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By Taran Adarsh, January 2, 2010 – 09:05 IST

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Here’s a Breaking News and as always, it’s ONLY on Bollywood Hungama.

It’s finally confirmed! The past few months have witnessed tremendous speculation about the release date of KITES. Initially, it was said that KITES would arrive in Diwali. Later, it was January, coinciding with the release of Hrithik Roshan’s debut movie KAHO NAA… PYAAR HAI. Much later, news poured in that KITES would open during the onset of summer vacations, in April.

But the release date has been sealed finally. The film will be released worldwide on May 14. Interestingly, two more biggies are slated for release in May – HOUSEFULL on 20th [Thursday] and RAAJNEETI on 28th.

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By Taran Adarsh, January 1, 2010 – 12:31 IST

Surprise, surprise, surprise! Sometimes, the expectations from a movie are zilch, but what unfolds on screen is beyond expectations. It surprises you, to put it simply.

On face-value, BOLO RAAM looks like it’s straight out of 1970s cinema. A movie with predictability written all over it. A movie that carries zero hype and matches it with zero content. But BOLO RAAM isn’t archaic, isn’t the usual masala, isn’t zero content.

A remake of the Tamil film RAAM [2005; starring Jeeva, Saranya, Rehman, Murali], BOLO RAAM has an interesting plot with an engaging screenplay that compels you to look at the screen for most parts of the movie. But, of course, there’re hiccups. A few non-actors and a done to death climax could’ve been avoided.

BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM

Raam [Rishi Bhutani] is charged with the murder of his mother Archana [Padmini Kolhapure]. Raam falls into a state of shock, brief psychotic disorder, after his mother’s death and becomes silent, refusing to talk or react in any manner.

The investigating officer, Indrajeet Singh Rathi [Om Puri] is puzzled and unable to make Raam speak. He consults a psychiatrist, Dr. Negi [Naseeruddin Shah], to determine the cause of Raam’s state of mind and the reason for his silence.

Rathi interrogates various personalities for the case, questioning Raam. Every possible motive that Raam might have for murdering his mother is explored. Furthermore, Raam’s neighbours, Sub-Inspector Sajid Khan’s [Govind Namdev] daughter Juhi [Disha Pandey] and son Sameer [Krishan Khatra], are summoned by Rathi for interrogation. Will his silence solve the puzzle?

Without wasting any time, BOLO RAAM takes off from its opening titles itself. The story goes back and forth, several new characters are introduced, but the narrative stays faithful to the main plot. The best is reserved for the second half. Layer after layer is peeled with expertise. The viewer is keen to know the identity of the killer and that’s when the film fumbles and tumbles.

The culprit’s track is sloppy and a major put off. In fact, the circumstances that lead to the murder are quite amateurish and look far from convincing. Surely, the writer could’ve thought of a better culmination. Also, the one-sided love affair is functional.

Debutante director Rakesh Chaturvedi ‘Om’ makes a confident debut, although he should’ve cast some better actors for key roles. There’s not much scope for music [Sachin Gupta] in the film and hence, just one song merits mention – ‘Maa Tere Jaisa’. The background score [Sanjay Chowdhury] deserves special mention.

Newcomer Rishi Bhutani does a commendable job. He oozes confidence, despite sharing the same frame with accomplished actors. Om Puri gets into the skin of his character and is impressive, while Padmini Kolhapure is a pleasure to watch after a long gap. She is beautifully restrained. Naseeruddin Shah has a brief role and the veteran does it well. Govind Namdev is very good.

Rajpal Yadav is wasted. Both Disha Pandey and Krishan Khatra are non-actors. Manoj Pahwa does his usual act.

On the whole, BOLO RAAM has decent merits [hence those 2 stars], but the problem is its wrong release timing. It won’t stand a chance in front of a hurricane called 3 IDIOTS.

BOLLYWOOD CALLING: Rishi Bhutani
Rishi Bhutani will be making his Bollywood debut with Shree Keshav Films’ Bolo Raam which is releasing this New Year eve — December 31. The new kid on the Bollywood block is pretty sure that everyone’s going to love his acting skills. “Acting is in my veins,” says Rishi. Rishi promises that Bolo Raam will be a gripping thriller.

Starring Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri and Padmini Kolhapure, the film’s being produced by Rishi’s elder brother Goldy, and has been written and directed by debutant director Rakkesh Chaturvedi ‘Om’, who is a well known theatre artist. “After reading the script and knowing the cast, I felt that this is that character with which I want to start my career,” says Rishi.
Rishi plays Raam in the movie. Speaking about the movie, Rishi adds, “It’s about a mother and son. The mother is mysteriously murdered leaving the son in a cage of silence.” Rishi, of course, plays the quiet son, Raam. He credits his brother, Goldy for pushing him into it. “He was the one who said I had the talent, and motivated me to be an actor,” says the actor who used to bunk classes to take part in school theatre.

Rishi admits that he was a bit nervous when the shooting began. He says, “But Naseer Sir, Om Puri Sir and Padmini Maa’m made me feel comfortable. I would say it has been a dream role for me as I got an opportunity to work with legends of our industry and that too in my first film, I had never thought about it. I hope that audiences like the film.”

Producer Goldy Bhutani adds, “I thank Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri and Padmini Kolhapure for coming together for this project and would say that Rakkesh has done some excellent work as a director. It is a must watch film for everyone to know how circumstances take over the good times.”
BOMBAY TIMES (December 30, 2009)
Shivangi Kolhapure talks about living life on her own terms

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


Shakti Kapoor’s wife Shivangi Kolhapure prefers Canada over Mumbai. She even got her Canadian citizenship three years ago. But she is now in Mumbai to support her daughter, Shraddhaa, who debuts with Teen Patti. A source close to her family said, “Shivangi spends a lot of time in Canada. She is in Mumbai because the release of her daughter Shraddhaa’s film Teen Patti is round the corner.”

Shivangi is quite excited about Shraddhaa’s film. She said, “Shraddhaa got offers from many filmmakers, but she refused them all. Most of them wanted to make quick films to be released before Teen Patti. It would have been unethical to sign those films.”

But why did she move to Canada? Shivangi said, “It’s an open economy out there. I want to make movies in Canada. I am very excited about my plans.” Doesn’t she miss her family? She said, “They certainly miss me. But they know I want to structure my life this way. Shraddhaa was studying in Boston, so she was near me. My son Siddhanth was busy studying in London. So, there was no problem until now.”

Did the decision to spend time in Canada stem from her discomfort over the media glare? After all, her husband Shakti Kapoor is no stranger to controversy. Shivangi replied cautiously, “Not at all. I am not running away. I really like it this way. Think about it, there was a controversy around Siddhanth too. In fact, he was the only guy who tested negative in that party that was busted by the cops. Did anybody write about that?”

(L): Shraddha (R): Shivangi Kolhapure
ON A HIGH: Himesh Reshammiya
After scoring music for 100 films, 500 songs and huge shows worldwide, singer-actor Himesh Reshammiya still feels like a newcomer

HARSHADA REGE Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 3, 2009)

It’s time to tune into Himesh Reshammiya once again as the composer turned-singer turned-actor prepares to step on the silver screen for the third time with Radio today. Himesh, who has been there and done it all, says he feels like this is debut. “Everything about the film is new. Be it my look, music, subject or the sensibilities. It’s something that people will relate to. It’s something that I would watch myself,” he says. The movie is about Vivan, a radio jockey, who gives people advice on their relationship troubles, but doesn’t know where his relationships are heading. The film apparently has already covered its cost through music sales, video and satellite rights. “Yes, the movie is a profitable venture even before its release, but I am looking forward to the audience’s reaction. I have worked a lot on this character and I crave for recognition as an actor,” admits Himesh. Of course, the composer, who has scored music for 100 films, 500 songs and has been part of many shows worldwide, is happy that the music has been appreciated so much and has been rocking the music charts. “Yes, the music is completely different. It’s a new sound, a new voice,” he says. Despite some people putting him down, Himesh has managed to brave the odds. And this time around he has gone for a makeover all over again. He will be seen sporting short hair and in a casual avatar. But this isn’t anything new for Himesh. “Be it my music or look, I have always believed in experimenting. People have appreciated my look in the promos too,” he says.

John and director Sabal reconsider their decision to cast Jacqueline Fernandez

By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 25, 2009)


 

Jacqueline Fernandez John Abraham

 

Jacqueline Fernandez, who  made her Bollywood debut in Aladin, was signed for a film by Sabal Shekhawat opposite John Abraham. Now it seems that John and Sabal, who are close friends, are having second thoughts about having Jacqueline as their lead actress.
A source said, “Jacqueline was finalised for this untitled film before Aladin released. At that time, Sabal was still in the scripting process and thought that Jacqueline was suitable for the role. John too thought that she was the right choice.”

“Sabal’s film is a thriller and requires a glamorous and sporty actress. Although Jacqueline fits the bill, Sabal and John are now considering other options.” added the source.

Sabal said, “Nothing has been finalised yet. We had a couple of meetings with Jacqueline but we haven’t arrived at a conclusion.” Is he looking for a younger face? “No. On the contrary, we are looking for an older face,” he replied.

“We had finalised Jacqueline but there are several other aspects to look into, like the film’s budget. We are in talks with several studios  and only once that is settled, we can talk about finalising the lead actress,” said Sabal.

Belonging to the first Indian film family, Kareena’s piece de resistance is her feistiness—the quality that has pushed her to the helm of her career

By AINDRILA MITRA (I DIVA, July 25, 2009)



Spunky and spontaneous—that’s the first impression I get of Kareena. She has an élan that comes naturally to her, in spite of a tiring long day at a campaign shoot. She readily moves on to the Khans. “It’s a dream-come-true for me to work with Aamir (Khan) in 3 Idiots,” she gleams. But talk about what sets her Khan apart and she’s diplomatic, “I have acted with all the Bollywood Khans and each one has a unique quality. They have amazing personalities difficult to earmark.”


Debuting with an off-beat film like Refugee to today’s plethora of commercial flicks—was it a conscious career move? Kareena confesses, “90% of Bollywood films are commercial because that’s where the money is. And coming from a mainstream family, I do a film that I really want to do and that’s not based on any genre.” Looking back on the kind of scripts she has chosen, she admits, “It could vary from the director, producers, friendships, temptation and even greed! Now I strictly choose a project based on the script. But earlier, I have given into temptations. The media and the audience expect the top stars to be super humans. But even we make mistakes and give into lures, be it a chocolate or a movie!”


As she gets into conversation mode, she opens up—upfront and honest. “My personality has changed in the last nine years. If there were no
lows, there would’ve never been such a high. I
thank God for it every night. I’m a very passionate person—be it about my films, my love or things I enjoy doing, like travelling. So all my experiences are also passionate—a flop or
a hit. There was a time when people wrote me off saying I had no work. It was the fire in me that helped me fight back,” adding, “I realised that during hard times, no one is really there for you except your family. Today, nothing can shake me from giving up my career.”


With that passionate streak, she moves on, “Most industry people and the media tend to feel that because you’re a star kid , you get away with a lot. But that’s not true. The pressure of being Karisma Kapoor’s sister and the family name is much more than someone else who just comes in and with little effort gets a lot more appreciation. If I do a film like Golmaal Returns, people complain. Others’ expectations of me sometimes bog me down.”


But Kareena immediately self-defends, “I’m extremely dedicated to my work. I wouldn’t do anything to jeopardise that. I don’t drink alcohol except an occasional glass
of wine when I’m travelling and I’m a vegetarian; these are just some of the sacrifices you need to make to be up there. You have to be disciplined and I’ve learnt it over the years. Otherwise, there’s a lot of competition.” Talking about her recently acquired, controversial size zero, she smiles, “As a visual medium, it’s a fact that you look better and your expressions work well with a sharp jaw line. I’ve experienced it myself because even I was a healthy Indian girl with puppy fat once. In a movie, you want to see good-looking people and one has to be fit. A lot of actors say they’re here to act and not expose. Unfortunately—an actor or actress—everybody’s taking their clothes off. And nobody wants to take off their shirt with flab below!”


Kareena’s just as fervent about her better half, Saif Ali Khan. “Both Saif and me try to
maintain a private life. We don’t lie to the media, but we tell them as much as required. We’re out of town most of the time and whenever we’re not, we are working. We try to go away to get our space and sanity. Unfortunately in our own city, it’s difficult.” Talk about marriage and she politely shrugs it off. “I’m 28 and I’m not ready for it. I want to work and this phase I’ve been waiting for has come after a long time. I’m not going to give it up just yet. I’m not even thinking about marriage for the next two years. It’s totally out of the radar.” She emphatically questions, “I don’t know why people insist that a woman has to settle down. I think marriage is overrated. It’s not that we have to marry.”

At the helm of her career, yet grounded, Kareena simplistically redefines how she balances herself. “My parents have always warned me about it. The taste of success is only sweet when there’s been failure before. I’ve learnt to deal with it. And I’ve learnt it the hard way. I’ve really struggled, and that’s why I don’t have too many people to thank. Also, I’m a very positive person. I don’t look at the past; I always look ahead.”


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