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Something to be proud of

Pretty: Preity Zinta The University of East London (UEL) bestowed actress Preity Zinta with an honourary doctorate of the arts for her contribution to cinema and humanitarian work at a special ceremony hosted by the UEL recently.

Leading Bollywood actress and humanitarian worker Preity Zinta was among three key personalities to be conferred with honourary degrees by the University of East London.
The other two people to be honoured were Lord Dholakia OBE and Professor Lord Parekh.

Preity said, “I am extremely humbled and excited at the nomination as it really makes me feel that my work has been worthy. I may not have managed to become a doctor in my younger years but that dream is now fulfilled.”

Professor and UEL Vice-Chancellor Patrick McGhee said, “I am delighted that we are able to honour Preity Zinta. We have noticed her involvement in the Delhi blood donor camps and her tireless work in raising awareness about AIDS, human trafficking and the plight of street children.”

 “In addition to all this, her involvement as the ambassador for the Godfrey Phillips Bravery Awards and the Loomba Trust proves that she is not afraid to stand up for justice and those in need.

We have also noted her writing over the past ten years on important topics for the BBC.”

Distinguished DVD launch  

Superstar Aamir Khan unveiled the DVD of Peepli Live recently at a Landmark store in Mumbai. The DVD of India’s official entry to the Oscars this year was released by Excel Home Entertainment. This is the first DVD of an Indian film with an option for ‘Visually and Hearing Impaired’ audiences. At the event, the ace actor interacted with audiences and the media and also autographed DVDs for fans. Aamir also spoke about the various aspects of the DVD and about his upcoming project, Dhobi Ghat, which will release on January 21, 2011.

Said Aamir Khan, “We are glad to release the first DVD in India with the feature for visually and hearing impaired audiences. The DVD, released in association with Excel Home Entertainment, has an in-built option that narrates scenes with details about actions, colour, expressions etc, interspersed with actual dialogues for the benefit of visually impaired audiences. The DVD also has a feature for enabling better viewing for audiences with hearing disabilities with subtitles of sounds other than dialogues.” 

Here comes the disco dancer...

Exciting: Mithun in Golmaal 3. The legendary Mithun Chakraborthy plays a pivotal role in Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal 3. Mithun is the latest addition to the affable Golmaal team. And from what we hear, he has quite a few surprises in store for the audience.

This piece of news is sure to get everyone excited. For one of the sequences in the film, Mithun will be seen grooving to his famous 80s track I Am A Disco Dancer. The track, which was from his blockbuster 1982 film Disco Dancer, had set an altogether new benchmark for the groovy tracks in the disco era. The song till date remains an eternal favourite.

Director Rohit Shetty came up with the idea of featuring Mithun Chakraborthy in a dance number. Since Mithun immortalised the legendary steps in I Am A Disco Dancer, Rohit thought of incorporating the same song in the film. “It was a pleasure to see dada dance with the same zest and enthusiasm even today. Dada is truly an eternal rockstar,” said Rohit. The song has been shot in a setting similar to that of the 80s and will be seen in a remixed avatar.

Mithun said, “It was an amazing experience doing this song all over again. There was a sense of deja vu. I enjoyed working with Rohit as he is young, enthusiastic and full of beans. It was a great idea to include the Disco Dancer track because this track had set an altogether new benchmark for the groovy tracks in the disco era. The song is an eternal favourite.”

Even though the original song was filmed years ago, everyone on the sets was blown away by the veteran actor’s moves while filming this one. He performed the song with as much ease and grace as he had done in the yesteryears. In addition, when the song was being filmed, Mithun’s energy on the sets was so eclectic that it translated into a fantastic track that everyone can’t stop raving about. Needless to say, he was showered with praises by the entire team.

The song has been choreographed by Seemaa Desai, who said, “Mithun ‘da’ is a choreographer’s delight. His moves are smooth and refined. Besides, there is so much one can learn from him. I am absolutely glad that I had the pleasure of working with a dancing maestro like him. I look forward to working with him again. I thank Rohit Shetty for giving me this opportunity.”

Well, with our favourite Mithun da getting jiggy in the film, Golmaal 3 just got more exciting!

An angry outburst

Reacting angrily to the news report that actor Ranveer Singh’s father has financed his son’s debut film Band Baaja Baaraat, the press release from Yashraj Films states, “If columns have to be filled, rubbish has to be written. That can be the only reason why reputed papers would have come up with such nonsense. Band Baaja Baaraat has not been funded by debutant Ranveer Singh’s father. He was chosen at an audition where he excelled and was therefore selected. For a studio like Yash Raj Films, which is spearheaded by a much respected doyen of the film industry, Yash Chopra, we do not need to stoop to this and nor do we select our cast based on them funding us. The least one would expect is that this be checked out with us before going to print. We take very strong objection to this article and expect that it will be recanted.”

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Equal: Suhasini‘Mani is proud of my work’

Actor-writer-director Suhasini Mani Ratnam, wife of acclaimed director Mani Ratnam, wears her many hats unobtrusively. She remains completely unaffected by her famous film-maker spouse.

Recently, the lady spoke to the media on Mani Ratnam and her relationship with him.

“In none of Mani’s interviews, is my work ever discussed. Neither of us feel we are superior to the other. We share an equal relationship. Mani is as proud of my work as he is of his own. I do not feel the need to go on and on about Mani.”

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