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Glitzy yes, but not glorious enough
 
For a tour de force as ambitious as Ra.One, one would expect the music to be so compelling as to blow people away just as SRK - G.One - does in the promos, bundling up truckloads of cars. What we settle for, though, is a formulaic, let-us-stick-to-what-definitely-sells album that neatly packs in the commercial pizzaz. First up is the swinging Chammak Challo. R&B-Hip Hop sensation Akon effortlessly strings his unmistakable nasal drones into a dhinchak filmi number template, while Hamsika Iyer stylishly chips in with some Tamil and Hindi lines. Such seems Akon’s comfort with the infectious arrangement that you may adore his Senegalese inflections: akkkiyon (for akhiyon), nakkkarey (for nakhre), etc. His second track Criminal is a clubby dance number with functional lyrics - “It’s criminal…way that booty goin’ pop pop pop”. Instead of pushing him beyond his vocal limits, Vishal-Shekhar’s smartly composed Akon-esque numbers lets him croon the way he does best. Autotune-happy in his familiar zone of Right Now Na Na Na, Akon repeats the Oh-Ohs till they hook you. Dance music fans can overdose on three run-of-the-mill Chammak Challo remixes and a jarring remix of Criminal. Bharey Naina is the song that will be remembered long after the quick-fix hits are forgotten. Gentle tabla taps hold forth a loopy bassline before drums and mildly-distorted guitars swallow them in for a rousing chorus. Nandini Srikar’s brilliantly nuanced classical singing towers over Western instrumentation. Ben King’s iconic Stand by me gets sampled in Dildaara, but the ordinary melody fails the track. Right by your side is a passable, avoidable, foot-tapping ditty. With its jazzy saxophone and on-the-run beats, the feel of Raftaarein is distinctly R D. Paying 21st century homage to Panchamda’s rollicking Duniya Mein…Logon Ko (Apna Desh), Vishal and Shekhar take to the mic, turning on what sounds like a raging freight train. Jiya Mora Ghabraaye begins where Raftaarein ends, continuing the mood but using electronica, it manages to adapt the theme music. The theme tracks - Comes the light, I’m on and Song of the end - performed by The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra have zing, but don’t sound as layered and elaborate as such an imaginative plot premise would wish for. All in all, spare for three songs, the score doesn’t have the depth, charm or novelty to be the year’s musical superpower. And no, the superhero won’t be able to change that.
 
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
 
A common man’s victory
 
UTV Software Communications lost a petition filed against the makers of A Common Man, the remake of A Wednesday UTV Software Communications, who sold the rights of their production A Wednesday to Asia Media and Gemini Media, filed a petition in July against the buyers for breach of contract. UTV Software Communications alleged that Asia Media and Gemini Media, who made a remake of the 2008 thriller titled A Common Man, did not adhere to the clauses in the final agreement to cast only Sri Lankan actors and distribute the film only in Sri Lanka. However, Asia Media and Gemini Media, who cast Sir Ben Kingsley and Ben Cross in A Common Man, claimed that prior to the final agreement, seven drafts were drawn up and none included the said terms. The producers also assert that no discussion to this effect was ever brought up with UTV Software Communications. Producer Radhakrishnan also added that UTV Software Communications made absolutely no mention of distributing the film exclusively in Sri Lanka. Due to the complaint lodged, the film was postponed by approximately three months. However, on September 27, 2011, the High Court dismissed the petition filed by UTV Software Communications and so, Asia Media and Gemini Media can finally release the film. The producers are planning a worldwide release of the English film. They are now awaiting a copy of the final order.
 
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
 
Ranbir turns into a party pooper
 
The actor, who turns 29 today, prefers a quiet dinner to a big bash In Bollywood, celebrities never need a reason to party. And when they do, especially on their birthdays, they go all out. But interestingly, Ranbir Kapoor, who turns 29 today, has decided to spend his birthday working. Ranbir is reportedly scheduled to shoot for Anurag Basu's Barfee the entire day. Following which, the actor has dinner plans in Bandra with his parents. A friend of Ranbir told Mumbai Mirror, "Ranbir has never believed in celebrating his birthdays with a big bash or anything. He normally spends time with his friends and family. This time though, he will be spending his time with his co-stars Priyanka Chopra and Illeana D'Cruz shooting for Anurag Basu's Barfee, at Chandivali Studios. Ranbir wants to finish filming for Barfee, which has been delayed, because he will soon be busy promoting Rockstar." While Ranbir might like a quiet birthday, we hear that the Barfee team have planned a small celebration for him. And it seems that his close friends are not paying any heed to his wishes either. A source told us that they too have planned to drop by the actor's house after his dinner with his parents.
 
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
 
Arif Zakaria to do a cameo in Krissh 3
 
Arif Zakaria, who last played a rapist spirit in Vikram Bhatt's Haunted, has been brought on-board to do a cameo in Krissh 3. And this time around, the actor plays a nuclear scientist. When contacted, Zakaria said, "My character possesses a potent chemical, which accidentally falls into the wrong hands. These bad guys then set out to fulfil their objectives with it. It is a very interesting cameo. It involves special effects and lots of CGI (Computers Generated Images). Coincidently, after Haunted, it's another film that I'm doing in 3D. Rakesh Roshan personally narrated my role to me. It's my first time working with the Roshans. I'm really looking forward to doing the film." Krissh 3 stars Hrithik Roshan, Rekha, Vivek Oberoi, Priyanka Chopra, and Chitrangada Singh. In the past, Zakaria has worked in the films Darmiyan, Dance Like A Man, My Name Is Khan and the musical play The Merchant of Bollywood.
 
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
 
The Roaring Success of Panch Koti Maha Money Kaun Banega Crorepati
 
Panchkoti Mahamoney Kaun Banega Crorepati - A show that lets everyone dream Big and fulfil their dreams. And the best thing for last - we have the most iconic host on Indian Television - the one and only Mr. Amitabh Bachchan. KBC has shown five weeks of incredibly strong performance with the promise of better performance in forthcoming weeks!!! It has not only put all other shows in the pale but also has stayed at the pinnacle effortlessly. Mr. Bachchan truly inspires every contestant by his kind words and emotional empathy. Another factor this year on KBC is the fresh focus in the emotive stories of the lives of the contestants. A farmer's window - whose husband committed suicide, walks away with lacs of rupees with the hope of supporting her family in the near future. A physically challenged Yusuf Mallu, who lost his ability to walk after an accident, did not forgo his determination to make it to KBC, Weeping like a child after coming on the HOT seat, Mallu comforted by show host Mr. Bachchan that gave him the self-assurance to play the game. KBC has triggered the ratings of Sony and has powered it to the number two spot in GEC ranking! The success of this show lies in two major things - 'Emotions' and 'Amitabh Bachchan!!' We are sure that this life changing game continues in 'locking' the destiny of many who need the prize to make their dreams come true!!
 
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
 
Inkaar first, Mehrunissa later
 
Sudhir Mishra's ambitious project has been put on the backburner, while he focuses on another project From its very inception, the industry has been abuzz with speculation over the casting of Sudhir Mishra's project Mehrunissa. Many media reports claimed that the film would star Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor and Chitrangada Singh. But it seems that there is another project that the director is focusing on. When contacted, Mishra told Mumbai Mirror, "Mehrunissa is still in its final drafting stage. The script will be finalised by October end. How can I cast the actors when my script is not ready? I do not work in such a manner." While the director dismisses the rumours surrounding Mehrunissa, he told us that he is actually shooting for a film based on sexual harassment at the workplace. "The film is about relationships. It discusses the shift in dynamics between a mentor and a trainee, when power and greed are added to the equation. The plot uses an advertising firm as a background to highlight the issue. We will wrap-up shooting by next month. The film stars Chitrangda Singh and Arjun Rampal," added Mishra. The working title of the film is Inkaar. Deepti Naval and Saurabh Shukla are also a part of the film. Viacom 18 Motion Pictures will release the film by next year.
 
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
 
Akshaye hurts his back
 
The shooting of Rumi Jaffrey's political satire Gali Gali Mein Shor Hai came to a halt in Bhopal last week when the film's leading man Akshaye Khanna hurt his back. This halt stretched out to be an indefinitely delay in the schedule of the film with Khanna's back pain getting worse. With the entire unit returning to Mumbai, attempts at making the shooting disruption look like a normal break in schedule too went haywire. The shooting has been postponed longer than expected. Confessing that it was indeed the lead actor Akshaye Khanna's back that played villain to their schedule, director Rumi Jaffrey added, "Akshaye hurt his back and we had to postpone the shooting in Bhopal for three weeks. We are back in Mumbai. But we resume shooting from October 10. By then Akshaye's back would hopefully be repaired." Talking about what led to the back pain that caused such a delay in their schedule, the director added, "It wasn't an action sequence. Just a normal shot. Akshaye kept shooting. But as the days progressed his pain got worse, probably because he had to do a lot of outdoor shooting on a scooter. Finally it got so bad that we had to stop the shooting and return to Mumbai."
 
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
 
The new BFFs in town
 
Sanjay Dutt, who had once wanted to cast Ranbir Kapoor in his father Sunil Dutt’s role in the remake of Mujhe Jeene Do, has now bought the younger actor a Rs 30 lakh bike Ranbir Kapoor might have left some of his old friends (read Sonam Kapoor, Imran Khan) behind, but he is sure making some new buddies in B'town. The fourth generation Kapoor lad, who turned 29 yesterday, has found a new best friend in the 52-year-old Sanjay Dutt. Sanjubaba not only dropped by at the surprise party planned at a Juhu nightspot by Rockstar producer Ashtavinayak to wish the young actor but also bought him a bike worth Rs 30 lakh. A source informed Mumbai Mirror, "Ranbir and Sanjay Dutt are neighbours. They both live around the same place in Bandra. Also, Dutt has seen Ranbir grow up. They work out together at the same gym in Dutt's building Imperial Heights. Though Ranbir has his own trainer, he had always looked up to Sanju." "When it came to buying a gift for Ranbir, Dutt immediately thought of a bike. Sanju knows how much Ranbir loves bikes," added the source. This might make a lot of people in Bollywood wonder why their love for bikes went unnoticed by Sanjubaba. After all, a Rs 30 lakh bike is a dream come true for many. However, one may recall, that Sanjay Dutt's love for Ranbir goes back a long way. In a past interview with Mumbai Mirror, Dutt, proclaiming his love for the Kapoor boy had mentioned how the young actor should now venture into action films. Dutt, who believed that an actor is incomplete without a macho character to his name, even mentioned in the interview that he intends to remake his father Sunil Dutt's film Mujhe Jeene Do with Ranbir in the lead. When contacted, Sanjay Dutt still seemed to be pondering over the gift option. "I am thinking of gifting Ranbir a bike. I don't know if it's a good idea or not. But he is a lovely boy and I am very fond of him," said the man. Our source confirmed, "Dutt gifted the bike to Ranbir last night. It apparently costs around Rs 30 lakh."
 
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
 
Whose quote is it anyway?
 
Certain people who have recommended Mausam in a trade magazine are themselves unaware of the same Shahid Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor starrer Mausam hit the theatres on September 23. The project remained in the news for weeks before it’s much publicised release. And now, less than a week after its release, the film is back in news. And this time, for all the wrong reasons. A trade magazine published on Sunday September 25, 2011 had its pages filled with adverts praising Shahid’s performance and Pankaj Kapur’s brilliance in the recent release. Surprisingly, some of the personalities quoted in those very commercials were not even aware that their names had been used. What’s more, even Shahid Kapoor, the lead actor did not know about the publicity campaign. A friend of the actor told Mumbai Mirror, “Shahid is flabbergasted. He cannot believe that such a thing has been carried out without even keeping him in the loop. Agar usko thoda sa bhi pata hota, toh use permission definitely nahin diya hota.” The official spokesperson of the actor added, “Shahid is not aware of these ads. He has been busy with post overseas productions. The producers of Mausam must have put these ads out.” A source informed us, “At least three prominent personalities who have been quoted in the advert were not informed about it. Some of them learnt about it only on Tuesday, when their friends from the industry called them up. Obviously it was a publicity exercise undertaken by the makers of the film.” The three people unaware about their names being used to publicise Pankaj Kapur’s maiden directorial venture, happen to be Ken Ghosh, Parmeet Sethi and Nikhil Advani. When contacted, Ken cleared his stance and said, “I don’t know why they’ve used my name to endorse Mausam and Shahid’s performance in it. I haven’t even seen the film. I wish to clarify that I have not endorsed the ad.” Parmeet Sethi, who had directed Shahid in Badmaash Company, too was taken aback with the surprise advert in the trade magazine. The actor-turned-filmmaker said, “Someone has played mischief. If I had to do such an exercise, I would have rather done it with more style and élan in leading newspapers and not in some trade magazine.” A friend of Nikhil Advani, the third person who was unaware of the publicity exercise undertaken by Mausam makers, informed, “Nikhil has been trying to figure out how his name was used without his consent and knowledge. He has still not got any answers.” The co-producer of the film Madhu Mantena, seemed to be the only person aware of the adverts in the magazine. When contacted, Mantena said, “Yes, we did include Nikhil Advani, Ken Ghosh and Parmeet Sethi’s names. They are friends. We wanted to congratulate Shahid on his excellent performance, Such things are a norm in the industry.”
 
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
 
Dibakar loses his lucky Charm
 
Unhappy with his friend Dibakar Bannerjee for showering attention on Emraan Hashmi during Shanghai, Abhay Deol walks out of wrap-up party They shared a rapport that went beyond a mere actor-director bond. In fact, people who know Dibakar Banerjee and Abhay Deol are accustomed to the two of them pulling each other’s leg all the time. And so, at the Shanghai wrap-up party, when Abhay suddenly got up and told the director, “I’m leaving. There’s no point me staying on. You’ve no time for me”, everyone thought it was another silly gag the actor was playing on Dibakar. But this time around, it seems that Abhay was not joking. An eyewitness told Mumbai Mirror, “We all heard Abhay say this to Dibakar and we thought this was an inside joke between them, since they are constantly pulling each other’s leg. But Abhay was serious. He walked out and Dibakar didn’t try to stop him, although he looked surprised.” This incident has surprised many in industry because Abhay and Dibakar’s friendship dates back to when the two worked together in 2008, in Oye Lucky Lucky Oye. Since the film was Abhay’s first commercial success, the actor always seemed to favour Dibakar and his work. And that is apparently why they decided to work together again in Shanghai. A source revealed that Abhay’s outburst at Dibakar stems from a lot of pent up tension the actor had with his co-star Emraan Hashmi. “While shooting in Latur and Baramati, the crowds went crazy for Emraan. In the beginning, Abhay did not take it badly. But then when the story was repeated everywhere, it naturally took a toll on his self-esteem. To top off the overt tilt of balance in the popularity scales between the two actors, Abhay also began to feel that Dibakar was showing a certain amount of partiality towards Emraan,” explained the source. When contacted, Dibakar told Mumbai Mirror, “I don’t know what happened. But Abhay suddenly got up and walked out saying I had no time for him. I was surprised. But it would be wrong to say I sensed any tension between Abhay and Emraan during the shooting of Shanghai. As actors, they’ve both gone through a lot of churning and vilification before getting to where they are today. So, they empathize with one another’s circumstances. As for the rivalry, I didn’t sense any and certainly didn’t create any. Maybe people felt a tension between them in real life because their on-screen characters are in conflict with each other.”
 
Wednesday, September 28, 2011