Happy Birthday Indulge!
Today is a day of great pride for me. As Indulge celebrates another year of excellence and serving its readers the best of lifestyle and entertainment news, it also marks another year of my column on the colourful, crazy and heady world of Bollywood. Congratulations to the team and here’s to the next six years of indulgence!
A new Mango person
From one set of newcomers to another: this time it’s the launch of a sibling. Fans of Roadies on MTV would know VJ Rannvijay who has also dabbled in films with mixed results. Now it seems his younger brother Harmanjeet Singha is all set to make his movie debut in Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na fame director Abbas Tyrewala’s Mango. Tyrewala may be best known for the Imran Khan launch pad, but let’s not forget the disastrous John Abraham starrer Jhootha Hi Sahi! Maybe he will be third time lucky with this film about an investment banker who chucks up the corporate life to become a shack owner in Goa. It seems Harmanjeet landed the role quite by chance and through an audition. His brother Rannvijay also features in the film along with Monali Thakur, Swara Bhaskar and Chandan Roy Sanyal.
Some other people celebrating today will be the makers of the movies that release on October 25, including Mickey Virus and Satya 2. Let me tackle Mickey Virus first. The launch pad for TV host and funny guy Manish Paul, the first is, as the title suggests, about computer hacking and viruses. It also stars Bigg Boss housemate, the Swedish Greek actress Elie Avram. Paul is best known as the host of shows such as Dance India Dance, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa and India’s Got Talent. Mickey Virus, a comic thriller directed by Saurabh Verma, is Paul’s big screen debut, but he claims he has no plans of quitting TV anytime soon.
Satya still king of Mumbai?
Fifteen years ago, in July 1998, Ram Gopal Varma unleashed Bhikhu Mhatre onto the screen. The “Mumbai ka king” became a cult figure, a villain feared and feted at the same time. With the film Satya, Varma also catapulted into the league of most respected and revered filmmakers. Along with him he launched a host of technical talent that has gone on to greater things such as writers Anurag Kashyap and Saurabh Shukla, actress Urmila Matondkar and Apurva Asrani, who won a Filmfare award for best editing for Satya. Now, in 2103, as Varma tries to recreate the magic of Satya, he has directed Satya 2. The trailer and the lead actor have certainly left me underwhelmed, but then again Satya, who was played by Chakravarthi, didn’t get the accolades that the antagonist Mhatre, played by Manoj Bajpayee, got. Maybe the same will be true of Satya 2, which stars a bunch of newcomers such as Puneet Singh Ratn, Anaika Soti, Mahesh Thakur and Raj Premi. Personally, I believe some things should not be tampered with and revisiting and trying to recreate the brilliance of Satya feels like a bad idea!