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Priyanka and Shahid have called it quits but coincidences continue to chase them. This time, it’s a mobile number in different films

By Meena Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 21, 2009)


Rumour has it that Priyanka Chopra and Shahid Kapoor, who were “good friends” during the making of Kaminey, are no longer on talking terms. But destiny continues to play cruel games with them.

In Madhur Bhandarkar’s Fashion, Priyanka, who played a model, displayed a mobile number on screen at every audition. Now, Shahid, who plays a film aspirant in Ken Ghosh’s Chance Pe Dance, was also spotted displaying the same mobile number in the theatrical trailer, which is being aired with Kurbaan.

Guess neither Priyanka nor Shahid wanted it this way but as luck would have it, both the films Fashion and Chance Pe Dance are being presented by the same film corporation (UTV). The unimaginative creative team must have taken the liberty of passing of what was once Priyanka’s to Shahid.

So, who does this number belong to? Shahid or Priyanka?

When we probed further, it was revealed that the number displayed on both Shahid and Priyanka’s audition board actually belongs to Ram Mirchandani, who was once working in UTV and is now with another corporate.

Soon after Fashion released, Ram had made his displeasure known about getting a hundred phone calls a day from people who thought that it was Priyanka’s number in real life.

Now one wonders whether Ram will still continue to get as many phone calls after people see the number displayed by Shahid, who is currently riding a wave.

A source says, “If it had struck Shahid that the number he was holding on the slate is the the same one that Priyanka had used in Fashion, he would probably have asked the writers to change it. Now he has just to live with the fact that what was once Priyanka’s is now his by default, if not by design.”

Commenting on the story, Ram says, “I didn’t know that Shahid was going to be displaying my number on a slate for Chance Pe Dance. Ken Ghosh and Shahid told me about it after they had shot the scene.  They told me it was done in good faith and I should be a sport.  I don’t think Shahid or Ken knew that Priyanka has used the same number in Fashion.  It is just one of those coincidences.”

The film’s explicit dialogues were objected to by women audiences in a focus group screening, leading wary producers to rework parts of the movie

By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 13, 2009)


Ishqiya, the much-awaited debut by director Abhishek Chaubey, nurtured by Vishal Bhardwaj of Kaminey fame, is being re-shot, after a focus group gave it a thumbs down for too much abusive lingo.

The medium-budget flick, starring Arshad Warsi, Naserrudin Shah and Vidya Balan in lead roles, made female audiences at a focus group screening uncomfortable. As a result, parts of the  film are being re-shot, keeping the reactions in mind.

A well-placed source has confirmed, “Yes, the film is being re-shot. It was shown to a focus group recently. As usual, there was an equal number of women watching the film. These women were distinctly uncomfortable with the abusive language in the film. As a result, the film is currently being re-shot, keeping in mind how the focus group has reacted to the film.”

 

“The producers, Shemaroo, have even asked Vishal to sit at the editing table and re-work the latter half of the film. They have also asked him to re-shoot portions if required. The first theatrical trailer is already out, but they don’t intend to release any more trailers for the next few months. Due to the re-work required, the producers are deciding on a date around mid-2010,” the source adds.

However, the film’s publicist insisted that the film is complete and its release date remains unchanged from Jan 22, 2010.

Focus groups are a new phenomenon in Bollywood, but have been the norm in Hollywood for many years. For instance, Fatal Attraction (1987), with its heavily sexualized plot, had two endings. Audiences baulked when Michael Douglas playing the repentant adulterous husband eventually gets arrested for what is actually Glenn Close committing suicide. Audiences rejected this ending since it betrayed the American dream of the ideal home. As a result, Fatal Attraction was re-shot a year after it had been shot and edited with a new ending. It moved on to becoming a smash hit.

Ishqiya is about two bandits on the run, who fall for a sensual widow, played by Vidya Balan, and the deadly repercussions of this obsession.

Both Shemaroo and Vishal Bhardwaj were unavailable for comment.

WAKE UP SID OR DO KNOT DISTURB THIS WEEKEND?

I had stated in my talk no 22 as to how youth-oriented films have a great chance of succeeding at the BO since the young constitute almost 60-70% of the moviegoing audience. Thus, there are loads of expectations from Wake Up Sid (WUS), that is all set to release tomorrow. It seems Ranbir Kapoor had made an unintentional norm to release his films on public holidays! WUS releases on Gandhi Jayanti while Ranbir’s previous films, Saawariya (2007) and Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) were released on the day of Diwali and Independece Day respectively!

WUSA lot of ‘firsts’ are associated with WUS, produced by Karan Johar. It is the first time that a KJo produced film is shot entirely in Mumbai. All the rest of KJo films were shot abroad (except Kaal but it wasn’t filmed in the city). This is the first film of Karan Johar that would be distributed by UTV Motion Pictures and not by Yash Raj Films (had stated this point in talk no 51). The music isn’t larger than life and the film is made on a low budget, unlike other Johar’s grand films!

The promos of this film are rocking and indicate perfectly as to what the film is all about. The plus point of WUS is its plot which is very relevant and the character of Sid is extremely relatable. In short, half of the battle is won! That’s because characters where almost everyone can identify with manages to strike a chord with the audiences. Taare Zameen Par, for instance, worked big time as it wonderfully executed the separation anxiety faced by a child when separated from his parents for a brief period of time. Everyone must have faced such a situation at least once during their childhood and hence, the film was loved a lot. Similarly, WUS also has high chances of impressing the audience.
The Ranbir Kapoor-Konkona Sen Sharma pairing, though unconventional, manages to rock! In fact, both are top performers and look wonderful together. I am dying to see them as a pair as I appreciate both of them a lot! Couple of months back, somebody on a social networking website had wrongly stated that WUS is a love story of a younger handsome hunk and an older not-so-beautiful woman. Unfortunately, the rumour spread far and wide and director Ayan Mukherjee had to give his word about the rumour. He also made a clapworthy dialogue, “Who says Konkona is not beautiful?” I agree with him completely. Konkona looks stunning and has given wonderful performances, for which she has also won many awards and accolades. Mark my words-Konkona will pitch in an excellent performance in WUS!

With such a strong buzz about the film, it is definitely going to take a good opening in the metros. However, it may not find many takers in the small centres. Let’s hope WUS works, provided it’s a well-made film!

Do Knot DisturbDo Knot Disturb (DKD), on the other hand, may see a better opening than WUS. The Govinda-David Dhawan combo has worked well in the past and there are tremendous expectations from DKD. Which film are you interested in? Do let me know!
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WHY ISNT SANJAY GUPTA PROMOTING ACID FACTORY?

Marketing and publicizing a film is very important, especially in the current scenario, where so many films are releasing week after week. But still, some filmmakers don’t care and ultimately, their movie flops due to no hype. I fear that something similar can happen with Acid Factory, produced by Sanjay Gupta and directed by Suparn Verma. There has been very little promotion of the film and I can hardly see its promos on TV. With just 8 days to go for the film (its releasing next Friday, October 9), Gupta and his team should be aggressively promoting their film.

Most of the promos are just released on the net, which is not a good thing to do as majority of people have a better access to television then to the internet. The new theatrical trailer of the film is fabulous and it really looks like an excellent stylish thriller. I have uploaded the promo below-do not miss it! And let’s hope better sense prevails and that we can see and hear more of Acid Factory in the coming days!

This post first appeared on MouthShut.com: http://www.mouthshut.com/diary/ddidnsrro/Fenils-Bollywood-Talk68

Cast: SALMAN KHAN, AYESHA TAKIA-AZMI, MAHESH MANJREKAR, VINOD KHANNA, PRASHANT RAJ

Producer: BONEY KAPOOR

Director: PRABHU DEVA

Cast: SUNNY DEOL, ARJUN RAMPAL, SAGARIKA GHATKE, UDITA GOSWAMI

Banner: ZEE MOTION PICTURES, ROHIT KUMAR PRODUCTIONS, TIJORI ENTERTAINMENT

Director: DEEPAK TIJORI

Source: BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA

Chk the poster of the film here: http://fenilandbollywood.wordpress.com/2009/07/22/first-look-deepak-tijoris-fox/

Cast: CELINA JAITLY, FAROOQUE SHEIKH, ABHIMANYU SINGH

Producer: NARI HIRA

Director: MAHESH NAIR

Check out the first look of the film here: http://fenilandbollywood.wordpress.com/2009/07/29/first-look-accident-on-hill-road/

Cast:  EMRAAN HASHMI, SOHA ALI KHAN

Producer: MAHESH BHATT, MUKESH BHATT

Director: KUNAL DESHMUKH

Source: BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA

Check the FIRST LOOK of TUM MILE here: http://fenilandbollywood.wordpress.com/2009/07/24/first-look-tum-mile/

Cast: RANI MUKHERJEE, SHAHID KAPOOR, ANUPAM KHER, RAKHI SAWANT, SHERLYN CHOPRA

Banner: YASH RAJ FILMS

Producer: ADITYA CHOPRA

Director: ANURAG SINGH

Source: YASH RAJ FILMS.COM


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