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Amitabh Bachchan looks back on the hits and misses in his life over 2009

SUBHASH K JHA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 14, 2009)

When Amitabh Bachchan was asked to describe what 2009 meant to him, the great actor said, “Gosh, what a year this has been — a few ups, and a few downs… more downs really! Years, months, days… they rush through at such speed, it’s impossible to keep an account of them.” He’s right, he’s had ups and down all right, but what’s there to complain about? If his Aladin was a disaster, then look at what a thumping success Paa has become; these are the only two films the Big B has had in 2009. He wrapped up work on Johnny Mastana, Rann and Teen Patti by June because he wanted to be by the side of his ailing friend Amar Singh. Now all these films await delayed releases because of the multiplex strike earlier. It’s been six months since Bachchan took on any new film or faced the camera. But he kept himself busy with television, with the Bachchan Sandhya on the occasion of his father’s 102nd birth anniversary, with the promotions of Paa. Here the Big B reflects back on 2009…
Aladin was a disaster, Paa a success…
• Aladin failed and Paa moves in a direction that looks to be one of success, both critical and commercial. Modesty prevents me from disclosing what reactions we are getting. But no amount of prudence prevents me from admitting that Auro has been embraced in a manner that I have never seen before. The other noticeable factor has been the will of the people. They want Auro and this film to succeed. No amount of sophisticated marketing will ever stand in the way of the choice and demands of the masses and this is why all traditional assumptions on the business trends for Paa are falling short. Auro is dictating an unique box office attitude all by himself and the so-called pundits are wrapping up their janam patris and shifting base.
You’re back on television, a new experience…
• It is different from KBC and gets more intricate as we move along. The medium and those that are attached to it, work diligently round the clock, and it is a marvel to see the amount of thinking and labour that goes on behind the scenes to create something like this. I feel very saddened when I have to announce the person who has been voted out and then later to spend time with them after their eviction. It’s much like what I used to feel when on KBC I had to inform the participant that his answer was wrong. You’d think KBC was harder because that was my first time on television. But no. Every time I do anything new and that means starting a new film too, I get butterflies in my stomach.
The year zipped by for you…
• I really have no recollection of what went by. I know what I am doing now. Age does have this adverse effect on one and I am no different from any other. It may seem power packed for you but for me, it is just another day, another job. I endeavour to do what is assigned to me to the best of my ability.
You’re 67 and still going superstrong…
• I don’t know if I am still going strong, but yes, I am alive and I exist. I have never wished for any fancy recognition or accolade. I am grateful for the jobs that I get and am thankful that I am given opportunity for work.
Your thoughts on the world around…
• I wish for there to be peace and harmony. For humans to understand that we are all one and that we all have common characteristics. To understand that all faiths need to be respected, for none of them are different in their beliefs. That we are one nation, united by our independence and our sovereignty. That this world we live in belongs to all of us and we need to protect it for its survival. That a kind word and a smile never did harm anyone.
The most significant occurrence in your life this year…
• That I am still alive!

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HERE HE COMES: Emraan Hashmi

Director Milan Luthria was blown away by Emraan Hashmi’s tough look and performance in his forthcoming film

DEEPALI DHINGRA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 9, 2009)

No, Emraan Hashmi isn’t looking to flaunt his six-pack abs in this picture, but hey, can he help it if he is? This is a new and improved Emraan, with his look from Balaji Motion Pictures’
Once Upon A Time In Mumbai.

But it’s not just the look that the actor is excited about, it’s the film as well, where his role is that of a guy who challenges an underworld don. “The movie is set in the 60s when underworld was just trickling in Mumbai. My character Shoaib is one who challenges the authority of Sultan (Ajay Devgn). Shoaib is very ambitious, can do anything to get what he wants, he’s a fiery personality,” says Emraan. And though the mental preparation for a role like this required the actor to have regular interactions with his director Milan Luthria, it was his look that literally made him slog it out for three months.

Milan was clear about what he wanted from Emraan. “He told me I should look tough which extends beyond just having sixpack abs. It was about beefing up but keeping it lean too,” the actor says. Three months of training with a personal trainer and exercises that included strength endurance and… bingo! Even Milan was taken aback by Emraan’s dedication. “I was blown away!” admits Milan, “Emraan is quietly determined, as intensely passionate as a Hrithik or an Aamir when it comes to his work.” It was not just the looks, Milan was clear in his mind what he wanted from Emraan as an actor. “I was keen to have an actor who could match upto as well as be a foil to Ajay. Emraan has been tagged as a serial-kisser and as a sex symbol but with this film, I’m hoping to be the one who can push him to a different level,” he adds.

The shooting of the film will finish in January, which will be followed by promotions so that the film can release by May-June 2010. “The biggest element of surprise will be the looks and performances of each of the actors, be it Ajay or Kangna. As for Emraan, the audience will see a deeper dimension in his performance,” the director says.
deepali.dhingra@timesgroup.com
AB Corp inks deal with Prabhu Devaa

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 24, 2009)


Several production houses want to make a film with Prabhu Devaa post Wanted, but it is AB Corp that has managed to sign the director.

AB Corp has finalised the deal with him for a film with Abhishek Bachchan in the lead role. Boney Kapoor and Sajid Nadiadwala were also in the race to make a film with Prabhu Devaa, industry buzz reveals. But for the time being, it looks like AB Corp has won. Our source said, “Prabhu Devaa narrated the idea to Abhishek around 20 days ago and he loved it instantly and immediately agreed to do it. So now, Prabhu Devaa is busy working on the script. The film is a typical Prabhu Devaa film with an abundance of romance and heavy action. The film will go on the floors around June next year.” Abhishek Bachchan played safe, “We are talking about working together. Nothing is confirmed as of now.”

Abhishek Bachchan Prabhu Devaa

 

LOL: Katrina Kaif and Ranbir Kapoor take a coffee break with Rajkumar Santoshi and Ramesh Taurani at the Radio Mirchi studios
Ramesh Taurani’s laughing all the way with his new release…

 

TIMES NEWS NETWORK (BOMBAY TIMES; November 13, 2009)

 

“Fortune favours the brave,’’ says trade consultant Amod Mehra. “Ramesh Taurani of Tips had full faith in his latest rom-com Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani that released on November 6. He, therefore, released it himself all over. Today the film looks slated to become one of the biggest hits of 2009, and if that happens, Ramesh will be laughing all the way to the bank,’’ adds the trade pundit. Taurani of course is pleased as punch. “I knew from the very start that I had a winner on hand,’’ says the producer. “Everything about the film from the story to the emotions, music and its lead actors felt right.’’ He prophesises that Katrina Kaif and Ranbir will even sweep all the awards for APKGK.
Director Raj Kumar Santoshi is more subdued in his reactions but ecstatic all the same. “I’m glad that people are seeing my film three and four times in the same week,’’ says the bespectacled director. “I’ve worked as sincerely on this film as I usually do. It is the blessings of God, my elders, my friends and my well-wishers that Ajab… took a flying start.’’ All trade quarters confirm that APKGK has come like a breath of fresh air, infusing life into the near wilting box office figures of 2009. Now, all the peppy numbers of this film can be enjoyed by tuning into Radio Mirchi.
While Katrina who is on a roll (she had another hit in New York this June) is glad that people are liking her film, leading man Ranbir who is the next big thing, equally modestly says, “Ajab… is my first super-hit. I’m really thankful to the audience and to everyone else who has helped make this film what it is. I don’t know how to react to the film being called a superhit. And I have no idea what else to say except a big thank-you.’’ Post his critical acclaim in Karan Johar’s Wake Up Sid and now APKGK, the Kapoor scion who is knocking furiously on the doors of the Bollywood reigning biggies adds, “I will continue to work hard on each of my films, but I guess now there will more money available to my filmmakers to make the films in the way they want to.’’
Of course, no success story is complete without the verdict from the grass-root level. Brijesh Tandon, a leading distributor-exhibitor from Delhi-UP says, “The Ranbir-Kat jodi is easily the best pair of the season. Their Kaise Batayein Hum Kis Tarah song shot in Turkey has a lilting quality that the audience is freaking out on on.’’ APKGK is like the unseasonal rain that hit many parts of the country. And yes, sometimes when it rains, it pours.
Meena Iyer

By Subhash K. Jha, May 11, 2009 – 10:48 IST

Neil Nitin Mukesh Recession and the non-performance of his last film Aa Dekhen Zara have taken a toll on Neil Nitin Mukesh’s career.

Apparently, the start-to-finish thriller produced and directed by Abbas-Mustan scheduled to start in June which featured Neil as the solo male lead has been “postponed indefinitely” which in filmy parlance means….the end!

The abortion of a reasonably big-budgeted high-gloss production has been sudden and unexpected throwing Neil’s schedule into a vacuum. So sudden was the decision to stop the slick quickie that it came as a surprise to the actor who’s currently shooting Jail in Karjat with Madhur Bhandarkar and was supposed to take a few weeks off to grow back his cropped hair for Abbas-Mustan’s film in June.

When contacted, director Abbas sounded a little unsure. “Yes the project with Neil has been postponed. We were supposed to shoot it at a 45-day stretch in May. That got postponed. Then June was impossible because it’s a film set on the streets of Mumbai. We couldn’t shoot it in the rains.”

The explanation sounds feeble. If the rains were a problem why was the schedule not planned accordingly? Says Abbas, “It’s a subject very different from anything we’ve done. Very real and bold. We can shoot the film any time we want. At the moment we we’re busy scripting two films which we’ll announce soon.”

Sadly Abbas-Mustan are not directing any film this year. A tragic comment on the slump in the film industry.

BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM


By Taran Adarsh, April 23, 2009 – 09:01 IST

SRK, Aamir, Akshay, Hrithik, Saif, Amitabh Everyone’s talking about the lull in business. With no major release in the pipeline for the next few weeks, the scenario looks grim, very grim in fact. But let’s not get hassled, for the best is reserved for the next seven months. Read on…

A lot of people aren’t aware that as many as 45 big-budget films are ready to hit the screens from June onwards. From Akshay, SRK, Aamir, Hrithik to Shahid, Salman, Abhishek, John, Ajay Devgan, everyone’s going to have multiple films in the next seven months [June to December this year]. Check it out:

  • Akshay has four releases happening this year, starting with KAMBAKKHT ISHQ, followed by BLUE, DE DHANA DHAN and ACTION REPLAY…
  • SRK will have MY NAME IS KHAN and also a film where he makes a special appearance, DULHA MIL GAYA…
  • Aamir will have two releases this year, 3 IDIOTS and wife Kiran Rao’s directorial debut DHOBI GHAAT…
  • Hrithik will arrive with home-production KITES…
  • Salman has four films lined up back to back – WANTED, MAIN AUR MRS. KHANNA, LONDON DREAMS and VEER [the film is being shot non-stop]…
  • Saif has LOVE AAJ KAL [his production debut] and if all goes well, JIHAAD…
  • Shahid too will have multiple films, starting with KAMINAY, Yash Raj’s next [called HADIPPA?], Ken Ghosh’s film [yet untitled] and PAATHSHAALA. Hopefully, the much-delayed MILENGE MILENGE might also release this year…
  • Ranbir will have two releases – AJAB PREM KI GHAZAB KAHANI and WAKE UP SID, while RAJNITI will arrive early next year…
  • Imran too will have two releases, LUCK and DELHI BELLY…
  • Ajay, like Akshay, will have four films, LONDON DREAMS, TOONPUR KA SUPERHERO, ALL THE BEST [home-production] and hopefully, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAI…
  • Bachchan Sr. too is super-busy with ALADIN, RANN, PA, TEEN PATTI and SHOEBITE, all releasing this year…
  • Bachchan Jr. has RAAVAN and PA [he’s overseeing the production for the first time]…
  • John Abraham has NEW YORK, HOOK YA CROOK, Abbas Tyrewala’s film and Deven Khote’s FILMCITY [to be shot in Mumbai]. Hopefully, Nagesh Kukunoor’s AASHAYEIN might also make it in the coming months…
  • Sanjay Dutt will devote time to politics and have multiple releases simultaneously, BLUE, LUCK, ALADIN, LAMHAA, CHATUR SINGH 2 STAR and ALL THE BEST.

Besides these biggies, there will be films by film-makers of repute, like Ashutosh Gowariker [IT’S MY RAASHEE?], Vishal Bhardwaj [ISHQIYA, directed by Abhishek Chaubey], Anil Kapoor [SHORTKUT], Vashu Bhagnani [KAL KISSNE DEKHA, DO KNOT DISTURB], RGV [AGYAAT], Anees Bazmee [IT’S MY LIFE], Madhur Bhandarkar [JAIL], Abbas-Mustan/Rumy Jafry [LIFE PARTNER], Satish Kaushik [TERE SANG], besides multiple films by ‘film factories’ UTV, Mukesh Bhatt and Vikram Bhatt.

Expect at least 5/6/7 films releasing every week, starting June onwards [once the strike is called off!].


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