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Actor Arif Zakaria speaks about his upcoming movie ‘Haunted 3D’, working with director Vikram Bhatt and offbeat cinema versus commercial cinemaPrerna Arora | MM Online Bureau (April 29, 2011)
Arif Zakaria started his journey as a theatre actor, soon after that TV became his life and after a period of time he stepped into the film industry. Last seen in Rokkk and My Name is Khan, he will soon be seen in Vikram Bhatt’s Haunted 3D.
We had a conversation with him about his role in the movie and his career. Excerpts from the interview:
You have a movie coming up – Haunted 3D. Could you tell us something about it?
The movie releases on May 6. My character is hauntingly mischievous and traumatises and wreaks havoc on a girl’s life. It’s a typical Vikram Bhatt horror movie and it’s the first stereoscopic film in 3D, so that experience has been very different. It’s animated so it feels odd to watch yourself like that but you get used to it. A lot of detailing also comes out and it looks surreal on screen.
How different it is shooting for 3D as opposed to regular movies?
The process is the same. The technical aspect definitely differs but acting-wise it’s the same. An actor may tone down his or her performance a bit as on 3D everything looks bigger.
Any memorable experience you would like to share with us?
The movie was shot in Ooty; the place in itself is a pleasurable experience. There were a lot of young people involved in this movie so there was a very More >
Chitrangda Singh goes sexy to play mutant, loses weight, gets pierced
Suruchi Sharma (BOMBAY TIMES; April 29, 2011)
Chitrangda Singh can’t wait to be seen as Bollywood’s first female mutant, and that too opposite Hrithik Roshan in Krrish 2. Chitrangda recently returned from Hong Kong, where she underwent training for her fight sequences in the film. The Yeh Saali Zindagi actress says that she is having the time of her life, doing all sorts of crazy stunts.
“I have just come back from my action workshop, where I was getting trained under experts, as my role requires me to do a lot of dhishum dhishum and maar dhaad,” she says laughing, and adds, “I did a lot of training on ropes, harnesses and even did a little bit of kick boxing.”
So is she excited or nervous about working with Hrithik? “Of course I’m excited. He’s such a cool person. In fact, he and I were in China together some time back, to prepare ourselves for the movie. He also wanted me to get the hang of the character. He told me that I have to look and act and prepare myself in a certain way. He’s even given me tips on how to handle action sequences. I am super duper excited, but I can’t talk much about the film right now. Let the right time come,” says the actress.
Receiving compliments for having lost weight from those around her, Chitrangda seems ready to play a sexy mutant. She’s even got a new piercing, one on her tragus (see pic). Is that for the film? “No yaar. It’s More >
Talking about tough scenes there are around three that come to mind. But my toughest scene, so far, has to be from 7 Khoon Maaf.
It is the scene when Priyanka and I are talking in the bedroom and she takes off my prosthetic leg.
The scene was draining emotionally as well as physically. It was physically demanding because my leg was tied up tightly to my back, so that the prosthetic leg could be fitted.
And what’s worse is that, I had to stay in the same position for 15 hours. So you can imagine how painful it was!
That apart, the scene was high on emotions. I had to caress Priyanka’s face with the leg, before she pulled it off. The scene involved anger, grief and humour.
While my face required me to express anger, my body language had to suggest my physical and therefore emotional weakness. It took us long to get it right and it was tiresome.
Luckily for the rest of the film, I did not have to wear a prosthetic leg, I simply acted the part.
Anees Bazmee’s last couple of box office duds have alarmed the actor so much that he has now taken charge of his next film
Noyon Jyoti Parasara (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 29, 2011)
The fight on the sets of Ready in Bangkok, which drove the director Anees Bazmee back home, was just a start. Looks like Salman Khan, the lead actor of the film is quite jittery after the fate of the filmmakers last two films at the box office.
Leaving nothing to chance, Salman Khan is personally overlooking the final edit of the film. Needless to say, after two consecutive superhits, Wanted and Dabangg, the actor wants nothing to go wrong with his career.Anees Bazmee (Right) denies the extent of Salman’s (Left) involvement in the editing process of Ready
Reportedly, the big boss is having the film edited at his own post- production facility Sight and Sound to keep a vigilant eye on the process.
A source explained, “While he is busy with his shoots for Bodyguard, he has his trusted people checking on the progress. As soon as he gets done with the shoots, he heads to the facility himself, where he personally oversees the edits.”
When contacted, Bazmee did not dismiss Khan’s involvement with the post production work but however, underplayed the actor’s efforts. He said, “He is excited about the film and has been keeping a close watch. But he does not sit for the edits.
He is shooting for Bodyguard, from morning to night, and does not have the time to sit for edits. More >
Mahesh Bhatt’s wife will take legal action against Pakistani actress Meera who has been trying to defame the filmmaker for some time now
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 29, 2011)
Pakistani actress Meera had earlier accused Mahesh Bhatt of slapping her. Changing track, on Tuesday, the girl who landed up at the filmmaker’s office declared that she thought of him not only as her Guru but also her boyfriend- in the presence of Emraan Hashmi, Shagufta Rafique, writer of Raaz and Murder and Sevy Ali.
Standing up for her husband, Bhatt’s wife Soni Razdan has decided to take legal action against the Pakistani actress.
In fact, she is meeting her lawyers to file a defamation suit underlining charges of character assassination. The meeting is slated for 11 am, today.
When contacted, Soni said, “Yes, I am meeting my lawyers to file a legal suit against Meera. This is not the first time Meera has tried to malign my husband. A few years ago she had made bizarre allegations against him in an Urdu daily in Pakistan.”
“I am very angry. You can’t say anything about anybody. Look at the work Mahesh is doing now. It goes far beyond the Meera’s and slushy gossip. She needs to behave responsibly, and since she is not doing that, she needs to be taught a lesson,” added Razdan.
“She is dangerous. She needs medication. It is like déjà vu for me. And I speak in the context of the unfortunate illness of Parveen Babi,” said Mahesh Bhatt about the Pakistani actress More >
To keep the paparazzi off the sets of Agneepath, the filmmaker has tripled his security men, adding to the production cost
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 29, 2011)
Knowing that a picture is worth a thousand words, the media including Mumbai Mirror (April 19) had sneaked in and captured the lead actor Hrithik Roshan in midst of a dahi handi sequence on the sets of Karan Johar’s remake of Agneepath.
And this has worried KJo no end. Being extra cautious about the look and feel of this much ambitious project, the filmmaker has come up with an idea. He has increased the number of security personnel on the sets to ensure that such a leak doesn’t happen again.Nilesh Wairkar
In fact, if you were planning to infiltrate and catch a glimpse of the new age Vijay Dinanath Chauhan, you now have to go through thirty big men, the extra bouncers, who, have naturally added a few more lakh to the production cost.
KJo has even instructed his brand new bouncers to keep people from clicking pictures on the sets from their phone cameras.
A source close to the unit revealed, “Well, we had ten guards on the sets before. We now have thirty. So about twenty new guards have come in. And they are all from a professional group.”
“Karan is a marketing genius. You can call him a methodical planner. He likes to market all his films in planned phases.
So, he was upset when the media leaked out the pictures of his dahi handi shoot.
It should not have happened. More >
BOMBAY TIMES (April 29, 2011)
Queens! Destiny of Dance is one of the upcoming movies based on the transgender community of India. The movie has got curious viewers intrigued who have lined up to see what the movie’s going to be like. The objective of the movie is to give viewers an insight into the lives of the transgenders, so that people may develop a better understanding towards a section of the society that are mostly avoided and neglected.
The film which is presented by Madanlal Paliwal of Miraj Entertainment Ltd is releasing today. The story was shared with Bollywood’s legendary actors Rishi Kapoor and Hema Malini who applauded it. Seema Biswas, who has been getting accolades for her performance, says, “The film is daring, different and one of the most exciting roles that I have attempted.’’ South star Vineeth said, “A very challenging role for me and it projects a different side unlike regular romantic films, it’s a very clean and artistic film which has no negative shades. It caters even to children since it’s dealt in a very dignified way.” Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, one of the key actors says, “I’m excited about the movie’s release and happy for the transgender society as a whole. It’s a clean family oriented, free from controversies. it shows completely the dynamics and is a portrayal of the transgender society.”
Despite the expose on his supposed ‘Bollywood Performance’ at the royal reception, dancer Sandip Soparrkar refuses to come clean
Nimisha Tiwari (BOMBAY TIMES; April 29, 2011)
Serial liar, conman and fraudster are the new titles for dancer Sandip Soparrkar by the way. An official wedding spokesperson of the Westminster Palace in London has denied that Sandip and his wife were ever invited to dance at the reception of Prince William and Kate Middleton. For months he had been shouting about the invitation from the Queen’s office. He even forged a letter to the effect. However as D-day came, he declared that he was skipping the royal wedding as he’d hurt his knee! Read on for lies, lies and more lies….
Why are you still lying? I was invited in January by James Kidman. It was a private ceremony, so I wasn’t allowed to give out details. I was also going to have a small bash in Mumbai before leaving for London. Manish Malhotra had done our outfits for this bash. Why would I waste my money on all this, if I were to call it off at the last minute. Am I not worried about my reputation?
So, what’s the excuse? I was practising but had a knee injury. My doctor’s advised me 10 days rest. So, I sent an apology mail to the royal family citing knee injury.
The royal reception refused having sent any invitation to you. My invitation is not forged. Maybe the schedule does not cite my name. Are you looking at the wedding or the reception in the More >
Lara Dutta and Vinay Pathak bring back the unusual pairing in Bollywood with their ribtickling movie Chalo Dilli
Prithwish Ganguly (BOMBAY TIMES; April 29, 2011)
Small films with good content have been winners at the box office. Remember Bheja Fry, Dev.D, Band Baaja Baaraat, No One Killed Jessica, Phas Gaye Re Obama? Lara Dutta and Vinay Pathak starrer Chalo Dilli, with its solid script, is certainly looking to prove the same point when it opens in theatres today. The film with its heartwarming, situational comedy has already created a buzz in the industry because it also brings back the concept of unusual pairings.
Director Shashant Shah says, “It’s the freshest new pairing that one has seen in the recent past. When you see them, you smile.” Producer Krishika Lulla says, “We are happy with the feedback that the film is receiving. It is very Indian and rustic at heart and I’m sure audiences will love it.” Vinay adds, “Audiences are definitely helping the industry to make such films. If there was no audience, they wouldn’t have been made.”
Producers Mahesh Bhupathi and Lara, who have tied up with Eros International for their maiden production, are excited that they are dishing out a “realistic, typically Indian travel experience like never before” to the audiences. But Lara maintains that their film should not be slotted in the road film genre. “It’s a film that follows the journey of two characters whose paths cross due to some twist More >
Prithwish Ganguly (BOMBAY TIMES; April 29, 2011)
Last week after the music launch of Ready, Salman Khan decided to hold an impromptu bash at his house. Leading lady Asin, as well as Zarine Khan who has done an item song in the film, got the invitation at the venue itself. Others received calls from Salman to join in the celebrations. Sonakshi Sinha joined the revellers at the Dabangg actor’s pad later that night.
It has been reported that Sonakshi is super possessive about the actor and doesn’t like other actresses cosying upto him. But this time she made a show of her anger. An eye-witness reveals, “She pushed Zarine, while walking past her, and then pretended that she hadn’t even realised it!” It is known that Salman has a soft spot for both Sonakshi as well as Zarine and has been recommending their names to filmmakers. He is partial to them because they debuted with him — Zarine in Veer and Sona in Dabangg.
The insider continues, “It was such a sight. We thought a catfight would break out. We didn’t know where to look and whether to laugh. When Sona first walked in, she walked past Zarine, without greeting her. Later when she saw that ZK was bonding with Salman and he was introducing her to all her friends, the Dabangg girl couldn’t hide her irritation. Also the fact that Sallu got his buddy Sajid Nadiadwala to cast Zarine in Housefull 2 was still bothering her. Never mind the fact that he was instrumental in getting her a role More >