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Celebrations are far from over in the Kundra household. After the elaborate wedding ceremonies and parties, Raj Kundra and Shilpa Shetty Kundra have exciting holiday plans even after their honeymoon.
Soon after the newly-weds are back from their honeymoon, Raj will take his as well as Shilpa’s family for a Mediterranean cruise.
Shilpa says, “Raj and I are going to the Bahamas for our honeymoon. Once we return, Raj will be taking our entire family, all the Shettys and the Kundras, on a Christmas Mediterranean cruise. He thinks that everyone needs a break.”
When asked about dividing her time between Mumbai and London, Shilpa says, “Why are people presuming that I am moving to London? I’ll have two homes now and will be traveling to and fro.”
The couple left for Tirupathi yesterday to seek divine blessings.
SHARIN WADER BUTANI Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; November 24, 2009)
Meanwhile, BT’s wedding correspondent reports that all of the 70 guests who were present at the wedding had a hairdresser, a makeup artist, and a chauffeur-driven car at their disposal. Even their hotel rooms were done up with gift hampers, pink roses and and chocolate fudge. For the two days that the guests were in Khandala, there was buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Bawa bungalow and a wedding menu made up of cuisines from 72 countries! Bridesmaid Shamita Shetty, who lost out on the chance to win her reality show prize money after leaving it midway for Shilpa’s wedding, was disappointed that she could not make up by successfully hiding the dulha’s joote. Raj was apparently supposed to give her Rs 51 lakhs for his shoes!
Yesterday in Mumbai, the couple had their court marriage. Since the saat pheras was strictly for family and close friends, Shilpa and Raj have planned a lavish reception for Bollywood and their business associates today at a suburban five-star. The married couple along with their families will then head to Tirupathi and from there to the Oneness University in Chennai to seek blessings from Shilpa’s gurus, Amma and Bhagwan. They will then come back to Mumbai to leave for their week-long honeymoon at the Bahamas.
If you think that the latest release Blue was made on a lavish budget, think again. A sequel to the film is already in the offing and is being planned on a much bigger scale.
Blue actor Sanjay Dutt informs that they will be starting with the sequel immediately. “It was a thrilling experience shooting for Blue in the Bahamas. Tony (director) is ready with the idea for Blue 2 and he has promised that there will be more sharks and action in the sequel,” says Sanjay.
Sanjay says that shooting for Blue wasn’t a cakewalk. “For me, Blue was an extremely difficult film to shoot. The same goes for the director Anthony D’Souza. Hats off to the producer who believed in the film and invested so much money in it. I don’t know about others but I had a tough time while shooting as I was scared when I saw 50 sharks around me.”
Blue 2 will be shot in Australia and will have one more key male actor other than Akshay Kumar, Sanjay and Zayed Khan. While Blue has several sharks, its sequel will have deadlier sharks such as Great Whites and Bull Sharks.
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; October 14, 2009)
Anthony D’Souza is the man behind Bollywood’s costliest film — Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd’s Blue that’s releasing this Diwali (October 16). And he admits that his producers have actually let money flow like water to make this big screen spectacle. “It is the first Bollywood film to be shot in the Bahamas,’’ says Tony, adding that he chose the location despite the heavy cost because it was the only place in the world where he could shoot with live sharks. The budget skyrocketed further because the food and drinking water had to come from Florida.
However, on the eve of the film’s release, the debutant director is hardly worrying his head over the accounts. Instead, he is excited about having made India’s first under-water film and says he is completely indebted to his producer Dhilin Mehta for partaking in his vision. He has also had Hollywood technicians like Amir Mokri (Bad Boys-II) to give him expert advice. Tony is also all praise for his actors. “Sanjay Dutt was the first one who I gave a narration to — and he agreed almost immediately. In fact, he will also be in my next film titled Bond.’’
About Akshay Kumar, the film’s backbone, the director says, “Akshay is the most unselfish, punctual, dedicated, uncomplicated actor I have ever met. Stories about his interference are a myth.’’ But Tony is partial to his leading lady Lara Dutta whom he salutes because she learnt to swim in three months and was then swimming with the sharks like a pro. The film’s youngest actor Zayed Khan is a friend, he says. “I love Zayed because he is frank, forthright and the perfect choice for my film.’’
But even Tony admits that Blue wouldn’t be complete without those magical seven minutes of Katrina Kaif. Says the director, “Katrina is a thorough professional. She takes her work very seriously. Katz is the female Akshay and, like him, she is a very punctual actor.’’
By Taran Adarsh, October 14, 2009 – 08:08 IST
Roll out the red carpet.
Blow the conch shells.
Beat the drums.
It’s time to pop champagne…
BLUE, the most awaited movie of the year, with its canvas as huge as the ocean, comes alive on the Hindi screen this Friday. Like every biggie, this one also comes with the baggage of monumental expectations. With tremendous hype surrounding it, the inescapable question that crosses your mind is, will BLUE live up to those colossal expectations?
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
Let me keep it concise and to the point. You haven’t watched something like this on the Hindi screen before. Never ever!
It requires courage, willpower, fortitude, vision and of course, the financial backing to accomplish a project of this magnitude. And debutante director Anthony D’Souza puts his skills and the financial resources to best use. BLUE is not merely a stunning looking film, it’s also a well structured film. Most importantly, it’s a solid entertainer that packs in so much in those 1.58 hours.
Final word? Go, grab a ticket, if you haven’t booked one yet. This under-sea treasure hunt is a kickass film. A must-see for all those who love adventure flicks.
BLUE is set in the sun-soaked white sand beaches of Bahamas. Sagar [Sanjay Dutt] is a simpleton, while his friend Aarav [Akshay Kumar] is a rich, ambitious businessman.
Sagar’s brother Sameer aka Sam [Zayed Khan] has inadvertently managed to rankle the mafia in Bangkok [Rahul Dev]. He flees Bangkok and arrives in Bahamas. But the dangerous men reach Bahamas too. Sagar is the sole person who can bail him out from this crisis, but to save his brother, Sagar has to wrestle with the ghost of his dead father.
If you’re a die-hard moviegoer, you’d draw parallels with a lot of international projects [especially THE DEEP] that were set in the ocean. In Bollywood, flashes of the Dharmendra – Jeetendra starrer SAMRAAT cross your mind instantaneously, but comparing the two is akin to comparing chalk and cheese.
BLUE grabs your attention from its opening titles itself. The marine life, which you may’ve watched on National Geographic Channel or Animal Planet, comes alive in all splendour at the start itself.
The story is uncomplicated and Anthony D’Souza garnishes it beautifully. If the aquatic life keeps your eyes wide open, the action sequences are sure to make your jaws drop to your knees. The bike chase at the start, yet another chase subsequently, the chase soon after the interval [atop a running train] is simply astounding.
Anthony’s expertise comes to the fore in several sequences. One sequence that needs to be singled out is when Sanju narrates the tragic past, how he was responsible for his father’s death. It’s simply incredible!
Major portions of the film have been filmed in the ocean and you can’t stop admiring and appreciating the enormous contribution of the underwater cinematographer [Pete Zuccarini]. The lighting in those sequences deserves special mention. Also, the underwater sequences, which feature aquatic life like puffer fish, stingrays and sharks, hold tremendous appeal. Cinematography [Laxman Utekar] is gorgeous.
On the flip side, the climax could’ve been more impactful. The villain’s track looks clichéd, but you tend to overlook the minor aberration since the film never falls prey to mediocrity.
Anthony D’Souza is a director to watch. This film has style as well as substance. Also, it requires courage and conviction to think out of the box and most importantly, execute the material with panache. There’s not much scope for music in an action thriller, yet A.R. Rahman’s score suits the requirements. The Kylie Minogue track – ‘Chiggy Wiggy’ – is already popular. Sanju and Lara’s romantic track – ‘Aaj Dil’ – is sensuous. The song at the end credits – ‘Fiqrana’ – has a lot of energy.
Sound design [Resul Pookutty] is fantastic. Action scenes [James D. Bomalick and R.P. Yadav] are a treat and, in fact, one of the mainstays of the film. Dialogues [Mayur Puri] are effective, while the screenplay [Anthony D'Souza and Jasmine D'Souza] is well thought-out, especially towards the second hour.
Sanjay Dutt carries his part well, although he looks very well-fed in some scenes. Akshay Kumar steals the show with a sterling performance. This would easily classify amongst his best works. Zayed Khan is highly competent. This, despite the fact that he’s sharing the screen space with two hugely experienced actors.
Lara Dutta has never looked so good before. Though the story revolves around the guys, you can’t overlook Lara’s small but significant contribution to the film. Katrina Kaif [sp. app.] looks gorgeous and performs exceedingly well. The feminine charm [at the start specifically] would send the youth in a frenzy. Rahul Dev is first-rate. Kabir Bedi is hardly there.
On the whole, BLUE has style as well as substance. The film has everything going in its favour, right from its incredible star cast to the superb action scenes to the hitherto unseen marine life to the tremendous hype and hoopla. At the box-office, BLUE will strike like a hurricane in the festive week. It should set new benchmarks in days to come. In short, the business will be humungous.
|September 5, 2009 1:21:25 PM IST
Bollywood Trade News Network
The OVERSEAS division of Shemaroo Entertainment, in association with Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd., will be distributing the film BLUE worldwide.
For promoting the film worldwide, BLUE is planned to be premiered in Dubai, London and New York. The film will not only be exhibited in the ethnic territories, but will also be distributed and seen in the non-ethnic territories like Mexico, Scandinavian countries, etc. It is expected to be released in 650 screens around the world, making it one of the biggest Bollywood releases in the overseas market.
Hiren Gada, Director, Shemaroo Entertainment shares his thoughts, ”With the international appeal the film has, the first look of BLUE got a tremendous response from non-ethnic territories. We are glad to be associated with Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd. for this huge project and are really looking forward to taking it worldwide. Our subsidiaries in US & UK will be handling key territories of North America & Europe. With a catalog of more than 750 Indian films distributed by us in international territories, this is the next logical step for our international business.”
Dhilin Mehta, Director, Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd. shares his thoughts, ”BLUE is an ambitious project in terms of style, production values, standards, creativity etc… It’s a team effort as not only the production team, but also the captain of the ship, the director, his crew along with the Hollywood technicians and the experienced cast of the film. We are trying to release BLUE in maximum number of screens, to get an international appeal and target people of all ages. Technically and visually this film will be one of the best Bollywood has never seen before, it’s the first time in India movie has been shot 250 feet deep in the sea this is the USP of our film.”
Our Oscar Winners A R Rahman and Resul Pookutty have given the Music/ Background Score and the Sound Design respectively. To add to this, one of the dance numbers has been performed by the famous international pop star Kylie Minogue.
The film has been shot in ‘Bahamas’ – the country of islands, in the Atlantic Ocean & Bangkok -Thailand. The best Hollywood Technicians have worked on the film giving it an absolutely international look and feel. The Cinematography has been done by Laxman Utekar and underwater Cinematography by Pete Zuccarini which is the highlight of the film.
Apart from the casting, BLUE certainly has a lot to talk about and hope for the best.
To capture real sounds for Blue, Resul Pookutty recorded the sounds of the sea, underwater in the Bahamas
We are not surprised that Resul Pookutty brought home an Oscar. So devoted is the sound designer to his job, that he’d go to any lengths to capture ‘real’ sounds for his film. Resul and his team flew to the Bahamas to record underwater sounds for the film Blue’s background score. As Blue is an underwater action film, most of it has been shot in the Bahamas. So, Resul thought it was essential to record on location.
Resul said, “Before we started working on the score, we flew down to the Bahamas to get the underwater feel.” Resul and his crew went 60 feet underwater with their equipment to capture the required sounds for the film. After he returned to India, Resul worked on the sounds and modified them to suit Blue’s background score.
Considering that the film is made on a lavish budget, the producers are giving the film the best. Director, Anthony D’Souza said, “We wanted a very genuine sounding film. The only way to get it was to go down in the ocean.”
It is the first time that an underwater action adventure film has been made in India. Produced by Shri Ashtavinayak Cine Vision, Blue stars Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Dutt and Lara Dutta.