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After closing the year with films such as PAA and 3 IDIOTS, the year 2010 sure looks bigger and brighter for Reliance BIG Pictures with a mixed bag of films ranging from mainstream and masala to regional and art house.

With maverick directors such as Shyam Benegal, Mani Ratnam, Anurag Basu, Shaji N Karun, Rituparno Ghosh and Buddhadeb Dasgupta bringing the best out of Hrithik Roshan, Barbara Mori, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Mamootty, Boman Irani, Jishu Sengupta, Indraneil Sengupta, Kangana Ranaut amongst many others the Reliance BIG Pictures slate is sure to watch out for!

Have a sneak peek into Reliance BIG Pictures’ slate of films for the year 2010:

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A truly international film KITES tells the story of a young con-man who lives ‘life’ in Las Vegas, always ready to make fast money in any way possible, always looking for the big score. Directed by Anurag Basu and produced by Rakesh Roshan the film stars Hrithik Roshan, Barbara Mori, Kangana Ranaut and Kabir Bedi. It is shot in Mumbai, New Mexico, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. The film will have and Indian and international version which will release simultaneously. Brett Ratner, best known for the RUSH HOUR series, FAMILY MAN starring Nicholas Cage and X-MEN THE LAST STAND is currently at work on the English version of KITES and tailoring it to appeal it to an international audience.

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WELL DONE ABBA is the story of Armaan Ali, a driver working in Mumbai. He takes leave for a month to find a husband for his teenage daughter, who lives in a small locality close to Hyderabad. Armaan Ali returns to work only after 3 months. His young employer wants to sack him but is persuaded to listen to the reason why Armaan got so delayed.

Directed by Shyam Benegal stars Boman Irani, Minissha Lamba, Sammir Dattani, Ila Arun, Sonali Kulkarni, Ravi Kishen, Rajit Kapur, Ravi Jhankal and Yashpal Sharma.


Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan come on screen together in Mani Ratnam’s RAAVAN – a modern day adaption of the epic Ramayan, being readied in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.


Directed by Vinay Shukla MIRCH revolves around the protagonist Maanav, a committed struggling filmmaker whose girlfriend Ruchi, a successful film editor, arranges for him to meet film producer Nitin, who is not very convinced about Maanav’s script. Maanav then suggests four stories on infidelity, woven together by a common story.

The film stars Konkana Sen Sharma, Raima Sen, Shahana Goswami, Shreyas Talpade, Rajpal Yadav, Boman Irani, Sushant Singh, Arunoday Singh and Prem Chopra with special appearances by Saurabh Shukla & Tisca Chopra.

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The police raid a theatre where movie tickets of a very successful film are being sold in black. When Police Inspector Sher Khan interrogates Khoji, a man in his 20s, he claims that he is the director of the very film whose tickets he is selling in black. The cynical Sher Khan puts Khoji behind bars after which he receives two phone calls – one from the Police Commissioner and another from the dreaded don ‘WC’, both of whom support Khoji’s detention. A hilarious turn of events reveal who Khoji is, whether he is really the film’s director, why is he selling his film’s tickets in black and what do the Police Commissioner and don ‘WC’ want from Khoji.

Starring Rajpal Yadav, Shekhar Suman, Divya Dutta, Hrishta Bhatt and Sayali Bhagat, CHALOO MOVIE is directed by Vinod Pande.

Reliance BIG Pictures, the most committed motion picture company producing regional films in 8 Indian languages is working persistently towards taking them beyond the conventional Diaspora

The slate of films includes:

KUTTY SRANK: Shaji Karun’s Malayalam film KUTTY SRANK starring Mamooty, Kamilini Mukherjee, Padmapriya and Meenakumari brings out three distinct personalities of a dead boat-man from the perspective of three women each of whom claims to be his wife.


ABOHOMAAN: Rituparno Ghosh’s Bengali film ABOHOMAAN starring Dipankar De, Mamata Shankar, Ananya Chatterjee, Jishu Sengupta and Ria Sen brings to the screen a sensational relationship between a film-director, a young actress and a wife who swears to ruin her husband’s life and career and a son who gets caught in the cross-fire in this extravagant drama.

JANALA: Buddhabed Dasgupta’s Bengali film JANALA starring Tapas Paul, Swastika Mukherjee and Indraneil Sengupta is the journey of a solitary man against the wrath of circumstances when he decides to pursue his little impulsive dream.

IJJODU: by the maestro M S Sathyu is a film about a photo journalist who finds an interesting girl who has been exploited on the name of religion. He succeeds in breaking her blind belief but fails to accept her to give her an alternative life. This Kannada flick stars Meera Jasmine and Anirudh.


By Bollywood Hungama News Network, December 4, 2009 – 14:06 IST Shahrukh Khan
After Aamir, it’s now the turn for King Khan to don the grey wig for a brand. Shahrukh Khan this time has done something unprecedented and innovative, by portraying the role of a 75-year-old grandfather, romancing Tanvi Azmi as his wife.

This is for the latest Dishtv campaign that gives viewers a chance to see Shahrukh Khan in an all new avatar. In the second TVC, Shahrukh Khan is paired with Tisca Chopra where he brings home an orphan girl child who settles into the family only after an experience with Dishtv.

Some of the best creative personalities in the country have come together to create this campaign. The creative idea was conceptualized by Ad industry veteran and celebrated lyricist, Prasoon Joshi and the McCann World Group team. The commercials have been directed by the much acclaimed Anurag Basu, (director of films like Life in a Metro, Gangster and the upcoming film Kites). Eminent fashion photographer Tarun Khiwal is the man behind the still photo campaign.

The television commercials are part of the brand’s new brand positioning of ‘Ghar Aayi Zindagi‘ and convey everyday beautiful emotions, through real life situations, of families rejoicing together with their loved ones. In line with the core message of the campaign, Shahrukh Khan will bring alive warm family moments that tug at the heartstrings. Indeed, SRK is the best man for this job.

IN A NEW AVATAR: Shah Rukh in Dish TV’s new campaign
Yes, this is Shah Rukh, and this is how he’ll look when he turns 75! The actor plays an old, bald man in an upcoming ad for Dish TV

APARAJITA MUKHERJEE Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 4, 2009)

If Shah Rukh Khan’s portrayal of an old man in the movie Veer Zaara left you wanting for more, then here’s something to look out for. In an upcoming ad for Dish TV, SRK has donned an avatar of a 75-yearold man who romances his wife behind closed doors by dancing with her. Anurag Basu, of Kites fame, who’s directed this ad says, “The story is very cute. Tanvi Azmi is playing Shah Rukh’s wife. They’re hiding inside their room and are dancing.” Anurag, together with adman Prasoon Joshi, the brain behind the concept, planned the look and the ad. “We didn’t know if SRK will agree to the idea. I didn’t want to make him Veer Zaara kinda old. It had to be different. So, pehle Shah Rukh ko buddha banaya humne pictures mein, and then showed it to him. He was very sporting and loved the idea,” says Anurag.
While his contemporaries are playing college-students in movies, isn’t it a leap of faith for SRK to add 30 years to his real age? Prasoon says, “He liked the script a lot. Probably he never got a script like that before. His first reaction was, ‘Well, I love it!’ He probably he trusted my work. He didn’t take time to say yes.” Prasoon adds, “Everybody has been going wow over the ad. He has emoted really well. There is a beautiful chemistry between him and Tanvi Azmi.” The bald look in the ad, says Shah Rukh, was something he was excited about since he’s very sure that he’d never lose hair in real life! When asked how his wife, Gauri Khan, reacted to the way he looked, Anurag responded, “Shah Rukh called his make-up guy and gave him the brief on how to do his look. After the whole get-up was done, he did something very cute. He clicked a picture of himself and sent it to Gauri on the phone, asking, ‘Will you still love me when I am old and look like this?’ I am sure he will look much more handsome when he is old!”
Despite the probe into Mahesh Bhatt’s son’s alleged links with a terror suspect, Basu plans to revive Rahul Bhatt’s acting debut film, Suicide Bomber

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 20, 2009)

The National Investigation Agency’s (NIA) probe on Mahesh Bhatt’s son, Rahul’s alleged links with terror suspect David Coleman Headley have not deterred filmmaker Anurag Basu’s plans.

He is set to revive Rahul’s Bollywood launch, Suicide Bomber.

Confirming the news, Basu said, “I have been missing Bhatt saab and his production house Vishesh Films. I did two films with them, Murder and Gangster, which put me on the filmmaking map. Rahul is a good boy and I owe him a good break in Bollywood.”

Basu was supposed to launch Rahul in Suicide Bomber two years ago. This was long before Basu got busy with Rakesh Roshan’s Kites. “In fact, I was supposed to make Suicide Bomber with Rahul before Life In A Metro for UTV. However, at that point of time, the script about global terrorism seemed premature. However, in the last two years there have been so many films on the subject including New York and Kurbaan. So, reviving Suicide Bomber seems right,” added Basu.


Anurag Basu Rahul Bhatt

Besides being fond of Rahul, Basu has another reason to return to the Bhatt camp. He elaborated, “Suicide Bomber is the only film that I co-wrote with Mahesh Bhatt saab. Otherwise, all my scripts have been written solely by me. I certainly want to make the film and that too only with Rahul.”

Some time ago, when asked about his son’s launch, Mahesh Bhatt had also made it clear that he wanted to launch his son with no other film but Suicide Bomber. He had said: “Suicide Bomber is my idea and our company has registered the title. My son has made it clear that if and when he gets into the world of acting it will be with Suicide Bomber. I only want to make Suicide Bomber if the world is ready to hear the so-called enemy’s point of view. If we want to stop the bloodshed we’ll have to hear their voice. My son’s film doesn’t have a happy ending.”

The film is expected to start next year.

‘MY MAN IS INNOCENT’: Anupam Ahuja, wife of actor Shiney Ahuja, comes out of court on Thursday after her husband was granted bail

Swati Deshpande | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; October 2, 2009)

Mumbai: “He never admitted it was consensual sex,’’ said Anupam Ahuja, Shiney’s wife as she recalled the day of his arrest when their world exploded in “all directions.’’ “I had flown down from Delhi and saw him only in court. When his face was unmasked for the first time, he searched around for his family and on seeing me gave an ‘imperceptible shake’. I immediately knew he was being framed. He is innocent and time will prove that,’’ said Anupam.

For the family the bail order has come as an emotional high. “I can now go back and sleep without worrying,’’ Anupam told TOI in a long
post-bail chat. “Its our daughter Arshiya who got her papa home. It was her birthday on September 28. She was in Delhi with her grandparents since June. But a day before her birthday, I felt she should be in Mumbai and since she has come, she has brought good luck,’’ smiled Anupam.

“Shiney is an introvert and a family man. He would come home every evening and play with Arshiya or we would all go for walks, movies. He even cancelled parties if Arshiya, who has turned two, would just say ‘papa’,’’ she added.

What about alleged differences between the two? Anupam laughed, “I was in the US for two years, but Shiney encouraged my work. We
would together read stories about our failing marriage and laugh. But yes this incident has brought us together like never before.’’

Anupam’s grouse is that the laws are gender-skewed. “The law cannot be a weapon in the hands of a woman,’’ she said, adding “I say this with responsibility because I am a woman who has a daughter.’’

There are more questions left unaswered for the Ahujas. “We are still asking ourselves, how and why this (the charge) is happening? The lawyers said there are lots of inconsistencies. And we have a lot of blessings from our neighbours and other maids in the building where we have lived for six years,’’ she smiled.

Family ecstatic, film industry cautious
Bharati Dubey | TNN

Mumbai: Shiney Ahuja’s family can’t wait to see him and plans to visit a temple first. Wife Anupam said: “The first thing I want to do when Shiney comes back is hold my daughter in my arms and open the door for him. I’m not even thinking of what to cook, though his favourite is paneer and paranthas. His mother plans to make kheer.” The forced shift to Delhi also did not seem to matter much: “We began our lives there, we will simply go back home.’’

But the film industry is cautious.
Director Anurag Basu said, “The charges are serious and the industry will wait for the decision first.’’ Pritish Nandy, who is waiting for Shiney to complete his film Accident feels it will be time before the actor re-establishes himself. He added, “I will start shooting when he is up to it.’’ Nandy has two days of shooting left with Shiney, which he will do in Delhi. Producer Vinod Pande, for whose film Chalo Movie Shiney has to complete the dubbing, said, “I was not aware Shiney has been externed from the city, nevertheless I can get the dubbing done online.’’
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.
Anurag Basu drops the idea of the Metro sequel as he is fed up of dark, intense characters; will now focus on a frothy comedy
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 24, 2009)

Anurag Basu

After Gangster, Life In A Metro and Kites, Anurag Basu has had enough of dark intense films about characters who want to seek a happiness denied to their wretched souls. It’s a blithe, frothy comedy next for Anurag.

Drained by making dark movies, Anurag expressed his desire to make a comedy, “I’ve almost finished scripting the comedy. I really needed a change of pace in my life. For too long, I’ve been making films that took me to dark regions of the human heart. I want to do a fun film.”

In fact, Anurag has dropped plans of a sequel to his very successful Life in a Metro. “Yeah, that was what I wanted to do. But now with Kites taking so much time, I’ve lost focus of the characters in Metro and so, I’m sure, has the audience. Also, it’s again the same dark territory which I want to avoid. Besides it will be very difficult to get all the actors together again (with Shiney Ahuja in jail and Shilpa Shetty in and out of the country). I’d love to have done a sequel. But it’s too late now,” says Anurag.

Though Anurag doesn’t say it, the fact is, Kites has sapped more of his health than any other film he has directed. A concerned friend explained, “The making of Kites and all the focus on Hrithik and Barbara Mori has made Anurag very restless. Nowadays he’s very depressed. This is not the kind of publicity he wanted for himself or his cinema. Anurag is looking for a quick exit from the project.”

Anurag says that the release of Kites will rid the project of all the extra baggage. “Once the audience sees the film, they’ll appreciate my work. In the meanwhile, I’m already into my comedy. It’s very tough to write a comedy. How do you know, you won’t end up laughing alone?”

The Roshans delete a song choreographed by Farah Khan from Kites; are yet to inform her about their decision
By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 17, 2009)
Kites needed a surgical cut to make the length savory for the audience, and a song choreographed by Farah Khan was the first victim. The decision, though cold-blooded, was deemed necessary, but courtesy demands that Farah should have been informed about it. However, for the Roshans, extending the courtesy was not on top of their priority lists. There’s no saving grace here — it doesn’t feature in the Hindi or the English version either.

Although two weeks have lapsed, they still haven’t found the time to speak to Farah and explain their decision. The salsa number was shot over two-and-a-half days with the lead pair, Hrithik and Barbara Mori. The sensuous song weaves in the romance of English and Spanish.

When Rakesh Roshan, Anurag Basu and Hrithik Roshan took the decision, Anurag told Hrithik that he would like to inform Farah about the same. But Hrithik told Anurag that he would do the needful. Strangely, Farah was not informed.

When contacted, Farah confirmed, “I am not aware that my song is not in Kites anymore.”

This must be a blow for Farah Khan, who had taken up very selective work after the delivery of her triplets. Her two assignments had included work for her friends with Billu and Dostana, while Kites was only her third professional assignment.

A source close to the Roshans explained, “A large number of people who saw Kites at Cannes felt that the film was too long. There was a lot of debate about what should be chopped. After great deliberation, it was decided that Farah’s song should be deleted.” The decision is quite a surprise because the Roshans had announced the song with a lot of fanfare.

We don’t know if Farah was actually disappointed when we told her but she said, “I am not upset. It must be for the betterment of Kites. And maybe I will be informed after the final print is out.”

Rakesh Roshan and Anurag Basu remained unavailable for comment.

Kites' to hit screens in December
The much-talked about Hrithik Roshan starrer ‘Kites’ is scheduled for December release and producer Rakesh Roshan and director Anurag Basu have also agreed on how different the English and Hindi versions of the film would be.
The supposed steamy scenes between Hrithik and his co-star Barbara Mori would be the same in both versions.
“We can’t cheat Hindi audiences. The so-called steamy scenes will be the same in both versions. The visuals will remain unchanged in both. There won’t be anything radically different in the two versions because Hrithik and Barbara speak English-Hindi and Spanish, respectively in both English and Hindi,” Basu told us.
Also there would be voice-overs in Hindi and English, both done by Hrithik whose love story the film chronicles in a style that would recall David Lean’s ‘Brief Encounter’ and K. Balachander’s ‘Ek Duuje Ke Liye’.
About being designated the director of the decade at International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards in Macau, Rakesh Roshan said: “I’m flattered. There were other truly deserving directors in the reckoning. I must’ve done something right.”
Source: IANS

Kites release date deferred; Anurag Basu and Rakesh Roshan continue to bicker over editing out the steamy scenes


Rakesh Roshan’s Kites isn’t about to take off any time soon. Its release has been pushed back to December or early next year. The friction between director Anurag Basu and producer Rakesh Roshan continues to simmer. The love-making scenes are not finding a cheerleader within the family either. Anurag Basu is terribly unhappy that the final edit of Kites will be devoid of the steamy scenes between the lead pair.

Kites was being readied for a Diwali release, until several post-production issues made it impossible to keep the schedule.

Our source said, “There are three reasons for the delay. First, Anurag and Rakesh Roshan continue to disagree, though we thought the situation would improve after the shoot. There is speculation that there are three edited versions of Kites. Rakesh’s version is without Hrithik and Barbara’s love-making scenes. Rakesh thinks that the Hrithik-Barbara controversy has affected the peace at home and the love-making scenes would only fuel the controversy. Anurag is upset by Rakesh’s decision to chop off the passionate scenes.”

Also, the film’s background score is coming
along at its own merry pace. Anurag and Rakesh, of course, continue to bicker over the same. And finally, Rakesh Roshan has been unable to find a suitable Hollywood distributor.
Our source added, “The Roshans want a worldwide release of both; the Hindi and the English version. A special trailer was also screened at Cannes when Anurag, Rakesh, Hrithik and Barbara were there for the festival. Although, Big Pictures have the worldwide rights, the film will reach many more countries through a Hollywood studio. The Roshans haven’t been able to finalise a deal in this regard till today.”

Rakesh Roshan denied that differences with Anurag were delaying the film. He said, “There is no truth to that. The film is still a work in progress. I have not decided the release date. Whenever the first copy comes out, I will take a call.”

Big Pictures chose not to comment.