Neha puts fashion
Neha Dhupia has just finished a long on-location shoot in Delhi, her hometown. The former beauty queen and actor of films like Ek Chalis Ki Last Local, Singh in Kinng and Phas Gaye Re Obama has been shooting for Moh Maya Money with co-star Ranvir Shorey. “He is one of the best actors in our country today,” she says emphatically over the phone as she waits for room service breakfast. Dhupia and Shorey play a married couple. Among the things Dhupia has been enjoying about shooting this film is that the fashion forward actress has taken on the additional role of designing her own costumes. She plays an ambitious TV news producer while Shorey plays a real estate broker. Dhupia has gradually reinvented herself from a sartorially awkward star to a style diva who favours mix-n-match, androgynous, chic and comfortable styles over in-vogue fashion. Her fetish though is footwear. At last count, she had 400, a marked improvement on the 600 pairs she had before she did some urgent purging!
Nawaz’s indie film gets US premiere
Independent filmmakers, and actors who choose to work largely in the indie space, often face the prospect of a delayed release or screening for their film. Nawazuddin Siddiqui may have made a mark in Gangs of Wasseypur and The Lunchbox but it’s really his mainstream commercial films like Kick and Badlapur that have won him accolades and a fan following. In Siddiqui’s case, the list of unreleased independent films is long, including Peddlers which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012, Monsoon Shootout, which premiered at Cannes in 2013, Mountain Man and Patang which did the film festival circuit in 2011. Another long-in-the-making film, Haraamkhor is finally ready to screen at the forthcoming IFFLA festival. Directed by Shlok Sharma, Siddiqui plays a teacher having an illicit affair with one of his students. The film also stars Shweta Tripathi and Harish Khanna. Siddiqui’s stand on this situation is pragmatic. He hopes that his popularity in the mainstream will bring in more audiences for his independent films thereby making the latter more viable and improving the chances of their timely release. And with films with Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Shahid Kapoor in the pipeline, Siddiqui’s plan might just work.
Tabu takes on khaki hues
For those who have been wondering what the ridiculously talented but underused Tabu is doing post her memorable role in Haider, here’s
the latest. She has signed up to play a police inspector in Nishikant Kamat’s remake of the Malayalam movie Drishyam which headlines Ajay Devgn and Shriya Saran. Rajat Kapoor has also been roped in to play Tabu’s husband in this mystery-thriller.