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Karan Johar had Kurbaan’s plot ready way back in 2001. He had named the film Kaal and it had an entirely different star cast

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 26, 2009)

 

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The soon to be released Kurbaan could have hit the theatres six to seven years ago. Producer Karan Johar had the plot in mind and all the essential details were in place too. The original cast included Shah Rukh Khan, Tabu and Sanjay Dutt and the film was supposed to be directed by Nikhil Advani.

However, due to several undisclosed reasons, Karan could not make the film at that time. He went on to direct Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham in 2001 and later produced Kal Ho Naa Ho, which was directed by Nikhil Advani in 2003. Now, almost seven years after Karan first penned the film’s plot, his longstanding dream Kurbaan has finally taken shape with Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Vivek Oberoi in lead roles.

Talking about the film, Karan Johar said, “The story that I had seven years ago (after K3G) was the one I wanted Nikhil Advani to direct with Shah Rukh Khan, Tabu and Sanjay Dutt. Ironically it was called Kaal, which was later the title of the film directed by Soham Shah. The earlier Kaal never got made. After I narrated the story to Rensil, the screenplay that he structured resulted in an altogether different film, Kurbaan. Saif and Kareena were first choice for this film and have become an indispensable part of it.”

While the forthcoming film has been written and directed by Rensil D’silva, the story’s credit still remains with Karan Johar.

Sanjay Dutt, Tabu & Shah Rukh Khan

 

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WAKE UP SID OR DO KNOT DISTURB THIS WEEKEND?

I had stated in my talk no 22 as to how youth-oriented films have a great chance of succeeding at the BO since the young constitute almost 60-70% of the moviegoing audience. Thus, there are loads of expectations from Wake Up Sid (WUS), that is all set to release tomorrow. It seems Ranbir Kapoor had made an unintentional norm to release his films on public holidays! WUS releases on Gandhi Jayanti while Ranbir’s previous films, Saawariya (2007) and Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) were released on the day of Diwali and Independece Day respectively!

WUSA lot of ‘firsts’ are associated with WUS, produced by Karan Johar. It is the first time that a KJo produced film is shot entirely in Mumbai. All the rest of KJo films were shot abroad (except Kaal but it wasn’t filmed in the city). This is the first film of Karan Johar that would be distributed by UTV Motion Pictures and not by Yash Raj Films (had stated this point in talk no 51). The music isn’t larger than life and the film is made on a low budget, unlike other Johar’s grand films!

The promos of this film are rocking and indicate perfectly as to what the film is all about. The plus point of WUS is its plot which is very relevant and the character of Sid is extremely relatable. In short, half of the battle is won! That’s because characters where almost everyone can identify with manages to strike a chord with the audiences. Taare Zameen Par, for instance, worked big time as it wonderfully executed the separation anxiety faced by a child when separated from his parents for a brief period of time. Everyone must have faced such a situation at least once during their childhood and hence, the film was loved a lot. Similarly, WUS also has high chances of impressing the audience.
The Ranbir Kapoor-Konkona Sen Sharma pairing, though unconventional, manages to rock! In fact, both are top performers and look wonderful together. I am dying to see them as a pair as I appreciate both of them a lot! Couple of months back, somebody on a social networking website had wrongly stated that WUS is a love story of a younger handsome hunk and an older not-so-beautiful woman. Unfortunately, the rumour spread far and wide and director Ayan Mukherjee had to give his word about the rumour. He also made a clapworthy dialogue, “Who says Konkona is not beautiful?” I agree with him completely. Konkona looks stunning and has given wonderful performances, for which she has also won many awards and accolades. Mark my words-Konkona will pitch in an excellent performance in WUS!

With such a strong buzz about the film, it is definitely going to take a good opening in the metros. However, it may not find many takers in the small centres. Let’s hope WUS works, provided it’s a well-made film!

Do Knot DisturbDo Knot Disturb (DKD), on the other hand, may see a better opening than WUS. The Govinda-David Dhawan combo has worked well in the past and there are tremendous expectations from DKD. Which film are you interested in? Do let me know!
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WHY ISNT SANJAY GUPTA PROMOTING ACID FACTORY?

Marketing and publicizing a film is very important, especially in the current scenario, where so many films are releasing week after week. But still, some filmmakers don’t care and ultimately, their movie flops due to no hype. I fear that something similar can happen with Acid Factory, produced by Sanjay Gupta and directed by Suparn Verma. There has been very little promotion of the film and I can hardly see its promos on TV. With just 8 days to go for the film (its releasing next Friday, October 9), Gupta and his team should be aggressively promoting their film.

Most of the promos are just released on the net, which is not a good thing to do as majority of people have a better access to television then to the internet. The new theatrical trailer of the film is fabulous and it really looks like an excellent stylish thriller. I have uploaded the promo below-do not miss it! And let’s hope better sense prevails and that we can see and hear more of Acid Factory in the coming days!

This post first appeared on MouthShut.com: http://www.mouthshut.com/diary/ddidnsrro/Fenils-Bollywood-Talk68

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Since a couple of years, we are bombarded with adventurous reality shows, where contestants do dangerous stunts or stay for 3 months in an enclosed house equipped with video cameras or spend 2 months in jungle or reveal their deepest secrets in front of the family and also the entire country! The motive of all the participating contestants is to win and take home a big moolah. The film Luck goes a step ahead. No, it isnt a reality show but the setting reminds you of one. Except, that one small mistake by the contestant and he/she is dead! A saga of such an extremely dangerous game of death, Luck entertains and thrills fully! Unfortunately, it comes with its share of flaws too! More on it later!

The story of the film: Muusaa Bhai (Sanjay Dutt) is a big name in the world of gambling and betting. He has come up with the concept of human betting and assembles 15 ‘lucky’ people from all around the world to South Africa. Tamang (Danny Denzogpa) helps Muusaa unearth these ‘hidden treasures’ who are favoured by luck-Ram Mehra (Imran Khan) is in a debt of Rs. 20 crore, all thanks to his father who is no more. Retd Major Jawar Pratap Singh (Mithun Chakraborthy) urgently needs Rs. 25 lakhs for his wife’s treatment. Shortcut (Chitrashi Rawat) is a camel racer in Pakistan who has the ability to win in the race even though her camel has a limp! Serial killer Raghav (Ravi Kishan) wonderfully cheats death. And finally, Ayesha (Shruti Haasan) who has already won in the game of human betting once and is back again. In addition, there are some more from the rest of the world. All of them have one thing in common-they all possess luck. There will be only one winner and survivor in the end who’ll go home with 20 crores. Who will that be?

Luck has everything needed for an exciting action packed adveturous thriller-thrilling background score, top-class sound design, action sequences that are out of the world and outstanding sequences. The first scene of the film (see pic below) sets the mood wonderfully. In fact, the initial scene turns out to be one of the best shot scenes of Indian cinema!

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The first hour concentrates mostly on the background of all the characters. There was a possibility that the film would have turned boring at this point. However, the film has some interesting moments in this portion as well. The film takes a turn when the contestants reach South Africa. All the challenges given to them was well executed and keeps the viewers on the edge of the seat. The climax was brilliant and the surprise towards the finale was very interesting and witty!

However, unfortunately, the film has some glithces too, which could had been easily avoided by the screenwriters. The biggest goof was undoubtedly Ravi Kishan being released from the prison. What was funny and nonsensical was the reason behind his release-watch it and you’ll feel like hurling a shoe on the screen! Other glitches in the flm:
Tamang (Danny) in debt of Rs. 3 lakhs on one side and on the other, he is riding in an expensive SUV and daily spending 50 bucks on lottery!
-The real identity of Ayesha-the flashback didnt quite make sense
-The song ‘Aazma-Luck is the Key‘, sung by Shruti Haasan herself, missing from the film!

With so many brilliant performers, it becomes difficult to judge who was the best. Sanjay Dutt rocks with his brilliant performance! He has already an expert in essaying such ‘bhai’ roles and therefore, performs in Luck with ease. But one wont find him repetitive-everybody would love him for sure! Keep rocking Sanju Baba!

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Imran Khan is an actor to watch! He had already proved his worth in Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na and also in Kidnap, he was brilliant. In case of Luck, he was impressive, especially in the beginning and in the climax where the focus was all on him. Debutant Shruti Haasan is here to stay. Along with good looks and great voice, she has the confidence and capability to carry off even the most challenging roles. She’s possibly winning Best Debut (Female) Award this time!

Chitrashi Rawat was a charmer! She had charmed everyone in Chak De! India (and also in Fashion) and now does it again in Luck too! Mithun Chakraborthy is natural as always. Danny Denzogpa turns out to be the scene stealer. He was completely in form and gives in an master performance! He’s also going to be seen next in Acid Factory, where he is expected to score another sixer. Danny’s back! Ravi Kishan gives a brilliant performance and does a perfect job.

Newcomer Snita Mahey is a perfect lookalike of Angelina Jolie! However, she hardly has anything to do in the film. Same goes for Rati Agnihotri. Others were good.

Salim-Sulaiman‘s music was catchy but could had been better. The best song was ‘Aazma‘. ‘Khudaya Ve’ is also a good composition.

Director Soham Shah hires the same crewman that he had for his debut venture, Kaal-cinematographer Santosh Thundiyil, composers Salim-Sulaiman, action director Allan Amin and sound designer Dwarak Warrier. None of them let Soham down and each of them excel in their departments. Santosh Thundiyil‘s cinematography was eye-catching. The talented lesnman’s last film was Krrish, 3 years back. I wonder where was he all these years! Dwarak Warrier‘s sound design was electrifying, especially in the initial scene. Allan Amin as expected did a fabulous job. The action scenes were no less than a Hollywood flick! Amar Mohile provided the background score, which hugely added to the thrill.

Soham Shah and Rensil D’Silva wrote the screenplay of the film. The screenplay was gripping at several places and helped in maintaining a steady flaw. But at times, the film also fell, thanks to the screenplay.

Finally, Soham Shah alone wrote the story and the directed the film. Overall, he did a great job. The film uses lots of effects and is loaded with style. And this at times took a toll on the proper execution of the film. But Soham surely has a long way to go!

Some of the best scenes of the film:
1. The first scene of the film
2. Ram taking up the ‘lighter’ challenge (brilliant scene!)
3. Shortcut and Ayesha’s entry
4. The first challenge
5. Raghav trying to strike a conversation with Ram and Major
6. The helicopter and underwater challenge sequence
7. The last 15 minutes

On the whole, Luck is a fabulous entertainer which works inspite of its flaws. It is made stylishly and has some thrilling and electrifying action sequences. If you are the kind who likes action dhamakas like Dhoom and Dhoom:2, Luck is for you! Go for it!

My rating-*** 1/2

This review first appeared first on MouthShut.com: http://www.mouthshut.com/review/Luck-171841-1.html

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WILL IMRAN, SHRUTI AND SOHAM BE ‘LUCK’Y?!

Imran Khan, the latest heartthrob of the nation, is all ready with his 3rd flick, Luck, which releases tomorrow. The promos are slick and the film looks like a fabulous action flick. What also catches one’s eye is its unusual cast. Newbie Imran Khan is casted alongside veterans Mithun Chakraborthy, Danny Denzogpa, Chak De girl Chitrashi Rawat, Sanjay Dutt, Bhojpuri actor Ravi Kishen and Kamal Haasan’s singer turned actress daughter, Shruti Haasan! Moreover, the film is directed by Soham Shah, who made a successful debut with Kaal, 4 years back.

Luck is surely an acid test for Imran Khan, Shruti Haasan and Soham Shah. Imran Khan became an instant craze among the youth as soon as the promos of his debut film, Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na started airing. Hardly any newcomer had created such a huge hype. Its opening was excellent and fortunately, the film turned out to be good too which resulted in its successful run at the BO. However, his second film, Kidnap, bombed at the BO even though Imran was hailed as the ‘next superstar’. Luck has to succeed for Imran Khan so that he can regain his prestige, which had suffered a dent after Kidnap’s failure.

Shruti Haasan had earlier done a cameo in Hey Ram but Luck is her first feature film as a full-fledged actor. She looks impressive in the promos but one has to see the film to know whether she is a good actor. And being Kamal Haasan’s daughter, her performance will be closely monitored.

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Soham Shah’s Kaal may have received lot of flak but one can’t deny the fact that he did succeed in making a decent thriller. Unfortunately, after getting appreciated for Kaal, Soham Shah (see pic) suffered some problems and had to begin afresh. There were reports of a fall out between Soham Shah and the producer of his first film, Karan Johar. Finally, he managed to stand on his legs and make Luck. However, not many remember him today. Moreover, the hoardings do not even mention that he is the director of Kaal. The success of Luck is all what Soham Shah needs.

Although the promos of this film are electrifying and the film has several A-listers, the film has failed to arouse curiosity. Many moviegoers have adopted a wait-and-watch situation for Luck-they shall go for it only if the film gets a good response. So, one might expect a low opening for Luck. But no sooner good reviews start coming in, then the film would surely go a long way.

Tomorrow, there is also a flood-scare in Mumbai. If it rains heavily here in the city, waterlogging is bound to take place due to the 5.5 m high tide tomorrow. And if it happens, hardly anyone will venture to see Luck. Let’s hope Luck doesn’t result in ‘bad luck’ for its makers!
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CHAND SIFARISH FROM FANAA LIFTED?

We all love the song ‘Chand Sifarish’ from Fanaa, don’t we? The soulful music, Shaan’s fine singing and not to forget Kailash Kher chanting ‘Subhan Allah’ makes it a beautiful song, isn’t it? So it’ll be a surprise if I’ll announce that this song maybe a lifted one. Yes, Jatin-Lalit copied this song, a la Pritam style!

Check the video clip uploaded below to hear the original version. It is a Pakistani song and has exactly the same tune as Chand Sifarish (however the antara is very different)! However, it is not sure whether the song was created before Fanaa’s release. There’s a possibility it can be other way round-the composers of this song may have got inspired from Chand Sifarish. Whoever may be the original composer, the Pakistani version is very amusing. Don’t forget to watch it and let me know your views on it!

This post first appeared on MouthShut.com:http://www.mouthshut.com/diary/jijftromo/Fenils-Bollywood-Talk58

By Taran Adarsh, June 30, 2009 – 08:27 IST

Soham Shah He mysteriously disappeared after his debut film KAAL released. But LUCK seems to have brought Soham Shah back. “After parting from Dharma Productions, I had to start my struggle all over again. A lot of people took advantage of the situation, considering the controversy that followed our split [Karan Johar and Soham parted on a bitter note]. Something would always go wrong at the last minute and I was ‘out of work’ for almost four years, till LUCK happened,” Soham reminisces.

That Soham and Karan Johar had a bitter split is known to all and sundry, but according to Soham, it was a professional decision he took at that stage in life and he doesn’t regret it one bit. “I am whatever I am because of Karan Johar and will always be indebted to him for that,” says Soham with a lot of gratitude.

So how did it finally work out with Shree Ashtavinayak? “A friend [Rafi Kazi] wanted me to meet Rajbhai [Mehta], which I initially refused since it had become difficult to judge who was fake and who wasn’t. But after my first meeting with Rajbhai, I felt some weight in his talks and that’s how we went ahead with the film,” Soham states, “Somewhere, I have to give maximum credit to Sanjay Dutt for making this work. He believed in me and supported me whole-heartedly.”

LUCK stars A-listers like Sanjay Dutt, Imran Khan, Mithun Chakrabarty and Danny Denzongpa. But what stands out is Ravi Kishan, who has been cast in a crucial role. “When I watched ‘Big Boss’, I could see a relation between him and the character he plays in the film. Even the people at Ashtavinayak were initially hesitant, but after we gave him a makeover [to look the character], everyone was unanimous that he was the right choice,” Soham says.

The talented director now has two more scripts under construction and one of them is meant for Sanjay Dutt’s production house. Well Soham, hope LUCK’s on your side this time around!

BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM

By Subhash K. Jha, June 4, 2009 – 11:28 IST

John Abraham John reluctantly but firmly said no to Karan’s offer to play the male lead in the desi version of Chris Columbus’s Stepmom.

Karan had given John a big break in Kaal a few years ago. And nobody can deny the recent Dharma dhamaka Dostana was a turning-point for John’s career.

After Saif, then John was approached to play the lead opposite Kajol and Kareena Kapoor in the desi version of Stepmom.

John almost agreed then opted out. Reason? He didn’t see himself doing much in a film that already started two powerhouse actresses, both natural-born scene stealers.

Says a source, “Karan had almost convinced John to do the role. He even promised that the husband’s role in the Indian Stepmom would be far more substantial than what Ed Harris did in the original. But John is at a stage in his career where he wants to make all the right career moves. He feels, as an outsider in the industry, he has made a place that must be respected,” says a source close to John.

“John is finally learning to say no to projects even if they come from big banners and if he isn’t convinced that he’d get proper performing space. In Dostana, he went along with the salespitch that Abhishek was the ‘actor’ while John was the ‘body’. But in Dostana 2, John will make sure he will be the actor and the body. He’s working hard on it.”

The latest on Stepmom is that it’s yet to be acquired for remake by Dharma Productions. Says Karan Johar, “The modalities for that are still being worked out. Until the contract is signed I wouldn’t want to comment on it. Stepmom was released in the same year as my directorial debut Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and I loved it. I look forward to developing it if the modalities are worked out. You of course know Kajol and Kareena Kapoor are expected to play the two roles.”

In the meanwhile, the other Karan favourite Arjun Rampal who did a walk-on part in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna has agreed to step into Stepmom, if and when it gets made.

BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM


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