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Won’t play second fiddle

Anubhav Sinha’s upcoming project, Gulab Gang, has been raising a lot of interest in tinsel town. Apparently, Tabu was approached to play the role of a politician in the film. However, the latest news is that the actress has given the role a thumbs down — not because she didn’t like it, but because she had her eye on the lead role instead.

Unfortunately for Tabu, the lead has already been snagged, by none other than dancing diva Madhuri Dixit. Rumour has it that Tabu has no interest in playing second fiddle to Madhuri, which is why she ultimately decided not to be a part of the film.

Madhuri’s role in the movie is that of a female vigilante who heads a group that helps women solve all their problems.

Yet another item girl

Item numbers are definitely the demand of the day in the film circuit. After Munni Badnaam, Sheila Ki Jawani and Jalebi Bai, the latest item number to rock the music scene is Katto Rani, from the film Baat Ban Gayi, directed by Shuja Ali. The song has been sung by Javed Ali and this is the first time he’s trying his hand at such a track. “After Munni and Sheila, we will rock with Katto Rani,” says Asif Jha, the producer of the film.

The item number will be performed by debutant actress Anisa, a British Indian actress who is playing the lead role in the movie opposite Ali Fazal. Anisa states, “I was very shocked to hear that I have to do an item song but when I heard the song, I enjoyed it. I shall push myself and get the steps as perfectly as I can and make this the world’s best item song.”

Shuja Ali, who directed the song, adds, “Item songs have become a trend in Bollywood. They are a formula to lure the audience.”

Back to rom-coms

best friends Deepika Padukone, Saif Ali Khan and Diana Penty in ‘Cocktail’.  Saif Ali Khan may have taken to action films of late — but he’s going back to romantic comedy with his latest venture, ‘Cocktail’. Many of Saif’s fans believe this is what he’s best at and the film’s producer, Dinesh Vijan, can’t help but agree. He states that the genre belongs to the actor — after all, Saif has tasted a lot of success with romantic comedies like Hum Tum, Salaam Namaste, Kal Ho Na Ho and Love Aaj Kal. He even won a national award for best actor for his role in Hum Tum, opposite Rani Mukherjee.

 “The romantic comedy genre belongs to Saif. He can do such films with ease as his comic timing is phenomenal. Saif and I both love this genre and we have worked together in Love Aaj Kal and now in ‘Cocktail’,” says Dinesh.

In ‘Cocktail’, Saif plays a happy-go-lucky Delhi guy, who frankly adores women. The Homi Adajania-directed romantic comedy also stars Deepika Padukone and debutante Diana Penty, besides Dimple Kapadia and Boman Irani. ‘Cocktail’ hits the screens on July 13.

A star-studded launch

The music launch of Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai, a film starring newcomers Aditya Samanta and Nazia Hussain, was recently held. The evening was buzzing with energy and plenty of well-known faces from the music industry were present there. Apart from Aditya and Nazia — who happens to be Sanjay Dutt’s niece — Moshumi Chatterjee, Mohnish Behl, Rati Agnihotri and Farida Jalal were present.

The lead pair of the film added pep to the evening by performing to Pyaar Karna Na Tha after which Anu Malik shared the stage with daughter Anmol Malik for the first time. The duo performed a track from the movie, ‘The Big Fat Indian Wedding’. Neeraj Shridhar also performed at the event.

Ashim Samanta, the producer of the film, says, “I am glad to receive such appreciation from one and all. The auditorium was full of applause and whistles, which instills a confidence that the movie has been received well by the audiences.”

Ashim is all praises for Nazia. He says, “Nazia is exactly what we wanted. I auditioned so many girls. I wanted somebody young and innocent. Someone who depicted a mix of tradition and modernity. Nazia fit the bill perfectly.”

Aditya and Nazia seem to have built a comfortable rapport, and were constantly pulling each other’s leg during the launch. The film is scheduled to release on August 3.

Tasting tinsel town

Tom Malloy — of the ‘Alphabet Killer’ fame — and Brian Ronalds, two of Hollywood's most promising actors and producing partners, are in Mumbai to explore and learn about the world of Bollywood for a period of ten days.

They have been meeting the who’s-who of Bollywood to explore possibilities of future crossovers or co-production.

Apparently, both Tom and Brian have been doing everything they can to get a taste of the Indian film circuit.

Tom inaugurated a seminar at a film school recently, and rubbed shoulders with the likes of Gul Panag, Pradeep Guha, RJ Archana and RJ Salil.

He also attended the premiere of Ferrari Ki Sawaari. Talking about the experience, he says, “India has been a part of me since I was three years old, growing up with Indian neighbours who introduced me not only to Indian culture but also the amazing food. I am really touched by the humility and brilliance of Indian cinema.”

Brian Ronalds adds, “This is my first time in India and I’ve already fallen in love with it. It is turning out to be a really memorable experience, meeting the stalwarts of Bollywood and learning so much about Indian culture.”

Looks like this these two actors are making the most of their time in India.

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