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Friday, November 30, 2012

Aishwarya To Visit A Hospital In Bombay On World AIDS Day

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will be visiting a Mumbai hospital  tomorrow evening as the international global goodwill ambassador for a learning mission at the Art Centre of the hospital. Senior officials from UNAIDS, NACO will be present as well. Tomorrow December 1 is the World AIDS Day. 

"Chulbul Pandey Is Not A Hero, Chulbul Pandey Is A Team Player": Salman Khan

Chaubey Ji and Bhayya Ji Smile are a couple of minor characters in Dabangg that became hugely popular. In an interview with Salman Khan, I asked him about various characters that have become hugely popular and this is what Salman had to say: "We've used a lot of the minor characters in Dabangg 2. Chulbul Pandey is not a hero, Chulbul Pandey is a team player. Jab tak team achchi hai, people in the film have been appreciated like Rajjo, Pandey ji, Tiwari ji, Chaubey ji, Makhanchand Pandey are very famous characters now. Everything is divided in this film. Hero is obviously the hero but everybody has an important character."

"Sonu Nigam's Voice Suits Me": Salman Khan

"We've been lucky with the music of Dabangg 2," said Salman Khan in an interview with me. "It is difficult to beat the music of Dabanng and we've almost done that in Dabangg 2. We've been very lucky with the music," Salman said. Could you elaborate on your thoughts on the music of Dabangg 2? "Pandey ji is a good song. Fevicol is an amazing song. There is a retro feel to Dabangg dabangg. There is a beautiful romantic song called Sanson Ne. Beautiful song," Salman said. Sanson Ne is sung by Sonu Nigam. Sonu has said in the past that maybe he has sung the maximum songs for Salman and he sounds very different whenever he sings for him. "He does. I think his voice suits me as well," Salman added. 

Akshay Kumar And Asin's Fun Interview On Khiladi 786

Rani Mukerji On Aamir, Shahrukh, Salman And Saif

Himesh's English Album To Be Launched In The First Quarter Of 2013

In an interview with me today, Himesh Reshammiya said that he is planning to launch his English album @the edge in the first quarter of 2013. Himesh said that he requires 1-2 months for visiting various radio stations in the West so that the album is launched in a big way. Himesh thanked his fans with folded hands for always supporting him through thick-n-thick. He is willing to work with Salman Khan whenever Khan has a suitable project for him. Himesh also did an exclusive unplugged performance of all the Khiladi 786 songs in his studio with his musicians jamming in too. In my opinion, Saari Saari Raat is one of the best songs Reshammiya has sung in a long time. 

Talaash: Gripping Cerebral Entertainment

Talaash is a gripping story that never tries to be over-the-top or larger-than-life and yet it is imbued with complex layers of human relationships that webs its charm on You the viewer. As you will unsew the jigsaw puzzle, you'll realise that everything is interlinked and nothing is forced to titillate or indulge in an undue scream for attention. At the same time it is not conventional entertainment and one needs to have the patience and sensitivity to delve into the plight of the principle characters to enjoy the suspense element of the film which is layered with the emotional drama punctuating the personal lives of the lead players. 

Aamir lends a great deal of emotional and physical strength to his character which is oscillating between his professional assignment and the personal loss of losing his eight year old son in a freak accident. There's no ornamentation or undue masala herogiri to his police inspector avatar. He tucks his t shirt inside the jeans which wouldn't be advised by any suave designer but one has seen tough cops doing the same in real life. The capability of a great actor is judged from the manner in which he communicates without saying anything. Aamir does that brilliantly in Talaash. The scene where he breaks down in the end or how he confides in Kareena are testimony to sheer magic. 

One would expect Aamir to be the mainstay of class acting in the film, but he also has Nawazuddin Siddiqui to share the spoils as well. Nawaz, the slightly disabled small time crook captivates attention with his smoldering eyes, crisp dialogues and a stunning chase sequence towards the climax of the film ensures that he carves out an important place in the film. He is an unlikely yet an important cog-in-the-wheel in the mystery.  

Kareena Kapoor's over hyped Heroine didn't do much to bolster her acting credentials since the film didn't do justice to her enormous talent. But, Talaash finds her in top form and she looks delightfully beautiful too. She shares a crackling chemistry with Aamir even though they are not involved in a conventional romantic relationship. Her body language carries a delectable uninhibited elan that one could associate with a street walker. 

Rani Mukerji wasted her wonderful talent in Aiyya but she redeems herself in Talaash. The vintage histrionics that one associates with Mukerji are in ample display. Like Aamir, Rani too stuns with minimal dialogues and lets her expressive eyes do the talking. Also, she looks far more beautiful with the economical  make-up in Talaash unlike the over-done-garish make up of her previous film. 

Talaash is being touted as a suspense drama but there's more to it than summing it up in a genre. The suspense of the mysterious accident (or was it a murder) on the sea face is conjoined with Aamir and Rani's battered life post the death of their only son in an accident. Kareena plays an unusual role in the triangle-love-story and also impacts the sea face accident case. 

The story screenplay by Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar is one of the finest in Indian cinema in the recent times. It is non linear and the complex dimensions add gravity. The opening credits sequence invariably reminds you of the opening credits sequence of Luck By Chance where a homage was paid to the film world. In the opening sequence of Talaash, the audio of Muskaane Jhooti Hain wafts along seductively and the 'real' Bombay stands up with its never-say-die spirit, unabashed street walkers and lonely ambitions chug along in a mad crowd of humanity.

Even though the story, screenplay is brilliant and Anurag Kashyap-Farhan Akhtar brand of dialogue are superb but still the slow pace of the film is a slight deterrent. Maybe the duration could have been trimmed by fifteen minutes. Anand Subaya's editing is seamless and the narrative blends well with the context of the setting of various scenes. Ram Sampath's music is one of the highlights of the film. Jee Le Zara, Muskaane Jhooti Hain, Laakh Duniya Kahe and Hona Hai Kya are brilliant songs with fantastic lyrics by Javed sahab. Ram's haunting background score is almost a character in the film itself.    

Talaash is story telling at its best. Without a doubt it is one of the best films of the year and maybe the last decade as well. But as I've said before, it is not a film that may find appreciation from everyone. Even though it is a story that has a universal appeal and anyone can relate or at least empathise with it, but still it is different from staple entertainment that finds mass acceptance. It is cerebral entertainment at its best.

Star Rating: ****

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Trailer Lives Up To My Expectations

Zinda hai to pyaala poora bhar de...that's how the Prasoon Joshi written line punctuates the Bhaag Milkha Bhaag trailer that will be launched tonight. On a personal note this is one film that I am eagerly awaiting. I have spoken to Rakeysh Mehra at two occasions about the film and he seems totally possessed by the film. It doesn't seem to be a 100 crore breast beating encore for him. He is a director who is passionate about story telling and the teaser lives up to my expectations and I am sure will by loved by one and all.

Farhan Akhtar has totally transformed himself into Milkha Singh. He looks exactly like the flying sikh. The final scene in the teaser has him flaunting a knife with a rivetting expression on the face. This must be the point of India-Pakistan partition when his key family members were killed. Shankar Ehsan Loy seem to be in full form if the Zinda number is any indication of what one can expect from other numbers. The movie releases in July next year and that's a long long wait.

Kareena To Launch Fevicol On Bigg Boss, A Teaser To Be Launched Today

Kareena Kapoor will unveil her eagerly anticipated item song Fevicol from Dabanng 2 on Bigg Boss season 6 in the saturday December 1, 2012 episode. Kareena will also dance to the song in BB. A ten second teaser of the song will be launched shortly today.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

"The Attacks Of 26/11 Is A Pro Islam Film": Ram Gopal Varma

In the first part of his Bollywood Hungama exclusive interview Ram Gopal Varma talks about his film 'The Attacks Of 26/11', releasing its seven minute opening sequence on the net and the extreme reactions that it has generated. He clarifies his stand on the various allegations and explains the relevance of the character of Rakesh Maria that is played by Nana Patekar in the film. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Shooting For Indian Version Of 24 To Start In January 2013

Abhinay Deo, the director of the Indian version of 24 at a press conference today stated that the shooting for his ambitious project helmed by Anil Kapoor, will start in the later part of January 2013. They are still not sure when the series will start airing. The fiction drama series will air on Colors TV which has acquired the rights for it from Anil Kapoor at a reportedly staggering cost of Rs 150 crores. 

Send Questions For Salman, Arbaaz And Sonakshi

I am doing an interview with Salman Khan, Arbaaz Khan and Sonakshi Sinha tomorrow. Send in your questions at faridoonshahryar@gmail.com or you can post it in the comments section below. If you are posting in the comments section then do leave your name and if possible city as well. It is mandatory that questions are sent for all three since it is going to be a joint interview. 

John Abraham Adjudged As Sexiest Man Alive By People Magazine

John Abraham has been adjudged as the sexiest man alive by the People magazine. John features on the cover of the latest issue and he will be unveiling it at an event in Bombay tomorrow November 28, 2012. 

Yaana Gupta's Exclusive 'Fun'gama In Malaysia

Extremely beautiful Yaana Gupta along with the team of Bollywood Hungama feasted on the wonderful Malaysian hospitality from November 9 to 11, 2012. Check it out!

"Guaranteed Good Film When You Watch An Aamir...": Rani Mukerji

Rani Mukerji in the first part of her bollywoodhungama.com exclusive, answers a few fan questions on her latest film 'Talaash'. Mukerji talks about the famous train sequence in 'Ghulam' where Aamir runs towards a train and she also talks about her choice of films. Must watch!

Reema Kagti And Zoya Akhtar's Must Watch Interview

In the second part of their Bollywood Hungama exclusive interview, director Reema Kagti and co - writer Zoya Akhtar talk about their film 'Talaash'. The duo speak about the songs of the film and clear the rumours about the creative differences with Aamir Khan. They also share about the experience of working with Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherji and Kareena Kapoor and talk about their future ventures. Must watch!

Aamir Khan On Dhoom 3, Peekay, SMJ 2 And Why He Liked Veer Zaara

Aamir Khan in the third part of his Bollywood Hungama exclusive interview, talks about his upcoming film 'Talaash'. He speaks about the second season of his popular show Satyamev Jayate and gives his condolences to late filmmaker Yash Chopra. Finally he also talks about his directorial venture and his future projects. Must watch!

Musically Yours: "Karan Johar's Ungli Is Going To Move The Nation": Salim-Sulaiman

In this Bollywood Hungama exclusive 'Musically Yours' interview, music composers Sulaiman Merchant and Salim Merchant talk about their new music video 'Tujhpe Fida ' from the movie 'Heroine' and its essence. The duo also speak about creating songs for Karan Johar's under production film 'Ungli' starring Emraan Hashmi, the experience of working with Subhash Ghai and gave their condolences to the veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra. Must watch!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Akshay, Asin Himesh To Perform Live At A Bombay College On Nov 27

Akshay Kumar, Asin, Himesh Reshammiya and Claudia Ceisla will perform live tomorrow November 27, 2012 at JRM Ground, Mithibai College in Bombay. 

"Sabse Bada Khiladi Is My Favourite Khiladi Movie": Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar in an interview with me today said that Sabse Bada Khiladi is his favourire Khiladi movie (I had asked, other than Khiladi 786). Sabse Bada Khiladi also starred Mamta Kulkarni. 

Akshay Kumar's Khiladi 786 Releasing In 2500 Screens?

Himesh Reshammiya in an informal chat with me today stated that Akshay Kumar and Asin starrer Khiladi 786 is releasing in approximately 2500 screens in India on December 7, 2012. Himesh is one of the producers of the film besides being the music composer and story writer. Reshammiya is confident that because of the strong buzz for the film and hit music, this Khiladi will cross the coveted Rs 100 crores. 

"The Attacks Of 26/11 Is My Best Film, Better Than Satya": Ram Gopal Varma

"The Attacks of 26/11 is my best film," said Ram Gopal Varma in a no holds barred interview with me today. Is it better than Satya, I asked? "Yes, it's better than Satya," RGV replied. Mr Varma showed me an unreleased promo of the film. I've been critical of his works in the past and have openly expressed my reservations. But the promo that I saw of 'The Attacks Of 26/11' left me stunned. Being a Mumbaikar, I remember that night very clearly and snatching a few moments from it was a chilling experience. A women shot in the head from behind, a state of absolute disarray and blood spewing from hapless civilians.

RGV confirmed that he shall be shooting the dramatic manner in which Kasab's was hanged at Pune's Yerwada's Jail. Former ATS Chief Hemant Karkare's wife Kavita Karkare's is reportedly upset with Varma for showing Rakesh Maria (played by Nana Patekar) in a positive light. What is RGV's reaction to that? Is he ready for the backlash from fundamental religious groups? Answering back to his critics, detractors and once-upon-a-time-friends and now-turned-sympathisers who doubt his ability to cast a spell, this is what RGV had to say: "Without taking names, I can only say one thing...I know what I am doing."

Rani Mukerji On The Famous Train Scene Of Aamir In Ghulam

A fan Sushil Suthar from Jaipur had asked a question to Rani Mukerji in my interview:

What were you thinking when Aamir gave that train sequence in Ghulam?

Rani Mukerji's reply: That dus dus ki dod is one of the most famous sequences and it won quite a few awards for being the best scene. It was interesting, it was a whole gang of bikers and this fight between Deepak Tijori's gang and Aamir. There was this undercurrent of tension between Alisha and Siddhu at that point of time in the film. This whole scene was quite exciting because for the first time that you saw a character running towards a train rather than running away from it. Even while shooting, I was relatively new, I had only done Raja Ki Ayegi Baraat, I still hate night shooting, even then we shot it in the night. I used to be extremely sleepy on the shoot but this entire sequence was very interesting. 

"Aamir, Kareena Or Myself...": Rani Mukerji

A fan Nikhil Seth from delhi had asked a question to Rani Mukerji in my interview

What is the most unusual thing about Talaash?

Rani Mukerji's reply: Can't reveal too much about the film, story or the character since it's a suspense drama.   Any lead to anything might lead to the story coming out. It will be very interesting to do an interview after the film releases so we can talk more about the character and how it all happened. What is really special (I won't call it unusual) that all three actors whether it is Aamir, Kareena or myself, we are coming with a film which is unusual for mainstream actors to do in the first place. I think that's very special, it's a very special story. Suspense dramas are not made in this fashion any more. The story is very very important. 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

"I Loved Jab Tak Hai Jaan": Rani Mukerji

"I loved Jab Tak Hai Jaan," said Rani Mukerji in an interview with me today. What did she think of Shahrukh in the film? "I love him. Shahrukh romancing...can't get better than that," Rani added.

Rank Mukerji's Expression Of Love For Fans In Indonesia

In an interview with me today Rani Mukerji said that one of the reasons for saying yes to a concert in Djakarta, Indonesia on December 8, 2012 was because of the love she receives from her fans in Indonesia. I showed her two cards sent by Ranians from Indonesia and she saw it minutely for a long time and loved it immensely. 

Aamir Answers To A Fan On Why Talaash Is Different From Other Suspense Films

A fan Debanjan Ghosh had asked Aamir in my interview, why is Aamir calling Talaash an unusual film, is this film different from other suspense films?

Aamir Khan's Reply: I hope so. I am hoping that it is different from other films that he has seen. When I say different then I mean there is a certain regular format that you have for mainstream cinema. Most of my films don't fall into that. Lagaan, Dil Chahta Hai, Taare Zameen Par, Rang De Basanti didn't fall into that. I think the films that are clearly mainstream are Fanah, Ghajini, 3 Idiots. Films like Rang De Basanti, Lagaan, Dil Chahta Hai, Sarfarosh are not clearly mainstream. They are mainstream but as the creative team we are always worried ke yaar hum logo kuch hat ke try kar rahe hain, pata nahin kya hoga. That concern is always there in us. Similarly for Talaash that concern is there in me. 

Jab Tak Hai Jaan Merchandise Launched

Yash Raj Films in association with Nightingale and Gabambo has launched an exclusive range of merchandise featuring Jab Tak Hai Jaan and other Yash Chopra films. The merchandise includes diaries and notebooks. Additionally there is a compilation of canvas art prints featuring Jab Tak Hai Jaan and other Yash Chopra films. The merchandise is available on a popular online store. 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Send Your Questions For Rani Mukerji

I may be doing an interview with Rani Mukerji tomorrow November 24. Send in your questions at faridoonshahryar@gmail.com or post in the comments section below. 

"Old Himmatwala Is Not A Classic": Sajid Khan

In the third part of his interview Sajid Khan talks about his film 'Himmatwala' and is happy that Ranbir-Deepika starrer 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani' is not clashing with his film. He explains his idea of a 'classic film' and also check out what he has to say about his alleged marriage plans. As always, Sajid is a lot of fun and several quotable quotes effortlessly flow :-) 

"I Totally Trust Aamir": Reema Kagti

'Talaash' Director Reema Kagti along with her co-writer Zoya Akhtar in this first part of theirinterview, talk about their awaited film 'Talaash'. Reema speaks about the suspense element in the story and the songs of the film whereas Zoya talks about the experience of working with Farhan Akhtar and Anurag Kashyap as dialogue writers for the film and the experience of collaborating with Reema on the story-screenplay. 

"Don't Want To Do Something Mediocre": Yaana Gupta

I caught up with Yaana Gupta in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as she spoke about writing, fitness and what keeps her busy.

"I'm Surprised No Film Has Broken The 3 Idiots Record": Aamir Khan

In the second part of his interview, Aamir Khan shares his experience of working with Rani Mukerji and Kareena Kapoor in 'Talaash'. He also clears the rumours about his differences with director Reema Kagti and answered questions of some of his fans. 

"This Is Not Shahrukh And My War": Ajay Devgn

Ajay Devgn in the first part of an interview spoke about the controversy surrounding his film Son Of Sardar Vis-a-vis Jab Tak Hai Jaan. Devgn revealed that Kajol was not invited for the premiere of Jab Tak Hai Jaan and the rumours saying that she had taken a back door entry are false. Devgn also busts the uneven box office collections (varying drastically) and why there ought to be transparency in how the Box Office collections are calculated and disseminated to the audience.

'Talaash' Underwater Sequence Shot In London

"We shot an underwater sequence (in Talaash) at Pinewood studio in London," revealed Reema Kagti in an interview with me recently. "There are two underwater sequences in the film. We shot out one at a pool in the diving academy in Khopoli. We set an underwater stage there. After we shot out the first sequence there, we had a problem with the visibility in the water, the filtration units were not working the way we wanted them to, so we decided to shoot at a later date," explained Reema on the reason why the underwater sequence was later shot in London. 

Jab Tak Hai Jaan Screened At Doha Tribeca Film Festival

Yash Chopra's Jab Tak Hai Jaan was recently screened at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival in Qatar. Vice Chairman of DTFF, Mr Issa Al Mohannadi introduced a short 11 minute AV paying a tribute to Mr Chopra. Shahrukh Khan had sent a personal message for the occasion. 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

"200 To 300 Screens To Be Added To Son Of Sardar From Nov 23": Ajay Devgn

"In the second week, in the coming friday, we have 200-300 more screens added on to Son of Sardar," disclosed Ajay Devgn in an interview with me yesterday. "As soon as the theater count increases, the collections increase and we are hoping for a very good second week as well," Ajay Added. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

"I'm Not A Logical Person, I'm An Emotional Person": Aamir Khan

In the first part of Aamir Khan's interview, we discuss the music of 'Talaash'. Khan talks about his favourite songs from the album. Aamir talks about the experience of going on Haj with his mother recently. Why did he stop endorsing products and will he start endorsing now since the first season of Satyamev Jayate has come to an end? There are three more parts to go. I hope you guys will like watching this and the remaining parts.

Send Questions For Ajay Devgn

I am doing an interview with Ajay Devgn tomorrow November 21, 2012. Send in your questions at faridoonshahryar@gmail.com or post it in the comments section below. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

SRK To Launch Kidzania On Tuesday November 20

Shahrukh Khan will launch Kidzania at an event in Bombay tomorrow November 20, 2012. SRK was earlier supposed to launch it today November 19 but due to the sad demise of Mr Bal Thackeray, the event was postponed by a day. 

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SRK's Magic Works Big In The Overseas Market

According to an official press release from YRF, Jab Tak Hai Jaan has created a big impact not only in the Indian but also in the overseas market. Shahrukh Khan has a huge fan following all over the world. In my interview, I received questions from fans in Peru, UK, Switzerland, Saudia Arabia, Dubai, Pakistan, Singapore, Malaysia, Morocco, USA, France etc. and I can surely understand that Shahrukh's popularity in the overseas market is unprecedented.  

According to the press release, JTHJ recorded very impressive figures for the opening day (Nov 13, Tuesday) screenings on a limited overseas release, as the film opened in stages over 14th, 15th, and 16th November.

TUE     $1.30 Million
WED    $1.20 Million   
THUR   $1.08 Million
FRI      $1.35 Million
SAT     $1.52 Million
SUN    $1.13 Million

TOTAL $ 7.58 Million        
TOTAL OVERSEAS 41.7 crores

This is the highest grossing weekend for any Bollywood film overseas!

Some interesting milestones:

·         US – Opened at No. 5 on the US Box Office charts and the highest midweek and weekend grossing Bollywood Film ever
·         UK – Opened at No. 4 on the UK Box Office charts and the highest midweek and weekend grossing Bollywood Film ever
·         Middle East – No. 1 at the Box Office and the highest midweek and weekend grossing Bollywood Film ever. The fastest ever in the Middle East for an Indian Film to reach the 2 Million Figure – in 5 days.
·         Australia – Opened at No. 2 on the Australia Box Office charts (limited release) and the highest opening Bollywood Film ever.
·         New Zealand – First Bollywood Film to open at No. 1, overtaking all Hollywood Films on Wednesday.
·         Germany – Opened at No. 7 on the German BO.
·         Pakistan – All time record of highest Opening Day collections for Film ever.
·         Singapore – All time record of highest Opening Bollywood Film ever.
JTHJ continues its run on the World Top 10 Charts over the weekend! A rare achievement for any Bollywood film.
US     # 8
UK     # 5
NZ     # 4
AUS   # 6

In the domestic market, Jab Tak Hai Jaan has been affected by the total bandh in Maharashtra over the weekend. It remains to be seen how the film fares in the days ahead since there is no big release till Talaash on November 30. The tussle between JTHJ and SOS will slug it out for at least ten more days. 

'Muskaanein Jhooti Hain' Will Play In The Opening Credits Of Talaash

"Muskaanein Jhooti Hain is picturised in the title sequence of the film," disclosed Reema Kagti in an interview with me today. According to Kagti, the other songs are part of the film, though the music videos that are playing on TV have some add on promotional material as well to develop the curiosity around the film. 

Send Questions For Himesh Reshammiya

Send questions for Himesh Reshammiya at faridoonshahryar@gmail.com. You can also post your questions in the comments section below. 

Send Questions For Akshay Kumar And Asin

Send your questions for Akshay Kumar and Asin at faridoonshahryar@gmail.com. You can also post your questions in the comments section below. It is important that you send questions for Akshay and Asin so that I could evenly space out the questions between the two. 

Shahrukh's Kidzania Event Has Been Cancelled

Shahrukh Khan's event for Kidzania has been cancelled for today November 19, 2012. This has happened as a mark of respect for the sad demise of Mr Bal Thackeray. The event will happen at a later date. 

Talaash Promotions To Gain Momentum Post Nov 20

In an interview with me a short while back, Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar said that the promotions for Talaash are on course and it will gain further momentum post November 20,2012. Reema informed that the team is going for a city tour soon and Aamir will be appearing on CID. She also said that because of the nature of the film the way it is, the less said about it, the better it is.
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Sunday, November 18, 2012

"Whenever You Are Handling 2 Women, It Is Always Difficult": Aamir Khan

In the making of Muskaanein Jhooti Hain (Talaash), Aamir compares Kareena with Madhubala from Howrah Bridge and almost immediately after praising Kareena, Aamir compliments Rani that she communicates emotions beautifully through eyes. When I asked Aamir about it in my interview with him and inquired if it is tough balancing things out while working with two beautiful, talented actresses, this is what Aamir said laughingly, "Whenever you are handling two women at the same time, it is always difficult. Let me be honest. Handling one woman is difficult." I think Kareena is looking fantastic in the Muskaanein number. "Both are looking beautiful," Aamir added as we laughed. "Seriously, both are extremely beautiful women and it is my privilege and pleasure to work with them. Rani is very beautiful and so is Kareena. They are both very beautiful human beings. I have had a long working relationship with Rani. She is such a pleasure to work with. Kareena is the same, I've worked with her for quite a while and she is just a delight to work with," Aamir said. 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Why Does Bollywood Continue To Hob Nob With Questionable Businessmen?

Controversial liquor baron Ponty Chaddha was shot dead in Delhi today in what is being called as the result of a family dispute. Ponty Chaddha was also a prominent film distributor who with his Wave Cinemas was associated with films like Players (Viacom 18) and Jism 2 (Pooja Bhatt). There were reports that Ponty was also associated with Pooja Bhatt's Jism 3 and Cabaret. Ponty was a controversial figure and his meteoric rise in the real estate and liquor business was questionable. The fact remains that Bollywood continues to hob nob with people with questionable background and even more questionable sources of income. 

Theaters To Shut Shop For The Weekend; Will Affect BO Collections Of JTHJ, SOS

The sad demise of Mr Bal Thackeray has resulted in cinema theater owners announcing that all cinema halls will be shut from today evening till tomorrow November 18 evening in Mumbai. It wouldn't be surprising that similar decision is taken by theater owners in other parts of Maharashtra. This will surely affect the Box Office collections of Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Son of Sardaar since Mumbai is a big market and Sunday was expected to show a big jump as it is a holiday.   

Aamir To Shoot For CID Today

Aamir Khan is shooting for an episode of CID (Sony TV) in Bombay today November 17, 2012. The shooting will take place at an auditorium in Bandra. Which auditorium? Why don't you do your 'Talaash' yourself? :-) 

Friday, November 16, 2012

SRK To Launch Kidzania On Nov 19, 2012

Shahrukh Khan will launch Kidzania on Monday November 19, 2012 in Bombay. Kidzania is said to be a leading edutainment brand, an indoor theme park that claims to prepare kids for a better world.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

"Yes I Have A Script For My Next Directorial Venture": Aamir Khan

"I'm very keen to make my next film (as a director)," said Aamir Khan in an interview with me. There were reports that you have a script. "Yes I have a script. But the problem is that my time is so much time right now in my work as an actor. I am afraid that I have to hold back that script. Very beautiful story that I have got but I won't tell you much about since there is a long way to go for it," Aamir concluded. 

"Crossing The Business Of 3 Idiots Is Not Easy": Aamir Khan

"I had no idea that 3 Idiots will do a business of more than Rs 200 crores. Ghajini was the first film that broke the Rs 100 crore barrier," said Aamir Khan in response to a fan's question if Talaash will break the Box Office record of 3 Idiots. "Crossing the business of 3 Idiots is not easy. 3 Idiots was three years ago and in these three years, film business has changed dynamically. The potential of business has doubled. I am surprised that no film has broken the record of 3 Idiots. 3 Idiots was released in less than 1500 screens, today films are releasing in 4000 screens. There is no logical reason why the record should not have been broken. Some film will come and break it," Aamir said. "Talaash is not a mainstream film the kind Dabanng is. Of course it is a mainstream film but it is not out and out masala kind of entertainer. It is a beautiful story, human story. It is a very emotional story. While it is a suspense drama, the core of the film is emotions," Aamir added. 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Sridevi And Juhi Chawla At The Premiere Of Jab Tak Hai Jaan

Sridevi, Boney Kapoor and Juhi Chawla have arrived at the premiere of Jab Tak Hai Jaan. Sridevi has worked in memorable films of Mr Chopra, like Chaandni and Lamhe. Juhi Chawla has had one of her most memorable films in Darr (remember Kkkkkkiran) that was directed by Mr Chopra. Incidentally Chawla is also playing an important role in Son Of Sardaar, the film that has had a major showdown with JTHJ this Diwali.

Big B, Abhi-Ash, Hrithik At The Premiere Of Jab Tak Hai Jaan

Mr Amitabh Bachchan, Mrs Jaya Bachchan, Abhishek, Aishwarya, Hrithik Roshan and Rakesh Roshan have arrived for the premiere of Jab Tak Hai Jaan today November 12, 2012. This is surely turning out to be a big event for sure. Elaborate arrangements have been made for the media. Posters of Mr Chopra's films have been adorned on the red carpet. YRF has a strict policy of not allowing any shoot inside the precincts of the YRF Studios. It is for the first time that the media has been allowed to shoot the front entrance of the reception area where the red carpet has been set up.

Aamir Khan Arrives For The Premiere Of Shahrukh Khan's 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan'

At the premiere of Jab Tak Hai Jaan today at YRF Studios, Shahrukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma, Pamela Chopra (Mr Yash Chopra's wife) and Uday Chopra were the first to arrive. Shahrukh, Katrina, Anushka walked the red carpet hand-in-hand. The big news is that Aamir Khan has also arrived for the premiere along with Kiran and Aamir was seen hugging Gauri Khan.

Dilip Kumar sahab, Saira Banu, Sooraj Barjatya (a rare outing for sure), Shahid Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Sujoy Ghosh, Imran Khan, Twinkle Khanna, Dibakar Banerji, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Preity Zinta, Farah Khan, Rekha Jackie Shroff, Raju Hirani, Ramesh Sippy, David Dhawan, Amisha Patel, Shankar Ehsan Loy, Jitendra, Rani Mukerji, Prasoon Joshi, Shyam Benegal, Subhash Ghai, Kabir Khan, Prem Chopra, Anu Malik, Sonam Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Kirron Kher are a few of the other celebrities who have arrived so far. 

Duration Of Jab Tak Hai Jaan is Close To Three Hours

The duration of Shahrukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma starrer 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' is close to three hours (2 hrs 50 mins, according to a reliable source). 

Pics: Aamir Khan's Association With Windows 8

Friday, November 9, 2012

November In Malaysia...first impressions

I arrivéd in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia in the wee hours of today morning. It was à five hour flight from Bombay and I must have hardly slept for à couple of hours. I am here along with my team for à promotional event of Tourism Malaysia. Yana Gupta is the prime attraction as she will promote the November sale. The journey by road from KL International Airport to Kuala Lampur is more than an hour. We stopped over at a South Indian restaurant (where this picture was clicked) for breakfast. This is my first time in Malaysia and the country and its people are very hospitable.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

"Himmatwala Is A Complete Entertainer": Ajay Devgn

'Sexomatic' SRK, 'Scarlet' Katrina & 'Khiladi' Anuhska On Jab Tak Hai Jaan

Ranbir To Launch Barfi! DVD Tomorrow Nov 9

Ranbir Kapoor, Illeana D'cruz and Anurag Basu will launch the DVD of 'Barfi!' at an event in Bombay tomorrow November 9, 2012. 

Aamir Khan To Start Endorsing Products Again?

"I've always done whatever makes me happy. I live for the moment and do what makes me happy. What makes me happy may not be logical. It's very illogical to stop your endorsements and cut off a major part of your earnings," said Aamir Khan in an interview with me about his decision to stop endorsing products. "I am not a logical person. I am an emotional person. I go with my heart. I do what I feel like doing. I do what makes me happy. Often what makes me happy, tactically, practically the correct thing to do as understood by most people. But I am happy," Aamir said. As of now you won't be endorsing any product? "I was very keen not to be endorsing any product for the first season of Satyamev Jayate, that is now concluded, I have not thought about it quite honestly. There is nothing wrong in endorsing a product. I am happy to endorse as I am happy that the product can be used. I would like to use it myself. Until I am satisfied, I don't endorse it. When I was doing Satyamev Jayate, I didn't want to be seen doing anything else. It may not be logical. I was just following my heart," Aamir explained. But since you do so few films, at least your ad films are something that your fans can enjoy on television. "A lot of my fans told me that we enjoy your ads. Your films come after three years so at least we get to see your Ads. So, I can start again. There is no hard and fast rule," Aamir concluded. 

Aamir Khan Talks About Why 'Less' Is 'More' For 'Talaash' Marketing

"Each film has its own requirements. I believe you should be honest with the film. The kind of film it is should be presented to people in the same manner," said Aamir Khan in an interview with me in response to the marketing plans of Talaash and when the marketing wave will pick up in a big way. "Talaash is a suspense drama. The less we say about it, the better. We want you to be curious about it. We want you to search in your own way for information about the film. So, it will be very difficult for you to take information out of me (laughs)," Aamir added. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Sajid Khan On Himmatwala; Film With Saif Ali Khan

SRK, Katrina, Anushka's Exclusive On Jab Tak Hai Jaan Part 1

SRK, Katrina, Anushka To Visit Jalandhar On Nov 7

Shahrukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma will be visiting Jalandhar tomorrow November 7, 2012. Jalandhar is the home town of Mr Yash Chopra. The trio will address the media tomorrow afternoon. 

Amit Kumar To Record Dad Kishore's Naino Mein Sapna From Himmatwala

Amit Kumar shall be recording Naino Mein Sapna at a recording studio in Bombay today November 6, 2012, for Sajid Khan's Himmatwala. Naino Mein Sapna  and Taki Re Taki are the two songs that are being retained in Ajay Devgn's version of Himmatwala from the earlier one. Incidentally, Amit Kumar's legendary father Kishore Kumar had sung Naino Mein Sapna thirty years back and now the son is singing the same song. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Sonakshi Sinha Speaks About Dabanng 2

"Dabanng 2 is taking forward the story from part 1 in a bigger better way," said Sonakshi Sinha in an interview with me on one of the most eagerly awaited films. "Dabanng is a home base for me. It is always a pleasure to be a part of that film, working with people I started off with. Its amazing," Sonakshi added. 

"Lootera Is My Best Performance As An Actress": Sonakshi Sinha

"Lootera has been my most difficult performance so far. Personally for me, my best performance as well," said Sonakshi Sinha in an interview with me. "Lootera gave me an opportunity to get out of my comfort zone," Sonakshi said. "A certain trend of heroine centric film is going on right now. Some of them are doing very well. I don't want to do it just for the sake of it. Everyone who is doing it are doing it after five, six, seven, eight years of being in the industry. It is only my second year in the industry. I have a lot of time to do that. Right now I am having my fun. I am doing films that I would like to see on big screen, big films, larger than life films, where I get the chance to sing and dance, do my bit and be a part of a good big film," Sonakshi added. 

"Salman Is So Lovable...": Ajay Devgn

"Salman Is Very Very Watchable": Ajay Devgn

"Salman is in a  position right now that he is so lovable on screen that even if he is casual, he is lovable," said Ajay Devgn in an interview with me. "He has got that comfort zone, he is enjoying himself in front of the camera. He is very very watchable. Even if he doing nothing, he is watchable," Ajay added. 

Emraan To Launch Raaz 3 DVD On November 6

Emraan Hashmi and Mukesh Bhatt will launch the DVD of Raaz 3 at an event in Bombay tomorrow November 6, 2012. 

"Kabhi Haan Kabhi Kabhi Naa, One Of My Most Special Films": SRK

"Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa was one of my most special films since it was one of my first few films," said Shahrukh Khan in an interview with me on November 3, 2012. "Some of the scenes in the film were completely contrary to what the script says. My heart would say it and I would do it. There was a scene between Suchitra and Deepak (Tijori) where they are kissing each other and I watch it. The scene is that I am supposed to keep looking and feel really sad. I used to run away each time the camera was put on. They used to catch me and I would run away and tell me that Shahrukh you have to stand here. I said no, if a girl I love is being kissed by another guy then I have to beat him. This guy looks big , I can't beat him so I am going to run away. There was a lot of honesty and earnestness in that film. I think it is beautiful to be in love like that where you keep on lying, not cheating, to get things done because you are not so attractive. The character is based on a book where the character is not good looking, physically, not the kind of person a girl would go for but he just loved her madly and doesn't get her in the end," Shahrukh said. 

"My Film With Saif Will Be His Biggest Grosser Ever": Sajid Khan

Sajid Khan in an interview with me confirmed that his next film after 'Himmatwala' is a film starring Saif Ali Khan and Riteish Deshmukh. "It's Saif like never before. It's going to be Saif's most challenging role. Saif is going to be doing what you can never expect him to do. I can give you my word that it is going to be his biggest grosser ever. It will have Saif and Riteish do things which they've never done before," Sajid said. The film with Saif and Riteish will start in all probability in June, July 2013, and will be releasing in the summer of 2014. The heroine has not been decided. Sajid is writing the script along with Sanjay Chel. Dialogues in all probability will be written by Sajid-Farhad. 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Dream Lives On Amongst Memories...The SRK, Katrina, Anushka Interview

I did an interview with Shahrukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma yesterday November 3, 2012. The interview was conducted at the YRF Studios. As I entered the gates of the grand Studio, it suddenly dawned on me that the last time that I had visited this place was for Mr Yash Chopra's birthday on September 27, 2012. He was in such great spirits then that it is hard to imagine that the man who spoke for two hours on his birthday, going down the memory lane, laced with funny anecdotes, is not around any more. As I walked towards the reception, I saw work going on in full swing in one of the studios. That's where the premiere will be held and it is very apparent that every possible effort is being made to ensure that November 12, 2012 will be one of the biggest nights in Bollywood ever.

The interview with the three stars started on a sombre note as we discussed Yash ji and the void that he has left behind. I had received many questions from all across the world, from places like Lima in Peru, Switzerland, Paris, Morocco, USA etc. The conversation just flowed and when we ended, our cameraman Tahir Shaikh told me that the duration of the interview was around 38 minutes. I couldn't take many questions and I feel bad about it because some of the questions sent by the fans were brilliant and entertaining. I guess we shall be breaking this interview in four parts. Hopefully, you all will like it. 

SRK's Favourite Song From Jab Tak Hai Jaan Is 'Saans'

In an interview with me yesterday, November 3, 2012, Shahrukh Khan, while answering to a fan stated that his favourite song from Jab Tak Hai Jaan is Saans. Katrina also considers Saans as her favourite track from the film. 

SRK, Katrina, Anushka To Promote JTHJ In Yash Chopra's Home Town Jalandhar

In an interview with me yesterday November 3, 2012, Shahrukh Khan said that he, along with Katrina and Anushka will be visiting Jalandhar, the home town of Mr Yash Chopra for promoting their film Jab Tak Hai Jaan in the next few days. Shahrukh confirmed that they will not be travelling outside India for promoting the film since they shall be having several engagements within India around the same time. Answering query of a fan from Morocco, Shahrukh confirmed that Jab Tak Hai Jaan will be having a screening at the Marrakech International Film Festival. 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Aamir Khan Starts Next Schedule Of Dhoom 3 In December 2012

In an interview with me today Aamir Khan said that hè shall start shooting for the next schedule of Dhoom 3 in December 2012. The film shall be wrapping up in the first quarter of 2013. Aamir said Dhoom 3 may release in August 2013 but it all depends on how much time Director Victor will take in post production. Rajkumar Hirani will start shooting for PK in December. Aamir will join the crew later. 

Aamir Khan May Get Back To Blogging Again....Soon

In an interview with me à short while back, Aamir Khan replied to one of the fan questions and said that hè will try and update his blog www.aamirkhan.com once à month. Hè reiterated that hè is not promising but hè will try. Another fan had asked about akp.com and that it shows 'Coming Soon' for the last two years. Aamir said that hè will speak to Kiran and they shall surely do something about it soon. 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Send Questions For Aamir Khan

I am doing an interview with Aamir Khan tomorrow November 3. Send in your questions at faridoonshahryar@gmail.com or post them in the comments section below.

Enjoy and Cheers!!!

Send Questions For Shahrukh, Katrina And Anushka

I am doing an interview with Shahrukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma tomorrow November 3. Send in your questions at faridoonshahryar@gmail.com or post them in the comments section below. Ensure that questions are sent for all three as its a joint interview and everyone will have to be given questions during 'Fan Mail' section. 

Enjoy and Cheers!!!

Ghanchakkar To Release On June 21,2013

Emraan Hashmi and Vidya Balan starrer Ghanchakkar will be releasing on June 21, 2013. The film is a comedy and is directed by Rajkumar Gupta.
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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Aishwarya Brings Along Aradhya At Function Where She Is Getting French Honour

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan arrived at a Bombay Hotel a short while back to receive The Insignia of Chevalier Dans L'ordre Des Et Des Letters that is being conferred by the French Embassy. Aishwarya has brought her daughter Aradhya along with her. Mr Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan are also present. Today is Aishwarya's birthday. 

SRK To Meet Media On His Birthday

Shahrukh Khan will meet the media at his bungalow Mannat tomorrow November 2 afternoon on the occasion of his birthday.