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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Spotlight: Actresses Fighting With 'Boobs'

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This sounds something inappropriate but we are writing the same terms as the actresses have used same terms in public. We are saying about Rakhi Sawanth who got her breast implants removed as they affected her while dancing. She said that she felt painful while dancing because of implants. Hence she got them removed.

She participated in a dance show with 'removed implant breast' and Kashmeera commented her saying that she cannot be noticed now as she has no 'assets'. But Rakhi and her boy friend fired back saying that it is the talent that matters but not the vital stats.

Rakhi's boy friend Abhishek also says that he would have knocked out on the face if that was told by any man. 'Since it was comment between lady and lady I kept silent without giving job to my muscle' he added.

Kashmira on the other hand along with her partner Krushna said, "I don't know why Rakhi misunderstood me. I never look up any lady with big assets, and never look down any with removed implants. I simply said that there is change in her which turned hard to recognize for me".

She also said that it is the competitive fight between Rakhi and she and she would face it in sportive manner and prove what she is. Rakhi also countered in similar way making that dance show a reality one.

Gadar 2? No Way, says Sunny

Gadar 2? No way!

Cutting down all the loose talk about doing a sequel to Anil Sharma's historic 2001 blockbuster Gadar, Guddu Dhanoa whose Big Brother with –you guessed it—Sunny Deol – was not a loser at the boxoffice in North India, has now decided to completely revamp his cousin and favourite hero 's action image.

Says the indefatigable Dhanoa, "My new film with Sunny which starts soon is called Victory. Sunny plays a cop. Like our earlier collaborations from Ziddi to Salakhein to Big Brother it will show him as a powerful man… but only one stunt sequence. That's it.

The rest of Victory will feature the soft sensitive romantic side of Sunny which I feel hasn't been tapped so far."

Says Dhanoa, "Both Sunny and I hope to change our images with this film. Gadar too was a love story. But it had large doses of action. Victory would be a surprise to Sunny's fans. Though he plays a cop, he hardly does any stunts."

Speaking of Gadar a daily reported that Dhanoa was doing its sequel.

"Am I? I've no clue. I am doing Victory for Zee and yes, they're planning a sequel to Gadar. But not with me as director."

Anil Sharma who directed Gadar is expected to do the sequel. "Bilkul," says Guddu Dhanoa. "He's the best man to carry the story forward.

Jesus! This is little scary:Big B

"Jesus! This is getting a little scary!"exclaimed the senior Bachchan from London on Tuesday. He was on the way back to Mumbai from the Toronto Film Festival where the response to his performance in Rituparno Ghosh's The Last Lear was overwhelming to us out here, scary to the actor himself.

Says the enraptured director, "In all my life I've never seen an Indian actor, or for that matter any actor, give such a passionate and complete performance. Mr Bachchan just sweeps you away. I can't wait to work with him."

Preity Zinta adds, "He's even better in Last Lear than than he was in Black. And that's saying a lot!"

Tell AB about these comments, and he grunts, "Did she say that? Oh my gosh! This is getting seriously embarrassing. I won't compare Last Lear with Black. They're different films and different roles conceived by different filmmakers.

I know Deepa saw Last Lear. She lliked it. We met over dinner after the screening. I've worked on several different graphs for my character in the Last Lear. I wonder if everyone would catch them! We now take Last Lear to the Rome and London film festivals."

AB lands in Mumbai tomorrow and heads straight to Delhi to receive his National award for Black. "I'm rushing to Delhi before they change their minds," he deadpans

'I was shy of Kangana at first'

There's much happening to keep Konkona on her toes. She's trying comedy for the first time in Rituparno Ghosh's Sunglass, and she's confident she can pull it off.

"Though Mixed Doubles was a comedy I didn't have any humorous scenes. Ranveer (Shorey) had the funny scenes. I didn't. In Sunglass I do have the comedy.

And I enjoyed myself. …I wonder when Rituda will release the film! He's gone to another film Last Lear. We haven't even dubbed for Sunglass. Me and Jayaji have been at his head to release it."

Konkona had a ball shooting with Jaya. "Jayaji and I got along like a house on fire. We're mother and daughter in two back-to-back films Pradeep Sarkar's Laga Chunri Mein Daag and Sunglass. And we do look like relatives."

Konkona has no problems getting along with anyone. "Actually…I'm very easygoing. I always say hello to people…When I see someone across the room I scream a hi without a second thought. I got along very well with Kangana during Metro, though at first we were shy of each other.

By the time the wrap-up party happened we were sitting together and sharing drinks…And Madhuri Dixit in Aaja Nachle is such a delight.

One thought her being this mythic actress meant she'd keep aloof. But she was so much fun. She played games like dumb charade with us when we weren't shooting. And she invited all of us in the cast and crew to her son's birthday."

So are lasting friendships possible in filmdom? "Of course they are! I've made some very good friends, like Ranvir Shorey, Sandhya Mridul and Tara Sharma.

Sometimes I become very friendly with the ADs. I don't like problems with anyone. I'm a typical laidback hassle-freee Saggitareus. Don't want to take anything to heart because it's too much stress."

Konkona has pretty much moved to Mumbai now, though she continues to keep visiting Kolkata. "I'm choosing scripts as best as I can. I guess Omkara was a turning point for my relationship with Bollywood. More people saw me in Omkara, but I prefer myself in 15 Park Avenue."

Everyone expected Konkona to get another National award for Park Avenue. "No it was always Sarika in Parzania. I'm happy to have got my National award for Mr & Mrs Iyer. Hopefully there'll be others."

Aishwarya-Jaya snubbed Rani

After the phenomenal success of Chak De India, Yashraj fans look forward to Laaga Chunari Mein Daag , slated for release on October 12, 2007. The promos have whetted the appetite, and they are hungry for more.

The story revolves around two sisters, played by Rani Mukherjee and Konkona Sen Sharma. They live with their parents, Anupam Kher and Jaya Bachchan, in Benares.

Circumstances and the search for a better standard of living lead Rani to Mumbai, where she falls in love with Abhishek Bachchan. Konkona finds love with Kunal Kapoor. However, there are some deep, dark secrets that may destroy their idyllic world.

If that does not sound intriguing enough, here are a few reasons you may want to watch the movie for:

This is the first time that the Bunty aur Babli pair has acted together since Abhishek's marriage to Aishwarya Rai. Abhishek and Rani have had such a strong on-screen chemistry, that many fans were expecting them to marry each other off-screen.

There are rumours that all is not well between Abhisek and Rani, and these were almost verified by Aishwarya Rai's frequent visits to the set, and snubbing Rani. In fact, Jaya Bachchan is supposed to have given Rani the cold shoulder, too.

Rani is playing a prostitute for the second time. She had earlier played a naachnewali in Mangal Pandey – The Rising. In this movie, her character comes from an impoverished family, and she gets into the profession to make ends meet.

Abhishek and Jaya will act together in a movie for the first time. Abhishek has done a few movies with his father, but none with his mother. Jaya returns to the big screen after a gap of two years. Her last movie was Kal Ho Na Ho.

Pradeep Sarkar, who shot to fame with Parineeta, does not repeat his lucky pair this time. He had apparently asked Vidya Balan for a role in this one, but she had date problems.

'I was tempted too but I said No'

The Metro-centric Kangana is very clear in her head about her likes and dislikes. So when Rakesh Roshan approached her for a role in the comedy Krazy 4 that he's producing, she declined politely arguing that there was little scope for her to perform in a film that featured four male stars in the lead.

Gracious as ever, Rakesh Roshan first tried to reason with the young actress, saying that a big banner at this juncture of her career would do her a world of good. When she seemed unconvinced, they shook hands and Rakesh Roshan assured her they'd work together again.

Kangana confirms she was indeed offered the comedy. "I won't say I wasn't tempted. Who doesn't want to work with Mr Rakesh Roshan? I'd have been happy to be part of Krazy 4 because I am dying to do a comedy.

Sadly there was little scope for me to perform. When I expressed my misgivings Mr Roshan was very nice. Very different from some other filmmakers who turn nasty when you decline to do their films."
The role has now gone to Diya Mirza.



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My social work isn't for publicity: Neetu Chandra

Neetu Chandra, the young actress from Bihar, performed so well in "Garam Masala" that film-maker Madhur Bhandarkar took her in "Traffic Signal". And there has been no looking back for her since then.

The budding star is now busy polishing her acting and dance skills to get a stronger hold in tinsel town. She tells us about her tryst with comedy, her experience on the sets of forthcoming movie "One Two Three" and her association with UNICEF.

Q: What are you doing these days?
A: I'm busy shooting for "One Two Three" in Mumbai. At the same time, I'm leading in lyricist Swanand Kirkire's play "Aao Sathi Sapna Dekhe".

Q: Tell us about the film "One Two Three".
A: It's a comedy. The film is produced by Kumar Mangan, while Ashwini Dheer, the director of comedy television serial "Office Office", is the writer-director of the film. I'm doing great comedy in the film. I like my character and am enjoying it. I have Suneil Shetty, Tanisha Mukherjee, Esha Deol, Paresh Rawal, Tusshar Kapoor and Upen Patel as co-stars.

Q: What character are you playing in the film?
A: I'm playing a jat police inspector. Every scene in the film is comic. I suggest that the audience leave behind all their worries at home and return from the theaters fresh after enjoying the three-hour laughter roller-coaster.

Q: Was there any particular preparation for the character?
A: I have a sports background. So my natural body language matches a lot with the demands of the character. So, I didn't need any training or preparation. But yes, I had to learn the Jat language.

I had no clue about the language before. My brother, who's in Delhi, knows it well. So, I learnt it from him and from some of my friends. I used to practice speaking in the language with them.

The accent is the life of the character and it was a challenge for me. There are very few movies in our industry where an actress gets to play a police inspector, that too a comic one.

Q: Did some people mistake you for a real inspector?
A: Yes. We were returning to our hotel after pack-up. On the way, some policemen had blocked the road. I was in the first car, with others following in vehicles behind me. I was still in my uniform as we used to change in the hotel only.

When my car neared the barricade, I thought of playing a prank. I almost barked them to open the gate and to my utter amazement one policeman saluted me and obeyed my order. Unfortunately, the rest of the people in the cars following mine had to walk to the hotel. It was such a funny incident that I would never forget it in my life.

Q: How did you enjoy doing comedy?
A: I started my career with comedy "Garam Masala". "Traffic Signal" was a dark comedy. And my present film is also a comedy. It's a different issue that my character got entangled in between John and Akshay's capers in "Garam Masala". Now I am enjoying doing comedy on my own.

Q: "One Two Three" is a multi-starrer. How was the experience of working with your costars?
A: I enjoyed working with them. Samira, Esha and Tanisha are not only versatile actresses, they are also good friends now. My experience was different with each of them.

But I can't really say who I bonded with the best. This is my second film with Pareshji. He played quite a serious character in the comedy "Garam Masala". We both have made up for that in "One Two Three".

Q: What are you doing in the Southern film industry after "Godavari"?
A: I'll do two more films. First is "Daawat", directed by Baiki Venkatesh. It's based on female characters. A theatre artiste, Shakeen, is acting with me. The other one is Puri Jagannath's film which yet to be named. Puriji, one of the finest directors down south, offered the role just after the Film Fare Awards.

He got a Film Fare Award for the best director of the year for his much-hyped "Pokhri". Prabhu Deva is now re-making the film under the banner of Boney Kapoor. There would be a new face – Ravi Teja – with me in the forthcoming film of Puriji.

Q: Have you signed any film with Priyadarshan?
A: I can't confirm it right now but it's in the process. You may see me in his film.

Q: Would you like to tell us about your other projects?
A: I have signed a few deals, but I don't have the permission to talk about them right now. I would like the films to be announced first. You'll know about them by November.

Q: You are the youth icon of UNICEF. What are you doing for the organization these days?
A: See, I am pretty busy with my four Hindi and two South-Indian films right now. And I don't believe in tying up with a reputed social organization just for publicity. I step in only when they need me.

Generally, I don't like to talk about my work with them either. I believe you should not shout out from the rooftops when you are doing something for the society.

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