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Saturday 12th December 2008 09.00 IST
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Rocket Singh – Salesman Of The Year had a dull start as it opened to around 30-40% and evening shows did not show major improvement at around 50-55%. Single screens had a low response. The film has fairly low costs so recovery is not a major problem but it remains to be seen what sort of theatrical business it can do. Delhi/NCR showed best improvement yesterday evening but not the sort of jump that makes a big difference.
Paa had a decent first week of around 16.50 crore nett. The film did very well on Saturday and Sunday while midweek collections were steady but on lower side. Second week will be important for the film. Overall the film will probably do 25-30 crore nett lifetime business unless second week is poor.
Radio had a very poor first week of around 1.25 crore nett. DISASTER
De Dana Dan added 10 crore nett in its second weekend. The second week was decent in some circuits but overall the film had a big fall in week two. The film has now grossed 44 crore nett in two weeks.
Even though she has completely shed her glam doll image to play a politician in Prakash Jha’s Rajneeti, Katrina Kaif is reluctant to give up the jhatkas and matkas that are such an integral part of being a Bollywood actress.
So what if she plays a prim and propah neta in Rajneeti? It doesn’t stop her from wanting to dance to a club song in the film. While Katrina wants to let out her filmi side, filmmaker Prakash Jha doesn’t want her to deviate from her role and is currently looking out for another actress to perform in the song.
A source said, “No matter how serious his films are Prakash Jha usually makes it a point to have one much-talked about song. For Rajneeti, he has a club mix hip-hop number composed by Pritam. Katrina, who is the film’s lead actress, has expressed a keen interest in being part of the song.
However, Jha feels that he should get another established actress for the song and has already spoken to some likely candidates. Katrina clearly doesn’t want to give up on her image as a commercial actress and wants to feature in the song as after the initial few scenes in Rajneeti, she goes completely deglam. Getting to dance to this masala number was perhaps her way of ensuring that her sexy image remains intact. But knowing Jha he will get some other actress for the item song.”
Prakash Jha confirmed the news and said, “Yes, we have a club song which Katrina is extremely keen to do. But, I have yet to decide on several aspects of the song. Ranbir (Kapoor, lead actor of Rajneeti) is definitely not part of the song and I will soon finalise who will feature in the number.”
Completely denying the news, Katrina Kaif said, “Rubbish. I don’t know anything about this.”
| When Akshay Kumar went to see the Farah Khan-choreographed lingerie show, little did he know that the models would flaunt more than the products. They decided to convince him of their other skills as well – acting and high drama, for they almost got into a catfight. If the lingerie wasn’t enough, this was a great way to ahem, arouse interest.
Akshay is starring in Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan and they rightly deduced that he would need a leading actress. This was a perfect opportunity to market themselves to the star. Farah is already inundated with calls from actresses to play the role, so this was their chance and they started on the ramp itself.
Says a source who attended the show, “Akshay and his wife Twinkle were seated in front of the stage. Those girls were smiling at Akshay from the ramp itself.”
As soon as the lingerie show was over, three girls from the show walked up to Akshay and said, “Tees Maar Khan mein fit kara do.” Akshay smiled and casually told them that there was only one female lead in that film. At this, all three of them started insisting that they were better than the other two.
Realising that the girls were in no mood to relent, Akshay palmed them off to Farah Khan, who was mingling with the guests at the time.
Yet the girls followed Akshay, who soon got a bit embarrassed because Twinkle was with him. This time, he turned to them and said rather categorically, “Please understand. It doesn’t work like this. You have to speak to Farah only.”
Sensing that they better follow his advice, the girls then went over to Farah. Says an eyewitness, “They even gave her their portfolio.”
We called Farah, who dryly remarked, “Yes, I know about this. Those girls were auditioning for Akshay.”
“All the girls who participated in the show had great bodies. I have collected quite a few portfolios in the last few days. Let’s see who gets selected eventually,” added Farah.
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 12, 2009)
Call it a cruel twist of fate. Call it a publicity gimmick. Call it what you will. But listen to this. Producer Boney Kapoor has a plan. He is contemplating the release of his Kareena Kapoor-Shahid Kapoor film Milenge Milenge on Valentine’s Day next year. According to a trade source who has been consulting with Boney on the release plans, “Boney, his director Satish Kaushik and other top executives clearly feel that no date is more suited to this film than Valentine’s. Even some distributors are in agreement.”
By UPALA KBR (Mid-Day; December 12, 2009)
Karan Johar was indirectly approached last week by a filmmaker to act as the male lead in a B-grade film. He turned it down. He had earlier refused a cameo in one of Dev Anand’s films.
Says a source close to Karan, “He was shocked at being offered the role of a leading man. He was mortified that someone should approach him to actually play ‘hero’ in a B-grade potboiler film! He has no interest in being in front of the camera. The role didn’t come directly from the filmmaker but through one of his friends.”
Karan was so embarrassed that he didn’t even waste a second in turning it down, “He declined saying he was busy for the next couple of years and was quite happy directing films.” Some people feel that if he’d been offered an A-grade project as the quintessential brooding intense passionate hero, made by a top filmmaker, KJo would’ve given it a thought but it was a ‘No’ for this one.
Although Karan has been offered a few funny roles down the years, this was the first time he was offered the lead part. The khabru adds, “They even told him he could choose the heroine he wanted and they would get her for him – including a Rani, Preity and Priyanka whom he’s very close to.
The film is a full-fledged masala love drama with lots of action and songs and the producer was willing to fly down to foreign locales to shoot the romantic songs. Karan was too embarrassed to take the matter further and just brushed it aside.”
Karan Johar refuses to comment and adds, “Please don’t ask me such things. They are too embarrassing to talk about.”
By AMUL SHARMA (Mid-Day; December 12, 2009)
High-adrenaline action flick and Nicolas Cage-Angelina Jolie-starrer Gone In Sixty Seconds went on to become a big hit worldwide following its release in 2000. A decade later the film is still high on recall because of its high-speed car chases.
The Indian version will be changed to suit the Indian sensibilities. It will have drama and songs. Yusuf Khan who made Khel (2003) directs the remake. The film will have Sunil Shetty playing Nicolas Cage’s role. Shreyas Talpade and newbie Rehaan Khan form the rest of the cast.
Producer Sanjay Ahluwalia says, “Right now, I can’t say anything about the film. It is on hold for some time now.”
Gone In 60 Seconds
Randall “Memphis” Raines (Nicolas Cage) retired from the business of grand theft auto in 1994. Six years on, he is forced to return when his brother Kip (Giovanni Ribisi) falls foul of a Russian crimelord when he defaults on a delivery of stolen cars. The only way out? Steal 50 cars in one night dodging cops hot on their trail.
Auro turns cricket commentator for the India-Sri Lanka T-20 match tomorrow
Amitabh Bachchan as Auro will now be a T20 cricket commentator for the India-Sri Lanka cricket match to be held on December 12. Amitabh will be doing the ‘expert commentary’ in the breaks between the match.
Confirming the story, Paa’s director Balki says, “Auro will be doing the expert commentary for television for the T20 match in Mohali.”
A big cricket aficionado, the challenge for Big B would be to do a cricket commentary for the first time, and that too in Auro’s soft and childish voice. A challenge that the actor is already gearing himself for.
In the meanwhile, spurred by the poignant story of Auro, Bihar’s chief minister Nitish Kumar has announced financial aid for the two Bihari progeric brothers Eqramul and Ali Hussein.
Balki is delighted by the impact of the film. “Now that’s the kind of story one likes to hear about Paa. But let me repeat we did not make Paa to spotlight progeria.”
The Progeria Research Foundation in the US is showing a keen interest in Paa. Says Balki, “I’d be only too happy for them to watch the film and decide how Paa could spread awareness about progeria.”
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 10, 2009)
Life has come a full circle for former Miss World Priyanka Chopra. On December 12, nine years after she picked up her own crown, PC will be on the beauty pageant podium in Johannesburg as a judge for the final round of this year’s Miss World contest. “When Julia Morley, who is in charge of the beauty pageant, invited me to be a judge, I was ecstatic. There I was a teenager all those years ago, nervous as a help on the same platform. Now I’m going in a totally different capacity,” said Priyanka. The actress is happy she could work her busy shooting schedules around to accommodate this contest, which she considers a very prestigious one.
Back home, too, Priyanka is in a very happy place. Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif and she are the top three Bollywood beauties who wield a certain power over the box office. Naturally, the best projects are divided between them. “This was a good year,” said the actress, “and hopefully 2010 will be as good if not better.”
She happily starts the year with Pyaar Impossible in January while also shooting with hotshot Ranbir Kapoor for Sajid Nadiadwala’s Anjaana Anjaani and with Bollywood supremo Shah Rukh Khan for Farhan Akhtar’s Don-2. “Besides these films, I’m scheduled to do a film with my Kaminey director Vishal Bharadwaj,” said the dusky beauty.
The low point of 2009 was when she cried herself to sleep after Ashutosh Gowarikar’s What’s Your Rashee came unstuck at the box office. “When you put blood, sweat and tears into a project and it doesn’t fetch you the kind of box office you hoped for, it hurts,” Priyanka admitted. But she did not rise to the bait when asked what she feels about co-star and ‘ex’ Harman Baweja making his feelings public for her long after they had split. Guess when things are looking up for her the way they are right now, she has every reason to be gracious.
|Sandip Soparrkar and Jessy Randhawa|
Dance instructor Sandip Soparrkar and his model girlfriend Jessy Randhawa will tie the knot on December 12. The couple has been dating for over five years. It was Sandip who proposed marriage to Jessy.
Confirming the news, an excited Sandip says, “Jessy and I are getting hitched on December 12. We are having a Hindu wedding at the ISKCON temple in Mumbai, followed by a reception in Pune, where my parents live, the next day. The reception will be in Catholic style with the dress code obviously being gowns and coats. We will also have ballroom dancing.”
Ask Sandip whether he is planning to have a special performance for Jessy and he says, “It is a surprise that I don’t want to reveal.”
Jessy’s wedding outfit is being designed by AD Singh while Sandip’s outfit is being designed by Deepak Shah.
The couple has no immediate plans for a honeymoon due to their show commitments. Commenting on their post-marriage plans, Sandip says, “We are planning to have an outing towards the end of December. Instead of a long break, we intend to have small outings, which we hope to work out next year onwards.”