Mumbai Indians outplay Chennai Super Kings to win IPL
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Anushka Sharma, playing the role of Bijlee in "Matru Ki Bijlee Ka
Mandola" was far too complex than the roles she has done till now, and
even left her mentally drained.
"So far the characters which I have played have been very strong girls
so I cannot play them in a relaxed way. I played them the way they were
written. Bijlee is one of the most complex characters I had to play,"
"My character is saying something and means something else, you have to
read between the lines. It is a complete dichotomy. For me, the way she
(Bijlee) was, was not something which I could relate to naturally. I
just could not relate to her. She is very vague and vain," she added.
Written and directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, "Matru Ki Bijlee..." also
features Imran Khan and veteran actor Pankaj Kapoor. It is due to hit
screens Jan 11.
But being a Vishal Bhardwaj film, Anushka says she was prepared for the unexpected.
"Vishal Bhardwaj's films are not obvious. That is what I had to learn.
Human beings are flawed and he works in this grey area. When a film is
not very verbose, it is the in-between spaces you have to fill, which
becomes difficult," said the 24-year-old.
"Mentally it was draining. After a few days, I sent a message saying I
don't think I can do this. Everything which I have done has been simple
till now. Here there are too many layers. I would have spoilt it if I
had played it linear," she added.
However, the actress agrees she has learnt a lot during the course of the film.
"When I started shooting this film, I saw the world in either black or
white. After doing this film, somewhere I started accepting things
more, and became less judgmental. I started to sympathise with people.
Everyone has made mistakes in life and acceptance of that was what I
learnt in the film," said Anushka, who made her Bollywood debut with
2008 film "Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi".
"Vishal Bhardwaj has seen a certain kind of life. He has seen so much
which you and I won't even think is true, because we have lived in big
cities. He has learnt a lot from life and that's what you see in his
films," she added.
What's in store at the movies in 2013? Fresh pairings, directors finding new muses and films with heart
2012 HAS been annus mirabilis for Bollywood with 15 certified hits and
an unprecedented, unparalleled eight films vaulting past the Rs
So, can 2013 beat this beefy benchmark? Can Bollywood tabulate even
higher centuries next year? Buoyed by an omnipresent boom time, the
Hindi film industry is certainly going to try besting last year, what
with several big-name directors and actors having thrown their hats
into the ring for 2013.
Megastars teaming up with money-spinning filmmakers to pursue familiar
box-office algorithms yield the most anticipated films of 2013. Yash
Raj's Dhoom 3 will continue its eponymous franchise, with a major star
(it's Aamir Khan this time) once again playing antagonist to lawmen Jai
and Ali (Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra).
The heroines have always had one brief - dhoom machale - and now it's
up to Katrina Kaif to out-sizzle Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and company.
It's sequel time for Hrithik Roshan too; he will bring in Diwali with a
bang with Krrish 3, his fourth outing with father Rakesh Roshan after
three straight blockbusters. To make himself ship-shape for this
F/X-and-stunt-laden thriller, Hrithik got the best trainers from UK and
`underwent a 10-week transformation,` according to the actor.
But what he says he is relying on most is `the fabulous script;
everything else - colour, songs, item songs, action - is decoration.`
While Priyanka Chopra will be abetting Krrish, Vivek Oberoi will be
battling it out as a `mazedaar supervillain`.
Another sequel, Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 2 will decide whether
director Milan Luthria can pull off a hat-trick after the success of
Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai and The Dirty Picture. This Akshay
Kumar-Sonakshi Sinha-Imran Khan starrer is slated for an Eid release, a
crowd-pulling holiday that has done wonders for Salman Khan of late.
While there's no confirmation yet on whether Salman's breathlessly
awaited next (buzz is it's Radhe, a remake of a Punjabi film) will keep
his date with Eid, Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone's first-ever
collaboration with box office behemoth Rohit Shetty in Chennai Express
is slated for 2013. This UTV-Disney thriller details SRK's character's
journey from Mumbai to Rameshwaram.
Thirty years ago, the high-decibel revenge drama Himmatwala made the
return journey from the South to Mumbai, and became a blockbuster.
Sajid Khan is now readying `a homage to the old Himmatwala` which stars
Ajay Devgn. With characteristic grandiloquence, Sajid says, `As a
child, I have watched the film 36 times in the theatre! Now I want my
audience to leave the theatres with a smile and a 'mazaa aaya' feeling.
I know Himmatwala will make 100 crores in the first week itself.`
It's not only about making a mark at the box office for our big names.
Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Raju Hirani and Aamir try to make a perceptive
comment in Peekay (slated for December), Akshay teams up with Neeraj
Panday (of the widely acclaimed A Wednesday fame) for Special Chabbis
and Prakash Jha readies his Amitabh Bachchan-Ajay Devgn starrer
Satyagraha, which presents the middle class movement to renegotiate
democracy. Unsurprisingly, Satyagraha is to be released on August 15.
The multiplex boom continues to afford filmmakers a chance to cater to
an audience more welcoming of change; and many directors are playing
for something deeper even without the benefit of having a megastar fuel
2013 will witness the release of Vishal Bhardwaj's wacky-titled Matru
Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola, Sudhir Mishra's indictment of sexual harassment,
Inkaar, Rajkumar Gupta's Ghanchakkar (which Emraan Hashmi calls `a dark
comedy with suspense`), Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
(`My homage to the sports of the country,` as the director puts it) and
Shoojit Sircar's collaboration with John Abraham, Madras Cafe.
After winning reviews for Udaan, Vikramaditya Motwane will return on
July 5 with Lootera, set in the 1950s. The film has been delayed by
inclement weather and injuries but the cast can't stop gushing. Ranveer
Singh raves, `I was in tears by the end of the narration; it's a golden
Ranveer will keep the romance flag flying high with Sanjay Leela
Bhansali's Gujarati drama Ram Leela while Ranbir Kapoor will lead the
charge of the bright brigade with Ayan Mukherji's Yeh Jawani Hai
Deewani and Abhinav Kashyap's Besharam.
As with any other year, 2013 has a plethora of male-oriented actioners
such as the sequels Race 2 and Shootout At Wadala but unfortunately,
there are all too few women-oriented films on the anvil.
There is the National Award-winning director Vikas Bahl's Kangna
Ranaut-starrer Queen, Madhuri Dixit's latest hurrah, Gulab Gang, and
maybe the Mary Kom biopic with Priyanka Chopra (shooting has yet to
begin). When will Katrina, Kareena Kapoor-Khan and Vidya Balan
green-light projects headlining their names first and foremost? What
price gender parity?
How would the world have known that sodium (Na) plus chloride (Cl)
produces salt unless someone had the gall to do a laboratory test with
the two ingredients? 2013 will witness the coming together of several
new star pairs and director-actor permutations, all in the hope of
sparking off a novel chemistry.
Anushka Sharma's full-of-beans exuberance will hopefully contrast well
with Imran's understated charm in Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola. She says,
`Imran and I are working together for the first time in Matru... It's a
fresh pairing but I had never thought we would have such a different
look in the film.` The normally dapper Imran sports a thick stubble and
has done akhada-style exercises for the film, prompting Anushka to
comment, `I think Imran looks hot in this film.`
Later in the year, Anushka will also attempt to ignite chemistry with
Imran's mamu, Aamir, in Peekay. Another heroine who can now claim to
have worked with both uncle and nephew is Katrina, who did Mere Brother
Ki Dulhan with Imran in 2011 and now pairs with Aamir for the first
time in Dhoom 3.
Height issues notwithstanding, Aamir and Katrina's long-burnished star
appeal should prove a combustible combination for a guns n' gals
thriller like Dhoom 3.
Dhoom 3 will complete Katrina's trilogy with the Khans but Sonakshi is
just starting with the Khan roster. While Akshay and Sonakshi have
already brushed their broad shoulders twice, making Once In A Time In
Mumbaai 2 their third outing together, it will be interesting to see
Sonakshi paired in the same film with a younger hero, Imran, for the
Sonakshi is rapidly moving on to stars closer to her age.
Choreographer-turned-director Prabhu Deva has already made Sonakshi
swivel successfully to his dance steps in Rowdy Rathore, and in his
next film, Namak, she will have rubber-boned Shahid Kapoor help her
perform some cartilage-defying moves.
Ranveer will be part of two new jodis in 2013. In Lootera, Sonakshi and
he will complement each other's earthy appeal and Bhansali's Ram Leela
will cash in on Ranveer-Deepika's aerosol fresh team.
Sonam Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar both stay studiedly out of the rat race
and their low-key combination should certainly perk up Bhaag Milkha
Bhaag. The only hitch is that since the film is a biopic on the Olympic
runner Milkha Singh, Farhan may spend more time in the maidaan than
with the maiden.
Shah Rukh's first alliance with Rohit Shetty of the Ajay Devgn camp
should pique interest. Shetty's popcorn cinema is of a different
variety from the Aditya Chopra-Karan Johar brand but it also hits the
bullseye with unerring accuracy.
After Prakash Jha worked his magic with beautiful beanpole Katrina
(whose acting abilities were under the scanner), he will now be working
with Kareena whose acting creds have albeit long been accepted. She
plays a committed journalist. Can Jha's film help lay the bedrock for
Kareena's post-marital career?
And can the imaginative Bhansali spur the pragmatic Deepika (love the
way she handles her controversies) from middle-level stardom to the
upper echelons with Ram Leela? Will this new cocktail be an upper or a
downer? Can her performance burn with a newer, purer flame? The stakes
and expectations are high. Because Sanjay Leela Bhansali is the closest
we have to Hollywood filmmakers during the Golden Age of Women's
A bunch of bright-eyed arrivistes are added every year to the Hindi
film industry's list of stars. These youthful roisterers hope to prove
their drawing power in a wide spectrum of films.
2013 will witness two major Southern stars aiming for a breakthrough.
In the 1990s, Telugu megastar Chiranjeevi had a few Hindi film
successes with Pratibandh and The Gentleman (opposite Juhi Chawla).
Now, his son Ram Charan Teja seeks to carry over his immense success in
Telugu films into Bollywood with the Apoorva Lakhia-directed remake of
the 1973 blockbuster Zanjeer.
He is paired opposite Priyanka Chopra and pitted against Sanjay Dutt.
The original crystallised Amitabh Bachchan's angry young man image and
made him a phenomenon. Teja should be half as lucky.
There's more to the lean-and-wiry Dhanush than being the Kolaveri di
singer-actor or Rajinikant's son-in-law. Dhanush has a major fan
following for his Tamil films and will now be seen in Tanu Weds Manu
director Anand Rai's rom-dram Ranjhana opposite Sonam. Sameera Reddy,
who has acted in several major Southern films, says authoritatively,
`Dhanush is sheer talent.`
Also coming out of the gates is Sushant Singh Rajput who will try to
emulate Shah Rukh's trajectory from TV to films. The Pavitra Rishta
actor's TV success was, however, not what clinched Kai Po Che! for him.
His film's producer Siddharth Roy Kapoor states, `In Sushant we found
our story's character Ishaan.
Director Abhishek Kapoor made sure that his role is actually very
different from his TV image. Sushant trained in cricket, worked on his
body and attended many workshops to become Ishaan. But it does help
that he has a huge fan base from his TV stint.` Kapoor confidently
adds, `His popularity will only increase after they see his performance
in Kai Po Che!`
After an undistinguished turn in 2010's Love Breakups Zindagi, Pallavi
Sharda is lucky to have bagged Abhinav 'Dabangg' Kashyap's Besharam
opposite Ranbir Kapoor. Similarly, South star Tamanna acted in a now
forgotten Hindi film some years ago but hopes to hit a glam slam with
Sajid Khan's Himmatwala opposite Ajay Devgn.
And then there is grand dame Asha Bhosle on track to be the oldest
newcomer in Bollywood. She may have done a few small roles in the 1940s
but the legendary singer will now take on the title role in Mahesh
Kodiyal's Maaee. Says Kodiyal, `Ashaji is definitely a genius because
in spite of acting for the first time, she pulled it off so
Kareena Kapoor-Khan says she's finally getting the hang of her new 'beautiful' surname
It all started with Aishwarya Rai when she decided to go ahead and add
Bachchan to her surname. After tying the knot with Saif Ali Khan, the
latest entrant to this fledgling club in B-Town is Bebo. Earlier,
Bollywood actresses usually chose not to tweak their established screen
names post wedding. Needless to add, times are indeed changing.
In fact, Kareena Kapoor-Khan quite often ends up insisting others to
use her updated conjugal identity. `I keep telling people to please
address me as Kareena Kapoor-Khan. Besides, that's my name now, isn't
As the year draws its final breath, HitList takes a look at the year's biggest headliners in B-Town
King Khan's Slapgate
The year began on a bumpy note for Shah Rukh Khan who was involved in a
fracas with director Shirish Kunder at Sanjay Dutt's bash for Agneepath
in January. Kunder had been provoking King Khan by making uncharitable
remarks against his film RA.One. Later however Kunder and his wife
Farah Khan along with Sajid Khan and Sajid Nadiadwala met SRK and
sorted out the issue.
In May came SRK's infamous squabble with the security officials at the
Wankhede Stadium. The actor, who owns Kolkata Knight Riders, was
allegedly accused of misbehaving with the security personnel for not
allowing his entourage to enter the ground.
However, SRK defended himself saying that the security personnel
manhandled the kids with him, including his daughter Suhana, which led
to the altercation. SRK was also linked with Priyanka Chopra. It is
said to be the reason behind SRK's best friend Karan Johar and Chopra's
No more Tees Maar Khan
Shirish Kunder's Joker had lead actor Akshay Kumar missing from its
film promotions. Akki vowed never to work with Shirish and his wife
Farah Khan again.
SRK v/s Ajay Devgn
Shah Rukh Khan's bete noire Ajay Devgn took legal action again Yash Raj
Films over the release of Khan-starrer Jab Tak Hai Jaan. The film ran
into trouble with Devgn claiming that his Son Of Sardar was not getting
enough screens due to the dominant position of YRF with the
distributors, an allegation denied by the production house.
Kajol was not invited to the premiere of Jab Tak Hai Jaan though
everyone associated with Yash Chopra's production house was on the
guest list. Devgn admitted that she was skipped due to his tussle with
the production house.
The Sanjays patch up
Buddies Sanjay Dutt and Sanjay Gupta fell out over Dutt's allegations
of financial bunglings within the production company which the two had
partnered. But the two patched up at Amitabh Bachchan's 70th birthday
With the change of equations between Sanjay Dutt and Sanjay Gupta, it
looks like it was sunny times for Kangna Ranaut too. Dutt and Maanayata
also patched up with Kangs with the actress being invited to the Dutt
household's Mata ki chowky.
>> Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's weight issue became an object of
controversy. Even though on a maternity break, she hogged headlines
earlier in the year due to her post baby flab.
>>Saif Ali Khan's name was riddled with controversy when he got
involved in a scuffle with an NRI businessman Iqbal Sharma at a South
Mukbai hotel restaurant. He was at dinner with Kareena and his friends
when Saif allegedly hit Iqbal after he asked the actor to tone down the
voice levels from his table. Saif denied hitting the man first and said
he was defending himself after Iqbal came on him. Both parties have
filed cases against each other.
>> The scandal involving veteran star Rajesh Khanna and Anita
Advani. Anita, who claims to be Khanna's live-in partner, approached
court after his death in July, saying Khanna's son-in-law Akshay Kumar
and wife Dimple Kapadia were denying her share in the property.
>> Barfi!, India's entry for the Oscars, landed in trouble with
critics who accused that the film was copied from various Hollywood
movies. Director Anurag Basu said it was only a tribute.
B-Town stars who tied the knot include:
>>Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D'Souza in February
>>Esha Deol with businessman Bharat Takhtani in June
>>Ram Charan Teja and Upasana Kamineni in June 14
>>Kareena Kapoor with Saif Ali Khan in October
>>Vidya Balan with Siddharth Roy Kapur in December
The Happy Dozen
At least 12 films acquired blockbuster status in 2012. These include:
Agneepath, Rowdy Rathore, Kahaani, Raaz 3, Cocktail, Ek Tha Tiger,
Barfi!, Housefull 2, Bol Bachchan, OMG: Oh My God!, Jab Tak Hai Jaan
and Son Of Sardaar.
Karan Johar turned 40 on May 25.
Amitabh Bachchan turned 70 on October 11
Dilip Kumar turned 90 on December 11.
They Bid Farewell
Child actor Taruni Sachdev
A K Hangal
Parineeti Chopra, who made her Bollywood debut last year with "Ladies
VS Ricky Bahl", says she did not get her first break because of sister
actress Priyanka Chopra.
Parineeti cleared the air during an episode of television show "Live My Live 2" aired on UTV Stars.
Parineeti said there is this popular belief that she got her first
movie because of her sister, Priyanka, but the fact is that she knew
Maneesh Sharma, who directed "Ladies VS Ricky Bahl", since a long time
and that's how she was approached.
Tuhin, a fashion designer from Kolkata, met Parineeti on the show.
Parineeti told Tuhin how she is called a tomboy by her father and he
always tells her to act feminine and classy. She says he wants her to
behave a little more reserved instead of being the frank person that
Tuhin gifted Parineeti a gown, that he created in one night, after being informed that he was selected for the show.
The episode featuring the actress will be aired Sunday.