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Imran Khan, the latest heartthrob of the nation, is all ready with his 3rd flick, Luck, which releases tomorrow. The promos are slick and the film looks like a fabulous action flick. What also catches one’s eye is its unusual cast. Newbie Imran Khan is casted alongside veterans Mithun Chakraborthy, Danny Denzogpa, Chak De girl Chitrashi Rawat, Sanjay Dutt, Bhojpuri actor Ravi Kishen and Kamal Haasan’s singer turned actress daughter, Shruti Haasan! Moreover, the film is directed by Soham Shah, who made a successful debut with Kaal, 4 years back.

Luck is surely an acid test for Imran Khan, Shruti Haasan and Soham Shah. Imran Khan became an instant craze among the youth as soon as the promos of his debut film, Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na started airing. Hardly any newcomer had created such a huge hype. Its opening was excellent and fortunately, the film turned out to be good too which resulted in its successful run at the BO. However, his second film, Kidnap, bombed at the BO even though Imran was hailed as the ‘next superstar’. Luck has to succeed for Imran Khan so that he can regain his prestige, which had suffered a dent after Kidnap’s failure.

Shruti Haasan had earlier done a cameo in Hey Ram but Luck is her first feature film as a full-fledged actor. She looks impressive in the promos but one has to see the film to know whether she is a good actor. And being Kamal Haasan’s daughter, her performance will be closely monitored.

soham shah

Soham Shah’s Kaal may have received lot of flak but one can’t deny the fact that he did succeed in making a decent thriller. Unfortunately, after getting appreciated for Kaal, Soham Shah (see pic) suffered some problems and had to begin afresh. There were reports of a fall out between Soham Shah and the producer of his first film, Karan Johar. Finally, he managed to stand on his legs and make Luck. However, not many remember him today. Moreover, the hoardings do not even mention that he is the director of Kaal. The success of Luck is all what Soham Shah needs.

Although the promos of this film are electrifying and the film has several A-listers, the film has failed to arouse curiosity. Many moviegoers have adopted a wait-and-watch situation for Luck-they shall go for it only if the film gets a good response. So, one might expect a low opening for Luck. But no sooner good reviews start coming in, then the film would surely go a long way.

Tomorrow, there is also a flood-scare in Mumbai. If it rains heavily here in the city, waterlogging is bound to take place due to the 5.5 m high tide tomorrow. And if it happens, hardly anyone will venture to see Luck. Let’s hope Luck doesn’t result in ‘bad luck’ for its makers!

We all love the song ‘Chand Sifarish’ from Fanaa, don’t we? The soulful music, Shaan’s fine singing and not to forget Kailash Kher chanting ‘Subhan Allah’ makes it a beautiful song, isn’t it? So it’ll be a surprise if I’ll announce that this song maybe a lifted one. Yes, Jatin-Lalit copied this song, a la Pritam style!

Check the video clip uploaded below to hear the original version. It is a Pakistani song and has exactly the same tune as Chand Sifarish (however the antara is very different)! However, it is not sure whether the song was created before Fanaa’s release. There’s a possibility it can be other way round-the composers of this song may have got inspired from Chand Sifarish. Whoever may be the original composer, the Pakistani version is very amusing. Don’t forget to watch it and let me know your views on it!

This post first appeared on MouthShut.com:http://www.mouthshut.com/diary/jijftromo/Fenils-Bollywood-Talk58

Imran Khan tells Indu Mirani why he finds it weird to be called ‘cool’ and how he and Aamir are staid, solid guys who rate 10 on fidelity

By Indu Mirani (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 04, 2009)

• The beginning of your career is usually a fun time when you take up nonconsequential films for the heck of it but you seem awfully serious from the word go.

You know how some people become actors because all their lives they wanted to be actors and they spent their childhood looking at the mirror and reciting Amitabh Bachchan’s dialogues or they practice expressions in the mirror? That was never me. Abbas (Tyrewala) came to me, I liked him, and I liked the film. As far as films go, I just enjoy the process, the acting. I enjoy being on set, I enjoy working with a director. The rest is frills and it’s really kind of unimportant to me. I am not good at doing the starry stuff like turning up somewhere and throwing my weight around and demanding service or demanding to be upgraded to the first class. I can never do that. I tend to be a little embarrassed about being famous.

• So you don’t like the trappings that come with being a star…

No it’s not that I don’t like them, everyone enjoys them, it’s that they don’t matter so much to me and very often I am uncomfortable with them. A lot of times when I go to the theatre, and I get free tickets and free popcorn, I feel uncomfortable because I am taking up seats, I’m taking popcorn, I am taking away money from the revenue of that film, the revenue from those three or four tickets will not go to the distributor or the producer, so for me that’s bad.  But what I will take advantage of is that, I can call up the manager and say “hold seats for me and he’ll hold good seats for me.” That makes my life easier and more convenient.

• The industry demands that every actor act in a certain way, do you find yourself acting off screen too?

No, I’m very bad at that. It’s an interesting phenomenon that when I as an actor meet another actor I don’t know at all, we still talk to each other. I find that very awkward. I make it a point to say “Hi how are you” but beyond that I don’t know what to do because honestly, I don’t know the person. I mean I know him, I’ve seen him, I’ve seen 15 films of his, I’ve liked him in most of them, but I don’t actually know him as a person. What if he doesn’t want me to talk to him?  It’s a weird space, and I can’t do any acting besides that, I’m not good at it.

• Are you comfortable with being called cool?

No and I think it ties into the fact that when I was in school I wasn’t really a cool guy. You know there are always those guys who have really great clothes, their parents are very very rich, and they date the most beautiful girls? That wasn’t me. It has happened that I would attend parties or be at a friend’s place or something and nobody would be talking to me except two or three friends of mine who have been friends for years. Nobody would give a damn that I was there. Now when I go to a party suddenly every one comes up to me and talks. I’m like “Now why do you want to talk to me? For 15 years you never had anything to say to me.” So it’s weird.

• You’ve been saying no to a lot of filmmakers. Is it that the quality of scripts is very bad or are you being extra choosy?

It’s a number of things. The most obvious reason is that a lot of scripts are just not good. Then there are a lot of scripts which are not the kind I am looking to do. Say someone will come to me with a film to play a character that is very close to the character I played in Kidnap. For me it’s not that exciting because I’ve been there.

Also I’m particular about not leaving people hanging. For better or worse, it is better to be completely upfront and honest. If I don’t want to do a film I will tell the person at the earliest.

But contrary to stories, I have not said no to Sanjay Gadhvi’s film, and it is not a thriller. He has told me the story which I’ve liked and I am waiting for a final screenplay. The same goes for Danish Aslam’s film which I am also still reading. In both cases, I’ve heard and liked the story and seen the graph of the characters and am waiting for a final script.

• So it’s not that you are being particularly choosy?

No not at all. The thing is that I accept a script from any one. I’ve got stacks and stacks of scripts. As far as possible I try to take scripts from any one who tries to contact me. Some people send me a handwritten script written with a ball point pen. I take those and I read through those, which a lot of other actors don’t. And so because I take more scripts than others I am accused of turning more people down.

• Where does the idea of you and Ranbir producing films come from?

We understand that a major flaw in the business models of films today is how much money people are taking upfront.It makes sense for an actor to take a minimal amount upfront and share the profits. If the cost is kept down the film has much more of a chance of being a hit, something which benefits everyone. Guys like Shah Rukh and Aamir have been doing this for years. So what we do is, we take producer credits and we do the film for less money which is not to say we are actually producers. Shah Rukh is doing the same thing with My Name Is Khan. I want that any film that I am associated with, to be successful and every one should earn a lot of money from it.

This way Shah Rukh can do a film like Chak De, and Aamir Khan can do a film like Taare Zameen Par and there’s a market for it.

• You never thought of asking your uncle Mansoor Khan to make a film with you?

I would never ask any one to make a film with me.

• Don’t you want him to come back and make a film?

I think every body in the industry wants him to come back and make a film. The fact is that he just doesn’t have a film in him. Honestly I know he doesn’t want to. There’s absolutely no interest in him to direct a film.

Now when I go to a party suddenly every one comes up to me and talks. I’m like “Now why do you want to talk to me? For 15 years you never had anything to say to me”

Rapid Fire

On a scale of 1 to 10 rate both yourself and Aamir according to the following parameters

Good Looks: I would put us both at a 7 at this point just because of how young and great he is looking

Patience: Aamir is a 10 and I am 9.5. We are both tremendously patient people. Again because I’m younger, I’m that 0.5 percent less patient but I am the most supremely patient being that you’ll meet.

Quest for perfection: Aamir is a 10 I’m probably an 8

SpontaNeity: Aamir is 6, I’m a 7

Acting talent: I put myself at a 6, I put him at a10. I do honestly think he is best actor working in the country today

Communication skills: Mine aren’t good. I’m not good at all, so 5 for me and him I don’t know, maybe a 7. Yeah he is better than me

Charm: I am more charming than he is definitely; he is not a charming person. He is 5. I’m an 8.

Tendency to lose temper: One and one

Fidelity to spouse or girlfriend: That’s a 10 for both. We are both very staid, solid guys.