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‘I’m careful with my choices’

Actress Neetu Chandra, who has been missing from Hindi movies for over a year now, says she is happy doing regional cinema as it offers much more quality and content. The actress has worked in Bollywood films like Garam Masala, Oye Lucky Lucky Oye! and ‘Traffic Signal’.

Her last release was Kucch Luv Jaisaa, which did not work well at the box office. Neetu is also doing Tamil  and Telegu cinema and has a Greek project in her kitty, titled ‘Home Sweet Home’.“I have done quality films in six years and I am not going to look at quantity. Coming from a non-film background, the industry does not give you chances again and again. So, I am being careful with my choices. Today, regional cinema has much more quality,” she says, adding, “I am doing a Tamil film, a Greek movie and I do plays — so, I am happy doing work which makes sense. I will not do a commercial without content.” 

The actress has recently turned producer with the Bhojpuri movie Deswa, directed by her brother. She points out the kind of Bhojpuri cinema which is being made today cannot be watched with family because of its vulgarity — and she wanted to change that.

“Production happened to me because my brother was directing this film. Financers backed out from every corner and there was this passion for making a revolutionary Bhojpuri film. In Bihar, only the rickshaw-pullers and auto drivers are the target audience for the kind of
Bhojpuri cinema that is being made today. You can’t go and watch a Bhojpuri film with family because most of the movies are vulgar and cheap,” she points out.

Asked about her next production, Neetu points out, “I don’t have the strength to make another Bhojpuri film right now because Deswa has taken a lot from me. Either I can act or produce — I’m not capable of doing both the things at the same time.”
The actress has the movie Kusar Prasad Ka Bhoot and one Tamil movie with director Ameer Sultan set to release next year.

For a fabulous wardrobe

The Indian edition of the hit makeover series — ‘What Not To Wear India’ — airs on TLC at 10.30 pm on November 30.  Drawing on the talent of actress Soha Ali Khan and stylist Aki Narula, this show inspires style-challenged participants to trade drab for fab.

From housewives who’ve put their life on hold, to fast-track professionals going nowhere with their wardrobes, to entrepreneurs who risk big — except when it comes to styling — this exciting series gives women a unique identity.

No birthday plans for Arjun

Model-turned-actor Arjun Rampal is a busy man at the moment — he is shooting in Kutch, which is where he ended up spending his 40th birthday.     In the meantime, his wife is busy in Marrakesh, Morocco, but Arjun says that he is clueless about his wife’s plans to celebrate his big day there. “I am shooting right now.  am in Kutch. There are no celebration or plans as such. I am busy with my shoot,” he says.

Arjun is shooting for Nikhil Advani’s ‘D Day’ in Kutch. Recent reports indicated that Arjun’s wife Mehr has planned to organise a special birthday bash for her husband in Marrakesh.    But when asked about this, Arjun says, “I have no clue about that. Let’s see how things shape up. As of now, there has been no celebration as such.”

Soon on the big screen

Popular reality show Bigg Boss is now headed for the big screen — apparently, as a horror comedy. Endemol India, producers of Bigg Boss, along with Select Media Holdings Pvt Ltd’s film production arm Moving Pictures, will jointly produce the horror comedy, based on the experiences of the people in the Bigg Boss house. The movie will go on the floors next year.

“The success of Bigg Boss has achieved epic proportions, where we have seen that it has become a part of people’s daily lives. One of the biggest advantages is its ability to cut across people of all age groups. We are certain that we will be able to replicate the success and recreate the unpredictability of this format on the silver screen as well,” Deepak Dhar, CEO of Endemol India, says.

Nitin Tej Ahuja, director, Select Media Holdings Pvt Ltd, feels Bigg Boss has great cinematic potential. “Bigg Boss is one of the most popular entertainment properties in India and therefore a perfect fit for us as a production house focussed on quality commercial cinema,” he says, adding, “As a concept and a format, Bigg Boss inherently has a fabulous cinematic potential and we are looking forward to working with Endemol India in bringing this very exciting property to the big screen.”
The cast of the film is being finalised and the makers have approached some of the contestants from the previous seasons of the reality show.


Waiting for the sequel

Sonakshi Sinha made her Bollywood debut with the blockbuster Dabangg in 2010 and now, the actress — who is also a part of Dabangg 2 — says she is upbeat about being a part of the franchise.

“I am very excited. When a film gets a good response, it feels good. I started with
Dabangg and now, doing Dabangg 2 is very exciting for me,” the 25-year-old smiles.       Sonakshi will also be seen in the sequel to Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai.

In this movie, Sonakshi features opposite Akshay Kumar, who plays don Shoaib Khan.    But she refuses to call her own part negative.

“It’s not negative. It’s a very interesting character. For me, as an actor, it is a very challenging role and the film is set in a very interesting premise. It is a great role — that’s all I can say now,” Sonakshi says.

The film also features Imran Khan and Sonali Bendre. It is to release around Eid next year.

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