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‘I am enjoying this break’

Actress Genelia D’Souza says that she has no idea what is happening with her much-talked-about film, Rock The Shaadi, but she is eager to start shooting for the flick soon.

The 25-year-old is supposed to star opposite Abhay Deol in Bollywood’s first ever zombie comedy film, which will be directed by Navdeep Singh.

“I don't know what is happening with the movie. I think the producers will have a better idea, but I hope to get back and start shooting for it. It is a lovely script,” Genelia says frankly.

Though, the actress has been missing from the big screen post her marriage to Riteish Deshmukh, she says her new celebrity cricket team — as well as a bunch of
advertisement deals — keep her occupied.

“I am busy with my new cricket team. I am the owner and it is not an easy task
to handle it. It is a big production. Besides, I am busy shooting for ads, so I don’t get that free time,” says Genelia.

The actress also adds that though she is enjoying her break from the movies, she is ready to bounce back and start taking up new projects.

“I have been shooting 24/7 for the last 10 years, so I am enjoying this break right now. But yes, I am ready to bounce back and go on the film sets soon,” she confesses.

Genelia was also actively participating in her husband’s debut Marathi production Balak Palak.

“Riteish always wanted to do it and it was the right script,” she says.

Sunny and Salman lock horns

Salman Khan’s success with Eid releases is well-known in the industry — but this year, it seems that the star is going to face some stiff competition. Sunny Deol’s next film, Singh Sahab the Great, directed by Anil Sharma, is all set to hit the screens on the same date.

Sources from the sets say, “Sunny is happy with the way the film has been shaping up. The drama and the action have brought so much confidence into the characters and Sunny feels Eid would be just the right date for the release.”

On his part, Sunny says, “The film is based on the common man’s life and Eid
is one of those holidays when the aam aadmi is in a much happier space. Since the significance of this festival is also interpreted as a good time to bring people together in harmony and gratitude, we are aiming for an Eid release.” Is he scared of tough competition on the festive date? The actor shoots back, “The cinema business has changed. Since there are so many cinema halls, two big films can release at the same time. I am sure no one wants to take over anyone’s business.”

‘Karan is a good friend’

There have been plenty of rumours regarding the supposed enmity between Ram Gopal Varma and Karan Johar. But Ram Gopal Varma seems to be putting aside any contempt he has for his contemporary, and has extended a hand of friendship towards Karan Johar by inviting him to watch his upcoming movie, ‘The Attacks of 26/11’. He has plans to arrange a special screening for Karan soon. “Karan Johar is one of the prominent film-makers in the industry. Besides, he is also a good friend and I know him very well. This film has been a satisfying experience for me after a long time, so I wanted to show it to some of my friends,” says the director.

Both the film-makers have often engaged in a war of words with each other on a micro-blogging site. Interestingly, RGV invited Karan for the movie on a social networking platform. “Hey Karan I never ever invited you to see any of my films, but ‘The Attacks of 26/11’ is one film I would really like you to see (sic),” RGV wrote to Karan on Twitter.

Over the years, the film-makers have passed snide remarks about each other’s style of film-making. But clarifying his stance, Varma says, “I have never had any problem with Karan. It is the media that has written about all these things. Yes, I might have commented in a funny way, but it was not intended in any other way.”
‘The Attacks of 26/11’, co-produced by Alumbra Entertainment and Eros International, features Nana Patekar and Sanjeev Jaiswal in key roles. The film is slated to release on March 1.

Victorious at the Oscars

Director Ang Lee’s magnum opus and blockbuster Life of Pi, which is based on Yann Martel’s Booker prize-winning novel, has won four well-deserved Oscars at the Academy Awards, which were held at Dolby Theatre, Hollywood, California.

The most spectacular cinematic event of 2012, Life Of Pi continued to rake in awards, with Ang Lee winning ‘Best Director’. In an emotional speech on stage, the film-maker specially paid a tribute to Suraj Sharma — who played the lead character of Pi — and his Indian crew.

The acclaimed two-time Oscar winner ended his touching speech with a Namaste, which saw a standing ovation and thunderous applause.

In addition to this, the movie won other awards as well — ‘Best Cinematography’, which went to Claudio Miranda; ‘Best Music (original score)’, which went to Mychael Danna and ‘Visual Effects’, which went to Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-
Jan De Boer and Donald R Elliott.

All praises for the newcomers

Superstar Hrithik Roshan, a friend of director Abhishek Kapoor, watched Kai Po Che even before it was premiered — and the actor is all praises for the film. He can’t stop raving about it, and hopes that it will see its share of commercial success at the box office. “It is a fantastic film. I really hope that this film does well because such films should do well. It is a wonderfully-performed film by all the actors.

The performances are such that they touch your heart (sic),” the 40-year-old says. “They (the cast) are very endearing. It doesn’t look like it is their first film. I am very, very proud of this film, Abhishek and the entire team. I think all the actors will go very far because they all are absolutely brilliant,” he adds. Kai Po Che, featuring Sushant Singh Rajput, Amit Sadh and Raj Kumar Yadav, released on February 22.

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