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    Nandana’s literary pursuits
    Nandana Sen might have returned home to New York, and her publisher husband, after the promotions of Rang Rasiya, but it’s possible one will see more of her again soon. The writer-actor-social activist, who is kept busy with cinema, child rights and writing, is also acting in another Hindi film and a Bengali one. “I’d love to do more,” she said. She is attracted to “stories that make us more aware of the world we live in—which is why most of my films have had a strong social or political consciousness, be it Black (rights of children with disabilities), The War Within (religious war and terrorism), The World Unseen (apartheid) or Rang Rasiya (freedom of expression).” She is also writing two scripts and is busy finishing Kangaroo Kiss, a children’s book in verse. “It’s inspired by my bouncy niece, Hiya. I am finishing another one now called Mambi and the Forest Fire,” says Sen who recommends the following kiddie books: Abol Tabol (Sukumar Ray), Lottie and Lisa (Erich Kastner), Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll), Where the Wild Things Are (Maurice Sendak)
    and The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Eric Carle).

    Big finish
    The last quarter of the year is huge for Sonakshi
    Sinha. Not only have the promotions for Tevar, her
    film with Arjun Kapoor, just begun (with a trailer launch
    in Mumbai on Monday), she is also going to be seen sharing
    the action with Ajay Devgn in Action Jackson next month.
    In between these two events, is the music launch of the
    highly anticipated Tamil multi-entertainer, Lingaa, starring superstar Rajnikanth. Directed by K S Ravikumar, the
    superstar plays a double role and will be seen alongside co-stars Anushka Shetty and Sinha, who is making her debut in
    Tamil cinema with it. The Tamil and Telugu audio launch
    of Lingaa is slated for this weekend, along with the trailer launch, and the film releases worldwide in Tamil, Telugu
    and Hindi next month. This will be Sinha’s second release
    next month, following the December 5 release of Tevar.
    As for Rajnikanth, he is also expected to stop
    by Goa as the chief guest at the
    International Film Festival of India, which
    starts on November 21.

    In for the kill
    Shaad Ali’s film, Kill Dil, releases today and it’s a
    big test for Govinda who makes a mainstream comeback in a supporting role, as the villainous Bhaiyaji. Govinda’s career has seen its share of soaring successes and pitiful flops, but he’s not one to give up without a fight. From his more than 160-film- strong career, ask him to pick his favourites and he says, “None have been my favorites. I have always regarded them as work. I always feel that I have done OK in some parts. I don’t usually like the films and feel that I have fallen short here or there. But while shooting, I work hard and with dedication. At that time I think I am doing good work. I put my heart into the work I do, but I don’t take the work to heart.” And what does he do when he is not shooting a film? “I pass time by reading—I enjoy reading very much—I like watching films a lot, and travelling,” says the one-time hero number one who has two films releasing on two consecutive Fridays, with Happy Ending on November 21. In Raj and DK’s romantic comedy, Govinda plays Bollywood ‘single screen superstar’ Armaan, who goes to Hollywood to get a Bollywood script written ‘in Hollywood style’. Can’t wait for that one.

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