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IT’S DIFFERENT: Konkona SenSharma with Ranbir Kapoor. For more pictures of the stars, log on to http://photogallery.indiatimes.com
…but it’s on screen, says Konkona SenSharma of her young co-star Ranbir Kapoor

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; September 8, 2009)

Konkona SenSharma is like a chameleon. On screen, she is sheer magic — changing according to the character she portrays; often stealing the thunder from Bollywood’s beauty queens (Madhuri in Aaja Nachle, Rani in Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, Kareena in Omkara) with whom she shares a frame. Off screen, she is pleasant but a bit reticent — not allowing the media to probe beyond a point.

Be that as it may, in her latest outing — Ayan Mukherjee’s Wake Up Sid, this two-time National Award winning actress is putting her best foot forward with B-town’s current heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor. She describes the film as a journey between two individuals who discover each other along the way. And though it may
seem like Ranbir and she are mismatched, Koko (as friends call her) feels the magic of the film lies in unravelling their screen chemistry.

Her dark brown eyes light up when she speaks of her young co-star Ranbir who she says is “very talented, chivalrous and an absolute delight to work with’’. Rewinding to five years ago, when she set foot in B-town having already won international acclaim for her mother, Aparna Sen’s Mr &
Mrs Iyer, Koko admits that she’s now well settled in Mumbai. “I have made several friends and I’m fortunate to be doing some good work,’’ she says.
Honestly speaking — Konkona is a lucky girl. Just check her track record. While Bollywood’s glamour quotient has to flutter their eyelashes and pucker their lips to get noticed by the likes of Aditya Chopra, Karan Johar, Madhur Bhandarkar, Anurag Basu and Vishal Bhardwaj, these guys have actually sought her out. “I’m lucky to have done films with Adi, Karan, Madhur, Vishal and Anurag,’’ she says modestly. “I guess they came to me because I was best suited for those roles.” But one gets the impression that the 29-year-old actress is sincerely not worried about the competition because deep down she knows that she has a reservoir of talent to draw from. While many of her contemporaries need artificial aid to get them noticed, she can scorch the screen with her histrionics. In fact, Konkona is so immensely talented she leaves a blazing trail behind with each of her movie releases. Guess Wake Up Sid will be no different.


The weekend gone by was quite delightful! Who knew Friday’s release New York would do such a fantabulous job at the BO? I was of the opinion that the film may not take a huge opening considering the theme of the film and that it would attract people only from the 2nd day onwards. But the film managed to embark on a 65%+ opening on Friday which is a great feat! What made my smile wide was the almost 100% occupancy throughout the country on Sunday! In fact, I went for an early morning show of New York on Sunday in a multiplex and its tickets were sold out by Saturday afternoon! Where do you get to see anything like this nowadays?!

New York is a feather in the caps of all its lead actors, its director (Kabir Khan) and most importantly, for its producers, Yash Raj Films (YRF)! The production house was criticized and made fun of after it delivered string of flops like Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, Aaja Nachle, Tashan, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic etc. But the success of SRK-starrer Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and now New York has restored back its prestige.

However, it is important that the Chopras now doesnt let this respect slip off like before. They’ll have to be more careful in choosing the scripts. Also, they should promote their films aggressively which they often don’t do. And because of this, many of their films had failed (Classic example is Roadside Romeo). However, they did well publicize New York, chiefly because they started the promotion just 21 days before the film’s release. And one can see the result of their aggressive promotion. Maybe they can learn a lot from this.

Dil Bole HadippaWith two back to back hits, it’s time to see whether they’ll manage to make a Hattrick! Their next film, Dil Bole Hadippa, has Shahid Kapoor and Rani Mukherjee and the latter will be seen in Sardar look for almost half of the film! The promo of the film has aroused extreme reactions-some were immensely impressed while the rest found it pathetic! If you haven’t seen it yet, do watch it here and let me know your views on it!

One of the biggest and most anticipated films of 2009, Kambakkht Ishq (KI) is all set to hit the screens tomorrow. Produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and directed by first-timer Sabbir Khan, it stars Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, Amrita Arora, Aftab Shivdasani, Boman Irani and Kirron Kher. Hollywood actors Sylvester Stallone, Denise Richards and Brandon Routh have done a special appearance in the film. The film had aroused tremendous curiosity due to its cast and the presence of Hollywood stars. Everyone is expecting it took a thunderous opening. However, there’s a possibility it may not happen since hardly any show of KI are fully sold out yet. Even the numerous paid previews that are going to happen tonight have not got the expected response. Mostly these paid previews are around 50-60% full while very few of them are house full. Compare this to the frenzy created during Ghajini’s release. The tickets of paid previews and first day were sold out within 5-6 hours of the commencement of advance booking. Something similar was expected for KI too.

What’s more, Bombay Times published an article on the front page on Tuesday that the response to the KI’s advance booking has been phenomenal and that there were serpentine queues at theatres! Another lie published was a trade analyst was angry because he couldn’t get tickets for KI-all the shows of the weekend at PVR-Juhu, Mumbai were sold out! I just checked the online booking of PVR-Juhu 20 minutes back and tickets of all shows of KI are available!

It’s sad that a reputed newspaper and producer are coming with such lies to fool the public. But they forgot that there are people like me who can’t be so easily fooled!

This post first appeared on MouthShut.com: http://www.mouthshut.com/diary/dbbbnrtun/Fenils-Bollywood-Talk55

Why are Yash Raj Films recycling old scripts? Has inspiration dried up or are they overly fascinated with their own creations
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 27, 2009)
What’s with Yash Raj Films making endless unofficial remakes of its own films? While one segment of Bachna Ae Haseeno (featuring Minissha Lamba) was clearly inspired by Aditya Chopra’s Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Aditya Chopra’s latest directorial venture Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi had its seeds in its earlier production Aaja Nachle (directed by cinematographer Anil Mehta) where Sushmita Mukherjee craved for adventure and excitement while being married to a staid working class nerd (Vinay Pathak). Rab Ne… had Anushka craving for excitement while being married to Suriji.

Also, in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi the wife couldn’t recognise her husband once he transformed his personality. The same premise is now being applied to YRF’s forthcoming film, Dil Bole Hadippa where Rani Mukerji disguises herself as a man to  play cricket in her smalltown team in Punjab but just as easily again becomes a  woman without anyone around her being wiser.

And if  you think that’s all there’s to Yash Raj’s penchant for  constant re-invention then get a  load of this.

Actor-turned-director Parmeet Sethi’s  directorial untitled  debut for YRF featuring Shahid Kapur and Anushka Sharma is  a  con caper  in the tradition  of  Steven Spielberg’s Catch  Me If You Can. The theme of two ‘lovable’ con artistes on the run has already been done by  YRF in  Shaad Ali’s Bunty Aur Babli.

What’s with Yash Raj’s paucity of  ideas? Are they so short of screenplays?

A source said, “The similarities that you’ve pointed out are definitely there. Maybe it’s because new exciting screenplays are hard to come by. Aren’t all big production companies doing variations on established films?”

About  two years ago Yash Chopra had complained about the acute scarcity  of  good writers.

Explaining his long absence from direction before Veer-Zara, he had said, “I’d love to direct more films. But I can’t find the suitable writers. I’m willing to open my doors for anybody who offers me a good script.”

Maybe variations on themes, already tried by Yash Raj, is their solution to the scarcity of good screenplays.

By Taran Adarsh, June 19, 2009 – 14:00 IST

Just last week, Vashu Bhagnani showcased his son Jackky Bhagnani’s acting skills in KAL KISSNE DEKHA. This week, another father – Arvind Patel – attempts to showcase his daughter Gayatri Patel’s dancing skills in LET’S DANCE, directed by Aarif Sheikh. Come to think of it, such launch pads often act as a showreel for furthering the career in Bollywood. In that respect, LET’S DANCE succeeds… to an extent.

But there’s a hitch! The film bears an uncanny resemblance to Ramgopal Varma’s immensely likable RANGEELA and Yash Raj’s utterly forgettable AAJA NACHLE. No issues if LET’S DANCE seeks inspiration from elsewhere [coincidence?], but in an effort to showcase Gayatri’s dances, the remaining aspects take a backseat. The dances appeal, but the love story doesn’t. And the crime angle, injected in the plotline, is a big bore.


Let’s be specific. Gayatri’s dances are a treat [she dances exceptionally well], but her love interest cuts a sorry picture. The street children’s connection with a crook also seems unwarranted.

In a nutshell, LET’S DANCE will be best remembered for Gayatri’s exuberant dances. That’s it!


LET’S DANCE is about a girl who gives direction in life to a group of street kids. Young and peppy, she is a dancer who runs her own dance school and plays the catalyst in the story. She comes in contact with a bunch of street kids and hence, begins a journey she believes in.

Editor-turned-director Aarif Sheikh has shot the film well, but he could’ve done with a tighter script. Music is a plus point, but what stays with you is the choreography of all songs, especially ‘Taare Todh Ke La’.

Gayatri Patel is a fine actress and her dancing skills catch your attention. The two heroes don’t cut ice, but the kids do, mainly the eldest kid who talks and behaves like a real tapori.

On the whole, LET’S DANCE is too ordinary, with its share of limitations.

May 14, 2009 11:58:44 AM IST
Apeksha, Bollywood Trade News Network

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Age may be just a number, but Bollywood is cashing in on it big time! These days tinsel town is busy talking about the chemistry between younger heroes and older women. First, we heard of the sweet ‘n’ surprising Shahid KapurVidya Balan pairing, then Bips created spark with a young Ranbir Kapoor & coupling it with younger Neil Nitin Mukesh . Now we hear, the latest to rejoin the league is the former Bollywood queen Madhuri Dixit

If the current reports are to go by then in her latest venture, Mads is being paired opposite Ranbir Kapoor in director Prakash Jha’s next. If this happens history will repeat itself. Madhuri on her part is bound to experience bouts of nostalgia when working with young heartthrob, reminiscing the days when she romanced his papa Rishi Kapoor onscreen while working on films like YAARANA, PREM GRANTH.

And this is not the first time; Madhuri has already shared great onscreen chemistry with both father and son in lead roles & charmed both. Years back she had worked with papa Vinod Khanna in DAYAVAAN and son Akshaye in MOHABBAT (and recently in AAJA NACHLE).

No wonder she is aptly called the eternal ‘Dhak Dhak’ girl of Bollywood!