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Zamaanat

 

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Vijayashanti, Arshad Warsi, Karisma Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Tinnu Anand, Ayub Khan, Aarushi, Shivaji Satam, Sharat Saxena, Baby Shana, Prankash Raj, Satyaprakash & Babban Yadav.

Director: S. Ramanathan 

Music: Viju Shah 

Release Date: Mid 2004

Producer: S. Ramanathan 

Screenplay: Prayag Raj and MD Sunder 

Lyrics: Sameer & Majrooh Sultanpuri 

Music: Viju Shah 

Story: Om Shree 

Action: Vikram Dharma 

Visual Effects: Paul Sims 

Choreography: Chinni Prakash & Jojo Khan

Cinematography: Y. N. Murali 

Release Date: Mid 2004

Synopsis: An unfulfilled love story of a prominent lawyer, ‘Shiv Shankar’ who loses his vision in an accident and is thrown into a life of seclusion. He also loses contact with his beloved (Vijayshanti) a doctor by profession. Shiv starts leading the life of a recluse. Years later, a college girl (Karisma Kapoor) knocks at his door seeking his help to secure justice for her beau (Arshad Warsi) who is falsely implicated in a murder case and put behind bars. He first turns her down stating that he had quit practice but later takes up the case as the young lovers reminded him of his amorous youth. In the climax Shiv reveals the truth and makes a key witness confess the truth before the judge. The trial is carried out in public as the case had snowballed into a major public issue.


09/Dec/03 Mid-day. . .Vijayshanti’s Interview

Vijayashanti is just completing S Raamanathan’s Zamaanat opposite Amitabh Bachchan at Rajaji Hall. Vijayashanti is unassuming, soft-spoken and down-to-earth — a far cry from the tough, attitude-driven image one has of her.

How do you feel about being labeled the “lady Amitabh Bachchan”?
It’s a wonderful compliment because he is a great actor.

After a long time you will be seen in the Hindi film Zamaanat (with Bachchan). Why had you moved away from Hindi cinema?
I have been very busy in the south and it became very difficult for me to adjust the dates everywhere. Hindi films take a lot of time to be completed and for that I would have had to cut down on all my south films and that was not possible for me at that moment. I had built up a base here and I couldn’t leave that for an uncertain future there. Nw if I am offered a role in Hindi films and if I am satisfied with the character I will do the film.

 

08/Dec/03 Music India Online

Superstar Amitabh Bachchan was in this Tamil Nadu capital over the weekend to complete shooting for his long pending film "Zamaanat". The film's last shots are being completed at Rajaji Hall in the government estate here, which is where Bollywood's Big B spent Sunday. While fans and media walked in and out of the sets, Bachchan took some time off to speak to the local media. He said he was happy that the southern film industry was more disciplined than its northern counterpart and went about its schedules "in an orderly manner". "I like the planning that is done here. Bombay is just beginning to get disciplined," he told reporters. Chennai's hot and dry climate has exacerbated "Amitji's" breathing problem. But the professional that he is, the superstar has decided to complete the shooting.
It has taken "Zamaanat", made by noted south Indian producer director S. Ramanathan, a decade to reach the final stage of shooting. The entire cast, including Karisma Kapoor, was here this weekend to wrap up the "climax scenes" of the film.
Bachchan plays a downbeat lawyer who has virtually given up on his career. The makeup team did its job well in making him look old and run down. But reporters who spoke to him between shots found him tired-looking. Bachchan's first film with Ramanathan was "Bombay to Goa" and he said he has pleasant memories of his association with the southern film industry.

 

08/Dec/03 Mid-day

South producer-director S Raamanathan has restarted shooting for his film Zamaanat at the Rajaji Hall in Chennai. What makes it unique is that the film starring Amitabh Bachchan and Karisma Kapoor was launched in 1996 and is being completed now! Though various rumours have floated around about the delay in the film’s progress; no one wants to talk about it. Everyone from Bachchan to Karisma form a protective wall of silence around Raamanathan who is running around in the hot sun supervising everything himself. A moment of warmth descends on the set when Karisma arives on the sets and hugs Bachchan.

Southern superstar Vijayshanti is proud to act opposite Amitabh Bachchan for the first time. Known as the ‘Amitabh Bachchan of the south’ she is known for her tough, action-lady image. “Yes, I do have a scene in this film where I beat up a hooligan,” she laughs. Media-shy Raamanathan prefers to keep out of the limelight. “I don’t talk about my problems to anyone except God,” he shrugs and prefers to reminisce about Bachchan instead and what a good friend the Big B has been to him. They are shooting the climax scene where Bachchan’s character reveals before the judge what had actually happened and how the whole scene was stage-managed at a college function. Karisma plays a strong-willed girl whose lover (Arshad Warsi) is framed for a murder he didn’t commit.

 

08/Dec/03 Hindu

The Big B looked haggard, as he faced the camera at Rajaji Hall, Government Estate. He had air dashed to Chennai from Bikaner, on a chartered aircraft last night, to provide the finishing touches to the long pending `Zamaanat'. The movie had been delayed for years due to unforeseen situations. Agreeing that long delays in shooting could lead to continuity problems, Amitji said he was happy the team was finally in Chennai, wrapping up the climax. Recalling his association with the industry down south, he lauded it for its discipline and punctuality. "They are a nice bunch of people." From `Bombay to Goa' to `Zamaanat', his association with S. Raamanathan too has spread over four decades. "I have always appreciated the attitude and planning discipline of people here. Bombay (Mumbai film industry) is just beginning to get disciplined. We hope things are getting good."

 

05/Dec/03 Apun Ka Choice

On December 6, Karisma Kapoor will come face to face with Amitabh Bachchan for a three day shooting schedule of a long-pending movie. Producer-director S Raamanathan’s project Zamaanat has been trudging along at a pace slower than a snail’s for last good number of years. The movie stars Amitabh Bachchan alongside Karisma Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, and Vijayshanti in the leading roles. It appears that the director has finally decided to shoot the movie’s climax that involves scenes including both Big B and Karisma.

 

05/Dec/03 IndiaFM

Raam Raj Kalamandir's Zamaanat is being shot in a 9-day schedule [from December 1]. Till December 5, the film was shot at Filmalaya Studios, wherein a song and some scenes were canned on Karisma Kapoor and Arshad Warsi. Choreographer Chinni Prakash picturised the song on the set of a 'basti'. The film is being shot from December 6 to 9 in Chennai, wherein the climax is being shot on Amitabh Bachchan, Karisma Kapoor, Vijayashanti, Arshad Warsi, Anupam Kher, Sharat Saxena, Govind Namdeo, Ayub Khan, Arushee, Prakash Raj, Salil Sudhakar and Raju Mawani. Producer-director: S. Raamanathan. Music: Viju Sha.

 

29/11/03 Screen India

Raam Raj Kalamandir’s Zamaanat, being produced and directed by S. Raamanathan, was shot for four days, from November 17 to 20, at Royal Palms and The Tulip Star, Juhu, Mumbai, where a song-dance number, choreographed by Rekha Chinnni Prakash, was picturised on Karisma Kapoor and Arshad Warsi and over a hundred dancers. The film, fast rearing completion stars Amitabh Bachchan, Vijaya Shanti, Anupam Kher, Sharat Saxena, Tinnu Anand, Ayub Khan, Arushee and Prakash Raj. It has story by Om Shree, screenplay and dialogue by Prayag Raj and M.D. Sunder, music by Viju Sha, lyrics by Sameer and cinematography by YN Murali are the other credits

24/Nov/03 Sify
Karisma Kapoor is back to work after her wedding. She has commenced shooting for S. Ramanathan's Zaamanat, which has been delayed from a long time. She shot for a song with Arshad Warsi. The film also stars Amitabh Bachchan in a pivotal role.

23/Nov/03 Metro....Arshad Warsi Interview
Where will we see you next?
In mid next year (2004) I have Zamaanat with Amitabh Bachchan.

21/Nov/03 IndiaFM
Raam Raj Kalamandir's ZAMAANAT was shot for 4 days, from November 17 to 20, at Royal Palms and Tulip Star [Juhu]. A song was picturised on Karisma Kapoor and Arshad Warsi [choreography: Rekha Chinni Prakash]. Produced-directed by S. Raamanathan, the film, nearing completion, co-stars Amitabh Bachchan, Vijayashanti, Anupam Kher, Sharat Saxena, Tinnu Anand, Ayub Khan, Arushee and Prakash Raj. Music: Viju Sha.

14/Nov/03 Yahoo Movies....Karisma Kapoor's Interview
In 'Zamaanat' I play a girl who fights for her man to get justice.

19/Sep/03 Screen India
Ram Raj Kalamandir’s Zamaanat, produced and directed by S Raamanathan, is being shot in a week-long schedule from September 10 at Filmalaya Studios where a song and some scences are being picturised. Amitabh Bachchan, Karisma Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Aarush and Ayub Khan are participating along with a number of young dancers. The song-dance number was directed by choreographer Jojo Khan. The film co-stars Vijaya Shanti, Anupam Kher, Tinnu Anand, Sharad Saxena and Babbar Yadav. Story by Om Shree and screenplay by Prayag Raaj and MD Sunder, music by Viju Shah, lyrics by Sameer and cinematography by YN Murali are the other credits.

12/Sep/03 IndiaFM
Producer-director S. Raamnathan began a week-long schedule of Raam Raj Kalamandir's ZAMAANAT from September 10 at Filmalaya Studios. A song and some scenes are being shot on Amitabh Bachchan, Karisma Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Aarushi and Ayub Khan. The film co-stars Vijayashanti, Anupam Kher, Tinnu Anand, Sharat Saxena and Babban Yadav. Music: Viju Shah.

 

11/Sep/03 IndiaFM
Not many are aware that Abhishek's father, the Big B, and Karisma had signed a film a few years ago, Zamaanat, directed by S. Raamanathan. Although the film made speedy progress at a point, its pace slackened subsequently. In fact, speculation was rife that the film had been shelved. But thorough professionals that they are, the Big B and Karisma have decided to complete their pending portions in the film and are currently participating in a week-long schedule, from September 10, at Mumbai's Filmalaya Studios.
 

23/Apr/03 Amitabh on Zamaanat...
Zamaanat is an old film, which has been in the making for the past 6-7 years. It also stars vijaya shanti, south leading actress, karisma Kapoor and arshad warsi, and it may take another year to release.

27/Dec/02 Screen India
Raam Raj Kalamandir’s Zamaanat, being produced and directed by S. Raamnathan, was shot in a week-long schedule recently in Chennai where action and dramatic scenes were filmed. The film, fast nearing completion, stars Amitabh Bachchan, Vijayshanti, Karisma Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Anupam Kher, Tinnu Anand, Sharat Saxena, Shivaji Satam and Satyaprakash. The film has story by Om Shree, screenplay by Prayag Raaj and MD Sunder, music by Viju Shah, lyrics by Sameer, action by Vikrant Dharma and cinematography by YN Murali.

11/Dec/02 Apun Ka Choice
Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan’s film Zamaanat, which had hit a hurdle, is rolling again. The film being produced by veteran producer S. Ramanathan has Big B pairing with Vijayashanti for the first time. Bachchan’s bahu-to-be Karisma is also playing an important role in the film. The film’s shooting had reportedly been delayed a few weeks back on account of the star’s date problems and some financial constraints on the producer’s front. But now Ramanathan has sorted out things and decided to wrap up the film’s shooting fast. Earlier there was talk of the film’s title being ‘jinxed’ and its producer even thinking of changing the title to ‘Godfather’. But Ramanathan has decided to stick to the present title as the new title “gave the impression of being a gang war, underworld-based film.” The film’s shooting is once again in progress and there is likelihood that it might hit the theatres early next year.

10/Dec/02 IndiaFM
S. Raamanathan's Zamaanat, which pairs Amitabh Bachchan and Vijayashanti for the first time, has been in the making for quite some time. Though the progress of the film slowed down in between, the makers have now decided to wrap the shooting fast. Incidentally, there's talk that the makers have decided to change the title to Godfather, but Raamanathan denies it. “Godfather gave the impression of being a  gang-war/underworld-based film, which it is not. I'm not changing the title definitely,” he tells me. The veteran producer, who has produced several films with Big B in the past, says that the sequences between Amitabh and Vijayashanti and also those between Karisma Kapoor and the Big B are the USP of Zamaanat. “These scenes will catch the viewer unaware,” he states.

01/Nov/02 Screen India
All the six songs of Raam Raj Kalamandir’s Zamaanat have been recorded. The film is now fast racing towards completion. The music rights have been acquired by Universal. The film, being produced and directed by S Raamnathan, stars Amitabh Bachchan, Vijayashanti, Karishma Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Anupam Kher, Tinnu Anand, Sharat Saxena, Shivaji Satam and Satyaprakash. It has music by Viju Sha, lyrics by Sameer, story by Om Shree, screenplay by Prayag Raaj and MD Sunder, action by Vikram Dharma and cinematography by YN Murali.

17/Jul/02 Amitabh Bachchan
"Zamaanat is delayed, and the name may change".

17/Jun/01 MTV India...Amitabh on Zamaanat
What is the latest status of S. Ramnathan's Zamaanat, which was launched five years back?
The project was delayed due to various reasons. But we've managed to get the hurdles out of the way and finally, Zamaanat is almost on the verge of completion.
What's your role in the film?
I play a middle-aged, blind lawyer. I have been teamed opposite Vijayashanti. But it's Arshad Warsi and Karisma Kapoor who play the romantic lead in the film.

07/Dec/00 Screen India
Producer-director S Rammanathan canned some vital scenes for Raam Raj Kalamandir's Zamaanat from December 22 to 25 at Vauhini Studios and on locations in Chennai. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Vijaya Shanti, Karisma Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Satyaprakash, Anupam Kher, Tinnu Anand, Shivaji Satam, Sharat Saxena, Baby Sana and Prakash Raj, a recent addition to the cast. The film has story by Om Shree, screenplay by Prayag Raaj and MD Sunder, music by Viju Shah, lyrics by Sameer, action by Vikram Dharma and cinematography by YN Murali. The film is marching towards the last phase of the shooting.

11/Nov/00 Screen India
Music director Viju Shah recorded three songs for Raam Raj Kalamandir's ZAMAANAT from November 27 to Decemeber 1 at Western Outdoorrecording Studio. Pennned by Sameer, they were rendered by Sonu Nigham, Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayanand Jaspider Narula. All these songs will be picturised in this month in Madras and Hyderabad.

17/Oct/00 Filmstrip
Amitabh Bachchan is participating in a week-long shooting schedule of Raam Raj Kalamandir's Zamaanat from Oct. 14 2000 at Vauhini Studios, Madras, on sets of a court and a hospital. Producer-director S. Raamanathan is filming pre-climax scenes. Also participating are Vijayashanti, Karisma Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Satyaprakash, Sharat Saxena and Anupam Kher. The film has story by Om Shree and screenplay by Prayag Raaj and M.D. Sunder. Music: Viju Shah.

09/Jan/00 IndiaFM
Producer-Director S.Raamanathan will commence a 12 day schedule of Raam Raj Kalamandir's Zamanath from 16th Januray at Vauhini studios in Madras. In this schedule, one songs, choreographed by Chinni Prakash and pre-climax scenes will be picturised. The song was recorded on 7th January by Viju Shah at western outdoor. Penned by Sameer, it was rendered by Alka Yagnik & Vinod Rathod. The film stars Amitabh Bacchan, Vijayashanthi, Karishma Kapoor, Arshad Warsi & Anupam Kher.

28/Dec/99 Screen India
Week- Long Shooting Schedule Of 'Zamanath ' Raam Raj Kalamandir's Zamanath, produced and directed by S.Raamanathan , is being shot in a week-long schedule from Dec.10 1999 at Film City in Madras and on various locations . Two more songs will be recorded shortly in Bombay.

17/Jun/99 Filmstrip
Music director Viju Shah recorded a song for Raam Raj Kalamandir's Prod.No.9 on June 29 and 30 1999 at western Outdoor. Penned by Sameer and rendered by Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam and Kavita Krishnamoorthy, the song's orchestra comprised a medley of a new rhythm and instrumental fusion of a different kind. A shooting schedule is being planned for this month.

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