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Vidhu Vinod Chopra changes his mind about screening the Raajneeti promo during the interval of 3 Idiots, Prakash Jha is not surprised by the volte face

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 22, 2009)


One wonders why Vidhu Vinod Chopra, whose 3 Idiots is definitely the most awaited film of 2009, is nervous and insecure just three days before the release. Why else would he ask UTV (distributors of Prakash Jha’s Raajneeti) to withdraw the Raajneeti trailer, which was scheduled to be shown during the interval of 3 Idiots? Or is this the brainchild of the marketing head of the film, Aamir Khan, who seldom likes to share the limelight with anybody else?

According to a source, Vidhu called up UTV and told them that he didn’t want the Raajneeti trailer screened during 3 Idiots. “This decision came in the wake of a private screening of 3 Idiots held recently. Everybody who saw the film spoke very highly about the trailer of Raajneeti and felt that it would be a very strong film. This set Vidhu’s mind ticking and he decided that he would rather do away with the trailer than have people distracted from 3 Idiots.”

Vidhu Vinod Chopra Prakash Jha

Speaking from New York, Jha confirmed that UTV had informed him about Vidhu’s decision. He said, “Vidhu had seen the trailer of Raajneeti and told me that it would be a pleasure to screen it. But now he has developed cold feet at the last minute. UTV told me that Vidhu found that at a recent screening of 3 Idiots, people who saw the film were talking only about the trailer of Raajneeti. Vidhu hasn’t spoken to me but I learnt that he found the trailer of Raajneeti too powerful.”

But Jha also said that he knew this was coming. He added, “I know Vidhu since our FTII days. I had told UTV that I can’t trust Vidhu till the last moment. Woh kabhi decision leta hai, kabhi nahin leta hai, ek minute khush ho jata hai, doosre minute bahut pareshan ho jata hai. It’s not unusual. That is Vidhu’s nature. Ab kya karein?”

However, the trailer of Raajneeti has already been attached to the overseas prints, which have left Indian shores. How will he remove the trailer from those prints now? Jha replied, “That I don’t know. But I have heard that he will remove it from the prints to be released in India,” and quickly added, “I sympathise with Vidhu.”

We sent a text message to Vidhu asking why he reversed his decision to carry the trailer of Raajneeti, but the moody filmmaker did not reply.

Khans in attendance

While the entire industry has tried to get the three Khans together on the same platform, they have always been unsuccessful. However, now the three Khans will be together under one roof during the premiere of 3 Idiots on Wednesday night.

While Aamir, who stars in the film, has called everyone including his arch rival SRK and his friend Salman for the premiere. All of them have confirmed their presence. Even Amitabh Bachchan has confirmed that he will be attending the premiere, which makes it one of the biggest events of recent times.

It will be interesting to see the fireworks when the three Khans meet under one roof.

Raajneeti
Big B, SRK among several who catch Avatar premiere in Mumbai…

TIMES NEWS NETWORK (BOMBAY TIMES; December 18, 2009)

A lot of films try to lay claim to the old ‘most anticipated film of the year’ tag, but on Tuesday night, it was clear that Avatar was indeed the biggest Hollywood film of the year amongst Bollywood’s celebrity film buffs; it brought the Bachchans and the Khans onto the same blue carpet in a premiere rivalling the big Bollywood premieres. After 14 years of incubating in director James Cameron’s brain, Avatar, the once-ultrasecret project known as ‘Project 800’, finally premiered to an enraptured and appreciative Bollywood crowd. But before the 160-minute-long saga of 10-foot-tall blue aliens on a distant moon called Pandora began, the blue carpet was walked by larger than life superstars like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Yash Chopra, Gurinder Chadha, Harman Baweja, Vivek Oberoi, Ram Gopal Verma, Rohan Sippy, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rajkumar Hirani, Anthony D’Souza, Rohit Shetty, Shirish Kunder, Tisca Chopra to name a few.

At the end of the film, as the news channels spoke to the guests leaving, some admitted to tears, many felt it would be difficult to watch “normal movies again” and most were ready to take another trip to Pandora right then and there. Networking sites were instantly flooded with more gushing praise.

Aryan had his school exams and couldn’t make it, but Shah Rukh Khan was so amazed by the experience that arranged a screening for his family and friends over the weekend. … Hrithik, who was stuck at the shooting of Guzaarish and couldn’t make it in time to the venue, is also looking to have a private screening of the film. Amitabh Bachchan told the media “It was a fabulous film, a wonderful experience!” Abhishek, who was not scheduled to come as he had to walk the ramp the same evening in the suburbs, rushed just in time to catch the film. He posted his views on a site soon after “It’s not a film. It’s an experience! James Cameron is Hollywood’s answer to my favourite director, Manmohan Desai! He could pull off anything. Avatar too is a Hindi film at heart. It’s definitely a ‘must watch’ for the experience.”

Rohan Sippy, who had seen a trade show just the previous day, loved the film so much he came to see a second screening and plans to see the film over the weekend, again. He said, “With Avatar, James Cameron has redefined what we can dream. It is a film of breathtaking scale and impossibly meticulous detail. But I think his real triumph is that he has used his total mastery over technology to make us really feel what it is to be alive and human…” Ajay Devgn and Kajol have also requested for a screening of the film for their family and close friends after hearing the premiere buzz from others. While Vivek Oberoi said, “It’s really amazing that the west can come up with films like this. I would’ve loved an Indian director to make a film like Avatar. It’s simply astounding!” “I saw Avatar in 3D. To say the least, it made me feel pre-historic in every way,” says Varma. Director Ken Ghosh, Fardeen Khan and Zayed Khan have also planned to block an evening entire show at a suburban multiplex for a private screening for friends and family. Looks like the general public might not get tickets for the film after all, looking at the number of private screenings and shows being blocked by the Bollywood fraternity itself. The premiere was hosted by Vijay Singh, CEO 20th Century Fox India and Big Cinemas.
GENTLEMAN: Shah Rukh Khan and (inset) Juhi Chawla
The premiere of Paa was a complete Bachchan parivaar event. Kudos to the Bs for playing the perfect host to our Bollywood beauties. Of course, the evening made news for many reasons, the best of all was the Khan family (SRK) fashionably turning up with kids, Aryan and Suhana in tow. In fact, Shah Rukh Khan left us mighty impressed with his genuine courtesy, not that we had any doubts about his gentlemanly ways. During the premiere, after the lights were dimmed, Juhi Chawla couldn’t find her seat, SRK graciously escorted her to his seat next to Gauri, and told her, “I will find a place for myself, don’t worry.” That’s not all. Juhi was on her way to get some munchies; he asked her to remain seated while he went out and got some popcorn and soda for the lovely ladies. Only after that he comfortably seated himself with buddy Karan Johar and his bachchas. That’s the SRK we all love. And this is what we think truly makes him the King Khan. Hai na?
BOMBAY TIMES (December 12, 2009)
Anil Kapoor’s super luxe vanity bus, one of the most expensive in Bollywood today, has all the amenities one could possibly dream of. It took over a year to design it

By Meena Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 11, 2009)


Anil Kapoor can’t stop beaming thanks to his spanking new golden yellow vanity bus delivered to the Slumdog Millionaire actor two days ago. Anil’s prized possession is currently the talk of the film industry.

The 42-feet-long vanity bus with the registration plate MH-04 TRA 135 took a year to be made. Done up by leading car designer Dilip Chhabria’s son Bonny Chhabria, the interiors are done in mahogany wood with the upholstery being in shades of beige and ivory. The bus is made by the Tatas and has been assembled on an imported chassis.

The bus is primarily divided into an office space with ivory leather sofas. There is ample legroom and a designated office space for Anil’s secretary with computer monitors, laptops, a worktable, television and all the requisite amenities.

The inner room is a makeup-cum-lounge area that is the star’s private place. A huge LED mirror runs from the floor almost to the ceiling of the bus right across which stands a sofa-cum-bed. An additional moving chair can also be placed in this room should Anil wish to sit closer to the mirror.

There are two bathrooms in the bus; the one outside at the entrance of the office space specifically for visitors, while Anil’s own bathroom is more spacious and has a shower as well.

Dilip Chhabria says it took Bonny and him almost a year to design the bus because Anil was constantly in and out of the country post Slumdog Millionaire and he rejected the interior plans on a couple of occasions.

Shakti Kapoor, who was shooting with Anil for No Problem yesterday, said, “This is probably the most expensive bus standing at the studio right now. It reportedly costs Rs 2 crore.”

Neither Anil nor the Chhabrias were willing to reveal the actual amount that the bus cost but one hears that the final cost is Rs 1.91 crore.

Anil’s bus is said to be second to Shah Rukh Khan’s 50-feet-long bus that stands outside Mannat. That is built on a Volvo chassis and is reported to have cost SRK approximately Rs 3 crore.

BOOKWORMS: Professor Arindam Chaudhuri and Shah Rukh Khan
SRK was in Delhi to release Arindam’s book on self-discovery, and he had everyone in splits with his witty one-liners

JYOTHI PRABHAKAR Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 10, 2009)

The crowd was waiting for a motivational speech from Shah Rukh Khan, something on the lines of ‘My success mantra’ or ‘Discover the talent in you.’ After all, that was what Professor Arindam Chaudhuri had just spoken about for 20 odd minutes – and quite an impassioned talk it was too… About the people who’d influenced his life and motivated him – those like Sylvester Stallone in Rocky, and Amitabh Bachchan. “My book, Discover The Diamond In You, is an attempt to share with everyone the powerful principles of success that I’ve grown to passionately believe in,” he said, “This book is for everybody who wants to increase his or her productivity in life and work, everybody who wants to be better.”
But trust Shah Rukh to do the unconventional. He took to the stage and said, “I was inspired by Rocky too. I wanted to be a porn star! (You see, Sylvester Stallone was one early on in his career). The witty-as-ever SRK went on, “I’m going to work very hard, positively, and with clarity, to be a porn star.” He did later speak about hard work and honesty and things that motivate people to succeed, but SRK, who’d come from Mumbai to release Discover The Diamond In You, a motivating, self-discovery book by Arindam, asked everyone to read it, and said, “Main bhi padhoonga. Next time you hear about me, I’ll be the world’s biggest porn star.”
But Shah Rukh has not been quite so witty in the foreword to the book, where he’s said, “I believe success is a wonderful experience, but not always one from which we acquire wisdom or knowledge… which is why success, whether deserving or not, can be enjoyed, but not passed on.” He goes on to say, in the foreword that “Success is never final, just like failure is never fatal!” And this, coming from someone like as successful a man as him, must be rich advice!

By Bollywood Hungama News Network, December 4, 2009 – 14:06 IST Shahrukh Khan
After Aamir, it’s now the turn for King Khan to don the grey wig for a brand. Shahrukh Khan this time has done something unprecedented and innovative, by portraying the role of a 75-year-old grandfather, romancing Tanvi Azmi as his wife.

This is for the latest Dishtv campaign that gives viewers a chance to see Shahrukh Khan in an all new avatar. In the second TVC, Shahrukh Khan is paired with Tisca Chopra where he brings home an orphan girl child who settles into the family only after an experience with Dishtv.

Some of the best creative personalities in the country have come together to create this campaign. The creative idea was conceptualized by Ad industry veteran and celebrated lyricist, Prasoon Joshi and the McCann World Group team. The commercials have been directed by the much acclaimed Anurag Basu, (director of films like Life in a Metro, Gangster and the upcoming film Kites). Eminent fashion photographer Tarun Khiwal is the man behind the still photo campaign.

The television commercials are part of the brand’s new brand positioning of ‘Ghar Aayi Zindagi‘ and convey everyday beautiful emotions, through real life situations, of families rejoicing together with their loved ones. In line with the core message of the campaign, Shahrukh Khan will bring alive warm family moments that tug at the heartstrings. Indeed, SRK is the best man for this job.

The premiere of the Bachchans’ home production Paa was a glittering affair with the who’s who of Bollywood attending the event last night

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


The preparations for the grand premiere of Paa last night had started much earlier with Amitabh Bachchan visiting the venue at Wadala Imax at 1 pm yesterday to check out all the arrangements. Though the main event was scheduled to begin at 8.30 pm, a casually dressed Amitabh arrived at the venue much earlier at 6 pm and the first thing he did was to double check the arrangements.

He changed into natty formals shortly before the guests started arriving.

The Bachchans had divided their responsibilities to ensure that their guests are well-looked after. While Amitabh, Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai were standing at the entrance, Jaya Bachchan was looking after all the guests near the screens on the first floor.

Spec-ulation
Why were Ritesh Deshmukh with Abhishek Bachchan wearing identical frames?
The first wives club
Abhishek Bachchan with reel wife, Vidya Balan and his better half, Aishwarya Rai
You me aur hum
Ajay and Kajol
Devgan

Twinkle Twinkle big star
The colour co-ordinated couple Akshay Kumar and Twinkle

Anil Ambani, his wife Tina and their son were among the first guests to arrive. Some of the power couples who attended the premiere were Shah Rukh Khan and wife Gauri, Ajay Devgan and wife Kajol, Hrithik and wife Sussanne, and Akshay Kumar and wife Twinkle. SRK sent Gauri and the kids upstairs while he stayed back to chat with the Bachchans for a while.  SRK was seen hugging Akshay Kumar. Arshad Warsi and wife Maria were there too.

Ritesh Deshmukh, Dino Morea and Rakeysh Mehra and his wife followed shortly and the director seemed happy to catch up with his Rang De Basanti team Atul Kulkarni and Kunal Kapoor. Sharman Joshi made a late entry.

Ranbir Kapoor and Ritesh were engrossed in a conversation outside screen 3. Aishwarya came upstairs and was seen talking to Ashutosh Gowariker, his wife Sunita and Srishti Behl. Aamir Khan came with his 3 Idiots director Rajkumar Hirani and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Aamir left half-an-hour after the screening began.

Abhishek was seen chatting with Govinda, who came in quite late.

Filmmakers David Dhawan, Satish Kaushik and Madhur Bhandarkar were there. Filmmakers Abbas Mustan came all the way from Lonavla.

The screening was held in all the four screens at Imax but it was screen 3, which had the maximum number of stars. The screening of the film started around 10 pm.

Kangna Ranaut hung around outside for a while, posing for pictures even though the film had started. She soon went inside the theatre.

Dil de Dia
Even Auro, who doesn’t like girls, can’t resist the pretty Dia Mirza
Pretty woman
The single life seems to be agreeing with the glowing Kangna Ranaut
Daddy’s girl
Aishwarya with her father Krishnaraj Rai
Two-gether
Hrithik and  Sussanne Roshan
Star trek
Suhana seems to be taking after her mother Gauri Khan already. Shah Rukh Khan, Balki, Amitabh Bachchan, Vidya Balan,  Gauri and Suhana
3 Idiots meets Paa
Rajkumar Hirani, Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan and Vidhu Vinod Chopra
(pics: nilesh wairkar)


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