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Friday, June 09, 2006

Nana’s new role

You heard Viveik Oberoi do it in Deewane Hue Paagal and Sanjay Dutt do it in Taxi No. 9211. Now it’s time for none other than Nana Patekar to don the role of a voice over artist. Nana does just that in Neeraj Vora’s Phir Hera Pheri. His voice over starts at the beginning of the movie when he introduces Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal into the movie from where they left off in Hera Pheri. He also mentions about other characters from the earlier movie as well like Tabu and Akshay’s mom who die. Nana who is known for his powerful dialogues enacts this part with élan. You would want to know that Nana Patekar will be featuring in producer Firoz Nadiadwala’s (producer of PHP) next film Welcome.

Apart from that director Neeraj Vora has done a cameo in the film as well. He plays a bus passenger in the scene when Akshay Kumar and Rimmi Sen meet for the first time. The actor turned director was last seen in Khushi where he essayed the role of Fardeen Khan’s friend.

Nana’s new role

You heard Viveik Oberoi do it in Deewane Hue Paagal and Sanjay Dutt do it in Taxi No. 9211. Now it’s time for none other than Nana Patekar to don the role of a voice over artist. Nana does just that in Neeraj Vora’s Phir Hera Pheri. His voice over starts at the beginning of the movie when he introduces Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal into the movie from where they left off in Hera Pheri. He also mentions about other characters from the earlier movie as well like Tabu and Akshay’s mom who die. Nana who is known for his powerful dialogues enacts this part with élan. You would want to know that Nana Patekar will be featuring in producer Firoz Nadiadwala’s (producer of PHP) next film Welcome.

Apart from that director Neeraj Vora has done a cameo in the film as well. He plays a bus passenger in the scene when Akshay Kumar and Rimmi Sen meet for the first time. The actor turned director was last seen in Khushi where he essayed the role of Fardeen Khan’s friend.

Rani endorses Titan Raga

Does anybody have the time? Rani Mukherjee will be the right person to ask. Rani has been signed up as the brand ambassador for Titan Raga, a watch brand which is designed and crafted exclusively for women.

Rani said that the Titan Raga watches are sensuous, beautiful and feminine just like today’s women and so she decided to endorse the brand. Titan Raga wants to reposition itself and who better to do it than Rani. Speaking at a press conference, Titan Industries COO, Harish Bhatt said Titan Raga commands a 68 per cent preference score among women aged between 25 and 40.

Titan has Aamir Khan as well who promotes its watches and John Abraham who endorses its line of sunglasses.

Amitabh under Income Tax scanner again

Amitabh Bachchan has again come under the surveillance of the income tax department. This time the reason for putting the I-T officials to send him a notice has been his Rs. 2.7 lakh worth Ray Ban sunglasses. He wore the same in the upcoming film Zamanat to release next week. Bachchan also gifted the pair to the director of the film, S. Ramanathan after the shooting of the film.

Apart from this, the income tax department is also asking him to disclose details of other expensive accessories in his possession. This has been the fourth income tax notice to the star since November 2005. Some of the notices also relate to his overseas ventures and his earnings from the popular Television gameshow Kaun Banega Crorepati.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Love Ke Chakkar Mein (Movie Review)


Laughter is a difficult emotion to capture on celluloid. But not all storytellers can achieve the impossible. LOVE KE CHAKKAR MEIN is a desperate attempt at creating a comedy of errors. As the film lacks a substantial script, it just fails to connect with the moviegoer. In fact, the supposed laughathon comes across as a compilation of several masala comedies, resulting in a film that makes no sense at all.

Vikram [Aarnav Bhatia] is a jobless MBA, who rides expensive bikes but does not have a job or a house to call his own. As the story moves forward, he gets attracted to Neha, a girl he meets on chat and after a year, decide to meet. They find themselves in love the minute they meet. He also proposes on the first date itself and she readily accepts. But her father puts up a condition: Vikram should get a job within seven days.

Vikram goes for a lot of interviews, but is rejected everywhere. He meets Armaan Kochar [Rishi Kapoor], a desperate middle-aged man wanting to sleep with girls half his age. A married man, his wife has an Ekta Kapoor TV serial hangover. Armaan offers a job to Vikram on the condition that he will send his girlfriend with Armaan for one night. Vikram declines the offer, but agrees later on his friend's advice.

So, instead his girlfriend, he sends a call girl over to Armaan. Eventually, he gets the job and the marriage is fixed. But Neha's aunt wants Vikram to get his own house. So he approaches his boss again and needless to say, the same situation arises. But all's well that ends well.

There's nothing original about LOVE KE CHAKKAR MEIN. In fact, the story gets over in the first hour itself. What follows is the same monotony and a desperate attempt to create comical situations. The writing is completely out of form. Even the direction [B.H. Tharun Kumar] is lackluster. Besides, the film needs to be trimmed by at least 20-25 minutes. Even the music is not worth mentioning.

Rishi Kapoor looks completely disinterested. In fact, roles such as the one in LOVE KE CHAKKAR MEIN don't suit him. Aarnav Bhatia needs to take care of his expressions. Parmita should go easy on make up. Shoma Anand irritates. Satish Shah is okay.

On the whole, LOVE KE CHAKKAR MEIN is a poor show.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Aamir denies Rs. 2 crore reduction

Aamir Khan
FANAA continues to hit headlines This time it's the front-page story carried by a leading newspaper that's the talk of town. According to the news-report, Aamir Khan has asked FANAA producer Aditya Chopra to deduct Rs. 2 crores from his paycheck since the film hasn't released in Gujarat and the actor wants to compensate the producers [who also happen to be the distributors] for the non-release in the state.

The said news-report never quoted Aamir, but the lightening speed with which the desk-job specialists lifted the story from the newspaper and carried similar stories on non-descript websites makes you wonder whether they actually know what they’re reporting.

It's a known fact that the remuneration of the actors is settled and cleared before the deliveries are effected to various distributors of the film, by way of lab letters. Translated in simple terms, it means that the balance fees reach the actors much before the prints of the film are delivered to the distributors by the laboratory. In fact, all accounts [at least of actors] are settled before the release of a film in any part of the world.

If one were to believe the news-report, it only implies that Aamir is yet to collect his money from the producers [Yash Raj] even though the film has already released and he would now get Rs. 2 crores less from his paycheck. Does it mean that Aamir hasn’t collected his fees yet, even after the film has released? Even if it were an April Fool joke, I doubt if anyone in the industry would take such talks seriously.

“It’s absolutely untrue,” Aamir denies the news-report completely, “There was no discussion between Adi [Aditya Chopra] and me over the reduction in remuneration. Never have I broached the topic, nor did he hint at it. In fact, that’s [the fees] not even the issue right now. I was myself taken aback when I read the news-report.”

Moral of the story: It’s important to get the facts right, but it’s much more important to know the facts in the first place.

Himesh to sing the classic Mehbooba for RGV’s Sholay

The man of the moment, Himesh Reshammiya will soon have another feather under his cap! Pun, unintended! The music director cum singer has been roped in by Ram Gopal Varma for the film Ram Gopal Varma Ki Sholay. Not only will he be composing the music of the film, but will also be singing the timeless classic, Mehbooba Mehbooba.

And seen alongside with Himesh, onscreen will be none other than Amitabh Bachchan as Gabbar Singh. Urmila Matondkar will be seen in place of Helen. The original number was sung by R.D.Burman. RGV believes that nobody would suit RD’s voice, better than Himesh.

As of now, the film maker is in the process of completing two projects, Shiva and Nishabd.