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Rohit Dhawan’s directorial debut shelved; he is working on a rom com now

By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 24, 2009)

Times aren’t good for director David Dhawan. Yesterday, we broke the news about how Salman Khan is not letting him direct Sanki and now, we have learnt that his son Rohit’s debut directorial venture has gone kaput.

The Akshay Kumar-John Abraham starrer, Come on Pappu has been shelved and the junior Dhawan is now working on an entirely new film, a romantic comedy, which is yet untitled. Rohit confirms, “Yes, I am not making Come on Pappu anymore.”


Rohit Dhawan / Pic: Yogen Shah

A source reveals, “Come on Pappu was in trouble because several production houses were backing out. Initially, the film was to be produced by Percept Picture Company, but they backed out due to lack of funds. Rohit then took his project to Studio 18, but they refused to go ahead with it, thanks to Akshay’s exorbitant fee and John’s huge fee hike post the success of his films, Dostana and New York. Come on Pappu was then taken to Eros, who too eventually backed out.”

“Come on Pappu was a big-budget film and some really advanced technology had to be used to make it. Rohit finally decided to scrap the project altogether and moved on to write a romantic comedy. He has also auditioned a few actors from the industry for his new film,” adds the source.

Rohit says, “I am writing something else now. Due to market constraints, Come on Pappu couldn’t see light of day as it was an expensive film.” So, will the star cast remain the same for the new film, we ask Rohit. “I am still working on the script. I’ll start casting only once I am done with the final script,” he replies.


By Subhash K. Jha, November 12, 2009 – 10:44 IST

Madhur Bhandarkar Jail which opened last week would serve as deterrent for potential law breakers. Or so director Madhur Bhandarkar would like to believe.

“Anyone would think twice before committing a crime after seeing in my film what life is like inside a prison,” says the director.

Madhur Bhandarkar’s Jail opened below expectations. The hard-hitting director has no qualms in admitting it. “It was a slow starter. But collections have picked up from the third day,” says Madhur, and adds, “You’ve to admit it requires guts to make a film set in a jail. The other film releasing with us was a light fun filled entertainer. We were fighting formidable competition since Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani was a lavish film. Ours is 12-crore rupee film and we’ll recover our money. The producers are happy. There are still the satellite rights to be sold.”

Madhur fights off comparisons with between Jail and his last film. “Fashion was a glamorous glossy big-budget film. Jail is a grim and honest look at life in a prison. It has a strong word-of-mouth element.”


By Taran Adarsh, June 23, 2009 – 08:47 IST

Kambakkht Ishq
K A M B A K K H T  I S H Q

“I never thought KAMBAKKHT ISHQ would turn out to be a massive film. Of course, with Akshay and Kareena in the cast, it was meant to be a big-budget film, but the film grew in size and stature the moment we finished scripting and began casting,” KAMBAKKHT ISHQ producer Sajid Nadiadwala admits.

There’s no denying that everyone’s keenly watching KAMBAKKHT ISHQ for various reasons. One of the prime reasons being, the film is expected to bail out the industry from its current crisis-ridden situation. The expectations, hence, are humungous.

KAMBAKKHT ISHQ is helmed by first-time director Sabbir Khan, who has been an apprentice to Mahesh Bhatt and also David Dhawan [during the making of MUJHSE SHAADI KAROGI]. Incidentally, Sajid’s last three films have been helmed by debutantes — JAAN-E-MANN [Shirish Kunder], HEYY BABYY [Sajid Khan] and now, KAMBAKKHT ISHQ. “They [newcomers] add so much freshness to a film. They come up with innovative ideas and their approach to work is unadulterated,” Sajid explains.

KAMBAKKHT ISHQ stars three Hollywood celebrities — Sylvester Stallone, Brandon Routh and Denise Richards. “Actually, their names cropped up while scripting the movie. Little did we realise then that they would eventually star in the film,” the prolific producer admits. Was it tough getting them on board? “A lot of pre-production work and detailing went into it. It took us several months of planning to get them on board,” he states.

While KAMBAKKHT ISHQ is slated for release next week, Sajid is getting ready to launch three more projects, with Sajid Khan [HOUSEFULL], Siddharth Anand [Ranbir-Priyanka starrer isn’t titled yet] and Imtiaz Ali

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