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HOT! Katrina Kaif
…says Katrina Kaif on being voted the Sexiest Asian Woman again

SUBHASH K JHA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 15, 2009)

Katrina Kaif, who has just been voted the Sexiest Asian Woman the second time over by a UK publication, is of the opinion that in the Indian context — sexy has a very different definition. “It means a person is more appealing than overtly physically attractive. These titles come from the fact that I’m currently in people’s consciousness because of the work that I have done this year. New York, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani and De Dana Dan all worked,” says the Bollywood hottie, adding, “People should see me at home. I’m painfully unglamorous. Just another working girl making a living. I certainly don’t fit into the conventional sexy babe groove. I’m more in the girl next door mould. And that’s the image I’m comfortable with.” She also feels being sexy is not about clothes and the oomph. “It’s not about how hard you can pout into the camera. It’s about being a complete woman without trying.”

Kat also feels Asians define sexiness in ways that go beyond the skin. “I think we Indians define sexy in a different way than other parts of the world. I think Asian women are seen to be sexy when they can fit into the domestic image. Plain and simple, the girls the Indian guys can take home to their mothers are sexy.” Pondering on being conventionally sexy, Katrina adds, “I did do some oomphy stuff last year, like Zara Zara Kiss Me in Race. So maybe being called the Sexiest or whatever made sense in 2008. But this year all my roles have been of wholesome girls next door. What was sexy about my character in New York or Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani? And in my next release I wear sober sarees and project an image that’s a far cry from the bubbly all-over-the-place nymphet that people expect me to be.”

In the process of eliminating handful of terrorists, we end up creating many more-this best describes the policies of Western developed powers who are hell bent on making the world more democratic but adopt inhuman ways to achieve the end point. Kurbaan throws light on this sensitive topic and thankfully treats it well. The flick throws a spate of questions and forces you to think, discuss and debate. But it doesn’t get preachy and hence it’s not like one of the several films on terrorism that are made for a niche audience. The film is thrilling, has some wonderful twist-n-turns and includes some moments of love and passion too. All this make Kurbaan one of the finest films of the year-one that can’t be missed!

The story of the movie: Ehsaan Khan (Saif Ali Khan) takes the job of a teacher in a university in Delhi where he comes across a psychology teacher, Avantika (Kareena Kapoor). He instantly falls in love and she also ends up liking him. But unfortunately, she’s called back to New York where she originally belongs. Realizing that it would be wrong to have a long-distance relationship, Ehsaan also moves to NYC with Avantika. But before that, they marry. After moving to New York, they buy a new house in a neighborhood full of Asians, conservative Muslims to be precise. The neighbours invite Ehsaan and Avantika for dinner so that they can get familiar with each other. Soon, Avantika realizes that things are not fine in the neighbourhood as they seem and finally, realization dawns upon her-she has been as used as a pawn in a dangerous game.

The beginning 20-25 minutes focuses on Saif-Kareena’s courtship and may not impress. It was the weakest part of the film and wasn’t treated well. But thinks take a good turn with the song Shukran Allah and when the couple shifts to New York. The film engrosses from the scene where the neighbours invite them for dinner. From this sequence, the film turns into a roller coaster ride with lots of unpredictable turns. The entry of Riyaaz (Vivek Oberoi) in the narrative adds to the icing on the cake.

The intermission point was brilliant and fortunately, unlike other films, Kurbaan doesn’t fall or gets slow in the post-interval portions. In fact, the 2nd half also keeps you hooked onto your seat. A number of sequences are memorable in this hour. Kirron Kher sharing the tragic story astonishes you and Kher’s mind blowing performance only enhances the impact. Same goes for the scene where Saif is nursing the wound with little help from Kareena after getting hit by a bullet. The way the blood tickles down and the way Saif screams-man, it gives goosebumps!

The last 30 minutes of the film is undoubtedly the best portion of the film. The tension that is created in the climax and the engrossing and captivating direction is truly appreciable. The film ends on an acceptable note.

Regarding the flaws, as mentioned before, the first 20 mins doesn’t work. Also, the film is full of violent and gory scenes which might not be liked by some sections. And the editing wasn’t upto the mark. More about it later!

Kurbaan is a rare film where the cast and most of the crew have worked exceptionally well in all respects. Saif Ali Khan was outstanding in his role. He looked dapper in his new look and performance wise, doesn’t provide even a miniscule chance of complain! Thus, Kurbaan can safely be added to the list of ‘finest performances of Saif’. This year has been particularly lucky for Saif with his home production Love Aaj Kal being a super hit and now even Kurbaan has been appreciated. His next Agent Vinod with Kareena is also expected to rock! Way to go Saif!

Kareena Kapoor has exposed as minimal as possible and still managed to look stunning. She’s always been delivering fine performances and in Kurbaan too, she does a perfect job. Watch out for the scenes where she discovers that she has been used and in the climax. She proves once again as to why she’s one of the top actresses today! Great going!

Vivek Oberoi steals the show with his wonderful act. In fact, his acts impact more than Saif-Kareena at several points in the film. Audiences as well filmmakers would surely sit up and take notice of this highly talented actor who was neglected in the past due to many reasons. He is expected to shine in his next films, Prince and Rakta Charitra too!

Kirron Kher, like Vivek, leaves a mark in several scenes. For a change, it was good to see her in a different kind of role than her usual stereotypical ones. Om Puri performs with ease. Dia Mirza looked charming and impresses with her special appearance. Nauheed Cyrusi does a fabulous job. Asheesh Kapur, who plays her husband, was great. Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Aakash Khurana and others were good.

Salim-Sulaiman’s music was haunting and songs suited the film well. Shukran Allah, Ali Maula and Kurbaan Hua are the three best songs. Ali Maula leaves a mark. The duo’s background score was electrifying and they may bag the Best Background Score award this year.

Anurag Kashyap and Niranjan Iyengar’s dialogues were sharp and top notch. Best dialogue of the film was, “Ek minute ke liye bhi ye mat sochna ki ye allah ka kaam hai!Parvez Feroze’ gory action enhanced the reality of the film. Asif Ali Shaikh’s editing wasn’t upto the mark. One can notice that desperate attempts were made to haphazardly cut down mini portions of scenes to reduce the duration of the film as much as possible. Not good!

Rensil D’Silva, the screenwriter-director scores in his dream debut. Although the direction wasn’t perfect, the film managed to make an impact and give out a strong message. The screenplay was undoubtedly intriguing.

And finally, kudos to Karan Johar for writing the film and also for producing such a hard hitting flick. KJo was criticized for making lovey-dovey films only. But with his last two films and Kurbaan, he has proved that he’s here not only to rake in moolah but also to provide fresh and interesting flicks! Hats off!

Some of the best scenes of the film:
1.       The songs Shukran Allah and Ali Maula
2.       Ehsaan and Avantika at the dinner in the neighbour’s house
3.       Avantika meets Dia
4.       The plane bombing sequence
5.       The intermission point
6.       Riyaaz at the Saif’s lecture
7.       Riyaaz’ quick conversation with Avantika at the mall
8.       The scene at the sandwich parlour
9.       The coffee scene
10.     The climax

On the whole, Kurbaan is an engaging and thrilling film that impresses and engrosses thoroughly! Go for it and have 160 minutes of captivating and thrilling time!

My rating-**** out of 5!

This review first appeared on MouthShut.com: http://www.mouthshut.com/review/Kurbaan-180014-1.html

Nikhil Advani to create London’s Southall in Mumbai’s Film City for Patiala House

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 27, 2009)


Akshay Kumar

Southall, a locality in London, monopolised by Asians, will be recreated to the last detail in Mumbai for Nikhil Advani’s forthcoming film, Patiala House.

Confirming the news, Nikhil says, “It’s a cross-cultural film about a generation gap. It’s set in 2010 but will go back to the infamous Southall racial riots in 1979. Since the Southall of 1979 was impossible to replicate in London, my art director Priya Raghunath is recreating it in Mumbai for me at Film City.”

Patiala House is a rare, non-comic outing for Akshay. “I had put in some lighter moments and comic interludes for Akshay but he firmly asked me to take them out. Patiala House will be unlike anything Akshay has done so far,” says Advani.

Nikhil Advani

The film’s shooting will take place between December 18 and January 31. It is produced by Mukesh Talreja and also stars Anushka Sharma.

By Lekha Menon (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 01, 2009)

When lost in a foreign country, Bollywood always comes to your rescue. Especially Shah Rukh Khan. That King Khan has a crazy fan following from Ambarnath to Amsterdam is stale news. But what you don’t expect is to see strangers, otherwise hostile to Asians, suddenly becoming more approachable, the moment they realise you belong to SRK’s country. Recently, a group of tourists from India were gallivanting in Naples, Italy, trying to find their way out of a maze of confusing streets.With not a soul in sight who could speak even half-decent English, they had a tough time negotiating the nukkads of Naples.

Shah Rukh Khan

Suddenly popped up Giovanni, a local youngster chilling out with his friends on a street corner. Hesitantly (after having experienced some not-so-polite encounters with Europeans), they approached him for help. “India?” was Giovanni’s first response to a rather long-winded question. “SRK?” was his next one-word query. And out of the blue, broke into ‘Tujhe dekha toh yeh jaana sanam’ from DDLJ in what sounded like a strange mix of Italian, English and Hindi. “I love Saahruk,” he informed the stupefied tourists. Turned out, Giovanni was a musician with a passion for world music. He had heard the song, watched the film and had fallen in love with Shah Rukh. Incidentally he hadn’t heard of Amitabh Bachchan or Akshay Kumar, neither had he visited India. But touring Mannat was certainly on his wish-list. Needless to say, the Bollywood convert immediately became a helpful guide for our stranded Indians, taking them on an impromptu tour of the city.

So the next time you feel directionless abroad, just say S-R-K.

HAVING FUN: Deepika Padukone. For more pictures of the actress, log on to http://photogallery.indiatimes.com
…was Deepika Padukone’s perky reply when asked what her man thought about her latest performance

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; August 11, 2009)

Deepika Padukone has been stopped in the streets of London a dozen times a day in the last ten days. “Indians, Pakistanis and other Asians have all stopped to tell me only one thing — that they have loved me in my latest film,’’ says the actress excitedly.

She is particularly delighted that no one mentioned that Kareena Kapoor would, perhaps, have been better in the part than she is. “Saif and I were perfect for the part is everyone’s firm opinion,’’ she
says. “Imtiaz Ali obviously knew what he was doing when he cast us.’’

She herself caught a private screening with boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor. Ask her what he thought of her performance and she quips, “You must ask Ranbir what he thought of me. I can’t tell you.’’

If she is all smiles now thanks to the fantastic response, the actress recalls how two weeks ago things seemed bleak. “I was down with a bout of malaria,’’ she says. “I was so weak that the doctor who was treating me in London almost didn’t want me to travel.’’

The high levels of anxiety she went
through on account of her health and the shooting of her film Housefull being held up gave her a bad case of the blues. “Of course,’’ she says, “the silver lining to this whole thing was that my last release worked.’’

She is just four films old, but Deepika is totally sorted. “While I love the compliments I receive (believe me, they are almost as many in number as the ones I received for Om Shanti Om) I don’t want to fly. I’m just a newcomer on the block and I need to stay focused. Praise is all fine, so is flattery. But at the end of the day, I have to move on to doing
better work.’’

Deepika’s next release will be Kartik Calling Kartik with Farhan Akhtar followed by the mad-cap comedy Houseful with Akshay Kumar. “Not only is the film a comedy, even shooting for this film is a riot,’’ says the actress. “Whether it is Akshay Kumar, Sajid Khan or Sajid Nadiadwala, they constantly keep everyone on the set in splits. I can’t tell you how much fun it is.’’

Life is coming up roses for her…

TUSHAR JOSHI (Mid-Day; August 8, 2009)

Director Tarun Mansukhani’s Dostana has been selected to open the iView Film Festival in New York on August 28 and 29.

The director who is working on a sequel to the film will attend the festival with actor John Abraham. “I am thrilled that Dostana is making news months after its release.

I expect a lot of Asians to attend the festival since John will accompany me,” said Mansukhani.

He added, “It is sweet of Abbas Tyrewala who is directing John in a film shot in London to allow the actor to attend the festival.”

Abhishek Bachchan and John pretended to be gays in Dostana to rent an apartment in Miami, Florida.

But when asked whether the sequel too will be set in the US, Mansukhani said, “I cannot say for sure, but chances are that it will most likely be set in the US.”