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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Shilpa Shetty turns producer, alcohol brand ambassador

Shilpa Shetty may have been absent from Bollywood limelight for quite some time but she says it does not mean that her career is not going anywhere. In fact, according to the actress, her hands are full with assignments.Shetty has joined the likes of Bollywood superstars Shahrukh Khan and Aamir Khan to turn producer to make "good commercial cinema", doing a movie with Sunny Deol, launched a vodka brand and her own DVD containing lessons in Yoga, preparing for a Hollywood film and waiting for the telecast of her next television show.
Last week to become the brand ambassador of a vodka brand, said that this is the first time an Indian woman would be endorsing alcohol and she liked the idea. Replying to a question, Shetty said that while she was not encouraging the youth to take up drinking, "I would definitely champion the cause of responsible drinking." The questions she however did not answer is that who decides "responsible drinking" and how she can preach Yoga and endorse an alcohol brand at the same time.
She was launching her home production whose first offering would be a romantic comedy to be directed by Manish Jha to go on the floor later this year.Shetty said it was wrong to conclude that she is turning a film producer because her career as an actress was going nowhere.

Priyanka and Harman clash averted

Now that Karan Johar has confirmed plans for the release of his Dostana (the film is all set to arrive on 14th November), it has paved way for a pertinent question to be asked. Will Harman Baweja's VICTORY move ahead in order to avoid a clash with Priyanka starrer Dostana?
There are a couple of reasons which lead to this question.
First and foremost being the 'good friendship' being shared between Harman and Priyanka. Frankly, the two 'friends' won't really be looking forward to their own films clashing with each other at the box office.
Of course it is a professional world out there but when it comes to the matters of heart, it only makes sense that the respective films of Harman and Priyanka keep a safe distance from each other.
Secondly, and perhaps even more importantly, Bawejas would certainly be looking forward to seriously avoiding yet another LOVE STORY 2050 v/s JAANE TU YA JAANE NAA scenario.
They have burnt their fingers already with the much hyped debut launch of Harman getting severely impacted due to presence of some mighty competition which goes by the name of Aamir Khan.

Nothing lesser can be expected from Karan Johar who has been known for his marketing acumen.
In fact a couple of years back when KABHI ALVIDA NAA KEHNA had released, even the makers of OMKARA were forced to cry sabotage as it's release was dangerously close to Karan Johar's multi starrer.
There won't be any respite in case of Dostana as well which would certainly go all out in it's promotional drive.
A feel good comic entertainer, Dostana also boasts of good star power comprising of Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham, Bobby Deol and of course Priyanka Chopra which would only make things difficult for VICTORY.
With debutant director Ajit Pal at the helm of affairs and Amrita Rao as the leading lady opposite Harman, on the paper VICTORY certainly doesn't look like posing a challenge to Dostana.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

After 'Jaane Tu..', Manjari waiting for right roles

After 'Jaane Tu..', Manjari waiting for right rolesBeautyifull Actress Manjari Fadnis who played second lead in Aamir Khan produced 'Jaane Tu..', was initially apprehensive of taking up the role in the film which stars a host of newcomers, including the protagonists Imran Khan and Genelia D'Souza.

Yes, there were apprehensions initially. But, when the director Abbas Tyrewala narrated the script, I realised that my role was very interesting with lot of scope for performance. It had various shades of emotions," Manjari, who has played the lead in films like 'Rok Sako To Rok Lo' and 'Mumbai Salsa' told us on Monday.She said the entire cast of the film participated in a workshop in Panchgani and had bonded well before the film went on floors.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Mallika Sherawat to play Naagin

Mallika in Naagin
For the first time in the history of Indian Cinema a Hollywood director will soon embark on a Bollywood film. Jennifer Lynch, daughter of four time Oscar nominee and two times Cannes Film Festival winner, David Lynch, is all set to shoot Hindi Bollywood film. Interestingly her debut venture is about a subject that has always intrigued the west. The film is called Naagin-The Snake Woman and brings back to life the ancient myth concerning the Nag-Naagin Relationship.
Lynch's last film Surveillance starring Bill Pullman and Julia Ormand was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May this year. And it is none other than Bollywood siren Mallika Sherawat who has been zeroed in on the title role of a Naagin. Mallika will be the fifth actress to play the legendary character of a Naagin. Vyjayantimala, Reena Roy, Sridevi and Manisha Koirala are the famous Bollywood actresses who had enacted this legendary character previously.