Back in time
For those interested in retro cinema and with a nostalgic fondness for cinematic greats, a new book to look out for is Music, Masti, Modernity – The Cinema of Nasir Husain. Written by Akshay Manwani, it is based on producer, director and screenwriter Nasir Hussain—known for his hit movies such as Teesri Manzil. A stellar panel is convening in Mumbai during the upcoming Mumbai Film Festival, to mark the launch of this book. Members of Hussain’s family, including actor Aamir Khan, director Mansoor Khan, producer Nuzhat Khan and the author Manwani will be discussing the filmmaker’s work and legacy. Manwani had earlier written a book on poet-lyricist, Sahir Ludhianvi.
Eye of the storm
After seeming like she couldn’t put a foot wrong, putting on the wrong T-shirt has earned Priyanka Chopra the ire of fans and critics. The actress might be neck deep in the shooting of the second series of her American show, Quantico, in New York, but she found time to shoot for the cover of a travel magazine anniversary issue. PC is seen wearing a white tank top with the words ‘Refugee’, ‘Immigrant’ and ‘Outsider’ are scored out in red, with only the word ‘Traveller’ left untouched. Many are saying the sentiment is politically-incorrect and in poor taste given the current global refugee crisis. Others are, rightfully, pointing out that while being a traveller is a matter of personal choice and a luxury, being a refugee is not. Let’s see what rebuttal Chopra comes up with.
In case people are wondering whether Abhishek Bachchan has any solo films in his kitty or if he will just be seen in ensembles like Housefull 3 and Dhoom—or cheering on football and kabaddi teams—here’s some news. It seems Bachchan junior has signed on a film to be directed by Prabhudeva. Of course, one would expect a comedy or dance-centred film from the southern director with a serious Michael Jackson hangover, but we hear that it’s likely to be an action flick. The last film featuring Bachchan in the lead was All is Well last year, after which he was seen in Housefull 3 earlier
It’s show time
As we enter the ‘festive’ season, besides big-ticket movies at the box office, it’s also time for TV channels to pull out all the stops. Following Anil Kapoor’s successful second season of 24, there are three other celebrity-led shows readying to premiere on various television channels. While Salman Khan returns as the host with the most on Bigg Boss, the hampers are packed and stars are lining up to sip Koffee with Karan. The popular chat show’s newest season will start on November 6, soon after Johar’s latest feature film as director opens across cinemas. So it would be no surprise if, among his first few guests, are leading cast members of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (probably barring Fawad Khan). And then there’s the Nikkhil Advani directed P.O.W. – Bandi Yuddh Ke, based on Hatufim by Gideon Raff, which was also the source material for the hit American TV series, Homeland. P.O.W. features small-time movie actors Sandhya Mridul, Purab Kohli, Amrita Puri, Satyadeep Misra and Manish Chaudhari. Kohli and Misra play war heroes who are captured in Pakistan during the Kargil War. The show tracks what happens when the soldiers return home to paused family lives after 17 years.