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K2: Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol are paired together after eight years in My Name Is Khan
First look of Karan Johar’s My Name Is Khan going to 70 countries on TV tonight at 10

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 16, 2009)

It has the ‘K’ factor going for it. Eight years after Shah Rukh Khan, Karan Johar and Kajol came together for one of the biggest Bollywood blockbusters of all time — Kabhie Khushi Kabhi Gham, the charismatic trio are presenting the trailer of their February 12, 2010 release, Fox Star Studios’ My Name Is Khan, tonight. Yes, look out for it, Star TV Network will beam the first look of the first production by SRK and KJo together at 10 pm across 70 countries worldwide. So wherever you are, you can catch the promo for sure.

Says Karan, “This is the first time ever in the history of Bollywood that the promos of a film will play across such a wide platform. And, this has mainly been made possible because of our synergy with Fox. It is my first production with SRK and also the first time a Bollywood company is tying up with a mainstream Hollywood studio. So, there are many firsts to this venture.” He adds, “The idea of the launch was suggested to us by Fox. Both Shah Rukh and I felt that it was the best way to flag off our campaign. We wanted to create a road block and since Star has such a broad base globally, we both conferred that it would be an ideal way to launch our first promos.’’

For Karan, the film is not just his biggest professional challenge, it is also an emotional journey. One of India’s brightest production talents says, “Shah Rukh and Kajol have never gone wrong in their pairing. For me, combining with these two actors is not only a professional high, it is also an emotional bond. The three of us have done two super-hit films in the past — Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kabhie Khushi Kabhi Gham (K3G). Now, we’re hoping that we can recreate the same magic with My Name Is Khan.’’

The buzz is that this is the most expensive deal to have ever gone through in Bollywood history. Unconfirmed reports say that Fox picked up the film for Rs 100 crore and will release it with 600 prints overseas, making it the widest release
for a Bollywood film on foreign shores. Theatrical trailers of the film have been attached to the prints of James Cameron’s Avatar that is releasing today. Trade analyst Komal Nahta says, “Never before has there been such excitement over a film, nor has there been such a wide release for any Bollywood film so far.’’
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Filmmakers known for fairytale romances are now making movies with terrorism as the backdrop, finds Harshada Rege

It could be a reaction post the 26/11 terror attacks or just the fact that terrorism is a global phenomena, but filmmakers have never before been so keen to highlight this evil on the big screen. And the emphasis on this is laid by the fact that two production houses known for their romantic films, have taken a huge leap and have made movies on this topic. We are talking about Yash Chopra’s production house that’s known for movies like Chandni, Lamhe and Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge; and Karan Johar who has made feel-good movies like
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham to the more recent Dostana and Wake Up Sid. Yash Chopra’s banner has already brought out its offering on terrorism in the form of New York that was directed by Kabir Khan and starred John Abraham, Katrina Kaif and Neil Nitin Mukesh. Karan on the other hand produced the recently released and highly-acclaimed Kurbaan that stars Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Vivek Oberoi. While the movie is what Karan calls a “love story” it was a subject that Karan couldn’t stop thinking about. He asked Rensil D’Silva to write and develop it for him. He later asked Rensil to direct the project. “The story addresses this evil that has become a global phenomena,” he says.
But it was director Kunal Kohli, who surprised everyone with Fanaa in 2005. Easily one of the most successful films that had terrorism as the backdrop, Fanaa handled the issue very well. “Movies that are relevant to that particular time always click with the audience. Like Naya Daur or Namak Haraam that the audience remembers for those particular eras,” points Kunal, who has also directed Hum Tum, Mujhse Dosti Karoge! and Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic. Speaking about Fanaa he says that the movie worked because it was a Hindi ‘picture’. “It had the right elements put together. It’s is very important to make your film entertaining. If you feel socially responsible and want to give a message you have to make it entertaining and not sound preachy,” he says. He feels that people liked the movie because the common man was the protagonist. “People found Rehan (Aamir Khan’s character) like any other man. He was a guide and a very mard character. He wasn’t just a boy, but a man,” says Kunal.
A trade pundit says, “As long as the director doesn’t get confused between making a love story or a film on terrorism it’s fine. In the end the audience has to feel for the characters.” Managing the commercial aspect and sending out a social message can be difficult. “Yes, it is very difficult. But that’s what the audience expects from you,” says Kunal.

BOMBAY TIMES (November 26, 2009)

– By Taran Adarsh, October 3, 2009 – 08:34 IST

1998 Diwali. Vashu Bhagnani – David Dhawan’s BADE MIYAN CHOTE MIYAN and Karan Johar’s directorial debut KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI had opened on the same date. Both worked at the box-office. Eleven years later, history seems to be repeating itself, with Karan Johar’s WAKE UP SID and Vashu Bhagnani – David Dhawan’s DO KNOT DISTURB opening to packed houses.

WAKE UP SID started with a bang from Show 1 on Friday morning. Released on a smaller scale – approx. 350 prints [225 physical and 126 digital] – at metros and mini-metros, the film started on an 80% + note and ran to packed houses during noon/evening shows. The terrific start of the film caught almost everyone in the industry unaware. The film has been appreciated tremendously by the youth and gentry [read multiplex junta] and is likely to hold very, very well over the weekend.

DO KNOT DISTURB had a slightly shaky start in the morning shows, but picked up momentum towards noon/evening shows. The film showed 60% – 70% occupancy at places and by evening, was also running to packed houses at several screens. The masses have liked the film and this laughathon too is likely to hold strongly during its opening weekend. The heartening start has infused tremendous optimism in the industry.

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HOTTIE: Militza Radmilovic

…says British model Militza Radmilovic, who is ready to do a Katrina Kaif in Bollywood

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; September 10, 2009)

She’s 5 feet 10, fair and slender, an Economics graduate from, well, the London School of Economics, is making her debut in Bollywood with a 3D horror film called Flick in which she seduces Rahul Bose (dear God), and when she speaks Hindi — people say she sounds like Sonia Gandhi! But British model Militza Radmilovic, who BT introduced to you in May, is half-Serbian and says, “I don’t have any Italian blood in me.”

After storming fashion ramps in Italy, Paris, Milan and Rome, Militza is doing the rounds of filmmakers in Mumbai. Two nights ago, she was in Vipul Shah’s house when he was celebrating his wife Shefali Shah’s National Award for Best Supporting Actress in the film The Last Lear. Vipul’s guests were floored with the striking presence and flattering measurements of this British model. “I’m under contract with the producers of Fired until November,’’ says Militza, “and I’m serious about making a career in Bollywood.’’ She is keen on getting lessons in Hindi now and her acting skills
have been honed by English guru Mark Summers. But she’s been a Bollywood junkie from ever since and counts Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Singh Is Kingg and Fashion among her fave flicks. “I don’t understand the language, but I understand the emotions. And I cried watching portions of KKHH.’’

Now Militza has set her sights on romancing Akshay Kumar, Hrithik Roshan and Salman Khan. She expects a stiff challenge from Bollywood’s hotties. “Indian actresses score over those from the West because they can dance, sing and emote all at once. Believe me, that’s a huge challenge,’’ she says, almost wistfully. But then, if Katrina Kaif can… why should not Militza Radmilovic!

Love Aaj Kal2Boxofficeindia.Com Trade Network

Love Aaj Kal crossed the 30 crore distributor share mark in its third weekend. There have been just 18 films in the history of hindi cinema that have hit the 30 crore mark and now Love Aaj Kal is the 18th film to have hit the mark and join the the 30 crore club.


The other films that have hit the 30 crore mark are Ghajini, Gadar, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Dhoom 2, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Krissh, Om Shanti Om, Welcome, Raja Hindustani, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Singh Is Kinng, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Lage Raho Munnabhai, Partner, Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai and Koi Mil Gaya.

AUGUST 19, 2009 (BOX OFFICE INDIA.COM)

PARTY TIME: Shah Rukh Khan
Bollywood Badshah is guest at Malaysian PM’s birthday

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; July 27, 2009)

Shah Rukh Khan airdashed quietly into Mumbai from his vacation in London and even before B-Town got a whiff of his presence, the Bollywood Badshah had taken a flight out to Kuala Lumpur. Why Kuala Lumpur? Because he was the guest of honour at the birthday celebrations of Prime Minister Datukshri Najib Tun Razak of Malaysia on Saturday.

Speaking to BT from Malaysia, SRK said, “The Prime Minister and his wife Datinshri Rosamah were very
kind to me when I shot Don here. As a friend, I was invited to spend an evening with them.’’

In 2008, Shah Rukh was conferred the Malaysian title of Datuk — equivalent to a British knighthood. He is the first foreign actor to have been given this honour. This is the first time he is
visiting that nation since his ‘Datukship’. “It made me feel special and it also provided me an opportunity to carry on a relationship with a country that is culturally close to ours,’’ said SRK. Apparently, passions ran high at the birthday celebrations and SRK sang a bit of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai “because there are still some great fans of the film who wished this”.

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