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He has been cast as the young protagonist in Deepa Mehta’s next, while Satya Bhabha will play the grown up Sinai
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 31, 2011)
The Taare Zameen Par scene stealer Darsheel Safary has bagged the role of Saleen Sinai in Deepa Mehta’s adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children. While American-Indian actor Satya Bhabha will be playing the older Saleem, Safary will be essaying the role of the same character but in a different time zone.
Confirming the news, a source said, “Darsheel’s role as the young Saleem Sinai stretches though a lengthy period adolescence in the narrative.
It’s quite a lot of footage. Deepa Mehta got Darsheel and Satya together for a session of familiarisation. They just hung around together. Satya got a hang of Darsheel’s personality.”
Apparently Darsheel turned out to be a far more natural actor than Satya. While Satya had to work on his character, Darsheel simply slipped into it.
“Darsheel proved a formidable co-star not for the younger cast but also for the heavyweights including Shabana Azmi and Seema Biswas.
The unit threw a grand 15th birthday party for him on March 9 in Colombo where Midnight’s Children was being shot,” revealed a source.
When contacted Darsheel’s father, Mitesh said, “We’re really not allowed to talk about it. But Darsheel has missed out a lot on his school because he was shooting out of the country. Now that he is back I’m being very strict with his studies.
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BOBMAY TIMES (March 9, 2011)
Vidya Balan is on the cover of a men’s magazine in a bikini? It HAD to be a morphed one. The actress known for her serious roles wasn’t going to join the ranks of the Bikini Babes. A source close to the actress reveals that she is distressed that the morphed bikini picture has been doing the rounds on the internet. Hey Vidya, look at the bright side — the body they’ve given you is a perfect 10. Earlier, photograph of Sonakshi Sinha in a bikini was morphed too. That too was complimentary, we would say.
Seems it is time for our real estate controversies to be turned into reel stories.
The famous scams under the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) scheme will now be turned into a film.
Rashid S Khan will direct the film and S Ramachandran will produce it.
A satirical take on the scam, the film will star Omkardas Manikpuri aka Natha of Peepli(Live), Vijay Raaz, Hiten Tejwani, Rajesh Vivek, Razzak Khan.
Turns producer to launch sibling Isabel, will also share screen space with her to ensure eyeballs
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 09, 2011)
The industry, obsessed with star gharanas, has been waiting endlessly for the debut of Kat’s sister Isabel.
The older Kaif has now decided that celebrity begins at home. She will not only produce a movie to launch Isabel but also star alongside with her to guarantee her an audience.
Having learned the importance of family and family names in Bollywood, she seems geared to pull out all stops to make things easier for her siblingRaju Shinde Katrina with Isabel
Kat has anyway been planning to get into production for a while. A source close to her says, “She would have turned producer some time ago.
She has almost bought the rights of a French film for which she wants to play a female soldier along the lines of Goldie Hawn’s Private Benjamin.
But she decided to save the moment and use it for her sister’s benefit. Isabel has finished attending acting school in the US and Katrina will now take the plunge.”
Sources say Katrina was initially reluctant to feature in her sister’s debut film because she wanted to avoid comparisons. But she has since realised that this is one way to ensure eyeballs for Isabel.
Kat says the script is still a “work in progress”. But one thing is for certain. In the film, they won’t be playing sisters. Katrina told Mumbai Mirror, “I can’t deny the fact that my sister is making her More >
Sanjay Leela Bhansali, not one to attend parties, is throwing a huge bash. With good reason indeed.
The FIR filed against him by an antique furniture dealer, Farida Hoosenally, has been quashed. Six years ago in a fire on the sets of Black a lot of furniture from Hoosenally’s store was destroyed.
The Bombay High Court, on Tuesday, finally relieved Bhansali of those humiliating court sessions and the acerbic cross-questioning.
Now Bhansaliplans to celebrate and offer his gratitude to God, the court, his mother and the film industry for supporting him in his most difficult times.
Bhansali’s close friend reveals, “In his entire life Bhansali has never hosted a party, not even a birthday party as a child.
He finds it tough to attend one and so far he found it unthinkable to host one. After the court’s verdict, Sanjay feels the need to share his happiness with family friends and colleagues.”
Recalling his distress, Bhansali says, “It was like a huge dark cloud lifting from above my head. For six years I have gone through terrible agony, attending court, been subjected to terse cross-examinations.
It affected my creativity. I felt the lady’s allegations hounding me everywhere.”
With a huge sigh of relief Bhansali says, “It is one of the happiest moments of my life. I can say justice has prevailed.
I can’t begin to describe how humiliating it is for a law-abiding citizen to be cross-examined in a court of law for a crime he More >
Preeti Desai, Abhay Deol’s girlfriend, who is making her debut in Ekta Kapoor’s Shor In The City, has suddenly realized that her intimate love scene with Sendhil Ramamurthy might be too steamy.
With the release of the movie slated for next month, Desai has grown very apprehensive about the passionate scene she agreed to do. Our source tells us, “The festival cut of Shor In The City won numerous accolades at all the leading film festivals.Preeti Desai and Sendhil Ramamurthy in Shor In The City
The love making scene between Sendhil and Preeti has been talked about a lot. However, Preeti, who has moved base from London to Mumbai, wants the scene to be toned down.
The directors had initially shot a brief love making scene between the two but later realized that it needed re-shooting, as it lacked passion.
Preeti agreed to redo the scene, which has shaped up well and has been used for the final version of the film.
Preeti is worried now about the image she will have after the film releases and wants it to be toned down. The production house and the directors feel otherwise.”
When contacted Tanuj Garg, CEO of Balaji Motion Pictures, says, “There is a romantic scene between the two in the film, which is very aesthetic and integral to the narrative.”
However when we asked about Desai’s request to tone down the intimate scene, Garg simply tells us, “Preeti is a through professional.”
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MUMBAI MIRROR; March 09, 2011
We kick-off a series of photographs from Bollywood’s ever-colourful past with this rare and treasured photograph of the entire Dutt clan.
Photographer Jagdish Aurangabadkar recalls shooting this family picture at Chembur’s RK studios where they had gone to attend the reception of Rishi and Neetu Kapoor.
This was 1979 note the broad lapels of Sanjay Dutt’s natty jacket when men were still male and not metrosexuals.
It was at this occasion that Bollywood was also introduced to the magical voice of a young Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, his fame just beginning to cross Pakistan.
So there’s Nargis Dutt in her trademark colour–she was often referred to as as the Lady in White beaming despite the underlying poignancy of her presence at RK Studios, an unadorned but beautiful Namrata Dutt.
There’s the teenage Sanjay Dutt, still untouched by the spectre of drugs, tomboyish Priya Dutt who has since metamorphosed into a poised woman and Member of Parliament, then too her Daddy’s favourite.
But the focal point of this photograph is Sunil Dutt, his casual stance, as opposed to the slightly stiff pose of the rest of his family, speaking of his ease with his stardom, as also genuine happiness.
Just a year later, Nargis Dutt was detected with cancer, Sanjay was floundering in a drug-induced haze and Sunil Dutt had to put aside his career to take on the cares of his family.
Director Anees Bazmee leaves Bangkok shoot midway after a heated argument with Salman
Kunal M Shah and Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 09, 2011)
The Salman-Khan starrer Ready may have some trouble living up to its name. There’s a buzz that Sallu, too Dabangg to shy away from a confrontation, had a big fight with director Anees Bazmee on the sets in Bangkok.
It apparently got so ugly that Anees did what few directors have been known to do. He abandoned the shoot midway and is back in the city.
Choreographer Raju Khan is calling the shots on location, sources say.
Our source from the sets of Ready said, “There was a huge argument between Salman and Anees. Salman had issues with Anees’s close associate Rajat Rawail, who is the co-producer of Ready.
Anees tried to protect Rajat and this triggered an ugly fight, during which many of their other differences came up.” Bazmee, it seems, left while Rajat switched sides and made up with Salman.
After the melee, the buzz is that it will now be hard for producer Bhushan Kumar to get the director on board again. Sallu is not famous for forgiveness. The film, far from over, is now in jeopardy.
Bhushan confirmed the director was not returning to Bangkok. “Why should Bazmee go back? Ek gaana hi toh shoot karna hai. Raju Khan is calling the shots.
I am sure Anees will shoot the scenes that remain. We shall shoot those in Mumbai later, over a period of four days,” he said.
Bazmee, who is doing post-production for More >
Preity Zinta, 36, talks about her television debut and having survived a difficult personal phase
Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 09, 2011)
► What convinced you to accept the offer to host Guinness World Record Ab India Todega?
(laughs) It is a record breaking show. I have been getting TV offers for the past five-six years. I didn’t have time. Nothing grabbed my attention then.
Talk shows are too personal because so much about your own life emerges through them. I am an adventurous person and when I heard about this show, I had to give it a shot.
► All your friends from the industry (Shah Rukh, Salman, Abhishek, Amitabh) have hosted TV shows. Did you ask them for tips?
They told me to relax and be myself. Whoever met me said do what you want.
► When will you return to the big screen?
You will see me in movies this year.
► Why have you turned down scripts in the past few years?
I was busy over the past six months with the court cases and the fights with BCCI. Before the IPL, I can shoot for the show. IPL follows, and then I will take a month off before shooting for my film.
► You made a successful transition from acting to entrepreneurship.
Earlier, I never had the courage to try something completely different. Once I was at the top of my game and opportunity came, I said, ‘I want to try this.’ I could have done it a bit differently by doing one film a year at least. But I got so consumed by various things that I did not have time for anything More >
BOMBAY TIMES (March 9, 2011)
Shahana Goswami has a penchant for finding roles that stand out and she is hoping that her character in Game, Tisha Khanna, will wow all. “It is a very different character that I’m playing. It’s grey. I play a crime reporter, who has wasted a lot of time in her life because of the unsettling past. She drinks too. Suddenly, she gets a call to cover a big scoop and gets drawn into the plot of the film. And then someone gets killed. Because of my traits, people might think that I’m incapable of killing someone but are they right? Do they know me? That’s the kind of thriller the film is and I love the twists and turns and the screenplay. The story really drew me to the film and I immediately said yes to it,” the acclaimed actor says. Meanwhile, she also reveals that she is a sucker for thrillers. “I have always loved the genre. It just grips me and gets me going and I have read a lot of them too.”