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Javed Akhtar

The duo of Salim Khan-Javed Akhtar has sent a legal notice to Amit Mehra, the producer of the remake of their 1973 blockbuster Zanjeer.

The writer duo of the original Zanjeer have been rather miffed with Amit Mehra, who with nothing more than their blessings, has gone ahead and started shooting the remake. Javed had even sought legal help regarding the issue.

And now, the veteran writers have jointly sent a legal notice to Amit claiming royalties for the script that they had penned decades back.

Motivation for fresh talent

Bollywood A-listers are going out of their way to help newcomers promote their films before they are released at the box office.

There was a time was when senior actors would be fiercely competitive and protective of their camps, so much so that newcomers and those without a godfather in the industry were directly shown the door.

But the industry’s A-listers these days are not shying away from promoting new talent, even becoming a godfather of sorts to the youngsters.

If Aamir Khan promoted Prateik as a protege in Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na and Dhobi Ghaat, Salman used his star power to get Pulkit Samrat all the attention in Bittoo Boss. Even Priyanka Chopra never loses an opportunity to praise her cousin Parineeti.

More pomp than substance?

The unit members working on the Sunny Deol-Kangana Ranaut starrer, tentatively titled ‘Happy New Year’, don’t have many nice things to say about the actress.

There are stories doing the rounds that she has encouraged her staff to demand exorbitant ‘daily expenses’ from the production unit so that she doesn’t have to pay them for their services from her own pocket.

And when production managers balk at their bills — which can go up to Rs 50,000 per day — the actress allegedly refuses to shoot till her staff has been compensated.

A tribute to Big B 

Here’s some fantastic news for the fans of Sanjay Dutt and Amitabh Bachchan. Sanjay Dutt has paid a stunning tribute to Big B in a special remake of Bachchan’s iconic track Thodi Si Jo Pi Li Hai from Namak Halaal for RGV’s much-awaited movie ‘Department’.

The upcoming action drama will see a unique remake of the original Bachchan classic, picturised on Sanjay and ace choreographer Ganesh Acharya.
With the original rights of the song being bought, music director Bappa Lahiri has made a contemporary version of the song which has been sung by Sukhwinder Singh.

Speaking about his inspiration behind remaking the cult song for ‘Department’, RGV says, “Like millions, even I have always been a huge fan of Thodi Si Jo Peeli Hai from Namak Halaal. I felt picturising it on Sanjay Dutt will be a fitting tribute to Mr Bachchan’s masterpiece.”

The song is set in a scenario wherein Sanjay, who plays a deadly cop, goes to a club and bonds with his team. In the original song, Amitabh danced with women but in the remake, Sanjay will be seen dancing with Ganesh Acharya onscreen.

Sources who have seen the song claim that Sanjay has given a splendid performance with signature dance steps in the song, which will blow the minds of his fans away.

A hardcore action drama, RGV’s ‘Department’ produced by Viacom 18, stars Sanjay Dutt, Amitabh Bachchan and Rana Daggubati in the lead and releases on May 18.

A double treat

Kal Ke Kalakar International’ is all set to present two one-act plays, written by Kader Khan, and starring and directed by his sons Shah Nawaz Khan and Sarfaraz Khan.

Kader himself was discovered by the legendary Dilip Kumar while acting in a play for the college he taught in.

Shah Nawaz and Sarfaraz too have been active in the theatre circuit, acting and directing plays like Badi Der Ki Meherbaan Aate Aate, Taash Ke Patte and ‘Best of Luck’.

Hamare Bhi Hain Meherbaan Kaise Kaise, directed by Shah Nawaz Khan, is a political satire set in a corporator’s world. ‘Local Train’, directed by Sarfaraz Khan, is a comedy set in a local train presenting the feel of Mumbai.

Kader stated, “Whether it is commuting to work in the local train, bus or road, the fact is that the common man does not have a say in political matters.”

Said Shah Nawaz, “Recreating a play that my father wrote over 35 years ago and making the characters fit into today’s modern-day life was an immense challenge but a great joy at the same time.”

Sarfaraz added, “The challenge in a comedy is to capture the moods of the characters in different situations.”

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