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Well-versed in Bengali

From Aishwarya Rai (Chokher Bali) to Manisha Koirala (Khela) to Bipasha Basu (Shob Choritro Kalponik), the B-town beauties have never been heard in Bengali films as their voices have always been dubbed.

But for Paanch Adhyay, her first regional film, Dia Mirza has dubbed her Bengali lines herself.

Dia, whose mother is a Bengali, plays Ishita, a half-Bengali who is an English teacher, in the film co-starring Priyanshu Chatterjee and Soumitra Chatterjee. “My Bengali was decent before I filmed Paanch Adhyay.

After spending time in Kolkata shooting for the film, conversing with so many people during my time there, it has only become better post filming. I still would like to learn to think in Bengali,” says Dia.

Paanch Adhyay, written and directed by first-timer Pratim D Gupta, is the journey of a couple across the five chapters of their lives. “My character travels through the ups and downs of marriage and the poignancy of love — lost and found,” adds Dia.

“I am at a head space now where I am looking to expand my horizons,” she notes. The film, which has music by Shantanu Moitra, is currently in the post-production stage and is eyeing a late summer release this year in Bengal and the metro cities.

‘I’d like to work with Rahman’

Although hugely popular in India, Madonna has somehow never performed for her fans here.

Talking about what’s kept her away from the country, she says, “I haven’t got the chance to tour India but I would surely love to.”

Ask the international pop icon if she has considered collaborating with India’s very own global musician, AR Rahman, and she says, “I would like to work with him when the opportunity comes, and things work out. Only then we will be able to decide on the music.”

‘Butt’ of all jokes!

Actor Tusshar Kapoor tried to do a John Abraham and ended up triggering a round of laughs.

Everyone is wondering what the actor was thinking when he pulled down
his trunk reminding the audience of John Abraham’s famous pose from Dostana?

Last week, as soon as Tusshar uploaded the photo that was clicked as part of his upcoming flick Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum, the ‘twitterati’ had a gala time cracking jokes about his pointed ‘man boobs’ and the not-so-visible butt.

Tusshar went on a high-protein diet and eliminated sugar for almost two months to buff up his rear for the scene. But looks like his effort was a failure.

Maharaja Features

Red carpet worries

Ten years ago, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan graced the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival for the first time. And every year, she tried to put her best foot forward. But the fashion police thrashed her for most of her looks time and again.

Starting with her canary yellow sari and heavy gold jewellery, every single piece of designer garb that Ash has donned on the red carpet till date has been under a lot of scrutiny. And this year, the new mommy is sure to be at the centre of the fashion

To mask her mommy figure, designers suggest Aishwarya Rai Bachchan should consider wearing Indian clothes and draped silhouettes at the Cannes Film Festival. Let’s ‘weight’ and watch what Ash chooses to wear.

Getting inked

She scorched the ramp at the Gladrags, went on to become Channel V ‘India’s Hottest’ and grabbed the attention of many with her hot performance in her debut movie Bhindi Bazaar Inc. Now the sexy Vedita Pratap Singh is all set to showcase the latest addition to her sizzling body — a tattoo.

Vedita, who is coming up with her next movie ‘Mumbai 125 Km’, revealed her tattoo, which moves from the lower back towards the right shoulder. The amazing artwork, as the sultry actress reveals, is an outcome of her recent trip to Bangkok. “I saw a couple of my friends getting inked and thought why not have a tattoo. However, I was not sure where to get inked,” said Vedita. Getting a tattoo is not a new trend in the B-Town. But it is a rarity for an actress to be bold enough to showcase her tattoo to the media. 

Scorsese restores Indian classic

Kalpana, the only film dancer-choreographer Uday Shankar wrote, directed and acted in, was recently screened in the Classics Section at the Cannes Film Festival.

The movie was restored by Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation. “I went to Cannes when I was 12 or 13. I am returning after 81 years,” says Amala, Shankar’s 94-year-old wife who flew there to attend the screening.

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