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The two actors who hardly know each other will do three films back-to-back later this year
Abhishek Bachchan and Katrina Kaif will now be spending most of their working hours together (hope Ash doesn’t mind). The two have signed three films together and that too in a row. This would mean that Abhishek and Katrina, who hardly know one another, would be spending the next eight to ten months together.
Besides Tarun Mansukhani’s Dostana 2 and Abbas-Mustan’s Italian Job, the duo would be working on one of Vipul Shah’s next films, which will be a romantic-comedy.
Work on this film will start in January.
Katrina and Abhishek begin work on Dostana 2 as soon as Katrina returns in the first week of August from the shooting of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.
They will be shooting a song together in Mumbai, followed by a long stint in London.
The only time Abhishek and Katrina Kaif have worked together in a film was in Ram Gopal Varma’s Sarkar, five years ago.
“But that was so long ago!” says Katrina, “We were both different persons and different actors back then. So much has changed. I hardly know Abhishek that well. Now that we’ll be doing so much work together I guess the process of getting to know one another will happen automatically. The little that I know of him, Abhishek is great fun.”
On her birthday, Katrina Kaif tells Sharin Wader Butani that she wishes for smooth-sailing ahead
BOMBAY TIMES (July 16, 2010)
The gorgeous Katrina Kaif is turning 26 today and guess what she’s doing on her special day — baby sitting. She’s away in Spain shooting for Zoya Akhtar’s Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, so there won’t be any party for the actress in Mumbai but she’s not missing out on any of that. In fact, the actress admits that she’s happy to get away from the rains in Mumbai. “My sisters have flown down from London to be with me and so has my three-year-old niece. I have not been able to spend time with her, so today that’s what I’m going to do,” she said on a long distance call from Spain.
The Cancerian might not have grand plans to celebrate her birthday, but she does have three wishes she wants to see fulfiled. “I want happiness, peace of mind and a lot of good film offers. I want to work in a film directed by Yashji someday,” said Katrina, who being in the top league of Bollywood actresses, won’t find it to too difficult to make her wishes come true. “I have had my share of battles. Life’s been tough. But now I want a smooth sailing,” she said.
Kat believes she’s a destiny’s child. “I came from nowhere and within six years, I’ve managed to make a place for myself in Bollywood. I think that’s because I live by my principles and one of them is not doing films for the sake of money. If people thought my debut film Boom was for monetary reasons then I would say it was due to sheer ignorance that I got myself in that film. But now I’m happy, even though I only work and have no life other than that,” she laughed. But for her, that’s the beauty of her job, it takes her places and allows her to meet different people. “In Zoya’s film, I’ve been zipping around on bikes, I did some deep sea diving too and it’s been fun. It’s not that I learned bike riding because of this film, I’ve always known how to ride bikes,” said the actress, revealing her sporty side. “I enjoyed watching the Spain-Germany football match here. Football mania had really gripped Spain. But unfortunately, I couldn’t catch all the matches because I was busy shooting,” she said.
There have been talks of how all work and no play has taken a toll on her health. She has been fainting on the sets due to low haemoglobin levels. “They are all Chinese whispers. I’m not sick as I’m made out to be. I was weak last December but that’s about it. I work out, eat well and take good care of myself. My trainer can vouch for that,” she said and added, “Actually I’m not accessible to people all the time, that’s why they cook up stories about me.”
But all that doesn’t affect the actress who has her faith keeping her afloat. “I’m a very spiritual person. I pray a lot. I feel God has his hand over me. I’m being looked after so I do my bit helping my mother with her charity. It gives me peace.” And when the time comes for her to call it quits in the film industry, Kat says she’ll happily hang up her boots. “I have not planned what I’ll do later on, but I’ll definitely move on in life,” she said.
Kat’s on Zoom tonight! Catch Katrina Kaif in an exclusive interview with Omar Qureshi on Planet Bollywood, ZOOM, 7.30 pm tonight. A teaser of the interview…
Raajneeti proves that Ranbir Kapoor and you have the perfect chemistry. This is your second success together…
• Though the audience loved us in Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, I was really nervous about this one, simply because it wasn’t a typical love story. It wasn’t a man chasing a girl kind of role, it was more realistic. I feel wonderful that even this has been so well accepted.
In love, are you a realist or a romantic?
• Hmm… I love romance and I completely believe in romance. I think that is eventually what is going to get you through life. Your companion and the person who you love is the only thing that will remain with you forever.
Some sections of the media claimed that Kareena would be just a wee bit possessive if Saif and you were paired up. Your reaction…
• I don’t think Kareena can ever be insecure, she is a very confident person. I am sure that the story is entirely made up. Secondly, after Race, I haven’t signed any movie with Saif, though I think he is amazing actor and I would love to work with him again.
To promote Udaan, producer Anurag Kashyap screens a semi-porn film Angoor for teens at his office
Anurag Kashyap is putting his social networking skills to good use. He recently organised the screening of a semi-porn film by Kanti Shah called Angoor, for teenagers at his office.
This C-grade film plays a pivotal role in Anurag’s film Udaan; it changes the lead character Rohan’s (Rajat Barmecha) life forever. When Anurag announced this screening on a social networking site, surprisingly, over 200 teenagers expressed interest in it.
Our source said, “Rajat’s character in the film, Rohan gets caught by his teacher and gets expelled from school, when he is watching Angoor. He faces a lot of turmoil after this.
Since it is an important scene in the film, producer Anurag Kashyap decided to highlight it by arranging for a special screening of Angoor for teenagers, with Rajat Barmecha and the director of Udaan, Vikramaditya Motwane present.
Since Angoor is not available on the Internet, a special screening was organised and since most of the kids were under the age of 18, the screening was more of an underground one at Anurag’s office. Around 50 teenagers turned up to watch it.”
When contacted, Shikha Kapoor, Senior VP, Marketing, UTV Motion Pictures said, “I think this is the base where the movie starts and we thought it was a nice marketing idea. Surprisingly there were many takers for the film (Angoor). It was just a screening with some fun.”
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, July 10, 2010 – 12:59 IST
Always known to be the girl next door with a coy look, Amisha Patel does stun you with a hot and sizzling cover shoot for The Man magazine. With a glittering gold bikini top and denim blue shorts, she does give you the winner smile but you can hardly miss the oomphness in that picture. In the bare-all interview with the magazine Amisha shows you a side to her that very few knew indeed.
Always been known as the ice-princess with a touch-me-not attitude, Amisha is actually funny, witty and always up for a prank to make her dear friends laugh. Not only that but she is also a true romantic at heart who wishes for her ideal guy to come her way. What’s that guy going to be like; she says, “Family-minded with a strong value system. I love kids and want to have a whole cricket team, so he’d better love kids as well, right? I’d like him to be committed to his work but with a sense of adventure and fun.” Think you fit the bill? Apply right away or else get the magazine and get to know the lady like she really is in this July issue of The Man.
Aamir Khan has finally joined the Twitter bandwagon (@aamir_khanAamir), after promising Amitabh Bachchan during their dinner in London to join this micro-blogging site.
Big B had tweeted about his dinner, saying, “With Aamir at dinner, Italian, good food and the smile on his face is his excitement of being convinced to come on Twitter”. He also tweeted that, “Success come to those that dare and act!! Convinced the inconvincible Aamir over dinner to come on Twitter”.
Aamir, in his first tweet, says “Testing. Aamir”. In his second tweet he says, “Was really curious to check this Twitter thing out. Finally here. Still not sure how this works though!”
Big B welcomed Aamir by tweeting: “@aamir_khanAamir You have been tried and tested! Welcome! And thank you for agreeing to come on board! Now handle it, brother!”
And, in his reply, Aamir tweets back: “Oh Mr.Bachchan, thank you so much for inviting me here. This looks like a lot of fun!”
In just a few minutes since his arrival on Twitter, his followers have already crossed the 1000 mark.
By Joginder Tuteja, June 12, 2010 – 12:30 IST
Over the decades, one has heard of scripts being changed mid way into the making of the film. Many of them have failed once the changes started taking place haphazardly. On the other hand quite a few succeeded when better creativity prevailed. While this is something which is not quite acknowledged by all, it’s a known fact that a bound script doesn’t always stay to be on to bound the same way before arriving on the sets.
Anything wrong with that? No, none at all as long as a script change happens before everything is locked (including cast, dates, locations, final deadline for the shoot, release date etc.). All is well as long as the change happens for the better. Yes, it may involve some heartburn for a writer because his vision may find some tangents from others (read: producer, director, actor) involved. However, as is the case with any creative journey, filmmaking too follows it’s soon; something that debutant filmmaker Punit Malhotra realised in case of I Hate Luv Storys.
Says Imran who admits that he wasn’t sold with the entire idea of I Hate LUV Storys in the very first listening, “I had a lot of issues with the script and I gave Punit a long laundry list. I told him, yeh problem hai, yahan isko aise theek karna hai, is cheez ko thoda badlo etc. etc.”
“I actually ‘pakaoed’ him for a long time”, he adds with a laugh.
This is where Punit had to go back to the drawing board as Imran wanted to be doubly sure about picking up a new assignment. Fresh out of the debacle of Kidnap and Luck, he knew that there would be tremendous expectations from him for his next release. Also, since I Hate LUV Storys would have been his only rom-com after Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Naa, his debut film which had proved to be a blockbuster at the box office, Imran had to ensure that it provided at least as much fun and entertainment as the Abbas Tyrewala’s film, if not more. In addition, the shooting had not yet started which means there was much more flexibility and time available to bring a change in the written word.
Result was a far better script which found an instant liking from Imran.
“This time around, the script was much tighter. The overall duration of the film too was just about two hours. The screenplay was literally flying and everything worked out to be just perfect. Once that happened, there were no hassles or worries because shooting was the easiest part. Also, this is where Karan as an enterprising producer came into picture because of his years of experience and standing in the industry. He got the best technicians, composers, designers, DOP etc. Things just fell into place”, details Imran.
Well, come 2nd July and we would know!
Kangna seems to be in a reflective mood as she talks about her experience in Bollywood so far
By Diksha Kamra | TNN (March 19, 2010)
It’s double celebration time for Kangna, for the pretty gal also turns a year older in a few days.
When she joined Bollywood, she was all of 17, and was “immature.” At first, the crazy life of an actor dismayed her. “I used to think this is such torture – shooting for multiple hours and working for so long. At times, you’re supposed to begin your day at 5.30–6 am,” she says. Then she thought there was discrimination too. “I would think ‘Why this break for that actor, and why this one for me?’” But things have changed today? “Of course. After spending a decent amount of time in the industry, one becomes more calculative and observant. Today, I feel that if I’ve chosen to do this kind of work, I better live up to it. I understand the business of filmmaking.”
What else has she observed all these years? “That despite the frenzied pace, one can have fun, lots of fun. Only that fun is unpredictable, you never know when you’re going to laugh – in the middle of shooting, or on the sets or elsewhere,” she says, adding, “I’ve also observed that the image of actors is very bad. People think all actors are dumb. Once I had a discussion with a director, after which he was surprised, and said, ‘Oh! You’re so intelligent.’ And I felt, perhaps, this is not the way they expect an actor to be.” And she has more to say, “Also, actresses are not expected to be involved in all those discussions and debates regarding script, shooting, dialogues, etc. And if an actress does, people are surprised. When I took interest in all of this, I was treated like a man. Usually, it’s only the men who are interested in the behind-the-scene specifics.” And when she was offered Rs 5 crore for Tanvir Khan’s movie, she felt like a man again? “Earlier, if the hero was paid Rs 1 lakh, the female lead would get half the amount. But now, things are changing.
Then what are women interested in, ‘usually’? “I’ve noticed that women are more interested in who they’re working with. I was shocked to know that someone can only be interested in the co-actor, and not the script. Ask them why, and they say, it’s an A-list actor, and it’ll prove beneficial to their career. And I wonder, ‘Are you an actor or a fan? How can you care less about your character?’” But Kangna says she understands this, for, “This is what happens with beautiful women who’re not intelligent. And that’s how even men want them to be. An intelligent woman may pose a threat to their intellect, you see. It is so natural. If I were a man, even I’d marry a beautiful, dumb woman, lest she proves I’m less intelligent!”
Some believe there are no permanent friends in the film industry… “It’s such a terrible thing to say. How can one feel that? If a director offers a role to an actor, is he taking advantage of him? I believe he’s giving him work. But later, when the two can’t be in touch, will the actor say, ‘See, he’s not a friend anymore, for he doesn’t talk otherwise.’ People can’t be in touch always due to lack of time,” Kangna explains.
Before she set out to make it big in cinema, Kangna learnt theatre in Delhi. And coming to Delhi reminds her of those days. “I love Delhi winters. When I used to live here, I saw the pace of life, and it’s not as fast as Mumbai.” One day, her guru suggested she “become a film actor, than a theatre actor, if she wanted a decent life.” Kangna says she asked him, ‘Why not be a theatre artiste and still earn success?’ “He said, ‘That’s how it has been, and is,’” she recalls.
Dia Mirza, whose father passed away when she was quite young, has found a father in Boman Irani.
Both the actors have worked together in the past and while shooting for Arshad Warsi’s Hum Tum Aur Ghost, Dia asked Boman to give her away whenever she gets married. An emotional Boman immediately agreed.
Dia said, “Yes, my bond with Boman started when we were shooting for Lage Raho Munnabhai in which I played his daughter who had immense faith in him. In the film, despite everybody sending him bouquets and get well soon cards, as a daughter I felt that all the talk about him being the bad guy is not true.
Like the film, where I feel that my father is my hero, in my real life too I have always believed my father is my hero.
I have always looked up to him. No other person can take his place and I would say that Boman comes closest to him. Boman has a very special place in my heart and we don’t miss any important occasion in each other’s life.
When we were shooting for Hum Tum Aur Ghost, we had lot of fun and during one of those emotional moments, I asked if he would give me away when I get married.
An emotional bawa that Boman is, he had tears in his eyes. I think these are connections which are beyond everything and I consider myself lucky to have found someone like him.”
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 01, 2010)
The mystery behind Bappi Lahiri’s love for wearing ornaments will finally be revealed in a film titled Bappida Tusi Great Ho. The film, produced by Vilas Rao Taide and directed by debutant Sidharth Suryavanshi, will have Bappida playing the lead role.
Bappi Lahiri confirmed the news and said, “After Dard-E-Disco, I have signed this film and it is amazing. The mystery behind my love for wearing ornaments will create history. This is completely different from the other film that I am doing. I am also the music director for Bappida Tusi… As of now, we are looking for a leading lady who will be an established star. Raju Kariya, scriptwriter of the film, is an old associate and he knows me really well. It was he who came up with this idea. We will start shooting for the film in a couple of months.”
Bappida is also busy with other projects. “Right now I am in Kolkata where I am featuring in a couple of songs in a Bengali film, Hangover which stars Prasonjeet, Koel Malik and Rituparna Sengupta. My son Bappa has composed the songs. It is fun being in front of the camera now,” he added.