The lovely Huma Qureshi, admired for her unconventional choices, has recently completed shooting her first Malayalam film, titled White. She co-stars with the powerhouse actor, Mammootty, in this film directed by Uday Ananthan. Shot in London, Mumbai and Kochi, Qureshi plays a software engineer who moves to London on an assignment, but her life takes an unexpected turn when she encounters a billionaire (Mammootty). White is the story of their relationship. The film also stars Shankar Ramakrishnan, Siddique and Sunil Sugadha, among others. The Gangs of Wasseypur and Badlapur actress will also be seen in Zahhak, the Hindi remake of the Hollywood supernatural thriller, Oculus, and Gurinder Chadha’s English language period story,
The Viceroy’s House.
That’s quite a mixed bag.
Fans of Go Goa Gone, the sleeper hit comedy about a zombie attack—starring Saif Ali Khan, Vir Das and Kunal Khemu—might have something to look forward to. It would appear that the director duo of Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK has moved on from the debacle of their last release, Happy Ending, to write a sequel to their 2013 comedy. But while they are polishing Go Goa Gone 2, Nidimoru and DK have also been enlisted to write Bang Bang 2, which is being rebooted with Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez in place of Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif. The Hyderabad-born directors had announced Farzi with Shahid Kapoor, but that seems to have run into rough weather. Let’s hope they soon return to their promising form seen in 99 and Shor In The City.
Brown, the colour du jour
Priyanka Chopra was elegant and poised as she presented an Oscar at the recently-concluded Academy Awards in Los Angeles. While there was a strong voice of protest against the omission of any nominations for black talents, the Oscars this year did have a discernible shade of ‘brown’. Besides Priyanka Chopra, Dev Patel was also a presenter and Sanjay Patel’s film, Sanjay’s Super Team, was nominated in the short film category. Asif Kapadia took home a statuette for his wonderful documentary, Amy, and Pakistani-Canadian Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy won her second Oscar for the documentary, A Girl in The River. Now while Chopra, Patel and Frieda Pinto have become familiar names in North America, Deepika Padukone seems set to make that transition with Hollywood action film xXx – The Return of Xander Cage. And cementing her start in Hollywood after a one-season appearance in Homeland is Nimrat Kaur, who will be a part of the second season of the M Night Shyamalan produced series, Wayward Pines. In this psychological thriller series about a group of residents who are mysteriously trapped in a town, Kaur plays an architect and wife to actor Jason Patric (The Lost Boys).
Writer-director Mozez Singh sees the culmination of a nine-year journey when his debut film, Zubaan, opens in India today. Starring Masaan actor Vicky Kaushal and Angry Indian Goddesses’ Sarah Jane Dias, it is a musical drama about the coming-of-age of a Punjabi boy, Dilsher, who embarks on a journey from Punjab to Gurgaon. During the trip, he overcomes his fear of music, falls in love with a Delhi girl, makes mistakes and also finds himself. Along with music director Ashu Phatak, Mozez Singh meticulously focussed on the soundtrack of Zubaan to reflect not only his own eclectic tastes, but also to stitch together the narrative. Singh said in an interview during the film’s world premiere at the Busan Film Festival that the musical genres include “trip hop meets Sufi, French house meets 80s disco” besides a Punjabi rock anthem and an R&B qawwali. Intrigued yet?