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And the character continues

Sanjay Dutt has fallen in love with his character of real-life unconventional cop Pritam Singh in Zilla Ghaziabad. He will now produce a film in which he will again play the notorious real-life cop from Ghaziabad. The film, which has been titled Pritam, has been written by the Zilla Ghaziabad writer Vinay Sharma. Confirming the developments, Vinay says, “Yes, Sanjay Dutt has decided to carry the character of the unorthodox cop Pritam Singh forward. He will be playing the same character in a film called Pritam, which Dutt saab is producing. I’ve already written the script.”

Vinay, who hails from Ghaziabad, reveals some interesting details about Pritam Singh. “The cop was summoned to Ghaziabad to eliminate the gang war between two powerful groups in the city. Pritam Singh used the criminal Satbir Gujjar, played in the film by Vivek Oberoi, as his right-hand man. Pritam put Satbir into a khaki uniform and used him to eliminate criminals. These and the other characters are very much part of Ghaziabad’s history.” Vinay says that not even 40 per cent of his script for Zilla Ghaziabad was shot. The film was directed by Anand Kumar. “My original script was far more comprehensive and powerful. Key scenes with Sanjay Dutt were not shot. Many things went wrong,” he recalls.

But now, Vinod Bachchan, producer of Zilla Ghaziabad, has planned a sequel to the film. Given the scenario, one wonders how Sanjay can “borrow” the character of the hero in Zilla Ghaziabad and use him in another context. Vinay explains, “The script I’ve written for Sanjay Dutt Productions only features the same cop-hero Pritam Singh. Otherwise, it is a totally different plot from Zilla Ghaziabad.

A tough task for Meera

Pakistani actress Meera, who made her Bollywood debut in Mahesh Bhatt’s Nazar, will step into the shoes of legendary Meena Kumari for the remake of Pakeezah.

The film was first made in 1972 by late director Kamal Amrohi and now, his son Tajdar Amrohi is producing the remake.

“It is a divine feeling. I cannot define it in words,” Meera says.

“I simply loved Meena Kumariji in the film. It has always played again and again in my mind. I came to India with the dream of wanting to essay the same immortal role some day.

 And when Tajdar ‘saab’ gave the nod, I was simply too overwhelmed,” she adds.

The movie is still in the conception stage, says Tajdar and adds, “It is not an easy film to make. It is a challenge for Meera. To re-erect the same sets, it would cost 20 times more. The kind of costumes, dialogue and the aura — (recreating these) is an uphill task. It will be a huge thing,” he adds.

Junior Devgan takes charge

Ajay Devgan isn’t really known for his dancing talent.  In fact, he’s hardly showcased his dancing skills in any movie so far. But in his upcoming film, Himmatwala — which is directed by Sajid Khan — he will be trying his best to shake a leg.  Apparently, his son, Yug, was on the sets of the movie when the song Bum Pe Laat was being shot.

During one of the breaks, to everyone’s surprise, the child asked his father to dance.  Yug was sitting with his father and Sajid Khan, the director of the movie, while they were playing back to the shots and listening to the tunes of the song.

He pointed the camera at Ajay and asked him to shake a leg. Bum Pe Laat is a song for kids and is choreographed by B-town’s ace choreographer Ganesh Acharya.
Himmatwala also stars Tamannaah.

‘I have qualms about being eye candy’

A successful practising cardiologist in England, Dr Niharica Raizada — who happens to be the grand-daughter of legendary musician O P Nayyar — has debuted in a hit Bengali romantic comedy Damadol with an item number.

Niharica has also been signed up for three films by a major Bollywood production house. Asked what made her take the plunge into the world of showbiz, Niharica says, “I don’t see why someone pursuing cardiac science cannot take a plunge into a creative world. Are these two irreconcilable, specially in this age?”

Niharica, who was born in Luxembourg in Europe and studied medicine in London, subsequently specialised in her favourite subject of cardiology at Johns Hopkins (Baltimore), under a Fulbright scholarship.

Insisting that her foray into the world of performing arts was not a flash-in-the-pan decision, the doctor-turned-artiste says she had been practising classical dance and ballet from a very young age.

“I remember that I was just five when I performed a bharatanatyam recital in Germany. But I admit I have qualms about being eye candy for the audience — I want to play a today’s woman,” she explains. “After graduating, I had the choice of taking a break from a career in medicine to follow my inner calling in arts and acting — and that’s what I am
doing,” she adds.