Thursday, 13 October 2011

Rana Daggubati to play a cop

Rana Daggubati is all set to play a tough cop in Ramgopal Varma's Department. He will be seen beating up the baddies in his khaki vardi as Shiv Narayan.

 Rana Daggubati

The film starring Amitabh Bachchan andSanjay Dutt is a cop film about a special cops are summoned to tackle with the underworld problem . Rana met many cops in Mumbai to research for his role and has taken inspiration from them . He has been talking to them about their frame of mind while on encounters and observing their body language. He should've simply seen Dabangg and Singham, no?

Shahid Kapoor to do a Tom Cruise

Sporting the Tom Cruise Top Gun look in his father's directorial debut Mausam may not have won the film good reviews, but has certainly helped Shahid Kapoor bag the biggest project of his career.

In the official Hindi remake of Cruise's 2010 romantic action comedy Knight And Day, Fox Studios has decided to cast the young actor. The film that is ready to go on floors next year will be directed by Siddharth Anand.

Knight And Day, directed by James Mangoldfollows the adventures of a spy on the run played by Tom Cruise and a car restorer June Havens played by Cameron Diaz. Explaining why Fox Star, the original producers of the film decided to cast Shahid in the lead role, a source told Mumbai Mirror, "Fox Studios feels that Shahid has immense potential to carry out Tom Cruise's histrionics convincingly. They find him to be an actor who can portray a gamut of emotions if and when required."

According to the source, Shahid, who suffered a setback after his last film failed to generate the expected response at the box office gave his nod of approval for this project immediately. "Also, Shahid is very close to Anand. They share a very good equation. They have worked on some television commercials together," added the source.

Though Cruise's shoes have been filled, Cameron Diaz's place yes yet up for grabs. "The leading lady is yet to be finalised. The official announcement is on its way. They will announce it soon enough as they want to go on floors next year," said the source.

Earlier, it was reported that Shahid would work with Anand in a Tips film that would be based on Knight And Day. However, considering the original producers have cast the actor in the official Hindi remake of the same film, this no longer holds true. Our source explained, "Yes, the Tips project is on track.

However, it is not along the lines of Knight and Day. Moreover, a lot of things about that film have to be still worked out."

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Shahid-Anushka to romance again

His directorial venture Band Baaja Baarat, produced by YRF, made Anushka Sharma an overnight star. And now we hear that Maneesh Sharma is already chalking out plans for his third collaboration with YRF.

Shahid Kapoor and Anushka Sharma

Reportedly, the director has decided to get the production house's blue-eyed girl Anushka and her Badmaash Company. co-star Shahid Kapoorto star in the project.

A source informed us that Sharma, who is currently filming his second YRF project Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl, has simultaneously been working on his next romantic comedy, slated to go on floors next year. The source explained, "The last time that Anushka and Shahid worked together was in the YRF production, Badmaash Company.

Their on-screen chemistry was so convincing that many thought that it stemmed from an off-screen romance. And after watching Shahid's performance in Mausam, YRF and Maneesh decided that Anushka and Sasha were an apt pair for the film."

Reportedly, Anushka and Shahid are currently trying to adjust their dates for the same. "The film has been scripted by Jaideep Sahni, who also wrote the scripts of the three blockbusters - Chak De, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Bunty Aur Babli," added the source.

When contacted, YRF spokesperson said, "Maneesh is still shooting Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl. He will complete his next script and finalise the cast after the release of Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl, on December 9."

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Katrina Kaif turns singer for Dhoom 3

Katrina Kaif's dream of taking her mother, brother and sisters on a long vacation has to be put on hold for the time being.

After completing the current schedule of Ek Tha Tiger in Dublin, the actress will have to start preparing for her character in Dhoom 3 in the month that she had kept aside for her family holiday.

According to sources, Katrina has received an urgent return-to-duty call from Yashraj Films to not just learn some heavy-duty stunts but also exercise her vocal cords for her role in the sequel to Dhoom.

The actress will need to undertake para gliding lessons and a full-fledged singing course for the project. "Katrina has to go one up on the last Dhoom heroine Aishwarya Rai. That's a tall order in itself," informed a source.

Katrina, who had been planning to sing for Ali Zaqfar's album has yet been uninitiated into the realm of music. This will be the first time Katrina will sing for herself in a film.

Apart from the singing, Katrina it seems has a lot of pending work for the same film. She will need to discuss with Aditya Chopra and director Vijay Krishna Acharya about the look, body language, spoken language and attitude of her character in the project.

In fact, the singing portions of her character are now being worked out, waiting for Katrina to come down and lend her voice. Katrina remained unavailable for comment.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Salman recommended Mahek's name for Bigg Boss

Circa 2007, with a forgettable role in Nayee Padosan and an item number in Chameli under her belt, Mahek Chahal's career was not really the talk of the town. Enter Salman Khan, and her name was being recommended to filmmakers across the industry. Needless to say, the girl soon warmed up to her knight in shining armour. 

Mahek Chahal

Cut to 2011, Mahek sitting with her family in Norway gets a call from Bigg Boss season 5. Interestingly, sources from the industry reveal that this time too, it was the same Knight who helped get her out of Norway.

A source told Mumbai Mirror, "Mahek was very disappointed with the way that Bollywood treated her. She felt that she deserved a better deal and moved back to Norway. Salman was still in touch with her. In fact it was he who recommended her name to the producers of Bigg Boss."

"Bigg Boss 5 is definitely a big ticket for Mahek. She could become a household name. Salman obviously informed Mahek asked whether she was interested in joining the show. Mahek knew that Salman ne kaha hai toh zaroor ho jayega," added the source.

Added the source, "When Mahek got the call from the channel she already had her bags packed to enter the Bigg Boss 5 house. She has come in very confidently. Salman is backing her to the hilt."

Rajinikanth is a celestial being: Shah Rukh Khan

Rajinikanth shot for his cameo in Shah Rukh Khan's Ra.One today and the Bollywood superstar couldn't hide his excitement over it! 

Shah Rukh Khan

SRK was in complete awe of Rajinikanth who was unwell for quite some time and had initially decided not to resume work till November. Rajini however flew down to Mumbai to shoot for his cameo, only for Shah Rukh.

Our source revealed, "The shoot has been wrapped up and everybody is happy about it, especially Shah Rukh who managed to get India's demi-god in his film for a special appearance!"

Shah Rukh too tweeted, "Sitting with Soundarya (Rajini's daughter) & seeing the edit of Rajini sir's shoot. He is like a celestial being...the whole office is beaming with happiness. WOW"

The film is now a treat for not just Shah Rukh but Rajini fans too!