In the spirit of things
This week, Amitabh Bachchan returns to the spooky world in Bhootnath Returns. While Vivek Sharma directed Bhootnath in 2008, the sequel sees Chillar Party-director Nitesh Tiwari taking charge of the horror-comedy. The film also stars Parth Bhalerao and Boman Irani, and appears to have a political message, making its release a timely affair with the general elections here. Speaking about his role as a ghost, Bachchan said in an interview that, even after all these years, he finds joy in living “in the made-up skin of different characters”.
Salman takes a cab
Salman Khan has expanded his reach as a producer. While his Hollywood foray (Marigold in 2007) might have been a flop, he has decided to give the West another shot—as a producer. After putting his name and muscle behind Chillar Party (2011), this time he has co-produced the international film Dr Cabbie. Directed by Jean-Francois Poulliot, it features Vinay Virmani as an India-trained doctor who is unable to find employment in Canada. Desperate, he becomes a cab driver who turns local hero when he turns his taxi into a mobile clinic. Among the interesting cast members is Kunal Nayyar, aka ‘Raj’ from The Big Bang Theory, and Isabelle Kaif, little sister of Katrina Kaif. The film is scheduled for a September release. Khan is also producing the remake of Hero, being helmed by Nikhil Advani.
Murder on their minds
The sensational Nanavati murder case of 1959 has once again become a sought-after subject in Bollywood. Naval officer Kawas Manekshaw Nanavati had shot playboy Prem Ahuja—with whom his wife, Sylvia, was apparently having an affair—in cold blood. In 1963, R K Nayyar seemed inspired by this case in his film Yeh Raaste Hain Pyar Ke (Sunil Dutt, Leela Naidu and Rehman). As did Gulzar in his 1973 film, Achanak (Vinod Khanna, Om Shivpuri and Lily Chakravarty). Now John Abraham is said to be producing a film on it (and starring as Nanavati). Soni Razdan also reportedly has a script she is developing on the case, which she is planning on directing. We could do with an exciting and sharp courtroom drama.
Mombasa wedding diary
MTV Roadies’ Rannvijay Singh is quite thepopular face on the small screen—even if his movie career has been less than sparkling. The TV star, who himself is a former winner of the reality show he now hosts, has been seen in Bollywood films such as Action Replayy and Mod. Now he’s embarking on an altogether new journey—as a groom! And this is no reality show; even though his wedding to London-based Priyanka Vohra at her family-owned resort in Mombasa is being telecast live on YouTube. The couple apparently met through common friends in Mumbai in 2012 and, after pre-wedding events in Dubai and London, the wedding is scheduled for next week. Several of the celebrity guests headed to Africa are adding on a safari before or after the wedding, which will be followed by a reception in Delhi. So here’s wishing the roadie a happy new adventure.