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‘I enjoy my new job’

no regrets Nargis Fakhri

She was happy walking international runways as a model when ‘Rockstar’ happened. Nargis Fakhri, who played the female lead opposite Ranbir Kapoor in the Imtiaz Ali directed film, says she never wanted to become an actress. Born to a Czech mother and a Pakistani father, Nargis made a much-hyped debut at the age of 32 with the film.

The model-turned-actress says she has no regrets entering Bollywood late in her career as acting was never on her agenda. “Acting was never on the agenda, so I think ‘Rockstar’ happened at the right time. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for ‘Rockstar’. I have been modelling since I was 16. I am very new to the film industry and while I thoroughly enjoy my new job, there is still a lot for me to learn,” said Nargis.

Even though her performance as Heer Kaul in ‘Rockstar’ met with criticism, the newbie actress remains undeterred saying the comments have helped her overcome flaws. “I deal with criticism the same way I deal with praise. I am a very positive person and when people criticise, it helps me overcome my flaws. I am very new to this industry. So I take it as an experience and feel motivated to do better,” she said.

Sanjay plays the waiting game

Initially, he denied intentions of making a film on the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks but eventually, went right ahead with it. However, while Ram Gopal Varma may have zeroed in on the actor who will play terrorist Ajmal Kasab, he is stuck when it comes to the role of Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad Head Rakesh Maria, the super-cop who led the entire 26/11 investigation when he was the Joint Commissioner Crime, Maharashtra.

   Apparently, Ramu had earlier approached Sanjay Dutt for the role. However, Sanjay wanted to first see how ‘Department’ fared at the box office before making any commitment. Meanwhile, we now hear the director has approached Kamal Hassan for the same role.

A source revealed, “Ramu may have made a fool of himself when he went to the Taj along with the then CM Vilasrao Deshmukh to see the damages done by the attacks. However, one can’t deny the fact that he has now got a subject that everyone wants to see, especially after he makes it. He could not have gone wrong with the casting and so he was keen to have Sanjay Dutt play Rakesh Maria as he had already worked with the actor in ‘Department’.

But Sanjay is playing the waiting game. He wants to gauge the response to ‘Department’ before saying yes.”

Midas touch

A little birdie dropped the news that the versatile Salman Khan, who has been setting the  cash registers ringing, is all set to don a new role. His latest avatar will be that of a personalised travel guide. Whether it’s the effect of his crazy travel schedule for his upcoming film Ek Tha Tiger (across 10 cities) or the ‘Guide’ effect courtesy veteran actor Dev Anand, all we can say is let’s wait and watch how our beloved Lovely Singh performs in this role.

If one looks at the recent happenings, Salman Dabangg Khan has surely turned everything he has touched to gold; from hosting ‘Bigg Boss’ and Dus Ka Dum to playing Chulbul Pandey and Lovely Singh.

Double dilemma

Producer-turned director Pahlaj Nihalani, who has signed Shahid Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor to play the roles played by Govinda and Chunky Pandey in the remake of the 1994 comedy Aankhen, is facing a strange dilemma.

The film, which is also based on the Kishore Kumar comedy Do Dooni Chaar, has both the stars playing a double role but the director is unable to decide which one will play what role.

It’s raining heroines

The 100-crore club is fast becoming the success parameter for actresses too — be it for box office status, brands or making a booty.  And leading this pack of 100 crore ladies is Kareena Kapoor, who has been a part of four 100 crore films so far, closely followed by Priyanka Chopra, who
has had two back-to-back 100 crore plus films (Don 2 and Agneepath).

Then there are Asin and Kajal Agarwal as well though trade feels that the two haven’t been able to capitalise on their success like the other two bigger players.