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A mama-bhanja fight has been brewing… and no, we’re not referring to Aamir Khan and Imran Khan. It’s Manish Malhotra and his nephew Punit Malhotra who are quarrelling over Imran’s costumes for Punit’s directorial debut I Hate Luv Storys.
Imran plays an assistant director in the film and needs to have a rugged, carefree look according to his director Punit, who has been an AD in real life. But Manish, who is styling him, is sticking to the glam look he gives all his stars. A source from the unit reveals, “Manish bought a white Calvin Klein backpack for Imran as well as 20 pairs of trendy shoes and denims.Seeing this, Punit freaked out and explained that Imran needs to have a very casual, rugged look since he is playing an AD. They finally narrowed it down to five pairs of denims and two pairs of shoes to be worn through the movie.”
The makeover includes a weight-gain program for Imran as well. The source continues, “Punit has given a lot of tips to Imran in terms of dressing up since he has been around and been an assistant director himself. Imran has gained considerable amount of weight for the movie but at the same time is looking lean. He now weighs 70 kgs as compared to his debut film Jaane Tu Yaa Jaane Na where he weighed only 59 kgs.”
Imran, amused by the exchange between the director and stylist, says, “Manish had got a white pair of shoes and Punit asked him to put small stains on them, to go with my character. Manish freaked out and grabbed the shoes. It took a long time for Manish to understand that I am playing an assistant director and not one of the pretty glam actors he normally dresses up. But eventually Manish did a fab job with my styling.”
|(R): Manish Malhotra (pic: Deepak Tubhekar)|
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; November 28, 2009)
Pratik says, “My filmmakers be it Sanjay Leela or Rohan will do all the talking about their films. I’m under a contract and unable to say much.”
The star son, however, clears the air about a controversy that said he kept Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan waiting on the sets of Kiran Rao’s Dhobi Ghat because he was holidaying in Goa. “I haven’t been to Goa in five years,” says Pratik. “I may be young, restless and even stupid but I would never keep a senior actor like Aamir waiting.” Brickbats be damned, then. It will rain bouquets in Pratik’s backyard on his birthday, today!
Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan’s yo-yoing rapport has again taken a good turn. On November 15, they had private meeting at Bachchan’s residence.
Sources revealed that Amitabh expressed a desire to meet Aamir, so Aamir went over to meet him.
Although, this recent meeting may have been a personal call; but the agenda was definitely professional. Those related to the two felt that it would be a good idea for Aamir to promote Paa and the Bachchans could do the same for 3 Idiots.
On his blog, Amitabh created a post stating that a meeting was scheduled with Aamir on Sunday. An insider said, “Aamir wished Amitabh all the best for Paa. Later, the status on Aamir’s blog said ‘Pucca Idiot will definitely see Paa’.”
|Aamir Khan||Amitabh Bachchan|
The same source added, “The actual cross promotion plan may not work. The production team of 3 Idiots already has a blueprint of their promotion campaign in place. It may not be possible to alter it.”
Amitabh and Aamir have often had ups and downs, though in all fairness there have been more ups than downs. At one point Aamir was committed to doing a film for AB Corp as he has always held the senior actor in the highest regard. When Aamir released Taare Zameen Par in December 2007, Amitabh and he had a slight altercation over some candid remarks that Aamir made on Amitabh’s Black. The two superstars eventually made up. Bachchan later made it to the premiere of Aamir’s Jaane Tu Ya… Jaane Na in July 2008.
Although, the blogs say it all, Aamir and Amitabh refused to comment.
|On Sunday night, the Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na scene-stealer created a flutter when he appeared as the showstopper for designer Kunal Rawal at the Fashion Week. Mumbai Mirror caught up with the young actor for an exclusive chat.• Kiran Rao’s Dhobi Ghat is your next release?
Yes, the movie is complete but it will release sometime next year. Kiran recently had a traumatic incident (a miscarriage) and at present things are on hold. I guess the film should come around July next year. The experience of working with Aamir Khan was great.
• You’ve also been signed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali?
• There’s an element of mystery around you. You are hardly seen?
• Post Jaane Tu… Imran Khan and Genelia D’Souza created quite a stir. What happened to you?
• Currently, what is a normal day in your life like?
• Would you like to do theatre? Your sister Juhi is into theatre.
• Do you meet Juhi and Arya often?
• Surprising, because once upon a time you were a party animal.
• What is the weirdest rumour you heard about yourself recently?
• And what is your latest indulgence?
One of Sanjay Bhansali’s desires, of working on a film with Smita Patil, was never fulfilled, but the director has signed her son Prateik Babbar to do a film with him. Prateik will be featuring in a film produced by Sanjay later this year.
Titled My Friend Pinto, the film will be directed by Raghav Dar who assisted Mani Ratnam on Guru and also worked as the associate assistant to Abbas Tyrewala on Jaane Tu Ya… Jaane Na.
And it was during the filming of JTYJN that the Prateik and Raghav decided to work together.
My Friend Pinto will be Prateik’s first lead role. He had an appreciated cameo in JTYJN and Aamir Khan plays the lead in his next, Kiran Rao’s Dhobi Ghat. Prateik’s aunt Manya Patil is only too happy for Prateik.
A thrilled Manya said, “Do you know Prateik was offered Saawariya at the very initial stage of the film when Sanjay was undecided about who to cast as the lead? But back then, Prateik was not interested in acting. He was at a stage in life where he was not sure which way to go next.
Then Abbas offered him JTYJN. It seemed too small a role to me, but Abbas asked me to trust him with the role, he said was tailor-made for Prateik. And just like he had assured me, the role was good and Prateik’s career is shaping up well.”
Prateik said, “I’m happy to work with Mr Bhansali.”
Very rarely do you come across a film which fulfills all your expectations and in fact, provides more than expected. This year, however, we were mostly bombarded with some pathetic flicks. But behold as Love Aaj Kal has arrived! The film sees love and relationships in a new light but what works big time is its terrific execution and smart storytelling. Love Aaj Kal is surely one of the most refreshing romantic flicks to come out of Bollywood!
The story of the movie: Jai (Saif Ali Khan) and Meera (Deepika Padukone) is a modern-day couple based in London. They are always together but are clueless whether they can be categorized as ‘boyfriend-girlfriend’! Meera gets an opportunity to move to Delhi which she doesn’t want to miss while Jai is soon going to be at San Francisco. Jai and Meera conclude that their long-distance relationship won’t work and thus, decide to break-up (happily). At this point, Jai comes across veteran Veer Singh (Rishi Kapoor) who is shocked to see how Jai treats relationships and break them so easily. He is of the view that the present generation can’t understand love. Love is that trap in which he got entangled 4 decades back when he was the dashing and cool Delhiite Veer (played by Saif again) and when he came across Harleen Kaur (Giselle Monteiro). Jai laughs at Veer as to how he had travelled thousand kilometers from Delhi to Calcutta just to catch a glimpse of Harleen.
Jai-Meera…Veer-Harleen-both these ‘love stories’ were poles apart and of different generations. But love is the same as it was 4 decades back. Jai soon realizes that he’s having the same feeling and experience that Veer must have gone through when he fell in love with Harleen!
The opening scenes give a strong indication that Love Aaj Kal is a different and unique film. During the opening credits, the glimpse of the scenes to follow is shown but yet, you won’t be able to guess what’s going to happen in the film! The execution and editing really works wonders in this film!
The first half of this film is very interesting and surprising. The way the couple break-up was indeed hilarious! Jai and Meera keeping in touch with all modern-day means of communication (sms, call, internet, Mobile Internet) makes you smile. And the eternal Jai-Harleen cute love story also flashes a smile on one’s face, albeit for a different reason!
Telling two stories that run parallel in a film is not easy but Imtiaz executes them with élan and even intersects them wonderfully, a la Rang De Basanti style! Also, the film, especially in the 2nd half reminds one of Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na.
The film gets slow and drags at few places in the 2nd half. But the final 30 minutes compensates for the cons. The film manages to show a true picture of today’s confused individuals who fail to think rationally before taking big decisions and denounce and detest love.
When it comes to performances, each one is brilliant in their place. Saif Ali Khan shines wonderfully and manages to come up with one of the outstanding performances of his career. He had two diverse roles in the film and he performed both of them perfectly. It was a treat to see Saif as Jai getting confused, irritated, sad, shocked-all at once in a couple of sequences. At the same time, he looked like a convincing Sikh and was extremely likeable as Veer Singh too. It’s great to see Saif in another modern and fresh love story (after Salaam|Namaste) and this time, he scores as the producer too. He’s definitely on a roll!
Deepika Padukone was simply outstanding and gives a charming performance. Her brilliant job will surely put an end to all speculation regarding why Kareena was not casted in her place. Deepika was perfect for her role and she and Saif look excellent together. Love Aaj Kal would surely be another feather in her cap. Great going, Deepika!
Rishi Kapoor also manages to impress as much as Saif and Deepika. Everyone will surely love him in the still-young-at-heart role. After Luck By Chance, this is surely another brilliant performance from this actor. The one who enacted the role of Harleen is actually a Brazlian, Giselle Monteiro. Yet, she is likeable as the Punjabi kudi of the 60s. Only someone like Imtiaz Ali can extract such fine desi performance from a firangi! Rahul Khanna is as usual charming. It’ll be great if he gets the role of protagonist too! Neetu Kapoor comes in unexpectedly! Raj Zutshi and others were okay.
One can argue that songs weren’t necessary in the film. Quite true, since many songs crop up unexpectedly and the film could have been a romantic songless flick! However, although songs at several places weren’t necessary, it doesn’t bore or put a brake on the narrative. And the songs itself are so good that one doesn’t mind! Pritam scores a sixer with this album and is surely one of his best compositions. Also, songs are also very well picturised, esp ‘Mein Kya Hoon’. It was just outstanding and also impactful. ‘Ajj Din Chadeya’, the best song of the film in my view, also brings a smile on one’s face, even though only the initial part of the song is played in the film. Rest of the songs, ‘Twist’, ‘Dooriyaan’, ‘Chor Bazaari’ and ‘Thoda Thoda Pyaar’ are brilliant too!
Irshad Kamil’s lyrics also deserve a special mention. The way he has used some unusual words in songs is extraordinary. For instance, in Chor Bazaari, the word ‘ghatna’, which is never before heard in any song before, is used here!
N Natarajan Subramaniam’s cinematography was flawless. It’s great to see the lensman didn’t show the popular landmarks of the city in which film is shot. For instance, in scenes of London, not even a single scene or frame show Tower Bridge, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square or any other popular London landmark. Similarly, Red Fort and India Gate are missing in the Delhi sequences! It is little things like these that make Love Aaj Kal special!
Salim-Sulaiman’s background score, as expected, was top-notch. Aarti Bajaj’s editing was sharp, slick and brilliant. Watch the film and you’ll get my point! Production design was marvelous and eye-catching, especially in the sepia coloured 60’s scenes!
Finally, Imtiaz Ali, the writer and director, comes out with flying colours! His debut film, Socha Na Tha flopped but it was noticed and appreciated by moviegoers. His second offering, Jab We Met, succeeded across the country. And now with his third flick, he has surely been hailed as the one of the finest directors of our country. The way he treated both the diverse stories and found out striking similarities is worth appreciating and extra ordinary! Also, it’s fabulous to see Imtiaz comparing Calcutta and San Francisco. Both the cities have a tram network and if SF has the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, Calcutta have the rustic Howrah Bridge! Hats off Imtiaz for your wonderful effort!
Some of the best scenes of the film:
- All songs (well shot and picturised)
- Jai and Meera’s break-up
- Jai and Veer Singh’s conversations (damn interesting!)
- Jai and Meera at the airport
- All scenes of Veer-Harleen’s love story
- Drunk Jai escorting drunk Meera to her home
- The New Year’s eve at Delhi
- The marriage
- The last 30 mins, including the SF scenes!
On the whole, Love Aaj Kal is a very interesting take on the modern relationships and surely emerges as one of the best films of the year. Performances, songs, cinematography rocks but it is Imtiaz Ali’s touch which works wonders! Highly recommended!
My rating-**** ½ out of 5!