'I was apprehensive about using slangs'

'I was apprehensive about using slangs'

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'I was apprehensive about using slangs'

Mouthing expletives for her role in Ishqiya embarrassed Vidya Balan as she says she never uses foul language in real life. “Oh! I was very apprehensive while using those slangs. I have never used them in my life but I had to because the script demanded the same. When you see the movie, you will understand that it is justified.  The movie belongs to a certain terrain where slangs are a part of the lingo,” says Vidya.
The actress also revealed that she never rehearsed on the sets because of the heavy dose of slangs in the dialogues.

“I never rehearsed on the sets as I used to feel awkward. So I used to come prepared on the sets and once the director used to say action, I used to forget everything and everyone. All my inhibitions used to go away and I used to deliver my dialogues perfectly. This is what happens to me when the camera starts rolling,” she adds.

Set in eastern Uttar Pradesh, Ishqiya is a tale of romance between individuals caught in a web of crime, suspense, passion and deceit.

Directed by first time director Abhishek Chaubhey and produced by Vishal Bhardwaj, the film also stars Arshad Warsi and Naseeruddin Shah. In Ishqiya, Vidya is paired with Arshad and plays a village woman.

“As I am playing a rural girl called Krishna, my look is very much deglamourised. It is an interesting role with many shades,” says Vidya. Dismissing rumours that some parts of Ishqiya are being re-shot, she says, “I don’t understand where people get such baseless news. It is complete nonsense.”

The actress, who has been seen in movies like Parineeta, Heyy Babyy and Bhool Bhulaiyaa, will soon be seen in Paa in which she plays Amitabh Bachchan’s mother and Abhishek Bachchan’s wife.

Thanking R Balakrishnan, the director of Paa for convincing her to do this
role, she exclaims, “It was Balki’s conviction to make me do this role. When I read
the script, I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to do this. But all thanks to Balki, I am proud that I am a part of this project,” she said.

Releasing on December 4, Paa is an emotional story of a father-son relationship and Amitabh will be seen as Abhishek’s 13-year-old son Auro, who is suffering from a rare disease, progeria, which accelerates ageing.


Love amidst campaigns

Mallika Sherawat, who is hobnobbing with the Hollywood crowd, is all set to star in a film based on the US President Barack Obama’s political campaign. The film by Doug McHenry is a romantic, political comedy titled Love, Barack.

The film tracks the romance between a Democratic campaign volunteer and her Republican counterpart in the run-up to last year’s US presidential election.

The principal photography for the film will kick off in Los Angeles on January 13. Mallika’s  character Aretha Gupta, is based on Kamala Harris, the attorney general of San  Francisco.

Maharaja Features

Spreading warmth around

Sanjay Dutt is one actor in the industry, who is known for his big heart and kindness, and he proved this in Cape Town where he was shooting for his upcoming movie No Problem.

During the shoot of this new venture, director Anees Bazmee was in for an unpleasant surprise when he realised that the weather condition was chillier than he expected.

When this was brought to Sanju’s attention, he immediately purchased a jacket from a popular mall in the area and gifted it to his director, which interestingly was a good close to worth $5000, say sources. Quite obviously, Anees was completely taken aback by this gesture shown by Sanju baba.

Well Sanju surely knows how to spread ‘warmth’ to the people around him!

When Rafi sang in Marathi

From Hemant kumar to Mohammed Rafi, Shailendra Singh to Shreya Ghoshal, artistes at the peak of their mainstream Hindi career have volunteered to sing Marathi songs.
In fact, Mohammed Rafi’s first film song was a Marathi song called Arre He Dukhi Jeeva. It was was composed by Raj Thackeray’s father Shrikant Thackeray.

Says lyricist Vinayak Rahatekar, recalling the sitting that took place at the singer’s Bandra residence, “It was such a wonderful confluence of cultures.

Rafi sahib had a genuine problem pronouncing the fluid Marathi cha, so I wrote the entire song without using that syllable. He could not read Marathi very well.

So Shrikant Thackeray, who was adept at Urdu, wrote the lyrics in that language to help him.”

First of its kind

Crackers, an animated film, based on the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, held its muhurat with a song recording with Shaan and Hariharan. Directed and produced by Anil Goyal under the banner of R T M Technologies, Crackers is destined to be India’s first 3-D full length animation feature film with 4-D Technology.

It’s scheduled to release before the end of the year 2010. The film is being made in India using professional animation talent for which India has been a known outsourcing destination by the leading Hollywood film studios.

The story is by Priyank Dubey and the music is by Dilip Sen. Songs are done by singers like Shaan, Shreya Goshal, Hariharan, Pamela Jain, Raja Hasan and Jolly Mukherjee.