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The schedule is back on track

The shooting of Vidya Balan-Emraan Hashmi starrer Ghanchakkar has been advanced by a month, and director Rajkumar Gupta’s excitement knows no bounds. He will finally be able to realise his dream of capturing the two actors romancing in the Mumbai monsoon.

Initially, the shooting was supposed to begin in September — but Gupta's desire to drench his star pair in the monsoon rains almost didn’t happen due to Emraan's time constraints. Gupta explains, “I had originally planned an August schedule. And Vidya, who is at the moment doing no other film, was completely one with my film's schedule. But Emraan was busy promoting Raaz 3 in August as the film was supposed to release at the end of August. But now, I believe Raaz 3 has been pushed forward, so I got the window to shoot the scenes that I wanted. I guess I am just lucky.”

His idea is to shoot Vidya and Emraan on the rain-soaked streets of Mumbai with secret cameras. That’s how Gupta had shot Rajeev Khandelwal in Aamir. But to shoot two popular actors like Vidya and Emraan with hidden cameras requires a lot of courage. “I agree. But both are used to shooting in the crowded outdoors. If Vidya could brave the Kolkata crowds in Kahaani and the Delhi crowd in my film ‘No One Killed Jessica’, then Mumbai would be a cakewalk in comparison. The important thing is God has been generous. Thanks to Emraan’s reshuffled appointment diary, I'm able to shoot as and when I had originally planned,” he says.

Two male actors from theatre are being finalised for the movie too. “We are looking at new faces from theatre and from other sources. We’ve auditioned dozens. With Vidya and Emraan in the cast, I need untried talent to balance off their huge stardom.

Besides Emraan and Vidya, there are two major characters, both male, plus dozens of supporting parts,” says Gupta. He hopes to wrap up the entire shooting by December and release the film in the first quarter of 2013.

“We haven't got a release date as yet. But I am hoping it would be the 8th of any month in the first quarter of 2013. You see, my first film Aamir released on the 6th and my second film ‘No One Killed Jessica’ released on the 7th,” he says.

And should one expect a profusion of romantic songs in Amit Trivedi’s soundtrack? “Wait and see. What Vidya and Emraan do in Ghanchakkar would be very different from what they did in ‘The Dirty Picture’,” he wraps up.

 Part of a new club

Actor Sharman Joshi, who is basking in the glory of his recently released solo hero film Ferrari Ki Sawaari, says that even though he would strive for blockbuster films, his primary motive is always to be a part of good films — as that would eventually reflect at the box office. Produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Ferrari Ki Sawaari featured Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani and child actor Ritvik Sahore. “I am member of a club that is here to make good cinema or strive towards making good cinema. It is a new club and it assures you that figures will come. That is secondary and that will happen; the primary motive is to strive towards making good cinema,” Sharman says.

“We have seen a film like ‘3 Idiots’ being the biggest blockbuster of the year. It is one of the best films. There will be no compromise at the box office. But the primary agenda is to make good films. You make a good film, you get love and affection from audiences and that will convert into numbers. For sure, I will be striving for blockbusters; I can give that assurance. But then, we are all humans,” he adds.

Released on June 15, Ferrari Ki Sawaari had a low opening but gradually picked up and did business of Rs 25 crore worldwide. Asked why the film did not pick up on day one, the 33-year-old actor says, “That was meant to be. That was expected. It is my first solo film and I do not have a box-office standing. That was a ground reality and we are not shying away from that. Vidhu Vinod Chopra is completely aware of this; we were not expecting such an opening.” 

Picking up the guitar

Shruti Hassan has always been known to wear several different hats. The other facet she’s famous for is her musical talent  — after all, she even belted out a song in ‘Luck’, her debut Bollywood film. Now, the actress has gone for yet another accomplishment.

After mastering the art of playing the piano, actress Shruti Haasan is now learning to strum the guitar. “I’ve been brought up in an artistic family, with music and films around me all the time. I’m a musician, so it was very important that I learned to play a musical instrument,” says Shruti. “I'm really comfortable with the piano.

Also, as a singer and a composer, I always depended on the piano. I've wanted to learn to play the guitar for a while now. I just bought myself one and until I get the time to start music lessons, I'm going to learn to play it myself,” she adds.