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‘I liked the black and white era’

Actress Amrita Rao, whose latest film Jolly LLB has been appreciated by movie-goers, has expressed her desire to do films that are set in the 50s. This, she admits, is because she likes the styling, songs and dances of that period. “I think the 50s was the golden period. I am a fan of cinema of the 50s. I wish I was born at that time. I liked the black and white era, the way the heroines were styled — be it their hair or clothes. The songs and dances had something nice about them,” Amrita says. “I wish I could re-create that time  — that is my dream. It would be my dream role. I wish I could play an actress of the 50s. It would be the happiest thing for me to do,” she adds.

The actress will be seen next in Prakash Jha’s Satyagraha, which also stars Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgan and Kareena Kapoor, and she looks quite excited about it. “For me, Satyagraha is a big film as I am working with Amitabh Bachchan. It is a big opportunity — I am there with him throughout the film. To perform with him is a big responsibility on my shoulders,” she says.

Amrita is quite happy with the success of her recently released film Jolly LLB, where she has shared screen space with Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani. The comedy-drama film, directed by Subhash Kapoor and released on March 15, has got a good response from the audience. “I am very happy that the film has done well. I am happy for Subhash. I liked his previous film Phas Gaya Re Obama and that’s why I had agreed to do this movie,” she says. “This film was a platform where I could learn a lot of things. When I saw Boman and Saurabh Shukla on screen, it was too good. I feel just by observing them, you get to learn so much,” she adds.

The formula for a flop

Acclaimed writer Javed Akhtar says that there is no fixed formula to write super hit films. However, he admits he can clearly tell the ways to write a movie that will bomb at the box office. “Someone once asked me, ‘You have written a lot of super hit films. What is the formula to write super hit films?’ I said if I knew that, then I would have always written a Sholay. But I can tell you the formula to write a super flop,” the 68-year-old actor quips. “There are two ways — first, when you think with great contempt that this is what the public wants. Second, when you think ‘I want to say a very big and deep thing’.

Both such films will be very bad because in both cases, you are trying to hit a target without actually seeing it,” he adds. Javed has penned popular films like Seeta Aur Geeta, Yaadon Ki Baaraat, Zanjeer, Trishul, Don, Kaala Patthar and Shaan. Meanwhile, when asked why authors do not get due recognition, Akhtar replies, “As a matter of fact, this is something the author should ask. It is ultimately the society, the people who take notice and give respect to an author. It is the responsibility of the author to write as well as he or she can and it is the society’s responsibility to patronise, appreciate and encourage them.”

Tribute to a legend

Rumour has it that Rishi Kapoor will pay homage to his father, Raj Kapoor, in David Dhawan’s upcoming film Chashme Baddoor. The evergreen magic of Raj Kapoor’s eternal number Pyar Hua Iqrar Hua will be recreated in the comic film. Rishi Kapoor and Lilette Dubey will be doing the parts of the Shree 420 actors. The duo play a very important romantic track in the film.

This particular sequence has been designed to honour the late veteran actor and though it has been shot as per today’s day and age, the set up, milieu and flavour of the shot remains the same.

Not feeling the pressure

Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who received a special mention at the 60th National Film Awards for four films, says that there won’t be any pressure on him even after such a big honour. “National Awards, of course, feel good. But there should not be any pressure. I will continue to work like I have been. Not just the National Award — this goes for any award. There should be no pressure,” Nawazuddin says. Nawazuddin received the special mention for four of his films — Kahaani, ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, Dekh Indian Circus and Talaash. “You should work according to your instinct. It is definitely the most prestigious award and that means appreciation for your work,” he adds. His latest film, Aatma — directed by Suparn Verma — also stars Bipasha Basu.

A comedy with a twist

Go Goa Gone’, a zombie comedy directed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D K, is all set to release on May 10. The film stars actors Saif Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu, Vir Das, Anand Tiwary and Puja Gupta.

This is an unusual mixture of hilarious comedy, camaraderie, slick action and zombies. Raj says, “A zombie film in Hindi was unheard of until now.” Krishna adds, “But we were sure that this is the film we would like to make after Shor In The City.”

Saif, who has acted and produced the film, play Boris who is a Russian mafia lord. “I loved Boris from the first time I discovered him. He is tough and cool, but also very funny. He has a good heart and is brave. The dynamics between him and the boys is hysterical. I was very excited to play Boris the zombie hunter and even happier to produce this film,” says Saif.

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