The perfect weekend getaway
This weekend, much of Bollywood shall be decamping to the rising metropolis of Kuala Lumpur for the IIFA weekend. Besides the cast of Dil Dhadakne Do, which is the showcase movie this weekend, it will include the song-and-dance spectacle IIFA Rocks, the IIFA Fashion Extravaganza and the finale IIFA Awards on Sunday. Hrithik Roshan, Shahid Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Parineeti Chopra and Shraddha Kapoor are among the stars expected at the event. Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor will anchor the awards, while the IIFA Fashion Extravaganza hosts will be Neha Dhupia and Vivek Oberoi. Bipasha Basu, Dia Mirza, Aditi Rao Hydari, Kriti Sannon and Mika Singh are some of the ‘models’ who will showcase garments by Masaba Gupta and Rocky S. Ayushmann Khurrana and Parineeti Chopra will host the music event with performances by Sinha, Mika, Jacqueline Fernandez, Lisa Hayden, Javed Ali, Ankit Tiwari and Kanika Kapoor, among others. No surprises that the big nominees for the awards are Happy New Year, Bang Bang, 2 States, Haider, Highway, Mary Kom, Queen and PK. The last time IIFA was held in Malaysia was in 2002, in the Genting Highlands.
After the uber stylish Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, which had Indians flocking to Spain for their vacations and hankering to experience the Tomatina Festival, Zoya Akhtar’s Dil Dhadakne Do, which released today, is likely to have fans queuing up for a cruise. With a heavy-duty ensemble cast of Anil Kapoor and Shefali Shah as the parents to Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh—and Farhan Akhtar, Rahul Bose and Anushka Sharma playing the love interests—this film is likely to sail smoothly through the box office.
Look who’s together
In the fickle world of Bollywood relationships, those once emotionally connected are now simply colleagues playing lovers in a film. Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh were linked together during Band Baaja Baarat. They later went on to do Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl, too. Fortunately, their careers have outlasted their romantic relationship. Both have moved on to other high profile alliances. I asked Sharma what it was like reuniting with Singh after four years and she said, “He has evolved as an actor. Personally, he thinks he is not annoying on set, but he is still slightly annoying. I guess all actors are, at some level, and I am sure I am a little annoying to Shah Rukh (Khan) and Ranbir (Kapoor), too. So you take that with a pinch of salt!” She added that she thinks Singh is perfectly cast as an urban character from an upscale Mumbai neighborhood, which is closest to his real life persona.
After Haider, fans were keenly awaiting the picky Tabu’s next choice. She surprised most with her decision to play a police officer in Drishyam, directed by Nishikant Kamat. The film, which releases end of July, also stars Ajay Devgn and Shriya Saran. And then came news that the ultimate diva, the ‘ageless’ Rekha had quit Abhishek Kapoor’s Fitoor because she was unhappy with how she looked in the film. Well, Rekha’s loss is Tabu’s gain and the smart actress swiftly moved in to take on the role of Miss Havisham in the Hindi adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Great Expectations. Fitoor headlines Aditya Roy Kapur and Katrina Kaif. The role of Miss Havisham is extremely complex and has been played by accomplished actresses such as Jean Simmons, Anne Bancroft and Helena Bonham Carter.