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Too classic to be tampered with

FIRM Vidya BalanThe remake of the 1982 blockbuster Satte Pe Satta was announced recently with Sanjay Dutt playing the lead role, that was originally portrayed by Amitabh Bachchan. But the hunt for the female lead, which was played by Hema Malini in the original film, is still on. The project was offered to Vidya Balan. However, recent reports state that Vidya has refused to step into Hema’s shoes.  The actress didn’t want to do this film, about seven wild and fun-loving brothers living on a ranch, simply because she feels that the film is a classic and should not be tampered with. “She feels that the film is too iconic to be copied,” explains a source about the actress’ reason for turning down Sanjay Dutt’s offer. Looks like Vidya will definitely not be the one to reform the seven untamed brothers. 

A refreshing look 

After a critically-acclaimed performance in Dunno Y... Na Jaane Kyun, Kapil Sharma will be seen romancing Kulraj Randhawa of Yamla Pagla Deewana fame in his next outing — Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron. This film is directed by Sanjay Sharma and produced by K C Sharma and is a romantic comedy which also stars Anupam Kher, Makrand Deshpandey and Prem Chopra in pivotal roles. Kapil and Kulraj are both very upbeat about the movie and are sure that the audience is going to respond positively to the film.

Kapil Sharma plays a happy go lucky character in the film who is always up to something or the other. Says the actor, “After portraying a difficult character in Dunno Y... Na Jaane Kyun, the character in Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron is like a cool breeze. This character is similar to what I am in real life.”

Kulraj, on the other hand, is excited about the fact that she is doing another comedy after her first outing with Bobby Deol. She adds cheerfully, “I have always wanted to make people laugh in a very realistic manner and Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron does the same. It is a very surreal comedy with all the characters being the backbone of the film.”

According to director Sanjay Sharma, “All the actors are the stars of the film and this movie cannot be imagined without Kapil or Kulraj or Anupam Kherji.”

Khan becomes ‘khiladi’

Salman Khan has quietly shot for the Khatron Ke Khiladi 4 promo without Akshay Kumar even being aware of it.

After the success of his TV shows ‘Bigg Boss’ and Dus Ka Dum, not to mention his 2010 film Dabangg, Salman is a hot property everywhere, be it the stage, big screen
or television.

But all said and done, Akshay Kumar is no pushover either.

So imagine the shock Akki was in for when he heard from friends that Salman had ousted him as host of the upcoming season of Fear Factor — Khatron Ke Khiladi!

Maharaja Features

Learning the hard way

Very few Hindi films, with the exception of ‘My Brother Nikhil’, have delved into gay themes sensitively or effectively. For the most film-makers and producers of Bollywood, homosexuality remains a touchy subject.

The makers of the 2008-comedy Dostana, which revolved around the issue, may have discovered this the hard way. According to industry sources, Dostana 2, the planned sequel of the Abhishek Bachchan–John Abraham hit, is likely to be shelved because producer Karan Johar and director Tarun Mansukhani are finding it hard to cast actors willing to play gay characters.

Rajni sir? No thanks!

Nobody says no to Rajnikanth but veteran actress Rekha has just done it. The actress has walked out of Rajnikanth-starrer Rana due to some monetary issues with the producers of the film, who are now planning to rope in Hema Malini for the same role. The role was initially offered to Madhuri Dixit who also said no to the superstar.

According to a source, “Rekha was scheduled to be paired opposite the older Rajnikanth while Deepika Padukone was all set to romance the younger one. However, there have been some monetary issues between Rekha and the producers so she is not keen to work in the film, unless she is paid what she thinks she deserves.” Rekha and Rajnikanth have earlier worked together in Bhrashtachar, Phool Bane Angaaray and Bulandi. 

Rahman is rattled

Music director A R Rahman is probably the only composer who keeps the rights of all the songs that he composes. He’s not someone who takes kindly to anyone stealing his work. So when a recent soft drink commercial used one of his tunes, the man did not take it lightly.  The commercial, featuring Katrina Kaif, has used his tune from ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ — it’s the track that introduces Latika (Freida Pinto) in the film. The Oscar-winning composer claims that this has been done without his knowledge and that he is all set to take legal action. His record label, however, says they gave the permission to the makers of the commercial to use the tune.