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Saturday 2nd January 2010 09.00 IST

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The three new releases of the week Accident On Hill Road, Bolo Raam and Raat Gayi Baat Gayi all opened to a dull response at the box office.

Three Idiots has unparalleled first week business of around 80 crore nett. All circuit records have been torn apart from Bihar, Orissa and Assam. The eighth day is off to a huge start and is like a first Sunday of big ticket films. ALL TIME BLOCKBUSTER

Rocket Singh – Salesman Of The Year fell in week three and will end its business on around 20 crore nett. BELOW AVERAGE

Paa dropped in week four with around 1.25 crore nett business. The four week total is around 30 crore nett. SEMI HIT

STYLISH: Aamir Khan sporting a Millionaire attire in Three Idiots

Raju Hirani relies on Munnabhai design store to dress up Aamir for hit song in new film

SMITA ROY Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 28, 2009)

While 3 Idiots has already become a box-office hit and its popular song Zoobi Doobi has climbed the music charts at full speed, one person who is as happy as Raju Hirani and the film’s cast is Siraj Furniturewala of Millionaire who dressed up lead actor Aamir Khan for that number. Siraj and his fashion store have been associated with Hirani ever since the filmmaker made Munnabhai MBBS. “Raju is as particular about what he chooses as is Aamir. And I take it as a compliment for Millionaire to have such a long association with him. We provided the clothes for Zoobi Doobi as well as the wedding scenes in 3 Idiots where we dressed up all the lead actors including Kareena Kapoor, Sharman Joshi and R Madhavan,” said Siraj. Dressing up Aamir, given the actor’s demand for perfection, was not a problem at all “It took three sittings to decide on the kind of stuff he’d need. My brother Afzal and I, and the whole team of 3 Idiots, worked on this together and Aamir selected the clothes which were apt enough for the situations in the film,” revealed Siraj, adding, “to be appreciated by Aamir in itself adds another feather to the cap of appreciation.” He’s looking at an even longer association with Hirani as well as Vidhu Vinod Chopra. “Both of them, with their inputs on the style and the look, helped us get better in our designs,” he said.

Saturday 19th December 2008 09.00 IST

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Avatar opened very well all over India and in all versions. It remains to be seen if it can match or surpass the business of 2012 which was released last month and emerged the biggest Hollywood hit ever in India.

Rocket Singh – Salesman Of The Year grossed a below expectations 14 crore nett approx over the first week. The film will earn for makers due to low costs but theatrical business is well below expectations. Eight day had low collections in most of the country.

Paa remained steady in week two with 7.75 crore nett approx in week two to take its total to around 24 crore nett after two weeks. The film should emerge a Semi Hit/Above Average fair but if it can bring in good collections after the release of Three Idiots it has chances to become a hit.

By Joginder Tuteja, November 2, 2009 – 15:43 IST

Anthony D'Souza This has becomes a trend of sorts. No sooner does a film hit the screens or is ready for release, stories start floating around how its maker is ready with the plans of making his next. It may be mere speculation, a PR plug or a confirmed report but the fact that it does get the film (which is about to get released) noticed. In certain instances a filmmaker knows the origin of the news. However, there also have been cases where he himself is flabbergasted with such information floating around. What may just turn be a thought over a mug of coffee is elevated to the scale of being confirmed to such an extent that it appears as if the film would get on floors within a week of the news making headlines.

Diwali releases went through the same syndrome with glowing announcements around the next projects of Rohit Shetty (All The Best) and Prem Soni (Main Aurr Mrs Khanna). While Rohit was said to be caught in a dilemma of choosing his next film between the sequel to Golmaal and All The Best, Prem confirmed that Salman Khan had green lighted another project for him.

Something similar happened to Anthony D’Souza as well who happened to share certain thoughts about his next assignments with a few associates. The next thing he heard, there were projects like airborne thriller Aerial and a sequel to Blue all set to be kick started. What’s more, he had apparently also signed one of his favourite actors from the industry and close friends – John Abraham.

However, a fortnight after the release of Blue, Anthony D’Souza a.k.a. Tony is ready to term this information as sheer rumour that doesn’t come with any basis. He denies working on either Blue 2 or Aerial and also dispels the theory that he has signed John for his next.

“All of these are mere speculations and I have no clue from where have they originated. All I said was that I would love to work with John since he is a close friend. He is the one who got me in the industry and I owe him a lot. Tomorrow if a project works out well for both of us then we would be game for working together. However, this isn’t something that I am stating today after Blue; I have maintained this for a year now. If this admiration and gratitude of mine is sensationalised by some and posted as twisted headlines, then I can’t help it, right? On a lighter note, I have always been forthcoming in admitting my love for Hollywood. However, that doesn’t mean that Francis Ford Coppola has sanctioned a film for me”, jokes Tony.

There have also been talks that other than John, the principal cast of Blue is coming together with him again. What does the filmmaker has to say about that?

Anthony D'Souza “As much as I love John and would want him in my films, there is no project for which he has signed on the dotted line yet. Neither is that the case with Mr. Akshay Kumar, Mr. Sanjay Dutt, Zayed, Lara or Katrina. They are all great actors and I would love to work with all of them together again. But no, there is no film which is happening with them at the moment”, Tony sets the record straight.

Where does that leave so-called announcements like Blue 2 and Aerial? The moment Blue hit the screens and took a very good opening; a sequel seemed to be offering. Also, knowing Tony’s penchant for action adventure, it was being stated that he would now take his cast and crew in the air with Aerial. There have also been theories around him making a trilogy of such action adventure cinema.

“These are nothing but overzealous minds at work”, laughs Tony, “For the records, I am neither doing Blue 2 nor Aerial. These are all speculations. Yes, I have a penchant for making action flicks and my next would belong to that genre as well. However, it won’t necessarily have an adventure element to that. Whether it would be Blue 2 or something else? Well, for all you know, it could be Red or Yellow“, he laughs, “Seriously, it’s too early to be even talking about it. I am still in the process of fleshing out a subject. Let things take their due course and we would make the right announcements. Till then, let’s enjoy Blue.”

Well, with another rumour biting the dust, one looks forward to how the trend continues for weeks to come. Whether there would be more in the offering around adventures of Aladin? Whether London Dreams may lead way for New York Dreams? Would Ranbir have many more stories to tell after Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani? Or if Aamir Khan would be bringing in four idiots for his next assignment after Three Idiots?

Of course, we are waiting!









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By Joginder Tuteja, August 31, 2009 – 15:13 IST

Vipul Shah Exactly a year back, right after the release of Singh Is Kinng, it was announced amidst much fanfare that Indian Films was in the process of acquiring London Dreams for a never heard before figure of Rs. 120 crores. It was obvious that Vipul Shah, maker of this Salman Khan, Ajay Devgan and Asin starrer, had hit the jackpot with the biggest ever deal for a Bollywood film.

However, as things stand today, the deal is scrapped. Indian Films is no longer associated with London Dreams and Vipul Shah is happy to go back to the old school method of selling the film to various distributors across the country.

“Yes, there is nothing happening with Indian Films as far as London Dreams is concerned. Frankly, I am not dependent on the corporate houses to see my film release in theaters. I have enough distributors across the country who are willing to pick the film and I am more than glad to release the film through them”, says Vipul Shah who has announced the release of the film as 30th October and has already begun the promotional campaign.

Looking at the response that the promos are expected to generate, what if a corporate house, including even Indian Films, shows a renewed interest in the project and is willing to renegotiate? Would he be willing to have a discussion?

“See, I am doing business here. Whatever works best for my film, I will do that. But no, I am not waiting for anyone here. There are great offers already and it’s a matter of time before they are sealed and announced”, Vipul responds.

While the figure quoted by Vipul was Rs. 120 crores at the time of announcement of London Dreams, it is but natural that in today’s market scenario, the amount would be much lesser. This is understandable too since the entire recession and slow down did impact consumers as well as the making of the films, something that reflects in the extremely poor success rate that Bollywood had to show for most part of the first half of 2009.

No wonder, while Shah Rukh Khan’s My Name Is Khan is said to have been sold for Rs. 98 crores, even Kites and Three Idiots have not crossed the elusive Rs. 100 crores mark.

“These are all big films that you mention and also the most anticipated in the coming months. Hence they also serve as a benchmark for us”, says Vipul, “Since London Dreams too pretty much falls in the same bracket, it would be a matter of 5%-10% drift. Our film is not far behind either.”


…that’s what Kareena Kapoor has in mind for herself

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; August 8, 2009)

Kareena Kapoor has secret plans. And they are grand, naturally. What might seem great for lesser mortals is not good enough for Bollywood’s reining diva. She wrinkles her shapely nose and says, “By the year-end, I hope I can buy my own house in Switzerland.’’ The actress is distressed that Mumbai offers little privacy to beau Saif Ali Khan and her. “We find it hard to go out clubbing or even for dinner because there is hardly any place that is truly private,’’ she regrets.

She says on most evenings, when they aren’t shooting, the couple stays indoors and watches televi
sion or soaks into a movie of their choice. “It’s getting kind of claustrophobic,’’ Kareena explains. She’s determined to work harder than ever now and make sure the extra bucks that she makes will go towards her dream home in the Alps. As to how she will manage flying across continents to juggle work and pleasure, Kareena says, “I have been giving it serious thought. If Johnny Depp can stay in Paris and work in Los Angeles, then surely I can stay in Switzerland for three months a year and work in Mumbai or wherever it is that I am required to be.’’

As of today, Kareena is wrapping up Karan Johar’s Qurban with Saif at a suburban Mumbai studio, and then flying to America for a short vacation. In keeping with her position of the No 1 Bollywood heroine, she has her diary chalked out for the next six months. September has been reserved for working on those ‘abs’ and some heavy-duty physical training so she can flaunt it all in Agent Vinod.

“Lots of exciting work is happening,’’ she beams. “In October Karan’s Stepmom with Kajol will begin providing me the emotional sustenance I’m looking for in a role, then Agent Vinod starts.

Here I have the opportunity to do some kickass stunts, like Angelina Jolie in Mr & Mrs Smith.” December will mark the release of Raju Hirani’s Three Idiots with Aamir Khan, the

most hyped film of the year. Shuddering, Kareena says, “Somewhere I’m a little girl who is still afraid of the expectations from each of my films. But I’m also very excited.’’

Films apart, the grapevine gup is that she’s launching her own label in January. “I have only just begun talks with an international team on introducing my personal clothes line like Victoria Beckham. My look in Kambakkht Ishq has gone down well with the fashionistas and hence this talk of launching my own label. There is little else I can say about this now because it’s in the formative stage.’’
Abhishek Kapoor’s next is based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel, The 3 Mistakes of My Life
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 05, 2009)

Farhan Akhtar

Abhishek Kapoor

Abhishek Kapoor, director of Rock On!!, is all set to make a film based on Chetan Bhagat’s bestselling novel, The 3 Mistakes of My Life.

Although Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s Excel Entertainment will produce it, Farhan will not be acting in it as he plans to focus on directing the sequel to Don, next year. Excel Entertainment had also produced Rock On!!.

Abhishek is aware of the high expectations from him post the success of Rock On!!. Commenting on why he chose Chetan’s novel for his next film, he said, “I had to make sure I did something that would take me ahead of Rock On!!. And it’s not about degrees of originality. It’s about what grabs my attention. This is the film I want to make next.”

Abhishek has already completed the script and the film is expected to go on the floors early next year. “I’ve completely re-written the novel for the screen adaptation. It’s been an exhausting process,” added Abhishek.

Incidentally, this is Chetan’s third novel to be adapted on screen after One Night @ The Call Center (Atul Agnihotri’s Hello) and Five Point Someone (Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots).

Wouldn’t Abhishek have liked to work with Farhan again? “I’d have loved to. But I don’t see him fitting in as any character in The 3 Mistakes of My Life,” he said.