The king khan of Bollywood, Shahrukh Khan, came along with the Bachchans for the world premier of Raavan. Thousands of fans on Wednesday night were gathered at the British Film Institute in London for the premier. However, they were present there to catch a glimpse of the two superstars Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan. Raavan is directed by the veteran director Mani Ratnam, and also features the Tamil superstar Vikram.
On Sunday, Amitabh updated twitter by saying, “Shahrukh, Abhishek probably spoke to you about London premier of Raavan, see you, Gauri and the kids there. Good that you are coming.” Shahrukh was in London, shooting for his upcoming movie Ra One.
Abhishek is overwhelmed with the response and he said, “It is wonderful, look at the reception we have got. We are feeling on top of the world and so happy that we came to London to premier the film.”
Famous filmmaker Karan Johar will start shooting for the sequel of Dostana, which is a lighthearted tale of three friends, this summer. The lead actors of this movie are Banished Bachchan and John Abraham. Karan recently posted on his micro blogging site Twitter, “Dostana 2 starts filming this summer. The final cast will be announced at the end of the monthâ€¦of course AB and John lead the way.”
The filmmaker whose last release was Shahrukh Khan starrer My Name is Khan. Karan is still completing the last shooting schedule of his untitled film with Kajol, Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Rampal. This upcoming movie is an adaptation of the Chris Columbus comedy drama Stepmom. Karan also posted on Twitter, “Sonam Kapoor’s last shooting day today for I Hate Luv Storiesâ€¦one song with Imran Khan left and it’s a film wrapâ€¦summer release.”
Abhishek Bachchan is sporting a new metro sexual look for his debut television show. The show is aired on Colors Channel the show is called the National Bingo Night. Junior Bachchan is seen wearing a baby pink color jacket for the promotional shoot of the show. Although, this will not be the first time, where Abhishek is sporting the metro sexual look, he had the same identical style in movies like, Dostana and Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna.
Fox Television Studios India Pvt. Ltd. produces the National Bingo Night. Abhishek is very excited about his show and says, “It is a fun-filled show where the whole country will be my guest without applying any brains or answer any difficult questions. This is such a chilled out concept and something that has never been done before in India. The sheer simplicity of the idea and the fact that this show is highly interactive is what attracted me to it.”
This game show will have two fast rounds of the very popular game Bingo. The formal launch of this show was done by a lot of marketing activates and promos on the channel. Since few weeks, the viewers could see Abhishek resting in a chair or sleeping on the bed, announcing the launch of his aaram classes. Abhishek said, “The idea here is that it is a show which is to be enjoyed by relaxing. That is why we came up with the concept of Aaram Classes. We want the people to chill out and enjoy this game. There is absolutely no stress, no tension involved at all. So tune in to learn â€˜aaramâ€™ and get ready for Bingo.”
It is still not decided when to launch the show. The format of this show is by 20th Fox Television Distribution, since it was very successful in Philippines, Australia and US.
Abhishek Bachchan and Kareena Kapoor who were last seen together in 2003 in Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon might come together for Abbas Mustan’s next film. The film is not titled yet but is the remake of Italian Job (2003).
Currently the director duo is working on the script but they already have the actors on their mind. Despite Abhishek and Kareena, the cast of the film will also include Neil Nitin Mukesh and Katrina Kaif. If all goes well, we will be seeing two leading ladies of Bollywood in one film as well as Abhishek and Kareena together after six years.
Revealing about the film, one source said, “Initially talks were on with Saif Ali Khan, but the actor did not have dates, and was replaced with Jr. Bachchan. Although Saifeena’s chemistry would have sizzled onscreen, it would be nice to watch Abhishek and Kareena after their last movie Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon in 2003. Both the actors made their debut together in Refugee and have been in the industry for years but have only featured in two films till today.”
However a source close to the directors said, “The directors always had Kareena in mind. They have managed to rope in Katrina too. After a long time, one will see two top actresses’ of Bollywood in the same film. The movie will go on floors in April and like every Abbas-Mustan’s film, this flick will also be shot lavishly on a big budget at international locations. Although the director-duo is in the scripting process, they are clear about the cast of their film.”
Studio 18 holds the rights of the film The Italian Job (2003). Sandeep Bhargava, CEO of the studio said, “We have the 2003 rights of The Italian Job. Abbas-Mustan is in the scripting process and are going to direct the film. They are the line producers and The Indian Film Company is the presenter. The movie will go on floors sometime next year.”
Is the star cast finalised? “The directors are still working on the script and until the script isn’t ready we can’t approach any actors,” he said.
However when asked to Zahid, manager of Bebo, he replied, “She has not signed the movie.”
One might have seen the promising chemistry between them when Abhishek Bachchan handed over the Filmfare’s Best Sensational Female Debut to Asin early this year. The instant might also have inspired director Ashutosh Gowariker to cast them together for his next venture Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se. The film is inspired from Chittagong Uprising and is set to shot in Goa. It has got 60 days schedule in Goa. Shooting for it will start from November 3.
However Abhishek might fly back and forth to Mumbai on weekends to be with wife Aishwarya and to promote his upcoming Paa. We also heard that Jr. Bachchan misses his parents too when he is away for long time. Spending time with his loving parents keeps the actor in good mood.
Mani Ratnam’s forthcoming film Raavana has always been in news because of its exotic shooting in the jungles of Kerala and also because of its hot lead couple Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai. Now story has got its new character, Bipasha Basu playing Mandodri (wife of Ravan). Ravan is being played by Abhishek.
Ever since the film started its shooting there has been curiosities about who will play Mandodri. Mandodri was top most beloved wife of Ravan, who always tried to bring Ravan back on the religious path.
One source revealed, “Bipasha immediately said ‘yes’ to the role. Actually, she had agreed to do it a month back. But Mani Ratnam had given strict instructions to her to keep quiet about it.”
“Bipasha’s costumes are ready. She is very happy with her look for the film. She is looking forward to joining the Raavana unit,” added the source.
When quizzed to Bipasha, she confirmed it and said, “Bipasha has not only an item number in the film but also a proper role, which can be termed as a special appearance. Right now, she is shooting for Priyadarashan’s film with Akshaye Khanna and Ajay Devgan. She will be shooting for 20 days for Raavana.”
The role was first offered to Sushmita Sen, but she refused to do it. May be because of the old rival Aishwarya is playing lead in the film. Meanwhile, Bips will start shooting for her part from mid of September.
Film Paa originated on the sets of Cheeni Kum, when director Balki inspired by an interesting conversation between the Bachchan father-son duo. The unusual thing about the film is that it casts Amitabh as Abhishek’s son in the film.
The real life father-son duo plays the exact opposite characters in Balki’s forthcoming film Paa. The idea came to the directorâ€™s mind when he listened to the real life conversation between Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan.
Talking about the unconventional script, Balki said, “One day during the shooting of Cheeni Kum, when I was discussing scenes with Amitji, Abhishek walked in. That’s when I saw Abhishek, who’s known as the brat, having a serious conversation with his father. In fact, at that moment, he came across as the more mature of the two. And I thought why not explore their relationship in that light? That’s how the role reversal happened.”
At the time the director was not aware about progeria, which is a congenital abnormality which shows premature and rapid aging of a person.
“I only knew a son of a friend whose hormones were developing faster than normal. That friend put me on to a doctor who deals with child-growth issues. He told me about progeria,” said the director.
This little information made the director to use as basis for his movie and so he began his research in that way. Balki said, “I found out about this family in Kolkata where four of the children suffered from progeria. I then contacted the Progeria Research Foundation, who provided a lot of matter. It happens in one out of eight million cases. But finally I decided not to do a fully authentic representation of the ailment. We’ve resorted to a lot of artistic licence.”
Amitabh who is playing the role of the victim of rapid-aging disease in the film has shown as tall as he is in real life, which is not a real case with the progeria patients.
Balki explained, “Normally, a progeria patient can’t be that tall. So Paa is not a hundred per cent authentic representation of the disease. It’s more an emotional father-son story with the ailment as a backdrop. I haven’t gone into details of the disease.”
It’s now official that, it’s not Abhishek Bachchan but Hrithik Roshan to play Amitabh Bachchan’s historic role of Vijay Dinanath Chauhan in the remake of Agneepath. Amitabh Bachchan is such an iconic figure, that any young actor would bid to play his role.
Hrithik was so keen to play Big B’s role that he put aside his previous commitment that is of Vishal Bharadwaj’s next film. His schedule was fixed that after Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Guzaarish, he will go for Vishal Bharadwaj’s film. But now he will first go for the remake of Agneepath. However Vishal will wait for him. Till he completes the remake, Vishal will go for some other subject with some other actor.
A source said, “Vishal had already spoken to Hrithik about his next film but as Hrithik will first do Agneepath, the filmmaker too decided to go ahead with another subject that he had in mind with a different actor. Vishal is willing to wait for Hrithik to star in the film they had earlier discussed as he is keen to work on that particular subject only with Hrithik. Hrithik too had loved Vishal’s script which is why they had agreed in principle to work together. Hrithik will start Vishal’s film but at a later stage.”
Karan Johar will produce the film, while Karan Malhotra who has been associated with Karan Johar for a long time will direct the film.
Previously we posted that producer Karan Johar approached actor Hrithik Roshan to play the role of Vijay Dinanath Chauhan in the remake of 90’s Amitabh Bachchan starrer Agneepath. But, Hrithik refused to do it and finally the role went to Abhishek Bachchan and so Abhishek is excited to put into the shoes of his dad. Many times Abhishek said in his interviews that Agneepath is one of his favourite films, so he is naturally overjoyed to do the film.
A source revealed, “Abhishek has said in many of his interviews that Agneepath is his favourite film. Naturally, he was overjoyed when Karan asked him to play the role which his father has originally played. It has always been Abhishekâ€™s dream to do once what his father has done in his career, and he sees Agneepath as the perfect opportunity.”
However Hrithik turned down the offer due to his busy schedule. Hrithik soon will get busy with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Guzaarish, so he said to Karan to go ahead with some other actor.
It’s a big day for the debutant Jackky Bhagnani, as his first film Kal Kisne Dekha is releasing today. And the actor is anxious as well as excited about it. Talking about the film Jackky said, “I have given my most sincere efforts. The rest is in God’s and the audience’ hands. Whatever comes out of it will be my learning experience.”
The film is produced by his producer father Vasu Bhagnani, under the banner Puja Films. The film has a youth flavour, which tells the story of a simple but sharp boy Nihal Singh (Jackky Bhagnani) from Chandigarh with dreams on his high, who eventually falls in love with Meesha (Vaishali Desai), a spoilt brat from his college.
Today the audience will give their verdict, but the actor wants say thanks to them who helped him through the process. “Obviously my parents. Then there is Zayed Khan who helped me with my workouts. Arjun Rampal who gave me tips on losing weight. And Salman Khan, who literally pushed me into becoming what I am. I showed Abhishek ( Bachchan) bhaiyya some portions of my film, and he guided me with his valuable inputs,” said the actor.
Jackky feels himself as an underdog as he says, “I may have been an obese kid, who weighed 130kgs, but today, with a muscular 70 kgs physique, I know what I want to be.”
Jackky loves romantic comedies and one day want to work with Priyanka Chopra to whom he found hot. “I believe cinema is about feeling good and being transported to a different world. It’s about packaging the substance with a good dose of entertainment. Hence, I would like to do more romcoms. I find Priyanka Chopra really hot. Hope I can do a film with her soon,” adds the actor with blush.