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‘I wanted to be a fashion designer’

Neha Sharma, who was last seen in Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story, says that it is difficult to get a second chance in the Hindi film industry, when an actor’s debut film fails to work at the box-office. The actress believes that one needs to have a lot of patience to wait for good work to come his or her way. “A lot depends on whether your first film does well or not, because people don’t give you second chances. You need to struggle for every film, until you make a mark for yourself,” Neha says.

She admits that every day is a struggle for any outsider in the film industry. “You don’t know whether you would be able to sustain (your work). If your first film fails, no one is ready to put money on you any further. But if you have faith in yourself, you will definitely make it,” she adds.

Neha, who made her Bollywood debut with the 2010 film ‘Crook: It’s Good To Be Bad’, is slowly climbing up the stairs to success. After ‘Crook...’, which did not do well at the box office, Neha was seen in a cameo in Teri Meri Kahaani. She was later seen in Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum and most recently, she featured as the main female lead in Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story.

Neha says it is important for a newcomer to understand the entire set up of the industry first. “As an actor, there is so much more than just acting in the film. A lot of other things — like networking and marketing — are involved. You meet new people, which probably helps you get to audition for other films, and I am still learning,” she says, adding, “For someone new, who is not from the industry, it is important to understand what the set up is and how to meet the right kind of people.”

She slipped into this profession entirely by accident. “Acting was never on my mind. I actually wanted to be a fashion designer. I was in my final year of college when what you call ‘beginner’s luck’ followed and some beautiful things happened,” says Neha, who will soon be seen in Yamla Pagla Deewana 2. “The Telugu film Chirutha came my way and I realised that acting is what I want to do. Films are a platform where you can actually express so much. Something which you really don’t have in your personality, you get to do that too — which is actually a lot of fun,” she adds.

A time to remember

An evening of food, fashion and glamour was hosted at Hyderabad recently in honour of the Celebrity Cricket League.

Amid all this glitz, glamour and entertainment, stars let their hair down and grooved to a few numbers.

These included celebrities like Salman Khan, Sohail Khan, Aftab Shivdasani, Riteish Deshmukh, Bobby Deol and Mahesh Manjrekar. The beautiful ladies who attended were Genelia D’souza, Priyamani, Shruthi Hassan, Akshara Hassan, Charmy Kaur, Sonia Agarwal and Chitrangada Singh, among others. 

Tusshar reveals his superstitious side

Producers and actors are known to be paranoid about the spellings of their film titles.
In fact, producer Krishika Lulla and Tusshar Kapoor displayed this obsession in the case of their forthcoming film, Bhajathe Raho.

Apparently, the film was initially spelt Bajate Raho. However, as is well known, Ekta Kapoor doesn’t move an inch without consulting her astrologers and it seems her brother has recently inculcated the same habit.

Tusshar suggested a numerologist to Krishika. “Krishika, as a producer, is very flexible and has always taken the suggestions of all her cast and crew. Tusshar told her to consult a numerologist and Krishika indulged him. And that’s how the spelling of the title was changed from Bajate Raho to Bhajathe Raho,” says a source from the unit of the film.
Bhajathe Raho is directed by Shashant Shah. The film went on floors recently in Delhi and actors Vinay Pathak, Ranvir Shorey, Tusshar Kapoor, Ravi Kissan, Dolly Ahluwalia and Kamlesh Gill will be a part of this project.

It is touted to be a comedy with a dash of vengeance.

A music launch with a difference

The music launch of Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘The Attacks of 26/11’ was held recently at Leopold Cafe in Mumbai. Unlike other musical events, this one was replete with stories by survivors of the terrible attack. All in all, it was a sombre occasion. Nana Patekar, who has acted in the film, was also present.

“I would not term ‘The Attacks of 26/11’ a film. It is something you can only experience — you will walk out of the theatre silently. Ramu’s chronicling of the attacks is so gripping. Why did I do the film? It is because it shows why such incidents happen and I like Ramu’s comment of the subject (sic),” states Nana Patekar.

“The idea to hold it at Leopold Cafe came because the place mattered to the film. We shot at Leopold Cafe because I could think of no better location than this to bring out the significance of this occasion,” says Ram Gopal Varma.

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The first ‘superstar’ for Vidya

Sanjay Dutt is set to do
a cameo in Ghanchakkar and the movie’s lead actress, Vidya Balan, says that the actor will always be a superstar in her eyes.

“I am extremely excited and grateful to Sanju (Sanjay Dutt) because we wanted him for a cameo in Ghanchakkar. For me, he will always be the first superstar I ever met,” the 34-year-old says.

Vidya recalls her time during the shoot of Parineeta, her debut film, which also featured Sanjay.

“We have worked together in Parineeta and I still remember when we were doing the first scene, I was very nervous that I had to give the shot with Sanjay, who is so tall and well-built. But he has got the kindest and the most gentle face. He was so helpful and I will never forget that. For me, the first superstar will always be Sanjay Dutt,” she adds.

Ghanchakkar is a comedy directed by Rajkumar Gupta. It features Emraan Hashmi opposite Vidya.

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