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SHAHEEN PARKAR (Mid-Day; November 6, 2009)

Dhamaal 2 has hit a roadblock. Though the bound script of the comedy is ready, the film can’t go on the floors.

Producers Ashok Thakeria and Indra Kumar (also the director) have been denied remake rights of Disney’s 1993 Hollywood flick Cool Runnings on which Dhamaal 2 is based.

The duo was confident of obtaining the rights to make an Indian version of the comic caper. As a result, they had their team of writers in place before the necessary remake green signal.

A still from Dhamaal

Familiar procedure

Says a source, “They were sure of the go-ahead from Walt Disney. For their earlier film Daddy Cool, Thakeria had managed to secure the rights for Boney M’s popular song of the ’80s Daddy Cool. As they had gone through the paperwork and technicalities involved, they thought it was a familiar procedure.”

But much to their chagrin, Disney turned down their request. Adds the source, “This has now put Dhamaal 2 off track. For the past several months, a team of writers would be in their Maruti Internatioanl production office at Andheri working on the script. And just when it was complete and ready, they were shown a red signal which came as a jolt to them.”

The makers are in a fix because they can’t go ahead with the same plot as it would lead to copyright issues. As the source puts it, “Now that they have openly declared that they wanted to make an Indian version of it and have been denied, there is no way they can make anything similar to it. All the past months of efforts of the writers are wasted.”

Indra Kumar however maintains, “The scripting of Dhamaal 2 is still on. The sequel has not gone on the floors because the script is not ready. Our film is a comedy but not based on any Hollywood film nor did we seek any remake rights. These are just stories that people are floating.”

Dhamaal, which released in 2007 stars Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Ritiesh Deshmukh, Aashish Chaudhry and Jaaved Jaffrey. Most of the cast had agreed to star in the sequel as well.

Cool Runnings
Cool Runnings is a 1993 comedy flick loosely based on the Jamaica national bobsled team’s debut at the 1988 Winter Olympics. Directed by Jon Turteltaub, it stars Leon Robinson, Doug E Dour, Maik Yoba, Rawle D’ Lewis and John Candy. When the team fails to acquire the points necessary to get to the summer games, there’s still a way for them to make it to the Winter Olympics. A wacky coach trains the the squad to make for the weirdest team but no one’s more fun at the Winter Games!

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IT’S ALL IN THE NAME: Poster of Kites

Bollywood has given up HAHK and DDLJ for short and simple English titles

AAKANKSHA NAVAL-SHETYE Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; September 15, 2009)

Bollywood has rediscovered the KISS (Keep It Short and Simple) rule, at least where film titles are concerned. Having had its fill of long names — Bollywood’s now high on short words, and most of them straight off the English vocabulary rack. Sample this: almost 20 films this year had English titles and there are almost 30 more to come… from Blue to Wanted and Radio to Kites. Trade pundits attribute this to several reasons. “Almost every title has been exhausted. Others have been blocked by producers before hand. Filmmakers have to come up with unique titles and English words give an instant youth connect,” explains trade analyst Komal Nahta, adding, “Even Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge was shortened to the English DDLJ.”

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh agrees, claiming that it’s a healthy trend looking at global cinema, “Bollywood films have an international audience. Ever since English lyrics in Hindi songs became a hit, filmmakers began exploring these options. As long as the title suits the content of the film, it’s bound to work.” Vashu Bhagnani, whose next film is titled Do Knot Disturb, adds, “When the masses can accept English songs and words in our films, why not
titles? The audience targeted is largely the youth and they can easily identify with such names.” Rohit Shetty, director of All the Best and Golmaal Returns, defended his titles, “Words like Welcome, All The Best, Luck, and No Problem work well even with the non-English speaking masses in the interiors. These titles have tested positive with the multiplex audience so it’s a win-win scenario all across.”

Trade analysts also believe TV has made English and ‘Hinglish’ popular. “Thanks to the serials, talk shows and advertisements, ‘Hinglish’ has become well-accepted. So if the words are simple and part of daily usage, the names are more likely to work than not,” say trade analysts.

However, filmmaker Vipul Shah, whose films — Singh is Kinng, London Dreams and Action Replayy — all have English names, has a different take. “London Dreams is the name of a band associated with my film, whereas Action Replayy was the name of my play done several years ago. So, the name has to show some connection with the film theme and should not be a random word,” he says. Will the trend of long names that kickstarted with Hum Aapke Hain Kaun pave way for English shorties? Time will tell.

My Name is KhanENGLISH SHORTIES RELEASED THIS YEAR
Fox, Luck, Three, Life Partner, Daddy Cool, Sankat City, Shortkut: The Con is On, Quick Gun Murugan, Bachelor Party, Bad Luck Govind, Chandni Chowk To China, Luck By Chance, Victory, The Stoneman Murders, 13B, Straight, Team, Runway, Let’s Dance, Morning Walk, Perfect Mismatch, Shadow, Toss

ENGLISH SHORTIES TO COME
Blue, Wanted, All the Best, London Dreams, Acid Factory, What’s Your Raashee?, 3 Idiots, Eight, Fast Forward, Shoebite, My Name Is Khan, Jail, Do Knot Disturb, Paa, Radio, Season Greetings, Chase, Kites, Wake Up Sid, Prince, Rocket Singh: Salesman of The Year, No Problem, Road Movie, Accident on Hill Road, Action Replayy

Saturday 5th September 2008 13.30 IST

Boxofficeindia.Com Trade Network

After six releases last week, there were five new releases this week but results were just as bad. Fox opened to a 10-15% response with some single screens being better. Aagey Se Right opened to a 10-15% response with select multiplexes in Mumbai being better. Three also opened to around the 10-15% mark. Chintuji saw a 5% response while Mohandas had collections in the 0-2% region.

Daddy Cool and Kisaan were the only two releases of last week which managed to collect anything of note, the other releases did not see the week out at the theatres. But the collections of Daddy Cool and Kissan were still poor as they collected 3.50 crore nett and 1.50 crore nett respectively.

Quick Gun Murugun was extremely dull in Hindi but its English and Tamil version did a bit better at multiplexes.

Kaminey is steady in week three with around 4.50 crore nett business. The three week business is approx 38.75 crore nett. SEMI HIT

Life Partner also holds steady in week three with 2.50 crore nett business. The three week nett is around 18 crore nett. BELOW AVERAGE

By Taran Adarsh, August 28, 2009 – 11:30 IST

Not all English films can be adapted for the Indian screen. Also, the remake may not necessarily be as interesting as the original. That’s what you realize when you watch the Hindi version of DEATH AT A FUNERAL called DADDY COOL. Sadly, DADDY COOL is just not cool. Plenty of reasons why…

  • One, this supposedly laugh riot fails to tickle your funny bone, barring in a scene or two.
  • Two, the concept is more suited for a play. Setting an entire film on one location, with the story taking place in a span of a few hours, is not too exciting.

BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM

Even otherwise DADDY COOL tries so hard to make you laugh, but falls flat on its face. The unfortunate part is, comedy in Hindi movies is now relegated to making faces on camera and that’s what most actors in DADDY COOL do.

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Another factor that goes against the film is its humour. It’s crass and crude. In this film, men roam around either in shirts, showing off their underpants [Chunky Pandey] or stand on a roof with just underclothes [Aftab Shivdasani] or tell people to remove their underclothes so that they can relieve themselves in a toilet [Prem Chopra asks Jaaved Jaffery to do so].

Really, what kind of humour is this?

Chaos erupts during the funeral of Douglas [Sharat Saxena] when the grieved mourners are struck by drugs, romance, jealousy and a scandalous secret, all of which befall the family and friends.

Director K Murali Mohan Rao has helmed several interesting films in the past, but what’s this? Sure, DADDY COOL has a few entertaining moments, like the one when Rajpal Yadav reveals the secret [that Sharat Saxena was gay and Rajpal and he were lovers], but the remaining sub-plots fail to cut ice. Adding multiple sub-plots is fine as long as each sub-plot has something fascinating to say, but that’s missing here. Even the end is so bizarre, with members of this detached family suddenly professing love for one another.

There’s just one song [Raghav Sachar] at the start [a tuneful number] and one towards the end. Dialogues are strictly okay.

With a weak screenplay on hand, there’s not much the actors can do. The ones who try hard and manage are Suniel Shetty, Jaaved Jaffery, Sophie Choudry, Chunky Pandey and Prem Chopra.

On the whole, DADDY COOL fails to deliver what it promises – laughter and entertainment.

SIX HINDI FILMS THIS FRIDAY!

There would be no biggies for the next four weeks. The Ramzan month has commenced, during which a sizeable chunk of audience stay away from the theatres. Taking advantage of this, every year, a number of small and medium budget films hit the theatres in this holy month. The producers of such films hope that their film would do a good business in the absence of any biggie. Last year, ‘A Wednesday!’, 1920 and Welcome To Sajjanpur released during Ramzan and became hits.

And this year too, lots of small-budget films are all set to hit the screens. These films failed to get a proper release before the Ramzan as all weeks were booked by the biggies, owing to the producer’s strike which happened in summer. And this has resulted in a chaotic situation as around 20 films are planning to release in this month! 2 of them released last Friday-Shadow and Sikandar. In fact, tomorrow, as many as 6 films are all set to hit the theatres. These films are Daddy Cool, Kisaan, Quick Gun Murugun, Toss, Yeh Mera India and Love Khichdi!

Any layman can understand that it is indeed foolish for 6 films to release on a single day. And we should not forget the 2 Hollywood films that are also releasing tomorrow- Race To Witch Mountain and The Taking of Pelham 123. So this takes the number of films arriving tomorrow to 8! Madness!

But if observed, then producers don’t have much of a choice. If they won’t release their films now, then they won’t be able to do so till the end of 2009. Once the month of Ramzan ends, biggies will start releasing week after week. And releasing a small budget film with a biggie can be suicidal. So, they prefer releasing it with half-a-dozen other small films. Still, I fail to understand why only two films released last week and 6 films are releasing this Friday. What I mean is-2 of the films releasing tomorrow could have instead released last week. This would have made the situation less chaotic.

QGMOut of these 6, Quick Gun Murugan surely has an edge over the others. It is a spoof of western cowboy and Rajanikant films and its promos have been impressive. The film is releasing in 4 languages-English, Hindi and Tamil and Telegu. Kisaan (*Sohail Khan, Arbaaz Khan, Jackie Shroff, Dia Mirza, Nauheed Cyrusi and Rahul Dev) has the ability to do a great job in the North. Daddy Cool doesn’t have much chance. It is an official remake of the popular Hollywood film Death At a Funeral and is backed by Big Pictures. There are hardly any promos on TV which show as to what the film is actually about. Toss is the popular Ranvijay’s debut film, Yeh Mera India looks hard hitting while Love Khichdi’s promos started just a week ago! But these three films have dim chances of succeeding in this rat race due to no hype.

There’s a possibility that the next two weeks will also see 4/5/6 films releasing. God save all these films!
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DHAN TE NAN IS NOT ORIGINAL!

dhan te nanThe song which has taken the entire nation by storm, Kaminey’s Dhan Te Nan is not an original song! Yes, you read it right! It was used around a decade back in Gubbare, a popular serial at that time on Zee TV comprising of short comedy stories. But before you blame composer Vishal Bharadwaj of being Pritam-2, here’s the entire truth-Vishal Bharadwaj himself had composted the Gubbare’s Dhan Te Nan! In fact, he was also the director of the episode in which the song is played. And even the lyricist for both the songs is the same (Gulzar)!

Although Bharadwaj did some changes in Kaminey’s Dhan Te Nan, there are many similarities in both of these versions. Even the line ‘Teli ka tel’ was incorporated in the original song. I wonder, why no one’s sentiments were hurt at that time?! Anyways, I’ve uploaded the original below. Do watch it and have a laugh! DO NOT MISS IT!

P.S.: The actor in red coloured shirt…is he Sharman Joshi?


By Taran Adarsh, August 22, 2009 – 08:58 IST

D A D D Y  C O O L

This is to clarify reports appearing in certain sections of the press about the upcoming Hindi film DADDY COOL being a lift from the English film DEATH AT A FUNERAL.

DADDY COOL, from the makers of comedy capers like MASTI and DHAMAAL, the duo Indra Kumar and Ashok Thakeria and (Maruti Pictures) have duly obtained permission from the producers of the English film (DEATH AT A FUNERAL) to produce and release the film DADDY COOL across the world. BIG Pictures is releasing the film only after ascertaining the facts.

BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM


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