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L Romal M Singh (BOMBAY TIMES; January 22, 2011)
Lakshmi Manchu, who has just made her debut in Telugu films, is already being noticed in Bollywood. Last year, two southern beauties — Trisha Krishnan and Priyamani — began their innings in Bollywood. Lakshmi, too, seems to be all set to follow their footsteps. In fact, Lakshmi’s negative act in the film has even earned her a mention from by Ram Gopal Varma, who said, “Lakshmi Manchu’s song is the best picturised song of the decade,” and went on to add, “Lakshmi is better than Gary Oldman in Francis Coppola’s Dracula… I don’t think evil has ever looked this sexy.” And now, there’s news that she’s been approached for Krrish 3. BT caught up with her
Were you approached for Krrish 3? Rakesh Roshan has been quoted as saying that he hasn’t even heard of you.
Yes, they did. I’m not saying why or when or how, but they did.
Why did you portray a negative character in your first Telugu film?
I’m not really the kind of person who cares about the role I’m playing as long as the character has been welletched. Irendri is an amazing character to portray and I had loads of fun being her in the movie. I actually would have loved to have been a part of the Tamil dubbing as well. I speak fluent Tamil as I grew up in Tamil Nadu.
Shruti is rumoured to be having a scene with the South sensation for a long time now
Prashanth Bhat (BOMBAY TIMES; December 8, 2010)In the city to witness the trailer of her upcoming fantasy film directed by Prakash Kovelamudi, Shruti Haasan seemed clearly excited. Shruti says the initial response to the trailer of this movie which happens to be her debut in Telugu films is more than what she could have asked for.
“I watched the trailer and it surpasses my expectation. When I was first offered the script, I read it and liked it immediately. I am a great fan of graphic novels and since the movie was being directed by Prakash and stars Siddharth and Laxmi Manchu, I knew this was something special. I play a gypsy fortuneteller and my character is versatile with a lot of transitions. No character in this film is big or small as every character has scope to perform. I am so happy to be part of a cinema that the country can be proud of,” she says her eyes shining with excitement.
Did she research for her role before she went on sets? “I am not a method actor. I know my dad is. Even Siddharth belongs to the same school. I think if you have a good character, script, director and costar, it becomes easy to give a performance the character demands and takes you to a different world. I am spontaneous. The outfits and the sets bring in that feel subconsciously.”
This movie will mark her entry into Kollywood too, as it will be dubbed in More >
Neha Dhupia wants to “push the envelope” as an actor now
TNN (MUMBAI MIRROR.COM; November 26, 2010) Neha Dhupia (Pic: BCCL)
The Obama fever in the country has surely died down. But for actor Neha Dhupia, all things Obama still matter. Dressed in a yellow and grey draped outfit, the actor seemed to be in a cheery mood as she sat down for a tête-à-tête.
Tell her she looks gorgeous and she immediately talks about her latest rustic avatar in her forthcoming film, Phas Gaye Re Obama. “It was very challenging to portray a complete tomboy on screen. People associate me with high fashion but when they see me in this film, they’ll be in for a pleasant shock,” says Neha.
Known to flit effortlessly between big budget bonanzas and small productions, this will be the first time the audiences will see Neha in a completely different role. “The film has characters based out of Meerut and when I was approached for this role, I didn’t know if I could do justice to it. But my director, Subhash Kapoor, convinced me and helped me a lot on the sets,” she says. But of course, the best part about this role for the actor was the get-up. “For the first time I didn’t have to diet and watch my weight. I ate everything that came my way because I knew my outfit would take care of the bulges,” laughs the actor.
For someone who spent her early years in Sydney, how difficult was it for her to get the dialect right? “Though I speak fluent Hindi, the dialect More >
The fight between Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan over the remake rights of Telugu film Don Sheenu just got bigger
Mauli Singh (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 08, 2010)
Soon after Mirror reported (September 25, 2010) that three Bollywood A-listers, Salman, Saif and Akshay are fighting for the remake rights of Telugu super hit Don Seenu, more players have joined in.
And this time the war will be between two studios for producing the remake.
A reliable source revealed, “Eros International wishes to produce the film with Salman Khan and wants it to be directed by Sohail Khan. And Studio 18 wants to make it with Akshay Kumar as lead and Shirish Kunder as director.”
The director Gopichand Malineni didn’t confirm or deny the story but added, “Even Madhu Mantena (producer of Ghajini) is keen on watching the film.” Madhu Mantena confirmed this too.
Added to this, Shirish Kunder too confirmed watching the film but expressed ignorance about directing its remake.
Meanwhile, the source also claimed that Salman Khan has won the race and Eros will produce the film, “Since Salman is very busy, the film is expected to go on floors only next year and will be entirely shot in Switzerland.”
Ram Mirchandani, Chief Creative Officer of Eros finally said, “Eros has indeed seen Don Seenu and finds it has solid potential to be a Hindi blockbuster. We still haven’t locked the cast or the director, as we haven’t yet officially bought the rights.”
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Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan and Salman Khan are all fighting for the rights of the Telugu film, Don Seenu, directed by Gopichand Malineni, which is apparently a huge success in the south Indian film industry
Mauli Singh (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 25, 2010)
The success of Wanted and Ghajini has started a brand new trend. Both were remakes of South Indian films and many Bollywood actors have now taken a liking for similar upcoming projects.
Unexpectedly however, three of our biggest Bollywood A-listers, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan, are now fighting for the rights of the Telugu film Don Seenu.
The film, directed by the Gopichand Malineni, stars Ravi Teja, Anjana Sukhani and Mahesh Manjrekar, and is apparently the biggest hit of the year in the South film industry. The Tamil remake of the film is already being considered.
Don Seenu is a comical story of a young man who is hugely inspired by Amitabh Bachchan’s film Don and dreams of becoming world’s number one don. The plot revolves around his attempts to realise this dream.
The 27-year-old debutant director from Hyderabad is obviously elated and says, “Yes, Bollywood has shown a lot of interest in my film. AR Murugadoss (director of Ghajini), who happened to watch my film, is responsible for it. He has been discussing it in Bollywood. My producer told me that Sohail Khan called and asked for the DVD copy of the film because Salman wanted to watch it. I am told that More >
The actress, who had once accused her parents of embezzling her career earnings, was rather close to her granny Susheela Patel
Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 21, 2010)
The Patel household is in a state of shock. Ameesha and Ashmit Patel lost their paternal grandmother on Thursday night. Ameesha’s grandmother Susheela Patel breathed her last at 10.30 pm, after suffering from a prolonged illness. The entire family rushed the next morning to attend to her last rites.
Ameesha was very close to her grandmother. She used to spend a lot of quality time with her and would often take her out too. Having suffered from a chequered equation with her parents, whom she once accused of embezzling her career earnings, Ameesha was rather close to her grandmother.
Her patch-up with her parents last December could well have been her grandmother’s doing. This therefore is a big loss for the actor.A file picture of Ameesha Patel (R) with her grandmother Susheela (L)
Her sibling, a grieving Ashmit Patel, said, “She had been bedridden for the past couple of years due to a car accident she suffered in 2005. She was extremely alert, intuitive and full of life. In her last 10 days, she suffered a lot. But she passed away peacefully on Thursday night. She was very close both to my sister and me. It’s quite a shock for us. More so for my sister because she had taken care of her single-handedly for the past five-six years.”
Incidentally Ameesha More >
After refusing to be paired with Asin, John Abraham looks at better options
Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 04, 2010) John Abraham
John Abraham is getting picky about his female co-stars. The hunk has refused to ‘make do’ with Asin who was reportedly offered his next Hindi film (remake of a Telegu film, Kaakha Kaakha by director Vipul Shah). John, who would be playing the lead role of an encounter specialist and would be seen in a cop avatar for the first time, wants to explore newer options in actresses he wants to work with.
A source reveals, “Vipul Shah was very keen to have Asin as the lead actress of the film. She and Venkatesh were the lead pair in the Telegu original. Vipul was also impressed by Asin’s performance in London Dreams and hence spoke to her about his forthcoming venture. But on suggesting the same to John, he was shocked as the actor refused to be paired opposite Asin.
John thinks that Asin doesn’t suit the role and prefers a sexier looking actress for the film.
Even after discussing the matter at length with Vipul, John doesn’t know which actress suits the role the best. John would ideally make a choice between Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor and Bipasha Basu.” Any guesses?
Director, Vipul Shah says, “We are still getting our script ready. There was a delay from our end due to which John wasted his time. We are committed to Asin, but due to a delay from the creative team there might be a date clash with More >
The bohemian Manisha Koirala ties the knot in Kathmandu on June 19
DEBARATI S SEN Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; May 11, 2010)
The bohemian Manisha Koirala is getting married. Yes, finally! At 40, and after a string of broken relationships and two near marriages — in 2001, to the Australian ambassador to Nepal, Crispin Conroy, and last year, to American inspirational author Christopher Dorris. The Koirala family, which is the Gandhis and Kennedys of Nepal, have found a suitable groom for the on-and-off Bollywood actress in local businessman Samrat Dahal. He has a leather business in Kathmandu with offices in Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Agra and Kanpur. They have fixed June 19 as the wedding date. And everybody is happy, especially Manisha. “You could say it was a semiarranged marriage,” she smiles, still beautiful despite the age lines and crows feet that mark her years. The couple met through friends a few months back and realised that they both wanted the same things — to settle down in life and get married. They got their parents involved and it all worked out. “So ours is a semi-love, semiarranged marriage,” explains the actress who has three films releasing this year in Do Paise Ki Dhoop — Char Ane Ki Barish, Chehere, and Ek Second — Jo Zindagi Badal De. She’s also doing a Telugu film and will return to Nepali cinema after two decades with a film called Dharma later this year. Beau Samrat, however, is a non-filmi person. “He More >
TIMES NEWS NETWORK (THE TIMES OF INDIA; January 22, 2010)
New Delhi: Are you ready for the razzmatazz? The 55th Idea Filmfare Awards will be presented on February 27 at the Yashraj Studios in Mumbai at a glittering ceremony that will literally see the stars descend on the red carpet.
Announcing the event at a press meet on Thursday, actor Asin confessed she had a special bond with the prestigious black lady (Filmfare Award trophy). “I received my first encouragement, the Filmfare Award, for my first Telugu film; and last year, I received a similar applause for my first Hindi film (Ghajini) too. Naturally, the appreciation given to me by the Filmfare Awards is not only very valuable, it is very special too,’’ she exclaimed.
Tarun Rai, CEO, Worldwide Media, said the award ceremony which was viewed by almost 30 billion people the world over, would now be watched by much larger numbers because of the IDEA mobile handsets which will offer content on the mobile platform for 58 million subscribers. The black lady not only had a history of five decades behind her, she was also the most coveted award. “Only the Oscars have a heritage and a longevity that compares with the Filmfare Awards which have grown from five to 37 categories over the years,’’ he said.
According to Pradeep Shrivastava, chief marketing officer, IDEA Cellular, the idea behind the collaboration was to bring “stars and the best of movies closer to the customers’’. This year is indeed special. For, not only More >
The self-effacing AR Murugadoss, who directed Aamir Khan in Ghajini, has now been signed on to direct Salman Khan in producer Sajid Nadiadwala’s next action-romance Kick, a remake of the 2009 Telugu film directed by Surender Reddy, starring Ravi Teja.
What comes as a surprise is that Deepika Padukone, who has till now been close to the Shah Rukh-Farah Khan-Karan Johar group, will star opposite Salman in the film.Deepika Padukone AR Murugadoss Salman Khan
Although Deepika has just wrapped up Houseful with Sajid Nadiadwala, he was hesitant when he approached her for Kick wondering if she would have any reservations about working with Salman. According to reliable sources, Deepika made it very clear to Nadiadwala that she is open to working with every actor.
Nadiadwala doesn’t deny the presence of Murugadoss and Deepika in the Hindi remake of Kick. “Murugadoss I’ve met and Deepika of course is already my leading lady in Houseful. I loved Murugadoss’s work in Ghajini and so did Salman. We were very clear about not getting the original Telugu director as I don’t believe in letting the South Indian directors do the Hindi remakes,” he says.
The challenge now is to make Salman’s action sequences in Kick different not only from Ghajini but also Wanted. Nadiadwala says, “I don’t want Kick to look like More >