Posts Tagged ‘sets’
For all those who have been wondering what Sakshi Tanwar is up to these days, here is the dope. Saakshi, who had disappeared from the television scene after playing Parvati in Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii, has moved ahead in her professional life. She has become the Creative Consultant of the show, Samman: Ek Adhikar.
Interestingly, the channel which broadcasts Samman…, has stopped most of its other weekly shows. Naturally, the TRPs of Samman Ek Adhikar are satisfying enough for the channel to have retained it as one of their few shows.
A source (name withheld on request) from the production house, says, “Sakshi’s presence on the show is one of the main reasons why Samman… is doing well. Her degree of involvement in the show is very high. Sakshi is primarily responsible for the twists and turns in the storyline. She also visits the sets very often.”
Associate Creative of Samman Ek Adhikar, Lavesh Ahairajani confirmed the news. He says, “As the head of the creative team on our show, Sakshi brings in a lot of energy. She is the answer to all our day-to-day problems. She has even come up with very catchy dialogue on the spur of the moment.”
Despite repeated attempts, Sakshi Tanwar remained unavailable for comment.
On Thursday evening, a major fire broke out on the sets of Anees Bazmee’s No Problem. The unit was shooting in the middle of the sea for a vital action sequence. Suniel Shetty and Vishwajeet Pradhan almost became a victim of severe burns. However, prompt action saved them.
The fire extinguishers on the sets proved to be very handy. Suniel burnt his hands while Pradhan’s left leg suffered from major burns.
|Vishvajeet Pradhan||Sunil Shetty|
Rajat Rawail, the producer of the film, said, “It was an important sequence that was being shot with all the main actors of the film, including Suniel Shetty and Vishwajeet Pradhan. We were shooting in the middle of the sea at the Yellow gate, when a sudden gush of wind led the fire to spiral out of our control. Sunil anna and Vishwajeet were trapped, but the production guys showed great presence of mind. They put out the fire with the extinguishers on the sets. We also had a doctor and a first-aid box on the sets, which made things better. Everything was under control in minutes. It is our job to take care of these things as a production unit. Anna’s hand is burnt, while Vishwajeet’s leg is burnt from his knee to the calf muscle. Thankfully, nothing serious happened.”
Vishwajeet tells us, “These things happen and despite all the precautions, the fire was just uncontrollable because of the sea breeze. My trousers were very thin. I guess it’s part of the game, but I am in pain right now. After the incident, I went to a doctor and even a skin specialist for treatment.”
• How long do you plan to work only with Shah Rukh Khan considering that actors have a limited shelf life, unlike directors?
I have never worked without him and I have no clue what the experience will be like. I do my best work when Shah Rukh is on the sets as there is this tremendous sense of comfort when he is around and I feel that everything will be fine and fun on the sets. I think I will be working with him for the rest of my life as we have this special connection not only personally but also professionally. We understand each other very well, he is a member of my family and vice versa.
• Don’t you think that right now the audience wants to watch entertaining films while yours is a serious film?
Well, I don’t know as I never calculate anything as far as creativity goes. I know that I have made a film with my heart, soul and a lot of passion. My entire team- SRK, Kajol, Ravi Chandran, Shibani, Deepa, Sharmistha and everybody else- has really toiled to make it a soulful venture. I firmly believe that emotions are universal and I know that when they connect with the audience, it works. There is no such thing as an entertaining or a serious film; there are good films and bad films. Good films will always find a vast audience.
• Your last film Kurbaan had a terrorism backdrop and was promoted as a love story, which clearly did not work. Do you plan to have a different strategy for the promotion of My Name is Khan?
There is nothing about terrorism in Khan. It is a soulful emotional journey about a man who is all for love and that’s exactly how we are promoting the film. I certainly have no idea why the rumours about terrorism in Khan are doing the rounds.
• My Name is Khan releases on February 12. Do you think it’s the ideal release date considering its Valentine’s Day week and youngsters would want to see a romantic film?
Absolutely! Khan’s core content is a love story. The entire journey is the love story between Rizwan and Mandira, my protagonists. What better time than the Valentine’s Day week for the release of this love story about two people who go through so much in life for love.
• My Name is Khan will have the biggest release till date, even overseas. Do you think it’s the right strategy?
We have a great partnership with Fox Searchlight and it is their strategy to have a platform release, which is what they call such a release. They believe that My Name is Khan has a market way beyond what’s expected and it is their strategy to break certain boundaries of exhibition for this film. They have full faith in the film and I hope their faith pays off. The real work for any filmmaker stars after he finishes directing a film. I spent two years making the film but most of my efforts for the next two months will go in the promotion, marketing and connecting with the audience.
My Name is Khan will premiere at the Berlin Film Festival on February 12. It is expected to be screened at one of Berlin’s most important locations, Potsdamer Platz. Incidentally, it is the first Indian film to be premiered in Berlin.
By Subhash K. Jha, December 14, 2009 – 11:13 IST
Ken Ghosh admits he had loud arguments with Shahid Kapoor on the sets during the shooting of Chance Pe Dance.
But it had to do with Shahid’s suddenly-saturated schedules.
Says Ken, “For the first time in his career Shahid was doing three films at the same time-Kaminey, Dil Bole Hadippa and my film Chance Pe Dance. Naturally there was a conflict of interest.”
Ken admits there were loud arguments over Shahid’s schedules. “I’d ask for three days. He would have only one day to spare. I’d naturally be upset. Then understandably, Shahid wanted time off. He couldn’t be seen on my set straight after shooting for one of the other two films. This naturally led to heated arguments. For me as a director it was okay to come on the sets without sleep. But Shahid had to catch up on his resting time. Or the dark circles would have shown on camera. And since Shahid is fair-complexioned those dark circles would be even more visible.”
The last thing that Ken wanted was for his hero to fall ill. “Priyanka Chopra had to be hospitalized because of overwork and exhaustion. I didn’t want Shahid to go through the same experience.”
The effort has been worth it for both Shahid and Ken. “Shahid’s dancing in Chance Pe Dance is the film’s mainstay. But his performance is not just about dancing. Some of the things he has done with in the dramatic scenes took me by surprise. Shahid has brought subtle expressions into scenes which I didn’t catch while shooting. Only during editing I realized what he had done.”
Ken Ghosh who introduced Shahid Kapoor in Ishq Vishq five years ago admits the actor has changed. “Isn’t change inevitable? We all evolve with time. Shahid is no exception.”
So are the stories of a rift between the two true?
Ken doesn’t deny the fact that there were heated arguments and fights during the making of Chance Pe Dance. “But they were all for the betterment of the film. See when Shahid did his first film Ishq Vishq with me he only had that film on hand and was able to give me his full attention.”
|The Universe on his shoulders|
This incident could be straight out of a Mills & Boon romance where Prince Charming comes to the rescue of a damsel in distress and carries her in his arms… only this time the ‘Prince Charming’ is Dulha Mil Gaya director Muddasar Aziz and the ‘damsel in distress’ is his love interest Sushmita Sen, as this photo clearly shows. Not known to do things halfway, Sushmita made clear that, like all women, she too is delighted when her man spoils her silly. Take for instance this incident, which happened on the sets of Dulha Mil Gaya.
A source said, “A sequence was being picturised on a beach in Trinidad, West Indies where a set was erected in the sea, just a few feet away from the shore. Sushmita was quite reluctant about wading in the seawater to reach the sets as she didn’t want her legs and costume to get wet. Immediately, her boyfriend Muddasar Aziz, who is the film’s director, lifted Sushmita on his shoulders to keep her warm and dry and took her safely to the sets ensuring that she did not get wet at all. Even though the scene was okayed after about 12 retakes, Muddasar would wade through the water every time to carry Sushmita on his shoulders to take her back to her vanity van during breaks. Sushmita was thrilled on being given this super special treatment and her delight was quite evident.”
While Muddasar Aziz remained unavailable for comment, producer Viveck Vaswani declined to comment. But, like it is said, a picture is worth a thousand words.
A fire broke out on the sets on Sonam Kapoor-Abhay Deol starrer Aisha
A small mishap took place on the sets of Anil Kapoor’s Aisha on Thursday afternoon. A fire broke out at Filmistan Studios in Goregaon where Aisha is being shot. No one was badly injured; two technicians escaped with minor bruises.
A witness reveals, “The fire broke out at noon due to an electrical problem. Luckily, as the shoot was already wrapped up, there weren’t many people present on the sets. The fire brigade was immediately called and they reached the sets within a few minutes. The fire did not spread much and the place was immediately evacuated.”
Producer Rhea Kapoor says, “Due to an electric fault, there was a small fire on the sets of Aisha which was curbed within 15 minutes.
The place was evacuated and nobody was seriously hurt. There was no major damage on the sets. We will resume shooting in a couple of days.”
A fire brigade control officer confirmed, “A small did break out on the sets in Filmistan. The curtains and electrical wire on the sets were damaged. Since it is such a huge studio, four to five trucks were dispatched as precaution.”
Mani Ratnam’s Raavana, which is an adaptation of the Ramayana and Prakash Jha’s Rajneeti that is based on the Mahabharata, will release between two weeks of each other.
Initially, both the films were expected to hit the theatres in February 2010. But, due to the multiplex owners strike and a complex melee of other things the two epic films have been pushed to May 2010.
Trade circles are excited as the contemporary versions of the most followed Indian mythological tales will be pitted against one another. Raavana is very important for Aishwarya, who is playing Sita. So is Rajneeti for Katrina. An actor from the unit said, “Rajneeti is a very taut confrontation drama which will showcase Katrina in new light.”
The two films have had their fair share of controversies. Nana Patekar walked out of Rajneeti three days before the film’s shooting came to an end, whereas, Bipasha Basu had to exit Raavana hours before the shoot.
Floods ravaged the sets of Raavana; and Manoj Bajpai’s accident put a small spoke in Rajneeti’s progress. And yet when it comes to the release, both films are expected to release around the same time.
Has anybody in Bollywood made Aamir Khan, who is a stickler for perfection, wait on the sets? Well, Raj Babbar and Smita Patil’s son Pratik, who incidentally is just one-film-old, did just that recently. Not only did Pratik make the senior actor wait endlessly on the sets of his wife Kiran Rao’s directorial debut, Dhobi Ghat but also did not report to the sets that day. Consequently, Aamir had to go back home as the day’s shoot had to be called off due to Pratik’s no-show.
The particular scene was supposed to be shot at Masjid Bunder.
A source says, “Frantic efforts to trace Pratik were made, but to no avail. Officials from Aamir Khan Productions made repeated calls to Pratik’s mobile, but nobody could trace him that day.”
After some time, the production guys learnt that Pratik had gone away to Goa. “It was very strange of Pratik to go to Goa. He is often spaced-out,” adds the source. They couldn’t shoot for the next two days because of Pratik’s absence.
Aamir, of course, gave Pratik a piece of his mind when he returned. He told Pratik, “Aise kaam nahin chalega. Please try and understand.’ After that, Pratik did not play truant.
Pratik remained unavailable for comment.
|Shweta Tiwari and Anoop Soni|
Shweta Tiwari might be one of the most popular contestants on the third season of Comedy Circus but she is quite unpopular with the show’s co-contestants and crew members.
“Throwing tantrums, refusing to rehearse and reporting hours late to the sets are just few of the things Shweta does,” reveals one of the contestants.
On condition of anonymity, the contestant adds, “Shweta walks in late but she gets really irritated if she is made to wait even for a few minutes. She doesn’t mingle with us and keeps to herself.” Another source reveals, “If she is chatting on the phone, she keeps others waiting till she leisurely finishes her conversation. Her mantra is ‘Don’t count me as everybody, I am Shweta Tiwari’. She has said so often to the production guys when they have asked her to be ready for a shot or when others are waiting to complete shooting. She behaves like an uncrowned queen even though she is not a big star. She is only doing Comedy Circus. Anoop Soni, who is a part of Balika Vadhu, which is such a popular show, is so good to everyone.”
We caught Shweta’s teammate, Anoop Soni while he was busy shooting for Comedy Circus. “Shweta, Rehman (the third teammate) and I have started to bond during the shooting. So, I cannot comment on this,” he says.
Shweta sarcastically dismissed the story.