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Progerian character from Balki’s film to make it to animation films and comics

SUBHASH K JHA Times News Network (BOBMAY TIMES; December 28, 2009)

R Balki’s beloved progerian character Auro from his film Paa will continue to live on as part of a series of animation films and comic books likely to be called ‘The Adventures Of Auro’.
Confirming the news, Balki said, “Auro has acquired the aura of a national icon. Kids, grownups, everyone loves the old child. And the pressure to take Auro beyond the film is immense. Animation films and comicbooks are on the cards. Auro does have immense animation possibilities. It’s time to explore those possibilities.” The filmmaker, who rejected a sequel to Paa, is happy to see Auro go into the realm of animation. For him, cinema is about the emotional interaction among characters. Although he comes from the ad world, computer graphics and special effects do not constitute a motion picture experience for Balki. “That’s where I think Paa has scored with audiences,” he said, explaining Auro’s global appeal.

Meanwhile, the Progeria Research Foundation in the US has suggested a series of tie-ups with Balki and the film’s producers AB Corp Ltd. Audrey Gordon, president and executive director of the foundation, wrote to Balki telling him how the film made an emotional connection with kids suffering from progeria around the world and suggested tie-ups that the filmmaker is happy to implement.
Shekhar’s Paani is ready to roll in Spain

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 16, 2009)


Shekhar Kapoor flew into Chennai earlier this month to record his first song for Paani, officially flagging off his first feature film undertaking since the sequel to Elizabeth two years ago.

Says Shekhar, “Paani is now completely on. We start shooting in April 2010. We’re at a pre-visualisation stage. And I needed Rahman’s song for that. Since it is located in a futuristic city, I’ve artistes in Los Angeles, Singapore and India creating my city.”

While the film is set in futuristic Mumbai, Shekhar plans to shoot in Spain. “I’ve had a big offer from Spain to shoot the film in their country. They too are fascinated by the water theme. It’s a massive project. Otherwise it wouldn’t interest me.”

The film will star newcomers in the lead. Says Shekhar, “The girl has to be a 17-year old French-Canadian who lives in the Upper City (the posh area) of  Mumbai. And the young Indian boy is a desi Leonardo DiCaprio who’s a water revolutionary.”

The film is a forbidden love story. “The girl’s father is the global head of a water company. We need another girl, a smouldering entertainer like Shakira, who’s a big star in the Upper and the Lower City. Then there’s an Oracle called Amma.”

Shekhar will cast the hero from India while the girl will be cast internationally. He swears he hasn’t decided a single member of the vast cast as yet. “You know I had planned whole schedules of Elizabeth and I hadn’t found the actress to play the lead. And since Elizabeth wasn’t cast, no one else was. The studios were getting frantic with worry. We tested a hundred actresses. I wasn’t the least worried. I knew I’d find my Elizabeth. I saw two shots of Cate Blanchett in a film no one had seen and I decided on her. The most difficult actor to cast was Richard Attenborough. Likewise I’m not worried about Paani.”

The spoken language of Paani would be English. But there will be a dubbed Hindi version. “Even the characters of the Lower City would be speaking English. Slumdog Millionaire has proved that language is no barrier. Even though all the Indians spoke English, the language didn’t come in the way of credible self-expression. I will have a dubbed Hindi version too.”

Paani will be readied in time for the Venice Film Festival in 2011.

Salman Khan, David Dhawan and Sajid Nadiadwala get ready to make Judwaa 2. Kareena Kapoor might play one of the lead actresses

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 15, 2009)



Salman Khan is finally ready to play the quirky Raja and the sober Prem in the sequel to his 1997 hit Judwaa. The actor has given his nod to team up once again with director David Dhawan and  producer Sajid Nadiadwala for  the sequel   to the  twin-comedy only after he was completely convinced with the script.

So far the idea of a sequel to Judwaa had been quelled mainly because the story ideas did not  appeal to Salman. Now, David has finally come  up with an idea that the team feels  is worth pursuing.
Producer Sajid says, “We’ve been going back and forth with David  on  the story of Judwaa’s sequel for years. Since Judwaa released there have been innumerable films about twins and their adventures, so films about twin heroes had become  stale. Before making  Judwaa 2 we first had to make sure the  plot not only went further than  the first Judwaa  but also goes  beyond all the   other  double-role films that have come lately.”

Fact  of the matter is that double  roles have not been  doing well lately.  Sajid says, “We’ve gone back to the story board repeatedly to ensure Judwaa has very high novelty value.”

“David is working  on giving Salman’s character a  special new  spin. We’ll  give the two Salmans a  very different look and the story  moves ten years ahead but Salman is still as boyish  as he used to be,” adds Sajid.


Judwaa 2 won’t feature either Karisma  Kapoor or Rambha who were lead actresses in the first film.

But yes, Kareena Kapoor is being considered to star in the sequel.

About Judwaa

Directed by David Dhawan, Judwaa is about identical twins (Salman Khan) who get separated at birth. The quiet and mature Prem, one of the twins, and his father visit India to get Prem married to Mala (Karisma Kapoor).

Prem also meets his twin brother in India and a series of comic situations follow. The highlight of the film was Anu Malik’s music especially the songs Chalti hai kya nau se baraah and Unchi hai building lift teri bandh hai, which were an instant hit and are popular even today.

By SHAHEEN PARKAR (Mid-Day; December 11, 2009)

Sushmita Sen and Kangna Ranaut will attempt to be just that for a song called Shakira Jaisi…

Hips Don’t Lie – ask Sushmita Sen and Kangna Ranaut. The stars are learning to shake their kamariyas like the Colombian singer who can wriggle her hips and more effortlessly.

The actresses are presently shooting for a song sequence for Anees Bazmee’s No Problem (it’s not a sequel to No Entry!). Music composer Pritam has composed a trademark Punjabi hip track that goes Shakira Jaisi Hile Lakhni…

Sush and Kangs, who play sisters in the flick, have been matching steps to Chinni Prakash’s choreography.
The two actresses will be making their moves in six yards. While Sushmita has draped herself in an Abu Jani sari worth Rs 4 lakh, Kangna settled for a Suneet Varma creation which costs Rs 3.5 lakh.

The song is being shot at the Filmistan Studios. Anil Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Akshaye Khanna, Paresh Rawal and Shakti Kapoor who feature in the film are also in the song that has been penned by lyricist Kumar (of Maa Ka Ladla fame).

Produced by Anil Kapoor, Rajat Rawail and Spice International, No Problem is slated to release in the third quarter of 2010.

Says Rawail, “We have been shooting for this track from Tuesday. Pritam has scored an extremely peppy song that tells them to shake like Shakira! It is a celebration song as Kangna is getting engaged to Akshaye in the film. The dance unfolds in their father Shakti Kapoor’s home – he plays the police commissioner.”

After a long schedule in South Africa, Bazmee has started the Mumbai leg of the film’s shoot. From next week, they will be shooting at various parts of south Mumbai.

H-twon in a sari
While you may have to wait a while to see Shakira in a sari (the outfit she wore during a Farah Khan choreographed performance at an awards show – seen alongside – doesn’t count as one), here are a list of Hollywood actresses who draped up.
Helen Mirren (at an awards show)
Katherine Heigl (in 27 Dresses)
The Pussycat Dolls (at an event)
Cameron Diaz (at a photoshoot)
Elizabeth Hurley (at an event)

Shakira Ve the last track that featured the name in the title. the fool n final gaana featured Ayesha Takia & Shahid Kapoor

After handing over Kites to Brett Ratner to cut the Hollywood version of Kites, Rakesh Roshan is all gung ho about directing the sequel to Krrish himself

By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 10, 2009)


Rakesh Roshan has always been very possessive about his home productions. It has been reported that Rakesh Om Prakash Mehra was taken onboard to direct Krrish 3. But after the debacle of Delhi 6, Rakesh Roshan doesn’t want to take any chances and has decided to direct the film himself.

A source reveals, “Hrithik is more comfortable working with his father. He is also helping him with the script. They want it to attain Hollywood standards and are leaving no stone unturned to make it work. Though, senior Roshan was convinced of Mehra’s directorial credentials, Hrithik was skeptical.”

Mehra or no Mehra, the scripting is in process. The source continues, “Presently, the father-son duo is busy with Kites and don’t want to hamper the post-production. Only after the release of Kites, they will start working on Krrish 3. Whenever Hrithik is not shooting and is at home, he joins his father and the team of writers and takes part in discussions on every detail pertaining to the film.”

Rakesh Roshan confirms, “I am directing Krrish 3. I am still in the scripting process and there is still time for the movie to go on the floors.” When asked about Rakesh Mehra’s earlier involvement, he says, “We had spoken to Mehra, but he got busy with Delhi 6 and we were busy with Kites, so nothing was finalised.”

However, Mehra says, “I was never directing Krrish 3.”

After Sarfarosh in 1999, John Mathan is working on the script for the sequel
By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 09, 2009)


Director John Mathan is a busy man. He has begun working on Sarfarosh’s sequel while already working on the remaining portions of A New Love Ishtory.

John has just started writing the script of the sequel. He has decided to meet Aamir Khan, the lead actor of Sarfarosh, after he completes the script. The duo will discuss the details of the film. Actor Rakesh Bapat may play one of the key characters in the film. The lead actress still has to be cast.

John confirmed the story, but he refused to give us an insight into the storyline of the sequel. He said, “Hopefully, the script should be ready soon. Only after I complete it and provided I like it, I will talk to Aamir.”

But our sources insist that the director is very keen on carrying the theme of national security forward. The source said, “The villain in Sarfarosh, played by Naseeruddin Shah, was not an Indian. In the sequel, John wants to dwell upon the enemy within.”

(L):Aamir Khan, Sarfarosh, John Mathan

By Bollywood Hungama News Network, December 5, 2009 – 00:00 IST

RGV returns with Phoonk 2

Maverick filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma is ready with the sequel of Phoonk, titled Phoonk 2. The film has been directed by Milind Gadagkar, who had written the original version.

Launching the first look of the film, RGV Said, “When Milind Gadagkar the writer of Phoonk came up with the idea of Phoonk 2, the opening sequence itself made me jump up in my seat. The moment I read the entire script I was convinced that he should direct the film as I was amazed at the clarity he had in detailing of the story.”

Comparisons between the two films are inevitable, to which he replies, “In spite of Phoonk’s hit status quite a few people say that it’s not a scary film and there is a reason for that. Scare can be of two kinds, where one is of a kind which scares you due to a completely helpless situation you catch yourself in, and the other which just plain scares your senses. Bhoot falls in the 2nd category whereas Phoonk falls in the 1st one. Phoonk 2 also falls in the 2nd category where its intention is as plain and simple – to just scare the audience’s pants off.”

On choosing the horror genre for his first film, debutante director Milind Gadagkar says, “Ever since I can remember, I have always been a huge fan of the horror genre and the psychosis of fear. Fear is such a strong emotion that it defies all logic. As small children we are scared of entering a dark room; somewhere further in life, we rather try and avoid isolated roads with no street lights.”

“It is not just ghosts that we are scared of but there are times in our lives when a strange and inexplicable incident also scares the hell out of us. Studying this phenomenon of fear has always intrigued me. All said and done, I am really thrilled that inspite of me not having liked Phoonk, Ramu liked Phoonk 2,” Milind concludes.

When asked if he was satisfied with Milind’s treatment of the film, RGV said, “When I saw the 1st cut of what Milind showed me of the film, I told him that it’s not only far better than Phoonk but I think it is the scariest film Bollywood has ever made and it is miles above all my so-called scary films like Bhoot, etc and I mean every word of it from my spine onwards….. Chilling!”

RGV even lets out a bit of the story, “If the entire Phoonk story was about how this evil woman who practices black magic was bent upon torturing and killing a little girl in order to make her father suffer and how the father after desperately trying every measure manages to get a tantrik who kills the evil woman, Phoonk-2 starts off with the spirit of the evil woman coming back from the dead and brutally murdering the tantrik.”

The film has been made in three languages, Hindi, Tamil (Bommai-2) and Telugu (Aavaham). Looks like audiences can await one chilly ride with Phoonk 2.

Salman Khan to play the modern-day version of Mogambo in Mr India 2, which takes off soon

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 04, 2009)


After the late veteran actor Amrish Puri immortalised the character of Mogambo in Mr India, it is now Salman Khan’s turn to play the baddie in the sequel to the film. It’s a first for Salman, who will for the first time play an out-and-out villain on the lines of the eccentric and jazzily dressed Mogambo. The film will be directed by Anees Bazmee and marks the comeback of Sridevi.

Boney Kapoor, producer of the film, confirmed the news and said, “Yes, Salman will play a negative role in the sequel, just like Amrish Puri did in Mr India.” He refused to divulge any further details and said, “The script is still being finalised.”

(L) Salman Khan (R) Amrish Puri as Mogambo in Mr India

Giving us more details, a source said, “Salman was very keen to do the film as he is a fan of Mr India. During the making of Wanted, Salman expressed his desire to be a part of the sequel and Boney assured him that he would plan a role for him. While scripting the film, Boney told director Anees to work out an interesting character for Salman and the director came up with the idea of making Salman play the villain. A character as unforgettable as Mogambo is being written for Salman.  He will also have a different look in the film for which a test will be done early next year as the film is scheduled to go on the floors in February-March.”

Commenting on Salman’s reaction to playing a baddie, the source said, “Salman loved the idea and is quite open-minded about playing a negative role. Salman will be playing a terrorist who wants to rule over India and the story will be about how Anil Kapoor, Sridevi and their gang try to free the country with the help of another invention made by Anil Kapoor.”

By Taran Adarsh, November 24, 2009 – 08:44 IST

Saif Ali Khan, Anil Kapoor A lot has been spoken and written about RACE 2. Now here’s the latest on the film. Abbas-Mustan have finalized the script of the film, which is currently being given finishing touches. As for the star cast, the sequel to the super-successful film will star Saif Ali Khan and Anil Kapoor in principal roles. Akshaye Khanna may not feature in the film because he was shown dead in the first part.

Meanwhile, one more lead man – a top name – is expected to be signed shortly. Also, producer Ramesh Taurani is planning to sign three leading ladies, all known names, for this film.

RACE 2 is expected to roll in March/April next year. “We will start RACE 2 once Saif is through with AGENT VINOD,” producer Ramesh Taurani divulges.

BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM

By Taran Adarsh, November 17, 2009 – 08:42 IST

De Dana Dan

While on Akshay Kumar and Priyadarshan, their new outing, DE DANA DAN, has evoked tremendous interest within and outside the industry. The film is piping hot, to put it in simple and straightforward terms. The Akshay – Suniel – Paresh pairing with Priyadarshan evokes strong memories of HERA PHERI.

“DE DANA DAN is not HERA PHERI,” producer Ratan Jain clarifies, “Sure, the star cast is same and so is the director, but there’s no effort to make a sequel to HERA PHERI or be like HERA PHERI. DE DANA DAN has a completely different storyline and the character sketches are poles apart too.”

But comparisons with HERA PHERI are inevitable. “I am well aware of that, but the fact is that DE DANA DAN is far more entertaining than any Akshay – Priyadarshan movies made in the past. DE DANA DAN has Priyan and Akshay at their best,” the respected producer explains.

Ratan Jain, who has worked with Aamir [AKELE HUM AKELE TUM, MELA], SRK [BAAZIGAR, BAADSHAH, YES BOSS, JOSH and MAIN HOON NAA] and Akki regularly, is planning a project each with Abbas-Mustan and Priyadarshan in the near future. What happens to KHILADI 2? “That will be made with Abbas-Mustan and Akki only, but till we lay our hands on the right script, we wouldn’t like to announce the project,” he says.

BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM



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