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Kareena Kapoor and Abhishek Bachchan are mutually ready to forgive and forget; to star together in Abbas Mustan’s

By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 31, 2009)


Over the years, Abhishek Bachchan and Kareena Kapoor have been quite vociferous about not wanting to work together after his marriage to Karisma Kapoor was called off. Now things seem to be looking up as Kareena and Abhishek are in the mood to move on and have agreed to star together in a film after six years. Buzz is that the two have been signed for Abbas Mustan’s untitled film, a remake of the Hollywood film, Italian Job.  The movie will also star Katrina Kaif and Neil Nitin Mukesh in lead roles.


A source says, “Initially talks were on with Saif Ali Khan but he did not have dates and Abhishek Bachchan replaced him. Although Saif and Kareena’s chemistry would have sizzled onscreen, it will be nice to watch Abhishek and Kareena after Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon, which was their last film together in 2003. Both actors made their acting debut together in Refugee and have been in the industry for years but have only starred together in two films till date.”

While Kareena’s manager Zahid denies that she has signed the film, a source close to Abbas Mustan says, “The directors always had Kareena in mind and now they have managed to get Katrina on board too. The film will go on the floors in April and like every Abbas Mustan film, this too will also be shot on a lavish budget at international locations. The directors are clear about who they want to cast in the film.”

The Italian Job (2003) rights are with Studio 18. CEO Sandeep Bhargava of Studio 18 says, “We have the rights of Italian Job. Abbas Mustan are working on the script and will also direct the film. The movie will go on the floors sometime next year.”

When asked about the star cast, Bhargava says, “We can’t approach any actors till the script is ready.”

Despite several attempts, Abbas Mustan remained unavailable for comment.

Abhishek Bachchan Neil Nitin Mukesh
Katrina Kaif Kareena Kapoor


Sanjay Dutt talks about Blue 2, which will have much more action and deadlier sharks than the first part

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 20, 2009)


If you think that the latest release Blue was made on a lavish budget, think again. A sequel to the film is already in the offing and is being planned on a much bigger scale.

Blue actor Sanjay Dutt informs that they will be starting with the sequel immediately. “It was a thrilling experience shooting for Blue in the Bahamas. Tony (director) is ready with the idea for Blue 2 and he has promised that there will be more sharks and action in the sequel,” says Sanjay.

Sanjay says that shooting for Blue wasn’t a cakewalk. “For me, Blue was an extremely difficult film to shoot. The same goes for the director Anthony D’Souza. Hats off to the producer who believed in the film and invested so much money in it. I don’t know about others but I had a tough time while shooting as I was scared when I saw 50 sharks around me.”

Blue 2 will be shot in Australia and will have one more key male actor other than Akshay Kumar, Sanjay and Zayed Khan. While Blue has several sharks, its sequel will have deadlier sharks such as Great Whites and Bull Sharks.

To capture real sounds for Blue, Resul Pookutty recorded the sounds of the sea, underwater in the Bahamas

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 13, 2009)

Lara Dutta in Blue

We are not surprised that Resul Pookutty brought home an Oscar. So devoted is the sound designer to his job, that he’d go to any lengths to capture ‘real’ sounds for his film. Resul and his team flew to the Bahamas to record underwater sounds for the film Blue’s background score. As Blue is an underwater action film, most of it has been shot in the Bahamas. So, Resul thought it was essential to record on location.

Resul said, “Before we started working on the score, we flew down to the Bahamas to get the underwater feel.” Resul and his crew went 60 feet underwater with their equipment to capture the required sounds for the film. After he returned to India, Resul worked on the sounds and modified them to suit Blue’s background score.

Resul Pookutty

Considering that the film is made on a lavish budget, the producers are giving the film the best. Director, Anthony D’Souza said, “We wanted a very genuine sounding film. The only way to get it was to go down in the ocean.”

It is the first time that an underwater action adventure film has been made in India. Produced by Shri Ashtavinayak Cine Vision, Blue stars Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Dutt and Lara Dutta.