Filmi Fundas

Filmi Fundas

A platform for budding talent

Planning: Subhash Ghai Whistling Woods International (WWI), India's premier institute for film, television, animation and media arts, is all set to branch out and set up its campus at Jhajjar in Haryana. This will be the institute’s second facility in India, after its campus at Filmcity in Mumbai. During his recent visit to Mumbai, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Chief Minister, Haryana along with his delegation of high-level government officials visited the institute and interacted with Subhash Ghai and the team at the WWI. Handa said that Ghai was marching ahead of time as he felt strongly that the real competition for resources would be in the field of education and skill development.

He was delighted that a campus with this vision would be available to the students of Haryana and adjoining states. Subhash Ghai, Founder and Chairman, WWI, said, “Haryana is a state with huge potential and young budding talent. The institute is being set up in a 20-acre sprawling campus at Jhajjar in Haryana and will provide world-class film, television, animation and media education. The integrated model will also include space for shooting floors, studios and various commercial complexes.” With a planned investment on the project of over Rs 100 crore, the institute campus will be ready within three years. This institute will cater to the whole of North India, including Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jammu & Kashmir besides

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Getting out of comfort zone

Tusshar Kapoor, who plays Lucky, the comical mute character in the Golmaal series, wishes to now dabble in other genres of acting. Says Tusshar, “I take it as a compliment when people appreciate my roles and comic timing. But as an actor, I want to come out of my comfort zone and dabble in other genres like romance and action once again.”

And the actor is doing just that with his forthcoming films — Shor, Love You Mr Kalakar and Hum Tum Aur Shabana. However that being said, Tusshar Kapoor is not bidding adieu to comedy. Adds Tusshar, “I can never give up doing comedy. It’s too much fun.”
For now Tusshar Kapoor is ready to wow audiences yet again with his comic timing in Run Bhola Run. And the audiences have already shown a positive response to Golmaal 3.
The actor is also ecstatic that his forthcoming film ‘Shor’ is being screened at Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council (MIAAC) film festival in New York. “In NYC to attend the film festival for Shor, one of my forthcoming films and the opening night film here. It’s my first time at an international film festival for my own film and first interaction with the media here and that too right after Golmaal 3. So excited (sic),” said Tusshar on Twitter.

Spooky thriller

Jimmy Shergill and Sanjay Suri starrer A Flat would be seen in theaters this week onwards.

Produced by Anjum Rizvi and Raaj Varma and directed by Hemant Madhukar,
the film is about a man (Jimmy) who returns to India, enters a house and gets locked there.   

When all his attempts turn futile to unlock the doors,  it becomes clearer to him that there is a supernatural power at play here. “I was getting goose bumps when I was going through the script,” recollects Jimmy, who is mighty charged about the film.

“I did ask Hemanth that despite me being a fan of horror films, I didn’t recollect a film with a story like this which had an altogether new and different set of incidents.”

This is when the director told him that not just was the story totally original, it had also cues from some of the real life incidents that he had gathered from his wife.

“His wife is from Himachal Pradesh and apparently similar incidents had happened with some of her family friends,” reveals Jimmy.

 “Hemant didn’t forget his conversations with them and started writing the script. This is how he put together a fictional film that drew from reality.”

With Kaveri Jha and Hazel being the leading ladies, A Flat released on November 12.

A Flat sees the stars experimenting for the first time with the horror genre. The movie will see Jimmy being paired opposite Hazel. It also tracks the love story of Jimmy and Hazel parallel to the dark haunted tale. There were also some rumours that sprung up saying A Flat is similar to Bhoot. However, the team of A Flat denied this information. Said Jimmy, “The only thing similar between our film and the Ram Gopal Varma-directed Bhoot is that both have been set in an apartment. Other than that, there is absolutely no connection between the two films.”

‘I don’t do films for money’

Bollywood actor Emraan Hashmi, known for doing roles with grey shades, said he doesn’t do films to make money.

“I don’t make films to make money. I make films to be able to make more films, so when a film of mine is a hit, it buys me more time in the industry.

That’s how I look at it. All of us just try to stay afloat in the industry,” said the actor.
After starting his career with Footpath in 2003, Emraan went on to be a part of many hit films like Murder, Zeher, Gangster — A Love Story, Jannat, Raaz 2 and Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai.


‘Ghazal’ maestro enthralls all

Melodious: Jagjit Singh On the occasion of Shah Rukh Khan’s birthday, Makrand Deshpande joined hands with his friends from the film industry to launch the music of his film, Shahrukh Bola Khoobsurat Hai Tu at a glittering and dazzling event.

The high point of the event was the live performance by noted ghazal singer Jagjit Singh who sang Bhool Jaana Use Dafnaa Dena... from the movie to an enthralled and mesmerised audience.

Pritika Chawala, who plays a flower girl in the movie, presented a CD of the music to the distinguished Bollywood personalities who attended the event.

Present on the occasion were Juhi Chawla, Aziz Mirza, Mammohan Shetty, Jagjit Singh, Kunadan Shah, Kay Kay Menon, Shekhar Suman, Pawan Malhotra, Deepak Tijori, and Vidya Malvade. Makrand Deshpande says, “Shahrukh Bola Khoobsurat Hain Tu is very special film for me.”

“It is the story of a flower seller who gets a compliment from the superstar at a signal.
And it is this simple sentence that changes her life forever.

The sheer persona of the Bollywood star on his fans is what the film is all about. I am thankful to Shah Rukh for giving me his time.”

The film, produced by Amarjeet Singh, stars Pritika Chawla, Sanjay Dadheech, Choyoti Ghosh, Afzal Khan, Nagesh Bhosale and Makrand Deshpande with Shah Rukh Khan in a guest appearance.

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