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While London Dreams was planned on a lavish scale, recession forced director Vipul Shah to reconsider costs. His leading stars Salman and Ajay opted for a 25 per cent pay cut, instead of compromising on the film

By Meena Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 13, 2009)

When Vipul Shah took over London Dreams from Raj Kumar Santoshi at the behest of Salman Khan, the film was hot property because these two actors were coming together after a gap of 10 years. They were last seen in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Also, the Bollywood market was booming.

In fact, Vipul had an offer of Rs 120 crore from a film corporation for the worldwide rights even before he had finished shooting. However, the deal fell through because a few days after Vipul had negotiated this deal, the global economy turned shaky.

It is said that Vipul (thanks to three hits – Ankhein, Waqt and Namastey London) was to get a director’s fee that was to the tune of Rs 10 crore plus. Both his leading men Ajay Devgan and Salman Khan were also to get big money.

Now news has it that both Salman and Ajay have voluntarily agreed to take a 25 per cent fee cut; and Vipul has waived his complete fee.

When asked to confirm this report, Vipul says, “Yes, this happened sometime at the end of 2008. When the global economy crashed, all of us on board London Dreams – that is Salman, Ajay, my senior technicians and staff sat down and said, ‘We have a choice to either go ahead and shoot the film on the lavish scale that we had envisioned it; and take a pay cut ourselves. Or we had to cut corners.'”

Vipul explains that with the shooting planned in Paris, London and Punjab, the expense was very high. However, both his leading men immediately agreed to take a pay cut. He says, “They told me to go ahead and make the film on the scale that I had envisioned, and they would be willing let go of a part of their fees.”

Vipul adds, “I guess that night we bonded best. There is a saying that when you bond during a crisis, the bonding goes deep. That is what happened with Salman, Ajay and me.”

Incidentally, Raj Kumar Santoshi shot for just one day of London Dreams with Salman Khan at the Golden Temple, Amritsar, before Vipul took over and made it into an altogether new film.

And Santoshi allegedly spent a large sum on that one day’s shoot, which has now been scrapped.

That should give an indication of the scale on which this film was planned.

Saturday 26th September 2008 10.00 IST

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What’s Your Rashee opened to a poor 25-30% response on its first day. The morning shows were dismal with some improvement as the day went along. Premium multiplexes in the big centres recorded better collections. Overall the film will find it hard to make a mark at the box office.

Dil Bole Hadippa grossed around 18 crore nett in week one. Best collections were in multiplexes of Delhi/NCR and Punjab. The film is showing dropping collections but will emerge an earner due to reasonable costs and decent opening week business.

Wanted had a huge week of around 36 crore nett. Business in single screens was phenomenal in week one and second week is off to a similar start. Bihar which is totally dominated by single screens has seen record business. Multiplexes in metroes picked up on Monday but have dropped again on its eighth day. But with such huge single screen business all over India the film looks set to emerge the first blockbuster of 2009.

By Subhash K. Jha, September 25, 2009 – 13:56 IST

Boney Kapoor Celebrations are in order. But the Wanted party has been postponed by a week. “Our director Prabhu Deva got caught up in an assignment in Kerala. So we’ve postponed the party for next week. We can’t celebrate without Prabhu,” says Boney emotionally.

Boney has not been so excited in a long time. “The collections of Wanted speak for themselves. In the first week, it has done better business than Kambakkht Ishq did in its entire run. There was gun-firing between two sections of clashing Salman fans in a theatre named Rishi in Bulandshaher.”

And yet Wanted is supposedly a slow-starter in the multiplexes. Isn’t it? Boney retorts, “Let Aditya Chopra make films for multiplexes. I’m happy reaching out to the masses.”

Commenting on why Dil Bole Haddipa didn’t do well, Boney says, “Their intended USP was the Punjabi culture. Ironically, the film didn’t even open well in Punjab. How does one explain this? Their other USP was Rani Mukherjee dressed as a man. But old-time heroines like Asha Parekh and Saira Banu have done the man thing long ago. And they were buxom ladies therefore tantalizing in their cross-dressing. With due respects to her amazing talent, Rani looked like a school boy.”

Feeling on top of the world, Boney says, “The corporatized culture that has seeped into filmmaking is not working. The corporate guys know only about paper-work, nothing about filmmaking. We need individual producers with vision to bail the industry out of its present crisis. I’ve made 30 films. But I still feel I’ve just started with Wanted.”

Apart from the No Entry sequel, Boney will also finally start a film with his mesmeric wife Sridevi. “If I don’t, her fans will kill me. I’ve heard a script I’ve liked.”

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Post-Lagaan, there has been multitude of films on cricket out of which only two succeeded-Jannat and Iqbal. The rest of the badly executed cricket films failed. ‘Dil Bole Hadippa!’ falls in between the two categories. The film in interesting and has its share of wonderful moments. But the film lacked depth and the director and screenwriter could have worked wonders with the kind of script they had in their hand. Thus, ‘Dil Bole Hadippa!’ is just a one-time watch.

The story of the movie: Veera (Rani Mukherjee) is a charming and bubbly girl who lives in a small town in Punjab. She is a great cricketer and is passionate about the sport. Every year, Aman Cup is held between India and Pakistan during the independence day of these countries and Indian team had lost the match 8 times in a row. Frustrated, the owner of the Indian team, Vikram Kapoor (Anupam Kher) calls his son Rohan (Shahid Kapoor), an accomplished county player to be the captain of his team. Rohan gets rid of the existing team which he felt wasn’t upto the mark and holds a selection. Veera wishes to be a part of the team but knowing that women won’t be allowed in the team, she disguises herself as a Sikh guy and goes for the selection. She tells her name as Veer Pratap Singh and gets selected in the team. To find out what happens next, watch the film.

The beginning of ‘Dil Bole Hadippa!’ is fabulous and sets the mood of the film. However, the film gets into the flawed mode with the entry of Anupam Kher and Dalip Tahil. Both of them are shown as childhood buddies who got separated after the Partition. But both of them looked too young to be born 10 years before the Partition!

Notwithstanding such goofs, the film maintains its pace and doesn’t get slow or dragging or melodramatic at a single point. There is lots of things happening throughout the film and although the film gets predictable, it stills manages to engross. If the screenwriters and the directors were more careful, the film could have been flawless product. The biggest glitch of the film is Veera turns into Veer and succeeds in looking like a guy but doesn’t alter her feminine voice, thus giving a clear giveaway that Veer is a girl in disguise. Still, no one gets a slightest hint about it and this is slightly hard to digest. This may result in a comparison with Shahrukh Khan’s double act in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. However, in RNBDJ, SRK had not guised himself as a member of the opposite sex and had wonderfully changed the tone of his voice, appearance, mannerisms etc in such a way that when Anushka Sharma failed to recognize him, it looked believable to a great extent.

Coming back to ‘Dil Bole Hadippa!’, the romantic track between Shahid and Rani was refreshing. The final cricket match was nail-biting although we all knew what will be its outcome. Rani’s dialogue in the climax was well executed and the film ends with a good message.

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Dil Bole Hadippa!’ belongs completely to Rani Mukherjee. The film rests on her shoulders and she does a stupendous job. Even as Veer, she was mind-blowing, notwithstanding her voice. It was funny to see Shahid making Veer do the exercises. Watch out for the scene where Veer is daydreaming on the cricket ground! In short, it was just incredible on the part of Rani. Let’s hope she gets more meaningful roles. She deserves to stay in Bollywood.

Shahid Kapoor, as usual, was perfect as the tough captain. And he has an important role to play in the film and doesn’t have lesser screen presence, as mentioned in many reviews. He shines in the scene where he tells Veer about his feelings for Veera. In fact, both Shahid and Rani were at their best in this particular scene.

Anupam Kher and Dalip Tahil were consistent. Sherlyn Chopra is a good actor and will be taken seriously, provided she stops exposing. Rakhi Sawant, Poonam Dhillon, Vrajesh Hirjee and Vallabh Vyas didn’t have much to do in the film. Shonali Nagrani looked charming.

Pritam’s music wasn’t in complete form but nevertheless, gives couple of good songs. Hadippa, its remix version and Ishq Hi Hai Rab were the best songs. Julius Packiam’s background score was fantastic! Several scenes turned exciting, thanks to the energetic background score. Same goes for the brilliant cinematography by acclaimed cinematographer Sudeep Chatterjee.

Jaya-Aparajita wrote the story, screenplay and dialogues. The screenplay was perfect in some scenes but could have been better. Dialogues were excellent.

Anurag Singh, the director of the film, overall did a good job but he failed to treat some scenes exceptionally which was really needed. Overall, it was a great directorial debut. There’s another director by the same name who had made Raqeeb, starring Rahul Khanna, Tanushree Dutta, Sharman Joshi and Jimmy Shergill. Coincidentally, it also starred Sherlyn Chopra!

Some of the best scenes of the film:
1.   The first scene
2.   The Aman Cup held in India
3.   Rohan and Veera’s first meeting
4.   Veera denied entry for the selection
5.   Veer and Rohan meeting for the ‘first time’
6.   The intermission point
7.   Rohan asking Veer about Veera
8.   Rohan and Veera’s date
9.   The final 30 minutes

On the whole, ‘Dil Bole Hadippa!’ is a good film with a message. The film could have been outstanding if the writers had taken care of the flaws. Rani performs wonderfully and it’s a must watch for all her fans!

My rating-*** out of 5!

This review first appeared on MouthShut.com: http://www.mouthshut.com/review/Dil_Bole_Hadippa-176045-1.html

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Anurag Kashyap is making a film on the life of the revolutionary poet, Pash, with Irrfan Khan playing the man who challenged the establishment
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 22, 2009)

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Unknown to anyone, Anurag Kashyap has been travelling all over Punjab in the past few months, gathering information on the revolutionary poet, fondly called Pash. It looks like his plans of making a biopic on Guru Dutt are on the back-burner as his work on Pash, whose real name was Avtar Singh Sandhu, is occupying all his time and            interest.

Pash is to Punjabi literature what Pablo Neruda was to Chile, a direct, deep voice of dissent which threatened the establishment so much that they packed the poet off to jail on false charges. Pash died at the age of 38 under mysterious circumstances and Anurag has spent the last months piecing together the mysterious life of the revolutionary poet, whose lines form a huge part of Punjab’s rich cultural heritage.

To play the poet in a film adaptation of his life, produced by UTV, Anurag has zeroed in on Irrfan Khan. The actor too, has been busy preparing studiously for what might just be his most challenging role till date.

Our source said, “Irrfan is reading up on Pash, his poetry and life. He’s also learning Punjabi and is taking singing lessons so that he can recite Pash’s poems well in his own voice.”

While people close to the film remained tightlipped, Anurag sent us a cryptic message that said, ‘I finished shooting it.’ He refused to elaborate further. Our sources, however, insist that Anurag is yet to even begin the shoot. The producers are being extra cautious about the film because Pash continues to be a controversial figure in Punjab even today.

“Anyone can try to stop the project,” said a source. Siddharth Roy Kapoor of UTV said, “The film is still in development stage.”

July 27, 2009 11:54:16 AM IST
Sampurn, Bollywood Trade News Network

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At last Bollywood box-office collections get lucky with the much awaited multi starrer action-thriller LUCK. Hype over high tide, might have prevented cine-goers in Mumbai to enter cinema halls, despite the beginning of week-end. Therefore, affecting almost 40 percent of the opening collections for LUCK.

Still LUCK took a fantastic opening at the single screens in U.P, Punjab, Bihar, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Nizam, with a hundred percent opening. Although multiplexes conquered 40 percent opening, however, good reviews will woo audience to watch the film over the weekend. The film has been released on 976 prints in India (343 physical prints and 633 digital prints) on 1,150 screens. Overseas, it has been released in 134 prints on 150 screens. The worldwide print count is 1,110 in 1,300 screens. Meanwhile, the film collected an impressive 2.8 lakh Dirham on its opening day in UAE.

LUCK is predicted to get luckier with the bad fate of its contemporary- PERFECT MISMATCH. PERFECT MISMATCH has turned out to be living up to its title with its box-office earnings a perfect mismatch as compared to producer’s expectations. A very poor opening at both- multiplexes and single screens, the film has not even received moderate reviews by critics to fall back on.

On the whole, LUCK’s charm did prove fatal for PERFECT MISMATCH as predicted by many trade pundits. With LOVE AAJ KAL releasing next week it will give a further blow to the poor show of PERFECT MISMATCH, and will also affect the turnover of LUCK for the next weekend. Till that time, we can safely say this week it’s perfectly matched for LUCK!

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Why are Yash Raj Films recycling old scripts? Has inspiration dried up or are they overly fascinated with their own creations
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 27, 2009)
What’s with Yash Raj Films making endless unofficial remakes of its own films? While one segment of Bachna Ae Haseeno (featuring Minissha Lamba) was clearly inspired by Aditya Chopra’s Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Aditya Chopra’s latest directorial venture Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi had its seeds in its earlier production Aaja Nachle (directed by cinematographer Anil Mehta) where Sushmita Mukherjee craved for adventure and excitement while being married to a staid working class nerd (Vinay Pathak). Rab Ne… had Anushka craving for excitement while being married to Suriji.

Also, in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi the wife couldn’t recognise her husband once he transformed his personality. The same premise is now being applied to YRF’s forthcoming film, Dil Bole Hadippa where Rani Mukerji disguises herself as a man to  play cricket in her smalltown team in Punjab but just as easily again becomes a  woman without anyone around her being wiser.

And if  you think that’s all there’s to Yash Raj’s penchant for  constant re-invention then get a  load of this.

Actor-turned-director Parmeet Sethi’s  directorial untitled  debut for YRF featuring Shahid Kapur and Anushka Sharma is  a  con caper  in the tradition  of  Steven Spielberg’s Catch  Me If You Can. The theme of two ‘lovable’ con artistes on the run has already been done by  YRF in  Shaad Ali’s Bunty Aur Babli.

What’s with Yash Raj’s paucity of  ideas? Are they so short of screenplays?

A source said, “The similarities that you’ve pointed out are definitely there. Maybe it’s because new exciting screenplays are hard to come by. Aren’t all big production companies doing variations on established films?”

About  two years ago Yash Chopra had complained about the acute scarcity  of  good writers.

Explaining his long absence from direction before Veer-Zara, he had said, “I’d love to direct more films. But I can’t find the suitable writers. I’m willing to open my doors for anybody who offers me a good script.”

Maybe variations on themes, already tried by Yash Raj, is their solution to the scarcity of good screenplays.