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Shekhar’s Paani is ready to roll in Spain

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 16, 2009)

Shekhar Kapoor flew into Chennai earlier this month to record his first song for Paani, officially flagging off his first feature film undertaking since the sequel to Elizabeth two years ago.

Says Shekhar, “Paani is now completely on. We start shooting in April 2010. We’re at a pre-visualisation stage. And I needed Rahman’s song for that. Since it is located in a futuristic city, I’ve artistes in Los Angeles, Singapore and India creating my city.”

While the film is set in futuristic Mumbai, Shekhar plans to shoot in Spain. “I’ve had a big offer from Spain to shoot the film in their country. They too are fascinated by the water theme. It’s a massive project. Otherwise it wouldn’t interest me.”

The film will star newcomers in the lead. Says Shekhar, “The girl has to be a 17-year old French-Canadian who lives in the Upper City (the posh area) of  Mumbai. And the young Indian boy is a desi Leonardo DiCaprio who’s a water revolutionary.”

The film is a forbidden love story. “The girl’s father is the global head of a water company. We need another girl, a smouldering entertainer like Shakira, who’s a big star in the Upper and the Lower City. Then there’s an Oracle called Amma.”

Shekhar will cast the hero from India while the girl will be cast internationally. He swears he hasn’t decided a single member of the vast cast as yet. “You know I had planned whole schedules of Elizabeth and I hadn’t found the actress to play the lead. And since Elizabeth wasn’t cast, no one else was. The studios were getting frantic with worry. We tested a hundred actresses. I wasn’t the least worried. I knew I’d find my Elizabeth. I saw two shots of Cate Blanchett in a film no one had seen and I decided on her. The most difficult actor to cast was Richard Attenborough. Likewise I’m not worried about Paani.”

The spoken language of Paani would be English. But there will be a dubbed Hindi version. “Even the characters of the Lower City would be speaking English. Slumdog Millionaire has proved that language is no barrier. Even though all the Indians spoke English, the language didn’t come in the way of credible self-expression. I will have a dubbed Hindi version too.”

Paani will be readied in time for the Venice Film Festival in 2011.


HAVING FUN: Deepika Padukone. For more pictures of the actress, log on to http://photogallery.indiatimes.com
…was Deepika Padukone’s perky reply when asked what her man thought about her latest performance

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; August 11, 2009)

Deepika Padukone has been stopped in the streets of London a dozen times a day in the last ten days. “Indians, Pakistanis and other Asians have all stopped to tell me only one thing — that they have loved me in my latest film,’’ says the actress excitedly.

She is particularly delighted that no one mentioned that Kareena Kapoor would, perhaps, have been better in the part than she is. “Saif and I were perfect for the part is everyone’s firm opinion,’’ she
says. “Imtiaz Ali obviously knew what he was doing when he cast us.’’

She herself caught a private screening with boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor. Ask her what he thought of her performance and she quips, “You must ask Ranbir what he thought of me. I can’t tell you.’’

If she is all smiles now thanks to the fantastic response, the actress recalls how two weeks ago things seemed bleak. “I was down with a bout of malaria,’’ she says. “I was so weak that the doctor who was treating me in London almost didn’t want me to travel.’’

The high levels of anxiety she went
through on account of her health and the shooting of her film Housefull being held up gave her a bad case of the blues. “Of course,’’ she says, “the silver lining to this whole thing was that my last release worked.’’

She is just four films old, but Deepika is totally sorted. “While I love the compliments I receive (believe me, they are almost as many in number as the ones I received for Om Shanti Om) I don’t want to fly. I’m just a newcomer on the block and I need to stay focused. Praise is all fine, so is flattery. But at the end of the day, I have to move on to doing
better work.’’

Deepika’s next release will be Kartik Calling Kartik with Farhan Akhtar followed by the mad-cap comedy Houseful with Akshay Kumar. “Not only is the film a comedy, even shooting for this film is a riot,’’ says the actress. “Whether it is Akshay Kumar, Sajid Khan or Sajid Nadiadwala, they constantly keep everyone on the set in splits. I can’t tell you how much fun it is.’’

Life is coming up roses for her…