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‘3 Idiots’ director Rajkumar Hirani accuses novelist Chetan Bhagat of slander

By TNN (January 04, 2010)

A still from 3 Idiots

Director Rajkumar Hirani is flabbergasted by author Chetan Bhagat’s allegation that 3 Idiots was majorly copied from his bestseller Five Point Someone without giving him due credit. Terming it a “clear case of defamation”, Hirani says they may take legal action against Bhagat for flouting their contract.

“It’s a clear case of defamation because contractually what he (Bhagat) was bound, he was given. Now why is he slandering us? We are consulting our lawyers. But that’s a call Mr. Vinod Chopra has to take. He is the producer of the film,” Hirani told IANS.

“I am sure it’s defamation because lots of people I know are wondering about the issue (due to Bhagat’s allegation) In lots of Twitter and Facebook sites we have been abused saying, ‘we won’t watch Hirani’s film or Abhijat’s film’. This kind of muck is flying all over the place. I think Vinod Chopra is looking into it, I guess he will follow the legal path,” he added.

Hirani clarified that once Bhagat had given the rights to make a film on his book, there shouldn’t be any “percentage issue”.

Hirani maintained that the basic plot of the film is completely different from the book.

“In the book, there is no bet between the two friends, the journey to find their friend is not there, the child delivery scene, the ‘Balatkar’ scene, the two weddings where they crashed these key scenes are not in the book. There are certain similarities, which I am not denying, but we had bought the rights for that.

“We can use 100 per cent of it. What does he (Bhagat) mean by 70 per cent? Are we supposed to pay more money for using 70 per cent? Are we supposed to give different credit for 70 percent? I do not understand this percentage controversy,” said Hirani.

Baghat has reportedly posted a blog saying he should have got a prominent place in the rolling credits. He also said that he was not shown the final script.

Reacting to his allegations, Hirani said: “We have officially bought the rights for the film. We drew a contract with him and it clearly mentions about the position of his credit. With open eyes he had seen the contract, consulted his lawyer and signed the agreement.

“In the contract, we have said that the title would be given in the rolling credits. We haven’t changed the font size. We haven’t increased the speed of the title. It’s exactly there where it was agreed to be,” said Hirani.

The director, who has a hattrick of hits – Aamir Khan starrer 3 Idiots, Munnabhai M.B.B.S. and Lage Raho Munna Bhai, says after signing the contract with Bhagat, they were not obliged to show the script to the author.

“I was not obligated to narrate the script to him. I have bought the script from him and I am supposed to use it the way I want to use it. I had changed the script drastically, so out of good gesture I wanted him to know it has changed so much and if he feels he doesn’t want to be associated with the film, he can tell me.

“He heard the script for four hours and readily agreed to stay associated, saying ‘I want to stay associated with the film, it’s a fine script’ which he has said in your (IANS) interview too. He signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement. Now he writes in his blog ‘I wanted to see the final script and it was not shown to me’. It is a blatant lie, he is telling,” Hirani added.

Asked if Bhagat could have a vested interest in kicking up the controversy, he said: “I guess there is a motivation to create the controversy so that people read the book and see the film.”

Hirani says that they never relied on controversies to publicise their creative work.

“Our film is doing exceedingly well. It’s beyond my dignity to create a controversy for a film. We have never sold our soul for our cinema. I’m not stooping to that level to sell my cinema or make extra money.

“When you talk of that percentage thing, it creates a curiosity to read that book and judge the film.”

Would he again adapt Bhagat’s book?

“This came as a shock to me that suddenly he is trying to hog the limelight; suddenly he is trying to take away the credit from the screenwriters who slogged for three years to modify the script. He doesn’t understand the difference between book writing and writing for a film. If he continues doing these things, I would rather not associate with him.”

Currently Hirani is working on two scripts with Abhijat Joshi. One among them is Munna Bhai Chale America, while the other one is a completely different plot. He will start shooting either of them by the end of 2010.

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After working incessantly for three years, Deepika Padukone is looking forward to a family holiday in the US

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 19, 2009)


After continuously being on her toes for three years, Deepika Padukone has finally decided to take it easy. The actress will soon take a short break and head for a holiday to the US with her family to attend a cousin’s wedding. The Padukones are looking forward to spending time with their relatives.

Deepika’s close friend said, “Deepika has been working incessantly since the last three years. Also, she just broke up with Ranbir Kapoor, so the break is a welcome relief for her. She signed Om Shanti Om in 2006 and the back-to-back shooting schedules for other films left her with no personal time. Even before Om Shanti Om released, she was working on Chandni Chowk to China and Bachna Ae Haseeno. As soon as she completed these two films, she got busy with Love Aaj Kal. Recently, she completed shooting for Farhan’s Akhtar’s Karthik Calling Karthik and Sajid Khan’s Housefull. Then, there were the cameo appearances and the endorsements, which also kept her occupied. When the rest-deprived Deepika got an opportunity to spend time with family, she immediately grabbed it.”

“One of Deepika’s closest cousins is getting married and she was to leave for the US last Sunday but since she had to finish a shoot, she will be leaving after a couple of days and will spend at least ten days with her family in the US. Since there is a lot of speculation about her personal life due to her break-up with Ranbir, she wants to come back rejuvenated,” added the friend.

Deepika confirmed the news and said, “My brother is getting married. It is the first big wedding in the family and I am looking forward to it. I believe it is very important to make time for family, no matter how hectic one’s life is.”

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Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; October 20, 2009)

Mumbai: If thespian Dilip Kumar’s film Mughal-E-Azam ran at Maratha Mandir for over six years, Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge has completed 14 years of continuous run at the same theatre. The film enters its 15th year on Tuesday at Maratha Mandir and the exhibitor is quite optimistic that the theatre will have a houseful board.


Managing director of Maratha Mandir, Manoj Desai, said, “The film completes 14 years in our cinema hall and we still get at least 60-70% occupancy on weekdays and a houseful on weekend and holidays. Whoever claims it is not doing well can come and check.’’ Desai said, “Dilip Kumar’s Mughal-E-Azam
had a record run at Maratha Mandir before we took over the cinema hall. The film ran for nearly six years and the first three years in full shows.’’


One of the main reasons DDLJ still gets an audience is the ticket pricing. Manager Ramesh Vajpayee says, “Balcony tickets are for Rs 22, Dress circle for Rs 20 and stall tickets for Rs 18.’’ Desai said, “Yashraj
gives us the rental and we do good enough business.’’ Ramesh Sippy’s Sholay ran at Minerva for more than five years. Sholay was the first film to celebrate silver jubilee at over 100 theatres. The film released on August 15, 1975, and cinema halls did not open its current booking for 75 weeks.


Trade analyst Amod Mehra recalls spending only Rs 2.50 paise to watch Sholay at Minerva. He said, “The era when films ran for weeks, months or years will never return. We don’t even hear of a film completing a silver jubilee (25 weeks) at a cinema.’’ Not many know that Ashok Kumar’s anti-hero film, Kismet, that released in 1943 ran for nearly three years in Mumbai and Kolkata theatres. It was with this film that Ashok Kumar became the most sought-after actor.


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