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Delighted that he had set up two close friends, the matchmaking actor played host at their wedding yesterday

By Kunal M Shah / Keshav Hindelkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 08, 2009)


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Neil Nitin Mukesh is happy playing another role – that of cupid. Six months ago, he introduced two of his friends at a night club and the happy couple got married yesterday. Sourabh Mahajan and Dipti Kapoor will be heading to New Zealand for their honeymoon.

Our source said, “Neil and Saurabh have been friends since kindergarten and lived in the same area at Napean Sea Road. They have also been in touch since school. Neil introduced Saurabh to Dipti six months ago and the rest, as they say, is history. They were married yesterday and will honeymoon in New Zealand. Neil threw a bachelor party and took care of the wedding details like inviting people, taking care of the music and caterers.”

Neil admitted that he has played the matchmaker with delight. He said, “Saurabh has been my childhood friend and so when he flew in six months ago from the US, I introduced him to my college friend Dipti at one of the clubs.

I told Saurabh that Dipti is the perfect bride and his search ends here. It has been six months and now they are married. We have been friends for 27 years and he is like my brother. I think they are made for each other and I loved doing everything for him. In fact, all my childhood friends have come down from different parts of the world and we are together for these three days.

Sourabh Mahajan and Dipti Kapoor (Pic: Keshav Hindelkar)

Prasanna has come down from Australia, Jeetu has come from Ghana and Bhavik from America and the entire gang is here to have loads of fun and to wish them.”

Neil finally said, “We had also arranged a bachelor’s party for him and I am so glad that I could play cupid.”

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TWO DIVERSE FILMS THIS WEEKEND!

8 Fridays left before the year 2009 comes to an end. Out of these 8, 7 Fridays are marked with the release of some very big and significant films. Tomorrow, Fri Nov 6, will see the release of two extremely diverse films-Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (APKGK) and Jail. While the former is an adorable romantic comedy, the latter is an intense realistic film.

Without doubt, APKGK has an edge over Jail. The Ranbir-Katrina starrer will surely open huge thanks to its lead pair, songs, wonderful promotion and its director (Rajkumar Santoshi) who is back to comic genre after Andaz Apna Apna. Also I feel even the title of the film is damn impressive. What makes it unique is that it’s a long one! Nowadays, we hardly have film titles consisting of 5 words. We mostly find one or two word titles. The very few recent long titled films which I can recollect is Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Maan Gaye Mughall-E-Azam, Money Hai To Honey Hai, Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na etc. Coming back to the film, it also seems like a clean entertainer and thus, a perfect family film as well. However, again, the big names associated with the film and wonderful promos don’t guarantee that the film would rock (recently, there have been many such films). So, I am gonna watch this film but like everytime, with less expectations!

Jail, on the other hand, have more chances of being impressive than APKGK. Director Madhur Bhandarkar has always projected realism wonderfully and Jail also looks like another winner from his side. The true picture inside prisons that the film is going to place before the audience is a major reason for watching this film. Neil Mukesh, like everytime, has gone into the skin of his character and is expected to deliver a smashing performance. The film should grow big time with a positive word-of-mouth.

In the end, it will be the content and the audience verdict that will matter. So which film are you planning to watch? Do let me know!
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PAA’S FIRST CUT IS OUT!

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The first cut of the most unique film of the year, Paa, is out! The USP of the film as we all know by now is Amitabh Bachchan portraying a 12 year old child suffering from Progeria with Abhishek Bachchan and Vidya Balan as its parents. The film is directed by Cheeni Kum director R Balki. On the eve of the promo release, I was mightily excited with so many questions running in my mind! Will Amitabh Bachchan look convincing as the child? How has he altered his voice, posture, mannerisms etc in order to suit his character? Will Abhishek Bachchan look convincing as Amitabh’s dad? And what about Vidya Balan? Will she be sidelined in this film or does she have an important role as Big B’s mom? So many questions but not all got a satisfying reply. The first teaser exposes Big B’s looks but doesn’t project his dialogue-delivery. But I am sure it’ll manage to create hype with each passing day!

Ideally, the promotional campaign of the film should have kick-started last month on Oct 11 i.e. on Amitabh Bachchan’s birthday. It would have been the best day for the launch. But instead, the makers just gave a full page ad of the film in newspapers with no pic of its lead actors and just a write-up ‘Amitabh turns 13 today’! Now, the film is just a month away (it’s releasing on Dec 4) and the maker may not get much time to publicize now.

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After snubbing Neil Mukesh by cancelling his three-film contract, post the success of New York, PPC is wooing Neil back

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 15, 2009)

A hasty decision making process may end up costing Percept Picture Company (PPC). The production house had signed a three-film contract with Neil Nitin Mukesh after the critically-acclaimed Johnny Gaddar. After some time, PPC cancelled the contract.

The first of these three films was Jail— PPC’s joint venture with Madhur Bhandarkar. Our source said, “PPC had given him a certain amount of money for the three-film contract. During the making of Jail, they told him they were cancelling the remaining two films and they adjusted that amount with the payment of Jail.”

But after YRF’s New York clicked, PPC realised the blunder and ran back to Neil. This was payback time for Neil. A source said, “Flops and hits are a part and parcel of every actor’s life. Neil did not like the fact that PPC did not have faith in him.”

However, PPC’s Joint MD Shailendra Singh said, “We are with him for the three-film deal and every thing is the way it was.”

But Neil’s agent, Bunty Sajdeh confirmed our story. He said, “Percept terminated the three-film contract with Neil. After New York clicked, they had second thoughts and wanted to sign him again. Neil wanted to sign those films at his current market price. But Percept wanted to sign him at the former price. Neil simply refused.”

Madhur has decided to pixilate the hyped Neil Mukesh nude scene in Jail to avoid getting in trouble with the censors

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 11, 2009)

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After Madhur Bhandarkar faced flak from the censors for certain provocative scenes in Fashion, he has now decided to pixilate the much talked about Neil Nitin Mukesh’s nude scene in his forthcoming film, Jail.

Madhur took this decision at the edit table last week. One of Madhur’s close aides said, “Madhur and his team felt that the scene was too blasphemous and its presence in the film would definitely land the film an A certificate. This time, he doesn’t want that.”

Madhur was furious when the censor board had given an A to his last film, Fashion. “Jail has worked out well and Madhur is confident about its fate at the box-office. So he doesn’t want to restrict the strength of his audience.

Madhur Bhandarkar

Hence, he has decided to pixilate the scene. It will appear blurred, so the censors are unlikely to object to it,” says Madhur’s friend.

Madhur Bhandarkar confirmed the story and said, “Yes, I have pixilated Neil’s nude scene.”

Wonder if this makes self-regulation a fashionable trend?

TIME TO CELEBRATE: Katrina Kaif cuts a cake to celebrate her birthday with Zoom

Katrina Kaif talks to Omar Qureshi for a Birthday Special on Zoom tonight

BOMBAY TIMES (July 16, 2009)

It’s the birthday of the cutest Katz alive. Yet, when I met Katrina Kaif just before she left for London, there was a melancholic mood enveloping those lovely features. She was upbeat about her success, but reflective on her own resolutions. So, to cheer her up, ZOOM cut a special cake and celebrated her birthday since she wasn’t planning to be here. Read on for some insights into a beautiful mind.

So Katz, I hear that you and Neil had a bit of a ‘stand-off’ initially before you became buddies?
Neil is a shy boy. He made me realise that sometimes you have to rewind a few steps and take things a little slowly; because I first mistook his shyness for arrogance. And he mistook my shocked expression for arrogance, too. So we both kinda, had a stand-off. Neil is a sweetheart and I enjoyed every moment working with him. We had a blast together later, so now people seriously think that either we’re ‘friends since the last 20 years’ or ’brother-sister’.

Do you think friendships and relationships affect film promotions? Because when it came to you and John, it wasn’t all smooth…
I can’t speak for John. But somewhere, sometimes, I felt that maybe it did bother him. But for me it was all hunky dory. I was the same laughing, joking girl, full of silliness, I always am at promotions. Maybe it was
newer territory for him. There were no cold vibes as such.

Last time round, your birthday generated a lot of news, is that why you’re away this year?
That’s not the reason. But I’d enjoyed my party. Whatever little incidents happened were a personal thing. But on the whole we had a good time.

Birthday resolutions?
Hmmm! You have to have goals, something you’re working towards, at least for me, for us Cancerians, it’s a must because otherwise we start feeling lost. I want to start taking a little more time out to spend, like,

every three-four months, with my sisters. I love my work and there’s nowhere else in the world I’d rather be. But I don’t want to look back and say that I spent my whole life working only. We sisters are young and in the same age group and I hardly ever see them. So I just want to
maintain that balance a little more.

Is Salman flying down for the birthday?
No!

How does it affect you to read about your fights, a relationship — now okay, now a break up? Do you laugh about it all?
It’s kind of like looking at life with rose-tinted glasses. But to a
great extent, it’s a compliment. Because it means that many people are interested in you. The media is doing its job in reporting what it hears. Okay, sometimes they’re misinformed. But imagine if no one was talking about you? My idols were Marilyn Monroe, Vivien Leigh – and if you see their larger-thanlife lives… these are people I dreamed of being. I say, ‘If they could go through it, so can I!’

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Although Yash Raj Films is considered by many as a production house churning out only romantic and goody-goody films, the fact is that they too have taken the less-trodden path and came up with fantastic and meaningful hatke films (Kabul Express and Chak De! India are the classic examples). Their new offering, New York, too is another hatke flick from this production house. What is impressive about New York is its narrative-it deals with serious topics like terrorism and post-9/11 scenario but at the same time, its impact doesn’t limit itself only to niche audiences. It’s a meaningful film, which caters to all kinds of audiences. And that’s its biggest achievement!

The story of the movie: Omar (Neil Mukesh) arrives at New York to pursue a Master’s Degree at New York State University. Here he meets Sameer aka Sam (John Abraham) and Maya (Katrina Kaif) who become his best buddies. Time flies fast and it was soon time for college to get over. At this point of time, the 9/11 attack occurs which forever changes the lives of these three friends. How this incident affects them adversely and what steps they take to resurrect is what the film is about.

New York strikes a fine balance-it is dealt with maturity and yet manages to strike a chord with audiences of all ages. It is not at all formulaic and the story is narrated in a not-so-usual and interesting style. Also the film doesn’t waste time at all-the story begins from the first scene itself. There are no unnecessary songs, no unwanted scenes-the focus is just on the three main characters.

There are several scenes in the film that would remain etched in one’s mind. The most unforgettable sequence of the film is undoubtedly John Abraham’s flashback. This wonderfully shot and enacted scene will astonish everyone for sure. Even globally acclaimed Khuda Kay Liye failed to give such an outstanding description of the torture cells.

The only flaw was that the film, particularly in the 2nd half, got a little bit confusing at places but still this can be overlooked. However, the film succeeds in giving a powerful message and also an excellent insight about the chaotic situation post 9/11 created by the Bush administration. It also raises a question about the terrorists who were responsible for the 9/11 attacks-what did they achieve by those cowardly attacks which they considered as great? In the name of jihad, they ended up devastating the lives of so many people in US who were detained as terrorist suspects.

The climax of the film may seem unacceptable to many. However, the final scene of the film is very impressive.

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All the four main actors of the film manage to give one of the best performances of their respective careers! No matter how hard John Abraham tried to give a brilliant performance in the past, he always ended up receiving appreciation for his fab body. This was evident especially during Dostana. However for New York, he would surely be liked by everyone for his brilliant performance only! He rocks the screen from the first scene itself and manages to give a praiseworthy performance. Watch out for him in the torture scenes and in the climax. Keep rocking, John!

As expected, Neil Mukesh gives yet another outstanding performance after Johnny Gaddaar! In fact, it was Neil who dominates the first half and does a great job. Like John, he too impresses a lot in the climax. Katrina Kaif surprises! She was always accused of not being to able to act and speak in Hindi. Post-New York, she would be considered not only as a glam-doll but also as a wonderful actor.

Irrfan Khan as FBI Agent Roshan as usual comes up with an outstanding performance. He also provides some comic moments in between! Nowaz, who played Shahana Goswami’s husband in Firaaq, has a small but an important role in the film and he does a fine job.

Pritam’s music is good, but not as great as his other works. Two songs stand out-Hai Junoon and Mere Sang. In addition, the film also has two instrumentals composed by Julius Packiam which are intriguing and haunting. Mere Sang is probably one of the best picturised songs of the year. Watch out for the scene in the song when John is walking down the street and a group of protestors pass by carrying textual posters of ‘Buck Fush’!

Aseem Mishra’s cinematography was perfect. The lensman performs better in the detention scenes. Rameshwar Bhagat’s editing was flawless.

Aditya Chopra surprises as the writer of the film. It’s great to see a person like him coming up with such out-of-the-box stories. Sandeep Shrivastava, who earlier wrote the screenplay of Ab Tak Chappan, excels through his screenplay and dialogues. Screenplay was unique since the film doesn’t pace ahead in the typical way.

Kabir Khan had already proved himself with his first feature film, Kabul Express. However, the film failed to do a terrific job at the BO since it was more of a docu-drama. However, in New York, he manages to come up with a sensitive, intelligent film that caters to a large audience.

Some of the best scenes of the film:
1.   Omar detained by Roshan
2.   Sam’s entry
3.   The 9/11 attack
4.   The intermission point
5.   Sam’s flashback
6.   The song ‘Mere Sang’
7.   All scenes of Nowaz
8.   The last 20 minutes of the film

On the whole, New York is a brilliant film to say the least. It not only gives a message, but throws a light on the wrong-doings of the Bush administration which devastated the lives of many. At the same time, it raises many questions. Brilliantly executed, wonderfully performed, New York will surely be remembered for a long time!

My rating-**** out of 5!

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By Taran Adarsh, June 26, 2009 – 15:58 IST

Myth: NEW YORK is about 9/11.
Fact: It’s not. But it reflects the mood that’s prevalent across the globe, post 9/11. The world is divided today. No two opinions on that!

Myth: NEW YORK bears a striking similarity to KHUDA KAY LIYE.
Fact: Nope. KHUDA KAY LIYE and NEW YORK may belong to the same family, of an innocent person being picked up for questioning after the WTC catastrophe, but the similarities end there. In fact, KHUDA KAY LIYE and NEW YORK are as diverse as chalk and cheese.

Write your own movie review of New York

NEW YORK, helmed by Kabir Khan, attempts to be as real as possible. A tale of friendship, with terrorism as the wallpaper, NEW YORK hits you like a ton of bricks at several points in the narrative. In fact, there was a possibility that NEW YORK may turn out to be a dry experience, a documentary perhaps, but the drama is so well structured and so gripping that you get sucked into the world of Sam, Omar and Maya from its inception.

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NEW YORK is a triumph for Kabir Khan, who deserves distinction marks for handling the subject with remarkable maturity. Also, this film should be a turning point for John, Katrina and Neil. More on that later...

The verdict? NEW YORK is, without doubt, one of the finest films produced by this premier production house, Yash Raj. Grab a ticket today!

Omar [Neil Nitin Mukesh] has gone abroad for the first time in his life and soon enough, he begins to see and love America through the eyes of his American friends, Sam [John Abraham] and Maya [Katrina Kaif]. But an incident changes the world round them.

At this point enters Agent Roshan [Irrfan], an FBI agent, who sets the ball rolling for a series of tumultuous events that turn the lives of these friends upside down.

NEW YORK affects you like no other Hindi film has done so far [on 9/11]. In fact, there are portions that give you goose bumps, especially towards the second half of the film, when John recounts his past.

One of the reasons why NEW YORK works is because not once does Kabir Khan borrow from the past or tilt towards predictable stuff. You just can’t guess what and where the story is headed and what the culmination would be. The director and his team of writers establish the plot and characters beautifully, but the real action is reserved for the second half. The nightmarish experience that John undergoes is disturbing, but lifts the film several notches up.

But NEW YORK has its share of loose ends. The film dips in the second hour. It tends to gets lengthy before it reaches a powerful, brilliantly executed climax. Also, a few sequences only add to the length of the film, which could’ve been curtailed in the writing stage itself.

Director Kabir Khan picks up a real incident — innocent civilians being suspected as terrorists, soon after 9/11 — and weaves a brilliant tale around it. The screenplay is its biggest star, without a doubt. Given the fact that NEW YORK isn’t one of those routine masala fares, Kabir has injected songs only when required. Cinematography is striking.

Now here’s another surprise. John, Katrina and Neil, all actors, deliver their career-best performance. If the first half belongs to Neil, John takes over the second hour completely. John is superb when he recalls the past. You can feel his pain, that effective is his performance. Also, note his expressions towards the end. This is a different John, for sure. Just one word for his performance — fabulous!

Neil was remarkable in JOHNNY GADDAAR, but disappointed in AA DEKHEN ZARA. Fortunately, he’s in top form this time around. Katrina gives you the biggest surprise. Known for her glamour roles, Katrina proves that she can deliver if the director and writer offer her a role of substance. She’s outstanding. In fact, people will see a new, different Katrina this time. Irrfan is, as always, first-rate.

On the whole, NEW YORK is amongst the finest films produced by Yash Raj. At the box office, there’s no stopping this one. Go for it now

BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM

June 15, 2009 12:33:39 PM IST
Sampurn, Bollywood Trade News Network

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JAIL TEAM PROMOTE THEIR FILM AT IIFA

Much is being said & written about actor Neil Nitin Mukesh‘s nude scene in his upcoming next, JAIL directed by multiple National Award winning director, Madhur Bhandarkar. The photos of this nude scene are already making the rounds on the net and in the print medium. With apparently the censor board to showing its apprehension about the nude scene inclusion in JAIL’S first promo, the whole thing seems to be a new controversy in the making.

However, an unfazed Neil Nitin Mukesh states in this regard, ”JAIL is being made by Madhur Bhandarkar, so controversies are bound to be there. I think controversies fuel people’s interest in the film. The film is going to be showcased at IIFA this year and I feel publicity is important for every film, to make people aware of what it is about and persuade them to watch it. As far as the nude scene is concerned, it is not a publicity gimmick. I don’t even know how the picture got out so soon. What we have depicted in the film is a procedure that actually happens; we haven’t exaggerated anything. For the first time, through frisking, men will know what it feels to be raped. It is a very intense, important moment in the film.”

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Salman Khan reprimanded Neil Nitin Mukesh for calling Katrina Kaif his sweetheart
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 13, 2009)

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Katrina Kaif

It’s a situation which has been used time and again in films, ads and even comics. A hotheaded beau warns a charmer to stay away from his woman. Only this time, Neil Nitin Mukesh was the charmer and Salman Khan was the quintessential possessive beau.

Neil fondly calls his close friends ‘sweetheart’. What he didn’t know is that his innocent habit would land him in trouble with the hotheaded Salman.

A source said, “Recently, Salman had gone to the airport to pick up girlfriend Katrina Kaif. After he picked her up from the airport, he took her phone and suddenly dialed Neil’s number. Like he usually does while attending calls from friends, Neil picked up the phone and said, ‘Hello, sweetheart’. As soon as Neil uttered the words, Salman immediately said, ‘This is not your sweetheart.’ Neil was taken aback and he immediately realised that it was Salman on the line and not Katrina.”

Neil good-naturedly apologised and said `I am sorry, sir’. Salman didn’t let him off so easily. He sternly warned Neil and told him not to call others girlfriends ‘sweethearts’. Even though Neil apologised again, Salman wasn’t placated. Aware of Salman’s infamous anger, Neil was scared of the consequences and kept wondering what Salman will do next. Katrina and Neil became good friends while shooting for New York and Neil feared that Salman won’t allow her to speak to him after this incident.

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“Much to Neil’s surprise, when he later met Salman, the latter didn’t even raise the subject. In fact, Salman met Neil very warmly and also gifted him some Being Human (Salman’s charitable organisation) T-shirts, which Neil often wears,” added the source.

Neil confirmed the incident and said, “Yes, this did happen. Katrina is a dear friend. I have become a bigger fan of Salmanbhai after I recently met him. I always address those I love as sweethearts. They (Salman and Katrina) are truly sweethearts.”

We sent a text message to Katrina, who surprisingly denied this and said, “What rubbish.”

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Cast: NEIL MUKESH, MUGHDA GODSE, MANOJ BAJPAI

Producer: MADHUR BHANDARKAR AND SHAILENDRA SINGH

Director: MADHUR BHANDARKAR

Source: BollywoodHungama.com



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