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Some crew members of the much delayed Agent Vinod have opted out of the project for fear of being jobless after signing a contract with the production house

By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 19, 2009)


Saif Ali Khan and Dinesh Vijan’s Agent Vinod, which finally seemed poised to take off, has been delayed again. Due to this, some crew members got fed up of waiting for the film to go on the floors and hence opted out of it to work in other viable projects.

The film was supposed to go on the floors in July, but Saif could not find time for Agent Vinod as he was busy with the promotions of Love Aaj Kal. Later, both Kareena and Saif got busy with Kurbaan and the film got postponed. Then Kareena’s dates were given away to the Bollywood version of Stepmom, so the film got delayed even further to January. Now, it is finally reported that the film will begin in the second half of the next year.

A source from the unit, who has backed out of the film, says, “We have been roped in for this project for over six months. We were first informed that the movie will go on the floors in December, which was then pushed to January. Finally, the other day, we got a call from the production house saying that the film might go on the floors by April and we need to sign the contract papers.”

It was the commitment to the project, which seemed on a shaky path that made them back out of it. The source adds, “How can we sign the contract papers? Once we sign the contract, we can’t work anywhere else. So, we will be jobless till this movie goes on the floors. Given this inconvenience, many of us have backed out of the film. We are not signing the contract as we don’t want to be bound with the production house for so many months. If we do sign the contract we will be twiddling our thumbs and not earning money. Some of us have moved on since there is no guarantee of when exactly the film will take off. Meanwhile, we are taking up some other projects,” adds the source.

Producer Dinesh Vijan remained unavailable for comment. Guess Agent Vinod and he were having a fictitious tete-a-tete.

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CROSSING BORDERS: John Abraham
Talks are underway with the Hollywood hotties to step the Indian silver screen opposite the hunk

HARSHADA REGE Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 17, 2009)

Bollywood babes better watch out, as apna hunk John Abraham is all set to sizzle alongside a Hollywood hottie on the big screen. It could just be the sexy Scarlett Johansson or the gorgeous Anne Hathaway! That’s the big plan kept under wraps for John’s film that will be directed by Shirish Kunder. The film titled Alien Sahib will be produced jointly by Shirish Kunder and Farah Khan along with John himself, and will be shot on an international level.

A source reveals, “Shirish is already in talks with Hollywood A-list stars like Scarlett and Anne and is flying down to Los Angeles finalise the deal. Shirish and John are doing everything possible to ensure that the movie is as perfect as it was conceptualised.” Shirish, who admits that talks are underway, says that they are also scouting for another Hollywood actor for the villain’s role. “The story has a tremendous intentional appeal. The female protagonist is a foreign national so we decided to cast a Hollywood actress for it. Today, actors abroad are aware of the work we do and are open to working in films here. We have the means and we are doing what’s best for the film,” says the filmmaker. John was noticed by the audience on the international circuit when his movie Water was screened at various film festivals across the globe. And now, with this film the actor seems ready to kickstart his career in the West.


Shirish says, “John is one of the few actors who can carry off a project like this. He has a huge fan base abroad. I see him fitting perfectly in a venture like this.” Not just the cast, but also the crew behind the camera will include a lot of technicians from the West, we hear.


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