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Annoyed about divorce rumours

There have been recent reports that Chitrangada Singh has filed for divorce from her husband of 12 years, golfer Jyoti Randhawa, following irreconcilable differences between the couple.

However, the actress has been quick to deny them. Chitrangada, who is understandably annoyed by the rumours, admits that she did visit a Gurgaon court with Jyoti.

She adds, though, that the two weren’t filing for divorce — the trip was due to an
internal settlement of a property dispute. “It is not true. We were at the court for the property dispute, an internal settlement. And there were speculations because of that,” Chitrangada says.

The reports suggested that the actress was facing a tough time meeting her film commitments in Mumbai and looking after their five-year-old son Zorawar
simultaneously.

But a source close to her claims that the actress and her family were deeply
disturbed over constant speculation about her marriage.

Chitrangada and Jyoti’s visit to the court has been blown out of proportion and the source adds that she wasn’t even contacted about the news.

The couple tied the knot in 2001. There were reports earlier that their marriage was on the rocks but the actress had dubbed them as baseless.

Chitrangada made a successful debut with Sudhir Mishra’s critically acclaimed film Hazaaron Khwaishen Aisi in 2003. She took a break from acting from 2005 to 2008. In 2008, she made her comeback with a leading role opposite Sanjay Suri in director Onir’s romantic-comedy, Sorry Bhai.

Chitrangada recently forayed into commercial cinema with Rohit Dhawan’s Desi Boyz opposite Akshay Kumar and then followed it up with an item number in Shirish Kunder’s ‘Joker’ last year.

She was last seen in I, Me Aur Main opposite John Abraham. Jyoti was among the world’s top 100 golfer several times between 2004 and 2009. In 2002, he finished top on the Asian Tour money list.

 He has ten professional tour wins, eight of them in Asia.

Nostalgic about the release

Four decades ago, when Zanjeer released, it not only rocked the box office, but also changed lead actor Amitabh Bachchan’s fortunes in films and even won him the angry-young-man tag. On completion of 40 years of the film, Big B is ecstatic and thanks his fans. Released May 11, 1973, the movie starred Big B as police officer Vijay.

It was his first blockbuster after a string of flops and after the Prakash Mehra-directed action-revenge thriller, there was no looking back for him. “Zanjeer 40 years of release. Goodness. An entire lifetime, an entire change of my world (writer duo) Salim-Javed, Prakash ji, thank you (sic),” Big B posts.

Before Zanjeer, Amitabh grabbed attention with the 1971 hit Anand, but it was
after Zanjeer that he became a star to reckon with and gave hit after hit like Abhimaan, Deewaar, Sholay, Mili, Namak Haram and Chupke Chupke.

Zanjeer also starred Jaya Bachchan, Om Prakash, Bindu and Ajit. A nostalgic Big B writes, “I know I repeat the 40 years of Zanjeer, but it just does not leave the system.”

Now, Prakash Mehra’s son Amit is producing the remake of the 1973 classic, which is being directed by Apoorva Lakhia. Southern actor Ram Charan Teja has stepped into Big B’s shoes. The new version also stars Priyanka Chopra and Sanjay Dutt.

Making her way to stardom

Actress Yami Gautam, who made a successful transition to films from television with ‘Vicky Donor’, has completed shooting for her second movie Aman Ki Aasha.

   A Hindi remake of the Spanish movie Seres Queridos (‘Only Human’), the romantic comedy will see the 24-year-old teaming up with Pakistani singer-actor Ali Zafar. “I have finished shooting for the film. We shot the entire film in London.

It was a great crew and I am happy that I have made the right decision,” Yami smiles. Directed by E Niwas and produced by Neeraj Pandey, Aman Ki Aasha may come out
during the monsoon.

Tough time in the heat

Actress Soha Ali Khan, who was filming the climax scene of her film War Chod Na Yaar near Bikaner with actor Sharman Joshi, says it wasn’t easy to film in such a hot place.

The shoot was taking place in a village called Pithrasar, in Rajasthan. “It was just not easy shooting in 45 degree celsius temperature. As soon as you finish the shoot, you feel like taking a bath as there is so much dust all over your body. It was stressful but we had fun,” Soha says.

Sharman plays the ole of an Indian army captain. He says the film is a satire on war. He explains, “Many films were made on war but never a satire or comedy. It’s a very interesting concept and we just finished shooting the climax scene.”

Directed by Faraz Haider and produced by AOPL Entertainment Pvt Ltd, War Chod Na Yaar also features Javed Jaffrey and Mukul Dev.

‘Acting is the most satisfying job’

Dancer-actor Javed Jaffrey, who tasted success as a producer with Inshallah, Kashmir, says that he now plans to direct a film and that it will happen soon. He started his journey with the 1985 film Meri Jung, and is known for his dancing skills — in fact, he even judged a dance reality show, called Boogie Woogie, with his brother Naved and actor Rohit Behl.

Although he finds acting most satisfying, direction has been on his mind for quite a while. “I have been wanting to direct a film for quite some time. Now finally, I have decided to direct my film as soon as possible. I am working on two to three scripts. Let’s see how to make the first move in that direction. But it will be soon, maybe by the end
of this year or probably next year,” Javed says.

He wants to make a film with a social message. “I like films that give a strong message along with entertainment. I don’t want to make a film that gets preachy or gives a lecture, but it would have a message with an immense amount of entertainment,” says the 49-year-old. Meanwhile, Javed, who won a National Film Award for the documentary Inshallah, Kashmir, is enjoying his success as a producer.

“It’s very overwhelming when people recognise your work. I am also producing my next film, which is titled ‘BMW’. But I personally feel that acting is the most satisfying job for me,” adds Javed, who was seen in films like Salaam Namaste and Double Dhamaal.

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