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By Subhash K. Jha, October 26, 2010 – 11:53 IST
Mahesh Bhatt’s shy son Rahul Bhatt is shy no more. Lately he has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. If all had gone well, Mahesh Bhatt would’ve launched his boy in Suicide Bomber which the former Bhatt protégé Anurag Basu promised to direct as Rahul’s launch pad.
A promise that the Bhatts are still waiting for Basu to fulfil. But now, the impatient Bhatt scion seems to have lost the will to wait. His decision to go into the Bigg Boss house at this stage of his life has apparently caused Mahesh great concern.
Mahesh was planning to finally launch Sunny-boy in the sequel to Jism. But Rahul is now on a rebellious trip. He turned down his dad’s offer for a belated launch in Jism 2 instead of Suicide Bomber and chose to go into Bigg Boss which many of well-wishers of the Bhatts feel is more suicidal than the Suicide Bomber.
Now we suddenly hear Rahul making abrasive remarks like, “Mahesh Bhatt and Headley are the two monkeys on my back” and… “Shweta Tiwari is line-maroing on me (inside Bigg Boss House). And I don’t like it.”
Mahesh Bhatt stands by his son’s comment. “Rahul is being brutally honest. He has the guts to see and say things as they are.”
Mahesh admits Rahul is up for Jism 2. “But Rahul has made his choice. He has chosen Bigg Boss.”
The concerned but non-interfering father still feels Suicide Bomber would be the best launch for Rahul. “Our doors are open for Anurag Basu to come and pick up the threads from where he left off. But now Suicide Bomber will have a global perspective. Three years ago, Rahul said no to Kalyug when I offered it to him. Now he has opted for Bigg Boss instead of Jism 2. When I asked him why he said, ‘Let me stand or fall on my own feet.’ He didn’t want to put his life on hold for a film launch.’
Then Mahesh drops his bomb. “Get this straight. It is not in human power to make a bud blossom. A touch of life makes the flower bloom and spread its wings. Sometimes it’s best to let a flower go wild. Life is the best gardener.”
Hidden in the rhetoric’s is a message for Rahul’s son.
Come back from Bigg Boss. And Jism 2 is waiting
There are three perspectives on XXX. The producer is claiming Emraan is not doing the film; Emraan insists that he is; and the director is feigning ignorance
Mukesh Bhatt, Kunal Deshmukh and Emraan Hashmi have worked on two films in the past, Jannat and Tum Mile, and they are now gearing up for the third one, tentatively titled XXX. But this time, all three are completely clueless and seem to be on very different pages.
An insider tells us, “The film is two steps ahead of Kalyug and is based on the porn industry in India. The plot has three stories. Emraan Hashmi is not doing the film, just like he was reluctant to do Kalyug initially.
He also backed out of Dibakar Banerjee’s film Love, Sex Aur Dhokha because he is not comfortable with sex scenes anymore. He wants to change his ‘serial kisser image’. The film has been made on the lines of Love, Sex Aur Dhokha and stars only fresh faces.”
While not denying that the film is based on the Indian porn industry, Mukesh Bhatt confirms, “Yes, Emraan is not doing the film. But Bhatt’s reasons are different though. “It’s because Kunal Deshmukh wants to work with fresh faces.” When asked if Emraan opted out because he wants to change his image, Bhatt adds, “He cannot come out of it. Salman Khan cannot do away with his stud image. People have got their own slots. They cannot change their image.”
However, when we called Emraan Hashmi to ask why is he not doing Kunal Deshmukh’s XXX, the actor sent a rather strange SMS reply that read, “Yessssssss, I am doing XXX.” That’s rather assertive of you Emraan!
Despite our attempts to get to the bottom of this confusion, neither Mukesh Bhatt nor Emraan answered our calls. So, we called Kunal Deshmukh again, who surprisingly gave an entirely new story this time. He said, “I have not spoken to Mukeshji about casting yet. I am still working on the script. Once the script shapes up, only then I will work on the casting.”
When asked if Emraan has agreed to do his film, Kunal added, “No, Emraan has not said yes to my film because he hasn’t read the script. I have not spoken to Emraan because he is in Bangkok. We have done Jannat and Tum Mile earlier and we share a great rapport, but I haven’t pitched the idea to him for this one. I am waiting for the script to get ready first.”
On being told about Mukesh Bhatt and Emraan Hashmi’s varied statements, Kunal said, “There seems to be a lot of confusion. Mukeshji and I are not on the same page. Emraan and I are on the same page but there seems to be some confusion there also.” Will someone please exxxplain!
Deepal Shaw on going deglam in a movie and her fetish for languages
Elina Priyadarshini (BOMBAY TIMES; October 9, 2010)
In her upcoming Marathi film, Deepal will go deglam. “In this film I am playing the main protagonist, who’s a software engineer and hails from a small village in Kolhapur,” says she and adds, “I have hardly done any make-up in the film. Though my mother tongue is Bhojpuri, I was born and brought up Mumbai.”
This ‘no makeup look’ is relegated to her current film only because the actress still loves to “sizzle on screen.” In yet another film Bangkok Blues, where she’s playing the lead opposite Irrfan Khan, Deepal will again be essaying a glamorous role. She says, “My character of Akansha Mishra in Bangkok Blues is totally different. She’s a very smart and modern girl.”
It’s nice to see her experimenting with genres, but ask her if her new simple avatar will affect her glam image, and she says, “You should have the power to attract people with your performance. Whether it’s a glam role or a simple one, it hardly matters. If you do good roles, audience will like you and watch you.”
Though two of her upcoming films have her playing the main lead, we have always seen her doing character roles till now. Ask her if she has now resolved to play only the lead roles and she says, “I don’t want to focus on lead roles alone, but I will take baby steps and do good films. Lead roles will come gradually.”
Apart from acting, the actress has a fetish for learning new languages. “I like learning new languages and I am very keen to learn Spanish,” says she. Deepal also loves playing hockey to unwind and admits that she is a sporty girl. “I am very fond of watching cricket, but my hectic schedule doesn’t allow me to watch many matches, though my dad keeps updating me,” she says.
THE TIMES OF INDIA (June 6, 2010)
Forty-eight hours ago, “Raajneeti”, the film, opened to good reviews, fuelling talk that Katrina Kaif was here to stay as Bollywood’s reigning diva. Not so, says the actress, the real star is the movie, not the actor. She talks marriage, Salman Khan and her “foreign” accent with Bharati Dubey. Excerpts:
“Raajneeti” has given ballast to your status as Bollywood’s Queen Bee, hasn’t it?
• It is a very kind sentiment. But a lot of work has gone into the making of “Raajneeti”. I worked on getting the accent right for 25 days during the dubbing of the film. A lot of tears, heated discussions went into it till we finally got it right. It is too early to say if the film is a success but there are positive reactions. Besides, I also feel the trend is changing. Today it is the film which is the star.
Many doubts were expressed when you accepted the role.
• That’s one-hundred per cent true! My accent was perennially discussed. But there was one good outcome — everybody agreed that my accent blended well in the movie. My victory was about overcoming the language hurdle.
“Raajneeti” is said to be inspired by the Mahabharata. Were you aware that another film, “Kalyug”, was on the same lines, with Rekha playing Draupadi’s role?
• Yes, just a week before the release of “Raajneeti”, a friend told me that the film reminded her of “Kalyug”. It is a good thing that I didn’t see the film, otherwise I would’ve got influenced by it. But now I will definitely watch it.
With “Raajneeti” you seem to have shed the “NRI girl” tag. What roles do you intend to take up now?
• I have been getting wonderful offers in the last two years. I’ve liked some roles, but was not confident if they would work at the box office. Yes, I do take into consideration the commercial viability of a film; that’s important for me. After “Raajneeti”, I don’t plan to do something radically different. I will take up roles that I feel passionate about, but will also do some fun films like “Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani”. I am still young and would like to do films that suit my age as well.
How do you react when people say that you are a foreigner?
• I take offence! Just because I have an accent does not mean that. Lakshmi Mittal resides in London and has an accent; that doesn’t mean that you will take his citizenship away from him. I am not an alien. I don’t mind being called an angel as there’s no parentage involved, but certainly not a foreigner or an outsider.
Do you recall the resistance you faced when you entered the industry?
• Yes, there was resistance, and rightly so as it helped me learn to perform in front of the camera, work with my language handicap, etc. But a lot of people also had faith in me and gave me a chance. But my career is not entirely made of chance. I was very attentive on the sets and learnt a lot. If people give you an opportunity, you have to deliver too. I used to dissect my work in every film and improve upon it in the next.
What was Salman Khan’s contribution to your career?
• Undoubtedly, it’s been immense. There is no shame or secret about it. It is in Salman’s nature to help people he believes in. He had confidence and belief in me, but he always stressed hard work and dedication. His advice and guidance have been invaluable as at that time I had no films.
You are constantly compared to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Kareena Kapoor, especially when you replace them in films or ads.
• Ash is an icon and has achieved huge success. The point I am trying to make is that one has to keep moving on in life. For instance, I don’t intend to get stuck in the “Ajab” kind of role, wearing hair bands forever. Ash too has always moved ahead and is now taking a different journey. I really don’t like the word replacement. Even I have parted ways from some brands — may be they are looking for something different; may be I want to do something different. As for Kareena, she has been in the industry longer than me and has done more films. We share the same manager, and she has been very supportive. It’s very kind of her.
You represent the Barbie doll brand in India. What do you think of a brand creating false notions of beauty?
• I understand people’s concerns, but Barbie is an iconic brand. Four out of five kids in India, who come to me for autographs, wear a Barbie T-shirt or shoes. They are part of my audience, and I don’t see anything wrong in cementing that association further through Barbie.
You choose to avoid discussing your relationships.
• Life is transient. The happiness and contentment I get by doing what is right for me outweighs the stuff that appears in the newspapers about me. It does not sit well with me to discuss my personal life — if and when the time comes, I will speak, and that time is not now. I have a strong sense of responsibility when it comes to my public image, but I will not discuss or explain things to people at the cost of my personal life.
There was some talk about your sister joining films and your mother coming to stay with you in Mumbai?
• My mom lives in Chennai as she runs an orphanage there, but I meet her often. My sister is completing her studies. It’s for her to decide what she wants to do in life.
Do you plan to get married by 2012?
• I did say that I will get married in 2012 and it was not for effect, but now I don’t know…
Will you be able to give up cinema for marriage?
• Cinema, for me, is a passion, not an addiction. But I am sure that when I hit the right note with the person I love, I will make the transition without any hitch.