Apart from shooting for Nikhil Advani's Salaam-E-Ishq, Vidya Balan is keeping it low-key.
We hear the superstitious belle has been keeping her producers waiting jolly good for the official contract to happen. A little birdie explains, "According to the Hindu calendar, it's not an auspicious period to take up new work.
However, Vidya has mutually agreed to do a few projects. But she will be signing the contract only after March 30." An exasperated producer, who wished not to be named, says, "I'm getting anxious now. Although she has given us the required dates, nothing is concrete until she signs on the dotted line."
A source close to the actor adds, "She has been visiting temples regularly to ward off the negative vibes during this time of the year." Whazza matter, Balan? Too many jealous co-actors?
Cezanne, Shubha blast Shweta
Previously, it was Shweta Tiwari who compared her co-star Cezanne Khan to a dog in Sankraman. This time around, its Khan's turn to get back at Shweta.
Tonight's episode of Kandy Floss features Khan and his girlfriend Shubha Verma. The show's creative director Sandiip Sikcand says, "Kandy plays it fair.
Cezanne was contacted when we asked Shweta to speak about him. We had told him that he is always welcome to give his side of the story. So we were glad when he decided to speak."
The Last Monk
Plexus Films and Access Entertainment's maiden English film, The Last Monk, which earned accolades at the Rotterdam film festival recently, is now being screened at the MAMI film festival in the city on March 24.
|A still from |
The Last Monk
The Last Monk has been directed by Sudipto Sen and it marks his debut as a feature film director.
The film ventures into the uncharted territories of cultural Buddhism, set in Ladakh and a radical understanding of male-female relationship and sexuality.
The Last Monk is the story of Swapna (played by Rachna Shah). Well-known theatre actor and model Jimeesh Gandhi plays Pushkar, the material strength of Swapna. Sonam Stobgias Gorky, from NSD, plays Sonik, the main protagonist of the film.
Wedding time for Nadiadwalas
There's a wedding in the offing in the filmmaking A G Nadiadwala family of Juhu.
Producer Firoz Nadiadwala's brother Mushtaq ties the knot with Afshan Parkar this weekend. The mehndi ceremony is tonight while the nikaah will be followed by the reception on Saturday evening.
Mushtaq manages the Empire Studios at Andheri while Afshan, a Bandra girl, has studied computer science and is from a non-film family.
Big Brother Firoz, who is making a sequel to Hera Pheri, besides his other films on the floor like Welcome, Fool Aur Final on the floors, will be having several Bollywood stars on the invite list. Here's wishing the couple marital bliss.
Ammu's beau gets eye infection!
We all know that Amrita Arora's beau Usmaan Afzal had a bad attack of conjunctivitis last week. He was spotted in dark glasses wherever he went. But Ammu tells us that the attack was so bad that it left them really scared.
Anything to do with the eyes can be scary, but what's worse is that Ammu couldn't played nurse to the hilt. "I was shooting and Usmaan was playing cricket and commenting on the test match for Times channel," moans Amrita.
"So we were both too tied up and Usmaan had to fend for himself. Of course, my mom was there and helped to look after him," signs off the chirpy actress.
Taste the American Blend
After winning the Best Writer and Director (achievement) award at the Riverside International film festival in USA, American Blend starring Anupam Kher, Dee Wallace Stone, David Oyelowo, Kristin Erickson, Ruben Garfias and Ranjit Chowdhary will be screened at the MAMI International Film Festival at the Y B Chavan auditorium on Saturday.
|Anupam Kher and Dee Wallace Stone|
The film is about the cultural explosion of a cross-cultural, part Indian/part American family living in Los Angeles. Kher comes up with an excellent performance with internationally acclaimed star Dee Wallace Stone of ET fame.
The film, produced by Krishna Datla, is written and directed by LA-based Varun Khanna who made his debut in 2004 with Beyond Honor.
Kamraj's The Kingmaker ready
The Kingmaker, the English version of the Tamil film Kamaraj, on the life and times of K Kamaraj, is now ready for release.
|A still from The Kingmaker|
When the Tamil film was released in early 2004, people cried hoarse about the worth of the film that projects the life of a selfless man.
Ramana Communications and producer-director A Balakrishnan plan to release the English version for a global audience.
The movie is a comprehensive sketch detailing Kamaraj's early childhood, influence of Satyamurthy and Mahatma Gandhi, his involvement in the freedom struggle and prison term totalling nine years.
After the death of Jawaharlal Nehru, Kamaraj emerged as a key player, becoming one of post independent India's first kingmakers. Richard Madhuram plays Kamaraj.
Q What would you say if you see Monica Bedi shopping at a shopping mall?
A Shopping moll.