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Nandana misses 3 ‘M’s
Nandana Sen, last seen in The Forest and Jhootha Hi Sahi, who surprised all with her sudden wedding and move to New York, is currently in India promoting her much-delayed Rang Rasiya. While Nandana shall be traveling to various cities in India to
promote the November 7 release, co-starring Randeep Hooda as the painter Raja Ravi Varma, she will be keeping a close eye on Kolkata where her mother has been unwell. Nandana plays Raj Ravi Varma’s muse Sugandha Bai in Ketan Mehta’s period film that addresses issues of religious
tolerance and the denial of freedom of expression by hardliners. Whenever she returns to India, Nandana most looks forward to three things: “playing with my niece, riding my bike in Shantiniketan and ODing on phuchkas (Bengali pani puris)!” And what does she miss most about living in India? “My mother, the monsoons and mustard oil,” says the Bengali
actress and writer.

Neil’s impressive Tamil debut
Neil Nitin Mukesh made a promising debut as the lead in Johnny Gaddaar in 2007. He received praise for his role in New York in 2009 followed by a stellar performance in 7 Khoon Maaf (2011). This is not a great tally for the thirty-something actor who has appeared in almost a dozen films. Some of his flops include Lafangey Parindey, 3G and Aa Dekhen Zara. However, it was interesting to see him play the villain in a Tamil film in AR Murugadoss’s Kaththi opposite Vijay. Credit to the Bollywood actor for holding his own opposite the Southern superstar. Neil has two interesting films in his kitty – Ishqeria with Richa Chadda and Sooraj Barjatya’s Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, co-starring
Salman Khan and Sonam Kapoor. The grandson of yesteryears singer
Mukesh, Neil agrees that he is yet to find his footing in the film industry.

Will this tiger burn bright?
It remains to be seen if the presence of Ali Quli in the Bigg Boss house has really done very much to draw attention to this week’s small film with a big bite. Roar – Tigers of Sundarbans focuses on the sensitive issue of tiger poaching and encroachment of their natural habitat. It revolves around the inhabitants of the Sundarbans who are haunted by the Royal Bengal Tigress and are preparing to hunt down the animal as she unleashes havoc on them. Director Kamal Sadanah says the germ of the story was born in an article he read about tigers leaping onto boats and taking people away. Sadanah, raised in a film family, once an assistant director and then an actor (Bekhudi, Rock Dancer) made his directorial debut with an indie film, Karkash. Roar is his second film and a far more ambitious one at that, and hopefully one that’s got meat on the bone.

Rekha’s super wit
Fans of the diva Rekha must be excited to see the beautiful and elegant actress with a sharp wit return to the big screen with this week’s release Super Nani. Also starring Sharman Joshi as Rekha’s character Bharti Bhatia’s grandson, Super Nani is being positioned as a light-hearted entertainer. Shweta Kumar, Anupam Kher and Randhir Kapoor also star in this film with a message for women: that their power lies within themselves and all they need to do is discover and use it. Very noble indeed. As for Rekha, she certainly proves that behind every successful woman there need not be a man. And on her recent TV appearances, she demonstrated a caustic and cheeky sense of humour that took many by surprise. Let’s hope someone casts her in a role that captures this effervescent and youthful side to the 60 year old.

 

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