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By Joginder Tuteja, December 31, 2009 – 16:43 IST
Yesterday, we went across the B-town and found that 3 Idiots was the unanimous choice when it came to the best that 2009 had to offer. The closest contender was Paa while Avatar led from the front when it came to Hollywood flicks. However, it was quite a divided opinion when it came to the worst of 2009. Quite a few names popped up, some big (Delhi 6, Chandni Chowk To China), some small (Dil Bole Hadippa), some relatively unknown (Videsh – Heaven on Earth, Victory) and a few completely irrelevant (Deshdrohi). There was also an emotional angle involved with a filmmaker or two criticizing their own effort (Sikandar). Read on:
Ramesh Taurani – Victory, which came at the beginning of the year, stays on to be the worst film of 2009 for me.
Shirish Kunder – (Smiles) Yes, there is one movie which is really the worst for me. Still, I can’t name it since it’s been made by people known to me!
Kalki – Worst of the year was Billu (Barber) because it was just a series of music videos and nothing else.
Sajid Khan – Worst movie of the year was Delhi 6. Really, I had a lot of expectations from the film but it turned out to be such a disappointing fare.
Hasnain Hyderabadwaala – The worst film of 2009 is Dil Bole Hadippa. Really, what were the makers thinking? Audiences were taken for granted that the protagonist out there won’t be able to differentiate between a girl and a boy despite a different physicality and voice.
Jagmohan Mundhra – I have to pick two films here – Chandni Chowk To China and Kambakkht Ishq.
Rituparna Sengupta – There is nothing really which is worst for me because every movie has some effort going in there.
Ruslaan Mumtaz – Blue is the worst movie of the year
Piyush Jha – Even though I directed it, I believe worst film of the year was Sikandar. That’s because no one saw it and the media totally ignored its significance. Perhaps that happened because Sikandar didn’t have stars/big backers/comic entertainment. Whatever is the reason, the fact is Sikandar was ignored, and that is the real truth.
Sonu Sood – (Smiles) Even as the entire year is through, I still can’t decide on one worst movie. Maybe I have missed it.
Suneel Darshan – 2009 started with its worst film Chandni Chowk to China It was a ‘directionless’ disaster that disrespected the viewer’s sensibility.
Sadaa – You are asking me about the worst film of the year? You know what; there have been so many that I don’t even care to remember.
Boney Kapoor – Preity Zinta’s Videsh – Heaven on Earth was the worst that 2009 had to offer.
Robby Grewal – Worst of the lot would be Deshdrohi (the film had a staggered release across 2008 and 2009)
Ananth Mahadevan – If I pick one WORST FILM of the year, I might just stir up a hornet’s nest. For, another one might cry out that it was more deserving. So let sleeping dogs lie!
Aanand L Rai – For me, the worst movie in 2009 was Delhi 6. It was a very fine concept and from a rock solid director. Still, it failed.
Hansika Motwani – I don’t really wish to pick and choose the worst film of the year because for me every movie is good. I know what are the kind of difficulties that we actors go through so it would be wrong on my part to say that this or that movie was bad!
Tusshar Kapoor – Worst of 2009 would be all those films that were released during the strike. Ha ha ha!
Kunal Deshmukh – Chandni Chowk To China was the worst film of the year. What a waste of effort. They could have done so much with the film but that was not the case to be.
Raksha Mistry – Isn’t it ironical that the first film which I saw in 2009 stays on to be worst for me? I am talking about Chandni Chowk To China. Maybe I was expecting a lot from the film’s association with Warner Bros. But then it neither had any locations of China nor Chandni Chowk. Worse, it had no story!
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By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 25, 2009)
The buzz of anticipation as Shah Rukh Khan arrived at the premiere of 3 Idiots was nearly as loud as the buzz of appreciation for Aamir Khan’s latest turn.
For, the drama his turning up promised could be as much fun as the movie playing on the screens inside IMAX, Wadala.
SRK’s bête noire Salman Khan had arrived well in time for the movie to begin and the waiting media and star-gazers turned away disappointed when there seemed to be no sign of Shah Rukh Khan, while hosts for the evening no doubt heaved a sigh of relief.
The last time SRK and Sallu met – at Katrina Kaif’s birthday – the birthday girl had been utterly sidelined in the furious exchange of words between the two superstars, and Aamir Khan had spent the night running the short distance between Salman’s house Galaxy Apartments and SRK’s home Mannat, playing peacemaker.
|Sallu comes out of the screening, sees SRK a few feet away and gives him the full I-wanna-knock-your-teeth glare…|
But never one to back out of awkward situations, Shah Rukh arrived minutes before the film ended and was greeted by Aamir.
Just as Shah Rukh moved to talk to director Kunal Kohli, the show got over and out came Salman Khan. He spied Shah Rukh chatting away and gave him the full benefit of the famous Sallu I-wanna-knock-your-teeth glare. He stared long and hard forcing SRK to turn in his direction, but just then, Aamir said something to Salman, forcing him into a conversation.
By this time, other guests too had swarmed into the area forcing their bodyguards to lead the two stars away and out. Separately.
|…He stares long and hard, forcing SRK to turn and look at him, but before any sparks could fly, Aamir Khan forces Sallu into a conversation, saving the day|
Twelve-year-old Darsheel Safary takes a break from acting to enjoy a normal school life and a girlfriend. But, he complains, his cheeks are still being pulled by everyone
Darsheel Safary, who shot to fame playing the dyslexic child in Taare Zameen Par (2007), is taking a break from acting.
According to his father Mitesh Safary, Darsheel who is now 12, has been kept away from the trappings of stardom so that he can concentrate on his studies. Mitesh says, “We wanted him to remain grounded after all the attention he received after Taare…. Now after doing two films, Bum Bum Bhole and Zokkomon, we want him to concentrate on school, studies and other normal activities. We don’t want him to be running from one studio to another.”
The youngest actor to win a Filmfare nomination for best actor says, “I hope people like me in Bum Bum Bhole and Zokkomon. I am not scared of my performance being compared with what I did in Taare …, because I am not the same any more. I would like to think I have grown as an actor. I am not signing anything more, unless it’s something really exciting, till my final exams. I want to do well in my studies. I have my whole life ahead of me to indulge in my main hobby, acting.”
Darsheel, who sounds far more relaxed now than he did during Taare… says he has changed since the film. He adds, “I got my teeth fixed. And I think it makes me look better. Everyone keeps saying I looked better with my teeth protruding, but I don’t agree with that.”
Darsheel’s girlfriend likes him with his new teeth. “Yes, I have a girlfriend, but I can’t disclose her name. It’s too personal and she won’t like it,” says the young star.
Recollecting the euphoria post-Taare…, Darsheel admits with a giggle that he had a tough time handling all the media and fan attention. He says, “I was either being asked questions I didn’t understand or my cheeks were being pulled. My cheeks still get pulled by everyone as soon as I step out. So I try to stay at home as much as possible. Other than that, my life is quite normal. I have some friends in school. They come home sometimes or I go to their home.”
By Taran Adarsh, December 18, 2009 – 16:18 IST
Indians are passionate about cricket. Am also sure you must’ve encountered a number of cricket fanatics over the years. Most film-makers dread to release their films during crucial matches, fearing that a sizable chunk of moviegoers would prefer to watch a match than a movie.
This year, we’ve had VICTORY [Harman Baweja, Amrita Rao] and DIL BOLE HADIPPA [Rani Mukherji, Shahid Kapoor] focusing on this popular sport. Prior to that LAGAAN, IQBAL and JANNAT. Now WORLD CUPP 2011. Unfortunately, WORLD CUPP 2011 neither excites you as a cinematic experience, nor does it whip up those passions.
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
Ravi Kapoor essays the captain of the Indian cricket team, who tanks a match with the help of his team-mates against arch rivals Pakistan in World Cup. They are banned for four years when exposed by the media. His girl-friend Soha [Manisha Chatterjee] dumps him and his family disowns him.
Cut to 2011. Ravi is given one more chance to prove his patriotism by the coach [Suresh Oberoi]. Ravi is again approached by the same bookie [Zakir Hussain] to repeat the same performance once again, but this time he turns the offer down. His girl-friend is kidnapped. Ravi goes through a crisis before he wins the World Cup trophy.
WORLD CUPP 2011 falls flat due to a weak script. The film tries to explore the unholy nexus between cricketers-bookies-underworld, besides the rise-fall-rise of a cricketer, but the writing is so amateurish that it doesn’t hold your attention. Perhaps the intentions were right, but not the final output.
Debutante writer-director Ravi Kapoor may’ve borrowed from real-life, but several portions seem unpalatable. Like, for instance, the ease with which the captain of the Indian cricket team and even the umpire interact with underworld dons while the final match is in progress seems bizarre.
Talking of acting, Ravi Kapoor has screen presence, but needs to work on his acting skills. Prem Chopra, Suresh Oberoi and Zakir Hussain are passable.
On the whole, WORLD CUPP 2011 is a weak fare.
Love may or may not be blind, but sometimes it can be valid proof for stupidity. Why else would you get a tattoo on your nape with your lover’s initials, especially when tattoos, like diamonds, last forever? It’s only relationships in Bollywood that don’t have a long shelf life.
Since Deepika Padukone broke up with Ranbir Kapoor two months ago after having dated for nearly two years, she hasn’t really spoken about the relationship publicly. So at a skin care product launch yesterday for which she is a brand ambassador, reporters seized the chance to question her about her ex.
The first question thrown at her was: What are you going to do about the RK tattoo on your back?
The question was met with stony silence and was followed up by a cheeky zinger: is the brand coming out with a cream that will erase your tattoo?
Deepika started fidgeting but said nothing. The journalists were relentless and went on to ask, “Are you happy after your break-up with Ranbir?”
By now the poor actress, who was probably regretting ever getting the blessed tattoo, snapped, “Of course, I am happy. Don’t I look happy?”
It’s no surprise that the interactive session didn’t last very long after that. A visibly uncomfortable Deepika fled soon after from the backstage exit and left without any further hobnobbing with the media.
Perhaps she left to mull over what to do with the indelible stamp of her ex-lover – get another boyfriend with the same initials perhaps?
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.
TEAM BT Times News Network (November 19, 2009)
Poor Madhur Bhandarkar. The Bollywood filmmaker, who’s just had a critically acclaimed release in Jail, finds himself in the dock once again for rape charges by aspiring actress Preeti Jain dating back to July 2004. Fortunately, the Andheri Metropolitan Magistrate who rejected the Versova Police’s adverse report of the charges from back then and decided to conduct an inquiry into the case, has not ordered Bhandarkar’s arrest. The flamboyant filmmaker is not unduly worried by this development. “But my family is going through trauma,” he admitted to BT. It is a bittersweet moment for him. The news comes at a time when he is in Egypt attending the Cairo International Film Festival where five of his films — Chandni Bar, Traffic Signal, Page 3, Corporate and Fashion — are being screened as a tribute to Indian cinema. “My films reflect society and are liked by the classes and masses,” said Madhur, “I’ve got name and fame after a struggle, and I request society not to make a judgement until the case is over, so please don’t give me a trial in the media, I have faith in the judiciary.” But, the question uppermost in people’s minds is this: is Madhur a victim of the country’s rape laws? The filmmaker, naturally, thinks so. “It also amounts to blackmail,” he alleged of this sordid bit of dirty linen that was washed in public by the starlet.
Facts of the case
In July 2004, Preeti had lodged a complaint with the Versova Police against Madhur alleging he had raped her 16 times between 1999 and 2004 under the pretext of casting her as actress in his films. Madhur insists the complaint was of “cheating” and did not mention rape.
Our View: Irrespective of what relationship they shared, how can what happened between Madhur and Preeti amount to rape? She claims she was raped 16 times in four years, which is not like saying several times in one night. If this was rape, what prevented her from going to the police after the first incident? Why wait four years? And what prompted the complaint? Was it outrage, jealousy, indignation, a burning desire to teach the man a lesson? If Madhur had promised to cast her in his films, and if he had honoured this alleged commitment, would their alleged sex still be rape? The humiliation, the hurt, the abuse of body and soul that is caused by rape, is as much the 16th time as it would be the first… and any woman suffering this exploitation for four years and then crying rape, sounds like she’s complaining against rejection. Not the sexual act itself.
What is Rape?
The dictionary defines it as “the unlawful compelling of a woman through physical force or duress to have sexual intercourse; and the act of sexual intercourse that is forced upon a person”. The Supreme Court’s expansive interpretation of rape in recent years has been to stretch the ambit to include consensual sex based on ‘‘false promise to marry’’. What was clearly never in its contemplation was to bring the casting couch — promise to give work in exchange of sex — under the definition of rape. Even if Preeti’s allegations are taken at face value, it is debatable whether they constitute prima facie evidence to try Madhur on the charge of rape. The allegation, if a promise was made and broken, is a case of fraud. But when sex is involved, courts tend to treat it as a case of rape. Sex by deceit. The opening made by the Supreme Court to provide relief to those who had been deceived into having sex on false promise to marry cannot be pushed further for the sake of those who claim to have been deceived similarly by false promise to give work.
The idea that sexual intercourse between a man and a woman can occur only if they intend to marry clearly has no place in a liberal society. Also, if the woman gets into a physical relationship because she has been fooled into believing that marriage is on the cards, we may question the morality of the man, but is it not extreme to equate his deception with rape? We would suggest that it is time the law adopted a more nuanced approach to what is universally acknowledged to be a complex issue. Having a breach of promise law to deal with such cases would be more suitable than clubbing it with rape, which is an extremely violent offence.
Is having sex for work any different from prostitution?
This does not come under deception and so on or being conned on the basis of a false promise of marriage, etc. In the case of the casting couch, the lady gives consent as she has been promised something and if she is able to prove that she was deceived into giving her consent then it does attract the provisions of the law… but this, of course, is quite difficult to prove.
— M N Singh,
Former Mumbai Police Commissioner
The starlet cannot say it’s rape. She can call it cheating. She cannot say that “I had sex with him because he promised me work.” This kind of deal is anyway not legal. She had no business to sell herself for a role. If she had alleged (and could prove) that the filmmaker agreed to marry her, then this would have been worth considering. But as it is, she has no case here. If she was a commercial call girl, then this would perhaps fall into the category of prostitution.
— Majeed Memon,
The three-year-old cold war between Bipasha Basu and Vidya Balan has ended, thanks to Bipasha. The two actresses who would often bump into each other at social dos refused to acknowledge each other.
This happened recently at the party of All The Best at a suburban five-star hotel.
The buzz is that the two actresses have not been seeing eye-to-eye ever since rumours of John Abraham’s onscreen and off-screen chemistry with Vidya during Nikhil Advani’s Salaam-e-Ishq (2007) started doing the rounds. Apparently, the whispers regarding the two started when they shot a romantic scene under a dupatta. It is said that despite Advani calling for a cut, John and Vidya continued to remain inside the dupatta for at least a minute before coming out of it.
There were reports that Bipasha had persuaded John not to work with Vidya after Salaam-E-Ishq. This time however, Bipasha let bygones be bygones.When Vidya entered the party, Bipasha was already present. While chatting with everyone, the cast and crew of the film reminded Vidya that she was the original choice for Bipasha’s role in All The Best.
|John Abraham||Bipasha Basu||Vidya Balan|
During the course of the conversation, Bipasha, who was also in the group, broke the ice by approaching Vidya. A source says, “Bipasha just went up to Vidya and hugged her.”
Vidya, who didn’t expect such warmth from Bipasha, was shocked.
The source adds, “Before it could all sink in, Bipasha was already talking to her with a big smile on her face. Later, John too spoke to Vidya.”
Bipasha did not deny that she met Vidya at the party. However, she maintains, “I never had any problem with Vidya. Many ridiculous stories are printed every day in the media. I don’t change my attitude towards people according to them.”
However, Vidya chose to remain mum about the issue.