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By Subhash K. Jha, January 20, 2010 – 11:09 IST
Emraan Hashmi won’t kiss his co-star Neha Sharma in his next film. The ‘privilege’ will go to an Australian chick.
Mohit Suri’s film Crook: It’s Good To Be Bad on racial attacks on Indian students in Australia will star four Australian actors, one of them would be a girl that the Indian hero (Emraan Hashmi) will fall in love with in Australia.
There would be an Indian leading lady, Telugu cinema’s Neha Sharma. But she wouldn’t get to kiss the serial kisser hero Emraan Hashmi. The smooching scenes in the script have been saved for the Aussie girl. Says Suri, “There will be some kissing in the film. And yes there will be an Australian girl. I can’t say any more right now.”
The director has auditioned a number of Australian actors and will zero in on the final actors shortly. “We start shooting in February. When I started researching on the problem of racial attacks in Australia I never thought it went so deep and far. My film won’t be only about attacks on Indians or Asians. It will look at segregation discrimination and racism among all kinds of people.”
The spoken language in the film would be a hybrid. Says Suri, “The characters will speak Hindi, English and other languages; Indian and foreign, spoken by students in Australia.”
Neha Sharma is the latest entrant into Bollywood from the South Indian film industry. The girl made her debut in Telugu films with Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi’s son Ram Charan Teja in Chirutha.
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Katrina Kaif, who has just been voted the Sexiest Asian Woman the second time over by a UK publication, is of the opinion that in the Indian context — sexy has a very different definition. “It means a person is more appealing than overtly physically attractive. These titles come from the fact that I’m currently in people’s consciousness because of the work that I have done this year. New York, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani and De Dana Dan all worked,” says the Bollywood hottie, adding, “People should see me at home. I’m painfully unglamorous. Just another working girl making a living. I certainly don’t fit into the conventional sexy babe groove. I’m more in the girl next door mould. And that’s the image I’m comfortable with.” She also feels being sexy is not about clothes and the oomph. “It’s not about how hard you can pout into the camera. It’s about being a complete woman without trying.”
Kat also feels Asians define sexiness in ways that go beyond the skin. “I think we Indians define sexy in a different way than other parts of the world. I think Asian women are seen to be sexy when they can fit into the domestic image. Plain and simple, the girls the Indian guys can take home to their mothers are sexy.” Pondering on being conventionally sexy, Katrina adds, “I did do some oomphy stuff last year, like Zara Zara Kiss Me in More >
In the process of eliminating handful of terrorists, we end up creating many more-this best describes the policies of Western developed powers who are hell bent on making the world more democratic but adopt inhuman ways to achieve the end point. Kurbaan throws light on this sensitive topic and thankfully treats it well. The flick throws a spate of questions and forces you to think, discuss and debate. But it doesn’t get preachy and hence it’s not like one of the several films on terrorism that are made for a niche audience. The film is thrilling, has some wonderful twist-n-turns and includes some moments of love and passion too. All this make Kurbaan one of the finest films of the year-one that can’t be missed!
The story of the movie: Ehsaan Khan (Saif Ali Khan) takes the job of a teacher in a university in Delhi where he comes across a psychology teacher, Avantika (Kareena Kapoor). He instantly falls in love and she also ends up liking him. But unfortunately, she’s called back to New York where she originally belongs. Realizing that it would be wrong to have a long-distance relationship, Ehsaan also moves to NYC with Avantika. But before that, they marry. After moving to New York, they buy a new house in a neighborhood full of Asians, conservative Muslims to be precise. The neighbours invite Ehsaan and Avantika for dinner so that they can get familiar with each other. Soon, Avantika realizes that things are not fine in the neighbourhood as they seem More >
Southall, a locality in London, monopolised by Asians, will be recreated to the last detail in Mumbai for Nikhil Advani’s forthcoming film, Patiala House.
Confirming the news, Nikhil says, “It’s a cross-cultural film about a generation gap. It’s set in 2010 but will go back to the infamous Southall racial riots in 1979. Since the Southall of 1979 was impossible to replicate in London, my art director Priya Raghunath is recreating it in Mumbai for me at Film City.”
Patiala House is a rare, non-comic outing for Akshay. “I had put in some lighter moments and comic interludes for Akshay but he firmly asked me to take them out. Patiala House will be unlike anything Akshay has done so far,” says Advani.Nikhil Advani
The film’s shooting will take place between December 18 and January 31. It is produced by Mukesh Talreja and also stars Anushka Sharma.
By Lekha Menon (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 01, 2009)When lost in a foreign country, Bollywood always comes to your rescue. Especially Shah Rukh Khan. That King Khan has a crazy fan following from Ambarnath to Amsterdam is stale news. But what you don’t expect is to see strangers, otherwise hostile to Asians, suddenly becoming more approachable, the moment they realise you belong to SRK’s country. Recently, a group of tourists from India were gallivanting in Naples, Italy, trying to find their way out of a maze of confusing streets.With not a soul in sight who could speak even half-decent English, they had a tough time negotiating the nukkads of Naples.
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Suddenly popped up Giovanni, a local youngster chilling out with his friends on a street corner. Hesitantly (after having experienced some not-so-polite encounters with Europeans), they approached him for help. “India?” was Giovanni’s first response to a rather long-winded question. “SRK?” was his next one-word query. And out of the blue, broke into ‘Tujhe dekha toh yeh jaana sanam’ from DDLJ in what sounded like a strange mix of Italian, English and Hindi. “I love Saahruk,” he informed the stupefied tourists. Turned out, Giovanni was a musician with a passion for world music. He had heard the song, watched the film and had fallen in love with Shah Rukh. Incidentally he hadn’t heard of Amitabh Bachchan or Akshay Kumar, neither had he visited India. But touring Mannat was certainly on his More >
Deepika Padukone has been stopped in the streets of London a dozen times a day in the last ten days. “Indians, Pakistanis and other Asians have all stopped to tell me only one thing — that they have loved me in my latest film,’’ says the actress excitedly.
She is particularly delighted that no one mentioned that Kareena Kapoor would, perhaps, have been better in the part than she is. “Saif and I were perfect for the part is everyone’s firm opinion,’’ she says. “Imtiaz Ali obviously knew what he was doing when he cast us.’’
She herself caught a private screening with boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor. Ask her what he thought of her performance and she quips, “You must ask Ranbir what he thought of me. I can’t tell you.’’
If she is all smiles now thanks to the fantastic response, the actress recalls how two weeks ago things seemed bleak. “I was down with a bout of malaria,’’ she says. “I was so weak that the doctor who was treating me in London almost didn’t want me to travel.’’
The high levels of anxiety she went through on account of her health and the shooting of her film Housefull being held up gave her a bad case of the blues. “Of course,’’ she says, “the silver lining to this whole thing was that my More >
TUSHAR JOSHI (Mid-Day; August 8, 2009)
Director Tarun Mansukhani’s Dostana has been selected to open the iView Film Festival in New York on August 28 and 29.
The director who is working on a sequel to the film will attend the festival with actor John Abraham. “I am thrilled that Dostana is making news months after its release.
I expect a lot of Asians to attend the festival since John will accompany me,” said Mansukhani.
He added, “It is sweet of Abbas Tyrewala who is directing John in a film shot in London to allow the actor to attend the festival.”
Abhishek Bachchan and John pretended to be gays in Dostana to rent an apartment in Miami, Florida.
But when asked whether the sequel too will be set in the US, Mansukhani said, “I cannot say for sure, but chances are that it will most likely be set in the US.”