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‘Boys are always so lazy’

Ghanchakkar’s new song, ‘Lazy Lad’, is picturised on superstars Emraan Hashmi and Vidya Balan.

   The song sees Vidya list out the traits of men that women get most frustrated about like

being a couch potato, general tardiness and how men can get easily distracted among others.

   The lively music video sees Vidya in her loud, fun Punjabi housewife avatar that has added to the film’s USP.

Vidya explains the concept behind the song saying, “I think that all of us know that boys, the lads, are always so lazy to do anything. They just sit in front their television and just switch channels.

It’s so frustrating and if a cricket match is on, then you have had it. The term ‘Lazy Lad’ was coined for men.”

Emraan too admits that men can be a little lackadaisical in doing things.

   “Most men are couch potatoes. When I am at home I pretty much do what I am doing in the video that we just shot. It’s just chilling in front of the television, switching channels and just staring into nothing — I think that’s my best pass time. If I lock myself on the couch, I can go on for like seven or eight hours without doing anything. And I don’t hear sounds, I’m just glued to the television.”

Produced by UTV Motion Pictures and directed by Raj Kumar Gupta, Ghanchakkar is set to
release on June 28.

Her dream comes true

All the speculation regarding who would star opposite Salman Khan in Sajid Nadiadwala’s ‘Kick’ — including rumours that Deepika Padukone and Anushka Sharma were vying for the plum role — has been put to rest.

Sri Lankan beauty Jacqueline Fernandez, who was last seen in ‘Race 2’, has been chosen to play the character. And the actress is understandably thrilled about the once-in-a-lifetime chance to share screen space with one of the film fraternity’s most commercially successful stars. In fact, she goes so far as to say that playing the role is like a “dream come true” for her.

It’s no secret that Jacqueline had to face tough competition for this role, from contemporaries such as Deepika Padukone and allegedly even Sonakshi Sinha. But now that she’s been finalised for the project, the actress is both relaxed and delighted. “It will definitely be a dream come true to work with someone like Salman Khan,” says the
actress, who doesn’t seem to bothered by rumours of other actress vying fiercely for
the role.

She goes on to add that she’s always wanted to work with the super star, thanks to the legendary status he has achieved in the film industry. “He is the biggest thing right now in Bollywood,” she adds.

The actress’ first outing with Nadiadwala was an item number called Dhanno, in the movie Housefull, which starred Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone among others.
This was followed by a full-fledged role in Housefull 2, in which she was paired opposite John Abraham. Jacqueline will next be seen grooving in yet another item number, this one in the upcoming film Ramaiya Vastavaiya, which is all set to the hit the silver screen on July 19.

Conscious about the environment

Night Shyamalan’s ‘After Earth’ reportedly carries a stark warning about mankind’s rapacious use of the planet’s resources, and Will Smith and son Jaden are keen to do
their bit to promote environmentalism.

    Teenage star Jaden has already adopted environmental consciousness in his life. “In the household, we recycle,” says Jaden Smith.

     “I compost all the food and put it in the ground to help the soil. And we just drink from glass bottles. We don’t use any plastic. We have solar power at our house. We try to do as much as we can,” he says.

On a wider level too, Jaden Smith is passionate about the planet and says that he feels a responsibility to speak out and encourage his generation.

“I feel the world needs a voice right now,” he says. “It’s in a very dark place. The world could use a voice in music, movies. Everywhere I feel like kids don’t really care. But if we had somebody that was willing to say, ‘Hey, we need to do something about this,’ I feel we can actually change the world,” he notes.

‘I can’t bear reality television’

Three of Bollywood’s famous Khans — Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir — have already had a taste of the small screen, but Saif Ali Khan is happy being distant from it. He admits that neither does he enjoy the drama content, nor does he find any entertainment in reality television.

   “I don’t know about acting on TV. I feel we need great content on TV. As of now, it is cornered by housewives, and I feel there’s a need for content for young boys. Our TV is not as good,” Saif says. As a viewer, he enjoys watching television, and believes it shouldn’t be called the “idiot box”.

“I like to watch a few episodes of British and American shows once in a while, and one has to admit that the quality of some of their shows is as good as movies somehow,” he adds. Saif, who was recently seen in his home production ‘Go Goa Gone’, says no-no to Indian television reality shows as well. “I can’t bear reality television. Why would I want to watch all of that? I don’t like shows like ‘Big Brother’. I like drama,” he says.

While Saif has kept away from the small screen, his veteran actress mother Sharmila Tagore has earlier judged

music reality show Dhoom Macha De and actress sister Soha Ali Khan has hosted
Khelo Jeeto Jiyo.

No need for item numbers

Film-maker Vikram Bhatt, who is ready with his next production venture ‘Ankur Arora Murder Case’, says that unlike many others directors, he doesn’t feel the need to resort to item numbers to pull more of a crowd into the theatres to watch his films.

“It’s a commercial film and I don’t think we need item numbers for commercial success. In the past, some good films did well without item numbers, like English Vinglish and Barfi!.
I don’t need an item song for box office success,” Vikram says. Directed by Suhail Tattari, ‘Ankur Arora Murder Case’ is a thriller that speaks about medical negligence. “The film will be an eye-opener as it speaks about medical negligence,” adds Vikram. Arjun Mathur, Kay Kay Menon, Vishakha Singh and Tisca Chopra will be seen in important roles in the film.

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