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Shah Rukh earns co-star’s praises

Shah Rukh Khan has earned himself a reputation for being immensely respectful of his
female co-stars.

In fact, he makes it a point to ensure that they are comfortable on the sets and goes out of his way to help them out.

Recently, the super star took this attitude a step further — he announced that as a gesture of respect, he is going to advise each of his directors to play his name only after his leading ladies’ during his films’ credits.

Right now, the badshah of Bollywood is busy working on his upcoming movie — the
Rohit Shetty-directed ‘Chennai Express’ with Deepika Padukone.

Deepika Padukone, who made her Bollywood debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Om Shanti Om, is thrilled to bits about this of course.

She says the superstar genuinely considers both genders equal.

His recent announcement, that henceforth all his films will feature the actress’ name first in the credits, has left Deepika even more impressed with his attitude.

“It’s a wonderful initiative taken to prove that men and women are equal in all fields and professions. The way he interacts with us during shooting clearly shows that
he doesn’t differentiate. I’ve experienced that in Om Shanti Om and now on (the sets of) ‘Chennai Express’. Thank you Shah Rukh,” says the leggy lass in the statement.

Facing the camera for the first time

Punit Malhotra, who directed ‘I Hate Luv Storys’, will now face the camera for his acting debut called Waisi Waali Khushi, a short film by Samar Khan.     Confirming Punit’s presence in the movie, Samar says, “He is a good friend so I asked him to act in it and I must say, it has come up very well. He has done a wonderful job.” He adds, “It’s a short film — the length of the film is 12-and-a-half minutes only.”  Samar has earlier helmed films like Shaurya and  Kuchh Meetha Ho Jaye.

He says that the film will initially release online on March 14 and in the future, he plans to club five to six short films into one, and release them commercially. With a film like ‘Bombay Talkies’ — which is an amalgamation of four different films — seeing the light of the day, Samar hopes for many more short films to get a commercial release.  “I would say it’s great that ‘Bombay Talkies’ is releasing commercially. It’s four short films, directed by four directors. I hope many more such films release in future. This is just the beginning,” he adds.

Looking up to Imtiaz

Film-maker Imtiaz Ali has wished the team of Mere Dad Ki Maruti (MDKM) — the debut
directorial venture of his ‘Rockstar’ chief assistant director Ashima Chibber — good luck.

The crew of ‘MDKM’ was shooting a scene on the streets of Mumbai and they were pleasantly surprised to see Imtiaz, who has helmed films like Jab We Met, Love Aaj Kal and ‘Rockstar’.

He dropped in on the sets to wish debutante director Ashima, who looks up to him. “Imtiaz is someone I look up to as a terrific director. I learnt a lot from him while working on ‘Rockstar’, and we were delighted to have him drop by on the sets of
my first feature to wish the entire team luck,” Chibber says in a statement.

Imtiaz not only spent some time on the film’s set, but also spoke to the cast —
including Saqib Saleem, the lead actor of the film.

The movie, produced by Yash Raj Films’ banner, will release on March 15.

Popular trends come together

Bollywood has been experimenting with bold themes, especially erotica, for a while now. In fact, films like Jism 2 — which were marketed on the basis of being erotic thrillers — have done pretty well at the box office, with plenty of movie-goers flocking to theatres to watch them.

The other trend which is catching on big-time in tinsel town is the three-dimensional format, which many film-makers are now opting for. Combining both these trends is Anubhav Sharma — who directed the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Ra.One — who has announced that his next film is going to be an erotica in 3D.

Maharaja Features

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