Blog Posts by Kunal Guha

  • Will the real Raja Babu please stand up?

    As Govinda completes 25 years in Bollywood, we trace his chequered life and how he returned to films after a sabatical to pursue politics. Here's a tribute to the undisputed actor 'number one' of Bollywood

    “He charmed me by throwing out the regular Stardust questionnaire. He said it was very mundane and he would like to talk to me directly. He was very disarming,” remembers Shobhaa De of the time when she interviewed Govinda many years ago. And it was this unpretentious attitude that made Govinda the most endearing Bollywood personality. But his transition into politics was probably the worst career change he ever considered. While this meant an exit from acting, it also led to a lot of disturbing media reports that even questioned his sanity. When this reporter met him a couple of years back at this Juhu apartment, he wasn’t his usual self. He admitted that he was scared of journalists and that many from the profession were just set out to prove that he had lost his mind. In his own

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  • The Couple-o-meter

    The Couple-o-meter
    With Saif-Kareena’s 'Agent Vinod' coming up, we check how many off-screen couples have managed to translate their chemistry on celluloid

    There are many theories about why off-screen couples fail to translate their magical chemistry on the screen. Most agree that real life couples come with so much emotional baggage that their acting skills fail to cover-up their bedroom conflicts. And even if they do, a certain amount of wordless coldness fails to escape the camera.Here are the top 10 jodis that have featured together on the big screen:

    Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor

    ‘Saifeena’, as they are often referred to, have acted in many films together. While their odd edgy comic-thriller ‘Tashan’ failed to impress, their action-thriller ‘Kurbaan’ was critically acclaimed despite being a box office turkey. Going by their success rate in working together, ‘Agent Vinod’ might be a ‘Saif’ bet to go with. But with the unceremonious response that the promos have garnered, only time will tell as to how

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  • John’s nose bleeds after being punched


    John Abraham was injured at the sets of ‘Shootout at Wadala’ after being accidently punched by a co-actor

    Ekta Kapoor and Sanjay Gupta recently unveiled the poster of their upcoming crime-thriller ‘Shootout at Wadala’ (SAW) where they announced the lead cast. The film has since gone into production.

    John Abraham who plays one of the vital roles in SAW was shooting for the film recently at a location in Thane, Mumbai when he met with an unfortunate accident. He was rehearsing for an action scene where one of the junior artistes was supposed to punch him on his nose. Completely immersed in the character, John decided to take realism to another level as he managed to take one of the blows right on his nose with complete force. While the blow left John bleeding from his nose, the entire crew rushed to his rescue and the shoot had to be called off for about an hour.

    It is believed that a doctor was summoned to the sets to examine John’s condition which then appeared to be normal. Later, John

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  • Making of ‘O Meri Chandni’

  • ‘No one was willing to fund my research’

    Director Tigmanshu Dhulia talks about the joys and challenges of directing ‘Paan Singh Tomar’

    Tigmanshu Dhulia’s ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ is easily 2012’s first surprise hit and has swiftly managed to oust every other film at the box office. Releasing only in 200 screens, it cashed in 5 crores in the opening weekend itself and has managed to pull in a net of 6 crores and counting as of Tuesday. Dhulia is obviously happy with the response that he has got for a film that had been lying in the shelf for months. He talks about the joys and challenges in directing this magnum opus story of a dacoit and a national-level athlete in a candid chat with Yahoo! India.

    What was the starting point for ‘Paan Singh Tomar’?

    I was assisting Shekhar Kapoor in ‘Bandit Queen’ in 1990-1991, when I first read about Paan Singh Tomar in a magazine and I had thought to myself that when I become a director, I would love to make a film on him. It was great material for a movie, given the number of ups and downs in his

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