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Set to release in Hindi

The Telugu blockbuster Eega, directed by S S Rajamouli, will soon be released nationwide in Hindi as Makkhi. Starring Sudeep, Samantha Prabhu and Nani in lead roles, Makkhi is a live action animation film that shows the revenge of a super fly.

While Eega released in Telugu on July 6, the film was also released in Tamil as Naane and in Malayalam as Eecha. Its three versions have already done a gross business of over Rs 130 crores worldwide.

The Hindi audience is already familiar with S S Rajamouli’s body of work that includes blockbuster Telugu film Vikramarkudu, which has been remade in Hindi as Rowdy Rathore and Maryada Ramanna, which has been remade as Son Of Sardar. His film Magadheera is also slated to be remade in Hindi.

Makkhi is the story of Jani and Bindu, who are in love but never communicate their feelings to each other, choosing instead to enjoy their unexpressed love. Sudeep, a billionaire and a powerful businessman, gets attracted to Bindu — but he realises that she is
in love with Jani, which upsets him.

When Bindu wants to express her love to Jani, Sudeep murders him. Jani is reborn as the fly and attempts to fight Sudeep’s proceedings towards to Bindu, but his efforts go in vain. The fly convinces Bindu that he is Jani and they team up to take the revenge.

All praises for Madhur

National award winner Madhur Bhandarkar is one director who knows how to treat his cast well — not only does he pamper them immensely, but all those that he works with are also gaga over the director’s unique style of working.

Not many people know this, but most of the extras in the film are Madhur Bhandarkar’s close friends and relatives. Rashmi Nigam, who is rumoured to play Gauri Khan in the film, says, “Madhur will always sit on the director’s seat with a box of dry fruits and keep munching them through the shoot. On the sets, you will find that every second person is a friend or relative of his. I think people are secretly hoping he casts them. He is one of the sweetest directors I have met.”

‘I’m conscious about my body’

Ileana D’Cruz is flying high right now. After a successful innings in the southern film industry, Ileana proved her talent once again with her Bollywood debut — the Anurag Basu-directed Barfi!, also starring Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, which had critics raving about her performance.

Now, the actress wants to make a mark in tinsel town — and for that, she is looking for the perfect pad for herself in Mumbai.

“My parents are presently living in Goa. I am looking for a place in Mumbai so that they can shift here with me. I want to settle down in Mumbai. So right now, I am hunting for a house in the city,” the 24-year-old says.

In 2006, she did the Telugu film Devadasu and has since worked in many southern movies, including Pokiri, Jalsa and ‘Kick’. “My father recently called me and said he is extremely proud of my work. For me, that’s a huge achievement. He has never been biased. He will never compliment me unless he means it. It is very flattering,” she adds.

Being in showbiz means looking fit and attractive and she admits that like many others stars, she is conscious about her appearance. “I am very conscious about my body. When you are in the limelight, people criticise your looks. It takes a lot of time for me to get comfortable. When people say that you have a good physique, there is a constant state of disbelief. But I am not shy. Looking pretty and doing make up is part of my job,” she states.

Abhishek is too tall!

There are some directors who would want to work with Abhishek Bachchan. But Bedabrata Pain, who is currently settling on the cast for his upcoming film, decided against casting the actor and went for Manoj Bajpai instead.

Word is that Bedabrata had approached Abhishek for the part first — and he admits to having one meeting with the star. He had started working on the film in 2007 and wanted to release it much before Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se.

“But, I quickly realised that Abhishek — at six feet, two inches — was too tall and wouldn’t work as the unassuming rabble-rouser,” he says, pointing out that Masterda, the legendary hero of the film based on the Chittagong Armoury Raid of 1930, kept to the back ground and let his young protégés take charge.

First taste of Sindhi food

Nidhi Subbaiah, the female lead of Vashu Bhagnani’s Ajab Gazabb Love, starring Jackky Bhagnani, is quite a prominent name in the Southern film industry. With the upcoming fun romantic comedy Ajab Gazabb Love being her Bollywood debut film, the newbie got introduced to a lot of new things in tinsel town by the Bhagnani family — including Sindhi food. Apparently, the actress surprised everyone on the sets of the film when mentioned she’s never eaten a proper Sindhi meal.

When Vashu learned of this, he immediately decided that Nidhi had to be given the pleasure of eating Sindhi delicacies. The next holiday from shooting was picked and Nidhi was invited to the Bhagnani residence to gorge on umpteen Sindhi delicacies — including Sindhi kadhi and tuk, three kinds of papad, sai bhaaji, sai aloo, dal pakwaan, tivan
mutton, koki, and sev burfi for dessert. The actress totally pigged out and the cuisine is now apparently her favourite.

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