Archive for September 23, 2009

Dil Bole Hadippa5Once, she was the smartest actress around. In good boks of all the three Khans – Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir. A rare achievement. Add to that, closeness to Bachchans – both Junior and Senior. And Karan Johar by her side too. What else does an actor needs to stay in bollywood ? Good films ? Naah!

Rani Mukherjee then slowly moved closer to Yashraj Films (Read Aditya Chopra!). Rumours about her marriage to Aditya Chopra started making headlines almost everyday. And now she doesnt have a single film in her kitty! Dil Bole Hadippa was her last bet!

In today’s  Mumbai Mirror Subhash K Jha has analysed Rani’s career with great quotes from people who have worked with her. But none of them have been named. Lets see if we can get the names. You can read the full article here or scroll down. The names to be guessed are in bold.

Though she may not show it, she is a brilliant performer after all, but Rani Mukerji is at the moment the industry’s most disappointed and heart-broken actor.

Rani saw Dil Bole Hadippa! as a comeback vehicle, thinking that cricket bats and bikini tops are a potent blend. Too bad they blended to create a nightmare. Yash Raj Films even had the gall to take this abominable piece of cinema to the Toronto Film Festival this month.

“What were they thinking?,” a reputed filmmaker and Rani’s friend wondered after watching Dil Bole Hadippa! “The basic premise is lifted from the Amanda Bynes 2006 film, She’s The Man. They’ve replaced soccer with some aimless cricket. And Rani? Same expressions, same laughter… She even cries in exactly the same way as she did in Laaga Chunari Mein Daag. By the way, is she an exclusive YRF heroine now?”

But even if we let Toronto be, closer home, signs of Rani’s downfall were present for all to see since a long time. Gradually and almost systematically, Rani isolated herself completely from the film industry. Today, she is a far cry from the Ms Congeniality she used to be in her Bunty aur Babli days with Abhishek Bachchan. She used to be everyone’s favourite but that only led to trying to please everybody and Rani is now neither here, nor there. She found refuge in one banner, which the industry is now referring to as her home banner.

Whether Rani is dating Aditya Chopra or not is irrelevant at the moment. Even to her closest friends, Rani has been denying wedding rumours since the last two years. However, the not-so-hushed talks about vexing her co-stars, particularly females, are too frequent and alarming to be dismissed as mere back-biting. The complaints began when she was working on Laaga Chunari Mein Daag. Co-stars talk about how she refused to take instructions even from the veteran director Pradeep Sarkar. “Rani would look bored while Pradeepda would explain the scenes to her. Obviously, she thought she knew it all. That’s a sure-shot sign for any artiste’s downfall,” said an actress.

The growing observations about Rani’s know-it-all attitude were corroborated by another filmmaker who made a fiasco-fantasy with her. “She just wouldn’t listen. When I’d be explaining a scene, she’d look away or look distracted as if I was boring her with my instructions,” said the filmmaker.

Rani’s smug attitude has reached the pinnacle of absurdity with Dil Bole Hadippa!, where the absence of a director is palpable. A senior character actor who has worked with Rani has often said, “A few years ago when we were shooting, a small-time theatre actor was supposed to tease her on the streets as a part of a scene. And guess what. Rani screamed at the actor for doing his job too well.”

Within the precincts of YRF, Rani is secretly called Maalkin or Madam. Outside the banner, Rani is totally seen as a YRF heroine. Even directors like Karan Johar and Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who have collaborated with her with rewarding results, have no intention of working with her again. For the lack of a choice a newcomer Anuraag Singh was assigned the task of directing Rani in her self-indulgent trip to aborted glory.

Rani poured her heart and soul into Hadippa and remained confident it would be a historic hit whenever it was released. But history is not made consciously. It just happens. So do Waterloos.

A high-profile director who has fallen out with Rani said, “It’s a pity but YRF’s downward streak coincided with her apparently exclusive association with the banner. They are remaking their own films, whereas Rani needs directors who bring out the new facets in her. And Yash Raj is certainly not doing that. Rani had once said, ‘Why should I look for quality work outside Yash Raj when I’m getting the best roles of my career with them? Am I mad?’”

After Dil Bole Hadippa! the argument, say cynics, will be clean-bowled. For all practical purposes, Rani is now caught in a full-blown mid-career crisis. In the entertainment industry, equations change every Friday. Younger faces have taken over. Today Rani may have her buddies from the industry who meet her like they used to, but no one is in a particular rush to sign her, even if she now decides to look for work outside YRF’s comfort zone.

Hmm. Quite interesting! So here is the list….

1) A reputed filmmaker and Rani’s friend

2) Co-stars / An actress  ( from Laga Chunari Mein Daag)

3) Another filmmaker who made a fiasco-fantasy

4) A senior character actor

5) A high-profile director who has fallen out with Rani

Out of the five, Number 3 seems to be the easiest! Place your bets for other four!

KanchivaramWho says National Awards don’t matter! It does, atleast to few. And things do change accordingly.

After bagging two national awards (best actor & best film) for Kanchivaran, the makers of the film Percept Picture Company are now ready to have an all India release of the film on 30th October. Almost 2 years after its completion. If am not wrong, earlier the film had it release in Chennai only.

Directed by Priyadarshan, the film is a must watch! If for nothing else, watch it only because of Prakash Raj. What a powerful and moving performance. Saw such acting after a long time. And he looks so so differnt in real life!

Priyadarshan wanted to make the film nine years ago but had no takers that time. Mohanlal was suppose to star in it. But when Priyan got producers for the film, Mohanlal was busy with other films. And so Prakashraj came onboard!

All you who crib about not getting to see regional films, dont miss it this time. And here is a trailer of the film…


Milenge MilengeNo pun intended. But Milenge Milenge sounds really weird after Jab We Met and jab they split! And she happily moved on to Saif Ali Khan. The first look of long in the making and long time dabba-band Milenge Milenge is finally out. The film stars Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor and is directed by Satish Kaushik.

Boney Kapoor must be scratching his head to figure out a promotional campaign for this one. And if he manages to get both the stars together for atleast one event, rest assured, his film will make headlines the next day.

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