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BIRTHDAY CHEERS: Remo, Jackky and Vashu Bhagnani
The 25-year-old gets his second big break


Yesterday was Jackky Bhagnani’s 25th birthday. And, to mark the momentous occasion, his filmmaker father Vashu Bhagnani doubled up as Santa Claus and gave him his second film. Tentatively called Production No 21, the film to be directed choreographer Remo D’Souza has elements of comedy, drama, action, youth and exuberance. And Jackky is in an upbeat mood. Candidly he admits that his debut flick Kal Kissne Dekha was a dud. “However, I’m happy that my work in the film was appreciated,’’ says the youngster.

This time over, his father waited for the right moment to make an announcement. “Dad just felt it would be appropriate to announce my second film on my birthday,’’ says Jackky. He explains that Remo and he had actually zeroed down on this project even as KKD was being made. Jackky truly believes that one must let leave past mistakes behind and move on. “Today I know more about acting that I did when I made by debut,’’ he says. “I’m sure my second film will be a more fulfilling experience in that sense.’’

Remo, who is Jackky’s friend, steps in to add, “I had this subject worked out and when Vashuji heard it, he immediately volunteered to make this film under his banner.’’ Remo feels he is fortunate that a producer of Vashu’s stature agreed to fund his film. “Now my film will be mounted on the scale that I originally visualised it as,’’ he says.

He has also directed a film in Bengali and he is happy that his Bollywood debut has Jackky in it. He feels the boy has the ‘fire’ in him and given the right platform he will deliver. Both the actor and the director are now on a hunt for a female lead, and the appropriate title for this film that will be shot in quick, continuous schedules starting January. This could well be Jackky’s coming of age moment.


Sanjay Dutt Neha Oberoi Pooja Chopra
Sanjay Dutt walks out of Vashu Bhagnani’s Faltu as actress Neha Oberoi, daughter of the actor’s closest friend, is replaced by Pooja Chopra

By Kunal M Shah and Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 09, 2009)

Sanjay Dutt and producer Vashu Bhagnani have had a serious fight because the latter broke his promise of re-launching Sanjay’s good friend Dharam Oberoi’s daughter Neha. To make matters worse, Vashu replaced Neha without informing the actor.

Consequently, a dismayed Sanjay has walked out of Vashu’s film, Faltu, which is also supposed to re-launch the producer’s son Jackky Bhagnani.

Our source said, “Sanjay and Vashu have always been on very good terms. Sanjay even did an item number without charging any money in Kal Kissne Dekha. Sanjay agreed to star in Faltu only because it was supposed to be the re-launch film for his close friend and manager Dharam Oberoi’s daughter, Neha, who had earlier starred in the tanked Woodstock Villa opposite Sikandar Kher. But while Sanjay was busy promoting All The Best, Vashu went ahead and signed on the current Miss India-World Pooja Chopra, and unceremoniously dropped Neha from his film. Sanjay was furious when he got to know about this and told Vashu that since he had failed to keep his word, he too won’t keep his promise. Vashu is now trying to get Anil Kapoor to replace Sanjay.”

Vashu said, “I had not even signed Sanju as the script is not ready yet. Sanju has to read the script and then decide. I have always maintained that he is a friend and has helped us with Kal Kissne Dekha. We will finalise everything only when the script is ready.”

Sanjay’s spokesperson confirmed that he is no longer part of Vashu’s film. He said cautiously, “Sanju opted out of the film due to date problems.”

HAVING FUN: Sushmita Sen with Lara Dutta

Sushmita Sen and Lara Dutta ignite the screen together in their new film


David Dhawan has managed a coup in getting the two Miss Universes, Sushmita Sen and Lara Dutta together as the female lead in his rib-tickling comedy Do Knot Disturb that released on October 2.

David says he has opened a fan club for the two beauty pageant winners because both of them were extremely popular on the set with the other members of the cast and crew. “I’m their fan No 1,” laughs DD. The filmmaker says, “I have worked with Sushmita in Kyon ki Main Jhooth Nahin Bolta and Biwi No 1 and I have worked with Lara in Partner. Both are stupendous actresses and their comic timing is classic.”

DD also adds that all through the making of DKD, presented by BIG Pictures and produced by Vashu Bhagnani,
the two women remained utterly professional, never once trying to upstage the other.

As for the ladies themselves, Sushmita at the DKD press conference said, “I know the press is utterly disappointed because Lara and I didn’t engage in a catfight or tried to steal each other’s thunder.
But the fact remains that we have a healthy respect for each other.”

Lara points out that this is the first time ever
that two Miss Universes have shared screen space in a film. “Our country has only two Miss Universes and if they also start fighting, it couldn’t get sadder than that! I just wish I had more screen time to share with her as we hadn’t worked together earlier and it was a fantastic opportunity. I hope people will cast us again at some other time. At least David should do it again.” As Riteish Deshmukh, who has teamed up with these sizzling beauties in DKD says, “These two are a combination of beauty and brains. And honestly, I’m richer for the experience of having worked with them. They are a treat to watch.”
— Meena Iyer

– By Taran Adarsh, October 3, 2009 – 08:34 IST

1998 Diwali. Vashu Bhagnani – David Dhawan’s BADE MIYAN CHOTE MIYAN and Karan Johar’s directorial debut KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI had opened on the same date. Both worked at the box-office. Eleven years later, history seems to be repeating itself, with Karan Johar’s WAKE UP SID and Vashu Bhagnani – David Dhawan’s DO KNOT DISTURB opening to packed houses.

WAKE UP SID started with a bang from Show 1 on Friday morning. Released on a smaller scale – approx. 350 prints [225 physical and 126 digital] – at metros and mini-metros, the film started on an 80% + note and ran to packed houses during noon/evening shows. The terrific start of the film caught almost everyone in the industry unaware. The film has been appreciated tremendously by the youth and gentry [read multiplex junta] and is likely to hold very, very well over the weekend.

DO KNOT DISTURB had a slightly shaky start in the morning shows, but picked up momentum towards noon/evening shows. The film showed 60% – 70% occupancy at places and by evening, was also running to packed houses at several screens. The masses have liked the film and this laughathon too is likely to hold strongly during its opening weekend. The heartening start has infused tremendous optimism in the industry.


By Renu Chawla, September 29, 2009 – 10:02 IST

Pooja Chopra After romancing Miss India International Vaishali Desai in his debut movie Kal Kissne Dekha, Jackky Bhagnani will now be seen opposite Miss India-World Pooja Chopra. The model is making her debut with Vashu Bhagnani’s Faltu.

After the debacle of Jackky’s debut vehicle, papa Vashu is very careful about his next. A source reveals, “They auditioned for a couple of new faces but have zeroed down on Pooja. She was finalized in an audition that had at least a dozen Bollywood aspirants contending for the role. Having done a couple of commercials, Chopra had the perfect face; the production house was looking for.”

The source continues, “It is gen x movie talking about the story of youngsters of today. They wanted a fresh face opposite Jackky and chose Pooja Chopra for the same.”

Jackky however claims, “Talks are on with Pooja but nothing has been finalized as yet.”

The movie has Sanjay Dutt playing the main protagonist of the dean of the college. One will also see Riteish Deshmukh in a cameo. The movie will go on floors in November.


COMIC CAPERS: Riteish Deshmukh
The new Comedy King, on being compared with the Master himself

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; September 27, 2009)

There is a huge rush of gush for Riteish Deshmukh all of a sudden. Granted, the ones who are waxing eloquent are producer Vashu Bhagnani and director David Dhawan (both with vested interests), but the fact still remains that Riteish is being keenly watched. The actor has two back-to-back releases in BIG Pictures and Vashu’s Do Knot Disturb scheduled for release on October 2 and Sujoy Ghosh’s Alladin, that will hit theatres on October 30. Naturally the stakes riding on him are high. Vashu, who is Riteish’s mentor, says that the chemistry shared by Govinda and Riteish in DKD reminds him of the magic recreated by Amitabh Bachchan and Govinda in the 1998 super-hit Bade Miyan, Chote Miyan. Sure all this praise is manna to the young actor, but he isn’t letting it go to his head. “How can I even compare myself to Govinda,’’ he asks. “There is only Govinda, I can never be him. Nonetheless, I’m flattered with the compliment. Everyone concerned from David to Vashuji is kind. But, what Amitabh Bachchan and Govinda did in BMCM can never be recaptured.’’ Having said that, Riteish agrees that Govinda and he did have some special tuning. “Chi Chi is such a terrific actor, working with him was a pleasure,’’ he says. “I learned so much from the experience of doing comedy with him.’’ Of the film itself, Riteish adds, “Comedies never go out of season. There is no one who will ever say ‘We don’t want to laugh’ or ‘We’re bored of laughing’. Hence light-hearted films and a tub of popcorn will always find takers.’’ However, he doesn’t subscribe to the view that only comedy is his forte. “What filmmakers expect of you is what clicks at the box office,’’ he says. In his case, comic flicks like Heyy Babby, Dhamaal and Malamaal Weekly were runaway hits. “Films like Naach and Cash didn’t click, so I found myself being offered more comic parts,’’ he says.

The actor also says that the DKD experience was extra special because of the fact that he had two talented actresses — Sushmita Sen and Lara Dutta — sharing space with him on screen. “Sushmita is gorgeous. When she came on the sets, everyone from the unit sat back and admired her. This was my first film with her and I was floored. As for Lara, she is a buddy. I have worked with her earlier and I have an easy rapport going with her.’’ What particularly impressed him about both ex-Miss Universes is that their classic beauty is combined with brains. “They can hold court on any subject under the sun and that’s what makes them very exciting to be with,’’ says Riteish.

By Subhash K. Jha, September 18, 2009 – 12:01 IST

Sanjay Dutt In Munnabhai MBBS, Sanjay Dutt had thumbed his nose at academic qualifications by fudging his way through a doctorate. Now in Faltu, he questions our educational system in a less satirical far more serious tone.

When Vashu Bhagnani wanted to re-launch his son, he needed an A-lister as a box-office support.

Every leading man declined politely. Only Bollywood dildaar, Sanju Baba, came forward to work with Jackky Bhagnani in a film that starts in September to be directed by choreographer Remo. It will star Sanjay Dutt and Vashu’s son Jackky who made his debut this year with Kal Kissne Dekha.

Jackky’s second film is not an escapist entertainer. Says Vashu, “It’s a film about the lacuna in present-day education. When I heard Remo’s story, I was bowled over. It’s about the failure of today’s educational system to guide our youngsters into suitable careers. It’s about how there’s too much stress in and on academics and too little on actually tapping every child’s potential. Remo has earlier made an award-winning Bengali film (Lal Paharer Katha with Mithun Chakbraborty).”

Vashu’s son’s post-debut film going by the improbable title of Faltu sounds like a departure from convention.

“It is,” concedes Vashu. “But nothing conventional works any more. I want to bring new talent into the industry. And the title is an acronym. I can’t reveal the full form. It will give away the plot.”