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‘Abhishek is the star’

Tinsel town actors are infamous for hogging all the limelight in a particular film — but Amrita Puri seems determined to break this tradition. The actress, who was seen in Aisha as well as ‘Blood Money’, is now acting in an Abhishek Kapoor-directed flick called Kai Po Che. And surprisingly, Amrita believes that the director is actually the USP of the film.


Kai Po Che is the big-screen adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s book ‘The 3 Mistakes of My Life’. It also features television actors Sushant Singh Rajput, Amit Sadh and Rajkumar
Yadav.


“I was a little nervous earlier, but Abhishek is such a nice person. In the beginning of the film, he had a one-on-one chat with me, saying he wanted me to get completely comfortable. That chat actually set the path for the rest of the film,” smiles Amrita, adding, “During our chat, he talked to me as a person and not as the director of the film or as a professional. He made me understand the fact that he has chosen me because I am the best person for this role. If your director believes in you, it gives an actor a lot of security. He is the star of Kai Po Che.”

Not many newcomers get a chance to do something new film after film. But the 28-year-old has had a lucky streak — she got to play a small town girl in her debut film Aisha, followed by a housewife in ‘Blood Money’. And in Kai Po Che, she will be seen as a vivacious girl. Not surprisingly, the actress considers herself to be very lucky.

“My character in Kai Po Che is very different from that in Aisha and ‘Blood Money’. Vidya is a very naughty and fun-loving person. She is very mischievous. She is not the traditional type. She is very strong and a go-getter,” she explains, adding, “The three characters that I have played are completely different from each other. I think I am a lucky one.”


Amrita was the only female actor in the film — a fact which had its fair share of perks. Recalling the shooting schedule, Amrita says she loved being pampered by the male co-actors on the sets. “Working with three actors was a fabulous experience. I was thoroughly pampered. They have been very sweet to me and I just loved it,” she smiles.

‘I’m shooting an item number’

Farah Khan has lent her moves to a bevy of tinsel town item girls — ranging from Malaika’s rustic-cum-jazzy moves in Munni Badnaam and Anarkali Disco Chali, to Katrina’s sleek belly-dancing in Sheila Ki Jawani. She’s also choreographed the steps for an upcoming item song from the movie ‘Joker’ — directed by her husband Shirish Kunder — which is called Kaafirana. But now, the shoe is on the other foot — so to speak.

 The director is debuting as an actress with Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi and following true tinsel town tradition, she is going to be grooving to an item number in the movie.
Recently, the actress tweeted — “Have woken up 1 hour earlier than alarm in xcitemnt. ‘Joker’ ad out n I’m shootng an item song 4 Shirin Farhad... bt this time I’m dancing! surreal (sic).”


Director Sujoy Ghosh evidently found it a little difficult to digest the news that Farah is doing an item number — hence, tried confirming it with her. To this Farah tweeted: “Yess
sujoy!! u may have 2 change the definition after Boman and me dance in it!”

New step for Prabhu

The multi-faceted Prabhudeva, who is still riding high on the 100-crore success of his Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha-starrer, ‘Rowdy Rathore’, has already begun to move on professionally — he recently shot his first ad film with cricketer Virat Kohli in Bangkok.

“I am excited because a story has to be told within less than a minute. That’s a challenge because I’ve never shot an ad before, and that too with someone as well known as Virat, who is not from cinema,” says Prabhudeva.

The dancer, choreographer, actor and director did not divulge any more details about the ad, but according to a source, it is for a shoe
company.

“It’s got plenty of action, and a little bit of dancing. Virat wanted to be projected as a filmy hero,” reveals a source.

Unconventional portrayal

Mahesh Manjrekar will be playing a truly unique character in his next film, Rajjo —  that of Begum, a eunuch. Not surprisingly, the role is testing his acting abilities, while the jazzy make up and hair-dos he sports in the movie are really trying his patience. He says, “Getting ready is a big issue for me, as it takes hours. The make up, the hair-do and donning an elaborate costume consumes so much time. I now realise what our heroines go through day in and out.”


Mahesh explains that he accepted the role because he had never played a hijra before. He says, “It was something very out-of-the-box for me. Also, I have taken utmost care not to give a stereotypical portrayal of the character. Eunuchs are human beings experiencing the same emotions. I have tried to keep the depiction as normal as possible. If there is a bad side, there is a good side too.”


   Debutant director Vishwas Patil says, “Mahesh fits the part to the ‘T’. He is a versatile actor and has done a brilliant job.”


   Talking about the film, he reveals, “Rajjo is a love story between a Muslim nautch girl and a Brahmin boy. Though primarily a love story, it also looks into the issue of the
mujra houses that are dying a slow death in today’s competitive world of high rises and corruption. There was a time when areas like Mumbai Central and Nagpada were known for kothewallis and their kothas. In fact, I have seen life closely in those areas when I used to be there, a decade ago. I met eunuchs too. It has now inspired me to write the script.”


   Besides Manjrekar, Rajjo also stars Prakash Raj, Jaya Prada, Paras Arora, Tanushree Chakraborty, Dalip Tahil and Swati Chitnis. Also on board are music director Uttam Singh and ace cinematographer Binod Pradhan. 

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