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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Anurag Basu admitted differences with producer “Rakesh Roshan”

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Anurag Basu, director of the upcoming Hrithik Roshan-starrer "Kites", has admitted for the first time there be differences with producer Rakesh Roshan.

"I wouldn't call them creative differences. Because we were both creating the same film and moving into the same direction. But yes, Rakeshji's vision of cinema is quite different from mine," said Basu.

There were constant arguments between the producer and the director about how the film was to be shot.

"See, Rakeshji is not just the producer of 'Kites'. He's also a very big director with a vast experience as filmmaker behind him. He naturally had very strong opinions on how the film should be shot. It's all fine now. Over and done with. I just hope all the hard work is worth the effort," he said.

The makers are planning to release "Kites" that also stars Kangna Ranaut and Mexican actress Barbara Mori, May 21, but Basu says he has no inkling when the film is releasing.

"I'm just a technician on the film, just like the cinematographer or editor. I know as much as any one else who has worked on 'Kites'. But I've heard the film is being released on May 14 or May 21, I don't know which date it actually is. But I'm happy it's finally being released," he said.

"Kites" was taken away from Basu and given to Hollywood director Brett Ratner for editing. Significantly, the director doesn't feature into any of the publicity and marketing of "Kites".

"I still maintain I had no creative differences with Rakesh Roshanji. When I didn't have any hesitation in walking out of my first directorial venture 'Kuch To Hai' when I had differences with my producer Ekta Kapoor why would I not do the same with 'Kites', if necessary, when I've proved myself as a director with 'Gangster' and 'Life...In A Metro'."

Feb. 8 Launch STS-130: Crew Begins Unloading New Progress

ISS022-E-045468 -- The Expedition 22 crew

Image above: The Expedition 22 crew poses for a crew portrait inside the Harmony Node. In the front, from left, are Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineer Maxim Suraev. In the back are Flight Engineers T.J. Creamer, Oleg Kotov and Soichi Noguchi. Credit: NASA

Space shuttle Endeavour's launch attempt has been scrubbed due to a low cloud ceiling over Kennedy Space Center. Managers officially have scheduled the next launch attempt for Monday, Feb. 8 at 4:14 a.m. EST.

A new Russian cargo craft arrived to replenish the International Space Station Thursday. After two days in orbit the ISS Progress 36 docked to the aft end of the Zvezda service module at 11:26 p.m. EST. For the first time there are now four docked Russian vehicles attached to the orbiting laboratory -- two Soyuz TMA vehicles and two Progress vehicles.

Transfer activities continued as Commander Jeff Williams packed up gear for return to Earth aboard Endeavour when the shuttle crew completes its mission and returns home. Flight Engineer T.J. Creamer worked on the Oxygen Generation System replacing some equipment.

Cosmonauts Maxim Suraev and Oleg Kotov worked in the Russian segment of the station. Suraev deactivated the new Progress and monitored its air. Kotov transferred Russian gear and experiments from Progress to other parts of the station.

Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi checked out software for upcoming robotics work with the station’s robotic arm, Canadarm2. Noguchi also participated in packing up gear for return on Endeavour and closed out a Protein Crystal Growth experiment in the Kibo laboratory module.

Williams and Creamer recently relayed their appreciation to all those supporting their mission and the launch of Endeavour on STS-130.

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