Cyber Journal 24, October 08, 2015
“All that glitters is not gold,” this saying is applicable to Bollywood as well. Yes, the industry that talks about profits and box office collections worth crores. There are several cases that show some well-known producers are not keeping their word, and even fail to follow contracts. Anees Bazmee has experienced this twice during recent years.
Salman did not interfere when T-Series refused to pay Bazmee’s fee
Everyone was surprised in 2011 when Ready’s director said the film’s producer Bhushan Kumar has not paid his fee that was decided in the contract. Even actor Salman Khan had refused to interfere in the matter. Finally, in November 2014, court asked T-Series to pay an amount of rupees nine crore to Bazmee as part of his pending fees. According to the deal, director was supposed to get 30 per cent share out of the movie’s profit. But T-Series refused to share profit citing publicity expenditure, and money spent on re-shooting two songs. T-Series had approached the HC against lower court’s decision in November, now HC will take the call.
Even Firoz did not keep his commitment?
In September this year, Anees told journalists that Welcome Back’s producer Firoz Nadiadwala had not paid his fee for Welcome Back. The director shared the information that he was supposed to get Rs 4.5 crore, but the producer failed to keep his commitment. Bazmee also pointed out that he had spent three years of this life for Welcome Back, and the movie has performed great at the box office. But still the producer did not clear his dues.
Audiences won’t have to wait for four years to watch Anees’s next film
Anees is all set to start working on Big B starrer Aankhen 2. Remaining star cast for A2 has not been finalized as of now. The movie is sequel to 2002s- Aankhen, directed by Vipul Shah which also featured Big B with Akshay Kumar, Arjun Rampal, and Paresh Rawal.
Reports suggest that Anees is also ready with script for- No Entry’s sequel- No Entry Mein Entry with Salman Khan as lead. But perhaps, the project is being delayed due to Khan who has a busy schedule during next two years. Maybe he would change his mind, and give dates for the project after looking at Welcome Back’s success.
While interacting with reporters, Mr. Bazmee assured everyone that he won’t keep much of gap between his movies henceforth. On being asked about working on Welcome’s third installment, the director said he is not sure if he is part of the project. Even if he directs the film, he would ask the producer to pay his fees first.
Anees also said that he is working on comedy and romantic script that will be used in the film starring Ajay Devgn.
Quick profile check
Anees Bazmee entered Bollywood in 1990 as writer and attracted limelight after writing some of director David Dhawan’s super-hit movies from 90s. He last collaborated with David Dhawan as writer in Salman Khan’s-Mujhse Shaadi Karogi that released in 2004.
Anees’s first film as director was Hulchul (1995) featuring Ajay Devgn. He tasted success as director for the first time with Devgn starrer- Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha, in 1998. The director did make semi-hit film- Deewangee, with Ajay Devgn and Akshay Khanna, but he made it in the list of top directors only in 2006 with Akshay Kumar, Nana Patekar, Anil Kapoor starrer- Welcome.
Anees often writes screenplay and dialogues for his own movies along with other writers. Fans can easily point out that most of Anees’s movies consist of jokes on the United States, MF Hussain, Reliance industries, Al-Qaeda, and some movies even featured jokes on the US President Obama! Perhaps, Mr. Bazmee’s choice of tapori dialogues and unique jokes help him to keep his movies one step ahead of comic films made by other directors like Rohit Shetty, Priyadarshan, etc.
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