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Producer Ekta Kapoor and director Milan Luthria are on the look out for a young Helen to sizzle in a cabaret in his movie

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 11, 2009)

Helen sizzled on screen with her divine dancing skills and is a tough act to match. Producer Ekta Kapoor and director Milan Luthria are trying to achieve the impossible – a hunt for a young Helen is on for a cabaret number for their tentatively titled film, Once Upon a Time in Bombay.

Every girl shaking her booty in a club is a potential Helen for them. Explains Milan, “Since our film is set during the late 1960s and 1970s, I wanted to bring in the feel, flavour and mood of the era through a cabaret. At first, we thought of an item song with a celebrated guest actress. But that would break the flow and rhythm of the narration. Now, we want a completely new face, Helen of the new millennium. The girl should possess the poise, grace and rhythm of Helen in the 60s.”

Music director Pritam Chakraborty is composing the song right now for Luthria. Pritam says, “That’s precisely the brief given to me. To recreate – I won’t call it a remix – one of RD Burman-Asha Bhosle’s most beloved cabaret songs. It would be a mix of the original rhythm with fresh paces like ‘…and we twist’ in Love Aaj Kal.”

Kangna Ranaut will also be a part of the cabaret item.

(L): Helen in Piya tu…, Milan Luthria, Pritam

HERE HE COMES: Emraan Hashmi

Director Milan Luthria was blown away by Emraan Hashmi’s tough look and performance in his forthcoming film

DEEPALI DHINGRA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 9, 2009)

No, Emraan Hashmi isn’t looking to flaunt his six-pack abs in this picture, but hey, can he help it if he is? This is a new and improved Emraan, with his look from Balaji Motion Pictures’
Once Upon A Time In Mumbai.

But it’s not just the look that the actor is excited about, it’s the film as well, where his role is that of a guy who challenges an underworld don. “The movie is set in the 60s when underworld was just trickling in Mumbai. My character Shoaib is one who challenges the authority of Sultan (Ajay Devgn). Shoaib is very ambitious, can do anything to get what he wants, he’s a fiery personality,” says Emraan. And though the mental preparation for a role like this required the actor to have regular interactions with his director Milan Luthria, it was his look that literally made him slog it out for three months.

Milan was clear about what he wanted from Emraan. “He told me I should look tough which extends beyond just having sixpack abs. It was about beefing up but keeping it lean too,” the actor says. Three months of training with a personal trainer and exercises that included strength endurance and… bingo! Even Milan was taken aback by Emraan’s dedication. “I was blown away!” admits Milan, “Emraan is quietly determined, as intensely passionate as a Hrithik or an Aamir when it comes to his work.” It was not just the looks, Milan was clear in his mind what he wanted from Emraan as an actor. “I was keen to have an actor who could match upto as well as be a foil to Ajay. Emraan has been tagged as a serial-kisser and as a sex symbol but with this film, I’m hoping to be the one who can push him to a different level,” he adds.

The shooting of the film will finish in January, which will be followed by promotions so that the film can release by May-June 2010. “The biggest element of surprise will be the looks and performances of each of the actors, be it Ajay or Kangna. As for Emraan, the audience will see a deeper dimension in his performance,” the director says.

IANS (Mid-Day; November 7, 2009)


One of Bollywood’s most bankable stars, Emraan Hashmi, says people have contantly tried to pull him down. He also believes the new film “Tum Mile” will present him in a new avatar, having mostly essayed roles with shades of grey.


“In the kind of industry I am, every creative person has a judgement to make about someone else’s performance. After doing a movie, I may think that I have come up with my best act, but others may think otherwise. You can’t help it,” shrugs Emraan, 30.

“This is something that has happened ever since I made my debut with ‘Footpath’. I went on to deliver successful films practically every year with ‘Murder’, ‘Zeher’ and ‘Aashiq Banaya Aapne’ followed by ‘Aksar’ and ‘Gangster’. Still people have tried to pull me down,” Emraan said in an interview.

He is sitting pretty on the back to back success of “Raaz – The Mystery Continues” and “Jannat”. A year earlier, he came up with one of the best ever acts of his career in “Awarapan”.

And now he is about to be seen in “Tum Mile”, his most expensive film till date that will release Nov 13. It co-stars Soha Ali Khan.

“It’s a welcome change to have absolutely no grey shades in my character,” says Emraan.

He is positive that after the release of the film, he would be looked upon as someone who can also show a sensitive side.

“For that opportunity, I am thankful to my director Kunal Deshmukh. If not for him, I would have continued playing the kind of roles I have been successful in. In fact, when Kunal spoke to me about the role, I was sceptical because I have never played a full-on romantic guy before.”

He isn’t overtly bothered about certain negative statements about him. “Honestly, I don’t even look aside to see who is around for competition. There is nothing wrong if people choose to reserve certain remarks for me.

“To each his own since I have to basically live up to my own judgement and fulfil the expectations of those who matter,” he says.

He has his fair share of admirers and supporters though.

“Yes, there are some out there who have been quite supportive throughout my career,” he agrees. “My goal is to keep delivering successful solo hero films and also do an occasional multi-hero film if I have an equal part. This is why I agreed to do Milan Luthria’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbai’.”

While he has been doing well as an actor after spending more than half a decade in the industry, does he have any plans to turn producer?

“I don’t want to be in the hot seat,” shoots Emraan in a tone of mock horror. “Mukeshji (Bhatt) tells me that being a producer is the toughest job in the world. I agree with him since he has decades of filmmaking experience.

“Today I am happy being an actor. Any aspirations to be producer are best kept on hold for a later stage.”

A NEW AVATAR: Kangna Ranaut. For more pictures of the actress, visit http://photogallery.indiatimes.com
…says Kangna Ranaut, who’s said goodbye to intense roles and is up for comedy

AAKANKSHA NAVAL-SHETYE Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; August 10, 2009)

Goodbye Adhyayan Suman, farewell intense, brooding roles… Kangna Ranaut is presenting herself in a new avatar to Bollywood — that of the romantic comediene. She’s shooting her very first comedy — No Problem with Akshaye Khanna — and will take up another, Tannu Weds Mannu with R Madhavan, immediately after that. This image change couldn’t have come at a better time.

“Yes, I am seeing a lot of changes recently, more positive than negative thankfully,” she said of her personal and professional life. Excited about doing comedy, Kangna said, “It’s taken so long for me to do what most conventional actresses start out doing — romance or romantic comedies. But better late than never. I was tired of being depressed, now it’s time to have some fun,” she said.

Admitting she’s not too funny a person in real life, despite having a humorous side, the sexy
star said, “I am glad I did the intense kind of roles early on in my career. But now I am happy with the kind of films coming my way.” And that includes Once Upon A Time In Mumbai and the Hrithik Roshan-Barbara Mori-starrer Kites, amongst others. Does she feel left out considering the film is being promoted solely with these two stars? “I have done my job, the rest is the filmmakers’ call, they can market it in whatever way they want to,” she replied, adding, “at the end of the day, it’s only good performances that’ll stand out.”

Her break-up has not really left Kangna heartbroken and hurt, or the actress is not showing any signs of it. “It’ll take a lot more than these ups and downs in life to break me,” she said. “And it’s really not as if I am working to get over anything. Work’s keeping me busy for work’s sake, but yes, it’s keeping me distracted from pondering too much about the past. I know that love hurts sometimes, but I can never stop being in love.”

The cast of All The Best gave Mugdha Godse’s birthday party the cold shoulder on Sunday. Did Bipasha Basu have anything to do with it?
By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 28, 2009)
Model-turned-actress Mugdha Godse had hoped to celebrate her birthday on Sunday (July 26) in grand style with her friends from the modelling and film world. But she was disappointed on her big day as the cast and crew of her forthcoming film, All The Best, didn’t turn up, despite being invited.

On July 17, we had written that all was not well between Mugdha and Bipasha Basu on the sets of All The Best. Though both denied that there were any problems between them, Bipasha not turning up at Mugdha’s do confirms the issue. Probably, Bipasha is no mood to patch up.  But why did Ajay Devgan, Fardeen Khan and director Rohit Shetty not attend the bash despite being invited?

Mugdha Godse, Madhur Bhandarkar and Neil Nitin Mukesh

Our source said, “There was no reason why nobody else (apart from Bipasha) from All The Best did not attend Mugdha’s bash. She was constantly looking at the entrance hoping that her colleagues from the film would drop by.”

Although her boyfriend Mithun Purandhare, was constantly by her side and tried to lift her spirits, Mugdha was disappointed by the no show of the All The Best cast and crew.

Mugdha remained unavailable for comment. However her spokesperson said, “Mugdha had hosted a quiet dinner. Rohit Shetty had a social engagement to attend. As for Ajay Devgan, I know he was shooting till late night for Once Upon a Time in Mumbai and had to report for the same early next morning.”

However, in attendance were her friends from the fashion world, models and designers and so were Madhur Bhandarkar, her Fashion director, and co-stars Priyanka Chopra (Fashion) and Neil Nitin Mukesh (Jail).

Ekta Kapoor adds seven crores to the art direction budget of Once Upon a Time in Mumbai; will shoot a derby sequence at the Mahalaxmi racecourse
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 15, 2009)

The Mahalaxmi Racecourse

For her next film, Once Upon a Time in Mumbai, Ekta Kapoor wants everything to look exactly like Mumbai did in the 1980s. To this end, she has hired art director Nitin Desai, and added Rs 7 crores to the film’s art direction budget and even shot at a gangster’s house. “I am totally involved with the making of the film. I want the roads, clothes, hairstyles of the 1980s to come alive,” said Ekta.

However, Ekta is against shooting the film’s derby sequence on the sets. She said, “We’ll be going into actual locations to recreate the Mumbai of the 1980s. But, no matter how good Nitin Desai is with the art direction, he can’t recreate the race course ambience on the sets. So, the film’s derby sequence will be shot at the Mahalaxmi Race Course. Just like Om Shanti Om recreated the 1970s and the flower-power culture, we’ll be going into the next decade to recreate the early 1980s in every detail.”

Ajay Devgan, who plays Haji Mastan, will also have a characteristic gangster get-up. Ekta said, “During those times the derby was the most ‘in’ thing, thanks to Feroz Khan who introduced horses, stud farms and stallions into our film culture. Haji Mastan used to dress up flamboyantly and hang out with film stars. He loved going to the derby.”

But isn’t Ekta taking the ‘real’ deal a bit too far? “Even during these times of recession we’ve decided to scale up our art direction budget from Rs 8 crores to Rs 15 crores, after seeing the rushes,” said Ekta, “It’s a high-concept film and it can’t look tacky. We have to create a distinct difference between Dongri, which was poor and underfed and the derby culture which was opulence at its best.”

Kangna Ranaut bares her heart about her break-up with Adhyayan Suman
By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 08, 2009)

Kangna Ranaut, who has moved on after her break-up with Adhyayan Suman, is miffed with the recent rumours of her link up with Puri Jagannath, director of a South film in which she stars.

Kangna says, “I should free myself from my last experience. I need to be ready to fall in love again, which I am not yet. Why can’t people imagine somebody single for sometime at least? It’s only been a month that Adhyayan and I parted ways. Frankly, I don’t intend to date anybody for a year. Can people stop linking me up with random people? Have I no emotions?”

Despite having broken up with Adhyayan, Kangna says she has fond memories of their relationship. “I have had a bad relationship (read Aditya Pancholi) and I have also had a good relationship. If it’s a bad relationship, you end up being shattered. If it’s a great relationship like Adhyayan and I had, I can’t have any bad memories. Adhyayan helped me come out of my previous relationship and experiences.”

The parting was not ugly. When the break up happened, Kangna had a talk with Adhyayan. “We respect each other far too much to insult each other. Yes, I was shocked at first. Adhyayan doesn’t want to be in a relationship at this point of time. I thought it was a nightmare but on second thoughts, I understand. I too dissuade my younger brother from being in a relationship at his age,” adds Kangna.

Kangna also asked Adhyayan if he was doing the right thing by calling off their relationship. “He is very sure. All through my relationship with Adhyayan, I wanted him to take responsibility for his actions.”

Was the break-up initiated by Adhyayan’s father, Shekhar Suman? “I wouldn’t like to comment on that,” she says.

Today, Kangna and Adhyayan are not in touch. Kangna says, “I am not a switch-on, switch-off kind of person. I need to give myself some time before we start talking again. After the break-up, we spoke just once and things felt better. After that, we haven’t spoken at all.”

After coming back from Switzerland, Kangna is now headed for Durban where she will shoot for Anees Bazmee’s No Problem. Apart from Kites, Once Upon A Time in Mumbai and Actor, Kangna has also signed a new film Manu Weds Tanu.

Kangna adds, “Right now, I am too busy doing a workshop for Anees Bazmee’s No Problem where I play a dumb girl who thinks that she is the sexiest girl on earth. Every day, I practice for an hour at home.”