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The unconventionally-paired Lara Dutta and Vinay Pathak speak about their upcoming film ‘Chalo Dilli’, which is also Lara’s first as a producer
Varun Vazir | MM Online Bureau (April 25, 2011) Two of a kind: Vinay Pathak and Lara Dutta
Seated in the recording room of Mehboob studio since 1 pm, this writer met Vinay Pathak and Lara Dutta, the unlikely pair of Chalo Dilli (which releases on April 29), after a four hour wait. Vinay, full of energy and wit was simple dressed in a pair of jeans and a black shirt and Lara looked stunning in her short dress.
Despite having given several interviews since morning, the duo still looked very excited to talk about their film. Excerpts:
What is Chalo Dilli all about?
Vinay Pathak: Chalo Dilli is a story-oriented and content-driven film. It’s a story that characters tell because the situations move them forward.
Is it an out-and-out commercial film?
Lara Dutta: Chalo Dilli has more commercial content than any other commercial film.
What are the various locations in which the film has been shot?
LD: The film starts with two people trying to get from Mumbai to Delhi. We’ve also extensively shot in Jaipur, the Shekhawati region including Jhunjhunu, Sikar and that entire belt.
The two of you make for quite an unconventional pair. What do you have to say about that?
LD: That’s what the story is all about. In the film, we’re two as-different-as-can-be people on a journey together, but on a personal level, we are not More >
Finally, after much speculation over who the leading lady will be in Kabir Khan’s directorial next with Salman in the lead, Katrina Kaif has officially landed the role.
Salman Khan who had a few objections to Kat being in the film (Mumbai Mirror, March 29) has automatically resolved the same. A source close to the film confirmed, “Katrina and Salman are still very good friends. There is no animosity now.”
Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra were also being considered for the role. “But obviously, the role suits Katrina better. Moreover, having worked with Kabir Khan, she is Kabir’s favourite; they share a very good equation,” added the source.
All said and done, this year seems to be turning out really well for the Kaif girl. She now has a film with not just Salman in his post Dabangg glory but also with Shah Rukh to be directed by none other than Yash Chopra himself.
Katrina remained unavailable for comment when contacted.
The industry arrived in full force and wished Ameesha the very best for her new role as a producerKunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 25, 2011) Looks like Kunal Goomer (left) and Rishi Kapoor have a common talking point in Ameesha Patel (right)
Just five days back, Mumbai Mirror told you how Ameesha Patel was all set to try out her hands in production. Looks like the industry too wished with all their hearts for her success this time around.
Wearing a long red dress teamed thankfully, not with the Raveena Tandon signature red lips but very subdued nude makeup, the actress-turned producer looked really refreshing.
And her partner Kunal Goomer too looked the perfect metrosexual man, complete with a pink shirt.
An audio visual was played and the logo of their company launched to kickstart the party. And since almost the entire industry turned up, we bring you some of the pictures from the event instead.Fahan Akhtar (l) and David Dhawan(r) share filmy fundas
• ‘Don’t worry bro, I’ll take care of your career!’ Ameesha seems to tell brother Ashmit Patel
• Zoya Akhtar shares a cozy, friendly hug with Sussanne Roshan
Bengali superstar Prasenjit is returning to Bollywood to hone his skills with Dibakar Banerjee’s Shanghai
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 25, 2011)
The charisma of Biswajit in Pukarta chala hoon main as he follows the dazzling beauty Asha Parekh is unforgettable. Now Biswajit’s son Prasenjit, the Bengali superstar who received the Special Jury Award in 2007 for Dosar, is making a come-back to Hindi cinema after 21 years of making his disastrous Bollywood debut in David Dhawan’s Aandhiyan.
After tremendous persuasion, director Dibakar Banerjee managed to convince the star, who starred in Mehul Kumar’s eminently forgettable Meet Mere Man Ke in 1990, to play a pivotal role in Dibakar’s much-discussed political thriller Shanghai.
Though the director is tightlipped about the project and Prasenjit’s role saying, “We’d like to make a grand announcement about it in good time,”Prasenjit confides that his role is that of a politician who dies under mysterious circumstances. Also, it is not a Bengali character that he portrays. Says the actor, “I play a very important role in Dibakar’s film.
The character is that of a Socialist. And I have a very important political speech in Hindi at the beginning of the film. Meri Hindi theek-thaak hai. But I will have to work on the nuances.”
Prasenjit has been going through the script for Shanghai and is deeply impressed by the material. “I am so glad I’m working with Dibakar. He has been after me to do this film More >
Though not invited herself, the actress will open the letter for good friend Sandip Soparrkar at an event
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 25, 2011)
Come April 26, Kangna Ranaut will unveil the royal invitation to her friend Sandip Soparrkar and his wife Jesse Randhawa for the Prince Charles organised reception in honour of his son Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton at Buckingham Palace, London.
At the event to be held at Panache, Flora Fountain, Sandip and Jesse will provide a sneak peek into the dance performance they have planned for the wedding reception in London.
Kangna and Sandip go back a long way. A source close to Sandip said, “Kangna and Sandip became good friends while working together on Rakesh Roshan’s Kites.”
When contacted, Kangna confirmed, “Yes, I am unveiling the royal invitation. Sandip is a dear friend. And I am looking forward to the event.”
Said Sandip, “The invitation was sent by James Kinder, on behalf of Prince Charles. We leave on April 28. We are performing on April 29 night.”Sandip Soparrkar became thick while working on Kites
This is not going to be Sandip’s first interaction with Prince Charles. “I first met him when he was here to give the clap for Mangal Pandey.
Then I again met him in 2004 when he gave me an appreciation letter for promoting ballroom culture in India,” revealed Sandip.
Sandip and Jesse have also invited Poonam Dhillon to speak for Manish Malhotra, who has designed the costumes for More >
Her numerous appearances in the sports section of every newspaper, thanks to IPL and a recent television show have finally paid off. Preity Zinta will finally get to be on the silver screen with Tigmanshu Dhulia’s next.
The film, which is tentatively titled Jai Ramji, will feature Preity in a never-seen-before role. Guess what, she will be playing the role of a gangster!
Director Tigmanshu Dhulia who shot to fame with the 2003 hit Haasil, confirmed, saying, “Preity Zinta liked the script and has agreed to work in the film.
However, I have not yet formally signed her, as she is busy with IPL and is not in Mumbai. The formalities should be completed once she is back in the city.”
Talking about the film, Dhulia says, “It is a gangster movie, set in eastern UP. Preity will be a part of the gang. The rest of the cast includes, Arjun Rampal, Irrfan Khan and Randeep Hooda.Yogen Shah Tigmanshu Dhulia has roped in Preity Zinta to play a gangster in his next film
The film is going on floors in July and should be complete by December-January.
And we hope to release the film soon after that”. Dhulia himself has written the film and will be co-producing it with Panchali Chakraborty.
Considering her daredevil avatar in the recent TV series, it will be really interesting to see the dimpled actress leave behind the lovey-dovey self and step into the shoes of an unconventional More >
An astounded Sanjay Gupta talks about the random producers announcing sequels to his baby project, Kaante
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 25, 2011)
A few days ago producer Pritish Nandy announced the sequel to 2002 cult film Kaante. Now Uru Patel, brother of late Raju Patel (he was one of the producers of Kaante) has joined in the race and has announced his sequel to the 2002 hit film.
Interestingly, both the producers claim that their film will also have the same star cast. Sanjay Gupta, the original producer, writer and director of the film, seems to have no clue about such developments and is rather amused by these reports. In fact he himself has no plans to make any sequel to his super hit.
A bemused Gupta said, “At the rate at which sequels of Kaante are being announced, I would not be surprised if the spot boy who had worked on the film, will be the next one to announce another sequel. I have heard that success has many fathers, but itne sare najayaz baap paida ho jayenge yeh nahi maloom tha.”
Gupta further added, “I am amused. One should keep in mind that the film is written, produced and directed by Sanjay Gupta. I have the IPRS rights and I don’t know from where all these announcements are coming.
The first sequel, Kaante Reloaded turned out to be blank and it was announced by Pritish Nandy, who was just an investor in the film. I myself have no intention of making the film, as I have moved on. I am not creatively bankrupt.
It’s been More >
After Riya Sen and Shriya Saran, Indian bowler Sreesanth has been painting the town red with Shazahn Padamsee
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 25, 2011)
Indian bowler who loves to dance in award functions, Sreesanth has recently been spotted getting a bit too close to Sharon Prabhakar and Alyque Padamsee’s daughter Shazahn.
The girl who made her big Bollywood debut in YRF’s Rocket Singh was seen painting the town red with the young cricketer.
On Friday, April 22, an eyewitness tipped off Mumbai Mirror, “Shazahn and Sreesanth have gone for a drive in South Mumbai. They are sitting pretty close.”
One must note that Sreesath who last played for Kochi against the Mumbai Indians at Wankhede, this IPL on April 15 has fallen in love with the city since then. He has been spotted in Mumbai on and off since the last match.
Shazahn too, has smartly kept away from the ongoing matches. Though the girl did meet up with her new friend afterwards. When contacted, the actress did not even deny it. She confirmed that the two had been driving around the city after the matches.
But when asked whether there was anything romantic, the girl promptly replied, “Oh, Sreesanth and I are just good friends. I am busy with my career. I am very much single. Can I call you back?”
Call back she did. And we asked her whether she found Sreesanth handsome. “Well, I can’t comment on that,” she quipped and quickly added, “He is sweet.”Shazahn and Sreesanth were caught getting More >
BOMBAY TIMES (April 25, 2011)
Sonam Kapoor is bringing back the rain song. The getting-soaked-in-monsoon scenes have been missing from our films. However, Sonam’s next Mausam with her co-star Shahid Kapoor will have one such sequence. They recently shot for it in Karjat. Shahid was concerned about her health after her recent bout of illness and was seen repeatedly asking if she was okay, and making sure that she was amply buffered with warm clothes and steaming beverages between shots. What is that they say about the rains being the most romantic device for bringing two people together? Post their splashy shindig on Tuesday and Wednesday Shahid and Sonam are now the best of friends and Pankaj Kapur is very happy. The chemistry between them has just improved.
The actress, however, was forbidden by doctors from getting soaked. She’d barely recovered from her 15-day rest after being hospitalised for nervous exhaustion. Her father Anil Kapoor is not too pleased about it. The most lethal way to develop an infection after recovery from a bout of exhaustion and fever is the dirty studio rain. The concerned father had apparently, requested the producers to postpone the sequence till Sonam’s immune system was back to normal. But the sequence had been postponed for a month now and Sonam didn’t want to be held responsible for any further delay. Producer Sheetal Talwar, “We were willing to push the rain sequence for her health’s sake. But Sonam More >
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; April 25, 2011)
Salman Khan was adamant about not wanting to launch the music of his latest film Ready at a five star venue. Earlier there were reports saying that the actor wanted to gift bicycles to some of the key workers/or their children of Mumbai’s Filmcity .
Now there is a slight change in plan. Today, the actor will have the music launch of his film Ready at Filmcity with the cast, the crew and all the staff members of this Government of Maharashtra run studio.
Salman’s logic is simple. Says a source close to the actor, “Bhai feels these are the guys who have been with him for the last 21 years. And he feels they have supported him unconditionally through his highs and lows. He just wants to reciprocate their goodwill and so besides giving them a surprise (obviously the actual plan cannot be revealed) he will also have dinner with them post the music launch.”