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‘I love doing comedy’

Southern import Asin, who has carved a place for herself in Bollywood, still craves for better-written roles. After making a successful debut opposite Aamir Khan in 2008 blockbuster Ghajini, she followed it up with films like ‘Ready’, Housefull 2 and Bol Bachchan. But she feels more is yet to come.

“I am happy I have come this far here (Bollywood) on my own without godfathers, grandfathers or millionaire boyfriends. It is rare for an artiste to get acceptance by audiences in the North as well as the South, and I have thankfully managed that,” she says.
“But one measures ones success based on what one has achieved so far in comparison to what one is capable of. And I feel I am capable of much more and for that, I need better-written roles. I just hope that comes my way,” she adds.

With the huge success of Bol Bachchan, it seems comedy is a lucky genre for Asin — but the actress denies it, saying it is all about making the right choices. “I don’t attribute any “luck” to Bol Bachchan’s success. It was an entertaining, commercial film which was bound to do well and I guess I have the knack for picking up such universally appealing, fun, masala movies, which turn out to be successful,” Asin explains. “A lot of this so called luck is a combination of making the right choices and hard work,” she adds.

So does she see herself doing only comedies? “It was just a coincidence that these three movies came to me back-to-back. They were big projects and people would have called me foolish if I had turned them down. Though I love doing comedy, I would also like to explore other genres. I hope such an opportunity comes my way,” she says.


‘Men are coy about intimate scenes’

Skin show has been a part of tinsel town for as long as one can remember. Whether it was John Abraham’s bare-dare act in Dostana, Vidya Balan’s shocking display in ‘The Dirty Picture’, or Rakhi Sawant’s intense scenes in nearly every film she’s been in, film-buffs are pretty used to their favourite actors stripping down, now and then.

Surprisingly, however, it seems that Pooja Bhatt feels men are as shy about such scenes than women are. Recalling an incident that took place while she was shooting for her upcoming flick Jism 2 — which, since it stars Sunny Leone, has quite a display of skin — she says, “Men are as coy to shoot such scenes as women. I shot a scene where Sunny has to touch Randeep’s chest. It was a shocker, even to my dad (Mahesh Bhatt). Hot scenes are not just about taking clothes off, though — there has to be a story, an emotional chord to make it look classy.”

Tusshar Kapoor’s promo image for his upcoming film Kya Super Cool Hain Hum spoofs Abraham’s pose from Dostana and has made the headlines too. Who knows what Bollywood stars will resort to next?

 These actors are too expensive!

Actors and actresses in tinsel town rarely come alone — normally, they are accompanied by a bevy of makeup artistes, stylists and so on and so forth.  Until now, the expenses of these entourages have been taken care of by movie producers — but this is set to change.

The Producers’ Guild wants actors to pay for their own hairdressers, makeup artistes, drivers and spotboys. These exorbitant expenses will not be taken care of by producers anymore.

Actors charge producers crores of rupees to be a part of their films but the personal staff that they bring on movie sets, like hair and makeup artistes, spotboys, drivers and personal trainers, are paid for everyday by the producer. Not anymore, though. If a suggestion pushed by the Film and Television Producers Guild this month gets unanimous support from the industry, then all the stars will have to pay their own staff from the fee they take back home from a movie.

Members of a star’s staff get a daily payment and this is usually to the tune of a whopping Rs ten to 15 thousand per day — a cost which is borne by the producer.
Staff costs are to the tune of Rs 50,000 per day, per actor. So for a movie shoot lasting 70 to100 days, the producers often end up dishing out one or two crores at least. Again, this is for one actor. The cost shoots exponentially if they are multiple stars in the film.

Film with a difference

 Ata Pata Laapata, produced by Radha Rajpal Yadav and directed by Rajpal Yadav, hits
 the big screen on September 7.

An exciting musical satire based on the loopholes and exploited systems of life, this movie has an opinion on everything — be it governance, bureaucracy, or the unspoken pattern in which a society runs.

It follows the mantra that suggests it’s always the common man who ends up bearing the brunt.

 Ata Pata Laapata exposes the selfish attitude and underlying agendas of people in power and the never-ending circle of so-called justice that
citizens attempt to gain through music, dance and honesty.

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