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YAHOO.COM (January 2, 2010)
Mumbai, Jan 2 (IANS) Director Rajkumar Hirani Saturday produced the credits agreement with author Chetan Bhagat for hit film ‘3 Idiots’ and maintained that the movie was not a copy of the bestseller ‘Five Point Someone’.
Hirani distributed copies of an agreement of credit and a non-disclosure agreement signed by Bhagat Sep 1, 2005 and Oct 3, 2007 respectively. Screenplay writer Abhijat Joshi was also present at the media meet.
‘It shall be obligatory on the part of the producer to accord credit to the author in the rolling credits… as under – Based on the novel ‘Five Point Someone’,’ the agreement on the issue of credit states.
The non-disclosure agreement was signed after Hirani gave a ‘four-hour narration’ of the final script to Bhagat, the director said.
Hirani also supported his argument by giving a copy of an interview that Bhagat gave to IANS Sep 26, 2008 titled: ‘I liked the final script of ‘Three Idiots’: Chetan Bhagat.’
‘The director took my book as the base but he has changed it according to his requirements. He took permission from me before taking my story but has not involved me in making it into the final script. But he has shown me the final script and I have liked it too,’ Bhagat had told IANS.
The credit row surfaced after Bhagat had posted on his blog that ’70 percent’ of ‘3 Idiots’ is based on his book and therefore he should have got a prominent place in the rolling credits as well as during the film promotion. He also said that he was not shown the final script.
Producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra has said that as per their agreement, Bhagat’s name appeared in the rolling credits and he was paid the due amount.
Hirani, who has helmed movies like ‘Munnabhai MBBS’ and ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’, also pointed out that the producer had bought the rights of ‘Five Point Someone’.
Hence, it was their prerogative whether to use ‘five percent of the book or 70 percent of it’.
A blind man as a hero…that’s something really novel and interesting! And this blind hero dances, does daring stunts and doesn’t look visually impaired at all. Unfortunately, in order to exhibit blind actor Nasser Khan’s greatness, the director and the screenwriters paid no attention to other factors and came up with a pathetic product, which due to some reason is titled Shadow. The loopholes in the narrative are big enough to drive a tanker through! Seriously, what were the writers thinking while scripting this film? Even kindergarten kids could have come up with a better film!
The story of the movie: Arjun Sherawat (Nasser Khan) is a serial sharp shooter who since few months is giving the Mumbai Police sleepless nights. He kills his victims and doesn’t leave any clues at all. Inspector Sanjana (Sonali Kulkarni) who is entrusted this case tries hard but fails to get any information or whereabouts regarding Arjun Sherawat. In real, Sherawat is a jovial car mechanic called Raju who has the ability to impress any girl by mouthing some crap dialogues in the most pathetic manner! Coming back to Sanjana, she gets clues that point that reporters Sheetal (Hrishitaa Bhatt) and Rahul (Milind Soman) (the latter who’s hell bent on criticizing Sanjana and Mumbai Police) may be Arjun Sherawat’s allies. But Sanjana is proved wrong when Sheetal informs her about Sherawat’s next victim. Sheetal couldn’t save Sherawat’s target but she’s able to kill him. Intermission time! Now we all know that picture abhi baaki hai and that Arjun Sherawat must be alive and that he’s not going to die just halfway. And as expected, he is indeed alive! He sends an audio clip, challenging Police that he’ll kidnap Builder Habib Faizal (Mushtaq Khan) on September 1-rok sake to rok le! If you want to know what happens next, you’ll have to commit an act of bravery, i.e. see this film!
The film could have been an engrossing fare, never mind the glitches, but even that doesn’t happen as songs are placed just anywhere in the film which badly hampers the pace of the film. There’s a scene where Sherawat aka Raju the mechanic fixes a screw in the car of a hottie (Sonia Mehra) who in turns gets floored and offers him 1000 bucks. Raju and his two colleagues feel that this is a reason to celeberate and so they visit a pub and break into the song ‘Yaariyan’! All this had no connection with the main plot and yet, director Rohit Nayyar happily wastes time on such stupid scenes!
The police are shown as utter fools while Arjun Sherawat is projected as an intelligent ‘sexy’ criminal who can escape from the cops right under their noses. And even characters were not well sketched. Even after the film ends, one doesn’t understand Hrisihita Bhatt’s connection with Nasser Khan. Milind Soman in the initial portions is shown as a reporter but later, we learn that he’s actually a senior cop of Delhi Crime Branch who was working on Sherawat’s case. Again, no explanation provided as to what Milind gained by pretending to be a reporter. Maybe, the director felt revealing Milind Soman’s true identity would give viewers the biggest shock of their lives!
Then there’s Sonali Kulkarni’s father (Vishwajeet Pradhan) who is the police commissioner and whom Sonali hates. This track served no purpose other than increasing the film’s duration. Post-interval, Sonali Kulkarni does a stupid item number (it was the most terrible sight I have seen in recent times) and then falls in love with Nasser Khan. Again, there was no need of this romantic angle in the plot. And how can I forget Home Minister Shiv Shankar (Sachin Khedekar) who used to pass his spare time raping young girls and killing them every week! Undoubtedly, Shadow was Nonsense No.1!
The climax of the film seemed little rushed-maybe the director felt that he has wasted enough time showing Nasser dancing and romancing and should finish the film ASAP. Surprisingly, the film has some good points-background score, music and Sameer Aftab’s performance. He was the only one who looked like a good actor in the film!
Nasser Khan, as we all know, is a bad actor with negligible dancing skills and pathetic dialogue delivery. But I’ll like to appreciate him for his efforts. It was next to impossible for a blind person doing such stunts, acting and even dubbing (the latter requires one to see). And he has also co-produced the film. If only he had improved the story and direction, then maybe Shadow would have been appreciated, notwithstanding his performance.
The film has lots of fine actors and it’s shocking to see them in such a film. Sonali Kulkarni impressed in the role of the cop initially but disappointed later with the item number and the pre-climax scenes. Milind Soman’s role was laughable and so his performance also got affected. Sachin Khedekar as the villainous serial rapist cum Home Minister gives a good performance. I hope he never ever signs such films! Samir Aftab, who played Khedekar’s PA, looked charming and he was the only one in the film who didn’t underperform or overact at all. Hrishitaa Bhatt, Vishwajeet Pradhan and Mushtaq Khan were fairly okay. Sonia Mehra was terrible.
Anand Raj Anand’s music was alright. ‘Khumariyan’ was the only good song of the lot. Raju Singh’s background score was the only thing that rocked in the film. Cinematographers Jalees Oberoi and Raju Badiger could have done a better job in the action scenes.
Rohit Nayyar failed as the director. He managed to showcase Nasser Khan but failed to come up with a well-made film. Mostly, action flicks manage to work in rural areas. But Shadow did a shoddy job even in rural places! In fact, after watching Shadow, I realize that Kamaal Rashid Khan’s Deshdrohi was so much better!
On the whole, Shadow was undoubtedly the worst film I have seen in my life. Stay miles away from this film. It’s worth recommending to your foes!
My rating-* out of 5!
This review first appeared on MouthShut.com: http://www.mouthshut.com/review/Shadow-174799-1.html
|Salman Khan and Himesh Reshammiya were good buddies once, but in Bollywood ego usually plays the villain. But like friendships, enmities in the fickle world of films don’t last long either. Yesterday morning, they kissed and patched up on the sets of Dus Ka Dum at RK Studios, Chembur, indicating a thawing-out for the first time since their problems peaked in 2006. Salman and Himesh hugged four times on the sets and they met like long lost friends. Shenaz Treasuryvala and Sonal Sehgal, Himesh’s co-stars in the forthcoming film Radio, accompanied him.
The age-old saying ‘time is a healer’ seems to have worked in the Salman-Himesh relationship, which had gone sour. Salman, who is very clear about his choices, had no issues when the channel invited Himesh to participate in the show. A source from the channel said, “Salman is consulted before sending out any invitation. Only when he showed no apprehensions about inviting Himesh, was he invited.”
Seeing Salman’s warm reception, Himesh was overwhelmed. Another source who was present at the shoot said, “Salman and Himesh were very comfortable with each other. Unlike the past, Salman did not take any digs at Himesh. The shoot wrapped up much sooner than expected.”
Anita Basu, who was present at the shoot with her husband (producer of the show, Siddharth Basu), confirmed that there were surprisingly warm vibes between the two. She said, “Salman and Himesh definitely shared very good chemistry and the show went off very well.”
It may be recalled that Salman had suddenly stopped playing godfather to Himesh and no longer insisted on featuring him in all his films, and Himesh no longer referred to Salman as God, in gratitude for his help. The friction began at a Nagpur show, where Salman and Himesh had an ego clash. After that, they stopped talking to each other completely. But in true Salman style, the star often took digs at Himesh, making fun of the trademark nasal quality of Himesh’s singing.
Anyway, all’s well that ends well. A smiling Salman left RK Studios and Himesh too has been very happy since then.
Sushmita Sen’s sudden weight gain earned her enough flak to last a lifetime but her recent appearance at the inauguration of a spa left everyone speechless. In a matter of months, she went from rotund to fabulously sexy and svelte. While everybody has been keen to know what she did to again look every inch the glamorous star in a really short time, for the very first time she tells Mumbai Mirror why she gained weight and how she fought off her weight issues.
Explaining the reason for the sudden weight gain, Sushmita said, “I was asked to gain weight for my role in Do Knot Disturb. David and Vashuji wanted me to gain 14 kgs for the role. I have always been 58 kgs and I told them that gaining 14 kgs was just not possible. I ultimately gained nine kgs for the role.”
Wasn’t gaining all that weight only to lose it all over again a tedious task? “Gaining weight is the easiest process for a human being. You just have to binge. One can gain as much as 2 kgs every week by only binging. In my case I just stopped following my diet. Losing weight was the most difficult part as I also had to complete my other film Dulha Mil Gaya and I had to look thin for the second half of Do Knot Disturb. Now I have lost about eight kgs and currently weigh 59 kgs. I still need to lose one more kg.”
Giving details about her weight loss regime, she added, “It took me about one and a half months to get back to my original shape. I must say it was quite difficult. I am very lucky to have a very good trainer, Mupur Shikhare. I have never travelled with my trainer but on a recent trip to Delhi, I did just that. I was on a strict diet. I used to eat in parts and drank a lot of ugly looking vegetable juices. I completely stopped eating carbs after 7pm. However, I used to eat every two hours. It was not just a protein diet but a well-balanced one with a healthy mix of protein and carbs. My only requirement was a healthy diet and that was fulfilled. I also did some serious training during that period. Discipline and diet control made it all possible.”
Commenting on why she didn’t hit back when people said outrageous things about her weight gain, Sushmita said, “I don’t react to things. Quite frankly, I would have liked Vashuji or David to speak up for me at that time. But I guess they had their own reasons. It’s fine and now that the film is complete, people know that all my weight gain was for the film.”
Director Ashu Trikha is ready with his film Baabarr which releases this month. Apparently, the film is based on gangster Rafiq Qureshi’s life and the dreaded D2 gang, who ruled UP and especially Kanpur, for over 30 years. Although the filmmaker denies this, there are far too many similarities in the film to ignore.
A source said, “Rafiq, who was the leader of the D2 gang, was one of the most feared gangsters. The gang began operating in 1975 and Rafiq joined the gang in 1981 and immediately took over the reins. There were six brothers in the gang. In 2005, Rafiq was arrested in Kolkata. He was taken for interrogation to Kanpur where he was killed. Thereafter, two of his brothers, Taufiq and Iqbal were also killed. Two brothers, Afzal and Shafiq, are still in prison while another brother, Atiq is still absconding.”
Newcomer Soham plays the role of Rafiq, who is called Baabarr in the film. Commenting on the similarities, the source said, “The similarities are — Barbarr’s wife is shown fighting a human rights case against the government for the unlawful killing of her husband just like Rafiq’s wife. Barbarr gets married in jail while in custody just like Rafiq. Also, Rafiq belonged to Kuli bazaar where the film is being shot. There are also references to a lady politician, Lilavati (referencing Mayawati), who is shown being supportive of the gang. A minister, Kayam Singh (referencing Mulayam Singh) proves to be a nemesis for the gang. In the film, there is also a sequence where the Lucknow police give an affidavit in Kolkata court stating that they would not kill Barbarr in police custody, which happened with Rafiq too. However, Rafiq got killed within 24 hours of being shifted to UP. Apart from these, Baabarr also has six brothers just like Rafiq.”
Ashu Trikha denied the story. He said, “I am not aware of what you are saying. It’s a completely fictional story and I have gone and shot as per my script. It’s a commercial film and I have no idea if the film’s story is similar to anybody’s life.”
When pressed further about the similarities in the film, Ashu said, “I have no idea who your source is and where you found the similarities. I shot the film for 55 days in Lucknow but not a single person told me about the resemblance you are talking about. Yes, there are six brothers in my film and all the incidents you have mentioned are also there in my film; it must be a co-incidence.”
By Lekha Menon (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 01, 2009)
|When lost in a foreign country, Bollywood always comes to your rescue. Especially Shah Rukh Khan. That King Khan has a crazy fan following from Ambarnath to Amsterdam is stale news. But what you don’t expect is to see strangers, otherwise hostile to Asians, suddenly becoming more approachable, the moment they realise you belong to SRK’s country. Recently, a group of tourists from India were gallivanting in Naples, Italy, trying to find their way out of a maze of confusing streets.With not a soul in sight who could speak even half-decent English, they had a tough time negotiating the nukkads of Naples.
Suddenly popped up Giovanni, a local youngster chilling out with his friends on a street corner. Hesitantly (after having experienced some not-so-polite encounters with Europeans), they approached him for help. “India?” was Giovanni’s first response to a rather long-winded question. “SRK?” was his next one-word query. And out of the blue, broke into ‘Tujhe dekha toh yeh jaana sanam’ from DDLJ in what sounded like a strange mix of Italian, English and Hindi. “I love Saahruk,” he informed the stupefied tourists. Turned out, Giovanni was a musician with a passion for world music. He had heard the song, watched the film and had fallen in love with Shah Rukh. Incidentally he hadn’t heard of Amitabh Bachchan or Akshay Kumar, neither had he visited India. But touring Mannat was certainly on his wish-list. Needless to say, the Bollywood convert immediately became a helpful guide for our stranded Indians, taking them on an impromptu tour of the city.
So the next time you feel directionless abroad, just say S-R-K.