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Shekhar’s Paani is ready to roll in Spain

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 16, 2009)

Shekhar Kapoor flew into Chennai earlier this month to record his first song for Paani, officially flagging off his first feature film undertaking since the sequel to Elizabeth two years ago.

Says Shekhar, “Paani is now completely on. We start shooting in April 2010. We’re at a pre-visualisation stage. And I needed Rahman’s song for that. Since it is located in a futuristic city, I’ve artistes in Los Angeles, Singapore and India creating my city.”

While the film is set in futuristic Mumbai, Shekhar plans to shoot in Spain. “I’ve had a big offer from Spain to shoot the film in their country. They too are fascinated by the water theme. It’s a massive project. Otherwise it wouldn’t interest me.”

The film will star newcomers in the lead. Says Shekhar, “The girl has to be a 17-year old French-Canadian who lives in the Upper City (the posh area) of  Mumbai. And the young Indian boy is a desi Leonardo DiCaprio who’s a water revolutionary.”

The film is a forbidden love story. “The girl’s father is the global head of a water company. We need another girl, a smouldering entertainer like Shakira, who’s a big star in the Upper and the Lower City. Then there’s an Oracle called Amma.”

Shekhar will cast the hero from India while the girl will be cast internationally. He swears he hasn’t decided a single member of the vast cast as yet. “You know I had planned whole schedules of Elizabeth and I hadn’t found the actress to play the lead. And since Elizabeth wasn’t cast, no one else was. The studios were getting frantic with worry. We tested a hundred actresses. I wasn’t the least worried. I knew I’d find my Elizabeth. I saw two shots of Cate Blanchett in a film no one had seen and I decided on her. The most difficult actor to cast was Richard Attenborough. Likewise I’m not worried about Paani.”

The spoken language of Paani would be English. But there will be a dubbed Hindi version. “Even the characters of the Lower City would be speaking English. Slumdog Millionaire has proved that language is no barrier. Even though all the Indians spoke English, the language didn’t come in the way of credible self-expression. I will have a dubbed Hindi version too.”

Paani will be readied in time for the Venice Film Festival in 2011.

HITLIST TEAM (Mid-Day; November 27, 2009)

Sonam Kapoor was the first choice for Zoya Akhtar’s next starring Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar and Abhay Deol.

But the young lass turned down the project saying she didn’t have much to do. Zoya personally approached Sonam with the script, who politely refused the offer.

The movie revolves around three childhood friends who take a road trip in Spain.

A source reveals, “Sonam knew it’s a guy film and that she wouldn’t have much to do. She’s being extra careful choosing her films as she’s still waiting for her first big hit.

Also Luck By Chance didn’t light up the box office, so doing Zoya’s next would be a big risk for her.”

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 19, 2009)


Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s production Crooked is set to go on the floors from January 14 next year. However, the Abhishek Bachchan starrer has no lead actress as Aishwarya, who was supposed to do the film, opted out citing date problems.

Her dates for Crooked were colliding with Vipul Shah’s Action Replay. Since Action Replay is inching towards completion, Aishwarya had to give it priority, leaving her with no choice but to opt out of Crooked, directed by Abhinay Deo. It is a thriller which will be shot at different foreign locales.

Meanwhile, Farhan’s other production directed by Zoya Akhtar featuring Hrithik Roshan, Farhan and Abhay Deol is also stuck as it has no lead actress. The film’s shooting starts from April 5 in Spain. Ritesh says, “We are now looking for a completely new face in Crooked, which actually requires three new girls. We also need a fresh face either from London or New York for Hrithik in Zoya’s film.”

Farhan says, “Hrithik has been a true friend. I start directing Don 2 from September 2010, so Zoya’s film had to be completed before that. Hrithik adjusted his dates accordingly.”

Starting November, Shahid Kapoor will take nine months off to prepare and shoot for his father Pankaj Kapur’s out-and-out
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 24, 2009)

It’s final. Shahid Kapoor will be taking nine months off starting this November to work on his father Pankaj Kapur’s first directorial venture, Mausam. Since Shahid wants to give all his time to Pankaj Kapur’s film, he won’t do any other film until July 2010.

Mausam is an out-and-out romantic film to be shot in five countries – Austria, the UK, Spain, Italy and India. Shahid will start shooting for the film in the last week of January 2010.

Pankaj Kapur with Shahid Kapoor

A reliable source says, “Though there is still some time before the shooting starts, Shahid will begin preparing for the film long before January 2010. He has been urging his father to direct a film for many years. In fact, if Shahid had his way, his debut would’ve been with his father’s film. But Pankaj likes to work at his own pace and only with those he’s comfortable with. They’ve found the right producer now.”

Pankaj Kapur’s directorial debut will be produced by Religare Vistaar Entertainment.

“The romantic film’s screenplay, written by Pankaj Kapur, spreads over 10 years,” adds a source.

A new girl for whom an all-India hunt will begin soon will be launched with Shahid in Mausam. Commenting on the kind of girl the filmmakers are looking for, the source says, “The girl has to be fresh-faced, innocent, virginal and has to have a never-seen-before quality.”

Sheetal Talwar, chairman and managing director of Religare, confirms the news and says, “I’m not denying any of what you’ve heard but I’m not at liberty to talk about it at the moment.”



Reaching out to a global audience with critically acclaimed box office hits, seems to be UTV Motion Pictures’ strategy. And how does Ronnie Screwvala’s production house do this? By making its presence felt at the most prestigious film festivals in the world, from Italy to Shanghai and New York to Moscow. Also Venice, where Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Delhi 6 and Anurag Kashyap’s Dev. D will be screened at the 66th Venice International Film Festival next month in the ‘Out Of Competition’ section; and Toronto, where Ashutosh Gowariker’s forthcoming What’s Your Raashee? will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 19. The romantic comedy’s stars, Priyanka Chopra and Harman Baweja, will attend this show along with producers Ronnie and Sunita A and Gowariker himself.

Siddharth Roy Kapur, CEO, UTV Motion Pictures, said, “It is indisputably
acknowledged as the artistic pinnacle for a film to be screened at Venice and Toronto — two of the most acclaimed film festivals. Receiving a platform there for three of our films is a rare honour.” Gowariker added, “We are very fortunate What’s Your Raashee? will be premiered at Toronto where, I believe, 64 countries are showcasing films before an audience of 300,000. I’m looking forward to getting the first international reactions to my romantic comedy with 13 songs!” While Rakeysh said of Delhi 6, “The new version of the film has done the trick. Being invited for screening at Venice is the first sign towards the acceptance of this version. The organisers are interested in screening it more than just once, which is very encouraging.”

New markets for UTV include Taiwan and Italy, where its films Jodhaa Akbar, A
Wednesday! Welcome to Sajjanpur, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! and Mumbai Meri Jaan have proudly been doing the rounds of the festival circuit. Welcome to Sajjanpur, in particular, was screened at the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily, and will next be shown at the Indo-American Arts Council’s MIAAC Film Festival in New York, the Fukuoka International Film Festival in Japan and the Indian Ocean Film Festival at Reunion Islands. While A Wednesday! was selected for the Shanghai International Film Festival in the Competition section for the ‘Asian New Talent Award’ and for the Bollywood & Beyond Indian Film Festival in Stuttgart, along with Mumbai Meri Jaan.

Two UTV films of 2008 that have proved to be big

draws internationally are Fashion and Jodhaa Akbar. Fashion, for which Priyanka Chopra swept many awards, was screened at the Moscow International Film Festival and the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PIFFF) in South Korea; it has also been invited to the Kaohsiung Film Festival in Taiwan this October. While Jodhaa Akbar made the Barcelona Asia Film Festival in Spain as part of the Official selection and the Shanghai International Film Festival in the Panorama section. The Hrithik-Aishwarya starrer has also been invited to the Helsinki International Film Festival in September. And along with A Wednesday! and Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, it was screened as part of a special exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York with Naseeruddin Shah and Abhay Deol introducing their respective films. Kashyap, the director of Dev. D, said, “UTV is making films that have real international potential in terms of content and not just face value. Their films are changing the world’s perception of Indian cinema.”

IF LOOKS COULD KILL: Katrina Kaif poses exclusively for BT wearing an exquisite Nakshatra diamond necklace. She is brand ambassador for this jewellery line.
Katrina Kaif, who’s celebrating her birthday in London with her family today, reveals a few secrets

MEENA IYER Times News Network (Bombay Times; July 16, 2009)

The night before she flew to London, Katrina Kaif wore her dancing shoes and left for Aditya Chopra’s party. The filmmaker was celebrating the success of his last release. However, Katrina said this was one of those few nights in Mumbai when she was out. “Normally I’m all dressed up and have nowhere to go,’’ she joked.

The actress was in an introspective mood. Her day was packed — a jewellery line press conference, meeting with a film corporation honcho for their next flick, some press and television interviews, a dozen other things to do before she flew off for her month-long vacation.

Thinking aloud, she said, “God, there are so many people from the industry in London at this very moment. There is Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri, Karan Johar, Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone and a whole load of others. You can’t rule out the chance of bumping into someone or the other.’’

Returning home to London always brings a smile to her face. “London is my home, I’m longing to let my hair down and spend quality time with the family,’’ sighed the actress who will ring in her birthday today with her six sisters. “It’s been a while since I have taken such a long time off,’’ she added. “Whatever all of them wish to do is what I will comply with. I haven’t made any specific plans.’’

The celebrations will be followed by a short vacation in Spain and after that Kat intends to fly with her sister Isabel to New York. “While Isabel will rejoin school, I will spend some time on my own,’’ she said.
Contrary to public perception that an actor’s life is one big party, Katrina, whose deep dark eyes speak a thousand words, said, “Living in Mumbai on my own does get a little lonely on many occasions. Often I’m sitting alone at home after pack-up leafing through scripts or watching television.’’
Who said it’s often lonely at the top…

Rishi Kapoor and Neetu had such a great time on a 15-day Mediterranean cruise that they have planned another one next year
By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 16, 2009)

Rishi and Neetu Kapoor

It’s all about being young at heart. Take the case of the quintessential romantic couple, Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh, who are all set to star together after almost 30 years.

Just after the charming couple went on a short holiday to Dubai last month, they went for a 15-day cruise to Spain, Italy and France. They had a splendid time on the sea and were back from the holiday last weekend.

Neetu described their holiday, “I had never been on the sea. Life on the sea is an addiction. When I wake up in the morning, I still think I am on the cruise. We had a few friends and relatives accompanying us and we had great fun.”

Giving us some memorable details of the holiday, she elaborated, “We went to Barcelona, Gibraltar, Florence, Cannes and Vigo. We used to take a boat from the ship to the port and come back to the ship within a few hours. Seeing these places was quite an experience. We had taken the Mediterranean cruise. There was every possible facility on the ship and I pampered myself no end. The food was good; the staff was excellent and so was the entertainment. Rishi and I even went to the gym together. It was so nice to be away from the hectic life of Mumbai for a few days that we have already decided to go for a similar holiday next year.”

Riddhima Kapoor

While holidaying in Florence, Rishi and Neetu met daughter Riddhima, who was holidaying there with husband Bharat Sawhney. “That was another good thing that happened. We spent quality time with Riddhima and Bharat,”said Neetu.

Denying the buzz that Ranbir had gifted this holiday to his parents, Neetu said, “That’s not true. This trip was planned in January. In fact, I have still not stopped talking about the cruise to Ranbir. He did not come with us but on hearing what a great time we had, he intends to accompany us next year.”