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Ecstatic : Vishwajeet PradhanSimply the best

The movie has the hit the theatres and the reviews are out. But there is one person who has specially been noticed because of his fantastic performance. We are talking about the movie Rakta Charitra and the actor in question is Vishwajeet Pradhan.

Though very less was seen of his character in part one of Rakta Charitra, sources say he plays a very important role in the second part. Apparently, part two of Rakta Charitra is really going to get him some attention as he is the one who survives the feud between the families and lives to tell the tale. He is the character who turns the story around.

When asked about his experiences, he said, “Working with Ram Gopal Verma was a dream come true. RGV is a strong personality. Everybody in the country has an opinion on him — good, bad or ugly. For me, it was the pleasure working under this mastercraftsman. He loves his work and is obsessed with details. He keeps everyone from the cameraman to actors to assistants on their toes.

In the Rakta Charitra series, I play the role of a politician, Puru Reddy. He is the elder brother of Bukka Reddy played by Abhimanyu Singh. As opposed to Bukka’s boisterous and colourful personality, Puru has a meek and adjusting nature. He is a survivor and survives to tell the tale.”

Well, not only is Vishwajeet excited with the response he has been getting for the film, but he is also ecstatic about getting great reviews for his new TV serial — Maryaada, where he is plays the central character of a law enforcer. We guess it’s work, work and more work for Mr Pradhan.

KatrinaMythology beckons Katrina

Katrina Kaif, who is one of the most sought-after stars in the industry, will soon be playing a cameo in Main Krishna Hoon. Apparently, the actress will be playing the role of Radha. Based on the life of Lord Krishna, the film has been directed by Rajiv S Ruia of My Friend Ganesha fame and will see the gorgeous Katrina don the role of the mythological character who symbolised beauty and grace.

In spite of having a packed schedule, Katrina readily agreed to do the role for which, she has already started reading up on the life of Lord Krishna after a request from her hairstylist Promila Hunter, who also happens to be the producer of the film.

Confirms Katrina, “I am doing this film on the life of Lord Krishna because my hairstylist Promila Hunter is producing the film. When she asked me if I would make an appearance, I didn’t even ask her what my role was.”

“Only later did I get to know that it is a film on the life of Lord Krishna,” she adds.
Keen on experimenting with new roles after the runaway success of Rajneeti, Katrina is all geared up to prove her acting prowess with her upcoming films — Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan and Zoya Akhtar’s Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara.

Shot across exotic locations

Says director Sriram Raghavan, “The landscape of Latvia is exceptionally breath-taking. We shot in many different locations across different cities. We got access to some heritage structures, like old ruins, churches and museums. We tried to cover as much variety offered by the landscape as possible.”

In spite of capturing some breath-taking shots, the shoot at Latvia didn’t come easy to the cast and crew of Agent Vinod, who met with various obstacles en route — one being the language barrier which turned out to be quite a challenge. “It was very difficult to understand their language since not many Latvians speak English.

But we had a great team of locals who helped us communicate. They ensured we had a smooth schedule and a great stay,” adds Sriram Raghavan. The team of Agent Vinod, the coming-of-age action film, will soon start shooting in Mumbai after completing its schedule in Moscow, Morocco, Paris and Latvia. Agent Vinod stars Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor.

Dancing with the kids Enjoying : Hazel shaking a leg with children in Manali.

British model-turned-actress Hazel Crowney is playing the lead role in Anjum Rizvi and Raaj Varma’s forthcoming horror movie, A Flat, with Sanjay Suri and Jimmy Shergill. She had her own share of fun while shooting for the movie.

While shooting for a sequence in Manali, Himachal Pradesh, she was so fascinated by the culture and warmth of the people over there that whenever she would get some free time, she would make it a point to spend some time with the locals and learn about their culture. All this, despite the language barrier amongst them.

A source from the team recalls, “She is so fond of kids that while shooting for a song, she went ahead and requested the director to include local kids in it. She was so delighted on getting the approval that the entire team could see the happiness on her face.

She spent quality time with kids and even chatted and played various games with them.
The kids were mesmerised with her and were all praises for her.”

On a new track

AR Rahman seems to have been hit hard by the lukewarm response to his Commonwealth Games’ anthem, Oh Yaaron, Yeh India, Bula Liya. So much so that the Oscar-winner seems to be in the mood to experiment with alternative work avenues — such as acting.

Rahman has signed up to make a special appearance in a Malayalam movie titled Track With Rahman. The film has South Indian actor Mammooty playing the lead role, and will be shot simultaneously in Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi.

And this time, instead of making the heroes and heroines dance to his tunes, Rahman will dance to someone else’s compositions.

The music for the movie is being composed by Sreenivasan. Now, that’s called changing track.

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