Archive for January 2010
Vinod Chopra’s entourage cordons off a major public road in Bandra to let the producer into a bylane
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Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s trip to St Paul’s Road in Bandra caused a traffic jam during rush hour. At around 6pm on January 18, his security guards blocked the entire road; barring all vehicles and pedestrians from using St Paul’s Road for about 10-12 minutes. Vidhu made a grand entry from the other side, which is a no entry and then drove into a bylane.
A reputed director, who happened to be there at the same time said, “Roads are usually blocked for politicians and that too by cops. Now, roads are being blocked for filmmakers as well. It was shocking. Some private security guards simply blocked the traffic from the other side of St Paul’s Road, which is a one way road. Ten minutes later, Vidhu Vinod Chopra drove along on the wrong side of the one way and only after that was the traffic allowed to ply.”
Didn’t the traffic police object? The director replied, “Normally there are traffic cops but on at day, there were none.”
Vidhu Vinod Chopra remained unavailable for comment. But we wonder, has he forgotten his Munnabhai Gandhigiri lesson?
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After remixing an old song, Sabse bada Rupaiya in Bluffmaster (2005), filmmaker Rohan Sippy is set to recreate another classic Dum Maro Dum from Dev Anand’s Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971) for his new film. The song created a sensation when the film released, making Zeenat Aman an overnight star.
Incidentally, the title of the film is also Dum Maro Dum and stars Abhishek Bachchan, Pratik and Telugu star Rana Daggubati.
Confirming the news, Rohan says, “Yes, the title of the film is Dum Maro Dum. As far as the song goes, we are still in talks with SaRe GaMa for the necessary permissions. At the moment, we have finalised the songs. We will work on the title song only when we are closer to the release of the film.”
Incidentally, the film’s shooting is yet to begin.
Of all the old songs, what made Rohan opt for this particular song? “The song is a classic and everything about it is unique. These days everyone is doing promotional songs.
We want to be different and do something unique. Legendary names are involved with the song and we don’t want to tarnish their reputation by doing a bad job. We want to do complete justice to the song and live up to the expectations of the earlier song.
Pritam is composing music and Jaideep Sahni has written the lyrics. We will decide how to go about the song, once the film is shot,” says Rohan.
What happens when a waiter at a restaurant catches you smuggling out cutlery in your bag? He asks you to er, fork out the cost, perhaps?
Well, that’s what happened with Jiah Khan when she was dining with her Houseful co-stars – Deepika Padukone, Lara Dutta, Akshay Kumar, Ritesh Deshmukh director Sajid Khan and producer Sajid Nadiadwala – at a beach resort in Italy.
// <![CDATA[// // <![CDATA[// // <![CDATA[// It was a prank engineered by Akshay and Ritesh along with their co-stars, director and producer. And guess who played the sidekick? The waiter who served them dinner. After whispering the plan into Deepika and Lara’s ears when they all finished their meal, Akshay got up with two forks and spoons and pretended he was talking on his phone. He kept strolling near the table and when Jiah was not paying attention, he slipped the spoon and fork into her huge bag which was open. After a minute or two, Ritesh repeated Akshay’s exercise. At this point of time, Jiah had two forks and two spoons in her bag, and eeks, used ones!
Completely ignorant of what was happening around her, Jiah kept chatting with Deepika and Lara. A source says, “It was very difficult for both the girls to control their laughter but somehow they did.”
Slowly, the gang passed all the spoons and forks to Akshay and Ritesh who eventually ended up putting all of them (14 forks, 14 spoons, two belonging to each one of them on the table) into Jiah’s bag.
After sometime, Akshay and Ritesh returned to the table. Five minutes later, the waiter came in with the bill and exclaimed, “Gosh! Where are all the forks and spoons? If you don’t mind, I will have to check your bags.”
Jiah, who was sitting at the corner near the waiter, had her bag checked first. When the forks and spoons tumbled out of her bag, Jiah was left astounded and had no clue how to explain it.
The mischievous company burst out laughing. This is when they disclosed the whole plan and how they had ganged up against her. Naturally, the waiter too was a part of the game plan.
And what did a mortified Jiah do? “Nothing, what could she do?” our source said. Director of Houseful, Sajid Khan, confirmed the story.
Trade sources say that Rani Mukerji has been sending feelers to filmmakers outside of Yash Raj Films, her personal relationship with the company notwithstanding. The actress who did her last three films, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic and Dil Bole Hadippa with YRF, is now looking to break fresh ground with outside producers.
It is confirmed that Rani will be seen in an important role in UTV Spotboy’s No One Killed Jessica. Vidya Balan will play a role based on Sabrina Lall, Jessica’s sister, while Rani will reportedly essay the role of a journalist who was instrumental in having this sensitive case re-opened. Directed by Rajkumar Gupta, who directed Aamir, the film will go on the floors mid-February.
The reason why Rani apparently greenlighted this project is because she was thrilled with the aspect of doing a thriller. And, No One Killed Jessica, is a fast-paced flick set in the hub of political power, New Delhi.
Sources from the production company are hesitant to talk about the plot, but insiders say that Rani was excited when they told her that this film offers ample scope for the two lead actresses who, in their relentless pursuit for justice, mobilise the entire nation.
Siddharth Roy Kapur of UTV says, “When you have actors like Rani and Vidya by your side, the joy of creating characters that can shake the audience and leave an impact is immense.’’
When the 3 Idiots team celebrated their success at a suburban restaurant in Andheri on January 18, people noticed that the lead actor Aamir Khan didn’t touch a drop of alcohol.
A couple of days earlier at his nephew Imran Khan’s engagement party too, Aamir refrained from sipping champagne.
News has it that on January 1, 2010 Aamir had decided that he would give up alcohol and cigarettes.
This time, for life.
Aamir says the next time he invites you home he will treat you to a glass of beer, but he will drink limbu paani.
Confirming that he has indeed decided to quit drinking and smoking, Aamir says, “I just felt like doing it from within. There is no specific reason.”
When he’s goaded further, the actor says, “Yaar, I’ve put on 10 kilos in recent months. Also, sometimes, I tended to overdo the drinking bit. And I hate it when I feel unhealthy. So I just decided that I wanted to quit alcohol for life. As for cigarettes, I was never a regular smoker. But I’ve decided to give it up completely too.”
Prakash Joshi & Yogesh Naik | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; January 20, 2010)
Mumbai: Union textile minister Dayanidhi Maran on Tuesday assured Mumbaikars that the historic Bharatmata cinema in Lalbaug will continue as it has played a significant role as a cultural centre for Marathi cinema.
Maran, who took a round of the area and visited Bharatmata, said he would respect the feelings of the Marathi people about the theatre as he belongs to Tamil Nadu, where films are respected.
Mumbai Regional Congress Committee president Kripashankar Singh had called on Maran and UPA president Sonia Gandhi to demand that the National Textile Corporation must respect the sentiments of the Marathi people and stop the demolition of Bharatmata.
Gandhi had promised to look into the issue and direct the government accordingly, Singh told TOI. The Shiv Sena and MNS have also taken an aggressive stand to save Bharatmata.
Chief minister Ashok Chavan, who accompanied Maran during the visit, was very happy with the Union minister’s assurance.
“Bharatmata cinema has become a cultural symbol respected by textile workers residing here for generations. We are happy that such symbol will be retained for future generations,’’ Chavan added.
There was strong demand from textile workers, Marathi film personalities and cultural bodies to save Bharatmata which has been showing only Maratahi films since 1940 at concessional rates.
A city civil court has dismissed an appeal filed by the owners of the theatre who challenged the eviction notice issued by NTC.
Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; January 20, 2010)
Mumbai: After 3 Idiots, it’s yet to-be-released Rann’s turn to feature in a writer-director controversy over the script. Days after author Chetan Bhagat and the 3 Idiots team buried their hatchet over the film’s script, writer Sonal Mehta has moved the Bombay HC against filmmaker Ramgopal Verma, claiming breach of confidential information and infringement of her copyright in the literary work, including screen-play and script, of the Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Rann.
Mehta said the infringement occurred as the film was originally titled Success Story and thereafter tentatively titled Break Ke Baad by the director and producers of Rann. She has demanded that the release of Rann be stopped.
Mehta has also approached the Film Writers’ Association and sought monetary compensation for the work reportedly done by her. The producers of the film represented by law firm Naik, Naik & Co said they would file their reply by Friday.
Mehta’s grouse was that she was given no credit. But Varma said that the film was written by Rohit Banawlinkar and not by Mehta.