Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
3 Idiots, which is a movie adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s Five Point Someone, is a lighthearted and entertaining journey of three friends as they try to figure themselves out and share unforgettable experiences.
Two friends, played by Madhavan and Sharman Joshi, are on a hunt for Rancho (Aamir Khan), a maverick, who changed their way of looking at the world.
They move back in time to their college days, Rancho, his relationship with Pia (Kareena Kapoor), and their tyrannical teacher, played by Boman Irani.
Looking for Rancho, they also have to deal with a bet made in the days gone by, a wedding, and a funeral.
Times of India: Do you realise that Aamir Khan and you are the biggest equity in Bollywood today?
Rajkumar Hirani : I’ve never looked at Aamir and me being the biggest equity. For me 3 Idiots is not a business proposal. I just see it as a film I’m passionate about. Also I can’t describe to you the sheer delight of working with Aamir. Here is an actor, who is there available for you, doing nothing else but this film. At times we have woken up at three in the mornings to shoot; we’ve done this non-stop for days on end. Aamir would wake up three hours before the shoot time to play his game of badminton. He wanted that ‘flush’ because he is playing a much younger character in the film. His face had to look fresh. This merger between Aamir and me in that sense was perfect. I always thought I tired out people, but after meeting Aamir I realised, he never gets tired.
Times of India: Before you signed him on, did you have any reservations at all about working with AK?
Rajkumar Hirani : Before starting 3 Idiots, I had heard all these stories of Aamir that he is going to interfere, trouble, etc. But I got over my apprehensions in the first couple of days itself. Aamir is a complete joy to work with. He is so passionate, so committed that I now feel I may not be able to work with any other actor after having worked with Aamir. I told him that he has spoilt me.
Times of India: Weren’t you pushing it, when you cast Aamir as a student though?
Rajkumar Hirani : 3 Idiots is about students, but it is in two time spans. One is while they are students, and one phase is after they have passed out of college. My requirement was four capable actors, because the roles are not just black or white, they are complex roles. They have shades of grey to them. I auditioned people across the globe. Finally, I found one guy in Los Angeles for one of the roles. Sharman Joshi and R Madhavan are also there. Believe me, now that the film is complete I can tell you there is no one as good as Aamir. Age is the least of the issues as far as the film goes.
Times of India: Is the film a complete breakaway from your Munnabhai series?
Rajkumar Hirani : 3 Idiots and Munnabhai have one thing similar. Both are stories told from the heart. Like Munnabhai, 3 Idiots is a funny story, very emotional, very entertaining with a message. But the similarity ends there. 3 Idiots is shot out of Mumbai, the look is very youthful, it’s visually very different from Munnabhai.
Times of India: Would you have been a worried man had Karan Johar’s My Name is Khan come alongside your film?
Rajkumar Hirani : Not really. No two films can actually be a competition to each other. If there are two good films releasing simultaneously people will want to see both. If two bad films come together, the audience will skip both.
Times of India: Little is known about you on the sets… Are you short-tempered, foul-mouthed or genial?
Rajkumar Hirani : I am a different guy on the sets. I have my moments of fury. But I don’t throw mobile phones or slippers at people. I am very single-minded while filming. I tend to tire people out. The only guy who tires me is my writer Abhijat Joshi. He does not go home even if it is five in the morning, until he cracks whatever it is we are working on. And 90 per cent of the time we resolve everything before we pack up for the day.
AAMIR KHAN Vs. HRITWIK ROSHAN
In the biggest battle of the year, the two ‘perfectionists’ of Bollywood could clash in December! Its Hrithik Roshan vs Aamir Khan, Kites vs 3 Idiots.
Rakesh Roshan, the producer of Kites, has just confirmed the release date of the Hrithik - Barbara Mori - Kangana Ranaut starrer to December 18th 2009. Aamir Khan’s much awaited 3 Idiots releases just a week later on 25th December 2009.
We think Hrithik’s Kites could end up loosing the battle and here are some reasons why.
1) The budget of Kites is well over 50 crores and Reliance has purchased the movie for a whopping 100 crores. Now while the opening week could be anywhere in the range of 45 - 50 crores, the second week is bound to be affected big time due to the release of 3 Idiots.
2) Big releases a week apart is probably more dangerous than a same day release. The first release, in this case Kites, will no longer be the first choice for a viewer. This could mean a drop of 50% or more in Week 2, a blow the film may never recover from.
3) The number of prints in circulation for Kites will decrease drastically, further affecting collections.
So overall, we think its better for Kites to release a week before or clash with 3 Idiots during the Christmas weekend.
P.S - There are rumours that 3 Idiots could be postponed to early January 2010!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots is one of the most awaited movies of 2009 and the release date has been confirmed to 25th December 2009, to make it the 3rd back-to-back Christmas release for Aamir Khan.
Now here is some interesting info on the movie. According to sources, there will be 3 Kisses in 3 Idiots and all 3 are between Aamir and Kareena Kapoor. The first is a flying kiss, the second a kiss on the cheek and the third is a full-fledged smooch (during the climax I think).
Although Aamir plays a college student in the film, kissing the much-younger Kareena Kapoor, does sound a bit weird. The director though, without confirming the kiss scene, says Aamir looks perfect for the role!
While we await the release of the movie, we wonder if the Aamir - Kareena smooch will be as hot as the one shared between Aamir and Kareena’s older sister Karishma in the blockbuster Raja Hindustani..