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Big B, SRK among several who catch Avatar premiere in Mumbai…


A lot of films try to lay claim to the old ‘most anticipated film of the year’ tag, but on Tuesday night, it was clear that Avatar was indeed the biggest Hollywood film of the year amongst Bollywood’s celebrity film buffs; it brought the Bachchans and the Khans onto the same blue carpet in a premiere rivalling the big Bollywood premieres. After 14 years of incubating in director James Cameron’s brain, Avatar, the once-ultrasecret project known as ‘Project 800’, finally premiered to an enraptured and appreciative Bollywood crowd. But before the 160-minute-long saga of 10-foot-tall blue aliens on a distant moon called Pandora began, the blue carpet was walked by larger than life superstars like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Yash Chopra, Gurinder Chadha, Harman Baweja, Vivek Oberoi, Ram Gopal Verma, Rohan Sippy, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rajkumar Hirani, Anthony D’Souza, Rohit Shetty, Shirish Kunder, Tisca Chopra to name a few.

At the end of the film, as the news channels spoke to the guests leaving, some admitted to tears, many felt it would be difficult to watch “normal movies again” and most were ready to take another trip to Pandora right then and there. Networking sites were instantly flooded with more gushing praise.

Aryan had his school exams and couldn’t make it, but Shah Rukh Khan was so amazed by the experience that arranged a screening for his family and friends over the weekend. … Hrithik, who was stuck at the shooting of Guzaarish and couldn’t make it in time to the venue, is also looking to have a private screening of the film. Amitabh Bachchan told the media “It was a fabulous film, a wonderful experience!” Abhishek, who was not scheduled to come as he had to walk the ramp the same evening in the suburbs, rushed just in time to catch the film. He posted his views on a site soon after “It’s not a film. It’s an experience! James Cameron is Hollywood’s answer to my favourite director, Manmohan Desai! He could pull off anything. Avatar too is a Hindi film at heart. It’s definitely a ‘must watch’ for the experience.”

Rohan Sippy, who had seen a trade show just the previous day, loved the film so much he came to see a second screening and plans to see the film over the weekend, again. He said, “With Avatar, James Cameron has redefined what we can dream. It is a film of breathtaking scale and impossibly meticulous detail. But I think his real triumph is that he has used his total mastery over technology to make us really feel what it is to be alive and human…” Ajay Devgn and Kajol have also requested for a screening of the film for their family and close friends after hearing the premiere buzz from others. While Vivek Oberoi said, “It’s really amazing that the west can come up with films like this. I would’ve loved an Indian director to make a film like Avatar. It’s simply astounding!” “I saw Avatar in 3D. To say the least, it made me feel pre-historic in every way,” says Varma. Director Ken Ghosh, Fardeen Khan and Zayed Khan have also planned to block an evening entire show at a suburban multiplex for a private screening for friends and family. Looks like the general public might not get tickets for the film after all, looking at the number of private screenings and shows being blocked by the Bollywood fraternity itself. The premiere was hosted by Vijay Singh, CEO 20th Century Fox India and Big Cinemas.

Sharmila Ganesan-Ram | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; December 2, 2009)

Mumbai: Kurbaan, typed the eager 26-year-old in the search bar of his favourite website. ‘No results found,’ blinked the screen. Santosh Kannan (name changed), who usually reserves his weekends to watch downloaded movies, was aghast. Never before in the history of this techie’s four-year-old affair with the site Mininova had the search for a new movie yielded zilch results. The explanation, that arrived in tiny font on the site’s homepage, soon made Kannan feel like “I had just lost a friend.’’

Mininova, the largest Torrent (a popular file-sharing software) site offering movie and music downloads and the lifeline of numerous online movie pirates like Kannan, announced last week that it will now only share movies that have been uploaded through its content distribution service. This means that all its illicit Torrent movies have been deleted and, in turn, piracy is now impossible on the site. The portal’s founders took the decision after they lost a civil dispute and were ordered to remove all infringing torrents from the site.

This may be reason for distributors to smile as the move is a big blow to online piracy. But for its numerous patrons like Mulund-based Kannan, who banked on the site for its promise of convenient movie downloads, it marks the end of good times. The dejected Kannan even posted a message on Facebook saying, ‘RIP Mininova’. “I had bookmarked this site as one of my favourites. It was safe as, unlike other Torrent sites, Mininova did not contain porn uploads,’’ says Kannan who must have downloaded about 60 to 80 GBs of content, courtesy Mininova so far.

The site was founded in early 2005 by five Dutch students as a hobby project, but soon, it spiralled into a successful business generating millions of dollars. For years, it faced numerous complaints from copyright holders, who saw their intellectual property being shared by users of the site. Earlier this year, the Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN decided to take Mininova to court, demanding that the operators proactively filter uploads pointing to copyrighted material.

Final year science student Aditya Kumar, who has set ‘Goodbye Mininova’ as his chat status, says he saw this coming. “A few months ago Mininova had started moderating the Torrent uploads, which was just a sign that they would soon go legal.’’ Though he admits that “piracy is wrong’’, he can’t help but praise the “good quality prints, great download speed and accurate reviews’’ that characterised the website. “It was incredibly well-organized, and easy to navigate. It didn’t require a complex invite procedure to sign and log in,’’ he recalls.

Of course, the site is not totally dead. But “it’s unlikely anyone will use Mininova for legal stuff,’’ predicts Kumar.
SPORTY! Deepika Padukone

RACHEL FERNANDES Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; October 31, 2009)

Guess where Deepika Padukone is going be this weekend? In Abu Dhabi, that’s where. Not shooting for some Arabian adventure film in the capital city of the UAE, but, well, watching the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live on Sunday.
This is the first Grand Prix at Abu Dhabi and marks the climax of the 2009 F1 World Championship. The venue is the Yas Marina Race Circuit off the coast of Abu Dhabi where a 500-bed, five-star hotel straddles the race track. And where F1 fans can walk upto the paddocks from the hotel itself. Deepika, an F1 fan apparently, will be Vijay Mallya’s luck mascot for his racing team. The King of Good Times had the dimpled Bollywood beauty specially flown down after he heard that she cherished the desire to catch an F1 race live. As his special guest, Deepika will watch the season finale race from Mallya’s VVIP box.
The liquor baron, incidentally, has always had Bollywood stars as his guests at Grand Prix events. Earlier, it was the Sen sisters Raima and Riya. Don’t know whether her presence tomorrow at Abu Dhabi will spur Mallya’s F1 drivers to step on the gas and aim for a podium finish, but with all the rumours doing the rounds on Deepika’s breakup with beau Ranbir Kapoor, this mini holiday may in fact be that much needed breather for the actress.

By Taran Adarsh, August 13, 2009 – 11:16 IST

Teree Sang TEREE SANG had a slow start on Friday, but picked up over the weekend. The business on Monday and Tuesday has been rock-steady, as is evident by figures mentioned below:-

Friday: 6,70,659
Tuesday: 5,76,997 – 14% less than Friday.

Friday: 4,43,844
Tuesday: 4,59,911 – 3.5% better than Friday

Friday: 8,90,101
Tuesday: 7,72,014 – 13.26% less than Friday

Friday: 2,30,176
Tuesday: 1,97,429 – 14.23% less than Friday

Friday: 1,93,668
Monday: 2,06,305 – 6.52% better than Friday
Tuesday: 2,01,839 – 4.22% better than Friday





The last couple of months were spent by the moviegoer cursing the producer v/s multiplex dispute and complaining about lack of films in theatres. The next 3 months are going to be spent by this same moviegoer hopping from one film to another during the weekend and deciding which film to leave out and which movie to see!

The season of films have begun! From June 19 (tomorrow) to August 21, a big chunk of interesting films of diverse genres are going to hit the screens every week. Of course, it’s good news but will it give rise to a favourable situation? Trade analyst Taran Adarsh has rightly said number of times, “Does the common man have the time, money and inclination to see so many movies?” There might not have been a problem if one film released per week. But there are going to be multiple releases on a number of Fridays. Many of these films are not being properly promoted and will flop.

Besides, till July 24, one Hollywood biggie every Friday is going to hit the screens (see pic), which is certainly going to attract large number of audience. This would have a considerable effect on the box office collections of Bollywood movies!

In this mad race for releasing films week after week, I feel that only three films will strike gold at the BO-New York, Kambakkht Ishq and Love Aaj Kal. These films can safely do a great job at the BO, provided it turns out to be good. New York has a fresh cast, nice music and its single promo has created a tremendous impact. An above-average opening and good reports would be enough for the film to get the ‘Hit’ status. Kambakkht Ishq, on the other hand, is a sure-shot blockbuster. The film has created waves ever since its first promo was out. Songs are excellent and the film looks cool and stylish. It is bound to take an earth-shattering opening and would easily sustain in theatres for a lots of weeks. And finally, Love Aaj Kal also has the ability to strike gold at the BO. Although the promo has received mixed responses, it has certainly made everyone curious.

The rest of the films will have a difficult time at the BO. Tomorrow’s release, Paying Guest looks like a total entertainer but has failed to arouse curiosity. If the film turns out good, it would manage to be verdicted as ‘Average’ but becoming ‘Hit’ seems almost impossible. Let’s Dance also looks interesting but its prospects of failure are more. Runway’s promos and its song (Khuda Ke Liye) are very impressive but its not-so-happening star cast and its competitor (New York) will result in its failure at the BO. Short Kut may have a difficult time at the BO if turns out to be like any other comic flick. Jashnn will be disaster. Hardly anyone will go to watch this Adhyayan Suman flick. Very unfortunate, since the film is of Bhatt Camp, which churns out some of the best films. I won’t comment on Agyaat and Luck since its promos have not started yet.

So many films, so many choices! Which film are you waiting for and dying to watch of the above mentioned? Do let me know!

Everyone was shocked when news came out that Shiney Ahuja was arrested for raping his maid servant. I won’t go into the details or speak my views on it since much has been said and written about it. What I want to throw light is on the wrong information being spread by many reputed newspapers and websites. One website mentioned that the victim was 17 years old (she’s 18, in reality). Mumbai Mirror’s article said that the victim was working at Shiney’s place since more than a year, when the truth is that she joined work 1 ½ months ago! It is unfortunate that reporters are not verifying facts before publishing it. This is not responsible journalism.

This post first appeared on MouthShut.com: http://www.mouthshut.com/diary/eabdntttn/Fenils-Bollywood-Talk53