Yash Chopra resumes romance with Kashmir

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who plays an armyman in the Yashraj Films' next, is on his maiden shooting assignment in the Valley for the untitled project which marks producer-director Yash Chopra's return to Kashmir after a gap of three decades.

Chopra, who last captured the Valley on-screen in Amitabh-Rakhee starrer 'Kabhie Kabhie' in 1976, had replaced Kashmir with Swiss Alps for his later films as the region struggled with militancy.

Shah Rukh arrived at the Srinagar International Airport this morning and then flew to south Kashmir tourist resort of Pahalgam for the shoot after completing his schedule in Ladakh.

SRK will shoot "for eight to 10 days" in the Valley, a source close to Chopra said.

Chopra, his wife Pamela and their son Aditya, have already arrived in Kashmir and have been camping at Pahalgam for the last two days along with the 100-odd shooting crew, the source said. Chopra will also shoot in north Kashmir Gulmarg tourist resort and along the banks of Dal Lake in the city.

SRK plays an Army bomb disposal expert Samar in the film, also starring Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma.

The untitled film marks Chopra's return to the direction after a gap of eight years and brings together the award winning pair of A R Rahman and Gulzar.

The film is scheduled for a Diwali release on November 13.

Sridevi's gift to her daughters


To make up for the time she was away from her daughters, Sridevi got them two cute puppies.
Sridevi who was busy shooting for English Vinglish directed by Gauri Shinde picked up two dog puppies on her way home as a small gift for both her daughters. This was because Sridevi had to stay away from her daughters for an elongated time.
For the very first time Sridevi's daughters couldn't accompany their mom. "It's known that Sridevi is extremely close to her daughters and she can't afford to leave them alone for one second. But due to her shooting schedule she couldn't take her daughters along with her. This guilt was taking her a little down and just to make for it, Sridevi got two dog puppies for both her daughters", confirms a source close to the film.
English Vinglish is an upcoming Indian drama film directed by debutant director Gauri Shinde and produced by R Balki. The film marks the comeback of Sridevi after a 14 year sabbatical. This film also marks the comeback of Sridevi to Tamil cinema after 26 years.
Sridevi plays the central role of a housewife, who enrolls for an English speaking course in order to please her husband and family. English Vinglish is all set to hit the screens on October 5, 2012.

Rajkumar Hirani loses his identity


Researching for his upcoming film P.K, the filmmaker was mistaken for Vidhu Vinod Chopra. That's how close they really are
Visiting astrologers and temples as a part of research for his upcoming film P.K., filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani realised just how close is his association with Vidhu Vinod Chopra is. An unsuspecting Raju, who was standing in a queue to enter a temple couldn't believe when a guy approached him and asked, "Hey, aren't you Vidhu Vinod Chopra?" His explanations fell on deaf ears. Recalling the incident, Raju told us, "I had cut my moustache since I didn't want to be recognised. A guy mistook me for Vidhu Vinod Chopra. I tried to tell him that I wasn't, but he just wouldn't listen. Bahut der ke baad he left and he still wasn't convinced about my identity."
"In fact, researching for the film had been a lot of fun," revealed the filmmaker. "P.K. is about God and godmen. It's a satire that is very close to me and Abhijat Joshi who writes with me. We have incorporated many incidents that we experienced in real life. The audience identifies with them," he added.
Interestingly, Raju is a self-proclaimed agnostic. "I do go to a temple or a church at times but that's just because I feel peaceful there," he explained and continued to talk about his next venture.
When we pointed out the vast age difference between his lead actors Aamir Khan and Anushka Sharma (24), he simply said, "The concept of P.K. doesn't underline how old these two are in real life. Even the height is immaterial." But there's another role in the film that requires a younger hero. And though he is reportedly looking at Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh or Imran Khan to fit the bill, the slot is still empty.
"I'm in two minds whether to cast an established star or a newcomer. I want to finish a major chunk that doesn't require Aamir in October. This I shall shoot in Italy with Anushka. Aamir would join me in December," he told us.
About Aamir's son Junaid who will be working as an assistant to him, Raju said, "Aamir called me up and asked if Junaid could work with me on P.K. I was game. That boy has an eye for detail and very good research and organisational skills. Aamir said that he shouldn't be given any preferential treatment and I should treat him like any other AD. Junaid gets his share of scolding too."

SOURCE - TIMES OF INDIA

It's Shahrukh Khan versus Ajay Devgn this Diwali


Superstar Shahrukh Khan and Ajay Devgan are all set to lock horns at the box-office this Diwali as their respective films will hit theatres on the same day.

SRK's untitled Yash Chopra directed film and Devgn's "Son Sardaar" is slated to release on November 13.

Besides the two stars, both the films boasts of a huge cast and their first look/trailor has also managed to generate buzz amongst the audience.

"Son of Sardaar" directed by Ashwini Dhir is an action-comic film and stars Sonakshi Sinha, Juhi Chawla and Sanjay Dutt in lead roles.

Besides SRK, the Yash Raj Films project has Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma playing leading ladies.

The SRK starrer also marks Chopra's return to the direction after a gap of eight years. His last film as a director was "Veer-Zaara" in 2004.

It also bings together the award-winning pair of A R Rahman and Gulzar.
SOURCE - TIMES OF INDIA

Kareena’s birthday surprise for Madhur


Director Madhur Bhandarkar is known to be a very private person when it comes to his birthday. But this year actress Kareena Kapoor decided to celebrate his birthday in her style.
On Sunday, while dubbing for the upcoming film Heroine, Kareena surprised Madhur with a birthday cake and invited all the crew of the film to wish the director on his special day.

Madhur was pleasantly surprised! "I am either working or out on a family trip on my birthday. It was very sweet of Bebo to give me this birthday surprise," said Madhur.

What is interesting to note is that the first day of the shoot of the film Heroine began with actor Arjun Rampal's birthday, it was Madhur's birthday on Sunday and the film will release on Kareena's birthday.

Coincidence or a perfect match this team! UTV Motion Pictures and Bhandarkar Production's Heroine will release on 21st September.

Shakun Batra to direct a drama film for Karan Johar?

Shakun Batra, who made his debut as a director with Karan Johar's home production -- 'Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu' -- is all set to wield the megaphone again for a drama film.

Earlier, Shakun started worked as an assistant director in films like 'Rock On', 'Jaane Tu..Ya Jaane Na'. For his debut he brought together the unusual pair of Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan. The film produced by Dharma Productions was a hit.

"I have a three film contract with Dharma Productions. I would be making two-three films for them. I am toying with few ideas but nothing is concrete yet. I have two-three ideas that are something new and different," Shakun told PTI.

"It won't be like a romantic film. It won't be out-an-out romantic-comedy film. All the three ideas have one thing - drama, they deal with drama. They talk about day-to-day human things. All I can say is I am working towards the ideas that I have in my mind," he said.

However Shakun clarifies that he is not going to make a heavy dose film, with social issues. "Scripting takes 6-8 months, then finding actors. So my next film will happen only next year," he said. Presently, Shakun is busy working for a short film. "Currently I am working with Karan on a short film. I can't talk about it. Next few months I will be occupied with this," he said.

SOURCE - TIMES OF INDIA

Sanjay Dutt is back in Zanjeer



Pran had immortalised the role of the crook with a golden heart, Sher Khan in Prakash Mehra's 1973 blockbuster Zanjeer. And though initially, Sanjay Dutt was reportedly set to reprise the role in its remake, it was Arjun Rampal who bagged it. And now, back from a miraculous physical makeover, Dutt is back in his pal Apoorva Lakhia's film.
We found out that on Saturday afternoon, Arjun opted out of the project. "Yes unfortunately I am opting out of Zanjeer. The dates were clashing with Nikhil Advani's film. It was getting too cut-to-cut for me. The only window I had this year for Zanjeer was in July. But that got pushed ahead. Now it would be unfair of me to ask them to wait until next year for my dates. Sher Khan is an iconic character. Any actor would be happy to play him," the actor told us.

'Bheja Fry' director-Vinay Pathak to team up again?


Director Sagar Ballary and actor Vinay Pathak, who have worked together in 'Kachha Limboo' and the hit 'Bheja Fry' series are likely to team up for the fourth time for a comedy film.

"I am almost done with my script. It is a comedy film. We have approached people...we are in the process of casting. Once the cast and other things are in place we will announce it in the coming 15-20 days," Sagar told PTI.

"We are working on two-three other scripts simultaneously. One is a comedy film and hopefully we would be going ahead with it first. It will go on floors this year," he said.

Out of the four films that Sagar has directed, three of them featured Vinay. "Hopefully yes, he (Vinay) will be part of the film, provided we get his dates. All I can is that the actors in this film are good..can't say if they are big or are newcomers. We are trying to get the dates of actors and then we will start shooting," he said refusing talk further about the 'comedy' film.

After making the audiences laugh out loud with 'Bheja Fry' in 2007, Sagar returned after four years to hit the chord with sequel 'Bheja Fry 2'. As 'Bheja Fry 2' was a moderate success at box office, Sagar is not in a hurry for the third installment.

"Recently Vinay and I met ...we were discussing about the third part, but we don't want to rush into things. We would like to take the franchise ahead. The third part has to be as good and interesting as the previous two films, only then we will go ahead," Sagar said.

"Its too early to talk about anything on this," he said. 'Bheja Fry' revolved around Bharat Bhushan played by Vinay Pathak, a tax inspector who is looking to fulfil his long cherished dream of becoming a singer. While, In 'Bheja Fry 2', the idiot's (Vinay) journey continues abroad which had a bigger star cast and higher budget. The film starred Vinay, Kay Kay Menon, Minissha Lamba, Suresh Menon and Amol Gupte.

SOURCE - TIMES OF INDIA

Sonam, Dhanush to play younger lovers in 'Raanjhnaa'


Tamil superstar Dhanush who is 29 in real life and Sonam Kapoor who is 26, would be playing 17-year olds in an important segment of Aanand Kumar's love story Raanjhnaa.

The earlier plan was to cast two teenagers as the younger versions of Sonam and Dhanush's career. But the hunt for the right face and body language proved futile. Says a source, "Aanand wanted to cast two younger actors who would be convincing as younger avatars of Dhanush and Sonam. But getting the same facial features and correct body language turned out to be daunting task. It was then that Dhanush and Sonam suggested they try to portray their younger versions themselves." And now the lead pair of Raanjhnaa are all set to knock off a decade from their respective ages for the camera.

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