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TROUBLED: Shahid Kapoor.
The actor spends 90 minutes at the US immigration

 

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; October 26, 2009)

 

Shah Rukh Khan’s ordeal on August 15, at the New Jersey immigration, threw light on a problem constantly being faced by Bollywood stars and their staff. And now like King Khan, Shahid Kapoor too apparently spent 90 minutes at the New York airport, while the authorities grilled his spotboy Mohammed Manjoor Allam, better known as Mamu in Bollywood. Mamu, an elderly gentleman, has been taking care of Shahid since childhood and is working as the actor’s valet or spotboy. Shahid is currently in the US for a 40-day schedule of Parmeet Sethi’s untitled venture being produced by Aditya Chopra. He had left for the US days prior to the release of his film Dil Bole Hadippa! along with actress Anushka Sharma, choreographer Ahmed Khan and a close-knit unit. For the first leg of the shooting, the unit was in Philadelphia and from there, they packed to move to the Big Apple last week. It was during his entry into New York that Mamu was asked to step aside and questioned separately as his name needed special clearance. A member of the unit said, “The questioning lasted for nearly 90 minutes. Though Mamu has travelled extensively to most countries with Shahid, USA is the only country he had not visited.” When Mamu was stopped at the airport, Shahid sensed that he was very nervous, especially since he wasn’t very fluent in English. Shahid didn’t allow him to feel isolated in a foreign land and sat with him throughout the questioning. Mamu was eventually let off, however, the airport did not give a reason for this 90-minute questioning. The actor was unavailable for comment, but his official PR spokesperson confirmed the news. “Yes this incident did happen,” she told BT.

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Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; October 20, 2009)

Mumbai: If thespian Dilip Kumar’s film Mughal-E-Azam ran at Maratha Mandir for over six years, Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge has completed 14 years of continuous run at the same theatre. The film enters its 15th year on Tuesday at Maratha Mandir and the exhibitor is quite optimistic that the theatre will have a houseful board.


Managing director of Maratha Mandir, Manoj Desai, said, “The film completes 14 years in our cinema hall and we still get at least 60-70% occupancy on weekdays and a houseful on weekend and holidays. Whoever claims it is not doing well can come and check.’’ Desai said, “Dilip Kumar’s Mughal-E-Azam
had a record run at Maratha Mandir before we took over the cinema hall. The film ran for nearly six years and the first three years in full shows.’’


One of the main reasons DDLJ still gets an audience is the ticket pricing. Manager Ramesh Vajpayee says, “Balcony tickets are for Rs 22, Dress circle for Rs 20 and stall tickets for Rs 18.’’ Desai said, “Yashraj
gives us the rental and we do good enough business.’’ Ramesh Sippy’s Sholay ran at Minerva for more than five years. Sholay was the first film to celebrate silver jubilee at over 100 theatres. The film released on August 15, 1975, and cinema halls did not open its current booking for 75 weeks.


Trade analyst Amod Mehra recalls spending only Rs 2.50 paise to watch Sholay at Minerva. He said, “The era when films ran for weeks, months or years will never return. We don’t even hear of a film completing a silver jubilee (25 weeks) at a cinema.’’ Not many know that Ashok Kumar’s anti-hero film, Kismet, that released in 1943 ran for nearly three years in Mumbai and Kolkata theatres. It was with this film that Ashok Kumar became the most sought-after actor.

Vipul Shah is taking every legal precaution to safeguard his next film, Action Replay; makes copycat Pritam sign an anti-plagiarism indemnity
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 15, 2009)

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Akshay Kumar

Pritam may be hot property in Bollywood, but he got there with a little ‘help’ from other bands that he has generously ‘borrowed’ from. Now his past is coming back to bite him as he has made his producer Vipul Shah wary, lest he lands the producer into legal tangles. As a safeguard, Vipul has made Pritam sign an indemnity clause for the music of his film Action Replay, starring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Akshay Kumar. This is virtually unheard of in an industry that is particularly lax about copyright infringement.

Vipul Shah has become very cautious about derivative material in his films especially after his victory in court against Shree Venkatesh Films who have been accused of lifting material from Namastey London for a Bengali film, Poran Jai Joliya Re. To avoid any potential disasters that might blow up in his face with his next film, Action Replay, the filmmaker is not taking any chances. Given Pritam’s track record, the composer is quite the candidate who is likely to trigger the explosion.

Vipul confirmed, “I have taken a written indemnity from our music composer Pritam that not a single song in Action Replay is a copy. How will I know if he takes something from a Chinese, Taiwanese or Syrian song?”

In fact, the written indemnity says that Pritam will be solely responsible for his compositions and that the filmmaker/ producer will not be liable if his compositions are found not to be original. With no stringent laws in place to check copyright infringement, people like Pritam have been getting away with plagiarism repeatedly.

Pritam said, “I have no problem signing the indemnity as it every producer’s responsibility to make sure that every aspect of his film is fool-proof. However, I do feel the producer shouldn’t always be blamed if any aspect of the film is accused of plagiarism. For instance, if there is an accusation that the film’s story is directly lifted from some other piece of art, then the writer should take responsibility for this. Same goes for other branches of filmmaking.”

Strangely enough, the Bengali filmmakers have accused Vipul of plagiarising a Hollywood film to make his forthcoming film, Action Replay. Vipul’s office has been working round-the-clock to prepare a voluminous defence against the charge that Action Replay is a remake of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Meanwhile, a few people who have seen portions of Action Replay claim that the film bears no similarity to Benjamin Button and is actually a take-off on HG Wells’s The Time Machine.

TRACKS PRITAM HAS COPIED IN THE PAST
1 Shikdum from Dhoom-Original: Sikdim by Tarkan

2 I Miss You Every Day from Kya Love Story Hai-Original: Alatoul by Karina

3 Lamha Lamha from Gangster-Original: Kal Shab Mein Ne Dekha by Waris Baig

4 Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai from Gangster-Original: Sacral Nirvana by Oliver Shanti & Friends

5 Ya Ali from Gangster-Original: Ya Ghali from Guitara

6 Wicket Bacha from Hattrick-Original: Man smart (Woman Smarter) by Harry Belafonte’s

7 Dil Samundar from Garam Masala-Original: Kuzu Kuzu by Tarkan

8 Kya Mujhe Pyaar Hai from Woh Lamhe-Original:Tak Bisakh by Peter Pan

9 Chori Ki Baatein from Fight Club-Original: Channoby Ali Zafar

10 Is This Love from Pyaar Ke Side Effects-Original: A Mi Maneraby Gipsy Kings

Pritam

Vipul Shah


Here’s how Sohail Khan decided to stand up for big brother Salman by publically making fun of Vivek Oberoi at a party on Tuesday evening
By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 15, 2009)
Vivek Oberoi must’ve never in his wildest dreams imagined that he would be called a waiter at a party. It’s he who always calls Ganpat for the daaru, right? Well, this time the tables were turned during Ramesh Taurani’s silver anniversary, which had its share of drama with Vivek being the butt of the joke. Salman Khan’s younger brother Sohail Khan didn’t miss the opportunity to cock a snook at Salman’s sworn enemy Vivek Oberoi. It was bhai chaara at its best when Sohail decided to stand up for his bade bhaiya.

When Sohail walked in, Vivek was busy sipping a drink. Sohail proceeded further into the hall where the party was gaining momentum. A few seconds later, Sohail saw Vivek standing quietly in one corner. On spotting Vivek, Sohail couldn’t help but remember the enmity between Vivek and Salman and he decided to get cheeky.

An eyewitness says, “Suddenly Sohail called out ‘Oye, Vivek!’. On hearing his name, Vivek looked towards Sohail. Immediately, Sohail looked at a waiter carrying a tray of drinks and again said, ‘Oye, Vivek, zaraa idhar aana’.”

Vivek’s face fell when he realised that Sohail had humiliated him. The shocked actor simply put his head down and walked a few paces away from where Sohail was standing.

Did Vivek want to confront Sohail? And did he control his anger as Salman was shortly expected to make an appearance at the do? We may never know, but one thing is for sure, poor Vivek is still paying for that much publicised press conference he had called in April 2003 complaining that Salman harassed and threatened him over the phone for his relationship with Aishwarya Rai, with whom Salman was romantically involved earlier.

A friend of Sohail (name withheld on request) present at the party confirmed the incident. He laughed and said, “Uske baad Vivek ka chehra dekhne laayak tha.”

Vivek Oberoi at the party

Sohail Khan at the party

– By Taran Adarsh, August 15, 2009 – 00:37 IST

As expected, KAMINEY opened to an excellent response, garnering one of the best openings in recent times. Vishal Bhardwaj + Shahid Kapoor + ‘Dhan Te Nan’ have done the trick. The film is being liked immensely by the youth. The first day collections, excluding Mumbai and Pune, should be huge. Today [15th August] being Independence Day holiday, the business is expected to be superb again.

On the other hand, LIFE PARTNER had a 25% to 30% start across various screens. The film was affected due to the KAMINEY wave, but the business picked up from noon onwards. The 3 p.m. shows showed a jump at several screens and the evening and night shows were even better. The film is being liked by family audiences.

BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM

KamineyMumbaikars are still sore about missing the nationwide release of UTV’s Kaminey, and Indian Film Company’s Life Partner. The films will release in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai on Monday. Minister of state for home Arif Naseem Khan said, “The situation with regards to swine flu seems to be under control. As of now, we have asked the multiplexes to open from Monday onwards.’’ Both the films will release in 100 screens in the city.

THE TIMES OF INDIA (August 15, 2009)

PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN: Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan wave the tricolour for BT. For more pictures of Bollywood’s hot couple, log on http://photogallery.indiatimes.com
MARK MANUEL Times News Network (BOBMAY TIMES; August 15, 2009)


The wind plucked at their hair and tugged at the flag. But Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor were not letting go off the Indian tricolour. This Independence Day, they aren’t here — a prior commitment will see them, along with Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif among others, shaking hands, signing autographs and posing for pictures with 50,000 Indians in Chicago. A Meet-and-Greet with Bollywood’s big stars has been organised as an Independence Day treat for Indian fans in the US today and tomorrow, in Chicago and Houston respectively. Tomorrow is also Saif ’s birthday… so it will be a double whammy for old fans and new of the actor-producer who is riding a big high with the super success of his first home production. Before they flew to the US on Thursday night, Bollywood’s most photogenic and happening couple waved the flag and said “Jai ho!” to BT readers. They would have loved to be here today, of course — swine flu notwithstanding, but the fans abroad have been waiting from ever since…

Kareena is used to the flag hoisting scene. As a child, she would hold elder sis Karishma Kapoor’s hand and toddle off to the R K Studios in Chembur where grandfather Raj Kapoor had a ceremony every Independence Day for the children in the family. Holi, rang barse and bhang, Rajji kept for the elders! Then, when Karisma entered Bollywood and the sisters stayed with their mother in Lokhandwala, as a girl of nine or ten, Kareena used to attend the housing society’s
Independence Day functions. But for the last five years, now, she has been out of the country on August 15. And while the patriotic surge is there, the ears strain to catch Jana Gana Mana wherever she is, it’s not the same as being in India on Independence Day. Saif, on the other hand, remembers early Independence Days spent at the family’s royal seat in Pataudi, Bhopal, where they had their own flag and coat of arms. His father, Mansoor Ali Khan, was the ninth and last Nawab of Pataudi before Indira Gandhi abolished royal entitlements in 1971 by an amendment to the Constitution. The royal flag came down (he remembers it fluttering from his grandmother’s car) and the Indian tricolour came up at Pataudi. Today, despite the royal blood, and over Kareena’s protests that he sometimes acts like a little angrez, MAK Pataudi’s only son is as Indian as his Punjabi lady love. See the pride in their eyes as they wave the flag? That’s what we mean.
mark.manuel@timesgroup.com

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