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Everyone in a new role

Film-maker Tigmanshu Dhulia’s upcoming film Bullett Raja stars Saif Ali Khan and Sonakshi Sinha in the lead and the director says he has tried to present the actors in a very different avatar from their earlier films.

Saif, who has played the role of an urban youth in films like ‘Cocktail’, Hum Tum and Salaam Namaste, will be seen in a different kind of role in Bullett Raja.

 “Saif’s image is that of an urban kind. So through his gestures, we have shown the way a rural guy would behave — in terms of holding a glass of water or handshake.

We ensured that Saif doesn’t look like an urban guy. His contribution to the film is huge,” Tigmanshu says. “While shooting, we worked on language and accent.

Even though Saif was making mistakes while getting the accent right, we thought we could make it better when dubbing. We are sure Saif will look like the rangeela of Uttar Pradesh,” he adds.

Usually in a commercial film, heroines have very little to perform. But Tigmanshu
insists that this is not the case in his film.

“I respect women and we have always had strong women roles in our films. Sonakshi is not just looking pretty or crying on the shoulder of the hero. There is much more to her in this film,” he adds.

 In Bullett Raja, Sonakshi will be seen portraying the role of a Bengali struggling actress, who is away from home and is trying to create her space. She gets caught at the wrong place at the wrong time.

“She happens to meet Jimmy Shergill and Saif and gets attracted to their ‘machoism’. She looks pretty and is a great dancer.

I am happy to work with her,” Tigmanshu says. The movie also features Vidyut Jamwal, Gulshan Grover, Raj Babbar and Chunky Pandey. Bullett Raja is slated to release on November 29.

Music now in stores

The music of Vibhu
Agarwal’s Baat Bann Gayi has been launched. It is directed by Shuja Ali and is produced by Sayed Asif Jah and Megha Agarwal.

Singers Sonu Nigam, Kailash Kher, Lesle Lewis, Salim, Javed Ali, Mudasir Ali, Roopkumar Rathod, Kuldeep Singh, Jaswinder Singh and Sardar Ali, besides composer Harpreet Singh, son of the veteran music director Kuldeep Singh attended the launch.

Also present were the members of the cast including Ali Fazal, Gulsan Grover, Anisa, Amrita Raichand, Razzak Khan, Akshay Singh, Shuja Ali, Vibhu Agarwal, Sayed Asif Jah and Megha Agarwal.

Baat Bann Gayi, is a romantic comedy, which depicts the comedy of errors when look alike characters encounter each other and the hilarious situations that arise because of their mistaken identity. “There is something beautiful about the film and the energy of director Shuja Ali is contagious,” says Gulshan Grover.

On the sidelines of the event, Vibhu Agarwal recalled how he started off small in Lucknow and has grown to become a business tycoon today. Kailash Kher added more such differential entrepreneurs will make Bollywood stronger.

Getting accolades at international festivals

Naseeruddin Shah and Randeep Hooda-starrer ‘The Coffin Maker’ is all set to make its Italian premiere at the 13th River to River Florence Indian Film Festival. The film will be screened first at the fest that takes off on November 22. It will also be screened in Rome between November 29 and December 1.

Directed by debutante Veena Bakshi, it will be competing in the feature film section for the ‘River to River Bitebay Audience Award’.

 Set against the authentic and seductive spirit of a Goan village, ‘Coffin Maker’ is a poignant tale about a reluctant coffin maker who learns about life from a very unusual and mysterious source. Ratna Pathak Shah plays Shah’s Catholic wife Isabella in the film.

‘Our film deserves to be at the Oscars’

Actress Divya Dutta, who was seen in a key role in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s biopic Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, feels the film deserves to be shortlisted as India’s official entry to the Academy Awards this year. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is based on the life of former athlete Milkha Singh and features Farhan Akhtar in the title role. The film has received huge acclaim from both the critics and the audience. “There were many films that were shortlisted — Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, ‘The Lunchbox’, ‘Ship Of Theseus’. I think we deserved it but it didn’t happen,” Divya says. However, Divya is happy for the Gujarati film ‘The Good Road’ that has been chosen as India’s entry for the best foreign film at the Oscars. She wishes luck to the National Award-winning film. “I wish ‘The Good Road’ all the very best. We are representing India with that film. Hope it will bring fame to the country,” Divya adds. ‘The Good Road’ was selected over 21 films including English Vinglish, Malayalam film ‘Celluloid’ and Bengali film Shabdo.

A special appearance

Actors Dipannita Sharma and Arunoday Singh will be seen in Bejoy Nambiar’s Tamil remake film ‘Pizza’. Bejoy is set to produce the Hindi remake of the Tamil film, which revolves around a pizza delivery boy and how his life takes a turn after one particular delivery. “I am shooting for two films. I am doing a special appearance in a film by Bejoy Nambiar. It is a south remake film. The Tamil film was one of the biggest blockbusters of 2012. There is Arunoday Singh with me,” says Dipannita, who was earlier seen in ‘Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl’. The film will also feature former Miss India Parvathy Omanakuttan and actor Akshay Oberoi, who was last seen in Isi Life Mein. Refusing to divulge more details, Dipannita only adds that ‘Pizza’ is a thriller and the audience will be taken by surprise at the end of the film. The model-turned-actress was last seen in 2012 film Jodi Breakers directed by Ashwini Chaudhary.

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