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Not interested in cameos

He doesn’t want to do cameos right now, but Arjun Rampal has agreed to play a small part in David Dhawan’s Rascals.

 It was Sanjay Dutt, the producer of the movie, who convinced him to accept the offer.

“Yes, I finally agreed to do Rascals. I had always wanted to work with David Dhawan. And it is Sanjay Dutt’s first production. So it’s all the more special. I have about 20 days of work. However, cameos as a rule are not what I’m looking at in my career right now,” said Arjun before leaving for Bangkok to shoot for his part in the movie.

Initially, Arjun had said no to the role and informed Dhawan of his inability to accept the offer of the film that also has Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgan.

Says a source, “Although Arjun was tempted to work with David Dhawan for the first time, the last thing he wanted do was to get into the cameo space again. Repeatedly, film-makers have put Arjun in the cameo space with the promise of bigger roles later. Karan Johar and Farhan Akhtar had given Arjun walk-on parts in Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna and Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd. These led to sizeable parts in We Are Family and Rock On. But now Arjun is done with cameos.”

The 38-year-old Arjun is also looking forward to seeing how audiences react to his part of the main antagonist in Ra.One.

 “I’ve played the bad guy successfully in Om Shanti Om.

Even in Raajneeti, my role had shades of grey. So there is no apprehension about the audiences accepting me in a negative role. At the end of the day, a good role is a good role — black, white or grey. I’m happy with the way my career has shaped up,” he said.

An array of awards for Ash

Film-buffs saw a lot of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the year 2010.  The actress had four major releases — Raavan, Robot, Action Replayy and Guzaarish. The reviews for her performances from critics and movie-going audiences were positive with each clearly stating that Aishwarya was able to give a new life to each character she portrayed.

If that wasn’t enough, a number of awards have also been given to her for these films. Ash started the season of awards with a bang as she was awarded the Actress Of The Decade at the Big Star Entertainment Awards. At the Apsara Awards, she was conferred with the President’s Honour for the cinematic excellence of her work as the leading female actor in the film Guzaarish.

This winning streak continued when she got the Best Actress — Critic’s Category at the Zee Cine Awards held at Singapore and she got an award for the Best Actress — Drama Category for her role in Guzaarish at the recently-concluded Stardust Awards.

Coming together again

HOT PAIR Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh in Band Baaja Baaraat. After their sizzling chemistry in the hit film Band Baaja Baaraat, Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma will share screen space yet again for a romantic comedy titled Ladies V/S Ricky Bahl.

The film is another offering from Yash Raj Films and Aditya Chopra is producing the movie based on a story developed by him. It seems Yash Raj Films is looking to spin the same magic again as the premise of this film sounds similar.

Ladies V/S Ricky Bahl is a romantic comedy where a charming conman Ricky Bahl cons girls for a living, but finally meets his match.

It goes on floor in early April and is slated for release on December 9. Some of the crew members are also from Band Baaja Baaraat. Habib Faisal has written the
dialogues and Devika Bhagat has scripted the screenplay. Salim-Sulaiman will compose the music and Amitabh Bhattacharya will pen the lyrics. The film will be shot by Aseem Mishra.

Fresh take on relationships 

Production house Born Free Entertainment represents the youth of an adventurous soul, the imagination of a fresh mind and the passion for cinema. Founded by Diya Mirza, Zayed Khan and Sahil Sangha, the company aims to entertain audiences by relying on the simple virtue of honesty. It is a company that is rooted towards the craft of film-making. Notes Diya Mirza, “We sincerely believe that film-making is about honesty, first and foremost. You need to be honest to your character as an actor, and you need to be honest to the story as a director. And we believe that we need to be honest to the
audiences, delivering exactly what we promise.”

“It is through this honesty that this movie company celebrates talent,” says Zayed Khan. “How often have you had a brilliant idea and thought there was no way you could translate that on to the screen? Well, Born Free Entertainment intends to give talented storytellers the opportunity to do exactly that, no matter what genre their story is or the background they come from.” The third creative person behind this company is Sahil Sangha, who is also the writer-director of their first production Love, Breakups, Zindagi. “The film is an entertaining look at today’s relationships. It has characters that will imprint themselves in the hearts and minds of all viewers.”

The cast of Love, Breakups, Zindagi includes Zayed Khan, Diya Mirza, Cyrus Sahukar, Tisca Chopra, Satyadeep Misra, Pallavi, Vaibhav Talwar and introduces Auritra Ghosh and Umang. Written and directed by Sahil Sangha, Love, Breakups, Zindagi is produced by Sahara Motion Pictures in association with Born Free Entertainment. The music is given by composer duo Salim-Sulaiman and the lyrics have been penned by Javed Akhtar.

Expressing his desire

Film-maker Shrish Kunder has a very good script in hand and wants to cast Amitabh Bachchan in it and fulfil his long cherished dream of working with the megastar. “Got a beautiful script written by a new writer. Intend to make it with Mr Bachchan, with me directing it. Hoping this dream comes true (sic),” Kunder posted on his Twitter page recently.

The 37-year-old has directed Jaan-E-Mann and produced Tees Maar Khaan. He is married to director and choreographer Farah Khan.

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