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Sinking her teeth into character

After receiving rave reviews for her acting skills in Fashion, Mugdha Godse is definitely set to explore her talent further. Post venturing into drama, dark serious cinema and comedy with Fashion, Jail and All the Best respectively, Mugdha seems to be exploring new avenues with every film that she signs.
The latest entrant in the lady’s list happens to be the genre of horror. Mugdha is all set to scare the audiences in a horror flick produced by Sanjay Ahluwalia and Rajeev Virani. The film will be made by Rajeev Virani, a first time director and Mugdha will be sharing the screen with the suave and dashing Bobby Deol. Exclaims the pretty actress, “I just couldn’t say no when I heard the script. It’s a fantastic script and I’m so excited that I can’t wait to start working on it. The whole art of scaring my audiences is so new for me and I’m looking forward to the same.”
Infact, the actress has always been into horror flicks. Adds Mugdha, “Whenever I am with friends, we order for the DVDs of horror flicks. There is something unique about supernatural films and now, I am a part of one.”  Mugdha sure seems to be sinking her teeth into her character. We are just hoping that this one doesn’t scare our socks off.

Govinda loses weight

Chi-Chi (aka Govinda) is a huge fan of Amrita Rao. Infact, after Shortkut, the Hero No 1, had recently told Amrita that she is soon going to be the Heroine No 1. When he learnt that he would be doing a special song in Life Partner with Amrita, he had to
go on a crash diet and work out hard to look smart with the slim and sexy Amrita. He lost about 15 kilos before the song was shot and since then, he has been on a diet and plans to lose ten more kilos. He even wants to hire Amrita’s personal trainer. In fact, sources say that recently, Govinda even got a call from good friend Sallu, who wanted to know about the person, who has worked wonders on him.

Going gaga over shoes

Arshad Warsi is crazy about shoes. Recently, the actor bought a pair of shoes costing Rs 60,000. He wears it on special occasions. He has also got a large number of boots as he is very fond of long boots. He wears boots regularly, and the most interesting thing about his boots is that most are exclusive and customised. Many of his boots are made in Thailand. In fact, whenever he goes to Thailand, his favourite boot-maker takes his order in advance.
Arshad’s forthcoming film Ishqiyan is already making news. The movie is being directed by Vishal Bharadwaj. Sources reveals that Arshad’s stunning performance in the film will be a surprise package for his audience.
The actor is also very excited for his first production venture Koun Bola.

Ash does a ‘tandav’

Astad Deboo, that contemporary and modern Indian classical dancer, has been lured into the dense jungles of Athirappilly, Kerala, by film-maker Mani Ratnam to teach some new steps to the lovely Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Ash, who is shooting for Mani’s Raavana with hubby Abhishek Bachchan, is required to do a life and death dance sequence for which the Padmashri fusion dance choreographer was specially called in. According to a source, Astad’s chosen, a tandav of passion, retribution and redemption for Ash, because Mani wanted a fusion of kathak, ballet and contemporary dance.


A tryst with danger

Celina Jaitley did a dangerous scene without using a body double in Accident on Hill Road. A unit member revealed, “There was a scene where we had to blow a car to smithereens and the entire garage catches fire. It was a very dangerous shot. Celina’s body double was called to do the shot. But to our surprise, Celina said that she would do the scene herself.”
The actress went on to do the entire scene herself. “Celina did not even once ask the director about the degree of risk involved in doing such a scene. What’s more, she had not worn any protective outfit. There were precautions taken on the set. What came as a
surprise further was that the shot was okayed in the first take itself. Celina felt that it was the worth the risk.”


Slipping into a snake suit

Hisss, a bi-lingual (Hindi and English) film starring Mallika Sherawat is about a snake woman seeking revenge. The man behind Mallika’s elaborate look of a snake woman in the film is Robert Kurtzman, the Hollywood make-up effects creator behind blockbusters such as Evil Dead 2 and Hulk. Kurtzman has pulled out all the stops to make Sherawat evoke a combination of fear and mystery, through her costumes and make-up. He has experimented with MUFX (short for make-up effects) or prosthetic make-up.
The producers are hoping that Mallika’s make-up will scare the daylights out of the audiences. Sources say that the actress has donned a truly sinister snake suit that prevents her from using the washroom for eight to ten hours at a stretch. And yes, she can’t quench her thirst during this period either. The suit also restrains her natural movement, to such a large extent that she can only slide about on the sets. “As a result, she’s carried to and from the sets every time she has a shot,” explains Govind Menon, one of the film’s producers.

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