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After the success of Paa, the Bachchans are planning a film featuring Amitabh, Jaya, Abhishek and Aishwarya

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 23, 2009)

Producer-cum-actor Abhishek Bachchan says the experience of producing Paa has made him grow up. He says, “High time it did so. People keep asking me what we are producing next. At the moment I don’t want to leave Paa behind. I’m completely engrossed with Paa and how to take it forward, including the DVD release.”

Abhishek says Paa had recovered its costs only two days after its release but he chooses to be cautious in his exuberance. He says, “My very dear friend Aditya Chopra told me, ‘It’s very rare when the audience decides to love you and when they do you must be very thankful for that. I feel no sense of vindication. I didn’t make Paa to prove any point to everyone. I just wanted to make an A-grade product with a cast to match within a given reasonable budget and without compromise.”

Now there are plans to make a film with the Bachchan parivaar — Amitabh, Jaya, Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan together, to be produced by AB Corp Ltd. Confirming the news, Abhishek says, “Most definitely, we are coming together. All four of us are completely for it. We need to sort out certain variables. The scripts that we had been given didn’t justify our collective presence.”

Apparently one or other Bachchan has not liked the scripts offered so far. “Each individual of the family has to be willing to be part of the film. All four of us are unique actors. It’s very difficult for any script to please collectively.”

Meanwhile, Abhishek is planning to produce a film that will cast Amitabh and Abhishek together again after Paa. He says, “Everyone wants to know what’s next with the two of us? I think a comedy is ideal. So that’s what we would do together.”

The year 2009 has been eventful for Abhishek as he worked in his most challenging role to date, for Mani Ratnam’s Raavana. Talking about his experience, Abhishek says, “It has been a gruelling year, but no complaints. Most of the year was taken up by Raavana. Unfortunately, at the start of the year, Mani fell ill after the first schedule. We had to push the second schedule ahead by a few months to give him the time to recover. In the interim, I finished Paa… Raavana has been the most challenging experience of my life, both physically and emotionally. It has sapped me every which way. I was really anxious about Raavana. Mani, Aishwarya and I had to go beyond Guru, which is one of my favourite films. I knew Raavana could do it. It is now going to be released in summer. Mani has completed the editing. We will start dubbing soon.”

Abhishek looks back on the year with much gratitude. “It has been a fantastic 2009. I started with Delhi 6 and ended with Paa. I have no reason to complain. I continue to get the opportunity to work with fantastic directors. I love working with new directors. I like to challenge myself as an actor. It would be terribly boring to be doing the same roles again. Now I am raring to take on the challenges in 2010.”

He has almost wrapped up Ashutosh Gowariker’s Khelenge Hum Jee Jaan Se. Commenting on his busy schedule for the forthcoming year, he says, “I am almost done. We shot it in Goa at a stretch. I start 2010 with a film produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani, but it’s not called Crooked. It has no title. After that I go into Rohan Sippy’s film, then Dostana 2, followed by Abbas-Mastan’s film, which is the official remake of The Italian Job. Finally, at the end of 2010, I’ll go into Neeraj Pandey Special Chabbis. I saw Neeraj’s A Wednesday and loved it. He’s a very no-nonsense director. He doesn’t believe in frills. What he has written for me is very exciting. Is that a lot? No I have always had 4-5 releases per year. All my years have been packed. Only Raavana required more time because of Mani’s illness.”

Abhishek admits he’s worried by his father’s workload. He says, “Any son would be worried. I am no different. Having said that, as his fan and co-actor, I am glad I get to see him quite often in movies. But at the same time I think he’s just starting. After doing five films with him, I can say with some authority that what we have seen so far is just the tip of the iceberg.”

Kareena Kapoor and Abhishek Bachchan are mutually ready to forgive and forget; to star together in Abbas Mustan’s

By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 31, 2009)


Over the years, Abhishek Bachchan and Kareena Kapoor have been quite vociferous about not wanting to work together after his marriage to Karisma Kapoor was called off. Now things seem to be looking up as Kareena and Abhishek are in the mood to move on and have agreed to star together in a film after six years. Buzz is that the two have been signed for Abbas Mustan’s untitled film, a remake of the Hollywood film, Italian Job.  The movie will also star Katrina Kaif and Neil Nitin Mukesh in lead roles.


A source says, “Initially talks were on with Saif Ali Khan but he did not have dates and Abhishek Bachchan replaced him. Although Saif and Kareena’s chemistry would have sizzled onscreen, it will be nice to watch Abhishek and Kareena after Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon, which was their last film together in 2003. Both actors made their acting debut together in Refugee and have been in the industry for years but have only starred together in two films till date.”

While Kareena’s manager Zahid denies that she has signed the film, a source close to Abbas Mustan says, “The directors always had Kareena in mind and now they have managed to get Katrina on board too. The film will go on the floors in April and like every Abbas Mustan film, this too will also be shot on a lavish budget at international locations. The directors are clear about who they want to cast in the film.”

The Italian Job (2003) rights are with Studio 18. CEO Sandeep Bhargava of Studio 18 says, “We have the rights of Italian Job. Abbas Mustan are working on the script and will also direct the film. The movie will go on the floors sometime next year.”

When asked about the star cast, Bhargava says, “We can’t approach any actors till the script is ready.”

Despite several attempts, Abbas Mustan remained unavailable for comment.

Abhishek Bachchan Neil Nitin Mukesh
Katrina Kaif Kareena Kapoor


POWERPACKED: Kareena Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Saif Ali Khan. 
Kareena and Bipasha likely to act as well in Abbas-Mastan’s remake of Hollywood hit

SUBHASH K JHA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; July 12, 2009)

The race in Bollywood to see which actors get the coveted roles of Mark Wahlberg and Edward Norton in Abbas-Mustan’s official remake of Hollywood’s 2003 hit, The Italian Job, is over. And, the winners have been declared: Saif Ali Khan and Neil Nitin Mukesh respectively. The Hollywood film is itself a remake of the 1969 British original by the same name starring Michael Caine. And Abbas-Mastan, Bollywood’s masalasuspense filmmaking brothers, have been considering all our coolest actors from John Abraham to Ranbir Kapoor for the lead roles. Now, the choice has fallen upon Saif and Neil for this action-crime thriller about thieves planning to pull off the heist of their lives by first creating the biggest traffic jam in LA ever.
Saif, actually, was a foregone choice for Wahlberg’s role, because he got on famously with the filmmakers when they worked together on Race. Now he is doing Race 2 also with Abbas-Mustan.

It is not known whether the Bollywood version will also be shot in LA like the original, but there is no reason to believe it won’t be. Shooting begins sometime next year. Abbas said, “We’re changing the original film considerably.
There’ll be two important female characters in our version who weren’t there in the original.” The Hollywood film had Charlize Theron playing the single female lead. Chances are, Abbas Mastan’s The Italian Job will have Kareena Kapoor and Bipasha Basu.
Cautious of copyright issues, Abbas Mustan are now acquiring rights of films before remaking them
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 07, 2009)

Abbas Mustan

With American studios keeping a hawk-eyed gaze over copyright infringement by Bollywood filmmakers, the latter are getting increasingly copyright-savvy.

Directors Abbas Mustan claim their forthcoming film, which is inspired by the 2003  con caper The Italian Job, directed by F Gary Gray, will be a “mix-and-match” version of the 2003 film and Peter Collinson’s 1969 film from which the 2003 film was remade.

Abbas said, “Our producer, Studio 18, has bought rights of both versions of The Italian Job. We will pick whichever elements we like from both the Hollywood films and put it together in our own way.”

Earlier, Abbas Mustan have outright lifted Hollywood films. For instance, their popular 2004 film Aitraaz was a copy of the Michael Douglas, Demi Moore-starrer Disclosure (1994) while Ajnabee was a copy of Consenting Adults.

“But we aren’t doing that this time. We are looking at turning The Italian Job into a total desi film,” added Abbas, who is currently scripting the film.

Although the star cast of the film is yet to be decided, it is reliably learnt that Saif Ali Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Imran Khan, Shahid Kapur, Neil Nitin Mukesh and a few others are being considered for roles.