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‘Camps don’t exist’

So says Katrina Kaif, who is all set to shuttle between two big projects — one each with industry rivals Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan. While shooting for Ek Tha Tiger with ex-boyfriend Salman will begin next week, Yash Chopra’s romantic film with Shah Rukh goes on the floors in a few months.

And although the actor is excited to work with the latter, she’s scared and unsure of what to expect.

When asked whether it’s tough to be working with two arch rivals, Katrina denies it vehemently and states, “This is a misconception in the media. All of us are fairly responsible individuals and decently well-behaved people. We all have separate and different equations, which are sometimes not so friendly. Everyone must respect a person’s individual
equation. Camps don’t exist.”

‘I have seen a lot’

frank Sanjay DuttLegal and personal misfortunes almost became a part of life for him since the mid-1990s, but Sanjay Dutt feels the upheavals helped him become a better actor. The 52-year-old, known for his macho man image, is also returning to his original love — action on the big screen, and hopes to widen his horizons by venturing into direction, eventually. “The experience of life, right from being involved in drugs, my mother’s death, the death of my (first) wife (Richa Sharma), and the jail episode...the problems I have gone through helped me in one way — I can now play any character comfortably because I have seen so much,” said Sanjay.

Son of legendary yesteryear actors Sunil and Nargis Dutt, Sanjay never believed in succumbing to life’s hardships — even when he was convicted for illegal possession of arms in connection with the 1993 Mumbai blasts. “People shouldn’t give up. Everyone should be strong within and have faith in god. Whatever happens to anyone, it’s His will.

I have no complaints. I had my share of ups and downs and overcame everything with a smile on my face. I will keep working, and will keep working hard,” he said with conviction.

He harbours a wish to be set free in a pending court case, but at heart, Sanjay is at peace with his third wife, Manyata, and their twins. “I’m a very lucky person to have a wife like Manyata. She is a homemaker. She has brought everything right, bonded the whole family, and given me two children. She has brought my life on track, and I have
become more homebound,” said Sanjay.

He first married actress Richa Sharma in 1987, but she died of brain tumour in 1996. The couple had a daughter in 1989, and named her Trishala who stays in the US. The actor then married model Rhea Pillai in 1998, but separated in 2005. However, Sanjay finally found solace in personal life when he tied the knot with Manyata in 2008, after dating her for two years. She gave birth to a girl and a boy in October 2010. Now the Munnabhai of the Hindi film industry is getting back to what he is best at — action! “It’s damn good that action films are coming back. Ajay Devgan came as an action hero initially, and so did I. Romantic films and comedies had taken over the industry in between, but it’s very good that action films are coming back,” he said, indirectly pointing at recent action films like Dabangg, Singham and ‘Wanted’, which have worked well at the box office.

According to Sanjay, who made his debut in 1981 with ‘Rocky’ and has done over 100 films since then, the charm of an action hero is unmatched. “The stardom that an action hero has, always has a different high. It’s always larger than life. If you see down south, actors like Rajni sahab (Rajinikanth) and Surya are worshipped there with milk and garlands. That’s only because of their action image,” said the actor, who featured in films like Sadak, Yalgaar, Khalnayak, Kshatriya, Kurukshetra, Vaastav and ‘Shootout At Lokhandwala’.

Sanjay’s daredevil side will soon be up for grabs in upcoming films like Agneepath remake and Zilla Ghaziabad, as well as a “couple of more projects”. The actor-producer might also step behind the camera in the future. “May be after five years, I would direct a film. But if I make a film it would be a complete commercial action film,” he said. Much before that, he is ready to make his small screen debut as the host of reality show ‘Bigg Boss 5’.

The original item girl

I am the original item number girl in the industry after Helen aunty and the trendsetter as far as item numbers go. All the other heroines just are following in my footsteps. In fact, the other heroines who are doing item numbers are doing so because they do not have any film in hand and are actually jobless,” declared Rakhi Sawant, after completing a sexy item number for the film Raktbeej, produced by Rajesh Mukul and directed by Anil Ballani.

Rakhi had to fulfill an unusual wish of choreographer of the film, Shabina Khan, and wear a heavy costume consisting of a golden metal embedded ghagra choli weighing 60 kilos designed by fashion designer Reza. “Although Rakhi was very uncomfortable due to the weight of the outfit, she finished the song with a smile on her lips in spite of almost fainting three or four times on the sets,” said director Anil Ballani. The film stars Tinu Anand and debutants Maanas, K Jeeva, Amanjyot and Juliya.

All set to dazzle

different role Kalki KoechlinAnurag Kashyap’s directorial film ‘That Girl In Yellow Boots’ doesn’t really need an introduction.

The film has received rave reviews across international platforms, at Venice and Toronto Film Festivals.

The film starring Kalki Koechlin, Naseeruddin Shah, Prashant Prakash, and Gulshan Devaiah, is all set to release worldwide on September 2. After a lot of hype created by the film, the producers have released the first look of the film.

This poster visually talks about the distress and the complication that the girl goes through in her journey to search of her father who she has never met before.
The poster depicts a story of twisted relationships with others.

With both glamour and innocence

Actor Sanjay Mishra, who is making his debut as a director with the rustic Hindi feature film Pranam Walekum, has zeroed in on Giselli Monteiro to play the lead role of nautanki wali in it.

“She fits the character to the T. Although the girl in my film is desi, she has a mix of glamour and innocence, something that Giselli has in plenty. She is best suited for this character,” says Sanjay Mishra, who has even stopped accepting new acting assignments because of his commitment to the film, produced by Sandiip Kapur.

Vijay Raaz, Manu Rishi, Shilpa Shukla, Manoj Pahwa and Asrani also star in the film, besides Sanjay Mishra himself. Irrfan Khan and Rajat Kapur have a guest appearance in the movie. Sanjay Mishra says that he chose such a controversial title, because it is an unusual story woven around a usual subject.

He adds, “On the whole, the story will regale viewers with the ironies and funny anecdotes of everyday life,” comments Sandiip. Pranam Walekum, with its tongue-in-cheek humour, takes a funny and satirical poke at religious tolerance and intolerance in India.

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