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45 days after Simple’s death, Dimple’s brother Munna is involved in a major accident which leaves him in a coma

By Meena Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 31, 2009)


Dimple’s younger brother Suhail (fondly known as Munna) met with a terrible car accident just before Christmas. Munna was in a car with a friend and the impact of the accident was tremendous. Both have been admitted to a suburban hospital and Munna has slipped into a coma. The car rammed into a tree and it has been damaged beyond repair.
The car is parked outside Juhu Police Station with only its bumper intact. Additional Commissioner, West Region, Amitabh Gupta confirms the news of the accident, “Yes, Suhail Kapadia was involved in the accident.”

A source provides additional details, “The car was speeding at night near Irla Masjid. They crashed into and almost climbed a tree in the middle of the road. The safety features of the car ensured that they were relatively unharmed, but the car has been damaged tremendously. But their legs were injured badly.”

The day that Dimple heard the news, she was shattered. She was shooting for Nikhil Advani’s Patiala House and the shoot had to be called off for the day.

Recently, Dimple lost her sister, Simple, and the accident has sent her into a state of shock. People who have visited her at the hospital say that nothing seems to register as she cares for Munna at the hospital. Munna is third in the line of four siblings and Dimple cares for him almost like a mother. Dimple, having lost two siblings including youngest sister Reema, is terrified of losing her brother. We sincerely hope Munna comes out of the coma.

Dimple was supposed to have been in Goa for the New Year with daughter Twinkle and her husband Akshay  Kumar. Needless to say, those plans stand cancelled.

Inputs by Akela

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Delhi-6 to rerelease a year later with a new tragic ending. The new version will have Abhishek Bachchan’s character dying

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 30, 2009)


A year after the release of the ill-received Delhi-6, director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is set to release the film with a new tragic ending.

The film was originally planned with Abhishek Bachchan’s character’s death at the end. Mehra, apparently with considerable pressure from his producer, UTV, decided to alter the ending to a happy one. Incidentally, Abhishek had strongly advised his director-friend against the ending.

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A member of the cast says, “Abhishek and Rakeysh had many arguments on the subject. The producers felt that audiences will react adversely to Abhishek’s character dying. Although Rakeysh was unhappy with it, he shot the alternate ending.”

Now a year later, the character Roshan will die in a new version of the film to be released very shortly. Confirming these developments, Rakeysh says, “I made a mistake. I should have gone with my original script with the tragic ending. Going by the reactions I got after I showed the newly edited film at the Venice Film Festival in September, I am sure this is the right version of Delhi-6.”

The new version will coincide with Rakeysh embarking on his next directorial project, apparently the historical Mirza Sahibaan, which the director is now in the process of casting.

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Rakeysh is also set to begin a professional story bank within his production house. The director says, “While there is an acute shortage of writers in our cinema, new writers seem to have no access to the mainstream banners. We want to give these writers a chance to bring their talents to our company.”

Rakeysh will also be introducing new directorial talent. “I am surprised at the number of new talented writer-directors who are coming to us with wonderful innovative ideas. I want to make these talented filmmakers a part of my team. I can’t make all the films that I want to. These directors can make some of them.”

Arun Dutt asks Anurag Kashyap to tone down the controversial details about his father Guru Dutt’s personal life in his script

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 26, 2009)


Anurag Kashyap is facing a serious hurdle. As he writes the biopic on the late Guru Dutt, the legend’s son Arun has raised objections. He has asked Anurag to tone down the controversial portions of Dutt’s personal life.

The untitled project is said to focus on the late filmmaker’s failed marriage to singer Geeta Dutt, his alleged affair with Waheeda Rehman and the uncanny circumstances surrounding Geeta’s death at the age of 41. The film will be directed by Shivendra Dungarpur.

(L): Geeta Dutt (R): Guru Dutt and Waheeda Rehman


A source says, “It is natural for Arun to tell Anurag that he can’t go all out in his script. Certain portions, if not handled well, might turn out to be in bad taste.”

Arun confirmed that he had laid down a few dos and don’ts about the details regarding his father’s life. He says, “That’s right. I don’t want the personal details to be sensationalised. Otherwise, I have no problem. Shivendra has done a lot of research on my father and this film is very close to his heart. Munnir Kabir (a writer and TV producer)

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wants to make a film on my dad too. That will focus around 1957, when my dad made Pyaasa. But Anurag’s script focuses on my dad’s entire life.”

Whe Kashyap finishes his script, he will show it to Arun. “He will ask Kashyap to incorporate any changes,” the source added.  Anurag  remained unavailable for comment.

On his 64th birthday on December 6, Shekhar Kapur visited his maternal uncle Dev Anand after eight years; regrets not being in touch with him

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 09, 2009)


On his 64th birthday on December 6, Shekhar Kapur decided to pay his mother Sheel Kanta Kapur’s brother, Dev Anand, a visit after eight years. Shekhar says, “It was a time of great reflection for me. As I looked back I suddenly realised I hadn’t met this amazing man for almost eight years. I told myself it’s time to learn a little bit about life from Dev Saab. He’s a karmyogi, completely fearless. I admire myself for being completely fearless. But I think he is even more fearless than I am.

Having met Dev Saab after so long, Shekhar now regrets not being in touch with him. Shekhar confesses, “I didn’t even meet him after Goldie (Vijay Anand) Saab’s death, my fault. I was constantly travelling in recent years. I needed to reconnect with this amazing man who has gone through so many ups and downs in his life and yet continues to be tireless in his enthusiasm for filmmaking. Wherever he goes, he’s cheered and applauded. Maybe people don’t like to see his films any more, but the love for the man simply grows wherever he goes.”

Shekhar says he loves challenges just like Dev Saab, “Tell me something can’t be done and I’ll do it. Ever since I was a kid I’d swim into the deep ocean. I’d ride the motorcycle the wrong way to see if death can get me. Don’t turn to me or Dev Saab and say something is impossible. They told me it was impossible for an accountant to be a director. I proved them wrong.”

Shekhar has come away from his meeting with Dev Saab determined to correct the fact that he isn’t a prolific director yet. He tells us about his keen interest in New Media, “I know I haven’t made that many movies. Look at Dev Saab’s output. But the fact is, after directing The Golden Age (the sequel to Elizabeth ) I became keenly interested in New Media. Two guys in a garage got together and conceived You Tube. That made the way we access the world completely different. I started learning and lecturing on New Media because I thought sharing information and not harping on copyrights was the new mantra.”

Shekhar says he will now make films in a row. He informs us,”Why can’t a film be like a symphony? Why are we stuck on telling stories? Nobody looks at a painting and asks what the story is. I want to make films that make suggestions and create an emotional connect with the audience.”

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Had it not been for Salman Khan’s quick thinking, actor Bunny Anand would have lost his life while shooting for Veer

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 21, 2009)


If Salman Khan hadn’t been alert and physically strong, actor Bunny Anand, who co-stars with him in Vijay Galani’s forthcoming film Veer, wouldn’t have been alive. Salman saved Bunny’s life on the sets of the film a few days ago.

While shooting for a train robbery sequence for the film in Rajasthan, Bunny and actor Vicky Mehra were riding their respective horses and Salman was supposed to balance himself keeping one leg each on the two horses. There were many other actors on their horses around Salman, Bunty and Vicky with a train fast approaching to their left.

Director Anil Sharma called ‘action’ and everything was proceeding smoothly until Bunny accidentally lost his balance and was about to fall off the horse he was riding. A source said, “Salman immediately realised that Bunny would seriously hurt himself. He grabbed Bunny by his collar and pulled him up. If Salman had acted even a fraction of a second late, Bunny would have not only fallen off his horse but also would have been crushed to death by the horses that were running at breakneck speed behind them.”

Bunny was so shaken up after the incident, that he was unable to give a retake.

Bunny confirmed the news and said, “Salman bhai saved my life. I don’t know how to repay him.”

“When I first heard about the incident, a shiver ran up my spine. Thanks to Salman, we did not have any untoward accident on the sets that day. I will never forget how he saved Bunny,” said producer Galani.

A still from Veer, Bunny Anand (circled)

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Any kind of calamity, whether natural or man-made, is immediately picked up by the film fraternity to capture the event in celluloid. The 26 July 2005 Mumbai deluge was one of the biggest natural disasters in India in this decade and surprisingly, no film, comprising A-listers was based on it yet. Finally, Tum Mile takes the initiative. It’s a love story and the floods serve as a backdrop. Unfortunately, the ‘flood’ connection wasn’t utilized well and hence, the film fails to impress fully.

The story of the movie: Akshay (Emraan Hashmi) and Sanjana (Soha Ali Khan) become friends when they both were based in Cape Town. Although Akshay was struggling painter and Sanjana was a creative writer cum environmentalist and a daughter of a rich billionaire (Sachin Khedekar), they both hit off well and fall in love. They decide to move in. Unfortunately, both face problems, more so because of Akshay’s financial insecurity. Finally, both have to break up. Six years later, they meet each other once again in a London-Mumbai flight. Things have drastically changed for both Akshay and Sanjana now. However, once they land in Mumbai, they have to go through a roller coaster ride as heavy rains have crippled the entire city. The date was July 26, 2005. They have no choice but to be together in this dark time.

Let’s get one thing straight-although Tum Mile was promoted as a film based on floods, it is actually not. 70% of the film is Emraan-Soha’s flashback in Cape Town. The remaining 30% focuses on the deluge. However, the story wonderfully moves from the present to flashback and back and that’s why the film works a bit.

The first scene of the film is in fact the best one! Weather dept officials who were more interested in playing cards than looking at the warning they received about a downpour just a day before July 26 is a rocking scene! It gives an indication that how the careless attitude of these officials led to a disaster.

The first half of the film has no glitches. The flashback portion begins wonderfully and goes ahead nicely too. Also the scene inside the flight were well executed. The intermission point was scary. However, problems start in the second hour. The flashback scenes quite dragged. Director Kunal Deshmukh could and should have had a crisp narrative. The problems faced by the couple in the floods were engrossing but the climax disappointed. The way both Emraan and Soha accept each other in the climax (after the rains stopped) seemed little indigestible, because their interactions with each other was very limited during the time of crisis. But then it is said, “When you bond during a crisis, the bonding goes deep”. So maybe only the very limited bonding was more than enough for the characters!

The visual effects in the film at some places were tacky and could have been better. The film also exhibits some of the actual footage depicting the horrors of 26/7. But that doesn’t work. Also, factual errors can be noticed-the lead actors are shown wading through chest-deep water in Lower Parel area of Mumbai. However, nothing of that sort had happened there on that day.. In fact, it was in the suburban areas like Juhu, Kalina etc where water had arisen till the first floors. However, some of the horrors of that day were wonderfully captured. Most notable is how the central locking system caused the death of many inside the car after their car’s doors and windows failed to open.

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Emraan Hashmi and Soha Ali Khan carry the film on their shoulders wonderfully. Emraan delivers a sparkling performance and proves that he’s one of the best performers around. He looked charming, esp in the flashback portions. However, his bespectacled look in the present track is not as great as the similar one he had in Gangster. But still, he manages to do a great job. Watch out for him when he’s high-tempered and in the scene where he enthusiastically paints Soha. A fine actor indeed!

Soha Ali Khan too comes up with a brilliant performance-one of the best of her careers after RDB and Khoya Khoya Chand. She appears confident and it’s great to see that she slipped into her role so easily. Actually, she wasn’t the original choice-Esha Deol was offered the role initially. After she refused due to some reason, Soha was approached!

Mantra, who plays Emraan’s pal, also gives a confident performance. Sachin Khedekar was impressive. Others were good.

Pritam’s music was one of the USPs of the film. The 3 songs which completely rock are the title song, Tu Hi Haqeeqat and Dil Ibaadat. Watch out for Dil Ibaadat-it was just brilliantly executed!

Prakash Kutty’s cinematography was flawless. So was the design.

There was nothing wrong in the story; it was the screenplay that failed at places. Ideally, equal emphasis should have been there for both the tracks. The flood portions were underutilized. Although Kunal Deshmukh’s first venture Jannat was fantastic, Tum Mile isn’t, unfortunately.

Some of the best scenes of the film:
1.       The first scene
2.       Akshay restructures Sanjana’s cake
3.       The title song and Dil Ibaadat
4.       Akshay’s confrontation with the curator
5.       Sachin Khedekar’s only scene
6.       Akshay and Sanjana’s argument the next day
7.       The intermission point
8.       Akshay and Sanjana in the bus and in cracked building

On the whole, Tum Mile unfortunately doesn’t work in totality. Performances and music were brilliant but the film was too dragged for no reason. But the film doesn’t bore even for a moment and the first half was great. Watch it if you are an Emraan/Bhatt fan!

My rating-** ½ out of 5!

This review first appeared on MouthShut.com: http://www.mouthshut.com/review/Tum_Mile-179553-1.html

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PAYING A TRIBUTE: Farah Khan and (left) Patrick Swayze
The Bollywood choreographer is in shock over the death of Hollywood actor and dancing sensation, Patrick Swayze

SHARIN WADER BUTANI (BOMBAY TIMES; September 16, 2009)

Dancing sensation, Hollywood actor Patrick Swayze is no more. The actor, who’s known for movies like the 1987 hit Dirty Dancing and the 1990 blockbuster Ghost, passed away yesterday. He was battling with pancreatic cancer for two years. This comes as bad news for all his fans who’ve admired his work. Swayze, 57, like Michael Jackson, who, too, passed away in June this year, has left many in mourning.

He was, no doubt, an icon for many of our Bollywood choreographers, too.


Farah Khan, who has made many dance to her tunes, had revered Swayze all throughout her growing up years. She woke up to the bad news on Tuesday morning. “Oh my
God, that’s such bad news. First it was Michael and now it’s him. All my dancing icons are passing away,” she said. Farah felt a special bond with the actor whose Dirty Dancing she’s seen at least 50 times. “Me and my partner Hemu used to do the Dirty Dancing shows across the country to promote the film’s launch in India,” informed Farah, who had put up a theatrical version of the movie, replete with songs and the dance moves.


Swayze, who was also voted as Sexiest Man Alive in 1991, had said in an interview recently, “One thing I’m not gonna do is chase staying alive. You spend so much time chasing staying alive, you won’t live.” Swayze passed away peacefully with family at his side on Monday night.


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