Reports of creative differences between Kunal Kohli and Aditya Chopra over Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic have been doing the rounds for the longest time. So Kunal Kohli, who has been hoping to start out his own production house, had spoken to Saif Ali Khan about a new film that he planned to produce and direct. However, after the debacle of Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic, Saif Ali Khan has been avoiding Kunal like the plague. This has not gone down well with the director who is very keen on moving away from Yash Raj.
Saif Ali Khan
The Nawab has made his allegiances very clear after hosting the Filmfare Awards with Shah Rukh Khan. But this was not always the case. Saif Ali Khan did try to explore pastures across the fence.He hoped to associate himself with the Bachchans and agreed to work on Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Eklavya. The result, of course, was for everyone to see. This was the last time he was seen in 'that camp' and has ever since found himself standing by Shah Rukh Khan. Moreover, Saif Ali Khan has never really wanted to move away from a banner as reputed as Yash Raj.
Yash Raj Films and Mukesh Ambani
Unarguably the biggest production house in India, Yash Raj films has huge money at stake. It is believed that they are choosing to disassociate themselves from the Bachchans. None of their future films have any of the Bachchans in the cast.But there's more. Another insider suggests, "The real reason for this is because Yash Raj is planning a huge tie-up with Mukesh Ambani's Reliance. They will build a huge chain of multiplexes across the country. This will mean Yash Raj will control all three aspects of the business – production, distribution and exhibition – something that hasn't happened at such a huge scale."
Taking on big brother Mukesh Ambani is Anil Ambani's Big Entertainment. The company has already made news for signing on Steven Spielberg. But more is yet to come. Says a source, "Anil Ambani who is close to the Bachchan family. So don't be surprised if you find only Bachchans' friends being signed up."
Now, he's a friend that the Bachchans may be most happy to welcome. Akshay Kumar has had a great 2007 and it looks like he already has two winners on his hands – Singh Is Kinng, which releases this August and Chandni Chowk to China, which will release this Diwali.He made the most of the Unforgettable Tour and joined the Bachchans in the Canada leg of the tour. Says a source, "Akshay Kumar is just as shrewd a businessman as Shah Rukh Khan. His appearance in the Punjabi-dominated Canada will obviously affect Singh is Kinng's collections there. But by participating in The Unforgettable tour, Akshay Kumar has sent out a message to Shah Rukh Khan too."
Shah Rukh Khan
The King Khan is apparently a very angry man these days. Shah Rukh's Rab Ne... was supposed to release along with Rajini's on the Diwali day. But Rajinikanth managed to wrap the film so fast that it will now hit the screens on August 1. The dubbed Hindi version of the film will also hit the screens on the same day. This has allegedly irked Shah Rukh Khan no end. Now Shah Rukh has never lost a Diwali battle at the box office. But trade circles are buzzing with the news that Kuselan may just prove to be the exception. What is worse is that if this happens Shah Rukh Khan will lose out to Akshay Kumar, whose Chandni Chowk… opens on the very same week.
Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Amitabh Bachchan-starrer God Tussi Great Ho may not look like a great film right now. But industry observers believe that it will be used as a platform to bring Salman Khan and Amitabh Bachchan together. Says one, "The film may or may not do well at the box office. But it will consolidate 'Amitabh's Army' by officially getting Salman on board."Now before you shake your head in disbelief (Salman and the Bachchans? NEVER!), picture this:
With Big Entertainment (Anil Ambani's company with which Bachchan's AB Corp will co-produce movies) all set to take over Bollywood in a big way, chances are cold business logic may just bring together Salman and Bachchan in the unlikeliest way. Or so predict industry watchers.Sohail Kan's production house may just get the boost and Arbaaz the roles much required.So you may have the famous residents of Galaxy apartments benefiting from the illustrious ones at Jalsa, inadvertently, or maybe by design.
With the battle lines now drawn and two sides almost set to take on each other, it's only a matter of time before the fireworks begin. Wanna bet?