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WHO AM I? Shah Rukh Khan as Rizwan Khan


Shah Rukh Khan speaks exclusively to BT about his role in the biggest film of his career

MARK MANUEL Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 29, 2009)

Shah Rukh Khan, the pains and failures of 2009 behind him if not entirely forgotten, is looking forward to the New Year because it brings with it the imminent release and promise of the biggest film of his career (his words, not mine) – Karan Johar’s My Name Is Khan. He’s had a bad year starting with the shoulder injury and surgery, then the uninspiring box-office returns for Billu – his only release in 2009, and finally the humiliating decimation of his IPL team in South Africa. But, as the poet T. S. Eliot famously wrote, “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice”… and SRK, suspect, is secretly hoping that the next voice cinema audiences will listen to is going to be his in 2010. Or rather Rizwan Khan’s, the autistic character he plays in My Name Is Khan, which is slated for a grand bi-lingual worldwide release in February. Actually, the character in this ambitious film suffers from asperger’s syndrome, an autistic disorder whose main symptom is a difficulty in social interaction. It is a role that Shah Rukh, who is notoriously among Bollywood’s least social people, must have slipped into with consummate ease. Over a glass of tea in his vanity van one night late at Mehboob Studios, I asked him whether audiences were ready for another challenged hero after Bachchan with progeria in Paa and, before that, Aamir with dyslexia in Taare Zameen Par. Shah Rukh replied, “Audiences understand what you tell them. People like a good story. And this is a joyous film with a new romantic thought, the journey of an ordinary man. It is a love story with an epic feel. All love stories have obstacles, but the obstacle in My Name Is Khan is real, it happens in everyday life. For me, the film was an opportunity to play a challenged character… bahut maaza aaya!” What he was saying was contrary to public belief that the film is based on terrorism. Shah Rukh scowled. “I don’t know where you got that idea,” he said in exasperation, “yes, it is set in the aftermath of 9/11, and it is heroic without the fighting and screaming, but My Name Is Khan is a heartening and even funny film… even though we didn’t try to make a funny film! I am excited about it as I am about all my films. But this one I’m very proud of. Mainly because I’ve co-produced it with Karan. Also because Kajol and I are acting together after eight years.” He’s not seen a trial of the film as yet to voice an opinion on how well it will do at the box-office. That Shah Rukh never does. Not for his own films nor anybody else’s. In fact, he said he’s hardly seen any of his films completely. “Trials mean analysis,” he explained, “but trial reactions are different from theatre reactions. I don’t make a film for myself, I make it for the story. Besides, I’m shy of myself on screen, I’m not vain, it’s just that I’m not fond of my face or physique. Maybe that’s why I’m an actor – so that I can play someone else.”
Perhaps, he was still in character for the film. Or, maybe, interacting with people is as much a problem for Shah Rukh Khan in real life as it is for Rizwan Khan in reel. “I’m not antisocial,” he protested, “I’m a quiet person, strangely reclusive, I’m not as confident as you think I am. I have issues. I’m thankful to Allah… to be not so gifted and have all this. It may sound pompous, but I’m great enough to be humble, I’m very happy when people say ‘SRK’s the best’… there is a sense of achievement, I’m happy by what I’ve done, but humble enough to know it’s not because of me. Yet put me on stage, say, at Salt Lake Stadium before a million people and I will comfortably entertain you for an hour. As long as I’m an entertainer, I have no problems. It’s when I’m Shah Rukh Khan that the problems arise. I’m a fun guy… yet my kids enjoy their mother’s company more.”
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SANTA BABY: Genelia goes Christmas shopping at a Bandra store decorated for the festive season

Bollywood hottie Genelia is home for Christmas and has a special prayer for Santa Claus

NIMISHA TIWARI Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 25, 2009)

If Santa Claus had visited Genelia’s new home in Bandra west last night, the patron saint of Christmas might not have left the place… for the Bollywood hottie is looking as festive as the season. A huge star lights up the balcony while a Christmas tree that she lugged down from South Africa, dances with fairy lights. There’s also a crib with a tiny infant Jesus. All signs that Christmas is in the air.
And, it is, for this is the only holiday the young and perky actress can spend with her family. “Life has been hectic and I’ve been shooting back-to-back outdoors,” Genelia said. “But Santa heard my prayer and brought me home in time for Christmas. Right since childhood, I haven’t missed out on a single midnight mass with my folks. And last night, we offered our prayers at St Peter’s and St Anne’s Church in Bandra.”
On a break since her next film, Chance Pe Dance with Shahid Kapoor, is slated for release in January, Genelia can afford to indulge in all the Christmas goodies her mother has prepared at home.
“There’s heavenly guava cheese, kalkals and marzipan. I couldn’t care less about my diet and I am going to just hog and indulge the lil girl in me,” said the dimpled actress who has a mouth full of sweet tooths.
She has fond memories of Christmases gone by when her mother would make Genelia and her brother list out all the mischief they had been upto in the year for Santa to read. “But all wrong doings were forgiven and in the morning we’d have a surprise hanging in our Christmas stocking. I used to get so excited about this yearly ritual. Innocently, we also left milk and cookies the night before for Santa hoping his gifts for us would be nicer,” said the actress.
When she grew up and learned the truth about Santa Claus, her mother explained the true meaning of Christmas to Genelia. “It’s about spreading cheer and making a positive difference in others’ lives, peace on earth and goodwill to man,” she said. At heart, a simple Bandra Catholic girl, Genelia wishes Mumbai is blessed with peace and happiness in the coming year. “And also that people will love and accept me with open hearts for my work in my new film,” she added with a shy laugh.
AWAY IN A MANGER: Genelia
By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 17, 2009)

Six sizzling hotties feature in a calendar to be released this year. While it’s debatable if people look at the calendar to know what day of the week it is, it will certainly find a prominent place on their desks.

Four of the hot models are: Esha Gupta, Sonali Raut, Aashika Pratt and Gia Johnson Singh.

Gia Johnson

The other two will be chosen through a television show Hunt For The Calendar Girl 2010. Three other girls are fighting out the Battle of the Bikinis: Himarsha Venkatsamy (South Africa), Anjaly Lavania (Mumbai) and Nidhi Sunil (Bangalore).

Buzz is that Anjali and Himarsha will edge out Nidhi in the show’s final. We called Anjali and Himarsha to congratulate them, but both said that they are not supposed to talk about it until the results are declared officially on Sunday. Oops, did we open our big mouth again?

Sonali Raut Esha Gupta
Himarsha and Anjaly Aashika Pratt

By SHAHEEN PARKAR (Mid-Day; December 11, 2009)

Sushmita Sen and Kangna Ranaut will attempt to be just that for a song called Shakira Jaisi…

Hips Don’t Lie — ask Sushmita Sen and Kangna Ranaut. The stars are learning to shake their kamariyas like the Colombian singer who can wriggle her hips and more effortlessly.

The actresses are presently shooting for a song sequence for Anees Bazmee’s No Problem (it’s not a sequel to No Entry!). Music composer Pritam has composed a trademark Punjabi hip track that goes Shakira Jaisi Hile Lakhni…

Sush and Kangs, who play sisters in the flick, have been matching steps to Chinni Prakash’s choreography.
The two actresses will be making their moves in six yards. While Sushmita has draped herself in an Abu Jani sari worth Rs 4 lakh, Kangna settled for a Suneet Varma creation which costs Rs 3.5 lakh.

The song is being shot at the Filmistan Studios. Anil Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Akshaye Khanna, Paresh Rawal and Shakti Kapoor who feature in the film are also in the song that has been penned by lyricist Kumar (of Maa Ka Ladla fame).

Produced by Anil Kapoor, Rajat Rawail and Spice International, No Problem is slated to release in the third quarter of 2010.

Says Rawail, “We have been shooting for this track from Tuesday. Pritam has scored an extremely peppy song that tells them to shake like Shakira! It is a celebration song as Kangna is getting engaged to Akshaye in the film. The dance unfolds in their father Shakti Kapoor’s home — he plays the police commissioner.”

After a long schedule in South Africa, Bazmee has started the Mumbai leg of the film’s shoot. From next week, they will be shooting at various parts of south Mumbai.

H-twon in a sari
While you may have to wait a while to see Shakira in a sari (the outfit she wore during a Farah Khan choreographed performance at an awards show — seen alongside — doesn’t count as one), here are a list of Hollywood actresses who draped up.
Helen Mirren (at an awards show)
Katherine Heigl (in 27 Dresses)
The Pussycat Dolls (at an event)
Cameron Diaz (at a photoshoot)
Elizabeth Hurley (at an event)

Shakira Ve the last track that featured the name in the title. the fool n final gaana featured Ayesha Takia & Shahid Kapoor

GAME FOR IT: John Abraham
John Abraham joins the Indian cricket team to play opposite South Africa in his sporty film

SUBHASH K JHA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 2, 2009)

John Abrahan’s ankle’s more or less healed now and his doctor’s told him to go ahead and play for David Dhawan’s Hook Ya Crook. So Dhawan has decided to rope in the Indian and the South African cricket teams to play against one another for the grand climax of the sporty film.

A source from the production house said, “We will shoot as soon as we get the dates of certain members of the Indian team.” John, of course, will be part of the Indian team. “I’ve always been a sporty guy. I love all kinds of athletic activity. I’ve always loved football and now cricket. But my favourite sport is the Motorcycle Grand Prix. Some day I hope to do an entire film based on mo’bike racing,” said the actor.

At the moment, the only work he has on hand is the cricket match. “Abbas Tyrewala’s film 1-800-Love is over and after we shoot the climax of Hook Ya Crook, my slate is going to be clean except for a film with Nishikant Kamath,” he said.

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.

BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM

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.

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


Character artiste and comedian Sanjay Mishra has a new lease of life, thanks to Sanjay Dutt. A few months ago, Mishra was admitted to a hospital where he underwent treatment for pus formation in the intestine caused due to excessive consumption of pan masala. Even then, Mishra couldn’t quit until Dutt advised him to give up.

Mishra got addicted to pan masala in 2001 when he began acting in the popular TV show Office Office. “My character (Shuklaji) in Office Office required me to consume a lot of pan masala. Slowly but surely, I got addicted to it,” said Mishra.

Ironically, it was Dutt who gave Mishra several pouches of pan masala last year. Mishra said, “We were shooting for Chattur Singh in South Africa. Wahan pan masala nahi milta tha. Dutt saab had some with him and he gave it to me.”

However, later when the two met on the sets of All The Best, Dutt asked him to kick the habit as he too had stopped eating pan masala. “Dutt saab’s advice worked. I feel so nice and fresh these days. I even got married last month (to Kiran Pant),” added Mishra.


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