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By Bollywood Hungama News Network, September 15, 2010 – 14:11 IST
Where other celebrities are saving the world, someone has taken the up cause of man’s best friend and joined hands with PETA. Instead of fighting for vegetarianism or talking about going green, Imran Khan is urging people to make space in your comfy abode for stray dogs rather than going for pedigree dogs.
Instead of being one who only preaches rather than practices, Imran himself let an abandoned dog feel at home in his starry house. The story goes like this. One day Imran’s dog Kajri was out for a walk. She came back with another dog that followed her home. The dog was abandoned by the owners but Imran and his family took her in. This was after the release of Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na.
When PETA approached Imran recently to do an ad with them, he was more than happy. This is one cause he actually believes in and even shot the ad with his adopted pet, Tony. Friends even claim that Imran always urges them to adopt rather than go for pedigree dogs. The PETA featuring Imran will be out soon.
After the award-winning Jodhaa Akbar, Ashutosh Gowariker brings another chapter in history alive…
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; February 7, 2010)
Asin and Bipasha Basu certainly didn’t think Ashutosh Gowariker was making a piece of history. Both the girls had the same reason for refusing Ashu’s latest film — Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey.
Ashutosh, of course, is not deterred by small hiccups that have come in the way of one of his most ambitious projects.
His Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey is being shot on a very lavish scale on the virgin locales of Sawantwadi, two hours from Goa at a century-old spectacular palace. Art director Nitin Desai has changed the existing edifice beyond recognition, and it actually seems like a heritage structure from the 1930s.
The film, based on Manini Chatterjee’s Do and Die: The Chittagong Uprising, is an engrossing account of the years between 1930-34, when a revolutionary group headed by Surya Sen (Abhishek Bachchan) and 64 others led an armed uprising for Indian Independence.“It was around the time when Mahatma Gandhi asked everyone to steer clear of violence and yet, there was this one group who planned their coup to rattle the British. They were willing to give their lives for a cause, for their country,’’ says Ashu. The filmmaker is so inspired by the book that he has poured his every sensibility into turning the script to a quickpaced narrative, which touches on a chapter in history that needs to be told. “And it is a very contemporary take, something today’s evolved audience can relate to,” he says.
Ideally, Ashu’s film should have been shot in Bangladesh, but knowing how difficult that may be for a mammoth unit like his, the filmmaker did a recce, and found that the flora and fauna of Sawantwadi could match what he had in mind for KHJJS.
As for the casting, Ashutosh feels every film has its own destiny. “Hrithik Roshan was meant to do Swades. Shah Rukh Khan did it… and Swades is still one of the most-talked about films in SRK’s career. Abhishek and Deepika are best suited for this project. What more could I ask for? Ultimately things work out for the best.”