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December 29, 2009 12:38:18 PM IST

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Backed by the success of 3 of the genre defining blockbusters of 2009 – KAMINEY, WAKE UP SID and DEV.D, UTV Motion Pictures announced an aggressive line up of 4 films for the period of January – March 2010.

The slate for 2010 kicks off with CHANCE PE DANCE, which has been directed by Ken Ghosh and stars Shahid Kapoor, as the talented and passionate Sameer with a never-say-die attitude and Genelia, as a beautiful and spirited choreographer, Tina. The film will have a worldwide release on 15th January.

HARISHCHANDRACHI FACTORY, India’s official entry to the Oscars this year, will hit the screens on 22nd January. This acclaimed Marathi film directed by Paresh Mokashi is a UTV production, co-produced with Paprika Media and Mayasabha. The film has also been screened for the BAFTA and Golden Globe juries, apart from various other film festivals.

PETER GAYA KAAM SE, a fast-paced action adventure movie with a romantic twist, is directed by John Owen. Starring Rajeev Khandelwal and Lekha Washington, this film is about Peter, a football crazy motorcycle taxi rider, who decides to turn his back on Goa and quit his job – until his sleazy loan shark boss Bosco persuades him to do one last job – the job that will change his life forever. The film is scheduled for a March 2010 release.

PAAN SINGH TOMAR, the true epic journey of a talented runner who turned into a rebel, has been directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia. It stars Irrfan Khan and Mahie Gill, and will be released in March 2010.

Siddharth Roy Kapur, CEO, UTV Motion Pictures said, “While 2009 has been a low year for the film industry in general, we released some interesting films which etched themselves in the minds of the audience. DEV.D, KAMINEY and WAKE UP SID created new benchmarks for what can now be perceived as commercial cinema. Our slate for 2010 promises to be a very entertaining mix and we are very excited to be bringing audiences such a wide array of interesting cinema.”

The much-anticipated releases by UTV in 2010 include Prakash Jha’s RAAJNEETI, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s GUZAARISH, Anees Bazmee’s THANK YOU, Rajkumar Gupta’s NO ONE KILLED JESSICA, Vishal Bhardwaj’s EK BATAA SAAT, Aamir Khan Productions’ DELHI BELLY and PEEPLI LIVE.

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Done with playing the boy who has a ‘coming of age’ moment, Ranbir will now develop the physique of a man for future roles

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 14, 2009)


Ranbir Kapoor, one of today’s most happening young stars is all set to go from scrawny to brawny. After five releases where Ranbir has maintained an extremely thin physique, he will now be seen flaunting a more muscular and manly look as his roles get more mature.

Evidently, both, Siddharth Anand’s Anjana Anjani and Imtiaz Ali’s next film, due to start shooting after March, require this of him.

Says a source, “Both the characters require Ranbir to play a man and not a boy. In all his films so far he has played a boy just stepping into maturity and facing the hardships of life. In Anjana Anjani he plays a man on the move and must match his physical appearance with Priyanka Chopra who’s chronologically older than Ranbir and therefore automatically perceived to be older than him by the audience.”

In Imtiaz Ali’s film too Ranbir, for the first time, plays an intense lover.

Ranbir has changed his exercising regime in the gym and is now doing a training that would build his muscles.

Says Ranbir, “Yes I am beefing up my physique for next year. Change is good, don’t you think?”

Salman Khan to play the modern-day version of Mogambo in Mr India 2, which takes off soon

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 04, 2009)


After the late veteran actor Amrish Puri immortalised the character of Mogambo in Mr India, it is now Salman Khan’s turn to play the baddie in the sequel to the film. It’s a first for Salman, who will for the first time play an out-and-out villain on the lines of the eccentric and jazzily dressed Mogambo. The film will be directed by Anees Bazmee and marks the comeback of Sridevi.

Boney Kapoor, producer of the film, confirmed the news and said, “Yes, Salman will play a negative role in the sequel, just like Amrish Puri did in Mr India.” He refused to divulge any further details and said, “The script is still being finalised.”

(L) Salman Khan (R) Amrish Puri as Mogambo in Mr India

Giving us more details, a source said, “Salman was very keen to do the film as he is a fan of Mr India. During the making of Wanted, Salman expressed his desire to be a part of the sequel and Boney assured him that he would plan a role for him. While scripting the film, Boney told director Anees to work out an interesting character for Salman and the director came up with the idea of making Salman play the villain. A character as unforgettable as Mogambo is being written for Salman.  He will also have a different look in the film for which a test will be done early next year as the film is scheduled to go on the floors in February-March.”

Commenting on Salman’s reaction to playing a baddie, the source said, “Salman loved the idea and is quite open-minded about playing a negative role. Salman will be playing a terrorist who wants to rule over India and the story will be about how Anil Kapoor, Sridevi and their gang try to free the country with the help of another invention made by Anil Kapoor.”

MUMBAI: If this were a Hindi film, one would say imtihaan ki ghadi aa gayi hai-testing times are here. After a tumultuous year at the box office, the health of the Hindi film industry will be tested from December 4 to February 12. About Rs 500 crore is at stake and many a big brand of the industry will try its luck at the box office.
While Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots is arguably one of the biggest films of 2009, Shah Rukh’s My Name is Khan may give 2010 a headstart at the box office. Brand Bachchan isbanking on Paa and Ranbir Kapoor will try and consolidate his new found viability as a solo star with Rocket Singh. And after his success with Wanted, Salman Khan will hope to emerge victorious once again with Veer.

 

“The film industry tries to avoid releases in the first two weeks of January and also in March (exam season),” says an industry source. “The movie business really picks up during summer vacation time and the festive season. Big releases are reserved for Diwali, Eid or Christmas.”

Why this deviation from plan then? Trade analyst Amod Mehra blames it on the backlog. “The multiplex strike changed many a plan,” Mehra says. “Rann was meant to be a Diwali release but could not manage a clearance from the producers. Shah Rukh’s Dulha Mil Gaya was also marked for 2009 and My Name is Khan was rumoured to be a Christmas release. Veer is the only film that was planned for January 2010 and is on schedule,” he adds.

Producer Mukesh Bhatt has no reservations about time of release. “I released Raaz 2, The Mystery Continues in January and it was a hit. Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai, another January release, was a superhit.”

Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh explains that there has always been apprehension in the industry about releasing films in the first two months of the year. “They believe the audience doesn’t really want to start the new year watching films. Also, up north its too cold to get out and go to a cinema hall,” he says. Having said that, Adarsh thinks any month that provides the viewer with good content will be conducive for Bollywood. “Maybe early 2010 will break the jinx.”

About 25 films are releasing between December 4 and February 12. These which include many small-budget films such as the Vidya Balan, Arshad Warsi, Naseeruddin Shah-starrer Ishqiya, Chandan Arora’s Striker and MAMI-award winning Road to Sangam. Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan may clash at the BO with My Name Is Khan and Teen Patti likely to release on the same date. While some exhibitors feel that the release of big films are evenly placed, Mehra believes, “The audience will choose the film they want to watch. They cannot afford to make holes in their pockets and this will affect the fortune of some films.”

Of course, the fact that so many big names have releases within weeks of each other is another issue to contend with. Previously, producers have thrashed out their release dates in an informal manner to avoid overlap of big ticket films. But with the multiplex strike hitting the initial months of 2009 so hard, nobody is in the mood to wait anymore. Ranjan Singh, the marketing head of PVR Pictures is concerned that big releases may cannibalise smaller players. “But if this trend of back-to-back releases in a non-conventional period hits the high notes, all conventional jinxes will be broken and a new trend will be set.”

For some mysterious reason, the third installment of the Hera Pheri series starring Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif will be titled Hera Pheri 4

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 16, 2009)

Phir Hera Pheri

The much-awaited Hera Pheri sequel is finally taking shape. Interestingly, this third installment in the Hera Pheri series is called Hera Pheri 4.

A source says, “After the super success of Hera Pheri and Phir Hera Pheri, producer Firoz Nadiadwala has been planning the third installment. However, the film was taking its own time. The promos of the forthcoming film De Dana Dan starring Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty and Paresh Rawal are being shown with Blue (which releases today) at the trail shows. The industry insiders have begun talking about the winning combination of Akshay, Sunil and Paresh. Firozbhai saw the promos and immediately got in touch in Akshay for the much-awaited installment. Although Akshay’s date diary is packed, he came to Firoz’s rescue by accommodating the film. However, the interesting bit is that the film will be titled Hera Pheri 4 and not 3. The reason for the same will be revealed in the promos of the film, once it is ready.”

Although Hera Pheri was directed by Priyadarshan and Phir Hera Pheri by Neeraj Vohra, Hera Pheri 4 will be directed by Anees Bazmee. The source adds, “Akshay, Firoz and Anees last came together for Welcome (2007). Katrina Kaif will play the female lead in Hera Pheri 4, which is slated to go on the floors in March next year.”

Akshay Kumar remained unavailable for comment.

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2009-WORST YEAR EVER FOR BOLLYWOOD?

April is about to end and still there’s not a single film till now which has managed to become a Super Hit this year. In fact, 14 films released in March and all of them were small or medium budget films and some of them were well made. Barring Little Zizou (which got a limited release and was made on a very low cost) all the other 13 films-13B, Dhoondte Reh Jaoge, Karma Aur Holi, Gulaal, Jai Veeru, Aloo Chaat, Barah Aana, Firaaq, Lottery, Straight, Aa Dekhen Zara, Ek-The Power Of One and Videsh were flops at the Box office! April also started on a bad note with Akshay Kumar starrer 8×10 Tasveer failing at the BO. Then the strike commenced which led to the release of only B-grade and small budget films like Ek Se Bure Do, Pal Pal Dil Ke Ssaat, Coffee House, Chowrasta, Meri Padosan and also the dubbed Dashavatar. And as expected, all these films also failed to attract audiences to theatres.

And regarding the tussle between multiplexes and producers, 20 days have already passed and still there have been almost negligible communication between the two parties. As a result, the tussle may go on for a few more days. What is disgusting is that even after the strike is called off, films would not immediately start releasing. The promotion of all forthcoming films is put on hold. So if the strike is called off on May 1 for instance, the promotion of forthcoming films would begin by May 3 and some small projects may get a release 2-3 weeks later (May 15/May 22).

The multiplexes v/s producers tiff has already created negative consequences. Multiplexes are suffering since hardly any audience is there for their films. As a result, all multiplexes have shut down some of the screens in order to save money. Producers are hit too since films are ready but they can’t release it. Single screen theatres are suffering losses too for no reason of theirs. And moviegoers are dying to watch a good film but they’ll have to wait a little longer. The release of prominent forthcoming films has been postponed too. Kambakkht Ishq had blocked the date May 29 months back. But now, the film has been shifted ahead. Yash Raj Films’ have postponed the release of Kabir Khan’s New York from May 1 to June 12. Shahid-Priyanka starrer Kaminey hasn’t changed its release date (June 5) though.

But let’s not blame the producers and distributors for all this. They flagged off the tussle because they didn’t have any other choice. They took this hard decision so that in future, films can release week after week with no fear of multiplex mafia.

However, there’s one film, titled 99, which is all set to release on May 8 in spite of the multiplex issue going on. This comic film stars Kunal Khemu, Soha Ali Khan, Cyrus Broacha and Mahesh Manjrekar. The producers of this film are not registered under United Forum (which flagged off the strike) and therefore, are free to release their film whenever they want. The film looks seems funny and all the film-starved audiences should definitely go for it! Also, producers need not worry since 99 is not going to amass huge profits for the multiplexes ! The promo of the film is uploaded below. Do check!


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