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SMILES AHEAD: BT shot Akshay Kumar exclusively on the sets of Khatta Meetha

Akshay Kumar in his avatar as the Common Man

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; January 1, 2010)

The last decade in Bollywood has primarily been dominated by three Khans (Shah Rukh, Aamir and Salman) and one Kumar (Akshay). And even as his brand equity is at an all-time high, Akshay Kumar’s business plan in the new year is to take his banner Hari Om Production (HOP) to greater heights.

The banner which is a late bloomer, swung into action with Waqt — The Race Against Time in 2005, but has already notched up hits like Namastey London, Singh is Kinng, the entertaining grosser De Dana Dan, and is now ready for its next three productions — Priyadarshan’s Khatta Meetha, Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan and Nikhil Advani’s Patiala House.

Says Priyan, a close associate of Akshay and the HOP, “Khatta Meetha is a satire on the system. It is about the road-mafia which is prevalent all over but more so in Bihar and eastern UP. The main plot line is inspired by R K Laxman’s famous common man. Based on a true incident, this film unveils the travesty of the common man. I have made this film in Malayalam earlier and it was wonderfully received. I’m sure it will be a winner in Hindi too.’’ Both Hari Om Productions and Akshay will move by leaps and bounds in 2010. While the banner will have two releases in Khatta Meetha and Tees Maar Khan, the actor will also be seen in Sajid Nadiadwala’s Houseful and Vipul Shah’s Action Replayy. Of course, it is not all work and no play for this superstar. He is currently on vacation in Goa with his family. Asked what was uppermost on his mind when the clock struck 12, he says, “I sincerely want 2010 to be a year of peace and harmony. I wish BT readers a Happy New Year.’’

Rewinding to his recent Canada trip where he represented India at the Winter Olympics, the superstar says, “I can’t tell you what a proud moment it was when I was handed the Olympic Torch in Canada. It was very moving. In my opinion films and sports are the two passions that can bind any nation.’’ Having talked about his moment of glory on foreign soil, Akki adds, “I’m proud that New Delhi is the chosen destination for the Commonwealth Games. I pray for peace because I want this sporting event to go off really smooth. I want the world to know that India is safe and capable of hosting an event of this magnitude. As a true sports lover this is something uppermost on my mind.’’


Overall 2009 was a disappointing period for Bollywood. As what Ak_India mentioned in his DP that only 8% of films succeeded in this year which is very shocking. Many films got a nice opening and were well received by audiences as well as critics. Still, the films were hailed as Flop or Average due to their high costs. And that was one of the biggest reasons behind the debacle of many films. Films like Billu, Delhi-6, Kambakkht Ishq, Kaminey, Wake Up Sid, All The Best, London Dreams, De Dana Dan etc could had been super hits were they not produced and sold for such high prices. The problem of sky-high costs was accelerated by the wrong release time. Due to the producer-multiplex feud, no movies were released in the lucrative April and May period. As a result, as soon as strike ended, films after films started pouring every Friday. Obviously, common man cannot be expected to watch all films that release and thus, many films failed or did low business. For instance, All The Best could had been successful if it had not released with Blue. Aladin would have fared better had it not clashed with London Dreams. Jail would have got lots of audience if it had not released with the super hit Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani.

Unfortunately, there is no concrete solution for the 2nd problem. Due to the strike, there is still a huge backlog that needs to be cleared and hence, in 2010 too, one might find multiple releases on lots of Fridays. But the cost of the film can definitely be cut down and the best solution is that the actors slash their prices. Why do superstars like Akshay Kumar charge 20+ crores? And why do producers agree to pay them? Biggie actors should not be given more than 8 or 9 crores. And if this upsets them, then they should be paid more but only if their film succeeds at the box office. This kind of arrangement would benefit all. Movies that are made for 40-50 crores at present would be finished in less than 30 crores. Thus, such film will have high chances of recovering their costs too.

Sadly, no one is thinking of enforcing such an alternative. And as the chapter of 2009 closes, we could see multiple releases even in the last week. Today (i.e. last day of 2009), 3 small films are slated to release-Raat Gayi Baat Gayi (RGBG), Accident On Hill Road (AOHR) and Bolo Raam (BR). It is obvious that all 3 of these films are going to flop. If only one film had hit the screens today, it would have chances of profiting. But no film will profit in this rat race. Not to forget, the 3 Idiots craze is still going on. Hence, all these films have dug their own graves by releasing today. RGBG looks like a complete entertainer; AOHR may work if it has a well-written climax. BR may be hard hitting but it will surely have lowest collections. When will these people learn?

The following are the films that have big stars and have highest chances of succeeding at the box office. 2 of them are listed below and the rest will be discussed next week [lack of space 😦 ]:

MY NAME IS KHAN: A winner for sure! Although the film looks serious, it has managed to arouse curiosity. And anyways, the name of Shah Rukh Khan is enough to make almost everyone sit up and take notice. Kajol being paired opp SRK is like an icing on the cake. Also it has talented actors like Jimmy Shergill which, I don’t think, will be revealed in promos till the flick releases on Feb 12. The first look of the film made people assume that it’s based on terrorism. However, it’s not! To quote SRK, “It’s a love story with an epic feel(Bombay Times). MNIK is thus expected to work not only in India but overseas too.

RAAVAN/RAVANA: Mark my words; this one would rock big big time! Unfortunately, when Bolly websites are discussing 2010 biggies, they aren’t mentioning this flick. There are many reasons as to why this film is special. Firstly, it is directed by talented-creative Mani Ratnam who never goes wrong. Secondly, it’s a present day version of Ramayana. And thirdly and the best part, the star cast and the characters that they play are just out of this world! Aishwarya Rai Bachchan plays Sita but Abhishek Bachchan isnt playing Rama! Instead, he’s Raavan in the film, i.e. the villain! Southern actor Vikram is Rama! Guess who plays Hanuman? None other than apna Govinda! Just imagine-Govinda in Mani’s film! Cool isnt it? Nikhil Dwivedi and Southern beauty Priyamani completes the main cast. The film is bi-lingual-it was shot in Tamil too but with slight change of cast. Vikram who plays Rama in Hindi version is Raavan in the Tamil version (hats off!). Prithviraj Sukumaran instead is Rama in Tamil version! Aishwariya Rai is acting in both the versions! The film is expected to release in May. Make sure you don’t miss it at any cost!



This post first appeared on MouthShut.com: http://www.mouthshut.com/diary/hdbhmtlmp/Fenils-Bollywood-Talk81

Shah Rukh Khan and Farah Khan sort out their grievances and will work together on an ad film very soon
By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 22, 2009)

The friction between Shah Rukh Khan and Farah Khan is over. The two seem to have sorted their differences. Last week, Farah went to Shah Rukh’s house with her three kids and they have decided to work together again.

A common friend of Shah Rukh and Farah says, “Shah Rukh was very irritated when Farah announced Tees Maar Khan with Akshay Kumar. Actually, it came to him like a bolt from the blue.”

Explaining what led to the friction, our source revealed, “Shah Rukh kept delaying Farah’s film Happy New Year. How long could she have waited for him? There was a time when the two of them distanced themselves from each other. That was a phase of uneasy calm on both sides.”

However, better sense prevailed. “Shah Rukh and Farah share a very deep bonding and one film can’t ruin that. A couple of days ago, Farah got a call from Shah Rukh’s company to direct a TV commercial, for which she has agreed,” added the source.

Today, they share a very comfortable relationship. They are very much on talking terms. Farah even calls up Red Chillies Entertainment for their opinion on choices she makes about the technicians for Tees Maar Khan.

Deven Munjal, Advertising Head, Red Chillies confirmed that they have approached Farah to direct a commercial. He tells us, “Farah has always been a part of the ads which Red Chillies makes. She is the right choice to direct the commercial for which we have approached her. Let’s see how it takes off from here.”

Farah confirmed, “Yes, I am shooting a commercial for Red Chillies Entertainment very soon.”

NO LOVE LOST: Farah Khan with Shah Rukh Khan

The Bollywood choreographer-director breaks tradition with her first home production

SHARIN WADER BUTANI Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; November 18, 2009)

Don’t know how Shah Rukh Khan is taking this, but choreographer and director Farah Khan’s next film does not star the Bollywood Badshah as was widely expected… instead, it has the Bollywood Khiladi — Akshay Kumar. The film is called Tees Maar Khan and this is Farah’s third directorial venture — after Om Shanti Om and Main Hoon Na — and the first for her home production with husband Shirish Kunder. Incidentally, Shirish has also written Tees Maar Khan and will be producing it along with Akshay’s production house. Shirish told BT yesterday about his film that will go on floors by March next year, “I wrote this film with Akshay in mind. My first film Jaaneman was with him and we share a good rapport. Initially, I was supposed to direct Tees Maar Khan but since it’s our first home production, Farah and I decided that I’ll produce it and she’ll direct it.”
Farah, whose next film was supposed to be Happy New Year with SRK, added, “I don’t even have a script for Happy New Year yet, so when this film came along, I decided to go ahead with it. It’s my kind of film and has everything in it — action, comedy and full masala. It’s like a readymade script for me.” She’s aware that Bollywood’s going to cast aspersions on why she picked Akshay over old-friend Shah Rukh. “But there’s no stress between SRK and me. In fact, he’s very happy for me and our production house and has offered every kind of help that I might need while doing the film,” said the choreographer-cum-director. “Tees Maar Khan means a smart ass,” added Farah, who might go on a nationwide hunt for an actress for the film with Shirish.
Aditya Chopra to direct his next, a young love story starring Ranbir Kapoor

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 20, 2009)

Ranbir Kapoor is the new favourite at Yash Raj Films. Afterstarring in YRF’s Bachna Ae Haseeno and the forthcoming Rocket Singh Salesman of the Year, Ranbir will now star in a film to be directed by Aditya Chopra. The film will go on the floors early next year. Ranbir was best choice for the forthcoming film as Aditya is ready with his new film’s script and his favourite actor and closest friend Shah Rukh Khan has no available dates for the next two years

Shah Rukh Khan had starred in all the three films directed by Aditya, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Mohabbatein and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.

A source said, “Aditya was keen to direct Dhoom 3 however they didn’t finalise a script that Aditya was keen enough to direct. Even Yashji was scheduled to direct a film after Veer-Zaara but that too did not work out. When Aditya realised that Dhoom 3 is not working out as expected and Shah Rukh is already busy with Don 2 and Farah Khan’s film Happy New Year, he wrote this fresh young love story, which will star Ranbir.”

Aditya Chopra

“There has been a considerable gap between his three films. Aditya made Mohabbatein five years after Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge while Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi was made eight years after Mohabbatein. However, he was very sure that after Rab Ne… he wanted to start his next film soon.”

Aditya consciously wrote a young love story for his forthcoming film, just like DDLJ. He was very clear that he wanted his next to be a bubbly love story. Ranbir fits the bill perfectly and the two are good friends. The rest of the details are yet to be finalised.

We sent text messages to Ranbir Kapoor and YRF but they did not reply.

MUMBAI MIRROR; October 09, 2009


Farah Khan

Contrary to what our usually reliable sources tell us, both Farah Khan and Asin have denied that the actress has declined to act in Farah’s next movie Happy New Year (Asin snubs Farah Khan, Thursday, October 8). While Farah insisted that she is still at the scripting stage and there is no question of offering the film to anyone, Asin too said that while she and the Om Shanti Om director were friends, they had not yet discussed working on a film.

“Please tell me which heroine will refuse my film and that too with Shah Rukh as hero?” texted an irate Farah. So ladies, apologies all around, and a kick in the rear to our mischievous source.

Asin refuses the lead role in Farah Khan’s next, Happy New Year; brushes her off citing date problems

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 08, 2009)

Asin had a dream start with Bollywood as she bagged films with two Khans – Aamir and Salman. She was very vocal that she wanted to work with the third powerful Khan – Shah Rukh. Funnily, when she had the chance, she turned it down!

A few days ago, Farah Khan offered her a role in her next,

Happy New Year, which stars Shah Rukh Khan, which is slated to go on the floors by end of this year.


Farah Khan

Asin took her time to mull over the offer, consulted her father and then sent word to Farah that she won’t be doing the film. “Ever since Asin appeared on Farah’s show Tere Mere Beach Mein, they have been in touch. When Farah offered her the role, initially Asin was quite excited. It is not known why she refused Farah’s film,” says a source.

The polite way to refuse, of course, is to cite date problems. “She conveyed that the dates which Farah needed would be clashing with her other assignments,” revealed the source.

The latest is that Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone have set their eyes on the female lead in Happy New Year. Kareena Kapoor is also in the race. Asin’s loss is someone else’s gain. It will be interesting to see who bags the role. Considering how sought after Farah is, it is indeed shocking that a new actress in Bollywood, turned her down.

Despite repeated attempts, Farah and Asin remained unavailable for comment.