Can Vir Das fly solo?
Vir Das as a leading man. That’s a concept that is hard to wrap one’s head around. Having seen the stand-up comic in numerous ensemble cast films (Delhi Belly, Shaadi Ke Side Effects, Go Goa Gone) one has noticed his limited range as an actor. Amit Sahni Ki List, which opens today, is an interpretation of the age-old ‘head versus the heart’ debate. Directed by Ajay Bhuyan, the film also stars Vega Tamotia, Anindita Nayar, Kavi Shastri and Natasha Rastogi. Amit Sahni (Vir Das), an investment banker, is searching for Miss Right. And Miss Right is the woman who meets all the criteria on his list. So Sahni goes on a dating spree and secretly consults his list to see if the girl meets all the items on his list. Das has apparently based his character on his brother-in-law who is indeed an investment banker. Let’s see if Das has what it takes to make the cut as a solo hero.
Big B takes over small screen
The biggest event of the week, undoubtedly, was Amitabh Bachchan’s debut in a fiction show on the small screen. Yudh has been received with excitement and anticipation. And that’s no surprise given the creative talents of Anurag Kashyap and Shoojit Sircar behind it and actors like Sarika, Kay Kay Menon, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Tigmanshu Dhulia lending support on screen. For those who missed the show this week, Bachchan plays Yudhisthir Sikarwar, a successful real estate businessman diagnosed with a terminal neuropsychological disorder. Living with this illness, he is also contending with complicated family issues, and corporate battles. Sounds a little like the American drama Breaking Bad, doesn’t it? After Anil Kapoor making a success of translating American format 24 to the Indian screen, Yudh looks all set to be another clutter-breaker in a saas-bahu dominated medium.
Pizza delivery today
The season for Hindi remakes of South Indian films continues. Today, the Tamil thriller Pizza takes a 3D form and a new flavour. Directed by debutant Akshay Akkineni, the film stars Akshay Oberoi, Parvathy Omanakuttan, Dipannita Sharma and Arunoday Singh. For those unfamiliar with the original, Kunal is a pizza delivery boy whose life turns turtle when a delivery goes wrong. The seemingly regular story gets a supernatural twist as Kunal delivers a pizza to a haunted house. Many may be unaware that this is not Akshay Oberoi’s debut. The American trained actor and cousin of Vivek Oberoi first appeared in the 2002 crossover film American Chai and later in the forgettable Isi Life Mein. The film’s other next gen-connection is director Akshay Akkikeni is the son of award-winning film editor Sreekar Prasad. Naturally, father has cut his son’s Pizza.
Bollywood boy goes West
Hollywood film Begin Again releases today. The independent film directed by John Carney stars Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo with
Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine. So why is this American musical romance comedy featuring in Bollywood Buzz? Because the film has a Bollywood connection, of course: The costume designer of the film is Arjun Bhasin, best known for his costume designing for films such as Luck By Chance, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Life of Pi. Bhasin was in charge of creating costumes for this story about a disgraced record label executive and a heart-broken singer-songwriter teaming up in New York. Bhasin’s future work includes other international projects like Love Is Strange (starring Marisa Tomei, John Lithgow and Alfred Molina), Loiteringwith Intent (Sam Rockwell, Marisa Tomei) and Life Itself (Morgan Freeman, Diane Keaton).