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On Monday evening, filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh was mistaken for Bengali actress Rituparna Sengupta by the organisers of the 40th International Film Festival in Goa

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 02, 2009)


Filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh might have lost oodles of weight and started dressing up as a woman but that still didn’t prepare him enough to unflappably face the latest confusion where he was mistaken for a Bengali actress.

The embarrassing incident happened on Monday evening in Goa, where Rituparno, whose sexual orientation has been under the scanner for some time now, was attending the 40th International Film Festival. He had to attend a function to announce the making of a survey-based book compiling the best Indian films of all times, T 20. Being a jury member and a renowned filmmaker, Rituparno was dressed in his finery. He wore a chic black suit, flaming red scarf and oversized sunglasses, looking in his own words, ‘very European’. All was well till he was taken to a seat marked for Bengali actress Rituparna Sengupta. That’s when the filmmaker realised that he had been mistaken for a woman. Riya Sen was seated next to actress Rituparna Sengupta’s chair, making it clear that the seats were meant for the starlets.

Things then got worse. Ritu’s other colleagues on the jury, for the book T 20, were all given VIP space at the event while Rituparno was expected to sit with the starlets.

Rituparna Sengupta Rituparno Ghosh


Confirming the incident, Rituparno insists that the ghastly confusion of identity at the festival had nothing to do with the way he dresses. He says, “I am used to being mistaken for Rituparna Sengupta, even in Kolkata. When I was directing her in Dahan, people would wonder who the director was and who the actress was.”

Recalling the mortifying incident, the filmmaker laughs and says he can now see the humorous side of the gaffe. “But it wasn’t funny that evening. It wasn’t so much the fact that I was mistaken for Rituparna Sengupta that offended me. I certainly didn’t mind sharing a seat next to Riya. What really got me worked up was the fact that the other members on the T 20 jury, Vishal Bhardwaj, Madhur Bhandarkar and Rahul Dholakia and some renowned regional directors (Nagesh Kukunoor who was also on the jury didn’t turn up) were all given a VIP enclave. That really was offensive,” adds Ritu.

As a result, Ritu refused to sit on the seat marked for Rituparna Sengupta and remained standing until he was made to sit with his fellow jury members. Ritu says, “It was Riya who helped sort out the matter. I insisted that all the jury members including the regional directors like me, should all be seated together. That’s what protocol demanded.”

A dead-drunk, rich daddy’s girl barged into Salman Khan’s private party and slapped him in front of everybody. This after she had abused Sushmita Sen and Sohail Khan

By Akela and Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 18, 2009)


He may be notorious as the bad boy of Bollywood but Salman Khan is anything but disrespectful toward women. How else would one explain his unfazed demeanor despite being provoked to the extent of being slapped by a girl? The shocking incident took place during a recent private party held in Delhi where a rich builder’s high-spirited daughter Monika allegedly barged into Salman’s private party and slapped him.

According to sources, she also ended up abusing Sushmita Sen, Sohail Khan and other guests who were present at the party. Ignoring the hullaballoo, the actor kept his cool and asked the security guards to show a sozzled Monika the way out.

A source from the party says, “After the fashion show by Sanjana Jon, a private party was being held at a five-star hotel in Delhi. Present there were Salman, Sohail Khan, Sushmita Sen, her brother Rajiv Sen, Raima and Riya Sen, Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan, Shibani Kashyap, boxing champ Vijender Singh, a few Bollywood biggies and prominent politicos. The party, which went on till the wee hours of morning, was not without its fair share of drama. A sloshed Monika accompanied by a male friend first tried to forcefully enter the party venue. She was too loud and completely out of control because of her inebriated state. Sohail Khan, who was standing close to the entrance, saw the hungama and asked the security guards not to let Monika in.”

 

Salman Khan Sushmita Sen


“Meanwhile, Salman heard the commotion and walked to where Monika was making a fuss. She was misbehaving and started bragging about her connections and abused Sushmita Sen. When Salman very politely asked the girl to leave, she suddenly slapped the actor,” adds the source.

A crowd gathered and the guards whisked away the girl. “Known for his infamous temper, surprisingly, Salman did not retaliate even once. He kept his cool and went inside with Sohail after the girl was taken away,” says the source.

Despite repeated attempts at trying to talk to Monika’s friend, he said he was busy with somebody’s marriage and would be free to talk only after 15 days.

SPORTY! Deepika Padukone

RACHEL FERNANDES Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; October 31, 2009)

Guess where Deepika Padukone is going be this weekend? In Abu Dhabi, that’s where. Not shooting for some Arabian adventure film in the capital city of the UAE, but, well, watching the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live on Sunday.
This is the first Grand Prix at Abu Dhabi and marks the climax of the 2009 F1 World Championship. The venue is the Yas Marina Race Circuit off the coast of Abu Dhabi where a 500-bed, five-star hotel straddles the race track. And where F1 fans can walk upto the paddocks from the hotel itself. Deepika, an F1 fan apparently, will be Vijay Mallya’s luck mascot for his racing team. The King of Good Times had the dimpled Bollywood beauty specially flown down after he heard that she cherished the desire to catch an F1 race live. As his special guest, Deepika will watch the season finale race from Mallya’s VVIP box.
The liquor baron, incidentally, has always had Bollywood stars as his guests at Grand Prix events. Earlier, it was the Sen sisters Raima and Riya. Don’t know whether her presence tomorrow at Abu Dhabi will spur Mallya’s F1 drivers to step on the gas and aim for a podium finish, but with all the rumours doing the rounds on Deepika’s breakup with beau Ranbir Kapoor, this mini holiday may in fact be that much needed breather for the actress.
Partho Ghosh, the fairly prolific filmmaker of the 1990s and early 2000s, has evidently fallen on seriously bad times. He now asks actors to pay to star in his films. Vickey Lalwani accompanies an aspirant to check out the arrangement

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 24, 2009)

Manuj Gulati

Galaxy Heights at Goregaon is a fairly non-descript suburban building but myriad dreams are being sold here in flat no. C 101. Partho Ghosh, who has directed actors of the calibre of Madhuri Dixit, Manisha Koirala, Jackie Shroff and Nana Patekar has been reduced to soliciting. Claiming that he is making a film called Punishment starring Emraan Hashmi, Riya Sen and Siddharth Koirala, he has put on offer the secondary roles to aspirants who can cough up Rs 40,000 cash, no audition required. The role reversal neatly exploits hungry actors, who are struggling for a break in the industry.

Manuj Gulati, who has acted in Minus One and Romesh Sharma’s Dil Jo Bhi Kahe and has also appeared in several ads, is one such to whom the offer was made. Recalling the chain of events, Manuj says, “Debu, who was a classmate of mine at my acting school in 2004 gave me Sheikh’s number and asked me to co-ordinate with him if I wanted a role. Sheikh, who Partho later described as the co-producer of Punishment, straightaway told me that the role was mine if I could pay Rs 40,000 in cash. No audition would be required. He offered to give me a post-dated cheque for the amount and also promised to pay me a signing amount when the film took off.”

When Vickey Lalwani (posing as Manuj’s brother Sameer Gulati) and Manuj reached the office at Galaxy Heights, they were met by Debu, Sheikh and Partho, who reiterated the arrangement. A story narration and some bargaining later the amount was brought down to Rs 35,000 provided it was produced pronto because Partho had to catch a flight to Kolkata.

Camera grab of Partho Ghosh

Camera grab of  Sheikh

Camera grab of Debu

Explaining why the money was needed for the film due to start in February, Partho explained, “We are shooting the film in Germany. We have to give Rs 40 lakh to the German Tourism & Culture Department as a security deposit.”

Manuj was offered the role of a German police officer and Partho said his co-star would be Bill Clinton’s ex-girlfriend, who was a model. Debu claimed he was also doing a role but later, Partho retracted and said that neither Debu nor Emraan were part of the film but Milind Soman was.

When contacted, Riya Sen was incredulous. “Which film are you talking about? Have you gone mad? Punishment? What’s that?”

Milind shot back, “Why will I pay anybody? But a struggler will always pay. As for Partho’s film in Germany, Partho had spoken to me about a story he wanted to shoot in Germany but that was last year, and after that, he never got back to me.”

As a parting shot, Sheikh repeated the instructions, “Aapko cash dena hoga. We will be ready with the agreement and the post-dated cheque an hour from now.”

By Taran Adarsh, August 28, 2009 – 11:30 IST

Try stretching a rubber band beyond a point and it’s bound to snap. Try stretching a waferthin story and it’s bound to blow apart too. That’s precisely the problem with LOVE KHICHDI. Frankly, LOVE KHICHDI is a collage of romantic moments assembled by director Srinivas Bhashyam.

LOVE KHICHDI looks at the various women who flit in and out of the protagonist’s life. It’s a metro-centric concept that could’ve worked well if [a] the assorted women wouldn’t appear and disappear randomly and [b] the narrative had been limited to 1.30 hours, instead of 2 + hours.

These two factors make this khichdi far from appetising.

BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM

Vir [Randeep Hooda], a bachelor from a small town, works as a chef in a hotel in Mumbai; a handsome, charming and macho man who really needs to grow up.

Vir flirts with, yeans for, lusts after and is intimidated by one beautiful woman after another. From his man-hating maid Shanta Bai [Sonali Kulkarni], whom he ogles as she wipes his floor to the man-eating Nafisa [Kalpana Pandit], the powerful call-center executive… from the beauty-with-brains Sharmishta [Rituparna Sengupta] to the pretty and playful Parminder [Divya Dutta], Vir is drawn to them all.

All along, he is supported by his buddy, Sandhya [Sada], whom he takes for granted till it’s too late.

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LOVE KHICHDI mirrors the lifestyle of a section of youth today, who want to have all the fun, minus commitment. In this case, the film projects the flirtatious nature of a chef who believes in ‘no strings attached’ fun. The assorted women here add spice to his already spicy life. Very interesting!

But the escapades here are not as adventurous, as one expects them to be. Barring the portions involving the maid servant [Sonali Kulkarni] and also the adolescent neighbour [Riya Sen], the character sketches of the remaining women just doesn’t appeal.

To cite two instances, Rituparna Sengupta hides the fact that she’s a married woman till the very end, although she could’ve conveyed that much earlier. Also, Sada’s character seems so confused. Why doesn’t she reveal her true feelings beforehand? It would’ve saved so much time, frankly.

Director Srinivas Bhashyam had an interesting idea, but he loses the plot midway. Pritam’s music is humdrum. Dialogues are well penned at places.

Randeep sparkles all through, except towards the climax, when he breaks down. Amongst ladies, Sonal Kulkarni and Sada enact their parts very well. Riya Sen does bring a smile on your face. Saurabh Shukla is alright.

On the whole, this khichdi is just not yummy!

By Bollywood Hungama News Network, July 21, 2009 – 18:30 IST Raima Sen
In Bollywood, while one keeps on hearing about catfights between two heroines, but this one is an unheard of ever before. This is possibly the only sister jodi in Bollywood, Riya Sen and Raima Sen, both of whom will be seen sharing screen space together for the first time in Rituparno Ghosh’s Noukadubi.

Apparently, Rituparno had approached Riya and Raima for the film at the same time and both of them even received the script together. They were offered two very diverse roles and both of them had no qualms playing the characters. If our sources are to be believed, then, Riya initially thought Raima’s character had a lot more prominence and had much more scope and dimension to it as compared to hers. But being a thorough professional and a doting sister, Riya chose to go ahead with the role she was offered, as it was extremely challenging. What’s interesting about the entire episode is that both the actresses are playing roles very contrary to their public image. Our well placed sources revealed that while Riya Sen will be seen in a complete de-glam avatar, Raima will be playing a sophisticated woman.

Riya Sen
Speaking about her experience of working with Riya, Raima said, “It was nice to watch her do such a complex character. She was so easy and comfortable on the sets and with the director. Everyone pampered her silly! This is the first time I’ve played such a mature character in Rituda‘s film. I play the character of a learned and sophisticated woman who holds her own in any situation. It’s quite a contrast from Riya’s character who plays a naïve village belle.”

Riya stated, “Raima pampered me silly on the sets. Right from organizing the best make up vans and acquainting me with the staff in Kolkata, she was always a phone call away and kept everything prepared for me! Sometimes I felt I was treated like a baby, it felt like my first film.”

Talk of being life-time members of the mutual admiration society!

BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM

By: Shaheen Parkar Date: 2009-07-17

Mumbai:Ayesha Takia’s sibling Natasha is Bollywood bound. Like her elder sister, she too wants to be part of the film industry. The youngster has already begun the process of grooming herself to be an actress.

Says a source, “Though Natasha harboured aspirations of acting as well, she did not pursue it seriously. But after Ayesha’s marriage, she became more focussed and made up her mind.”

Her mother Faridah confirms, “Yes, Natasha is keen to be an actress as well. I have no reservations about it. Like Ayesha, I want her too to make a unique mark for herself. At the moment, she hasn’t signed any project but in the next six months, she will be ready. We are having her portfolio shot. She has already started attending dance classes.”

With Ayesha keen to help hubby Farhan Azmi in his hotel business as well as launch her line of clothing, Natasha now feels that she can step into her elder sister’s shoes.

Adds the source, “Natasha has lost a lot of weight and is keen to make it in B-Town. Her mom and sis have been telling her the hows and whys of the industry.”

Like Ayesha, Natasha too studied at St Anthony’s School. Interestingly, she has 18 piercings all over her body. But her mother says, “They have all gone now. That was done when she was 15 years old. As she wants to be an actress, she has removed them all. That was all part of her younger days.”

Actress sisters in B-Town
Karisma and Kareena Kapoor
Kajol and Tanishaa
Shilpa and Shamita Shetty
Riya and Raima Sen
Malaika Arora Khan and Amrita Arora Ladhak

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If a play is successful, it doesn’t necessarily mean that its cinematic adaption too would work. Paying Guests just confirms this. Based on a successful play, the film would have clicked even if it had some minor loopholes. But alas, the film falls at several places. Besides, the weak direction spoil the things more.

The story of the movie: Bhavesh (Shreyas Talpade), Parag (Jaaved Jaffery) and Parikshit (Aashish Chowdhary) live as paying guests at the place of Kiska (Asrani) in Bangkok. Due to bad luck, one day, all three of them are thrown out of their respective jobs. At this point of time enters into the scene, Parikshit’s cousin Jayesh (Vatsal Seth), who arrives at Bangkok to work as an architect. Bad times are still not over for the three paying guests as they are thrown out by Kiska. They now desperately search for a new landlord, who would give them a room at cheaper rate. Finally, they get one such person-Ballu Singh (Jhonny Lever), who is coincidentally the former employer of Bhavesh. He is willing to rent his house only on one condition-the paying guest should be married!  And so, Bhavesh and Parag take the guise of women and pretend to be Parikshit and Jayesh’s wives, Karishma and Kareena, in front of Ballu and his wife (Delnaaz Paul)! What follows is madness!

Problems with Paying Guests are many. The biggest culprit is of course the execution. The screenplay also is to blame. The idea at hand was wonderful-four friends trying to fool a landlord (This idea was wonderfully utilized in Dostana recently). However, it was not fully tapped.

To add more drama in the story, the writer had added two villains-Chunkey Pandey and Inder Kumar. But both of them don’t help to improve things much. And the climax-you have to see it to believe it! Akbar, Salim, Ravana, Thakur, Spider Man, Phoolan Devi, Shehanshah, Krrish and even Osama-all come under one roof (and on one stage) and perform! What’s more, Spider Man calls Ravana his best friend who in turn gets smitten by Anarkali! It can’t crazier than this! Although this spoof-filled climax does manage to make you laugh, it was one of the most stupid climaxes of all time!

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So any plus point in the film? Fortunately, yes! Besides nice performances, the film has some funny entertaining moments here and there which manage to raise a few laughs. The scene where the four friends are making fun of Asrani without knowing that he’s standing right at the back works well. Another funny sequence-Delnaaz believing that Shreyas is pregnant! Many such scenes succeed in entertaining.

Performance-wise, Shreyas Talpade was certainly the best one. Comedy has always been his forte and he performs perfectly, as per his character demanded. He was also very impressive in his women-act. He certainly deserves to be nominated for Best Comic Role!

Jaaved Jaffery and Ashish Chowdhary, too give a good a performance. Ashish was particularly excellent in the scenes with Neha Dhupia. Vatsal Seth, like everytime, looks charming. Jhonny Lever was as usual funny. Delnaaz Paul fails to make the viewers laugh. Same for Chunkey Pandey who was irritating. I wish he can repeat his Apna Sapna Money Money magic. Inder Kumar was horrible. Paintal was bearable.

The film also has four heroines-Neha Dhupia, Celina Jaitly, Sayali Bhagat and Riya Sen, who add to the glamour quotient in the film. However, only Neha Dhupia succeeds in making a mark. In one scene, one could clearly see her grey hair!

Sajid-Wajid’s music was plain average. Songs were added unnecessarily in the film. 2 songs-‘Jack & Jill’ and the title song stand out. P Shelvakumar’s cinematography was good. Although the film is shot in Pataya, its scenic locales were not showed much in the film. Dialogues, especially the ones mouthed by the four actors and Jhonny were funny. But the lines of Delnaaz, Chunkey and Inder were plain horrible.

Paritosh Painter impressed one and all with his screenplay and dialogues in Dhamaal. He has also directed plays, many of which are super-hits. Unfortunately, Paritosh fails to deliver this time. Paritosh is a great play director, but couldn’t do justice as a film director. The story (also penned by him) was good and could have been made into a better film. Better luck next time, Paritosh!

The only good scenes in the film:
1.   The first scene
2.   Bhavesh getting a call from a 7 star hotel
3.   The four friends making fun of Kiska (Asrani)
4.   Chunkey trying to rape Shreyas
5.   Delnaz assuming that Shreyas is pregnant
6.   Scenes of Paintal

On the whole, Paying Guests is a disappointment. It makes you laugh, but only in very few places. It’s better to avoid it and instead watch it on VCD/DVD/Cable later!

My rating-** out of 5!

This review first appeared on MouthShut.com: http://www.mouthshut.com/review/Paying_Guests-169841-1.html

By Trade Guide, June 12, 2009 – 16:51 IST

A good idea gone wrong. That summarizes ZOR LAGAA KE… HAIYA in a sentence.

The Indian audiences are gradually tilting towards sensitive and meaningful subjects. If the idea makes sense, but the writing and execution of the material doesn’t, then all efforts go in vain. That’s a prime reason why this film suffers.

BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM

ZOR LAGAA KE… HAIYA is about how a group of children, with the help of a homeless man, overcome all the obstacles to save a tree from being razed by a money-minded construction giant and his contractor. Their quest mirrors the apathy of contemporary society to such types of environmental issues.

// ZOR LAGAA KE… HAIYA has its share of interesting moments and Ashwin Chitale contributes to making this film an interesting exercise. Portions that depict the gang befriending him, his plight, his tricks and how he gets them out of trouble, keep your interest alive.

At the same time, ZOR LAGAA KE… HAIYA has its share of unexciting moments. The portions between Mahesh Manjrekar and Riya Sen are irritating and could’ve been avoided. The comedy too seems forced. Director Girish Girija Joshi could’ve made an absorbing fare, given the fact that the concept is indeed novel. Music too is weak.

Mithun Chakrabarty delivers a regular performance. Gulshan Grover seems slightly unrealistic as a comic bad man. Mahesh Manjrekar is nice, but his character lets him down. Raj Zutshi is alright. Riya Sen is wasted. Among the kids, Ashwin Chitale is wonderful. Hardik Thakkar, Meghan Jadhav, Ayesha Kaduskar are Ritwik Tyagi are alright.

On the whole, ZOR LAGAA KE… HAIYA is a good idea gone wrong. It, therefore, holds limited chances.

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JULY 10-SANKAT CITY; MORNING WALK; DEKH BHAI DEKH

JULY 17-KISSAN; BAHCELOR PARTY

NOTE:

SANKAT CITY INITALLY SCHEDULED TO RELEASE ON JUNE 26 BUT NOW RELEASING ON JULY 10

AGYAAT INITALLY TO RELEASE ON JULY 24 BUT NOW IT WILL HIT THE SCREENS ON AUGUST 7

KAMINEY RELEASING ON AUGUST 14