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Starlet Sherlyn impresses Yash Chopra
Mumbai, Jan 24 Noted filmmaker Yash Chopra was
reportedly very impressed with the screen presence of Sherlyn
Chopra while watching a preview of Vinod Pande's "Red Swastik".
Yash Chopra, who had earlier released Pande's "Sins", found the
suspense-thriller emotionally compelling.
According to a source, the movie mogul complimented Sherlyn for
her performance and remarked that she had a gift of sustaining
the viewer's interest.
Such appreciation coming from a veteran like Yash Chopra is no
less than a trophy! Put on your dancing shoes Sherlyn!
Vikaas Kalantri in Abbas Mastaan's next
Actor Vikaas Kalantri of "Nayee Padosan" has been roped in by
director duo Abbas-Mastaan for their next venture.
He recently completed filming his scenes with co-stars Bobby
Deol and Akshaye Khanna in Dubai. The as-yet-untitled film is a
suspense thriller and Vikaas is paired with Urvashi Sharma in
"I play a character called Siddharth in this thriller. I portray
a happy-go-lucky guy, the most effervescent among a group of
four, that comprises Bobby, Akshaye, Urvashi and me," said
Vikaas says he can't reveal more because it would spoil the
suspense for the audience.
The film, being produced by Tips, is likely to be released in
Shilpa is truly Indian, says Yukta Mookhey
Former beauty queen Yukta Mookhey has come out in support of
Shilpa Shetty, whose appearance on Britain's reality TV Show
"Celebrity Big brother" has put the spotlight on racism.
"Shilpa truly represents the ideals of an Indian woman and she
has rightly attracted the world's attention towards the racial
divide," said Yukta.
Yukta also appreciated Shilpa's tolerance and serenity.
She said: "Like an ideal Indian woman Shilpa has remained a
picture of composure and self respect, refusing to be cowed down
or get involved in frivolous exchanges. That was precisely the
reason why people from all over the world have reacted to her
Daya Nayak trained Randeep for cop's role in 'Risk'
By Subhash K. Jha,
Mumbai, Jan 24 Daya Nayak, the controversial cop
dubbed encounter specialist by the media, spent a lot of time
preparing Randeep Hooda for his role in the recently released
"Randeep and his director Vishram Sawant came to me after they
had finished their first film 'D'. They wanted to make a cop
film called 'Risk'. My first request to them was not to make the
cop look like a fool. I won't name him, but one major leading
man wore the cop's cap front-to-back and was seen dancing in the
garden with a girl.
"One of the more authentic films on a cop was Ramu's 'Shool'.
But that showed the cop losing everything to remain true to his
duty. Whether it was Ram Varma in 'Ab Tak Chhappan' or Vishram
Sawant in 'Risk', they had to put in commercial elements. I
instructed him on the length of the hair, the clothes, walk,
etc," Nayak told IANS.
When approached by Randeep, Nayak made it clear he won't give
confidential information about the working of the police force.
There have been other occasions when Nayak has been approached
to provide tips for cop's films.
"When Varma was making 'Ab Tak Chhappan', which was based on my
life, I requested him to make a decent film. They wanted to know
physical details like how I hold the gun, etc. They've also made
films like 'Kagaar' and a Kannada film called 'Encounter'.
There're 75,000 articles on me on Google."
Nayak's life is a source of constant curiosity for filmmakers.
"My life resembles a movie. I come from a very poor family. I
ran away from my village to Mumbai. I worked for several years
in a hotel and attended a night school. I know my biography will
be a sell-out."
Nayak is proud of his association with the film industry.
"I helped sort out extortion and underworld problems. When I
began to fraternise with film folks, I had to maintain a certain
lifestyle. I think some of my colleagues got jealous. I was
accused of being too speedy in my working style. In my opinion,
speed is important for optimum efficiency. Fortunately, all my
friends from Bollywood still continue to be in touch with me."
Nayak hates being called an 'encounter specialist'.
"I hate it. I'm a Brahmin and to kill anyone deliberately is
unthinkable. I don't eat meat. I don't drink. Not even tea or
coffee. No police officer is interested in killing anyone
deliberately. I've worked sincerely and I'll do so again as soon
as my suspension is revoked.
"For now, I spend a lot of time with my family. Since all the
security has been taken away, there's a security threat to my
family. I keep getting threatening calls. But I don't let these
setbacks bother me."
Nayak went to watch his alter ego in "Risk".
"With a live audience. I wanted to hear the roar of the
audience. I hate it when an underworld don is shown living a
glamorous and affluent life. No gangster can afford to come down
from a helicopter. Varma has done a lot to improve the police's
'Raaz' sequel to be directed by Mohit Suri
By Subhash K. Jha,
Mumbai, Jan 24 Filmmakers Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt
haven't yet equalled the success of their "Raaz" in any other
subsequent production. So, in this season of sequels, what
better move than to follow up their most successful production
Though not too many people associated with the 1992 mega hit
starring Bipasha Basu and Dino Morea seem interested in doing a
sequel, Mahesh is optimistic about "Raaz 2" and has zeroed in on
Mohit Suri as director.
He says he needs neither the old director nor the cast.
"It's Mohit, who directed my productions 'Zehar', 'Kalyug' and 'Woh
Lamhe', who thought of the idea for the sequel. He'll be
directing 'Raaz 2'. Once he finishes with our current project 'Awaarapan'
in Jodhpur, he'll sink his teeth into the 'Raaz' sequel.
"As for the original star cast, why are you presuming that Mohit
would want the same players? He has a very strong concept in
mind for the sequel. It doesn't require the earlier cast."
"Raaz 2" will be made with a new cast.
Said Mahesh: "We're committed to make movies with newcomers."
The Bhatts have given the film industry talented technicians and
actors like Anuarg Basu, Mohit Suri, Emraan Hashmi and Kangana
"We cannot take any credit for their performance," said Mahesh
with uncharacteristic modesty.
"We're privileged to give these youngsters a platform. We're not
in this business only to provide a cast for our films. We want
to introduce as much talent to the industry as we can. 'Raaz 2'
will continue that tradition."
Director of the original "Raaz" Vikram Bhatt sings another tune:
"I really don't know... Right now I'm readying 'Red' for release
and editing my other film 'Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi'."
What Vikram leaves unstated is that some years ago he decided to
part ways with the Bhatts, and is unlikely to return to the
Bipasha, who played the disgruntled wife who rescues her husband
from the ghost of his psychotic mistress, is also unexcited
about a sequel.
"This is the first time I'm hearing about it," she told IANS.
That leaves the film with the film's leading man Dino Morea
who's all for another "Raaz".
"Bhatt saab has been talking about a sequel to 'Raaz'. I don't
mind doing it, as long as the story is carried forward logically
and interestingly. After all sequels are doing stupendously
well. And it was one of the biggest hits in recent times."
'Salaam-e-Ishq' - an ode to love, six times over
New Delhi, Jan 24 Love stories are a staple in
Bollywood. After "Kal Ho Naa Ho", Nikhil Advani comes up with
not one but six romances in his mega multistarrer "Salaam-E-Ishq:
A Tribute To Love" that releases Friday.
The film's ensemble cast comprises Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra,
Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Akshaye Khanna, Ayesha Takia, Govinda,
John Abraham, Vidya Balan, Sohail Khan, Isha Koppikar and
Shannon Esra in lead roles.
The movie weaves six love stories together.
Kamini (Priyanka Chopra), a sought after item girl in Bollywood,
is desperately looking for a big break. But nothing seems to be
happening so she hatches a plan to change her image. The only
thing she does not anticipate is the arrival of Rahul (Salman
Khan) in her life.
Vinay Malhotra (Anil Kapoor) leads a picture perfect life with
his picture perfect wife Seema (Juhi Chawla) and daughters in
the suburbs of London. He works with a PR firm and returns home
to his wife and daughters. But things change after he bumps into
the not so perfect Anjali (Anjana Sukhani). Unconventional and
over-confident Anjali comes from a world where single modern
girls get what they want. And Anjali wants Vinay.
Shiven (Akshaye Khanna), a consummate bachelor who lives in New
Delhi, is engaged to Gia (Ayesha Takia) and is going to get
married very soon. But he gets cold feet days before the wedding
and breaks off the engagement. It is only later that he realises
that he is incomplete without her.
Tehzeeb's (Vidya) and Ashutosh (John) eloped and got married two
years ago. Struggling like all young married couples in Mumbai,
both of them work at a news channel. Tehzeeb is a reporter and
Ashutosh a film editor. Completely crazy about each other, they
find it quite difficult to keep their hands off each other. But
things change when Tehzeeb meets with an accident.
Raju (Govinda) is a taxi driver in Delhi. He drives from his
home in Chandni Chowk to the New Delhi International Airport
like he has for the last 15 years. He enjoys watching the doors
of the New Delhi International Airport opening and closing
because he hopes to meet his dream girl there.
And Stephanie (Shannon Esra) does come from those very doors-the
only problem is that she has come looking for her boyfriend
Rohit Chaddha (Kushaal Punjabi) and not Raju.
Ramdayal (Sohail) and Phoolwati (Isha) are newly-weds in Haryana.
Ramdayal wants to consummate their marriage but whenever he
tries to fulfil his desire, something goes wrong. Both of them
land up in a series of events that become tragically and
"Salaam-e-Ishq" will be released with 1,100 prints worldwide.
The film's music is doing well, but so far not a single episodic
film has done well.
Advani's ode to love should hopefully break the jinx.
Deepa Mehta to wear sari on Oscar night
New York, Jan 24 Canada-based Indian filmmaker Deepa
Mehta, whose Hindi film "Water" is in the running for best
foreign film at the Oscars, says she will wear a sari for the
Mehta is considering wearing an old tissue sari, that was part
of her mother's trousseau, for the 79th Annual Academy Awards,
says Sheeraz Hassan, the founder of www.Hollywood.tv.
"It (the sari) is plain gold and very elegant. I think it's
right to wear mom's sari," said Mehta, who is looking forward to
walking Hollywood's red carpet when the gold statuettes are
handed out Feb 25.
The filmmaker said there were tears, champagne and joyful jumps
when she learnt of the Oscar nomination.
Mehta said she was a "bundle of nerves" while watching the TV
announcement along with daughter Devyani Saltzman, publicist
Bonne Smith, producer David Hamilton and distributor Hussain
"My daughter was jumping up and down and Hamilton started crying
and Amarshi opened a bottle of champagne and we were just
jumping. We were like kids," she added.
"Water" competes with "After the Wedding" (Denmark), "Days of
Glory" (Algeria), "The Lives of Other" (Germany) and "Pany's
Labyrinth" (Mexico) for the best foreign film.
A graduate in philosophy from the University of Delhi, Mehta
started her film career as a screenwriter for children's films.
She directed her first full-length feature film "Sam & Me" in
1991, starring Om Puri in a pivotal role.
The film, which revolved around a relationship between a young
Muslim boy and an elderly Jewish gentleman living in Parkdale,
Toronto, won her a 'honourable mention' in the Camera d'Or
category in Cannes Film Festival in 1991.
"Camilla" followed in 1994, for which she teamed up with Bridget
Fonda and Jessica Tandy.
In India, Mehta is best known for her elements' trilogy, which
evoked controversies because of their taboo subjects.
The Nandita Das and Shabana Azmi-starrer "Fire" in 1996 courted
controversy by taking on lesbianism. Than came "1947: Earth" in
1998 - the story of India's partition 1947 through the eyes of a
young Parsi girl.
However, it was "Water" that earned her maximum flak in India.
Mehta launched the film in 2000 with Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das
and Akshay Kumar but violent protests forced her to stall it
Protestors burnt down the film's sets in Varanasi and Shiv Sena
activists threatened immolation if she went ahead with the film.
Mehta then shot the film in Sri Lanka with a new star cast that
included Lisa Ray and John Abraham.
A heart-wrenching tale of Indian widows in the 1930s, the film
was completed in 2003 and had its first screening at the Toronto
Film Festival in 2005.
Mehta is currently preparing for her next venture titled
"Exclusion", which may star Amitabh Bachchan and John again,
based on Canada's 1914 Komagata Maru incident.
Komagata Maru was a Japanese steam-liner that sailed to Canada
in 1914, carrying 376 passengers from Punjab, India. The Asian
immigrants were not allowed to land and the ship was forced to
return to India.
For now Mehta is overjoyed with her Oscar nomination. Canada
last bagged the coveted award in 2004 for Denys Arcand's "The
Meet Radio Mirchi's new RJ Cyrus Broacha
New Delhi, Jan 24 Popular MTV host Cyrus Broacha is
joining Radio Mirchi, a private FM radio station, to co-host
"Bumper2Bumper" with radio jockey (RJ) Tarun every Saturday
Talking about his new role as an RJ, Cyrus said: It is going to
be a fun ride and I'm sure people will like it."
"Cyrus is an icon in himself and his brand of fun and is loved
by one and all. He fits in perfectly with what the brand stands
for, 'Mirchi Sunnewale Always Khush'," said Tapas Sen, senior
vice-president, programming (national), in a statement.
It is certainly good news for Radio Mirchi listeners who will
get a dose of his world famous wittiness with their favourite
Listeners will also get to hear Cyrus' views on the hot topics
of the week on "Being Cyrus".
So, for an extra dope of fun and laughter, tune in to Radio
Mirchi 98.3 FM and catch Cyrus.