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As a generous gesture, Katrina is doing a cameo as Radha in a film on Krishna, which is being produced by her hairstylist. She isn’t charging this time
Till yesterday, she was a Barbie girl, in her Barbie world. And yes, life in plastic is fantastic. But now, Katrina Kaif is all set for a rather interesting makeover. She will play a cameo as Radha in a film on the life of Lord Krishna.
Though Kat did dress up like a mythological figure in the song Main bararish kar doon paise ki in the film De Dana Dan, playing Radha will be an entirely new experience for the actress.
The film called Main Krishna Hoon will be on the life of Lord Krishna, starting from his childhood Leelas (pranks) up to adulthood. The film is being directed by Rajiv S Ruia of My Friend Ganesha fame.
Not revealing much about the plot, Katrina says, “Let it be a secret. But yes, I am doing this film on the life of Lord Krishna because my hairstylist Promila Hunter is producing the film. When she asked me if I would make an appearance I didn’t even ask her what my role was. Only later did I get to know that it is a film on the life of Lord Krishna.”
|Kat with her hairstylist Promila Hunter|
Though she makes a guest appearance, Katrina who is currently in Patiala shooting for a Yash Raj film, is busy preparing for it. She is using all her free time to read up on the life of Lord Krishna.
Says the actress, “It always helps to know about areas of culture that you haven’t visited. A role could just be an excuse to brush up your knowledge of life outside the entertainment industry.”
Wonder who’s playing Krishna.
Akshay Kumar is in ‘payback’ mode. According to a source close to Akshay has already donated nearly Rs 50 lakh to Being Human in one swoop.
And we hear that Akshay intends to double that amount before the year is through. Reveals a source, “For years, Akshay has been working for various causes.
But he has always been wary of transferring funds to charitable institutions. Now in Being Human, Akshay has found a charitable trust that he can trust.”
The story goes that Akshay’s decision to donate such a big amount stems from the fact that Salman did a cameo in his co-production, Tees Maar Khan, free of cost.
Furthermore, Akshay has even informed Salman of his availability for any event related to Being Human. “Bas mujhe bolna aur main haazir ho jaaonga,” he has told him.
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 28, 2010)
Guest and special appearances have always been a lucrative business for films stars. And when Bollywood filmmakers realised it, they pulled out all the stops. Amitabh Bachchan had set a new standard when he charged a lakh a day for his guest appearance in Andha Kanoon (1983). When the film released Amitabh walked away with the accolades and the booty; writing a new chapter in Bollywood history.
From then on superstars were willing to shake their hips, show their best profile, mouth a few lines in cameos, do item songs because they knew they stood to gain. The cameos could fetch them awards and the money that came gave them some extra pocket expenditure. Quite often the guest appearance fee is allegedly paid in hard cash.
Trade analyst Amod Mehra adds, “Often guest/special appearances save the day for the producer. Sunny Deol stole Rishi Kapoor’s thunder in Damini; and Salman Khan was mind-blowing in a cameo in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. So producers often tempt superstars with big money for a small appearance.”
Ekta Kapoor presented Sanjay Dutt with a Merc for a guest appearance in one of her films. Shah Rukh Khan gave all the actors who shook a leg in Om Shanti Om (2007) a high end mobile phone, a designer watch and some other goodies with a handwritten letter thanking them for making the song unforgettable. Now the grapevine says that Akshay Kumar was reportedly tempted by Vashu Bhagnani to do a cameo in FALTU (2010). The superstar was offered Rs.60 lakhs a day for 12 days. However, Akki turned down the offer because he has no dates to spare. Akshay didn’t respond to the message asking him for a confirmation of the above. But the Bollywood trade says this is a new high for a guest appearance offer!
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, October 26, 2010 – 17:04 IST
It’s called “The jungle”, “dog-eat-dog world”, “rat race” and what not. The truth is Bollywood is all this and yet it is also a world where goodwill, hard-work and sincerity is something that has its value. Shows in the way Hrithik Roshan, who has quite a bit of clout in the industry, has gone out of his way for his spot boy Nandan Mahato.
Nandan who has produced few Bhojpuri films is making his first Hindi film Main Krishna Hoon, a 3-D animation-cum-live action film. And none other than Hrithik has given him the green signal. Nandan started out in the industry as Juhi Chawla’s spot boy, but after she got married, Nandan joined Hrithik’s staff and was with him for almost 10 years starting from Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai.
Therefore when he wanted to make a Hindi film, he approached Roshan Jr. who was more than encouraging. Hrithik even flew down to Hyderabad to shoot for the film and didn’t even think of charging Mahato for it. Not only Hrithik but even Juhi has shot for the film. Katrina Kaif’s hairdresser Pomilla, who is the co-producer of the film, has even managed to get Katrina to do an appearance.
So much for the starry tantrums that we keep hearing about Bollywood stars, Katrina, Juhi and Hrithik have decided to be part of this film only because of the sincerity and goodwill that Nandan and Pomilla have earned over the years.
By Satish Sundaresan, September 29, 2010 – 16:56 IST
Anees Bazmee is super busy shooting his next comedy Thank You starring Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Suniel Shetty, Celina Jaitly and Sonam Kapoor. The crew shot extensively in Canada recently. As expected, it’ll be a comic film from Bazmee.
If the aforementioned starcast wasn’t enough, director Anees Bazmee has now decided to add one more star to this already star studded film. Our sources reported that Vidya Balan recently shot for the film in Mumbai. Vidya however will be seen only in a cameo role as Akshay Kumar’s wife in Thank You. When Bollywood Hungama spoke to Anees Bazmee, he refused to comment on this.
With so much star power, Thank You definitely is one film to look forward to.
The team, which like the actor, started out with a TV serial, was keen on getting his blessings for their film Khichdi–the movie
The team of the upcoming film Khichdi, based on the popular TV show of the same name, is thrilled that Shah Rukh Khan has finally responded to their numerous requests to meet.
The Khichdi team, which like King Khan began tis journey with TV, has been chasing the superstar to get his blessings. They wrote a letter to the superstar to grace them with his blessings. Even the first look of the film was launched in front of Shah Rukh’s mansion, Mannat.
A source informs, “The team of Khichdi is excited that they will be meeting SRK. The meeting is happening at Kamalistan and the whole team of the film will be present including the producer JD Majethia and the cast Anang Desai, Rajeev Mehta and Supriya Pathak.”
The elated producer Majethia confirms, “Oh yes, we are meeting Mr Khan at Kamalistan. We had written him a letter.
We have been sending him messages through various channels that we would really like to meet him and get his blessings and we are glad that he has agreed to meet us despite his busy schedule.” JD adds, “Shah Rukh’s heart is very big. We are glad that he is fulfilling our wish. And his timing is perfect.”
The producer informs that the whole team of Khichdi will be meeting Shah Rukh. When asked about Farah Khan, who is supposedly not on good terms with Khan and has done a cameo in the film, JD quips, “We don’t know about Farah. We will ask her.” Convenient.
Talking about his expectation from the meeting, JD adds, “We are hoping to get his blessings. We are inviting him to watch the film with a promise that he will be in splits for two hours.”
The master blaster has not agreed to do a role in Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s film
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 28, 2010)
Yes, you read it right. And Sachin Tendulkar fans who were hoping to see the master batsman in a different avatar in his second innings, will be sorely disappointed. Whatever he may choose to do, joining the ranks of his friends Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan in Bollywood is not on Tendulkar’s mind as an alternative career after cricket.
So, yes, while it is true that Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Ferrari Ki Sawari is likely to go on the floors by December, the lead actor of the film has not yet been decided. A source hinted, “Sharman Joshi is likely to be in the lead. However, Aamir Khan who recently returned from London has also promised Vidhu that he will read the script within the next month and let him know for sure whether he is on board. And if Aamir comes on board, then Ferrari Ki Sawari will be made with him and not Sharman.”
So, where does that leave Tendulkar — who the media on Monday wildly speculated might be the lead actor in Vidhu’s film? Nowhere! The batting maestro had never indicated that he wanted an acting job in the film. But, certainly, the car that is referred to in the script of the film is Tendulkar’s Ferrari all right. Then again, whether he will allow his sports car to be actually used in the shooting, or whether he might decide to do a cameo in Ferrari Ki Sawari, is the million dollar question right now.
A source from Vidhu’s unit said, “When did we say Tendulkar had confirmed his presence in the film? The call on whether he will give a shot in his Ferrari will only be taken after the lead actor is decided. And everyone on board is tight-lipped about the developments because many things stand to change if Aamir greenlights this project.” Meanwhile, Sanjay Dutt also has a Ferrari similar to that of Tendulkar’s. And the Bollywood actor is keen to hear the script of the film from his Munnabhai producer!
Actress Vidya Balan, who is doing her first ever special dance number in Santosh Sivan’s movie Urmi, is attempting to pull off belly dancing. We have learnt through sources close to the actor that she has hired a belly dancing instructor who is giving her a crash course in the dance genre. We have also heard that Vidya is putting in at least five hours a day to master the dance form before she goes ahead with the shoot. “Many people in Bollywood who do particularly difficult dance sequences like belly dancing have been caught off guard while shooting and the result on screen has been heavily criticised because they did it without mastering the art. We all know that Vidya is a perfectionist and her awards and accolades speak for itself. The minute she heard that she is going to do a belly dancing act, she got herself a trainer to teach her the tricks of the dance form. It will be interesting to see Vidya do belly dancing,” says an informer close to the star. We have also learnt that Santosh has been so impressed with Vidya’s dedication that from doing just an dance number, she will now be doing a cameo, too.
By Joginder Tuteja, September 16, 2010 – 12:25 IST
Believe it or Not?
Farah Khan, who has been known for taking her own sweet time to shoot for her films, has wrapped up the principal shoot of her upcoming film Tees Maar Khan in a mere 52 days. In fact only the much awaited ‘qawalli’ featuring Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif is remaining to be shot, plans for which have already been base lined.
Says Farah, “I have to give it to Akshay for making it all possible. Trust me, if not for him, it would have been impossible for me to finish the film so fast. Tees Maar Khan is quite huge in scale and is a major film by all means. Films like these take time to shoot because of so much action and songs involved. Still, it is due to fast working style of Akshay that ensured that Tees Maar Khan was finished so soon.”
Change of plan
In fact the story goes that original plan that was chalked down by Farah required at least 100 days. Past experience meant that Farah was conscious about the timeline for Tees Maar Khan as well. When she informed Akshay about her plan and asked for at least a 70 days commitment from him, he just laughed it all away.
“He asked me ki kya maine usse do movies ki shooting karwani hai”, Farah smiles, “When I told him that I take time to make my films, he assured me that it won’t be the case this time around. I was still nervous but looking at him work so fast in the first couple of days, I knew that I as well as my entire crew had to get into a super productive mode. In fact while the film was shot in 52 days, Akshay’s portions were wrapped up in 45 days itself.”
Early morning shoots
What enhanced this productivity was Akshay’s working schedule which requires a day to begin at maximum by 8 AM. Since he is a morning person, he encouraged all to begin early and get more productive. This went quite well with Farah as well since she too is a morning person and hence together, their command to the entire unit was to pull up their socks and get started sooner than later.
“On some days, Akshay used to be on the sets by 7 AM itself. I had to actually push my junior actors to be there earlier so that Akshay didn’t have to wait. Everything moved ahead in super speed which saved a lot of time for all of us. Also, Shirish (Kunder) has written the film so well that a bound script came in handy to execute everything as per the plans. This way of working has totally spoilt me”, acknowledges Farah.
Earlier films took longer shooting time
She does acknowledge the fact that her earlier films took time.
“In case of Main Hoon Naa, the film was bound to take time as it was my first film”, she continues, “On the other hand if you remember then Om Shanti Om had a lot of cameos. Sometimes even if we worked with a particular star for just a couple of hours, it would be registered as an entire day of shoot since we didn’t shoot with anyone else. For example, the cameo by Akshay himself was shot in mere two and a half hours. Still, since we hadn’t planned to shoot with anyone else that day, the entire day was logged in the overall schedule.”
The Money factor
While Farah is (rightly) not quite in the mood to revisit the past and ponder over the time that her earlier films took, the super-efficient manner in which Tees Maar Khan has wrapped up means that some real cost saving has been an added benefit.
Says a senior member from the film’s production team, “Every single day of shoot means lakhs being spent on getting the set in place, hiring equipment, paying crew members who work as daily hires and other expenses. Plus there is cost of money as well. Leave aside the fact that Farah has taken some time to shoot her earlier films; any average biggie does take 70-80 days at least to be shot. Still, a wrap in 52 days is commendable. With the pending ‘qawalli’ requiring not more than 5-6 days more of the actual shoot, Tees Maar Khan will easily fold up under 60 days. That’s some real good money saved.”
Bonus time folks
Farah has the final word here. “The film is titled Tees Maar Khan and with Akshay being so time conscious, I had a resolve with my entire unit that we had to can at least ‘tees shots’ (30 shots) in a single day of shoot. Everyone, including my cameraman, knew the film shot by shot when we entered the sets. I had promised my crew that if the film’s shoot would be completed under 60 days, there would be a bonus for them. Guess we managed to crack it all eventually and it’s time for me to get it all arranged. Nothing would have been possible if not for my lead actor’s energy here.”
Also, starring Akshaye Khanna, Tees Maar Khan is expected to close the year on it’s biggest high once it releases all over on the Christmas weekend of 24th December.
By Joginder Tuteja, September 13, 2010 – 11:46 IST
Get ready to witness Anil Kapoor’s most famous signature step ever – as witnessed in the song ‘One Two Ka Four‘ [Ram Lakhan] – courtesy Farah Khan. The fascination to feature stars in cameos, something which was seen in dozens in Om Shanti Om, would be up on display in Tees Maar Khan once again.
Informs a source, “Anil Kapoor has shot for a special segment in the film where he is shown to be basking in the glory of all the international recognition that he has gained post Slumdog Millionaire. In Tees Maar Khan, there is an awards night which has been interspersed into the film’s narrative. It is on the lines of Oscars where Anil Kapoor is shown to be ecstatic after winning an award for himself.”
This is not all. Though one would have expected the man to be all sober and sophisticated about his big win, there is a twist in the tale. Anil Kapoor pronto breaks into a jig that has been patented by him ever since he did it first more than 20 years ago in Ram Lakhan (1989).
When contacted, Farah Khan did confirm that a sequence like this has indeed been shot.
“But we haven’t called it an Oscars night though”, laughs Farah, “You never know when someone wakes up and creates a controversy out of nowhere. We have named these awards a little different. And yes, Anil Kapoor has of course done the ‘One Two Ka Four‘ jig for us.”
She has a reason for that. “It is sacrilege to rope him in for a cameo and not make him to do that famous dance step. I have been a fan myself of this step and I am sure audience from the past would love to see him do it all over again. As for the current generation, it would be a good opportunity to see what they have missed out”, she smiles.
Well, with Salman already doing a ‘qawalli’ for the film and Anil Kapoor being brought in for ‘One Two Ka Four‘, what next is in store Farah?