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Ashutosh GowarikerBlame it on Raashee! The film or his sun sign, we are yet not sure. But one thing is for sure – the film Whats Your Raashee (starring Priyanka Chopra and Harman Baweja) is UNBEARABLE! We might be jumping the gun here but heard that those who saw the film were pleading desperately for a gun! And some of them were even dead by the time it got over.

Today there was a press screening of the film. We managed to sent a spy who twittterd us some intersting every bit about the film.

Best part of the film – Interval!

Post interval – Am almost in a state of comatose. Wake me up before I die!

After sometime – BTW, there is ten minutes discussion on sampoorn sharirik sambandhan!

Me– Nishkarsh kya nikla (conclusion)

He – Thankfully none!

Moi – whats the point ?

He – That should have been the name of the film or atleast the tagline!

Conclusion – This is Gowariker’s Aag! Nobody can like this film. People might buy the ticket and go inside but lets see how many can come out alive after 3.5 hours!

Be ready to roll out the red carpet for the new member of the club whose preveileged members includes Subhash Ghai, Ram Gopal Varma, Sanjay Leela Bhansali among many others.

Are we surprised ? Naah. Everything was indicating in the same direction. Harman Baweja, Promos, Songs…we hated everything. Then came out the duration 3.5 hours, the Variety review and someone even leaked out the print! Seems this time even luck is not on his side. To read our earlier post on Variety review click here.

One person must be laughing out loud! Sajid Khan. And as someone said after the press screening, Gowariker deserves this one, he was taking himself too seriously, flying too high like Sanjay Leela Bhansali. This one will get him to ground. But its surprising that UTV gave him so much freedomand!

Ideally we should wait for the reviews. But am willing to stick my neck out and say this is going to sink faster than Titanic! Wanna bet ?

Whats Your Raashee ?The first review of Whats Your Raashee is out! This one is from Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) where the film had its premiere. And as we told you in this post, Whats Your Raashee is indeed 3hrs 20mins long. Variety confirms it. So get ready with your pillows and bean bags if you plan to catch the film!

Back to the review or mini-review. Though the review doesnt say much but click here or scroll down to read the full review. 

For an hour, “What’s Your Raashee?” — the first romantic comedy from director Ashutosh Gowariker (“Jodhaa Akbar”) — zips along on a silly premise: Returning home to Mumbai, a young and handsome Chicagoan (Harman Baweja) has 10 days to find a wife and earn Grandpa’s inheritance, lest his brother’s gambling debt bring the family down.

But as Baweja’s sweet Yogesh proceeds to “interview” each of a dozen ladies (all played by Priyanka Chopra), and the film stretches to a whopping 211 minutes, even Bollywood aficionados will consider breaking the engagement. Likable leads can’t guarantee a sizable dowry upon the pic’s Sept. 25 release.

Each with a different astrological sign (or rashee), Chopra’s prospective brides run the gamut. Girl No. 1 is ditzy; No. 2 is a hot microbiologist with, alas, a boyfriend; the gum-snapping third girl occasions a big dance number; the fourth is painfully shy, a victim of past heartbreak; the fifth is a fussy businesswoman who brings along a prenup agreement; and after the sixth, who believes in reincarnation, there are still six more to go. Two or three peppy songs prove woefully insufficient to sustain a 3½-hour trifle, however good-looking.

The film is an adaptation of the novel Kimball Ravenswood. We hated the music (Sohail Sen), the promos, and now it seems the film will complete the full circle! Should Harman Baweja look for a new career option? Think so. Its high time! And Priyanka Chopra might get her name in some record book for potraying 12 roles in a film but all she needs is just 12 scenes! Watch Kaminey, ask Vishal Bharadwaj!

The film will release in India on September 25th. Am in no hurry to book my tickets! Who knows, might have to watch it in 12 installments!

Whats Your Raashee ?WTF!!! Yes, that was our first reaction when we heard about it! We know that Ashutosh Gowariker cant make films less than 3 hours and he got it right in his last three films – Jodha Akbar, Swades and Lagaan. All three films were longer than 3 hours.

But, Harman Baweja is not Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan or Hrithik Roshan! Also, there is no A R Rahman this time! The songs are fuckall, atleast we didnt like a single song in the What’s Your Raashee album. And this must be the longest romcom in the history of cinema! We are praying and how!

If gossipmongers are to be believed Ashutosh Gowariker is not happy with 3hrs 20 mins, he wants to keep it at 3hrs 40mins! Is he planning a filmy version of Mujhe Iss Film Se Bachao!

The promos look bad, the songs suck, Harman is horrible but we still want to see the film. Because we trust the director and 12 avtaars of Priyanka seems interesting idea! Very few actors get to do something like this! Sincerly hoping that Gowariker hasnt lost it like many others!

Whats Your Raashee ?Because he seriously needs to check his daily horoscope reports. If the teaser, music and promos of Whats Your Raashee is any indication of things to come, we are running far far away from it. The song Jao na (dont go) sounds “please please run away” to us! Just check out the song promo. Its the first song promo that have been released.

What the fuck is this ? Who would release such a bad first song promo of the film ? Is it the same Ashutosh Gowariker who shot Yeh jo desh hai tera (Swadees), O re chori (Lagaan) and Khwaja mere khwaja (Jodhoa Akbar)! Unfuckingbelievable!  This is horrible. And it seems, its shot on chroma. You can easily make that out. Mumbai roads….late night…why would you go for chroma!

First Harman Baweja, then the fuckall teaser, then this song promo and now the music of Whats Your Raashee…..nothing seems to be going right. The album has 13 songs. I heard it thrice, none of the song stays with you. Zero repeat value. The arrangement make it sound like we are going back to Nadeem-Shravan days! I would even vote it for Javed Akhtar’s worst work.  Sample this….pyaar pyaari nayi nayi nyaari nyaari….aisi hai baatein teri saari….dil maine khoya jaan vari….kyunki pyaari pyaari…tukbandi was never so dull!

Music is by debutant Sohail Sen. Am all for new talent but yes, talent is the key word! Or was i searching for Rahman in the album ? Naah, am not going back to it again!

The first trailer/promo of Ashutosh Gowariker’s Whats Your Raashee is out. It doesn’t say much, doesnt even dare to go close to Harman Baweja. Just gives a glimpse of 12 avtaars of Priyanka Chopra. The film is produced by UTV.

Its based on Gujrati writer Madhu Rye’s novel Kimball Ravenswood. The film revolves around a young Gujarati man (Harman Baweja) who is looking for his dream girl (Priyanka Chopra), whom he must find in 10 days to save his family from an unforeseen ordeal.

So, will Harman Baweja finally get a second life with Gowariker or is Baweja already singing…hum toh doobe sanam, tujhe lekar doobenge!

Dil Bole HadippaAs a friend told us, its Kanaadda yaar, anything can happen! Its mini-punjab. They love dhol-nagada!

So here is anything….Xclusive and first on Fight Club! Yashraj Films’ Dil Bole Hadippa and UTV’s Whats Your Rashi will have their premiere at the Toronto International Film festival.

Dil Bole Hadippa is by debutant director Anurag Sinha and stars Rani Mukherjee and Shahid Kapoor. And if the promo is any indication of things to come, we wold never dare to go to any film festival with DBH. But then, it might be a ticket event, the festival needs stars, bollywood sells in kanaadda and so the dots get connected easily.

Whats Your Rasshee is by Ashutosh Gowariker and stars Piyanka Chopra and Harman Baweja. The first promo is just out. Will soon put it up as a separate post.

Both the films will be in Gala Presentation segment.

Why is Shah Rukh Khan digging his own grave ? Is it difficult to get the star quotient out of your head or is it impossible to hear anything beyond the voice of your cronies! That’s what it looks like. Reminds us of the film Luck By Chance and Hrithik Roshan talking to his image.

Raj Kumar HiraniRaj Kumar Hirani – Greed killed it. Hirani approached Shah Rukh Khan for Three Idiots. Khan offered to produce the film, pay him Rs 25 cr for writing-directing fees and asked Hirani to leave Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Lil did he expect that some people have the guts to say NO to Rs 25 crore. And a NO to Shah rukh Khan. Vidhu Vinod Chopra even asked Hirani to take the offer if Hirani wants it. But Hirani knew what he wanted. When Hirani said NO, Chopra wrote a letter to Shah Rukh Khan and made his views clear. Then the twist happened,  Hirani got Aamir Khan for the same film. Who is having the last laugh ? Need we say more.

Vishal BhardwajVishal Bhardwaj – Ego killed it. Some time back, Bhardwaj approached Shah Rukh Khan for a film. He narrated the script. Khan wanted changes. Disagreement. Vishal was trying to find a way. But Khan’s cronies made it ugly. As if the world moves according to Khan & his cronies, the script should be exactly what the King wants. Vishal left him. According to today’s Mumbai Mirror, now Hrithik Roshan is doing a film with Vishal Bhardwaj. We are waiting to hear more.

ashutosh gowarikerAshutosh Gowariker – Dumbness killed it. We are not great fans of Shah Rukh Khan – the actor. We love him for his intelligence & the great rise from being an outsider to the top. Swades & Kabhi Haan Kabhi Na – are the only two films of Khan which can tolerate. Rest is beyond us. But it seems Shah Rukh doesnt think so.  He wants commercial success.

According to this report, Shah Rukh doesn’t want to work with Ashutosh Gowariker anymore. Has he really lost it ? We think so. And hope that Gowariker gets someone better soon.

That leaves Shah Rukh Khan with only three directors – Karan Johar, Farah Khan & Aditya Chopra. And they will recycle him in same kind of dead boring roles.

Now compare it to Aamir Khan & the the directors that he has worked in recent past..

1. Raj Kumar Hiri – Three Idiots

2. A R Murugadoss – Ghajini

3. Amole Gupte ( writer/creative director ) – Taare Zameen Par 

4. Kunal Kohli – Fanaa 

5. Rakeysh Omprakash mehra – Rang De Basanti

6. Ketan Mehta – The Rising : Mangal Pandey

7. Farhan Akhtar – Dil Chahta Hai

Its not very difficult to guess that Aamir is willing to work with anyone who can convince him. Unlike Shah Rukh, he is not looking for “freinds” who can direct him. He is looking for “directors” who can direct him. And this is surely working in his favour. Shah Rukh, are you listening ? 

Ashutosh GowarikerAccording to reports in today’s Mid-day, director Ashutosh Gowariker was damn pissed off at the IIFA Awards (Macau) because Boman Irani and Ritesh Deshmukh took dig at many actors and films while hosting the awards.  On stage, he also questioned how Priyanka Chopra can win the Best Actress Award for Fashion.  The links to the stories are here and here. And we are ROFL since we read these two reports. Why ? Read on, a letter to Mr Gowariker.

Dear Ashu,

Hope you dont mind it. Calling you Ashu. For us and many others, this whole award business is a big farce. Only three kind of people attend the awards – 1) Those who are going to win 2) Those are going to make money by performing some naach gaana 3) Those who don’t have any kind of work.

Mr Gowariker, is this something new to you ? Something that you don’t know ? Itsn’t it all a big joke and simply money making business ? Otherwise why would an award function will have a brand ambassador ? And that too Amitabh Bachchan.

Who handles IIFA Awards ? Its made to sound like some heavy film body  ( India International Film Academy or some shit like that)but at the end of the day its Wizcraft. Just an event management company! With just a single aim – Make money and more money! Indian cinema it isn’t. Its not even hindi cinema. Its just the popular hindi cinema. Films that are all about the stars. Nothing beyond that.

Dear Mr Gowariker, what are you cribbing about ? When you participate in such a farty show, you are part of the joke and when you are part of the joke, just shut up and laugh at the joke. You don’t have a choice.

And talking about wrong choices, did it bother you because Aishwarya Rai didn’t get it ? Or was it because Aishwarya Rai was the main lead in your film Jodha Akbar ? If you are so holier-than-thou, why not raise voice against all the wrong choices ? Why not boycott all the awards show ? Thats much better! The shows which still don’t bother to respect the talents but just the stars.

Its just a TV show, Mr Gowariker! Get it in your head. Or if its already there, stop pretending!

The more stars they get, more money they will make from tv rights. They have to do naach gaana and crack jokes to make it entertaining. That’s it. So WTF are you talking!

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ps – This is without any kind of bias against you. We love your films. Lagaan and Swades score high on our list of all time favourite films. No conspiracy theory here!

For us, IIFA is IIFA3 – India International Film Awards of Amitabh, Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan. Looks like other stars also feel the same. And so, many of them are happily giving it a miss. Count the names – No Khans ( Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan or Salman Khan), Akshay Kumar, Shahid Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan,  Kareena Kapoor or Ranbir Kapoor….the biggies of bollywood and their excuses are all silly.

We wonder who are attending it then ? People who belong to either of the three categories…

1. Those who are close to Bachchan Family.

2. Those who are jobless, have no films at hand.

3. Freeloaders, who will happily go to hell also if they get a free ticket and a place to stay. 

It will be Bachchan Parivaaar Awards again at Macau! Here are some pics of the stars arriving at Macau for the award, ok, naach gaana show, ok, money minting show, ok , whatever it is. Pics of Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai with her dad, Ashutosh Gowariker, Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Tanvi Azmi, designer Manav Gangwani, Sophie Chaudhary and David Dhawan. 

For more pics from IIFA Awards Macau 2009, click here – it got all the possible pics from various events at IIFA.

ashutosh gowarikerYes, the news is true. DNA has more details about the film. Here is quick update about Ashutosh Gowariker’s new film Buddha. For easy reading, we have cut out all the boring gyaan for you

– The film will be in english.

– Its produced by Spice Infotainment. And the budget is 200 crore. WTF!

– The script has been written by Oscar winner David Ward ( The Sting, Sleepless in Seattle n others).

– The movie will go on floor on May 2010 and will be completed by the end of the year. 

– Buddha will be shot in the foothills of Himalayas.

– Most probably a foreign actor will play the title role of Buddha. Its still not decided.

Wooohoo…this looks like Ashutosh Gowariker’s big ticket! 200 crore! Really 200 crore! we still cant get over the figure.