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By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 11, 2009)


Acclaimed actor Om Puri is enormously upset with his wife, journalist-columnist Nandita for highlighting some of his most private sexual incidents to market her biography, Unlikely Hero: The Story Of Om Puri. A discernibly upset Om said, “I don’t care  if she’s my wife. I won’t let her get away with it.

I am in Chandigarh shooting for a film. On Monday I heard Nandita speaking about the biography she has written on me. I was shocked by her revelations. It was so cheap. She was talking about my sexual encounters as though those were my biggest achievements!”

Om’s main reason for being upset is Nandita’s revelation that he had sex with his maid Shanti at the age of 14. She has also exposed Om’s longstanding liaison with a woman named Laxmi with whom Om was sexually and emotionally involved.

Om is livid. “My wife has reduced a very important and sacred part of my life to cheap and lurid gossip. I had shared these dark secrets with my wife as all husbands do. If she chose to make them public at least she should’ve made sure to maintain a dignity about experiences that are a valuable part of my life. Has she forgotten that I have a standing in society and I’ve worked hard to achieve all that I have today? I won’t allow her to throw it all away for the sake of sensationalism.”

Om says that Laxmi was one of the most important women in his life. “This lady whom Nandita talks in such an undignified manner was Laxmi, who raised me and my brother’s orphaned children. My relationship with this wonderful woman was a homage to her loyalty for looking after me unconditionally.” Om doesn’t deny he had sex with Laxmi. “But it was not  a furtive and sleazy experience. It was beautiful. Why make such a tamasha out of these very sensitive moments? Mahatma Gandhi spoke of his experiences with sexuality in The Story of My  Experiments With Truth. But was that all there was to his life? Why highlight these aspects when there’s so much more to me? Do you know, when I was a child, I was travelling by train with my destitute mother. The entire compartment collected money to feed us. That incident remains etched in my mind. I was working in a teashop when I was seven years old. When I came to  the FTII, Pune I didn’t have a decent shirt to wear. I had to borrow one  from Naseeruddin Shah. I had hoped when my life was chronicled it would be an inspirational story.”

Om says his wife insisted on  writing his biography. “I was aware that another lady (Aparajita Krishna) was writing my biography. When Nandita expressed  a desire to write about me I couldn’t stop her because she’s my wife but she has forgotten who she is,” added Om.

The actor complains that Nandita didn’t allow him to read the  manuscript. “Not once did she let me read even one page of the manuscript. How was I to know how she would use the incidents from my life to sell her book?”

When we promised to be discreet in putting forward his anguish and humiliation, Om retorted, “Please don’t be discreet. Has she exercised any discretion in talking about my personal experiences? The final decision to put my life up as a tamasha was Nandita’s. I can’t forgive her.”

Om and Nandita Puri

When we asked Nandita for her side of the story, she said, “This is all such a mistake. My book on  my husband is a biography, not  bl***y pornography. The book is about Om, the man and the actor. Om has all the human foibles, just like all of us. He had sex as an adolescent with his maid and then he had a long liaison with the other lady who was also a maid. This was his way of coming out of his other relationships and demolishing class differences. If Om has any objection to her being called a maid he’s just being unrealistic.”

So are his sexual experiences an integral part of the book? “They are,” admitted Nandita. “But that’s not all.” Apparently, the broadcast journalist who interviewed Nandita picked up excerpts from a weekly news magazine. “She called me on her show and for 20 minutes she spoke only about Om’s sexual escapades. When I thought she’d  question me about other aspects of Om’s life in the book, the show was over. I was horrified. I was even more  horrified when I saw the show,” added Nandita.

Yesterday morning, Nandita received a very angry call from Om who is in Chandigarh .“He was livid. The double escapades with the two maid servants has made Om feel he’ll be compared to Shiney Ahuja. Now my husband is angry, my publishers are upset and so  am I,” said Nandita.

When Boney Kapoor was going through a rough financial patch before the release of Wanted, Salim Khan generously offered Rs one crore to bail him out

By Meena Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 10, 2009)

Boney Kapoor

Salim Khan

Boney Kapoor was moved to tears.  The producer was going through a rough financial patch before the release of Wanted; and sources say a traumatised Boney was ready to beg, borrow, steal to make his labour of love reach the theatres.

Of course, Salman Khan had been co-operation personified. He reportedly charged Boney only Rs 7 crore for the film, while his market price is nothing less than Rs 25 crore. A proud Boney wouldn’t dream of asking Salman for any more favours.

Boney shares a very close relationship with the entire Salim Khan khandaan. His son Arjun Kapoor even dated Salimsaab’s youngest daughter Arpita Khan once and the two remain best friends, so the Khans think of Boney as extended family.

Realising his predicament, Salim Khan actually met him and offered to lend him up to Rs one crore.

Salim is said to have told Boney, “Look, I’m not here to help in the capacity of the hero’s father. And, I can only offer you Rs one crore because that is the only amount I have immediate access to. So if you need it, I can make out a personal cheque to you from my side.’’

Salim Khan said, “I seriously don’t know what the fuss is all about. I think every human being should be doing this for a friend. I know people who have crores lying in Swiss banks and benaami accounts but they will not help you with even a lakh when it comes to the crunch. In fact, if you tell someone that you are looking for monetary help, that is the surest way of driving them away from your life. I think most of us are born selfish.

“And when one of us does something, like I did, I am looked at as an aberration. Honestly, tell me what good is my money if I can’t help someone in his hour of need. How much money, I won’t comment. It is entirely between Boney and me.”

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