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After closing the year with films such as PAA and 3 IDIOTS, the year 2010 sure looks bigger and brighter for Reliance BIG Pictures with a mixed bag of films ranging from mainstream and masala to regional and art house.
With maverick directors such as Shyam Benegal, Mani Ratnam, Anurag Basu, Shaji N Karun, Rituparno Ghosh and Buddhadeb Dasgupta bringing the best out of Hrithik Roshan, Barbara Mori, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Mamootty, Boman Irani, Jishu Sengupta, Indraneil Sengupta, Kangana Ranaut amongst many others the Reliance BIG Pictures slate is sure to watch out for!
Have a sneak peek into Reliance BIG Pictures’ slate of films for the year 2010:
A truly international film KITES tells the story of a young con-man who lives ‘life’ in Las Vegas, always ready to make fast money in any way possible, always looking for the big score. Directed by Anurag Basu and produced by Rakesh Roshan the film stars Hrithik Roshan, Barbara Mori, Kangana Ranaut and Kabir Bedi. It is shot in Mumbai, New Mexico, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. The film will have and Indian and international version which will release simultaneously. Brett Ratner, best known for the RUSH HOUR series, FAMILY MAN starring Nicholas Cage and X-MEN THE LAST STAND is currently at work on the English version of KITES and tailoring it to appeal it to an international audience.
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WELL DONE ABBA:
WELL DONE ABBA is the story of Armaan Ali, a driver working in Mumbai. He takes leave for a month to find a husband for his teenage daughter, who lives in a small locality close to Hyderabad. Armaan Ali returns to work only after 3 months. His young employer wants to sack him but is persuaded to listen to the reason why Armaan got so delayed.
Directed by Shyam Benegal stars Boman Irani, Minissha Lamba, Sammir Dattani, Ila Arun, Sonali Kulkarni, Ravi Kishen, Rajit Kapur, Ravi Jhankal and Yashpal Sharma.
Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan come on screen together in Mani Ratnam’s RAAVAN – a modern day adaption of the epic Ramayan, being readied in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.
Directed by Vinay Shukla MIRCH revolves around the protagonist Maanav, a committed struggling filmmaker whose girlfriend Ruchi, a successful film editor, arranges for him to meet film producer Nitin, who is not very convinced about Maanav’s script. Maanav then suggests four stories on infidelity, woven together by a common story.
The film stars Konkana Sen Sharma, Raima Sen, Shahana Goswami, Shreyas Talpade, Rajpal Yadav, Boman Irani, Sushant Singh, Arunoday Singh and Prem Chopra with special appearances by Saurabh Shukla & Tisca Chopra.
The police raid a theatre where movie tickets of a very successful film are being sold in black. When Police Inspector Sher Khan interrogates Khoji, a man in his 20s, he claims that he is the director of the very film whose tickets he is selling in black. The cynical Sher Khan puts Khoji behind bars after which he receives two phone calls – one from the Police Commissioner and another from the dreaded don ‘WC’, both of whom support Khoji’s detention. A hilarious turn of events reveal who Khoji is, whether he is really the film’s director, why is he selling his film’s tickets in black and what do the Police Commissioner and don ‘WC’ want from Khoji.
Starring Rajpal Yadav, Shekhar Suman, Divya Dutta, Hrishta Bhatt and Sayali Bhagat, CHALOO MOVIE is directed by Vinod Pande.
Reliance BIG Pictures, the most committed motion picture company producing regional films in 8 Indian languages is working persistently towards taking them beyond the conventional Diaspora
The slate of films includes:
KUTTY SRANK: Shaji Karun’s Malayalam film KUTTY SRANK starring Mamooty, Kamilini Mukherjee, Padmapriya and Meenakumari brings out three distinct personalities of a dead boat-man from the perspective of three women each of whom claims to be his wife.
ABOHOMAAN: Rituparno Ghosh’s Bengali film ABOHOMAAN starring Dipankar De, Mamata Shankar, Ananya Chatterjee, Jishu Sengupta and Ria Sen brings to the screen a sensational relationship between a film-director, a young actress and a wife who swears to ruin her husband’s life and career and a son who gets caught in the cross-fire in this extravagant drama.
JANALA: Buddhabed Dasgupta’s Bengali film JANALA starring Tapas Paul, Swastika Mukherjee and Indraneil Sengupta is the journey of a solitary man against the wrath of circumstances when he decides to pursue his little impulsive dream.
IJJODU: by the maestro M S Sathyu is a film about a photo journalist who finds an interesting girl who has been exploited on the name of religion. He succeeds in breaking her blind belief but fails to accept her to give her an alternative life. This Kannada flick stars Meera Jasmine and Anirudh.
Raghubir Yadav, aka Mungerilal, is wanted for constantly remaining absent in court. Cops haven’t been able to nab him, though he was shooting till a month ago
While actor Raghubir Yadav may be a known face in every household, thanks to the popular TV serials Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne and Chacha Chaudhary, for the police he remains untraceable for the past two months. This, despite him having been involved in shooting of a film right up to last month.
|Meanwhile, Yadav’s estranged wife Purnima says he has been shooting for Aamir Khan Productions’ Peepli Live and will be attending the Sundance Film Festival in US soon|
Yadav is wanted by the police after a warrant was issued against him for constantly remaining absent in court.
On the lookout for Yadav, the Aarey police visited the address mentioned by the family court in Bandra. But not finding him there, they submitted a report to the court stating that they have failed to locate him.
On September 19, the family court which is hearing a case against Yadav filed by his estranged wife Purnima, had issued an arrest warrant against Yadav. The court had earlier issued summons to Yadav for failing to appear in court for some time.
“We went to the given address of Roshini Archreja, who worked with Yadav in TV serials, and whose residence Yadav was said to live at. But she denied he ever lived there,” said Inspector Ashok Duliye of Aarey Police Station. “On Monday, we informed the court that he is not available at the given address,” Duliye added.
“I have been fighting for maintenance for a long time,” said Purnima. “He has been shooting for Aamir Khan Productions’ Peepli Live and will be attending the Sundance Film Festival in US soon.
How come the police say they cannot trace him? I got married to him in 1988, and we have not been living together since 1996. I don’t have money to educate my son Achal. I’ve done odd jobs at the National School of Drama, but they were all on contract basis, and today I don’t have a job. Even my rent is paid by my friends and old neighbours,” said Purnima.
When contacted, Anusha Rizvi, director of Peepli Live, confirmed that she had done some dubbing with Yadav for her film about a month ago.
However, a police officer said, “In court cases, we usually search only the address given to us by the court authority, as problems can arise in identifying a person. On the other hand, if it’s a police case, we hunt for the accused everywhere.”
Despite repeated attempts, Raghubir Yadav could not be contacted.
AYANDRALI DUTTA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; October 29, 2009)
By Joginder Tuteja, October 27, 2009 – 11:22 IST
Last week, Madhur Bhandarkar had presented his upcoming film Jail for a Censor certificate. While it is common news by now that his film was granted a U/A certificate, what hasn’t come out so far is the heated argument that went inside the confines of the four walls. Situation had turned so ugly that during the 45 minutes debate with the Censor officials, Madhur threatened to follow the path of many of his contemporaries in Bollywood and henceforth make only candy floss films. Reason being that Censors had a strong objection against usage of abusive language in certain scenes, depiction of jail inmates, a sex scene involving two gay inmates, skin show by Mugdha Godse and of course much hyped nude scene featuring Neil Nitin Mukesh.
Here is a blow by blow account on what actually transpired in the screening room:
“Once the film’s screening was through, Censors were quite happy with the realistic depiction of life in jail. They appreciated the fact that as promised, it was shown realistically without being overtly dramatized. Also, they felt that a movie like this was the need of an hour as it broke away from stereotype cinema and showed something new to the audiences. They congratulated Madhur for his brave effort and were liberal with compliments”, says a source closely attached to the film.
However, trouble began when it came down to handing over the Censor certificate to the film. Apparently, Censor board felt that the film was not at all suitable for underage audiences and hence was willing to grant only an ‘A’ certificate if the film was to be retained as it is. When Madhur asked for reasons, they came up with such a long list of objectionable scenes and dialogues that it completely flabbergasted the filmmaker, who has made a career out of depicting reality on screen.
“Madhur really didn’t know what hit him because he was quite sure that Censors would keep the theme of Jail in mind before passing the verdict. He was not at all expecting the ‘A’ certificate and the cuts suggested by the Censors were unacceptable to him. He felt that it was unfair on his movie since he had made it after such an extensive research. He couldn’t fathom why Censors were being harsh on the film when his intention was not to glamorize the entire jail world or give rise to any scandals”, recounts the source.
So what were these ‘objectionable points’ in the film that have resulted in such hue and cry? And what’s the counter argument given by the makers of Jail? Let’s have a look:
A dialogue mouthed by a police official to an inmate: ‘Danda neeche se daloonga aur moonh se nikaloonga’
Argument: You don’t expect police to be polite when they are dealing with criminals (or possible criminals). Moreover, Akshay Kumar (who had played a cop) had said the same to Irrfan Khan in Madhur’s own Aan – Men At Work.
Masturbation scene featuring Neil
Argument: How otherwise would an inmate let out his sexual frustration? Nevertheless, keeping the sensibilities of family audiences in mind, the scene has been deleted.
A dialogue mouthed by one of the characters: ‘Mumbai ki khudai Grant Road ki ch***i, kabhi khatam naho hone waali mere bhai‘
Argument: That’s a tapori way of speaking and the film does show such characters. No more comments.
Expletives like ch***a and more
Argument: You don’t expect a decent language when hundreds of men are lodged together in a jail. Even otherwise, there have been at least a dozen odd movies before Jail that have allowed liberal dose of colourful language.
A scene showing Mugdha’s cleavage
Argument: A very small part of the song ‘Saiyan Ve‘ shows Mugdha and Neil getting intimate with each other where her night dress slips down a little. Censors saw red in that. Wonder, as there has been far more skin show in practically every second film that releases today.
A scene showing two gay inmates making out with each other
Argument: Doesn’t that happen in jails worldwide? The scene features two gays getting intimate in a bathroom. Censors had objections to this which is surprising since Madhur’s own Page 3 had a similar scene. In any case, the dialogue has now been changed in Jail. However, the scene has been retained.
Neil’s nude scene
Argument: Censors felt that the scene was still quite bold for the Indian audience. However, it is a basic process where every inmate is required to strip down completely to reveal any weapons that he may be carrying. In any case, we had pixilated the scene but the Censors wanted it to be further blurred. We were left with no options.
Due to scenes as above going through a change and or in case even completely chopped off, Madhur was left fuming. More so because otherwise the Censors were unwilling to grant it even a U/A certificate.
When contacted, Madhur was expectedly diplomatic about the entire affair. Not willing to comment much, all he stated was – “I want my film to reach out to a larger audience. I am happy with the U/A certificate. Censors were working in their own set parameters and I don’t want to challenge that.”
However, the source continues, “Ironically, this is not the first time that Madhur’s films have faced an axe from Censors. We don’t really have to go very deep down the memory lane for this. Fashion got an ‘A’ certificate and still, it was such a good success. On the other hand, both Page 3 and Traffic Signal were given U/A certificate, but they went on to get National Awards for Madhur. We are just hoping that the same happens for Jail as well though it would have been great had the film been retained as it is.”
The Bollywood piracy plot is getting more sinister. After arresting employees of major post-production and distribution firms for spiriting out DVDs of new films, Mumbai Police is now on the hunt for a major player in the racket named Jitender Kumar, who is suspected to have links with the Dawood gang.
Crime Branch sources said teams have been despatched to Delhi and Ghaziabad to arrest Kumar, a ‘bigshot from Ghaziabad’ who apparently runs a major pirated material distribution racket in north India. Officials said he also has connections with the two piracy groups now in police custody. The latest arrests are those of Kalapi Nagda, 29, head of overseas distribution of Shemaroo Pictures and Neerav Shah, 30, manager of overseas distribution of Reliance Big Cinema, on the basis of information provided by UFO Moviez associate vice-president Rajesh Chaudhary, who was arrested on Tuesday.
“Afsar Hyder Hussain alias Ashraf, who was picked up on Tuesday, is the link between Kumar and the groups in Mumbai. Though Afsar deals with Kumar to sell and distribute pirated movies, last year, Kumar tipped off the police that Afsar was carrying pirated material and got him arrested at Mumbai airport,” said a senior police officer who did not wish to be named.
Sources said Kumar is involved in distribution of pirated movies in Delhi, Ahmedabad and Gwalior.
Gowariker wants Rs 50 cr in damages from UFO Moviez
Following the arrest of Chaudhary, a key player in the racket, What’s your Raashee? director-producer Ashutosh Gowariker has reportedly sought Rs 50 crore in damages from UFO Moviez. A legal notice has been sent to the firm for leaking DVDs of the yet-to-be-released film.
The police had on Tuesday arrested a group of five persons, who allegedly bought DVDs from Chaudhary and sent them to one Asif in Pakistan.
Nagda and Shah – arrested on Wednesday – also allegedly bought original DVDs of new films from Chaudhary, who revealed their names during interrogation. “From them, we have seized original DVDs of the unreleased films Fast Forward and What’s Your Raashee? and the recently released Dil Bole Hadippa,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rakesh Maria said.
According to Maria, Nagda has contacts in Pakistan and he sent original DVDs with Shah’s help to one Zubair. “For each DVD sold, Chaudhary got Rs 2 lakh, Nagda got Rs 35,000 and Shah got Rs 10,000,” Maria added. “We are checking if Asif and Zubair belong to the same group.”
Maria said Shah knew Chaudhary as he coordinated transport of original DVDs from UFO Moviez to overseas customers. Shah and Nagda were colleagues at Shemaroo Pictures before Shah shifted to Reliance Big Cinemas.
Meanwhile, UFO Moviez has dismissed Chaudhary from service. Top officials of the firm met senior Crime Branch officers and said they would cooperate with the investigation.
Video-meet decides DVD price
The suspects in police custody have revealed that the price of pirated DVDs is decided by video-conferencing between film suppliers and distributors. Tanzim Sayed alias Aman used to act as a mediator between suppliers like Afsar and distributors. “The DVD price and suppliers’ commission was decided according to number of copies of the movie made. Defaulters would be eliminated,” a police officer said.
|While shooting for Rajneeti in Bhopal last week, Arjun Rampal was troubled by a group of young women who decided to follow him everywhere he went. The situation soon became very uncomfortable for Arjun as the girls turned up at every location where the shoot of Rajneeti was on and one of them even managed to reach Arjun’s hotel room. Startled by their behaviour, Arjun finally decided to take action against them.
A source from the sets of Rajneeti in Bhopal said, “There was a group of girls who used to come to the sets of Rajneeti every day. Initially, they wanted to click pictures with Arjun and take his autograph, which he gladly did. Then they started coming to the sets every day and started following him. They also reached the hotel where he was staying. One girl in particular wanted to click pictures with him daily. The matter reached a point where Arjun asked the production unit to intervene. Later, one of the girls managed to get inside his hotel, found out Arjun’s room number and reached there. The security asked them to leave the hotel premises after giving them a stern warning. They were also warned that if they were seen anywhere around Arjun or on the sets again, they would be handed over to the police. The girls left without creating a fuss.”
Talking about the uncomfortable situation, Arjun said, “I guess they got a little carried away so the security had to intervene. They were at the hotel and on the sets every day. I gave them my autographs and photographs but they wanted to speak to me daily. They were strictly asked to leave when they reached my room.”
Often one to court trouble, Ram Gopal Varma found himself dealing with much more than what he had bargained for, on Friday and Saturday when he landed in Ananthapur, Hyderabad. He is there to research the life of the controversial politician and alleged criminal Paritala Ravindra who is wanted in over 50 murder cases, as his next film Rakta Charitra is based of Paritala’s life. Little did Ramu suspect to be caught in the middle of violent protests in Paritala’s constituency, where his wife, Sunitha now lives.
Our source reveals, “The minute Sunitha saw Ramu, she made it very clear to him that she won’t allow anyone to make a film on her husband. She claimed that she won’t let anyone portray her husband as a criminal, whereas in reality he’s revered and worshipped in his constituency. But Ramu being Ramu just nodded, pretending to get her point, while actually, he couldn’t really follow her fluent Telugu. He left her with a smile and then continued meeting Paritala’s friends and other family members. And soon, word spread that Ramu would be going ahead with the film despite being asked not to.
Hundreds of people gathered outside the place where he was staying and threatened to stop him from leaving Ananthapur.”
Ramu, still stranded in Ananthapur admits that he was seriously threatened, but is in no mood to submit in to the demands of shelving the film. He says, “When have I ever been stopped by threats? And yes, what you have heard is true. I have been meeting all the people closely associated to Paritala. And let me tell you, some of them are wanted by the police for as many as 100 to 200 murder cases. They’re amazingly dangerous people. And if they think that I am trying to make mischief here about Paritala, they will bump me off without a second thought. One of Paritala’s close associates told me that he’s a nice man, only, he can’t stop the murdering when he is drunk. I wonder why he can’t stop drinking. The people who kill others live by a peculiar logic. The picture I have formed is incredible and I’m only more determined to make this film than before,” Ramu says.
Ramu also met Paritala’s arch enemy, Suri. “Suri’s in jail. I met him there. I’m shocked by how much he still hates Paritala,” Ramu admits. “I am trying to convince the people here in Ananthapur that I am only looking to portray Paritala like he really was, and not a villain. But they aren’t convinced. I’m now being threatened and my mother is worrying. But what can I do? I do have heavy security with me. But if I have a job to do, I have to do it, right?
In fact, far from fleeing Ananthapur as soon as his research is done, Ramu is planning to shoot the film there, right on location. He intends to return to Ananthapur next month with actor Vivek Oberoi who plays Paritala in the film.
UTV’s forthcoming film, Aage Se Right has been shot down by the censor board even before the release. A particular gun is an essential part of the film. So, the producers along with the marketing and promotion team, decided to weave the film’s campaign around the gun. They planned a contest where the winner would be awarded a real gun.
Just when they were about to launch the campaign, they received a notice from the police authorities and the censor board. The notice forbade the producers from going ahead with the campaign and giving out a real gun as a prize. Our source said, “The authorities felt that the use of guns was being promoted. What if the gun fell into the wrong hands? We live in sensitive times and something like this could be misused. So, an online contest will replace the television contest.”
Moreover, the campaign had to be drastically toned down as UTV’s Vice President, marketing, Shikha Kapur, said, “We are extremely disappointed about the concept being vetoed by the authorities. We had to rewrite the entire concept. Now we have to give air pistols instead of real guns.”
Aage Se Right stars Kay Kay Menon, Shreyas Talpade, Shehnaz Treasurywala and Mahie Gill.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, June 23, 2009 – 12:10 IST
This year, the date 14th June seemed to be jinxed for Bollywood. On one hand, while Shiney Ahuja got accused of raping his maid, there was yet another crime that took place, but didn’t quite make it to the newspapers’ headlines. This was about a robbery that took place at the ultra-tech studios of the musical trio Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy.
This incident shocked the trio, as they had stored most of their unrecorded tunes in the studios computers which were stolen. The only solace of news in this entire incident was that some of the recorded yet unreleased tracks of the Karan Johar’s much awaited film My Name Is Khan remained untouched.
When Bollywood Hungama contacted Loy Mendonsa to get more information on the incident, he did confirm the theft, but refused to give any further details. All that he said was, “The police have swung into action and have asked the three of us to remain tight lipped and not disclose anything as the investigation is currently underway.”
|Shiney Ahuja had an eventful Thursday. For the first time since his arrest, he looked less troubled and was seen chatting and exchanging smiles with his family. Before the court proceedings started, he shouted, “I love you,” to his wife Anupam, who responded with equal glee.
Ahuja was produced by the Oshiwara police in Andheri court, which sent him to judicial custody till July 2.
While the order came in the first half of the day, the procedures to transfer him to Arthur Road jail took the whole day. And till then, Ahuja had to share space with 15 inmates, arrested for different offences, in the court lock-up.
They instantly recognised Ahuja saying: “Arey yeh to wohi filmstar hai, jisne apni bai ka game bajaya. (This is the movie star who raped his maid)” Sources say they began teasing him and even slapped him. “They were groping Ahuja every now and then; some even behaved inappropriately,” said a constable.
Ahuja soon started crying and called a policeman for help. He was then separated from the others and put in a corner of the cell. A guard was placed in the lock-up to avoid further escalation.
But the ordeal was yet not over.
At around 7.30 pm, when the police was taking Ahuja to the Arthur Road jail with the other accused, they started abusing him again and created a ruckus. However, police brought the situation under control.The proceedings
Inside the court, police argued for Ahuja’s police custody on the grounds that the victim’s medical examination had confirmed rape; and that it was awaiting forensic results on whether Ahuja had consumed alcohol or drugs at the time of crime. Surprisingly, there was no mention of them waiting for his DNA test nor was any fresh reason cited for Ahuja’s custody.
Ahuja’s lawyer, Shrikant Shivade, argued that the actor’s custody was no longer needed for investigations and that the police’s remand application was similar to the previous one. “Not a comma or full stop has been changed,” he told court.
Shivade also said that if his client had given any confessional statement, the police should produce it in the court and that the media should be held accountable for printing such stories.
Shivade also moved an application asking why his client had been handcuffed. After the court passed its order, Shivade told the media that he would move the Sessions court on Friday for Ahuja’s bail.
Meanwhile, police recorded two more statements in the case - of Adarsh Gupta and Sanjeet Kaur. These were the first people the victim and her aunt approached on Sunday. They had helped the maid register a complaint.
Police is also planning to record statements of witnesses under Section 164 of the CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure) - the statement is recorded in front of a magistrate and cannot be retracted. As the witnesses are poor migrants, there is a possibility that they might not be available during the trial. DCP (zone IX) Niket Kaushik said, “Though we have full faith in our witnesses, we are examining the possibility of recording statement in front of a magistrate.”