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The Bollywood superstar is gambling with roles again…

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 29, 2009)

It is the season for the Big B. One day he steals hearts as the adorable Auro. Then he makes you sit up and notice him as the head honcho of a television channel in Rann. And if that’s not enough, the Bollywood superstar plunges straight into playing a Math professor with a quirk in Ambika Hinduja’s Teen Patti.
Here he is in the first look of the 2010 release. Sources say that Bachchan had a field day shooting in locations like the Mumbai docks, the Asiatic Library and the streets of Ballard Pier. “The locations made him nostalgic,’’ says an assistant director. Incidentally, Teen Patti has Bachchan teaming up with Sir Ben Kingsley, and the unit is all women. Talking often of being bullied, in jest, the actor would invariably say he is surrounded by ‘Hitlers’. Producer Ambika says, “Mr Bachchan is a paragon of professionalism. His acting genius is matched his profound moral conscience.” She adds, “I have never met an actor like Sir Ben, so unerringly prepared for his role. He lights up the stage with such formidable presence and
humility. It is my great joy to serve the story of Teen Patti with the best acting and technical talent. I have pulled every card out of the producer’s deck to make it a visual force of story telling.’’

Miffed at not being given as much prominence as Akshay Kumar in the promos of Blue, Sanjay Dutt gives a miss to the shooting of the song Fiqrana

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 02, 2009)

The Fiqrana song in Blue

Although Sanjay Dutt plays the protagonist in the forthcoming film Blue, it is Akshay Kumar, who plays the antagonist, who has been given far more prominence in the film. This has angered Sanjay so much that he has completely washed his hands of the promotions of Blue, which releases on October 16. Sanjay will instead focus on Ajay Devgan’s All The Best, which releases on the same day.

According to sources, Akshay was given more importance in the promo on the insistence of the music company T Series’s head honcho Bhushan Kumar. Bhushan called up the film’s director Tony D’Souza to highlight Akshay’s presence in the film.

Sanjay Dutt

The emotional Sanjay, who is known to go out on a limb for friends and struggling directors, has taken this snub to heart. To top it, when Sanjay read about Tony’s next film featuring Akshay Kumar and John Abraham, he couldn’t resist calling up the director to say that he was very hurt at not being part of Tony’s next project.

As a result, Sanjay is also missing from Blue’s promotional song, Fiqrana, which was shot last month.

Director Tony D’Souza confirms Sanjay’s absence from the song. He says, “It’s true that Sanjay didn’t participate in the shooting of the Fiqrana song in Blue. I’ve no clue why didn’t turn up. It’s also true that Sanjay sir called me when he read about my next film with Akshay and John. I told him there was no role for him at the moment and that I’m trying my best to include him in my forthcoming film.”

Tony D’Souza

But the wounded Sanjay isn’t biting the bait. A source says, “As far as Mr Dutt is concerned, Blue is done and over with. He has moved on.

However, he will be doing a lot of promotional activities for All The Best, in which he plays the central part. It was very sporting of Ajay Devgan to let Sanjay Dutt take centre stage although Ajay is the film’s producer.”