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Portraying a father

DADDY COOL: Kabir BediThe shoot of One And Only, a film being made by actor Anuj Saxena’s production house Maverick Productions, is going on in full swing. The film will mark the debut of politician Ram Vilas Paswan’s son Chirag Paswan, Kabir Bedi will be seen playing father to Chirag Paswan. Previously, this role was supposed to be played by Vinod Khanna. Anuj Saxena confirms, “Kabir Bedi is playing Chirag’s father and has started shooting for the film.”

The film also stars Kangana Ranaut, Sagarika Ghatge and Neeru Bajwa and has veterans like Poonam Dhillon and Dalip Tahil playing prominent roles. One And Only is being directed by Tanveer Khan.  The music is by Sajid Wajid and lyrics are by Javed Akthar. Maverick Productions had earlier produced Aloo Chaat, starring Aftab Shivdasani and Aamna Sharif and Chase, directed by Jag Mohan Mundhra. The production house had also co-produced the Shah Rukh Khan and Sushmita Sen starrer Dulha Mil Gaya earlier this year. 

‘Playback singing is ridiculous’

LIVID  Alisha ChinaiSinger Alisha Chinai, with chartbusters like Kajra Re (Bunty Aur Babli) and Tera Hone Laga Hoon (Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani) to her name, thinks playback singing is ridiculous and says she can't do it any more.

“Aishwarya and Katrina are beautiful women. But sorry, I didn’t enjoy watching them pretending to sing my songs Kajra Re and Tera Hone Laga. My God.

It’s so ridiculous. Would you ever see Julia Roberts singing in Madonna’s voice? Over here, this practice of  ghost voices just spooks me out. I can’t do it, sorry,” she said.

Alisha’s latest grievance over the tradition of ghost voices is the chartbuster Munni Badnaam Hui. “Who knows it is sung by Mamta Sharma? Everyone sees it as Malaika’s song,” protests  Alisha. So what’s her solution? “I’ve none. I can’t fight the system. For years and years, the heroines have been walking away with the credit for songs sung by us playback singers.

Today, things have come to such a pathetic and sorry state for playback singers that no one knows the singers’ identity any more. Who knows I sang Tera Hone Laga Hoon for Katrina and It’s Rocking and Bebo Main Bebo for Kareena? In fact, many people think they sang these numbers,” she said.

Alisha finds this continual neglect of playback singers degrading and thoroughly unacceptable.

“I’ve told my manager not to even entertain any offers for playback singing. I can’t do it. In the past, I saw Sridevi walk away with all the raves for my song Kaate Nahin Kat Te in Mr India. It hurt then, it hurts more now. I’d rather sit at home jobless than allow my talent to be used to further any actress’ popularity,” a livid Alisha said.

Alisha said she hoped to revive the era of non-film albums. “I know I’m being unrealistic but I can’t help it. Either I’ll sing in non-film albums or otherwise, let the singers also do music videos of the songs that heroines lip-sync on screen,” she said.

Star-studded celebration 

A large number of Bollywood’s ‘A’ list celebrities including Hema Malini, Rakesh Roshan, Gracy Singh, Johnny Lever came together at a glittering function at a luxury hotel in Mumbai to celebrate the birthday of Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Among the award winners were Hema Malini (Life Time Achievement Award),
Johnny Lever (Best Comedian), Arbaaz Khan (Best Debut Film Of The Year), Namrata Kabra (Best Innovative Fashion Design), Rajesh Angelo (Best Computer
Education Centre), M M Satish (for an anti piracy campaign, I Hate Fake), Sunaina Roshan (Role Model For Fighting Against Cancer) and Bhushan Kumar (Best Audio Company).

Blend of East and West 

BIG LEAP Mithun ChakrabortyThe disco dancer Mithun Chakraborty and English actor Michael Caine will act in Indian Autumn, a cross-cultural drama.

This will mark Mithun’s leap into the international arena. The film will be shot
entirely in Los Angeles from March onwards.

Sudipto Sen, who will direct Indian Autumn, confirms the project.

 “Yes Mithun and Michael Caine are in Indian Autumn and we have an array of
Bengali and Hollywood actors in the film,” says Sudipto. 

A tour of Afghanistan

Bollywood celebrities should tour Afghanistan to help stabilise the war-ravaged country, suggested a US diplomat who pointed out that Bollywood movies are wildly popular in that country.

This was revealed in fresh diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks, which said, “We understand Bollywood movies are wildly popular in Afghanistan. So willing Indian celebrities could be asked to travel to Afghanistan to help attract attention to
social issues there,” the cable said. The idea was not put to practice but reveals the constant efforts of US diplomats in New Delhi to exploit Indian resources and goodwill to bolster the international effort in Afghanistan.

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