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Working with a legend

The shooting for Prakash Jha’s next film, Satyagraha, is going on in full swing and none is happier about this than Amrita Rao, who hasn’t been seen on the silver screen for quite a while now.

Prakash Jha has roped in Amrita for a role in the film and the actress is extremely happy about this opportunity — especially because this movie is giving her a chance to rub  shoulders with one of the biggest stars in the Hindi film industry.

Apparently, most of her scenes are with none other than Amitabh Bachchan, whose role in the film is reportedly modelled on activist Anna Hazare.

“We are shooting in Bhopal and I am feeling so blessed that all my scenes in Satyagraha are with Amitabh Bachchan. In fact, I can say 99 per cent of my scenes are with him. It’s like a dream come true for me,” Amrita says.

After Main Hoon Na and Vivah, the 31-year-old’s last memorable role was in 2008, in the film ‘Welcome to Sajjanpur’. After that, most of her films, like ‘Shortkut - The Con Is On’, bombed at the box office. Her role in Satyagraha could be a turning point in her career, but she doesn’t seem keen to reveal anything about it.

In fact, the actress says, “I am not allowed to talk much about the film and about the role. All I can say is that it’s a fantastic role and we have shot around for 10 days over here — and now we have 55 more days to go.”

Satyagraha also features Ajay Devgan, Arjun Rampal and Manoj Bajpayee besides Kareena Kapoor, who plays a journalist in the movie.

‘I am proud of everything Deepika has achieved’

Just like everyone else, Bollywood’s golden boy Ranbir Kapoor is unsure about whether he will be shaking a leg with dancing diva Madhuri Dixit in his upcoming film, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani. However, he is keeping his fingers crossed.

A good dancer himself, the 30-year-old proved his skills in songs like Bachna Ae Haseeno and Main Tera Dhadkan Teri and it would be a treat for his fans to watch him matching steps with Madhuri.

“Yes, even I have heard about it but nothing is confirmed yet. But if I can work with Madhuriji, I am really looking forward to it,” he says.

 “I have been a big fan of hers, a big admirer. I remember when she got married, I also cried. So, it would be great fun working with her. But I don’t know whether they (the film-makers) have confirmed it yet,” he adds.

 Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, which is being directed by Ayan Mukherjee, will see Ranbir romancing his ex-flame Deepika Padukone. He says he is proud to see Deepika doing so well in her career.

“It’s always great to see someone whom you have been so close to reach where she has because of her hard work, resilience, vision and intelligence. I am very proud of everything Deepika has achieved,” says Ranbir.

Dialogues in different languages

Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘The Attacks of 26/11’ has been simultaneously shot in English and Hindi and for the first time, Nana Patekar will be heard delivering dialogues in English. Confirming this, Varma says, “‘The Attacks of 26/11’ is also in English.

The film is the same, it is just that the lines are in English and Nana and other actors have spoken their lines in the Queen’s language.” The English version will release across the world, adds the film-maker, who has earlier brought underworld crime sagas to the big screen through Satya, ‘Company’ and Sarkar. 

In ‘The Attacks of 26/11’, based on the 2008 Mumbai terror attack in which 166 people were killed, Nana plays the joint commissioner of police facing an enquiry over the attacks, while Sanjeev Jaiswal will be seen as terrorist Ajmal Kasab, who was hanged recently. The film also features Atul Kulkarni and Ganesh Yadav. Nana says, “I do not know how to speak English. I mugged up my lines and said them in English.”

Releasing on March 1, the crime saga will hit the screens with 1,100 digital prints and 165 analogue prints in Hindi and Telugu language.  However, the release date for the English version has not been decided yet.

No time for the 100-crore club

Abhishek Kapoor, who is basking in the success of Kai Po Che, says he is not aiming to make Rs 100 crore at the box office. He is happy with the positive response to the film but doesn’t think that it will be deemed successful just by reaching the 100-crore club.

“I never aimed for my films to do X amount of business. All I want is for the audience to like and enjoy the film,” Abhishek says.

Adding, “As far as Kai Po Che is concerned, I haven’t aimed for any number or figures. I am happy I have touched the hearts of audience. Their reaction to the film holds more value to me than anything else.”

Abhishek, who adapted Chetan Bhagat’s book ‘The 3 Mistakes of My Life’ for the big screen, says, “When I read it for the first time, I found it very attractive — it is about India in a simple way. I wanted to make a film based on India but it is not an easy task. This book is about politics, friendship, love, religion and an earthquake all in equal measure. But when you make a film, there has to be a theme or trajectory — we chose to revolve it around friendship.”