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Friday, June 4, 2010

Edition 20: Bollywood

Charge Of The Young Brigade
Manpreet Kaur/IANS
The mantra in Bollywood is no more about learning on the job, but coming prepared before the director calls 'action'. Newcomers venturing into the industry believe they must have a sound understanding of their craft, even technically.
Raj Kumar Yadav, who played Adarsh in Dibakar Banerjee's 'Love Sex aur Dhoka', said: 'As competition is tough in the industry it gives a boost to an individual when you are technically sound and that is what filmmakers are looking for.'
'It is better to have ample knowledge before venturing into any stream. It is one of the greatest requirements of every industry. Personally, I have done theatre and a course from FTII (Film and Television Institute of India, Pune) which helped me face the camera. It made me feel comfortable as I had technical knowledge,' he said.
Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha's son Luv Sinha, who debuted in 'Sadiyaan' this month, did a course from FTII before venturing into movies. 'I think it's good to come prepared as it isn't an easy industry to survive in,' Luv told IANS.
In 2010, more than a dozen youngsters debuted in Bollywood as actors and directors.
Shradha Kapoor, Siddharth Kher, Dhruv Ganesh and Vaibhav Talwar were seen for the first time in 'Teen Patti', Luv Sinha in 'Sadiyaan', Anubhav and Adarsh in 'Love Sex Aur Dhokha', Neeru Singh and Aruna Sheilds in 'Prince 3' and Maradona Robello in 'Pankh'.
Director Shawn Arranha who debuted with horror-thriller 'Hide and Seek' echoes similar sentiments. 'It makes everyone comfortable when the actors have specific knowledge about the subject and moreover it saves a lot of time,' he said.
'Hide and Seek' was not just his directorial debut, it also saw new faces like Amruta Patki, Pavail Gulati, Mohit Dutta, Nutan Shinde and Shweta Verma. Southern actress Sada made her Bollywood debut with 'Click'.
Other debutant directors this year include Mudassar Aziz ('Dulha Mil Gaya'); comedian Sunil Pal ('Bhavnao Ko Samjho'); Abhishek Chaubhey ('Ishqiya'), Amit Rai ('Road to Sangam'); Abhishek Chaubey ('Ishqiya'); Vijay Lalwani ('Karthik Calling Karthik').
Star plus cannot afford my hubby: Shilpa
Shilpa Shetty-Kundra is never known to be a diplomat. Throw a tricky question at her and she’s bound to come up with a gaffe. Perhaps, that explains why she was an easy prey at Big Brother.

She may be married to NRI businessman but that hasn’t brought about any diplomacy in her. The actress continues to speak from the heart. This was evident at the press conference of Zara Nachke Dikha 2, a show which Shilpa is adjudicating.

Shilpa and her hubby Raj Kundra are among the co-owners of IPL team Rajasthan Royals. As always, some scribe came up with a weird query. This time the lady was asked why her hubby isn’t there in the show.

Hiding her displeasure over the question, Shilpa looked towards Star India EVP marketing and communications Anupam Vasudev and sighed, “Star Plus cannot afford my hubby (laughs). With the money that’s on offer, the channel can only afford me (itne paise mein, main hi aaongi).”

On serious note she adds, ‘No, he won’t be coming on the stage anytime.”

Shilpa’s jokes didn’t end here. Later on, her co-judge Vaibhavi Merchant was answering a query on how big or better the show is, Shilpa butted in to say, “Apart from what Vaibhavi mentioned, people and we too as judges are curious to know what Rakhi Sawant will say this time and what new drama will she create.”

Couldn’t agree more with you Shilpa! The firebrand Rakhi will certainly be up to her dramatics all over again.

No Lip Locking, Please!
Rajeev Khandelwal and Prachi Desai have moved to films after starting their careers with television, but the duo is still prudish about locking lips on screen. Both Rajeev and Prachi had reservation about kissing scene for their film Main Joker. The director Vikram Tuli tried his best to convince the two but they didn’t budge.

Speaking to a tabloid, Tuli admitted that he wasn’t able to pull off the kissing scene which is supposed to take place during the shooting of a song. Despite the refusal, Tuli hasn’t given up on the shot.

Prachi Desai was quoted saying that she didn’t have a ‘no kissing’ clause in her contract and was willing to do whatever is required for the film. Rajeev though maintained that he didn’t want to supersede the director but he has reservation about kissing on camera.

Strange that our Gujju babe Prachi has no objections but it’s the hunk Rajeev who’s backed out. Fans certainly will be disappointed as they’ve been deprived of what could have been a famous lip-lock between the two conservative TV stars.

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