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By Taran Adarsh, September 4, 2009 – 11:18 IST

Making a suspense thriller is tough. To keep the audience attentive, besides keeping the viewer guessing till the end, requires complete understanding of the craft.

Deepak Tijori had attempted a suspense thriller earlier [most storytellers have a penchant for this genre] and FOX, a complex theme, is more of a challenge for him. So, does Tijori get it right? Initially, yes. But Tijori loses it all towards the post-interval portions. The culmination is the thorn in the flesh.


Strangely, most film-makers in Bollywood just don’t give a proper conclusion to suspense thrillers. The wrap up is just not compelling, with most films running out of steam in the final leg. FOX falls in this category.


Verdict? This fox lacks the bite!

Arjun [Arjun Rampal] is a successful criminal lawyer whose knowledge and aggressive interpretation of the law makes him a name to reckon with. He is reputed to have never lost a case and can get anyone acquitted, no matter what the crime. No wonder then, criminals swear by his name.

After years of saving criminals from punishment, one day, torn with guilt, he decides to quit his law practice and change for good. However, someone seems to be unwilling to let him go so easily. Now, Arjun is in a race to save himself and must use the help of his girlfriend Urvashi [Sagarika Ghatge] and a police officer Yash [Sunny Deol] before it’s too late.

FOX starts off very well. The suspense builds up beautifully… in fact, everything’s going fine till it’s time to lift the veil of secrecy. A number of sequences are truly well canned and the characters and situations only evoke mystery. In fact, FOX has an intriguing start and an absorbing middle.

But, as mentioned at the outset, the conclusion lacks fizz. The film ends on a tepid note, with things suddenly turning ‘filmy’. The villain’s motive seems so bizarre and predictable that it puts you off instantly. In fact, whatever impression you may’ve generated evaporates into thin air.

Nigam Bomzan’s camerawork is striking at places. But why is the camera shaking so much? Hand-held camera movement even during courtroom sequences is disturbing to the eye. Monty Sharma’s music is sloppy, although the background score is alright.

Sunny Deol is restrained this time. Arjun Rampal looks perfect for his part. But why is he sporting a hideous wig at the start? Udita Goswami is wasted. Where does she disappear midway? Sagarika Ghatge is convincing. Vipul Gupta is a confident entrant. Ravi Gossain is okay.

On the whole, FOX fails to hook your attention. At the box-office, despite the presence of star-names, the fizz would be missing.

In keeping with Bollywood tradition, lead actresses Udita Goswami and Sagarika Ghatge share cold vibes on the sets of Deepak Tijori’s Fox
By Ashwini Deshmukh (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 20, 2009)

Sagarika Ghagte

Udita Goswami

Maybe there’s an unwritten rule for actresses that once they’ve entered Bollywood, it is imperative to snub other actress, especially if she is a co-star. Whispers from the sets of Deepak Tijori’s Fox indicate that Sagarika Ghagte and Udita Goswami are not breaking with tradition and are being generous with the hostility towards each other.

A unit member said, “Udita and Sagarika haven’t been speaking to each other at all while they’re on the sets. Hanging out together during lunch break is asking too much of them. They’ve both tried to hide the fact that they can’t stand each other when everyone is around, but we can all feel the tension between the two.”

Letting us in on what might have prompted the enmity, the unit member added, “One always finds that the grass is greener on the other side, and so do these actresses. They’re both insecure and think that their roles are not meaty enough compared to the other’s. Sagarika plays a docile, subdued lawyer in the film while Udita plays a hard-hitting, glamorous owner of a publishing house. Sagarika feels that her role isn’t as glamorous as Udita’s, while the latter thinks that her character doesn’t have the depth of Sagarika’s role.”

Sagarika said, “It was great shooting with Sunny Deol, Arjun Rampal and Udita, though I spent more time with the former two. They made me feel very comfortable.” Laughing off the allegations of not getting along with Udita, she said, “We did spend some time together while shooting in Goa.”

Director Tijori diplomatically commented, “Such a thing between actresses is an old phenomenon in our industry.” Udita, on the other hand, said, “This is not true.”

Love Aaj Kal4


I still can’t believe this! The predictions which I made 8 weeks back have proved to be almost true! In my talk no. 53, I had made a prediction of 8 yet-to-be-released Hindi films and guess what, 7 of them have proved to be completely right!

According to my predictions, New York, Kambakkht Ishq and Love Aaj Kal would be successful at the BO. Barring Kambakkht Ishq, New York became a hit while Love Aaj Kal (released last Friday) took a fabulous opening and may soon become the biggest hit of 2009 so far! Then, I had guessed that Paying Guests, Let’s Dance, Runway and Short Kut would flop commercially and all these film did indeed bit the dust! Adhyayan Suman starrer Jashnn would be disastrous, according to my guess, and the same happened!

The only film for which my prediction didn’t hit the mark was Kambakkht Ishq (KI). I had a feeling that the film would turn out to be great as it has come from the stable of producer Sajid Nadiadwala, who has given some of the best entertainers in the past. His films have been entertaining, interesting and have suited the taste of the moviegoers in general. However, KI failed to entertain many. Even though it took a great opening, the mixed response (mostly negative) took a toll in its collections. It has managed to be above-average. So I get 7 on 8 right which is not bad, I guess!

Talking about Love Aaj Kal, the huge opening is an indication that the film may be hugely successful overall. If that is so, then it may turn out to be Saif’s biggest hit so far! Not to forget, this may be the biggest hit by any debut producer-actor ever (Saif Ali Khan is also producer of the film)!

Normally, it is the general tendency to remember an actor’s failures more than his hits. But with Saif, it’s happening reverse-people have forgotten that he delivered three duds last year (Tashan, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic and Roadside Romeo). He’s already in the line of upcoming superstars. If Saif’s upcoming flicks, Agent Vinod (also starring Kareena) and Kurbaan (again Kareena and also Vivek Oberoi) prove to be hits, Saif ki nikal padegi!




The week gone by was fabulous due to Love Aaj Kal’s release and also because the promos of as many as 8 upcoming films were unveiled before the audiences! Never before have so many promos of different films have come out in such a short time. These 8 films were Aladin (Ritesh, BigB, Sanju), Acid Factory (Fardeen, Dia, Irrfan Khan, Aftab, Manoj Bajpayee, Danny), Wanted (Salman and Ayesha), ‘What’s Your Raashee?’ (Priyanka in 12 roles and also Harman), Do Knot Disturb (Govinda, Ritesh, Sush, Lara, Sohail, Ranvir Shorey), Accident On Hill Road (Celina and Abhimanyu Singh), Vaada Raha (Bobby and Kangna) and Fox (Sunny Deol, Arjun Rampal, Udita Goswami, Sagarika Ghatke)! Whew! The teasers of Wanted, ‘What’s Your Raashee?’, Do Knot Disturb and Fox have already begun on TV. I feel the best promo out of all was that of Acid Factory. I have uploaded it below-do check! You’ll feel like watching it again and again!





Chk the poster of the film here: https://fenilandbollywood.wordpress.com/2009/07/22/first-look-deepak-tijoris-fox/

Eight actors, who signed an exclusive one-year contract with JP Dutta for a film, are left to fend for themselves as Dutta’s film is shelved without notice
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 25, 2009)

JP Dutta

Four starry-eyed newcomers, Ayaan and Amaan Ali Bangash, Tapur and Tupur Chatterjee and sundry other actors, Sudhanshu Pandey, Karanvir, Sangeeta Ghosh and Sagarika Ghatge, were delighted when they were offered a JP Dutta film. They even signed an exclusive contract which barred them from accepting another assignment during the course of the film. It turned out to be a futile wait, as Dutta’s project has now run into financial issues with the film’s financier Reliance Big Motion Pictures and the film has been shelved.

Given that they have lost out on work during the waiting period, naturally the actors are miffed. Our source said, “JP has been planning the film for a long time. They had finished shooting three schedules in Udaipur, Jaipur and some parts of Europe. The film has been in the works for a year, and is still far from complete. Now, there are financial issues between Reliance and JP Dutta and the film has been put on hold indefinitely. The actors were informed about this development last week. Most of them had left everything to work on Dutta’s film.”

An actor, who was on board for this project, said, “The man made us wait for an entire year and now his office calls us and tells us that the film is stuck. Imagine an entire year without work; our professional lives were on hold. We were relying on this film, as working with someone as senior as    JPsaab would make our careers. We haven’t been paid and were willing to work for peanuts. We don’t know now which way to go.”

Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash

Tapur and Tupur Chatterjee

An actress from the film added, “We all have our liabilities in life. We were told that we have to sign these contracts as that’s how the industry works. I have moved on and I am doing my own stuff. With all due respect to him, I can’t wait endlessly. I would only like to say that the way we have been treated is very unprofessional.”

Some of them don’t even know that the film has been shelved. Sudhanshu Pandey said, “I an not aware of this development. The best person to talk to is Mr JP Dutta.” Sagaraika Ghatge said the same, “I am too busy with my film Fox and I am not aware of any developments on this film.” Tapur Chatterjee added, “I have heard that the film has been stuck due to some financial issues with Reliance because of the recession, but I have no further clue.”

Others have accepted the situation and already moved on. Amaan Ali Bangash said, “We were made to sign a contract and we had to inform JP sir before taking up another assignment. It was my personal choice to do the film and JP sir is a big director. I still hope that the film will start again.”

JP Dutta remained unavailable for comment, while a spokesperson from Reliance Big Motion Pictures refused to comment.





Check the promo of the film here: https://fenilandbollywood.wordpress.com/2009/07/30/promo-deepak-tijoris-fox/



rannThis year, two films are set to release and both these film’s stories revolve around news channels and sensationalism. These two films are Percept’s Raftaar 24×7 and Ram Gopal Verma’s Rann. While Raftaar 24×7 stars Aditya Pancholi as the media baron and Emraan Hashmi as his favourite protégé and journalist, Rann has Amitabh Bachchan and Ritesh Deshmukh donning similar roles. And about 1 ½ months back, RGV changed the title of his film to India 24×7! So Raftaar 24×7 and India 24×7-two films with same plot now also have similar titles!

Although RGV is very keen to name his film as India 24×7, he may not be able to do it because ‘24×7’ is patented with NDTV channel. This means even Raftaar would have to drop 24×7 from their title. And how come they registered this title when 24×7 is patented with NDTV?

I loved the title ‘Rann’ a lot actually. The word means ‘war’ in Sanskrit and it suits the film as it is based on the war between news channels for attracting greater eyeballs. In RGV’s film, ‘India 24×7’ is the name of the news channel and that’s why he wanted this title.

Rann (let’s call it by its original name!) surely has a lot of chances to be a big hit. Besides Big B and Ritesh, it also stars Gul Panag, Raima Sen, Paresh Rawal, Mohnish Behl, Suchitra Krishnamurthy, Rajat Kapoor, Sudeep and Rajpal Yadav. Every actor in the film is of the view that Ritesh will surely be the scene-stealer in the film.


On the other hand, Raftaar looks like a small film in comparison! Besides Emraan and Aditya Pancholi, it also stars Neha Dhupia and Sagarika Ghatke. Directed by Shamim Desai, it is produced by Percept Picture Company while Rann is produced by Ghajini’s producer Madhu Mantena! So Raftaar will have to release before Rann or else it would be ignored completely. Also, it may be termed as ‘poor man’s Rann’!

Raftaar is in the news since long time so it’s shooting as well as post production should be nearing completion. RGV on the other hand is also completing Rann’s post production and is all set to start work on his next film, Rakta Charitra. So Raftaar would surely release first, maybe by August. As for Rann, it should hit the screens by the end of the year. Check the link below to know about the interesting characters in Rann and you’ll agree with me that Rann may prove to be one of the finest films of 2009!
The link: http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/slideshow/2009/04/18/373/index.html

Last week, MSian Shalu Dhyani made a very valid point regarding the tiff between multiplexes and producers. I had mentioned in my last week’s Bollywood talk as to how single screen theatres and moviegoers have to suffer in this ongoing tussle. Shalu observed that even the footfalls in malls nowadays have decreased due to no release of any significant film. Almost all multiplexes are located inside malls. Moviegoers who come to catch their favourite film in multiplex also indulge in shopping sometimes or most of the times, at least spend money at the food court. But with no new films releasing and multiplexes ‘forcibly’ running films like 8×10 Tasveer, Fast and the Furious etc, viewers are shunning multiplexes which in turn has taken a toll on the malls too.

Even food suppliers in theatres are facing the heat. With viewers hardly visiting theatres, samosa and pop corn sales have hit an all time low, affecting all the people related to this field. And an article in The Times of India last week confirmed that advertising agencies who own the large hoardings in cities are also facing losses since no new film is being promoted.

There must be many such people or agencies dependent on films who must be having a bad time right now. It’s high time the problem gets solved!

This post first appeared on MouthShut.com: