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    Ash, the hooligan?
    One can hardly imagine the oh-so guarded and non-committal Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as a football hooligan, of all things, but this is how Abhishek Bachchan described his wife in a recent interview. Having been inducted into the sport by her husband, who is not only the owner of an ISL team but also a die hard Chelsea Football Club supporter, it seems Miss Purple Lips loves the sport. Besides football, the couple that went from being the darlings of Bollywood to allegedly living War of the Roses, seemed to be rather in sync with each other in this interview, right down to her OCD habits, his addiction to coffee and their mutual weakness for junk food.

    From the classroom
    The prolific Ananth Narayan Mahadevan is back with a new film. His latest, Rough Book, has toured film festivals across the world and is finally releasing in India (today). A comment on the education system, the film stars Tannishtha Chatterjee, Amaan Khan, Joy Sengupta, Jayati Bhatia and Vinay Jain. The story unfolds around a physics teacher and her students who rebel against an unfair system. While this film seems to be headed for a release, another film on education has hit rough water. Shlok Sharma’s Haraamkhor, which shows a romance between a teacher and a student, is the latest Hindi film to be facing trouble with the CBFC.

    Survivor’s guide
    Half the film-going or news-watching population believes Udta Punjab is an Anurag Kashyap film, despite Abhishek Chaubey being the director. That’s because of the censorship controversy and the producer’s outspokenness on the subject of course. What will now add to the confusion is the release of Raman Raghav 2.0  this week, a serial killer thriller actually directed by Kashyap. Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Vicky Kaushal, this is Kashyap’s first film since Bombay Velvet and its debacle last year. Kashyap says he has learnt to take criticism and devised a method for absorbing it. “My first reaction was always to defend myself. Over the years I have worked out a system. You see the film and you mail me your thoughts. It will be a one-way communication. That way I am actually listening and I am not warding off every criticism with a bat.” Controversy’s child, over the years Kashyap has fielded many battles right from his unreleased Paanch to Black Friday and most recently Udta Punjab. “My recovery is very fast,” he adds. “I am a survivor. I don’t have any nostalgia.” He’s also preparing for his next two films, one of which is a horror genre film called Giddy.

    IIFA time for Salman
    Its time for Bollywood’s annual off-site, also known as the IIFA awards. This year half of the Hindi film industry will be saying hola and gracias as the 2016 edition of the global awards weekend centres around the city of Madrid in Spain. Among the big ticket names attending and performing will be controversy king Salman Khan. Rehearsals and the trip to Madrid meant the actor has so far not been able to give adequate time for the promotions of his upcoming release Sultan. This has also meant that Anushka Sharma is holding the fort till her co-star returns. Sharma is making the most of Khan’s hectic schedule and has squeezed in a few more days of work on her production, Phillauri, during his absence. Others expected to attend IIFA are Karan Johar, Fawad Khan, Shilpa Shetty, Hrithik Roshan (whose Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara put Spain on the Indian tourism map) and Sridevi, who is being felicitated with a Lifetime Achievement honour.

    Udita Jhunjhunwala

     

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