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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

All The Best

Here's the trailer of All The Best:

Looks like a mix of Golmaal and Fast and Furious, but it looks interesting to me. I think Ajay Devgan and Sanjay Dutt will be great together, so I am looking forward to it. Since the only Khan in it is Fardeen, most people probably won't watch it, but I encourage people to go watch movies that don't have big name actors.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Main Aurr Mrs. Khanna

I don't think it looks that great as of now, but maybe future promos will make it seem more interesting.

Kaminey Interviews (pre-release)

Shahid Kapoor

Priyanka Chopra

Press Conference

Red FM

Source: BollywoodHungama

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Shah Rukh Khan Incident

If Indian officials stopped, say, Tom Hanks at the New Delhi airport and grilled him for an hour or two because of national security concerns, Americans might find it ridiculous and outrageous. Which is just how Indians feel about the detention and questioning at Newark Airport of Bollywood icon Shah Rukh Khan, who was on his way to Chicago for an Indian Independence Day parade.
Searches on Khan—or SRK as he is familiarly known—increased 800% on Saturday, and the Buzz filled with articles about the contretemps. The story is front page news in India, sitting atop the Yahoo! India home page much of Sunday and meriting several above-the-fold articles and an online forum titled "Is the U.S. unduly harsh to those with Muslim names?" in The Times of India. Headlines from Indian news accounts include "My name is Khan? Too bad. SRK feels the heat of American paranoia," "I was harassed for no reason: SRK,"and "I don't feel like stepping into the US again, says King Khan." Meanwhile, the actor's fans protested what some characterize as humiliating treatment by burning a U.S. flag, and an Indian cabinet minister suggested subjecting visiting Americans to reciprocally inconvenient treatment.
For its part, US Customs says Khan was detained only 66 minutes, which lasted that long only because he and his luggage didn't arrive on the same flight. After initially expressing outrage, Khan—who recently finished shooting a film about, ironically, an Indian victim of racial profiling in the U.S.—said of the incident, "I think it's a procedure that needs to be followed, but an unfortunate procedure."

The article above is from the Yahoo! homepage in the featured section.

I do feel bad about anybody with a Muslim name being detained, like in the case of the unfortunate incident with SRK, but why is there so much of noise around it? What if it was a regular unknown person, would anyone be fretting like this? Let's face it, he is not like a national hero or something, he is just a film actor who gets famous because we make him famous, he is what he is today because of us, and of course a bit of luck too...I think Indian people should calm down and just think of it from American immigration's perspective. They don't have anything against SRK but they are cautious against terrorism and trying to protect their country. Us Indians would have done the same thing. Don't we have restrictions against some of our neighboring countries? Cool it guys, its not that he was put behind bars unreasonably. If Immigration folks feel they need to question someone, I think they have every right to be cautious.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Manisha Koirala and Saif Ali Khan

Happy 39th birthday to Manisha Koirala!!

Happy 39th birthday to Saif Ali Khan!!

Yes both of these actors were born on the same day in the same year!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Happy Independence Day

Happy 62nd Independence Day India!!

Enjoy the selection of patriotic songs below and feel free to add to the list in the comments section.

To start out, a nice musical and melodious version of Jana Gana Mana, the national anthem of India (it's an old video, but very nice)

Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon by Lata Mangeshkar
This song brought tears to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's eyes when Lata Mangeshkar sang it on Republic Day, 1963

Sandese Aate Hain from Border
Personally this song makes me cry every time around the slow part.

Vande Mataram from Maa Tujhe Salaam

Kar Chale Hum Fida from Haqeeqat

Aye Mere Pyaare Watan from Kabuliwala

Hindustani from Dus (1997)
The movie didn't release as I said in an earlier post, and this song is more upbeat than most of the other songs.

Hum Honge Kamyaab by some children

Dil Diya Hai Jaan Bhi Denge from Karma

I Love My India from Pardes

Zindagi Maut Na Ban Jaaye from Sarfarosh

Rang De Basanti from Rang De Basanti

Now this song isn't really very patriotic, but it is India pride, so here it is:

Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani from Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani

Please don't bring up any India-Pakistan stuff here.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Blue Trailer

I'm totally looking forward to Blue. It should be good, even though I have no idea what it is about :)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Sridevi

Happy 45th birthday to Sridevi. She is actually one of my favorite actresses from earlier, especially all those Anil Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor movies and all. I wish she came in more lead roles still because she isn't really that old...

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Incomplete Dus

In 1997, a movie called Dus was being made. Unfortunately, the director, Mukul S. Anand, passed away during the direction. The producer tried to continue with another director, but the movie was Anand's project, and thus was never completed. In my opinion, this movie would have been really really good, and I wish it had been released. The cast is rocking, and it's really upsetting that the movie was left almost half-way through.

Information about Mukul S. Anand:

Mukul S. Anand made his debut as a director with the suspense thriller Kanoon Kya Karega (1984) which was inspired by the Hollywood film Cape Fear. He then directed Aitbaar (1985) which was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's classic Dial M for Murder. The film which first brought him recognition was the epic film Sultanat(1986), a film which brought together real-life father and son Dharmendra and Sunny Deol and introduced actress Juhi Chawla.

He then directed a few other films which did not do well until he won acclaim for the Scarface-inspired crime thriller Agneepath (1990) with Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role which won Amitabh a National Award for Best Actor. His next notable film was the family drama Hum (1991) also with Bachchan in the lead which was a huge success. He worked with Bachchan again for the final time in the epic film Khuda Gawah (1992) which won him the Filmfare Best Director Award. His last completed film was Trimurti (1995) which had a multi starcast including Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor and Shahrukh Khan but failed to do well at the box office becoming one of his biggest flops. The last film he was working on at the time of his death was the much-hyped action adventure film Dus which remained incomplete and unreleased after his death although the film's music did end up releasing.


Information about Dus (1997)

The storyline was intended to have been about terrorism and how an anti-terrorist intelligence officer Captain Raja Sethi (Sanjay Dutt) who is part of a secret organisation known as Force 10 is sent on a mission to find an Afghan terrorist named Nasheman (Raveena Tandon in her first negative role). After he is captured and tortured by Nasheman and her right hand man Mast Gul (Rahul Dev), his partner Captain Jeet Sharma (Salman Khan) is sent to rescue him. However by now Raja Sethi is brainwashed by Mast Gul in believing his country and his friends has abandoned him and he too turns to terrorism. He also develops a love hate relationship with Nasheman. Shilpa Shetty played Salman's love interest and a journalist covering the story of the mission. Vinod Khanna played an army general.

Production and Abandonment

The shooting of the film began in Utah. The scenes in Utah were to have depicted scenes of Kashmir which was the major setting of the film. The action scenes leading up to the climax were the first scenes being shot form May to August 1997. The scenes that were filmed included Captain Raja Sethi (Sanjay Dutt) and Captain Jeet Sharma (Salman Khan) rescuing the prime minister of Pakistan from an assassination attempt by Mast Gul (Rahul Dev).

40% of the shooting had been completed by August 1997 and when Mukul S. Anand suddenly died on September 7 1997, the film was abandoned never to be completed or released. However some promo videos and clips of the film can be seen on Mukul S. Anand's official website as well as other information about the film's production, the screenplay and the music.


The music of this film was composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy who made their debut as music directors with this film. Although the film was never released, the album was released while the film was still in production. There were seven songs composed for the film which were:

  • "Dus"
  • "Hindustani"
  • "Sur Mile Hain
  • "Mahiya"
  • "Chandni Roop Ki"
  • "Piya"
  • "Dus" (version 2)


In 2005 Nitin Manmohan the co producer of Dus released a new action thriller film titled Dus in which Sanjay Dutt and Shilpa Shetty from the original cast returned. This film also had the same premise of terrorism but otherwise was an altogether different film.

More Sanjay Dutt info @ www.sanjay-dutt.info/3.html
Official Mukul S. Anand Site @ http://www.mukulsananddreamsgalore.com/

Salman Is Too Sweet

Salman Khan’s story of generosity is unending. He carries a heart of gold and always come forward to help the poor. While shooting at Bandra for Boney Kapoor's Wanted Salman's eyes fell upon a beggar who was lying on the street. He walked down the memory lane and recognized the person, he is the same man from whom he used to buy kites as a young.

Salman’s heart fall for the man, he went to him and asked whether he is the same man. The beggar was shocked to be recognized by the biggest Bollywood star. Salman Khan not only gave him a cash of Rs 25000 but also offered him clothes and food. The beggar was overjoyed to be recognized by him and thanked Salman for his gestures of generosity.

Salman might be called the bad boy of Bollywood but he is always ready to help the poor.

article from bollywoodsamachar.com

Shahid Kapoor in Kaminey

The female fans of Shahid Kapur are not done having an eyeful of the actor’s well-sculpted torso in the promos of the upcoming film Kaminey. The actor’s waxed chest, his bulging abs, his biceps and those finely-shaped collar bones flanking his graceful neck, gives Shahid an almost Adonis kind of look. The girls obviously are swooning over him.

Since behind every beautiful thing there’s some kind of pain (as says an American singer), getting that perfect body wasn’t a cakewalk for Shahid.

Speaking about the shirtless scene, Shahid told a news agency: “This scene was Vishal's vision... he told me he had a scene where he wanted me running with the horses. Since, this was to be a topless scene, it took me nearly a year of following a strict diet and exercise routine to build my body to give it a sprinter's look.”

The movie has the 28-year-old actor playing a double role as two brothers, Guddu, who stammers, and Charlie, who lisps.

“Charlie's character needed to pronounce 'fa' in place of 'sa'. So, in every dialogue, every scene whether it was emotional, comedy or action, I had to maintain that speech defect and still talk like I had been talking like this forever. Guddu's Character stammered so it was very difficult to get into that state of mind of stammering each time,” Shahid said.

Slated for release on Friday, the film stars
Priyanka Chopra and Amole Gupte.

article from bollywoodsamachar.com

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Sad Songs

I think a lot of the sad songs in Hindi movies are REALLY good. Here are some of my favorites.

Lambi Judai from Hero

Maahi Ve from Kaante

Rabba from Musafir

Aye Dil Dil Ki Duniya Mein from Yaadein

Dil De Diya Hai from Masti

Jag Soona Soona Laage from Om Shanti Om

Bheegi Bheegi from Gangster

Viraaniyan from Namastey London

Sau Dard from Jaan-E-Man

Beetein Lamhein from The Train

To Phir Aao from Awarapan

Tadap Tadap from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

Tujhe Yaad Na Meri Aayi from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Tanhayee from Dil Chahta Hai

Ya Rabba from Salaam-E-Ishq

Mera Yaar Mila De from Saathiya

Bhula Denge Tumko from Humko Deewana Kar Gaye

Dil Laga Liya from Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam

Nahi Yeh Ho Nahi Sakta from Barsaat

Tere Bina Zindagi from Aandhi

Friday, August 7, 2009

Sanjay Leela Bhansali Is Possesive About "Guzarish"

Everybody knows how possessive Sanjay Leela Bhansali is for all his films. As he kept Sonam and Ranbir undercover till the release of Saawariyan, similarly he has kept Hrithik Roshan’s new look in his forthcoming film, Guzarish, a secret. From the spot boys to the producers, Bhansali keeps a close check on everybody’s activities so that the secret doesn’t leak out until he wants it to be. Sanjay’s this nature is old but this definitely surprises the audience as he always comes up with something new. Hopefully this time around he will take the audience by surprise again and Hrithik’s new look will be loved by all.

The article and video are from bollywoodsamachar.com

Kaminey Got "A" Rating

Kaminey got an "A" (adult) rating from the censor board. Here's the article from Bollywood Mantra

Shahid Kapur and Priyanka Chopra starrer ‘Kaminey’ is about to hit the theatre on August 14 and director Vishal Bharadwaj is upset and disappointed for getting “A” certificate from the Censor Board for Film Certification (CBFC).

"It was injustice to us. There is no abusive language used in the film and the violence is of 'comic book kind'.

Kaminey is the strongest word used in the entire story. The CBFC has ambiguous categories of rating systems," the director said.

"There is a line in the film where a character is asked where does he come from. The character says Pilibhit. There were no political overtones to the line. But, the Censor Board asked me to edit Pilibhit saying that it is a sensitive constituency," Bharadwaj said.

On getting objection for using the particular name of place, Vishal had changed the city name form Pilibhit to Barabanki.

Vishal who is known to make realistic cinema like Maqbool and Omkara is quite depressed with the decision of the board.

"I consider film making as a work of art rather than a business proposition," he said adding in Kaminey he had tried a new structure of story telling. The filmmaker can surprise the audience with logic," he added.

Italian vs. Hindi

L'italiano by Toto Cotugno

Nasha Yeh Pyaar Ka Nasha Hai by Udit Narayan

The Hindi version came later, and although I have no idea what the Italian song means, I think it is pretty catchy. Personally I think both versions are good. Any thoughts?

Rekha Ready to Produce

A rather low profile Rekha, who has been quietly penning down the memories of the last fifty glorious years, is now intending to make a film about the same.

According to reports, the diva, who was till now reportedly writing an autobiography, is now contemplating a full fledged film on her memorable life.

Confirming the same in a recent statement, she said, “Yes, I have been picking up the pieces of my life from the memories of the past. I have been carefully going back in time to identify every person who has shaped my life and made me realise that I am a product of love. The most important person, of course, is my mother, who couldn`t have given me more love. I want to share the experiences of my life and want to thank all those people who made me who I am today. What I am doing cannot be expressed in such few words. I want to express my gratitude with visuals as well as with words. Though I feel no words are enough to describe the people who have influenced and shaped my life, yet I will take a shot at it.”

Though not much has been divulged about the same but the movie can be anticipated as a revelation of sorts, thanks to controversial life the former leading lady has led. “I am working towards making a formal announcement on the project very soon. I think I should be ready with my final plans in a couple of months”, adds the actress.

Taken from bollywoodsamachar.com

My Name Is Khan

So not exactly sure when this movie is releasing, but looking forward to seeing Kajol again! For all info on MNIK, check out http://www.mynameiskhan.info/

Oh and by the way, FOX has distribution rights so the movie has a pretty good chance of releasing in non-Hindi theaters.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Happy Rakhi

Happy Raksha Bandhan to everyone!

Here are a couple articles about Raksha Bandhan in Bollywood from the Times of India.

Sister Concern!

In the film Hare Rama Hare Krishna, Dev Anand launched Aman in his film as his sister who sizzled and was labeled a siren for decades to come. The portrayal of brother-sister in films has come a long way. Today, the sister’s image has changed in Bollywood from the demure, to-be-protected lil one to a sexy, with-a-mind-of-her-own individual.

This Raksha Bandhan, we examine what's changed for brother sister duos in movies. From Nanda who played the sweet devoted sister to her three over protective brothers in Choti Behen to Neelam in Hum Saath Saath Hai, Bollywood has come a long way where the sibling relationship is concerned. New age films are reworking the dynamics shared by siblings. The sweet, patiently understanding sister of Gol Maal has been replaced by the sassy, girl-about-town in B-town.

Today, it's more about being a good friend to a brother. Abbas Tyrewala, the director
of Jaane Tu Ya Janne Na says, “The relationship between Genelia and Prateik was conceptualized in such a way that they would not fall into the normal category of a brother-sister. The film was as much about the relationship that was shared by Genelia and Imran as it was about Genelia and Prateik.”

According to Tyrewala, the relationship between a brother and sister in Bollywood has been over used in mostly hackneyed plots. “In
Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, the brother is concerned about his sister’s welfare, but in a more subtle tone. It's a departure from past movies where the brother screams and vows vengeance because of his sister’s rape/murder/distress.

The film it also explores the mind of the sister as she grows to learn about the goodness of her brother even, all the while maintaining her own identity,” points out Tyrewala.

A film that was markedly different from the stereotype brother sister film was Josh. Although it didn’t burn up the BO, it made decent returns. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan played the sultry twin sister to
a brash Shah Rukh Khan
. However, the film entirely veered around Ash and SRK with their respective love lives almost as a sub plot in the film. What is interesting to know here is that director Mansoor Khan was discouraged to cast this duo as a brother sister onscreen.

Says Sharad Kapoor, who played SRK’s rival in the film Josh, “Both Ash and SRK were wonderful together. Their chemistry could absolutely be felt. Even while we were shooting, they would think of pranks and jokes on the sets, practically teaming up together to pull other people’s legs. I guess that spirit got carried over into the film."

The character of the sister in Hindi films has mostly got a raw deal. At the most, she is doled out a few scenes in which she has to alternate between fawning over her dashing brother(s), and cracking silly jokes at him/them. The high point of her existence is tying a rakhi around her brother’s wrist, which underlines her dependence on him. And if she is lucky
enough, she also gets to have a rakhi song with them.

But look up My Brother Nikhil and one would realize that Bollywood has stepped into new terra firma. Director Onir portrayed a genuinely close and affectionate bond between brother Sanjay Suri and his sister Juhi Chawla.

From sipping their first glasses of wine together, theis adorable pair even secretly smoked their first cigarettes together in the film. Moreover, rather unusually, brother Sanjay depended on sister Juhi, more than she did on him.

Juhi Chawla’s role in the film was one of a saviour where she campaigned for her HiV+ brother to give him the respect that he deserved. A poignant film, it is believed director Onir dedicated it to his own sister. Onir adds, “I wanted to make a film on the relationship shared between a brother and sister. It’s the most unique relationship between a man and a woman without any kind of give and take.

A sister goes out of her way for her brother because she feels for him. She wants him to be happy without any kind of expectations attached to her emotions.”

Another film, which had the brother-sister relationship at its core was Khalid Mohamed’s Fiza. The film explores the 1993 Mumbai riots, and communal tensions, through the eyes of Fiza played by Karisma Kapoor who was in search of her brother, Amaan (Hrithik Roshan) who vanished during the riots. Mohamed depicted a deeply caring relationship between elder sister, Fiza, and younger brother, Amaan, without resorting to any honour-saving stereotypes.

Says film critic Amod Mehta, “Bollywood is slowly, but surely coming around and realising the role of the sister in films. Today it's more about the characters and the script than about rehashing the same old formula.Most film makers
want to experiment with various concepts and ideas and don’t shy away from taking up off beat topics. Initially, when the audiences were still getting familiarized with the world of Hindi cinema, the movies used to be a blown up version of real life. It depicted what the society was in that era. However, now women too have undergone a change. They are independent, audacious, career women even as they balance out their roles as mothers, daughters, sisters and wives efficiently.”

Here's looking at a new filmi bond between brother-sisters.

RakshaBandhan Bollywood ishtyle

In the Hindi film industry, the number of sisters landing up at a star’s place during Raksha Bandhan has always varied according to his box office rating.

Dharmendra, the heartthrob of the 1970s, incongruously collected as many sisters as giddy female fans on his way to stardom. When the good-looking man from Haryana arrived in Mumbai, his only relatives were hope and grit.

Women used the rakhi to get closer to him. Today, the 73-year-old actor
has graduated to a ‘paji’ (elder brother) to three quarters of the industry. Shashi Kapoor, the endearing flirt of the 1970s, also wore the most rakhis on his wrist on Raksha Bandhan.

Karisma and Kareena don’t tie their cousin Ranbir a rakhi, but they share a warm camaraderie with him. Chunky Panday jokes
, “I used to hide on Raksha Bandhan day because I didn’t want attractive heroines to tie me a rakhi.”

For Priyanka Chopra, her brother Siddharth is the apple of her eye. “I constantly look for his approval on most matters,” says didi Priyanka. “He is not only my kid brother, he is also a close friend.”

Sisters like Mallika Sherawat and Manisha Koirala have gone out of their way to extend unconditional support to their brothers Vikram
and Siddharth. While Vikram manages Mallika’s career and is a producer, Manisha has supported her brother’s decision to be an actor.

Clearly, in this industry, the brother-sister bond and its traditional ties are reversible. Punam Sinha, wife of actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha, who has been tying Subhash Ghai a rakhi for many years now, should know. Ever since Ghai stopped working with Sinha, the duo share a terse relationship. “Sinha often takes witty potshots at his saala (wife’s brother) Ghai,” says an industry insider.

However, Ghai says, “I’m extremely fond of the Sinhas and despite all our ‘differences’, we share a warm relationship. Unfortunately, I don’t have a photograph of Punam tying me a rakhi in my albums. We have maintained the sanctity of the relationship and I didn’t think the media would one day ask me about it.”

Singing sisters Lata Mangeshkar
and Asha Bhonsle have the highest number and the most popular of film personalities on their list of rakhi brothers. India’s Nightingale tied a rakhi to the late Sunil Dutt and Tamil superstar Sivaji Ganesan. Lata, who is currently in London, usually ties a rakhi to Yash Chopra and also thinks of Dilip Kumar as her brother.

Then there are others who use the rakhi as a tool to further their careers. The rakhi bond is also used to lay to rest rumours. Heroines have assuaged the fears of their co-stars’ wives with the line — ‘He’s like my brother’.

The old Indian habit of adding a prefix of relationship to a familiar name does not necessarily stop at a brother. The general impression is that Govinda’s wife Sunita ties David Dhawan a rakhi. But she says, “He is like a father-figure to me.”

According to Sunita, she respects him as much as her dad. A trade insider confirms that Dhawan feels so strongly for Sunita and the kids that he has taken it upon himself to resurrect Govinda’s career.

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