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    Big fat hush-hush wedding?
    While one section of the gossip press has been frantically speculating whether Rani Mukerji and producer Aditya Chopra are going to marry this month, her management has sent out a note with her schedule for the month. This is, one supposes, a way to indicate that the actor is too busy with work commitments and the rumours are simply just that. Mukerji and Chopra have never publicly admitted their closeness or intentions, though insiders within the high walls of YRF speak of her as the boss and a critical part of the leading production house. While February 10 or February 14 are the dates being bandied around for the nuptials, the official word is that Mukerji is busy shooting for her next film Mardaani till April. In the Pradeep Sarkar film, she plays a crime branch officer. And, in case one thought she has a break on February 10 or 14, how could she when she is apparently walking the ramp in Malaysia on February 15, say her managers. Let’s wait and watch.

    ST-4Hair today, gone tomorrow
    It’s amusing that Shahid Kapoor’s haircut has become headline news. The actor’s new shorn look is for Vishal Bhardwaj’s Haider and, frankly speaking, I think less hair suits SK much more. Also starring Tabu, Shraddha Kapoor and Kay Kay Menon, Haider is the third in Bhardwaj’s Shakespearean trilogy. After Macbeth (Maqbool) and Othello (Omkara), this time he has re-interpreted Hamlet and set it against the backdrop of militancy in Kashmir. As for Shahid’s hair, let’s hope it’s not a case of Samson (and Delilah)!

    In pursuit of success
    Tamannaah—that’s how the Himmatwala actress spells her name now. And hopefully the numerology will help change the fate of her ST-1tryst with Bollywood. After a poor start in the Ajay Devgn remake, Tamannaah, 24, who has been acting since the age of 14, and seen success in Tamil and Telugu films, is busy with two other Bollywood films. There’s It’s Entertainment with Akshay Kumar (scheduled for a March release) and Humshakals with Saif Ali Khan (slated for June)—this, in spite of the debacle of the Sajid Khan-directed Himmatwala. “The film’s failure did not deter me. I am doing films with Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan and director Sajid Khan and I are also working together again. My early films in the South were also not hits. Success does not come easy; you have to be patient,” she says. She’s also got Telugu film Aagadu with Mahesh Babu and is a part of S S Rajamouli’s magnum opus, Baahubali.

    ST-2Crossing boundaries
    This week, another ad filmmaker turns to feature films. After directing almost 250 ad films, Vinil Mathew goes from 30-second story-telling to 120 minutes (or so) with Hasee Toh Phasee, which releases today. The film, starring Parineeti Chopra and Sidharth Malhotra, reflects the kind of films he likes—“a relationship story with a strong emotional undercurrent.” Hasee Toh Phasee is based on a short film Mathew made during his days at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). Filmmaking was quite a contrast from Mathew’s earlier ambition of becoming an economist, an idea that was discarded after he saw Mani Ratnam’s Roja. “I wanted to become a cinematographer and would shuttle between Delhi and Mumbai to work with people like Bharat Bala and Santosh Sivan. I had no film background and, for the heck of it, I applied to film school. My parents were very hurt when I chose FTII over Delhi School of Economics,” says the director.

    Udita Jhunjhunwala

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