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Stylish: Kangana Ranaut Scorching the ramp

Kangana will be sporting a lehenga to showcase the bridal collection. Describing her show-stopper ensemble, Anjalee said, “It’s a salmon pink coloured trail lehenga with completely silver crystallised ornamentation. This fish scaled-inspired lehenga has our signature jewelled look. The lehenga is paired with a ruffled top and a jewelled glove.”

The fashion event is being held in Mumbai till November 2.

Just good friends... 

Not long ago, Payal Rohatgi and Bunty Walia were a hot and happening couple.

However, things didn’t work out and soon, the two of them parted ways. With bitterness, they moved on with their lives and always maintained a distance and tried not to show up at any events or functions at the same time. But then as it is time is a good healer, both of them seem to have buried the hatchet and become friends once again.

Payal was recently seen attending a wine launch party hosted by Bunty at a suburban hotspot. Sources say that the two seemed very comfortable and greeted each other warmly. Both have had their respective relationships after that. It’s is rightly said that no one in this industry is an enemy forever. Well here is a toast to a new friendship! 

Killing competition

Despite a vicious reaction from critics and traditional media outlets, the long-awaited Mallika Sherawat-starrer Hisss had an incredible six crore-plus opening weekend from its Hindi version alone, making it a commercial success and a hit with distributors. Reactions to the film amongst Mallika’s fans and young audiences have been extremely positive, and excited online chatter including social media site Twitter has proven a counter-balance to industry sites and publications. Mallika was quoted as saying, “My fans seem to like it, the younger generation seems to ‘get it’ more, and that’s what’s important. We knew the film would cause an uproar, something needed to shake up Bollywood(sic).”

The success of Hisss, especially on single screens, has further solidified the bombshell’s star status with the masses. Without even a traditional music launch, film event launch or premiere, Hisss still got the much-coveted opening that eludes most Bollywood fare, and many credit Mallika’s pull among younger audiences, making her a female star on par with males when it comes to opening a film.

When asked to respond to director Jennifer Lynch’s distancing herself from the film after negative critical reports, Mallika coyly stated, “We are happy to take the credit for its success. The real story is yet to come out.”

Talented duo: Ang Lee and Suraj Sharma.Spotlight on Indian talent

This is one piece of news that is sure to have everyone thrilled. Academy Award winning director Ang Lee of Brokeback Mountain fame has finally zeroed in on an actor who will portray the lead role in his ambitious project Life of Pi. And surprise surprise — the actor is from India!

Yes, India has much to rejoice about as Ang Lee has chosen 17-year-old newcomer Suraj Sharma to essay the role of Pi. Suraj lives with his parents in Delhi. With no previous acting experience, Suraj was cast following an extensive, long search that lasted a couple of months. Over 3000 young men auditioned for the part.

Lee, whose many other honours include an Oscar nomination for his direction of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and whose Sense and Sensibility was a Best Picture nominee, will shoot Life of Pi in 3D, utilising ground-breaking techniques to capture the story’s epic scope.

Life of Pi is based on Yann Martel’s beloved book, which has sold over seven million copies worldwide and continues to sell over 1,000 copies per week and has won the prestigious Mann Booker Prize, and was a New York Times best-seller for over a year.
Yann Martel had this to say, “I’m thrilled that Ang is adapting Life of Pi to film. He is a brilliant, versatile director, with a stunning visual sensibility. He can capture the most intimate emotion as well as the most dynamic action. He is the perfect film-maker to bring Pi’s epic journey to the screen.”

Life of Pi will take the audience through a young man’s incredible adventure — at turns thrilling and spiritual; joyous and harrowing; humourous and tragic. Audiences will follow Pi Patel as he travels from an exotic zoo in India on a voyage across the Pacific, where he survives a shipwreck and is cast adrift in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger as his only company. Adrift in an endless expanse of ocean, Pi struggles to survive and train his companion, landing on a magical island that offers the two their only respite on their desperate journey.

Commented Ang Lee, “It has been a daunting and exciting process to develop a motion picture that brings Yann Martel’s fascinating, mind-boggling story to the big screen.

Casting the 16-year-old Pi was particularly challenging. We searched throughout India for a young man who had the innocence to capture our attention, the depth of character to break our hearts, and the physical strength needed to embody Pi on his journey.”
“Suraj is Pi,” Lee continued. “During his audition, he filled the room with emotion, much of which he conveyed simply through his eyes. His natural ability to believe and stay in the world of the story is a rare treasure.”

The film will begin production in January 2011 in India and Taiwan. Twentieth Century Fox will release the film on December 14, 2012. With another young newcomer starring in a major Hollywood film, Indian talent sure is going global!

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