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ON A SONG: Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in My Name Is Khan and (below) Karan Johar

Karan Johar releases Sajda, the first track of his new film, today

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; January 3, 2010)

Today music lovers will have a special reason to groove. For the soulful, melodious, Sajda track from Karan Johar’s romantic drama My Name is Khan will play across every satellite channel and radio station.

The fortunate few who have already heard the track sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shankar Mahadevan and Richa Sharma say it holds the promise of becoming the anthem of 2010. Karan Johar says, “I’m glad Sajda has got an ovation.’’ He adds that working with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy on this track was indeed different from the previous experiences of Kal Ho Na Ho and Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna — both chartbusters in their own right…but both more similar to each other in a way.

“On the other hand, for MNIK, we decided to have music which is a sharp contrast to the visuals that may dominate the screen. The music has a rustic and soulful feel; the songs aren’t your regular lipsynced numbers, as is the normal practise, yet each track is a haunting melody and will leave behind an indelible mark.’’


Candidly Karan admits, “I’m besura, I can’t sing to save my life, I can’t play a single music instrument, yet if my films do throw up songs that find a following, it is simply because God has blessed me with the ability to say yes or no to a track that is suggested to me by my composers.’’

Explaining how Bollywood film music has been his raison de etre for 30-odd years, Karan says, “I’m obsessed with Hindi film music. Be it on my radio or my iPod you will find me listening only to Hindi film songs. I have grown up listening to music from the 40s until now; and in a way, I can say I have developed a keen ear for it.’’ Praising his composers Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy, the filmmaker says, “I don’t know how the three of them work in such perfect tandem. But they do. If I had to have a co-director, I’d probably kill the person. But these guys are amazing.’’ The trade also has given Sajda a thumbs up. This track which has a sufiana kind of feel climbed to the eighth spot on the charts within minutes of it being aired. Of his lead pair, Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, on who the MNIK tracks have been picturised, Karan says, “If Kajol loves a song, she’ll say so instantly. As for Shah Rukh, most of the songs he vocalises seem like they are owned by him because he is one actor who gives 300 per cent to every song he sings. SRK’s tracks have that evergreen quality because when he is on screen singing them you just feel the song was made for him and none other.’’
meena.iyer@timesgroup.com

CREATIVE: Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani

SHARIN WADER BUTANI Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; November 20, 2009)

Remember how hatke Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani were about their venture Rock On? The filmmakers took the same passion with them to Istanbul when they went there along with director Abhinay Deo on a recce for their film Crooked with Abhishek Bachchan. Taken up by the beauty of the place, they drove around thinking of a song that would suit the location, then called up Javed Akhtar and asked him to compose one and send it to them in 24 hours. Javed got Shankar Mahadaven to compose his lyrics and sent the song to Istanbul, where they continued driving around playing the song in their car, until Abhinay found a spot he thought the sequence would look best. The film goes on the floors on January 14. And Farhan and Ritesh are now on the lookout for a new face to play opposite Abhishek. The hunt is on for a girl, but not on foot or in a car all over Istanbul. Which is a pity, because the women there are of exceptional beauty as well.

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 19, 2009)


Himesh Reshammiya believes in having his cake and eating it too. He will soon sign up for a music reality show where he will compete with prominent Bollywood singers such as Shaan, Shreya Ghoshal, Shankar Mahadevan, Mohit Chauhan and Mika.

And hold your breath.Himesh has apparently demanded a whopping Rs 8 crore to shoot for only 20 days. Himesh had made it clear to the channel that he wouldn’t be part of the reality show for anything less than the aforementioned amount.

A friend of Himesh says, “Himesh had to switch the channel he had been working with over the years just to be part of this new show. Naturally, he clearly laid down his terms and conditions.”

The channel didn’t think twice before agreeing to his demands, “Himesh is an entertainer and the channel is heavily banking on him and this show to get more eyeballs over the weekends,” adds the friend.

The show is expected to launch in December. It was earlier titled Music Premiere League but will now have a different title.

Anupma Mandloi, content head of the channel and Himesh remained unavailable for comment.

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 12, 2009)

Anil Kapoor

Although Anil Kapoor’s maiden production, Gandhi My Father, won three National awards (Feroz Abbas Khan for Best Screenplay, Darshan Jariwala for Best Supporting Actor and Special Jury Award), Anil is miffed about his film not bagging a major National Award. It niggles at him that Akshaye Khanna did not bag the Best Actor award.

The buzz is that the actor-producer is so upset on missing out the major awards that he even skipped his close friends Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar’s bash on Thursday for the National Award winners.

Actress Shefali Shah who did not win the award for Gandhi… but won one for The Last Lear attended the party. So did the Gandhi… director Feroz Khan. But Anil didn’t. Apparently, decades of proximity to Shabana and Javed were not a good enough reason to attend the party.

When asked about it, Shabana said, “Anil couldn’t attend because he’s in Delhi for his daughter’s film’s shoot.”

Considering that Anil is shuttling constantly between the two cities, it shouldn’t have been too difficult for him to catch a flight and attend the party, provided the touchy actor wanted to.

According to friends, Anil feels snubbed by the National Awards. “He seriously wanted Akshaye Khanna to win the best actor for his film. Anil thought Akshaye was brilliant as Gandhiji’s wayward son, Harilal. Even Shefali who played Kasturba got the award for another film. So Anil isn’t too upbeat about the National Awards,” said a friend.

When we asked Anil why he wasn’t present at the bash, Anil’s cryptic response was, “I was in Delhi for Aisha’s shoot.”

Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi

The bash at the Akhtars was attended by Yash Chopra and his wife Pam Chopra, Karan Johar, Vidya Balan and David Dhawan, along with Farhan and Zoya Akhtar. Shabana’s brother, Baba Azmi, who will soon direct a film for Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s production house with Harman Baweja in the lead, was also present.

Pakistani musicians, Zeba and Haniya, sang for the gathering.

The highlight of the evening was Shankar Mahadevan singing the award winning song Maa from Taare Zameen Par which had Javed sobbing like a baby.

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RESULTS ONLY OF FEATURE FILMS
Best Feature film–Kanchivaram (Tamil) [Director-Priyadarshan]

Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director–Frozen (Hindi) [Director-Shivajee Chandrabhushan]

Best Popular Film provising wholesome Entertainment– Chak De! India (Hindi) [Director-Shimit Amin]

Nargis Dutt Award for Best feature Film on National Integration–Dharm (Hindi) [Director-Bhavna Talwar]

Best Film on Family Welfare–Taare Zameen Par (Hindi) [Director-Aamir Khan]

Best Film on Social issues–Antardwandwa (Hindi) [Director-Sushil Rajpal]

Best Children’s Film-Foto (Hindi) [Director-Virendra Saini]

Best Animation Film–Inimey Naangathaan (Tamil) [Director-S. Venky Baboo]

Best Director–Adoor Gopalakrishnan (Naalu Pennungal [Malayalam])

Best Actor–Prakash Raj (Kanchivaram [Tamil])

Best Actress–Umashree (Gulabi Talkies [Kannada])

Best Supporting Actor-Darshan Jariwala (Gandhi My Father [Hindi/English])

Best Supporting Actress-Shefali Shah (The Last Lear [English])

Best Child Artist–Sharad Goekar (Tingya [Marathi])

Best Male Playback Singer-Shankar Mahadevan (Maa…Taare Zameen Par [Hindi])

Best Female playback Singer–Shreya Ghoshal (Yeh Ishq Hai…Jab We Met [Hindi])

Best Cinematography-Shanker Raman (Frozen [Hindi])

Best Screenplay–Feroz Abbas Khan (Gandhi My Father [Hindi/English])

Best Audiography–Kunal Sharma (1971 [Hindi])

Best Editing–B. Ajith Kumar (Naalu Pennungal [Malayalam])

Best Art Director-Sabu Cyril (Om Shanti Om [Hindi])

Best Costume Designer–Ruma Sengupta (Krishnakanter Will [Bengali])

Best Make-up Artist–Pattnam Rasheed (Paradesi [Malayalam])

Best Music–Ouseppachan (Ore Kadal [Malayalam])

Best Lyrics-Prasoon Joshi (Taare Zameen Par [Hindi])

Special Jury Award-Gandhi My Father (Hindi/English) [Producer-Anil Kapoor]

Best Special Effects-M/s Indian Artists, Chennai (Sivaji [Tamil])

Best Choreography-Yeh Ishq Hai (Jab We Met [Hindi])

Best Feature Film in Each Language:
· Hindi-1971
· English-The Last Lear
· Bengali-Ballygunge Court
· Kannada-Gulab Talkies
· Malayalam-Ore Kadal
· Marathi-Nirop
· Tamil-Periyar

SOURCE: Directorate of Film Festivals (www.dff.nic.in)

By Bollywood Hungama News Network, September 8, 2009 – 12:28 IST

Gandhi My Father, Taare Zameen Par The results of the 55th National Awards for the year 2007 were announced yesterday and like always there were quite a few surprises in store. It was the cinema of South India that bagged all the top four honours with the Priyadarshan directed Tamil film Kanchivaram bagging the award for Best Feature Film and also fetching Prakash Raj the Best Actor Award. Veteran filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan won the Best Director award for the Malayalam film Nallu Pennungal while Umashree was adjudged Best Actress for her portrayal in the Kannada film Gulabi Talkies.

While Bollywood failed to bag the top four honours, it did quite make up in the other categories. Leading the pack was Anil Kapoor’s maiden production Gandhi My Father which bagged three awards for Best Screenplay (Feroz Abbas Khan), Best Supporting Actor (Darshan Jariwala) and even won the Special Jury award. Even Aamir Khan’s directorial debut Taare Zameen Par was not one to be left behind. The film won awards for Shankar Mahadevan (Best Male Playback Singer) and Prasoon Joshi (Best Lyrics) for the soul-stirring song ‘Maa‘, besides also bagging the Best Film on Family Welfare award.

King of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan too had reasons to smile as two of his films Chak De India and Om Shanti Om bagged one National Award each. While Chak De India deservingly won the award for Best Film providing Overall Entertainment, Om Shanti Om bagged the award for Best Art Direction (Sabu Cyril).

Rituparno Ghosh’s Big B- Arjun Rampal starrer The Last Lear bagged two awards winning the Best Feature Film in English and also fetching Shefali Shah the Best Supporting Actress award while the Shahid- Kareena smash-hit Jab We Met also bagged two awards for Best Choreography and Best Female Playback Singer (Shreya Ghoshal).

The Indira Gandhi award for the Best First Film of a Director went to Frozen while the Nargis Dutt award for Best Film on National Integration went to the Pankaj Kapoor starrer Dharm. Even Indian Films – Studio 18’s war film 1971 won the award for Best Hindi film award in the regional films category.

All in all, the National Awards has surely given our B-town guys yet another reason to celebrate.

BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM



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