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August - September 2006
News From Bollywood
A young man from Uttar Pradesh has won a case in the Consumer Court, which has directed the Hindustan Lever company to pay him Rs. 90,000/- in compensation for denying him to spend some time and have dinner with actor Aishwarya Rai on having successfully won the contest organized by the company. The man, though having missed an opportunity to spend time with Aishwarya Rai, is however happy to have got such a big amount. The company had advertised to give gift vouchers worth Rs. 50,000/- and a dinner with the actor to the winner of the contest. The company, however, plans to go in appeal against the judgement of the Consumer Court.
Mrs. Teji Bachchan, mother of Amitabh Bachchan, was rushed to the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai after she complained of uneasiness and backache. It was the same hospital, where Amitabh was admitted some time back.
A surprise special appearance by actor Kajol has been added in an item number of Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna by maker Karan Johar. She will appear with Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan in a dance number – Rock N Roll Soniye. Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji and Preity Zinta are the other main stars of the film.
Musical stage play, The Lord Of The Rings, having music by A.R. Rahman will close in Toronto three months earlier than the schedule. The 12.5 million Pounds stage production based on J.R. Tolkien’s fantasy novels had taken group bookings till December 2006, but it will now end in first week of September. Directed by Britain’s Matthew Warchus, the three-hour long play with a cast of 65, is set to open in London’s West End next year.
In the first half of 2006, it was a series of successful films in India. Rang De Basanti, Malamaal Weekly, Gangster, Fanaa, Phir Hera Pheri and Krrish have received very good response. Aksar, 36 China Town, Tom Dick And Harry and Taxi No. 9211 too had good business. In fact, three blockbusters (Fanaa, Phir Hera Pheri and Krrish) in just five weeks have brought smiles on the face of the film industry.
Film maker Subhash Ghai has finally changed the title of his film “Money Money” to “Apna Sapna Money Money”, because another film maker Sudhakar Bokade staked his claim on the title. Film maker Madhur Bhandarkar has also changed title of his new film from Signal to Traffic Signal, because the earlier title stood registered in another producer’s name.
ETC Networks Ltd. has issued a notice that on account of non payment of dues amounting to over Rs. 7 crores, ETC has stopped accepting bookings for telecasting of film trailers and promos of film and non film music from Super Cassettes Industries Ltd., known as “T-Series”.
Actor Salman Khan remains in trouble with yet another court asking him to reply to the charge of misleading the court in the case registered against him under the Arms Act. He had claimed that he had misplaced the original licence of firearms, but infact the licence had been seized by the court . He is already facing three more cases in different courts in Mumbai and Jodhpur. The Gujarat CBI has reopened a case against Salman for allegedly killing two chinkaras in the Kutch region in 1998. Incidentally, the Jodhpur court charge sheeted Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam in the black buck hunting case, in which Salman has already been convicted.
One man injured himself badly when he decided to imitate a flying stunt of actor Hritik Roshan, while watching the film Krrish. He jumped off the theatre’s balcony and landed in the hospital. Incidentally, Hritik has appealed to his fans not to undertake any such stunts in real life since they could prove fatal.
The premiere of Mughal-E-Azam in Pakistan was cancelled recently. The film had already been released in Pakistan just before the release of Taj Mahal, but could not attract big crowd. Boney Kapoor, Sridevi, Jackie Shroff, Dino Morea and lyricist Javed Akhtar were invited to attend the premiere though none of them is related to Mughal-E-Azam. Javed Akhtar was refused visa, and it was stated as the reason for cancellation of the event.
The Pakistani authorities have amended the law and now Indian stars and technicians will be allowed to work in Pakistani films. India already has been permitting Pakistani artistes to work in Indian films and present stage shows.
The bumper collection of Krrish should be attributed to the 915 cinema halls showing the film, with a record number of 790 prints, never heard in the past.
Pravin Joshi, who had tried to immolate himself in Gujarat while protesting against the screening of Fanaa, died . The film was promptly withdrawn from the only cinema which was screening it in Gujarat.
The Mumbai Police Commissioner has been directed by a Madurai court to arrest actors Shilpa Shetty and Reema Sen and produce them in the court in connection with the publication of their obscene photographs in a Tamil eveninger. Both the stars were summoned by the court earlier, but they did not appear and ignored the court summons.
Although Indian films are banned in Pakistan, the Pak government is seeking to rope in top Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai for boosting its polio immunisation campaign in September 2006.
Producer Ranjit Sharma has expressed a desire to make a film on the life of Pravin Mahajan, who murdered his politician brother Pramod Mahajan.
A music library will be created in the name of legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar at Indore. Ashok Das, Commissioner of Indore has said that the library will contain the songs of Lataji and those music directors and singers who have been and will be felicitated by the Madhya Pradesh government with the Lata Mangeshkar award.
An unidentified gangster rode on a bike and reached the office of producer-director Mahesh Bhatt and fired at the floor and ceiling before leaving. Luckily Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt were not present in the office at that time. Gangster Ravi Pujari claimed that he wanted to kill Mahesh Bhatt and would not leave him.
Hollywood cinematographer Peter Field has been signed by maker Vipul Shah for his new film – Namaste London. The director of photography has to his credit such films as Troy, The Da Vinci Code, Tomb Raider and Tomorrow Never Dies.
There are various ways to attract attention and Indian film artistes never lose any opportunity to remain in the news. Be it a top star or any struggling artist, each one jumps at the opportunity to seek publicity. This time, it happened with a little known dancer-actor Rakhi Sawant, who allegedly does indecent presentation on stage. She was booked by police in different cities recently for her indecent behaviour on the stage and finally started a much publicized controversy of “kiss” by another artist at his birthday party. Infact Rakhi herself first kissed Mika, brother of Daler Mehandi, at his birthday party in presence of all TV cameras and people; but as soon as Mika returned the kiss, she made a scene and lodged a complaint at the police station against Mika for kissing her publicly and before all TV cameras.
It is surprising that whereas Anandji Bhai (Kalyanji-Anandji) and Pankaj Udhas could get house full at the Wembley Centre in UK, the much publicized star show could not get enough audience recently, and ultimately the show was cancelled. Stars like Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Shaahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor and others were slated to perform at the Rockstar shows, but the audience did not give them appropriate response at the booking window.
Yet another film awards function, this time in Kuala Lumpur. It has become a practice these days to arrange Hindi film awards function in different countries, mainly to earn money. The Global Indian Film Awards (GIFA) function would be held in Kuala Lumpur on the 2nd September 2006.
The muhurt of VBS Film Productions and Alpine Film Productions (U.K.)’s “Kuch Tum Bhi Yaad Karo Kuch Hum Bhi Yaad Karen” and another Gujarati film “Sasu Ye Jamai Ne Phatkaryo” was held at Middlesex (U.K.) recently. Written, Produced and Directed by Rajendra Patel, both the films have screenplay and dialogue by Varun Gautam .
Jackie Shroff has been signed to play the lead role of Shirdi Sai Baba in “Ek Dharam Sai Ka”. Anup Jalota will compose music for the film directed by Deepak Balraj Vij. The film will be dubbed in English, Telugu and some other languages.
Film maker Subhash Ghai has announced that he would contribute Rs. 5 lakhs annually to sponsor the award function in memory of Dadasaheb Phalke, the father of Indian cinema.