Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, a Bollywood quilt

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani or formerly known as….

Each little patch of this quilt reminded me of some other Bollywood movies. or respectively reversing situations not to get blamed for plagiarism. I got caught in some vague deja-vus, reminiscent moments of Barfi, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Jab We Met and a gazillion revamped Bollywood cliches.. Plus: we  were  looking for hints about the REAL relationship between Deepika and Ranbir, the actors, not actees. We are curious, of course. Or, at least, I am. To a certain degree. After what transpired on the Koffee with Karan episode…

Hey, good news, you can take Grandma and Grandpa to see Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. They might object to the excessive alcohol consumption (they will need to complain about something, all right?) but there is no nudity nor smoking (hence no prior obligatory 10min graphic lung cancer commercial) and the screen kiss between Ranbir and Deepika won’t make anybody’s cherry pop by a mile.

In this charming coming of age saga, because charming it is, some people know what they want to do when they grow up, some don’t. Luckily for us, Ranbir, sorry, Bunny,  likes to travel. Deepika plays the studious pre-med Naina, who nobody notices because she is oh so shy. After graduating high school, the otherwise bookish Naina spontaneously decides to join a group of friends,  Aditi  (played by wild thing Kalki Koechlin) and Avi, (played by BW’s new hunk Aditya Roy Kapoor), and of course playboy Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor)  on a trek to Manali. Tip for Bunny: If you intend to hike mountains, preferably leave your 2feetx 2feet photo album behind. Bunny has his handy,  even on the peak of the highest mountain. It made me think, why not bring a sofa?

Well, guys, I don’t want to give too much away. See for yourself how high school dreams and first loves turn out eight years later. It’s an easygoing feel-good romance, with some great locations, fantastic backdrops which make you want to explore more of India’s treasures rather than travel abroad.

This movie has no great highs or great lows, other than mountain peaks and valleys, but the performances are fresh and alluring.

One thing that ticked me off and I need to get it off my chest:: We don’t get the pleasure watching Deepika practicing medicine, as the most accomplished member of the group. Eight years later she has a medical degree, but still sits at home watching TV? The camera follows Bunny’s cam through the second half of the movie..

Ayan Mukerjii, the director, who directed also Wake Up, Sid, is first and second counsin of Kajol and Rani Mukerji. And I bet even they would have liked to see a little bit more focus on the heroine’s accomplishment. But hey, I understand, you can’t drag guys into a movie where the heroine is the success story. Let’s dumb her down to manageable size.

But then calling the protagonist Bunny… ? I don’t know anymore what message this movie sends :-p nor what happened to the ghosts on the mountain and why they didn’t show up to stir a little drama for special effects


Bloody Veer: vampires going hip

I’m just reading about Ranbir Kapoor starring [or perhaps not],  in the upcoming vampire movie Bloody Veer. The movie will be directed by Heeraz Marfatia and produced by Siddharta Jain. Supposingly it’s going to be a young and hip take on the subject, with a good dash of humor and romance involving a group of friends.


So, this is hitting a raw nerve because time ago I had pinned down an idea for a desi vampire movie, which is, truthfully,  long overdue. I am glad someone is finally doing it but I doubt it will be as good as my story (of course) which lingers in a stash of papers, probably never to be found again.  Be that as it may,  I never would have thought of Ranbir Kapoor, nah. I can see it but nah….

I had written my little story having Rajeev Khandelwal in mind. A much sleeker vampire, polished,  sophisticated, seductive, threatening. And I also think that IF you want to do a vampire movie, please don’t let it be silly or fun. Let it be sexy and boneCHILLING.



another good choice would be Imran Khan.





Heeraz Marfatia seems to be quite an interesting young filmmaker. I tried to find his well-received first short film Birju online but helas. I wouldn’t know where to get hold of it.  »  Movies »  Birju scores in Berlin

Birju scores in Berlin

March 10, 2003 18:58 IST

Birju, a short narrative by Heeraz Marfatia won the second prize at the coveted Berlin International Film Festival, 2003. Marfatia, who debuts with this film, is also assisting Hollywood director Roland Joffe in the Vivek Oberoi-Aishwarya Rai starrer, The Invaders.

Ever since he made Birju, the accolades have been flowing in by the dozen. Over the course of the year, Birju has been selected for more than 30 international film festivals around the world, including the San Francisco International Film Festival, San Paulo International Short Film Festival, Palm Springs International Short Film Festival and Mill Valley International Film Festival 2002. The film has also won awards at the Big Bear International Film Festival, Telluride Independent Film Festival and the New York Film Expo.

Carla Meyer from the San Francisco Chronicle describes Birju as ‘lovely and lyrical… a truly accomplished first film.’

It tells the story of a day in the life of Birju, a four-year-old village boy. The film took shape in the director’s mind when he was faced with the task of making his first film for his Master of Fine Arts programme. He had been developing two separate ideas throughout the semester — a documentary and an image of a little boy running. Inspired by the streets of Pushkar for the second idea, Marfatia decided to shoot Birju in its narrow, winding alleys. Having visited the Pushkar Mela in childhood, he has fond memories of the place.

The difficult part was procuring finance for the film. And that is where goodwill came handy. Marfatia could not afford to buy film stock for his 35 mm film, so he relied on the generosity of filmmakers and cinematographers in Mumbai [ Images ] to spare a can or two. Ten filmmakers including Tinnu Anand, Shyam Benegal [ Images ], Subhash Ghai [ Images ] and Vidhu Vinod Chopra [ Images ] and cinematographers like Kiran Deohans, Vikas Sivaraman and Barun Mukherjee made the film possible. Kodak India [ Images ] lent a helping hand. Tinnu Anand and Govind Swarup were also were instrumental in the making of the film. In fact, Marfatia and his team worked out of Anand’s office.

Manmohan Shetty’s Adlabs [ Get Quote ] processed the negative without a charge. All the shooting equipment was also almost free, thanks to the people Marfatia had previously worked with.

Finding a boy to play Birju posed another challenge. “I had made up my mind to use non-actors for my film,” says Marfatia. “I wanted to have the local people playing filmi versions of themselves. I saw Vijju [the boy who plays Birju] trying to hide behind someone in the marketplace in Pushkar. When Vijju started to run away from me, I instinctively ran after him, chased him into his house and met his family, who agreed reluctantly to let their four-and-a-half year old act in a film.”

Marfatia, who intends making a full-length commercial venture after Birju, says the film was the realisation of a lifelong dream. “With Birju, I tried to discover a child’s world. To explore how a child thinks, what intrigues and distracts him. I was interested in portraying a child set free from an adult’s company — to create a character who has a visceral connection with the world. Through this character, I wanted to achieve a desultory, meandering pace for the film.

“Pushkar, where the film is shot, was my biggest inspiration. I live close by and have seen it morph into its current shape over the years. I use it like a character in the film. It’s hard to pin the place down — it is a holy place, where a Salvodor Dali boutique and the only Lord Brahma temple in the world co-exist. The entire town is vegetarian and has a variety of cafés, like the Pink Floyd Café. Traditional Hindus live with marijuana-worshipping foreigners. It’s a murky terrain to negotiate. Pushkar is not only visually vibrant, but also has the tangles of a touristy place around it. Finding Birju and then shooting my film in Pushkar have been two of my biggest highs. This award, of course, is the icing on the cake.”

Another notable fact about Heeraz. He lost his Cannes Virginity. I hope it didn’t hurt :-)


Here are his observations and comments about the Cannes Festival he attended in 2011:


Losing my Cannes Virginity

The observations of a filmmaker who went there for the first time and walked the red carpet in jeans and sneakers
check it out:
I am sure one day he will be standing there comme il faut, in tuxedo and all, to receive accolades on the account of one of his future films. Hey, maybe Bloody Veer!

I am very excited about this vampire movie. It will rock.





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]

Bombay Velvet: Anurag Kashyap is calling the shots

Bye bye  Shahrukh and Salman, hello Ranbir. Is this the beginning of a new era in Indian cinema?  Our heavyweights are getting passed over when it comes to the hipper and more contemporary filmmakers.  It’s now a matter of  “oldgarde” versus “avantgarde”.  We don’t know much about this movie, actually anything other than its title.  Dunno about you, but it always makes me curious.  so then I do a little bit of digging to see who is involved and what they did in the past.


Bombay Velvet Cast & Crew:

Banner = Viacom 18 Motion Picture..
(hey they gave us some neat films…)



Status = Under Production


Release Date = 2012   (bahut optimistic)


Genre = Drama


shooting location = India  (thank God)


Producer/Director =  Anurag Kashyap



  • Story Writer



Story/writers = Anurag Kashyap, S. Thanikachalam, Vasan Bala



Music Director = Amit Trivedi
at least we know Something now… We always talk about actors in movies but sometimes it helps to know who else is involved:-)

Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar wins big at the FICCI FRAMES excellence awards

link to Ficci Frames:   about.htm



I don’t understand a word, but I am posting the clip for those lucky enough to know Hindi.  I am listening cuz  there are bits of Hinglish that allow glimpses into the nature of the conversation.  and underneath a kind soul translated the essence:  Story is everything.  What the filmmaker makes of it determines success or failure of a film.

– which is only partly true, because if you think, for example, of Swades,  perhaps Srk’s best movie, the script is good, the music fantastic, the cinematography is wonderful. So why did it flop? I know tons of people who LOVED that movie…

But let’s come back to Rockstar, Ranbir Kapoor and Imtiaz Ali. It’s Ranbir’s most complex role up to date and he did a phenomenal job. P H E N O M E N A L.  I loved the story too. It sounds like such a cliche that great music or art for that matter should be the substrate extracted from sufferings, we don’t want to accept it but most often it has been proven true.

We have to have experienced the bottom, the abyss, to create something that touches the soul of others . We see it in artists that once the great success comes in the art suffers. Too good of a place is the kiss of death for the creative mind, who becomes too complacent, almost. too saturated.

I am going to be killed for it, but I am going to say it anyway. It’s not even a matter of compassion, love for others.  very often the great artists are intensely narcissistic and they can create greatness by just feeling sorry for themselves, but the suffering has to be there.  I found this to be true and so this movie Rockstar resonated with me

Ranbir’s performance was powerful, though a little uneven in places.. like in the beginning of the movie, where he appears a bit too dopey and naive… Nargis Fakhri was criticized mercilessly and sometimes I think unjustly. The role should have been given to somebody more experienced maybe, it was a gamble. I still liked her in this role.

Writer/Director Imtiaz Ali is so incredibly versatile, so gifted.  I am delighted for him receiving the award for Best Director!! Deserved!
These awards were wisely distributed. Rahman wrote beautiful songs for Rockstar.  Best film for Zindagi, my favorite movie last year. Not to mention Vidya Balan whose performances are just explosive. She starts looking like one of these mighty ancient Greek or Roman goddesses to me.

Mumbai: Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Rockstar’ emerged a big winner scooping four awards, including best actor for Ranbir Kapoor, at the 2012 FICCI FRAMES Excellence Awards.

The film, which chronicles the story of an aspiring singer, walked away with the trophy of best director for Imtiaz Ali, best music director for A.R. Rahman and best singer (male) for Mohit Chauhan. Vidya Balan received the best actor (female) award for ‘The Dirty Picture’.

The best film award went to ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’. Directed by Zoya Akhtar, the movie featured Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar and Abhay Deol.

Meet the winners of the 57th Filmfare Awards

“The best debut male and female awards went to Vidyut Jamwal for ‘Force’ and Parineeti Chopra for ‘Ladies v/s Ricky Behl’, respectively, while Abhinay Deo was adjudged best debut director for ‘Delhi Belly’.

Usha Uthup and Rekha Bhardwaj jointly received the award for best singer (female) for the film ‘7 Khoon Maaf’.

Hosted by Mandira Bedi, the awards, presented by UTV Stars, featured performances by Usha Uthup and rocker Papon.

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan was honoured with the award for maximum impact made by a personality.

The awards ceremony, held Friday night, was the concluding event of the three-day annual FICCI FRAMES conclave.

“When it comes to entertainment, India is reaching new heights with each passing year due to the efforts and passion of a set of people who are its driving force,” filmmaker Karan Johar, co-chairman, FICCI Entertainment Committee, said in a statement.

“With the FICCI Frames Excellence Awards, we hope to honour the best across the different media platforms. We hope the awards inspire all to excel,” he added.

The awards ceremony will be aired on UTV Stars at a later date.”





Tum Ho

Not that RANBIR KAPOOR wasn’t a star before, but ROCKSTAR  illustrated his whole range and what he is capable of.  I shamefully admit that I owe him an apology for harboring thoughts like”I don’t know what they like so much about this guy..”  for the longest time I carried a  slightly anti-Ranbir sentiment.  and when my buddies on the Imdb, Indian Cinema Board, would praise him, I just couldn’t follow them and decided they made too much fuzz about nothing. All of that changed seeing him in this heart-wrenching performance. Rockstar is not only a great movie with elements of the legendary Love Story and for that every heartbreak story mankind has seen and suffered through, it has an incredibly strong  soundtrack, which accentuates the drama enfolding.


……..Ranbir Kapoor is Janardan Jakhar, a middle-class kid from Delhi’s Pitampura, who sets himself up to get his heart broken when he’s told he can’t be a great musician until he’s suffered great pain. Janardhan goes from a desperate struggler strumming his guitar at campus hangout spots, to an angsty star, now rechristened Jordan, who’s prone to violent outbursts. Indeed it’s love and pain itself that inspires this journey. His heart beats for the unattainable Heer (Nargis Fakhri), the gorgeous Kashmiri girl he befriended while in college, who is now married in Prague.

Despite several hiccups, especially in the film’s post-intermission portions, ‘Rockstar’ is an admirable effort if only for how unconventionally director Imtiaz Ali tells this tale of great passion. The romance at the core of this film is a complex one, and the film offers no easy answers. Watch how Heer comes alive each time she’s in Jordan’s presence, whereas when he’s without her his longing prompts his best music out of him……Rajeev Masand  (

Kun Fayakun

If I had any objection at all it would be the early part, the somewhat rocky transition from ultra-naive to suave Ranbir’s character Janadar/Jordan is going through at the speed of light.  People never change that drastically.

A.R.RAHMAN’s soundtrack is divine.

Kudos to IMTIAZ ALI  for writing this beautiful script and making such a wonderful  movie.