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MUMBAI MIRROR; January 01, 2010

Karthik Calling Karthik

Farhan Akhtar’s next film is a story of a lovable loser whose chance meeting with his namesake changes his life forever. Karthik Calling Karthik has a star-studded credit list which includes Deepika Padukone, Javed Akhtar and Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy. Considering Farhan acts in the movies he either directs or produces, it seems like he is bent on wanting to typecast himself as the underdog. Weird but true!


My name is Khan

Bollywood’s biology lessons continue with My Name Is Khan. With 9/11 as the backdrop, the movie follows Rizwan Khan (SRK) who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome. This is an autistic disease that makes the victim devoid of empathy. This, of course will give rise to many comical situations, just like Paa did. The film brings together the electrifying pair of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol back on the silver screen. Add Karan Johar to the mix and you have a surefire hit. But come on, what is the film industry going to explore next, the common cold?


Raajneeti

A modern-day political rendition of the Mahabharata, Raajneeti boasts of an A-list star cast – Ajay Devgan, Arjun Rampal, Ranbir Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Vivek Oberoi, Manoj Bajpai and Katrina Kaif. The movie will use the dilemmas the characters in the book went through, and draw parallels with it in reel life. Katrina Kaif is reportedly playing the role of Sonia Gandhi in the movie. After all both of them are quite similar: accent – check; powerful woman – check; foreign descent – check; relationship with Salman Khan – no one really knows.


Kites

Kites follows the story of Hrithik Roshan, a salsa dancer who falls in love with his student. Language barriers don’t matter here, love conquers almost all. But ‘something’ happens and it’s up to another student Kangna Ranaut to save the day. Maybe Sussanne walks into the movie or some other terrifying event occurs, we don’t know yet. But we hope the movie does better than Hrithik’s personal life.


Raavana

A modern day rendition of the mythological text, Raavana will get Aishwariya and Abhishek on the silver screen together for the first time after getting hitched. The movie has been plagued with problems – floods, elephants stomping around the set, maybe a higher power is sending a message through all of this. We won’t say anything, let the box-office decide.


Action replay

In Action Replay, a man ages backwards… Hmm, let’s see where have we heard this story before? A clear rip-off of the Hollywood hit, Benjamin Button, the film will feature Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai. Director Vipul Shah is back with Akshay Kumar and hopes his dream run will continue.


Teen Patti

As much as producer Ambika Hinduja denies it, Teen Patti’s plot seems like a rip-off of the Hollywood blockbuster 21. The film features three ace actors, Ben Kingsley (supposedly not doing a cameo), Big B and Madhavan. With the help of a unique algorithm, Amitabh who plays a mathematical genius leads a team of college students to make a lot of money. Does Amitabh hold the algorithm for the movie’s success or will this be just another failed spin-off?


Houseful

Akshay Kumar has a slew of releases lined up next year and Houseful, the laugh-riot is one of them. The story follows Akshay who is very unlucky in life and is trying to find true love. The women helping him achieve this goal are Deepika Padukone, Lara Dutta and Jiah Khan. In real life, however, we think it’s the other way around. Akshay will end up teaching Deepika more than two expressions, Lara how to sign movies and Jiah Khan how not to be dropped from the one-odd film she has signed.


No Problem

Anees Bazmee has three mega comedy films lined up next year. One of them is No Problem which has quite a star cast – Anil Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Akshaye Khanna, Sushmita Sen, Kangna Ranaut, Paresh Rawal and Sunil Shetty. The film is a love story of impossible proportions. Another impossible proposition is Kangna actually makes people laugh after making them weep all these years.


Well Done Abba

Shyam Benegal has been travelling the world with his latest film, Well Done Abba. The satirical movie sees Boman Irani play two roles. Fitting two Bomans in one shot is a feat in itself and a testament to Benegal’s directorial skills. The movie follows the journey of Armaan Ali, a driver from Mumbai, who is out to find his daughter’s (Minissha Lamba) beau. Minissha, who has been alternating between commercial and semi-art house cinema, is reportedly playing a strong role in the film.


Guzaarish

The film that is loosely based on Whose Life is it Anyway? has Hrithik playing a paraplegic radio jockey.  The film seems like a cry-till-your-tearbuds-dry-out movie – it explores the dilemma of euthanasia. Hrithik who believes in challenging himself till the cows come home, reportedly, spent hours in the wheelchair when not required to shoot, to get into the head of the character. Hrithik and Aishwarya reunite after Dhoom 2, and with Sanjay Leela Bhansali directing, it becomes one of the most awaited films in 2010, never mind Saawariya.


Road, Movie

Indian cinema has been through many fascinating twists and turns but none quite as romantic as touring cinemas.  Essentially this means that the owner of one mounts the film projector on the back of a truck and the projectionist travels the length and breadth of a state with the truck, stops wherever there is a pilgrimage or a mela and projects the films he is carrying onto a white curtain which is then viewed by the locals sitting on both sides of the screen. Dev Benegal has made Road, Movie about one such projectionist (Satish Kaushik) and the young owner (Abhay Deol) and the adventures they have as they show their movies. The film has been very well received on the festival circuit.


Anjaana Anjaani

After playing twelve characters in What’s Your Raashee?, we’re sure Priyanka Chopra has become a stranger to herself, especially after the film tanked. Siddharth Anand, director of Ta Ra Rum Pum and Salaam Namaste, tries a romcom with Anjaana Anjaani. Starring Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka, the film shows two strangers who fall in love and the journey they take together.


Aisha

Abhay Deol’s love for Delhi continues with his Bollywood release, Aisha where he plays another spoilt, rich Delhi brat. His character is modelled on Mr Knightly from Jane Austen’s novel, Emma. The movie is a romantic comedy that explores horrible mismatches. It also has a strong female role that has been bagged by Sonam Kapoor.  Whether Sonam is strong enough for the film after two failed films (read: Saawariya and    Delhi-6) is another matter.


Khelein hum jee jaan sey

Ashutosh Gowariker is no stranger to large canvasses (think Lagaan, Swades, Jodhaa Akbar) so it’s no surprise that he is now filming another humongous project, Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey, which revolves around the Chittagong Uprising in the pre Independence days. After What’s Your Raashee?, this is another film adapted from a book, Do and Die by Manini Chatterjee. Abhishek Bachchan and Deepika Padukone lead the star cast and Nitin Chandrakant Desai leads the crew. Hopefully Ashutosh’s version of history will not be challenged,  the way Jodhaa Akbar was.


Knock out

Inspired’ from the Hollywood masterpiece Phone Booth, Mani Shankar will look to re-create the magic in Bollywood. A man is trapped inside a phone booth, not because the door is stuck, but an assassin has a sniper rifle trained on him.  Kangna plays the role of a journalist, Irrfan plays a cop and Sanjay Dutt the assassin.


I Hate Luv Storys

A true-blue rom-com, I Hate Luv Storys brings together the very glamourous Sonam Kapoor and the man with the melting eyes, Imran Khan. Described as a love story not meant to happen but which does happen, it is the story of a man who does not believe in love and a girl who does. They meet on a film set; a milieu the director Punit Malhotra is very familiar with, having cut his teeth on Karan Johar’s sets as an assistant director; and sparks fly.


1-800-Love

When you have a tag line that says, ‘From the makers of Ghajini and Jaane Tu…’ you know you’re in for a commercial roller-coaster. Abbas Tyrewala dons the director’s hat for 1-800-LOVE again and the music score is Rahman’s handiwork. A telephone call connects two people – one who wants to die, the other who is searching for meaning in life. They meet, fall in love, yada yada… If you are watching the movie and you get bored of John Abraham’s three expression repertoire, close your eyes and maybe the music will do the trick for you.


Tees Maar Khan

Tees Maar Khan has gotten more publicity that it ever dreamed of just because Shah Rukh Khan is not playing a role in Farah Khan’s film. But it does seem like SRK has rubbed off on the new lead actor, Akshay Kumar. Kumar plays a ‘stylish’ (metrosexual) conman in the film. He will be joined by Akshaye Khanna, but the female lead has not yet been confirmed.


Hook Ya Crook

Finally, Bollywood gets a movie that shows hope in combining two things that Indians love best – cinema and cricket. Viraj Pradhan (John Abraham) dreams of being a cricketer but is a repeat offender who gets thrown into a maximum security prison. The jail is a haven for cricket players, but Viraj wants much more, he wants to be part of the men in blue. The film has reportedly roped in Indian cricketers for the movie but going by the ads on TV, the word ‘acting talent’ isn’t part of the Indian cricket team’s vocabulary.


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MUMBAI MIRROR (December 30, 2009)

Kareena Kapoor will star in Golmaal 3. Apparently, director Rohit Shetty was asked to make sure that Kareena is the solo heroine in the film, as she is not keen on multiple-heroine projects. Rohit says, “Kareena will be the only female lead along with the five boys; Ajay Devgan, Tusshar Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Sharman Joshi and Shreyas Talpade. However, she will not be the romantic interest of any of the heroes.

In fact Kareena will be the one of the heroes – the sixth hero! I have also made sure Golmaal 3 is far more family-oriented. The boys’ jokes in Golmaal Returns won’t return.” The film’s shooting begins in April 2010. –Subhash K Jha



Sohail Khan took off his T-shirt and wore a waiter’s shirt at a recent party. No, it wasn’t a fashion statement

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 07, 2009)

The Khan brothers have a penchant for roaming around bare-chested. After his bhaijaan Salman Khan’s love for removing his shirts publicly, it’s now Sohail Khan who is taking the legacy forward. Recently, during Ajay Devgan and Kajol’s party for All the Best, Sohail took off his T-shirt and handed it over to directors Abbas Mustan, much to their surprise.

 

Mustan at the party with Sohail’s T-Shirt

A witness from the party said, “For the party, Sohail was sporting a blue T-shirt that read ‘Player’. When Abbas Mustan saw him, they casually told him that they have recently registered the title Player under their banner and will soon make a film by the same name.

They joked that with Sohail wearing the T-shirt, someone might get inspired and steal their title. Suddenly, Sohail removed his T-shirt and gave it to them. Then, the bare-chested Sohail summoned a waiter passing by and asked him to remove his shirt.

Sohail Khan

The flummoxed waiter did as he was told and Sohail was seen wearing the waiter’s shirt till the party ended.”

Mustan confirmed the incident and said, “You know, it was really surprising. We casually mentioned that we intend to make a film titled ‘Player’. Sohail instantly removed his shirt, gave it to us, and wore a waiter’s shirt.”

Sanjay Dutt agrees to star in Golmaal 3, which will feature almost all the stars from the earlier two films


By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 30, 2009)

 

Sanjay Dutt

After his recent success with All The Best, director Rohit Shetty is set to start Golmaal 3. Although Rohit is still finalising the film’s script, its star cast is already in place with Sanjay Dutt being the new entrant in the series. Sanjay, apparently, has agreed to be a part of the multi-starrer.

A source reveals, “Rohit and Ajay Devgan mutually decided to first go ahead with Golmaal 3. The male actors in the film will be more or less the same as the earlier two Golmaal films with Ajay, Tusshar Kapoor, Shreyas Talpade, though Arshad Warsi and Sharman Joshi will not be a part of it. Kareena Kapoor, Bipasha Basu and Mugdha Godse are also being considered to star in Golmaal 3.”

“The film will go on the floors in April next year and the actors have been asked to give the required dates. The film will be shot at an international location,” adds the source.

Rohit says, “I’m still in the scripting process. Nothing has been finalised yet. Once my script is ready, we will proceed with the rest of the work.”

When asked about Sanjay also being a part of the film, he says, “How many stars are you going to give me? That’s too big a star cast. I can’t have 12-14 stars in my film. That Sanjay is now part of the film is not true. Once I finish the script, we will make an announcement.”

The official spokesperson from producers Shree Ashtavinayak Cinevision says, “Golmaal 3 is still in the planning stage. We aim to start the shooting in March.”

Kareena Kapoor Bipasha Basu
Shreyas Talpade Ajay Devgan

 

Katrina walks the ramp for Salman in a dress hand-painted by him

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 14, 2009)

For the Couture week on Tuesday night, Katrina Kaif flew in from Bhopal for a day just to be part of the event and walked the ramp in a dress that Salman had hand-painted. The face on the fabric was of a saint.


On her arrival in the morning, Salman showed her the black-and-white fabric painted with the saint’s face. Katrina was completely dazed.

Salman has never painted a dress for anyone before. Trying to contain her excitement hours before the event, Katrina said, “Within hours in the morning, Shane and Falguni Peacock took my measurements and stitched the dress for me. It’s got an amazing feel, flow and look. Almost surreal. I feel different wearing it. I can hardly wait to walk the ramp in it.”

Fashion correspondent Mitali Parekh reports

Salman Khan’s show was a show of power as he got almost every A-list male star to walk the ramp. Saif Ali Khan, Arbaaz Khan, Sohail Khan, Govinda, Ajay Devgan, Sanjay Dutt, Akshay Kumar and Aamir Khan all walked. The only female star walking was Katrina Kaif.

Seen in the first row were Preity Zinta, Sridevi, Boney Kapoor, Malaika Arora Khan, choreographer Farah Khan, Amisha Patel, Seema Khan, Manish Malhotra, Amrita Arora, Twinkle Khanna and Salman’s mothers Salma and Helen. Sushmita Sen was also seen, though not in the first row.

Aamir Khan’s wife Kiran Rao was spotted before the show started but was not seen in the front row with the stars and star wives.

The clothes were designed by eight designers, Gavin Miguel, Shane and Falguni Peacock, Rocky S and Rohit Gandhi among them. The show was styled by Aki Narula. The gowns were designed from prints of Salman’s paintings. Katrina’s gown was by Falguni and Shane Peacock. Each gown had one painting. There were about 9-10 gowns including Katrina’s. The transfer of the painting onto the fabric and the stitching was all done in three days.

Overall, the show was rather stiff and macabre. It began with children playing on stage. Some of them lay on the ramp while the other kids drew their body’s outline with a sketch pen. Then they retreated to the back of the stage where the kids played on the wooden grid. Towards the end of the show, the kids joined the stars on the stage. Again, all the kids lay on the ramp while now the stars drew the outline of their body with a pen as if they were homicide victims.

KISKA NUMBER AAYEGA: Will the figures add up for Ajay?

Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; October 13, 2009)

Mumbai: No, that’s not a typo. Nearly 18 years after he came into the film industry, Ajay Devgan has dropped the ‘a’ from his surname. Ajay’s brand new surname comes before the release of his home production All The Best. Last week the film ran into minor trouble with a copyright infringement lawsuit but its makers say they’re all set to release on Friday.

Celebrity numerologist Sanjay B Jumaani maintains that professional advice needs to be sought if one decides to follow any ‘science’. “Minus an ‘a’ the change in Ajay’s fortunes will be moderate. If he had added an ‘n’ to his surname, his number would add up to six—Shah Rukh’s number—and that would’ve been better for him,’’ explains Jumaani. He does believe, though, that Ajay should have worked on the title of his film. “The title remains untouched and adds up to number 8. This is a karmic number and can go either way,’’ Jumaani says.

Talking of titles, Jumaani predicts the new season of Bigg Boss will be a smash hit because the letters total up to 6—also Amitabh Bachchan’s number and a lucky number by itself.

The K-brigade seems to have run its course on the small screen. Explains numerologist Suniiel Naik, “The alphabet ‘k’ comes under the influence of the moon but that’s just one part of the story. Beginning the title with ‘k’ won’t help. The entire set of words need to be looked into until a powerful figure is arrived at.’’ TV producer Hemal Thakar was down in the dumps before he knocked
out a ‘k’ from his surname. Thakar has produced the popular Jeevan Satthi and will add an extra ‘g’ to the title of his latest serial Hum Dono Hain Alag Alag. Of the younger crop of actors, Kapoor khandan scion Ranbir will have a good year, predicts Jumaani. “He is a number 1 and has entered his 28th year. Also, Boney Kapoor’s Wanted is a big hit because he has turned 56 in the year 2009—both adding up to one.’’

Trade analyst Amod Mehra believes all these numbers don’t add up to much at the box office. “Dropping an ‘a’ or adding a ‘g’ to a name is definitely not going to help a film if it is bad,’’ he says. “All this is done by actors because of their personal insecurities. No science or superstition will help a bad product work at the box office.’’ Go figure.

ON A ROLL: Ajay Devgn


Trade pundits place bets on the Ajay Devgn-Rohit Shetty offering

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; October 13, 2009)


The experts are working overtime. As the festive season closes in, the trade pundits and the film distributors are hedging their bets on who according to them will set theatres ablaze this Diwali. Rajeev Malhotra, the Mumbai distributor for Ajay Devgn’s All the Best says, “We pulled it off last Diwali with Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal Returns, hopefully this Diwali we can do the same with All the Best.’’


Rajeev feels this Devgn Films’ October 16 release is a fun, light, clean entertainer and it is the best bet for families who usually come out in droves during the festival season. Taran Adarsh, who is a trade expert, is ready to back Rajeev as well. He says, “I consider Ajay Devgn and Rohit Shetty an unbeatable combination. Ajay is a powerful actor, who has proved his mettle in diverse roles. Rohit knows the pulse of the audience. Together, this combo is sure to rock with All the Best. The pro
mos are truly eye catching and by the looks of it, it should set the box office on fire this Diwali.” Raj Bansal, who is one of the leading names in the Rajasthan territory says, “If you check the history of the last decade, you will note that Diwali is the season for full-on comedies or romantic films. People hate to see grey, brooding films during festival time.’’ Raj also feels that last Diwali, a film like Golmaal Returns surpassed distributors’ expectations, so once again the trade is inclined to back a comic caper like All the Best. Now an interesting trend spotted by Delhi distributor Sanjay Ghai is that massy action-films like Wanted work around Eid; and madcap situational comedies like All the Best should work around Diwali. “This is a worldaccepted logic by the distributor community,’’ says Sanjay. Well, then with so many money-minded men thinking alike, we guess the best movie will make its mark. meena.iyer@timesgroup.com