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Weaving magic again

HOT PAIR Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone in Love Aaj Kal. In a collaborative coup, producer Dinesh Vijan has brought together a powerhouse of talent to make the company’s next film for which he will start shooting in April 2011.

The untitled project, which has been scripted by well-known film-maker Imtiaz Ali, will be directed by Homi Adajania and will star Deepika Padukone and Saif Ali Khan. The film will be shot in London, Spain and Delhi.

Drawing parallels between the new venture and Love Aaj Kal (LAK), Homi Adajania says, “It’s a similar space from where Love Aaj Kal left off. It roller-coasters from there.

Imtiaz has given us a hysterical and open-minded celebration of relationships that explore the various choices life has to offer and what people are willing to surrender for love, or sacrifice for friendship.”

Saif admits, “I was waiting for a contemporary and relevant script to come my way and it has been worth the wait. I’m very excited about this story, it is romantic, funny and has a good balance of drama and entertainment. I’ve wanted to do a love story with a modern sensibility and treatment and I know that Homi will give us exactly that. I am also looking forward to my pairing with Deepika again. She has a fantastic role in this and I think she has grown impressively since LAK and will handle it very well. Says Deepika, “It’s exciting for me to do a romantic and yet different film. The script, which is edgy and quirky, had an instant connect for me, it has a bit of everything, and I have seen Homi's Being Cyrus, and absolutely love his work.

I have great respect for him and I’m confident that he is the perfect choice to direct this film. I haven't played shades of a character like this before. This film also marks the reunion of the Love Aaj Kal team, with Saif, Dino and me. I’m very excited to be working with Saif again, he is one of my favourite co-stars.”

Producer Dinesh Vijan is happy that they have taken their time and chosen their projects wisely. “Saif and I have always wanted to develop projects of diverse genres and stories that we believe in. We want to take our time and create content that today’s well-exposed audience would like. Imtiaz has given us a beautiful story, audience loved Saif and Deepika in LAK and I am happy that we could bring this pair together again,” Vijan adds.

Whose song is it?

International music publisher Achille Forler feels that the Indian music industry doesn’t  understand the business. He spoke with reference to the Kajra Re song!

According to him, “Yes...chances are that the average Indian wedding sangeet will have people shaking a leg to Kajra Re.

But this happens not just in India but across the world as well. 

The song continues to be popular in the United States of America, but here’s the shocking bit: Kajra Re hasn’t been registered internationally with a music publishing company.

Every time an Indian performer goes to the US, Kajra Re is played and royalties are collected. But because it hasn’t been registered, the publishing societies don’t know whom to pay?.”

Adds Forler, “The money is then absorbed by the royalties society after three or five years, depending on the country in question”.

Work of a genius in your living room

CLASSIC Charlie ChaplinCharlie Chaplin’s classics feature films will be available in DVD form. Earlier, only short films of this master craftsman were available.

“We have scanned all the available negatives of his old films, cleaned them and then converted the restored films onto DVD. The collection enables the young and old to enjoy the classics of the genius,” says Surendra Suneja, the man who put this idea together.

The collection includes classics like The Kid, Modern Times, The Circus, The Gold Rush, The Great Dictator, City lights, Limelights, The Chaplin Revenue (short films), Monsieur Verdoux, A Woman of Paris and A King in New York.

Charlie Chaplin became one of the best-known film stars in the world before the end of the First World War.

Chaplin used mime, slapstick and other visual comedy routines and continued well into the era of the talkies.

His working life in entertainment spanned over 75 years.

George Bernard Shaw called Chaplin “the only genius to come out of the movie industry.

Going for tight fitness regime

FIT Lara DuttaBollywood hottie Lara Dutta has never felt fitter. Inspired by her sophisticated and
glamourous look in Don 2, Lara straightaway immersed herself into a tight fitness regime after coming back from a shooting.

With her yoga and meditation routine, Lara also follows a special mantra which helps keep her weight in check.

“I think people in general have evolved and become quite health conscious. And that is a good thing. I believe that moderate exercise and healthy eating habits can help not only in managing weight but also in 'gaining' oodles of confidence. Fitness has been an integral part of my life since my Miss Universe days,” says a determined Lara and adds, “nutrition is truly essential for me because, when I’m off on long shoots with erratic working hours, I need a nutritious as well as a convenient food option.” 

Locking horns again

Anurag Kashyap’s reputation often precedes him. The film-maker is known for candid outbursts against members of his fraternity.

And this time, Kashyap has locked horns with none other than Amitabh Bachchan.
Kashyap has posted a comment on a social networking site, alleging that Big B is responsible for slowing the release of Shonali Bose’s Chittagong, which is being directed by her husband Bedabrata.

The film, like Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey, is based on the 1930 Chittagong uprising, led by Surya Sen and his team of Bengali revolutionaries. While in Gowarikar’s film Abhishek Bachchan plays the protagonist Surya Sen, in Bose’s Manoj Bajpai does.

Big B, it seems is quite irked as well. When asked if he had indeed made a call to stall the release of Chittagong, Bachchan said, “This is incorrect and baseless and I do not wish to dignify this undignified remark by commenting on it.”

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