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Ram Gopal Varma threatened by locals of politician and alleged criminal Paritala Ravindra’s constituency at Ananthapur, where he’s doing research on Paritala’s life
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 16, 2009)

Ram Gopal Varma

Often one to court trouble, Ram Gopal Varma found himself dealing with much more than what he had bargained for, on Friday and Saturday when he landed in Ananthapur, Hyderabad. He is there to research the life of the controversial politician and alleged criminal Paritala Ravindra who is wanted in over 50 murder cases, as his next film Rakta Charitra is based of Paritala’s life. Little did Ramu suspect to be caught in the middle of violent protests in Paritala’s constituency, where his wife, Sunitha now lives.

Our source reveals, “The minute Sunitha saw Ramu, she made it very clear to him that she won’t allow anyone to make a film on her husband. She claimed that she won’t let anyone portray her husband as a criminal, whereas in reality he’s revered and worshipped in his constituency. But Ramu being Ramu just nodded, pretending to get her point, while actually, he couldn’t really follow her fluent Telugu. He left her with a smile and then continued meeting Paritala’s friends and other family members. And soon, word spread that Ramu would be going ahead with the film despite being asked not to.

Paritala Ravindra

Hundreds of people gathered outside the place where he was staying and threatened to stop him from leaving Ananthapur.”

Ramu, still stranded in Ananthapur admits that he was seriously threatened, but is in no mood to submit in to the demands of shelving the film. He says, “When have I ever been stopped by threats? And yes, what you have heard is true. I have been meeting all the people closely associated to Paritala. And let me tell you, some of them are wanted by the police for as many as 100 to 200 murder cases. They’re amazingly dangerous people. And if they think that I am trying to make mischief here about Paritala, they will bump me off without a second thought. One of Paritala’s close associates told me that he’s a nice man, only, he can’t stop the murdering when he is drunk. I wonder why he can’t stop drinking. The people who kill others live by a peculiar logic. The picture I have formed is incredible and I’m only more determined to make this film than before,” Ramu says.

Ramu also met Paritala’s arch enemy, Suri. “Suri’s in jail. I met him there. I’m shocked by how much he still hates Paritala,” Ramu admits. “I am trying to convince the people here in Ananthapur that I am only looking to portray Paritala like he really was, and not a villain. But they aren’t convinced. I’m now being threatened and my mother is worrying. But what can I do? I do have heavy security with me. But if I have a job to do, I have to do it, right?

In fact, far from fleeing Ananthapur as soon as his research is done, Ramu is planning to shoot the film there, right on location. He intends to return to Ananthapur next month with actor Vivek Oberoi who plays Paritala in the film.

Why are Yash Raj Films recycling old scripts? Has inspiration dried up or are they overly fascinated with their own creations
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 27, 2009)
What’s with Yash Raj Films making endless unofficial remakes of its own films? While one segment of Bachna Ae Haseeno (featuring Minissha Lamba) was clearly inspired by Aditya Chopra’s Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Aditya Chopra’s latest directorial venture Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi had its seeds in its earlier production Aaja Nachle (directed by cinematographer Anil Mehta) where Sushmita Mukherjee craved for adventure and excitement while being married to a staid working class nerd (Vinay Pathak). Rab Ne… had Anushka craving for excitement while being married to Suriji.

Also, in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi the wife couldn’t recognise her husband once he transformed his personality. The same premise is now being applied to YRF’s forthcoming film, Dil Bole Hadippa where Rani Mukerji disguises herself as a man to  play cricket in her smalltown team in Punjab but just as easily again becomes a  woman without anyone around her being wiser.

And if  you think that’s all there’s to Yash Raj’s penchant for  constant re-invention then get a  load of this.

Actor-turned-director Parmeet Sethi’s  directorial untitled  debut for YRF featuring Shahid Kapur and Anushka Sharma is  a  con caper  in the tradition  of  Steven Spielberg’s Catch  Me If You Can. The theme of two ‘lovable’ con artistes on the run has already been done by  YRF in  Shaad Ali’s Bunty Aur Babli.

What’s with Yash Raj’s paucity of  ideas? Are they so short of screenplays?

A source said, “The similarities that you’ve pointed out are definitely there. Maybe it’s because new exciting screenplays are hard to come by. Aren’t all big production companies doing variations on established films?”

About  two years ago Yash Chopra had complained about the acute scarcity  of  good writers.

Explaining his long absence from direction before Veer-Zara, he had said, “I’d love to direct more films. But I can’t find the suitable writers. I’m willing to open my doors for anybody who offers me a good script.”

Maybe variations on themes, already tried by Yash Raj, is their solution to the scarcity of good screenplays.

Bollywood’s B-grade movie makers swing into action and pronounce verdict in Total Ten, a film based on 26/11
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 22, 2009)

Rajan Verma plays Ajamal Qasab

While Mohammad Ajmal Qasab’s trial is underway in Mumbai, our speed-driven Bollywood has already raced ahead with the verdict. In Surender Suri’s next film, titled Total Ten, Ajmal Qasab has already reached his end, one that Mumbai is eager to see, promises its producer. “We have had Qasab hanged at the end,” said Rajan Verma who plays Qasab.

The film, budgeted at a meagre Rs 3 crore, shows the ‘journey’ of Qasab and has all the characters in question. Sudesh Berry plays Vijay Salaskar, Homi Wadia plays Hemant Karkare, Ashok Kulkarni plays Ashok Kamte and Ashish Vidyarthi plays Tukaram Ombale.

The film also has a host of small-time actors playing Qasab’s Pakistani handlers while Aroon Bakshi plays Maulana Masood Azhar.

“Every real-life detail has been followed in the film, beginning with their entering Mumbai by boat, surviving on dry fruits, carrying out their operations, etc,” says Verma.

The film has been shot in Mumbai and Pune, and outside the Taj Mahal hotel too. Much of it has been shot on actual locations, following the trail of disaster of 26/11.

Verma said that initially he was scared to play Qasab, but was convinced by director Suri who told him the film gives out a strong  message against terrorism.

While Total Ten is likely to be the first film to be released on the terror attack, it’s not the only one. Bollywood’s hyper B-grade movie industry is in the throes of churning out at least 15 films on the subject. As for the mainstream, most directors have stayed away after Ram Gopal Varma’s Taj visit fiasco which led to the ouster of then chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh.

Ashish Vidyarthi
Tukaram Ombale

Homi Wadia
Hemant Karkare

Sudesh Berry
Vijay Salaskar

Ashok Kulkarni
Ashok Kamte

Aroon Bakshi
Maulana Masood Azhar