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Check out the promo of the upcoming Shahid-Genelia flick FIRST ON THE NET HERE!

Cast: SHAHID KAPOOR, GENELIA D’SOUZA

Producer: RONNIE SCREWVALA (UTV Motion Pictures)

Director: KEN GHOSH

Source: BIG CINEMAS.COM

Special Thanks: SHALU DHYANI!

Check out the first poster of the film here


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PICK YOUR CHOICE THIS DIWALI!

Diwali is round the corner and three very big films are set to release in the Diwali weekend. These films are Blue, All The Best and Main Aurr Mrs Khanna. Over the last two years, it has been seen that the Diwali week attracts the highest number of audiences which result into mind boggling collections. Last year’s Diwali release, Golmaal Returns surprised one and all after it collected 38.69 crores(Source: Boxofficeindia.com) in its opening Diwali week! This year too, historic collections are expected to happen by these three films. My take on these films:

BLUE: Undoubtedly, Blue leads in the Diwali race. The film has aroused the highest curiosity among moviegoers and is expected to have an earth-shattering opening. But in order to sustain in theatres, it should be a well-made film. Also, what goes against the film is its verrrrryyyy high budget. The figure is not known-some say its 90 crs, others peg it at 100 crs and Times of India 2 days mentioned it as 120 crs. Whatever maybe the cost, it is definitely huge and in order to recover the amount, the film needs to be good so that it can attract as many audiences as possible. Here’s wishing the film and its team good luck!

ALL THE BEST: This is an important film as it marks Ajay Devgn’s debut as a producer with his banner ‘Ajay Devgn Ffilms’. Also this is the first film where Ajay’s surname will be spelt as ‘Devgn’ instead of Devgan. So he’s the latest to join in the bandwagon of actors screwing their names for numerological reasons! I wonder how can people think that removing or adding an alphabet in their names will result in their film becoming a hit?! If Ram Gopal Verma had made some alterations in his name, then would Aag been a blockbuster?! Make good films, publicise them well and release it at a right time-that’s the simple and magical formula! Coming back to the film, All The Best (ATB) promos are impressive and people are equally excited for it as for Blue. It remains to be seen as to which films registers higher collections, although chances are that Blue will lead.

MAIN AURR MRS KHANNA: This is a film which may get neglected due to ATB and Blue. The film’s opening day collections may be bad but it pick up by word-of-mouth. But for that, the film has to be well-made. Salman-Kareena pairing is excellent (Coincidentally, the last time they had paired together was for Kyon Ki, which had also released in Diwali in 2005!). Preity Zinta’s item number ‘Happening’ is loved by some while others have dubbed it as ‘Poor man’s Kajra Re’! The film is produced by Sohail Khan and Ronnie Screwvala (UTV). But due to some dispute between the two, Screwvala’s name is not seen in the film’s ads in newspapers and TV. I sincerely hope that Main Aurr Mrs Khanna (MAMK) works at the BO if genuine efforts are put in.

Both Blue and ATB are made on a lavish budget and some experts are of the view that these films should have got a solo release. This is applicable especially for Blue. With such a high cost, the film should not have had any competition as ATB and MAMK may eat into its collections. But on the flipside, Blue may profit a lot from the overseas territories. Shemaroo, the overseas distributors of Blue, have planned to release this film in territories where no Hindi film has ever released before. This is a right move, considering that Blue has global appeal. Also, there is no big film releasing next Fri (Oct 23). So all three films has two weeks to rake in as much moolah as possible! Good luck to all the three films! May all films succeed big time at the BO!

And do let me know which film you are most interested in!

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By Shaheen Parkar (MID-DAY; October 10, 2009)

UTV gayab from Main Aurr Mrs Khanna ads

The ads of Salman-Kareena starrer Main Aurr Mrs Khanna in newspapers, over the last three days, feature only Sohail Khan Productions without the mention of its co-producer UTV.

The disappearance of UTV’s name or of producer Ronnie Screwvala a week before its release has led to speculation about relations between the two companies.

“Sohail is miffed by UTV’s style of functioning, and this is his way of showing his displeasure,” a source said.

Showdown

Earlier this week, Sohail and the UTV team had a showdown over monetary issues, according to the source.

Coming soon: The film stars Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor and releases on October 16

“Sohail had struck a deal for two films Kissan and Main Aurr Mrs Khanna with UTV. Due to Kissan’s thanda box-office release, UTV cut down the earlier deal of Rs 51 crore to Rs 31 crore.

But after  Wanted became a huge draw, Sohail asked for Rs 41 crore, which they refused. This irked Sohail and he had a fight with Ronnie,” the source added.

Sohail said, “There was no fight. Ronnie and I are good friends.” But the source insisted, “The reason Sohail is being diplomatic and denying the fight is because he is awaiting payments from UTV.

Once he obtains his monies, only then will he reveal the truth.” Director Prem Soni said, “Keep me out of this. Speak to the producers.”

The Other Side

UTV sources said, “UTV’s name was dropped at the behest of their auditors. UTV is in the midst of shifting offices from Mauritius, due to which there has been a lack of proper communication.”

Cast: SHAHID KAPOOR, GENELIA D’SOUZA

Producer: RONNIE SCREWVALA (UTV Motion Pictures)

Director: KEN GHOSH

Source: BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM

Check out the exclusive promo of the film here!

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TIMES NEWS NETWORK (BOMBAY TIMES; August 17, 2009)


Reaching out to a global audience with critically acclaimed box office hits, seems to be UTV Motion Pictures’ strategy. And how does Ronnie Screwvala’s production house do this? By making its presence felt at the most prestigious film festivals in the world, from Italy to Shanghai and New York to Moscow. Also Venice, where Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Delhi 6 and Anurag Kashyap’s Dev. D will be screened at the 66th Venice International Film Festival next month in the ‘Out Of Competition’ section; and Toronto, where Ashutosh Gowariker’s forthcoming What’s Your Raashee? will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 19. The romantic comedy’s stars, Priyanka Chopra and Harman Baweja, will attend this show along with producers Ronnie and Sunita A and Gowariker himself.


Siddharth Roy Kapur, CEO, UTV Motion Pictures, said, “It is indisputably
acknowledged as the artistic pinnacle for a film to be screened at Venice and Toronto — two of the most acclaimed film festivals. Receiving a platform there for three of our films is a rare honour.” Gowariker added, “We are very fortunate What’s Your Raashee? will be premiered at Toronto where, I believe, 64 countries are showcasing films before an audience of 300,000. I’m looking forward to getting the first international reactions to my romantic comedy with 13 songs!” While Rakeysh said of Delhi 6, “The new version of the film has done the trick. Being invited for screening at Venice is the first sign towards the acceptance of this version. The organisers are interested in screening it more than just once, which is very encouraging.”


New markets for UTV include Taiwan and Italy, where its films Jodhaa Akbar, A
Wednesday! Welcome to Sajjanpur, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! and Mumbai Meri Jaan have proudly been doing the rounds of the festival circuit. Welcome to Sajjanpur, in particular, was screened at the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily, and will next be shown at the Indo-American Arts Council’s MIAAC Film Festival in New York, the Fukuoka International Film Festival in Japan and the Indian Ocean Film Festival at Reunion Islands. While A Wednesday! was selected for the Shanghai International Film Festival in the Competition section for the ‘Asian New Talent Award’ and for the Bollywood & Beyond Indian Film Festival in Stuttgart, along with Mumbai Meri Jaan.


Two UTV films of 2008 that have proved to be big

draws internationally are Fashion and Jodhaa Akbar. Fashion, for which Priyanka Chopra swept many awards, was screened at the Moscow International Film Festival and the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PIFFF) in South Korea; it has also been invited to the Kaohsiung Film Festival in Taiwan this October. While Jodhaa Akbar made the Barcelona Asia Film Festival in Spain as part of the Official selection and the Shanghai International Film Festival in the Panorama section. The Hrithik-Aishwarya starrer has also been invited to the Helsinki International Film Festival in September. And along with A Wednesday! and Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, it was screened as part of a special exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York with Naseeruddin Shah and Abhay Deol introducing their respective films. Kashyap, the director of Dev. D, said, “UTV is making films that have real international potential in terms of content and not just face value. Their films are changing the world’s perception of Indian cinema.”

Cast: SALMAN KHAN, KAREENA KAPOOR, SOHAIL KHAN, GOVINDA (Sp. Apperance)

Producer: RONNIE SCREWVALA, SOHAIL KHAN

Director: PREM SONI

Source: BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM

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GET READY FOR THE FINAL 2 BIGGIES OF THE SEASON!

Aha! This weekend would be fantastic! 2 biggies are all set to compete with each other! Some of the big names of the industry are associated with these 2 films. While Vishal Bharadwaj’s Kaminey is produced by the highly respected Ronnie Screwvala of UTV Motion Pictures and stars Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, Life Partner is important as its Abbas-Mustan’s first produced film.

Talking about Kaminey, the film has created utmost curiosity since the time its promo was unveiled in Feb-end during Delhi-6. The teaser was novel and it really made moviegoers wait for the film. Not to forget, the director of the, Vishal Bharadwaj, is counted as one of the finest directors of Bollywood today. Shahid’s double role has impressed everyone and his pairing with Priyanka Chopra gave a new story to tabloids that they both are seeing each other. Then Mumbai Mirror newspaper stated as to how they broke up and that they are coming up with strange ideas so as to avoid bumping into each other while promoting Kaminey. But last week, they both came together at an event for promotion! Wonder what Mumbai Mirror has to say about this!

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The Dhan Te Nan song has further increased the hype for the film. So almost every moviegoer feel the film is going to rock. Thus, the film will surely take a great opening. Moreover, Friday 14th is a holiday (Gokulashtmi) and Independence Day is on Saturday. Also, Parsi New Year falls on Wednesday 19th. Moviegoers will definitely go for Kaminey in huge numbers during these holidays. Kaminey is such a lucky product, indeed!

However, Kaminey should turn out to be a good product, only then it’ll sustain in theatres for a long time and make a huge profit. Or else, it may fizzle out after a huge opening. Also, the film has been unfortunately awarded an ‘A’ certificate by the Censor Board. The film doesn’t have explicit violence or abusive words and Vishal tried to explain this but unfortunately, his plea fell on deaf ears. And due to this, the film may fail to attract the under-18 crowd.

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On the other hand, Life Partner is complete opposite of Kaminey! It looks like a light cute and funny film. The interesting part of it is that it’s the film of Abbas-Mustan as a producer. The director duo has provided finest films to the viewers since more than a decade. I always used to feel as to why they don’t turn into producers since they already are in the industry since a long time. Finally, they got into production and launched their production house, Burmawala Bros, with Life Partner as their first film. But they’ll be investing on film of every genre.

What interests you in the promos of Life Partner is the Fardeen-Genelia pairing-they look wonderful together! The film may turn out to be damn entertaining. However, it has a huge competition in the form of Kaminey and it may hugely affect Life Partner’s collections. Let’s hope both films turn out to be good and that both films are able to do a good job at the BO!

People staying in Mumbai, Thane and Pune won’t be able to catch both the films till Saturday as all theatres and multiplexes are closed down, thanks to swine flu scare. Cineplexes should start from Sunday onwards. Let’s hope it does!
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MERE DESH KI DHARTI SONA UGLE-REMIX!

The makers of Kisaan (*ing Sohail Khan, Arbaaz Khan, Jackie Shroff, Dia Mirza, Nauheed Cyrusi, Rahul Dev) have come up with a novel way of promoting their film. They have developed a remix of Upkaar’s famous song, Mere Desh Ki Dharti, and have incorporated in the film. The song has already started being aired on TV. The first thing that comes in my mind is that how the makers got the rights of the song. That’s all thanks to Salim Khan (father of Sohail and Arbaaz) who persuaded close friend Manoj Kumar to let them use the song.

I happen to see the song two days back and I was disappointed hugely. They have completely tampered with the song and the video doesn’t impress at all. That’s what I felt. I’ve uploaded the song below-please do watch and let me know your view on it!
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Cast: SHREYAS TALPADE, KAY KAY MENON, MAHIE GILL, SHEHNAZ TREASURYWALA

Producer: RONNIE SCREWVALA (UTV SPOTBOY)

Director: INDRAJIT NATTOJI

Source: BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM

Cast: HARMAN BAWEJA, PRIYANKA CHOPRA

Producer: RONNIE SCREWVALA, SUNITA GOWARIKER

Director: ASHUTOSH GOWARIKER

Source: BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM

Vishal Bharadwaj is as much of an enigma as his films. He goes incommunicado when he is shooting a film but is wonderfully articulate and expressive once the pressure is off. Perhaps because he started his career as a music director, his films are appealingly lyrical and poetic even as they explore the dark side of human behaviour
By Indu Mirani (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 22, 2009)
All your films explore the dark side of the human psyche…

Yes, I have been doing that right from Makdee, in which I tried to show life from the point of view of a child. As a child, I remember, one of my relatives was supposedly possessed by a ghost and we would take him to a Maulvi to get rid of the ghost. I was only 14 – 15 years of age and I was traumatised. Then as I grew up, I realised that I had to get this out of my system and so I made Makdee. I tried to do the exorcising with Maqbool and Omkara too but I think we can never get rid of our dark side. We get dark images everyday. But Kaminey, I would say, has the lightest side of that darkness presented in a humorous manner with some seriousness.Where did Kaminey originate? Was it an incident or a film or a book that inspired you?

Four years ago, Mira Nair assembled writers from America, India and Canada to mentor ten students from Asia and Africa. This scriptwriting workshop was held in Kampala, Yuganda. A young writer from Nairobi showed me a script which was a story about twin brothers and what happens in their life in a span of 24 hours. It was like parallel cutting and I really liked that approach. Mira and I spoke about it at length and both of us felt that it was a typical Bollywood masala movie. I was in touch with that writer for the next six months. He also sent me another draft. Then two-three years later I asked him to sell me the idea. He was in need of money so I sent him some 4000 dollars and bought the script to make any time. I picked up that idea and added Bollywood masala and my dark and serious side to it. So now, one brother stammers and the other has a lisp.

I thought that it would be exciting to make. But it wasn’t that easy. It was very tough and I had to work really hard. I would never like to make such a film again.

Evidently you took this film to several actors before you signed Shahid. How far is this true?

When I was working with Aamir Khan on Mr Mehta and Mrs Singh and we would sit together for drinks, Aamir would narrate two ideas to me and then I would narrate six to him. He would get excited about them and we would say we would work together. When I narrated this idea to him he expressed his desire to do this double role. It’s the same with Shahid and me. I must have narrated six other ideas to Shahid too but it’s not necessary that I will cast Shahid in each one of them.

If we are to be so guarded when we are working together, it will not be possible to work. When Saif and I were working, I would do the same thing with him too. He too got really excited about this movie. But when I actually decided to make the movie, I genuinely found that Saif was a little over age according to the character and I wanted someone younger. So it was my choice, I never offered it to anyone.

Today I might tell a story to Shahid but I might make the film with Emran Hashmi. That doesn’t mean I had offered it to Shahid. Shahid has offered me umpteen number of things. Kareena had said that she wouldn’t work with anyone apart from me. If we were to go by that she would only have one release every three years and not be able to work in even three films during her career.

There is a huge difference between discussing and narrating and offering someone a film and I would like to clear up the rumour by saying that Kaminey was never offered to anyone else and so no one rejected it. This film wasn’t ever offered to Saif. Saif and Aamir are very fine actors but ultimately it’s about my choice.

Does the title Kaminey reflect young people’s fascination for things negative?

I think today’s youth is more open to face their mean side. There is less hypocrisy and in time, that too will decrease. And something negative always attracts attention. I was at the airport and a couple with their little boy recognised me and started talking to me. The boy asked me “Uncle, what is the name of your movie?” and the father immediately said, “I will tell you later. Not now.” I said, “Why will you tell him later? It’s not a maa-behan ki gaali.” And I told the boy that the name was Kaminey. That kid laughed aloud.

During Omkara, I met an MP, who was upset with me because of the abusive language in the film. I asked him, when there is a clash going on in the streets with a lot of abusive language used by people, do you really go and stop them? So why do you want us to portray what is not true? We are giving you an option to avoid watching the film by giving it an A certificate. I have the right to portray reality. But I feel we become very uncomfortable with our own language. It’s easy for us to say f**k but in our language we can’t say it at all, only because that is our conditioning. We feel really offended in our language. But the youth don’t care.

Your films have been critically acclaimed but have never been a big success. Do you think Kaminey will break that pattern?

I have thought this for all my films till now. I don’t know. This time I have gone a few steps ahead in terms of the kind of audience I want to cater to. Inshallah, it should do that. But, god forbid, it may also not do that well. I only want Ronnie (Screwvala) to make money.

When you get stuck in your writing, who or what inspires you?

When I get stuck, I go to my friends, my co-writers. Most of the time, I get my solution. And it has also happened that I get such solutions that I have to ultimately stop writing. It has happened that we had written 70 percent of a film and suddenly a problem came up. We took it to a friend who told me that I would never be able to overcome this problem. So, it’s better to move on.

What is your stress buster?

Tennis. It’s my best time of the day. I play from 6.30am to 9am and it’s on my return that I compose most of my songs. I composed Naina thag lenge, when returning from tennis.

Does it bother you that your film is so much in news for your actors and their activities and not for the film itself?

I don’t think so because ultimately it’s my film. I feel happy that it is promoting my film. (laughs)

Most people consider Maqbool your most perfect film…

I don’t agree or disagree because it is based on one of the best works of Shakespeare. The basic texture and the content of the story are well structured and I also had the best actors of the century: Pankaj Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri.

Will you ever make a candy floss romance?

I will make such films one day. It’s part of my agenda that I have to go back to the time when I was 17-years-old and had fallen in love for the first time in my small town. I want to capture that. Right now I am too busy dealing with the structural part of the film, how to shock people with the structures, the curves and characters. Slowly, I will move to the texture of the film and when that happens I will be more close to reality in the real sense.

What are you planning to make next?

I had started planning much before Kaminey was released. I want to do one film a year. I am young right now. I have the energy and I want to translate that on screen. Right now I have three four projects on hand, but the Hrithik film is closest to start.

What is it called?

We haven’t named it yet.

Is it going to be Harami, Kutta or something like that?

No no no..(laughs) its not going to be like that.

Is it a romantic film?

Yes, it is a romantic film.