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The stylishly dishevelled actor would undergo a drastic, rather rustic makeover for his next, Milan Talkies
Forget Pratik’s shaggy metro sexual Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na image; he’s up for a complete makeover. For Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Milan Talkies, which starts shooting in October, Pratik will have to undo his urban look and get into a brand new rustic avatar. Pratik has been asked to study the local dialects of Uttar Pradesh very carefully. He also has to watch Amitabh Bachchan’s body language in Namak Halaal, a film that incidentally starred Pratik’s mother Smita Patil.
In Milan Talkies Pratik plays a small-town boy from UP who makes duplicate video films of famous blockbusters. This character was earlier to be played by Irrfan Khan who had even begun researching on the basics of such a character and his mannerisms.
But at that time Irrfan’s other film Paan Singh Tomar with Dhulia was in progress and while playing the character of the real-life athlete, Irrfan broke his ankle, which in turn caused a delay. Hence, there was no way Irrfan could accommodate another Dhulia project into his schedule. That’s when Pratik was brought into the picture.
Says Dhulia, “Pratik came to my mind immediately because he’s dark and very intense, much like his mother (the late Smita Patil). I had seen and liked him immensely in Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na. One hurdle was that he had so far only been seen as an urban personality. But Pratik has also done Kiran Rao’s Dhobi Ghat, where he plays a small-town character. I haven’t seen a frame of Dhobi Ghat but if Aamir Khan had faith in Pratik to play a non-urban role, I was sure he could.”
Pratik was asked by the director to shed all his sophistication for his playing this role. The young actor will now have to change his look, body language and speech to play the character. And one of the most important additions would have to be acquiring a North Indian accent. But that might take a while since the actor has barely managed to get a hang of normal Hindi.
So, Dhulia has found a unique way of getting Pratik to speak like a street-smart small-towner from UP. “I’ve asked him to read a Hindi newspaper every morning and to watch Hindi plays and films with UP-Haryanvi heroes like Bachchan saab in Namak Halaal. As for his clothes he doesn’t have to dress up too flamboyantly. No small-town guy dresses up in red shirts and yellow trousers any more.”
Traditionally, actresses have contributed to the oomph factor over the decades, while the men have relied on their personality to see them through.
Arjun Rampal is one of the few men who brought in much visual relief for the women. With his chiselled good looks and lean, toned frame, he was a sight for sore eyes.
|Arjun, three months ago|
Yet, at Wednesday’s party to celebrate the success of Raajneeti, there were signs of wear and tear. The usually dapper actor looked remarkably gaunt and haggard.
The prominent dark circles are a dead giveaway that the actor hasn’t been getting enough sleep. A case of all work and no play, Arjun?
|Arjun Rampal at the Raajneeti party
Gone is the appealing clean-shaven look and the natty dressing, replaced by a size-zero, anorexic avatar.
There is talk that Arjun’s character in Ra.One is required to be a lean, mean machine.
So maybe he is merely being professional. But sadly, in a more casual set-up, like at this party, one can’t help but notice that the emaciated frame is lending a burnt-out aura to the usually chipper dude.
Sonam Kapoor is looking her chicest in Aisha. We deconstruct her look in the forthcoming film
MUMBAI MIRROR; June 19, 2010
The film: Aisha. The look: “Young, stylish upper class Delhi girl who is not a fashion victim,” says Pernia Qureshi, the stylist. “Someone who just wakes up beautiful,” she says. And that someone is Sonam Kapoor who gets our vote as the most stylish girl in the business of acting.
Whether on screen or on the red carpet, Sonam always manages to make heads turn with her delicious mix of classic and young, hip and haute. “I know my body. I know what my problem areas are, I know what to hide, what to reveal,” says Sonam.
As a girl who takes her fashion seriously, Sonam likes to believe she has pretty defined personal style. “I like all things classic and chic, especially off screen where I like a dash of fun, a twist to anything I am wearing,” she says. “I love old clothes, which I can mix with high street or dress up something muted with interesting accessories.” And while she thinks “no one understands Indian women better than Manish Malhotra”, she also swears by her Chanels, and her Alexander Wangs.
“It is not just about wearing brands, it is about how you put the look together,” says Sonam.
With a little help of our style icon of the season, we deconstruct Sonam’s look in the film.
Decoding the look
Pastels, lilacs, creams and off-whites. As the movie progresses and the character matures, the palette turns warmer. Threads
Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix, vintage Chanel, Ayesha Depala, Manish Arora, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Rohit and Rahul, a mix of New York small stores with luxe brands.
Pearls, headbands, hair accessories, statement rings, Dior watches, Ferragamo, oversized Chanel bags, Lady Dior.
The colour theme for the wedding was lilac. “Anamika Khanna had this stunning white and lilac lehenga which was muted yet elegant.
Playing the role of a wedding planner, I could not outshine the bride but had to look good as well,” says Sonam.
With the white, silver and the lilac shades and an eyeshadow to compliment the three, Sonam does look like a vision.
Vintage Lacroix outfit
Sonam’s favourite look in the film has been teamed with her personal Jimmy Choo heels and a classic clutch. “I love the dress as it is very flattering to my body. I had to look hot and sexy and Pernia, my stylist, got it right.
The tight ponytail was my idea and I sport this look for quite a bit in the film.”
The makeup here is minimal, adds Sonam, “Young girls don’t need so much makeup in any case.” Says Pernia, “Very girly, very trendy and very sexy.”
White dress at polo match
Not happy with what she was supposed to wear for this particular sequence, Sonam, who is darn serious about how she is styles herself in every frame, went for a white outfit from her own collection.
“It is an old dress,” she says, “Something I have worn a lot and know exactly how it looks on me.” The hat is Pernia’s touch and the bag is a classic Lady Dior.
“Every girl has a go-to bag, and this is Aisha’s,” says Pernia. “I think it has worked beautifully,” says Sonam.
Young guns Rhea Kapoor and Sanjeev K Bijli’s latest Sonam-Abhay starrer has everything it takes to appeal to the new age audience
DEEPALI DHINGRA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; June 16, 2010)
Rhea Kapoor and Sanjeev K Bijli might not have set out to present a film to the audience that spells ‘Young’ with a capital Y, but that definitely seems to have happened! Rhea, the producer and Sanjeev, Joint Managing Director, PVR Limited, are super thrilled that they have a product in hand — Aisha — that’s so fresh. With a casting that includes Sonam Kapoor, Abhay Deol, Ira Dubey and Cyrus Sahukar, PVR Pictures and Anil Kapoor Film Company’s Aisha is a contemporary take on relationships.
Rhea, who herself is a young producer, admits that it was a coincidence that the average age of the cast as well as the crew of the film was mostly between 23 and 25. “So it’s quite natural that the footprints of our generation will be in the film,” she says with a smile. The first time producer says she is proud of the tone of the film as it’s very real. “Right from the dialogues to the look of the film to the music, it’s all about right now,” she says. Agrees Sanjeev, “We have to keep in mind that the young population comprises a large segment of our audience. We have to make something that looks like them, where people speak like them.”
Given that Sonam and Abhay are such classy dressers, a lot of thought and effort has gone into their styling. “We tend to dress up our heroes and heroines in hot, sexy clothes but I can’t see myself wearing mesh bras and cut off shorts!” laughs Rhea, “I want my actors to wear what I can see myself wearing. The outfits in Aisha are beautiful and relatable.”
The romantic comedy that revolves around Sonam, Abhay and their friends has a youthful storyline that the new-age audience will identify with. Says Rhea, “We tend to have friend circles where we hang out mostly with the same people. There are attractions and the possibility of people finding their romantic partners within the group. The friendships are real and so are the relationships.”
Just like SRK, Arjun Rampal is trying every trick in the book to hide his Ra.One look
Arjun Rampal has been desperately using caps and bandanas to hide his new look for Ra.One. He’s now taking off for a vacation that will keep him away from prying eyes for a month.
Groans Arjun, “It isn’t easy wearing a cap in this heat. But while promoting Raajneeti, I had to make sure my Ra.One look doesn’t get revealed. Both Shah Rukh and I have a particular look in the film and we both need to keep it hidden for the time being.”
While he’s received very positive feedback for his role in Raajneeti, it didn’t quite bowl over his daughters.
Chuckles Arjun, “My daughters found Raajneeti a little too intense for their liking. When they’re a little older I hope to sit and watch it with them. In fact my whole endeavour is to create a body of work that my wife and kids can be proud of.”
The actor is looking forward to spending time with his wife and daughters. “We’re leaving for London on June 20. From there we’re heading for Greece. Just the four of us.”
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; March 15, 2010)
Thirty-seven years after Amitabh Bachchan burst on the screen as the angry young man in Zanjeer, his son Abhishek is to play a similar ‘Inspector Vijay’ kind of role in Rohan Sippy’s Dum Maro Dum. His Zanjeer role made Big B the legend he is. Salim Javed had poured their best emotions into making Inspector Vijay one of the most memorable screen characters that Bachchan inhabited. An international media channel survey even declared his character in Zanjeer as Bachchan’s greatest role ever. Now Abhishek has stepped into those shoes in an action thriller that deals with the drug mafia of Goa.
Bachchan Jr plays a brooding cop on a mission. Very much like Inspector Vijay in Zanjeer, the character is a no nonsense cop with a history. Says Rohan, “Dum Maro Dum is set in contemporary Goa and Abhishek is playing a special cop. In our references, the character of Mr Bachchan in Zanjeer has featured largely. It has similar shades. Inspector Vijay is one of the iconic characters played by Mr Bachchan and it would be exciting to see how Abhishek plays a role similar to it.”
Abhishek has been preparing for the role extensively, physically and emotionally. A special team is working on his look and styling. He is spending a lot of time with Rohan discussing the nuances of the character as the co-producers of the film, a foreign studio, are hoping to internationalise the film in terms of its appeal as a hip thriller.
Soha Ali Khan texted her ex, Siddharth, to praise his look in Striker
Soha Ali Khan and Siddharth may have parted ways, but they still remain good friends. The actress, who is currently dating Kunal Khemu, sent an SMS to her ex-beau Siddharth about how she likes his look in his latest film Striker.
A source reveals, “Soha is in touch with her ex-boyfriend Siddharth. Although they don’t talk to each other on a regular basis, they do greet each other occasionally. Recently, the actress sent him an SMS for his film Striker. She really likes his look in the film and complimented him for the same.”
|Soha Ali Khan|
Not many relationships end on such an amicable note. The source continues, “She sent a message to Siddharth gushing how much she likes him in Striker immediately as she simply could not resist. Soha is a mature adult and has no ego issues when it comes to appreciating anyone’s work, even if it is her ex.”
When contacted, Siddharth did not deny the story. He simply said, “I don’t like revealing the contents of my personal phone to the public.”
Soha Ali Khan remained unavailable for the comment.
Whether or not Salman Khan’s favourite subject in school was history, he sure seems to have developed an affinity for historical figures. After playing a warrior in the period film Veer, Salman has set his eyes on another one.
This time around, he wants to make a film on Mongol warrior Chengez Khan, who ruled a large swathe of Asia. Salman seems fascinated by his exploits and wants to bring it alive on the silver screen. The groundwork for the film has already begun.
“It was a casual conversation during his birthday party in Panvel that triggered the idea. People were complimenting Salman on his rugged warrior look in Veer and suggested he take up more period films. One thing led to another and suddenly someone mentioned Chengez Khan (the greatest ruler of men).
Right then Salman told his friends he would indeed like to make a film on the legendary invader. He has already begun researching the subject and will be writing the script after Veer releases. He’ll also be flying to the US to explore the possibility of tying up with an international producer,” reveals a source.
Kangna Ranaut stands alone among her contemporaries as the only girl who doesn’t need to drastically change her body type or make-up to look different. There is just something intrinsically in her features that changes all the time. According to her it is because all her features are small and no one part of her face dominates the others
Be that as it may in this still from No Problem she looks almost unrecognisable from the girl we are used to seeing. Tell her that and she replies that even her mother tells her that she is constantly changing. “This will continue to happen for the next few years,” she promises, “till my features finally settle down to what they will be for the rest of my life.” She recounts how, when attending red carpet functions, she often passes the bank of photographers who realise who she is only because of her publicist accompanying
HARSHADA REGE Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 3, 2009)
It’s time to tune into Himesh Reshammiya once again as the composer turned-singer turned-actor prepares to step on the silver screen for the third time with Radio today. Himesh, who has been there and done it all, says he feels like this is debut. “Everything about the film is new. Be it my look, music, subject or the sensibilities. It’s something that people will relate to. It’s something that I would watch myself,” he says. The movie is about Vivan, a radio jockey, who gives people advice on their relationship troubles, but doesn’t know where his relationships are heading. The film apparently has already covered its cost through music sales, video and satellite rights. “Yes, the movie is a profitable venture even before its release, but I am looking forward to the audience’s reaction. I have worked a lot on this character and I crave for recognition as an actor,” admits Himesh. Of course, the composer, who has scored music for 100 films, 500 songs and has been part of many shows worldwide, is happy that the music has been appreciated so much and has been rocking the music charts. “Yes, the music is completely different. It’s a new sound, a new voice,” he says. Despite some people putting him down, Himesh has managed to brave the odds. And this time around he has gone for a makeover all over again. He will be seen sporting short hair and in a casual avatar. But this isn’t anything new for Himesh. “Be it my music or look, I have always believed in experimenting. People have appreciated my look in the promos too,” he says.