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Selling like hot cakes

Mohan Lal and Amitabh Bachchan in Kandahar. The bilingual film Kandahar, directed by Major Ravi, has two stalwarts sharing the screen — Amitabh Bachchan and Mohan Lal. The film’s music has been composed by Shamir Tandon. The songs are in Hindi and Shamir was specially invited to do the score for this patriotic film. At a special screening of the movie held at a five star hotel in Mumbai, Amitabh Bachchan and Mohan Lal were completely touched when Naman Hai, a patriotic song, was played out aloud.

Sonu Nigam, who has sung the song with great passion hitting the highest notes ever, did not charge Shamir a penny given that it’s a patriotic film and that the song would reach out to all Indians. The film is based on the Kandahar hijack and like his earlier work in realistic films like Page 3 and Corporate, Shamir has seamlessly woven in some magic. He has composed some beautiful songs, that have been sung by Kailash Kher and Sunidhi Chauhan apart from Sonu Nigam. Shamir was pleasantly surprised when Mohan Lal congratulated him on the wonderful music he has given for this film and also asked him to score the music for his next project. 

Baring it all 

SIZZLING John Abraham His suntanned next-to-naked look in Karan Johar’s Dostana was tantalising enough.
Sadly though, John’s assets were lauded much more in Dostana than his acting skills. But the actor has surely put that behind.

Moving on to better things, the actor is now gearing up for an even raunchier strip down.

According to sources, in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Saat Khoon Maaf, the hot actor will bare it all.

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Talking of sheer generosity...

NO TENSION: Priyanka Chopra WARM: Kareena Kapoor All it took was a simple step for Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor to bury the hatchet and turn friends. The rivalry between the two actresses was the talk of the town earlier. To top it all, the rumours of Priyanka seeing Kareena’s ex-boyfriend Shahid Kapoor, added more fuel to the fire. But the tension between them went way out of hand after the two ladies made some catty comments about each other on Karan Johar’s chat show Koffee With Karan. However, the two ladies made up with each other at Umang, a Bollywood mela dedicated to the Mumbai Police just prior to Christmas.

It started with Piggy Chops and Shah Rukh Khan dancing to Desi Girl.
Saif Ali Khan and Kareena then came on stage and started grooving with the two stars.

All held hands and did a jig together, with the two actresses flaunting some of their
signature moves. After this, Saif got the two girls together to pose for a picture. Well, we say all is well that ends well and hope the two actresses would keep the audiences entertained with their acts in the years to come. 

Daddy dearest 

Jack Black, the 41-year-old comedian, recently attended the premiere of his forthcoming film Gulliver’s Travels in Los Angeles. But the actor wasn’t accompanied by his sons, four-year-old Sammy and two-year-old Thomas, because they don’t know he is famous!

The actor, who is married to musician Tanya Haden, explained, “I didn’t bring my babies because they don’t know I’m famous yet. I’m trying to keep it hidden. For them, I am just a daddy. They think I’m a salesman.” He added, “I think I’ll wait for a while to bring Sammy, my four-year-old. He might freak out if he realises he is sharing me.”

Though his sons don’t know he is a celebrity, Jack admits they do ask questions when they see photographers waiting for him. He said, “Well, we went to the park the other day and there were some people in the bushes with cameras. And Sammy said, ‘It’s alright to take pictures in movies, but not in real life.’ And I told him, ‘You are right.’”

‘We don’t make films for Oscars’

Noted filmstar Shabana Azmi feels that Bollywood cinema is unique and should not change to compete with Hollywood or the Oscars. Azmi is happy that despite their uniqueness, Indian films have managed to get a global identity. “Our cinema is different and we don’t make films to compete for the Oscars. We have our own identity in the world,” says Azmi. When asked whether Indian films fail to get Oscars because of poor lobbying, she felt, “We should not politicise everything as Oscars have a different standard and we have a different one.”

Shining in the international arena 

Actor Adil Hussain, who has been getting critical appreciation for his performances in films like Ishqiya, Gangor, For Real and Agent Vinod, is excited about his role in Oscar-winning director Ang Lee’s upcoming project Life of Pi and attributes it to luck and talent.

“If success is measured by how famous I will be after working with Ang Lee, then I will attribute it to luck and a bit of talent,” says the Assam-born Hussain, who will play the role of the protagonist’s father and Tabu’s husband in the film.

Starting his career as a stand-up comedian in Assam’s legendary Bhaya Mama Group, Hussain rose to fame post his National School of Drama days with his role as Othello in the acclaimed production, Othello — A Play In Black And White.

Hussain says, “Bhaya Mama (who along with some members of his troupe died in a tragic accident some years ago) and Ang Lee are highly creative people. Both are innovative in their approach towards a subject. Their medium of expression is different. I feel blessed to have worked with both of them.”

A 17-year-old Delhi boy Suraj Sharma has been cast as Pi Patel in the movie, the shooting of which begins next year. Tabu will play Pi’s mother and Irrfan Khan will enact the role of the grown-up Pi in the movie adaptation of Yann Martel’s Booker Prize-winning Life Of Pi.

The story is about Pi, who 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, a hyena, a zebra and an orangutan for company.

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