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More and more Bollywood actresses are flaunting their ‘desi’ side on the red carpet at Cannes
Sujata Chakrabarti (MD-DAY; May 17, 2013)
Last year when Anurag Kashyap and Co (read cast of Gangs of Wasseypur) draped gamchas around their necks to beam at the global media at Cannes, the world sat up and took notice. Unarguably, desi fashion was having its spot in the sun amidst the razzle-dazzle of designer couture draped on the Hollywood biggies at the French Riviera. And with Sonam Kapoor sporting a classic ornate nath (nose ring) with her lace saree on the red carpet the day before, the quintessential elements associated with the Indian woman are out there for everyone to see.
There is no denying the popular argument these days how Bollywood has mostly graced Cannes on the red carpet instead of at the marquee. But a girl’s got to do what a girl got to do, some would argue. So from parading with a head- to- toe desi touch, our Bollywood girls have definitely put India on the world fashion map.
Back in 2005, when actress- filmmaker Nandita Das walked the red carpet in the French Riviera in a plain red silk saree, gajra, chokernecklace, maang tika, et al, fashion critics almost jumped out of their chairs.
There was a lone woman among hundreds of Gucci or Dolce and Gabbana clad ladies who had dared to walk off the much trodden path of shimmering gowns and party frocks.
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He has even commissioned author Anuja Chauhan to write an original script
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; May 9, 2013)
We had earlier reported that Anil Kapoor had bought the rights of two books — Anuja Chauhan’s Battle For Bittora and Mainak Dhar’s Herogiri — to be made into films. His daughter Sonam is a fan of Anuja’s writing. Now, we hear that Anil has commissioned the author to write an original script for him. Guess Sonam’s reading habit has an influence on her father.
BOMBAY TIMES (May 7, 2013)
South superstar Dhanush plays a rough-around-the-edges hero in Aanand L Rai’s Raanjhanaa, his debut film in Bollywood. Talking about the decision to cast him, the director says, “After Tanu Weds Manu, I had the opportunity of signing some of the biggest names in Bollywood, but I knew right from the scripting stage that my hero had to be Dhanush. I stand vindicated because the trailer has hit bullseye. My only concern was the language barrier, but Dhanush bowled me over with his dedication.”
When it came to Sonam Kapoor’s character, Aanand was looking for someone who is real and desirable. “I was looking for a girl who seemed unattainable to the boys and Sonam has that characteristic. I needed someone high on emotions and she was the ideal choice.”
With Dhanush as the lead, the makers required someone who could hold his own and this is where the versatile Abhay Deol came in. Says Aanand, “I was always sure of casting him because I am yet to find an actor as dedicated, secure and talented as him. I needed someone very gutsy opposite Dhanush.”
Producer Krishika Lulla says, “We needed a non-stereotypical lead pair for Raanjhanaa. Dhanush was a decision made on instinct. We were also looking for someone like Sonam who had great screen presence and made for a beautiful yet grounded character. This is a straight-from-the-heart film. We are also fortunate to have Academy Award winner AR Rahman composing for our film.”
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BOMBAY TIMES (May 4, 2013)
As the 66th Festival De Cannes (May 15-26) celebrates 100 years of Indian cinema, L’Oréal Paris completes 16 years of association with the film festival as their official makeup partner. This year, the beauty brand will pay tribute to Bollywood with L’Or Sunset, a groundbreaking collection of makeup. Indian and international spokespeople from the brand will sport looks inspired by Bollywood makeup over the years, on the red carpet. Brand ambassadors Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor and Freida Pinto will represent India. Says Aishwarya, “It is great to see the Indian film industry being honoured. I am happy that the beauty brand is also celebrating the occasion with their Bollywood-inspired collection.” Adds Freida, “I am very glad that India is getting a lot of recognition on global platforms. I am happy to be a part of the brand in celebrating this occasion.” Says Sonam, “I have never been more proud to be a part of this industry. I hope that the looks we don at Cannes this year will make global style statements.”
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; May 3, 2013)
Anil Kapoor, 56, feels blessed that even after acting for 35 years, he is able to pick and choose roles he wants to do. Ahead of his upcoming film Shootout At Wadala, he talks to Bombay Times about his meeting with Raj Kapoor, his attachment to Boney Kapoor and his desire to just see Sonam happy. Excerpts:
Let’s talk about your childhood? I was born in Tilak Nagar, Chembur, where we lived in a concrete one-room chawl. In a single room we were three brothers, one sister, my parents and sometimes even my grandparents. We had two lavatories that were shared between 10 families. We lived there till I was 10. My father was an assistant to K Asif, the director of Mughal-e-Azam, after which he became secretary to Shammi Kapoor. In those days, your secretary was treated like family. So we were close to Shammi uncle’s family and through him, Raj Kapoor’s family. Shammi uncle used to stay at Deonar next to Raj Kapoor’s house in Chembur. We had then shifted to Sion Koliwada from a single room to a double room till I was 14, when we shifted back to Chembur close to RK Studio, so that my mother and Krishna aunty could stay close to each other as they were inseparable sisters. They are still best of friends and we were like Krishna aunty’s children. She is the only one who has slapped me as a mom and till today I feel extremely close to her.
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Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 30, 2013)
People often lament that they don’t make them like that anymore. Well they do. The present breed of actors is showing the same kind of dedication to their craft, as the previous lot. How Aamir Khan went without a bath for two weeks to get that street-worn look for the climax of Ghulam is now part of filmlore. And Farhan Akhtar has set a new benchmark with his rigorous training sessions for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. We look at how some of your favourite stars have their unique way of preparing for that crucial make or break scene.
SAD BUT TRUE One would not really associate the chirpy Sonam Kapoor battle with emotions that are not all bright and cheerful. But the actress, who has recently started shooting for a film with Ayushmann Khurrana, had to summon her unhappiest thoughts for a scene, and here’s how she went about it. The film opens with an intense tragic scene, and Sonam had to look her dejected worst. To get into the right frame of mind, she instructed the crew to spare her a few moments of solitude. She then put on her ear plugs, and switched on some music. The playlist, that ran for an hour or so, had melancholic tracks, and Sonam played them in a loop, till she was in command of the right emotions before the camera.
AT YOUR SERVICE Before shooting for the famous Kun Faya Kun song in Rockstar, Ranbir Kapoor and his director Imtiaz Ali stayed at the Nizamuddin Dargah in Delhi for three days. Ranbir perfomed all the daily More >
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 30, 2013)
Sonam Kapoor, who reprises the role played by Rekha in the remake of the 1980 comedy Khubsoorat, has got the blessings of the veteran actress. But here are some changes in the remake, which Rekha might not be aware of.
The remake of Khubsoorat, which will be produced by Anil Kapoor and directed by Shashank Ghosh, will not see the heroine land up at her sister’s marital home unlike the original.
Unlike Rekha’s character, who had just finished college in Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s classic, Sonam will be a physiotherapist who works with cricketers. Also in the remake, the point of conflict is not between the heroine and the mother of the hero, but between the lead couple. Sonam’s sister Rhea is the brain behind the modifications.
When contacted, Rhea told Mirror: “Yes, we are making a few changes keeping in mind the fact that we are in 2013. My remake of Khubsoorat will be about embracing the one you love and then embracing the family.” A friend of Rhea told Mirror: “The war of words that ensues between her and the hero is because of their difference in perspectives. We are making the film more contemporary.” The hero of Anil’s film hails from a traditional family in Rajasthan.
The film is set to go on floors by end of this year.
BOMBAY TIMES (April 29, 2013)
While stars are often accused of being late, Sonam Kapoor makes it a point to always reach on time for her appointments. The actress, who is fastidious about punctuality, more often than not finds herself waiting for the work she’s there for, to start. So much so that Sonam calls the waiting ‘a punishment for being on time’. Interestingly, the Kapoor kudi is not just punctual about all things related to her work, she also ensures she reaches in time when she’s going to watch movies. Coincidentally, Sonam’s fussy-about-time attitude is shared by Zoya Akhtar. The director attributes it to her “being half Parsi” –— her mother is actor-writer Honey Irani.
How Dhanush turned from a Tamil star into a quintessential boy from Benaras for his Hindi film debut. Aloo puri and rabdi did play an important part in it
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 27, 2013)
Better known as the unassuming man behind the rage of a song, Kolaveri Di, Dhanush has been storming the virtual space again. This time as the quintessential boy from Benaras, who pursues his love with dogged determination and cheeky punch lines.
The first promo of Raanjhanaa, produced by Eros is out, and the big talking point is the crackling chemistry between the film’s unlikely romantic lead – Sonam Kapoor and Dhanush. But Rajinikanth’s 30-year-old son-in-law (he is married to his daughter Aishwarya) is in some remote area in Tamil Nadu, shooting for a film, immune to the happy buzz on his Hindi film debut.
When Mirror asked him about what went into the transformation of a Tamil star to a love-struck Benaras boy, he chose to play it down. “Aanand Rai (director) did not choose me for Kolaveri Di, but for my National Award-winning film Aadukalam. But frankly speaking, I did not have to go through any rigid preparation for the role.”
Benaras was one of the few places in the country that Dhanush had not visited and he relied on the director to help him get the nuances right. “They gave me inputs to get the body language and mannerisms of a local lad correctly. What is extraordinary about this role is that this guy handles everything ‘ulta.’ A character many will relate More >