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Shirish Kunder is in advanced talks with the actress for the heroine’s role in Joker. It’s clear that Farah is on good terms with her
That Farah Khan’s hubby Shirish Kunder may have finally cast a heroine for his next Joker is interesting. But what’s even better is that it’s going to be Deepika Padukone. So, if all goes well, Akshay Kumar will be seen romancing Deepika Padukone in Joker. Clearly, Deepika and Farah have mended their differences.
It may be recalled that soon after Deepika’s debut release Om Shanti Om, the actress did not bother to keep in touch with the woman who gave her the first big break in Bollywood, Farah Khan.
After the success of her debut film, Deepika moved on with her newfound fame. She started getting projects with big banners and got so busy working on each of them that she was not left with any time to keep in touch with Farah. This had upset Farah tremendously.
But now the two have buried the hatchet.
A source close to Joker revealed, “Deepika and Shirish are in advanced talks. She is the prime contender to fill the heroine’s slot in the film.”
Apparently, on reading the script of the film, Deepika loved the character she is supposed to play. The source added, “Deepika is very excited to be backing Farah Khan’s fold. After all, it was Farah who gave her her first super hit film Om Shanti Om.”
On being asked about signing Deepika, Shirish was a bit evasive. He said, “We are currently in the process of casting the main lead opposite Akshay for Joker. Certain top names are being considered. It is a performance-oriented role. Akshay and I will take the final call in a week.”
Farah however, chose to clarify the matter. She said, “Jo bhi hua tha, it got sorted out long ago. She came for Eid to my place recently and also on my show.”
Though Deepika remained unavailable for comment, here’s a tip she may want to use: gratitude is great attitude.
First things first. Aditya Narayan hasn’t suddenly decided to move out of his parents’ place, as reported in some sections of the media. “I’ve been living in that house since the past one-and-ahalf-years and it’s only getting renovated now,” explains the 22-year-old, who bought his own place when he felt that his nocturnal habits of playing music at four in the morning or gymming at three weren’t exactly making life easy for his parents. “I have my room, my studio, my gym, all at this place and my parents are proud that I was able to buy a place of my own at the age of 21,” he says, sounding a tad miffed at the rumours.
But Aditya isn’t a negative person, and he prefers to look ahead. And why not? After all, ahead lies his debut as a lead actor in Vikram Bhatt’s horror film Shaapit that releases on March 19 and the singer-turned-actor couldn’t have asked for a better launch. “When I was contemplating films, I asked myself what sort of cinema I would like to do and the answer came — interesting cinema, something out of the ordinary in terms of its execution,” he says. And although Shaapit is a love story, Aditya says it goes way beyond that.
“Honestly, it is one of the scariest films ever made in this country,” he says. For somebody who has been closely associated with the world of showbiz since he was four (He started out as a singer, acted in a couple of films as a child actor and at 19, became a TV show host), Aditya admits he is a tad more secure than other newcomers. “This might be my debut film as a lead actor, but it’s not my career debut. Now it’s more about living up to people’s expectations who already know my work and to appeal to the large section of cinema-goers who will be watching me the first time,” he says. And with him singing four songs in his debut film, is his career going to go the Kishor Kumar way? “I live my life as Aditya,” says the actor confidently, “Creatively I have a lot to give as an artist. If people trust me enough with work in music, acting or television and if I’m qualified enough to do all that, then I will. If it ain’t broken, why fix it?”
BOMBAY TIMES (March 11, 2010)
Filmmaker Tahir Hussain, Aamir Khan’s father, passed away early yesterday morning following a massive cardiac arrest at his Bandra residence. He was in his early 70s. Aamir and his wife Kiran Rao were holidaying in Los Angeles when they heard about Hussain’s sudden death. They are on their way back to Mumbai and are expected to be here by today evening for the funeral.
Hussain started his career as an assistant director with Tumsa Nahin Dekha and Dil Deke Dekho in the late ‘50s. He went on to be the production executive in Teesri Manzil, Jab Pyar Kisise Se Hota Hai and Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon. He started as an independent producer with the blockbuster Caravan starring Jeetendra and Asha Parekh. After Caravan he went on to produce several successful films, Anamika, Zakhmee, Locket, and Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke among many others.
|From (L): Aamir Khan, Tahir Hussain|
His last film as a producer was Madhosh (1994), his son Faisal Khan’s debut film as an actor, which failed at the box-office. Hussain had directed the film Tum Mere Ho with Aamir and Juhi Chawla in lead roles.
He had also produced Dil Dhoondta Hai in 1999 but the film still remains unreleased.
Hussain is survived by his first wife Zeenat, second wife Shehnaz and four children Aamir, Faisal, Farhat and Nikhat.
|Aamir’s ex wife Reena with their son Junaid|
|Kunal Kapoor and Faisal Khan at the residence|
|A DIGNIFIED PRODUCER|
It is a great loss to his family, friends and the film industry. I worked with him in two films Zakhmee and Madhosh, for which he signed me when I was not doing well as an actor. He was a dignified producer.
He was like a father to me and always treated me like his daughter and not an actress. I was a part of his family and it is a sad day for me. I had worked in Tum Mere Ho which he had directed. I am at loss for words after I have heard this news.
He was an very nice person and had a great sense of humour. I did three films with him, Caravan, Hamara Khandaan and Zakhmee. He had also acted with me in Dil Deke Dekho. I had a long-standing relationship with him and had attended his wedding and have seen his children grow up.He was also a partner with us in our distribution business called Movie Gem. He was a very lovable person and it is a sad day for all of us. His wife is a wonderful person and may God give her strength
By Joginder Tuteja, February 1, 2010 – 11:34 IST
Remember the last scene of 3 Idiots? The one where Chatur extends a piece of paper to an unsuspecting Rancho and asks him to sign a ‘Declaration of Defeat’? As baffled and amused that he could possibly be in that particular situation, Rancho didn’t have a moment of hesitation in doing so because in his heart he truly believed that ‘aal was well’.
Now that was in reel life. Let’s rewind a bit now and go back to the summer of 2009. This is when a similar drama, though of a completely opposite kind, took place in real life on the first day of the shooting of Sajid Khan directed House Full. Confident about the journey that he was about to embark on and positive about its final outcome, Sajid wrote a personalised letter to each and every actor. What it stated was something plain and simple but carried its weight in gold. It said – ‘Welcome to the first day’s shoot of your career’s biggest hit’!
Now that’s quite a statement given the fact that the film boasts of a superstar like Akshay Kumar who has some of the most massive blockbusters behind him. Deepika Padukone began with none less than Om Shanti Om while others like Riteish Deshmukh, Arjun Rampal and Lara Dutta do boast of some good money spinners behind them. Moreover, producer Sajid Nadiadwala too has been around for more than 25 years and over this long period of time has accumulated several successful films in his kitty. And let’s not forget that a major part of this team has earlier delivered a solid hit in the form of Sajid Khan’s own Heyy Babyy.
In such a scenario, House Full being touted as the biggest hit for everyone involved does give a very good indication of the kind of confidence that Sajid is oozing with. No wonder, the filmmaker doesn’t hesitate in admitting that he did write a letter to all. “Whether it was Akshay, Deepika, Lara, Arjun, Riteish or Jiah (Khan), I wrote a personal note to all of them. That was my way of giving us all a good kick start to the beginning of the film’s shoot”, says Sajid who continues to carry a similar intuition till date even as the film’s release is round the corner.
Meanwhile, during his interaction with his cast and crew members of House Full, he also shared a similar vision that he has carried over the years. “I told them all that ‘Remember guys, we are making this film for audiences and not for ourselves. So let’s go out there and step into the shoes of those very people who are going to pay for the ticket and get into an auditorium to see what we had to offer. Let’s make a film that would be loved by the masses all around’”, fondly remembers Sajid who did a similar exercise for his debut film Heyy Babyy (2007) as well.
First major release of summer 2010, House Full would be seeing a massive theatrical release on Friday, 30th April, with paid previews a day earlier. The film would arrive at the time when IPL matches would be through. With music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, lyrics by Sameer and screenplay by Milap Zaveri, House Full stars Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Riteish Deshmukh, Arjun Rampal, Lara Dutta, Jiah Khan, Boman Irani, Chunkey Pandey and Randhir Kapoor in principal roles with Malaika Arora in a special appearance.
Priyanka Chopra Gets Best Actress Award For Fashion
Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; January 24, 2010)
Bollywood won in quite a few of the important categories in the 56th National Film Awards (for 2008) that were announced on Saturday. Priyanka Chopra won the best actress award for her performance in Fashion, while Arjun Rampal was honoured with the best supporting actor award for his role in Rock On!!. Both Fashion and Rock On!! bagged one more award with Kangana Ranaut getting the best supporting actress award for the first. Rock On!!was adjudged the best Hindi film.
But it was Anirudh Roy Chowdhury’s Bengali film Antaheen that won four of the biggest awards (best film, cinematography, best lyrics and best female singer). Chowdhury gave credit to the entire team saying that after a long time a Bengali film had got so many awards. Rampal was feeling on top of the world and a sleepless Chopra was equally ecstatic. “I, too, am excited. I am someone who always does a mix of cinema and I hope to continue doing it. I was hoping but not really expecting as there were nominations from other regional films too and I was told they were really good. I am happy that Fashion has won about 15 awards till now,’’ she said.
Shams Patel won the best child artiste award for the film Thanks Maa and Ashutosh Gowariker’s Jodha Akbar won two awards—Neeta Lulla for costumes and for choreography. Nandita Das’s directorial debut Firaaq won the best editing and art direction awards. Neeraj Pandey’s A Wednesday won the Indira Gandhi Award for a debut film and Dibakar Banerji’s Oye Lucky Lucky Oye got the Wholesome Entertainment Award. Sooni Taraporewala’s Little Zizou was adjudged the best film on family values.
Marathi film industry, too, got its share of accolades. Rajiv Patil’s Jogva won the best film on social issues. Umesh Limaye won the best actor award for the same film and Hariharan got the best male playback singer. Sachin Kundalkar won the best screenplay for Gandha. The film also won in the best audiography category and best music direction.
South Indian film industry saw Bala winning the best directors award for Tamil film Naan Kadauul. V Moorthy won the best make-up artiste for the same film.
Eight Films were selected for the best feature film in each of the language specified in the Schedule VIII of the constitution category—best Assamese film-Mon Jai; best Bengali film-Shob Charitro Kalponik; best Hindi film-Rock On!!; best Kannada film-Vimukthi; best Malayalam film-Thirakkada; best Marathi film-Harishchandrachi Factory; best Tamil film-Veranam Airam; best Telugu film-1940 Lookagramam. Land Gold Women (English), Yarwng (Kokborok) and Gaggara (Tulu) has been selected as the best feature films in each of the languages.
Some of the other awards: Assamese film Aai Kot Nai won the Nargis Dutt award for national integration while Roadside Romeo was the best animation film.
Sonakshi Sinha, veteran actor Shatrughan Sinha’s daughter, seems to be the flavour of the season. Although her debut film Dabangg with Salman Khan is yet to be completed, she is already on a roll. She has been signed for her second film by Boney Kapoor and the latest dope is that she has also bagged Pankaj Kapur’s love story, Mausam, opposite Shahid Kapoor.
The hush-hush meeting between the film’s producer Sheetal Talwar and Sonakshi and her mother Punam Sinha took place at the Sinhas’ residence in Khar on Monday evening. Apparently, the producer was simply bowled over by the actress.
Sheetal Talwar has already approved her for Mausam. “She is a stunning girl. Such grace and charm. She is going to be a big star. She reminds us of the young Rekha,” says Talwar appreciatively.
Punam says, “Yes, we met the Mausam producer Sheetal Talwar. He did seem to like her immensely. Both my husband and I have the highest regard for Pankaj Kapurji as an actor. If he is directing a film, it has to be special. We can’t wait for Sonakshi to work with Pankajji and Shahid.”
Deepika Padukone is on cloud nine. Last night, she was the privileged Bollywood personality to have dinner with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi and 20 cabinet ministers at the PM’s residence at 10 Janpath, in Delhi. The dinner was organised in honour of Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and his wife Miyuki Hatoyama, who are currently on a visit to India.
The Japanese PM and his wife are huge Bollywood fans and expressed their desire to meet Deepika. They loved her in her debut film, Om Shanti Om (2007).
When Deepika got a call from the PM’s office asking her if she would like to attend the dinner, she immediately agreed. Pleased as punch, she even took a day off from the shooting of Ashutosh Gowariker’s Khelenge Hum Jee Jaan Se in Goa to make it for the dinner.
She wore a saree by Manish Malhotra for the occasion.
We spoke to Deepika before the dinner. She said, “It is a privilege and honour for me to be invited for this dinner. I am excited and nervous at the same time.”
|From (L): Yukio Hatoyama, Miyuki Hatoyama, Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh|
TIMES NEWS NETWORK (BOMBAY TIMES; October 22, 2009)
Marathi writer-director Paresh Mokashi, is one happy man. And why not, his debut film, Harishchandrachi Factory
is India’s official selection for the 82nd Academy Awards. It’s an honour of course, for which Paresh has UTV, Paprika Media and Mayasabha Productions to thank for. UTV whose Rang De Basanti got nominated for the BAFTAs and Taare Zameen Par for the Oscars, will see that this film too, gains global recognition. They have kicked off an aggressive campaign, will target the international media and have extensive screenings in Los Angeles in October and November.
Siddharth Roy Kapur, CEO of UTV Motion Pictures, said, “The Academy recognises films with unusual themes. A little over 90 minutes, HCF has the ability to reach out to international audiences in a grammar of film-making they are conversant with.”
His thoughts are echoed by Vikas Bahl, Chief Creative Officer, UTV Motion Pictures. “We are proud to be bringing worldwide audience a film that tells the story of the birth of film-making in India — the world’s most prolific film producing nation,” he said.
Paresh, who through HCF presented the incredible journey of Dadasaheb Phalke to make India’s very first motion picture,
Raja Harishchandra, said, “What better than to have one’s debut film about the making of India’s debut film! My search for the subject of my film was over when I first read the adventures of Dadasaheb Phalke. Selection to the Oscars is a very sweet surprise and now I’m hoping for the best.”
According to Smiti Kanodia, Founder & Chairperson of Paprika Media Pvt. Ltd., they were gung-ho about co-producing the film after hearing Paresh’s narration. “It captures the essence of Dadasaheb’s character and showcases fine performances by the actors, music composer and those behind the camera.”
No one in recent years has won more awards than UTV — from Rang De Basanti to Jodhaa Akbar, from Fashion to Life in a Metro, from Khosla ka Ghosla to A Wednesday, from Mumbai Meri Jaan to Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! and from Welcome to Sajjanpur to Dev. D. And now, they have yet another winner on their hands.
Mugdha Godse is back to scorch the screen as the superstitious Vidya in Devgn Films’ comic caper All The Best directed by Rohit Shetty. Mugdha elicits a lot of laughter as Fardeen Khan’s girlfriend who always inadvertently manages to say the wrong thing at the wrong time! Mugdha says, “I’m the one who ends up turning everything upside down. My character is that of a simple girl who loves to help people around her and innocently believes she can do so through the lucky charms.” How was it working with Fardeen Khan? “Fardeen is a real ‘good looker’ and it was fantastic working with him,” she says.
And does the former model think she’s taking a big risk with a comedy? Mugdha says, “When Rohit came to me with the script, my reaction was instantly positive. It was completely different from the character I played in my debut film. I’m sure the risk will pay off !” Though Mugdha has fond memories of the shoot, she admits that she was she was a bit worried when she began shooting. “I’d heard of what a prankster Ajay is and being a newcomer, I wasn’t sure what to expect! But I guess since this time Ajay has taken on the mantle of a producer, he was a good boy on the sets. Drawing from his experience, he also helped me with my comic timing and gave me tips on how to portray the character best.”
Well, Mugdha seems to be super excited to be a part of the film where she has thoroughly enjoyed everything from dodging bullets, sporting a Cleopatra look for one of the songs to dancing to desi beats! We sure are looking forward to her film this Diwali and all we can say is ‘all the best’ girl!