Sanjay Dutt was unsure about IPL bid

September 4, 2009

Like his colleagues Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Shilpa Shetty, Sanjay Dutt also wants his share of the Indian Premier League (IPL) pie. But the actor was not sure whether he would be allowed to bid for team ownership because of his conviction in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.

“There’re two new teams in Ahmedabad and Nagpur coming up in December. Sanjay might buy either.”

But the actor-politician, who has been convicted under the Arms Act in the 1993 Mumbai blasts, had a fruitful meeting with Lalit Modi, IPL chairman and commissioner.

“Sanjay’s main concern was, would he be able to buy the team because of his court cases? There are many things that he can’t do, like endorsements etc. Sanjay was assured there would be no problem. With the removal of TADA charges, Dutt now has rights equal to every other Indian citizen.

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SRK teams up with Aamir again

April 14, 2009

It’s been a few months since Pepsi dropped Shah Rukh Khan as their brand ambassador after a relationship that was more than a decade long.

The reason was that SRK had hit the 40s and Pepsi was keen on promoting a young image. They managed to give SRK space on their first Youngistaan commercial, but realised that he would look a bit odd in ads focussing on young people, and as a result, they dropped him.

King Khan, however, isn’t one to sit and take the drop without putting up a fight. While he maintained a dignified silence at the time, now he has his revenge by switching loyalties to Pepsi’s only big competition – Coca Cola.

The Bollywood star joined his IPL team The Kolkata Knight Riders and in particular its captain Sourav Ganguly to promote Sprite, a Coke brand.

This move has given Coke one up on Pepsi who now has no Khan and in fact no real superstar in their campaign, while Coke has both Aamir and SRK.

It may be a matter of time before Coke puts the two reigning Khans together on screen.


Billu Barber movie review

February 16, 2009
Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Irrfan Khan, Lara Dutta, Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone
Director: Priyadarshan
Producer: Gauri Khan

Billu, the remake of the Malayalam blockbuster Kadhaparayumbol AND also the Tamil remake Kuselan, is a contemporary Krishna-Sudama story.

Instead of a celestial being, we have a film actor, which is a fitting parallel in our celebrity-obsessed times. And instead of a poor Brahmin, we have a poor barber.

Billu, played by Irrfan Khan, lives in a UP village called Budbuda, He is a simple man leading a simple life, until a film unit arrives to shoot a futuristic film.

Why the director wanted to shoot an inter-galactic saga in a village is never explained but Bollywood throws Budbuda into a total tizzy. More so because Billu is a childhood friend of the film’s hero, superstar Saahir Khan, played by Shah Rukh Khan. Billu and Saahir inhabit different worlds. When their paths intersect, there is anguish, humiliation and ultimately redemption.

Kadhaparayumbol is propelled by emotions. The film’s poignance comes from the barber’s character – his acerbic tongue, his mouse-like insecurities and his sadness at being unable to give his family a better life. The superstar, played by Mammooty, has very little screen time. The star is seen as a distant, mythical creature whose charmed life fills the villagers with awe. Their passionate, reverential response to his stardom is a comment on celebrity and the relationship between stars and fans, especially in India.

Now, the advantage of casting Shah Rukh as a superstar is that the fact doesn’t need to be established. Shah Rukh Khan is short-hand for stardom. But director Priyadarshan and writer Mushtaq Sheikh spend way too much footage underlining this: there are three film-within-film songs with leading heroines and several gratuitous sequences, including one in which Saahir arrives in the village in a helicopter which has King Khan written on it.

The result is that we get little sense of Billu, his family or the other villagers, who play a critical role in the disruption of Billu’s life.

The village itself is a curious contradiction. It’s supposed to be in UP but the landscape is lush green Kerala interspersed with what looks like a studio-version of a small town chowk.

The villagers speak with various accents, the local school-teacher talks about parent-teacher conferences and in one sequence, we see a newsstand that sells Vogue magazine.

Detailing obviously isn’t Priyadarshan’s forte. He paints in broad strokes but at least in films like Bhool Bhulliya, he maintains a narrative momentum.

Billu is oddly staid and passionless, as if everyone involved was simply going through the motions.

The second half gathers some steam and the climax of the film is moving, but it is too little, too late. Billu remains a strictly average film, which given the talent involved, is disappointing. This one is for die-hard Shah Rukh Khan fans only.


What’s wrong with slumdog?

January 28, 2009

Shah Rukh Khan has said that the poverty highlighted in the movie is a reality and wondered why people in India tend to become cynical when something good is happening.”Isn’t that poverty and slums a reality ? If you (critics) have a problem with the word slumdog, why don’t you look positively and see that there is a word millionaire or ‘crorepati’ also,” Khan, who returned from Los Angeles yesterday. Critics felt that the movie sells India’s poverty to West and some others had raised objections to the word ‘slumdog’ on grounds that people living in Indian slums were being referred to as ‘dogs’.


Salman snubs Shah Rukh again

December 29, 2008

While attending a public function on Sunday when Salman was asked if he has seen Shah Rukh’s film Rab Ne he complained that Shah Rukh had been so unwelcoming.

The actor who celebrated his birthday this Saturday, said, “Shah Rukh didn’t invite me to watch his film. Even Aditya Chopra didn’t do that. How could I go and watch a film when I am not invited at all.”

Just a couple of months ago the same Salman Khan had announced that he and Shah Rukh would never patch up. But his latest comment seems to suggest that may be he wants Shah Rukh to take an initiative to end the cold war between them since Katrina’s birthday party.

Ironically, he doesn’t leave any opportunity to snub King Khan. On being asked if he himself will go to a theater or make any effort to watch the film, he said, “If I am sitting somewhere and the film comes on TV, I will watch it, otherwise ” He makes it quite clear that he is in no mood to make any efforts to watch Shahrukh’s Rab Ne.

Has Salman Khan softened his stand on Shah Rukh Khan? Or has he made up his mind to snub King Khan whenever he gets an opportunity to do so?


Shah Rukh and Abhishek to work together

December 29, 2008

Director Vivek Sharma is very busy these days. It is said that busy people are happy people. But he isn’t just happy. He is over overjoyed and overworked and is loving every bit of it to the ‘T’.

The director is shuffling up and down to the Film City where he has put up a giant guitar shaped set with the two talked about debutants, Jacky Bhagnani, son of Vashu Bhagnani, and Vaishali Desai, grand daughter of the late filmmaker Manmohan Desai, who are shaking their leg to the title track of his next movie Kal Kissney Dekha.

And if you think that this is the only reason that is keeping the director busy then you are wrong. Vivek has roped in Shah Rukh Khan and Abhishek Bachchan to do a cameo in this film and he had a tough time convincing the two.

“SRK is making a special appearance in the film and is coming at a very important time in the film’s climax. He is a good friend and like a brother to me and for him to agree to be a part of Kal Kissney Dekha is like a blessing. Abhishek Bachchan is a part of one of the romantic songs which is going to be shot in New Zealand in the first week of January,” he said.

King Khan had done a special appearance in Vivek’s debut movie Bhootnath in which Amitabh Bachchan played the lead role.


Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi Movie Review

December 14, 2008

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Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

Star Cast: SRK, Anushka sharma, Vinay Pathak, Kajol, Rani, Preity Zinta, Priyanka and Others; Director: Aditya Chopra;

Rating: * * *

WOW ……. its really super movie and very comedy every one wants to see this flim Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi . SKR makes comedy really super and new comer Anushka plays a different role in her first flim itself .

Shah Rukh Khan is simply superb as first the shy Suri and then the flamboyant, full of energy, Raj. Newcomer Anushka gets a really well etched character to perform and it despite being her first film, she comes across an absolute natural. Vinay Pathak is fun and provides good comic relief.

A cruel joke on an extremely enthusiastic young girl Taani (Anushka) as she loses her fiancé and his family in a road accident on the eve of her marriage. Her father, a retired professor, on his death bed requests her to marry his old favorite student, Surinder Shahani (SRK). Taani obeys his last wish and thus begins the start of this extraordinary love story between an otherwise ordinary jodi.

The shy, somewhat geeky Surinder has already fallen for Taani since the first time he has seen her but alls his hopes crash when Taani tells him the day they arrive at his house that she won’t be able to give him any love as that’s one feeling she has lost forever with the sudden turn of events in her life. The rest of the film is about how Suri transforms himself into a very hep flirtatious dude Raj to win her love using a dancing school as a platform for his antics. He is well aided with his childhood buddy Bobby (Pathak) who brings on the physical transformation in him. But what happens is Taani who is unaware of Raj being Suri himself ends up falling in love with Raj. Suri is now again in a fix but then he finally decides to take a bold step.

This is the complete story about Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi…….