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By Taran Adarsh, January 2, 2010 – 09:05 IST

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Here’s a Breaking News and as always, it’s ONLY on Bollywood Hungama.

It’s finally confirmed! The past few months have witnessed tremendous speculation about the release date of KITES. Initially, it was said that KITES would arrive in Diwali. Later, it was January, coinciding with the release of Hrithik Roshan’s debut movie KAHO NAA… PYAAR HAI. Much later, news poured in that KITES would open during the onset of summer vacations, in April.

But the release date has been sealed finally. The film will be released worldwide on May 14. Interestingly, two more biggies are slated for release in May – HOUSEFULL on 20th [Thursday] and RAAJNEETI on 28th.

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ANY LESSONS LEARNT FROM 2009 MISTAKES?

Overall 2009 was a disappointing period for Bollywood. As what Ak_India mentioned in his DP that only 8% of films succeeded in this year which is very shocking. Many films got a nice opening and were well received by audiences as well as critics. Still, the films were hailed as Flop or Average due to their high costs. And that was one of the biggest reasons behind the debacle of many films. Films like Billu, Delhi-6, Kambakkht Ishq, Kaminey, Wake Up Sid, All The Best, London Dreams, De Dana Dan etc could had been super hits were they not produced and sold for such high prices. The problem of sky-high costs was accelerated by the wrong release time. Due to the producer-multiplex feud, no movies were released in the lucrative April and May period. As a result, as soon as strike ended, films after films started pouring every Friday. Obviously, common man cannot be expected to watch all films that release and thus, many films failed or did low business. For instance, All The Best could had been successful if it had not released with Blue. Aladin would have fared better had it not clashed with London Dreams. Jail would have got lots of audience if it had not released with the super hit Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani.

Unfortunately, there is no concrete solution for the 2nd problem. Due to the strike, there is still a huge backlog that needs to be cleared and hence, in 2010 too, one might find multiple releases on lots of Fridays. But the cost of the film can definitely be cut down and the best solution is that the actors slash their prices. Why do superstars like Akshay Kumar charge 20+ crores? And why do producers agree to pay them? Biggie actors should not be given more than 8 or 9 crores. And if this upsets them, then they should be paid more but only if their film succeeds at the box office. This kind of arrangement would benefit all. Movies that are made for 40-50 crores at present would be finished in less than 30 crores. Thus, such film will have high chances of recovering their costs too.

Sadly, no one is thinking of enforcing such an alternative. And as the chapter of 2009 closes, we could see multiple releases even in the last week. Today (i.e. last day of 2009), 3 small films are slated to release-Raat Gayi Baat Gayi (RGBG), Accident On Hill Road (AOHR) and Bolo Raam (BR). It is obvious that all 3 of these films are going to flop. If only one film had hit the screens today, it would have chances of profiting. But no film will profit in this rat race. Not to forget, the 3 Idiots craze is still going on. Hence, all these films have dug their own graves by releasing today. RGBG looks like a complete entertainer; AOHR may work if it has a well-written climax. BR may be hard hitting but it will surely have lowest collections. When will these people learn?
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MOVIES THAT WILL ROCK IN 2010-PART 1

The following are the films that have big stars and have highest chances of succeeding at the box office. 2 of them are listed below and the rest will be discussed next week [lack of space 😦 ]:



MY NAME IS KHAN: A winner for sure! Although the film looks serious, it has managed to arouse curiosity. And anyways, the name of Shah Rukh Khan is enough to make almost everyone sit up and take notice. Kajol being paired opp SRK is like an icing on the cake. Also it has talented actors like Jimmy Shergill which, I don’t think, will be revealed in promos till the flick releases on Feb 12. The first look of the film made people assume that it’s based on terrorism. However, it’s not! To quote SRK, “It’s a love story with an epic feel(Bombay Times). MNIK is thus expected to work not only in India but overseas too.

RAAVAN/RAVANA: Mark my words; this one would rock big big time! Unfortunately, when Bolly websites are discussing 2010 biggies, they aren’t mentioning this flick. There are many reasons as to why this film is special. Firstly, it is directed by talented-creative Mani Ratnam who never goes wrong. Secondly, it’s a present day version of Ramayana. And thirdly and the best part, the star cast and the characters that they play are just out of this world! Aishwarya Rai Bachchan plays Sita but Abhishek Bachchan isnt playing Rama! Instead, he’s Raavan in the film, i.e. the villain! Southern actor Vikram is Rama! Guess who plays Hanuman? None other than apna Govinda! Just imagine-Govinda in Mani’s film! Cool isnt it? Nikhil Dwivedi and Southern beauty Priyamani completes the main cast. The film is bi-lingual-it was shot in Tamil too but with slight change of cast. Vikram who plays Rama in Hindi version is Raavan in the Tamil version (hats off!). Prithviraj Sukumaran instead is Rama in Tamil version! Aishwariya Rai is acting in both the versions! The film is expected to release in May. Make sure you don’t miss it at any cost!

TO BE CONTINUED NEXT THURSDAY!

(AND WISHING EVERYONE A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!)

This post first appeared on MouthShut.com: http://www.mouthshut.com/diary/hdbhmtlmp/Fenils-Bollywood-Talk81

Some crew members of the much delayed Agent Vinod have opted out of the project for fear of being jobless after signing a contract with the production house

By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 19, 2009)


Saif Ali Khan and Dinesh Vijan’s Agent Vinod, which finally seemed poised to take off, has been delayed again. Due to this, some crew members got fed up of waiting for the film to go on the floors and hence opted out of it to work in other viable projects.

The film was supposed to go on the floors in July, but Saif could not find time for Agent Vinod as he was busy with the promotions of Love Aaj Kal. Later, both Kareena and Saif got busy with Kurbaan and the film got postponed. Then Kareena’s dates were given away to the Bollywood version of Stepmom, so the film got delayed even further to January. Now, it is finally reported that the film will begin in the second half of the next year.

A source from the unit, who has backed out of the film, says, “We have been roped in for this project for over six months. We were first informed that the movie will go on the floors in December, which was then pushed to January. Finally, the other day, we got a call from the production house saying that the film might go on the floors by April and we need to sign the contract papers.”

It was the commitment to the project, which seemed on a shaky path that made them back out of it. The source adds, “How can we sign the contract papers? Once we sign the contract, we can’t work anywhere else. So, we will be jobless till this movie goes on the floors. Given this inconvenience, many of us have backed out of the film. We are not signing the contract as we don’t want to be bound with the production house for so many months. If we do sign the contract we will be twiddling our thumbs and not earning money. Some of us have moved on since there is no guarantee of when exactly the film will take off. Meanwhile, we are taking up some other projects,” adds the source.

Producer Dinesh Vijan remained unavailable for comment. Guess Agent Vinod and he were having a fictitious tete-a-tete.

ROCKING ON: Farhan Akhtar
Farhan Akhtar is hot as a filmmaker and even hotter as an actor

MEENA IYER (BOMBAY TIMES; December 3, 2009)

Farhan Akhtar is smiling to himself as he watches a rough-cut of his next acting assignment Karthik Calling Karthik in the luxury of his own office. The actor says he wanted to release KCK with Deepika Padukone on February 26. “However since there was a slight ambiguity at that point on whether Hrithik Roshan’s Kites would release on the same date, we shifted our release date. Both Duggu and Rakesh Roshan had spoken to me about Kites. If a friend is releasing his film on that date, I would naturally go out of my way to accommodate him.”


Farhan is very fond of Duggu. His sister Zoya Akhtar will start her next flick under Farhan and his friend Ritesh Sidhwani’s banner in April next year; a project which is already creating ripples because of its male line-up. “Zoya’s film will have Hrithik, Abhay Deol and me in the lead,” says Farhan. “But we don’t have a title yet. We’ve run out of English words for titles,” he laughs.

In September Farhan will don the mantle of director for the Bollywood’s Badshah SRK’s Don-2; one of the most anticipated sequels of all time. “Priyanka, SRK, Arjun Rampal and Boman Irani are on board,” he confirms.

Well, now that he is an actor, is he at all tempted to cast himself as Don? “You must be kidding me,” he laughs again. “Only SRK qualifies as Don… He is the biggest and the best.”

Though he has successfully juggled acting and directing, Farhan feels he is no where in the league of past masters like Raj Kapoor and Guru Dutt who wore two hats simultaneously and did both jobs remarkably well. “I can either act or direct at a time, so when I’m acting, then I don’t direct,” he says.

What according to him is the most interesting aspect of his having turned actor? “Well I’m a happily married man… so I don’t flirt with my heroines,” he says. “The most interesting aspect of being an actor is that people from all over the world come forward to congratulate me for films like Dil Chahta Hai and Lakshya. When I made those films I was terribly media shy; and there were people who didn’t know what I looked like.
Now that they have been re-introduced me as an actor, they come forward to congratulate me for my work as a director. Ironical isn’t it?”

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

 

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2009-WORST YEAR EVER FOR BOLLYWOOD?

April is about to end and still there’s not a single film till now which has managed to become a Super Hit this year. In fact, 14 films released in March and all of them were small or medium budget films and some of them were well made. Barring Little Zizou (which got a limited release and was made on a very low cost) all the other 13 films-13B, Dhoondte Reh Jaoge, Karma Aur Holi, Gulaal, Jai Veeru, Aloo Chaat, Barah Aana, Firaaq, Lottery, Straight, Aa Dekhen Zara, Ek-The Power Of One and Videsh were flops at the Box office! April also started on a bad note with Akshay Kumar starrer 8×10 Tasveer failing at the BO. Then the strike commenced which led to the release of only B-grade and small budget films like Ek Se Bure Do, Pal Pal Dil Ke Ssaat, Coffee House, Chowrasta, Meri Padosan and also the dubbed Dashavatar. And as expected, all these films also failed to attract audiences to theatres.

And regarding the tussle between multiplexes and producers, 20 days have already passed and still there have been almost negligible communication between the two parties. As a result, the tussle may go on for a few more days. What is disgusting is that even after the strike is called off, films would not immediately start releasing. The promotion of all forthcoming films is put on hold. So if the strike is called off on May 1 for instance, the promotion of forthcoming films would begin by May 3 and some small projects may get a release 2-3 weeks later (May 15/May 22).

The multiplexes v/s producers tiff has already created negative consequences. Multiplexes are suffering since hardly any audience is there for their films. As a result, all multiplexes have shut down some of the screens in order to save money. Producers are hit too since films are ready but they can’t release it. Single screen theatres are suffering losses too for no reason of theirs. And moviegoers are dying to watch a good film but they’ll have to wait a little longer. The release of prominent forthcoming films has been postponed too. Kambakkht Ishq had blocked the date May 29 months back. But now, the film has been shifted ahead. Yash Raj Films’ have postponed the release of Kabir Khan’s New York from May 1 to June 12. Shahid-Priyanka starrer Kaminey hasn’t changed its release date (June 5) though.

But let’s not blame the producers and distributors for all this. They flagged off the tussle because they didn’t have any other choice. They took this hard decision so that in future, films can release week after week with no fear of multiplex mafia.

However, there’s one film, titled 99, which is all set to release on May 8 in spite of the multiplex issue going on. This comic film stars Kunal Khemu, Soha Ali Khan, Cyrus Broacha and Mahesh Manjrekar. The producers of this film are not registered under United Forum (which flagged off the strike) and therefore, are free to release their film whenever they want. The film looks seems funny and all the film-starved audiences should definitely go for it! Also, producers need not worry since 99 is not going to amass huge profits for the multiplexes ! The promo of the film is uploaded below. Do check!

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Inox Multiplex, Nariman Point, Mumbai (inoxmovies.com)

Mumbai: With fresh content drying up in the wake of the producers’ strike, multiplexes are contemplating closing down some screens to save costs.

A source said, “They will have to operate lesser screens till they get content for them. Many multiplexes have already closed one screen, and if the embargo continues guess they will close more screens to save operation costs.’’

Multiplexes claim their profit margins are just about 15% and high rentals are already pinching them. Maintenance cost for a 5- or 6-screen multiplex in a metro is between Rs 55 lakh to Rs 60 lakh a month and in smaller towns, it is about Rs 35 lakh a month.

A source said, “With little attractive programming to bring in revenues, with high overheads, multiplexes will have to cut costs. From the third week of April, there will be no content at all as the producers and distributors will not allow re-releases of their films in multiplexes. The halls will have to control their fixed costs.’’

It is learnt that multiplexes in small towns have closed at least two screens and are restructuring the working hours of their employees to save overtime costs. A source said, “Some owners are encouraging their employees to take more leave. Working hours are being reduced—instead of 15 hours, the employees have to only work for 12 hours till the problem is resolved.’’

Vishal Kapoor, COO of Fun Cinemas said, “Cost cutting measures are being adopted. Content available to us has limited shelf life. For us, the operational cost per cinema per month is about Rs 20 lakh. If we close down one screen, we only save about Rs 1 lakh a month, which is nothing considering the rentals and salaries that have to be paid.’’

Meanwhile, two films—Ek Se Bure Do and Pal Pal Dil Ke Ssaat—were released at multiplexes on Friday. Also, Anjan Dutt’s Chaurasta and Kamal Hasan’s Dashavatar will release in multiplexes next week. Sources say these films are being released “as the producers of these films don’t belong to the United Producers-Distributors Forum.’’

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