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ZOOMING AHEAD: Sanjay Dutt and (below) with Ajay Devgn doing the ‘dostana’ act in the film

Munnabhai returns to comedy this Diwali

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; October 9, 2009)


Tuesday’s assembly elections have robbed actor turned-politician Sanjay Dutt of precious sleep. Political bigwigs have been having midnight trysts with the actor, who is shooting round the-clock for a thriller at a suburban studio. However, mention his Diwali (October 16) release — Devgn Films’ All The Best, in which he returns to comedy — and Sanjay’s face breaks into a smile.
Bollywood’s Munnabhai, who displayed a comic side to his personality with the most famous comedy franchise, is geared up for yet another rib-tickling situational comic film. He admits that the film’s a laugh-a-riot with clean humour, to be enjoyed by the entire family.

Every character is involved in a series of madcap situations, but Sanjay says he was hesitant to do a scene that had slight overtones of a gay relationship. Praising director Rohit Shetty, he says, “He assuaged all my apprehensions and before you knew it, I was actually enjoying the scene.’’ Well, and what is that famous scene? Sanju reminisces, “There is a scene in which I’m fast asleep, and an equally drowsy Ajay, who mistakes me for his girlfriend Bipasha Basu, climbs on top of me and tries to seduce me.’’

Laughing his guts out, Sanju adds, “Like I said, I’m also fast asleep in the scene with my head covered, so initially I’m enjoying Ajay’s affections but when I realise what is happening, I freak.’’

The smile doesn’t leave his face. “It’s something I’ve never done before. But like I said, All The Best is a complete fun film and there are many such funny situations. Despite all my initial reservation about some of the comic scenes, once I got into character, I just decided to go ahead and have a ball shooting for it.”

For someone who looks so casual about his work, Sanjay is said to have an elephant’s memory, he can mouth three page dialogues after just glancing through it a couple of times. “When you’re doing comedy, the first take is invariably the best because most often it comes straight from the heart. Trying to replicate the same magic over and over again sometimes doesn’t work,’’ he reveals.
Well, to see if Munnabhai at what he is best at, one will just have to wait till this Diwali.


LOUD AND CLEAR: Rani Mukerji and (inset) Aditya Chopra. For more pictures of the actress, visit http://photogallery.indiatimes.com

Rani Mukerji swears she’s single… despite the rumours about Aditya Chopra

OMAR QURESHI Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; October 9, 2009)



It’s just so easy to hit a soft target. That’s what Rani Mukerji seems to have become for some sections of media — simply because she refuses to respond; holding onto dignity above clarification. But it was time. I had a tough time cajoling her, until she relented. Rejoicing at the accolades she’s got for her superlative act(s) in Dil Bole Hadippa! she was in a happy place. Here’s the Queen Bee in a rare exclusive, about media and more…


The media thinks you take the ‘I-will-talkwhen-I-want-to’ stance too often…
I haven’t changed a bit over the years. But yes, journalism
has changed a lot. It’s not my nature to take calls from the media and talk each time I get an SMS about any issue. If it’s something that makes sense to me, I’d probably answer, but not when I’m busy working or spending time with my family. I know that as an actor I have to talk to the media so they can tell the audiences about me. But when that becomes completely wrong and baseless, I switch off and withdraw.


It upset you that people referred to Dil Bole Hadippa! as your ‘comeback film’…
They’re probably trying to use the word ‘she has reinvented herself’. But they end up using ‘comeback’. Which is strange because ‘comeback’ is a phrase used for actresses who
get married, have babies and then come back; and none of the two things are happening in my life.


You still get upset when the media writes badly about you?
I don’t get upset. It’s because most of them are the kind of reporters who don’t know me, who’ve never met me in their life. So
I don’t care. But what bothers me is when they test my intelligence and make me out to be a person I’m not. Not portraying me correctly to my fans.


You mean like persistent rumours of your marriage?
Exactly! When they write stories about my marriage, I feel really funny and strange. They keep linking me with a certain person. And they’ve been proclaiming that I’m getting married for over last three years. Every six months they decide on a venue and a date. But the date keeps shifting, simply because it’s unsubstantiated. And the media keeps passing it on, like a relay race.


The rumours keep pointing to Aditya Chopra…
I’m not thinking about marriage at all. I’m focusing on my work. There are so many things I want to do. Not that marriage will stop me from doing films. If I’ve found a person with whom I can spend the rest of my life with, yes, I need to marry. Today I don’t think that it’s about the biological clock at all. Marry when you’re ready is the mantra. But I am single, yaar. Can I shout that out?


There was talk that your attempt to ‘patch-up’ Salman with SRK, on Salman’s TV show, upset both of them…
Not true. I don’t get into anybody’s life. I’m too caught-up with my own life. They are my friends and I share a great relationship with them, but I prefer steering clear of controversies.


Not too many actresses say nice things behind your back…

I can’t relate to these things. I’ve genuinely not bitched about anybody behind their back. The fact is that if an actress has made a name for herself — it speaks a lot about her. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to be in this industry where people are ready to pull you down. So, I respect every actress simply because they must have something to be able to make a name for themselves.

ACTION PACKED: (Above) Fardeen Khan and Dia Mirza; (below) Irrfan Khan

That’s what the total entertainer releasing tomorrow is going to be

SHARIN WADER BUTANI Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; October 8, 2009)


According to Sanjay Gupta, his film Acid Factory that’s releasing nationwide on October 9, is not just an outand-out action thriller — it’s a total entertainer. “When we held a screening, we were surprised to see people laugh. The film’s got black humour which I had not realised earlier and the music is simply superb,” said the filmmaker, who is presenting the film along with Mumbai Mantra, which has entered the big league of B’wood studios with Acid Factory.
“All six actors — Irrfan Khan, Dia Mirza, Fardeen Khan, Aftab Shivdasani, Manoj Bajpayee, Dino Morea and Danny Denzongpa, have added a clear definition to their roles,” said Mumbai Mantra CEO Andrey Purushottam, adding, “Bollywood action has come of age and this film proves just that.”

The one person who had the time of his life working inside this “factory” was director Suparn Verma. “If
the cast and crew, while shooting the scenes, thought that they could have probably died, then let me tell you… they could have! The scenes were dangerous,” said Suparn. There’s not a single place in Cape Town where they’ve not blown a car or had a helicopter chase. “By the time we had completed shooting, the place looked like a war zone,” laughed Suparn, giving all the credit to action director Tinu Verma.

Dia Mirza, who has surprised all with her daredevil acts, said, “I
insisted on doing the stunts myself. I’ve proved that I can kick some butt too!” she said. Irrfan had other reasons for signing the film. He said, “I asked the director, ‘You think this will work, the critics will like the film?’ He said, ‘NO’. So I said, ‘Hell, man, let’s do it’.”

Fardeen is confident that the film will keep audiences at the edge of their seats. “The plot is such that you don’t know what the other person is going to do next,” said the actor.

Gupta summed up his film by saying, “Acid Factory moves at two speeds — fast… and faster!”
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By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 09, 2009)

Almost overnight, Vivek Oberoi who’s doing Ram Gopal Varma’s two-part marathon bio-pic Rakta Charitra, has slipped into the Telugu version of the film as well. Earlier, Vivek was slated to do only the Hindi version, while a new Telugu actor Aadhi was supposed to act in the Telugu version with veteran Mohan Babu as NT Rama Rao. But then Ram Gopal Varma did a look test with Vivek Oberoi.

A source close to Vivek says, “When Ramu did a look test, he immediately decided that Vivek was the right actor to play the role in both the versions. The only problem was, Vivek didn’t know how to speak Telugu… Or so Ramu thought. Actually, Vivek knows better Telugu than Ramu, although the latter is from Andhra Pradesh.” Vivek’s father Suresh Oberoi is from Andhra Pradesh and Vivek is familiar, though not fluent, in Telugu. The source adds, “Vivek has now employed a Telugu tutor in Hyderabad who is teaching the actor the nuances of the language. Fortunately, Vivek is a fast learner. He also insists on talking only in Telugu to everyone in Hyderabad, including his director who can barely speak his mother tongue.”

Vivek Oberoi

Ram Gopal Varma

Unlike his image in Wake Up Sid, Ranbir has been working hard to accommodate the producer of Ajab Prem ki Ghazab Kahani

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 09, 2009)

On October 1, Ranbir was enthusiastically promoting Wake Up Sid in Ahmedabad, when he got an SOS call from producer Ramesh Taurani, who wanted him to shoot a promotional track for Ajab Prem ki Ghazab Kahani. Strapped for time, poor Ranbir protested that he will reach Mumbai only the next afternoon and catch an early morning flight out to Bhopal the day after.

Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani

Ramesh thought that Ranbir could still use the rest of his day in Mumbai to shoot the track. He requested the star to give up five-six hours for the track. Ranbir sportingly agreed.

Unfortunately, for the overworked star, the shoot continued till 6am the next morning. Left with no time to go home, Ranbir sent a boy to collect his luggage and headed straight for the airport. He was scheduled to be in Bhopal for Prakash Jha’s Rajneeti.

When Taurani landed on the sets at 6am, he profusely apologised to Ranbir for taking up double the time that he had asked for. Ranbir graciously waved aside the apology, and did not mind shooting for the track at such short notice.

Gracious or not, all work and no play may just make Ranbir a dull boy!

MUMBAI MIRROR; October 09, 2009

Asin

Farah Khan

Contrary to what our usually reliable sources tell us, both Farah Khan and Asin have denied that the actress has declined to act in Farah’s next movie Happy New Year (Asin snubs Farah Khan, Thursday, October 8). While Farah insisted that she is still at the scripting stage and there is no question of offering the film to anyone, Asin too said that while she and the Om Shanti Om director were friends, they had not yet discussed working on a film.

“Please tell me which heroine will refuse my film and that too with Shah Rukh as hero?” texted an irate Farah. So ladies, apologies all around, and a kick in the rear to our mischievous source.

READ THE RUMOUR HERE
Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor refuse to shoot together for two newly recorded songs by Himesh for Milenge Milenge

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 09, 2009)

Shahid Kapoor

Kareena Kapoor

Boney Kapoor is reviving his film that has been pending for five years, Milenge Milenge. Two songs have been newly recorded by Himesh Reshammiya, who has gone back on his self-imposed, no-outside-composition diktat, to honour a professional commitment made by him six years ago. However, Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor, the lead pair of the film, who share a far-from-cordial relationship, will not be shooting for the songs.

Though Kareena refused to comment, a source close to her says, “Kareena is more than happy to extend all cooperation to producer Boney Kapoor and director Satish Kaushik, but she won’t shoot an extra songs for the film. Shahid is a closed chapter.”

Himesh Reshammiya

A music video for the newly-recorded Himesh track was also planned as part of the film’s promotion. How ever, there would be no joint appearances by Shahid and Kareena for the publicity either. Director Satish Kaushik, at his wit’s end, has decided to use the footage that he already has for the two songs.

Confirming the news, Kaushik says, “Neither Shahid nor Kareena will shoot any more for the film. We’ll use the footage that we have for the two songs in the beginning and end-titles and for the promotional video.”

Madhur Bhandarkar, known for realistic cinema, will direct Commissioner, a film about Lalit Modi

By Vickey Lalwani and Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 09, 2009)

Madhur Bhandarkar’s next film after Jail may well be based on the Indian Premier League Commissioner Lalit Modi’s controversial life. Modi is one of the most powerful men in cricket and his dramatic life will make for a crackling screenplay.

Percept Picture Company will produce the film.

A couple of days ago, Madhur even met Lalit Modi at Vijay Mallya’s party in Bangalore. Modi is aware that Madhur has been asked to direct the film.

Lalit Modi

Madhur Bhandarkar

A source says, “There are a couple of other directors who are also in the fray. However, Madhur is the foremost contender for this film because he is a realistic filmmaker and this film simply cannot deviate from reality.”

Madhur said, “Yes, PPC made the offer, but I have yet to take a decision. Right now, I am tied up with the post-production work of another PPC film, Jail.”

Shailendra Singh, JT MD Percept Picture Company said, “It’s true that we are making Commissioner. We researched his life and the entire journey of IPL and we have written a fictional script. We had a brief chat with Shridhar Raghvan in South Africa to write the script. On Wednesday, we had a long discussion with Modi. He is excited, but preoccupied with the Champions League which started yesterday (Thursday). He said he will get back to us soon. He was very keen to know who will direct and we gave him some options. Now it depends on who likes the idea and who is available to make the film.”

Singh added, “We plan to release the film around the time the 2011 World Cup will be happening in India. Lalit Modi’s journey is quite amazing as he earned billions of rupees for BCCI in 22 days. It will be a dramatic story with content ranging from cricket to entertainment and it will also touch on match-fixing.”

WAKE UP SID OR DO KNOT DISTURB THIS WEEKEND?

I had stated in my talk no 22 as to how youth-oriented films have a great chance of succeeding at the BO since the young constitute almost 60-70% of the moviegoing audience. Thus, there are loads of expectations from Wake Up Sid (WUS), that is all set to release tomorrow. It seems Ranbir Kapoor had made an unintentional norm to release his films on public holidays! WUS releases on Gandhi Jayanti while Ranbir’s previous films, Saawariya (2007) and Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) were released on the day of Diwali and Independece Day respectively!

WUSA lot of ‘firsts’ are associated with WUS, produced by Karan Johar. It is the first time that a KJo produced film is shot entirely in Mumbai. All the rest of KJo films were shot abroad (except Kaal but it wasn’t filmed in the city). This is the first film of Karan Johar that would be distributed by UTV Motion Pictures and not by Yash Raj Films (had stated this point in talk no 51). The music isn’t larger than life and the film is made on a low budget, unlike other Johar’s grand films!

The promos of this film are rocking and indicate perfectly as to what the film is all about. The plus point of WUS is its plot which is very relevant and the character of Sid is extremely relatable. In short, half of the battle is won! That’s because characters where almost everyone can identify with manages to strike a chord with the audiences. Taare Zameen Par, for instance, worked big time as it wonderfully executed the separation anxiety faced by a child when separated from his parents for a brief period of time. Everyone must have faced such a situation at least once during their childhood and hence, the film was loved a lot. Similarly, WUS also has high chances of impressing the audience.
The Ranbir Kapoor-Konkona Sen Sharma pairing, though unconventional, manages to rock! In fact, both are top performers and look wonderful together. I am dying to see them as a pair as I appreciate both of them a lot! Couple of months back, somebody on a social networking website had wrongly stated that WUS is a love story of a younger handsome hunk and an older not-so-beautiful woman. Unfortunately, the rumour spread far and wide and director Ayan Mukherjee had to give his word about the rumour. He also made a clapworthy dialogue, “Who says Konkona is not beautiful?” I agree with him completely. Konkona looks stunning and has given wonderful performances, for which she has also won many awards and accolades. Mark my words-Konkona will pitch in an excellent performance in WUS!

With such a strong buzz about the film, it is definitely going to take a good opening in the metros. However, it may not find many takers in the small centres. Let’s hope WUS works, provided it’s a well-made film!

Do Knot DisturbDo Knot Disturb (DKD), on the other hand, may see a better opening than WUS. The Govinda-David Dhawan combo has worked well in the past and there are tremendous expectations from DKD. Which film are you interested in? Do let me know!
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WHY ISNT SANJAY GUPTA PROMOTING ACID FACTORY?

Marketing and publicizing a film is very important, especially in the current scenario, where so many films are releasing week after week. But still, some filmmakers don’t care and ultimately, their movie flops due to no hype. I fear that something similar can happen with Acid Factory, produced by Sanjay Gupta and directed by Suparn Verma. There has been very little promotion of the film and I can hardly see its promos on TV. With just 8 days to go for the film (its releasing next Friday, October 9), Gupta and his team should be aggressively promoting their film.

Most of the promos are just released on the net, which is not a good thing to do as majority of people have a better access to television then to the internet. The new theatrical trailer of the film is fabulous and it really looks like an excellent stylish thriller. I have uploaded the promo below-do not miss it! And let’s hope better sense prevails and that we can see and hear more of Acid Factory in the coming days!

This post first appeared on MouthShut.com: http://www.mouthshut.com/diary/ddidnsrro/Fenils-Bollywood-Talk68


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