Abhishek Bachchan

Happy New Year Review Upodcast

Farah and Shah Rukh Khan come together again after a long hiatus to give us Happy New Year which is shattering records left and right. Part Heist movie, part dance movie are they able to recreate the magic of their previous collaborationsMain Hoon Na and Om Shanti Om?

We are joined by Anisha Jhaveri and Danny Bowes to answer some of the most important questions in the history of Hindi Film Cinema:

Can a 6 pack actually be terrifying?

Is there something like a merry go round bar dancer?

Did Amir actually go “Full Retard” in the PK trailer?

Is it fair to have expectations from a movie like Happy New Year?

And does it deserve to make as much money as it did? Or do movies like Kick, Bang Bang and Dhoom 3 deserve it more?

As always you can listen/stream or download the podcast in the links below

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Dhoom 3 Review Upodcast

Dhoom 3, the third in the bikes- babes and abs series is poised to be the biggest blockbuster ever to have been made in Hindi Film history. But clocking in near 3 hours, does it deliver on the promise of a thrill ride?

 

FilmiGirl joins us for an in-depth discussion where we coin new phrases, philosophize about the possible subtext and dig deeper than any other review can as the podcast is spoiler free until the half waypoint.

 

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Dhoom 3 Trailer Breakdown

Dhoom 3’s trailer has arrived and finally gives us something to look forward to in 2013, even if the movie releases just before the year ends.

An established and massively succesfull franchise being spearheaded by one of the most bankable actors in India (not Uday Chopra) directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya (of the vastly underrated Tashan) and shot party in Chicago, is going to be break bank when it comes out at 20th of December.

2013 has been such a dreary year in terms of Hindi cinema. The box office earnings have been huge this summer, even setting some records but most of the movies have mostly been mid-budget and just lacking that masala fun at least viewers like me have been craving. During the half way point we had hoped things would improve especially around the end of the year with heavy hitters Krissh 3 and Dhoom 3.

But after seeing the uninspiring trailers for Krissh 3, all my hopes at least are pinned on Amir Khan.

Some thoughts:

Praise the lord that stupd bowler hat from the teaser isn’t what Amir is wearing throughout the movie, although wouldnt it be awesome if this was some sort of Rene Magritte reference and he wore an apple on his face to hide his identity?

Also, why does Yash Raj Film make Amir Khan recite cheap poetry evertime they work together?

I wonder if the bowler hat and this clown logo on Amir’s desk means there is a circus theme to Dhoom 3? Knowing Vijay Krishna Acharya’s previous work, this totally might be the case.

 

It’s been way too long that Abhishek Bachchan has been on screen! (I am sure Amitabh Bachchan and I agree on this)

Katrina Kaif + kartwheels= YAY!

This face! Just before the money shot!

Dhoom Dhoom Dhoom People!

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Abhishek Bachchan Press Q&A and Exclusive Stills for “Bol Bachchan”

Hey Guys, here are some media type questions that were asked to Abhishek Bachchan at a recent media Q&A as usual they are as generic and harmless like kitten wrapped in a silk blanket wathching day time TV.

The pictures are kinda sweet though. Check it out!

1.     One can see from the photograph and trailers that there’s two of you in Bol Bachchan. That must have been fun?
If my memory serves right, this is actually my first ever double role. I have done films in which I have had one character donning various avatars, like I did in “Bunty Aur Babli” (2005), in which I played a con man. But “BB” is the first bona fide double role that I have done. It was a challenge.

2.     Director Rohit Shetty has enjoyed huge commercial success.  You have worked with him in his debut film Zameen (2003). What is the difference that you see in him since he directed you for the first time?
I think Rohit has become more confident now. He is as hard working and humble as he was when we were making Zameen. He is one of the most successful directors that we have in our industry and his track record speaks for itself. He is like a machine who works for like 20 hours a day.

3.     Abhishek Bachchan or Abbas Ali – which character was more challenging?
Both Abhishek and Abbas Ali have unique characteristics. They couldn’t overlap in any which way. Keeping the divide was difficult as they are poles apart. They are not identical twins with similar traits and I have literally played two separate characters. If you must know, between Abhishek and Abbas, the most demanding was Rohit Shetty.

4.     This is your second song with your dad after ‘Kajra re‘. Are you nervous at all around him?
It is weird, but dad is the one co-star with whom I have done the maximum work. We’ve done “Bunty Aur Babli”, “Sarkar”, “Kabhie Alvida Na Kehna”, “Sarkar Raj“, “Paa”, “Buddha Hoga Tera Baap”, “Jhoom Barabar Jhoom” and now this song in “BB”. Coming to the bit about my not being nervous around him – actually I was not nervous around him even when we did our first film together. It is every actor’s dream to work with Amitabh Bachchan. And dad’s greatest quality is that he puts you at ease. Being an actor and having the kind of experience he has on his side, he understands that for an actor to perform at his/her optimum, he has to be completely at ease. If there is any tension, an actor just folds up and closes in. He is aware that people get gobsmacked in front of him, so he goes out of his way to make them feel comfortable. He does it for the sake of the film. Also when he is shooting a song, he likes to have a lot of fun.

5.     How would you define your style of comedy?
My style of comedy is more deadpan and straight-faced whereas the comedy that I did in the film was very demanding, as a lot of energy was required. We all had to keep our energy levels high all the time. It took me a week to adapt to Bol Bachchan. The first week of shooting was really tough for me. I came with a particular mind-set for the film and Rohit wanted something exactly opposite to it. I thought this will be the easiest film to do and it turned out to be the most difficult film of my career. It looks like a fun film and I thought it is a comedy film where I will enjoy, but I was proved completely wrong. I have told Ajay if the film does well he has to send me on a holiday (Laughs).

6.     Ajay Devgn said that they literally had to groom you into their style of comedy. What was that experience like?
Ajay and Rohit taught me that there is a pitch behind every film and you have to match it. I cannot repeat my characters as it will not suit the script. My style of comedy was very different from what Bol Bachchan required me to do. The two literally made me unlearn what I already knew and adopt a different style of comedy, which was very difficult for me.

7.     How are you doing post your accident on the sets of BOL BACHCHAN?
These things keep happening. I had a small accident…cut my eye and injured a finger. But I am okay now. All good!

8.     On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your performance in Bol Bachchan?
I’d give my final performance a five. I’m very harsh with myself 🙂

‘Bol Bachchan’ produced by Ajay Devgn Films and Shree Ashtavinayak LFS Infra Ltd and presented by Twentieth Century Fox hits screens on 6th July 2012

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Bol Bachchan New Poster and Images

Very short post with some images we received from Bol Bachchan which releases on 6th of July and might be the first Rohit Shetty comedy we are actually looking forward to. And the main reason is the addition of Abhishek Bachchan in what looks likely to be a hilarious role! Bright colors, inane puns and wire fu Ahoy!

 

After the mega international success of blockbuster films Singham, Golmaal 3 and Golmaal 2, comedy maestro Rohit Shetty and Bollywood superstar Ajay Devgn, team up once again to create some spicy movie masala in the hilarious Bollywood comedy Bol Bachchan, and this time hearthrob Abhishek Bachchan comes along for the ride. The film releases on 6th July 2012 by Fox Star Studio. After the mega international success of blockbuster films Singham, Golmaal 3 and Golmaal 2, comedy maestro Rohit Shetty and Bollywood superstar Ajay Devgn, team up once again to create some spicy movie masala in the hilarious Bollywood comedy Bol Bachchan, and this time hearthrob Abhishek Bachchan comes along for the ride. The film releases on 6th July 2012 by Fox Star Studio.

 

Are you excited for Bol Bachchan?

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Review (without seeing the movie): Players

First a short intro, More and more movie studios are flooding the audience with aggressive marketing campaigns, weeks of trailers, first look poster reveals, meet and greets with the stars and a barrage of tweets and viral videos on various social media sites.

As an audience we have reached a point of saturation, and sometimes we even feel we have seen the movie before its release.

We have become heavily polarized with which stars we like or dislike because no one wants to act any more, they all want to be brands. Movies aren’t entertainment anymore, they have all become events.

 

So we at Upodcast, being the enfant terrible of cinema blogs, we have created a new feature, the review based on the movie trailer!

We haven’t seen the movie yet but we will be featuring some guest bloggers that will review the movie based on the trailers. Of course all of this is done in a tongue in cheek way but somewhere down the line it’s also the audience answer to the exhaustion we all feel!

Our first review is from our good friend DishoomPK, do check out his blog and twitter feed, which is always fun and interesting!

Dishoompk always goes for Gold!

Review (without seeing the movie): Players

Abbas-Mustan latest movie “Players” is a “remake” of The Italian Job. But In actuality, it is a remake of the 2003 remake of the Italian Job. That fact is a general indicator of the derivative nature of the movie, where everything seems like something we might have seen in some generic Steven Seagal Hollywood action movie. The characters are developed with the same aesthetics of a western action flick, where they are mere tools to move from one explosion to the next, with little or no character development. Most of the character exploration dealt with a superficial motivation of the characters. These motivation are two flimsy to make the audience root for the protagonists of Players.

To give some credit to Abbas-Mustan, the scope of the movie really impresses. If one wants to see a B-grade Hollywood action movie, one would be getting a bit more than that. Some masala was graciously spread out here and there, to make it just palatable for your average Bollywood viewer. However, very much like Abbas-Mustan’s last venture “Race”, the storytelling is quite fragmented and there’s no flow to the proceedings. The emotional quotient is lacking, as well. However, some of the stunts performed in to movie are really great, and it was magnificent to see some of those sequences pan out on the big screen, with some South Asian faces attached to them. Also the Russian and the New Zealand backgrounds is seem so majestic, on the big screen!

In the acting department, most of the ensemble cast doesn’t give us a surprising performance. Abhishek Bachchan goes through all the motions with a stern face, in which he is trying very hard to embody some “Angry Young Man” who is motivated to do something and is proactive, and intelligent. But he ends up looking like a grumpy overachiever. He is just “too cool” to get the character the essential emotional kick to make us want to root for him. We don’t see his insecurities, we don’t see his shortcomings: We just see a cool dude, trying to do rob some gold.

Bipasha Basu was unfortunately underused, and her character was only there to distract people so that the “men” can swoop in and finish the job. I think Bipasha has grown so much as an actress, and she needs meatier roles, which give more justice to her talent and her experience. One of the surprises of the movie was Sonam Kapoor’s bad-ass character, which the audience would find to be very refreshing. Her attitude just hits the right notes, even though it might seem that it is trying a bit too hard to fit in the boys club. Neil Mukesh’s character as a nerdy hacker was too one-dimensional and full of stereotypes that one associates with these kinds of character. On the other hand, Bobby Deol’s hair might just get the crowd going, on its’ own.

The music of the movie was really good, as one would expect from the said directors. The picturisations were really fun. Bipasha looks stunning in THAT song, and her chemistry with Bobby is sizzling! Sonam needs to gain some weight, to get a grip on the “curvy” nature of dance moves she was trying to do.

All in all, it might be a paisa vasool if you think Anees Bazmee is a paisa vasool director. This is certainly better than Anees Bazmee paisa vasool film!

Follow DishoomPK on his blog or twitter!

 

Let us know what you think of this new feauture or of Players before or after seeing the movie!

Players releases nationwide January 6th 2012!

 

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Ep 29 Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap (Or why Amitabh Bachchan is Awesome)

We kneel before the Emperor of Bollywood this week. In this “Bbuddah
Hoga Terra Baap” Podcast episode, we are joined by Burlesque and Movie Club
Host Bastard Keith and friend of Upodcast and regular guest Danny Bowes writer
for Tor and MoviesByBowes, we dissect the awesomeness that is Amitabh Bachchan
with the release of his latest masala reboot. Listen or download to the podcast
below! Read More