Archive for February, 2010


Infuriated and hurt by the allegations made against Draupadi, her husband and at one time the world’s leading archer-warrior, Arjuna, whose exploits include single-handedly winning the pre-Kurukshetra War battle against the mighty Kauravas and credited as the only person other than Lord Shiva to have the powers to invoke the all-powerful Pashupatastra, has put up a defamation case against the publishing house and the writer of the book “Draupadi”.

The outburst came in the wake of fresh allegations made against his wife by former Rajya Sabha MP Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad through the book “Draupadi”. The book portrays Draupadi as a sex maniac. Though many writers and political outfits have condemned the work and have asked for banning the book, the writer is sticking to what he has written and has shown no repentance. Though maintaining utter calmness and dignity throughout the press meet, the warrior lost his temper only when asked about his alleged relationship with other princesses. Arjuna too has earned notoriety for his promiscuity but again these are allegations with no real credibility.

Arjuna is seeking the advice of his legal adviser, Sri Krishna in this case. Speaking on behalf of Arjuna after he left the press meet in rage, Sri Krishna cited examples from his earlier epic Srimad Bhagavad-Gita and maintained virtuousness of his clients Arjuna and Draupadi. Sri Krishna had some words of caution for other writers and the media “Last year it was Pratibha Ray’s novel Yajnaseni and now Lakshmi Prasad. Any more rubbish will be dealt seriously. Somewhere we need to draw a line and make it clear to everyone once and for all.”

Meanwhile at Hastinapur, King Yudhisthra wasn’t available for his comments on the ongoing episode. He was busy meeting a team of foreign delegates from Russia. The talks were held for bringing in more development in the field of sports esp. chess. It seems the King hasn’t lost his fondness for the game and has decided to represent the country in the forthcoming World Chess Championships. A decision that his brothers and Draupadi rue.

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The movie Inglourious Basterds will soon be made in Hindi. The movie’s called Gire Huye Haramiyaan. Hmmm. Guess Censor “bored” people will have a good time with their kaichiyaan. The star cast is humongous. Before spilling the beans on the cast, let me tell you more about the story.

The year is 1971. There is rise in atrocities against the Bengalis in East Pakistan (Now Bangladesh). A group of dozen-or-so Indian men comprising Bengalis, Biharis, Madrassis, Mumbaikars (none non-Maharathis), Rajputs and of course the usual suspects – the Sikhs form a deadly task force to terminate the military leadership – the hitlerish Jahangir Khilji in East Pakistan.

Of course with due consideration to the average Indian movie goers’ taste, the movie will have 2 sizzling item numbers, 2 romantic songs and a patriotic song – featuring all the men of the task force. The movie produced by a yet-to-be-revealed production house has not yet decided on the director. But considering this is a remake, the potential director list includes the who’s who of the Indian cinema – Priyadarshan, Mahesh Bhatt, Jayam Raja, Harry Baweja to name a few. All of them have shown exceptional talent in remaking.

Ajay Devgan might get to play the lead (Brad Pitt’s character). According to the industry grapevine, Padma Shri Dr. Kamal Hassan was earlier asked to do the lead. It seems he had shown the willingness to do the act but with a condition. He must get multiple roles. Precisely, the roles of all the men of the task force. The yet-to-be-revealed production house couldn’t take the risk as they felt people would feel it is a sequel to Dashaavataram.

So who are the other sher-e-hindustanis? Salman Khan, Shahid Kapur, Ranbhir Kapoor, Arshwad Warsi, Sidharth (of RDB fame), Sharman Joshi, Vivek Oberoi (not him, please) are in consideration. Mohanlal might get to play the role of the cunning Dilawar Bhaksh (immortalized by Christopher Waltz in the original movie). And if lucky, we will get to see Nasseruddin Shah enacting the dashing Jahangir Khilji. Also, if the rumours are to be believed, we will see Vidya Balan don the role of a Bengali actress – Begum Aza and Kareena playing Shubhadra Das, the sole survivor of the genocide.

Earlier I had the privilege to speak to the Production Head of the yet-to-be-revealed production house.

Here is a part of the interview:

Is it true that the movie Ingluorious Basterds will be made in Hindi?

– Oh yeah, we all are really excited of the new job on hand. No it won’t be an exact remake. But to be on the safer side and to avoid Chetan/Chopra-type incident, we have bought the rights from the Hollywood studio and also we will ensure to give due credits to the original writers too. Yet considering the geographical and historical changes that need to be made in the storyline, we will have our own special team of script doctors who will fine tune the original script to fit in accordance with Indian sensibilities.

The movie name is bit awkward. Don’t you think it will put off family audience?

– Any movie name is no big deal. Anyway what’s in the name? I mean, let’s say – 3 idiots, there were so many idiots in the movie and yet it was just 3 idiots.

When will the shooting begin?

– The shooting should start by the end of May.

Have you yet decided on the star cast?

– No. But we have spoken to many actors. Fingers crossed.

Who’s the director?

– Ha.. ha. Well as you see, it’s a hard thing. Again, we have spoken to some of the best directors in the country. Again fingers crossed and hoping for the best.

When will we get to see the promos?

– We have already begun shooting the dance numbers for the teasers and other promos.  For that, we have hired a leading ad filmmaker and some of the best choreographers from India and Hollywood.

Anything else that you would like to share with us about the movie?

– All in all it will be one dhamakedaar film!