Posts tagged Aftab Shivdasani
Shaheen Parkar (MID-DAY; March 25, 2013)
With the director-producer duo of Indra Kumar and Ashok Thakeria busy with their film Super Nani starring Rekha, their other project — a sequel to their 2004 comic caper Masti — remains unfinished.
The comedy was scheduled to release in April but when Indra Kumar realised that the climax was not too funny, he decided to reshoot it. The film, which features the original actors of the first part — Riteish Deshmukh, Vivek Oberoi and Aftab Shivdasani, had a long shoot schedule in Vadodara last year.
Says a source, “When the makers managed to get Rekha on board for their other project, they decided to go on the floors even though the sequel’s shoot was not over.”
Along with Rekha, the film has Sharman Joshi and Indra Kumar’s daughter Shweta (who featured in the Himesh Reshammiya-starrer dud Karzzzz) taking her second shot at B-Town.
Adds the source, “The makers are focussing on the Rekha starrer. There is a plan to hold a schedule of their sequel but as of now, it has not been ascertained nor the cast informed.”
Shaheen Parkar (MID-DAY; January 7, 2013)
Aftab Shivdasani had a romantic getaway in Sweden with his fiancé Nin Dusanj for the New Year. The actor had enjoyed his visit to the country while shooting for his last year’s release 1920-Evil Returns. He had decided that he would go back for a holiday with Nin.
Says a source, “The couple spent a fair amount of time exploring the Swedish countryside and even went horse riding in freezing temperatures. Aftab was excited to reunite with his horse, Tosca, who also featured in the film.”
Adds a well-placed source, “The two spent New Year’s eve in Copenhagen in Denmak adding some Danish flavor to their romantic getaway.” Earlier for Christmas, the couple was together in London. As Nin was born and raised there, they decided to attend midnight mass on Christmas Eve at a cathedral in London.
Incidentally, Nin is the younger sister of Parveen Dusanj who is Kabir Bedi’s girlfriend.’ Aftab who has been missing from the big screen will next be seen in Indra Kumar’s Grand Masti.
Adds the source, “He is happy to be back in full force with more energy, focus, drive and looking rejuvenated.”
The newbie is taking cue from the Hollywood hottie to portray a naughty role onscreen
Aakanksha Naval-Shetye (DNA; December 9, 2012)
Newcomer Maryam Zakaria, who made a debut early this year with Agent Vinod is now gearing up for her first full-fledged role in Bollywood. The Dil Tera Muft Ka girl will be seen playing the lead opposite Aftab Shivdasani in Grand Masti. The film that boasts of an ensemble cast including Vivek Oberoi is the sequel to the earlier Inder Kumar hit Masti. About Mariyam’s role in the film, an insider reveals that she will be seen playing a teacher in the film, and a naughty one at that. “She is playing a teacher on the lines of the role that Cameron Diaz had played in the film Bad Teacher. So, she is sexy and naughty too,” informs the insider. And to perfect the role, Mariyam even watched the film several times to take lead from the Hollywood hottie. “Yes, she studied Cameron’s body language to do justice to the role of a bad teacher. Though the role is not completely based on Cameron’s character in the film, there are similarities,” adds the insider. Mariyam herself shares that it was fun to play a role like this one. Since this is actually her first full-fledged role, she is making sure that she gives it her best shot. “And she is very excited about it too, as the film is a sequel to a hit film,” says a source close to Mariyam.
It was family time for the cast while shooting for a comic caper at Laxmi Vilas Palace in Vadodara
Shaheen Parker (MID-DAY; December 3, 2012)
Vivek Oberoi, Riteish Deshmukh and Aftab Shivdasani recently had a shoot schedule for Indra Kumar’s upcoming comic caper Grand Masti at the well-known Laxmi Vilas Palace in Vadodara. It was a big fat family outing in Gujarat for the actors as they were accompanied by their better halves. Riteish’s wife Genelia D’Souza, Vivek’s pregnant wife Priyanka Alva as well as Aftab’s girlfriend Nin Dusanj were around.
Considering the film’s cast also consists of six starlets — Karishma Tanna, Manjari Fadnavis, Sonalee, Kainaat Arora, Bruna Abdalah and Maryam Zakaria — who play the onscreen wives and girlfriends of the actor, it was a case of onscreen and offscreen WAGs! Says a source, “The unit folk began referring to them as the film WAGs (wives and girlfriends) and the real WAGs! The three lead actors, their onscreen wives and girlfriends and their real life wives and girlfriends — all had great fun together at the shoot. Everyday different varieties of local Gujarati cuisine would be ordered and a huge table would be laid where all the WAGs would sit together and tuck into the delicacies.” The film directed by Indra Kumar and produced by Ashok Thakeria is a sequel to the duo’s 2004 outing Masti.
Says Thakeria, “We shot the title song at the Darbar Hall of the Laxmi Vilas Palace. I have a very old connect with Vadodara. A family atmosphere More >
After item numbers, Maryam Zakaria has bagged her first Bollywood lead role opposite Aftab Shivdasani
Shakti Shetty (MID-DAY; November 24, 2012)
Looks like former item girl Maryam Zakaria’s search for a full-fledged Bollywood role has come to an end. Lady Luck has smiled upon the starlet and she is all set to appear in Grand Masti, her first Hindi film as an actress.
Maryam, who is known for item songs like Dil mera muft ka in Agent Vinod and Pritam pyare in Rowdy Rathod, has done few Tamil and Telugu films. She will now be seen costarring Aftab Shivdasani in Grand Masti.
“After watching her earlier work, director Inder Kumar signed Maryam as the main lead opposite Aftab. Though she’s from Sweden, she’s fluent in Hindi and dubs for her own films, so that’s an added advantage,” says a source.
The Iranian- Swedish actress — who has moved base to Mumbai to concentrate on her acting career — sounds delighted at the possibility of sharing the big screen with established names. “Yes, I’m playing one of the leads in the sequel to Masti. Naturally, I am super- excited about my role as I will be portraying a seductive teacher,” sums up Maryam.
Vikram Bhatt plans to start the third part based in London next year
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 13, 2012)
Buoyed by the box office success of his latest horror flick 1920: The Evil Returns, Vikram Bhatt is gearing up for the third installment of his 1920 franchise that kicked off in 2008. When contacted, Bhatt confirmed the news and said, “It will go on floors next year. I will change the setting of the film. This time it will be London.” The first part of the series starred newcomers Adah Sharma and Rajneish Duggal.
Based in Mumbai, the film revolved around a married couple played by the debutants.
Four years later, the second part written by the filmmaker himself and directed by newcomer Bhushan Patel took the franchise a step further. Amidst mixed reactions, the film starring Aftab Shivdasani fared pretty well at the box office in its opening weekend. Needless to say, the response to the film left Vikram wanting to take the now successful franchise forward.
“Vikram is very happy with the response to his film. He has made horror films with sincere efforts to make them credible. He constantly betters himselfwith3Dandsuperiorvisualeffects,” said a source.
While shooting for ’1920 – Evil Returns’ in Sweden, Tia Bajpai had a tough time acclimatising with the weather
Sonali Josji Pitale (MID-DAY; October 18, 2012)
While most actors have a rollicking time on their shoots abroad, for Tia Bajpai it had turned out to be a nightmare. For her upcoming film 1920-Evil Returns co-starring Aftab Shivdasani, the actress was required to stand in the middle of a chilled river in Sweden for a certain sequence. The cold bit her hard and she was left in utter discomfort.
Our source says, “It was for a scene where Aftab traces back a missing Tia in the middle of a river. Along with the rest of the crew, Tia had to stand in chilled waters for a long time. She was shivering but did not complain about the cold.” Another source from the film’s team says, “It took us an entire day to finish that scene. By the end of the day, Tia had turned blue. We immediately took her out and had her wrapped in a blanket. The next day, the entire unit teased her by calling her Baby Blue.”
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; October 18, 2012)
In his upcoming film 1920-Evil Returns by Vikram Bhatt, Aftab Shivdasani will be seen mouthing poetry as he plays a poet. Incidentally, these lines have been actually written by none other than Bhatt himself.
A source said, “Not many people are aware that Vikram writes amazing poetry based on his own experiences. In fact sometime back, he was also toying with the idea of publishing a book based on his poems and he has still not ruled that out.
These poems were written in English and have been translated in Hindi by dialogue writer Sanjay Masoom.” Bhatt tells us, “The poems take inspiration from my life and my experiences. They are my thoughts that find their way into the film.”
Excerpts from Bhatt’s writings… …I stretch my hand And then I wait In the glow of her being I find my soul mate!
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; October 8, 2012)
Aftab Shivdasani, who had high-profile relationships with Bollywood actresses Yana Gupta and Aamna Shariff, is in love again. The actor is currently dating Nin Dusanj, a British-Indian born and brought up in London. The actor has been single post his break-up with Aamna and when we met him last at a Bollywood function, he said he was neck- deep in work. “I’m doing Vikram Bhatt’s 1920: Evil Returns and Indra Kumar’s Grand Masti,” he said and hinted that he had no time for love.
Destiny, of course, had other plans. Soon after Aftab said he was happy flying solo, he found love in Nin, who has been living and working in Hong Kong for the past six years as a consultant in the luxury brand industry. Nin has recently relocated to India. Our source says the two met at an event in Mumbai through common friends. “Initially, they just hung out with their group, but now it’s said that they are dating.” A friend close to the actor confirms the news. He says, “Aftab and Nin have been dating for the past few months and at the moment, they’re really happy. In all likelihood, they may marry soon.”
A family source confirmed that the wedding is likely to happen early next year. However, Aftab chose not to comment.
Hiren Kotwani (BOMBAY TIMES; September 21, 2012)
The makers of Masti are back with a sequel, eight years after Vivek Oberoi, Riteish Desmukh and Aftab Shivdasani went chasing Lara Dutta in the pursuit of extramarital fun. However, in Grand Masti, the three leading men will have girlfriends of their own.
When asked about the eight-year gap, director Indra Kumar says, “We have filmmakers making sequels after 20 years. Considering that, we’re coming out with our sequel at the right time.” Calling their 2004 hit Bollywood’s Hangover, the filmmaker adds, “While Masti has nothing to do with that Hollywood film, it surprised, shocked and entertained the audience.”
Ashok Thakeria, the producer of the film, feels the same. “Masti was the first film where the lead characters boldly sought extra-marital fun. In GM, the story gets bolder,” he says. Not surprisingly, the sequel has a lot more double entendres. “It’s an adult comedy no doubt, but it’s going to be more entertaining than the first,” says Kumar.
The producer-director, who churned out hits like Dhamaal and its sequel Double Dhamaal, discarded a few drafts before zeroing in on the final one. “We didn’t want to make a sequel just for the sake of it. The idea is to come out with something that’s better than the first. Otherwise, there’s no point in making a sequel.” Having already shot for 15 days, the filmmakers plan to wrap up the schedule by November and release the film in the summer of 2013.
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