Mud-slinging gossip floating about Anurag Kashyap

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Every great director has a back-lash coming his way once he is successful. Being a strong supporter and ardent fan of Anurag Kashyap’s films, it’s hard to accept the unsavoury and malicious gossip circulating about him. Read on, and you will realize there is no truth to it.

It is him who has been proclaiming this from every available forum. A few years back while imparting valuable and treasure-worthy gyan to a film festival crowd he disclosed this important guru-mantra. He repeated the same thing again in one of the sessions on the second day of FICCI Frames 2012 that was also addressed by the other ‘new-age’ star directors of Bollywood Imtiaz AliZoya AkhtarDibakar Banerjee, and Amol Gupte.

Kashyap’s modus-operandi is very simple. He tells his producers the story that they like and goes ahead and makes the film he likes. This probably was the reason Kumar Mangat, the producer of NO SMOKING, believed the film was against the lethal cancer-causing habit. It finally turned out to be Kashyap’s existential magnum opus, incomprehensible and intractable even by a learned film reviewer like the late Nikhat Kazmi. And probably this could be the reason the ace director has not been able to get around Aamir Khan who tends to leave nothing to chance while doing a film and has the meticulous habit of interviewing and hand-picking even his production crew.


Some years back Kashyap had prematurely announced that Aamir would do his Danny Boyle produced film BOMBAY VELVET. It did not happen and the film, according to reports, is finally being made with Ranbir Kapoor in the lead. One wonders if Kashyap has some surprises in store for Mr. Boyle too.

Imtiaz Ali brings Kashmiri wedding rituals onscreen with Rockstar!

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Director Imtiaz Ali has gone to great lengths to make sure everything shown in Shree Ashtavinayak Cinevision and Eros International’s Rockstar is as authentic as possible..and buzz is that for the first time ever onscreen a Kashmiri Pandit wedding will be shown, with all its rituals and traditions!

 

During the recce, Imtiaz had asked the line producer to make him meet a Kashmiri Pandit family in order to maintain authenticity. His house was located in a small hindu settlement in Srinagar and the team went all the way to his house, sat for 3 hours with his wife over tea to understand all the nitty gritties of kashmiri weddings. Great care was taken to make sure everything that would appear on screen was completely accurate and as real as possible!

 

They then walked to the very popular Kheer Bhawani temple, met the priest and watched his own daughter’s wedding video to have a visual understanding of the rituals. The designers Manish Malhotra and Akki Narula roamed around the streets for hours to get the traditional attire perfect to the T.

 

Right from the way food is served in the tram (copper plates) to the traditional Dejhor which is Kashmiri jewellery worn in the ears (symbol of a married woman) along with the shaneel fyran (velvet dress/outfit), the intricate henna pattern and the tarang (cap) the girl wears during the wedding rituals, etc, were painstakingly researched for the shoot.

 

In fact, during the shoot, the locals who were part of the scene were given full freedom to inform Imtiaz if something was going wrong and wasn’t part of the tradition!

‘ROCKSTAR’ will ROCK Ranbir Kapoor’s career

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After the massive success of ‘Jab We Met’ & ‘Love Aaj Kal’, Director Imtiaz Ali is back with ‘ROCKSTAR’ produced by Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision & Eros International.

Starring Ranbir Kapoor and newbie Nargis Fakhri, the film revolves around a Delhi boy (Ranbir) who resents the fact that he has no pain in his life. He has realized that all great Musicians have had a painful life. In order to get his heart broken, he proposes to the most sought-after girl in Delhi University.

The story of ‘Rockstar’ is the seven years of the boy’s life and relationship with the girl at the end of which he does become a huge musical star, but his heart also gets broken…

The soundtrack of the film has been composed by musical genius AR Rahman. The song ‘Saadda Haq’ has already become a nationwide rage; some even calling it the ‘anthem of the youth’. Rahman roped in Orianthi Panagris, an internationally acclaimed guitarist who has worked with Michael Jackson for the song. Other songs like ‘Kathiya Karoon’, ‘Kun Faaya Kun’ & ‘Jo Bhi Main’ are also highly popular with listeners. Singer Mohit Chauhan has lent his voice to Ranbir’s character ‘Jordan’ in the film.

The film has been majorly shot in Delhi, Kashmir & Prague. Ranbir’s grungy look, styled by celebrity stylist Aalim and unique costumes designed by Aki Narula have created a huge hype among his fans. Imtiaz Ali and Aki Narula handpicked several clothes from the local shops in Delhi to create an authentic look for Ranbir’s character in the film.  Ranbir Kapoor, who plays the youngest son of a traditional Jatt family, actually lived with a Jatt family to experience their lifestyle as part of his character study.

Rockstar, for its exceptional story and chart topping music is one of the most awaited films. Another reason why the film is a must watch is because the late legendary actor Shammi Kapoor has made his last appearance on the big screen.

Rockstar releases in theatres on 11.11.11 – a date that appears in the calendar once in every thousand years!

Synopsis

A Delhi boy resents the fact that he has no pain in his life. He has realized that all great Musicians have had a painful life. In order to get his heart broken, he proposes to the most sought-after girl in Delhi University.

The story of ‘Rockstar’ is the seven years of the boy’s life and relationship with the girl at the end of which he does become a huge musical star, but his heart also gets broken…

 

 

Rockstar’ Details

 

Banner: Shree Ashtavinayak Cinevision Ltd & EROS International

Producer: Dhilin Mehta

Directed By: Imtiaz Ali

Starring: Ranbir Kapoor, Nargis Fakhri

Music: A.R.Rahman

Release Date: 11th November, 2011

 


Ranbir Kapoor caught milking….

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by ARYEMAN RAJ

Trust actors to go to any lengths to get into their character. And Ranbir Kapoor is not one to be left behind!

The actor, who will soon be seen in Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Rockstar’ actually lived with a Jatt family to experience their lifestyle as part of his character study!

In the film, Ranbir plays ‘Janardan Jakhar’, the youngest son of a traditional Jatt family and therefore it was important for him to pick up their mannerisms to put up a convincing act.

Says a source from the unit, “Imtiaz and Ranbir spent an entire day with a Jatt family based in the outskirts of Delhi…they would hang around with the young boys of the family, sleep on the cots, eat out at the local dhabas and enjoy hookah in the evening”

In fact, Ranbir even assisted the men of the house in milking the cows!

The source continues, “Ranbir had the time of his life trying to milk the cows! It was such an amusing sight…everyone was in splits! But all in all, they learnt a lot about the lifestyle of a typical jatt family which was important for filming; and also ended up having a great time doing things that they wouldn’t otherwise get to experience.”

Now that’s called milking and mixing work with pleasure!