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Bowled over by Punjabi

Mika was recently on his way to the airport to catch a night flight to Delhi, when he got a call from his favourite music director Pritam who wanted to record something with him that very night itself. Hence, Mika returned and went straight to the studio. Little did he know that the recording was for Shahid Kapoor’s Mausam.

Adding all the more to his surprise was the fact that Shahid and Pankaj were both present in the studio already. Pritam, Mika and Shahid have had a history of chartbusters like Mauja He Mauja and Dil Bole Hadippa. A pleasant surprise for him was the fact that the father-son duo was actively involved in the song recording, right from the dhols to the lyrics to the singing. “I have sung many songs for Shahid and have always wanted to meet Pankajji so it was a pleasant surprise to see him at this song recording. I was taken aback by Pankajji’s Punjabi. He speaks the authentic dialect one hardly hears any longer. Usually city Punjabis tend to deviate from the local dialect of rural Punjab, but Pankajji, who has been in Mumbai for decades, still has an amazing command over the language and so does Shahid,” said Mika.

Making the audience laugh

According to director Jagmohan Mundhra, ‘Naughty@40’ is set to be a vintage Govinda fare complete with the mannerisms, body language and dialogues that made the actor a superstar in the 90s. The actor plays a 40-year-old virgin in the upcoming comedy and plans to bring his old charm back. “The idea was to recreate a similar magic which he used to weave in his old films. I told my producers that perhaps we could have the tag of ‘Vintage Govinda is back’ in the promos as well,” said  Mundhra. 

“He may have hit a bad patch for a while but he is someone who really knows the pulse of the audience,” Mundhra added. With David Dhawan, Govinda went on to make hits like ‘Hero No 1’, ‘Coolie No 1’, Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, Aankhen, Raja Babu and Shola Aur Shabnam in the 90s. They last collaborated on ‘Partner’, which was again a hit. But for Mundhra, who has made films like ‘Provoked’, ‘Shoot On Sight’, Bawandar and Kamla, it has been quite a shift. “When Govinda approached me for this film, I was very apprehensive and told him that I had never directed such a comedy. Also, I personally have a different sense of humour. I was worried if I would be able to do justice to the film,” said Mundhra.

“Govinda said that he wasn’t worried because with this film, he wanted me to reach out to the kind of masses that I had never explored before. Also, he admitted that with my name being attached to the film, even he would be able to find a new audience base for himself,” he added. Mundhra called his friend Anupam Kher and discussed the film with him before saying yes. “I told Anupam that ‘Naughty@40’ seemed to be the kind of film that David Dhawan and Anees Bazmee make. These are big directors and I respect them for what they are. After all they know how to reach out to the masses. But I couldn’t think of making a film like them.”

But Kher assured him that the film will be a new experience for the director, who decided to bring the old Govinda back in a new style. “He has an uncanny sense of what the masses want so why not go with his conviction. I decided to follow his vision while bringing my own stamp.” Starring Yuvika Chaudhary, Sayali Bhagat and Edward Lucia along with Anupam Kher, Shakti Kapoor and Sanjay Mishra, ‘Naughty@40’ releases all over on April 29. 

Left with no time for herself

OCCUPIED Kate WinsletOscar-winning actress Kate Winslet struggles to find free time for herself after embracing motherhood. The 35-year-old actress said that she devotes a majority of her time to her two children Mia, 10, and Joe, seven. “Any mother knows after having a baby, the last person you think about is yourself. I’ve been a mother for ten years and I’m still trying to figure out how to give time to myself without feeling guilty about it. Sometimes I’ll sit down and go, ‘Oh it’s just nice to sit down’, because truly, I’ve forgotten how to do that,” said the actress.

“You forget to sit down and not worry about what needs to be done for the kids, just take time for yourself and pick up a book or read a recipe. I tell myself ‘Just sit down’. It’s a challenge,” said Winslet. ‘The Reader’ star also says that she feels more confident now than when she was in her 20s. “I think that for a lot of women, our 20s are a time of really figuring things out and figuring out what we are really about. I’m really enjoying my 30s, actually. I have so much more life experience than I did when I was 25 and that’s a real luxury,” added Winslet.

The ‘Titanic’ star has daughter Mia with first husband Jim Threapleton and son Joe with second spouse Sam Mendes, who she split from in March 2010.

Paying a tribute to old stars

GROOVY A clip from the song.Salman Khan’s fans are eagerly waiting for his next movie ‘Ready’, directed by Anees Bazmee, opposite Southern beauty Asin. Insiders have been raving about a particular song called Character Dheela, which has more than one attraction to look forward to.

 For starters, the groovy song has a special guest appearance by the stunning Zarine Khan who will be seen shaking a leg with Salman. Secondly, the song will see Salman and Zarine playing different hit Hindi movie jodis of the past.

Buzz is that the uber-cool actor will be seen playing shahzada Saleem along with Zarine playing the beautiful Anarkali in one act. In another act, we will see Salman and Zarine in the black and white era paying tribute to the showman Raj Kapoor along with Nargis. Yet another sequence will see the two recreate the magic of Viru and Basanti on screen!

This song has been uniquely choreographed by the talented Mudassar Khan who has previously choreographed Salman in the superhit Dabangg as well.

This one sure promises to be a visual treat for Hindi film lovers and is slated for release on June 3. 

From screen to stage

Television actor Manav Gohil, who made a name for himself with shows like
Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii, Kasautii Zindagii Kay, Sarkaar, Remix and Kkusum, is entering theatre in a bid to reinvent himself. “Theatre has always been something that I have wanted to do. As an actor, if I only do what is available to me on TV and not grow, then my career will be finished very soon,” said Manav, who has also done Dharmesh Darshan’s Bhanwra, which has not been released yet. “So for me, to learn and reinvent myself is very important and theatre is something I have always regarded as the paramount school for acting. So that’s how I decided to shift in that direction,” he added.

His debut play is Mareechika, a Marwari adaptation of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s ‘The Lady From The Sea’, in which he is working with Ila Arun and K K Raina. “This play is very interesting and it has a lot of music and dance. We will stage it in April in Delhi. After that, we will go to Jaipur,” said the 36-year-old, who will also be working on another play soon but doesn’t want to divulge the details right now.

“Theatre is challenging because it is not well paying like TV. The money is not great but the compensation is high. The growth and satisfaction that you derive from theatre completely overpowers other things,” he said. “The second challenge is that as a TV actor you have to shed all your baggage — whatever you know, your perception about yourself and how people perceive you. You have to start as a beginner all over again and just give yourself in the hands of the director who has been doing it for years.”

So did he learn anything new? “There are a few things that I have learnt. I have realised the importance of projection of voice, throw of voice, clarity of speech and the effortlessness in delivering a dialogue, among other things,” said Manav. The actor also specified theatre will not be an on-off project. “I would love to continue with theatre because the journey that I go through while preparing for a play is very exciting and a learning process,” said the actor who is not averse to television.

“Six years back television was different. Things have changed now, faces have changed and tastes have changed. I have by choice reduced my TV presence because I want to do what I like. I’m open to good shows,” added Manav.

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