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WHERE ARE THE ROLES? Lara Dutta, Bipasha Basu, Sonam and (above) Vidya Balan

They’re not studio hopping in 2010 because there’s no work

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; January 5, 2010)

The Bollywood men are sorted. Shah Rukh Khan is committed to doing one film in 2010 with Kareena Kapoor (RA 1). Aamir Khan may or may not even do that much. Salman Khan is introducing 20-something Sonakshi Sinha (Dabangg) to audiences. Ranbir Kapoor is romancing Priyanka Chopra (Anjaana Anjaani) and Katrina Kaif (Rajniti). Akshay Kumar is serenading Deepika Padukone (Houseful), Southern hottie Trisha (Khatta Meetha) and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (Action Replayy). Ajay Devgn wants Bebo (Golmaal-3)! The five or six men who matter at the box office have their screen partners more or less sorted. If they sign new films, they once again want the top five Bollywood girls to prance with them. So what happens to the rest? Well, well. “As usual the expiry date for heroines in Bollywood is getting shorter and shorter, their shelf life is cramped,’’ says trade consultant Amod Mehra. He continues, “Except the top four girls actually —whichever order you place them in — whether it is Kareena, Katrina, Priyanka and Deepika, the other girls have slipped into oblivion.’’ A top hero (from the lot mentioned above) adds, “One of the heroines is so desperate for work, she is actually contemplating doing a film with an art film actor. The reason for her desperation is understandable. Last year we saw B-town beauties Preity Zinta and Rani Mukherji being phased out. In 2010, at least half-a-dozen girls of the existing lot will be quietly shown the gate.’’ Another trade source points out that Bollywood has enough talent and glamour to keep it going. However, the men on top definitely want either the Top 5 or they want someone completely ‘virgin’. Vidya Balan says she would much rather do just Ishqiya that revolves around her completely and follow it up with one Chenab Gandhi — again a pivotal role for her. But the fact of the matter is that even a volcano of talent like Vidya is left with little choice. Honestly, how many regular films can she find herself fitting into? Bipasha Basu and Lara Dutta also have just one/two films on hand. Asin Thottumkal hasn’t shot for a single film all through 2009. Post Ghajini she greenlighted only London Dreams and the 19th Step. London Dreams tanked and the 19th Step was shelved. Youngsters like Genelia D’Souza and Sonam Kapoor have promise but are still to make the box office grade. The fact is that 90 per cent of the B-town girls are more visible at advertisement commercial shoots, ribbon-cutting ceremonies, stage concerts and television reality shows. It is the money from these add-on revenue streams that keeps their world going around. Films? Well, what’s that?
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NOTHING BUT THE BEST WILL DO: Ajay Devgn, used to intense action roles, returns to the comedy genre tomorrow with his new film
…Ajay Devgn is confident of his Diwali release All the Best

MARK MANUEL Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; October 15, 2009)

You would have thought, with two other big budget, multi-star films releasing tomorrow alongside his All the Best, Fun Begins…, producer-actor Ajay Devgn might be in an excitable state of nerves. Far from it! On Monday evening, when I met him at home over coffee, Ajay was uber cool. Also, sleepy. That’s because it was 8 pm and in the Devgn bungalow at JVPD, it’s lights out at 9. “My daughter Nysa won’t sleep without me,” said Ajay explaining the early nights. “But, yes, I saw the film again yesterday with family and friends who are absolutely honest in their criticism. And, from seven to 65, they were all laughing nonstop! My mother, who normally worries about my releases, was relaxed. And I’ve never seen my father laughing so much. So I’m quite confident the film will work.”

He’s busy dubbing for London Dreams with Salman Khan. And shooting with Katrina Kaif and Ranbir Kapoor for Rajniti. But it’s All the Best that Ajay is living right now. And happily for the producer in him, the book on this
Devgn Films release is that it is a clean comedy that families can enjoy for Diwali, there are no double meaning dialogues at the cost of humour, the situations in the script are hilarious, the performances by Sanjay Dutt, Bipasha Basu, Fardeen Khan and, well, Ajay himself are funny and riotous. “The film takes ten minutes to sink in,” Ajay revealed, “but from then on until the climax, you’ll laugh. There is an emotional moment in between. It’s needed. You take a rest in between laughing!” I understand the production of the film in Goa and Hyderabad was one big party. “We had a blast,” Ajay agreed, “this is a good team, and for 80 to 90 per cent of the film, all the characters are in every scene. Well, five are definitely there… and there are seven or eight characters. The climax has 20! All complement each other. When you are comfortable with your co-stars, when the entire cast understands that the film is the most important thing, then there is no stress. It’s team work. You can see that in All the Best. There’s great rapport between Sanju and me, Bips and I always get along well, Fardeen — I just got to know, but what a great guy he is, and Mugdha took just a day to get comfortable.”

Ajay is handsome in his praise for his director, Rohit Shetty, who apparently knows the pulse of comedies. “A comedy improvises,” said Ajay, “but how much works, when do you stop stretching it? Rohit has mastered the knack of entertaining audiences. He stopped
well within the limit.”
And he’s also generous in his acknowledgement of Sanjay Dutt’s performance: “His best — after Munnabhai, what timing, but Sanju was behaving like a producer… he was more worried about the film than me!” His own performance, Ajay is naturally reluctant to discuss. From action and intense roles that won him two National Awards, he’s now doing comedies. “I’m honest at what I do,” he shrugged, “and I guess that works.”

It was getting onto 9 pm and Ajay was stubbing out his last cigarette when the door burst open. Little Nysa bounded in, cutely dressed for bed, but with a reserve amount of energy and mischief left in her to fuss over her
father. “How long,” she demanded. “Five minutes, sweetheart,” the big Bollywood produceractor said unconvincingly. She picked up his phone meaningfully and began to fiddle with the keys. “Nysa… please, not my phone,” Ajay was pleading. “All the best,” I told him slipping out.
mark.manuel@timesgroup.com

I KNOW MY MIND: Deepika Padukone. For more pictures of the actress, log on to http://photogallery.indiatimes.com

Deepika Padukone is a girl in love, but also a superstar in her own right…

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; October 11, 2009)


The Mediterranean tan sits pretty on Deepika Padukone who has just returned from Italy where she wrapped up Sajid Nadiadwala’s Housefull with Akshay Kumar. “I was in London, then Italy for the longest time, so I didn’t get to enjoy the success of my last film Love Aaj Kal,” says the pretty South Indian, her large brandy-coloured eyes dancing. She’s clear though that she now has to move on to her next two releases — Kartik Calling Kartik with Farhan Akhtar and Housefull, both of which will come in 2010. Deepika has also signed Pradeep Sarkar’s gritty thriller to be shot on the streets of Mumbai with Neil Nitin Mukesh. “Producer Aditya Chopra had promised me a film right after Bachna ae Haseeno,” she recalls. “I’m glad Adi remembered that.”

For now, she too has made a promise to herself — she’s a girl in love but she will not gush about Ranbir Kapoor. On a recent television show when she was asked to analyse her superstar-boyfriend, Deepika was very pragmatic in her answers. “I know that I was expected to gush about Ranbir,” she smiles. “However, I believe that people who are closest to a person, must always give them a reality check. I’m aware that Ranbir is a superstar. But, I will always be rational when I speak about him.”
Deepika, who spent 12 days in Bhopal by her boyfriend’s side where he is shooting for Prakash Jha’s Rajniti with Katrina Kaif, says, “Ranbir and I have been away from each other for long spells because of our individual work schedules. Our career is of prime importance to us. However, I don’t wish to be one of those actors who is so caught up in work that I forget to keep in touch with life. Hence, I make it a point to spend time with him whenever I can. Work definitely makes my world go around but a short break here and there makes life so much more special.” The story goes that she flew to Bhopal just to keep Katrina at bay? “Certainly not,” says Deepika. And, though she is too professional to make any comment on Ranbir’s co-stars, her calm demeanour has a way of signalling that she’s secure in her new-found success. The actress is in a cushy place with a new set of friends like Ayan Mukerji and Vicky Singh, who are common to both Ranbir and her. “I knew Ayan would make a good film when he gave his first narration to Ranbir,” she says. Is she in Vicky’s new film with Ranbir, as is suggested by the trade? “It’s a bit premature to talk about that project,” she says. “Vicky is still undecided on what he wants.”
meena.iyer@timesgroup.com


BIRTHDAY BOY: Ranbir Kapoor… looking forward to much this week, especially turning 27 and his new film
Ranbir Kapoor, who turns 27 today, has just flown in from Bhopal for a birthday celebration

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; September 28, 2009)

The scion of the Kapoor family turns 27 today. Ranbir Kapoor, hailed as the brightest light in Bollywood, flew in from Bhopal where he was stationed for Prakash Jha’s Rajniti just hours before his birthday.

Asked whether he had special plans for his big day, Ranbir said, “I will be having a quiet dinner with my parents. My sister Riddhima
and my brother-in-law Bharat are travelling this year. I’m a shy guy and I normally like having an intimate celebration rather than something ostentatious.”

The actor admits he has a special wish this year, though. His film, Karan Johar’s Wake Up Sid, is due in his birthday week, and Ranbir says, “The best gift I
can ask for this year is that everyone goes to see my film.” Smiling he adds, “I don’t know how to hardsell myself or my film but I can surely request people to see it.”

While the actor intends to ring in his birthday with his father Rishi Kapoor and mother Neetu Singh, he also has plans for another little “quiet” bash with girlfriend Deepika Padukone
and a couple of dear friends. “I’m not one of those guys for surprise parties,” he says. “I feel awkward. I have no idea what Deepika has planned for me. I haven’t seen her for a few days because I have been in Bhopal and she was in Mumbai. However, I hope it isn’t too big a surprise because even she knows how reserved I am.”

As he signs off, the young actor says, “Of course, I want the usual things like super-success for my film, good luck and happiness.
The perfect birthday gift for me each year is the same. I want good health and immense happiness for my parents. Nothing else can make me happier.”
Manoj Bajpai cancels his shoots due to a severe back injury while shooting
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 08, 2009)
Manoj Bajpai’s hands are full with many films. He has to begin shooting for Rajniti, promote his next film, Acid Factory, and complete dubbing for Jail. Unfortunately, for the actor, all this has been put on hold as he has a severe back injury.

Manoj hurt his back while shooting an action sequence for a Telugu film, Vedam, in Hyderabad following which doctors have advised him bed rest. Manoj confirmed the news, “We were shooting some action sequences for five consecutive nights. During one of those sequences, I had to fall down after I was punched. The action required a lot of focus and I lost my concentration as I was too sleepy. After the fall, I could not move and was in severe pain. The doctors were called and I was taken back to my hotel. I took rest for three days and then flew to Mumbai. I came lying in the flight as I could not sit. After reaching Mumbai, I called my orthopedic. I have been advised bed rest to get rid of the pain after which he intents to give me exercises for my back.”

Commenting on his work being stalled until his recovery, Manoj said, “I had to cancel Prakash Jha’s shooting for Rajniti. I also have to finish dubbing for Jail. I have tons of promotions to do for Acid Factory. I went for a day, but I could not sit as my back was hurting. Now, I hope to get rid of the pain at the earliest so that I can join Prakashji and do the promotions of Acid Factory as it’s a very important film for me.”

After he failed to make Rockstar with John Abraham in 2006, Imtiaz Ali plans to revive the film with Ranbir Kapoor
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 10, 2009)

Imtiaz Ali

Ranbir Kapoor

After shuffling the dates of his film Rockstar for three years, Imtiaz Ali has finally decided to make the film with Ranbir Kapoor. The film was earlier launched in 2006 with John Abraham, but it was shelved immediately.

Giving us a chronological record of events, a source said, “Imtiaz wanted to make Rockstar with John immediately after Socha Na Tha, which released in March 2005. He had even put one of his films titled Geet on hold for Rockstar. He also had several sessions with Rockstar’s music director AR Rahman, who had composed a few songs for the film. The film was to be produced by UTV Motion Pictures. However, the film failed to materialise. Imtiaz then planned to make a film with Akshay Kumar, which too didn’t work out. Meanwhile, Geet, which was earlier to be made with Bobby Deol and Preity Zinta, was remade as Jab We Met with Shahid Kapur and Kareena Kapoor. After Jab We Met released in 2007, Imtiaz planned to make a film with Eros starring Hrithik Roshan which is still under consideration. After these unsuccessful attempts, Imtiaz has now finally decided to revive Rockstar with Astavinayak.”

Chief creative officer of UTV Rampage Motion Pictures, Ram Mirchandani agreed that they had earlier planned to make Rockstar in 2006. “We were working with Imtiaz Ali on the film, but unfortunately it didn’t work out at that time for various reasons.”

Commenting on reviving the film with Ranbir, Imtiaz said, “I met Ranbir and we discussed the possibility of working together. However, we have not zeroed in on any subject just as I haven’t done with Hrithik either.”

Ranbir said, “Not true. I am only doing Rajniti, Rocket Singh and Siddharth Anand’s next. I have not signed any other film.”

The official spokesperson of Astavinayak said, “Yes, we have signed Imtiaz Ali for our next project, talks are on with actors and it’s too early to say more.”


By Taran Adarsh, April 23, 2009 – 09:01 IST

SRK, Aamir, Akshay, Hrithik, Saif, Amitabh Everyone’s talking about the lull in business. With no major release in the pipeline for the next few weeks, the scenario looks grim, very grim in fact. But let’s not get hassled, for the best is reserved for the next seven months. Read on…

A lot of people aren’t aware that as many as 45 big-budget films are ready to hit the screens from June onwards. From Akshay, SRK, Aamir, Hrithik to Shahid, Salman, Abhishek, John, Ajay Devgan, everyone’s going to have multiple films in the next seven months [June to December this year]. Check it out:

  • Akshay has four releases happening this year, starting with KAMBAKKHT ISHQ, followed by BLUE, DE DHANA DHAN and ACTION REPLAY…
  • SRK will have MY NAME IS KHAN and also a film where he makes a special appearance, DULHA MIL GAYA…
  • Aamir will have two releases this year, 3 IDIOTS and wife Kiran Rao’s directorial debut DHOBI GHAAT…
  • Hrithik will arrive with home-production KITES…
  • Salman has four films lined up back to back – WANTED, MAIN AUR MRS. KHANNA, LONDON DREAMS and VEER [the film is being shot non-stop]…
  • Saif has LOVE AAJ KAL [his production debut] and if all goes well, JIHAAD…
  • Shahid too will have multiple films, starting with KAMINAY, Yash Raj’s next [called HADIPPA?], Ken Ghosh’s film [yet untitled] and PAATHSHAALA. Hopefully, the much-delayed MILENGE MILENGE might also release this year…
  • Ranbir will have two releases – AJAB PREM KI GHAZAB KAHANI and WAKE UP SID, while RAJNITI will arrive early next year…
  • Imran too will have two releases, LUCK and DELHI BELLY…
  • Ajay, like Akshay, will have four films, LONDON DREAMS, TOONPUR KA SUPERHERO, ALL THE BEST [home-production] and hopefully, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAI…
  • Bachchan Sr. too is super-busy with ALADIN, RANN, PA, TEEN PATTI and SHOEBITE, all releasing this year…
  • Bachchan Jr. has RAAVAN and PA [he’s overseeing the production for the first time]…
  • John Abraham has NEW YORK, HOOK YA CROOK, Abbas Tyrewala’s film and Deven Khote’s FILMCITY [to be shot in Mumbai]. Hopefully, Nagesh Kukunoor’s AASHAYEIN might also make it in the coming months…
  • Sanjay Dutt will devote time to politics and have multiple releases simultaneously, BLUE, LUCK, ALADIN, LAMHAA, CHATUR SINGH 2 STAR and ALL THE BEST.

Besides these biggies, there will be films by film-makers of repute, like Ashutosh Gowariker [IT’S MY RAASHEE?], Vishal Bhardwaj [ISHQIYA, directed by Abhishek Chaubey], Anil Kapoor [SHORTKUT], Vashu Bhagnani [KAL KISSNE DEKHA, DO KNOT DISTURB], RGV [AGYAAT], Anees Bazmee [IT’S MY LIFE], Madhur Bhandarkar [JAIL], Abbas-Mustan/Rumy Jafry [LIFE PARTNER], Satish Kaushik [TERE SANG], besides multiple films by ‘film factories’ UTV, Mukesh Bhatt and Vikram Bhatt.

Expect at least 5/6/7 films releasing every week, starting June onwards [once the strike is called off!].


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