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Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; January 20, 2010)

Mumbai: After 3 Idiots, it’s yet to-be-released Rann’s turn to feature in a writer-director controversy over the script. Days after author Chetan Bhagat and the 3 Idiots team buried their hatchet over the film’s script, writer Sonal Mehta has moved the Bombay HC against filmmaker Ramgopal Verma, claiming breach of confidential information and infringement of her copyright in the literary work, including screen-play and script, of the Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Rann.
Mehta said the infringement occurred as the film was originally titled Success Story and thereafter tentatively titled Break Ke Baad by the director and producers of Rann. She has demanded that the release of Rann be stopped.
Mehta has also approached the Film Writers’ Association and sought monetary compensation for the work reportedly done by her. The producers of the film represented by law firm Naik, Naik & Co said they would file their reply by Friday.
Mehta’s grouse was that she was given no credit. But Varma said that the film was written by Rohit Banawlinkar and not by Mehta.

Rann is 100% inspired by real life , says RGV

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; January 21, 2010)

The maverick Ram Gopal Varma can’t help but play with fire. It is alleged that his work Rann, that is based on the electronic media, is 100% inspired by real life. Though RGV hid behind a careful “Rann is a work of fiction, 100% inspired by real life” at a recent press conference, the grapevine says that the film draws specific references to certain politicians, media czars and industrialists.
Rann is a drama that shows the misleading, deceptive and devious side of the news business on the one hand, and the curious, generous and indispensable side on the other hand, in its effort to see which will carry more weight in today’s India.

Of course, what everyone is curious as hell about is who RGV has modelled his principle characters on. The filmmaker smiles mysteriously as he says, “Well you’ll have to watch the film to see the similarities between the reel and the real life characters who people are imagining that I have drawn inspiration from.’’ And though he won’t say it, talk is that in the plot line there is a passing reference to two industrialist brothers who are currently at war with each other.

Anyway, what RGV is ready to throw light on is the fact that he has modelled the character of his protagonist Amitabh Bachchan on the lines of a Dr Prannoy Roy. “When Prannoy launched his channel three decades ago he came with a lot of respectability and credibility. Mr Bachchan’s character is on those lines, but he has not been modelled exactly like Dr Roy.’’ About Riteish Deshmukh, Ramu says, “Riteish in Rann is a serious kind of a guy. In real life Riteish is a deep thinking serious guy. It is only in his cinema that they have made him some kind of comic actor. In Rann, I didn’t want him to be typecast. On the contrary, I wanted him to be in sharp contrast to his comic characters.” Again with Paresh Rawal, RGV says he wanted to bring out the menace the actor showed in his earlier films like Arjun and Dacait. “He is a sophisticated politician who people say has been modelled on Lalu Prasad Yadav. I don’t think so. He is an amalgamation of several politicians. He wears dark glasses like Dr M Karunanidhi. His other mannerisms are borrowed from various others.’’

The new actor find Sudeep in Rann is a famous Kannada actor whose voice and intensity are his strength. He plays Mr Bachchan’s son… and is the perfect negative character in this set up.

Rajat Kapoor plays Mr Bachchan’s son-inlaw, a person to whom nothing matters more than money.

Neetu Chandra is Sudeep’s wife, who believes completely in her man. And, Gul Panag is the sort who is only interested in her own life and the fluff surrounding it. A senior journalism watcher remarks, “It helps if the allusions are specific. The audience can easily identify the filmmaker’s reference points and the narrative then seems more powerful.” In jest, at the same press conference, RGV remarked, “The media thinks it is mine and Ritiesh’s revenge on them.” He was obviously referring to his ill-fated visit to Mumbai’s Taj post the 26/11 for which he drew a lot of flak.


By Subhash K. Jha, January 20, 2010 – 11:09 IST

Neha Sharma Emraan Hashmi won’t kiss his co-star Neha Sharma in his next film. The ‘privilege’ will go to an Australian chick.

Mohit Suri’s film Crook: It’s Good To Be Bad on racial attacks on Indian students in Australia will star four Australian actors, one of them would be a girl that the Indian hero (Emraan Hashmi) will fall in love with in Australia.

There would be an Indian leading lady, Telugu cinema’s Neha Sharma. But she wouldn’t get to kiss the serial kisser hero Emraan Hashmi. The smooching scenes in the script have been saved for the Aussie girl. Says Suri, “There will be some kissing in the film. And yes there will be an Australian girl. I can’t say any more right now.”

The director has auditioned a number of Australian actors and will zero in on the final actors shortly. “We start shooting in February. When I started researching on the problem of racial attacks in Australia I never thought it went so deep and far. My film won’t be only about attacks on Indians or Asians. It will look at segregation discrimination and racism among all kinds of people.”

The spoken language in the film would be a hybrid. Says Suri, “The characters will speak Hindi, English and other languages; Indian and foreign, spoken by students in Australia.”

Neha Sharma is the latest entrant into Bollywood from the South Indian film industry. The girl made her debut in Telugu films with Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi’s son Ram Charan Teja in Chirutha.

For her Hindi debut in Mohit Suri’s film, Neha will be seen speaking in a smattering of Hindi and English. “And it’s not even proper English. It’s Australian -English. Neha plays a girl born and brought up in Australia. She plays a student who tries to mend the cultural gap between Indians and Australians.”


By Bollywood Hungama News Network, January 20, 2010 – 12:54 IST Amrita Rao


Sonakshi Sinha, who is still working on her debut film, bags Pankaj Kapur’s Mausam with Shahid

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 20, 2010)

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Sonakshi Sinha

Sonakshi Sinha, veteran actor Shatrughan Sinha’s daughter, seems to be the flavour of the season. Although her debut film Dabangg with Salman Khan is yet to be completed, she is already on a roll. She has been signed for her second film by Boney Kapoor and the latest dope is that she has also bagged Pankaj Kapur’s love story, Mausam, opposite Shahid Kapoor.

The hush-hush meeting between the film’s producer Sheetal Talwar and Sonakshi and her mother Punam Sinha took place at the Sinhas’ residence in Khar on Monday evening. Apparently, the producer was simply bowled over by the actress.

Sheetal Talwar has already approved her for Mausam. “She is a stunning girl. Such grace and charm. She is going to be a big star. She reminds us of the young Rekha,” says Talwar appreciatively.

Punam says, “Yes, we met the Mausam producer Sheetal Talwar. He did seem to like her immensely. Both my husband and I have the highest regard for Pankaj Kapurji as an actor. If he is directing a film, it has to be special. We can’t wait for Sonakshi to work with Pankajji and Shahid.”

No hits except one last year, but Kareena Kapoor rules the roost. Find out how much she gets paid to act in a sequel

By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 20, 2010)

Katrina Kaif, Kareena Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra may be ruling Bollywood today, but it is Kareena who has toppled the other two by being the highest paid actress. She has been signed for a whopping Rs 7 crore by Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd for their next, Golmaal 3, directed by Rohit Shetty.

A source says, “Kareena hasn’t given any hit last year except 3 Idiots and has raised many eyebrows for being signed for the exorbitant amount. While Bollywood actors are slashing their prices to cope with the recession, it is surprising how much the industry is paying the actresses. Even A-list actors are not being offered such a huge amount.”

It is learnt that Kareena will be the only heroine in the film as she has made it very clear that she does not want to work in multi-heroine projects.

Kareena Kapoor

And why not? After the success of Jab We Met and the critical acclaim she received, Kareena’s career graph rose. Reportedly she was paid Rs 2.5 crore for Kambakkht Ishq and little more for Golmaal 2. The source continues, “After Golmaal 2 proved to be a hit, director Rohit Shetty only wanted Kareena in the film and convinced the producers to sign her. Moreover, the Kapoor lass has never been a part of sequels, so to make her sign this film, she was offered and signed for a huge amount.”

Kareena is the only female lead along with the five actors – Ajay Devgan, Sharman Joshi, Tusshar Kapoor, Arshad Warsi and Shreyas Talpade. She won’t be playing the love interest of any of the actors.

Kareena’s manager says, “The fees are too personal to comment on.” However, a source close to Kareena confirms, “She has been signed for Rs 7 crore and this is the first time a Bollywood actress has been paid such an exorbitant amount.” More power to you, Kareena.

The publicist of Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision is dismissive. He says, “Kareena Kapoor has already been signed and we have definitely not paid her Rs 7 crore for Golmaal 3.”

Salman Khan convinces Dabboo Ratnani’s wife, Manisha, to play photographer for his calendar

By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 20, 2010)

It is a well-known fact that Salman Khan believes in encouraging new talent. Dabboo Ratnani’s calendar is proof enough of that. Here, the actor has given a chance to Manisha Ratnani, who is renowned photographer Dabboo’s wife.

The shoot happened at Panchgani. Daboo said, “We started the photo shoot post dinner and Salman was in a jovial mood. I was setting the lights for his shot.Meanwhile, my wife was setting up my camera and doing a check on it. That’s when Salman, out-of-the-blue, told her to click his pictures. Then, he turned to me and said that today Manisha will shoot me… It is a big thing for a star to trust a new photographer. Salman gave a lot of candid shots. In fact, he agreed to go bare body only because my wife was shooting it.”

Salman Khan

Although it has been five years since Manisha has assisted Dabboo behind the scenes, this is the first time that she played photographer to a star.

Talking about her first experience as a photographer, Manisha says, “I was zapped. Initially, I thought Salman was kidding and pulling my leg. But once I started shooting, both Salman and Dabboo supported me completely. My heart was beating faster as I was doing my first ever photoshoot with Salman Khan.”

Ask Manisha if Salman has offered her any future assignments, she laughs, “He has offered me magazine and cover shoots. He also mentioned doing a full-fledged shoot again. It was great fun shooting with Salman. It is something that I will never forget all my life.”

Buzz is that Priyanka Chopra has lost out on Abbas Mustan’s remake of The Italian Job only because she bowed out of Rohan Sippy’s film starring Abhishek Bachchan

By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 20, 2010)

Abbas Mustan almost managed a casting coup, as Katrina Kaif and Priyanka Chopra were to share the same frame in their remake of The Italian Job. But we now hear that Priyanka has lost out on the role.

Buzz is that it is a consequence of the actress opting out of Rohan Sippy’s new film, starring Abhishek. Priyanka thought she would be cast opposite Abhishek, but ended up with South star Rana Daggubati instead. So, that’s when the actress decided to make an exit.

// // // Perhaps Bachchan Jr, who is also part of the Italian Job, is not too pleased with her decision? Whatever the reason, Priyanka has lost out on The Italian Job remake as well.

A source says, “Priyanka was keen to work in Rohan Sippy’s film. They had worked together in Bluffmaster and wanted to be paired with him again, but it turned out to be a role with South star Rana Daggubati. So she chose to opt out, citing date problems. Rohan was aghast and grumbled about her to his friend Abhishek. This, in turn, upset Abhishek. Apparently, the actress chose to instead work in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Ek Bataa Saat.”

This incident was the last straw in the Abhishek-Priyanka relationship, which was already distressed. The source adds, “The cracks started developing in the Abhishek-Priyanka relationship over the last year. It all started with a tiff they had backstage over a performance. Then, Aishwarya Rai was miffed with Priyanka over a remark made by her on stage while accepting an award at a function. Since then, things have turned sour between the two. However, the final nail in the coffin was her backing out of the Rohan project, upsetting Abhishek to no end.”

Priyanka Chopra Abhishek Bachchan

The Italian Job stars Abhishek Bachchan, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Kunal Kapoor and Akshaye Khanna. Commenting on the star cast, the source says, “Abbas Mustan’s Italian Job is a huge film. The film’s casting has been in process since a long time. To avoid further issues, the makers have officially announced only Katrina Kaif’s name as of now. They are now considering Preity Zinta to replace Priyanka. Preity will make her comeback with this film in a completely new and sexy avatar.”

Priyanka’s manager was noncommittal. He says, “Nothing has been finalised with regards to The Italian Job. She has only signed Vishal Bhardwaj’s film at the moment. As for Rohan’s film, Priyanka has not even heard the script, so how can she opt out of the film?”

Anushka Sharma gets to kiss Shahid Kapoor thrice in their film together. Funnily, the former was not jumping for joy at the prospect

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 20, 2010)

Apparently Anushka Sharma has locked lips with Shahid Kapoor not once, but thrice for her forthcoming YRF film, directed by actor-turned-director Parmeet Sethi. While most girls would happily kiss the young star, she wasn’t turning cartwheels at the idea. A source says, “The kisses are not the brush-of-the-lips type. They are full-on smooches.”

Reportedly, Anushka shared great chemistry with Shahid when they were shooting for this film in the States. They had gelled very well and seemed to be enjoying each other’s company very much. And we don’t blame YRF or Parmeet Sethi if they decided on the three smooches because they wanted to exploit that chemistry and have it translated on screen as well.

But Anushka was not comfortable. “Parmeet had to do a lot of cajoling. Finally, he managed to convince her,” our source said.

What about Shahid? Was he okay with kissing Anushka? “Oh, he had no problem,” our source revealed.

As on date, the entire shooting of the film has been completed. The film is in the editing stages. Let’s hope that all the three smooches go unedited in the final print.

Sudhir Mishra was aghast to find his unreleased film uploaded on a popular website

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 20, 2010)

Sudhir Mishra and the cast and crew of Tera Kya Hoga Johnny got the shock of their life when one of the crew members discovered that their entire film (in 10 minute clips) had been uploaded on the internet. The Neil Nitin Mukesh, Soha Ali Khan and Kaykay Menon-starrer is written and directed by Sudhir Mishra, while it is produced by Manu Kumaran, Sudhir Mishra and Tutu Sharma.

An official spokesperson of the film said, “We have filed a complaint at the cyber crime police station at the Bandra Kurla cyber crime department and we will file one at Juhu police station. We have also written to youtube and asked them to remove the footage as it is the most easily accessible website. We have formally made a complaint to them as well. The complaint at the Juhu Police station is at the second stage of investigation in which  the culprit will be booked. However, what has been uploaded is not the finished project and is the older cut of the film.”

Manu Kumaran, the producer of the Rs 12-crore film, said, “I was informed by one of our crew members Pankaj Sharma about this. We have made all the notified complaints and also spoken to all our suppliers who were working on the post-production of the film. However, we are to blame as it is also a system failure from our side. We need to be more careful.”


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