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That’s what choreographer Farah Khan asked her husband Shirish Kunder after getting an offer to play the female lead in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Shirin Farhad to be directed by his sister Bela
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 07, 2011)
Ace choreographer -filmmaker Farah Khan is all set to make her Bollywood debut as a lead actor. The woman who created Munni and Sheila has been signed on as the leading lady in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Shirin Farhad to be directed by his sister Bela.
A visibly glowing Khan met us at her Seven Bungalows flat and kickstarted a rather interesting and revealing tete-a-tete, saying, “Shoot your questions. My triplets just went to sleep, they sleep in unison.”
How did it feel when you were asked to play the female lead in Bhansali’s Shirin Farhad?
Thinking he was pulling my leg, I said, ‘You’re mad’.
Understandable, since the two of you have often taken digs at each other…
(Laughs) Yeah, we have trashed each other in the past. We have actually shared a very off-on relationship. We started our careers around the same time (pauses and stares at the ceiling).
Go on…Yogen Shah
But we have been more than fine with each other for the past couple of years. We started bonding after my babies were born. He sent me a very sweet SMS and I sent biryani on his birthday. Since then we have been very cordial.
Did you say ‘yes’ to Bhansali instantly?
(Smiles) I asked Shirish if he would be embarrassed to see his 40-plus wife More >
If all goes well, he might be the first Khan we’ll get to watch in 3D in his next film Sher Khan
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 07, 2011)
Imagine Salman Khan’s too-hot-to-handle abs. And now imagine it in 3D. Beating the other Khans, Salman has now decided to go three dimensional in his next film Sher Khan.
“First of all I am not playing Tarzan in the film and it has got nothing to do with the character at all. It is an adventure film based in a jungle,” clarified Salman Khan about his next endeavour with his brother Sohail.
While he dismisses any link to the famous man of the jungle in Sher Khan, the brothers are reportedly toying with the idea of making the film in 3D.
Our source told us, “It is Sohail’s idea to make it in 3D. However, Salman bhai is still in two minds about this. Shooting in 3D is very difficult and going by the standards of special effects expected these days, the Khan brothers want everything to be sorted before they take the final call.
However, Sohail is quite confident given his technical finesse. He is known to be very hands-on, as far as his films are concerned. Plus the film is a jungle adventure and so it will be fun watching the film, if it is in 3D.”
When asked about his scepticism to make the film in 3D, Salman explained, “As far as 3D goes, I am not sure. We are definitely thinking about it. However, 3D films have not worked in India and I am not too sure about its market.”
When contacted, Sohail said, “I am More >
By Devansh Patel, May 6, 2011 – 14:42 IST
It’s 5.30 on a Tuesday evening. My mobile was beeping with back to back text messages of Osama Bin Laden and then suddenly one text pops up that read – Come to Balaji to meet Ekta Kapoor. Now I’d be a fool not to take this one seriously. Within an hour I was dressed to meet India’s most powerful woman who has built an eponymous media empire named ‘Balaji’. So what does one do with so many preconceived notions? “Ekta is very strict. Mind your move”, “Ekta isn’t easy to deal with”, “Ekta’s interview is not going to be easy”, and the many more one line suggestions started to pour on my mobile as I left for her Andheri office. I reach Balaji at 7pm. Ekta is nowhere to be seen as she was just driving back from one of the television shows where she was the guest of honour. Time is ticking and its 8pm and I’ve already gulped down a cup of green tea and black coffee. Then I was told to come on the 5th floor where she is busy changing to get ready for my interview. It’s 8.30pm and Ekta is talking with me in her fifth floor suite because both her life and her company are very much in transition. But before our talks, Ekta being Ekta introduces me to a few of her colleagues where she is surprised to know that I know a few of them already: courtesy Facebook. In her flawless Malini Ramani, she looked every bit an actress, and with her stretched smile, you definitely get drawn to her stunning symmetry of beauty and brains all More >
In an introspective chat with reader Ashish Srivastav, Anupam Kher reflects on the highs and lows of his career
MUMBAI MIRROR; May 01, 2011
There are actors who are good at playing only certain characters, and then there are kalakaars like Anupam Kher who can essay any role effortlessly. More than two decades ago, I was deeply moved by his performances in Saaransh and Daddy, and ever since I have been a huge fan.
I was over the moon when I met him recently, as I was obviously curious to learn about his journey as an actor.
Anupam said, “I was a beggar when I entered the industry. I was hungry for work. It wasn’t easy, but why should it have been easy? That apart, I always wanted to be the best. I guess it is my small town mentality.
I don’t consider myself a character actor. I feel all the characters I have portrayed so far have been the heroes of the films. This concept exists only in India.”
From his experience, he understood that there was a need for formal training in acting today. “Abroad, you cannot even do a two-minute role if you are not a trained actor. You have to learn your craft well, or else it’s like going to a quack for medicines.
What sets actors like Om Puri, Seema Biwas, Naseeruddin Shah apart is that they have been trained in their métier and it shows,” explained the National School of Drama graduate.
For the same reason, he enjoys working with new age directors such as Dibakar Banerjee, Neeraj Pandey and Ayan Mukherjee. More >
The curly haired temptress sent a script to Khan, in the hope that he’d work with her
Bina Trivedi (BOMBAY TIMES; May 3, 2011)
A new director who wants to make his Bollywood debut approached Kangna Ranaut for his film Chalo Driver (working title) Kangna met the director, loved the script and agreed to revert to him after reading it. However, she told the newbie director that she would prefer to work with Aamir Khan on this film.
When the director informed her that he had no access to Aamir, Kangna took the onus of “getting him Aamir.” Our source says, “Kangna apparently called Aamir, who informed her to leave the script with his office saying his script reading department would read it and then get back to her.” Everyone who knows Aamir well, is aware that right now the actor is committed to Reema Kagti’s suspense thriller; from January 2012 he has Aditya Chopra’s Dhoom-3. So obviously whoever else comes to him will have wait their turn.
Remember Aamir and Kangna were to team up in Ghajini earlier? Kangna was in Jiah Khan’s role. However, she was unceremoniously dropped because some news on the film was leaked to the media, and the finger of suspicion pointed to her. Will she get lucky the second time around?
BOMBAY TIMES (April 23, 2011)
Chirag Paswan, son of Rajya Sabha MP Ram Vilas Paswan is looking forward to his debut in the film One and Only; in which he teams up with three Bollywood beauties Kangna Ranaut, Sagarika Ghatge and Neeru Bajwa. The movie will release in August this year. The light-eyed actor says, “I’ve always wanted to be an actor. My cousins wanted to be doctors, engineers or serve in public professions. But I remember wanting to be in films right from the very start.” Luckily for Chirag, his family, who are prominent in the world of politics, were supportive. “I’ve always been independent and wanted to do things on my own. When I was a teenager, I started this restaurant with a friend. The outlet was so successful, we are now planning to expand it to a chain. I’ve always had an entrepreneur spirit and wanted to do things my way.”’ He dismisses rumours of his father Ram Vilas Paswan requesting Kangna to act in the film, “My father has not been involved in this at all. It was my decision to do this project, with my old friend Anuj Saxena. Dad did not intervene in anyway. Of course, my parents did come for my shoot and they really enjoyed watching me at work.” Speaking of his experience of working with a big star like Kangna, he says, “She’s a lovely co-star. She’s obviously more experienced in this field, and she was very supportive and fun.” Kangna agrees, “It’s a nice script and Chirag is a talented actor, and this More >
Shooting may begin in June; Mira Nair’s already shot for 18 days in 2009
Garima Sharma (BOMBAY TIMES; April 22, 2011)
Director Mira Nair has been ambiguous about her next, Shantaram, inspired by Gregory David Roberts’ book. It has been reported that the movie has been shelved due to various reasons but BT has learnt that the movie’s team is looking at resuming the shoot in June in Mumbai. Johnny Depp and Amitabh Bachchan had shot for 18 days in Mumbai in 2009. Says our source, “It’s because the team was not happy with how the movie was turning out. That’s when they stopped and decided to rework the script. It’s a relatively new script now.” But, the last time Johnny came, his visit was kept a secret and the shoot happened at Maharashtra’s ND Studios on the outskirts of Karjat. They might resume there. But, if the logistics don’t work out, says our source, the team has put a plan B in place, “They don’t want this project to get shelved so they have also thought of another option. If the shoot doesn’t materialise here, they’ll reconstruct Mumbai in the Warner Bros Studios in the US, especially the Colaba street.”
Raj and DK, the directors of the upcoming Shor In The City, are all set to make their next film with Saif Ali Khan, under his banner Illuminati Films. Reportedly, the film is an action comic thriller.
Our source tells us, “Raj and DK, who had earlier made 99 and are now making Shor In The City, are keen to have Saif in their next film.
They have already had meetings with him and everything is working out well. Saif likes the storyline.
However, everything will be finalised once Shor In The City is released. Saif will also be producing the film under his banner Illuminati Films. It’s an action-comedy, with a dose of thrill as well. The film will targets the youth demographic.”
When contacted Saif Ali Khan said, “Yes, we will sign Raj and DK to direct a film for us. The script is being finalised.”Raj and DK
Riteish Deshmukh to launch banner; promises his first will be a Marathi film
Prithwish Ganguly (BOMBAY TIMES; April 4, 2011)
Riteish Deshmukh is launching his own banner. The actor tells BT that his first production will be a Marathi film and that Maharashtrian artistes will be given preference in his movies.
Riteish, who hails from a family of politicians with dad, Vilasrao Deshmukh being the former chief minister of the state, had caused a shockwave with his decision to act a few years ago. Now that he is turning producer, Ritz (as he is called by friends) wants to give back to the industry and his motherland that helped him realise his dream. “It’s a tribute to my motherland, that I owe everything to. I feel Maharashtra has given me and my family everything. I made my name, my identity, which is separate from my family’s identity, here. So yes, I’m dedicating my first film to the state.”
The actor is on the verge of locking a script, “I have been reading something exciting and as soon as my shooting commitments are over, I will start the pre-production of the film. If all goes well, my first film will have its release next year. I’m really excited,” he adds.
Riteish is very clear about the kind of films he wants to produce. “I want to do films that the masses like. Films that entertain… that’s my logic. After this film, I will definitely look to make Hindi films, but making a Marathi film will not be a one off thing.”
He says More >
By Joginder Tuteja, April 2, 2011 – 10:26 IST
A hot-shot professional when it comes to the world of advertising, Abhinay Deo is not new to going behind the camera. Boasting of 14 years of experience when it comes to advertising, making a full length feature film was an obvious next step for Abhinay. His Game has just released and naturally, Abhinay is looking forward to reactions for his first ever big screen outing. In a conversation with Joginder Tuteja, Abhinay talks about what went in his mind when he started working on the film.
A slick action thriller with a suspense drama to match – Is it just the right kind of recipe you wanted to put together for Game? Yes, though I would prefer to get the ‘suspense’ part earlier in the statement (smiles). It is basically a suspense film with action, thrills and drama following a little behind. Basically I wanted the genre of whodunit to be back in Bollywood.
I am sure you would have been inspired by the 60s when such films were in vogue both in Bollywood as well as Hollywood. Exactly. Think whodunits and remember Teesri Manzil. Obviously I too was influenced as a child. In fact there have been so many incredible murder mysteries that have originated out of Bollywood. I wanted to bring it all back in a fresh new packaging. This is where styling and cutting edge treatment came into picture. As for action, Game doesn’t have it in abundance but wherever it does feature, it leaves a mark. There is a definite finesse More >