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Arun Dutt asks Anurag Kashyap to tone down the controversial details about his father Guru Dutt’s personal life in his script

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 26, 2009)

Anurag Kashyap is facing a serious hurdle. As he writes the biopic on the late Guru Dutt, the legend’s son Arun has raised objections. He has asked Anurag to tone down the controversial portions of Dutt’s personal life.

The untitled project is said to focus on the late filmmaker’s failed marriage to singer Geeta Dutt, his alleged affair with Waheeda Rehman and the uncanny circumstances surrounding Geeta’s death at the age of 41. The film will be directed by Shivendra Dungarpur.

(L): Geeta Dutt (R): Guru Dutt and Waheeda Rehman

A source says, “It is natural for Arun to tell Anurag that he can’t go all out in his script. Certain portions, if not handled well, might turn out to be in bad taste.”

Arun confirmed that he had laid down a few dos and don’ts about the details regarding his father’s life. He says, “That’s right. I don’t want the personal details to be sensationalised. Otherwise, I have no problem. Shivendra has done a lot of research on my father and this film is very close to his heart. Munnir Kabir (a writer and TV producer)

Anurag Kashyap

wants to make a film on my dad too. That will focus around 1957, when my dad made Pyaasa. But Anurag’s script focuses on my dad’s entire life.”

Whe Kashyap finishes his script, he will show it to Arun. “He will ask Kashyap to incorporate any changes,” the source added.  Anurag  remained unavailable for comment.


It was really disappointing to see the spate of comic flicks released in recent times. Some said that there have been an overdose of comic flicks and that’s why now each one of them is failing. However, the underlying truth was-those films flopped because all of them were plain bad films-as simple as that! Some producers had assumed that even if the script is flawed, their comic caper would work and audiences would accept. And when this didn’t happen, they came up with the explanation of overdose! All The Best breaks all these myths! The film is a laugh-a-minute riot and it works damn big time because of its wonderful performances, mind-blowing script and even better execution. This is the most satisfying comedy in a long time, in the lines of Hungama, Hera Pheri et al!

The story of the movie: Veer (Fardeen Khan), a singer, stays in Goa and has a car-expert friend Prem Chopra (Ajay Devgn) and a ‘vastu-expert’ girlfriend Vidya (Mughda Godse). Veer’s elder bro, Dharam (Sanjay Dutt) is a big businessman who stays in London and sends money to Veer each month. Dharam then starts sending ‘double pocket money’ to Veer after Veer falsely tells Dharam that he has got married to Vidya-an idea given by Prem to Veer! Unfortunately, Veer and Prem get into debt and have to repay Rs. 10 lakhs to a local goon, Tobu (Johny Lever) in a week. In the midst of all this, Dharam pays an unexpected visit to Veer! Due to some misunderstandings, Dharam mistook Prem’s wife Jhanvi (Bipasha Basu) as Veer’s wife Vidya! Watch the movie to see how the drama and madness unfolds!

All The Best takes some time to set the mood and once it takes control, it entertains and how! The real mazaa initiates when Dharam visits Veer. From here till the last frame, the film is abounding with outstanding hilarious moments!

With so many characters in the narrative, the film could have got confusing. But it doesn’t, even for a second! You understand everything that’s going on even in every scene! Kudos to the screenwriters and the director! Also, there is not a single vulgar or double meaning joke in the entire film! Thus, All The Best is a clean and uncomplicated film which can be enjoyed by everyone from kiddos to oldies!

The fun quotient at times gets a little low esp in the 2nd half. Also there are some flaws in the story too. But there’s so much funny things happening in the film that you just don’t care! The film gets a bit mellow only during the song ‘Kyun’. But even that is so wonderfully treated that you are left amazed!

The climax is chaotic but isn’t nonsensical like seen in some recent comic flicks. In fact, the climax entertains and it also has a twist, which brings the house down!


From the promos, it seemed that Sanjay Dutt will steal the show. But surprise! It’s Ajay Devgn who comes up with the best performance! He showcases excellent comic timing and this is definitely one of the best performances of his career! With this film, he also turned producer and scores in it too!

Sanjay Dutt, like everytime, was just marvelous! He is an expert when it comes to comedies and gives a smashing performance. He was in much better form than he was in Blue and Luck! Watch out for his scenes with Ajay-both the talented actors steal the show! Just fabulous work!

Sanju and Ajay deliver such powerful performance that others get overshadowed, even though all were rocking. Fardeen Khan was brilliant although he had a better screen presence in Acid Factory and Life Partner. Bipasha Basu had an important role and does a great job. Mughda Godse looks charming but unfortunately doesn’t have much to do in the film, esp in the 1st half.

The film has lots of supporting actors who contribute a lot in making the film a hilarious caper. Johny Lever as the dumb goon was amazing. He rocks big time in 2 scenes-when the tyre of Ajay’s car gets under his feet and in the climax. Johny Bhai is back! Sanjai Mishra’s performance, too, was brilliant and he provides ample moments of laughter throughout the film. Asrani, Vijay Patkar, Atul Parchure, Ashwini Kaleskar and Mukesh Tiwari contribute well. The film also stars Shraddha Musale, who plays Dr Tarika in the weekly sitcom, CID!

Pritam’s music was in sync with the film. The title song and Dil Kare were the best songs. Haan Main Jitni Martaba was unnecessarily added but again, one doesn’t mind. Everything is so perfect in the film!

Dudely’s cinematography is as cool and stylish as his name! Jai Singh’s action and Rakesh Ranjan’s sound design works wonders in the car racing scene. Sanjoy Chowdhury’s background score was apt.

Finally, we come to the winners! Farhad-Sajid and Bunty Rathore’s dialogues are funny, witty and very impressive! Robin Bhatt and Yunuj Sejawal-the two experienced writers come up with a terrific screenplay. None of the scene seemed messy and this is how scripts should be in comic flicks!

And Rohit Shetty deserves nothing but applause! He has evolved wonderfully as a director. He knows what the audience wants and delivers everything perfectly! His first flick, Zameen was impressive. His popularity soared with his second film, Golmaal. But in my opinion, it fell at lots of places in the 2nd half. His 3rd film Sunday was disappointing while Golmaal Returns was as good as Golmaal. Thus, All The Best is undoubtedly his most accomplished work so far! Take a bow!

Some of the best scenes of the film:
1.   The ‘sauce’ sequence!
2.   The car race
3.   Dharam’s call to Veer informing about his visit
4.   The scene at the airport
5.   Prem gets to know that Dharam has mistaken Jhanvi as Vidya (outstanding!)
6.   The intermission point
7.   All scenes of Johny Lever
8.   The action scene at the beach
9.   Exchange of bedrooms at night (Oudstading!)
10. Prem taking Jhanvi to hospital and Dharam following him (Super-Duper!)
11. The song ‘Kyun’, ‘Dil Kare’ and the title song
12. The climax

On the whole, All The Best is a true winner in all respects! It is the finest comic flick to hit theatres in a long long time! It’s a must watch for audiences of all age groups! Go with your siblings or with your parents or with your friends or with your loved one or simply go alone-but do go for it…coz it’ll surely make your day! ENJOY!!

My rating-**** ½ out of 5!

This review first appeared on MouthShut.com:


Kim Sharma has called off her marriage to her Spanish boyfriend and is now dating director Abhishek Kapoor

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 08, 2009)

Kim Sharm

Abhishek Kapoor

The latest couple in Bollywood is Rock On!! director Abhishek Kapoor and actress Kim Sharma. Kim, who has dumped all plans to marry her Spanish boyfriend, singer Carlos Marin, said, “I’m definitely not getting married in February 2010 (as reported earlier).”

In the last two weeks, Abhishek and Kim have been spotted painting the town red at several restaurants, coffee shops and nightclubs. They first met through a common friend and instantly clicked. Abhishek’s fling with Kamal Haasan’s daughter, Shruti Haasan is over. “He was close to Shruti till the last month but their relationship has fizzled out,” said a source.

“Now, Abhishek is totally smitten with Kim. And yes, Kim likes him a lot too. They are spending a lot of time together these days. Even when they aren’t together, they are either talking on the phone or texting each other,” added the source.

Both Abhishek and Kim have had their share of affairs. Kim had a torrid relationship with cricketer Yuvraj Singh for four years and after their break-up has seldom been single. Meanwhile, Abhishek has been linked with several actresses in the past.

Although Kim refused to comment on her current relationship, Abhishek said, “I know this is a cliché but Kim and I are just good friends.”

Adnan Sami’s 15-year-old son Azaan makes his debut as a music composer and singer for Bumm Bumm Bole starring Darsheel Safary
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 02, 2009)

Bumm Bumm Bole

Adnan Sami is a proud father thanks to his son, Azaan, who is now following his daddy’s footsteps. Azaan is ready for his big Bollywood debut as a singer and composer. He has been signed on to sing for Darsheel Safary who plays the lead in Percept Picture Company’s forthcoming film, Bumm Bumm Bole.

A source said, “Shailendra Singh, MD of PPC, and director Priyadarshan were in the midst of a music sitting for Bumm Bumm Bole. Priyan told Singh that he wanted refreshingly different and inspiring songs, especially for the climax when Darsheel wins a race after facing a lot of difficulty. Shailendra, who had earlier heard Azaan’s voice and had loved it, suddenly came up with the idea of having him on board. Priyan too loved Azaan’s voice. He will sing as well as compose all the three songs in the film.”

Azaan Sami

Shailendra Singh said, “Yes, we have signed Azaan for his Bollywood debut as singer and composer. He’s barely 15 years old and his voice has a raw feel, which Priyan appreciated. Azaan’s music is quite inspiring and suits the uplifting mood of Bumm Bumm Bole.”

An excited Adnan said, “I am happy that Azaan’s first assignment as a composer is with Priyadarshan and PPC. I am immensely proud and happy as a father. I am eagerly waiting to hear his songs.”

It’s the song and phrase that work more than the actors who dance to it according to Vishal Bharadwaj
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 14, 2009)

The Dhan te nan song from Kaminey

Vishal Bharadwaj, who has composed the chartbuster song Dhan te nan and has also directed the film, Kaminey, has a confession to make. He says, “Dhan te nan was not especially designed for Kaminey. I had first used the catch phrase and tune in a telefilm also titled Dhan te nan in 1998. It is a phrase that belongs to our film and music culture. For us Indians, cinema is the biggest cultural entity. We often borrow illustrations and speech patterns from our films. Dhan te nan is used during bedtime stories for dramatic effect. Whenever I used to tell my son, Aasman, stories, I’d go ‘Dhan te nan’ to create drama. The phrase remained with me.”

However, putting the phrase in the dance idiom was far from easy. Vishal says, “I’m always uncomfortable composing pub songs. Most often, there is no logic to these item songs. A pub is so noisy. Why would anyone sing in it? In Kaminey, Shahid and his companion Chandan do not sing Dhan te nan. When they enter the pub, the song is already playing in the background. They just lip-sync. In all my films, I struggle to marry realism with the songs’ idiom. In Omkara, I made Bipasha’s character a singer before she breaks into dance for Beedi jalai le. I can’t have my characters break into a song without justification.”

Ask Vishal if the credit for the impact of Dhan te nan goes to Shahid, and he says, “I don’t think Shahid is instrumental in creating the impact. The song has its own value. In fact, the character takes over the screen and the audience is no longer looking at Shahid Kapoor. He’s a brilliant actor but all the credit for the impact of Dhan te nan goes to me. Of course, I needed the right singers, actors and technicians. But finally it’s my vision that you see in the song. It’s not Shahid propelling the song forward. It’s the entire package.”

Vishal admits catch phrases ka zamana hai. “We’ve to admit people want catch phrases. But Dhan te nan isn’t the first. What about so many RD Burman tracks in the 1970s? What about Apalam chapalam 50 years ago? We need such phrases because somewhere audiences are no longer sensitive to tender thoughts like Hai tere saath meri wafaa and other Madan Mohan ghazals. I realise that to put across my music, I need that one catchy phrase and hook line. If my Maachis didn’t have Chappa chappa charkha chale, Paani paani re wouldn’t have been noticed.”

Speaking about the unusual title of his film, Vishal says, “When I titled my film Kaminey everyone thought I had gone mad. Today it’s become a much-loved title. I use the word kaminey all the time. It can be used as a term of endearment. Look at how beautifully Konkona Sen Sharma used the Hindi expletive ch****a in Omkara.”

Vishal Bharadwaj

Vishal has even sung the title song in Kaminey. He says, “I felt that was the song for me. The word kaminey has been used 15 times in 50 different ways. If you go on the internet you’ll see Gulzar saab (who has written the song) has changed the definition of the word. He has used the word kaminey in a spiritual sense. I don’t think anyone can express the various shades of the word kaminey as well as I can. Sabsa bada kamina main hoon.”

He laughs and adds, “Now that the music has clicked the real struggle begins. Jo hona hai ho gaya. Now is the real test because Kaminey is not a run-of-the-mill film. It’s a masala film but the ingredients will take audiences by surprise. Shahid has worked very hard.”

Vishal is open to composing music for other directors. “Like I did the music for Ajay Devgan’s U Me Aur Hum, I’m open to outside offers. I love composing music more than directing films. All my scenes in Kaminey have an inherent lyrical and musical quality. But the music of Kaminey is very special.”

Singer Tochi Rainaa hospitalised for severe depression after websites give credit to singer Toshi Sabri for songs sung by the former

By Ashwini Deshmukh (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 13, 2009)

Tochi Rainaa

What’s in a name? goes the famous line by William Shakespeare. Singer Tochi Rainaa has a bitter answer to this question. For the 42-year-old singer, whose claim to fame is the song Bullee Shah from A Wednesday and O Pardesi from Dev.D, it is a simple error in names that resulted in him being admitted to the Bombay Hospital where he is undergoing psychiatric treatment.

After 28 years of complete dedication to music, Tochi finally got his first break to sing in A Wednesday followed by Dev.D. Unfortunately, his fame didn’t last long. And the reason was something as simple as a mistaken identity by a website. His friend and manager Viraj Jaiswal, who is by his side at the hospital, confirmed and said, “Due to a blunder by an irresponsible website, Tochi has suffered a lot. The credit of Tochi’s work is being given to singer Toshi Sabri, who is a reality show contestant in his early 20s. Everyone who wanted to contact Tochi Rainaa ended up calling Toshi Sabri, because of incorrect details on the website.”

When we met him at the hospital yesterday, the distraught singer said, “I’ve spent 28 years learning and researching music. I travelled not only across India but also Afghanistan and Pakistan to learn music. I’m in Mumbai since the past six years and I finally got a break in A Wednesday. After all these years of struggle, I got recognition but the website spoilt it all for me. Look at the difference in our age and the difference in our voice. I am not blaming Toshi but it’s the website that I have a problem with for giving credit for my songs to Toshi. Because of this, most of my shows and events have gone to Toshi. After so many years of hardship, it’s difficult to survive financially. My brother is suffering from TB and I don’t have any money to help him. My mother died of cancer last year.”

According to Dr Hemant Gupta and Ramona Kakkad, Tochi was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday morning. “He was brought in a state of complete distress. He has a psychiatric problem. The case of mistaken identity has resulted in a complete setback professionally and he is in a helpless situation,” said Dr Aashish Tiwari.

Toshi Sabri

Because of the mistaken identity, Tochi is left with no option but to sing jingles. Recently, he started his own band Bandagi. But it’s not enough to bring a smile to his face and the glint in his eye is missing. “We have sent a notice to the website and are demanding a compensation of Rs 2 crore for the losses suffered by Tochi. We are waiting for their reply,” said Jaiswal.

Anurag Kashyap, director of Dev.D, said, “Tochi is extremely talented. Recently, he sent me a message asking me to meet him but I was unable to do so as I was busy. Today, when I got to know that he is severely depressed and is hospitalised I feel so bad that I couldn’t meet him earlier. I want to meet Amit Trivedi (music composer of Dev.D) and discuss what I can do to help Tochi to get out of this sad situation. I wish I knew about his situation earlier.”

Despite repeated attempts, Toshi Sabri was unavailable for comment.