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Cast: RAHUL BOSE, MILITZA RADMILOVIC, DINESH LAMBA

Producer: SHRIPAL MORAKHIA

Director: SAJIT WARRIER

Source: BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM

KISS AND TELL: Rahul Bose and (right) Arjun Mathur
Rahul Bose-Arjun Mathur do first gay love scene in Bollywood

SUBHASH K JHA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 7, 2009)

Madhur Bhandarkar had shot a gay kissing sequence in a car between Samir Soni and his screen lover for Fashion and deleted it even before it went to the censor board. But for his film I Am Omar, Onir is determined to keep the first gay love-making scene between the ever-adventurous Rahul Bose and the upcoming Arjun Mathur (seen in Zoya Akhtar’s Luck By Chance and Farhan Akhtar’s short film on AIDS, Positive).
Onir feels the sensitive sequence may be unnecessarily sensationalised but has to be retained because the film doesn’t work without it. Explains Onir, “Arjun plays a sex worker. So we couldn’t do away with the physical aspect of the gay issue.”
The sequence has the actors making out in a public place. Abhimanyu Singh (seen in Anurag Kashyap’s Gulal) plays a homophobic cop who chances on the couple and harasses them. Says Onir, “Luckily none of my actors had any inhibitions. Rahul and Arjun did the scene which goes much beyond anything seen in Indian cinema. They behaved like thorough professionals.” Now he hopes the censor board would be just as professional. While Rahul, who had done Indian cinema’s first and only gay gangrape sequence in Bom-gay, refrains from comment, Arjun who wants to explore the dark side of sexuality, says, “For me as an actor it is always challenging to see what lies beneath the calm exteriors. I had absolutely no inhibitions playing the gay character and doing the kissing sequence with Rahul. I wondered what it would feel like. But it was done clinically and professionally.”
Adds Onir, “We haven’t taken any still pictures of the kissing because we don’t want it leaked out on the net. The whole idea is to look at the question of homosexuality in a proper perspective and not to highlight any specific aspect of it.” Onir’s film I Am (of which I Am Omar is one part) now goes to Rotterdam Film Festival.

BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL: (From top) Stills from Luck By Chance, Kaminey, Love Aaj Kal

Heroines today are much more comfortable with their sexuality than ever before

DEEPALI DHINGRA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; September 29, 2009)


Did you cringe with discomfort when a seemingly innocent child woman Isha Sherwani seduced Farhan Akhtar into bed in Luck By Chance? Or, more recently, when a salwar kameez-clad Priyanka Chopra managed to convince a reluctant Shahid Kapoor to have sex with her in Kaminey, by telling him that she knows ‘homescience’ and that it’s ‘safe to do it’? More likely than not, you smiled at their boldness and prepared for more to come. Seduction was a game played by vamps in Bollywood in the 70s and 80s. Much later, lead actresses like Bipasha Basu and Priyanka Chopra were sexually charged in Jism and Aitraaz respectively. But even then, they were the ‘bad girls’. Well, times have changed — even the ‘good’ girls are taking a turn for the ‘bad’ and the audiences are lapping it up!


Watch newcomer Mahie Gill throwing herself in full abandon at Abhay Deol in a mustard field in Dev. D and you’ll know what we’re talking about. Trade analyst Komal Nahta says he isn’t surprised at this change. “Films, after all, are a reflection of today. Girls are proposing to guys, they are using seduction as a tool even in real life. The major composition of the audience comprises youth, so they have to show what the young generation identifies with,” he says. So Kareena Kapoor playfully hands Akshay Kumar her
bra in Tashan and Konkona SenSharma suggests a quick bout of love-making to Rahul Bose in Dil Kabaddi before they turn in for the night and Deepika Padukone has no qualms with Saif Ali Khan kissing her full on the mouth in the car in Love Aaj Kal. Agrees Mahie, “Reel life follows real life. Women today are more vocal about their sexual desires than what they were about a decade back. The audience today wants to see characters they can identify with. That’s why the boldness depicted by the newer lot of actresses has been accepted.”

According to film director Onir, a growing section of audiences in urban centres are accepting this change. “Independent working women watch these films with their male friends and colleagues who treat them as equals and therefore, accept their portrayal on screen as well,” he says. Also, the younger generation of filmmakers who have grown up seeing women as friends and colleagues, are showing female characters as they are, says Onir.
deepali.dhingra@timesgroup.com

HOTTIE: Militza Radmilovic

…says British model Militza Radmilovic, who is ready to do a Katrina Kaif in Bollywood

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; September 10, 2009)

She’s 5 feet 10, fair and slender, an Economics graduate from, well, the London School of Economics, is making her debut in Bollywood with a 3D horror film called Flick in which she seduces Rahul Bose (dear God), and when she speaks Hindi — people say she sounds like Sonia Gandhi! But British model Militza Radmilovic, who BT introduced to you in May, is half-Serbian and says, “I don’t have any Italian blood in me.”

After storming fashion ramps in Italy, Paris, Milan and Rome, Militza is doing the rounds of filmmakers in Mumbai. Two nights ago, she was in Vipul Shah’s house when he was celebrating his wife Shefali Shah’s National Award for Best Supporting Actress in the film The Last Lear. Vipul’s guests were floored with the striking presence and flattering measurements of this British model. “I’m under contract with the producers of Fired until November,’’ says Militza, “and I’m serious about making a career in Bollywood.’’ She is keen on getting lessons in Hindi now and her acting skills
have been honed by English guru Mark Summers. But she’s been a Bollywood junkie from ever since and counts Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Singh Is Kingg and Fashion among her fave flicks. “I don’t understand the language, but I understand the emotions. And I cried watching portions of KKHH.’’

Now Militza has set her sights on romancing Akshay Kumar, Hrithik Roshan and Salman Khan. She expects a stiff challenge from Bollywood’s hotties. “Indian actresses score over those from the West because they can dance, sing and emote all at once. Believe me, that’s a huge challenge,’’ she says, almost wistfully. But then, if Katrina Kaif can… why should not Militza Radmilovic!

SUBHASH K JHA (Mid-Day; August 7, 2009)

Unable to gather sufficient funds for five different films, filmmaker Onir has decided to merge the five films and release it as one. The film’s budget is approximately Rs 1.5 crore. He made My Brother Nikhil four years ago at the same budget.

Own your film

The filmmaker is using unconventional funding to make this film. He announced on Facebook that anyone could own their new film called I Am. There was an avalanche of volunteer producers. At last count, they had 300-350 producers. The entire crew will be paid only when the film gets sold.

Says Onir, “It started with my determination to make a film called You & I on child abuse. No producer or corporate house was willing to back the project. They didn’t find it a ‘safe’ project. Sanjay Suri came up with the idea of doing five different films in one, all financed by different people.

I decided to go for an unusual form of funding and extend the ideas of identity and the fear of sustaining that identity in a world of cynicism and intolerance. Five different stories will be released as one film in India.”

The most interesting part of this cinematic experiment is that they’re all based on the brutalisation of true characters who will make an appearance at the end of each  segment. Each film will be shot in a different city Mumbai, Delhi, Srinagar and Kolkata. Each character is culture-specific to the city. Every story has a contemporary resonance.”

Hum 5!
1. I Am Omar
Starring: Rahul Bose, Abhimanyu Singh, Saahil Saigal, it’s about article 377, the nexus between sex workers and cops. To be shot in Mumbai from August 15
2. I Am Afia
Starring: Kalki and possibly Arjun Mathur. About misappropriation of NGO funds. To be shot in Delhi
3. I Am Abhimanyu
Starring: Sanjay Suri, Radhika Apte, Anurag Kashyap, Rahul Bose, Pooja Gandhi. About child sexual abuse already shot in Bangalore
4. I Am Megha
Starring: Juhi Chawla and Sanjay Suri. Story of two women in Kashmir, one a Kashmiri Pundit, the other Muslim. To be shot in Srinagar from Oct 1
4. I Am Rudra
Starring: Purab Kohli. About the Maoist movement. To be shot in Kolkata

Akshay Kumar replaces Rahul Bose in the sequel to Pyaar Ke Side Effects; Sonam Kapoor may take over Mallika Sherawat’s role
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 20, 2009)

Akshay Kumar

Sonam Kapoor

Remember the truly endearing 2006 rom-com Pyaar Ke Side Effects (PKSE) with Rahul Bose playing a commitment-phobic singleton whose wide-eyed romantic girlfriend, Mallika Sherawat wants nothing more than marriage and babies?

A sequel to this much-loved film has been in the offing for some time. Finally, director Saket Chaudhary is ready with the script.

But sorry Rahul, in the PKSE sequel it’s Akshay Kumar who is all set to take over the role of Siddharth Bose, the Bong with the roving eye, who can’t dream of settling down with one woman.

Producer Pritish Nandy says, “When we planned the sequel, Akshay Kumar was the first and only choice. He has that roguish charm which can take Sid’s role further, not only through one sequel but also a couple of others.”

The producer has met Akshay and got his green signal. “He loves the script and we’ve agreed to work together. We just need to work out some basic details like dates and finances,” adds Pritish.

Mallika Sherawat and Rahul Bose in Pyaar Ke Side Effects

Akshay says, “The script is funny and interesting. Saket is a talented director and I am always looking for fresh talented directors to work with.”

Fans hoping to see Mallika Sherawat with Akshay Kumar are in for a disappointment. Mallika has apparently declined to star in the sequel.

Pritish wants to pair Sonam Kapoor with Akshay in the PKSE sequel. The two actors were supposed to star together for David Dhawan’s son Rohit’s directorial debut but that project is, at the moment, being re-structured.

“Yes, we want Sonam with Akshay in PKSE 2. As soon as Akshay’s dates are in place, we’ll approach her. Akshay is as imperative to the project as RD Burman’s music was to Jhankaar Beats,” says Pritish.



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