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Auro turns cricket commentator for the India-Sri Lanka T-20 match tomorrow

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 11, 2009)


Paa

Amitabh Bachchan as Auro will now be a T20 cricket commentator for the India-Sri Lanka cricket match to be held on December 12. Amitabh will be doing the ‘expert commentary’ in the breaks between the match.

Confirming the story, Paa’s director Balki says, “Auro will be doing the expert commentary for television for the T20 match in Mohali.”

A big cricket aficionado, the challenge for Big B would be to do a cricket commentary for the first time, and that too in Auro’s soft and childish voice. A challenge that the actor is already gearing himself for.

In the meanwhile, spurred by the poignant story of Auro, Bihar’s chief minister Nitish Kumar has announced financial aid for the two Bihari progeric brothers Eqramul and Ali Hussein.

Balki is delighted by the impact of the film. “Now that’s the kind of story one likes to hear about Paa. But let me repeat we did not make Paa to spotlight progeria.”

The Progeria Research Foundation in the US is showing a keen interest in Paa. Says Balki, “I’d be only too happy for them to watch the film and decide how Paa could spread awareness about progeria.”

Shatrughan Sinha is livid at Arbaaz’s conviction that Bihar is risky as a location for Dabangg; will try to convince him to shoot there
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 13, 2009)

Shatrughan Sinha

Although several Indian films are shot in Bihar every year, its dubious reputation for law and order hasn’t made it a haven for filmmakers. Producer Arbaaz Khan has decided to stay away from the state for Dabangg. A source close to the unit said, “We’ve heard many shocking stories about Bihar. So it seems very risky for Salman, debutante Sonakshi Sinha and the rest of the unit to work in Bihar.” A faux-Bihar will be created in Wai, Nasik and the suburbs of Mumbai, for the film.

However, Shatrughan Sinha, Sonakshi’s father, is aghast at the thought. Born in the state, he recently contested the election and won a seat from Bihar. He said, “What better occasion to prove that Bihar is safe, than my own daughter’s film? I’m certainly going to suggest to Salman and Arbaaz that they shoot at least a portion of Dabangg in Bihar.”

Not many know that Shatrughan Sinha has submitted a proposal for a film city in Patna to Bihar’s chief minister Nitish Kumar. Talking about his pet project, he said, “I don’t know why that proposal was brushed under the carpet. I feel a culture centre in Bihar which would include cinema, theatre and television would encourage and cultivate local talent. It would also encourage Bollywood to visit Bihar. Sadly even our Bihari filmmaker in Bollywood, Prakash Jha, has shot all his Bihar-based films like Mrityudand, Apaharan and Gangaajal outside Bihar. I’d like to change this.”