Monthly Archives: August 2016

Ajay Devgn on clash with Karan Johar: ‘Don’t waste my time thinking about anybody else’s film’

This has been the season of clashes.

It all started last year in December with Bajirao Mastani and Dilwale clashing, which was followed by rumours of a big clash between Raees and Sultan. However, we are guessing Shah Rukh Khan decided to play it safe after Bajirao Mastani did better box office business, and Sultan had a solo release.

The clash between Mohenjo Daro and Rustom is still underway, with Rustom emerging as a winner .

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However, one of the biggest clashes of this year has to been between Karan Johar’s directorial venture Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Ajay Devgn’s directorial venture Shivaay, both of which are releasing on Diwali this year.

While both Johar and Devgn have not spoken about the clash till now, Ajay has finally addressed the elephant in the room, in this DNA interview. Not known to mince his words, Devgn has been very straightforward about his stance.

“I don’t waste my time thinking about anybody else’s film. I want to concentrate on my film because, eventually, it’s the product that speaks. Why break my concentration? I’m only concerned about what I’m making,” said Ajay Devgn upon being asked if he is “prepared” for the clash with Karan Johar’s film.

He further said that when they announced the release date for Shivaay, nobody else was releasing a film at the time, and that it’s their [Dharma Productions] prerogative if they want to cash in on a good day. Devgn further informed that when he reached out to Fox Star India (who are co-producing Ae Dil Hai Mushkil) they refused to budge on the release.

This is especially a delicate clash because Devgn’s wife and actress Kajol, and Karan Johar have been thick since even before they started their careers. There have been reports of a fall out between the two since the clash.

Both these films, Shivaay and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil are very crucial to Ajay Devgn and Karan Johar respectively. This is Ajay Devgn’s second film as a director after 2008’s U Me Aur Hum and his last film was DrishyamShivaay has taken close to two years to script and make and therefore its stakes are very high.

Karan Johar, on the hand, directed his last film (Student of the Year) in 2012, and has been producing films since then. His lead actor in the film is Ranbir Kapoor, whose last few films have not been successful. Anushka Sharma is, for all practical purposes, the most “bankable” star in his film.

This must be something that plagues Johar since he was the one who conveniently “dropped” Imran Khan from his favourites list after he stopped delivering hits.

Given this background on the film, is it strange that Johar is making no sounds about his film. There are no hashtags, no first looks, no songs, not even Instagram posts about it. Just radio silence. Should we be expecting an announcement of a shift in release soon?

Parineeti Chopra as trapeze artist; Suneil Shetty, Sooraj Pancholi also to star in Bosco Martis’ Circus

Choreographer Bosco Martis’ directorial debut Circus has been the talk of the town for quite some time. It has now emerged that Sooraj Pancholi and Parineeti Chopra will be playing the lead roles in the film.

Parineeti Chopra and Sooraj Pancholi.

The film will also feature Suniel Shetty playing the role of Parineeti’s father.

A source told Mumbai Mirror , “Scripting for Circus began a year ago. It portrays a strong father-daughter relationship spanning a decade and will have Suniel Shetty playing Pari’s dad. A child artiste will be cast to play the younger Pari.”

The buzz is that Shetty will be seen doing some gutsy stunts as a circus artist and Parineeti’s role is that of a trapeze artist.

Admitting that direction had been on his mind for a while Bosco said, “There is nothing to say right now. We are still in the initial stages of production and casting. I have been in talks with the actors but Parineeti is yet to sign on the dotted line.”

Happy Bhag Jayegi star cast share fun facts about each other and play The Firstpost Show Funny Face Off

Talented, smart, beautiful and funny, the entire star cast of the upcoming movie Happy Bhag Jayegi: Abhay Deol, Diana Penty, Ali Fazal and Jimmy Shergill was on The Firstpost Show were they spoke about fun facts they found about each other during the course of the making of the movie, advice they received while entering the industry and played a few rounds of The Firstpost Show funny face off.

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Here are a few snippets from the show:

Tell us a fun fact that you found about the person sitting next to you during the course of the making of the movie:

Abhay Deol about Diana Penty: “She’s more like me than I imagined. We are very similar and that was a very pleasant surprise.”

Diana Penty about Ali Fazal: “I found out fairly recently that he plays the guitar, he sings and he dances really well.”

Ali Fazal about Jimmy Shergill: “He’s a lovely singer, closet singer.”

After discussing fun facts about each other, they went on to tell us the most fun advice they received while entering the industry and played super fun rounds of The Firstpost Show Face Off. To know what are the advices each one of them got and to find out how they performed in Funny Face Off, watch the full episode right here.

Banjo trailer: Riteish Deshmukh gets his Rockstar, with Nargis Fakhri for company

The trailer for Riteish Deshmukh’s Banjo was released on Tuesday, 9 August. Coming on the back of Great Grand Masti, this marks Deshmukh’s return to ‘serious acting’ — it’s perhaps a little unfortunate that the filmmakers chose to release the trailer on the same day as Amitabh Bachchan’s Pink since that may presumably get the lion’s share of views (read the Firstpost trailer review.

Coming back to Banjo, however, this is a story about — as the title states — the musical instrument and those who play it. Or rather it is about the struggle of banjo players to be recognised as respectable musicians in their own right, just as any other instrumentalist is entitled to.

Riteish Deshmukh in a still from 'Banjo'

One such banjo player is Riteish Deshmukh; he is backed up by his band mate and buddy (played by Dharmesh Yelande). They make their living playing at Ganesh processions and the like, until they’re discovered by a record executive from abroad (Nargis Fakhri, with an accent).

She comes to the basti where our hero and his sidekicks live, and then Banjo takes a slight detour into the terriroty of that other film by its leading man — Great Grand Masti.

On seeing Fakhri’s character walk about near their home (and the camera at this point lingers for long moments on her legs and midriff), Deshmukh’s friends say ‘Kya maal hai‘, to which Deshmukh replies: ‘Maal nahin, bhabhi hai‘. Not to be outdone, his friends say: ‘Bhabhi maal hai‘.

Then there are some shots of Deshmukh and Fakhri dancing about and presumably falling in love, and then the tone shifts to a more Rockstar-like one (it isn’t lost on us that the latter film also starred Fakhri).

Fakhri’s boss, an elitist, isn’t too crazy about her idea of bringing a ‘raste ka‘ art form into the studio. Meanwhile, our earthy musicians are having a tough time adapting to the ways of the recording industry.

Kala Chashma mashup: Sunny Deol’s moves give serious competition to Katrina

The Katrina Kaif-Sidharth Malhotra song ‘Kala Chashma’ from the film Baar Baar Dekho has been trending ever since it was released a few days ago. Tacking on to the trend is a mashup video by Socially Awkward.

The mashup version features visuals from Sunny Deol’s  song ‘Chhammak Chhallo Zara Dhire Challo’ from the movie Ajay (1996) to the tunes of ‘Kala Chashma‘.

A still from Sunny Deol's 'Chhammak Chhallo'

The result: a nostalgic and fun watch.

The video has had people in splits, and with good reason. Sunny Deol’s dance moves, in which he is ably accompanied by Karisma Kapoor, seem like they were made just for ‘Kala Chasma’!

Another highlight of the video is ‘special effects’ in between — definitely eye-catching!

And while the choreography in ‘Kala Chasma’ is all that is trendy and contemporary, the throwback to the typical Bollywood dance routines of the ’90s makes for a fun change.

There are several spoof versions of ‘Kala Chashma‘ that have been shared on social media, but Sunny’s version has proved to be by far the most popular.

Suniel Shetty to join Sidharth Malhotra, Jacqueline Fernandez in Bang Bang prequel

Perhaps the last memorable role of 90s star Suniel Shetty is in Farah Khan’s Main Hoon Na where he plays the highly engaging antagonist Raghavan Datta. Since then, we’ve only seen Shetty in blink-and-you-miss roles in forgettable films.

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However, he is now ready to join Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandes in the film Reloaded, which is touted to be a prequel of Hrithik Roshan starrer Bang Bang that released in 2014.

Shetty will again be playing an ex-colonel who mentors a group of fresh recruits,

Sidharth is one such recruit. Shetty will be seen playing two ages; a middle-aged man and then seven years later, with a salt-and-pepper look as the film spans decades.

Since Shetty will be seen in many action sequences, he is reportedly working out to fit the role. The entire unit will then travel to Malaysia in October to shoot the film.

While Bang Bang was a remake of Hollywood film Knight and Day, starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, Reloaded is an original story written by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK (of Shor in the City and Go Goa Gone fame).