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Time was when Urmila Matondkar was Ram Gopal Verma’s favourite. And then they fell out—remember that much-talked about showdown with Ramu’s wife some time back?—only to kiss and make-up well in time. Company couldn’t accommodate her and Verma sort of compensated for it with the sizzling title track. And now, Ramu is reportedly teaming up with Urmi, again—in his just-announced flick Bhoot. And continuing with his loyalty to his protegés, Verma is most likely to include Vivek Oberoi in this film also. Hope Urmila makes the most of this “second life”. Is the film too about it?
Two years ago when Girish Karnad went to London as the director of the Nehru Center, many wondered if it was a waste of such a talented man. But Karnad hasn’t disappointed anybody—he used his time penning a new play, Bali—The Sacrifice, based on the Jain epic Somadeva Suri. The play, about man’s inclination towards violence, opens at the Leicester Haymarket next month, and promises a top cast, including Naseeruddin Shah.
We’re still awaiting his tinseltown debut, but in the meantime Ajay Jadeja’s on to a different inning. He’s now trying his skills in the hospitality industry by opening an Italian restaurant-cum-bar, Senso, or the sixth sense, in the capital. He’s upbeat about the project—the venture boasts of an Italian chef, and a veritable menu including Insalata (lettuce with mixed salad), Salmone (oven-baked salmon fillet with vegetables)... But Ajay, what’s up with Bollywood?
Wonder what’s Javed Akhtar doing in an animation film. The grapevine has it that he’s been signed on by Crest Communications—one of the top animation filmmakers in the country—for a film on the lines of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? But this one’s with the typical Bollywood twist. Apparently, the film’s a cross between a love story and a comedy. Did somebody say it was a hackneyed formula? Keep watching.
At least someone’s thinking of the social uses of Bharatanatyam. Padma Subramanyam wants to pull the art form out of stale academies and auditoriums and bring it to the roads. Literally. Her current off-season job: training Chennai’s 2,000-odd traffic cops in using hand signals. For a change Chennai’s cops will be dancing to the tune of someone other than Jayalalitha, who, incidentally, was also trained in Bharatanatyam.