Movie snippets

1. Time to drool: Angelina Julie was traveling to India in October to shoot for a film based on American journalist Daniel Pearl, who was killed in Pakistan four years ago. There, I've said it. Most hot-blooded Indian men must be panting to see her. On the film - it is based on a book written by Daniel's wife Marianne 'A Mighty Heart'. Accompanying Julie will be boyfriend Brad Pitt (women can drool too) along with their three children. The couple was be in Pune for a month. Dan Futtermann will play Daniel Pearl. Irrfan Khan is playing an important role in the film as a captain who is a part of the investigation team. The film will be shot in India since Khan could not get a visa to Pakistan. So, India got lucky.

2. Bhandarkar now a dad: Madhur Bhandarkar has produced the greatest hit of his life - a baby daughter. His wife Renu gave birth to a girl baby on September 18 at Mumbai. According to the father, the baby looks very pretty - like her mother. Hopefully, she will have dad's brains.

3. Wishes to Shabana Azmi: Time to wish veteran actress-activist Shabana Azmi too. She turned 56 on September 18. Bet many women her age will give the actress envious looks. Shabana doesn't look a day over 40 or so. Shabana says that her secret is being a positive person, eating healthy and surrounding oneself with positive people. The secret of her long, illustrious acting career is because she has always been open to portraying diverse roles and has never allowed herself to be strait jacketed by labels.

4. A new way to make more money: Hindi film producers can rejoice. Especially the ones who thrive in 'remaking' South Indian films. Trend was that you had to pay a huge price to acquire remake rights of South Indian films. Today, it is the opposite. Producers from the South want the remake rights of hit Hindi films. Currently, Lage Raho Munnabhai has buyers clamoring for its remake rights. So, Vidhu Vinod Chopra can make a neat little sum selling the remake rights.

5. Hema to direct again: Hema Malini, who made her directorial debut with Dil Aashna Hai more than a decade ago, will soon be directing a film again. The film will, of course, star her daughter Esha. Hema is not sure whether she will star with her daughter. She is still working the script, she says. Hope this film does something good for Esha's career. Her younger daughter Ahana has enrolled in Subhash Ghai's Whistling Woods and is learning editing and direction. Will she turn to acting too? Hema says it is up to her daughter to decide.

6. Bollywood dolls: Kajol and Hrithik were recently in London promoting their dolls. What doll, you ask? Well, the latest trend is that you can take Bollywood stars home as a doll. So, if you want to take home a Kajol doll or Hrithik doll, check them out. And go home with a hole in your purse.

7. Ash as Umrao Jaan: Now that the Umrao Jaan promos are out, everyone is oohing and aahing about Aishwarya Rai's looks in the film. It also stars Abhishek Bachchan as her brooding lover and their chemistry onscreen is palpable. Aishwarya Rai is also being compared with Rekha who starred in the original film in the early 1980s. Aishwarya's costumes, it is rumored, cost about 80 million rupees. Will Ash sizzle on screen as Rekha did? Only the film will tell.

8. Actress turns designer: Sexy Riya is currently a student in the National Institute of Fashion Technology and will start designing her own outfits for her future ads. Once, it seems, she was waiting for someone to get her an outfit at a film shooting and he turned up very late. The outfit didn't fit her either and so she decided to study fashion herself. Her future films include Apna Sapna Money Money and Rokda. Wonder if she will design her own costumes in her films too?


9. Ramu's next: Fardeen Khan, Ishaa Koppikar (who finally seems to be going places) and Esha Deol (no comments) will be starring in Ram Gopal Varma's forthcoming film Darling. Will this be a horror movie? Could be considering the horror flicks he has given in the past. Again, the name suggests that the film could be a romance. Then again, a source says that Esha plays a ghost in the film. Perhaps the film is a ghostly romance?

10. Vivek as a gangster: Vivek Oberoi, who has not had a good spell either in his career or personal life for some time now, may be seeing light at the end of the tunnel with Shoot Out at Lokhandwala. Director Apoorva Lakhia says that the young actor has given a sterling performance in the film. The plot is based on events in 1991 when gangster Maya Dolas terrorized everyone around him. Vivek's character was partly inspired by the infamous gangster.

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