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Vidya Balan is on cloud nine these days. No, not because she’s bagged another great project, but the actress was thrilled that Saira Banu praised her for her performance in Bhool Bhulaiya when they met recently. When Vidya walked up to Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu at an event, Saira said, “Bachhe kal raat to tumne humko darra diya.” Apparently the couple had watched Bhool Bhulaiya the previous night, and Vidya’s act impressed them a lot. An onlooker said, “Saira complimented Vidya on her dancing talent and was surprised when Vidya told her that she isn’t a trained dancer at all. She even said that if Guide is remade then Vidya would be perfect for Waheeda Rahman’s role in it.” Now that was a compliment, Vidya still hasn’t been able to get over.

BOMBAY TIMES (September 2, 2009)

Sanjay Dutt’s new tattoo and (inset) while getting it done

Sanjay Dutt came in his red sports car on Sunday evening to Aalim Hakim’s studio in Bandra for his ninth tattoo. The actor, who has four on his back, two on his chest, two of his forearm and the lastest one on his upperarm, has designed every one of the tattoos personally. Dutt admitted, “I’m addicted to the tattoo needles, and everytime I want to feel high, I call my tattooist Vishwas and ask him to keep the needles ready.”

The incredible hulk…who Bollywood calls a true-blue rock star, bore the pain with a smile (check the photograph!) and the Samurai came alive on his arm.
Dressed in a sleeveless jacket and orange trackpants, Dutt was in a good mood and clicked photographs with fans surrounding his car.

Next day, while dubbing for Blue and All The Best simultaneously — his next two films, Dutt showed of his tattoo like an excited school kid. Stylist Aalim said, “Baba has one of the best bodies in Bollywood and these tattoos only add to his personality.”

MULTIPLE FACES: Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra set to enter book of world records for playing 12 roles in her next film

AAKANKSHA NAVAL-SHETYE Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; September 2, 2009)

Hard work does pay. Ask Priyanka Chopra, who is all set to enter the
Guinness Book of World Records for playing the highest number of characters in one film. A feat that the actress has accomplished with her 12 avatars in Ashutosh Gowariker’s forthcoming film What’s Your Raashee?

The producer has sent the actresses’ name to be officially entered in the Guinness. “If this does happen, it will be phenomenal,” said Priyanka excitedly. “I’m overjoyed and honoured to be a part of this record-breaking film.”

Producer Sunita Gowariker, who’s equally elated, revealed, “Priyanka has not only played 12 different roles, but breathed life into 12 distinct characters without the aide of any
prosthetics. Few people realise how difficult a challenge it is. This we gauged when we spoke to the Guinness officials. No actor has ever played so many different roles in cinema of any language. So it truly is a world record.”
The versatile Kamal Hassan played 10 roles in Dashavataram. He beat Sanjeev Kumar and Sivaji Ganeshan by one role as the two had done nine roles for Naya Din Nayi Raat and Navarathiri respectively. Internationally, too, not many actors have come close to achieving this. Eddie Murphy played seven characters in The Nutty Professor, and he only upped it to eight in the sequel. Eric Idle is credited with having played seven in Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975), while Alec Guinness played eight in Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949).
Adnan Sami’s 15-year-old son Azaan makes his debut as a music composer and singer for Bumm Bumm Bole starring Darsheel Safary
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 02, 2009)

Bumm Bumm Bole

Adnan Sami is a proud father thanks to his son, Azaan, who is now following his daddy’s footsteps. Azaan is ready for his big Bollywood debut as a singer and composer. He has been signed on to sing for Darsheel Safary who plays the lead in Percept Picture Company’s forthcoming film, Bumm Bumm Bole.

A source said, “Shailendra Singh, MD of PPC, and director Priyadarshan were in the midst of a music sitting for Bumm Bumm Bole. Priyan told Singh that he wanted refreshingly different and inspiring songs, especially for the climax when Darsheel wins a race after facing a lot of difficulty. Shailendra, who had earlier heard Azaan’s voice and had loved it, suddenly came up with the idea of having him on board. Priyan too loved Azaan’s voice. He will sing as well as compose all the three songs in the film.”

Azaan Sami

Shailendra Singh said, “Yes, we have signed Azaan for his Bollywood debut as singer and composer. He’s barely 15 years old and his voice has a raw feel, which Priyan appreciated. Azaan’s music is quite inspiring and suits the uplifting mood of Bumm Bumm Bole.”

An excited Adnan said, “I am happy that Azaan’s first assignment as a composer is with Priyadarshan and PPC. I am immensely proud and happy as a father. I am eagerly waiting to hear his songs.”

Rani Mukerji is keen to star in films outside the YRF banner. She has been reading other scripts but is in no hurry to sign films only to prove a point
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 02, 2009)
Rani Mukerji is fed up of the vicious attempts by people within the industry who insist on labelling her as the exclusive leading lady of Yash Raj Films. According to Rani, some jealous actresses are spreading the rumours. Meanwhile, Rani’s friends say that contrary to rumours that she is just not interested in signing films outside the Yash Raj banner, she has been reading scripts by other banners but is in no hurry to sign films just to prove a point.

Rani Mukerji

She was heard telling a friend, “I won’t do anything just because it’s expected of me. My heart has to be in it.”

Rani now finds herself in the same position she was during Saathiya in 2002. One of her friends said, “At that time, Rani had only one project, which was Yash Raj’s Saathiya. She had told friends that if it didn’t work, she would quit films. Fortunately, Saathiya was a big hit and proved to be a turning point in her career. Now again, Rani has only one film on hand, Dil Bole Hadippa, which again is a Yash Raj film.”

For Dil Bole Hadippa, she has ensured that her talent and beauty are showcased better than ever before.Presumably inspired by Andy Fickman’s 2006 football flick She’s the Man where a girl disguised herself as a man to enter an all-male soccer team, Dil Bole Hadippa is also about cross-dressing.

Her friend added, “Rani decided to work round-the-clock on her figure so that she could do the sizzling dance numbers with Shahid. She also spent hours with her chreographer-friend Vaibhavi Merchant so that she could deftly match steps with Shahid.”

Kangna Ranaut to play a bold journalist in Mani Shankar’s film. Her character is strikingly similar to broadcast journalist Barkha Dutt
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 02, 2009)

After several hard-hitting roles, Kangna Ranaut will now play a fearless journalist in her new film, which is directed by Mani Shankar. Incidentally, her role is that of a topnotch journalist who works in a prominent news channel. The reel life character sounds strikingly similar to broadcast journalist Barkha Dutt.

A source said, “Kangna is quite excited about playing a journalist for the first time. Sanjay Dutt and Irrfan Khan are the two key characters as government agents from different walks of life who come together to raise Rs 32,000 crore in two hours. Kangna, who has a great fashion sense and is known to always experiment with her roles, is very excited about her different look in the film. She will be chopping off her trademark curly tresses and sport a short hairstyle to look like Barkha Dutt.”

Sohail Maklai, producer of the untitled film, said, “No comments.”

Kangna remained unavailable for comment.

Karan Johar will launch his own clothing line soon. Not surprisingly, Shah Rukh Khan will be the show stopper
By Mumbai Mirror Bureau (September 02, 2009)
Karan Johar has always had an abiding interest in fashion, whether it is as a designer for Shah Rukh Khan and other male stars or whether it is choosing his own clothes. In fact, he has often confessed to having so many clothes that he needs a whole separate apartment to accommodate them. A fact that he surely will keep in mind when he buys his next (sea facing) apartment.

While on the subject of clothes, he also confesses to having jeans and shirts in all sizes for the very unwelcome event that he might one day become fat again. “The trouble is, that in my mind I am still a fat boy,” he admitted ruefully, one day.

And so it comes as no surprise at all to hear that Karan has now decided to launch his own clothing line in collaboration with Varun Bahl. Reportedly, it will be launched on October 16 at the couture week which will be on at that time. And we hear that while Imran Khan and Ranbir Kapoor will open the showing, the show stopper will be, but naturally, Shah Rukh Khan with Gauri Khan being the only female model.

Karan Johar confirmed that he was launching his own line with Varun Bahl. “I have been designing for Shah Rukh Khan for 12 years and it is a given that he will be part of my first collection. It will be a menswear collection and will have several other elements which will be a pleasant surprise but I am still in the process of finalising these and so can’t comment at the moment,” he said.

The line will be called ‘Karan Johar with Varun Bahl’

Pratik Babbar washed clothes at a dhobi ghat for five hours everyday for a week to prepare for Dhobi Ghat
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 02, 2009)
Looks like Aamir Khan has taken a fancy to Pratik Babbar, who plays the central character in his wife Kiran’s Rao’s debut film, Dhobi Ghat. The diligent actor seems to have taken him under his wings and is making him go through the grind for the role. The actor had to go to a real dhobi ghat every morning to learn to wash clothes. Commenting on his training process, Pratik says, “I play the dhobi who washes clothes for all these characters, including Aamir Khan. He’s my saab. I went to real dhobi ghats and washed clothes for five hours everyday for a week. It was quite a unique experience. Now I’ve become an expert at the job. I can’t say I enjoy doing it, but if I’ve no one to do my washing, I won’t sit and cry.”

Aamir Khan

Pratik Babbar

The actor has insights into the dhobi lifestyle as well. Pratik says, “Do you know these guys wake up at 3am? And the first thing they do is swig alcohol. They are drunk the whole time while they wash. That’s all they do. Wash clothes and drink.”

But Aamir Khan did take special care of Pratik Babbar during the shoot, and not just because he is the film’s producer. It has more to do with the fact that Pratik is Smita Patil’s son and everyone including Aamir Khan feels protective towards the boy. Talking about how Aamir helped Pratik with his performance, Pratik says, “He helped me with my scenes. But most importantly he made me do voice exercises. He made me clench my teeth and read out the whole script to myself. And he made me yell at the top of my voice. All this helped me with the pronunciation and rolling of the tongue.”

Pratik says he chose Dhobi Ghat as his crucial post-debut film solely because of Aamir Khan. He explains, “I’ve to admit it was because of Aamir. When I went to the audition they told me AK would be playing a role as well. That did it. I was on. No questions asked. I was itching to tell everyone about him. But I was warned not to open my mouth. Honestly, Aamir is of a different calibre.”

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 02, 2009)

Karan Johar is leaving no stone unturned to give his film My Name Is Khan a unique look. He has recreated New York at Film City and now a flood sequence is being shot there. Apparently, Karan has ordered for thousands of litres of water in tankers to depict the flood.

However, being the ever thoughtful producer, he also did not want the unit to fall sick shooting the entire day in waist-high water, so he got designer Shiraj Siddiqui to make special waterproof costumes.

Our source from the sets said, “The entire set will be under water for the next few days. It is going to be a difficult shoot and Karan is tensed about it. This is one of the most important sequences in the film and all precautions are being taken. Many tankers have been called to fill the set with water and Karan is very particular that he wants everything to be right. However, he is also very concerned about the health risks of staying in water for hours. That’s why he has asked his designer friend Shiraz Siddiqui to make special waterproof costumes for himself as well as his entire unit. However, the actors SRK and Kajol will not have the costumes as they have to be seen in their look for the film.”

Karan Johar didn’t want to talk about the scenes to maintain the ambiguity that he has been projecting regarding the film. But he did say that it was a difficult and elaborate scene that he was shooting.

SUBHASH K JHA (Mid-Day; August 1, 2009)

Director Rakeysh Mehra changed the beginning and end of the film before sending it to Venice film festival

Does director Rakeysh Mehra feel the quick-fix revive-the-hero ending became the undoing of Delhi- 6? Yes, he does.

Without anyone’s knowledge, he re-edited the film, restored  the original  ending, and submitted it to the Venice Film Festival. And, it got selected.

Loved it

Venice Calling: A still from Abhishek-Sonam starrer Delhi-6

Says Rakeysh,  “On Thursday night, I got an e-mail informing me that Delhi-6 has been selected for the Venice Film Festival.

They loved the film and it will be screened on either September 2 or 3. I sent them a new version of Delhi-6 based on my original script.

I had to do this, otherwise, I wouldn’t have died in peace.”

Apparently, Rakeysh had been forced to incorporate a happy ending to accommodate distributors.

He admits he wasn’t happy with the ending.

“Now, I’ve a new beginning and end. I  intended the film to end with  the death of Abhishek’s character.

People were genuinely confused by some aspects of the film like the mirror as a metaphor for looking within, the kala bandar metaphor.

The joy of being selected for Venice has washed away all wrongs in the script,” he says.

“Sometimes in life you do lose track of the destintation during the journey.

But three months after the film’s release, I have re-shot and re-edited the ending,” he adds.  Now he wants Indian audiences to see the changed Delhi-6.

“It’s the director’s cut, like Francis Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, which didn’t make sense the first time.

It made history after the changes. We shouldn’t have been in a hurry to release a film, which tries a new grammar and idiom.”

Sighs Rakeysh, “I’ve grown wiser now. I’m happy I’ve gone for the sad ending in Delhi-6.

This  is a creative correction  that has made me sleep easier.”