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By Subhash K. Jha, December 29, 2009 – 12:57 IST

Anupam Kher He has the singular honour of directing the only documentary on the making of a yet to be released feature film. And now, after making Chale Chalo on the making of Lagaan, the reticent (not by choice) young director Satyajit Bhatkal is ready with Zokkomon, the first Indian feature film to be produced by Walt Disney Pictures.

Satyajit has been strictly forbidden from talking about Zokkomon. All he’ll say reluctantly is that it will be a film unlike any other. “The script was one of many that I wrote. To my luck, it was almost immediately approved by Disney. But before that I did a number of one-hour series entitled Bombay Lawyers for NDTV. These were based on my own experiences as a lawyer.”

Bhatkal was a practising lawyer before movie-making beckoned. “When I made Chale Chalo based on behind-the-scenes experiences of those involved with Lagaan, I made sure there wasn’t a single shot of Lagaan in my documentary.”

But that docu-film did not get Bhatkal the chance to direct a film for Disney.

“They liked the script, I think,” says the directly shyly. Zokkomon stars Anupam Kher and Darsheel Safary. This would be Darsheel’s first release since Taare Zameen Par.As for Anupam, Satyajit has become the actor’s life-long fan after he made his dream come true.

Recalls Satyajit, “When Anupam told me he was going to Israel this month and might meet Topol, I requested him to get me Topol’s autograph since I’m a life-long fan. To my surprise Anupam called me from Israel, handed the phone to Topol, and made him speak to me. It was a gesture not many would make.”

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Shraddha Nigam and Karan Singh Grover’s marriage has ended on a bitter note; a divorce is on the cards

By Vickey Lalwani and Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 06, 2009)

It’s official. Shraddha Nigam and Karan Singh Grover’s 10-month-old marriage is over thanks to Karan’s philandering. Karan has moved out of their Andheri flat where he was staying with Shraddha after their marriage. A close friend of the couple says, “Shraddha is simply not interested where Karan is these days. She doesn’t even call or message him.”

It was entirely Shraddha’s decision to part ways with Karan. She did not even tell her parents before calling off the relationship. Her parents are deeply upset about their daughter’s marriage having gone kaput.

Shraddha is soon going to file for divorce and has already appointed a lawyer. “The faster she gets out of this, the better. The marriage ended on a very ugly and messy note,” adds the couple’s common friend.

Shraddha and Karan’s relationship ran into rough waters when Karan started having a steamy affair with a choreographer, who he met on the sets of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 3. Karan’s attraction towards the choreographer refused to die down.  A source says, “The choreographer is a very ambitious girl. She now aspires to take part in a beauty pageant.”

Karan Singh Grover

Shraddha Nigam

Karan was also dating many girls from the glamour industry. “When the list of Karan’s girlfriends became too long to bear, Shraddha chose to cut off all ties with him. In fact, last week too, one of Shraddha’s well-wishers called up to inform her about Karan’s latest fling. Shraddha simply told her friend, ‘F*** it, yaar. Don’t increase my pain.’”

“Shraddha can’t understand why Karan did this to her. Has he got carried away because he is doing a film or is it because he still has a huge female fan following even though he is not single any longer? What about the wife who stopped working after their marriage and put all her energy into building their dream house? There are several questions in Shraddha’s mind, but she has no answers. It is very sad that Karan did this to Shraddha. In fact, Shraddha was not so gung-ho about getting married. It was Karan who chased her and convinced her parents that they should get her married to him,” says their friend.

Commenting on Shraddha’s whereabouts, the friend says, “Shraddha has not moved back to her parents flat at Seven Bungalows. She is still staying in the same apartment where she used to stay with Karan. At the moment, she is devastated but she is a brave girl. She will soon collect herself and get back to work.  She wants to start afresh but she will never forgive Karan.”

When we called Shraddha, she said, “I don’t want to speak about this.”

Shraddha and Karan married on December 2, last year, in Goa, in a very private ceremony, which was attended by few close relatives from both sides. While Shraddha has acted in popular shows like Mano Ya Na Mano, Choodiyan, Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii and Krishna Arjun, Karan shot to fame when he played Dr Armaan Mallik in Dill Mill Gaye.

By Mumbai Mirror Bureau (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 26, 2009)

Actor Shiney Ahuja outside the court on Friday

The Sewri fast-track court on Friday directed jail authorities to provide immediate medical relief to actor Shiney Ahuja, who is behind bars for allegedly raping his maid, after his application seeking treatment.

Following a slip disc, Ahuja was seen crying and wincing in pain when produced in court. Thirty-six-year-old Ahuja, who was unable to walk, was assisted into the courtroom by two constables. He was later brought outside and made to sit on a bench where he lay down, quivering, following which his lawyer Sameer Nangre moved a plea seeking medical treatment at the earliest.

The court directed jail authorities to provide the actor immediate medical relief and shift him to J J Hospital, if necessary, for further treatment. The court was expected to pass an order on Friday on an application filed by Ahuja’s lawyer seeking copies of the forensic report, but the matter was adjourned to October 7.

By Taran Adarsh, September 4, 2009 – 11:31 IST

Browse a newspaper or surf news channels and I am sure, you’d be enlightened with more than a hundred stories in the course of a day. But not all stories have the potential to be adapted for the big screen. MOHANDAS suffers due to this reason.

MOHANDAS is a poignant tale and is well shot too, no doubt, but the question is, does it hold your attention for the next 2 hours? In parts, yes, not in totality. At best, MOHANDAS might strike a chord in the film festival circuit, that’s it! Catering to a really miniscule audience.

BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM

Meghna [Sonali Kulkarni], a correspondent working at a news channel in New Delhi, receives a videotape from a remote place in Madhya Pradesh. On the tape, a battered young man claims to be the real Mohandas [Nakul Vaid] and alleges that someone else has stolen his identity. Someone else is living as ‘Mohandas’.

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Intrigued by what looks like an unusual small-town scam, Meghna makes a trip to that place. There, she unearths the true story. Mohandas is a topper in studies and is overjoyed when he is selected for a job in Oriental Coal Mines. But he is kept waiting and waiting to actually get the job. Long afterwards, when he has given up and reconciled to it, he learns that someone else has assumed his name and has already taken his job. When he rushes to protest, he is beaten up and thrown out.

Meghna places this story in the media. Harshvardhan [Aditya Srivastava], a lawyer from the district, takes this case of stolen identity to court with the intention of hauling up the usurper. But will things change?

In most cases, the choice of the subject is right, but the director makes mincemeat of it. But in this case, debutante director Mazhar Kamran makes a sincere attempt to narrate this unconventional story well. A number of sequences are truly well executed, especially the end, which comes as a shocker.

But, at the same time, Mazhar should’ve restricted the narrative to 1.30 hours, instead of almost 2 hours. Also, after a point, it becomes one of those films that depict the good in good light and the corrupt in bad light. In short, it gets bland and monotonous!

Nakul Vaid plays his part very well. Sushant Singh doesn’t get scope, but nonetheless leaves an impact. Sharbani Mukerji has transformed herself well for this part. Sonali Kulkarni gets her role right. Aditya Srivastava, as always, is competent. Govind Namdeo is first-rate. Sameer Dharmadhikari gets no scope. Uttam Haldar is proficient.

On the whole, MOHANDAS is a well-intentioned, well-made film, but it will have a tough time standing on its feet due to lack of face-value and also multiple releases.

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Shah Rukh Khan to don the lawyer’s garb for his forthcoming film, Jolly LLB; Akshay Kumar’s best friend Rakesh Upadhyay will co-produce it
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 27, 2009)
For the first time, Shah Rukh Khan will play a lawyer in writer/director Subhash Kapoor’s film, Jolly LLB. This film will be produced by SRK’s Red Chillies Entertainment in association with Rakesh Upadhyay, who is a close aide of SRK’s closest competitor, Akshay Kumar. The film, which is based on a lawyer’s life, will be an expose on the judiciary system. Subhash had earlier directed a film on cricket Say Salaam India with Sanjay Suri, Vinay Pathak and Sandhya Mrudul.

Talking about SRK’s association with Rakesh, our source said, “Rakesh and SRK have been discussing various subjects for the past few months. SRK particularly liked this theme. If all goes well, the film will be on the floors by next year.”

Rakesh Upadhyay and Shah Rukh Khan

Excited by the prospect of working with SRK, Subhash Kapoor said, “The film will take on the pros and cons of the judicial system. When we first had an appointment with SRK, he had given us about 45 minutes for the narration. However, we ended up discussing the film for over two hours. He took to the film in the first 20 minutes itself. He loved the film immensely. The film’s producer Rakesh Upadhyay is finalising the other details.”

When asked if SRK will co-produce the film, Rakesh Upadhyay said, “We have been talking about working together for a long time and this is the subject that we have zeroed in on. It is too early to say anything; we will make a formal announcement when everything is in place.”

Sunny

Posted: Aug 04, 2009 at 2008 hrs IST

Mumbai “Terribly hurt” by the programme “Sonsunny” mimicking the Deol family, Bollywood actor Sunny Deol has sent a legal notice to Big FM radio channel asking them to withdraw the show or face defamation suit for a compensation of Rs 200 crore damages.

“I and my family are terribly hurt….we have tolerated the programme for long but there is a limit to how much one can take,” Sunny told a press conference here on Tuesday.

The legal notice, served on the respondent last Saturday, has asked them to withdraw the show forthwith or else the Deol family would consider filing civil as well as criminal defamation cases.

“We will wait for a week and let us see how they react…if need arises, we won’t hesitate to file a criminal case along with civil suit for damages,” said Ashok Sarogi, Sunny’s lawyer.

Alleging the show was not in good humour, the actor said “things have gone out of hand. Deol family is being defamed.

My blood boils. It hurts. Please understand our anguish.”

“You know our family and my father particularly. We have always been upright and never harmed anyone in the society.

You are also aware about our family’s contribution to the society. After all, there is a limit to making fun of people,” the actor said.

“Mimicry is fine but in this programme, Sunny’s name has been dragged and an impression is sought to be conveyed that he himself is participating in the show. This is really cheap,” said advocate Sarogi.

The actor said “I am not against mimicry but when it becomes cheap, it is bad. I can’t even hear the programme. It provokes me. I get upset. After all, we are all human beings”.

Asked if he could not use his famous “dhai kilo ka hath” (muscled hand) to resolve the issue, the actor said “if you are a public figure then you have to remain in control”.

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Police believes there was a non-cognizable complaint of sexual harassment filed against the filmstar in 2006; have sought details
By Deeptiman Tiwary (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 17, 2009)
Mumbai police is now extending its probe against filmstar Shiney Ahuja to check for a similar such misdemeanour in the past.

Shiney was arrested on Sunday by Oshiwara police for allegedly raping his 18-year-old maid. “We have come to know that there is an earlier non-cognizable complaint of sexual harassment against the actor and I have asked for the record,” said joint commissioner (Law and Order) KL Prasad.

The actor’s behaviour when the police team went to his Tarapore Towers flat to question him on Sunday evening also roused suspicion, say cops. “We were shocked to see Ahuja sitting comfortably with his friends and enjoying a TV show. He was very calm and comfortable until he saw police and the maid’s relative at his door. He probably, never thought that the matter would go to the police,” said an officer privy to the investigations, on condition of anonymity.

“An ordinary man will be terrified right after the incident and will be ill at ease constantly thinking what if the victim goes and tells someone. He will try to do many things to make sure that the victim doesn’t squeal. But Ahuja seemed pretty comfortable watching TV with no fear whatsoever. However once he realised why the police had come to his house he started trembling,” the officer added.

Additional CP (Western Region) Amitabh Gupta said, “We are checking his record. Until now we have not found any complaint on record against him. But our investigation is on and we are interrogating various people.”

Ahuja’s wife called for questioning

Shiney’s wife Anupam

On Monday afternoon, Ahuja’s wife Anupam was called to the Oshiwara police station for questioning but had not turned up till the time of going to press, while his father Col (retd) SP Ahuja came to the police station to meet his son.

Police said that the allegation against Ahuja had been strengthened with the medical report of the girl which noted forceful sexual intercourse and also made a mention of injuries on her body apart from her private parts. Based on this, police said, they would seek Ahuja’s further custody on June 18 as he may influence witnesses whose statements are still being recorded.

Witness statements recorded

Police have till now recorded four statements, apart from the victim’s, in the case. DCP (Zone IX) Niket Kaushik said, “We have recorded the statement of the victim’s aunt (Rekha), who first met her after the incident. The other maid in the house (Sangeeta), Ahuja’s cook (Mohan), and the watchman of the building have also given their statements. All statements fit with the circumstances of the case.”

A police officer said the statement of Sangeeta, who stays in the house 24/7 but had gone to Church at the time of the incident, and of Mohan, who had left in the morning after cooking lunch, establish that both Ahuja and the maid were in the house all day. “The watchman has seen the maid coming and going, while Rekha has given us a statement on how she rang Ahuja’s door bell at 5 pm on Sunday and a visibly upset victim came out. She later narrated the entire incident to Rekha at their Virar residence,” said an officer.

Shiney’s lawyer Shrikant Shivade refused to comment on police investigation.


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