‘It’s just a guest appearance’

Sonali Bendre has been maintaining a distance from the silver screen for a while now, but she has decided to make an exception. She will soon be seen in Milan Luthria’s upcoming movie, Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai Dobara. 

 Sonali admits that her association with Milan goes back a long way, which is probably why she has decided to bend her rules for him. The actress has agreed to do a guest appearance in the film, which is touted to be an underworld drama. 

The word on the grapevine is that Sonali’s character in the film, which is produced by Balaji Motion Pictures, is named Mumtaz. She will be seen on the big screen after a gap of ten years when the film releases on August 15. 

Sonali’s last big screen outing was yet another guest appearance in the Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Saif Ali Khan starrer Kal Ho Naa Ho, in which she had played the role of a doctor. 

 “The film is directed by Milan Luthria and I have known him for a long time. He used to assist (Mahesh) Bhatt sahab and my first ever song Sambhala Hai Maine was shot by Milan. So, the equation and the relationship go very far back,” Sonali, who is married to Goldie Behl, explains. Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobara stars Akshay Kumar, Imran Khan and curvy belle Sonakshi Sinha in the main leads. 

 Another reason for Sonali to give a nod to the movie, she admits, was its producer Shobha Kapoor, who is a good friend of her mother-in-law. “Shobha aunty has been friends with my mother-in-law for the past 40 years. So, when she calls her and asks for me to do something, I can’t say no to her,” explains the actress, who is known for films like Sarfarosh and Zakhm. 

“I have not charged them for anything. So it’s not a professional kind of a thing for me; it’s just a guest appearance that I am doing for the people that are involved in it. It’s a very interesting literal role (sic),” adds the 38-year-old, who is happily married, has a son and enjoys spending time with him.

Surprised by all the rumours

Amit Sadh, who was last seen on the silver screen in Kai Po Che!, has 
reportedly been roped in to play the younger version of Rishi Kapoor in the much-anticipated film Mehrunissa, but a source close to the young actor has denied the news. The project, based on the life of the twentieth wife of Mughal emperor Jehangir, is directed by Sudhir Mishra. Chitrangada Singh is said to be the film’s leading lady. “Amit is not doing the movie. He has communicated to Sudhir Mishra, whom he admires, that he looks forward to an opportunity to work with him in the future,” says the source. “Amit doesn’t know where these rumours are coming from and wants to clear (the air) that these are false,” the source adds. As of now, Amit is busy working on his next project with Disney UTV. The genre of the film is still under wraps, but it has been assured that the movie will take Amit’s ‘boy-next-door’ appeal to another level. If rumours are to be believed, the film will be in the romantic comedy space.

Back to his salad days

Shah Rukh Khan might be pushing 50 but the actor has a childish side as well. He admits that watching fun-filled youth-based film Fukrey took him on a nostalgic trip down memory lane. He has heaped praises on the movie’s cast and director Mrighdeep Singh Lamba. 

“Mrigh, way to go. Transported me back to Delhi days. Varun (Sharma), Pulkit (Samrat), Manjot (Singh), Ali (Fazal), Pankaj (Tripathi), Richa (Chadda) and all of Fukrey, thanks. Screen mein chhedh ho gaya,” tweets Shah Rukh. The movie released last week and it is getting positive reviews.
Producer Ritesh Sidhwani of Excel Entertainment thanked King Khan for his kind words by tweeting: “Thank You DON”.

Speaking in a different tongue

Southern star Dhanush is all set to make his Bollywood debut with Raanjhanaa and the actor, who happens to be Tamil super star Rajnikanth’s son-in-law, says that his 
family members, including his father-in-law, are waiting to see him speak Hindi for the first time when the love saga hits the screen.
“We all are waiting for the release and till now he (Rajnikanth) hasn’t made any comment. I am sure once the film is out, he will have his comments. (My wife) Aishwarya saw the promos and they are all thrilled to see me speaking in Hindi. It is still 
to sink in for them,” the 29-year-old says. 

Dhanush plays Kundan, a guy from Varanasi, in the Anand L Rai directed film, who has been in love with Sonam Kapoor’s character Zoya since childhood. Dhanush admits that speaking Hindi was the toughest part of the experience for him. 

“Since I don’t know Hindi, it was very tough for me. I somehow managed with the help of writer Himanshu Sharma and director sir. But when I was dubbing, it was pretty tough to get the diction and the slang of Benaras right. But I had a good team, so I think I pulled it off,” Dhanush adds.

All praises for her co-star

Actress Shikha Thakur feels lucky to have got a chance to rub shoulders with veteran star Mithun Chakraborty in Maqsad. She says he is “classic” in his approach to his work, as well as being a “warm human being”. “This is the first time I got a chance to work with Mithun da. He’s a classic actor and a very warm human being. It was a pleasure to work with him,” Shikha says in a statement. “I am lucky enough to get an opportunity to work with the veteran, ha­ndsome, talented and amazing actor Mithun 
Cha­kra­borty,” she adds. Maqsad is produced by Anup Jalota and directed by Farookh Saiyer.