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Talented: Vidya BalanPlaying the sultry siren

After a lot of persuasion, Vidya Balan has finally agreed to play the lead role in a film based on the late Silk Smitha, the most famous siren of the South Indian film industry.

Milan Luthria’s biopic on the actress and dancer, Dirty Picture is the working title. Apparently, the film deals with Silk Smitha’s relationship with a film-maker. Ekta Kapoor will produce Luthria’s film.

Vidya will be training under a few highly skilled choreographers from the South to be able to imitate Silk Smitha’s eye, lip and hip movements and the training  is expected to last for about a month.

Apparently, Vidya had read out her conditions to producer Ekta Kapoor, on what she will and won’t do in the film.

The actress met the producer before flying to Kolkata for filming Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaani. Sources say Vidya walked out of the meeting with all conditions accepted! Will Vidya be able to scorch the screens like how Silk Smitha once did? Let’s wait and watch! 

Thrilled: Kangana Ranaut in Knock Out.Raking in praises

AAP Entertainment and Sohail Maklai’s recently-released flick Knock Out is creating waves in the fraternity.  The Sanjay Dutt, Irrfan Khan and Kangana Ranaut-starrer is receiving tons of praises from all quarters of the industry for its thrilling plot and engaging story.

A lot of Bollywood stars have been praising the film on Twitter. The affable Sanju recently posted, “Hope you guys have seen or going to see Knock out. Let me know how you all liked it!” He got loads of responses for this. Amitabh Bachchan called the film ‘Taut, slick and edgy’. Even son Abhishek wrote “liked it very much sir”.

Salman Khan, too, sent his best wishes to the Munnabhai and wrote, “My dad just saw Knock Out, the film was very interesting, gripping, well-written and all the performances were superb, Sanju and Irrfan outstanding. He met Sanju and said that he was looking great, have to see it, bole toh mamu pichaar dekhna toh mangtahich hai (I must see the film)!”

Besides, he also wrote that many of his other friends had seen the film. “Lot of friends have really liked the film and I mean friends who are honest. I am happy for Sanju and wish him all the best for it, kick ass bro.(sic)” 

In addition, politician LK Advani too, praised the film at a recent screening held in the capital. After watching the movie, he was visibly moved to tears and congratulated all the actors, producers, director Mani Shankar, the dialogue writer and then addressed the media. In his speech, he said that he had just seen a superb film that was not only enthralling but also had a great depth of meaning.

He recommended every Indian to see Knock Out. Well, with so many people praising the film, Knock Out sure is a must-watch!

ADJUSTING Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan.‘We are family’

Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor didn’t exchange a word for six days recently despite staying in the same house. That’s because the actor-producer wanted his ladylove to play ‘mommy’ to his kids from his first marriage to Amrita Singh — Sara and Ibrahim. 

The children had come to stay over with their dad, some time ago. Usually Bebo lets her beau spend quality time with his children. But as they were spending a few days at his Bandra home, the actress had to be around.

Says a source, “The couple had an argument over the subject when Kareena did not show any desire to pamper the kids. The outcome of this was they did not talk to each for a few days till things cooled down between them.” But sources also say that they later resolved their issues and now the foursome are singing — ‘we are family’.

Epic: A scene from the film.Opening to rave reviews

The coming-of-age Indian animation film Ramayana — The Epic opened to rave reviews across the country. A Maya Digital Media production, Ramayana — The Epic is one of the most ambitious and expensive full length 3D animation feature films made in India. Manoj Bajpayee, Juhi Chawla and Ashutosh Rana have lent their voices to the lead characters of Ram, Sita and Raavan respectively.

Motivated by the principle of ‘art inspires technology and technology inspires art’, producer Ketan Mehta attempted to present Indian audiences with a spectacular audio visual experience far beyond any thing ever attempted in India.

Says a very impressed trade analyst, “Ramayana... is the best animation movie ever to come out of Bollywood. A rare film that you wish was longer, it excels in balancing visuals with drama. You will love Raavan the most here and also feel that this is much more an engaging affair than Mani Ratnam’s Raavan.”

Thrilled with the response the film is receiving, director Chetan Desai says, “ Ramayana — The Epic is the end result of nearly five years of hard work. The concept consumed me for nearly three years after which, we worked on our computer screens for days and nights for over two years. The film is like my first baby and will always have a special place in my career and life.”

Says acclaimed critic/analyst Taran Adarsh, “Ramayana — The Epic works for two reasons. One, the story keeps you hooked and two, the quality of animation is
super. It’s difficult to encompass this great epic in a two-hour film, but the makers convey all they ought to convey most effectively. The film is a must-watch. It’s the kind of cinema that should appeal to youngsters as well as adults.”

Aiming at the best 

Our Bollywood film-makers are slowly heading towards technical perfection in their films.
The latest to join this group is director Priyadarshan.

For his upcoming film Aakrosh, Priyan needed to light an entire jungle for a particular scene which was very crucial to the film.

Since lighting an enormous jungle is no mean task, a new technique was adopted for this purpose.
Priyadarshan specially called in for a special kind of light called the ‘balloon light’ from Germany.
This special balloon light is capable of lighting up huge expanses as it gives a ‘low moon’ kind of effect.

Even though it cost the makers a mighty amount (60-70 lakh), they did not want to leave any stone unturned in making the scene look as perfect as possible. Needless to say, the end result is something worth watching out for. 

‘Don’t call me Ash’

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan issued an ultimatum as she walked the ramp as a showstopper after 20 years.

She made it clear that she doesn’t like being called Ash. “She is tired of people calling her ‘Ash’ and is grateful to hubby Abhishek Bachchan for finally stepping in and making that clear,” said a source.

“I’ve been trying to get rid of that nickname for years,” Aishwarya says. “It’s so sweet of Abhishek to step in,” she adds.

Abhishek had reportedly asked certain sections of the media to stop referring to the
actress as ‘Ash’.

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