Will Tiger burn bright?
This Friday, another star child tosses his hat into the Bollywood ring. Tiger Shroff, son of Jackie Shroff, has been given a launch pad that is designed to check off a list of qualities associated with a Bollywood hero: can dance, can romance and can do action. Surprisingly though, contrary to appearances, Bollywood was not always on Tiger’s mind. It seems that while in college he thought he might become a professional football player. His film, Heropanti, also sees the Bollywood debut of model Kriti Sanon. A familiar face in TV ads, the Delhi girl is an engineer by training. Modelling led to movies and she made her big screen debut in a Telugu film with Mahesh Babu. Heropanti is directed by Sabbir Khan, infamous for having helmed the disastrous Kambakkht Ishq. So in many ways there are three careers riding on the success of this film. Curiously, Tiger’s father’s film Hero is currently being remade as a launch pad for two other star kids: Sooraj Panscholi and Athiya Shetty.
A British satirical-comedy called The Infidel (2010) is quietly being remade into Hindi. An official adaptation, the film titled Dharam Sankat Mein started shooting in Mumbai earlier this month and features a stellar cast of acclaimed actors such as Paresh Rawal, Naseeruddin Shah and Annu Kapoor. The Infidel is about a Muslim man living in the UK who one day discovers that he was adopted and was actually born Jewish. It will be interesting to see how director Fuwad Khan has reinterpreted this social satire for an Indian setting. But with this accomplished cast, with a penchant for improvisation, it’s sure to be a laugh-riot.
Earning his reputation
Last week, producer, composer and musician Mikey McCleary, known for his remixes of popular old Bollywood songs in movies like Shaitan (Hawa Hawai, Khoya Khoya Chand), David (O Lal Meri, Mast Kalandar) and Nautanki Saala (Dhak Dhak), launched his latest album of reinterpreted Bollywood tunes. The third in the Bartender series, features, among others, singers Saba Azad, Anushka Manchanda and Shalmali Kholgade, all of whom performed live at the album launch in Mumbai last week. Chief guest for the night was Ranveer Singh. From the minute he walked in, all the cameras—including several cell phones—turned their lenses away from the band and straight on to him. One could see why he has earned himself the reputation of an attention-seeker. He over-acted, danced and gesticulated wildly for the cameras, unaffected by the fact that his antics were disrespectful of the musicians on stage. Only making matters worse was his posse of friends who were just as attention seeking, basking in Ranveer’s reflected glory. Their behaviour stood in marked contrast to Kalki Koechlin, Gulshan Devaiah, Neil Bhoopalam and filmmaker Bejoy Nambiar who kept to themselves in a discreet corner of the club.
Speaking of Kalki Koechlin, it seems she is set to team up with Richa Chadda, her co-star in the movie Jiah Aur Jiah, for another project. Besides the travel and coming-of-age movie, Koechlin and Chadda will also be seen teaming up in a play. Rehearsals are reportedly underway in Mumbai for the comedy, which will premiere in July, before touring India. While Koechlin’s connection with the stage is well known, Chadda too participated in plays when she lived in Delhi. Chadda will also be seen in Mira Nair’s film Words with Gods, a short film that is part of an omnibus and co-stars Rajkummar Rao.