Chopra’s Oscar pajama party
Producer-director Vidhu Vinod Chopra is that rare Bollywood filmmaker who is in no hurry to direct films. He’s been just as happy producing blockbusters like Munnabhai, 3 Idiots and PK, which is why it has been eight years since his last release, Eklavya. Broken Horses, releasing today, is his first English language Hollywood film – it’s shot in the US, stars American actors and has an all-American crew. Set in the shadows of US-Mexico border gang wars, it is about brotherhood, loyalty and takes off from Chopra’s own film, Parinda. Chopra’s student film, An Encounter With Faces was nominated for a documentary short subject Oscar in 1978. The filmmaker recalls how that occasion set him on a path where making a Hollywood film became a life-long ambition, which he has realised at the age of 60. “Going to the Academy at such a young age left a big impression,” he said. Interestingly, he chose to be original at the Oscar awards. “I didn’t have money for a tux or suit so I wore my night-suit! It was a kurta-pajama, which I usually wore at night,” he said.
Hollywood weds Bollywood
Last week I wrote about Konkona Sen Sharma attending the wedding of fellow actor Tillotama Shome in Goa. The Page 3 actor hardly had time to touchdown in Mumbai and she was swept into another filmy
wedding party. This time it was Hollywood-meets-Bollywood as
Los Angeles-based line
producer Tabrez Noorani, whose credits include Slumdog Millionaire, Million Dollar Arm and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, married his American actor girlfriend. Besides the traditional ceremonies, guests could not stop gushing about the spectacular party held at an old Mumbai cinema, which recreated the glamour and wonder of the movies of the 50s and 60s. Seen enjoying the heady party were Konkona and mother Aparna Sen, Poonam Dhillon, Zeenat Aman, Padmini Kolhapure, Anil Kapoor, Neha Dhupia, Resul Pookutty, Sharmila Tagore and Anupam Kher, among others.
Keeping the faith
After the remake of Knight and Day (Bang Bang) and an announcement of a remake of The Fault in Our Stars, with a remake of Warriors in post-production (as Brothers) and a remake of The Intouchables on the cards as also of horror film Oculus, official remakes seem to be here to stay. Today sees the release of the Indian remake of British comedy The Infidel. Called Dharam Sankat Mein, this comedy featuring veteran talents Paresh Rawal, Naseeruddin Shah and Annu Kapoor is a satirical take on what happens when Dharampal (Rawal) discovers that while he leads the life of a Hindu, he was actually biologically born into a Muslim family. Shah plays a god-man called Neelanand Baba while Kapoor plays Nawab Mehmood Shah who becomes Dharampal’s guide to his new faith. In the original, the central character is a British Muslim who discovers he was, in fact, born to Jewish parents.
Sunny days in the sand dunes
Sunny Leone as a Rajasthani village belle – that image alone is eyebrow raising enough for me to want to watch Ek Paheli Leela. Director Bobby Khan’s film starts in London and moves to Rajasthan. It also stars Jay Bhanushali, Rajneish Duggal, Mohit Ahlawat and Jas Arora – in case anyone really cares about the rest of the cast! Fans of the former adult movie star will be happy to note that her next release is the sex comedy, Kuch Kuch Locha Hai with the unlikely corpulent co-star Ram Kapoor.