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After handing over Kites to Brett Ratner to cut the Hollywood version of Kites, Rakesh Roshan is all gung ho about directing the sequel to Krrish himself

By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 10, 2009)


Rakesh Roshan has always been very possessive about his home productions. It has been reported that Rakesh Om Prakash Mehra was taken onboard to direct Krrish 3. But after the debacle of Delhi 6, Rakesh Roshan doesn’t want to take any chances and has decided to direct the film himself.

A source reveals, “Hrithik is more comfortable working with his father. He is also helping him with the script. They want it to attain Hollywood standards and are leaving no stone unturned to make it work. Though, senior Roshan was convinced of Mehra’s directorial credentials, Hrithik was skeptical.”

Mehra or no Mehra, the scripting is in process. The source continues, “Presently, the father-son duo is busy with Kites and don’t want to hamper the post-production. Only after the release of Kites, they will start working on Krrish 3. Whenever Hrithik is not shooting and is at home, he joins his father and the team of writers and takes part in discussions on every detail pertaining to the film.”

Rakesh Roshan confirms, “I am directing Krrish 3. I am still in the scripting process and there is still time for the movie to go on the floors.” When asked about Rakesh Mehra’s earlier involvement, he says, “We had spoken to Mehra, but he got busy with Delhi 6 and we were busy with Kites, so nothing was finalised.”

However, Mehra says, “I was never directing Krrish 3.”

Hrithik Roshan, who used to stammer, delivered a five-and-a-half minute monologue for Guzaarish, compelling Sanjay Leela Bhansali to bracket him in the same league as Amitabh Bachchan

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 05, 2009)


Sanjay Leela Bhansali is known to be demanding director, but he gives credit where it’s due. According to an eye-witness Hrithik had to recently deliver a five-and-a-half minute-long monologue while shooting for a crucial turning point scene in Guzaarish

It had been broken up into three parts to ease the pressure on Hrithik. As the star launched into it, Bhansali was ready to call for a cut after two minutes. To his astonishment, Hrithik did not stop and delivered the entire monologue in one fluid take.

(L): Hrithik Roshan (R):Sanjay Leela Bhansali

This amazed not only the entire crew, but the director as well. The monologue has Hrithik remembering a woman from his past, before he becomes wheelchair-bound. The intensity stunned everyone on the sets, as it was obvious that Hrithik had worked hard to memorise the part and rehearse it before reaching the sets. Bhansali walked up to the actor and said, ‘What can I say?’

A wary Hrithik thought that he had messed up. Bhansali then gave him the greatest compliment an actor can hope to hear from his director. He said to Hrithik, ‘You are in Bachchan’s league.’ Remember Amitabh Bachchan’s monologue in the climax of Baghban?

This is indeed an accomplishment for a man who used to stammer. Hrithik’s speech problem is known, but he did not let that deter him from delivering the extraordinarily lengthy monologue without fumbling.

Nana took it upon himself to teach Ranbir how to chop vegetables when the latter just couldn’t get it right
By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 28, 2009)

Nana Patekar

Ranbir Kapoor

Surprise, surprise. Known for his stern personality, Nana Patekar recently showed his soft side when he came to Ranbir Kapoor’s rescue on the sets of Prakash Jha’s Rajneeti. If it weren’t for Nana, Ranbir would have definitely cut one of his fingers.

For Rajneeti, Ranbir had to shoot a scene in which he was asked to cut some vegetables. As soon as Ranbir heard what was required of him, he knew that he wouldn’t be able to do it. “Even then, he tried to put his best foot forward and he did not tell director Prakash Jha that he hasn’t ever cut vegetables and that he wouldn’t be able to carry out the scene. Ranbir did try really hard but as he had expected, he was unable to get it right despite several attempts,” says a source.

Seeing Ranbir’s predicament, Nana came forward and told Ranbir not to worry. He took Ranbir aside and gave him lessons on how to deftly cut vegetables. “Nana actually chopped vegetables so that Ranbir knew how to go about doing it,” adds the source. Once he got lessons from the senior actor, Ranbir got it perfectly right.

Not content with only teaching Ranbir culinary skills, Nana also made kheema-pav for the entire unit. Confirming the story, Jha says, “Nana bahut achcha khaana banata hai. Usne Ranbir ko zaroor sikhaya. Lekin isme kaunsi badi baat hai?”