Bollywood is bleeding: Mukesh Bhatt (Film Snippets)

April 15th, 2009 - 9:10 am ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, April 15 (IANS) Thanks to the ongoing tussle between the producers and multiplex owners, Bollywood is bleeding, says filmmaker Mukesh Bhatt.
“We (the film industry) are bleeding. This strike is affecting the industry and we are suffering colossal losses,” Bhatt, chairman of the United Forum for Bollywood Producers and Distributors, told IANS.

On being asked about the approximate percentage of loss that the industry is expected to suffer, he said: “As of now, we are not doing any number crunching but we are sure the loss will ultimately be huge.”

The tussle is over 50:50 revenue sharing between producers and multiplexes. In view of the issue, producers have suspended the marketing and distribution of films from April 4.

“We are not going to succumb to unreasonable demands,” said Bhatt.

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When Shreyas Talpade dons traffic cop’s hat

Bollywood actor Shreyas Talpade had no starry tantrums when he was stuck in a major traffic jam in Mumbai recently. The actor got out of his car and helped a few volunteers on the road in clearing it up.

Shreyas, who was seen in films like “Welcome To Sajjanpur” and “Golmaal Returns” last year, was in Juhu when he got stuck at a traffic signal, said a source close to the actor.

“Shreyas really assumed a traffic cop’s duties for a while. He was stuck in a bad traffic jam at the Juhu Scheme junction because the traffic signals were dysfunctional and there was no cop. It was utter chaos there.

“Though Shreyas patiently waited for a while in his car, when he realised that the traffic wasn’t moving at all, he knew that he had to do something instead of just sitting there helplessly and waiting for the traffic to ease out. So, he stepped out of the car and joined a few volunteers in directing the traffic and solving the problem,” said the source.

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Arshad Warsi becomes a fitness freak

Arshad Warsi, who is known for tickling audiences’ funny bones as Circuit in the “Munnabhai” series, is turning into a fitness freak.

“Running for 45 minutes every day is a must. I also see to it that I have balanced meals at regular intervals five times a day since it is not advisable to keep your stomach empty for long hours at a stretch. It’s a different thing if you are on a fast,” said Arshad in a press statement.

The actor, whose latest flick “Ek Se Bure Do” has turned out to be a disaster, is now looking forward to “Shortkut - The Con Is On”, Vishal Bharadwaj’s “Ishqiyan” and his own home production “Kaun Bola”.

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