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"Bhool Bhulaiya can turn out to be a blockbuster"
Rachit Gupta
Well-known comedy filmmaker Priyadarshan talks about his upcoming film Bhool Bhulaiya and the reasons behind remaking umpteen South Indian films in Hindi
What is Bhool Bhulaiya about?
Bhool Bhulaiya has the tension of Bhoot and the humour of Hera Pheri. Humour and horror come together to form the film's story. Bhool Bhulaiya explores the depth of human emotions and psychology through a story based in a traditional Indian setup. In fact, it is inspired from a 1993 Malayalam film Manichitrathazhu by director Fazil in which I was a second unit director.
Why were you so irate when people called it a remake of Rajnikanth's Chandramukhi?
Chandramukhi completely mutilated the original film's concept and story. Manichitrathazhu was a classic but Chandramukhi was absolute cinematic trash. The film was made for Rajnikanth and not for a classic subject that formed the essence of the original film. With Bhool Bhulaiya I have tried to capture that classic message and obviously comparisons with Chandramukhi were not a pleasant experience. You seem to have high expectations from your film.
I have worked very hard to make Bhool Bhulaiya. I wanted North Indian culture to be dominantly visible in the film, which is why we extensively shot in places like Benares that are full of Hindu traditions and culture. Apart from its visual appeal, the film's content was reworked as well. The original film had certain mistakes, like it focussed on split personality, but since I have been a psychology student, I could understand it better. We decided to use the human condition of Disassociated Identity Syndrome, where a person develops dual identities and starts living in an alternate imaginary world. The expectations are like any of my films on which I have worked hard. Audiences always want to watch something that can hold their interest and Bhool Bhulaiya can turn out to be a blockbuster. Why are you so inspired to remake Hindi films from Malayalam, Tamil or Telegu films?
The point is most of the really good films made by some other director or me in Malayalam or Tamil were made with small budgets. Limited sources of finance left us wanting for more, because as filmmakers we wanted to make those films a lot better. When we made Manichitrathazhu in '91 we wanted to make a big film, but a micro budget tied our hands. Making a Hindi film allows me to explore into areas I couldn't earlier because the budgets are bigger and the films can be better. Bhagam Bhaag was under the plagiarism scanner and that cost the producers dearly. What if something like this happens to Bhool Bhulaiya?
That won't happen because Bhool Bhulaiya is a film I have worked on originally. In fact Fazil, the original film's director, is completely aware of the remake and there would no such issues.
 
How much did Vidya Balan's recent popularity influence you in casting her for the film?
My original choice for the role was Aishwarya Rai. But, when I saw Vidya in traditional Indian attire, I felt she fits the character's mould perfectly. Also, Vidya justified my decision by giving her heart and soul to the film. She worked really hard to have every scene and dialogue delivered to perfection. In a recent interview with Screen Vidya said that inevitably she will be compared to Shobhana, who starred in the original, after Bhool Bhulaiya's release. Was that of any cause for concern to you?
Shobhana was a trained and genuine dancer. Vidya on the other hand is just an actress who is portraying a trained dancer. There are no comparisons between the two. Shobhana was applauded for her performance and so will Vidya. Vidya has worked very hard at learning the dance steps and her efforts will show on the screen. What was the biggest challenge in the filming of Bhool Bhulaiya?
The biggest challenge had to be extracting performances from the cast. We were striving for authentic and genuine performances that would seem absolutely real and to have things perfect I did not allow a single person from the cast to watch the original. Why do we see you work with the likes of Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal and Tanushree Dutta so often? Why don't you explore other actors' talent as well?
Well there is a Malayalam saying that roughly translates as "When there is butter at home, you don't have to go out searching for ghee". People like Paresh, Rajpal, Akshay or even Manoj Joshi are seasoned and complete actors. And when I have such talented people to work with why I should go searching for someone else? Let's just say that known devils are better than unknown angels. When is Dhol - Kiska Bajega scheduled for release?
Dhol is scheduled for a September 21 release. Don't you think simultaneous releases for your films will eat into their cumulative business and divide the audiences?
What can I do? Yash Raj had all the theatres booked until now. Either ways I don't think back-to-back release dates hurt my films. People want to watch fun and entertaining films all the time. The more they are available on show, the better for the audiences. Why are you doing so many comedies, when alternately you have been acclaimed so much for your serious films down south?
I started making serious dramas like Gardish and Virasat in Hindi. Films like that did not do well, not because they were bad stories or films but because the people wanted to watch something else. They wanted to go to a theatre to enjoy and not sulk or think profoundly. I also thought that at that time there was a dearth of comedies. Quite naturally, I am playing for the gallery and making films that work, films that people of the young multiplex era want to see.

So should your fans not expect serious dramas from you?
They should. I am currently working on a Tamil film called Kanjeevaram that stars Prakash Raj. This film is about the workers in the Kanjeevaram mills and it's going to be a serious arty flick. I am not sure if the film will make it to the commercial screenings but will definitely do the rounds in film festivals. I am always going to enjoy making serious films but comedies and commercial films will be my bread and butter.



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Bhool Bhulaiyaa

Singers: K.K., Neeraj Sridhar, Tulsi Kumar, Shaan, M.G. Sreekumar, DJ Amyth, DJ Kiran, DJ G & Earl
Music Director: Pritam
Rating: ***

The music album of "Bhool Bhulaiya" is an absolute listener's delight. Composed by Pritam and with lyrics by Sameer, the soundtrack is a pleasure to listen to and would definitely rope in huge profits.

The title track is doing wonders on the small screen. "Bhool Bhulaiya" is a peppy track rendered by Neeraj Sridhar of Bombay Vikings fame.

The song has a vibrant and lively feel to it, making it a 'sing-along' kind of number.

The Hinglish track is pretty different from the usual lot. There's also a lot of energy associated with the phrase "Hare Ram Hare Krishna".

K.K. takes over the reins of "Allah hafiz", an enjoyable number that has the right zing at the right places. It has punch and perkiness and would surely get the thumbs up from audiences.

"Labon ko" might sound like a Pritam number but isn't the kind one expects in a Priyadarshan flick.

But the track does make for a good hear. With its slight sufi touch, it reminds you very minutely of tracks from "Life In A Metro", though many may not agree.

An unheard combination of Tulsi Kumar and Shaan makes way for "Let's rock soniye", a song that has a mega-party tag to it.

Even though one has heard similar tracks in the past, the song makes its mark as Pritam puts in a lot of ingredients together to create a fun, dance number on the lines of "Mahi ve".

Pritam ropes in Shreya Ghoshal and M.G. Sreekumar for "Mere dholna". A decent song, this number is average compared to the rest of the tracks but still manages to hold its own as its genre seems to be of a different kind.

"Sajda", crooned by K.K., cannot be termed an out-and-out hit as it lacks that slight zest.

Another average track comes in the form of "Sakhiya". Tulsi Kumar gets to go solo in this number where she does a good job but it also makes one wonder if it might have been better with Shreya behind the vocals. With rhythm as its base, the song would appeal to a certain group of masses.

"Bhool Bhulaiya" doesn't falter much and the entire album turns out to be a great package. Pritam gets his notes right, making it a much awaited film



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the pics on page one r making me wanna see this movie SOO BAD!

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Originally posted by navreen1515

the pics on page one r making me wanna see this movie SOO BAD!
same here yar cant wait to see akshay's act hunEmbarrassed

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With the promos of the forthcoming T-Series film, 'Bhool Bhulaiyaa' having created quite an impact, a cinegoer remarked after watching T-Series' 'Darling', "So, before 'Bhool Bhulaiyaa', we have 'Bhoot Bhootaiyaa'!"

While on the 'Bhool Bhulaiyaa', the audio has expectedly zoomed up the charts and into the top 5.



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Another hit jodi: Ameesha and Akshay


Paired opposite Akshay Kumar in this one, the cast and crew of the film are convinced of yet another hit jodi (Ameesha and Akshay's) in B-wood!


People are wondering where the pretty Ameesha Patel has disappeared? After having caught a glimpse of her in Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd., the actress will now be seen in Priyadarshan's Bhool Bhulaiyaa.

We hear that it was filmmaker Priyan who urged her to be a part of this venture, promising her that she wouldn't regret. And now AP thinks that the director has kept his word, because all those who have seen the rushes of the movie are already complimenting her.

Paired opposite Akshay Kumar in this one, the cast and crew of the film are convinced of yet another hit jodi (Ameesha and Akshay's) in B-wood!

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Bhool bhulaiya 31KDirector: Priyadarshan Music: Pritam Cast: Akshay Kumar,Vidya Balan, Shiney Ahuja,Amisha Patel,Paresh Rawal,Rajpal Yadav ,Manoj Joshi.

This movie has an interesting script which is guaranteed to hold the interest of the viewer. Originally, this movie was made in Malayalam as Manichitrathazhu starring Shobhana, Mohanlal and Suresh Gopi. Not surprisingly, Shobhana won the National Award for Best Actress for her role considering that the entire script revolves around her and provided her ample opoprtunity to showcase her histrionic talents.

 

 

The setting is a small, conservative and superstitious village. Manoj Joshi (Badri), the head of a Brahmin family, owns an ancestral palace which the villagers believe is haunted. One day, the son and daughter-in-law of Manoj's elder brother, Shiney Ahuja (Siddharth) and Vidya Balan (Avni), return to their native village from America. Soon, unnatural events start happening in the palace with the blame place squarely on Radha (Amesha Patel), the adopted daughter of Badri. The villagers and the inhabitants of the palace are by now convinced that the palace is indeed haunted.


Bhool Bhulaiyaa-1 23KIt is at this time that Dr. Aditya, a psychiatrist from America and a friend of Shiney, arrives on the scene. Using modern psycho-analytical techniques, the doctor is determined to find out the reason behind the haunting and events.

From this point on, the movie is a blend of thrill and humor revealing untold depths of the human psyche and a superb ending which will keep viewers glued to their seats. Manichitrathazhu has been remade in Kannada and Tamil although none could equal the original. All were commercial hits. Will Priyadarshan, the director of Bhool Bhulaiyaa, manage to recreate that magic? Let us wait and watch.



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The song that is rocking the nation 



 

"It's one of the most expensive dances ever to be shot. We wanted to create something different and grand and that's when along with my producers I stumbled upon this idea. Akshay has been given a cool new look," says the Hit-Man Priyadarshan about the super successful title track of his much-anticipated-film Bhool Bhulaiyaa starring Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan and Shiney Ahuja. This stylish number has been choreographed by Ganesh Acharya and it has the Superstar Kumar grooving with sultry dancers specially flown in from UK. The song has been lavishly shot in Mumbai's Film City and Aksa Beach amidst dusky beauties, a desert setting, wholesome beaches and a giant Buddha statue. Producer Bhushan Kumar of T-Series has left no stone unturned in ensuring the best results. In this exclusive photo feature we bring forth the song that is rocking the nation as it moves forward in glowing still images with imagery in words best describing the movements.

The master and his able muse
Let your imagination cut loose
No one can better perfection
How about a final inspection!



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