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BOLLYWOOD | Guftugu | JUNE 2011

AMITABH BACHCHAN: Not Qualified Enough to Write a Book
DEEPIKA: Learning “Shudh” Hindi, Tough
SHAH RUKH: Don’t Mind Salman Imitating DDLJ Scene
TMK Debacle - A Lesson: Farah Khan

AMITABH BACHCHAN: Not Qualified Enough to Write a Book

He updates his blog everyday with tidbits from his life and also shares himself on Twitter and voice blog, but Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan is not ready to pen his autobiography.

“I don’t think I am qualified enough to write a book,” said the 68-year-old actor when asked whether he plans to write an autobiography.

Bachchan, who paid a visit to the Oxford University recently, said he saw some “incredible manuscripts they have preserved in their archive – the Magnacarta, translations of Shakuntala.” He also saw Kalidasa, and the very first manuscript of print edition of Shakespeare’s plays.

“It was very educative to know, they have taken such a keen interest in Indian languages, Indian philosophy and Indian religion. It was a very exciting day.”

Big B, who was here to launch his voice blogging service, Bachchan Bol, said he started his voice blog in India a year ago which helps fans find out more about his life.

“Bachchan Bol empowers me with a personal platform on which I can connect and ‘speak’ directly with my fans across the country anywhere and anytime.

“This is my bol/diary... my way... from my films to my family, from my country to my city, who will be able to hear about it all, in my own voice, in my own diary, direct to you on your mobile phone,” Bachchan said.

There are already 2.5 million subscribers to Bachchan Bol in India which is expected to grow to 10 million in the next six months.

Asked about his forthcoming films, Bachchan told PTI, “There are two - ‘Buddha Hoga Tera Baap’, a light hearted film made by Puri Jagannath. He is a prominent Telugu film director, who is making his first Hindi Film.

“The film is ready for release around July 1. It stars Hema Malini, Ravina Tandon, Sonu Sood and myself. The music by Vishal-Shekhar.

“The other project is Prakash Jha’s ‘Arakshan’. It is on the education system in the country and it covers many aspects of what reservation means now.”

Asked how he sees the future of Bollywood, Bachchan said, “There is more recognition worldwide for Bollywood. We have the largest clientele - 3.8 billion against 3.2 for Hollywood.”



Actress Priyanka Chopra and veteran actor Dharmendra alongwith his sons Sunny and Bobby will be performing at the  IIFA function to be held in Toronto, in June.

The awards weekend, to be held between June 23 and 25, will begin with the screening of Sanjay Dutt starrer comedy Double Dhamaal as the IIFA World Premiere film.

The Weekend will conclude with the awards ceremony where the Deol trio will perform before a capacity audience at Rogers Center. The three will groove to the music from their recent film ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana.’

“I look forward to the glamorous IIFA presentation ceremony every year. This year will be particularly special for me as I will be performing with my sons for the first time on a live stage. We hope our fans in Canada enjoy it,” said Dharmendra.

Priyanka, who will also deliver a dazzling performance, said, “Toronto is going to be unbelievable with over 12,000 screaming fans in attendance. It is a great opportunity for me personally to represent Indian Cinema on such a large and international scale.”


DEEPIKA: Learning “Shudh” Hindi, Tough

Actress Deepika Padukone, who is charged up for Prakash Jha’s Aarakshan, which is based on the issue of reservation, says that learning shudh (chaste) Hindi was a difficult task.

“Considering the desi touch of the film, the language that the film demanded was difficult. This film it is not a regular Hindi film like Love Aaj Kal or some of my earlier films. This film demanded chaste Hindi and I had to work hard on this aspect before the dubbing started,” Deepika said.

For portraying the character in Aarakshan, Deepaka was required to speak pure Hindi as well as Sanskrit, which made the leggy actress take lessons to improve her Hindi diction.

Directed by Jha, the movie is centered on Supreme Court’s order on reservations and how it affects the lives of the characters in the film. The film has a star-cast of bigwigs like Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Manoj Bajpai with Prateik Babbar and Deepika in pivotal roles.

‘Aarakshan’ is the story of Prabhakar Anand (Amitabh) who is an idealistic principal of a college.

His disciple Deepak Kumar (Saif) can do anything for Prabhakar, is in love with Prabhakar’s daughter Poorbi (Deepika). The role of Deepak’s loyal friend Sushant is played by Prateik.

About her role, Deepika said, “I play Poorbi Anand, who is very independent. She knows her mind well, but finds herself in conflict when it comes to her family, father and friends. The character does not know which direction to follow. The issue the film addresses itself is different from the films I have done before.”

The film is set to release on August 12.


SHAH RUKH: Don’t Mind Salman Imitating DDLJ Scene

Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan is unperturbed despite reports that Salman Khan will imitate the famous train sequence involving him and Kajol from ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’ in his upcoming flick ‘Bodyguard’.

The actor said that he has no issues with Salman copying the scene and added that he is indeed happy that his movies inspire people from the industry.

“I believe the credit goes to Aditya Chopra and he has all the reasons to be flattered. But it’s nice as I want to make people smile with my movies and if my films in turn inspire them, I am happy about it,” Shahrukh told reporters here.

“I feel movies like ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’ and ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’ changed the entire scene of romantic movies in the 90s,” he said.

Apparently Salman has shot a scene similar to the one in DDLJ, in which Raj (Shahrukh) pulls Simran (Kajol) aboard a moving train, with London belle Hazel Keech for ‘Bodyguard’.

The scene was reportedly shot recently at Mumbai Central station.

24-year old Hazel, who hails from London and is of Indian-British parentage, makes her Bollywood debut with the film.

‘Bodyguard’ is a romantic-action film directed by Siddique. A remake of the director’s own 2010 Malayalam film, ‘Bodyguard’ is being produced by Atul Agnihotri and stars Salman and Kareena Kapoor in lead roles.

The film is slated to release on August 31 this year.


TMK Debacle - A Lesson: Farah Khan

Unperturbed by the failure of her last outing ‘Tees Maar Khan’, Indian choreographer-director Farah Khan says that she has decided to turn it into a learning experience.

“I got awards for choreography of ‘Tees Maar Khan’ but it does not balance out things. ‘Tees Maar Khan’ did not reach the level of success that my previous two films had got. There was huge expectation from the film. But I don’t have any regrets about the film,” Farah told PTI in an interview.

“The audience expected more than what I delivered. I have learnt from my failures. It just helps you later. Every one goes through failure it is part and parcel of your life. I had a stumbling block but I am sure I have a stepping stone ahead,” Farah said.

‘Tees Maar Khan’, starring Akshay Kumar did not create magic at the box office but dance number ‘Sheila ki Jawani’, featuring Katrina Kaif, became very popular and topped the music charts.

Now, Farah is set to direct her fourth movie. “I will direct a film. I am still working on it. The shooting will begin next year. Star cast has not been finalised,” she said.

Meanwhile, the 46-year-old is also makes her acting debut opposite Boman Irani in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s sister Bela’s film ‘Shirin Farhad’. In the past, the choreographer-director shared a love-hate relation.

“I don’t say no to anything...after all you just get one life so why not do your best. When I was offered the film, I thought he (Sanjay) was pulling my leg,” Farah said.

Farah has won the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) award for Best Choreography for the ‘Munni Badnam Hui’ song from superhit Salman-Sonakshi starrer ‘Dabangg’.

“It feels good that your work has been acknowledged.

The item song trend did exist also right from ‘Mehbooba Mehbooba’ of ‘Sholay’. It is not a new trend that I have started. Its just that two of my songs have become popular. I haven’t seen this kind of phenomenon. May be because name of two women -’Munni’ and ‘Sheila’ were there in the song thats why people liked it,” Farah quipped.



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