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After Kurbaan was dismissed by the audience, Dharma Productions has decided to shoot Tarun Mansukhani’s Dostana 2 first, pushing back Nishikant Kamat’s next with John Abraham

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 16, 2009)


Karan Johar’s production house Dharma now feels the need to pull up its socks especially after its biggest turkey in years, Kurbaan. Dostana director Tarun Mansukhani has been asked to complete the script for Dostana 2  immediately.

Tarun says, “We will start shooting the sequel in April 2010. I’m just about locking in the script. We want to give the film a nice summery look in London. So far, Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham are the only cast members who are confirmed.”

In this rush to release a comedy which may prove to be more commercially viable, Nishikant Kamat’s (director of  Mumbai Meri Jaan) film with John which was to start early 2010, has now been pushed to July 2010. Confirming this, the reclusive director says, “I think John has one other film to finish before he comes to my project. So I have more time to work on my script. I’ve been locked away in my native village most of this year writing the film.”

Kamat continues to tell us about the project, “I love the cinema of Karan Johar, Aditya Chopra and Sooraj Barjatya and that’s the kind of mass entertainment we’re attempting. John and I have been friends for a long time. We sat and discussed what kind of a film to make. We both thought an adventure-action-romance was a far bigger challenge than a topical subject.”

His film with John will be produced by UTV. And it’s likely that UTV would also be on board for Dostana 2. So a shuffle seems very much on the cards.

After the heavy losses Kurbaan incurred, UTV’s Siddharth Kapoor cautiously says, “We’re in a long-term association with Dharma. So the intention is to collaborate closely with them on their future productions. But nothing has been formalised for Dostana 2.”

Abbas Tyrewala considers the first week of July lucky, will wait patiently with an almost ready-for-release, 1-800-LOVE, till July 2010

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 30, 2009)

 

John Abraham and Abbas Tyrewala

1-800-LOVE, Abbas Tyrewalas’s next film after Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na is nearly complete, but you will see no sign of it till July 2010. And that’s because Abbas wants to make sure that the magic of the lucky July week that worked with Jaane Tu… holds true for 1-800-LOVE too. Jaane Tu was released in July last year and was a sensational success. Abbas now plans to release all his films in July and is convinced that they’ll work.

Surprisingly, 1-800-LOVE’s producer is willing to bear the mounting costs of the post-production delay. “I guess I’m lucky,” Abbas says. “Even though the shoot is done and there’s just one song left, my producer is with me in the decision to release the film in the same week as Jaane Tu… Actually, I would love to release 1-800-LOVE on July 4, the same date as Jaane Tu… but it isn’t a Friday.”

They are to choose between July 2 and 9, 2010, as the release date. “And if I had my way, I would release all my films in the same week, depending on how accommodating my producers are in the future.”

And as we wonder if we can pass this off as superstition, Abbas protests, “Look, even otherwise, the first quarter of 2010 is clogged with exams and other stuff. I would rather release my films when schools and colleges are shut because they are the audience for all my films.”

Just for Abbas’s information both schools and colleges in Mumbai re-open by July.”

Starting November, Shahid Kapoor will take nine months off to prepare and shoot for his father Pankaj Kapur’s out-and-out
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 24, 2009)

It’s final. Shahid Kapoor will be taking nine months off starting this November to work on his father Pankaj Kapur’s first directorial venture, Mausam. Since Shahid wants to give all his time to Pankaj Kapur’s film, he won’t do any other film until July 2010.

Mausam is an out-and-out romantic film to be shot in five countries – Austria, the UK, Spain, Italy and India. Shahid will start shooting for the film in the last week of January 2010.

Pankaj Kapur with Shahid Kapoor

A reliable source says, “Though there is still some time before the shooting starts, Shahid will begin preparing for the film long before January 2010. He has been urging his father to direct a film for many years. In fact, if Shahid had his way, his debut would’ve been with his father’s film. But Pankaj likes to work at his own pace and only with those he’s comfortable with. They’ve found the right producer now.”

Pankaj Kapur’s directorial debut will be produced by Religare Vistaar Entertainment.

“The romantic film’s screenplay, written by Pankaj Kapur, spreads over 10 years,” adds a source.

A new girl for whom an all-India hunt will begin soon will be launched with Shahid in Mausam. Commenting on the kind of girl the filmmakers are looking for, the source says, “The girl has to be fresh-faced, innocent, virginal and has to have a never-seen-before quality.”

Sheetal Talwar, chairman and managing director of Religare, confirms the news and says, “I’m not denying any of what you’ve heard but I’m not at liberty to talk about it at the moment.”