Filmi Fundas

Filmi Fundas

Filmi Fundas

National award-winning southern actress, Priyamani, has worked in Hindi films earlier — but in Rohit Shetty’s ‘Chennai Express’, she is doing her first ever item number.

The actress can’t wait to shoot for it, as it would allow her to meet Bollywood super star and the film’s lead actor, Shah Rukh Khan. “I am very excited. I am just waiting for the shoot to happen, so that I get to meet Shah Rukh Khan and shoot with him,” Priyamani gushes.

The actress, who won the National Award for the 2006 Tamil film Paruthi Veeran, is doing an item song for the first time and says, “I have never done an item number. It is the first time — there is always a first time for everything.”

With item numbers becoming a staple in Hindi movies and actresses like Katrina Kaif and Malaika Arora setting the benchmark, Priyamani, 28, is unperturbed about the competition. “I am not scared. That is a completely different league. They are excellent in what they do, which is fantastic. I am not going to be scared to be branded,” she confesses. When it comes to playing lead roles in Hindi films, the actress — seen in Raavan and Rakht Charitra — is very clear about what she wants.

“You need to see what kind of offers come your way. Just because it is Bollywood, doesn’t mean that you have to take it. If something nice comes my way, I will take it up,” she says. “It has to be something substantial. I am not saying that I have to do films like ‘The Dirty Picture’ or Kahaani.

It could be something commercial as well,” she adds. Her work down south also includes Yamadonga and Thirakkatha.

A flair for dialogue delivery

Divyendu Sharma, who was last seen as the memorable Liquid in the super hit Pyaar Ka Punchnama — for which he also won the award for the most promising newcomer — is gearing up for his next release, which is David Dhawan’s comedy flick Chashme Baddoor.

 Divyendu was much appreciated for his instant one-liners in Pyaar Ka Punchnama, which the audiences loved. In Chashme Baddoor, continuing his flair for dialogue delivery, he has turned a shaayar — which promises to keep the audiences in splits.
Those who have seen the trailer, which was recently launched online, have reacted positively to his portrayal of a shaayar.

 Says the actor, “If you have seen the trailer, I recite the shaayari in a very serious way. This is because in the film, they have been written by me and I share them with everyone with full conviction — but the content is so funny that the reaction I get is completely opposite. Since this is a new-age film Sajid and Farhad have given a modern twist to the traditional ‘shaayari’, which would definitely strike a chord in today’s times.”

First of its kind

The live music launch of ‘Rise of the Zombie’ — which is set to hit the silver screen on February 22 — was held recently.

It included the first look of the film and a special zombie dance, which left the audience stupefied. The poster of the film was also released, which gave a sneak peek at the face of an Indian zombie.

As the name suggests, ‘Rise of the Zombie’ will showcase the journey of one of pop culture’s scariest creatures — zombies.

The collaborative artistic vision of Luke Kenny and Devaki Singh, this flick is the first to fall in this genre in the history of Indian cinema. 

‘I am not perfect’

Actor and producer John Abraham, who is currently busy promoting his next film, I, Me Aur Main — starring Chitrangada Singh and Prachi Desai — says that he’s a most imperfect man. “I am not perfect. I am the most imperfect man. Any man who says that he is perfect, trust me, it’s a lie. I have tried. I have lied — but I am trying to be a better human being,” John says.

The 40-year-old claims that I, Me Aur Main is a tribute to all women. “The film is releasing on March 1 and March 8 is Women’s Day — so, this film is dedicated to all the women. It’s a tribute to women,” he reflects.

Ask him what his dream girl would be like and he replies, “Definitely, she will be simple. The beauty about any relationship is its simplicity. Just settle down with the one with whom you have a connection.” Prachi is portraying the character of the typical girl-next-door and feels that the role is very similar to her real-life personality. “The character is the closest to my heart. There’s a lot of me in it. It was coming out very naturally,” she says.

Busy year for Ajay

There’s been a lot of buzz about Prakash Jha’s next film, Satyagraha.

This political drama boasts of stellar cast, which is why movie-goers have been looking forward to it. Apparently, Ajay Devgan has started shooting for his portion in the film, since he’s wrapped up Sajid Khan’s Himmatwala.

The film, which also stars Amitabh Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal and Manoj Bajpayee, is being extensively shot in Bhopal and Devgan is to shoot there till mid-March — after which he is back in the city to promote Himmatwala, which is slated to release on March 29.

With Satyagraha targeting an August release, Devgan has a lot on his plate this year. Right after that, he has Prabhu Deva’s next as well as Singham 2 in the pipeline.