Vishal confirmed using the Russian track, "Yes, it is based on Kalinka, which is a centuries-old Russian folk song. In fact, original Russian words have also been used in the song as one of the husbands happens to be a Russian." He adds, "It has been used in a lot of films around the world." We hear that he even flew down four Russian singers to sing the Kalinka song. They are also given credit in the album.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
The guys at 'Fight Club' are also none too impressed with this development (2nd half of the post).
Friday, December 24, 2010
* Can't figure out the main voice in the song, but there's Usha Uthup in the mix (she's also acting in the film)
* A cross-dressing John Abraham!
* Nice to see Annu Kapoor in a film after a long hiatus
* Great European lilt to the tune
* Oh, and looks like the official title is "7 Khoon Maaf".
(Poster from Bollywood Hungama)
Update (25 Dec): Fight Club finds the base folk Russian song on which "Darrrling" is based (a Russian song called Kalinka).
Friday, December 10, 2010
Of course, Karan Johar can't even fathom the concept of such characters, forget embodying them. The guy thinks "My Name is Khan" was a massive creative leap for him! The frog in the gilded well is now a Director in Bollywood.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Wadkar's last Vishal appearance was in Kaminey where he lights up "Raat ke Dhaai Baje".
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Speculation is also rife about the leading man: first it was Saif Ali Khan, who later moved out because he wanted Vishal to do a film for him in return (which Vishal declined). Apparently, Abhay Deol was to replace him, but now SAK is back. It's borderline gossip, so just read this news item instead.
The film is slated to be a smaller, more experimental film. Here's an interview with art director Samir Chanda on some of the pre-production work happening in Kolkata. Incidentally, he says the story has been written by Mukul Sharma. If I'm not mistaken, this is the same MS who writes for the Times of India on topics such as science and spirituality, used to run the popular Mindsport column during the bearable days of the TOI, and is the father of Konkona Sen Sharma (who, but for her pregnancy, should have been a shoo-in for the 2nd lead's role).
Saturday, October 16, 2010
According to India Today,
Producer-director Sanjay Gupta has managed to get the golden duo of Vishal Bhardwaj and Gulzar as composer-lyricist for his upcoming Vidya Balan starrer Milte Hain.The film, to go on floors early next year, will be directed by Gulzar's daughter Meghna and it is after a long time that Vishal has agreed to compose for a movie, which is not being directed by him.
Of course, Meghna Gulzar, Sanjay Gupta is not a new combination. She has directed ek kahani titled Pooranmasi in the film, "Dus Kahaniyan".
Here's hoping Vishal and Gulzar duo add something special to a Sanjay Gupta Production.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
More Ruskin Bond's Saat Khoon Maaf appearance: Times of India - 23rd August (featuring the tidbit that Bond and Bhardwaj are now neighbours in Mussoorie)
The news that Deepika Padukone has signed a Vishal film (is he directing or simply producing?), to be featured opposite Saif Ali Khan. More prayers for non-actor to actor transformations.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Naseeruddin Shah, Irrfan Khan, John Abraham, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Russian actor Alexander Dyachenko, Annu Kapoor and Vivaan Shah (Naseeruddin Shah’s son).
Ruskin Bond's cameo is also confirmed, thanks to a note from the writer himself. Writing in Outlook, the quiet great man talks of his admiration for his director, the toil behind a film, and of being unable to make an offer that Vishal couldn't refuse:
I offered to sing and dance, but I was gently told that I should stick to writing.
Read about the latest 'Bond movie' here.
(There's an funny - unrelated - anecdote at the end of the diary.)
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Personally, I feel Naseer should quit the movies now. His heart is in theatre — on stage — and I can see that. When he’s on the sets, it’s like dealing with a temperamental child. He’s impatient because he’s a spontaneous actor — retakes are not his thing at all.
Naseeruddin Shah turns 60 soon. To mark the occasion, Vishal Bhardwaj writes a heart-felt appreciation of one of India's greatest actors. The link is here.
Monday, July 5, 2010
Saath Khoon Maaf, par Ash in Vishal movie, inexcusable!!
Now that we mention it, Saath Khoon Maaf shooting seems to be complete. Hope the post production doesn't take a lot of time. PC interview here
Thursday, April 15, 2010
But jokes aside, seems like the original pop ki raani, Usha Uthup, is part of Saath Khoon Maaf.
Usha who has already shot with the director for three days says, "I had stopped acting in films as I didn't get a role which was good enough".
Everyone was only asking me to play myself. I almost jumped out of my skin when Vishal sir offered me such an exciting role in his film. It's got layers to it and is very challenging. It's a dark comedy"
Will be interesting to see how Double U is used/ approaches the role - hope we don't have her making kathakali faces just to pump up the scare factor.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
The report title is Murder, she rote, which for all the pun-wizardry of TOI publications, still doesn't make sense.
It's a Mirror Exclisive, btw.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
A similar thing has happened to "biiDii jalaile" ("Omkara"). The soundtrack of "Athiti Tum Kab Jaaoge" has a song called "jyoti jalaile" which runs on the same lines as the original, and is even sung by Sukhwinder Singh (music is either by Pritam or Amit Mishra - hopefully not the leggie, who still has some cricket left in him).
Vishal has some old associations with the makers of this movie. "Athithi..." is produced by Amita Pathak, the daughter of Omkara producer Kumar Mangat. In addition, the lady made a disastrous debut in her father's production "Haal-e-Dil", which had a smorgasbord of music directors including Vishal. The twin versions of the excellent title track (by Raahat Fateh Ali Khan and Rekha B) sank without too much attention as a result of the film doing very badly.
And there's your dose of Vishal trivia for the day.
Monday, March 1, 2010
According to an interview with Bond, Bond describes Susanna thus:
"My protagonist is a femme fatale who bumps off her seven husbands… I had to find ingenious ways of bumping seven people off while writing the story. Not something that I am used to contemplating generally,"
And it seems Vishal's begun shooting for the film in Coorg with a hairline fracture sustained while playing tennis.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Neil Nitin Mukesh is playing one of the husbands, and seems to be the sixth one roped in to play the part of Priyanka Chopra's short-lived husbands. But I could identify only other two from the reports - Naseeruddin Shah and Mohanlal (Kamal Hassan would have been enough to play all!)
From the name and the number being touted, I am guessing PC leaves her husbands quick and dead.
I hope Mini Mukesh dies a gruesome death right into the 1st minute of the movie. He is acting के नाम पे धब्बा! Personal view, thats all.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
The song is called Yun Hua, is penned by Gulzar, and is sung by Vishal himself.
(see the Wikipedia article on 'Striker' for more.)