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Water under the bridge?

Kareena Kapoor might have her fingers crossed for the release of Satyagraha, her upcoming Prakash Jha-directed film, in which she shares screen space with a powerhouse of talent like Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgan and Arjun Rampal. But that isn’t the only reason the actress is excited these days.

Word on the grapevine is that the new begum of Pataudi has signed yet another film, despite the fact that she has a line-up of sure-shot blockbusters in her kitty — like Gori Tere Pyaar Mein opposite Imran Khan, for instance. And this new project, if it does come about, is sure to set some tongues wagging in the film fraternity.
This isn’t because of the boldness of the role but rather, because of the unconventional pairing in the film. 

If rumours are to be believed, then Kareena might be sharing screen space with Abhishek Bachchan in the movie, which will be directed by film-maker Umesh Shukla. The rivalry between the Kapoors and Bachchans is legendary and has been hogging the limelight ever since Kareena’s sister Karisma and Junior B were engaged. 

The engagement broke on a bitter note and since then, it seems that the families have been doing whatever they can do avoid each other — despite the fact that Abhishek is married to Aishwarya and has a daughter and Karisma has two children of her own.

But now that Kareena is sharing screen space with Amitabh Bachchan — and bonding quite well with him, if pictures of the two hugging on the sets are anything to go by — it seems she is ready to let bygones by bygones. If the rumours are true, then Umesh has managed to convince her to work with Junior B in the movie, which is to be titled Mere Apne. 

The film will bring the two actors together after a decades. Rishi Kapoor will be playing Abhishek’s father in it. 

‘Production is a huge responsibility’

After a host of Bollywood actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshay Kumar and others ventured into film production, Emraan Hashmi is also looking to tap this space. 

However, the actor is quick to add that he has no immediate plans of turning producer, since he feels it’s a responsibility which requires a lot of thought.
 “I will get into it (production), maybe in a couple of years. It is a huge responsibility and I am not ready to take it immediately. I think the top actors are there in production because they have huge experience — they have been around for over 20 years,” Emraan says.

Since the actor has his hands full with film commitments, he understands that he might have to wait for a while before dabbling in production. 

“I will have to set up a company, get the right script and director and make a film. All this planning will take time. I think I can do it but I need to take some time off from my work (as an actor) to focus on this,” he explains. 

Emraan’s uncles Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt own their own production company, called Vishesh Films. The actor made his debut in Bollywood under this banner.

‘Sonam is so warm’

The latest look of Ay Sakhi Sajan, a wedding song from the upcoming flick Raanjhanaa, has been released and seems to be getting a positive response. 

The song is composed by AR Rahman and written by Irshad Kaamil. Filmed in real locations, it’s the only song in the movie which features all of the primary cast — Dhanush, Sonam, Swara Bhaskar, Abhay Deol and Zeeshan Ayyub. 

Talking about her experience, Swara Bhaskar expresses, “I remember being very nervous while shooting as it was the first time I was going to be doing a proper choreography in a sari.

But choreographer Caesar was a darling and his assistant Tina took me through the entire song. Interestingly, it was Sonam who came to my rescue with tips and easy advice on the steps during the shoot.

That’s the best thing about shooting with Sonam — she’s so warm and interactive that there is no possibility of stress during filming. It was also a rare moment in the film where Sonam and I share friendly screen space so I enjoyed this song a lot.”

The actress further adds, “There was a sequence where I had to interact with Abhay and he too joked with me and said, ‘Here’s an easy trick to look comfortable. Just flirt with me in the shot’. Good advice I’d say! It worked.”

From the small to the big screen
There was a time TV actors found it hard to establish a foothold among the stars of Bollywood, but the tide has turned and the likes of Prachi Desai and Sushant Singh Rajput have blazed a trail in filmdom. Sushant Singh Rajput, for instance, was a household name on television with his lover boy’s act in Pavitra Rishta, in which he formed a long-term rishta with his co-star Ankita Lokhande. Sushant got a dream break on the large-screen in Abhishek Kapoor’s Kai Po Che!. He has a strong follow-up with Yash Raj Film’s Shuddh Desi Romance, being directed by Maneesh Sharma. So far, the only television female actor to cross over into celluloid superstardom is Vidya Balan. She started her career as the mousy sibling in Asok Saraf and Priya Tendulkar’s wacked-out family in Hum Paanch. She makes the right, bold career choices, which have brought her where she is today. Another television-to-silver screen actor is Ayushmann Khurrana, an anchor who made a brilliant crossover to cinema with ‘Vicky Donor’. He has a Yash Raj Film and Aditya Chopra is raving about him. But his second film Nautanki Saala was a bit of a bummer and apparently, he has acquired the reputation of being too big for his boots.

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