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    Art of remaking
    After Sai Paranjpye’s Chashme Buddoor (1981) was remade in 2013 as Chashme Baddoor, it’s now her 1983 comic drama Katha that is getting a facelift. Writer-director Khalid Mohamed takes on the remake, which sees the original cast of Naseeruddin Shah, Farooq Shaikh and Deepti Naval being replaced by Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub (Tanu Weds Manu Returns), Manish Paul (Mickey Virus) and Sharmila Mandre (Kevvu Keka). Mandre plays Shyamlee, the girl-next-door who becomes the object of affection of two friends. Mohamed is believed to have made alterations to the script, to make it more contemporary, with Paranjpye’s approval. After all, rumour has it that the veteran filmmaker was none too pleased that her much-loved Chashme Buddoor was recast as a puerile comedy by David Dhawan.

    Tale of two weddings
    There could not have been two more contrary weddings than were witnessed in Bollywood last week. While there was no getting away from Shahid Kapoor’s arranged marriage to Delhi girl Mira Rajput, with its opulent functions and designer finery, Minissha Lamba’s love marriage to entrepreneur Ryan Tham got very little coverage. The latter was a discreet and casual registered wedding followed by a lunch for close friends and family. The grand reception is being planned for a little later in the year when the weather is more conducive to revelry. Kapoor’s reception, on the other hand, was held in a Mumbai five-star hotel with the pantheon of stars arriving to wish the newlyweds a happy future. Lamba’s lunch saw some of her Bigg Boss co-contestants in attendance, but the Bollywood presence was negligible. But then Lamba has hardly been in the spotlight, besides the reality TV show. Her last movie release was a Punjabi film last year.

    Str3India Down Under
    Every country and many large cities seem to be hosting their own versions of Indian film festivals—from New York and London to Los Angeles and Melbourne. Vidya Balan has been the face of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne for four years now,
    including its latest edition this August. Apparently, Balan suggested the theme for this year’s festival—equality. There is also a competition for nominated films such as PK, Haider, Piku, and Dum Laga Ke Haisha, and festival travellers including Haaramkhor, Dhanak and Court. Judging these films will be director Nikhil Advani (D-Day), film critic Rajeev Masand and TV host Simi Garewal. The jury also includes Australian film personalities.

    Khan does it again
    Eid weeks have become the reserve of Salman Khan, and this Friday is no different with Bajrangi Bhaijaan taking over cinemas nationally. The Kabir Khan film also stars Kareena Kapoor and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Kapoor and Khan have acted in a number of films together, including Str1Kyon Ki, Main Aur Mrs. Khanna and Bodyguard. Siddiqui and Khan’s tuning began with Kick. Siddiqui has said of Khan that he finds him “very intelligent” and “aware of current affairs”. He also added that Khan has an “innocent child still alive inside him” and that’s what impressed him the most about the superstar. Siddiqui is taking steady steps in Bollywood, with Raees with Shah Rukh Khan on his plate too, and apparently with an offer to act in Yash Raj Films’s Sultan, once more with Salman Khan. But we hear the independent film actor is keen to break away from the negative image and characters he has largely played in films and he’s determined not to get typecast. A wise move, no doubt.

    Udita Jhunjhunwala

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