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Cast: NEIL NITIN MUKESH, SOHA ALI KHAN, KAY KAY MENON, SHAHANA GOSWAMI, KARAN NATH

Producer: TUTU SHARMA

Director: SUDHIR MISHRA

Source: BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM

By Subhash K. Jha, December 11, 2009 – 19:00 IST

Post the grand international success of Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, Mumbai slums have become fashionable and popular visiting places for international audiences. Just how much so, Sudhir Mishra discovered when he took his long-delayed film on slum life Tera Kya Hoga Johnny (featuring Neil Nitin Mukesh, Soha Ali Khan, Shahana Goswami and Karan Nath along with a real street-child Sikandar) to New York’s South Asian Film Festival held from October 28 to November 3.

At the festival American critics reacted to Sudhir Mishra’s Tera Kya Hoga Johnny as another Slumdog Millionaire.

Now Sudhir will release the film in a dubbed English version. “After Slumdog Millionaire, the West is looking with much curiosity at the slum culture of Mumbai. I had no plans of doing an English version of Tera Kya Hoga Johnny. But everyone who saw it in New York suggested I do it. Every frame in my film has been shot in the lanes and gullies of South Mumbai in Colaba.”

With Tutu Sharma now taking over as co-producer of Tera Kya Hoga Johnny, the film is all set for an early January 2010 release.

Thus ends the blame game whereby Neil Nitin Mukesh was being accused of trying to stall the film by not dubbing for it.

Defends Sudhir Mishra, “First of all most of the film is in sync sound. There was just about a day’s dubbing to be done by Neil. He finished it long ago. Why blame the poor guy?”

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Any kind of calamity, whether natural or man-made, is immediately picked up by the film fraternity to capture the event in celluloid. The 26 July 2005 Mumbai deluge was one of the biggest natural disasters in India in this decade and surprisingly, no film, comprising A-listers was based on it yet. Finally, Tum Mile takes the initiative. It’s a love story and the floods serve as a backdrop. Unfortunately, the ‘flood’ connection wasn’t utilized well and hence, the film fails to impress fully.

The story of the movie: Akshay (Emraan Hashmi) and Sanjana (Soha Ali Khan) become friends when they both were based in Cape Town. Although Akshay was struggling painter and Sanjana was a creative writer cum environmentalist and a daughter of a rich billionaire (Sachin Khedekar), they both hit off well and fall in love. They decide to move in. Unfortunately, both face problems, more so because of Akshay’s financial insecurity. Finally, both have to break up. Six years later, they meet each other once again in a London-Mumbai flight. Things have drastically changed for both Akshay and Sanjana now. However, once they land in Mumbai, they have to go through a roller coaster ride as heavy rains have crippled the entire city. The date was July 26, 2005. They have no choice but to be together in this dark time.

Let’s get one thing straight-although Tum Mile was promoted as a film based on floods, it is actually not. 70% of the film is Emraan-Soha’s flashback in Cape Town. The remaining 30% focuses on the deluge. However, the story wonderfully moves from the present to flashback and back and that’s why the film works a bit.

The first scene of the film is in fact the best one! Weather dept officials who were more interested in playing cards than looking at the warning they received about a downpour just a day before July 26 is a rocking scene! It gives an indication that how the careless attitude of these officials led to a disaster.

The first half of the film has no glitches. The flashback portion begins wonderfully and goes ahead nicely too. Also the scene inside the flight were well executed. The intermission point was scary. However, problems start in the second hour. The flashback scenes quite dragged. Director Kunal Deshmukh could and should have had a crisp narrative. The problems faced by the couple in the floods were engrossing but the climax disappointed. The way both Emraan and Soha accept each other in the climax (after the rains stopped) seemed little indigestible, because their interactions with each other was very limited during the time of crisis. But then it is said, “When you bond during a crisis, the bonding goes deep”. So maybe only the very limited bonding was more than enough for the characters!

The visual effects in the film at some places were tacky and could have been better. The film also exhibits some of the actual footage depicting the horrors of 26/7. But that doesn’t work. Also, factual errors can be noticed-the lead actors are shown wading through chest-deep water in Lower Parel area of Mumbai. However, nothing of that sort had happened there on that day.. In fact, it was in the suburban areas like Juhu, Kalina etc where water had arisen till the first floors. However, some of the horrors of that day were wonderfully captured. Most notable is how the central locking system caused the death of many inside the car after their car’s doors and windows failed to open.

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Emraan Hashmi and Soha Ali Khan carry the film on their shoulders wonderfully. Emraan delivers a sparkling performance and proves that he’s one of the best performers around. He looked charming, esp in the flashback portions. However, his bespectacled look in the present track is not as great as the similar one he had in Gangster. But still, he manages to do a great job. Watch out for him when he’s high-tempered and in the scene where he enthusiastically paints Soha. A fine actor indeed!

Soha Ali Khan too comes up with a brilliant performance-one of the best of her careers after RDB and Khoya Khoya Chand. She appears confident and it’s great to see that she slipped into her role so easily. Actually, she wasn’t the original choice-Esha Deol was offered the role initially. After she refused due to some reason, Soha was approached!

Mantra, who plays Emraan’s pal, also gives a confident performance. Sachin Khedekar was impressive. Others were good.

Pritam’s music was one of the USPs of the film. The 3 songs which completely rock are the title song, Tu Hi Haqeeqat and Dil Ibaadat. Watch out for Dil Ibaadat-it was just brilliantly executed!

Prakash Kutty’s cinematography was flawless. So was the design.

There was nothing wrong in the story; it was the screenplay that failed at places. Ideally, equal emphasis should have been there for both the tracks. The flood portions were underutilized. Although Kunal Deshmukh’s first venture Jannat was fantastic, Tum Mile isn’t, unfortunately.

Some of the best scenes of the film:
1.       The first scene
2.       Akshay restructures Sanjana’s cake
3.       The title song and Dil Ibaadat
4.       Akshay’s confrontation with the curator
5.       Sachin Khedekar’s only scene
6.       Akshay and Sanjana’s argument the next day
7.       The intermission point
8.       Akshay and Sanjana in the bus and in cracked building

On the whole, Tum Mile unfortunately doesn’t work in totality. Performances and music were brilliant but the film was too dragged for no reason. But the film doesn’t bore even for a moment and the first half was great. Watch it if you are an Emraan/Bhatt fan!

My rating-** ½ out of 5!

This review first appeared on MouthShut.com: http://www.mouthshut.com/review/Tum_Mile-179553-1.html

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By Taran Adarsh, November 13, 2009 – 11:17 IST

In TUM MILE, a couple faces two storms. The storm within, when they come face to face after their breakup. The storm outside, when a natural calamity strikes Mumbai on 26th July, 2005 [unprecedented rainfall devastated Mumbai on this date].

After JANNAT, director Kunal Deshmukh [KD] chooses a love story yet again. It’s about an estranged couple, but the wallpaper in TUM MILE is the Mumbai floods. Naturally then, the expectations from TUM MILE are colossal, given the fact that TUM MILE is the first film that attempts to chronicle the natural calamity on celluloid, with seriousness.

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Had KD limited himself to narrating the ups and downs in a live-in relationship, TUM MILE may’ve struck a chord. But if you’re attempting a disaster movie [its promotions send out strong signals], you’d be eager to know how KD recreates the horrors of 26th July on celluloid. Let’s not forget, the catastrophe is still etched in our memory and has tremendous recall-value.

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While KD succeeds in depicting the tiffs between the lovers, it’s the disaster aspect that doesn’t make much of an impact. That’s because you strongly feel that the infamous Mumbai floods should’ve been given more prominence, instead of using it as a tool to take the story forward.

26th July, 2005 rang an ominous bell for most, but amidst all the chaos and the tragedy, it re-united two star-crossed ex-lovers.

Two people [Emraan Hashmi, Soha Ali Khan] meet after a hiatus of six years. What starts off as a seemingly innocuous encounter on the same flight back to Mumbai, ends up as a rollercoaster ride through some of the darkest hours of Mumbai, as they see the city get swamped with disaster and loss… and are forced to stick together in this time of crisis.

26th July, 2005 remains etched in your memory and I’m sure, every Mumbaikar would’ve a story to tell vis-à-vis what transpired with them or their beloved/relatives/friends/acquaintances on that fateful day. TUM MILE also highlights the dilemma of a couple, who once shared a beautiful relationship, but have moved on in life after they split, till they meet again on 26th July.

Opposites attract and so do Emraan and Soha in TUM MILE. Although their story goes back and forth several times, the narrative doesn’t confuse the viewer one bit. So far, so good.

But the problem lies in integrating the natural calamity with the love story. Even if you’re a non-Mumbaikar, you’d vividly recall the images that were flashed on news channels continuously or perhaps, you may’ve watched the footage on internet. But in TUM MILE, the nature’s fury doesn’t come across strongly or effectively. In a few scenes, yes, you do draw parallels with real life, but the impact it ought to make is just not there. Something is amiss!

KD has handled the love story very well. The tiffs between Emraan and Soha are so identifiable. The ‘Dil Ibaadat’ song in particular completely moves you. But how one wishes the film would’ve focussed more on the characters’ attempts to escape or cope with the disaster or its aftermath.

Pritam’s music is melodious to the core. The cinematography does justice to the beauty of South Africa [romantic portions] and also during the flood sequences. But the usage of stock footage, at places, doesn’t work. The computer graphics could’ve been better and more effective.

Emraan takes giant strides as an actor. He continues to surprise in film after film. Grossly under-rated despite having delivered competent performances in the past, here’s hoping that people wake up to this talented actor after TUM MILE. Like Emraan, Soha too has evolved into a truly fine actor and TUM MILE proves it. The best part is, Soha is extremely natural and that’s what makes her sequences so believable.

Sachin Khedekar is there for just one sequence. Mantra, as Emraan’s friend, is confident.

On the whole, TUM MILE caters to the youth mainly. At the box-office, the Vishesh Films – Emraan Hashmi combo has cultivated a strong fan-base over the years and coupled with good music, which is also very popular, the film should find itself in the comfortable zone. However, the super-strong opposition in 2012 [also highlighting a disaster on celluloid and which has had a wide release in India] might eat into its business at places.

WHY PEOPLE DOWNLOAD SONGS?

The current scenario for the music industry is bad. Almost everyone is interested in downloading songs from the internet rather than buying audio CDs. A person may be having a strong word against piracy of movies but not against that of songs available on the internet. And there are various reasons for these-a pirated print of a movie may be of bad quality but pirated versions of songs are always perfect. In fact, there’s hardly any difference in quality in the downloaded version and CD version of a song. Secondly, one has to shell out 160 bucks to buy an audio CD but songs on the net are available for free of cost! Also, the songs are on the net are available on the very day that it is released in the market. Thus, this kind of piracy is thriving and people of all classes are downloading songs and stuffing them in their PCs or their phones and iPods.

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The reason why I am talking about this is because of Tum Mile, the film which is releasing tomorrow. The wonderful songs of this film were out some 3-4 days before its official release in the market! Websites like songs.pk proudly mentioned on the home page that ‘Tum Mile-Exclusive’! The news spread like wild fire and its songs got the maximum number of downloads. This, of course, infuriated the director (Kunal Deshmukh), the producer (Mahesh Bhatt) and the music director (Pritam) who felt that this would hit the music sales. Mahesh Bhatt, on the other hand, saw a positive side to this tragedy. In his words, “Pirates have declared Tum Mile music a hit. I guess they know more than everyone else. They got to the consumer even before we opened sales. This pretty much speaks volumes about the kind of excitement that the product has generated over the months. The black-waala’s word is always more reliable than that of the critic!

Notwithstanding the anger and positive side to this incident, no one bothered to ask as to how the songs got leaked to the internet in the first place. Some insider was involved, without doubt. Also, why no step is taken to stop piracy of songs? I feel the biggest reason as to why people download songs is because of the price of the audio CD which costs 160 bucks. Ironically, a VCD of a film nowadays is available at as low as Rs. 40! Then why the hell is audio CD priced so much? It’s high time that the prices are reduced to 50 or 60 bucks and I am sure that this will curb illegal downloading by almost 40-50%. Unfortunately, no one wants to do it.

Talking about the film, it stars Emraan Hashmi and Soha Ali Khan and is based on the July 26 Mumbai floods. It is directed by Kunal Deshmukh, whose first film Jannat took a surprisingly huge opening and became one of the big hits of 2008. Tum Mile is also expected to open huge. But like everytime, it will be the content that would decide whether or not the film would sustain in the following days. Anything that comes from Bhatt stable is always interesting so let’s hope Tum Mile rocks!

P.S.: An interesting joke is being circulated on the net since 3 days. Keeping in mind the sudden showers in Mumbai since Tuesday, the SMS reads, “Now the Bhatts have made it rain to promote Tum Mile!
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AWKWHO WILL WATCH AAO WISH KAREIN?

The other release tomorrow is Aao Wish Karein (AWK), which marks Aftab’s debut as a producer. He has also acted in the film along with Aamna Sharif. It seems more like a kiddie film but unfortunately, like most Hindi films, no attempt was made to publicize AWK well. The film is not on the ‘movies to watch’ list on kids and thus, this would be yet another flop of 2009.
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AJAB PREM-4TH BIGGEST OPENER OF ALL TIMES!

Last Friday’s release Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani has thrown a surprise. No one expected it to open so huge. It is on the no 4 slot of biggest openers of all times after collecting Rs 24.5 crores in 3 days! The first week collections are expected to close at around 41 crores. It may also cross Love Aaj Kal’s first week collect of Rs 42.87 crs which are the highest first week collections of 2009. Kudos to the entire team of this film!

This post first appeared on MouthShut.com: http://www.mouthshut.com/diary/jgdiortto/Fenils-Bollywood-Talk74

IANS (Mid-Day; November 7, 2009)

 

One of Bollywood’s most bankable stars, Emraan Hashmi, says people have contantly tried to pull him down. He also believes the new film “Tum Mile” will present him in a new avatar, having mostly essayed roles with shades of grey.

 

“In the kind of industry I am, every creative person has a judgement to make about someone else’s performance. After doing a movie, I may think that I have come up with my best act, but others may think otherwise. You can’t help it,” shrugs Emraan, 30.

“This is something that has happened ever since I made my debut with ‘Footpath’. I went on to deliver successful films practically every year with ‘Murder’, ‘Zeher’ and ‘Aashiq Banaya Aapne’ followed by ‘Aksar’ and ‘Gangster’. Still people have tried to pull me down,” Emraan said in an interview.

He is sitting pretty on the back to back success of “Raaz – The Mystery Continues” and “Jannat”. A year earlier, he came up with one of the best ever acts of his career in “Awarapan”.

And now he is about to be seen in “Tum Mile”, his most expensive film till date that will release Nov 13. It co-stars Soha Ali Khan.

“It’s a welcome change to have absolutely no grey shades in my character,” says Emraan.

He is positive that after the release of the film, he would be looked upon as someone who can also show a sensitive side.

“For that opportunity, I am thankful to my director Kunal Deshmukh. If not for him, I would have continued playing the kind of roles I have been successful in. In fact, when Kunal spoke to me about the role, I was sceptical because I have never played a full-on romantic guy before.”

He isn’t overtly bothered about certain negative statements about him. “Honestly, I don’t even look aside to see who is around for competition. There is nothing wrong if people choose to reserve certain remarks for me.

“To each his own since I have to basically live up to my own judgement and fulfil the expectations of those who matter,” he says.

He has his fair share of admirers and supporters though.

“Yes, there are some out there who have been quite supportive throughout my career,” he agrees. “My goal is to keep delivering successful solo hero films and also do an occasional multi-hero film if I have an equal part. This is why I agreed to do Milan Luthria’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbai’.”

While he has been doing well as an actor after spending more than half a decade in the industry, does he have any plans to turn producer?

“I don’t want to be in the hot seat,” shoots Emraan in a tone of mock horror. “Mukeshji (Bhatt) tells me that being a producer is the toughest job in the world. I agree with him since he has decades of filmmaking experience.

“Today I am happy being an actor. Any aspirations to be producer are best kept on hold for a later stage.”

 

TV’S SIZZLING AND HOW: Rani Mukerji, Amrita Rao, Eesha Koppikhar, Genelia D’Souza andPreity Zinta. 

Yes, for several actresses now… who enjoy the mass reach and moolah!

 

AAKANKSHA NAVAL-SHETYE Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; October 28, 2009)

 

Bollywood may be big, but Tellywood’s small screen is proving to be a bigger lure for our B-town actors and actresses. After a string of Bollymen — right from Amitabh Bachchan to Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan — gave in to the temptation and showed their dum on television, it’s now the turn of the actresses to hog the telly-limelights. Years back, Karisma Kapur, Madhuri Dixit, Raveena Tandon and Manisha Koirala set the trend because they were not exactly hot property at the BO. Now the new brigade is jumping on the TV bandwagon also because of the draw of the mass reach and the moolah. So, while Rani Mukerji is judging a reality dance show Dance Premiere League, Amrita Rao is a celebrity panelist on a reality matchmaking show The Perfect Bride. Not too long ago, Kajol alongwith mum Tanuja and hubby Ajay Devgn had turned judge for a family show Rock N Roll Family, as had Sonali Bendre for Indian Idol, while Soha Ali Khan is hosting a game show Khelo, Jeeto, Jeeyo. Urmila Matondkar, too, had created quite a stir with Jhalak Dikhla Jaa and Waar Parivaar, while Shilpa Shetty wowed viewers with Bigg Boss. Eesha Koppikhar’s wrestling with her reality show 100 Percent De Dhana Dhan and now Genelia too is set to join the fray soon with Big Switch. Even Preity Zinta is reportedly in talks with a TV channel to host a game-show.
Having started her career in the glam world with ads on TV, for Amrita, the small screen has always held a special place. “I have never underestimated the power and the reach of television. In fact, the entire industry depends on it for promoting their films. Besides I believe that there can never be boundaries for talent. Look how the stars have been balancing it abroad. Why can’t we have equal respectability for both mediums here too,” questions the actress, who was drawn to do a reality show because of the unique concept that the show offered.
Genelia is equally excited with her foray on TV and says, “I am really very excited about this, it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
And channel heads are certainly happy to get a dash of Bollywood glam to sizzle up their TRPs. Says Danish Khan, VP Marketing, of a popular channel, “It’s a win-win situation for the actor and the channel. The actor gets to connect with the masses while the channel benefits since the actors bring with them their loyal fans.”
Even as industry watchers continue to debate on the real reason behind the stars’ descent on the small screen — with most industry watchers claiming that it’s all about reaching out to the masses, and some insisting that it’s purely a case of making hay while the sun shines — the stars continue to rain on TV. Viewers are certainly not complaining about getting an extra dose of their beauty queens right in their living
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Producer Mahesh Bhatt has suggested that director Kunal Deshmukh change the title of Tum Mile just a month before its release

By Ruhail Amin (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 15, 2009)

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Tum Mile is just a month away from its release date, November 13, but that has not stopped producer Mahesh Bhatt from wanting to change the title of his film.

Bhatt feels that the current title makes it sound like a romantic film, which it is not. The film has Mumbai’s July 2005 deluge as its backdrop.

He has suggested Aandhi, Toofan or Rain as the possible options. However, director Kunal Deshmukh is keen on the original title and is trying his best to retain it.

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Mahesh Bhatt says, “I made a suggestion to Kunal to change the title of the film. The new title should have mass appeal so that more people can relate to the film.

Kunal has his own arguments about Tum Mile being apt, but we will sort out the issue soon.”

The film stars Emraan Hashmi and Soha Ali Khan.

Quick Gun Murugun director Shashanka Ghosh to adapt Alice In Wonderland
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 22, 2009)

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While he’s planning two spectacular epics based on real-life characters, Quick Gun Murugun director Shashanka Ghosh is not letting himself forget his affinity for fantasy and escapism.

Ghosh is going straight into a pure fantasy film based on Alice In Wonderland. Says the excited director, “It’s not based on Alice In Wonderland. It’s a straight adaptation. But it is going to be a completely Indianised version of Alice In Wonderland named Alisha. My Alisha will be will be a very contemporary take on the fable.” Samit Basu, who has written the fantasy trilogy called the Simoqin Prophecies, will write the script for the adaptation.

Shashanka wants his Alisha to be, “Someone sexy. But she has to pull off a child’s bewilderment.”

Shashanka has already zeroed in on Katrina Kaif, Soha Ali Khan and Sonam Kapoor, not necessarily in that order to play Alice/Alisha.

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Says Shashank, “Though it’s going to be a start-to-finish film, it is going to have tremendous special-effects. I want it to be a desi Alice In Wonderland. But I want it to be technically comparable with international fantasies like Harry Potter and The Lord Of The Rings.”

Oh by the way, Ghosh will include a school teacher’s character based on the author. “She’ll be based on the Alice In Wonderland writer, Lewis Carroll.”

The effort will require tremendous imagination to pull it off in style. The delightful book had Alice falling through a rabbit hole. She meets quirky characters and curious things begin to happen to her. We’re sure Shashanka is feeling pleased just like the Cheshire Cat.

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 14, 2009)

Emraan Hashmi is so eager about his forthcoming film Tum Mile that he ended up messing up all the hard work done by the film’s marketing team. The filmmakers were supposed to unveil the first look of the film along with the music release at a grand event on September 16 but Emraan has already unveiled the first look on Twitter.

An upset Kunal Deshmukh said, “An actor has to be responsible about what he is doing. What Emraan did for his personal publicity or for his fans was just not needed.”

Commenting on the exclusivity of the forthcoming event, Kunal added, “We had an entire marketing plan to release these unique visuals on the September 16 so that it grabs media attention. Otherwise it would be just another music release party where media persons watch songs, meet people, party and leave. We didn’t allow anyone to come on the sets throughout the making of the film. We only released Emraan and Soha’s look in the film and not of the 26/7 floods, which the film is based on. I will speak to the Bhatts (producers) and the music company will speak to Emraan.”

Emraan Hashmi confirmed the news but seemed clueless about the exclusivity of the visuals. “I didn’t know that these pictures were part of the promotional activities when I put them up on Twitter. Kunal sounded quite upset about it. I am not aware if they have cancelled the event. I will meet KD and solve the issue today. Making such a fuss is unnecessary,” said Emraan.