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Presenting the dichotomy kid… Ranbir kapoor

By Indu Mirani (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 05, 2009)


How much of the real Ranbir do we know?


Probably 30 per cent. And that too from the films I do because it’s only then that I actually give something of myself to the character. But when I am doing interviews, there is a certain amount of a façade. If you are an introvert or shy like me, you need to exude some confidence, some belief in what you are doing. But honestly, I am scared. I am not that confident an actor to believe and think that everything I do will be a success.

I believe, the remaining 70 per cent will eventually come through when I reach a point where I can really surrender to a character. I hope that role turns up some day. As I keep saying, I am very ambitious. I have lots of directors to work with, lots of roles to play. I hope to be a working actor everyday of my life, to be able to go on a set. I really don’t know what to do with my time when I am not on set.

// When you are not on your Segway that is…

(laughs) I do that every night. It’s my way of letting go. I know it sounds weird and stupid but it’s kind of spiritual. I do it at 2-2.30 in the night. The roads are empty, the weather is great and you just drive through.

A girl who has worked with you, describes you as a mixture of the three Khans. A bad boy like Salman, charmer like Shah Rukh and focused like Aamir.

That girl might be drunk or on some drug because I am not even close to any of these characteristics. The three Khans are living legends for me. Even using my name in the same sentence as theirs is an insult to them.

So you are saying that you are not a bad boy, charming or focused?

(blushing wildly) Actually I am. But I guess to a much milder degree.

So what is your charm?

I am just a happy person, I like talking to people who interest me. You just have to listen to people, I guess that’s what charm is. It’s not about corny lines, it’s not about the looks that you give somebody. It’s only about the attitude to and the conversations that you have with somebody.

Which Kapoor do you resemble as an actor?

As an actor, nobody. My grandfather, Raj Kapoor, was a stylised actor. I have always preferred him more as a director than an actor. Of course, though he was an amazing actor, his directorial abilities blew me away. Shammi Kapoor again had his own style. Shashi Kapoor had his own style. My father has always been a natural actor. So thankfully, I was never compared because you cannot compare natural acting. I would like to believe I have my own style and I am a natural too. I have my own good and bad qualities and I hope it remains like this. I anyway have the baggage of a lineage. If my acting reminded people of actors who they have worshipped earlier, I don’t think anybody would want to see me at all.

But you do want to direct at some point of time?

Yes, I do but it’s an immature dream. It is something I aspire to do one day. I am extremely passionate about movies, but right now I need to solidify my career as an actor. I need some bonafide blockbusters, I need people to have faith in me so that banks can give me money to make movies.

For a 27-year-old boy, you keep an extremely neat room. How come?

I am basically neat. I don’t like chaos, I can’t work like that. I like silence, I like loneliness. I like everything which is soft. I think because of my docile nature, it reflects in the environment I live in.

Even in your work?

Yes, of course, it just causes less confusion. But where my acting process is concerned, I am not bothered. I could be doing a scene in front of ten thousand people on the road, they could be loud and passing remarks, but it wouldn’t affect me. But I guess when the camera is rolling, you just change as a person.

Do you seek characters that are different from you as a person?

Not at all. An actor can only wish that these roles come to him. You can’t seek them. If I am not excited by a character, I can say no, irrespective of who the director or production house is. I need to connect with the characters I am playing.

One hears you were often beaten up by the principal in school?

My principal used to beat me up because I was very naughty in school. I used to do things which I should not have done as a student. I didn’t do it because I was somebody’s son. It was pure masti.

You were shy and naughty? That’s a strange combination.

I think I am just a confused soul. Confused, complicated and a bit complex. I am often told that. I think I am an amalgamation of everything.

And docile too?

That’s what I believe and that’s what my mother believes. I am just a calm soul.

Have you ever rebelled?

Not majorly, but I do believe that I have a rebel in me. I really don’t like to be told what to do.

You are most written about for your affairs…

It really hurts me that my affairs are being written about. I am suddenly acquiring this new image. It is not me. I have been in very few relationships in my life. Few have worked, few haven’t. And I am extremely sad about the ones which haven’t worked. I am not this lover boy, people think I am. The character I did in Bachna Ae Haseeno is not me. I am quite a romantic at heart, but at the same time, being in a relationship or being with a girl is not my priority. I do believe there are great things in store for me. I need to believe that if I need to move ahead. Women are lovely. I love and respect them, but that’s not my true calling in life. My true calling is cinema and acting.

Five films I can see again and againnd again:

1. Shree 420

2. Kaagaz Ke Phool

3. Dilwaale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge

4. Sanjay Bhansali’s Devdas

5. Andaaz Apna Apna

Six books that I can read again:

1. Songs That My Mother taught me by Marlon Brando

2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon

3. Dreams from My Father – A story of race and inheritance by Barack Obama

4. Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler

5. Ingrid Bergman’s autobiography

6. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. It is cinematic in its writing. I could actually smell the kebabs in Afghanistan.

Six people whose lives I want to see chronicled in pictures:

1. Charlie Chaplin

2. Raj Kapoor

3. Michael Jackson

4. Amitabh Bachchan

5. Sachin Tendulkar

6. Lata Mangeshkar

Five songs always on my Ipod:

I can think of just one… Kisi ki muskuraahaton pe ho nisaar


Friends walk the ramp for Karan Johar, but the designs bear no resemblance to his personal style

By Mitali Parekh (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 17, 2009)

Karan Johar has always had an eye for clothes. He has designed the clothes for Shah Rukh Khan since he starred in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge in 1995. Having designed clothes for the suave star for about 19 years now, it is natural that he would showcase his line with SRK as the showstopper. Karan has also designed for Shah Rukh when he was the host for KBC3.

The industry turned up to support Karan’s endeavour. He chose to reflect the mood of the 1980s with Michael Jackson tracks playing, and chains, quilting, zippers, buckles, pointed biker shoes and studs. Ranbir Kapoor and Imran Khan opened the show. Karan had Dino Morea back on the ramp, sporting boxers with a blazer. Randeep Hooda walked the ramp in a suit, but the sprinkling of suits was eminently forgettable. Randeep and Dino were treated like the other models and didn’t appear for the final bow.

Finally, his muse, Shah Rukh, was the show stopper, who walked with Gauri Khan. Gauri, the only female accessory in this all-male show, played the hot rocker chick with pizzazz, in a metallic short skirt and a blouse. SRK sported a dinner jacket with biker jacket detailing with a chain fastening which extended from the breast to the waist pocket.

The collection showcased a range of sherwanis which borrowed the biker influence as well. Hardware and rugged seemed to be the buzzword here. The show, a collaborative effort of designer Varun Bahl and Karan Johar, was not remarkable, but one took note of the detailing.

Karan seems to have brought in is the production value and a sense of presentation, a mainstay in his films. However, if one was expecting his clothes to be an extension of his personal wardrobe, his collection was the polar opposite of his own sense of aesthetics.

Sandeep Khosla turned up, despite having dropped out from the Couture Week. Jaya Bachchan is said to have coaxed him into making an appearance.

Music video director Divya Kumar has Jacko’s brother paying tribute to fans in Mumbai

SHARIN WADER BUTANI Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; October 6, 2009)

Divya Kumar, the pretty wife of TSeries bossman Bhushan Kumar, is kind of fulfilling a promise Michael Jackson made to Mumbai when he performed here in 1996 and would return. Fans of the ‘ be interested to know that Jacko’s brother Jermaine Jackson, 55 — a singer and composer himself with some mean dancing moves — who is in Mumbai, is featuring in a music video directed by Divya that also features Bollywood music g Adnan Sami.

“This is Jermaine’s tribu fans in India,” said Divya, w engaged Bollywood choreog Remo to lead Jackson Sr thr desi dance steps. The song i Go to Mumbai City and will
at CST, Gateway of India and in some slums. “He wanted drums in the song the way MJ had used in They Don’t Care About Us. So I’m using a few dhols instead to give it a desi flavour,” added Divya who has conceptualised the jacket and Adnan a kurta.” This video will be promoted internationally, too. “I want people to know about Mumbai. I’ll have Jermaine dancing techno a la MJ with slum kids who remain his big fans,” said the young director who’s playing host to Jermaine. “He’s with his wife Halima Rashid, she’s an Afghani but is fluent in Hindi — unlike Jermaine who doesn’t undertand the language. They are our guests till the 12th. Our schedule is ight, so I can’t show them around,” egretted Divya, who plans to direct a film next. “I know that like all the music videos I’ve directed, the film too will be appreciated. Who knows, I might make Jermaine act in it too,” she smiled.

PAYING A TRIBUTE: Farah Khan and (left) Patrick Swayze
The Bollywood choreographer is in shock over the death of Hollywood actor and dancing sensation, Patrick Swayze


Dancing sensation, Hollywood actor Patrick Swayze is no more. The actor, who’s known for movies like the 1987 hit Dirty Dancing and the 1990 blockbuster Ghost, passed away yesterday. He was battling with pancreatic cancer for two years. This comes as bad news for all his fans who’ve admired his work. Swayze, 57, like Michael Jackson, who, too, passed away in June this year, has left many in mourning.

He was, no doubt, an icon for many of our Bollywood choreographers, too.

Farah Khan, who has made many dance to her tunes, had revered Swayze all throughout her growing up years. She woke up to the bad news on Tuesday morning. “Oh my
God, that’s such bad news. First it was Michael and now it’s him. All my dancing icons are passing away,” she said. Farah felt a special bond with the actor whose Dirty Dancing she’s seen at least 50 times. “Me and my partner Hemu used to do the Dirty Dancing shows across the country to promote the film’s launch in India,” informed Farah, who had put up a theatrical version of the movie, replete with songs and the dance moves.

Swayze, who was also voted as Sexiest Man Alive in 1991, had said in an interview recently, “One thing I’m not gonna do is chase staying alive. You spend so much time chasing staying alive, you won’t live.” Swayze passed away peacefully with family at his side on Monday night.

Amitabh Bachchan to do voice-over for album paying homage to 26/11 terror attack victims
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 30, 2009)

Amitabh Bachchan

Even as we see a tribute to the legendary Michael Jackson by the cream of Bollywood fraternity in a recent video, composer Aadesh Shrivastav is busy putting together a video as his tribute to the victims of the terrible disaster that brought Mumbai to a standstill on November 26. Aadesh is creating an album of peace to pay homage to the victims of the 26/11 terror attacks. And he has roped in Amitabh Bachchan to do the voice-over for it.

Aadesh believes that Big B’s voice will do the best justice to the album which will have tracks sung by various classical and pop artistes not just from India, but abroad too. He wants to make the powerful voice a binding factor. Aadesh says, “No one else can do justice to this album. Only Amitji can serve as the perfect common thread to all the national and international artistes who are coming together for my album.”

To speed up things and make sure that he can release the album in November, the first anniversary of the blasts, Aadesh is flying down to Singapore where Amitabh is enjoying a holiday.

Aadesh’s album will also bring together Amitabh and Javed Akhtar on the same project after a gap of nearly two decades.

King Khan pays tribute to the King of Pop. Bollywood unites for a music video to pay their respects to the late Michael Jackson

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 20, 2009)

Michael Jackson

Shah Rukh Khan

Michael Jackson has influenced Bollywood for decades now. From his signature moves to his singing, he has inspired everyone from musicians to technicians. Now, Bollywood unites to pay a heartfelt tribute to the King of Pop in a video, which will be aired on Michael Jackson’s birthday on August 29. The initiative has been taken by Shah Rukh Khan himself.

Vishal Dadlani confirmed the story and said, “The song is titled, We lived in his world.”

Kangna Ranaut

Hrithik Roshan

Katrina Kaif

Shahid Kapoor

Our source said, “Shah Rukh Khan is a huge fan of the late Michael Jackson and when the creative heads in Red Chilles pitched the idea, he loved it. He had cried when he learnt about MJ’s death. He was also supposed to attend one of the London concerts which never happened. So, the idea was finalised and they decided to make a music video as a tribute. The best talent for the song was Vishal of the Vishal-Shekhar duo. Vishal is a huge fan too and he was in shock for days when he learnt about MJ’s death.

Priyanka Chopra

Vishal Dadlani

Yuvraaj Singh

Prabhu Deva

He has written this passionate song and it has been composed by Vishal-Shekhar. They are also the performers in the video with singers Kay Kay, Shaan, Sunidhi Chauhan and Shreya Goshal, among others. The video will have heartfelt messages by top stars like SRK, Hrithik Roshan, Prabhu Deva, Shahid Kapoor, Harman Baweja, Yuvraj Singh, Katrina Kaif, Kangna Ranaut and Priyanka Chopra, among others. The video, currently being shot, is directed by Samar Khan.”

The source further said, “None of the people associated with the video has charged a penny and it’s their love for the legendary singer that has brought them together. It’s been shot in low lighting and has a unique mood. The video will be aired on all the leading channels on August 29, MJ’s birthday. The song has been choreographed by Remo.”

Samar Khan remained unavailable for comment.

The music of the untitled Yash Raj film starring Shahid Kapoor and Anushka Sharma is giving Pritam sleepless nights. Thankfully, he has been ordered to stay off the cliché bhangra numbers

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 10, 2009)

Shahid Kapoor

Although the Shahid Kapoor-Anushka Sharma untitled Yash Raj film has completed one major schedule in Hyderabad, the film’s music score is not in place yet.

A source said, “The film has so far been shot without any songs. That’s because producer Aditya Chopra, director Parmeet Sethi and music composer Pritam Chakraborty cannot see eye-to-eye on any of the songs and music that Pritam has composed for the film.”

The music of the film requires a rich, retro feel. “Parmeet Sethi’s film is set in the 1990s. Aditya Chopra wanted a distinct and directly-sourced reference to the sound and music of that decade. Everyone thought Michael Jackson and his songs like Billy Jean and Beat It would be sound reference points,” added the source.

Apparently, the whole experience with the sound and texture of the 1990s has fallen apart. The retro music, it is felt, wouldn’t work for youngsters today unless it’s yoked to a totally contemporary idiom, like the Twist track in Love Aaj Kal. The entire music composed so far has been scrapped and Pritam has been told to put on his thinking cap fast.

Meanwhile, Sethi continues shooting without the songs. It has been decided that all the songs will be shot on Bangkok and the US after the talkie portion of the shooting is complete. It’s hoped that by then all the songs would be in place.

Pritam confirmed the news but was guarded in his reply. He said, “I’m not really allowed to speak on this matter at all. But yes, Parmeet, Adi and I have been brainstorming over the music. And we haven’t really come up with a satisfactory sound. I’ve been forced to postpone my scheduled sabbatical from work by at least a fortnight. I’m sure we’ll get it right very soon.”


The one prerequisite to the music is no Punjabi-bhangra. This is because almost the entire score by Pritam in Yash Raj’s other Shahid starrer, Dil Bole Hadippa, is in the Punjabi-bhangra idiom. And Aditya Chopra was very clear that there would be not a shred of bhangra music in the Shahid-Anushka starrer. “That’s true. I can safely say there will be no Punjabi music in Parmeet’s film,” said Pritam.