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CAPITAL - IWPR: March 26, 2004
film and the styles it has inspired are all the rage in a
city where watching movies was once forbidden.
By Rahimullah Samander in Kabul (ARR No. 112, 26-Mar-04)
Rahimullah Samander is an editor/trainer
with IWPR in Kabul.
Kabul has gone crazy over the
latest hit film from Bollywood. Tere Naam, an Indian film,
has much of the citys population enthralled.
Pictures of the films stars Salman Khan and Bhumika
Chawla are being used to sell everything from clothing
and makeup to food. Music from the film and its movie posters
are hot commodities.
Tere Naam, which means In Your Name" in Hindi,
looks set to surpass the Hollywood blockbuster Titanic as
the Afghan moviegoing publics favourite. Its characters
are becoming Kabuls top fashion icons.
In 2001, Titanic was so popular that one of major bazaars
was renamed in its honour, despite a ban by the Taleban on
watching films. Men sought to have their hair styled like
Leonardo DiCaprios sweeping locks in the film, even
though wearing long hair was prohibited. The fundamentalist
regime arrested more than two dozen barbers in Kabul for cutting
young men's hair in the style of the Titanic hero.
Now, thats all changed. Men used to want Titanic
hairstyles but now the Tere Naam style has taken over,
said barber Asadullah.
Tere Naams star, Salman Khan, wears long, straight hair
reaching down to his ears before shaving his locks near the
end of the film. The Romeo-and Juliet saga tells the story
of a bad boy who is transformed by his love for a Hindu scholar's
Moviegoing is once again a popular pastime in the capital,
especially among men. Tere Naam has been shown in several
of the capitals cinemas since it was released late last
year and has been broadcast on television twice. The soundtrack
from the film can be heard everywhere in the city.
What is it about the Bollywood melodrama which leaves
the heroine dead and the hero in a psychiatric hospital
that has transfixed Kabul?
"[Its because] the movie star loves this girl like
crazy, and he became crazy for her, said Mustafa, who
runs a tile shop plastered with images from the film.
But the film also stands out from the escapist fare that often
comes out of India. Its message is darker than most
the heroine commits suicide after being forced to marry a
man she doesn't love, dashing any hope of a happy ending.
In Afghanistan, where forced marriages are not unusual and
forbidden love can mean risking death, the movie has particular
In an interview with The Times of India, Tere Naam director
Satish Kaushik said the film differed from other Bollywood
extravaganzas because "the story is real; it actually
happened to two people in love".
In Afghanistan, Radio Arman programme manager Masood Sanjar
estimated that that about 40 per cent of the requests his
station now receives are for songs from the film. And CD and
DVD wholesaler Mussadiq said that he has sold 5,000 copies
of the movie and 15,000 copies of the music from the film.
Other vendors agree that Tere Naam is a hot seller. "When
other movies are released, there are good sales for two or
three days, whereas I have sold 20 to 30 copies of Tere Naam
per day for the past three months, said Najibullah.
It seems everyone is trying to capitalise on the films
success. Clothing seller Mohammad Wali said he sold 127 pairs
of trousers with the name Tere Naam stitched into them in
just one week. Mohammad Zarif, who sells spectacles, said
he has been doing a brisk business in knock-offs of the impenetrable
black sunglasses Khan wears in the film.
Stickers and posters - some with the actors heads obviously
transplanted onto other people's bodies - are everywhere.
Many Afghans have long been devoted Bollywood fans, even when
watching such films was forbidden by the Taleban. Pirated
DVDs of Hindi films are cheap and widely available in Kabul,
and many Afghans who have spent time in neighbouring Pakistan
understand Urdu and Hindi.
For years, Kabul television aired a Hindi movie every Friday
night, with simultaneous translations into Pashtu or Dari,
before such broadcasts were suspended by the Taleban regime.
But Tere Naam looks set to eclipse any of Indias previous
Asked to explain the films popularity, Samir, a CD seller
in central Kabul, said simply, "I like this movie because
it has a very good love story and very good songs."
Teenager Harun said he has seen the movie three times. What
attracted him to the film? I like Salman Khan's hairstyle,"
SUCCESS - Indolink: December 12, 2003
Remember we had told you that
,Tere Naam will be revived in some parts of India namely U.P.
and Central India (specially) , to cash in on the Idd festival.
Tere Naam has worked wonders
in its revived run in parts of C.P. Berar . It has created
city records in the first week at Rajkamal in Dhule , at New
Prakash in Burhanpur and at Amardep in Bhusaval .
The film also created
theater records in its first and second weeks at Nagpur´s
Janki cinema and in the first week at Saroj in Amravati ,
Sharda in Durg and in 5 cinemas of Chalisgaon.
The film has also collected
decent grosses during its re-run in U.P and Delhi City .
- Indolink: November 27, 2003
Salman Khan´s Tere Naam
, which has re-established him as one of the most dependable
star for bannerless movies (along with Sunny Deol), has completed
100 days in many parts of India , this week . The movie is
going for a re-release in some parts of India namely U.P.
and Central India (specially) , to cash in on the Idd festival.
Convinced that luck is on his side , C.P. distributor Laloo
Kabra , has decided to revive on Idd , his Salman Khan starrer
, Tere Naam with 27 prints - the same number of prints with
which the film had opened on 15th August this year .
Kabra has got fresh promotional posters designed for the grand
revival of the Salman starrer . He feels that the film would
provide an opposition to the two new releases on Idd , starring
four Khans , Kal Ho Naa Ho(Shah Rukh and Saif Ali Khan) and
Janasheen(Fardeen and Feroz Khan) .
Kabra has been riding the crest of success with his Tere Naam
, Gangaajal and Baghban providing successes . Last week he
has released Out Of Control . Kabra´s forthcoming release
is Khakee .
'EM ALL - HT: August 17, 2003
As the Salman
Khan-starrer Tere Naam opened to packed houses all over, HT
City and DT Cinemas celebrated the occasion on Friday evening
at ITC Maurya Sheratons Kamal Mahal. Star-struck Salman
fans caught a glimpse of their favourite hero as well as got
an opportunity to interact with him at the do.
Most of the swish set that turned out at the gala had missed
out on the special screening of the film organised by DT cinemas
earlier in the day but planned to catch it soon. I havent
seen the film but I am here specially for Salman, said
Pratibha Advani. Echoing her view was MP, Rajeev Shukla: The
last movie I checked out was Koi
Mil Gaya and Tere Naam
is surely next on my things to do list!
Those who had attended the screening earlier in the day couldnt
stop raving about how well an intricate web of emotions had
been spun in the story. The portrayal of emotions is
beautiful, remarked Neelam Rudy, wife of Civil Aviation
Minister, Rajiv Pratap Singh Rudy.
Denying rumours that the story of the film was inspired by
his own life, Salman joked: Its actually the true
love story of Gautam Kumar (who presents the film).
Looking happy with the initial response that the film has
garnered was Bollywood debutante Bhoomika Chawla who stars
in Tere Naam opposite Salman. Of course, she may be Salmans
obsession in the film, but Bhoomika stumped all (Salman included,
of course) by addressing him as Salman Bhai. With
her head firmly on her shoulders, Chawla is choosing her roles
with caution: Right now, I am doing Run but I am looking
forward to doing some different roles, not the same old run-of-the-mill
Satish Kaushik, director of Tere Naam, moves away from his
characteristic slapstick (Badhai Ho Badhai) or family melodrama
(Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain, Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai)
to more realistic yet commercial filmmaking with this film.
This is way beyond my personality, but continuing in
this genre I will soon be staging a play, Salesman Ramlal,
Producer Sunil Manchanda is already laughing his way to the
bank, with the opening weekend being booked to capacity.
I cant even imagine what history this film will create,
START! - IndiaFM : August 16, 2003
He may be surrounded by controversies, but there's no denying
the fact that when it comes to fan-following, Salman Khan's
popularity chart is rock-steady. While his fans ensured that
TERE NAAM generated excellent opening all over, one section
of his fans in Jodhpur [Rajasthan] went one step ahead.
A big group of body builders booked the entire Balcony seats
of Jodhpur's Nasrani cinema for the very first show of the
film on Friday. The procession arrived in 4-5 open jeeps,
many of them sporting Salman's hairstyle from the film. One
of them was even seen in shackles, the kind of which the actor
has worn in the second half of the film.
Not to be left behind, the management of the theatre also
joined in the festive mood. They welcomed the procession and
garlanded those sporting Salman's get-up.
SALMAN'S TERE NAAM!
- Sify : August 15, 2003
The film industry is rejoicing the extraordinary advance booking
of the Salman Khan starrer, Tere Naam. The film, due to open
this Friday (August 15) took the entire film trade by surprise
with historic window takings on Monday (August 11), the day
its plans opened.
Bombay and Delhi witnessed heavy crowds at the plans windows,
comparable to the advance booking of films like Kabhi Khushi
and last weeks Koi
Mil Gaya. Cities
like Meerut had never seen it so good. All records of the
last five years were broken with serpentine queues outside
Nandan cinema on Monday morning. In the first two hours of
the ticket-windows opening, tickets worth Rs. 3 lakhs had
been sold, a feat not even Gadar Ek Prem Katha, K3G, Main
Prem Ki Diwani Hoon or Koi
Mil Gaya could boast of.
What was the reason for the almost unprecedented advance booking
of the Tamil super-hit Sethu remake? Surely, the audience
couldnt have been excited that it was the remake of
a blockbuster. For, umpteen other remakes of South films have
taken dismal initials in the past. Frankly, the point about
remakes makes a difference only while selling the film to
distributors. Beyond that, the initial of a film is not governed
by the fact that it is or isnt a remake.
Whats more, unlike films like K3G, which starred half
the film industry, Tere Naam had just a Salman to sell itself.
Even the heroine, Bhoomika Chawla, is a rank newcomer for
the Hindi cinegoer. No doubt, she is a successful heroine
down South, but, like the point of remakes, this too doesnt
hold much meaning for an average Hindi cinegoer.
There were several factors that led to the phenomenal ticket
sales of Tere Naam. For one, the songs of the Salman starrer
have become huge hits. The simple lyrics, very Indian in thought,
have won the hearts of the music buffs. Himesh Reshammiyas
tunes have actually seen the album selling like hot cakes.
Why, music stores even reported a decline in the sale of music
cassettes of the earlier hottest selling film album, Koi
Gaya once the music of Tere Naam was released in the market.
Secondly, although the only saleable star in the film is Salman
Khan, his film is coming to the theatres after a gap of more
than a year.
Therefore, the long wait of his fans to see their idol after
such a long time is translating itself in the form of a bumper
opening. Thirdly, the promotional trailers of the love story
give the impression that the film offers something different,
that one quality in a film that is being sought by a majority
of cinegoers fed up of routine stuff. In fact, it wouldnt
be wrong to say that the trailers had done the trick no sooner
they went on air on the various satellite channels. Yes, Salmans
different hair style in the film did come in for criticism
from some quarters, but that could hardly be expected to come
in the way of a flying start to the film.
But, perhaps, the most important factor for the wonderful
advance booking is the Salman sympathy wave sweeping the nation
currently. From being everybodys favourite punching
bag - and not without reason, - the controversial star suddenly
seems to have become everyones darling, again for comprehensible
causes. For one, his second brush with law in the hit-and-run
case followed by his imprisonment won him public sympathy
more than hatred even though he was accused of causing the
death of one person.
Close on the heels of that accident came the news that Aishwarya
Rai had called off her affair with him. Again, although the
actress revealed that Salman used to beat her up sometimes,
the sympathy after the break-up went to Salman, not to Ash.
Thereafter came his controversy with Vivek Oberoi, in which
the latter called a press conference to tell the world that
Salman had threatened him with dire consequences. Salmans
stoic silence and resolve to not get into a slanging match
with Vivek won him more fans than adversaries. Much as Vivek
would hate it, it is a fact that he too has been responsible
in no small measure for the grand opening of Tere Naam. Perhaps,
Salman can send Suresh Oberois son a thank-you card
with the words Tere Naam, to gratefully acknowledge Viveks
contribution to the initial of his latest release. Although
it may sound too communal, it must be said that cinemas in
predominantly Muslim areas have reported the best advance
booking for the film.
Finally, given the grand opening, it is almost a foregone
conclusion that Tere Naam would be Salmans comeback
vehicle. The film looks poised to succeed at the box-office,
may be in a major way. If that happens, Salman would have
a success to his credit after a long, long time. Independence
Day may, perhaps, mark Salmans freedom from failures
BIG PICTURE! -
Sify: August 14, 2003
Naam has been dubbed as Salman Khan's true love story. But
is it really the Bollywood macho man's autobiography on celluloid?
To find out, tune into MTV Big Picture for a heart-to-heart
interview with the cast of Tere Naam and Salman himself on
August 14 at 7 pm. The show is to be hosted by VJ Sophia.
Sophia will make Salman talk about his funky hairdo in the
film, the reactions he has got to this new look, the car he
drives, his first love-letter, his relationship with Katrina
Kaif and much more. And further, for the first time ever,
Salman parts with his favourite earring -- a little silver
foot. The show will be repeat telecast on August 17 at 9 pm
and August 19 at 1:30 pm. So watch Salman Khan narrate the
tale behind Tere Naam.
Mid-day: August 12, 2003
Salman Khan is back. This time
with a bizarre hairdo in Tere Naam Unfortunately A
True Love Story which releases this Friday.
And no matter how much the public may have criticised him
for the black bucks, the brawls over Aishwarya Rai and drunken
driving, the advance booking of Tere Naam suggests that all
is forgiven and forgotten.
Theatres in Mumbai, New Delhi and Hyderabad have reported
full bookings for the weekend as soon as the box-office opened
yesterday. All three weekend shows at Gaiety in Bandra, Maratha
Mandir in Mumbai Central and Liberty in Marine Lines are running
A crowd of almost 400 had queued up at Liberty, while Maratha
Mandir had 150 people asking for tickets yesterday. Bookings
in New Delhi have almost paralleled Koi... Mil Gaya bookings.
Gushes Fernandes, manager at Liberty, The response to
Tere Naam has been excellent. But then right from Hum Aapke
Hain Koun and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Judwaa or Hum Saath
Saath Hain... all Salman Khan films always run to packed houses
This enthusiasm could be attributed to one single factor Salman
Khan. Khan hasnt had a single release after the David
Dhawan directed Yeh Hai Jalwa in July 2002.
Explains film trade analyst, Amod Mehra, Salman will
be appearing in an action tapori kind of role after a long,
long time. His last few releases, Tumko Na Bhool Payenge
(April 2002), Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam (May 2002) and Yeh Hai
Jalwa had Salman doing romantic roles.
Mehra also feels that after the Salman-Vivek Oberoi fracas,
Salmans image as a violent lover in Tere Naam is very
similar to his now off-screen image.
Rumours about Tere Naam being Salmans own love story,
which it is not, are also adding to the appeal of the film.
People are curious to know what the film is about. Thats
what pulling them to theatres, says Mehra.
Another reason producer Mukesh Talreja cites for Tere Naams
early popularity is its emotional plot.
Says Talreja, The film is not just a lovey-dovey happy
story. Paticularly after the interval, the film is very emotional.
People are interested because of that.
Whatever the reasons, one thing is certain. Salman Khan, the
adorable sweetheart in Maine Pyar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Sanam
and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, still remains a crowdpuller.
- Indiatimes : August 12, 2003
While Rakesh Roshan's sci-fi flick is running to packed theatres
and Hrithik's outstanding performance as a mentally challenged
lad is the most talked about thing in town, there's more muscle
power that will be taking over the theatres this week. It's
Satish Kaushik's Salman starrer, 'Tere Naam', where Sallu
plays the role of an obsessive lover. According to trade reports
and close monitoring of the booking counters at theatres,
we've heard that 'Tere Naam' has received tremendous advance
booking for the first week, and theatres in Mumbai, New Delhi
and Hyderabad were sold house full for the weekend as soon
as the box-office opened yesterday. And for those who thought
that Salman's filmi career was down and out - may we rest
our case here?
I'D DO ANYTHING!
- Indiatimes & Rediff: August 12, 2003
do anything: Salman
destroy your life for one person. That, says Salman Khan,
is the message of his latest film which releases Friday.
"Don't destroy your life for one person because there're
lots of other people who love you a lot more, though may be
not the same way," says Salman, who reportedly had a
difficult time breaking his relationship with Aishwarya Rai.
When told that his role in "Tere Naam" seems tough,
Salman strikes an ultra cool posture.
"What's so difficult
about it? The wig? Though I hate get-ups, I wasn't uncomfortable
wearing it because I'm comfortable with anything in life,"
he told IANS.
"I had to be long-haired in the first-half and go bald
in the second-half. It's as simple as that," he drawls.
"Do you remember in school the teacher would taunt you,
so that you cut your long hair? I play that small town hero
with long hair. With the hair come the attitude and the intensity
and romance. I play Radhe, the local hero."
Contrary to the images projected in the film's hard-hitting
promos on television, Salman says he doesn't play an anti-social
character in "Tere Naam".
"I'm not at all a thug in the film. I play a very correct
person. Though I'm jobless, I'm a guys' guy who would do anything
to protect family and friends."
Salman says his character's destiny changes after he meets
a sweet simple girl played by newcomer Bhoomika Chawla.
"Destiny is the villain of the plot. Finally all the
things that Radhe has done to support and protect his friends
catch up with him. My character goes through great trauma.
That's what happens when you lose faith in the person who
loves you to death."
Sick of being asked whether "Tere Naam" is a replay
of his own relationship with Aishwarya, Salman chuckles in
"Everybody has asked me this question. You're also asking
this although you know that the same plot has been made in
three other languages.
"This guy Radhe keeps all his frustrations within himself.
He keeps wondering why the girl can't see he's the one person
that loves her the most."
Is Radhe the character close to Salman's heart?
"I'd do anything for those I care for. That one thing
does make me like Radhe. But after a point the character is
certainly not me."
ON TV! - Sify:
August 06, 2003
Khan on TV. No, we are not talking of the actor's foray into
tele-serials. He talks to his fans in the exclusive programme
'On Air' on music channel ETC.
This will be the first time Salman Khan will appear on a television
channel to talk to his fans right in their homes.
He will be sharing his views on Tere Naam, where he plays
Radhe Shyam. "Radhe is madly in love with a simple girl who
hates him. Whenever she tries to come close to him she sees
some sort of violent act by him and moves away. Like true
love stories this also has a tragic end," he says about his
new film, which has taken only three months to complete. "
My producers have made me work very hard," he jests.
On the music of Tere Naam he says that it has lyrical value
which brings in sweetness and pain of emotions.
"During the shooting of this film, I have seen a lot of India."
He goes on to add: "This is first time that I am talking so
much about any film. I really liked working for Tere Naam
and it has been made with sincerity. You will not go back
disappointed after seeing the film."
He will talk about his co stars, his heroine, his favourite
songs and favorite scenes, the story, emotions and reactions,
ETC viewers can catch Salman Khan talking to his fans in 'On
Air' on August 7, Thursday, at 7.30 pm. The programme will
be repeat telecast on Friday at 1.00 pm.
NAAM! - HINDUSTAN TIMES: July 29, 2003
Sources close to Bollyood's
enfant terrible insist 'Tere Naam' - 'unfortunately based
on a true love story' - could be art imitating life. Although
newcomer Bhumika Chawla, who plays the lead opposite Sallu
baba in the film, isn't a patch on Aishwarya Rai's world-winning
beauty, the parallels are a little hard to miss.
From an idyllic romance
between two young people head-over-heels in love, the story
gradually acquires tragic overtones when a misunderstanding
tears them apart. Salman's character in the film is unable
to come to terms with this separation and veers out of control.
In a chain of events by now familiar to Salman-watchers, the
emotionally distraught hero turns violent and gets into situations
that defy logic.
His scrapes with the
law notwithstanding, Salman denies reliving his on-off affair
with Ash in 'Tere Naam'. "People say such things only
because the film has been promoted as an unsuccessful love
story. Its just coincidence that 'Tere Naam' is being released
at a time when I don't share a very good relationship with
Aishwarya. But believe me the film has nothing to do with
real life. It's in fact a remake of the Telegu blockbuster
'Sethu' and the assignment came to me like any other",
However Salman admits
that like the protagonist of 'Tere Naam', he too is a victim
of misunderstanding. According to the actor: "I have
always been misunderstood and saddled with a 'bad-boy' image
that I do not deserve. Let me once for and all set the record
straight - no matter what the impression, I am not the short-tempered,
ill-mannered brat people think I am."
CONFERENCE! - INDIATIMES: July 20, 2003
Naam Party on July 11, 2003
Source: India FM and Indiatimes
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launch of Satish Kaushik's 'Tere Naam' was certainly a star
studded evening. The lead pair - Salman Khan his usual casual
self, dressed in a chocolate brown suede shirt, and Bhoomika
were flanked by the glitterati of Bollywood - Sallu's 'Tumko
Na Bhool Paayenge' co-star, the pretty Diya Mirza, Lara Dutta,
Tusshar Kapoor, Anil Kapoor and director Priyadarshan just
to name a few.
Everyone says I have
to be a role model. Let me tell them, I am also a human being.
It is upto the media to portray me the way they want. You
have the power of pen. You guys decide what to write and what
not to. I have been leading my life peacefully." Strong
words from Salman Khan, who has always been called the troublemonger
in Bollywood by the media.
he was involved in a car accident on September 28 when he
allegedly killed a person. Vivek Oberoi then held a press
conference alleging that Khan called him 41 times on a single
night, threatening to kill Oberoi if he didn't stay away from
Khan's former girlfriend Aishwarya Rai.
July 11, saw the music release of his latest film, Tere Naam,
directed by Satish Kaushik.
asked how important Tere Naam was to his career, he says,
"Every film is important." Then he joked, "But
I guess this film is more important for the producer and distributor."
The first half of the film sees Salman sporting long hair
while in the second half, he is bald. "The story is about
two people in a small town," he explains.
reports suggested Tere Naam was based on the romance between
Khan and Aishwarya Rai. Khan says, "This is ridiculous.
The climax of the film is not at all like my personal life.
I would tell my fans not to follow what I have done in the
film. Do not get carried away with the role. One has to move
on in life and that is what I have learnt in life," he
only reason he did this film, he says, is because, "I
liked the script and the fact that Satish was directing the
film. He is a really competent director and I wanted to do
this film with him."
his director Satish Kaushik, Khan says, "He is an actor
so he knows actors' problems. I just had to follow him."
Bhoomika Chawla, the heroine who debuts in Hindi films with
Tere Naam, he says, is "so sweet. She reminded me a lot
of Bhagyashree of Maine Pyar Kiya."
claims he does not feel misunderstood. "Everyone knows
what I am," he says. "But my life and my doings
make interesting news copy. Look at Shilpa [Shetty]'s dad
Surendra Shetty. Why did he get arrested? People write about
this every day. It is most ridiculous. One has to be honest
to oneself. Take a stance and be clean. That is what I am
doing and I have done."
He says, getting
up from his chair, pressing his hands hard together, "God
and I are this close."
November 13, 2002
Here for Video
After scores of controversies
and spending a couple of weeks in prison for having mowed
down a person to death, Salman Khan is back to film shoots.
An arrogant, aggressive brat, similar to his personality,
that is what Salman is playing in Satish Kaushik's "Tere
Naam". The film also features debutant southern actress
With long hair and dressed inadequately, Salman along with
Bhoomika, right now is inacting a scene where he is expressing
his love to her."Tere Naam", as the name itself
speaks, is a story of a simple small town girl played by Bhoomika,
whom Salman abducts when she refuses his proposal. The passionate
love story gradually transforms him into a sober human.
Speaking to ANI about her role and commenting on Salman, Bhoomika
said that his image of being a difficult co-star is untrue."This
is a story of a simple brahmin girl, who only gets out for
going to college or to buy vegetables and she doesn't know
anything about outside world"."I felt very comfortable
with Salman. As a co-artist I never felt that I was a newcomer,
whenever I had problem he helps me out.He is very comfortable
and helpful to work with," Bhoomika said.
Same sentiments were echoed by director Satish Kaushik.Kaushik
also claimed "Tere Naam" to be a passionate love
story. "Tere Naam- is a very passionate, very strong
and very unusual love story. Itis a different love story in
which the atmosphere of the characters are entirely new. It
is very strong and passionate love story. This project came
to me through Salman. Sunil Mulchandani is the producer of
this film. When he described the strong nature of the character
then obviously it was Salman who could do it,"said Kaushik.
"Every incident teaches you something in life an leaves
an impact. Salman has became more receptive and I guess he
is a stronger person now," Kaushik said.Salman also has
some more films in pipelines. The actor will also be seen
with Shilpa Shetty in K.Adhiyaman's "Dil Churake Chal
Diye", and Puneet Issar's "Sanghar" again with
After all the harrowing time
at the hands of his fans, Salman is hoping that the release
of "Tere Naam" will change the winds for him.The
film hits the silver screen in December.
October 30, 2002
A remake of the
south-hit Sethu, it has newcomer Bhoomika opposite Khan. Produced
by Sunil Manchanda and directed by Satish Kaushik, Tere Naam
has around 13 days of shooting left. Khan, who will shoot
for this film first, not only sports a long-haired wig in
the film but had also gone bald for a few scenes.
September 19, 2002
are on the sets of Tere Naam, the remake of the Tamil hit
Sethu. The film is being directed by the King of Remakes Satish
Kaushik, who can remake anything that others make. Be it Hamara
Dil Aapke Paas Hai, Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain or Mujhe
Kuchh Kehna Hai, Kaushik has had a good success ratio with
Sethu, earlier made in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada, is about
Sethu (Vikram) a rowdy college boy who, after a ragging
session, loses his heart to first yearite Abitha (Abitha),
a traditional Brahmin girl. Just when Abitha reciprocates
his love, Sethu is attacked by a gang of goondas, loses his
mind and is admitted to an ashram where, it is hoped, the
more traditional means of treatment could have a therapeutic
effect on him.
We are at Film City. Bhoomika Chawla (you have seen her in
several ads before: Cofitose and Whisper among others) is
making her first bhoomika in Hindi.
Bhoomika is a star down south with hits like Kushi, Badri,
Yuvagudu, Snehamante Ideraa, Vasu and Rajakootam and rumours
of an affair with director Surya. I have modelled for
MAD films before, says Bhoomika, who is now looking
at other roles in Bollywood.
Bhoomika emerges out of a temple when a van screeches up to
her. Sallu is supposed to come out of the van and drag her
The shot is repeatedly tried out because the van driver is
as deaf as Van Gogh and reaches the spot late every time.
Khan enters the scene. He is upset about an article that has
appeared in a section of the press. Sipping black coffee and
shirtless, he moves around. Smiles once in a while, cools
down and settles in for a few interviews. He has grown his
hair back. Khan had shaved off his hair for the climax of
Tere Naam. We wanted to shoot the climax first,
says producer Sunil Manchanda. I loved the original
Tamil version, though I never understood the language. I knew
I wanted to remake this film.
I planned it initially with a new cast and new director, but
once Salman stepped in, everything changed. Salman loved the
role. When I told him that he had to shave his head for the
role, the next moment he had done the needful, adds
Salman moves ahead to shoot with Bhoomika.
We move next door for a shoot of a commercial produced by
Sunil Manchanda and Anita Anand under the banner of MAD Entertainment
for their German client TBWA Dusseldorf for a Schwarzkopf
range of products. Says Sunil Manchanda, This is the
first time that a European country is shooting indoors in
India. Others have come to shoot India.
Manchanda has already shot a Coca Cola ad for the Chinese
Model Rachel Scobie had put rollers in her hair and was enjoying
the lunch. Director Di Yee of Chinese origin from Australia,
who has directed many big projects like Nivea, is shooting
for the third time in India. India is a good place to
shoot. Markets are expanding now. I know Sunil well and he
wanted me to direct the project for Henkel, says Yee.
Jurgen Degen, head of TV, Henkel (Schwarzkopf), who is on
his first visit to India, is impressed by the facilities.
Everything has been arranged well. We wanted to explore
India and it is working out, says Degen.
August 28, 2002
Satish Kaushik's Tere
Naam (remake of the South Indian hit Setu). "It's a sad love
story. It's an interesting story, but I'd never wish the same
to happen to anyone in real life," Salman.
I went bald, because it was required
for one of my films. The character I play is bald for a part
of the movie: Salman
May 19, 2002
Satish Kaushik currently making waves for his Badhaai Ho Badhaai
is finalising Salman Khan for the Hindi remake of the hit
Tamil movie Sethu. "It is the story of an anti-social element
falling in love. While I am excited about the script, Salman
is also equally charged about his role for which he had to
go bald to sport the menacing look. We are planning to start
shooting next month," disclosed Kaushik who is keen on casting
a newcomer as the heroine.
April 02, 2002
Salman Khan is sporting
a bald look these days. And there's a reason to it. No, it's
not because he is losing hair or because he wants to beat
the scorching heat. It's because of a role. Producers Nitin
Manmohan and Sunil Manchanda have acquired the rights of the
Tamil hit SETHU (starring Vikram and Abitha), which won the
National Award for the best Regional Film, and Salman has
been signed for the Hindi remake. Reportedly, Salman is so
enamoured by his role that he has decided to have a different
look, besides allotting bulk dates to the project, a close
associate of Salman tells me. SETHU had set box-office trends
and Salman is hoping the Hindi version would repeat history.