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Late actress Divya Bharti’s cousin,Kainaat Arora, is ready to make her acting debut

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 09, 2009)


Kainaat Arora, late actress Divya Bharti’s second cousin, will soon make her acting debut with Gup Chup Gup Chup. She also has an item number in Priyadarshan’s Khatta Meetha, starring Akshay Kumar.

Kainaat was born in the same town as Divya (Sarangpur). She went on to study in the same school as Divya (St Mary’s) and then shifted base to Mumbai to pursue a career in acting. “Two years ago I came to Mumbai from Delhi after completing a course from NIFT and after doing some modeling assignments. I met OP uncle (Divya’s father) as soon as I came to Mumbai. I will never forget the way their family stood by me when I decided to become an actress. OP uncle said that after Divya, it was my turn to make everyone proud. He introduced me to Sajid Nadiadwala (who Divya was married to),” said Kainaat.

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Talking about her debut film, Kainaat said, “Gup Chup Gup Chup happened by chance and I am the only actress in this comic thriller. Later, I met Priyan (Priyadarshan) sir at a function in Kerala. He told me that I looked familiar; he had forgotten that I had done three ad films with him. Soon, he offered me a song in Khatta Meetha, which I immediately agreed to do. When I first met Sajid, he told me a lot of things about Divya didi.”

When asked if she remembers anything about Divya, Kainaat said, “I was very young when didi passed away. I remember her coming to Sarangpur after her film Vishwatma had released. A crowd had gathered outside our house. I hope I make it. I want didi to be proud of me. She was a fantastic actress and if I become half of what she was, I will be very happy.”

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Sanjay Dutt walks out of Vashu Bhagnani’s Faltu as actress Neha Oberoi, daughter of the actor’s closest friend, is replaced by Pooja Chopra

By Kunal M Shah and Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 09, 2009)

Sanjay Dutt and producer Vashu Bhagnani have had a serious fight because the latter broke his promise of re-launching Sanjay’s good friend Dharam Oberoi’s daughter Neha. To make matters worse, Vashu replaced Neha without informing the actor.

Consequently, a dismayed Sanjay has walked out of Vashu’s film, Faltu, which is also supposed to re-launch the producer’s son Jackky Bhagnani.

Our source said, “Sanjay and Vashu have always been on very good terms. Sanjay even did an item number without charging any money in Kal Kissne Dekha. Sanjay agreed to star in Faltu only because it was supposed to be the re-launch film for his close friend and manager Dharam Oberoi’s daughter, Neha, who had earlier starred in the tanked Woodstock Villa opposite Sikandar Kher. But while Sanjay was busy promoting All The Best, Vashu went ahead and signed on the current Miss India-World Pooja Chopra, and unceremoniously dropped Neha from his film. Sanjay was furious when he got to know about this and told Vashu that since he had failed to keep his word, he too won’t keep his promise. Vashu is now trying to get Anil Kapoor to replace Sanjay.”

Vashu said, “I had not even signed Sanju as the script is not ready yet. Sanju has to read the script and then decide. I have always maintained that he is a friend and has helped us with Kal Kissne Dekha. We will finalise everything only when the script is ready.”

Sanjay’s spokesperson confirmed that he is no longer part of Vashu’s film. He said cautiously, “Sanju opted out of the film due to date problems.”

Brazilian model Bruna Abdullah bags a cameo in Dharma’s I Hate Luv Storys

By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 23, 2009)

After doing an item number, Rehem Kare in Anubhav Sinha’s Cash (2007), Brazilian model Bruna Abdullah has bagged a cameo in Karan Johar’s Imran Khan-Sonam Kapoor starrer I Hate Luv Storys.

A source said, “Dia Mirza was director Punit Malhotra’s first choice for the role that Bruna finally bagged. Dia politely denied the offer as she didn’t want to do one more cameo having done one in another Karan film Kurbaan. Punit then started auditioning and decided to cast a relatively new face.”

Somebody recommended Bruna’s name during the auditions and Punit fixed up a meeting with her. “Punit was impressed with Bruna and immediately finalised her for the role. Bruna is a Brazilian and has already started working on her diction and dialogue delivery. This is Bruna’s big break in Bollywood. Although it is a cameo, her role adds substantial weight to the script,” added the source.

First, Bruna’s manager Meenaxi confirmed the news and asked us to email the questions for Bruna.

However, later when we contacted her again, she denied the story and said, “I thought you wanted to speak to her regarding an interview. Bruna has not signed any film.”

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PICK YOUR CHOICE THIS DIWALI!

Diwali is round the corner and three very big films are set to release in the Diwali weekend. These films are Blue, All The Best and Main Aurr Mrs Khanna. Over the last two years, it has been seen that the Diwali week attracts the highest number of audiences which result into mind boggling collections. Last year’s Diwali release, Golmaal Returns surprised one and all after it collected 38.69 crores(Source: Boxofficeindia.com) in its opening Diwali week! This year too, historic collections are expected to happen by these three films. My take on these films:

BLUE: Undoubtedly, Blue leads in the Diwali race. The film has aroused the highest curiosity among moviegoers and is expected to have an earth-shattering opening. But in order to sustain in theatres, it should be a well-made film. Also, what goes against the film is its verrrrryyyy high budget. The figure is not known-some say its 90 crs, others peg it at 100 crs and Times of India 2 days mentioned it as 120 crs. Whatever maybe the cost, it is definitely huge and in order to recover the amount, the film needs to be good so that it can attract as many audiences as possible. Here’s wishing the film and its team good luck!

ALL THE BEST: This is an important film as it marks Ajay Devgn’s debut as a producer with his banner ‘Ajay Devgn Ffilms’. Also this is the first film where Ajay’s surname will be spelt as ‘Devgn’ instead of Devgan. So he’s the latest to join in the bandwagon of actors screwing their names for numerological reasons! I wonder how can people think that removing or adding an alphabet in their names will result in their film becoming a hit?! If Ram Gopal Verma had made some alterations in his name, then would Aag been a blockbuster?! Make good films, publicise them well and release it at a right time-that’s the simple and magical formula! Coming back to the film, All The Best (ATB) promos are impressive and people are equally excited for it as for Blue. It remains to be seen as to which films registers higher collections, although chances are that Blue will lead.

MAIN AURR MRS KHANNA: This is a film which may get neglected due to ATB and Blue. The film’s opening day collections may be bad but it pick up by word-of-mouth. But for that, the film has to be well-made. Salman-Kareena pairing is excellent (Coincidentally, the last time they had paired together was for Kyon Ki, which had also released in Diwali in 2005!). Preity Zinta’s item number ‘Happening’ is loved by some while others have dubbed it as ‘Poor man’s Kajra Re’! The film is produced by Sohail Khan and Ronnie Screwvala (UTV). But due to some dispute between the two, Screwvala’s name is not seen in the film’s ads in newspapers and TV. I sincerely hope that Main Aurr Mrs Khanna (MAMK) works at the BO if genuine efforts are put in.

Both Blue and ATB are made on a lavish budget and some experts are of the view that these films should have got a solo release. This is applicable especially for Blue. With such a high cost, the film should not have had any competition as ATB and MAMK may eat into its collections. But on the flipside, Blue may profit a lot from the overseas territories. Shemaroo, the overseas distributors of Blue, have planned to release this film in territories where no Hindi film has ever released before. This is a right move, considering that Blue has global appeal. Also, there is no big film releasing next Fri (Oct 23). So all three films has two weeks to rake in as much moolah as possible! Good luck to all the three films! May all films succeed big time at the BO!

And do let me know which film you are most interested in!

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ACIDIC HANGOVER!

One can’t deny the fact that White Feather Films (WFF), Sanjay Gupta’s production house, has churned one of the best dark thrillers in the past. In fact, every film of WFF right from Kaante to the recent Woodstock Villa has been very dark but still managed to impress audiences. Their new flick, Acid Factory, too follows the WWF tradition! It’s dark, it has black humour and most importantly, it has surprises. However, the second hour spoils the show. More details later!

The story of the movie: A guy somewhere in his mid-20s (Fardeen Khan) wakes up and finds himself trapped in a dilapidated factory. He has no memory as to how he got there inside. He doesn’t even remember his own name! A phone rings somewhere and he picks up. The caller (Irrfan Khan) seemed like a boss, who gives some orders. Later, the man discovers four more people in the factory (Aftab Shivdasani, Manoj Bajpayee, Dino Morea and Danny Denzongpa) and they all are in a similar state of mind. One of them is tied to a chair and one is handcuffed. All doors are locked and the windows had iron grills and so there was no chance of escaping. Also, the factory was located at a remote place so there was no possibility of even shouting and getting attention of someone from outside. The guys later discover that it is an acid factory and that some of them were criminals. To find out as to how they lose their memory and what happen next, watch the film.

Acid Factory’s first hour is power-packed. The film holds your attention wonderfully right from the first scene. The characters in the factory waking up, bewildered, one by one and their talking, shouting and cracking jokes with one another sets the mood. Two more tracks run simultaneously-one, the flashback portions of Fardeen and the other, the kidnapping heist. Yet, the film doesn’t turn confusing and for this, full marks should be given to director Suparn Verma.

The characters later learn that two of them are kidnapped. But again, with no memory, they have no idea as to who are the kidnappers and who are the hostages! This really makes the situation weird but interesting!

But things slid down in the 2nd half. They should have been more thrilling moments and drama but instead, a lot of action scenes are thrown in. No doubt that it was a treat watching those scenes but after a point of time, it became too much. Also, the climax wasn’t impressive, although it was engrossing. And the glaring flaws at this point are shocking. But due to a bad 2nd half, one gets out of the theatre disappointed. If the film had an equally powerful 2nd half, Acid Factory would have been a coming of the age film.

Every actor was perfect. Fardeen Khan had more screen presence than the rest and like everytime, he gave a fantastic performance. He still has two films this year (Dulha Mil Gaya and All The Best). Let’s hope he gets appreciation which he rightfully deserves. Aftab Shivdasani rocks as the angry young man. Dino Morea surprises with a brilliant performance. Manoj Bajpayee acts well and succeeds in making the viewers laugh.

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Danny Denzongpa, like everytime, was flawless. Irrfan Khan impresses. A lot of hype was created about Dia Mirza’s presence in the film as she’s the only female actor in the main cast. However, she enters only in the second hour and didn’t have much to do. But she performs well, though. Gulshan Grover and Neha were alright.

The film has couple of songs (including an item number) which wasn’t needed at all. The song ‘Ye Jism Hai’ looked totally out of place in the film. Sahil Kapoor’s cinematography was topnotch. Actor Saurabh Shukla and Sanjay Gupta have written the dialogues which were excellent. Tinu Verma’s action was top-class and kudos to him and his team! Hemal Kothari’s editing was slick. Milind Gadagkar’s story was great but he can’t be given the credit as the film seems inspired from the Hollywood flick, Unknown.

Suparn Verma and Sanjay Gupta’s screenplay was outstanding in the beginning portions but deteriorated in the 2nd hour, esp towards the climax. Suparn Verma, overall, impresses a lot as the director. This film will be a commercial flop but Suparn’s efforts will surely be noticed and would be appreciated for sure.

Some of the best scenes of the film:
1.   Fardeen picking up Irrfan’s first call
2.   The chase sequence in the beginning
3.   Fardeen’s first meeting with Danny
4.   Fardeen, Dino and Aftab interrogating Danny
5.   Irrfan taking away the ransom (wonderful scene)
6.   The intermission point
7.   Dia Mirza’s entry
8.   Fardeen, Dino, Aftab and Danny calling for help from outside (another fabulous scene)

On the whole, Acid Factory is a fast, intriguing film that falls in the 2nd half. The film was badly promoted and that’s why it failed to have a good opening. With three BIG releases next Friday, Acid Factory will vanish from the theatres for sure. But all those interested, it would be no harm catching this 120 minute dark thriller on VCD/DVD later!

My rating-*** out of 5!

This review first appeared on MouthShut.com: http://www.mouthshut.com/review/Acid_Factory-177028-1.html

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A blind man as a hero…that’s something really novel and interesting! And this blind hero dances, does daring stunts and doesn’t look visually impaired at all. Unfortunately, in order to exhibit blind actor Nasser Khan’s greatness, the director and the screenwriters paid no attention to other factors and came up with a pathetic product, which due to some reason is titled Shadow. The loopholes in the narrative are big enough to drive a tanker through! Seriously, what were the writers thinking while scripting this film? Even kindergarten kids could have come up with a better film!

The story of the movie: Arjun Sherawat (Nasser Khan) is a serial sharp shooter who since few months is giving the Mumbai Police sleepless nights. He kills his victims and doesn’t leave any clues at all. Inspector Sanjana (Sonali Kulkarni) who is entrusted this case tries hard but fails to get any information or whereabouts regarding Arjun Sherawat. In real, Sherawat is a jovial car mechanic called Raju who has the ability to impress any girl by mouthing some crap dialogues in the most pathetic manner! Coming back to Sanjana, she gets clues that point that reporters Sheetal (Hrishitaa Bhatt) and Rahul (Milind Soman) (the latter who’s hell bent on criticizing Sanjana and Mumbai Police) may be Arjun Sherawat’s allies. But Sanjana is proved wrong when Sheetal informs her about Sherawat’s next victim. Sheetal couldn’t save Sherawat’s target but she’s able to kill him. Intermission time! Now we all know that picture abhi baaki hai and that Arjun Sherawat must be alive and that he’s not going to die just halfway. And as expected, he is indeed alive! He sends an audio clip, challenging Police that he’ll kidnap Builder Habib Faizal (Mushtaq Khan) on September 1-rok sake to rok le! If you want to know what happens next, you’ll have to commit an act of bravery, i.e. see this film!

The film could have been an engrossing fare, never mind the glitches, but even that doesn’t happen as songs are placed just anywhere in the film which badly hampers the pace of the film. There’s a scene where Sherawat aka Raju the mechanic fixes a screw in the car of a hottie (Sonia Mehra) who in turns gets floored and offers him 1000 bucks. Raju and his two colleagues feel that this is a reason to celeberate and so they visit a pub and break into the song ‘Yaariyan’! All this had no connection with the main plot and yet, director Rohit Nayyar happily wastes time on such stupid scenes!

The police are shown as utter fools while Arjun Sherawat is projected as an intelligent ‘sexy’ criminal who can escape from the cops right under their noses. And even characters were not well sketched. Even after the film ends, one doesn’t understand Hrisihita Bhatt’s connection with Nasser Khan. Milind Soman in the initial portions is shown as a reporter but later, we learn that he’s actually a senior cop of Delhi Crime Branch who was working on Sherawat’s case. Again, no explanation provided as to what Milind gained by pretending to be a reporter. Maybe, the director felt revealing Milind Soman’s true identity would give viewers the biggest shock of their lives!

Then there’s Sonali Kulkarni’s father (Vishwajeet Pradhan) who is the police commissioner and whom Sonali hates. This track served no purpose other than increasing the film’s duration. Post-interval, Sonali Kulkarni does a stupid item number (it was the most terrible sight I have seen in recent times) and then falls in love with Nasser Khan. Again, there was no need of this romantic angle in the plot. And how can I forget Home Minister Shiv Shankar (Sachin Khedekar) who used to pass his spare time raping young girls and killing them every week! Undoubtedly, Shadow was Nonsense No.1!

The climax of the film seemed little rushed-maybe the director felt that he has wasted enough time showing Nasser dancing and romancing and should finish the film ASAP. Surprisingly, the film has some good points-background score, music and Sameer Aftab’s performance. He was the only one who looked like a good actor in the film!

Nasser Khan, as we all know, is a bad actor with negligible dancing skills and pathetic dialogue delivery. But I’ll like to appreciate him for his efforts. It was next to impossible for a blind person doing such stunts, acting and even dubbing (the latter requires one to see). And he has also co-produced the film. If only he had improved the story and direction, then maybe Shadow would have been appreciated, notwithstanding his performance.

The film has lots of fine actors and it’s shocking to see them in such a film. Sonali Kulkarni impressed in the role of the cop initially but disappointed later with the item number and the pre-climax scenes. Milind Soman’s role was laughable and so his performance also got affected. Sachin Khedekar as the villainous serial rapist cum Home Minister gives a good performance. I hope he never ever signs such films! Samir Aftab, who played Khedekar’s PA, looked charming and he was the only one in the film who didn’t underperform or overact at all. Hrishitaa Bhatt, Vishwajeet Pradhan and Mushtaq Khan were fairly okay. Sonia Mehra was terrible.

Anand Raj Anand’s music was alright. ‘Khumariyan’ was the only good song of the lot. Raju Singh’s background score was the only thing that rocked in the film. Cinematographers Jalees Oberoi and Raju Badiger could have done a better job in the action scenes.

Rohit Nayyar failed as the director. He managed to showcase Nasser Khan but failed to come up with a well-made film. Mostly, action flicks manage to work in rural areas. But Shadow did a shoddy job even in rural places! In fact, after watching Shadow, I realize that Kamaal Rashid Khan’s Deshdrohi was so much better!

On the whole, Shadow was undoubtedly the worst film I have seen in my life. Stay miles away from this film. It’s worth recommending to your foes!

My rating-* out of 5!

This review first appeared on MouthShut.com: http://www.mouthshut.com/review/Shadow-174799-1.html

Bipasha Basu to play Mandodari, wife of Ravana, played by Abhishek Bachchan in Mani Ratnam’s Raavana
By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 09, 2009)

Bipasha Basu

When Mani Ratnam started shooting for his Aishwarya Rai-Abhishek Bachchan starrer Raavana, everyone had been wondering if Abhishek’s real-life wife Aishwarya plays his wife in the film too. Soon news that Abhishek plays Raavana while Aishwarya plays Sita and Vikram plays her husband Rama in the film came to light. Mani had been looking for an actress who would be perfectly suited to play Ravana’s wife, Mandodari. The suspense is now over. Bipasha Basu has been signed on to play Mandodari, who was Ravana’s favourite wife.

A source from the industry says, “Bipasha immediately said yes to the role. She had agreed to do it a month ago but Mani Ratnam had given her strict instructions to not talk about it.”

“Bipasha’s costumes are ready. She is very happy with her look in the film. She is looking forward to joining the unit of Raavana,” adds our source.

Bipasha starts shooting for Raavana from mid-September. Confirming the same, a close friend of Bipasha says, “Bipasha not only has an item number in the film but also a full-fledged role, which can be termed as a special appearance. Right now, she is shooting for Priyadarashan’s film with Akshaye Khanna and Ajay Devgan. She will be shooting for 20 days for Raavana in which she has a 40-minute role.”

Earlier, Sushmita Sen was offered the role but she had turned it down for reasons best known to her. Buzz is, she didn’t want to do a film which stars her arch-rival Aishwarya.


About Mandodari

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Although Ravana married several times, Mandodari, who was his Queen Consort, always remained his favourite. Mandodari too loved Ravana very much. She always wished well for him and tried to keep him on the right path. She always protested humbly to his misdeeds. When Ravana abducted Sita, Mandodari gently tried to convince him that he should not lock horns with Rama and let Sita go back to her husband. Instead of reprimanding her, Ravana used to laugh whenever she insisted that he should behave righteously. It is believed that Mandodari had invented chess.