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MUMBAI MIRROR; January 01, 2010

Karthik Calling Karthik

Farhan Akhtar’s next film is a story of a lovable loser whose chance meeting with his namesake changes his life forever. Karthik Calling Karthik has a star-studded credit list which includes Deepika Padukone, Javed Akhtar and Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy. Considering Farhan acts in the movies he either directs or produces, it seems like he is bent on wanting to typecast himself as the underdog. Weird but true!


My name is Khan

Bollywood’s biology lessons continue with My Name Is Khan. With 9/11 as the backdrop, the movie follows Rizwan Khan (SRK) who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome. This is an autistic disease that makes the victim devoid of empathy. This, of course will give rise to many comical situations, just like Paa did. The film brings together the electrifying pair of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol back on the silver screen. Add Karan Johar to the mix and you have a surefire hit. But come on, what is the film industry going to explore next, the common cold?


Raajneeti

A modern-day political rendition of the Mahabharata, Raajneeti boasts of an A-list star cast – Ajay Devgan, Arjun Rampal, Ranbir Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Vivek Oberoi, Manoj Bajpai and Katrina Kaif. The movie will use the dilemmas the characters in the book went through, and draw parallels with it in reel life. Katrina Kaif is reportedly playing the role of Sonia Gandhi in the movie. After all both of them are quite similar: accent – check; powerful woman – check; foreign descent – check; relationship with Salman Khan – no one really knows.


Kites

Kites follows the story of Hrithik Roshan, a salsa dancer who falls in love with his student. Language barriers don’t matter here, love conquers almost all. But ‘something’ happens and it’s up to another student Kangna Ranaut to save the day. Maybe Sussanne walks into the movie or some other terrifying event occurs, we don’t know yet. But we hope the movie does better than Hrithik’s personal life.


Raavana

A modern day rendition of the mythological text, Raavana will get Aishwariya and Abhishek on the silver screen together for the first time after getting hitched. The movie has been plagued with problems – floods, elephants stomping around the set, maybe a higher power is sending a message through all of this. We won’t say anything, let the box-office decide.


Action replay

In Action Replay, a man ages backwards… Hmm, let’s see where have we heard this story before? A clear rip-off of the Hollywood hit, Benjamin Button, the film will feature Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai. Director Vipul Shah is back with Akshay Kumar and hopes his dream run will continue.


Teen Patti

As much as producer Ambika Hinduja denies it, Teen Patti’s plot seems like a rip-off of the Hollywood blockbuster 21. The film features three ace actors, Ben Kingsley (supposedly not doing a cameo), Big B and Madhavan. With the help of a unique algorithm, Amitabh who plays a mathematical genius leads a team of college students to make a lot of money. Does Amitabh hold the algorithm for the movie’s success or will this be just another failed spin-off?


Houseful

Akshay Kumar has a slew of releases lined up next year and Houseful, the laugh-riot is one of them. The story follows Akshay who is very unlucky in life and is trying to find true love. The women helping him achieve this goal are Deepika Padukone, Lara Dutta and Jiah Khan. In real life, however, we think it’s the other way around. Akshay will end up teaching Deepika more than two expressions, Lara how to sign movies and Jiah Khan how not to be dropped from the one-odd film she has signed.


No Problem

Anees Bazmee has three mega comedy films lined up next year. One of them is No Problem which has quite a star cast – Anil Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Akshaye Khanna, Sushmita Sen, Kangna Ranaut, Paresh Rawal and Sunil Shetty. The film is a love story of impossible proportions. Another impossible proposition is Kangna actually makes people laugh after making them weep all these years.


Well Done Abba

Shyam Benegal has been travelling the world with his latest film, Well Done Abba. The satirical movie sees Boman Irani play two roles. Fitting two Bomans in one shot is a feat in itself and a testament to Benegal’s directorial skills. The movie follows the journey of Armaan Ali, a driver from Mumbai, who is out to find his daughter’s (Minissha Lamba) beau. Minissha, who has been alternating between commercial and semi-art house cinema, is reportedly playing a strong role in the film.


Guzaarish

The film that is loosely based on Whose Life is it Anyway? has Hrithik playing a paraplegic radio jockey.  The film seems like a cry-till-your-tearbuds-dry-out movie – it explores the dilemma of euthanasia. Hrithik who believes in challenging himself till the cows come home, reportedly, spent hours in the wheelchair when not required to shoot, to get into the head of the character. Hrithik and Aishwarya reunite after Dhoom 2, and with Sanjay Leela Bhansali directing, it becomes one of the most awaited films in 2010, never mind Saawariya.


Road, Movie

Indian cinema has been through many fascinating twists and turns but none quite as romantic as touring cinemas.  Essentially this means that the owner of one mounts the film projector on the back of a truck and the projectionist travels the length and breadth of a state with the truck, stops wherever there is a pilgrimage or a mela and projects the films he is carrying onto a white curtain which is then viewed by the locals sitting on both sides of the screen. Dev Benegal has made Road, Movie about one such projectionist (Satish Kaushik) and the young owner (Abhay Deol) and the adventures they have as they show their movies. The film has been very well received on the festival circuit.


Anjaana Anjaani

After playing twelve characters in What’s Your Raashee?, we’re sure Priyanka Chopra has become a stranger to herself, especially after the film tanked. Siddharth Anand, director of Ta Ra Rum Pum and Salaam Namaste, tries a romcom with Anjaana Anjaani. Starring Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka, the film shows two strangers who fall in love and the journey they take together.


Aisha

Abhay Deol’s love for Delhi continues with his Bollywood release, Aisha where he plays another spoilt, rich Delhi brat. His character is modelled on Mr Knightly from Jane Austen’s novel, Emma. The movie is a romantic comedy that explores horrible mismatches. It also has a strong female role that has been bagged by Sonam Kapoor.  Whether Sonam is strong enough for the film after two failed films (read: Saawariya and    Delhi-6) is another matter.


Khelein hum jee jaan sey

Ashutosh Gowariker is no stranger to large canvasses (think Lagaan, Swades, Jodhaa Akbar) so it’s no surprise that he is now filming another humongous project, Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey, which revolves around the Chittagong Uprising in the pre Independence days. After What’s Your Raashee?, this is another film adapted from a book, Do and Die by Manini Chatterjee. Abhishek Bachchan and Deepika Padukone lead the star cast and Nitin Chandrakant Desai leads the crew. Hopefully Ashutosh’s version of history will not be challenged,  the way Jodhaa Akbar was.


Knock out

Inspired’ from the Hollywood masterpiece Phone Booth, Mani Shankar will look to re-create the magic in Bollywood. A man is trapped inside a phone booth, not because the door is stuck, but an assassin has a sniper rifle trained on him.  Kangna plays the role of a journalist, Irrfan plays a cop and Sanjay Dutt the assassin.


I Hate Luv Storys

A true-blue rom-com, I Hate Luv Storys brings together the very glamourous Sonam Kapoor and the man with the melting eyes, Imran Khan. Described as a love story not meant to happen but which does happen, it is the story of a man who does not believe in love and a girl who does. They meet on a film set; a milieu the director Punit Malhotra is very familiar with, having cut his teeth on Karan Johar’s sets as an assistant director; and sparks fly.


1-800-Love

When you have a tag line that says, ‘From the makers of Ghajini and Jaane Tu…’ you know you’re in for a commercial roller-coaster. Abbas Tyrewala dons the director’s hat for 1-800-LOVE again and the music score is Rahman’s handiwork. A telephone call connects two people – one who wants to die, the other who is searching for meaning in life. They meet, fall in love, yada yada… If you are watching the movie and you get bored of John Abraham’s three expression repertoire, close your eyes and maybe the music will do the trick for you.


Tees Maar Khan

Tees Maar Khan has gotten more publicity that it ever dreamed of just because Shah Rukh Khan is not playing a role in Farah Khan’s film. But it does seem like SRK has rubbed off on the new lead actor, Akshay Kumar. Kumar plays a ‘stylish’ (metrosexual) conman in the film. He will be joined by Akshaye Khanna, but the female lead has not yet been confirmed.


Hook Ya Crook

Finally, Bollywood gets a movie that shows hope in combining two things that Indians love best – cinema and cricket. Viraj Pradhan (John Abraham) dreams of being a cricketer but is a repeat offender who gets thrown into a maximum security prison. The jail is a haven for cricket players, but Viraj wants much more, he wants to be part of the men in blue. The film has reportedly roped in Indian cricketers for the movie but going by the ads on TV, the word ‘acting talent’ isn’t part of the Indian cricket team’s vocabulary.


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MOVIE TALK: Kareena Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor and (inset) Boney Kapoor.
If Boney Kapoor’s plans and wishes come true…

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 12, 2009)

Call it a cruel twist of fate. Call it a publicity gimmick. Call it what you will. But listen to this. Producer Boney Kapoor has a plan. He is contemplating the release of his Kareena Kapoor-Shahid Kapoor film Milenge Milenge on Valentine’s Day next year. According to a trade source who has been consulting with Boney on the release plans, “Boney, his director Satish Kaushik and other top executives clearly feel that no date is more suited to this film than Valentine’s. Even some distributors are in agreement.”

Meanwhile, Shahid and Kareena have clearly moved on. It is not even known whether they will come together for the promotion of Milenge Milenge or whether they will promote it individually. But it is true, on Valentine’s Day youngsters flock to see a love story and Milenge Milenge is reportedly a beautiful screen love story.
There is more. Trade circles believe that Jab We Met worked because Shahid and Kareena had split before the actual release of the film. “There is more magic to a screen couple that is not romantically involved in real life,” says the source. “So Milenge Milenge stands a good chance.” Boney confirmed he is releasing his film in February. “I’m hoping for a mid-Feb release,” said the jovial filmmaker. “However, I’m not involved in all these release strategies that people are talking about. I have a team working on the release pattern. If it coincides with Valentine’s Day, then so be it.” He’s also hoping that Kareena and Shahid being professional actors, will do their best to honour whatever commitment is expected of them. May St. Valentine make his wish come true for him.

The premiere of the Bachchans’ home production Paa was a glittering affair with the who’s who of Bollywood attending the event last night

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 04, 2009)


The preparations for the grand premiere of Paa last night had started much earlier with Amitabh Bachchan visiting the venue at Wadala Imax at 1 pm yesterday to check out all the arrangements. Though the main event was scheduled to begin at 8.30 pm, a casually dressed Amitabh arrived at the venue much earlier at 6 pm and the first thing he did was to double check the arrangements.

He changed into natty formals shortly before the guests started arriving.

The Bachchans had divided their responsibilities to ensure that their guests are well-looked after. While Amitabh, Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai were standing at the entrance, Jaya Bachchan was looking after all the guests near the screens on the first floor.

Spec-ulation
Why were Ritesh Deshmukh with Abhishek Bachchan wearing identical frames?
The first wives club
Abhishek Bachchan with reel wife, Vidya Balan and his better half, Aishwarya Rai
You me aur hum
Ajay and Kajol
Devgan

Twinkle Twinkle big star
The colour co-ordinated couple Akshay Kumar and Twinkle

Anil Ambani, his wife Tina and their son were among the first guests to arrive. Some of the power couples who attended the premiere were Shah Rukh Khan and wife Gauri, Ajay Devgan and wife Kajol, Hrithik and wife Sussanne, and Akshay Kumar and wife Twinkle. SRK sent Gauri and the kids upstairs while he stayed back to chat with the Bachchans for a while.  SRK was seen hugging Akshay Kumar. Arshad Warsi and wife Maria were there too.

Ritesh Deshmukh, Dino Morea and Rakeysh Mehra and his wife followed shortly and the director seemed happy to catch up with his Rang De Basanti team Atul Kulkarni and Kunal Kapoor. Sharman Joshi made a late entry.

Ranbir Kapoor and Ritesh were engrossed in a conversation outside screen 3. Aishwarya came upstairs and was seen talking to Ashutosh Gowariker, his wife Sunita and Srishti Behl. Aamir Khan came with his 3 Idiots director Rajkumar Hirani and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Aamir left half-an-hour after the screening began.

Abhishek was seen chatting with Govinda, who came in quite late.

Filmmakers David Dhawan, Satish Kaushik and Madhur Bhandarkar were there. Filmmakers Abbas Mustan came all the way from Lonavla.

The screening was held in all the four screens at Imax but it was screen 3, which had the maximum number of stars. The screening of the film started around 10 pm.

Kangna Ranaut hung around outside for a while, posing for pictures even though the film had started. She soon went inside the theatre.

Dil de Dia
Even Auro, who doesn’t like girls, can’t resist the pretty Dia Mirza
Pretty woman
The single life seems to be agreeing with the glowing Kangna Ranaut
Daddy’s girl
Aishwarya with her father Krishnaraj Rai
Two-gether
Hrithik and  Sussanne Roshan
Star trek
Suhana seems to be taking after her mother Gauri Khan already. Shah Rukh Khan, Balki, Amitabh Bachchan, Vidya Balan,  Gauri and Suhana
3 Idiots meets Paa
Rajkumar Hirani, Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan and Vidhu Vinod Chopra
(pics: nilesh wairkar)
Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor refuse to shoot together for two newly recorded songs by Himesh for Milenge Milenge

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 09, 2009)

Shahid Kapoor

Kareena Kapoor

Boney Kapoor is reviving his film that has been pending for five years, Milenge Milenge. Two songs have been newly recorded by Himesh Reshammiya, who has gone back on his self-imposed, no-outside-composition diktat, to honour a professional commitment made by him six years ago. However, Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor, the lead pair of the film, who share a far-from-cordial relationship, will not be shooting for the songs.

Though Kareena refused to comment, a source close to her says, “Kareena is more than happy to extend all cooperation to producer Boney Kapoor and director Satish Kaushik, but she won’t shoot an extra songs for the film. Shahid is a closed chapter.”

Himesh Reshammiya

A music video for the newly-recorded Himesh track was also planned as part of the film’s promotion. How ever, there would be no joint appearances by Shahid and Kareena for the publicity either. Director Satish Kaushik, at his wit’s end, has decided to use the footage that he already has for the two songs.

Confirming the news, Kaushik says, “Neither Shahid nor Kareena will shoot any more for the film. We’ll use the footage that we have for the two songs in the beginning and end-titles and for the promotional video.”

Cast: ABHAY DEOL, SATISH KAUSHIK, TANNISHTHA CHATERJEE, MOHAMMED FAISAL USMANI, VIRENDRA SAXENA, YASHPAL SHARMA

Producer: SUSAN B. LANDAU, ROSS KATZ

Director: DEV BENEGAL

CREATING AWARENESS: Satish Kaushik and Anupam Kher
It’s meant to address society as well as entertain, say duo

NIMISHA TIWARI Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; Aug 7, 2009)

Thirty-four years of friendship between Anupam Kher and Satish Kaushik have led the actor and director to form a production house called Karol Bagh and make a film titled Teree Sang. Manoj Mittal, another friend of the duo’s since their Delhi college days, completes the partnership. As for their maiden film…

“Did you know that the legal age for consensual sex is 16, while the legal age to get married is 18,” asks Kaushik, explaining that it is their mission to address social issues in an entertaining manner. “It’s almost a literal translation of my association with Satish in the last many years. We would like to make films that hopefully become box office hits on the basis of their content and social relevance,” adds Anupam.
Incidentally, Teree Sang — which releases today, enjoys the consent of principals of over 50 premiere schools in Delhi.

Kercy Daruwala, Managing Director of co-producer Sony Pictures India, says, “We are happy to be working with such senior filmmakers as Kaushik and Anupam and to introduce fresh talent. Teenage pregnancy is an issue that is relevant in Indian society today and has not been addressed by the film industry. We believe this film will encourage the nation to sit up and take notice of this important issue.”
nimisha.tiwari@timesgroup.com

By Taran Adarsh, August 7, 2009 – 11:06 IST

Two observations before I ‘dissect’ TEREE SANG…

  • One, it’s often said that veterans find it extremely difficult to change with times, adapt to new-age cinema.
  • Two, it’s often said that a capable director has the potential to unearth new talent and polish their skills.

The two observations hold true for Satish Kaushik, who’s known for dramatic/masala entertainers and who changes gears so swiftly with TEREE SANG.

Now let’s begin… First and foremost, TEREE SANG is not JUNO. The resemblance starts and ends with an adolescent getting pregnant. TEREE SANG is not KYA KEHNA either. TEREE SANG mirrors what’s happening in society vividly. But, at the same time, it’s not dark or disturbing, nor does it get preachy.

BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM

But there’re minor issues. Certain portions make this real story look filmy and that robs the film of its freshness. It becomes another BOBBY and LOVE STORY at one point. More on that later!

Yet, all said and done, TEREE SANG is fresh and engrossing in most parts. Recommended!

Maahi [Sheena Shahabadi], the only child of the Puri family [Rajat Kapoor, Neena Gupta], is a bubbly 15-year-old Delhi girl. She belongs to a prosperous family and has the best of material comforts. Kabir [Ruslaan Mumtaz], a 17-year-old, has a middle class background [Satish Kaushik, Sushmita Mukherjee Bundela].

Maahi and Kabir become friends. On a camping trip on New Year’s Eve, after getting a little tipsy, the young couple get intimate. Soon, Maahi gets pregnant. What follows is a journey of accepting one’s mistakes and owning up to it.

Satish Kaushik steps into a new territory with TEREE SANG and throws a pleasant surprise at viewers. The entire first half is so real, so identifiable and the execution of the subject is so interesting that you get instantly drawn into Kabir and Maahi’s worlds. The passionate kiss that they share, which leads to a sexual encounter, is also maturely depicted on screen by the director.

But it’s the second hour that’s problematic. It becomes yet another version of BOBBY and LOVE STORY, with the kids eloping and the warring parents thirsting for each other’s blood. These portions don’t appeal primarily because too much seems to happen too soon. A roof over the head, a spacious mansion with all amenities and necessities in place, an instant job et al… all this in a matter of a few days in a new township seems so unreal.

Thankfully, the film comes on track in the penultimate portions. The moment the girl calls up her father and set things straight – from this point onwards, TEREE SANG is back on its feet. Of course, the courtroom drama could’ve been far more impactful.

Despite the blemishes in its writing, there’s no denying that TEREE SANG is easily amongst Satish Kaushik’s most accomplished works. Sachin-Jigar’s music has that freshness that this subject demands and at least two songs deserve a strong mention, especially ‘More Saiyyan’. The camerawork is vibrant at places.

Ruslaan underplays his part beautifully. The best part is, it’s not one of those conventional roles that show the hero flexing his muscles or beating up 10 people at the same time. He enacts the boy next door part with complete understanding. Sheena is a surprise. Dew-fresh and adorable, the debutante looks perfect for the part. Her confidence and performance, both are wonderful.

Rajat Kapoor is excellent. Neena Gupta is natural. Satish Kaushik delivers a winning performance. The viewers will love him. Sushmita Mukherjee Bundela is first-rate. Anupam Kher, in a brief role, is perfect.

On the whole, TEREE SANG has a new story tell and that is its biggest USP. At the box-office, the film may be a slow starter, but has the merits to pick up with word of mouth if the youth as also the family audiences take to it.



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