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    Return of Raveena
    starraveenaFrom a rising star to a resurgent one. Raveena Tandon, who had taken a break for marriage and motherhood, has been making a gradual comeback to the big screen. She took up a comic role in Bbuddah Hoga Tera Baap in 2011 and also appeared in Telugu film Paandavulu Paandavulu Thummeda last year. But this year, Tandon, who debuted with Patthar Ke Phool in 1991 and was a part of popular 90s movies like Andaz Apna Apna, Mohra and Ziddi, will be seen in Anurag Kashyap’s much-discussed period drama, Bombay Velvet, and Onir’s Shabd. She is also excited about playing a politician in Vikas Bahl’s Return Gift. And if you are wondering what the secret to the 40-year-old National Award-winning actress’s health and glowing skin is, well, it’s including salads and fruits in her daily meals, avoiding deep-fried food and staying hydrated. Simple!

    Bite-size cinema
    Filmmakers are increasingly using the internet to experiment with formats and narrative styles. A new venture, Terribly Tiny Talkies, has put together five short films with five independent filmmakers and will be offering it on Facebook and Youtube. The shorts of around five minutes each have been made on a modest budget of Rs 50,000, but with incalculable amounts of passion. Described as “bite-size storytelling”, the first set of films is based on the timely theme of love. Vasan Bala, Devashish Makhija, Chintan Ruparel, Adhiraj Bose and Shlok Sharma have taken up the challenge and managed to rope in actors including Nimrat Kaur, Divyendu Sharma, Mandira Bedi, Tom Alter and Tahir Raj Basin to appear in films with intriguing titles such as El’Ayichi and R.I.P. (Romance In Peace). Details: facebook.com/terriblytinytales

    Going up the ladder
    Ranbir Kapoor might be reiterating that his role in the romantic thriller, Roy (out today), is more like a guest appearance, and Arjun Rampal might be hoping that debutant director Vikramjit Singh’s film gives his career a much-needed boost, but it’s Jacqueline Fernandez who is basking in all the praise. The Sri Lankan actress is enjoying the best phase of her career, which started limply with Aladin (2009). Her fortunes had begun to turn after Murder 2 and then last year’s Kick catapulted her to the big league. Besides Roy with Kapoor and Rampal, she has Brothers with Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra, a UK horror film, Definition of Fear, Bangistan with Riteish Deshmukh and Pulkit Samrat, a Sri Lankan film, According to Mathew, and Rohit Dhawan’s Dhishoom, with Varun Dhawan. “You have to be part of big movies that have established actors. Working with them helps one grow,” she has said, referring to her experiences with Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan and Salman Khan.

    From grey to black
    Recently, one of the looks for Aamir Khan’s next film, Dangal, was revealed, with Khan all salt and pepper (mostly salt) hair and beard. Nitesh Tiwari’s film is about a wrestler, and the actor will go through three stages of life—as a teenager, a man on the cusp of adulthood (29) and a 50-something father of two daughters. Dangal is said to be based on the life story of wrestler Mahavir Phogat whose two daughters are also wrestlers. Expectedly, the ‘perfectionist’ actor has not just cropped his mop, but is also deep in training. Now, while most of this is well known, what is interesting is the project he may be taking up post Dangal. Khan is going head-to-head with Rajnikanth in the sequel to Shankar’s Robot, in which the former will play a baddie. We can only imagine the crackling chemistry on screen.

    Udita Jhunjhunwala


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