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‘I am extremely competitive’

After an item song in ‘Shootout at Wadala’, actress Sunny Leone has gone step further in ‘Jackpot’. She will speak her own Hindi lines.

A Hindi-Urdu tutor too has been deployed for the purpose. Director Kaizad Gustad smiles at the memories of introducing another firangi actress in his debut film ‘Boom’. Kaizad had cast Katrina Kaif in the film, whose Hindi back then was almost non-existent.

Now, Kaizad gets Sunny to be one-up on Katrina in ‘Jackpot’. “Sunny is the only female character in ‘Jackpot’. I hope to display her acting chops. We are reading the script every day. She will do her own Hindi dialogues. She is one of the hardest-working actresses I have worked with, just like Katrina. When Katrina came to Mumbai, she didn’t know a word in Hindi,” Kaizad says.

Sunny, who made her Bollywood debut with the film Jism 2, seems mighty charged with the challenge of mastering the rashtra-bhasha. She will also be seen in the sequel of Ragini MMS.

 “I have learned Hindi lines for all my movies here. Even though Jism 2 was dubbed, I still had to learn every word. And in Ragini MMS too I will be dubbing in my own voice. It’s very important for me to learn and work hard to get it right.

I am extremely competitive so when someone tells me I can’t act, dance, express emotions on screen, or speak Hindi, all it makes me do is work harder to prove all those negative people wrong,” she says. ‘Jackpot’ stars Makarand Despande, who plays a funny Konkani cop and Tamil star Bharath.

“It’s basically a jhol (conflict) between Sachiin Joshi and Bharath with Sunny Leone pulling a fast one on them, and Naseer pulling a faster one. I am raring to finish. I’ve a lot of films to make. I am making three uninterrupted back-to-back films in the next one year,” Kaizad says.


Actors paid in gifts, not cash

There are many instances where actors are compensated not in cash, but in kind (read: big gifts) for doing item songs. In the past, Salman Khan reportedly gifted a high-end BMW car to Kareena Kapoor Khan for Fevicol Se in his blockbuster hit Dabangg 2, while film-maker Karan Johar is known to have gifted Katrina Kaif a Ferrari car for her sensual performance in Chikni Chameli (though he denied it later and said these were just rumours).

Superstars who do cameos in films are often offered the same treatment. Bollywood badshah Shah Rukh Khan, known for his larger-than-life image, gifted Tamil superstar Rajnikanth a BMW car, a superbike worth Rs 15 lakh to Sanjay Dutt, and an expensive guitar to Priyanka Chopra for their guest appearances in Ra.One. Seems like all the stars live up to their larger-than-life image when it comes to gifting their co-stars. 

‘Lady luck has smiled on me’

Destiny along with right opportunity can make one’s life or break it. This holds true for actress Leena as she makes her debut with Karan Kashyyap’s comedy film — Zindagi Jalebi. Leena says she is extremely grateful to God as well as the producer Kanti Chheda for offering her this big role.

“It wouldn’t be wrong to say that lady luck has smiled on me. I have worked with Kanti earlier. I knew that he was about to start a movie but one day, he asked me to audition. The rest is history. We have worked hard on this,” she says. Zindagi Jalebi is made under the banner of Moksh Film Production.

Ragini is on a roll

Ragini Nandwani, who made her debut in ‘Dehradun Diary’ with Adhyayan Suman, is on a roll. She recently shot to headlines in the South as the female lead of the Tamil film Thalaiva opposite superstar Vijay.

She played a North Indian girl in the movie. According to sources, when the shoot was completed, the entire cast and crew were impressed with her professionalism.

Ragini has been flooded with lots of offers opposite top southern stars and has already started attending special workshops to get clear with her linguistic in Tamil and Telugu.
Interestingly, she has got so used to it that she uses a few words in her daily conversation as well, and her family enjoys her different accent.

Though Ragini is amused by the southern culture and language, she is waiting for producers to announce her next Bollywood film. By the looks of it, Ragini has got it spot on.

Shahid’s tantrums on sets

Starry tantrums have been a part of the glamour industry for ages. Even the ones who don’t have many successful films in their kitty throw a tantrum or two.

The latest to join the bandwagon is Shahid Kapoor, who according to sources, harrowed Rajkumar Santoshi, the director of his film Phata Poster Nikla Hero. During the shoot, Rajkumar took a little more than extra time of the actor than what was scheduled.

Though Shahid remained mum at that time, he turned the tables on the director the next day. Shahid was so miffed with the director that he did not report on the set at all the next day. The director got a drift of things and had no other choice but to quietly change the schedule as per Shahid’s fancies.

While Shahid seems to be merrily promoting his movie now, he definitely gave the director a tough time while shooting. Let’s hope the film doesn’t turn out to be phata poster nikla zero!


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