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Oscar award winner Resul Pookutty’s office was destroyed by a fire yesterday afternoon

By Mumbai Mirror Bureau (December 25, 2009)


An inferno destroyed Resul Pookutty’s office, which is on the fifth floor of Dilkap Chambers at Veera Desai road in Andheri. Although there weren’t any casualties or injuries, the fire charred almost all equipment and property.

According to the staff members, who were on the premises, the fire broke out at around 2 pm on the second floor. Deputy Chief Fire officer Atmaram Shinde, said, “The blaze started from Oval Village Film Private Ltd.’s office which is on the second floor of the ground plus seven storied building.” There weren’t any injuries as the office was shut for the day. The fire then spread through the building and charred Resul’s office, which is on the fifth floor.

The fire was so intense that four fire engines and three water tankers had to be called in. The workers said that the fire brigade reached the location two hours after the fire broke out. Deputy Chief Fire officer, Ramesh Kholkhumbe denied this and said, “We received a message at around three in the afternoon at Andheri fire station. There were around 70 to 80 people on the second floor. They were evacuated without any injuries. We are still investigating the reason for the fire.”

According to fire officers, some problems were encountered in putting out the blaze due to the ventilation system.

Resul Pookutty
(Pics: Nilesh Wairkar)

Rise and shine. 3 Idiots is luring you to the multiplexes for a 6am show with free chai and biscuits

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 23, 2009)


This Christmas morning if you manage to wedge your eyes open by four am, try and make it for 3 Idiots at the multiplexes, which are screening the movie at six in the morning! For all your efforts, Aamir Khan and Co have even decided to give you free chai and biscuits.

Considering that 2009 hasn’t paid off for most films, everyone is putting their money on the Aamir Khan-starrer. In fact, only two films have broken box-office records – Salman Khan’s Wanted and the Ranbir-Katrina starrer, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani. 3 Idiots hits the theatres on Friday and everyone seems upbeat about it.

3 Idiots

Devang Sampat, Senior VP, Cinemax India Ltd, says, “There is often scope for a 6am show. There are many morning walkers and call centre employees who flock to the theatres at that time of the day. But we are doing it for the first time because there is a good demand for the tickets.” How many people watch movies after a sweaty morning jog is debatable, but it seems like nothing can dampen the festive mood.

Aditya Shroff, Asst VP Programming & Corporate Sales, Fame India Ltd, is geared to splash the movie across as many screens as possible. He says, “As we start early, we can accommodate more number of shows. We will have 37 shows spread over seven screens every day in Fame Malad. This would be the highest number of shows recorded in our chain on one single day.” Cinemax India will have as many as 28 shows on one day in their Andheri multiplex.

The said multiplexes are also planning to hold their last show as late at midnight. Naturally, the theatres are going to pay additional incentives to their staff.”We have also instructed our people to work in shifts. Honestly, nobody is complaining,” says Sampat.

At the time of going to the press, Fame India had decided to have their first show at 6.30am. However, a source from the industry says, “They might push it up to 6am.”

Fun Republic will not start as early. Vishal, Fun Republic VP, Marketing says, “We will start early, but at 9am. Fame and Cinemax have more screens. They have programming flexibility.”

Ditto for Imax. Inox will not have early shows. As for PVR, their earliest show will be at 8.30am.

Whose bright idea was it to screen the film at the crack of dawn? The marketing man of 3 Idiots, Aamir Khan?  Shroff says, “I came up with this idea for my chain of theatres. I think it will work.” Sampat laughs, “We also have a thinking brain.”

Would you go for 3 IDIOTS at 6am?

Will the  multiplex be houseful at 6am?

Ishita Thakur (22), Mahim: No way. Firstly, I don’t get up so early. Secondly, I am not excited about this film. I don’t think it will be awesome. If it was Avatar, I would have definitely gone for it.

Sunder Chandiramani (68), Seven Bungalows: I like to see a film in a relaxed mood. I want to jog in the mornings.

Poonam Tilani, Seven Bungalows: I meditate in the morning. I don’t want to disturb my schedule.

Satish Shenoy (45), Vile Parle: That is the time I am getting ready to go to the office. I want to see 3 Idiots at leisure.

Nameeta Bandekar (24), Borivli: Why? I can watch movies at any time.

Manisha Jaisinghani (35), Kandivli: Sorry, I can’t get up so early. 6am is a terribly inconvenient show.

Yash Chopra had expressed a desire to check out Shah Rukh’s swanky van. With great respect, Shah Rukh gave his favourite filmmaker the grand tour

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 19, 2009)


Ever since Shah Rukh Khan purchased the costliest and biggest vanity van which has all the modern amenities, his favourite filmmaker Yash Chopra has been very keen to see it. Tickled by curiosity, he had expressed his wish to Shah Rukh. After all, it’s a swanky, fully loaded van fit for a superstar.

Shah Rukh Khan Yash Chopra

For quite some time, Yash Chopra has wanted to see Shah Rukh’s fancy van. Yesterday, Shah Rukh was scheduled to shoot for YRF’s TV show (hosted by Karan Johar) at their Andheri studio. Shah Rukh seized this opportunity to show it to Yash Chopra and travelled to the shoot in his vanity van.

Normally, no actor is allowed to take his vanity van inside, but yesterday Shah Rukh was given a special concession.

As soon as Shah Rukh drove in at 4.30pm, Yash Chopra came out. Shah Rukh emerged from the van, held Yash Chopra’s hand and took him inside. “Yash considers Shah Rukh as his son. Shah Rukh also has very high regard for Yash Chopra,” said our source.

Yash Raj’s head honcho spent a full 30 minutes inside the van where Shah Rukh showed him all the amenities very respectfully. “He loved the van. It’s like a one-bedroom house,” our source added.

Shah Rukh Khan’s vanity van (Pic: Satish Malavade)
Amitabh arranged a special show of Paa for Harbhajan Singh

By Kunal M Shah / Yogen Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 08, 2009)


Watching Paa was part of the Indian cricket team’s celebrations after defeating Sri Lanka 2-0 in the recently concluded series. A few team members Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Kumar Raina, Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik watched the film in Nagpur yesterday.

However, Harbhajan Singh missed out on the film as he is in Mumbai. So he called Amitabh Bachchan, who promptly organised a show for him at suburban preview theatre in Mumbai. Our source said, “The Indian cricket team is in Nagpur for the T-20 cricket match with Sri Lanka, which will be held tomorrow (December 9).”

Some of the team members reached Nagpur early yesterday, so they watched Paa there. But Harbhajan was in Mumbai, so he called Amitabh and said he was very keen on watching Paa as he had heard some great things about the film. To this, Amitabh immediately said that he would organise a trial show for him. Amitabh arranged for a show in a preview theatre in Andheri. Harbhajan saw the film at around eight last evening with a few of his friends. Even Sachin Tendulkar had called Amitabh, but he couldn’t make it.”

Amitabh Bachchan confirmed the story and said, “Yes, I organised a show for them.”

Paa (Pic: Yogen Shah)
Anushka Sharma, who has recently bought herself a home in Mumbai, hasn’t found time to enjoy it because she has been busy with outdoor shooting schedules

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 02, 2009



Anushka Sharma, who made her Bollywood splash in YRF’s Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi opposite Shah Rukh Khan last year, has bought a three-bedroom apartment at Yari Road in Andheri.

Although she bought the flat a month ago and has already shifted there, she was hardly at home, owing to her extensive travels for film shootings.

A source says, “Anushka has been on a house hunting spree for a while now. Last month, she finally bought a three-bedroom apartment at Yari Road in Mumbai. Anushka shifted base to Mumbai a couple of years ago from Bangalore. Earlier, she stayed at the army colony in Malad. This is the first time that the actress has bought a house on her own and is very excited about it.”

Confirming the news, Anushka says, “I feel good about being able to buy a house at the age of 21. However, I am dying to be at home as I have had no time to actually enjoy it. First, I was away in the US for 40 days and now I am in Bangkok for a month.”

Just when movie enthusiasts across the globe are eagerly awaiting the release of James Cameron’s magnum opus ‘Avatar’ on Dec 18, multiplexes across India are gearing up to encash on the extraordinary buzz around its release.

Made with a fusion camera developed by Cameron himself, ‘Avatar’ is expected to revolutionize the film-watching experience and multiplexes are investing huge sums in upgrading their infrastructure to bring this extravaganza to moviegoers.

While Avatar will be released in 2D as well as 3D formats, theatre owners are particularly expecting a huge demand for the 3D version.

In the past, 3D Hollywood films like ‘Ice Age 3’, ‘& ‘Final Destination’ have done good business in India.

From the time producers Fox Star Studios screened 20 mins footage of Cameron’s film in August this year, the number of 3D screens in India has increased from around 12 to 40, and 60-70 screens by 18th December.

This covers cities across India including major markets like Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai & Hyderabad as well as smaller centers like Coimbatore, Amritsar, Kerala, Jaipur and Ahmedabad (which is considered a small market for Hollywood films).

Aditya Shroff, AVP – Distribution, Programming and Corporate Sales for Fame Cinemas reaffirms, “I believe that the 3D version of Avatar is going to be the revolutionary movie for this generation & hence Fame is trying to go as wide as possible with the 3D release. Avatar will do to 3D what Reliance did to mobile phone usage in India.

While most multiplexes in Pune and Bangalore are going 3D, single screens like ‘Central Plaza’ in Mumbai and ‘Urvasi’ in Bangalore are also going 3D before the release of release Avatar.

Interestingly, Avatar will be released in 3D in Hindi also.

Cinemax in Andheri (Mumbai) has updated its biggest auditorium that has the capacity of 377 with 3D facility for AVATAR.

Inox will have 3D screens in Pune, Baroda, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Nagpur, Raipur, Rajasthan, Indore, and Kolkata before the release of AVATAR.

Commenting on the hype around ‘Avatar’, Mr. Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios India says; “There is an incredible buzz building up for Avatar across the India media, our theatrical partners and the core audiences. The dramatic increase in the no. of 3D screens, as well as the strong interest that we are getting from the Hindi, Tamil and Telegu language markets reaffirms the strong buzz for the film.”

Ranjit Thakur, CEO of Scrabble Entertainment says “The demand for 2K Digital & 3D Systems is from all corners of the county. Even the single screen exhibitors want to capitalize on the opportunity of screening Avatar in 3D. ”

Thakur adds “The demand for the film has created a worldwide shortage of digital equipment and even silver screens for 3D are hard to get”.

‘Avatar’ is an epic action adventure film made on a whopping budget of Rs 1200 crores. It is the story of a wounded ex-marine, thrust unwillingly into an effort to settle and exploit an exotic planet rich in bio-diversity, who eventually crosses over to lead the indigenous race in a battle for survival.

Avatar releases worldwide on Dec 18 in 2D & 3D. In India, the film will also be dubbed in Hindi, Tamil & Telugu.

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Konkona Sen Sharma and Ranvir Shorey have suddenly called off their December wedding. Is it the end of the relationship too?

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 25, 2009)

 

One of the steadiest relationships in Bollywood has gone kaput. Rumour has it that the four-year-long relationship between Konkona Sen Sharma and Ranvir Shorey has hit a rocky patch and that that their impending wedding, which was to be held in December, has been called off. The couple was living together at Oshiwara, Andheri.
A source said, “Konkona and Ranvir had been going around for quite some time and they were extremely serious about each other. Despite their hectic work schedule, Ranvir would make sure that he was always present wherever Konkona used to shoot and similarly, Konkona would always make time for Ranvir.

Everything was fine between them and they had also finalised a December wedding. However, something went wrong and the marriage has been called off, at least for the time being.”

“There is definitely something wrong between the two and there is a big question mark over the status of their relationship.  No one is aware except a few close friends and immediate family members as to what exactly led to the break-up. Both Ranvir and Konkona love their privacy and this is precisely why they never spoke about their relationship even while they were seeing each other all these years. It is highly unlikely that they will speak about their break-up,” added the source.

Another source said, “Ranvir’s entire family is based in the US and getting all of them to come together in December at such a short notice was proving to be difficult. That’s why the wedding date was never announced officially.”

Konkona did not deny the news and said, “I don’t speak about my private life.”

On the other hand, Ranvir got extremely upset and questioned us about who our source was. When asked if the news was true or not, he said, “I have no comment to make.”

Has the couple broken up for good or is it just a lovers’ tiff? Watch this space for more.

The most-awaited film this year, Kurbaan has turned out to be a turkey. We speak to trade analysts and industry insiders to gauge what went wrong with the film
By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 24, 2009)


2009 has been a very bad year for UTV. After three films — What’s Your Rashee?, Main Aur Mrs Khanna and Kaminey — failed to set the cash registers ringing, they were heavily banking on Karan Johar’s Kurbaan, directed by Rensil D’Silva.

But their hopes of having a hit were dashed with Kurbaan proving to be a turkey at the box-office.UTV had bought the film from Karan for about Rs 50 crore and released it across 1,700 screens.

One could understand if the audience gave it a thumbs down after watching it. However, the shocker is that the film didn’t even get a good opening when it released on November 20. Despite being a solo release, it barely managed 35 per cent occupancy on the first day. The box-office collections thereafter have been far from encouraging, flattering reviews from film critics notwithstanding.

Endorsing the fact that the film did not register more than 40 per cent collections in its first three days, trade analyst Amod Mehra says, “Shockingly, the collections on Sunday were even less than that on Friday and Saturday. The film is a big blow to Dharma Productions and UTV. “

Mehra adds, “People are not interested in seeing terrorism any longer. New York did fairly well but that’s because it wasn’t publicised as a film based on terrorism. It looked like a very youthful film with fun elements by John and Katrina. The entire publicity of Kurbaan was wrong. If the heroine of Kurbaan doesn’t want her mother to see her steamy scenes with her boyfriend, how can one go with family members to see such a film?”

Distributor Ramesh Sippy says cautiously, “I don’t want to make any assessment. But yes, Kurbaan has not lived up to its expectations.”

We also spoke to some of the theatre officials. Manoj Desai (of Maratha Mandir, Gaiety-Galaxy) says, “I registered 80 per cent collections on the first three days whereas it did not go beyond 40 per cent in other theatres. However, the collections have nosedived since yesterday. Koi picture dekhne ke liye tayyar hi nahin hai. The overall feeling is that it’s a very serious and cruel film.”

An official from Cinemax, Andheri, says, “We had expected that this film would rake in around 85-90 per cent collections. But from day one, we knew that it wouldn’t be a hit. First day, we registered only 40-45 per cent collections. People have not related to the film, it has no repeat value. On Saturday and Sunday, we recorded only 50 per cent ticket sales.”

Vikram Varma, Fun Republic, communications manager, says, “We recorded 35 per cent in the first three days. But today (Monday), we only have 15-20 per cent occupancy. I think that too many films were released in the past few weeks and this has adversely affected Kurbaan.”

We then spoke to the public to find out why they haven’t gone kurbaan over Kurbaan. 23-year old Eka Lakhani from Lokhandwala says, “I was dying to see Kurbaan as I had heard a lot about it. The film started very well, but soon I realised that there was neither any love story nor any terrorism track. Kareena and Saif got lost in the second half and I had to look for their scenes together. The terrorism part wasn’t explained well either.”

34-year-old Menka Chandiramani from Seven Bungalows says, “I was quite impressed by Kareena and Vivek’s acting but the film hasn’t stayed with me. It had nothing new to offer. Moreover, I wonder why there was so much brouhaha about Kareena and Saif’s sex scenes. We have seen much more than this in Hindi films.”

The director of Kurbaan, Rensil D’Silva, put up a brave front. He says that people are trying to bring down his film. “That happens with every new film. But you know, I am getting a lot of calls and text messages from people whom I don’t even know saying that they have enjoyed my film. I am basically a creative guy. The best people to talk about this will be the distributors of Kurbaan (UTV).” However, Siddharth Roy Kapoor, CEO of UTV remained unavailable for comment.

Karan’s first film with UTV, Wake Up Sid raked in average returns but failed to be a profit-making proposition. And the audience’s thanda response to Kurbaan has only made things worse for Dharma and UTV.

By Bollywood Hungama News Network, November 14, 2009 – 16:59 IST


Closer on the heels of the Wake Up Sid – MNS row over the ‘Bombay-Mumbai’ do, comes yet another controversy. This time, it’s over the backless posters of Kareena Kapoor, from the forthcoming flick Kurbaan, which stars her beau Saif Ali Khan. This issue paved the way to more than 100 Shiv Sainiks as they came out on the streets and tore apart the posters of the said film, in the areas of Juhu, Marol and other parts of Andheri.

Speaking to Bollywood Hungama, Sena activist Jitendra Janawale from Juhu said that “The scene in question is totally against Maharashtra’s Hindu culture. No sooner the posters were put up all over the city, we got lots of complaints from people, esp. from the concerned parents of school children, stating that the said posters were in bad taste. We have anyways issued a strong warning to the filmmakers through the media. We want all the backless posters that have been put all over the city to be removed as soon as possible. Failing which, we shall protest against the film when it releases.”

Kurbaan stars Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Vivek Oberoi and is directed by debutant director Rensil D’Silva. The film releases next week.

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KurbaanBharati Dubey & Ambarish Mishra | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; November 15, 2009)


Mumbai: Another Karan Johar release is facing the music, this time from the Shiv Sena. The party has objected to the bare-backed posters of Kareena Kapoor from the film, Kurbaan.


More than 100 Shiv Sainiks took to the streets and tore down posters of the film in Juhu, Marol and other parts of Andheri on Friday. A month ago, the MNS had objected to the use of the Mumbai’s old name, Bombay, in Johar’s Wake Up Sid; he had to bend over backwards to the chauvinists and the film had to be screened with a disclaimer.


Friday’s protests were led by Sena activists Jitendra Janawale in Juhu and Subhash Kanta Sawant in Marol. Sawant said: “We objected to the posters as they showed the actress semi-nude and we found to be in very bad taste. It violates our Indian culture.’’ The Sainiks also put a sari around Kareena in some of the posters.


A group of Sainiks even headed for Kareena’s residence and wanted to present a sari to her. But an officer said: “We deployed our people near the actress’s house but nothing untoward happened.’’ Kareena was said to have gone out for a shoot.


Additional commissioner of police (West) Amitabh Gupta said the Khar police station had been asked to register a case against the offenders.


An industry insider said political parties were picking on soft targets to get some mileage and the MNS’s impressive showing in the recent Assembly polls was “forcing’’ the Sena to look for rabblerousing issues. “The film industry has always been a soft target as the government does not take action against political parties,’’ the insider said.


“The government took a proactive decision in only one case, providing Anurag Kashyap with security; but that was because they knew that the director would never apologise to the MNS,’’ another source said. Kashyap, reacting to a question from a news channel about DevD being vulgar, said Raj Thackeray’s words were much more vulgar than his films.