Archive for May 2009
New Delhi: Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has reacted to the racial attacks on Indian students in Australia, by rejecting an honourary doctorate offered to him by an Australian university.
The Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, had offered him a doctorate for his contribution to the world of entertainment, and Bachchan had earlier accepted the title. The honour was to be conferred on the star in July.
‘I have been witnessing with great dismay and shock, the recent violent attacks on Indian students in Australia, on the electronic media the entire day,’ Bachchan wrote in his blog. ‘I mean no disrespect to the Institution, but under the circumstances, where citizens of my own country are subjected to such acts of inhuman horror, my conscience does not permit me to accept this decoration from a country that perpetrates such indignity to my fellow
Ameesha Patel talks about shaadi and romance with Kanav
OMAR QURESHI Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; May 31, 2009)
Ameesha Patel is in a brutal mood. She’s not about to sit down and take any questions. She’s ready to punch back. And in a no-holds barred, rocking interview with BT, she tells us of her current mood, her hot new avatar, marriage plans and romance with beau Kanav
Some friends have let you down. Do you regret any relationships now?
• None at all. I know there are some mistakes I’ve made in some decisions. But it’s okay. I’ve learned from every one of them. And as far as my relationships and friendships are concerned, I haven’t regretted a day of anything.
Don’t look now, but Ameesha is changing — from cutie-next-door to hot new sizzler! So why not do a hot-hot, full-fledged role, rather than just an item song (Lazy Lamhe)?
• I guess I was testing the waters. I played a dumb bimbette, whose only interest in life is to be fashionable. It was a brand new avatar I had to present. Remember, I was this demure Gadar girl that you take home to your parents. A sweet, salwar kameez-wearing girl. And my audiences liked me like that. I had to change to see whether I fitted in and whether I’d be accepted as a hottie. I was scared to completely take on a full fledged hot role. Today I’m confident to take on any sizzling avatar.
How did you find true love with Kanav?
• Kanav is from London. He’s a hotelier and shuttles between Delhi and London. On one of his business trips, I met him through a common friend. We had coffee over casual conversation. Then about seven-eight months later, we bumped into each other again when I went into Delhi, and we just clicked. We exchanged telephone numbers and that was it. We realised there was a hell of a lot of chemistry happening here and we’ve never looked back.
Who was more intense and which of the two, more romantic?
• There is a huge amount of intensity between us. In every which way. I mean, physically, emotionally, personally. Surprisingly, for a guy, he’s actually very romantic and very caring and realises little-little things, and does the little things that make all the difference. That doesn’t just mean taking me on great holidays or giving me great gifts. All that is, actually, easier to do. It’s the little things that matter, that you have the depth to understand and give to that person.
So marriage is definitely on the cards?
• Aah yes! Eventually marriage is on the cards!
Aamir Khan’s dead against the re-release of his film in multiplexes
DEEPALI DHINGRA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; May 31, 2009)
Anvita Thapliyal, speaking on behalf of the production house that’s re-releasing Raakh, says that by doing so, they want to revive Indian cinema. “It’s a great film that deserves another chance,” she says, adding that they have plans of reviving other films as well. As for which theatres they would release the film in case the strike doesn’t end, she says, “It’s not yet decided if we will release it in single screen theatres or multiplexes. We will do whatever is best for the film but the film has a lot of potential for single screen theatres, specially in the interiors, where they might not have multiplexes.” It should be noted that the other films that were re-released in the past two months including Ghajini, Race, Jodhaa Akbar, A Wednesday, Oye Lucky Lucky Oye, Rang De Basanti, Fashion, Golmaal Returns and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi were screened only in single screen theatres.
Cast: UDAY CHOPRA, PRIYANKA CHOPRA & DINO MOREA
Director: JUGAL HANSRAJ
Producer: UDAY CHOPRA!!
Source: YASH RAJ FILMS.COM
Cast: AMITABH BACHCHAN, MADHAVAN, SIDDHARTH KHER and Debutantes DHRUV GANESH, VAIBAHAV TALWAR & SHRADDHA KAPOOR. And above all, BEN KINGSLEY!!
Director: LEENA YADAV
From BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM: The legendary star of Bollywood Amitabh Bachchan will soon be appearing in the much talked about film Teen Patti. The film, as we know, will bring together two of the world’s biggest superstars – Amitabh Bachchan and Ben Kingsley. In the film, Big B plays Venkat Subramaniam, a reclusive Math genius from India who cracks a theory that could redefine the principles of probability and randomness, while Sir Ben Kingsley plays the part of Perci Trachtenberg who is known as the world’s greatest living mathematician.
In the film, Bachchan tutors five of his brightest protégées, played by Madhavan, Siddharth Kher, and newcomers Dhruv Ganesh, Vaibhav Talwar and Shraddha Kapoor for high-stake gambling, but with a cause.
By Subhash K. Jha, May 30, 2009 – 10:30 IST
Thanks to the recession and the stand-off between producers and multiplex, theatres the biggest of films under-production are lying unsold.
Director Rahul Dholakia’s Kashmir saga Lamhaa is one such multi-crore film that is waiting for buyers. In spite of heavyweights like Sanjay Dutt, Bipasha Basu and Kunal Kapoor in the cast Lamhaa has found no takers yet.
Producer Bunty Walia has found a unique way of selling his film. He has put together a 6-minute trailer of Lamhaa which he will now send to 30 distributors across the country.
Walia hopes the trailer would convince distributors to invest in Lamhaa. Says the harassed producer. “I know this is a very unorthodox way of selling a film. But do we have a choice? Gone are the days when we producers wouldn’t show a frame of our films to distributors until it was complete. ”
In fact Bunty flew to Goa where Dutt is shooting, with his 6-minute trailer-showreel and got the actor’s approval. Says Bunty, “Sanju loved it. Nothing is being done without his approval. Sanju is the backbone of Lamhaa. He grew a beard especially for the film. Then kept it right until the end. He shaved off the beard on the day he left for Lucknow to campaign for the Samajwadi Party.”
Now, apparently, Dutt is taking a keen interest in the completion, sale and marketing of his films. Several of his films including Zee’s Chatur Singh Two Star and Lamhaa are yet to find buyers.
But Walia says it’s only a matter of time. “The break that he took send out wrong signals in the market. Now that he’s back full-swing, the market knows Sanju is here for good. See, content is king. And if you’ve a film with a high content then you’ve nothing to worry about.