Imran Khan: break ke baad
After a two-year break, partly to concentrate on paternal duties and partly to rethink his career choices, Imran Khan is back on the big screen this year with Katti Batti. Daughter Imaara is now a year old and Imran feels he made the best decision to enjoy this rare opportunity to bond with his newborn and wife. Khan entered fatherhood on the back of a few box office duds, namely Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobara, Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola and Gori Tere Pyaar Mein. The trailer of Katti Batti, in which he co-stars with the soaring Kangana Ranaut, was launched three months before the film’s release date in September. Speaking at the launch, Khan said he felt glad to be back at work and realised how much he had missed shooting a movie. In Nikhil Advani’s film, he plays Maddy, a young, slightly awkward, urban guy in a relationship with Payal (Ranaut). Advani said he was glad to get his first choice actor for the role of Maddy even though Khan’s reaction on first hearing the story was less than enthusiastic. Let’s wait and see if Katti Batti and Ranaut’s popularity rub off on Khan who is yet to announce any other films after this romantic drama.
Rewriting the rule book
One cannot open a paper these days without reading something about Kangana Ranaut. The Tanu Weds Manu Returns actress is on a roll, and how. She is steadily rewriting the grammar of a Bollywood star actress, as an outsider at the top of her game,
writing her own dialogues (Queen), attending film making courses in the US, shooting segments in films (Katti Batti) and even
filing a legal notice against her previous PR agency (for spreading false stories). Ranaut was at her inimitable best at the Katti Batti trailer launch in Mumbai. On a wet Sunday afternoon, she came dressed in a retro style sunshine yellow dress by Delphine Manivet with a wide skirt and severely styled updo. When asked about her look, she replied it was to cheer up the audience on the monsoon afternoon and give them something to talk about. When asked whom she would pick as the queen of Bollywood, Ranaut smirked and said, “Is Bollywood a country? That’s such a lame question.” She also denied various rumours about the film saying that her character is neither pregnant, nor does she play a double role and nor is she Punjabi. What she is she could not reveal, as there is apparently a big twist in the seemingly frothy love story.
The Rajamouli connect
As we know, Karan Johar is promoting S S Rajamouli’s epic Baahubali to Hindi audiences. Johar had said that he was impressed by the Hyderabad-based director’s vision and earlier films, such as Eega, and decided to come on board to support the Hindi dubbed version of his latest. Then came stories that Johar was keen on
producing Rajamouli’s next. However, when I asked the latter about the same, he was quick to clarify that he is tied up with Baahubali for another year and has no idea yet what he would want to do
thereafter. While part one of Baahubali releases next month, the second part (yet to be completed) will follow only in 2016. Two of Rajamouli’s earlier films have been remade in Hindi: Vikramarkudu became Rowdy Rathore and Maryada Ramanna was adapted as Son of Sardar. Rajamouli has apparently not seen either of the remakes. The Telugu talent does, however, harbour ambitions of directing a Hindi language film some day. And with Johar, he perhaps has a ready and willing producer at hand.