A while back we had reported that filmmaker Subhash Ghai's institute Whistling Woods International that was set up on government allotted land had run into trouble. The institute that was set up in 2000 was developed on a 20 acre plot in Film City at a throwaway price, after Ghai struck an agreement with Maharashtra Film, Stage and Cultural Development Corporation (MFSCDC). Later a petition was filed in the High Court that alleged "gross abuse of power" by then chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh in the allotment.
After this petition in February 2012, the court had ordered Whistling Woods to return 14.5 acres of land to the government immediately and gave the institute time till July 31, 2014, to vacate the 5.5 acres on which it stands.
However on Wednesday, the Bombay High Court allowed Ghai to continue running his institute on the said plot till the time his review petition against surrendering the land is decided. A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice M Sonak granted conditional permission to Whistling Woods to use the 5.5-acre plot. Further the HC has asked the institute to pay rent to MFSCDC at an annual rate of Rs 45 lakh since the time Ghai got the land in 2000. The effective figure stands at Rs 10.38 crore, of which Rs 1.38 crore will have to be paid by August 11. The balance can be paid in five monthly installments.
In what must qualify as a first in the field of literary adaptations author-columnist Anish Trivedi has written a sequel to international best-selling author Jeffrey Archer's novel First Among Equals.
Now the story from First Among Equals is being carried forward by Trivedi in a screenplay entitled Dilli for a feature film to be produced by Sheetal Talwar.
Though not much is being revealed about the project, it is understood that the screen-sequel to Jeffrey's novel is an Indo-Pak love story.
Says producer Talwar, "All I can reveal at the moment is that that we've bought the rights to Jeffrey Archer's First Among Equals which we'll make into a television serial eventually. And yes. Anish Trivedi has written a sequel to First Among Equals. It is based in the present day cross-border politics."
The sequel to Archer's novel will eventually be converted into a novel.
Says Talwar, "We've authorized them to publish the book three months after the film's release."
The film is expected to go on the floors by the end of the year.
Yash Raj Films action flick Dhoom 3 continues its march to showcase the best of Indian Cinema in new shores. After storming the Turkish Box Office and becoming the only Indian film to get to the Turkish Top 10, Dhoom 3 now enters the Chinese Top 10 Charts at number 9.
Released on July 25, Dhoom 3 came in with an impressive $1.35 million for the 3 day weekend, beating the local Chinese romance No Zuo No Die. With weekend admissions at 267,000 Dhoom 3 takes a flying start and is on target to become the biggest Indian film in China!
Dhoom 3 featured Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Katrina Kaif and Uday Chopra was directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya and produced by Aditya Chopra. The film that released in December 2013 in India fast became one of the highest grossing films ever in India.
Even though Dhanush doesn't fall into your quintessential bracket of tall, dark and handsome heroes of Bollywood, his boy-next-door charm is enough for everyone to fall for his simplicity, which he exudes in all his performances. It is possibly that his simplicity has made him the darling of the masses, classes, filmmakers as well as brand managers alike.
According to Bollywood Hungama's reliable sources, Dhanush is now all set to be the brand ambassador of the online major OLX.
Having made an action packed debut in Bollywood with Heropanti, Tiger Shroff is currently busy with his next projects in the pipeline. However, the actor will be bestowed with an honour for his debut film.
Tiger Shroff will be receiving the honorary 5th degree black belt at Mumbai on July 30. Kukkiwon -World Taekwondo Headquarters (part of the South Korean Government) decided to present Tiger with this honour after the officials saw him doing some stunning action sequences and martial arts in his Bollywood debut film Heropanti.
Prior to this, in an interview with Bollywood Hungama, Tiger Shroff stated that he has been into martial arts since childhood and acting is just the consequence of it. "Since childhood, I used to be into martial arts, gymnastics and I still love dancing. I had a lot of film offers since young age, so I thought, why not transfer my skills into this industry and do a role that helps me utilize all of my strengths," Tiger Shroff had said.
We also hear that the reason behind acknowledging his action skills is that Kukkiwon believes Tiger Shroff is the ideal youth icon as he will inspire children and women to take up martial arts and self defense training in order to protect themselves.
An excited Tiger Shroff has humbly accepted this privilege and stated that he was invited by this committee mainly because martial arts is a way of life for him and his true passion. However, Tiger feels that he doesn't deserve it since he is too young and has a lot to learn.
Tiger Shroff who was last in Sabbir Khan's Heropanti and will be doing his next with the director again. The film will again be produced by Sajid Nadiadwala since he has signed a two film deal with him. However, post that, Tiger will be seen in a dance thriller which will be directed by choreographer turned filmmaker Remo D'Souza and produced by Ekta Kapoor.
Speculations are on a rise stating that Ranveer Singh, who is a good friend of Deepika Padukone, decided to do a cameo in the English language film Finding Fanny because Deepika is playing the female lead in comic caper. However, denying all these rumours, Homi Adajania has a different story to tell.
Ranveer Singh will be playing the role of Deepika Padukone's dead husband. Since the role is minuscule, Ranveer Singh decided to do this special appearance without charging any money for it. Homi Adajania reveals the story behind him playing the role of Gabo in Finding Fanny saying, "Ya! Ranveer is a friend man, so he did it for a laugh! We were sitting around and I was telling him the story of Finding Fanny and he said I'll play Gabo (the character) - he was laughing but was dead serious."
He further added, "I told him that I'd need him in Goa for half a day of shoot but we all had so much fun that he ended up staying for over a week after he was done." Talking about Ranveer Singh's enthusiastic nature, Homi says, "Ranveer's energy is infectious and when the material is right, I know we'll be able to create some magic in a film someday."
Homi will be crediting Ranveer's cameo as a short-lived appearance in Finding Fanny. The film is a comical story about five people who venture out to find Stefanie Fernandes (Fanny). In the process, they discover a strange sense of solace and love among each other, and end up seeing a point to their previously pointless lives.
Produced by Fox Star Studios and Maddock Films, Homi's Finding Fanny also stars Arjun Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Pankaj Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah and is slated to release on September 12 in English and Hindi.
Cinestaan's first subsidiary, the Cinestaan Film Company, will foray into film production in association with Anand Mahindra, with a three film agreement with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's production company ROMP.
Speaking about this new venture Rohit Khattar, Founder and Chairman of Cinestaan said, "I am delighted to announce the launch of Cinestaan Entertainment in partnership with Anand Mahindra. We share a common vision and similar tastes in story-telling which shall, we hope, manifest in some good films. Cinestaan is committed to preserving the rich legacy of our cinema heritage for which we are working on several initiatives including an oral histories television project that shall celebrate the memories and contributions of our screen legends."
About Cinestaan's association with popular filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Rohit added, "To begin our film slate with a prodigal talent like Rakeysh Mehra is an incredible high and we are excited about developing these films with him. Cinestaan shall announce some more projects soon."
Cinestaan Film Company's first film as a co-production with ROMP Pictures will be the Rakeysh Mehra directorial Mirziya. The second film will be Fanney Khan, which is an official remake of an Oscar Nominated film to be directed by Nitin Kakkar (of Filmistaan fame). The third film (yet untitled) shall again be directed by Rakeysh Mehra.
Cinestaan Entertainment Private Limited will also foray into television and internet services.
It has become a trend of sorts that just few days before a film's release, get caught up in controversies and legal tangles owing to certain groups or organizations, who claim the content in the film to be offensive. While recently Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Ram Leela had to undergo a title change considering some Gujarati communities and Hindu organizations raised objection over it, the next film on the radar is Singham Returns.
Singham Returns has recently been accused of portraying Hindus in a bad light by the Hindu organization, Jan Jagruti Samiti and thereby, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has been asked to delete certain shots from the film.
However, Ajay Devgn who plays Bajirao Singham in the film has reacted to this sudden outburst. "This happens in our country. You can't do anything about it. Unless they have not seen the film, how can they decide over anything," said Ajay Devgn in a Bollywood Hungama exclusive video interview on the demand for ban on Singham Returns by the Right-Wing group Hindu Janajagruti Samiti alleging that the promo of the film depicts Hindu saints in a wrong light. "We are not implying that every Guru is corrupt. Why don't they understand that Bajirao Singham himself is a Hindu and there is a shot of him praying in the promo as well? Nobody has any right to judge anything till they see the film."
There have been several incidents in the past when any random group has threatened a ban on a film and sometimes caused serious harm to the business of the film. The film industry fails to take a strong stand against such hooligans. "I think there's a lack of unity (in the film industry) and that goes for the whole country as well. Something similar happened with me for Son Of Sardaar also. When they saw the film, they found nothing wrong. We work hard day and night and are putting money and effort in a film. Nobody can just stand up and decide that they can create problems for a film," Ajay said defiantly.