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Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; May 10, 2013)
Producer Dinesh Vijan has managed to bring two exciting actors together for his next. He has signed his friend and critically acclaimed director Homi Adajania (Being Cyrus and Cocktail) for an English film titled Finding Fanny that will be aimed at a global audience.
What is remarkable is the fact that Dinoo has managed a casting coup by bringing together Deepika Padukone, his Cocktail leading lady, and Arjun Kapoor. The two will share screen space for the first time. Sources tell us that the film is based on a road trip and a major portion of it will be shot in India’s beach haven, Goa.
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; March 11, 2013)
It’s almost impossible to not know who Steven Spielberg is. And for some lucky Indian directors, the dream of meeting and knowing him better is about to come true. Turns out the celebrated Hollywood filmmaker will be interacting with about 60 personalities from Indian cinema and share tips on filmmaking.
Spielberg, who is known for films like Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, ET, Jaws and Jurassic Park, is making his maiden trip to India. This development is a direct result of his association with Anil Ambani. The industrialist’s entertainment production house has a tie-up with the American’s film studio. In fact they both produced the much-acclaimed Lincoln, amongst other films. Fittingly enough, a special party in his honour has been organised on the March 12 where Spielberg shall be meeting the who’s who of Indian film industry.
What’s more interesting about this event is that Spielberg would be having an interactive session with a room full of directors from the country who have already confirmed their presence. A well-placed source says, “It can easily be called as master class session wherein Steven Spielberg will be imparting knowledge to Indian directors and would be learning from them as well and the list includes the biggest of names like Rajkumar Hirani, Anurag Kashyap, Farhan Akhtar, Zoya Akhtar, Abhishek Kapoor, Habib Faisal, Ram Gopal Varma, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Farah Khan to name a few.”
And the invitation goes More >
Irrfan on carving his own space in the industry, upgrading himself as an actor and his bittersweet relationship with Tigmanshu Dhulia
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; February 16, 2013)
Fresh from the success of his Hollywood film Life of Pi, Irrfan is now taking it easy. While chatting in his Versova bungalow about his upcoming film Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns, the actor says he has several international scripts lined up before him to read. But what he wants to really do now is an action film or a musical. An excerpt:
Tigmanshu Dhulia and you are back together… Yes, lamba gap ho gaya but it doesn’t seem so as Paan Singh Tomar released just last year. He has become busy and although I feel that I should reserve him for myself, it is not actually possible. Every person wants to grow in life and so does he. When he offered me Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns I did not even hear the script and said yes. I had loved the first part.
What makes your combination click? We have been together since drama school. Kahi na kahi main uska kaam se fascinated hoon, as a creative person and also personally. It is natural and we have immense mutual respect for each other’s work. There are some things in his writing that strike me and his work somehow brings out the best in me. We have a relationship, which has gone through various ups and downs in the past few years.
Does that mean you have had fights with him? Yes, many! We have had huge fights. In fact most of the times when we have fights, he More >
As told to Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; January 25, 2013)
The first time I ventured into high altitude was nearly my last. Before heading out, a wrinkly Sherpa had haunted my mind with words like “potentially fatal” and “ acute altitude sickness.” But then, I was 19 and indestructible. I prided myself on voluntarily controlling my pulse rate, never getting sunburned, and for me, the cold was a state of mind. Once I reached 14,000 feet my pulse had peaked, the sun had peeled layers of skin off my forehead, and my state of mind was too numb to process any kind of temperature.
All I could think of was that I needed my mother!
On the second day of my month-long Rescue Diver course in Mauritius (pictured above), I was a 130 feet under in very cold, dark waters and my fin broke off. It seemed like an eternity and I ran out of air. I was in the middle of a rescue-simulation bringing up a fainted victim.
Fortunately my diving buddy who was playing the “victim” had to nip his acting career in the bud and share his air with me. Unfortunately, he had just enough air for the both of us to reach 90 feet below the surface.
That’s when he calmly removed his mouthpiece and signalled to me that we were finished! Thankfully, we were saved by a third diver who had returned in search of us.
Bobbing along the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, in a six-man canoe with 12 people in it, we disembarked on a snake farm for lunch. While walking around as our meal was being prepared, my Vietnamese More >
Aakanksha Naval-Shetye (DNA; December 8, 2012)
Actor Deepika Padukone is keen to take filmmaker Imtiaz Ali out for dinner. But don’t let naughty thoughts run wild with imagination. The Bolly hottie is quick to reveal that the real reason to treat him is the success of her last outing Cocktail. And knowing what a big foodie Imtiaz is, Deepika thinks it would be the best way to thank him.
According to sources, Deepika’s role in the film as the sexy Veronica had won her accolades from critics and had even resonated with the audience. And to think of it, the actress was initially set to play the docile Meera instead, which seemed like a safer bet in comparison to the feisty Veronica, according to production insiders.
Deepika admits that playing Veronica seemed more of a challenge. “I knew that the film would be liked, but didn’t think that my character would be loved so much. I owe it to Imtiaz, as it was he who coaxed me to choose Veronica when I had the choice of both the characters. Had it not been for Imtiaz I would have chosen to play Meera,” says Deepika, who is now keen to thank Imtiaz for it. Point out that her bikini avatar had also gotten her extra brownie points and she says that though donning a bikini onscreen was no big deal, getting into that perfect shape and looking bikini-perfect was, she laughs. “But I trusted Homi (Adjania) and Imtiaz completely,” added Deepika.
And now she is keen to express gratitude towards Imtiaz, who insiders reveal is equally fond of More >
How to exude Zen-like calm even around pesky visitors is the best lesson actor Deepika Padukone taught Mirror reader Insiyah Contractor
Anand Holla (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 12, 2012)
Landing smack in the middle of a marathon TV interview session was something Insiyah Contractor had not signed up for when she dashed out of her South Mumbai home to meet her favourite star at Bandra’s Mehboob Studio. Once she had braved the rains to get there, for the next two hours, the 20-year-old mass media graduate sat at shouting distance from her idol, driven to despair by the wait. “How does she manage to answer all those stupid, unnecessary questions with such calm? I’m getting impatient just watching her,” Contractor said.
Ten metres away, Deepika Padukone was far from flustered — or she’s a good actor. Even a dozen television interviews later, the actress was upbeat, her smile just as sparkling as she sat in a sheer white tank top and tie-n-dye jeans. During breaks, she got her make-up touched up, checked if her messy fishtail plait was still messy, sent a few text messages and sipped on water from a straw stuck to a mini Bisleri bottle. “A straw so that she doesn’t smudge her lipstick, right?” Contractor smiled.
As the crowd thinned out, Padukone greeted her fan warmly, apologizing for the wait. Buzzing with nervous excitement, Contractor shot off the mandatory ‘I’m-your-die-hard-fan’ line before flipping out a notebook where she had jotted down questions. “If you threw a crazy More >
The actor on his long perceived attitude problem and his greed for good work
Shakti Shetty (MID-DAY; July 30, 2012)
More than a decade ago, Randeep Hooda made his debut in Monsoon Wedding. He shared screen space with Naseeruddin Shah in the very first shot of his film career. Since then, the two have been associated with each other thanks to their collective interest in theatre. Presently, they are working together in their third film, John Day (their second film never got completed).
Needless to mention, Randeep is thrilled to be back with his guide. In a tete-a-tete, the 35-year-old actor refused to comment on his personal life but sets the record straight on a lot of other stuff.
Would you call Naseer your godfather in the industry? Nope. I wouldn’t use such a ‘derogatory’ term for him.
So what does he mean to you? Well, he’s my mentor, friend and confidant. He’s an inspiration and somebody who has helped nurtured me as an actor not necessarily my career but my craft. He’s also the one who opened my eyes to the world of acting.
Speaking of acting, do you think you’ve arrived? In terms of my acting, yes, I’m definitely having my best phase ever. But I wouldn’t like to rest on the laurels as of now. I’ve got bigger dreams.
Then, what was your worst acting phase? If you remember, that wasn’t very long ago. I was without any major work for more than two years! I was completely hopeless at that point of my career. And then I was even hesitant to play a negative role. More >
Aakansha Naval-Shetye (DNA; July 21, 2012)Deepika Padukone
Actress Deepika Padukone maybe struggling to make time from her busy shoot schedules to attend the Olympics in London, as she admits, “I would really love to go for the Olympics and cheer our players there.”
However, with the hectic pace of her work that may be a tad difficult for the actor. Shooting back-to-back first for Ayan Mukerji’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani with actor and ex Ranbir Kapoor, and then for Race 2, the actor reveals that at present, work’s taken all her space. And all personal matters — including that of the heart — have taken a backseat, but the actor says that she has no complaints about that. “I am really happy not having any time for personal space,” Deepika lets in.
As for her professional space, the actor’s on quite a high with the kind of response her sexy act and performance has been garnering in her recent release Cocktail. “I am overwhelmed with the reactions,” says Deepika, who’s had many of her peers in the industry put aside their competitive streaks to congratulate her for it. “But I think the biggest compliment for me was people believing that the role was actually an extension to the real me, when the truth is that I am hardly the person I portrayed on screen. I am no wild child and the only ‘wild’ streak I probably ever display is when it comes to taking risks by opting for such roles in the first place,” elaborates the actor.
But performance apart, what also grabbed More >
WILL COCKTAIL ACHIEVE A LOVE AAJ KAL-LIKE SUCCESS?
There was absolutely no hype for Cocktail while it was being filmed. But everything changed the minute its trailer was unveiled. Suddenly, the film became one of the most anticipated films of the year! And why not? The actors look great, the locales are stunning, music is fresh and talented and respected people are a part of the venture!
Believe it or not, Cocktail, which is a romcom, is directed by Homi Adajania who directed a grim, edgy and intense film like Being Cyrus! The film is written by Imtiaz Ali and stars Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone and newbie Diana Penty. This is the third film produced by Saif and Dinesh Vijan after Love Aaj Kal and Agent Vinod. Music is by Pritam and has an urbane feel to it. ‘Tumhi Ho Bandhu’, ‘Yaariyan’ and ‘Daru Desi’ have got tremendous appreciation. The film is about friendship and the strongest point is that all the three characters are distinct and well sketched. And it has come out very nicely in the promos. Saif is in the comfort zone, in the league of Hum Tum and Love Aaj Kal and that’s fine as long as he’s doing great. Deepika looks ravishing while Diana is a surprise. She’s very adorable and looks damn cute in ‘Tumhi Ho Bandhu’! She’s really fortunate to have got this film as her debut vehicle. Besides the trio, the film also stars Boman Irani, Dimple Kapadia and Randeep Hooda.
Few experts have reservations with the title like ‘Cocktail’ and feel that it won’t work in the More >