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Release date of YEH JO MOHOBBAT HAI postponed


Producer Ashim Samanta has postponed the release of his forthcoming film YEH JO MOHOBBAT HAI, which launches Aditya Samanta, his son and grandson of Shakti Samanta.

Produced under the home production Aradhana Films, YEH JO MOHABBAT HAI was earlier slated to release on 15th June, and has now been postponed to 13th July.

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view YEH JO MOHABBAT HAI poster

Talking about the release date Producer Ashim Samanta said, “We were looking at releasing the film in June although the creative team has studied the patterns and came up with the 13th July as the best projection date and we have finalized it.”

YEH JO MOHOBBAT HAI features Nazia Hussain opposite Aditya Samanta. Apart from the lead pair, the film will see Mohnish Behl, Rati Agnihotri, Farida Jalal, Mukesh Tiwari, Anooradha Patel, Preet Kaur Madan amongst others. The film’s music is given by Anu Malik.

Shahrukh shoots with KKR team for an ad film


With Rose Valley Group becoming one of the principal sponsors of Kolkata Knight Riders, team co-owner and actor Shahrukh Khan, along with KKR captain Gautam Gambhir and players Brendon McCullum and Manoj Tiwari, has shot for an ad film for the real estate company.

The ad, directed by Aniruddha Roy Choudhury, aims at promoting the company’s resorts. The shooting locales are spread across Dooars, Mandarmoni, Port Blair, Mehboob Studio and ITC Sonar Bangla.

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view SHAHRUKH SHOOTS WITH KKR TEAM FOR AN AD FILM picture gallery

The 30-second ad will open with the visuals of an abandoned match sequence due to rain where the players of the KKR team with Shahrukh Khan are shown enjoying their leisure time at Mandarmani to kill boredom.

The second segment of the ad film will highlight the resort at the Dooars, which is visited by the KKR team to experience adventure in the absence of cricket matches. Finally the Port Blair resort showcases the victory celebrations of the team as a part of their relaxation exercise.

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Gautam Kundu, Chairman, Rose Valley Group, said, “The association with the team-owner Shahrukh Khan has also been extremely amicable and encouraging. He is very keen to partner Rose Valley Group for a long-term association in KKR and in other endeavours as well.”

“Shooting with the KKR players and the Bollywood baadshah himself was an experience in itself,” said Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury.

When Zayed Khan’s enthusiasm watered down


Zayed Khan has been speaking of nothing but his action scenes in Priyadarshan’s TEZZ these days. The actor has been on a high ever since he shot the high octane scenes but was literally neck deep in water when he was shooting for the film.

Remind him of it and he smiles. “Oh yes I was neck deep in water and Ajay Devgn had the last laugh over it. Just before we had filmed the shot he had asked me whey I was risking my life by doing such stunts and I had told him I enjoyed it and would take care little realizing the repercussions of the dangers lurking there,” says Zayed.

download TEZZ wallpaper
download TEZZ wallpaper

Reminiscing over the incident he says, “We were shooting a scene on the canal and we were sitting on the banks of the canal discussing over it. Ajay told me I would get hurt and it was not easy. The canal was freezing cold. I was asked to jump from the bridge on to a jet ski. As we started shooting I misjudged the boat and before I could handle, me and the stunt man both toppled over and we were in the freezing waters in a fraction of a second. The water was filthy and dirty and even though I am a good swimmer I felt like ten thousand daggers were piercing my body. I couldn’t move. I just wanted to come out of the water and when I looked around I saw Ajay standing on the banks and laughing at me,” explains Zayed.

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“My enthusiasm was literally watered down after that scene,” adds Zayed.

Directed by Priyadarshan, the film features an ensemble cast including Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, Kangana Ranaut, Sameera Reddy, Zayed Khan and Mohanlal in main roles. TEZZ hits theaters on 27 April, 2012.


THE DIRTY PICTURE: Too dirty to telecast on Television


Karan Johar’s tweet after THE DIRTY PICTURE was not telecast on national network, hit the nail right on the head about the double standards of the government. Karan in his tweet remarked that on one hand the government has awarded the best film to THE DIRTY PICTURE on the other hand it is not being considered worthwhile to be telecast in prime time. Besides, if it is to be telecast then it has to be done with so many cuts that the film would become mincemeat.

The reluctance of the government not to telecast would have been appreciated if the arm of the government that supposedly monitors the content on television would have stopped other such programmes from being aired. It would be pertinent to point out a few of such incidents, first and foremost under this category was introduction of Pamella Anderson in BIG BOSS where she was displaying here assets in a much more blatant manner than what has been shown in THE DIRTY PICTURE. Pamella Anderson show was telecast at 9 p.m.

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download THE DIRTY PICTURE wallpaper

In the same manner in an episode of the serial IS JUNGLE SE MUJHE BACHAO Shweta Tiwari and Nigar Khan while bathing in Itsy Bitsy bikinis had left nothing to the imagination. The Splits Ville is telecast at 7 p.m. and the situations which pans during the course of telecast are much more amorous than what THE DIRTY PICTURE contains. A Sunny Leone‘s entry into the current season of BIG BOSS, she is an established porn star and her entry marketed in the same manner to catch eyeballs was never frowned upon, then why is there a certain sense of reservation about allowing the telecast of THE DIRTY PICTURE.

As it is, most of the film lovers of the country would already have seen THE DIRTY PICTURE either in the cinema hall or by downloading the film through various online platforms. In such a scenario to have a holier than thou approach to the issue of telecast is indicative of the double standards being practiced.

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For a television channel which had bid big to obtain telecast rights for THE DIRTY PICTURE it is a double whammy as it has paid the telecast amount to the producer and director of the film, but it has been left twiddling its thumbs owing to high-handed attitude of the concerned authorities.

May be they need to rethink on the whole issue and be bold enough to allow THE DIRTY PICTURE to be telecast without any cuts, as the film has been passed by the Censor Board and this additional censoring undermines the wisdom and competence of the Censor Board in passing the film. Let’s hope that the better sense prevails.

Was Mohanlal a cause of conflict in TEZZ?

Month gone by was quite eventful for the makers of TEZZ with producer Ratan Jain and director Priyadarshan on two ends of the spectrum over the item song being included in the film and even some verbal volley at display here. Now barely has the Mallika Sherawat v/s Sameera Reddy imbroglio died down with the song ‘Laila’ being chopped off from the film, here is some dope about the conflict that stayed within the board rooms and never quite came out in open.

“For the role enacted by Mohanlal, Priyadarshan and Ratan Jain could never come on the same page,” informs our source, “There were a few actors with whom Priyan was not very comfortable working with and the same held true for some of the names suggested by Jain. There was quite some to and fro there and it turned into a real tense moment for all involved since the film’s shooting was waiting to kick-start.”

Later when Priyadarshan suggested Mohanlal’s name, Ratan Jain – who had never worked with the actor before – went ahead with the director’s conviction and gave his nod of approval. “We had a few other actors in mind for this role but that couldn’t materialise due to certain reasons. Later when Priyan brought Mohanlal into the picture, I just went ahead with it,” says Jain.

Thankfully, the choice of lead actor was unanimous though as Ajay Devgn topped everyone’s list.

“Ajay is the best choice for the role. Period,” says Jain, “He is known for his intense performances and audience would see that again in TEZZ as well. There is hardly anyone who could have played a character like this who has been wronged and now finds justice with his own ways. We didn’t have too many choices and Ajay just walked himself into the film.”

Well, hope all this flip-flop is indeed worth it when the story unfolds on screen this Friday.

Was Mohanlal a cause of conflict in TEZZ?


Month gone by was quite eventful for the makers of TEZZ with producer Ratan Jain and director Priyadarshan on two ends of the spectrum over the item song being included in the film and even some verbal volley at display here. Now barely has the Mallika Sherawat v/s Sameera Reddy imbroglio died down with the song ‘Laila’ being chopped off from the film, here is some dope about the conflict that stayed within the board rooms and never quite came out in open.

“For the role enacted by Mohanlal, Priyadarshan and Ratan Jain could never come on the same page,” informs our source, “There were a few actors with whom Priyan was not very comfortable working with and the same held true for some of the names suggested by Jain. There was quite some to and fro there and it turned into a real tense moment for all involved since the film’s shooting was waiting to kick-start.”

view TEZZ stills
view TEZZ stills

Later when Priyadarshan suggested Mohanlal’s name, Ratan Jain – who had never worked with the actor before – went ahead with the director’s conviction and gave his nod of approval. “We had a few other actors in mind for this role but that couldn’t materialise due to certain reasons. Later when Priyan brought Mohanlal into the picture, I just went ahead with it,” says Jain.

Thankfully, the choice of lead actor was unanimous though as Ajay Devgn topped everyone’s list.

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“Ajay is the best choice for the role. Period,” says Jain, “He is known for his intense performances and audience would see that again in TEZZ as well. There is hardly anyone who could have played a character like this who has been wronged and now finds justice with his own ways. We didn’t have too many choices and Ajay just walked himself into the film.”

Well, hope all this flip-flop is indeed worth it when the story unfolds on screen this Friday.


Bollywood box-office report of the week : 25 april 2012

This week sees the release of Priyadarshan's Anil, Ajay and Kangana starrer, TEZZ, along with LIFE KI TOH LAG GAYI. Given the star power of TEZZ the film will obviously open better, though surprisingly it lacks the expected hype. With the moderate budgeted well made films (HATE STORY & VICKY DONOR) doing well, there is a lot of hopes riding on LIFE KI TOH LAG GAYI, and so it may just spring a surprise!

It was one of the happiest weekends (20-22 April) of 2012 for Bollywood as not only did HOUSEFULL 2 become the second 100 crore plus netter of the year (after AGNEEPATH), but it also saw two successes simultaneously- VICKY DONOR and HATE STORY. While VICKY DONOR netted around 7.50 crores, HATE STORY grabbed 7 crore! Given that VICKY DONOR has a total cost of 11 crore and HATE STORY 7 crore, both the films will get into the plus zone by the end of the first week itself! Additionally VICKY DONOR has managed surprisingly good numbers (for a starless film) in the overseas grossing ?40,250 from UK and $ 1,69,200 from the US during the opening weekend (20-22 April).

Moving on, Wide Frame Pictures and Viacom 18 Motion Pictures' BITTOO BOSS could not achieve anything significant at the ticket window as it collected 30 lakhs from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 6 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2.15 lakhs from Surat, 2 lakhs from Baroda, 2.25 lakhs from Pune, 1.25 lakhs from Nasik, 35 lakhs from Delhi city, 5.50 lakhs from Noida, 3.35 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 1.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 2.75 lakhs from Lucknow, 6.55 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1 lakh from Faridabad, 2.20 lakhs from Chandigarh, 5 lakhs from Calcutta, 2.20 lakhs from Nagpur, 1 lakh from Jabalpur, 1.65 lakhs from Raipur, 3 lakhs from Indore, 4 lakhs from Jaipur, 1 lakh from Kota, 1 lakh from Udaipur, 3.35 lakhs from Hyderabad and 4.50 lakhs from Bangalore. Netting around 1.90 crore during the opening week from India, BITTOO BOSS has failed at the box-office.

After a great first week Sajid Nadiadwala's Sajid Khan directed HOUSEFULL 2 saw a rock steady run during the second week collecting 3.75 crore from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 2 crore from Ahmedabad, 35.55 lakhs from Surat, 50 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 52.25 lakhs from Rajkot, 9.55 lakhs from Jamnagar, 42 lakhs from Pune, 20 lakhs from Nasik, 10.50 lakhs from Goa, 5 lakhs from Belgaum, 3.20 crore from Delhi city, 36 lakhs from Noida, 30.65 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 24.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 42 lakhs from Lucknow, 16.65 lakhs from Agra, 10 lakhs from Allahabad, 4 lakhs from Aligarh, 50 lakhs from Gurgaon, 8.30 lakhs from Faridabad, 20.20 lakhs from Chandigarh, 11.35 lakhs from Jalandhar, 9.30 lakhs from Amritsar, 6.25 lakhs from Ludhiana, 6.35 lakhs from Bhatinda, 56.60 lakhs from Calcutta, 1.50 lakhs from Darjeeling, 7.35 lakhs from Siliguri, 36 lakhs from Nagpur, 13.75 lakhs from Jabalpur, 21.50 lakhs from Raipur, 45 lakhs from Indore (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 8 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 30 lakhs from Bhopal, 84 lakhs from Jaipur, 10 lakhs from Ajmer, 13 lakhs from Kota, 12 lakhs from Udaipur, 65 lakhs from Hyderabad, 10 lakhs from Aurangabad (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 6.50 lakhs from Latur, 72.50 lakhs from Bangalore, 8.50 lakhs from Mangalore, 3.65 lakhs from Visakhapatnam, 6.50 lakhs from Madras and 1.50 lakhs from Kochi. Adding another 30 crores, HOUSEFULL 2 has netted a superb 93 crores in two weeks from India. The Mithun, Rishi, Akshay, John, Boman, Ritesh, Shreyas and Asin starrer is a superhit. The film is doing wonderfully in the overseas grossing ?922,000 from UK and $1,503,000 from US till the third weekend (20-22 April).

Concluding yet again with Sujoy Ghosh's Vidya Balan starrer KAHAANI, the film once again manages decent numbers collecting 10 lakhs from Bombay, 2.40 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2 lakhs from Surat, 2 lakhs from Baroda, 5.50 lakhs from Pune, 7 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.55 lakhs from Noida, 8 lakhs from Calcutta, 2 lakhs from Hyderabad, 9 lakhs from Bangalore and 1 lakh from Mangalore. With another 75 lakhs, KAHAANI has netted a superb 58.25 crores in six weeks from India and is a blockbuster hit, based on its worldwide run. KAHAANI has also done very well in the overseas grossing ?217,300 from UK and $1,018,000 from the US.

 

 

Despite success, John and Vikram won’t stick to small budget films

Over the weekend gone by, John Abraham and Vikram Bhatt clashed at the box office with VICKY DONOR and HATE STORY. Fortunately for them, both films have emerged as clear winners. What is also common about both films is that they are low budget ventures. However both producers are sure that they won't be sticking to making only small films though.

Says John, ''I am looking at great creative content and everything else revolves only around that. VICKY DONOR was supposed to be made at a small budget but if tomorrow a film demands 25 crores, I will pump that kind of money in it.''

Same holds true for Vikram as well who, after making small films like HATE STORY, LANKA and HAUNTED 3D, is now going big with DANGEROUS ISHHQ. He says, ''DANGEROUS ISHHQ has twice the budget of HAUNTED and three-four times that of HATE STORY. It is going to be horses for courses though shock value would now be inherent part of my cinema.''

Well guys, as long as the film entertains, we don't really mind how much of your money goes into bringing them on screen. While John would be returning soon with I, ME AUR MAIN, Vikram's next few outings are 1920 – EVIL RETURNS, RAAZ 3 and HAUNTED 2.

Anurag Kashyap’s GANGS OF WASSEYPUR in Cannes


The Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, like the Critics Week, is an important parallel section that compliments the official programme of Festival de Cannes. In the past it has discovered great filmmaking talent like Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Nagisa Oshima, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Ken Loach, Jim Jarmusch, Michael Haneke, Chantal Akerman, Spike Lee, Luc et Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Sofia Coppola, Robert Bresson, Manoel de Oliveira, Stephen Frears, Jerzy Skolimowski, William Friedkin, Francis Ford Coppola… among others.

Anurag Kashyap’s 6 hours long two parts saga of Dhanbad’s coal mafia GANGS OF WASSEYPUR will have its world premiere in the 2012 selection of the Directors’ Fortnight. This is the first film by the well-known Indian director in any of the Cannes’ official programmes though he is quite well-known in the international film festival circuits.

GANGS OF WASSEYPUR
GANGS OF WASSEYPUR

There will be 21 feature films, including 2 documentaries, and two short film programmes in the section.

FEATURE FILMS

THE WE AND THE I/by Michel Gondry (Etats-Unis / USA) – Premi?re mondiale* – Opening Film

CAMILLE REDOUBLE/by No?mie Lvovsky (France) – Premi?re mondiale – Closing Film

3 DE/by Pablo Stoll Ward (Uruguay, Allemagne, Argentine / Uruguay, Germany, Argentina) – Premi?re international**

ADIEU BERTHE – L’ENTERREMENT DE M?M? / GRANNY’S FUNERAL / by Bruno Podalyd?s (France) – Premi?re mondiale

ALYAH/by Elie Wajeman (France) – Cam?ra d’or ? Premi?re mondiale

DAE GI EUI WANG / THE KING OF PIGS/by Yeun Sang-Ho (Cor?e du Sud / South Korea) – Cam?ra d’or – Premi?re Internationale

DANGEROUS LIAISONS / by Hur Jin-Ho (Chine / China) – Premi?re mondiale

EL TAAIB / LE REPENTI / by Merzak Allouache (Alg?rie / Algeria) – Premi?re mondiale

ERNEST ET C?LESTINE / by St?phane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner (France, Belgique, Luxembourg / France, Belgium, Luxembourg) – Premi?re mondiale

FOGO / by Yulene Olaizola (Mexique, Canada / Mexico, Canada) – Premi?re mondiale

GANGS OF WASSEYPUR / by Anurag Kashyap (Inde / India) – Premi?re mondiale

INFANCIA CLANDESTINA / ENFANCE CLANDESTINE / by Benjamin ?vila (Argentine, Espagne, Br?sil / Argantina, Spain, Brazil) – Premi?re mondiale

LA NOCHE DE ENFRENTE / LA NUIT D’EN FACE / by Raoul Ruiz (France, Chili / France, Chile) – Premi?re mondiale ? S?ance sp?ciale

LA SIRGA / by William Vega (Colombie, France, Mexique / Colombia, France, Mexico) – Cam?ra d’or – Premi?re mondiale

NO / by Pablo Larra?n (Chili, Etats-Unis / Chile, USA) – Premi?re mondiale

OP?RATION LIBERTAD / by Nicolas Wadimoff (Suisse, France / Switzerland, France) – Premi?re mondiale

RENGAINE / HOLD BACK / by Rachid Dja?dani (France) – Cam?ra d’or – Premi?re mondiale

ROOM 237 / by Rodney Ascher (Etats-Unis / USA) – Cam?ra d’or – Premi?re internationale

SIGHTSEERS / TOURISTES! / by Ben Wheatley (Royaume Uni / United Kingdom) – Premi?re mondiale – S?ance sp?ciale

SUE?O Y SILENCIO / by Jaime Rosales (Espagne, France / Spain, France) – Premi?re mondiale

YEK KHAN?VAD?H-E MOHTARAM / UNE FAMILLE RESPECTABLE / A RESPECTABLE FAMILY / by Massoud Bakhshi (Iran)- Cam?ra d’or – Premi?re mondiale

SHORT FILMS – PROGRAMME 1

AVEC JEFF, ? MOTO / WITH JEFF / by Marie-Eve Juste (Canada)

RODRI / by Franco Lolli (France)

K?NIGSBERG / by Philipp Mayrhofer (France)

PORCOS RAIVOSOS / PORCS ENRAG?S / ENRAGED PIGS DE / by Leonardo Sette et Isabel Penoni (Br?sil / Brazil)

OS VIVOS TAMBEM CHORAM / LES VIVANTS PLEURENT AUSSI DE / by Basil da Cunha (Suisse, Portugal / Switzerland, Portugal)

SHORT FILMS – PROGRAMME 2

PORTRET Z PAMIECI / DRAWN FROM MEMORY / by Marcin Bortkiewicz (Pologne / Poland)

THE CURSE / by Fyzal Boulifa (Royaume Uni, Maroc / United Kingdom, Morrocco)

TRAM / by Michaela Pavl?tov? (France, R?publique tch?que / France, Czech Republic)

OS MORTOS-VIVOS / LES MORTS-VIVANTS / THE LIVING DEAD / by Anita Rocha da Silveira (Br?sil / Brazil)

WRONG COPS / by Quentin Dupieux (France)

*World premiere ** International premiere

(Rajesh Kumar Singh is Editorial Consultant for Festivals and Markets for BollywoodTrade.com. He is a filmmaker, critic and market analyst)

Farhan Akhtar’s mega ‘edutainment’ family game show on TV


Bollywood’s ‘bee-line’ to the idiot box is getting longer. Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani are the latest to climb on to the lucrative and rewarding TV bandwagon. After Aamir Khan Productions, it is the turn of Excel Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. to enter the gold mine of TV content development and production with an untitled mega game show for family audiences. The other details of the show are still under wraps.

Farhan is not new to TV. Zoya and he had once apprenticed with Adi Pocha, the ad filmmaker and producer of the first daily TV soap opera ‘Shanti’ and game shows like ‘Saanp Aur Sidhi’ in the nineties. The TV boom was just starting then and the phenomenon of Ekta Kapoor had not yet hit the small screen.

FARHAN AKHTAR and RITESH SIDHWANI
FARHAN AKHTAR and RITESH SIDHWANI

The producer-duo, who own one of the most successful film banners, has been working with a team of writers for nearly six months now to develop a family game show that will educate as well as entertain. They call it an ‘edutainment’ show. Being smart businessmen, both of them realize the importance of TV, which is bigger than cinema in terms of money. It is also a much safer bet than films with regular and assured income.

Since the mandatory digitization of the cable delivery platform is underway, the TV channels are also looking for content with definitive branding and are keen to rope in big Bollywood names to firm up there programming.

(Rajesh Kumar Singh is Editorial Consultant for Festivals and Markets for BollywoodTrade.com. He is a filmmaker, critic and market analyst)