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MOVING ON: Ravi Kapoor
One doesn’t necessarily taste success in his first attempt. Failures are a part of growing up. Ask multi-faceted debutante Ravi Kapoor who though may not have had a success with his maiden venture World Cupp 2011, but is surely hopeful of making it big. The writer-director-actor who stirred many controversies in 2009 is gearing up to win the hearts of people in the coming year. “I have some interesting films lined up for the next year and I am hoping with those films I manage to win back my audience,” says Ravi. Talking about World Cupp 2011, Ravi says, “I am not like other filmmakers who would fake their film’s performance. Though my film didn’t go good at the box-office it attained its purpose of unearthing the behind the scenes action in the game of cricket. Many people said my acting suffered as I had my fingers in too many pies. I am learning from my mistakes and will give up direction for a while.” Adding further he says, “Acting and directing is like marrying two ladies. You can’t keep both of them happy. So from here on, I will only focus on my acting career, and have already signed a couple of great films.”

BOMBAY TIMES (December 30, 2009)
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By Taran Adarsh, December 18, 2009 – 16:18 IST

Indians are passionate about cricket. Am also sure you must’ve encountered a number of cricket fanatics over the years. Most film-makers dread to release their films during crucial matches, fearing that a sizable chunk of moviegoers would prefer to watch a match than a movie.

This year, we’ve had VICTORY [Harman Baweja, Amrita Rao] and DIL BOLE HADIPPA [Rani Mukherji, Shahid Kapoor] focusing on this popular sport. Prior to that LAGAAN, IQBAL and JANNAT. Now WORLD CUPP 2011. Unfortunately, WORLD CUPP 2011 neither excites you as a cinematic experience, nor does it whip up those passions.

BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM

Ravi Kapoor essays the captain of the Indian cricket team, who tanks a match with the help of his team-mates against arch rivals Pakistan in World Cup. They are banned for four years when exposed by the media. His girl-friend Soha [Manisha Chatterjee] dumps him and his family disowns him.

Cut to 2011. Ravi is given one more chance to prove his patriotism by the coach [Suresh Oberoi]. Ravi is again approached by the same bookie [Zakir Hussain] to repeat the same performance once again, but this time he turns the offer down. His girl-friend is kidnapped. Ravi goes through a crisis before he wins the World Cup trophy.

WORLD CUPP 2011 falls flat due to a weak script. The film tries to explore the unholy nexus between cricketers-bookies-underworld, besides the rise-fall-rise of a cricketer, but the writing is so amateurish that it doesn’t hold your attention. Perhaps the intentions were right, but not the final output.

Debutante writer-director Ravi Kapoor may’ve borrowed from real-life, but several portions seem unpalatable. Like, for instance, the ease with which the captain of the Indian cricket team and even the umpire interact with underworld dons while the final match is in progress seems bizarre.

Talking of acting, Ravi Kapoor has screen presence, but needs to work on his acting skills. Prem Chopra, Suresh Oberoi and Zakir Hussain are passable.

On the whole, WORLD CUPP 2011 is a weak fare.

Nothing can ever mellow Vidhu Vinod Chopra (53) completely but he is certainly more tolerant and accommodating than ever before. In keeping with his wife’s directive to not praise himself or belittle others, he stays within accepted social barriers all through our chat, restricting all caustic comments and pithy observations for when the mike is switched off

By Indu Mirani (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 05, 2009)


• You don’t have too many friends? Why?
I value friendship. For me friendship is not a loose word. If I call myself a friend, I am ready to give my life and if need be the friend should do the same.That Bambaiya friendship where people call you a friend on your face and as soon as you turn around they call you a bi*** or a swine is not friendship. I told Karan Johar, ‘I want friends like you; I want to throw a party.’ He said, ‘I can make you social,’ he tried and then he gave up.

He told me nicely, ‘You are happy where you are.’ I have only four friends now, I started with two. Rakesh Maria, Rajesh Parekh (and Firoza Parekh) and slowly I acquired the third friend, Amitabh Jhunjhunwala, but now, I am not sure, I am perhaps acquiring a fourth, which is Aamir. So my house is full now. I mean if I have four friends in this city, I am the luckiest. I now get invited to social dos. We get wedding invitations, we get party invitations. We are invited to places we have never been invited to before.

What do you expect the audience will take away from 3 Idiots?
I could be wrong, but I personally believe that 3 Idiots is a step ahead of Lage Raho Munna Bhai. The other day there was a story in the paper of a kid who had jumped off the 19th floor when her mother was in another room and I told my wife that if this kid had seen 3 Idiots, she wouldn’t have jumped. I genuinely feel that if I had released this film a month ago, I could have saved that one life. I think 3 Idiots will save lives.

• Between Aamir Khan, you and Raju Hirani, if there is a clash of opinion, who wins?
We are very clear about this. Raju is head of creatives. At the moment, Aamir is head of marketing. There is no clash. But as head of the family I believe I have a veto and if I really want to use it, I can. I think the three of us are really the perfect 3 Idiots. I had heard horror stories about Aamir and he had heard the same about me but Aamir is the most unbelievable guy I have met in my life unless I am a fool, and he is performing all the time.  I have only nice things to say about Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Sanjay Dutt and Saif Ali Khan but Aamir is something else. His level of commitment, his level of dedication, his level of affection, his level of seeking excellence is exceptional.

• Have you forgiven Shah Rukh Khan for trying to woo away Raju Hirani?
Oh totally. I called him yesterday to invite him for my premiere and we chatted for half an hour. Life is too short for all this s**t! Khalil Gibran has said, ‘I use hate as a weapon to defend myself.’ To me hate and love are both very strong emotions. I love my wife and if I have the same degree of negative feeling for anybody, then I am giving that person the same importance as I am giving to the woman I love the most in my life. How ridiculous is that?


• You famously said your films reflect the mood you are in. Given the comedies your production house is bringing out like the Munnabhai series, do we conclude you are in a good mood?
Yes, I am in a very happy mood. I sing songs all the time. I think life is really kind to me and I am just very grateful. My little daughter writes poetry which I don’t understand and my son plays cricket with Sachin Tendulkar’s son. God has given me a movie like 3 Idiots, friends and two families, one in cinema and the other at home. I came to this city to make one Hindi movie. If I had died after making one feature film after coming from the village that I came from, I would have died happily.

• Are there any actors you can’t conceive of working with for any reason?
The list is long but to tell you honestly it isn’t about individual actors. It is about attitude. I will not work with actors who have the wrong attitude at this given moment. On the other hand if there is an attitude change, I would willingly work with them.

• What is delaying Munna Bhai Chale Amrika?
If after Lage Raho Munna Bhai we had churned out a Munna Bhai film a year, it would have made Rs 200-250 crores and even if they had been s**t, people would go and see them. But we didn’t and won’t till we are happy with the script. Now we are happy with what we have written and so hopefully we will do it next year.

• Is it tougher to write an original screenplay or adapt a book?
To tell you the truth, I haven’t read Five Point Someone on which 3 Idiots is based. The only person in the team who read it was Raju. But I believe our film is very different. Having said that, the starting point was Raju reading the book.

• If you were given the choice to remake a film with the intention of improving it, which film would that be?
Ram Aur Shyam with Aamir Khan. I love that film and now that I am an admirer of Aamir, I would love to make that film with him. I don’t think he can do it better than Dilip Kumar, who was absolutely superb, but it would be a challenge for Aamir and me.

GAME FOR IT: John Abraham
John Abraham joins the Indian cricket team to play opposite South Africa in his sporty film

SUBHASH K JHA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 2, 2009)

John Abrahan’s ankle’s more or less healed now and his doctor’s told him to go ahead and play for David Dhawan’s Hook Ya Crook. So Dhawan has decided to rope in the Indian and the South African cricket teams to play against one another for the grand climax of the sporty film.

A source from the production house said, “We will shoot as soon as we get the dates of certain members of the Indian team.” John, of course, will be part of the Indian team. “I’ve always been a sporty guy. I love all kinds of athletic activity. I’ve always loved football and now cricket. But my favourite sport is the Motorcycle Grand Prix. Some day I hope to do an entire film based on mo’bike racing,” said the actor.

At the moment, the only work he has on hand is the cricket match. “Abbas Tyrewala’s film 1-800-Love is over and after we shoot the climax of Hook Ya Crook, my slate is going to be clean except for a film with Nishikant Kamath,” he said.
Farah Khan’s new best friend Akshay Kumar is cementing their friendship by helping the director get a good deal in a posh suburban apartment

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 01, 2009)


When a friendship goes sour, it is bound to have repercussions. Especially when the friends happen to be Shah Rukh Khan and Farah Khan. The effect of the fallout between the two buddies is that now Farah has a new friend – Akshay Kumar, who is starring in her next, Tees Maar Khan.

And he is an appreciative and handy man to have around. He’s putting in a word for Farah with the builder to help her get a good deal for a flat in a posh Lokhandwala building.

Farah Khan has been interested in buying an apartment in Oberoi Sky Heights, Lokhandwala for a while now. Himesh Reshammiya owns three floors in the same building that has a pool on the top floor. Farah has set her eyes on a flat in another wing of the same building and has been very keen on it since Diwali.

The building is owned by builder Vicky Oberoi, who is a good friend of Akshay Kumar, who is now a good friend of Farah Khan. Akshay has put in a word for her with the builder, who he has grown up playing cricket with. So hopefully, Farah will end up with a good deal and be the proud owner of a fancy new apartment.

A source says, “Akshay has become very friendly with Farah. He wants the best for her. He wants Farah to get a good deal and Vicky is his bum chum.”

Later this week, we hear, Akshay and Vicky are even meeting up to discuss the matter. Farah was most amused as she said, “Akshay Kumar is not my broker.”

Akshay Kumar Farah Khan
SPEAKING UP: Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor with Karan Johar

TIMES NEWS NETWORK (BOMBAY TIMES; November 13, 2009)


Karan Johar is back to doing what he’s best at! Grilling stars over coffee. And guess who he’s got in on the barbequecouch in front of him? India’s hottest pairings, Saif and Kareena. The king of coffeeconversation had the real-life jodi squirming in a special tête-à-tête for ZOOM. And from coffee to conversational chemistry, KJo rocked it along with Saifeena for this exclusive Date With Kurbaan, Excerpts from the conversation:


KARAN: Everyone is talking about your steamy scenes in Kurbaan. Would you guys have been able to do it with any other actor?

KAREENA: I’m a professional but since I have seen the scenes, I realise it may not quite have turned out this way with anyone else.

Saif: I would’ve done it, but then there would have to be more accountability and I would’ve had to explain to myself that this was a part of my job. Since it was Bebo, there was no accountability and it was done more intimately and with abandon.


KARAN: Does your past come up between you two?

SAIF: It can and it should come up. I think the most important thing to remember is every part of your past has brought you to your present. Instead of worrying about it, you should thank it for bringing you to where you are.

KAREENA: I felt the need to know everything about Saif first, considering the Casanova he was! I was petrified that I was getting into a relationship with him… but today, I can say, he’s a changed man.


KARAN: What about marriage?

SAIF: Some days she asks me, “Are you going to do that ever?” And I say “In time”. Marriage does impact an Indian acting woman’s career. Kareena has always worked; and very few want a focussed career as badly as she does. Sachin Tendulkar wanted to play cricket as badly as Kareena wants a career, that’s a fact! Emotionally we’re growing and we’re in love. Marriage is not a way to tie somebody down.

Madhur Bhandarkar, known for realistic cinema, will direct Commissioner, a film about Lalit Modi

By Vickey Lalwani and Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 09, 2009)

Madhur Bhandarkar’s next film after Jail may well be based on the Indian Premier League Commissioner Lalit Modi’s controversial life. Modi is one of the most powerful men in cricket and his dramatic life will make for a crackling screenplay.

Percept Picture Company will produce the film.

A couple of days ago, Madhur even met Lalit Modi at Vijay Mallya’s party in Bangalore. Modi is aware that Madhur has been asked to direct the film.

Lalit Modi

Madhur Bhandarkar

A source says, “There are a couple of other directors who are also in the fray. However, Madhur is the foremost contender for this film because he is a realistic filmmaker and this film simply cannot deviate from reality.”

Madhur said, “Yes, PPC made the offer, but I have yet to take a decision. Right now, I am tied up with the post-production work of another PPC film, Jail.”

Shailendra Singh, JT MD Percept Picture Company said, “It’s true that we are making Commissioner. We researched his life and the entire journey of IPL and we have written a fictional script. We had a brief chat with Shridhar Raghvan in South Africa to write the script. On Wednesday, we had a long discussion with Modi. He is excited, but preoccupied with the Champions League which started yesterday (Thursday). He said he will get back to us soon. He was very keen to know who will direct and we gave him some options. Now it depends on who likes the idea and who is available to make the film.”

Singh added, “We plan to release the film around the time the 2011 World Cup will be happening in India. Lalit Modi’s journey is quite amazing as he earned billions of rupees for BCCI in 22 days. It will be a dramatic story with content ranging from cricket to entertainment and it will also touch on match-fixing.”


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