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By Subhash K. Jha, January 4, 2010 – 14:18 IST

Chetan Bhagat Those multitudes who have read Chetan Bhagat’s book novel Five Point Someone would agree there are uncanny resemblances between the novel and Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots. The film apparently set out to adapt Bhagat’s novel and then decided to go its own way, for whatever reason. Chetan Bhagat shouts foul as he finds his name missing from the opening credits of 3 Idiots, instead they are in the rolling credits in the end. On the other hand, the producers of the film claim that it was mentioned in the contract that Chetan had signed. Hurt and amused Chetan reacts.

You must be very upset by the latest proceedings?
You’re a writer. You should know how it feels to have credit taken away from you. And it’s not something only I’m saying. It’s out there. The book is there. The film is there. They’ve tried to take away from my contribution. My name is at the very end of the credit titles after the junior artistes and still photographers. From the time they started making the film, they’ve been stressing that their product is different. It’s like a systematic effort (to underplay my contribution). If you read the book and saw the film, you’ll see the similarities.

My name is at the very end of the credit titles after the junior artistes and still photographers

So would you say 3 Idiots is an adaptation of your novel?
3 Idiots is a total adaptation of my book. Some things are direct lifts, others indirect adaptations.

Aamir thinks you are trying to take away credit from the film’s writer Abhijat Joshi?
I heard his comments. But then he says he hasn’t read the book. There’s no denying Abhijat has done the screenplay. What Abhijat has done with my book can only be known if you’ve read it. If Aamir is so concerned about Abhijat not getting the publicity, he should let Abhijat talk. I very much respect Aamir. He’s the reason I thought the project would have a lot of integrity. I know for a fact he was told not to read my book because they told him it’d affect his understanding of his story. I was told it was a different script.

Even dialogues about matar-paneer and Maruti 800 cars are from my novel. The novel was set in the 1990s. Aaj Maruti 800 kaun bolega?

How would Aamir’s perception have been affected if he read the book?
I don’t know. I’m on a firm footing with the facts. See the film, read the book. And judge for yourself. The whole plot-structure narrative, even dialogues about matar-paneer and Maruti 800 cars are from my novel. The novel was set in the 1990s. Aaj Maruti 800 kaun bolega? I mention 42 exams and 16 broken bones in my body. They have kept the same numbers in the film. Kareena’s brother committing suicide on the railway tracks…so many other things in the film; it’s all there in my novel.

Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Aamir have accused you of trying to make mileage out of their movie?
If I didn’t take up the issue properly, I wouldn’t have been able to live with myself. If someone else goes and collects the award for best story at the awards functions how will I feel? Only once I met Aamir. When I landed at Bangalore where they were shooting 3 Idiots they said, ‘Don’t come we’ve too many visitors.’ They prevented me from going on the set. The book has been selling for six years. There’re lakhs of fans of the book. It’s not about Chetan being naraaz and Aamir being naraaz. My issue is not with Aamir. When the other film Hello based on my novel One Night At The Call Centre came, did I say one word against the characterizations or treatment? I was credited properly for that. I haven’t been credited for 3 Idiots.

When I landed at Bangalore where they were shooting 3 Idiots they said, ‘Don’t come we’ve too many visitors.’ They prevented me from going on the set.

Have you become embittered towards Bollywood?
You could make up any kind of contract. But is there any contract that stops people from being petty? My last novel Three Mistakes Of My Life is being directed by Abhishek Kapoor. I am co-scripting it. There’s a lot of interest in adapting my latest novel 2 States: The Story Of My Life. I don’t think there would be any problem with future project. With 3 Idiots, I know I’m in the right. I’m just telling people to see the film and read my book. I know Aamir is a very powerful person. But finally the truth has to prevail, no? I’m no great artiste. But there has to be fair play. I’m being accused of trying to get mileage.10 lakh copies of the book have been sold. The book has been read by 1 crore readers. Wouldn’t they know the truth?

Chetan Bhagat What do you intend to do?
The makers of 3 Idiots are busy with their victory tours all over the country. They’re naturally being asked about the similarities between my book and the film. Sorry I spoilt their celebrations. The truth had to be told. I’ve been told by them, ‘You’re just a writer. You don’t realize how big we are.’ Maybe I don’t realize how big they are. Main kya karoon? But the truth is above everything. Aisa nahin ke pura Bollywood kharaab hai.

Do you think you’ll be ostracized by Bollywood after this incident?
I’m not dependent on Bollywood for my livelihood. I’m a big Krishna bhakt. I’ll follow the right path. If I’m wrong I’ll leave writing and join ISKCON. What does a writer want? That his words should make a change in society. Maybe by taking up this issue I hope to bring about a change in the way writers are treated. Vidhu Vinod Chopra assured me that he would treat me like a king. Kahan ka raja?

Vidhu Vinod Chopra assured me that he would treat me like a king. Kahan ka raja?

What do you hope to achieve?
When they go to pick up the story award I want people to know whose story it is. When they make eye contact with their children they should know they’re lying. We’ve to show that truth comes before everything else. I don’t write for money or glamour. I just need paper and pen. Lord Krishna takes care of the rest.


Katrina Kaif turns producer with the French love story À la folie… pas du tout (He loves me… he loves me not)

By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 17, 2009)

Katrina Kaif

Katrina Kaif had earlier announced her plans to be a producer with a French film. The buzz is that she is remaking the French film, À la folie… pas du tout (He loves me… he loves me not).

Kaif will play the role of the protagonist played by Audrey Tautou in the French film.

A source close to Katrina says, “Katrina fell in love with the film after she saw it. In fact, she wanted to make the film the very moment she saw it. The actress has already spoken to the concerned people and will acquire the rights of the film soon. French actress Audrey Tautou has won a lot of accolades for this film.”

Katrina is keen to have Vipul Shah as the director. “The film is filled with emotions and Katrina strongly believes that Vipul will be able to translate it onto the big screen. The film is a love story about a young artist who sees the world through rose-tinted glasses, especially when it comes to her love. The cast of the film is yet to fall in place. The film will go on the floors next year,” adds the source.

Although Katrina denied the story, a source close to her insists that the news is true.

About À la folie… pas du tout

He Loves Me He Loves Me Not

The film is about main protagonist, Angélique’s love life with a married doctor. She is a successful art student who has won a scholarship while the doctor’s wife is expecting their first child. The film captures the tumultuous relationship between Angélique and her lover, wherein Angélique tries to commit suicide, tries to kill her lover and ends up in a mental asylum. The epilogue of the film is set five years later, when she is released from the mental asylum.

The film’s explicit dialogues were objected to by women audiences in a focus group screening, leading wary producers to rework parts of the movie

By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 13, 2009)

Ishqiya, the much-awaited debut by director Abhishek Chaubey, nurtured by Vishal Bhardwaj of Kaminey fame, is being re-shot, after a focus group gave it a thumbs down for too much abusive lingo.

The medium-budget flick, starring Arshad Warsi, Naserrudin Shah and Vidya Balan in lead roles, made female audiences at a focus group screening uncomfortable. As a result, parts of the  film are being re-shot, keeping the reactions in mind.

A well-placed source has confirmed, “Yes, the film is being re-shot. It was shown to a focus group recently. As usual, there was an equal number of women watching the film. These women were distinctly uncomfortable with the abusive language in the film. As a result, the film is currently being re-shot, keeping in mind how the focus group has reacted to the film.”


“The producers, Shemaroo, have even asked Vishal to sit at the editing table and re-work the latter half of the film. They have also asked him to re-shoot portions if required. The first theatrical trailer is already out, but they don’t intend to release any more trailers for the next few months. Due to the re-work required, the producers are deciding on a date around mid-2010,” the source adds.

However, the film’s publicist insisted that the film is complete and its release date remains unchanged from Jan 22, 2010.

Focus groups are a new phenomenon in Bollywood, but have been the norm in Hollywood for many years. For instance, Fatal Attraction (1987), with its heavily sexualized plot, had two endings. Audiences baulked when Michael Douglas playing the repentant adulterous husband eventually gets arrested for what is actually Glenn Close committing suicide. Audiences rejected this ending since it betrayed the American dream of the ideal home. As a result, Fatal Attraction was re-shot a year after it had been shot and edited with a new ending. It moved on to becoming a smash hit.

Ishqiya is about two bandits on the run, who fall for a sensual widow, played by Vidya Balan, and the deadly repercussions of this obsession.

Both Shemaroo and Vishal Bhardwaj were unavailable for comment.

Ajay is determined to release All The Best on October 16 despite being aware that he will have to pay Rs 50 lakh for going against the United Producers and Distributors Forum’s diktat
By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 10, 2009)
Two-and-a-half months after the historic judgment between producers and multiplexes the first cracks within have begun to appear. Ajay Devgan, who wants to release All The Best, may have to shell out Rs 50 lakh if he wants his film to hit the theatres on October 16, the same day as Aladin, Blue and Main aur Mrs Khanna.

According to our source, the United Producers and Distributors Forum (UPDF) had decided that they will fix the release dates of films till November this year and anybody who goes against their decision will be fined.

Commenting on why Ajay is keen on releasing All The Best on October 16, the source said, “Diwali is the best time to get the audience to the theatres.”

Ajay’s spokesperson said, “We cannot comment on this issue.” However, an insider from Ajay’s office said, “We are releasing All The Best on October 16. 50 lakh bharna pada, toh bhar denge. Yes, we are aware there is a clause, which states that if we go against the UPDF’s decision we’ll have to cough up Rs 50 lakh. But we hear that one of the three films may not release on that day, in which case we will be free to release our film.”

Distributor Ramesh Sippy, who is part of UPDF, said, “After the producer-multiplex fight was resolved, it was agreed that the release dates will be decided by the principal body. There is a certain amount of fine that has to be paid to UPDF, but the amount has not been fixed. If Ajay releases All The Best, he will have to pay the UPDF. The makers have been told all this clearly but they believe that Main Aur Mrs Khanna will not release on October 16, and that is how they will be able to release their film on that date.”

President of Association of Motion Picture & TV Programme Producers, Ratan Jain, who too is part of UPDF, said, “I don’t think Ajay will release All The Best on October 16. He has given us in writing that he will go ahead only if one of the three releases scheduled for October 16 falls through. Even I am ready with my film, De Dana Dan and would like to release it on October 16. But we do need to understand that every big film needs a decent release in terms of screening.”

Mukesh Bhatt, Chairman of UPDF, said, “Why should Ajay pay us? We are here to help people and not for extortion. Some of our people have advised Ajay not to release All The Best on October 16. Where will he release the film? On the roads? Moreover, how many films can a person see on a Friday or over the weekend? But if somebody has decided to commit suicide, you can’t stop them, can you?”

BACK WITH A BANG: Rambha in the film


One year ago, phone lines in the country got jammed with the buzz that Southern sensation Rambha had committed suicide. BT is happy to lay that rumour to rest. Not only was it a false alarm — Rambha was hospitalised after fasting for a religious occasion and fainting, but the oomphy actresss is making a rumba-licious comeback to Bollywood in the quirky cowboy film Quickgun Murugan that’s being co-produced by a major Hollywood studio!

Rambha, who acted opposite Salman Khan in Judwaa, with Anil Kapoor in
Gharwali Baharwali and Govinda in Beti No 1, is back with added cleavage. She plays a sultry seductress called Mango Dolly who is charmed by the vegetarian cowboy. Named after a particular flavour of an ice cream, Mango Dolly is a nightclub singer and the ultimate male fantasy. Volouptous, helpful, and good-natured, she longs for love more than anything else. Lip-smackin’ enough?


Nearly a dozen of Michael Jackson’s fans have reportedly committed suicide following the King of Pop’s sudden demise.

MJ fans commit suicide!

Australians fans are said to be seeking help from a suicide prevention hotline. As many as 50 callers seeking help from suicide prevention hotline, Lifeline Australia, have told counsellors that Jackson’s death on June 26 has left them distressed.

According to Sky News, Gary Taylor from London, who owns Jacko’s online fan club has said that he was aware of about 12 suicides following the performer’s death. “It is a serious situation that these people are going through but Michael Jackson would never want this,” News.au quoted Taylor as saying. “He would want them to live,” he added.

Lifeline CEO Dawn O’Neil said that while there has not been ‘a dramatic increase’ in calls to counsellors, people have spoken about how Jackson’s death has affected them.”We have had some calls related to this,” said O’Neil. “In some cases, (a celebrity’s death) can be very distressing,” O’Neil added.

The calls came as a friend to the famous family, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, urged fans not to “self-destruct”. “This is a time when hearts are heavy,” Jackson said. “There is great pain but great cause to celebrate Michael’s life. It made Michael happy saying ‘We Are The World’. Don’t self destruct,” he added.

Source: ANI