Feb 10

Govinda apologises for slapping a fan seven years ago after SC advice

Mumbai: Bollywood star Govinda on Tuesday apologised for slapping a fan seven years ago, hours after the Supreme Court reminded him about its advice in the case where the judges had watched the video clip of the incident on a mobile phone.

Govinda. IBNLive

Govinda. IBNLive

Govinda’s lawyer earlier in the day informed the Supreme Court that the actor was ready to offer an unconditional apology and pay a compensation of Rs five lakh to the fan.

“I am sorry…I have been asked to say sorry and I am saying it. I have done everything what I have been asked by the judiciary to do,” Govinda said at a press conference in Mumbai.

“I hold no bitterness against the fan and had done everything to the satisfaction of the judiciary and the fan.”

Govinda said he has met the victim.

“He (the victim) wanted me to give him respect, an unconditional apology and compensation for all the monetary loss he has suffered all these years. I have done all this in accordance with the Supreme Court’s decision. I have already met him and will meet him again,” the actor said.

The submission by Govinda’s lawyer on unconditional apology and compensation amount was made in the apex court before a bench of Justices V Gopala Gowda and Uday Umesh Lalit after the counsel appearing for the alleged victim said that his client was not approached by the actor directly.

Advocate Jatin Zaveri appearing for complainant Santosh Bateshwar Ray, alleged that Govinda did not apologise personally and tried to mediate through his lawyer.

When the bench sought Govinda’s response on this, his lawyer asked the court to grant two weeks time to which it agreed.

“What did we tell you on the last hearing. We had asked you to meet him and sort it out. Whatever you want to offer, tell him personally and don’t give it to us,” the bench said.

The apex court had in November last year advised the actor to apologise to the complainant.

Feb 10

‘This needs to stop’: Preity Zinta rubbishes rumours about her marriage

Mumbai: Preity Zinta is miffed with all the rumours surrounding her impending marriage plans. The actress says she is fed up of “manufactured news”, adding that there is no need for any speculation as she will make an announcement when she has to.

Preity Zinta. AFP

Preity Zinta. AFP

It seems the marriage gossip is not leaving Preity’s side. Last year, there were reports that the Soldier actress will be tying the knot with her rumoured American beau Gene Goodenough in January, and now there are rumours suggesting that the actress will be getting hitched on Valentine’s Day, which falls on February 14.

Feb 10

Bhuj ado about nothing: Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan should focus on their films, not tolerance levels

Aamir and Shah Rukh Khan may not be the best of friends in real life. But they keep running into each other in unexpected places.

Like Bhuj. Does Aamir remember the troubles he went through during the making of Lagaan? Now problems draped in saffron colours visited Shah Rukh when he reached Bhuj to shoot for Raees. Luckily the situation was brought under control. But the trouble was only to be expected. Shah Rukh’s comments on IT (InTolerance) continue to haunt him long after he blew out the last candle on his birthday cake on November 2.

Trade experts in the film industry say the box-office collections of his last release Dilwale definitely took a beating because of the backlash.

I say, rubbish. Dilwale collections suffered because it was a lousy film. It deserved the fate that it suffered. But it was still better than SRK’s previous release Happy New Year. And that strangely did very well at the box-office.

So here’s what’s changed since Happy New Year. The audiences’ level of tolerance. Nothing politically correct about that. A year or two years back they were willing to accept any old recycled –rehashed junk with the Khan superstars in the lead. The rules have changed. The audiences won’t tolerate intolerable films any more.

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Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan. AFP Image.

All three Khans have pulled up their socks in 2016. Shah Rukh plays a completely out of image character in Maneesh Sharma’s Fan and Rahul Dholakia’s Raees. Ditto Salman in Sultan and Aamir in Dangal.

But Aamir Khan is definitely feeling the heat. He is even willing to hug Sunny Leone to let the world know how liberal he is. Given the volatility of the situation Aamir Khan’s camp is biting their nails wondering if the ‘Boycott Dangal’ would be a movement that would gather momentum or lose steam by the time the film releases in December.

Well, they can relax. Exhale, Aamir. If Dangal is going to be the kind of premium product that you are known for in the last ten years (before that you did monster pieces like Love Love Love, Tum Mere Ho,Awwal Number, Toilet, sorry, Daulat Ki Jung) then nothing can stop it from being a blockbuster.

The audience tolerated the ouch-inducing religious swipes in PK, didn’t they?

If you still have doubts then there is always the next Makar Sankrati. Go, fly a kite in Gujarat. That’s the best thing Salman Khan did to himself.

Feb 10

Watch: Manoj Bajpayee in the short film ‘Taandav’ will make you smile

As I watched through the first few minutes of the short Taandav, starring Manoj Bajpai, I wondered what the makers thought, when they named a film that stars a constable. And then, it made sense; almost bringing a tiny little smile on my face. Yes, that’s the magic of the subtlety offered in this 11 minutes long short film.

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Manoj Bajpayee in Taandav. Image from Youtube.

Taandav has crossed over 100 thousand views on Youtube and continues to bring smiles on peoples faces. One of the reasons for this is that it has the most common problems a police constable would face, in the most usual setting of the world that we live in. It is this simplicity that adds to its slice of life like tone.

A track rehashed by Nucleya features in the movie and it’s quite aptly chosen, although the thrill caused in between the movie had me wondering if going to that edge to portray a character’s dilemma, was actually needed?

Nonetheless, I’m going to go back and replay the movie, to smile through its beautiful and simple screenplay and admire the brilliance that is called Manoj Bajpayee.

Taandav begins with montages of people dancing to Visarjan tracks, to what seems like a Ganpati Visarjan procession, while a constable looks on. The films then moves towards the constable, impeccably played by Manoj Bajpai, at a school, trying to assimilate the fact that he will have to pay a donation to get his daughter admitted. This is intercut with a Police’s find from a loot.

Now, the beauty of Taandav lies in its treatment and direction more than anything. Devashish Makhija is a gem, and his earlier short films like El’aychi and Agli bar are equally inspiring. Taandav, though, is Manoj Bajpayee’s win.

Feb 10

I don’t regret doing AIB roast, our intentions were good: Ranveer Singh

New Delhi: He courted trouble post his stint in AIB Roast last year, but Bollywood star Ranveer Singh, known for his brazen outspokenness, doesn’t repent being a part of the controversial show. He says “some people didn’t like it and it’s okay”.

Asked if he regrets being a part of the infamous show, Ranveer said, “No. Our intentions were good. We did that for charity. We introduced a new form of comedy in the ambit of entertainment and some people didn’t like it. So, it’s alright.”

The actor delved upon last year’s controversial episode at NDTV Indian Of The Year 2015 award ceremony here on Tuesday.

Ranveer Singh. AFP

Ranveer Singh. AFP

The Gunday star was announced as the Entertainer of the Year, and when he was asked about the AIB incident, he quipped that he will maintain a safe distance form ‘roasts’.

“When you are so eager to entertain like I am, you get strange requests. So, I met a really wealthy man at a function recently. He said, ‘Beta, you are great. Next time in Dubai, you come to my house and I will call all my guests. I want you to do ‘roast’ over there.’ I said you give me as many crores as you want, but I will not repeat the mistake,” he said.

The All India Bakchod (AIB) Knockout, which saw Ranveer and Arjun Kapoor being ‘roasted’ by ‘roast-master’ Karan Johar, was tough to digest for a section of society with its abuses and vulgar gestures. The live ticketed show, which was also aired online, received brickbats and an FIR against 14 people, including the celebrity trio was also lodged.

On the film front, after hitting the jackpot with Bajirao Mastani, Ranveer is prepping up for his next Befikre, which marks Aditya Chopra’s comeback as a director. He stars in it opposite Vaani Kapoor.

Feb 10

I take my work seriously, not myself, says Ranveer Singh

New Delhi: Ranveer Singh, known for being a livewire, says he takes his work seriously, but not himself.

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Ranveer Singh. AFP Image.

Ranveer made his Bollywood debut in 2010 with the film Band Baaja Baaraat in the role of a Delhi boy, and he says that making a place in showbiz was no easy task.

The actor, who has also spoken about facing the casting couch while entering the industry, opened up about his struggle at an event here. The actor was in the national capital to pick up the Entertainer of the Year trophy at the NDTV Indian Of The Year 2015 award ceremony on Tuesday.

When asked about his journey, he said: “The hustle was too long, too many bitter pills to swallow. You have to swallow your pride and have to grovel a bit. Times, however, are changing. Things are getting more streamlined, there is much more straightforward approach, things are cleaning up.

“It isn’t too far-fetched an idea that someone who doesn’t come with lineage or legacy can get a foothold in the industry.”

His mantra for success, he said, is: “I take my work seriously, not myself seriously.”

With movies like Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, Lootera, Gunday, Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela and Bajirao Mastani, the actor has won over the masses as well as garnered rave reviews.

Feb 10

I will go broke, but won’t produce an adult comedy, says John Abraham

Mumbai: Actor-producer John Abraham, who is known for producing content-driven films, says he would go broke but will not produce an adult comedy through his production house, John Abraham Entertainment.

Actor John Abraham attends a news conference before the world premiere of Bollywood movie "Housefull 2: The Dirty Dozen" at the Resort World Sentosa in Singapore April 3, 2012. REUTERS/Tim Chong (SINGAPORE - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT HEADSHOT)

Actor John Abraham. Reuters image.

“There is a market for adult films, as they have the potential to do well. But as an actor I would definitely not do it. Not because it’s wrong, but I, as a person, will not do it. I don’t stand in a position to pass judgment saying this is right or wrong, but I am a very clear person and I want to maintain that,” John told IANS.

“Would I do a ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’? Maybe, but would I do whatever is coming out? Hell no! I will go broke, but I will not produce an adult comedy,” the Force actor added.

The Welcome Back actor has produced films like Vicky Donor, Madras Cafe among others under his production banner.

John mentioned that as an actor, he enjoys the comedy genre the most.

“I concentrate on content as an actor and prouder. The genre I enjoy the most is comedy. I love comedy and I have got a grasp of comic timing now. I can handle comedy with ease,” he added.

Feb 10

Govinda apologises for slapping a fan seven years ago after SC advice

Mumbai: Bollywood star Govinda on Tuesday apologised for slapping a fan seven years ago, hours after the Supreme Court reminded him about its advice in the case where the judges had watched the video clip of the incident on a mobile phone.

Govinda. IBNLive

Govinda. IBNLive

Govinda’s lawyer earlier in the day informed the Supreme Court that the actor was ready to offer an unconditional apology and pay a compensation of Rs five lakh to the fan.

“I am sorry…I have been asked to say sorry and I am saying it. I have done everything what I have been asked by the judiciary to do,” Govinda said at a press conference in Mumbai.

“I hold no bitterness against the fan and had done everything to the satisfaction of the judiciary and the fan.”

Govinda said he has met the victim.

“He (the victim) wanted me to give him respect, an unconditional apology and compensation for all the monetary loss he has suffered all these years. I have done all this in accordance with the Supreme Court’s decision. I have already met him and will meet him again,” the actor said.

The submission by Govinda’s lawyer on unconditional apology and compensation amount was made in the apex court before a bench of Justices V Gopala Gowda and Uday Umesh Lalit after the counsel appearing for the alleged victim said that his client was not approached by the actor directly.

Advocate Jatin Zaveri appearing for complainant Santosh Bateshwar Ray, alleged that Govinda did not apologise personally and tried to mediate through his lawyer.

When the bench sought Govinda’s response on this, his lawyer asked the court to grant two weeks time to which it agreed.

“What did we tell you on the last hearing. We had asked you to meet him and sort it out. Whatever you want to offer, tell him personally and don’t give it to us,” the bench said.

The apex court had in November last year advised the actor to apologise to the complainant.

Feb 09

Why Ranbir Kapoor is the real hero this year

Ranbir Kapoor takes risks. Ranbir Kapoor dares. Ranbir Kapoor really acts. Perhaps that’s the reason he didn’t win a Filmfare award or any other award this year. Not even in an “aiynwain” category, as they jokingly mentioned at Filmfare awards event screened on television last night.

The rest of the nominees and winners are performers, be it on screen or on stage. Sometimes they even overdo it, giving sobbing speeches of endless gratitude to mummy and papa who sit nonplussed, bravely facing the television cameras and lights creating the illusional halo of their two minutes of fame.

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Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone from Tamasha. YouTube screen grab

So while Ranveer Singh makes the most of his hard-earned glory, owning the stage and the mike, he also charms every senior actor in sight, does everything possible to entertain, does the finest job of mimicking Anil Kapoor, wins every single best actor award at every event for Bajirao Mastani along with several hearts and laughs in the audiences; there is no sign of the quieter and the less flamboyant talented counterpart: the elusive Ranbir Kapoor.

Both the actors performed opposite Deepika Padukone this year, who has shone brighter than ever with three mega roles that pack in much power. Be it Piku, Tamasha or Bajirao Mastani, she outdoes herself in each.

But when paired opposite Ranbir Kapoor in Tamasha, Deepika is at her best. It seems to escape the jury that the reason for this may not be the so called chemistry they have together, but Kapoor’s own willingness to sidestep from screen space owing to his written character. This is a trait not too many leading men possess.

So when Ranbir stylishly flicks his wrist and shakes Deepika’s hand and calls himself ‘Don’, you feel the thrill of this fun, mysterious character. Or when he does a Dev Anand head shake, you enjoy the Bollywood blood in him. Or when he switches to the tortured salesman who rests his head on a table, defeated and heartbroken, you feel the angst (gem of a scene by director, Imtiaz Ali).

Or when he feverishly changes from the normal, sane man to the mad, uncontrollable Ved, at the brink of insanity, you believe in him despite the jarring digression and the melodrama in the script. That’s the brilliance of Ranbir, who also took a backseat to Arjun Rampal in the experimental Roy and invested himself completely in a misplaced belief in the mega crore film, Bombay Velvet.

Meanwhile, the rest of the nominees like Bachchan and Ranveer Singh won both hits and awards. Not to say they didn’t work any less for it or they didn’t excel in their roles. But lady luck and the lady in black favoured them more because their movies turned out to be more popular. Ironically, it is Bhansali who was responsible for Ranbir’s first flop, Saawariya and Singh’s two hits—Ram Leela and Bajirao Mastani.

Within this larger context of each one’s contribution in terms of risk and talent, one can’t help missing Ranbir in the awards game, which have become the real tamasha on TV.

The only gratification award comes from watching Ranbir’s scene in Tamasha when he says in an emotionally choked voice, “Papa, main kahani suno, haan? Bahut pehle ki baat hai, ek aadmi hua karta tha. Uska naam tha…. Hero (Dad, can I tell you a story? It’s an old one. Once upon a time there was a man… let’s call him Hero

 

Feb 09

Salman Khan shares clean-shaven image from ‘Sultan’

Mumbai: Superstar Salman Khan, who is prepping for his upcoming film Sultan, looks clean-shaven yet rugged in the Ali Abbas Zafar directorial.

The film’s first look saw the Dabangg star flaunt his fit physique and moustachioed get-up. The latest look shared by the actor shows him in a completely different light.

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Salman Khan’s new avatar in Sultan. Image from Twitter.

In the image, the actor’s look has a subtle ruggedness to it. His eyes look very intense and focussed for his role as a wrestler in the film. And while he sports a clean-shaven look, his face is smeared with mud and blood.

He can also be seen holding a fist full of sand, which hints he is in a wrestling arena or an “akhaada”.

‘SultanTheMovie’, Salman captioned the image.

Salman has gone through intensive training for wrestling and mixed martial arts for Zafar’s directorial with international action director Larnell Stovall.

The film also stars Anushka Sharma, who will be seen sharing screen space with the “Wanted” star for the first time.

Produced by Aditya Chopra under his Yash Raj Films banner, “Sultan” is slated to hit the screens on Eid this year.

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