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Asin-Abhsihek in Gowariker’s next



The lead pair of Ashutosh Gowariker’s next, ‘Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey’, which is based on the Chittagong Uprising, is finally in place. We had earlier reported that Abhishek Bachchan will play the lead role as Surjya Sen. Gowariker has now finalised Asin to play the female lead.

A source said, “This will be the first time that Abhishek and Asin will be paired opposite each other. The film’s first schedule will tentatively start around November 25.”

Apparently, the forthcoming film will be produced by Gowariker along with PVR Pictures and not UTV who had produced his last three films. Gowariker was unavailable for comment.


October 7, 2009 at 3:11 pm Leave a comment

Ash, Abhi reveal family secret

Aishwarya Rai And Abishak Bachan

Aishwarya Rai And Abishak Bachan

On “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, Bollywood famous couple, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai reveals what binds their family together. Though they are the busiest and world famous family, the Bachchans believe to remain together at home and having meal at least one time a day if they are in Mumbai.

They usually prefer to do five-six movies a year and tries to spend maximum time with each other, family and friends instead of going to foreign places. Ash and Abhi feels that it is normal and absolutely natural that they all live together. Abhishek’s grandparents also used to live with them before they passed away.

They divulged that they believe in the Hindu traditions and respect their parents.

This is the second time Aishwarya appeared in the highest-rated talk show in American television history, The Oprah Winfrey Show”.

September 30, 2009 at 4:05 pm 2 comments

Hrithik or Abhishek for Agneepath remake? Karan Johar clears

Last couple of months have seen speculations galore around the male lead for Agneepath remake. While names like Hrithik Roshan and Abhishek Bachchan have popped up and there are various permutations and combinations being thought of, filmmaker Karan Johar comes out and clears the air. He goes on to record to state that no one has yet been finalized to play the part of Vijay Dinanath Chauhan.

“I haven’t given any statement whatsoever around the man who would eventually be playing the role of Vijay Dinanath Chauhan that was made iconic by Mr. Amitabh Bachchan. All I have said is that yes, we are going ahead with a remake of Agneepath and that’s about it”, announces Karan Johar.

Whether it is Hrithik, Abhishek or someone else, Karan must be having a wish list though, isn’t it? “Well, the wish list is to get the screenplay right”, laughs Karan, “For the moment nothing else is more important than that.”

Even though the film is coming under the banner of Dharma Productions, Karan won’t be coming behind the camera for the film. “True, I would be stepping aside and the film would be directed by Karan Malhotra who has assisted me on My Name Is Khan. That’s the only thing which has been finalized; rest everything that you hear is mere speculation. We would finalize the cast once the script is locked. Currently, it is still in the process of being written.”

Karan Malhotra is not really a novice when it comes to filmmaking. An erstwhile assistant director, he has also worked with Ashutosh Gowariker (Jodhaa Akbar), Farah Khan (Main Hoon Naa), Farhan Akhtar (Lakshya) and Raj Kumar Santoshi (Lajja, Pukar) amongst others.

Since it is close to two decades since the release of Agneepath (1990), would the remake have a different milieu to it? “Certainly”, comes a response from Karan, “We are adapting the film from the original but ours would be a new age version that would fit in well with today’s time. We really hope that we are able to do justice to the original and make the remake exciting for today’s generation.”

Meanwhile, at last count there are as many as seven films from the house of Dharma Productions that are in different stages of production. This includes My Name Is Khan, Wake Up Sid, Qurbaan, Koochie Koochie Hota Hai, remake of Stepmom, remake of Agneepath and I Hate Love Stories. How is he managing it all?

“Believe me; it’s not difficult at all. All of you have to do is follow a three point ‘mantra’ – ‘Delegation’, ‘Outsourcing’ and ‘Trust’. Along with that, if you have the right vision and infrastructure in place, which we do have in Dharma Productions, it isn’t difficult to crack it all. That’s the way you manage things and I have been fortunate enough to have a team with which it has become possible to helm number of projects at the same time”, explains Karan.

August 24, 2009 at 4:56 pm Leave a comment

Aishwarya Rai’s film in trouble

Abhishek Bachchan & Aishwarya Rai

Abhishek Bachchan & Aishwarya Rai

The shooting of Aishwarya Rai-Abhishek Bachchan starrer flick Raavana’, which was scheduled to start near Malshej Ghat area from August 27, is in trouble after the forest officials filed cases against fourteen people of the unit of the film. Sources say that the officials have filed cases against these people under the Forest Conservation Act, 1980 and the Indian Forest Act, 1927 for constructing sets for the film shoot without proper permission. They have also confiscated one JCB and a tractor involved in the construction work and slapped a fine. Now, director Mani Rathnam will be allowed to shoot on the site only after he gets proper permission from the authorities and pays the fine imposed on the unit members.

Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan and others were expected to shoot here for almost a fortnight, but now everything has become uncertain.Sources say that Mani Rathnam was very impressed with the look of the Malsej ghat area and had decided to shoot some portions of his upcoming flick ‘Raavana’ here. The place looks ideal for showing ancient surroundings as is needed in Mani Rathnam’s ‘Raavana’, which is said to be a modern take on that great epic. From the very beginning, the shooting of Abhishek-Aishwarya starrer mega -budget flick ‘Raavana’ has been in trouble and this has caused delay in the completion of the flick. Earlier, it was Mani Rathnam who was taken ill and had to be hospitalized due to some heart trouble, resulting in the delay of the flick.

Recently, an elephant on the set of the film had gone mad and killed its owner during the shooting of an important sequence near Athirapally waterfalls in Kerala with Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai. The whole unit was scared and the star couple could escape somehow unhurt from the ordeal.However, all this has delayed the project and its cost has already spiraled to around Rs 90 crore, which is a very huge amount to recover in these recession hit times from the box office. Mani is worried about this, and hence wants to complete the project as soon as possible. Keeping this in mind, director Mani Rathnam  just completed some important sequences with Govinda, who is playing the character based on Hanuman in Ramayana.

The ace director forced the lazy star to shoot with him at 3.30am for thirteen consecutive days to satisfactorily complete the shoot.Sources from the set of the film say that Govinda would be so exhausted after the shoot that he would go for massage everyday after completing his shots. ‘Raavana’ is being made in Tamil and Hindi simultaneously. Abhishek Bachchan plays the role of Raavana in the Hindi version, while in Tamil version Vikram enacts the same role. Aishwarya is in the character of Sita, while Govinda is Hanuman. Ravi Kissen and Sonu Sood also play important roles in the flick.


August 22, 2009 at 4:32 pm 1 comment

10 Most Expensive Bollywood Films

Since big budget is the mantra for success nowadays, let us have a look at the Bollywood biggies whose budgets have touched the skies.

10. Jodhaa Akbar

jodha akbar

jodha akbar

Ashutosh Gowariker’s gargantuan epic based on Mughal emperor Akbar’s life and his relationship with his Hindu wife Jodhaabai costed about 40 crores. Elaborate sets, huge war scenes and Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai as stars push the budget upwards.

9. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham



Karan Johar’s multi star studded film had Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, SRK, Kajol, Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor. The film was shot in the US and UK, apart from India, and with designer wear and huge sets, it was one of the most expensive movies made during its time. It had a budget of about 42 crores.

8. Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna

Karan Johar again, this time minus Kareena, Hrithik, Kajol but including Rani Mukherji, Abhishek Bachchan and Priety Zinta made the whole of his movie in his favourite location, Manhattan, in New York. Thus, the budget was bound to shoot up just like the New York skyscrapers, to about 44 crores. Though the film did not much on the lines of a story, it did have a good music score, always a presence in a Karan Johar movie.

7. Om Shanti Om



Farah Khan’s comical and over-the-top take on Bollywood was a colorful extravaganza filled with technical mastery. With SRK and Deepika in lead roles, the film was famous for its songs (the one with 31 stars from the film industry) and its reincarnation theme. It cost about 45 crores, out of which a large chunk must have surely been allotted to the publicity campaign, which was extensive.

6. Singh is Kinng

Singh is Kinng

Singh is Kinng

Vipul Shah’s comedy flick involving a happy go lucky sardar was shot entirely at foreign locations, with some reverts to India. The hit jodi of Katrina Kaif and Akshay Kumar spelled magic at the box office. Snoop Dogg also sung a song for the film, which costed about 50 crores.

5. Krrish



Rakesh Roshan’s sequel to Koi Mil Gaya was replete with stunts and special effects. The film also involved a lot of foreign shoots and was packaged by special effects people brought in from Hollywood. This Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra starrer cost about 50 crores.

4. The Hero: Love Story of a Spy

The Hero

The Hero

This Anil Sharma film had Priyanka Chopra, Preity Zinta, and Sunny Deol was the most expensive film of its time. It did quite a decent amount of business, given the performances and the plot was nothing to brag about. It cost about 55 crores.

3. Kambakht Ishq

Kambakht Ishq

Kambakht Ishq

Mind-numbing storyline (or the lack of it), below the belt jokes, Hollywood stars with no roles to play but eye candy, and vulgar show of skin characterized this movie. But the shooting was in exotic locales and the start studded cast and the hugely extensive (and forceful) publicity campaign ensured that the budget touched 60 crores.

2. Ghajini



Aamir Khan’s remake of the smash South Indian movie made huge profits for him, raking in about 180 crores in revenue. The movie itself is a really bad remake of the awesomely made Memento. The movie cost about 65 crores, which will surely include the nationwide PR programme, which also involved some bizarre concepts like giving the signature Ghajini haircut outside theaters and the war of words between SRK and Aamir.

1. Love Story 2050



Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we are at no. 1. Harry Baweja’s launch vehicle for his son Harman, was packed with blue sets, special effects and a robot called QT (who proved to be a better actor than Harman). We saw him dance (Harman that is), we saw him trying to act and we saw Priyanka Chopra in red hair. The film promised to be a sci-fi extravaganza but turned out to be a damp squid. But it cost daddy Harry a whopping 80 crores.

August 18, 2009 at 4:45 pm 1 comment


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