NOW! It's kind of a slow news day (you can always tell by the number of Poonam Pandey stories cluttering the news sites) but let's see what's up!
* Probably the most interesting story going on right now is the battle between Ajay Devgn Films and Yash Raj Films over screen space.
Here is Ajay Devgn Films take on events:
Under the threat of not delivering "Ek Tha Tiger" which was the only film to be released on Eid/Independence day (an unusual day being a Wednesday for a film release), YRF forced the exhibitors to tie in the release of the untitled movie (which is now titled as "Jab tak hai jaan") on the Diwali day i.e. 13.11.2012 which is also an unusual day for release i.e. Tuesday. ADF is entitled to release its movie on the Diwali day which right is protected under Article 19(1)(g), Indian Contract Act and Competition Act, 2002 and provide effective competition to YRF's movie.
* Yash Raj Films is playing innocent over the whole situation.
YRF claims to have booked less than 1,500 single screens out of the 10,500-plus single screens available on an all-India basis.
“If this was an issue, why wasn’t it raised earlier? Why wait till now when both films are nearing release,” he added, stressing that the fact that JTHJ would be a Diwali 2012 release, was announced in June 2011 itself.
I wonder if Ajay Devgn films had counted on Yash Raj taking the multiplexes and leaving the single screens but then received a rude shock...
* The High Court is forcing the Competition Commission to look at the matter ASAP.
* Rajkumar Hirani says the second lead of PK to be announced in a week. I still hope it's Shahid and not Imran.
* I said it before and I'll say it again - I'm over Anurag Kashyap.
Anurag Kashyap doesn't believe that he is running a film factory in Bollywood. He is not doing any "favour" by giving breaks to the newcomers, he insists.
"I am fulfilling my selfish motives. These newcomers help me push myself and reinvent my creativity. I am nurturing new talent. Art is a democratic setup," he says.
"My only motive is to make edgy movies that excite me as much as I presume they would excite the audience," he adds.
You know, I was really looking forward to Bombay Velvet back when AK didn't have such a big ego - I just get the feeling it's going to be a bloated and an self-important film. Sometimes, the worst thing to happen to an artist is to gain complete artistic control of their work.
* Open Magazine takes a look at the people who invest in Bollywood.
Says Karan Arora of Highground, “There has been marked improvement in the funding environment over the past decade. It started with corporates joining hands with the film industry, and now with India’s growing rich community, many [High Networth Individuals] want to be film financiers. The image of film funding has also gone through a radical change; whereas previously, this was an area of controversy, it is rarely the case nowadays, and probably for most now it adds a glamour quotient to their profile.”
You mouth says controversy but your heart says mafia money laundering...
* Open also has a profile up of the legendary Asha Bhosle. I will always be grateful I had the chance to see her perform live in concert.
“She is a courageous woman who held life by the scruff of its neck and said, ‘Look, I am not going to let you mess around with me.’ She is at nobody’s mercy,” says Mishra. “She is a fiercely independent person and had often had to pay a price for that because as we all know, Indian society doesn’t like such independent people.”