At last, Salman Khan’s first international film ‘Marigold’ is ready to hit the theatres.
For how many years have we been listening about Salman’s ambitious movie Marigold – An Adventure in India , which has been directed by Hollywood’s Willard Carroll and features gorgeous Ali Larter opposite Salman Khan . Though the film was completed a long time back, it had been lying in the cans all this while.
Now, the good news is that India’s AdLabs has reportedly signed a deal to release the film in May this year. The release date is learnt to be May 18.
‘Marigold’ stars Ali Larter as an American actress Marigold Lexton who gets stranded in Mumbai and is forced by circumstances to work in a Bollywood movie. Salman plays her dance instructor Prem. The film has several ingredients of a typical Bollywood potboiler. It also has seven songs.
The movie’s director Willard Carroll said in a previous interview that ‘Marigold’ is his way of introducing Bollywood to the West.
‘Marigold’ was primarily shot in Rajasthan, Mumbai and Goa.
Bollywood heartthrob Salman Khan's first Hollywood flick 'Marigold' that revolves around the life of an American actress, who travels to India seeking fame and fortune, was released to a terrific response in theatres across the country on Friday.
The musical comedy, which is a cross-cultural experiment and has been extensively shot in India, received a warm welcome by audiences.
"I liked the movie because it has Salman," said Priya, an ardent Salman Khan fan.
"Salman Khan was great and locations were very nice. It is a very nice movie," said Samita, another viewer.
The film that was launched in 2003, but was stalled in the absence of a financier, has an entire Indian crew with only two American actors despite being an outright Hollywood film.
The film trails the journey of Marigold Lexton, a non-descript Hollywood actress who comes to India to shoot for a film, which eventually gets shelved due to lack of funds. Stranded in a strange country, Marigold decides to star in a miniscule role in a Bollywood flick.
During the course of the film, she falls in love with the choreographer and what happens after that is an exciting journey that the director takes its audiences on.
Willard Carroll, a little known American director, who fell in love with Bollywood after watching a few movies, made this film as an attempt to take Bollywood and Indian culture to American viewers.
"The movie... is a sort of way-in for American audience who don't know Bollywood. To give them an introduction -- both to the world of films here andlso society and culture here," said Carroll.
Ali Larter known for her roles in films like 'A Lot Like Love' and 'Final Destination' stars along with Salman Khan, who has over 70 films to his credit.
Larter plays the role of Marigold while Khan serenades her as Prem, the Bollywood choreographer in the film.
Salman Khan, who makes Hollywood debut with 'Marigold', pointed out the noticeable differences between Bollywood and Hollywood movie making.
"Their (Hollywood) style of working is a lot more professional. Their scripting and everything is pretty much the same, but they are more efficient and they are more serious about the work," said Salman.
The film has some beautiful numbers by the super-hit musical trio of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, who have added another feather in their caps by scoring the songs for "Marigold'. The songs are a mix of English and Hindi.
Shot in Jodhpur in Rajasthan and Maharashtra, the film is seeing a simultaneous release in the UK, the US and Canada.
2007/8/4 11:11:21 Gulshan stays quite in Marigold.
He might be known for his various get ups and powerful dialogue delivery on screen, but the veteran actor recently got the taste of his own medicine in the Salman Khan-starrer Marigold , where Gulshan Grover doesn't have a single dialogue in the film.
"Can you imagine someone who is known for his dialogue delivery doesn't have a single dialogue in the film? The only dialogue in the film I have is 'NO' .
Director Willard Caroll wanted me to be silent throughout the film, but Salman wanted me to say something and that's why I just say 'No' towards the end of the film," laughs Gulshan.
Now the big question is, should his fans see the film for this one dialogue or 'No' ?
In circles where it really matters, the buzz is that Salman Khan's renewed association with the other Khans (read Shah Rukh and Saif) only indicates that the actor is keen on strengthening his own circle. Not only that, a few other actors have intentions of being part of the Khan clan.
Recently, when Salman Khan organised a private screening of his forthcoming film Marigold at the The Courthouse Hotel Karan Johar, Gauri Khan sans Shah Rukh, Saif Ali Khan, Riteish Deshmukh, Shilpa Shetty, Bobby and Tanya Deol joined him, to cheer him on.
Interestingly, after the screening, Salman had an impromptu party at the hotel itself. The guests showered praises on Sallu for his extraordinary portrayal of a dance master who coaches a B-grade blonde actress for a desi film. Later the conversations veered to big banners, other releases of the year and making revolutionary films.
Our source says, "It's extremely obvious that the otherwise detached Salman is making new friends these days. Also, he only works with producers he has known for years."
Trade pundits further inform that Salman and his extended family have plans of making films in the coming year. Says Salman's close friend, "Salman is extremely fond of the people who attended the screening. Being part of the film industry they are looking at profitable collaborations. A few producers like Ratan Jain and Rakesh Upadhaya were also present."
When quizzed about it Siddharth Jain who is a part of the production team of Marigold says, "Yes, Salman had a special screening for his close friends."
We hear that the Bachchans are also holidaying in London but they are mostly on their own.
The two new releases, Marigold and Buddha Mar Gaya, have had a dismal opening weekend in the key markets. Not much was expected from Buddha Mar Gaya, since it's not the film Overseas audiences usually take to, but Marigold has proved a supreme disaster. The film has opened to shockingly low numbers, despite Salman Khan's star presence.
Meanwhile, Aishwarya Bachchan's international project, The Last Legion, co-starring Colin Firth and Ben Kingsley, released extensively in the U.S. last Friday [2002 screens], has collected a paltry $ 2.7 million in its opening weekend.
Salman Khan is extremely excited about his first English film, Marigold, to be released by this year-end. Khan stars with Hollywood actress Ali Larter, who has acted in films like Final Destination and Legally Blonde and the popular television show, Heroes (Star World).
The two actors shared a brilliant equation on the sets. So much so, that Khan even gifted her a replica of the Taj Mahal before she returned to America.A source says, “They were shooting a song sequence in Agra and Ali was mesmerised by the Taj.
She even took a tour of the monument and clicked pictures with Salman and the crew. During lunch break, she went shopping with a local guide as she wanted to buy a replica of the Taj Mahal.”
The source says Ali returned disappointed as she couldn’t get a replica made of authentic marble. When Salman came to know about this, he immediately arranged it.
“Bhai knows a lot of people in Agra, so all he had to do was make one phone call,” adds the source.
Salman got the replica gift wrapped for Ali and gave it to her a day before she left. “Bhai has always been generous to his co-stars. He didn’t want Ali to go home disappointed, so he got the best piece,” says the source.
Willard Carroll, whose earlier works include Playing By Heart (starring Sean Connery and Angelina Jolie), has directed Marigold. The film is a romantic comedy about an American actress Marigold Lexton (Ali Larter), who gets stranded in Mumbai.
Later, she gets a cameo role in a Bollywood musical and meets Salman, who plays a choreographer. Marigold has been shot in Agra, Rajasthan, Mumbai and Goa.
The film is nearly two hours long and has seven songs composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. It has been written by Javed Akhtar.
Heyy Baby' release delayed for Salman's 'Marigold'
Producer Sajid Nadiadwala has shifted the release date of his much awaited 'Hey Baby' from July 27 to Aug 24 to accommodate close friend Salman Khan's international movie 'Marigold'.
A reliable source said: 'When Nadiadwala learnt that Salman's 'Marigold' would be releasing July 27 and the actor's 'Partner' will follow it around July 20, he decided to release his film in August.'
The producer confirmed the news saying: 'Salman is like family to me. It would only be my pleasure to do anything for him. And hence we have confirmed the release of 'Hey Baby' in August.'
Incidentally, 'Hey Baby', directed by Sajid Khan, is creating waves in the distribution circle. His trump card is the star cast of the film - Akshay Kumar, Fardeen Khan, Riteish Deshmukh and Vidya Balan.
Those who have seen the rushes reveal that Akshay, who is paired for the first time with Vidya, revels in his role and will be a big box office draw.
Fardeen has proven his mettle in 'No Entry' and Riteish has been a hit in entertainers like 'Masti', 'Bluffmaster' and 'Apna Sapna Money Money'. With Sajid Khan at the helm of the film, 'Hey Baby' is expected to take the killer combination further. A special song with superstar Shah Rukh Khan will be another high point of the film.
'I have made the film putting myself in the audience's shoes. I have tried to slip into the skin of the audience. I want to entertain them. In fact, the characters of Akshay, Fardeen and Riteish reflects different aspects of my personality,' said Sajid Khan. The romantic comedy has also been in the news for a special song featuring 21 actresses.
For hunting an endangered species of deer, Salman Khan has been put behind bars in the Jodhpur central prison. Because of deer hunting, his personal life as well as film career have been messed up.
Boney Kapoor is producing the Hindi re-make of Vijay's 'Pokkiri.' Prabhu Deva is directing the film and Salman Khan was to do the role done by Vijay. This has been jeopardized by Salman being imprisoned. His coming out of jail or even coming out on bail is not easy. So there's a rumour that Salman Khan will be removed from the film.
Boney Kapoor refutes this rumour. "No one but Salman would suit the role," says Boney Kapoor adding that Prabhu Deva and Salman have become good friends so he would also not be in favor of replacing Salman. Salman khan
Boney Kapoor can say all he likes but Salman being in the film depends on the mercy shown on Salman Khan by the court!
Sajid Nadiadwala has proved that friendships in Bollywood are not that frivolous after all. He has proved his solid friendship with Salman Khan by deferring the release of Sajid Khan’s directorial debut Heyy Babyy so that it doesn’t clash with Salman Khan’s home production Partner releasing on July 20 and Hollywood debut Marigold slated to release on July 27.
Heyy Babyy was also to release on July 27 which is now slated to release on August 24. Nadiadwala asserts that he could afford to postpone the release of his film to maintain his 15 year old camaraderie with Salman. The two are known to become good friends during the making of Jeet.
Heyy Babyy has the Nadiadwala favourite Akshay Kumar along with Riteish Deshmukh, Fardeen Khan, Boman Irani and Vidya Balan.
Zarine Khan was introduced to the Hindi Film Industry by her mentor Salman Khan in her debut film ‘Veer’. And then it was Salman who roped her for an item number ‘Character Dheela’ in his film ‘Ready’ and it is also reported that Salman’s closeness with Sajid Nadiadwala that landed her a role in ‘Houseful 2’. With this her blooming friendship with Salman is quite evident and she admitted to it recently.
However, the lady also said that Salman is not her only friends and she has more friends other than the ones in Bollywood. She said that yes she is close to Salman and gives him all the credit for her career, and respects him to the core, but that doesn’t mean that she is just Salman’s friend. She has other friends and is close to all of them.
And since Friendship day is coming, the lady is busy chalking out plans with her other friends.
Model-actor Nihar Pandya (actor and supermodel Deepika Padukone’s boyfriend), who was last seen in Himesh Reshammiya’s music video ‘I Love You Sayonee’, will soon make his feature debut in director Willard Carroll’s ‘Marigold’ starring Salman Khan.
“Frankly speaking, it’s a cameo where you just get to see my jhalak. That’s why I felt it was not right for me to brag about something that is not very significant. But of course I’m sentimental about the film because it’s the first time I will appear on the big screen and with Salman Khan,” Nihar enthuses. But why did he agree to do such a small role? “An ardent film buff, I had been to watch the shooting of ‘Marigold’ in Jodhpur.
That’s when director Willard asked me if I would be interested in doing a friendly appearance. I consider ‘Marigold’ as my visa to Bollywood,” insists Nihar who then enrolled in Anupam Kher’s acting classes where he met batch mate Deepika.
Nihar has also worked with Farah Khan. “That was for a soft drink commercial with Kareena Kapoor,” he clarifies. Wasn’t it true that he was also supposed to feature in close friend Himesh Reshammiya’s ‘Aap Ka Surroor’ “Yes that’s right. But I suffered a nasty foot injury. As a result of which, my role was scrapped. But I am looking forward to working with ‘H R’ in one of his forthcoming movies. I have been working out vigorously once again,” he says.
So how was Nihar, who had an alleged altercation with Ranbir Kapoor, (also known to be close to Deepika) taking the prying into his personal life? “Guess, it’s an inevitable part of showbiz. But I prefer to maintain a dignified silence. At times, one goes crazy, reading bizarre stuff that one wouldn’t even dream of doing,” he says. But wasn’t he still in touch with friend Deepika? “Hmmm, no comments,” he reacts with a broad smile.
Well, actually Salman has just promised to show Ali the Taj when she visits India to promote their comedy film 'Marigold', but knowing how large hearted the actor is, he could well have presented it to her if he had owned it. However, he could never get a monument like the Taj made even for his lady love because that would leave him no time for painting and partying, even chinkara and black buck shoots!
When is Salman Khan getting married... is the million dollar question everyone is asking in Bollywood now a days. But the brawny actor, who has been romantically linked to several stars during his two-decade career, says he has left his plans of getting married in God's hands.
At a promotional event when asked about his marriage plans, Salman said, "Whenever He will give consent, I'll get married. Things are not in my hand. Without His will, nothing happens."
Questioned whether he was veiling some sadness by answering in such a philosophical fashion, the controversial star said, "There is nothing like that. I believe that He controls all of man's decisions. I'm also waiting for his signal."
Rumour mills were recently abuzz with the prospect of Salman finally tying the nuptial knot as Aishwarya Rai, to whom he was romantically linked at one time, has been engaged to Abhishek Bachchan.
Having spent 20 years in Bollywood in a career spanning from Biwi Ho To Aisi to Salaam-e-Ishq, Salman said he was looking forward to some of his upcoming films.
"I'll soon be doing an action film which will be a complete departure from my romantic image," he said, adding he was considering five to six scripts and would decide on them soon.
The star who was once rated among the most attractive actors in the world by Time magazine is satisfied with his career despite not being in the race for the number one slot.
He said, "I will continue to act as long as my fans want me to. Their happiness is everything for me."
Asked about the dominance of the three Khans -- Aamir, Shahrukh and himself -- in Bollywood, Salman said, "I don't think that only the Khans dominate. It's only a coincidence that all three of us came at about the same time and that we share the Khan surname".
He joked, "Stars like Hrithik, Akshay, Fardeen, Zayed and Sanjay Dutt are popular today. Salman's films are flopping." He was referring to his three previous films -- Jaaneman, Baabul and Salaam-e-Ishq - that did not fare well at the box office.
Salman's first Hollywood film Marigold, directed by Willard Carrol, is going to be released within the next three months. Asked whether he had signed any other Hollywood film, he replied, "Not as yet. Let Marigold be released first".
An avid painter, Salman also plans to hold an exhibition of his paintings.
"So far I've finished 23 paintings and I'm waiting to paint 40 before I display them. I want to paint real paintings and they become abstract paintings by the time I finish them," he quipped.
Films may come and go, be a success or a flop, but the popularity of Salman Khan never goes down.
He may have had his last big hit in the form of NO ENTRY last year but that hasn't deterred his standing at the box office. His KYUNKI came and under performed at the box office. SAAWAN - THE LOVE SEASON had him in a special appearance, which was more as a favor for his filmmaker Saawan Kumar. The film failed and matters weren't quite rosy either with the release of SHAADI KARKE PHAS GAYA YAAR that had come after a delay of 5-6 years. A supreme disaster, it vanished without a trace.
Regardless of all these films failing at the box office, Salman Khan had something to cheer about since his much hyped and seemingly a guaranteed success JAAN-E-MANN was aiming for a Diwali release. A well-made film with an endearing performance from him, it didn't reach the heights that it deserved and though all those who watched it appreciated it, it couldn't withstand the DON mania and had to make an exit.
His last film of the year was BAABUL and though the world knew that the film belonged to Amitabh Bachchan since he played the central protagonist, one still looked forward to Salman Khan in the film. Just like JAAN-E-MANN, BAABUL too got him critical and audience appreciation but the way the film is faring at the box office, it doesn't seem possible that Salman could add it to the list of his successes.
All of this makes SALAAM-E-ISHQ important for him when the film releases early next year. Though Salman's box office and fans standing would hardly be disturbed by the performance of the film, it still adds as a shot in the arm to have a success in your name.
Some of the other films where Salman would be seen next year are PARTNER, GOD TUSSI GREAT HO, MARIGOLD and SAAWARIYA.
There is always a stiff competition among the three heroes in Bollywood - Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan for the number one spot.
In 2011 Salman Khan has now raced his way to the top â€“ not in films but in a different way. Salman has paid an advance income tax of five crore rupees and has therefore become the number one tax payer among Bollywood heroes.
2011/9/17 11:31:08 Bollywood hero Salman Khan, who tastes success with remaking of 'Pokiri' and 'Body Guard' movies, is planning to remake Lawrence Raghava's latest hit movie 'Kanchana.' According to sources, this film will be directed by Sohail Khan. The Khan Brothers are planning to make this movie both in 2D and 3D formats, to excite the audiences with its rich graphic works.
Salman also trying for Ram's 'Kandireega' and Mahesh babu's up-coming movie 'Dookudu' remaking. He may start either 'Kandireega' or 'Kanchana' film shooting depending on which of them he can lay his hands.
Salman Khan talks about the rumours about his marriage, his Hollywood stint, wanting to do philanthropy and yes, his earrings too!
This is a new Salman Khan. A more at-peace avatar of the bad boy of Bollywood. At 42, and with rumours of marriage fast threatening to erode his eligible bachelor image, he is still ruggedly handsome. Perhaps even more than before, despite (or is it because of?) the silver earrings on both ears now. If anything, age has only given him a softer, more mellow look.
“I am fortunate,” says Salman, shrugging off all praise about the way he looks. “I have done nothing. In fact, I have done things that have damaged the way I look and feel.” Like the earrings? Salman gives his famous scowl, “ Arre , I am a Pathan, and I have to look like one. My grandfather, father and uncles wear earrings. I had my ears pierced when I was a baby.”
He is truly back in the saddle these days, and in action – doing art exhibitions, attending film premieres, going for parties. Post Marigold , he is also open to more Hollywood offers, provided they don’t make him look like an idiot! “I have a certain sense of contentment today,” he explains mysteriously. And, he is also inspired by the legendary macho star from the South, the evergreen Rajnikanth. He’s inspired by Rajnikanth’s philanthrophy, he says. “I want to do what he is doing. Whatever he earns, he gives back to the people.”
Ask him about the rumours of him getting married on his birthday around Christmas, this year, and he says with an exasperated look, “The day I get married, or decide to, I will let the world know.” Does he intend to get married at all? “Of course, I intend to get married, but it will happen only when it’s destined to. And I will celebrate the occasion with my friends, family and well-wishers. I won’t hide my marriage because I need people’s blessings and good wishes always .”
Two things puzzled me deeply at the end of this aesthetically-shot benign cross-cultural romance between a B-grade Hollywood actress and a Bollywood choreographer. Why does Salman insist on being called Prem or Sameer in most of his films? A homage to his two filmmaker-buddies Sooraj Barjatya and Sanjay Bhansali? And.....did Gulshan Grover dub the one syllable ("Yes") that he gets to utter? Playing the strong and silent haveli guard, a la Bachchan in Vinod Chopra's Eklavya (another homage??) Grover scowls at everyone in sight specially Salman romancing his American mehmaan from across the 'sloven' seas.
To begin wuth Marigold(Ali Larter) is unbathed, misbehaved, misinformed and Miss Incorrigible all the way. In her journey from the US to India she lies to get a seat, talks loudly and rudely on her phone after takeoff is announced, screams at the cabbie in Mumbai and sneers at the kind helpful production controller(Suchitra Pillai) who 's given the thankless task of informing the bratty b-grader from Hollywood that the film she came to shoot in India has been shelved.
Then of course , Marigold misbehaves some more. Soon we get to know why. "I've never done a film which doesn't have a number in front of the title... Basic Instinct 3, Fatal Attraction 4....After every film of mine my father leaves me a voice- mail message asking how much lower I'll fall," she tells the calm cool and captivating choreographer.
Soon, they are serenading each other on the Goan beaches and then in the stunning Rajasthani havelis where the narrative shifts in the second-half. The choreographer- meets -B-grader scenes have some charm in the first -half, thanks to Salman's innate charisma. For reasons best know to him and his American director, his eyes are mostly wet in the movie, making this a kind of 'moist-see' experience.
A dry spell begins in the Rajasthani splendour of the deserts where Prem wants to marry Marigold but he's betrothed to a human Christmas tree(played by an out-of-sorts Nandana Sen) who loves the American guest Barry(Ian Bohen) who loved Marigold before he loved the Christamas Tree in Jodhpur when she was in the US.
Before the two pairs of moonstruck lovers find their right partners the narrative hems and haws and hiccups to a point of no return. Jeez, whoever said the path to love was easy! It's strewn with thorns as Salman and his American co-star perform some appallingly choreographed numbers(tuned with lip-parching nonchalance by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy) before the wedding shehnai is heard loud and clear.
At the end of it all Marigold isn't such a bad film. It has some sassy lines and an ultra-cool Salman who swings from sweep-waltz to sleepwalk in the blink of a (moist) eye. There're lots of digs at Bollywood(Vikas Bhalla plays a very bad actor rather well) and Hollywood(the sequel mania which has gripped our cinema has its origins in Bush-land). But Marigold Lexton needn't fear another number added to her repertoire.
Salman Khan may have won quite a few awards for his all time blockbuster film, DABANGG, including best actor, but the irrepressible super star is not interested in receiving awards or honours.
It may come as a surprise to many that Salman Khan, despite participating wholeheartedly in award functions and also accepting awards (unlike his good friend Aamir Khan) for films, has in no uncertain terms showed his disinterest in awards.
In a recent disclosure Salman Khan has stated that awards don't interest him at all and also adds that he does not even want any nominations for any of his films. In his characteristic witty sense of humour he went on to add that if any company or organization gets any mileage from his nomination then instead of doing that they should simply hand over a cheque to his Being Human foundation which would benefit the poor and the needy!
Well, awards or rewards, one thing is clear Salman Khan is indeed a good human being and it's the prayers of the needy that has helped Salman reach the top once again after being down and out!
The frenetic IIFA Weekend had a variety of moods. The morning started with Leeds University conferring doctorates on Shabana Azmi, Yash Chopra and Amitabh Bachchan, with Shweta Abhishek and Aishwarya.
The afternoon was fun filled with Salman Khan in a great mood at the music launch of his film ‘Marigold’ followed by the lavish awards ceremony at Sheffield.
The venue was packed to the gills with thousands of Bollwood-crazy people rooting for every star that they caught sight of. In spite of some breathtaking performances (especially by Shilpa Shetty, Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan) the four-hour long function faltered at points, due to a few uninspiring performances and lack lustre compering by Lara Dutta and Boman Irani.
The highlight of the show was when Dharmendra was given the Lifetime Award by Amitabh. “I was a small town boy in Phagwara and I used to look at this magical world of cinema and wonder if I would ever be a part of it. From those days to this stage, it has been a very eventful journey,” Dharamendra said. After his emotional speech he called both his sons, Sunny and Bobby on the stage and then all three Deols cried together, as Bobby mumbled, “My papa’s the best!”. A touching moment, and it left a section of the audience teary eyed.
Finally it’s time for Katrina Kaif to do her bit for her mentor Salman Khan! The world is aware of the fact that it was Salman Khan who is the sole reason for Katrina’s entry and her success in the Hindi Film Industry. The two had also been dating each other since quite some time and then came the news that they have broken up. But post there break up too the two continued to be in touch and are also working in Kabir Khan’s ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ together.
Salman also roped in his ex-lady love for a cameo and an item number in his upcoming film ‘Bodyguard’ and our girl readily obliged. Now another good news as that Kat has acted generous and refused to take her fee for this special cameo only for Salman. Prior to this his best buddies Salman Khan, Ajay Devgn, Kangna Ranaut and Sanjay Dutt too did not charge anything for their special cameos in Salman Khan’s ‘Ready’ and now it was Kat’s turn to return the favour.