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BIRTHDAY CHEERS: Remo, Jackky and Vashu Bhagnani
The 25-year-old gets his second big break

TIMES NEWS NETWORK (BOMBAY TIMES; December 26, 2009)

Yesterday was Jackky Bhagnani’s 25th birthday. And, to mark the momentous occasion, his filmmaker father Vashu Bhagnani doubled up as Santa Claus and gave him his second film. Tentatively called Production No 21, the film to be directed choreographer Remo D’Souza has elements of comedy, drama, action, youth and exuberance. And Jackky is in an upbeat mood. Candidly he admits that his debut flick Kal Kissne Dekha was a dud. “However, I’m happy that my work in the film was appreciated,’’ says the youngster.

This time over, his father waited for the right moment to make an announcement. “Dad just felt it would be appropriate to announce my second film on my birthday,’’ says Jackky. He explains that Remo and he had actually zeroed down on this project even as KKD was being made. Jackky truly believes that one must let leave past mistakes behind and move on. “Today I know more about acting that I did when I made by debut,’’ he says. “I’m sure my second film will be a more fulfilling experience in that sense.’’

Remo, who is Jackky’s friend, steps in to add, “I had this subject worked out and when Vashuji heard it, he immediately volunteered to make this film under his banner.’’ Remo feels he is fortunate that a producer of Vashu’s stature agreed to fund his film. “Now my film will be mounted on the scale that I originally visualised it as,’’ he says.

He has also directed a film in Bengali and he is happy that his Bollywood debut has Jackky in it. He feels the boy has the ‘fire’ in him and given the right platform he will deliver. Both the actor and the director are now on a hunt for a female lead, and the appropriate title for this film that will be shot in quick, continuous schedules starting January. This could well be Jackky’s coming of age moment.
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Sanjay Dutt Neha Oberoi Pooja Chopra
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.”

By Renu Chawla, September 29, 2009 – 10:02 IST

Pooja Chopra After romancing Miss India International Vaishali Desai in his debut movie Kal Kissne Dekha, Jackky Bhagnani will now be seen opposite Miss India-World Pooja Chopra. The model is making her debut with Vashu Bhagnani’s Faltu.

After the debacle of Jackky’s debut vehicle, papa Vashu is very careful about his next. A source reveals, “They auditioned for a couple of new faces but have zeroed down on Pooja. She was finalized in an audition that had at least a dozen Bollywood aspirants contending for the role. Having done a couple of commercials, Chopra had the perfect face; the production house was looking for.”

The source continues, “It is gen x movie talking about the story of youngsters of today. They wanted a fresh face opposite Jackky and chose Pooja Chopra for the same.”

Jackky however claims, “Talks are on with Pooja but nothing has been finalized as yet.”

The movie has Sanjay Dutt playing the main protagonist of the dean of the college. One will also see Riteish Deshmukh in a cameo. The movie will go on floors in November.

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By Subhash K. Jha, September 18, 2009 – 12:01 IST

Sanjay Dutt In Munnabhai MBBS, Sanjay Dutt had thumbed his nose at academic qualifications by fudging his way through a doctorate. Now in Faltu, he questions our educational system in a less satirical far more serious tone.

When Vashu Bhagnani wanted to re-launch his son, he needed an A-lister as a box-office support.

Every leading man declined politely. Only Bollywood dildaar, Sanju Baba, came forward to work with Jackky Bhagnani in a film that starts in September to be directed by choreographer Remo. It will star Sanjay Dutt and Vashu’s son Jackky who made his debut this year with Kal Kissne Dekha.

Jackky’s second film is not an escapist entertainer. Says Vashu, “It’s a film about the lacuna in present-day education. When I heard Remo’s story, I was bowled over. It’s about the failure of today’s educational system to guide our youngsters into suitable careers. It’s about how there’s too much stress in and on academics and too little on actually tapping every child’s potential. Remo has earlier made an award-winning Bengali film (Lal Paharer Katha with Mithun Chakbraborty).”

Vashu’s son’s post-debut film going by the improbable title of Faltu sounds like a departure from convention.

“It is,” concedes Vashu. “But nothing conventional works any more. I want to bring new talent into the industry. And the title is an acronym. I can’t reveal the full form. It will give away the plot.”

BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM

By Taran Adarsh, June 19, 2009 – 14:00 IST

Just last week, Vashu Bhagnani showcased his son Jackky Bhagnani’s acting skills in KAL KISSNE DEKHA. This week, another father – Arvind Patel – attempts to showcase his daughter Gayatri Patel’s dancing skills in LET’S DANCE, directed by Aarif Sheikh. Come to think of it, such launch pads often act as a showreel for furthering the career in Bollywood. In that respect, LET’S DANCE succeeds… to an extent.

But there’s a hitch! The film bears an uncanny resemblance to Ramgopal Varma’s immensely likable RANGEELA and Yash Raj’s utterly forgettable AAJA NACHLE. No issues if LET’S DANCE seeks inspiration from elsewhere [coincidence?], but in an effort to showcase Gayatri’s dances, the remaining aspects take a backseat. The dances appeal, but the love story doesn’t. And the crime angle, injected in the plotline, is a big bore.

BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM

Let’s be specific. Gayatri’s dances are a treat [she dances exceptionally well], but her love interest cuts a sorry picture. The street children’s connection with a crook also seems unwarranted.

In a nutshell, LET’S DANCE will be best remembered for Gayatri’s exuberant dances. That’s it!

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LET’S DANCE is about a girl who gives direction in life to a group of street kids. Young and peppy, she is a dancer who runs her own dance school and plays the catalyst in the story. She comes in contact with a bunch of street kids and hence, begins a journey she believes in.

Editor-turned-director Aarif Sheikh has shot the film well, but he could’ve done with a tighter script. Music is a plus point, but what stays with you is the choreography of all songs, especially ‘Taare Todh Ke La’.

Gayatri Patel is a fine actress and her dancing skills catch your attention. The two heroes don’t cut ice, but the kids do, mainly the eldest kid who talks and behaves like a real tapori.

On the whole, LET’S DANCE is too ordinary, with its share of limitations.

By Trade Guide, June 12, 2009 – 18:35 IST

If you could see the future, wouldn’t you first use it to your advantage? It seems like many are thinking futuristic nowadays, which is a good thing. But the irony is, be it AA DEKHEN ZARA or 8 x 10 TASVEER, the genre wasn’t well exploited on screen. KAL KISSNE DEKHA too falls short of expectations.

KAL KISSNE DEKHA walks on a tight rope. The writers could’ve explored the concept to the optimum, making their imagination run wild. But what eventually unfolds is just not exciting. It catches your attention at times, but gives away later.

BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM

KAL KISSNE DEKHA is meant to be the launch pad of Jackky Bhagnani. Yes, he can act. And as we know by now, he can dance exceptionally well too. But how one wishes the debutante had the backing of a solid script.

Nihal Singh [Jackky Bhagnani] from Chandigarh is a seemingly simple yet unconventional boy. He talks too much, questions everything and builds complicated gadgets in his spare time. He has a brilliant mind and an oddball sort of charm. He adores his mother, has dreams of studying in the most elite institute of science and always looks for big ideas in small things.

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But Nihal has a secret…

When Nihal is accepted into his dream college in Mumbai, he is over the moon, College is a whole new world, full of color, new people and new challenges to be met. Initially, nobody takes him seriously. He is ragged by his seniors, insulted by the girl he likes and so on.

Nihal, however, slowly wins them over. The girl Nihal likes is Meesha [Vaishali Desai]. She is the spoilt brat of the college. She is proud, rude and rolling in money. And she cannot accept that Nihal is managing to charm everyone. Including Professor Verma [Rishi Kapoor], the warden of the college.

Professor Verma is fascinated by Nihal’s unique mind and agrees to become his mentor. Suddenly Nihal’s world is rudely interrupted. Nihal gets visions of Meesha being in danger. He saves her life and his secret is revealed. The media and TV channels are all buzzing with only one news: Nihal can see the future.

Meesha softens towards him and love blooms. But how long will the peace last? What Nihal doesn’t know is that someone is trying to use his gift against him. In his innocence, he is manipulated and his visions become a tool.

Director Vivek Sharma showed tremendous promise in his debut film BHOOTHNATH, but he’s not in form in KAL KISSNE DEKHA. The reason is simple. The film just doesn’t hold your attention in most parts. Too many things seem to be happening here, but not all excite. What’s more, several questions remain unanswered till the end, by the writers.

The film lacks the fun that one normally associates with a campus fare. Even the climax leaves a lot to be desired. Further, the bullies who befriend Nihal Singh disappear after their stint. Why? Moreover, Ritesh is wasted. His character’s aim was to evoke laughter, which just doesn’t happen. If the initial portions at least look interesting, the film slides downwards towards the second half.

Sajid-Wajid’s music caters to the popular variety. The score is very energetic. At least three tracks are worth humming. The picturisation of every song is eye-catching, with the makers going out of their way to give the film a grand look. Cinematography [Johny Lall] is excellent. All the eye-pleasing locales have been perfectly exploited.

Jackky is a debutante to watch. Given the right script, this boy can work wonders. The chemistry between Jackky and Vaishali is perfect. Vaishali is a confident debutante, who acts her part well. Rishi Kapoor is, as always, in form. Ritesh Deshmukh is wasted, although he seems to have acted with a lot of sincerity. Rahul Dev is alright. Akshay Kapoor disappears suddenly. Archana Puransingh and Satish Shah justify their parts well. Sanjay Dutt’s surprise appearance goes unnoticed.

On the whole, KAL KISSNE DEKHA has a great body [grandiose production values], but lacks soul. Given its slow start, the film will have to rely on word of mouth to attract the youth, its target audience, during its opening weekend.

By: Amul Sharma Date: 2009-06-05

Mumbai (MID-DAY)The tension between producer Vashu Bhagnani and director Vivek Sharma took an ugly turn on Wednesday. For months, there has been talk about the growing differences between them; it ended two days ago with Vashu slapping Vivek.

A source reveals, “They’ve been having problems for a long time. As Vashu’s son is making his sliver screen debut, he didn’t want to compromise in any department and has been spending money freely on the project. The director apparently decided to take advantage of Vashu’s spending spree and tried to make money off it.”

The source further adds, “Vashu signed Vivek for Rs 61 lakh, right after he made Bhoothnath. He’d been paid most of the amount (only Rs 10 lakh was due), which the director was to receive around the time of the film’srelease.

But on Wednesday afternoon, Vivek went to Bhagnani’s office along with his legal counsel and served him a notice for a balance payment of Rs 40 lakh! He claimed that the producer had signed him for Rs 91 lakh and now that the movie was to release on June 12, the money was due to him.”

The scene…

The producer who has been running from pillar to post trying to release his son’s film, tried to reason with Vivek and his lawyer. Says the source, “He told them that he made over 30 films as a producer and never in his wildest dreams would he think of paying almost a crore to a flop director.

After this, Vivek got aggressive and started screaming and making a scene. Vashu lost his temper and slapped Vivek and told him that he would drop his name from the credits of the film if he didn’t come to his senses.”

Association of Motion Pictures & TV Programme Producers (AMPTPP) has also received a CC-ed copy of the legal notice. Monica, the secretary of the association confirms this, “We have indeed received a letter from the legal team representing Vivek Sharma against Puja Entertainment and it is being processed. Mostly an emergency meeting will be called to resolve this matter as soon as possible.”

Vashu Bhagnani says, “I would not like to comment on this.”

Says Vivek Sharma, “I am going to expose Vashu and the myth that he is a wonderful producer. I am dragging him to court but I had no other option.” About the slapping incident, he says, “These are just rumours.”

MID-DAY


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