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'Don' game is as exciting as the movie itself - Shahrukh Khan
Joginder Tuteja, IndiaGlitz [Saturday, October 28, 2006]



DON ki talaash gyarah mulkon ki police kar rahi hain, lekin ek baat samajh lo, DON ko pakadna mushkil nahin, naamumkin hain… goes the legendary dialogue from the blockbuster thriller DON. A master at playing cat and mouse games with cops, DON, the suave and deadly big boss of international mafia, is on the run once again. Can you succeed in hunting him down where even the Interpol, with all its alacrity, has failed?

Producers of DON have tied up with a leading mobile entertainment company to launch Mobile Games on the popular movie and the first ever Multiplayer Online Game for any Bollywood movie.

The game was unveiled yesterday by Shah Rukh Khan in Mumbai, along with the film's producer Ritesh Sidhwani and the Director, Farhan Akhtar. Speaking at the launch, said Shah Rukh, an avid gamer himself, "I am a great fan of video games, and this DON game is just fantastic. I jumped at the very idea of this game and have already tried my hand at it... mind you, it's just as exciting as the movie itself but only here, you get to be part of all of the action, in fact, do all the action yourself," Shahrukh Khan said, while interacting with the media after releasing the game." But beware, Don ke dushman ki sabse badi galti yeh hai ki woh don ka dushman hai," Shahrukh warned, quoting one of the movie's famous dialogues flashing a wicked smile.

As per the people behind the game, "Our creative and gaming team visited Kuala Lumpur in May 2006 for the making of the movie. During which there were sessions with the Editor and Director to understand the flow and decide on Game Play. The team came back to India, worked on the concept and created a storyboard and later created the virtual game."

The Mobile game is available in two versions - one is the Race and Chase game on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, with the back drop of the world famous, Petronas Towers and the other is the role-playing game. The Race and Chase, as the name suggests, gives the player a chance to outfox the DON and capture him. In the other, the player has to help Shah Rukh find the secret Disc, which he desperately seeks to prove that he is not the DON, but a victim of a serious case of mistaken identity.

Whilst mobile games have been made before for Bollywood films, this is the first time a game will be launched on the Internet and that too in a multiplayer gaming environment. The game is being promoted as a real life multiplayer online strategy game while its graphics have been done at the same level as the quality of special effects in the movie to give it a contemporary look and the action sequences are just as slick and stylish as the movie itself.

India is the 4th largest Mobile and Internet market in the world. As the youngest nation in the world that is actively taking to mobile and online gaming, it is only appropriate that a movie like DON and an actor such as Shah Rukh be associated with this connect with their core audience, the youth. The new generation of film makers, Farhan and Ritesh have had as much of a role in this and for them the game was an integral part of their overall marketing strategy for the film.

"The creative team behind the game watched the movie rushes including car crashes in Kuala Lumpur, sky diving and some of the fight sequences and have incorporated all those hair-raising stunts in the game," said movie director Farhan Akhtar. "Shahrukh Khan, an avid gamer himself, also showed keen interest in the game's development and we are extremely happy that the movie's evolved as a terrific virtual reality too," he added.



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Zaheer, Gambhir may return to Indian team

Monday, October 30, 2006

Source: PTI
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Mohali: Baroda paceman Zaheer Khan was expected to stage a comeback when the the national selectors meet to pick the squad for India's tour of South Africa beginning November 13.



Zaheer, who has been on the sidelines for quite some time, may get a recall on the basis of his consistent performances in English county cricket and domestic matches here though the selecters were likely to retain the nucleus of the current team which has been going through a lean patch.


The form of some of the regular pacemen like Irfan Pathan and R P Singh have not been very good which has brightened the prospects of a comeback for the left arm speedster.


While ace spinner Anil Kumble was almost certain to come back for the Tests, left handed batsman Gautam Gambhir is also a strong contender for a berth in the sqaud. India will play five one-dayers and three Tests during their 46-day tour of South Africa.



This will be the first selection meeting under new chairman Dilip Vengsarkar who has all along asserted that form and merit would be the only criteria for selection.


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An Exclusive Interview

Zara Sheikh

• Zara Sheikh has been one of the luckiest actresses in Lollywood as she had earned quite a name for herself even before her debut, Tere Piyar Main, was released. And by the time the movie hit cinema halls, she was already a star. Her stunning looks and polished style were refreshing and Zara had sufficient acting skills to please the audiences. • In no time she was flooded with offers, both acting and modelling which keep her pretty busy, leaving little time for other things. But the young lady makes sure life is not all work for her and there is some play and relaxation too. And one of the first things she likes to do whenever she gets the time is to watch a movie. • Yes, she is a complete movie buff. And she claims, "If I don't watch at least two movies in a week, I don't feel alive." Whenever she finds time, she makes it a point to watch any movie that she can get hold of. But she is highly specific when it comes to naming her all-time favourite movies. She says that this is the way she is — very careful and selective in her choices. • The two genres of movies that she is extremely fond of are horror and romantic. From Hollywood, she cannot think of any blockbuster other than Titanic that is worthy of naming as her favourite. "It has romance and tragedy put it together in equal proportions and my heart goes out to the separated lovers every time I watch this classic." • Although she didn't name any other movie from Hollywood, but said that she loves watching any movie that stars Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Angelina Jolie. Zara is also a fan of commercial Bollywood cinema. The lavish sets, exquisite costumes and melodious music appeals to her greatly. • "All these ingredients can be found in Sanjay Leela Bansali's Devdas. It is a complete masterpiece if you look at it from the perspective of acting, music, story, et al," she declares. • Other than this she also likes Sanjay Dutt's performance in Vaastav. "His style and acting was the life of this film. I cannot imagine any other actor performing the role of a typical Mumbai gangster the way he did." After noting that she is so fascinated by the charms of Indian cinema, we ask her the obvious question: Would she like to be a part of it any time soon? • "You see many actors (we know who she is talking about) have gone there and come back without making any sort of impact. I don't want to do that. It is creating a bad impression for all of us here. In future, Indian moviemakers would think twice before casting any of our artists. This way whatever little respect we have right now will be simply lost. I will be twice as selective in Bollywood than I am in Lollywood." • When it comes to music, she is all praise of the king of qawwali, the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. She thinks no one else is even close to him when it comes to creating timeless melodies. She thinks that his re-mix songs like Pya Ray are still better than any of the recent pop or filmi numbers. She only listens to Lata Mangeshkar's old hits when it comes to old classical music. As far as the local pop music scene is concerned, she thinks that Fuzon is the best one around. • "Shafqat Amanat Ali is an artist in the complete sense of the word. He knows his art. Majority of other singers don't have much to offer. All they do is shout, which anyone can do," opines the lady. • She also thinks that String's latest song, Zinda, which features Sanjay Dutt and John Abraham, is a breath of fresh air. "I think Strings is producing a lot better music now than it used to do before," she discloses. She likes to listen to the very old tracks of Madam Noor Jehan and says, "I somehow only like the songs that she sang a long time back." • Among the international musicians, she picks Moby as one of her favourite. "He is a versatile musician who gained recognition in the early 90s for his contribution to dance and techno music. His music has a lot of depth and he has a unique style of his own. He is a very moody person just like me, and the same is reflected in his music. Music comes naturally to him and he can add tunes to his lyrics in a matter of few minutes," Zara states. • She also likes to listen to Eminem, Britney Spears, and Robbie Williams. From Bollywood, Sonu Nigam is the best singer according to her. "Do you see a pattern here? I only like artists who know their art. Sonu Nigam is one of them," says the actress. • The recent bollywood hit, Right Here, Right Now, featuring Abhishek Bachchan, has also caught her attention. • When it comes to books, Zarah likes to read anything which is based on reality. "I don't like fantasies and escapist stories that much. I like to read something that I can relate with my own life," discloses the young actress. • One particular book that is very close to her heart is Maut Ka Manzar. She started reading this book when she was just 13 but could not finish it. She picked up from the same point again after few years and this time continued till the last page. "This book is about the Day of Judgment and life after death. I have felt totally engrossed in it although it used to get a little scary at times. • Other than this I am also very interested in reading about historical events and the great rulers who have shaped the history of the world. These days I am only reading scripts and am myself a part of many stories," she says matter-of-factly. • Favourite Movie: Titanic and Vaastav • Favourite Actors: Sunjay Dutt • Favourite Singers: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Moby • Favourite Songs: Old Madam Noorjehan songs • Favourite Book: Maut ka Manzar



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Behind The Screen


Humaira Arshad as Film Musician

• Pakistan's top pop singer Humaira Arshad has composed music in any film first time in her career. Her husband actor Ahmad Butt will play the leading role with Sana in this film with the name of "Gunahon ka Shehar". Director is Saeed Ali Khan. • Humaira will also sing in this film and she will be the second female musican in Pakistani films after Shamim Nazli who was the sister of top singer Mala.




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Tallat Hussain


TV & Film Actor

It's said that age is not important unless you are cheese…or an actor. It is the excellence of an actor, and the audience, which keeps you going. And the countdown is still going high for Talath Hussain -- an actor par excellence. • Talat Hussain at the pinnacle of his career as we see him today, governing the single room production company 'Studio 9', began as a child artist from Radio Pakistan and since then there was no looking back. • Though, never an outstanding student, he traversed the road to success to acquire instant fame. After years of hard work, he finally decided to try this hand in directing and stepped into the realm of production. "I was forced to direct a play by a friend and after that I started my own production company," goes Talat. • Adding another feather in his cap, this actor turned producer aimed at improving the standard of production which has deteriorated and is certainly not what it had been in 50's and 60's. Providing a reason for such an outcome he said, "when you talk about quality of production, you refer to technical facilities, content of a play, the role of a director and other professionals like engineers, editors, lighting people and set designers. If you expect quality from these things then you would have to analyse the personalities of people involved which are determined by social, cultural and intellectual environment. These very people have mediocre minds which leads to weak conceptualisation. In this case, the execution of a particular concept into reality would obviously be of low standard." • Drama projects reality and is based on various aspects of life. It enhances the insight into various problems and relationships. Illuminating the very fact he said, "during our times, the ruling elite represented the middle class and despite being very conservative in approach, they had a very tolerant attitude and that came into play when the policies were made. The whole scenario was changed when General Zia came into power in 70's and 80's. The policies became very orthodox during the Martial Law and though now that orthodoxy is receding, people governing various crucial matters are not very liberal. This very attitude restricted the creative artist and his choices due to which everything is sliced and divided into pigeon holes. It is very difficult to revert back to the era of 60's where the quality of production is concerned and to some extent the censor policies also have a role to play." • Talat believes that people themselves are responsible for such harsh censor policies. He says that the younger generation handling production is not aware of their own cultural norms and traditions. They try to imitate what they see on foreign channels which is not in total conformity with our society and so obviously the censor becomes active. Stating his own example he said, "I have directed and produced two serials of 13 and 11 episodes respectively. Out of these only two shots have been censored. I always say that give me a boy and girl. I'll make them sit 10 feet apart and shoot that scene in such a way that it will be censored. Then I'll make them sit next to each other and the censor will not touch the scene." He believes that the way a certain relationship is projected decides whether it should be censored or not. The people exercising power find normal behaviour offensive. "They belong to the rural set up and their social environment is completely opposite to the urban culture," he said, "we make plays based on urban lines which they might find indecent and so people sitting in the parliament raise hue and cry." • Apart from the policies, rampant commercialism and lack of workaholic professionals is also responsible for deteriorating quality of production. Earning quick bucks is the ulterior motive of the fresh blood coming in this field • "Our whole society has become commercial now," he confided, "the set designers are more concerned about money, actors about glamour and directors about making a hit play and when you have to sell everything, the norms and values take a back seat." Though, he thinks that his generation worked with passion and the priorities of the young budding actors are different. He feels that Yasir Akhtar, Nabeel and Shabbir Jan have what it takes to be good actors placing Shabbir slightly above the rest. "Shabbir has achieved that point where he can be recognised as a mature actor where as the others are still in the making." • Talat Hussain has worked in five western productions and found them well organised technically competent and very committed to their work. He thoroughly enjoyed working in them. "It was wonderful working with professional actors," he expressed, reminiscing his experience in the movie Jinnah "despite being so well known, they were very down to earth. Unlike our directors, they respect the actors working for them and do not take them for granted." • He admits that there aren't any training grounds for aspiring directors, actors and behind the scene technicians, but still he considers our dramas much better than those of India. Denouncing those who compare both, he vehemently expressed his views, "there are people who say that Indian drama is better than ours. There isn't any comparison between the two. Their genius is in music. If you look at drama as a genre, the way it exists, it originated from Greece. If Indian drama had energy, vigour and force, it would have over shadowed Greek drama. Indian drama does exist but it is not their genius." • Being one of the few well read performers, his priorities are to produce the best possible serials. "I am not interested in any kind of competition," he said while adding, "I don't want to surpass anyone. I have always tried to produce a product with a 100 per cent attention to make it the best." He refused to reveal any immediate future plans but is thinking of making a film. • An internationally acclaimed outstanding performer, he aspires to prove his mettle in production as well and give something outstanding and different to the viewers.



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Abid Ali


TV Actor

There are very few actors who have that charisma which can inspire the young and old alike. Abid Ali belongs to this rare breed of actors because of his incredible performances and mesmerising personality. Abid reigned over the silver screen during the '70s and '80s and has scores of hit serials to his credit. But, he has not yet resigned from the shiny world of glamour and fame and is still going strong. In a candid interview with Tview, he came out not only as a superb actor but also as a sensitive person with a thoughtful mind. Talking to Abid Ali was more than a pleasure. Looking as dashing as ever, he spoke in a humble manner and made us feel that we were never strangers • He says about himself: Since my school days I was inclined towards writing, and then I started painting. Acting wasn't on my mind. I just knew that I wanted to do something creative. Between 1968 and 1969 when I was in college, Ata Shad from Radio Pakistan spotted me and told me that I had a good voice. I went for an audition which I passed and in this way I started to work for radio while I was also studying in college. Then in '73, I came to Lahore and tried my luck at PTV, and after going through many auditions, I eventually got myself entered into the electronic world or as you say silver screen. • When we started, there wasn't much money in this field, but in spite of that, people were committed and professional. Now times have changed. There is much more money involved - thanks to private channels and productions; nowadays actors want to become rich and famous overnight, they are more interested in minting money than to concentrate on their work, they accept every offer that comes their way. Another major difference which I've noticed is that in the past, actors were prone towards reading and learning so that they could emerge as good actors. Whereas today despite having access to books, computers and above all internet, our performers seems little interested in learning or reading. Sadly, in our country, there is no institution which can edify young actors. These days everything is going on. Nobody is noticing what is good and what is bad. I also feel that journalism is also responsible in shaping actors. These days even journalists also do not play their part effectively. They only report, they don't analyse. Work should be judged. Safdar Mir, one of the good critics, used to write so well. But now that era has also gone. We are hardly left with any good drama critics. I personally believe that we need to give training in every sphere - be it script writing or acting abilities. Not only that we also need improvement in technology - visual/audio/sound quality, recording equipment, transmition quality etc. Getting old is a reality so it's better if you face it with dignity. For me it's a part of life and the best part about aging is that you learn a lot - if you want to. Look at today's high-tech life; things are growing fast; improvement can be seen in every sphere of life -- drama has improved with the coming of computer effects. So, if one has the desire to learn, one can always benefit oneself from latest technologies, no matter what his age may be. • As an actor, you find yourself working sixteen - may be eighteen hours a day, and doing nothing you would put your name to. In a twelve hour day, you kill ten hours just waiting, in a particular state of half-alertness, waiting to go on. It's not satisfactory. Its' a slog. I love acting - and I hate it. I despise it because I despise falsehood. You feel fraudulent, all the time, every day!


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Shafi Muhammad Shah


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• Mr.shafi Mohammad shah is one of the most versatile performers, who has the knack of carving out the intricacy and delicacy of character-portrayal in Television plays.he has performed some of the most challenging roles which earned him laurels both from the viewers and the press. • Started his career with Radio as casual voice in 1970. Mr.shafi Mohammad shah made his debut with PTV in 1973 and won the best TV Award for regional plays in 1985. • A number of assorted plays which include 'ADHURI KAHANI','SONEY KA BHUO', 'SAANP AUR SURAHI','KHUL JA SUM SUM','NA NAFAS NA ASHIYANA','YOUR MOST OBIDIENT SEVENT' deserve special mention. • His histrionic talent has led him to many roles in cinema, where he is a busy artiste.



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Shakeel


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• If you have watched Pakistani Dramas and dont recognize Shakeel, then you probably have been watching something else. This actor, with a incredibly shrinking hairline, has journeyed from being a heartthrobe for teenage girls to being an Uncle for the same • He was the "hero" in Black&White serials like Shazori, Uncle Urfi - and fifteen years later, he was still the hero in serials like Unkahi. • Shakeel was the main lead in the only "jasoosi" detective series in Pakistan Telvision history NaamDar (early 70s). He was accompanied by Khalida Riyasat, and together they solved murder mysteries. • A partial List of Serials for Shakeel • Zer Zabar Pesh • Naam Dar • Unkahi • Anaa • Uroosa • Chand Grahan • Uraan • Uncle Urfi • Shehzori • Tappish. • Purchaiyan.



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