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Star-studded launch

All smiles: Director Puri Jagannadh, Sonal Chauhan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sonu Sood on the sets of the film. The Mahurat of Viacom 18 & AB Corp’s Bbuddah — Hoga Terra Baap, written and directed by Puri Jagannadh, took place recently at Khoja Bungalow at Versova, Mumbai.

While the director broke the auspicious coconut and took the first shot of Sonu Sood, an array of guests attended the mahurat.

Some of the people who were seen at the event were — Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sonal Chauhan.

The movie has a huge star cast that includes Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Raveena Tandon, Sonu Sood, Sonal Chauhan, Southern actress Charmi and more. Amitabh Bachchan, who will be seen in his ‘angry old man avatar’ with this movie, will be joining the shoot later in March.

The film is slated for release in the middle of 2011.

Crazy about gully cricket

Thanks to the ongoing World Cup, cricket mania has gripped the country and no one seems to have been spared.

One such cricket fanatic is Kunal Khemu. Apparently the Golmaal 3 lad is so hooked to the game that he religiously follows every match no matter where he is.

The young actor also makes it a point to step down into his neighbourhood park or gully and play some cricket with the local boys whenever he gets a chance.

Well, how about buying a stake in an IPL team, Kunal?

Make some noise for the ‘desi’ boys

Debutante director Rohit Dhawan is all set to go places even before the release of his first film — Eros International’s Desi Boyz, produced by Krishika Lulla.

Eros is taking their association with Rohit to the next level by joining hands with him for his second project as well.

The newest kid on the block, Rohit makes his directorial debut with Desi Boyz.
Rohit has also written the film, which stars Akshay Kumar and John Abraham, together after a long time along with Deepika Padukone and Chitrangada Singh in the lead roles. The music for the film is by Pritam.

Commenting on the development, Sunil Lulla, Managing Director, Eros International Media Ltd said, “We have enjoyed some great successes like Partner with David Dhawan and are now looking forward to working with his son Rohit. We are confident of him joining the ranks of leading directors in the industry with his launch and audiences can be assured of wholesome entertainment by this promising young debutant.”

Director Rohit Dhawan said, “I couldn’t have asked for more. I have wonderful producers and an awesome cast. Now I hope to fulfill my cinematic dreams through Desi Boyz and am thrilled about taking our association to the next level with future projects.”

Added Ram Mirchandani, Chief Creative Officer, Eros International Media Ltd, “With the audience’s taste getting so evolved, it’s important for them to have
an emotional connect with the film, besides being able to laugh their heads off.

The script of Desi Boyz is that and much more. Rohit is today’s director and we are glad to join hands with him for upcoming projects as well.”

Desi Boyz has completed its first schedule in Mumbai and will commence the next schedule in London in March 2011. It is slated for a November 2011 release. 

Taking over the Internet 

Twentieth Century Fox has chosen popular website Youtube to promote its latest 3D extravaganza — Rio.  As a unique promotional stunt, the Youtube website recently began showing around ten to fifteen seconds of Rio’s footage.  Spanning across four continents and around 18 countries including India, this footage will reach out to over 100 million people and enable them to experience the fun world of Rio.

Rio is a 3D animation film directed by Carlos Saldanha of Ice Age fame.

Set in the magnificent city of Rio de Janeiro and the lush rainforests of Brazil, the
comedy-adventure centres on Blu, a rare macaw who thinks he is the last of his kind.

When Blu discovers there’s another female creature like him — he leaves the comfort of his cage in small town Minnesota and heads to Rio.

With voice-overs from renowned actors like Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Will.I.Am, Robin Thicke, George Lopez and Tracy Morgan, this comedy adventure is sure to entice kids and adults alike. Rio releases in India on April 8 in English and Hindi.

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