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Posted on: December 18, 2009

Paresh Mokashi screened Harishchandrachi Factory at various American universities when he visited the country recently

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 18, 2009)

Last month, while Paresh Mokashi was in the US to check his film Harishchandrachi Factory’s prospects at the Oscars, he got a chance to screen the biopic on the father of Indian cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke, at the Smithsonian University in Washington, followed by another screening at the University Of Southern California.

“These two major screenings were followed by other smaller screenings in schools and universities. I was completely floored by the American curiosity about Dadasaheb Phalke,” says Mokashi.

Paresh Mokashi

Mokashi, who is happy with the response he is getting to his film, says, “The Americans had vaguely heard of the father of Indian cinema. But not many of them were familiar with our films. To my surprise, they responded to my Marathi film on Phalke without language barriers. They laughed at the right places, cried at the right places and held their peace when needed.”

But for the India release of Harishchandrachi Factory on January 22, Mokashi is gearing up for a dubbed Hindi version. He reveals, “I know the flavour of the dialogue will be lost in translation. But the important thing is to take the film to a wider audience. I’d rather have Phalke speak in Hindi than restrict his views to a Marathi-speaking audience.”

Mokashi refuses to see the Oscars as a reason to lobby. He denies having any interaction with the judges and says, “The process of selection for the nomination is done in utmost secrecy. I wasn’t supposed to meet any member of the Oscar committee or jury. I just submitted the film for their viewing and left.”

On the way back from Los Angeles, he stopped in London to submit Harishchandrachi Factory for the BAFTA (the British Academy Of Film & Television Arts) too. “Now I’ll go back only if I’m nominated for the Oscars or the BAFTA,” promises Mokashi.

Harishchandrachi Factory
FLYING HIGH: Rakesh Roshan

Rakesh Roshan says the Hrithik Roshan-Barbara Mori film will be released in the summer of 2010

MEENA IYER (BOMBAY TIMES; November 18, 2009)

Hrithik Roshan’s movie Kites is generating a lot of curiosity, but it is also surrounded by many speculations. Filmmaker Rakesh Roshan clears the air…

Why has Kites been delayed?
Well there are two versions — the Hindi version that is two hours and six minutes, and the international version (English). The Indian version was ready on Sept 30, 2009. However, the English version is being supervised by the Hollywood director Brett Ratner. Ratner is a friend of mine, and he is formatting the English version according to the Western sensibilities.

Is this the first time that a mainstream Hollywood director will be ‘editing’ a Bollywood film?
Yes. Ratner has films like Rush Hour 1, 2 and 3 to his credit. He has directed A Family Man, and has done episodes of the TV series Prison Break. To get someone who is so sought after in Hollywood to step and personally supervise Kites is something very prestigious.
Have you set a release date yet?
We’ve not set a release date. It should come in the summer of 2010. I’m flying to Los Angeles on November 29 for a meeting with Ratner. The mixing and the background score for the English version is also being done there. I will announce a date only after I know what progress has been made. Kites is my most ambitious release. I’m looking at releasing almost 2,500 prints globally.

The buzz is that Hrithik is keen on a Hollywood career?
Hrithik is very happy with the work he is doing here. He is currently shooting with makers like Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Guzaarish), and he is also committed to make movies with Karan Johar, me and perhaps Vishal Bhardwaj. After watching Kites, Ratner felt that Hrithik has the potential to make it big in the West. So there is a definite possibility of his doing films there. But all that’s for a later date. Right now, Hrithik and I are both obsessed with Kites.

Saturday 24th October 2008 09.00 IST

Boxofficeindia.Com Trade Network

All The Best picked up hugely on Sunday and remained rock steady throughout the week. The first week collections are in the 24 crore nett region with Gujarat having excellent collections. Mysore and West Bengal are one the lower side.

Blue has a good first week of around 32.50 crore nett for the hindi version. The film started superbly but has seen daily drops since Tuesday. It will be important to film to have a good second weekend. All circuits have seen good collections in the first week.

Main Aurr Mrs. Khanna is a flop with around 7.50 crore nett collections in week one. The film has been taken off many screens in week two.

Wake Up Sid takes its three week nett business to 25.25 crore nett. ABOVE AVERAGE

Wanted has grossed 59.75 crore approx in four weeks. SUPERHIT

We present exclusive pictures of Ram Gopal Varma’s daughter, Revathy

By Kunal M Shah / Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 14, 2009)

Ram Gopal Varma

Ram Gopal Varma has always maintained that he does not believe in the institution of marriage and the only thing that keeps him going is churning out film after film.

Although there is news about him having a family in Hyderabad, the filmmaker has always been tight-lipped about it.

We stumbled upon pictures of his daughter, Revathy, and were surprised to know that Ramu has a daughter who is in her early 20s and studying medicine.

Revathy Varma

She dreams of becoming a surgeon and is in touch with her father. We present pictures clicked during the wedding of Ramu’s sister, Jyoti’s son, Suman.

Ramu who is shooting in Hyderabad for Rakta Charitra met with his family last week at the wedding.

Also present in the wedding were Ramu’s ex-wife Ratnashree and mother Suryavati.


Show me the money

Rupa Ganguly turned down the role of Vivek Oberoi’s mother in Rakta Charitra as she was offered a low remuneration

It is a well-known fact that Ram Gopal Varma doesn’t pay his actors well, but not everyone is willing to work for peanuts. Last week, Varma approached Rupa Ganguly to play the role of Vivek Oberoi’s mother in Rakta Charitra, but she turned it down as she was offered only Rs 2.5 lakh.

Rupa Ganguly

The story goes that an official from Varma’s office called up Rupa and offered her the role of Vivek’s mother in the Hindi version of the bilingual, Rakta Charitra. Rupa was thrilled to bits. However, her hopes were dashed when she heard that she will be paid only Rs 2.5 lakh.

A source says, “The 16-day schedule in Hyderabad was broken into three trips. Rupa felt that she deserved more than just Rs 2.5 lakh.”

Confirming the story, Rupa says, “I am honoured that Varma thought of casting me. I have seen quite a few of his films and think very highly of him as a filmmaker. But I would have preferred some decent money for the same. It was simply not a viable proposition.”

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 09, 2009)

Almost overnight, Vivek Oberoi who’s doing Ram Gopal Varma’s two-part marathon bio-pic Rakta Charitra, has slipped into the Telugu version of the film as well. Earlier, Vivek was slated to do only the Hindi version, while a new Telugu actor Aadhi was supposed to act in the Telugu version with veteran Mohan Babu as NT Rama Rao. But then Ram Gopal Varma did a look test with Vivek Oberoi.

A source close to Vivek says, “When Ramu did a look test, he immediately decided that Vivek was the right actor to play the role in both the versions. The only problem was, Vivek didn’t know how to speak Telugu… Or so Ramu thought. Actually, Vivek knows better Telugu than Ramu, although the latter is from Andhra Pradesh.” Vivek’s father Suresh Oberoi is from Andhra Pradesh and Vivek is familiar, though not fluent, in Telugu. The source adds, “Vivek has now employed a Telugu tutor in Hyderabad who is teaching the actor the nuances of the language. Fortunately, Vivek is a fast learner. He also insists on talking only in Telugu to everyone in Hyderabad, including his director who can barely speak his mother tongue.”

Vivek Oberoi

Ram Gopal Varma

YUMMYLICIOUS: Kareena Kapoor

Fans in New Delhi have already got a taste of her. An international pizza chain has introduced a size zero pizza and implied that it is inspired by Kareena Kapoor, the Bollywood diva with the most fashionable size on her. Kareena, who was out of the country till five days ago, wasn’t even aware of this latest ‘tribute’ to her till sister Karisma Kapoor, a Delhiite, called in to tell her that her friends were all tripping over the size zero pizza. Kareena has been a pizza fan for the longest time. A source reveals how the actress’ mother had flown to the outdoor schedule of a film carrying pizzas for her from Mumbai because she wasn’t getting it locally. “I love Italian food,’’ says Bebo. “I must eat pizza at least twice a week; and yes, I’m flattered that a pizza has been named after me.’’ But, she added, “Honestly speaking, I’m no longer a size zero. I’m slightly rounded because I need to be that way for my role in Karan Johar’s Hindi version of Step Mom.”

Incidentally, the size zero pizza is a thin crust affair with healthy vegetable toppings and some low-fat cheese.
“It’s a misconception that cheese is unhealthy,’’ argues Bebo. “My dietician has put me on a cheese diet for the longest time. Cheese has the right fat percentage required for the body and if eaten right, it can be advantageous rather than detrimental.’’
— MEENA IYER (Bombay Times; September 8, 2009)

By Taran Adarsh, August 28, 2009 – 11:30 IST

Not all English films can be adapted for the Indian screen. Also, the remake may not necessarily be as interesting as the original. That’s what you realize when you watch the Hindi version of DEATH AT A FUNERAL called DADDY COOL. Sadly, DADDY COOL is just not cool. Plenty of reasons why…

  • One, this supposedly laugh riot fails to tickle your funny bone, barring in a scene or two.
  • Two, the concept is more suited for a play. Setting an entire film on one location, with the story taking place in a span of a few hours, is not too exciting.


Even otherwise DADDY COOL tries so hard to make you laugh, but falls flat on its face. The unfortunate part is, comedy in Hindi movies is now relegated to making faces on camera and that’s what most actors in DADDY COOL do.

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Another factor that goes against the film is its humour. It’s crass and crude. In this film, men roam around either in shirts, showing off their underpants [Chunky Pandey] or stand on a roof with just underclothes [Aftab Shivdasani] or tell people to remove their underclothes so that they can relieve themselves in a toilet [Prem Chopra asks Jaaved Jaffery to do so].

Really, what kind of humour is this?

Chaos erupts during the funeral of Douglas [Sharat Saxena] when the grieved mourners are struck by drugs, romance, jealousy and a scandalous secret, all of which befall the family and friends.

Director K Murali Mohan Rao has helmed several interesting films in the past, but what’s this? Sure, DADDY COOL has a few entertaining moments, like the one when Rajpal Yadav reveals the secret [that Sharat Saxena was gay and Rajpal and he were lovers], but the remaining sub-plots fail to cut ice. Adding multiple sub-plots is fine as long as each sub-plot has something fascinating to say, but that’s missing here. Even the end is so bizarre, with members of this detached family suddenly professing love for one another.

There’s just one song [Raghav Sachar] at the start [a tuneful number] and one towards the end. Dialogues are strictly okay.

With a weak screenplay on hand, there’s not much the actors can do. The ones who try hard and manage are Suniel Shetty, Jaaved Jaffery, Sophie Choudry, Chunky Pandey and Prem Chopra.

On the whole, DADDY COOL fails to deliver what it promises – laughter and entertainment.