Yash Raj must be pleased!!!

22 12 2008

                                            Shah Rukh Khan Rab ne bana di jodi

Yash Raj has become very wary of late. Their movies aren’t guaranteed to be a hit anymore and that’s why Aditya Chopra, known for keeping mum until a movies release, staged a special screening of Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi for Yash Chopra, Karan Johar and the stars of the movie.

According to sources, everyone present was seriously impressed at the movie and Yash Chopra can breathe freely because he feels that this will bring Yash Raj back to the top again. A source reports,

“Well Adi was a relieved man once the show was over as RNBDJ has SUPERHIT written all over.

It is definately going to YRF’s savior just like last year’s SRK starrer Chak De India was! The movie is a complete family entertainerquite funny and has some really spectacular dance sequences.

The highlight number being the one where the King Khan is shown imitating old actors like Rajesh Khanna and Shammi Kapoor, etc. The film is a simple sweet love story shot mainly in India. Anushka has made a good debut and she is a good dancer.”

And for those of you who want to know what the storyline is, Shah Rukh Khan’s and Anushka Sharma’s characters are already married, although the marriage doesn’t really have much romance in it. Shah Rukh’s character really does love his wife though and when his wife wants to enter a dance competition (I’m assuming it’s a couples thing), he gets a makeover so he can be the guy of her dreams.

Sounds interesting…and different, Bollywood doesn’t really concentrate much on married couples, just on getting the two together.

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.

Interview:Neil Nitin on acting and furture projects!

4 12 2008


Neil Nitin Mukesh gets candid about his family and upcoming films on the sets of Jehangir Surti’s Freeze, now titled Aa Dekhen Zara.

Were you always interested in acting?
I wanted to be an actor ever since I can remember. I was four when I acted in Yash Chopra’s Vijay. I have inherited musical genes from my family and I can sing, play the piano and compose songs as well. Someday I might just turn composer for my films, considering that I have made my singing debut in Aa Dekhen Zara. I am proud of my legacy!

After Johnny Gaddaar your next release is Aa Dekhen Zara. Is it also an unconventional role this time?
What unconventional role are you talking about? I decided to start my career with Johnny Gaddaar because I was sure I did not want to start out with romantic lover-boy roles. But now I am doing films that interest me and Aa Dekhen Zara has a great story. It is a romantic thriller and I play a photographer. Is that an unconventional role? And if it is then all my films will have an unconventional element!

You also brought yourself a new Canon camera.
Yeah! I can call myself a professional photographer now! The camera is one instrument that has always fascinated me. I took to photography while shooting for this film and now I am hooked onto it! My camera is my constant companion!

Are you paired opposite Bipasha Basu?
Yes! Working with her was so good! She is a brilliant co-star and she is in the best phase of her career. She has never looked prettier than what she does in Aa Dekhen..! Her performance too is outstanding.

Why has the title changed from Freeze to Aa Dekhen Zara?
Freeze was always a tentative, working title! Aa Dekhen Zara fits perfectly as it is about this boy who has a camera that shows him the future. And all of us knew that we were making an Indian film and we wanted a title to which people would relate.

You also do a few stunts in the film.
Yes! I injured myself quite a few times too while doing the stunts. I had to jump off a building from the ninth floor twice! The second time because, they couldnt capture me when I jumped the first time.

So what do you usually consider when you take up a film?
The director! The captain of the ship is most important to me! The script, co-stars, everything is secondary!

What is your part in YRF’s New York?
New York is a very simple film with strong characters. I am playing an ordinary guy, very raw and real. Besides that I cannot reveal anything about my role!

Didn’t you and John bond big time on the sets?
New York was the best shoot of my life. John is like an elder brother now and I adore him! Katrina is a darling to work with. We worked, went to the gym and chilled out! It wasn’t one bit boring!

You feature in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Jail. Did you really shoot in a jail for the film?
Madhur is so carefree and relaxed and the kind of cinema he makes is because he has such a strong hold with the human element in him and that comes out of his work. Jail is a very important film for me! The character is more complex than you think. Yes, we are planning to shoot inside a jail and we still are scouting a series of jails for the shoot.

What are your future projects?
Besides New York and Jail I am doing Sudhir Mishra’s film Tera Kya Hoga Johnny with Soha Ali Khan. After that comes Abbas-Mustan’s thriller to which I am really looking forward to. It has a great story and I have a beautiful co-star too! Finally Ken Ghosh’s romantic film with Amrita Rao is a sweet, simple love story!

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.