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By Bollywood Hungama News Network, August 17, 2009 – 19:17 IST
As they say, ‘Like all good things come to an end, all the bad things too have to end.’ This saying fitted to a ‘T’ to all the theaters in Mumbai and Pune, who had shut shop (most unwillingly, of course) due to the ‘Swine Flu’ pandemic, the most feared words of the season.

Now the good news is that, today, all the theatres in Mumbai and Pune have opened their doors for the eager and cinema-hungry audiences. If that wasn’t enough, then, the cinegoers in Mumbai got doubly lucky as they got their tickets from none other than Tusshar, Fardeen, Genelia, and Prachi, who were at the ticket counters at Gaiety theatre, Bandra, selling tickets of their film Life Partner‘s first show.

Needless to say that, this ‘act’ by the stars of the film got all audiences very excited and they landed up buying tickets sold by these stars for an hour. As a result, the first show at Gaiety went ‘Housefull’, a word that hasn’t been heard since a long time!

Besides the stars, one also saw director Rumy Jaffrey and producer brothers Abbas-Mustan relishing this occasion. All in all, happy days are here again, for all the theatre owners and the cine goers!


Closure of multiplexes for three days spells disaster for the season’s most-awaited movie; Bollywood badly hit by year’s continuing poor run
By Indu Mirani (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 13, 2009)
2009, one of the worst years for Bollywood in recent times, just got battered some more. Tuesday’s call for closure of all multiplexes for the next three days means that one of the year’s most-awaited films, the UTV-produced Kaminey, takes a hit. Here’s why: Mumbai is the most lucrative film territory in the country. Seventy per cent of a film’s gross earnings in the first week comes from collections in the opening weekend and Mumbai accounts for 40 per cent of that.

In Kaminey’s case, for instance, the paid previews, a relatively new concept that allows one to see a film before official release at a premium, were all sold out. “We had paid previews at 12 locations in Mumbai and we will suffer a loss of around Rs 50 lakh per day on an average on account of cancellation,” says Devang Sampat, senior vice president, Cinemax. “However we are covered by insurance.”

The Shahid Kapoor-Priyanka Chopra caper directed by Vishal Bharadwaj was to be one of UTV’s big films of the year and is slated to be released across the world with 1,200 prints. The bigger the film, the more number of prints to saturate the market, which producers hope to encash in the first week itself on the strength of the hype built around it.

Both Mumbai and Pune are big markets for such films. Once the film has been seen elsewhere there is the danger of it getting stale and an even bigger risk is of piracy.

“The prints are out and people will be looking at getting pirated copies to Mumbai to satiate the curiosity, it can spell doom for a film,” says a trade analyst not wanting to be quoted. Something similar happened to another UTV film, Oye Lucky, Lucky Oye, which was released in the weekend of the November 26 terror attack when fear psychosis of another kind kept people indoors and away from cinema theatres. By the time Mumbaikars woke up to the idea of entering a cinema hall, the damage had been done and a perfectly good film paid the price for it.

Rumy Jaffrey, the director of Life Partner, the other film to be released along with Kaminey this Friday, said, “This is just a financial loss. The important thing is to safeguard everyone’s health. However, I would like to say that since the government has taken such a decision, it should also look into the piracy problem. I hope they try and stop pirated CDs and DVDs coming in to Mumbai.”

However, UTV Motion Pictures CEO Siddharth Roy Kapoor still remains upbeat, pointing out that in the absence of any major release till September 18, Kaminey still stands a good chance. Vishal Bhardwaj, the film’s director, refers to the closure as an unpleasant surprise, but also points to the, “terrific buzz about the film all over India and the fact is that Mumbai and Pune are not all that India is about. Yes, I can’t deny that they are important, but I also can’t deny swine flu,” he said.

Sandeep Bhargava of Indian films which is releasing Life Partner also said that they were going ahead with the film’s release as it was too late to withdraw and push the release. “All our prints have been sent across India,” he said.

With just one mega hit so far – Love Aaj Kal – and the film industry still to recover from the two-month multiplex ban earlier this year, Bollywood’s run of bad luck continues.

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Aha! This weekend would be fantastic! 2 biggies are all set to compete with each other! Some of the big names of the industry are associated with these 2 films. While Vishal Bharadwaj’s Kaminey is produced by the highly respected Ronnie Screwvala of UTV Motion Pictures and stars Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, Life Partner is important as its Abbas-Mustan’s first produced film.

Talking about Kaminey, the film has created utmost curiosity since the time its promo was unveiled in Feb-end during Delhi-6. The teaser was novel and it really made moviegoers wait for the film. Not to forget, the director of the, Vishal Bharadwaj, is counted as one of the finest directors of Bollywood today. Shahid’s double role has impressed everyone and his pairing with Priyanka Chopra gave a new story to tabloids that they both are seeing each other. Then Mumbai Mirror newspaper stated as to how they broke up and that they are coming up with strange ideas so as to avoid bumping into each other while promoting Kaminey. But last week, they both came together at an event for promotion! Wonder what Mumbai Mirror has to say about this!


The Dhan Te Nan song has further increased the hype for the film. So almost every moviegoer feel the film is going to rock. Thus, the film will surely take a great opening. Moreover, Friday 14th is a holiday (Gokulashtmi) and Independence Day is on Saturday. Also, Parsi New Year falls on Wednesday 19th. Moviegoers will definitely go for Kaminey in huge numbers during these holidays. Kaminey is such a lucky product, indeed!

However, Kaminey should turn out to be a good product, only then it’ll sustain in theatres for a long time and make a huge profit. Or else, it may fizzle out after a huge opening. Also, the film has been unfortunately awarded an ‘A’ certificate by the Censor Board. The film doesn’t have explicit violence or abusive words and Vishal tried to explain this but unfortunately, his plea fell on deaf ears. And due to this, the film may fail to attract the under-18 crowd.


On the other hand, Life Partner is complete opposite of Kaminey! It looks like a light cute and funny film. The interesting part of it is that it’s the film of Abbas-Mustan as a producer. The director duo has provided finest films to the viewers since more than a decade. I always used to feel as to why they don’t turn into producers since they already are in the industry since a long time. Finally, they got into production and launched their production house, Burmawala Bros, with Life Partner as their first film. But they’ll be investing on film of every genre.

What interests you in the promos of Life Partner is the Fardeen-Genelia pairing-they look wonderful together! The film may turn out to be damn entertaining. However, it has a huge competition in the form of Kaminey and it may hugely affect Life Partner’s collections. Let’s hope both films turn out to be good and that both films are able to do a good job at the BO!

People staying in Mumbai, Thane and Pune won’t be able to catch both the films till Saturday as all theatres and multiplexes are closed down, thanks to swine flu scare. Cineplexes should start from Sunday onwards. Let’s hope it does!

The makers of Kisaan (*ing Sohail Khan, Arbaaz Khan, Jackie Shroff, Dia Mirza, Nauheed Cyrusi, Rahul Dev) have come up with a novel way of promoting their film. They have developed a remix of Upkaar’s famous song, Mere Desh Ki Dharti, and have incorporated in the film. The song has already started being aired on TV. The first thing that comes in my mind is that how the makers got the rights of the song. That’s all thanks to Salim Khan (father of Sohail and Arbaaz) who persuaded close friend Manoj Kumar to let them use the song.

I happen to see the song two days back and I was disappointed hugely. They have completely tampered with the song and the video doesn’t impress at all. That’s what I felt. I’ve uploaded the song below-please do watch and let me know your view on it!

Kashmera Shah is going to be on the top of many men this Janmashtami
By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 11, 2009)

Kashmera Shah

Come August 14, actress Kashmera Shah will break a dahi handi on the streets of Mumbai. Maybe having a boyfriend named Krishna was incentive for Kashmera to risk breaking her neck while reaching out for the handi. Either ways, we don’t think the mandals, the audience or the men she clambers up on will be complaining. An excited Kashmera says, “Yes, I am indeed going to break a handi this year… I can’t stop thinking about it.”

Last week, a Marathi mandal approached Kashmera to be the one who breaks the handi. “ I asked myself, ‘Why not?’ After all, my mother is a Maharashtrian, and I have grown up in Girgaum, amidst a lot of Maharashtrians and I have even danced on the streets during the Ganpati processions. I got excited and sent feelers to a few mandals that I was interested,” Kashmera says.

Kashmera adds, “The word spread very quickly with within the mandals and tomorrow, I’ll decide about which offer I’ll accept. It’ll be one among Girgaum, Lalbaug, Ghatkopar or Thane. Actually, there’s a mandal from Pune too that I am in talks with. No actress has done such a thing before, so when I’m going to do it, it has to be in the best place possible.”

Kashmera knows that she is not getting into something that is child’s play. As a part of gearing up for the celebrations, she is taking lessons from a professional group. “Even though I’m rehearsing for it, I’m very scared about the whole thing too. I hope I don’t end up breaking my neck! But yes, my thrill is compounded by the fact that my boyfriend’s name is Krishna.”

Is Krishna okay with her daredevilry, we ask? Kashmera laughs, “He wasn’t aware about it earlier. Now he’s worried that I’ll break my head or bum.”

A two-day Kurbaan shoot in Pune was cancelled due to the swine flu scare; Karan Johar doesn’t want to expose his stars and crew to any potential danger
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 10, 2009)

Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor on the sets of Kurbaan

The country is in the grip of swine flu paranoia, and it helps to be cautious. After all, prevention is better than cure. And now that the swine flu scare has hit Bollywood, Karan Johar, whose Kurbaan crew was scheduled to shoot in Pune for two days is not taking chances, especially since he has a 180-member crew, apart from lead stars Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor to look after.

Our source said, “Kareena and Saif were supposed to leave on August 7, while half of the unit had already reached Pune to shoot on August 8 and 9. These were the last two days of the shoot and the stars were pretty excited. However, in the wake of the swine flu scare and the fact that people are scared of going to public places like hotels, airports, cinema halls, the production unit decided to cancel the shoot right now and do it at a later stage.”

Kareena Kapoor said, “We were set to leave on Friday at 2pm when we got a call from (director) Rensil D’silva and (producer) Karan Johar saying that they have decided not to go to Pune due to the swine flu scare. We have about three scenes left and we can easily shoot them in September, once we have a clear picture on the swine flu and the precautions we have to take. I think it’s very sweet of Karan to think about people and do this.”

Marizke D’souza, executive producer of Dharma Productions said, “We had a large unit and we felt that it was appropriate to postpone the shoot right now. We have done this as a precaution. We will be going there to shoot the remaining portions at a later stage.”

Marathi film and stage actor Nilu Phule died on Monday at a hospital in Pune after a long battle with cancer
By Kunal M Shah / Ashwini Deshmukh (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 14, 2009)
Veteran Marathi film and stage personality Nilu Phule died at Pune’s Jehangir hospital on Monday morning at 1.50am. He was 80. The actor breathed his last in the hospital where he had been admitted on July 5 for treatment of cancer of the oesophagus.

He is survived by his wife and daughter. The funeral was held in Pune yesterday morning.

Phule had acted in over 130 films, including some Hindi films and many Marathi plays for over four decades. He had also acted in memorable Hindi films like Pinjra, Samna and Sinhasaan. He was best remembered for Coolie, Woh Saat Din, Mashaal, Saaransh and Prem Pratigya.

Remembering Nilu Phule

He was extremely fond of reading English novels-SACHIN PILGAONKAR

Sachin Pilgaokar

I had the opportunity to work with Nilu bhau in 1971 in a film produced by my father. He played a negative role and I was a child artiste. He often stayed with us whenever he was in Mumbai and it was always a pleasant experience to be with him. He had a tremendous voice and carried himself very well. Despite being a star, he never refused to act in stage dramas. He perpetually suffered from colds but he (smartly) incorporated it (the sniffles) in his acting. For instance, he used his voice to his advantage, which might have been a hindrance for any other actor. When I became a director, I also had the opportunity to direct him in Maza Pati Crorepati.

He was extremely fond of reading English novels so I made him speak English dialogue in my film which was a first for him. We will miss him not only as an actor but also a friend. He was always humble and down-to-earth.

He had an amazing screen presence-PADMINI KOLHAPURE

Padmini Kolhapure

I worked with Nilu Phule in Woh Saat Din and working with a veteran actor like him is an experience by itself. It was a typically Maharashtrian atmosphere on the sets and we worked like a family. I always looked up to him. He has portrayed such brilliant characters for years that as an audience, I enjoyed all his films irrespective of whether he played a villain, a comic character or a hero. His style of acting was distinctive, completely unique. He had an amazing screen presence. Indian cinema is going to miss him dearly.

He taught me a lot about acting and life — Ashok Saraf

What a wonderful man Nilu Phule was. He contributed tremendously to Marathi cinema with his unique style and landmark performances. He was not only a brilliant actor but also a great human being. I feel a great sense of loss; he was a great friend of mine.

I was a junior and he was a veteran, but he never treated me like a junior. He was a co-star. He not only encouraged me, but also taught me a lot about acting and life. He was a great example of tolerance.

The industry has lost an actor but I have lost a great personal friend, my supporter and a fan. It was great fun working with him. He was an extremely sensible and a sensitive human being. He had a great knack of cheering up other actors on the sets, which is rare in the industry.

Very few people know about his social commitments-AMOL PALEKAR

Amol Palekar

Nilu bhau believed in understated acting. Even the pitch of his voice was so amazingly understated that it was a revelation to youngsters like me. I remember his performance in Katha Aklechya Kandyachi and Sakharam Binder, which I watched 10 times just to see his performance.

It’s the end of an era. Very few people know about his social commitments and his belief that artistes must give back in every possible way to society.

KNOTTED: Sanjay Gupta and Anu Lekhi at their wedding

Sanjay Gupta marries ex-wife Anu Lekhi, in Bollywood-style romance

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; June 5, 2009)

This kind of thing only happens in Bollywood. And, giving rise to new story ideas is filmmaker Sanjay Gupta who remarried Anu Lekhi — the wife he divorced five years ago.
Sanjay, actually, is not the romantic-comedy type of filmmaker; he is known more for stylised thrillers. But in real life, there must be plenty of romance in the rugged
director for his earlier experience has not made him shy of tying the knot with the same woman again. They did it on Wednesday at a temple in Khar according to Hindu rites. Sanjay chose the same date as one of his favourite actors, Amitabh Bachchan — who married Jaya Bhaduri on June 3, 1973.

Sanjay first married designer Anu on August 18, 1997, after a long courtship. “We know each other for 15 years now,” said the new groom, his voice brimming with happiness. Five years ago, the couple had divorced, and Anu moved to Pune to live with her parents. Though the media sometimes buzzed with stories of Sanjay’s indiscretions, the filmmaker said he was always committed to Anu and there was no other serious commit
ment. “I have been stalking her all through these five years,” admitted Sanjay, “she is my soulmate.”

The man who made such high-onaction films like Kaante, Musafir and Zinda said he himself had been to hell and back over the last few years! “I have tasted huge success, had a near fatal accident… and now I have three films — Acid Factory, Pankh and The Great Indian Butterfly ready for release. I lost my mother earlier this year. In short, life has been a seesaw. However, through it all, one feeling has been constant. And that is my desire to be with Anu.”

Over the last six months, Sanjay wooed his wife rather desperately. He took her on dates to various Mumbai night spots where they sipped coffee and gazed at the stars. “When my
mother passed away, Anu was a source of strength. My in-laws treated me like a son even though the two of us had divorced. Now, they are my parents… and they were the ones who were present at the wedding ceremony,” he said.
The couple had wanted to remarry at the Vaishnodevi shrine in Jammu. However, a family member from the bride’s side is critically ill, so the venue
was shifted to Mumbai. “It was a lowkey affair with just family and a few of my close friends like Sudhanshu, Rohit and Sanjeev present. We have put our honeymoon to London, New York and Paris on hold because we are at the hospital with Anu’s maasiji.”

But those happiest at this remarriage are Buddy and Yoda, the pet dogs (a Pug and Golden Retriever, respectively) that Sanjay and Anu have had for long. “They were with us when we married the first time,” laughed Sanjay, “they love Anu… and just about tolerate me. Now that she is back, they’re absolutely thrilled.”

So are we, actually. Who doesn’t like a and-they-lived-happily-ever-after fairy tale? BT wishes the couple much love, luck and togetherness.
Bollywood’s B-grade movie makers swing into action and pronounce verdict in Total Ten, a film based on 26/11
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 22, 2009)

Rajan Verma plays Ajamal Qasab

While Mohammad Ajmal Qasab’s trial is underway in Mumbai, our speed-driven Bollywood has already raced ahead with the verdict. In Surender Suri’s next film, titled Total Ten, Ajmal Qasab has already reached his end, one that Mumbai is eager to see, promises its producer. “We have had Qasab hanged at the end,” said Rajan Verma who plays Qasab.

The film, budgeted at a meagre Rs 3 crore, shows the ‘journey’ of Qasab and has all the characters in question. Sudesh Berry plays Vijay Salaskar, Homi Wadia plays Hemant Karkare, Ashok Kulkarni plays Ashok Kamte and Ashish Vidyarthi plays Tukaram Ombale.

The film also has a host of small-time actors playing Qasab’s Pakistani handlers while Aroon Bakshi plays Maulana Masood Azhar.

“Every real-life detail has been followed in the film, beginning with their entering Mumbai by boat, surviving on dry fruits, carrying out their operations, etc,” says Verma.

The film has been shot in Mumbai and Pune, and outside the Taj Mahal hotel too. Much of it has been shot on actual locations, following the trail of disaster of 26/11.

Verma said that initially he was scared to play Qasab, but was convinced by director Suri who told him the film gives out a strong  message against terrorism.

While Total Ten is likely to be the first film to be released on the terror attack, it’s not the only one. Bollywood’s hyper B-grade movie industry is in the throes of churning out at least 15 films on the subject. As for the mainstream, most directors have stayed away after Ram Gopal Varma’s Taj visit fiasco which led to the ouster of then chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh.

Ashish Vidyarthi
Tukaram Ombale

Homi Wadia
Hemant Karkare

Sudesh Berry
Vijay Salaskar

Ashok Kulkarni
Ashok Kamte

Aroon Bakshi
Maulana Masood Azhar