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Rani Mukerji to work with filmmaker Deepa Mehta in the screen adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 04, 2010)

Last month, Rani Mukerji had a secret, productive and extremely encouraging meeting with author Salman Rushdie and director Deepa Mehta in Toronto. Rushdie and Mehta are coming together for a screen adaptation of the former’s celebrated Booker-winning novel Midnight’s Children. According to reliable sources, Rani met the author and the filmmaker for a good two hours and is now part of the screen adaptation. The buzz is Rushdie took a great fancy to her.

Rani Mukerji

Deepa is evasive about confirming Rani’s presence in Midnight’s Children. She says, “Yes, Salman Rushdie and I met her informally in Toronto, but nothing has been finalised.”

However, reliable sources insist Rani is part of the coveted project which already has Shabana Azmi, Seema Biswas and Nandita Das in its cast.

Hinting at the possibility of working with Rani, Deepa says, “I don’t know about Rani’s current box-office status but I have always wanted to work with her. I saw her work in Hey Ram, Black, Bunty Aur Babli and Veer-Zaara and loved it. She is among the best talent in India today. Whether it is Preity Zinta (Heaven On Earth), Shabana Azmi (Fire) or Seema Biswas (Water), I have always enjoyed working with strong, female actors.”

Rani too is on the lookout for a challenge that will take her beyond the roles she has done in Hindi cinema so far. Interestingly, she has never worked with a female director in her entire career. She came close to working with Mira Nair in The Namesake. She lost the prized role to Tabu because she didn’t want to play Abhishek Bachchan’s mother. Later, Abhishek too opted out of the project.

Deepa Mehta Salman Rushdie
Sunil Shetty and Vishwajeet Pradhan are victims of severe burns

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 26, 2009)

On Thursday evening, a major fire broke out on the sets of Anees Bazmee’s No Problem. The unit was shooting in the middle of the sea for a vital action sequence. Suniel Shetty and Vishwajeet Pradhan almost became a victim of severe burns. However, prompt action saved them.

The fire extinguishers on the sets proved to be very handy. Suniel burnt his hands while Pradhan’s left leg suffered from major burns.

Vishvajeet Pradhan Sunil Shetty

Rajat Rawail, the producer of the film, said, “It was an important sequence that was being shot with all the main actors of the film, including Suniel Shetty and Vishwajeet Pradhan. We were shooting in the middle of the sea at the Yellow gate, when a sudden gush of wind led the fire to spiral out of our control. Sunil anna and Vishwajeet were trapped, but the production guys showed great presence of mind. They put out the fire with the extinguishers on the sets. We also had a doctor and a first-aid box on the sets, which made things better. Everything was under control in minutes. It is our job to take care of these things as a production unit. Anna’s hand is burnt, while Vishwajeet’s leg is burnt from his knee to the calf muscle. Thankfully, nothing serious happened.”

Vishwajeet tells us, “These things happen and despite all the precautions, the fire was just uncontrollable because of the sea breeze. My trousers were very thin. I guess it’s part of the game, but I am in pain right now. After the incident, I went to a doctor and even a skin specialist for treatment.”

Oscar award winner Resul Pookutty’s office was destroyed by a fire yesterday afternoon

By Mumbai Mirror Bureau (December 25, 2009)

An inferno destroyed Resul Pookutty’s office, which is on the fifth floor of Dilkap Chambers at Veera Desai road in Andheri. Although there weren’t any casualties or injuries, the fire charred almost all equipment and property.

According to the staff members, who were on the premises, the fire broke out at around 2 pm on the second floor. Deputy Chief Fire officer Atmaram Shinde, said, “The blaze started from Oval Village Film Private Ltd.’s office which is on the second floor of the ground plus seven storied building.” There weren’t any injuries as the office was shut for the day. The fire then spread through the building and charred Resul’s office, which is on the fifth floor.

The fire was so intense that four fire engines and three water tankers had to be called in. The workers said that the fire brigade reached the location two hours after the fire broke out. Deputy Chief Fire officer, Ramesh Kholkhumbe denied this and said, “We received a message at around three in the afternoon at Andheri fire station. There were around 70 to 80 people on the second floor. They were evacuated without any injuries. We are still investigating the reason for the fire.”

According to fire officers, some problems were encountered in putting out the blaze due to the ventilation system.

Resul Pookutty
(Pics: Nilesh Wairkar)

A fire broke out on the sets on Sonam Kapoor-Abhay Deol starrer Aisha

By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 27, 2009)

A small mishap took place on the sets of Anil Kapoor’s Aisha on Thursday afternoon. A fire broke out at Filmistan Studios in Goregaon where Aisha is being shot. No one was badly injured; two technicians escaped with minor bruises.

A witness reveals, “The fire broke out at noon due to an electrical problem. Luckily, as the shoot was already wrapped up, there weren’t many people present on the sets. The fire brigade was immediately called and they reached the sets within a few minutes. The fire did not spread much and the place was immediately evacuated.”

Producer Rhea Kapoor says, “Due to an electric fault, there was a small fire on the sets of Aisha which was curbed within 15 minutes.

The place was evacuated and nobody was seriously hurt. There was no major damage on the sets. We will resume shooting in a couple of days.”

A fire brigade control officer confirmed, “A small did break out on the sets in Filmistan. The curtains and electrical wire on the sets were damaged. Since it is such a huge studio, four to five trucks were dispatched as precaution.”

Nandita Das is dating industrialist Subodh Maskara

By Mumbai mirror bureau (November 21, 2009)

Looks like love has come calling again for Nandita Das.The winsome actress who has won much national and international acclaim both as an actress and director is now seeing Subodh Maskara, an industrialist based out of Mumbai.

Nandita married her long time friend Saumya Sen some years back but is now divorced from him. Subodh has been married earlier too.

The couple is looking to buy a home together and have been spotted looking at flats in the Madhuli Building at Worli, itself famous as the building in which Harshad Mehta had several flats.

The 40-year-old Nandita has always been unconventional in her choice of films and has never shied away from controversial roles like Fire (1996).

Kavita Kaushik saved from a freak accident on the sets of FIR, her hair-straightner exploded when she had left the room

By Sonali Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 03, 2009)


Kavita Kaushik

Television’s favourite Haryanvi cop Kavita Kaushik recently had a narrow escape on the sets of FIR. Only because Kavita stepped out of her dressing room on an impulse, she was saved from what could have resulted in serious face burns.

Kavita had to get her hair straightened for a particular episode and was sitting in her dressing room with her hairdresser. They were set to begin the procedure when it suddenly struck Kavita that it would be better to confirm her costumes before the straightening. Kavita says, “Luckily, I walked out of the room, and asked my hairdresser to plug the hair-straightner and keep it ready as I would be back in a jiffy. I was discussing the costumes with my director when the electricity went off and we heard a blast. It wasn’t too loud, so we continued our discussion and left it to the production guys to fix it. We even lit a few candles and were happy to have some time off from shooting.”

When Kavita stepped out and saw what had actually happened, she couldn’t thank her stars enough. “It was kind of scary with the production and studio guys running all over the place. It was actually the hair-straightner that had blown up. My hairdresser was not as fortunate as I was, her kurta and dupatta caught fire. Had I been getting my hair fixed, I cannot imagine how bad it would have been. My hairdresser did not suffer from any major burns, but still…,” Kavita shuddered as she recalled the accident.

WHAT’S COOKING? Don McKellar with Seema Biswas in the film; (centre) Lisa Ray and (right) Shabana Azmi
… in test of the kitchen, lands lead role with Canadian actor Don Mckellar which requires her to cook

SUBHASH K JHA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; Aug 7, 2009)

Strangely, Bollywood did not really have a finger in this pie that was baked in Delhi. Canadian actor, writer and filmmaker Don McKellar slipped into the capital and shot a fulllength Indian film with Lisa Ray and Seema Biswas (yes, the same) and left without anybody getting wind of what was happening.

The film, Cooking with Stella, is made by Deepa Mehta’s brother Dilip Mehta, but features all of Deepa’s favourite stars — including Shabana Azmi — who the Indian-born Canadian director has used in earlier films like Fire, Earth and Water.
The story goes that Shabana
missed out on the title role in Cooking with Stella because, well, the actress is lousy at cooking! And the role requires the protagonist to play a cook in a diplomat’s (Lisa Ray) household who teaches the diplomat’s chef-husband (Don McKellar) the best culinary secrets of India. Seema Biswas, on the other hand, is a fabulous cook and was just right for Stella’s part. And she and Don whipped up a storm in the kitchen on the Delhi sets of the film. Bollywood, of course, is mystified why Shabana could not have acted out the part. If Amitabh Bachchan, who notoriously cannot even boil an egg, played a famous London chef in R Balki’s Cheeni Kum, why could not Shabana be Stella!

Don, who was seen last year in the dramatic thriller Blindness (which he also scripted), is an amazingly versatile actor and Dilip Mehta was thrilled to have him play the lead role. “He was intrigued by the character, we couriered him the script, and he was on. He came straight to Delhi and hit the deck running. All this
two weeks prior to principle filming,” said Dilip.

shabana The film is a social satire about a Canadian diplomat and her chef-husband who are posted in Delhi and inherit a household of Indian servants headed by the charming, totally-inspiring and wily cook Stella. Don, incidentally, did manage to take back to Canada with him several tips on Indian cooking that he learned while shooting from Seema!