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Vikram Bhatt visits the horror genre again, after Raaz. Also, like Raaz, 1920 talks of love, lust and paranormal forces. But unlike Raaz, 1920 is set in the bygone era and that makes Raaz and 1920 as diverse as chalk and cheese.
After a series of watchable and avoidable fares, Vikram Bhatt is back with a vengeance in his latest endeavour.
It may not be the most eerie experience, but it has its share of terrifying moments that one expects from a film that talks of supernatural forces. The best thing about 1920 is that the culmination to the story is most compelling, which is so vital for a horror-mystery.
Any hiccups? The narrative slows down at regular intervals and that robs the film of its shine. Besides, the flashback -- the reason why the spirit seeks revenge -- could've been more impactful.
All said and done, the pros easily outweigh the cons here. Most importantly, 1920 delivers what it promises: Eerie and scary moments aplenty!
The year is 1920 and the house isolated in the wilderness has a secret. It is waiting for the curse to come true. For years, everyone who has tried to pull it down has died of mysterious circumstances.
Arjun (Rajneesh Duggal) and his wife (Adah Sharma) move into the house. He has been given the task of pulling it down and making a hotel there. The house has been waiting for them. Strange and inexplicable events start taking place…
The period look and the castle (located in Yorkshire in actuality), which is an integral part of the story, give the film a distinctive texture. From the writing point of view (story: Vikram Bhatt; screenplay: Vikram Bhatt, Dhiraj Ratan), the love story is well structured and the obstacles the couple face are well depicted.
But the film actually gallops when the spirit takes over the girl's body. Thereafter, incident after incident catches you unaware.
Note the sequence at the nursing home, when the spirit talks to the doctor. Or recall the spirit's warning to the priest. The finale -- when Rajneesh chants Hanuman Chalisa -- is another highpoint.
Without doubt, 1920 is amongst Vikram Bhatt's finest works. In fact, it's after a really long gap that Bhatt seems to be in complete command. Pravin Bhatt's camera captures the mood splendidly.
The beauty of the castle has been captured very well by the DOP. Adnan Sami's music strikes a chord. 'Bichua' (singer: Shubha Mudgal; filmed on Rakhi Sawant) caters to the masses, while 'Tujhe Main Pyaar Karu' (Kailash Kher) and 'Vaada' (Pt. Jasraj) are aimed at the heart.
Both Rajneesh Duggal and Adah Sharma go through their roles confidently. Adah gets the meatier part and she takes to it like a fish takes to water.
She's excellent! Rajneesh has the trappings of a fine actor and though there's slight awkwardness at places, it can be overcome with the passage of time. He has the potential.
Anjori Alagh looks beautiful and leaves an impression in the second hour. Indraneel does well. Raj Zutshi (as the priest) is top notch. Vallabh Vyas (doctor) is as usual.
On the whole, 1920 is an engrossing fare that meets the expectations. It has the potential to work at plexes and single screens, metros and mini-metros, catering to all audiences.
Nana Patekar is very strict about his day plan and activities. He even makes sure that his near & dera ones also follow a routine in their life. Nobody knows it better then his son Malhar.
However, now–a–days he’s adopted another son. His Co-star Muzamil from Horn Ok Pleassss…. has become his adopted son, so fond is Nana of Muzamil. Nana had not only given him tips on health regime but he also went a step ahead and helped Muzamil put in more efforts on screen, gave him pep talks, encouraged him like a father. Now they are so close to each other that Nana even introduces Muzamil as his son to people. As for Muzamil, he has turned a hard core fan, supporter and family of Nana Patekar. “He is a gem of a person. There are hardly counted few like him in the industry.”
Produced by Abdul Samee Siddiqui under the banner of Sunrise Pictures Pvt Ltd, in association with Sarang films and directed by P Rakesh Sarang, film Horn Ok pleassss…… stars Nana Patekar, Rimi Sen, Muzamil Ibrahim, Ali Asgar, Shaurya Chauhan, Nirmiti Sawant, Mukesh Tiwari, Vrijesh Hirji, Rakhi Sawant, Satish Shah and Kunika Kohli . It has lyrics by Salim Bijnori and Sajid Farhaad, story is by P.L. Mayekar & Rakesh Sarang, screenplay is by Rakesh Sarang, Mangesh Kulkarni & Ganesh Pandit, cinematography by Johny Lal, thrills by Sham Kaushal and art direction is by Shailesh Mahdik & Sheetal Kanvinde.
Barry John, guru to many successful stars from Bollywood, has always received due respect and acknowledgement from his students, may it be SRK, Kunal Kapoor, Shiney Ahuja, Jacqueline Fernandez, Manoj Bajpayee or anybody else. However, when a radio channel called Shiney Ahuja along with Barry John to celebrate teacher’s day on 5th September, it was an eye opener for everybody, including Barry himself.
Barry had reached earlier to do some interactive exercises. On the other hand Shiney Ahuja reached a little late because of the traffic on his route. But as soon as Shiney reached the station, everybody started clamoring around him. But he immediately went over to his own Guru to first wish him and then he spoke emotionally, “Look I am here for my Guruji. Barry Sir is the one because of whom I am here and I am what I am as an actor. Hadn’t he mentored me I wouldn’t have been a star. Please normal down to earth man, no matter where I am in my profession. Even at the pinnacle of success, he has taught us to be humble. I am thankful to him for his words of wisdom.” As for Barry, he muses, “what more can a teacher ask for….. success for his students and their respect. Even money can not beat this.”
Rituparna Sengupta and Shah Rukh Khan may not be crossing their paths as far as films are concerned, but they sure are linked in away. Tut tut! Don’t get any ideas, now. Here’s what we mean… The Bengali beauty is doing a film called SRK with Vinay Pathak. It’s a Wraner Brothers film in which Rituparna plays the lead role. Anyway, the only thing anyone knows is the name of the film since what the film is all about is a guarded secret that even Warner Brothers are not revealing. This is not where Rituparna’s connection with SRK ends. She was recently invited for the IPL Match, by the King Khan himslef (he owned the Kolkata Knights Riders, remember?) and they both spent a very good time together during the match. Then after the match SRK went to a thalassemia organization to spend time with thalassemic kids on Rituaparn’s request and invitation. Back to films now, apart from SRK Rituparna is also doing a film called Dard E Disco, being directed by Ashok Tyagi. The name should remind you of the song from SRK’s Om Shanti Om! Of course, once in the past Rituparna revealed a wish to work with SRK. But looks like for the time being she will have to be happy with the names only. But then maybe she will do a film with him someday!
The promos of the multi-starrer film, Heroes have begun flashing on every channel and one can see Preity Zinta driving a tractor in one shot. Not many are aware that Preity was petrified of driving that tractor when that sequence was to be shot.
A source informed, “Preity’s character in the film is of Salman’s wife who is shown as a simple farmer who later goes on to join the army. She features in a no make-up look in the film. It was very important for her character to be shown driving the tractor easily as it would lead authenticity to her character. But the problem was she was simply not ready to do that. The director of the film, Samir Karnik kept on insisting, while she kept on putting her foot down. Until, Salman came to know about it. Salman then came upto her and assured her that in just two days he would train her well to drive the tractor perfectly. Preity agreed and then actually in two days time, she was driving the tractor in the Punjab fields like a pro!”
How did Salman know to drive it so well? The Khans have a huge farm in Panvel, near Mumbai and Salman often visits it. They have a tractor there and he for fun rides it around
American Tourister suitcase Launch : Mandira Bedi. The US-based luggage maker Samsonite is planning to ride on its global brand American Tourister to drive growth in the country. Vivacious Star Mandira Bedi walks the ramp for luxury suitcase company ‘American Tourister‘. She was looking gorgeous in backless blouse. She is the hottest anchor of TV world and now she is also ready to join the Bollyworld
Gone are the days when all the money went into re-formation of the hero and his dynasty. Bollywood is finally going to witness its most expensive villain ever in the form of actor Kay Kay Menon. Nearly Rs.22 crore has been spent on his character, ‘Ritz’. The cost included the villain’s castle, special effects, his troops, his costumes and other props.
Generally, a villain is not so much worked upon but in ‘Drona’, ‘Ritz’ is a very mighty and strong character. He bestows the correct meaning of super power and to construct this character on screen has cost the director, ‘Goldie Behl’ a proper fortune.
Kay Kay or Ritz’s den created in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is one of the most expensive cities in the world. A huge castle was hired there to make it the empire of the villain.
The interiors of the castle are in the shape of a well and the look was recreated in Mumbai’s Film City with the help of 100 workers for over two weeks. Also, 200 people were hired to play Ritz’s troops and they shot for two months in Prague.
It can be recalled that before Drona, Bollywood’s most expensive villains were Shakaal from the 1980 film Shaan and Mogambo from Mr India, which was a hit in 1987. They were also expensive villains due to their unique look and the set-up of their respective dens.
Lo and behold - Gul Panag has gone chic and how! Though in real life she has been a bindaas woman all these years in spite of being a part of so-called serious films like DHOOP, DOR and MANORAMA - SIX FEET UNDER, on print she has rarely gone the whole hog in projecting a sensual image. However, she has gone ahead and done what is hardly-unthinkable for her by getting into a dare-bare shoot for MAXIM.
“I have always done things my own way and it was irresistible when the magazine approached me to get down to my night suit. Did I feel awkward about doing so? Nope, not at all. What’s there at all to feel awkward about? I have never felt odd driving an Enfield or a F1 car for Renault or picking up the kind of projects I believe in. It was the same in case of this shoot as well. I was promised a lot of fun and though some may be getting shocked with my dare-bare poses, my message to them is that ‘Hey you there, I am like that only’”, says Gul in a rapid tone while being mighty excited about the kind of response that her shoot is fetching for her.
Says Anup Kutty from Maxim, “A very simple reason for putting Gul on the cover is the fact that she’s stunningly beautiful. Plus, she occupies a space in Indian cinema that not many share. She has done some critically acclaimed roles and still can carry off a “sexy” look with complete ease. In short, she’s a real woman of substance and probably the best thing that could happen to a man!
The shoot in itself was a lot of fun.”
How did the shoot go?
Reveals Anup, “We booked a suite at the Le Meridien and ordered a bottle of champagne to go with it. More than anything, it was just one big party!”
Gul agrees, “Yes, it was indeed one huge party out there. It was nice to be working with some real chilled out guys who belong to your own age group. I got such a comfort feel while working on the assignment and the results are there to be seen. Believe me, I truly felt beautiful as the shutter bags went on.”
After Kidnap it is once again action time for Imran Khan in Soham Shah (Kaal) directed Luck. The young star is back from shooting Luck in Cape Town after a very long schedule.
According to our sources, “Imran has a lot of fighting sequences in the film and most of it includes martial arts. He was assigned a special trainer for the same before leaving for the long schedule of Luck. But as he got busy promoting Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na after it released to packed houses, he had little time on his hands to give it to his martial arts training sessions. Imran landed in Cape Town without proper training. But the makers had already arranged a special trainer for him on his arrival. So Imran spent a lot of hours daily practicing martial arts to bring perfection for his action steps. He also worked out a lot on his physique for his role in this particular film. It is learnt that the next schedule of Luck is going to take place in December but so fascinated has Imran been with his martial arts training that he wishes to continue with the same till the next schedule begins so that he is well prepared that time.”
Luck is Soham Shah’s second film post Kaal. It has Kamal Hassan’s daughter Shruti Hassan debuting opposite Imran. The film also stars Sanjay Dutt, Mithun Chakraborty, Ravi Kissen and Danny Denzongpa in the main villain’s role
Rajnikanth starrer Tamil film Kuselan’s flopping has definitely affected Shah Rukh Khan. Not to take any chances, he has decided to push ahead his produced film, Billoo Barber (based on the same Malayalam film that Kuselan was) to February 2009.
Sources tell us, “Billoo Barber was confirmed for a Diwali 2008 release but its now going to come anytime between January end to mid February. There are two songs to be shot and also there are some scenes that are being re-shot. This re-shooting is being especially done to avoid mistakes that Kuselan had. The film was not well received by even the most ardent of Rajnikanth fans. SRK doesn’t want the same to happen to his film. He is also making sure the length of his film is not very long like Kuselan (180 minutes) was.”
“One more reason for the postponement is that Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi directed by Aditya Chopra is slated for a December 12th release. SRK doesn’t want to bring both his films almost together and end up over exposing himself. We all know how much SRK goes all out of his way to promote his films. It may result in two much too soon for him if he brings both films in a gap of weeks and SRK knows it well. The industry talk is that Adi Chopra’s film is a safer bet for SRK as his next release because Billoo Barber is unlike any previous Shah Rukh Khan starrer film. It’s a very serious film and no one can predict its fate at the box office. The Yash Raj film however marks the return of Aditya Chopra to direction after a long gap of 8 years and is much more anticipated by SRK fans than Billoo Barber.” the source adds before concluding.
Cast: Randeep Hooda, Shahana Goswami, Rati Agnihotri and Jayant Kripalani; Director: Arjun Bali; Rating: 2 out of 5
Ru-Ba-Ru is a Hindi version of Hollywood’s ‘If Only’ (2004; Jennifer Love Hewitt and Paul Nicholls).
Being made as a modern urban love story, Randeep Hooda and Shahana Goswami are the lead characters who are madly in love with each other yet find each other’s attitudes and ways of leading life clashing and creating a rift which they never expected.
Shahana, who is a professional theater actress, plays Tara and Randeep plays the character of Nikhil. The love birds get the feeling of being made for each other till the individual needs and priorities take over casting doubts and sadness between them. This happens as Nikhil is a workaholic and is always pre-occupied with his clients.
The sparks of trouble starts off when Nikhil starts to continuously forget small things that goes a long way in showing the affection towards his lady love and makes a relationship stronger.
Tara wants to get married and settle down as soon as possible but her lover is in no hurry and as the time passes by his tendency to take his girlfriend, her family and friends for granted, increase creating tension. Finally the day comes when Tara’s mind, inflated with the thoughts of being not cared for, burst out and she takes some decisions to put her love saga behind and move on.
Then a magically mystical force intervenes and a whole new drama unfolds.
As per the needs of the script, the lead couple had to share more than ten intimate kisses as their relationship is shown as a very passionate and deep-rooted one.
Shahana Goswami thinks that a kiss is an eternal sign of romance and love and to portray the intensity of the chemistry and intimacy on screen it was part of her job as an actress to do what the director says. Randeep Hooda, being the more experienced actor and true professional, made sure that Shahana gets very comfortable before each scene was shot.
On the flip side, RU-BA-RU unfolds in a slow pace. Also, the second hour of the movie could have been shorter. The song in the pre-climax should’ve been deleted. Even otherwise, music (Satyadev Burman, Sameeruddin) is somehow effective though proving visually better. Andre Menezes’ cinematography captures the beauty of Bangkok in a mesmerizing way.
Randeep Hooda is a fine actor is confirmed yet again as he plays his part without overdoing it one bit. It’s a complete departure from his violence-laden roles (D, RISK) and he must build his bridge in romantic roles as well. Shahana Goswami is decent enough. RU-BA-RU should only cement her status after giving a great performance in ‘Rock On’. Rati Agnihotri and Jayant Kripalani are perfect for their parts.
All in all, Ru-Ba-Ru is a decent film and a one time watch.
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Arjun Rampal, Preity Zinta, Divya Dutta, Shefali Shah, Prosenjit and Jishu; Director: Rituparno Ghosh; Rating: 2 out of 5
The film, ‘The Last Lear’ has a good performance of Amitabh Bachchan who tries to play a man who worked long in Shakespearian Theater and he starts living in the Shakespearian stories only. His skills in theatre is exploited by a movie director as he is called to perform a role in modern cinema. The actor is left with fatal injuries after the shoot. The film tries to say that cinema as a medium is less powerful and unrealistic, when compared to stage.
The film script has been taken from a play by Bengali actor and playwright, Utpal Dutt and the realistic performance of Amitabh Bachchan makes the audience to stay glued to the screens from the very outset. Indian cinema generally has less of Shakespearian stuffs but in Hollywood you have many actors who did Shakespearian roles. Bachchan looks very powerful in the movie, as if everything has been made for him to perform that way; in a way establishing how he is also capable of surviving in Hollywood, too. It’s amazing to watch him perfect confident in the film.
The story of the film is about an actor, Harish, who is bedridden and Shabnam, his co-star comes to meet him. Movie director Siddarth refuses to give interviews and Vandana and a nurse named Ivy, is taking care of Harish. Vandana does not want anybody to meet Harish because she thinks that people are responsible for Harish’s troubles.
The story is about a theatre artist who dreams of performing the “King Lear” and he is made to meet a director by a journalist Gautam. The director convinces Harish to work in his film and Harish agrees to play a joker in his film.
Harish teaches his co-star Shabnam about acting and helps her improve her professional and personal life. In the last shoot of the film, Harish gets hurt. There are many ambiguities in the script because it’s unclear why Harish does the stunt himself and gets hurt, when it was not compulsory.
Amitabh Bachchan is the life of ‘The Last Lear’. It’s definitely his best performance so far. The actor has been delivering strong performances in the past also. Arjun Rampal is evolving into a fine actor; which is very clear in this film. This is another performance that would fetch Arjun great applause. Preity is ok enough. Shefali Shah is superb. Divya Dutta is wasted. Prosenjit is alright. Jishu is impressive.
The good part of the film is that the cinematography is beautifully done. The locations are superb. Most of the shooting has been done in Himalayan location of Uttaranchal.
The problem with ‘The Last Lear’ is that there’s too much of Shakespeare in the movie, which, to put it bluntly, isn’t everyone’s cup of tea for a simple reason that Indian audience are not much into Shakespeare. Besides, certain themes may hold some appeal for those into theatre, but don’t work on cinematic level.
Also, Rituparno Ghosh’s choice of the subject has its limitations. It’s good to think different, but only when you know you can appeal to the crowd.
On the whole, ‘The Last Lear’ has something for the Festival circuit, but nothing for the cinema-going general audience in India. At the box-office it can attract people mostly from the urban sectors of the society.
Mirchi Movies’ ‘Hari Puttar’ has been postponed after Warner Bros studios sued, feeling its name is too similar to that of the Harry Potter franchise.
The Hollywood giant ‘Warner Bros’ recently started it’s legal proceedings against Mirchi Movies over the film in question and its release has now been delayed until the end of the month.
Hari Puttar - A Comedy of Terrors, tells of a ten-year-old boy who moves to England with his parents and becomes involved in a plot concerning a secret microchip was set for a September 12th release in India.
The makers of ‘Hari Puttar’ say that Warner Bros chose a date which unfortunately was very close to their movie release date.
Warner Bros recently confirmed that the release of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, the sixth film in the franchise, has been delayed by eight months until July 2009.
A traffic snarl proved providential for Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan, who decided to turn back just as he was nearing Connaught Place to attend a function there Saturday evening - minutes before two blasts shook the area.
His father, Hindi film icon Amitabh Bachchan, wrote on his blog, "Shattered and shocked he called to say he was alright."
"Abhishek had left in the afternoon for New Delhi and was on his way to Connaught Place for a function he had to attend. Minutes away from there, the traffic became a snarl and he knew he would not make it in time so he asked to turn back. And the blast happened just then, " Amitabh wrote on his blog www.bigb.bigadda.com on Sunday.
Abhishek was here as part of a media promotional event and to shoot for the last scenes of his "Dilli 6". However, he had to cancel his programme after the blast, considering the gravity of the situation, his father wrote.
"He was just not able to conduct them (activities). Cancelled them. It would have been too insensitive, " he wrote. The veteran actor revealed that his son has left a decision on whether to continue the shooting to the producers.
"He has left the decision to the producers. Cancelling would be interpreted as succumbing to the threat. I wonder what they decide."
Amitabh also expressed his grief for the victims of Saturday's serial blasts.
"Jaya and I sit alone in the house, our hearts still with the tragedy in Delhi. What of those who bore the brunt - innocent unaware and victims."
"We live in difficult times. What kind of an environment are we leaving behind for our next generation? Or do we not concern ourselves with that? We need peace and harmony, " he concluded.
The serial blasts - two each in Connaught Place and Greater Kailash M-Block market and one in Gaffar Market - left 23 people dead and around 100 injured.
The turban is slowly and surely finding its way with our very own Bollywood actors. After Akshay Kumar's super-duper sardar act in the blockbuster Singh Is Kinng, every actor worth his salt is donning the pagdi these days.
By now its common knowledge that Salman Khan would be seen playing a sardar in Samir Karnik's multi-starrer Heroes and even chocolate boy Ranbir Kapoor is all set to play a sardar in Shimit Amit's next. Now the latest actor to don a pagdi is none other than cool dude Saif Ali Khan.
Saif was seen shooting in this completely new get up for his as yet untitled home production directed by Imtiaz Ali.
The film pairs Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone for the first time. The unit recently shot in and around the Lake Market area of Kolkata. In order to avoid any disruptions during the 4 day shoot, the hawkers, vendors etc. were given adequate compensation.
As for Saif's get up, the buzz is that he sports this look during certain flashback sequences in the film. Whether the audiences will warm up to this avatar of 'Chhote Nawab', only time will tell but going by the increasing number of actors donning a pagdi, we can't help but agree that Singh is indeed King.
Her glowing skin and svelte figure has millions of girls aspiring to be in her shoes. But Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor says it is her 'vegetarian' diet that keeps her fit and glowing.
"Apart from doing yoga to keep myself fit, I am a pure vegetarian. I don't eat meat and that has helped me a lot to keep fit, " Kareena told reporters here over the weekend.
"I am proud to be a vegetarian and I am against those who eat meat. Go green to be fit, that's the best way for me at least, " she added.
Kareena had given up non-vegetarian food in 2006, that is two years after she started dating actor and former beau Shahid Kapur, a strict vegetarian himself.
But even after her break-up with Shahid, the actress has continued to follow a vegetarian diet to keep her weight in check.
In fact, in 2007, Kareena had also won the 'Cutest Vegetarian' online poll conducted by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India's youth division 'PETA Dishoom'. She shared the title with actor R. Madhavan.
Apart from eating vegetarian food for her figure and fitness, Kareena's water intake is high to keep her skin radiant.
"I drink a lot of water for my skin. And yes, my mom is beautiful, so it is also my parents who have gifted me with beautiful skin, " she said