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Despite Raj Thackeray’s diktat, Anurag Kashyap won’t change his title from Bombay Velvet to Mumbai Velvet

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 15, 2009)

Karan Johar may have apologised to Raj Thackeray on behalf of the characters in his production Wake Up Sid who dared to call Mumbai by its old name.

But Anurag Kashyap has no apologies to offer for the title Bombay Velvet for one part of the feature film on Mumbai that he proposes to make next year.

Says Anurag, “I won’t call it Mumbai Velvet. Bombay Velvet is set in a time when Raj Thackeray wasn’t even born. There’s no logic to it. It was called Bombay then.”

Anurag Kashyap

Whether MNS buys that logic or not, it remains to be seen. But Anurag is adamant he won’t surrender to any pressure to change the title. “If MNS becomes unreasonable, we’ll resort to a legal recourse.”

Bombay Velvet will be part of Kashyap’s Mumbai trilogy.

“The other two parts don’t have titles yet,” says Anurag. “But there’s plenty of time. I don’t see the Mumbai trilogy happening until the middle of next year. My writer Gyan Prakash is a scholar from Patna. He has been researching intensely on the project for two years. See, the Mumbai trilogy is a big budget film.”

The Mumbai trilogy will be produced by TV18. John Abraham will star in one part of the trilogy while Aamir Khan is likely to be cast in the other.

By Subhash K. Jha, August 26, 2009 – 12:20 IST

Ayan Mukerji Ayan Mukerji’s film has been flashed in the first blurbs as the story of a younger handsome man and an older not-so-good-looking woman. Ayan is appalled. And not only because his leading lady Konkona has not taken kindly to this description at all.

“I don’t know where that came from. All I can tell you is that this marketing pitch didn’t come from me or Karan. You think I’d dare to call my heroine who I think is awesome, not good-looking?,” Ayan asks angrily. And then without waiting for a reply continues, “It came from a Facebook Wake Up Sid fan club started on the website. Someone just saw Ranbir and Konkona together and decided to draw their own conclusions on their physicality. To me, Konkona is at the moment the most gorgeous woman I’ve met. In fact my last shot was with her, and I just couldn’t stop gawking.”

So is Wake Up Sid about an older woman in love with a younger man? Ayan hems and haws and then relents. “Yes, Konkona’s character Aisha is a few years older than the guy. But it’s not Summer Of 42, please! Nor is the age-difference concealed here as it was between Ranbir and Bipasha in Bachna Ae Haseeno. What happened was we wrote in the age difference because I wanted only these two to be in my film. When I saw Ranbir in Saawariya, I knew this was my Sid. He was young energetic and hungry to seize life. He was like me. You’ve to admit Ranbir and Konkona together are a pair that no one would imagine. I liked that challenge. And I also saw Konkona was around in the industry longer than Ranbir. So, I conveniently turned the character into a slightly older woman.”

Clever, you tell Ayan. So doesn’t he plan to work with his fabulous cousin Kajol? Sighs Ayan, “The thought didn’t strike me for my first film. I wrote Wake Up, Sid as this young new-age Dil Chahta Hai. It’s about today’s youngsters. Kajol? Yeah. Maybe in my next film…if I’m allowed to make another film.”

At the moment Ayan is worried about how the audience would take up to the title. “But it had to be Wake Up, Sid. It’s a wakeup call for this rather laidback hero who meets an unusual woman. It’s a real film with no lip-sync songs. You think audiences in Patna would like it?”

On the night of completion Ayan got dead drunk. “I was very sad that it had ended. Now everyone will move away. It’s a heartbreaking process. I don’t know how Karan goes through it over and over again.”

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Shatrughan Sinha is livid at Arbaaz’s conviction that Bihar is risky as a location for Dabangg; will try to convince him to shoot there
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 13, 2009)

Shatrughan Sinha

Although several Indian films are shot in Bihar every year, its dubious reputation for law and order hasn’t made it a haven for filmmakers. Producer Arbaaz Khan has decided to stay away from the state for Dabangg. A source close to the unit said, “We’ve heard many shocking stories about Bihar. So it seems very risky for Salman, debutante Sonakshi Sinha and the rest of the unit to work in Bihar.” A faux-Bihar will be created in Wai, Nasik and the suburbs of Mumbai, for the film.

However, Shatrughan Sinha, Sonakshi’s father, is aghast at the thought. Born in the state, he recently contested the election and won a seat from Bihar. He said, “What better occasion to prove that Bihar is safe, than my own daughter’s film? I’m certainly going to suggest to Salman and Arbaaz that they shoot at least a portion of Dabangg in Bihar.”

Not many know that Shatrughan Sinha has submitted a proposal for a film city in Patna to Bihar’s chief minister Nitish Kumar. Talking about his pet project, he said, “I don’t know why that proposal was brushed under the carpet. I feel a culture centre in Bihar which would include cinema, theatre and television would encourage and cultivate local talent. It would also encourage Bollywood to visit Bihar. Sadly even our Bihari filmmaker in Bollywood, Prakash Jha, has shot all his Bihar-based films like Mrityudand, Apaharan and Gangaajal outside Bihar. I’d like to change this.”