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Rohit Dhawan’s directorial debut shelved; he is working on a rom com now

By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 24, 2009)

Times aren’t good for director David Dhawan. Yesterday, we broke the news about how Salman Khan is not letting him direct Sanki and now, we have learnt that his son Rohit’s debut directorial venture has gone kaput.

The Akshay Kumar-John Abraham starrer, Come on Pappu has been shelved and the junior Dhawan is now working on an entirely new film, a romantic comedy, which is yet untitled. Rohit confirms, “Yes, I am not making Come on Pappu anymore.”


Rohit Dhawan / Pic: Yogen Shah

A source reveals, “Come on Pappu was in trouble because several production houses were backing out. Initially, the film was to be produced by Percept Picture Company, but they backed out due to lack of funds. Rohit then took his project to Studio 18, but they refused to go ahead with it, thanks to Akshay’s exorbitant fee and John’s huge fee hike post the success of his films, Dostana and New York. Come on Pappu was then taken to Eros, who too eventually backed out.”

“Come on Pappu was a big-budget film and some really advanced technology had to be used to make it. Rohit finally decided to scrap the project altogether and moved on to write a romantic comedy. He has also auditioned a few actors from the industry for his new film,” adds the source.

Rohit says, “I am writing something else now. Due to market constraints, Come on Pappu couldn’t see light of day as it was an expensive film.” So, will the star cast remain the same for the new film, we ask Rohit. “I am still working on the script. I’ll start casting only once I am done with the final script,” he replies.



The following two Fridays are going to see the release of four big films two in each week. While Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani and Jail are releasing on Nov 6, London Dreams and Aladin are hitting the screens tomorrow, i.e. Oct 30.

ldLondon Dreams (LD) was originally to be directed by Raj Kumar Santoshi and he had planned the impossible-casting Shahrukh Khan and Aamir Khan together! Santoshi even managed to do a joint narration with Aamir and SRK. Both seemed genuinely interested while the narration was going on. But later, due to some unknown reason, both of them stopped responding to Santoshi’s calls and the project was put on the backburner. At that time, the film was titled Rashque (jealousy).

LD is now Vipul Shah’s venture and in place of SRK, he has casted Ajay Devgn and Aamir Khan is replaced by Salman Khan. Although the current version has created curiosity amongst moviegoers, I really really wished the film was made with the original cast. Just imagine, SRK and Aamir Khan together would have rocked completely. Even if the film was bad, just seeing them together would have been a paisa vasool experience!

LD has impressed overall everyone ever since its first promo was out. The song and the musical theme of the film have made it a must watch for everyone. Also, director Vipul Shah’s track record has been fantastic. All his past films (Aankhen, Waqt, Namastey London, Singh Is Kinng) were big time hits. Asin, who is very choosy when it comes to signing films, is also a part of this bid budget project. The film is expected to get a good opening and become a hit.

aladinSince LD will be the first choice for majority, the 2nd release tomorrow, Aladin, may suffer. Frankly speaking, Aladin seems more impressive than LD to me as somehow I have never been interested in films about music bands (I wasn’t even excited for ‘Rock On!!’ before it released). Coming back to Aladin, it has the finest special effects ever seen in any Bollywood movie so far. The film’s star cast is amazing and it may turn out to be a fantasy joyride. On the flipside, the film isn’t well promoted. Also, there are chances that the film may highly disappoint. In the past, there have been countless big budget films which were pathetic and Aladin may also turn out to be the same. Also, the co-producers of the film are Eros who had come up with a similar kind of film last year which became the disaster of the season. That film was DRONA! What if Aladin is also on the same lines? So I’ll prefer to wait for the response and then decide whether or not to go for it!

Which film will be your first choice? Do let me know!

There is no certainty yet as to whether Blue has managed to recover its 80-90 crs (or maybe more) cost and yet, its producers are planning its sequel! According to the reports, Katrina will have a longer role in the sequel. Director Anthony D’Souza has announced that John Abraham will be a part of the sequel without even consulting him, thus, pissing off John! Anthony also says that this time the adventures will take place in the sky too!

I was just wondering-what will they name the sequel to Blue? How about ‘BLUE TWO-TH’?!!

Madhur Bhandarkar and Sunil Lulla will defy the UPDF decision by releasing their films, Jail and Aladin on the pre-decided dates
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 18, 2009)

London Dreams


Madhur Bhandarkar and Sunil Lulla will go ahead with the pre-decided release dates of their films, Jail and Aladin, despite the United Producers & Distributors Forum’s (UPDF) insistence that they postpone their release dates.

The UPDF was formed by the Bollywood filmmakers to ensure that no two big films release on the same day, as films piled up after the multiplex-producers dispute. They had issued an order to Madhur and Sunil to postpone the release dates of their films, Jail and Aladin, as they are clashing with Rajkumar Santoshi’s Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani and Vipul Shah’s London Dreams respectively. However, Madhur and Sunil are in no mood to toe the line.

A source says, “Producer Sunil Lulla from Eros was told to change the release date of Aladin from October 30 as it is clashing with Vipul Shah’s London Dreams. However, Sunil is adamant about releasing his film on the same date. Same is the case with Madhur Bhandarkar’s Jail, the UPDF wants the release date of the film to be changed from November 6 as it is clashing with Rajkumar Santoshi’s Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani. With both filmmakers refusing to budge, a huge dispute erupted over it. Incidentally, UTV’s Chance Pe Dance has already pushed their film’s release date to a later one, to avoid clashing its release with another film.”

A spokesperson of Eros says, “We are releasing Aladin on October 30.”

Confirming the news, Navin Shah, CEO of Percept Picture Company, producers of Jail, says, “The UPDF tried to bully us into postponing the release of Jail. I don’t think they have any right to discriminate. Five people cannot sit and decide how the entire industry will function and release their films. While releasing a film, many things need to be considered – like resources, finance and publicity and hence the filmmaker has the right to make the decision. We are in no mood to change our release date.”

Producer Ratan Jain, who is a member of the UPDF, says, “It is in the best interest of the films that no two big films release on the same day as they eat into each other’s business and everybody suffers. We tried to make the filmmakers understand this, but at the end of the day, it’s their decision. As of now, they are not ready and there is no settlement.”

Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani


– By Taran Adarsh, August 1, 2009 – 08:47 IST Love Aaj Kal

The much-hyped LOVE AAJ KAL opened to a stupendous start across all multiplexes. The film is being screened in 20, 23, 25, even 28 shows everyday at prominent multiplexes, which is a record of starts. The first day business was huge across multiplexes, although the single screens weren’t as strong [expectedly]. But there’s no reason to press the panic button, since 70% to 80% business is generated from multiplexes alone these days.

The reports of LOVE AAJ KAL are good, the audience feedback is positive and the opening weekend is expected to be humungous. In fact, the first weekend numbers of the film should easily find a place amongst the biggest openers ever. Another advantage is the Raksha Bandhan holiday on Wednesday [5th August], which will add that extra revenue to the booty.

LOVE AAJ KAL has cost Rs. 42 crores to its producers [Saif Ali Khan and Dinesh Vijan] and with P & A costs included, the final cost works out to approx. Rs. 48 crores [for Eros]. A major chunk of business is expected to be recovered from the domestic market, while Overseas is expected to be huge as well. In fact, the Thursday night shows in Pakistan were bigger than that of KAMBAKKHT ISHQ. Even UAE was higher than KAMBAKKHT ISHQ, where LOVE AAJ KAL collected approx. 6,50,000 Dirhams on its first day.

One awaits with bated breath for its response in U.K. and U.S.A. ‘Bollywood Hungama’ will keep you updated with the developments, with official figures.


By Taran Adarsh, July 29, 2009 – 11:42 IST

Amitabh Bachchan, Ritesh Deshmukh
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The first thing that catches your attention as you watch the first promo of Eros and Sujoy Ghosh’s ALADIN is the look of the characters. While Ritesh Deshmukh [Aladin] and Jacqueline Fernandes [Jasmine] wear a contemporary look, Amitabh Bachchan [a genie called Genius] and Sanjay Dutt’s [the bad guy called Ringmaster] appearances immediately transport you to a fairyland.

The second thing that catches your attention is the grand canvas and the mounting of the film. ALADIN is a visual extravaganza and the first promo gives you a clear idea of what to expect.

The third thing that catches your attention is the visual effects that have gone into this movie. Of course, what you get to see is just a tip of the iceberg, but if you visit the Eye Qube Studios, which has been instrumental in giving the film international-level effects, you’d know that ALADIN should push the envelope and break barriers.

ALADIN is slated for a Diwali release and you’ve come to expect larger-than-life movies to set the screens afire in the festive week. Let’s hope that ALADIN lives up to those monumental and humungous expectations that the promo rightfully raises.

The promo of ALADIN will be unleashed this Friday with the prints of LOVE AAJ KAL.


By Taran Adarsh, July 28, 2009 – 08:38 IST

Saif Ali Khan
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Saif Ali Khan is getting the jitters, but is equally confident as LOVE AAJ KAL is set to test his abilities this Friday.

Without doubt, the expectations from LOVE AAJ KAL are humungous and this makes actor turned producer Saif Ali Khan anxious. He’s got a lot riding on this film, which is predicted to toss him into the industry’s Top 3 slot, if luck sides him. “LOVE AAJ KAL gives me very positive vibes. But, trust me, I don’t like the number game. We should be our own competition,” Saif tells me.

LOVE AAJ KAL has got a near perfect mixture — hot properties in Saif and Deepika, one of the finest directors in Imtiaz Ali, music that’s already set hearts pacing [Pritam] and a story that’s rather intriguing. But people are bound to compare it with Imtiaz’s JAB WE MET.

“It’s an unfair comparison. Comparing the two films is like comparing two different people, even though the maker is the same. This film is an individual by itself. Why, Imtiaz even wanted to get rid of the card ‘From the director of JAB WE MET’ in the promos, but I insisted on it,” Saif reveals.

Industry watchers predict LOVE AAJ KAL will be Saif’s biggest opener ever, the position earlier held by RACE. “It’s flattering, but scary. It’s like, I’m throwing a party, but am scared too. What if no one shows up? It’s so unpredictable these days. See how RACE shocked us all, its opening was mind-boggling,” he states.

Let’s go back a bit. What made Saif turn producer? “The credit goes to Eros. There was a period when everyone wanted to grow and Eros said they wanted to back my decisions. So they gave me money and we agreed to make two films. Alos, eventually, you do like to have a control over your films,” he reasons.

Saif also gives complete credit to his producer-partner Dinesh Vijan. “I was merely an actor on the sets, while Dinesh took all production-related calls. Imtiaz too wanted me to be just the actor on his sets, so that I could concentrate. Sure, I was aware of what was going on… [pauses] Dinesh and I think very much alike and we’re doing this for the love of films. I could’ve opted for someone more experienced and prolific, but the wavelength wouldn’t have been the same,” he admits.

Now that LOVE AAJ KAL opens this Friday, Saif and Dinesh are ready to move on to their next project — AGENT VINOD. “After that I begin shooting for RACE 2,” he concludes.


By Taran Adarsh, July 21, 2009 – 09:02 IST

Love Aaj Kal, Luck The next two weeks are crucial, for the next two weeks will witness the release of two diverse, big-budget films – LUCK [Studio 18] and LOVE AAJ KAL [Eros]. The past few weeks have seen the business hit an all-time low, with SHORT KUT and JASHNN proving non-starters at the box-office. The losses, especially in the case of SHORT KUT, would be big.

Talking of LUCK, while Shree Ashtavinayak has this policy of not holding any screening of their film prior to its release, those who’ve watched a closed-door preview of this multi-starrer are unanimous that the film has never-seen-before action scenes. Besides, the film is rich in entertainment, catering to the masses completely. With stylish promos already creating a buzz for the film, several distributors are confident that the film would embark on a flying start at the box-office.

On the other hand, LOVE AAJ KAL has created a solid impression since the time its first promo came on air. With Imtiaz Ali in the director’s seat and JAB WE MET extremely popular with moviegoers, plus the Saif – Deepika jodi looking fresh and Pritam’s music climbing the popularity charts, it’s felt that LOVE AAJ KAL will also open big.

While KAMBAKKHT ISHQ fetched an electrifying start and if LUCK and LOVE AAJ KAL also open big, the month of July would’ve generated enormous revenue for the film industry.