First trailer is out: Student of the Year

After Kuch Kuch Hota Hai,  Karan Johar’s first filmi baby in 1998, he  is ready to go back to school. Once again with Shahrukh, but this time as producer.

SOTY will be starring a bunch of newcomers.  Alia Bhatt’s got the acting bug running in her family. The other young actors, Varun Dhawan, Siddharth Malhotra and Kayoze Irani, actually,  all have Bollywood family ties.  So let’s just call it a family affair. :-)


Karan Johar goes Olympic

Yeah, I can definitely see Karan Johar going stylishly gaga in his mount olympus box seat. He will be an elegant representative for India.  Fashion icon Karan, all eyes will be on what he wears each day, starting with breakfast. He’s easily the best dressed man in India and serious eye-candy. I bet he smells good, too. :-)

He will glitz up the box with a dash of  Haute Indian Couture and a glass of champagne while watching the athletes break into an olympic sweat. I am sure he’ll showcase a lot of his own designs from the Karan Johar +Varun Bahl collection. Can’t wait to get daily updates. Pardon me, but Who needs to go for gold silver or bronze if you got a package that unites all three?

I’d be happy to walk away with Karan.


— in an ideal world. helas.





Well, for the Brits maybe not in the kurta inspired shorts.. even though i can see them coming handy when jumping hurdles.







Karan Johar amongst two Indians to be invited to London Olympics

Karan Johar
MUMBAI: Producer, director Karan Johar is among two Indians who will officially represent India in the upcoming London Olympics 2012 beginning on 27 July—the other being Indian Prime Minister – Dr Manmohan Singh. The filmmaker has received an official invitation to join 506 dignitaries at the event.
When the invite came up, I knew it’s a once-in-a-life-time opportunity, so I grabbed it almost immediately,” says Karan.
While the PM’s invitation has come from his British counterpart David Cameron as a matter of protocol, Karan’s invite comes from the Visit Britain authorities, the country’s tourist authority. Karan has been in touch with the organisation since a lot of his movies are based in and have been shot in London. In fact, for him, London is like second home.
Karan will catch the opening ceremony in a special box reserved for the who`s who of the world. “It gives me a great feeling. It will be exciting to witness such a breathtaking event from close quarters,” the filmmaker has said in an interview.
Other prominent guests include Simon Vincent (worldwide president for Hilton hotels), Jasminder Singh (founder and chairman of Radisson Edwardian Hotels), Julie Southern (chief commercial officer of Virgin Atlantic) and filmmaker Anthony Fabian.
He is currently busy with the shooting of ‘Student Of The Year’ and will take a special break to be part of the biggest sporting extravaganza of the world!
Added Johar, “The 2012 Olympics is going to be a conglomerate of an epic magnitude. The memory of having participated in it, even as a spectator, is going to stay with me for a lifetime. It is London’s big-ticket weekend and I’m not about to miss it for anything in the world.

A second chance at love: Ranbir and Deepika

They say distance makes the heart grow fonder… and old lovers sometimes do reunite.. :-)and how can it not, given this movie is produced by none other than Karan Johar, the filmi relationship if not  love god…. But here comes Rajinikanth in his avatar as the Pandyan warrior king Arikesari Maravarmans carrying the bride away. The king with a matte on his hair

Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor part ways for Rajinikanth!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 15:56 [IST]

Destiny has given a second chance to Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone to reconcile and re-build their broken relationship. But, as it is said, one got to sacrifice a lot in love, so did happen with Ranbir and Dippy. Ex-lovers Ranbir and Deepika had buried the hatchet long back. Keeping in mind the tag of professionalism, the ex-couple will be seen again together in Ayan Mukherjee’s upcoming film Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. While both the actors were shooting happily in Manali for the film, Deepika had to leave Ranbir and fly to Kerala in order to shoot for Rajinikanth’s movie Kochadaiyaan.The Kochadaiyaan team is currently shooting in Trivandrum, whereas Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is progressing in Manali. So, Dippy is squeezing her dates to accommodate Kochadaiyaan, she is now busy shuttling between Manali and Kerala for her films. Bad luck for Ranbir and Deepika!
If you want to know more about the movie:

“Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani”

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Directed by Ayan Mukerji
Produced by Karan Johar
Starring Ranbir Kapoor
Deepika Padukone
Aditya Roy Kapoor
Kalki Koechlin
Music by Pritam
Country India
Language Hindi
Not to be confused with Bollywood song from Jawani Diwani (1972).
For the 2006 film, see Jawani Diwani: A Youthful Joyride.

Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani (Hindi: ये जवानी है दीवानी, English: This Is Youth, Crazy One) is an upcoming 2012 Bollywood romance film directed by Ayan Mukerji under Karan Johar‘s Dharma Productions. The film stars Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in lead roles[1], who star in their second film together after Bachna Ae Haseeno. Aditya Roy Kapoor and Kalki Koechlin will play supporting roles.[2] The film is said to be a tribute to the cinema of Nasir Hussain, who directed classics such as Dil Deke Dekho and Teesri Manzil.[3]



Ranbir Kapoor was the first to sign the film, and is working under Ayan Mukerji‘s direction for the second time after Wake Up Sid.[4]

There was a lot of speculation about the film’s leading lady, with Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone and Anushka Sharma being considered.[5] Padukone was eventually chosen for the role.[6]


The film’s shooting began on March 20 in Hadimba Temple, Manali. In May, the cast is expected to shoot in Udaipur, where Kapoor and Padukone will also shoot for a romantic song.[7]


The music of Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani will be composed by Pritam, who is composing the music for a Dharma Productions film for the first time.[8]

Karan Johar, always trendsetter, always hip.



I’ve always had a weak spot for Karan Johar.  He is a gutsy filmmaker and producer. He’s invented the Not So Happy Ever After in the Indian rom-com department, now he introducing a first time woman director under his banner. Thank you, Karan.

We’ll have to watch out for Sonam Nair.


found this on IMDb on her:


Second Unit Director or Assistant Director:
  1. Wake Up Sid (2009) (assistant director)
  2. Pretentious Film Student Film (2007) (assistant director)
Miscellaneous Crew:
  1. 7 Khoon Maaf (2011) (script supervisor)
    … aka “7 Sins Forgiven” – International (English title) (festival title)
    … aka “Seven Murders Forgiven” – International (English title) (literal title)
Sound Department:
The Stoop (2009) (boom operator)

(what would we do without you,





Karan Johar set to launch a lady director

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 14:43 [IST]


Producer Karan Johar is known for launching new and young talent through his banner Dharma Productions. A flashback will tell you that he has launched a total of 9 debutant directors under his banner. Starting from Nikhil Advani in Kal Ho Na Ho to Shakun Batra in Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu.

When approached for his comments, Karan said, “At Dharma, we have already introduced nine directors. We are extremely proud of their films. Taking the train of thought further, we plan to expand our production base and launch many more first time filmmakers in the immediate future.”

And thus they continue. This year Dharma Production is launching another young talent under its banner. For the first time, Dharma will give break to a lady director! Sonam Nair will make her directorial debut with a Dharma Productions movie. The title of the film is not final yet.

However, Karan Johar has officially announced the news and we think that this year is just going to get more exciting for Dharma Productions.


Happy Birthday, Rani Mukherjee!



Born in 1978,  in Calcutta, Rani Mukherjee has graced the silver screen since she’s 18 years old.   Known for her beauty as well as her distinctive husky raspy voice, she has been the IT girl in Indian cinema until pretty recently.  Her break-through role by which she will be always lovingly remembered was  in Karan Johar’s directorial debut, the wildly successful Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.

From there on her career took the stellar path.  Chori Chori,  Chalte Chalte,  Kal Ho Naa Ho,  Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham are only a few of the wonderful films in which she delighted us with her charm and warmth.  She is a natural in front of the camera and just as beguiling now as she was 20 years ago.  I hope some good roles will come her way.

Talaash is already looming at the horizon, where she will play alongside Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor. Genre mystery, with  illustrous writers like  Zoya Akhtar and Anurag Kashyap,  it could just catapult her back into the limelight and front-covers of magazines.



She’ll be also starring alongside the Malayalam  movie star Prithviraj  in  Aiyaa,  another movie co-produced and written by the man [ whose yearbook,  if there was one,  was signed most likely insomniac]  Anurag Kashyap,  directed by  Sachin Kundalkar.



So for all the Rani Mukherjee fans, who deplored her scarce appearances of late or some not so impressive movies she was part in, this promises to be a good year!


chalte chalte… loved the movie xcept for the lil geographic screw-up (driving from Mykonos to Athens, without drowning)

Rajeev Masand’s review of Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu — and mine

… Rajeev Masand,  (,  notoriously feared and revered critic,  who looks a bit  like a pirate and writes with a pen in one hand and a swagger in the other,  for once, gives an uplifting review. He reserves the right usually to polished foreign movie productions, American, mostly. That is, for as far as I can think back, in my six years of Bollywood infatuation. So, as the movie opens  (unfortunately)  to a lukewarm response, his review looks pretty encouraging.


Actually, his reviews are usually pretty much right on and it’s the first one I would turn to.



Here is my review:

So we watched EMAET this weekend with a group of Bollywood fans and we all loved it.  Most gave it an 8/10.  It’s light, breazy, and refreshing. With a bite. A nuanced look at the fringes of Indian society. We are not looking at India the way we know it, and so the story is placed strategically in Vegas, mostly. Even when it continues in India you feel you are looking at a different culture.  The movie doesn’t have a distinct Indian identity, I guess that’s why it’s not so warmly embraced at the box office in India.

Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu is actually a wonderful character study with a hint of Oscar Wilde, if you consider what he poked fun of, and if he would have time-traveled to modern-day India.  Relationships can take all forms.  What is love anyway?  and parents come only in two garden varieties: those with rules and those without.

Riana Briganza and Rahul both need therapy and that’s where they meet:  at a shrink’s office in Vegas (btw, office that looks like more of an assembly-line of shrinks..) And when we get a (brilliantly picturized)  look at Rahul’s past, we  immediately understand why he needs therapy. Raised in a  top-dysfunctional  super wealthy Indian family, he is battling OCD and finding his own voice.  Imran Khan is a blast to watch!!  this is a genius performance on his part.

That the movie got just a lukewarm response in India just proves how conservative she still is at heart and I don’t think that will change so fast. Oh Karan Johar, my heart goes out to you. You are trying so hard to break the crusty shell of boy meets  girl, they fall in love, marry,  and will have at least two children.  And in this movie, they do marry, but it’s a mistake.

That’s not the way India likes it.  We want a traditional shaadi at the end and no promiscuity talk in families. We don’t like girls who go for what they want, or boys who don’t know how to handle love. Rahul is not exactly imbued with masculinity and Riana needs a break from love. On his journey to self discovery Rahul still remains the nerdy guy at the end, who women don’t take seriously, only in  a dost-dosti way.  But he is content, for the first time in his life.  His OCD falls off like a ripe plum…on his way to normality  (by the way, THAT doesn’t happen in real life…haha).  Is he perfectly average? I don’t think so. He comes with heavy baggage… but I guess, after the credits roll, he will be all right.

I also enjoyed Kareena’s performance in this movie.  Riana is the life of the party but she comes with introspection too, and her own little baggage. We learn a little bit less about her in the movie, her role more limited.  She is still the little steam engine from Jab We Met, but it’s hot HER story. So we get only glimpses of what her life is all about. Because of the unusual lenience of her parents, she was placed in a (pretty gross) Christian minority household in the movie so that people wouldn’t take offense at alcohol consumption and relaxed standards about how to raise a girl… That was a clever little touch, Karan :-)

the movie is wonderfully shot.  Rahul’s dysfunctional, ambitious parents were a joy to watch.  Boman Irani as strict and ambitous father is as funny as he is scary!  well done playing the father figure no one wants to have in life.

The last supper had me in stitches. Forks and chopsticks all have a place at the dinner table but can serve various uses. The movie is packed with clever situational comedy, which makes it so easy to watch.

One question I had at the end:  the haute volee in India,  is that a realistic picture? I am afraid yes..  it felt like watching a desi light-hearted version of a Fellini movie. and as such I kept thinking of these colorful characters long after the movie ended.

Bravo, Imran Khan. Thank you, Karan Johar, who might not have directed the movie but his signature is everywhere..

Ek Kareena aur Ekk Imran

Ek Main aur Ekk Tu  promises to be a  mellow fun ride, with the eternally pretty Kareena Kapoor and ubercute Imran Khan. Coming from  Karan Johar’s  corner, it also promises to entertain us with a dash of sarcasm and  hint of cynicism, so subtle, though,   it could get lost in translation.



I hope this movie  will come with some surprising turns and with a happy ending, for a change. I am really curious to see how Kareena and Imran play off each other. It’s a novel combo. That’s always refreshing.

It’s kind of funny, how my first Bollywood converts  will point with their fingers for example at Katrina Kaif and then say “wasn’t she in…”  at Hrithik “wasn’t he in that movie we just saw. Hey weren’t they both in that movie you took me to..? Yups, the Bollywood gene pool might not be as grand and extended as Hollywood’s acting brood, but hey, we  Bollywoodies  can come up too with novel pairings like Kareena and Imran once in a while,  yaar…  Anyway, it will be fun. Pretty sure.



Shakun Batra wrote and directed this one. He worked as assistant director on Rock On! and Jaane tu… Ya Jaane Na,  so this is a big step for him career-wise. I hope it will be a success. I like to see first time directors burst with a boom onto the scene.  Bollywood needs to nourish a bunch of new talent and expand their repertoire. Audiences are getting more critical, which is good because it hones the skills of filmmakers and production houses.  A movie must have a good script, good actors, good director, good sountrack, good cinematographers. Until now Bollywood had a wide field to play with, ok, if the script wasn’t so good or the actors played over the top, didn’t  have that much importance. But now you have a new generation of well educated young people who have much higher demands. And they want quality movies, cuz if they pan a movie, and that goes viral fast, it’s a huge financial loss.  So I think Bollywood is moving towards a more interesting and more  professional cinema.

It’s happening, I think.  Original, well written scripts will become a true necessity. they won’t be optional anymore.   I hope Shakun Batra will join the club of  Promising New Directors. With Rock On! and Jaane Tu, even only as an Assistant Director, but  he’s got some experience to show for.



Agneepath is awesome, a desi Tarantino!



it felt like seeing one of those  Indian classics ON SPEED. I am not surprised Sanjay Dutt got scared when he watched himself!  He is a grandiose, GLORIOUS villain. Hollywood could only wish to have villains of that caliber! I also enjoyed Rishi Kapoor as supporting villain…

The movie is handsomely gory,  and for that reason probably a one time watch.  Hrithik is magnifique to watch! actually, you want to watch him in slow motion….over and over and over.  Karan must have had fun. I loved the picturization of Shah Ka Rupta,  couldn’t find a clip for it. but it will be available soon, I hope.  I love those all men dance sequences, a pleasant change.



And, btw,  I want to thank  Karan Johar or Malhotra for not using white background dancers for this movie. They always stick out like sour thumbs in an all-Indian cast.

Priyanka is stunning as always.  She is almost too pretty to be real.  Just the right amount of everything.  I loved her in this movie, she had the fresh scent of spring flowers, lighting up the screen with her beauty.



The scenes are  epic, colorful, energetic.You get drawn into the drama even though you might not always  follow motivations and intent.



This movie is a banquet laden to the rim with rich foods that will take three days to digest.  In the category of  Lady Gaga wearing her meaty dress…actually that’s exactly how I felt when the credits started rolling and I got out of my seat, come to think of it…  even though we went for Bengali sweets afterwards.



One thing I really didn’t understand.. please someone explain it to me. how can you carry Sanjay Dutt on your shoulders after you have been stabbed with a 12 inch  butcher knife  from the front, the back, sideways… into the liver, smashed to a pulp, hanged upside down. I mean Vijay must have been clinically dead by the time he gets hold of Kanchu to lift him up and hang him.  Second point, no one there from the village to give the man a hand? :-)

Stunning cinematography.  Highly recommendable.   But leave your kids at home.




Agneepath, mark Jan 26th on your calendar!


because here comes Agneepath!  a story of vendetta and probably love. It’s a remake of a 60s movie with Amitabh Bachchan but it comes with star-power of its own.

Hrithik Roshan looks buff and brooding in this new trailer, flexing his muscles preparing us for a tidal wave of emotion. Of course, I hope, as it is sometimes with these darn trailers that look so good, the whole movie then won’t collapse like an under-cooked souffle. But I mean, what can go wrong with a beautifully menacing Sanjay Dutt who sends you chills over your spine and seductive Priyanka Chopra who, when she smiles, looks like a kiss of spring..and I bet, smells like one.

Okay, this is what CAN go wrong:  Karan Johar is a master of creating color-coordinated sets. There will not be one thing out of place but he has a way of ruining close- to- perfection movies with some unexpectedly cheesy moments, and/or cheesy dialogues. And THAT the trailer won’t show. Karan Malhotra even though a first-time director,  he has got plenty of experience,  good films he worked on in the past as assistant director. So now I am curious to see him at work, his vision.If he figured out what did NOT work in My Name is Khan, then this Agneepath could become his golden ticket.

What makes me so happy is to see Hrithik re-emerge  from a series of flops with full power ahead.  He is a wonderful actor and if Agneepath will be a success he’ll be on top of the Bollywood world, cuz that’s where he belongs.