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Not an easy journey

Abhishek Bachchan reminisces on his early days in the industry when all his films constantly flopped at the box office.
How difficult was it for the junior Bachchan to carve a niche for himself? “Of course, it was difficult. I was replaced in films, I was thrown out of some of them and a few films shut down halfway. It’s not a pleasant feeling. Do I make a big deal out of it? No. As compared to the struggles of other people, mine looks small. Many people don’t know that when I decided to become an actor, for a year I didn’t have a job. Some people might have thought, ‘Oh, he is Mr Bachchan’s son, he would get a job easily’. But close to 30 directors, including some of the big ones said no to me on my face.”
He adds, “It’s not like I had a line of producers outside my house. I had met a lot of producers and directors requesting them to work with me. Thankfully J P (Dutta) saab came over and said that he wants to work with me. He was the first person who signed me up and I readily accepted. So how do you deal with rejections? Try and be positive and keep working hard.”

‘Kaminey’ upsets Piggy Chops

The verdict on Kaminey has been mixed. Shahid Kapoor has won good reviews for his acting and with a double role in the film, he is getting the lion’s share of the limelight. But the others involved in the film aren’t as pleased with the little publicity they are getting.
Priyanka Chopra, for example, is not too happy with the end result of Kaminey.  Although her performance is being lauded, a lot more was expected from the actress who is touted as one of industry’s number one actresses. Priyanka does not hold director Vishal Bhardwaj responsible for her reduced role in the film, but she has been heard mentioning to close friends about how she needs to be more careful about the movies she chooses.
But now it looks like the fallout with Vishal is for real. Priyanka was supposed to do a few songs for Bhardwaj’s Ishqiya, and though she had no qualms about the project initially, she has reportedly dropped out now.


‘Lagaan’ is the best

Ashutosh Gowariker’s historic epic Lagaan may have missed winning an Oscar but its music has made it to Amazon. com’s 100 greatest world music albums of all times. It’s the only Bollywood film soundtrack to have made it to the list that features renowned artistes like Bob Marley, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Willie Bobo. Five other Indian artistes who have made it to the list are Asha Bhosle, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Ustad Shujat Hussain Khan and the fifth of course, being A R Rahman for Lagaan on number 44.


Classic to contemporary

The three hour classic film Mother India has been shortened to 45 minutes. A UK based cultural group Kala Phool has restyled the Nargis-Sunil Dutt starrer and called it Mother India 21st Century Remix (M121). Apparently, the group found the themes and motifs of the 1957 cult film relevant even after 52 years of its release. The contemporary film will comprise a collage of edited visuals, accompanied by live music spanning over 45 minutes, that will be showcased across the country soon.


That’s what friends are for

The petite Minissha Lamba sure knows how to win over her friends.   Despite her tight schedule, the actress takes time out for her friends. Recently, Minissha’s best friend was all set to celebrate her birthday but due to Minissha’s unavailability, she gave it a miss. This dampened the actress’ spirits and she then decided to make it up to her best buddy.
Being the doting friend that she is, she instantly started planning a surprise birthday party for her best friend. She planned a full-fledged party with a Bond theme. The actress invited around 50 people and venue was a common friend’s place in Juhu.
All the planning was kept hush-hush from her best friend and it’s needless to say, her best friend was surely surprised and pleased.

Lovers of New York

Short films made by Indian film-makers Meera Nair and Shekhar Kapur will be a part of the star studded cinema ensemble New York, I Love You. The feature film which pays tribute to the city has films directed by 12 established film-makers. From the acclaimed
Indian directors to well-known Hollywood stars like Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson, the ensemble has it all.
While Meera Nair’s story stars Natalie Portman and Irrfan Khan, Shekhar directed Transformers’ star Shia Labeouf for his segment.
The film which is a collection of several love stories set in the city, from the Upper East Side to the hoods of Brooklyn, is similar to Paris, je t'aime, which revolved around the European city.
The cast includes some of the biggest names in Hollywood like Robin Wright Penn, Bradley Cooper, Andy Garcia, Hayden Christensen and Orlando Bloom.

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