It has often been observed that a star’s entourage can be more ‘starry’ than the celebrity themselves. This attitude, of basking in reflected glory and behaving like a diva, is seen right from the make up artists upwards to the managers and secretaries of the stars. As journalists, we are often stonewalled when we try to get access to an actor, actress and sometimes director by their ‘powerful’ core team. Recently, at a photo-shoot with a big Bollywood leading lady, while I was impressed by her candor, manners and professionalism, the same could not be said of her manager. Not only did the woman not return calls or text messages, but she spent more time preening in front of the mirror than the star did. Further, this star’s fitness trainer seems to have become quite a celebrity himself because you can access him only through his assistant. Even then he may or may not deign to respond to your simple questions on how his client is looking so fit and fine these days. Our stars need to realise that this misplaced attitude of their ‘team’ does not reflect well on even the most sincere and down-to-earth star.
Between the lines
Prolific author Nasreen Munni Kabir has already published a selection of collectible books, which are exhaustive conversations with film personalities. Over the years, she has spoken in-depth with artistes such as lyricist Gulzar, music composer A R Rahman, singer Lata Mangeshkar and poet-lyricist Javed Akhtar. The latest addition to her bibliography is Conversations with Waheeda Rehman, which was scheduled for a launch in Mumbai earlier this week. However, the sudden demise of Rehman’s dear friend, actress Nanda, resulted in the veteran star excusing herself from any celebrations. The contemporaries were best friends and had worked together in Kala Bazaar. The book will be launched at a later date.
After wrapping up the shoot of his period two-parter, Bombay Velvet, director Anurag Kashyap is now taking a break to present the award-winning documentary, The World Before Her. Slated to release on April 25, the documentary, directed by Nisha Pahuja, explores the worlds of the Miss India pageant and a Hindu fundamentalist camp for girls. It thereby spotlights the dichotomy of being a woman in contemporary India. Various film personalities—Shimit Amin, Nandita Das, Deepa Mehta, Lisa Ray and Kashyap—have joined a campaign to raise funds for the film’s release across India. “I think often fiction is unable to keep pace with reality, and this documentary is a great example of that,” said Das. Pooja Chopra, a former Miss India who made her Bollywood debut in the film Commando, and was nearly a victim of female infanticide, features prominently in the documentary.
Warrior speaks Hindi
After remaking Kahaani in Tamil and Telugu and partnering with Fox Star Studios to remake Traffic, entertainment company Endemol India is now set to co-produce the remake of a Hollywood film. Operating under the banner ‘Eyedentity Motion Pictures’, it is remaking the 2011 sports drama, Warrior—which starred Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton—in Hindi, along with partner Lionsgate. This is the story of two estranged brothers, trained in mixed martial arts, and their fractious relationship with each other and their father. “Action-filled and emotionally powerful, we believe Warrior will strike a responsive chord with Indian audiences,” said Deepak Dhar, chief executive officer of Endemol India. Still to be cast, the film is slated to go into production by the end of the year.