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By Joginder Tuteja, December 7, 2009 – 11:23 IST
It’s the Ranbir Kapoor wave. Saawariya is a thing of the past and suddenly the nation has woken up to the emerging superstar who has not just delivered two back to back successes (Wake Up Sid, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani) but also found a certain respectability coming his way as an actor.
Belonging to those rare breed of newer generation actors who have also found being hailed as stars in their initial efforts itself (Hrithik Roshan is the last big name that comes to the mind), Ranbir Kapoor today finds himself in a comfortable position in the industry. With Rocket Singh – Salesman of the Year coming up next and all set to be a success, courtesy names like Shimit Amin (Chak De India, Ab Tak Chappan) and Yash Raj involved, he must be a little relieved, right?
“Yes, I am and mainly due to the fact that Rocket Singh…. experience has taught me something which is that one can never be over and above a film. In totality, one has to look at the kind of respect that the film gets. I am sure Rocket Singh… will get all the respect that it deserves”, he says in a confident tone.
Given the fact that the director at the helm of affairs is none other than Shimit Amin who gave Shah Rukh one of his most respected characterisation ever in Chak De India, what is Ranbir’s view about Rocket Singh…?
“I can proudly say that Rocket Singh… is not just my greatest film till date but also one of the greatest films made in the recent times. Believe me, it belongs to a different world altogether”, he states positively.
Coming up next is Rajneeti which seems like an altogether different outing for Ranbir when compared to the three releases he has enjoyed in 2009. Happy to have found himself in this glorious period where different films are being made? “Of course and the best part is that all these films are like chalk and cheese and have shaped up quite well”, says Ranbir.
Meanwhile these are hectic times for Ranbir. He has been virtually promoting Wake Up Sid, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani and Rocket Singh… back to back. He was also busy wrapping up the shoot of Ranjeeti while also participating in the overseas schedule of Siddharth Anand’s Anjaana Anjaani with Priyanka Chopra in the middle of it all. Given the fact that recently even Amitabh Bachchan commented that promoting a movie is tougher than shooting, does he too believe in the saying?
“Ask me”, he smiles, “No really, it is no fun. Thankfully both Wake Up Sid and Ajab Prem… succeeded, so it means that I continued to talk about them even after their release. Now there is Rocket Singh – Salesman of the Year arriving in a few days so I guess there is still no time for rest. Thankfully, shooting for Anjaana Anjaani acted as a breather of sorts.”
|If you thought Farah Khan will make Akshay Kumar play an unsophisticated street smart conman in her next directorial venture Tees Maar Khan think again. Contrary to popular belief, Akshay plays a sexy and stylised international conman in the film. No prizes for guessing that Akshay’s new best friend Farah Khan is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that he has women swooning right from his first scene in the film.|
While well-known designer Aki Narula is working on Akshay’s costumes in Tees Maar Khan, Farah is also getting some international make-up artists and hairdressers for her lead actor. Farah’s first choice is that Akshay should sport long hair in the film. “I will take a look test with him wearing extensions, but if that doesn’t work, then he’ll have short hair throughout the film. But one thing is sure that I will show him as a pucca hero. He is a gorgeous looking man. He plays a Muslim and wears very trendy clothes, mostly ganjis. He has loads of attitude in Tees Maar Khan because of which I have also planned a grand entry scene for him,” said an excited Farah.
“Akshay will also be wearing jewelry in the film, maybe a bracelet or an amulet with TMK embossed on it,” added Farah.
And who will be the lucky girl who will rub shoulders with Akshay? “Well, I am doing a nationwide hunt for a new girl but if I don’t find the right one, I will go in for an established actress. The heroine’s name in the film is Anya, which is actually my daughter’s name. She will go by the name Anya Khan,” revealed Farah.
Farah further said that Tees Maar Khan happened when her husband Shirish Kunder showed her one of his scripts. “It was too funny. When I told him that, he said he would love to produce it if he gets a good director. I immediately offered to direct it and things quickly fell into place. The film is very close to Shirish’s heart. He had registered the title three years ago,” said Farah.
Commenting on who suggested Akshay’s name for the title role, Farah said, “Shirish suggested it.”
Goes without saying, Tees Maar Khan will be a typical racy entertainer, which is Farah’s style. “Yes, it will be my kind of film,” Farah laughed and said.
|Akshay Kumar||Farah Khan|
Amitabh Bachchan’s flawless performance in Paa has resulted in an international version of the film, which will be released soon
The overwhelming response to Amitabh Bachchan’s performance in Paa has triggered off a whole new chain of thought processes among those who are involved with the project. It is now felt that the film’s theme of age-acceleration by progeria and its muted dramatic depiction through Amitabh’s performance as Auro deserves a global platform. Consequently, an international version of Paa is now being put together.
Paa director R Balki says, “The version for a non-Indian audience will have to be edited very differently but the connectivity with Auro’s character will remain unchanged.” A lot of Abhishek’s character’s activities as a young politician will have to be edited for the international version. However, without those scenes Abhishek’s role will become shadowy. What will remain is the central conflict involving the progeric child’s search for his biological father.
The theme of progeria is obviously a huge incentive to market the film internationally. Balki reveals, “I have a friend in the US who drove down 70 miles to a theatre in Miami to see Paa yesterday and the hall was packed. But let me tell you, I’m not the first filmmaker to tackle the subject. I thought I was embarking on a revolutionary mission by making a film on progeria but when I checked on the net I discovered there were nearly 40 films on progeria across the world.”
Balki saw all of the films based on the same subject in order to bring out a new side to the subject. He adds, “I wanted to make sure Paa had nothing in common with the other films. Now, when we do an international version we’ll ensure the audience abroad would never have seen anything like Paa.”
It isn’t decided as yet whether the international version of Paa will be dubbed in the English language or the spoken language will remain Hindi with English subtitles.
Asha Parekh has lost two of her co-stars in two days. First, it was a little-known actress-producer Chandrakala who worked with Asha in Nasir Husain’s Teesri Manzil (1966). She passed away all of a sudden on December 4 due to a massive heart attack. Besides doing bit roles Chandrakala had also produced films like Pyar Hi Pyar (1969) starring Dharmendra and Vyjanthimala and the Rajesh Khanna starrer Anand (1971).
Yesterday, Bina Rai passed away. Best known for her roles in films like Anarkali and Taj Mahal, the 78-year-old actress passed away due to a cardiac arrest.
Talking about the demise of Bina, Asha says, “It happened all of a sudden. I wasn’t even in town. We worked together in one of her best films Ghunghat in 1960 for which she won a Filmfare award. She played Bharat Bhushan’s wife and she was fabulous.”
While working in Ghunghat, Asha was a timid and young supporting actress while Bina Rai was a big star. Talking about her experience of working with the late actress in Ghunghat, Asha says, “Binaji was an introvert. I was the youngest person in the unit. She was my senior and very intimidating. On the sets, she wouldn’t mix around and kept completely to herself. I remember once a co-star was getting a shot repeatedly wrong. The giggler that I am, I kept bursting into giggles. Binaji just stared at me, and then suddenly smiled softly. That was a rare moment of connecting with her.”
Thereafter, Ghunghat director Ramanand Sagar had got very upset with Asha. “After that incident, he scolded me saying that I should know how to behave in front of someone as big as Bina Raiji.”
Asha remembers Bina Rai as a woman of rare elegance. “She was not quite like the average film person. She was always different and detached… one more illustrious soul is gone.”
Bina was married to the late actor Prem Nath, who was filmmaker Raj Kapoor’s brother-in-law. She is survived by two sons, Prem Kishen, a well known television producer who co-owns the television software company, Cinevista, and Kailash Nath (Monty).
|(L): Taj Mahal, Aurat, Bina Rai|
Aamir Khan talks about his production Peepli Live being the first Indian film to be selected in the competition section at the Sundance Film Festival
Aamir Khan is on a high. His production Peepli Live has become the first Indian film to be selected for the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in the competition section. The festival will be held from January 21-31 at Park City in the US.
Talking about the honour, Aamir says, “Sundance is one of the biggest and the most important festivals in the US. Robert Redford had started it to encourage independent filmmakers and directors. It’s prestigious to even get your film selected for the festival as they pick up 14 films out of the 1000 that enter the competition. I am very happy for director Anusha Rizvi and her young team as I believe it’s the first Indian film to be selected there. All crew members are young and new. The only known actor is Raghuvir Yadav and some of the actors are real adivasis from Madhya Pradesh. I am happy for these youngsters.”
Ask Aamir what made him produce the film and he replies, “When I read the script, I really liked it as was very fascinating and unusual. It is funny and heartbreaking at the same time. It is set in rural India and the setting and the humour surprised me. It is a satire which makes a social comment in a funny way. I felt the writer-director Anusha has a lot of fire and is an instinctive storyteller. I want to do films which excite me creatively and this definitely did because of its amazing humour. I also wanted to do a role in Peepli Live but I couldn’t find suitable role.”
One cannot help but wonder about the unique title of the film. “There can be many meanings. Peepli is a small village and ‘live’ means bringing it live to the audience. So, it could mean that the filmmaker is bringing Peepli ‘Live’ to you. There is live news presented by the media and here a filmmaker is bringing you the film live,” explains Aamir.
If you thought that Vidya Balan has become “shameless in front of the camera”, as she recently admitted in a TV interview, after hearing her bold dialogue in Paa and the expletives she has used in Ishqiya (as is evident in the promos), this one is for you. She might be open to experimental roles but Vidya is still at times very much the girl-next-door in her heart.
Recently, Vidya refused to shake a leg to a raunchy number, a remake of the popular song Dhano ki aankhon mein… from the 1977 film Kitaab, in Ishqiya. Producer Vishal Bhardwaj wanted Vidya to feature in the song with Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi, but he finally ended up shooting the song with only the two heroes and no girl in it.
A source from the sets of Ishqiya says, “One thought that Vidya would do the song readily. She has already shot a sizzling lip kiss with Arshad in the film and has said the word ch***** without any inhibitions.”
Though Vidya wasn’t rude while turning down Vishal’s offer to do the song she managed to put across her message quite effectively. “She was polite. It’s just that she felt that the song was too bawdy,” adds our source.
Naturally, Vidya was worried about Vishal and director Abhishek Chaubey’s reaction. Fortunately for her, both of them took her refusal quite sportingly.
Despite repeated efforts, Vidya Balan remained unavailable for comment.