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Salman Khan to play the modern-day version of Mogambo in Mr India 2, which takes off soon

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 04, 2009)


After the late veteran actor Amrish Puri immortalised the character of Mogambo in Mr India, it is now Salman Khan’s turn to play the baddie in the sequel to the film. It’s a first for Salman, who will for the first time play an out-and-out villain on the lines of the eccentric and jazzily dressed Mogambo. The film will be directed by Anees Bazmee and marks the comeback of Sridevi.

Boney Kapoor, producer of the film, confirmed the news and said, “Yes, Salman will play a negative role in the sequel, just like Amrish Puri did in Mr India.” He refused to divulge any further details and said, “The script is still being finalised.”

(L) Salman Khan (R) Amrish Puri as Mogambo in Mr India

Giving us more details, a source said, “Salman was very keen to do the film as he is a fan of Mr India. During the making of Wanted, Salman expressed his desire to be a part of the sequel and Boney assured him that he would plan a role for him. While scripting the film, Boney told director Anees to work out an interesting character for Salman and the director came up with the idea of making Salman play the villain. A character as unforgettable as Mogambo is being written for Salman.  He will also have a different look in the film for which a test will be done early next year as the film is scheduled to go on the floors in February-March.”

Commenting on Salman’s reaction to playing a baddie, the source said, “Salman loved the idea and is quite open-minded about playing a negative role. Salman will be playing a terrorist who wants to rule over India and the story will be about how Anil Kapoor, Sridevi and their gang try to free the country with the help of another invention made by Anil Kapoor.”

By Taran Adarsh, November 19, 2009 – 15:14 IST

Post 9/11, there’s anger, distrust, suspicion, uneasiness all around. Not a day passes when you don’t hear of terrorists killing civilians in the name of religion.

Many storytellers have, in the past, narrated stories about terrorists and their nefarious and despicable plans. But let me state one thing categorically. You haven’t watched a more profound, a more thought-provoking, a more dramatic story on this subject before KURBAAN. It’s not just the most powerful film to come out of Dharma Productions, it’s the most powerful film to come out of the Hindi film industry this year, thus far.

BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM

KURBAAN tries to penetrate into the psyche of not just the terrorist, but also someone who has been a helpless spectator all this while. This film is sure to spark off discussions and debates, although it must also be noted that it doesn’t take sides or gets preachy.

Rensil D’Silva has chosen a burning issue for his directorial debut, which is a complete departure from Karan Johar’s earlier films. For some inexplicable reasons, parallels are being drawn with FANAA [Aamir Khan, Kajol] and NEW YORK [John Abraham, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Katrina Kaif], but the fact remains that barring the backdrop of terrorism, there’s no similarity with those films.

I’ve often felt that certain films are beyond box-office. Movies are not meant to merely entertain, but enlighten and educate as well. They need to prick your conscience and in the process, make an attempt to make this world a better place. KURBAAN does just that and for this very reason, it deserves a double thumbs up.

Final word? Drop everything else you’re doing to watch KURBAAN. Movies like these need to be made, encouraged and lauded.

Avantika [Kareena Kapoor] is a teacher at a university in Delhi. She has come back from New York where she teaches, because her father [Aakash Khurana] has suffered a heart attack. During this period, she meets a Professor called Ehsaan Khan [Saif Ali Khan]. Soon, they begin seeing each other and love blossoms.

A few months later, Avantika receives a call from her university in New York, asking her to come back. Avantika breaks the news to Ehsaan. He, in turn, tells her he doesn’t mind coming to the States with her. But first they need to get married.

Soon after the marriage, they leave to start a new life in New York. They buy a house in an Indian neighbourhood and move in. Just as they are setting up home, their conservative Muslim neighbours invite them over for dinner. The next morning, Salma [Nauheed Cyrusi], one of the women Avantika met the night before at the dinner, visits her under the pretext of gifting her sweets.

When Avantika invites her in, Salma tells her that she is in grave danger. Nothing is what it seems. Salma pleads with Avantika to help her. What follows next is a series of incidents that sucks Avantika into a vortex of danger and intrigue. As her life spirals out of control, Avantika realizes that she is a pawn in a huge game.

KURBAAN has two stories running concurrently – the love story between Saif and Kareena and the story of Islamic terrorists. Rensil sets the stage in the initial 15 minutes itself, after which there’s a twist in the tale every 15-20 minutes, which catches you completely unaware. Rensil doesn’t borrow from the past, which makes the proceedings thoroughly captivating.

The highpoint is the 35-minute climax, which leaves you spellbound. The culmination to the story shakes you completely, largely because it’s pragmatic and has been executed most logically as well. In fact, filming the climax at the various underground tube stations must’ve been the toughest challenge for the director.

On the flip side, KURBAAN caters more to the intelligentsia or the thinking viewer and might not be lapped up whole-heartedly by those who survive on the staple diet of hardcore masala fares.

Some of the finest technicians in the business are associated with KURBAAN. Hemant Chaturvedi’s cinematography is super. The film bears an international look all through. Salim-Sulaiman’s music is well integrated in the narrative. At least two tracks merit a mention – ‘Shukran Allah’ and ‘Ali Maula’. Anurag Kashyap and Niranjan Iyengar’s dialogue are superb. The lines enhance the impact of several sequences. Thrills are, again, in sync with the mood of the film.

KURBAAN is embellished with superlative performances. Saif is extra-ordinary in a role that only proves his versatility once again. If he won your heart with a winning performance in LOVE AAJ KAL a few months ago, you need to watch this supremely talented actor underplay his part so beautifully in KURBAAN. As for Kareena, KURBAAN reiterates one fact yet again: She’s the best in the business. No two opinions on that! Watch her get those emotional sequences right, it’s incredible. Here’s a performance that truly merits the highest praise and admiration, besides fetching her awards and accolades.

Vivek Oberoi is fantastic. Matching Saif and Kareena at every step, KURBAAN should be the turning point in Vivek’s career. It’s a difficult role to portray and only an actor with a wide range could’ve portrayed this part so effectively. Om Puri is top notch and so is Kirron Kher. Kirron is marvellous, especially in the penultimate scene. Dia Mirza, Nauheed Cyrusi and Kulbhushan Kharbanda lend credibility to their brief roles.

On the whole, KURBAAN is the most powerful film to come out of the Hindi film industry in 2009, so far. The film has a captivating plot, gripping screenplay, super performances and a climax that shakes you up completely. Watching this movie should be on top of your agenda this week.

Manisha Koirala to play a negative role as Jaya Bachchan’s shrewd bahu in Revathy Varma’s Aap Ke Liye Hum

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 12, 2009)


 

Manisha Koirala

Manisha Koirala, who has been missing in action for a while now, is back with a bang. She is set to play her first negative role as Jaya Bachchan’s shrewd daughter-in-law in Revathy Varma’s Aap Ke Liye Hum.

Confirming the news, director and co-producer, Revathy says that Manisha loved the role because of the challenge of playing somebody so negative. She adds, “It’s the role of Ranvir Shorey’s wife. This woman is so wicked that she doesn’t think twice about turning to her angelic mother-in-law and saying, ‘Why did you produce only one son and expect him to look after you? If you had a couple more we wouldn’t be burdened’. It’s the daughter-in-law who sends Jayaji to the old woman’s home. That beautiful angelic face saying such horrible ugly things to a frail, old woman would be the biggest challenge of Manisha’s career.”

The closest Manisha has come to playing a negative character was in Mani Ratnam’s Dil Se where she played a terrorist. The actress is expected to join the cast and crew when the shooting resumes in January.

Incidentally, this is the same role that Urvashi Sharma had earlier agreed to do, but backed out later because of non-payment of her remuneration.

Revathy laughs uncomfortably, “Well, yes. It’s the same role. But Manisha doing the role makes all the difference. And of course her remuneration too makes all the difference. Besides, Manisha loved the thought of sharing screen space with Jayaji. We start shooting right after Jayaji’s winter parliamentary session gets over.”

By Taran Adarsh, September 4, 2009 – 11:02 IST

Till a few years ago, if a director or writer would tell you that the object of attention in his story is a pistol and how the entire film would revolve around it, you’d laugh, even scoff at, on his face. Is he out of his mind? But times have changed. Wacky concepts are the order of the day. Last week, QUICK GUN MURUGUN depicted one. This Friday, it’s AAGEY SE RIGHT.

AAGEY SE RIGHT is witty and humorous in parts, but at the same time, the story is so fragile that it runs out of breath when stretched for 2 long hours.

BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM

Had debutante director Indrajit Nattoji concentrated on just two characters – the cop who loses his gun and the terrorist who loses his heart – instead of focussing on the assorted characters, this one would’ve been one helluva ride.

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Final word? AAGEY SE RIGHT doesn’t get it right.

AAGEY SE RIGHT tells the story of a cop [Shreyas Talpade] and terrorist [Kay Kay Menon]. Through a series of events not in their control, the cop loses his gun and the terrorist loses his heart. Their two worlds collide…

To start with, the screenplay doesn’t do justice to the wild and imaginative story. In fact, the writing has loopholes aplenty. To cite an instance, Vjay Maurya is supposed to be the front man of the terrorists in Mumbai, but when Kay Kay has a change of heart, so does he. Strange, isn’t it? Ditto for Shehnaz Treasurywala, who dances in a sleazy bar, is later visiting studios for film assignments and much later, also dances at the police function [in the finale]. Even Kay Kay’s part suffers due to poor writing. His change of heart looks weird.

Barring Shreyas, Mahi Gill [television reporter] and Bharti Achrekar [Shreyas’ mom], the characters are not well defined.

Director Indrajit Nattoji has a wacky sense of humour and it shows in the film, but he’s been unsuccessful as far as the writing is concerned. The songs don’t serve any purpose either.

Shreyas Talpade does a commendable job. In fact, his comic timing is impeccable. Kay Kay Menon is wasted. Vijay Maurya delivers a superior performance. Mahi Gill is perfect. Shehnaz Treasurywala can’t act. Shiv Pandit irritates. Ditto for Shruti Seth. Rakesh Bedi is funny in a small role. Bharti Achrekar is excellent.

On the whole, AAGEY SE RIGHT has a few funny moments, but overall, this one doesn’t go left or right, but directionless.

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Chidanand Rajghatta | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; August 17, 2009)

Washington: Shah Rukh (“because my name is’’) Khan might have gotten away lightly with a one-time, about 90-minute ordeal at a US airport on Friday. Imagine if his name had been Robert Johnson or Dean Nelson. Or Al Gore, or even worse, Edward Kennedy.


The former Vice-President and the iconic Senator are among scores of “VIPs’’ in the US, including entertainers and sports heroes, whose life has been made hellish by rulebound airport security and airline staff playing it strictly by the book.


Few cases illustrate the hide-bound super-empowerment of uniformed personnel in the US, before whom all are equal suspects unless determined otherwise, than Senator Kennedy, whose craggy, weather-beaten face is familiar to all Americans for half a century. Because a suspected terrorist has used his name as an alias, it was put on an airline watch-list, re
sulting in the Senator being repeatedly stopped from flying in 2004.

Washington: Senator Edward Kennedy was stopped from boarding a flight in the US five times in five weeks in 2004. Finally, he called the homeland security chief and related his ordeal at a hearing convened to discuss the subject. “He said, ‘We can’t give it to you,’’’ Kennedy said, describing an encounter with an airline agent, ‘You can’t buy a ticket to go on the airline to Boston.’ I said, ‘Well, why not?’ He said, ‘We can’t tell you.’’’


Kennedy said he then tried to get on a plane back to Washington, but the agent denied him that too. “I went up to the desk and said, ‘I’ve been getting on this plane for 42 years. Why can’t I get on the plane?’’’ he recalled, amid peals of laughter from his colleagues. After the homeland chief apologized, it happened a sixth time.


Al Gore found that nearly be
ing elected US President isn’t
enough to get him the VIP treatment at airports. Some months ago, an airline agent who helped him circumvent the security check at Nashville airport (in his home state Tennessee) was hauled up, and the former Vice-President hauled back to go through security. The only stories in the media was how Gore did so uncomplainingly.
Such incidents are routine in a country where there is very little VIP culture; if anything, VIPs are singled out for special attention to see if they are in the breach, in which case, the law enforcement guys get their 15-minutes of fame.


The same day SRK was held up, rock star Bob Dylan was stopped while loitering in a
New Jersey suburb by two young cops who had no idea who he was. When he could not produce an identity, he was taken back to his hosts to prove his bona fides. In Baltimore, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps was involved in a road accident the same night. Although Phelps had had a beer before driving, he was within the prescribed limits; but the cops found that he was driving with an expired out-of-state licence, which has now resulted in court summons. Even worse is the plight of anyone named Robert Johnson and Dean Nelson. The two names are on a no-fly watchlist as suspected terrorists have used the names. CBS 60 Minutes once interviewed 12 men named Robert Johnson who all related their ordeal each time they flew. They may be happy to settle for Khan as their last name. TNN

Govt to take up case with US
The government said SRK’s ‘detention’ was “offensive” and unacceptable. “We will take up the issue with the US government strongly. Such incidents involving Indians due to their religion or nationality should not happen… we will not accept it,” minister Praful Patel said. In Tweeter, junior foreign minister Shashi Tharoor said, “We all found it offensive.”

Tired of playing voluble characters, Kareena Kapoor is glad to finally play quiet and simple roles in 3 Idiots and Kurbaan

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 30, 2009)

Kareena’s look in 3 Idiots and Kurbaan (Below)

Tired of constantly jabbering on screen in films as far-ranging as Jab We Met and Kambakkht Ishq, Kareena Kapoor has now taken a conscious break from the babble to play quiet and silently-evocative characters. After playing the unattainable and thoroughly unlikeable diva-bi*** in Kambakhht Ishq, Kareena is moving on to play a more real salwar-kameez-clad Punjabi girl in Raj Kumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots and also in Rensil D’Silva’s Kurbaan.

In 3 Idiots, she plays a girl who has nothing much to say and she keeps mum, much to Kareena’s relief. “I play a quiet and nice Punjabi doctor,” says Kareena. In Rensil D’Silva’s Kurbaan, she plays a character close to her heart and she loves the silence that the character permitted her. “I’ve got one of the best roles of my career. Rensil D’Silva is such a fine storyteller. Again this girl speaks less and acts more. I play a simple Delhi girl who finds out that her husband is a terrorist,” reveals Kareena about her role in the film.

“I need my acting energies to be re-fuelled. I have been playing talkative characters in all my recent films. Omkara was the last really quiet character I played. In 3 Idiots, I’m soft and gentle and that’s the real me.

I like my silence to speak for me. Unfortunately, in this business I am constantly asked to voice my opinion on everything,” adds Kareena. In fact, she has requested Saif Ali Khan and the director Sriram Raghavan, to let her play a spy in Agent Vinod, which will again be more about action rather than words.

Santosh Sivan to direct an English-Tamil film, Ceylon, on the LTTE and Prabhakaran
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 06, 2009)

Santosh Sivan

Even as cinematographer-director Santosh Sivan readies his English-colonial romance Before The Rains for  release, he is set to launch his next directorial venture. Called Ceylon, it will be a hard-hitting political film scripted around the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam)-related strife and the death of its leader Velupillai Prabhakaran. Sivan plans to shoot this volatile subject in the sensitive and strife-ridden areas, like the jungles of Sri Lanka, where he would require special permission for the shoot.

Sivan confirmed this, “I’m planning to direct and, of course, do the cinematography  for Ceylon in November. It will be shot in Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu. It would be a different take on the LTTE from what we’ve seen so far. I plan to focus on the Sri Lankan war, the plight of the refugees and the whole question of human-rights violation and not just their perspective.”

Although Sivan has directed feature films in Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi and English, this is the first time that he will direct a bilingual.

Just like Sivan had preferred Ayesha Dharker over Tabu to play the human bomb in his directorial debut Terrorist, to sustain a high level of credibility, Sivan will cast newcomers in pivotal roles in Ceylon. He feels that this will preserve the authenticity of the basic political and human message of the film.

Interestingly, Santosh Sivan keeps going back to the theme of terror and terrorism in his films. He shot Mani Ratnam’s terror saga, Dil Se and also located his last directorial venture Tahaan in militant Kashmir.

Ceylon, says the Malayalee maverick, will be his most hard-hitting film to date.