May 242018
 

Tongues have been wagging that Rishi Kapoor’s tweet could be an affirmation that there is something going on between son Ranbir and Alia Bhatt

Rishi Kapoor
Rishi Kapoor

A lot is being said about Rishi Kapoor’s tweet about the Bhatts, which he posted last evening. Twitter deciphered from the veteran’s tweet that it is a ‘confirmation’ of Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor’s rumoured relationship. Tongues have been wagging that it could be an affirmation that there is something going on between son Ranbir and Miss Bhatt. 

Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt
Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt

The veteran actor wrote, “Have worked with most of the talented Bhatt family (and relatives). Mahesh Bhatt, Mukesh Bhatt, Robin Bhatt, Purnima ji, Soni Bhatt, Pooja Bhatt, Emraan Hashmi, Alia Bhatt. Thank you all (sic).” Rishi is shooting for Jeethu Joseph’s film with Emraan Hashmi (Alia Bhatt’s cousin), but fans are convinced that Rishi just dropped a big hint. 

“So now you are confirming you are ready to see Alia Bhatt as Alia Kapoor,” a user replied to Rishi Kapoor’s tweet, while another said, “Oh, Ranbir + Alia, confirm.”

Ranbir Kapoor has admitted that he has a boy crush on Alia Bhatt at a recent event in New Delhi. RK candidly confessed that he is fond of his Brahmastra co-actor. Karan Johar, who was also present said, “Awww.”

Whether they are together or not, time will tell.

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May 092018
 

On Sunday, 102 Not Out earned Rs 7.60 Crore, and Monday it minted Rs 3.02 Crore. After continuing a decent five-run at the Box Office, the film has finally earned Rs 22.50 crore

102 Not Out
A still from the film 102 Not Out

Moviegoers turned up in abundance to watch Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor reunite on screen after 27 years in 102 Not Out. The comedy raked in approximately Rs 9.05 crore (Rs 3.52 on Friday and Rs5.53 on Saturday) since its release.

After five days of its release, Amitabh Bachchanand Rishi Kapoor’s film remains strong on Tuesday and garners Rs 2.83 crore at the box office. 102 Not Out is set to have long legs at Box Office.

On Sunday, the film earned Rs 7.60 Crore, and Monday it minted Rs 3.02 Crore. After continuing a decent five-run at the Box Office, the film has finally earned Rs 22.50 crore.

While fans are appreciating the camaraderie between Amitabh Bachchan andRishi Kapoor in 102 Not Out, music aficionados are celebrating the movie’s soundtrack. Composed by Salim–Sulaiman, the film, which was earlier supposed to be song-less, features three tracks that have an old-world charm.

Talking about their vision for the music, Salim Merchant says, “While composing the tracks, we reflected upon a dialogue that Mr Bachchan says in the movie, ‘Mujhe duniya ki har nayi cheez pasand aati hai, par music puraana pasand hai.’ That triggered the idea that we make vintage music for the film — music that’s reminiscent of the ’60s and ’70s.” The duo enjoyed liberty while composing the songs because their vision coincided with that of the makers. “Umesh [Shukla, director] and Saumya [Joshi, screenplay writer] needed songs that touched the heart and were close to the character sketches . We were happy to hear that brief because that was our vision too. We didn’t face any challenges while working on the film.

The makers loved what we made them listen to. There was mutual respect and trust,” says Sulaiman Merchant. Considering music plays a pivotal role in determining a film’s success, one would anticipate that working on 102 Not Out, which marks the on-screen union of Bachchan and Kapoor after 27 years, would have been taxing for the composer duo. But they refute the notion, stating, “We consider composing music a serious, yet passionate art form. And pressure is challenging. The stress is more when the star cast is new or a film marks a director’s debut, because the music plays an important role in the initial success of such films,” says Salim.

Most music directors who compose the soundtrack of a film usually like to work on its background score too, 102 Not Out’s backing music was helmed by George Joseph. “But we were a big part of the score. Initially, the movie was to release on a previous date. But since it got delayed, and we were committed to perform at concerts overseas around the time allotted for the creation of the background music, we thought of getting someone else, someone who is good, who would work with us, and still get the screen credit,” says Sulaiman.

Also Read: Bringing The ’60s Back! Salim-Sulaiman On Making 102 Not Out’s Music

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May 052018
 

Asserting that his love for his craft is enough, Rishi Kapoor says he will “never” explore direction again

Rishi Kapoor
Rishi Kapoor

Rishi Kapoor is not one to evade questions, but he does tire of repetition. “How many times can I answer the same questions over and over again? It’s either about the role or the film? Ask me kuch alag.” So we ask him “kuch alag”. We ask him to reflect on his past ventures, like, maybe, Ranbhoomi (1991), also starring Jeetendra and Shatrughan Sinha. “Why are you reminding me about it,” he groans. “It was an awful film, which is better forgotten. Ask me something else.”

Seated with the veteran at a Juhu hotel, we’re instantly reminded about how this place was once the hotspot for stars, including him. “Yes it was, years ago. This was the happening place. Today, every memory of my life is at least 30 to 40 years old. This generation refers to me as Ranbir Kapoor‘s father. That’s fine. I live in the present. I’m not one to keep saying, ‘Hamara bhi zamaana tha.’ You must move on with the time.”

Playing father to Rishi Kapoor in the upcoming venture 102 Not Out
Playing father to Rishi Kapoor in the upcoming venture 102 Not Out

Moving on in his career, however, has landed Rishi Kapoor back in time. His recent venture, 102 Not Out, sees him collaborate with an artiste he shared screen space with 27 years ago. “Amitji [Amitabh Bachchan] has played my step father-in-law, brother and buddy. Now, I am playing his son. I have been working with him for 44 years. It is not that I haven’t met him throughout these years. We catch up at social gatherings. He is a challenging and delightful actor. I consider myself a student of cinema, so I continously learn from him.”

Even though their collaboration has given the industry masterpieces like Kabhi Kabhie (1976), Naseeb (1981) and Coolie (1983), among others, Kapoor singles out Amar Akbar Anthony (1977) as a film that’s special. “People tell me today that [even] children love watching it. It is a timeless film, it is like watching Charlie Chaplin. You can watch it over and over again.”

Amitabh Bachchan has previously been seen as his brother in Amar Akbar Anthony
Amitabh Bachchan has previously been seen as his brother in Amar Akbar Anthony

Kapoor not only gives credit to audiences’ sensibilities when appreciating the films the like, but also points out that they are too evolved to accept poor content offered to them by filmmakers. “In the past, every film had the underlying lost-and-found theme. Every actor had at least four films that followed the ‘bachpan mein bichad gaye’ theme, and those films worked. At that time, the audience was forgiving. Today they will not accept anything. There is so much exposure,” he says, pointing towards the inevitable competition they face from Hollywood. “Viewers want chic films, interesting stories, the best popcorn and top amenities at the multiplex. Their demand is justified, given that they shell out R400 for a ticket.”

While the veteran loves to entertain those turning up at cinema halls with his acting prowess, he says they will “never” be witness to his abilities as director again. After wielding the directorial baton in 1991 for Akshaye Khanna and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starrer Aa Ab Laut Chalen, he confesses he’d rather “leave the stress” on set when working on a film. “An actor is a king. People will do salaam to you when you enter and exit the set. Directors or producers have to endure many hassles. I don’t want to go through the stress of acquiring great box office collections. I am 65 and have been working for over four decades. Why would I take on something more challenging than I can handle?”

Friend in Coolie
Friend in Coolie

Acting he says, is his passion, even if he never permitted his parents to notice how excited he was when he first harboured the thought of being an actor. When his father, the late Raj Kapoor casually spoke about including a young Rishi in his project, he was thrilled. “I ran into my room, took a sheet and started practising signing autographs. Cinema has his own charm. Movies are magical.”

It’s probably this admiration that he has for the industry that keeps him going. Even at 65, he has his hands full with his projects. He recently wrapped up Anubhav Sinha’s Mulk, and Leena Yadav’s Rajma Chawal, and will soon kickstart work on Malayalam director Jeetu Joseph’s Bollywood debut. He is also invested in the stage play based on his autobiography, Khullam Khulla.

“I have done shows in Dubai, Hong Kong, Bahrain and London. Most of the audience comprises people who are above 45 years of age, that’s a lot that has grown up watching my films, ones who know me.” But Kapoor’s is a name known across age groups. The young folk on Twitter know him as the man who can’t stop ranting. The actor has mastered the art of tackling trolls. “I keep taking panga on social media,” he smirks, adding, “But, what I tweet is straight from the heart.”

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May 032018
 

Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor’s effortless performances, coupled with their intoxicating screen presence make 102 Not Out worth watching

102 Not Out
Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor in a still 102 Not Out

102 Not Out
U/A, Comedy-Drama
Director: Umesh Shukla
Actors: Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Jimit Trivedi
Rating: Ratings

“You know this happens often? I know of somebody who went through the same experience,” a woman said to her friend in the theatre. I heard a similar conversation at the preview screening of director Umesh Shukla’s 102 Not Out. Obviously, I wasn’t the only one getting emotionally involved with the tale unfolding on screen.

102 Not Out‘s tale is as old as time. It’s about the sacrifices parents make in order to give their children a good life, only to be rejected by them in their old age. What makes this film different from others based on the same theme is the camaraderie between the two lead actors – Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor. Having played many memorable roles in their long, illustrious careers, the veterans are back together on the big screen after almost three decades, and they are like a house on fire.

Dattatraya Vakharia [Bachchan] is a 102-year-old fun-loving and free-spirited man, who wants to break the world record of living for 118 years, a record held by the Chinese man Wong Chong Tung. On the other hand, Babulal Vakharia [Kapoor] plays his 75-year old son, who is uptight and follows a mundane life. Because of his morose life, Dattatraya decides to send his son to an old-age home, but Babulal disagrees. Dattatraya agrees to stay with him on condition that his son will fulfil a few tasks.

Shukla tries to keep the film breezy, yet high on emotions. The screenplay by Saumya Joshi, who also penned the eponymous Gujarati play that inspired the film, feels patchy at times. Despite some unconvincing moments in the plot, 102 Not Out keeps the viewers involved all the way till the climax. Though the tempo drops considerably in the second half, Shukla ensures that the story doesn’t lose its charm. Admittedly, it does get preachy and you find yourself shifting in your seats when Babulal makes the big climactic revelation to his son that feels forced.

The beauty of the film is that none of its pitfalls eventually matter. The movie wins you over with its innocence and simplicity. Actor Jimit Trivedi, as the errand boy, deserves a special mention as he provides some of the film’s lighter moments with his over-the-top acts. But Bachchan and Kapoor’s effortless performances, coupled with their intoxicating screen presence make this movie worth watching.

Also read – Amitabh Bachchan on 102 Not Out’s Badumbaa: Wanted to create a song youngsters could chant

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May 032018
 

Chitrangda Singh is a self-admitted fan of Rishi Kapoor, so when the actor visited the sets of DID Li’l masters for the promotion of 102 Not Out, Chitrangda confessed her fondness for the senior actor

Chitrangda Singh and Rishi Kapoor
Chitrangda Singh and Rishi Kapoor

Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor turned shayar for Chitrangda Singh on the sets of a dance reality show where the duo performed to the evergreen song ‘Main Shayar Toh Nahi’. Chitrangda Singh is a self-admitted fan of veteran actor Rishi Kapoor, so when the actor visited the sets of DID Li’l masters for the promotion of his upcoming film, Chitrangda confessed her fondness for the senior actor.

The two actors exchanged shayaris on stage as Chitrangda Singh confessed that Rishi Kapoor is her childhood favorite. The actress also revealed that she has composed a shayari just for him. The actress also expressed she wished Rishi Kapoor had sung ‘Main Shayar Toh Nahi’ for her and requested the actor to recite the song.

Rishi Kapoor not only sang the evergreen song but also performed on the song with Chitrangda Singh. The senior actor also took to Twitter to share the moment from the stage saying, “We danced impromptu on my song “Main shayar toh naheen”. Thank you Chitrangada!”

Chitrangda Singh is currently judging the dance reality show DID Li’l masters and will be seen in Bazaar and Saheb Biwi Gangster 3. The actress will be also be seen sizzling in a special number for Bazaar which also stars Saif Ali Khan. The actress is also foraying into production with her maiden venture ‘Soorma’ starring Diljit Dosanjh and Tapsee Pannu.

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Apr 302018
 

Rishi Kapoor’s comments come after he said in an interview that working in ‘Manto’ was a wrong call

Rishi Kapoor
Rishi Kapoor

Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor says he chose to do a cameo in Nandita Das’ film Manto just because he has “respect and admiration” for the actress-filmmaker. “I have done one scene in Nandita Das’ film ‘Manto’ in a cameo. Just for the respect and admiration I have for her,” Rishi tweeted on Sunday.

Rishi Kapoor‘s comments come after he said in an interview that working in ‘Manto’ was a wrong call. “Some mischief monger has tried to create a wedge between her and me. Absolutely untrue! I support the film and wish her all the best at Cannes Film Festival,” he tweeted.

“Manto” is a historical period drama film about the controversial writer Saadat Hasan Manto who is known for his writings around the partition of India and Pakistan. It is the only Indian film in Un Certain Regard category of the Cannes Film Festival, to be held from May 8-19. The film also stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rasika Dugal and Tahir Raj Bhasin.

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Apr 272018
 

The relationship of father-son, Rishi Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor has had its own share of ups and downs. Actor Rishi Kapoor has also shared the kind of equation he shares with his son, Ranbir Kapoor. However, with their time his relationship with Ranbir has evolved. And, with senior Kapoor’s film, 102 Not Out awaiting its release, which is about a father-son relationship, also featuring Amitabh Bachchan, the actor has spoken of his changed relationship with his son.

Talking to Mumbai Mirror about it, Rishi Kapoor said, “I’m a loving father now but there was a time when my son and I didn’t get along because I was so busy. I’ve never given my son the liberty of being on back-slapping terms with me. There was this invisible glass pane between us… It’s like history repeating itself as it seems almost like my equation with my father. Now, I want Ranbir to get married, have some kids, so I can be a grandfather and make up for everything there.”

When prodded about Ranbir Kapoor’s new film, Sanju’s teaser, the veteran actor said that he feels extremely proud to say that his son is not afraid to get out of the ‘hero’ image. He said, “Yes, and the reactions to his new film have been phenomenal. All the calls and messages I’ve been getting since morning are about him. He always wanted to be an actor but told his mother that he wouldn’t wear a twisted cap on his head and have 40 dancers suddenly appear behind him. He wanted a different career graph and took on serious films like Wake Up Sid and Rocket Singh. Some films, like Jagga Jasoos and Bombay Velvet, failed, but no actor has a 100 percent track record. But as the saying goes, ‘Form is temporary, class is permanent’.”

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Apr 242018
 

Amitabh Bachchan plays a 102-year-old father to a 75-year-old character of Rishi Kapoor in the film

102 Not Out
Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor in 102 Not Out

Director Umesh Shukla’s forthcoming film “102 Not Out” will also release in Russia on the same day as it will hit the screens in India on May 4. Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor, who will be seen sharing screen space with megastar Amitabh Bachchan after two decades, took to Twitter to announce about the film’s international release.

“Our film releases in Russia on May 4, 2018 also. Enjoy!” Rishi tweeted. Being described as an unusual father-and-son love story, “102 Not Out” is based on a Gujarati stage production by playwright Saumya Joshi. Amitabh plays a 102-year-old father to a 75-year-old character of Rishi in the film.

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Apr 202018
 

The 102 Not Out team gathered here to promote its song Badumbaaa, which is composed and sung by Amitabh Bachchan

Rishi Kapoor
Rishi Kapoor

Veteran actors Rishi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan will reunite on the big screen after 27 years, but the former doesn’t “feel the gap”. Talking about his experience of working with Amitabh in the forthcoming film “102 Not Out”, Rishi told the media here on Thursday: “We worked in this film after 27 years but from the time we went on the set, we started rehearsing. We did not feel the gap between these years.”

“I feel proud to say that I have been working with him for the last 44 years. Our first film was ‘Kabhi Kabhie’ (1976) and the last time we worked together was in Ajooba (1991).” Together, they have delivered celebrated films like Naseeb”, Kabhi Kabhie, Amar Akbar Anthony and Coolie. Amitabh appreciates all his 102 Not Out co-stars, including Jimit Trivedi.

“I believe if you are appreciating my performance, it is due to my co-artistes. If they don’t perform well enough for your reaction, then your reaction would go wrong,” said the megastar. “So I would like to compliment Rishiji and Jimit for this film. Whenever you see (a movie), if you like it or don’t like it, it depends on their performance too. Our performances are the reflection of their performances,” he added.

The film’s team gathered here to promote its song Badumbaaa, which is composed and sung by Amitabh. Not many films are made on senior citizens. Asked why there isn’t much representation of senior citizens in films, Amitabh, 75, said: “Senior citizens are very respectable people of our society. If they are not there, we are not there. Whenever we try to make a film on them, we treat them with dignity. I hope that through this film, we will be able to convey the message to our audience.”

Adding to that, Rishi said: “He (Amitabh) did films like ‘Piku’ and ‘Pink’. Yes, there are not many films made on senior citizens but there are not many Bachchans around, right?” 102 Not Out, directed by Umesh Shukla, will release on May 4.

Also read: Umesh Shukla feels fortunate about casting Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor in 102 Not Out

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Feb 262018
 

amitabh-bachchan-sridevi-rishi-kapoorBollywood actress Sridevi’s sudden death came as a rude shock to her millions of fans. The Hindi film industry marked it as a ‘black day’ and her co-stars Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor did a heart-touching thing to pay their respect to the late actress.

Big B and Rishi were supposed to shoot their upcoming movie, 102 Not Out, on Sunday. But as a mark of respect, they canceled the shooting.

Confirming the news, director Umesh Shukla told IANS, “Yes as a mark of respect to the sudden and untimely demise of our legendary actress Sridevi, we have decided to cancel our today’s song shoot of 102 Not Out. May God give peace to her soul and strength to her family.”

Amitabh and Rishi had done quite a number of movies with Sridevi. Big B’s Khuda Gawah, while Rishi Kapoor’s Chandni were the popular films with the actress.

In fact, before the news of her demise, Amitabh’s tweet reportedly hinted at the Sridevi’s death. He tweeted at 1:15 am and according to Sanjay Kapoor, the actress took her last breath at around 11.00-11.30 pm.

Just before the news of her death broke, Amitabh tweeted in Hindi saying he is feeling uneasy and he didn’t know the reason behind it. Twitter users were quick to notice that Big B had a premonition about her untimely demise.

On the other hand, Rishi took to social media to express his emotion to this news. He wrote: “Woken up to this tragic news. Absolute shock. Sad. Heartfelt condolences to Boney and their two daughters!”

Sridevi’s brother-in-law Sanjay Kapoor confirmed the news on February 25 and said she died in Dubai, where she didn’t have husband Boney Kapoor and daughters – Janhvi and Khushi – by her side at the time of her death.

“Yes, it is true that Sridevi passed away. I just landed here, I was in Dubai and now I am flying back to Dubai. It happened roughly around 11.00-11.30. I don’t know more details yet,” Sanjay had confirmed the news to indianexpress.com.

The last rituals will be held at Pawas Hans crematorium in Vile Parle of Mumbai at noon. Celebs have started coming to Anil Kapoor’s residence to pay their last respect. South superstar Rajinikanth has arrived in Mumbai.

Last night, step-son Arjun Kapoor, Rani Mukerji, Shilpa Shetty Kundra and Rekha were among the Bollywood actors who arrived at Anil Kapoor’s residence, where Janhvi and Khushi were present.

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