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Talented: Prakash RajQuite an impression

After the super hit Golmaal 3 last year, director Rohit Shetty is busy making his next venture Singham starring Ajay Devgan and Southern beauty Kajal Aggarwal.

Latest news is that, while Ajay plays an honest cop in the movie, Rohit has signed none other than prominent South actor Prakash Raj to play the baddie in it. The three-time National Award winning actor was his first choice as he played the same role superbly in the original Tamil version which the movie is a remake of.

The actor is ecstatic to work Rohit and the full team as he loves their style of working. He confirms, “The unit of Singham, especially Rohit, is a great bunch of talented and creative people. He is the gen-next director and his working technique is impressive. Not only does he shoot quickly but he also ensures that every shot is perfect and the actors give in their best every single time.”

Even though the actor just finished shooting one schedule of the film and is back down South to complete his commitments there, news is that he can’t wait to get back on the sets on Singham. “The entire unit is like a family and I’m waiting to join Rohit and the entire team for the next schedule,” quips the actor.

Prakash Raj was seen last seen playing the bad boy in Wanted and has previously done Hindi films like Shakti —The Power and Khakee. Singham, produced by
Reliance Pictures, is all set to release on July 22.

Challenging Munni and Sheila

Move over Munni and Sheila, the husn-ki-Mallika is here! After the music charts went ablaze with Munni Badnaam and Sheila Ki Jawani last year, here is yet another sound track from Reliance Entertainment and Maruti International’s Double Dhamaal,
directed by Inder Kumar, which will set the screens on fire.

News is that the very sultry Mallika Sherawat just finished shooting for a sexy and steamy number titled Jalebi Bai for the movie. Sources present on the set revealed that the actress is looking super-hot and ultra-glam at the same time.

The four-day schedule of the song was shot at Mehboob Studios in Mumbai, where a lavish set of a casino was created to give the song the right look and feel. The sources also commented on Mallika’s dance in the racy number and said, “She’s got her enticing moves right and is sure to give the Munnis and Sheilas a run for their money.” The song has been choreographed by ace dance master Ganesh Acharya and the music is by Anand Raj Anand. Looks like we have another smashing chartbuster on its way. Double Dhamaal is slated for release this June.

New face: Adah SharmaOn an endorsement signing spree

Recent reports stated that Adah Sharma has been signed on as the new face of a soft drink brand for two years.

The 21-year-old heroine, of 1920 fame, has now been roped in by a hair oil brand too for two years. The pretty actress seems to be collecting a lot of stylish feathers in her cap, given that she’s already endorsing many international brands. This new endorsement makes her the only newcomer in Bollywood to get many premium brands
under her kitty. The hair oil commercial will hit the airwaves shortly.

Adah is also shooting for an untitled film that will release by July 2011. 

Getting acclaim world over 

Sangeeta Datta’s award-winning feature Life Goes On opened in UK national cinemas last week. Distributed by Miracle Communications, the film is running in 20 cinemas in London and across the nation. The gala screening at Empire, Leicester Square, ran to a full house with Indian talent Girish Karnad and the Brit-Asian actors Rez Kempton, Mukulika Banerjee, Christopher Hatherall and Steph Patten in attendance.

The question and answer session with director Sangeeta Datta and the cast ran for 45 minutes rekindling interest in the history of Indian partition and the aftermath of communal violence and displacement. Director Datta says, “The film is a freewheeling adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear in a contemporary British Asian context.”
The same afternoon, there was a special screening and student forum at London University, School of Oriental and African Studies,(SOAS) where post screening discussion ranged from Shakespearean adaptation, generational conflict and the urgent problem of prejudice and Islamophobia.

Shot almost entirely in London with a British crew, the film stars prominent Indian actors Sharmila Tagore, Om Puri and Girish Karnad. Sharmila is cast for the first time with real-life daughter Soha Ali Khan. 

Covered widely by BBC radio, the popular music from the film is being aired on TV channels. The composer Soumik has trained in composition at Trinity College of Music and is a well-known sarod player. The film has been hailed by renowned film critic Derek Malcolm as “the most important non- Bollywood film of its year.” Film Bible Sight and Sound (published by British Film Institute) has called it “both a paean to death and a celebration of life”.

Life Goes On will release in India on March 25 and is distributed by Priya Entertainment and Inox. 

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