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Hello India, in the making for ten years, is still on hold. Akshay Kumar is waiting for a hit, while the director blames the delay on a pending four-hour shoot

By Ruhail Amin (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 17, 2009)

Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar, who is known for finishing his films in three to four months, has been toying with Hello India for over a decade. The film has been remade thrice since 1999 and still, a release date is nowhere in sight. Shabnam Kapoor, director of Hello India, blamed the delay on a four-hour shoot which is still pending, while our source said that the producers and Akshay want to wait for his other films to work at the box office.

Our source said, “The producers and Akshay are expecting Blue and De Dana Dan to do well as Chandni Chowk to China, Tasveer 8×10 and Kambakkht Ishq were unsuccessful. They have planned to shift the release date to the latter half of January 2010.”

However, director Shabnam Kapoor had a different take on this issue. She said, “Akshay still has to shoot for four hours for Hello India. I also have to get the cast together for this particular sequence. Why point fingers at Akshay and the makers of Hello India alone? I guess it makes business sense for anyone to have a hit film before the release of the next. Though, we are not deliberately delaying it for similar reasons. Akshay, in fact, was the one who liked the idea of re-shooting the film.”

Hello India first went on the floors in the year 1999 and was shelved after a 15 day shoot. The shoot again started from scratch in the year 2003 and was again shelved after completing 30 percent of the film. The producers revived the project again in 2008 and almost completed it. However, the film is still far from release.

BABE IN THE WOODS: Ayesha Takia Azmi and (inset) with Salman Khan in the movie. For more pictures of the actress, visit http://photogallery.indiatimes.com
Ayesha Takia Azmi adores her new film’s hero

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; September 14, 2009)

Marriage has given Ayesha Takia Azmi a new address. She now lives in a swank South Mumbai high-rise and is married to restaurateur-cum-businessman Farhan Azmi. The attractive actress with cascading long, brown locks has received accolades for every performance of hers — be it Dor or 8 x 10 Tasveer. And, marriage hasn’t dimmed her enthusiasm towards work. She is absolutely gung ho about her latest release, Boney Kapoor’s Wanted — the film produced by Sahara One Motion Pictures and SK Films Enterprise and directed by Prabhu Devaa, that is releasing on September 18.

“Wanted is a full-on masala entertainer,’’ she smiles. “But it is not a mindless film. It has a nice engrossing story line and I can tell you people are going to love it.’’ Praising her co-star Salman Khan, Ayesha says, “He is very generous and incredible. Many actors try to steal their co-stars’ screen space; but Salman is superconfident and secure. He will never do that. I find that truly admirable.’’

At this point Ayesha is doing just one other film, that is Revathy Verma’s Aap Ke Liye Hum with Jaya Bachchan and Raveena Tandon. However, she’s definitely not giving up the arc lights. “I’m being choosier about what I sign now,’’ she says. “I want to do films that will be remembered, not run-of-the-mill stuff where I stand behind looking pretty as a picture,’’ she says.

Blissful in her new found space as a married actress she says, “Getting hitched hasn’t changed anything. I feel exactly the same. I was seeing Farhan for five years before I married him. We knew from day one that we were committed to each other and would marry. I’m now officially his wife, and though our marriage is six months old, everything around me is the same. I still spend most of my days with my husband, I shoot whenever I have to, I continue to
take interest in the business that mom and I have set up. I repeat nothing has changed.’’

Chances are that this very Friday equations will change. Wanted may bring Ayesha more bouquets than she has bargained for.

By Taran Adarsh, July 28, 2009 – 08:42 IST

Life Partner
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Now this is a real coincidence. Rumi Jaffery’s directorial debut GOD TUSSI GREAT HO had released on 15th August last year, while his second outing, LIFE PARTNER, is slated for release on 14th August this year. Also, last year, GOD TUSSI GREAT HO was pitted against BACHNA AE HASEENO [Ranbir Kapoor], while LIFE PARTNER will come face to face with KAMINEY [a Kapur again, this time Shahid]. Quite a coincidence, isn’t it?

“No, I am not into numerology,” Rumi corrects me, “If you recall, LIFE PARTNER was scheduled to release in May, but the producers versus multiplexes strike forced us to shift our film to a latter date. It wasn’t intentional [of releasing in August], it just happened. As for clashing with another biggie this year, let me add that both KAMINEY and LIFE PARTNER are diverse in terms of content. Both can co-exist.”

Rumi doesn’t deny that he has to get it right this time. “If your first film doesn’t work for whatever reasons, you’ve this additional responsibility on your shoulders to get it right the second time. This time, I am very, very confident of my product. There has been no delay in completing the film. Plus, the subject is the type that holds universal appeal. It’s for those who believe in arranged marriages [Tusshar – Prachi Desai], it’s for those who believe in love marriages [Fardeen Khan – Genelia D’Souza], it’s for those who don’t believe in the institution of marriage [Govinda – Amrita Rao],” Rumi states.

Not many are aware that the role essayed by Govinda was initially offered to Akshay Kumar. Everything was finalized, but the schedule of 8 x 10 TASVEER went haywire and Akshay had to allot additional dates to the film, pushing several films out of gear. LIFE PARTNER also got affected in the process. “Govinda graciously stepped into the project. He loved the script, allotted dates instantly and was co-operation personified throughout the making of the film,” Rumi says.

LIFE PARTNER marks the debut of Abbas-Mustan in the production arena. “They’ve been wonderful. Since they’re directors themselves, they ensured that I got complete creative freedom when I started filming. Even when I told them that we’d take Hussainbhai’s services to edit the film [Abbas-Mustan’s brother, who edits their films], they told me that I shouldn’t, because that would compel people to believe that they [Abbas-Mustan] have ghost-directed the film. That only shows how distinguished they are,” Rumi says.


Nagesh Kukunoor’s films have been a yo-yo of genres. For every Teen Deewaarein, Iqbal and Dor, he has made Bollywood Calling, Bombay to Bangkok and 8×10 Tasveer. What makes him tick?
By Indu Mirani (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 24, 2009)
You were the poster boy of new age, low budget cinema. What happened to you?

I love this mantle that was thrust on me but seriously I always made films according to the situation I was in. When I was starting out, I knew no one would give me a film so I took all my savings and made a film. After that film was successful, had I played the Bollywood game, and accepted the offers to do urban romantic comedies, I could have immediately leapt up to a three or four crore film. But I chose to write a semi-biographical film (Rockford) about a boy in a boarding school. I made the film in the money I could raise at that time which was about Rs 65 lakhs. My films have always been about what I could muster at that point of time.

In the last two years, I made four features back to back, Bombay to Bangkok followed by Aashayein followed by 8X 10 followed by Yeh Hausla. Now to answer your question, Bombay to Bangkok was a very small budget romantic comedy, Aashayein was an emotionally fulfilling drama, 8X10 was a big action pic, Yeh Hausla, about five women is back to a small film in Rajasthan. So I have never played the game of ‘Ok, I have done an 8X10, now I will not do small features.’ It has to make sense in terms of budget, the economics of course, but also where I am in life. If I can muster a Rs 30 crore film, I will do a Rs 30 crore film. But if I have a script that needs a small budget, I will do that. I have never played by the rules.How can somebody who makes Iqbal and Dor also make Bombay to Bangkok? What exactly is your sensibility?

It’s what I feel about the genre that I am writing. There is no pattern. I want to make films that I believe in, that I am passionate about. After doing Iqbal and Dor, I really wanted to write this wacky comedy Bombay to Bangkok. The problem is the baggage that an Iqbal and a Dor carry. The Indian audience is very much about they-like-this-about-actors, they-like-this-about-directors, about seeing them in the same repetitive pattern. If I have defined my filmography by not sticking to a pattern, I am not going to change now because I have been more successful with one genre.

The process of filmmaking has to be as much fun for me as it is for the audience. I will make the film for myself first. I have to enjoy the process. When I think I do that, I serve the audience. The basic thing that was taught to me when I was learning theatre, was to ‘serve the audience, serve the play’. This doesn’t mean ‘cater to the audience’. In order to serve the audience and serve the play, the best way is to pour your passion into what you are doing, what you believe in.

The beauty about art is you don’t know how it is going to impact the audience or the viewer till after its done. The one lesson that I learnt early in the game, is that there is no right way to do anything. And here is the irony of the business; there are no lessons to be learnt. Experts will say this is not the season to make a romantic comedy and then a romantic comedy will just blitz the box-office, then everybody will be mmm…

Do you agree that Iqbal may be your best film so far?

No. It was a film that exactly touched a chord with the audiences. It goes to show you how ridiculous this field is because Iqbal was originally about Malkhamb and every producer I pitched this to, was unpleasantly surprised. The moment I switched over to cricket, it touched a chord. Everyone went bonkers. I know how much effort it took to make Iqbal and I know how much effort it took to make Bombay to Bangkok. I shot 18 hours a day. I was doing two locations, three location shifts a day. So the amount of effort I poured into it was the same. One story struck home and one story completely bypassed everyone. As a filmmaker, there was the same set of rules, the same amount of dedication, the same shot breakdown, and the same madness. It’s impossible to judge what is good work and what is bad work. All you know is sometimes it works with the audience and sometimes it doesn’t.

Will Aashayein ever release?

Thanks to the strike, our plan went for a toss. We thought we would release it in September. Now I think we are going to wait till November because there are so many big films, that Percept is not sure where to push this in. So I am in the dark.

You are again venturing the path less tread with the woman centric Yeh Hausla…

(laughs) As a matter of fact, after I did Iqbal, when I did Dor, it was a challenge. People said ‘Are you mad, why are you doing a woman centric film?’ Then post Dor, people asked me ‘When you make such sensitive films about women, why don’t you make such films more often?’ If a story is good and it grabs you, even hardcore men who had to be dragged to Dor because it was a chick flick, didn’t complain. Within the framework of a film, whether you like it or not, a director will push his or her philosophy, but as long as it comes presented in a wrapping of a good story, it will be appreciated. For me that’s most important. And it’s the same with Yeh Hausla.

So when are you making your next big actor film?

I don’t know, it could be soon. There are a lot of conversations that have been happening. At any given time I have a bank of scripts; I just keep writing them. So my immediate next one could be an action pic or it could be really really small romantic film.

What happened to your very pronounced American accent?

(laughs) I can bring it back in one half second. But I have worked pretty hard at being non-standing out, if there is such a phrase.

I personally think you are a lousy actor…

(laughs) Thank you.

…are you going to act in all your films?

I have never cast myself in a role that I felt I will not be able to do. Usually it’s the smaller roles, barring Hyderabad Blues where I played the lead. However in Teen Deewarein, I truly enjoyed playing Naagia, the Hyderabadi character. But again it was the lesser role. Unfortunately, here, the ham quotient is very high. I can ham but I won’t. May be if I ham will be a better actor. (laughs aloud)

By Taran Adarsh, July 7, 2009 – 08:59 IST

Akshay Kumar Akshay Kumar is thrilled and upset at the same time. Thrilled, because his new movie, KAMBAKKHT ISHQ, has taken an incredible start from East to West and from North to South. Post JUMBO, CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA and 8 x 10 TASVEER, Akshay had become everyone’s favorite punching bag. Once considered the blue-eyed boy of one and all, Akshay was dropped like a hot potato after a string of flops.

“I was disillusioned. I would be lying if I said that the flops didn’t affect me. They did, especially the failure of CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA. I was heart-broken, crest-fallen,” Akshay informs me. He’s just back from a whirlwind tour [Puerto Rico, London, Delhi, now Mumbai] and has barely slept since the past few days.

“I was extremely nervous. I couldn’t sleep. What if KAMBAKKHT ISHQ doesn’t open well? That thought kept bothering me,” Akshay admits. But now that the film has fetched a superb start, the actor is feeling relieved. “Aaj raat achchi neend aayegi,” he flashes his charismatic smile, when he’s told that the film should have a record-breaking opening weekend.

But Akshay’s upset too — and it shows — when he feels that there’s a strategy to pull him down. The negative sms-es during the paid previews and the subsequent messages ridiculing his film have hurt him. “Why do we resort to such things? Aren’t we happy that the audiences are back? NEW YORK attracted crowds, now KAMBAKKHT ISHQ has. LUCK, LOVE AAJ KAL and KAMINEY would also bring crowds. The volume of business is only increasing. But by resorting to such things, we are only harming ourselves,” Akshay says.


By Trade Guide, June 12, 2009 – 18:35 IST

If you could see the future, wouldn’t you first use it to your advantage? It seems like many are thinking futuristic nowadays, which is a good thing. But the irony is, be it AA DEKHEN ZARA or 8 x 10 TASVEER, the genre wasn’t well exploited on screen. KAL KISSNE DEKHA too falls short of expectations.

KAL KISSNE DEKHA walks on a tight rope. The writers could’ve explored the concept to the optimum, making their imagination run wild. But what eventually unfolds is just not exciting. It catches your attention at times, but gives away later.


KAL KISSNE DEKHA is meant to be the launch pad of Jackky Bhagnani. Yes, he can act. And as we know by now, he can dance exceptionally well too. But how one wishes the debutante had the backing of a solid script.

Nihal Singh [Jackky Bhagnani] from Chandigarh is a seemingly simple yet unconventional boy. He talks too much, questions everything and builds complicated gadgets in his spare time. He has a brilliant mind and an oddball sort of charm. He adores his mother, has dreams of studying in the most elite institute of science and always looks for big ideas in small things.


But Nihal has a secret…

When Nihal is accepted into his dream college in Mumbai, he is over the moon, College is a whole new world, full of color, new people and new challenges to be met. Initially, nobody takes him seriously. He is ragged by his seniors, insulted by the girl he likes and so on.

Nihal, however, slowly wins them over. The girl Nihal likes is Meesha [Vaishali Desai]. She is the spoilt brat of the college. She is proud, rude and rolling in money. And she cannot accept that Nihal is managing to charm everyone. Including Professor Verma [Rishi Kapoor], the warden of the college.

Professor Verma is fascinated by Nihal’s unique mind and agrees to become his mentor. Suddenly Nihal’s world is rudely interrupted. Nihal gets visions of Meesha being in danger. He saves her life and his secret is revealed. The media and TV channels are all buzzing with only one news: Nihal can see the future.

Meesha softens towards him and love blooms. But how long will the peace last? What Nihal doesn’t know is that someone is trying to use his gift against him. In his innocence, he is manipulated and his visions become a tool.

Director Vivek Sharma showed tremendous promise in his debut film BHOOTHNATH, but he’s not in form in KAL KISSNE DEKHA. The reason is simple. The film just doesn’t hold your attention in most parts. Too many things seem to be happening here, but not all excite. What’s more, several questions remain unanswered till the end, by the writers.

The film lacks the fun that one normally associates with a campus fare. Even the climax leaves a lot to be desired. Further, the bullies who befriend Nihal Singh disappear after their stint. Why? Moreover, Ritesh is wasted. His character’s aim was to evoke laughter, which just doesn’t happen. If the initial portions at least look interesting, the film slides downwards towards the second half.

Sajid-Wajid’s music caters to the popular variety. The score is very energetic. At least three tracks are worth humming. The picturisation of every song is eye-catching, with the makers going out of their way to give the film a grand look. Cinematography [Johny Lall] is excellent. All the eye-pleasing locales have been perfectly exploited.

Jackky is a debutante to watch. Given the right script, this boy can work wonders. The chemistry between Jackky and Vaishali is perfect. Vaishali is a confident debutante, who acts her part well. Rishi Kapoor is, as always, in form. Ritesh Deshmukh is wasted, although he seems to have acted with a lot of sincerity. Rahul Dev is alright. Akshay Kapoor disappears suddenly. Archana Puransingh and Satish Shah justify their parts well. Sanjay Dutt’s surprise appearance goes unnoticed.

On the whole, KAL KISSNE DEKHA has a great body [grandiose production values], but lacks soul. Given its slow start, the film will have to rely on word of mouth to attract the youth, its target audience, during its opening weekend.

Akshay Kumar is the pondering, mulling type; he prefers if questions are emailed to him so that he can answer them after giving the answers due thought. But he was sporting enough to do it our way for once. When Indu Mirani dropped in at ND Studios, Karjat, where he was supposed to shoot for Action Replay, he dutifully took time off to answer spontaneously. Here’s how it went

June 08, 2009 (MUMBAI MIRROR)

•     Let’s talk about memorable moments, when you were a young boy, when you were a young man, and in the last two years.

The first was when my sister was born. I was four years old and though I don’t remember any day before and not many for some time after, I remember this event completely. I still remember coming out of the hospital after seeing her, and still remember talking to my dad about it.

The second was totally out of a Bollywood film. It was my second or third assignment as a model. I was supposed to reach the airport at 6pm to catch a flight to go to Bangalore. I was very excited and woke up early to work out when I received a call saying, ‘Why aren’t you at the airport?’ I realised I’d mistaken 6 o’clock for the evening when it was meant for the morning. I was called unprofessional and though I cried and begged and went to the airport they had left. In the evening I was walking around and I reached Natraj studio where I met Pramod Chakravarty, who gave me my first break. He signed me and gave me a cheque for Rs 5000, my first signing amount. And the time…
6pm. The rest is history.

The last has to be the day Singh is Kinng was released because that was my first production and my banner Hari Om Entertainment is named after my father.

•     When you were finding your feet, who were your idols?

I wanted to be like my father and work from 9am to 6pm. He used to work for UNICEF. I remember a Peugeot coming to pick him up. That was a big thing. He would drop me to school in that car while going to office. Even I wanted an imported car to pick me up from office and drop me back. My father was my only idol. Whatever I am today and whatever I learnt is because of him. For me, there was no idol in Hollywood or Bollywood. My life was very small. I didn’t have any exposure to bigger things because I didn’t really have any choice. We didn’t have the money to do that.

•     And now?

I really like Danny Dengzongpa’s lifestyle. He doesn’t work during March, April, May because it’s too hot. He has his own company and he does just one or two films on his own terms and conditions. He doesn’t work for more than eight hours. He is happy and content with whatever he has. He has a lovely place and a lovely family. And I think that’s brilliant. He goes alone to the mountain, sits and simply plays the flute or sings. I talk to him a lot about such things. I admire him.

•     So what stops you from having this life?

Nothing yet. I remember he said, ‘Don’t worry Akshay you can start having this life at the age of 48, you are still  very young.’ I still have five years to go.

•     Other than your past films and yourself, who are you in competition with?

I don’t like competition. I know it’s supposed to be healthy, but I don’t like it at all. I hate it. I don’t compete. There are far more films than there are actors so what’s to compete for? I don’t understand.

•     But how far would you go to get ahead of someone?

I don’t want to go anywhere, let alone how far? I’m totally content in my life and space. Even when I became the highest tax-payer, it was said that I had beaten so and so… I mean, I just do so many films and that is why I have to pay so much tax.

•     What about camps?

I believe in being comfortable with people I am working with. So if that means having a camp, it’s fine. I work with a set of people comfortably, I earn from them, they earn from me, our sensibilities are similar. But there is none of the ‘Aaj ke baad tu kisike saath kaam nahin karega, you’re in my camp now’.

•     Do you believe women can do action as well as men? Or do you believe that sex makes no difference?

I think women can do far better work. I have just finished Fear Factor with 13 women who had male partners and believe me, they gave them a tough time. When you stand on the 15th floor and have to jump, confidence doesn’t matter, it’s the gut, the inside feeling. The men were hesitating but the women did it. Last year was the same.

•     What does the mirror mean to you?

Earlier mirrors didn’t mean anything much to me, I just glanced at one when I had to go out and that was about it. But ever since I became an actor, it means a lot more. It’s one of the most important things in my day-to-day life, I need it after every single shot.

•     How many mirrors do you have in your bedroom?


•     Only one? Actors are usually so vain.

I’m not, I’m sitting here with you in mismatched clothes. And I didn’t design the house, my wife did. The 12,000 sq. ft. home has only two mirrors.

•     What is the last thing you check when you leave the house?

When I am going somewhere with my wife I check if I’ve taken my wallet. When I am going alone there isn’t really anything to check, I just sit in the car and go.

•     Tell us about your wild reputation…

Before I got married, I was a man and after I got married, I became a married man. So it’s not that the reputation was not true, it was very much, but what’s wrong with that. I thank my stars that I am a man. And whatever relationships I have had in my life kabhi kisi se zor zabardasti ke saath kiya nahin. It is a known fact.

•     But the reputation continues…

I am linked with anyone I work with. The media has become very strong, they can write whatever they want. I read and laugh about it. They connect me with anyone, anyhow and they do that with everyone. It’s not that I am the only one. It’s part and parcel of the game.

•     How much do you plan your career?

I don’t plan anything. Singh is Kinng just came my way. I saw this line written behind a truck and I said I want to do this. A script was made according to the title, so there was nothing planned. I did 8 x 10 Tasveer, which didn’t succeed, but I am glad I did it. I learnt a lot from Nagesh Kukunoor. It is very important for me that I just enjoy playing whatever comes my way.

•     How do you manage four releases a year?

I work on four to five films and I go for a holiday every three months. When I work, I just work, I go on time, I come on time. Actually, it does not take more than 45 to 50 days to finish a film if the director knows his job, if the producer is given everything and if an actor comes on time and works for 10 hours a day. It’s a criminal waste to do 120 or 150 days of shooting. Even an action film should not take more than 65 to 70 days. I did Namastey London in 32 days. I did Blue of which 40 per cent is underwater and it has sharks and motorbike stunts, in 55 days. This way the producer finishes the film on time, interest is saved, a lot of time and money is saved, other people’s dates are saved, so more and more is achieved.

I am not a lazy man. If they call me at 6pm, I am here at 6pm and I will work till 6am. I work for 10 hours, I take Sundays off and after every three months, I take a vacation for one or two weeks and I still do four to five films a year. And I have no backlog or any old unreleased film either.

•     If you are doing a film and you find out halfway through that it is crap, what would you do?

Finish the film off as soon as possible. If I don’t get along with the director, I’ll finish that movie much faster than other movies.

•     Has it happened?

Yes, it has happened. But I don’t tell the director that I am not enjoying the film. I just finish the movie much faster than he can imagine.

•     When you shoot for Fear Factor, does the fact that you have 13 lovely women watching you make you feel more macho?

Yes, I have to play to my image na? You have to impress them. Sometimes I’m doing a stunt and I’m standing on the top of a building from which I have to jump, and I swear to God, I’m so scared! But there are so many people waiting below and looking up at me, that I just can’t back out. I know the machismo is stupidity, I can lose my life , but till now I’ve been successful and nothing has gone wrong. Fear is a large part of courage.

•     So what does Akshay Kumar fear?

There are so many things. Insecurity is the main one. Actually, I fear fear.

I thank my stars that I am a man

On a scale of 1 to 10: how much money means to you in relation to these things?

•    Security…………………. 9

•    Position in Society… 6

•    Means to own things …………………… 5

•    As an incidental perk of doing something you love ………………. 6

•    Greed for more …..   5

Your reasons for accepting a film

•    For a friend………….. 4

•    Director ……………… 7

•    Role……………………… 7

•    Scope for action…..  2

•    Scope for songs…..   2

•    Leading lady ……….. 3

•    Outdoor location..  5