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Anurag Kashyap finds an unusual hero to play a serial killer for the second film of the Mumbai trilogy – Nawazuddin aka Patna Presley of Emosonal Attyachaar

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 05, 2010)


Anurag Kashyap’s much talked-about Mumbai trilogy has found its third and final hero. While Aamir Khan stars in the first film, John Abraham will play the lead in the third. Now, the little-known but talented Nawazuddin who gave sterling cameo performances in 2009 in Nandita Das’s Firaaq, Kabir Khan’s New York, Anurag Kashyap’s Dev D (one of the two Patna Presleys singing Emosonal Attyachaar) and Black Friday, has been pencilled in as the lead in Kashyap’s second film in the Mumbai trilogy. It’s a huge leap for an actor from a village near Delhi.

More startling than his casting is the character that Nawazuddin plays. He plays Raman Raghav, India’s most brutal serial killer. In 1968, Raghav bludgeoned a number of pavement dwellers to death before he was caught and diagnosed with schizophrenia. (Sriram Raghavan has, in fact, made a documentary on the serial killer.)

Nawazuddin has been secretly reading up on Raman Raghav and looking at footage of the killer. When we spoke to him, Nawazuddin was taken aback. He said, “Anurag has asked me to keep it absolutely quiet. Yes, I’m playing the serial killer Raman Raghav in Anurag Kashyap’s film. It’s the biggest challenge of my career especially since superstars like Aamir and John feature in the other two films of the series.”

Nawazuddin, who has been trying to make a mark as an actor in Bollywood since 1996, has played the lead in Aamir Khan’s Peepli Live and Mangesh’s Dekh Circus too. Says the actor emotionally, “I’ve waited very long for this. I’ve struggled hard to get out of playing the cameo to the lead. Mumbai trilogy is my greatest challenge.”

Anurag Kashyap Nawazuddin
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By UPALA KBR (Mid-Day; December 12, 2009)

Karan Johar was indirectly approached last week by a filmmaker to act as the male lead in a B-grade film. He turned it down. He had earlier refused a cameo in one of Dev Anand’s films.

Not interested
Says a source close to Karan, “He was shocked at being offered the role of a leading man. He was mortified that someone should approach him to actually play ‘hero’ in a B-grade potboiler film! He has no interest in being in front of the camera. The role didn’t come directly from the filmmaker but through one of his friends.”

Karan was so embarrassed that he didn’t even waste a second in turning it down, “He declined saying he was busy for the next couple of years and was quite happy directing films.” Some people feel that if he’d been offered an A-grade project as the quintessential brooding intense passionate hero, made by a top filmmaker,  KJo would’ve given it a thought but it was a ‘No’ for this one.

Although Karan has been offered a few funny roles down the years, this was the first time he was offered the lead part. The khabru adds, “They even told him he could choose the heroine he wanted and they would get her for him — including a Rani, Preity and Priyanka whom he’s very close to.

The film is a full-fledged masala love drama with lots of action and songs and the producer was willing to fly down to foreign locales to shoot the romantic songs. Karan was too embarrassed to take the matter further and just brushed it aside.”

Karan Johar refuses to comment and adds, “Please don’t ask me such things. They are too embarrassing to talk about.”

By Subhash K. Jha, November 12, 2009 – 10:14 IST

Rensil D'Silva Is Vivek Oberoi getting a raw deal? The Kurbaan promos feature Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor all the way. Vivek Oberoi who plays the third main protagonist is hardly glimpsed in the entire promotional campaign, triggering off a widespread feeling that things are not so right between Vivek and the Kurbaan team.

However, the explanation for Vivek’s absence is far more bizarre than the normal raw-deal rona-dona.

Apparently, his role is so deeply affiliated to the plot’s suspense that every moment shown in the promos featuring Oberoi would have the tendency to give away the story.

Laughs director Rensil D’Silva, “It’s a very strange situation. Vivek is one of the central characters. But almost every scene of his is a dead giveway of the suspense. What do we do?”

Rensil has discussed the problem with Vivek. “And he is absolutely cool with being the band mutthi of the film. I’ve spoken to Vivek and explained the dilemma. He was cool with not being featured in the promos that much. He said to do whatever is right for the film because when the film opens the truth about the extent of his role would be out. Vivek has worked very hard in the film. He had to acquire a true New Yorker’s accent and not the kind Indians get at the John F Kennedy airport.”

Vivek worked really hard on the accent. “We had a couple of New Yorkers on the sets to coach him. He’s got the NY accent bang-on. It’s not a borough-specific accent (NY has 5 boroughs each with its own speaking pattern). It’s a general New York twang. And Vivek is superb with it.”

Rensil cuts down the belief that Vivek has a cameo in Kurbaan? “Not true at all. Vivek is in 80 percent of the film. He’s central to the drama. Vivek worked very hard on the role. He was in my room in Philadelphia every night to discuss his diction, dialogues and looks. I seem his career at the cusp of something really exciting.”

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DUTT’S THE WAY: Sanjay Dutt

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; October 24, 2009)

Katrina Kaif did a seven minute appearance in Blue at the behest of her favourite co-star, Akshay Kumar. She even had a ‘soft’ understanding with the producers that they wouldn’t use her in the publicity campaign till the end. Salman Khan showed up for 11-minutes in Main Aurr Mrs Khanna to appease younger brother Sohail Khan. Now, reports say that Bollywood superstar Sanjay Dutt has a nine-minute appearance in Sujoy Ghosh’s Aladin. Sanjay plays a ringmaster (with a mean streak) said a source. Trade tattle has it that he agreed to do this miniscule part only because he likes Sujoy and has a fantastic rapport with the producers who are backing Sanjay Dutt Productions’ first film that is likely to go on the floors soon.

However, just like Salman warned his fans not to be disappointed with his cameo in Main Aurr Mrs Khanna, a member of Dutt’s inner circle said, “Baba’s fans shouldn’t go
to the theatre thinking that Aladin is a three-hero film. Amitabh Bachchan and Riteish Deshmukh are the lead actors. Baba just has a small part in this magic thriller.”
Brazilian model Bruna Abdullah bags a cameo in Dharma’s I Hate Luv Storys

By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 23, 2009)

After doing an item number, Rehem Kare in Anubhav Sinha’s Cash (2007), Brazilian model Bruna Abdullah has bagged a cameo in Karan Johar’s Imran Khan-Sonam Kapoor starrer I Hate Luv Storys.

A source said, “Dia Mirza was director Punit Malhotra’s first choice for the role that Bruna finally bagged. Dia politely denied the offer as she didn’t want to do one more cameo having done one in another Karan film Kurbaan. Punit then started auditioning and decided to cast a relatively new face.”

Somebody recommended Bruna’s name during the auditions and Punit fixed up a meeting with her. “Punit was impressed with Bruna and immediately finalised her for the role. Bruna is a Brazilian and has already started working on her diction and dialogue delivery. This is Bruna’s big break in Bollywood. Although it is a cameo, her role adds substantial weight to the script,” added the source.

First, Bruna’s manager Meenaxi confirmed the news and asked us to email the questions for Bruna.

However, later when we contacted her again, she denied the story and said, “I thought you wanted to speak to her regarding an interview. Bruna has not signed any film.”

MOVE IT, BABY! Preity Zinta doing the thumka; (below) Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan in a still from their film.
No, that’s Preity Zinta’s ‘item’ number for Salman Khan


SHARIN WADER BUTANI Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; September 7, 2009)


You would be forgiven for thinking Preity Zinta’s doing a Kajre Re in this song for Salman Khan’s home production
Main Aur Mrs Khanna. Far from it, and the perky Preity doesn’t want any comparisons or confusion with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan who shook her hips for father and son Bachchan in the 2005 hit Bunty Aur Babli.

Turns out Salman’s her buddy, and this is not an item song she’s doing for him, but a special number in the film co-starring Kareena Kapoor and Sohail Khan. “It’s an interesting cameo. The song’s called Happening and I agreed to do it because director Prem Soni is a friend. And since Salman has played Prem so often, let’s just say this one is for Prem,” the bubby actress said.
kajrare
Prem (the director, not Salman) added, “Unlike Ash, who was just a part of Kajra Re, Preity plays an important role in the film.” Incidentally… ahem, Preity look’s kinda ‘happening’ because she worked out hard for the song. With two super fit actors in the film in Salman and Kareena, Preity forced herself to follow a special diet, take up a tough exercise regime and do yoga.
sharin.wader@timesgroup.com

AWESOME TWOSOME! Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif in their upcoming film For more pictures of the actors, visit http://photogallery.indiatimes.com
…says Ranbir Kapoor of his hot association with Katrina Kaif

SHARIN WADER BUTANI Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; August 23, 2009)


The stories doing the rounds of the closeness growing steadily between the sexy Katrina Kaif and Ranbir Kapoor, the new cool dude in Bollywood, are true. But not so true that Salman Khan need get hot under the collar and Deepika Padukone bothered — these two being the other halves of Katz and Ranbir respectively.


Sources on the sets of Ramesh Taurani’s Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani say the two stars bonded because they are the same age. Katz has worked predominantly with all of Bollywood’s leading men who are in their mid-40s, and the 27-year-old Ranbir came
as, well, a bundle of fun. Katz, of course, is Ranbir’s senior in the industry (she’s a dozen films old, he’s got just two releases) and she rags him on the sets by showing him five fingers. No, it’s not what you think! The irrepressible Katz just rubs it into Ranbir that she’s had five hits in a row… while he’s had none. “With Ranbir, I can be myself. I guess it’s the age and the film’s a comedy, so the atmosphere on the sets is like that,” revealed Katz. Poor Ranbir, he tells director Rajkumar Santoshi that they should take all decisions (even what to eat for lunch!) only after consulting Katz, as she’s the reigning box office queen! “She’s a treat,” admitted Ranbir. Meanwhile, news is that Sallu bhai is also a part of this ghajab kahani. He’s doing a cameo in the film!