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By Joginder Tuteja, December 21, 2009 – 12:52 IST

Rajkumar Hirani Get set for an epic take in the offing. This year’s most anticipated release, 3 Idiots, has a running length of close to 3 hours. Taking audiences through different locations in the country and across time zones, this Rajkumar Hirani film is in fact his longest ever when compared to his earlier two efforts – Munnabhai MBBS and Lage Raho Munnabhai.

“That’s true,” confirms Hirani. “Both the films in the Munnabhai series were under 2.5 hours. However, 3 Idiots required a longer duration. I am not worried about the length factor though.”

Well, even for audiences it should be pretty much the case of ‘ all izzz well‘. Longer stories, if told well, have traditionally worked quite well at the box office. Some of the biggest classics in the history of Indian cinema like Lagaan, Sholay and Mughal E Azam have all crossed the 3 hour mark. Yes, those were the times when only single screens ruled and hence the revenue earned through a larger number of shows wasn’t a criteria for a film’s length. However, the fact remains that the biggest ever grosser in the history of Indian cinema, Ghajini, lasted for a couple of minutes over 3 hours.

Says a trade follower, “I am aware of people’s expectations where they want to see more of an actor or a director, if their body of work over the years has been impressive enough. Remember those Amitabh Bachchan films in the 80’s? Or the ones directed by Subhash Ghai? Each of them was mandated to be magnum opus and it was an unwritten rule that their films have a running length of at least 3 hours. Similar are the expectations from an Aamir Khan film today.”

His comments do see good validation if one looks at every film that Aamir has done in the current decade. The running length of Dil Chahta Hai (180 mins), Lagaan (225 mins), Mangal Pandey (165 mins), Rang De Basanti (150 mins), Fanaa (170 mins), Taare Zameen Par (165 mins) and Ghajini (180 mins) has been close to 3 hours or even more.

“At the end of the day, it’s the story and the story telling that does the trick, not the film’s length. Yes, we have seen audiences rejecting What’s Your Raashee? due to its length of close to 3.5 hours but also because the film dragged at places. Seeing Hirani’s work over the years, the length is a non-issue and one truly believes and hopes that the screenplay holds audience’s attention. 3 Idiots is carrying great vibes, the holiday season is on and the festivities would be in progress well into the New Year. I don’t see any reason why anyone would even think about the length factor,” concludes the trade expert.


Subhash Ghai ended the 16-year-long cold war between Shah Rukh Khan and Sunny Deol on Saturday

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 26, 2009)

Shah Rukh Khan

Lately, Shah Rukh Khan might have had serious issues with several people from the film industry but the first actor who he had an ego clash with was Sunny Deol way back in 1993. Now, the two actors have patched up 16 years after they had a huge fight during the making of Yash Chopra’s Darr. They finally buried the hatchet during a party on Saturday night and the man responsible for the patch up was host Subhash Ghai.

A source present at the party said, “Shah Rukh had come in earlier in the evening and he was sitting in one of the private sections at the party venue with Karan Johar and his other friends. Sunny Deol was accompanied by director Neeraj Pathak, who he was chatting with, when Ghai suddenly went up to the reticent actor and took him to the private section. Ghai headed straight to Shah Rukh and reintroduced the two warring actors.

SRK and Sunny shook hands and gradually warmed up to each other and were later seen chatting animatedly with lyricist Prasoon Joshi.”

Sunny Deol

Commenting on the SRK-Sunny animosity, the source added, “Sunny was probably the first one among the long list of people that Shah Rukh has had a problem with over the years. Sunny had such a big issue that after Darr he completely stopped speaking to Shah Rukh and Yash Chopra. The two actors have buried the hatchet after so many years.”

According to the source, Sunny left the party early and when the clock struck midnight, SRK’s friends gathered around him to celebrate his and Gauri’s wedding anniversary, which was yesterday.

Claudia Ciesla, who is Salman’s new blue-eyed girl,reacts to Abhishek Bachchan calling her a ‘fan’ after their pictures at the Cannes festival were splashed everywhere

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 09, 2009)
Have you seen any Hindi films or met any Indian actors?

Yes, I have seen many Bollywood films and have met some Indian actors like Salman Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, and also producers, directors and other celebrities like Subhash Ghai, Rakesh Roshan, Ashok Amritraj, Vijay Mallya, Vikram Bhatt and Ketan Anand.

You recently went to the Cannes festival where you met several Indian filmmakers and actors. How was your experience?

Great! I was invited to several high-profile parties and I met some wonderful people from Bollywood They were all very nice and gave me some great advice.
Your pictures with Abhishek Bachchan (published in Mumbai Mirror on May 18) created quite a controversy.

I too was shocked on reading those reports especially as some wrong information was published. I think it’s because Abhishek usually attends the Cannes fest with his charming wife. But when we met, he was there without her. I know they are very happy together and were probably afraid that some stupid rumours might start doing the rounds. I can totally understand their point of view. But I was not happy that Abhi later said that he has never met me. Later I was informed that he told his PR person  that he has seen some of my nude pictures (WHICH DO NOT EXIST) and that his PR should leak this information out to the media. It was unfair and not right.

What did the two of you speak about when you met? Was Abhishek introduced to you formally?

It was the opening party of the Indian Pavillion and many Indian ministers, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and others were present. Everybody was greeting each other with a handshake. Abhi and I did the same when we passed each other. I said hello and he offered me his hand. He was kind of staring at me and I was probably the only white girl there. He asked me what I was doing there and I told him I have done three Indian films earlier and that I was there to promote my film Karma, which will soon be released worldwide. I told him to see the film and he just smiled at me.

When your pictures with him were published, he said that you were just a fan. (Mirror carried Abhishek’s version on May 20)

I have seen his films and I think he is a brilliant actor. But I am surely NOT Abhishek’s fan. When I compare him with Salman Khan, I feel Salman is better looking than Abhishek. Salman is also a better dancer and does his stunts himself just like I do. Salman is a fearless, tough and cool guy. That’s something I wouldn’t say about Abhi.

You are the new girl in Salman’s life…

Depends what you mean by ‘the new girl’. (Laughs) He gave me some good advice about the Bollywood film business, but he didn’t me promise anything. He was always very nice, a real gentleman and very correct. I promised Salman not to talk about all this in detail and I never will. But I certainly can repeat what Salman has said: Yes, we met.

How did the two of you meet and where?

Sorry, no details.

You have also met Salman’s family.

Yes, I was invited to his house and he introduced me to almost everybody in his family – his brothers, sister and his wonderful father, Salim.

Abhishek Bachchan

Salman Khan

Any plans to come to India for a full-fledged career in Bollywood?

Sure. I love India and I already have many good friends there. I would love to make a career in Bollywood but I’m realistic enough to know it’s not a cakewalk. I still have a lot to learn. I want to learn Hindi and Bollywood dance and I want more training in martial arts. I feel at home in India and home is where your heart is. I will always come back to India.

What made you do the film Karma?

I had met Vivek Singhania earlier and I knew that one of his big Bollywood films (Himesh Reshammiya starrer Aap Kaa Surroor) was filmed in Germany. In January 2008, he sent me the script of Karma offering me the role of Linda. I loved the script and my role. The film will soon be released in India. It’s a wonderful film and has already won many awards. Please keep your fingers crossed that people will like it.

There are rumours that you have a topless scene in the film.…

There is a rape scene in the film where I get killed. This scene was earlier supposed to be done by a body double and a stuntwoman. But, I refused to use a body double and stuntwoman and did the action scene all by myself. I am pretty tough and not afraid of dangerous scenes. The poor boy, who fought with me in the scene, got injured as I really kicked him badly. I heard he had to visit a doctor. As for if there is a topless scene, you really should see the film.

May 30, 2009 5:04:09 PM IST
Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Trade News Network

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So often we see a good film going kaput due to a terrible climax. Whether it is a suspense flick or a full on comedy affair, there have been numerous instances when a film has fallen flat because the writer and director couldn’t deliver that final punch during the concluding moments. However, if the makers of PAYING GUESTS are to believed, that won’t be the case with this laughaton which is a multi starrer in it’s own right, what with as many as five on-screen couples arriving on screen.

Confirms a course attached to the film, ”The climax is the highlight of PAYING GUESTS. The movie had come out brilliantly and if the written material was a rage, then what you would see on screen has surpassed even that. Actors like Shreyas Talpade and Javed Jaffrey have been known for their comic timing and they have got it on full display in PAYING GUESTS.”

Though she is not willing to reveal much about how the film’s climax unfolds, she hints that it would be a riot of sorts, what with PAYING GUESTS boasting of such an enormous star cast.

”In spite of such a huge number of actors who would be seen on a common frame, there is a definite space for anyone and everyone”, adds the source, ”Haven’t we seen that in DHAMAAL earlier, which was written by Paritossh Painter himself, who is now making his directorial debut with PAYING GUESTS? We are just waiting for the strike to be off and once that happens, we would become really aggressive with the promotion of the film. It has come out really well and is a complete laugh affair, especially during the climax.”

A film that features Shreyas and Javed playing women for most duration, PAYING GUESTS also features Aashish Chaudhary, Vatsal Sheth, Neha Dhupia, Celina Jaitley, Riya Sen and Sayali Bhagat along with Johney Lever and Delnaz Paul. A Subhash Ghai production, the film has music by Sajid-Wajid.


Sanjay Leela Bhansali turns full-fledged music composer with his next film, Guzaarish
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 12, 2009)

Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is turning into a full-fledged music composer for his next directorial venture Guzaarish, for which he starts shooting in Goa this July. The film stars Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai.

There have been several instances in the past when illustrious filmmakers notably Raj Kapoor, Raj Khosla and Subhash Ghai have ghost-composed songs for their films. Then of course, there was the legendary Satyajit Ray, who composed the background music for all his films since Teen Kanya in 1961. He chose to do so as he had too many musical ideas of his own, which professional music composers refused or were unable to accept and execute.

For reasons almost identical to Ray’s, Bhansali decided to turn into a full-fledged music composer for Guzaarish. Bhansali decided to be the director as well as music composer, only for the creative enhancement of his own cinema.

Vishal Bharadwaj, is today, perhaps the only other director who composes music for his own films, though they have been greats like Kishore Kumar in the past who did so.

A close friend of Bhansali said, “Sanjay has been toying with the idea for a long time. Even in his earlier films, he allowed professional composers to do the needful while he provided inputs that he thought would heighten his creative vision in musical terms. For Saawariya, which had music by Monty Sharma, Sanjay took credit as the composer for one song Hamari jaan ho tum. Entirely composing his film’s music was just a step away.”

Bhansali has already readied four out of the proposed eight tracks in the film. Those who have heard his compositions swear he will give professional composers of Bollywood a run for their money.

One of the actors from Guzaarish said, “The songs Bhansali has recorded for Guzaarish have an old-world charm but at the same time are fiercely original. They redefine contemporary film music.”

A tad reluctant to talk about his transition from direction to music composition, Sanjay Leela Bhansali said, “I’ve always been a musician at heart. I learnt how to convey human emotions on screen by listening to Lataji’s (Mangeshkar) voice. I feel I’d be more complete as a filmmaker by personally interpreting the musical emotions of my characters.”


msrbb312 months ago, I had written about Eros (one of the leading distributors of Bollywood) and how every film they were associated with last year failed to become a Hit. This year also started on bad note. Their first film of the year, Billu Barber, has flopped inspite of SRK in the cast. The high cost of the film is to blame here. And Aa Dekhen Zara (ADZ), their 2nd film, has also made low collections. The movie is strictly okay but it could have made great profits if it had released in multiplexes too. ADZ released only in single screens and stand alone multiplexes and as expected, its collections weren’t encouraging. A flop, unfortunately!

But finally, Eros managed to deliver a hit, in fact, a super hit! Which is that film, you may ask? No, it’s not a Hindi flick, but a Marathi one-‘Mi Shivaji Raje Bhosale Boltoy!’! Starring Sachin Khedekar and Mahesh Manjrekar, the film connected to the ideology of Chhtarapati Shivaji has taken the entire Maharashtra by storm. It released on April 3 simultaneously with Akshay Kumar starrer 8×10 Tasveer and yet emerged victorious. The film has released in all the multiplexes and many single screens and in most of these theatres, the film is running to packed houses. Even in the weekdays, the film is getting 90%+ occupancy! In the 1st week, the film collected Rs. 2.75 crores. Considering that the film has released only in Maharashtra and has moderate budget, earning such an amount is an achievement!

erosThe success of ‘Mi Shivaji Raje Bhosale Boltoy!’ indicates a lot. It gives a clear indication that there’s an audience for regional films. It also gives a hint to producers that instead of investing money on Hindi films with stupid scripts, it’s better to invest in Marathi or any other regional film. Last year, Subhash Ghai backed a Marathi film ‘Valu-the Wild bull’ (*ing Dilip Prabhawalkar, Atul Kulkarni and others) which turned out to be one of the biggest hits of Marathi cinema! I am not sure about the collections but maybe, Valu may have collected more than Ghai’s Yuvvraaj! Also, producing a regional film even with the popular actors of that region will not turn out to be expensive.

So, don’t be surprised if after a few years you find Yash Raj Films or UTV Motion Pictures churning out Marathi/Bhojpuri/Punjabi films!

Metro Big Cinema

Metro Big Cinema

All Marathi films are given a ‘tax-free’ status. Therefore, these films have reduced rates. But I was shocked to see last week that Metro Big Cinema (formerly Metro Adlabs), a prominent multiplex in South Mumbai, is charging the same price for the ticket of ‘Mi Shivaji Raje Bhosale Boltoy!’ as for other films. The price of the ticket for this film’s evening show is Rs. 220 and other films running in the multiplex also have the same rate. This means, that the theatre is charging the Entertainment Tax from a tax-free film! Even PVR multiplexes in Mumbai are doing the same black business!

I can’t understand what the multiplexes are going to get by doing this. When other multiplex chains like Cinemax, Fame, Fun Cinemas etc have reduced their rates for tax-free films, why can’t Metro and PVR Cinemas follow the same? Don’t know about Metro, but PVR is charging the tax-inclusive rate for all tax-free films since a long time. I even wrote a complaint mail to both the multiplexes but none of them cared to reply! Shameless!

Mi Shivaji Raje Bhosale Boltoy!’ has been running successfully in each and every theatre. In fact, from tomorrow, when the 3rd week of the film commences, most of the screens are going to add 1 or 2 shows more but in Metro Big Cinema, today is the last day of the film! Obviously, audiences won’t be coming to watch this film for Rs. 220 when they could see it for lesser rates in other plush multiplexes! And then, its multiplexes like Metro which complains that audiences aren’t coming and that the quality of films has gone down!

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