Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani movie review

Critic's Rating: ****
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Aditya Roy Kapur, Kalki Koechlin
Direction: Ayan Mukerji
Genre: Romance
Duration: 2 hours 41 minutes

Story: Four friends take off for adventure sport and discover little-known personal aspects of one another. Years later they reunite and this time the equation is even more combustible.

Movie Review: Youth is a many splendoured thing. An alive, fresh vibe dominates Ayan Mukerji's Yeh Jaawani Hai Deewani invigorating you through it's entire run. The story is not novel, but the treatment is A-grade.

Ranbir Kapoor (Kabir Thapa aka Bunny), Deepika Padukone (Naina), Kalki Koechlin(Aditi) and Aditya Roy Kapur (Avi) go on a trek. While Bunny, Aditi and Avi have always been close, Naina, the staid, studious girl is a last minute addition to the group. The group just wants to live life king-size. Early enough in the film, Bunny announces—marriage at 25, children at 30, retirement at 50 and then waiting for death—is not how he sees his life playing out. He wants to travel the world, he wants to be free. Aditi and Avi share his thinking to a degree. But Naina is different. She is studying to be a doctor, believes in family and is a rooted young lady with traditional values.

The first half of the film is a fun-ride. Watching Madhuri Dixit do a ghagranumber with Ranbir is a ceeti-moment. At intermission point, the film rightly leaves you yearning for more.

The first twenty minutes of the second half is mundane. But the action comes together again at Aditi's wedding. Against the backdrop of the big, fat Indian wedding in picturesque Udaipur, the friends unite for the festivities. But the chinks in the armour show by way of their mixed ideologies and changed priorities. Of course there's no battle big enough that friendship cannot surmount. So, between tears and cheers, Bunny, Naina, Aditi and Avi forge equations that are more real with one another and with the audience.

Ranbir is delectable and a true-blue superstar. This pedigreed actor dances like a dream, looks terrific and emotes effortlessly. Watch out for the scenes with his father Farooque Shaikh. Deepika is first-rate as is Kalki. Evelyn Sharma and Kunal Roy Kapur provide humour.

Note: You may not like this film if a typical, zany Bollywood masala flick is not what you go for.
Source - timesofindia

Joint study on high-speed railway line | The Hindu

Joint study on high-speed railway line | The Hindu

Ajay Devgn to bulk up for Prabhu’s film

... for which, he will take his trainer along with him on his long holiday to London

While he is looking forward to a long vacation in London with wife Kajol and kids, Ajay Devgn is also planning to take his trainer, Prashant Sawant, along with him. Reason: the actor has to beef up for his role in Prabhu Dheva's next, and Prashant is the man who will help him get the desired physique. 
Speaking about his training regime, a source revealed: "Ajay will train with Prashant every day for two hours. His diet and exercise regime is already in place. He is all excited about taking fitness to an altogether new level." 
After Singham, this will be the next film for which Ajay will acquire a beefed-up look. 
Currently in Goa, Ajay is expected to return to Mumbai in a few days. He has a few meetings lined up after which he will leave for his long holiday that may extend to 35 days, the source said. 
Prabhu Dheva's film is expected to go on floors next month.
Source - timesofindia

No advance booking for Ranbir's film

Multiplex owners have locked horns with Karan Johar and UTV to block the advance booking of Ranbir-Deepika starrer Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.

Till late Thursday enquiries at booking counters across the city failed to elicit any information on when the tickets will be available for the Friday release.
TOI has learnt that multiplex owners have refused to part with the usual 52 per cent to the distributor (UTV in this case). While the owners have been giving smaller films a tough time over profit sharing, this is the first time a big-budget movie has been affected. A leading distributor said: "This can affect the opening collection of the movie. Such issues should be sorted out once and for all."
A source from a leading suburban multiplex revealed that debate on the profit sharing has been going on since one week: "Multiplexes work on a sum-assured formula which varies from film to film. If the net collections cross that amount, the distributor is given 52 per cent of the collection; otherwise, they get 50 per cent. The bone of contention here is this base amount—UTV wants it to be on the lower side."
Another multiplex owner pointed out that it is impossible for them to give in to the demands of UTV with competition on the rise and prices of movie tickets also being slashed.
Both Dharma and UTV are trying their best to resolve differences with the multiplex owners. However, when contacted, KJo's team refused to comment on the proceedings.
At the time of going to the press, a multiplex owner from South Mumbai confirmed that talks are on to break the deadlock at the earliest. "Frankly speaking, we don't want to lose the film," he said.
Source - timesofindia

Shah Rukh Khan discharged from Lilavati Hospital after surgery

Shah Rukh Khan underwent surgery on his right shoulder
Shah Rukh Khan has been discharged from Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital. The Bollywood megastar underwent a three-hour surgery on his right shoulder yesterday. 

"I thank all my fans, will recover soon and entertain again," said King Khan after being discharged from hospital.

Shah Rukh's son Aryan flew down from London to be with his father.

"It went off very well and his family is with him," a source close to the family told IANS on Tuesday. Writer Mushtaq Sheikh, a close friend of SRK, too updated fans about the surgery on Twitter. "Good news for everyone who is asking and sending in prayers and wishes for SRK. His surgery has been successfully completed," he tweeted.

The surgery was due for quite some time. Shah Rukh Khan had reportedly injured himself duringRa.One but postponed his surgery since he was busy shooting for Chennai Express.

A family source revealed that while shooting for Rohit Shetty's Chennai Express, the 47-year-old often got pain in his shoulder, but he refused to use body doubles for the movie.
Source - ndtv

COMING SOON: A baby in Karan Johar’s home!

New Delhi: Film maker Karan Johar is yet to find his consort, but matrimony is not a deterrent for this 41-year-old larger-than-life figure in filmdom when it comes to enjoying the joys of parenting.

Talking to a leading daily recently, KJo opened up about his plans to adopt a baby anytime soon. He went on to say that bringing home an adopted baby is his priority at the moment. “Tell me, who does not want to have a family to extend himself/herself?” reasoned Bollywood’s ‘one of the most eligible’ bachelors.

He further revealed that his mother, Hiroo Johar, is fully supportive of his decision. “My mom and I will bring up the child wonderfully”, he added.

Well thought Karan and we wish your ‘baby steps’ bring some more happiness in your life.
Source - zee news

I don’t see films, not even my own: Sunny Deol

His looks and the onscreen roles he has done are polar opposites of the person he is in real life. A soft-spoken Sunny Deol rarely gets hassled as he faces a barrage of questions from the media that had gathered to meet him. "This is a part of our job," says Sunny, with a smile, as he settles for a chat with TOI.

The actor, who has been a regular visitor to Bangalore since childhood and whose debut film Betaab was shot here, is fond of the city. So what does he have to say about the city that seems to be losing its sheen? "But that is the situation in every city of India. And modern-day cinema is a reflection of this society," says Sunny, adding that that kind of cinema does not appeal to him and hence, his increased interest in his home production and the movies they make.

"Often, people did not understand the kind of cinema we wanted to make and we couldn't find producers. There were times when we have even been taken advantage of," says Sunny.

By his own admission, Sunny is a veteran actor who gets to romance younger heroines like Kangana Ranaut onscreen, but he doesn't have any qualms about that. "We are actors and play characters onscreen. The age of the heroine doesn't matter then. But yes, there are times when we do think about it. Eventually, though, only the story matters."

And while he loves acting, Sunny isn't a fan of watching movies. "I don't see films, not even my own, as I end up being critical about myself and thinking that I could have done better," says Sunny, adding. "But I have seen some of Chintu's (Rishi Kapoor) son's (Ranbir Kapoor) work and I believe that he is doing the kind of work we would have done." The problem, says the actor, is that the young crop of actors is obsessed with flaunting six-pack abs instead of concentrating on doing the right kind of work. "Everyone wants success, but they lack self-respect," he adds.

Meanwhile, there have been reports that Sunny is also gearing up to direct a film to launch his son Karan in films. "That's incorrect news. Right now, I am busy with my films and if I direct Karan then I will have to take a year off work, which I am not ready to do as yet," says Sunny.

Source - timesofindia

I find myself very conventional, and very good-looking: Irrfan Khan

This has been a basking-in-success year for Irrfan - first it was the National Award for 'Paan Singh Tomar , and now, The Lunchbox has won the Viewers' Choice Award, also known as the Grand Rail d'Or, at Cannes Critics Week.

But Irrfan refuses to do the victory dance. "Yes, so far, it's been a good year," he says, cautiously. "I like being part of interesting films, films which are experimental, issue-based. And of course, films which have a fine support system. It gives me a high - those intense acting schedules, like I emerge a new person after every such film I do. I would have learnt something new, understood things, and even myself, a little better. So, each film gives me a high. The awards help with the motivation and inspiration, of course, but it is always acting first," says Irrfan.

So, what did he do at Cannes? "This was the 100 years of Indian cinema year there, and so, there was a lot of India there. But then, the competition section had only two films - 'The Lunchbox' and 'Monsoon Shootout'. Now, there are two ways to look at it - Cannes is a great place to celebrate cinema, per se. It is a fantastic setting, the weather, the food, the parties... it is one hell of a mela. But when you are there with your film, you really cannot watch many other films, because you are doing the PR for your film. And our film got fantastic reviews - standing ovation and all. I knew it was an audience-pleasing film, in the sense that it will leave something for everyone to ponder over, but the kind of response we got - I wasn't expecting that."

"When we screened it for the common audience, people were crying. And in the three-four days that I was there, I heard people talking about us in the same wavelength in which they were talking about other good movies. That made me happy. Otherwise, Cannes is work - you go to market your work, and the best results are if you can sell your film," says Irrfan.

Irrfan believes that it's time Bollywood took creativity seriously. And as for him, apart from choosing his projects carefully, so that his body of work "reflects a thought out process", Irrfan says he is also "very choosy about the director I work with." "A director is a very important person for me. For me, I have to feel a bond with the director. As an actor, when you are bringing your inner world to the fore - laying it open - to be controlled by someone else, it's like you are baring yourself to an unknown entity. So, you need to trust the person who is going to control that, and for that, you need to have an emotional bonding with that person," he says.

For him, he shares, every film he has done, from 'The Namesake' to 'The Lunchbox', has been an exercise in bonding, "with people, images, imageries, places..." and heroines, perhaps, we prod. He snaps out of his world, laughing, "No, no". No? Being called a fine actor, winning a National Award now, should definitely have put him in a position to command who he wants to act with. "I haven't exercised that, yet," he says, quickly adding, "And I don't think I will ever do it either. I have suggested who will be good for a certain kind of role. And I do feel about the character that is going to be with me for the film, so I have my suggestions, definitely."

He has a say now, or has it always been that way? Straight-faced, he says, "See, I always used to have a say, but was not taken seriously. Now, I am taken seriously." 'Now' also seems to be a state of being for Irrfan, as he says, "Most of me is in the 'now' of my life. I seldom go back, or fast forward. I believe that in life, there are many things that happen automatically if you let the larger design work for you. I believe there is a design in this world for each and every individual. If you don't interrupt that design too much, if you don't step in every now and then to modify or change that design, and if you let that design take over you, it makes things happen automatically for you. This is what I have learnt - maybe I will change my views, or maybe, I will be proved wrong. But till such time that I am proved wrong, or till I have another experience, I would like to believe that I have come so far because it was all designed for me - I have done the hard work bit, no doubt, but without a pre-ordained design, I believe even hard work wouldn't have gotten me so far. Work hard, stick to your karm, let destiny take over."

Was it this design that made him do 'Paan Singh Tomar', though many told him it wouldn't work? "And it got me the National Award," he grins. "And this is one award that carries a kind of respect. I got it for the first time, and I enjoyed it," he says.

And the controversies that always swirl over these awards? "At that moment, I was happy. I didn't want to see anything other than positive things into it. I wanted to celebrate and enjoy that moment. And I did," he shrugs, adding, "For me, the most important thing is, more than me, everyone with me is happy with this award. I would like to risk sounding immodest and say this, that I would like to be at a position where they just have to give me an award because they cannot ignore me - I want to reach that level of performance-oriented professionalism."

But he is not a conventional, good-looking hero, so looks wise... Irrfan cuts it off even before this question is finished. "I find myself very conventional, and very good-looking." But... "No, no. Kaisi baat kar rahi ho? This is immodest, what you are saying." But log toh kehte hain na, kecovnventional hero nahi ho... "Kaun kehta hai? Woh kaun log hain? Kahan hai? Lao mere saamne," he mocks, "Haan, main Ranbir Kapoor ya Hrithik Roshan nahi hoon, but down the history of Bollywood, good actors have always had this issue. Koi bhi good-looking nahi considerkara gaya - Rajesh Khanna wasn't considered good looking initially, neither was Dilip Kumar. And when Amitabh Bachchan was a newcomer, people had an issue with his looks, ditto with Shah Rukh and Ajay Devgn. Dekho, people have tongue and mouth and they can say anything, but I am handsome and you know, people like me because of my inner Irrfan, and also the outer Irrfan. So, I don't question my looks, I am OK with it, and I think people who watch me are also fine with it."

So, with all this handsome-ness, and a National Award, and his Cannes accolade now, his market value must have definitely gone up, isn't it? "Market value?" Yeh kya hai? Main kya koi sona hoon?" he laughs, but adds on a serious note, "I have to wait and watch. I still have to experience that. I am doing both foreign and Indian films. I am reading two-three foreign film scripts, they are interesting ones. I don't want to speak about them till something is finalised. And even now, when I think of The Lunchbox - it makes me happy. It was made with a lot of heart. I am always happy when I take my films to the international festivals - it shows the level where filmmaking in India has reached."
Source - Times Of India

I'm a big critic of myself: Madhuri Dixit

Madhuri's the dancing diva of Bollywood and the epitome of grace. The petite actress has been receiving rave reviews for her ghagra number in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani opposite Ranbir.

And now, the dhak dhak girl is set to once again co judge a dance reality show on Television. Madhuri will be also be performing with kathak guru Pt. Birju Maharaj for the show.

Although she seems to have impressed all, there are a few actors who've impressed Madhuri with her dancing skills. "I love the way Hrithik Roshan dances. I've always said that. From the women I like Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra and Anushka Sharma. I'd seen her in Band Baaja Baarat and I thought she danced really well. Everybody gets their own personality and adds their own style to dancing. You have to look at it that way", says Madhuri.

But when it comes to her, she's humble in spite of being one of the best dancers and actresses in Bollywood. "I'm a big critic of myself", she concludes.
Source - times of india



​Director: Nikhil Advani
Cast: Rishi Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Arjun Rampal,Shruti Haasan, Huma Qureshi, Nasser, KK Raina, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Nissar Khan, Imran Hasnee, Sandeep Kulkarni, Aakash Dahiya, Sree Swara Dubey, Divij Handa
Story, Screenplay: Nikhil Advani, Ritesh Shah, Suresh Nair
Dialogue: Ritesh Shah, Niranjan Iyengar
Banner: DAR Motion Pictures, Emmay Entertainment Private Limited
Producer: Monisha Advani, Arun Rangachari, Madhu Bhojwani, Vivek Rangachari
Costume Designer: Sheetal Sharma
Sound Designer: Manoj Sikka
Production Designer: Sukant Panigrahy, Rita Ghosh
Editor: Aarif Sheikh
Executive Producer: Manoj Mittra
Lyrics: Niranjan Iyengar
Music: Shankar Ehsaan Loy
Action Director: Thomas Struthers
Local Action Director: Guru Bachchan
Director of Photography: Tushar Kanti Ray


9 years ago Wali Khan (Irrfan Khan) was sent into Karachi, Pakistan by the Chief of R&AW Ashwini Rao (Nasser) to report the activities of the Most Wanted Man in India.

9 days ago Rudra Pratap Singh (Arjun Rampal) Indian Armed Forces, MARCOS unit, Zoya Rehman (Huma Qureshi) R&AW Explosives expert and Aslam (Akash Dhaiya) a petty thief from the streets of Mumbai, recruited by R&AW infiltrated Pakistan to join Wali Khan and carry out the mission to bring back The Most Wanted Man in India.The man who was going to break all ISI protocol and security and attend his own sons wedding. The man who could on that day be abducted and brought back to India to face justice.

1 day ago everything went according to plan until it all failed. The team sent in to bring The Most Wanted Man in India did the unthinkable - They carried out the most daring operation and almost got away with it. Almost because, something went horribly wrong.
Source - times of india

Classics — from book to big screen

Pride And Prejudice
There’s a reason why they are called classics, and it’s usually that winning combination of being a gripping story that’s told in elegant prose — be it Shakespeare or Charles Dickens, or slightly later writers such as Edith Wharton and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The latest adaptation of the Fitzgerald’s novel may not have wowed the critics, but do judge for yourself — and not because it stars Amitabh Bachchan in a tiny role. Flawed, yes, but Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby is an enjoyable film all the same, an over-the-top concoction, which captures the vulgar excesses of the Jazz Age and consumerism. Leonardo DiCaprio — only improving with age — is a great Gatsby. Admittedly, however, Luhrmann’s brew also demonstrates why the classics both provide great material for movies — the plots continue to intrigue; and why they are so hard to film — how do you transform the subtleties of the text into pictures? Some adaptations have done it better than others, and parvathi nayar lists a few
Jane Eyre
Pride And Prejudice

Keira Knightley is not the logical choice to depict the outspoken heroine of Jane Austen’s much-loved 1813 novel — she’s far too pretty for a start. But British director Joe Wright’s debut feature film has so much energy and entertainment value, it seems a prejudiced attitude to fault Knightley her good looks.

The 2005-film is a well-done comedy of manners and nicely shaded love story. Matthew Macfadyen brings to the character of proud Mr. Darcy, an introverted diffidence that sits well in this exploration of class, wealth, ideals and love. It helps that the supporting characters emerge as well-etched portraits, thanks to some fine acting by Donald Sutherland and Brenda Blethyn as Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, Rosamund Pike as the reserved, pretty Jane, and Judi Dench as the terrifying Lady Catherine de Bourgh.
William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet
Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë’s 1847 book has been translated so often into moving pictures you would imagine there was little left to rediscover. Surprising, then, how effective is the 2011 version, starring Mia Wasikowska as plain-but-passionate Jane, and Michael Fassbender as the forbidding Edward Rochester.

The opening sequence by director Cary Joji Fukunaga is an indication of why the film feels fresh. The chronological narrative has been chopped up, and we begin towards the end of the book, with Jane fleeing Thornfield Hall. But in the drama of that flight — beautifully filmed by Adriano Goldman — is preserved the Gothic theatricality of the story as well as the grounded appeal of its brave heroine.

William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet

To come full circle and back to Luhrmann and DiCaprio, it’s worth revisiting their first venture together at retelling the classics, William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. DiCaprio and Claire Danes are memorable as the doomed lovers. But it divided the critics — imagine, the classic tale of warring families redone as gang warfare, set to rock music, in a make-believe place titled Verona Beach. In my books it worked well to show how the Bard’s words, which are retained, can still be infused with contemporary urgencies about love, hate, and all the emotional registers between.

The Lord Of The Rings

J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy classic, The Lord Of The Rings trilogy has been one of the most successful print-to-screen adaptations, commercially and critically. Peter Jackson achieved a remarkable consistency among the three films by shooting all of them together, reportedly at a $ 300-million budget.

Fans were happy because the films lovingly kept to the tone and details of the books; the recreation of Middle Earth, for example, was note-perfect in its combination of New Zealand landscapes and computer magic. Cleverly, the descriptive and exposition-heavy prose was converted into an action-adventure tale, following the golden rule of “showing, not telling” in the movies.

Easy A

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s sober tale of guilt and sin, The Scarlet Letter, opens in 1642 with Hester Prynne declared socially outcast because of her extra-marital affair. She is forced to wear a scarlet ‘A’ — for adulteress — at all times, stitched onto her dress. The story didn’t work in Roland Joffe’s sexually-charged film starring Demi Moore and Gary Oldman. However, recast by director Will Gluck as the high-school social comedy Easy A — it gets an A.
The Lord Of The Rings
Emma Stone plays Olive Penderghast, who identifies with Hawthorne’s heroine, being a bit socially isolated herself. Savvy, literary-talking Olive discovers that contemporary society — via social networking — can be every bit as judgemental and scandal-mongering as the Puritan society in which Hawthorne’s novel is set. A casual white lie about her love life gains a life of its own on the grapevine — and she is suddenly branded the school vamp.

The Age Of Innocence
Easy A
The Age Of Innocence brings alive New York in the1870s, as captured in Edith Wharton’s 1921 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The triangle at the heart of the film features lawyer Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis), whose engagement to the socially well-connected Mary Welland (Winona Ryder) gets complicated when he falls for her socially unacceptable cousin, the free-spirited Countess Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer). Beautifully produced and well-acted, Martin Scorsese’s glorious movie generates more smouldering passion in the removal of gloves, than the shedding of clothes in lesser films.The Age Of Innocence
Source - The Hindu

Silver screen on the hills

Destination for filming: A still from '1942: A Love Story'.

Despite being a favourite destination for filmmakers, Shimla got its first cinema hall post Independence only recently

Its picturesque snow-capped mountains and lush green landscapes formed the backdrop against which many Hindi film heroes and heroines romanced each other and held the audience spellbound. The town also boasted of a good number of cinema halls and dramatic clubs in the pre-Independence era.

However, post-Independence, the sleepy hill-town of Shimla was left ignored vis-à-vis the growth and development of an otherwise multi-crore film industry elsewhere. Even tinsel town stars belonging to Shimla like Manohar Singh, Anupam Kher and Preity Zinta could hardly do anything for the advancement of the industry, be it the creation of shooting studios or film ranges or even the construction of any new cinema halls or theatres.

The town had at least four film theatres before Independence; but the number remained the same in the last six decades and their quality of screening and standards have only deteriorated. Now out of these four cinema halls, only two are operational.

The Regal near the famous woodcraft bazaar was burnt down and never remade again; the downtown Rivoli was almost buried under a landslide and was forced to shut sometime back. The Ritz with modest renovations and the low-end Shahi are barely functioning and catering to a very small section of the population. “Because of no proper theatres in the town now, we have stopped watching films in Shimla,” says a majority of the youth who prefers to go to multiplexes in the neighbouring States. 

The long-time demand of the residents, mainly youngsters, was finally fulfilled recently when the town’s first multiplex with two screens and about 400 seats started functioning near the newly-built ISBT. The multiplex screens have full HD projection and digital sound; it has been promoted by the SRS group.

This 11,000 sq ft-multiplex is the first such facility in Himachal Pradesh and the 13 multiplex built by the group in north India, said Tinku Singh, group president of SRS.

The State’s Transport Minister G.S. Bali, who inaugurated the multiplex, said similar facilities would also come up near the ISBTs of other tourist places like Manali, Dharamsala and Dhalli. He also said a new ropeway would be started soon from the multiplex to the heart of town on Mall Road. To avoid the congestion in the busy hill town, tourist vehicles would be stopped at the entrance before the ISBT and ropeways and local transport would be promoted thereafter. A big parking lot has also been made near the multiplex for tourists and locals, he said.
Source - The Hindu

Lights, camera, action!

Arjun Kapoor in Aurangzeb
Aurangzeb might be his first film as director, but Atul Sabharwal says he is not new to filmmaking

Atul Sabharwal is not new to filmmaking. He isn’t new to Yash Raj Films either. Little wonder then that when his debut film Aurangzeb was underway, none on the sets felt they were dealing with a newbie. “I think I should take that as a compliment as even I didn’t feel I was directing a film for the first time. You could say that it was a result of my presence in filmmaking for almost a decade now,” says Sabharwal. Atul has written Darna Mana Hai (2003), Phir Milenge, a sensitive and law-questioning film on corporate ostracism of HIV employees (2004) and My Wife’s Murder (2005), before directing a content-driven and stylish crime thriller mini-series under the Yash Raj Films’ television arm in 2010 titled Powder.

“The concept of Aurangzeb came from an assortment of thoughts running through my head. Adi (Aditya Chopra) and I were discussing dramas, Greek tragedies, Salim-Javed stories and classic plays one day and I started to pick out stories from the past. The greatest storyteller Shakespeare had taken the lives of monarchs and made them into interesting tales. I wondered if he had written about Caesar and Henry IV, and whom would I like to write about and the answer was: Aurangzeb. Ambition and power play within the palace intrigued me about this story,” says Sabharwal, whose twin characterisation of Arjun Kapoor in the film has been inspired by Charles Dicken’s Tale Of Two Citiesand by Shakespeare.

Atul says that he enjoyed casting for his ensemble-cast film, especially because in the two-layered star cast, even those with a few scenes could satisfy the actor within themselves. “Arjun came on board first. I think he is a very intelligent and hardworking actor,” says the director, adding that it was Prithviraj’s casting that required a lot of legwork. “We did the usual rounds of Bollywood actors but none of them were comfortable and secure about working with Arjun who has a double role in the film. Prithvi’s name came up because he had just done a film with Rani Mukherjee. But we had to conduct a screen test to check on his Hindi and to see how he related to the script. Once he was on, I gave him references of Thevar Magan and Agni Natchatiram to draw from. I especially mentioned Prabhu’s character in Agni Natchatiram and his relationship with his father to Prithvi and he completely agreed,” says the filmmaker.

About casting Jackie Shroff, he says, “Adi was not convinced about casting Jackie Shroff in the pivotal role of Yashvardhan. He thought that even though Jackie had several good films to his credit, he was not in his best form currently. Thankfully, Jackie had done Aaranya Kaandam and I showed him a trailer of the film. That was quite convincing!”

A lot of parallels are being drawn with films such as Trishul and Don, but the filmmaker is not perturbed. “We had anticipated this. I mean, even when I used to follow films at the age of 12, I liked to play this guessing game. It’s good to let the people lean a certain way and hopefully surprise them with what you have,” he smiles.

Sabharwal, who had nurtured a script (tentatively titled Hero Heroine) for seven long years which has not worked out, says that letting go of something is the most difficult part of his profession. “I guess I hung around with that
Source - The Hindu

अमिताभ की पूरी शूटिंग देखते थे राजीव

bollywood actor amitabh bachchan and rajiv gandhi friendship stories
नई दिल्ली। बॉलीवुड के शहंशाह अमिताभ बच्चन और राजीव गांधी की दोस्ती के बारे तो आप सभी जानते होंगे। राजीव गांधी और अमिताभ बच्चन का बचपन एक साथ ही बीता है। दोनों की दोस्ती बहुत गहरी थी। ऐसा कहा जाता है अमिताभ की मां तेजी बच्चन और पिता हरिवंश राय बच्चन के देश के पहले प्रधानमंत्री पंडित जवाहर लाल नेहरू से करीबी रिश्ते थे। इसी रिश्ते की वजह से अमिताभ बच्चन और राजीव गांधी की दोस्ती हुई।

सुनने में तो यहां तक भी आया है कि तेजी बच्चन राजीव को अपना बेटा मानती थी। हाल ये था कि राजीव जब इंग्लैण्ड पढ़ने चले गए थे तब इंदिरा गांधी कई बार तेजी बच्चन से अपने बेटे का हाल चाल लेने आती थीं।

राजीव की अमिताभ से इतनी गहरी दोस्ती थी कि वह अपनी मां को चिट्ठी लिखना भूल जाते थे, पर अपने दोस्त को नहीं।

अमिताभ के करीबी बताते हैं कि सुपर स्टार की सबसे अच्छी तस्वीर राजीव गांधी ने ही खींची थी। बहरहाल, राजीव के जाने के बाद सोनिया और राहुल गांधी से बिग बी और उनके परिवार के संबंध ठीक नहीं रहे। दोनों परिवारों के बीच कई मौकों जुबानी जंग भी हुई, लेकिन अमिताभ कभी इसमें शामिल नहीं हुए।

अमिताभ और राजीव गांधी की दोस्ती इतनी गहरी थी कि जब अमिताभ ने एक पेशेवर एक्टर के तौर पर कामकाज शुरू किया तब अक्सर राजीव अमिताभ से मिलने फिल्म सेट पर पहुंच जाया करते थे। जब तक शूट खत्म नहीं होता तब तक अमिताभ का इंतजार करते थे और उन्हें कभी शूटिंग के दौरान डि‌र्स्टब नहीं करते थे।

Source - Jagaran

Salman Khan, Aamir Khan may do Andaz Apna Apna sequel

The sequel to the hit 1994 comedy, Andaz Apna Apna, will go on the floor in the third week of December. The makers are trying to get the original actors — Aamir and Salman — back for the film.

“We’ll discuss the project with Aamir and Salman. It’ll be great if that works out. Otherwise,

we’ll sign up other actors,” producer Vinay Kumar Sinha told a Mumbai tabloid.

Andaz Apna Apna (1994)Who can forget this hilarious film with dialogues and situations so memorable that they are quoted even till date! The Aamir Khan and Salman Khan duo combined with the rib-tickling performances by Paresh Rawal and Viju Khote may not have done well when it released at first but has been kept alive by its fans even now.
Source - hindustantimes

After starting stylish, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has a hiccup at Cannes 2013

The intricate work and the heavy fabric did not flatter Ash's figure unlike her previous appearances.
Just when we were congratulating Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on her Cannes 2013 wardrobe, she had another Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla hiccup on the red carpet.

At the premiere of the film Blood Ties, Ash wore a full-sleeved, intricately embroidered anarkali which swamped her figure - an outfit just a shade less frumpy than the cream chikankari sari and embroidered jacket that we so hated last year.

Ash in Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla sari in Cannes last year

Unlike the Elie Saab dress and Saint Laurent shirt-Zac Posen skirt she wore on day one, the Abu-Sandeep anarkali added kilos to her silhouette and created zero impact on a high voltage red carpet attended by French actress Marion Cotillard in black, white and yellow Dior and American star Zoe Saldanha in blue-grey lace Valentino.

Marion Cotillard at the premiere

Zoe Saldana in Valentino

Ash looked stunning in an Elie Saab gown on her day one at the Cannes red carpet

Ash looked more than a little French in this outfit

When will Aishwarya learn to leave Abu-Sandeep to grace mom-in-law Jaya Bachchan's closet? Stick to Elie Saab and Sabyasachi, Ash.

Ash was the cynosure of all eyes in this Sabyasachi sari

Meanwhile, jury member Vidya Balan continued her series of sari embarrassments in red print, a red long-sleeved blouse, white beads and a white bag.

Vidya at the Cannes premiere of A Castle in Italy

Between Ash and Vidya, it's hard to decide who looked worse. We're looking to Sonam Kapoor now to resurrect the Indian fashion flag.
Source - Ndtv

अमिताभ की दस श्रेष्ठ फिल्में

अमिताभ बच्चन ने अनेक यादगार फिल्मों में काम किया है। उसमें से दस चुन पाना बेहद मुश्किल कार्य है। फिर भी कोशिश की है। आइए नजर डाले उनकी दस श्रेष्ठ फिल्मों पर। 

आनंद (1971)

पात्र का नाम : डॉ. भास्कर के. बैनर्जी

निर्देशक : हृषिकेश मुखर्जी

वैसे तो इस फिल्म के नायक थे उस दौर के सुपरसितारे राजेश खन्ना। बाबू मोशाय के रूप में अमिताभ सहायक अभिनेता थे, लेकिन अपने सशक्त अभिनय के जरिए अमिताभ ने लोगों का अपनी ओर ध्यान खींचा। ‘आनंद’ राजेश खन्ना की श्रेष्ठ फिल्म मानी जा सकती हैं, लेकिन फिल्म देखने के बाद अमिताभ भी याद रह जाते हैं। दोयम दर्जे की भूमिका होने के बावजूद अमिताभ ने अपनी उपस्थिति दर्ज करवाई। यही से अमिताभ ने खन्ना के किले में सेंध लगाना शुरू कर दी थी। 

जंजीर (1973)

पात्र का नाम : विजय खन्ना

निर्देशक : प्रकाश मेहरा

प्रकाश मेहरा को जब दिग्गज नायकों ने यह फिल्म करने से मना कर दिया तो हारकर उन्होंने अमिताभ को चुना। प्राण के साथ जब अमिताभ ने पहला शॉट दिया तो प्राण ने मेहरा को कोने में ले जाकर कह दिया कि यह लड़का सुपरस्टार बनेगा। एंग्रीयंग मैन की नींव ‘जंजीर’ से ही डली थी। अमिताभ के इस तेवर को निर्माता-निर्देशकों ने लंबे समय तक भुनाया। 

अभिमान (1975)

पात्र का नाम : सुबीर कुमार

निर्देशक : हृषिकेश मुखर्जी

एक अभिनेता के रूप में अमिताभ को इस फिल्म में कई शेड्स दिखाने का अवसर मौजूद था। रोमांस, संगीत और ईर्ष्या जैसी भावनाओं को मिलाकर उनका चरित्र गढ़ा गया था। अमिताभ ने अपने दमदार अभिनय से भूमिका को यादगार बना दिया। अमिताभ और जया द्वारा साथ की गई श्रेष्ठ फिल्मों में से ये एक है। 

दीवार (1975)

पात्र का नाम : विजय खन्ना

निर्देशक : यश चोपड़ा

उस समय हीरो नकारात्मक भूमिका निभाना पसंद नहीं करते थे। ‘दीवार’ में अमिताभ का चरित्र ग्रे-शेड लिए हुए था। अपने ईमानदार और आदर्श भाई के मुकाबले वह अपराध की दुनिया चुनता है। उसके इस कदम से नाखुश उसकी माँ भी उसका साथ छोड़ देती है। नकारात्मक भूमिका होने के बावजूद दर्शकों की सहानुभूति अमिताभ बटोर लेते हैं। भगवान पर गुस्सा होने और मंदिर की सीढि़यों पर माँ की गोद में दम तोड़ते हुए अमिताभ, हिंदी फिल्मों के उम्दा दृश्यों में से एक है।

शोले (1975)

पात्र का नाम : जय (जयदेव)

निर्देशक : रमेश सिप्पी

हिंदी फिल्मों की सफलतम फिल्मों में से एक ‘शोले’ में जय और वीरू की जोड़ी ने गजब ढा दिया था। वीरू के मुकाबले में जय कम बोलता था।अमिताभ बच्चन ने बिना संवाद बोले अपनी आँखों और चेहरे के भावों के जरिए कई दृश्यों को यादगार बना दिया। फिल्म में जया बच्चन के साथ उनका रोमांस सिर्फ खामोशी के जरिए बयां हुआ। गब्बर को पकड़ने के लिए जय ने अपनी जान की बाजी लगा दी तो सिनेमाघर में लोगों की आँखों से आँसू निकल आए। जय को क्यों मार दिया? यह सवाल अभी भी लोग के दिलों को कचोटता है।

अमर अकबर एंथोनी (1977)

पात्र का नाम : एंथोनी गोंजाल्विस

निर्देशक : मनमोहन देसाई

मनमोहन देसाई की ठेठ मसाला फिल्मों में से एक ‘अमर अकबर एंथोनी’ में अमिताभ एंथोनी बने थे। इस फिल्म में उन्होंने लात-घूँसे भी चलाए और वे सारी हरकतें कीं, जो देसाई की फिल्मों में होती थी। फिल्म के एक दृश्य में घायल अमिताभ आइने के सामने खड़े होकर आइने में मौजूद अपने अक्स की मरहम-पट्टी कर देते हैं। अकेले अमिताभ ने फिजूल की बातें करते हुए दर्शकों को खूब हँसाया था। यह ऐसा दौर था, जब अमिताभ परदे पर कुछ भी कर सकते थे और दर्शक कोई तर्क-वितर्क नहीं करते थे।

मुकद्दर का सिकंदर (1978)

पात्र का नाम : सिकंदर

निर्देशक : प्रकाश मेहरा

प्रकाश मेहरा की फिल्मों में अमिताभ के अभिनीत पात्र वक्त के मारे रहते थे। किस्मत कभी उनका साथ नहीं देती थी। ‘मुकद्दर का सिकंदर’ की कहानी ‘देवदास’ से मिलती-जुलती थी। सिकंदर के रूप में अमिताभ त्याग और बलिदान करते रहते हैं। अपने दोस्त की खुशी के लिए उसके हिस्से का जहर भी खुद पी लेते हैं। फिल्म में कई लंबे-लंबे दृश्य हैं, जिनमें अमिताभ का अभिनय देखने लायक है। 

शक्ति (1982)

पा‍त्र का नाम : विजय कुमार 

निर्देशक : रमेश सिप्पी इस फिल्म को भले ही खास सफलता नहीं मिली हो, लेकिन दर्शकों को दो महान अभिनेताओं को साथ देखने का यह विरला अवसर था। अमिताभ के सामने खुद उनके आदर्श महानायक दिलीप कुमार थे। उनका चरित्र अपने पिता से नाराज रहता है। अमिताभ ने अपने अभिनय का पूरा बारूद इस भूमिका को निभाने में झोंक दिया। अमिताभ ने खुद स्वीकारा था कि दिलीप साहब के सामने खड़े होकर अभिनय करना आसान नहीं था। उन्हें कई बार रीटेक देने पड़ते थे। किस ने श्रेष्ठ अभिनय किया? बहस जारी है।

सरकार (2005)

पात्र का नाम : सुभाष नागरे 

निर्देशक : रामगोपाल वर्मा अमिताभ का पात्र बाल ठाकरे से प्रेरित है। एक ऐसा व्यक्ति जो समानांतर सरकार चलाता है। जिसके इशारे पर सारे लोग नाचते हैं, वह अपने घर वालों को नियंत्रण स्थापित नहीं कर पाता। बड़े बेटे से उसके संबंध ठीक नहीं है। अमिताभ ने अपनी भूमिका इतनी विश्वसनीयता के साथ निभाई कि दर्शकों ने इस फिल्म को सफल बना दिया। इस फिल्म का सीक्वल ‘सरकार राज’ (2008) भी प्रदर्शित हुआ, जिसमें अमिताभ अपने बेटे की मौत का बदला लेते हैं। 

ब्लैक (2005)

पात्र का नाम : देबराज सहाय 

निर्देशक : संजय लीला भंसाली अमिताभ को लगता है कि देबराज सहाय की भूमिका निभाकर अपने अभिनय के शिखर को उन्होंने छुआ है। इस फिल्म पर उन्हें गर्व है। एक सख्त टीचर अपने विद्यार्थी के लिए अपना सब कुछ न्यौछावर कर देता है। इस फिल्म को देखने के बाद लगता है कि उनके अभिनय की कोई सीमाएँ नहीं हैं। एक अभिनेता के रूप में उनमें अनंत संभावनाएँ हैं। देबराज सहाय को केवल वे ही पर्दे पर उतार सकते थे।

Source - webdunia

Aurangzeb opens up to good start, mints Rs.3.75 crore

A poster from the film Aurangzeb
Arjun Kapoor-starrer Aurangzeb has drawn a decent response at the box office with an opening day collection of Rs 3.75 crore. 

The film, made on a budget of Rs 25 crore has managed good business in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and East Punjab territory, said a statement.

Aurangzeb, a film from Yash Raj Film's stable, tells the story about the land mafia.

Directed by Atul Sabharwal, it also features Jackie Shroff, Rishi Kapoor, southern actor Prithviraj Sukumaran and Amrita Singh.
Source - ndtv

Salman Khan helps Sonakshi Sinha?

New Delhi: After having helped Sonakshi Sinha in making a blockbuster Bollywood debut with the movie ‘Dabangg’, Salman Khan is now said to be giving the beautiful lady some useful tips to improve her painting skills.

According to a leading daily, the 25-year-old actress and her mentor have one thing in common, which is their interest in painting. Sonakshi, who is all set to promote her upcoming movie ‘Lootera’- in which she plays the character of an artist, has decided to paint live at the launch event of one of her songs in the film. 

Sonakshi, like Salman, has the same hobby that is painting. She likes a lot of Salman’s works of art, so much so that she calls herself a fan of his paintings. And recently, Sonakshi has been taking advice from Salman about painting live for the media,” a source close to movie crew said.

The insider also asserted that it was the makers who wanted Sinha to paint live with the media around, on the launch of the song ‘Sawaar loon’- that is based on her and Ranveer Singh’s roles and captures the journey of them falling in love while Sinha teaches Singh how to paint.

“She seems quite prepared to put up a good performance,” the source said.

Director of the movie, Vikramaditya Motwane, said, “Sonakshi has always been fond of Salman’s paintings and we are going to paint live for the media at the launch of our first song.”

An official spokesperson of the movie added, “It’s true that Sonakshi has been taking tips from Salman and everyone will get to see her work at the launch.”
Source - zeenews

Yahoo! Movies Review: Aurangzeb

Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Rishi Kapoor, Jackie Shroff

Atul Sabharwal

Rating: ***

Atul Sabharwal weaves an intriguing tale in ‘Aurangzeb’; the collusion of the powerful and the corrupt. The nexus of ministers, real estate developers and the police is almost impenetrable and there is no place for those who don’t fall in line.

Arjun Kapoor in a double role is undisputedly the star of ‘Aurangzeb’. Twin brothers separated when young usually makes for a clichéd portrayal. Actors try so hard to play the two characters differently that the depiction eventually looks forced but Arjun doesn’t fall into these trappings. He plays brothers Ajay and Vishal, one is the spoilt brat born with a silver spoon, smug about his position of privilege. The other is a small town boy, unaware that he could have been the successor to an empire. Arjun plays the two characters with aplomb, there are some similarities and yet, he manages to create two distinctive characters, each immensely likeable. His swagger and body language compliment his role and there is a rare intensity that makes his characters very attractive.

Prithviraj Sukumaran plays police officer Arya, who has idolized his uncle DCP Ravikant (Rishi Kapoor) and unquestioningly conformed to his power wielding strategies. Arya is inherently upright but he would much rather be a little amoral than be ousted for his sincerity. It’s a complex character but Prithviraj plays out the conflict competently, his eyes and his silence conveying his inner turmoil.

‘Aurangzeb’ is an engaging saga but it is very dialogue heavy where music or humour hasn’t been used effectively to provide some respite. In fact, the second brother Ajay did have immense untapped comic potential but alas, the sparse one-liners make for only a few genuine laughs. While the narrative explores the grey in every character whether it is the gangster or the police, at some point we needed a little more clarity about the plot. Did Yashwardhan (Jackie Shroff) suddenly have a change of heart? What happened to the empire that everyone was fighting over? Did Ravikant’s brutal actions have no consequence in his personal life?

The film might be a little too intense for some but if you are ready to overlook some gaping holes; the film is worth a watch. Arjun Kapoor and Prithiviraj Sukumaran rise above the slightly flawed execution to make ‘Aurangzeb’ quite engaging.
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Ranbir Kapoor ready to go full monty!

A still from Saawariya

All the ladies out there, you are in for a treat. Our very own Batameez boy is ready to bare his body.

Talking to a leading daily, Ranbir said, "I am shameless in front of the camera. I am even willing to do frontal nudity if the director wants me to."

Well, the last time Ranbir Kapoor actually went bold on-screen was for his first flick Saawariya.

The movie will always be fondly remembered for Ranbir's famous towel song. Ranbir has also been labelled as 'Sexiest Asian Man'. The lean body, the chocolate boy looks and his power packed performances over the years has won him many accolades and praises.

Ranbir willing to do frontal nudity on camera.
No wonder, be it his skin show or his relationship status with the charming ladies of B-town, news about him is always popular with his fans.

Ranbir Kapoor will soon be seen in his upcoming movie Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Besharam which is slated to release in October
Source - india today

Sanjay Dutt to surrender before TADA court today

Mumbai: Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt will on Thursday surrender before a Mumbai TADA Special Court by 4 pm in the 1993 blasts case. 

Sanjay has been convicted for his role in the March 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.

On Wednesday, the actor had withdrawn his application seeking to surrender in Pune's Yerawada Jail as he apprehended threats to his life in Mumbai.

The reason behind the abrupt move is not yet known.

Apprehending death threats from some fundamentalist groups, which he did not identify, if he gave himself up in Mumbai, Sanjay on Tuesday moved an application before TADA Special Judge GA Sanap, seeking permission to surrender in Pune's high security Yerwada Jail.

Special Judge Sanap had directed the Central Bureau of Investigation to file its reply in the matter and had posted the matter for hearing on Wednesday.

"The applicant is facing threats to life from fundamentalist groups and those with vested interests," Sanjay's application stated.

He had further claimed that he wanted to avoid a chaseby the media like in the past. "The media vehicles chased the applicant's vehicles for 120 kms in the past."
Source - Zee news

This 'Jawaani' still rocks

The makers of 'YJHD' unveiled the first look of Madhuri’s item song ‘Ghagra’ on her birthday.

On Madhuri Dixit Nene's 46th birthday, the makers of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani unveiled the first look of her item song Ghagra.

Ranbir Kapoor, who is a self-confessed Maduri Dixit fan since childhood revealed that it was producer Karan Johar's idea to have Madhuri for the item number.

This is the first song of the film and introduces Ranbir Kapoor's character Bunny in the movie

The film stars Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone along with Kalki Koechlin and Aditya Roy Kapoor
The ex-lovers have buried their past and have bonded quite well during the making of the film.
Source - Movie yahoo

महिलाओं पर केन्द्रित फिल्म बनाएंगी सलमा आगा

पाकिस्तानी अभिनेत्री सलमा आगा महिलाओं पर केन्द्रित फिल्म बनाने की योजना बना रही हैं. फिल्म का निर्देशन वह खुद करेंगी.

उन्होंने एक इंटरव्‍यू में बताया, 'इस समय मैं एक फिल्म पर काम कर रही हूं और जल्द ही इसकी शूटिंग भी शुरू करूंगी. अभी फिल्म के विषय पर मुझे काफी काम करना बाकी है. मैं कभी भी समय व्यर्थ नहीं गवांना चाहती, हमेशा कुछ न कुछ सीखते रहना चाहती हूं.'

उन्होंने कहा, 'आप जो भी सीखते हैं, कभी न कभी आपके काम जरूर आता है. सीखने की कोई उम्र नहीं होती. मेरी फिल्म मेरे खुद के जीवन से प्रभावित नहीं है, लेकिन यह महिलाओं पर केन्द्रित विषय है.'

सलमा ने 1982 में आई फिल्म 'निकाह' से बॉलीवुड में शुरुआत की थी और फिल्म में खुद पर फिल्माए सारे गीत भी खुद ही गाए थे.

गौरतलब है कि सलमा की बेटी साशा आगा भी फिल्म 'औरंगजेब' से बॉलीवुड में कदम रखने जा रही हैं. फिल्म में अभिनेता अर्जुन कपूर उनके सहकलाकार हैं.

सलमा (46) ने कहा, 'साशा को बड़े पर्दे पर देखने का अनुभव अद्भुत होगा. मैं बेहद उत्साहित हूं ऐसा लग रहा है जैसे यह मैं खुद हूं.'

सलमा का मानना है कि इतने सालों में फिल्म निर्माण प्रक्रिया में काफी सकारात्मक बदलाव आए हैं. उन्होंने कहा, 'आजकल जिन विषयों पर फिल्में बनाई जा रही हैं, 10 साल पहले उनका चलन नहीं था और विकल्प भी नहीं थे. मैं फिल्मकारों की शुक्रगुजार हूं कि उनकी वजह से आज के दर्शक हर प्रकार की फिल्मों को स्वीकार करने लगे हैं. यह बदलाव अच्छा है.'


कान्स में देसी अंदाज में दिखेंगी विद्या

कान्स फिल्म फेस्टिवल में शिरकत करने के लिए जहां बॉलीवुड के सितारे पश्चिम की नकल करते हुए हाई-एंड फैशन को चुनते हैं वहीं ऐक्ट्रेस विद्या बालन इसके एकदम उलट हैं.

विद्या बालन कान्स की ज्यूरी में हैं और वे भारतीय सिनेमा के सौ साल पूरे होने के मौके पर वहां जा रही हैं, ऐसे में उन्होंने अपने लिए पूरी तरह से भारतीय रंग को चुना है.

विद्या ने कहा, 'मैं हमेशा से साड़ी पहनती आई हूं. यहां मेरा स्टाइल मंत्र पूरी तरह से भारतीय रहा है और मैं कान्स में भी ऐसे ही नजर आऊंगी. मैंने अनारकली सलवार सूट भी बहुत बार पहन रखे हैं, और मैं वहां भी उन्हें पहनूंगी. मैं लकी हूं कि मुझे देश के बेहतरीन डिजाइनर्स की तैयार की गई ड्रेसेस पहनने को मिली हैं. इसलिए मुझे ज्यादा परेशान होने की जरूरत नहीं है.'

उन्होंने बताया, 'मैं अपने फेवरिट कलर्स मैरून, ब्लैक, मस्टर्ड को ही आजमाऊंगी. कान्स के लिए सब्यसाची मेरे कपड़े डिजाइन कर रहे हैं और जयती बोस मेरी स्टाइलिंग कर रही हैं.'

हालांकि विद्या बालन ने यह बात साफ कर दी कि फैशन उनकी प्राथमिकता में नहीं है बल्कि वे वर्ल्ड सिनेमा को देखने को लेकर काफी उत्साहित हैं. विद्या के मुताबिक, 'मैं दुनिया की बेहतरीन फिल्में देखूंगी और हम भारतीय सिनेमा का जश्न मनाएंगे. मैं ज्यूरी और फिल्ममेकिंग की दुनिया के बाकी लोगों के साथ बातचीत करूंगी. वहां मुझे बहुत कुछ सीखने को मिलेगा.” विद्या से कुछ ऐसी ही उम्मीद थी.

Source - AAJ TAK

Lindsay Lohan threatens to leave rehab

Actress Lindsay Lohan threatens to leave the Betty Ford Clinic in California.

Apparently the doctors at Betty Ford have cut her off from taking Adderall, but the 26-year-old claims that she needs the medicines for her ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), reports tmz. 

Lohan is reportedly telling her friends that she cannot stay at the clinic in California and wants to be moved to another facility that is not hard-nosed about Adderall.
Source - Times of India

Kamal Haasan hooked to Shah Rukh Khan

It's been 13 years since Shah Rukh Khan and Kamal Hassan came together for 'Hey Ram'. On Saturday night, stars of the South film industry watched and applauded as SRK put up a very special and impromptu performance at a dinner hosted by Kamal in his honour.

In Chennai for the Chevalier Sivaji Award, constituted after veteran Tamil actor Sivaji Ganeshan, SRK went on to become the first Hindi film actor to be conferred the honour. But the excitement spilled over well beyond the ceremony. SRK had been invited to a small dinner at Kamal's house in Alwarpet. "But word soon got around and the actor-filmmaker was besieged with calls from his colleagues who wanted to meet SRK. And there was no way Kamal Sir could turn them down," said a source. At the very last moment, the venue was shifted to a high- "It was a treat watching them shake a leg together," said the eye witness, adding, "they got along like a house on fire as they performed the ' hook step ' from the song." SRK partied till 6 am. "He made his host and his Southern friends very happy indeed," said the source. 

It took a while for the guests to be redirected. "The party started around 2.30 am. Several prominent members of the industry, including Vijay, Dhanush, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Balaji Sakthivel, D Imman, A R Murgadoss were present," said the source. According to an eyewitness, Shah Rukh joined the party around 3 am, greeted the guests, even tried a few lines in Tamil. What would have ended with a cordial hand shake or a hug, took a different turn when the DJ started playing Chammak Challo. SRK went up to Kamal, who was chatting with a few guests at a distance, and literally dragged him to the dance floor.

Source - Times of India

बॉक्स ऑफिस पर बाप बेटों का मुकाबला

सात जून को बॉक्स ऑफिस पर बाप बेटों की जोडियों में मुकाबला नजर आएगा. एक जोड़ी हॉलीवुड के बाप-बेटे की है तो दूसरी बॉलीवुड की तिकड़ी है.

हॉलीवुड की मूवी ‘आफ्टर अर्थ’ इसी दिन रिलीज हो रही है, इसमें विल स्मिथ और उनके बेट जेडन स्मिथ लीड रोल में हैं जबकि बॉलीवुड की पंजाबी फैमिली ‘यमला पगला दीवाना-2’ के साथ इसी दिन दस्तक देने जा रही है. इस फिल्म में धर्मेंद्र और उनके बेटे सनी देओल व बॉबी देओल लीड रोल में हैं.

इससे पहले विल-जेडन की जोड़ी ‘द परस्युट ऑफ हैपीनेस’ जैसी फिल्म दे चुके हैं जबकि देओल फैमिली ‘अपने’ और ‘यमला पगला दीवाना’ जैसी हिट फिल्में दे चुकी है.

एक फिल्म जहां धमाल कॉमेडी है, दूसरी बाप-बेटे के रिश्तों पर बनी एक्शन थ्रिलर है. इन दिनों हॉलीवुड की फिल्में बॉक्स ऑफिस पर अच्छी कमाई कर रही हैं, ऐसे में ‘यमला पगला दीवाना’ के लिए यह फिल्म चुनौती बन सकती है क्योंकि ‘आयरनमैन-3’ जैसी फिल्में अच्छी कमाई करती आई हैं. मुकाबला दिलचस्प होगा.

Source - AAJ TAK

She's got some chic - The Hindu

Sonam Kapoor is all set to walk the red carpet at Cannes

All set for Cannes: Sonam KapoorSonam Kapoor has her plate full as an actor and as a fashionista. June will see the release of her film Raanjhnaa, also in the buzz for being actor Dhanush’s debut in Bollywood. And staying true to her style diva image and a representative of the new generation in Bollywood, Sonam will walk the red carpet at the 66th Festival de Cannes.
As one of the three Indian brand ambassadors of L’Oreal, besides Aishwarya Rai and Freida Pinto, Sonam will take to the red carpet on the opening day (May 15). She will be sporting one of the six Bollywood-inspired looks created by celebrity make-up artist Namrata Soni for L’Oréal Paris, titled L’Or Sunset Collection at Cannes, which is celebrating 100 years of Indian Cinema this year. And the actor remains tight-lipped about the designer she’s chosen — “I want the dress to be a surprise, for myself too,” says Sonam.
Taking some time off after the press conference, Sonam Kapoor talks to The Hindu about the two things she knows and loves best — fashion and Bollywood.
How do you expect the Cannes experience to be this year?
This year’s going to be a great platform for actors like me and Indian cinema because they are going to be celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema. Cannes in general is about celebrating movies, and here we are celebrating actresses and women of worth. It’s great to be able to celebrate all that on an international platform. And the last two years has been incredible fun too.
How much hard work goes into looking fashionable?
Personally, I don’t work very hard. There are make-up artists, costume designers and L’Oreal who are taking care of me all the time. I just sit there. But I do choose what I want to wear, what kind of make-up I want… that is a bit of work but I enjoy it so it’s good.
What is the one style myth that people have about you?
That I plan what I wear. I don’t. I am just a very spontaneous person.
What is your favourite red carpet moment?
My first red carpet for Cannes in 2011, where I wore a white Jean Paul Gaultier couture gown.
Your favourite style moments from Bollywood over the years that were trendsetters…
Nutan in her trousers, Waheeda Rahman in Pyaasa with her batua, Sharmila Tagore in her swim suit, the ‘Sadhana’ haircut, Meena Kumari in Pakeezah, Rekha in Umrao Jaan, Rekha in Silsila, Jaya Bhaduri in Guddi with her two plaits, which I have copied in Raanjhnaa, Sridevi in Chaalbaaz wearing the transparent raincoat and hat, Urmila in Rangeela, Karishma Kapoor in Raja Hindustani and my movie Ayesha changed quite a few trends too.
Moving on to your movie, how was the experience of working with Dhanush?
It was great working with him. He’s an incredible actor and I’ve learnt quite a bit from him. We attended a lot of workshops because there was a language barrier but it was amazing working with him because he is such a good, spontaneous and innocent actor.
Have you been getting any offers from the South?
Quite a few offers actually, but I haven’t taken anything seriously until now. Only if something incredible comes up, will I take it up.

Big B’s small role

Amitabh Bachchan in 'The Great Gatsby'

Amitabh Bachchan talks about The Great Gatsby and working with Baz Luhrmann

The much-awaited The Great Gatsby will finally hit the Indian screens this week. Big B who has a cameo in the film talks about how professional the atmosphere was, how wonderful his co-stars were and most of all, how impressed he is with the director’s attention to detail and professionalism. Excerpts from an interview with the actor.
Can you tell us how you first met Baz Luhrmann and how he approached you for this role in The Great Gatsby?
Baz Luhrmann was on a private visit to India, and I had a call from my office saying ‘Mr. Baz Luhrmann wants to meet you’. I was quite surprised, because, you know, Baz Luhrmann is Baz Luhrmann. But he came, he was very friendly. We just sat and we talked about things in general. It was a very happy meeting. And then almost a year or maybe two years later, I had a call from him saying he was makingGatsby and he wanted me to be a part of it. He said, ‘There’s a small little role, which I want you to do’. And I readily agreed.
Had you read the novel prior to becoming involved in the film?
The Great Gatsby is a universally recognised novel. I had read portions of it, not entirely. But Baz Luhrmann sent me a lot of literature to read as preparation for the role — I’m playing Meyer Wolfsheim. And I did go through it. And it’s quite unique storytelling. . They would send me recordings and we would talk over the phone. You know, how to develop a 1920s, 1930s New York Jewish accent. We had discussions. And during that process, of course, you come to know a lot about the film, the screenplay, and the book.
How is Baz as a director?
He’s very passionate about his work. He has a unique way of looking at a subject. He has his own way of looking at a subject, and it turns out to be extremely different and very uniqueI noticed that his interest in detailing is just beyond imagination. Also, the amount of research that he and his team have done, and the way he constructs the sets and the clothing, and every detail that goes in, right down to the kind of socks you’re going to be wearing, or the heel on your shoe.
Was the environment on the set similar or different from your experience on Indian film sets?
The only similarity is that there’s a camera and there are actors and you have to act. But other than that, I think it’s a very controlled atmosphere. Everyone has a designated job. You come and rehearse, and Baz will come and rehearse with you individually. We actually spent many hours in his house, in the privacy of his home, just sitting in his hall and his drawing room, and just going over the scene over and over again.
Tell us about your character Meyer Wolfshiem.
He’s a very prominent Jewish mafia leader of those times. But he’s very friendly with Gatsby. And Gatsby looks upon him almost as a mentor and a friend. Almost father-figure-like.
What was it like working with Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton?
Wonderful people. Very, very normal. Very friendly, very down-to-earth. They are massively huge stars and have a great following and a great standing in the world of cinema. But just to be in their company and, you know, be like normal people is a wonderful experience.
What about the response from your fans on your participation in The Great Gatsby?
Well, when you say ‘fans’, you know, that already has demarcated a certain amount of feelings that fans will have. I’m on Twitter and Facebook, and I write my blog every day and I keep posting my experiences. And, well, the fans seem very excited and they’re all looking forward to the film.
What is your one favourite thing about making this film?
I just enjoyed the professional atmosphere. I’m not saying that we in India don’t have that. Maybe till even most of the 1990s, Indian cinema has been a very individual effort. Corporatisation started much later. And we have prominent corporations making films in India, following very professional ethics — accountability, marketing, distribution, contracts with artists... Obviously these are examples emulated by what’s happening in the West. And that’s what I like best about working with Baz Luhrmann and in a Hollywood production.

Critics' review: Go Goa Gone is a watchable comedy

Film: Go Goa Gone
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu, Vir Das, Puja Sharma and Anand Tiwari
Directer: Raj Nidimoru & Krishna DK
Producer: Saif Ali Khan, Dinesh Vijan, Sunil Lulla
Writer: Raj
Saif Ali Khan recently claimed that his movie carries a strong message against drug abuse. And a rave party sets the ball rolling for this one. Hardik [Kunal Khemu] and Luv [Vir Das] bundle along to Goa with their best buddy, Bunny [Anand Tiwari], on his office trip. The friends wake up surrounded by zombies. What follows is a tough yet hilarious ride during their attempts to escape from the island. Critics feel that humour is delivered in a blood-filled, gory package.

While the dialogue and slapstick seems too stretched at times, the actors succeed in pulling off the comedy efficiently. Ananya Bhattacharya (Zee News) writes, "Kunal Khemu, Vir Das and Anand Tiwari all look tailor-made for their characters. They slip into the roles with ease and perform this trio of frustrated-in-life young men well. The lines are sassy and smart up to a point, and then start sounding forced."
Saibal Chatterjee (NDTV) writes, "Go Goa Gone is full of surprises: it is as if Delhi Belly on acid has strayed into Zombieland."

But is it a zombie film? Saibal Chatterjee says, "The zombies are, well, zombies. They multiply like maggots and after a point cease to terrorise. The film relies more on verbal exchanges than shock effects to carry itself forward."


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