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Saturday 2nd January 2010 09.00 IST
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The three new releases of the week Accident On Hill Road, Bolo Raam and Raat Gayi Baat Gayi all opened to a dull response at the box office.
Three Idiots has unparalleled first week business of around 80 crore nett. All circuit records have been torn apart from Bihar, Orissa and Assam. The eighth day is off to a huge start and is like a first Sunday of big ticket films. ALL TIME BLOCKBUSTER
Rocket Singh – Salesman Of The Year fell in week three and will end its business on around 20 crore nett. BELOW AVERAGE
Paa dropped in week four with around 1.25 crore nett business. The four week total is around 30 crore nett. SEMI HIT
Ritesh Deshmukh has plans to launch a chain of tea centres, the first of which will open in Mumbai. The chain will then spread to other major cities in India.
Ritesh got this idea from the numerous café chains in the city. His tea centre will be called Chai Piyo Ji and will house national and international varieties of tea. Our source said, “Ritesh has taken a special interest in designing the centre as he has studied architecture. The first centre will be ready by early next year in South Mumbai. He then plans a tie-up with a firm to take care of the chain. He has also hired a company to execute this project. The tea centre will have varieties of tea from Assam, green teas and masala chais.”
Ritesh spoke at length about his new venture. He said, “I have had this idea for over two years now, but I decided to work on it soon after we began shooting for Aladin. The first day of the shoot was held in a college canteen set. Interestingly, the canteen was called Chai Piyo Ji. I loved the name; I thought it was cool and unique, so I took permission of the guys there to use it. After that I got the trademark and registered the name and logo. Now I am really working hard on it.”
Which firm is he planning to tie up with? “I am open to all options right now,” said Ritesh. “I still am looking at how to go about it. Right now, I want the first place to be my own and then a certain business module, which is being worked out, will be put in place.”
Talking about his choice of chai, Ritesh said, “I personally drink green tea for health reasons. I am not into tea with milk but Fardeen (Khan) gave me quite a few options. He told me to include different flavours and types of tea from all over the world. It will be quite a task to have them all under one roof.”
MARK MANUEL Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; October 25, 2009)
It’s funny, with a daughter like the lovely international actress Nandana Sen, you would have thought Nobel Prize economist Prof. Amartya Sen would be well informed about cinema. But he’s not. He knows just about five people connected with filmmaking. And these he counted for me with much difficulty and some prompting from Nandana. “I knew Satyajit Ray extremely well,” he began, “he and I studied at Santiniketan. I had huge admiration for him. And I know Mira Nair, Shyam Benegal, and, and… what’s his name, Mrinal Sen! I do know Nandita Das and like her films, also. And I met… what’s the name of the guy who acted with you in Rang Rasiya… I shook his hand? Randeep Hooda? Yes, I met him. I also met Amitabh Bachchan, whom I don’t know, and Shabana Azmi, who’s an old friend. I used to like her father’s poetry and now, I like her husband’s. And Salman Khan…”
He was in Mumbai to deliver a keynote lecture for the Indian Philosophy Congress yesterday and I was meeting the distinguished father and sexy daughter at his suite in the Taj. I was drinking coffee. The professor ordered a pot of Darjeeling tea. When it came, he was appalled. “This tea is too strong for Darjeeling,” he grumbled, “it’s got the strength of Assam.” Then to Nandana, who was busy eating pistachios noisily, he said, “Chuck it in the sink!” He is unintentionally humorous, he speaks in a deep, rumbling voice, and he chooses his words carefully — as if aware that when Prof. Amartya Sen speaks, people hang onto his words even if he isn’t talking welfare economics. That’s his hobby horse. And he travels around the world at 76 on his Nobel Prize ticket, astonishing scientists and academicians with his philosophy on poverty, gender inequality and political liberalism. But I had got him onto cinema. And Prof. Sen was struggling.
“You’re wasting your time, I’m not knowledgeable about films,” he said trying to discourage me. “You asking me who I like is like asking me a cooking recipe. I’m happy to tell you. But my recipe won’t alleviate the culinary world much!” Nandana, fortunately, was not having any of it. “Baba, you like Sharmila Tagore, isn’t she one of your favourites,” she chided him. “Yes,” Prof. Sen admitted. “And Katherine Hepburn… what a fantastic actress, so sharp and intelligent.” Then he surprised me by saying, “Jane Fonda, I know. I’ve had a couple of dinners with her. Her husband, Ted Turner, started the UN Foundation and was a trustee. So is my wife, Emma Rothschild. And the dinners where spouses gather, are quite impressive. There’s also Nelson Mandela.” But to come back to cinema, he doesn’t see too many films, though he thinks he’s seen all of Nandana’s. Rang Rasiya, in which she plays Raja Ravi Varma’s muse and appears topless in one breathtaking scene, Prof. Amartya saw at the London Film Festival and actually liked. “It’s not been released and nobody seems to know why,” he said querulously. “Has it been made for the archives? It would have been a great success in Europe and the US after receiving favourable notice in London.”
He hardly visits Mumbai. His work brings him to Delhi. And his heart takes him to Kolkata. Now Prof. Amartya Sen looked out of the window at the Gateway and said, “I’ve not been here since the November disaster, but I have various memories here. The best one is of defeating the Australian cricket team! I was in the health club, exercising on the bike and watching a news channel, when they came in. They wanted the bike and to change the channel. I objected. They were a little assertive and gave me the democratic argument that there were more of them. But I was here first, I told them. Then their captain, Steve Waugh, came. He conceded that I had a point. I thought, no matter how poorly India did in cricket against Australia, I had done reasonably well!”