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By Nikhil Ramsubramaniam, December 24, 2009 – 18:27 IST

Chetan Bhagat Very few authors have managed to reach out to such a wide audience as Chetan Bhagat. The writer of international bestsellers like ‘5 Point Someone’, ‘One Night @ Call Centre’, ‘3 Mistakes of My Life’ and ‘2 States’ have been widely read and now he is all set to see yet another of his book being made into a film. On the eve of 3 Idiots release, Chetan Bhagat speaks to Bollywood Hungama and talks about why 3 Idiots is a special film, his next big project and lots more.

After ‘One Night @ the Call Centre’, yet another book of yours ‘5 Point Someone’ is all set to be seen in its celluloid version (3 Idiots). How does it feel?
It feels great. This time it’s a far bigger film, the buzz about 3 Idiots is enormous. We have done the right thing by putting the film ahead of us. It’s an incredible feeling to be able to reach out to so many people through the medium of cinema.

Initially I did sit down with Raju and Abhijat while they were deciding to make a film based on ‘5 Point Someone‘. I even went to IIT with Abhijat a couple of times.

The screenplay has been written by Raju Hirani and Abhijat Joshi…Would you have liked to be a part of the screenplay writing process?
Initially I did sit down with Raju and Abhijat while they were deciding to make a film based on ‘5 Point Someone’. I even went to IIT with Abhijat a couple of times. But it was just not possible for me to be involved at every stage of the screenplay writing process since I was in Hong Kong at that time, working full time and busy writing other books. Moreover, Abhijat is based in USA, Raju was in the US for quite a while working on the screenplay but it was not practical for me to do that.

3 Idiots is different from the book but at the same time it does borrow many things from the book. The core theme and message of the film is coming from the book itself.

The question on everyone’s mind is how similar the film is to the book? Raju Hirani says that the film is just 10% of the book….your comments.
I don’t think Raju must have said something like that. In fact I just met him a few days ago and we spoke at length about the film etc. See…’5 Point Someone’ has over the years achieved cult status and has its own loyal fans. I am sure they would like to see each and every moment of the book on the big screen but that is not how the process works. Adapting a book and making it into a film is a relatively new thing in India. The film retains the soul of the book. 3 Idiots is different from the book but at the same time it does borrow many things from the book. The core theme and message of the film is coming from the book itself. And that’s why the makers have officially credited the film as ‘Based on a novel by Chetan Bhagat’

You are but obviously not directly involved with the film and its promotional strategies…does it upset you?
Not at all…at the end of the day I want the film to be a good film and I am happy that a film whose base is generated from my book has generated so much response and is the talk of the town.

Aamir recently was on an innovative promotional spree travelling the length and breadth of the country…what do you think about this marketing strategy?
Chetan Bhagat When you have Aamir Khan, I don’t think anybody else needs to be involved in marketing of the film. Aamir is known for his innovative style of marketing. He will never directly say, ‘Please come and watch my film’ but he will do something that will grab your attention and make you go and watch the film. I am really inspired by his marketing. In fact there is a lesson for a lot of Indian marketing companies on the way Aamir does the marketing of his films.

Moving on from 3 Idiots, how is work coming along on the film based on your book ‘3 Mistakes of My Life’ being made by Excel Entertainment?

I am really inspired by Aamir’s marketing. In fact there is a lesson for a lot of Indian marketing companies on the way Aamir does the marketing of his films.

Abhishek Kapoor (the director) is very conscious of the comparisons that will come between the book and the film and hence we (Abhijit, Pubali Chaudhari and I) are taking great care in writing the screenplay of the film. In fact even today as we speak, I am working on the screenplay of the film based on ‘3 Mistakes Of My life’. We are aware that after Rock On and 3 Idiots, there will be a lot of expectations from people and hence we are working very hard on getting the screenplay right. I think we should be able to finalise it soon and begin casting in a month or so.

Your most recent novel ‘2 States’ was launched a couple of months ago…how has been the response so far?
‘2 States’ has had a fantastic response… easily the best of all the 4 books, that’s because it’s a very universal love story with a good dose of humour. It’s a very good book for a lot of people to relate and enjoy. It also carries a nice message. Especially in the South, the book has done extraordinarily well. I think I have been able to meet my fans expectations which is the ultimate dream for any writer.

2 States‘ has had a fantastic response… easily the best of all the 4 books, that’s because it’s a very universal love story with a good dose of humour.

That book would make for an interesting Bollywood potboiler…any plans to adapt that book into a film too?
There have been many offers but I know that my fans would like me to be involved with only A-grade Bollywood. I don’t want to sell the rights to any filmmaker just for the heck of it. It should go into the right hands so that it emerges as one of the best films of the year

What else are you busy with these days apart from tweeting….the buzz is that you are scripting a film?
Twitter is a great way to stay connected with my fans. Yes…I do want to script a romantic comedy. Abhishek Kapoor has taught me a lot about screenplay writing. The best part about working with Abhishek is that he has shown me how the screenplay language works and also how to use restraint. Rock On was such a film that expressed so much more in spite of being subtle. My books tend to be quite filmy sometimes (laughs). It’s ironical that a filmmaker is telling me to be less filmy but I am forever indebted to Abhishek for teaching me these things about screenplay writing. Now I am hoping that I can do a better job.

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SUNSHINE GIRL: Deepika Padukone flashes a sunny smile… confident that her skin is being looked after by Neutrogena
Not Deepika Padukone, who’s the original Sunshine Girl of Bollywood…

NIMISHA TIWARI Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 14, 2009)

No, this isn’t what your thinking. The dusky and leggy Deepika Padukone is not striking a pose for BT on the sets of Karthik Calling Karthik, her forthcoming romantic comedy with Farhan Akhtar next year after the thumping success in July with Saif Ali Khan of Love Aaj Kal. This is Deepika like you’ve never seen her before… totally feminine, revealing beauty secrets, talking about what affects her skin tone and clarity, and what being out in the sun and exposed to harsh UV rays for long periods of time on work does to her. “But, no problem,” says the dimpled actress flashing a million watt smile, “I use a beauty product that helps me maintain skin tone and keeps my skin radiant even in the sun.” She swears by Neutrogena Fine Fairness Cream SPF 20 — which works from inside and reduces melanin formation, giving her clear, even-toned skin and a glowing complexion, while externally its UVA and UVB filters protect her from the sun. “The Neutrogena brand is a combination of science and beauty, it has wonderful, innovative products that deliver on their promises,” said Deepika, explaining why she was its brand ambassadress. Agreeing with the actress is eminent dermatologist Dr. Abhijit Desai, who said, “Studies have shown that just one hour in the sun can set one’s fairness efforts back by eight weeks. This is a useful product as it combines a fairness moisturiser with a sunblock. This helps in minimising tanning while the sunblock protects from further pigmentation. A product perfect for Indian skin indeed.”

Rohit Dhawan’s directorial debut shelved; he is working on a rom com now

By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 24, 2009)


Times aren’t good for director David Dhawan. Yesterday, we broke the news about how Salman Khan is not letting him direct Sanki and now, we have learnt that his son Rohit’s debut directorial venture has gone kaput.

The Akshay Kumar-John Abraham starrer, Come on Pappu has been shelved and the junior Dhawan is now working on an entirely new film, a romantic comedy, which is yet untitled. Rohit confirms, “Yes, I am not making Come on Pappu anymore.”

 

Rohit Dhawan / Pic: Yogen Shah

A source reveals, “Come on Pappu was in trouble because several production houses were backing out. Initially, the film was to be produced by Percept Picture Company, but they backed out due to lack of funds. Rohit then took his project to Studio 18, but they refused to go ahead with it, thanks to Akshay’s exorbitant fee and John’s huge fee hike post the success of his films, Dostana and New York. Come on Pappu was then taken to Eros, who too eventually backed out.”

“Come on Pappu was a big-budget film and some really advanced technology had to be used to make it. Rohit finally decided to scrap the project altogether and moved on to write a romantic comedy. He has also auditioned a few actors from the industry for his new film,” adds the source.

Rohit says, “I am writing something else now. Due to market constraints, Come on Pappu couldn’t see light of day as it was an expensive film.” So, will the star cast remain the same for the new film, we ask Rohit. “I am still working on the script. I’ll start casting only once I am done with the final script,” he replies.

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TWO DIVERSE FILMS THIS WEEKEND!

8 Fridays left before the year 2009 comes to an end. Out of these 8, 7 Fridays are marked with the release of some very big and significant films. Tomorrow, Fri Nov 6, will see the release of two extremely diverse films-Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (APKGK) and Jail. While the former is an adorable romantic comedy, the latter is an intense realistic film.

Without doubt, APKGK has an edge over Jail. The Ranbir-Katrina starrer will surely open huge thanks to its lead pair, songs, wonderful promotion and its director (Rajkumar Santoshi) who is back to comic genre after Andaz Apna Apna. Also I feel even the title of the film is damn impressive. What makes it unique is that it’s a long one! Nowadays, we hardly have film titles consisting of 5 words. We mostly find one or two word titles. The very few recent long titled films which I can recollect is Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Maan Gaye Mughall-E-Azam, Money Hai To Honey Hai, Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na etc. Coming back to the film, it also seems like a clean entertainer and thus, a perfect family film as well. However, again, the big names associated with the film and wonderful promos don’t guarantee that the film would rock (recently, there have been many such films). So, I am gonna watch this film but like everytime, with less expectations!

Jail, on the other hand, have more chances of being impressive than APKGK. Director Madhur Bhandarkar has always projected realism wonderfully and Jail also looks like another winner from his side. The true picture inside prisons that the film is going to place before the audience is a major reason for watching this film. Neil Mukesh, like everytime, has gone into the skin of his character and is expected to deliver a smashing performance. The film should grow big time with a positive word-of-mouth.

In the end, it will be the content and the audience verdict that will matter. So which film are you planning to watch? Do let me know!
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PAA’S FIRST CUT IS OUT!

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The first cut of the most unique film of the year, Paa, is out! The USP of the film as we all know by now is Amitabh Bachchan portraying a 12 year old child suffering from Progeria with Abhishek Bachchan and Vidya Balan as its parents. The film is directed by Cheeni Kum director R Balki. On the eve of the promo release, I was mightily excited with so many questions running in my mind! Will Amitabh Bachchan look convincing as the child? How has he altered his voice, posture, mannerisms etc in order to suit his character? Will Abhishek Bachchan look convincing as Amitabh’s dad? And what about Vidya Balan? Will she be sidelined in this film or does she have an important role as Big B’s mom? So many questions but not all got a satisfying reply. The first teaser exposes Big B’s looks but doesn’t project his dialogue-delivery. But I am sure it’ll manage to create hype with each passing day!

Ideally, the promotional campaign of the film should have kick-started last month on Oct 11 i.e. on Amitabh Bachchan’s birthday. It would have been the best day for the launch. But instead, the makers just gave a full page ad of the film in newspapers with no pic of its lead actors and just a write-up ‘Amitabh turns 13 today’! Now, the film is just a month away (it’s releasing on Dec 4) and the maker may not get much time to publicize now.

TO WATCH THE PROMO OF PAA CLICK HERE

This post first appeared on MouthShut.com: http://www.mouthshut.com/diary/cacdloqto/Fenils-Bollywood-Talk73

Akshay Kumar has backed out of Kunal Kohli’s film

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 28, 2009)

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Just when Kunal Kohli thought that the male lead of his untitled forthcoming romantic comedy had been finalised, he has been left in the lurch. Akshay Kumar, who had earlier agreed to do his film, has backed out. Buzz is that the star was unhappy with Kunal shouting from the rooftops about him doing the film.

A source says, “Akshay was livid when he heard that Kunal had told his close aides and even some sections of the media that he had found the male lead. Kunal got carried away when Akshay showed interest in the subject in their initial talks.”

A couple of days ago, Akshay finally told Kunal that he is not doing the film. The source adds, “Kunal is still clueless about what went wrong. It is said that when Akshay read the script in totality, he found many loopholes. That’s when his interest started waning. Now Kunal will have to begin a fresh hunt. But one thing is sure, the next time he will surely not open his mouth in haste.”

Ever since Kunal broke off all ties with Yash Raj Films, after Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic, he has been facing a tough time in finding an A-lister male lead for his next film. First, Saif Ali Khan refused to do his film. Then, he went to Ranbir Kapoor, who asked for changes in the script as he found the plot too hackneyed. Then, Shahid Kapoor and Imran Khan also turned him down. Looks like people are not willing to forget the fate of his last release, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic (2008), which was a box office disaster. One dud has washed away the success of Hum Tum (2004) and Fanaa (2006) and changed his equation in Bollywood.

Kunal Kohli remained unavailable for comment.

FREE SPIRITED: Ashutosh Gowariker and (right) Priyanka Chopra
Actress Priyanka Chopra and filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker match their raashees as their film readies for release


SHARIN WADER BUTANI Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; September 25, 2009)


Priyanka Chopra has everything going in her favour — success at the BO, awards, and now there’s also the possibility of making it to the Guinness World Records. And for that, she has filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker to thank. It’s in his, UTV Motion Pictures and AGPPL’s film, What’s Your Raashee? with Harman Baweja, that she’s played 12
different characters, something that no female actor has ever done before. “It’s great. I hope it happens. The paper work’s going on,” said Priyanka, who’s played a character from each of the 12 zodiac signs. But Ashutosh has other concerns. “If she makes it, it will go down in history. But my focus now is on how the audience will accept the film. It’s the first time I’ve done a romantic comedy,” said the producer about his film which has Harman playing Yogesh Patel who’s forced to choose a bride from out of the 12 proposals that he gets, all played by Priyanka, of course. “Playing 12 characters from 12 raashees was quite tough,” said the actress, who in reality is a true blue Cancerian. “I’m homely, emotional, possessive and very protective… but I’m also very moody. Sometimes, even I’ve no control over my moods,” she said, also confessing to her biggest fear, “I’m scared of heart breaks.” But that doesn’t change her belief in love marriages. “My mom gets into fits and tells me, ‘You know, you should get married now’ …but I don’t take her seriously ‘coz I’ve been hearing her say that since I was 20,” she laughed and added, “My ‘love’ marriage will be with the consent of my parents. So the boy better know — he’ll have to get my dad’s permission. We are very old fashioned that way.”

But Ashutosh is forward thinking. He didn’t doubt Harman’s skills even though his earlier films had bombed at the BO. “I asked myself and my wife Sunita two questions: Do we want him even if his LoveStory 2050 fails? What if Victory also bombs? But we decided that he was the best choice. I believe in giving a person a second chance,” he said.

After the release of the film, Ashutosh will be making the rounds of the theatres across the country, watching the film with the aam junta. “But the two theatres that are like barometers for me are Gaiety Galaxy and Chandan in Mumbai,” he said. Even Priyanka is keeping her fingers crossed, “I believe in box office success. Nobody makes films to sit and watch in their drawing rooms.”
sharin.wader@timesgroup.com


NOT JUST A PRETTY FACE: Sonam Kapoor. For more pictures of the actress, log on to http://photogallery.indiatimes.com

… says Sonam Kapoor, who is taking off in an altogether fresh direction

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; August 25, 2009)

Sonam Kapoor is single in real life, but she will be wooed by three men in her next film Aisha, a romantic comedy based on Jane Austen’s Emma. The film is being produced by her sister Rhea under their father Anil Kapoor’s banner. And, it has current favourites Abhay Deol, Arunoday Singh and VJ Cyrus Sahukar pitching for the 22-year-old actress who, at two films, is already a celebrated name in Bollywood.

“But hello,’’ says Sonam, who is flying to New Delhi to start work on the film, “women outnumber men on this project.’’ The director is Rajshri Ojha, screenplay writer Devika Bhagat, dialogue writers Ritu Bhatia and Devika, production designer Shruti Gupte, costume designer Pernia Qureshi, my sister Rhea is the producer and I’m the lead actress. Of course, there are a few talented men on the project — like Javed Akhtar saab (lyrics), Amit Trivedi (music) and Manu Rishi (dialogues) but, by and large, it’s going to be one big hen party.’’

What’s more, almost the entire cast and a major part of the crew are in the age group of 25-26. “I thought I was one of the youngest girls in Bollywood,’’ says Sonam. “But when I started work on Aisha, I realised almost everyone on the set is my age or even younger than I am.’’

Sonam, who has been having readings for the film with Abhay, says of the actor, “He is supertalented. I can’t tell you how excited I am to work with him.
He is playing Mr Knightley in Aisha and I can barely wait for shooting to begin.’’ What’s more, as soon as she wraps up Aisha, she will join Imran Khan on the sets of Karan Johar’s romantic caper I Hate Luv Stories directed by debutant Puneet Malhotra. “Both films are very different from each other,’’ says Sonam, and yes, she is fully aware that she makes a swinging pair with the light-eyed Imran too.

“I’m thrilled with the direction my career is going,’’ says the youngster unable to keep the excitement out of her voice.

Understandably so. Sonam has had a couple of glitches in the initial stages. But one thing that was never in doubt is her talent. In that area, she reigns supreme.

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