Today in gossip - DOOKUDU; Karan Johar on fakery; Ramesh Sippy told you so; casting updates for Ranbir; Omi Vaidya is Big in Bollywood; Rob Lowe is Big in Canada; and more!
* DOOKUDU crashes the American box office!
Update, 4:36 pm: Harish Sajja of distributor 14 Reels Ent. tells 24 Frames that the movie has grossed $1.4 million in just three days, thanks largely to word of mouth (and despite the fact that, without subtitles, even many Indians aren't able to understand it). The previous record-holder for a Tollywood film is $1.2 million--over three months. Sajja hopes the movie holds this weekend and stays in theaters through the fall, even though it will have to compete with the glut of American films unleashed in the autumn months."It's a miracle," he said. "Nobody knows the movie is going to cross over like this."
Can Dookudu come to my theater please!? PLEASE?! Although, I am looking forward to Force this weekend, I would happier with a little Mahesh Babu Craze up in there, too.
* Rob Lowe is papering Canada with interviews about Breakaway. If I'm correct the film is not opening in the United States - just Canada - this weekend.
* I really want to see Omi Vaidya's documentary about himself.
“There’s going to be that one movie that everyone knows about in America, in Kansas -- that one Indian movie,” Mr. Vaidya estimated. “Once that happens, there’s just going to be more and more and more. We’re going to have an Indian hit actor like Brad Pitt. It’s just a matter of time. I can’t say when that’s going to happen, because people have to be ready. But it’s going to happen.”
* Shahrukh does that thing where he acts like Aamir and Salman are his elders and not his peers.
"To be reigning for 24 years as a movie star is a great achievement. I wish, when I grow up, I will also become a great star like one of these boys," he said.
* Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan of Maharashtra offers Pakistan films for cotton and sugar.
* This story just gets more interesting - was Vivek Oberoi's dad lying about the extortion calls?
* Endhiran cinematographer Rathnavelu is set to direct a Kannada film!
* Ramesh Sippy tooo~oooold Ram Gopal Varma not to remake Sholay.
That's a modest statement from the man who made Sholay. Come to think about it, why didn't you try to remake it? If you do it in future, who would you cast?
Frankly, I can't think of anybody else to play the very roles. Also, I have never thought of remaking Sholay. I am not against remakes. I wasn't upset when Ram Gopal Varma decided to remake Sholay. That he didn't take my permission is a different matter. But yes, I had advised him not to remake Sholay. It is a cult film. I didn't want to tamper with it.
* Speaking of remakes, meet the guy taking over Tinnu Anand's role in the Agneepath remake.
Talking about how being from Uttar Pradesh helped him reach where he is today Inaamul says,"the simplicity of the people of our state. I think ultimately people see through you and if you try to act smart they understand and then no one wants to associate with you. We UPites are simple seedha-saadha people and that simplicity may not give you instant success but ultimately makes people realise your genuine nature and acknowledge you. "
* Ranbir Kapoor in VVC's next?
A source informed Mumbai Mirror, “Chithiyaan is a romantic film. It is a love traingle. It is the story of three people - a girl and two boys. Though the lead actress is still to be finalised, Ranbir Kapoor and Sharman Joshi have been asked to play the male leads.”
* And I'll leave you with this interesting little bit from Karan Johar.
How do you differentiate the fake people from the real?
You acknowledge the fake and deal with them ‘fakely’. You should give them a taste of their medicine. ‘Fakeness’ is a reality that we’ve learnt to live with. How many people are real in this industry? You walk out of films you don’t like and yet praise them. You’re praising people in interviews and on Twitter. You hated working with them and yet you say it was ‘a great experience’. Actually, you want to murder them. You go onstage and introduce them with great style when in reality you can’t stand the sight of them. At the end of the day we’re all fake.