A passion for producing
Actor Vivek Oberoi, whose debut production Dekh Indian Circus earned accolades in the international circuit, plans to produce another film.
“I believe if people have interesting ideas and if you are in a position to support those ideas, then you should do it. There is another story which I want to make and hopefully by December or January, I will produce that film as well,” the 36-year-old says.
Talking about the film’s story, he adds, “It is based in Gujarat, and is a
human story. I may even act in it.”
Vivek, who is awaiting the arrival of his first child with wife Priyanka Alva, says film production is something which he does for himself, and which he enjoys.
The actor first backed and co-produced Dekh Indian Circus, which delved into the problems faced by a family staying in a village in Rajasthan and also aimed at depicting the aspirations of rural India.The movie, which featured Tannishtha Chatterjee, premiered at the 16th Busan Film Festival in the New Currents section and won the audience choice award for best film.
Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui won the best actor award and Tannishtha snagged the title of best actress for the film at the 12th New York Indian Film Festival. Vivek is currently awaiting the release of his next film, Kismet Love Paisa Dilli, in which he stars opposite Mallika Sherawat. The movie hits screens on October 5.
Pining for her pooch
Shraddha Kapoor, who was seen in Luv Ka The End, is busy shooting for Aashiqui 2 in Cape Town — but there’s someone special she is missing back home. The actress, who is the daughter of actor Shakti Kapoor, is not used to being away from her dog, and so she is missing her pooch a lot, says a source.
The pet is a Lhasa Apso and Shraddha lovingly calls him Shyloh.
Aashiqui 2 is the sequel to the 1990 musical hit Aashiqui, which launched the careers of Rahul Roy and Anu Aggarwal.
The new film has Shaad Randhawa and Aditya Roy Kapoor as male leads.
‘Preity has chosen me’
Director Prem Raj says that he wants his second film, Ishkq In Paris, to work because a lot is at stake for him as well as for actor-turned-producer Preity Zinta. Raj and the 37-year-old actress met on the sets of the Salman Khan-Kareena Kapoor starrer Main Aurr Mrs Khanna, in which Preity did an item number.
The director explains that he wants to ensure that Zinta’s gamble on him pays off for her. “If Preity has chosen me in the whole industry to direct her maiden production, it is good enough for me. Both of us are well aware of what we have put into Ishkq In Paris. Now, I just want to prove that the gamble she has taken works for her. Also, I have to prove myself now with this opportunity,” Raj says.
Main Aurr Mrs Khanna did not do well commercially and Raj says that he was a little too experimental with his debut outing. “I want to be cognizant of the fact that my film didn’t do good business. Fair enough — I consider that as learning. I have to now move on and make a better movie. I have given Ishkq In Paris all that I have,” he adds.
The film-maker says with Ishkq In Paris, he has blended creativity with a more
conventional way of film-making and is far more aware today of what goes into making a commercially successful film. “After Main Aurr Mrs Khanna, I had to figure out my life and contemplate about the kind of movie that I had to make. When I look back, Ishkq In Paris has been just the right decision,” he says.
Missing an opportunity
Southern actor Siddharth rues the fact that he missed the chance of working with veteran
Malayalam actor Thilakan, who died recently. Thilakan, who featured in 300 films during his acting career, was in critical condition after suffering two heart attacks. He was 74.
“Malayalam great Thilakan sir is no more. Grew up watching his brilliant understated performances. Was supposed to do Ustad Hotel with him (sic),” tweeted Siddharth. Ustad Hotel was Thilakan’s last film.
Scary affair for Nargis
Nargis Fakhri is caught in a rat race — literally! The actress’ kitchen is infested with the rodents and they are creating a mess in her home. “Huge rat encounter in my kitchen! He saw me, I saw him — he jumped, I ran, he ate through my door! What is going on here! HELP (sic),” tweeted the ‘Rockstar’ actress recently.
“Getting traps, but what do I do with them after I catch them! Make a rat circus? Ate through the kitchen door! They got some razor sharp teeth! ahh MOMMY,” she posted, along with a picture of her rat-nibbled kitchen door. Hopefully, Nargis can sort out her rat problem soon.
‘Money does not excite me’
Actress Shama Sikander, who became popular through the show Ye Meri Life Hai, says she selects very few projects because she looks for good content.
“I have said no to a lot of things. Unless something really excites me, I don’t do it. Money does not excite me. Money is a basic requirement for all of us. But, one has to be mad enough to say no to money and to say no to all of this (shows) (sic),” Shama says.
†On the small screen, she was last seen in the fantasy show ‘Seven’.
She has also had her share of big screen space in films like Prem Aggan, Mann and Dhoom Dadakka.