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Abhishek Bachchan stands by his friend Rohan Sippy; will act in a film that the latter is co-producing

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 13, 2009)

Abhishek Bachchan and Rohan Sippy have been best friends and have worked together in films like Kuch Na Kaho and Bluffmaster. Now they are aiming for a hat-trick with their third film, which will go on the floors in January. Incidentally, Abhishek, who had committed to a film with T-Series, will keep his word as the film will be a joint production between Ramesh Sippy and Bhushan Kumar.

Our source said, “Both Abhishek and Amitabh Bachchan were committed to a film with T-Series. Back then, Priyadarshan was supposed to make the film, however T-Series went ahead with Bhool Bhulaiya. After that, Amitabh too opted out as his dates were blocked. However, Abhishek has kept his word and now that Rohan Sippy is ready with his untitled thriller, talks are on to make it a joint production. This way, Abhishek will be able to fulfill both – his commitment made to T-Series as well as his buddy Rohan.”

Rohan Sippy confirmed the story, but was not forthcoming about the joint venture. He said, “Yes, we are set to start the film in December end or January. Everything is locked and we are in the process of finalising the ensemble cast. However, as far as the tie-up with T-Series is concerned, my father (Ramesh Sippy) is the best person to answer the question. As far as I know, we are surely doing the music with them and Pritam is the music director.”

Speaking about the film, Rohan said, “It has an interesting mix of actors with Abhishek in the lead. It is a thriller.”

Bhushan Kumar of T-Series said, “Talks are on for a joint production, but nothing is finalised as of now. The only decision we have taken is that we will be doing the music of the film.”

HAVING THEIR CAKE AND EATING IT TOO: Sabbir Khan, Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor and Sajid Nadiadwala; (left) a still from the film with Akshay riding Tom Cruise’s bike

The battle of the plexes is over, the battle of the sexes has begun with the Akshay and Kareena film ready for release

MARK MANUEL Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; June 8, 2009)

Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor, notoriously Bollywood’s fittest and most health-conscious stars, are not the rich chocolate cake-eating types. But Sajid Nadiadwala would not let his lead pair get away with anything less than that. What were a few calories, after all, when the filmmaker was celebrating a double whammy on Friday — the end of the producers and multiplex owners’ stand-off and the release date of his muchawaited film Kambakkt Ishq. Make a note, it’s been fixed for Friday, July 3, the first big budget film to hit Indian theatres this year — and both Bollywood and Hollywood are eagerly waiting for the release.

Sajid is ecstatic, naturally; he has worked hard on this film, packed it with all the masala that Indian audiences are starved for, and the producer is convinced that he has a hit on his hands. The entertainment business could not have got off to a more rocking start after the dry spell caused by the multiplexes strike. Akshay and Kareena, who happily cancelled other engagements on Friday to celebrate the film’s imminent launch with Sajid, director Sabbir Khan and music director Anu Malik, had their cake and ate it too.

Said Akshay, with a big smile, “This is truly my first international film. I’ve done stunts with Superman, got an award from Rambo, and romanced our very own Supergirl! Finally, you have a big family
entertainer coming to a multiplex near you.” Sharing his excitement, Kareena added, “This is a film that’s very special to me, it’s a full-on family entertainer… there’s every genre of entertainment, from romance, comedy and action to emotion, glamour and Hollywood.”

It is true, for Sajid has taken Bollywood for the first time into
the Kodak Theatre, Universal Studios and Water World of Hollywood with Kambakkt Ishq. “The Hollywood backdrop is required in the script and not just thrown in,” said Sajid who’s got Hollywood biggies like Sylvester Stallone, Denise Richards and Brandon Routh to act in his film. “I couldn’t pull off Arnold Schwarzenegger,” he regretted. “I met him, but he holds a public post now and can’t act.”

No matter, even without the Terminator star, Sajid’s film is packed with heart-stopping action sequences created by top Hollywood stunt director Spiro Razatos. It’s been shot on locations used for films like Fast and The Furious. And, in one
stunt, Akshay uses the same superbike that Tom Cruise rode in Mission Impossible. Fasten your seat belts, July 3 is close. “It doesn’t get bigger and better than this,” promised Kareena. While Akshay added, tongue firmly in cheek, “The battle of the plexes has ended… the battle of the sexes has just begun!”