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Move over theatre, the first silver screen presentation on the 40-day Kargil war from Bollywood is almost ready. Directed by Tinu Anand, the Rs 20 crore extravaganza—shot extensively in the upper reaches of Manali—has Sunny Gadar Deol, Tabu and the sexy Malaika Arora. The producers have aptly titled it Ma Tujhe Salaam. Is A.R. Rahman listening, especially when the title is a straight lift from one of his popular chartbusters of 2000? Our resident little birdie also tells us that even Amisha Patel is vying for a role in the magnum opus.
It’s Bollywood on her own terms. Filmmaker Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding, starring Naseeruddin Shah and Soni Razdan, will hit Indian screens in October this year. Shot using a hand-held camera, the film is about an Indian family that reunites after a long time for a wedding in Delhi. If you missed a song and dance sequence in Kamasutra, here’s your chance to see it Mira Nair style.
Celina Jaitley is on a roll these days. Just two days after she landed in Mumbai after a none-too-memorable Miss World pageant, our lady signed on the dotted line for Kalyug. A few days later she signed another film, this time opposite Ajay Jadeja and Sunil Shetty. And, now we hear that she’s replaced Ash in Feroze Khan’s home production with Fardeen. Some signing spree, no?
Bhangra pop star Sukhbir Singh has a new problem at hand. Pakistan intelligence agencies are reportedly unhappy with his rising popularity on their soil and they see more to his stage shows than mere entertainment hungamas. At last count, Sukhbir had visited the country 33 times in the recent past and is apparently very chummy with a number of important Pak personalities. Anyone special?
Shyam Benegal and Govinda may be two ends of a spectrum but if everything goes well, the improbable will happen soon—Benegal will direct Govinda in what he calls “a socio-political satire”. But will the star known to be the least professional character in the industry match up to Benegal’s standards? That will be question number one.
Here’s a fervent appeal which you just cannot ignore. Child prodigy Tathagat Avtar Tulsi, fresh from Germany after a meeting with Nobel laureates, says Indian scientists were nasty with him and hatched a conspiracy to advertise his degrees as fake. Says he: “The 16 scientists were rude with me because I refused to share my theories with them. I don’t need to prove my calibre to them, but at least they should have been with me when I needed them the most.” Is anyone listening?