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F.A.L.T.U.’s Vishnu Vardhan in the company of legends
 
F.A.L.T.U’s Vishnu Vardhan, Chandan Roy Sanyal is on cloud nine after getting rave reviews on his character in the movie. He will also be seen in the Hema Malini’s Tell me Oh Khuda. He feels quite humbled about the fact that not only has he been given this fantastic role, he also gets to share screen space with some of the legends of Bollywood like Dharmendra, Rishi Kapoor and Vinod Khanna. “It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I not only got to see these legends in front of me, who I had grown up watching and adoring, I got to work with them. They were very supportive and I also remember Dharamji telling me how he enjoyed watching me in Kaminey. This was an amazing compliment for me. I had the chance to have some of the most interesting conversations with Vinod sir. While Rishiji was as energetic as always. I hope that I can achieve at least one third of what they have achieved,” he said. With the reviews Chandan's been getting, it would look like he's on the right road.
 
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
 
My friend Pinto will make you smile: Raghav Dhar
 
What is My Friend Pinto all about? The movie is about this guy called Pinto who comes to Mumbai to look for a friend. He gets lost in the city and the movie revolves around his adventure. The entire movie happens over one night. This is a comedy with a feel good flavour. It’s a film which will make you smile continuously. The cast is a mixture of veteran actors like Nasseerudin Shah and new actors like Prateik Babbar and Kalki. What is the reason behind this? Firstly, Nasseerudin Shah is not in the film. This is something which has been printed in newspapers but is not at all true. The caste is Prateik, Kalki, Arjan Mathur, Divya Dutta and Shruti Seth. It’s a comic film and it needs great actors to perform. The central character meets other people and that’s how the story proceeds. I kept this in mind while choosing my actors. I am very happy with everyone’s performance. Each one of them has done justice to the character. This is Prateik Babbar’s first lead role. What are your apprehensions and expectations from him? The only apprehension which I have is audience perception. I know there is a certain section of the audience that really likes Prateik. And Prateik has done an incredible job in the film. I am very happy with him. He has really brought my character to life and I don’t think anyone else could have done it better. So I know I have made the right choice. How was the chemistry between Kalki and Prateik in the film? This was precisely the reason we wanted to cast them together. At that time Kalki was doing this advertisement. And after I saw that ad I was sure she was perfect for my film. She plays this role of a simple Bandra girl. And where Prateik is concerned, he has been on my mind from the beginning while writing the script. A lot of people are relating the character of Mr Pinto to Mr Bean. What do you have to say about that? They are relating Pinto to Mr Bean because he sometimes gets into trouble. But Mr Bean is not the right comparison, according to me. If we look at old Hindi movies, Raj Kapoor has played the role of the tramp in lots of movies. I would rather link it to that than to Mr Bean. Pinto is a contemporary version of a simple do- good person, who somewhere along the way has become side- lined. We always think the hero has to be this bold and macho guy who beats up 200 people but sometimes the hero can be nice too. What was it like during shooting? It was an extremely hard shoot for everybody. In fact since the entire story happens over one night, most of the shoots were in the night. Often people couldn’t get enough sleep. So there were a lot of cases of people falling asleep while working. The funniest incident was this one time when Prateik and Kalki are doing this very romantic scene where they are walking the streets of Bombay at night, having this conversation, when suddenly this pregnant cow appears from somewhere on the set and goes into labour. There was nothing we could do to stop it so we had to wait and watch and once it was done only we could resume shooting. There was also this one time when we were trying to shoot this very difficult scene where Prateik is on marine drive on a scooter. Every time he would come to this one particular line, this car with girls would go past hooting and he would get distracted and forget his lines. This happened three times and I had to cut the shot and had to ask security to intervene and make sure that it doesn’t happen again. Even though it was a fun shoot, there was a lot of hard work involved. Everyone was working almost 16 hours a day but it was a good unit to work with. How did you decide the music of the film? The music came out of the film itself. It is very integral to the story line of the movie. The songs are a part of the story and take the movie forward. It comes out of Pinto’s character because Pinto is a musician in the film. Most of the songs are from his perspective. The songs have incredible lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya. I am very happy with the music and I hope the audience loves it too.
 
Tuesday, September 27, 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.
 
Tuesday, September 27, 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.
 
Tuesday, September 27, 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.
 
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
 
Heard this 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.
 
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
 
Sepianotes Memorable melodies
 
Lata Mangeshkar celebrates her 82nd birthday today on September 28, 2011. More than two decades back, during a song recording of the Dharmendra-Hema Malini starrer 1975 film Pratiggya, photographer Jagdish Aurangabadkar captured the singer along with her lyricist Anand Bakshi (extreme right), music composers Laxmikant Pyarelal (on either side of the singer), lead actor Dharmendra and director Dulal Guha (extreme left). In the 1970s, Lata Mangeshkar voiced many songs for the composer duo Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Incidentally, it was Lata Mangeshkar who spotted talent in a 10-year-old Laxmikant playing the mandolin at her concert in Radio Club, Colaba. The young boy then met his future partner Pyarelal at Sureel Kala Kendra, a music academy for children run by the Mangeshkar family. In fact, it was the Lata Mangeshkar again, who recommended Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s names to music directors like Naushad and Sachin Dev Burman. Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s association with Lata Mangeshkar grew stronger over the years. Starting in 1963, Lata Mangeshkar sang over 700 songs for the composer duo over a period of 35 long years, most of which became huge hits. In fact, the composer duo even went on to win the Indian government’s prestigious Lata Mangeshkar music award. On her birthday, through this picture, we remember one of the most melodious associations of her life.
 
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
 
If Clint Eastwood can direct at 75, why can’t I at 64?
 
Returning to direction after 16 years, Ramesh Sippy, gets talking about his passion for filmmaking, Sholay and upsetting Dev Anand What made you return to direction after 16 years? The urge to make films that I possessed when I was 16-years-old, is still there. And I want to satisfy that urge. The more pertinent question would be ‘Why did I not direct for 16 years?’ And the answer to that is... Those were the days when piracy had invaded the industry and Hindi cinema had started to deteriorate. I wanted to take a step back and take stock of the situation. It is always good to reflect, isn’t it? Maybe, I took too long. This sabbatical also coincided with my son Rohan growing up. Trying to help him get into his stride, took away some time as well. Now that he is settled, I am free to pursue my original passion. Did you never want to hire young directors like Yash Chopra? Everyone is free to do what he wants. I do not think like him. As for me returning to direction at 64... if Clint Eastwood can direct films at 75, why can’t I? It’s not like I went to the mountains and wasn’t in touch with Bollywood. Do you think Hindi cinema has deteriorated with time? To be honest, we had rubbish films even then. And there is nothing that doesn’t undergo change. In fact, now, if you look around, you’ll find that the audience is not rejecting a good film - be it No One Killed Jessica, Tanu Weds Manu or Singham. But yes, the audience today is different. They live in a world of gadgets, mobile, Internet. So you want to release your comeback film alongside Yash Chopra’s Shah Rukh Khan-Katrina Kaif starrer next year? I believe Yash Chopra is planning to release his film on Diwali 2012. I am aiming for the same date. However, I don’t know whether that will eventually happen. It would be wrong to say that Yashji and I are rivals. Deewar and Sholay, if you remember, released in the same year - 1975. Both were appreciated. And unlike Deewar, Sholay didn’t bag any award. Yet we both coexisted. We hear, your comeback film is a love story... It’s a bit early to give away the storyline. Romance is definitely an important ingredient. But my film will also have thrills. Most importantly, it’ll have freshness. A certain portion of the film will be shot overseas. I want to make a film that people would see and say, “Ramesh Sippy hasn’t lost his touch”. Who are you planning to cast in the lead roles? I wish to work with everybody now. But let’s see if everybody wants to work with me (smiles). That’s a modest statement from the man who made Sholay. Come to think about it, why didn’t you try to remake it? If you do it in future, who would you cast? Frankly, I can’t think of anybody else to play the very roles. Also, I have never thought of remaking Sholay. I am not against remakes. I wasn’t upset when Ram Gopal Varma decided to remake Sholay. That he didn’t take my permission is a different matter. But yes, I had advised him not to remake Sholay. It is a cult film. I didn’t want to tamper with it. But you tampered with the cult song Dum Maro Dum for your son’s film... Sa Re Ga Ma and HMV told me that Dev would be fine. Following the protocol, I was to sign the deal first and then meet the actor. In fact, the two companies in question had said that they would arrange the meeting. Due to some slip-up, the meeting never happened. Dev was upset and he expressed it. I wouldn’t have touched the song, had I known how Dev Anand would feel. But controversies are a part of our lives. Speaking about controversies...you and your nephews Sasha and Shaan don’t get along. The flip side of a joint family system? (Fidgets) Fallouts take place all over the world (thinks hard). At this point of time, I shouldn’t be talking about it. So can you talk about Hema Malini being unhappy with her role in Sholay ? Actually, it was Dharmendra who thought that he would get lost between Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjeev Kumar and Amjad Khan. He didn’t express it in a strong way. Later, he was fine. Are you unhappy with any part of Sholay ? The scene in which Dharmendra throws a coin after Amitabh dies. I remember watching it in a theatre and at the clink of the coin, I heard a few people laughing. It was an emotional moment. I should have used the same sound effect in a lighter moment. Rate your son Rohan as a director… He has made some very good films. He has matured. He is yet to deliver a super hit, but that will happen in due course. Out of your films Andaz, Seeta Aur Geeta and Sholay - which one do you like best? That’s the most difficult question. I can’t give you a reply (smiles)
 
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
 
Ranbir in Vinod Chopra’s next
 
The actor will finally work with the filmmaker in his latest romantic venture Chithiyaan Vidhu Vinod Chopra had met Ranbir Kapoor in Los Angeles over a year ago. Ever since that big meeting overseas, there have been a zillion speculations about the Kapoor lad being cast in a VVC production. And now, the filmmaker is finally ready to start off his venture with the actor. Chopra, who is all set to start off his next venture titled Chithiyaan, will cast Ranbir Kapoor and Sharman Joshi in the male lead roles. The film will also mark Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s return to romance, after a much talked about 1942 A Love Story and Kareeb. A source informed Mumbai Mirror, “Chithiyaan is a romantic film. It is a love traingle. It is the story of three people - a girl and two boys. Though the lead actress is still to be finalised, Ranbir Kapoor and Sharman Joshi have been asked to play the male leads.” “Vidhu Vinod Chopra has still not finalised on the director. Incidentally, Tanuja Chandra has been involved in the scripting of the film. However, she won’t be directing the film. The film will go on floors soon. They are in talks with a few actresses for the female lead role,” added the source. Ranbir’s casting in the film however puts an end to a lot of speculations that started with the actor’s meeting with the filmmaker more than a year back. First there were rumours of Ranbir being a part of the new Munnabhai film. Raju Hirani, the Munnabhai maker denied it. Then there were speculations about the actor being a part of Chopra’s Ferrari Ki Sawari, which too died down once the film went into production. Chithiyaan, it seems will now kick start the Ranbir Kapoor - VVC association. Talking about VVC, the source said, “Vinod Chopra Films is one of the biggest production houses of recent times. After the Munnabhai series and 3 Idiots, actors want to be a part of the production house. Both Ranbir and Sharman are very happy about this association.” When contacted, Vidhu Vinod Chopra sounded happy as well. “We are excited about working on Chithiyaan. The final draft of the script is ready and we are looking into it,” said the filmmaker. However, when asked about casting Sharman and Ranbir in the male leads, Chopra replied, “We are in discussions and cannot comment at the moment.”
 
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
 
Sanjay Gupta gets real, meets Dawood’s brother
 
The filmmaker seems serious about getting his facts right for his film Shootout at Wadala; spends time with the gangster's clan for vital inputs His film goes on floors early next year, and Sanjay Gupta, known to fall back on rented DVDs for inspiration, is doing his homework well for his comeback project Shootout At Wadala, produced by Ekta Kapoor. Mumbai Mirror has learnt that Gupta met dreaded gangster Dawood Ibrahim's younger brother Iqbal Kaskar. The meeting happened recently at Pakmodia Street where Iqbal lives. According to sources, around 10.30 pm, Gupta was led into a small room by five-six friends of Iqbal. These men did not leave the room until the meeting was over. Gupta was accompanied by a gentleman who had arranged the meeting. Gupta and Iqbal spoke for nearly two hours. Revealed a source, "Gupta and Iqbal met but not at Iqbal's residence. They met up at an office which belonged to a third party." Added the source, "Yeh meeting karna aasan nahin tha. If you recall, there was an attempt on Iqbal's life only in May this year. So obviously, he was extremely guarded." Explaining what drove Gupta to Pakmodia Street to meet Iqbal, our source said, "Gupta's film is inspired on Dawood and his (late) elder brother Sabir's rise to power. That is a very important part of the film. Gupta wanted some important inputs from Iqbal so that there were no errors in the storytelling." Another source said, "Gupta also does not want to take chances with Dawood. The meeting would have been conveyed to the gangster, and objections, if any can be dealt with rightaway." When contacted, Gupta said, "Yes, I did meet Iqbal in connection with my film. Iqbal was very warm and cordial with me. I am in fact meeting many other people for my film. " Iqbal Kaskar, wanted in connection with Sara-Sahara Shopping Complex land-grabbing case, was deported from Dubai in 2003. However, he was later acquitted for lack of sufficient evidence. Vivek Oberoi, who had developed cold feet about playing Dawood, is most likely to take it up again. Manoj Bajpai has been roped in to play Sabir's character.
 
Monday, September 26, 2011
 
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