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‘I had my own share of struggle’

Three-film old Esha Gupta says that unlike Vidya Balan, she is not in a position to carry an entire movie on her shoulders.

Esha made her debut thriller Jannat 2, produced under Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt’s ‘Vishesh Films’ banner. Her second film, Raaz 3D, was also with them. She also played an important role in Chakravyuh, a film on Maoists.

However, the actress has never been given the chance to be the sole heroine in a movie — and she doesn’t think she can handle that sort of responsibility at this stage in her career.

“I want to do various kinds of films, but no female-oriented films right now,” Esha says. “I am not Vidya Balan and I don’t think I can carry an entire film on my shoulders right now. Vidya Balan did ‘The Dirty Picture’ and Kahaani, which were completely on her shoulders. In the future, I will definitely do such films — but not right now,” she adds.

After working with directors Vikram Bhatt and Prakash Jha, the 28-year-old now has a new wish list.

She says, “I want to be a part of good films. The script matters the most. I would
like to do an Anurag Kashyap film, like ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’ or a glamourous film
like ‘Race’.”
She isn’t a star kid and Esha admits that her journey into filmdom has been “pretty rough”.
“I had my own share of struggle. But I think I owe a lot to Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt, who gave me a break in the showbiz (with Jannat 2),” she says, adding that she takes
inspiration from the those who made it big without any background in the industry.
“There are many other actresses who don’t have a filmy background including
Aishwarya Rai and Deepika Padukone. I take inspiration from these actresses,” she says.

Esha has a three-film contract with ‘Vishesh Films’ and soon she will be doing her third film with them.

No end to the entertainment

Writer duo Sajid-Farhad, known for penning dialogues for hit comedies like the
Golmaal series and Bol Bachchan, are set to direct Akshay Kumar and Tamannaah in a masala entertainer. “We have roped in Akshay Kumar and Tamannaah as the lead pair. It will be a fun film. It’ll be a complete masala entertainer film,” Sajid says. To be produced by Ramesh Taurani, the yet-to-be-titled film will go on the floors in July. “We will start rolling from July and we will mostly shoot the film abroad. Akshay is known for his comic timing, I hope both Akshay and Tamannaah will be the perfect
entertainers.”


Special celebration on the sets

Director Indra Kumar, who is currently facing a choc-a-bloc schedule with back-to-back shooting for Ashok Thakeria’s Grand Masti and the Rekha-starrer Super Nani, is so tied up in his work that he had absolutely no time to celebrate his birthday. Super Nani, which stars the eternal diva Rekha along with Randhir Kapoor, Indra Kumar’s daughter Shweta Kumar and Sharman Joshi, is being shot in Film City,
Mumbai. Indra Kumar’s birthday occurred on one of the days of the schedule but the director refused to take a break to celebrate.

 Apparently, Shweta Kumar made secret and special arrangements to make sure his dad’s birthday was celebrated in a grand style.

During one of the breaks, she organised a massive cake and gathered the full team — including Rekha, Sharman Joshi and producer Ashok Thakeria — along with their family to surprise him.

Reveals a source from the set, “It is the first time Shweta is working with her dad so these are very special days for her. Induji’s birthday happened to be on one of the days and the professional veteran that he is, he didn’t even request for a break to celebrate it. Little did he know that Shweta had organised a splendid chocolate cake and got the full family on set secretly — she even involved the entire cast and crew in the plan. She then surprised Induji at the end of the day’s shoot and he was very touched by his daughter’s efforts.”

Paresh tries to shake a leg!

Rumour has it that veteran artiste Paresh Rawal, who is known as one of the industry’s best actors, was asked to do a break dance sequence in one of the scenes of the remake of Himmatwala. Sajid, who is directing the flick, elaborates, “It was a comic scene and I wanted him to do something which he has not done before.

So, when I asked Paresh bhai to do a break dance, he started laughing but agreed to do it. There were no rehearsals because he wanted to be spontaneous. He emulated the moves I had conceived and tried his level best to be funny and get them correct. Eventually, he got them right, but that was one of the most challenging scenes to shoot.”

On a grand scale

Prakash Jha is known to be perfectionist while making his films. For his next, Satyagraha — which is currently being shot in Bhopal — the film-maker has rented a ground located in the heart of Bhopal and constructed a lavish set on the premises.
He has rented out a four-acre plot called Benazir Ground for about six months now. The production and set designing teams have worked relentlessly to create a mohalla kind of locality there.  

Prakash Jha confirms, “Yes, we have used the massive ground for six months for the shooting of Satyagraha. It was a monumental task, which my team has wonderfully performed to create a never-before-seen set.”

Satyagraha stars Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgan, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Amrita Rao and Manoj Bajpai.

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