Yash Chopra to direct again!

22 12 2008

                                                                                      

Yash Chopra has been having sleepless nights after Yash Raj Film’s recent film, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi didn’t prove to be as big a hit as expected. He has finally decided to take control of things. Earlier this week, the long-expected meeting to get YRF back to its earlier glory took place between Aditya Chopra and his father, Yash Chopra.

This meeting was long overdue as industry insiders were wondering why Chopra Senior wasn’t taking the necessary steps to set things right at YRF after the banner suffered a loss of over Rs 100 crore in the last two years.

A well-placed source from YRF said, “Yashji was taken aback when the opening of Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi wasn’t as encouraging as expected. The fact that the film’s collections improved after the first day and then dropped on Monday did not help much. Earlier this week, Yashji had a meeting with Aditya to discuss these matters. Yashji was particularly against the idea of hiring several technicians, directors and writers on a contract basis. Yashji was also quite concerned that the music of none of their recent films had done well. He felt that selling the music rights would have been a far better business decision.”

According to the source, Yashji called for the meeting as he was upset that as many as 10 Yash Raj films have not done good business in the last two years. The only films that did average business were Bachna Ae Haseeno and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi . Only two Yash Raj films, Dhoom 2 and Chak De! India proved to be successful. Their experiment with animation ( Roadside Romeo ) also failed miserably. Even the audio and video divisions have failed. One of the first things that Yashji wants to do is start directing his long pending film which will probably feature Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif.

“Many directors like Sanjay Gadhvi and Kunal Kohli have left YRF and several actors like Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan don’t want to associate themselves with the banner. Yashji wants to tackle these issues himself. He will be enforcing some rules after considering every aspect,” said the source.

The recent Yash Raj films that failed are Roadside Romeo, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic, Tashan, Aaja Nachle, Laaga Chunri Mein Daag, Tara Rum Pum and Jhoom Barabar Jhoom.

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Is YRF’s focuse hurting Rani Mukherjee?

7 12 2008

Is Rani Mukerji’s decision to work mainly with Yash Raj Films hurting her?

That’s the question that was asked this morning by reports. Lovely Rani has done 10 films for them, two yet to be released. Her last five movies – Baabul, Ta Ra Rum Pum, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, Saawariya and Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic – bombed. Rani does do movies outside of Yash Raj but they tend to be hatke movies – like Black and rather than mainstream ones.

The paper spoke to Kunal Kohli, who was once upon a time Rani’s favourite director (they worked together in Mujhse Dosti Karoge, Hum Tum and Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic), who said: “How can I answer why Rani wants to do only YRF films?”

The paper reported that Rani was unhappy with the way the company had promoted her movies and that she had been considering doing films outside the Yash Raj banner.

There were also reports that the shooting of Rani’s cricket film with newcomer YRF director Anurag Singh in which she stars with Shahid Kapur was stalled and she was ghost directing the film. But YRF denied this.

But the paper insisted that Rani was unhappy with Anurag’s work and had agreed to resume working only because of Aditya Chopra, to whom reports have linked her. Now YRF claims that the film will restart in January 2009.

The paper tried to speak to director Pradeep Sarkar, who had directed Rani in Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, and Ketan Mehta who had worked with the actress in Mangal Pandey: The Rising. Neither of them would comment. The paper claimed that other banners had altogether stopped offering the 30 year old actress films.





Private screening of Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi !

3 12 2008

The month of December will see two of the biggest Khans clash at the box-office. Shah Rukh Khan’s Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi is releasing on December 12 and Aamir Khan isn’t far behind with Ghajini releasing on December 25. 

This is not the first time when Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan have battled it out at the box-office. Back in 1995, SRK’s Ram Jaane and Aamir’s Akele Hum Akele Tum ; released on the same Friday. It’s a different story that both the films failed miserably at the box-office.

This time, though Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Ghajini are spaced out by a cool couple of weeks, there are still a lot of elements that get the film in common contention and can still prove as a potential threat to each other. We compare the two films with respect to the box-office potential and even otherwise.

Last Month First film
While both the films release in the last month of the year, they happen to be the first film of their respective leads. If you can ignore the cameo that Shah Rukh Khan did in Bhoothnath (that was primarily an Amitabh Bachchan film) and his voiceover in films like Shaurya and Kismat Konnection , Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi happens to be the first film of 2008 where Shah Rukh Khan will be seen in a full-fledged role. Aamir anyway is known for his ‘one-film-a-year’ policy and Ghajini fits in that bill.

Interestingly, despite having a release so late in the year, both Shah Rukh and Aamir remained in news throughout 2008 for their own good (or bad) reasons. SRK was in news for his world tour, spat with Salman, race with Akshay and things alike. Aamir remained in limelight for Jaane Tu … Ya Jaane Na despite being only the producer of the film.

Image Changeover
Both Aamir and Shah Rukh are experimenting with their looks in the film. Aamir was much in news for having worked out for 8-pack abs, 2 steps ahead of Shah Rukh’s 6 packs from Om Shanti Om . Apart from his well-toned physique, Aamir has also gone for a crew-cut with intermediate patches for a major portion in the film. Tattoos on his body define the look more. For one song from the film, Aamir will be seen in six different getups.

Shah Rukh Khan on the other hand is going for an image changeover that shows him as a geek with a bespectacled look, oiled hair, simple shirt and trouser attire sporting a moustache.

The cross-connection here is that while Aamir who was last seen in a very simple look as Professor Ram Shankar Nikumb has now gone hot-and-hip with his new look in Ghajini . On the other hand Shah Rukh Khan who was too hot to handle in his last major film Om Shanti Om , has gone complete nerdy in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi .

Fresh Female Face Value
Both the films have new heroines opposite the lead actors. Aditya Chopra took several rigorous audition sessions to get the perfect girl for his new film Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and finalized a new face Anushka Sharma opposite Shah Rukh Khan.

Ghajini too has a new heroine Asin making her Bollywood debut opposite Aamir Khan. However Aamir had it easy while searching the ideal female for the film as he cast the girl from the original Tamil film Ghajini for the same role in the Hindi version.

Interestingly, one thing common to the heroines of both the films is that they have been kept away from the paparazzi limelight and both Aditya Chopra and Aamir Khan have asked them not to speak to the media until the film releases. The men behind both the films are trying to increase the curiosity value behind their heroines.

Box-Office Business
The producers of both the films have tasted success only in recent times. Yash Raj Films was going through a rough patch through 2007 and a major part of 2008. After a spate of flops like Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, Aaja Nachle, Tashan and Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic , YRF got a hit with Bachna Ae Haseeno. Roadside Romeo did below average business though was not an outright flop.

The producers of Ghajini gained in good money with Taare Zameen Par last year. But this year they faced a flop with Contract .

So both the production houses, though not in a bad shape by any way, want their films to click at the box-office to get them into the big league.

Both the films are planning to ask extra revenues from the multiplexes, to gain more profits for themselves. When YRF had fallout with the multiplex-owners during Tashan, the agreement that they reached subsequently was that YRF won’t ask extra revenue from multiplexes for any of their releases of 2008 including Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic, Bachna Ae Haseeno and Roadside Romeo . YRF could only ask an added share from Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi which they will now look forward to cash in. PVR Pictures will expect the same from Ghajini.