ showed their displeasure, Aamir Khan maintained a diplomatic silence. He didn’t come forth to support his dear friend or uttered anything in favour of the film. Though Aamir mentioned about JAI HO in the new promo of his upcoming TV show Satyamev Jayate, it was done in an absolutely subtle manner, almost a-blink-and-miss one. We expected Aamir to say something on behalf of his friend or urge the fans to watch the film but nothing of that sort happened.
On the contrary, we hear, Aamir surprisingly threw a private bash to celebrate DHOOM 3′s super success at his residence and invited only few guests. Of the guest list – Katrina Kaif, his leading lady in DHOOM 3, and her alleged beau Ranbir Kapoor, filmmaker Karan Johar, Ayan Mukerji were present at the party. Though DHOOM 3 success celebration was much awaited, it came at a time when Salman Khan fell flat to exclaim ‘Jai Ho’! It was pretty astonishing to see Aamir partying when his so-called friend failed to charm the audience!
Well, they say equations change every Friday in Bollywood and it quite seems to be true in our B-town’s dost Amar-Prem’s (Aamir and Salman) case!
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Jai Ho never generated huge buzz. Poor music, not-so-exciting heroine and promos etc were the key reasons. Yet, many felt that the film should open big as it’s a film starring Salman Khan, who’s one of the biggest superstars around. But as luck would have it, Jai Ho didn’t have a record-breaking opening that was expected by almost everyone, including the makers themselves. What’s more, the response was fairly positive and yet the jump in the collections was missing. Though Sunday was huge (25 crore), the damage was slightly done due to okayish collections on the first 2 days. If Jai Ho fares well in Week 2, its lifetime collections can be somewhere around 130-135 crore. This is much less than the collections of Salman’s own films like Bodyguard, Dabangg, Dabangg 2 and Ek Tha Tiger and much lower than the collections of his contemporaries Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan’s films, both of who are now members of 200-crore club.
So why did Jai Ho underperform? A major reason is that although it offers something new, it in a way is still a typical Salman Khan entertainer. It features Salman’s powerful whistle-worthy entry followed by Salman bashing up goons and emerging almost unscathed. It features Salman going shirtless in the climax while fighting with the villain in the end. From 2009 till present day, Salman has done 10 films and the aforementioned saga has been repeated in as many as 7 films! Ek Tha Tiger, though, had a brief moment when Salman takes off his shirt, and that too in the pre-climax. But still, the repetitiveness and predictability has cropped in and it’s evident that audiences are no longer interested to see the same stuff again and again. And this also puts a question mark on the fate of Salman Khan’s next, Kick, which is also expected to be an action entertainer and a remake of a Southern film! Thankfully, post-Kick, Salman is changing tracks and doing a comedy (No Entry Mein Entry) and a family drama (Sooraj Barjatya’s next). But it’s high time that Salman realizes that he has repeated his formula way too many times and it’s high time he changes his strategies in the long run!
ABHAY DEOL’S FIRST PRODUCTION RELEASES TOMORROW!
Abhay Deol planned to be a producer few years ago but his plans got shelved. He finally now turns producer with One By Two, which is all set to release tomorrow. It has Abhay Deol in the lead role along with his girlfriend Preeti Desai. Lilette Dubey, Rati Agnihotri, Darhan Jariwala and others complete the rest of the cast. From the trailers, the film seems like a nice, slice-of-life movie about regular 9-to-5 job employees trying to achieve their dreams and how they ‘come out of their respective boxes’. However, the excitement is missing from the promos. Songs moreover have not worked and failed to reach to the audiences in time, thanks to Abhay’s tiff with T-Series. The music got out only this week. Opening therefore should be very low. Unless the film turns out to be extraordinary, it unfortunately won’t have chances of being a profitable venture.