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After handing over Kites to Brett Ratner to cut the Hollywood version of Kites, Rakesh Roshan is all gung ho about directing the sequel to Krrish himself

By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 10, 2009)


Rakesh Roshan has always been very possessive about his home productions. It has been reported that Rakesh Om Prakash Mehra was taken onboard to direct Krrish 3. But after the debacle of Delhi 6, Rakesh Roshan doesn’t want to take any chances and has decided to direct the film himself.

A source reveals, “Hrithik is more comfortable working with his father. He is also helping him with the script. They want it to attain Hollywood standards and are leaving no stone unturned to make it work. Though, senior Roshan was convinced of Mehra’s directorial credentials, Hrithik was skeptical.”

Mehra or no Mehra, the scripting is in process. The source continues, “Presently, the father-son duo is busy with Kites and don’t want to hamper the post-production. Only after the release of Kites, they will start working on Krrish 3. Whenever Hrithik is not shooting and is at home, he joins his father and the team of writers and takes part in discussions on every detail pertaining to the film.”

Rakesh Roshan confirms, “I am directing Krrish 3. I am still in the scripting process and there is still time for the movie to go on the floors.” When asked about Rakesh Mehra’s earlier involvement, he says, “We had spoken to Mehra, but he got busy with Delhi 6 and we were busy with Kites, so nothing was finalised.”

However, Mehra says, “I was never directing Krrish 3.”

The premiere of the Bachchans’ home production Paa was a glittering affair with the who’s who of Bollywood attending the event last night

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 04, 2009)


The preparations for the grand premiere of Paa last night had started much earlier with Amitabh Bachchan visiting the venue at Wadala Imax at 1 pm yesterday to check out all the arrangements. Though the main event was scheduled to begin at 8.30 pm, a casually dressed Amitabh arrived at the venue much earlier at 6 pm and the first thing he did was to double check the arrangements.

He changed into natty formals shortly before the guests started arriving.

The Bachchans had divided their responsibilities to ensure that their guests are well-looked after. While Amitabh, Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai were standing at the entrance, Jaya Bachchan was looking after all the guests near the screens on the first floor.

Spec-ulation
Why were Ritesh Deshmukh with Abhishek Bachchan wearing identical frames?
The first wives club
Abhishek Bachchan with reel wife, Vidya Balan and his better half, Aishwarya Rai
You me aur hum
Ajay and Kajol
Devgan

Twinkle Twinkle big star
The colour co-ordinated couple Akshay Kumar and Twinkle

Anil Ambani, his wife Tina and their son were among the first guests to arrive. Some of the power couples who attended the premiere were Shah Rukh Khan and wife Gauri, Ajay Devgan and wife Kajol, Hrithik and wife Sussanne, and Akshay Kumar and wife Twinkle. SRK sent Gauri and the kids upstairs while he stayed back to chat with the Bachchans for a while.  SRK was seen hugging Akshay Kumar. Arshad Warsi and wife Maria were there too.

Ritesh Deshmukh, Dino Morea and Rakeysh Mehra and his wife followed shortly and the director seemed happy to catch up with his Rang De Basanti team Atul Kulkarni and Kunal Kapoor. Sharman Joshi made a late entry.

Ranbir Kapoor and Ritesh were engrossed in a conversation outside screen 3. Aishwarya came upstairs and was seen talking to Ashutosh Gowariker, his wife Sunita and Srishti Behl. Aamir Khan came with his 3 Idiots director Rajkumar Hirani and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Aamir left half-an-hour after the screening began.

Abhishek was seen chatting with Govinda, who came in quite late.

Filmmakers David Dhawan, Satish Kaushik and Madhur Bhandarkar were there. Filmmakers Abbas Mustan came all the way from Lonavla.

The screening was held in all the four screens at Imax but it was screen 3, which had the maximum number of stars. The screening of the film started around 10 pm.

Kangna Ranaut hung around outside for a while, posing for pictures even though the film had started. She soon went inside the theatre.

Dil de Dia
Even Auro, who doesn’t like girls, can’t resist the pretty Dia Mirza
Pretty woman
The single life seems to be agreeing with the glowing Kangna Ranaut
Daddy’s girl
Aishwarya with her father Krishnaraj Rai
Two-gether
Hrithik and  Sussanne Roshan
Star trek
Suhana seems to be taking after her mother Gauri Khan already. Shah Rukh Khan, Balki, Amitabh Bachchan, Vidya Balan,  Gauri and Suhana
3 Idiots meets Paa
Rajkumar Hirani, Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan and Vidhu Vinod Chopra
(pics: nilesh wairkar)
Aamir Khan and Rakeysh Mehra make efforts to bring back tourists, which were lost due to an alarmingly high rate of sexual crimes against women

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 26, 2009)

Aamir Khan

Rakeysh Mehra

After Rang De Basanti, Aamir Khan and Rakeysh Mehra have teamed up again, this time for a short film for the Ministry of Tourism to encourage foreign tourists to see India as the haven that it used to be before the spate of sexual crimes against women tourists came to light. Rakeysh shot with Aamir two weeks ago in Mumbai.

Last year too, Aamir and Rakeysh had done a short film, to propagate tourism which was well-received. And that, Aamir thought, was the end of it till the tourism industry recently expressed the need to have powerful faces, names and images to counter the drubbing that the image of India as a paradise for tourists has taken.

When Rakeysh was approached again by the tourism ministry, he again approached Aamir, who agreed to do it.   Rakeysh says, “Aamir has become a brand ambassador for tourism in our country. He saw the importance of his face and voice to call tourists back with the entire Atithee Devo Bhava (guest is God) campaign. We needed Aamir to give strength to our image as a hospitable country.”

This time, Rakeysh will be shooting two more short films for the tourism department. “Promoting tourism is in a way, also promoting our film industry because any cultural exchange helps cinema. All of us love taking care of guests and Aamir’s face and personality are very inviting for tourists,” he adds.

Rakeysh Mehra’s wife PS Bharathi is making a documentary, Ru-ba-ru, on the director’s landmark film, Rang De Basanti
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 10, 2009)

PS Bharathi

Three years after the release of Rang De Basanti, director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s wife PS Bharathi is making a documentary on the film. Bharathi has named the documentary film after the song Ru-ba-ru from RDB.

The film is based on the relevance and impact of RDB across the world. Rakeysh said, “Ru-ba-ru will contain lots of views and information on Rang De Basanti. Everybody associated with the film has spoken about it. The documentary will contain unreleased footage. There are opinions from various scholars, analysts and critics. It’s very humbling. We all felt that the film’s impact needed to be documented in an unconventional format.”

Will he work on the project with his wife? Rakeysh said, “I always keep away when my wife is doing her work. After I finish shooting my film, I surrender the footage to her and leave. She edits all my films and she would like it no other way.”

Talking about RDB, Rakeysh said, “I never expected RDB to have this kind of an impact. The movie became bigger than all of us. It came at time when people needed to redefine their priorities. It didn’t matter who made it. It could’ve been anyone, but the time was right for an RDB. I saw the film last month and I think it’s completely relevant in today’s times. Nothing has changed in the three years since its release.”

Rang De Basanti

SUBHASH K JHA (Mid-Day; August 1, 2009)

Director Rakeysh Mehra changed the beginning and end of the film before sending it to Venice film festival

Does director Rakeysh Mehra feel the quick-fix revive-the-hero ending became the undoing of Delhi- 6? Yes, he does.

Without anyone’s knowledge, he re-edited the film, restored  the original  ending, and submitted it to the Venice Film Festival. And, it got selected.

Loved it

Venice Calling: A still from Abhishek-Sonam starrer Delhi-6

Says Rakeysh,  “On Thursday night, I got an e-mail informing me that Delhi-6 has been selected for the Venice Film Festival.

They loved the film and it will be screened on either September 2 or 3. I sent them a new version of Delhi-6 based on my original script.

I had to do this, otherwise, I wouldn’t have died in peace.”

Apparently, Rakeysh had been forced to incorporate a happy ending to accommodate distributors.

He admits he wasn’t happy with the ending.

“Now, I’ve a new beginning and end. I  intended the film to end with  the death of Abhishek’s character.

People were genuinely confused by some aspects of the film like the mirror as a metaphor for looking within, the kala bandar metaphor.

The joy of being selected for Venice has washed away all wrongs in the script,” he says.

“Sometimes in life you do lose track of the destintation during the journey.

But three months after the film’s release, I have re-shot and re-edited the ending,” he adds.  Now he wants Indian audiences to see the changed Delhi-6.

“It’s the director’s cut, like Francis Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, which didn’t make sense the first time.

It made history after the changes. We shouldn’t have been in a hurry to release a film, which tries a new grammar and idiom.”

Sighs Rakeysh, “I’ve grown wiser now. I’m happy I’ve gone for the sad ending in Delhi-6.

This  is a creative correction  that has made me sleep easier.”