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Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore is known to be picky with signing films but a lesser-known fact is that she makes exceptions for people she is fond of. And it turns out, Deepika Padukone is one of them.
Sharmila will be seen in the Imran Khan-Deepika Padukone starrer, Break Ke Baad, in which she plays a single mother to Deepika. Deepika and Sharmila share a very special mother-daughter relationship in the film.
And acting must come naturally to both since both Deepika and Sharmila are very fond of each other. The two first met on the sets of Love Aaj Kal, which Saif Ali Khan produced.
Deepika bonded with Sharmila and apparently when the mother’s role was being finalised for Break Ke Baad, Deepika suggested Sharmila’s name.
When contacted, Deepika said, “I was very excited to know that Sharmilaji will be playing my mother in the film. I respect her immensely, and feel she is one of the finest actors of India.
I am humbled that I got a chance to share screen space with such a great actor.”
The couple has been signed for Homi Adjania’s next
Saif Ali Khan’s partner Dinesh Vijan has ventured out and is all set to make his first film which will be directed by Homi Adjania.
Incidentally they have signed Imran and Deepika for the film. This will be Homi’s second film after he made Being Cyrus; this will be Imran-Deepika’s second film as a couple after Break Ke Baad.
Our source said, “Both Homi and Dinesh Vijan were keen to cast the pair in their film.
Deepika had already worked with Dinesh in Love Aaj Kal and once the promos of Break Ke Baad came on air, they locked the pair as they were convinced that the chemistry the couple shares works perfectly for their script which is a love story.
Deepika signed the film on Tuesday evening.
|A still from Break Ke Baad|
Although Imran has worked with both Sonam and Genelia in his past films, this is the first time that filmmakers are talking about him having ‘chemistry’ with an actress.”
When contacted, Imran Khan confirmed the news and said, “Yes, it is true. We both had a lovely time doing Break Ke Baad and I am very happy that we are doing Homi’s next.” So is Deepika, we’re sure.
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 19, 2010)
Siddharth Anand’s Two States based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel has just been announced. And the grapevine says there is already a fall out. It is reported that the film that was announced with Saif Ali Khan (playing a Punjabi) and Priyanka Chopra (playing a South Indian). Now an insider says, “Even before the movie goes on set, there is news that producer Sajid Nadiadwala and director Siddharth feel that Deepika Padukone is a better choice for the role of a South Indian than Priyanka is.” Since everything is very tentative right now, none of the principal star cast nor the the makers wish to go on record. But it may well happen that the Love Aaj Kal pair of Saif and Deepika may return in this contemporary take of Ek Dujje Ke Liye.
By Joginder Tuteja, October 7, 2010 – 11:01 IST
There are good expectations from the music of Action Replayy. After all more often than not, music of Vipul Shah has been popular with the masses. Though London Dreams couldn’t find a wider audience, music of Namastey London, Waqt as well as Aankhen had worked with the audience. Even otherwise, his production Singh Is Kinng boasted of chartbuster music. With Pritam at the helm of affairs who pairs up with his lyricist partner Irshad Kamil all over again, you do expect a good soundtrack. However, you are not quite sure about the genre it would belong to. Whether the music would turn out to be out and out romantic or would it have a strong element of fun to it? Let’s find that out.
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What catches your attention even before you play on the album is the sheer number of songs that have been included in Action Replayy. Really, after the likes of Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani or a Love Aaj Kal [incidentally both of them have Pritam as a composer], Action Replayy has to be the heaviest album around. There are as many as nine distinct songs with remixes of four of them. For an Akshay Kumar starrer, this has to be the biggest musical album ever since one can remember.
First to arrive is ‘Zor Ka Jhatka‘ and call it incidental but the song indeed leaves a ‘zor ka jhatka’ from the very first note. This one is a thumping hit for sure, as evidenced in the manner it keeps a relentless pace right through its four minute duration. Indian in appeal and carrying a theme (evils of marriage) which is not hard to relate, ‘Zor Ka Jhatka‘ is a fun track that has Daler Mehndi pairing up with Richa Sharma. Both the singers thoroughly enjoy their stint behind the mike and this is visible in the energy that comes along. A sure shot chartbuster which has Master Salim singing for the ‘remix version’. However, it is the Daler Mehendi version you want to go back to.
A complete mood shift is enabled with ‘O Bekhabar‘ which has a distinct Yash Chopra feel to it. Swiss Alps and chiffon sareers aren’t difficult to be visualised in this romantic track where Shreya Ghoshal gives yet another good account of herself. This one belongs to the kind of Bollywood tracks that have never failed for decades. Pritam along with Irshad Kamil grasp the ‘pyaar mohabbat’ theme well and present a melodious song to the audience that they won’t mind listening on a repeat mode.
If you have seen the promos of Action Replayy, you wouldn’t have missed listening to the sound of ‘Nakhre‘. A fun celebration track that brings on a carnival affect, ‘Nakhre‘ is a true blue retro track that has singer Francois Castellino getting the Elivs Presley mood recreated. While the intentions are noble here and the core tune right as well, it is the singing that makes one a tad dissatisfied. In an attempt to recreate the Elvis magic, the final result isn’t as desired that makes one feel that ‘Nakhre‘ (which also appears in a ‘remix version’) could have been far better.
However, the disappointment doesn’t stay on for long as Sunidhi Chauhan and Ritu Pathak come together for the ‘holi’ number ‘Chhan Ke Mohalla‘. Really, this one turns out to be as instantly catchy as ‘Zor Ka Jhatka‘ and turns out to be yet another chartbuster knocking on the doors. With a Laxmikant Pyaarelal flavour to it, ‘Chhan Ke Mohalla‘ reminds one of their 70s compositions and is instantly likeable. Also, there is an instant element of seduction to it, something which is expected from a ‘holi’ number, which further makes one listen to the ‘remix version’ with added anticipation.
What comes next though is a song straight out of Pritam territory with ‘Tera Mera Pyaar‘ turning out to be a song that would have been gladly picked up by Bhatts or Imtiaz Ali. A soothing love song with Karthik, Mahalakshmi and Antara Mitra doing quite well to get the lovey-dovey mood on, ‘Tera Mera Pyaar‘ (also arriving later in the ‘remix version’) continues to add on to the different moods of Action Replayy. By this time around, one is sure that the soundtrack is a mix of love songs as well as fun numbers which leads one to check out what next is in store.
This is the reason why one is not surprised when it is a fun dance number that comes in immediately. ‘Dhak Dhak Dhak‘ has Mika going ballistic and after hearing it a couple of times, you too join all the fun. With a core Indian feel to it, ‘Dhak Dhak Dhak‘ – a dance number – never really rests and maintains its tempo right from start till the end.
Next to arrive is ‘Luk Chup Jaana‘ which is yet another track that has the potential to make it into the charts. This one again requires just half a listening to realise that it has a Pritam stamp all over it. In fact one is surprised that this well orchestrated and arranged dance number sung by Tulsi Kumar and KK hadn’t arrived in the album a little earlier. It really deserved to and if promoted well, could be one of the highlight tracks in the film.
Even with so much to offer, the platter doesn’t get empty with Pritam churning out yet another number – this time a rock track – ‘I Am Dog Gone Crazy‘. Though the lyrics suggest an out and out whacky number, which is not really the case as singer Suraj Jagan keeps his vocals under control. Rather than turning out to be hardcore rock that leads to a restricted audience for itself, it stays within boundaries to auger well with the quintessential Bollywood followers as well.
Shreya Ghoshal, the only singer in the album to enjoy two solo tracks for herself, returns with ‘Baki Main Bhool Gayi‘. A love song that has a definite tempo to it and moves ahead with some racy beats, ‘Baki Main Bhool Gayi‘ may not be the chosen one from the crowd. Still, as a part of the package in Action Replayy where there is no full moment, this last song in the album as well manages to make its own contribution.
Action Replayy is a fun album and better than what had initially expected. In fact while it is ‘Zor Ka Jhatka‘ followed by ‘Nakhre‘ and ‘O Bekhabar‘ which are being currently promoted, there are quite a few other songs that deserve to find attention for themselves. With exactly a month to go for the release of the film, one would definitely want to see more of ‘Chhan Ke Mohalla’, ‘Luk Chup Jaana‘ and ‘Tera Mera Pyaar‘ at the least. An entertaining album that doesn’t have a single dull moment.
Zor Ka Jhatka, Chhan Ke Mohalla, O Bekhabar, Luk Chup Jaana, Tera Mera Pyaar
Neetu Singh talks about her comeback in the movies, getting slim to inspire her husband to follow suit, and how she’s still best friends with Zeenat, Shabana, Rekha and Hema
• You did a blink-n-miss appearance in Love Aaj Kal. What makes you come back with a full-fledged role in Do Doni Chaar after 30 years?
Kuch decide nahin kiya tha. In fact, I had decided I won’t do it. I have been refusing films for years. The entire credit goes to the director of Do Dooni Chaar, Habib. My husband (Rishi) was very keen that I should hear him out. Habib simply bowled me over with his narration.
• Were you nervous for the first shot?
I won’t lie. I was nervous on the first day. I even spoke to Ranbir about it. This role is so unlike my personality. I love dressing up and here I was playing a middle-class housewife. I was asked to cut my nails, put oil in my hair and have a choti.
Ranbir explained to me that I should go with the director’s conviction and I’ll be fine. All these years I have been telling Ranbir what to do, and here he was advising me. It was such an experience. When Ranbir finally saw the film, he sent me a text message saying that ‘Mom, you are so cute in the film’. But you know what (pauses)
Do Dooni Chaar is not a comeback per se for me. I am not going to start signing up movies left, right and centre. I didn’t decide to take a break. I was working from the age of five till I was 21 years old. I don’t like a very hectic lifestyle. I am a very laidback person.
If in the future there is a film, then it mostly has to be with my family only. I must relate to it. Like I did in Do Dooni Chaar, where I play a middle-class housewife who runs her house within a certain budget.
• How can you relate to that? You married into a very rich khaandan, and had everything at your beck and call.
Yeah. But deep down, I am still a very middle-class housewife. Thanks to my roots. I think twice before I buy something. I bargain. I don’t indulge in wastage, maybe hence I am often fighting with my servants. Riddhima is just like me. She is not a spendthrift. Those values have gone into her and I am very proud of that.
• How have you maintained yourself so well?
I wanted my husband to lose weight. And I started reading and telling him what to eat and what not to eat. But he is so bindaas and happy-go-lucky. I imbibed so much from those readings that I started adopting all the measures. I think I can write a book on ‘How to get slim’. Today, I go to the gym everyday and even do kickboxing. I feel so fit, and that’s so important.
• How much has shooting for a film changed from your times?
Lots. You have vanity vans. I come from the times when we did our own make-up on the roads and changed clothes in somebody’s house. Of course, after requesting the house owner! And then most of the time, there was no dubbing or sync sound. And today, there is so much of preparatory work going on.You have bound scripts, hamare time pe lines were written on tables kept on streets.
• Are you in touch with your contemporaries?
Very much. All the time. I meet with Zeenat, Shabana, Rekha and Hema, we talk for hours. There were no bad vibes in those days. Rekha used to help me do my make-up.
• And today’s heroines can’t stand each other…
I don’t know what’s wrong. It’s pretty strange. I think it’s become too competitive.
• Competition existed even then. Tell us, how did you hold your nerve amidst top stars like Hema, Rekha, Rakhee, Zeenat, Parveen. What was going in your favour?
My age. I was the youngest in that lot. The male actors opposite me were 12-15 years older than me. They all used to mother me. Rishi Kapoor was the only one around who was my age. Dimple was a big star after Bobby, but she got married. And I was the only girl who suited him. There was no choice. I was the only girl who was known, else Rishi would have had only newcomers to work opposite him. Think of it, I think at least 20 girls debuted opposite him in his entire career.
• The average career-span of an actress has reduced from your time. Do current actresses have it in them to sustain longish runs like Hema, Rakhee, Rekha and Zeenat?
Well, Rani has been around for long. Ditto for Kajol. So, I don’t think that’s a problem. Among the newer lot, I think Priyanka Chopra is doing very well for herself and she is going to be around for a very long time.
• You have had your share of ups and downs. In hindsight, how would you rate your 30 years as a housewife?
I see these years as very fulfilling. I have two beautiful kids. I have a very good husband and lovely in-laws.
• No rules laid down by the Kapoors?
People think like that, but that’s not the case. The Kapoor khaandan is very humorous and carefree. It is also wrong to believe that they don’t let their girls work. Like Riddhima herself never wanted to get into movies. On the other hand, Ranbir wanted to be in films ever since he was five.
• Do you get ruffled when so much is written about Ranbir’s work and personal life?
Not really. The media has become very strong. But he is handling everything very well. He is quite intelligent.
• Speaking of media, a story recently reported that your neighbours are unhappy about the renovation of your house. You were making a preview theatre or a studio here.
We are not making a studio or a preview theatre. I am not going to let outsiders into my house. I am not building a theatre per se, which would hold premieres. I see no reason why anybody should object. I am not breaking any BMC rule. It’s just a home theatre we plan to have. And you see, my house has become old, wiring etc has gone awry. Have I no rights to live well?
Rishi Kapoor talks about a film with wife and son and the lies he would disclose in his autobiography
Apparently, Ranbir will direct the film that will star his father, mother and him. Though it may seem like Ranbir is biting more than he can chew, daddy Kapoor is more than convinced about the film.
On September 4, Rishi celebrated his birthday and said, “Why me and Ranbir together? It has to be Neetu as well.”
Aw! While this film is still on the cards, Rishi will be seen with Neetu in debutant director Habib Faizal’s Do Dooni Chal. “When I suggested to Habib that he take Ranbir as the hero in his film, he said, ‘My protagonist is 54. Does Ranbir look that old to you?’ On second thought, I agreed to play the role.”
Convincing wife Neetu Singh to star with him was a tough task. Rishi says, “My old colleague Juhi Chawla turned down the role because she didn’t want to play mother to a 15-year old boy. So, I told Neetu about the film.
She said, ‘Are you mad? I haven’t acted for thirty years. Just because I agreed to do one shot in Love Aaj Kal, tum peeche pad gaye.’ I reasoned with her and convinced her finally.”
As for the family film, Ranbir has made it very clear that he will act with his father only if mom Neetu Singh is also in the film. But directing the veteran actors might be an uphill climb, Ranbir!
Reasons Rishi, “I am not doing any father-son film with Ranbir. They’ve been done to death. We’ve both been approached to work together. But either he rejects the script or I do.”
This time, Ranbir wants to produce and direct this film. Says Rishi, “Since my father Raj Kapoor directed his father Prithviraj Kapoor and himself, Ranbir too wants to do the same.”
If that wasn’t enough to continue the family legacy, Rishi is also planning to write an autobiography. He says, “The only problem is, I’ll have to lie a lot in it. I don’t have to cover for any relationships because I’ve never had any (besides Neetu). Still, there are people who might get hurt by what I write; I can’t do what Vyjanthimala did in her autobiography.
She lied in it about her relationship with my father. My brother Randhir and I had borne the brunt of that relationship. How could she lie to the world?”
Well, Mr Kapoor, deceit unfortunately does form a crucial part of Bollywood. But we certainly look forward to your version of the story.
Deepika Padukone, and not Priyanka Chopra, will be acting in director’s next
Contrary to reports that say Piggy Chops is Vishal Bharadwaj’s latest muse, the filmmaker has found a new one. Vishal has recently signed Deepika Padukone for his next film opposite Saif Ali Khan. The film will be produced by Ekta Kapoor (guess that’s a given after we reported about their newfound friendship) and is scheduled to go on floors early next year.
The buzz in the industry was different earlier; Priyanka used to come up in many of Vishal’s conversations and people just assumed that he would cast her in his next film. But Vishal has taken everyone by surprise.
Our source said, “There were reports that said Vishal had already signed Priyanka after he was impressed with her work in Kaminey and Saat Khoon Maaf. But Vishal has secretly been meeting Deepika in the meantime and has finally signed her for his next film, which will have Saif Ali Khan play the lead role opposite her.”
|Vishal Bharadwaj and Deepika Padukone|
Given their chemistry in Love Aaj Kal, one could expect the screen to sizzle in Vishal’s next. When contacted, Deepika said, “All I can say is that I am working with Vishal. I have already met him a couple of times and he loved my work in Love Aaj Kal (well, there you go!) and Karthik Calling Karthik.
He told me that ever since he watched these films, he has been writing this script keeping me in mind. It’s a dream come true for me and I always wanted to work with him, especially because he is considered one of the best directors in the country today. We all know he is extremely talented and I am looking forward to working with him.”
And how does she feel about romancing Saif yet again on screen after Love Aaj Kal? Deepika denied this and said, “I never asked Vishal who the actor in the film would be. I am too excited to just work with him. We start the film early next year.”
While the able student spoke her mind, her reclusive mentor Vishal remained unavailable for comments.
Aamir Khan in embarrassing mix-up featuring two Bollywood beauties
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; August 4, 2010)
Aamir Khan is never going to be able to live this one down. His office apparently sent out feelers to Katrina Kaif, who is in Spain, telling her that when she returns to Mumbai, he would like an audience with her. The request was put forward by Aamir on behalf of Omkar Das Manikpuri, who acts in Peepli Live. The story goes that Natha, a folk theatre actor from Chattisgarh, has had stars in his eyes ever since he came to Mumbai. At the film’s music launch, he gaped open-mouthed at Rani Mukerji, Karan Johar and others. And he’s been constantly telling Aamir how the glamour and glitz of Bollywood fascinates him. But Natha got a few facts mixed up.
A unit hand says, “He told Aamir he wanted to meet Katrina. Just when Aamir was getting ready to introduce Natha to Kat, the rustic actor confused Bollywood’s most powerful man by saying, ‘I saw Love Aaj Kal and I want to meet that heroine’.”
A stunned and hesitant Aamir then called Deepika. The actress, who is in Delhi, was more than accommodating and agreed to meet Natha the moment she lands in Mumbai. Aamir has to figure out how to get out of meeting Kat, now. While wondering who from among Bollywood’s heroines not yet in his phone book Natha will want to meet next.
…And no, we aren’t talking about Kareena. The star and producer Dinesh Vijan who started Illuminati films are set to go separate ways as Vijan begins a new film with Homi Adjania
|Dinesh Vijan with Saif Ali Khan|
All is not well between Saif Ali Khan and Dinesh Vijan, his partner in the production house Illuminati Films. The two have decided to part ways but only after completing Agent Vinod, which in all probability will be their last film together.
Dinesh has decided to independently produce a romantic comedy with a love triangle after parting ways with Saif. This film will be directed by Homi Adajania (Being Cyrus) and will most probably star Imran Khan in the lead role. A source said, “Imran has loved the script and is just waiting for a bound script. If Imran agrees, he will be paired with Deepika Padukone, who has already signed the film.”
Apparently, Imtiaz Ali, who Dinesh had worked with for Love Aaj Kal, has written the film. Though Imtiaz wanted to direct this film, he got busy with Rockstar.
But he will be credited as the writer of this film and will also be creatively involved in its making. Imtiaz incidentally has already played his part by convincing Imran Khan to come on board.
The source added, “Dinesh had worked with Homi in Being Cyrus and the two were always keen on doing another film together. But Dinesh got busy with Love Aaj Kal and later Agent Vinod.” Clearly, parting ways with Saif has helped Dinesh set his priorities now. We called Dinesh Vijan; though he promised to get back to us, he did not. Homi Adajania and Imtiaz Ali too remained unavailable for comment.
Saif Ali Khan and Dinesh Vijan met when Saif acted in Being Cyrus, directed by Homi Adajania. Both of them got along well and formed a company named Illuminati Films in 2007. The name was inspired by a secret society founded in medieval times.
During the making of Being Cyrus they realised that they are like-minded people and have similar goals as far as filmmaking is concerned.
After the release of Being Cyrus, they kept in touch and finally set up the production house in 2007. The two made Love Aaj Kal first and are now making Agent Vinod.
Subhash K Jha | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; July 25, 2010)
This is funny. Neil Nitin Mukesh had to kiss Deepika Padukone on screen for their forthcoming film Lafangey Parindey and the actor reportedly got cold feet. Not because he’s a virgin screenkisser and, well, Deepika has the experience of kissing Saif Ali Khan before camera for Love Aaj Kal… but, apparently, because Neil’s had a no-kiss policy in all his films so far. His first director Sriram Raghavan had thrown a fit when Neil refused to kiss Rimi Sen. In his second film, Tera Kya Hoga Johnny, director Sudhir Mishra insisted Neil kiss Shahana Goswami. But the actor refused. Even in Jail where there was a love-making scene with Mughda Godse, Neil refused to kiss the sultry actress. But Lafange Parindey director Pradeep Sarkar pulled the plug on Neil’s chastity vow. A source from the set said it was a long, torrid smooch comparable in intensity and duration to the Aamir Khan-Karisma Kapoor kiss in Raja Hindustani. And Neil was nervous! To be kissing the lovely Deepika! Makes us wonder…