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Priyanka pulls off double role with elan
By Swati R. Chaudhary,
Mumbai, Feb 3 Priyanka Chopra plays a double role
for the first time in the futuristic "Love Story 2050" and the
two characters are starkly different.
Rowena, producer-director Harry Baweja's daughter, who's
assisting her father on "Love Story 2050", is effusive in her
praise for Priyanka. The actress came to Baweja's rescue when
Kareena Kapoor walked out of the film, reports Bollywood Trade.
"Priyanka was elated and she jumped at the offer. It was a
challenging role for her since her character goes through a
spectrum of changes. The audience will get to see two very
different sides of her personality in the film. She has pulled
off both the characters with élan," said Rowena.
Priyanka's get-ups are diametrically different in the film.
"One part has her playing a mellow, coy, next door kind of girl
while the other one is very outlandish, loud and headstrong.
She's brilliant in both of them and I am sure her fans will love
Shot in Adelaide, South Australia, the film, which is loosely
based on H.G. Wells' "Time Machine", is a futuristic science
fiction loaded with special effects.
"It's a sci-fi love story that travels through time. As the
title implies, the film is set in 'present' and 'future'. It is
a romantic love story blended with science fiction and this
unique combination of both the genres is the USP of the film.
"It's the first of its kind probably," said Rowena, adding, "A
lot of computer graphics will be used to create Mumbai 2050.
Oscar winner John Cox has worked on the animatronic robot Boo
that we have used in the film."
Rowena elucidated the need for the robot in the film.
"Boo is Priyanka's companion in the film. He is her pet who
talks to her, who does everything a human being can and who is
someone every girl dreams of having."
Her brother Harman makes his debut with the sci-fi movie.
"Harman too has an interesting character to play. We have
carefully outlined his role and hopefully the audience will
connect with his character in the first 10 minutes itself," she
Rowena says it's her most exciting experience to date. Seventy
percent of the shooting is complete and they are tentatively
planning to release it in August.
"Very few have dealt with romantic sci-fi films. There's so much
to explore when you're making a futuristic film. We are slogging
really hard and I sincerely hope people enjoy watching it as
much as we did making it. I am sure people would be curious to
know how Mumbai would look in 2050."
Rowena admits that the film got delayed for various reasons but
refuses to divulge the details.
The background music has been scored by Salim-Suleiman along
with Anu Malik, with lyrics by Javed Akhtar.
Ricky Martin in concert at Jaipur wedding
Jaipur, Feb 3 Latino pop star Ricky Martin belted
out his evergreen hits "Livin' La Vida Loca" and "Maria" to an
enthralled audience at the wedding reception of an
industrialist's son here.
"He started with his popular number 'Maria' and then sang some
of his favourites hits," a source at the Le Meridien Hotel,
where the show was held, said.
Martin's concert Friday evening was in celebration of the
marriage of Mumbai-based industrialist Neeraj Raja Kocchar's
son. The industrialist, who deals in metal, had booked a suite
for Martin at the Le Meridien.
Martin and his over 30-member troupe performed in a black
coloured dome, specially erected within the hotel premises for
the show that is said to have cost over Rs.30 million.
"As soon he started singing, the select gathering of guests,
including some Europeans, began dancing. It was a big dance
party!" the source said.
A guest at the wedding said: "Oh! I love Martin as his songs are
upbeat and happy."
The singing sensation reportedly arrived by a chartered plane
Wednesday night and is scheduled to leave later Saturday.
Sources close to the industrialist's family said that the
well-known DJ Aqeel has been instrumental in getting Martin to
perform at the high-profile wedding.
On Thursday, Martin had taken time out to go on a sightseeing
tour of Jaipur and visited historical sites like the Hawa Mahal,
City Palace and Jaigarh Fort.
"He was quite fascinated to see these places," a source said.
The city, almost a must on the itinerary of foreigners visiting
this country, has recently been host to a number of
international celebrities like Mick Jagger, Owen Wilson,
Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and others.
Sajid Nadiadwala ties up with Fox Studios Australia
Mumbai, Feb 3 Well-known Bollywood producer Sajid
Nadiadwala's banner, Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment Pvt Ltd (NGE),
has clinched a deal with Fox Studios Australia for the pre and
post -production work of "Heyy Babyy" being extensively shot in
the exotic locales of that country.
This makes "Heyy Babyy" the first Indian film to be processed in
Australia and NGE the first Indian production house to have an
office at Fox Studios.
The film has Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Fardeen Khan and
Vidya Balan in important roles.
"Fox Studios Australia provides filmmakers with the most
up-to-date, integrated production and post production
environment. We have been home to many highly successful US
films and now welcome our first Bollywood film to the lot," said
Nancy Romano, CEO Fox Studios Australia, in a press release.
"Our ongoing relationship with Nadiadwala's production office
through his Australian line producer Temple who are based at the
studio will no doubt result in a successful experience for this
Nadiadwala is quite happy with the deal.
He said: "It's a privilege for NGE to be the first Indian
company to be associated with Fox Studios for 'Heyy Babyy'. The
studio is simply the most up to date with the best production
"Our company would always like to support our talented
technicians with the best facilities for the changing needs of
our audience. And the schedule is going through Hollywood
Nadiadwala said the deal would enhance creativity and allow them
to meet global standards.
"There is a buzz about our industry that is unmistakable and the
globalisation of brand Bollywood, and adopting of the highest
standards will make us global. NGE believes in putting systems
and processes in place to support this creativity," he added.
And New South Wales (NSW) Tourism and NSW government along with
NSW Film and Television Office are supporting the film.
"This is by far the most prestigious Bollywood film to shoot in
Australia, and it is a delight to see the Indian film industry
flag flying in the midst of Fox Studios," said Anupam Sharma,
chairman of Australia India Film Council.
The Australian government and private agencies have been
actively pursuing more trade relations with Bollywood. "Heyy
Babyy" is the result of their endeavour in that direction.
Australia has more than 130 million dollars worth of India
Chandigarh's film circle to showcase hit films
Chandigarh, Feb 3 Film buffs from Chandigarh will
have memories to revive with hit films of yesteryears to be
screened here under the banner of a newly created film circle.
The society for tourism and entertainment promotion (Steps) will
show hit movies like Gandhi (English version), Ardh Satya, 36
Chowringhee Lane, Silsila, Kabhi Kabhie and others on a weekly
basis starting Feb 17, a spokesman said here Saturday.
The city is the second one after Mumbai to have a unique film
circle with enrolled members. The Chandigarh chapter of the
National film circle has been set up by Steps in collaboration
with the National Film Development Corporation.