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Getting mobbed by fans
Tusshar Kapoor recently happened to experience a highly amusing situation while shooting for his upcoming film Love U…Mr Kalakaari. Being made by the Barjatyas, the film also stars Amrita Rao.

While shooting in Ooty for the film, Tusshar had his vanity van parked near a hilly terrain. One had to take a jeep in order to reach it.

One day, a huge crowd had gathered near the location of the shoot and were so star-struck that they ended up chasing Tusshar Kapoor after the shot.

Says an eye witness, “The entire situation was so funny since the crowds were chasing Tusshar and Tusshar was running towards his jeep — the look on his face was priceless. He was completely mobbed but managed to get on the jeep just in the nick of time”
Love U…Mr Kalakaari sees Tusshar Kapoor play a cartoonist, an artist who derives his inspiration from emotions that come from the sky, from the earth, a scrap of paper to name a few.

Amrita Rao plays the role of a management trainee, whose world revolves around debit and credit cards, turnovers, profits and deadlines.  What happens when the two fall in love forms the crux of the story.

Experimenting at all levels
Versatile: Vishal Bhonsle Mumbai-born Vishal Bhonsle, who was last seen with Shahid Kapoor in Vishal Bharadwaj’s Kaminey as Steve, has just signed a key role in UTV Spotboy Productions' film. Vishal played Shahid’s best friend and partner-in-crime in the film and was even offered Abhishek Chaubey’s Ishqiya, but turned it down. 

 Vishal was chosen for the character of Steve in Kaminey after Vishal Bharadwaj auditioned about 300 to 400 people for the role. He has done an acting course from the acting institute of Kishore Namit Kapoor.

In 2001, he participated in the Gladrags Megamodel Hunt and won the title of Best Physique. He always had a passion for body building but with his smouldering good looks, advertising and acting offers poured in and eventually, he forayed into ramp shows. Later, he bagged the television serial Babul Ka Aangan Choote Na and then Dadagiri happened.

In Dadagiri, Vishal played the most cruel character in a reality show, but he is just the opposite in real life.

“Acting is a seamless blend of my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual quotients. I love playing characters that test the limits of human endurance. I have been through tough times and I enjoy playing a difficult character, which actually makes life difficult for people and eventually makes them tougher. Even if you are talented, you have to promote yourself. Most importantly, you must know to emote and express. No matter how good-looking I am, nobody would want to see me on screen if I can’t act,” says Vishal.

Youthful romance
Dev Patel will be romancing newcomer Tina Desai in his next Hollywood film — The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, produced by the Slumdog Millionaire producer Fox Searchlight.

The shooting of the film will start this month in Udaipur. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is based on Deborah Moggach’s book, These Foolish Things, and tentatively stars Julie Christie, Judi Dench and Tom Wilkinson, apart from Dev and Tina. The film will have two-and-a-half month schedule in Udaipur and Jaipur.

Safe Bet : Rishi Kapoor in Do Dooni Chaar.Fishing for smaller films
Investing in big budget Bollywood films has its own set of rewards and risks. So while some top-end films in the Rs 35-50 crore bracket are waiting for buyers, the small ones seem to be finding many takers.

Foreign studios like Warner Bros, Fox Star and Disney are continuously looking for small films which can prove to be a safe bet.

So while Fox recently acquired the runaway comedy Khichdi - The Movie, Disney bought the Rishi Kapoor-Neetu Singh starrer Do Dooni Chaar. Similarly, Saas Bahu Aur Sensex was picked up by Warner Bros.

Yardstick for movies
There was a time when the sale of samosas was a  yardstick of sorts to decide the box office fate of a film. Samosas have been a tool for critics also to pan movies.

“One often comes across the comment that samosas were better than the movie,” states film writer Dilip Thakur.

Senior film writer Bhawana Sommayya recalls that a film’s status was dependent on how much samosa sales the canteen of a cinema hall made. Canteen owners would visit Amitabh Bachchan with samosas, seeking his blessings, as his films used to make jubilee runs and canteen owners earned a lot because of his films.

Bachchan recently wrote on his blog, “One morning at Prateeksha, someone brought me a huge basket of delicious samosas. They were sent from a samosa stall owner in one of the theatres where my films used to run. He had a truck load of these baskets waiting outside and he just wanted me to touch one of them so that he could go out and feed the poor. It was a vow that he had made during my illness.”

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