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‘I never planned to do a film’

After doing short films, Sakshi Tanwar has teamed up with Sunny Deol for her first full-fledged movie, which is titledMohalla Assi.

The actress doesn’t feel that the film offer came late to her and is proud of her role in the period drama, directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi.

“I have finished my part, including dubbing and everything. It is a beautiful subject. It’s based in the 1980s in Benaras. Sunny Deol is playing a Sanskrit teacher and I am playing his wife. I am very proud of it, not only in terms of length but in terms of strength too,” she smiles.

The actress, who made it big on the small screen with Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii, did two short films — O Re Manva and Bawra Mann.

The former won the award for the best international narrative (short) at the New York International Film Festival in 2009.

“I have done some cameos so you can’t say Mohalla Assi is a debut. But this would make a difference in terms of the type of role,” admits Sakshi, who also played a small role in Saluun. Based on Kashinath Singh’s Hindi novel Kashi Ka Assi, the film is set in the post-independence era and is about a teacher living in a historical mohalla in Benaras. When asked if Mohalla Assi came late to her, Sakshi replies, “I never planned to do a film. Had I planned it, then it would have mattered. I was planning a vacation and I got a call.”

After having established a strong foothold in the television industry, the actress says that she is not looking for anything special in films. She is currently seen in the popular show Bade Achhe Lagte Hain and is quite content with the response.

“I am not looking forward to anything anywhere. Whatever is happening with Bade... is like a bonus in my life. I am reaping the benefits of my hard work, dedication and sincerity. I am in a comfortable position where people connect to me and trust me. I don’t think I have done enough to earn this,” she reflects.

‘I would like to get married’

Actor John Abraham says that various film projects are keeping him busy at the moment, which is why he has no time to get married. “I would like to get married but I don’t know when it will happen. I am busy with projects. I have ‘Shootout At Wadala’ and two other projects. This year, I am busy — packed with work,” says the actor. John, 40, will be seen playing Manya Surve, a Mumbai gangster of the 80s, in Sanjay Gupta’s ‘Shootout at Wadala’. He will play an intelligence officer in his next home production film, ‘Madras Cafe’ and then he will be seen in Karan Johar’s Dostana 2. His first release of the year was ‘Race 2’.

A casting coup of sorts

Rumour has it that R Balki’s next project is going to have a pretty ambitious star cast. The film-maker is doing everything he can to bring two of the biggest stars in the Indian film industry — the king of romance, Shah Rukh Khan and legend Amitabh Bachchan — together in the film. The two super stars have shared screen space in movies like Mohabbatein and Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, but it’s been a while since movie-goers have seen them together. If Balki manages to pull this off, it would be quite a coup indeed.

On the hunt for Madhubala

Film-maker Anurag Basu, who is scripting a biopic on late singer Kishore Kumar, is still hunting for the actress to play yesteryear diva Madhubala — who was Kishore Kumar’s wife — in the film.

“I am hunting for Madhubala but it is too early to talk about it. Casting happens two to three months before we start shooting. The film is in its initial stage and would probably release next year,” Anurag says.

While Ranbir Kapoor has been roped in to play Kishore Kumar’s role, there were
reports that Kangana Ranaut or Katrina Kaif might step in to essay the role of Madhubala. However, no official confirmation has been made. The biopic will go on floors soon.

Another project in the pipeline

Film-maker Priyadarshan is working on a thriller film with writer Mushtaq Sheikh, who wrote the screenplay for movies like Ra.One and Om Shanti Om.

“I am working on another film with Priyadarshan. It has both comedy and thrill elements. It is an original film. I can’t talk much about it. All I can say is that it is an exciting thriller,” Mushtaq says. “We have been working on it for quite some time. We always wanted to try a thriller and we feel this is the right time for it. The genre is getting popular and accepted. We don’t have any actors in mind. We are still working on the film,” he adds.

The writer, who has been making trips to Chennai for the film, makes it clear that it will be a Hindi movie.

Mushtaq and Priyadarshan have also teamed up for Rangrezz which stars Jackky Bhagnani, Priya Anand and Rajpal Yadav in the lead roles.

Rangrezz, a Hindi remake of the Tamil hit film Naadodigal, will release on March 21.

A sequel in the making

Southern actor Vaibhav Reddy has been roped in to play the lead in the upcoming Tamil film, ‘Pizza 2: Villa’, a sequel to the Tamil horror-thriller ‘Pizza’. ‘Pizza’ starred Vijay Sethupathi and was one of the biggest low-budget hits of 2012. Directed by Karthik Subburaj, the film’s story revolved around the escapades of a pizza delivery boy. “Vaibhav and Sajitha Shetty will pay the lead in ‘Pizza 2: Villa’, which will be directed by debutant director Deepan Chakravarthy,” says the producer of the film, C V Kumaran, in a statement. “The rest of the cast will be finalised soon. The film will go on the floors in April,” he adds. Made on a shoestring budget of Rs 1.5 crore, ‘Pizza’ reportedly garnered over Rs 5 crore at the box-office. Film-maker Bejoy Nambiar has already bought the Hindi remake rights of the film.