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    Pizzas and a breakpari
    Parineeti Chopra has often said that becoming an investment banker was her dream but circumstances ordained otherwise. Here she is, having just seen the release of Kill Dil, her fifth film since her debut in 2011’s Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl. Now a Bollywood star, of films such as Shuddh Desi Romance and Hasee Toh Phasee, there are other things we also know about Chopra. For example, much has been written about Chopra’s latest passion, scuba diving. In fact she’s just one dive short of getting her diving certification. But she has two other long-standing loves too. First comes her weakness for pizza and the second is music. When I met her on the day of the release of Kill Dil, she was waiting for four pizzas to be delivered to her dressing room. “Three are for me and one is for everyone else to share!” she joked. A trained singer, music has been
    a part of Chopra’s life since childhood and like any true lover of music she does not have a set of preferred artistes or genres. She said,“There is music for every mood and I listen to everything from jazz, to Bollywood and dance to Hindustani classical. Whether I am on a flight, in the shower, or in my room. I lose myself with music.”
    With no films signed on right now and a holiday on the cards, the 26-year-old is waiting to see “what to do next”. She is reading scripts, but has not ‘‘loved anything, honestly,’’ adding, ‘‘Kill Dil was that new thing I wanted to offer.”

    Snapshots from Goa
    This week also saw the inaugural of the 8th Development Corporation’s Film Bazaar. The annual event is held alongside the International Film Festival of India in Goa. While IFFI this year spotlights China and celebrates Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai (In The Mood For Love) with a Lifetime Achievementstartrek-2 Award (his film The Grandmaster is the closing film at Goa), Indian winners include Rajnikanth who received the special centenary award for Indian film personality of the year. However, the Film Bazaar has become a well respected breeding ground for globally recognised independent films, ranging from Court and Killa to The Lunchbox, Titli, Miss Lovely, Ship of Theseus and India’s entry to the Oscar’s this year, Liar’s Dice. Every year the Bazaar has seen the addition of a new section and this year it is the Romance Screenwriters’ Lab. While the Marriott hotel in Goa converts to a hub for discussing, assessing, analysing and maybe collaborating on projects, there is also a Knowledge Series that runs alongside and sees imminent and authoritative personalities speak about their craft and skills. This year the line up includes Karan Johar and Vidhu Vinod Chopra who will be in
    conversation with Sudhir Mishra.

    X challenge
    X is an experiment with a mix of experienced and inexperienced filmmakers directing chapters. They form part of the same story of exes. Starring an ensemble including Aditi Chengappa, Gabriella Schmidt, Huma Qureshi, Pia Bajpai, Radhika Apte, Rii Sen, Swara Bhaskar, starXAnshuman Jha and Rajat Kapoor, the film sees the actors working with 11 directors (including Suparn Varma, Anu Menon and Rajshree Ojha) and that brings varying National Film sensibilities (art-house, popular, underground, regional and global) to the film. X is premiered at the South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF) in New York City earlier this week. Other Indian films showcased at SAIFF this year include Killa, Titli, Happy Ending, Jigarthanda and Ek Hazaarachi Note.

    Udita Jhunjhunwala

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