Archive for May, 2009

After the success of Jab We Met, Kareena Kapoor was maha-miffed with Imtiaz Ali for not casting her in Love Aaj Kal. But recently, she got a chance to work with one of her favourite directors for the new Kurkure tv commercial. And we think, the actor-director bonding shows on air. Have a look, first the making and then the commercial.

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bachchan blog cutThe times are changing. And how! Amitabh Bachchan took a decision based on the feedback of his fans. Read on to know more.

In the wake of the recent racial attacks on the Indian students in Australia, Amitabh Bachchan has refused an honorary doctorate degree offered to him by Australia’s Queensland University of Technology. The doctorate degree was offered to him for his contribution to the world of entertainment.

To decide whether he should accept or reject the offer, Bachchan put the question on his blog as a blog poll and asked the readers to vote. Based on the result of the poll, Bachchan has taken the decision. To quote him from the blog, this is what he wrote to the Queensland University Of Technology….

Dear Sir,

I write to you with a heavy heart on a matter that has now reached extremely sensitive proportions.

I have been reading and watching through the media the most unfortunate and violent attacks on Indian students in Australia; some of them lying in a most critical condition in hospital. I have observed with utter dismay the anguish that these incidents have caused to the families of those who have become unfortunate victims.

The Queensland University of Technology has very graciously offered only last week, to confer an Honorary Doctorate to me for my contribution to the world of entertainment.

Under the prevailing circumstances I find it inappropriate at this juncture, to accept this decoration. My conscience is profoundly unsettled at the moment and there seems to be a moral disjuncture between the suffering of these students and my own approbation.

I have the highest respect for your illustrious Institution and wish to express my deepest regard for the recognition it bestows me with. I do not wish to offend in any manner this kind gesture by the Queensland University of Technology, but I do hope that you will understand my present feelings.

With warm regards,

Amitabh Bachchan

After a long long time, we got a reason to fall in love with Big B again!

maximum cityThe news was doing the rounds since last few weeks. And it seems to be true. After the success of Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle is all set to head back to Bombay, ok, Mumbai again. Danny has bought the rights of Suketu Mehta’s first book “Maximum City : Bombay Lost and Found”. Though nobody has confirmed the news yet. Its all hush-hush.

Mehta’s book is a non-fiction account of the city, a collage of essays, travelogue and journalistic account. And has real stories of human courage, spirit, dreams and disasters. And there lies the challenge of adapting it for the big screen.

Our guess – Danny’s film will use lot of info and background from the book and it will form the subplots. But the main plot will be something else. And to be on the safe side, he has bought the rights of the book. Much like what Vidhu Vinod Chopra did for Rajkumar Hirani’s Three Idiots. He bought the rights of Chetan Bhagat’s book Five Point Someone, as the film has similar backdrop. But the main plot doesnt have any similarity.  

Boyle was in Mumbai recently and the buzz is that he is talking to Aamir Khan for his next.

And if the news is true, we are sure that one man will not be happy at all. Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Why ? Read the book or just google. We are feeling too lazy to get our hands dirty again.

Take a look at this new poster of Yashraj Films’ new production Pyaar Impossible. Its the first look of the film.

pyaar impossible

And now let us know if you are thinking what we are thinking. Has Priyanka Chopra lost weight at wrong place ? or is it photoshop gone horrible wrong ? Whats with that manly chest!! Seriously, WTF is that ???!!! We are ROFL! Is that the new “size zero”  ? Or how about “Honey, i shrunk them” as other option for the title of the film ?

Yashraj Films, the banner once known for making their heroines every man’s dream woman has now gone the other extreme! And how! yeh kahaan aa gaye hain hum..

Priyanka, are you reading, listening or seen the pic ? 

Starring Uday Chopra and Priyanka Chopra, its a romantic comedy and is positioned as “ 1 beauty + 1 geek = PI ( Pyaar Impossible)”. Back to men from mars and women from venus concept! Uday plays Abhay, a geeky guy and Priyanka plays Alisha. The film is directed by Jugal Hansraj and will have music by Salim-Suleiman.

For more details about Pyaar Impossible’s story/plot and website, click here. And here are some videos from the on location shoot of the film.

How is that  ? Cool or Daddy Cool ? Actually the news made us happy, damn happy. Well, check out this trailer of the film Daddy Cool. Its produced by Indra Kumar and his partner Ashok Thakeria.

Those have seen the film ‘Death at a funeral’, can easily guess that its a straight lift. And those of you havent seen the film, here is the synopsis of Daddy Cool.

daddy koolSo, what can happen at a funeral? Even, if it’s the funeral of Daddy Cool Douglas Lazarus? It’s in Goa, tears, sad speeches, melancholia… right? Wrong! When… The coffin makers deliver the wrong body.

Good Son Steven Lazarus (Suniel Shetty), an aspiring writer tries to give his father a decent funeral by delivering a eulogy…that includes a description of the rivers of Goa. Having flown in first class younger brother Brian (Ashish Chowdhry), suave, successful and much admired writer from Mumbai, not ready to share responsibility for his mother, saying “He barely has money to support himself and his dogs.” A rather “comfortable” estate agent Pinto (Vijay Patkar) tries to close a house deal for Nancy (Aarti Chabria) Steven’s wife who is trying to get away from her mother-in-law Mrs. Lazarus (Suhasini Mulay) , who though just bereaved, lives up to her title admirably.

A prospective groom Michael (Aftab Shivdasani) to a cousin, Maria (Tulip Joshi), nervous about meeting father-in-law to be (Naseer Abdullah ) comes in completely spaced out because of a hallucinogenic drug given to him out of Maria’s junkie brother Harry’s (Chunky Pandey) bottle of “Relaxo.” A knife-wielding suspicious Jenny (Kim Sharma) finds her husband Carlos (Javed Jaffrey) pleading forgiveness from the red- hot model Ayesha (Sophie Chodhry). While the model, told to bestow her favours on a man in a black suit, in order to feature in an ad film, finds herself in a room full of potential employers.

A repulsive spit on hands and flick back hair, Roadside Romeo kind of aspiring boyfriend, Jim (Vrajesh Hirjee) thinks that even a funeral is an opportunity to impress Maria. A doddering old Uncle Murphy (Prem Chopra) in a wheelchair believes in practicing “rapchick” to get the girls…And then enters a “Blackmailer” Andrew (Rajpal Yadav) who has a scandalous secret about the deceased Douglas “Daddy Cool” Lazarus (Sharat Saxena).

So what does happen is complete melange of madness, chaos, and a laugh a minute! So is it a ‘fun’eral? Or should we say the fun is real?

death at a funeralDeath At A funeral’s story is exactly the same. Whats more, it has midget and copying the same idea they have casted Rajpal Yadav for the same. Great guts, we must say.

According to Mid-day, Indra Kumar had to pay two crore to the producers of Death At A funeral, in an out-of-court settlement. About two months back, the makers sent a legal notice to the Indra and his business partner Ashok Thakeria stating that if the need arose they’d take this matter to court or he should simply offer to buy the rights of the film. The two parties had a meeting last week and Indra and Ashok handed two crore check to them.

We love it! Now they should understand why writers need to be paid more, much more than just peanuts!

Plagiarism dope : Here is the new trick of bollywood directors/producers. They would copy the film first and then write a letter to the producer of the original film stating that they have made a film and have just discovered that the “idea” of their film sounds similar to the original one. Since there is no copyright on “idea”, the original producer gives a green signal to our chor filmmakers. UTV and Ravi Chopra did the same for Aamir and Banda Yeh Bindaas hai. The original ones are Cavite and My Cousin Vinny.  

We wonder if Karan Johar has bought the rights or just taken “idea” permission for remaking Stepmom ? As always, we will kep you posted.

ek tho chance

 Like us, if you are a fan of Saaed Akhtar Mirza and his cinema, there is some good news!

Saeed Akhtar Mirza is back. Almost after a decade! And is ready to roll his new film titled “Ek Tho Chance”. Its a multicast film starring Purab Kohli, Amrita Arora, Rajat Kapoor, Zafar Karachiwala, Vijay Raaz, Pawan Malhotra,  Ashwini Kalsekar, Sadia Siddiqui, Saurabh Shukla and Vinay Pathak.

The film is produced by Pritish Nandy Communications (PNC).

If you have any clue about the north indian dialect, its not difficult to guess whats the deal with the “Tho” in the title of the film. Set in Mumbai, the film deals with various stories of migrant population. We are waiting and how!

ammi letter to democratic motherBtw, if you havent read his recent book Ammi : Letter to a democratic mother, do check it  out. Its a compilation of monologues, dialogues ( with his mother) , essays and an interesting read for sure. 

Salman Khan’s 10 ka Dum is back! And with a bang, if the promo of first episode is any indication of things to come. Karisma and Kareena Kapoor are the guests on the first episode.

The dope is that this season of 10 ka dum will mostly focus on celeb guests. Because the last season could not sustain great TRP throughout its full run. So, no more mere mortals like you or us! Its all about celebs now, from non-filmy background also. Mallika Sherawat will be on the show soon and will share the stage with boxer Vijendra Singh.

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First the news came out that Chitra Singh has committed suicide. Later on it was confirmed that its NOT Chitra Singh but Monica Chowdhuri, her daughter from first marriage. 

She was 47 years old and committed suicide by hanging herself. Today morning, her body was found by her son. Monica was leading a disturbed family life. She was  Chitra’s daughter from her first marriage to Debo Prasad Dutta. The marriage ended in a divorce and Chitra married ghazal singer Jagjit Singh later on. But Monica stayed with her mother and had a very cordial relationship with Jagjit Singh.

teen patti bigAmitabh Bachchan had posted two trailers of Teen Patti on his blog. But it seems his producers were unhappy with the way the promo was put online. They felt its too early to show the promo, and it seems some other website also  put the same promo on their site without any permission. So ? The more the merrier! Whats the harm if everyone puts the promo on their site ? Any producer would like to grab more eyeballs. If not for the right buzz, what are promos meant for ? Anyway, on the producer’s request, Bachchan has removed the film trailer from his blog.

Yippeee, we saw it. And if you didnt, wait! There is no other option. And if you are too desperate like us, you can click here to read the synopsis/story of the film. To check out the first look click here and for Bachchan-Ben Kingsley pics, click here

Ramu has started blogging about his new film Agyaat on facebook. The film is released by UTV. You can check out the link here or scroll down to read the story/synopsis of Agyaat.  

AgyaatThe story is about how a film unit on a shoot, in a far away land in a certain situation gets trapped deep in a forest and one by one the members start getting killed.

It is an unknown entity which starts killing them one by one and this is really the premise of the film. The real exciting part is the human drama of how people shed their inhibitions, egos and forget hierarchies when faced with death. It’s about the emotional complexities that extreme fear unleashes in people.

I always believed that a location should be treated like a character. I have personally seen quite a few jungles in India and also in Thailand, Indonesia and Brazil. But when I set my eyes on the Sigiriya jungle in Sri Lanka, it took my breath away with its sheer character. One might say a jungle is a jungle but then you have not seen the Sigiriya forest. It’s both enchanting and terrifying at the same time. Every tree of it looks like it’s hiding something beneath it, which is just waiting to pounce on you. That jungle alone is worth making this film.

For the subject matter of “Agyaat” which is about a set of people trapped in a certain situation in a jungle and something in there, killing them one after one I couldn’t even have dreamed of finding a location anywhere as effective as Sigiriya, especially since I have no intention of showing the entity which is creating the terror and killing them all. It is imperative that the look of the jungle substitutes for that lack so the jungle creates the trap. The entity which is killing them one by one creates the deadline and these two together create a race to nowhere as the group just does not know where to run, where to hide and whom or what to kill.

And now the SPOILER ALERT!

The killer in the film is nothing but a man eating p-y-t-h-o-n! And according to gossipmongers Ramu got the idea of making Agyaat after he saw Cloverfield.