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Mumbai, Jan 2 (IANS) Director Rajkumar Hirani Saturday produced the credits agreement with author Chetan Bhagat for hit film ‘3 Idiots’ and maintained that the movie was not a copy of the bestseller ‘Five Point Someone’.

Hirani distributed copies of an agreement of credit and a non-disclosure agreement signed by Bhagat Sep 1, 2005 and Oct 3, 2007 respectively. Screenplay writer Abhijat Joshi was also present at the media meet.

‘It shall be obligatory on the part of the producer to accord credit to the author in the rolling credits… as under – Based on the novel ‘Five Point Someone’,’ the agreement on the issue of credit states.

The non-disclosure agreement was signed after Hirani gave a ‘four-hour narration’ of the final script to Bhagat, the director said.

Hirani also supported his argument by giving a copy of an interview that Bhagat gave to IANS Sep 26, 2008 titled: ‘I liked the final script of ‘Three Idiots’: Chetan Bhagat.’

‘The director took my book as the base but he has changed it according to his requirements. He took permission from me before taking my story but has not involved me in making it into the final script. But he has shown me the final script and I have liked it too,’ Bhagat had told IANS.

The credit row surfaced after Bhagat had posted on his blog that ’70 percent’ of ‘3 Idiots’ is based on his book and therefore he should have got a prominent place in the rolling credits as well as during the film promotion. He also said that he was not shown the final script.

Producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra has said that as per their agreement, Bhagat’s name appeared in the rolling credits and he was paid the due amount.

Hirani, who has helmed movies like ‘Munnabhai MBBS’ and ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’, also pointed out that the producer had bought the rights of ‘Five Point Someone’.

Hence, it was their prerogative whether to use ‘five percent of the book or 70 percent of it’.

Salman Khan inspires his personal trainer to take up acting; helps him bag several roles

By Ruhail Amin (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 03, 2009)

Salman Khan

After taking care of Salman Khan’s fitness for over a decade, the actor’s personal trainer Abbas Aly is now bitten by the acting bug.

He wants to be a fulltime actor and we hear that Salman is going out of his way to help his trainer get the best Bollywood projects.

According to sources, it is because of Salman’s clout that Abbas has successfully bagged some big banner films.

Abbas Aly

Abbas confirms and says, “Although I’ve done a few cameo roles, Salman bhai is encouraging me to become a full-fledged actor. I’m grateful to him and now, with his blessings, I’m part of Race 2 and also an international project.”

Abbas, who has trained many celebrities including Anil Kapoor and Bipasha Basu, is now “trying to live up to the expectations of mentor Salman,” he says.

Here’s an exclusive report on the Aamir Khan-Kareena Kapoor rain song, Zoobi doobi straight from the sets of 3 Idiots

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 03, 2009)

Kareena Kapoor, Aamir Khan and Raju Hirani on the sets of 3 Idiots

Now that Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor are starring together in Raju Hirani’s 3 Idiots, after two misses (Mani Ratnam’s Lajjo and Vishal Bhardwaj’s Mr Singh & Mrs Mehta) there is a considerable amount of curiosity about this never-seen-before jodi. We dropped in on the sets at Film City on Thursday to watch the two sizzle in the only romantic song, Zoobi doobi, in the film.

Entering the sets wasn’t an easy task because of the tight security. This despite the fact that we had taken the requisite permission on Wednesday to visit the sets. Thankfully, Aamir Khan spotted us after which going on the sets was a cakewalk.

Sung by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal, the rain song has been composed by Shantanu Moitra. Aamir Khan, dressed in a burnt orange shirt and white trousers, was completely wet and gladly showed off his super flat abs. Kareena too wore a similar coloured sari and looked effortlessly stunning. The two actors dancing in the (artificial) rain reminded one of the Raj Kapoor-Nargis Awara song, Pyaar hua ikraar hua.

Choreographer Bosco was busy instructing all the dancers in the background. Aamir and Kareena were explained a shot, which was being filmed from a high angle. Raju Hirani sat by the monitor, closely watching the visuals. As soon as the shot was okayed, Aamir and Kareena rushed to check the scene in the monitor after which Aamir got busy with his Rubik cube. He told us that when he was in college, he could solve it in 27 seconds flat, but now he takes a minute to get it right. Surprisingly, he claimed that he could solve the Rubik cube without even seeing it, which he did, in exactly one minute. Aamir also said that he has quit smoking for over six months as he wanted to look fresh and young in the film.

Bharati Dubey, Somit Sen & Sanjeev Shivadekar | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; October 3, 2009)

Mumbai: It’s a Friday that Karan Johar would like to forget, irrespective of whether his new film, Wake Up Sid, creates magic at the box-office or not.

Johar’s film has several characters calling Mumbai by its former name, Bombay, and that was enough for the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena—going into a make-or-break assembly election later this month—to smell a poll issue. MNS roughnecks raised a hullabaloo and Johar was forced to pay obeisance at MNS leader Raj Thackeray’s residence during the day and mouth politically correct lines later. “I apologise if I have hurt anyone’s sentiments and have agreed to put a one-line disclaimer, stressing this, right at the start of the film,’’ he said.

But he was mistaken if he thought
his subservience would end the matter—subsequently, Congress chief minister Ashok Chavan went on to call the Johar-Thackeray meeting a “publicity stunt’’. “Raj Thackeray is not a constitutional authority,’’ he said. “Karan Johar should have come to the state government if he thought the issue was so serious.’’

This was enough for the Shiv Sena, whose ‘Marathi manoos champion’ claims have been questioned by the MNS, to enter the fray. Sena spokesman Sanjay Raut said Johar
should not merely apologise to Raj Thackeray. “If he really feels sorry about it, he should apologise to Maharashtra and the millions of Marathi manoos staying here,’’ he said.

True to type, Kirit Somaiya, former MP of the BJP, the Sena’s poll partner, too dived in for a piece of the action. Somaiya claimed it was the BJP that was instrumental in getting the city renamed from Bombay to Mumbai. “Nobody has the right to refer to it by the old name when it has already been renamed Mumbai,’’ he said.

But the MNS had clearly taken the lead on the issue. “No film producer has the right to change the name of the city from Mumbai to Bombay,’’ said Raj Thackeray. “Karan Johar is a good director, and I have no issues with him. But he should respect the sentiments of Mumbaikars. Why can’t people accept Mumbai if they can accept Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram? Karan told me it was done unintentionally and has apologised. But I am warning other producers not to repeat his mistake. I have given Karan two days to amend the error and carry a rejoinder at the start of the film.’’

Thackeray declared that he now wanted a letter from the Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association, promising that the city would be referred to as Mumbai in all forthcoming films. “And if any producer dares to refer to this city as Bombay, my men will protest in typical MNS style,’’ he warned.

Johar played it straight. “I didn’t want any negative impact on our film into which so much of hard work has gone. It was also never our intention to hurt anybody’s sentiments. The film, in fact, pays homage to the city, and Mumbai is an integral part of the film,’’ he said.

But Johar clearly felt ill at ease in the midst of all the unwanted at
tention, and the chief minister’s “publicity stunt’’ salvo did little to salvage the situation. “We at Dharma Productions follow certain ethics and would never market our films like this. There are various other platforms to market films. Besides, my father always told me that if an issue arose, it should be addressed immediately—and that was exactly what I did,’’ he said in response to the criticism about his visit to Raj Thackeray’s residence.

Need for clearance upsets Bollywood
Mumbai: The film industry is severely disappointed that ‘Wake Up Sid’, cleared by the Censor Board, had to get another clearance from politicians looking for votes in the run-up to the polls. “The Cinematograph Act clearly rules there cannot be any curb over naming a city,’’ a Censor Board official said. “This is the first time that someone has objected to calling Mumbai by its former name of Bombay,’’ he said.

But film-makers feel their creative freedom is getting curbed too often because of politicians. The film industry is angry, but helpless and does not know where to go or whom to approach. Producer Mukesh Bhatt said: “The industry is the most vulnerable and gets no protection from the government. People in power need to take action against such elements.’’
Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association president T P Agarwal said: “The industry needs to take a stand on this and we will raise the issue with information and broadcasting minister Ambika Soni when we meet for the Goa Film Festival on October 5.’’ —Bharati Dubey I TNN