Archive for November, 2010

Two news items from Vidhu Vinod Chopra Productions. First, his much ambitious Hollywood debut Broken Horses is NOT happening.

He set up an office in LA, did recce for the film and even put out a video of it on his official website. But now it has been shelved. The main reason seems to be the problem in getting the cast onboard. Because in Hollywood, the rules aren’t the same. Though there was some buzz about Mickey Rourke and Nicholas Cage doing the film but it seems it all just buzz.

But an official release from Vidhu Vinod Chopra Productions states that Broken Horses is very much alive, and presently in its pre-production stages.

And the second news – Sharman Joshi has finally bagged a big film. The next production of Vidhu Vinod Chopra – Ferrari Ki Sawaari in which Joshi will play the lead actor. The film will be directed by Rajesh Mapuskar, a long time associate of RajKumar Hirani. According to official release, its a heartwarming tale of how the pursuit of an Indian cricket legend’s Ferrari makes a young boy’s dreams of playing cricket at Lords a reality.

Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Rajesh Mapuskar have co-written the script and dialogues are by Rajkumar Hirani. The shooting will start in February and it will release next year.

VOTD : Here is the RAT!

Posted: November 30, 2010 by moifightclub in short film, video, VOTD
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Aha, here it is! Screeny is back. But who many Screenys do we have ? I have lost count. Anyone ? Ok, thats secondary. We first got this bit and as expected, here is the short.  Also, attached is a note by Screeny, about the short – the how and why. And its done for us because somewhere  the dots gets connected. Read, watch and put your comments…good, bad, ugly, anything will do.

Screeny went in search of a good fight. The fights were out there in Mumbai. Sporadic, but invisible… Tales of struggle and survival…unseen, untold, unsung… Like lives of larvae braving guppies beneath the algae. He wanted a good fight. And it was never about winning. How do you define victory after all? What is the point of victory if you lose your soul ? What if you win a hundred fights that you didn’t believe in ? He just wanted the bruises… the pain… the exhilaration of delivering even one blow…and blurry pride in be still standing at the end of it, dying to do it again, having learnt to fight better. Even if the fights don’t churn out anything new, it would lead him to some good fighters of the club. Fighters with fire. Whose passion is not in the contest of the fight, but the process of the fight.

The verdicts and thumbs downs are left for those who prefer to stand watching, eternally outside the ring. He needed them for their cat calls and cheers. It gave him direction. They will boo you for the punches you get. But they don’t know anything about the choice you made to fight with bare hands. They will mock the thud of your every fall. But they don’t have to know about your choice not to wait for the crutch of better resources. And Screeny knew the most important thing – The distance between the centre of the ring and the benches of judges or spectators is not a few yards but an eternity of reluctance and procrastination and slothfulness and self doubt. ‘How much can you know about yourself if you’ve never been in a fight?’ Atleast we all know who said that.

If interested in picking up a fight like Screeny,  write to B H Filmix at barehandsfilmix@gmail.com

If you missed the latest episode of Koffee With Karan, we have got the most interesting part of the show. Our VOTD – Critics talking about filmmakers and the directors talking about the film reviews.

KWK had Raj Kumar Hirani, Farah Khan and Imtiaz Ali as guests on the show. And the critics were Mayank Shekhar, Minty Tejpal, Sarita Tanwar, Anupama Chopra, Rajeev Masand and Taran Adarsh. But WTF is Sarita Tanwar ?! Someone who has no clue about films and rated Once Upon A Time In Mumbai and My Name Is Khan 4.5 stars! And Taran Adarsh ? Well, thats a joke. Or joker. You decide.

Xclusive : Meet John Roy Hill

Posted: November 28, 2010 by moifightclub in cinema, Xclusive
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Naam toh suna hoga ? Ok, padha hoga ? Remember John Roy Hill ? Remember Dabangg ? Remember Dabangg’s first trailer ?

Well, if you belong to a club like ours where every new detail or piece of information about cinema makes you curious, then here is something for cheap thrill. Take a look at this pic.

Now you remember ? The first theatrical trailer of Dabangg opened with this quote by John Roy Hill. If you still can’t remember, here is the trailer…

And a trailer of Salman’s film opening with a quote ? Well, even Ripley must be scratching his head.

It made us curious. Who is this John Roy Hill ? Why we haven’t heard about him before ? We googled him, we googled the quote, we asked the quote masters. But nothing helped.  Because someone else was having a cheap thrill by calling himself John Roy Hill. Aha, Fight Club!

Ok, here is the answer. John Roy Hill. Abhinav Kashyap. #SameGuy. #CheapThrill.

Madhur Bhandarkar, known for, what else, but Bhandarkarism ( Or if you have a better word, do let us know) in cinema, is ready with his new film titled Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji. The film stars Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Omi Vaidhya, Shruti Hassan, Shazahn Padamsee and Shraddha Das.  And if you are interested, here is the first trailer of the film.

Because we surely are trying our luck.

And you just have to write 140 characters. Ok, its even less than that. Its Tim Burton’s Cadavre Exquis ( or Exquisite Corpse) – a technique used to collectively tell a story. Each contributor adds to the story in sequence, building on the last line revealed. This is part of Tim Burton’s movie celebration at Toronto International Film Festival.

All you need is a twitter account. And you have to contribute just 127 characters. Because #BurtonStory = 13 characters, is a must with every tweet.

And here are the basic details –

  • This story telling experiment runs November 22 – December 6, 2010
  • Tweet as often as you like
  • The best Tweets of the day will be selected to build the story
  • All selected Tweets can be viewed under “All Submissions”
  • Follow the story as it unfolds on the “Read the Story” tab
  • Inappropriate submissions will be blocked

And the opening line of the story is – Part 1 “Stainboy, using his obvious expertise, was called in to investigate mysterious glowing goo on the gallery floor #BurtonStory”.

So, what are you waiting for ? Click here and start writing.

WTF : Who let the Rats out ?

Posted: November 25, 2010 by moifightclub in video, WTF
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Aha, it seems like a day of anonymous mails. And am sure that you guys know how much we  love every bit of that “A” part. First, came the synopsis of Dibakar Banerjee’s Shanghai, which we removed it later because at this point it might prove bad for the film. ( Btw, Dear Dibakar, do send us the official synopsis whenever its ready. We are waiting and how!) And now this video file. Can’t make sense of it but we have been promised that it will make some sense in the next few days. So, we are playing along!

Do click the play button and let us know if it makes any sense.