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Joseph Vijay - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Vijay (Tamil: விஜய்), (born Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar on June 22, 1974) is
a Tamil film actor and playback singer. He began his acting career doing ...

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Infuriated filmmaker Prakash Mehra blasts ‘thankless’ Amitabh

# Following last year’s hit song Deewanagi, which featured the who’s who of Bollywood dancing alongside Shahrukh Khan in Om Shanti Om, the Rukhster is set to deliver another knockout number.

This time it will be a 12-minute special that pays tribute to legends of the past in Aditya Chopra’s Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. Kajol, Rani Muk-herjee, Preity Zinta and Priyanka Chopra will honour actresses like Nargis, Sharmila Tagore, Mumtaz and Waheeda Rehman, while SRK pays tribute to Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand, Shammi Kapoor, Rajesh Khanna and Rishi Kapoor. The song, composed by Salim-Suleiman, is sung by Sonu Nigam in a style that acknowledges greats like Mohammed Rafi, Mukesh and Kishore Kumar.

# A complicated situation has developed around a new father-son project by director Ashwini Chaudhary. He wanted Rishi Kapoor to play Sharman Joshi’s father, but after reading the script, Kapoor not only offer-ed to produce the film but also wanted his son, Ranbir, to replace Joshi.

However, Chaudhary already had a producer, Azam Khan, so he politely refused. He also did not want to ditch Joshi. The project has not yet been final-ised. Kapoor is still keen to make the movie, as the script is “an ultimate father-son story”, and he says it’s only natural for Ranbir to star alongside him.

# Amitabh Bachchan is again in the firing line. After his problems with the Navnirman Sena, he has been blasted by one of his former allies, filmmaker Pra-kash Mehra. Addressing the Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association, Mehra indignantly posed the question, “Who is Amitabh Bachchan?”

Mehra is upset that the Big B told a reporter he had no Godfather to thank for his success, but acknowledged that Yash Chopra and Hrishikesh Mukherjee had helped his career.

Mehra says Bachchan has conveniently forgotten that he gave him his “angry young man” image in his career-defining movie Zanjeer. He has also reminded the Big B that Zanjeer was followed by classics like Muqaddar ka Sikandar, Lawaa-ris, Namak Halaal and Sha-raabi.

# Shahrukh Khan’s Temptation Reloaded World Tour will visit four European cities in as many days. It kicks off in Berlin on October 17 before moving on to Munich, Frankfurt and Bar-celona. It will finish in Dubai on October 25. The line-up includes Deepika Padukone, Bipasha Basu, Katrina Kaif, Arjun Rampal and Anusha Dandekar. Kareena Kapoor will take part in the Du-bai finale.

# Sanjay Dutt’s wife, Manya-ta, is not pleased that he shared a hot smooch with Vidya Malvade in Sanjay Gadhvi’s newly released Kidnap. Sanju explain-ed that it was required by the script, but she was not prepared to listen, warning him that he’ll have to be on his best behaviour from now on.

# Amrita Rao was a guest of acclaimed painter MF Husain during Eid at his residence in Dubai. After previously declaring that no one would ever come close to Madhuri Dixit, Husain has found a new muse in Rao, describing the dainty actress as “a perfect painting, with a body language so beautiful that it can be captured only on canvas”.

# Kareena Kapoor celebrated her birthday in unusual fashion this year, sharing the day with boyfriend Saif Ali Khan and lots of muscular men. Kareena and Saif took her mother Babita’s advice and visited an army outpost in Kargil, much to the delight of the soldiers stationed there.

# The song Pappu Can’t Dance could have been written with Sunny Deol in mind, as he has two left feet. For his forthcoming Diwali release, Heroes, he got younger brother Bobby to help him with his steps. What took Bobby less than a day to master took Sunny four days. Sunny plays an air-force officer and Bobby is an army officer in the movie.

# Somewhere in South Afri-ca lies a designer Bollywood jacket worth half a million rupees (R90000). That’s what it cost producer Bhushan Kumar to replace it for some scenes in the forthcoming Himesh Resh-amiyya film Karzzzz. The jack-et was misplaced by a unit hand, but since it was irreplaceable, scenes featuring its replacement will have to be digitally re-mastered at considerable cost to ensure that continuity isn’t affected.

# Pakistan cricket captain Shoaib Malik will make his debut as a hero opposite former Miss India Sayali Bhagat in a movie for director Wilson Louis. Although it’s common knowledge that the pair are romantic-ally involved, they have regular-ly denied it, as Malik is suppos-ed to have a bride waiting for him back home. He plays a cricketer who falls for a beauty queen. How original!

# Hrithik Roshan served as an adviser to Goldie Behl during the making of this weekend’s big release, Drona, starring Abhishek Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra. Hrithik made suggestions on the marketing and promotion of the film. Abhishek and Goldie approached him because of his previous experience on superhero projects. On Hrithik’s advice, the film took on an Indi-ana Jones look. He also recom-mended that they shoot in Namibia.

# Things seem to be getting serious between Dino Morea and Lara Dutta. They were spotted emerging from Mumbai’s Mount Mary Church after a late-night service. Witnesses des-cribed them as a “couple very much in love”. Morea is a regu-lar churchgoer.

# Kunal Kohli, the director of Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic, is set to follow in Farhan Akhtar’s steps by going in front of the camera. Not only will he direct his next film, but he will also play the lead role.

Kohli, who made a name for himself as the host of the TV show Chalo Cinema, gave serious consideration to acting after watching Akhtar in Rock On!

# The movie Kaadhalil Vizhundhen enjoyed a bumper opening in Tamil Nadu, with the exception of the Madurai district, where petty politics prevented it from being released. The popularity of the catchy song Nakka Mukka no doubt played a major role in the film’s early success. Extensive marketing by Sun TV was also instrumental in its amazing opening figures.

# Krish has become a hot property after bagging the best playback singer award for June Ponaal July Kaatre from Unna-ale Unnaale. Last week, the media were abuzz with rumours of Krish’s secret marriage to act-ress Sangeetha of Pithamagan fame. The reports were denied, but friends said the couple shared a special friendship.

# After the successful entry of Sun TV into film production, it was no surprise when rival channel Kalainyar TV announ-ced it would back a remake of Rajnikanth’s Murattu Kaallai. Director-turned-actor Sundar C will play the lead role, a decision that has raised eyebrows in the industry.

In the original, the late Jaishanker played his first negative role. That role will now be taken by Suman, while the role played by the late comedian Surullirajan will be played by Vivek.

The remake, to be directed by K Selvabharathy, will be releas-ed on April 14 next year.

# Goutham Vasudevan’s much-publicised movie starring Ajithkumar has finally been given a title, Surangani. Ajith will act for the first time under Gou-tham’s direction. The female lead will be played by Sameera Reddy.

Harris Jayaraj will score the music, and the film’s release has been provisionally set for April 14 2009. But that will be possible only if work on Ajith’s current film, Yegan, is finished on time.

Ajith’s recent discussions with Rajnikanth about spiritual-ity seem to have brought about a metamorphosis in his personal life. He is now undertaking a pil-grimage of selected temples and religious sites. He also received a copy of Living Masters of the Himalayas from the superstar.

# It is no secret that Manirat-hinam’s mega-hit Thallabadhi was inspired by the Hindu epic Mahabharatham. Can it now be confirmed that his latest bilingual film is based on the Rama-yanam?

The Tamil version has been titled Ashokavanam and the Hindi version Ravana. AR Rahmaan will score the music for both versions.

# Vijay’s father, SA Chandh-rasekara, has dropped a bombshell. In an interview last week, he disclosed that Vijay would enter politics after achieving what he wanted to achieve in the movie field.

Rumours about his political aspirations have been circulating for the past three years, all of which were denied or under-played by Vijay. It is not known if he was aware of what his father was going to disclose in the interview.

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