Big con on TV
So after all the hype and speculation, the ‘unreleased Aamir Khan movie’ finally aired on a fairly new channel that was trying to make a big mark. And I was disappointed, to say the least, to discover that it was the documentary on the making of Lagaan! Now, that’s so 2001! Satyajit Bhatkal, also known as the man behind Khan’s TV series Satyamev Jayate, made Chale Chalo or The Spirit of Lagaan during and after the release of Lagaan. The unique aspect was only that National Award winning audiences could interact with Khan real time during the telecast of the documentary. Now even if this was a well-executed ‘con’, credit to the film and the filmmaker, which is indeed worth a watch.
Saif slips into a skirt
Saif Ali Khan admitted that being in a triple role, as he is in Sajid Khan’s Humshakals, was exhausting. To add to the challenge was the fact that, along with co-stars Riteish Deshmukh and Ram Kapoor, he also had to adopt the get-up of a woman. The variation was required for a song sequence, which, according to insiders, involved “long hours of waxing body hair, trying on new outfits and getting styled, buffed and polished”. The shoot took place in Mauritius and Kapoor and Ali Khan may well have got many tips from Deshmukh who is notorious for his penchant for cross-dressing on screen. It seems Saif Ali Khan even teased Deshmukh of being the “best female co-star he has ever worked with”. But jokes aside, Saif Ali Khan hopes Humshakals will be a runaway hit, especially after the debacle of his last release, Bullett Raja. He is also prepping for Reema Kagti’s next film besides completing Kabir Khan’s Phantom. Plus, Race 3 is also in the pipeline.
It’s raining debuts
This seems to be the year for newcomers in Bollywood. Every fortnight there is either a star child or model or some aspiring actor making a debut on the big screen. Recently, we saw Kriti Sanon and Tiger Shroff in Heropanti, Farhad in Holiday—A Soldier is Never Off Duty, Patralekhaa in Citylights and soon we will see Kareena Kapoor’s cousin Armaan Jain, debut in Lekar Hum Deewana Dil. Today, in a quirkily titled film called Fugly, three aspirants will be holding their breaths as reviews come in for their coming-of-age entertainer. Of them, Mohit Marwah has filmy connections—he is Anil Kapoor’s nephew; Kiara Advani is the grand-niece of Saeed Jaffrey whereas Vijender Singh is best know as the former World Champion boxer. Directed by Kabir Sadanand it also stars Arfi Lamba as the fourth in the group of friends that find themselves caught in an ugly situation. Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan appear in the title track, and Jimmy Shergill also stars in it.
Jugal Hansraj to wed
Remember the light-eyed, cute-as-a-button child actor who broke one’s heart in Masoom? That was 1983. Eleven years later, all grown up, Jugal Hansraj made a return to Bollywood as an adult actor in Aa Gale Lag Jaa followed up with Papa Kehte Hain. But his most prominent role is perhaps the ensemble cast Mohabbatein in which he acted alongside friend Uday Chopra. Supporting actor roles followed till Hansraj finally decided to step behind the camera and directed the animated film Roadside Romeo and, later, Pyaar Impossible. He then returned to acting on television and now, it seems, Hansraj is ready to turn a new corner as he is on the brink of getting married to his USA-based girlfriend. The wedding is slated to take place in the US this summer. Here’s wishing Hansraj all the best for the biggest show of his life.