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HOT! Neha Dhupia in a still from Raat Gayi Baat Gayi

One-night stands are harmless as long as you are not hurting anyone, says Neha Dhupia in a candid chat with BT

ROSHNI K OLIVERA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 30, 2009)

Neha Dhupia made headlines with her line ‘In India only SRK and Sex sell’. Now the focus is on her again with Pritish Nandy Communications’ Raat Gayi Baat Gayi releasing tomorrow. The movie, produced by Rangita Pritish Nandy and directed by Saurabh Shukla, won the best film award at the HBO Asian International Film Festival in New York last month. Neha plays the mysterious gorgeous woman hunted down by Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak and Dalip Tahil, after a night of lots of drinking, sex and zero memory! Ask her if it’s a bold role and she replies candidly, “If you are asking in terms of skin show, then no. But if being bold is a state of mind, then yes.” That’s Neha for you. Not one to mince words, the actress speaks to BT about relationships, sex and movies…

What’s your take on one-night stands?
The problem with one-night stands is that you end up hurting so many people. As long as you are not hurting any one, it’s fine.

In Raat Gayi Baat Gayi you have a onenight stand with a married man…
There are seven characters in the film! Why do you assume it’s my character who’s had the one-night stand? Are you assuming that because I am attractive… Not fair!

Do you think the Indian audience is opening up to sex in movies?
Dev D was a big hit. Indian audiences are open to fantastic scripts. Raat Gayi… is a funny kind of a thrilling experience that takes you through a drunken night. You don’t really know what happened last night. The film is packed with a lot of emotions and it is very relatable. You can relate to one or the other character.

You’ve done movies of various genres… what’s your favourite?
It’s very hard for me to say that. Right from my roles in Singh Is Kinng, De Dana Dan, Mithya, Ek Chaalis Ki Last Local to Raat Gayi Baat Gayi, everything is challenging and at the same time everything is easy. I don’t over-intellectualise the whole acting medium. I’m not working because I have to work. I’m working because I really enjoy doing so.

Are you happy with the way your career has shaped up so far?
I am. I had made a few mistakes, but I don’t regret anything. They have been learning experiences. I have come a long way, but I also have a long way to go…
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By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 26, 2009)


Pritish Nandy Communications (PNC) has approached Kareena Kapoor to star with Akshay Kumar in Pyaar Ke Side Effects 2. Pritish Nandy is clearly in the mood to extend the olive branch to Kareena after he had recently commented on a social networking site that Kareena looked like a joke in Sajid Nadiadwala’s Kambakkht Ishq, and if anyone wanted to see her in a stunningly beautiful avatar, they should watch her in his 2004 film Chameli.

Kareena Kapoor

Kareena had not taken too kindly to Nandy’s comments and had shot back that he should concentrate on his work rather than blogging. Ironically, Nandy might now have the same lead pair as Kambakkht Ishq. A source says, “Kareena has liked the role in PKSE 2 and has agreed to star in it.”

Nandy says, “I am out of town. My daughter Rangita might have approached Kareena. She is a good actress and I hadn’t made any personal comment against her. Those remarks were directed only at her character in Kambakkht Ishq.”

Earlier, there were reports of Sonam Kapoor starring in the film. Director Saket Chaudhary clarifies, “I don’t know how Sonam’s name popped up. The call on the cast is only taken by PNC.”

Alter the script, get in bigger stars and rope in a different producer, that’s Sudhir Mishra’s mantra for success
By Mumbai Mirror Bureau (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 18, 2009)

Farhan Akhtar

Though producers and directors often say that they sign actors because they suit the character in the film, the fact is that more times than not it is the financial viability of the actor that determines whether he will do the film or not.  This is a classic example.

Sudhir Mishra had roped in Shiney Ahuja, Lara Dutta and Chitrangda Singh for his version of Devdas and had even approached producers Pritish Nandy Communications when realisation dawned that this was not going to be a cast easy to sell to anyone, particularly distributors. Shiney was quickly replaced by Farhan Akhtar, a much more saleable actor.

Then for some reason the director decided he wanted a change of producer too and that is where Farhan Akhtar stepped in. With Kareena Kapoor playing the lead opposite him and Chitrangada Singh retained, it suddenly became a big film. Surprisingly, though the story remained the same, it was projected as a political drama with shades of Hamlet (the film is titled DHRUV).

When Pritish Nandy got to hear of it he was livid and first thought of taking legal action. “But,” he says, “though we knew all along that it was the same script, we thought that to each one his own conscience. I didn’t want to pursue legal action because Farhan was involved in the film.”

Meanwhile, with Farhan and Kareena at the top of the heap, Sudhir Mishra seems to have a winning project on his hands.

Sudhir Mishra

Pritish Nandy


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