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Rohit Dhawan has managed a casting coup of sorts — he has paired critically-acclaimed actress Chitrangada Singh opposite Akshay Kumar in his debut venture, tentatively titled Desi Boys.
For Chitrangada, who is best known for her role in Sudhir Mishra’s niche film Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, this will be her first Bollywood masala movie. The film also has John Abraham in a major role.
Chitrangada had a meeting with Rohit Dhawan on Monday afternoon at the Andheri office of Eros.
A source said, “Rohit Dhawan has finally managed to get his cast in place after Akshay Kumar and John Abraham agreed to be a part of his debut film. The film is scheduled to go on the floors in November. Eros will be producing the film. However Rohit was searching for a heroine till someone suggested Chitrangada’s name.Akshay Kumar Chitrangada Singh
Rohit was initially unsure because he did not know if she was open to the idea of working in a mainstream film, but it all fell into place. Even Chitraganda is very excited. The pairing of Akshay and Chitrangada will be something to look forward to for an audience which has seen all possible permutations and combinations of the present leading ladies.”
While Chitrangada first refused to comment about the film, she did admit that she visited the Eros office for ‘routine’ reasons. On the other More >
Karan Johar got Imran to do a sexy shoot for his forthcoming film with Sonam Kapoor
SHARIN WADER BUTANI Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; April 28, 2010)
“Karan wanted to sell me in this cool, sexy look. He wanted me to show my body,” accused Imran Khan, who worked out for two months before he could shed his shirt and pull his pants a wee bit down for this photoshoot for Dharma Productions’ I Hate Luv Stories. “It’s to show the film’s attitude,” he explained, “My butt’s showing, but I think John Abraham beats me at that.”
For the film, Imran gained a lot of weight. “I did functional training, strength training, rope climbing and played a lot of basketball. I altered my diet, too, ate only fish, steamed veggies, fruits and nuts and no rice at all. And two days before I shot this picture, I stopped the intake of salt completely. I even stopped drinking water,” said Imran who ‘quenched’ his thirst by rinsing his mouth. Working out, he hates — but Imran’s hard work has paid off. He’s never looked better. Karan Johar definitely knows how to make his actors look good.
“There was a struggle between Manish Malhotra and director Punit, who is also his nephew. While Manish wanted this allperfect look for me, Punit wanted a grungy one. So finally I ended up looking quite stylised with coloured shoe laces, which were untied, ripped jeans, half-buttoned shirts…” said Imran quite impressed with the outcome. Shooting for Karan wasn’t just More >
Speculation about who will play the lead actress in Imtiaz Ali’s next film is finally over. Buzz is that Imtiaz Ali has finalised 25-year-old model Diana Penty as the lead actress opposite Ranbir Kapoor in his film Rockstar. The Mumbai-based model is quite famous in the fashion industry and was shortlisted before being finalised to play the lead role.
A source said, “There were several rumours about the girl in Imtiaz Ali’s film. Imtiaz had almost finalised Anushka Sharma at one point of time. However, Imtiaz eventually decided that he wanted a new girl for his film and has finally zeroed down on Diana Penty. Incidentally, Diana has also done an ad film for a mobile service provider with Ranbir and was in the news when she replaced Deepika as a cosmetic brand’s face.”
“The film is being produced by Ashtavinayak who also made Jab We Met with Imtiaz. Rockstar is one of Imtiaz’s most ambitious project.Diana Penty Ranbir Kapoor
He was initially supposed to make the film with John Abraham and UTV but then he went on to make Love Aaj Kal. After Love Aaj Kal released, he narrated the subject to Ranbir, who immediately agreed to do the film. Imtiaz had been considering various options to play the female lead in Rockstar and finally his wait is over,” added the source.
We sent a text message to Imtiaz but More >
// // // It’s still a mystery what prompted John Abraham and director Nishikant Kamat to put their plans of doing an action film for UTV on hold for a bit and go ahead with one for Vipul Shah instead.
But the change seems to have triggered some confusion about the difference in the stunts John would perform in Vipul Shah’s adaptation of Tamil hit Kaakha Kaakha, and the action meant to be part of the UTV film.
John has all along been training for the UTV film with Nishikant, but now all that hard work might benefit the Vipul Shah-produced film instead, which is slated to start in May.
Says Nishikant, “During the preparation for the film with UTV, John and I came into contact with several international stunt co-ordinators and technicians. Some of the expertise we imbibed for the UTV film would be used in the Vipul Shah film.”
But Nishikant denies that Ghajini or Wanted would be used as reference points for the action stunts in his film. “We are looking at a different, more realistic action in our version of Kaakha Kaakha. I have my roots in realistic cinema and now when I’m ready to enter another kind of more commercial cinema, I can’t ignore my inherent sensibilities.
So what you’ll see John doing is larger-than-life action, but it will still be within More >
By Satish Sundaresan, April 12, 2010 – 18:39 IST
She is the new bubbly girl in town. She is someone who can easily put effervescence to shame. She is none other than Genelia Dsouza, who has been the toast of the B-town for quite some time now and shall continue to be so for a long time to come.
After having endorsed many a FMCG products, Genelia seems to be the latest ‘(h)it’ girl to have hit B-town., the newest catch in her kitty is the youthful and trendy Fastrack accessories (which include watches, sunglasses, bags, belts, wallets and wrist bands) of which she is the latest brand ambassador. Bollywood Hungama brings to you exclusive snaps of the latest campaign that Genie baby has shot for!
Fastrack lends its irreverent character to Genelia bringing out the edgy, sexy side of the previously sweet & bubbly Genelia in the ‘Sweet No More’ sunglasses campaign. In other words, it seems an attempt for Genelia to break away from the ‘sweet’ image that she always has boated on!
According to Bollywood Hungama‘s confirmed sources, “The said campaign will be responsible in giving Genelia a complete make-over from her sweeter self to the spunky, naughty, bold and sexy girl.” Not just that, in a new never-seen-before avatar, this will help Genelia in creating a unique identity for her association with the brand.
Our source also added that the officials at Fastrack chose Genelia, but obviously for her bubbly image something that Preity Zinta has always been known More >
A handful of actors such as Akshay Kumar, Hrithik Roshan and John Abraham seldom use a body double while doing stunts.
The latest entrant in this league of adrenaline junkies is model-turned-actor Milind Soman, who is doing some tricky jumps in his forthcoming film 27-13.20 Nakshatra. However Milind, who is playing a cop in the film, met with a freak accident while performing a risky stunt.
The incident in question happened in Bangkok last week. Says an eyewitness, “Milind had to jump onto a hovercraft. He mistimed his jump and banged into a crane nearby, injuring his left thigh. A doctor was called on the sets and the shooting had to be cancelled for the day.”
Says a friend of the actor, “He is feeling better now. Milind later completed the remainder of the scene.” While Milind himself was unavailable for comment, his girlfriend, actress Shahana Goswami, confirmed the incident.
Apart from Milind, the film also stars newcomer Shubh Mukherjee, Sabina and Anupam Kher. The film is a thriller produced by Ravindra Singh and directed by debutant director Mohan Savalkar.
From thrillers, romance, comedy to animation films, UTV has something for all in 2010-11
SHARIN WADER BUTANI Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; April 11, 2010)
This is the year of not just sports lovers, but also film buffs. And UTV Motion Pictures has a rocking entertainment plan for 2010-11, starting with Prakash Jha’s Raajneeti based on characters from the Mahabharata. Jha, whose film releases on June 4, says, “They have an understanding team grooved into creative man management, scripting and everything else.” Even Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and Aamir Khan’s Aamir Khan Productions have signed up. “We are excited about I Hate Luv Storys starring Imran Khan and Sonam Kapoor that’s releasing on July 2,” says Karan, “Their vision, infrastructure and passion for movies makes them flag bearers for many exciting cinematic possibilities.” While Aamir, who has two co-productions with them in Peepli Live and Delhi Belly, adds, “I have had a long and happy association with UTV in different capacities. It is wonderful to work with them once again.”
The acclaimed Vishal Bhardwaj, who’s also reunites with the production house in Saat Khoon Maaf, admits, “They have the vision to produce films like Dev. D, Kaminey, A Wednesday, Mumbai Meri Jaan and are willing to take a chance on interesting subjects.” Even John Owen is grateful to Ronnie Screwvala and his amazing team of Vikas Bahl and Manish Hariprasad for believing in his project More >
UTV shelves Hook Ya Crook, now John Abraham and David Dhawan decide to finish the film themselves
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 10, 2010)
// // // With John Abraham and Genelia D’Souza in the lead, the David Dhawan directed Hook Ya Crook seemed to have everything going for it when it was launched some time back, including a rock solid producer like UTV.
But there’s news that the film — now 90 per cent complete — has apparently been shelved. UTV, which has already pumped several crores into the project, now feels that the film just isn’t working.
A source said, “Hook Ya Crook was a film that even UTV was banking on, but after they saw some portions of the film, they were very unhappy with the product. There had certain creative differences with director David Dhawan, following which the film has now been shelved. It’s been around six months since the shooting of the film was stopped and the project is now in the cold storage. It was a humungous decision for UTV, considering that they have already invested Rs 20 crore in the film.”
While rumours about the film getting stuck had been doing the rounds for some time, everyone connected with the project insists that the only delay is because of the non availability of dates from Indian cricketer stars.
Said Siddharth Roy Kapoor of UTV,”We are waiting for the dates of the cricketers as we have to shoot the climax with them. Once we get the dates and shoot, we will announce the More >
It has been seven years since real life couple John Abraham and Bipasha Basu sizzled in Jism, but producer-director Pooja Bhatt is as enthusiastic about the film’s sequel as she was about the first part.
And it’s not only because of the explicit lovemaking scenes but also because Pooja will release Jism 2 in 3D format.
It was Pooja’s father Mahesh Bhatt who came up with the idea of having a 3D version of the film. Mahesh says, “When Hollywood filmmakers are toying with the idea of making adults film in 3D, why not we? Frankly, I struck upon the idea when I was watching the recent 3D film Avatar, especially the love scenes.”
Pooja is also very kicked about shooting Jism 2 in 3D. Incidentally, it is the first adult Bollywood film to be shot in 3D. Pooja says, “We need to get bigger and bolder. I think my dad has suggested a great idea. The film is his baby. He is writing the script and the screenplay at a feverish pace.”
Elaborating on the plot of the film, Mahesh says, “Jism 2 will deal with the subject of betrayal and suspense. The heroine will be shown as a very modern girl with a dark, tainted past.”
It is not yet clear about who will star in Jism 2. “We need a talented girl with a great body to pull off Jism 2. We need two male actors too. The search is on. The film’s cast will be a More >
MEENA IYER Times News Network (April 4, 2010)
The Bengali bombshell Bipasha Basu has never looked or felt in better physical shape than she is now. For her it’s all about loving her body. Her nine-year romance with Bollywood and equally-long relationship with John Abraham is in full bloom. Post her fitness videos, her film career has picked up steam. She has Priyadarshan’s Aakrosh (earlier titled Garam Hawa), a film meant to give her ‘artistic side’ a boost. Then there is Rohan Sippy’s Dum Maro Dum, the slick action thriller that is currently being filmed in Goa. She’s studying a couple of more scripts and is streamlining her endorsements.
On Easter Sunday, she had a double lunch date at beau John’s home and in her best friend Deanne Panday’s house. Her personalised clothes line will be launched post the IPL grand finale. With such a flurry of activities, one would naturally assume that Bipasha’s mood is upbeat. Yet there is something niggling at her and being the forthright girl that she is, Bipasha comes straight to the point: “Recent media reports are constantly saying just one thing. They’re either talking about my divagiri or me being unprofessional. Nothing could be further from the truth than this.’’
Visibly upset with the Bipasha smear campaign, the actress says, “Listen I didn’t get to this position by being unprofessional. Nor do I More >