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By Subhash K. Jha, September 16, 2009 – 16:56 IST

Urvashi Sharma The game of musical chairs that has been plaguing the Jaya Bachchan-Raveena Tandon-Ayesha Takiya-Madhavan starrer Aap Ke Liye Hum has finally ended.

Urvashi Sharma who was supposed to play Ranvir Shorey’s wife has been replaced by Vidya Malvade, last seen as Sanjay Dutt’s wife in Sanjay Gadhvi’s Kidnap.

But the battle it seems has just begun. While the director Revathy S Varma accuses Urvashi of un-professionalism the young actress isn’t sitting idle either. She has her own story to tell. ”I can’t understand how I can be accused of un-professionalism when the makers of this film have been the most unprofessional. Their very first cheque bounced even before the first schedule. This wouldn’t happen to Jayaji’s cheque because she’s a legend, or Raveena Tandon or Ayesha Takia because they’re both established names. Only my cheque bounced. Why?”

Urvashi however absolves the director of all blame. ”I’ve nothing against Revathy. I blame the producers for being so unprofessional.”

In the meanwhile there’s another twist to the tale with the director accusing Sonal Chauhan of spreading false rumours and causing problems for the project.

Says Revathy, ”Sonal was never approached for Ayesha’s role.She was asked to do Urvashi’s role. When she opted out we asked Priyanka Kothari who loved the character. But somehow it didn’t work out. Now we’ve got Vidya Malvade to do it. I wish people would let me make my film in peace. Urvashi behaved as though she’s a big star. We couldn’t really afford her tantrums.”


By Taran Adarsh, August 7, 2009 – 10:39 IST

Ramgopal Varma thinks differently. This time too the maverick film-maker defies the stereotype and takes to the dense forests of Sri Lanka to meet an ‘unknown’ force.

But let’s clear the misconception at the very start. AGYAAT is no supernatural thriller [like PHOONK] or a horror fest [like BHOOT]. This one’s more of an adventure thriller that doesn’t scare you at all, but makes you a participant in a pulse-pounding journey.

For any movie to succeed, it ought to keep the viewer engrossed first and foremost. AGYAAT succeeds in doing that, especially towards the second hour. You haven’t witnessed a journey like the one in AGYAAT on the Hindi screen before. In the West, the most memorable film I can think of is THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT.


AGYAAT works for several factors. The dense jungle blows your mind away, the sound design and the background score are easily at par with international films, the camera movement is spectacular and of course, RGV’s execution of the material is just right for a film of this genre.

But, at the same time, the culmination to the film is debatable. Of course, one would be doing gross injustice to the film by revealing the end, but it’s bound to have its share of advocates and adversaries. It might bring a smile on your face or a smirk, but the fact remains that the reactions would be in extremes.

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Final word? Take a trip!

A film unit goes for a shoot deep into a forest. They settle at a place with bare minimal facilities run by a strange and quirky man called Setu [Joy Fernandes]. The hero of the film, Sharman [Gautam Rode], is a completely self-obsessed man with no other concern except for his muscles and the leading lady, Aasha [Priyanka Kothari].

The team consists of the director [Howard Rosemeyer], producer [Ishrat Ali], the superstar’s spot boy [Ishteyak], cinematographer [Kali Prasad Mukherjee], action director [Ravi Kale], second assistant [Rasika Duggal] and an assistant director [Nitin Reddy].

It all begins when the camera conks off… They have two days waiting for the replacement to arrive and with no form of entertainment or communication, when Setu suggests a camping trip into the forest, they jump at the opportunity. As they settle near a pond for the night, Setu hears a strange sound. He goes to investigate and never returns. After a desperate search, they discover his dead body.

Panic sets in among the unit members and they jump into the vehicle, but they being unfamiliar with the terrain results in an accident. Completely lost and trapped in the jungle as Setu, the only guy who knows the way out, is dead, they don’t know which way to move to get out of the forest.

The first 25 minutes of AGYAAT are very unlike an RGV film. In a majority of his films, RGV comes to the point at the very start, but AGYAAT begins with a dream song [so unlike RGV] and the next 20 minutes are devoted to introducing the characters.

The film actually takes off when the unit decides to penetrate into the jungles and Setu is murdered. From that point onwards, the by-now-famous RGV stamp is visible in several sequences. The two deaths before the interval [Joy Fernandes and Ishrat Ali] are brilliantly executed, especially Ishrat’s murder at the interval point.

AGYAAT becomes an adventure ride in the post-interval portions. Though it rests on a thin story, it’s the adventure element that drives the film to its destination. There are deaths galore, but it’s not blood or gore that puts you off. The murders are depicted very, very differently, leaving a lot to your imagination.

RGV experiments again, this time attempting an all-new genre. It must’ve been extremely difficult to shoot in the forests, that’s the first thought that crosses your mind. As mentioned at the very outset, the sound design [Dwarak Warrier], background score [Amar Mohile] and cinematography [Surjodeep Ghosh] are top notch. Thee three names contribute enormously to RGV’s vision.

Now to the actors! Nitin Reddy [a star in Telugu films] makes a first-rate debut in Hindi films. He dances exceptionally well [the film begins with a dance] and his confident performance make him an actor to watch out for. Priyanka Kothari shows vast improvement over her previous works. She’s good this time. Gautam Rode enacts the hot-headed superstar with conviction.

Every actor in the film makes an impression, but Ishteyak, Kali Prasad Mukherjee and Rasika Duggal stand out.

On the whole, AGYAAT has an absorbing second half, but the culmination to the film would meet with diverse reactions. At the box-office, the distributors have recovered a substantial chunk of their investment from its dubbed Telugu rights and the remainder should be recovered given its aggressive promotional campaign and extensive release [700 + screens in Hindi belt]. The low-cost film, therefore, should prove to be a profitable venture on the strength of its economics!

Onlookers were very disturbed on seeing hoardings of Ramu’s Agyaat, which appeared to have a dead man hanging from them
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 04, 2009)

A dummy at the police station

Publicity ke liye kuch bhi karega seems to be Ram Gopal Varma’s new motto. He pushed the limits by putting up hoardings of Agyaat which appeared to have a dead man hanging from them. Apparently, Priyanka Kothari’s lusty bust thrust in an item number was not enough. On Monday, the city woke to the startling marketing gimmick.

The hoardings had a dummy of a human body with blood oozing out from its mouth hanging with the poster. The dummy looked so real that it fooled people into believing that a man had hung himself.

The hoardings were put up on Sunday night at 12 prominent suburban locations. Those who travelled on Monday morning were horrified and immediately called the police control room. A huge crowd gathered near the hoarding that was put up near the Goregoan flyover. Only when the cops removed the dummy from the hoarding, did people believe that it wasn’t a human body. After this, the police control room continued to get similar calls from the rest of the locations.

Sub Inspector of Amboli Police Station, Ravikant Sawant said, “We got a call in the morning from a passerby who saw the hoarding at Anna Nagar, near Chitrakoot grounds, Andheri. He thought a dead body was hanging on a film poster as there was blood all over him.

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We sent a police van immediately. Initially, even we thought the same. Only after removing it, did we realise that it was just a dummy. We have removed it and kept it at our police station so that no one has that issue again.”

Chief Creative Officer of UTV Rampage Motion Pictures, Ram Mirchandani said, “We (the producers) thought it’s a good marketing strategy. If anyone has any objections, then we will take it off.”

The police have removed the dummies from all hoardings and kept them in their custody.

By Joginder Tuteja, July 29, 2009 – 14:11 IST


Till yesterday evening, the team of Agyaat was worried if Censor board would come down heavily on the film. Other than the fact that the film is an adventure thriller (that’s the way Ramu insists on calling the film rather than slotting it as a ‘supernatural thriller’ or a ‘horror flick’ or a ‘slasher drama’), what further worried Agyaat team was the rundown that it had with the Censor board around the controversial number in Rann.

However, there was nothing untoward that happened once the film was shown to Censors as they happily passed it with just two minor cuts. Not just that, they also granted the film a U/A certificate, something that is a good reason to celebrate. Reason being that Ramu’s earlier horror/thriller films like Raat, Bhoot, Kaun and Phoonk have all been handed over an ‘A’ certificate.

The two cuts which have been made though are from the song ‘Shiv Shambhu‘. Picturised on Priyanka Kothari, the song has a few shots featuring a ‘chillam’ with the leading lady getting into a ‘dum maaro’ act.

Says a source attached to the film, “Censors felt that depicting such shots from the film would go against their anti-smoking stance. As per them, the song would have been better off if these two shots were cut. We also complied and didn’t complain much. Yes, we do feel though that it would have been better had the song remained as it is since it’s a part of a film being shot within a film. But then, it’s ok.”

How about the gore factor? The film belonging to such genre is bound to be embellished with gory elements, isn’t it? So how did Censors agree to that? “First and foremost let this be clarified that the film isn’t gory by any means”, the source adds, “Ramu has his own ways of invoking fear and showing gore belonging to Ramsays brand doesn’t fit in well with his kind of storytelling.”

Ramu has the final word here, “You don’t always require horrible looking/distorted faces to get the message across. Sometimes, the challenge lies in the very fact that you have to scare audiences with just the right sound effects, background and camera effects. This is what you will get to see in Agyaat as well.”

The film releases next Friday i.e. 7th August.


By Bollywood Hungama News Network, July 27, 2009 – 14:33 IST


Trust Ram Gopal Varma to do the unexpected each and every time. His latest thriller Agyaat means unknown and just like the film’s title, even the film’s cast and crew still don’t know what the film’s ending is. The reason behind this is that RGV has gone ahead and shot multiple endings for the film and has not yet revealed to his cast and crew which one he will retain in the final copy.

These days it has become quite common for the suspense of a thriller to leak out even before the film actually releases. Hence, RGV is taking no chances. Out of the eleven characters, six characters (including the lead pair of Priyanka Kothari and Nitin Reddy) have shot separate endings and have no clue what the other person has shot.

Confirming this, Ramu says, “Yes…we have shot different endings for Agyaat because of multiple reasons. It’s a film which is very similar to The Blair Witch Project in spirit. We had opportunity to end it in multiple ways. But one of the major reasons for shooting different ends is that I did not want anyone to know the ending. Actually, apart from me and my editor no one else knows the ending of Agyaat till the actual prints are made. Though I keep getting calls from the actors about it, I choose to keep mum.”

By shooting multiple endings, Ramu surely has aroused tremendous curiosity among one and all to personally watch Agyaat on 7th August and find out what the actual ending is.


First Look: Agyaat

Ram Gopal Varma, after “rann”ing down the national anthem, is at it again. This time, he has crossed swords with the Censor Board over the track ‘Jai Shri Shambhu’ from his forthcoming film ‘Agyaat’. The Censor prudes have reportedly gone wild over the song’s content and has asked RGV to re-edit it.

The song features the RGV camp lass, Priyanka Kothari, puffing a chillum even as she croons ‘Dum Maaro, Yeh Hai Sahara’. The Censor Board has reportedly objected to this because it “depicts substance abuse”.

The RGV camp is devastated but is regrouping! “However, as a law abiding citizen of the country, I’ll go with whatever the law says,” says RGV!

Check out the exclusive snaps…






Source: India Syndicate/Bollywood Hungama

Priyanka Kothari relives Urmila Matondkar’s spooky experience, also while doing an RGV film


No, Ram Gopal Varma is not jinxed. Or spooked. Lest you get that impression. But, yes, filmmakers revisit their own experiences. Not many know that RGV’s Agyaat, an adventure-thriller about a film unit shooting in dense jungles (with the absolutely hot Priyanka Kothari playing the lead actress), has been partially inspired from certain real-life experiences that his unit shooting the Urmila Matondkar-Fardeen Khan film Jungle had in 2000.
Jungle was shot in the Bandipur Forest Reserve in Karnataka. RGV revealed, “The forests were absolutely dense and the resort we were put up in was around 50 kms away from the location. In the course of the 40-day schedule, several unit members had paranormal experiences. Many talked about
how they felt they were being watched. It wasn’t exactly a supernatural experience but some people, including the lead actors, kept telling me about this eerie feeling they had of someone in the jungle watching them. One of the girls lost her way for half a day and when she returned to the unit, she was dumbstruck with fear. She returned to Mumbai that very day, abandoning the film.”

The filmmaker added, “We couldn’t pinpoint what exactly it was. Some felt it was a wild animal lurking around, others felt it could be sandalwood smuggler Veerappan (who was killed in 2004), whose men were keeping a silent watch on us. Whatever it was, it sure spooked the hell out of us.’’ Since the experience of a film unit shooting deep in a jungle provided fodder for a dramatic premise, RGV has elaborately developed it into Agyaat. And like Urmila, who turned up the heat in Jungle, his current muse
Priyanka will scorch the screen this time around. — MI

BABE IN THE WOODS: Priyanka Kothari