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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?

By Taran Adarsh, December 18, 2009 – 16:18 IST

Indians are passionate about cricket. Am also sure you must’ve encountered a number of cricket fanatics over the years. Most film-makers dread to release their films during crucial matches, fearing that a sizable chunk of moviegoers would prefer to watch a match than a movie.

This year, we’ve had VICTORY [Harman Baweja, Amrita Rao] and DIL BOLE HADIPPA [Rani Mukherji, Shahid Kapoor] focusing on this popular sport. Prior to that LAGAAN, IQBAL and JANNAT. Now WORLD CUPP 2011. Unfortunately, WORLD CUPP 2011 neither excites you as a cinematic experience, nor does it whip up those passions.


Ravi Kapoor essays the captain of the Indian cricket team, who tanks a match with the help of his team-mates against arch rivals Pakistan in World Cup. They are banned for four years when exposed by the media. His girl-friend Soha [Manisha Chatterjee] dumps him and his family disowns him.

Cut to 2011. Ravi is given one more chance to prove his patriotism by the coach [Suresh Oberoi]. Ravi is again approached by the same bookie [Zakir Hussain] to repeat the same performance once again, but this time he turns the offer down. His girl-friend is kidnapped. Ravi goes through a crisis before he wins the World Cup trophy.

WORLD CUPP 2011 falls flat due to a weak script. The film tries to explore the unholy nexus between cricketers-bookies-underworld, besides the rise-fall-rise of a cricketer, but the writing is so amateurish that it doesn’t hold your attention. Perhaps the intentions were right, but not the final output.

Debutante writer-director Ravi Kapoor may’ve borrowed from real-life, but several portions seem unpalatable. Like, for instance, the ease with which the captain of the Indian cricket team and even the umpire interact with underworld dons while the final match is in progress seems bizarre.

Talking of acting, Ravi Kapoor has screen presence, but needs to work on his acting skills. Prem Chopra, Suresh Oberoi and Zakir Hussain are passable.

On the whole, WORLD CUPP 2011 is a weak fare.

Rani Mukerji is keen to star in films outside the YRF banner. She has been reading other scripts but is in no hurry to sign films only to prove a point
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 02, 2009)
Rani Mukerji is fed up of the vicious attempts by people within the industry who insist on labelling her as the exclusive leading lady of Yash Raj Films. According to Rani, some jealous actresses are spreading the rumours. Meanwhile, Rani’s friends say that contrary to rumours that she is just not interested in signing films outside the Yash Raj banner, she has been reading scripts by other banners but is in no hurry to sign films just to prove a point.

Rani Mukerji

She was heard telling a friend, “I won’t do anything just because it’s expected of me. My heart has to be in it.”

Rani now finds herself in the same position she was during Saathiya in 2002. One of her friends said, “At that time, Rani had only one project, which was Yash Raj’s Saathiya. She had told friends that if it didn’t work, she would quit films. Fortunately, Saathiya was a big hit and proved to be a turning point in her career. Now again, Rani has only one film on hand, Dil Bole Hadippa, which again is a Yash Raj film.”

For Dil Bole Hadippa, she has ensured that her talent and beauty are showcased better than ever before.Presumably inspired by Andy Fickman’s 2006 football flick She’s the Man where a girl disguised herself as a man to enter an all-male soccer team, Dil Bole Hadippa is also about cross-dressing.

Her friend added, “Rani decided to work round-the-clock on her figure so that she could do the sizzling dance numbers with Shahid. She also spent hours with her chreographer-friend Vaibhavi Merchant so that she could deftly match steps with Shahid.”

Rani Mukerji’s stars are unfavourably aligned till Sept 9; Aditya Chopra doesn’t want to tempt fate by releasing Dil Bole Hadippa before the date
By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 17, 2009)
Rani Mukerji is going through a slump, and she may have her stars to blame for it. Apparently, they haven’t been aligned in her favour for two years now. And who can fight destiny? Certainly not her boyfriend, Aditya Chopra, who has decided to schedule the release of her film Dil Bole Hadippa after September 9. For that’s when her unfavourable period ends.

After flops like Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, Saawariya, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic, Rani only has Dil Bole Hadippa in her kitty. She has been confined to Aditya Chopra’s production house, Yash Raj Films, and refrains from working with other banners. Hence, Dil Bole Hadippa is critical for her career. A source close to the actress said, “She is going through an unfortunate period in her rashi for two years. It ends on September 9. Adi wanted to release the film by the end of August or the first week of September. Now, the film has been postponed to the second week of September.”

Aditya Chopra has apparently been told that it would be better if he takes Rani’s stars into consideration. Yash Raj Films, which had taken a beating at the box-office with their earlier films, has finally bounced back with New York. Why take a chance and tempt fate? Hence, he is wisely mulling over the wait. After all, the wait might be worth it.

Dil Bole Hadippa

Rumour confirmed. Shah Rukh and Katrina to come together for YRF’s next. Where does that leave angry boyfriend, Sallu?
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 09, 2009)

Shah Rukh Khan

Katrina Kaif

Here’s a treat for everyone’s eyes. The dream jodi of Yash Raj Films’ blue-eyed boy and the nation’s favorite Barbie girl will finally be seen together in a YRF film. Just as we got to know about Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif parading together at the Independence Day Carnival in Chicago and Houston next week, we learn that YRF has caught the two stars for their film which will be made early next year.

The film will be directed by either Aditya Chopra or Kabir Khan.

The project has been in the pipeline for a long time and rumours have been doing rounds for a while now too, but this time, it’s for real, the deal has been inked. However, Salman Khan’s shadow looms large over the pair. While the two Khans warred openly at Katrina’s birthday party, most thought that they would never get to see SRK and Katrina in the same frame ever.

But YRF seems to have done it.

Our source reveals, “Katrina definitely has it going for her. SRK, on the other hand, has remained in the safe zone — as far as heroines are concerned — for a long time. Be it Rani Mukerji or Preity Zinta, he has stuck to his regulars and has worked with them repeatedly. He needs to be a tad more adventurous about his co-stars, and that’s where Katrina comes into the picture.”

Katrina, on her side, has taken the pains to make it clear that she will never allow personal issues to chart her career. Whatever the status of Salman’s relationships with others, she will not allow that to come in the way of decision-making.

MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICES: Shahid Kapoor. For more pictures of the actor, log on to http://photogallery.indiatimes.com

… says Rajiv Gandhi Award nominee Shahid Kapoor, who has three releases slated for this year

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; July 17, 2009)

Trust a Congressman to be the one to break such news. It was left to Ritiesh Deshmukh to be the one to bring the glad tidings to Shahid Kapoor. The young actor, who has three releases this year in Vishal Bharadwaj’s Kaminey (August 14), Aditya Chopra’s Dil Bole Hadippa! (September 18) and Ken Ghosh’s Yahoo (year end), has been nominated as Best Actor for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Award 2009. Shahid, whose performance in 2007’s Jab We Met is still being discussed, blushed, “I’m too young to be receiving such a big honour, but I’m also humbled.’’

He is happy, also, with the promos of Kaminey and Dil Bole Hadippa! which
are on air currently. “They are absolutely contrasting,’’ said the actor thrilled to be able to showcase his entire oeuvre this year. “And the cherry on the cake is the fact that Yahoo has me doing what I love best — dancing! Four years of all that I learned in dance has gone into this one film.’’

While the Kaminey promotions carry the buzz of his reported affair with Priyanka Chopra, Shahid felt, “Dil Bole Hadippa! has an edge because people are inquisitive about Rani Mukerji and me. They want to know more about our screen chemistry.’’

He is also happy to team up with the seasonal flavour Genelia D’Souza in Yahoo and said, “Finally I’m in a space where I can do whatever I wish as far as my roles go.’’
Although Hrithik couldn’t book an entire row in a multiplex, as is his usual style, he had a good time with Sussane and a friend at a suburban theatre on Sunday night
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 30, 2009)
Whenever Hrithik Roshan goes to watch a film in a theatre he makes sure that he books the entire row to ensure privacy. However, he was recently disappointed when he went to watch the latest Hollywood release, The Hangover, at a suburban multiplex on Sunday night.

And no, it wasn’t because Hrithik didn’t like the film. He was upset as he could only get three tickets. A far cry from an entire row he is used to.

A source said, “Hrithik books an entire row as he does not like to be disturbed while watching films. He usually watches films with his friends or wife, Sussane. On Sunday, he was visibly disappointed as he could not book an entire row for The Hangover. The show was houseful. He had come with Sussane and a friend. He agreed to make do with only three seats. But, he had a great time once the film started. Within ten minutes, Hrithik was so involved in the film that it hardly seemed to matter to him that there were others in the same row too.”

Our source from the multiplex confirmed this and said, “Yes, Hrithik had come to watch The Hangover with his wife and a friend.”

Stars and their theatre habits Dark secrets: Akshay Kumar usually enters the theatre just when the lights go off. He always books two extra tickets to the right and left of his seat for some much-needed privacy.

Humble be: No nawaabi behaviour for Saif Ali Khan, who is characteristically cool whenever he goes to a theatre. He always books tickets in advance and has no qualms about who is sitting next to him. But, he does make sure to sit in the last row. He is usually seen with either Kareena or a group of friends.

Rani hoon main: Like Hrithik, Rani Mukerji always books an entire row. She likes to watch films with a group of friends.

Cap of good hope: Tusshar Kapoor wears a cap whenever he is in a cinema hall so that nobody recognises him

Censor-y experience: Anil Kapoor always calls to confirm the exact show time and enters the hall after the Censor certificate is shown.

Yash Raj Films’ first TV show titled Rishta.com will have special appearances by Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Ritesh Deshmukh, Tabu, Rani Mukerji and others
By Mumbai mirror bureau (June 29, 2009)

Shah Rukh Khan

Ritesh Deshmukh

Known for their trademark romantic films, Yash Raj Films is all set to enter the small screen with a comedy show titled Rishta.com. Although YRF is trying its best to keep the project a secret, Mumbai Mirror ferreted out that Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Ritesh Deshmukh, Tabu, Rani Mukerji, Uday Chopra, Jugal Hansraj and others will have cameo roles in the show. It will also feature several new faces.

A source said, “YRF is leaving no stone unturned to make a grand entry in television. They have spoken to most of the top actors, who have worked with them. While most of the actors have already agreed to make an appearance in Rishta.com, some are still being approached. The show is about a matrimony office through which couples meet.”


“There have been several rumours about the show that YRF is making for a popular entertainment channel. However, contrary to reports, these prominent film stars will only be making special appearances,” said the source.

The rehearsals, costumes and the look of the show have already been finalised. The show will be directed by Rishabh Seth and will go on air in October.

YRF spokesperson said, “YRF is working on various television concepts, which are right now at different stages of development and are untitled. We will make an announcement when everything is in place.”

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 27, 2009)

First look of Dil Bole Hadippa!

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is fuming on seeing the first look of YRF’s Dil Bole Hadippa!. Despite being assured by YRF that they won’t use Hadippa in their title, they haven’t lived up to their promise given to Bhansali.

A spokesperson from SLB Productions said, “Hadippa is the title of Bhansali’s sister Bela Sehgal’s first directorial venture. Bhansali turned down Aditya Chopra’s request to let him use the title. If it was his own he’d have considered Aditya’s request but as this is his sister’s first film, Bhansali won’t allow her title to be taken away even if it means taking legal action.”

“How could they add two words to Hadippa and claim the title to be their own? Would they have liked it if someone made Ek Baar Rab Ne Phir Bana Di Jodi or Pataa Nahin Kyun Laaga Chunari Mein Daag?”

Lead actress of Dil Bole Hadippa!, Rani Mukerji, who is close to both the production houses, tried but failed to arrange a meeting between the two filmmakers to solve matters.

“What’s there to discuss? What YRF has done is unethical. We at SLB Productions see it as creative vandalism. We’ve written proof that YRF had assured us they won’t use the word Hadippa. If the need arises, we’ll use that evidence against them,” the spokesperson added.

Commenting on the issue, an annoyed Bhansali said, “If they were so sold on a Punjabi title, since their film is about cricket, they could’ve called it Balle Balle.”