Blog Posts by Sayoni Sinha

  • Wrote ‘David’ before ‘Shaitan’

    Says Bejoy Nambiar as he talks about weaving three stories in one and the challenges involved

    When Bejoy Nambiar’s stylish debut film released, many had compared it Amores Perros in terms of its existential flounce. For a first time director, the sheer scale and intricacies of his vision was worth appreciating. But for the director the film was just a stepping stone to get producers fund his magnum opus ‘David’. “I had written David way before Shaitan but I knew upfront that as a debutant director, I won’t be able to scale the film to the extent of which the script demanded. Shaitan filled that vacuum and helped in getting the support that David needed.”

    Nambia is no stranger to the art of persuasion. As an absolute novice, he convinced Mohanlal to come to Mumbai to act in his first short film Reflections (2005). The finesse and the narrative was enough to convince persuaded Mani Ratnam to hire him as an assistant on Guru and Raavan. From there to getting Anurag Kashyap to produce

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  • Ram Leela: First look

    Rumoured to be an adaptation of Romeo Juliet, the first look of Bhansali's Ram Leela is out.

    Rumoured to be based on William Shakespeare’s classic love-story 'Romeo and Juliet', The first look of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Raam Leela is out. The tag-line reads Goliyon Ki Raasleela.

    The poster displays Ranveer holding Deepika as they stand on a heap of guns. The dusk background and the effective colors make the lead pair standout. The poster is a brilliant package put together and Deepika and Ranveer look stunning. The tagline of the film reads ‘Goliyon Ki Rasleela’ is very catchy and has left the audiences guessing about the film. Anupama Chopra tweeted saying , “Really like the first poster of Ram Leela. Looking forward to Bollywood opera - as only Sanjay Leela Bhansali can make it! (sic).”

    The plot of the story has been kept under wraps, generating further curiosity among the audiences.

    Ram Leela.The film has has its share of controversies with Kareena Kapoor walking out of the project

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  • Kalki's lip service

    While all her songs have been background numbers, this the first time that Kalki will have a song to lip sync

     Kalki Koechlin will be seen lip syncing a song her upcoming film ‘Ek Thi Daayan’ for the first time. Strangely Kalki who has been in Bollywood for quite some time now has never lip-synced to a song before.  All the songs that she has shot for have been tracks that have been played in the background.

    Quiz Kalki about the song and she says excitedly “I am looking forward to watching the rushes. I spent a long time working on the track because I also play the guitar in it. I learnt the chords and then lip-synced for the vocals. It was great fun especially because I was doing in front of the master of lip syncing –Emraan Hashmi. This is also why I had to practice extra hard.”

    Incidentally Kalki plays the guitar in real life too.  “I play the guitar in real life so it was fun for me to bring out my musical side to the song ‘Yaarun’.  I learnt the chords and played them while Read More »from Kalki's lip service
  • ‘I'm Geeta in Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi’

    Sudhir Mishra on Inkaar, the women in his films and why he doesn’t remember his earlier films

    When Sudhir Mishra wrote ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro’ in the 80s, little did he know that it will become a cult film in the history of Indian cinema. Made at a shoestring budget of roughly Rs 8-9 lakh, ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron’ was no blockbuster, but its contribution is unquestionable. Even his 1996 crime-thriller ‘Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin’ was ahead of its time, while the 2005 drama ‘Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi’ is perhaps what he is most remembered for. But Mishra doesn’t believe in resting on his past accolades. “For me, it is over because if you keep on thinking about your past achievements, it is going to be dangerous. I agree with what Danny Boyle had once said that every film should be like your first film. That adventure is the excitement,” he says.

    Mishra’s films are known for the way he writes for his female protagonists who are not mere props in the films and he is quick to reveal that he draws

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  • Love making scenes lands song in trouble

    The Sindhi Community has objected to the scenes accompanying the iconic song ‘Dama Dam Mast Kalandar’

    Bejoy Nambiar’s upcoming film, David, have got into trouble over the popular folk song “Dama Dam Mast Kalandar.”
    The song used in the movie has been opposed to by the Sindhi Community who have filed a complaint against the song and requested the makers, Reliance Entertainment and Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to take it off air as it send out a wrong message with the way it is portrayed.
    The song was originally written by poet Aamir Khusro and then modified by Sufi poet Bulleh Shah. It was composed in the honour of the most reversed spiritual figures in the Sindhi Community, Shahbaz Qalandar and Jhulelal. The email sent to the film maker had issues with the love making scenes and violence scenes in the song.
    The complainant Manoj Matai said, “Our community is fragmented, but there are certain things we hold close to our heart. One of them is this song as it represents ourRead More »from Love making scenes lands song in trouble


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